A virtual press conference from Sound & Video Contractor

Archive for April, 2013

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces 4181 Cinema Subwoofer System

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At CinemaCon 2013, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the 4181 Cinema Subwoofer System, a cost-effective movie soundtrack reproduction loudspeaker for basic cinema applications. The 4181 is a high-quality subwoofer system featuring an advanced technology 460-millimeter (18-inch), low-frequency transducer mounted in a direct radiator, bass-reflex enclosure for smooth response to the lowest audible frequencies.

“JBL has recognized a need for cost-effective, low-frequency augmentation of digital soundtracks in motion picture theaters and for general sound reinforcement applications,” said Chuck Goodsell, Senior Manager, Cinema, JBL Professional. “The 4181 addresses this need at a very affordable price point.”

The driver unit utilizes a vented cooling loop, which pumps air through the magnetic gap
and directly over and around the voice coil, providing immediate heat transfer. Through the use of computer-aided magnet optimization and analysis techniques, JBL engineers were able to optimize magnet weight, flux density and field saturation, resulting in a significant reduction in harmonic distortion.

The 75-millimeter (3-inch) voice coil, using dual coils in parallel and with holes in bobbin, offers greater thermal stability with increased power handling. All elements of the optimized parts of the driver ensure smooth low frequency response, lower power compression and enable the system to carry a 500 watts continuous pink noise rating.

The enclosure is constructed of dense stock and is extensively braced on all panels. It is tuned to 30Hz with three large ports to minimize port compression and to reduce distortion due to turbulent airflow.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: Loudspeakers, New Products, News |

Extron Introduces New HDCP-Compliant Multi-Window Processors

Extron MGP Pro SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro, two new powerful, high resolution multi-window processors that enable the simultaneous display of multiple images on a single screen — two windows for the MGP 462 Pro and four windows for the MGP 464 Pro. Full HDCP compliance at all HDMI inputs and outputs assures worry-free presentation of protected content. The MGP Pro also provides two simultaneous outputs that generate HDMI and RGBHV video, simplifying integration with different display devices. The MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro are ideal for applications that require side-by-side display of critical quality graphics and video content from multiple sources.

“With HDMI input and output capability on the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro, integrators and their customers can display HDCP-encrypted content in multiple windows and easily incorporate digital video sources into the AV system,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “These multi-window processors include essential features that deliver fast and reliable switching for HDCP-encrypted content, providing enhanced performance and flexibility for mission critical applications.”

To enhance and simplify integration of sources and displays, the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro feature Key Minder®, an Extron-exclusive technology that authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching. In addition, the MGP Pro includes Extron’s innovative Graphic Still Store, a feature that enables screen captures of the current output, or images uploaded from a PC, to be stored for use as presentation background images. Live video from an HDMI source can also serve as the background to any presentation.

For large-scale applications, two or three MGP 462 Pro or MGP 464 Pro units may be cascaded to create displays with six to 12 windows. Optional HDMI and 3G-SDI/HD-SDI inputs enable easy integration of digital video sources into AV systems, and together with the HDMI output, allow the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro to operate within an all-digital video system.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: New Products, News |

JVC Launches New Flagship Camera Designed to Capture Fast-Moving Action

WAYNE, NJ, April 15, 2013 – JVC today announced the availability of a new premium camcorder designed to capture high-quality video of fast-moving action. The new JVC Procison GC-PX100 offers high bit rate progressive recording to deliver high resolution HD images, plus high-speed recording for super slow-motion video. The camera’s high performance combines with Wi-Fi connectivity and specialized apps to make the GC-PX100 ideal for capturing and analyzing fast-moving action.

The camera shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p video at 36Mbps, a bit rate that allows Full HD slow-motion playback, perfect for motion analysis or special effects. Premium performance is further assured by the fast F1.2 lens with 10x optical zoom, 1/2.3” 12.8 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and optical image stabilization. Multi-format recording offers the flexibility to choose the HD format that best suits the situation.

