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XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses Launch to the Head of the Class at ISTE 2012

The new EDUX3 3D Glasses are compatible with any DLP® 3D-ready projector or television.

SAN DIEGO, California – At ISTE 2012, XPAND 3D’s new EDUX3 3D Glasses are being used at multiple exhibitor booths. Partners include Dell (#3013), Cyber Anatomy (#5625), Lumens (Ladibug Document Cameras) (#4907), Texas Instruments (#3437), Designmate (#3723) and Panasonic (#4601).

“The XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses are ideal for use in any classroom, lecture hall, auditorium and anywhere else where 3D material is presented in an educational environment. 3D allows teachers to engage and reach their students with remarkable depth,” noted Jodi Szuter, Sales Manager, Education Channel, XPAND 3D. “We’ve listened to all of the teacher feedback regarding 3D glasses and came up with the most reliable, best range, and durable glass for the market. Our glasses are compatible with a wide range of 3D display devices, making them an easy and cost-effective solution for the education market.”

XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses feature the fastest active-shutter technology on the market for the best and the brightest 3D images available. Their Extended White-Light Range capability gives them the longest viewing distance in the industry. EDUX3 3D Glasses work without any installation—simply turn them on to view 3D content.

The XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses offer a variety of features that make them ideal for education environments, including:

• Durability – Built from rugged plastic with flex points that extend the lifetime of the glasses
• Lightweight
• Comfort – Come with additional nose pieces to fit children’s faces better
• Use standard over the counter CR2032 batteries – for easy battery replacement with an average of 100 hours of battery life
• Turn on and off with one simple button
• Folding arms
• Lighter, brighter lenses
• Can be kept clean using XPAND 3D X-Wipes and protected with XPAND’s carrying case that holds 30 pair of glasses.

“Studies have shown that using 3D material in the classroom can improve students’ retention rates when learning new material and can also result in higher test scores,” Szuter noted. “Students are more engaged and involved when they view 3D content. 3D isn’t just for entertainment—it’s also an extremely valuable educational tool, especially with complex concepts.”

Jodi Szuter will be giving presentations at the Dell booth (#3013) on Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 at 12:30-1 PM, 1:30-2 PM, and 4-4:30 PM; and on Wednesday, June 27 at 12:30-2:30 PM.

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

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.

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7thSense Design drives projection inside North Carolina’s ‘Daily Planet’

Four Delta Media Servers used to supply immersive audio and video to new Nature Research Center

Demonstrating its ability to customise its Delta media-server product to match the image-manipulation of show-control needs of demanding environments, 7thSense has supplied core technology to the Daily Planet – an immersive dome experience opened this week by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC.

An 80,000-square foot extension to the Museum the Nature Research Center (NRC) has been designed to bring research scientists and their work into the public eye. The Museum hopes that it will demystify research and inspire a new generation of scientists to follow in the footsteps of those whose work it showcases.

The centrepiece of the NRC – both physically and conceptually – is the SECU Daily Planet, a hemispherical dome that uses multimedia technology to link the virtual and natural worlds together. At regular intervals during the day, scientists will use the 40ft high, high-definition curved screen of the dome to present their latest research and its impact on current issues. This marks something of a departure from the majority of domed environments intended for consumer presentations, where the content follows a pre-arranged pattern that does not vary from day to day.

“The system design is unique,” confirms Ian Macpherson, Director, 7thSense. “We supplied a single Delta server to drive all six of the Christie projectors for the main display wall, with 2K x 2K uncompressed media resolution and real-time warp-and-blend to make a single, continuous canvas. A second Delta server then feeds another timeline into the live inputs of the first one. This allows the show-control system to drop media in real time onto this server as Timeline B, while Timeline A is playing the primary Delta.

“In effect, this means that both Delta servers can be re-programmed on the fly while the audience is watching the show, depending on the needs of the NRC and without any of the operators requiring any show-programming expertise.”

A seamless transition between the two timelines, known internally as Ambient Mode, is ensured by the provision of luma-key transition movies created by batwin+robin productions – which was responsible for the creative concept and content execution at the Daily Planet. 7thSense worked closely with b+r throughout, with AV systems contractor Electrosonic and show-control provider Smart Monkeys also playing pivotal roles in the realisation of the project.

As well as Ambient Mode, NRC staff can select other modes from the Smart Monkeys GUI which allows a choice of different mixes of live presentation windows and backgrounds. This allows a flexible use of the display system, moving from randomised playback to a more interactive experience.

