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PixelFLEX Introduces New FLEXCurve LED Video Screen

PixelFLEX, the leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, continues to heighten the industry standard by taking LED screens to another price and performance level with the introduction of FLEXCurve, available in 8mm, 9mm and 12mm.

FLEXCurve allows for simplified set up and a unique design while holding to the same standards as the company’s existing LED video curtain panels, which have exceeded expectations for notable musicians like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square.

Featuring a compact, strong and modular design, made with heavy-duty aluminum and with the added benefit of weighing under 40 pounds, FLEXCurve’s screen can be adjusted from -10 to 10 degree curve, allowing both convex and concave curves. Additionally, PixelFLEX’s newest LED video screen has a rig and click installation system, making for a seamless, fluid connection between panels. Strategic handle placements allow for an easy set up by a single person, eliminating the need for multiple hands to prep before and during a show.

As with PixelFLEX’s existing line of LED video screens, FLEXCurve is simple to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. In addition, the panels can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping logistics while minimizing transportation costs. These panels ride four to a case and can be stored at any angle within the case.

“Video content is an essential part of live performances,” said Jeremy Byrd, PixelFLEX’s founder and president. “Today, delivering high quality video content is critical to maximizing the audience’s experience. With the introduction of FLEXCurve, we’re changing the conversation about video screens by providing another high-quality product but tweaking it to simplify and satisfy.”

Designed with the touring client in mind, but ideal for permanent installations as well, the slim and sleek cabinet design has fewer cables, reducing failure rate and increasing reliability. FLEXCurve includes a preview mode, permitting RGB preview testing without the need to connect to an external data source. The system allows for front and rear accessibility, enabling single module replacement and improving serviceability, while a hinged backplate provides easy access to the screen’s back panel.

FLEXCurve joins PixelFLEX’s existing line of LED video screen offerings, which range from 6mm to 100mm.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s FLEXCurve, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

PixelFLEX Presenting New 9mm High-Resolution LED Video Curtain at LDI 2013

The industry’s leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, PixelFLEX, will be presenting a new 9mm high-resolution curtain video panel at LDI 2013 later this week (Booth 669). The 9mm curtain video panel joins PixelFLEX’s new line of high-resolution video panels that are taking the industry standard to another level with flexible LED screens delivering stunning visuals at cost-effective prices.

The 9mm panel, which is 10.49’ x 2.62’ in size, allows for easily made personalized modifications, providing a video content delivery solution to meet any need. Offering an optimal visual distance at 7m, each 9mm curtain video screen weighs approximately 10.4/sq.m (23 lbs), which is 70-80 percent less than most other high-resolution LED video screens of this size.

“With the introduction of our 9mm video curtain, we now have a complete line of high-resolution solutions to meet the diverse needs of churches, touring musicians and businesses, among others,” said Jeremy Byrd, PixelFLEX’s founder and president. “Video is a critical component of marketing, branding and customer engagement efforts, and the 9mm curtain, as well as our other high-resolution panels, will provide tremendous flexibility – both physically and conceptually – to our customers.”

PixelFLEX’s LED curtains are able to deliver an assortment of video display options that are simple to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. The curtains are able to bend, shape and form around structures to adapt to any stage or setting for a more flexible and innovative display effect. In addition to the infinite potential uses for a varied visual appeal, the panels can be stored and shipped in a single road case, eliminating logistics hassles and minimizing transportation costs in one simple step.

To meet the increased demand for its panels by musicians, houses of worship, universities and other venues, PixelFLEX plans to introduce several other high-resolution LED curtain video screens prior to the LDI Show in Las Vegas. The new line of panels will join PixelFLEX’s growing line of products that include 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 37.5mm, 50mm and 100mm curtain screens, in addition to the company’s LR-4 and LR-8 lightweight rigid video screens for outdoor and indoor applications.

PixelFLEX customers include Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Joel Osteen, Google Science Fair, Skillet, Boots & Hearts Festival, Jeremy Camp, University of Iowa, Student Life and Second Baptist Church. Visit PixelFLEX at Booth 669 during LDI 2013 this coming weekend.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s 9mm LED curtain video screen, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Christian Music Broadcasters Organization Strengthens its “Momentum” with Elite Multimedia Productions

For its signature annual event bringing together radio and record industry professionals under one roof, the Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) organization tapped Elite Multimedia Productions to handle complete production services at Momentum 2013.

