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WorldStage Helps Transform the High Line into a Virtual Runway for Project Runway

Strollers on a portion of the Chelsea Market passage of the High Line got to strut their stuff, pose and collect nods of approval as they walked a virtual runway to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lifetime’s “Project Runway.” WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, Inc., facilitated the installation of a dynamic, 20-foot long interactive videowall, which used innovative human tracking technology to mix the realtime virtual emotions of show host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia as they reacted to the fashion sense of passersby seeking their moment on the runway.

The interactive installation was conceived by US-based Civic Entertainment Group and UK-based Nexus Interactive Arts. The videowall, just the second of its kind in the world, was in place for four days on the High Line between West 15th and 16th Streets; it was launched with a private, red-carpet event for VIPs.

WorldStage provided the 24 NEC X462U LCDs, which comprise the display, and designed the ground-supported truss structure. Media was driven by three Power Mac Pro towers, supplied by WorldStage, using custom software designed by Nexus Interactive Arts.

“As walkers came in view of the wall, they were greeted by the panel of celebrities from the show,” says Tony Rossello, director of events/venues at WorldStage. “Behind them was a webcam that captured them entering the video field; the webcam was monitored by a curator located in the area of the videowall. The curator cued the video to react to the walker – standing, clapping, gesturing if the walker took a turn on the runway. There was also an audio component so people could hear the panel’s reaction; we installed a pair of Meyer UPM speakers on the floor behind a draped wall.”

The content for the videowall was entirely live action. Nexus Interactive Arts filmed each of the celebrities in a greenscreen studio so programmers could capture their emotions, idle states and transitions from one mood to another. The programmers interpolated between bored, pleased and ecstatic emotions so it appeared that the panel was interacting among themselves – gossiping with the person next to them one minute then delivering a standing ovation the next. The result looked as if the “Project Runway” celebrities were behind the monitors’ glass, looking walkers up and down and appraising their looks with encouraging nods and cheers or a sign that they could do better.

Rossello notes that the NEC LCDs in the videowall performed above and beyond expectations. “We chose the product for its resolution and the proximity of the audience. The monitors were not designed to work outdoors in inclement weather and high humidity. We had both – a torrential rainstorm, although the videowall was covered, and humidity beyond the product specs. But we pushed the envelope and were very successful with them.”

At Nexus Interactive Arts, Evan Boehm was the project’s Director, Ulla Winkler was Senior Interactive Producer and Luke Ritchie was the Executive Producer.

For WorldStage, Fred Liberatore was the video engineer, freelancer Jason Nerenberg the lead LCD technician and freelancer Jeff Wong the rigger.

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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Oxygen DCT Launches A Next Generation Premium Quality 7.67″ OLED Field Production Monitor

Following extensive market research and product development, Oxygen DCT has launched a new ‘next generation’, premium quality 7.67″ OLED (organic light emitting diode) field production monitor for studio, outside broadcast, satellite news, engineering and field production.

Picture quality derived from the propriety CM (colour management) technology engine gives outstanding rich colours, deep black detail and a colourimetry closely emulating legacy CRT monitors. As part of the company’s highly successful Evolution Pro P3 production monitor series, this latest introduction has the largest OLED screen (7.67″), the highest resolution display with 1280×800 pixels and widest colour gamut of 110% thus achieving premium level status. Whilst it has exceptional features and facilities it is priced highly competitively at £1721, which is 35% lower cost than other equivalent models available today.

The new monitor has been designed to fulfil a wide range of applications for sports broadcasting to studio based production and field shooting. It therefore incorporates the widest range of connectivity with two 3G/HD/SD-SDI and HDMI input for up to 1080 50p and 60p signals and both composite, YUV analogue inputs. There are also audio inputs and outputs, together with a headphone socket for on screen audio metering.

In today’s world with an ever increasing and diverse range of cameras, it has become important to be able to accommodate the individual needs of each cameras set up. This Evolution Pro P3 monitor addresses these with luminance exposure checking, video range check, peaking for focus assist, waveform and vector display in addition to histogram and multiple zoom functions with pixel to pixel native HD signal display for checking back focus. There are 6 recording and playback modes for Sony, Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras and a unique, integrated HDMI to SDI converter, allowing a DSLR to be viewed on larger picture monitors. The automatic luminance control adjust the brightness of the monitors display according to the location’s light levels and a proximity sensor aids shot framing.

Additional practical facilities include a V lock battery mount, a battery level indicator which warns when the battery is about to run out and horizontal and vertical flip modes mean that this monitor can be mounted in the most acute positions. Whilst robustly contracted for field use, the Evolution Pro P3 OLED is also one of the lightest at just 1.3kg.

There are 10 different models in the Evolution Pro P3 production series monitors, from 5″ to 17″ including models with on board recording to SD-HC cards. This latest model capitalises on Oxygen DCT’s experience and user feedback with premium picture quality, large screen and premium facilities yet is one of the most affordable 7″ models available today.

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles.

DPA Helps China Find Its Voice


DPA Microphones’ new hand held d:facto™ Vocal Microphone made its debut on Chinese television this summer when it was used extensively during the production of The Voice of China, a show produced and screened by Zhejiang Satellite TV that topped the nationwide ratings.

