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Christie’s Book of Transformation Celebrates Projection Mapping Around World

Christie® has published and released The Book of Transformations – a ‘coffee table‘ style book that explores and celebrates how artists and technicians are using powerful projection display technologies to visually transform familiar structures and objects.
The Book of Transformations provides key visuals, core plans and technical details on scores of projection mapping projects done around the world using Christie projectors and complementary enabling technologies. It is available as a free downloadable app across multiple platforms, a PDF file and as a limited release hard copy publication.

Through more than 70 case studies, readers learn how giant office buildings, ancient temples and churches, landmark towers, bridges, performance stages and even athletic playing surfaces have been re-imagined and truly transformed using ‘light paint’ and the creative genius of event producers and artists.

Projection mapping involves creating an accurate, virtual version of a structure, and then using powerful professional-grade projectors to transform the characteristics of that structure using painted light and motion graphics.

Canada’s Parliament Hill Centre Block features Christie's projection mapping

The tablet version of The Book of Transformations includes images, embedded video and detailed narratives of how various structures and surfaces were mapped, recreated in software, and then given entirely new appearances using powerful projected light. The Book of Transformations also traces the history of the art form, provides an extensive primer on how projects are conceived and executed, and looks at the future of the technology and medium.

The free tablet app is available on Apple’s App Store for iPads and Google’s Play Store for Android tablets. A non-interactive PDF is also available free of charge, allowing all the showcases and supporting material to be readily viewed on other tablet devices, as well as PCs and laptops.

The book follows the early 2013 release of Christie’s ‘The Book of Shapes,’ which explored the projects and possibilities of the Christie’s groundbreaking Christie® MicroTiles® modular displays.

Book of Transformations – Designed To Inform and Inspire
“The feedback and marketplace demand for the Book of Shapes was extremely positive, so we started putting the plans together for this new publication even as the first one was being released,” explained Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie.

“With this new book, we wanted to not only inspire our partners and end-users with what’s possible using our projection technology, but also help explain the process and ingenuity behind some of the truly amazing projection mapping work we’ve seen around the world.”

Bart Kresa of Los Angeles-based BARTKRESA Design inspired the book’s title, having produced stunning visuals at events and installations on several continents. “It’s magic,” said Kresa, “when the audience doesn’t see this as being done with projection … when the audience doesn’t really know how it happens.”
Sorted by vertical categories: Celebrations & Festivals, Corporate, Government, Mega Events, Museums & Entertainment, Promotional & Branded, and Retail & Fashion, the Book of Transformations celebrates projects across several continents.

Featured projection mapping displays include iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St. Basil’s Cathedral domes in Moscow’s Red Square and the La Scala opera house in Milan. There are also Middle East mosques and temples, grain silos along Canada’s St. Lawrence River, and an old courthouse in Chile – all brought to life with projection mapping.

The book also shows how motion graphic artists and technical producers push the boundaries of projection such as in South Korea and Singapore where water vapor has served as the digital canvas. In the U.S. and Spain, new motor vehicles have been tightly wrapped in fabric and magically transformed through multiple projections and the imagination.

The Christie Technology behind Projection Mapping
Christie’s 3-chip DLP® projectors are used around the world for projection mapping. A wide choice of resolutions and brightness levels lets users project rich, evocative displays on almost any structure or surface. Christie’s range of projectors feature up to 35,000 center lumens, and are equipped with either Xenon or mercury illumination, meeting the requirements for applications of any size and budget.

Christie Twist™ technology allows users to warp and edge-blend projected images onto irregular shapes or surfaces, and complicated multi-projector setups are made easy using camera-based systems such as Christie AutoStack™.

To download a copy of The Book of Transformations, tablet users can click here.

St. Louis Institution Installs Yamaha IF, MTX System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—In 1903, a St. Louis institution was born. The Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) has endured and thrived by remaining committed to being a premier athletic, social, and dining club for business, professional and civic leaders, and families in the St. Louis area.” Today, the MAC is recognized as one of the top private clubs in the United States.