More than 600 attendees recently journeyed to the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center in Orlando to participate in Momentum 2013 and its four days of music, workshops and other activities related to the Christian music industry. Given the impact the event can have on a musician or band’s career, delivering exceptional production services is a major priority for the CMB team.

“Momentum is a critical springboard for musicians looking to make an impression on broadcasters in hopes of securing more time for their songs across public airwaves,” stated Michelle Younkman, CMB’s executive director. “As such, it is vital that we provide our musical acts with a production level that enhances, not detracts, from their live performance.”

Over the course of the four day event, more than 40 bands performed on the main stage in the hotel’s main ballroom. Elite Multimedia Productions, a professional sound, lighting, and video company based in Nashville , provided event organizers and performers with peace of mind by creating a warm and engaging environment featuring rich visuals, optimal sound and superior lighting.

“We know that our artists and our record companies need to feel the security of having the highest quality professional services available to them,” Younkman said. “Having Elite Multimedia Productions on-site to handle the entire production for Momentum enabled everyone in attendance to focus exclusively on what was most important to them for a successful event.”

For the main stage, Elite used an Avid Profile Desk – one for monitors and one for front of house – while flying three clusters of three line arrays featuring the Electro Voice EV XLD281. To provide seamless transitions between musical presentations, the company utilized Midas Pro 2 for production inputs. In an effort to help each act individualize its set, Elite enhanced visuals by featuring PixelFLEX’s lightweight, ultra-flexible 20mm LED video curtain panel upstage, enabling the musicians to change the look of their performance.

“The primary challenge for CMB’s Momentum this year was the number of acts and the tight time frames for their set,” said Tom Wilson, vice president of event production for Elite. “That had to be carefully orchestrated to ensure that each performer had adequate time to set up so that they could focus solely on their performance without having to worry about external concerns. My team worked well in advance with each act to plan and integrate the transitions from one to the next.”

In addition to handling services to the main stage, Elite also was charged with production on the event’s second stage, which was also located in the main ballroom. The second stage – featuring a 10×17 rear projection screen fed by two Panasonic 10k projectors – was used by CMB for presentations by radio broadcasting professionals in-between musical performances. Elite’s ability to deliver unmatched support to both stages was one of the major benefits of working exclusively with one company, according to Younkman.

“Being able to feel 100 percent secure in knowing that we on the Momentum leadership team did not have to worry about anything in regards to production is priceless,” Younkman concluded. “Tom and the Elite team were able to work with us in an incredible way and really took care of us by providing a great service to the artists and our radio attendees. We look forward to working with them again on next year’s event.”

Elite Multimedia Productions provides turn-key production services to many popular recording artists, including Luke Bryan and Rodney Atkins, as well as for special events across the U.S.

For more information on Elite Multimedia Productions and its notable production projects, visit www.EliteMultimedia.com. Follow Elite Multimedia Productions at www.facebook.com/elitemultimedia or @elitemultimedia.

PixelFLEX Announces Unveiling of 6mm LED Video Curtain at LDI 2013

PixelFLEX, a leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, is unveiling its 6mm curtain video screen at LDI 2013 in November (Booth 669). The new 6mm curtain is the company’s highest resolution offering, joining PixelFLEX’s growing line of products that include panels ranging from 7mm to 100mm, in addition to its LR-4 and LR-8 lightweight rigid video screens for outdoor and indoor applications.

Providing a variety of video display solutions to meet any and all live event needs, PixelFLEX’s LED curtains are easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Flexible in all directions, the curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect and can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping logistics while minimizing transportation costs.

PixelFLEX’s 6mm panel is 1.97′ x 9.84′ in size, but modifications can be made easily to provide a customized video content delivery solution to meet any need. Each 6mm curtain video screen weighs approximately 11.5Kg/sq.m (25 lbs), which is 70-80 percent less than most other high-resolution LED video screens of this size.

“With popular musicians such as Luke Bryan and Skillet using PixelFLEX screens on tour, the demand for our panels continues to grow,” said Jeremy Byrd, the company’s founder and president. “The one request we’ve heard most often from customers is the need for a higher resolution panel to deliver high quality video to audiences at any distance. With the introduction of our 6mm curtain, PixelFLEX is at the sweet spot for smaller venues where distance between the stage and audience presents a variety of challenges.”

