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Sanderson Centers Become First Two Public Buildings in Utah to Install Hearing Loop Systems

Hearing Loop systems from Listen Technologies provide crystal clear sound for visitors to the Sanderson Center who need assistive listening.

SALT LAKE CITY—Nov. 13, 2013—The Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Taylorsville and its satellite office in St. George became the first two public buildings in the state of Utah to install new Hearing Loop systems from Listen Technologies. The Hearing Loop systems enable visitors with hearing loss who need assistive listening to receive crystal clear audio signals directly through their T-Coil hearing aids, cochlear implants or Hearing Loop receivers.

“As a government program that serves deaf and hard of hearing people, we strive to provide the best assistive listening technology available,” said Marilyn Call, Executive Director of the Sanderson Community Center. “Historically, we have focused on providing RF assistive listening systems, because even though hearing loop technology has been around for a while, we have been underwhelmed with its performance until recently. I am hard of hearing myself, so I fully understand the importance of quality sound and I can say that the new hearing loop system we have installed in the Sanderson Center and in our St. George location provides phenomenal clarity of sound. I can’t overstate how important that is for increasing understanding.”

A Hearing Loop system consists of a thin wire that is installed (usually under the carpet or in the ceiling) around the listening area. This wire is connected into an amplifier and microphone. Speech, music and other audio signals from the microphone are amplified and sent through the wire. This creates an electromagnetic field in the looped area. The T-Coil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant picks up the electromagnetic signal and allows the listener to hear a clear signal directly through the hearing aid.

The Hearing Loop systems were installed in a large classroom and at two reception counters–one at the front desk and one in the Technology Demo Lab at the Community Center. In the St. George building, the conference room area was looped—this area is used for trainings, meetings, presentations, and conference discussions.

Call said she uses hearing aids that work well in quiet, one-on-one conversations, but fail at public meetings and events. “I want to be engaged in life, but that is hard to do if I can’t hear clearly,” she said. “I am now a big fan of hearing loops and I want all hard of hearing people to experience the ease and quality of sound provided by loop technology. At the Sanderson Center we want to lead the way in having looped rooms for hard of hearing people to use when they come to events and classes. We invite all people with hearing aids to come and try it out. Beyond that, we also strongly encourage other venues, public and private, to look into hearing loop technology. Listen is bringing attention to this cause and other businesses may join the movement soon as well.”

The Hearing Loop installation also enables the Sanderson Centers to be compliant with the current Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for assistive listening. Three technologies are available for venues, including government buildings, to meet ADA compliance: radio frequency (RF), infrared (IR) and Hearing Loop. RF and IR systems transmit signals over radio waves or infrared signals to an individual through a receiver and earphones. Hearing Loop systems, however, are becoming the preferred technology for assistive listening because no receivers or earphones are required to obtain the signal, as the signals are transmitted directly to an individual’s T-Coil equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies, and more. For more information on Listen solutions watch this video. Contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

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Christian Music Broadcasters Organization Strengthens its “Momentum” with Elite Multimedia Productions

For its signature annual event bringing together radio and record industry professionals under one roof, the Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) organization tapped Elite Multimedia Productions to handle complete production services at Momentum 2013.

More than 600 attendees recently journeyed to the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center in Orlando to participate in Momentum 2013 and its four days of music, workshops and other activities related to the Christian music industry. Given the impact the event can have on a musician or band’s career, delivering exceptional production services is a major priority for the CMB team.

“Momentum is a critical springboard for musicians looking to make an impression on broadcasters in hopes of securing more time for their songs across public airwaves,” stated Michelle Younkman, CMB’s executive director. “As such, it is vital that we provide our musical acts with a production level that enhances, not detracts, from their live performance.”

Over the course of the four day event, more than 40 bands performed on the main stage in the hotel’s main ballroom. Elite Multimedia Productions, a professional sound, lighting, and video company based in Nashville , provided event organizers and performers with peace of mind by creating a warm and engaging environment featuring rich visuals, optimal sound and superior lighting.

“We know that our artists and our record companies need to feel the security of having the highest quality professional services available to them,” Younkman said. “Having Elite Multimedia Productions on-site to handle the entire production for Momentum enabled everyone in attendance to focus exclusively on what was most important to them for a successful event.”

For the main stage, Elite used an Avid Profile Desk – one for monitors and one for front of house – while flying three clusters of three line arrays featuring the Electro Voice EV XLD281. To provide seamless transitions between musical presentations, the company utilized Midas Pro 2 for production inputs. In an effort to help each act individualize its set, Elite enhanced visuals by featuring PixelFLEX’s lightweight, ultra-flexible 20mm LED video curtain panel upstage, enabling the musicians to change the look of their performance.

