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U2 tours with all-flash array to rock latest video effects

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Irish rockers U2 are continuing to innovate in their use of video on the current Innocence + Experience tour, and behind the scenes is some extremely high-performance, all-flash technology.

Video show director Stefaan “Smasher” Desmedt is using an all-flash configuration of a ruggedized EMC VNXe3200 to help run the spectacle, pulling new video projects and archived footage to show on massive specialized displays that hang overhead. He also incorporates live video as it’s being captured for display on the conventional giant screens that are commonly seen in arenas.

The visual centerpiece of the show is an eye-catching tunnel suspended above the catwalk that extends from the main stage, the walls of which are two semi-transparent LED video screens that are 29 meters wide and 7 meters tall. Each screen uses 240 individual V-Thru panels from Saco Technologies. A walkway runs in between the screens, and during parts of the show such as the song “Cedarwood Road,” lead singer Bono climbs up into the assembly and appears to interact with the video and graphics projected on the screens.

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