To meet the increased demand for its panels by musicians, houses of worship, universities and other venues, PixelFLEX plans to introduce several other high-resolution LED curtain video screens prior to the LDI Show in Las Vegas. Visit them at booth 669 for a glimpse at the 6mm curtain.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s 6mm LED curtain video screen, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

PixelFLEX LED Curtains Add Visual Dynamic to India.Arie SongVersation Tour

Four-time Grammy award winner India.Arie has returned to the music scene after a four year, self-imposed hiatus and is currently traveling the country on a 12 week, 30-city tour for her 2013 album debut, SongVersation. PixelFLEX’s flexible, affordable and sharp LED curtains are giving India.Arie’s tour a different and updated set of visuals than what fans experienced during her last performances, including high-quality video, effects and colorful backdrop illumination.

PixelFLEX, the industry leader in lightweight, flexible LED video curtain panels, offered a cost-effective, practical and time-saving solution to the tour manager and crew when they wanted to raise the tour’s visuals to a new level.

“I had been in contact with India.Arie’s creative director about what a tour might look like when she started producing her (new) album,” said André C. Allen, owner of BlackLight Productions Inc. and tour manager and production designer for the tour. “The only problem was the tour was already routed before we knew what the show would be; they wanted video content and I needed something that could be set up in an hour that wasn’t cost prohibitive. My research to find an affordable and easy to set up system led me to PixelFLEX.”

Allen’s first time utilizing the PixelFLEX panels came with a lot of pleasant surprises. The ease of use, requiring just a few people to set up, accompanied with its lightweight structure and ability to pack into one road case were shocking to the team during the rehearsal process.

“I’m always looking for the three Fs: form, function and finance,” explained Allen. “I’ve used other LED technologies and if I’d known then what I know now, I’d definitely have used PixelFLEX as the solution; it’s just a really good product.”

Every venue set up is the same throughout the tour, consisting of 2 20mm 4×8 panels in the center to create an 8×8 screen with the remaining 2 20mm 4×8 panels hanging on either side with a two to three foot gap in between.

Moving forward, Allen plans to utilize PixelFLEX video panels every chance he gets and is excited to use the company’s higher resolution screens – being unveiled at the LDI Show in Las Vegas in a few weeks – not only for future tours but for smaller venues as well.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Hearing is Believing at Grace Evangelical Church

Whether it’s listening to the pastor give the sermon or the choir performing, sound distribution at church services is crucial to maximizing the entire congregation’s worship experience. For Grace Evangelical Church, a 2,000-member church located in the Germantown area near Memphis, Tenn., the unique design of its Worship Center, in tandem with its aging and increasingly inadequate technology, was impeding the audio quality of the church’s weekly service. To address the situation, Grace tapped Elite Multimedia, a professional sound, lighting, and video company based in Memphis.

“While aesthetically pleasing, our fan-shaped sanctuary has presented a number of challenges over the years when it comes to delivering a superior audio experience during church services,” said Carl Caspersen, Minister of Music and Media at Grace Evangelical Church. “We called in Elite Multimedia to help alleviate the issues we were having and were blown away by the solution and service they provided.”

Using a variety of lines from L-Acoustics, including the new Kiva system, Elite Multimedia designed a new sound system to provide full coverage while achieving optimal clarity to support Grace Evangelical Church’s worship and spoken word. To support the Kiva system, Elite also installed the new SB15m subwoofer extension, two SB18 units behind the arrays, ARCS enclosures for side fill, 8xt for delay fills and four 5xt coaxial speakers to fill in the front area. The entire system is powered by a total of four L-Acoustics amplifiers, with Elite utilizing the DSP within the amps to achieve time alignment and filters.

“The biggest challenge for us was the structure above the drywall ceiling,” stated Wade Russell, Relationship Manager at Elite Multimedia. “There was limited space from the deck of the roof to the drywall, so that presented limitations in means of access to be able to properly fit the rig points for the new system. We only had about 2′ to 2.5′ clearance from drywall to ceiling deck. So our rigging team came up with a game plan to install an access panel door in the drywall and was able to get it done.”

According to Caspersen, the difference in performance and distribution was immediately noticeable to Grace churchgoers.

“You’ve got a few people who are actually hearing a kick drum for the first time,” Caspersen commented. “We’re not trying to win any volume awards; we’re just trying to provide our members with a solid representation of what is happening on stage and the solution that Elite came up with is delivering exceptional results.”
To supplement the sound reinforcement they installed, Elite integrators chose the Midas Pro2 console operating on Digital AES and at a sample rate of 96k.

