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Shotoku Serves Up A Win For Tennis Championship Broadcasts

UNIQUE VR TRACKING SYSTEM PROVIDES AUGMENTED REALITY FOR HIGH-PROFILE SPORTING EVENT

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, recently facilitated the introduction of Augmented Reality (AR) to BBC Sport for its live outside broadcasts of the Wimbledon 2013 tennis championships. Shotoku sales director James Eddershaw announced from the Company’s European headquarters in Staines, UK, that Shotoku provided BBC Sport with two TP-90VR and SX300VR Tracking Pedestal & Head systems for its temporary OB studio during its live outdoor coverage of the Lawn Tennis Championships.

AR was introduced on the first day of the tournament and continued to be used for every studio broadcast throughout the two-week tournament. The level of use and complexity of the graphics adapted as the tournament progressed, right up to the final day. In the UK alone, more than 17m viewers watched the men’s final broadcast.

It was Shotoku’s unique VR tracking technology that made transferring systems more typically found in permanent studio installations, into the temporary OB studio possible. Using highly accurate internal encoders to monitor all moving axes and combine with simple in-studio referencing technology, allowed Shotoku to drastically reduce the time required for installation and calibration.

“We are delighted to have been able to work with BBC Sport to help them deliver AR for the first time at an Outside Broadcast, especially at such a prestigious event as the Wimbledon tennis championships.” said Eddershaw. “We are particularly pleased with the reaction of the camera operators who used the equipment for the first time in an OB environment. Any changes to their normal operation came simply from working with the in-shot graphics, not the equipment.”

Shotoku’s recently introduced SX-300VR virtual tracking EFP head features precise tracking and uncompromised operation. Based on the popular SX300 EFP head, the ergonomic design with decades of extensive VR experience behind it provides a robust, reliable platform for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. The SX-300VR provides high-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance. Like all Shotoku VR systems, the unit combines with the Serial Position Interface (SPI) for frame-synchronized high-resolution data tracking, compatible with all leading VR graphics systems. The head may be simply mounted on a tripod, or for real-time full 3D tracking, one of Shotoku’s VR pedestals such as the lightweight, 3-stage TP-90VR, used in this application. While both are typically employed for a range of studio configurations, the SX-300VR and TP-90VR proved to be robust, flexible and reliable in a challenging OB studio application.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Cobalt Digital to Roll Out Expanded Range of Card-Based Options for Broadcasters at IBC 2013

COMPANY CONTINUES ROLE AS LEADING PROVIDER OF AUDIO VIDEO SIGNAL Processing 3G/HD/SD-SDI CARDS
FOR VARIETY OF MOBILE, STUDIO AND TRANSMISSION APPLICATIONS

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, will offer an array of new and enhanced card-based signal processing solutions to international broadcasters at this year’s IBC2013, at Stand 10.B44. With a line-up that further extends the company’s position as a leader in card-based solutions, Cobalt will unveil the latest in converter technology with its new OBSIDIAN3G™ range of cards, highlight enhanced colour correction features in its 9084 COMPASS® HD/SD-SDI RGB Colour Correction Card, feature extended capabilities of its SPOTCHECK® to provide both a video and audio compliance monitoring and recorded data logging system, as well as show its new fibre units both in card form and in Cobalt’s popular Blue Box Group™ family of throw-down modules.

“We are very much looking forward to this year’s IBC2013 show in Amsterdam and having the chance to meet with both current and potential new customers and demonstrate how we listened to their requests and delivered new and enhanced products to meet their diverse needs – no matter the application,” says Chris Shaw, EVP Sales and Marketing, Cobalt Digital. “From professionals in traditional broadcast spaces to those in mobile trucks, studio and transmission environments, Cobalt is delivering a range of solutions that spans from high quality, fast colour correction and video and audio compliance monitoring to expanded Blue Box and OBSIDIAN3G families at this year’s show. As always, our goal is to keep customers ahead of the technology curve in a competitive market with reliable, cost effective gear.”

