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WATCHOUT brings Renault Megane III to life

Omagica supplies Dataton WATCHOUT for car launches

Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software was provided by Dataton Premium Partner, Omagica to Bolivia-based projection specialists Vinilo Lab for use in Bogota and Medellin city launches of the new Renault Mégane III family car.

Talking about this exciting project, Eduardo Ortega, Media Director, Vinilo Lab explains, “Our client wanted the look and feel of an action-packed and high drama film. To create the drama, we put WATCHOUT version 5.2 through its paces and took full advantage of the new corner pinning feature which allowed us to manipulate the corners of the desired projected image around curved surfaces such as the cars’ wheels. Here an extra projection layer was added to make the motion effect even more realistic and fast-paced. As the car was suspended and lowered into the stage area during the show, the result was perfectly synchronised.”

The event was attended by a packed audience of brand management, television and media as well as regional Renault dealers.

Adela Kriland, owner of Omagica adds, “Omagica are a trusted partner of Dataton and have worked with them for many years on projects with partners such as Vinilo Lab who are roadtesting the new features WATCHOUT on projects as exciting as the Renault Megane launch. Our technical support staff were on hand to offer valuable local advice during the setup of this project.”

“Dataton is no stranger to vehicle launches,” says Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton. “Having a system that is reliable, easy to use and as robust as WATCHOUT is testament to its succcess. We look forward to seeing more installations as impressive as the Renault Megane launch using new and enhanced features of WATCHOUT in the future.”

A movie of the event can be found here: http://vimeo.com/42644640.

www.dataton.com

Aker Solutions uses projectiondesign for iPort simulation centre


Industry-leading oil and gas industry visualization benefits from 3D projection

Aker Solutions’ iPort in Stavanger, Norway, is an integrated operations centre for the offshore industry. It offers 3D simulators and other visualisation technology for drilling, topside, subsea and down-hole operations, with five main areas offering different simulator setups – each one using projectors from Norway’s projectiondesign.

Employing over 18,000 people worldwide, Aker Solutions is a leading global services company that provides engineering services, technologies, products and field-life solutions for the oil and gas industry.

“The iPort simulators show virtual images of real offshore constructions and environments,” explains Marita Mæland, Sales and Marketing Co-Ordinator for the iPort. “Each offshore installation is meticulously copied and re-created as a virtual asset in a simulated environment. We then use these ‘virtual versions’ of real installations for testing, design and staff training purposes, to optimise operational processes and procedures, and to fine-tune equipment performance and drilling sequences.”

“The beauty of the iPort simulators is that all this development work takes place ‘off the critical line’ – in other words, the work is done without affecting the day-to-day operation of the real-world installations.

“Having access to complex information in the form of 3D simulated images simplifies project planning and execution, clarifies communications and reduces risk and cost for our customers. “

The result of years of detailed programming by Aker Solutions’ software development teams in Norway, Russia and Ukraine, the simulators used at iPort offer a unique approach that satisfies the needs of a wide range of clients. The iPort centre continues to be upgraded and is one of several such centres operated by Aker Solutions globally, all of which use projectiondesign.

Anders Løkke, Director of International Marketing, projectiondesign, comments: “Aker Solutions has a long tradition of industrial innovation and we are delighted that our projection technology forms a part of the cutting-edge work they are doing in increasing operational efficiency in the oil and gas industries.

“Wherever they have been used, our 3D projection solutions offer industry-leading levels of accuracy and reliability, providing a rapid return on investment not only for the companies that operate these simulators, but for their own customers as well.”

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World’s First Laser-Projected Screening of Full-Length Movie Debuts With Christie Laser Projector; 2D Light Levels Achieved for 3D at IBC 2012 “Big Screen” Event

Christie® will light up the “IBC Big Screen” theater at RAI Amsterdam on Monday, delivering unprecedented 2D light levels for 3D content and, in the process, addressing one of the cinema industry’s most pressing problems – the unsatisfactory showing of 3D content at low light levels, typically less than 3 foot lamberts (ft-L), when 14 ft-L is the standard for 2D films. The event will also be the public premiere of Christie’s first prototype laser projector.

