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LECTROSONICS TM400 DEPLOYED AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR WIRELESS TEST & MEASUREMENT

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Louisville, KY – August, 2014… Churchill Downs, the thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby, represents the epitome of professional horse racing. In preparation for the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, facility management wanted a new sound reinforcement system installed covering all outdoor areas of the facility. To ensure the new system met the highest expectations, the design services of Dallas, TX-based Marsh/PMK International, LLC were retained. And to assist with the many considerations that go into the commissioning of a new sound system, a TM400 Wireless System for Test and Measurement from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics was utilized. more

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SMPTE Confers ‘Fellow’ Status on Eight Members of Motion-Imaging Technology Industry

Industry Leaders Honored by SMPTE Continue to Make Global Impact on the Production, Delivery, and Display of Content

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Aug. 21, 2014 – The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that it has granted SMPTE Fellow membership status to eight industry leaders. This honor is conferred on individuals who have, through their proficiency and contributions to the industries, attained an outstanding rank among members of the Society.

New SMPTE Fellows will be inducted on Wednesday, Oct. 22, during the Fellows Luncheon, and further recognized on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the SMPTE Honors and Awards Ceremony. Both events will be held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2014) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The Fellows Luncheon will feature a keynote by SMPTE Fellow Darcy Antonellis, who serves as chief executive officer at Vubiquity.

2014 SMPTE Fellows

Hanno Basse, chief technology officer (CTO) at 20th Century Fox Film Corp., oversees technology strategy and engineering, including home entertainment, theatrical distribution, and postproduction. He earlier spent more than 14 years at DirecTV, ultimately as senior vice president of broadcast systems engineering, with accomplishments including the 2005 launch of the largest HD channel rollout to date and the 2009 implementation of DirecTV’s video-on-demand infrastructure, as well as significant contributions to DirecTV’s broadcast infrastructure and construction of its Los Angeles Broadcast Center. Basse began his career in 1991 as a scientist-engineer at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT) in Munich, Germany, and worked as a systems engineer at ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. He has been awarded 18 patents.

Thomas G. Edwards, vice president of engineering and development at Fox Networks Engineering & Operations, works on advanced technology projects such as mobile digital television, 3D, and the Fox network satellite distribution system. Before joining Fox, he was senior manager of interconnection engineering at PBS, where he was responsible for the engineering planning of the PBS Next Generation Interconnection System. He was also involved in streaming media production and delivery at the Internet service provider DIGEX and the IP-over-satellite company Cidera. Edwards has contributed to the Report of the SMPTE Study Group on Media Production System Network Architecture, the Report of the SMPTE Task Force on 3D to the Home, and the National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook. In addition to SMPTE, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Joseph J. Kane Jr. specializes in the sciences of electronic imaging and accurate reproduction of video signals on display devices, both of which are the focus of his company, Joe Kane Productions, founded in 1982. Kane has a long history of participating in standardization of the canvas on which electronic art is created and making it possible for a mass audience to be able to see that art as it was intended to be seen. He is currently working with higher-definition formats and the concept of a new video system based on the capability of current and future display technologies. Kane is also a manager of the SMPTE Hollywood Section.

John McCoskey is the SMPTE Eastern region governor and executive vice president and CTO at the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA), where he is responsible for development and execution of MPAA’s global technology strategy. Previously McCoskey served as the first CTO at PBS, where he was responsible for all technology strategy, development, operations, and infrastructure serving more than 350 full-power public television stations. He earlier was vice president of product development at Comcast; CTO and co-founder at Brief Original Broadcasts; and senior vice president of technology and CTO at Discovery Communications. McCoskey is an inventor with more than 40 issued or pending U.S. utility patents related to technology and media.

Andrew Quested joined the BBC as a trainee engineer in 1978 and became a video editor working across the BBC’s output, including all episodes of the “Keeping Up Appearances” program. In his tenure as a BBC editor, Quested introduced nonlinear editing, as well as stereo and widescreen production; oversaw the introduction of end-to-end tapeless production; served as the technical lead on the BBC’s first HD channel; and lead HD pilot projects such as overseeing the workflow for the series “Planet Earth.” Quested currently chairs the Strategic Programme on Quality Control (QC) for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), authors the BBC technical standards for international exchange, and is part of the U.K.’s Digital Production Partnership (DPP), which is responsible for the AS-11 DPP Compliance and Certification Programme. Quested has chaired International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Rapporteur Groups for 3D, image dynamic range, IP contribution, and quality control. As a manager of the SMPTE U.K. Section, he focuses on career development and education of new graduates and the U.K.’s new apprenticeship schemes.

