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Vista Systems’ Spyder Helps Stimulated, Inc. Streamline the Multiformat Process For Primetime Game Shows and Variety Shows

oneonehundred.jpgAn expert at streamlining the multiformat process, Robb Wagner has recently paired content creation and implementation with Vista Systems’ Spyder on a number of high-profile television projects: the game shows “1 vs. 100,? “Moment of Truth,? and “Duel? plus the “Ellen’s Really Big Show? hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Wagner’s Burbank-based company, Stimulated Inc., creates original screen content for TV award shows, major TV music & event specials, concert tours and game shows. Its first gig utilizing Spyder video processing technology was Al Gore’s Live Earth for which Stimulated created the screen content at Giants Stadium. more

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SFX 6 Software Controls Waterdance Plaza Fountain At Westgate City Center

waterdanceSFX 6, the new version of Stage Research, Inc.‘s leading live entertainment sound playback software, is the show control software of choice for the WaterDance Plaza fountain at Westgate City Center in Glendale, Arizona. more

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Look Solutions’ Power Tiny Lends Atmosphere To Toyota’s “Remote Control” Spot

spotlightWhen Toyota shot its hilarious “Remote Control” NASCAR spot in Charlotte, North Carolina Look Solutions‘ Power Tiny was on hand to smoke up veteran driver Michael Waltrip‘s Camry.

“A lot of people couldn‘t believe how small and quiet the Power Tiny was and how much smoke it produced for its size,” says Barry Davis of Spotlight Express & Special Effects who positioned the device so smoke could come in through the Camry‘s window. “We also used Look Solutions‘ Viper to fog up the inside of the car. Michael was real happy with it.” more

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grandMAs Put The Pedal To The Medal In Mercedes-Benz Booth

MercedesDemfis Fyssicopulos manned three grandMA full size and one grandMA light to control an extensive array of lights in the Mercedes-Benz/Maybach booth at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

Fyssicopulos teamed with lighting designers Richard Profe and Alex Orkisch of TLD Planungsgruppe GmbH Stuttgart to create a cutting-edge lighting solution for the luxury automaker‘s booth at the show. NAIAS was open to the public January 19-27. more

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Electrosonic’s New Digital Cinema Player Available at Showest

9600Audio-video manufacturing, design, installation and servicing giant Electrosonic Systems, fast making inroads into the cinema market, will be displaying the newly-launched MS9600 JPEG2000 server at ShoWest 2008 in Las Vegas.

The MS9600, a high-performance JPEG2000 appliance, plays unencrypted JPEG2000 content at 2K, 1080p and 720p resolutions. The company will also be showing the prototype DCI compliant version of the player which promises to take the Digital Cinema industry by storm. more

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Thematics Creates Custom Light Boxes For Ball State University And Valencia Community Coll

customThematics LLC has designed custom LIGHTBOX systems for Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and Valencia Community College in Orlando. Thematics’ products can be seen at USITT 2008, booth #520.

Ball State is a comprehensive university with more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the US and around the world. It offers 170 undergraduate majors and preprofessional programs; its College of Fine Arts boasts the University Theatre, home of the Mainstage series of productions. more

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Scharff Weisberg Shines At Bon Jovi Concert For Stand Up For A Cure

cureScharff Weisberg lit up the Hammerstein Ballroom when it provided stage lighting for the February 12 Bon Jovi concert benefiting Stand Up for a Cure and lung cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Stand Up for a Cure, founded by Bon Jovi‘s Richie Sambora, is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating lung cancer through strategic partnerships with some of the finest medical institutions in the world. more

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Perimeter Church Selects Clay Paky Alpha Spot 1200 HPEs

churchThe technical ministry of Perimeter Church in Duluth, Georgia has bolstered its lighting inventory with the purchase of seven Clay Paky Alpha Spot 1200 HPEs from Bandit Lites. Perimeter Church has a large campus with seven auditoriums, including a main auditorium seating about 2,300 people. All of them feature fully-functioning audio, video and lighting systems.

“When we were asked to raise the bar on the sets we use on our main stage for the weekend services, we quickly realized that our existing lighting inventory was not up to the challenge of lighting the new sets to the quality level they deserved,” says engineering development manager Matthew Reeves. more

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Vista Systems Unveils Additions To Spyder Product Line

spyderVista Systems has announced the addition of two models to its popular Spyder family of image processors. The Spyder 359 and Spyder 3410 join the already impressive arsenal.

The Spyder 359 takes the system to a new level. Designed to support arrays of up to eight displays, it provides five universal input cards; one universal output card to support a scaled output of the entire aggregate display area, an operator‘s monitor or an additional display; and two DX4 output cards, each with four DVI outputs. The system offers five input layers and can accommodate an input expansion frame if required. more

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Electrosonic Installs AV Systems In Schools For Met’s Live HD Performance Series S

metElectrosonic Systems Inc. (Electrosonic) was contracted by The Metropolitan Opera to install compact AV systems in five New York City-area schools, one in each borough, to enable them to participate in the “Metropolitan Opera: Live in High Definition” series of performances. more

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