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Hitachi CP-AW250N LCD Projectors Deliver a Striking “Surround Video” Viewing Experience in Hilton Nashville Hotel Installation

CHULA VISTA, California, December 5, 2011 — Six Hitachi CP-AW250N ultra-short throw LCD projectors were recently used at the Hilton Nashville Downtown as part of a one-of-a-kind presentation environment for CJ Advertising of Nashville, Tennessee as part of a client event. The uniquely configured audio/visual system was designed and installed by systems contractor Springtree Media Group of Franklin, Tennessee.

“CJ Advertising hosts an annual presentation for their clients and we’ve worked with them for five years,” said Jacob McDaniel of Springtree Media Group. “In the past, we’ve placed the projectors and the screens on the floor in the corners of the room–a pretty conventional approach. But this year CJ wanted to try something fresh and new that would deliver an unforgettable ‘wow factor’ for their clients.”

“Peter Vaque, the owner of Springtree Media Group, dreamed up a striking new look that involved creating a nearly 360-degree viewing experience by suspending six projection screens in the room,” McDaniel continued. “CJ Advertising loved the concept. But then, we had to figure out how to make it happen!”

Springtree Media Group uses Hitachi ultra-short throw projectors in its rental department because many events–including this one–don’t allow for the extra 16 feet typically needed between the projector and the screen. “Our Hitachi ultra-short throw projectors do an excellent job in restricted-space situations,” McDaniel said. “Also, CJ wanted to use 16:9 widescreen projection, so we looked at a number of Hitachi’s short-throw projectors with widescreen capability. The CP-AW250N looked like the perfect fit.”

From there, Springtree Media Group had to figure out how to mount the projectors and screens. “We settled on hanging a 36-foot truss from the ceiling,” McDaniel noted. “From that truss, we hung six widescreen projection screens, oriented so that all attendees could see a screen from any point in the room.”

McDaniel and his team connected I-Beams that ran perpendicular to the long truss and hung the CP-AW250N projectors from the I-Beams. They also attached LED lighting to the beams, to fill the presenter’s walking area with stage lighting and different colors. The installation was rounded out by four LCD monitors angled on the floor, one in each corner of the presenter’s walking area, so the presenter could always see his slides no matter where he walked.

“This installation required a lot of planning up front,” McDaniel said. “We had to run a few tests to determine which projector would work the best, and how big of a screen we could use with that projector. We wanted to make the screens as big as possible, but we had to make sure there was enough room for the presenter to walk underneath them without hitting his head. In addition, we had to figure out how to hang everything in a safe and effective manner.”

With the help of Hitachi’s CP-AW250N projectors, the project came together beautifully. “The images were bright, sharp and vivid and the unique setup really kept everyone’s attention.
CJ Advertising and their clients were very happy with the final product,” McDaniel concluded.

For more information on Springtree Media Group please visit www.springtree.net

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

ABOUT HITACHI
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group markets LCD projectors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEMs.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com

HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5™ M2 Makes French Debut at Paris Hippodrome

PARIS, France – The 35,000-capacity Hippodrome de Paris-Vincennes, which over the years has been as well known for hosting rock concerts as for its main purpose of horse racing, has recently upgraded its production infrastructure.

One of the steps taken by the technical department was to replace its old analogue mixing console with a Studer Vista 5 M2 digital desk, configured with 32 mic/line inputs, 72 line out and eight AES I/O. This was the first sale of the new console in France (and one of the first to be shipped anywhere in the world).

The large venue, with its 3000 sq metre Grand Hall, is a world famous venue for trotting events, with the jockeys pulling a two-wheel cart known as a ‘sulky’. The main track itself measures 2km in length (whereas it is generally only 800m or 1600m in other horse racing arenas).

It is to these meetings, which include the famous ‘Prix d’Amerique’, that the control room itself is dedicated, while the races themselves are displayed on a 100 sq. metre large external screen, one of the largest in Europe.