The landmark building recently upgraded its audio-visual system in the Missouri Room, its main ballroom, used for banquets and receptions. The room can accommodate up to 550 people. TSI-Global (St. Charles, MO) was responsible for the design and installation. “The ceiling and walls are decorated with ornate plaster relief carvings, states Steve Keller, Senior Account Manager at TSI-Global, who personally designed the system. This, along with the age of the building, offered unique challenges of finding ways to mount large projection screens and loudspeakers while maintaining the look and feel of this classically elegant room.”

As part of the new system, TSI-Global installed ten Yamaha IF2208W loudspeakers that were custom painted to match the room. The speakers are processed using the new Yamaha CIS (Commercial Installation Solution) MTX3. TSI installed four DCP1v4S units to control six audio sources (three wall plate inputs, two Sennheiser wireless microphones, and a DVD player). “Two controllers are on the first floor and two controllers are in the balcony with duplicate controls so that the volume of any source can be controlled either upstairs or downstairs,” says Keller.

Keller said the Yamaha IF speakers were chosen for their wide dispersion and rotatable horns (the speakers were mounted horizontally and the horns rotated) and that the Yamaha CIS MTX3 processor is a cost-effective DSP; combined with the controllers, this set up became a simple way to control the individual source volume. “Being able to daisy chain the controllers simplified the installation as well.”

“We needed to replace an aging sound system that was overly complex and was unable to achieve adequate sound levels without feedback, states Rick Garrett, Director of Technology, Missouri Athletic Club. It was also very important to our staff and membership that any fixed installations not disturb the aesthetics of our 100 year-old grand ballroom. The new system was designed to be simple enough for use without the aid of tech support and still provide us the flexibility to accommodate very complex and elaborate audio/visual events when required.”

Garrett said all of the club’s managers, employees, and members were excited to see how well the new Yamaha speakers blended into their existing décor. “More importantly, he adds, with our new Yamaha system, we are finally able to achieve excellent volume levels and sound quality without the noise and feedback we had with our old system.”

For more information on the Missouri Athletic Club, visit www.mac-stl.org.

For more information on TSI-Global, visit www.tsi-global.com.

For more information on the Yamaha IF Speakers and CIS Series products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Lightware Bolsters Support of HDBaseT: Will Demonstrate at INFOCOMM 2014

Lightware Visual Engineering has furthered its support of HDBaseT with its HDBaseT-enabled 65×65 and 80×80 modular matrix switchers and the new UMX-TPS product family, featuring HDBaseT extenders. Live working demos of the entire product line will be shown in the Lightware booth at InfoComm 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 14-20.

The HDBaseT connectivity standard for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content has become “increasingly popular and is an exciting step forward for the industry,” says Drew Taylor, director of sales and applications at Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products. “HDBaseT is playing an important role in the capabilities of Lightware’s growing product range.”

HDBaseT’s 5Play feature set, which delivers uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power and control signals over a single CAT5e/6 cable, makes it ideal for commercial integration, Taylor says. “By supporting HDBaseT Lightware is responding to needs from the integration space for remote power and the ability to extend RS232 and Ethernet from the matrix to all end points. Our UMX transmitters also can support any connection type.”

The new UMX-TPS product line includes HDBaseT extenders with wall and floor plate models. Targeted to environments such as small boardrooms and classrooms, these devices transmit universal video at resolutions up to 4K, audio, and control up to 180 meters over one CAT cable. The UMX-TPS-TX140 transmission unit is compatible with both Lightware’s HDBaseT extenders and matrix switchers.

Lightware’s own Hybrid architecture is an equivalent of HDBaseT technology delivering video, audio, Ethernet, IR, RS232 and power over a single CAT cable.

“Where Lightware separates itself from the competition is with its 65×65 and 80×80 matrix switchers, which offer Hybrid architecture with HDMI local inputs and outputs mixed with TPS boards,” says Taylor. “No other company provides that kind of solution. And Lightware switchers support 4K today – none of our competitors are shipping products with 4K capabilities yet.”

