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Press Releases For : October 20, 2014

New Clay Paky Stormy Fixtures Arrive at Main Light Industries

StormyMain Light Industries, Inc., which offers lighting equipment rentals to the professional entertainment business from its base in Wilmington, Delaware, has taken delivery of 34 new Clay Paky Stormy fixtures. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky products in North America.

The innovative Stormy uses the latest LED technology while retaining all the charm of the classic strobe. Its light source is a strip of powerful white LEDs, which perfectly emulate a bright Xenon linear lamp. The flash effect is enhanced by the Stormy’s parabolic reflector, like a classic strobe’s, which does not project the light directly forward like other LED strobes.

“The Stormy fills a hole in the market with a realistic strobe-style fixture that isn’t just a brick of LEDs,” says John DiEleuterio at Main Light Industries. “Having a strobe that’s LED alleviates the thermaling issue of conventional strobe fixtures offered by the other manufacturers.”

The new Stormy has 144 x 7W Oslon Osram LEDs with a pulsed mode of 980W max and a continuous mode of 720W max. The frequency, duration and intensity of the pulse are fully digitally controlled; the parameters are even independently adjustable, which is impossible with a Xenon lamp strobe. Due to highly sophisticated electronics, the light turns on and off instantly, creating the jerky movement illusion. The pulse duration may be extended as required. And thanks to the use of LEDs, the light intensity remains constant with no flickering effect.

The Stormy also comes with RGBW LEDs, which are able to flash in any color eliminating the need for gels, that dramatically reduce the amount of light, and slow, noisy and unreliable scrollers.

DiEleuterio is particularly pleased with these features. “The Stormy fixtures are RGBW, and there’s no need to add scrollers or color,” he says. “They are also very solidly built.”

The Stormy’s beam opening control is by optional barndoors. The fixture has a 0-100% adjustable dimmer and bracket adjustable on 360º.

Leading Saudi Arabia University Goes All Renkus-Heinz

 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – October 2014… Founded in 1953, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University today enrolls over 35,000 students in a campus network that spans across Saudi Arabia’s capital city. Islamic tradition specifies that men and women attend school separately, so the University has a campus for each.

Most of the university’s multiple lecture halls and auditoriums on both the men’s and women’s campuses have long struggled with intelligibility and reverberation issues, and university officials recently embarked on a massive, multi-year retrofit of the school’s sound reinforcement systems. After a thorough review of the various facilities, Madrid, Spain-based engineering and architectural firm TYPSA recommended systems based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steerable line array loudspeaker systems. Local Riyadh contractor/integrator Baud Telecom Company was selected as the installing contractor.

“Renkus-Heinz ICONYX was the clear choice for a project of this magnitude,” observes TYPSA design supervisor Sergio Onrubia Alvarez. “Steered-beam technology was the obvious solution for these challenging spaces, and Renkus-Heinz is the recognized leader in digital beam steering. We wanted consistency in sound quality throughout the campus, and we were confident that Renkus-Heinz systems were versatile enough to deliver the performance and coverage requirements of these many different spaces.”

 The scope of the women’s campus installation included 40 lecture halls, each with 112 seats, and two 200-seat auditoriums used for small conferences, presentations and special lessons. A pair of ICONYX IC16-R-II columns was installed in each of the 40 lecture halls. The two auditoriums are outfitted with a pair of IC16-R-II arrays, augmented by three SG61-R compact 6.5-inch two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers for front fill coverage. A CF15S 15-inch high-performance subwoofer handles LF reinforcement.

“Prior to installation, we measured the total reverberation time in the halls at 1.2 seconds, with resonances on the mid and low frequencies,” states TYPSA technical supervisor Victor Fernández Garrido. “As we expected, the ICONYX systems improved intelligibility significantly.”

The men’s campus is divided into dedicated buildings for the various colleges (engineering, medicine, language, etc), each with two 400-seat auditoriums. For these halls, TYPSA specified left and right arrays of five PN102LAR RHAON-empowered point source arrays. Each array includes IC212S-R dual 12-inch subwoofers, and three SG61-R boxes are installed on the stage lip for front fills.

The main conference building on the men’s campus includes two larger halls used for conferences and presentations. A major concern in both halls was an older acoustic drop ceiling that magnified room resonance and audible vibrations. A pair of ICONYX IC Live ICL-FR-DUAL columns is installed in each of the rooms.

