Author: Joe Sexton

Resolution VS Screen Ratio

I’m normally not someone that writes blogs but quite often I get asked about projectors, screen, displays, monitors, TV etc. However, I believe lots of people are a little confused between resolution and screen ratio.

Last week I got told from an old school friend that 16:9 is better than 4:3. “I’m not quite sure what you mean” I told him, do you mean you prefer the ratio 16:9 VS 4:3 or do you think the quality (resolution) is better on a 16:9 screen?

He told me that “a projector that projects an image on 16:9 is higher resolution than a projector that projects a 4:3 image as 16:9 is WXGA and 4:3 is XGA”.
I really like my friend and I didn’t want to have a heated discussion or even worst an argument so I told him, “on this one mate we have to agree to disagree!”
Here is the way I see it. (I hope my friend will read this one day)

The aspect ratio of a screen/image can be 4:3, 16:9, 16:10 etc. and is the relationship between the width and the height of the screen/image. Doesn’t matter how big or small the screen/image is, and if it is in mm, cm, metres, inches etc if the width is divided into units of equal length (for example on a 16:9 is divided by 16) and the height is measured using this same length unit, the height will be measured to be 9 units.

The display resolution of a projector, Digital TV, computer monitor etc, is the number of pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. This is to put it in a very simple contest and explanation, so even my friend can understand it!

It is normally written as width × height,(I think that’s where my friend got confused) with the units in pixels: for example, “1280 × 800” means the width is 1280 pixels and the height is 800 pixels. This is sometimes called “twelve-eighty by eight-hundred”

Another meaning of “display resolution” is for displays such as plasma display panels, LCD, DLP projectors and similar technologies, and is simply the number of columns and rows of pixels creating the display (e.g. 1920 × 1080).

So to end this brief blog, if you like an image 16:9 better than a 4:3 because you like that ratio better, that’s great but remember a 4:3 image can be of higher resolution that a 16:9 image, for example UXGA (1600 x 1200) 4:3 image VS HD720 (1280 x 720) 16:9 image.

Please have a look at the Vector Video Standard image below. (please note I did not make the drawing below, I got it from the net)

Should any of you have a friend like me and wants some help in clarify some details, please do not hesitate to email me at



Resolution VS Screen Ration
Resolution VS Screen Ratio

Stage Fright – Overcome Your Fear

Whether you’re speaking at a corporate event, a groom reciting his own vows, or an artist singing in front of your biggest audience, stage fright can affect anyone.

Overcoming stage fright can be daunting, however may be much easier than you think. Once you master public speaking or performing you are equipped with a powerful tool that can be used to inform, persuade or entertain your listeners no matter how big or small the event.

Our team has been in the industry in Melbourne for many years and we have seen it all. Stage fright can remove the real joy of an event for the speaker and sometimes even the guests. To help our readers we have compiled some tips that will help first time speakers or performers through their anxiety in order to have a great wedding, festival, show or event:

Practice Calming Techniques

Be it meditation, yoga or simply taking a few deep calming breaths before stepping out on stage, calming techniques can help lower your heart rate and bring anxiety down.

Know Your Content

For a corporate event like a seminar where you might be the guest speaker, know your content well. Especially if you haven’t prepared the speech yourself. If you are a singer, know your songs and your set list well in advance.

Rehearse, Revise & Record

No matter what the event, practice practice practice. We cannot stress this enough. Not having to refer to notes and reducing the risk of losing your place really helps. Once you know your speech off by heart, get your phone and record yourself talking it slowly and confidently. Practicing this tone will help you on the day, and playing it back will let you know if you need to change anything that sounds a little off when read out loud.

Know Your Audience

It is always easier to speak to people you are familiar with than those you haven’t, so walk the room and introduce yourself if you don’t know your crowd.

Concentrate on the Message

Realise the importance of the message you are trying to deliver, not the way the audience perceives your delivery of it. Focus on individuals as you deliver your message, this will make it feel to you like you are in a one on one conversation, and will give the message stronger meaning to your audience.

Don’t Focus on Mistakes

Mistakes can happen and they are not a big deal unless you make them one. Imagine the times you have sat in a crowd and the speaker has made a mistake, you are generally empathetic, thinking ‘oh that’s no big deal’ and you probably forget about it within a minute or so. Your audience will be the same, so if you slip up, take a breath and just keep going.

Know that People want to Listen

Most people want you to be successful, and want to understand your message. This should give you a confidence boost knowing that people are open minded and understanding.

Improve Through Experience

Ultimately, there is no better way of getting over stage fright than simply getting up on stage and doing it over and over again. It does get easier, and after a while it can even become fun.

As with any event, if you are part of the organisation of it, having additional stresses of planning the event can increase anxiety on the day. Utilising an event manager or company such as RTR Productions who focus on providing ‘stress-free’ events will also assist in making your event as easy and pain free as possible.

