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Rally Racing Film Lights Challenging Forest Track with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel

LOS ANGELES– For his graduation film, cinematographer student Sverre Sørdal, who is training at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in Beaconsfield, U.K., did not take the easy road. Instead, he shot a film about rally racing on a track in the middle of the forest with a very tight shooting schedule and very unpredictable lighting.

Directed by Nick Rowland, Group B is named for the rallying era of the 1980s. The narrative follows Shane, who is returning to the track after aRally Racing-1 major accident, and explores his fears of getting back into racing while trying to find trust in his newly assigned navigator. Rowland and Sørdal previously collaborated on Slap, which received the Virgin Atlantic Little RedRally Racing-1 Award for Best Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.

Principal photography on Group B was five days on a rally track in the Welsh forest, with an additional day of shooting at Beaconsfield Studios. The production crew rented two daylight (5600K) balanced Zylight F8 LED Fresnels from Greenkit, a London-based film lighting rental company. “They are a great lamp to have in my rental stock, as they look great, perform really well and are very portable,” said Pat McEnallay, founder.

The forest location provided plenty of shooting challenges. “Trying to keep consistency was my main worry,” Sørdal recalled. “Our crew and budget were very limited. We split up scenes across multiple days, so we had to move quickly and try to be ready when the sun was. We had a little 6K generator for emergencies, but we did not use it much because we had the Zylights powered with batteries.”

Originally, the plan was to shoot on 35mm film, but the creative team eventually settled on the ARRI ALEXA for most of the shoot. “Luckily, we were helped by Tiffen getting some Black Satin filters that helped us achieve something a bit different,” Sørdal said. Most moving in-car footage was shot with an Iconix HD-RH1 mini-HD camera and RED EPIC, with some aerial footage captured with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

“At times when the light was changing at the end of the shooting days, I always brought out the Zylights to keep the consistency and to give some definition,” said Sørdal. “I also found the quality of light to be very good. Mixing it with daylight worked very well.”

Sørdal appreciated the convenience of the battery-powered F8s when compared to lights Rally Racing-2that needed to be connected to the generator, which would then have to be positioned far away so it would not Rally Racing-2interfere with audio for the scene. “We used the F8s handheld on some moving shots – and not having to worry about cabling was very convenient,” he added. “They were light enough to hand-hold over a long period of time, but still had enough weight so you felt you had control, which actually is quite important.”

For one complicated shot, Sørdal wanted to have Shane reflected in the wing mirror as the dust engulfed the image. “We had very little space and time to get the shot, as the light was going quickly,” he said. “While I was trying to figure out how to get the right exposure, our lead gaffer had placed two Zylights just out of shot. There was no real space on the right side of the car where the light had to be placed, but with the very slim profile of the F8s, he managed to get away with it. We had no generator ready on this location, so without them, I’m not sure how we would have managed to get the shot.”

The F8s were also a “blessing” during a night shot while sitting in the back of a van with a Steadicam. “At one point, we had to get out of the car and follow our lead actor further. My spark was sitting in the van with one of the Zylights rigged with handles to give some ambient light, so we could see him running through the forest road,” Sørdal said. “There was no way we could have achieved the same result without a light rigged on batteries.”

Group B is scheduled to premiere at the British Film Institute in February 2015, and Rowland and Sørdal plan to submit the film to film festivals later in the year. “For this project, the F8s were absolutely perfect,” Sørdal noted. ”I will always try to keep a few Zylights up my sleeve because they proved to be excellent.”

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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New Extron Under-Table Mount System for Full Rack Width Products Now Shipping

Extron UTM 100Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new UTM 100 Series, a unique, self-supporting under-table mount system for 1U and 2U full rack width products. The UTM 100 Series brackets feature EIA standard rack-mount spacing and are ideal for use in environments where a traditional equipment rack or cabinet cannot be located beneath a table top or other furniture surface. The UTM 100 Primary Bracket mounts directly to the undersurface of the table top, providing a small gap for optimum airflow and cooling of top-vented enclosures. For additional capacity, one or more UTM 150 Secondary Brackets can be attached to the UTM 100, up to the total supported weight of 30 lbs. (13.6 kg). more

Christie is the New Face of Security and Surveillance for the Control Room at ASIS 2014

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, brings a generation of leadership experience to designing and implementing high-performance mission critical control room solutions to ASIS 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, September 29 – October 2. From high resolution flat panel displays, to video processors and the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform, Christie will showcase versatile and cost-effective solutions for the ultimate in mission-critical communications, performance, and reliability.

