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DATATON AND ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS POWER ‘MOON SPA’ AT LUXURY ROME HOTEL

© Trilussa Hotel, image courtesy of Engineering Solutions.

WATCHOUT generates multiple images for ground-breaking ambient project

Covering over 100 square metres inside Rome’s luxurious Trilussa Palace Hotel, the new Moon Spa is a private wellness area unlike any other. Using Dataton WATCHOUT™ Andrea de Martino, CEO of Engineering Solutions, has created what he calls “a space that can be transformed according to customers’ requirements with lighting, multimedia and environmental control solutions.”

Key to the provision of this private, multimedia dream-world are a series of edge-blended LED projectors that offer three video backdrops on opposing walls. At the touch of a button, Moon Spa customers may choose from a pre-programmed library that includes Caribbean beaches, aerial views of tropical rain-forests, the slopes of an active volcano and stunning shots of Planet Earth as viewed from space.

Plunge pools, Turkish baths, Finnish saunas and a variety of showers are offered alongside loungers, with the whole space having a choice of automated lighting and audio environments which can be synchronised with the video.
“The ability of WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software to seamlessly edge-blend multiple images and synchronise their playback with audio, DMX and DALI lighting-control data was key to its deployment at the Moon Spa,” comments Claudio Ceroni of MecTech, which supplied the Dataton systems to Engineering Solutions.

“The result is a unique deployment of this technology in a space that will surely act as the template for many similar installations in the future.”
Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director, Dataton, adds: “The Trilussa Palace Hotel installation is the first time WATCHOUT has ben used in a spa that we know of. Looking at the images it is not hard to see why the customer was so keen to use our technology. Once again, we find a brand-new application for WATCHOUT!”

www.dataton.com

KRAFTWERK – THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 uses Dataton WATCHOUT as part of Australian tour

(c) Kraftwerk

The dynamic interactive and 3D features of Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software will continue to be used by German electro pop pioneers, Kraftwerk, in their hotly anticipated tours and concerts’ programme throughout 2013.

Kraftwerk will perform THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 at the Sydney Opera House starting on 24 May. The band will perform one studio album in full at each concert, combining it with stunning visual backdrops, including interactive 3D projections, sound and animation.

Dataton WATCHOUT is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by WATCHOUT Premium Partner Interactive Controls Pty Ltd.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton says: “For each of the eight shows, WATCHOUT manages projected 3D content on a large stage backdrop creating a powerful abstract presence in front of audiences wearing polarized 3D glasses. To create the lighting effects on the four illuminated controller desks, a Pixel-gate LED video controller uses an additional DVI output from the main screen with the WATCHOUT “Tier” feature. The main timeline in WATCHOUT is chasing timecode from Kraftwerk synthesizers (MTC converted into SMPTE). The Kraftwerk synthesizers are also used for live visual interaction controlled via MIDI commands.”

ENDS

Images: © Kraftwerk

www.dataton.com
www.interactivecontrols.com.au

DATATON GETS THE VOTE AS PROVINCE OF ONTARIO GETS NEW PREMIER

Show Sage and Dataton will exhibit on Booth 3915 at InfoComm 13 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, from 12-14 June 2013.

WATCHOUT powers ‘history in the making’ at Liberal Party Convention in Toronto

In a powerful demonstration of its ability to integrate live data into a multimedia production with both local-venue and broadcast connectivity, Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software has been deployed as a key presentation tool at the Canadian Liberal Party’s Ontario Leadership Convention in Toronto.


The WATCHOUT licences were supplied to Mediaco by Show Sage, Dataton’s Premium Partner for North America. Jim Testa, President, Show Sage, comments: “Whether it’s equipment rental, lighting and staging, technical production or fully fledged system design, Mediaco is a highly innovative and trusted partner, and it was a pleasure to support them in the creation of the Liberal Party Convention multimedia show.”

The Convention, which resulted in the nomination of Kathleen Wynne as the first openly gay female Premier in Canadian provincial history, was held in Toronto’s historic former Maple Leaf Gardens building and took place over two days in January this year.

Local event production company Mediaco was responsible for the technical system design and co-ordination of the event, including all on-site AV provision and appropriate OB feeds to Canada’s broadcast community. Mediaco has just rebranded aligning themselves to providing the fastest service and support possible.

