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CARBON 4K Video Player Debuts from Alcorn McBride

Alcorn McBride demonstrated that it’s on the leading edge of 4K technology with the introduction of CARBON 4K at InfoComm13.

The new High Frame Rate (60 fps) UltraHD 4K player delivers the ultimate viewer experience to large video and LED walls; museum exhibits; theme park attractions; corporate centers; 4D theater; and digital signage. It joins the single channel model, CARBON 1080p 60 player, in Alcorn McBride’s CARBON product line.

CARBON 4K taps growing interest in emerging 4K technology by offering true image playback at resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 in a rock-solid package synonymous with the Alcorn McBride brand. Designed for applications where smooth high-resolution playback is a must, CARBON’s ability to natively play 60 fps content means jitter-free video playback in a rugged, maintenance-free package.

True to Alcorn McBride engineering, CARBON is a solid-state player with no hard drives. Simple, removable CompactFlash media stores hours of HD content. Content can be uploaded remotely via Ethernet.

CARBON supports many of the easy-to-use, flexible control features that come standard with Alcorn McBride products, such as Playlisting, Ethernet, Serial and GPIO. Features include frame-accurate video synchronization, quad 3G HD-SDI and Quad HDMI output, and genlock input.

The new player occupies 3RUs and weighs 25 lbs (11 kg).

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

Clay Paky and grandMA2 Celebrate The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary

Photo: Todd Kaplan

The Rolling Stones have wrapped the U.S. leg of their 50 and Counting world tour with Clay Paky lighting fixtures and grandMA2 consoles along for the still-wild ride. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting products in North America.

The Stones sell-out 50th anniversary tour is their first in six years. They opened the U.S. leg May 3 in LA and concluded their 18 dates June 24 in Washington, D.C. The legendary band performed on a stage set featuring a giant set of psychedelic lips and a tongue-shaped walkway that riffed on their iconic logo. Upstaging supplied the lighting equipment for the tour.

Lighting Designer Patrick Woodroffe chose Clay Paky Alpha Wash 1500s for the gigs. Co-Lighting Director Ethan Weber comments, “They’re a very impressive, bright, good-looking light.”

They also scattered a complement of Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures around the trusses. “You see Sharpys on every show now,” Weber points out. “It’s a turnaround from a few years ago when we were all using large format lights as our 3rd source. They add a nice texture to most any look.”

Weber and Programmer/Co-Lighting Director Dave Hill manned two grandMA2 full-size consoles, networked together, for the tour. “We love them, ” says Weber. “I handled the key lighting on one console and Dave ran the bulk of the system off the other.” Both men are veteran Stones lighting directors with Hill having programmed every tour since Steel Wheels. And both are veteran MA users.

“We both spent a few years on the grandMA,” Weber says. “I switched over to the grandMA2 last year for Green Day, and found it a very fluid changeover. The grandMA2 has a good feel and look to it-a mature version of the 1. I very much like the way it programs and operates-the bigger screens make for quicker access, the effects engine is much improved, more functional macros, etc. And I’m very appreciative that the command syntax is close to that of the 1. It seems like it can be hit or miss with updated/re-designed consoles, but think MA got it right with the 2

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Expanded HRS Control Website Makes Its Debut

High Resolution Systems has launched a new website for HRS Control (www.HRScontrol.com) with increased features and improved functionality.

“It was time to upgrade. HRS Control’s old website didn’t even list all of our products,” says HRS’s Drew Taylor. “The new, improved website is a better example of who we are now. It’s a digital storefront that represents all that HRS Control has to offer, and we designed it for easy customer navigation.”

The new home page presents a bold, graphical slideshow that demonstrates the company’s dedication to “control systems made easy” for applications ranging from live events to executive boardrooms. Below the slideshow, a simple three-step process reveals how to configure UDC software, load it to the new Raptor server and connect with iPads and popular tablets. Just click on any step to learn more about the procedures.

Section heads direct customers to comprehensive information about the company, its equipment and users. “Products” provides details about more than a dozen categories of gear. “Markets” spotlights customers in rental and staging, broadcast, live events, corporate boardrooms, military and government, trade shows and houses of worship. “Media” relates customer stories and shares recent press releases; videos offer info on product demos, HRS Control’s presence at trade shows, and training. And “About Us” tells the HRS story from its founding.

In addition, customers can sign up for an account and, once approved, log in to the website to download UDC and other software to test and use. They can also log in and download all of HRS Control’s revamped manuals and Quickstart guides. A new section gives resellers worldwide increased support with access to downloads of logos and marketing and press materials to aid their sales efforts.

Customers and prospects are also encouraged to sign up for a newsletter providing the latest updates on UDC software and what’s happening at HRS Control.

