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Third Person, First Rate Projection: TDC delivers tech and crew to ground-breaking Australian movie production for TEDx Sydney

@ John Was A Good Man’, Mark & Kara Photography.

@ John Was A Good Man’, Mark & Kara Photography.

Delegates at the forthcoming TEDx Sydney conference on Saturday 26 April are set to be wowed by a breakthrough film by Kate Kazokas and Lucy Adelaide – thanks in no small part to projection technology and technical support services supplied by the TDC – Technical Direction Company.

Titled ‘John Was A Good Man’, the short film features prominent talent from across Australia including Jane Caro, Dr Karl, Paul McDermott, Matt Moran, Andrew O’Keefe, Turia Pitt, Jessica Tovey, Urthboy and Fred Nile. Each of the participants tells a short eulogy of their lives to date, using the third person and with video images of themselves being projected onto their own faces to heighten the sense of self-analysis.

“For ‘John Was A Good Man’ we’ve opened a conversation with renowned creative and industry professionals, challenging them to be honest, lie brutally and get creative,” explained Kazokas, who is the film’s co-creator, director and producer.

In order to create what Kazokas and Adelaide called “a combination of ‘light, shadow and abstraction that defined the German Expressionist movement,” each individual story came to life by blasting full-frame colour images onto subjects faces to create the abstraction that they wanted. The film was recorded over three days at Luxe Studios, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

“Using high-brightness video projection also allowed our participants to be confronted with ‘the self’ as they stepped into the light and were confronted with their own mortality,” added Kazokas. “Their responses were varied – many were humorous, some were absurd. All provided a strong insight into self-reflection.”

Michael Hassett, founder and Managing Director of TDC, commented: “From a technical point of view this was a project that sounded simple but was really quite challenging. There aren’t many video shoots where you are required to mount a projector behind the camera and fire the image directly onto the subject that’s being recorded – yet that is exactly what Kate and Lucy wanted us to do.

“The result is a truly stunning piece of film-making which we were delighted to facilitate with our technical expertise, high-quality AV technology and attention to detail.”

Between presentations at TEDx Sydney, Kazokas and Adelaide will speak live about the project as part of the TEDx The Studio series. The film’s debut will be especially poignant to TDC, given that the conference is being held at the Sydney Opera House – a venue the company is very familiar with, having supplied architectural projection to fire images onto both sides of the iconic structure as part of last autumn’s Royal Australian Fleet Review Spectacular celebrating 100 years since Australia welcomed their Naval Fleet into Sydney Harbour.

For those not attending TEDx on Saturday, 26 April, the event will be live streamed at TEDxSydney.com/LIVE. Viewers will be able to tune in to watch ‘John Was A Good Man’ at around 11:15 with a Q&A at around 13:00 (Sydney, Australia local time).

TDC staff working on this project
Isaac MacKenzie – Projectionist
Kain Jones – Special Project Manager

TDC equipment supplied
Barco projectors
Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software from Interactive Controls.

About Technical Direction Company – TDC
Established in 1981, TDC’s expertise is in providing video technology solutions for major TV shows, theatre, corporate events, concert touring, exhibitions and outdoor events. Holding one of the largest stocks of high-end video equipment including LED, projection, displays and HD camera systems, TDC is the preferred provider of technical solutions for the top designers, producers, and production companies across the Asia Pacific region.
www.tdc.com.au

SMPTE Announces Calls for Student Papers and Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship Applications

Student Paper and Scholarship Awards to Highlight Up-and-Coming Generation of Industry Leaders and Innovators

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — April 22, 2014 – The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced a call for papers for a special student issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, as well as for the SMPTE Student Paper Award. SMPTE is also accepting applications for the Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship.

“Education is one of SMPTE’s three pillars, and there is no better way to demonstrate our commitment to education than by recognizing and supporting students, who are the future leaders of our industry and our future members,” said Pat Griffis, education vice president at SMPTE. “We look forward to reading the submissions every year because they highlight the insight and vision of up-and-coming innovators in the field, which gives us all an indication of where the industry is headed.”