Matt Farrell, Mediaco’s Production Manager for the Convention, takes up the story: “The Liberal Party is the sitting party in Ontario so this was no ordinary Leadership Convention – it was a congress to elect a new leader for the entire province of Ontario. As such there was an enormous amount of media attention, in addition to all the hectic negotiations you would expect from a Convention where six candidates have to be reduced down to one winner in a matter of 48 hours.”

Mediaco’s work on the project began a week ahead of the Convention’s opening, with lighting and audio systems being hung over truss in a series of eight-hour shifts. “We came into the building the day before and had to be loaded-in by 4pm for the start of rehearsals,” Farrell continues.

“We had three separate rear-projection displays, using WATCHOUT to create a single HD backdrop that could also be divided into three, depending on the requirements of the event and the timing of the votes inside the venue.

“The screens showed a mixture of pre-made images created by our in-house content team, live camera feeds of the candidates making their pitches to the Convention delegates and other key party members delivering speeches and, last but not least, the big numbers for each candidate as the votes were tallied up.”

As well as the edge-blending and scheduling capabilities of WATCHOUT, Mediaco also used the software platform’s geometry correction functionality for projection onto the center screen because of installation issues caused by the building design.

WATCHOUT’s timeline-based show management tools also allowed direct integration with pre-programmed sound effects and cues that were fed into the on-site audio desk.

The complete audio and video feed was then made available to a broadcast connection that was used live by local stations and in highlights packages by national networks.

Throughout the two-day Convention, Mediaco staff had to adapt the content of their main display to accommodate the shifting political landscape of the event – as Chris Cameron, Technical Director at Mediaco, relates:

“There were a lot of last-minute changes to the presentation which we were able to accommodate into the WATCHOUT timeline because the software is just so easy to use. Once on-site we used the platform’s ability to take data from a live input capture card. This allowed us to broadcast up-to-date voter statistics throughout the frenzy of delegates transferring their vote from one candidate to another as each round of voting was completed.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director, Dataton, concludes: “People tend to associate WATCHOUT with artistic content, and rightly so. But in this particular application we see the power of our platform to act as a communications tool as political history is being made – to the benefit not just of the local audience but to the millions watching broadcast channels at home.”

ENDS
About Show Sage
Show Sage LLC is Dataton’s Premium Partner and distributor in North America. For over a decade, Show Sage has provided sales, training and support to WATCHOUT users across the U.S. and Canada. Show Sage also sells, rents and supports a broad line of specially configured, WATCHOUT-tuned computer systems.

About Dataton
Established in 1973, renowned Swedish show control developer and manufacturer, Dataton this year celebrates its 40th year in business. The company serves its core markets in multi-media entertainment, visitor attractions, digital signage scenography, event production and corporate A/V. The company’s flagship products include the WATCHPAX™ media server, award-winning Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-display production and presentation system as well as the intuitive Dataton PICKUP™ audio guide. The entire range is supported by Dataton’s established global distribution and reseller network.

For further information about this and other leading products please visit www.dataton.com or contact:

Manufacturer Enquiries
Fredrik Svahnberg
Dataton AB
Telephone: +46 70 3228557
Fax: +46 13 138445
Email: fredrik@dataton.se

Publicist
Katinka Allender
Telephone: +44 (0) 1491 571402
Mobile: +44 (0) 7887 711 246
Email: katinka@k-communications.com

Calibre UK to debut upgraded switcher/scalers at InfoComm 2013

Company maintains competitive edge by making ‘under the hood’ improvements to LEDView530 and HQView530

Calibre UK returns to InfoComm 2013 with significant updates to two of its most important products for the pro-AV marketplace: the LEDView530 and HQView 530 switcher/scalers.

Both products were launched earlier this year, with the former being aimed at the control of large-scale LED screens in rental and fixed-installation applications, and the latter being designed specifically to multiple-projector setups.

They have already found a loyal following among rental companies and AV systems integrators, and now Calibre UK has increased their appeal by maintaining its policy of continually updating its products during their lifetime.

Tim Brooksbank, Chairman, Calibre UK, explains: “We’ve given both the LEDView530 and the HQView530 a number of new features that really set them apart from the competition. These include the ability to capture an input feed to save as a custom test pattern, for display as a customer logo screen or as a backdrop when no live signal is being displayed. Both products can scale this saved image and will geometrically correct, warp, rotate and blend it like a live input, something our key competitors can’t achieve!

