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Boston College Uses Broadcast Pix Granite 2000 To Produce Coverage of Multiple Sports in Multiple Venues

Billerica, MassachusettsBroadcast Pix™ today announced the Boston College Athletics Department is using a Granite™ 2000 Video Control Center™ to produce live in-house video scoreboard presentations for Eagles basketball, hockey, and football home games. When hockey and basketball games are not broadcast, Boston College streams its productions live to Web.

Housed in Conte Forum, the indoor arena for hockey and men’s and women’s basketball, the control room is connected to Alumni Stadium via fiber for football coverage. The Athletics Department purchased its Granite last summer through Access AV in Concord, N.H., and installed it in time for its first home hockey game of the season last October.

According to Eric Girard, associate director of interactive media for the Boston College Athletics Department, the control room had been equipped with a Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 for three years. Originally, the Slate was used for advertising clips and graphics playback, while the video scoreboard presentation was switched using a Ross switcher. For the past two years, however, the Slate was used exclusively during the production.

When it was time to update the control room, Boston College upgraded to the Granite 2000 because it offered more versatility, including increased I/O and a larger control panel. “The ability to see more on those panels is a huge plus,” he said.

A typical football production uses up to four cameras, a combination of tripod and handheld units, while basketball and hockey can have as many as five cameras for game coverage and replays. Girard said they sometimes use video feeds from production trucks that are producing the game for broadcast for additional coverage.

During hockey and basketball, Fluent Rapid CG™ 2 is used to update scores. An option of Granite and Mica™ systems, it streamlines data-intensive CG graphics creation by integrating databases, RSS feeds, and custom actions like scorekeeping into graphics automatically, which produces customized graphics significantly less manual effort. (Fluent Rapid CG 2 is not used in football, because the stadium’s video boards are positioned on top of separate scoreboards.)

The department uses the Fluent™ Watch-Folders feature almost daily, according to Girard. Production graphics are created in Avid and Adobe After Effects, then dragged into Watch-Folders via the network for instant access during productions. The built-in Harris Inscriber CG, part of the Fluent workflow tools included with each Broadcast Pix system, was another selling point. “It’s convenient and the compatibility with the program is nice,” he said. “For moderate budgets, you couldn’t ask for much more.

With no full-time TD on staff, Boston College relies on Fluent Macros to provide a consistent look for replays, sponsorship bugs, score tickers, and other on-screen graphics and transitions. Girard estimated there are almost 800 stored macros, and up to 100 macros are used during each game. “It’s a very easy way to get things done,” he explained. “They are extremely beneficial.”

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

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“INEDIT” PULSATES TO THE SOUND OF D.A.S. AUDIO

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Hollywood, FL – February 2013 … Inedit, a brand new establishment for Spanish cuisine / tapas (appetizers) and music, is rapidly becoming the spot for dining and entertainment in the South Florida metropolitan area. Inedit, derived from the word ‘Inedito’, which refers to the unknown that inspires discovery within the Spanish culture, is a beautifully decorated facility. To ensure the music throughout the building sounds every bit as compelling as the food and the patrons who frequent the establishment, management decided to install a new loudspeaker system that would keep the music lively. Ultimately, they selected a system drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

Miami, FL-based FM Lab, Inc., a design / build firm with a focus on sound and lighting for commercial properties, was contracted to handle the design and installation of Inedit’s new sound reinforcement system. Fernando Mezzarapa, Owner and President of FM Lab, discussed the nature of the project and the factors that led to the deployment of the D.A.S. Audio Convert, Aero Series 2, and Action Series loudspeakers. more

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Christie’s New Book of Shapes Showcases Innovative Digital Display Projects Around Globe

Christie® has published and released The Book of Shapes – a “coffee table” style book showcasing projects around the globe that are redefining the use of display technology in everything from retail stores to museums and corporate spaces.

A free download as an interactive iPad app, PDF, or hard copy, the book explores how Christie® MicroTiles® — groundbreaking, modular video building blocks — have allowed architects and designers to introduce inventive, irregular shapes into projects where video, motion graphics and interactive content are applied.

The release of “The Book of Shapes: International Design Inspirations Featuring Christie MicroTiles” coincides with Christie’s large presence at the Integrated Systems Europe trade show in Amsterdam Jan. 29-31, and comes on the third anniversary of the market release of Christie MicroTiles.

The Book of Shapes app features MicroTiles installations from around the world since the product’s launch – with visuals, embedded video and detailed narratives on how the display technology is being used, and the results achieved. The app also includes location maps, reference materials and an integrated version of MicroTiles Designer™ 2.0, a Web-based tool that allows designers and architects to visually plan and specify MicroTiles-driven projects.

iPad users can locate and download The Book of Shapes app free from Apple’s App Store. A non-interactive PDF is also available free of charge, allowing all the showcases and supporting material to be readily viewed on other tablet devices and conventional PCs and laptops.

