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The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

Delta Media Servers to supply key content for video exhibition

Atlas AV has completed a renovation of the extensive audiovisual exhibition surrounding The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

(c) Atlas AV

In explaining about the technology installed, Alan Williams, Operations Manager at Atlas AV says: “The interpretation designs provided by Ralph Appelbaum Associates and interior fit-out by Beck Interiors are complemented by state of the art audio visual technology.”

“projection is prominent within the exhibition and displays are all individually warped and blended using Delta Media Servers to fit the contours of the historic building with masks placed on the edges for a soft edge. Uncompressed content created by Center Screen Productions is controlled by 7thSense Design Delta central media servers, providing frame accurate synchronised projections with 32 channels of audio over CobraNet to provide genlocked audio in addition to genlocked video displayed in stunning 1080p HD.”

“One area presents to visitors over 25 metres of bespoke projection all perfectly synchronised. The display acts as a single image punctuated only by the character of the ancient monument bringing the history and spectacle of The Crown Jewels to life.”

It is expected that there will be 3 million visitors to the exhibition this year as attention focuses on HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. Please see more information from the historic Royal Palaces Website, http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/stories/crownjewels.

www.7thsensedesign.com
Powerful LEDView530 LED video wall processing

The LEDView530 is a flexible scaler, routing switcher and interface for connecting LED screens to almost any HD and SD video source to intuitively process images for a breath taking display transforming any space. This new product also comes with easy to use front panel control.

Calibre scoops The Queens Award for Enterprise 2012

Calibre UK has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012, in the International Trade category. HM the Queen will personally present Tim Brooksbank, Chairman, Calibre UK the award later in the year in recognition of its sustained export growth and international success between 2008 and 2011. Calibre UK will celebrate their success on their booth at InfoComm 2012.

Learn with Calibre UK at InfoComm University

Calibre UK and their US partner, Marketing Specialists will present Electronic Projection Mapping, warp and blend on Wednesday, 8am – 10am on 13 June 2012 providing a generic overview oftechnologies, application and highlighting several real-world case examples. To register, please visit www.infocommshow.org.

See the LEDView530, HQView530 and other Calibre UK video processing and scaling products on booth N1153 between 13-15 June 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

KanexPro Introduces Audio De-Embedder with 3D Support

KanexPro (InfoComm booth # C7247) , the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce Audio De-Embedders with full 3D support. Audio De-Embedder is a simple device, designed to extract HDMI audio from HDMI signals. It outputs to analog 2-channel stereo and digital S/PDIF simultaneously providing multichannel audio up to 5.1 surround sound. Supports data rates up to 6.75 Gbps to all channels with HDMI 1.3 Deep Color. The audio De-embedder is HDCP compliant, displaying resolutions to 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200.

Input cable equalization on the audio De-embedder compensates for weak source signals or signal loss when using long input cable runs. Supports wide variety of audio formats from two-channel PCM or encoded bit stream audio for Dolby® Digital to 5.1 DTS® Digital Surround.
The Kanex Audio De-embedder is a perfect problem solver for many applications that require audio extraction from HDMI signals.

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.
KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

New Broadcast Pix Fluent Rapid CG 2 Software Integrates with Daktronics Scoreboards for Instant, Automatic CG Updates

Billerica, Massachusetts – Today Broadcast Pix™ has made available for download the release version of its new Fluent Rapid CG™ 2 software option for its Granite™ and Mica™ Video Control Centers™. The second-generation software can be integrated with Daktronics scoreboards controllers so as scores, clock, and other data change on a scoreboard, Fluent Rapid CG 2 automatically updates graphics created within Broadcast Pix’s built-in Harris Inscriber CG. Broadcast Pix will demonstrate the new functionality at InfoComm 2012, which runs June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Booth C7345).

“From international soccer matches to high school football, sports is a dominant presence in live production,” said Ken Swanton, CEO, Broadcast Pix. “With support for scoreboards for multiple sports, Fluent Rapid CG 2 makes it easier than ever for Broadcast Pix Video Control Centers to deliver data-intensive CG graphics during live game coverage for Internet, television, and in-stadium audiences.”

