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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular delivers impact with immersive architectural mapping

“This project takes architectural projection, the newest application combination of high power projection and warp and blend media servers, and applies it to the live stage and theater environment, directly adding to the excitement of this 79 year holiday production.”
- Blair Parkin, managing director, Visual Acuity

Atlanta, GA (4-9-2012) – Immersive architectural mapping took top billing at this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. Seen by more than 1 million spectators each year, the Christmas Spectacular is an anxiously anticipated yearly dedication to the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Tasked with continually surpassing the previous year’s production, MSG Entertainment brought together a select group of precision audio/video manufacturers and service providers to help deliver on that goal. Central to this year’s production were 11 Digital Projection International (DPI) LIGHTNING 45-WUXGA, 3-chip DLP projectors, each delivering 30,000 lumens, enlisted to illuminate the historic theater’s ceiling and proscenium arch with awe-inspiring imagery.

Incorporating custom 3D imagery, a video-game style action narrative and animated scenic imagery that envelopes the stage, the 2011 Christmas Spectacular surpassed all existing standards for this annual event. Larry Sedwick, senior vice president production, MSG Entertainment, explained, “As one of the leading companies in live entertainment, we are focused on delivering our Christmas Spectacular to audiences with content that has never been presented before in a theatrical setting and utilizing advanced technology features available in today’s market, while still honoring those traditions steeped in our show.” Sedwick continued, “So, in our recent production, we used large scale digital projection and gave audiences the feeling of being immersed in an array of image, sound, lighting, theatrical, and pyrotechnic effects as each scene transforms to the next.”

New York-based batwin + robin productions created the projected animations that playfully enveloped audiences in more than 180 feet of bright, colorful visuals. At times, such as when a train traveled around and above the stage, animation traversed the arches as a visual feature. In other instances, DPI’s LIGHTNING projectors displayed accent imagery, supplying a visual wallpaper of sorts in order to complement the on-stage theme. Due to the varying depths within the existing proscenium arch, overcoming any shaded areas within the arch with incredibly bright imagery was critical. The digital content displayed on the arch, as well as the image blending, was managed by 7thSense Design Delta media servers. Visual Acuity, an independent media and design consultancy, advised on the key technological aspects of the application by supplying expertise in the overall projection, custom content and edge blending implementation.

In order to uniformly project across the entire 180 foot plain, placement and alignment of the projectors was a key venue consideration. The bulk of the projected imagery emanated from two sets of four LIGHTNING 45-WUXGA projectors, with each set mounted onto choral risers flanking the main seating. Two LIGHTNING projectors, both using a custom mirror-bounce system to create portrait images, were installed in the projection booth. A final LIGHTNING projector was installed in the booth in order to project straight landscape format images across the top of the arch. Each LIGHTNING was installed with mounting frames, courtesy of RP Visual Solutions.

Filling such a massive, curved surface area with impressive imagery was no easy feat, and the projector requirements were significant. “The ability to rotate the DPI projectors 360 degrees, pointing straight up, straight down and anywhere in between was a key consideration in the final projector selection,” noted Sedwick. As most of the proscenium imagery was custom- mapped to a massive arch, the ability to tilt and rotate the LIGHTNING projectors was critical when creating the illusion of the arch being one cohesive image. Other important projector considerations include the lower noise level produced by the LIGHTNING displays, as the projectors were installed close to the audience. Proximity to the audience provided the LIGHTNING an additional opportunity to impress by consuming less power, and as such expelling less heat, than other projector alternatives.

Uptime is critical for live events such as the Christmas Spectacular, and the ease of the LIGHTNING projector’s lamp replacement in comparison to competing options was a major consideration. Lamp replacement takes a technician less than five minutes, can be carried out live during the performance, and does not need the isolation and time-consuming cooling processes required by other projector options. Blair Parkin, managing director with Visual Acuity, remarked, “DPI’s LIGHTNING projectors were selected for a combination of brightness, capability and image quality.” Parkin continued, “The projector, being single bodied with integrated lamp and change module meant that it was the best suited product for this application to mount inside the historical venue.” A final vital detail was the extensive support provided by DPI, which included numerous visits pre-and post installation by on-site technicians, additional visits by DPI’s northeast regional manager and a specialized training program at DPI’s Atlanta headquarters specifically designed for the venue’s in-house technicians.

