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Sennheiser Brings Premium Sound and Wireless Innovation to The American Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival

Cannes, FRANCE – May 7, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser will support The American Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival during its Conference Series this year in Cannes, which will feature panels and one-on-one interviews with the film industry’s leading talent and entertainment personalities. Over the course of the 12-day festival, which is the most high profile event in the film industry, audiences will be able to listen to The American Pavilion Conference Series through Sennheiser wireless headphones.

In conjunction with its sponsor partners and in celebration of its 25th anniversary in Cannes, The American Pavilion has redesigned its location to incorporate design elements of The Peninsula Hotel properties and includes a new conference center, bar, restaurant and a media terrace/green room. By providing attendees with Sennheiser wireless headphones, The American Pavilion enables guests to enjoy conference content wherever they roam within the facility, while background noise is kept to a minimum.

“We are excited to feature Sennheiser’s wireless headphone technology this year at The American Pavilion,” commented Julie Sisk, director and founder of The American Pavilion. “Sennheiser’s innovative technology will allow our guests to enjoy all the amenities of our open space, without missing any of the incredible interview and panel content that will be featured this year.”

The American Pavilion asked Sennheiser to provide support in Cannes after reading about its activation during SXSW with Paste Magazine this past March, in which the company hosted three days of interviews with leading content creators such as Fred Armisen of SNL, LeVar Burton of Star Trek, editor in chief of Marvel Comics Alex Alonso, and others. During this activation, fans and attendees were able to listen to interview content anywhere on the activation grounds, while donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

The American Pavilion Conference Series features industry panels each day that focus on topics like film finance, acquisitions, producing and film + technology. The interactive sessions are moderated by well-known entertainment journalists and routinely attract the top names in entertainment. In prior years, guests have included Francis Ford Coppola, Terry Gilliam, Martin Scorcese, Robert Duvall, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Jude Law, Colin Firth, Anjelica Huston, James Cameron and many others.

The American Pavilion, which is located in the International Village next to the Palais, has become a hub for film industry professionals to gather and share ideas during the Cannes Film Festival — the largest and most prestigious film festival in the world. The festival itself attracts over 20,000 industry professionals and over 4,000 journalists from around the globe.

About The American Pavilion:

Celebrating its 25th year bringing professionals and emerging filmmakers together, The American Pavilion is the center of activity for the American film community at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Since its debut at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, The Pavilion has served as a hospitality and communications hub for the thousands of Americans attending the Cannes Film Festival and Marché, providing an impressive array of facilities and services, including membership for the international film community, provocative and insightful programming, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, immersive student programs, and more.

For its corporate sponsors, scores of American participants, and hundreds of exhibitors and office holders, The American Pavilion accommodates the need for information, orientation and recreation, providing both a dynamic business environment and an opportunity to relax in comfortable surroundings for the duration of the Festival.

With a panoramic view of the Bay of Cannes and just a few steps from the Palais des Festivals, where all the major Festival films are premiered, The American Pavilion is now a permanent fixture on the Cannes landscape, proving to be the perfect place to transact business, share ideas and effectively reach the thousands of affluent international travelers who attend the Festival every year.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Visionary Solutions at InfoComm 2013

INFOCOMM 2013 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW

Visionary Solutions, Inc. — Booth 2431

At InfoComm 2013, Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) will demonstrate the latest advancements in its comprehensive portfolio of IPTV and Internet encoding products for pro A/V applications.

New for InfoComm is PackeTV(R) Views, a low-cost, browser-based interface that streamlines the viewing and sharing of IPTV content originating from appliance-type encoders. VSI will also showcase the D1000 H.264/MPEG-2 decoder, the PackeTV Mobile HTTP-based media streaming server, and a powerful new IP video delivery bundle designed to simplify IPTV delivery.

Key Products and Technology Demos

NEW! PackeTV(R) Views
At InfoComm 2013, VSI will unveil PackeTV(R) Views, a low-cost, user-friendly, and easily configurable browser-based interface that simplifies viewing, maintenance, publishing, and access control of content. Ideal for the education and house of worship markets, PackeTV Views features intuitive controls that can be easily operated by both technical and non-technical personnel. Operators simply open the URL with the channel lineup, build a view customized for the intended audience, and can instantly push the content to viewers.

