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Digital Projection’s entire LED projector lineup receives major brightness upgrade, 3D LED models introduced

ATLANTA, GA – 8/30/2012 – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces a highly-anticipated brightness upgrade to their entire LED projector lineup. By combining engineering innovation and newly-available components, each of DPI’s LED displays now deliver higher luminance, with select models breaking the 1,000 lumen threshold. Priced between $12,995 and $39,995 MSRP, DPI offers an unparalleled variety of LED projectors for residential, commercial and simulation applications. LED display options can be found in a variety of resolutions within both the M-Vision Series and dVision Series of DPI’s product offering, with the new dVision 35 series LED models also offering 3D capability. Alongside the higher brightness, DPI’s LED displays continue to deliver Lifetime Illumination™, providing a virtually maintenance-free imaging solution that never requires a lamp replacement and consumes a fraction of the power of typical UHP lamp-sourced projectors.

Though currently less bright than their lamp-based counterparts, LED displays are perceived as being much brighter than their measured luminance specifications, thanks in part to the Helmholtz-Kohlrausch effect (H-K effect). The International Electrotechnical Commission defines the Helmholtz-Kohlrausch effect as, “A change in brightness of perceived color produced by increasing the purity of a color stimulus while keeping its luminance constant within the range of photopic vision.” In layman’s terms, the H-K effect describes a situation whereby if two color stimuli sources with the same luminance are compared, the perceived brightness induced by the color stimuli of higher purity will be higher than that of lower purity. LED illuminated projectors produce extraordinarily high color purity and saturation, thus appearing brighter than a lamp-based display with similar measured lumen specifications.

LED projectors are ideal for critical 24/7 projection applications, as well as any application needing long-life projection systems with unmatched color saturation, lumen maintenance and color stability. As LED projectors do not enlist a traditional lamp, applications utilizing DPI’s higher-lumen M-Vision LED and dVision LED displays will benefit from their Lifetime Illumination™ 60,000+ hour lifespan. DPI’s Lifetime Illumination™ certification ensures that their LED projectors will deliver many years of consistent, engaging and virtually maintenance-free imagery for the application in which they’re installed. Providing 3-chip color saturation from small-form single chip displays, M-Vision LED and dVision LED displays present powerful, capable solutions for a variety of commercial and residential applications including command and control, home media, visualization and simulation where image quality, long-life and low long-term cost of ownership are equally valued.

A combination of consistently stable, long-term light output and a supremely low-maintenance illumination system defines DPI’s LED display solutions. In each of Digital Projection’s LED displays, the RGB-based LED illumination system eliminates the need for a color wheel to produce primary colors. Instead, red, green and blue LED’s produce primary color illumination, rendering a color gamut and color saturation similar to that of a 3-chip DLP projector with no color wheel artifacts. Additionally, certain LED displays in DPI’s product line feature their FastFrame technology, which assures fast-moving content appears remarkably sharp and free of motion smear. As is the case with every projector in their catalog, DPI’s LED displays utilize Texas Instruments’ DarkChip DLP technology, ensuring unmatched black levels, RGB bit depth and dynamic range.

DPI will be demonstrating numerous 2D, 3D and LED precision projectors throughout a completely reconfigured booth (#3454) at CEDIA Expo 2012 from September 6 – 8 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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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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Christie’s Moving-Yoke Projection Technology Adds To The Excitement At 5LINX Sales Meeting

Christie® technology was the clear choice when Atlanta-based PPi was asked to provide the projection technology for the 5LINX company sales meeting at the Las Vegas Convention Center recently. 5LINX is a direct marketing company providing electrical, power, cellular and satellite services to customers throughout America with its head office located in Rochester, New York.

PPi produces corporate events and for the 5LINX meeting, they used the best ideas from award and reality shows – especially American Idol – and combined them. The 64-feet wide by 40-feet deep multi-tiered stage was bathed in colors from numerous spotlights, a Christie YK100 moving yoke system, and several Christie projectors – creating a feast for the eyes.

Geoffrey Platt, event production designer at PPi, used one Christie YK100 yoke with a Christie WX10K-M projector and was impressed with the result.

“One of the main elements of the show was an opening segment with lighting and pyrotechnics shown behind a center screen measuring 23-feet across by 11-feet high that tracked eight feet up-and-down, from which presenters would emerge,” he said. “The Christie YK100 and projector were tracking to this center screen, which is why we used the yoke solution. The quality of the WX10K-M projector we used in the yoke was great.”