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Vincent Lighting Systems’ New Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Sharpy Wash and GlowUps Meet Needs of a Variety of Projects

Vincent Lighting Systems has invested in a large inventory of Clay Paky fixtures and has begun deploying them on an array of projects, including a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala benefit concert. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

Headquartered in Solon, Ohio with offices in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Detroit, 35-year old Vincent Lighting Systems offers a wide selection of stage and theater lighting for performing arts centers, educational and religious organizations, corporations, special events and more.

No sooner had Vincent Lighting Systems acquired their complement of Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Sharpy Washes and GlowUps than the fixtures began going out on jobs. “We have had these fixtures out on so many productions, and they have been receiving rave reviews,” reports marketing director Kim Craigie.

The Sharpy line came to Vincent’s attention last fall when some of the company’s production managers attended LDI. “They thought the fixtures were impressive and powerful,” she says. “Then A.C.T came out and did a demo for us. They are super bright, super fast and super quiet. They have the output of 1000-watt lamp and consume only 330 watts, so they can save a lot of power.”

The Vincent team was also drawn to the portable, battery-operated GlowUp LED floodlight because “we don’t have to run cable with them,” Craigie says. “We can get up to 20 hours life on one battery. They have a nice adjustable zoom, and we’re very pleased with them.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “It’s great to see another lighting house join our family. It sounds like Vincent Lighting has some great applications for our fixtures.”

So far the highest profile project for the new fixtures was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 10th annual “It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit” at Public Hall in the Cleveland Convention Center, which included performances by Tower of Power and War. Thirty-six GlowUps were used for the “side show” acts performing on mini stages throughout the main floor party.

“They were ideal for this application because we didn’t need to run cable across main walkways in order to power or control them,” Craigie explains. “They also provided nice lighting for the tented seating areas.”

Additionally, a complement of Sharpy Beams and Washes delivered “a great look” for the main stage concert acts. “The Beams projected really powerful beams,” she reports.

The Grand Opening of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky Athletics’ 11th annual CATSPY Awards both got the Sharpy treatment, with Vincent Lighting Systems furnishing fixtures for the first casino in the Ohio river town and for the university’s awards ceremony recognizing athletic and academic performance.

Vincent also supplied Sharpy Beams for Faith Family Church’s annual ‘Love is Red’ conference. Drawing several thousand high-school and college-aged students to the North Canton, Ohio facility, the event ran three full days, where Sharpys’ beams and effects lent a rockstar aura to the bands that led worship.

George Masek, A.C.T Vice President of Automated Lighting commented, “I was born in Cleveland, so I’ve always had a fondness for Vincent Lighting, and of course, the Rock Hall of Fame. A.C.T lighting and Clay Paky are honored to be associated with Paul Vincent and his great team. We look forward to a long partnership.”

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Chris Patton Joins A.C.T Lighting Sales Team

A.C.T Lighting, a leading importer and distributor of lighting products, has announced that Chris Patton has joined the company’s sales team, and will concentrate in permanent installations and system sales.

“We forged a strong partnership with Chris in his role as international sales manager for GDS,” says A.C.T President, Ben Saltzman. “We look forward to all of our partners benefitting from Chris’s boundless energy, enthusiasm and 14-plus years in the entertainment technology industry.”

“Having worked very closely with A.C.T Lighting for almost two years, I have first-hand experience of how the company has consistently exceeded customer expectations by providing and supporting the finest products in the industry,” says Patton. “I am looking forward to applying my knowledge of the GDS range to the rest of the A.C.T Lighting product portfolio and being a part of the great team of people here.”

Prior to joining GDS in 2011, Patton had a 12 year career with Stage Electrics, a major UK systems integrator, rental house and production services company, where he was actively involved with many areas of the business at management level. In his last position there he was responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic international development plan to expand the company by taking an already successful business model into new territories. He also oversaw the company’s theatrical productions rental division, dealing with the development and project management of equipment and crew to large format theater shows in the UK and overseas.

Patton has worked on many major international projects throughout his career, including supplying moving lights for a number of the FIFA fan parks at the 2010 soccer World Cup finals in South Africa; provision and logistical project management of an entire production lighting system for the Royal Opera House in Muscat (Oman); and the project management of Stage Electrics’ Edinburgh Festival operations during which the company supplied equipment, crew and a 24/7 support service to over 50 individual venues at the International and Fringe festivals, the largest arts festivals in the world.

Most recently, Patton was a lead follow spot operator for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games in London.

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Alcorn McBride Supports Video Artist Bill Viola’s New Show in London

Alcorn McBride’s A/V Binloop HD players and DVM8500 Digital Video Machines play an artful role in internationally-renowned video artist Bill Viola’s new show at the Blain|Southern Gallery in London. Associates in Media Engineering (AME), a consortium of consultants and a boutique provider of custom solutions for the special venue marketplace, chose the Alcorn McBride equipment for Viola, a longtime customer who has awarded the company preferred vendor status.

