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Hooks Independent School District Adopts XPAND 3D Technology Into Its Curriculum

HOOKS, Texas– No longer is 3D just for entertainment anymore—it’s becoming a valuable classroom tool to help students learn more effectively, remember more of what they study and get them more engaged with the material.

Hooks Independent School District of Hooks, Texas is one of the first to introduce 3D learning into its curriculum, using systems from XPAND 3D (www.xpand.me). “It wasn’t so much about being one of the first to try 3D in the classroom; it was about being able to provide students with a better learning environment in today’s world,” said Ronnie Thompson, Superintendent of Schools for Hooks ISD.

“I had the opportunity to view the XPAND 3D technology first-hand at a presentation given by Texas Instruments last spring. From that experience and after doing some research, I was convinced that students would benefit from being able to view abstract concepts in 3D,” Thompson continued. “When I came to Hooks ISD in April, I mentioned the technology to our Technology Director Keith Minter, who was instrumental in figuring out what components we needed, including our active 3D projection system and the XPAND Universal 3D Glasses.”

Thompson noted that math and science are particularly good subjects for 3D learning. “They usually have more abstract concepts than other subject areas, and scores on state assessments are usually lower in these two subject areas, so we thought that being able to view math and science subject matter in 3D would be most helpful,” he said.

“The benefits of active 3D technology are readily apparent to me,” stated David Lee, Science Coach at Hooks ISD. “Without a doubt, the students stay more focused on their lessons. Since we’ve implemented 3D into our curriculum, it is apparent that our students are more attentive and on task. When we talk to them after the lessons, they have a better understanding of the material presented.”

“3D is also helpful for subjects other than math and science,” noted Thompson. “Many students we serve come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and usually don’t have the means to travel to see museums and other areas of the world. 3D can bring a new dimension, literally, to the classroom for social studies, English and career and technology programs.”

“We think that 3D technology is one of the most exciting developments for education in years,” stated Ami Dror, Chief Strategy Officer for XPAND 3D. “Studies have shown that students who receive 3D learning can achieve higher test scores compared to presenting the material in 2D or from books. 3D makes learning more involving and exciting.”

Since implementing the XPAND 3D systems, the technology has already paid off. “The students and the science faculty have responded in a positive manner,” concluded Lee. “The realistic representation 3D provides compared to traditional presentation methods has clearly resulted in students having better recollection of the material.”

For more information on XPAND 3D Education, please visit http://www.xpand.me/education or contact Jodi Szuter at Jodi.Szuter@xpandcinema.com

About XPAND 3D:
The global leader in the 3D market, XPAND Universal 3D Glasses are the only 3D glasses that work with all the 3DTV brands and models, 3D computers, 3D gaming consoles and cinema. Its 3D glasses are affordable for cinema owners and home users while providing 3D quality that was originally available only at a professional cost. XPAND has the extraordinary combination of experienced and visionary leadership, state-of-the-art technology, and economies of scale that will provide a backbone for the cinema and consumer electronics industries as they further transition into the 3D future. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND 3D brand name. XPAND 3D was created by industry veterans in theatrical exhibition, entertainment, film production and distribution, and specialty film and digital technologies and is funded by a European investment fund. XPAND 3D technology is used by over 3,500 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries and is the 3D solution of choice for post-production houses, educational and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution.

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The Latest Alcorn McBride Gear Brings St. Augustine’s Oldest Store Museum Experience to Life

St. Augustine’s Oldest Store Museum Experience

St. Augustine’s Oldest Store Museum Experience

It may be a recreation of a bygone era’s general store, but The Oldest Store Museum Experience in St. Augustine, Florida is utilizing cutting-edge Alcorn McBride products to deliver a snapshot of turn-of-the-twentieth-century shopping.