Based on the same concept as NBC’s The Voice, the Chinese show featured four judges/coaches who used blind auditions to identify teams of singers they wanted to work with during the series. The prize for the winning artist, Liang Bo, was a recording contract.

Heading up sound production for the show was Mr Jin Shao Gang, a famous sound designer and one of China’s most important sound engineers. During an extensive and illustrious career, Mr Jin has worked with many of the country’s top recording artists and was also heavily involved in the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Mr Jin used two DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones for the singers and also specified them for the judges when they sang with their teams.

He says: “I knew that DPA microphones were among the best in the world so I was very keen to try the new d:facto microphone. We tested two d:facto capsules with our Wisycom wireless systems and I was so satisfied with the results that I decided to use them for this show. The sound quality was exceptional – clean, natural and with splendid high frequency response and awesome ambient noise restriction. I was very happy with their performance.”

The show judges included renowned musician Liu Huan, who sang the Beijing Olympics theme song You and Me with Sarah Brightman; pop diva Na Ying; top Chinese artist Yang Kun and Harlem Yu, a singer-songwriter from Taiwan. DPA’s d:facto was also used by Taiwanese singer A-Mei, who was the guest artist in the show’s finale.

Pike Xin, Product Manager at DPA’s Chinese distributor DMT Pro that supplied all of the DPA microphones used during the show, says: “As professional musicians, the judges are familiar with many different microphones but they all really liked working with the d:facto. Indeed, Na Ying was so impressed that she went on to use a d:facto for her own concert, Na 20 Years, while Yang Kun has expressed an interest in buying one.”

To comply with Zhejiang TV’s brief to deliver the best sound quality, Mr Jin also specified DPA cardioid headset microphones for the judges to wear while they were making their comments on the artists’ performances.

Pike Xin adds. “Mr Jin also specified a number of DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones which were used to mic piano concerts by two of the artists taking part, Lang Lang and Li Yun Di. He was very impressed with these and plans to use them again in the future.”

The Voice of China finals were broadcast live and in 5.1 surround sound. To ensure that the excitement of this spectacular finale was transmitted to the viewing public, Zhejiang TV audio engineers used a DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone, which was positioned in the middle of the audience so that it captured the entire ambience.
The Voice of China was so successful that it grabbed higher rating than any other Chinese music show this year, and even managed to beat foreign format shows like American Idol and You’ve Got Talent. Part of this success was down to Zhejiang TV, which upheld the principle of selecting really good voices and keeping a friendly and sober tone, which attracted viewers.

Chinese commentators are now hoping that The Voice of China will lead the way for more Chinese adaptations of popular western TV shows – and ultimately a successful home-grown reality/talent show format.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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Case Study: Tecom TecPodium Presenter at Magnitogorsk State Technical University

Recently one of Tecoms’ Russian system integrators has successfully completed the installation of TecPodium Presenter lecterns across the classrooms at Magnitogorsk State Technical University. Ilya Mukhin, Tecom Rep in Russia noted “I must say that this project was one of the most complex and interesting for us in recent years. Installing the lecterns and projectors in a classroom with a ceiling height of 12 meters was quite a challenge!”

At the heart of each classroom is the TecPodium Presenter. The ergonomic lectern is virtually a vandal proof workplace for the instructor and contains everything required during a presentation. The integrated interactive pen display is ideal solution for technical universities. Professors at the University remarked “Writing formulas during a lecture directly on the screen is far more convenient than using an interactive whiteboard, and the more traditional blackboard and chalk. Moreover, all my notes can be easily stored in a digital format and can be used in a similar lectures next time”.

As the integrator was faced with the unusual construction and ceiling height, there was no adequate ceiling mount for the projectors nor could short-throw projectors be used. A custom made 3meter floor pedestal was manufactured for the projectors with a special lockable cage, enabling easy access for projector maintenance while still keeping it secured and protected. Each classroom was also equipped with 4 wall mounted speakers, special sound amplifiers in metal protective case and large projection screens.

The University reports that the lecturers are very pleased with the outcome – they no longer have to struggle with the audio visual equipment or set up the video projector, laptop and screen, connect, and configure all the equipment …Now, a click of button at the TecPodium Presenter and all the equipment is automatically turned on, saving time and effort.

Winning the “Best Classroom Product Award”, the TecPodium Presenter offers a compact stylish, height adjustable lectern, a 19″ LCD interactive display – enabling “on screen” annotation, conveniently located controls, built-in high-end computer, front USB connectors and accessible DVD drive. The Presenter comes equipped with electronically controlled hydraulic lift for height adjustment. With the press of a single button, you can easily adjust the height to suit the lecturer’s physical requirements.

Mukhin concluded: “Magnitogorsk is the third University in the region, after Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk Ural city, standardizing on our TecPodium Presenter. We look forward to continued cooperation with the University and wish faculty and staff a pleasant, efficient and interesting work with our unique classroom AV solutions”.

See the Video introduction of TecPodium Presenter

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