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FOR-A Announces Plans to Showcase at WFX 2012

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will showcase key products at this year’s Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) in Booth 948. The show focuses on technologies that serve the House of Worship (HOW) community and is taking place September 19-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Participating at WFX is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with current and potential customers in the worship market,” explained Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “2012 marks the fifth year that FOR-A has taken part in this expo, and we have continually been pleased with the audience that the show draws. The HOW community is an important area to FOR-A, and we look forward to showcasing our product line, seeing familiar faces, and meeting new people at WFX.”

At the conference, FOR-A will be exhibiting its HVS-390HS Video Switcher. Introduced earlier this year, the HVS-390HS is the latest in FOR-A’s line of compact, easy to use, cost-effective switchers. The switcher is available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions, making it an ideal solution for small production facilities. The HVS-390HS comes standard with 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs, with frame synchronizers for all inputs. Built-in resizing engines on four inputs allow HD, SD, and PC sources to be mixed within the same production. The switcher is equipped with an advanced video memory feature, output video recording and playback functions.

FOR-A will also demo the MV-42HS HD/SD Multi Viewer, which supports up to four asynchronous or mixed HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs, including 1080i, 1080p, and 720p sources at a variety of frame rates. The MV-42HS features a simple user interface and half-rack size, and offers a variety of on-screen features for a customized display environment.

Additionally, the LTR-100HS Video Archive Recorder will be on display at the WFX show. The recorder supports LTO-5 technology – the latest standard in long-term, high-capacity tape storage. The LTR-100HS makes file ingest workflow more efficient and reduces archive space requirements. The unit’s half rack design is equipped with a high quality MPEG-2 codec and MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, enabling MXF files recorded to LTO-5 tape to be used directly by many NLE systems.

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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Large-screen 3D-capable powerhouse projector unveiled at CEDIA 2012 by Digital Projection

Value and performance-driven, 3-chip HIGHlite 330-3D displays will launch at $29,995 with lens included

ATLANTA, GA – 9/12/2012 – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces a bold addition to their powerful but value-driven HIGHlite Cine 3-chip DLP series. Delivering up to 4500 lumens of brilliant imagery, the new HIGHlite 330-3D signals a bold expansion of DPI’s already robust single-chip and more

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Peavey® Celebrates Hollywood Showroom Opening With Live Performances & Celebrity Signings

Stars open rock & roll’s new home on Sunset Boulevard

Peavey Electronics celebrated the grand opening of the Peavey Hollywood showroom on Sunset Boulevard at the heart of Guitar Row on Sept. 1-5. The weeklong event featured appearances from company founder Hartley Peavey as well as world-renowned musicians, celebrities and live performances.

Musicians and music fans packed into the new showroom—lined with the amplifiers, guitars and sound reinforcement gear that have made Peavey an icon in music and audio—for a meet-and-greet with Hartley Peavey, one of the industry’s longest-serving founders and CEOs. The opening also featured live performances from Alex Skolnick and Monte Montgomery, an appearance by Black Veil Brides, and a signing with comics legend Stan Lee, who autographed Peavey Marvel guitars.

Located at 7422 Sunset Boulevard, Peavey Hollywood gives musicians and music fans a new home in the heart of rock & roll, with a green-room vibe, high-end gear from the Peavey family of brands to play, and regular performances from world-class artists. Peavey brings its 47-year legacy of making the amps for music’s biggest stars and stages to Hollywood with a new showroom, artist relations headquarters and multimedia dealer education center.

“Giving the Peavey experience a home in Hollywood after nearly five decades is very meaningful for us,” said Hartley Peavey, who earned his star on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame in 1990. “We’re excited to have a place where our longtime L.A. friends, as well as new artists and dealers, can hear and play an extensive range of gear in a comfortable space that caters to them. Peavey Hollywood is the place where it all comes together—the gear, the musicians, the dealers and the inspiration that drive Peavey Electronics are alive right here.” more

Updated Edition of Industry Standard Book Released – Show Networks and Control Systems by John Huntington

Author, educator, and industry veteran John Huntington has released Show Networks and Control Systems, the completely updated and revised edition of his industry standard reference text, which was previously titled, Control Systems for Live Entertainment. The book includes an in-depth examination of the control and networking technology used in lighting, lasers, sound, stage machinery, animatronics, special effects, and pyrotechnics used in concerts, theme parks, theatre, themed retail, cruise ships, museums, interactive performing arts, and special events.

