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IAVI Distribution Partnership With SunBriteTV

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IAVI ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP WITH
SUNBRITE TV

Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 2, 2011 IAVI, a leading Commercial Pro-AV Distributor, is pleased to announce a distribution agreement with SunBriteTV, effective September 1, 2011. Established in 1997, IAVI has continually maintained strong ties with prominent manufacturers while providing extraordinary service, quality, and cost competitive pricing to our professional resellers and integrators. more

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Robust Alcorn McBride Digital Binloop HD Meets AV Needs of Kentucky Underground Coal Mine Tour

Portal 31 Mine Exhibition

Portal 31 Mine Exhibition

Alcorn McBride’s Digital Binloop HD multi-track video player went deep underground to service AV needs at the Portal 31 Mine Exhibition Tour in Lynch, Kentucky. The two-year old attraction shows visitors what it’s like to venture into an actual working coal mine, teaches them the history of mining in the community and outlines advances in the industry through the decades. more

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IAVI Distribution Partnership With Panasonic LA

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IAVI ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP WITH
PANASONIC LATIN AMERICA

Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 2, 2011 – IAVI is proud to announce that we are officially a direct distributor for Panasonic LA. Effective mid-September, 2011, we are now serving more than 35 countries,* throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1997 IAVI, a leading commercial pro-AV provider, has continued to grow stronger while maintaining a lasting partnership and valued inventory with a number of major manufacturers.

IAVI now distributes Panasonic LA’s complete line of projectors, replacement lamps, lenses and other related AV accessories in addition to providing its professional integrators and resellers excellent service, quality products, and cost competitive prices.

Panasonic LA has proven to be a reliable manufacturer with 30-years of projector engineering while guaranteeing the highest standard of quality in all of their products. The solid union between IAVI and Panasonic LA focuses on making the most innovative merchandise available worldwide, geared towards securing a productive and exciting future for years to come.

For more information, please visit www.iavi.com or call (888) 999-6564.

About IAVI
With headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL, IAVI employs a devoted team of Display Technology Specialists focused on the Pro AV marketplace. To discover what solutions IAVI can offer you and to find out how IAVI can help build your business and improve your competitive advantage contact IAVI toll free at 888-999-6564 or sales@iavi.com. IAVI is available Monday through Friday, 8am -6pm EST.

About Panasonic – Latin America, S.A.
With its head office in Panama and offices in Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, and Miami, Panasonic Latin America, S.A., was founded in 1970 and belongs to the Panasonic Corporation who is the world leader in the development and manufacturing of electronic products for an extensive range of necessities in the industrial, commercial and consumer level. Some of its markets are the Caribbean Islands, Paraguay, and Central America.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Bill Woodard
VP Purchasing
Phone: +1 (954) 315-3340
billw@iavi.com

*Please note the following countries are included for IAVI/Panasonic LA distribution:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Monserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands (US), Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, (Malvinas), French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

 

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A.C.T Lighting And Partners Claim Coveted Industry Awards

A.C.T Lighting, leading importer and distributor of lighting products, is proud to acknowledge seven prestigious awards bestowed to its partners, MA Lighting, Clay Paky and GDS.

At the 4th annual PLASA Rock Our World Awards, MA Lighting, manufacturers of the grandMA and grandMA2 lighting consoles, cinched the accolades for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards production, and for Disney World of Color. Clay Paky nailed it for the Sharpy moving head.

The live event industry-renowned Parnelli Awards afforded one of its Indispensible Technology “IT” awards to Clay Paky for its Sharpy line of luminaries.

Clay Paky was also cited with two LDI2011 awards, a booth award for Most Creative Use of Light, and a product award for the Alpha Spot QWO 800 moving light. Finally, GDS picked up an LDI2011 award for Best Green Product Award (sponsored by Showman Fabricators) for its ArcSystem house light.