When asked whether the very visible role that DPI’s projectors played in the 2011 Christmas Spectacular was a personal highlight, Mike Levi, president of Digital Projection Inc., commented, “Everyone at DPI is honored that our products contributed to the success of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Our LIGHTNING projectors represent the absolute pinnacle of large screen display technology, so it is thrilling to see these products employed in a venue which likewise, is world renown as the pinnacle of all performance theaters.”

DPI would like to thank everyone involved with this marvel of live entertainment, including Blair Parkin, Larry Sedwick, Linda Haberman, the in-house MSG technical team, and the many creative service and product suppliers that made this year’s Christmas Spectacular truly special.

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About Digital Projection International
Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.
For further information, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

Press Enquiries
Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing
Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770)-420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

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HARMAN’s Studer Introduces Radically Lower-Priced Vista 1 Compact Console at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Spearheading an amazing lineup of no less than six new products from HARMAN’s Studer at NAB is the Studer(r) Vista 1 Compact, a true Studer Vista console in a compact and low-cost configuration that will surprise many engineers. The new desk comes complete as a single chassis, with control surface, I/O connections and DSP all integral, considerably reducing weight and footprint.

The new desk is highly suited to both fixed and portable systems, such as newsrooms and game shows, while its compact size makes it a natural choice for OB and ENG vans, with a price under $80,000.

The Vista 1 is based largely on the Vista 5, so existing Vista users will be immediately familiar with all the functionality of the Vistonics(tm) user interface and Studer Vista control surface, plus features such as true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control.

With an integral DSP engine of 96 channels, the Vista 1 can handle mono, stereo and 5.1 inputs with ease, and is provided with 32 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs and eight stereo AES inputs and outputs on rear panel connections. Both 32-fader and 22-fader models are available.

I/O can be expanded using the standard Studer D21m card slot on the rear, to allow MADI, AES, AoIP, ADAT, TDIF, CobraNet, Dolby E/Digital, SDI connections etc. A MADI link can connect to any of the Studer Stagebox range for XLR connectivity as well as other formats.

New to the Vista family on the Vista 1 is an integral jingle player, played from audio files on a USB jingle stick (such as station ID or background FX), and triggered by a series of eight dedicated keys in the master section.

The Studer Vista 1 also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network.

Other new products from Studer at NAB include a new Vista Compact remote bay, Lexicon FX engine, RTW MT7 Metering Option for Vista consoles, EMBER broadcast/news automation control protocol and a Livewire AoIP card for the D21m system.

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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Lady Antebellum Owns The Night and the Stage With a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6™ Console

Lady Antebellum is currently on an 8-month tour with a Soundcraft Vi6 monitor console. (Photo Credit: Flickr user Kittysocks)

ESCONDIDO, California — Currently on an extensive 8-month tour with GRAMMY® Award-winning country sensation Lady Antebellum, southern California-based Sound Image is deploying a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console at the monitor position.

Lady Antebellum, an American country pop group formed in 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee, consists of Charles Kelley on vocals, Dave Haywood with background vocals, guitar and piano, and Hillary Scott who sings lead and background vocals. The group has won seven GRAMMY Awards, including the 2012 Best Country Album for Own The Night.

Sound Image, which has enjoyed great success with HARMAN and Soundcraft throughout the years, chose a Vi6 as the monitor console for its sonic quality and ease of use. Peter Bowman, Monitor Engineer for Lady Antebellum, was new to the Soundcraft Vi6 when he first started the tour, but has quickly adapted. “I didn’t care about a learning curve,” he stated. “If it sounds better I’ll go with it. But it also didn’t take long to become familiar with the console.”

Bowman uses the console for stage monitoring, in-ear mixes, wedges and matrixes. “Everything is packaged well,” Bowman said. “There is no effort needed to get great sound. The double patching capability lets me double up on a lot of outputs, adding even more flexibility.”

With so much varied talent in Lady Antebellum, the console perfectly fits Bowman’s needs to adjust settings quickly. “Everything is easy to set during sound check and little adjustments can be made quickly on the fly when needed,” he noted. “The console displays two user-defined auxiliary outputs on each channel, which along with fader flip mode allows me to see and change all three of the principles mixes at once.”

