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Green Hippo: A Leading Name Of Video In Live Events

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Formed in 2000, Green Hippo Ltd specialises in the design & manufacture of hardware and software products for realtime manipulation of video in the live event and AV industries.

For over 15 years, Green Hippo have developed and built Hippotizer media servers, providing top level professional quality video playback with real-time control. We are the leading brand name in the live events industry for video. Our proven platforms are the standard for video playback. Hippotizer's have developed and expanded what is possible with scenic video, supporting the designers and artists to bring their visions to reality.

The company's award-winning Hippotizer range is now in its fourth generation and can be found providing real-time video playback for television sets including The X Factor, Dancing On Ice, The Oscars, and the Super Bowl half-time shows. Theatre spectaculars such as Love Never Dies in the West End and American Idiot on Broadway utilise the system due to its flexibility during production periods and rock n roll tours for artists such as Take That, Bruce Springsteen, and George Michael have proven its reliability out on the road. As a result of the boom in video as an integral part of all high profile events from opening ceremonies to corporate shows, Hippotizer media servers now resides in the inventory of most of the major rental companies worldwide alongside an ever growing set of owner operators.

Hippotizer V4 includes SHAPE; a 3D projection toolset, a unique solution that is both quick to setup and easy to control, yet still at home on the most complex 3D projects. Thanks to the FlexRes suite of codecs, Hippotizer V4 plays 4K or larger clips in Lossless quality. Hippotizer supports both programmed Timelines with Presets and instant real-time changes with DMX, MIDI and OSC. ZooKeeper, Hippotizer's free network based control application, allows you to manage all controls on any Hippotizer on your network. Programme and run shows directly from the ZooKeeper interface remotely. Aids such as Presets, Timelines and a fully customisable user interface make controlling a Hippotizer with a keyboard and mouse, or a touchscreen, fast and easy. Use the integrated 3D Visualiser to preview the show in real-time and full resolution, directly inside ZooKeeper. Your show can be programmed before even going to site. Hippotizer V4 offers the most complete and easy to use video playback solution available, combining the flexibility and speed of a real-time media server with the 3D projection toolset; SHAPE.

Alongside Hippotizer sits the AViary Video Tools range. AViary Video Tools is a fresh approach to the challenges of displaying video in a host of environments and applications from corporate AV and installation to digital display, boasting a complimentary set of products, all aimed at enabling users to playback, manipulate and display media in ways not encountered before and all in broadcast quality, high-resolution formats where needed.

Our product ranges cover the whole market, from the smallest VJ user starting out, to the largest entertainment company on earth and their huge spectaculars. We are easy to learn, work in real-time and fit the show need – from a MacBook Pro controlling 1 output screen to huge canvases that span arenas.

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This article is also available to read at BFV online here, page 49.

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