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D-Tools Announces Exciting New Products, Partnerships, and Updates at ISE 2015, Enhancing its Powerful Productivity-Boosting Software and Making Domestic and International Integrators More Efficient

D-Tools debuts SI 2015 to international market; demos time-saving iPad Mobile Quote app; and announces a host of new strategic partnerships, all of which combine to give D-Tools users more tools and resources than ever before 

 

CONCORD, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-P58) – Feb. 9, 2015 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, is thrilled to bring the international market some of its latest innovations, including its newest version of the award-winning System Integrator™ Software, SI 2015; live demos of its iPad Mobile Quote app; and exciting new partnership announcements recently announced with SpringDeckSupplyStream, and others. All these combine to make the D-Tools software platform even more useful to integrators, allowing them to in turn be more productive and efficient, thus enhancing their bottom DTools_ Logo_Stackedlines.

 

“We encourage both D-Tools users and non-users alike to come by our stand at ISE, learn about our recent innovations, and see firsthand how they can automate business practices, eliminate redundancies, and become more streamlined with our offerings,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “To see SI 2015 and our Mobile Quote app in action is to understand the incredible functionality and the tools that the integrator has at his or her fingertips. It really can make a huge difference to the way an integrator does business as well as the profits they realize as a result.” 

 

D-Tools SI 2015 Software Platform Launches Internationally 

ISE attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest advancements to D-Tools award-winning System Integrator™ Software Platform—SI 2015—which was previewed in September for the US market during CEDIA EXPO. The latest iteration of the platform (available in February) features several new updates, including integration with QuickBooks and other accounting software, which allows integrators to track inventory and order status, sync vendors, and more. SI 2015’s new Mobile Workflow and Installation Management capabilities are also brand-new, letting users track the status of install tasks from a smartphone or tablet and send/receive device-level notifications. Users can schedule installs and make updates to a centralized calendar, then broadcast those appointments and changes out to their team in real-time, while changes automatically synchronize back with the SI 2015 platform. Highly effective AutoCAD (including AutoCAD 2015) and Visio-based drawings provide clearer and more concise communications between team members and consultants for more effective project management. In all, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business from estimation to system design to project management.

 

D-Tools Mobile Quote App Now Available 

D-Tools’ Mobile Quote iOS app has been acclaimed as one of the most compelling new features of the D-Tools’ System Integrator platform. Now, that same functionality is available through SI 2015. A workflow-enhancing application, Mobile Quote represents a fantastic opportunity for systems integrators to work with clients in the field to secure an accurate and immediately deliverable system design quote­­—before the client has time to second guess the decision or find alternative resources. That same quote can then be emailed to the client and imported back into the full desktop version of D-Tools for integration into the project. D-Tools Mobile Quote seamlessly extends the workflow from the office to the field and back, maximizing efficiencies and enhancing the customer experience.

 

D-Tools’ Strategic Partnerships Deliver 360-View into Sales Pipeline, Provide Robust Analytics to Partners, and Support Business Process Automation

SpringDeck, an innovative new app-based sales-presentation tool, and D-Tools have strategically partnered to offer manufacturers and dealers the unprecedented ability to seamlessly move through the entire sales process—from initial sales presentation to final installation—with unprecedented visibility into pipeline activity and success rates. Users of both systems will reap the added benefit of robust analytics that will ultimately illustrate how, what, where, and why products are being presented, specified, and installed.

 

This complementary new partnership helps those in the electronic systems integration community—systems integrators, designers, consultants, tech managers, and manufacturers—streamline operations, standardize processes, and reduce redundancies. By coupling SpringDeck’s comprehensive app-based connection tool that brings together products, sales teams, and potential clients with D-Tools’ data-driven software platform, users of both systems will be able to seamlessly execute the entire sales process from the initial sales presentation via SpringDeck, to the estimation, design, project and installation management via D-Tools.

 

SupplyStream Partnership Streamlines Product Data Management
SupplyStream, the leading web-based product catalog and industry purchasing platform also formed a strategic partnership with D-Tools that will establish new standards for product specification gathering, categorization, management, and publishing to help streamline data management for manufacturers, distributors, and integrators of audio video systems. One of the primary goals for the D-Tools and SupplyStream partnership is to establish a set of standards that can be used by both industry manufacturers and the dealers and integrators who ultimately utilize this information to specify, purchase, and resell products to their clients. It’s a win-win for D-Tools users and the manufacturers they are specifying.