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

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Jesse French Wins the Chance To Convert To Prism Sound

Delicious Audio subscriber Jesse French is now the proud owner of a Prism Sound Titan audio interface after taking part in a competition that ran in a recent edition of the online newsletter ((http://audio.thedelimagazine.com/).

“I wanted to upgrade my audio interface and when I saw the competition I realised this was the perfect opportunity,” Jesse French says. “I’ve researched the company’s products and I’m very excited about winning a Titan.”

Internationally acclaimed company Prism Sound specialises in manufacturing high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the broadcast, film, music production and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the award-winning 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’s family of audio interfaces includes Orpheus, Lyra (I and II), Atlas and Titan, which was launched to huge critical acclaim at the AES Convention in New York in October 2013. This multi-channel interface offers recording professionals ultimate quality analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows PC at sample rates up to 192kHz via a simple USB interface. Titan has eight analogue inputs, eight analogue outputs and S/PDIF and TOSLINK optical digital I/O ports. The optical ports can also be used for ADAT, giving Titan a maximum capability of 18 concurrent input and output channels plus dual stereo headphones. The unit also features Prism Sound’s new MDIO interface miniature expansion slot, which can be used to expand its connectivity, for example by adding a direct connection to Pro Tools|HDX systems.

For Jesse French, the opportunity to own a Prism Sound audio interface couldn’t come at a better time as he is soon to graduate from Hampshire College in Massachusetts where he has been studying music performance and production.

“I am currently working on my thesis, which is on alternative ways to distribute music online,” he explains. “I also play in a band – Young Tricksters (http://youngtricksters.bandcamp.com/) – and I plan on continuing to play out and record after a graduate.”

Prior to acquiring his Titan, Jesse was using a low end 8-channel interface and running Logic. The ability to record 16 channels means that he can now upgrade his recording set up.

“When I heard I’d won the competition, it took a while to sink in,” he says. “I didn’t really believe it until the unit arrived and now I’m really excited to own it and want to say a big thank you to everyone at Prism Sound and Delicious Audio who made this possible.”

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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

Introducing the Moog Theremini: A re-imagining of one of the oldest electronic musical instruments

Asheville, NC, May 28, 2014— Today Moog Music announced the official release of the Theremini; a re-imagining of one of the oldest electronic musical instruments, and Bob Moog’s first love – the Theremin. It is the only known instrument that you play without touching. Moving your hands in the space around its antennas controls pitch and volume. The Theremini combines a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog, with the traditional no-touch playing of a Theremin.

The Theremini’s sound engine captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and effects, allowing for a wide range of styles and tones. The front panel features a multi function LCD screen, which displays a chromatic tuner with real-time feedback of each note as it is played. This is a useful tool for correcting a player’s position and pitch for each note. The Theremini also features a portable design with tabletop feet, bottom nesting pitch antenna, and a built-in speaker for quick setup and rehearsal anywhere.

“Learning to play a traditional Theremin is extremely difficult because there’s no tactile feedback, so you have to rely completely on your ears,” said Moog Music CEO Mike Adams. “The theremini has built-in tools that not only help users learn to play, but also teach pitch recognition and scales. Now anyone can play immediately.”

The Theremini features controls for pitch correction, scale, and root note, which allow anyone to adjust the level of playing difficulty, and to explore new means of music creation and gestural control. At the maximum position, the Theremini will play every note in a selected scale perfectly, making it impossible to play a wrong note. If pitch correction is set to minimum, the Theremini performs exactly as a traditional Etherwave Theremin – an analog heterodyning oscillator controls pitch.

For live performance and gestural control, the Theremini features a stereo effects processor with two line level audio outputs, an assignable ¼” CV output jack with selectable range, and a mini USB jack for preset editing, sound and firmware updates, and MIDI control.

