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Electrosonic Names Todd Miller Vice President of Control Rooms

Todd Miller

Todd Miller

Electrosonic has announced that Todd Miller has been named Vice President of Control Rooms. Miller will take charge of the control room business worldwide; he previously headed the company’s service business in North America.

Electrosonic’s control room business offers complete turnkey solutions that focus on organizing and displaying information originating from various sources. It is a business that relies heavily on understanding the client’s workflow and being able to match the technology with the ergonomic and functional requirements of the user.

Miller believes his promotion to head the company’s control room business is a “natural segue” from his previous post. “I understand the customer’s needs; I’ve been on the frontline with them,” he says. “I understand where they’re going and how to build a future with them and Electrosonic. From simple more

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Lightware Offers Cost-Effective CPU2 Card Upgrades for Modular Matrix Family of Products

Lightware CPU2

Lightware CPU2

Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering, has announced the availability of new CPU2 card ugrades for Lightware’s modular matrix family (16×16, 32×32, 64×64 and 80×80).

“The cards offer a great way for current customers to upgrade their matrix frames for under $1,000,” says sales and marketing associate Blake Dudash. “With the new cards Lightware users gain many new features, including an extra input and output on the 16×16 and 32×32 matrices; HDCP-compliance in and out enabling customers to see the added control that comes with the HDCP-compliant matrix control software; and true pixel-to-pixel switch from Gen Lockable-compliant sources.”

And that’s not all the new cards offer. Additional features provide multiple IP connections simultaneously plus a Neutrik Ethercon connector for IP connection. The cards support all HDCP and more

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Ilari Anttila Appointed Electrosonic’s Service Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Ilari Anttila

Ilari Anttila

Electrosonic is pleased to announce that Ilari Anttila has been named Service Director, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Formerly head of the Nordic region managing Electrosonic’s operations in Finland and Sweden, Anttila will now be based in London.

In 2010, Electrosonic’s audio-visual service business in the UK expanded considerably with the acquisition of DRV, a leading corporate AV systems and service company. Anttila’s appointment furthers Electrosonic’s commitment to provide the highest level of service to its clients. Besides managing and expanding business in the UK, Anttila is tasked with promoting Electrosonic’s service business throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“Historically, this business has focused on the London financial sector, but opportunities exist further afield, and I have been charged with developing new business throughout the region,” says Anttila of more

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Vista Spyder X20 Provides Image Processing for Davita National Meeting And Siemens CSG National Leadership & Sales Conference

Davita National Meeting

Davita National Meeting

Freelance Technical Services selected the Vista Spyder X20-1608 to manage video processing for Capa Productions, producing the DaVita Inc. national meeting in National Harbor, Md., and Elite Business Productions, producing the Siemens Healthcare Leadership & Sales Conference in Orlando, Fla. The Spyder X20 is a versatile hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher. Designed to provide maximum versatility, the Spyder X20 lets creative producers blend, window, mix and scale any content format for the most powerful and imaginative multi-window presentations.

“We chose the Spyder X20 for its versatility, powerful feature set and small footprint,” said Timothy J. Durr of Freelance Technical Services. “We used the Spyder X20 at both shows and were impressed with its ease of operation, flexibility in live editing situations, instant adjustments more

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Alcorn McBride Marks 25th Anniversary

Alcorn McBride

Alcorn McBride

Alcorn McBride, Inc., the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the theme-park industry, is celebrating its 25th anniversary, an important milestone for a technology company serving the world’s top theme parks, museums and systems integrators. To mark the occasion the company has launched an improved website (www.alcorn.com) with easier navigation and more offerings, including the latest free software downloads and firmware upgrades for customers.

Founded in 1986 by CEO Steve Alcorn who maintains a hands-on leadership role in the company, Alcorn McBride has thrived thanks to innovative product design, longevity among its staff members and unparalleled customer service.

