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Sound Devices Streamlines Production Workflows with Launch of Firmware 2.10 for Rack-Mounted Recorders

Latest Firmware Update Incorporates New Release Candidate Screening Program

REEDSBURG, WI, OCTOBER 21, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field, live event and studio production, introduces Firmware 2.10, the latest software update for its 970 audio rack-mounted and PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i video rack-mounted recorders. New features and upgrades include enhanced metadata functionality, sound report creation and improved file/folder formats. In addition, Sound Devices now offers a Release Candidate Screening Program, which gives existing end users of its rack-mounted recorders a sneak peek into new features and changes under development in the firmware.Video Devices PIX 270i

Firmware 2.10 features a new Metadata screen so users recording audio can quickly access and edit the Scene, Notes, Take and Circle status of Previous, Current and Next takes. It also provides the same metadata editing functionality from PIXNet, the Web browser interface. Additionally, the PIXNet clips tab has been enhanced to display useful information about recordings, including start timecode, fps, user-bits, duration, codec and audio format.

With regard to reel folder formats, in previous iterations of the firmware, a Custom option enabled users to edit reel folder names with any alphanumeric value, whereas the 2.10 firmware offers a second Daily option. If set to Daily, new reel folders will automatically be named with the current system date in the YYMMDD format. These daily reel folders, which are containers for the recordings, are helpful in organizing deliverables for projects that span multiple days. This latest firmware also features a new Phrase List Manager, which lets end users create a list of commonly used phrases and then use them to quickly edit the Notes field of recorded WAV files. Users can also now enter notes from either the File list or the new Metadata screen, for the next recording.

For those devices operating in Audio Only Mono mode, it is now possible to have the system append the actual audio track name to the end of the file name. While recording, track names can now be edited from the audio screen and from PIXNet. This assists those in post production in determining which audio file is associated with which member of the cast, a feature that is particularly useful in high-track-count reality shows. In addition, the new Sound Reports feature creates CSV files based on WAV-file metadata.
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Sound Devices’ new Release Candidate Screening Program provides the company with direct customer input on the usability of its updates, ensuring the stability of firmware updates in real-world applications. Initially, the program will target the Video Devices and Sound Devices rack-mount products, with the company planning to expand the program to other product lines over time.

“The goal of our new screening program is to work together with end users to identify and resolve any potential stability issues and get feedback on product performance in real-life workflows, so the best possible firmware makes it into upcoming official releases,” says Dan Desjardins, Manager of Software Development and Quality Assurance, Sound Devices. “Sound Devices enjoys a highly regarded, open-door relationship with its customers worldwide, and this program promises to expand on that bond.”

Each Release Candidate will come with a pre-determined expiration date and limited technical support. Firmware 2.10 is available as a free download for all existing rack-mount products. To download this firmware and offer feedback on the Release Candidate firmware version, participants simply need to fill out a convenient online form located at www.sounddevices.com/download/release-candidate/.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

Rec4Box OB Factory Equips Three Compact, Versatile OB Units With Riedel

Riedel Gear Brings Additional Flexibility to Cost-Effective and Highly Adaptable Mobile Production Units

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Oct. 21, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that its Artist digital matrix intercom system and RockNet real-time audio network have been built into all three of the unique OB units completed by Montreal-based Rec4Box OB Factory in the past year. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, these mobile units offer the broadcast market a flexible production system that scales cost-effectively to meet the needs of live event productions.

“In working with Riedel’s Artist and RockNet systems, our customers all say they enjoy three things: the ease of use of both systems; their flexibility, which enables quick handling of various production needs and demands; and their outstanding audio quality,” said Joel Fortin, senior vice president of operations at Rec4Box OB Factory. “All of these qualities are essential in a modern OB unit, and they are part of the reason that our OB units are gaining so much interest. The reliability of Riedel equipment and the powerful perks it provides in the mobile environment help to reduce the stress of fast-paced production projects.”

Rec4Box has developed a modern OB unit that exceeds the creative demands of production teams while addressing the realities of tighter budgets and production timelines. The unit was created to offer a compelling solution not only for broadcasters and the rental companies, but also for production houses, educational and training institutions, college and professional sports programs, reality TV productions, government institutions, entertainment productions, and any other users requiring daily use of a mobile production vehicle for a series or event.

