80six relies on Lightware for virtual and live productions

Jamie Webster On the Waterfront

80six utilised Lightware’s signal switching and distribution technology to deliver visual experiences worldwide.

80six utilises solutions from the AV industry leaders, such as ROE, Disguise, Barco, and others. For AV signal switching, distribution, and computer networking needs, 80six deployed Lightware’s renowned solutions. Particularly, Lightware’s AV-over-IP 1Gb VINX series of transmitters is the technology that 80six deploys to perform KVM functions as well as to enable remote operation and configuration of their disguise media servers at virtual production shoots.

Lightware’s AV-over-IP UBEX extension series of devices transmit uncompressed pixel-accurate 4k at 60Hz video feeds in two times 10Gb networks to support 80six’s projects. With DVI-HDCP-TPS-TX/RX95 pair, 80six solves the task of delivering video feeds to comfort monitors.

The video specialist team at 80six engage MX2 and MX Series of Lightware’s standalone matrices in two crosspoint sizes, 8×8 and 16×16, for switching and routing needs to distribute multiple sources to multiple displays, like comfort monitors and LED screen processing. With multifunctional distribution amplifier DA2DVI-HDCP-PRO with built-in EDID Management and Pixel Accurate Recklocking features, 80six enables a seamless single source feed to multiple displays.

Lightware’s reliability is the main reason its devices are used in 80six’s live shows and virtual production shoots. “Basically, they are bomb-proof and help us when dealing with real-time video playback,” said Jack James, the co-Founder of 80six sharing his convincing assessment of Lightware’s UBEX AV-over-IP 10×2 Gb transmission technology.

“From an efficiency standpoint, being able to trust our equipment is a key factor for us and Lightware’s range has consistently proven its reliability,” added Chris Isaacson, Technical Manager at 80six.

For the On the Waterfront Festival (Pier Head, Liverpool), 29 June to 2 July 2023, 80six deployed Lightware’s MX16x16-DVI-Plus matrices for signal distribution to LED process and monitoring. Within the project, there was also deployed Lightware’s AV-over-IP extension solution of UBEX-Pro20-HDMI-R100 for front house signal runs to the main stage, VJ’s, and sending feeds from media servers. With monitoring and commands available via the network, 80six enjoyed perfect control of each device at the time of the event.

Once a venture of two AV enthusiasts, now 80six is a team of project managers, creatives, and video technologists. The company is driven by a vision to inspire a new wave of creativity across the globe by integrating existing and emerging technologies. Lightware’s passion for innovation and manufacturing for the pro-AV community are set to support 80six on their path.