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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.
www.arup.com

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

Technical Direction Company (TDC) provides the perfect video backdrop for 27th ARIA Awards

Video display experts, Technical Direction Company (TDC) supplied all video technology elements for the 27th ARIA Awards held at The Star, Sydney, Australia on 1 December 2013.

The ARIA Awards are the official awards of the Australian Record Industry Association attended by an audience of over 4,000. The event was broadcast live on Channel 9’s “GO!” with performances from many Australian artists including Birds of Tokyo, Bliss n Eso and Tame Impala as well as special guest appearances from Alicia Keys and Lorde.

The ceremony was produced by Michael Long and Vicki Gerrans. Set design was by Kim Buddee. Stunning screen graphics were produced and operated by Rod Morris.

TDC supplied custom automated rolling screens with ultra-bright 26K HD projectors, that not only provided a uniform, succinct and clean look according to the set design but also acted as a mask for set changeovers. TDC also supplied 200 square metres of high-resolution LED video display as well as video projections and creative and scenic LED elements along with switching, control and technical crew.

ARIA Event Producer, Michael Long said: “We’ve worked with TDC for a number of years because they have quality product, they always deliver on time and within budget meeting our set designer needs and music act requirements. TDC has an excellent logistical and creative team that can cope well with any last minute changes.

“For the Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala, Jessica Mauboy performances and various DJ’s we used all 4 LED screens on stage along with two side screens. We created a specific look for act changeover where TDC’s two large projection screens came down and covered the stage. Because the venue didn’t have the ceiling height, we had to think of something different and thankfully TDC had some special screens available. TDC suggested early on that we use 6×6 metre screens with custom-built truss to roll them in and out creating a seamless image and transition.”

Olin Winton, Technical Manager at Technical Direction Company said: “Creating a seamless video and LED video technology elements was vital to this project. We were able to utilize some of our highest resolution LED stock for the 27th ARIA Awards which created the perfect backdrop to the Australian and international music performances.”

The TDC Crew working on this project included:
Olin Winton
Kain Jones
Karl Johnstone
Will Day
Anthony Pellizzari

“We really appreciate the support that TDC gives the ARIA Awards and the Australian music industry,” ended Long.

About Technical Direction Company – TDC

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

See Pexip Infinity Simplify and Revolutionise Videoconferencing at ISE 2014

See Pexip® at Stand 12-B70, Unified Communications Zone at ISE 2014

Breaking the barriers to large-scale enterprise-wide videoconferencing, Pexip delivers personal virtual meeting rooms to everyone on video, voice and mobile.

Pexip will demonstrate their revolutionary Pexip Infinity multipoint videoconferencing software when the company exhibits for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe 2014. Pexip will host several partner focused events, participate in industry led discussions and announce new real-world deployments of Pexip Infinity.

Simen Teigre, CEO at Pexip said: “Coming from an IT background, Pexip will be demonstrating how AV companies can take advantage of conferencing in a virtualized world.”

Pexip Infinity is a ground-breaking concept in videoconferencing through its virtualized, scalable and distributed architecture. It simply enables corporations to deploy enterprise-wide HD videoconferencing in as little as ten minutes, and to any device.

Pexip Infinity virtualized software can be deployed on VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V and features generic hypervisor support. It runs on standard servers and does not require any custom hardware.

The subscription-based model ensures that users and administrators have instant access to updates and new features as they become available. Pexip Infinity supports nearly any communication standard, and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft® Lync, Google WebRTC and any standard video and voice protocol.

Partner focused events

Enabling partners to take advantage of the easiest to use software available, Pexip will be taking advantage of their presence at ISE and will host several partner events. Interested parties are encouraged to see details at www.pexip.com.

Education comes to the fore

Several initiatives throughout ISE will take advantage of Pexip’s unrivalled technological expertise and the experience of key Pexip personnel in the teleconferencing market.

Adding to the company’s presence at ISE, Simen Teigre, Pexip CEO will partake in the ‘Cloud Virtualization Value’ roundtable event hosted by the Video Conferencing and Telepresence Association (IMCCA) in room D407 at the Amsterdam RAI on Thursday, 5 February from 11:00am.

On Wednesday at 16:00, Pexip will host an open reception on their stand 12-B70, serving traditional Norwegian specialties and delicacies with a twist.

