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WorldStage Supports The First Wall Street Journal Digital Live International Technical Conference

IMG_0762.jpgWhen WSJDLive, “where the digital world connects,” kicked off its inaugural conference, WorldStage was there to provide video systems and displays to Bay Area event and entertainment company e2k Events x Entertainment.

An international technical conference, WSJDLive brought together global CEOs, leading thinkers and top entrepreneurs in a series of interviews, round table discussions and interactive events at The Montage, Laguna Beach, California. Speakers included writer/director/producer James Cameron, Apple CEO Tim Cook, billionaires Jack Ma and Carlos Slim, DreamWorks Studios co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and UCLA chancellor Gene Block.

“WSJDLive was our first event with event producers e2k; it was very well attended and had very compelling content,” says Michael May, WorldStage account manager for the project. “Plans are already underway for next year’s conferences.”

The expansive event had components throughout The Montage resort, which is luxuriously sited alongside the Pacific Ocean. WorldStage provided video systems and displays for the main keynote room, the lobby area and the outdoor stage.

The evening sessions at the outdoor stage featured projection mapping by WorldStage onto the rear façade of The Montage. The projection content, created by graphical design firm 3Monkeys, served to open and close presentations by Tim Cook and Jack Ma.

“We had limited time to work the night before the outdoor stage presentations began,” says May. “Guests had cocktails on the lawn then sat down to watch the presenters. We partnered with 3Monkeys, which brought Ventuz media servers to integrate with our system. Four double-stacked Christie HD 20K projectors with Christie Twist displayed the content on the back of the hotel.”

The location’s architecture, with numerous overhangs, balconies and corners, presented a challenge for the mapping process. “We could only place the projectors in specific locations, so there was a lot of off-axis shooting to compensate for,” says May.

WorldStage also provided a three-camera switch and record package to capture the speakers’ appearances for posterity – and for news outlets. “Our footage was all over the network news the next morning,” May reports.

In the lobby area WorldStage created an interactive video wall, which attracted a lot of buzz. The 3×3 configuration of NEC LCD monitors displayed tweets extracted live from internet sources and displayed to attendees.

“For display processing on the video wall, we used a Vista Systems X20 to provide a canvas of multi-window presets that could be reconfigured at the touch of a button.” May explains.

In addition to the video set ups for the outer areas, WorldStage provided an extensive system for the ballroom keynote presentations consisting of a curved 45-foot wide LED wall with 3.9-mil pixel pitch as the main feature. “This main LED wall with 3Monkeys content displayed was a stunning backdrop for the presenters,” says May.

At WorldStage, James Sarro and Dave Morris were the project managers, Shane Zinke and Frank Musgrove video engineers, Terry Nakamura projectionist, James Armstrong the Spyder operator, and Ken Stanford and James Boress video directors.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Revolabs’ Executive Elite Wireless Microphone System Wins SVC Innovative Product Award

SUDBURY, Mass. — Jan. 20, 2015 — Revolabs(R) today announced that the company’s flagship Executive Elite(TM) wireless microphone system has been awarded a 2014 Most Innovative Product Award by Sound & Video Contractor magazine. Chosen by readers, the honor recognizes the year’s top thirty electronic and mechanical innovations across the professional A/V industry that demonstrate ingenuity, creativity, and technical achievement. more

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Extron Introduces NetPA Compact Audio Power Amplifiers with Dante

Extron NetPAExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Extron NetPA 502 AT and NetPA 1001-70V AT, half rack 1U, convection cooled power amplifiers equipped with Dante™ digital audio networking. The NetPA 502 AT delivers two channels of 50 watts into 4 ohms, and the NetPA 1001-70V AT provides a single channel of 100 watts at 70 volts. NetPA amplifiers can receive audio from Dante-equipped audio processors over a standard local area network, greatly simplifying the cabling infrastructure for sharing audio across multiple rooms or floors in a building. In addition to amplifying incoming Dante audio, NetPA amplifiers feature line level outputs that can simultaneously feed an additional speaker zone or audio system. They feature an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design, plus patented CDRS – Class D Ripple Suppression that provides improved signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. more

Bayside Church Installs LUMINEX Switches, Node and Hubs to Create Single Network Backbone for Growing AV Needs

christmas 8 9 2014 batz-201-X3Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California has upgraded its AV system with a complement of equipment from LUMINEX Network Intelligence consisting of two GigaCore 12 managed Gigabit Ethernet switches, an 8-port Ethernet-to-DMX node and three DMX 10-port hubs.

