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HARKNESS SCREENS LAUNCHES STAGELITE STEREO AT LDI 2012

LAS VEGAS, OCTOBER 3, 2012 — Harkness Screens, the leading provider of front and rear projection surfaces to the events industry, launches its new Stagelite Stereo at this year’s LDI Show (Booth 657). Stagelite Stereo is suitable for polarised 3D projection systems including RealD.
The surface has already been utilised at the recent Pula Film Festival in Croatia where a large 18.70 x 8.45m helped set a number of Guinness World Records. The large screen wowed both event organisers and crowds alike with its low depolarisation rate and wide viewing angles (60 percent), giving an incredible 3D performance.
“In Stagelite Stereo we believe we have a uniquely robust, cleanable and flexible product that the market has long required for 3D projection and we expect demand for the product to grow as more live events utilise 3D,” says Richard Mitchell, Worldwide Marketing Manager, 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. Folded and supplied in a parcel or packed in a long wooden box for larger screens, Stagelite Stereo 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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Inside Columbia Magazine Installs ELAN g! System To Gain Total Control In Kitchen

When Fred Parry, publisher of Inside Columbia magazine, was looking to enhance the publication’s in-house cooking class, Culinary Adventures, he wanted his chefs to have instant control of the live video camera so they could easily manage how the classes are presented to attendees. While planning their new state-of-the-art kitchen classroom, Parry asked the custom installation team at D&M Sound if there was a control system that would give his chefs complete control of the kitchen and provide fast, simple control of the audio, video, lighting, HVAC and surveillance systems. D&M rose to the challenge by equipping the new kitchen with an ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System that gives the staff the ability to control everything with the push of a button!

With the ELAN g! system the staff can now easily control the camera that films live culinary details and display the video feed on three flat screen TVs that hang above the kitchen. The cameras serve double duty when classes are finished, providing 24/7 security and monitoring for the expensive professional-grade kitchen. Each ELAN g! audio zone can play audio from CD players, iPods, traditional radio, TV or computers. The system also allows the chefs to direct the live audio from their microphones to any or all of the audio zones. The g! system is easy to use and can be accessed from anywhere in the world using any laptop or iOS or Android mobile device.

“Inside Columbia was looking for a system that would not only give them total control over every aspect of the kitchen, but would also be easy to learn,” said Anne Moore, owner of D&M Sound. “We knew right away that the ELAN g! system was the perfect choice. The simple-to-use interface allows the chef to have complete control over the production of the class, so that when he’s teaching a class, he can use one of the 8 camera presets to personally choose the camera angles and decide when to zoom in on the food.”

The system uses the ELAN HC8 controller, one ELAN NWA 18 network router and switch, one ELAN M86 6-zone audio controller, four Paradigm speakers and a Xantech video distribution amp used to feed the three TVs. The chef’s counter features a custom set of buttons that allow the chef to control the movement of the overhead camera, and two wireless microphones allow the audience to clearly hear the cooking presentation.

Parry demoed a number of control systems before eventually deciding that the ELAN g! system offered everything he was looking for. “We were looking for a system that could offer close-up shots of what our chefs are doing with their hands, as well as a number of other key shots during the classes,” said Parry. “Our goal was to give our cooking class participants a ‘front row seat’ in the kitchen, and the ELAN g! system allowed us to accomplish that. Other systems we looked at didn’t even come close to offering that level of versatility or flexibility.

“The g! system has significantly increased the production value of our cooking presentations. Our guests can now watch our chefs cook on crystal clear monitors that we can easily control from an iPad. I would highly recommend the system to anyone who has a similar need for total control. There’s a big ‘wow’ factor in our ELAN system and we couldn’t be happier with it.”

The ELAN g! Control System provides users with the most uniform and intuitive icon-based control from their favorite devices including TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the trendy g!Mobile app users love on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touchscreens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users’ televisions and mobile devices. And the system’s IP backbone makes it just as easy to control the system from across the room – or across the globe.