“Users can also now choose whether PTZ is applied globally to all input signals or is automatically saved and recalled per input channel per signal mode – a very powerful function for performing per-mode adjustments to aspect ratio.

“We have also enhanced the color calibration options with the ability to set R, G, B gains and bias (black level) per input channel and the ability to set saturation and hue per input channel, per mode. Unlike many competing products, these functions are available for all input channels including DVI, HDMI and 3G-SDI.

“Finally, both products have been given new ‘blue’ easy-to-read dimmable front-panel menu displays, with fast navigation via jog-wheel as well as buttons for direct input selection.”

In addition to being included as standard on all new inventory, all the above new features with the exception of the updated front-panel are available as free firmware upgrades for existing customers.

“We’re celebrating 25 years in business this year and customer service has always been one of our top priorities,” adds Brooksbank. “We always enjoy exhibiting at InfoComm and getting the chance to put the results of our intensive R&D effort in front of the pro-AV community. This year will, I’m sure, be no exception!”

Calibre UK will exhibit on Booth 4481 at InfoComm 13 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, from 12-14 June 2013.

Dataton’s seamless solution helps BP convey a sustainable image

WATCHOUT at the heart of immersive London 2012 cyclorama

The use of cutting-edge multimedia technology to entertain consumers while reinforcing brand values is gaining momentum globally, and a shining example using Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software platform was to be found at BP’s ‘Fuelling The Future’ showcase during the London 2012 Olympics.

In a 360-degree environment designed by KBW Design, systems integrator DJ Willrich (DJW) designed and installed the AV system according to guidelines laid down by LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. DJW used eight Panasonic projectors to create a cyclorama with seamless edge-blending courtesy of Dataton WATCHOUT. WATCHOUT was supplied by Dataton Premium Partner, Mirage Associates.

With a timeline synchronised to a Medialon show-control system, the audience was surrounded by a shifting audio-visual landscape that brought to life BP’s key brand messaging as an Olympic sponsor – that the company is discovering and recovering energy efficiently, responsibly and safely from some of the world’s most hostile environments.

David Willrich at DJW comments: “We have used WATCHOUT many times and had no hesitation in specifying it for this project. The system’s ability to blend, warp and geometrically correct multiple video images, synchronise them to a multimedia show, and put the whole thing inside a package that can be controlled on-site by non-technical staff, is second to none.”

For Dataton, Marketing Director Fredrik Svahnberg adds: “It is always a thrill to contribute core technologies to an event of global significance such as the Olympic Games, and we were delighted to be part of ‘Fuelling The Future’.

“Our systems performed faultlessly in front of almost 50,000 people during London 2012 and, now that the Games are over, they can be completely re-purposed – complying with the wishes not just of LOCOG but of our end-customer as well.”

ENDS

Note to editors: Images © KWB Design & courtesy of DJ Willrich.

Calibre UK appoints new distributor for sub-Saharan Africa

Johannesburg-based Prosound adds HQView and FoveaHD ranges of image-processors to impressive brand roster

Calibre UK has extended its global reach still further with the appointment of Prosound as its new distribution partner for sub-Saharan Africa. Based in South Africa, Prosound is a hugely experienced distributor and rental company with several decades of expertise in supplying professional sound and lighting equipment under its belt.

With more and more of its customers also requiring hardware solutions for multi-screen shows and installations, the link with Calibre UK was a natural progression, according to Prosound’s Technical Director, Mark Malherbe:

“Our reputation has been built on using only market-leading products in both our sales and hire departments, so when the opportunity arose to add Calibre to our roster, we jumped at the chance.

“We supply a number of high-end production companies not just in South Africa but in East and West African countries as well. Whether they are putting on a small conference or a 10-screen, multi-input show, we believe we will have a Calibre UK image-processing solution that meets their needs, and which they can trust to be seamless and stable.”

Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director, Calibre UK, adds: “The market for high-quality image processing in sub-Saharan Africa is growing very fast, and we believe Prosound is perfectly positioned to offer our entire range to this market including the HQView and FoveaHD ranges.

“The synergy between video production, sound and light is growing not just in the rental arena but in fixed installations as well, and we look forward to seeing more of our products being sold into all these sectors through the good auspices of the team at Prosound.”

www.calibreuk.com

ReaLED technology from projectiondesign powers ‘Earthquake’ exhibit at California Academy of Sciences

Click here to watch the movie. Also available on YouTube.