The new Fluent-Rapid CG 2 software operates with Daktronics All Sport 3000, 5000, or 5500 series scoreboard control consoles. Supported scoreboards include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. All information on the scoreboard can be attached to on-air CG templates. Plus, Fluent-Rapid CG 2 can use a second channel to supply player statistics and graphics from a database.

A free upgrade for current Rapid CG customers, it also provides faster updates, clocks by-the-second, and dual-channel capabilities to update two different on-air graphics at once. It also automatically integrates RSS feeds and custom action buttons. Beyond live sports, Fluent Rapid CG 2 is ideal for all data intensive graphic applications, including election results, and it provides integration with EZNews for easy news automation applications.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, Fluent Rapid CG, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

Dataton brings colour, movement and sound to Les Baux de Provence

Videmus supplies WATCHOUT to enable transformation of stone labyrinth onto ‘Quarries of Light’

Dataton is delighted to announce that its WATCHOUT multi-display and show-management software has been used as a core technology at a major new art installation in the south of France.

A collaboration between the town of Les Baux de Provence and the specialist French venue management company Culturespaces, ‘Carrières de Lumières’ (‘Quarries of Light’) is a hi-tech re-purposing of the Carrières du Val d’Enfer – a network of abandoned chalk-mining tunnels close to the historic Provençal village.

With a subterranean feel, the Carrières de Lumières is a labyrinth almost 200 metres long that varies in height between 10 and 15 metres. In its newly re-invented form, the space provides the perfect backdrop for large-scale video projection – a place where visitors can view images close to or from a greater distance away, while the unique texture of the chalk surfaces adds further visual interest to whatever artistic content is being displayed.

The Carrières de Lumières opened to the public in March of this year with its first show – ‘Gauguin, Van Gogh, les peintres de la couleur.’ The show, which literally throws new light on the colours used by two of art history’s most celebrated painters by projecting still photographs and video animations oftheir works, was commissioned from designer Gianfranco Iannuzzi by Culturespace founder Bruno Monnier.

As well as the walls of the former quarry, the show uses the floor as a projection surface, while a discreetly installed audio system plays a series of atmospheric 12-track musical backgrounds through a network of 50 loudspeakers. A stage-lighting setup based on LED sources accentuates the stonework with raking light at times when the ‘screens’ are not showing any content.

In all, there are 68 video projectors, all ceiling-mounted to minimize the impact of projected light beams on visitors. Each projector has its own server content running an individual Dataton WATCHOUT™ channels. These, together with a second machine running the Medialon Manager show-control system with which WATCHOUT runs in sync, make a total of 70 devices in total – all housed in an air-conditioned control room located on-site but accessible only by staff.

The WATCHOUT-equipped servers were supplied by Videmus, Dataton’s partner for WATCHOUT in France. The company worked closely with an installation team led by technical manager Sebastien Chapuis, and with project staff Mathieu Delfine, Florence Amat and Agathe Poisson.

“The project team liked the WATCHOUT solution because of its simplicity,” explains Eric Lambert, managing director, Videmus. “As well as ensuring that all the projectors receive their video content at full resolution and in perfect sync with each other, WATCHOUT also uses MIDI commands to sequence the on-site audio DSP settings so that the right soundtrack is played through the right speakers at the right time, while at the same time controlling a DMX-512 universe for the LED lighting.

“All this is then managed by Medialon Manager show-control system, which operates a seven-day calendar so that the show begins and ends every day, at the right time of day, without the staff having to worry about a thing.”

(c) Videmus

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director, Dataton, comments: “The Carrières de Lumières is a fantastic space in which to appreciate art and represents a brilliant usage of WATCHOUT. The effects created are truly stunning and we feel sure that they will lead to a greater appreciation not just of these great paintings, but also of the old stone quarry itself.”