The former C.F. Hamblen Hardware store, a St. Augustine fixture since 1875, became a museum in 1963 and was acquired by Historic Tours of America, which operates tours in six cities, in 2002. At that time it was moved into a new location and its space enlarged to about 4,000 square feet. In preparation for the museum’s relaunch and grand opening last July interactive elements were added to the experience. Ryan McCurdy, who handles show control for Historic Tours of America, opted for Alcorn McBride equipment, which he had previously used on Savannah’s popular Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

Gear includes Alcorn McBride’s V4 Pro control system, AM4 digital audio machines, DVM HD digital video machine and DMX machine for lighting control. Alcorn McBride’s V4 Pro is a versatile, frame-accurate show controller for serial and network devices; it’s capable of running every day for years without reboots, software updates or maintenance of any kind. The studio-quality AM4 digital audio machines play MP3 and WAVs from Compact Flash cards; they feature many options plus built-in GPs. The Digital Video Machine HD (DVMHD) is a compact HD video player that’s rugged enough for the most demanding applications. The DMX Machine is an economical and powerful lighting-control solution that can store hundreds of sophisticated lighting sequences.

The first room visitors see is the traditional general store with a clerk standing behind a counter. A fast-talking presenter in the guise of a snake oil salesman attempts to sell the visitors the latest in c. 1900 goods and technology, from patent medicine to an Edison Cylinder Music Player, cream separator and milkshake maker.

Motion sensors pick up the visitors as they migrate to the next room where the store owner is caught dozing – subtle sounds of buzzing flies and snores can be heard courtesy of Alcorn McBride’s AM4 digital audio machines.

Next stop is the butcher shop where an audio animatronic butcher, controlled by an Alcorn McBride V4 Pro, cuts into a slab of bacon and recites the meat prices of the day. Again, flies are heard and chickens rattle their cages.

The warehouse follows, packed with exhibits. Video kiosks are spread throughout the environment, all the screens housed inside produce boxes. The warehouse manager takes over the tour, making his presentation from a stage where he steps on concealed buttons and the V4 Pro supports his sales pitches and stories, including a history of bicycles as one is lowered from the ceiling.

Visitors next explore a hallway lined with washing machines through the ages. Motion sensors trigger the V4 Pro, which cause the machines to shake, rattle and even spit out a cloud of bubbles.

The final stop finds visitors looking at portraits on the wall when the painting of C.F. Hamblen comes to life and relates the story of his shop. “The V4 Pro controls the DVM HD in the control room,” says McCurdy. “The portrait video and audio comes from the DVM; we chose the DVMHD because it enabled us to use HDMI and only one cable. We’ve masked the monitor so it looks like a painting – after the motion sensor is triggered the portrait is still frozen for a minute to allow surprise to build. Then Hamblen does some subtle things and begins to talk.”

As visitors leave they exit through a room with three synchronized screens showing photos of the store. The V4 Pro turns the screens on in the morning and allows them to stay frame accurate all day, McCurdy reports.

“The Alcorn McBride equipment used throughout the Oldest Store Museum Experience has been working great,” he adds.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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MediaStar IPTV brings the action to visitors at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse

UK, 13 December, 2011. Visitors to Dubai’s iconic Meydan Racecourse can now see all the action throughout the massive complex thanks to the recent expansion of the MediaStar Evolution IPTV and signage system connected to all the networked displays.

Opened last year, the Meydan is the largest and most well appointed race track in the world with unparalleled facilities for up to 60,000 racegoers in the grandstand with its restaurants, private boxes and viewing galleries as well as world class amenities for jockeys and trainers in the technical areas. These demanding requirements made MediaStar Evolution “a natural choice for the complex” said Syed Abdul Wahab, CEO of Mindstec Distribution.

The installation of the powerful HD IP-based video and AV distribution solution from Cabletime has been carried out by regional technology integrator, Genesis Integration and incorporates an Evolution head-end streaming live action, TV or digital signage content to MediaStar-equipped screens across the complex. The easy-to-use Media Manager software behind Evolution allows Meydan management to control and manage each or all of the displays in its stadium-wide screen network to their full advantage.