“The primary challenge for CMB’s Momentum this year was the number of acts and the tight time frames for their set,” said Tom Wilson, vice president of event production for Elite. “That had to be carefully orchestrated to ensure that each performer had adequate time to set up so that they could focus solely on their performance without having to worry about external concerns. My team worked well in advance with each act to plan and integrate the transitions from one to the next.”

In addition to handling services to the main stage, Elite also was charged with production on the event’s second stage, which was also located in the main ballroom. The second stage – featuring a 10×17 rear projection screen fed by two Panasonic 10k projectors – was used by CMB for presentations by radio broadcasting professionals in-between musical performances. Elite’s ability to deliver unmatched support to both stages was one of the major benefits of working exclusively with one company, according to Younkman.

“Being able to feel 100 percent secure in knowing that we on the Momentum leadership team did not have to worry about anything in regards to production is priceless,” Younkman concluded. “Tom and the Elite team were able to work with us in an incredible way and really took care of us by providing a great service to the artists and our radio attendees. We look forward to working with them again on next year’s event.”

Elite Multimedia Productions provides turn-key production services to many popular recording artists, including Luke Bryan and Rodney Atkins, as well as for special events across the U.S.

For more information on Elite Multimedia Productions and its notable production projects, visit www.EliteMultimedia.com. Follow Elite Multimedia Productions at www.facebook.com/elitemultimedia or @elitemultimedia.

Analog Way announces QuickVu, a Tri-Scaler Mixer / Switcher

November 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to introduce QuickVu, a new Mixer / Seamless Switcher with 3 Scalers. QuickVu is based on Analog Way’s new Midra™ platform, the core of a brand new line of mid-range Mixers / Seamless Switchers. The Midra™ platform consists of 6 products: QuickVu, QuickMatriX, SmartMatriX², Pulse², Saphyr and Eikos².

Based on Midra™, the QuickVu (Ref.QVU150) offers a large variety of connectivity, through 8 seamless inputs and 14 source plugs: 4 x Universal Analog, 4 x DVI-D, 4 x HDMI and 2 x 3G-SDI plugs. Thanks to the CleanCut effect, the QuickVu can operate fast and seamlessly switch between any of its 14 input plugs without fade through black or loss of sync. EDID management is now standard for inputs 1 through 6 for computer sources.
To fit any display resolution, including non-standard formats like LED walls and rear-projection cubes, QuickVu offers custom output format management, with a main layer fully resizable and that can be positioned anywhere.
QuickVu provides the ability to modify the Program in real time without using the Preview.

Thanks to the new “Quick Frame” function, a foreground frame, among 8 available, can quickly hide all other layers when necessary. A simple button push allows return to the previous display. For immediate results, the “Quick Frame” is displayed directly on the Program output, without using the Preview. In addition, QuickVu offers 8 presets from the front panel.
The “Keying/Titling” function will be available through the upcoming RK-350 (Ref.RK-350) Keypad.
The QuickVu can easily embed or de-embed digital audio on HDMI and DVI-D connectors on inputs and outputs, ensuring better processing and quality of the video and audio mix.

QuickVu can be controlled through the RCS², a user-friendly graphic interface designed for the Midra™ platform. As an AIR application, the RCS² is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It offers 3 main sections to setup and control the QuickVu: Setup, Edit and Live.
QuickVu can also be controlled by the RK-350 Keypad (end of 2013) and the Orchestra Remote Console (1st semester 2014).

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Nexidia Wins NewBay Media Product Innovation Award

ATLANTA — Nov. 12, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced it has received the 2013 NewBay Media Product Innovation Award for Nexidia Dialogue Search. Nexidia Dialogue Search is a tool that rapidly searches through media libraries large and small to find any spoken word or phrase in seconds. The NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards honor outstanding product introductions that serve TV, professional video, and broadcast/online radio organizations.

Nominations were submitted by manufacturers. Winners were selected by a panel of professional users and will be featured in TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World, and Radio magazines. Evaluation criteria included innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/radio or professional video environment.

“It’s an honor to have been selected for a NewBay Product Innovation Award because winners were chosen by people who actually use the products, and knowing we have their approval is the ultimate validation of our work,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “This award shows us that users see Dialogue Search as an invaluable tool in enabling them to find, manage, and leverage their media assets.”

Rules and other information about the award program can be found at http://bit.ly/155976o.