Enhanced Data Library
Finally, as part of a new website structure, users of D-Tools now have access to a New Data Library that provides valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment. Enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information, the library was designed to create branding opportunities for D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program partners, making their information more visible through the DTConnect feature. Not only does this attract authorized users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program.

 

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com

 

Press Contacts  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com@KMB_Comm

 

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

Images

Accompanying images for use in publication can be downloaded from these links:

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Integrated Systems Europe 2015 Abounds with Stewart Filmscreen® High Performance Projection Screens: Attendees Invited to Visit These Stands for Some of the Best Images and Acoustics on the Show Floor

With screens sprinkled across the show floor in stands like Barco, Vivitek, Christie, Steinway Lyngdorf, ISF and THX, Stewart Filmscreen® is used ubiquitously for top-notch image quality to demonstrate products to the best of their capabilities 

 

TORRANCE, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-F50) – Feb. 9, 2015 — Stewart Filmscreen®—Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings—will showcase a slew of high-performance, 4K+ screen materials at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in its own stand, and is being used to optimize image quality from top projector manufacturers plus speaker and audio engineering companies, proving that when the job calls for the best possible image quality and/or acoustic transparency, Stewart Filmscreen is the partner of choice. modern interior

 

“We are honored to be consistently selected as the screen of choice for demonstrations, trainings, and product showcases by many best-in-class brands from across the AV industry,” says Grant Stewart, President and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “At ISE 2015, THX, for example, will be using two of our brand new Stewart Tela 80 acoustically transparent woven fabric screens for its trainings, while ISF will use a StudioTek 130 screen for its trainings. This illustrates Stewart’s status as the industry standard for both acoustics and video quality, and we feel like that is something to brag about.”

 

The exciting new screen systems and materials on display at Stewart’s own booth include the company’s new LuminEsse™ ‘edgeless’ fixed frame front projection screen system, AeroView 70 rear projection screen showing edge-blending capabilities, and the new Iten fixed height, variable width masking system that incorporates Stewart’s first woven screen material—Tela™ 80. These three displays will be paired with state-of-the-art projectors from Digital Projection, Christie, and Sony respectively. Stewart has also partnered with DigiLED to present its new Para Hi Trans 300, an LED diffusion screen technology that creates film-like images from direct LED video wall modules.

 

In addition to these top-notch displays at the Stewart Filmscreen booth, ISE show attendees can find breathtaking displays featuring Stewart screens at the following locations:

 

  • Christie Digital (stand 1-H50) — StarGlas 60 Rear Projection Screen – image size 2054 x 3654 mm
  • Vivitek (stand 4-R65) — SnoMatte 100 Front-Projection Screen – image size 1700 x 7000 mm
  • Barco Residential (stand 11-H75) — Two SnoMatte 100 Front Projection Screens – image sizes 1689 x 3010 mm and 1000 x 4333 mm
  • THX (Training Room) — Two New Tela 80 Woven Acoustically Transparent Front Projection Screens – image size 1143 x 2032 mm
  • ISF (Training Room) — StudioTek 130 Front Projection Screen – image size 1118 x 1994 mm
  • Steinway Lyngdorf (stand 10-P11) — New Tela 80 Woven Acoustically Transparent Front Projection Screen – image size 2248 x 4000 mm

Attendees are invited to view Stewart Filmscreen’s complete lineup of high performance projection screen solutions on display in stand #1-F50, and are encouraged to visit the booths of these Stewart Filmscreen industry partners to see the perfect pairing of screen and projector for nearly any application.

Media tours can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning +1 (425) 328-8640.

 

About Stewart Filmscreen

Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen Corp. has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that is unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. Learn more at www.stewartfilmscreen.comor by following @StewartFilm on Twitter.

 

All products, product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Stewart Filmscreen Media contact

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com

 

Images

Images for use in publication can be downloaded from this link using the following caption: Stewart Filmscreen projection screens will be featured in some of ISE’s most prominent displays, including Barco, Christie, Vivitek, and Steinway Lyngdorf, and will be used in THX and ISF training rooms.

 

 

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LUMINEX GigaCore Switches Partner with BlackTrax on Global Entertainment Productions

HBMPSG_Dubai-5_1000GigaCore managed Gigabit Ethernet switches from LUMINEX Network Intelligence are working in tandem with BlackTrax tracking systems from The CAST Group, Toronto, on high-profile entertainment events worldwide, including the smart government awards show in Dubai and many others productions around the world.