Because MediaStar Evolution is designed specifically to deliver digital TV, media and AV content over IP networks, Meydan Racecourse can simultaneously programme informational messages in the public areas – including safety messages – whilst also streaming live racing or show company videos, presentations or targeted information in the conference rooms.

“This was an exciting and prestigious project for Genesis Integration. The complexities of different video feeds formats, the integration with broadcaster’s technologies, existing networks and head- ends, as well as the staged approach to a very rapid deployment of over 600 display locations in various public areas made this project a rarity for our organisation. All of this could not have been done without the extraordinary support of the Meydan Project Team”, said Tony Abou Jawad, Director of Genesis Integration.

Note to editors:

About Cabletime
With over 25 years experience in developing hardware and software video delivery systems, Cabletime is a leading manufacturer of TV over IP and TV over Cat-5/UTP multimedia delivery products for new and existing infrastructures. Providing solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage, Cabletime has over 3,000 installations worldwide and sells through partners in EMEA, USA, Asia, Japan, and Asia Pacific.

Its MediaStar range of products include MediaStar Evolution for efficient delivery of video and multimedia over IP networks, MediaStar Compact, the unique way to distribute and manage TV/AV delivery for small office environments over Cat-5/UTP, and for medium to large sized companies, the ultimate answer to managed delivery of TV and AV using Cat-5/UTP, MediaStar Pro. The MediaStar system offers both off-LAN and IP delivery mechanisms and supports a variety of endpoints including plasma screens, monitors, televisions, touch screen controllers, and PC workstations.

The MediaStar range serves the retail, publishing, hospitality, sports, healthcare, educational, and government sectors, amongst others, and delivers robust versatility and scalability in a comprehensive hardware and software solution.

Cabletime has offices in Newbury, Berkshire and in Mount Arlington, New Jersey.

Further information about Cabletime and MediaStar can be found at www.cabletime.com

Further information:
Mike Cuckow, Cabletime +44 (0) 1635 35111, m.cuckow@cabletime.com
Julie Kirby, 07956 955625, j.kirby@cabletime.com

About Genesis Integration
Genesis Integration is a regional specialist system integration house focusing on low voltage technology. Our skills are centered on audio visual, converged network technology and specialist control systems that are used in today’s buildings and facilities.

System Integration for Genesis Integration is the design and implementation, from cables to commissioning, of simple “IP television system” to deployment and operation of a sophisticated “Smart Community”.

For further information:
Tony Abou Jawad, Genesis Integration +971 2 6722204, info@genesis-si.com

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Sennheiser Sound Academy to Host Two-Day Live Production Workshop in Anaheim, Featuring Robert Scovill, Kevin Madigan, Marty Garcia and Raphael Alkins

ANAHEIM, Calif. – December 12, 2011- Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that the Sennheiser Live Production Sound Academy (LPSA) will once again be held this year in Anaheim and will take place prior to the NAMM show. Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s event, the live sound workshop has been extended to two days and will take place at the Anaheim Marriott.

The workshop will cover the skills needed to successfully engineer both large and small live productions — including required elements for planning, configuring and operating a large-scale P.A. system. The course content is designed for a wide range of attendees including venue engineers, musicians, promoters, production managers, employees of audio manufacturers,, service providers, students interested in sound and acoustics, or anyone else interested in live production.

Learn from a “Who’s Who” in Live Sound
Once again, Sennheiser will feature special guest instructor Robert Scovill — an industry veteran who has mixed over 3,000 events during his 30-year live sound and recording career. Sennheiser is also pleased to add Kevin Madigan (Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lucinda Williams), Marty Garcia (U2, Kelly Clarkson, Shakira, Zac Brown) and Raphael Alkins aka Raffie (Ricky Martin, Lionel Richie, Kenny G) to its esteemed list of guest presenters. Sennheiser’s own cast of audio veterans, including Chris Spahr, Kent Margraves, Eric Reese and Joe Ciaudelli, will also be on hand.

Event details:

When: Tuesday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Anaheim Marriott, 700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, Calif.

