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NAB2013: Hybrid to Showcase New Features, Third Party Interfaces to Range of Virtual Studio and Robotics Camera Systems

Photo-Realistic Virtual Set, Social Media Interface and Enhanced Anchor/Video Interaction among New Highlights

Montrouge, France –At NAB 2013 Hybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, will present a dynamic display of its product line working together and with third party products to deliver interactive presentations with unsurpassed visual imagery. Groundbreaking new features to several products will be introduced. Hybrid will exhibit in Booth C9908 during the NAB convention, being held from April 8-11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Among the highlights in the Hybrid stand will be demonstrations of its line of tracked and trackless virtual studio solutions, augmented reality technology, robotic camera systems, social media integration, second screen interaction, and integration between its product line and Snell and Blackmagic Design switchers.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity that NAB presents to our company,” said Olivier Cohen, CEO, Hybrid. “This is an exciting time for Hybrid, and we’re looking forward to showing off our latest advances on such a high-profile stage as NAB.”

New Features of Tracking and Trackless Virtual Studio Systems
Hybrid’s tracking virtual set solution, Krypton 3D, boasts a complete range of new features to be introduced at NAB 2013. Already a powerful system, Krypton’s real-time 3D engine can be coupled with Hybrid’s Chrome compact, broadcast robotic jib to make it even more precise. Using a Krypton system, the company will present a photo-realistic virtual set within its NAB booth this year.

Among Krypton’s new features:

-Shaders such as bump mapping and automatic depth of field
-Multi-layering ability
-New 3D effects module

Unlike other virtual studio solutions, there is zero audio or video delay when Krypton is used in conjunction with Hybrid robotic systems. It can also interface to all third party motion tracking devices. Krypton can also import 3D models, including geometry, textures, shaders and lights from all major 3D modeling software. It supports an unlimited number of pre-recorded video files and HD/SD live video insertion.

New for Hybrid’s trackless virtual set, Neon, is the ability to shoot in remote locations for the same production. Neon is based upon the same core engine as the higher-end Krypton system, but it allows for virtual camera movements in real-time from fixed cameras on set. It requires only a PC and software and operates with a simple drag-and-drop process. It creates the illusion of sophisticated camera moves within a virtual set without use of a tracking system, chroma keyer or other accessories – this allows Neon to be a fully portable virtual studio system. Neon can import 3D scenes and models from all common modeling software, such as 3D Max, Maya, Softimage.

Neon comes at a price point that makes the system accessible to video producers at many levels, including local TV stations, schools, new media facilities, independent production companies, in-house corporate studios, etc.

The demonstration of virtual sets continues in the Hybrid/NAB booth with a journey through augmented reality. Hybrid will show the use of virtual set technology to replace video walls in a physical set environment, while enhancing program production with spectacular graphics.

New Social Media Interfaces

Hybrid will show a new interface with never.no that enables an on-air presenter to see and respond to live feeds from Google+, Twitter and Facebook when using a Hybrid virtual set. Using URL’s specific to the program they’re watching, viewers can respond in real-time to social media comments and what’s happening on screen.

All Hybrid solutions are now designed with interaction between the anchor and the content in mind. New at NAB is the ability for the television host to interact with content via second screen applications or with interactive devices like Microsoft’s Kinect. The graphic controller is now available for download on Android devices.

Broadcast Robotics
Hybrid will showcase its entire line of robotics camera systems within a dedicated area of its NAB booth. Titanium and Silver, Hybrid’s two pan/tilt/zoom/focus systems, will be used in the robotics zone as part of a non-virtual production demonstration. And the company’s unique robotic jib, Chrome, will be utilized for a virtual set/augmented reality presentation.

Switcher Integration

Also new at NAB this year are native interfaces between Hybrid products and Snell’s Kahuna and Blackmagic Design’s ATEM switchers that enable users to control camera robotics, virtual cameras, 3D animation, and virtual set switching directly from the switcher.

About Hybrid

Hybrid is a leading manufacturer of broadcast production technologies. The company’s mission is to develop solutions and products that allow the digital media market to produce value-added content within an integrated workflow. Our product range includes virtual studio and augmented reality solutions and broadcast robotic camera supports. Hybrid consistently develops new products and solutions that push the limits of content creation while providing a clear rationalization of costs. Further information is available at www.hybridtv.tv.