-ENDS-

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Some further reading: http://www.pexip.com/article/blog/pigeons-pexip

About Pexip
Pexip overthrows conventional telepresence thinking by providing an affordable, virtualized, simple approach to video conferencing on any device. Pexip is built by world-leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry with over two hundred years of accumulated experience. Founded in 2012 by video conferencing and telepresence experts from Tandberg (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2010), Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

Visualization Just Got Real: CAST Software Releases wysiwyg R32

Lighting designers and production professionals the world over continue to rely on wysiwyg to get the industry’s most realistic virtual previsualizations, ensuring that indeed what you see is what you get!

CAST Software launches version R32 of its wysiwyg design suite. It includes Phase 2 of a major graphics upgrade, ensuring that wysiwyg is the most comprehensive precuing and previsualization graphic application software tool available in the market today.

A demo version of wysiwyg R32 is available at www.cast-soft.com/wysiwyg/demo. Current wysiwyg subscribed users can download the full version of R32 immediately from the ‘Members’ Only Area’ at www.cast-soft.com.

Users agree that apart from the constant adding of new features and other improvements by CAST, what sets wysiwyg apart from others is the realism in previz which means they can precue and test their ideas ahead of time with the confidence that ‘What You See Is What You Get’! This is vital because when a lighting designer proposes new ways of using advanced lighting technology to wow and engage audiences the production team and sometimes the client want to review it in advance. At all levels, the CAST Team takes great pains to help these professionals become more productive, more profitable and more professional. Updated Library Objects includes the newest technology in lighting fixtures, that perform in wysiwyg exactly onscreen as they do on stage. Users are reassured that CAST invests heavily in research and development, driven largely by requests and feedback from them.

Realtime Reflections in Shaded Views

wysiwyg shows reflections in realtime onscreen which means professionals can manage operational costs efficiently because they need fewer renderings of their presentations.

New Volumetric Light Beams
Regardless of which lights are used from wysiwyg’s proprietary library, the new beams and flare are so real that pre-visualization cannot be easily distinguished from a video. This means that professionals can precue with absolute confidence, make their creative decisions, get buy-in and signoff from the team, artists and execs in advance, without even going to the venue.

Light Emission Enhancements and Per Element Static Light Emission
For greater detail and accuracy – and even more wow factor – professionals can use wysiwyg to cue light emissions on only selected parts of an object for all sorts of effect which puts serious creative power at the user’s fingertips.

Over 300 Library Objects
wysiwyg is a unique tool in the industry because of its proprietary library objects that include thousands of moving and fixed lights. There is no other graphic application software tool with the breadth of resources to deliver this reliable precision and extreme realism in previsualization that professionals require. The 300 library additions in R32 include a look at Robin® Pointe, Martin MAC Viper Profile™ and Martin RUSH™ Series.

Hot New Tools in R32
The Wall Tool provides a simpler way to create scalable props and walls. The new Room Builder makes it easy to produce a CAD of a special set or a room. Users with a few clicks can transform into 3D work from scratch, or by tracing over or importing a 2D floor plan. A simple click can insert room height, floor and ceiling.

What Do Some Users Say About R32?

wysiwyg R32 was used for the ‘French TV’ production at France 2, DOP: Patrick Neufond, Set Design: Miguel Hernando. © Patrick Neufond.

Director of Photography, Patrick Neufond uses wysiwyg software for every project ranging from lighting creation to technical scenery. Neufond also uses R32 for his senior lecturer work at Paris-based technical performance arts institution, the Centre de Formation Professionnelle Aux Techniques du Spectacle (CFPTS) and for French-broadcaster France 2 in a recent television production ‘French TV’.

“wysiwyg allows every production to meet technical and financial feasibility. The new R32 adds even more realism and improves my work sessions. Creating lights really do make our productions come to reality!” said Neufond.

Prelite Studios, LLC, San Francisco has been providing realtime previsualization services to the entertainment and architectural industries since the year 2000. Tom Thompson at Prelite Studios said: “We have used wysiwyg throughout the duration of our existence. R32 certainly looks more realistic than any other previz software, with realtime controls to tweak the visualization to look more realistic or improve performance.”

wysiwyg visualizations for Indonesian broadcast productions © Adhi Suresh.

“The Voice of Indonesia”, “Gebyar BCA, “Akademi Fantasi Indosiar (AFI)”, “Take Me Out Indonesia”, “Putri Indonesia (PPI)”, “Indosiar Glory Festival 2013″ and the 19th anniversary of Indosiar TV are just some of the productions in which broadcast engineer Adhi Suresh utilizes wysiwyg. The software is used for the presentation, lighting planning, lighting plotting and visualization for pre-programming as well as video and stage design. Suresh has also used wysywig for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) multi-sport event involving 11 nations. Here, Suresh utilized wysiwyg to visualize and simulate the look and feel of the production that managed 1,200 intelligent lights, 32 Christie Roadster S+22K-J 3-chip DLP® digital projectors and a giant LED screen measuring 64 meters-wide by 10 meters-high.