Designed in collaboration with directors, producers, and technicians, Rec4Box OB units offer a transformative working environment with modular and highly adaptable details, workstation ergonomics that promote outstanding comfort, and trendy interior design. The units’ fiber optic connectivity allows users to deploy the trailer and prepare for a four- or five-camera production in less than two hours. They also minimize the complexity of wiring by letting crews mix all on-site communications and audio signals on one system. During a show, users can respond quickly to virtually any communications demand with the press of a button.

Riedel’s Artist system is a powerful distributed matrix platform (masterless and nonblocking) for intercoms and the distribution of digital audio, analog audio, control data, and VoIP signals. The fiber-based network backbone provides a decentralized infrastructure for live audio and intercom applications, and this backbone pairs with intuitive setup and operation to facilitate fast, flexible configuration of the system with minimal cost and effort.

“Rec4Box has broken the mold with its clever OB unit design, and buzz surrounding the company’s trucks is spreading across North America,” said Christopher Street, general manager, North and Central America, at Riedel Communications. “Our Artist and RockNet solutions are ideal and flexible for many types of installations, including this one, and it’s exciting to see our technology incorporated into units that make high quality and high performance available to a much broader range of users for a wide array of applications.”

Information about Rec4Box OB Factory is available at www.rec4boxobfactory.com. Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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GETRMR.COM IS THE NEW GO-TO RESOURCE FOR TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS LOOKING FOR EDUCATION AND SUPPORT ON RECURRING REVENUE AND MANAGED SERVICES

GetRMR.com, sponsored by ihiji, provides technology professionals with resources and an online community to assist with managed services and recurring revenue

AUSTIN, TX – October 21, 2014 – ihiji, global leader in remote network management solutions, announced today that it is sponsoring and launching a new industry resource, GetRMR.com. The online resource center is devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and education on recurring monthly revenue (RMR) and managed services.

“ihiji wanted to bring dealers, manufacturers and industry experts together to provide centralized resources and a support community for technology ihiji_GetRMR.com Home page screen shot_Oct2014professionals who are adding new recurring revenue services to their business,” says Michael Maniscalco, ihiji VP of technology. “As the industry continues to evolve it is clear that recurring revenue and managed services are very important to long term success.”

The GetRMR.com website will feature sales and marketing collateral, templates, expert advice and technical content from managed service trade professionals and industry bloggers, as well as educational white papers, success stories, and much more. Those visiting GetRMR.com can also access community discussion forums to obtain and share insight and best practices on the ever-expanding world of recurring revenue and managed services.

In addition to the new GetRMR.com initiative, ihiji has significantly reduced prices for the company’s invision remote network management tool by offering annual licenses versus tiered service plans, a move that simplifies and better supports the sale of recurring revenue services that drive recurring monthly revenue. Additionally, ihiji invision has been further enhanced with new features such as cross-VLAN network scanning and extended reporting capabilities that improve both network visibility and overall performance. Remote network management solutions such as ihiji invision provide the digital backbone that RMR programs need to succeed by delivering the intelligence and insight necessary to manage and maintain systems remotely, in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Technology professionals interested in learning more about recurring monthly revenue, commonly accepted best practices, and proven methodologies are encouraged to visit GetRMR.com. For additional information about GetRMR.com or ihiji invision, please contact ihiji at info@ihiji.com, call (512) 538-0520, or view this video.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications Inc., (406) 446-1283Katye@KMBComm.com

 

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Extra! Extra! Masque Sound Delivers High-Energy Sonic Explosion to Touring Production of Tony Award-Winning Hit Musical, Newsies

Custom Audio Equipment Package Hits the Road to Take Broadway Sound from Coast to Coast

PHILADELPHIA, PA, OCTOBER 21, 2014 – When the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical NEWSIES flies off the rack to begin its North American tour on October 11, Sound Designer Ken Travis relies on Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to deliver a dynamic custom audio equipment package for the smash hit.Liana Hunt and Company. Broadway company of NEWSIES. CDisney. Photo by Matthew Murphy

NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work. The entire creative team is reuniting to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.