 By employing IC LIVE systems in these two halls, we were able to achieve consistent coverage while addressing the vibration and resonance issues, as well as improving intelligibility by reducing room reverberation,” said Alvaro Guiterrez Moreno, TYPSA architectural support.

For two smaller 60-seat and 100-seat auditoriums in the administration building, TYPSA recommended left-right IC8-R-II and IC16-R-II systems, respectively, with the larger venue also receiving three SG61-R boxes for front fills.

“This was a very large and multi-faceted installation,” concludes Victor Fernández Garrido. “We needed to be able to address intelligibility problems in the halls and auditoriums, as well as deliver consistent coverage and high performance in all the rooms across the campus. We were confident that Renkus-Heinz was the only company that could meet all of the University’s strict criteria, and officials are very happy with the results.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Press Releases For : October 17, 2014

Rogue Element Embraces an Open Source Philosophy

Dan Mulligan

Rogue Element has become one of the first digital cinematography companies in the UK to adopt an Open Source policy for its rental division by providing Open Source Digital Camera Solutions.

In a move designed to unleash and encourage creativity, the Soho-based company is ensuring that 4K cinema is fully open to everyone by making AXIOM Beta Open Digital Cinema Cameras available to its rental customers.

AXIOM Beta cameras are the first products to be developed by apertus°, an Open Source cinema organisation founded by film makers and financed through crowd funding. The people behind apertus° were galvanised into action when they became concerned with the expensive and limited tools they were forced to work with every day. Instead, they wanted access to affordable devices and technology that delivered the highest possible image quality and could be customised to exactly suit their needs.

Since its formation in 2007, the apertus° project has applied an Open Source philosophy to everything it has developed. As no patents have been filed, anyone can access the technology behind its cameras and people are actively encouraged to adapt, modify, repair and even replicate them. To date, reaction has been very positive. Not only has the company achieved – and exceeded – its initial crowd funding target but it also has the backing of some very important film makers and cinematographers.

ASC and AIC Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer, who was responsible for films such as Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland and Stranger Than Fiction, says: “I believe than an Open Source camera will allow us to customize the digital camera to our personal liking. That should include ergonomics and hopefully give the ability to get rid of the shoebox, front heavy trend of current designs. I look forward to using custom elements to create the new Digital Aaton, even though they are no longer in business. The design possibilities that I’ve seen from the apertus° project are exciting, as are the image creation possibilities. Not being locked in to any one company’s idea of what the images should look like is a breath of fresh (film) air. Currently in order to switch film stocks we have to change camera systems. The AXIOM will hopefully change all of that and allow us to change stocks with a physical switch.”

His views are shared by Emmy and Academy Award-winning DOP and Visual Effects Supervisor David Stump, who says: “The spirit of Open Source frees up the creative spirit to do something that no one else thought of,” while IMAX cinematographer Lee Ford Parker adds: “Open Source cameras are a step back toward the dark room, in which making the tools is part of the joy of making the art.”

The AXIOM Beta camera has just been released and is currently only available at cost to the community that backed the initial crowd funding campaign. Rogue Element was one of those backers and Managing Director Dan Mulligan says: “Open Source is a fantastic concept and we are delighted to be supporting apertus° by making this format available to the UK rental market. In taking on the Open Source philosophy, we hope to facilitate unfettered access to the technology and free up the creative spirit so that the cinema industry can engage in practices that encourage freedom of expression and is no longer limited by who can contribute.”

Established by Mulligan in 2001 firstly with camera rentals, Rogue Element then pioneered tapeless and file-based digital workflows and onset correction with 3D LUTs, S.two & Codex data recorders and Filmlight colour timing suites until 2011.
Now starting an Open Source operation for 2014 onwards Rogue will offer new camera solutions and options for the Broadcast & Features markets.

Rogue Element can also provide dailies and workflows for Arriraw (Alexa 16:9/4:3 sensors) RED RAW (RED Epic & Dragon 6K),Sony S-Log3 (Sony F65), Canon RAW (Canon C100/300/500), Cinema DNG (Blackmagic), GoPro and many other of today’s professional and niche camera systems. With this new operation for 2014 we want to pursue new avenues for the market.

Dan Mulligan, who has recently returned to Rogue Element after a three year stint at Technicolor, says: “The Arriraw format is now well established and there are a raft of high-end products catering for this market. We are still providing our customers with access to these workflows as they continue to develop, but thanks to our investment in the apertus° project we can now bring a very high quality Open Source 4K camera to the market at a much lower entry cost.”

Mulligan adds that for many film makers, cost can be an ongoing issue and the price of using high end equipment does bar many talented people from entering the market.