Leveraging cloud services, or Software as a Service (SaaS), PackeTV Views minimizes end-user requirements, eliminating the overhead and costs traditionally associated with deploying and maintaining complex client software. Additionally, the HTML-based solution supports a variety of popular Web browsers and provides personalized experience for users through customized branding and a flexible design, allowing users to share and consume media that is audience and age appropriate. Single-instance and enterprise licenses are available, enabling a local user to have a custom menu that consists of media feeds delivered and managed remotely, combined with additional channels that originate locally.

D1000 H.264/MPEG-2 Decoder
VSI’s new H.264 and MPEG-2 based decoder supports SDI (3G/HD/SD), HDMI(R), and DVI outputs with resolutions of up to 1080p60, enabling users to deliver professional quality HD video and audio over IP networks cost-effectively. After receiving H.264 or MPEG-2 audio and video content from a VSI encoder, the D1000 decodes and outputs the content into a high-quality 1080p, 1080i, or 720p HD stream, in real time, at the lowest possible bit rate. The high-performance decoder also supports a wide range of audio standards, including AAC, MPEG-1/2, and optionally AC3, to ensure exceptional audio quality.

PackeTV(R) Mobile
At InfoComm 2013, VSI will highlight PackeTV(R) Mobile, an HTTP-based media streaming communications system that simplifies the delivery of live and file-based content, enabling content administrators to deploy IP video to any connected device — including mobile phones, tablets, and set-top boxes. Built on an entirely server-based design, PackeTV Mobile can be cost-effectively deployed on any public or private network where HTTP access is allowed and scaled to provide superior-quality streaming video content to an unlimited number of users.

Ideal for a broad range of markets, including professional A/V, PackeTV Mobile supports SD and HD HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), with H.264 video and AAC audio, providing users with a high degree of flexibility.

AVN Series Encoder and PackeTV(R) Mobile Bundle
During InfoComm 2013, VSI will demonstrate integration between the company’s popular AVN Series encoders and PackeTV(R) Mobile media streaming system. Prior to video delivery, VSI’s AVN IPTV encoders transform content from a variety of sources into full-screen, full-resolution IP digital video in real time. Capable of encoding both HD and SD video in an H.264 stream (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC), VSI’s AVN Series is the ideal encoding solution for content administrators requiring cost-effective, low bit rate HD/SD video distribution over IP networks. Operators deploying the new bundle can choose between the AVN443, AVN441, and AVN422 encoders, based on their individual requirements.

After content is encoded, VSI’s PackeTV Mobile converts transport streams into HLS, ensuring a superior quality of experience on any IP-connected device. Featuring a server-based design, PackeTV Mobile can be deployed cost-effectively on any public or private network where HTTP access is allowed and scaled to provide superior-quality streaming video content to an unlimited number of users, eliminating the need for costly content delivery networks.

Company Overview:

Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

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CYNTHIA VITERI CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH GEARSOURCE

May 6, 2013 (Wellington, Fla.)—This week marks a very special anniversary for the leading online marketplace: Ten years ago, Cynthia Viteri joined GearSource founder Marcel Fairbairn on his journey to build the best online resource for production inventory sellers and buyers. Viteri became the company’s second employee and helped to not only grow sales and the listings base, but also become a part of the company’s DNA. Today, Viteri manages the internal logistics systems for the company, while also taking care of a large customer base of her own. more

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Systems Integrator, TSE, Installs Hitachi Z-HD5000 Cameras and HD Control Room at Eastern Michigan University

WOODBURY, New York – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America announces that TSE (Total Sports Entertainment) Services—a systems integrator based in La Crosse, WI—has installed three new Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio cameras, a YESCO video board, and a full HD production control room in the Convocation Center on the campus of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti, MI.

Under the project management of A/V Consultant Frank Moraski, Jr, a principal of Anthony James Partners (AJP) in Richmond, VA, the facility renovation involved LED displays from YESCO (Young Electronic Sign Company), in Logan, Utah, which in turn contracted TSE Services for the turnkey systems integration work.

