“The Voice Portugal,” the Portuguese version of the TV singing competition that’s an international sensation, relies on the flexibility and power of d3 Technologies’ 2×2plus to display stunning, on-stage visuals that complement each performance. The 2×2plus offers the full, award-winning d3 creative software suite on a versatile 2U server that’s ideal for smaller shows and fixed installations.
“The Voice Portugal” premiered in October 2011 and is now in its third season. Its sophisticated, two-story set is backed by giant video screens, which display imagery tailored to each singer’s vocal interpretation. Visuals range from abstract landscapes to urban street scenes.
“d3 was chosen for its flexibility in visualizing the set and checking camera angles as well as easily sending all the creative team previews of the videos for each track as seen from specific camera angles,” explains Miguel Ribeiro, Video Designer for “The Voice Portugal.”
Ribeiro found d3’s 3D visualizer to be “a big plus” in the preproduction process. “It was key to exploring ideas and testing locations of video screens. It also helped determine the scale of things. Since I am quite proficient in the use of 3D models and d3 shares most of the 3D world’s terminology, the system felt incredibly simple to use.”
He also liked the ability to “fully program the show in advance from anywhere I wanted – on a plane, in a hotel room. I was able to look at all aspects of the show on a little laptop I could take everywhere.”
Ribeiro reports that d3 2×2plus “felt no different at all from its bigger brothers” in the d3 product family. “The system was incredibly sweet and responsive. It performed flawlessly throughout the shows. Lighting directors Marco Silva, who was also the board op, and Ricardo Maia, witnessed its impeccable performance, too.”
During production of the third season of “The Voice Portugal” Ribeiro says support from the d3 team was “absolutely second to none. In spite of being in a different country, I felt that help was only a phone call or an email away.”