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Thompson Square Uses PixelFLEX LED Curtain to Eliminate Timing Constraints for Small Tour Crew

Out on the road serving as an opening act for the Luke Bryan Tour, Thompson Square is using PixelFLEX’s unique, flexible and lightweight LED Curtains to enhance and simplify their live musical performances. The husband and wife duo was searching for an efficient way to add video components to their show and PixelFLEX was able to bring the band’s vision to life with its industry-leading video curtain walls.

As the middle act on the Tour, Thompson Square has a relatively quick window to set up and take down their entire set – 13 minutes to be exact. Still, the tour and production manager, Christian Easterling, was determined to figure out how the band could deliver the type of show desired in the amount of time allotted. Easterling soon came across PixelFLEX LED Curtains, which allowed for high-quality visuals without the worry of time constraints.

“We tour with four crew people,” said Easterling. “Everything is done in such a quick manner; there is no way we could have performed the show with any other screen out there. It’s just amazing to see how the entire set moves away in a matter of minutes and is completely gone.”

For the Luke Bryan Tour, Thompson Square is using 16 20mm curtains flown off trusses for use as a backdrop to further enhance the audience’s live experience. The screens are used to deliver static images, color changes and video footage to add some depth and dimension to the live shows, according to Easterling.

Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display.

“The benefits (of the PixelFLEX LED Curtains) are that you can manipulate it and move it around to different areas if you need to,” said Easterling. “Sometimes, we have been in venues where our trim height is not that great, so we can take the screen and move it to a different location, put in front of risers and it’s very flexible. It has a tremendous impact on the show and that is just such a cool thing.”

Easterling has been on tour with Thompson Square for almost two years and this is the first tour in which they have used the PixelFLEX solution. The additional support, thus far, has been well received.

“I hear on a regular basis that the walls truly enhance the performance; the feeling is that it looks like a headliner’s set,” Easterling remarked. “It’s been easy in, easy up, which is extremely important out on tour. Just as important, the product delivers exceptional results at an affordable cost.”

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.
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PixelFLEX Introduces the Light Rigid 4 LED Video Screen at InfoComm

PixelFLEX, innovators of the industry’s most flexible, lightweight and durable LED video screens, announced today the introduction of its Light Rigid 4 (LR-4). Perfect for those looking for a lightweight, indoor hi-res LED video product, the LR-4 provides crisp and sharp playback that is ideal for IMAG, video reel playback, indoor advertising and much more. The LR-4 will make its debut at InfoComm in Orlando (Booth 5987).

With its extremely thin construction, LR-4 is easy to assemble and disassemble, and is compact for storage. Key features of the new LED product from PixelFLEX include 4mm resolution, Powercon and Ethernet connectors, and a per tile weight of approximately 17 lbs.

Already known for providing exceptional visual performance with its existing product line of LED screens, PixelFLEX’s LR-4 offers the highest and sharpest resolution to date, and features a 140 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angle. Additionally, with 281 trillion colors available and a lifespan of 100,000 hours, the LR-4 presents optimal flexibility and durability to customers seeking to maximize viewer engagement.

“The popularity of our industry-leading lightweight LED video curtain walls was the driving force for the creation of a solution that would deliver an even higher video resolution and ease of installation in any indoor environment,” said Jeremy Byrd, president and founder of PixelFLEX. “Whereas our existing video screen systems are perfect for use by touring musicians and bands on the road or in multi-use theatre environments, such as at universities, the LR-4 is the ultimate solution for permanent installations where high-end video improves the customer experience.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s LR-4 through a variety of connections, including DVI, HDMI, VGA, SDI, HD-SDI, Composite, S-video or Component.

“Given the reception our LED video curtain walls have received, we’re confident the LR-4 will find an audience looking to capitalize on its performance and ruggedness,” Byrd continued. “Video is the driving force behind reaching consumers today, so having a lightweight screen that delivers pristine visuals will help users meet their bottom line.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and the LR-4 solution, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

PixelFLEX Takes to the Open Sea with Premier Christian Cruises

When it came time to host this year’s annual K-LOVE Friends & Family Music Cruise, featuring musical acts such as TobyMac, MercyMe, Big Daddy Weave and David Crowder, Premier Christian Cruises tapped PixelFLEX to provide its industry-leading, lightweight and ultra-flexible LED curtain video screens as a backdrop for the musical performances. Having used the PixelFLEX screens in the past, the company decided to take advantage of the product’s ease of use and set-up by using them in the ship’s atrium to provide information to its guests during the cruise.

“For past cruises, we’ve used PixelFLEX to enhance the live concert experience and we were eager to come up with other ways to utilize the technology,” said Zach Thomas, marketing director for Premier Christian Cruises. “This year, we hung a PixelFLEX panel in the main atrium to feature announcements and a brief video to keep our passengers up to date on activities. It was a valuable tool for us, and our passengers, and we expect to use it again on future cruises.”