Another unusual aspect of the Daily Planet is that its screen can be viewed from any one of three floors within the dome. The creative and technology teams have used this to their advantage, adding four Barco movable video projectors which move around the thin bands between the floors at the rear of the space, creating a composite video and lighting projection that extends way off the screen and onto other parts of the Planet’s architecture. Both Barco projectors are driven by a single Delta server , fully synchronised to the main show-control system.

“This exhibit pushes Delta very hard,” adds 7thSense’s Macpherson. “We have some 2,700 resources on our timeline, with additional real-time inserted media and up to four live captured inputs on-screen from various live presenters within the dome.

“The randomised and real-time inserted nature of the content means the Delta system has to provide seamless playback, even though it’s transitioning from one server to another, so that the ‘hidden’ server can be queued up for its next topic.

“There is a constant two-way communication between Delta and the Smart Monkeys show controller, and many new features were added to Delta specifically for this project.”

“The show programming was accomplished by 7thSense and Smart Monkeys over four weeks of intense on-site activity,” adds Gary Barnes Project Manager of Electrosonic. “In total the Delta servers are providing six channels of HD video and 16 channels of audio, together with time-accurate commands to trigger lighting and the selection of the next show.

“Since the Daily Planet opened, the systems have performed faultlessly, and we could not have asked for more conscientious and more creative partners than 7thSense Design. Between us we have created a unique experience, which combines the best of immersive multi-image technology with the freshness of a live and spontaneous theatre show. Seeing is believing!”

www.7thsensedesign.com

Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) Achieves DCI Compliance for 2K and 4K Content

Ready for the high frame rate (HFR) revolution with the ultimate in reliability and compatibility, Christie® announced that its new Integrated Media Block (IMB) has been validated as DCI-compliant by Aegisolve, one of only three entities in the world fully licensed for compliance testing by the Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI).

The Christie® IMB is the first IMB to pass the DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP) in a 4K DLP Cinema® projector, in both 2K and 4K modes of operation. It joins the DCI-compliant Christie Series 2 Solaria projectors, making this the world’s only, single-manufacturer DLP Cinema projector and IMB combination that meets the DCI specifications. As part of this testing process, the Christie IMB was also tested to the rigorous FIPS 140-2 security tests mandated by DCI in the CTP.

Building upon Christie’s expertise in D-Cinema technology, the Christie IMB has been designed by Christie engineers as a standalone IMB, meaning that everything it needs for control and content decryption/decoding is part of the IMB itself, and is the first such IMB to achieve DCI compliance. The only external hardware needed to operate the IMB is a compatible storage solution, which can range from a simple Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Direct Attached Storage (DAS) device all the way to a networked central storage system, depending on the needs of the exhibitor.

“With the largest share of the world’s digital cinema projection market, Christie offers exhibitors proven quality, reliability, and performance,” said Don Shaw, senior director, product management, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “Having achieved full DCI-compliance on our IMB, Christie now offers a complete digital cinema solution that provides exhibitors the highest level of technical performance and value, producing the brightest and sharpest image and the most reliable HFR solution.”

“We are very pleased to confirm that the Christie IMB has passed all applicable CTP requirements for DCI compliance,” said Travis Spann, President of Aegisolve, based in Mountain View, California. “As an accredited and trusted third party, we are committed to providing our customers with rigorous, unbiased and efficient testing processes.”

The new Christie IMB provides the most reliable and secure digital cinema projection system design in the industry and unlocks the high frame rate and 4K potential in Christie Series 2 Solaria projectors. Manufactured by Christie and installed inside the projector, the single-brand digital cinema solution removes the limitations of proprietary external storage/decoding solutions connected to the projector via bandwidth-limited video cables. The Christie IMB allows HFR or 4K content to pass directly to the projector electronics, completely uncompromised and exactly reproducing the colour palette and stylistic intent of the content creator.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

Christie Duo™ Installed at Iconic Dolby Theatre

Christie®, a global provider of visual display solutions, is proud to announce that the Dolby Theatre(SM), will be equipped with the Christie Duo™ for its big-screen needs, including the June 18 World Premiere of Disney•Pixar’s “Brave.”

