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BenQ Combines Performance and Affordability in ‘M6 Series’ Projectors Release

New Entry-Level Projector Line Brings 13000:1 Contrast Ratios, Up to 3,500 ANSI Lumens of Brightness, and SmartEco(TM) Technology to the Business, Education, and Home Space

IRVINE, Calif. — March 5, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today introduced its new M6 Series of advanced business, education and home projectors. The product line comprised of the MS616ST, MX618ST, MX662, and MW663 models feature superior contrast ratios of 13000:1, up to 3,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, and BenQ’s world-leading SmartEco” technology to cut energy consumption by up to 70 percent. In addition to high-performance features, the projectors include wireless connectivity options, mobile device integration when paired with BenQ’s Qpresenter app for the iPhone(R) and iPad(R), hassle-free maintenance and security, and short-throw capabilities (MS616ST & MX618ST) to provide flexible setups in any setting.

Designed for corporate, classroom, and personal spaces, the MS616ST and MX618ST short-throw projectors combine installation flexibility with multimedia performance to bring quality video to rooms of all sizes. With SVGA (MS616ST) and XGA (MX618ST) native resolutions, 10W speaker sound, and wireless connectivity for “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) scenarios, the projectors are the simplest way to create immersive content with full-out A/V control. For more brightness in classroom and boardroom settings, the MX662 provides 3,500 ANSI lumens of light while the MW663 shines at 3,000 ANSI lumens with widescreen WXGA native resolution for larger-frame projections. more

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Visionary Solutions Teams Up With Bally Technologies to Deliver IPTV Content to the Gaming Industry

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — March 5, 2013 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. today announced that Bally Technologies — a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, interactive applications, and networked and server-based systems for the global gaming industry — has deployed Visionary Solutions’ AVN422, AVN441, and AVN443 encoders for customized delivery of IPTV content for multiple casinos and hotels around the world. Leveraging the flexibility of Visionary Solutions’ AVN encoding platform, Bally Technologies can cost-effectively stream high-quality HD, 1080p resolution video and audio content to gaming areas and hospitality suites. more

MASQUE SOUND BRINGS ALIVE THE SOUND OF THE BEATLES FOR BACKBEAT

MASQUE SOUND BRINGS ALIVE THE SOUND OF THE BEATLES FOR BACKBEAT
Custom Audio Solution Amps up Sound for Smash Hit Play about the Birth of the Band

LOS ANGELES, MARCH 6, 2013—When Sound Designer Richard Brooker was tasked with creating an unforgettable, authentic audio experience for Backbeat, a play chronicling the rise of the Beatles as one of the most beloved rock bands of all time, he turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, for the equipment he needed to turn his vision into a reality.

Backbeat made its United States premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center in Los Angeles on January 20, after playing to sold-out crowds at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre this past summer. Co-written by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys, it is based on the 1994 Universal Pictures film by Softley, Michael Thomas and Stephen Ward. Five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux is the play’s director.

Backbeat marks the third time Brooker has worked with Masque Sound on a project. “Masque Sound did such a great job for me on the musical Chess, so there was no question I wanted them again for Backbeat,” says Brooker. “The main thing is that they’re a very professional and skilled outfit that provide not only the equipment and technical services that I require, but also offer what I find to be a unique level of support.”

In designing the sound for Backbeat, equipment selection was critical. According to Brooker, “Backbeat is an unusual show. I don’t consider it a musical but rather a play with live songs. This creates an interesting sound dynamic. The dialogue is less amplified, requiring us to reinforce the actors with sound gear to ensure the audience can hear them, but then the rock ‘n’ roll music the Beatles are playing in the clubs of Hamburg is very loud.”

In order to accommodate these varying sound levels and tones, Masque Sound provided a custom audio package featuring 24 Sennheiser SK5012 mics, a DigiCo SD10 console with Mac computers running the Q-Lab system for Sound Effect, Meyer M’elodies speakers for the main system, a Meyer M1D center cluster and Meyer UPM1P delays and front fields and Meyer 600-HP subs as well. The setup includes a large drop of M’elodies stage left and stage right and a slightly smaller drop of M’elodies on the sides covering the upper circle of the theater.

