XL Video Sets the Scene for Pointless

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XL Video supplied video solutions for studio recordings of Series 12 and 13 of the popular Endemol UK/Remarkable Television show, Pointless.

The familiar Pointless set includes several video elements that are key to the quiz show, hosted by Alexander Armstrong and quizmaster, Richard Osman which is recorded at Stage 8 of Elstree Television Studios, and broadcast on BBC1.

For the questions screen, XL Video Project Manager, Jeff Bailey, specified one of XL’s high brightness Barco HD-20 projectors, which fed the 3.2 x 2.32 metre screen. The high brightness unit, which supplies 20,000 Lumens, was selected to counter the ambient light on set.

For the game tower, which counts down the scores towards the much-sought-after ‘pointless’ answer, 20 tiles of XL’s Barco NX6 LED product were utilised, de-populated from the standard rental frames and installed into a laser-cut curved fascia built on to a steel tower. Bailey selected the NX6 as the small module size enabled the LED to create a curved surface with no visible gaps.

XL Video also supplied several Panasonic LCD screens to BBC Resources, used by the presenters and contestants as video relay screens.

A total of 67 Pointless and 14 Pointless Celebrity shows were recorded during the run at a rate of 3-4 episodes per day.

Jeff Bailey, XL’s Manager for TV & Film commented: “It was wonderful to work on this show once again. The production team always ensures that everything runs smoothly and that the XL engineer is treated as part of the team.”


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