Sacramento-based integrator Dave’s World Lighting & Scenic Designs selected the LUMINEX equipment, which was obtained from BP Productions in West Sacramento. Dave Carr, who heads Dave’s World Designs, installed the original AV system for the church about ten years ago and added its first network-based lighting system a year later.

The Biblically-based Bayside Church draws some 10,000 worshippers to its six weekend services. The sanctuary holds about 2,400 people in a multi-purpose space with retractable seating and a stage, which can be partially removed to open up the floor. Two 12×22-foot front projection screens, displaying IMAG, song lyrics, video and PowerPoint, are also movable.

Last year the church upgraded to a grandMA2 Light console for lighting control and added a roster of Martin Viper Profiles, Viper Washes and Aura Washes to its lighting package. The next step was a lighting network and distribution upgrade, moving from an existing set of DMX lines and multiple Ethernet networks running to the stage and back.

“Bayside Church is like a touring production that doesn’t tour,” says Carr. “The church’s lighting had been handled by dumb switches – multiple lighting networks throughout the building. But they were getting old and needed to be upgraded.”

In addition, the entry-level nodes in use had injected data issues and latency into the system.

Carr had been using LUMINEX switches for the past year as the network backbone for front of house and the stage on the Eli Young Band tour. “They were flawless and reliable – a great solution,” he reports. So LUMINEX was front of mind for Bayside Church’s upgrade.

“Initially, when I spoke with Bayside lighting designer Alec Takahashi, we were going to start with something small, like a LUMINEX node. But then we decided to add the switches and hubs and build a single, solid network backbone that would be reliable for many years to come. We wanted to get everything done early in November so the system would be up and running for the busiest time of year: the Christmas season.”

“LUMNEX seemed to be a very solid system, so we purchased an 8-port node that serves as our primary network infrastructure with the switches as back ups,” says Takahashi. The system incorporates the media server and runs MA3D.

The slate of Christmas services proved to be “a very good test” of the new LUMINEX network, he notes. Bayside Church held 16 services from December 18-24, each about 90 minutes long and featuring carols, candle lighting and a message from the senior pastor. A special 360º circular screen, 21 feet in diameter, was hung above the stage with a circular lighting truss inside it; seating for the congregation was in the round.

“Before, the church was only wired for two DMX lines. With LUMINEX we’re set up for eight DMX ports, and we used eight for Christmas,” says Carr. “We were able to control the projection network over LUMINEX along with the MA console network and the media server network. The lighting data distribution was done over LUMINEX, too. It drove all the content with live feedback of video into the consoles and remote computers at the control center.”

“Our rig was a bit bigger than normal for Christmas,” says Takahashi, “and LUMINEX worked seamlessly. We didn’t have to use our back ups but we had tested them, and the system worked seamlessly with them, too.”

“Bayside Church has a technical team and a team of volunteers, and they don’t have to deal with the system once it’s been configured,” says Carr. “All the web interfaces are easy for them to understand. You don’t have to be an IT person to master them.”

Carr’s associate Brian Vaughn controlled the video content for the church’s Christmas services.

“We expect that LUMINEX will serve us well for the next five to eight years,” says Takahashi. “We plan to purchase another system for our new campus in Rocklin, California, which will launch in a few months” to accommodate a growing population of worshippers in the area.

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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Myers Heads Up 3G’s New AV Installation Division

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Los Angeles, CA––As an integral part of a significant expansion and growth move for the company, David Myers has been appointed as Director of 3G Pro Audio’s new Installation Division.

As Director of AV Installations, Myers will be dedicated to building a division that sets itself apart in terms of innovative solutions, unique new methodologies and successful collaborations with clients.

A veteran in the field with 25 years in contracting, David holds CTS-I and CTS-D certifications in Installation and Design.