The venue’s management company SECF (Société d’Encouragement du Cheval Français), contacted Jean-Philippe Blanchard, Broadcast Division Director at Audiopole, the French Studer distributor, with whom they have a long association.

“They were looking for an upgrade to mix the ambient sounds and commentaries within the amphitheatre, both for live playback and broadcast purposes,” stated M. Blanchard.

“The operators were impressed by the quick and easy operation of the Vistonics screen, which gives them instant control over all the channel functions, and by the new metering, which will give them better control of all incoming signals. They also noticed that engineers are able to work for hours at a time on the console without getting tired.”

Installation of the new Vista 5 M2 took place during the month of August when the venue was closed. Its arrival marks the start of a new era of broadcast coverage for a venue that dates back to 1879 — when it was originally built.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Remote Recorders Steps Up Control Room With SSL C200 HD Digital Production Console

C200 used for mixing live events for TV, radio, internet and DVD delivery

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Remote Recorders, a high-end mixing facility based in Sydney, Australia, recently stepped up its control room with a Solid State Logic C200 HD Digital Production Console. The studio, which features a large, well-equipped control room with associated overdub/vocal booth, mixes live presentations for content providers including iTunes Australia, Abbey Road Studios’ Abbey Road Live Here Now, and music television channels such as Channel [V], Music Max and the Country Music Channel. The C200 allows the studio to handle all post production duties, while delivering a digital version of SSL’s industry standard ergonomic interface.

“Remote Recorders is one of Australia’s foremost specialists in live music audio production and post-production for radio, television, DVD and instant delivery,” says Cameron McCauley, director of Remote Recorders. “We had a very successful run over the years with an SSL 4000 series console, but the time had come where we needed to move into a digital console with more capacity. The C200 gives us the digital console version of Total Recall™ so recalling the settings of a project is very fast. We have the familiar SSL automation and channel layout our engineers have been used to with the 4000, plus we continue to be able to offer SSL’s sonic heritage to our clients. As a bonus, we have a console we can easily upgrade and expand at a later date. The C200 covers all bases for what we do.”

Remote Recorders has worked with a raft of top acts including everyone from Kanye West, Coldplay, Mia and Muse to The Pixies, Chemical Brothers, Moby, Iggy Pop and Blondie, to name a few. Some other recent projects include live DVD’s for the Powderfinger “Sunsets” tour and the ARIA iTunes countdown for Live Nation.

“The integrated features on the C200 are a lifesaver in terms of workflow efficiency,” states McCauley. “We can control our DAW from the desk and offer multiple 5.1 and stereo mixes to our clients. In every way, the C200 helps us to accomplish more in less time, while maintaining the highest quality levels, allowing us to participate in services like instant delivery.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Meridian America Promotes Jeff Dean to Western Regional Sales Manager

Jeff Dean promoted to Western Regional Sales Manager Meridian America

New York, NY—December 5, 2011—Meridian America has announced the promotion of Jeff Dean to Western Regional Sales Manager effective December 5, 2011.

Dean has been with Meridian since 2008 in a Strategic Business Development position acting as a resource for the company’s sales and marketing teams and supporting Meridian’s automotive strategies and Premium Partner Programs. He was also responsible for placing several Meridian products in 12-15 major movie productions and television shows a year.

Prior to joining Meridian, Jeff held various executive sales positions in the record industry. “Jeff’s strong knowledge of sales, marketing, music and Meridian will make him an important contributor to Meridian’s sales success. I believe I speak for everyone in stating that we’re all excited about Jeff joining our sales team,” said Peter Wellikoff, CEO of Meridian America.

As a result of this move, Norm Steinke, who has admirably handled the Western Region, will take over management of the Mid-West region acting as a resource to the Eastern and Western Regions.