The final word goes to the show’s designer, Gianfranco Iannuzzi, who enthuses: “The deployment of WATCHOUT and the support of Videmus during the three months of setup for this show were truly invaluable. They allowed me to devote myselfentirely to the design and content creation which, with the help of my staff, Massimiliano Siccardi and Renato Gatto, we managed to realize on time and with, we believe, truly unique results.”

www.dataton.com
www.videmus.fr

Calibre UK launches latest LED video wall scaler for events, rental and staging

Powerful, reliable, low latency image processing with the new LEDView530

InfoComm 2012 will see Calibre UK launch the brand new LEDView530 scaler-switcher-processor designed specifically for ease of use by production staff operating LED video walls in rental and staging,events and sports grounds.

Featuring an easy to use front panel control with jog- wheel and front LCD readout for ultra-fast setup, the LEDView530 is a flexible routing switcher and interface for connecting LED screens to almost any HD and SD video source to intuitively process images for a breath taking display transforming any space.

The Calibre UK LEDView530

Ease of Adjustment
LEDView530 features edge drag and drop picture sizing using its jog wheel to fit the content to the LED screen. All input channels and video formats are then automatically scaled to fit this easily defined area without any need to revert to zoom and pan controls and with out need to re-calibrate for different input resolutions or signal formats.

Powerful Scaling
Best in class scaling with flexible image color adjustments and powerful detail enhancement ensures the best possible picture on the LED screen whether large or small. LEDView530 can drive screens as small as 128×96 pixels or as large as 1920×1200.

It also has a useful multiple-unit mode with auto-zoom functionality. Several LEDView530s to be connected together, each powering its own LED screen so as to create larger video walls; up to four screens can be combined to create a maximum resolution of 7,680 x 4,800.

The LEDView530 has low latency and genlock capability required for rental and staging hire fleets and for in-camera use on TV sets and at large sports venues.

“We’re delighted to launch this LED processor into the market and expect it to have a tremendous reception at InfoComm 2012 and are pleased to be supported by one of the most important LED screen market-leaders Lighthouse who are providing the LED screens on our booth including their new Skyroll product which will be driven by LEDView530 at Infocomm this year,” says Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

See the LEDView530 and other LEDView models on booth N1153 between 13-15 June 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

MOOVed by video as well as voice – Dataton’s WATCHOUT powers vide for Andrea Bocelli in Poland.


The new DMX capabilities of WATCHOUT version 5.2 are put through their paces.

Through the Polish systems integration and live-events show specialist MOOV working forlocal events production company Prestige MJM, Dataton WATCHOUT was used to sync and drive multi-screen video content for a spectacular concert by the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Staged on 29 April at the impressive new Atlas Arena in the Polish city of Lodz, the Bocelli concert – part of the singer’s ‘Notte Illuminata’ world tour – featured a 160 square metre LED mesh screen as its backdrop, comprising twenty 8-metre strips of Barco’s Mitrix solid-state display wall product. Either side of the LED wall were two 16:9 projection screens measuring 7.45m wide by 4.31m high, each showing images from a Barco FLM series 20,000-lumen projector.

The projection screens were used mainly for showing live IMAG close-ups of Bocelli, the most popular singer in classical music history, and his co-performers – which included a full orchestra and choir. Meanwhile, the LED wall content varied between IMAG and pre-mixed movie clippings and other effects, ranging from archive news footage from before World War II to a vast stained-glass window.

Marek Kurzawa from Prestige MJM explains: “The Atlas Arena is one of the biggest indoor concert venues in Poland and, with more than 10,000 fans inside for the Bocelli event, it wasimportant for the show to contain large-screen visual elements that would keep those toward the rear of the venue on the edge of their seats.”

Piotr Majewski, MD at MOOV adds: “By using two computers installed with WATCHOUT – one for the LED wall and the other with two outputs for the two projectors – we were able to synchronise the pre-recorded video with the live camera feeds for the IMAG content. Thus the audience was treated to a constantly shifting, dynamic video experience to match the excitement and energy of the musical performance itself.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director, Dataton, adds: “For almost every genre of music, today’s concert-goers expect to see an impressive show, as well as hear one. WATCHOUT allows multiple video content channels to be combined together into a single timeline with complete reliability, regardless of the size of the screens involved or thetechnology they use.

