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New FOR-A HVS-390HS Switcher User TNDV Relied on Unit for Production of Events Surrounding ACM Awards

Cypress, CA – Video production company Tennessee Digital Video (TNDV) first used FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video switcher while producing conferences for Atlanta-based Passion City Church. Impressed with the cost efficient switcher, TNDV purchased a 2 M/E HVS-390HS of its own in December 2013. The company relied on its new switcher for events leading up to the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards on April 6, including production of a 2-day music festival fundraiser and a red carpet show special.

On April 4-5, ACM hosted a two-day outdoor music fundraiser festival at Caesars LINQ in Las Vegas. Deemed “Party for a Cause,” the festival’s proceeds helped to fight hunger by benefitting Outnumber Hunger, and featured headliners Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban. TNDV handled video production of the festival, using the HVS-390HS to produce IMAG on three video boards, enabling the crowd to see performers up close. TNDV fed video to two different stages during the festival’s events. The production company was also on location in Las Vegas to produce a live red carpet special at the ACM Awards.

“We have a number of HD trucks and flypacks, so we own a variety of switchers,” said Nic Dugger, owner of TNDV. “The HVS-390HS stands out compared to others for the variety of useful features that it offers for such an affordable price. A lot of our productions require a second M/E for broadcast and IMAG switches, so that was a major consideration in us choosing the 2 M/E HVS-390HS. The switcher was a perfect fit for our work surrounding the ACM Awards.”

A longtime user of FOR-A color correction and video conversion products, the HVS-390HS is the first FOR-A switcher that TNDV has purchased. The company has found the unit to be well built, robust, and road worthy – all important considerations that the mobile production company looks for when selecting equipment.

“FOR-A’s HVS-390HS offers features that allow us to highly customize the unit to meet our production needs,” said Dugger. “Its expansion slots, twelve DVE channels, and option to use the larger 28-button panel greatly benefit our operations.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit http://www.tndv.com for more information.

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DAS Unveils Initial Lineup of Experts and Case Studies from Real World Digital Asset Projects

Multi-Industry experts look at the lifecycle of assets from Production Through Rights Management

(Los Angeles, CA) – AMIA has announced the preliminary lineup for its popular Digital Asset Symposium (DAS). DAS will be held on May 15 & 16, 2014 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA.

“Since the beginning, DAS has been the place where projects, problems, and solutions are discussed within a real world framework. This year’s event continues that and will engage an even greater diversity of experts and industries. We want the entire community of technical and creative users to share what they are working on, the lessons learned, what challenges they’re facing now and what might be around the corner,” noted Tom Regal, the DAS program chair.

An early peek at the lineup includes compelling experts and speakers. Additional presenters and case studies are being announced weekly.

Flexibility, Inventiveness and Creativity: A Case Study in Data Centric Storytelling
Jacob Rosenberg (Bandito Bros) and Tom Vice (nextLAB)
This keynote case study will focus on new production strategies in the modern era of gigabytes and terabytes and file based cameras that are empowering to the creative teams and daunting to those that have to track and manage these assets.

Digital Rights: Navigating Copyright in a Digital World
Eric J. Schwartz (partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp)
Schwartz will discuss current U.S. copyright law including a review of recent cases and issues such as asset copying, mass digitization, fair use, and preservation and access of audiovisual materials. Schwartz is one the most highly regarded experts in this field, bringing invaluable insight from more than 25 years of experience as a copyright attorney providing counseling on U.S. and foreign copyright laws – including rights, ownership and enforcement issues – relating to new technology rights, social media, and management matters.

Where Has All the Content Gone?
In partnership with Creative Storage, Entertainment Storage Alliance
The preservation of digital content requires the right digital storage technologies, the right practices and a commitment to a long-term storage objective. Tom Coughlin – noted expert and founder of Creative Storage Conference – will explore trends in content creation and storage, conversion of content, a survey of available and future archiving technologies and their trade-offs and provide guidance on the best way to bring valuable digital and analog content into the future.

Laura Rooney, AMIA managing director, notes, “We believe bringing together a diversity of knowledge leads to new solutions to shared challenges. New media assets are being created at a speed that grows exponentially, in almost every industry, every day. Everyone is dealing with similar challenges and we can learn a lot from each other, but only if we’re in the same place. DAS is where those discussions happen – where experts in each stage of the digital life cycle put aside theory and share real world experience.”

Registration is now open for DAS. Tickets are available at www.DAS2014.org. The two day event includes all panels, case studies, and two cocktail receptions.

Industry partners include; American Cinema Editors, Creative Storage Alliance, Law Enforcement Video Association, Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Deluxe, LAC Group, and Reflex Technologies.

For further information, visit www.DAS2014.org.

About DAS
DAS addresses the full life cycle of the media asset – from content creation to rights management to assuring asset preservation – with speakers and case studies that address what works in the real world. Each part of the life cycle impacts the next and DAS is the only place where everyone is part of the conversation – content creators, post-production, systems designers, archives, asset managers – where commercial meets nonprofit and corporate meets public.

About AMIA
As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, AMIA is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent film studios, corporate and national archives, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, footage libraries and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve our media assets.

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Great Sound Is In the Can At Pepsi Center With HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional

DENVER, Colorado — Known to Denver denizens as “The Can,” the 20,000-plus capacity Pepsi Center is home of the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche and the National Lacrosse League Colorado Mammoth, and is also host to concerts and special events. The arena opened in 1999 and has been in continuous use since then – including its original sound system. When the Pepsi Center decided to upgrade to a massive new state-of-the-art scoreboard in 2013, management determined it would also be a good time to replace the venue’s audio system from top to bottom.
Colorado Springs, Colorado sound contractor LVW Electronics and Dallas, Texas system designer Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) had installed the original system and were retained to perform the upgrade, using HARMAN BSS Audio, Crown, and JBL components.