Asked about his mission, David responds, “Developing consistencies within the division so our key sales team members can sell and support installations while maintaining a commonality in how things are done. Refining our branding so that 3G is perceived as an installation house; growing sales; designing systems, and responsible project management at every stage of the process.”

3G will build on its core strengths in theatrical and festival production and touring to focus on vertical installation markets such as performance venues and Houses of Worship, nightclubs and hotels that can draw from the company’s expertise in live entertainment. They will also focus on performance spaces in government and educational environments.

David feels the division should be seen as specialists in terms of the lines they carry, the solutions they offer and the way they present themselves. “We don’t want to be like everyone else,” he affirms. “What’s really important is understanding the client’s needs and maintaining a constant connection with them throughout the installation process and after the project has been completed.

“3G intends to deliver turnkey solutions that meet all of the customer’s technical requirements including sound, lighting and video. We’re not just a sound company.”

Asked about his feelings regarding the appointment, David answers, “I’m honored and excited to be part of the company. 3G is made up of a terrific group of people dedicated to treating their customers and their own staff the right way, which is the core of all business.”

Eli Stearns, President and CEO of 3G adds, “We are really excited to have Dave join our team and lead our new Installation Division. While we have been selling professional audio systems for years, Dave’s expertise as an experienced contractor and designer of full AV systems will catapult our company’s capabilities to full service integration. Moreover, Dave’s work ethic, leadership and ‘can do’ attitude makes him a perfect fit with the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality service to our customers.”

For more about 3G Pro Audio, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

Lightware USA and Solotech Team to Put the Toronto Maple Leafs on the Ice

IMG_5863Solotech, the premier North American end-to-end provider of entertainment technology services, has integrated a Lightware MX16x16DVI matrix switcher into the system that projects the Toronto Maple Leafs’ player intro video onto the home ice at MLSE’s Air Canada Centre. Lightware USA is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

Used in the past as a fan “extra” for NHL play off games, videos projected onto the ice itself have become a new way to generate fan excitement during regular season games. The Maple Leafs’ video, created by 4U2C, Solotech’s content design company, is a dynamic montage of still and moving images showcasing the players, on-ice action and graphic glimpses of the team logo, a rippling flag, even the stitches on the players’ jerseys. Teams face off, sticks clash, pucks fly, players crash and crowds roar in the lead up to the Maple Leafs’ line up hitting the ice.

“We’ve used Lightware in other applications for several years now. It’s always worked well even in a tough show business environment,” says Sebastien Lovse, video technical advisor at Solotech. “We try hard to find robust equipment to guarantee the security of the shows we do, and we have never experienced any failure with Lightware products.”

In MLSE’s Air Canada Centre, the Lightware matrix enables technicians to switch any input or output of the system to six double-stacked 20K projectors, which are mounted on the grid above the ice.

“We had only three weeks to set up the entire show, so receiving the MX16x16 router from Lightware really fast helped a lot. Since we’re accustomed to working in touring and staging fast turnarounds are nothing new to us. Lightware USA delivered the system quickly, and we made it happen!” Lovse reports.

The Lightware switcher is housed in a rack in the equipment control center at the venue. Solotech operators supported the video display system for the first ten games of the hockey season then MLSE technicians assumed control. 4U2C can update and create new content as needed by the team.

Solotech maintains a rental inventory of other Lightware gear, including HDBaseT and fiber optic transmitters and receivers and 17x and 32x frames. “We’re hoping to partner with Lightware to develop other products that fit our needs,” says Lovse. “We’ve (been) having ongoing discussions about how to customize Lightware solutions for our clients.”

