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You might not know David Davidian's face, or even his name, but if you've been to Rush concert in the last nine years, you've enjoyed his work. In addition to overseeing images concertgoers see on the 40x20' WinVision 9mm LED screen, Davidian is also responsible for the video feeds into Lifeson and Lee's backlines and Peart's drum riser.
According to Davidian, his crew usually starts unloading equipment from the trucks around 10:30am. At this point, the rigging for the WinVision screen should already be in place. Next comes the job of assembling the 2x2' tiles together to form the 40x20' screen. Each of the 200 LED tiles weighs approximately 19 lbs, bringing the total weight of the screen to just under two tons.
Each tile has a 4,096 pixel resolution and consumes 400 watts of power. At 200 tiles, the total power consumption for the screen is 80,000 watts.
At the same time the screen is being assembled, the FOH (Front Of House) cameras that render the straight shots of the band are set up just behind the lighting control area on the floor at the back of the venue. One of the camera operators, Lindsey Haney, ensures that the wiring for the cameras located in the lighting rigging for the 'spider' are hooked up before it is hoisted into place. (Cameras in the spider capture the overhead shots, e.g. Neil Peart's drum solo).
Most of the video content on the WinVision LED screen is provided by Hippotizer's HD Green Hippo media servers. Catalyst media servers produce the video for Lifeson and Lee's backlines and for Peart's drum riser.
After the show, breakdown usually takes between one hour and 90 minutes.