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Alcorn McBride Inc. introduces new features for the SetPlayer line at NAB 2011

SetPlayer

SetPlayer

Alcorn McBride (Booth SL5105) will introduce an enhanced feature set to the SetPlayer video playback line at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

The SetPlayer(tm) series is designed for on-set video applications, providing a low cost, solid-state alternative to server channels. The single channel SetPlayer (SP1000) has a 40 Mbps maximum bitrate and works with existing VDCP controllers. New to the line is MediaFlow; a compatible encoding software which delivers a complete workflow solution. This software provides a step-by-step method for encoding any source file to transfer it to the SetPlayer unit.

All single and multi-channel SetPlayers can be controlled by existing transport controllers via VDCP or Ethernet and have a Genlock input. Video clips are stored on Compact Flash, so there are no moving parts. MediaFlow can encode any format source more

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grandMA2 light Turns in Winning Performance at Academy Awards Telecast

Oscar Statuette Copyright AMPAS

Oscar Statuette Copyright AMPAS

grandMA may not have made it onstage at the recent Academy Awards telecast, but it was grandMA’s night to shine, nonetheless. Jason Rudolph selected a grandMA2 light console to play the crucial role of controlling 34 Hippotizer servers, which fed multiple onstage screens via 70 video projectors. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

“It was an enormous undertaking, to say the least,” reports Rudolph. “I regularly program multiple media servers with grandMA2 – it’s my main console – but I hadn’t done anything of this size: The entire set at the Oscars was projection. We had 34 Hippotizer HD units outputting 53 discrete active outputs and some spares with control from the grandMA2 light console. In addition to the screens, we also took care more

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Christie Spyder X20 Brings Sun and Surf To Fifth Avenue Shoppers At New Hollister Store

Hollister

Hollister

“Surf’s up!” is not what you expect to hear on New York City’s Fifth Avenue, but the recently-opened midtown Manhattan Hollister store features a live video feed of surfers in Huntington Beach, California with the help of two Christie Spyder X20-0808 video processors and a Christie URS universal routing switcher. Hollister, the Southern California teen-inspired lifestyle brand from Abercrombie & Fitch, launched its second Manhattan store with its double-height glass storefront highlighting a surf motif. The company erected a giant wall consisting of 169 46-inch LCD displays stretching across the façade and over the front door.

“The monitors are mounted in portrait mode with virtually no mullions (vertical columns between the monitors) and offer a total pixel count of 7290 x 3360,” said Jeff Anderson of G-Force Engineering LLC, project integrator. “Two HD cameras more

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High Resolution Systems Introduces UDC-Touch for Touchscreen Device Control at NAB 2011

UDC Touch

UDC Touch

High Resolution Systems LLC will be showcasing its new line of UDC-Touch touchscreens in the lower South Hall at NAB 2011 (Booth SL5622). The company will be sharing the booth with PI Engineering.

UDC-Touch is a Windows-Embedded based touchscreen solution for device control. At the heart of the system is High Resolution’s UDC (Universal Device Control) software, which communicates with the devices to be controlled; multiple 7 or 10-inch touchscreen interfaces can be located in different areas and access the centralized UDC system.

“UDC-Touch uses our web server feature, but we’ve developed a special app that enables the touchscreens to be faster and more economical than a web browser,” says sales engineer Drew Taylor, “Another great thing about our embedded touchscreens is that there is no moving parts to them”. UDC-Touch sports more

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Electrosonic Expands AV Systems and Video Conferencing Business with Acquisition of New York-Based Excel Media Systems

(L) Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group and (R) Robert Menell, Founder and Owner of Excel Media Systems

(L) Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group and (R) Robert Menell, Founder and Owner of Excel Media Systems

Electrosonic is pleased to announce its acquisition of systems integrator Excel Media Systems Inc. The company will become part of Electrosonic’s corporate solutions business, offering meeting room and video conferencing systems with full after-sales services from offices in New York City.

The acquisition expands Electrosonic’s corporate solutions business in the New York tri-state area and allows the company to better serve its international clients with local offices. Electrosonic’s breadth of AV systems knowledge and project management expertise will ensure that Excel Media’s customers will continue to receive the highest level of service and support.

“We are excited to bring Excel more

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Upstaging, Inc. Invests in Clay Paky Moving Lights from A.C.T Lighting

Sharpy

Sharpy

Sycamore, Illinois-based Upstaging, Inc. has purchased a large complement of Clay Paky moving lights from A.C.T Lighting, the distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

Upstaging has set the scene for theatrical lighting and equipment trucking since 1972 with its production services, event coordination and mobile marketing impacting events worldwide. The new Clay Paky moving lights supplement Upstaging’s extensive inventory deployed for touring artists.

“As with most of our gear, we bought the Clay Paky fixtures because demand for them was client-driven,” says Upstaging’s Jerry Swatek. “Lighting designers are asking for Clay Paky, and we wanted to be able to meet their needs.”

Upstaging took delivery of 77 Clay Paky Alpha Beam 300s for use on AC/DC’s current tour, 34 Alpha Beam 700s for Katy Perry’s “California Dreams” tour and more

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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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