For Bowman, having the Lexicon® effects onboard only adds to the value of the desk, and setting the different layers with inputs makes it easy for some of Lady Antebellum’s acoustic sets. “I can jump between user pages quickly, and having them in my set order helps me to know where everything is based on the inputs for a given song. Nothing is ever too complicated.”

“The touchscreen is always easy to navigate and makes transitions simple,” Bowman added. “With selectable recall parameters, I am able to use scenes effectively. I can set EQs and gains to follow the scene or be fixed, depending on whether I need changes made throughout the show to remain from scene to scene or not.”

The support that Bowman and his team have received throughout the tour is only a motivator to stay with Soundcraft. “We had some terrible weather, which damaged the first console. The assistance in getting us a new console and back up and running couldn’t have gone better. We didn’t miss a beat.”

For more information on Sound Image, please visit: http://www.sound-image.com/

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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Mike Phillips’ Saxophone Sounds Off The Wall For Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour With HARMAN’s AKG Mics and Monitoring

VIENNA, Austria – Honoring the King of Pop through a hybrid performance of rock concert and Cirque Du Soleil acrobatics, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour continues to showcase the late icon’s style, music and mind-blowing performances across the globe. Saxophonist Mike Phillips clips on HARMAN’s AKG C519ML microphone to his instrument, while monitoring the show through AKG’s IVM4500 IEM in-ear monitoring system for the current second-largest grossing world tour.

“This show is loud – a lot is going on musically and visually, so it’s important to ensure all aspects of the music are picked up and heard clearly,” stated Phillips. “When I signed on to THE IMMORTAL World Tour, I told my producers I could only use AKG; I needed that reliability and quality to ensure the great Michael Jackson’s music was held to a level of precision that would make him, his family and fans proud.”

With such a visual show every night, Phillips finds himself moving all around the set, which has multiple pieces from the actual set of the tragically cancelled “This Is It” tour. Utilizing AKG’s WMS4500 wireless system, his mic provides a clear sound from his WMS body transmitter anywhere on stage. “We’re not stationary in any aspect,” Phillips continued. “Throughout the show, I am on the sides of the stage, on top of the sets running around constantly. The AKG WMS system is very reliable and doesn’t cut out when I’m moving. It’s one less worry while performing.”

During the 3-continent tour, the band is recording a live album. According to Phillips, the AKG C519ML mic does a great job picking up his saxophone, preventing bleeding from the other instruments in the band.

On off-nights, Phillips books smaller jazz shows in the cities where he performs to keep his solo career moving. With three solo albums, all of which debuted in the top five on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts, Phillips has sold more than 500,000 albums. With his own separate, personal arsenal of AKG, including an additional C519ML and IVM4500 monitoring set, he can easily drop into jazz clubs across the world, plug in and play.

“The reliability, durability and quality of AKG is apparent whether I’m performing solo or with the IMMORTAL tour,” Phillips said. “AKG is my go-to system and I couldn’t imagine my sound the way it is with another mic or wireless combination.”

For more information AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com.

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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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FOR-A Introduces Compact HD/SD Frame Rate Converter

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, today announced the FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter, which will be showcased at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 16-19 (Booth C5219). Packaged in a compact form factor (1 RU high, 1/2 RU wide), the new FRC-30 can be switched between motion compensation and linear conversions to deliver optimal results for various source material.

In motion compensation mode, the FRC-30 detects the motion vector amount of a moving object and generates its motion in frames. In linear conversion mode, frame conversion is based on previous and next frames. Built-in up/down/cross converters deliver SD to HD, HD to SD, and 1080i to 720p conversions as well. The FRC-30 supports several video formats – 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 525/60, and 625/50 – and includes HD/SD-SDI and analog composite I/O.

“The FRC-30 may be compact, but it’s packed with functionality,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “With a choice of conversion modes, it provides outstanding frame rate conversion regardless of content, and offers down, and cross conversion of SD and HD content.”