“Christie firmly believes that the best 3D is the brightest 3D and we need to help exhibitors with solutions that can project compelling, immersive 3D experiences to their screens,” said Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Audiences deserve to see the brightest 3D with 14 ft-L on cinema screens. Our demonstration today will show just how truly spectacular a movie maker’s vision can be when shown at the highest light levels, making the shared experience more immersive, and, ultimately, driving more cinema ticket sales.”

Continuing, Dr. Shaw noted that “as well, some attendees leave 3D movies complaining of headaches, fatigue, and sore eyes. Just like reading a book in low light levels, low brightness on the movie screen is one of the reasons for these complaints. Delivering more lumens to the screen will help address these effects, as will the advent of ‘eye-easy’ high frame rate (HFR) movies.”

(Current, non-laser methods for delivering more light to screens include dual, Xenon-lamp based Christie DLP® projection systems, known as Christie Duo™, which are filling specific needs for 3D delivery in theatres across the globe, including, for example, at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood and other ArcLight Cinemas.)

A Short, Expert Tutorial…And then the Movie
Dr. Shaw will address the low brightness problem in detail in a short address, and noted stereographers Demetri Portelli (“Hugo”) and Corey Turner (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) will introduce 3 ft-L clips from their films and speak to the challenges inherent in making a 3D movie, knowing full well that it will be shown to audiences at inferior light levels.

“For me, crafting 3D images as a stereographer has been both the most challenging and the most rewarding experience of my career as a cameraman. I have suffered alongside many 3D film makers whose work has been compromised due to the inevitable low-brightness theatrical presentation,” said Demetri Portelli. “So this showing of Hugo 3D at 14 ft-L is an important milestone in 3D cinema projection, as it will deliver spectacular details and show how light conveys additional information in 3D space. I’m really excited and optimistic about Christie finding solutions and setting new standards for exceptional movie exhibition.”

As VP, Post Production for Paramount, Corey Turner oversees all stereoscopic 3D productions, and recalls that “When Paramount released Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which I also worked on as stereographer, some of the prints were special digital masters, aimed at systems that could deliver almost twice the brightness of standard 3D projection. But even that ‘limited edition’ only targeted 6 ft-L; of course that being much better than the current standard for 3D at 4.5ft-L, but a far cry from 2D light levels. I’m extremely pleased that the technology for brighter cinema exhibition is advancing and Christie is to be applauded for their advancements and advantages in this initiative.”

Corey added that “Technologies like this will only help filmmakers fall even more in love with 3D. It will also finally give audiences a way to see all of the wonderful detail that the director and many members of their crew put into each and every shot. People will no longer cautiously question, ‘…is this really in 3D?’ because they will be able to see and detect all of the subtle depth cues intended for the presentation.”

Laser-projection Begins New Era With Full-Length Film Showing
Following the presentation by Dr. Shaw and Mr. Portelli and Mr. Turner, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo 3D” – the first laser projection screening of a feature-length 3D movie at 2D brightness levels – will be shown, courtesy of Paramount Pictures International, Christie and XPAND 3D.

Commenting on the laser projector and that route specifically, Dr. Shaw said that “There’s half-a-dozen different ‘forks in the road’ decisions that have to be made when designing a laser-projection system and most manufacturers will take different paths.” He noted that Christie customers have come to expect the best in technology and service from the world’s largest supplier of DLP cinema projectors, operating for more than 80 years, and “…our final laser projector family, when announced, will continue this trend of innovative, high performance products that will address the specific needs of our customers in the cinema, pro AV and advanced visualization and simulation arenas.”

Christie Puts Virtual Print Fee Program “On The Fast Track” To Help Exhibitors Meet Industry-Wide Signing Deadline of September 30, 2012

Industry’s Most Flexible Turnkey Solution Makes North American Exhibitors’ Transition to Digital Cinema Easy and Affordable.

With exhibitors facing a looming industry deadline of September 30, 2012 to join a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) Program, Christie announced that it has put its VPF program for North American exhibitors “on the fast track,” to ensure exhibitors are quickly signed up and guaranteed reimbursements as they make their move to DCI Compliant digital cinema projection systems.