Individual “apps” for each subsystem allow the user to control security, climate, lighting, media, irrigation, pool/spa, messaging, video and photos with the flick of a finger. Access is fast and secure through any ELAN home interface or globally with mobile Internet enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Netbooks and PC Tablets. Since the intuitive interface empowers users with personalized scheduling and detailed history views, high consumption subsystems like lighting and climate can be closely monitored and managed for a greener lifestyle – and substantial energy savings.

All photos courtesy of LG Patterson.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech®

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Kramer CORE™ Products at Heart of San Antonio Main Event Entertainment™ Complex

Main Event Entertainment Complex Debuts All−Digital AV Infrastructure

The newest Main Event Entertainment™ complex in San Antonio, TX, boasts the company’s first center with a fully digital AV infrastructure, and it is powered by Kramer Electronics CORE products.

The complex, which features bowling, laser tag, obstacle courses, arcades, pool tables, rope course and food and beverage offerings all under one roof, has integrated a completely digital sight and sound experience into the building. Designed and installed by SAVE Electronics, a local professional electronics design and integration company, the San Antonio site features 35 big screen TVs ranging in size from 47− to 70−inches, as well as 11 WXGA projectors. Bowlers in the 22−lane bowling alley enjoy programming on 11 screens that span two lanes each. Music videos, advertising and programming are transmitted from six digital satellite receivers, six digital signage PCs, and five laptop connections.

According to Tim Boyd, owner of SAVE Electronics, building an all−digital system required switching equipment that could both handle the heavy source volume and be expandable for the future. “No one had a big enough switcher that would send video from the satellite receivers to all the TVs. Kramer was the only one that could handle it at the resolution we required,” Boyd said. “The system lets us send anything, anywhere throughout the building.”

Clint Hoffman, vice president of marketing for Kramer Electronics, noted that the Kramer CORE products were ideal for the Main Event Entertainment application. “The CORE products are designed to be complete end−to−end solutions − − they handle any Pro AV signal type and allow for easy future expansion,” he said.

The system features two Kramer Electronics CORE VS−3232D matrix switchers, each of which can be populated with boards up to four inputs or four outputs per board. The Main Event system in San Antonio is populated with a total of 12 HDCP compatible DVI input cards and 12 HDCP compatible DVI output cards, making it capable of distributing 48 sources to 48 displays. Forty Kramer PT−571 and PT−572 DGKat™ technology twisted pair transmitter/receivers for HDMI signals, six Kramer TP−581T and TP−582R HDBaseT™ transmitter/receivers for HDMI signals, and six Kramer WP−121 and TP−122 wall plate transmitter/receivers for computer graphics video signals convert the various sources to HDMI for long−distance routing around the facility. Six Kramer VP−434 ProScale® Digital Scalers and 20 Kramer VM−2HXL 1:2 distribution amplifiers for HDMI signals are used to scale the video to a uniform resolution and distribute it to every display. A Kramer VS−1616A 16×16 audio matrix switcher handles the audio signal routing in the system.

The system also uses Kramer Electronics power supplies, rack mounting kits and over 16,000 feet of Kramer DGKat™ cable. The switchers and sources are all housed in a dedicated control room on the building’s second floor.

Main Event Entertainment officials say they plan to upgrade and retrofit the company’s other locations to completely digital AV entertainment systems.

About Main Event Entertainment™ Complexes

Main Event Entertainment is an expanding, Dallas−based company that was founded in 1998 and currently operates 10 high−volume family entertainment centers throughout Texas. Main Event Entertainment, LP operates as a subsidiary within Ardent Leisure Group of Australia. Voted in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as “Best Place to Bowl,” as well as “Best Party Place” by the Austin Chronicle and “Best Indoor Play” by Austin Family Magazine, Main Event family entertainment centers house 45,000−75,000 square feet of high quality recreational bowling, billiards, laser tag, a unique selection of interactive games, a tempting array of quality food and beverage, as well as complimentary Wi−Fi and flexible meeting and event space with VIP accommodations for corporate meetings or group gatherings. For more information, visit http://www.maineventusa.com.

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