“The clarity and imaging is impressive to hear,” Caspersen remarked. “In keeping with the vision of the leadership team, the goal wasn’t to be louder, it was to professionally proclaim what is so important to us, both musically and in the spoken word. The Elite team put together an unbelievable solution that we are extremely pleased with. We look forward to working with them on additional projects. ”

For more information on Elite Multimedia and its notable integration projects, visit www.EliteMultimedia.com. Follow Elite Multimedia at www.facebook.com/elitemultimedia or @elitemultimedia.

PixelFLEX Introducing New 12mm High-Resolution LED Video Curtain at LDI 2013

PixelFLEX, the leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, will be introducing a new 12mm high-resolution curtain video panel at LDI 2013 in November (Booth 2321). With the introduction of its 12mm panel, PixelFLEX continues to heighten the industry standard by taking flexible LED screens to another price and performance level.

PixelFLEX’s LED curtains provide a variety of video display options that are simple to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Flexible in all directions, the curtains are able to bend and shape around structures to adapt to any stage or setting for a more imaginative display effect. In addition to offering an infinite amount of uses for a varied visual appeal, the panels can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping logistics while minimizing transportation costs.

Modifications can be made easily to the 12mm panel, which is 10.49′ x 2.62′ in size, to provide a personalized video content delivery solution to meet any need. Offering an optimal visual distance at 8m, each 12mm curtain video screen weighs approximately 9.8Kg/sq.m (21.6 lbs), which is 70-80 percent less than most other high-resolution LED video screens of this size.

“Video content is the driving force in marketing and branding – whether it’s for business, churches or individuals,” said Jeremy Byrd, PixelFLEX’s founder and president. “Today, delivering high quality video content is essential to building, strengthening and maintaining your brand. With the introduction of our 12mm LED screen, we’re opening a variety of doors to those looking to improve their brand through greater audience engagement.”

To meet the increased demand for its panels by musicians, houses of worship, universities and other venues, PixelFLEX plans to introduce several other high-resolution LED curtain video screens prior to the LDI Show in Las Vegas. The new line of panels will join PixelFLEX’s growing line of products that include 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 37.5mm, 50mm and 100mm curtain screens, in addition to the company’s LR-4 and LR-8 lightweight rigid video screens for outdoor and indoor applications.

PixelFLEX customers include Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Joel Osteen, Google Science Fair, Skillet, Boots & Hearts Festival, Jeremy Camp, University of Iowa, Student Life and Second Baptist Church. Visit PixelFLEX at Booth 2321 during LDI 2013.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s 12mm LED curtain video screen, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

LIVE ON THE GREEN CONCERT SERIES MEETS GROWING AUDIENCE NEEDS WITH PIXELFLEX LED VIDEO CURTAINS

Live On The Green, a free six-week concert series in downtown Nashville produced by independent radio station Lightning 100, recently held its fifth successful series of outdoor shows. During this year’s series, PixelFLEX LED video curtain panels took audience visuals to a new level by providing high-quality video and an up-close experience to everyone in the crowd with their lightweight, flexible and brightly illuminated screens.

The Live On The Green series has grown exponentially from year-to-year; this year, the series drew approximately 12,000 attendees per week to performances by 18 artists, including Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matt Nathanson, Local Natives, and Matt & Kim. For the last two weeks of shows, PixelFLEX provided 12 20mm panels to enhance the audience’s visibility of the stage and, more importantly, the performers.

“With the crowd size we experienced this year, it helped to alleviate the issue of people not being able to see the stage,” explained Chris Paxton, event producer for Live On The Green. “Additionally, the added sponsorship activation potential is a huge opportunity for us; being able to run video that our entire audience can see is something we will be able to deliver to our sponsors next year.”

The PixelFLEX panels were set up to the left of the stage to highlight live video streams while the artists were on stage and display a mix of sponsors in between artists. PixelFLEX handled all the set up and activation for the screens, as the Live On The Green production team needed the application to be turnkey within the small timeframe allotted.

“I was very impressed by the simplicity of set up, as well as PixelFLEX’s ability to successfully deliver an activation of this size and scope under a very limited timeframe,” remarked Paxton. “The team got it up and running on time and it went really well.”

With PixelFLEX LED curtains, videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. PixelFLEX curtains are available from low resolution (100mm) to high resolution (6mm), allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. The high caliber visual components of the curtains come with equally impressive customer service assistance and without the need for an extensive budget.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.facebook.com/pixelflexusa or @ledcurtain.