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Among the products on display will be a 2×2 ultra-narrow bezel Christie FHD552X HD LCD-based flat panel video wall featuring ultra-sharp HD resolution, high pixel density, and superior image sharpness and brightness. Significantly thinner than conventional panels, Christie flat panels automatically map in any array configuration, either in portrait or landscape mode. They are quick and easy to set up and use less than one watt of power in standby mode for low-cost operation. Also on display will be a 2×2 set-up of the 70-inch Christie Entero™ HB front access display cube the first and only LED display cube to offer wireless control through Wi-Fi® capability. Christie’s video wall displays will be fed by the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform.

“Christie brings more than 80 years of leadership in visual displays and generations of experience in designing and implementing 24/7 mission-critical operations for some of the world’s largest organizations,” noted Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Room Solutions, at Christie. “Whether for government, law enforcement, power, utility or telecommunications, Christie offers customized, end-to-end control room solutions specifically tailored to the customer’s needs and budget.”

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

James Blunt Chooses HARMAN’s Martin Professional to bring his “Moon Landing” World Tour to Life

MartinPro_JamesBluntAARHUS, Denmark — James Blunt, alongside his Production Designer Paul Normandale and Lighting Director Glen Johnson, are on the road for another tour with HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures, including 41 MAC Auras, 32 MAC Viper Profiles, six MAC Viper AirFXs and two AF1 Fans.

Blunt released his newest album in October of 2013 entitled ‘Moon Landing’, which features an emotional and powerful side to the singer-songwriter we have not yet seen. The album is personal and intimate, reflecting back to where Blunt got his start and where he is now.

“We have worked with James Blunt since 2005, this is our fourth world tour with him, and all James’ shows have been dominated by Martin moving lights,” Said Johnson. “This is the largest production we have taken out on the road thus far.”

The theme of the tour is the romanticism and loneliness of the moon landings. For Normandale, this was a fun challenge. “My thoughts and vision with the lighting design were inspired by the lunar landing theme. That is where the idea of landing craft risers and panorama of the lunar planet LED screen came from,” explained Normandale.

“The Viper Profile has great color speed for snap chase,” said Normandale. “The optics and reliability of the fixture over this past year has been staggering. I don’t think we have swapped even one Martin fixture yet. The Viper Profiles have become the standard profile workhorse, with great gobo options and a fantastic color speed on the color wheel.”

“The MAC Viper AirFX has great zoom optics,” said Johnson. “It’s a great all-around fixture. I could do the whole show just with these.”

“I love the Viper Air FXBeams,” said Johnson. “They have become a great addition to the Martin range and filled a gap that Martin had. They work really well and have produced some fantastic aerial looks over the audience. The Aura I think I can say is Normandale’s favorite LED wash fixture as they seem to feature on nearly everything he does.”

The Moon Landing World Tour started in December 2013 in China and will run until spring 2015, making its way through North America, Europe, Africa and South America.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

ABS Strengthens Operations Team with New Hires

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced Mindy Siegel Baggett has been hired as director of operations, effective May 27. She is the latest hire in an ongoing effort this year to improve company operations. Natalie Hoffman joined accounts receivable and payable in January, while David McKillip was added in May to manage warehouse and logistics.

A former assistant public school principal, Baggett has built her new career around sales and marketing management. Most recently, she spent three years as the director of patient Mindy Siegel Baggettacquisition for Contemporary Dentistry, where she increased revenue by creating and implementing new policies and procedures. She has also served as director of sales for Supercoups, account executive for Troxell Communications, and educational specialist for Odysseyware.

With a focus on small business, Hoffman has worked for more than 15 years as an accountant and bookkeeper for various companies in the Seattle area. Most recently, she spent eight years as the business office manager for a private mental health agency in Seattle. Previously, she worked as a comptroller for an addiction rehab hospital in Seattle, and handled administrative duties as co-owner of a specialized construction company in Honolulu.

McKillip oversees all shipping and receiving activities, maintains inventory, and has established workplace safety standards. He previously held warehouse and logistics leadership positions for ECCO Manufacturing, Valuable Technologies, Indiana University, and the American Red Cross.
“Our company continues to be successful because we design and deliver customized audio and video production solutions. Part of that process happens behind the scenes, and these new employees have strengthened our in-house operations, which has improved our customer service,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS.