Designed To Inform and Inspire
“The Book of Shapes is designed to inform and inspire people charged with integrating display technology into projects, and help them think about how having a digital canvas can energize and transform a space, or solve a business challenge, in interesting new ways,” explained Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie.
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London Stock Exchange Atrium, a Project Featured in Christie's Book of Shapes


“We’ve been amazed how architects, retail designers, pro AV and interactive experts have all taken advantage of the opportunity to introduce shapes into design concepts,” added Cress. “They’ve gone so far beyond a display world that was defined forever by rectangles, and the remarkable thing is we’ve likely had just a taste of what’s possible.”

The Book of Shapes celebrates projects across several continents, and is sorted by vertical categories: Retail Environments, Museums & Entertainment, Broadcast Television, Events & Shows, Higher Education and Corporate Spaces.

Among the featured projects is a virtual mountain range at the History Colorado Center in Denver, massive sweeps of MicroTiles in corporate spaces like Deutsche Bank’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong and the Telstra experience centre in Melbourne, Australia. Portable and easily configured, MicroTiles have also been used extensively at temporary exhibits such as global expos, trade shows and fashion events.

Exploring Possibilities
The Book of Shapes explores possibilities – projects where MicroTiles have been “disappeared” into walls, built into furniture, and radically transformed retail and lobby environments. The technology has prompted a re-think on the approach to visual messaging and marketing in public or shared spaces.

One of the most ambitious projects featured in The Book of Shapes involves the London Stock Exchange’s main office in Paternoster Square, where several multimedia canvases totaling 508 MicroTiles envelop the space. The project powerfully reflects the kinetic energy of the financial markets, and is used as a compelling visual backdrop for ceremonies welcoming newly listed companies.

That project is also explored in detail in a different, dedicated digital publication, “The Blue Book: How MicroTiles Helped Make an Impact at the London Stock Exchange.” A free copy can be downloaded inside the Book of Shapes app or from Christie by visiting this web page: http://www.microtiles.co.uk/moreinformation.php?tab=bluebook

The launch of Christie MicroTiles three years ago represented a revolution in display technology. Some 30,000 units are now in use globally, and new projects are steadily switching on. During the recent holiday season, for example, 425 MicroTiles were set into the street front windows of the Barneys New York flagship store for an “Electric Holiday” done in partnership with The Walt Disney Company.

Flexible, Modular Display Technology
With their modular design, Christie MicroTiles can be arranged into virtually any shape or scale of display wall. The lightweight and compact rear projection modules measure 16 inches across by 12 inches tall, by 10 inches deep and fit perfectly in retail settings, corporate offices, museums, airports, broadcast sets, indoor sports stadiums, control rooms and numerous other applications.

Christie MicroTiles automatically self-calibrate for color and brightness and have built-in sensors that monitor each LED’s performance. Each tile detects its neighbor and adjusts its image to optimize the overall display. With tiny seams between tiles, Christie MicroTiles produce a virtually seamless canvas with an unlimited number of super-fine pixels. With robust screens that are cool to the touch and high resolution images that are crisp and clear even close up, Christie MicroTiles are perfect for interactive displays.

Oxygen DCT Launches The AirWaves HD Wireless Monitoring System

Oxygen DCT has launched AirWaves HD™, a wireless HD monitoring system that gives directors and producers working on set or on location the freedom to monitor productions without being tethered to cables.

Launched in direct response to huge demand from television and film companies, AirWaves HD comprises a camera mounted transmitter and monitor mounted receiver that stream HD-SDI and HDMI signals wirelessly over the air, up to distances of 500m away. Video is throughput at a maximised data rate to produce uninterrupted high quality HD video with low latency and impressive resolution. Embedded audio and timecode are also carried transparently across the air waves making Airwaves HD exceptionally versatile. AirWaves HD is equally suited to field and studio production and is supported by a host of options specifically tailored to indoor and outdoor use.

Steve Hathaway, Managing Director of Oxygen DCT, says: “AirWaves HD is designed to meet market need for a multi-format wireless monitoring system that can deliver the high quality high definition pictures that today’s directors’ demand. With an automatic encoding rate adjustment that enables a constant output of 50Mpbs, plus the ability to connect to multiple LCD or OLED monitors simultaneously, AirWaves HD is the perfect complement to any professional television and film shoot.”

Small, lightweight and highly portable, the AirWaves HD system eliminates the need for tethered cable connection between cameras and production monitors, allowing far greater mobility of equipment, as well as reducing on-location set-up time. A single push button initiates the pairing and automatic connection of the transmitter and receiver. The multi-format system handles full bandwidth 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI and HDMI video signals up to 1080p60 4:2:2.

