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Oceaneering Showcases REVOLUTION™ Tru-Trackless™ Ride System at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 Featuring Alcorn McBride Products

Oceaneering Entertainment Systems (OES) is using Alcorn McBride’s RideTraXX synchronized multi-channel audio player with crossfade, VCore controller and ShowTouch iOS control interface to demo its groundbreaking REVOLUTION Tru-Trackless ride system at IAAPA’s Attractions Expo 2013. IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, will be at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, November 18-22.

OES is known for its cutting-edge development of theme park technologies, including dark ride vehicles, show-action systems and an array of custom solutions. The company’s latest revolutionary innovation is a ride system like none other. REVOLUTION is a “Tru-Trackless” system in which ride vehicles are able to glide around a show space in any direction, stop and turn at will, and provide a full motion base experience for the audience. Vehicles can follow multiple ride paths, have multiple motion profiles, and dispatch from load and unload stations in first available order.

“We chose Alcorn McBride’s RideTraXX as the 5.1 audio playback unit for the REVOLUTION system,” says Matthew Kent, head of creative services at OES. “At IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 we’re also using VCore to trigger some show control specifics. We want to be able to walk up to the vehicle at the show and turn it on or off and access specific elements of the demonstration profile. REVOLUTION is designed to be put into an attraction on a continuous cycle of show control. VCore allows us to create a single motion profile for trade show demonstrations purposes with a Touch iOS interface that Alcorn is providing as well.”

During the demo Kent says OES will deploy RideTraXX for “off-board audio so that it can be heard throughout the booth rather than from within the ride, since we won’t have people in the vehicle, however it will be operational and controllable via the touchscreen.”

OES turned to Alcorn McBride for the REVOLUTION demo as a tried-and-true solutions provider. “Alcorn was already the provider of the audio system we chose for this product for all of our customers,” says Kent. “RideTraXX is versatile and offers all the inputs and outputs that we require, and it’s very easy to maintain and use. The Compact Flash card interface makes it simple to change show audio media on the fly.”

The REVOLUTION vehicle system may be used not only for passenger ride systems but also for other entertainment applications, such as moveable scenic, animation or show-action platforms.

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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WorldStage and AV&C Set “Stylescape” in Motion at the “3.1 Phillip Lim for Target” Fashion Week Event

During Fashion Week the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection was previewed at a private pop-up shopping event in New York City where “Stylescape,” a larger-than-life interactive cinemagraph conceived by Mother NY to showcase the limited-edition collection as worn and blogged about by tastemakers across the US and Canada. WorldStage provided AV support for “Stylescape,” for which the media and interaction systems and software were designed and implemented by Audio, Video and Controls (AV&C).

The event was held at Spring Studio on Varrick Street where shoppers clamored for Lim’s clothing, shoes, bags and accessories for men and women while mingling with Jessica Alba, Solange Knowles, Nate Berkus, Maria Sharapova and Perez Hilton. Billed as a “North American fashion panorama,” “Stylescape” served as a striking backdrop in the space, displaying notables photographed on the same day in various North American cities wearing Lim’s collection. The panoramic, interactive video installation played out on a high-resolution 3.9 mm LED wall measuring 10 x 120 feet.

AV&C is a New York-based media and interactive systems and software firm, led by David Bianciardi, that bridges the gap between technology and design in the built environment. The company specializes in creating digital icons and interactive experiences in public spaces, so it was uniquely qualified to bring “Stylescape” to life.

For the pop-up shopping event, the team at Mother wanted to create something ambitious, engaging AV&C early in the process to design something aesthetically beautiful and technically sophisticated. The team finally settled on creating “the world’s largest cinemagraph and make it interactive and responsive,” says AV&C’s Bianciardi. “We had a huge canvas of visuals shot in 6 locations by Peter Funch, acquired simultaneously in 6x 4K video and digital stills. The resulting composited canvas was beautiful in itself, then we introduced the cinemagraph’s repetitive motion,” which guests triggered by manipulating physical props, using social media services, or simply moving and posing in front of the interactive wall.