“We fondly recognize our trophy-winning partners’ hard work, dedication to detail and outstanding conceptual product designs,” says A.C.T Lighting executive VP and COO Ben Saltzman. “We cherish our strong, productive relationships with them, and stand behind their continued efforts to bring to market durable, reliable lighting products that truly perform, time after time.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Christ Fellowship Gardens Grows With L-ACOUSTICS

Christ Fellowship Gardens, home to a new KARAi/SB18i loudspeaker system concealed in soffits above the stage

Florida house of worship becomes first US user of new KARAi system

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida — With an average weekly attendance of 16,500 spread out between its four campuses in Palm Beach County, Florida, Christ Fellowship Church easily ranks among North America’s largest megachurches. Continually seeking to improve the worship experience for its attenders and promote further growth, the church updated its flagship Palm Beach Gardens worship center earlier this year with a fully L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker and amplifier system. more

State-of-the-Art Architecture Meets Cutting-Edge Technology with Vaddio Cameras

By combining innovative architecture and audiovisual technology with the growing needs of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities; Vaughan’s new 180,000-square-foot City Hall easily meets the needs of Vaughan’s growing population and enhances the delivery of municipal services. Vaddio cameras are buried throughout the city council chamber and committee rooms, in walls, above ceilings and in half-walls so they are unobtrusive – all part of the architect’s aesthetic that Canadian-based systems integrator, Duocom, had to work with.

City of Vaughan City Council Chamber

City of Vaughan City Council Chamber

Why a New building?

Because the original City Hall building wasn’t large enough to house everyone, committee members were meeting all over the city. Nobody was under the same roof and there was no centralized place for people to meet. Old touch-to-talk microphones were daisy-chained along the table; the request-to-queue and voting system never worked. An analog recorder was used to record audio, but there were no cameras. It was a legacy system in use for 15 – 20 years.

“It was almost as if they were using what they had to get by,” explained Omar Prashad of Duocom. “It’s my assumption from the city that there’s no point in spending a bunch of money upgrading systems when you know down the line a few years you’re going to have a new building.”

According to the City of Vaughan, the previous Civic Centre was renovated in 1982 when Vaughan’s population was 36,815. Today, Vaughan’s population is 295,000, and is expected to increase to 418,000 by 2031. The old system just couldn’t withstand the rapid growth.
So through a month-long Needs Analysis process and a lot of input from different users and user groups, Duocom came up with a solution.

The Council Chamber

From an AV perspective there are five or six significant areas – the most significant being the council chamber where regional counselors meet. 

“Walk into the Council Chamber and you feel like you’re walking into a very contemporary architectural space,” says Prashad. “The tiered seating, custom wood walls and ceilings, flown in from Denmark, and the circular council desk definitely add to the ‘modern’ appeal.” The mayor sits in the middle of the circular table with the counselors on one side and senior management on the other. The AV system for the entire facility is controlled and routed through the council chamber with a centralized architecture for control and signal distribution.

The AV system, in this room alone, cost just under $900,000. Two Christie High Lumens 1080p 3-chip projectors sit on opposite sides of the council chamber so everyone in the room has a direct view at all times. All signal routing is digital, utilizing Crestron’s Digital Media platform and control from numerous Crestron Touch Panel Displays. One sits at every desk allowing the counselors to vote, see results and make tabulations.
“Aside from the mayor, the counselors never sit in the same place,” explained Prashad. “And because during a six-hour council meeting any of the counselors could potentially be the chair of that meeting, a discrete login system for each touch panel had to be put into place.”

Each person has his/her own code. Unless you’re the designated chairperson, none are for control – just for voting and confidence monitors for whatever is on the projection screen. As opposed to the typical touch-to-talk mics, the chairperson has control over all of the mics and cameras, and is able to view the request-to-speak lists and queue on the panel in front of them.

The Vaddio Solution


Vaddio WallVIEW HD-19 and HE-100 cameras are distinct inputs to the AV system, allowing their image to be broadcast throughout the facility or to be used in conjunction with the Polycom HD videoconferencing system, each picking up a different quadrant of the council table. One sits in the back picking up a full shot of the room. Another two sit back-right and back-left picking up opposite quadrants. The camera directly behind the mayor, faces the audience picking up the senior management team, anybody who’s addressing the council from the podium and anyone in the audience should it be required.

“The Vaddio cameras can be used with and without an operator,” added Prashad. “You can either have full pan/tilt/zoom control or you can recall presets through the Crestron control system. Our programmer had to basically create a revolutionary program that linked the Sennheiser microphone system and Biamp audio DSP system so that when a particular microphone was active, the information sends a signal to the camera to trigger the preset.”