Baggett, Hoffman and McKillip are based out of the company’s main office in SeaTac. Contact them at 206-870-0244 or via e-mail at mindy@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com, natalie@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com and david@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:
Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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MIRA Mobile M-12HD and SportsNet LA Capture High-Quality Close-Ups, Panoramic Shots and Night-time Slo-Mo With FUJINON Optics

Wayne, N.J. – When MIRA Mobile’s new M-12HD rolls into Dodger Stadium on behalf of MIRA customer, SportsNet LA, it does so with shot-capturing skills that rival the speed and focus of any Cy Young Award winner. Four of the truck’s six FUJINON XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field lenses outfitted on Sony HDC2570 studio cameras are positioned at various points on the field – high left field, mid first base, tight center field, and right field. One XA99x mans the high third base position placed on an I-MOVIX ultra-slow-motion system, provided by Fletcher Chicago. M-12 is also equipped with four XA77x9.5 telephoto field lenses.

(On August 29th, NEP announced that they have closed on their acquisition of the assets of MIRA Mobile Television. Per the deal, MIRA’s ten HD mobile units have joined NEP’s fleet, and MIRA’s engineering and support staff have become part of NEP’s team. The completion of this deal greatly expands NEP’s fleet of mobile units, which now includes over 80 HD trucks around the world.)

MIRA Mobile’s M-12 is used by SportsNet LA for production of the Dodger’s home games and the team’s away games on the West coast. During the baseball off season, M-12 stays busy covering west coast NCAA football, basketball, and other events for MIRA customers such as ESPN and the Pac 12 Networks.

“The 99x allows us to get the most intimate shot from across the entire stadium,” said Dustin Denti, Director, SportsNet LA. “They allow our camera operators to get that extra zoom when they need to shoot between two players on the field without looking awful. And they work in conjunction with the Sony camera beautifully. The colors are amazing.”

The versatility of the XA99x is most apparent at the high left field position, where the camera shoots down the third base line. From that remote position, the operator can follow the ball from its initial contact with the bat to a home run ascent over the fence. With a focal length range of 8.4-832mm, the ultra-wide angle lens provides camera operators at Dodger Stadium the ability to capture a fully panoramic image.

Speaking of the XA99x, Stuart Wesolik, Senior Video Engineer, SportsNet LA said, “We have not had a lens like this in this market in quite some time. Primarily, I like the pairing of the Sony 2570 with the 99x for the combined speed. Using a different cameras and lenses last season we were shooting at about an f4.0. This season we shot at about f8.0. There is very little drop off on the end of the lens.”

Speed is most a factor when capturing instant replays with the I-MOVIX variable frame rate camera and XA99x lens at the high third base position. “Even at night, because the 99x is so fast with its light transmission, they’re able to run the camera at a higher speed and get amazing, high-quality slow motion,” reported Frank Coll, Director of Operations and Business Development, MIRA Mobile. “In the past with a lens that wasn’t so fast, you’d have to bump the shutter back, and you couldn’t get the great frame rate on the slow motion system. A video operator using the same camera a Dodger Stadium last year with a different lens said this year’s combination is like night and day.”

Coll also points to the new technology of the lens and its lightweight design as tools enabling operators to be more creative than they have in the past. “This lens is a lot more refined than earlier generation HD lenses. It has super fast light transmission and it’s lightweight. It has a far-reaching telephoto capability yet can also capture wide, panoramic shots. It gives our customers a lot of versatility in one lens. Camera operators really seem to enjoy working with the XA99x. It opens up their ability to be more creative in their shot selections.”

“We’re thrilled with all of the feedback we’ve received from our long-time customer MIRA Mobile and their client SportsNet LA on the performance of our XA99x lens on MIRA’s newest M12 truck for the LA Dodger games,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “The team at SportsNet LA are truly pushing the limits of what’s possible in live sports coverage. We’re proud to be a part of their very dynamic productions.”

About FUJIFILM North America Corporation
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

TC Furlong Hosts Digital Console Expo

LAKE FOREST, Ill.—TC Furlong, Inc. will host a Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, October 21 between 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Manufacturers include Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Avid, Midas, DigiCo, SSL Live, Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, Mackie, PreSonus, QSC, and several more. The companies will exhibit their latest digital consoles, and manufacturer staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is free of charge and will be held at the Moody Church, 1635 N LaSalle Street, Room 107, in Chicago. Food and beverages will be provided along with a raffle for prizes as well as giveaways.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce.

The Moody Church is easily accessible by public transportation, and there are several pay lots as well as limited street parking in the area.