Founded in 2003 and having served more than 50,000 passengers, Premier Christian Cruises brings top Christian musical artists together for a four to seven night spiritual journey featuring music, Bible studies, marriage enrichment and an assortment of other entertaining experiences.

For the K-LOVE Friends & Family Music Cruise, PixelFLEX supplied 8- 20mm panels for use in two different locations on the ship. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8×4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

“The primary benefit of the PixelFLEX technology for us was the weight of the curtain screens,” Thomas continued. “Cruise ships aren’t designed to support a large amount of weight – excluding passengers and belongings – so we need to limit additional weight wherever possible.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. This simplicity was an added bonus to Thomas and his team.

“We were able to use a laptop to run a slide show to the atrium screens along with videos and song lyrics to the screen in the concert theatre,” Thomas remarked. “It was a really simple and easy process. No difficulties at all, which is great for us because on a cruise ship there is a lot to do to entertain guests for the week and we didn’t want to have to deal with any additional overhead from having to hire more labor to handle video and effects.”

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.

Student Life Ministry Brings High Energy to Be Last Conference with PixelFLEX LED Curtain Video Wall

Student Life, an inter-denominational ministry offering Gospel-centered, high energy summer camps and youth conferences, has taken PixelFLEX’s ultra-flexible and lightweight LED curtain video wall on the road during its Be Last Conference celebrating Mark 9:35: If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.

On the tour, Student Life uses 16 PixelFLEX panels across the stage as an accent to the production’s main 17′ projection screen. The PixelFLEX panels run a variety of content throughout the show, including a series of flags from various countries, to provide different looks and feels on stage. For organizers of Student Life’s Be Last Conference, ease of use and set-up are the primary benefits to using the PixelFLEX solution.

“They are extremely easy to use,” said Jake Brantley, producer for Student Life. “Being able to change the look and feel of our stage at the drop of a hat is invaluable. When we have more of an upbeat sound on stage, we can use fast moving graphics and bright colors to add energy. If we’re trying to create a more serious tone, we can add darker blues and slower motion graphics without having to change the backdrops. All of this can be done simply with a click of a button.”

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED 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. This flexibility is critical to Brantley and his team during the Be Last Conference – both during and after the performance.

“With the way we’re using the LED panels on stage, having the ability to shape the panels as we need to is crucial – in one or two places we use them to create a nice arch or 90 degree bend around a corner,” Brantley stated. “On top of that, it only takes two people to load the panels in and out before and after the show, which means we can be done with set up and tear down more quickly. Finally, the fact that you can fold and store the panels in travel cases is a tremendous cost saver for a small tour like ours.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8×4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

“PixelFLEX’s panels give us a ton of versatility with regard to the custom content we’re able to incorporate into the tour,” Brantley remarked. “We have an unlimited amount of options as to what our stage can look like and that is cool.”

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.

Mod Awards Select PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain Wall for Ceremony Honoring Best in Exhibit Designs

For an award show honoring the best in modular exhibit design, when it came time to select an LED screen to integrate into the stage design for the ceremonies, event coordinators knew exactly where to turn for a winning solution – PixelFLEX. Held at the Four Seasons Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Mod Awards featured a 16′ x 16′ state-of-the-art LED video curtain wall from PixelFLEX, makers of the industry’s leading ultra-flexible, lightweight and durable LED screens.

Attendees to the ceremony were first greeted by two 8′ tall cylinders created by turning four PixelFLEX panels on their side to create a one-of-a-kind eye-catching design. Once the show began, PixelFLEX’s LED curtain, featuring a series of motion graphics introducing each of the ceremony’s speakers and showcasing each award category, was integrated behind a series of fabric structures on stage. The PixelFLEX solution’s work wasn’t done at the conclusion of the award ceremony, as the video curtain wall was used to feature a variety of images, including video, sponsor logos and animation graphics during the after party.

Event organizers, thrilled with the system’s performance, are currently planning how they can incorporate the innovative technology into their booth designs moving forward.

“The unique nature and exceptional performance make PixelFLEX’s LED video curtain wall a very attractive option for exhibitors,” said George Contorinis, marketing director at Abex, booth manufacturer and host of the 2013 Mod Awards. “We were eager to see the system’s capabilities in action at the Mod Awards and we were not disappointed. This technology opens up a lot of possibilities for how exhibitors can attract attention during trade shows and events.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8×4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED 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. This flexibility, in combination with the product’s extraordinary light weight – PixelFLEX LED Curtains range
from 4.5 lbs to 19.9 lbs per square meter, which is 60 to 90 percent less than most other LED video screens – provides substantial savings on transportation costs and space.