Because the AV system as a whole was very high-end – with digital switching at 1080p/60 and 3-chip DLP projectors at 8,000 Lumens, Vaddio cameras were a necessity, explained Prashad. “If we didn’t use Vaddio cameras, the cameras would have been the weakest link in the chain. The quality in the projectors would have been negated; the switching infrastructure would have been negated. We wanted to pick out the highest quality camera that we could to take advantage of the rest of the design infrastructure.”

The video can be broadcast from the council chamber to anywhere else in the building. If there is a high-interest council meeting, the public can view the event internally – or listen externally via Vaughan Radio. While only audio is exported to the residents of Vaughan, Vaughan TV is in development stages. “We’re probably going to incorporate a capture station with a media management server and stream the video,” explained Prashad. “That’s the next generation of this system so residents can log on to the media server and see what’s happening in the council chamber from anywhere at any time.”

“The Vaddio cameras give us a lot of control over color, color temperature, brightness – so when someone looks at the mayor who’s raising taxes for the three year in a row, you see the facial expressions like you’re watching a Blu-ray. There is no point in trying to save $2,000 on cameras if the experience is going to be substandard and sub quality.”

Future Plans

No matter how much planning goes into a large installation, down the road there are going to be changes. Phase 1 is completed and Phase 2 and 3 are on the way, with an additional building and tunnel to connect them. “Over the course of 5 to 10 years this AV system will be three times the size it is today,” Prashad predicts. “These are the fun projects because the applications allow us to use cutting-edge technology to solve user problems. That’s fun for us because we can really push the limits on the latest technology and what our team can do with it.”

Christie Introduces Powerful and Compact Visual Display Solutions at GovComm

Christie® brings a wide range of feature-packed display systems to GovComm 2011 in Washington, D.C., Nov. 1 – 2, that demonstrate the company’s full range of DLP®, LED and LCD solutions. Recognized for their power, flexibility and exceptional image brightness, Christie display systems are compact, high performance solutions that meet the needs of today’s government and military control room environments, which demand the latest high tech displays at the lowest cost of operation.
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“The needs of government, military and contractors for powerful and reliable technology never change, but today’s customers also demand greater versatility and control in more cost-effective, low maintenance packages,” said John Stark, senior director of product management for Christie’s Collaborative Visual Solutions (CVS), Business Products division. “With IT department budgets stretched to the limit across every industry, Christie’s broad choice of visual display systems offer ‘high tech without the high price,’ to address the complex surveillance and security challenges of today’s global environment.”
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At Booth #117, Christie will demonstrate:
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Christie MicroTiles Array
Recognized for their versatility that takes them from the heart of the fashion world in New York City to some of the most sophisticated control room environments, award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® are unsurpassed where true-to-life colors, image clarity and long-life capability are crucial. They offer super fine pixel pitch of 0.567mm and a narrow 10 inch (260mm) depth, making installation easy almost anywhere. Able to handle multiple high-definition sources as well as PC inputs, they are modular 12 inches high by 16 inches wide by 10 inches deep rear projection units that can be stacked to form any shape or size. They have won awards that include Eco-Design honors and the PALME Middle East award as the Most Innovative New AV Product of the Year, where they were recognized for their “quality, design, power of operation and rich list of features.”
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Christie HD10K-M and Christie LHD700 Projectors
The booth also includes two 10,000 ANSI lumens Christie HD10K-M projectors, edge blended on a curved screen showing 2D and 3D content; The most compact in its class, the Christie HD10K-M is noted for its high-performance, feature-rich platform, which delivers brightness, reliability and affordability in a compact package. The Christie LHD7000 is a portable, single-lamp projector that delivers 7000 ANSI lumens of brightness, full HD (1920 by 1080) resolution, 4DColor™ technology and inorganic LCD panels for high contrast and vivid color presentations
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Christie FHD551-X Tiled LCD Flat Panel
The Christie FHD551-X is the perfect tiled LCD flat panel solution, featuring a virtually seamless display. It is energy efficient, with LED backlighting and high pixel density that looks sharp at any distance. Significantly thinner than conventional display cubes, it is the perfect solution where space is at a premium. The panels automatically map in an array, based on how the cabling is configured, and can be part of a complete Christie turnkey solution that includes mounting brackets, frame and pedestal structural supports, Christie Vista Spyder and Christie Spyder X20 video processors, and an entire range of TVC controllers and media servers.
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Christie Spyder X20 Video Processor
Powering all of the content at the Christie booth is the world’s most versatile video processor, the Christie Spyder X20. The industry-leading video processor features highly sophisticated capabilities and an intuitive interface, all in a compact design. The Christie Spyder X20 offers total control and flexibility, enabling users to mix an incredible number of sources in multiple windows, create all kinds of picture-in-picture (PIPs) designs, as well as define, shape and blend borders with a remarkable sense of elegance and style, and do it all flawlessly, every time.
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“Christie visual display products offer the highest level of performance at the lowest cost of ownership, incorporating the latest generation of technology to meet the global needs of today’s more complex control/command environments. Christie can offer a complete turnkey solution for any size installation, to meet any type of challenge and budget,” said Stark.
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Additional Christie products will be on display throughout the showroom floor, including a 4 by 4 array of Christie MicroTiles with a third-party interactivity kit at the rp Visual Solutions booth # 107. Electrosonic will display a 1 wide by 2 high array using Christie 67” cubes at booth # 610. Avitecture, booth # 412, will have a 1 wide by 5 high Christie MicroTiles column and a Christie LWU420 LCD digital projector. A Christie HD10K-M projector will also be used for a keynote presentation at a session hall.