Bob Johnston, regional sales manager, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, facilitated the camera order, including three Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio cameras with CU-HD500 camera control units and FUJINON HD lenses, as well as a Hitachi RU-1000VR control panel for remote camera setup. Two Z-HD5000’s are in a studio configuration on tripods, while one is used as a shoulder-mount handheld within EMU’s Convocation Center – an 8,000-seat arena where the University’s NCAA Division I basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and gymnastics events are held.

“For live event entertainment, EMU has invested in broadcast-quality, HD cameras, and the picture quality is outstanding,” said Marty Masewicz, an A/V systems integrator with TSE Services, which specializes in the design and installation of big-board displays and A/V installations for sports, education, and other applications nationwide. “As the public becomes more media-savvy, picture quality is a key consideration, especially when the image will be displayed on a huge video screen.”

Another important consideration favoring the selection of Hitachi cameras was user-friendliness, since EMU students often operate the video equipment in the Convocation Center.

According to Masewicz, the HD control room was designed to serve the production needs of other athletic facilities on the EMU campus, including Rynearson Stadium, the 30,200-seat football stadium next door to the Convocation Center. “The Hitachi Z-HD5000’s fiber camera adapters enable long-fiber runs within the arena—and eventually from other campus venues—back to the ‘production room.’” In this room, TSE installed a Broadcast Pix Granite 2000 integrated HD production switcher and a NewTek 825 8-channel replay system, as well as ClickFX Crossfire and Blaze systems to feed the big-board.

At present, the Hitachi cameras will capture HD video of games and special events like graduations for display on a four-sided, center-hung YESCO LED display/scoreboard and two 50-foot courtside LED ribbons.

“In our experience,” Masewicz said, “colleges and universities have increasingly been adopting high-quality HD video displays to provide live entertainment during athletic and special events. The Hitachi Z-HD5000 is an affordable, high-performance solution, ideal for this application.”

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Verrex Expands Houston Team with Key AV Project Manager

Verrex Project Manager David Wuensche

Verrex Project Manager David Wuensche

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY & HOUSTON, TEXAS USA / 7 May 2013 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, announced that David Wuensche, CTS, has joined as Project Manager for the Southwest USA and Latin America regions. He will be accountable for executing projects in-line with client expectations and scope, utilizing tools such as project milestones, project-based cost accounting and progress reports. As a Verrex Project Manager, he is a client’s single point of contact for progress and delivery. Wuensche reports directly to Verrex Director of Project Management, Jaime Callejo.

“A project is a fluid thing with challenges possible at every stage,” said Callejo. “David is the type of exceptional project manager that can anticipate challenges as much as possible and implement solutions quickly and effectively to stay on schedule. He is a respected member of Houston’s AV community, recognized by clients and trades as a skilled communicator and technical advisor. We are very pleased to have him on our team.”

Wuensche joins Verrex with over 20 years of experience in the management of people and projects. A 14-year tenure at JPMorgan Chase Bank (Houston, TX) provided broad experience in several disciplines, most recently including Anti-Money Laundering data compliance reviews for client records. For the majority of his career at JPMC, Wuensche led the Business Resiliency efforts for the bank’s Global Technology Infrastructure Field Operations team in the western half of the continental United States. He also spent 14 years as the Network & Audiovisual Systems Specialist and Business Manager at COMMSTAR (Magnolia, TX), specializing in integration and automation projects for custom homes and houses of worship in the greater Houston metro. Wuensche holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Physics/Industrial Management from Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX) and has received Business Continuity Planner training from the Disaster Recovery Institute (New York, NY), as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) training from the Project Management Institute. He has also earned the CTS designation from InfoComm International and is a Crestron Control Systems Programmer.

“Understanding and managing client expectations is key to successful AV projects,” added Wuensche. “This means continuous communication not only with the client but with all other trades so scope of responsibility is clear, the project runs smoothly and the end result meets the utmost degree of scrutiny. I am enjoying working with all Verrex teams dedicated to such a high level of performance.”