Arena spectaculars and touring productions alike take advantage of the cost savings and automation offered by BlackTrax to deliver precise 3D and 6D positioning in real time to controllers for automated and robotic technologies.

In turn, BlackTrax integrates LUMINEX GigaCore 12 managed Gigabit Ethernet switches with its tracking solution to deliver rugged, reliable custom solutions guaranteed to perform show after demanding show. “GigaCore managed Gigabit Ethernet switches are designed to cope with the most demanding lighting and AV installations in a truly user-friendly way,” says Marty Cochrane, BlackTrax product manager.

BlackTrax has enabled productions to replace many followspots with a single automated system that can track actors and moving set pieces. BlackTrax also talks to media servers, which feed content for projection mapping onto moving sets.

The versatile GigaCore switches integrate well with the demanding multimedia environments that BlackTrax supports. For example, “A single network ring of GigaCore switches can support the lighting ArtNet network, media servers, device management, the Internet and BlackTrax,” explains Hugo Larin, director for LUMINEX in America.

On some productions multiple GigaCore 12 switches act as “the brains of most of the show,” Cochrane says. They deliver reliably, at wire speed, lighting console information and tracking data from BlackTrax beacons buried in moving set pieces and actors’ costumes to servers and end points. The BlackTrax system is responsible for the final data output.

“Cameras see the beacons and report their positions back through the switches to the BlackTrax server so we can track the artists and scenery” with lights that act as automated followspots and with video projection, Cochrane points out.

“BlackTrax servers can manage all this live on the DMX lighting network,” says Larin. “The lighting consoles talk to the entire BlackTrax system via the GigaCore switches.”

Since LUMINEX GigaCore allows BlackTrax to put lighting and BlackTrax data on a single set of switches “there are no latency concerns” for customers, Cochrane points out – a real improvement over former systems. “LUMINEX also supports the Interswitch Link (ISL) ring called RLinkX, which assures redundancy with fallover paths if connections or systems fail. Our previous managed switches did not support the ISL ring. But it’s a really useful option to have and very easy to set up.”

For the smart government awards show in Dubai designed by HQ Creative with support from video consultant David Bajt, BlackTrax was deployed by ProTec to provide the tracking solutions for all the set pieces. BlackTrax was installed into the venue and BT Beacons were installed into the three set pieces: a 5×5 meter cube and two interlocking jigsaw pieces. There were a total of eight tracking points on the cube, and six tracking points per jigsaw.

BlackTrax used four Luminex GigaCore 16RFO for the show, which were “the brains” behind all BlackTrax and lighting control systems. There were ten BTCameras on the show, alongside the standard timekeeper, router, and eSync. The position of all the objects were then sent to the d3 media server. The d3 server created a rigid body skeleton of those objects, which they used to projection-map all content onto. This project was the first d3/BlackTrax show to have all projection-mapped objects tracked.

BlackTrax first became familiar with LUMINEX switches when they heard that the Cirque du Soleil was using them. BlackTrax tested them while exploring options for clients and quickly embraced the GigaCore switches. “Now, we recommend LUMINEX GigaCore switches on every show we do,” says Cochrane.

“Working with a company like LUMINEX that builds switches for the live entertainment market has been really helpful,” Cochrane says. “We can call them, and they’ll understand what we’re trying to achieve and offer solutions. LUMINEX has given us new updates to address our special needs. They’ve been very responsive – something we didn’t see with the previous switches we used.”

About LUMINEX

LUMINEX Network Intelligence was formed by Bart Swinnen and Jan Renckens as a branch of parent company LUMINEX Lighting Control Equipment nv, which has an extensive technical background in the lighting industry. LUMINEX Network Intelligence launched its successful Ethernet-DMX8 converter in 2004 when it ran 32 DMX lines at the Paralympics in Athens. Their complete DMX and Ethernet solutions range debuted at Siel 2005 in Paris.

For more information visit www.luminex.be
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Stewart Filmscreen® Debuts Iten™ Variable Masking Screen Featuring Its New Tela 80™ Acoustically Transparent Woven Screen Material

Technology professionals provided more options and features for acoustically transparent screens in high-performance spaces thanks to the Itenconstant-height, variable-width masking system

TORRANCE, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-F50) – FEB. 9, 2015 — Stewart Filmscreen® an Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings—will debut Iten™ at Integrated Systems Europe 2015. Iten is a new addition to Stewart’s venerable masking screen system lineup and will be introduced alongside Tela 80™, the company’s first acoustically transparent woven screen material.

