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Lightware U.S.A. Announces Built-in Input and Output Signal Analysis and Control in its HDCP-Pro and HDMI Matrices

Timing Parameters

Timing Parameters

Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering is providing built-in input and output signal analysis and control for its line of HDCP-Pro and HDMI matrices, US distributor Lightware U.S.A. has announced.

The software feature, which has proved extremely popular in Europe, is available as standard on all models as well as all of the Lightware Twisted Pair and Fiber Optic HDCP extenders. “It’s a unique selling point, and many Lightware users buy our systems for this feature,” notes sales and marketing associate Blake Dudash. “The deep control handles allow users to know everything there is to know about the video signal and to make tweaks and changes to the image parameters to deliver the highest-quality video possible that will be compliant with all of their displays.”

For input signals, options to perfect the image more

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grandMA2 and Clay Paky Alpha Wash 700s Generate “OMGs? Backstage at Usher’s OMG Tour

Usher

Usher

There are a lot of exclamations of “OMG” on Usher’s current OMG Tour, his first big-budget spectacle since 2004. The platinum-selling artist has remarked that he wanted to make sure his show was state of the art and would have fans leaving with an OMG experience. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the grandMA2 and Clay Paky Alpha Wash 700 luminaires are generating “OMGs” of their own. A.C.T Lighting distributes both products in North America.

Usher’s futuristic, high-concept show challenged Lighting Designer Peter Morse and Associate Lighting Designer Eric Wade. “We had to design around a lot of fly gags and moving set pieces,” notes Wade who heads FOHShow, a lighting- services company. “The rig is designed to look big but not be completely massive; it’s large but not over the top. It fills two trucks more

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Tom Kenny Lights Trio of Sir Elton John-Leon Russell Performances with Support from Scharff Weisberg Lighting

Photo by Star Kahn

Photo by Star Kahn

Scharff Weisberg Lighting scored a hat trick when it supported lighting designer Tom Kenny’s needs for a trio of back-to-back appearances by Sir Elton John and the legendary Leon Russell.

Elton and Leon kicked off the release of their new studio album, their first collaboration in 40 years, with a concert broadcast live from The Beacon Theatre on October 19, an appearance on Good Morning America the following day, then wrapped up their stop later that night with a T Bone Burnett-curated benefit for arts education, The Speaking Clock Revue.

Scharff Weisberg Lighting responded quickly to Kenny’s requirements with a wide array of equipment for three different gigs. The newly-renovated Beacon Theatre posed a particular challenge being a tight fit for large lighting rigs especially those that more

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Frank Montero Joins A.C.T Lighting

Frank Montero has joined A.C.T Lighting in the newly created post of Product Manager. A.C.T. Lighting is a leading importer and distributor of lighting products in North America. Montero has over 27 years of sales and management experience in the entertainment and architectural lighting segment. He is recognized by lighting designers, dealers and entertainment entities as an exceptional sales leader with a high degree of integrity.

In his role, Montero will be responsible for growing and managing A.C.T Lighting’s move into distribution of lighting fixtures; most notably with their recent addition of the Clay Paky line of automated products.

“Frank is an excellent fit with both myself and A.C.T Lighting. I have admired his work for years and I look forward to working with him in building this important part of our business,” commented A.C.T Lighting President and CEO Bob Gordon.

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Prism Projection’s RevEAL CW-TS Wins Two WFX New Product Awards

Prism RevEAL

Prism RevEAL

Once again Prism Projection has captured honors for its popular RevEAL Color Wash-TS (CW-TS) luminaire. The latest accolades for the fixture are a pair of 2010 WFX New Product Awards announced at the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) in Atlanta on November 3. The RevEAL CW-TS took home a win in the Best LED Fixture category and was also named Best Overall Lighting Product.