“Christie has initiated ‘Fast Track’ handling at all levels within the administrative process to insure that exhibitors can take advantage of the industry’s most simplified plan for making the move to DCI Compliant digital cinema,” said Craig Sholder, vice president of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions. “It’s important for exhibitors to sign up on or before September 30, 2012 but once onboard they will still have until October 31, 2013 to make the physical conversion. During that time, they’ll have complete flexibility in choosing the best financing option for their needs, thanks to Christie’s highly flexible VPF program. We offer the widest financing options available, from self-financing to working out terms with one of our financing partners.”

Sholder added: “The sooner one begins the conversion, the better, since VPF revenues will not be earned until one has converted at least 50 percent of one’s complex. Exhibitors have nothing to lose and everything to gain by signing up with the Christie VPF program.”

Christie’s VPF program has been endorsed by all major Hollywood studios, including the Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. The program has been recognized as giving exhibitors the greatest independence in planning a digital cinema conversion. As a result, more than 110 separate theater companies representing more than 1,500 screens across North America have enrolled in Christie’s VPF Program to date.

Landmark Cinemas Typifies Satisfied Christie VPF Customer
Landmark Cinemas Inc., which operates 33 theaters in Canada, is among the many exhibitors already subscribed to the Christie VPF. It selected Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors for all of its 100-plus screens throughout Western Canada and the Yukon. With the digital conversion completed, Landmark now shows 2D and 3D movies, live events and other alternative content.

“Christie has always been exceptionally committed to providing exhibitors with superior products and technical expertise,” said Neil Campbell, chief operating officer, Landmark Cinemas. “We selected their VPF program because it provided us the ultimate in flexibility. Their technicians worked with our installation company, King Cinema Services, to ensure every conversion took place without any disruption in service.”

As part of the VPF arrangements, Landmark worked with Christie in support of sourcing, integrating and testing hardware, enabling Christie to remotely monitor and manage Landmark’s digital cinema projection environments.

“We are ready to roll today with signing and installations,” said Sholder. “We can handle hundreds of projector orders simultaneously – absolutely no waiting or bottleneck. When the exhibitor is ready, we’re ready.”

Christie’s VPF program is backed by more than 80 years of experience in the cinema industry. It offers expert support and flexible options for all phases of the digital conversion process. Solutions include DCI Compliant digital cinema projection systems and Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) services, currently monitoring and supporting more than 110,000 devices in over 2,500 locations globally.

XPAND 3D and Christie® Digital Usher In a New Era of 3D Cinema With Laser Projection Screening of Hugo at IBC 2012

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – In a landmark event, XPAND 3D, the world leader in 3D for the cinema, home and beyond, today announced that an XPAND active 3D system will be used with a Christie’s first laser projector for the screening of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo 3D at the IBC show in Amsterdam on Monday, September 10.

This marks the first feature-length 3D film to be screened using laser projection technology and also the first public screening of a 3D movie shown at full 2D movie specification brightness (14 FL). The screening will be the final event of the IBC Big Screen showcase, which is dedicated to featuring the latest in cinema technology.

The system will include XPAND Infinity 3D glasses, which provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema. All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps.

“XPAND firmly believes that laser projection technology represents the future of cinema projection and everyone who attends the IBC Big Screen Monday Night Movie will see why,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “Moreover, the viewers will benefit from wearing our Infinity 3D glasses, which delivers the most immersive and dynamic 3D experience available in the world!”

“Advanced 3D glasses combined with the proper light levels and, in the months to come, high-frame rate content, will increase the enjoyment factor of millions of moviegoers around the world when viewing 3D projections, and we welcome XPAND’s participation in Monday’s groundbreaking event,” said Richard Nye, Cinema Sales Director, Christie EMEA.

The screening will take place at the 1,700-seat Amsterdam RAI Theatre at IBC and will begin at 6:30 PM.

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

For more information on Christie Digital, please visit www.christiedigital.com

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

Ventuz taps into Chyron BlueNet™

The cooperation between Chyron and 3d realtime graphics specialist Ventuz Technology AG reaches a new level with the integration of Ventuz into the BlueNet workflow

The established Broadcast systems supplier Chyron and graphics specialist Ventuz, who entered into a strategic partnership in February of this year, today announced that the companies will use IBC 2012 in Amsterdam to showcase their first joint development success. “We are now ready to announce our integration of Ventuz within the CAMIO broadcast environment,” said Erik Beaumont, Product Manager of Ventuz. “This allows us to seamlessly and transparently operate Ventuz graphics systems within the existing Chyron BlueNet workflow.”