The Theremini has begun shipping and is available at authorized Moog Music dealers worldwide. moogmusic.com/dealers

Retail Price: $319
Product Page: moogmusic.com/Theremini
Product video: http://youtu.be/1cqcTbDxsHM

About Moog Music:

Moog Music synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted in the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

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Expansion Kit Bundles Now Available for Sonnet’s Echo Express III-R and xMac Pro Server Rackmount Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Expansion Systems

Five New Preconfigured Modules for Sonnet’s Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit Deliver Popular Storage Expansion and Media Ingest Options

IRVINE, Calif. — May 28, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced five new Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits for the Echo(TM) Express III-R, a 2U rackmount Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion system, and for the recently announced xMac(TM) Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro(R) computers. Those expansion systems were designed to accommodate additional equipment within their enclosures, and the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits take advantage of that feature by offering users a simple way to add two 5.25-inch mobile rack devices to their equipment rack without taking up any more space.

The new preconfigured mobile rack systems include the basic Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit with internal 100-watt power supply and 40-millimeter fan; one or two devices such as swappable 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive cages, a Blu-ray(TM) burner, or a professional video media card reader; a PCIe controller card to support the devices; and the necessary cables to connect them together. Kits including drive cages require the user to purchase SATA hard disk drives or Solid State Drives. With the drive cages preinstalled in the mounting bracket, users need only install the PCIe card and Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit in the expansion system, and connect the devices and card with the provided cables.

Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits are available in the following configurations:

The Storage Expansion x8 Edition is configured for those requiring access to high storage volumes and the ability to swap out drives easily. This edition includes the basic Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, eight swappable 2.5-inch 6 Gb/sec SATA drive cages, one eight-port 6 Gb/sec SAS/SATA PCIe 2.0 host bus adapter card, and all required cables.

The Blu-ray Mastering Edition is configured for users needing an easy way to create Blu-ray disc masters using files from multiple drives. This edition includes the basic Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit; one 6x BD-R Blu-ray burner optical drive; two swappable 6 Gb/sec SATA 2.5-inch drive cages; one trayless, swappable 6 Gb/sec SATA 3.5-inch drive cage; one four-port 6 Gb/sec eSATA PCIe 2.0 host controller card; and all required cables.

The Pro Media Reader Edition is configured to enable users to ingest files easily and quickly from just about any HD video memory card — SxS(TM), P2, CompactFlash(R), SDHC(TM), and SDXC(TM) — through one device, and offload the files to multiple drives. This edition includes the basic Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, one Qio(TM) MR Thunderbolt Edition pro universal media reader with Thunderbolt Interface adapter and Thunderbolt cable, four swappable 2.5-inch 6 Gb/sec SATA drive cages, one four-port 6 Gb/sec eSATA PCIe 2.0 host controller card, and all required cables.

The Mac Pro Migration Edition is configured with the seasoned Mac Pro user in mind, providing a simple way to move drives from an old tower into a new Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system. This kit includes the basic Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit; three trayless, swappable 3.5-inch 6 Gb/sec SATA drive cages; one four-port 6 Gb/sec eSATA PCIe 2.0 host controller card; and all required cables.

The Data Archiving and Storage Edition is configured for those needing extra storage expansion and the ability to archive the data to an LTO tape drive. This kit includes the basic Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, four swappable 2.5-inch 6 Gb/sec SATA drive cages, one eight-port 6 Gb/sec SAS/SATA PCIe 2.0 host bus adapter card, and all required cables. The user must also purchase an LTO tape drive to complete the package.

Sonnet’s Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits are priced as follows: The Storage Expansion x8 Edition (part number MR-STO-X8SSD) has a suggested retail price of $999. The Blu-ray Mastering Edition (part number MR-BRM-X2S1H) has a suggested retail price of $899. The Pro Media Reader Edition (part number MR-QIO-X4SSD) has a suggested retail price of $1,899. The Mac Pro Migration Edition (part number MR-MPM-X3HD) has a suggested retail price of $699. The Data Archiving Edition (part number MR-LTO-X4SSD) has a suggested retail price of $899. All five new kits are available immediately.

More information on the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/mobilerackkit.

More information on Sonnet’s complete product family is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable RAID storage solutions. For more than 27 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

Echo, xMac and Qio are trademarks of Sonnet Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: Sonnet mobile rack device mounting kits, plus the Echo(TM) Express III-R with a kit installed (sold separately), and an xMac Pro(TM) Server with a different kit installed (also sold separately).