“wysiwyg is the best software for me and it has been popular with Indosiar TV as well as other broadcasters. wysiwyg is part of my business and it’s the very best tool for the job,” said Suresh.

“Our design team used the new Volumetric Light Beams feature of R32 which has proven to be very accurate. I love all the new features of wysiwyg R32 and are lucky to have put them to the test in my work for Indonesian broadcasters. I enjoy the constant updates of wysiwyg which will further enable my business to meet the growing demand for spectacular and memorable productions witnessed by audiences of millions,” concluded Suresh.

A video highlighting the power and graphic enhancements of wysiwyg version R32 can be found at: http://bit.ly/1d1JZzC

www.cast-soft.com

Technical Direction Company (TDC) delivers projections across Australia celebrating the festive season

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The team at Technical Direction Company (TDC) delivered spectacular projections at multiple iconic locations during December 2013 including; St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Melbourne Town Hall and the Old Post Office, Newcastle.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to transform and bring these beautiful buildings to life to celebrate the festive season”, says Kain Jones, TDC’s Special Projects Manager. “TDC are the video projection experts who work behind the VIVID festival so are familiar with lighting up and transforming Australia’s most famous landmarks.”

In total, TDC supplied a total of over 30 high brightness Barco digital video projectors incorporating Barco’s latest 26,000 lumen HD projectors, in addition to Barco 22K and 20K projectors along with all control and media server equipment and expert technical support.

“TDC’s painstaking preparation and careful projection mapping before each event and on site made each event happen,” added Jones.

Melbourne Town Hall
TDC provided projectors and crew to transform the Melbourne Town Hall into a dramatic façade celebrating Christmas and the festive season in a playful way.

Technical Direction Company

“City Evolutions” at Old Post Office, Newcastle
A 25-metre high Christmas tree was projected using TDC projectors onto the Old Post Building in Hunter Street, Newcastle, a highlight for local businesses and retailers during the festive season.

17-million pixel HD centerpiece: “Lights of Christmas” at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
Perhaps the most spectacular of projections, TDC for the third consecutive year provided projections onto the façade of St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.

“Over the whole façade of St Mary’s Cathedral, TDC provided a total of over seventeen million pixels,” ended Jones.

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Kramer Electronics and Calibre UK Join Forces to Deliver Premium Pro-AV Products

Tim Brooksbank, Chairman of Calibre UK and Aviv Ron, Kramer’s VP Business Development & Strategy at Kramer’s head-office in Jerusalem, with one of their first joint products to debut at ISE 2014.

The two companies now offer dedicated sale and support of world’s largest and most comprehensive range of Scalers

Electronics designer, manufacturer and supplier, Kramer Electronics, Ltd., and Calibre UK, British electronics manufacturer, announce their global joint sales, supply, development and business co-operation agreement.

Integrated products focused on innovation

Calibre’s key models for the Pro-AV & Broadcast industries are to be incorporated into Kramer’s product line-up in Q4 this year. This strengthens Kramer’s range by the addition of a new line of premium scalers including powerful low-latency processing, warping, geometry correction and edge-blending with models for fixed installation and rental and staging, as well as models targeted at LED videowalls and television broadcast studios.

With obvious customer benefits, the two companies have also agreed to work together to accelerate Calibre’s future product developments and have ambitious plans to roll out a comprehensive range of market-leading premium video processing, routing and control products.

Think local, act global

To support customers and the implementation of new product introductions, Kramer Electronics will supply dedicated resources to support and market these new models throughout Kramer Electronics’ worldwide network of more than 20 regional offices.

Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre, will head up this effort within Kramer as well as maintaining his Calibre role: “Having just passed our 25-year anniversary at Calibre, this cooperation with Kramer marks an exciting start to our next quarter century. We will continue independently with our OEM and own-label business activities, but with Calibre-branded products being progressively merged into the Kramer range. This opens up access to a far wider market for our products and helps Kramer strengthen its presence in its premium markets. I’m really enthusiastic about being able to work so closely with the people at Kramer. Our planned future product developments are particularly interesting and will greatly expand both companies’ capabilities and market.”