FOR-A will also show its modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter, introduced at NAB last year. Designed for installation in FOR-A’s UFM series of universal frames, it also provides a choice of motion compensation or linear conversions, as well as up/down/cross conversion of HD/SD-SDI and analog composite sources at various resolutions and frame rates.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Mitsubishi Electric Supports Its Dealers with PR for Partners Program Public Relations Services Provided Free of Charge

Mitsubishi Electric Supports Its Dealers with PR for Partners Program
Public Relations Services Provided Free of Charge

IRVINE, Calif., April 10, 2012, 2012 — Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. announces its PR for Partners Program, designed to support its dealers with free public relations services provided by its media relations partner, Lionheart Communications.

“We understand that many of our dealers may not have dedicated public relations functions in their marketing departments, so we’re offering the services of our public relations representative, Nancy Napurski of Lionheart Communications, free of charge, said James Chan, vice president of marketing, Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc.

Lionheart Communications is poised to help dealers with media outreach and other public relations services related to their Mitsubishi success stories as well as act as an adjunct to internal public relations and marketing teams. Outreach can include local and national media in audio/visual, education, digital signage and home theater publications, blogs, and associations, among others. Napurski can also assist with other Mitsubishi-related marketing activities, including strategic counsel, application story development and press release creation and distribution.

“As a part of our marketing team for over ten years, Nancy is a valuable asset to Mitsubishi Electric,” added Chan. “She has excellent relationships with editors, reviewers, writers and reporters that is a benefit to us as well as our dealers.”

Interested Mitsubishi dealers can contact Nancy directly at nnapurski@lionheartpr.com.

About Lionheart Communications
Lionheart Communications was established in 2000 by Nancy Napurski, who has more than fifteen years of experience in the design and execution of creative and effective public relations and marketing programs. For more information on Lionheart’s services visit http://www.lionheartpr.com.

About Mitsubishi
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. is a US subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America manufactures and markets projectors, data wall display systems, LCD digital signage monitors and players, industrial printers, photo kiosks and digital photo printers, large-screen 3D DLP® televisions and the world’s first laser TV, LaserVue®.

For more on Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, visit http://www.mevsa.com. Connect with Mitsubishi on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MitsubishiDisplays) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/MitsuDisplays)

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Contact:
Nancy Napurski
Lionheart Communications
585-967-3348
nnapurski@lionheartpr.com

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Seaside Church Revamps Audio System

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—St. Thomas The Apostle Church is located in the shore community of Brigantine, New Jersey. During the summer months, the church congregation swells to about 3,000 from approximately 1,000 attendees in the off-season, due to residents that flock to the ocean community from May through September. “The existing church space could not accommodate the increase in congregation, so they decided to expand services by constructing an overflow event center,” states Bobby Harper, V.P. of Sales, ACIR Professional. “ACIR Professional was hired to expand the church audio requirements in order to tie the event center to the main sanctuary through a video and audio feed, as well as to renovate the main sanctuary to accommodate more of the congregation.”

Phase One of the enhancement to St. Thomas The Apostle Church included the installation of a 5.1 audio system for playback of media for non-service affairs, as well as a portable audio and video system to handle church services for overflow, and other events such as weddings, meetings, etc. ACIR accomplished this with the installation of a Yamaha MG series mixer, Eiki Projector, JBL ceiling and wall speakers, JBL portable PRX12M and PRX18 speakers, and Sennheiser wireless microphones. “The church budget was influential in the requirement criteria,” says Harper. “The combination of equipment used fulfilled the budget requirements as well as the quality and portability requirements.”

Phase Two was to renovate the existing sanctuary. The interior of the church was modified slightly with the addition of Naves on Altar L+R. The entire floor was converted from carpet to marble, so an affordable, yet highly intelligible distributed speaker system from Community Professional was used. This system is also driven by a Yamaha MG series mixer (for a total of three Yamaha mixers throughout the premises), and includes a Community DSpec processor, all powered by Yamaha P series amplifiers (four in total). “Sennheiser wireless microphones were chosen for their clarity,” adds Harper, “and Shure MX series boundary mics are utilized on the altar, pulpit, and choir area.”

While Phase Two was taking place, the sanctuary was moved to the overflow event center. Because audio I/O panels were placed throughout the room, the church was able to setup a portable sanctuary and perform services as needed, while waiting for the renovation of the main sanctuary to take place. Once the main sanctuary was complete, the services were moved back to the church, with feeds continually sent to the overflow event center.