More information about Nexidia Dialogue Search and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About NewBay Media
NewBay Media’s mission is to connect our audiences to authoritative, informative, and compelling content, in print, digitally, and in person, and to offer unsurpassed value and innovation for our advertisers, sponsors and business partners. Our brands include TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World, Radio magazine, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, TV Technology, Music Week, MI Pro, TWICE, Systems Contractor News, Tech & Learning, Guitar Player, and Guitar World.

About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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BTV Post Places First Order for Snell Alchemist OD File-Based Standards Conversion

Software-Only Platform Will Enable Flexible, Scalable Conversion in File Domain While Assuring Exceptional Visual Quality

READING, U.K. — Nov. 12, 2013 — Snell today announced that BTV Post has placed the first order for Alchemist On Demand (OD), the new software-only version of Snell’s acclaimed Alchemist Ph.C-HD standards converter. BTV Post and its sister company, Electric Sky, will use Alchemist OD to convert an extensive and varied catalogue of premium content so that they can deliver titles on all platforms and in all territories at every possible frame rate and size.

“We are proud to be the first company to invest in Snell’s new conversion software,” said Jon Lee, the chief technical officer for BTV Post. “BTV Post has been an unrivaled expert in frame-rate conversion for many years, and Snell’s flagship Alchemist has always been at the heart of its workflows. Today, a full 90 percent of BTV Post conversions begin, reside, or end in the digital file domain, and throughout extensive testing, the Alchemist OD conversion solution has demonstrated that it can provide unparalleled quality and breathtaking results in this realm.”

“Alchemist OD makes it easy to bring frame-rate conversion seamlessly into file-based workflows,” said Robert Rowe, chief technology officer at Snell. “The solution supports a wide range of content standards and provides the best results the first time and every time for all variety of demanding content. As a result, companies such as BTV Post and Electric Sky can confidently leverage valuable content to its best possible advantage in markets around the globe.”

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About BTV Post:
BTV Post is a cutting-edge production facility, leading the way in post-production, digital media solutions, and video editing. A specialist in HD, 3D, and 4K content, BTV Post delivers on behalf of the world’s most prominent production companies across all genres, standards, and formats. In 2004 it opened its doors to Brighton’s creative and digital media community, growing rapidly to attract an international client base, as well as a diverse range of creative producers around the world. In 2010 BTV Post opened a second facility in London, Soho, aimed at putting it at the forefront of stereoscopic 3D, digital media services, and traditional post-production. More information is available at www.btvpost.com.

About Snell and Alchemist OD:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Alchemist OD is the new software-only version of Snell’s acclaimed Alchemist Ph.C-HD standards converter. It offers instant access to high quality, rapid, anytime frame-rate conversion of media files and utilizes Snell’s unique Ph.C (phase correlation) technology for breathtaking quality. From international program delivery to integration of movies or user-generated material into schedules, Alchemist OD makes it easy to bring frame-rate conversion seamlessly into file-based workflows. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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SMPTE Fellow Chris Cookson Earns Only Individual Honor at Engineering Emmy Awards

Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Technologies, Is Honored With Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 12, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today congratulates SMPTE fellow Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies, on receiving the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, the only individual honor awarded during the 65th Primetime Engineering Emmy(R) Awards held Oct.23 in Hollywood.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Chris has been so aptly honored for his fine work in the industry,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “While his contributions to SMPTE’s standards work have been tremendous, his leadership extends into development and strategic implementation of numerous key technology advances.”

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award honors a living individual whose ongoing contributions have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.

Cookson has earned three Emmy Awards and holds more than 50 U.S. patents. At Sony Pictures Technologies, he both oversees the development and implementation of the studio’s technology policy, and processes and serves as Sony Pictures’ chief liaison with other Sony Corporation businesses in the technology area. Cookson’s team leads the studio’s effort to evangelize and implement strategic initiatives across Sony Pictures and beyond, including UltraViolet and digital distribution; efforts to curb online piracy; and the transition to 4K, 3D, and digital, file-based workflows in the making of entertainment.

Cookson leads the effort to maintain high standards of quality on theatrical digital postproduction technologies and to roll out cloud-based production tools. In 2009, he opened Sony Pictures’ dedicated 4K Digital Intermediate facility, Colorworks, where renowned colorists use state-of-the-art technology to master movies in 2D and 3D. He also acts as the studio’s representative and a top advisor to the Sony Corp. on all things 3D and 4K.

Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Cookson was CTO of Warner Bros. Entertainment and president of the Warner Bros. Technical Operations Division. He earlier served as vice president and general manager of operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network in New York. Before that, he worked for 10 years at the ABC Television Network, where he won an Emmy Award for his work as director of the ABC and Olympics International Broadcast Centers.