“This strategic co-operation with Calibre is of great benefit to both companies and to our customers alike”, says Dr. Joseph Kramer, Founder, President & Chairman of Kramer Electronics and recent recipient of the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award. “Kramer and Calibre together offer market-leading technologies with outstanding performance and customer support from a truly international, professional AV organisation. Together we will move forwards developing a comprehensive range of powerful premium video processing and control products for the live events, rental, staging and fixed install markets with a focus on class-leading visual and functional performance. There are exciting times ahead.”

For more information about Kramer Electronics please go to www.kramerelectronics.com
For more information about Calibre please go to www.calibreuk.com

It’s a first: TDC wraps Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons in projection for Australian Naval Spectacular

Watch the video at: http://bit.ly/19dRyyn

Achieving the very first projection onto both sides of the epic proportions of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge was by no means a small challenge for any technology company.

Australia was celebrating the first entry of the national Australian fleet into Sydney Harbour one hundred years ago and re-telling the story for The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review. Imagination Australia was the Creative team and Producer of the event, who engaged Technical Direction Company (TDC) as their video technology partner.

An evening spectacular involved video projection that was combined with stunning fireworks launched from seven warships. There was lighting from 28 land and ship locations plus live action on board ships culminating in an aerial fly past from the Royal Australian Air Force that was enjoyed by the millions lining the foreshore.

“The spectacular was created in seven acts, from introducing Australia’s original fleet, through 100 proud years of service to Australia, current capabilities, a moment of reflection for the fallen and a finale to rival Sydney’s New Year’s Eve,” said Heath Campanaro, Project Director at Imagination Australia. “The show was a once in a lifetime project and will go down in history as one of the most inspiring, moving pieces of creativity at this kind of scale.”

We make it happen

Digital video projection onto both sides of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons was a first. To create such a visual spectacular, TDC worked for months of planning and testing with Imagination Australia to design and realise the brightest projection ever delivered.

TDC deployed a total of 56 Barco projectors including models FLM-HD20, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 that were positioned at great distances and angles, including projection towers located up to 700 metres away from across Sydney Harbour. It was vital to that the projection was visible from all sides of the Harbour – which had not been done before.

TDC ensured that the content created by Imagination Australia was managed using Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image and display software and 26 computer servers. The entire proceedings were synchronised by timecode and transmitted across Sydney Harbour using Reidel MediorNet fibre optic media signal distribution and processing.

“The project took months of planning and days of painstaking projector alignment and positioning to get every pixel lined up and just right across various projectors,” enthused Olin Winton, Technical Manager at TDC.

“Rarely does a project of this epic scale take place in Australia. Our team of projection experts did a great job and we’re very proud of what we’ve delivered,” said Michael Hassett, MD at TDC.

The TDC project team for this event were:

Project Manager: Kain Jones
Technical Manager: Olin Winton
Head Technician: Steve Cain
Projectionists: Drew Ferors, Matt Teale, Anthony Pellizzari, Isaac McKenzie
Projectionist Assist: Max Rowen, Gareth Marsh

The biggest event to happen at Sydney Harbour for years, The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review was held from 3-11 October 2013.

Watch the video at: http://bit.ly/19dRyyn

Images provided with this story should be credited to: © Technical Direction Company.

WATCHOUT MANAGES CONTENT FOR THE BIG PICTURE, THE WORLD’S LARGEST HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO WALL

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Standing over 15 meters tall and 60 meters wide, “The Big Picture” has official Guinness World Records title for the “Largest High Definition Video Wall”. It is located inside the main lobby and entrance to Suntec Exhibition and Convention Centre (Suntec Singapore) and is fast becoming a hotspot for photo-taking by delegates and Suntec City shoppers alike; an iconic souvenir of Singapore. The system relies on the amazing Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage its large-format, dynamic and ever changing content that is presented over 664 integrated LG LED flat panel displays.

Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore said: “The full HD digital wall is an integral part of our technology suite which includes digital signage and free Wi-Fi. This mega screen with its captivating content is fast becoming a hotspot for photographers providing an iconic and memorable souvenir of Singapore. High definition content is played 16 hours each day delighting the convention centre visitors and Suntec City shoppers alike.”

“The Big Picture is fast becoming a hotspot for photo-taking providing an iconic and memorable souvenir of Singapore. In addition, it has successfully achieved a new Guinness World Records title for Largest High Definition Video Wall.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, marketing director at Dataton said: “Our software designers have worked tirelessly over the years to create a single robust system that can handle an unprecedented quantity of video and data on such a huge real-time display. We’re delighted that WATCHOUT technology has been put to the test and is an integral part of The Big Picture at Suntec Singapore. It’s validating that the project and its technology partners involved are officially recognised by Guinness World Records and as part of a smart building our technology is used to bring a return on investment to the owner as well as to inform, engage and enthral local and international visitors to Singapore.”