The new Iten constant height, variable masking screen system features a native 2.40:1 image area that delivers a more immersive, widescreen experience. Iten’s vertical masking panels simultaneously glide in from the left and right sides to properly mask any content, including 2.40:1, 1.85:1, 1.78:1, and 1.33:1 aspect ratios. This gives the audience the ultimate viewing experience; a perfectly framed image without black bars and the acoustical image accuracy best achieved when the speakers are mounted directly behind the screen.StewartFilmscreen_Iten Variable Masking System feat. Tela 80_Image court. of Erskine Group

The Iten screen system is paired with Tela 80 to meet the demands from audiophiles and enthusiasts who put top priority on acoustical performance and accuracy. The Iten screen was designed specifically for the company’s new Tela 80 front-projection woven screen material and includes black backing to eliminate any light originating from behind the screen—whether it is a light source or LED equipment lights. Iten’s masking panels maintain the acoustic transparency while having the added benefit of absorbing projector overscan and boosting perceived contrast. 

”As a broad line screen manufacturer we felt it was time to respond to market requests and add a mounting system to support a woven surface,” says Grant Stewart, President and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “The Tela 80 material delivers the high frequency accuracy without any special equalization or processing.”

The electronically controlled side masking panels easily integrate with nearly every control system for simple operation. Available in sizes up to 90 X 216-inches, Iten delivers Stewart Filmscreen’s legendary image integrity and application flexibility.

Attendees of ISE 2015 are invited to see Stewart Filmscreen’s robust lineup of projection screen solutions on display in stand #1-F50, where Iten, Tela 80, and other new screen materials and framing systems will make their international debut. Media tours can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (425) 328-8640.

Those interested in learning more about Stewart’s legendary high-performance screens and associated technologies are encouraged to visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.comcall (800) 762-4999, and follow @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen

Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen Corp. has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that is unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. Learn more at www.stewartfilmscreen.comor by following @StewartFilm on Twitter.

All products, product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Stewart Filmscreen Media contact

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com @KMB_Comm & @katyemcgregor

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Extron Introduces Five MediaLink Plus Controllers with Ethernet Device Control and PoE

Extron MLC Plus SeriesExtron is pleased to introduce several new, easy-to-use MediaLink Plus controllers. The MLC Plus 50, 100, and 200 are sleek, fully configurable Ethernet controllers with beveled edges, rounded corners, and backlit buttons. While the MLC Plus 50 features backlit Up and Down volume buttons, the 100 and 200 models feature a multi-function volume knob for smooth, precise control of select Extron amplifiers, ProDSP-equipped Extron products, and a wide range of audio devices. As part of the MediaLink Plus Series, all of these controllers are loaded with features and enhanced security, making them ideal for handling common AV functions such as display on/off, input switching, volume, and Ethernet control of AV devices. Magnetically-attached faceplates hide the mounting screws giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Power over Ethernet allows the controllers to receive power and communications over one Ethernet cable. The MLC Plus 100 and 200 are also available in AAP versions; providing openings for up to four, single space Architectural Adapter Plates for numerous connectivity possibilities. more

BenQ Unveils Latest Classroom IQ Solutions at TCEA 2015

Colorific(TM) Projectors and Interactive Flat-Panel Displays Bring Increased Connectivity, Collaboration, and Energy Savings to Enable Schools to Teach With Flying Colors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 4, 2015 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced that the company is kicking off its participation at TCEA being held in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 4-6, by unveiling its newest Colorific(TM) projectors, interactive flat-panel (IFP) displays, and other collaborative classroom applications. Under its “Do It All With Flying Colors” theme, BenQ joins education leaders and technology experts at TCEA with a renewed commitment to education by offering a wide range of dedicated sales and support initiatives via the BenQ Education Solutions in Technology (BEST) program. more

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VideoCentric Launches Pexip(R)-Powered VideoCloud 365 Video Conferencing Service

Flexible Cloud Solution Relies on Infinity to Securely Connect to Any Professional Video Conferencing, Mobile, Lync, Skype, and Web Client

OSLO, Norway — Feb. 4, 2015 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that prominent U.K. video communications integrator VideoCentric has selected Pexip Infinity to power VideoCloud 365 — a high-quality “super green” video conferencing service. By incorporating industry-leading software from Pexip, the cloud-based VaaS allows meeting participants to connect on any device using any software, bringing an incredibly simple video conferencing solution to today’s dynamic enterprise environment. more

Kramer to Showcase Innovative Live Event Solution at ISE 2015

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VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler offers seamless switching and special effect transitions

Kramer Electronics announced today the release of the VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler with seamless video switching and special effect transitions. The company will be showcasing VP-772 at ISE 2015 (Stand 1.F20) in Amsterdam as a part of Kramer’s pro AV solutions for live events.