The idea was to play with blurring the boundaries of physical, social and digital media, he explains. “A famous blogger would stand next to a bus station in Dallas on the screen; viewers could Tweet her, she’d respond and it would show upon the poster at the bus stop. Or viewers could dance with a salsa dancer, take a photo with the designer, blow on pinwheels, etc. There were 40 opportunities for interaction. The way we combined techniques was unprecedented and the scale and resolution of this type of screen was unprecedented.”

“David and the folks at AV&C are great at finding the sweet spot where technological sophistication and user enjoyment meet.” says WorldStage president Josh Weisberg. “It’s our job to mirror that philosophy in the implementation of the audio, video and lighting systems and in this project all of those elements came together successfully. You could see it in the faces of the guests interacting with Stylescape.”

AV&C called WorldStage Integration VP & tech designer John Ackerman as soon as they were awarded the project. “John immediately got it,” say Bianciardi, “and so did the superstars up and down the WorldStage ranks – that’s what makes WorldStage the right partner for us. We made several visits to their shop and set up a series of technology tests with client and creative stakeholders. WorldStage provided the platforms for all the work we did on the interactive technology, and we wrote custom software that put everything together into a cohesive whole.”

“By implementing (Derivative’s) TouchDesigner platform and Pandora we enabled the client to put a really big tableau on a long videowall,” says Weisberg. WorldStage also furnished 16-channel sound for “Stylescape” and a lighting package for the event. Michael Kohler was the Pandora programmer and Kate Brown was the audio engineer. AV&C’s Vincent Houze led the visualization and interaction software development.

“We partner with WorldStage for their technical sophistication,” say Bianciardi. “They understand what our requests mean and make suggestions as an active partner. They truly work in the service of design.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Main Light Industries Acquires Wireless Solution’s W-DMX BlackBox F-1 G4 Transceiver Via A.C.T Lighting

Main Light Industries, Inc., the Wilmington, Delaware-based firm, which has become one of the largest rental houses in the country, has invested in Wireless Solution’s W-DMX BlackBox F-1 G4 transceiver. A.C.T Lighting is a North American distributor for Wireless Solution Sweden AB, the world’s leading manufacturer of wireless lighting control equipment.

Main Light was prompted to purchase the W-DMX when it was looking for a wireless solution to work with its Clay Paky Igloos as well as other wireless units in its inventory. Igloos are tough, sturdy, dome-shaped enclosures that offer complete protection against rain and humidity and maintain a perfect working temperature for fixtures even in hot or sub-zero conditions.

“We tested various wireless DMX products, and Wireless Solution’s W-DMX box proved to be the most reliable,” says Main Light’s head of client relations, John DiEleuterio. “We will primarily be using it for festivals and outdoor events. The Igloos are a perfect complement to and protection for the more compact line of Clay Paky fixtures, and the W-DMX on board allows them to be more easily used in remote locations.”

Wireless Solution’s W-DMX range of products is the consistent choice of top professionals in the lighting industry. It is the only company to offer dual-band 2.4 and 5.8GHz (optional) with RDM and adaptive frequency hopping in both OEM single PCB or Standard Tranceivers with FLEX function to change a unit to be both transmitter and receiver. The W-DMX BlackBox F-1 G4 comes standard with RDM. All F-Models are both transmitters and receivers and offer a full FLEX with optional anything in/anything out (for example: DMX in, Art-Net out or s/ACN in, DMX out).

Some of Main Light’s clients have already deployed the W-DMX, in conjunction with Clay Paky Igloos, for projects. Len Applefeld, lighting director at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, used the Clay Paky Igloos on Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2013. He said, “The onboard W-DMX was a great feature to have. We had six Igloos on top of the stage roof, and the W-DMX saved us a lot of time by not having to run data.”

Rob Hendry with BEW Productions recently used them for a Halloween event on the Battleship New Jersey on the Delaware River off Camden, New Jersey. “A last-minute addition of Clay Paky Sharpys housed within Igloos were used on the massive cannon turrets of the battleship,” DiEleuterio explains. “Due to the amount of steel on the ship and no sight line, Rob was hesitant to use wireless DMX at first. But the Clay Paky Igloos synched up flawlessly, which he said made for a very pleasant first experience with wireless DMX.”

