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Green Hippo media servers drive graphics at Finland’s JouluMielelle charity concert

The Cultural House Martinus in the Finnish city of Vantaa hosted a concert to raise money for sick children in December 2022. Some of Finland’s biggest stars performed in front of eight LED screens, displaying graphics driven by two Hippotizer Montane+ media servers. The event, known in Finnish as Kummit JouluMielelle, was broadcast live on MTV3 and recorded for streaming on-demand.


It was organised by The Association of Friends of the University Children’s hospitals charitable organisation, founded in 1993, which is a longstanding client of the event projection, graphics and immersive media experts at Visual45.


“Christmas was a key theme that guided our design work, so that’s what we aimed for”, says Varpu Sipilä, Operations Manager at Visual45’s parent company, Creative Technology. “We worked with the setlist and curated the visuals accordingly, noting that the range of songs and performers was quite wide. The cheerful songs clearly required more colourful and joyous screen visuals than the more ballad-like numbers.”


On stage, the team set up eight LED screens consisting of 179 Roe Black Pearl 3.9 mm panels. They powered up two Hippotizer Montane+ media servers, using one for live and one for backup, alongside a high-spec laptop running Zookeeper at the FOH position. To control the Montane+ servers, Visual45’s Tero Kärpijoki used a grandMA2 console.


The team created and curated screen content in advance, editing them together during pre-programming at the venue. The screen content for the songs was created by Visual45’s graphic designer Jani Saranpää and visual designer Tero Kärpijoki. The visual design for the show was originally made by Visual45’s Mikko Linnavuori in 2021. This content was the driving force for the on-stage LED screens, mixed occasionally with pre-made video footage. The show also included some inserts for TV and they were also shown for the live audience on the in-venue LED screens, via a live input.


The Hippotizer media servers were supplied to the event by Creative Technology Finland, within which Visual45 functions as a design unit.


(Photos: Green Hippo/Visual45/Kummit JouluMielella/Nauhoitus/Teron Tallenne)




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