7thSense Design Overwhelms with Pixels

7thSense Design has set up a spectacular for the 2017 production of the “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” at the Radio City in New York. The system had video on all eight of the venue’s proscenium arches.

The system has a huge amount of technology with thirty-four 7thSense Infinity Media Servers outputting two channels each of single mode fibre 12G-SDI at 4096 x 2160 60fps 10-bit 4:2:2 resolution, into an Evertz EQX 12G fibre router and EMX multi-viewer system, offering A-B source redundancy with clean switching and monitoring before heading out to facility fibre distribution.

An expanded 36-channel bank of double-stacked Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors receive the server feeds for projection mapping, and four channels reach a brand new 8K x 4K LED wall with BOE tiles and VER Revolution M8 processors, spanning 94 x 43ft (28.65m x 13.1m) which provides the digital backdrop for the production.

“Being a company known for their niche in high resolution, high frame-rate, uncompressed frame-based video playback, 7thSense is accustomed to dealing with larger amounts of data than your average video playback system. However, this being a 90-minute show which includes 14K x 14K uncompressed master deliverables for many scenes, at 500MB per frame and 60 frames per second – it demanded carefully planned, high speed, high capacity storage and transfer methods. We’re delivering 11.2 billion pixels per second to the projection system alone,”

explained Ken Showler, Experience Director at 7thSense Design and project lead.

Dell EMC supplied the NAS and Cisco the networking. The system has 315TB of SAS 10000rpm storage.

Performances of the 2017 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes are running now through January 1, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall.

7thSense New York at Christmas Times Square