Five shooting speeds are available, ranging from 120fps to 600fps, easily selected using a dial conveniently located next to the lens. It’s also possible to grab bursts of nine still images from video at the touch of a button, similar to what can be done using the motor drive on an SLR still camera. Other shooting modes for capturing action include high-speed digital still recording at up to 60fps and variable speed time-lapse recording. Zoom Position Memory, ideal for analyzing sports plays, allows quick switching among three angles of view — Full Wide, Full Tele, and a user-settable position in between. Go from full field team formation analysis to a tight shot of a goal being scored, with instant switching of focus, zoom and exposure.

With Wi-Fi connectivity, video and images can be wirelessly sent to and viewed on a smartphone or tablet. And for coaches and others with an interest in analyzing an athlete’s performance, the free “JVC CAM Coach” app for iOS and Android allow annotations to be made on the playback image. Flaws in an athlete’s form can be noted by drawing on the screen and easily seen by both coach and athlete using the large screen a tablet provides, and without the need to disturb the camera setup. There’s also Twin View, which enables simultaneous side-by-side playback of two different video clips after they’re transferred to a tablet, for comparative viewing. A Tagging function allows scenes to be tagged for easy access at any time, and the Scoring function allows the user to record a running tally of a game score as it progresses by tapping on a smartphone.

The GC-PX100 was designed for fast, easy handling, with an SLR-type body and all key controls and functions conveniently placed for intuitive operation. A three-inch tiltable LCD monitor allows high and low angle recording, and an LCD monitor hood is included. An optional color viewfinder is available.

The JVC GC-PX100 is available now for $999.95.

About JVC Americas Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Americas Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC Americas distributes imaging and home entertainment products for the consumer market, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

Hisense Innovates With In-Home Warranty Program, Ensures Customers Peace Of Mind

Suwanee, Georgia, April 15, 2013 — Hisense USA Corporation has announced the immediate implementation of its in-home warranty program, giving customers peace of mind before, during, and after their decision to purchase a Hisense product. All Hisense televisions purchased from April 1st, 2013 are eligible for this convenient program while still in warranty

“This is an exciting step to provide the best service and support to our customers,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA Corporation. “We take pride in providing the most advanced entertainment technology solutions, and know that this innovative warranty program demonstrates our long term commitment to Hisense products.”

A factory-trained technician from a Hisense national service provider will arrive at the customer’s home and repair the television, all at the customer’s convenience. This new warranty process will lessen additional damage that can occur during shipping as well as eliminate any inconvenience to the customer in having to find and pay for adequate packaging.

How it works:

1. Customer calls Hisense for support. If the call center agent deems that the unit needs service, and it is not a panel related issue*, the agent collects the customer information including model, serial number, and proof of purchase.

2. Agent then prepares a parts order to be shipped directly to the customer’s home, within 3 business days to anywhere within the US.

3. In tangent, the customer’s information is sent to the service provider so they can track the shipping of the parts to the customer – to ensure accuracy and timing.

4. As soon as the parts are delivered to the customer, a Hisense service provider contacts the customer and sets up the service call.

5. Once the repair is complete and tested to ensure that it is fully functional, the technician will then take the “bad” parts with them.

*If the set has a panel issue, they will need to be shipped back to Hisense USA for service. If the panel cannot be repaired Hisense USA will replace the unit with a same/like model.

For more information about Hisense, visit www.hisense-usa.com.

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.

Shipments of High-Value Christie Solaria One Projectors to Global Exhibitors Accelerate in 2013

Customers Provide Testimonials of Their Experience with the Christie Solaria One

Shipments of the Christie Solaria One projector, a DCI-compliant solution based on Texas Instruments’ (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) S2K DLP Cinema® chipset, have accelerated since first units rolled off Christie’s manufacturing plant floors in November 2012. Small-screen theaters in China, Russia, India, Brazil and across Europe and North America are seizing the opportunity to purchase these complete, economical projectors.