“The sound system is awesome in the church and the hall,” states Mary Jane Morey, Director of Liturgy and Music. ACIR was exceptional to work with and unbelievably knowledgeable. I was able to contact them with concerns during the installation process and initial use of the system 24/7.”

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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SIM2 Partners with goHDR for world first in television technology at NAB 2012

Miramar, Florida—April 2012—Innovative television technology that’s as clever as the human eye is to be showcased by University of Warwick spinout company goHDR at the NAB Show® in Las Vegas, later this month. SIM2’s first High Dynamic Range Display, the HDR47E monitor, will be used in the demonstration showing the HDR content produced by goHDR.

goHDR will provide the world with its first glimpse of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, screened on the SIM2 HDR display, enabling viewers to see images with exceptional lighting detail. goHDR is developing compression technology that will enable the huge data streams produced by HDR video cameras to be displayed on a TV screen.

“We are proud to be part of goHDR’s new video technology showcase in Las Vegas. Our HDR47E monitor is a technological tour-de-force developed by SIM2 engineers to make full use of the real-life dynamic range of HDR images,” says Alberto Fabiano EVP SIM2 USA Inc. “The goHDR presentation will be, yet again, another opportunity to show the world SIM2′s technology leadership: an experience that streams down to our entire line of precision products hand-made in Italy.”

Alan Chalmers, Professor of Visualization at WMG, University of Warwick and Innovation Director at goHDR, explains: “High Dynamic Range video is the next big step in TV imaging – similar to the change from black and white to color TV. For the first time, viewers will be able to see scenes on TV just as they would in real life, without losing detail in the glare of bright sunlight or in deep shadow.”

“The data stream produced by HDR cameras is huge – equivalent to a CD worth of data per second. To address this issue, goHDR has produced two products: an Encoder which compresses the data to allow it to be transferred to a display, and a Media Player, which reverses the process and allows the pictures to be viewed with all the glorious lighting detail preserved,” says Professor Chalmers.

“We are very excited to be working with SIM2 to display HDR content on the world’s first commercial HDR display,” says Professor Chalmers. “TV viewers will get an exclusive glimpse at the significant difference that this technology will make to their viewing experience. HDR is coming. At NAB you will be able to see what the future will be like.”

Over the past two years goHDR has had exclusive access to the world’s first true HDR video camera, built by German company SpheronVR, and has produced a number of short films to showcase the technology. This will be the first time the company has been able to demonstrate its work, using SIM2’s HDR47E monitor, to a wide audience, outside the laboratory.

The film clips produced by goHDR are also available on the company’s website (www.gohdr.com) where they have been specially treated, using a technique called tonemapping, to give an idea of what they would look like on an HDR display.

Note to Editors:
goHDR is a software business, whose niche is to provide advanced data compression algorithms to all those who are developing High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. Its aim is to be the leader in the software that enables HDR video. For more information, go to www.gohdr.com

About

SIM2 High Dynamic Range (HDR) HDR47E monitor to be used in goHDR demo at NAB 2012

and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Three Stooges + SIXTEEN19 = 100% Laughfest

Cutting in Four Locations, Editor Sam Seig Rates Sixteen19′s Systems and Support #1 In Reliability

NEW YORK: The culmination of a twelve year odyssey, The Three Stooges is a testament to the tenacity of co-directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Editor Sam Seig reports the production was the diametric opposite of the antic chaos that unfolds on screen. “This was a completely buttoned down shoot,” Seig says. “The Farrelly Brothers polished every scene for a tight but realistic 3-month shooting schedule. Thanks to Sixteen19, I didn’t have a moment of technical down time at any point in the shoot.”

Thanks to his flair for comedy, Seig edited the Farrelly Brothers’ Hall Pass, having worked with them as first assistant years prior on There’s Something About Mary. He was invited on board The Three Stooges very early in the game. “It took years to bring this film to the screen, but it was worth the wait,” he says. “Bobby and Peter crossed every ‘T’ and poked every ‘eye’ in pre-pro. They were ready for action.”