Snell Expands IQ Modular Range With Introduction of New Format Converters and Quad Split Monitors

Latest Members of Industry’s Most Popular Modular Infrastructure Range Pack Robust Functionality into Compact, Cost-Effective Form Factor

READING, U.K. — March 26, 2013 — Snell today announced the launch of a new series of format converters in its popular IQ Modular range, designed to provide outstanding quality conversion at an extremely affordable price. In addition, Snell launched the IQQSM range of 3Gbps/HD/SD-SDI quad split monitors, ideal for local monitoring with LCD displays.

“With more than half a million modules in use worldwide by the top names in media and entertainment, the Snell IQ range is one of the industry’s largest and most robust families of modular broadcasting solutions. We’re continually broadening the range to provide more granularity and support for our customers’ evolving business requirements, such as migration to HD and 3Gbps operations or integrating advanced audio processing,” said Steve Cole, product manager at Snell. “The new format conversion and quad split monitoring modules are a perfect example of how Snell is redefining the economics of managing a broadcast infrastructure, providing powerful functionality in a lower-priced, space-saving form factor that’s suitable for any size of operation.”

The new IQ video format converter modules provide cost-effective yet high-quality conversion of common SD, HD, and 3Gbps formats for broadcast systems and a host of other video, audio, and metadata functions. Based on Snell’s next-generation KudosPro motion adaptive format converter technology, the IQ converters are suitable for broadcast applications such as up- or down-conversion of incoming lines, providing multi-cast SD and HD transmissions, and integrating signals into SD or HD workflows. The IQ conversion systems will be available in a range of module and rear panel options to provide cost, density, and feature set flexibility.

Snell’s new IQQSM quad split monitors enable local monitoring of four 3G/HD/SD-SDI input signals along with bar graph displays of eight channels of embedded audio. Ideally suited for monitoring studio or outside broadcast camera feeds, the monitors are capable of providing the four signals on a single HDMI or DVI output to enable integration with modern flat panel displays used extensively in local monitoring applications. The IQQSM module also features an SDI output that allows the signal to be routed to other areas in the facility such as remote monitoring applications or to server storage. IQQSM00, the first module in the IQQSM range, will be shipping shortly after NAB and provides an entry-level, low-cost local monitoring solution for up to four 3G, HD, or SD-SDI inputs. The IQQSM00 features a fixed quad split display with image identifier captions, and both SDI and HDMI outputs.

Like all modules in the IQ range, the new format converters and IQQSM monitors come pre-loaded with Snell’s powerful RollCall control and monitoring software. Designed to provide the tools for efficient system configuration and to save overhead on monitoring resources, RollCall provides native, email, and SMS alerts to support on-call operations, and enables semi-automated system changes according to pre-defined trigger conditions. Snell also offers serial and GPI interfacing cards to provide integration with automation and third-party management systems for control in more complex environments.

More information about the IQ Modular range and Snell’s full Broadcast Infrastructure product line is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Riedel Products at Prolight + Sound 2013:

MediorNet MN-GV-2 Card
Riedel Communications will unveil the MediorNet MN-GV-2 card at Prolight + Sound 2013. This new interface card allows users to network Grass Valley(R) 3G camera systems — the LDK and the brand-new LDX series — and their base stations via the MediorNet fiber infrastructure. Users can route bidirectional camera signals, including all embedded audio and telemetry control data, through MediorNet, which facilitates the free assignment of cameras to any base station or CCU within the network. With this solution, users can realize unparalleled flexibility in camera configurations and eliminate the need for rewiring when production requirements change.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/MN-GV-2_w_Camera.zip
Photo Caption: MediorNet MN-GV-2 Card for Grass Valley(R) 3G Camera Systems