New:
• OBSIDIAN3G – a new series of terminal gear cards offers the highest quality performance and improved frame density with pricing sensibility to accommodate all types and sizes of broadcast facilities. The continuously expanding feature-rich OBSIDIAN3G series, developed using the latest chip technology, debuts at IBC2013 with a down converter series that combines low power with a high-density design and the potential to pack up to 20 cards per frame in a dual-channel unit for a total of 40 conversions. Features include 3G/HD/SD-SDI input, frame sync, SDI reclocking, SD-SDI and analog video/audio outputs. The 9501-DCDA auto-detects and down converts SMPTE 425/292/259M formats, performs aspect ratio conversion and can pan & zoom. Three models debuting at this year’s show include: OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-3G, OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-HD, and OBSIDIAN3G 9502-DCDA-3G.

Highlights:
• SPOTCHECK, Cobalt’s audio loudness measurement and recorded data logging system, now offers enhanced compliance monitoring and logging capabilities. With up to 16 video channels containing up to 32 audio channels, the newest version – SPOTCHECK-2016 – monitors, meters and logs loudness compliance over extended time-periods and now supports codecs H.264, MPEG2, MP1L2, DD, AAC. Enhancements include Live Audio Meters, Thumbnails, Transport Stream Manager and ASI Gateway. SPOTCHECK also features newly added video monitoring capabilities in the form of notification of Frozen Frame/Audio Dropout, SNMP Alarm Trap and Unit Status and Local Ad Insertion (SCTE35 and DTMB Tones). More features will be on-hand at the company’s stand during IBC2013.

• Cobalt’s 9084 COMPASS HD/SD-SDI RGB Colour Correction Card offers customers a fast and intuitive colour correction option with real-time adjustment features which can easily be made from the company’s award-winning OGCP-9000/CC Remote Control Panel. The remote control panel, intended for FUSION3G® 9900 series and COMPASS 9000 series signal processing cards, was designed with a special emphasis for the COMPASS 9064 and 9084 Colour Corrector cards, and the FUSION3G series +COLOR option. The 9084 offers RGB-space colour correction with YCbCr proc features and frame sync for HD/SD-SDI video streams. The RGB processing controls provide full offset, gain and gamma adjustments. The YCbCr proc controls provide lift, gain, saturation, phase, white clip (hard and soft), black clip, and colour saturation clip – all with user memory. Parameter updates are smooth and responsive, providing real-time adjustments ideal for use during live events. Even though the card provides extensive control of the signal from the RGB perspective, it will continue to pass those signals that fall outside of the RGB gamut. Pluge and YCbCr limit ramp signals pass without modification. When the CbCr saturation clip is activated, the saturation limiting operation will not affect the colour phase.

• Fibre units are now available for Cobalt’s recently released Blue Box Group™ – a range of throw-down modular bricks designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment. This family continues to grow with its new range of fibre units, including Transceiver, Regenerator, Transmitters and Receivers. The units, pathologically compatible with OG fibre cards, allow for analog audio embed and de-embed and provide 3G (1080p59.94/50) support for HDMI models. The compact, rugged, and portable converter boxes are super-easy to use and support SMPTE 425, 292M, and 259M as well as DVB, ASI, and MADI audio on two independent coax-to-fibre paths. Up to six modules can be installed in a single 1RU rack.

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Martin Audio MLA Compact Keeps Sound Inside Urban Amphitheater

––RMB Audio Uses System To Stay Within Rigorous City Noise Limits––

The Red Hat Amphitheater is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina with the stage facing a large convention center covered with reflective surfaces located next to a parking deck. Just a few blocks to the rear of the stage are residential neighborhoods.