The implementation allows Ventuz to be controlled by the CAMIO and LUCI systems, and so function as part of an automated newsroom environment. Asset management, MOS integration, playout control using Chyron’s ISQ, and distribution functionalities are all covered by the proven and robust Chyron framework, while Ventuz offers unparalleled flexibility and capability as a real-time graphics system.

“This also gives Ventuz users access to Chyron’s hosted cloud-based graphics using the Axis World Graphics system for news and map images,” said Bill Hendler, CTO of Chyron.

“Through this integration, we are leveraging the best of both companies,” said Beaumont. “Ventuz adds advanced data visualization and interactive touch screen capabilities to the Chyron family of graphics solutions which is utilized by thousands of editors, operators, artists and producers all over the world.”

Ventuz and Chyron will showcase their integration at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, September 7th through 11th, at the Chyron stand, 7.D11.

The 69th Venice International Film Festival Once Again Turns to XPAND 3D for 3D Screenings at Sala Grande, Sala Darsena and Sala Perla

VENICE, Italy – For the fifth consecutive year, XPAND 3D is providing its world-leading 3D cinema systems for the 69th Venice International Film Festival. One of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the Venice International Film Festival is taking place August 29 through September 8, 2012.

The aim of the Venice International Film Festival is to raise awareness and promote all the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The Festival includes retrospectives and homages to major figures as a contribution towards raising awareness of the history of cinema.

XPAND will be providing 3,000 of its Infinity 3D glasses at Sala Grande and 1,000 Infinity glasses at Sala Darsena and Sala Perla.

The XPAND Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema. All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps.

“With interest in 3D cinema at an all-time high, XPAND has embraced the increasing demand for higher-quality 3D technology with our Infinity glasses,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “At the 69th Venice International Film Festival, some of the most astute viewers in the cinema industry will be attending the 3D screenings at Sala Grande, Sala Darsena and Sala Perla. Therefore it is crucial that the most sophisticated 3D technology be deployed for these screenings, which we are happy to provide.”

“The Venice International Film Festival is built upon excellence in the film industry and this demand for excellence extends to the technology,” said Angelo D’Alessio, head of digital cinema systems, Venice International Film Festival. “When it comes to 3D technology, there can be no compromise, which is why we continue to turn to XPAND for our 3D screenings. We are looking forward to yet another successful series of screenings for this year’s Festival!”

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

Visual Unity Launches 4K Gateway For Real-Time Low-Latency Video Streaming

At IBC 2012 (Hall 3 Stand B60), leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integration company Visual Unity will launch 4K Gateway, a portable device for real-time low-latency video streaming up to 3D 4K.

Hailed as the latest step in the evolution of online video, 4K digital video offers approximately four times the resolution of the most widely-used HD television format, and 24 times that of a standard broadcast TV signal. This cost-effective streaming device allows film, post production and visualisation companies to harness the power of 4K over unlimited bandwidth/distance in collaborative environments.

“As 4K comes of age, media organisations face the challenge of efficiently and cost-effectively delivering a more immersive and engaging visual experience to their demanding audiences, says Tomas Petru, President of Visual Unity. “4K Gateway is an elegant solution to this challenge as it addresses the need for high quality and reliable transmission of high resolution content, whether it be for collaborative film post production, the streaming of live events in digital cinemas or e-Learning in medical and educational establishments.”

Linear and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity has a strong track recording for designing and implementing leading solutions for broadcasters and media organizations worldwide. To develop 4K Gateway, Visual Unity worked in conjunction with Czech academic association CESNET and Prague-based independent post-production facility ACE.
Operating over dedicated photonic networks or shared Internet, 4K Gateway offers very low latency of less than 1 ms plus networking delay, thus ensuring a truly interactive experience. Higher buffering can be optionally selected to compensate high network jitter or for special applications. 4K Gateway uses industry standard HD-SDI interfaces for eight video inputs and eight video outputs, all working simultaneously in multi-channel full-duplex operation. Each HD-SDI channel can operate in full mode (all dark areas transmitted) or view mode (dark areas not transmitted). The latter allows the transmission of eight HD-SDI channels over a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface, thus enabling uncompressed 3D 4K or 4K RGB (4:4:4) transmissions.