The AirWaves HD transmitter works with all makes of HD cameras and has an optional V Lock adaptor plate that allows it to be clipped on to the back of a camera and powered via the V Lock plate from V Lock equipped batteries. Whilst accepting power as low as 7V DC, these state of the art devices have been designed to work with equally state of the art power systems including the very latest high power 26V DC battery systems used with Arri Alexa cameras.
The receiver can also be fitted with an optional V Lock adaptor plate, allowing it to be clipped onto any monitor equipped with the same facility, such as the Evolution P3 range of LCD and OLED monitors from Oxygen DCT. This enables producers and director to monitor their productions with great mobility and without having to worry about cables.

AirWaves HD offers a choice of two transmitters and two receivers, a HDMI only version and a HDMI and HD-SDI version, which may be mixed together in the most suitable combination for production requirements. AirWaves HD also employs the very latest MIMO antenna technology that gives improved communication performance by allowing extended link range without increasing bandwidth or power consumption and a latency of just 20ms. Whilst the standard AirWaves HD operates up to 150 metres, distances of up to 500 meters can easily be achieved using optional high gain antenna and AirWaves HD can also safely be used in any location as it doesn’t require special FCC licenses.

For more information please contact Oxygen DCT or visit www.oxygendct.com

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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.

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grandMA2s Follow The Yellow Brick Road

The North American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Wizard of Oz” is set for the new year at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre, where a pair of grandMA2s will be on hand to control lighting and video for the new musical. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA2 in North America.

Developed from the timeless 1939 MGM screenplay, the new production opened in London’s West End earlier this year. It features all the beloved characters and songs from the classic film plus new compositions by Webber and Tim Rice – their first partnership in decades. A.C.T Lighting Canada, in Toronto, supplied the grandMA2s to programmer Joe Allegro of Artistic Illuminations. Hugh Vanstone is the show’s lighting designer.

“The show was originally on grandMAs, but we decided to move all the lighting and video to grandMA2s when the show was remounted in Toronto,” says Allegro. “The decision was based on the length of the show commitment: eight months in Toronto and then on tour. In terms of hardware, the grandMA2 is a new platform and very solid; 99 percent of the information from the original production has come across.”

Allegro is particularly pleased with the grandMA2s’ performance with the musical’s video content. “It’s a lot more flexible on the video side,” he says. “The biggest benefit is being able to manipulate video through Art-Net and being able to communicate between lighting and video so that multiple teams can work independently of one another.

“We’re very pleased with the grandMA2s, which have been working great,” Allegro reports. “It’s been a fantastic experience for us.”

The lighting package for “The Wizard of Oz” was supplied by Christie Lights and the video package by Sound Associates.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Almo Professional A/V Reveals Four Sweet “AV Snacks” For February

Almo Professional A/V Reveals Four Sweet “AV Snacks” For February

Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; February Theme is Video Walls; Hosted by Almo and Led by Planar, Hiperwall, Samsung and Sharp

Philadelphia, PA — January 31, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today revealed the February line up for its weekly interactive mini-webinar series “AV Snacks”, which will focus on the topic of video walls. AV Snacks are designed to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals, presented in a 15-minute snack-style webinar format every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. This month’s line up will include information from Planar, Hiperwall, Samsung and Sharp.

The sessions offer a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging, with a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn specific prizes. The following mini-webinars are in place for February:

Theme: Video Walls

2/1 Planar: “The Only ADA-Compliant Video Wall”
Planar’s Clarity Matrix LCD video wall system is the only one that meets the stringent ADA requirements. Learn how the Clarity Matrix and other Planar products meet ADA goals and see how they’ve been installed around the country.
Prize: Starbucks gift card
Register

2/8 Hiperwall: “Video Wall Processing 101”
Hiperwall software makes it simple to build high performance, scalable video walls from ordinary computers, ordinary monitors and an ordinary LAN. It’s as easy as moving and resizing windows on the desktop of a personal computer. See how it works!
Prize: Hiperwall Multi-Tool
Register

2/15 Samsung: “Video Walls: Getting the Bigger Picture”
Video walls give the ability to create larger displays and unusual shapes and arrangements that are definitely eye catching. Join this webinar for a bite-sized look at Samsung video wall technology and how it can make “your” image a lot bigger!
Prize: Samsung Mini Optical Mouse
Register

2/22 Sharp: “Soup to Nuts: How to Cook Up an Enticing Video Wall”
Learn all the components needed to create a video wall, from cables to displays to content. Learn the questions to ask when specifying the next video wall, plus get motivated with real examples!
Prize: iTunes gift card.
Register

All of the AV Snacks sessions are recorded and archived for access after they run. AV Snacks is the latest program in Almo Professional A/V’s extensive line up of industry education and training resources for its partners. Other ongoing programs include full-length webinars, streaming Tech Tips and the company’s popular traveling E4 AV Tour, which is a free one-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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