The green-carpet event, which marks the grand opening for the Dolby Theatre, is a special presentation for Film Independent’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. Premiering in Dolby’s latest audio innovation, Dolby® Atmos™ and Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imaging solution providing audiences with a superior 3D experience, “Brave” is an epic tale set in the mystical Scottish Highlands where the film’s headstrong protagonist, Merida, is forced to discover the meaning of true bravery. The action adventure hits theaters nationwide on June 22, 2012.

“To truly bring audiences into the onscreen adventure at the Dolby Theatre, we are pleased to be working with Christie to deliver a premium Dolby 3D experience,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “The Dolby Theatre continues our long commitment to Hollywood and the entertainment industry and the World Premiere of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Brave’ in Dolby Atmos and Dolby 3D, with the help of Christie, will transport the audience into the onscreen adventure with the most life-like experience ever offered.”

Christie Duo, available for the 2K or 4K Christie Solaria™ Series digital cinema projectors, is an integration kit specially designed to optimize 3D and other special effects on the largest screens. It features a choice of configurations including a compact stacking system for 3D installations, or a physical configuration that exactly aligns every pixel on the screen for optimal 2D and 3D presentations. With automated features that calibrate, align and optimize the images for 2K or 4K projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world’s largest screens at a cost that all manner and size of exhibitors can afford.

The Dolby Theatre will be using the configuration of two projectors stacked vertically. Whether used for world premieres or thousands of showings later, the Christie Duo promises the brightest picture quality available for 2D or 3D on premium-size screens.

“Christie is dedicated to giving exhibitors of all types the best projection available for their unique needs, particularly as consumers come to expect 3D and other technical innovations,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “With our technical expertise and worldwide network of installation partners, we can deliver quickly and cost-effectively, allowing our customers to create and deliver their own, branded premium theatre experience.”

The Dolby Theatre(SM), the iconic Hollywood landmark at Hollywood & Highland Center®, will be the world’s stage for entertainment sound and imaging. Dolby has enhanced the venue with Dolby® Atmos™ and Dolby 3D, to create a world-class showcase for Dolby’s current and future technologies.

The main stage at the Dolby Theatre is one of the largest in the United States, measuring 113 feet (34 m) wide by 60 feet (18 m) deep, and supporting a large, 60 feet by 32 feet white screen. Because it features live events as well as blockbuster movie premieres, the theatre’s projection system needs to adapt easily and quickly to changing needs. The technical quality of Christie’s Solaria™ projector, Christie Duo and Christie’s commitment to fast custom installation, gives the facility new capabilities for premium 3D and 2D projection now and for the future.

About “Brave”
Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. “Brave” is rated PG by the MPAA. Visit Disney.com/Brave, like us on Facebook, facebook.com/PixarBrave, and follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/disneypixar.

XPAND 3D Announces High Frame Rate Capability at CineEurope 2012

BARCELONA, Spain – At CineEurope 2012, XPAND 3D is announcing that all XPAND glasses fully support single and double flash high frame rate (HFR) viewing, answering the demand for HFR capability in 3D cinema systems.

Today, cinemas are showing 3D movies at 24 frames per second (FPS) per eye (48 FPS in total), with left and right images (fields) being sequentially displayed. Each field is also flashed three times (triple flashing), therefore the field rate-corresponding to the shuttering rate of the 3D glasses-is 144 Hz.

New 3D movies, shot at high frame rates, can be shot at 60 FPS or 48 FPS. These movies can be screened without any flashing, resulting in field rates of 120 Hz and 96 Hz, respectively. All XPAND 3D cinema products support single flash HFR.

“It is still too soon to know if flashing will be used with HFR content; therefore the technology to accomplish this is built into all new XPAND products,” said Maria Costeira, CEO, XPAND 3D. “If double flash is chosen, new 3D movies produced at 48 FPS will be screened by showing the same frame twice, resulting in 192 Hz field rate.

Every XPAND 3D system including legacy systems are already HFR single flash-ready. XPAND 3D is committed to providing exhibitor partners with comprehensive inclusive solutions and will support double flash HFR if this HFR practice becomes prevalent in the future. Going HFR double flash with XPAND 3D is an easy and cost-effective procedure. For more information about XPAND’s upgrade procedure, please send an email to info@xpandcinema.com.

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.

