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Stage structure – time-lapse video

Thought this was pretty neat – RTR at work, building a stage structure at the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings


Dogapalooza – it’s a dog thing

Sunday 12th November 2017, Oscar’s Law & One Little Indian Enterprises present Dogapolooza, Melbourne’s first dog friendly community music festival!

All proceeds benefit Oscar’s Law, Puppy Tails, Melbourne Animal Rescue, Greyhound Rescue Victoria, Stafford Rescue, along with our (other non dog specific) second tier beneficiaries The Orangutan Project, ISCP, Wildwood Shelter, Sydney Fox Sanctuary, Helping Hands Animal Rescue, Andara Wildlife Sanctuary and Little Wild Sanctuary.


It’s the one partnership in the watch industry that goes beyond just simply sharing logos. It’s an amalgamation of two cultures. Two cultures with one vision – ‘To design unique creations that generate a world of dreams and emotions’.

This year Ferrari celebrates its 70th Anniversary. Hublot announced its diamond partnership of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary weeklong celebrations, during Motorclassica, from 9th – 15th October 2017, in Melbourne.

10 October: National Rally; where Hublot Ambassador, Michael Clarke drove from Albert Park to Cruden Farm with the largest collection of Ferrari’s ever in Australia

A new collection designed by Ferrari and crafted by Hublot clearly stole the show: The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years. A team effort that began with Ferrari in Maranello and ended in Nyon with Hublot, this new line in Hublot’s collection is intended to offer a watch that is deeply rooted in Ferrari’s DNA—combining strength, performance and agility—while being produced and perfected by the Hublot manufacture.

RTR Productions was extremely happy to supply and install a truss arch for Jacquie at Pages to make this awesome structure look this good. Thanks Jacquie and thanks Pages!

Things I’ve learnt working at RTR #3 – Brightsign and love

A few weeks ago, RTR Productions donated projections for the Equal rights campaign, you can see the projections on Smith st Collingwood between 6pm and 3am every day.

I made a short video of Cris configuring the projector which is hosted above the Amlock locksmiths store.

Video images and content is hosted on a brightsign media player which uses a serial data connection (RS232) to turn the projector on at 6am and off again at 3am.

Things I’ve learnt working at RTR #1 – Withered Flowers

Working at RTR Productions is great, you get to see a lot of innovative technology solutions being used to solve adhoc problems for clients. This is mostly with audio video and lighting systems but also includes control systems, media streaming, staging and… well almost anything, I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say “we don’t do that”.

There is a lot of planning that goes into production projects and in most cases, RTR stages a full run down of the equipment used at the Melbourne warehouse. This is why RTR has such good flow when bumping in on site.

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with the RTR Installation team that is headed up by Matthew Withey. Similar to the Productions team, the Installation team work on adhoc, custom solutions which require careful planning and attention to detail. They are also similar to the production team in that they get to work at some pretty amazing buildings around Melbourne. This is what I’d like to mention in this post.

I’ve been completely blown away by some of the architecture and venues we’ve been installing equipment in. The one venue I’d like to highlight this month is from the Melbourne University. I had the absolute pleasure of working with the guys from Soundcorp who installed a face recognition camera in one of the main lecture theatres, the camera identifies the lecturer and automatically follows them on stage, the video feed is then projected onto large screens behind the lectern and around the theatre, it’s pretty amazing to see working. The theater is massive in size and hosts seats for about 500 students.

The thing that really caught my eye was the wall paper which is a beautiful piece of art by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel called Withered Flowers. Together, Job and Nynke created a handful of eccentric and quirky wallpapers, The Withered Flowers pieces is by far my favorite. It was exciting to see Melbourne University using some high tech which was beautifully camouflaged by the Withered Flowers wall paper.

Job and Nynke created seven pieces in total which you can see here.

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

2017 Eurovision Stage & Drape Setup

RTR Productions were asked to work with the TV station SBS for the reveal of Australia’s 2017 Eurovision contestant. RTR Productions were involved in the setup of the performance stage and euro truss with draping to create theatre effect coupled with screens and had an onsite operator to ensure the effects were seamless and the night was a success.

The event was live streamed on SBS and on social media and the selected contestant Isaiah Firebrace was revealed. Isaiah sang for the audience and was then interviewed. Firebrace said he struggled to keep his nomination a secret after he was told by his manager that he had been selected.

RTR Productions are extremely happy with the success of the reveal and wish Isaiah the best of luck in taking out the 2017 Eurovision Contest!

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.


Event Signage Solutions

RTR Productions have a range of solutions for your event signage including media walls, stage scrims, exhibition banners and even start and finish lines for fun runs. Using our heavy duty Euro truss its possible to hang banners in creative and attractive ways. RTR Productions can design, deliver and install signage for your next event simply get in contact with our team on 03 9381 0530.

Stage Signage



Media Wall Signage

truss media

Exhibition Signage


Start/Finish Line Signage

5k start line


Whatever type of event you are having, we can provide a wide range of solutions to meet your individual needs. More than just av hire, we go out of our way to make your event as easy for you to organise as possible.

RTR Productions is MOVING

Its not secret that RTR Productions have been growing, in every way, more equipment, more staff, more vehicles and all that goes with that growth. RTR Productions have been based out of our East Brunswick warehouse for almost a decade but the time has come to move to a bigger, better premises. From June 1st 2015 you can find the RTR Productions team at our all new massive warehouse at 18 Webber Parade, East Keilor conveniently located directly off  the Calder Highway or the Western Ringroads.