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Three Byte Intermedia Controls a Room Full of Apple iPads at the Infiniti Leadership Summit

Infiniti

Infiniti

Working with luxury car manufacturer Infiniti, brand-leadership expert AMCI sought out Three Byte Intermedia, a custom software studio specializing in innovative AV solutions, to develop a unique personal presentation and interaction platform based on Apple iPads. The challenge: The iPads would be given to 100 people at a time from Infiniti franchise dealerships across the U.S. who were attending the Infiniti Leadership Summit.

Designed to focus renewed enthusiasm on Infiniti’s brand presence, the Summit rallied dealers to an enhanced customer experience promise. AMCI wanted to use iPads throughout the presentations to demonstrate the streamlined, technology-enabled experience they expect dealers to present and emulate.

Three Byte designed a hardware and software system to coordinate and control a room full of iPads as users completed interactive exercises and submitted their results. In one activity, facilitators asked more

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Lightware Debuts Series of HDMI Optical Extenders

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Lightware U.S.A,. the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering, has announced the introduction of its 100, 100R and 200R series of HDMI Optical Extenders. The new HDMI-OPT series devices extend HDMI 1.3, DVI 1.0, HDCP 1.1 compliant and bidirectional RS-232 signals over one multimode fiber and transmit the video signal with embedded audio up to 2,600 meters.

Highlights of the products include passing a HDMI signal though one single-fiber, HDMI 1.3a and RS-232 extension; advanced EDID management; pixel-accurate reclocking; dual output with a built-in distribution amplifier (available in specific product types); and up to 1920×1200 or 2048×1080 resolution with 36-bit deep color and embedded audio – features that are in demand today.

“With the new HDMI-OPT series devices you get HDCP compliance and all these capabilities with a single fiber cable compared to competitors’ products that require up to more

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CHRISTIE LWU505 DIGITAL PROJECTOR DEBUTS AT ISE AMSTERDAM

LWU505

LWU505

ISE/AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – (February 1, 2011) – Christie launched its new Christie LWU505 (WUXGA 1920 x 1200 native resolution) digital projector today at the 2011 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) tradeshow in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The LWU505 targets educational facilities, corporations, government agencies and houses of worship applications requiring a high brightness and cost-effective widescreen LCD projector at 5000 ANSI lumens.

Suitable for small to large meeting and multi-use rooms, small auditoriums, and training and conference rooms, the Christie LWU505 presents full HD in a 16:10 aspect ratio, 2000:1 contrast ratio, and 10-bit image processing for grayscale rendering and artifact-free images. The motorized lens shift and zoom lens give customers the ability to fine-tune images for optimal viewing, while its mechanical lens shutter instantly blocks all light instead of simply blacking the projected image – ensuring more

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Fantasy of Flight Takes Off with an Updated Attraction

Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of Flight is located on 2200 acres in an area known to the locals as “Orlampa,� the emerging midway between Orlando and Tampa, FL. Owned and developed by Kermit Weeks, the mission of Fantasy of Flight is to encourage people to “reach beyond themselves.�

After relocating from Miami, the attraction opened in 1995 and showcases over 140 aircraft, making it the largest private collection in the world. Integral to that operation was Jesse Douthit, VP of Operations. “What differentiates us from the neighboring theme parks is that we created this attraction based on reality, not fantasy. Our product is creating real dreams with real people. Everything here is genuine and every aircraft has or will be restored to original flight condition.�

In addition to displaying vintage aircraft, such as more

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Clay Paky Fixtures and grandMA2 Consoles To Be Showcased in Open House at Mid-America Sound on February 3

Mid-America Sound Corporation, one of the largest full-service concert and event production companies in the Midwest, and A.C.T Lighting will present an open house featuring Clay Paky automated fixtures and MA Lighting grandMA2 consoles on February 3 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Mid-America will host the open house at its Greenfield, Indiana headquarters where Clay Paky Alpha 1500 and 700 series fixtures and the new Sharpy fixture will be showcased alongside a complete range of grandMA2s, both full size and Light.

“The open house will give customers a chance to check out the latest technology,” says Mid-America Lighting Division Manager Bob Williams. “People have been asking about our Clay Paky fixtures which are hard to find in the Midwest, and from time to time we hold product training classes for the grandMAs. So we decided to showcase both products in a very hands-on open house event.”