(c) projectiondesign

ReaLED technology from projectiondesign powers ‘Earthquake’ exhibit at California Academy of Sciences

FL32 projectors chosen for accuracy, sustainability, and low cost of ownership

Norway’s projectiondesign is delighted to announce that it has supplied its FL32 DLP® projectors to the California Academy of Sciences for use in its ‘Earthquake’ exhibit.

The projectors, which use the manufacturer’s ReaLED™ solid-state light-source technology, are used to drive the display aspects of a 20ft-wide immersive dome, which shows a three-minute film linking the concepts of geological time (plate movements over millions of years) and human time (earthquake activity, specifically in the San Francisco Bay Area).

The outputs of the projectors are seamlessly edge-blended onto a domed projection surface, with content being derived from 7thSense Delta media servers, and image processing and alignment from Scalable Display Technologies. Visual Acuity acted as an independent technology consultant for the project, effectively reprising the role the company performed in the original design of the Academy’s planetarium. Systems integration was performed by local AV systems company BBI Engineering.

This latest project for the Academy comes after projectiondesign supplied several projectors to the institution for its Morrison Planetarium, Water Planet exhibit, Hohfeld Hall pre-show area and scientific Visualization Studio in 2008.

Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager, projectiondesign, adds: “When our relationship with the California Academy of Sciences started, we knew that they wanted to achieve Platinum LEED certification for sustainable building design, and we were delighted that the low power consumption and high efficiency of our projectors helped to make them first-choice.

“Four years later, with the Academy having achieved a second Platinum rating for its environmentally responsible operations and maintenance, the emphasis is even more firmly on sustainability. The ReaLED technology that powers our FL32 promises 100,000 hours of service life with no deterioration in output over time, which in addition to helping preserve our planet, also gives the customer a very low and completely predictable cost of ownership.”

Independent international technology consultant and long term partner with the California Academy of Sciences, Blair Parkin, Managing Director at Visual Acuity adds: “having worked extensively with projectiondesign and their integration partners during the 2008 opening we knew just where to go to find the latest in projection technology. Since the original project projectiondesign have made massive strides in furthering energy efficient display technology with the launch of their ReaLED product range hence it was an easy decision to select the FL32 projectors for this demanding application.”

‘Earthquake’, which contains a number of other attractions in addition to the mini-dome, occupies the entire west hall of the Academy and opened to the public for the first time on May 26, 2012. It is expected to be part of the Academy’s visitor offerings for several years.

www.projectiondesign.com

Electrosonic Goes Back To Nature for Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center

Source: Electrosonic, http://www.electrosonic.co.uk/news/electrosonic-goes-back-nature-mohonk-preserve-visitor-center

(c) Electrosonic

Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains near New Paltz, New York, is marking its 50th anniversary this year with a renovation of its green design award-winning Visitor Center tucked cozily into the woods. Electrosonic was charged with creating several new exhibits for the main floor, which enable visitors to maximize their time in New York’s largest nonprofit nature preserve.

Electrosonic installed and programmed the 10-minute orientation film produced by Richard Lewis Media Group, and displayed it in a visitor orientation theater with bench seating. The theater boasts a 26-foot wide curved screen fed by four projectiondesign F12 projectors blended and warped via Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software.

“The theater was our biggest challenge,” noted Electrosonic project manager Jackson Benedict. “It’s a very small space with a low ceiling. We had to use fixed-lens projectors, which meant there was very little tolerance in installing them. We had to build a custom ceiling mount that allowed for projector adjustment in the field, as necessary. Projector airflow in the small space also had to be managed effectively.

“The very sharp curve of the screen provided a challenge for warping the blend in WATCHOUT,” Benedict said. “It was quite complicated. Shifting the projector one inch in the wrong direction would change everything.”

A small control room behind the screen houses equipment in a single rack. The content for all of the interactives can be updated remotely to keep content fresh and up to date. “Electrosonic worked with the exhibit fabricators to make sure we had relatively easy access to all equipment for service,” said Benedict.