“To complete the picture, as it were, we are also able to sync pre-recorded audio content via MIDI and lighting-control commands via DMX – effectively making WATCHOUT a ‘one-stop shop’ for show designers all over the world!”

www.dataton.com

HARMAN Prepares For Next Stage In Evolution of HiQnet™ Configuration and Control Software

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – At InfoComm 2012, HARMAN will introduce the single-most comprehensive audio networking solution for professional sound applications. The announcement will mark the next stage in the continuing evolution of HARMAN’s HiQnet™ configuration and control software.

HiQnet was designed with the active participation of leaders in the professional systems integration community and has been deployed successfully on some of the largest and most ambitious audio integration projects including the Olympic, NFL, MLB, EPL and World Cup stadia; cutting edge, demanding performing arts venues; high-capacity houses of worship and prestigious parliamentary chambers where reliability and intelligibility are especially critical.

“This announcement marks the culmination of our long-term strategy to provide a powerful singular platform that will be the standard for audio networking going forward. Our latest introduction will underscore the power and potential of HARMAN’s system-level approach to professional audio system design and development,” stated Adam Holladay, market manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group.

HARMAN HiQnet™ is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. HARMAN HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across HARMAN’s Professional Division and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

High Resolution Systems Introduces New Features, Apps and Open Systems Support for UDC Software at InfoComm12

High Resolution Systems will be showcasing a number of new features for its popular UDC (Universal Device Controller) software at InfoComm12, Booth N668. The innovations include new user interface options, Windows 8 and Apple iOS apps, and a renewed dedication to the concept of open systems for maximum client flexibility.

“It’s our goal to support any tablet or smart phone – to leave the options wide open for our customers to use any hardware they choose as their control platform,” says High Resolution’s Drew Taylor. “We’re big advocates of giving the customer the flexibility to get really creative about how they integrate hardware,” in contrast to the closed control systems on the market which offer only proprietary or limited hardware choices.

With that in mind, High Resolution Systems supports the Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) trend, which finds customers using Apple iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, Android and Windows tablets and smart phones for PRO AV control depending on venue and convenience factors. The introduction of UDC Controller Groups now enables customers to build multiple versions of the same page in their control system, specify them as a controller group and have different resolutions and aspect ratios automatically available for a range of control devices as needed.

“A customer might want to use an iPod Touch in a meeting room or boardroom for basic AV control and also want to have the option for finer control with an iPad with more buttons,” Taylor explains. “Once the customer sets the Controller Groups, UDC automatically sends the appropriate page to the connected device based on resolution; the iPhone will get the iPhone resolution pages in the controller groups and the iPad will get the higher resolution controller pages, all automatically handled by UDC,” Taylor explains. “As with all other features in the UDC Software, this new Controller Groups feature is available on every device through our built in Webserver as well as our new iOS app and Windows Tablet app.”

This new feature for UDC comes on the heels of the debut of a Windows 8 client controller app, available from High Resolution Systems, for an extended feature set on Windows-enabled devices.

A new dedicated iOS app, HRS Control Pro, for extended control from all versions of iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch in landscape and portrait modes, has just become available in the Apple App Store.

Both the Windows 8 and Apple iOS client apps offer the ability to download different UDC configurations and store them for offline viewing. “This allows customers to use them in a demo mode; it’s a very useful sales tool that allows our customers to take their control systems projects anywhere they go and have ready for demonstration,” says Taylor.

At NAB the company introduced new UDC variables, logic and slider features, which work with existing UDC macros to provide very powerful options for configuring UDC control systems. “Powerful, advanced features that you would normally find when custom coding an app are now part of UDC’s user interface for quick implementation. And they are very easy to use,” says Taylor.