LVW CEO Rusty Griffith pointed out, “The fact that both firms had a history with the venue made us the logical choice – we were under a tight timetable on this project and were given seven weeks to complete a job that would usually take over three months.” LVW was given the go-ahead in spring 2013 and Griffith and his crew had to be finished in time for the start of the Pepsi Center’s fall line-up. “We worked day and night all summer long.”

LVW and WJHW chose a JBL loudspeaker system comprised of six columns of 10 JBL VLA901-MF-16 line array loudspeakers, hung around the perimeter of the arena. The VLA901-MF-16 was chosen for its ability to provide high-volume sound reinforcement at throw distances beyond the reach of traditional loudspeaker designs. Each loudspeaker is equipped with dual 15-inch woofers, dual 8-inch cone midrange compression drivers and three 1.5-inch high-frequency compression drivers. In addition, four JBL ASB6128V dual 18-inch subwoofers are hung directly behind the each of the 10 main line arrays. The loudspeakers and subs are powered by 44 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, plus 11 Crown CTs 2000 amps to drive additional loudspeakers at the back of the arena.

“JBL’s VLA line has been a strong choice for us in arenas for the past few years. The overall sound quality is excellent and they provide higher output and increased intelligibility,” explained Mark Graham, Associate for WJHW. “We paired the VLA loudspeakers with the 4-channel Crown amplifiers, which we chose based on previous successes and the overall strong reliability reputation of the I-Tech HD line.”

The system is networked using four BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processors and six BLU-326 I/O expanders, both Dante-enabled products. Control for the entire Pepsi Center audio system is provided by HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, a common control platform for all devices from microphone to loudspeaker. “Using Audio Architect was a big deal,” Graham noted, “considering how new the software was at the time we did this installation. It paid off though – it’s a great way to control the system and its audio management capabilities are extensive. The venue’s ownership was very pleased when he saw we had the capability to put everything onto one software platform.”

“This installation turned out to be fantastic in terms of equal coverage to every area of the arena,” said Griffith. “The performance of the VLA loudspeakers and the subwoofers is so consistent that there’s very little seat-to-seat variation. The Pepsi Center project turned out to be one of the best examples of this I have heard.”

In addition to performance, one of the main benefits of choosing HARMAN according to Griffith was the support LVW and WJHW received from the company throughout the project. “We looked at various manufacturers’ solutions. I’ve always liked JBL and the HARMAN product line for its excellent sound quality and solid engineering and the support they provide – especially on this project, given the time crunch we were under – is second to none.”

In addition to its capability as a full stand-alone sound reinforcement system, the new system is designed so it can be used along with a tour sound system for concerts and other events. If a band or a convention comes to town and their rental system doesn’t have enough coverage, they can readily connect to the Pepsi Center system to supplement the audio.

For more information about LVW Electronics, please visit www.lvw.com.

For more information about Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, please visit www.wjhw.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Excision Tours With Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures

DJ and dubstep producer Excision, the champion of bass music and sensory overload, has begun his 2014 tour of the US and Canada with powerful Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20- LED-based moving lights and a cadre of Sharpys.

The Excision tour, featuring Dirtyphonics and ill.Gates, has been called a “virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds” that encompass a full range of genres. Excision is accompanied by a new 150,000-watt bass system from PK Audio and his Executioner video and light production.

The tour marks the first time that Light Action Productions has supplied B-EYEs, which have quickly become indispensible to lighting and laser designer Dave Hauss of Double Surface Designs LLC. “They’re my go-to light right now,” he says. “When I have to cut down the rig, B-EYE is always there. They are an all around great fixture, and artists love them. I wouldn’t spec anything else.”

Scott Humphrey with Light Action, says, “There’s nothing else like the B-EYE out right now. It’s a multi-event unit and great for electronic music. Some of its macros are great, and it gives a new take on retro effects.”

Hauss says the overall lighting design for the tour “is different every day based on the specifics of all kinds of venues; we play rooms for 1,000 to 10,000 people. It’s very city-to-city, and we have to ramp up and down. The continuing challenges are trim heights, width and weight capacity. I need to go in each day and adapt. That means I’m programming every day of the tour. What’s so great about the Clay Paky fixtures is that I have almost as many designs as venues. This tour is one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had.”

Hauss deploys eight B-EYEs “for everything from an incredibly bright wash for the openers to effects lights for the show. The entire show is projection mapped, and we needed fixtures that wouldn’t get lost. I use the B-EYEs in their shaper mode: splitting up the beam and dispersing the light is a great way to make it stand out. We can even take out the downstage truss because of the low trim. I like their color temperature a lot, and their field is amazingly even.”

Hauss has 20 Clay Paky Sharpys supplied by Christie Lites, which he calls “critical to the show.” He notes that his biggest challenge is that “this is a video shows with very large set pieces with very bright images – 90 minutes of custom content. You don’t want very wide ambient light. Sharpy is sharp enough to give a great light show without blowing out all the video – it’s the only fixture that won’t impede the visuals yet delivers all kinds of tricks.”

James Castaneda is the lighting tech for the tour and Dillion Butz and Cam McNeil of Beama Visual are the media server programmer and projectionist, respectively. The special effects vendor is Image Engineering. Brett Able is the tour manager.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “It’s great to see the B-EYE coming out of the gate on so many interesting applications and this is no exception. Mr. Hauss is a very creative designer and we’re glad to be able to help in his designs.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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