Cost: $299 per day or $498 for both days. Registration rate includes a continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials and a special group dinner on Tuesday, January 17. Register by December 30 for $50 discount; call 860-434-9190, ext. 141 for student and group discounts or for more information on the workshop.

Apantac Opens Sales and Service Offices in Japan

Apantac LLC, designer and developer of high quality, cost effective multiviewers and signal processing equipment has appointed Hiroo Sasaki as its Chief Representative for the Japanese marketplace.

Hiroo Sasaki’s appointment is an important step for Apantac as it positions itself to address the growing professional audio visual and broadcast markets in Japan. Sasaki will drive sales and business development activities for the entire Apantac range of TAHOMA Multiviewers and MT HOOD, MAZAMA, and CRESCENT families of signal processing solutions throughout Japan. more

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FreeSpeak® and Tempest®2400 Provide Flexible Wireless Systems for Theatres’ Varying Productions

SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 12, 2011 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is enabling flawless communications for the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore’s Marina Bay. The performance complex relies on Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak® and Tempest®2400 wireless systems to ensure smooth, reliable communications across its four major indoor venues and outdoor theatre, covering a variety of events, including theatrical productions, classical concerts and performances by pop and rock artists.Clear-Com Esplanade Theatres on the Bay more

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New 32” Model Is First in the Series

INDIANAPOLIS, DECEMBER 12, 2011 – GlobalVue, a technology innovator delivering exceptional quality and value to the TV marketplace, is proud to unveil its GVC3200LED Commercial LED Television series. The first model in the series will be a 32” class featuring 720p resolution and 178 x 178 wide-viewing angles.GlobalVue LED Commercial Front more

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Frutigen Free Church Upgrades With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™

FRUTIGEN, Switzerland – The FMG ‘Ekklesia Movement’ free church in Frutigen, Switzerland has updated its technical infrastructure with the purchase of a Soundcraft Vi1 digital desk.

With a strong emphasis on youth work, the church is no stranger to Soundcraft’s signature sound and design ergonomic, as head technician Micha Grimm explains.

“In the year 2000, we bought some new equipment, largely for modern youth services, including a Soundcraft Ghost 32,” he said. “I purchased this because having worked with a Ghost as sound engineer on different youth choir tours, I was completely satisfied with the EQ’s and the possibilities offered by the Mix B input path.”

More than a decade later, it was time for an upgrade. After contacting Soundcraft’s Swiss distributor, Dr. W.A. Günther, they were persuaded that the time was right to step into the digital age. But first they wanted to evaluate a number of different market-leading brands, including Soundcraft’s new Si1 and Si Compact 32 platforms (alongside the Vi1).

After considering several key factors such as size, usability, price and flexibility, they constructed a short list and arranged an assessment day with all their engineers present.

“There were merits in all three desks that we reviewed,” admitted Grimm, “but all our engineers were excited by the easy way of working on Soundcraft’s Vistonics™ surface. Even our most critical analogue technicians were happy with the Vi1. There was never an instance in which anyone was unclear about the actual layer or function of the desk and almost every function could be carried out without reading a manual. After just an explanation of the overall concept, everybody was pushing to get on it.”

By the evening they had reached a unanimous decision. “It was the surface and Vistonics interface—along with the Soundcraft FaderGlow™ concept [which illuminates the fader slots, according to function, with clearly-defined colours]—that won it for us,” said Grimm.

Grimm added that technical issues were also taken into consideration. “We have read comments in many trade magazines and on forums about the quality of the sound, which enhanced our preference for the Vi1.” But the main attribute was the analogue way of working since their sound engineers, in most cases, are non-professional.

The activity takes place in two halls—the larger, used for special events, generally accommodating between 700-1000 people, and the smaller regularly packing in 500. Every second weekend, the volunteer mixing engineers take charge of a major event in the larger hall, integrating service, worship and concerts with popular bands. “Confronted with this, the last thing they needed was a super-complicated desk,” said Grimm.

