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John Fogerty Plays The Classics On US Tour Backed By Bright and Engaging HARMAN’s Martin Professional Rig

AARHUS, Denmark — Ranked on Rolling Stone Magazine’s lists of 100 Greatest Guitarists (#40) and 100 Greatest Singers (#72), and with the number 41 and 53 spots on the publication’s list of Greatest Pop Songs, John Fogerty has entertained crowds for decades as a member of the Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist. Recently the classic rock legend wrapped up an 8-week US tour which featured a stunning light show staring HARMAN’s Martin Professional fixtures, designed to entertain fans with a completely new visual experience along with Fogerty’s classic rock sound.

Production Designer Alex Skowron designed and built the lighting rig to include 21 Martin Atomic Colors, 17 MAC 2000 washes, 14 MAC Viper profiles, 14 Viper washes, 10 MAC 2000 profiles, eight MAC III’s and eight MAC 401 RGB fixtures. Two Martin M1 lighting consoles ran lighting and video content during the show, which projected onto 12×21 high-resolution screens and seven other surfaces surrounding the stage.

Upstaging supplied all of the Martin fixtures for the tour.

“I’m loyal to Martin because Martin is loyal to me,” Skowron states. “The MAC 2k’s are workhorses. You can beat them to death and they still run. The quality of light you get out of the smaller Vipers is still great, and the color filters we customized for the Atomic Strobes changed the boring white light into something amazing!”

Skowron developed a show that would redefine the classic rock soloist genre of touring musicians. This wasn’t just your average musician-on-a-chair-type show. With Martin, fans were welcomed with a full concert experience, with an up-to-date vibe on the songs they’ve known and loved for decades. Multiple color schemes and background video highlighted Fogerty’s music during each set.

“I’ve been using Martin for ages, and even own numerous Martin lighting consoles, myself,” continued Skowron, “The support Martin provides throughout the entire process from sale to integration and beyond is something no other manufacturers choose to provide. I am only 100 percent confident in the success of a rig if it includes Martin.”

Skowron plans to take his Martin rig on a European tour with Fogerty in mid 2014.

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.

Bannister Lake Offers Powerfully Affordable Score Bug Solution

BL Score Bug Go delivers portable and affordable score bug graphics when space and budgets are tight

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, January 16, 2014 – Bannister Lake announces the immediate availability of BL Score Bug Go, a compact, cost-effective, lightweight professional score bug solution for live broadcast sports and in-house venue stadium, arena, and park production. This uncompromising carry-on package provides support for HD-SDI output of real-time scoring and game status, helping production teams generate high quality turnkey score bug graphics from a portable system at a fraction of the price.

This turnkey solution packs exceptional power given its compact laptop-sized form factor featuring Bannister Lake’s scoring and game status solution and a sophisticated graphics and animations engine. A Thunderbolt™-enabled laptop bundled with an AJA Io XT external video interface device offers:

• Full uncompressed HD and SD 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 capable video capture and playback
• Built-in support for HD clips and audio
• Switchable reference and LTC inputs and outputs
BL Auto Pilot™ support additionally provides direct data connectivity to arena scoreboard controllers and radar guns for instantaneous and automated game data.

Bannister Lake’s sport-centric interface turns operators into power users. Operator hot keys offer instant in-game access to score, sponsor, and clock updates, and game exceptions and infractions such as penalties, flags, and substitutions.

“The Score Bug Go solution is the right score bug solution at the right price,” stated Georg Hentsch, President of Bannister Lake. “Between its full HD SDI key and fill and the solution’s $15K price tag, every broadcaster and venue can be a major league player with stunning, cutting-edge score bug output.”

BL Score Bug Go is available and shipping now through Bannister Lake as well as authorized resellers.

About Bannister Lake Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and in-venue audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

Blackmagic Design Announces New Low Price for SmartView Duo

Fremont, CA – January 16, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price on its popular dual rack monitor SmartView Duo to US$495, as well as a free software update SmartView 3.0.1 which adds support for DCI 2K video monitoring. SmartView 3.0.1 software update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

SmartView Duo features two large 8 inch LCD screens in a compact rack mount design that’s less than an inch thick. SmartView Duo handles all SD, HD and 3G-SDI video standards and all screens can be remotely adjusted via your Ethernet network from a single computer. The fully digital design with high quality SDI inputs ensures precise color that’s easy to manage across multiple displays. SmartView Duo can be installed into equipment racks for local monitoring in post production, or for multi-monitor video walls in master control rooms and broadcast vehicles for camera or production switcher monitoring!