Wuensche is based out of Verrex’s Southwest USA & Latin America office in Houston, Texas and can be reached at dwuensche@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports conferencing and collaboration systems globally that allow companies to communicate and collaborate through video conferencing and other audio visual technologies. Verrex’s approach is driven by a proprietary quality-management process and focus on documentation to deliver consistency and best-in-class standards across an entire enterprise. Led by full-service offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has built an allied network across 40 countries to share its vision of exceptional integration and support services worldwide. For information, visit verrex.com.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Media Contact:
Theresa Hahn, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Verrex
Phone: +1 908 664 8391
Email: thahn@verrex.com

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BrightSign to Unveil its XD Smart Menu Board at NRA Show 2013

BrightSign, LLC®, the market leader in digital signage players, today announced the BrightSign XD Smart Menu Board, an all-in-one, integrated digital menu board solution. Quick-serve, drive-through and other restaurants are aggressively migrating to digital menu systems, although many proprietors are deterred by technical hurdles, lack of creative resources, and other barriers. BrightSign is squarely addressing these pain-points by delivering an integrated digital menu board system that greatly simplifies the process of going digital, while simultaneously reducing the cost of implementation.

“Digital menu boards give restaurants a great opportunity to influence customers at the point of purchase,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “By packing all the necessary components into an affordable, easy-to-implement solution, our new XD Smart Menu Board is the perfect solution for any restaurant that’s resisted the urge to go digital due to the cost and complexity associated with other less-than-elegant digital menu board offerings.”

BrightSign’s XD Smart Menu Board is the ideal solution for restaurants that want to freshen their look, enrich their menu content and more effectively engage and influence customers at the point of purchase. In addition, digital menu boards are quickly becoming a necessity as restaurants adapt to new regulations dictated by the Federal Menu Labeling Law that require calorie count and other nutritional information be disclosed on the menu. XD Smart Menu Board is a comprehensive package that includes everything a restaurant needs to quickly and easily convert to a digital menu board system, including:

• Full HD, commercial-grade LG display, available in 42- or 47-inch configurations
• BrightSign XD digital signage media player professionally mounted on the display
• Free BrightSign App to easily make content updates via iPhone/iPad
• Content templates developed with HTML 5 and tailored to the restaurant’s brand

BrightSign is partnering with Red Dot Digital Media to offer customers attractive templates that are easily adapted to match the company’s brand and restaurant motif. The restaurant simply supplies Red Dot with logos and other corporate ID assets and Red Dot creates a customized, branded menu system. Once deployed, the restaurant can update menu content via the BrightSign App on iPhone/iPad.

BrightSign will demonstrate its new XD Smart Menu Board at this year’s NRA Show in Chicago (May 18-21, booth #6076). BrightSign’s partner Rockbot will also be present in the booth, showcasing its innovative music-streaming service with BrightSign’s digital signage capabilities. The end result is a socially-driven music service that helps bars, restaurants and cafes drive patron engagement, increase promotional reach and drive additional revenue.

Pricing & Availability
BrightSign’s XD Smart Menu Board is available from the BrightSign store. Users configure the solution to suit their needs, choosing between the 42- and 47-inch displays, and selecting the BrightSign XD model of their choice. Distributor pricing is available upon request. Contact Red Dot Digital Media at +1-877-715-9374 or online at www.reddotdm.com for more information about the company’s portfolio of creative and installation services.

About BrightSign
BrightSign, LLC is the market leader in digital signage players. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz. For US sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

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SE Systems Uses New NEXO STM System and Yamaha CL5s at MerleFest

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Held the last weekend of April in Wilkesboro, N.C., this year’s MerleFest included a roster of longtime roots artists like Leon Russell, The Charlie Daniels Band, Avett Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Michael Martin Murphey, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. As locals know, the festival is named for famed guitarist Doc Watson’s late son, Merle, a gifted musician in his own right. Doc passed away in May 2012, so this is the first year he hasn’t graced the stage himself.

For the past 26 years, SE Systems of Greensboro, N.C. has provided audio production for MerleFest, and this year included a new NEXO STM rig shared and alternating between the main Watson Stage and the side Cabin Stage. The system consisted of 15 M46/B112 per side for mains, 16 S118 subs in cardioid mode per side, two M46 for front fills, and a three-stack of M46/B112s were used for out fills in the VIP area. A Yamaha DME64 digital mixing engine functioned as a converter from analog to Dante that was networked to all NXAMPs. 20 NEXO 45 N-12 line monitors were also used on the main stage.

