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grandMA Goes On 5-City Tour With Jay-Z

Jay-ZRapper Jay-Z began a 5-city summer tour with Ciara accompanied by grandMA. Lighting designer Patrick Dierson and Justin Collie of Performance Environment Design Group selected a pair of grandMA consoles, one controlling lighting and one controlling the show’s video. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

Since the logistics of the tour required Dierson to cover large areas with equipment that had to be erected quickly each day he simplified the lighting design to a standard three-truss set up. “The main thing the lighting had to achieve was filling in negative space around the video elements,” he explains. “Elation’s new Design Wash LED Pro, a standard moving-head LED wash fixture on five custom-made octagonal arrays, filled in the gap of the negative area.”

Dierson also employed Coemar ACL units and Main Light MF3s for audience lighting. “Because the more

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Jonathan Goldstein Chooses Cameron Yeary For Video Content On Kid Cudi Tour

CudiAlthough Cleveland-based rising rap/hip hop star Kid Cudi doesn’t even have an album out yet, he has kicked off his first tour, which he headlines with Asher Roth. The show was designed by Jonathan Goldstein of Starlight Visual. He brought in Cameron Yeary of UVLD for media design and programming.

“Jon and I met in 2004 when he was touring with Donna Summer, and we’ve stayed in touch,” says Yeary. “The video media developer who works with Jay Z recommended that we partner on this project.” Kid Cudi’s tour runs four weeks, from mid-July to mid-August, playing intimate venues with a surprisingly large production. The tour, with content based on his hit single, “Day ‘N Nite,” along with mix tapes and Internet buzz, began in Boston at House of Blues and wraps in Chicago at Lollapalooza.

“It was great to team with more

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Coemar Infinity Wash XL, ACL And ParLite LED Lights Are All Dialed-Up For 311′s Unity Tour 2009

311For alternative/funk party-pack 311′s latest cross-country mélange, Coemar Infinity Wash XL, ACL and ParLite Led lights blatantly bring the beams to the brim to punch-up a bunch of June/July Unity Tour 2009 dates.

The mega-watt workhorse fixtures are precisely what lighting designer/director Joe Paradise had in mind to embellish the summer spread, of a more mature, refined sound silhouette the likes of platinum-proud 311′s chart-topping Volcano/Jive latest, Uplifter. more

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Vista Systems’ Spyders Unite Ancient And Modern Greece In Innovative Projection Design For The Opening Of The New Acropolis Museum

VideoToothWhen the Greek Ministry of Culture asked Videotooth Event Engineering to undertake the projection system design for the opening of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, manager / video director Vassilis Leonidopoulos selected Vista Systems’ Spyders. The Spyders brought a series of classical animations to life, providing a glimpse at the symbols associated with ancient Greece, while emphasizing the new museum’s architectural surface. more

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Electrosonic to Demonstrate the ES7100
3G-SDI and HD-SDI Over IP Encoder at IBC

Electrosonic, an established leader in image networking, will demonstrate the ES7100 encoder for 3G-SDI and HD-SDI streaming over IP networks at IBC booth 3.B19.
The ES7100 provides an unmatched combination of bit rate efficiency, low latency and high image quality. The ES7100 is ideal for image quality critical applications in broadcast contribution, studio to studio exchange, live event coverage and interactive broadcasts. The ES7100 features 10bit 4:2:2 encoding and video compression from 6 to 150Mbs. more

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grandMAs Tour With “Yanni Voices”

YanniWhen “Yanni Voices? began its 51-city tour of the US and Canada last spring a pair of grandMA2 consoles went along to program video and lighting for the visually-compelling live concert series. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

An internationally known recording artist, Yanni was accompanied by a global array of performers on the tour, including Chloe, Ender Thomas, Leslie Mills and Nathan Pacheco. “Yanni Voices? will resume with engagements in Mexico and South America later this year. more

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Stage Research Sponsors Sound 411, New Two-Day Informational Event Set For August 12-13 In New York City

Stage Research, Inc. has announced the launch of Sound 411, a two-day informational event designed to bring together sound professionals and students with leaders in the sound hardware and software industry. Sound 411 will be held August 12-13 at John Jay College in New York City; the event is free but pre-registration is required by visiting http://www.stageresearch.com/Sound411. more

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Christie® Extends Warranty Coverage For Its Industry-Leading 3-Chip DLP® Business Projectors

Christie, well-known for industry-leading warranties, is raising the service and support bar once again by increasing its global warranty program to a full three years for Christie’s proven 3-chip DLP(r) projectors. Available globally and at no extra cost, this three-year warranty applies to select Christie 3-chip DLP projectors sold through the Christie Business Products channels. more

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Vista Systems’ Spyder Takes National Hurricane Center By Storm

HurricaneWith the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season officially underway, the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC) at Florida International University (Miami campus) is closely monitoring tropical weather threats. The NHC is home to the United States’ leading experts in the field of hurricane forecasting and boasts a full staff of meteorological and computer scientists. In order to do their job, the NOAA/NHC teams have selected Vista Systems’ Spyder for processing, formatting and displaying high-resolution meteorological data for media briefings and internal presentations. more

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Big Show Construction Management Helms Build Out Of Kissinger Global Conference Room At The Paley Center For Media In New York

paleyBig Show Construction Management (BSCM) served as construction manager for the showpiece Kissinger Global Conference Room at The Paley Center for Media’s midtown Manhattan location at 25 West 52 Street. The room, whose design and architectural services were provided by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, was unveiled in April as a multifunctional space for teleconferences, meetings, presentations and catered events. It will be the new home for many of the Paley Center’s Media Council industry dialogues. more

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