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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Implements Panasonic System

"The Panasonic production system has been an invaluable element in meeting the overall objective of enhancing our patrons' Wolf Trap experience."

NEWARK — The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is offering audiences enhanced perspectives, captured using multiple Panasonic integrated pan/tilt/zoom cameras, including the ultra-rugged AW-HR140 outdoor unit.

Located on 117 acres of national park land near the town of Vienna, VA, the Filene Center accommodates more than 7,000 patrons seated both under cover and on the expansive lawn. Performances are given nightly from May to early September and encompass a wide range of styles from classical orchestras and ballet to rock and pop and everything in between.

The Wolf Trap Foundation partnered with system integrator Avitecture, Inc. in Sterling, VA for the project. This new installation includes five large-screen displays, creation of a new camera production system and introduction of the venue’s first digital control room. 

The lawn seat audience is served by a center 11′ x 19.7′ screen and two flanking 7.4′ x 13′ screens, while inside the Filene Center, the balcony and loge audiences are served by two 7.4′ x 13′ screens.

The live production system includes: five HR140 cameras, mounted on custom designed brackets attach to the left and right stage walls, left and right at the front of the balcony and one center-mounted on the balcony; three AW-HE130 integrated Full-HD resolution PTZ cameras, mounted on custom threaded tripod plates so they can be screwed to heavy duty pole mounts and positioned anywhere on stage for additional up close shots of musicians or back shots; two AW-HE40 integrated Full-HD PTZ cameras mounted in the wings backstage left and right, allowing the producer to monitor and see what is going on backstage; a Panasonic AV-HS450 switcher, located in a new camera control center built downstairs under the stage; and an AW-RP120 remote camera controller, also located in the control room, equipped for a video director (who switches shows) and a camera operator.

There are custom patch panels located at the back of the stage and in other areas where the HE130 stage cameras and, potentially, additional cameras can be connected to the HS450. (Many touring productions bring their own camera operators with their own studio cameras; they can now plug these additional inputs into the system and make use of the entire combination of the robotic PTZ house system with their own manned cameras.)

“The Panasonic production system has been an invaluable element in meeting the overall objective of enhancing our patrons’ Wolf Trap experience,” says Ryan Haderlie, Assistant Director of Concert Production and Operations for the Wolf Trap Foundation.