Blossom’s in Full Bloom with NEXO GEO S12 System


The Blossom Music Center is an amphitheatre located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Owned by The Cleveland Orchestra’s governing organization, Musical Arts Association in Cleveland, and managed by Live Nation, the pavilion seats 5,700 people, with space for about 13,500 more on the lawn. It is the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, performing its annual Blossom Festival at the amphitheatre. The site’s natural setting, sloping slate roof, and the area’s natural wooded surroundings distinguish it from other contemporary amphitheatres. The venue operates May through October.

The venue is also host to a full summer schedule of popular music acts and symphonic performances. This year, the venue plays host to Drake, Lady Antebellum, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, 2012 Country Megaticket Tour, Beach Boys Reunion Tour, Phish, 2012 Vans Warped Tour, Barry Manilow, just to name a few.

The facility, originally designed by architect Peter van Dijk, underwent a $17 million renovation in 2003; however, NAC Technologies in Cleveland was brought in to design a sound system to replace the aging lawn system. “Musical Arts is a non-profit organization so we had a tight budget and needed to have a system that would deliver the best bang for the buck,” states Rick Galbraith, senior audio engineer, NAC Technologies. With assistance from NEXO independent rep firm, R. Joseph Group, a 10-box NEXO GEO S12 line array system, supplemented with three NEXO Alpha speakers for fill zones, all powered by multiple 4×4 NXAmps, was installed.


“The new system had to be able to take care of the needs of the Orchestra and cater to Live Nation events,” says Galbraith. NAC has a long history with NEXO. “NEXO is always a sure thing. We have used the NEXO GEO systems in four of the five theaters at Playhouse Square, and installed a 64-box GEO S12 system in the Palace Theater that most Broadway shows use instead of what they are carrying.”

Prior to the season opening, NAC installed 48 NEXO Geo S12 cabinets in the ten existing sound bays. The bays are arranged in an arch, are about 35’ apart and vary in height from 19’ on the ends to 29’ in the middle. The longest part of the lawn with the highest bays, has two hangs of five GEO S1210 and one S1230, with the next bay of 4/1, then 3/1, then a bay of three S1230s in a horizontal configuration and mirrored on the other side. The system is powered by all NEXO 4×4 NXAMPs.

For time alignment and EQ, NAC installed a Yamaha DME64 to straighten out the bays and give the visiting engineers their own delay device. Last year NAC installed three NEXO Alpha full range cabinets per side on a pole system on the outside of the pavilion. Since the system must function for both the orchestra concerts and rock shows, the DME allows scene storage for any and all events.
For orchestra concerts, NAC also provides a 40-box NEXO GEO S8 LCR system, PS10 and PS15 floor monitors, and Yamaha M7CL digital consoles.

“I’ve always thought for years the only thing keeping Blossom from being an absolutely perfect venue (although it was always still my favorite) was the lack of a decent lawn sound system,” notes Bill Horschke, from sister Live Nation venue, Nautica. “I was very pleasantly surprised when attending a DMB concert to see a nice NEXO rig installed for the lawn, thus completing my jealousy from this nature loving concrete and steel veteran. Kudos to all who made the new system happen. It is very, very cool. Crank it up, and rock them trees!”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

LiberoVision 3D Sports Analysis Tools Enhance Live EURO 2012 Coverage by Broadcasters Worldwide

New LiberoVision Highlight 5.0 to Provide Stunning 3D Replays

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Right in time for the kick-off of one of the highest profile sport events in the world, the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (EURO 2012), LiberoVision, a Vizrt company, launched version 5.0 of its flagship product, Libero Highlight. As over 100 million viewers worldwide watch 16 European nations vying for the title, various broadcasters around the globe are utilizing LiberoVision’s 3D sport analysis software to break down the game’s key moments.

Among the prominent broadcast networks that are covering EURO 2012 with Libero Highlight: ZDF Germany, TV2 Denmark, TV2 Norway, Globosat Brazil, Medcom Panama, TSN Canada, and TVP Poland. During their live coverage, these broadcasters and others will use Libero Highlight 5.0—the latest version of LiberoVision’s powerful 3D virtual replay system.

Sensational 3D replays

Libero Highlight provides realistic 3D virtual replays and advanced branded virtual graphics that help viewers understand pivotal game action and controversial plays. Utilizing live camera signals and video clips captured by any video server system, Libero Highlight’s interactive toolbox lets sports commentators replay the action and apply 3D effects and telestration.