This is the third Digital Console Expo presented by TC Furlong Inc. TC Furlong is a Chicago-area live sound rental and sales company that has been in business for 41 years.

For more information, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce or call 888-823-8756.

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Shotoku To Boost Worldwide Sales Initiatives with Appointment of New Technical Sales Manager

Trevor Sword To Focus On Increasing International Customer Base

Staines, United Kingdom – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has named Trevor Sword its new Technical Sales Manager. James Eddershaw, Shotoku’s sales director, made the announcement from the company’s UK office where Sword will be based.

According to Eddershaw, Sword will be responsible for advancing sales of the company’s full range of robotic camera systems, increasing Shotoku’s customer base around the world, and supporting the company’s agents.

“We are very pleased to welcome Trevor to the Shotoku family,” says Eddershaw. “His technical background and years of experience in the broadcast market make him an ideal fit for our systems-based, technology-focused, sales environment. Trevor’s affiliation comes at an ideal time, just prior to IBC, where he will meet with our customers and be available to discuss his plans for helping Shotoku’s continued move forward.”

Sword brings more than 19 years of broadcast industry experience to Shotoku holding positions with such industry leading companies as Quantel and Snell & Wilcox. In his roles as Customer Support Team Leader and Customer Support Engineer, respectively, he has supported a global customer base throughout his career. Recently he progressed into a more commercial role providing technical solutions for customers.

Sword’s previous positions have required him to prepare technical documentation for internal sales teams, and prepare and present product demonstrations to internal staff and external customers on a regular basis. He was heavily involved in designing, organizing, installing and presenting demonstrations for trade shows around the world including NAB and IBC — a huge undertaking that involved months of planning and a large amount of integration with third-party customers and their equipment.

“I am thrilled to become part of the Shotoku team,” says Sword. “Over the years, I have supported various sales teams and took on many different roles, for a variety of projects, events and sales opportunities all over the world, from France, South Korea, and Sweden to Germany, Norway, Dubai and Denmark. The experience I gained has allowed me a greater understanding of customer requirements and puts me in a great position to further global Shotoku’s presence.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.tv
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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
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JVC Launches New Waterproof, Secure-Fit Sports Headphones

WAYNE, NJ, September 18, 2014 – Music is the perfect workout partner and for those who want to liven up their workout, JVC has four new sports headphones that include waterproof and washable options, all designed to stay in place during the most vigorous sports or workout activities.

The four new models include two in the JVC Gumy Sport line and two in the Extreme Fitness line. The new Gumy Sport headphones – the HA-EN10 and HA-ENR15 – feature a Nozzle Fit earpiece made of soft silicone and a unique shape that provides a comfortable and secure fit so they won’t fall out during exercise. Both Gumy Sport models are sweatproof with IPX2 water ingress protection rating, which means they can be used during light rainfall. The 3.3-foot cable has an iPhone compatible plug, and small and medium earpieces are included to ensure the best fit. The HA-ENR15 includes an in-line remote control and microphone for use with iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices. Both Gumy Sport models come in a choice of four color combinations – blue/black, black/red, pink/violet and white/orange.

The new JVC HA-ETX30 and HA-ETR40 Extreme Fitness headphones feature JVC’s new Pivot Motion Fit, a soft rubber rotating hook that fits within the part of the ear just above the ear canal to provide an ultra-secure yet very comfortable fit. To tailor the fit to each user, the hook rotates and its position can easily be adjusted while wearing the earpiece. The Extreme Fitness headphones are IPX5/IPX7 rated, so there’s rarely any need to worry if caught out in a rain storm, and they can be safely washed, either by rinsing under running water or rinsed briefly in a basin of water. The 3.94-foot cord has a gold-plated iPhone compatible plug, and each headphone comes with small, medium and large earpieces and a cable clip to hold the cable in place. The HA-ETR40 includes additional open-type earpieces that allow ambient sounds to be heard, such as approaching traffic, for safety. It also features a splash-proof in-line remote control and microphone on a 1.97-foot cable plus a 1.97-foot extension cord.

The HA-ETX30 is available in four color combinations – blue/yellow, black/green, pink/blue and white/orange. The HA-ETR40 comes in gun metallic/black and red/black.

The new JVC sports headphones will be available in late September at the following prices:
HA-EN10 $14.95
HA-ENR15 $19.95
HA-ETX30 $29.95
HA-ETR40 $39.95

About JVC Americas Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Americas Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC Americas distributes imaging and home entertainment products for the consumer market, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

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