Having designed the sound for NEWSIES’ Broadway run, Travis has a deep understanding of the show’s audio requirements. His goal for the tour was to replicate the remarkable Broadway sound in each of the different venues and theatres, all of which have their own unique characteristics and challenges. In order to accomplish this, flexibility in the sound system was a key component.
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To achieve the all-encompassing range that Travis was looking for, Masque Sound provided a DiGiCo SD10 Live Digital Console. “The SD10 is a much smaller console than the SD7 that was initially used on Broadway, which makes it easier to travel with throughout the tour,” says Travis. “Its footprint in the front of house is half the size; yet, it still provides us with incredible flexibility without compromising any of the show’s audio capabilities.”

One of the biggest challenges that Travis faced in preparing for the tour were the varying sizes and shapes of the theatres. While the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway is a small house with a relatively smooth soundscape to navigate, a majority of the theatres throughout the tour are much larger and deeper, with wider prosceniums, and require greater amplification from the sound system.

“Since we cannot block the seats with sound towers, we had to alter our delays and add some extra fill speakers to accommodate the wider venues,” Travis continues. “In some locations, we specifically aimed the audio toward a section that was extremely left or right. We needed to make sure the system was as comprehensive as possible, and with Masque Sound’s vast equipment expertise, we were able to create a system that worked in multiple locations.”
Kara Lindsay as -Katherine Plumber- and Jeremy Jordan as -Jack Kelly- and the Broadway company of NEWSIES. CDisney. Photo by Deen Van Meer
Travis utilized a d&b audiotechnik Q-Series speaker system for the tour for its compact size, articulate sound quality and superior sound pressure level. “I am very familiar with the Q-Series and know how it plays in 2,500-seat rooms versus 4,000-seat rooms,” he says. “NEWSIES is a pop tour, so there are moments throughout the production in which the stage gets really loud and full of dynamic dialogue and movement. I feel comfortable knowing that the Q-Series speaker system can handle the workload.”

Masque Sound also provided Travis with a custom microphone package, featuring a selection of DPA microphones as well as a Sennheiser radio microphone package for the more than 20 channels of wireless that will be used for the show.
NEWSIES Ensemble. Broadway company of NEWSIES. CDisney. Photo by Deen Van Meer
“The team at Masque Sound has once again been great to work with,” Travis concludes. “As soon as we found out about the tour, we sat down with the crew and started to plan. The team at Masque Sound knows what I like to use, and they were able to quickly and efficiently help me to purchase the orchestra audio equipment package, ensuring that each piece of equipment would perfectly address my needs in creating this sound vision. The collaboration with Masque Sound and Alex Hawthorn, my associate sound designer, allowed us to create a wonderful audio package that sounds amazing.”

The NEWSIES North American tour’s scheduled stops include Cleveland, Louisville, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Toronto. It makes its official opening in Philadelphia in late October. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NewsiesTheMusical.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

TNDV Mobile Production Fleet Grows with Elevation

TNDV’s sixth truck integrates the production capabilities of the industry’s largest trucks into a more manageable, customer-friendly footprint

NASHVILLE, October 21, 2014 — Mobile production specialist TNDV has added a sixth truck to its fleet, allowing the company and its growing staff to meet increasing demand for its live production services around the country. Dubbed Elevation, the 40-foot truck delivers all the power of the industry’s largest trucks in a more manageable, energy-efficient footprint.

Elevation offers a similar video and audio infrastructure to TNDV’s other medium-sized, multi-format mobile production trucks, flexibly integrated to accommodate live and recorded shoots of any size. The architecture adopts TNDV’s strategy of flexibly customizing the workflow to meet any client’s demands, rather than forcing broadcasters, venues and other customers to work within a strict, fixed system.

Elevation also adds unique energy-efficient flourishes to differentiate it from other mobile production trucks, including an on-board 25kW generator to power air conditioners and the entire Elevation production infrastructure. This makes Elevation an ideal choice for isolated remote shoots—a common task for the TNDV team—by eliminating the costs and headaches of finding power in more secluded locations.