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/ChrisCookson.zip

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students– who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Autoscript Showcases E.P.I.C. All-In-One Prompter Display and On-Air Talent Monitor at CCW 2013

Company Also Exhibits Variety of Accessories Designed to Solve Real-World Challenges

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 12, 2013 — Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a world-leading teleprompting company, showcases its award-winning E.P.I.C (Enhanced Prompting Information Center) at Content & Communications World (CCW) 2013 — Vitec Videocom Booth 1013. A range of innovative accessories, including the +ClockPlus+ Timecode Display Unit and +TallyPlus+ Numbered Cue Light and Mount, are also on exhibit at the show.

The E.P.I.C. is a unique all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment while retaining the advanced features and functions of the Autoscript LED prompter series. The groundbreaking design, which replaces two pieces of equipment with one, features a unique integrated flip-down talent monitor, making the system ideal for both studio and location production. Compared to separate prompter-monitor configurations, this ergonomic system reduces overall weight, increasing its compatibility with robotic/support systems. It also streamlines cable management for video, tally signal and timecode display, and lowers power consumption with the capability to run the entire system via one power cable. E.P.I.C. can also incorporate Autoscript’s WinPlus newsroom software—the most popular prompting application in daily usage around the world. The Windows-based WinPlus adds the ease of point-and-click functionality to an intuitive on-screen edit display.

“E.P.I.C. addresses many major concerns for today’s broadcasters and we are excited to be able to bring it to those in attendance at CCW 2013,” says Robin Brown, product manager, Autoscript. “Displaying our related accessory products alongside E.P.I.C. demonstrates our commitment to making Autoscript the go-to manufacturer for all our customers’ prompting needs.”

Autoscript’s +Clock-Plus+ is an LED SMPTE/EBU timecode display that can change in color from green to red when a suitable tally input is applied. The clock face has 2.25” tall digits that display HH:MM:SS A/P in 12-hour mode or HH:MM:SS in 24-hour mode. The timecode input is taken from either VITC embedded in the video input or from LTC. When a timecode source is connected, the clock will instantly set itself to the input time. If the timecode source is removed, the display will continue to update the time under control of an internal crystal oscillator.

Also at CCW 2013 will be the +TallyPlus+, a unique camera number system that features a large LED indicator. This displays the camera in green while in standby mode, then in red when the camera is live. Switching from green to red is achieved by a photo-electric cell that can be attached to the camera tally light. +TallyPlus+ retrofits to the whole range of Autoscript TFTs and has the unique feature of a second photo-electric cell built into the rear of +TallyPlus+. This docks with the cue light on the TFT.

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.
For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.

Panavision Unveils New Primo V Lenses Optimized for Digital Cameras

(WOODLAND HILLS, CA) – Panavision, the company behind many of the industry’s most respected cinema lenses for the last 60 years, has introduced a new line of Primo lenses, the Primo V series, specifically designed to work with today’s high-resolution 35mm digital cameras.

“Panavision’s unmatched optical expertise and high-quality manufacturing capabilities have now been brought to bear on lenses adapted for digital cameras,” says Kim Snyder, Panavision’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re focused on providing cinematographers with the best tools to tell their stories with vision and creativity. With the industry’s ongoing transition to digital capture, we want our customers to know they can continue to trust Panavision to bring innovative, world-class solutions to the marketplace.”

The Primo V lenses are designed to bring the look and feel of Panavision Primos to digital cinematography, using the lens elements from existing Primo lenses, long an industry standard for top cinematographers. Primo V lenses take advantage of specific design adaptations to work in harmony with digital cameras, maximizing image quality while delivering Primo quality and character.

“Cinematographers tell us that the hyper-sharp sensors in today’s digital cameras can result in images that are harsh and lack personality,” says Panavision’s VP of Optical Engineering Dan Sasaki. “That’s one reason why there’s so much emphasis on glass these days. The Primo V lenses bring the smooth, organic flavor of Primo lenses to the high fidelity digital image. Our philosophy is to take what cinematographers love about the Primos, and update them for the digital world.”

Digital cameras require additional optical elements including low-pass and IR filters that increase off-axis aberrations. ND filters are sometimes part of the chain. Primo V lenses have been re-engineered to correct for this. Patent pending modifications eliminate the coma, astigmatism, and other aberrations introduced by the additional glass between the lens and the sensor, while preserving the desirable imaging characteristics of the Primo optics. The resulting image appears more balanced center-to-edge.

The Primo V lenses are compatible with any digital camera equipped with PL or Panavision 35 mount systems. They cannot be used on film cameras. The internal transports and mechanics of the Primo V lenses will retain the familiar Primo feel. Since the Primo V lenses retain the essential Primo character, imagery from Primo V and standard Primo lenses will intercut well. A set of Primo V primes will include 14.5, 17.5, 21, 27, 35, 40, 50, 75, and 100mm focal lengths.