White Night 2017

For the 3rd year in a row, RTR PROductions have been an integral team member in the prestigious event White Night. DAE Global the event organisers certainly stepped it up this year putting on a sensational production that surpassed the scale and creativity of prior years. RTR PROductions are honoured to be involved in an event that just keeps going from strength to strength.

We spent many months planning and preparing for the magical event that graces Melbourne CBDs streets for 12 hours every year. From 7pm to 7am many of Melbourne’s city roads are shut down and transformed into stages, light installations and large scale artworks. If you haven’t been to a White Night  before I highly recommend you check it out, you will not be disappointed!

Those months of planning came in handy on the day as a few unforeseen changes (including the possibility of poor weather) meant we had backup plans onsite and available. We were rather impressed with the Collins Street stage at 60m2 that was set up by the RTR crew in 19 minutes! A record yet for our team and one to beat for next year.

The 3 main stages consisted of:

Truck stage on Collins street for a large band setup with dancers rotating on the 60m2 elevated stage.

The Birrarung Marr stage and ground support structure 8m x 6m with wings.


And the Bourke Street stage 8m x 4m x 5m ground support truss structure with wings, roof and back.

All in all a successful event and great effort by all crew and operators.

NGV Summer Sundays

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Summer Sundays were an initiative put on by the Gallery that includes free performances by local musicians and DJs, food and pop-up bars in the NGV Garden and a free drop-by activity for kids. RTR Productions being the NGV preferred supplier for audio, visual, staging and productions designed a series of ground support structures, staging and audio visual solutions for the series of free concerts.

The events were a success even though there was a couple of weekends where last minute bad weather caused some re-arrangements to the structures. The RTR crew were able to quickly work around the inclement weather for a great result.

AV Installation and Corporate Events

RTR Productions specialise in AV installation and corporate event audio hire; our team has worked effectively with clients to make different events successful whether big or small. We continue to provide our clients with efficient and effective installation service at an accurate level of technological achievement. We aim for 100% client satisfaction and meet the different expectations set by customers in any event hire or occasion.

Our highly qualified and professional team of AV installers has a keen eye for details and is dedicated to achieve the desired result as expected by the clients. Our installation teams are trained regularly for product handling and knowledgeable in line with this work and they are capable of handling your system (maintenance, service and upgrade) when it needs one. They stay up to date with the latest equipment and installation procedures; you can trust that your system is in good hands.

We not just install audio visual equipment we also design and do custom AV installation to meet your needs whether it is for a boardroom, video conference and multi-room systems. With the knowledge in latest AV technology, we can provide you with a great selection of audio visual systems installation done carefully and professionally to match your expectations.

From simple to full production AV installations, call us up! We are always ready to assist you!

Melbourne Writers Festival Bookshop 2016

Our team at RTR Productions again provided the pop up bookshop for The Melbourne Writers Festival, located inside the atrium of Federation Square the bookshop had a new design this year with a new entrance facing Flinders Street and all new banners. Built on a floor with multiple planes of fall, our Nivtec staging is ideal with adjustable legs to create a level surface for the bookshop floor and our eurotruss box truss is ideal with its elegant looks and high ratings. If you need a temporary structure for an event why not get in contact with our team on 03 9331 6522.

Nivtec Staging Hire from RTR Productions
Nivtec Stage
Pop Up Stage Hire
Staging Hire for a pop up bookshop

New Product Review – 6×4 Outdoor Stage

RTR Productions have just added a new structure to our ever growing range of outdoor stages, coming with a standard stage size of 6mt x 4mt with an option to increase to 6mt x 5mt the new stage is an elegant solution for events of any size from community and council events through to entertainment zones at major events.

If you need a stage structure for your next event why not speak to our team about our range of stages on 03 9331 6522.

Event Review – E Class Reveal

RTR Productions produced and executed a project for 3 Point Motors – Mercedes Benz to launch and reveal the all new E Class Sedan.  The key feature of the project was a moving truss box that covered the car until reveal time, during arrivals and pre reveal the box was projected onto with custom content made for the evening. Come time for reveal we used high tech lighting and lasers to create a reveal sequence that helped set the scene for the technology that is packed into this car. Check out our short video of the event and gallery below:





Summer Events at RTR

Our team had a busy start to the year with a number of great events under the belt, we provided production for major events such as White Night 2016, Chinese New Year, we supplied audio production for Fat Boy Slim, we helped celebrate the opening of the new Box Hill Institute of Tafe in Lilydale and we’ve provided immersive displays for the Arnold Classic and DesignBuild trade shows among many other venue and music events. Check out a brief gallery of our year to date and don’t hesitate to contact our team on 03 9331 6522 for an obligation free discussion about your next event.

Product Review – 6mt x 6mt Trailer Stage

RTR Productions have a range of outdoor stage solutions starting from simple modular stages through to full sized concert stages. One of our popular stages is our rapid set up 6mt trailer stage due to its express set up time, the 6mt trailer stage can be set up and ready in 30 minutes making it ideal for events with road closures or limited set up time. If you need a stage for your event simply send our team at an images or plan of our site with details of your event and we can provide an obligation free quote.