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Revolabs Executive HD Wireless Microphone System Brings Flexible Recording to Humberside Police Force

Partnership With Weston Digital Technologies Provides Wireless Recording, 128-Bit Encryption, and HD Audio Capabilities to Mission-Critical Police Installation

SUDBURY, Mass. — May 28, 2014 — Revolabs today announced that the company’s Executive HD(TM) wireless microphone system is now integrated with Weston Digital Technologies’ Symphony Ambient Recording solution to provide wireless recording capabilities to the U.K.’s Humberside Police Force. Delivering exceptional audio quality, fail-safe security, and unparalleled versatility, the wireless ambient recording solution allows Humberside police to manage large-scale incidents from multiple control rooms while maintaining meticulous quality and compliance standards.

Covering a population of over 1.14 million citizens within the districts of North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire, and the urban area of Kingston upon Hull, Humberside Police required a mission-critical recording solution for its highly demanding, fast-paced, and dynamic environment. By pairing Weston Digital Technologies’ Symphony Ambient Recording solution with Revolabs’ wireless, wearable microphone system, Humberside Police officers gain the flexibility and performance needed for managing serious incidents without compromising the force’s best practice requirements.

“In police command and control facilities such as the Humberside Police Force, mission-critical incident management discussions require the ability to operate within multiroom environments,” said Mike Partridge, commercial director at Weston Digital Technologies. “As a result, Weston needed to select a wireless microphone solution that could deliver a combination of exceptional audio quality, total versatility, and fail-safe security. The combination of Revolabs’ Executive HD and our Symphony Ambient Recording solution provides users with a flexible, safe, high-end feature set that is also incredibly easy to use. The ability to replay ambient audio synchronized with the call recordings and radio communications is invaluable for incident reconstruction.”

Fully integrated within the Symphony Ambient Recording solution, Revolabs’ Executive HD system provides unrivalled flexibility, quality, and security for demanding environments such as the Humberside Police. Supporting up to eight wireless microphones, multiple units can be linked together to support up to 32 microphones per area while integrating with all control systems via RS-232 or Ethernet — making the system a seamless, natural extension of any new or existing environment. An intuitive, front-panel LCD display provides simple control and configuration on-location, while management software is available for the convenience of remotely monitoring and controlling the system via Ethernet connection.

“Our new wireless solution allows senior officers to focus on managing incidents without worrying about audio recording elements, ensuring that best practices are followed at all times,” said Dave Christison, senior infrastructure engineer at Humberside Police. “With Revolabs microphones attaching directly to clothing or lanyards, officers are also able to move freely between control rooms without dropping communication recordings while 128-bit encryption ensures that all our communications remain fully secure, providing crucial protection for our transmissions.”

“As critical communication environments such as courtrooms and police stations turn to wireless technologies for their audio capture requirements, sound quality, design intuitiveness, and robust security become central elements to their installations’ reliability and success,” said Marc Cremer, COO at Revolabs. “Our Executive HD 4- and 8-channel wireless microphone system was engineered with these precise requirements in mind, allowing users such as the Humberside Police Force to perform their duties with the reassurance that audio capture remains clear, safe, and extremely flexible. We are thrilled to pair our system with Weston’s Symphony Ambient Recording solution and look forward to similar collaborations in the future.”

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About Weston Digital Technologies:
Weston Digital Technologies is the developer of the Symphony suite of synchronous communications recording, replay, and analysis applications. Their products are trusted by many of the world’s leading companies to record critical business communications including TDM, VoIP, and Mobile Call Recording along with Screen Data, Ambient Audio, and CCTV, whilst Symphony’s analytic capabilities help organisations to meet regulatory requirements, optimise their workforce and better understand their customers. Symphony can be found at work in a diverse range of environments including financial institutions, Blue-Light Services and contact centres. The company is headquartered in Sussex, U.K. and can be reached at +44 (0)1403-783-344 or www.westondigital.com.