“Filmmakers have embraced Panavision Primo lenses since their introduction 25 years ago,” notes Snyder. “Now the classic Primo look has been refined and optimized for use with the latest generation of 35mm sensor digital cameras.”

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About Panavision
Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions

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Artscape Extends Artistic Scope With HARMAN’s Martin Lighting Fixtures

AARHUS, Denmark — The Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town’s foreshore area is in the process of upgrading the lighting facilities of its three theatre spaces. The centre was originally established in 1971 as the Nico Malan and was renamed Artscape in 2001 under the aegis of the provincial administration.

With its close proximity to Cape Town’s central business district, the new International Convention Centre and the V & A Waterfront, Artscape is ideally situated to serve the Cape’s performing arts, film, tourism, entertainment, conference and exhibition industries. 



Covering an area of some 14,000 square meters, the Artscape complex consists of a fully equipped Opera House seating 1,487, a theatre auditorium seating 540, the smaller Arena theatre seating 140, a piazza, gardens, rehearsal rooms and ample parking. 



It is a prominent feature of the Cape Town cultural scene with thousands of top acts and actors entertaining hundreds of thousands of people over four decades. 



In late 2012, the complex received funding to upgrade the lighting rigs of the theatre spaces. Artscape’s Senior Lighting Technician, Nicholas Tilney, says there were two objectives with the upgrade: “Firstly, our Martin MAC 2000s, which were installed in 2000 and 2004, were getting old. Secondly, all three venues at the Centre are getting busier and we needed a system with a quicker turnaround time.” 



With more shows and with shorter runs it was essential that time spent setting up and focusing be kept to a minimum. Nicholas and the rest of the crew discussed this and came up with a list of equipment that would cut down the time they spent focusing lights by half. “We feel we came up with a list that matched good quality with the versatility and flexibility that is essential to our multi-discipline venue,” explains Nicholas. 



The Artscape crew’s decision was to stick with Martin Professional products because of the incredible service the MAC 2000s had given over more than a decade. This meant they turned to Electrosonic SA’s Robbi Nassi to guide them through the process. “Electrosonic SA was an automatic choice,” says Nicholas. “Their service – and that includes back-up, spares, and especially training – is superb, I can’t fault them.” 



The upgrade was planned to take place in two phases. The first phase was the delivery and installation of 15 Martin MAC III’s. The second phase included an additional nine MAC III’s and 24 MAC 700s. This does not mean the MAC 2000s were being thrown out. “After 12 years they are still great, we’ve given them lots of love and attention and they have given us fantastic service, and they will for a while yet,” says Nicholas. 



For Nicholas the most attractive element of the MAC III is its zoom capability. “It has the widest zoom on any unit I have ever seen and is extremely useful for our venue,” he explains. Another attribute Nicholas appreciates is that the shutter module that can be added to the lamp is included in the initial offering and does not have to be purchased separately. The 1500-watt output is also impressive. “No other moving head that I know of has that high a lamp rating,” he says. 



Nicholas is looking forward to setting up for a production with a long run. “We don’t fully appreciate yet what the features can do for us. We’ll learn as we go,” he laughs; “We can’t wait to use them to their full capacity in a full artistic environment.” 


As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Digital Projection Appoints Chris Axford as EMEA Sales and Marketing Manager

Atlanta, GA – 11/12/2013 – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, is honored to introduce Chris Axford as EMEA Sales & Marketing Manager. With vast experience in the professional video industry, Axford will be tasked with developing the company’s business in the European, Middle Eastern and African regions.

Before joining DPI, Axford held a variety of senior positions with Norwegian projector manufacturer Projectiondesign, most recently as Vice President of Sales, EMEA. His responsibilities in that role included building an extensive sales network, partner relationships and brand presence across the European, Middle Eastern and African territories. Axford brings over 15 years of video experience to his new role and DPI is elated to enlist him as steward of Digital Projection International’s growing reputation for innovation and market leading products in the appointed regions.

Commenting on the appointment, Nick Cottiss, International Sales and Marketing Director said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of Chris Axford. He has a proven track record, is well respected in the industry, and I am confident he will be pivotal in our development going forward.”

Upon accepting the role, Axford commented, “DPI is the original DLP projector pioneer and I’m excited to start and further develop the company’s position and the brand in emerging markets and specialist verticals.”

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About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

For further information, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

Press Enquiries

Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing

Digital Projection Inc.

T:(770)-420-1350

E:mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

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