“With the increasing impact and ubiquity of networking in our market, I felt a new edition with an expanded networking focus was important,” comments Huntington. “So, I completely reorganized the content; checked, updated, and expanded the information; and added a lot more information. And, to reflect the changes in the market I also changed the title.” There are 30 new pages of material including dramatically expanded show networking technology along with real-world examples for reference and graphical aids have been added to help navigate through the information, as well as a glossary. Huntington has presented the information in a form readable straight through by motivated, independent readers, while also making the structure modular enough to be useful for working professionals, educators, and students. In addition, Huntington is now posting supplemental video lectures for each chapter on his website, www.controlgeek.net.

As in the previous editions, he focuses not on gear, which constantly becomes obsolete, but on techniques and standards, because Huntington thinks it’s critical that people know not only the ‘what’ but the ‘why’ of entertainment technologies. “Though I’ve tried not to be extremely technical, this is a field of ever-increasing technological complexity,” comments Huntington. “It’s important for the average technician to learn how to put together reliable systems and make sure the show actually happens.”
The well-received book is quickly becoming an industry ‘must read’ for both working professionals and educators, as noted in much of the praise of Show Networks and Control Systems:

“We also tell our newly hired engineers that they should be conversant with the entire contents of this book because it covers the core knowledge commonly needed in the design of show control systems.” – Glenn Birket, P.E., President, Birket Engineering, Inc.

“This book is the definitive guide for designing and using network technology across a wide range of live performance applications. It’s a must-read for designers, technicians, and engineers of all experience levels.” – Steve Terry, VP of Research & Development Electronic Theatre Controls

“Most technicians can learn to use show networking and control equipment. They accomplish this by reading manuals and taking classes. Exceptional technicians understand how their gear works inside and out. They accomplish this by reading John Huntington’s book.” – Jason Potterf, Cisco

“John Huntington’s book provides an invaluable introduction to networking for entertainment systems, helping students build a foundation and vocabulary for systems integration across lighting, sound, media, scenery, and more.” – David Boevers, Professor, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama

“This book presents these indispensable techniques and concepts in clear, concise terms and examples. It’s easily the best resource for anyone needing a better understanding of where entertainment control technology is today and where it’s headed in the future.” – Scott Fisher, President, Fisher Technical Services

Show Networks and Control Systems retails for $50 USD and is available through John Huntington’s website at www.controlgeek.net.

Book Information
List Price: $50.00
7.5″ x 9.25″ (19.05 x 23.495 cm)
Black & White bleed on white paper
492 pages
Zircon Designs Press, ISBN-13: 978-0615655901

About the Author
John Huntington, a trusted expert in the field of entertainment and show control, is a professor at New York City College of Technology/CUNY (“City Tech”), and has worked with major companies and venues throughout the entertainment industry, including The Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Music Hall, Production Arts Lighting, Associates and Ferren, Thoughtful Designs/PRG, the Yale School of Drama, and the Tribecca Film Festival. Huntington has had more than 40 articles published in magazines such as Lighting and Sound America, Protocol, Live Design, Lighting Dimensions, TD&T, and Theatre Crafts. He is a member of IATSE Local #1, has a CCENT certification, a New York State Class B Laser Operator’s Certificate of Competence, was a Subject Matter Expert for the PLASA ETCP Entertainment Electrician certification exam, and is an ETCP Recognized Electrical Trainer. He lives and works in New York City and blogs at www.controlgeek.net.

Vizrt introduces the IP-based Viz Engine

Vizrt Ltd. announced that the company has developed a new version of its real-time 3D compositing system, Viz Engine. This new version is a renderer capable of IP in and IP out as well as real-time compositing IP streams with graphics in a low cost solution. With IP capability in the new Viz Engine, Vizrt has created a complete end-to-end IP solution for broadcasters to manage all their content.

Broadcasting has traditionally been a SDI world. While formats change – SD, NTSC, PAL, HD – SDI remains a constant. Managing SDI content requires specialized equipment for the management and synchronization of the signal. It also requires a specially trained staff of broadcast engineers.

With an IP based workflow, broadcasting enters the IT world. Instead of SDI cables and routers built through a TV station’s infrastructure, one simply needs a network connection to distribute video. Content is becoming file-based so it can be easily stored, searched and distributed. Live video can exist as a stream that can be distributed to multiple platforms.