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Electrosonic Soars with AV Solutions for “Flight of the Dragon” And “Flying Americaâ€? Dark Rides at OCT Theme Parks in Shanghai and Shenzhen, China

Shanghai/Shenzhen Dark Ride Setup

Shanghai/Shenzhen Dark Ride Setup

As developer OCT builds and expands its network of theme parks throughout China, the company has called on Electrosonic to provide all the AV solutions for two new dark ride attractions at Happy Valley outside Shanghai and Window of the World in Shenzhen, north of Hong Kong. Although a thousand miles separate the theme parks, the two attractions were virtually identical in size and scope for Electrosonic, which supplied full projection systems and screens, the main show control system, 4D effects, audio and lighting. Electrosonic worked in concert with Huss Attractions who provided the complex ride system and brought in creative content producers Super 78 Studios.

Both attractions are movie-based dark rides featuring complex curved screens and a quad projection system with custom lenses, dynamic audio reinforcement and 4D more

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Scharff Weisberg Supports Zachary Borovay with Video Projection for Broadway’s Lombardi and Elf

Lombardi

Lombardi

Scharff Weisberg has teamed with projection designer Zachary Borovay to integrate video into two acclaimed Broadway productions, Lombardi and Elf. The relationship between Scharff Weisberg and Borovay goes back almost 10 years and includes Broadway productions such as Xanadu and To Be Or Not To Be as well as Peepshow in Las Vegas.

“The great thing about working with Scharff Weisberg’s, Lars [Pedersen] and T.J. [Donoghue] is that they really collaborate with you on the design of the system. That’s vital, especially when you’re dealing with the unique challenges that both Lombardi and Elf posed,” says Borovay.

Lombardi stars Dan Lauria as the Hall of Fame football coach and Judith Light as his wife. It is presented in the round at the Circle in the Square Theatre while Elf, based on the Will Ferrell more

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grandMa Goes Merrily on Tour with the Radio City Christmas Show

When Radio City sent its famed Christmas show on the road this year grandMA went with it. One tour playing Providence, RI and Boston and another playing Ft. Meyers and Jacksonville, Florida and Austin, Texas have converted to grandMA for control of all their moving and conventional lights. A.C.T. Lighting is the exclusively distributor of grandMA in North America.

“The tours used to run two consoles each: one for moving lights and one for conventionals,” reports programmer Paul J. Sonnleitner. “In July we converted all the current desk information into grandMA so one system would control all the lighting fixtures for each tour.”

Lighting designer David Agress says that grandMA has been used on the Radio City New York Christmas Show and has “over 1,000 flawless performances” to its credit. “It’s extremely reliable,” he notes. “The tours are less elaborate with fewer fixtures, although they fill 20 trucks more

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Stage Research Releases Updates for ShowBuilder 6 and RF Guru

Stage Research wraps up the year with a holiday present for users of its ShowBuilder 6 and RF Guru software: new versions of both popular packages.

“ShowBuilder 6.1 has been updated with a new user interface for easier access to data,” reports Stage Research co-founder Carlton Guc. “It also features the latest database of sound equipment, new reports and improved support for multiple disciplines, including lighting and video.”

ShowBuilder has been embraced by industry professionals as the software that takes the drudgery out of the administrative side of production. Completely rewritten last year to broaden its scope, ShowBuilder serves everyone in production: sound designers, lighting designers, carpenters, hair and makeup, stage management, wardrobe and technical directors. Users find the software indispensable for handling production paperwork for company, cast, sound, props, route tracking and more.

Guc is also pleased to announce an update for RF Guru, which launched more

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Lightware DVI-I Input Boards Bridge the Gap as Customers Upgrade From Analog to Digital Systems

Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering is introducing fully-functional DVI-I input boards for its pro line of matrices in mid-January 2011, according to the company’s US distributor Lightware U.S.A.

“This is the ‘Missing Link’ in the Lightware product mix,” says sales and marketing associate Blake Dudash. “DVI-I allows an analog signal to come into a Lightware matrix and be converted into a digital signal, so Lightware can accept any type of video from any analog or digital source (except SDI and HD-SDI) and route it in our matrix.

“Because most people are converting from analog to digital systems, they usually have some analog sources that they still need to access,” he explains. “Before, you would have had to use an external converter to gain that accessibility. Now, you can manage all analog or digital video signals in one Lightware matrix.”

The DVI-I input boards accommodate any size Lightware more

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