Vince Roberts is executive vice president of global operations and CTO at Disney/ABC Television Group. He was a founding employee of Disney Channel in 1983 and ultimately led development of server-based broadcast operations. He established Disney’s first international broadcast operation, Walt Disney Television Singapore, and oversaw the launches of more than 90 entertainment channels and/or channel feeds in more than 160 countries and 30 languages. Prior to joining Disney, Roberts was in videodisc research and development with MCA and JVC/EMI/GE, earning a patent for a specialized quality control process device. During his two years at Color Systems Technology Inc. as senior vice president of production, the company earned an Emmy(R) Award for technical achievement for the video coloring process. Roberts co-chaired the Federal Communications Commission’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee on Internet closed captioning and is currently chairman of both the Innovation Advisory Board for Imagine Communications (formerly Harris Broadcast) and the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California. He was awarded the 2014 Broadcast and Cable Technology Leadership Award and currently has four patents pending. In addition to SMPTE, he is a member of IEEE, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and serves on the board of directors for the North American Broadcasters Association and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation.

Jim Starzynski is the director and principal audio engineer at NBCUniversal Advanced Engineering, where he oversees audio technologies and practices for all NBCUniversal television properties, including the company’s two broadcast networks, 26 owned stations, and 18 cable channels. Starzynski chairs the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) technical subgroup S34-2 on next-generation audio systems and S6-3 on digital television loudness. He is also the chair for the Sports Video Group DTV Audio Group and serves on the board of directors for the home audio division of the Consumer Electronics Association. Starzynski has received four Emmy Awards for technical achievement for multiple broadcasts of the Olympic Games, and he was the 2011 recipient of the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award.

Colin R. Wright began his career at the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, where he worked on the introduction of color and stereo sound, and ultimately spent 35 years in key engineering roles with Australia’s Seven Network. During that time, he contributed to the creation of a global HDTV standard, led construction of Seven’s Los Angeles news studio, and introduced innovative techniques for carrying two television programs, data, and multiple sound channels on a single low-powered international satellite link. Wright worked closely with Hitachi to introduce charge-coupled device cameras and enhanced camera links for sport and studio work; and with Sony and EVS prior to the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games to improve disk record/replay systems. His contributions to Australian requirements for digital video broadcasting adoption helped to enable testing of Seven’s mobile broadcasting capabilities during the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. Wright holds editing and chairman roles on various Australian committees addressing digital television transmission and reception; quality monitoring, hybrid broadcast broadband television, IPTV, interactivity, spectrum planning, analog shutdown/channel restack, and audio loudness control; and 3D and UHDTV.

Further information about SMPTE 2014 is available at www.smpte2014.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Music Mix Mobile Streamlines On-Location Audio Recording Workflows With Sonnet’s Echo Express III-R and xMac mini Server

Compact and Portable Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) Card Expansion Systems Join Array of Sonnet Equipment Enabling Mobile Audio Producer to Work at Maximum Efficiency

IRVINE, Calif. — Aug. 20, 2014 – Music Mix Mobile (M3), an Emmy(R) and Grammy(R) Award-winning provider of mobile audio facilities for high-profile live entertainment events and broadcasts, has deployed Sonnet Technologies’ Echo(TM) Express III-R and xMac(TM) mini Server Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) 2.0 expansion systems in its mobile production units and portable flight pack systems. Joining a broad array of Sonnet expansion and storage solutions in use since M3′s founding in 2008, the Echo Express III-R and xMac mini Server chassis offer highly reliable and scalable, yet cost-effective, means of extending and streamlining M3′s on-location audio recording workflows.

In recent months, M3 has migrated some of its operations from legacy Mac Pro(R) towers to more portable MacBook Pro(R) notebooks and Mac(R) mini computers. In the process, M3 needed solutions that would enable its engineers to continue working with the high-performance PCIe cards they had been accustomed to using in the extensible but bulky Mac Pros. The Echo Express III-R enables the MacBook Pros — or any Mac computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports — to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers. In similar fashion, the xMac mini Server increases the functionality of the powerful yet ultra-small-footprint Mac mini by securely rack-mounting the computer and connecting it via Thunderbolt to two PCIe 2.0 expansion slots contained in the same enclosure.

“As smaller and more portable Mac computers have become more powerful, we’ve realized we can use them for many tasks that previously required the horsepower of the legacy Mac Pro,” said Joel Singer, co-founder and technical engineer at M3. “With the Sonnet expansion systems, we’re able to leverage the portability and cost-effectiveness of the MacBook Pro and Mac mini without having to change our workflows and audio processes that rely on PCIe cards from Avid, RME, Aja, Blackmagic Design, and other vendors. We just pop the cards into the Echo Express, connect the chassis to the MacBook Pro via Thunderbolt, and we’re ready to work. With the Mac mini, it’s even easier because the computer is already mounted inside the xMac mini Server chassis with Thunderbolt connectivity.”

M3 was among the first Sonnet customers to use the Echo Express Thunderbolt expansion system and the first to apply it for audio recording, beginning with the earlier Echo Express Pro two-slot model. Today, M3 has installed Echo Express III-R and xMac mini Servers in all four of its mobile production vehicles as well as a dozen of its portable mixing/recording systems. In addition, M3 uses several Echo Express Pros as well as Sonnet’s Tempo(TM) SSD 6 Gb/sec SATA PCIe 2.5-inch storage cards and Allegro(TM) USB 3.0 host controller cards.