“This is why it is good to see the appearance of an Open Source camera system that has a much lower entry point,” he says. “The ability to create your own 4K camera and your own workflow is hugely beneficial for the film and broadcast industry because it will encourage content creation and allow people to get involved at much less cost.”

Rogue Element is not initially consider charging for the rental of its AXIOM Beta cameras. Instead, it will make its income through consultancy and through supplying additional new sensors, lenses, tripods etc., and add on services such as storage and workflow.

“We want people to try them so we are making them as easily available as possible,” Mulligan says. “With the Axiom Open Source we now have a camera solution coming from an opposing end of the release spectrum with a differing approach to its target audience. There should be more than enough room for both this and the higher end systems.”

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About Rogue Element:
Rogue Element provides digital cinematography filming services plus data and dailies, to the Film and Broadcast industries. A pioneer in tapeless and file-based digital workflows and on-set colour correction, the company’s growing rental division also supplies and supports a wide range of professional Digital Cameras including RAW camera systems and workflows, apertus° AXIOM Beta Open Source cameras and new solutions for RAW workflows.
www.rogueelementdigital.com

Event Safety Alliance To Host Industry’s First Ever Safety Summit in December

Take1

Event Safety Summit 2014 will take place from December 2-4, 2014 in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Registration is open at www.eventsafety.org.


Underscoring its commitment to make safety the number one priority of every live event producer, the Event Safety Alliance today announced that it will host the industry’s first Event Safety Summit from December 2-4, 2014 at the Tait Towers’ campus in Lititz, Pennsylvania.  The three-day symposium and hands-on workshop, which is funded in part by Fireman’s Fund and its managing agent Take1 Insurance, is designed to increase awareness of the many event safety risks present at live events and teach event producers to address those risks more effectively.  It will also focus on the importance of making sure that every live event has the right insurance coverage supporting it.

According to Event Safety Alliance Executive Director Jim Digby, “Everyone has a role to play in putting on a safe event. However, the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that both workers and guests make it home at the end of the night lies squarely on the shoulders of an event’s leadership, both legally and dutifully. Despite this awesome obligation, the event industry has, until now, lacked a comprehensive safety awareness program tailored to the specific needs of those working in leadership positions.”

Digby stressed that the three-day seminar is designed for anyone with significant authority for making reasonable safety decisions at live events, and those who could be held responsible if something goes wrong, including production managers, tour managers, stage managers, event producers, and vendor crew chiefs. “In creating the Event Safety Summit, we hope to bring together a wide array of thought leaders who are dedicated to driving cultural change in the live event industry.”

Classroom instruction will be led by subject matter experts who will engage participants in discussions tailored specifically to the live event industry. Topics will include: planning for severe weather events, creating a unified incident command system, the elements of an event safety plan and procedure, event safety access training, legal issues and the “standard of care,” partnering with public safety officials, and working effectively with your insurer.

“The importance of insurance cannot be overstressed,” Digby emphasized today, “And I am proud to say that we will have the full involvement of Fireman’s Fund, our Insurance Sponsor, and their managing agent, Take1 Entertainment Insurance, in the Summit’s program.  Insurance has become a critically important and complex component in preparing a comprehensive event safety plan for live events.  Fireman’s Fund and Take1’s expertise is going to be a very important part of the Summit’s agenda.”

Digby said it was going to be very interesting to hear these insurance experts address how insurance underwriting has changed with more focus on safety at live events and how that connection between insurance and the Event Safety Alliance’s mission is linked together.

Training and hands-on application will take place at Tait Towers’ campus in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Instruction will run from Tuesday, December 2, 2014 through Thursday, December 4, 2014. Registration cost per participant will be $1,750.00, which includes instruction, materials, food, entertainment and local transportation. Participants will be responsible for lodging and airport transportation costs. ESA will provide registrants with preferred hotel and transportation options.  A complete Event Summit 2014 schedule can be found at www.eventsafetyalliance.org.

- See more at: http://www.twice.com/thewire/event-safety-alliance-host-industrys-first-ever-safety-summit-december/54380#sthash.xiqPD0aD.dpuf

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Christie’s Donation to CHOC Children’s Hospital Helps Create Movie Theater for Young Patients

Christie, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, has continued its philosophy of giving back to the community by donating a state-of-the-art digital projector, screen, and audio solution to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s). With this donation, inpatients will have their very own, special movie theater to view movies in.