“The show, entitled ‘Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures,’ is a museum-scale exhibition of nine new works comprised from more than 20 newly produced video elements and sound designs,” says Benjamin Kidwell Lein of AME.

Through his work, Viola engages with complex aspects of human experience, including mortality, transience and our persistent, yet ultimately futile attempts to truly and objectively understand ourselves and the meaning of our brief lives, says the gallery.

Perhaps the most high-profile display is a 9-channel, 3×3 videowall comprised of 42-inch Panasonic 1080 plasmas sourced with 1080p video and featuring a custom sound design. Titled “The Chapel of Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures,” the video depicts figures perpetually repeating various activities in real time and calling into question the significance of our daily accomplishments. Its video and audio is sourced from a single A/V Binloop HD player plus a stand-alone DVM8500 for the ninth channel.

The A/V Binloop HD provides up to 8 channels of HD video in a compact, economical and highly-reliable package designed for continuous daily use with no maintenance. Video clips are stored on Compact Flash media so there are no moving parts to wear out; each card can hold hours of media.

Alcorn McBride’s DVM8500 is a studio quality MPEG-2 player with all the interfaces AV contractors need for professional installations. The DVM8500 stores video on Compact Flash cards, so playback is virtually instantaneous. Clips may be triggered via external contacts or pushbuttons, serial RS-232 messages, Ethernet, playlists or the built-in realtime scheduler. The unit can also simply loop continuously when powered.

“The Dreamers” is presented on seven 65-inch plasmas in a gallery on the lower ground floor. This video shows underwater portraits of people who appear to be sleeping; in its spiritual, immersive subterranean environment, ultimate interpretation is left for viewers to define through their own experiences, notes the gallery. “The Dreamers” has seven channels sourced from a A/V Binloop HD player.

Additionally, several more single-channel videos are sourced from stand-alone DVM-8500s.

“Bill’s videos had to loop seamlessly for both picture and sound. Alcorn McBride is pretty much the only manufacturer of an MPEG-based solution that can actually achieve this. And believe me, we know them all,” says Lein. “We had confidence that Alcorn McBride’s products would be able to achieve the artist’s vision – and the show was no easy task for MPEG.”

He explains that Viola’s work “uses a ‘grainfield’ effect, which makes is difficult to compress – and it has to match seamlessly from last frame to first frame- thaty point where you would really see the hit.”

Lein notes that AME “maintains a 25-year working relationship with Alcorn McBride. We like working with them!” All of the systems for the gallery show were built and tested in the AME facility.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Clay Paky Sharpys Light Up the CMT Music Awards

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures proved to be country strong when they turned out in force for the 2013 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Lighting designer Tom Kenny used a large complement of Clay Paky Sharpys for the gala special, which was hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean.

“The CMT Music Awards is a huge event on the music calendar and gets bigger and bigger every year. It outshines every other awards show,” says Kenny.

Kenny partnered with production designer Ann Brahic, who marked her fifth year with the show. “She designed a set that was a very modern scape. It went along with the theme of the show: a cross-cultural look at country music,” he explains. “People loved it. Ann really understands lighting, and we have a great relationship.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “Mr. Kenny is a great designer and has been a huge advocate of our lights. We’re glad to see them go out on the many high profile projects he designs.”

VER supplied Kenny with 140 Clay Paky Sharpys for inside and outside the arena. “People are now asking for Sharpys – they really want them,” he notes. “I positioned them in the audience for reverse shots and suspended in the air around the set. They are easy to handle, lightweight and deliver a massive beam look – a very distinctive look.”

The lighting designer opted to use Sharpys for about eight of the 19 performances during the show. “We tried to create a different look for each of the performances,” Kenny says. “The Sharpys were a big success. Everybody raved about the show’s lighting.”

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

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Texas Tenors Sing for grandMA2 During the Making of Their PBS Special

After taking “America’s Got Talent” by storm four years ago, the operatic cowboys known as the Texas Tenors have taped a PBS special on which a grandMA2 light controlled all the lighting fixtures. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the MA Lighting in North America.

Known for taking audiences “from Alabama to Puccini,” the Texas Tenors (John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher) performed a diverse set at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix with the Phoenix Symphony, the New Life singers and the college’s choir. The resulting special, “You Should Dream,” will air on PBS stations nationwide.

Lighting designer/director Matthew Firestone already had a show for the Canadian Tenors under his belt when he was tapped for the Texas Tenors’ special. “The Texas Tenors had seen the show and liked it. They hired the director of that show, and he insisted they bring me in, too,” says Firestone.