“In our business, we travel all over the world for mobile event recording — so the solutions we use must be absolutely robust, reliable, and easy to carry,” Singer added. “In addition to these qualities, the Sonnet expansion chassis are brilliantly designed and extremely easy to work with. Our techs can come off of a flight with a couple of carry-on bags, arrive at the location, and then put together an extremely reliable and great-sounding recording system in a matter of minutes. In many ways, the Echo Express solutions have ushered in a new era of mobile recording for our company.”

“As the largest remote audio facilities company in the U.S., M3 is a highly valued customer and one of the best examples of how our advanced Thunderbolt expansion systems can be used in an audio recording setting,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “M3′s Emmy- and Grammy-Award-winning staff has used Sonnet equipment for years to record and produce some of the world’s most prestigious broadcast shows and most well-known musical acts. We look forward to our continuing partnership as the company deploys some of our upcoming solutions, such as the xMac Pro Server, a rack-mount enclosure, and the Thunderbolt-to-PCIe 2.0 expansion system for the new Mac Pro.”

More information on Sonnet products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Music Mix Mobile
Longtime friends John Harris, Mitch Maketansky, Joel Singer, and Jay Vicari opened Music Mix Mobile in the spring of 2008. The four developed a unique business model, along with a new state-of-the-art mobile recording facility, the M3 and M1 Flight Pack system, which uses state-of-the-art equipment and modern design philosophies. Music Mix Mobile offers superior audio solutions for capture and broadcast which transcend industry standards and continue to exceed customers’ expectations. The company strives to create and maintain long-lasting relationships based on commitment and trust. For more information, visit www.musicmixmobile.com.

About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems, pro media readers, RAID storage systems, and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro 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, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 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.

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Nexidia and Telestream Announce Integration of Nexidia QC Caption Verification Tool Into Vantage Workflow Automation Environment

ATLANTA — Aug. 27, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, and Telestream(R), a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced a partnership that gives Telestream Vantage users a unique and integrated quality control (QC) solution for caption and language verification. Nexidia QC(TM), Nexidia’s award-winning software tool for automating QC of closed captions, video description, and languages for broadcast and IP workflows, is now available as part of the Telestream Vantage v6.3 file-based workflow automation system. The integration will help ensure that those who use Vantage are better able to automate compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed caption regulations as well as similar requirements of regulators around the world and delivery requirements of OTT partners.

“Nexidia QC is a patented verification tool for captions and language identification that is unlike anything else out there. When you add it to Telestream’s leading workflow automation and orchestration tool, known for its ease, speed, and quality of conversion, you get efficiencies that streamline the entire delivery and QC process into a single automated workflow,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “The Nexidia QC integration enables Telestream Vantage users to utilize Nexidia QC’s full functionality anywhere in the Vantage workflow, ensuring that media meets FCC regulations and caption and language requirements from partners like iTunes(R), Netflix, and Amazon. This combination saves time and money over manual solutions and results in a higher-quality experience for viewers across all platforms.”

The FCC requires that closed captions be complete and in sync for any program that goes to air and for any previously broadcasted program that is subsequently streamed or otherwise made available online. Telestream Vantage offers a suite of file-based tools for performing high-quality transcoding and frame-rate conversion that scales to accommodate multiple programs and platforms. Nexidia QC is an automated solution that can perform up to five times faster than real time, and the workflow can be further accelerated by adding additional instances of Nexidia QC. The combined solution can scale to address caption compliance in the face of a growing number of platforms and programs, increasing throughput while maintaining high-quality deliverables.

“With the FCC’s strict new rules on the insertion of closed captions in video clips that are posted online, the combination of Telestream Vantage and CaptionMaker with Nexidia QC ensures that our customers can create, check QC, and correct closed captions associated with their media,” said Paul Turner, vice president of enterprise product management at Telestream.

Nexidia QC provides a unique, natural-language verification tool for captions and language identification that easily integrates into broadcast and IP workflows. In the integration with Vantage, Nexidia QC can be inserted at any point in the Vantage workflow. This flexibility enables customers to optimize all their delivery requirements, utilizing a single platform to meet quality and FCC standards and regulations.

Nexidia QC is integrated into v6.3 of the Vantage platform and is now available worldwide.

More information about Nexidia and its products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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

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SMPTE Announces 2014 Honorees and Award Winners

Annual SMPTE Honors & Awards Ceremony Highlights Vision, Ingenuity, Perseverance, and Dedication to Motion Picture and Television Industries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Aug. 26, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today revealed the outstanding industry members who will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 23, at the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony.

The SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony, supported by IMAX, is being held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Those registering for SMPTE 2014 may elect to purchase awards ceremony tickets with their conference package. A limited number of tables are also available for purchase. Further details about the event are available at www.smpte2014.org.