One of the challenges Brooker faced was establishing and maintaining the authentic feel of late 1950s-early 1960s Liverpool for the show. “We wanted to deliver a very raw, live sound to the music, as it would have sounded in a small European club at that time,” he says. “It wasn’t so much a sophisticated sound but rather something with raw guitar amps that were quite noisy and harsh and not as beautifully produced as music is now these days. In the sound design I was trying to create that feel and capture that moment at that time and make it sound edgy without making it sound horrible—that was an interesting challenge. Masque Sound was instrumental in pulling this off.”

In trying to keep the show as authentic to the time period as possible, the show also used vintage guitar amplifiers and some slightly non-traditional microphones for vocals. “Since it is very difficult to get a hold of the actual equipment that was used back in the 1950s and 1960s, that was a fairly unique challenge for this show. Masque Sound was once again extremely helpful in coming up with creative solutions to help overcome that issue.”

Brooker says he wouldn’t be able to accomplish what he did on Backbeat without the people who worked with him to implement his ideas and designs into the show. “My associate sound designer, Poti Martin, and production sound engineer, Raf Rutgeerts, do a fantastic job. Also, the support of Masque is incredible. Scott Kalata from Masque Sound is always readily available on the other end of the phone or via email and usually comes out to visit the site as well. Masque Sound really provides great audio equipment, great backup and support and ideas as well. They are a great company and I look forward to continuing my relationship with them.”

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Matrox Expands Support for Telestream Wirecast Live Streaming Production Software Across Entire Line of Matrox MXO2 Capture Devices

New features include multi-channel capture support and ISO recording to H.264, DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD

Matrox Video today announced support for Telestream Wirecast 4.2.4 for Windows software and new features across the entire line of Matrox® MXO2™ capture devices and the Mojito MAX™ I/O card. Multiple Matrox I/O products can now be used to provide multi-channel capture for streaming and ISO recording of live events. In addition, Matrox ISO recording now supports direct capture to H.264 on Matrox I/O products with MAX and direct capture to DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD on all products enabling post-event editing using popular apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid.

Matrox MXO2 Family and Mojito MAX

“We’ve opened up Matrox ISO recording to include additional codecs so that all of our customers can use their NLE of choice for post-event editing of live productions,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager at Matrox. “Wirecast users are sure to find the exact digital and analog video and audio connectivity they need in the versatile Matrox product line and they can add additional channels as their budgets allow.”

Matrox streaming production solutions for Wirecast will be demonstrated at the 2013 NAB Show in booth SL4616.

Price and availability
Matrox MXO2 devices are priced starting at $449 US (£338, €382) not including local taxes and delivery. Matrox Mojito MAX is priced at $995 US (£749, €799). Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Support for Wirecast 4.2.4 for Windows is part of Matrox driver release 7.3 which is available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About Matrox
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Calrec Joins AVnu Alliance

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — March 5, 2013 — In an effort to drive the movement toward a common protocol for audio networking, Calrec has joined the AVnu Alliance, an industry consortium dedicated to the development and promotion of a professional-quality streaming standard for networked audio and video content based on the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards.

“The AVB standard addresses Ethernet’s most serious shortcomings as a transport for streaming audio,” said Calrec Technical Director Patrick Warrington. “We know a lot about audio networking and have already brought two solutions to the table because we want to ensure that our customers’ needs are well-represented in the new protocol.”

“We are very pleased to welcome a broadcast audio leader like Calrec to AVnu Alliance,” said Lee Minich, AVnu Alliance Marketing Work Group chair and president of Lab X Technologies. “This underscores the desire for robust, standards-based networked AV transport guaranteed by AVnu-certified AVB devices for the broadcast industry.”

The first industry forum to lead the adoption of an Ethernet-based open networking standard, the AVnu Alliance certifies AVB devices for interoperability and provides member companies with certification tools to pre-test AVB-based devices before entering the formal testing procedures. The AVnu Alliance is joined by more than 50 manufacturers that include some of the largest AV, automotive, and semiconductor companies.

“Reliable interoperation is crucial for AVB’s success,” Warrington said. “We hope that AVnu accreditation will come to be recognized as a stamp of quality. Customers who buy products with the AVnu seal of approval will have confidence that they will connect together without any problems.”

Information about Calrec and its products is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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About AVnu Alliance
AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio and video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics, and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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Laemmle Royal Theatre Goes Digital With Christie Projectors

Christie® is providing best-in-class digital projection to the newly-renovated Laemmle Royal Theatre in Santa Monica, bringing 21st century projection to guests and the first boothless cinema within Los Angeles. The conversion to digital was part of an upgrade made throughout the Laemmle chain.