“We’ve been involved with the annual Mod Awards for the past 11 years and this was definitely the most technologically advanced show attendees have ever seen,” Contorinis stated. “The primary reason for that was the PixelFLEX curtain as it inspired us creatively in how we integrated video and graphics into the ceremony.”

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.

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Small Tree to Increase Visibility at NAB Show with PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain Wall

Small Tree, a leading shared storage technology manufacturer, plans to make a splash at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show with the help of the innovative, ultra-flexible and lightweight LED video curtain wall from PixelFLEX.

The visually captivating video curtain wall will hang above Small Tree’s 20×30 booth (SL6005), making it easy for attendees to spot where they’ll need to go for robust and affordable shared storage systems to maximize their workflow. PixelFLEX’s 20mm LED video curtain’s unmatched flexibility will provide attendees with a 360 degree view of Small Tree’s booth from anywhere in the South Lower Hall.

“NAB is the most important show of the year for us,” said Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree. “As such, we’re investing substantial resources to increase visitors to our booth. Having used PixelFLEX’s curtain wall at last year’s show, we’ve seen firsthand the impact the technology has on getting people to notice you.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8×4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED 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. This flexibility, in combination with the product’s extraordinary light weight – PixelFLEX LED Curtains range from 4.5 lbs to 19.9 lbs per square meter, which is 60 to 90 percent less than most other LED video screens – provides substantial savings on transportation costs and space.

“Given our company’s continued growth, we’re increasing our booth space at the show this year,” Seeber stated. “With the traffic the PixelFLEX curtain wall generated to our booth last year, it was an easy decision to use them again.”

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.

PixelFLEX Introduces Colored LED Curtains to Meet Customer Demand

PixelFLEX, innovators of the industry’s most flexible, lightweight and durable LED video screens, announced today the introduction of colored panels to meet customer demand. The new colored panels, available in red, blue, white and green, are ideal for theaters and touring musicians looking to produce unique visual effects. The new line of panels also opens up additional market opportunities for PixelFLEX, such as professional photography, as the easy-to-use, easy-to-set-up LED curtains can be used to create vivid background imagery.

The colored panels, made of DFR velvet drapery, come in a variety of resolutions, including 18mm, 20mm, 30mm, 37.5mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm, offering video display solutions to meet any and all imagery needs. Just as with their original LED Curtains, videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s colored screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8×4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED 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. This flexibility, in combination with the product’s extraordinary light weight – PixelFLEX LED colored Curtains range from 4.5 lbs to 19.9 lbs per square meter, which is 60 to 90 percent less than most other LED video screens – provides substantial savings on transportation costs and space.

“We’ve received an enormous amount of interest from theatre production departments and musicians for our original LED video panels because of the ease of use and mobility, as well as the cost efficiencies achieved from being able to pack them in a single touring case,” said Jeremy Byrd, president and founder of PixelFLEX. “The introduction of colored panels provides even greater flexibility to our customers to meet their project requirements, while providing them with the same benefits as our original offerings.”

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

Guruz Media Drums Up Attention for Sabian Cymbals at Winter NAMM with PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain Wall

At Winter NAMM, the musical instrument industry’s signature trade show, standing out from the crowd is always a challenge. To get the attention of attendees, exhibitors rely on companies such as Guruz Media, a leading full-service marketing agency, to attract prospective customers to their booths.

Working on behalf of exhibitor Sabian Cymbals, Guruz Media developed an innovative and eye-catching 16′ tall by 8′ diameter tower of cymbals stretching from the ground to high above the trade show floor. To ensure the tower of cymbals would capture the attention of visitors no matter where they were, Guruz added a PixelFLEX LED video curtain wall as a backdrop.

Exceptionally light weight and extremely flexible, the PixelFLEX curtain was the perfect solution for creating a column of bold-colored LED lighting inside the interior of the cymbal tower that was sure to turn heads. According to Doug Webber, chief creative officer for Guruz, mission accomplished.

“Anybody can go to a trade show and rent big screens for their booth, but when it comes down to it, there has to be something that pushes it over the top to really get people to notice,” Webber said. “Whether that is something of the unexpected, or just maybe huge, like the cymbal tower. As soon as I saw the PixelFLEX screens online and how they could bend around nearly any shape or structure, I knew how I could use them at Winter NAMM to make a difference for my client at the show.”

For the cymbal tower backdrop at Winter NAMM, Guruz used 12 panels of PixelFLEX’s 20mm LED video curtain. Featuring 2500 pixels PSM (Per Square Meter) and 3240 nit brightness, PixelFLEX’s curtain provided Webber and his team a solution that was easy to set up and operate – benefits to trade show support that cannot be understated.

“We were trying to create an architectural design element that had some movement, visually speaking, going on inside the tower,” Webber said. “We found a nice piece of digital juice eye candy, colorized it to match the rest of the branding in the booth, and just allowed it to loop over and over again on the PixelFLEX screens.

With more than 200 cymbals on the tower, it was a perfect solution for filling the negative space between the cymbals,” Webber continued. “On top of that, it was super simple to install and operate. The client [Sabian] was extremely happy and competitors definitely took note. One even mentioned to us that it was the best cymbal display they had ever seen at Winter NAMM. ”

Flexible in all directions and exceptionally durable, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect. 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.

PixelFLEX LED Curtain Video Wall Supports Rodney Atkins During Take a Back Road Tour

For his recent 100-city Take a Back Road tour, Rodney Atkins used the industry’s leading lightweight and flexible LED Curtain video wall from PixelFLEX to maximize the concert audiences’ experience through visual images and effects.

PixelFLEX’s unparalleled flexibility enabled Atkins’ production team to incorporate video at any venue, no matter the layout. Whether at a corporate event, a small club or an arena, the team could bend and fly the LED Curtain to capitalize on the available space.

“We primarily used it as a broken wall with six strips – four double hung, two high panels and two single hung panels – to give the illusion of essentially a 40′ x 18′ wall,” said James “Mo” Butts, production manager and front of house engineer. “We ran all sorts of content on it…anything from video b-roll to IMAG to computer generated content.”

According to Butts, the 12 panel, 20mm resolution system, rented from Elite Multimedia, a professional sound, lighting and video company based in Nashville, offered multiple benefits to the Atkins tour beyond its flexibility.

“From a production manager’s perspective, there are four major reasons to go with the PixelFLEX solution,” Butts stated. “Weight, power draw, truck space and cost. There is nothing that even comes close to how much video you get relative to how little truck space is needed to pack the Curtain.”

Still, as Butts points out, the Curtain’s ultra light weight and flexibility is what truly separates it from other LED solutions.

“When you go and do a venue where you can fly video, but you can only fly 600 or 800 pounds a point, the PixelFLEX LED lets you put up your entire rig,” Butts remarked. “If you were working with a rigid wall that weighs four times as much, you’d either have to scale it down or not use it at all. With PixelFLEX I can even put the entire rig on Genie Towers because it is so light weight.”

Pleased with the system’s performance, in tandem with its ease of set-up, tear down and transport throughout the 2012 tour, Atkins’ team is planning to use the PixelFLEX LED Curtain for their 2013 dates starting in March.

“We’re going to use them again this year,” Butts continued, “probably very similar to how we used it last year. The Curtain is ideal for acts that travel in one or two trucks, because of how much you can fit into a small space in your pack. It allows even a one bus tour to do video in a club. There’s no other product out there that can do that with the kind of resolution PixelFLEX offers.”

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.

Luke Bryan Tour Uses PixelFLEX LED Curtain Video Wall to Enhance Show Visuals While Making Life Easier for Road Crew

Having already used PixelFLEX’s unique flexible and lightweight LED Curtain video wall system on tour since 2011, Luke Bryan is featuring a 60′ x 40′ 100mm Curtain with another 40′ x 30′ 18mm Curtain during his headlining tour in 2013 to provide an enhanced video experience for concert-goers. Both Curtain systems are custom-made by PixelFLEX.

Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. Given the high-quality video and visual effects the solution has produced for Bryan’s production team during previous tours, the artist’s production manager is confident that expanding the use of the Curtain for the 2013 tour will offer fans an even better live show experience with minimal impact on the road crew.

“The PixelFLEX solution is a great product for a number of reasons,” said Pete Healey, production manager and front-of-house mixer. “It’s durable, flexible and lightweight, which makes it easy to set up, tear down and pack on the truck in a compact fashion. At the end of the night, we bring the truss in and the Curtain folds right into a case, which then gets stacked three high in the truck.”

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display.

“The flexibility of the Curtain gives us creative freedom in how we use it in different venues,” Healey continued. “As a support act last year, we didn’t have access to all of the headliner’s video product. So, we wrapped the PixelFLEX system around cylinders to make sure that fans sitting side of stage or upstage had a view of the show’s visual elements. We couldn’t have done that with a hard product.”

An industry veteran, Healey believes that production should be invisible – the main focus needs to be on the performer. Still, he understands that production plays a vital role in the concert experience for fans.

“With our headline tour this year, we are using the PixelFLEX Curtain in a way that provides a big ‘WOW’ factor for our audience,” Healey remarked. “Whereas most acts use a 60′ x 40′ stardrop on tour, we’ve decided to use PixelFLEX’s 100mm Curtain with a lo-res backdrop and hi-res big screen in front. At first, it might look like another stardrop, but once we start mapping our content through it the difference will be drastic.”

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.

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