Only SmartView Duo is compatible with the widest range of SD and HD-SDI video formats for broadcast and post production monitoring, as well as the latest 2K DCI support for feature film workflows. SmartView Duo also features network remote control and integrated tally support making it the perfect solution to install anywhere customers need high quality rack mount video monitoring.

“We designed the SmartView Duo with high quality filtering and scaling for the highest end broadcast quality monitoring,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Now, with this new affordable price, SmartView Duo is now available to smaller studios on the tightest budgets. You can never have enough monitoring, and now with SmartView Duo it’s possible! SmartView Duo customers get all the professional features they need without any limitations!”

SmartView Duo Key Features:
2 independent 8 inch LCD displays in a 3 rack unit size chassis, less than 1 inch thick.
SDI/HD-SDI/3G-SDI input for each monitor, with re-clocked loop outputs.
Ethernet input with loop output for connecting to computers for central adjustments.
Tally input for each monitor allowing red, green or blue tally indication.
Control software panel included free for Windows and Mac OS X.
Full 10 bit data path and image scaling for high quality displays.
Ideal for use in broadcast, post production and camera monitoring for switchers.

Availability and Price
SmartView Duo is available now for US$495 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide, and the new SmartView 3.0.1 software update is available free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

Press Photography
Product photos of the SmartView Duo, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Draper named America’s Healthiest Workplace

(Spiceland, IN)—Draper, Inc. has been named the healthiest workplace in the United States for 2014.

Draper tops a list of 100 companies honored by Healthiest Employers LLC, a national organization dedicated to help improve the wellness of American workers.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” says John Pidgeon, President of Draper. “We want to commend Draper’s Safety and Wellness Director, Linda Brinson, and the members of our Wellness Committee for their hard work, and all Draper employees and their family members who have supported this effort. We also want to recognize the Henry County Hospital, who staff the Draper employee health clinic and share the cost of an employee health coach with us.”

Draper Safety and Wellness Director Linda Brinson credits company management with the program’s success.

“Draper top management has given full support in all the various wellness initiatives we have offered, which is an important key for any company to have a successful wellness and safety plan,” she says. “I started at Draper as the Safety and Wellness Director seven years ago and we have gone from raising awareness to helping employees understand the stressors that drive them to unhealthy habits—and giving them tools to succeed.”

The Healthiest Workplace Award program is operated throughout the United States by Healthiest Employers LLC. Six areas of “workplace wellness” were considered by a group of independent judges: culture and leadership; foundational components; strategic planning; communication and marketing; programming and interventions; and reporting and analysis. The awards recognize employers who have comprehensively incorporated the most effective employee wellness programs and practices.
“This highly selective award recognizes employers who demonstrate exceptional leadership in using wellness as a strategy to drive workplace productivity, employee health, and community well-being,” according to Rod Reasen II, President of Healthiest Employers. “As these employers demonstrate, every organization has a path to the Healthiest 100, regardless of size, industry or geography.”

More information on Draper, visit www.draperinc.com/Green/Citizenship_Draper.asp.

About Draper, Inc.
Draper, Inc. is headquartered in Spiceland, Indiana, a village of 800 people located 40 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana.
The company was founded by Luther O. Draper in 1902 to manufacture window shades for schools. Today, projection screens and related products are the largest component of Draper’s business, but the company also continues to be a major manufacture of window shades, along with exterior solar control products and gymnasium equipment. Draper products are shipped to dealers throughout the United States and more than 100 foreign countries.

In addition to its Spiceland, Indiana headquarters, Draper, Inc. has sales offices in Placentia, CA and in Blackwood, Gwent, United Kingdom. Draper also has three wholly owned subsidiaries: Draper Group Ltd., a sales and warehouse facility in Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, and two manufacturing companies in Sweden: Draper Europe AB, a leading European projection screen manufacturer, and SMS Smart Media Solutions AB, a leading European provider of video projector and flat screen mounts.
The company continues to be owned and managed by the descendants of Luther O. Draper.