With Kramer’s state-of-the-art scaling technology, the VP-772 is designed for projection and display systems at live events, churches, auditoriums, conference rooms, boardrooms, hotels, and production studios.

VP-772 scales and processes video and audio inputs and outputs to independent preview and program DVI-I outputs (VGA, DVI-D and HDMI) and two balanced stereo audio outputs. The dual scaler also features DVI-U inputs (with analog, DVI and HDMI support) and stereo-balanced audio signals. The preview output, featuring an on-screen display menu, lets you view how the program output will look on the live display.

VP-772 includes 4K support on the outputs for the latest devices and displays with native resolutions beyond 1080p60. VP-772 also includes Breakaway or audio-follow-video functionality.

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across six continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Healthcare, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.kramerAV.com

d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Turn in Winning Performance on “People’s Choice Awards” Live Telecast

IMG_2540The glittering “41st People’s Choice Awards,” honoring the best in pop culture for 2014, helped kick off awards season with a live broadcast from the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles. PRG/Nocturne, Burbank, supplied Laura Frank of Luminous FX with six media servers from d3 Technologies to control and manage the motion graphics-based scenic media content, created by Syndrome Studios, LA, on an array of on-stage screens.

An elegant, sophisticated set designed by Steve Bass combined curved and linear elements. Five flown, curving LED screens formed an elevated backdrop with a three-part hero screen at center flanked by house screens. Four sliding towers, with a vertical openwork structure, moved to various positions on the stage. Each featured five plasma screens hung in portrait mode and offset from each other.

This year marked Frank’s fourth year working on the show; she was brought on board by lighting designer Allen Branton, with whom she has worked on numerous television projects.

For the “People’s Choice Awards,” a dedicated d3 master managed four slaves; a fifth d3 media server was on hand as an understudy. “The master drove the content and told the slaves what to output,” explains media server technician Cory Froke, who was also project manager for PRG/Nocturne, Burbank. “d3 was very flexible in handling the different mapping configurations and different looks. d3 enables you to put content anywhere very easily.”

Laura Frank had been following the development of d3 media servers “for years” but hadn’t used them since she required a very specific functionality to match her approach to shows. “Although all my live shows are planned as linear events I tend to not know what is going to happen until they’re on the air,” she says. “So I need an environment that will allow me to think non-linearly: A timeline is a liability to me. I need to be prepared to navigate the roller-coaster ride that is live, on-air television.”

That’s where d3′s introduction of SockPuppet DMX in r.11.2 proved a game changer for Frank. SockPuppet enables those who want to tap all d3′s mapping, playback and projection features to do so while using their preferred control surface, including most lighting consoles.

“I tried SockPuppet last summer for Univision’s ‘Premios Juventud’ awards show and have basically moved all my shows to d3,” says Frank. “My workhorse control surface is a grandMA console. My pre-production workflow is 3D-dependent, so it feels natural to be in a playback environment that uses the same logic. However, I am very tied to using the grandMA to control a server, so I waited for SockPuppet before I could utilize d3 on my shows.”

When working on live broadcasts, “rehearsals are rushed and often details can be missed,” she notes. “Having SockPuppet frees me from the linearity of the d3 Timeline, so I can make on-the-fly choices about where content appears on the stage as I see it happen.”

For the “People’s Choice Awards” Frank provided the delivery spec, including a templated delivery workflow for Adobe After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D. She also worked with Sweetwater, which supplied the screens, on the video engineering specs for all the signal paths going to the stage screens’ system.

According to Frank, “it’s unique to d3 that a screen output is a variable. That allows me to be more flexible in the way I program. In a single layer I can select an image and bounce it through the output screens to decide where I want it to go. That worked very nicely for ‘People’s Choice.’”

Froke recalls when, the day after the load-in, two projectors were added for Iggy Azalea’s performance. “We weren’t planning on that, but d3 enabled us to adapt two projectors into the rig and switch feeds for the performance.”