An ecosystem of technology partners bring The Big Picture to life

The project was managed by Suntec Singapore working with an expert team of Asia-based technology partners including global automation controls specialist, Honeywell who were appointed master systems integrators for the project.

“We understood Suntec Singapore’s vision to be a convention and exhibition centre of the future,” said Ananda Seshadri, regional marketing leader at Honeywell. “We leveraged the latest technologies to help Suntec achieve their business goals. The big digital screen with the application of WATCHOUT certainly has the ‘wow factor’ for visitors and Suntec exhibitors use it as a fantastic advertisement placement.’

LG acted as systems engineers to design and analyse the system and manage subcontractors such as ACETEL Korea.

“ACETEL were responsible for supplying Dataton WATCHOUT for The Big Picture as well as designing and installing the visual display system according to LG and Honeywell’s requirements,” explains Jeong-Mok Byun, team lead of visual solution division at ACETEL.

Big pixel display

The Big Picture is designed to support a resolution of 32,051 pixels wide by 7,941 pixels high, which is 84 times the resolution of HD (1 UHD = 4HD).

The Big Picture acts as a standalone exhibit allowing a combination of multiple media such as still images, animations and video clips to be shown at the same time, or a single media image in native format to be displayed over the entire wall.

Interactive features are integrated with RFID tracking systems and sensors on the escalators located just in front of The Big Picture. With these integrated sensory systems, The Big Picture can be adapted to display welcome messages, or show specialised content alongside riders on the escalator from levels 1 to 3.

Mr Oh, Technical Manager, LGE Singapore explains: “LG worked on the design of the visual display system and it evolved to be the largest HD LED screen in the world. Early in the design phase, we discussed with Dataton the possibility of the project being the largest HD LED screen and on finding out that it could, we selected WATCHOUT as the main multi-image display and presentation system.

“The Big Picture is controlled and operated by three major subsystems which are the video wall, playback, integration and control. Playback manages content and the principle of the design is to support multi-display and 4K images from 21 WATCHOUT display servers, serving 84 full HD outputs.

“The integration and control system acts to control The Big Picture and servers, turning them on or off as required. It also manages playback where a part of a show at a specific time can be selected or it can be used to manage interactive content.”

Mesmerising audiences through dynamic content

Content for the system can be updated according to the exhibition taking place. It also uses a variety of ultra-high resolution content from Suntec Singapore and its advertisers.

Lasanthi Bandara, manager, audio-visual technology & content at Suntec Singapore explained: “WATCHOUT is being used to primarily display content on all 664 screens seamlessly. Content is also designed, animated, and produced within the WATCHOUT system itself.

“There was no other feasible and scalable technology available in the market that could enable us to create such high definition display. WATCHOUT was selected because of its primary capability to display synchronised content on multiple screens,” added Bandara.

Bernard Ng, digital creative curator at Suntec Singapore explained: “Audio, video and graphic content are used together to create spectacular showcases and presentations on The Big Picture. The design challenge here is simply the immense size of our entire screen. Producing and rendering videos and animations at this scale is incredible but potentially time consuming. However, production time is greatly reduced by maximising WATCHOUT’s ability in allowing us to create amazing content directly within the system itself.

“For content management, WATCHOUT allows content to be stored and managed in media containers with auxiliary timelines. This allows my team to manually organise and manage content according to scheduling and requirements.”

Smart building design

The system is designed to be integrated with other building systems and to bring in return on investment.

“The initial plan was not to build the largest HD LED screen in the world. The Level 1 of our building was initially designed as the lobby entrance to our venue and following a major modernisation programme, the idea of having a HD LED screen was realised in the form of The Big Picture. The size of The Big Picture was in accordance to our overall design of venue entrance. We are very delighted that an unexpected design step turned into the largest HD LED screens in the world,” said Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore.

Measuring project success

Suntec Singapore measures the success of The Big Picture from its reception on multiple social media platforms tagging Suntec Singapore as their check-in location, newspaper and media coverage featuring The Big Picture as part as well as filmography interests. Operationally there are benefits such as reduced costs and increased advertising revenue that assist the centre in being profitable and sustainable.

“It is great to see our organisers and delegates posing in front of The Big Picture with big smiles. One more reason why Suntec Singapore is the Preferred Place to Meet.” ended Madhok.

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