Main Light, which has increased its inventory of Clay Paky lighting fixtures annually via A.C.T Lighting (the company is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky), found its new Wireless Solution’s W-DMX purchase marked another positive encounter with A.C.T Lighting. “We expect and receive nothing but the best in the way of support when it comes to dealing with A.C.T,” DiEleuterio reports.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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The Peoples Church Pairs a Spyder with new LED Wall

The Peoples Church in Franklin, Tennessee, known for its strong use and support of creative arts and media, has invested in a Vista Systems Spyder X20 to take visuals for worship services and events to a new level.

The Peoples Church, which was founded as First Baptist Church of Franklin, Tennessee in 1838, holds two services at the Franklin campus each week plus special events for its congregation of 6,000. The Franklin campus worship center, housed in a building erected 15 years ago, seats 1,750.

“We replaced our old rear-projection video cube wall with a 4 mil LED wall measuring 33×10,” says Dustin Lemler, Executive Director of Creative Arts and Production at The Peoples Church. “When we looked for options for an image processor the unanimous recommendation was for Vista Systems’ Spyder, so it became the only solution we proposed to our Elder Board.”

In exploring a replacement for the videowall, Lemler and his colleagues “didn’t just want a screen. We wanted a palette that would do multiple things.” The image processing system they chose also had to be capable of handling multiple inputs and offer room for future growth.

“We need to have four or five images on the LED wall at once, and Spyder provided the best option for that,” Lemler explains. “We have 16 sources and use eight at a time. We’re running HDSDI out of the main switcher, and typically have several Macs running Pro Presenter, a stillstore, DVRs and DDRs for HD playback with some other composite sources left open as redundant back ups.”

Lemler and Church Media Director, Mark Hengstenberg went through Spyder training at Vista Systems’ headquarters in Phoenix. “We just hired an additional staff engineer, and he loves it – he picked it up really quickly,” Lemler reports.

“We recently debuted Spyder in a weekend service, and everyone was overwhelmed with how it worked,” he says. “It has enabled us to rethink our presentation. Spyder is proving to be an all-in-one box that can do everything we need and more. It will allow us to expand into all that it can do and has future compatibility for more screens.”

Lemler adds that support from Vista Systems has been “excellent. If we had any questions, people got right back to us. We haven’t been able to stump them yet!”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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Clay Paky Joins Black Sabbath’s Reunion Tour

Photo: Sarah Mallos

Heavy metal icon Black Sabbath continues its Reunion Tour in Latin America, Europe and the UK with a large complement of Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash lights.

The tour celebrates the band’s reunion last year and supports their album “13,” the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978.

“Sharpys are the ultimate eye candy,” declares Michael Keller, lighting programmer for Baz Halpin, the tour’s lighting designer. “They create such a visual display that they combat most videowalls. They’re one of the few instruments that can cut right past them.”

Halpin is utilizing 42 Sharpys on the Reunion Tour with two pods of 4x4s and ten fixtures on the ground, says Keller. “They’re very sturdy and rugged and have never had a failure. They’re bulletproof lights with very powerful lamps. The prism is great and the gobos are amazing. Anything you want to do with them is never an issue.”

Forty Sharpy Wash lights were deployed in Australia as fill for a video shoot, he notes, and “they were awesome as well.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “Mr Halpin and Mr. Keller have been Clay Paky users for a while and we’re thrilled about how they’re being used for this show. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

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Lightware’s Product Support for 4K Switching and Signal Extension Offers Real-world Solutions at the Forefront of 4K Technology

4K is The Next Big Thing in video production, display and distribution, and Lightware U.S.A. is ahead of the curve with a roster of proven and available 4K switching and signal extension solutions. The US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products offers an array of 4K products, which demonstrate that the company has long been proactive on the 4K breaking edge technology front.

“The Lightware USA 4K products have been rigorously tested by our engineering team, are in stock in the US office and ready to ship,” says Drew Taylor who’s in business development at Lightware USA. “We already have 4K equipment in use today. Other companies advertise 4K products months and years before they become available. But Lightware has real 4K solutions; 4K is not just a marketing device for us but an actual shipping high quality solution based product line.”

