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Live Video Player – Gibside National Trust

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The VideoFrame 12 needed a custom button panel that allowed both live feeds, and recorded videos to be selected. We also incorporated red LED’s that highlight which type of media is currently in use (live feed or pre-recorded video). The interface is incredibly simple for visitors to use allowing children and adults alike to operate it.

Gibside is a country estate located just outside Newcastle upon Tyne which is maintained by the National Trust. Unlike most country estates, the main attraction of Gibside is not the main house (which is now merely an impressive shell) but the grounds.

There are various areas of interest located on the grounds such as the Palladian Chapel which has been described as an “architectural masterpiece” or the stable block which has been converted into a learning centre. The goal of the National Trust is to restore Gibside for “people and nature” with various fun events running every weekend.  Most days of the week you can enjoy a number of walks around the grounds and appreciate the many forms of wildlife that have made Gibside their home.

Live Feed and Recorded Video

Bespoke VideoFrame 12 at Gibside

Gibside hired exhibitions company blue tokay to put together some new interactive zones in their learning centre. The aim of these new zones was to help educate visitors in regards to nature in the surrounding area. They are described as Investigative Interactives and cover a range of subjects such as food chains, adaptation and micro-habitats.

blue tokay put together a great plan for these zones which included the ability to select and watch from 6 live feeds of various animals in their natural habitat, as well as watch selected pre-recorded videos just in case the animals were being camera shy. We were contacted by the designers in order to supply the audio visual equipment that would make the viewing of these live feeds and pre-recorded videos possible. The feeds were already in place however there was currently no way for visitors to select and view them.

We already have a product ideal for the role which is the VideoFrame 12, although for this job a certain amount of bespoke alterations were required. The VideoFrame 12 needed a custom button panel that allowed both live feeds, and recorded videos to be selected. We also incorporated red LED’s that highlight which type of media is currently in use (live feed or pre-recorded video). The interface is incredibly simple for visitors to use allowing children and adults alike to operate it, they simply press the corresponding button for the feed they wish to view, and it immediately starts showing on the monitor.

VideoFrame 12 supplied by Blackbox-av for Gibside National Trust

The designers then took the bespoke VideoFrame12 and installed it behind a panel, designed to blend in with the rest of the exhibit.

The end result was fantastic, the live video player fits perfectly with the surrounding design and offers visitors the opportunity to view local wildlife in their natural habitats at the push of a button.

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