Home to a summer-long series of concerts, Red Hat is obviously a challenging environment for shows in terms of controlling noise levels. Cooper Cannady of RMB Audio in Raleigh has produced several shows there and knows those problems all too well: “The city contracted a large study at multiple sites around the venue and came up with an SPL limitation of maximum 95dB SPL for one minute at given test points. And that’s tough when you’re doing a show there. Someone like Dylan is manageable, but Smashing Pumpkins and a Snoop Dogg performance is a real challenge to the sound ordinance.

Fortunately, RMB used their Martin Audio MLA Compact system for a recent show featuring American Aquarium, Cravin Melon and the Chris Hendricks band. As Cooper explains, “We put our MLA Compact rig in there and made a presentation to the city how the system’s new software algorithms functioned. We wanted to bring the sound closer to the audience, avoid the reflections from the building and back it off at the stop points we had selected.

“So we kept working on the sound with the software and finally got it to where there’s no reflection coming off the building. Only people with the MLA Compact can get that kind of control. Everyone else is going to have sound washing over those surfaces and throw it everywhere.

“The wonderful part about MLA is that the coherence of the system actually makes it sound louder than the SPL meter says it is,” Cooper adds, “which is a real benefit for the audience and the promoters. The city told us we couldn’t have any flags at the 95dB test point and we were able to do that without any problems whatsoever.”

RMB Audio’s setup for the show consisted of 12 MLA Compact enclosures per side, with six DSX subs a side stacked on the wings of the stage. The side fills consisted of two Martin Audio W8Ts and two WS218 subs a side, with WS18X subs for drums, and four W8LMs for lip-fills across the front of the stage. LE1200s were used for on stage monitoring.

Engineer Wayne Sowder was also impressed: “Roger Dennis of RMB put me on the FOH Console for Cravin Melon, and it was my first chance to mix on the MLA Compact. It was unlike any system I’ve ever mixed on––incredible clarity yet very natural, warm sounding and powerful. The software was also a major plus in helping the system techs refine the system performance based on temperature and humidity in the venue as well as changing the start and stop points without re-hanging boxes. It’s a very powerful tool in the hands of skilled technicians.”

Summing up, Cooper adds, “The city thought the MLA Compact system sounded excellent and that the system was consistent throughout the audience area and had greatly reduced SPL beyond the audience space. I sent one of my staff with a representative from the city with an SPL meter across the street from the park and the sound was diving 10 to 15dB. And if they walked a little further out, the decrease in SPL continued. Once that happened, they actually got it.

“The MLA Compact has been a lifesaver for this venue. This is the answer for an urban area with residences in close proximity. We’ve been able to make everybody happy––the audience, the acts, the city and the neighborhood. MLA has been a real unifying experience. Not many people can deal with those kinds of restrictions and say they did OK, and we did smashingly well.”

For more about RMB Audio, please click to www.rmbaudio.com

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

DANLEY SOUND LABS LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUBS WIN THE SHOOTOUT FOR INCLUSION AT MT. MORIAH BAPTIST CHURCH’S NEW SANCTUARY

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 2013: Lou Jones, president of NBS Media Systems in Charleston, South Carolina, has been working with the members of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church for over twenty years. He helped to design and install their previous three sound systems, each a response to the church’s continued growth. Recently, Mt. Moriah expanded yet again, building a new 2,250-seat sanctuary on its property. Again, Jones and his company helped the church meet all of its audio/visual needs. He arranged a sound reinforcement system shootout, pitting three well-regarded line array systems against a Danley Sound Labs point source system. Danley came out on top sonically and, as a bonus, was the least expensive system under consideration. The church used some of the money it saved to add a few extra Danley boxes, which absolutely guaranteed clear, high SPLs required for the full impact of its energetic gospel services.

“They wanted to be absolutely certain that they would have a sound system capable of delivering high-end, concert-quality SPL and low-frequency output for their full production, which includes a 150-voice choir, drums, bass, guitar, sax, keyboards, B3, and soloists,” said Jones. “And they wanted to be rider-ready for touring Christian acts.” It was destined to be an impressive sound system, and the church wanted to be sure it would get the best components available. At the request of the church officials, Jones arranged a loudspeaker/subwoofer shootout, sequentially bringing in four well-respected manufacturers, including Danley Sound Labs.