Children's Hospital of Orange County

Children’s Hospital of Orange County

The grand opening of the movie theater will take place on October 16 at 1:00 pm at CHOC with a ribbon cutting ceremony, activities for the children, and culminate with a screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a new release from Disney®.

Christie’s CEO, Jack Kline, a Board member of the Lollipop Theater Network – a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to bring movies to in-patient, ill children who are unable to go to a regular movie theater – is a passionate supporter of this cause.

“On behalf of everyone at Christie, I want to say how pleased we are to be able to contribute to this worthy cause,” said Jack Kline, CEO, Christie. “Personally, it’s a cause near and dear to my heart as well, given my involvement with LOLLIPOP, and I’m excited about providing the CHOC Children’s movie theater with our top-notch equipment.”

Lollipop Theater Network (LOLLIPOP) coordinates with studios to bring new release, current release, and past release movies to children too ill to travel to a theater on their own. Often, it is one of the children’s final wishes to be able to see a certain movie, and that wish is granted through the efforts of Lollipop Theater Network.

“We are incredibly grateful to Christie for its role in CHOC’s new movie theater, which will allow our patients to escape – a little – from the hospital routine and enjoy being kids. We can’t wait to see our patients gather in our theater, enjoy popcorn and settle in to watch a new movie together,” said Stephanie DeMello, child life manager, CHOC Children’s.

The new theater will be a dedicated room where the patients can go to see these movies. With movie theater seating, a popcorn machine, velvet drapes, and custom projector, audio system and screen, the room will be a refuge from the standard routines of a hospital environment.

Highlighting the theater will be the Christie DHD555-GS projector, unveiled in June, 2014. This projector boasts 1-chip DLP® technology, renowned for its excellent image quality and reliability, proving roughly 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. The projector outputs a native, high definition resolution of 1920 x 1080, and is rated at 5,000 ANSI lumens of brightness.

Press Releases For : October 16, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Passenger Rides Along with HARMAN’s AKG DMS700 V2 Wireless Microphone System

AKG_PassengerNORTHRIDGE, California – Renowned singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his professional moniker Passenger, is currently touring the United States. Delivering world-class audio to support his dynamic and intimate live performances, Rosenberg and front of house engineer Simon Kemp rely on a HARMAN AKG DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system for his acoustic guitars, along with a D7 vocal microphone, plus an AKG wireless stomp microphone for Rosenberg’s unique brand of percussion.

As a sound engineer who also has a strong relationship with his artist, Kemp is in tune with Rosenberg’s unique requirements of his audio setup. “He is very thorough, knows exactly what he wants and he has the ears to make sure he gets it,” Kemp said. “We are constantly improving and critiquing the sound.”

Kemp notes the most daunting challenge of Passenger concerts is translating a folk singer with an acoustic guitar into a sound that can reach up to 6,000 people per night. “The sound needs to be very gentle for the quiet songs and a massive ‘in-your-face’ sound for the big songs,” he commented. “It’s a great challenge.

To meet this challenge, Passenger uses a DMS700 V2 wireless microphone system for acoustic guitars. “We had a test with all the other wireless options available and we were not sold on the quality with any of them until we got to the DMS700 V2,” Kemp said. “We tried the DMS700 V2 and [Rosenberg] thought he was plugged in. I would be amazed if anybody could actually tell the difference—it sounds incredible and is very easy to use.”

Kemp chose the AKG D7 as Passenger’s vocal microphone for several reasons. “The main factor is that it sounds incredible because I can get so much gain before feedback,” Kemp noted. “He’s amazingly dynamic so I need the gain, and this microphone is dynamic with the sonic quality of a condenser.”

“The tour has been amazing so far,” Kemp concluded. “We started off with festivals in the summer and are now in the middle of our US tour. Europe and Australia are next. We have been getting amazing reviews.”

For more information, please visit www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Canon U.S.A. Introduces New REALiS WUX6000, Expanding the REALiS Pro AV Installation LCOS Projector Lineup

CANON REALiS WUX6000

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 16, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new high brightness REALiS WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector, designed for professionals seeking a balance of outstanding picture quality and performance and excellent price for medium-to-large display environments. Featuring LCOS Technology with Canon’s unique AISYS-enhancement (Aspectual Illumination System), the Canon REALiS WUX6000 Installation projector is built to deliver native WUXGA (1920 x 1200) high resolution still and motion images with intricate detail, accurate color, and high contrast (up to 2000:1). This new projector offers multiple image-mode settings and adjustments, a choice of optional Genuine Canon projection lenses to match a variety of screen sizes and installation environments, motorized lens shift for easy positioning and projection from multiple angles. The new projector also features extensive connectivity (including HDMI, DVI-I, and RJ-45), leading network interfaces, excellent burn-in resistance for long periods of continuous projection, and low-power consumption.