Initiated by a 3D camera flight, this exclusive image processing technology takes the viewers to vantage points that cameras never captured, such as a referee or linesmen view, on the goal line, or from a bird’s eye perspective. Libero Highlight 5.0, released June 1, 2012, adds the following features and capabilities:

§ Virtual run, which visualizes where and how one player may run in a given play while the remainder of the players are held in a freeze frame

§ Panorama Stitch, which brings all parts of a stadium together for a full, panoramic, 3D stadium virtual view

§ Vizrt export to design customized graphics and interactively playout clips via Sports Hub

§ 3D Offside Blade for a clearer separation of offside players

§ Greyboard to highlight selected players in a vivid color on top of a greyed field

§ iPad control of the Libero Telestrator

§ Editable graphics playlist to quickly post process clips

§ Faster operation and enhanced annotation features

The new features are available not only for football but also for: American football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, rugby, and handball. The coming version,Highlight 5.1, will incorporate volleyball and beach volleyball. Vizrt is already seeing enthusiasm from broadcasters that intend to use Libero Highlight for the upcoming Summer Olympics as well as other major sporting events.

For a demonstration of Libero Highlight, Version 5.0, please click on:

http://www.vizrt.com/news/article15360.ece

Flexible operation

The broadcasters using Libero Highlight for EURO 2012 coverage are all taking advantage of its flexibility. Some position it at the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Warsaw, while others are using it from the studio headquarters in their home countries using live camera feeds backhauled from the EURO 2012 stadiums. Some commentators operate it interactively from its intuitive user interface; others control it via an Apple iPad using Viz Anchor, other Vizrt control software, or LiberoVision’s iPad Telestrator with dynamic on-set display on touchscreen monitors and videowalls.

For example, German broadcaster ZDF is operating the Libero Highlight 5.0 from IBC in Warsaw, Poland. Analysis clips are be transferred back to their open-air public viewing studio on the Usedom Island in Germany. ZDF is using the Vizrt Sports Hub in Usedom to ensure tight integration with the Vizrt live graphics workflow at its network facility. The anchors playout and telestrate the highlight clips from the games interactively using a touchscreen and an iPad, both running on Sports Hub. TV2 in Norway is using Sports Hub and Highlight 5.0 from its Norwegian studio. TV2 in Denmark is utilizing Highlight 5.0 from its EURO studio on a houseboat in Copenhagen. Sports commentators there control Highlight 5.0 using an iPad to enhance live game analysis.

Winning viewers for televised sports

“Highlight 5.0 was highly anticipated by broadcasters producing live coverage of EURO 2012,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, chief technical officer for Vizrt. “In covering such a popular event, broadcasters know they must employ state-of-the-art tools and techniques to ensure a visually dynamic production. What’s remarkable is how each of these EURO 2012 broadcasters will be using the same product in such different ways. This is a testament to Highlight 5.0’s versatility, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness.”

Stephan Würmlin Stadler, LiberoVision’s CEO added: “Libero Highlight 5.0 reflects once again LiberoVision’s innovative spirit. Broadcasters are keen to air novelties like the Virtual Run, Panorama Stitch, and utilizing the Sports Hub during this summer’s sports blockbusters.”

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry and media houses – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

Projektion der Europeana-Archivdaten über die 3D ‚ECloud’

projectiondesign sponsert Europeana-Initiative für eine verstärkte kreative Nutzung von frei zugänglichen Daten

Das norwegische Unternehmen projectiondesign freut sich ankündigen zu können, dass es nun ein Hauptsponsor der Europeana General Plenary ist, die vom 13. – 15. Juni in der belgischen Stadt Leuven stattfinden wird.

Unter dem Motto „Connecting Society Through Culture” möchte die Eurpeana Plenary innovative Ansätze für digitalisierte Inhalte präsentieren, Teilnehmer zu neuen Ideen inspirieren sowie Menschen und Konzepte zusammenführen, um diese neuen Ideen auch in der Realität umzusetzen. Die Veranstaltung wird schätzungsweise ca. 250 Experten aus den folgenden Bereichen anziehen: Institutionen, die sich mit Kulturerbe beschäftigen, Communities, die mit Open Data (d. h. frei zugänglichen Daten) zu tun haben, und Unternehmen der Software- und Technologieentwicklungsbranche.