Designed for staging and event productions, the award-winning Christie YK100 supports the Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® platform as well as the Christie LX1500 LCD model, giving AV professionals a range of brightness levels from 5,700 to 15,000 ANSI lumens and a choice of resolutions to fit any event requirements. The flexible Christie YK100 moving yoke includes an interchangeable head system so technicians can swap out one Christie projector for another— on the same yoke. The Christie YK100 can be rigged or set up at floor level with both projector and yoke control from the same console using DMX512 protocol.

“There are some similar moving projection products on the market but they don’t even come close to the quality of the Christie YK100,” he said. “For what we were doing, I couldn’t conceive of a better fit. This was the first time I had used the Christie YK100 and the yoke performed beautifully.”

Christie HD10K-M and Christie HD18K Projectors Complete the Presentation

Platt said that 5LINX used Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors for both a secondary screen and the ‘halos,’ which were tension fabric cut in rings eight feet across that hung 20 feet above the stage. Projected onto the halos were graphic treatments above customized 5LINX logos.

PPi also used four Christie HD18K 3-chip DLP® projectors – one each for four separate, main screens – to display graphics, PowerPoint, video and IMAG.

Planning and executing such an elaborate show is a major undertaking but Platt knew Christie technology would perform as advertised.

“I have never had any problems with Christie projectors and they have always been rock solid,” he concluded. “We had no issues at all. I love the color, contrast and picture quality and everything worked flawlessly out of the box. Christie also has the moving yoke/projector system, which is a big plus and made the decision that much easier. Christie had everything we needed to ensure this event went smoothly.”

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MuxLab ProAV Baluns Streamline Professional AV Cabling

Ruggedized Enclosure, Locking RJ45 Connector and Heavy-Duty Cable Strain Relief

Montreal, Canada -  MuxLab Inc. (www.muxlab.com), a designer and manufacturer of CCTV and audio-video connectivity solutions for copper twisted pair, announces its latest line of ProAV Baluns for the professional audio-video environment.

The ProAV Baluns are designed to meet the demanding cabling needs of the pro-AV market and feature a ruggedized design.  Each balun is encased in a dust-proof cast aluminum enclosure and features an Ethercon™ RJ45S for robust cable strain relief. The baluns target rental & staging and video production where AV cabling is frequently setup and taken down, placing additional wear and tear on the cables and connections.

Furthermore the baluns work in pairs or in conjunction with other standard MuxLab that feature the same signal type and pin configuration.   For example, the ProAV balun may be connected to pro HD camcorders to transmit HD video and audio back to a mixer or switcher.  The ProAV baluns feature extra-long 12” cable leads to allow the baluns to be strapped or installed conveniently near the camera.  All ProAV baluns are designed to optimize the use of the Cat5e cable and support various combinations of video and audio.

Some of the many ProAV baluns offered by MuxLab: Component Video/Analog Audio (500052-Pro), Component/Composite Video (500056-Pro) and S-Video/Audio (500017-Pro).

The ProAV baluns are encased in a robust dustproof enclosure that resists punishment and feature heavy-duty cable strain relief to withstand the stresses of on-site video production. All wall baluns are terminated with Ethercon™ RJ45S connectors, support the EIA568 wiring standard and carry a lifetime warranty.

About MuxLab

MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For over 25 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds, and changes.

For more information

www.muxlab.com

videoease@muxlab.com

514-905-0588

A 300 DPI product photo is available upon request.

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Casio America, Inc. to Participate in Almo Professional A/V’s E4 AV Events

CASIO AMERICA, INC. TO PARTICIPATE IN ALMO PROFESSIONAL A/V’S E4 AV EVENTS IN DALLAS AND NEW YORK THIS FALL

Casio to Showcase Portfolio of Lamp Free Projectors  

DOVER, NJ, (AUGUST 30, 2012) – Casio America, Inc., a leader in the digital projection space, has teamed with Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, by participating in the next E4 AV training and networking event in Dallas on September 13 and New York on October 3. During the event, Casio will showcase its entire portfolio of lamp free projectors for the AV market.

An overview of the Almo Pro A/V E4 tour can be viewed here.

“Currently, we have the largest assortment of LASER & LED projectors on the market,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “We strive to offer a comprehensive solution for AV professionals and are extremely proud of the progress we have made in the industry. We will continue to be the pioneers of lamp-free technology.”