Except for Danley, the other three systems were all line arrays, consistent with the size and format of the room. All of the systems sounded good, but the church’s task was to pick the best. “They were impressed by the Danley system,” said Jones. “They liked its warm, hi-fi quality. The subs were also tremendous and more than capable of putting out the kind of solid low end that they were hoping for. They had the money in the bank for even the most expensive of the four systems, so their decision was based purely on performance. Nevertheless, the Danley system would save them some money. In addition, the Danley point-source system affords them better sight lines than they would have had with a line array.”

Engineers at Danley Sound Labs assisted Jones with a system model. Three Danley SH-96 HO full-range boxes provide main coverage in an exploded LCR arrangement. The new “HO” suffix on many of Danley’s full-range loudspeakers denotes a new high-frequency element that allows the entire box to operate at higher SPLs with Danley’s characteristic flat, undistorted response. A pair of Danley SH-95-HOs provide delay on either side, and two more SH-95 HOs deliver down-fill for the choir. Two Danley SH-Micros serve as apron fills, and two SH-Minis fill in the dead zones on the Deacon and Deaconess boxes on the platform. Eight Danley SH-LPMs serve as stage monitors. A pair of flown Danley DBH-218 subwoofers convey ample low end from either side of the stage. The DBH-218 is Danley’s nuanced take on conventional subwoofer design. Finally, forty-five Tannoy ceiling-mounted loudspeakers distribute sound throughout the rest of the building. A Yamaha M7CL accepts 48 of 96 possible inputs at a time, and three Biamp Nexia processors provide routing, crossovers, and loudspeaker conditioning. Crown CTs-Series amplifiers power the system. He system also includes a full compliment of stage microphones and six Shure SLX combo wireless mic systems – each including a Shure SM58 handheld mic and a Countryman E6 head-worn mic with belt-pack.

NBS also designed and installed the HD video system for the project. This system includes three two Vaddio HD-19 and one Vaddio HD-20 1080p remote PTZ camera (and they are adding a fourth), controlled by Vaddio’s joystick controller. Video processing and distribution is done using a Roland V1600HD video switcher. Camera inputs are all HD/SDI and outputs to projectors and flat-screens are DVI. There are five Digital Pro E-Vision 7,000 lumens/WUXGA DLP projectors. Two projectors are “stacked” per side to illuminate 16’x10’ VU Easy fixed screens on either side of the proscenium. The fifth E-Vision projector illuminates a Draper 137-inch 16:10 ratio screen above and in front of the choir seating position and behind the proscenium arch (not visible from the audience). Additional flat-screen monitors are located in various areas on the platform on rolling low-profile mounts so that the celebrants can see the video presentation. There are also flat-screens installed in the Pastor’s Study and conference room with numerous other locations in the building being “roughed-in” for the addition of future displays.

The theatrical lighting system was designed and installed, in partnership with NBS, by High Output with local offices in Charleston and headquartered in Boston. Mark Shore from the Boston office was High Output’s lead engineer and designer on the project.

The theatrical lighting system includes twelve LED Prism Projection RevEAL Profile 14 degree color-changing fixtures at the front of house pipe batten position. There are three lighting pipe battens suspended over the platform area, behind the proscenium with thirty LED Elektralight ElektraLED 1018 color-changing wash fixtures with Source 4 barn doors. The system includes a 1×12 opto-splitter, a programmable wall controller and a Leprecan LPC-96V 96-channel console with touch-screen at front of house.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABSDanley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

Zylight IS3c LED Light Simplifies Background Color Changes for College Promotional Videos

LOS ANGELES – In July, with a small budget and limited crew, Michael Mulvey Production Services, Inc. was tasked with creating short promotional videos for Boston’s Berklee College of Music. To create unique color backdrops for various performers who were shot separately on the same set, the Boston-based production company used its Zylight IS3c LED light, which features a Color Mode that produces millions of colors without gels or filters.