The company is well-known for designing equipment in four areas: audio players, including the flagship Digital Binloop multi-channel audio reproducer; video players, including a line of compact Digital Video machines more

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grandMA2 Accepts Invitation to the SAG Awards

SAG Awards

SAG Awards

grandMA got up close and personal with the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards when programmer Willy McLachlan tapped a grandMA2 system to control lighting designed by Jeffrey Engel. The awards show was simulcast live on TNT and TBS January 30 from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

“I’ve pretty much switched over to the grandMA2 full time,” says McLachlan who has teamed with Engel for the last 23 years. “One of the challenges of the SAG awards is that it’s a seated banquet for several thousand people with a stage at one end of the hall. Although there are no performance numbers on the show, the footprint of required light and the classic set make it very tricky and time more

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Electrosonic Provides Interactive Workstations and Video Displays for New Permanent Exhibition at New York City’s National Museum of the American Indian

Copyright: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, photos by David Sundberg/ESTO

Copyright: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, photos by David Sundberg/ESTO

Visitors to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Lower Manhattan are discovering the beauty of Native American artifacts and the stories behind those stunning objects in the new permanent exhibition, “Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian,” planned to be in place for the next decade.

Electrosonic engineered, provided and installed 20 exhibits for “Infinity of Nations” -10 linear video stations and 10 interactive workstations housed in the NMAI’s George Gustav Heye Center in the Old Customs House. Five years in the making, the new permanent collection reflects the geographic and chronological scope of the museum’s collection, and includes more

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Video Applications Works with Big Show Construction Management for 3D “Evolution (Multiplex)? at Art Basel Miami

Art Basel

Art Basel

When Big Show Construction Management needed AV support for an Art Basel Miami event showcasing former Hollywood director turned visual artist Marco Brambilla, it turned to Video Applications Inc.’s (VAI) Nashville office. Brambilla’s “Evolution (Multiplex),? a stereoscopic 3D video collage culled from thousands of movies, was called one of the most eye-opening events of the festival.

“Marco brought us in to produce the entire event from the site survey and coordinating content to providing crew, accommodations and local truss,? says Billy Kneissl of Big Show. “I spoke to every rental and staging house in Miami but no one could do what we needed to get Marco’s video on the screen. But VAI had the special 3D silver screen, projectors, technicians and a projectionist. They were the only ones who could meet our needs.?
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Lila Cockrell Theatre Adds Robert Juliat Cyrano Followspots As part of Major Renovation

Lila Cockrell Theater

Lila Cockrell Theater

As part of a $17-million renovation, San Antonio’s Lila Cockrell Theatre (LCT) has augmented its lighting inventory with three Robert Juliat Cyrano HMI 2500W hot restrike followspots purchased from dealer Texas Scenic in town.

LCT is located in the Convention Facilities’ complex in the shadow of the Tower of the Americas, a permanent legacy of the 1968 San Antonio World’s Fair. The theatre offers more than 2,300 seats on three levels; its main stage spans 113×60 feet and boasts an orchestra pit, integrated performance audio system, AV infrastructure for cameras and projectors, a fully-networked stage and architectural lighting system and a complement of manually-operated counterweight sets with motorized stage electrics.

“The theatre has served the city as one of the largest traditional performing arts venues in downtown San Antonio,” says more

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Vista Spyder X20 Is Perfect Solution For E! News Set

E! News

E! News

When E! News, the nightly entertainment newsmagazine on E! Entertainment Television, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic, expanded to one hour and introduced a new set design, the network selected a Vista Spyder X20 video processor to meet its new and extensive graphic needs.

The new set features two large NEC monitor walls: one 3 x 4 and one 3 x 3 in slightly curved configurations, and a bank of three more NEC monitors adjacent to the anchor desk. It also boasts 103-inch and 85-inch plasma screens, two vertical NEC monitors, three 3 x 1 ‘windows’ and two 1 x 3 ‘windows.’

“We used to have a smaller set with fewer video elements, but now the Spyder X20 0808 allows us to do a lot more visually in the new, more

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