About Meridian Audio Limited
Meridian is based near Cambridge, UK, and was founded in 1977 by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd. With over 30 years’ history of innovation and development of uncompromised consumer home entertainment systems offering exceptional performance, this award-winning company is widely recognized as a world leader in high-quality audio and video reproduction. Meridian developed the first audiophile CD player, the world’s first consumer digital surround controller, and the MLP lossless packing system included in Blu-ray Disc. The company’s optical disc players, DSP-based loudspeakers, video projectors, and scalers are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital signal throughout the path from the studio to the home, using advanced digital signal processing to deliver both a sweet, natural sound and smooth, crystal-sharp images with true cinematic realism. In late 2008, Meridian acquired leading networked media server developer Sooloos, and today the Meridian Sooloos Digital Media System offers a unique combination of superb digital audio quality with the world’s most innovative, flexible and intuitive touchscreen-based home entertainment system.

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Two New GefenPRO ELR Extenders with POL (Power Over Line) Technology Deliver HDMI, Power, Ethernet, IR and RS-232 Over a Single CAT-5 Cable

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced that two new breakthrough products are currently shipping. The GefenPRO ELR (Extra Long Range) Extenders for HDMI with POL I and II both offer an extra long range extension of multiple signals up to 330-feet (100m) over just one CAT-5 cable.

Innovative Gefen POL technology based on the Power over Ethernet standard enables the delivery of power to the receiver unit using the AC power connected at the sender unit. Each receiver unit is equipped with an additional 5v output to power a supplemental product, such as a scaler, switcher or splitter at the display location.

The GefenPRO ELR Extender for HDMI with POL is ideal for installations where power requirements are limited or AC power outlets are not viable at the receiving side, such as when mounting projectors on the ceiling. By reducing the CAT-5 cable requirements from two to only one, it also allows installers to easily tap into existing in-wall CAT-5 type cabling, well suited for retrofitting.

HDMI resolutions of 1080p full HD, 3DTV support, audio, IR remote, RS-232 control, Ethernet and power are all delivered over a single CAT-5 cable to the remote location. Advanced HDMI features include 3DTV, deep color, lip sync and audio delay. Both the IR backchannel and RS-232 connection can be used to control the display from the remote location. Each receiver can be wall mounted for added convenience.

The GefenPRO ELR Extender for HDMI over CAT5 with POL II offers an optional receiver unit equipped with one additional HDMI input, so users can automatically switch between two HDMI sources, one connected to the sender, and the other connected to the receiver. Both HDMI sources can be alternately viewed at the remote location with auto switching, by IR remote, local front panel selection or RS-232 control. When one source powers down, this receiver will automatically switch to the alternative source.

Both products are rack mountable, come with a built-in internal power supply and are HDBaseT compliant.

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP TO ANALYZE LARGE RASTER ACQUISITON WORKFLOW CHALLENGES AT ANNUAL WORKSHOP

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.– Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will examine large raster acquisition workflow challenges during its annual workshop on Dec. 13 at the SF Film Society | New People Cinema at the New People building in San Francisco. The daylong event starts at 10 a.m. and will include five presentations. The workshop is free and lunch will be served, but attendees are encouraged to register at www.asgllc.com/events/topic-raster-acquisition-workflows-december-13.

“As 4K continues to emerge as a viable acquisition and distribution format, video professionals are still trying to find ways to produce the best images and handle all that data,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “This year, our annual conference will detail 4K options at every point in the production process, and explore the best way to manage these file-based workflows.”

The workshop begins with “Let’s Talk 4K,” an overview that explains the technical specifications of the format and explores current choices in 4K acquisition and delivery. There is a noted lack of consensus on several aspects of 4K, which will also be addressed. The session will be led by veteran director of photography and industry consultant Suny Behar, who is currently teaching a Master Class at the UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television in Los Angeles.

“DIT, Data Management, and On-Set Color Workflows” will cover a broad range of filmmaking topics. It will define the differences between DIT and DAM, explain the subtleties of file-based workflows for RED, ALEXA, and other high-resolution camera systems, and examine popular on-set color, dailies, and transcoding workflows. Presenter Jordan Livingston is an independent filmmaker and digital imaging technician who serves the Hollywood and Bay Area markets through his company, DIGILOID, which specializes in digital imaging and workflow for motion pictures, commercials, and corporate productions.

