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NanoLumens Takes The Stage At The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival To Help Artists For Peace And Justice Raise Money For Haiti

When you’re throwing a fundraising event that brings together a collection of the biggest names in show business, you need a display setup that shines as bright as the guest list. The event organizers behind the Artists for Peace and Justice know this, which is why they decided to use two NanoLumens® 114” NanoSlim™ displays to show the entire crowd the on-stage action that included several musical performances.

Artists for Peace and Justice, a fundraising effort that encourages peace and social justice, recently held an event during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The celebrity-backed event included a musical performance by Arcade Fire, which was seen by all who attended, thanks to the two NanoLumens displays that were set up on both sides of the stage.

According to David Weatherhead, Vice President of APG Displays, the company that managed the entire event and NanoLumens’ Canadian distributor, NanoLumens’ displays were the perfect choice for the event, due to their size and energy efficiency.

“When you’re working on an event as important as this, you want to be able to deliver in every way possible, which is why we used two NanoLumens displays to give the crowd the best possible view of the stage,” said Weatherhead. “Because the event was held in a tented venue on the lawn of a large estate, power consumption was a concern, as we were using a generator. NanoLumens displays not only require low power, but also are capable of incredible brightness, providing everyone with a beautiful and clear picture.”

The high-profile event drew a crowd that included actors, musicians, and philanthropists, all of whom helped raise over $500,000 within just 4 hours! The third annual event raised the money to help build schools and art centers in the slums of Haiti.

“NanoSlim displays offer the ideal picture quality and size for this type of event,” said Josh Byrd, Director of Marketing at NanoLumens. “With a big crowd, you need to have a display setup that allows every person to see what is happening on stage, and our NanoSlim displays do just that, making it possible for everyone to see the performances on a screen that is as big as it is brilliant.”

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitch (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50 percent reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled in the United States, NanoLumens displays are offered in standard configurations as well as design-specific configurations to fit virtually any size, shape or curvature in both the NanoFlex line of flexible displays and the NanoSlim line of fixed frame displays.

The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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First Baptist Church at the Mall Expands Live Sound Capabilities with HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 M2 Console

LAKELAND, Florida — The First Baptist Church at the Mall has a rich history of serving its parishioners ever since it was founded as the First Baptist Church of Lakeland in Florida in 1885. From its beginnings with 12 charter members worshipping in a 32-foot by 50-foot wooden frame structure, the Church has been steadily expanding to where it now stands on the site of a former mall (hence its name) and can accommodate almost 2,500 congregants. With growth came the need for a more capable live sound console: a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M2, which the church uses for both front-of-house and monitor mixing.

“We simply outgrew our old console,” said Daniel Livingston, Program Technology Supervisor at the Church at the Mall. “We now have three services on Sundays alone, which along with our pastor can include a full choir, a praise band, recorded music and more. We reached a point where we needed to upgrade our audio facilities, and we wanted to make sure we acquired a console that was not only up to the task but could handle our future needs.”

“Input count was a major factor in choosing the Studer Vista 5 M2,” noted Livingston. “We need to accommodate more than 100 FOH and monitor inputs for a Sunday service—not only the pastor, choir and band but also pre-recorded music sources and effects sends and returns. The Vista 5 M2 was one of the few digital consoles we looked at that we could configure with the required number of inputs, and we went with 104 channels. Another important consideration was that we can upgrade the console in the future with even more inputs, DSP and other functionality if we need to—having a future-proof console is a big deal for a church like ours.”

Reliability and redundancy are also paramount, Livingston noted. “The console simply has to work. In addition to our own busy schedule of services and events, we regularly bring in national Christian artists like Christy Nockels, Tenth Avenue North and Avalon, so we need the console to be fully functional, 100 percent of the time,” he said. “The Vista 5 M2 has backup power supplies and redundancy and if there’s ever an issue, the console will identify the problem and you can correct it immediately. However, we haven’t had any problems. The Vista 5 M2 has been solid as a rock.”

In addition, the Vista 5 M2 is easy to use. “The Vistonics™ interface and the console’s meter bridge provide lots of information,” Livingston added. “Everything just seems to be right there when you need it, or else you can get to it quickly. Every knob has a label and with the console’s color coding there’s no guessing about what anything does.”

“The Vista 5 M2 sounds absolutely amazing,” Livingston said. “The preamps are incredible. The Vista 5 M2 sounds better than any analog or digital desk I’ve ever mixed on.”

“I have to point out that nowhere on this planet, with any company I’ve ever worked with, have I ever gotten better tech support than I have with the Studer people,” Livingston concluded. “I can call at 10 o’clock at night and someone will be there for me.”

For more information on Church at the Mall, please visit www.churchatthemall.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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

UDC Software Hits the Road with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tour

High Resolution Systems’ popular UDC (Universal Device Controller) software proved a rewarding solution for Chaos Visual Productions on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ spring/summer tour of the US, Canada and Europe. The tour included Petty’s first major performances in the UK and Europe in two decades.

The go-to company for specialty lighting, LED special effects, video projection, show programming and effects lighting, Chaos Visual Productions had previously relied on expensive custom programming solutions to enable control of a Vista Spyder video processor from the grandMA2 lighting console.

“With our UDC software Chaos was able to set up an ArtNet translation table and do the programming themselves,” says High Resolution’s Drew Taylor. “UDC’s ArtNet feature makes it easy to set up and use an interface that allows you to build your own translation table. It’s a well-tested feature that’s used in live environments all the time, so we knew Chaos would be really happy with it for the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tour.”

Taylor notes that the killer app delivered for Chaos at the front end of the tour and for its duration. “It simplified set up and execution before the tour began, and it provided a cost savings during the tour. With this UDC feature you don’t need an additional person switching video on the tour: The lighting director or console operator can handle it.”

Chaos Visual Productions previously teamed with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on their 2010 tour. The company has also worked with 50 Cent, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and John Mayer among other artists. With offices in Los Angeles, Nashville and London, Chaos also provides dynamic visual solutions for film, video and special events.

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audiovisual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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