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Wilson and Gilkes Rejoins Draper as Australian Distributor

(Spiceland, Ind.) –New South Wales-based Wilson and Gilkes has rejoined Draper, Inc., as the company’s AV products distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

Wilson and Gilkes Managing Director Ian Wilson points to Draper’s significant research and development investment in viewing surface technology as one big reason for the move.

“Predictions for future market trends have convinced us that Draper will be at the forefront of screen technology in the years to come,” Wilson says. “This will place us and our customers in a very strong position. We’re all very excited about our new direction and look forward to servicing the market needs with the most suitable products the market can offer.”

(left to right) James Hunt of Wilson & Gilkes; Bob Mathes, Draper AV Video Market Manager; Dale Arnull and Managing Director Ian Wilson of Wilson and Gilkes; and Jentry Wittkamper, Export Sales Manager for Draper.


Wilson and Gilkes has had an association with Draper dating back to the 1970s, when the company supplemented its own range of projection screens with Draper products.

“We couldn’t be happier with this announcement,” according to Draper Export Sales Manager Jentry Wittkamper. “With the combined strengths of Draper and Wilson and Gilkes, we will be able to serve the Australian market better than ever, and better than anyone else.”

To learn more, visit www.draperinc.com.au or www.wilsongilkes.com.au.

About Draper
Founded in 1902 as a window shade manufacturer, Draper, Inc., is a Spiceland, Ind.-based manufacturer of projection screens and lifts and mounts for projectors and displays, providing AV related equipment for over half a century.
Draper has focused a lot of resources on product design, with innovations like the Access family of motorized screens, improved tab tensioning system and revolutionary modular portable screens.

Two and a half years ago we moved our primary focus to the surfaces themselves, and their optical performance. We built a world class testing lab, and worked with consultants and key suppliers to identify and refine ingredients to improve the optical performance of our surfaces. Since then we have introduced many new surfaces to address specific needs in the marketplace. And we developed the new standard in surface planning tools, the Draper Pro Screen Calculator.

Draper products are sold to dealers and shipped throughout the United States and to more than 100 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 four wholly owned subsidiaries: Draper Group Ltd., a sales and warehouse facility in Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, and three manufacturing companies in Sweden: Draper Europe AB, a leading European projection screen manufacturer; SMS Smart Media Solutions AB, a leading European provider of video projector and flat screen mounts; and Evoko Unlimited AB, provider of the Evoko Room Manager. For more information, visit www.draperinc.com.

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MuxLab Releases HDMI Matrix Switch with HDBT Technology

FEBRUARY 24, 2014, MONTREAL, CANADA – MuxLab Inc. is excited to announce at ISE the launch of a new HDMI 4×4 Matrix Switch (500416-PoE) that allows up to four different HDMI sources to be connected and/or distributed to up to four HDMI displays via Cat5e/6 unshielded twisted pair cable.

The new 500416-PoE works in conjunction with MuxLab’s HDMI receivers supporting up to 230 ft (70m) at all resolutions up to 1080p via Cat5e cable.

“The Matrix’s management functions include pushbutton, IR, USB, RS232 and webserver interface” states Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D. “This makes the matrix versatile and easy for anyone to use”.

Ideal for applications such as commercial and residential AV systems, classroom projector systems & boardroom systems, the new Matrix is a great new addition to the already thriving and popular line of MuxLab HDMI products.

The 500416-PoE is also available as a PoE Kit that includes 4 PoE receivers (500416-POE-US-KIT, 500416-POE-UK-KIT, 500416-POE-EU-KIT).

About MuxLab
MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer of value-added connectivity hardware allowing CCTV and audio-video equipment to be connected via cost-effective copper twisted pair. For almost 30 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab is Your #1 Choice for CCTV and Audio-Video Connectivity Solutions.

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Alcorn McBride Names Electori Co., Ltd. in Tokyo as its 2013 Distributor of the Year

Alcorn McBride, the leading manufacturer of control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, has named Electori Co., Ltd. in Tokyo as the winner of its 2013 Distributor of the Year Award. Competitors for this first award from Alcorn McBride included all of the company’s international distributors.

“Electori has been our distributor in Japan for three years and has done a terrific job. They bring a high level of technical capabilities as well as strong relationships with top clients, including Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan, which have helped build and sustain our ties in Japan,” says Larry Howard, Alcorn McBride Director of Sales.

Electori distributes the full range of Alcorn McBride products in the audio, video, control and lighting categories.

“It is a great honor to receive this award – we were quite surprised!” says Electori president Ted Hirakawa. “We believe that we were not merely evaluated by our business achievements but also by the attitude, stance and engagement of our sales, technical and marketing team. I’m very proud of that. I think the award will enhance the team’s confidence and increase their motivation in the future.”

Howard notes that as a specialty equipment company “before and after sales support is incredibly important” to Alcorn McBride. “Electori supplies technical expertise for our products across the board.”

