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TDC announces partnership with NIDA – Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art

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Guiding Australia’s next generation of artists

TDC – Technical Direction Company is proud to announce a pioneering partnership with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), which will see TDC provide invaluable expertise, guidance and support to the next generation of Australia’s artists, technical theatre designers and practitioners.

Through this partnership, TDC will give NIDA students access to expert training and the latest cutting-edge stage and live performance technology including LED screens, large-scale projections, videos and broadcast camera systems.

Michael Hassett, Managing Director, TDC, said: ”As one of Australia’s largest suppliers of video technology solutions the company is honoured to partner with NIDA and looks forward to working with the staff and students to provide technical knowledge and industry-readiness.”

The collaboration will see TDC provide specialist consultation and support on video technology, specifically the latest advances in projection, media servers, and LED technology and its dynamic use in live entertainment to NIDA for teaching and production purposes, as well as technical support for NIDA student productions.

We believe our investment in NIDA will achieve this and more as the students graduate and become the next generation of creative leaders in Australia and abroad.

Graham Henstock, Head of Technical Theatre and Stage Management at NIDA, believes the collaboration with TDC will help students in their career development by providing access to expert practitioners as well as hands-on experience with the best technology in the business.

In supplying assistance across classwork, assessable projects and NIDA’s full-scale student productions, TDC is giving students the opportunity to flex their creative muscles, experiment with high performance equipment and, importantly, gain vital industry experience.

This year marks the first year of the partnership, which promotes the creative potential of advanced technology in the performance space.

Some useful links:
Twitter: @TDC__
Facebook: @TechnicalDirectionCompany
Instagram & Pinterest: technicaldirectioncompany
LinkedIn: Technical Direction Company

Twitter: @NIDACommunity
Facebook: @NIDACommunity
Instagram: nidacommunity
LinkedIn: National Institute of Dramatic Art

About TDC – Technical Direction Company
Established in 1981, TDC’s expertise is in providing video technology solutions for major TV shows, theatre, corporate events, concert touring, exhibitions and outdoor events. Holding one of the largest stocks of high-end video equipment including LED, projection, displays and HD camera systems, TDC is the preferred provider of technical solutions for the top designers, producers, and production companies across the Asia Pacific region.
www.tdc.com.au

About NIDA – National Institute of Dramatic Art
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s leading centre for education and training in the performing arts. Since 1958, NIDA has educated students in performance and production for theatre, film and television, and today is a powerhouse for Australia’s creative sector, recognised for its world-class approach to dramatic arts education and practical training philosophy.
nida.edu.au

Media contact:
Katinka Allender, Publicist, K-Communications & Associates, +44 203 371 9216, k.allender@k-communications.com

wysiwyg modernises West End theatre lighting design in Miss Saigon

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wysiwyg R34 lighting design software previsualises Cameron Mackintosh’s latest production at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End.

Award-winning lighting designer Bruno Poet used CAST’s groundbreaking wysiwyg software to previsualise his technically innovative, trailblazing and epic stage lighting for the latest production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End.

Big West End shows have never used pre-visualisation software on a show of this scale before, making the use of wysiwyg on this production a real world first. The production team for the latest London production of Miss Saigon was new, while the set was inspired by the recent successful Miss Saigon tour of the Far East.

“As the script and score for the show were well established, the production period for the show was much shorter than other West End productions of a similar scale. Our team worked from scratch on the show’s lighting design using the pre-visualisation features on offer in wysiwyg,” explained Poet.

Specifically designed to help create groundbreaking lighting designs

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“CAST designed wysiwyg specifically to help groundbreaking lighting designers such as Bruno Poet,” says Igor Silva, marketing director at CAST Software. “And anybody that’s been blown away by Cameron Mackintosh’s latest epic production of Miss Saigon in London will already see that the results speak for themselves.”

CAST’s wysiwyg enables lighting designers to layout their stage structure and have their lighting show pre-programmed before they even get to the venue. It is this particular feature that helped Bruno Poet to start the important work of the lighting design for Miss Saigon before even stepping foot into the new venue at the Prince Edward Theatre.

“Whether a stage director, set or lighting designer is creating an entirely new lighting design for any scale of production or event, or wanting to update and develop a current design, the wysiwyg design and previsualisation suite gives them a real edge, as well as cutting electricity and production costs and the time they need onsite” adds Silva.

“As Bruno Poet’s experience on Miss Saigon proves once more, CAST’s products are the industry standard for lighting design, programming and previsualisation.”

Set and lighting built and visualised virtually in wysiwyg

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The latest set and lighting designs for the new production of Miss Saigon were initially built using wysiwyg, by lighting visualiser, James Simpson, with on-site support during pre-plotting by programmer, Warren Letton. Simpson’s brief was to re-build the scenery and add new set elements where necessary, in order to also create and patch the entire lighting rig.

“The reason visualisation was such a success on this production was because Bruno had the confidence to push it through the producers and get them to support it,” Simpson recalls. “Visualisation doesn’t have a future in the theatre unless lighting designers, programmers and producers want to support it, but if they do it can really save a lot of time and money.

Bruno Poet successfully sold the idea of using wysiwyg to Jerry Donaldson, production manager for Cameron Mackintosh, which, Simpson notes, “paid off, as not only did the production manager commit to the idea, they sung its praises afterwards and talk of that moment the realisation came when they understood how this is going to benefit their production.

“I sincerely hope that many more big productions take on what Miss Saigon learned from doing pre-vis and invest in it, because with more people using it we will have better productions and our industry – which is finding its profit margins harder to reach than ever before – gets a boost.”

Saving all-important plotting time on stage

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Simpson used wysiwyg as an essential lighting tool for previsualising the set and lighting on Miss Saigon. CAST’s software enabled Bruno Poet to save that all-important plotting time on stage.

“Bruno wanted to hit the ground running when he got into the venue and have some building block cues and chases already programmed so he had something to show the director and producer on the first day,” Simpson recalls. “They started by creating focus positions for all of the lights so there were pallets built on the Eos Ti lighting control desk. This in itself was a useful exercise as it allowed Bruno the chance to establish what lights could make the shots and make design changes before the rig had even gone up.

“At this point in the process Bruno was still in rehearsals at Three Mills so the visualiser was set up in a nearby room so he could jump in and out of rehearsal and ask Warren to try out an idea he had just had and pop back to rehearsal with the confidence of knowing his ideas were working.

“Meanwhile, Warren was also making great use of wysiwyg, as it enabled him to set up his desk prior to the ‘get in’ happening for the show. Normally he would be in the venue checking things as they came in, but with the visualiser at his disposal he could do all of this work offline, so he was ready to get stuck into the real work with Bruno the first day they turned up at the venue.”

Time spent on perfecting the show and not sweating the small stuff!

Using wysiwyg enabled Bruno and Warren to put in a rough cue stack and load some basic looks into them so there was a working framework for them when they first got into the venue.

The all important pre-visualisation work using wysiwyg meant that Bruno and Warren could perfect the all-important big numbers in the show.

“They spent a lot of time working on certain well-known musical numbers like ‘The Heat Is On In Saigon’ and ‘American Dream’,” says Simpson, “which had fast paced cueing and took a lot of effort getting timings to work with the music.

“All of this was taken into the venue and although the design morphs and changes throughout the process, the results seen by audiences today have a lot of that pre-visualised work in it.”

Taking bold moves with the latest lighting tech

Bruno’s lighting rig was crammed full of moving fixtures to give him the flexibility he demanded for this project and one of the most notable uses of new technology was the use of LED with the Martin MAC Aura for strong backlight and creating epic colour washes.

“This decision paid off dividends for him as it suited the look he was trying to get for the show,” says Simpson. “The first time he felt sure that this bold move was going to work was when he saw them in wysiwyg; the bold colours and wide zoom looked epic! And he couldn’t wait to see them in real life to see if they could produce the same dramatic looks – which they did.”

Bruno also specified MAC Viper Performances, which did the majority of the lighting work for specials and keying, as well as ETC Revolutions to give tungsten where it was needed.

An evenly spaced LED wall using Martin Professional EvenLED™ technology was used for the cyclorama in the show and at the time the wysiwyg work was being carried out this was controlled by Warren and the lighting team.

“It was very impressive to see all of this working on wysiwyg,” adds Simpson. “Being able to play with transparencies on the sunset cycs in front of it meant we could match it very closely to how it was supposed to look in real life. We had great fun making sunsets and night-time scenes – and, yes, a psychedelic rainbow chase just for us!”

CAST helps producers save time, money and finesse their shows

Ultimately, the use of wysiwyg to pre-program the event, helped Bruno Poet to save the production time, money and to allow the producer and director more time to rehearse and finesse Miss Saigon.

“Bruno tells us that he was able to turn up at the venue with three days of vital plotting already done,” says CAST’s Igor Silva, “on top of the massive savings made in terms of time and money, perhaps the more important benefit is the fact that our software gave Bruno complete peace of mind and full confidence in his rig, allowing him to take control of his lighting sessions in the venue very early on.”

The bottom line is the fact that using wysiwyg meant that the rest of the production had more quality time on stage to do more rehearsing and finessing. Any director or producer knows that this time is invaluable – so the pre-visualisation and lighting design work is there in every aspect of this amazing show.

Some Useful Links:

Images: Previsualisation of Miss Saigon © James Simpson, Lighting Visualiser

See more on Bruno Poet’s lighting design on Miss Saigon at http://brunopoet.co.uk/miss-saigon-prince-edward-theatre

“Technically this new production is jaw droopingly good. Bruno Poet’s lighting design is epic throughout, but particularly during ‘American Dream’. I don’t often walk out of a theatre raving about a lighting design, but it’s impossible not to notice Poet’s magnificent work.” West End Frame link

Twitter: @CASTSoftware

CAST forum: http://forum.cast-soft.com

About CAST Software
Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien — Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.

CAST Software Ltd. is a member of the CAST Group of Companies Inc.

www.cast-soft.com

Kramer to Showcase Innovative Live Event Solution at ISE 2015

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VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler offers seamless switching and special effect transitions

Kramer Electronics announced today the release of the VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler with seamless video switching and special effect transitions. The company will be showcasing VP-772 at ISE 2015 (Stand 1.F20) in Amsterdam as a part of Kramer’s pro AV solutions for live events.

With Kramer’s state-of-the-art scaling technology, the VP-772 is designed for projection and display systems at live events, churches, auditoriums, conference rooms, boardrooms, hotels, and production studios.

VP-772 scales and processes video and audio inputs and outputs to independent preview and program DVI-I outputs (VGA, DVI-D and HDMI) and two balanced stereo audio outputs. The dual scaler also features DVI-U inputs (with analog, DVI and HDMI support) and stereo-balanced audio signals. The preview output, featuring an on-screen display menu, lets you view how the program output will look on the live display.

VP-772 includes 4K support on the outputs for the latest devices and displays with native resolutions beyond 1080p60. VP-772 also includes Breakaway or audio-follow-video functionality.

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across six continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Healthcare, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.kramerAV.com

First Unified Communications Panel at ISE 2015

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Set to be an ISE 2015 show highlight, the Future solutions for productive and effective team collaboration – delivered now panel session be held in the Unified Communications Theatre, on Wednesday, 11 February, Hall 9.A140 between 16:00 – 17:00. The free to attend session will be chaired by industry specialist, Tim Albright, CTS at Innovad, Innovations & Design and hosted by Kramer Electronics.

Examining how teams collaborate using technology, the panel will look at present market challenges, the future and business opportunities for ProAV integrators and IT professionals, as seen by this team of passionate experts:

· Dr. Dinesh Tripathi, PhD, Chief VIA Architect & Visionary, Kramer
· Jan Willem Brands, VP & GM Collaboration Division, Barco
· Paul Krizan, Senior Product Manager, AMX by HARMAN
· Tim Patrick Stewart-Blacker, Director of Unified Communications EMEA, Crestron
· Clint Hoffman, VP of Marketing, Kramer USA

Tim Albright enthuses: “The event is aimed at all ISE show visitors, with a specific interest in better team collaboration and unified approach to communications. It will look at what is available today and where it is going. Expect to be enthralled, surprised, challenged, intrigued and to have some fun too!”

The panel discussion will incorporate social media feeds and spectacular visuals.

Interested parties are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited.

Some useful links:
Official ISE hashtag: ‪#kramersolutions #UCpanel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerelec
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerelectronics
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kramerelec/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kramerelectronicsus
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

MEDIA CONTACT:

Katinka Allender
Publicist, K-Communications & Associates
k.allender@k-communincations.com

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across 6 continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Health Care, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.KramerAV.com

Play Me! projection mapping wins DIGI Awards 2015

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Play Me! interactive 3D projection mapping spectacular created by French multimedia artists, Danny Rose for Vivid Sydney 2014, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of music, light and ideas, has won the Judges Choice Award at the DIGI Awards 2015.

Video experts, TDC – Technical Direction Company provided High definition projectors that created a high-resolution giant image onto the façade of Customs House, Sydney.

The projection team headed up by Olin Winton and Katrina Harding enjoyed working with Danny Rose on the project. “It was simple and stress free, resulting in a great project,” said Olin Winton.

Play Me! transformed the façade into a series of massive ‘musical sculptures’ that were individually selected and manipulated by the audience.

TDC provided the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services throughout Vivid Sydney 2014.

Vivid Sydney attracted a record attendance of 1.43 million people in 2014 and will be held from 22 May to 8 June 2015.

For more information visit www.vividsydney.com

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Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast at ISE 2015

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Women in Technology: Taking Charge and Taking Action

InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, announces its very first Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast at First Lounge restaurant, 8:00-9:30 a.m. on 11 Feb. 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI. The cost to enter is 40 Euros.

The Women of InfoComm Network (WIN) is a global network of individuals who are committed to promoting and empowering women in the audiovisual (AV) and information technology (IT) industries. By participating in the WIN’s live and online events throughout the year, members can make connections, find resources, pursue education, discover mentors, and identify opportunities to advance women in the industry. WIN seeks ways to raise awareness of gender diversity and celebrates the achievements of women who work in AV and IT.

The Women of InfoComm Network breakfast at ISE will explore what women – and men- in the industry can do to encourage women into successful long-term careers in technology,” said Betsy Jaffe, Vice President of Communications at InfoComm International.

Sharing experiences and highlights from her 20-year journey in technology, the breakfast will be presented by Sarah Joyce, Vice President, EMEA at Electrosonic, and a member of InfoComm International Board of Directors.

Diana Danziger, an organizational development and leadership consultantat Inez Consulting Ltd, will host an interactive session aimed at promoting women in technology. The session concludes with networking and a roundtable discussion to solicit input from participants the Women of InfoComm Network Council should perform in Europe.

The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion about potential WIN activities in Europe. To participate, sign up now at www.iseurope.org.

Calibre releases NEW LEDView325DS Digital Signage LED Videowall Scaler

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Calibre announces the release of its latest model in the highly successful LEDView range of LED videowall optimised image scalers.

LEDView325DS is designed specifically for cost conscious digital signage projects where quality is required but without breaking the bank.

Digital signage is a market often ignored when it comes to high quality scaling with many clients relying on software based solutions from a PC. This unfortunately causes difficulty creating and showing client content together with severe image quality issues, both of which lead to unhappy clients.

LEDView325DS is a cost effective yet high quality image scaler which provides Calibre’s market-leading pixel-accurate per-edge image re-sizing algorithm which allows each edge of the picture content to be independently dragged to the correct position on the LED videowall.

There is also per input colour calibration capability to ensure client content looks how the client wants with control of RGB gains and blacks as well as saturation and hue even on digital computer-originated content. These are the kinds of functions typically found on premium live events models, which are now available without the cost associated with a live events scaler.

LEDView325DS gives outstanding image quality with fast simple set-up of picture size, colour calibration and network-based back-up and restore of settings for fast disaster recovery. Control and configuration is by internet browser, using the inbuilt webserver so when connected to a suitable network remote control and status monitoring is also possible.

Calibre UK will exhibit on stand 4U64 at ISE 2015 taking place from 10-12 February 2015 at the Amsterdam RAI.

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 27 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing. www.calibreuk.com

Danny Rose wins DIGI Award 2015 for ‘Play Me!’ at Vivid Sydney 2014

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International recognition of interactive 3D projection mapping first!

Paris, France – Play Me! an interactive 3D projection mapping spectacular created by French multimedia artists, Danny Rose for Vivid Sydney, an 18 day festival of music, light and ideas, has won the Judges Choice Award for Play Me! at the DIGI Awards 2015 in New York City.

The DIGI Awards recognises the service providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure success for their clients, thereby furthering the digital signage industry as a whole. The Judges Choice Award winner impressed the team of experienced judges for its innovative use of technology and mass audience engagement, in a way that went beyond normal ‘digital signage’,” said David Keene, Executive Editor at NewBay Media’s Digital Signage Magazine, and Chairman of the Judges Committee for the DIGI Awards.

Play Me! at Vivid Sydney 2014

Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas – the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014.

Now in its seventh year, Vivid Sydney is and owned and managed by Destination New South Wales (NSW), the State Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said: “Congratulations to the creative team at Danny Rose on winning this distinguished international award for their compelling Play Me! experience.

“Each year the world’s finest artists are invited to showcase their talents, ideas and creativity at Vivid Sydney. Play Me! delighted many of the record 1.43 million visitors to Vivid Sydney last year and it was one of the most popular exhibits of the festival. We look forward to working with Danny Rose again on future projects,” Ms Chipchase said.

Play Me! from Danny Rose incorporated visual and interactive elements through a series of massive ‘musical sculptures. Each ‘sculpture’ represents a family of musical instruments, which the audience ‘played’ in real-time just using hands and body. The audience member is able to change colour, light shape and sound in front of festival-goers.

High definition projectors provided by video experts, TDC – Technical Direction Company were used to project content onto the façade of Customs House, Sydney.

Play Me! is made possible using powerful 3D real-time software and rendering engine that manages interactivity and high-quality interactive graphics.

A Microsoft® Kinect motion capture system intercepts the body’s movements. Danny Rose has custom created special software that allows for the audience to interact with Play Me! just using a combination of hand and body movements.

“We’re delighted to receive this recognition for our work in creating Play Me! at Vivid Sydney 2014” said Sergio Carrubba, director and designer of Danny Rose, the design team for this project.

Vivid Sydney will be held from 22 May to 8 June 2015. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com.

More information about the awards: http://www.avnetwork.com/digital-signage/0003/2015-digi-award-winners-announced/94324 :)

Video: http://www.dannyrose.fr/Play-Me.html

Some useful links:
Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: dannyroseparis
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/danny-rose
Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/dannyrose0282/
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/96812326
Web: www.dannyrose.fr

About Danny Rose

Danny Rose is a multidisciplinary art and design team that specializes in developing unique video and projection content for an unrivalled scope of super-sized audiovisual shows and multimedia immersive experiences, ranging from events, opera, theater, light festivals and more. Danny Rose is led by Sergio Carrubba, creative director and projection designer and Paola Ciucci, art director and projection designer. These are joined by Cédric Péri, 3D designer and motion designer and Lucia Frigola, graphic artist and motion designer along with Emanuele De Raymondi and Marco Messina, composers, music artists and sound designers. The company has over 25 years combined experience in creating compelling and engaging content for audiences across the globe.

To find out more, contact Danny Rose at www.dannyrose.fr

InfoComm Announces Activities at ISE 2015

InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, announces special offerings at ISE 2015.

This year, InfoComm Members and Guest Members receive free entry to 30 InfoComm seminars at ISE, as well as member discounts for a Master Class taught by legendary instructor Robert Simpson of Electrosonic and a CTS Study Session.

Professionals signing up for the new guest member program also secure free access to the InfoComm Member Lounge on Stand 11-N100 for the duration of the show, special access to a members-only, post-ISE webinar, and free enrollment into any of the four online courses or tests, typically free to members only: Quick Start to the AV Industry, InfoComm RecognizedAV Technologist Test, Essentials of AV Technology and CTS Prep Online.

Members and Guest members who pre-register for ISE 2015 using an invitation code will receive complimentary access to seminars of their choice on a first come, first serve basis. Two courses not eligible under the free voucher programme are CTS® Study Session and the brand new Master Class. Non-InfoComm Members must purchase vouchers during ISE registration and then register for specific classes.

Master Class with Robert Simpson: Displays of today and tomorrow
10 February at 08:00 to 12:00, Room D403
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Presented by industry veteran, Robert Simpson of Electrosonic this new Master Class will be divided into four sessions aimed at experienced AV professionals. The first is a refresher tutorial and will cover standards and review implications of BT2020. The second section is devoted to flat panel displays with a main emphasis on LCDs and LED displays. The third section is devoted to projection looking at LCD, LCOS and DLP for products from PICO to 4K resolution. Principals and limitations of image blending and warping will be explored. The final section is applications and specialist areas of displays.

Attendees can sign up for the Master Class during registration at a cost of €150 (for InfoComm members) or €200 (non-members).

CTS Study Session
9 February 2015, 10:00 – 17:30, Room D203
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As in previous years, a Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) class will be held. CTS is recognized worldwide as the industry’s leading AV professional qualification. Presented by Bill Thomas, Registrants will receive access to the InfoComm CTS Prep Online course prior to attending the CTS Session, which includes online activities, videos, information and study tips for the CTS exam. Onsite CTS testing will take place throughout the show.

Interested parties are encouraged to register early. Attendees can sign up for the CTS Study Session during registration at a cost of €99 (for InfoComm members) or €150 (non-members). Attendees can also register to take the CTS exam onsite at the RAI 10-12 February. Please visit infocomm.org/ise for more information.

InfoComm Market Research in 2015
10 February, 12:00-12:30, Commercial Solutions Theatre, Stand 8-M370

Not to be missed, Kaitlyn McAuliffe, Market Research Analyst from InfoComm International will provide an overview of the global and European markets, as well as a sneak peek at InfoComm’s plans for 2015, which will include the Vertical Market Survey and the Pro-AV Distribution Channels and Trends Report.

Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast
11 February 2015, 08:00-09:30, First Edition Restaurant, RAI Exhibition Centre
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Sarah Joyce, Vice President, EMEA, of Electrosonic Ltd & Diana Danziger, an international organisational development and leadership consultant at Inez Consulting Ltd.

There is no shortage of research and experience to confirm that there is a significant gender imbalance in the technology industry. Many words have been written and spoken about why this is and what the industry needs to do to put it right. This session will explore what women — and men — in the industry can do to encourage women into successful and long-term careers in technology rather than waiting for the industry as a whole to catch up.

Sarah Joyce, Vice President, EMEA, of Electrosonic Ltd, and a member of the InfoComm International® Board of Directors, will share her leadership journey in technology, which spans almost 20 years. She will reflect on what her experience has taught her about how women can make better use of a variety of sources of support that can help them unleash their talent and progress in this highly male-dominated industry.

Following Joyce’s presentation, Diana Danziger, an international organisational development and leadership consultant at Inez Consulting Ltd, will discuss some of the ways in which individuals, especially women, diminish their own skills and potential, and keep their careers from moving forward: self-limiting beliefs, unconscious bias and expectations that serve to block rather than unlock capability. This will be an interactive session, with practical activity to personalise the experience and raise awareness of what can be done, on an individual basis, to promote — in every sense of the word — women in technology.

The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion to solicit input from participants regarding activities the Women of InfoComm Network Council should perform in Europe. There will be ample time to network and get to know others. Attendees can sign up for the breakfast during registration at a cost of €40.

Don’t miss out. View the speaker line up and sign up now at www.iseurope.org. ISE 2015 takes place from 10-12 Feb. 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI.

About InfoComm International
Founded in 1939, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

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Real-world innovation at the heart of Kramer’s ISE 2015 presence

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Solutions focus, brand new products, exhibitor hospitality and extensive education line up

At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe 2015 event, Kramer Electronics will exhibit over thirteen real-world solutions and technologies. They will also provide training, education and networking opportunities and make several product introductions on stand 1.F20.

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To demonstrate working solutions in real-life settings, each with a presenter, is the best way to communicate the value – both business and technical – of our extensive product range in numerous vertical markets,” said Aviv Ron, Vice President Business Development and Strategy at Kramer Electronics.

We expect that our stand will outperform everything we have done at previous shows and will position us ahead of the competition in our ability to bring solutions of unparalleled value, innovation, functionality, scale and performance. Visitors to the Kramer stand will be able to see the products in action, test them out, ask questions and plan for future project investments.

Kramer at ISE 2015 VIA 2

Set to draw crowds from many disciplines in the AV and IT worlds, highlights include solutions-based demonstration areas such as Corporate, Education, Banking and Trading, Live Events and Healthcare.

In addition, there will be dedicated areas for Collaboration, Control and Streaming as well as Kramer’s industry-leading portfolio of “Installer Solutions”, including cables, connectivity and surprising Audio innovations.

Showing for the first time in Europe will be the multi-award winning VIA Collage™ and VIA Connect Pro™ true collaboration solutions. On a dedicated booth area, visitors will be able to see first hand how multiple participants can manage and share video, documents or files securely in real time using PC, Mac or mobile devices.

Kramer at ISE 2015 VIA 1

Award winning innovation
Like at previous shows, Kramer will take up the opportunity of the biggest industry tradeshow in Europe to launch new products in many product categories. This will include new scalers, range extenders, various audio products and much more.

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Adding to its tradeshow presence, Kramer is shortlisted for three categories in the InAVation Technology Awards 2015. The VIA Collage is shortlisted in the Collaboration category, K-Touch is shortlisted for Control category and VS-D matrix switcher family is shortlisted in the Video Processing and Distribution category.


Education and training

Reaffirming its commitment to spreading the knowledge about AV technology and solutions, Kramer is set to double its training efforts with ongoing presentations about the benefits of collaboration, which will run at the Kramer stand during all three days of ISE 2015.

Set to be an ISE show highlight, Kramer will host a panel on Future solutions for productive and effective collaboration in the Unified Communications Theatre, on Wednesday, 11 February, Hall 9.A140 between 16:00 – 17:00.

Meanwhile, the company will present at three InfoComm University™ training sessions:

InfoComm Lab: Succeeding with EDID, a hands-on-lab showing how to design HDMI installation correctly presented by Ohad Oman, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February at 14:30-16:30 in Room D403.

Streaming AV – A Wave of Opportunities will explore technologies, benefits, implementations and applications. The session will be presented by Erez Dafnai, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February between 14:30 to 15:30 in Room D204.

Collaboration in the BYOD Era will be presented by Neta Lempert, VP Digital Business Development on Thursday, 12 February between 14:30 and 15:30 in Room D203.

Commenting on the company’s training offering at ISE 2015, Aviv Ron said: “This year, we are putting an even greater focus on education and training to support our technological innovations in the rapidly changing AV and IT world. For the first time, we are introducing Kramer’s Training On Demand™ that will offer all classes in all popular languages, according to visitors’ demand. ISE is the perfect place for us to do that and it shows the global nature of our presence and support. Training, or rather industry education, is key to our customers’ ability to adopt new technologies and to leverage them when implementing excellent end-users’ solutions.”

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.KramerAV.com.

Some useful links:
Official ISE hashtag: ‪#kramersolutions‬‬‬‬
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerelec
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerelectronics
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kramerelec/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kramerelectronicsus
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across 6 continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Health Care, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.KramerAV.com

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