About Healthiest Employers
Healthiest Employers provides corporate wellness best practices and benchmark data and employee health analytics to employers, providers, carriers, brokers and consultants. This suite of proprietary tools includes Springbuk for intuitive health analytics (Spring 2014), the 360 Insight Series, and Corporate Wellness and Trend Reports for best practices and benchmark research. HE’s national Directory helps employers select customer-ranked wellness vendors.

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ROBERT MARGOULEFF NAMED WSDG PROJECT ENGINEER

Grammy-Winner To Consult With Top Acoustic Design Firm

LOS ANGELES: Grammy-winning engineer/producer/studio-owner Robert Margouleff has joined the Walters-Storyk Design Group as Project Engineer. Margouleff brings 40+ years of hands on experience to his new role with the global architectural acoustics/ technology integration design firm. “Robert Margouleff has literally done it all,” states WSDG Principal/Director of International Relations Sergio Molho. “He has accrued an incalculable wealth of real-world studio knowledge. His design, construction and technology expertise, coupled with his deep insights into project studio requirements and techniques, will be a significant new asset for our clients,” Molho said.

Beyond his long-time collaboration with Stevie Wonder, capped by a Best Engineered Album Grammy for Innervisions (shared with Malcolm Cecil,) Margouleff’s producer/ engineer credits include work with Devo, Billy Preston, Depeche Mode, Jeff Beck, The Doobie Brothers, Quincy Jones, and many other stellar artists. After building his Hollywood-based Mi Casa Multimedia Studios, Margouleff became a leader in surround audio for home theater, and provided 5.1 and 7.1 mixing and mastering for DVD and Blu-ray releases and restorations for such films as: The Sound Of Music, six James Bond features, Rush Hour and the complete Lord Of The Rings cycle.

Margouleff will be involved in all aspects of WSDG’s west coast projects. He will consult with new clients on details ranging from site selection to design, construction, technology, acoustic treatments and systems integration.

“We began expanding our West Coast presence last March with the addition of Bob Skye as SF-based rep/project engineer,” company Co-Founder John Storyk reports. “Robert Margouleff’s accomplishments and skills are impossible to match, plus, he has maintained an incredible level of enthusiasm for the process. We’ve been friends forever, but the idea for this formal relationship was inspired by Robert’s 2010 AES Keynote Address in San Francisco,” Storyk concludes. “He was at the top of his game that afternoon, combining historical milestones with prescient insights into the future of the industry. I knew then that he could bring a tremendous amount of real-world experience to our shop. We are confident that his ‘Project Engineer’ title will cover a lot of ground. This is a great way to start the New Year.”

Photo: Robert Margouleff has joined WSDG as West Coast-based Project Engineer.

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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Prism Sound’s Titan Is An Instant Hit With Supa Dups

Grammy Award winning producer and DJ, Supa Dups, has just added a Prism Sound Titan USB multitrack audio interface to his equipment roster, complimenting the Prism Sound Lyra 2 audio interface that is already an integral part of his studio set up.

Supa Dups, who began DJ-ing at the age of 11 and producing at 16, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. A member of the influential Black Chiney Sound System, a nod to his Chinese Jamaican heritage, Supa Dups’ breakthrough came in 2004 when he produced Nina Sky’s Turnin’ Me On. He is now one of the most sought after writer/producers around and has worked with numerous artists including Eminem (one track on the Grammy Award winning ‘Recovery’), Mary J Blige, John Legend and Bruno Mars.

“Prism Sound is the Rolls-Royce of converters and there’s nothing else that sounds like it,” he says of his kit. “There is other equipment and then there’s Prism Sound. In fact, the Lyra 2 is my mobile rig now.”

Although he is exceptionally busy, Supa Dups prefers not to name the artists he’s currently working with because not everything recorded in his studio always sees the light of day. But he is very keen to talk about his Prism Sound converters – Titan, which he only recently took delivery of and Lyra 2, which he uses all the time.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to play with Titan yet, but I keep having excellent experiences with Lyra,” he says. “The other day I was working with a band and plugged the guitar and bass into it at the same time and used it right there on the spot. It sounded excellent. We finished everything on it, even the demo vocal. Basically it has become the centrepiece of the studio. Everything about it is awesome.”