Customer requests for sliders prompted High Resolution Systems to roll them out for the entire UDC user base. A slider is typically used for volume and lighting control and is one more step for us beyond simple button based control.

Variables and logic work together when customers need to execute complex strings of commands. Buttons set the variable, which is typically a value for recalling a preset or control for a device such as volume level. Another button will send the command using the current value of the variable. UDC Logic enables the user to compare variables and extend them further, sending commands to apply variables simultaneously across the board in advanced executions.

Taylor notes, “Variables and Logic are part of our ongoing set of feature updates designed to support advanced applications and programmers that are used to custom coded solutions. We are providing the advanced features programmers need to build complex control systems while making the job of control system configuration and management available to all AV and IT technicians.”

At InfoComm, toggle switches and lists have been added to user interface design options. Toggle switches offer simple on/off functionality. Customers may now also build their own custom lists and define the display name and value of each item control Pro Av equipment. In addition, they can create lists of from supported devices, such as image processors and media servers, and execute the functionality – to play clips or pre-sets, for example – tied to those devices. The new lists also work on UDC’s web-server feature and Windows 8 and iOS apps.

“What’s particularly cool about lists in UDC is they utilize our ability of querying a device,” says Taylor. “Customers no longer have to reconfigure UDC when clips or presets are added to their controlled devices; lists can refresh with new items automatically and update all connected tablet controllers.”

Taylor notes that “these new features all have one goal: to build more powerful choices in the user interface and control system design. They allow customers to have more options when designing, configuring and maintaining their Pro AV control system. With the addition of five new user interface elements, UDC software now offers options to build everything from basic to the most complex user interface-based control systems. Our goal is to support a wide range of applications and empower the Pro AV and IT integration market”

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

PESA’s New Cattrax Web Browser-Based Software Controls Routers over Network

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will demonstrate its new Cattrax Web™ browser-based router control software at InfoComm 2012 (Booth N1327), which runs June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. Expanding on the capabilities of PESA’s local network-based Cattrax software, Cattrax Web uses most common Web browsers as the client interface to monitor and control routers in locations around the world.

“The ability to manage routing switchers over a networked system has become critical for many video distribution operations facing personnel budget cuts,” explained Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “Cattrax Web combines basic Internet components with PESA’s outstanding routing system control to deliver an elegant, intuitive solution.”

Ideal for monitoring, post production, or any networked remote location, Cattrax Web is compatible with the full line of PESA routers and can control matrix sizes from 16×16 to 1024×1024. It operates over Ethernet via TCP/IP and communicates directly with the PESA PERC2000 router control system. Cattrax Web pulls its configuration from the PERC2000 control card inside the routing matrix or an external 1 RU chassis assembly. Once configured, Cattrax Web can be used like any remote control panel linked to the system.

The basic Cattrax Web system supports up to 10 simultaneous clients, each with a unique password protected user profile to provide access to all or only part of the matrix. As the need for additional users grows, Cattrax Web can be expanded in blocks of 10, 25, 50, and 100 users.

Based on the Microsoft Windows platform, Cattrax Web is compatible with Windows Server 2003, 2008, or Windows 7 operating systems. It resides on a customer provided network server and supports Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) or Apache HTTP Server. The software offers customized features such as salvos, hot takes, and individual lock/unlock of sources or destinations. Plus, single or multiple destination blocks can be switched simultaneously.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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Pipeline Communications

561-531-3106

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Company Contact

Dan Holland
VP, Product Marketing
256-726-9200
dholland@pesa.com

Extron Launches XTP System Certification Program

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the XTP System Certification program for AV system designers and integrators. The program consists of online and instructor-led training for design and implementation of enterprise-wide digital systems based on Extron’s XTP CrossPoint Systems. XTP CrossPoint is a flexible, reliable signal switching and distribution system for local and remote devices that provides a completely integrated solution for multiple digital and analog formats. Achieving this manufacturer certification is an industry-recognized way to demonstrate acquired expertise related to digital AV applications. more

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