The media tree includes over 150 plasma and LCD displays, 80 LED lights to make the media tree change colors, rear projection video walls, an advanced sound system, and a network of routing switchers, converters, and receivers to transmit high-quality video content. The media tree installation was not without challenges. The three-story media tree in the atrium had to be built from the bottom up. When the first level was built, the installation teams climbed onto it to create the next level, building intermediate structures to hold the workers. Additionally, space and design constraints prohibited using high-quality but bulky 5-wire RGB cables. Single-wire CAT 5 network cabling was used to connect to Kramer TP-200 receivers, which could service two pairs of monitors on the tree with a single wire. The TP-200 receivers were mounted between pairs of video monitors and connected to Kramer TP-100 transmitters in the rack room, 500-600 feet away.
“We were able to get excellent response and clear picture even at that distance,” McGinnis commented. “The Kramer TP-100 and TP-200 transmitters and receivers were absolutely the best solution available for the application, regardless of the cost – but the feature/value package was also right.”
The main rack room contains all of the switching components, including a Sierra 3232V5 RGBHV matrix switcher for the media tree, a Sierra 3232V3S component video and audio matrix switcher for the Sports Bar and OTB lounge, a Sierra 1616V5 RGBHV matrix switcher for the casino gaming floor and food and beverage marketing, and a Sierra 84V5 RGBHV matrix switcher for the rotunda video wall. The switchers allow content from any source to be shown on displays throughout the building. They also route video from remote cameras in the rotunda, where rock bands perform live.
Sierra Video Systems’ matrix switchers fit the bill for the installation because of features like built-in redundant power supplies, full bandwidth on all channels, and two separate s-Video and composite video jacks.
According to Mike Webb, audio/video manager for Casino Niagara, the new entertainment theme has successfully increased business, and the equipment design has helped his team to run the show flawlessly. His full-time crew controls the constantly changing content on the displays, the audio levels on the floor, the sports betting content, and the cameras that videotape the live performances.
Casino Niagara is continuing to build its system, with 12 new display installations throughout the property, taking the clientele closer to Las Vegas than they imagined.