Wohler Supplies SoundField UPM-1 Stereo-to-5.1 Upmixers to All Mobile Video

SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 1, 2011 — Wohler Technologies today announced that it has supplied three SoundField UPM-1 stereo-to-5.1 audio upmix processors to All Mobile Video (AMV), an outside broadcast, uplink, and sound stage facilities company. The sale is Wohler’s first in its capacity as a new U.S. distributor for SoundField. The UPM-1 systems will be used among AMV’s various OB vehicles to upmix videotape and archive material for 5.1 transmission, in AMV’s uplink truck, and at its Gateway teleport station in New Jersey to upmix audio for opera simulcasts from the Met in New York.

“SoundField upmix solutions for recording and processing in stereo and multichannel surround formats are renowned for their quality, which will enable AMV to maintain very high audio quality across the live performances and events the company covers,” said Michael Descouteau, vice president of sales, North America, at Wohler. “The UPM-1 is a perfect fit.”

AMV covers large-scale outside broadcast events including the MTV Video Music Awards and international sports fixtures such as the U.S. Open golf tournament and IAAF World Championships in Athletics. It also handles the OB and uplink requirements of the Metropolitan Opera’s regular international simulcasts to cinemas in Europe and Asia.

For live-to-theater events, AMV transmissions typically play in theaters equipped with surround sound systems. Because many edit houses and production companies can’t handle 5.1, and because recorded audio content coming off of tape is stereo, upmixing stereo to 5.1 is a common requirement in delivering such transmissions. AMV will use its new UPM-1 systems from SoundField to replace a variety of older upmixing boxes and to improve the overall audio quality of the 5.1 output, particularly for musical performances.

“Our older boxes work well on interview material and film soundtracks, but I’ve felt for some time that there was room for improvement on musical content,” said Ian Vysick, All Mobile Video’s head audio engineer and audio development specialist. “Tweaking things on those older processors involves accessing a lot of deep menus and repeated button-pressing, so when Wohler suggested I try the UPM-1, I asked them to bring one to a live musical event I was mixing. I couldn’t have hoped for a better test, as the show covered the three major types of content we always have to get into 5.1: music, film soundtracks, and dialogue. I compared the UPM-1 with our existing processors, and it took all of about 30 seconds to decide which was best.

“The UPM-1 was exactly what I’d been looking for, as it was easier to set up and more natural-sounding than other boxes. You put the audio in, adjust a few controls, and an amazing-sounding 5.1 upmix comes out. The sound is so impressive that while I was working with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the broadcast mix engineer there mistook the UPM-1′s 5.1-from-stereo upmix for a discrete-channel mix from his 5.1 stems. He said it was the only viable upmix he’d ever heard, and he couldn’t believe how good it sounded.”

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About SoundField U.K. manufacturer SoundField specializes in digital and analog surround and stereo microphone systems for the broadcast and recording industries. Based on a unique multicapsule design, SoundField systems allow users to capture and output audio in mono, phase-coherent stereo, 5.1, or any future surround format using a single microphone and processor. Over recent years, the company’s digital microphone systems have become the standard means of originating 5.1 audio for HD television transmission amongst many of the world’s leading broadcasters. More information is available at www.soundfield.com.