As content is produced and released in 4K and as 4K displays and computer systems increase in number and decrease in cost, the industry is looking for real-world 4K solutions to deploy. “4K applications are growing, but even if you’re not using 4K content now you’ll want to futureproof your operations for higher resolution capability,” Taylor points out. “Oil and gas exploration, virtualization environments, scientific exploration and large data centers are already demanding high-resolution systems. But rental and staging and command and control applications are also upgrading to 4K capabilities so they can support 4K and Ultra High Definition in the future.”

Lightware supports 4K in three major product areas: Direct HDMI in/out with 3D boards; extending and switching signals over a single twisted pair; and extending and switching signals over fiber.

Direct HDMI In/Out for the Modular Matrix Frames

The Lightware USA MX-HDMI-3D boards handle 4K video signals with embedded audio over a single HDMI cable. The MX-HDMI-3D-IB 8-channel HDMI 1.4a input board and MX-HDMI-3D-OB 8-channel HDMI 1.4a output board offer DVI and HDCP compliance supporting all 3D formats. They are available with add-on digital S/PDIF or analog stereo connectors for advanced audio functions (HDMI embedded audio signals are managed by the board as well).

The input board offers integrated advanced professional functions, such as HDCP enable/disable mode, Pixel Accurate ReClocking, Advanced EDID Management and Input Signal Frame Detector. The output boards incorporate a second Pixel Accurate ReClocking chip, HDMI to DVI conversion, color space conversion (RGB and YUV per output) and color range scaling. Both are compatible with deep color, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio and feature PCM audio sample rate conversion.

Single Cable Twisted Pair Extenders

Lightware offers both input and output boards and extenders for handling 4K video signals with embedded audio over a single twisted pair.

The 8-channel MX-TPS-IB input board and MX-TPS-OB output board are HDBaseT HDMI 1.4a boards, which provide HDMI 1.4, audio, Ethernet and RS-232 extension on a single CAT5/6/7 cable up to 180 m distance. Optional digital or analog audio connectors are also available for allowing for audio embedding or de-embedding. Integrated advanced professional functions include HDCP enable/disable mode, Pixel Accurate ReClocking, Advanced EDID Management and Input Signal Frame Detector. They are compatible with deep color, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio and features PCM audio sample rate conversion.

Lightware’s HDMI-TPS-TX90 and RX90 HDBaseT HDMI 1.4a extenders are designed to work with the MX-TPS boards. These twisted pair transmitters and receivers extend uncompressed full HD video for extreme distances (up to 180 m) over a single CAT cable. The units offer bi-directional RS-232, IR and Ethernet pass-through all on the same CAT5e…CAT7 cable that carries the video signal. The extenders support full HDCP and EDID compliance and work at all standard AV resolutions. Remote powering is available through the single CAT5e…CAT7 cable; a local power supply also can be used. All devices can be mounted on a rack shelf,used in stand-alone formats and used with the TPS boards for the Modular Matrix Frames that range in size from 9×9 to 80×80.

4K Fiber Extenders

Finally, Lightware USA has introduced an HDMI Optical output board and an HDMI-3D Optical receiver that extend HDMI 1.4a and 4K video signals with embedded audio up to 1.6 miles to the fiber receiver. The MX-HDMI-OPT-OB board transmits HDMI 1.4a signals on 8 optical outputs with HDCP compliance. HDMI, DVI signals and HDCP + EDID handshaking are performed over one Multimode fiber utilizing the Lightware Single Fiber Technology.

The HDMI-3D-OPT-RX150RA HDMI 3D receiver allows for analog and digital audio de-embedding as well as RS232 signals to be sent from the matrix over the fiber up to a distance of 2,000 meters via the Lightware RS232 over fiber technology.

Lightware staged an impressive demo at InfoComm13 featuring live matrix switching of 4K HDMI 1.4a sources on a 4K monitor. “For Lightware, the demo showed that instant matrix switching of 4K sources is more than a proof of concept: It’s a reality,” says Taylor.