RockNet Expansion Solutions for SSL Consoles and Soundcraft(R) Si Compact Consoles
New RockNet expansion solutions for Solid State Logic (SSL) consoles and Soundcraft(R) Si Compact consoles will be showcased at Prolight + Sound 2013. Next-generation firmware for the RockNet RN.334.MD MADI interface makes SSL mixing consoles an integrated part of the Riedel RockNet digital audio network, with complete remote control functionality over all gains and the flexibility of RockNet’s renowned independent gain feature. As a result, several mixing consoles can operate with the same mic pre-amps without affecting one other — a capability that greatly simplifies multiconsole and recording setups. Riedel’s new RN.344.SI card enables integration with any Soundcraft Si Compact console, supporting 32 inputs and 32 outputs to the RockNet system. The interface enables remote control of any RockNet mic pre-amp and also offers the benefit of RockNet’s independent gain feature.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/RockNetmodule.zip
Photo Caption: RockNet RN.334.MD Module for SSL Console Integration

Company Quote:

“Prolight + Sound allows us to meet with existing customers here in Germany. Since more and more broadcasters from all around Europe visit the show, Prolight + Sound has become an even more interesting show for us.”
– Thomas Riedel, CEO, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Prism Sound Shows The New Lyra Audio Interface At Prolight + Sound 2013

European studio producers, musicians and DJs will have their first opportunity to see Prism Sound’s new Lyra family of Audio Interfaces at this year’s Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt (Hall 5.1, stand B50A).

With Lyra, Prism Sound is bringing its high performance audio technology to an even wider audience. This brand new family of interfaces is aimed at musicians, composers, project studio owners, DJs, re-mixers and other audio content producers such as radio and podcasting. It is also anticipated that high-end home audio enthusiasts will find the USB interface and stereo configuration with digital volume control an attractive package.

Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface, Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

“Lyra connects seamlessly with both Macs and PCs via a simple USB interface,” says Graham Boswell, Sales and Marketing Director for Prism Sound. “For recording professionals who don’t need eight channels of analogue I/O, Lyra is the perfect interface because it allows them to access Prism Sound quality in a convenient package and at an affordable price.”

Prism Sound plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra and has started the ball rolling with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate new ARM Cortex-based ‘Xcore’ processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing, plus DSP and a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring. Both products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.

Lyra 1, which retails at £1,349 plus VAT, will be of particular interest to the musician and project studio market. This unit offers two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. With Lyra 1, musicians can connect a guitar and a microphone through the input channels, plug into their software mixer via a simple USB connection and start laying down basic tracks in a matter of minutes.

Lyra 2, which retails at £1,849 plus VAT, takes the concept a little further by offering two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both optical-only digital I/O and copper S/PDIF are available on this version of Lyra, which also offers wordclock In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.

Both products are ergonomically designed to look as good as they sound. The front panel has a master volume control assignable to selected output channels, while the unit’s small size – just 11 inches wide – makes it very easy to transport for musicians, producers and DJs on the road. For studio use, Prism Sound can supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.

“We know there is a market for Lyra because our customers have been demanding this product ever since we launched Orpheus,” Graham Boswell adds. “However, we are very protective of our reputation for delivering the highest possible audio quality so we were not going to bring any product to market until we were 100% convinced that it could live up to our exacting specifications. Lyra does just that, and we are very proud to introduce it.”

Lyra will start shipping in April 2013 and will be fully supported by Prism Sound’s acclaimed technical and after-sales service staff.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Brad Childress Appointed Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at NanoLumens®

Moving strategically to add enterprise level management experience to its rapidly expanding business development efforts, NanoLumens® today announced the appointment of Brad Childress to the position of Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Effective immediately, according to NanoLumens President & CEO Rick Cope, Childress assumes complete responsibility for developing and implementing all worldwide direct and channel sales programs as well as all national and regional marketing programs.

“NanoLumens has more than doubled in size in each of the last three years,” Cope said today. “We have implemented specific sales programs involving a direct sales management team, a systems integrator network, and an international distributor network. It is now time to bring in a seasoned sales and marketing executive who has the kind of enterprise level management experience to integrate these distinct sales teams into a single, highly productive and motivated sales force. Brad is just the person to do this and lead all of our sales and marketing teams to the next, higher level of success.”

In accepting his new appointment, Childress noted that, “As the head of sales and marketing for NanoLumens I am responsible for continuing the rapid sales growth of the company for all of our channels worldwide. This is an awesome responsibility that presents all of us with an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the success of this great company. I am extremely fortunate to have a team of experienced, respected sales directors and marketing professionals and to work with some of the best engineering and customer service minds in the digital media industry.”