“Casio’s lamp free projectors are easily one of the most popular product lines to see during our E4 events,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president for Almo Professional A/V.  “The theme for our fall tour is ‘Reveal Your AV Future.’ Casio lamp free projectors are certainly part of an AV pro’s future thanks to the simplified maintenance and Hybrid Light Source Technology, which also makes them a great green AV option. The differentiation has made them a very viable option for our partners to consider.”

Casio’s commitment to the projection industry is displayed through its full line of lamp free, LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source projectors including portable, multi-purpose, high brightness and short throw units that are equipped with a variety of features fit for a multitude of environments.

Now in its third generation, Casio’s revolutionary LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source combines a laser, a fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness, while eliminating the need for expensive projection lamps that often need replacement. Due to the lamp-free technology, Casio’s LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source provides a reduced total cost of ownership and allows users to count on a 20,000 hour estimated life span. On average, users will save hundreds of dollars after approximately 6,000 hours of use compared to traditional mercury lamp projectors.

Casio’s projectors are also equipped with capabilities that will illuminate any room and aid in the creation of lively presentations. Other features include energy-saving modes, computer, HDMI and video inputs and the ability to display 3D content from a 3D capable computer. USB models incorporate LAN/wireless connectivity, MobiShow, Crestron Roomview control and select models are Interactive WhiteBoard ready.

The E4 Dallas event will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas while the E4 New York event is on October 3 at the Meadowlands Expo Center. Both events will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.

The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.

For additional information regarding Casio’s projectors, please visit www.casioprojector.com.

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About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About Almo Professional A/V’s E4 AV Tour

Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

About InfoComm International

InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and
multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV
professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and China.
Additional information is available at
www.infocomm.org.

About Almo Professional A/V

Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproavand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

 

PULA FILM FESTIVAL SETS OUTDOOR CINEMA RECORD WITH HARKNESS STAGELITE STEREO 3D SCREEN

PULA, CROATIA, AUGUST 30, 2012 — The 59th Pula Film Festival, held in the ancient Vespasian’s Amphitheatre (dating back to the 1st Century) set a new standard for outdoor 3D film presentation.

Given its extraordinary technical setup, an attendance in the thousands and results that had never been achieved before, the event will be remembered as an industry first in three categories.

Firstly, the 3D projection setup achieved the longest throw distance (using a Barco DP2K-32B projector) ever recorded at 73.6 metres (242ft) exceeding the recommended throw distance. Furthermore, the setup, which included an 18.70 x 8.45m Stagelite Stereo 3D Screen from Harkness Screens, achieved a wide-viewing angle of 60º allowing the 3D presentation to be viewed at suitable brightness levels throughout the entire seating area.

As a result of this, the film festival was able to set what is believed to be a new Guinness World Record for an outdoor 3D presentation with an official attendance of 5,920 visitors.

“We were delighted to supply the Stagelite Stereo surface for the festival and provide installation support. The setup achieved by LMT (Laboratory of Multimedia Technologies in Zagreb), the festival’s technical resource, was nothing short of remarkable and they deserve much praise,” says Tony Dilley, European Sales Manager at Harkness Screens.

Stagelite Stereo is a front projection surface specifically designed for non-cinema 3D applications. Silver aluminium flake based PVC fixed to a unique base material provides high gain characteristics, very low depolarisation level (extinction ratio) and excellent colour temperature. The surface type also supports conventional 2D pictures and is also cleanable.

About Harkness Screens
Harkness Screens™ is the world’s largest manufacturer of projection screen surfaces, specialising in the design and production of cinema screens and custom screens of virtually any shape and size. Harkness Screens is the world leader in cinema with screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.

Founded in 1929, Harkness’ corporate office is located in Ireland with other offices and factories located in the USA, UK, France and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.

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CONTACT:
Richard Mitchell
Harkness Screens
Unit A, Norton Road
Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2BB UK
Tel: +44 (0)1438 725200
Email: r.mitchell@harkness-screens.com
Web: www.harkness-screens.com

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BHV Broadcast’s Award-Winning IBC Line Up Includes Battery Replacement System, Wireless On-Air Indicator, Format Convertors & Miniature Switcher

VISIT BHV BROADCAST AT IBC

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production, will return to IBC 2012 with a complement of products that have been acknowledged with awards for innovation. The Company will show an upgraded model of its Video Ghost phantom power system, an enhanced version of the TallyHo! wireless on-air indicator for vision switchers, the 3-input Callisto Micro miniature SDI switcher, the Proteus rate converter, and Syntax up converter.