With over 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, fields, streams, ponds and other unique and beautiful places, Mohonk Preserve is dedicated to protecting the Shawangunk Mountains by inspiring people to care for, enjoy and explore the natural world. Visitors can bike, hike, climb, ride horses, run, ski and snowshoe in the Preserve. Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership was responsible for the architecture, interiors, graphic design and exhibit design of the Visitor Center project.

www.projectiondesign.com

WorldStage uses WATCHOUT with new Broadway Musical “Bare” iPhone app

Entertainment technology providers, WorldStage has provided a customized iPhone software app for the new Broadway Musical, “BARE”. WorldStage also provided three videomapped Christie WX10K 10K projectors and integrated Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software package featuring display computer, production computers and a Dynamic Image Server that supports live video streaming. WATCHOUT and the servers to run it were supplied to WorldStage by Show Sage, Dataton Premium Partner for North America.

“We selected WATCHOUT because it could be deployed for the visual projections as well as integrated with an iPhone app,” says WorldStage account executive, Lars Pedersen.

In explaining how the app works, projection designer, William Cusick says: “One character is asked by another to take his picture with his iPhone. So he aims the phone and slowly the live camera feed from the phone comes up on the concrete wall behind them. Then the character snaps the picture, and we see the frozen video image. That same picture is shown two more times in the show: as a saved screen capture and in a memorial scene after the character dies. So there’s a through-line with the image.”

“Bare” is a contemporary rock musical playing at New World Stages in the heart of the Manhattan theater district, New York City and will make its debut in Switzerland in 2013. It is an emotionally charged tale of a group of teens coming to grips with issues of identity, sexuality and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. It was first staged in Los Angeles over a decade ago and has had over 100 productions worldwide.

Jim Testa, President, Show Sage says: “All WorldStage projects are backed up by local technical service, hardware and software support from Show Sage.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton ends: “WorldStage have always pushed the boundaries of our product in the market. It’s terrific to see WATCHOUT creatively integrated as a storytelling medium to delight and engage theatrical audiences.”

www.dataton.com
www.showsage.com

Live Events Professionals Come Together for InfoComm 2013

Hands-on learning, Live Events best practices to be focus at leading commercial audiovisual show

InfoComm 2013 will introduce the latest trends, best practices and solutions for the Live Events industry, at the annual show, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. InfoComm 2013 will feature exhibitor pavilions, technology demonstrations and educational programming for live events professionals including access and hands-on training for the newest and most advanced in rigging equipment, LEDs and projection systems, large-venue audio systems, lighting fixtures and controllers and more.

Live events have become more intricately designed, with demand for spectacular visual effects and stunning sound clarity. “Whether for a concert or a product launch, audiovisual professionals are tasked with putting on an engaging, exciting event,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “The training, sharing of best practices and access to all the top manufacturers at InfoComm 2013 will aid today’s AV professionals in exceeding their customers’ expectations for excellence.”

Lighting & Staging Pavilion
The Lighting & Staging Pavilion, located on the show floor, is the hotspot for equipment demonstration and testing, presentations and interactive trainings geared toward live events professionals. The Production Camera Showcase, featuring the latest video cameras, will allow attendees to participate in a post-production experience with feeds from the showcase stage, and the Rigging and Staging Demo will find IATSE professionals demonstrating safe rigging practices using truss, motors, hardware, lights, line arrays, LEDs and safety harnesses.

InfoComm 2013 Lighting and Staging Exhibitors include:

● A.C. Lighting
● Christie Digital
● Daktronics
● JBL
● Elation
● Chauvet
● Barco
● Dataton
● TMB

Staging and Live Events SuperTrack

InfoComm University™ is offering education for business and operations managers, including Staging and Live Events Management; Digital Image Content in Live Event Production; Business Trends in Rental & Staging; Must-Have Technology for Your Next Event; Principles of Live Mixing; Audio 401: Limiters, Equalization, and Multi-Zone (Distributed) PA Systems; and Mix it Up — Live Audio Workshop.

InfoComm 2013, the largest commercial audiovisual show, expects more than 35,000 attendees, including commercial service providers and end-user technology managers from wide-ranging market sectors, including business, government, military, education, worship, healthcare, hospitality, retail and entertainment. Along with a trade show floor that exhibits the latest from all of the industry leaders in audiovisual, staging, signage and more, the educational programming provides attendees with opportunities to develop skills and update certifications during the conference.

For more news on InfoComm 2013 before, during and after the show, visit infocommshow.org
or follow the show on Facebook, and Twitter and the InfoComm 2013 Blog.

InfoComm is sponsored by Blackmagic Design, Christie, Crestron, Panasonic and Samsung.

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