“It’s an honor to distribute these products in Japan and to work with the great people at Alcorn McBride who are always so supportive of us,” adds Hirakawa. “We plan to extend our distribution and sales promotion for Alcorn McBride in this market so we can justify our Distributor of the Year Award more than ever!”

Howard says that since Electori came on board as the Alcorn McBride distributor in Japan the company has experienced significant growth in the region. “International expansion is a big focus for us while we work to maintain our very positive domestic sales levels, too,” he reports. “Solid Distributor partnerships are critical to our success.”

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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Prelite Studios Helps Lighting Designer Bob Barnhart Envision Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

Preparations for Super Bowl XLVIII’s Halftime Show began early and for lighting designer Bob Barnhart they involved using Prelite Studios’ previsualization services to get a jump on working with the actual lighting rig on site at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

Barnhart had 16 previous Hafltime Shows under his belt starting as a gaffer and working his way up to primary lighting designer on four of them. “I hadn’t used Prelite before, but it proved to be a fantastic application,” he says. “We set up at PRG in Los Angeles where we worked for about seven days then moved the entire studio to the basement of the stadium. Because of the bad weather in the east we got the rig two days later than we wanted, but Prelite allowed lighting director/lighting programmer Pete Radice to continue to work with the timecode track three or four days before rehearsal began.”

Prelite’s Tom Thompson configured two Prelite systems, one with WYSIWYG software and one with Vision software, at PRG on January 7. The systems complemented each other with Vision used for its UVW-mapping abilities and WYSIWYG for its performance.

“There were over 200 Magic Panel 602 fixtures, which WYSIWYG ran really well, along with Clay Parky Sharpys, Best Boys, Color Blocks, Solaris Flares, RGB LED Tape, a moving drum set, four on-stage lifts and all of the video,” explains Prelite partner Tom Thompson. “The Vision system had all of the video, the Sharpys, the Flares and the Best Boys. Using the two systems enabled everyone to previsualize things without compromise.”

Thompson worked closely with WYSIWYG developer CAST to make sure he had current fixture files for instruments such as the Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s. “CAST even provided a new executable file that extended to cover 200 universes,” he reports. “The current release is only good for 100 universes, but that gets eaten up rather quickly these days with Magic Panels fitting three to a universe. So we asked for a new file and CAST responded two days later. We also got excellent service from ESP, Vision’s developer, regarding files for the 8-channel Solaris Flare.”

“The Hafltime Show was so massive in terms of its integration, universes and channeling size,” says Barnhart. “We spent our time in LA figuring out how to get the entire system working. The virtual world showed any problems we might encounter, things we would only have discovered with the rig in realtime when everything is more expensive and it’s later in the schedule. We actually found out that we needed to rewrite some software for faster Ethernet and fiber optic systems that we didn’t know would be a problem.”

By the time Barnhart, Peter Radice and lighting director David Grill arrived at the stadium they had “a rough idea of the focus and color palette and a very good idea of the cueing,” Barnhart says. “So when we were working in realtime we knew what overall adjustments to make.”

Radice recalls the crew working “in brutal winter weather conditions” at the stadium. “We loaded in Monday two weeks before the game and rehearsals started Tuesday of the following week. We could modify cues while the guys were checking the rig. We weren’t waiting for each other so we made the most of our time. When you have a limited amount of time at the venue and a big show it helps to lay the groundwork before you get there. With Prelite we could even see where the lights hit the back of the stadium, which we couldn’t see in the booth.”

Radice says the Halftime Show was the first time he used any previsualization, and it made an impressive debut. “Tom provided a great Prelite set up; it helped us a lot.”

Jason Rudolph was the video programmer/director for the Halftime Show and Bruce Rodgers the set designer.

About Prelite

Prelite was founded in San Francisco February 2000 by Tom Thompson and Norm Schwab as a place for lighting designers and programmers to use technologies to previsualize lighting projects. Its success led to the launch of Prelite NY in June 2001 by Kim Grethen and Rodd McLaughlin. The bicoastal company provides studios where previsualization and creativity take center stage away from the distractions and interruptions of a chaotic work environment and where clients save time and money and minimize stress. Prelite also offers on-site previsualization services for those who prefer the convenience of working at the venue. For more information, visit www.prelite.com or contact Thomas Thompson at 415-883-7727.

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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES PRICE RESTRUCTURING ON TABLETOP INTERCONNECT UNITS

**** Photo: Altinex TNP128 (left) and TNP128S (right) interconnect boxes ****

Brea, CA – February 2014… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce a dramatic price restructuring on the entire range of tabletop connectivity solutions, including the Tilt-N-Plug, Tilt-N-Plug Jr, Pop-N-Plug, Cable-Nook, Cable-Nook Jr, Table Buddy, and Under Table series of interconnect solutions. In addition to more competitive pricing for all models—both present and future—the restructuring results in greater selection and value while preserving the ability to quickly order custom configured interconnect units. more

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