Video Ghost
Spirits soar with BHV Broadcast’s Video Ghost! Developed as a low-cost, reliable alternative to traditional batteries, Video Ghost brings phantom power to the digital video world! The unit – recipient of TV Technology’s Mario Award AND Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit – now provides a hefty 65 watts of power at 12V for camera head-ends and remote monitors using the existing serial digital video coaxial cable. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, it can also be used to power composite to SDI converters at the camera, avoiding significant signal degradation suffered by composite video over distances.

New for IBC – Video Ghost is now available for camera attachment using the V-lock universal mounting system.

Syntax Up/Cross/Down-Converter – New Price Point!
Syntax will be at the show sporting the same broadcast quality specifications in Syntax Essence, a low-cost model. The economical version of the TV Technology STAR award-winner is BHV’s SDI up/cross/down-converter based on advanced Super-Resolution Bandlet Technology. The new model provides the same performance advantages of motion-compensated processing as its predecessor without the associated disadvantages of high cost and occasionally severe artefacts.

TallyHo! Wireless tally indication system
BHV Broadcast will also demonstrate an enhanced version of TallyHo!, a wireless tally indicator system that offers camera operators reliable remote on-air indication in the field. This unique design is comprised of a base station with direct interface to the local vision mixer and a set of camera hot-shoe mounted receiver modules. TallyHo! – recipient of IBC’s “What caught my eye” – gives the camera operator and, crucially, the camera subject, a highly visible indication of on-air status. TallyHo! operates seamlessly with any vision mixer (such as Sony Anycast) that has tally GPI outputs, but its operational potential is realised to the full when used with any of BHV Broadcast’s Callisto vision mixers.

“TallyHo! provides a viable method of transmitting real-time tally information,” explains Julian Hiorns, managing director of BHV Broadcast. “It stands alone in its ability to furnish wireless feedback to cameras; essential information that every operator in the field needs, but couldn’t access economically prior to TallyHo!”

Callisto Micro miniature SDI switcher
The three-input Callisto Micro SDI mixer is a broadcast specification (SMPTE-259M) 270Mbit video switcher designed to fit into the smallest spaces. Callisto can handle fully asynchronous (unlocked) SDI inputs environment and offers remote control and broadside bus switching, so can double as a miniature reclocking matrix.

Proteus Multi-Format/Multi-Purpose Converter
The award-winning Proteus multi-format, multi-purpose, motion-adaptive standards converter will be shown in both rack-mount and portable versions. The fully-featured broadcast specification converter features 10-bit SDI, analogue video and audio I/O, an advanced standards conversion algorithm, comprehensive audio facilities and ARC. Based on an advanced Motion Adaptive Standards Converter, Proteus offers full format conversion, frame synchronizing, TBC, video and audio Proc Amps, as well as bi-directional standards (rate) conversion. Proteus addresses lip-sync errors with variable audio delay (up to 10 seconds) featuring both tracking and block delay.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at IBC 2012. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit!

About the BHV Companies
BHV Broadcast is the sales and marketing arm of Brick House Video, designer and manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The Company also manufactures rate/standards and format conversion equipment. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

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BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

From Lobby to Sky Bar, Meyer Sound Low-Voltage Systems Enchant Guests at Five-Star Qatar Hotel

Soaring 300 meters over Qatar’s capital of Doha, The Torch Doha—one of the Middle East’s newest five-star hotels—captivates guests with luxury and a flair for aesthetic refinement. Throughout the hotel’s public spaces, the elegant décor is complemented by music that flows through an extensive (yet discreet) installation of 195 Meyer Sound low-voltage self-powered loudspeakers and 55 miniature subwoofers.

“Meyer Sound’s low-voltage systems were the only solution that could meet the stringent requirements for full spectrum audio including extremely compact enclosures, wide frequency response with ultra-low distortion, high SPL-to-size ratio, superior speech intelligibility, custom color finishes, and flexible mounting options,” says system designer and project manager, Pradeep Kumar of Doha-based AVtech, the integrator for all the hotel’s music systems.

A particularly challenging space for controlled, quality sound was a 20-meter high lobby atrium, for which Kumar specified ten MM-4XPD directional self-powered loudspeakers. Other lobby and reception areas are served by MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers and MM-10 miniature subwoofers.