“Elevation becomes self-powered with the flip of an onboard switch, eliminating the costs of expensive generator rentals,” said Nic Dugger, TNDV Owner and President. “TNDV specializes in challenging shoots in unusual locations, from private outdoor concerts to high-intensity athletic events in temporary venues. This helps us reduce costs for our clients, and is especially helpful for tight production budgets.”

The medium-sized footprint also aligns with TNDV’s strategy of keeping trucks manageable for clients working within limited spaces, including arenas and temporary outdoor venues. This strategy accelerates load-in and load-out times while taking up less real estate on location. At 40 feet long, Elevation is the same size as TNDV’s flagship Aspiration truck, a vehicle that TNDV clients appreciate for its features-to-size ratio. Like Aspiration, Elevation includes a Ross Vision 3 switcher, an Imagine Communications Platinum integrated router, and Aja Ki-Pro recorders on the video side, along with multiple Hitachi SK-HD1000 cameras for multi-standard, multi-format field production at premium quality. The audio infrastructure is also similar, with a redundant ProTools system, JoeCo MADI recorders and an 80-port RTS ADAM intercom system—but adds a Soundcraft VI-3000 audio console for expanded functionality.

“The VI-3000 moves us into the 96-input world from the 64-input world of our other video-centric trucks, and adds an integrated I/O infrastructure located physically on the desk itself,” said Dugger. “This not only increases our channel count for larger audio productions, but simplifies our setup and configuration process for signal processing and source equipment across the audio infrastructure.”

Elevation has been used for several successful productions since taking to the highways in early September, including the 2014 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge golf tournament in Nevada; and the Celebrate Freedom Atlanta concert, hosted by local radio station 104.7 in Jim Miller Park. Elevation has also visited the Governor’s Mansion in Kentucky to produce a free private concert.

With TNDV’s fleet at six mobile production trucks, Elevation joins the previously mentioned Aspiration truck alongside Inspiration, another 40-foot truck for medium-sized productions; Vibration, a 53-foot specialized audio production truck with remote recording facilities; and two additional trucks, Origination and Blackjack, designed for smaller-sized productions.

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of over 22 years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent projects include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and for the first time in broadcasting history TNDV produced the 2014 Hat Trick of Country Music Award show red carpet specials, including the CMA Awards, the CMT Awards, and the ACM Awards. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Visual Unity Strengthens Its Marketing Team

James Mazur

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has strengthened its marketing team by appointing James Mazur to the position of Chief Marketing Officer.
Formerly co-founder and leader of a start-up software company and Award winning GoStickman animation studio, James Mazur has extensive experience in online business and digital marketing. As Chief Marketing Officer, he will head the marketing team and take responsibility for company messaging, lead generation, online marketing, and communication. His position is also strategic as he will build and implement a complete digital product strategy for Visual Unity over coming months, and oversee current and future product marketing.
Visual Unity has also promoted Kristyna Sonkova to the position of Marketing Director, with responsibility for the development and delivery of a fully integrated marketing strategy for the company.
A graduate of the University of Economics,. Prague, Kristyna Sonkova has extensive marketing and events experience. Since joining Visual Unity two years ago as marketing manager, Sonkova has played a major role in driving the company’s corporate marketing strategy.
The final appointment to Visual Unity’s marketing team is Barbora Kubickov, who has extensive experience in international marketing gained while working for Czech Airlines.
Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “Visual Unity is an outstanding company with great broadcast and multiscreen products and services, therefore it is imperative that we have a strong, professional marketing team that can boost our activities, particularly in new digital arenas. With his worldwide experience in the field of digital marketing James Mazur is the ideal person to lead this initiative. I have full confidence in James, and in Kristyna and Barbora who are supporting him.”
Visual Unity has over 20 years’ experience and expertise in the design and delivery of linear broadcast and multiscreen solutions. Its Award winning vuMedia™ integrated content management and delivery platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment by delivering a cutting-edge viewing experience on any screen or connected device. Among the many national and regional broadcasters and media companies that have adopted vuMedia™ are Al Aan in the Middle East, TV Nova, Czech TV and TopFun.