“With 4K likely to be the new standard that a lot of people thought 3D would be, Lightware already offers well-rounded product support for 4K with more on the way coming soon,” he promises.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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Alcorn McBride Helps Tell Story of Choctaw Codetalkers for New Museum Exhibit

The role of the Choctaw Codetalkers has been lost to history until recently, and a new exhibit at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Capitol Museum in Tuskahoma brings their exciting story to light with support from Alcorn McBride’s Digital Video Machine HD DVM8500 video player and Digital Audio Machine AM4 A/E professional digital audio player.

A refurbished gallery in the museum is dedicated to “the original Codetalkers,” members of the Choctaw Nation who served in the 142nd and 143rd Infantry Regiments of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. More than 20 years before the celebrated Navajo Codetalkers of World War II, these soldiers used the Choctaw language to foil the Germans who were intercepting allied communications on the western front in 1918. Discouraged from speaking their native language at home, the Choctaw were credited with helping to ensure an allied victory during the war.

The gallery features a kiosk with a 55-inch screen that displays a 20-minute video about the Codetalkers told through archival imagery and the recollections of their descendants. Push buttons activate the video, and a “field telephone” with buttons enables visitors to listen to Choctaw field commands and an English translation. Alcorn McBride’s DVM8500 operates the video display while the Digital Audio Machine AM4 A/E, with built-in amp, operates the phone.

Ko-Kwow Arts and Exhibits constructed the exhibit and Media Matrix installed all the components for audio and video playback here at the North Bend facilities of Ko-Kwow. The company previously partnered with Alcorn McBride on the permanent exhibition at the Luhr Jensen & Sons Gallery at The History Museum in Hood River, Oregon.

“Once again we turned to Alcorn McBride equipment for reliability and ease of operation,” says Media Matrix owner Vinnie Cavarra. “In addition, everyone at the company has been wonderful to work with and helpful with any and all technical issues.”

The exhibit designers for the Choctaw Codetalkers were Larry Watson and Peggy O’Neal of Ko-Kwow, North Bend, Oregon.

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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Lighting and Video Designer Breckinridge Haggerty Opts for MA Lighting’s VPU

Lighting and video designer Breckinridge Haggerty is a proponent of MA Lighting’s VPU (Video Processing Unit), the media server for still and moving images that’s fully integrated into the MA system. VPU is MA’s solution for controlling, live- accessing and altering video, stills and 3D objects in realtime. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

“I’ve used grandMA lighting consoles to control Tool’s video show since 2002 and have always enjoyed a comfortable relationship with the system and the people behind it” says Haggerty. “They’re well-engineered, reliable consoles that have been excellent over the years.”

“When I was recently auditioning DMX media servers, I was pleasantly surprised by MA’s VPU Video Processing Unit. The new hardware features beefy internal shock-mounting, and a very useful touch-screen on the front panel. The VPU has some great features that drew me in, and the system integration sealed the deal. The software integration of the VPU media server with the grandMA2 range of lighting consoles is unprecedented, and they have ambitious plans for the future.

And it goes beyond that; The integration of grandMA2 and VPU means one-stop technical support, and Bob Gordon’s team at A.C.T Lighitng has been answering my 2am calls consistently for well over 15 years, so committing to the VPU was an easy choice.”

Haggerty worked with Delicate Productions Inc. to ensure a total of four VPU are available for his work. Haggerty has been the video designer for the band Tool for 11 years, and works with artist such as Sting, the Beastie Boys, Puscifer, Eminem the Foo Fighters, on projects ranging from systems design to production design. He also has credits for broadcast TV.

Haggerty notes that, “The VPUs did very well on short notice through Australia and New Zealand. The show was rebuilt in 5 weeks and thrown in a shipping container. The VPU saved us time on our only setup day on many fronts. I was able to get my dark programming time and a good night sleep.”

He cites the VPU’s video inputs as a feature he likes. “Live video inputs are a requirement for my work, and the VPU video input cards are quick. There’s very little delay pushing two 1080 HD streams through. I personally use the inputs for external playback, but these inputs are fast enough for live cameras. Maybe the grandMA2 is the next great live video desk?”