Ceiling systems throughout the hotel’s Three Sixty revolving restaurant, meeting rooms, health clubs, and business center employ a total of 109 low-voltage Stella-4C loudspeakers, while a quartet of robust UPJunior VariO loudspeakers take care of the lofty cantilevered pool area and the Sky bar. A total of 31 sleek, surface-mount Stella-4 loudspeakers blend with the décor in the sushi restaurant, lounges, and bars, with additional MM-10 subwoofers filling in the lower octaves. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor optimizes audio response in the acoustically challenging lobby zone.

The low-voltage loudspeakers receive both audio signal and remote DC powering from rack-mount power supplies, featuring two MPS-481 and seven MPS-488HP 48V DC units, as well as 12 Stella-188 18V DC units deployed around the installation.

“The hotel management is extremely happy with the quality of the Meyer Sound system,” Kumar reports. “It was more than they expected. Every detail of the music is crystal clear, even at low levels that allow guests to comfortably engage in conversation.”

“It is a wonderful system,” adds Sherif Sabry, The Torch Doha’s director of sales and marketing. “The sound quality is very high throughout, and we are pleased that there is no echo in the very high lobby atrium.”

In addition to Meyer Sound products, the venue also features an Allen & Heath iDR-8 that handles mixing and matrixing of local audio sources in the meeting rooms, while AV switching is assigned to an Extron SMX System MultiMatrix.

The 167 luxurious rooms of The Torch Doha occupy 17 floors of the Aspire Tower, an iconic symbol built for the 2006 Asian Games held in the surrounding Aspire Zone sports complex. Architect Hadi Simaan, in association with AREP and Ove Arup & Partners engineers, designed the Aspire Tower building. The Torch Doha hotel project—with architecture design by Karim Azzabi and interior design by Artline R+M & Associates of Doha—was completed in 2011.

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Sound Devices PIX-DOCK Now Shipping

Data Dock for PIX-CADDY with Thunderbolt Connection

AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 30, 2012Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, announces that its PIX-DOCK is now shipping, in time for the 2012 IBC Show (Stand 8.D74). Having first made its debut at this year’s NAB Show, PIX-DOCK connects drives mounted in a Sound Devices PIX-CADDY 2 to computers equipped with Thunderbolt™ high-speed I/O over a single Thunderbolt cable.

The PIX-CADDY 2, which is used to connect SSD volumes to all PIX recorders, is an SSD mounting accessory that also operates as a multi-format interface to attach drives to a computer for file transfer and management. With the introduction of the PIX-DOCK, users can now leverage Thunderbolt’s fast transfer speeds between drives and computers. Thunderbolt offers up to 10 Gbps interconnection speeds, making the file copying of large-capacity drives fast and easy. When using fast storage drives, its high throughput allows realtime playback of multiple streams of high-data-rate video.

The PIX-DOCK provides both power and data over a single cable and is compatible with SATA drives. It includes a six-foot Thunderbolt cable that connects to the PIX-CADDY 2 using its eSATAp connection. It also offers a secure, latching connection to PIX-CADDY, and its weighted base prevents sliding on desktop surfaces.

“After a successful launch at this year’s NAB show, we are thrilled to announce that our PIX-DOCK is available,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “PIX-DOCK simplifies and speeds the transfer and management of files when using our PIX recorders. By utilizing Thunderbolt, we are able to provide our users with blazing fast and reliable transfers.”

The PIX 220i, PIX 240i and PIX 260 record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codecs. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. The PIX 240i and PIX 260 add even more flexibility, with their time code, sync-generator, and simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs. All PIX recorders incorporate the company’s award-winning audio expertise and performance.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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WorldStage East Moves Back to Manhattan After 10-year “Make LIC Hip” Project is Completed.

After more than a decade in Long Island City, WorldStage has moved its administrative offices to midtown Manhattan in a newly-designed space at 259 West 30th Street. WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, Inc., retains its warehouse in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Shelly Sabel, the company’s new director of design, came onboard after the 12th floor office space had been selected with Vice President of Staging, Mike Halper spearheading the exhaustive search. The new neighborhood offers many advantages from proximity to clients and popular event spaces to the convenience of nearby Penn Station and the New Jersey warehouse.

“This space was an old sewing factory and had fantastic bones,” Sabel recalls. “It was all open space that didn’t compromise the charm and character of the building. We just needed to highlight it with fixtures, fittings and design.”

Sabel says her goal was to make the new administrative offices as “playful” as the personality of the company. “What makes WorldStage great is not only the amazing technology we offer but also the people who put it all together. I wanted to create a flexible and collaborative work environment for everyone using bright colors and lots of light.”