“The NEXO STM system was very musical and even horizontally and vertically, states Chris West, front of house engineer at the Watson Stage. “The mix sounded the same on the ground and at FOH. The throw was incredible; we hardly used the delays.”

“The NEXO STM system sounded natural, even at high volume,” states Haley Miller, monitor engineer at the Watson Stage. “When dealing with acoustic music, the environment plays a large part, so a natural sounding system is always a plus. On stage it was quiet, and sometimes we couldn’t tell if the PA was on; the system allowed great isolation from stage to FOH with no bleed.”

Four new Yamaha CL5 digital audio consoles with Rio 3224 input/output boxes all connected with Dante were used on the Americana Stage for mains and monitors and at the Dance Stage for mains and monitors. “The overall impression was they sounded great,” states Myron Surber, Sales Associate, SE Systems. “The preamps were warm and the Premium Rack was a real plus with delays on the input channels and the additional 1/3 octave EQs.”

“The Yamaha CL5 is a great improvement on previous Yamaha consoles having mixed on both the PM5D and M7CL in festival situations,” states Josh Berneking, who mixed front of house for all the acts on the Americana Stage. “The CL5 is much better in that situation. The new premium rack plug-ins, especially the Rupert Neve EQ and Compressor, sound great. I also like the increased naming and labeling capabilities; and color-coding my channels was a huge help at the festival. I also found that it was similar enough in navigation to the M7s that guest engineers walking up to the consoles having no experience were able to jump right in on the desk and mix on the fly with very little help from me. The Dante network and stage boxes worked great; they were very easy to patch on, and setup. We were also able to connect my talkback mic to the monitor console through Dante.” Jeff Neubauer mixed monitors on the Americana Stage.

“The console sounded great and was sonically very clean,” states Todd Dupree who mixed monitors on the Dance Stage. “We had two Rio boxes on our stage; they are great devices, well made, and solid. The indicator lights for signal, peaking, 48v, and the Ping feature worked great in the frantic festival setting.” John Adair mixed front of house at Dance Stage.

For more information on SE Systems, visit www.sesystems.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: L to R SE Systems Chris West, Yamaha’s Joe Rimstidt, Doug Staab and Mark Rush, and SE Systems Thomas Dameron. Avett Brothers are on stage.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Christie Continues To Lead The Way In Visual Display System Education For Simulation

Christie will host the fourth SIM University training forum May 7-8 at the University of Central Florida

Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display solutions, today announced that it is hosting the fourth SIM University training forum, a free educational event taking place May 7-8 dedicated to the world of visual display requirements for the simulation industry at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.

Zoran Veselic, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments, commented: “The capabilities and requirements of visual displays in the simulation industry are not only complex, but continuously advancing. Bringing together experts and participants in this field by way of an educational forum enables personnel such as visual, systems or design engineers and program managers to gain a more in-depth understanding of system parameters and metrics, for instance, and be better equipped to specify technology that will successfully meet system requirements. The event also expands our own knowledge of industry needs and priorities so that we can adapt and create new solutions for our customers.”

Based on participants’ feedback and positive responses, Christie will introduce a new format, which extends the event to one-and-a-half days. The first part is a half day that is dedicated to understanding the basics of display technology and is designed for those with entry-level experience in visual display systems for simulation or those interested in a refresher on display technology. Day two is focused on intermediate and advanced subject matter content or for anyone who attends the half-day session the day prior.

Joining Christie’s engineers and technical staff in presenting at SIM University are other leading organizations in the field of visual technology displays for simulation including Flight Safety International, a world-leading aviation training company, RealTime Immersive, Inc. a simulation and serious games studio established to support CryENGINE® licensees in the serious game and simulation market space and Thinklogical LLC, a global manufacturer of secure fiber optic video and KVM routing and extension systems.