“Being 100 percent digital made the renovation easier as we were able to carve out multiple auditoriums without having to allocate additional space for a projection booth,” said Greg Laemmle, president of the company. “We got back space in the old projection booth which has now been put to other uses. And we also avoided the cost of building new booth space. It’s great to have all the equipment, including our Library Management Server (LMS), as part of the box office. That way, staff can input movie files and set playlists while still being available to customers.”

In addition to digital projection, the newly-restored theater has stadium seating and three screens instead of one, which will allow it to expand its programming and offer more choices to its guests. Prior to the renovation, The Royal was one of the last ‘one screeners’ in the city.

With eight locations and 41 screens throughout Los Angeles, the independent Laemmle chain was started by Laemmle’s grandfather and great-uncle in 1938, and has highlighted the work of independent filmmakers. It also carries mainstream titles such as “Hitchcock” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The Royal re-opened in late December, 2012 with LA’s exclusive engagement of “Amour.” With the conversion of The Royal, a traditional cinema built in the 1920s, the chain is now 100 percent digital.

“We have a long history of working with Christie. We had our share of hiccups during the conversion process, but the Christie team has been very responsive. We truly feel they’ve been our partners in getting the art house scene switched over to digital. They took the time to understand how our world is a little different from the world of major studio exhibitors, and were willing to adjust to come up with a better program,” said Laemmle.

Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie, said the firm is proud to be part of the renovation of The Royal, and the digital upgrade throughout the chain.

“It’s important to Christie to work with each customer to create the solution that works best with their unique needs. Independent cinemas are a vibrant part of the industry and it’s our pleasure to help them make the transition from film to digital.”

Christie integration partner Southern California Cinetech managed the conversion to digital throughout the chain. Cinetech installed Christie CP2210 and CP2220 projectors from the Christie Solaria® Series digital projectors, and orchestrated the Christie Virtual Print Fee (VPF) financing plan, with Christie’s Managed Services team providing monitoring and maintenance services.

The Christie Solaria Series meets both exhibition and post production studios’ demands for 2D and 3D presentations for feature film and alternative content. With more than 36,000 installations around the world, Christie’s knowledge and experience with digital projection is unmatched in the industry.

Mohegan Sun Bets on Clay Paky GlowUps

Mohegan Sun, one of New England’s top destinations, has purchased a number of Clay Paky GlowUp portable, battery-powered luminaries.

Located in Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun offers gaming in three casinos, fine dining, luxury accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Attractions include an indoor 55-foot waterfall, electrifying water wall and the world’s largest indoor planetarium dome. Entertainment venues are a 10,000-seat Arena, 350-seat Cabaret Theatre and 300-seat Wolf Den.

“We chose Clay Paky GlowUps because we do a lot of events on the fly in various locations,” says Brian Horne, Lead Lighting Technician for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun. “We were looking for a wireless LED that we could connect to a console. One challenge is that since we’re a casino, WiFi can interfere with some of our equipment. The GlowUps’ frequency-hopping feature from Wireless Solutions was able to work within our system.”

Clay Paky’s GlowUp is a portable solution based on durable, high-power LEDs. Its light source is four 10W LEDs (with options for RGBW, Cool White, Dynamic White) with nominal power of 50W and a total output of 1200 lm.

By eliminating the logistical headache of running cables at events, the battery-operated luminaire dramatically reduces set up time, saves money and improves safety. With its rechargeable lithium battery, GlowUp provides years of energy-efficient service. The fixture, which weights just 16.5 lbs., is fully programmable allowing users to select scenes from a library of dozens of suggested colors and a number of pre-programmed, color-changing sequences.

“Our first application for the GlowUps was for the conversion of our buffet into a bourbon tasting lounge for our annual Sun Winefest event,” says Horne. “There was limited power and we needed something with a small profile to fit into little corners. Since the room was shoulder to shoulder, we were asked not to use cable ramps due to the Fire Marshal’s concerns.”

Horne notes that the GlowUps have been called into service for “other similar events,” typically with “a very short time to load in and out since the lights are very easy to use. You literally power them up, they see the transmitter and set the address. Their easy operation allows us to sneak in accent lighting as needed.”

In addition, he reports that A.C.T Lighting, Clay Paky’s exclusive distributor in North America, “has been great helping us get the GlowUps up and running.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re excited about our new GlowUps and feel the Mohegan Sun applications are perfect for the fixtures.”

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