Honorary Membership in the Society recognizes individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences. It is the Society’s highest accolade. This year, SMPTE honors three technologists for their innovations, which have left a lasting impression on the industry.

George Lucas is best known as a writer, director, and producer responsible for iconic American films, but Lucas is also a pioneer in the adoption of new technologies for motion picture production and exhibition. Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1975, and it has gone on to produce visual effects (VFX) for nearly 300 films. Among many other innovations, ILM invented the OpenEXR file format in 2000 to support high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. The animation studio Pixar was founded as the Graphix Group of Lucasfilm in 1979. In 1981, Lucas co-founded the sound company THX to advance the quality of theatrical sound systems. In 2002, “Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones” was the first major Hollywood feature to be captured digitally, on 24p high-definition (HD) video cameras. In his determination to push the medium of cinema with new technologies and techniques, Lucas encountered both support and skepticism. It is now clear that his perseverance and vision were key factors in the eventual widespread adoption of digital cinematography in motion picture production.

Leonardo Chiariglione is generally considered to be the driving force behind the development of the MPEG set of standards that underpin today’s many digital moving pictures applications. Chiariglione’s constant push for a simple, standardized moving pictures toolbox began in 1988 with the founding of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) group, and it continues to the present day. Chiariglione has forcefully maintained focus on timely standardization, technical simplicity, and efficiency. The wide adoption of MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, in particular, is apt testimony to the contribution Chiariglione and the MPEG group has made to date.

The Honor Roll posthumously recognizes individuals who were not awarded Honorary Membership during their lifetimes but whose contributions would have been sufficient to warrant such an honor.

John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is inducted into the SMPTE Honor Roll in recognition of his lifelong contributions as a pioneer in television technology. His accomplishments include the first live television demonstration (in 1925), the first publicly shown color television system (1928), and the first fully electronic color television picture tube. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began transmitting with the Baird system in 1929. Baird continued to develop new technology including a mechanical color system in 1939 (adopted by CBS/RCA); a 500-line 3-D system in 1941; and an electronic 600-line color display in 1944. Baird lobbied for post-war standardization of his 1,000-line electronic color television system.

The Progress Medal is the highest SMPTE medal award, and it recognizes outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion picture, television, or motion imaging industries. Ioan Allen has earned the 2014 Progress Medal Award in recognition of his many contributions to the motion picture and television industry, specifically his innovations in sound research and development programs at Dolby Laboratories, including Dolby Stereo(R), Dolby Spectral Recording (SR), and Dolby Digital, as well as his ongoing contributions to worldwide standards organizations.

The Archival Technology Medal recognizes significant technical advancements or contributions related to the invention or development of technology, techniques, workflows, or infrastructure for the long-term storage, archive, or preservation of media content essence. The 2014 award will be presented to Neil Beagrie in recognition of his long-term contributions to the research and implementation of strategies and solutions for digital preservation. Beagrie played a key role in the development of a collaborative approach to the study and dissemination of knowledge relating to research data management, digital preservation, digital curation, and data archive. He was responsible for establishing the Digital Preservation Coalition, with more than 35 major members from industry, national libraries, broadcasters, and archives. In addition, he was responsible for establishing the digital preservation program within the Joint Information Systems Committee. This program helped to create the Digital Curation Center, which seeks to actively manage, preserve, and curate digital data throughout the research life cycle.

The David Sarnoff Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of new techniques or equipment that have contributed to the improvement of the engineering phases of television technology, including large-venue presentations. Clyde D. Smith Jr. will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his pioneering work in the application and deployment of digital technologies in the broadcast network environment, including the development of automated, server-based closed-captioning systems, as well as optimization of digital media to address the issue of audience disaggregation and to provide the capability to seek out viewers on their preferred platform and make a rich selection of programming available to them in their preferred environment. Smith’s experiences, contributions, and support have provided critical guidance to the development of a meaningful educational experience for local broadcast engineers.

The Digital Processing Medal recognizes significant technical achievements related to the development of digital processing of content for cinema, television, games, or other related media. The 2014 award will be presented to Barry Haskell for his contributions to the digital transmission and coding of images over a 44-year career. Haskell has published more than 70 technical papers and holds more than 125 patents. He is the author or co-author of three books, including one of the foundational books on MPEG. Haskell managed the compression research group at Bell Labs, making major contributions to the MPEG standards, and followed that at Apple Computer, where his research team made significant contributions to the H.264/AVC standard.

The Kodak Educational Award honors an individual who advances the educational process at any level through innovative and inspirational methods, and it recognizes outstanding contributions in new or unique educational programs utilizing the technologies of film. Steve Wright will receive the 2014 award for his service in visual effects as an accomplished practitioner and master trainer. Wright’s specialization is in the digital domain, but he has long been an advocate for visual effects education in workflow for both film and digital intermediates. He has worked to perfect and to implement color management paradigms in compositing, cementing the place of film in digital postproduction and promoting stronger understanding of film’s value in digital compositing. Wright has been a master visual effects trainer since 2005, and his two books, “Compositing Visual Effects: Essentials for the Aspiring Artist” and “Digital Compositing for Film and Video,” are among the very few that actively instruct in film color science for digital intermediate and compositing.

The Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal recognizes outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods and/or apparatus for motion picture sound, including any step in the process. Ville Pulkki will receive the 2014 award for his outstanding contributions in the field of spatial sound reproduction and multichannel audio rendering, including the two-dimensional and three-dimensional panning methods of vector-base amplitude panning (VBAP) and non-unitary vector-base amplitude panning (NVBAP). The value of Pulkki’s contributions is underscored by the emergence of immersive sound in the cinematic and broadcast arts.

The Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Medal recognizes outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture postproduction and distribution services. The 2014 award will be presented to Jim Houston for his leadership and contributions in the application of digital technologies to motion picture production and postproduction processes. As an industry leader, he established a state-of-the-art digital finishing facility for a wide range of postproduction processes including digital intermediates, digital cinema mastering, and restoration. Houston has played a key role in the development of standards related to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), as well as various standards for video and motion picture mastering.

The Workflow Systems Medal recognizes outstanding contributions related to the development and integration of IT file-based systems and infrastructures into production processes. Philip Tudor will receive the 2014 award for his foundational contributions to professional media file formats and for early implementations of file-based workflows. Tudor has worked tirelessly in numerous SMPTE committees and in the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), focusing on developing standards and specifications for file-based essence and metadata interchange. His pioneering work on tapeless audio and video capture, Material eXchange Format (MXF), and the Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) led to the implementation of workflows at the BBC. Tudor continues file-based workflow innovation with the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and IP Studio, which focuses on file-based workflows for live television production within an Internet protocol (IP) environment.

The Camera Origination and Imaging Medal honors the recipient by recognizing significant technical achievements related to invention or advances in imaging technology including sensors, imaging processing electronics, and the overall embodiment and application of image capture devices. Eric R. Fossum will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his leadership in the invention and development of the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensor (APS) technology. This advancement was first published in 1993 while Fossum worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additionally, he promoted the new technology to a broad range of manufacturers as a new way of making camera image sensors. CMOS image sensor technology is now widely deployed in motion picture and television cameras, cell phones, medical devices, security systems, and many other professional and consumer applications.

Each year, one SMPTE Journal Award is presented to the author of the most outstanding paper originally published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal during the preceding calendar year. The 2014 SMPTE Journal Award will be presented to Andrew B. Watson for “High Frame Rates and Human Vision: A View Through the Window of Visibility,” published in the March 2013 issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. Journal Certificates of Merit will also be presented to Benjamin Bross, Heiko Schwarz, and Detlev Marpe for their May/June 2013 Journal article titled “The New High-Efficiency Video Coding Standard.”

The Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, which recognizes individuals for dedicated service for the betterment of the Society over a sustained period of time, will be conferred upon five SMPTE members:

John Beckhaus, for his dedication and service to the Australia Section over the past decade. Beckhaus has served on the Section board since 2003, taking on the additional roles of membership chair, providing a contact point for queries from regional membership, and minute secretary, ensuring comprehensive reporting of both Section board and subcommittee meetings. He has also served six terms as audio visual (AV) chair for the biennial Australia Section conferences, managing the complex requirements of conference presenters. Beckhaus is a dedicated Section member, always working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Australia Section meetings.

Siegfried G. Heep, for his contributions to the Hollywood Section, as well as his instrumental role in the reinvention of the Society’s annual Honors & Awards Ceremony. Heep has served as a role model for active involvement in SMPTE as both a Hollywood Section member and manager. In 2007, he was enlisted as the technical director for the newly reimagined Honors & Awards Ceremony, transforming the event from a small ceremony to the full-fledged, high-quality awards event that it has become today. Heep has reprised his role each year since, helping to improve the show in terms of technical production, quality, and prestige.

Federico Savina, for his leadership and support of the Italy Section over the past 25 years. As one of the original SMPTE Members who petitioned for the formation of the Italy Section in 1989, Savina has been a long-term contributor to the Section, serving the Section board for 10 years in the roles of secretary/treasurer and manager. Savina attends and contributes to all Section activities and was instrumental in bringing the SMPTE Regional Seminar to Rome in 2013. A professor at Roma University, Savina strives to raise the bar in digital cinema (D-Cinema) education, and he is working to provide his students with an introduction to the industry through participation in SMPTE.

T.J. Scott Jr. for his leadership and commitment to raising the standard of quality for Atlanta Section events. His close alignment with developing trends and innovative technologies, as well as his substantial contacts in the industry, have led to a collection of well-executed, technically inspired monthly meetings. Through Scott’s efforts, the Atlanta Section has seen growth in both its membership and meeting attendance. His contributions to the production of the Section’s 2007 “Video Over IP” seminar in particular set the bar for excellence in special event programming. All subsequent special events have been sold out, reinforcing SMPTE’s reputation for producing exceptional and inspired events.