“Smaller cinemas the world over are strong contributors to their local economies but they must make the switch to digital format. That said, their loss would also leave a cultural vacuum that is irreplaceable. It is something we simply cannot allow to happen. Our Solaria One projector, our global network of first-rate installation partners and our participation in industry programs to help them finance the change are just some of the ways we’re helping complete the conversion to digital cinema projection,” said Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, product management, Christie Entertainment Solutions.

Christie’s Solaria One has a lot to offer, including being the brightest DCI compliant projector in its class, able to project 8000 lumens in the DCI color space and 9000 for alternative content. And a variation, the Christie Solaria One+, projects 9000 for DCI content and 10,000 with alternative content. As well, it has a customized Xenon lamp, the CDXL-21S1, which ensures ultimate performance, efficiency, and reliability. The projector, which ships “3D ready,” complete with built-in IMB, is easily upgraded to play high frame rate (HFR) movies.

Here, in their own words, are some customers’ experiences. While they serve different regions and cater to varied cinematic tastes, they have all found that the Christie Solaria One is the cost-effective, reliable way for independent exhibitors to transition to digital.

### ###

Testimonials:

“We are very happy to partner with Christie in the roll out of their Solaria One series of projectors in India. This will enable us to take Hollywood content to the far corners of India and expand the market for Hollywood content in India exponentially. This new projector will push the envelope further in providing quality entertainment at affordable prices. The new offering has received a very positive response from the Indian Exhibition Industry, both in regards to quality and pricing.”

Mr. Sanjay Gaikwad, Founder and Managing Director – UFO MOVIEZ INDIA LIMITED.

UFO directly and through its subsidiary Scrabble Entertainment Limited has deployed digital cinema solutions in more than 4400 screens in India.

“When we heard about the new ‘all-in-one’ Christie Solaria One, we realized at once that this was what we needed. On offer was a reliable, all-round projection solution from a proven manufacturer, and it became apparent that it was the most economically attractive option in terms of cost and quality. We installed the Christie Solaria One in each of our three screens, including our 42-seat VIP screen, replacing the old film projector. The first audiences to experience the technology on 24 March 2012 went home impressed with the high picture quality. For us, this is a chance to offer a wider selection of films and give cinemagoers more choice, since studios are increasingly switching from film to digital.”

Alexandr Ryabkin, manager of the KinoFox cinema in Kamensk-Uralsky, Russia – the first three-screen cinema in this city of 170,000.

“Customers love the picture and sound improvements from film to digital and were relieved that we had made the switch to digital and will remain in business in their area, using Christie’s Solaria One.”

Rhonda Fitzsimmons, Fun Time Cinema, Kendig, Pennsylvania

The Fun Time has three locations in Pennsylvania ranging from four to six screens each. It specializes in youth and family movies at economy prices, and also offers private screenings and parties. The installation was done by Integrity Entertainment Systems, LLC.

“The main selling feature for us was that the Christie Solaria® One could project both alternative content from Blu-Ray players as well as digital cinema files, including our pre-show ads. Also, the integrated media block (IMB) came with the projector, as opposed to other vendors with their external servers. That was a great combination, and we like having the newest and the best. The Christie Solaria One suits a small theater like the Princess very well. Audiences really notice the difference in color saturation, clarity and sound.”

Carleigh Pope of Princess Cinema with Solaria One

John Tutt, Princess Cinema, Waterloo, Ontario

The Princess Cinema is a 180-seat theater specializing in documentaries, foreign-language films, avant-garde festival-type films and emerging Canadian cinema content. It is located on the second floor of an historic 19th century brewery building. Christie’s technicians assisted Princess staff in quickly setting up the unit and training them on it.

“The Christie Solaria One has worked out perfectly for me, and it was obtained at a much more favorable price than the estimates I was getting on the Internet. In addition to the superior visual and sound quality, the Solaria One freed up a great deal of space in the balcony.”