About Revolabs:
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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

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Image Caption: Revolabs’ field service engineer for EMEA, Geoff Hellyer (L), congratulates Mike Partridge, commercial director of Weston Digital Technologies, on the Humberside Police installation.

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MultiDyne 2014 Cine Gear Expo Exhibitor News

Visit MultiDyne(R) at the 2014 Cine Gear Expo — Booth 301

At the 2014 Cine Gear Expo, MultiDyne(R) will showcase a broad range of innovative, fiber-optic-based video and audio transport solutions designed specifically for pro A/V and broadcast applications.

A key highlight at the booth will be additions to the MultiDyne SilverBACK(TM) family of fiber transport solutions. Responding to consumer demand, MultiDyne has added the option for Ethernet transport and DC power taps to the SilverBACK family.

Key Product and Technology Demonstrations

The Dingo(TM) Fiber Transport Card Line
At the 2014 Cine Gear Expo, MultiDyne(R) will introduce The Dingo(TM), a new fiber transport card set. Featuring a flexible, elegant design, The Dingo supports a wide range of camera signals — 3G HD-SDI, composite video, analog or digital audio with cross-conversion, intercom, serial data, and Gigabit Ethernet — over a single fiber-optic cable. Available in three interoperable formats, The Dingo brings unprecedented flexibility to all aspects of fiber transport.

The Dingo is available as an openGear(R) compatible card that offers SNMP management and power redundancy in a single hot-swappable card; as a portable, black box that makes a great addition to MultiDyne’s LightBrix line; or as a smaller personality card for The BullDog(TM), LiGHTBoX(R), and LiGHTCuBE(R) product lines — all from MultiDyne. All three formats are interoperable, enabling seamless communication between openGear cards and other fiber transport equipment in the field.

The Dingo supports a variety of applications including broadcast, A/V, sports, OB, ENG, POV, and multicamera shoots, making it the ideal solution for professional camera operators as well as field and facility infrastructures.

As part of The Dingo Line, MultiDyne will release an individual card for each signal transport, as well as various signal combinations, creating over two dozen individual cards in order to fit each and every fiber transport application — all available as cards, a black box, or as personality cards for The BullDog, LiGHTBoX and LiGHTCuBE.

The BullDog(TM) Field Fiber Transport System and The BullDog Big Brothers
MultiDyne(R) is now shipping The BullDog(TM), an innovative field fiber transport system that packs endless functionality into a compact, rugged package. Using The BullDog, professional camera operators can significantly extend the transmission distance of multiple camera signals, including HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, Ethernet, GPIOs, tally, and power. In addition to transporting any camera signal over a single fiber cable, The BullDog can efficiently transport up to eight HD-SDI signals in any direction. Designed to withstand the harsh environments of sports and ENG applications, the cost-effective and scalable system can be easily configured to support a wide range of existing and next-generation signals.

Already operating on a lightweight battery pack, The BullDog gives users the option of adding the MultiDyne JUICE power supply. In addition to transmitting signals to and from the camera with a hybrid optical cable, users can send power to The BullDog and the camera. With the Juice option, there is no need for a battery or local power, which is particularly useful at golf courses and venues without a power infrastructure.

In addition to its standard compact version of The BullDog, MultiDyne will highlight The BullDog Big Brothers, two larger-sized units that pack even more functionality into a still rugged and compact form factor.

SilverBACK-4K(TM) Will Have Significant New Features Including Ethernet and Power Taps
Also on display at the 2014 Cine Gear Expo will be the MultiDyne(R) SilverBACK-4K(TM), a powerful camera-mounted fiber transport solution that supports 4K (Ultra HD) digital television. Utilizing SilverBACK-4K, users can seamlessly transmit any camera signal, including Ultra HD video, HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power, over a single hybrid copper and fiber cable.

The SilverBACK-4K is available in two versions: a feature-rich model with a video option for viewfinder or monitor viewing in the field; and a low-cost model without the viewfinder/monitor viewing option. Ultra HD support can be added to any existing SilverBACK-4K system through a simple upgrade, enabling MultiDyne customers to deliver a state-of-the-art 4K television experience cost-effectively.