Whether participants are visual, systems, or product design engineers, program managers or technical specialists in the simulation industry, they will benefit from this one or two-day session that includes technical presentations designed to increase one’s knowledge of various visual display requirements: color and latency, warping, night vision goggle stimulation principles and practices, and collimation, field of view and viewing volume in simulators, to name a few.

Specialists in simulation and training interested in learning more or signing up for the next SIM University can email the SIM University team.

*Agenda and program subject to change without notice.

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Christie Solaria Series Projectors Light Up the Warner Bros. World Premiere of “The Great Gatsby” in 3D at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City

The highly anticipated world premiere of Warner Bros. “The Great Gatsby” lit up the screen in brilliant 3D, thanks to Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors, which brought to life the splendor of the roaring twenties in rich, saturated colors and sharp, 4K-resolution. The star-studded event took place at Avery Fisher Hall, an iconic New York City venue at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

The Great Gatsby (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film is based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. on May 10. The event was a glamorous evening worthy of the film’s 1920s setting, featuring an audience filled with the film’s stars—Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, and Carey Mulligan. A host of other A-list celebrities, including Jay-Z and Jake Gyllenhaal, also made appearances at the red carpet event.

“Christie is thrilled to have projected the world premiere of ‘The Great Gatsby’, a long-awaited movie based on one of the most beloved literary classics,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “As a trusted leader in digital cinema projection, we were pleased that that our projectors displayed all the splendor and opulence of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ fully realized in 3D!”

Preferred Christie® dealer Digital Media Systems selected two top-of-the-line Christie CP4230 DLP® digital cinema projectors for the screening, which converged the light from two projectors to create a seamless image projected onto a silver screen. Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems, said that this 4K Christie solution was the only choice for providing the brilliant 3D images needed.

Avery Fisher Hall - Ready for Great Gatsby Premiere (Photo Courtesy Gregg Paliotta)

“We have done other major premieres at Avery Fisher Hall in the past, such as ‘Hugo’ and ‘War Horse,’ so Warner Bros. and Lincoln Center trusted us and Christie to deliver the high brightness and absolutely flawless picture quality needed to screen this major studio event,” said Paliotta. “The Christie projectors always perform to our expectations, and ‘The Great Gatsby’ premiere was no exception. We are proud to be an exclusive Christie dealer for that reason.”

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DPA Microphones Opens A New Office In Hong Kong

Following a record year for sales in the Asia and Pacific regions, DPA Microphones is consolidating its success by opening a new regional office in Hong Kong.

Headed by Ken Kimura, DPA’s general manager for the APAC region, the new office signals DPA’s commitment to its partners and customers by acting as a hub for sales, marketing and after-sales service. It will also enable the company to expand its sales network and develop new business channels in market sectors that have yet to discover the benefit of DPA’s high quality microphone technology and products.

Kimura, who was previously based in Shanghai, says: “Establishing our new office in Hong Kong makes sound economic and geographic sense. By basing our office here we can significantly expand our reach as well as visibility within the entire region and thereby aim our ambitions much higher.”

During the last trading year, DPA’s sales have been on the increase in virtually every APAC country with some showing growth as high as 40%. This incredible success has been achieved by DPA developing strong partnerships with its distributors and dealers so that they can fully support their customers.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “The increased consciousness of good quality in the Asian markets, combined with our ability to develop fantastic products, has resulted in our huge success in this region. To follow up on this we take the next important step by establishing this new office to support our sales partners even more and encourage their commitment to the brand. This support has been delivered in a variety of ways, including listening to our partners’ needs and implementing specific activities such as customer events.”

Renowned for their audio accuracy, reliability and superb engineering, DPA microphones are the first choice for numerous recording and touring artists and sound engineers. The company’s extensive product range also encompasses many other industry areas including broadcast, film, theatre, installation, conferencing and security.

“The breadth and depth of our product range is really quite staggering and gives us plenty of scope to develop our customer base around the world,” Kimura says. “The APAC region is no exception – there are many applications for our technology that have yet to be exploited and our aim is to be highly visible so that we can make the most of these new business opportunities.”

DPA plans to supplement its existing team in Hong Kong with new sales staff and is interested in hearing from any suitable candidates.

For more information please contact Ken Kimura at kek@dpamicrophones.com.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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