Barry Flood, Tryon Theatre, Tryon, North Carolina

The Tryon is a single-screen exhibitor in Tryon, North Carolina. It was built in 1932 and re-opened after a fire in 1938 with an added balcony. The feature film changes often, with runs of two or three days being the norm, and the theater is also used for presentations of a local film society. The Solaria install was done by Sonic Equipment Company.

D.A.S. AUDIO KEEPS THE ENERGY HIGH AT HILLSDALE COLLEGE

*** Andrew Walker ***

Hillsdale, Michigan… Located in rural southern Michigan, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 1,400. With the February opening of the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center, the college has a new 76,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that primarily serves the track and tennis programs while providing additional space for general physical fitness. As part of this new addition to the campus, sound reinforcement takes on a new dimension with the installation of a sound system drawn from the Aero Series 2, Artec, and Arco catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

Battle Creek MI-based AVTEK, a design / build and special events firm with a focus on AV installations for the commercial, education, and worship markets, was contracted to design and deploy the college’s new sound system. Andrew Walker, who handles both system design and sales for the company, discussed the nature of the project and his decision to install D.A.S. Audio loudspeakers. more

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Martin Audio Appoints James King As New Marketing Director


Martin Audio has appointed James King as its new Director of Marketing.

King assumed his new position at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt as the loudspeaker manufacturer’s groundbreaking MLA technology starts to enjoy unprecedented sales success.

King states that he immediately recognized the opportunity to capitalize on this situation. “I am impressed with the ambition, innovation and heritage of Martin Audio, and am excited at the prospect at being able to hone this into a clear competitive advantage that will deliver further market share gains worldwide,” he said.

“The industry is full of passion and I look forward to immersing myself in the world of pro audio to deliver the insights necessary for Martin Audio to best serve its customers and strengthen its brand position.”

Welcoming him to the company, Martin Audio Managing Director, Anthony Taylor, added, “We have searched hard for an experienced marketing talent that will help to bolster the existing executive board and to capture both verbally and visually the essential nature of Martin Audio. And in James we believe we have that person. This will lead to an exciting new chapter in the company development as the message of our technological edge continues to take hold.”

Highly experienced in brand leadership within the international business world, James King joined communication giant Motorola in 2001, and after occupying various senior management roles, became EMEA Brand Marketing Director in 2008, a position he held for the next four years. Prior to that, among the other companies he held a marketing management position was with Dyson.

The new Director of Marketing will be based at Martin Audio’s international headquarters, in High Wycombe, Bucks.

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Pro Control Now Shipping iPro.8 Low-Cost Companion Controller for Apple(R) Smartphones and Tablets

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — April 15, 2013 — Pro Control, a division of Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), today announced that it is now shipping its new iPro.8 companion controller. Designed for end-users that enjoy using their Apple(R) smartphone or tablet as the primary controller for their electronic systems, the low-cost iPro.8 adds the convenience of a dedicated remote with instant connectivity and hard buttons for tactile control. more

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: AV Control Systems, News |

Mod Awards Select PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain Wall for Ceremony Honoring Best in Exhibit Designs

For an award show honoring the best in modular exhibit design, when it came time to select an LED screen to integrate into the stage design for the ceremonies, event coordinators knew exactly where to turn for a winning solution – PixelFLEX. Held at the Four Seasons Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Mod Awards featured a 16′ x 16′ state-of-the-art LED video curtain wall from PixelFLEX, makers of the industry’s leading ultra-flexible, lightweight and durable LED screens.

Attendees to the ceremony were first greeted by two 8′ tall cylinders created by turning four PixelFLEX panels on their side to create a one-of-a-kind eye-catching design. Once the show began, PixelFLEX’s LED curtain, featuring a series of motion graphics introducing each of the ceremony’s speakers and showcasing each award category, was integrated behind a series of fabric structures on stage. The PixelFLEX solution’s work wasn’t done at the conclusion of the award ceremony, as the video curtain wall was used to feature a variety of images, including video, sponsor logos and animation graphics during the after party.