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

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

ProdyTel and Media Vision’s Alliance Shakes Up Conferencing Systems Offering

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Andreas Martin of Media Vision with Jan Wintersberg and Christian Carrero of prodyTel

Andreas Martin of Media Vision with Jan Wintersberg and Christian Carrero of prodyTel

ProdyTel, lead distributor for the audiovisual market in Europe, and Media Vision, the expert group on conference and interpretation systems, have recently entered into a strategic partnership to supply and support TAIDEN conferencing solutions in Germany and Austria. In addition, Media Vision has announced the appointment of Andreas Martin, industry expert, to work by ProdyTel’s side in support of the German-speaking clientele.

The synergistic partnership aims at creating the strongest pool of technical expertise in the field of conferencing systems. “Our global team of 30 members is exclusively focused on this product range, giving us a unique know-how to respond to complex technical requirements and manage large-size projects” says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision, “We have over 10 years of successful track record in supplying TAIDEN equipment”.

With Andreas Martin on board as Media Vision’s Director of Sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the German-speaking network is now armed with even more TAIDEN product expertise and an additional point of contact for local and immediate support. With over 14 years of experience in the conference and interpretation industry, Mr Martin has been involved in the design and management of numerous high profile projects across Europe and beyond.

Jan Wintersberg and Christian Carrero, Managing Directors at ProdyTel, are welcoming the collaboration with Media Vision and its expanded team as a way to set foot more firmly into an area of specialty within the AV industry. “TAIDEN solutions are always a step ahead, offering more flexibility and features to users than any others” says Jan Wintersberg, looking at the newly released Video Monitor Conferencing Unit now in ProdyTel showroom “We have the right technology, and now we also have the additional expertise to take it to the next level and support all size projects”.

“With the new partnership, our network of systems integrators will experience even more resources in design while choosing the right technology for flexible meeting spaces” adds Christian Carrero, “We remain focus on support and training tools in the conferencing field”.

The two companies joining forces is sure to be a driving force for TAIDEN in Europe. The manufacturer already stands out with innovative product lines such as the all-in-one Multimedia Conference System that it was first to bring to market, high-profile references like the United Nations Headquarters or the Council of Europe, very fast response times on complex projects, and a superior 5-year warranty.

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About Media Vision
Media Vision is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for multipurpose meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio intelligibility in the room and on the far end for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.media-vision.com

About ProdyTel
ProdyTel Distribution GmbH is an audio-visual distributor based in Stein, Germany. Co-founded in 2005 by Jan Wintersberg and Christian Carrero, ProdyTel provides design, consultation, sales, and logistics services to its domestic and international manufacturers in support of dealers and consultants in Germany and Austria. Market segments include sound reinforcement, audio and video conferencing, signal management and remote control, and presentation technologies. For more information, visit the corporate website at www.ProdyTel.de, telephone +49-911-988189-0, or email us at info@prodytel.de

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces MAC TW1 Fixture Refurbishment Program

MARTIN_MAC TW1AARHUS, Denmark — Underscoring its commitment to legacy customers, HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the return of its popular MAC TW1 Tungsten wash light as a certified refurbished product to satisfy the global demands of lighting professionals. All Martin MAC TW1 refurbished fixtures will bear a “pre-owned /certified by Martin” label and meet the same performance standards and quality level of new Martin products.

“We are thrilled to see that the MAC TW1 is still acknowledged as an outstanding product and the ideal moving light, especially in theater and TV applications where best possible light quality is important for LD´s and camera personnel,” said Markus Klüsener, Product Manager for stage lighting at Martin Professional. “Whilst LED technology is constantly improving on efficiency and light quality and finds its way into more and more applications and markets, we truly acknowledge that there is, as yet, no light source available on the market that beats the quality of the incandescent light. For certain applications, that superior light quality is needed, and we are pleased we can continue to support this need with the MAC TW1.”

Ideal for stage and studio lighting, the MAC TW1 utilizes an incandescent lamp that provides high-quality optics with soft beam edges and uniform light/color output to ensure even distribution across projected surfaces. The MAC TW1 operates in three modes—Normal, Studio and Silent—which are selectable from a lighting desk and features a unique heat management system which traps heat and silently dissipates it through the back of the fixture. A CMY color mixing system that ensures smooth transitions and delivers a multitude of vibrant colors ranging from saturated deep hues to soft pastels.

