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Sports Bar Scores with Captivating Entertainment SystemRGB Spectrum's QuadView powers 7,500 square foot, seven room A/V system (October 04, 2004)
The new Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas combines all the comforts of home with the latest technological innovations. Heralded as the "grandest hotel in the great Southwest", the Gaylord Resort offers guests a dazzling entertainment experience on a grand scale. Of particular interest, the Resort is equipped with a 7500 square foot, seven room sports bar called Texas Station.
The Gaylord Resort wanted to mate the striking architecture of the sports bar with state-of-the-art entertainment display technology. The Resort called upon the expertise of Audio Visual Innovations (AVI), an A/V system integrator based in Tampa, Florida. AVI designed and installed a leading-edge entertainment display system to create a showpiece facility for the resort.
Rusty Mack, Regional Director of Engineering for Audio Visual Innovations, explained, "Our objective was to create the pinnacle of entertainment facilities, a facility catering to the desires of sports enthusiasts, where patrons can sit back in lavish style and catch all the sports action. As the focal point of the Texas Station facility, we built a massive 45-foot by 12-foot display screen. The plan was to maximize the number of sporting events we could present to patrons. We selected RGB Spectrum's QuadView multiple window display processors to do this. The QuadView processors handle the widest range of video and computer input signals while providing the high resolution image processing the system required with superb image quality."
Images are displayed on the large 45 x 12-foot screen using three Barco SLMG8 DLP projectors. Three QuadView processors are integrated into the system, one for each projector. Input sources are routed through an Autopatch Modula Series 4 matrix switcher and then distributed to the QuadView processors to display multiple windows on the immense screen. The processors are fed a variety of video signals including HD component video from four Sony DSS HDTV satellite receivers, component video from eight Comcast-Motorola HDTV cable tuners, and two DVD players, and S-video from live cameras and a VCR. The QuadView processors receive high resolution computer images of internet web sites and PowerPoint presentations. To compose the large screen background, each QuadView processor is fed an MPEG video from a Visual Circuit's Firefly image generator.
The QuadView processors combine all of these incoming signals, apply sophisticated scaling, modify the images to fit a 16:9 aspect ratio, and output them to the DLP projectors in their native SXGA 1280 x 1024 resolution for optimum display quality. Each QuadView processor outputs the MPEG video source to an edge blender which merges the three sources into one contiguous background across the large screen array. The QuadViews then display the remaining inputs in windows for each projector.
The display system is operated using a simple touch screen controller. Texas Station A/V personnel can select the desired input sources for display and choose between ten pre-set display configurations at the push of a button. The controller is pre-programmed to depict graphical representations of the display configurations for easy, intuitive selection.
Mack concluded, "The new QuadView-based entertainment system looks great and is a big hit with patrons. It delivers a captivating environment for our sports-craving customers, where they enjoy a wide variety of sporting events simultaneously. The QuadView processors deliver extremely fast, high performance image processing with excellent image quality and the versatility to handle all of the system's various display needs."
About The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center is located at 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, Texas. For more information, call 1-866-782-7897, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylordtexan/.
About Audio Visual Innovations Inc.
Audio Visual Innovations Inc. (AVI) is one of the largest systems integrators of audio visual technology in the United States. AVI is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and has 18 offices throughout the U.S. To find out more, call 1-800-282-6733 or visit www.aviinc.com.
About RGB Spectrum
RGB Spectrum is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink line of scan converters, the DGx digital recording system, Quadra universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster keyers and overlayers and SuperWall, ComputerWall and MediaWall multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.
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