Supplied by local Frutigen-based dealer, tonwerkstatt GmbH the Vi1 was installed on a Saturday and immediately went ‘live’ with it for the Sunday morning church service.

“It was a complete success,” Grimm reported. “A quick soundcheck, a perfect and smooth mixing job during the service – and people were coming up to me with a glow in their eyes, asking, “What have you done with the sound? It was outstanding!”

And all this without the technicians at FMG Frutigen opening the handbook!

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.

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WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced a new lower price on its GY-HM710 ProHD camcorder. Introduced earlier this year, the compact, shoulder-mount camcorder is ideal for ENG news, documentaries, event coverage, and educational applications. The company also announced the JVC Power Promotion, a limited time offer that includes a free Anton/Bauer power system package with the purchase of a new GY-HM710.

Introduced earlier this year, the GY-HM710 includes extensive image customization modes, JVC’s patented Focus Assist, and a 20-second Pre Rec (retro cache) feature, which continuously records and stores footage in cache memory and helps prevent missed shots of breaking events. Its new $5,995 list price includes the camera head with bayonet lens mount, viewfinder, microphone, Anton/Bauer battery plate, and Canon 14:1 ENG lens.

Customers who purchase a new GY-HM710 from an authorized JVC Professional reseller between now and the end of 2011 are eligible to receive an Anton/Bauer AB-DIONIC-PKG battery and power system package directly from JVC. Valued at $1,185, the package includes an Anton/Bauer DIONIC 90 Li-Ion battery, Tandem 70 InterActive charger, and AC power supply.

“The GY-HM710 delivers the same amazing image quality and efficient workflow of our ProHD product line, but eliminates the modular functionality that many customers don’t need,” said Craig Yanagi, national marketing and brand manager. “The result is a perfect balance between features and affordability, and the new pricing along with JVC’s Power Promotion makes it an even more attractive option for video professionals.”

With the same 3-CCD imaging system found in other ProHD models, the GY-HM710 records 1920×1080 HD footage in 1080p and 1080i at 25 Mbps or 35 Mbps. JVC’s native file recording technology allows recording in ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (.MOV), as well as other major NLE systems (.MP4), to non-proprietary SDHC cards. For legacy applications, the camcorder can also record SD footage (480i) as standard DV files (.AVI or .MOV). Other features include a high resolution (1.22 million pixel) LCOS viewfinder and 4.3-inch flip-out LCD monitor, plus two XLR audio inputs with phantom power and manual audio level controls with audio meter.

The JVC Power Promotion ends Dec. 31.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theatre use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Releases “The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing” App for iPad

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft today announced that it is releasing its popular tutorial, “The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing,” as an iPad app. Derived from the popular “Guide to Mixing” booklet. The booklet provides an introduction and explanation about what an audio mixer is, what its functions are, and the basics of setting up and using a PA system.

“Since its introduction, ‘The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing’ has become a popular reference for learning about what a mixer does and how to use it, and there are more than a million copies in use worldwide,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, HARMAN Mixing Group. “From its original booklet form it has evolved to become available as a web page, as a downloadable PDF, on DVD and online video formats. Making this industry-standard reference available on the iPad was the inevitable next step.”

“The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing” is tailor-made for the iPad. It uses the same now-classic video clips that have drawn more than 350,000 views on YouTube alone. The Guide takes users through all aspects of setting up and using an audio mixer including: explaining the various controls and functions, connecting microphones, instruments and outboard effects, basic and advanced mixing techniques, using mixers for live sound and for studio recording, and many additional topics.

The full version of “The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing” is available for $2.99 from http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundcraft-guide-to-mixing/id481298869?mt=8 or search iTunes for “Soundcraft.” A lite version will soon be available free of charge that contains one full chapter and excerpts from the other chapters.

“’The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing’ has become an invaluable educational tool for students, small bands, musicians, novice sound engineers and people who are starting their careers in pro audio,” Watson said. “The iPad is the perfect portable and interactive format for the Guide.”

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.

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