Refurbished models will be available in 80 V lamp versions that offer superior output when compared to traditional voltage lamps. In addition, all refurbished versions of the MAC TW1 wash light are backed by spare part availability and a one-year warranty.

For more information on the MAC TW1 refurbishment program, please visit: www.martin.com

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.

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New Clay Paky Stormy Fixtures Arrive at Main Light Industries

StormyMain Light Industries, Inc., which offers lighting equipment rentals to the professional entertainment business from its base in Wilmington, Delaware, has taken delivery of 34 new Clay Paky Stormy fixtures. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky products in North America.

The innovative Stormy uses the latest LED technology while retaining all the charm of the classic strobe. Its light source is a strip of powerful white LEDs, which perfectly emulate a bright Xenon linear lamp. The flash effect is enhanced by the Stormy’s parabolic reflector, like a classic strobe’s, which does not project the light directly forward like other LED strobes.

“The Stormy fills a hole in the market with a realistic strobe-style fixture that isn’t just a brick of LEDs,” says John DiEleuterio at Main Light Industries. “Having a strobe that’s LED alleviates the thermaling issue of conventional strobe fixtures offered by the other manufacturers.”

The new Stormy has 144 x 7W Oslon Osram LEDs with a pulsed mode of 980W max and a continuous mode of 720W max. The frequency, duration and intensity of the pulse are fully digitally controlled; the parameters are even independently adjustable, which is impossible with a Xenon lamp strobe. Due to highly sophisticated electronics, the light turns on and off instantly, creating the jerky movement illusion. The pulse duration may be extended as required. And thanks to the use of LEDs, the light intensity remains constant with no flickering effect.

The Stormy also comes with RGBW LEDs, which are able to flash in any color eliminating the need for gels, that dramatically reduce the amount of light, and slow, noisy and unreliable scrollers.

DiEleuterio is particularly pleased with these features. “The Stormy fixtures are RGBW, and there’s no need to add scrollers or color,” he says. “They are also very solidly built.”

The Stormy’s beam opening control is by optional barndoors. The fixture has a 0-100% adjustable dimmer and bracket adjustable on 360º.

Christie’s Donation to CHOC Children’s Hospital Helps Create Movie Theater for Young Patients

Christie, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, has continued its philosophy of giving back to the community by donating a state-of-the-art digital projector, screen, and audio solution to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s). With this donation, inpatients will have their very own, special movie theater to view movies in.

Children's Hospital of Orange County

Children’s Hospital of Orange County

The grand opening of the movie theater took place on October 16 at CHOC with a ribbon cutting ceremony, activities for the children, and culminated with a screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a new release from Disney®.

Christie’s CEO, Jack Kline, a Board member of the Lollipop Theater Network – a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to bring movies to in-patient, ill children who are unable to go to a regular movie theater – is a passionate supporter of this cause.

“On behalf of everyone at Christie, I want to say how pleased we are to be able to contribute to this worthy cause,” said Jack Kline, CEO, Christie. “Personally, it’s a cause near and dear to my heart as well, given my involvement with LOLLIPOP, and I’m excited about providing the CHOC Children’s movie theater with our top-notch equipment.”

Lollipop Theater Network (LOLLIPOP) coordinates with studios to bring new release, current release, and past release movies to children too ill to travel to a theater on their own. Often, it is one of the children’s final wishes to be able to see a certain movie, and that wish is granted through the efforts of Lollipop Theater Network.

“We are incredibly grateful to Christie for its role in CHOC’s new movie theater, which will allow our patients to escape – a little – from the hospital routine and enjoy being kids. We can’t wait to see our patients gather in our theater, enjoy popcorn and settle in to watch a new movie together,” said Stephanie DeMello, child life manager, CHOC Children’s.

The new theater will be a dedicated room where the patients can go to see these movies. With movie theater seating, a popcorn machine, velvet drapes, and custom projector, audio system and screen, the room will be a refuge from the standard routines of a hospital environment.

Highlighting the theater will be the Christie DHD555-GS projector, unveiled in June, 2014. This projector boasts 1-chip DLP® technology, renowned for its excellent image quality and reliability, proving roughly 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. The projector outputs a native, high definition resolution of 1920 x 1080, and is rated at 5,000 ANSI lumens of brightness.

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