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C3 & Dell partner for Lollapalooza Webcasts

August 4, 2011
C3 & Dell partner for Lollapalooza Webcasts

AUSTIN, TX — Event planning and production company C3 (www.c3presents.com) has teamed up with Dell to broadcast live HD feeds from the upcoming Lollapalooza show in Chicago. C3 produces more than 800 shows nationwide each year. The company is using Dell Precision workstations (www.dell.com/precision) with AMD FirePro graphics to brings Internet viewers the event, and will then provide similar services for the Austin City Limits Festival in September. 

In addition to the live performances, C3 will be using Dell technology to shoot and edit interviews with bands, audience interactions and backstage action. The technology will be set up in a video village command center and will include Dell Precision workstations, Dell Ultrasharp monitors and Dell PowerVault Network Attached Storage. 

Lollapalooza’s two biggest stages and headlining acts will be streamed live to viewers at home. Each stage will make use of three or four cameras and one video switcher. Video feeds will be sent over HD-SDI to one Matrox MXO2 capture device and one Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro through USB 3.0 to two Dell Precision M4600 mobile workstations. Additional videographers will capturing video of fans, backstage interviews and other live shots, and will return footage on memory cards to the video village where media will be loaded onto the mobile workstations via memory card readers.

The mobile workstations will be equipped with AMD FirePro M5950 graphic cards and will capture all of the footage that will then be stored on the Dell PowerVault NX200 Network Attached Storage. The NAS can hold up to 3TBs. All four workstations will be connected to the NAS via gigabit Ethernet. One Dell Precision T5500 tower workstation with AMD FirePro V5900 will be used for editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Another T5500 will stream back to YouTube.

Lollapaloooza (www.lollapalooza.com) is taking place August 5-7. The Austin City Limits Music Festival (www.aclfestival.com) is set for September 16-18 in Austin.