Frank praises d3′s ability to deliver Ultra HD-format files, which gives her “flexibility when working with content providers.” For example, Syndrome delivered the scenic content for the “People’s Choice Awards” in the Hap video codec, “which works really great for broadcast .”

The show was the first time she used timecode as a sync source with SockPuppet, she adds. “It worked flawlessly.”

Froke is an enthusiastic as Frank about SockPuppet’s potential. “It’s incredibly powerful – it fits right into the workflow and gives me a whole new toolset not found on other servers. D3 Technologies figured out what programmers wanted from the software before they released it, and they really nailed it.”

Frank feels that each application of SockPuppet furthers her understanding of the software’s capabilities. “d3 and the coding team have been incredibly responsive to my requirements about the way SockPuppet behaves and how to improve its performance,” she says. “I feel that we’re real partners in this.”

Felix Peralta, Kevin Lawson and Darren Langer were the lighting directors for the show. Kristen Merlino was the art director, Tony Pieterzak the technical director and Lizz Zanin the screens’ AD.

About d3

d3 is the world’s first fully integrated visual production system for video professionals, combining a real-time 3D stage visualizer, timeline, video playback engine and projection mapping tools into one product. d3′s unique integrated workflow assists the designer at all stages of the project, from pitch through development to final delivery. For more information contact Judith Hornman at d3 Technologies: +44 207 234 9840 / judith.hornman@d3technologies.com

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Stewart Filmscreen® Launches LuminEsse™ ‘Edgeless’ Fixed Frame Wall Screen, Combining Sublime Aesthetics with the Flexibility to Deliver the Ultimate Image for Nearly Any Application

LuminEsse is compatible with any of Stewart’s 4K+ front-projection screen materials, providing utmost versatility and an aesthetically pleasing  ‘Edgeless’ appearance

TORRANCE, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-F50) – FEB. 4, 2015 — Stewart Filmscreen®—an Academy Award® winning manufacturer of custom engineered projection screens and specialty optical coatings—today announced the availability of LuminEsse™—a new rigid front-projection wall screen system with an ‘edgeless’ design that gives technology integrators, consultants, designers and property owners the ability to offer appreciable aesthetics, in addition to providing the appropriate screen material for the application. LuminEsse can be configured with any of Stewart Filmscreen’s 4K+ rated front projection materials, including FireHawk® G4, GrayHawk RS® G4, StudioTek 130, and more. The LuminEsse screen will make its International debut at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, February 10-12.modern interior

“It’s no secret that clients are more demanding than ever when it comes to having a great-looking screen whether the screen in in use or not. This means a ‘floating image’ experience when in use and an ‘edgeless’ art piece effect when not,” says Grant Stewart, President and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “Now, the technology professional can offer his or her clients just that, but with far more flexibility when it comes to specifying the right gain for the particular application plus the impeccable and impressive image quality that is synonymous with Stewart.”

With an elegant 3/8-inch thin bezel, LuminEsse fits modern expectations for more screen size, less visible framing system, while providing a sleek appearance, even when not being viewed. The LuminEsse front-projection wall screen features an optional LED backlighting kit that goes beyond wow factor to make viewing more comfortable. Scientifically speaking, the LED lighting acts as bias lighting, relaxing the iris of the eye and causing less strain during extended viewing. When the screen is on, the multicolored perimeter lighting enriches onscreen content and when off, it can be used to set the mood of the room.

“This isn’t a new category for Stewart per se, but it’s an exciting and enhanced product offering for sure. LuminEsse is demonstrative of the New Stewart Filmscreen. With this product and the others coming to market later this year, we are responding to the needs of technology professionals working on the front lines of the AV industry, delivering the broadest range of solutions to meet ever-increasing client demands,” furthered Stewart.

Available in sizes up to 120-inches (diagonal) in HD formats and in sizes up to 128-inches (diagonal) in Cinemascope® configurations, the LuminEsse rigid front projection screen system utilizes Stewart’s wall mount system, making screen installation inexpensive, simple and fast. Additional mounting solutions will become available in the coming months.

Attendees of ISE 2015 are invited to see Stewart Filmscreen’s robust lineup of projection screen solutions on display in stand #1-F50, where LuminEsse and several other new screen materials and framing systems will make their international debut. Media tours can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (425) 328-8640.

Those interested in learning more about Stewart’s legendary high-performance screens and associated technologies are encouraged to visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call (800) 762-4999, and follow @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen Corp. has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior image quality, flexible design, and dedicated support,  and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

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Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com | @KMB_Comm | @katyemcgregor

 

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