Visual Unity and its development partners have already put 4K Gateway through its paces on a series of projects. These include a remote real-time low-latency collaboration on color grading of 4K video content, which was demonstrated over a distance of more than 6200 miles (10000 km) from Prague to San Diego, California. Another successful project saw 4K Gateway employed to remotely access scientific visualisations using low-latency real-time interactive navigation in a remote 3D building model.

“We have proved that 4K Gateway can overcome bandwidth constrains to provide a truly flexible and efficient distribution platform for high-end content,” Petru adds. “Our successful collaboration with CESNET and ACE has resulted in a product that makes the breath-taking image quality of 4K native resolution even more accessible.”
Visual Unity’s 4K Gateway was previewed at NAB 2012 to great critical acclaim. It can now be seen by European audiences at IBC 2012 (Hall 3 Stand B60). For further information please visit the vu4K Gateway dedicated website – www.4kgateway.com or visit Visual Unity’s website – www.visualunity.com

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services.
Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMediaTM delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device, comprehensive VoD services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.
Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity: Na hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic
T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: info@visualunity.com

XPAND 3D To Provide 3D Systems for Kino Expo 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Once again delivering its world-class 3D technology in the most stylish form factor in the industry, XPAND 3D is announcing that it is the official sponsor of Kino Expo 2012, the international cinema industry convention taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia. This marks the third consecutive year that XPAND 3D is sponsoring Kino Expo.

In addition, XPAND’s local partner NEVAFILM will provide IR systems for the multiple 3D screenings at Kino Expo, which will employ 800 XPAND Infinity active 3D glasses.

Established in 1999, Kino Expo is the world’s third largest international exhibition of cinema equipment, with a focus on the markets of Russia and neighboring CIS (former USSR) countries, including Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Armenia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, and Central Asian countries. At Kino Expo, the local offices of major studios, Russian and international independent distribution and production companies present their upcoming films and product reels directly to local exhibitors.

The XPAND Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema. All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps.

“XPAND 3D offers more than the best 3D experience in the world; we enable filmmakers to truly realize their artistic visions, while providing viewers the ability to see 3D as it is meant to be seen,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “At Kino Expo 2012, where some of the world’s most talented artists intersect with the heart of the Russian/CIS film community, XPAND 3D is the only option!”

“As one of the most prestigious cinema conventions in the world, it is imperative that Kino Expo offers cutting-edge cinema technology for its screenings,” said Dmitri Kazuto of Kino Expo. “With the XPAND Infinity glasses, we know our guests are enjoying that unmatched level of quality.”

“XPAND offers the highest-quality cinema 3D in the world and Kino Expo is one of the highest-profile opportunities to showcase this world-class quality,” said Katerina Agapova of NEVAFILM. “We are thrilled to once again be able to provide XPAND 3D cinema systems for Kino Expo.”

XPAND 3D is also the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, and is used for the biggest 3D premieres around the world.

For more information on XPAND, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

IBC Preview: Social media interaction, rendering innovations, flexible video management and new mapping capabilities among highlights for Vizrt

At IBC 2012, Vizrt Ltd will exhibit in Hall 7, Booth A10 September 7-11th at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre in Amsterdam. Vizrt will introduce several new innovations and demonstrate a cohesive approach to social media interaction.

Empower your audience

Integrations with Twitter, Facebook and Youtube will be shown with Viz Virtual Studio in Vizrt’s public show at the booth, with Viz Ticker3D for the design of creative tickers, with Vizrt’s character generator Viz Trio, and with Viz Multichannel for channel branding. Also new at IBC will be a Vizrt Skype interface which provides tools for the newsroom and production staff to interface with Skype calls directly from newsroom systems, Viz Trio and Viz Content Pilot.

The Vizrt public show will include second screen integrations that demonstrate how the audience at home can interact with a broadcast on their mobile device.