Peter M. Weitzel for his instrumental role in re-establishing the SMPTE U.K. Section, and for his leadership in driving the growth of the Section and the quality of programming provided to its members. A driving force behind the U.K. Section, Weitzel’s enthusiasm, determination, and outreach, especially to students and universities, have contributed to the 200-percent increase in the Section’s membership during its first two years of operation. His passion for the Society’s core mission and goals is ever-present as he works to increase the visibility and impact of SMPTE at both a global and regional level.

The Excellence in Standards Award recognizes individuals or companies that have been actively involved in advancing the Society’s standards activities and processes. The 2014 award will be presented to John Hudson for his sustained efforts in the development and evolution of standards relating to real-time electrical and optical streaming media interfaces for video and D-Cinema production. Hudson authored the SMPTE 3Gb/s serial digital interface (SDI) standard in parallel with his work developing the necessary components, resulting in a rapid and successful adoption of the interface by the industry, and he is a key player in the development of 6Gb/s and 12Gb/s UHDTV SDI interfaces. Hudson’s SMPTE work is characterized by commitment and competence, combined with an attitude of cooperation and collegial relations with colleagues and competitors.

As previously announced, eight new SMPTE Fellows also will be recognized during the event: Hanno Basse, Thomas G. Edwards, Joseph J. Kane, Jr., John McCoskey, Andrew Quested, Vince Roberts, Jim Starzynski, and Colin R. Wright. More information about Fellows inductions is available at: www.smpte.org/2014fellows.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
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The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Biamp Systems Tesira(R) Brings Interactive Audio to Queensland University of Technology

DSP processor creates ambient soundscapes and audio response behind the world’s largest multi-touch display more

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HARMAN Professional to Unveil New Products at BIRTV 2014 In Beijing

BEIJING, China – Gearing up for the upcoming Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BIRTV), HARMAN Professional will showcase a series of audio-for-broadcast products, capitalizing on its growing popularity in the Chinese broadcasting and entertainment markets. Thanks to their heritage of upholding the highest manufacturing standards for broadcast applications, HARMAN’s AKG, JBL and Studer continuously lead the industry with the best systems for radio, TV and studio applications.

This year, HARMAN (Hall 2, Booth #2022) will feature the AKG WMS420, DMS700 V2, WMS4500, and WMS470 wireless microphone systems. Of these systems, the WMS420 offers unique qualities as the most versatile, high-performance single-channel wireless unit designed for small-scale applications, such as schools and town hall events.

AKG will also display new flagship headphones such as the K812, K712PRO, K612PRO reference headphones. These new models are designed for acoustic applications where precision is key during mixing, production and post phases.

From the Studer line, the new Vista X, Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 digital mixing consoles will be on show. The Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 offer a unique blend of portability and mixing power, making them the ideal choices for restricted spaces such as OB trucks and smaller studios. The flagship Vista X brings unparalleled processing power via the Studer Infinity Core offering more than 5000 x 5000 inputs and outputs accessible via the most advanced and fastest to use U/I on the market.

Soundcraft is also demonstrating its Vi1 and Vi3000 consoles at the show. The Vi1 is a compact package featuring the widescreen Vistonics touch screen user-interface, 32 input channels plus stage box expansion and the usual intuitive features including FaderGlow™ as found on the bigger consoles from the Vi Series, the new Vi3000 which also offers 48 onboard mic inputs plus additional 64 channel stage box, four Vistonics II™ ‘3D’ touch screen interfaces and a standard, built-in Dante™ interface plus expansion options.

Wrapping up the remaining HARMAN equipment, JBL is showcasing its LSR305 and LSR308 studio monitors, LSR310S studio subwoofer as well as the M2 Master Reference monitor.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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D-Tools Announces SI 2015 Launch Event Sponsors

D-Tools MVP partners Core Brands, Atlona, and Epson support annual software release launch event during CEDIA Expo 2014 in D-Tools Booth #526

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 27, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced sponsors for its annual CEDIA Expo Launch Event that will take place during CEDIA Expo in Denver on Friday September 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners AtlonaCore Brands, and Epson will sponsor the event, which will celebrate both the launch of a major new release of D-Tools’ flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015, and the winners of the annual D-Tools Design Awards. A highly attended event in past years, D-Tools expects a similar crowd will come to see the winning submissions and hear details of the SI 2015 release announcement.

Available in Q4, the D-Tools SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Residential and Commercial AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be sold as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

The D-Tools Design Awards are open until Friday, August 29th, at which point entries will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

“Not only do the D-Tools Design Awards recognize the efforts and outcomes involved with systems design, estimation and proposal efforts, they also showcase the success of the projects and return on investment the entrants bring to light as part of their submission,” Stone furthered. “It has become a tradition of ours to celebrate the winners of the Design Awards during our annual software release launch event at CEDIA Expo and it’s something we look forward to every year. Not only is it a great networking event, it’s an opportunity for CEDIA Expo attendees to see how integrators around the world are using the D-Tools software platform for projects of all sizes and scope.”