SMPTE’s Student Paper Award honors an outstanding paper prepared and submitted by a SMPTE Student Member that deals with some technical phase of motion pictures, television, photographic instrumentation, or their closely allied arts and sciences. The paper receiving the Student Paper Award will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, providing recognition both for the author and the institution at which the work was done. The application form and requirements are online at www.smpte.org/student-paper-award. The deadline is July 15.

The Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship is open to SMPTE Student Members who are full-time students enrolled in an accredited high school or two- or four-year college or university. The scholarship offers as much as $2,000 toward the cost of tuition at the student’s educational institution. The application form and requirements are online at www.smpte.org/scholarships. As with the Student Paper Award, the application deadline is July 15.

The award winner and the scholarship recipient will each receive a full conference registration to the SMPTE 2014 Technical Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 20-23 in Hollywood, Calif., where they will be recognized during the SMPTE 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony.

SMPTE has issued a call for papers for a special student issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. Students in the field of motion pictures and television with an emphasis on technology are encouraged to submit papers on technical, engineering, and scientific developments in motion pictures, television, and related fields. Chosen papers will be published in the November/December student issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.

Each paper must describe work done by the author as a student, and each paper must address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry. Papers that are commercial or promotional in nature will not be considered, nor will those that have already been published. The deadline is Sept. 1, and all papers will be reviewed by the SMPTE Board of Editors. Further details, including potential paper topics, are available at www.smpte.org/student-paper-submissions.

Students may join SMPTE as Student Members for just $35, or for free if this is their first year of membership and they apply via the Student Membership Challenge. Further information is available at www.smpte.org/membership/student-membership-challenge. Further information about SMPTE is available online at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Photo Caption: Pat Griffis, Education Vice President at SMPTE

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TDC Shortlisted for Studio LIVE Design Awards

Technical Direction Company

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Video projection specialists, Technical Direction Company, are shortlisted for an International Award at the Studio LIVE Design Awards. The shortlist recognizes TDC’s achievement in the very first double-sided projection onto the epic proportions of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge. This was by no means a small challenge for any technology company!

Vote for TDC in Category 1 – ‘Architainment’, The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review Spectacular

VOTE HERE: http://www.livedesignonline.com/2014-excellence-awards-voting

Winners of each awards category will be featured in the June issue of Live Design, as well as honored at the Broadway Master Classes.

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www.tdc.com.au

CAST BlackTrax Shortlisted for Two Studio LIVE Design Awards

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Live Design’s Seventh Annual Excellence Awards voting is now open.

Vote for CAST BlackTrax in the following categories:

Category 3. Live for Broadcast: Eurovision
Category 7. Venues (Theatre or Performance): Trinity Fellowship Church

Vote Here: http://livedesignonline.com/news/excellence-awards-voting-open

Winners of each category will be featured in the June issue of Live Design, as well as honored at the Broadway Master Classes.

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Kanex Pro Joins HDBaseT™ Alliance

KanexPro has joined the HDBaseT Alliance as an adopter member. The HDBaseT Alliance is an organization of companies working to promote HDBaseT technology.

HDBaseT is focused on distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. That has always been a focus of KanexPro’s, according to marketing chief Kashyap Khetia, who says that prior to joining the HDBaseT Alliance KanexPro was one of the earliest to use Valens chipset based extenders in routing distances up to 100 meters.

“We are tremendously excited to join the HDBaseT Alliance and take part in the comprehensive advances this technology is making in many digital signal distribution display applications,” said Khetia.

“HDBaseT Alliance membership will help safeguard that our future products are well aligned to meet the growing demand for simple yet effective video matrix switchers and extenders that our customers demand.”

“HDBaseT has become a de-facto standard for digital connectivity for the consumer markets and a variety of commercial markets including professional AV and broadcasting, and a primary driver of that growth is the addition of companies like KanexPro to the HDBaseT Alliance,” said Arial Sobelman, president, HDBaseT Alliance.

HDBaseT will be a focal point for KanexPro during InfoComm 2014 at its booth N1657.