The project focused on Berklee City Music, a nonprofit division of the college that mentors middle and high school students. “We needed to do something very efficiently in a small, improvised studio,” explained Michael Mulvey, SOC, director of photography for MMPS and a 33-year industry veteran. “The client wanted six different backgrounds to differentiate the artists we were shooting.”

In the past, it was a tedious, time consuming process for Mulvey to select and change background colors using gels. If a color was acceptable to a client, he would then have to address additional creative choices, such as color saturation and intensity, which would take more time. “With the IS3c, you can make very subtle changes once you find something you like,” he said. “There’s no question it saves time.”

Mulvey used one of his Zylight Z90 compact LED lights with built-in ZyLink wireless technology to change the color palette on the IS3c. The Berklee shoot was in a very confined space, so it was easier to make adjustments from across the room using the Z90 as a handheld remote control than to maneuver through the set to adjust the light manually.

Generally, Mulvey uses his IS3c with custom Chimera soft box (produced exclusively for Zylight) as a key light, but the Berklee shoot was not the first time it saved the day with its color capabilities. For another project, a client had requested a white background for an interview – but once the client was on the set, they decided a color wash would be better. With the IS3c, Mulvey was able to accommodate the last-minute change quickly.

Mulvey has had his IS3c for about a year, and said its low profile, low power usage, and low heat are important features. “It never stays behind. The IS3c is always in my truck,” he added. “It’s a great light.”

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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BTX Enhances User-Friendly Pro Plate and Panel Designer Software

New Upgrade Includes Additional Connector Symbols From Neutrik(R), Switchcraft(R), and Other Major Connector Brands

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Aug. 8, 2013 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that it has enhanced its free Pro Plate and Panel Designer software by adding many new connector symbols. Other enhancements include the availability of designation strips for flexible, in-field labeling.

“The newest upgrade to our Pro Plate and Panel Designer software has been introduced to give our customers even more flexibility and selection possibilities while maintaining the tool’s signature simplicity,” said Greg Schwartz, president of BTX Technologies. “Users can now select from more leading connector brands and use designation strips for increased labeling flexibility. The upgrades make the technology even easier, providing powerful new options that enable customers to design, configure, specify, and order custom wall plates and panels within a matter of minutes.”

BTX’s Pro Plate and Panel Designer software configuration and ordering application allows any user — from administrators to engineers — to begin designing and ordering products within a matter of minutes. Users simply drag a wall plate or rack panel from BTX’s extensive product library and start designing and configuring. Connector options, which appear in an easy-to-navigate menu, include popular products from manufacturers such as Neutrik(R) and Switchcraft(R), in addition to BTX’s own award-winning, patented connectors. Users drag and drop their choices to the desired spot on the plate or panel; optional engraving may also be added if desired. Once customers have completed configuring and designing, they can request quotes or order via the software. Most orders will be delivered within three to five days.

Available now, the latest version of the Pro Plate and Panel Designer software solution can be downloaded for free at www.btx.com.

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About BTX Technologies, Inc.
BTX manufactures and distributes the industry’s finest interface and integration products for audio, video, security, digital signage, and many other applications. Providing its customers with value-added “Beyond Distribution” services, the company backs every product it sells with a rigorous in-house testing program and highly trained customer support team. The company has been certified as an InfoComm International(R) Sapphire Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider(R) (CAVSP(R)) since 2007. In business since 1967, the company’s products are available online at www.btx.com, by calling 800-666-0996, and from a selection of international distributors listed on the company’s website.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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D-TOOLS SIX 2013 ADDS SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY THAT MAXIMIZE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

D-TOOLS SIX 2013 ADDS SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY THAT MAXIMIZE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning software platform now available to current SI users as part of D-Tools’ shift to annual product release cycle

CONCORD, CA – AUGUST 8, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013. Available now to integrators worldwide, this new release adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamlining product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, SIX 2013 delivers timely software updates for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building on the new architecture of the System Integrator platform, SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business – estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects – and thereby improves – all areas of an integrator’s business.

