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Christie Plays Key Role in Drawing Visitors to Montreal’s Quartier Des Spectacles

Unprecedented 6+ Year Projection Mapping Display Running 365 Days a Year.

Christie technology is drawing locals and tourists to Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal’s entertainment district, in the heart of downtown. Within this square kilometer, audiences are captivated by the extraordinary visual creations displayed on several buildings using 26 Christie Roadster HD18K, Christie Roadster S+20K, Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP and Christie Roadster S+22K-J 3-chip DLP projectors.

“This is truly a unique projection mapping display with artists from everywhere using the Montreal buildings as their canvas to develop new ways of delivering creative content,” said Mikaël Charpin, assistant director of Luminous Pathway, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Christie Projectors Wow at Quartier des Spectacles (Photo by Martine Doyon)

“The objective is to provide artists with a toolbox they can use for projection mapping, making the Quartier des Spectacles a creative lab while enhancing the buildings in respect with their nature. Indeed, every image must meet certain criteria before it is considered for the display and the videos have to express the theme of the building they are displayed upon,” added Ivan Klein, technical director and project manager, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

“For example, the Science building of the University of Québec in Montreal projection mapping theme is ‘Learning and Knowledge.’ And in a beautiful meeting of projection mapping and music, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Montreal Symphony Orchestra) featured a musician playing the piano with the notes and vibrations displaying on the building. When people touched a musical note, the sound is transformed into a visual happening and it is an entertaining way to become initiated to the music.”

The managers researched various projector manufacturers and, according to Klein, “Not only are Christie projectors excellent quality and manufactured in Canada, a real priority for us is to have a very good service provider. Christie delivers that service and is very close by.”

With the city’s harsh winters and stifling summers, keeping everything running smoothly could present a challenge, but not for Christie technology.

“Running since mid-2011, the projectors have worked beautifully for the last 18 months. In fact, the show is even more magical in the winter with the reflections in the snow and ice. From December to February, the show’s theme is ‘Lighting Therapy’ and visitors come to live an energizing experience that shows winter’s inspiring side, through the magic of light.

“This is a 365 day a year project and everything has to work properly with no down time,” concluded Charpin. “It is important for these building owners to know their building is lit every night and with Christie, we have a company with good value and reputation – and with durable products. It has really caught on because when building owners see the projection mapping on someone’s wall, they then want us to use their wall for a presentation. Since we started this, we have definitely seen that it has helped revitalize the area.”

Broadcast Pix Showcases New Upgrades at CCW 2012

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will showcase its Mica™ 2000 Video Control Center™ and new Version 3.2 software for Mica and Granite™ systems at Content & Communications World (CCW), which runs Nov. 14-15, 2012, at the Javits Convention Center in New York (Booth 861).

“CCW is an excellent opportunity for us to connect with our East Coast customers who weren’t able to attend the bigger shows in Las Vegas this year,” said Ken Swanton, CEO, Broadcast Pix. “For some, it will also offer their first hands-on demo of our Mica product line, which has been very well received in the industry. CCW is also a great chance to introduce our new V3.2 workflow software, which enhances five core components of our systems and makes it easier than ever to create great live video with confidence.”

Launched in late 2011, Mica integrated production systems harness the native HD technology from the award-winning Granite product line in a compact, cost effective package. Mica’s multi-definition production switcher can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics, with support for up to six keyers and DVEs, six HD/SD-SDI outputs, and two DVI outputs. Each of the four Mica models also includes Broadcast Pix Fluent™ workflow tools, including built-in 30-hour clip store, CG, macros, and customizable multi-viewer.

Available later this year, V3.2 workflow software adds many enhancements to robotic camera control. Now, thumbnails of each robotic camera’s preset position will appear on the multi-viewer, rather than just the number of each preset, which helps with camera selection. New automatic camera follow enables the preset choices for a camera to appear as soon as the camera is selected by the switcher on preview. With enhancements to Fluent Macros, highly polished effects combining robotic cameras and other devices can now be created. Plus, manual control has been enhanced with a mode for very long throws, and control of cameras over IP, instead of just serial, greatly simplifies installation.