For more information, please visit KanexPro.com

Dynacom Sales Wins Middle Atlantic Security Rep Of The Year Award

Photo caption (from left to right): Dan Tarkoff, Vice President Sales, Middle Atlantic Products; Justin Rivas, CSO, Dynacom Sales; Mike Baker, President, Middle Atlantic Products

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products presented Dynacom Sales with the Security Sales Representative of the Year Award at a sales meeting prior to ISC West 2014 in Las Vegas.

Commenting on the award, Middle Atlantic Eastern Sales Director Bill Poling said, “Dynacom Sales is really exceptional at matching our factory’s capabilities and strengths with the needs of their distributors and customers. They also excel at customer service, closing leads and devoting themselves to the lines they carry, especially Middle Atlantic Products.”

Founded in 1996, Dynacom Sales specializes in security and telecommunications, and represents Middle Atlantic in the state of Florida.

Photo caption (from left to right): Dan Tarkoff, Vice President Sales, Middle Atlantic Products; Justin Rivas, CSO, Dynacom Sales; Mike Baker, President, Middle Atlantic Products

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Digital Nirvana Joins Forces with EMEA Gateway to Expand International Sales

Fremont, CA – Digital Nirvana, an industry leader in broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions, is pleased to announce its partnership with EMEA Gateway for global sales and marketing operations. Founded by industry veteran Guy Elliott, EMEA Gateway has over 25 years of experience selling hardware and software products in the broadcast industry throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

With more than a hundred countries, each with a unique business culture, the EMEA region presents both challenges and opportunities. “EMEA is a key
component in Digital Nirvana’s global business expansion plan. By joining forces with EMEA Gateway, we benefit from their expertise in this diverse

Guy Elliott, Managing Director, EMEA Gateway Ltd
amarketplace,” said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, Digital Nirvana. “This gives us instant traction to penetrate the market, increase brand awareness, expand our reseller networks, and manage the sales pipeline. Guy Elliott and his company are ideally suited to give us the local presence that will help us grow our business and better serve our customers throughout the region.”

Elliott said, “EMEA Gateway offers a deep understanding of broadcast technology as well as the complex challenges of both traditional and emerging markets. Most importantly, we provide unmatched access to contacts formed over decades in the EMEA broadcast arena, including close relationships with the local resellers in the region. We know what works to jumpstart sales and marketing efforts, and we deliver ‘feet on the street’ to make that happen. We’re excited to partner with Digital Nirvana, allowing them to focus on developing their unique technology solutions while we drive the sales channel and expand the company’s EMEA market share.”

About Digital Nirvana
Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

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Catalyst AV Network Member Allnet Distributing Gears-up for Annual Spring Vendor Day

An action-packed day of live demos by factory reps from more than 16 leading brands, discussions about new profit opportunities and Allnet’s infamous Steak Lunch!

Elk Grove Village, IL – April 22, 2014 – Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) – the Midwest region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network – is preparing for its annual Spring Vendor Day, to be held May 1, 2014 at its Elk Grove Village, IL headquarters.

“We’re getting ready for what is certain to be an action-packed event,” says Wally Whinna, Allnet Distributing principal and board member of Catalyst AV. “Allnet just launched the SONY line – we’ll have three SONY projectors on display (including 4K models) for dealers to see, along with their new ES Receivers, Blu-rays and XBR 4K TVs.”

“Factory representatives from 16 vendors will be on-hand to meet with dealers and take them through the latest offerings from their companies,” added Whinna. “Vendors include SONY, TiVo, EnGenius, Atlona, Luxul, Yamaha, Lutron, Sonos, Peerless, Aprilaire, Definitive Technology, Yamaha, Lutron and URC.”

“We’re thrilled to continue to bring opportunities like this to our dealers,” says Whinna. “It’s an event not to be missed!”

The event will include a continental breakfast from 8 – 10 AM; Allnet’s Famous Steak lunch from 11AM – 2 PM and door prizes all day long.

Location: Allnet Distributing, 2680 United Lane, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007.

Date and time: May 1, 2014 from 8 AM – 4 PM.