“The SIX platform was conceived and designed with the ever-changing needs of the market and our customers in mind,” said Corey Krehel, CTO of D-Tools. “The result is a robust yet simple to use solution that enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles. Our Software Assurance customers will realize the added benefit of receiving new features as they are completed throughout the year, and we will make annual updates available to the rest of our user base through a more traditional upgrade process.”

D-Tools SIX 2013 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • Product Catalog:
    • User-configurable pricing levels have been expanded
    • Create Price Rules across pricing levels
    • Find products and accessories used and replace
  • Projects:
    • Compare with Catalog
    • Split Bulk Wire for specific runs
  • Drawing enhancements:
    • Add Product Tree to Visio and AutoCAD
    • Shape Tree improvements
    • Shape and Block settings: Assign shapes to category types, categories, and products
    • Store and apply shape properties to individual products or categories
    • Support for AutoCAD 2014
    • AutoCAD – insert drawing pages
    • Visio – Elevation and Plan Shape improvements
    • Visio – Finish Wire with Graphic Line Ends
    • Visio – Custom mouse-over text on Visio Shapes
  • Calendar improvements:
    • My Calendar and Team Calendar
    • Project Calendar & Service Order Calendar
  • Foreign Currency in reports at specified exchange rates
  • QuickBooks Integration improvements:
    • Export to QuickBooks Purchase Order from Project Editor
    • Add to an existing QuickBooks Estimate from Project Editor

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. To learn more, please visit www.d-tools.com. Click here to visit the all-new SIX Wiki and here to visit the “Getting Started with SIX” videos.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer’s Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

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timb@d-tools.com

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KMB Communications

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katye@kmbcomm.com

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PixelFLEX Visually Transforms Second Baptist Church Youth Retreats

Beach Retreat has been a tradition for the youth of Houston’s Second Baptist Church since 1978 and though the trips and the morals behind them remain the same, technology and imagery are ever advancing to enhance the experience and create powerful illustrations for thousands of high school and junior high students. Two years in a row, PixelFLEX has been able to provide Second Baptist Church with lightweight, flexible, high-quality LED video curtains that “wow” the students and staff alike, all at an attractive price point for the Church’s budget.

The retreat production crew used 2 18mm and 14 20mm PixelFLEX Curtains in collaboration with projection screens to bring life to stories told by pastors during the camps. The curtains were hung behind the narrator on stage with the purpose of giving the illusion that the audience was not confined in a room by four walls, but rather immersed and engaged in the story itself. Originally, static props were suggested as aids, but the team chose PixelFLEX as their creative solution and they agree that the effect would not have been as influential with a simple prop.

“We had nothing but absolutely stellar comments from everybody,” said Mark Sepulveda, Global Technical Director for Second Baptist Church. “We used it (PixelFLEX LED Curtains) differently from last year and it was much more engaging for the audience.”

The venues that host the retreats often have weight limitations for what can be hung from the ceiling, which offers few options for those who plan the set up. The fact that the PixelFLEX panels are so lightweight allowed for an easy set up without the worry of flying equipment that was too heavy for the location.

“Last year, we used it (PixelFLEX LED Curtains) more like eye candy,” Sepulveda continued. “This year, it was much more of an integral part of how we were managing the show from start to finish. We essentially wanted to take an entire surface behind the stage and turn it into motion so that the room became smaller and the audience became more engaged with the entire stage as opposed to it being a tunnel at the end of the room that everyone was watching. That was sort of our concept behind building the environment with the PixelFLEX Curtains.”

Second Baptist Church was founded in 1927 and is currently led by Dr. Ed Young, the fifth pastor to lead the Church. Second Baptist Church features five campuses offering 17 services each week to its 60,000 members.