Eine Hauptattraktion der Europeana Plenary wird die ECloud sein – eine einzigartige visuelle Erfahrung mit persönlichen Geschichten über den 1. Weltkrieg, die im Rahmen der Europeana-Roadshow, die sich mit Familiengeschichten zwischen 1914 und 1918 beschäftigte, in ganz Europa gesammelt wurden. Als Sponsorbeitrag wird projectiondesign zur Unterstützung der ECloud sechs aktive stereoskopische 3D-Projektoren des Typs F35 AS3D zur Verfügung stellen. Dadurch wird eine 9 x 3 m große interaktive Videowand entstehen, die ein gleichzeitiges Durchsuchen und Anzeigen von mehreren Webseiten ermöglicht.

Die ECloud, bei deren Entwicklung Dr. Sarah Kenderdine und Prof. Jeffrey Shaw eine Pionierarbeit geleistet haben, entstand aus einer Zusammenarbeit zwischen Europeana, dem Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment der City University of Hong Kong und dem australischen Victoria-Museum. Diese Zusammenarbeit baut auf den großflächigen 3D-Datenvisualisierungen auf, die im Rahmen des ALiVE-Projekts der City University of Hong Kong entstanden und insofern innovativ sind, als dass ALiVe Archiv-Datenbanken wiederverwendet, die direkt aus dem Internet stammen.

„Der Zweck dieses Projekts ist es, sowohl dem Publikum als auch den teilnehmenden Kulturorganisationen zu zeigen, dass dem Reichtum der Europeana Online-Daten eine neue Wertschätzung gegenübergebracht wird“, erklärt Sarah Kenderdine.

“Im Mittelpunkt des Projekts, übrigens einem Vorläuferprojekt anlässlich des 100. Jahrestages des Beginns des Ersten Weltkrieges, standen Materialien aus genau diesem Krieg. Das Projekt zeigt, dass die ECloud mithilfe der semantischen Beziehungen der vorhandenen Metadaten die Europeana API und die hochauflösenden Inhalte, die in Beständen der Europeana-Partner vorhanden sind, in einer öffentlichen Ausstellungsumgebung nutzen kann.

„Mit 3D können wir 2D-Daten in dynamischen Visualisierungen neu definieren. Dadurch erhöht sich nicht nur die Datenattraktivität, sondern auch die kognitive Wirkung der großformatig angezeigten Daten, die nun in 3D zu sehen sind. Solche Visualisierungsstrategien lassen zukünftige endlose Kombinationsmöglichkeiten für den Nutzer, die mit 2D nicht möglich wären, erahnen.

„Wir glauben, dass projectiondesign für ein Projekt wie die ECloud der perfekte Partner für uns ist. Schließlich sind die 3D-Projektorlösungen des Unternehmens, die Hardware-Architekturen für die Anpassungsverwaltung sowie die Geometrie-Korrektur für große Umgebungen mit mehreren Projektoren die zuverlässigsten und robustesten, die derzeit auf dem Markt erhältlich sind. Aus diesen Gründen arbeiten wir ausschließlich mit projectiondesign zusammen.“

Vor der Europeana Plenary wurde die ECloud erstmals am Mittwoch, dem 9. Mai in Brüssel, bei einem wichtigen Ereignis der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Diese Veranstaltung, die gemeinsam von Europeana und der Europäischen Kommission organisiert wurde, soll das Bewusstsein für die vielen Ressourcen von Europeana schärfen und aufzeigen, wie das kulturelle Online-Erbe Europas die Kreativität und digitale Innovation steigern kann. Die Veranstaltung wird von ungefähr 100 Interessensvertretern von Kulturinstitutionen und den Kreativbranchen besucht.

„Europeana ist ein einziger Zugangspunkt für Millionen von Büchern, Gemälden, Filmen, Museumsgegenständen und Archivdaten, die in ganz Europa digitalisiert wurden“, erklärt Harry Verwayen, der Europeana-Leiter für Geschäftsentwicklung. „Dabei handelt es sich um eine maßgebliche Quelle von Daten, die von kulturellen und wissenschaftlichen Einrichtungen aus ganz Europa stammen.

