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Black Coffee invests in Hippotizer

Black Coffee invests in Hippotizer
Black Coffee's John-Dee Styles with his new Green Hippo purchases

Black Coffee invests in Hippotizer

South Africa:

Durban-based rental company Black Coffee has taken ownership of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Boreal+ media server. Supplied by DWR Distribution, the product has already been put to use at an event at The Globe Theatre, a new multipurpose, dome-structured venue that forms part of the Suncoast Casino. The event was held to celebrate the casino’s new massive upgrade and renovation.

‘We used our new Hippotizer Boreal+ with a backup system,’ explained John-Dee Styles, who heads the creative team at Black Coffee. ‘We used four DVI outputs, two of which went to a double stack of 18k Barco projectors, for the main content. This was projected on a black gauze to create the client’s desired effect.’ 

‘The show went well but I have to admit it was nerve-wrecking getting to know the system and using it for the first time on a major show,’ Styles confessed, adding that he was grateful to have Dylan Jones from DWR onsite for technical support. 

‘Going down to help Black Coffee with their first Green Hippo show was an experience,’ said Jones. ‘They did remarkably well, having just taken delivery of the system. Both John and Gerrie van Heerden, head of AV from Black Coffee, attended training at DWR a few weeks prior to their show, and they took to the new platform effortlessly.’

The Hippotizer has since been on a variety of other productions. At Unilever’s Customer Development Conference, held at the scenic Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg, Black Coffee opted for a two-wide blend on a 17m screen. ‘We made use of various layers and had camera and presentation PC inputs, so it was very convenient and quick to set up. We also had to make use of the effective masking and geometry tool,’ explained Styles. ‘What I like most about the Hippotizer is the constant development and refreshing local support of the system. We are looking forward to getting more inventive and more responsive to our environment as we explore the many uses of the Hippotizer.’



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