The X Factor, which is a British reality television music talent search, was recently supplied by XL Video with custom video set-ups for several of the guest artist appearances, during their recent run.

Working with One Direction and their creative director, Lee Lodge, XL Video provided 144 Barco MiStrip LED batons which were housed in a custom structure created by design studio, Artisan, as a backdrop for the band’s performance of their recent single “Steal My Girl’.

The MiStrips complemented a sea of lasers behind the band, and content for the batons was controlled by two of XL’s d3 media servers. When Take That performed as a three-piece on The X Factor’s Sunday night results show, their production director, Chris Vaughan, contacted XL Video to provide projection mapping for a multi-surface stage set which incorporated more than 40 blocks of varying sizes. XL Video supplied six of their highest brightness Barco HDQ-2K40 projectors, covering the rear blocks and dancer podiums surfaces.

The platform on which Take That performed their hit “These Days’ was covered by 2 of XL’s Panasonic 20K projectors. The complex mapping and content control was supplied using three XL Video’s d3 media servers. Barco MiStrips were used to great effect for the appearance of returning X Factor winner Sam Bailey, who performed “With You’. Mounted on vertical stands, 60 of XL Video’s MiStrip LED batons surrounded the singer as she performed the ballad.

A semi-circular tunnel style structure was designed by United Visual Artists, and to light the structure, 10 000 x XL Video’s Barco FLX-24 LED pixels were used. The pixels twinkled and pulsed throughout the performance creating the effect of waves of light around Ella Henderson, who made a big impression on the show with her performance of her new hit single “Yours’.

Jeff Bailey, XL Video’s TV & Film manager comments: “We often get requests for something a little different for artists appearing on iconic shows like The X Factor, allowing the artists to create something really unique and spectacular for their special performance on the show. For each of these performances, we were able to supply a custom creative solution to satisfy each act’s unique requirements.’