V3.2 also adds support for native Avid DNxHD clips as well as multi-definition 1080i, 720p, and SD ProRes and H.264 clips for the integrated clip server. The Granite 2000 control panel now offers 2 M/E functionality, enabling a more affordable 2 M/E system with a compact footprint. Plus, V3.2 enables each program to automatically load a custom multi-view layout and initial macro designed for that show, allows separate control panels to control one M/E on a 2 M/E system, and adds frame capture to the still store. Earlier enhancements that will also be featured at CCW include optimized touch-screen controls, integrated virtual set software, scoreboard integration, multi-lingual user interface, and multi-screen support for 1 M/E systems.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Haivision at MEDICA 2012

MEDICA
Nov. 14-17 | Düsseldorf, Germany
Haivision
Hall 16, Stand F44

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Haivision/MEDICA2012.zip

Haivision at MEDICA 2012
At MEDICA 2012, Haivision will feature its range of advanced IP video solutions for the medical development and technology market, including the Makito(TM) H.264 1080p60 high performance encoder, the low-latency InStream(TM) Mobile HD media player for mobile devices such as the Apple(R) iPad(R), the Viper(TM) dual HD channel recording and streaming appliance, and the Furnace(TM) end-to-end IP video distribution system. Haivision solutions allow for the secure connection between the surgical and interventional rooms and to an unlimited number of locations and clinicians for real-time video collaboration and teaching events. more

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X2O Media Announces ‘SharePoint TV’ on New X2O Platform

Visual Communications Platform Offers Library of Objects for SharePoint(R) Users to Display Real-Time Content on All Screens Across an Organization

MONTREAL — Nov. 8, 2012 — X2O Media today announced SharePoint TV on its new X2O visual communications platform, which enables users to create channels based on content in the popular Microsoft(R) SharePoint(R) enterprise collaboration platform. This functionality allows users to push content from SharePoint onto all screens across an organization automatically, from digital displays to mobile devices and desktops, using stunning TV-like channels. more

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EDGE-TO-EDGE VIEWING ON STUNNING HISENSE T770 TELEVISION

Suwanee, Georgia, November 9, 2012 — Hisense USA, maker of 2D, 3D and Smart TV televisions, today revealed the T770 55” class of exquisite, virtually bezel-free televisions. With standard 120 Hz SmoothMotion™ frame rate technology and 3D, Smart TV functionality, the T770 represents the epitome of Hisense’s expertise in bringing innovation and value together in a package that will complement any room.

Delivering stunning picture quality and incredible features at an affordable price, the T770 offers the perfect combination of good looks, brains and value-for-money. Offering four (4) HDMI inputs, to connect to multiple sources, the WiFi-enabled T770 brings all video content to life. Available in 42- and 55-inch screen sizes, these televisions offer real-time 2D to 3D conversion in addition to digital LED technology, ensuring exceptionally bright, true-to-life images. The USB and DLNA enabled Digital Media Player supports playback of a variety of Internet music and video formats in addition to photos and e-books. With the Hisense Smart Remote app consumers can use their smartphone as a full-function QWERTY remote.

“The elegant design of the T770 is simply stunning,” said JoAnne Foist, Director of Marketing, Hisense USA. “No other televisions in Hisense’s US lineup have such an Ultra Narrow (<7mm) bezel, making images appear to float in mid air. When people see the T770, they will be delighted with the design, the features and the price tag.”

Size / Model Key Features
55-inch / 55T770DW 3D, Smart TV, 120 Hz, e-LED, HDMI x 4, 1080p Full HD, Active-SG Glasses x 2
42-inch / 42T770DW 3D, Smart TV, 120 Hz, e-LED, HDMI x 4, 1080p Full HD, Active-SG Glasses x 2

See www.hisense-usa.com for more details.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a Georgia based subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China. Hisense USA offers a broad range of highly affordable consumer electronics products in the North American market, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. In 2010 Hisense established an R&D center in Georgia to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense USA sells into retailers across North America, including hhgregg, Best Buy, Walmart, Costco.com, Canadian Tire and more. Around the world, Hisense has production bases in South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and sales offices in the USA, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Hisense products are exported to over 130 countries and regions throughout the world.

Editorial contact:
JoAnne Foist (Hisense USA): +1-(678) 318-9060 ext. 210 JoAnneFoist@hisense.com
Mark Chisholm (Definition Branding & Marketing): +1-(503) 715-0990 ext. 29 mark.chisholm@definitionbam.com

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