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.

Alcorn McBride Promotes Larry Howard to Director of Sales

Alcorn McBride announces the promotion of Larry Howard to director of sales. Howard, who has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, joined Alcorn McBride in 2010 most recently serving as the company’s sales manager.

“Larry has done a great job plotting our sales strategy for long-term growth,” says Alcorn McBride COO Jeremy Scheinberg. “By expanding our distributor network and corporate partnerships as well as our training initiatives, Larry has helped to introduce us to new customers, while strengthening relationships with the great customers we have worked with for years.”

Howard says, “I’m pleased to be a part of the company’s continued expansion and growth. I’m looking forward to working as Director of Sales as Alcorn McBride continues to move forward with new products, new distributors and new customers. What drives me as well as the company is to continually find new opportunities both on the customer side and product side while maintaining our dependable and faithful current customers and our “go-to” products. Our recent new appointees of dealers and distributors along with several new product introductions have opened up new markets and territories. I am eager to watch these seeds grow the business we all strive for.”

Before joining Alcorn McBride Howard worked in various rolls encompassing product and business development, sales and marketing as well as technical management for Clair Brothers, Klotz Digital Audio Systems, Community Professional Loudspeakers, Tannoy, Soundelux Showorks, Planet Hollywood International and with Universal Studios Orlando in Tech Services.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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DUKE ENERGY POWERS CONFERENCE ROOM WITH SYMETRIX SYMNET EDGE DSP WITH AEC

CLIFFSIDE, NORTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 2013: Duke Energy’s Cliffside Steam Station dates back to the 1930s. It was renovated several times over the decades. It’s most recent renovation, costing nearly $2 billion and incorporating advanced pollution control technologies, went on line recently. The project also included major upgrades to the 1930s-era office space and conference room. The 75-seat venue is now fully-modernized based on a teleconferencing system built around a SymNet Edge Dante network audio DSP, with four-channel AEC card providing state-of-the-art acoustic echo cancellation and noise reduction.

A/V integration firm A Sound Experience of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, designed and installed the system. “Duke is an enormous company and they perform training in different locations,” said Preston Hinson, owner of A Sound Experience. “They required an easy way to assemble people and the conference room was the place to do it.” Even before Duke officials requested teleconferencing capabilities, Hinson had planned to use a SymNet Edge DSP for the room’s audio processing and sound reinforcement. His decision was based on the ease of design and configuration with SymNet Composer software and the fact that SymNet Edge is Dante network enabled. “It’s a large building and there were a lot of scenarios they want to explore in the future,” said Hinson. “We wanted to give them a Dante system so that we can move audio with simple CAT5 wiring which, combined with SymNet Edge, future proofs the system.”

A video presentation system for training was the driver for the conference room renovation. “They didn’t think they had the budget for teleconferencing,” said Hinson. “But with the SymNet Edge frame as the basis for the design, it was a simple and cost-effective to add a SymNet AEC Card to the Edge frame’s modular I/O structure. That relatively small addition gave them all of the hardware and software necessary for state-of-the-art teleconferencing, including acoustic echo cancellation. The result was clean, clear, intelligible audio in the Cliffside room and in the remote locations it connects to.”

Inputs to the system include wireless lavalier and handheld microphones, remote location audio, a DVD player, and VGA and HDMI video. URC KP 4000 in-wall touch panels control A/V source selection, as well as individual and overall volumes. Self-powered ISP Technology SM 650B/W loudspeakers fill the room with sound, and a BenQ 6000 lumen projector delivers crisp video. A Furman sequencer powers the system.

“The system was designed to be simple and end-user friendly – it’s transparent and straightforward,” said Hinson. “There’s a lot of processing going on inside the SymNet Edge and the AEC card that makes it simple and robust. If Duke wants to expand the system in the future, it will be easy for us to move audio via Dante on CAT5 cable.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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