About Wohler Technologies Inc. Wohler offers a comprehensive and award-winning range of audio, video, data monitoring, and captioning products designed to provide the highest quality solutions for facilities of all sizes and complexity. Founded in 1987, the San Francisco Bay-area manufacturer has grown to become the dominant provider of confidence monitoring and signal management solutions for the broadcast and pro audio/video markets. Originally inventing and defining the category of in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, the company has expanded its offerings to include solutions for captioning and loudness. More information about Wohler and its full range of solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® HOSTED FOURTH MANUFACTURER BREAKFAST AT AES 2011

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Manufacturer Breakfast was held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, during the 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention. This group of industry leaders — dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — met to share ideas and discuss issues with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio and the professionals who create it. Members of this meeting included GRAMMY®-winning producers, engineers, audio professionals and top pro-audio manufacturers.

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Genelec Moves Forward with Two Major Appointments

— Siamäk Naghian appointed as new Managing Director, and Nick Zacharov rejoins Genelec as Director of Research and Development —

Genelec Oy is pleased to officially announce two recent appointments: Siamäk Naghian to the position of Managing Director, and Nick Zacharov to the position of Director of Research and Development. The announcement was made by Ilpo Martikainen, Chairman of the Board of Genelec Oy, and these appointments underscore Genelec’s ongoing growth and expansion.

Siamäk Naghian, Managing Director
Dr. (Tech.) Siamäk Naghian was appointed Managing Director of Genelec Oy in August 2011. Siamäk Naghian received his Master of Science in Technology, Licentiate in Technology and Doctor of Science in Technology degrees all form the Helsinki University of Technology, Electrical Engineering Department in Finland. He joined Nokia in the mid 90s, where he was involved in several research and development, management and leadership positions until mid-2005. Dr. Naghian joined Genelec in 2005 as head of Genelec R&D and a member of the Genelec management team. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 2010, before moving into his new position.

Ilpo Martikainen comments: “One of the most delighting aspects with Siamäk is sharing the same values in human life and corporate management. In addition to being systematic and goal-oriented, he is very inspiring and has a great sense of humor. We are sure the good cooperation with our partners will continue and find even new dimensions.”

“Genelec is a unique company whose image symbolizes quality and trust to customers,” says Siamäk Naghian. “It will be a great pleasure to take on this new role, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. My main goal is to continue to grow the happy Genelec customer base around the world. I am proud to know we are making a positive difference that matters to our customers.”

The outgoing Managing Director, M.Sc. Veikko Hyvönen, states that the change has not come as a surprise either to the company or to himself. “We agreed in writing to this five years ago, when I took on the role. In fact, the story goes back even further to some 25 years ago, before I joined Genelec. I had decided then that by the by the age of 55 I would have given my best contribution to the industry. I am now 55, and my thoughts have now turned to how I can support the next generation. This is why I did my studied education eight years ago and will now put them to good use by teaching.”

Nick Zacharov, Director of Research and Development
Additionally, Dr. (Tech.) Nick Zacharov has been appointed Director of Research and Development. He is rejoining Genelec following sixteen years working in various parts of the audio and telecommunications industry.

Born in London, Nick obtained a bachelor’s degree in electro-acoustics from Salford University in the U.K. in 1992. He subsequently received Master’s and Doctor of Science in Technology degrees from Helsinki University of Technology in 1997 and 2002, in the fields of acoustics and audio signal processing, respectively.

Initially joining Genelec in 1990 as a trainee, and after progressing to the level of acoustic engineer, he then moved to the Nokia Corporation in Tampere, Finland, in 1995, where he worked on audio quality assessment. In 2000 he was a Foreign Research Fellow at the University of Aizu in Japan. He continued working with Nokia until 2007, by which time he had become widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the specialist field of audio quality assessment. Thereafter, he joined DELTA in Denmark for three years to establish and develop DELTA SenseLab, designed to provide world class listening tests and sensory evaluation services to both the audio and telecommunications community.

A Member of the Institute of Acoustics, the Acoustical Society of America, Nick is also a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a chartered engineer. He has been an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, serving as chairperson, co-chairman of conferences and AES governor. He has also held numerous other professional posts. He holds several audio patents and has more than 60 major publications to his name. Nick is also co-author of Perceptual Audio Evaluation – theory, method and application, which is the acknowledged textbook in this field.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

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