Haggerty finds that the VPU works well with LED and projectors alike. “The warper is useful for projection adjustment and mapping, but it is also great for pixel-perfect segmenting of LED displays.” he says. “The warper, pixel mapper, and content manager all update themselves system-wide in real time, and everything can be manipulated with a laptop at FOH where the changes can be seen directly. The net result is less stress and more creative programming time.

“The Tool video show took a big step forward with the incorporation of A.C.T Lighting’s MA VPU video processors. It was a sea-change on short notice, and both A.C.T and MA were very responsive through the whole process. MA’s VPU technology is excellent and evolving fast, and ACT’s technical support is going the extra mile as always. I’m on board.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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WorldStage Provides AV Support for LG G2 Product Launch at Jazz at Lincoln Center

When LG Electronics unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G2, the media rich presentation in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, was supported by the AV expertise of WorldStage. WorldStage is the exclusive AV vendor for Jazz, where nearly 700 guests from more than 30 countries converged for LG’s global announcement.

The presentation featured appearances by Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, and other LG executives and technology partners. They detailed the compelling user experience features available on the new G2 and showcased the device’s innovative design and industry-leading advances.

WorldStage teamed with production company Studio PAV M&C to furnish projection and LED display technology and video production support for the product launch.

Projection screens were positioned upstage and downstage with 11 LED panels between them. The upstage rear projection screen, measuring 53×20 feet, featured a blended image using Christie Roadster HD20K-J Series video projectors. The downstage front projection screen, measuring 49×20 feet, also utilized Christie 20Ks.

In addition to the projected video elements a small number of Barco C5 LED panels were used in an unusual fashion. Flown on three different line sets between the two projection screens, multiple displays were manually configured several times during the show to create different scenic looks. “They were moved to form one continuous scene or a number of different scenes for the client-created content,” says WorldStage director of events/venues Tony Rossello.

Twelve channels of Dataton WATCHOUT V5 drove video for all the destinations. Switching was facilitated through a single Vista Spyder frame.

“We also supplied a four-camera HD system based on Sony HXC-100 HD cameras for live video,” Rossello says. “We had three cameras at fixed locations and one on a a 20-foot jib.”

“We were able to spend four days on prep, rehearsal and install for the one-day product launch so when it came to show time, all the elements were totally dialed in,” Rossello says.

“I score WorldStage five out of five for its performance,” says an enthusiastic Jay Lee, CEO and executive producer at Studio PAV M&C. “They knew what to bring and what to do. WorldStage’s professional support is well-prepared and organized and made the show brilliant and successful. I was so lucky to have them.”

At WorldStage Armando Acevedo was project manager and Mike Naylor the Spyder programmer.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Avery Fisher Hall Acquires Robert Juliat Cyrano Followspots

Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center, has taken delivery of two DMX-controlled Robert Juliat Cyrano followspots from PRG/NJ. Avery Fisher Hall is part of The Lincoln Center complex on the west side of Manhattan. The concert hall, which is used for a wide variety of events, opened in 1962 and has a capacity of 2,738 seats.

The Cyrano followspots replace aging fixtures. “The new Cyranos are the only followspots in the theater,” says Jason Marsh, associate director of production at Lincoln Center. “We chose them for their exceptional quality and ease of use.”

Marsh notes that productions in Avery Fisher Hall range from classical, rock and pop concerts to corporate events, television specials and network upfronts. “Television is the area requiring the highest-quality lighting, and TV lighting designers have requested Cyranos by name,” he reports. “Before we invested in them, productions had to bring them in as rental equipment.”

“Robert Juliat’s Cyrano fixtures stand out for their consistency and quality, and we’re glad to add them to our inventory,” concludes Marsh.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, family-run, company dedicated to the manufacture of quality lighting equipment for entertainment and architectural applications. Robert Juliat lights are installed worldwide in venues as diverse as The Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, Caesar’s Palace and other showrooms in Las Vegas, the Royal Opera House in London, the Los Angeles Music Center, and the Hong Kong Academy School. Robert Juliat lights are used on major tours and events such as Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, the South African Music Awards 2013 and the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

R&D, production, and company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, CT. For more information visit www.robertjuliat.com

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