For more information call Allnet Distributing at 847.860.0082.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

New PESA Xstream Live Wins NewBay Media Best of Show Award at NAB 2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced the PESA Xstream Live streaming mobile solution received the NewBay Media Best of Show Award presented by Digital Video magazine at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Developed for iOS and Android smart devices, PESA Xstream Live integrates the PESA Xstream with a downloadable mobile app to produce a unique viewingexperience. With access to four independent viewing choices and synchronized audio sources, the user controls a personalized viewing experience. Social networking is tightly integrated into PESA Xstream Live, allowing users to interact real time during an event. The solution also includes revenue generating ad insertion capabilities for targeted advertising and messaging.

PESA Xstream Live can be fully managed either locally or remotely. A built-in Web server utilizes a management console for complete control. Streaming distribution can implemented thru PESA Xstream Live – or for large venues, content can be distributed through a content delivery network (CDN).

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards were evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and were based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Only a small number of products were chosen for the award from among hundreds of new products in competition.

“We received a lot of interest from potential customers at our booth when we introduced PESA Xstream Live at NAB, and we are very pleased it was recognized as a Best of Show product by NewBay Media,” said Chris Thomas, PESA CTO. “PESA Xstream Live is a great way to enhance the attendee experience, and its ad insertion capabilities allow stadiums and other venues to see immediate ROI.”

PESA Xstream Live will ship this summer, and venues are encouraged to contact PESA to sign up for the early install program.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Markertek Announces Canare Hybrid Fiber-Optic Certification

Saugerties, NY — April 21, 2014Markertek (a division of Tower Products) has announced that they have been officially certified by Canare to build and repair SMPTE 311M hybrid fiber-optic cable assemblies with Canare HFO connectors. The Canare HFO connector offers easy maintenance with a detachable alignment sleeve and insulator. The high quality Canare construction includes stainless steel tip and solder contacts fixed in the insulation housing.

Canare HFO is a field proven design with improved hassle free cleaning. All cables meet or exceed SMPTE 304M, 311M and ARIB BTA S-105B compliance. Canare broadcast camera cable assemblies include 7 color coding rings and 4 pieces of clear heavy walled shrink tubing for fast and easy identification. Markertek has achieved a high level of technical excellence in attaining Canare Certified FC Connector Assembler status.

“We are very pleased to add Canare’s high quality HDTV/SMPTE Cable Assembly products to our fiber offerings and to represent their quality standard and commitment to excellence,” said Chris Fisher, Markertek VP of Engineering. “Canare SMPTE certification continues to solidify Markertek’s fiber lab as the broadcast industry leader for both new assemblies and repairs with our true commitment to quality craftsmanship. Our shop features the very latest in fiber optic termination and testing equipment. We are proud to add Canare fiber assemblies to our certifications which already include LEMO SMPTE and Neutrik opticalCON.”

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About Markertek
Markertek is a highly respected supplier of cutting edge digital solutions for the broadcast, pro-audio and pro-AV industry. Our wide range of exclusive custom services, instant access to the very best brands in the industry backed up by award winning customer service makes us unique in the broadcast industry. At Markertek, the customer always comes first.

Markertek is the #1 “Go-To” source in the industry for everything fiber optic including SMPTE Hybrid camera cables, 2-12 channel tactical fiber snakes, fiber rack mount solutions, fiber reels, fiber consumables, specialized tooling and fiber repairs. Our fiber lab is LEMO SMPTE, Neutrik opticalCON and Canare HFO Certified.

Visit www.markertek.com for more information.

About Canare
Canare manufactures the best in Pro Audio and Video Cable, 75 Ohm BNC, F and RCA Connectors, Patchbays, Cable Reels, Snake Systems, Assemblies, Crimp Tools and Cable Strippers. In 2004, Canare launched a full Optical Product Line for HD upgrades in the broadcast market. Professional broadcast engineers, sound technicians, A/V facility integrators, design consultants and many leading OEM’s rely on Canare’s product, proven reliability and top notch customer service. Optimize with Canare …the Professionals Choice! Please visit Canare online at www.canare.com.

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