Brad Childress brings nearly 30 years of sales and marketing experience to his new position at NanoLumens. Most recently, he was a partner at TechCXO, where he helped large and small technology companies accelerate their sales efforts through sales process design, territory, account and opportunity planning and high-impact go-to-market strategies. Prior to this he served as the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for nuBridges, where he played an integral role in the completion of a strategic sale of the company to Liaison Technologies.

Previous sales experience includes serving as the President & COO of The Complex Sale, Inc., where he was responsible for all company operations globally, and worked with dozens of companies worldwide to help them optimize their sales process. He also held the position of VP & General Manager for the Southern Region at Dun & Bradstreet Software, Inc. and served as Vice President of Solutions Marketing for Management Science America, Inc. Childress was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Georgia Tech College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

NanoLumens’ technology has been named ‘Best Large-format LED Display’ of the year by Signage Solutions magazine in its 2012 Product of the Year awards program, as well as being recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed large-format LED display solutions in any size, shape, or curvature, that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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DVEO Launches 40 Channel Real Time Transcoder, Scaler and Streamer for OTT and IPTV Applications at NAB 2013

San Diego, California –- March 26, 2013 — At NAB 2013, DVEO, the broadcast division of CMI, is introducing their new multi format, multi function 40 channel RF capturing transcoder, scaler, and streamer. The real time, broadcast quality MPEG Magnus™ MF transcodes up to 20 720p HD streams, or 10 1080i/p HD streams, or 40 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264, all in a 3 RU system. For satellite input (DVB-S/S2), the system sees 200 satellite streams and transcodes up to 40 SD streams.

The MPEG Magnus MF will make its debut at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU6505.

Based on Embedded Linux®, the MPEG Magnus MF features multiprotocol, multiresolution, and multiwrapper support including RTMP, RTSP, RTMP, HTTP, Smooth, and Live Streaming. It relies on an Intel® Dual 8 Core processor as an accelerator.

The MPEG Magnus MF creates simultaneous high, medium, and low bitrate streams. The inputs can be simultaneous choices from HD-SDI, SDI, DVB-S/S2, 8VSB, QAM, DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-ASI, Analog, or GigE and IP (H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1).

“We are proud to offer this very powerful transcoder to our customers,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “The MPEG Magnus MF makes it easy for broadcasters, content providers, and cable or mobile companies to deliver content to iPads, laptops, OTT televisions, IP capable set-top boxes, and mobile devices via IP.”

The MPEG Magnus is also available in a variety of versions with 6 to 12 simultaneous inputs of a single video format, including DVB-S+S2 (12 inputs), 8VSB (10 inputs), DVB-T+T2 (8 inputs), Analog (6 inputs), DVB-ASI (8 inputs), IP (8 inputs), QAM (8 inputs), or DVB-C (8 inputs). Customized versions are available.

The system features a web-based GUI with SNMP support for remote access. Supported resolutions include qHD, H.264up, SQVGA, QCIF, QVGA, CIF, or any custom size up to 1080p. Audio support is AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3. The MPEG Magnus is tested to work with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® Helix® servers.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Supports HTTP adaptive Smooth and Live streaming protocol for output to mobile devices
  • Capable of near real time FTP output of segmented TS streams with I-Frame boundaries
  • Inputs: Simultaneous choices from HD-SDI, SDI, DVB-S, DVB-S2, 8VSB, QAM (digital or analog), DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-ASI, Analog, or GigE and IP (H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1)
  • Output: Multiple simultaneous IP streams (MPEG-2 or H.264) – HTTP Live (HLS), HTTP, UDP, RTP, RTSP, multicast and unicast with transport stream envelope, HTTP Smooth, FTP, RTMP (Open Flash), or WMV9 with HTTP/ASF
  • Supports M3u8 playlist files (standalone and through HTTP Live)
  • Transcoding bit rates: .1 to 15 Mbps
  • Creates simultaneous High, Medium, and Low bitrate streams
  • Resolutions: qHD, H.264up, SQVGA, QCIF, QVGA, CIF, or any custom size up to 1080p
  • Simultaneous demodulation, transcoding, and encapsulation
  • Transcodes up to 20 720p HD streams, or 10 1080i/p HD streams, or 40 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa
  • SNMP support
  • Tested to work with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® Helix® servers
  • Tested compatible with major brands of IP devices including Amino™, Roku®, Atlanta DTH, and Apple iPad® and iPhone®
  • Tested compatible with major brands of H.264 decoders
  • Audio support: AAC, Embedded pass-through, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3
  • Settings are remembered when power cycled
  • Based on embedded Linux®
  • Redundant power supply

Note: This system is typically deployed in “closed” systems where bandwidth is dedicated and is used for this purpose only. It is not guaranteed to work over the public internet. Performance depends on available bandwidth.

