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Kramer Introduces the VP−790 8−Input ProScale™ Digital Scaler/Switcher with Genlock

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−quality VP−790 ProScale™ digital scaler/switcher, Kramer’s first scaler to incorporate 3G HD−SDI signal processing and genlock capability. The unit takes one of the inputs, scales the video, embeds the audio, and outputs the signal to the computer graphics, DVI/HDMI and 3G HD−SDI outputs simultaneously.
With its genlock input and other unique characteristics, the VP−790 is ready to tackle any live event and ideal for use in broadcast video applications. The unit’s HQV® (Hollywood Quality Video) scaling engine ensures incredible image quality. The VP−790 represents the state−of−the−art in video processing technology, with the highest quality de−interlacing (with 3:2 & 2:2 pull down), noise reduction, and scaling performance for both standard−definition and high−definition signals.
The VP−790 can accept signals of up to 3Gbps (3G HD−SDI). It is HDTV compatible and HDCP compliant. This product offers multiple aspect ratio selections of full, overscan, underscan, letterbox & panscan. The built−in ProcAmp includes color, hue, sharpness, noise, contrast, and brightness while the unit’s non−volatile memory saves the final settings.
The VP−790’s Video Warping feature takes user−generated screen coordinates to match any linear or non−linear surface. Other unique features include picture rotation and edge−blending, that facilitates building large images using multiple projectors by feathering the overlapped edges.
The VP−790 features a wide variety of flexible control options: OSD (on−screen display), IR remote, Ethernet and RS−232. Its variety of inputs and outputs including the Genlock input, fully flexible Picture−in−Picture feature, HQV scaling engine and host of advanced image enhancement features make this scaler/switcher an outstanding choice for any live show venue.
The VP−790 is a standard 1U 19” rack mount size and comes with included rack “ears”.
The VP−790 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerelectronics.com.

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Robert Juliat Followspots Go to the Head of the Class At UC Berkeley and Ithaca College

The University of California at Berkeley and Ithaca College (NY) have added Robert Juliat Cyrano and Buxie followspots, respectively, to their theatrical lighting inventories.

UC Berkeley has invested in four Cyrano followspots purchased from Musson Theatrical. “They asked for several demos and were excited about the Cyranos,” says Musson Theatrical’s Dinna Myers. “Robert Juliat is known for high-quality optics in the followspot market – they’re rapidly becoming the leader in that sector.”

Jeremy Little is an ETCP-certified electrician and master electrician with Cal Performances, the UC Berkeley-based presenting, commissioning and producing organization for world-class music, dance and theater. He recalls working with Cyranos when he toured as a followspot operator. “They were very fun to drive,” he says. “The user interface is great, all the controls are centralized, and there is pre-focused lamp control. So they’re very easy for the operators to work with day in, day out.” When the university needed four matched followspots for its Zellerbach Auditorium, Cyranos were the logical choice.

“We just completed our training for the Cyranos with Robert Juliat,” Little reports. “Our big show this season is ‘Einstein On The Beach,’ which calls for all four followspots. It will put the Cyranos to the test all at once.”

Cyrano is a compact and efficient 2500-watt HMI followspot with a high-performance quartz condenser optical system. It features a 100% iris closing in a removable cassette; 100% closing dimmer; B-size gobo holder; dichroic color correction, variable frost, and 6-way boomerang color changer with removable filter frames.

Ithaca College acquired four Buxie followspots from BMI Supply for its Clark Theater, the school’s smaller performance space. “We were really excited to get Adam Klein at Ithaca College what he needed. He sent very detailed specs of what he was looking for: Two followspots with tripods and two without,” reports Steve Michalek, at BMI Supply.

Ithaca College is no stranger to Robert Juliat fixtures. “We already have two Super Korrigans (1200-watt HMI followspots) in our inventory, our design faculty was very happy with them and we wanted to stay with Juliat,” Klein says. “Size and optics were factors in our choice. We were looking for HID followspots with a small form factor for our smaller performance space – they had to fit on our catwalk. We saw the Buxies at USITT, and they looked great. No other followspots matched the optical clarity that the Buxies had.”

The followspots will primarily be used for a full round or three-quarter thrust space hosting dramas and musicals. “This year we are presenting ‘Spring Awakening’ and will definitely use the Buxies on that show,” says Klein. “We can also use them as supplemental followspots in our larger performance space.”

He notes that, “one of the nice things about the Buxies is that we won’t just use them on tripod stands: We can also hang them yoke up off of a pipe. They were far more affordable than we originally planned, too, so that allowed us to get a lot of accessories. Optics, output, HID, price – we’re really happy with our purchase!”

Buxie is a compact 575-watt MSD followspot with high-performance double-condenser optical system, 100% closing and removable iris, 100% closing mechanical dimmer, A-size gobo holder and 6-way color changer.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York’s Lincoln Center, LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.

R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.

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COURT IS IN SESSION—WITH ASPEN PROCESSING FROM LECTROSONICS

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Belle Glade, FL – November 2012… The ability of an AV system to accommodate the frequent exchange of words, images, and related supporting materials commonly encountered during legal proceedings has grown exponentially in recent years. In addition to the real-time aspects of managing multiple microphones and the plethora of audio, video, and teleconferencing equipment involved, these proceedings are commonly recorded. There’s a lot to keep track of and, in many cases, there are no on-site AV technicians. Such was the case at the recently renovated 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida West County Courthouse. Managing all those audio feeds required a sophisticated processing system with the ability to interact seamlessly with other equipment. The solution was found in a series of ASPEN processors from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

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