Event organizers, thrilled with the system’s performance, are currently planning how they can incorporate the innovative technology into their booth designs moving forward.

“The unique nature and exceptional performance make PixelFLEX’s LED video curtain wall a very attractive option for exhibitors,” said George Contorinis, marketing director at Abex, booth manufacturer and host of the 2013 Mod Awards. “We were eager to see the system’s capabilities in action at the Mod Awards and we were not disappointed. This technology opens up a lot of possibilities for how exhibitors can attract attention during trade shows and events.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8×4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect and can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping. This flexibility, in combination with the product’s extraordinary light weight – PixelFLEX LED Curtains range
from 4.5 lbs to 19.9 lbs per square meter, which is 60 to 90 percent less than most other LED video screens – provides substantial savings on transportation costs and space.

“We’ve been involved with the annual Mod Awards for the past 11 years and this was definitely the most technologically advanced show attendees have ever seen,” Contorinis stated. “The primary reason for that was the PixelFLEX curtain as it inspired us creatively in how we integrated video and graphics into the ceremony.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Vista Systems’ Spyders Help Deliver 4K Digital Display to US Navy’s NUWC and SOUTHCOM Facilities

Vista Systems’ Spyders have joined the Navy and are instrumental in two installations featuring the same 4K digital cinema technology used in the entertainment industry.

IGI (Immersion Graphics, Inc.), which is headquartered in Detroit, included Spyder X20 video processors with 16 inputs (8 DVI, 8 video/HDSDI) and 8 outputs for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island and the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Doral, Florida. Their new installations now offer the highest resolution single display visualization solution used by the US Navy.

At NUWC 4K technology is deployed for education, information, training and collaboration with other naval sites, such as the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Before the upgrade visualization was done with a three-panel screen, three low-resolution projectors and analog RGB sources.

Now, a 50-seat PowerWall Room with a dedicated media support staff boasts a custom 25×14.7-foot rear-projection screen and a Sony T-110 SXRD 11,000 lumen 4K projector. Sources include an IGI Visualization Workstation outputting 4K (4096×2160) signals and a 7th Sense Delta Media Server capable of playing uncompressed image sequences at 4K resolution. . IGI wrote custom software, which enables users to manipulate multiple windows on a 55-inch multi-touch panel and implement Spyder to display those windows on the PowerWall.

“Users can pick sources from the multi-touch panel, drag and drop them onto the screen, and resize and reposition them by dragging their fingers along the panel,” explains Matt Lamb, Engineering Manager at IGI. “Using this gestural interface they can enlarge an image, arrange images in pre-set windows or create custom arrangements. Spyder and our software allow them to do that.”

The PowerWall operates in two modes. Cinema Mode projects the image onto the full width of the PowerWall. Critical Viewing Mode brings the projector closer to the PowerWall and tightens the pixel density for detailed high-resolution viewing. Legacy Mode is still offered for the three-panel screen as well.

“IGI has worked with Vista for a long time, and Spyder is known for its reliability and quality,” says Lamb. “Spyder handles multiple 4K windows seamlessly; it’s superior to many products on the market. It’s been performing flawlessly at NUWC.”

Spyder is similarly configured at SOUTHCOM, where it performs more operations-based functions. SOUTHCOM is one of nine unified Combatant Commands in the Department of Defense and is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations and security cooperation for Central and South America and the Caribbean.

“Spyder is also rock solid at SOUTHCOM,” Lamb reports. “It’s in use at least 10 hours a day with people looking at very high-resolution intelligence data.”

Pat Hernandez is the president of IGI and provided the mechanical design for the projection systems at NUWC and SOUTHCOM.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: Product Applications |

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

April 2013
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication