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TDC Shortlisted for Studio LIVE Design Awards

Technical Direction Company

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Video projection specialists, Technical Direction Company, are shortlisted for an International Award at the Studio LIVE Design Awards. The shortlist recognizes TDC’s achievement in the very first double-sided projection onto the epic proportions of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge. This was by no means a small challenge for any technology company!

Vote for TDC in Category 1 – ‘Architainment’, The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review Spectacular

VOTE HERE: http://www.livedesignonline.com/2014-excellence-awards-voting

Winners of each awards category will be featured in the June issue of Live Design, as well as honored at the Broadway Master Classes.

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CAST BlackTrax Shortlisted for Two Studio LIVE Design Awards

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Live Design’s Seventh Annual Excellence Awards voting is now open.

Vote for CAST BlackTrax in the following categories:

Category 3. Live for Broadcast: Eurovision
Category 7. Venues (Theatre or Performance): Trinity Fellowship Church

Vote Here: http://livedesignonline.com/news/excellence-awards-voting-open

Winners of each category will be featured in the June issue of Live Design, as well as honored at the Broadway Master Classes.

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www.blacktrax.ca

CAST Software’s wysiwyg allows Pinnacle to scale new heights with Rudimental

The lighting and stage design for BRIT Award-winning band Rudimental’s recent tour may have been deliberately ‘old school’, but there was nothing old-fashioned about the technology used to create it. Award-winning LD, Jonny Gaskell of Brighton, UK-based Pinnacle Event Productions used R32, the latest version of CAST Software’s wysiwyg previsualization software suite, to give his creativity maximum bandwidth and ensure that what was programmed in theory was deliverable in reality.

Rudimental’s multi-performer approach to their live show meant the band felt there was no need for video in their set design. Instead, they gave Gaskell a brief to create a set reminiscent of an old-school rock festival, with the Hackney Peace Carnival mural as a backdrop that could be lit from behind or in front.

“Lighting was absolutely key to the design,” Gaskell explains. “The rig was based on three overhead trusses and six vertical truss towers on floor bases, with the latter at different heights to draw the audience’s gaze towards the mural. Thanks to wysiwyg, I was able to do a single plot from which I could get rigging points, rendering and programming – something no other software can do.”

Like so many LD’s today, Gaskell does a great deal of work in the corporate-event space as well as in live music touring. Ideas developed for one market often influence designs for the other and, as Gaskell points out: “When you have a tool like wysiwyg, it is just so much easier to convince a client – whether they are a band manager or a corporate account-holder – of the strength of your idea because they get a realistic snapshot of what things will look like.”

Bruce Freeman, Chairman, CAST Group, concludes: “The latest R32 version of wysiwyg takes our class-leading software to a new level, with over 300 library additions and great new features such as the Wall Tool and Room Builder, which make it easier to create scalable props and walls, and produce CAD files of a specific set or room.

“Lighting designers and production professionals the world over continue to rely on wysiwyg, and the major graphics upgrade in version R32 and much more to come in future releases, ensures that our software continues to be the most comprehensive precuing and previsualization tool available in the market today.”

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 — Virtual Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.
www.cast-soft.com

Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Calibre UK announces that their LEDView530 scalers were deployed in what is believed to be the largest area of LED screen displays in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

“We believe that our easy to use LEDView530 scalers performed pixel accurate scaling of video content together with per-input channel colour calibration for display of live, recorded and graphics and backdrop content onto a large number of LED videowall displays at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, playing a fundamental part in the spectator, participant and viewer experience,” said Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director at Calibre UK.

“The LEDView530 was selected because of its competitive combination of superb performance, ease of use, flexibility and robust design as well as a proven track-record in live events use,” added Brooksbank.

“Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers were also used at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as for HM The Queen’s Jubilee. It’s very gratifying to see them utilized again for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.”

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in digital cinema, large venue projection and LED events, surgical medical applications and broadcast/television studios. 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

Focus 21 Celebrates 10 Years Diamond Status with InfoComm International

Jim Harwood, Focus 21 and David Labuskes, InfoComm International. © Sander Ruijg, courtesy of Installation.

UK NEWS

Design and integration firm, Focus 21 Visual Communications Ltd for the last ten years has held Diamond Certified AV Solutions Provider status from InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide.

Over 50 percent of Focus 21’s technical sales, service and operational staff hold general or advanced InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS™) certification.

“InfoComm recognizes companies that voluntarily improve quality and professionalism through employee participation. We’re delighted that a growing number of companies, such as Focus 21, are educating staff and provide better service to their customers that comply with professional standards,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International.

Jim Harwood, CTS-D, managing director at Focus 21 said: “Our customers always ask what our accreditation is or what standard we work to. They expect systems to use the best technology and designed to be future proof.”

Focus 21 keeps AV systems in check

Focus 21 is using relevant criteria from the InfoComm Performance Verification Standard and checklist on an online cloud based system at various project sites and during commissioning and testing.

The Checklist was introduced by InfoComm International and is a member-developed resource with 162 criteria to determine if the AV system achieves the client’s objective and is performing in accordance with systems design.

“This type of checklist improves standards and ensures that they are constantly evolving,” said John Chandler, HR and training manager at Focus 21.

Focus 21 proactively trains its staff at various knowledge levels on an evolving basis

“InfoComm offers an outstanding framework for young people to grow their knowledge. Currently we employ eight apprentices,” said Chandler.

“What’s also interesting is that The British Standard BS 8590-2014 ‘Code of Practice for the installation of audio visual equipment’ that was released on 31 January 2014 is based around InfoComm’s own standards and Focus 21 meets the criteria for both.”

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, 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.

CAST BlackTrax and Trinity Fellowship Church to present ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’

CAST BlackTrax delivers on ROI, increased creativity and systems flexibility

Appealing to large-scale event and production professionals, Paul Braile, BlackTrax expert at CAST BlackTrax Ltd and Michael Wells, executive director of operations at Trinity Fellowship Church, Texas will present the ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’ seminar at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 at room Mezzanine 27 at The Nashville Municipal Auditorium, TN from 12:00 to 13:00 on Tuesday, 18th and Wednesday, 19th of February.

Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas utilized BlackTrax motion tracking system in its 3,750 seat auditorium integrated with live performers, lighting, sound, multi-media and video for its 2013 Christmas Program and beyond.

“Visitors will walk away from the seminar with an in-depth understanding of how our production has deployed BlackTrax bringing significant ROI as well as lighting, logistical and creative benefits,” explained Michael Wells, executive director of operations at Trinity Fellowship Church.

“BlackTrax is key to our presence at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014,” said Bruce Freeman, chairman at CAST Group. “We will offer visitors outstanding education as well as hands-on experience of our innovations, opening their use for future projects.”

In addition to the company’s education initiative, CAST will exhibit its revolutionary BlackTrax, wysiwyg and Vivien technologies at Booth 201 at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 from February 18 to 19, 2014.

All seminars in the Professional Development Program at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 are free to attend. Interested parties are encouraged to register early for the ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’ seminar at http://www.prereg.net/2014/plasaone/.

For enquiries about the BlackTrax Solution please contact bt@blacktrax.ca or visit the website at www.blacktrax.ca.

www.blacktrax.ca

Cirque du Soleil Relaunches Varekai as an Arena Show using BlackTrax

Streaming realtime tracking data keeps the lights on the performers

The Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002, returned to Montreal, Quebec in December 2013 for its re-launch as Arena Shows. The production team proposed to lighting designer, Nol van Genuchten the deployment of the BlackTrax realtime tracking solution from CAST BlackTrax Ltd for moving light tracking of performers.

Improving production efficiency

“As lighting designer for the very first edition of Varekai, it’s great to be working on it again as it evolves. With the new arena tour, Varekai is hosted at a different location each week and presents its own lighting challenges allowing me to adapt the lighting to ‘the arena’ of each new environment,” said van Genuchten.

“We introduced BlackTrax as an operational efficiency and cost saving tool as well as a way of calibrating lighting highlights to track performers on the stage area. BlackTrax works by accurately tracking people and objects using a proprietary infra-red sensor and a LED beacon that is attached to a performer giving positional information for X, Y, and Z coordinates.

“Using BlackTrax we placed a tracker and beacon and designated certain fixtures to track certain performers throughout the show. At each venue of the Arena tour, BlackTrax quickly calibrates moving lights making sure that the performer and high-res light beam control is used, and that the beam of light is kept at minimal width,” added van Genuchten.

BlackTrax enhances creativity

As well as significant recurring cost savings, BlackTrax became interesting as it gave van Genuchten and Varekai more creative control with lighting.

“With BlackTrax, I had a lot more freedom to create and place highlights on performers within the imagery and doing so in a way that I couldn’t have done with a traditional follow spot.”

“The BlackTrax software interface is very well developed and the physical practicality of creating trackable LEDs and beacons worked well. What’s more, BlackTrax is supported by a very good technical team at CAST that were there to assist us with any queries we had.”

“BlackTrax is a very powerful tool for the future,” concluded van Genuchten.

Gil Densham, President and CEO of CAST Group Group said: “Did you know that in English “Varekai” means “wherever”, which also describes the renown of Cirque du Soleil for its highly creative, hugely artistic entertainment and clever leveraging of technology to consistently deliver magical results! BlackTrax is the solution that makes possible seamless, spontaneous creativity + artistry + technology – its job was to simplify. Nol and the creative team of magicians + artists used hot-wired technology to help spin a thrilling, vibrant and colorful yarn. And, we are pleased that BlackTrax played its part by streaming the critical, precise, target coordinates to lighting technology in realtime so the planned creative effects augmented the artistry.”

www.blacktrax.ca

Shaping a Better World: Arup Deploys Pexip Globally

Large-scale enterprise-wide videoconferencing connects professionals

Independent professional services firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, Arup have deployed the Pexip® Infinity scalable software platform worldwide. The deployment will enable Arup’s 11,000 staff across 38 countries to use high definition video, voice and data collaboration and will also be used to connect to Arup’s clients.

“In Arup, we aim to introduce new, forward thinking, innovative and simple to operate technologies into our business. The deployment of Pexip Infinity will not only reinvent how our company communicates internally but will also change how we communicate with our external clients,” explained Roy Salfarlie, Head of AV, UKMEA AV Media Services at Arup.

Simen Teigre, CEO at Pexip said: “The way in which Arup have deployed our technology is testament to the simplified, interoperable and virtualized way in which our Infinity software helps people to collaborate. We look forward to enjoying a partnership with Arup for many years to come.”

Pexip ensures simplicity meets functionality

“Initially, within our proof of concept for next generation virtual meeting rooms, we were evaluating bridging solutions from three different vendors. However, we found these to be more complex than needed – they also required proprietary hardware and could not achieve satisfactory interoperability and HD video integration with Microsoft® Lync. Pexip Infinity was brought in through a revised vendor list. It met our requirements for a software-only solution and we had it working globally in less than two hours. We were really impressed,” explained Chris Ellen, Unified Messaging Team Lead at Arup.

Arup were traditionally using Cisco Jabber™ but wanted to extend their mobile video portfolio by introducing Microsoft Lync. “Using Pexip Infinity means you can dial in and use the same PC or device for a video call but at increased quality. We don’t have to license additional software clients either which is an attractive value proposition,” explained Ellen.

Video conferencing for today and beyond

Arup staff are issued with a personal Virtual Meeting Room with a PIN number for security. Individual users can control their conferences and view presentations from their own mobile phone or tablet.

“Our existing video infrastructure was physically restricted by the number of hardware boxes in our network. With Pexip Infinity, there’s no restriction on the number of people that can use the system. The platform is always on and always available, which enables the team to connect instantly whenever collaboration is required in their workflow,” said Ellen.

“Unlike traditional DSP-based MCU’s, Pexip’s conferencing nodes are virtual machines that can sit on either a VMware® or Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure making use of standard server architecture. For Arup, minimal to no investment is required to start deploying the solution as we can utilize existing infrastructure. Being virtual also means conferencing capacity can be increased within minutes and the platform is inherently redundant.”

Arup intend to extend the solution to incorporate client meetings. “We can now use the Pexip WebRTC functionality for external meeting participants. In the past we had to ship a copy of Cisco Jabber™ and provision a user account. This was cumbersome for everyone involved, it introduced a delay and had a cost attached to it. With Pexip Infinity we now just email a URL and external callers can experience professional quality video via their web browser,” explained Ellen.

“As an early adopter of Infinity, we have been involved in beta testing and providing feedback directly to the Pexip development team. The openness we enjoy with Pexip is refreshing and it helps us to plan for the future. Pexip Infinity is a good strategic fit for Arup.”

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About Pexip
Pexip overthrows conventional telepresence thinking by providing an affordable, virtualized, interoperable approach to videoconferencing on any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, a scalable software platform that provides personal meeting rooms for any number of users on video, voice and mobile. Pexip’s virtualized solution can be deployed quickly and easily, with flexibility to scale as required. Pexip offers a flexible enterprise licensing model and the ability to run on a cloud platform – with no allegiance to any current manufacturer or standard. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by world-leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and has global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 90 offices in 38 countries worldwide our 11,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world.
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InfoComm International Teams With AMX Europe to Train 75 AV Networking Pros

Nine Discounted Sessions of InfoComm’s Networked AV Systems Class to be offered

InfoComm International is collaborating with AMX Europe to provide networked audiovisual systems training to AV professionals. At least 75 students will be able to take InfoComm’s highly regarded Networked AV Systems class at a discounted rate in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, dramatically raising the number of trained professionals in the region.

The three-day classes will be offered nine times in AMX Training Centres, and will cost €400/£350+VAT for members, €800/£650+VAT, for non-members.

“The AV world has evolved and if you lack knowledge of IT networks you are creating obstacles to your success,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “AV systems increasingly use enterprise IP networks — the same networks that already carry mission-critical voice, data and other information. These networks were never designed with real-time delivery of audiovisual content in mind. Without an in-depth understanding of IP networks and the way AV applications operate within them, customer expectations may not be met. And improperly configured AV devices can create catastrophic network problems. InfoComm thanks AMX for their strong commitment to this program and industry quality.”

”AV and IT convergence is moving ever closer and a lack of Networking and IT knowledge can be a major stumbling block to achieving successful AV installations today,” added Graeme Scott, European Training Manager, AMX Europe. “AMX is committed to empowering its customers with information and training that will keep them ahead of the game. We are delighted to be collaborating with InfoComm to deliver the Networked AV Systems training across Europe. InfoComm believes in promoting knowledge and quality throughout the industry; beliefs that AMX also holds very dear.”

The Networked AV Systems course is built around real-world applications that clients want today, and the way AV and IT technologies must be coordinated to create the best experience. The course follows the process of matching AV and networking technologies to customer needs for digital signage, conferencing, remote monitoring and management, and networked AV security. It goes through the planning for three fictional companies, each with its unique requirements.

Students will learn how to glean customer needs, manage trade-offs between quality and bandwidth, and work through the sometimes conflicting needs of customers and network managers. In the end, through better coordination among clients, IT professionals, and AV designers, network-based AV systems can deliver the kind of communication experience that benefits everyone.

Because many will need more basic education before endeavoring into Networked AV Systems, InfoComm’s Networking Technology Online class, which conveys foundational knowledge, will be a perquisite for enrollment. AMX is generously covering the cost of this class for all who enroll in the Networked AV Systems sessions at their centers. Classes will be offered as follows: 3 – 5 March, London; 6 – 8 March, Netherlands; 10 – 12 March, Sweden; 21 – 23 July, London or York; 24 – 26 July, Belgium; 28 – 30 July, Paris; 13 – 15 October, London; 16 – 18 October, TBD; and 20 – 22 October, Germany.

To register visit InfoComm’s online store at infocomm.org. For direct assistance with UK classes contact InfoComm UK Account Manager Ben Barnard at bbarnard@infocomm.org. For questions about European classes outside of the UK, contact InfoComm Regional Director Godwin Demicoli at gdemicoli@infocomm.org.

About AMX

AMX hardware and software solutions simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments. With the increasing number of technologies and operating platforms at work and home, AMX solves the complexity of managing this technology with reliable, consistent and scalable systems. Our award-winning products span control and automation, system-wide switching and audio/video signal distribution, digital signage and technology management. They are implemented worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation / command centers, hotels, entertainment venues, broadcast facilities, among others.

About InfoComm International

For 75 years, InfoComm International® has been 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.

InfoComm International, SCHOMS start joint membership and training initiative

InfoComm International, the leading trade association serving the professional audiovisual communications industry worldwide, has agreed to extend membership and free and discounted training to members of the Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS).

InfoComm and SCHOMS share a joint vision to promote professionalism amongst the senior level higher education technology manager community in the United Kingdom. To accomplish their common goals, all SCHOMS U.K. Institutions will become members of InfoComm International, and will receive select free online training, including CTS Prep, along with access to discounted advanced training.

David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International

“InfoComm is delighted to enter into our first official agreement with SCHOMS,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “We have worked together over the years to advance the AV profession at universities and provide networking for senior managers at higher education institutions throughout the U.K., and hope this effort will lead to more joint initiatives in the future.”

“With technology rapidly changing the way that Learning, Teaching and Assessment practice is created and delivered, all members of SCHOMS are increasing being expected to meet the challenges of innovating with and supporting a range of Audio Visual and Learning Technologies. The agreement with InfoComm delivers a consistent and recognised approach to developing and professionalising our staff to meet the needs of our learners and exceed their growing expectations”, said Simon Birkett, SCHOMS Chair.

The groups estimate that InfoComm International will gain 75 new members as this relationship gets underway.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, 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.

About SCHOMS

The Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS) is the professional body for Senior Managers working within UK Higher Education. SCHOMS members lead and manage a diverse set of educational, technology, media and institutional support services. They give strategic direction to support and promote excellence in teaching and learning practice through the deployment of classroom technology, AV equipment and innovation in the design of learning spaces. The group promotes continuing professional development amongst its membership, offering leadership and management development, with opportunities for accredited technical training for a range of roles and grades. Additional information is available at www.schoms.ac.uk

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