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WorldStage Draws Crowds to DevCon 2013 for Live Demonstrations of the Latest Event Technology

WorldStage welcomed more than 100 industry professionals to the latest installment of its long-running Developers’ Conference series, DevCon 2013, held at its West Coast office in Tustin, California. Attendees were able to choose from four RSVP sessions held over a two-day period. A full-day open house followed.

The conference builds on the company’s reputation for collaborating with clients while developing, supporting and sharing new technical capabilities specifically designed for the live event industry. Developed to create an open conversation for producers, production managers, technical directors, content developers and event designers, DevCon continuously explores the technologies that shape live event design.

“DevCon continues a long-standing WorldStage tradition of sharing technical knowledge and insights with our clients,” says Shawn Oatey at WorldStage. “It gives us a chance to connect directly with our partners and other industry professionals and discuss what’s possible and what we all want to be possible. It’s really a creative conversation about new and innovative technologies and how we might use them for events and shows.”

WorldStage’s DevCon and other technical seminars have been recognized as an invaluable and unique opportunity for industry professionals to update their knowledge base and stay current with trends driving the business. It provides a forum for discovering a range of creative options that will add more value to their next project.

Josh Lesser, owner of Vision Matrix commented that, “There is no other forum like this in our industry. To be part of a conversation about what is going on technologically and how to capitalize on it now is invaluable for our business and provides us with cutting edge solutions for our clients.”

This year WorldStage DevCon covered a broad range of new technologies and technical solutions that attendees were eager to explore. One section covered 4K video for live events and included a demonstration of 4k video projection along with a discussion of future projection technology. Another demonstration showed off the capabilities of the company’s Viz140 Twitter visualizer now with interactive polling features. Projection mapping and video “pre-visualization” was covered with an extensive demonstration of D3 technologies D3 server system. Another server platform, Ventuz, was demonstrated to show the systems 3D content creation and interactivity features. Finally, LED video, digital audio and digital comm system demonstrations rounded out the portfolio.

Post show audience polling indicated that virtually all audience members reported learning something new about event technology, making the 2013 version one of the most successful DevCon’s ever.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Visual Unity Adds Another Prestigious Award To Its Burgeoning Trophy Cabinet

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has another trophy to add to its growing collection after achieving Bronze status at the ConnectedWorld.TV 2013 Awards, which took place at IBC 2013 in Amsterdam on September 16th.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “Winning last year’s ConnectedWorld.TV Award for the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster was a highlight for Visual Unity and we are equally delighted to be represented among this year’s winners. This is the third time Visual Unity has been recognised by the ConnectedWorld.TV judges as we were also shortlisted in 2011 for our deployment of vuMedia™ at Czech TV’s online service, iVysliani.”

This year’s award in the Best Online Content Service category recognised Visual Unity’s platform delivery, enabling leading betting company Tipsport to deliver live Ice Hockey streaming throughout the hugely popular Ice Hockey Extra League in the Czech Republic.

As major sponsors of the League, Tipsport holds a solid position in the market with a 45% market share of betting transactions, in addition to their activities as a sports broadcaster. Serving over 1,000 affiliates across the country, 70% of which are sports bars equipped with high definition (HD) screens, Tipsport offers fans the possibility to watch, socialize, and bet at the same time.

Since 2011, Visual Unity has worked with Tipsport to help the company maximize its strong ice hockey fan base and up-sell live betting. Visual Unity has delivered a custom solution that combines live streaming and betting across multiple screens. With this platform, Tipsport can now stream in excess of 450 matches per season to any device (television, computer, mobile, tablet etc). Visual Unity has also designed and installed an IPTV solution for Tipsport’s betting affiliates so that sports bars across the Czech Republic can integrate seamlessly with Tipsport’s betting system while accessing live streaming of all Ice Hockey Extra League matches.

“Ice Hockey is the number one sport in the Czech Republic and fans meticulously follow their favourite teams,” adds Gabriel Dusil, Visual Unity’s Senior VP of Marketing and Corporate Strategy. “By using live streaming, Tipsport give fans the opportunity to watch their favourite matches that are not been broadcast on national television and to bet online while watching on their multiscreen device of choice. Offering complete coverage of the League has helped Tipsport reach new audiences and increase their revenue.”

Jan Cumpelik, Marketing Director at Tipsport, adds: “This project has fulfilled and exceeded the expectations of Tipsport’s business goals. Betting registrations are growing by the thousands each year, while live betting is exhibiting a similar trend. These results show that the future of betting is integral to the real-time viewing of live sports. We are happy that Visual Unity is such a reliable partner to provide us with this complete solution.”

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munchen, Las Vegas, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

DPA Offers PLASA Visitors A Live Sound Microphone For Every Application

DPA Microphones’ award-winning d:facto II Vocal Microphone is just one of a number of high quality microphones dedicated to the live stage that will be on show at PLASA 2013 (Stand E71).
In conjunction with its UK distributor Sound Network, DPA will highlight the breadth and depth of its live sound microphone range, which now caters for every eventuality and offers something for everyone.

“Regardless of whether you are recording or amplifying, we now has a microphone for every live miking situation,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “The launch of the d:facto II Vocal Microphone was a major step forward for DPA as it meant we could finally offer vocalists DPA’s renowned audio quality in a beautifully designed, hand-held wired or wireless unit. In addition, we also have our innovative d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and our lightweight, easy to wear d:fine™ Headset Microphones that are so popular with theatre and musical productions and are increasingly in demand for live concerts where singers want superior sound as they dance and perform.”

DPA live sound solutions also include the recently rebranded d:dicate™ range of Recording Microphones that have long delivered superb audio quality to musicians who want to use a microphone on a stand. Among these is the d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm cardioid microphone, an all-round workhorse that is optimized for on-stage use and gives superb clarity, richness and dynamics.

Visitors attending PLASA 2013 will also have the opportunity to see DPA’s new MMC4018 modular supercardioid condenser capsule that is now an integral part of the d:dicate™ Recording Microphone range. The MMC4018 offers a highly directional pattern and an extremely controlled off-axis response, thus ensuring exceptionally smooth sound. Unlike the DPA d:dicate 4017 Shotgun, which includes an interference tube and is therefore more directional, this new variant offers more consistent rear rejection (almost no back lobe), making it ideally suited to spot miking in orchestras.

The modular nature of DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphone range has enabled the company to expand its remit by entering the installation market. To this end it has introduced new desktop and podium microphones that give AV installers and conference organisers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

DPA’s new MMC4018 capsule is the standard recommendation for the d:dicate podium microphone. By combining the capsule with different active booms and cables, installers can specify the exact microphone for their needs. For example, an MMC4018 capsule combined with an MMP-C compact pre-amp makes an ideal desktop microphone, while the same capsule combined with an MMP-E modular active cable is perfect for applications where the microphone needs to be hung from the ceiling as the preamp only adds 12mm to the capsule – and thanks to its integrated cable it is very inconspicuous.

For more information about DPA’s microphone range, please visit Stand E71. Visitors to the booth will also have the opportunity to win a DPA microphone by having their badge scanned and entering a free draw, which will be drawn each day at five pm throughout the show.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit
www.dpamicrophones.com

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