Supa Dups spends a lot of time working out of Circle House studios in Miami, and credits the city with having a fantastically diverse music scene.

“It’s like London minus the dub-step, but with an additional overall Caribbean influence which collides with the American sounds. It’s definitely got a style all of its own,” he says.

Proving he’s a man of much versatility, Supa Dups recently finished an entire live reggae album. “I didn’t know I could do that,” he says. “It was a challenge for me but I’d definitely like to be involved in more entire projects in the future and writing classic albums that people will be listening to in decades to come.”

And the Lyra 2 and his new Titan will be with him every step of the way. “There is a lot more to explore with them,” he says. “I’ve used the Lyra 2 for hours and hours and technically I’m not sure I’ve broken the back of it yet. There’s still a lot to learn and play with, but it always sounds awesome.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Gefen’s New Wireless for HDMI 60 GHz Extender Delivers Uncompressed 1080p Full HD with Near-Zero Latency for an Unbeatable Performance

Gefen’s new Wireless for HDMI 60 GHz is designed for any in-room transmission of high quality, 1080p full HD video up to 33 feet (10m). It delivers 3DTV, is plug and play and supports all audio formats including the new lossless High Bit Rate (HBR) 7.1 channel Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The ability to pass through uncompressed video, lossless audio and 3DTV is ideal for cutting-edge, high performance commercial or residential installations.

This extender uses the best technology currently available for an impeccable method of wireless extension that takes full advantage of the WirelessHD specification, which is based on the 60 GHz EHF (Extremely High Frequency) radio band. This high quality method of extension eliminates the need to run cables, making it a great solution for retrofits or any environment that wants to streamline cabling.

Due to its in-room transmission and use of the uncluttered 60 GHz frequency band, this extender can perform seamlessly alongside other wireless devices in adjacent rooms with zero interference. It is very easy to install, requiring a connection of the video source to the sender and of the display or projector to the receiver. Content is transported wirelessly at 4Gbps from source to display. This extender also features a small footprint and a compelling MSRP. Included is a risk-free warranty backed by Gefen’s reputation and well-regarded customer support team.

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ICE Cable Systems Now Offering Alarm Wire in Their Big Mouth Payout Box

Company aims to help installers reduce average wire pull-time on every single alarm job by incorporating a heavily reinforced box with a special cable-wind, massive pay-out hole and ascending/descending foot markers

Los Angeles, CA – January 16, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems — a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels – is now offering alarm wire in their renowned Big Mouth Payout (BMP) box.

The BMP box is constructed of ultra-durable, weather resistant cardboard (with reinforced handles) that is burst-tested to withstand 21 kilograms of force, far surpassing the typical alarm wire boxes on the market today.

BMP has been a popular seller for ICE Cable Systems for category, speaker, coax, control and structured cables because its 4-inch payout hole and proprietary winding pattern work in tandem to eliminate everyday pull-problems like kinking, knotting, recoil and tangling.

For additional installer convenience, ICE Cable Systems’ alarm wire incorporates ascending and descending foot-markers, making it effortless for the integrator to identify how much cable has been used and how much remains.

“Because alarm wire is a commodity item naturally the focus of many vendors has been to keep prices competitive,” says Chris Wyllie, principal of S.E.A.L Solutions, a metro-NY AV integration firm that installs residential security and surveillance systems on a regular basis. “The problem is that in order to keep the prices down, the majority of boxes are cheaply made, easily getting destroyed in the back of the work van and/or on the jobsite. Trying to pull cable out of a damaged box is a nightmare. The fact that ICE Cable Systems has thought this through with their BMP box is going to benefit a lot of installers.”

“If we can help installers reduce average pull-time by 15 percent per job, that’s huge,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo. “It means that we are helping them to move onto other aspects of the job faster. Spend a day walking in the shoes of one of these guys – one less problem to have to deal with is a big deal.”

The following ICE Cable Systems alarm wires are now available with BMP: 22-2/ Solid;
22-2/Stranded; 24-4 Solid and 24-4 Stranded (and many in runs as long as 1,000 feet).