“Was mir an der von uns entwickelten ECloud-Installation so gut gefällt, ist die Möglichkeit der Verwandlung schlichter Kulturartefakte in ein umwerfendes Erlebnis. Die ECloud ist ein äußerst innovativer Ansatz, und wir sind sehr zufrieden damit, wie sich alles entwickelt hat.“

„Die kulturelle Bedeutung der 3D- und interaktiven Visualisierungstechnologie war für uns bei projectiondesign schon immer sehr wichtig”, betont Thierry Ollivier vom Unternehmen. „Bei der Bereitstellung von Projektoren für die ECloud geht es nicht nur darum, uns bei der kreativen Community Europas einen Namen zu machen, vielmehr geht es darum, Leuten sprichwörtlich die Augen zu öffnen für die Möglichkeiten, die sich durch die Digitalisierung von Archivinhalten und den freien Zugang zu solchen Inhalten eröffnen.

projectiondesign® gets connected: HDBaseT digital interfacing at InfoComm 2012

Demonstrating the future impact of reducing costs, cabling and infrastructure requirements in complex installations

Norway’s projectiondesign will provide high-resolution projector equipped with an HDBaseT interface for video and data connectivity with inventor Valens Semiconductor, part founder of the HDBaseT Alliance, on the HDBaseT Booth C6038 at InfoComm 2012.

“As the preferred display partner, we will showcase the latest in HDBaseT digital interfacing using our projection technology. The demonstration shows the benefits of affordable, high-performance uncompressed video transmission,” says Anders Løkke, Marketing Director at projectiondesign.

projectiondesign’s F35 wqxga projector

The HDBaseT interface is a dedicated data, video, power and communications interface that supports up to 10.2 Gbps (effectively 4K2K Ultra High-Definition Blu-ray resolution), audio, control and up to 100 Watts of remote power over standard CAT5e/6 LAN cabling at up to 100 meters in length.

“The future of multimedia distribution looks to transform the AV landscape with HDBaseT, which is why we are so eager to demonstrating this connectivity at InfoComm 2012. The demonstration reflects some of the core values of projectiondesign, namely those of high-performance and technology innovation which perfectly complements our product portfolio.

“We believe that HDBaseT will significantly impact the AV integrators’ complex installation requirements in a positive way – reducing costs, cabling and infrastructure requirements, and work load,” adds Løkke.

“We are excited to have projectiondesign adopting HDBaseT and becoming a member of the HDBaseT alliance, a terrific addition to the growing list of early technology adopters such as AMX, Extron, Crestron, Samsung, Sony Pictures and LG” says Micha Risling, HDBaseT Alliance Marketing Chair.

“projectiondesign is an industry leader and an ideal partner to showcase the benefits of HDBaseT technology, Connecting a projector is now more efficient, affordable and intuitive providing the consumer with a single-wire solution to surpass all their connectivity needs.”

XPAND 3D Appoints Stampede to Distribute YOUniversal 3D Electronic Eyewear and RF Dongle in United States

LOS ANGELES, California – XPAND 3D today announced that Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. (www.stampedeglobal.com), North America’s largest high value added distributor of Pro AV solutions, has been appointed to distribute XPAND’s YOUniversal 3D Glasses and RF dongle in the United States. The appointment of Stampede coincides with the United States market debut of XPAND’s RF dongle, which is required for use with active 3D TVs that use radio frequency to interface with 3D glasses.

“Stampede is the industry-leading distributor of video equipment and services to a wide variety of consumer and commercial resellers, making them the logical choice as first to carry the YOUniversal RF dongle and our XPAND YOUniversal Glasses,” said David Chechelashvili, Vice President, Head of Consumer Division, XPAND 3D.

XPAND’s YOUniversal 3D Glasses optimize the 3D experience for every viewer, by modifying the 3D parameters for each user and for different 3D environments. These top-quality glasses offer unprecedented personal customization, compatibility with all types of 3D TVs and devices, long wearing comfort and appealing style. In combination with the RF dongle, XPAND YOUniversal 3D Glasses are the world’s first and only IR/RF hybrid 3D glasses.

“We look forward to introducing XPAND’s standard-setting 3D solutions to the 10,000 resellers in our dealer network,” Kevin Kelly, Stampede’s President and COO, said today. “The 3D format continues to make significant strides in specific vertical markets, most notably in K12 and higher education, and XPAND is the clear market leader in terms of innovation, performance and value. Our team will work closely with XPAND to create a series of sales and support programs highly customized for each market segment. The ability to customize products to meet individual market applications is one of the key reasons why more than 140 manufacturers rely upon us to be their front-line sales force. We look forward to creating a series of sales productive programs for XPAND.”

Stampede will offer the XPAND YOUniversal 3D Glasses and RF dongle both separately and bundled together.

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

About Stampede:
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.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.

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