The award-winning MultiDyne SilverBACK-4K transport system features an elegant, compact case, measuring just over one inch thick, with a simple, intuitive user interface. Ideal for digital cinema, sports, ENG, D-SNG and multicamera studio applications, SilverBACK-4K can transport SDI video up to 4K uncompressed, with embedded or separate program audio. A JUICE power supply can be added to support camera distances of up to 500 meters.

SilverBACK-II(TM) With JUICE Camera-Mounted Fiber Transport Solution
The MultiDyne(R) signature SilverBACK-II(TM) with JUICE is a cost-effective, camera-mounted fiber transport solution capable of transmitting any camera signal, including HD-SDI video, audio, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power, over a single hybrid fiber and copper cable without relying on local power or batteries. Featuring an elegant, compact case measuring just over one inch thick, the SilverBACK-II with JUICE eliminates operator fatigue in the field by providing users with a lightweight, remote powering system that can be seamlessly integrated onto any camera. Ideally suited for news, sports, ENG, D-SNG, OB, and multicamera studio applications, the SilverBACK-II with JUICE can transport SDI video up to 3G HD-SDI uncompressed, with embedded or separate program audio. A return video option also supports up to 3G HD-SDI video for viewfinder or monitor viewing, providing a high-quality viewing experience for users in the field. In addition, the unit enables operators to achieve camera control/RCP paint functions through one of the three available data channels. An additional back channel is available for camera sync or genlock. Several options are available for optical connectivity including STs, Neutrik(R) opticalCon, Fibreco Mini MX expanded beam, and Lemo(R) 304M. The SilverBACK-II with JUICE is now available with Ethernet and DC power taps as well.

Company Overview:

For more than 30 years, MultiDyne(R) has been a leading provider of innovative video and fiber-optic-based transport systems for the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, pro A/V, corporate, retail, surveillance, teleconferencing, judicial arraignment, transportation, government, military, and healthcare markets. MultiDyne’s fiber-optic transport systems for video, SDI, 3G HD, DVB/ASI, VGA, DVI, HDMI, audio, AES, Ethernet, data, and CATV, as well as the company’s other broadcast accessories, are used worldwide by such industry leaders as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, RAI, BBC, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. MultiDyne provides a seven-year warranty on its core product line. For more information, call MultiDyne at 1-877-MULTIDYNE or 1-516-671-7278, visit the company’s website at www.multidyne.com, or send an email to sales@multidyne.com.

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Advanced Systems Group Welcomes New Additions to Engineering Team

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, today announced the addition of Gary Schneider, Keith Pintner and Chris Sullivan to its engineering team, effective April 1. All three are veterans of Media Vision Integration (MVI), a California-based professional AV systems integrator, with extensive experience in

Keith Pintner

designing and building broadcast, film, and post-production facilities, high-end boardrooms and briefing centers, and other specialized AV systems.

For more than 16 years, Schneider served as president and CEO of MVI. Before he established MVI, he worked for nine years as an engineer and project manager for David Carroll Electronics, where he served as the systems engineer for a custom audio system for the U.S. Senate.

Pintner spent 14 years at MVI as a senior project manager and system engineer, where he worked on projects for Apple, Pixar Animation Studios and ENG Mobile Systems. Previously, he began his eight-year career at David Carroll Electronics as an installation technician, and was quickly promoted to support engineer and project manager.

Sullivan was a systems engineer at MVI for six years, working on projects for a number of high profile companies, including LinkedIn, Dreamworks Animation and Lucasfilm. Independently, he has produced promotional videos for the California wine industry since 2009, and previously served as a stage manager and machine room operator for American Zoetrope for nine years.

“It is rare for a company to have the opportunity to welcome three employees with this level of engineering expertise at the same time,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, ASG. “We are very pleased to add Gary, Keith and Chris to the ASG team, and we look forward to adding their talents to our upcoming projects.”