More info on Big Mouth Payout with Alarm Wire here:

http://www.icecable.com/products/alarm-control-cable/

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

Christie is “Front and Center” With Launch of New Series of Front Access Christie Entero HB Rear Projection Cubes

It’s “eyes front” for Christie®, a world leader in control room display technology, with the introduction of a new front access video wall cube product that enables seamless high performance rear projection video wall displays with minimal installation and maintenance space required. All the benefits of Christie’s latest and brightest Entero™ HB DLP® LED-based technology display are available in a platform that allows video wall cubes to be positioned directly against a rear wall, removing the need for maintenance space behind. The first front access cube model, the Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD, will be joined by other front access models including 50 inch and 70 inch SXGA+, and 72 inch WUXGA.

Christie Entero HB Front Access Cube

Christie’s front access system design addresses space limitations with the ability to put the cubes up against a wall without compromising performance, image quality or reliability. Customers can gain valuable space in their control room design by placing cubes directly against a wall, while maintaining the narrowest screen gaps in the industry and utilizing a smart air flow design for superior system ventilation.

The front access system is designed to take advantage of the Christie Entero HB systems’ User and Web Interface to enable remote control release of the screen for front service access as well as remotely performing fine geometry alignment by the integrated 6-axis geometry alignment system. Screen and geometry control are provided via the remote control, computer or tablet. The screen is on a slide mechanism and opens up with reliable and consistent positioning, via remote activation of solenoids, providing full access to the internal electronics from the front of the cube array system, allowing for exceptionally quick servicing and minimal downtime during maintenance operations.

“With space at a premium at many installation sites, front access cubes make it possible to install them right up against a wall or a structure,” said Jim Gavloski, director, Product Management, Control Room and Video Wall Display Solutions. “It’s a significant design element that will greatly expand the installation flexibility and ease of maintenance within our entire Christie Entero HB line.”

Christie’s front access system with motorized six-axis adjuster provides precise alterations for perfect image quality. To access system internals, the installer simply engages the intuitive user interface on the chosen device -PC, tablet or even smart phone, and the system pops the screen away from the cube body, allowing the installer to easily move the screen out of the way for full front access. The internal electronics module has been adjusted to make the LED display viewable from the front. Since no space is required behind the display wall cube, it makes them ideal for control room environments where space is restricted.

The new and improved Christie Entero HB video wall projection solution is based on the company’s proven LED platform – introduced first by Christie – which today is found in thousands of installations worldwide. Launched in November 2012, the Christie Entero HB helped to strengthen the company’s dominance in the control room arena, with display cube solutions that are “bigger and better” and set new standards in power efficiency, visual performance and image brightness, with up to 1,350 lumens capability. They feature proprietary third generation ArraySync™ automatic color and brightness management technology that monitors and adjusts color and brightness levels across the video wall in real time for perfectly uniform display wall visuals for the lifetime of the installation. Designed for 24/7 environments, Entero HB products offer the best price, performance and efficiency on the market with a superior and intuitive modular design, easy upgradability, and flexible operation for the demands of power and utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services.

“With more than 30 years of industry expertise, Christie is ready to provide its customers with the perfect control room solution, and now, with the new front access system, the fastest way to access the interior electronics of our popular Christie Entero line of display cubes,” said Gavloski.

Control Room Solutions for Mission-Critical Monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring, and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar to exceed today’s control room operational requirements.

Visualization Just Got Real: CAST Software Releases wysiwyg R32

Lighting designers and production professionals the world over continue to rely on wysiwyg to get the industry’s most realistic virtual previsualizations, ensuring that indeed what you see is what you get!

CAST Software launches version R32 of its wysiwyg design suite. It includes Phase 2 of a major graphics upgrade, ensuring that wysiwyg is the most comprehensive precuing and previsualization graphic application software tool available in the market today.

A demo version of wysiwyg R32 is available at www.cast-soft.com/wysiwyg/demo. Current wysiwyg subscribed users can download the full version of R32 immediately from the ‘Members’ Only Area’ at www.cast-soft.com.

Users agree that apart from the constant adding of new features and other improvements by CAST, what sets wysiwyg apart from others is the realism in previz which means they can precue and test their ideas ahead of time with the confidence that ‘What You See Is What You Get’! This is vital because when a lighting designer proposes new ways of using advanced lighting technology to wow and engage audiences the production team and sometimes the client want to review it in advance. At all levels, the CAST Team takes great pains to help these professionals become more productive, more profitable and more professional. Updated Library Objects includes the newest technology in lighting fixtures, that perform in wysiwyg exactly onscreen as they do on stage. Users are reassured that CAST invests heavily in research and development, driven largely by requests and feedback from them.