The latest version of the Viz Engine allows for IP-based streaming video IO. Graphics and video are composited in real-time and output as a stream that can be many formats from online, to mobile devices to live on-air. With no need for an expensive video card, the system takes up less rack space. The IT infrastructure makes it highly portable for OB vans and very affordable for broadcasters.

Multiple Viz Engines can render the same content and output different formats for multiple platforms. All in real-time, eliminating the need for transcoding to each platform.

“This innovative solution changes the traditional SDI workflow of broadcasters to a IP streaming and file-based workflow, allowing them to increase speed and volume while retaining high quality,” stated Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO Vizrt. “The cost of the solution puts the highly capable Viz Engine in the reaches of web-based productions as well as allows broadcasters to bolster their efficiency by directly rendering to any platform during a live broadcast.”

About Vizrt:

Vizrt offers a new vision for content creation and delivery with an end-to-end solution from ingest to visualization. Our solution combines Vizrt’s true 2D/3D graphics tools with Curious Software’s World Maps and Ardendo’s Asset Management. Running on non proprietary software, the combination of these unique cutting edge products ensures a seamless workflow from conception to multi-format distribution.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK. Also, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown / CFO / +47 5351 8040 / OBrown@vizrt.com

Håvard Myklebust / EVP Products & Marketing / +4791845602 / HMyklebust@vizrt.com

NEW DANLEY SM-80 DELIVERS FIDELITY AND OUTPUT ON A STICK

danley_sm_80.JPGGAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 2012: Danley introduces the SM-80, the latest in its SM-series of lightweight, cost-effective molded-horn loudspeakers. Tom Danley and the crack engineering team at Danley Sound Labs created the SM-80 for anyone who needs loud, and yet highly-articulate sound in a lightweight, portable package. Indeed, the SM-80 weighs in at a mere 65 lbs., a comfortable mass to perch atop more

Annual Women in CE CEDIA EXPO Breakfast Sells Out for Fourth Straight Year

Gail Kasper Delivers Inspirational Keynote Address to More Than 175 Attendees; Helen Heneveld Receives Volunteer of the Year Award

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Sept. 13, 2012 — Women in Consumer Electronics (CE) today announced that the organization’s annual CEDIA EXPO breakfast reception sold out for the fourth year in a row. Highlights of the breakfast at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Indianapolis included an inspirational keynote address by Gail Kasper, author of “Another Day Without a Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment to Total Empowerment.” In addition, Helen Heneveld of Bedrock Learning, Inc. was recognized with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Gail Kasper is a television host, author, advice columnist, Ms. Continental America 2008, and one of the nation’s leading speakers. In her presentation “Breakthrough,” Kasper motivated the crowd with a message of fearlessness, sharing valuable insights from the real-life journey described in her inspirational autobiography. Through stories of powerful successes, heartbreaking failures, inner passion, and humor, she addressed the benefits of self-guidance and the means for building a rewarding career.

In recognition of her invaluable contributions to Women in CE as a volunteer, Helen Heneveld was honored at the event with the organization’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Heneveld is a well-respected and recognized expert who speaks and consults worldwide in the converging home systems industry. She founded Bedrock Learning, Inc. to serve the fast-growing CE industry with effective, convenient, and affordable educational materials and training. Heneveld serves on the Board of Directors of CEA, Tech Home Division, and is also a past board member and the first female board member of CEDIA. Helen is also the first female CEDIA certified installer.

The fourth annual CEDIA EXPO event was sponsored by Monster, CEDIA, Chief, Consumer Technology Publishing Group (CTPG), Da-Lite, Epson, Magnolia/Best Buy, Sanus, Sirius XM, Stewart Filmscreen, IAV Light Speaker, Bedrock Learning, Home Entertainment Source (HES), Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), Specialty Electronics Nationwide (SEN), InGear PR, Speck, Séura, Lutron, and Tivoli Audio.

“This year’s breakfast was another amazing event, and I’d like to thank Gail for providing such valuable insight for the men and women in our industry, and Helen for her contributions to our organization,” said Carol Campbell, founder of Women in CE. “The CEDIA EXPO breakfast is not only an important and meaningful event, but it is really growing to become a highlight of the show itself. Not only did we sell out the event for the fourth year in a row, but sponsorship has risen dramatically. Our sponsors help make this event possible, and I’m very grateful for their continued support.”