Winners of the D-Tools Design Awards will receive considerable prizes provided by the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners Anthony GalloAtlonaIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio. D-Tools users can submit their entries by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at JoshC@d-tools.com.

About Atlona
Atlona is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare. Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry. More information about Atlona is available atwww.atlona.com.

About Core Brands, LLC
Niles is a brand of Core Brands, LLC, a Nortek, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) company. Core Brands combines the product innovation and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management, and control brands to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end-users. Visit www.corebrands.com for more information.

Core Brands is part of Nortek’s Technology Solutions Group (TSG), a group of top product brands that together offer a leading global portfolio of residential and commercial automation and control solutions and related products, delivering innovative entertainment, security, access and monitoring solutions to millions around the world. With leading brands including 2Gig GoControl, ELAN, Panamax, Geffen, Linear and SpeakerCraft, Nortek TSG has the largest install base of home control products of any provider. Nortek Inc. is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit: http://www.nortekinc.com/products/technology-solutions/.

About Epson
Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce, and industry. Epson’s lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving and high-precision technologies.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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Triad Speakers, Inc. Unveils New Speaker for Dolby Atmos Sound

Bronze LR-H model to deliver award-winning Dolby Atmos multi-dimensional sound

Portland, OR — August 27, 2014 — Custom made-in-the-USA manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc.
today announced a new home theater speaker developed to deliver captivating, multi-dimensional sound with Dolby Atmos. Triad’s Bronze LR-H is an in-room loudspeaker that utilizes a traditional D’Appolito design (2 front-firing drivers with a tweeter located in between). Integrated into the enclosure is a Dolby-enabled height channel comprised of an up-firing top driver array that aims sound towards the ceiling. In the Dolby Atmos system, the Bronze LR-H is used for left and right front and rear main channels (one enclosure per channel).

With Dolby Atmos®, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill the home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth.

“At Triad, we are very proud of our role in helping Dolby develop the standards for Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeakers,” says Triad Speakers, Inc. President and CEDIA Chairman Larry Pexton. “Dolby used Triad design and development services to prototype the upward firing Dolby enabled speakers and supplied our prototypes to its industry partners who used them to evaluate electronic components licensed under the Dolby Atmos program.”

Demonstration at CEDIA Expo 2014
Triad will display the Bronze LR-H at its CEDIA Expo 2014 booth (#448). The Dolby booth (#180) will include two live presentations of Triad speakers, one using four InRoom Bronze LR-H (built-in Dolby enabled upward firing speakers), and another using four Triad InCeiling Bronze/8 LCRs for the overhead sound.

“Triad has been developing and experimenting with a wide range of solutions including in-room, in-wall, on-wall and in-ceiling designs,” says Pexton. “Somewhat to our surprise, in testing our speakers we have found that the built-in height channel — which reflects off the ceiling — performs better in some applications than using dedicated ceiling speakers for the height channel.”

“At the CEDIA Expo, listeners will be able to form their own judgment of which system they prefer. Either way I am very confident they will leave very impressed with capabilities and added sonic dimensions of the Dolby Atmos systems presented,” furthered Pexton.

Bronze LR-H Specifications
Dimensions (inches): 7-9/16 (w) x 19-1/2 (h) x 9-1/4 (d)
Frequency Range: 88 Hz – 20 kHz (+/-3dB)
Recommended Amp Power: 50-200 watts (range)
Nominal impedance: 4 Ohms
Sensitivity: 89 dB (2.83v, 1m)
Front Firing Drivers: Two 5.5-inch SB Acoustics drivers and one 1-inch SB Acoustics fabric dome neodymium tweeter
Top Firing Drivers: Four 2-inch full-range ScanSpeak neodymium drivers

Pricing and Availability
The Bronze LR-H is priced at $1,000 MSRP per speaker. Availability is slated for Q4 2014.

The loudspeaker will be available in a wide variety of colors and finishes including custom paint-matched or veneered to match the décor of the room.

When mated to Triad Bronze Center Channel, Surrounds and DSP Subwoofer, the InRoom Bronze LR-H is the heart of a superb Dolby Atmos home theater system.

For all Triad Speakers, Inc. press inquiries please email paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications.

A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products.

In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans and on Twitter @TriadSpeakers

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers captivating, multidimensional sound that places and moves specific sounds anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.
Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, seven Academy Award® winning directors, and 16 Academy Award-winning sound mixers, among others.

Soon, entertainment enthusiasts will be able to enjoy Dolby Atmos in their home theaters.
To learn more about Dolby Atmos and home theaters, visit the Dolby Lab Notes blog.

Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 Consoles Hit the Road with Journey and the Steve Miller Band’s Summer Tour

Photo: Todd Kaplan

Journey and the Steve Miller Band are in the midst of their 2014 summer tour, and Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 consoles are along for the ride that will take them to 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor for both equipment brands in North America.

The tour unites two of the iconic groups that helped define The San Francisco Sound. In careers spanning 40 years, Journey has sold 80 million albums worldwide and the Steve Miller Band more than 30 million records.