Realtime Reflections in Shaded Views

wysiwyg shows reflections in realtime onscreen which means professionals can manage operational costs efficiently because they need fewer renderings of their presentations.

New Volumetric Light Beams
Regardless of which lights are used from wysiwyg’s proprietary library, the new beams and flare are so real that pre-visualization cannot be easily distinguished from a video. This means that professionals can precue with absolute confidence, make their creative decisions, get buy-in and signoff from the team, artists and execs in advance, without even going to the venue.

Light Emission Enhancements and Per Element Static Light Emission
For greater detail and accuracy – and even more wow factor – professionals can use wysiwyg to cue light emissions on only selected parts of an object for all sorts of effect which puts serious creative power at the user’s fingertips.

Over 300 Library Objects
wysiwyg is a unique tool in the industry because of its proprietary library objects that include thousands of moving and fixed lights. There is no other graphic application software tool with the breadth of resources to deliver this reliable precision and extreme realism in previsualization that professionals require. The 300 library additions in R32 include a look at Robin® Pointe, Martin MAC Viper Profile™ and Martin RUSH™ Series.

Hot New Tools in R32
The Wall Tool provides a simpler way to create scalable props and walls. The new Room Builder makes it easy to produce a CAD of a special set or a room. Users with a few clicks can transform into 3D work from scratch, or by tracing over or importing a 2D floor plan. A simple click can insert room height, floor and ceiling.

What Do Some Users Say About R32?

wysiwyg R32 was used for the ‘French TV’ production at France 2, DOP: Patrick Neufond, Set Design: Miguel Hernando. © Patrick Neufond.

Director of Photography, Patrick Neufond uses wysiwyg software for every project ranging from lighting creation to technical scenery. Neufond also uses R32 for his senior lecturer work at Paris-based technical performance arts institution, the Centre de Formation Professionnelle Aux Techniques du Spectacle (CFPTS) and for French-broadcaster France 2 in a recent television production ‘French TV’.

“wysiwyg allows every production to meet technical and financial feasibility. The new R32 adds even more realism and improves my work sessions. Creating lights really do make our productions come to reality!” said Neufond.

Prelite Studios, LLC, San Francisco has been providing realtime previsualization services to the entertainment and architectural industries since the year 2000. Tom Thompson at Prelite Studios said: “We have used wysiwyg throughout the duration of our existence. R32 certainly looks more realistic than any other previz software, with realtime controls to tweak the visualization to look more realistic or improve performance.”

wysiwyg visualizations for Indonesian broadcast productions © Adhi Suresh.

“The Voice of Indonesia”, “Gebyar BCA, “Akademi Fantasi Indosiar (AFI)”, “Take Me Out Indonesia”, “Putri Indonesia (PPI)”, “Indosiar Glory Festival 2013″ and the 19th anniversary of Indosiar TV are just some of the productions in which broadcast engineer Adhi Suresh utilizes wysiwyg. The software is used for the presentation, lighting planning, lighting plotting and visualization for pre-programming as well as video and stage design. Suresh has also used wysywig for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) multi-sport event involving 11 nations. Here, Suresh utilized wysiwyg to visualize and simulate the look and feel of the production that managed 1,200 intelligent lights, 32 Christie Roadster S+22K-J 3-chip DLP® digital projectors and a giant LED screen measuring 64 meters-wide by 10 meters-high.

“wysiwyg is the best software for me and it has been popular with Indosiar TV as well as other broadcasters. wysiwyg is part of my business and it’s the very best tool for the job,” said Suresh.

“Our design team used the new Volumetric Light Beams feature of R32 which has proven to be very accurate. I love all the new features of wysiwyg R32 and are lucky to have put them to the test in my work for Indonesian broadcasters. I enjoy the constant updates of wysiwyg which will further enable my business to meet the growing demand for spectacular and memorable productions witnessed by audiences of millions,” concluded Suresh.

A video highlighting the power and graphic enhancements of wysiwyg version R32 can be found at: http://bit.ly/1d1JZzC

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