“We didn’t have a lot of time – three days to program 18 songs. But we were pretty much done when we got on site thanks to three days of pre-viz,” he explains. Firestone and programmer Eric Gorleski “got in crucial previs time” at the A.C.T offices. “Without previs, it wouldn’t have worked – once we were on site we had an overnight load in for a 2 pm start. That’s a really quick turnaround.”

Firestone notes that, “a major plus on this project was using grandMA 3D for previs. I had used it before, and it went really well. The 3D is so integrated – we got some really good looks.”

He says specifying the console “was a no brainer” and cites grandMA2′s “ease of programming, speed and very detailed cueing” as attributes he appreciates.

“Being able to pull off the project in that amount of time was unbelievable,” Firestone concludes. “This was a very painless job. With the support of A.C.T and grandMA 3D we were able to produce a really good quality television program with little to no on-site programming time.”

Clearwing Productions in Phoenix provided the grandMA2 console.

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Prelite Adds LightConverse Software to Its Powerful Previsualization Toolset

Prelite Studios continues to set itself apart from other previsualization services with the addition of LightConverse 3D Show to its arsenal of software tools. Unlike companies that rely on a single software solution to fit all their clients’ needs, Prelite offers a range of platforms, including ESP Vision’s Vision and Cast Lighting’s WYSIWYG, both powerful previsualization tools.

“We differ from others in this business, especially lighting companies that do previsualization, because we have more than one software package. There’s no silver-bullet solution available, so we’re able to choose the right tool for the job,” says Prelite’s Tom Thompson. “Although LightConverse has been around for a number of years recent upgrades have added really useful tools that we felt we couldn’t ignore.”

Those features include the smooth ingest of Vectorworks drawing data into LightConverse, fast response time and performance, and the ability to clearly view many video inputs, which can be pixelated to resemble low-res displays, and blend projectors in real-time.”

Thompson notes, “The software also offers superior replication of light beams and visualizes video without the moiré problems you typically see. LightConverse mitigates that moiré effect and can also change pixel pitch on the fly, which is really handy.”

LightConverse 3D Show, from LightConverse Ltd., enables users to visualize multiple show-related disciplines in realtime. Visualization of more than 1,500 fixtures is possible and the software offers access to 15 DVI outputs for real world projection. Developers claim its realism and speed are the best in the industry.

When Prelite opened its doors they used WYSIWYG exclusively. “Then Vision software came out and offered additional advantages,” Thompson says. “As we’ve grown we’ve watched for other software to add to our arsenal, and we feel LightConverse is now ready for prime time.”

Prelite also has grandMA 3D software on hand for programmers who are comfortable with the grandMA platform and want files delivered in a grandMA-compatible format.

Prelite’s first implementation of LightConverse involved combining it and Vision software to previsualize Activision’s booth at E3. “The lights in LightConverse ran without any hesitation or lag, and the ability to converge projectors in realtime was a nice benefit,” Thompson reports.

Don Tyra, West Coast Dealer for LightConverse, concludes, “We’ve been speaking to Tom and the Prelite team for a while and are very excited to have them using our product. They are the only real dedicated simulation business in the US and have been doing it longer than anybody else. We look forward to their input in developing our product further.

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Clay Paky Sharpys Light Up the CMT Music Awards with Support from grandMA2

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures and grandMA2 consoles proved to be country strong when they turned out in force for the 2013 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Lighting designer Tom Kenny used a large complement of Clay Paky Sharpys and six grandMA2s for the gala special, which was hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of both Clay Paky and MA Lighitng products in North America.

“The CMT Music Awards is a huge event on the music calendar and gets bigger and bigger every year. It outshines every other awards show,” says Kenny.

Kenny partnered with production designer Ann Brahic, who marked her fifth year with the show. “She designed a set that was a very modern scape. It went along with the theme of the show: a cross-cultural look at country music,” he explains. “People loved it. Ann really understands lighting, and we have a great relationship.”

VER supplied Kenny with 140 Clay Paky Sharpys for inside and outside the arena. “People are now asking for Sharpys – they really want them,” he notes. “I positioned them in the audience for reverse shots and suspended in the air around the set. They are easy to handle, lightweight and deliver a massive beam look – a very distinctive look.”

The lighting designer opted to use Sharpys for about eight of the 19 performances during the show. “We tried to create a different look for each of the performances,” Kenny says. “The Sharpys were a big success. Everybody raved about the show’s lighting.”

Two grandMA2 consoles were on hand to control the show’s video elements and four to handle lighting control. “They are the “the” desk for live event television,” says Kenny. “We never have a problem programming them, their recall is fantastic and their memory is unbelievable. We plugged in the newest software, and they were up and running. And performing fantastic as always.”

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