Tour Tech East Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is providing lighting support for the tour supplying 34 Sharpys, 20 Sharpy Washes plus a pair of full-size grandMA2 consoles with two NPUs. Senior account executive Tracey Ploss has worked with Journey and the band’s lighting designer Kevin “Deuce” Christopher for eight years.

“Last year Deuce used a couple of Sharpys, but this year he specifically wanted Sharpy Washes for the tour so we added them to our inventory,” says Ploss. “We’ve made a significant investment in the Clay Paky fixtures.” Sharpys are very popular with Tour Tech customers for their output, size and low power consumption. Fixtures are currently out with Styx and Foreigner, and the Calgary Stampede deployed a large number for its famed rodeo.

grandMA2s are the “console of choice” across the board, too, notes Ploss and are “especially in demand for their networking capabilities.”

Deuce, who has been lighting designer for Journey since 2004, says he “probably doubled” the number of Sharpys in his new tour rig. “There are 12 on the side trusses and four each per overhead truss for a total of 12 more. Plus one each on ten US Towers that top a wall of 20 Sharpy Washes,” he explains. “A video display, comprised of PRG/Nocturne V-28 and V-9 LED panels, is directly behind the band above the towers. It looks like there’s a wall of light with the video display resting on top.”

He says he “wanted to do something a bit different” in creating an interesting background for the band, “but the budget didn’t call for elaborate custom sets. So Tour Tech helped me deliver the desired effect without going custom.”

Tour Tech fulfilled Deuce’s idea of using black A-Type, 30×30-inch x 8-foot truss turned upright on casters. “At the bottom of each bay there is a wooden insert. Each Sharpy fixture is placed on the insert – all of the fixtures actually sit in the truss and none on top,” says Deuce. “Using the truss as set pieces housing the lights allows us to have a tidy pack in the truck, ease of placement and removal from stage, and convenient movement for set changes with our three-band bill.”

The Sharpy Washes enable him to “go from a very narrow beam for nice graphic geometry to a wide beam for a silhouette look on the band and wash out in the audience.” Their light output also had to be able to stand out against the video display.

The Steve Miller Band’s lighting designer, Andrew Richter of IOD Group in New York, has used Sharpys and Sharpy Washes “extensively” the last two years. “The pure power from such a fast and compact fixture makes it ideal for all but long-throw, wide-beam applications. I prefer the Washes in a mid-stage position for our non-shared rig due to their speed and depth of color rendering.”

The scenic design for the band calls for Richter to block off the Sharpy Washes on the rear lower truss with a fiber optic drop and a full stage drop designed by Stanley Meyers for “Jet Airliner” in which the Sharpys play a key role.

“The ‘Jet Airliner’ stage drop consists of a large central jet aircraft pointing upward with layers of smaller aircraft in a Japanese rising sun homage,” Richter explains. “I really wanted to create a sense of the jet in motion. My long-time colleague/programmer Scott McCowan and I worked on several different intensity chases and color bumps to a less than desirable effect. Ultimately, we thought of the old anime/manga ‘speed racer,’ where the primary subject is stationary and the windows show movement quickly zipping by.”

They achieved a similar effect by deploying Sharpys from a side position so they “graze the drop with the imagery of lines of clouds zipping downward past the static aircraft wings and fuselage creating movement,” he says. “It’s the perfect synergy of the right light and brilliant programming to create the vision I wanted without video, without animation wheels but using purely the speed and position recall accuracy that only a Sharpy can deliver.”

Deuce has been a fan of the grandMA “almost since its introduction,” he reports. He recently migrated to the grandMA2. “I like the ease of taking a tour show file into a festival situation and having the same sort of consistent show in a few hours,” he says. “The networking capabilities allow me to bring in as many universes as necessary.”

On the summer tour the grandMA2 is controlling both lighting and video consisting of two Control Freak Multitap Custom Servers. Deuce programmed Journey’s portion of the show and operates the board. “I really like the layout view for easy selection of fixtures and different video elements,” he says. “I can work pretty quickly. I also like the larger work surface and screens.”

Richter is also a long-time MA user and programmer. “The MA line of products has been my favorite for several years now. I really like some of the advancements the grandMA2 offers,” he says. “I believe it’s hands down the most flexible, tour-ready, reliable, and efficient console on the market today.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Deuce over his last few Journey tours – he’s always thinking of new ways to bring their performance to life for the audience. I knew the Sharpy Wash would be a nice addition for them and I was very excited that he liked it so much. Tracey and the Tour Tech East team are also great to work with, so the entire project has been a pleasure for A.C.T,” commented A.C.T Vice President, Automated Lighting, George Masek.

For Journey, Kevin Cassidy is the crew chief, Rob Kern production manager, Armando Figueroa in charge of power distribution and control, Oscar Carnales lighting tech, and Cole MacDonald FOH systems tech. Scott McCowan programmed the Steve Miller Band show.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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