Schneider, Pintner and Sullivan are based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville. Contact them at 510-654-8300 or via e-mail at gds@asgllc.com, kpintner@asgllc.com and csullivan@asgllc.com.

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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wysiwyg makes light of Macao’s ‘Rhythm of Life’ celebration

The ability of CAST Software’s wysiwyg pre-visualization solution to enable unique creative event ideas – while saving time and money – has been perfectly showcased by The Rhythm Of Life, a majestically colourful multimedia show held in Macao’s ancient city centre.

Commissioned by the Macao Cultural Institute and under the artistic direction of Lebigre & Roger, ‘The Rhythm of Life’ celebrated the Latin heritage of Macao – today a separately administered part of China, but until 1999 a colony of Portugal. Featuring dozens of performers wearing traditional painted faces, the parade was inspired by the great carnival of Viareggio in Tuscany.

“In total this was a three-hour show with around 2,500 cues, all of them controlled by SMPTE, and 1,300 lighting fixtures,” says Alessio de Simone, Lighting and Show Designer at Italy’s Trussdesign.it, which was contracted by Lebigre & Roger to produce the lighting and staging concept for ‘The Rhythm of Life’.

“We used wysiwyg in all phases of the project,” continues de Simone. “We began with the CAD function for our own internal brain-storming, then used the Design function to develop renderings that could be presented to our customers.

“Once the main structure had been approved, we created a Lighting Plot, and finally, once we had received the soundtrack of the show and the choreography, we literally locked ourselves in the blue room in our office where, for about six weeks, we pre-programmed the whole event scene-by-scene.”

De Simone says that wysiwyg’s ability to create moving ‘points of view’ from virtual cameras was invaluable in assessing the detail of light-fixture positioning and programming, as well as the effectiveness of the design as a whole. The final setup, complete with four spectacular automated ‘marionettes’ dancing and soaring up to 9m into the air, was realised in remarkably short order once the Trussdesign.it team had arrived in Macao.

“We placed all the projectors as called-for in our wysiwyg documentation, turned on all the moving heads – and every scene position was exactly as it had been in our pre-visualization. With small adjustments for pan and tilt, gobos and beams were perfect – just like they had appeared in our designs, 10,000km away.”

‘The Rhythm of Life’ was performed in front of 20,000 people and shown on three different Chinese TV channels, to ecstatic ratings and reviews. Yet without wysiwyg, the show might not have gone ahead at all, as monsoon rain swept through Macao in the days prior to the production, effectively halting all on-site programming.

“The rain stopped the job completely,” recalls de Simone. “As every lighting designer knows, when you have outside fixtures you can’t program during the day – only at night. And the rain just didn’t stop. Fortunately, thanks to our pre-visualization with wysiwyg, we had already fixed everything in our control panel.

“On the night of the performance, the sound manager pressed ‘Play’ on his Mac, we watched the SMPTE on our Hogs, sat back, relaxed…and enjoyed the show!”

Bruce Freeman, Chairman, CAST Group, concludes: “wysiwyg users are independent professionals. Whether you design for live theatre, special events, TV/film or Macao, you compete and you must deliver globally. Previz that does not cheat is vital – you must have confidence. This story is a great example of how pros used wysiwyg and the significance of previz as well as the rich graphics that make renderings really virtually real. Another reason wysiwyg’s previz often plays such a big role in special events is that it is “green” – it can save up to 60% of electricity costs because you don’t need to take over the space and run the lighting for the design phase.”

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All images should be credited to: Images courtesy of Trussdesign Italy.

Follow Trussdesign.it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LIGHTING.DESIGN.STUDIO

Some useful links:

Twitter & Facebook: CASTsoftware

Video: Entire previsualization using wyswiyg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTwg0dYmhA8&list=UUuJgUv67JRWDLN06MBEwAGA

Previsualization video in 3-parts:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8SuDg9_s-E
Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROF1M3BqCPc
Part III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AfW4KcGZFo

About CAST Software
Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien — Virtual Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.
www.cast-soft.com

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