Suggested Retail Prices:
MPEG Magnus MF: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus DVB-S-S2 12Tr/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus 8VSB 10Ch/IP: $16,795 U.S.
MPEG Magnus ASI 8Ch/IP: $18,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus QAM 8Ch/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus IP/IP: $15,995 U.S.

Customized versions: Call for pricing

DVEO and MPEG Magnus are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. AAC licensed via Via Licensing.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

Electrosonic Goes Back to Nature for Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center

Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains near New Paltz, New York, is marking its 50th anniversary this year with a renovation of its green design award-winning Visitor Center tucked cozily into the woods. Electrosonic was charged with creating several new exhibits for the main floor, which enable visitors to maximize their time in New York’s largest nonprofit nature preserve.

With over 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, fields, streams, ponds and other unique and beautiful places, Mohonk Preserve is dedicated to protecting the Shawangunk Mountains by inspiring people to care for, enjoy and explore the natural world. Visitors can bike, hike, climb, ride horses, run, ski and snowshoe in the Preserve. Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership was responsible for the architecture, interiors, graphic design and exhibit design of the Visitor Center project.

The Visitor Center is a stone and wood structure set on over 40 acres including the J & S Grafton Sensory Trail, LaVerne Thompson Nature Trail and Children’s Forest. The main floor is an open room with an area for membership and visitor information. Large windows in the back overlook the Preserve providing the backdrop for a three-dimensional topographical map that gives bird’s-eye views of trails and major points of interest. Electrosonic added four 32-inch ELO interactive touchscreens to the map. Visitors can access details and photos about the trails and attractions via the touchscreens with content created by the Preserve in collaboration with Richard Lewis Media Group.

At the entry is the “Nature Notebook,” made up of two 46-inch Samsung LCD screens provided by Electrosonic and hung in portrait mode. One side is a Welcome Information Station, which features weather updates and daily information on trail conditions and upcoming events. The other offers visitors a chance to leave observations and questions with a keyboard and mouse, which is displayed like a Twitter feed. The Preserve posts seasonal nature observations as prompts.

Electrosonic installed and programmed the 10-minute orientation film produced by Richard Lewis Media Group, and displayed it in a visitor orientation theater with bench seating. The theater boasts a 26-foot wide curved screen fed by four projectiondesign F12 projectors blended and warped via Dataton WATCHOUT. Four JBL speakers and a subwoofer provide the theater’s sound.

“The theater was our biggest challenge,” noted Electrosonic project manager Jackson Benedict. “It’s a very small space with a low ceiling. We had to use fixed-lens projectors, which meant there was very little tolerance in installing them. We had to build a custom ceiling mount that allowed for projector adjustment in the field, as necessary. Projector airflow in the small space also had to be managed effectively.

“The very sharp curve of the screen provided a challenge for warping the blend in WATCHOUT,” Benedict said. “It was quite complicated. Shifting the projector one inch in the wrong direction would change everything.”

A Crestron control panel in the theater enables guests to start the film on their own. “The screen displays a loop of beautiful photos with a prompt to start the film with the touch panel,” Benedict explained. “There are two operating modes: with or without subtitles.”

A small control room behind the screen houses equipment in a single rack. The content for all of the interactives can be updated remotely to keep content fresh and up to date. “Electrosonic worked with the exhibit fabricators to make sure we had relatively easy access to all equipment for service,” said Benedict.

About Mohonk Preserve
Located in the Hudson River Valley, Mohonk Preserve is the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State. Managing over 8,000 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge, the Preserve works to protect the ridge and to inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world. For more information visit www.mohonkpreserve.org.

About Electrosonic

Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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