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First Baptist Church of Trussville Improves Student Engagement with Facility Redesign

Reaching and engaging with a young audience is critical to churches seeking to strengthen their ministry by building a future audience that will join their existing followers. For First Baptist Church of Trussville (Ala.), one of the oldest churches in Alabama – founded nearly 190 years ago – reaching a younger audience involved the introduction of an on-site student facility where children and adolescents can gather to pray, study or socialize. To assist with the development of the student facility, First Baptist presented Elite Multimedia, a professional sound, lighting, and video company based in Memphis (Tenn.), with the difficult task of creating a warm, fun and engaging environment while keeping the church’s tight budget in mind.

Commissioned to assist with the integration of new AVL (audio, video and lighting) equipment in First Baptist’s traditional and contemporary service spaces, Elite Multimedia was also tapped to design the new student facility located atop the church’s preschool facility. Knowing that they soon would be working on the student facility and that budget was a consideration, Elite’s team determined that utilizing the older, but serviceable equipment previously in use in the church’s other service spaces would help First Baptist meet its objectives.

“Prior to Elite Multimedia’s redesign, the student facility was just a loud room with bare walls,” said David Youngstrom, media technology associate at First Baptist Church. “Today, it looks and sounds tremendous. Elite did a fantastic job with taking the speakers and monitors we had in other parts of the church and incorporating them into the new space. It really is a crystal clear system now – it’s got the rich bass with nice highs and distinct tones.”

Having replaced the Renkus-Heinz powered speakers that were housed in First Baptist’s main auditorium, Elite Multimedia repurposed them to serve as the youth sound system. The speakers were supplemented with a new DSP, wiring infrastructure, power sequencing and a new rack, while the old analog soundboard was also relocated to the student facility. In addition, the video wall featured in the church’s lobby was moved to the youth space and reconfigured as part of a new video wall using a

Panasonic projector in the center and eight Planar displays – four on each side – to create one large image across the stage. Moving lights were also preserved and reused along with a new dimming system for theatrical and house lighting.

“It’s a pretty neat space,” Youngstrom continued. “The students now have a warmer and friendlier environment for their Sunday School activities. They also have a place where they can go to meet with friends and peers -where they can plug in their iPad, go over lessons or just play video games. It’s been an amazing transformation and it has had a real positive impact on student engagement with the church. When you get down to it, the room gives us a tool to bring students in to minister to them and that is what we were hoping to achieve. ”

For more information on Elite Multimedia and its notable integration projects, visit www.EliteMultimedia.com. Follow Elite Multimedia at www.facebook.com/elitemultimedia or @elitemultimedia.

PixelFLEX Featuring New 7mm High-Resolution LED Video Curtain at LDI 2013

Already the leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, PixelFLEX announced today that it would be featuring a new 7mm high-resolution curtain video panel at LDI 2013 in November (Booth 2321). With the introduction of its new 7mm video curtain, PixelFLEX is taking flexible LED screens to another price and performance level.

Providing a variety of video display solutions to meet any and all live event needs, PixelFLEX’s LED curtains are easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Flexible in all directions, the curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect and can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping logistics while minimizing transportation costs.

PixelFLEX’s 7mm panel is 9.84′ x 2.46′ in size, but modifications can be made easily to provide a customized video content delivery solution to meet any need. Offering an optimal visual distance at 5m, each 7mm curtain video screen weighs approximately 11Kg/sq.m (24 lbs), which is 70-80 percent less than most other high-resolution LED video screens of this size.

“It’s no secret that video content is king, whether you’re a musician on the road, a professional basketball team or a small business,” said Jeremy Byrd, PixelFLEX’s founder and president. “Delivering high quality video content is critical to building and strengthening your brand. With the introduction of our 7mm LED screen, we’re opening a variety of doors to those looking to improve audience engagement.”

To meet the increased demand for its panels by musicians, houses of worship, universities and other venues, PixelFLEX plans to introduce several other high-resolution LED curtain video screens prior to the LDI Show in Las Vegas. The new line of panels will join PixelFLEX’s growing line of products that include 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 37.5mm, 50mm and 100mm curtain screens, in addition to the company’s LR-4 and LR-8 lightweight rigid video screens for outdoor and indoor applications.

PixelFLEX customers include Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Joel Osteen, Google Science Fair, Skillet, Boots & Hearts Festival, Jeremy Camp, University of Iowa, Student Life and Second Baptist Church. Visit PixelFLEX at Booth 2321 during LDI 2013.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s 7mm LED curtain video screen, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

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