WFX is a leading, semi-annual event for church facilities and technology teams. The WFX New Product Awards, presented by Church Production Magazine and Worship Facilities Magazine, are designed to recognize the newest and most innovative building, management, and technology products marketing to churches within the past year. Products had to have been introduced to the market between October 29, 2009 and November 2, 2010 to be considered; each more

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Lighting Designer Ben Stanton Chooses Lighting Package from Scharff Weisberg for New York City Revival of “Angels in America?

Angels in America

Angels in America

Scharff Weisberg has supplied the automated light package for the first New York City revival of “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” Parts one and two of the play are kicking off an entire season dedicated to playwright Tony Kushner’s work by Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company.

“What’s special about this production is also what’s challenging about lighting it,” says lighting designer Ben Stanton. “This is the first time audiences get to see a really intimate presentation of ‘Angels’ in New York City. The newly-renovated Peter Norton Space is a 160-seat theater with no seat more than 30 feet from the stage. We still needed to create all the lighting special effects necessary to accomplish the theatrical coups the play requires but we perform them in an intimate more

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High Resolution Systems Now Offers Four Different Size and Price Options for its Universal Device Controller (UDC)

iPad UDC

iPad UDC

High Resolution Systems LLC has introduced four size options and four different price levels for its Universal Device Controller (UDC), a software-based control platform that allows simple, cost-effective control of devices using IP (TCP/UDP) or serial (232/422/485) protocols. The options fit any budget and application and offer a scaleable path to the full-featured UDC.

“The options enable us to better serve customer needs in applications where all of the powerful features of the full UDC are not required,? notes Drew Taylor. “The four levels of software are all the same UDC application and are completely scaleable. As a customer upgrades, more features are unlocked until all of them are available in the full- version UDC. A customer can upgrade their version any time without reinstalling it. They just keep their current configuration settings more

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Electrosonic’s AV Expertise Showcased in Three TEA Thea Award-Winning Projects

Beyond All Boundaries

Beyond All Boundaries

For the second consecutive year, Electrosonic is proud to have participated in three projects that captured the Themed Entertainment Association’s Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Electrosonic, an international audio-visual company, was extensively involved with the ICT Mobile Device at the Information & Communications Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, “Beyond All Boundaries” at the National World War II Museum, and “Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey” at Universal Orlando Resort. Electrosonic worked in concert with show designers and producers BRC Imagination Arts, The Hettema Group and Universal Creative respectively.

The Thea Awards recognize and honor excellence in creating outstanding visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. Winners of the 17th annual Thea Awards were announced November 16 at the IAAPA trade show in Orlando; awards will be presented March 12 at a gala more

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grandMA2 Swings on Harry Connick, Jr.’s Nationwide “Your Songs? Tour and Its Broadway Concert Run

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

The grandMA family of consoles demonstrated their versatility when lighting designer Tom Halpain selected them for multi-Grammy Award-winning Harry Connick, Jr.’s current US tour which included a sold out 15-performance Broadway concert engagement, his first in 20 years. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

The “Your Songs” tour is crossing the world in support of Connick’s eponymous album released last fall. He brought the tour to Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre in July where the last two performances were recorded live for television.

Halpain, who has worked with Connick on tour since 2003 and has an extensive credit roster of tours with other artists plus TV shows and special events, began the tour with a grandMA then migrated to the full-size grandMA2 when vendor MAS more

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Electrosonic Supports the Newly Opened 360 Mall in Kuwait

360 Mall

360 Mall

An all-around immersive mall experience has come to Kuwait where Electrosonic designed, supplied, installed and programmed extensive LED lighting, digital signage, video projection, special effects, audio and show control for the new 360 Mall’s Family Entertainment Center complex. Electrosonic also provided what is believed to be Kuwait’s largest LED video wall to the circular mall, which has become a go-to destination in the desert emirate.

Created by Tamdeen Entertainment Company and designed by Concept i Design to the highest international standards of world-class leisure venues, the Family Entertainment Center offers top-of-the-line rides, the latest video games and skills tests for the entire family. Electrosonic’s scope of work in the complex spanned 18 months and included the Infunity area, Bowl Room and Freeze Club.

Infunity

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