“As the new Canon flagship Installation LCOS projector, the REALiS WUX6000 is ideal for users in multiple markets such as education and business, or professionals in security monitoring and government,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This projector combines bright, high-resolution image quality, advanced picture adjustments, installation versatility, and low-cost per lumen to deliver an excellent combination of price and performance value and quality.”
DICOM

A separate model, the REALiS WUX6000 D Pro AV Installation LCOS projector, is also available with all of the same features as the REALiS WUX6000 plus a special DICOM Simulation Mode for displaying monochrome digital X-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs with superb grayscale gradation. This unique mode, which offers both clear and blue base color temperature presets, simulates the results of devices compliant with the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Part 14 standard*. This feature makes the REALiS WUX6000 D ideal for those in the medical education and training fields, or other specialized applications like black and white photography where an expanded range of gamma adjustment is required.
Imaging Choices

Equipped with a powerful new image processing engine the new Canon REALiS WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector can display many different types of video and computer signals with precise color, deep blacks, and virtually blur-free movement. Given the wide range of image-origination and image-viewing formats, the WUX6000 projector offers extensive image quality and color adjustments to suit user preferences. This includes seven different pre-set Image Modes, nine Color Adjustment modes, and ten Advanced Image Adjustments for helping to optimize image reproduction. In addition, Advanced Professional Calibration Settings are included to support customized installations. These include Edge Blending to combine the displays of two Canon REALiS WUX6000 units into a seamless, extra-wide projection. Additionally a Picture-by-Picture feature enables two high-quality images from two digital inputs (via DVI and HDMI) to be projected simultaneously side-by-side in one letterboxed image. With the REALiS WUX6000 D, users can choose between viewing DICOM SIM monochrome images and sRGB color images side-by-side to enhance the learning experience.
Projection Flexibility

Further contributing to the versatility of the new Canon REALiS WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector are its multiple optional high-resolution interchangeable Genuine Canon projection lenses to meet the needs of a wide range of installation environments ranging from 40 inch to 600 inch image sizes. These include a Fixed Ultra Wide Angle Lens (0.80:1), and a Wide Zoom (1.0 – 1:5:1), 1.5x Standard Zoom (1.49 – 2.24:1), 1.7x Long Zoom (2.19 – 3.74:1), and a 1.95x Ultra Long Zoom (3.55 – 6.94:1). Four of the lenses feature a motorized zoom and focus, and each is designed to help minimize brightness loss between their wide- and tele-ends. All lenses are the same physical length to avoid overhanging in lift systems.

The projector also includes a motorized lens-shift feature for easy position adjustment of the projection area via remote control. A new Lens Position Memory function further adds flexibility by enabling users to store up to four lens position settings, making it easy to switch between various projector set-ups. Memorized items include zoom, focus, lens shift, keystone, aspect ratio, screen color, and digital image shift.

Advanced installation features to help optimize projection quality include four-point keystone correction to independently adjust each corner of the image, and up-to-27 test patterns to facilitate calibration and adjustment during installation. Screen adjustment options include: a screen color setting to adjust the color balance according to the color of the projection surface, digital image shift to move the image horizontally and vertically, and support for 16:10, 16:9, and 4:3 aspect ratios.

The design of the new Canon REALiS WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector allows for 360-degree installation for projection at any angle, which can be an ideal and handy feature for tradeshows, theatrical events, museum, and amusement applications. To help maximize lamp life, this 360-degree installation includes a Vertical Projection Mode. Fan speed is adjusted depending on whether the projector is facing upward or downward. The REALiS WUX6000 projector can also be stacked or installed side by side in multi-projector configurations.
Versatile Connectivity and Networking

In addition to its HDMI® and DVI-I connectors, the new Canon REALiS WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector also features a USB Type A port, Component (Mini Dsub15), stereo audio inputs, and an audio output for connecting to external speakers or a sound system. The projector also includes a built-in five-watt speaker and a mini-jack for connecting an optional hand-held wired/wireless remote controller.

Industry-standard control and networking inputs include RJ-45 and RS-232 serial connection enabling authorized users to manage and control the projector from any PC or third-party control system like Crestron or AMX. The REALiS WUX6000 projector also supports PJLink for networked projector control and monitoring of lamp hours, usage, and other variables.