The core mission of Women in CE is to provide the women in the consumer electronics industry with an environment that promotes networking and professional growth through the development of relationships and new opportunities. Member benefits include networking with peers online and at live events, such as the annual Women in CE leadership forum; discounts for Women in CE events; admission to the Mentoring Program; access to the Women in CE Member Directory; and access to all Women in CE communications.

Join Women in CE at upcoming events, including the CES 2013 Legacy Awards and Networking Reception and Women in CE’s Career Enhancement Forum during CE Week in June 2013.

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About Women in CE
Women in CE is an interactive community created to provide women in the consumer electronics industry an environment promoting networking and professional growth through the development of relationships and new opportunities. For additional information about membership benefits and to join, please visit www.WomenInCE.org.

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AFMG and Renkus-Heinz Transition with EASE

Foothill Ranch, CA and Berlin, Germany…. Renkus-Heinz and Ahnert Feistel Media Group (AFMG Technologies GmbH) have announced the restructuring of their long-standing strategic relationship, with AFMG stepping into a more prominent role.

AFMG will provide direct sales, technical support and training worldwide for their acclaimed acoustical measurement and simulation software products including EASE, EASERA and SysTune. Renkus-Heinz will continue to offer support to customers during the transition beginning on October 1, 2012. Both companies will keep working together in educational seminars, marketing of technology solutions as well as software development and other projects.

AFMG’s Berlin offices, which already provide support for Europe including Russia, the Middle East, Africa and India, will take on this role globally. On hand to cover the Americas will be Bruce Olson and Charlie Hughes from the US branch of AFMG. Additionally, AFMG representatives and distribution partners will provide local assistance as well.

“The relationship between AFMG and Renkus-Heinz goes back more than 20 years, and will continue well into the future,” remarked Renkus-Heinz President Harro Heinz. “As AFMG keeps growing, the company is ideally suited to provide the best support for their products, and we stand behind their decision to do so.”

“Renkus-Heinz has always been one of our biggest supporters,” added AFMG’s Managing Director Stefan Feistel. “The enthusiasm and professional attitude of Harro Heinz and his team  helped us get on the road in our early years for which we are deeply thankful.  Our companies will continue to have a great working relationship in future projects.”

The transition beginning October 1, 2012 will be seamless to all AFMG customers, with Renkus-Heinz continuing to provide assistance as needed, and AFMG taking on all functions effective January 1, 2013.

For full information on AFMG products, go to http://AFMG.eu

Pricing and ordering information can be found directly at http://www.afmg.eu/index.php/pricelist-en.html .

Customers in the Americas and neighboring time zones can reach AFMG´s US support at support-us@afmg.eu

or dial toll-free 855-411-AFMG (855-411-2364)
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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

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FSR Releases Product Guide – Holds Prices Steady

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has released its latest Price Guide featuring dozens of new products offered at extremely attractive price points. The Guide includes the Company’s new and comprehensive series of HDMI products, elegant and secure iPad holders and chargers, and the hottest line-up of poke-though floor boxes available!

“Our economy and our industry are recovering,” said Jan Sandri, president, FSR,” and we want to do our part to help the recovery by holding our prices. The price of everything else seems to be going up and we want to help out by not doing the same.”

FSR’s comprehensive array of AV products has been significantly augmented. Expanded offerings take aim at professional installations requiring HDMI support with the recently launched Digital Video series comprised of high bandwidth HDMI extenders, switchers, scalars and distribution amplifiers. The Company is also supporting the proliferation of tablet use for digital signage applications with an easy-to-install enclosure that provides a graceful housing for iPads, and a PoE to USB charger that offers a power option for the enclosure. A new line of poke-through floor boxes offers solutions for both concrete and fire-rated floors.

The new Price Guide is available in paper, PDF, Excel and eZip formats. To request a copy, contact FSR at (800) 332-3771, or send an email to mailto:sales@fsrinc.com for more information.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

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FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com
Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Texas Children’s Hospital Service Response Center embraces “Lifetime Illumination” LED projection solution

“Due to the extraordinary stability of DPI’s LED projectors, the Texas Children’s Hospital’s SRC is truly a 24-7 operations center in every sense of the word.”
- Thaddeus Leopoulos, senior project consultant, HFP Acoustical Consultants Inc.

Atlanta, GA (6-21-2012) – In a best case scenario, operations centers are critical monitoring facilities that necessitate 24 hour, 7 day a week continual operation in order to properly protect their associated campus. However, budget restraints more

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