Further interaction with the audience through social media will be on full display on several multi-touch screens throughout the booth. Interactively control and display feeds coming from twitter or see historical trending topics and how they relate to geographic locations.

Flexibility and IP streaming

Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing engine, Viz Engine is receiving a major update to its capabilities in the form of IP streaming. The Viz Engine now has the capabilities to take streaming content in and out, adding flexibility to the engine’s configuration in the station environment since only a network connection is needed. The Viz Engine renders real-time content and outputs the IP stream so the video can then be easily distributed to the web and mobile devices.

Viz Engine is being updated further with DVS SpycerBox integration. SpycerBox makes it possible for up to 8 Viz Engines to play out full broadcast quality HD video clips from a single shared storage.

Control the action

A new plugin for the Viz Engine gives users the ability to trigger clips in a EVS instant replay system. The plugin allows designers to create interactive scenes and send commands to the EVS system. This allows operators during a live sport event control of the EVS and all graphics from a single interface.

A gateway to all your content

The Viz Media Engine, Vizrt’s file-based video solution, can be a full media asset management (MAM) or act as a gateway to existing MAM solutions. As a gateway, the editorial staff can search for all their assets through the Viz Media Engine interface in their Newsroom Control system. The Viz Media Engine recognizes all the content stored in existing MAM systems and retrieves that content through search results. This allows the editorial staff to have access to all video content and graphics in a single interface to distribute on-air, online and mobile devices.

Vizrt’s file-based video workflow solution is fully scalable allowing for multiple Viz Media Engine server installations. Search content and replicate media from multiple geographic locations, giving the editorial staffs in the hub and satellite offices of large station groups access to all their content.

Branding video content is an important part of station identification, especially as that video content is now being distributed to many locations – on-air, online and mobile devices. During the transcoding process for multiplatform delivery, the Viz Media Engine performs automatic graphic insertion. Logos, ads and other graphics are adjusted based upon preset designs for the final screen resolution ensuring your brand remains intact and the graphics are always of the highest quality.

Cost-effective broadcast live video recorder for SDI acquisition

Viz Video Engine, Vizrt’s broadcast live video recorder for SDI acquisition, has been completely redesigned for the HD broadcast world. The recorder is controlled and managed by the Viz Media Engine. A single chassis handles four channels of ingest and playout, each capable of recording files from an extensive selection of HD and SD broadcast video formats. All video is wrapped in the MXF format, stored locally and made accessible through an FTP interface. Files are automatically moved and transcoded to centrally managed storage by Viz Media Engine. This means assets can be searched, previewed and edited from Viz Media Engine – even while recording is still ongoing. Once recording completes, Viz Media Engine automatically deletes unwanted media.

Access to the world

Vizrt has partnered with DigitalGlobe to provide a low-cost streaming imagery service to Viz World. This service, DigitalGlobe Online, gives customers full access to DigitalGlobe’s vast imagery database. When combined with Viz World, producers can create real-time 3D maps with high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery for anywhere in the world. With the FirstLook option, the latest satellite imagery from hotspots around the world are available for purchase within hours of the imagery being taken.

Viz World is being further enhanced with the introduction of OpenStreetMap data. Don’t be limited to street level maps in just your city. With the OpenStreetMap data the map designer has access to a global database of street level data that can be easily installed and searched by address or point of interest. OpenStreetMap is a vector based data solution allowing the maps from Viz World to be easily scaled for distribution to all platforms.

IBC 2012 will also showcase innovations in sports analysis and 3D sports coverage as well as the full Vizrt suite of broadcast graphics tools. Creativity, efficiency and innovation across all platforms will drive Vizrt at IBC. Contact us today to set an appointment.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt offers a new vision for content creation and delivery with an end-to-end solution from ingest to visualization. Our solution combines Vizrt’s true 2D/3D graphics tools with Curious Software’s World Maps and Ardendo’s Asset Management. Running on non proprietary software, the combination of these unique cutting edge products ensures a seamless workflow from conception to multi-format distribution.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK. Also, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown / CFO / +47 5351 8040 / OBrown@vizrt.com

Håvard Myklebust / EVP Products & Marketing / +4791845602 / HMyklebust@vizrt.com

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