A built-in Network Multi Projection (NMPJ) function enables the Canon REALiS WUX6000 to project the output of one or more locally or remotely networked PCs. Four NMPJ modes enable selective sharing of visual information – they include Direct (1 PC to 1 projector), Meeting (10 PCs to six projectors), Classroom (10 PCs to six projectors), and Broadcast (1 PC to 12 projectors).
Economy and Convenience

The improved reflectivity of the LCOS panels used in the new Canon REALiS WUX6000 Installation projector helps increase the projector’s energy-saving “Eco” performance by delivering more efficient luminance from Canon’s previous installation models. The projector employs a lower-power consumption rating of 0.076 watts per lumen (455w/6000lm) as compared to other projectors in this product class. The REALiS WUX6000 projector also offers multiple power management settings that allow users to pre-set stand-by durations, execute power operations, and auto-assign functions to the power button. A simplified maintenance design allows the air filter and lamp to be replaced while the projector remains ceiling-mounted.
Price and Availability

The Canon REALiS WUX6000 and REALiS WUX6000 D Installation LCOS projectors have suggested list prices of $5,499 and $6,149 respectively and are scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2014. Both models are backed by Canon U.S.A.’s Projector and Lamp Limited Warranty.

For more information please visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2013+ and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.
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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

DICOM is the registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association for its standards publications relating to digital communications of medical information. All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

*The REALiS WUX6000 D is not cleared or approved for medical diagnosis and should not be used for these purposes.

**When projecting from an upward position, the lamp life is greatly shortened and the projector may become damaged when the lamp reaches its limit. Please read the User Manual prior to operating the projector in this position.

Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

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ABS Refreshes KGW News Studio with Updated Lighting Package, Video Wall

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) has installed a new lighting package for the main news studio of KGW, the NBC affiliate serving Portland, Ore. (DMA #23), and provided a new nine-panel video wall system to update part the set. The Gannett-owned station went live with the new lighting on Aug. 30 and the new video wall on Sept. 22.

Close to 120 incandescent lights were replaced with a mix of 68 Brightline KGWfluorescent and LED lighting instruments, which are controlled via DMX using the station’s existing ETC lighting console. The studio is lit with daylight balanced instruments to match shots from the station’s downtown studio, which features a background with wall-to-wall windows.

Fluorescent lights were used for the set’s base lighting because they “provide more cubic dimension of light cover at a lower cost than what we could do with comparable LED technology,” explained Joe Cervone, Brightline sales manager, who was part of the ABS installation team. “Fluorescent allows us to get the full set lit and then we sculpt with LED.”

The new Planar Clarity Matrix video wall system displays graphics and video backgrounds during show segments. Installed by KGW personnel after training from Planar, the video wall is tilted a few degrees at the top so light will not spill onto its nine 46-inch LCDs. The video wall replaced a rear projection system that had been part of the set since 2006. John Waikart, KGW assistant director of technology, said the old system “just didn’t have the ‘pop’ we needed to look good on the air.”

“Between the lighting and the new Planar wall, it feels like we have a new set,” said David Boyd, KGW director of technology. “As expected, there were some concerns with the plan to pull out the proven incandescent lighting and install new fluorescent and LED lighting, but we were impressed with the professionalism of the installation and the finished product. It looks much better than what we had before. The set has more lighting texture and more depth of field.”

Beyond a better on-air look, the new fluorescent and LED lighting also reduced ambient temperature in the studio by 87 percent, according to ABS. “Basically, minimal cooling is required for the studio now compared to the old system,” Boyd added. “We know there will be significant energy savings.”

About ABS:
Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) IBC2014 Wrap-Up

SMPTE News from IBC2014 (more…)

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Extron Now Shipping Single-Gang DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI

Extron DTP T HWP 331 DExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D, single-gang Decora®-style transmitters for sending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals over a shielded CATx cable to Extron DTP-enabled products. The DTP T HWP 231 D extends signals up to 230 feet (70 meters), while the DTP T HWP 331 D extends signals up to 330 feet (100 meters). The one-gang form factor provides maximum space efficiency in wall mount, floor box, and furniture mount applications. The transmitters support computer video up to 2560×1600, HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color, and 4K resolutions. Both models also accept analog stereo audio signals for simultaneous transmission over the same shielded twisted pair cable. They feature remote power capability, plus bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The single-gang wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. (more…)

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