She started with the floor, installing Flor brand carpet tiles in graphic patterns of turquoise, blue-green and magenta. Walls are painted white although the reception area has festive colors that make the entry pop; it welcomes visitors with comfortable couches, laptop desks and a gum ball machine.

The office’s windows, which afford a 360º view of the city, were stripped back to their original finishes. “Although this space is smaller than the premises in Long Island City, it’s so light and airy that it doesn’t feel smaller,” Sabel points out. “We have views of the Post Office, Madison Square Garden, the new World Trade Center and points east. There’s a real old-school New York feel looking out at the water towers and treetops. And we get incredible views of lightning storms.”

Sabel’s design career spans numerous arenas and media. She has lit the Ralph Lauren flagship store windows for eleven years and designed lighting for the flagship shops of Levis and Donna Karan Madison Avenue. Theatrical credits include collaborations with choreographer Savion Glover, Streb vs. Gravity at Lincoln Center and the Pilobolus dance company; her light-based sculptures and installations have been shown in an array of galleries. Never having worked in an office before, Sabel studied the interaction and functions of the WorldStage staff to design a space that would meet the needs of employees.

For example, project managers, who frequently work onsite, reside in a “bullpen” space with desks facing in multiple directions to ensure focus and privacy as they talk to clients. Customized furniture includes horizontal file cabinets with cushions on top and casters attached so they can roll from desk to desk as extra seating or serve as window seats from which staffers can appreciate the cityscape.

Says company President Josh Weisberg, “Nothing against the Borough of Queens, but we all love being back in midtown. It’s way more convenient for client meetings and our shop is just a short train ride from Penn Station, which is around the corner. Shelly did an absolutely spectacular job of reflecting the essence of our personality in the design of the space and it’s furnishings.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Visual Unity Helps Czech TV Viewers Enjoy An Unprecedented Multimedia Sporting Experience

Leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity helped Czech public service broadcaster Czech TV to deliver premium coverage of the recent Games in London, with enhanced online and mobile services.

Visual Unity was able to handle this prestigious project on the basis of its extensive experience of designing, delivering and integrating turnkey TV systems, broadcast-IT convergent and multiscreen solutions.

Since 1999, Visual Unity has undertaken a variety of successful projects for Czech Television including the recent design and build of an eight-camera High Definition Outside Broadcast vehicle and powering the broadcaster’s award-winning on-line and mobile service iVysilani with its vuMediaTM multiscreen platform.

Anticipating huge demand for this year’s largest sports event across the full range of mobile devices, Czech TV enhanced iVysilani by providing a dedicated website (www.loh.cz) that offered two HD sports TV channels and 8 further on-line only channels showing live streaming and highlights. All of these channels were available on PCs and smartphones via dedicated apps for iPhone/iPad (iOS) and Android.

“Preparing for the Games was a new challenge for us,” says Pavlina Kvapilova, Executive Director of Czech Television´s New Media Division. “We were very careful to ensure maximum on-line coverage because, in today’s media landscape, it is crucial that traditional TV broadcasting is complemented by streamed coverage that viewers can access from their desktop computers and mobile devices. In cooperation with Visual Unity as our systems integration partner, we are pleased to say that we achieved our goals and made the Games a multiplatform experience for our viewers.”

For the duration of the event in London, Czech TV employed Visual Unity’s own Content Delivery Network with a dedicated 80Gbps capacity (HD 720p/3.5Mbit or SD up to 2Mbit) so that viewers could keep up with the sporting action, the results and highlights, on a 24 hour basis. Eight additional encoders were installed by Visual Unity to maintain the live streaming services and to support Czech Television’s existing capacity.

Visual Unity also designed and delivered two HD channels, linking Czech Television’s Prague centre to the Czech dedicated Games studio in London. The technology, which is based on low latency Teracue encoder/decoder products, enabled smoother communication between the two studios and allowed for the internal distribution of eight traditional broadcast and streaming signals within the Czech TV complex in Prague. RIEDEL MediorNet technology was also deployed to reduce the amount of cables needed to ensure all signals reached all locations during this important broadcasting period.

Tomas Petru, President and MD Visual Unity, says: “We are delighted to have helped Czech Television to deliver the first truly multiscreen Games. By combining our broadcast and multiscreen expertise with cutting-edge technology, we were able to offer a solution that allowed audiences to enjoy this prestigious event on any screen.”

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services.
Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMediaTM delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device, comprehensive VoD services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

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