Eric Hanson of Spy Post, a FotoKem post-production company, will discuss the 4K post-production process for commercial film and corporate productions. Additional presentations will address 4K color correction and color management, as well as delivery and projection of large raster content.

About ASG:
Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 175 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last five years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Robert Juliat Followspots Move to the Head of the Class at Educational Institutions Nationwide

High schools and colleges from coast to coast are clamoring for the versatility, quality and superior performance of Robert Juliat followspots, according to Bill Conner and Paul Sanow of Bill Conner Associates LLC, theatre planners and designers in Oak Park, Illinois.

They have specified Robert Juliat Super Korrigan 1200W HMI followspots and Buxie 575W MSD followspots in both newly-constructed and renovated theaters in public and private high schools and colleges across the country.

“Schools typically don’t go for high-end lighting, but I like these fixtures and strongly recommend them,” says Conner. “There was a perception that the Robert Juliat followspots were more expensive than others on the market. But my conclusion is that they are not: On a dollar-to-dollar performance basis, they rate better. And thanks to their versatility, they’re a great pick for educational institutions and the variety of productions they stage in their theaters.”

He calls the fixtures “Swiss watches of followspots” for their versatility and reliability. “They are also very quiet. They’re the only followspots I know that don’t need to be enclosed in a control room, too. All of my clients think they’re fantastic.”

Conner and Sanow provide professional theatre planning and design, including the design and specification of production lighting systems and equipment.

Installations that have been completed are Faith Lutheran School in Las Vegas; South Shore High School and Kelly Curie Gage Park High School in Chicago; SCPA in Cincinnati; Pearson Hall in Roswell, New Mexico; V Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois; and John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas.

Projects in the pipeline include Gwendolyn Brooks High School and Southwest Area High School in Chicago; Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio; Princeton High School in Princeton, Indiana; North High School in Evansville, Indiana; Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin; and Central High School in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Conner has also specified Robert Juliat followspots for Pearl River Community College in Petal, Mississippi and Princeton Community High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York’s Lincoln Center, LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.

R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.

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Bournemouth University Gains SADiE Accreditation Status

Bournemouth University has been named as the first UK Accredited SADiE Training Establishment as part of a new scheme launched by SADiE to improve training for students using its editing equipment.

The university, which was also the first in the UK to take delivery of the new SADiE 6 software, achieved its accreditation through the quality of its teaching.

Pete Nash, Prism Sound and SADiE’s Broadcast Consultant who is in charge of the Accreditation process, says: “We established the accreditation scheme to give recognition to those training facilities that are offering exemplary lecturing standards in terms of technical and creative awareness of SADiE as a high end editing process.

“As the craft editor of choice for many international broadcasters, including the BBC, it is important that students entering the job market have the necessary skills to work with this industry-established tool. By having SADiE Accreditation, Bournemouth University students can prove to future employers that they have been trained to a very high standard and thoroughly understand the SADiE editing equipment they are likely to encounter in the real world.”

Jo Tyler, who lectures in Radio Production at Bournemouth University, says: “Today’s students need every advantage they can get if they are to compete in what is a very difficult employment environment. As an Accredited SADiE Training Establishment, we offer our students the option of undertaking a set of exercises and tests to become accredited SADiE operators. This enables them to walk into any broadcast establishment anywhere in the world and say ‘I am an accredited SADiE operator. I come to you on a plate because I am already trained’. In real terms this will be a major advantage in the job market.”

Earlier this year Bournemouth University launched a BA in Radio Production, which runs alongside its existing MA and Foundation degree top-up BA. Thanks to its investment in SADiE 6 software, the university can now offer students on both its MA and BA courses access to SADiE technology because the software runs on existing computers and laptops.

Pete Nash adds: “As well as working with universities to improve training standards, we are also in discussion with key broadcasters to get our accreditation recognised by those responsible for employing production and editing staff.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

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