Seig first encountered Sixteen19′s team with Ghost Town in 2008. “I edited there for eight months and got to know company principals Jonathan Hoffman, Pete Conlin, Claire Shanley and their crew very well,” he reports. “They’re total pros, and constantly went the extra 9 yards for me throughout my stay. When The Three Stooges was green lit, they were my first choice for our editing setups. I knew I could depend on them for top-flight gear and reliable support.

“Every element of the system they put together for me was brand new, including the 52″ plasma screen.” Seig adds, whose setup included 3 Avid Media Composer v5.5 systems connected to 16TB of shared Unity storage. “They had the whole configuration up and running when I walked into our first location’s edit suite in Atlanta. A couple months later, they broke down our setup on a Friday and shipped it to Cape Cod for the next lap, where it was installed and ready for work at the end of the weekend.” The production’s months in Cape Cod included the Hurricane Irene scare: preparation for worst-case scenarios involved relocating the Unity storage to avoid possible flood exposure and a full orderly shutdown supervised by Sixteen19′s technical team.

Following the months on Cape Cod, the schedule included further moves: “Sixteen19 flew the systems out to Ojai, CA for additional location work,” Seig explained. “With consistent technical support and equipment resources, the multiple relocations didn’t pose a challenge for the editorial process. Sixteen19 even customized the rig so that I could work standing. I found that much more energizing than sitting at the desk, and I plan to keep cutting that way from now on.”

Seig worked with Peter Farrelly on the initial rough cut during the first stage of production, and then with Bobby Farrelly on the second pass. When Sixteen19 relocated the editorial set up to L.A., Seig collaborated with both directors as they honed the final cut. “In addition to great fun, this was a surprisingly straightforward edit,” Seig concludes. “Cinematographer Matthew Leonetti was shooting with two 35mm cameras, but we didn’t have an overabundance of footage. The script was fine tuned, and the cast honed split second timing for every gag. They were like a crack team of Navy SEALS… Well, maybe circus seals.”

Starring Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso as Larry, Moe and Curly (respectively), The Farrelly Brothers movie The Three Stooges opens nationally on April 13 (that’s a Friday).

Photos: 1. The Three Stooges editor Sam Seig at a Sixteen19 mobile
Avid editing system

2&3. Frames from The Farrelly Brothers movie The Three Stooges

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Sixteen19 is a post-production services company with offices at 1619 Broadway, NYC and divisions in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and London. The firm specializes in DI, color correction, editing and finishing and on & near set services. The NYC complex features 15 spacious Avid editing suites, color correct theater/ screening rooms, digital dailies, file transcode/encode and workflow management. Contact: 212-245-1402 http://www.sixteen19.com

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StrandVision Offers Free Digital Signage Background Music

Gold and Platinum Level subscribers have free digital signage access to more than 650 copyright-cleared digital signage background music selections…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – April 10, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that it is offering free digital signage background music to its Gold and Platinum subscribers. Previously, streamed background music was only available from StrandVision with a $750 one-time setup fee. Current Gold and Platinum StrandVision digital signage subscribers are automatically upgraded to include this new free digital signage software capability.

As a bonus, Gold and Platinum subscribers that also have Basic or Streaming Video licenses under the same contract can extend the background music feature to those StrandVision Digital Signage networks for free.

Broad Selection – Easy Administration

Subscribers can select from more than 650 digital signage background music streams from 40+ categories such as acoustic, classical, contemporary rock, inspirational, and other classifications. The library includes emerging artists who have submitted selections. StrandVision invites emerging artists to participate and get their music heard by audiences around the world. (See http://www.strandvision.com/recording_artist_publicity.html.)

Administrators simply select the music categories that they want to include at their secure StrandVision Content Management System (CMS) portal. The digital signage background music is then streamed to all audio-enabled StrandVision Digital Signage displays. The copyright-cleared music is available 24/7 to accompany business marketing promotional messages or employee communications and can be overridden for advertisements or emergency announcements.

“We’ve found that background music is a welcome enhancement for many locations in hotels, banks, stores, schools, healthcare clinics and other businesses to provide a relaxing environment,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “By including free digital signage background music with the Gold and Platinum packages we’re giving a greater number of StrandVision subscribers the option of adding the feature in the locations where it makes sense.”

Additional information on StrandVision Digital Signage background music is available at: http://www.strandvision.com/background_music_for_business_marketing.html

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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