The best cheerleading squads in the country met recently in Dallas, Texas, for the National Cheerleading Association All-Star National Championship with well-practiced routines performed beneath a large dynamic rig that included lighting and video gear from Elation Professional. Held February 19–21 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, production company Gemini Light, Sound & Video (www.geminilsv.com) of Dallas served as lighting and video vendor for the event, which was televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
The visual centerpiece of the setup was a large upstage LED screen made up of 448 Elation EPT6IP™ LED video panels. The 6.7mm pixel pitch LED screen, which served as a visual backdrop for the performance stage where cheerleader routines took place, measured 58.80 ft. wide x 33.60 ft. tall (28 panels wide x 16 panels tall, 2688 pixels x 1536 pixels). The LED wall was big enough that a standard image would not fit the screen size so images were seamlessly integrated using four simultaneous video inputs. Processing was handled by four EPT VSC video processors and John Stem, head of video at Gemini, implemented the video design flawlessly.