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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Forbidden Retools Sales Model in U.S., Maintains Customer Focus Through Partners and Resellers

LONDON — Jan. 14, 2015 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that it is restructuring its North American business to move from a direct to an indirect sales and support model. Forbidden will close its Burbank, California, office and instead support clients either from the U.K. or via its local partners and resellers. Jason Cowan, Forbidden’s commercial manager for Forscene, will now oversee customer relationships in North America. more

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Buddhist Television Network Uses Digigram IQOYA *LINK/LE to Extend Programming Onto Four New Web Radio Channels

Digigram Audio-Over-IP Codecs Provide Broadcast-Quality Audio With Exceptional Reliability

MONTBONNOT, France — Jan. 14, 2015 — Digigram today announced that Seoul, Korea-based Buddhist Television Network (BTN) has built a new Internet radio service on the IQOYA *LINK/LE audio-over-IP transport system. Supplied by system integrator Digicom, four Digigram IQOYA *LINK/LE IP audio codecs ensure straightforward, reliable encoding and streaming of four new Web radio channels that complement BTN’s existing lineup of cable, satellite, and IPTV channel offerings. more

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Pexip(R) Infinity Powers World’s Leading and Largest Distance Education Network at Charles Sturt University

Videoconferencing Platform Provides Thousands of Students, Faculty, and Staff With Personal Virtual Meeting Rooms

OSLO, Norway — Jan. 15, 2015 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that Australia’s Charles Sturt University (CSU) has selected the Pexip Infinity scalable meeting platform to power the institution’s world-class distance learning program. The education and communications network will allow students, faculty, and staff to instantly communicate face-to-face via personal virtual meeting rooms (VMRs) that foster engagement and collaboration.

Charles Sturt University is Australia’s largest regional educational institution and is celebrating its 25th year, although its rich history traces back more than 120 years. Now with an excess of 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate, or single subjects, CSU’s leading global distance education program has become the largest in the region. Using the Pexip Infinity scalable meeting platform, the continuing education program provides intuitive online learning where students and lecturers can meet in VMRs in order to participate in classroom discussions, knowledge sharing, or team-based collaborations within an easy-to-use virtual environment.

“CSU is the leading provider of distance education in Australia, with 60-percent of our students studying fully online, so the solution needed to be accessible from many different devices, from any location, and required the scaling capabilities to facilitate the provision of the video conferencing service to that cohort,” said Philip Roy, acting Executive Director of Information Technology at CSU. “By deploying Pexip Infinity, we’ve taken a definitive step in ensuring that our online learning remains empowering and simple to use while guaranteeing that it can be easily expanded to meet any of our future requirements. By giving our distance learning students their own personal VMRs, we’re taking away some of the fear and mystery of not being able to physically attend classes on campus.”

Powering more than 25,000 VMRs and virtual auditoriums, Pexip Infinity will be deployed at multiple data centers and managed from a single location by a team of only two administrators. CSU reckons that the majority of students will be active users within 12 months. Pexip Infinity natively supports HD video conferencing right from inside any major web browser, including Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer(R), Apple Safari(R), Google(R) Chrome”, Mozilla Firefox(R) and Opera”. With CSU’s primary end user client being web-browser based, Infinity removes any accessibility obstacles, providing the easiest-to-use distance learning solution that doesn’t require participants to be IT experts in order to engage.

“This is a very big day for us,” said Simen Teigre, CEO and Co-Founder of Pexip. “The fact that Charles Sturt University has selected our solution really shows that our platform is up to any virtual communication task. We built Infinity to provide large-scale institutions with a solution that is simple to deploy, manage, and use — and knowing the amount of students that will be using our platform from all types of endpoints, clients, and devices with little or no prior knowledge of enterprise-scale videoconferencing — this becomes a very strong endorsement. Knowing CSU provides a true world-class and leading distance education program makes us very proud to be a part of future generations’ education and learning.”

For additional information on CSU’s distance education programs, please visit www.csu.edu.au/distance-education. For more information or a free test drive of Pexip Infinity, please visit www.pexip.com.

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Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly enables everyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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Tightrope Media Systems Scales for Enterprise-Level Digital Signage with Carousel 6.5

New release accelerates rendering times, improves remote diagnostics for out-of-home networks

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 15, 2015
Tightrope Media Systems is enhancing its Carousel digital signage system at Digital Signage Expo (March 10-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 2631) with new tools to accelerate content rendering speed across out-of-home networks of any size. The updates, now available in the recent Carousel 6.5 release, improve core processing and memory utilization for increased rendering times—to the tune of 60 times faster.

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The Carousel 6.5 enhancements empower network operators to seamlessly scale networks to an infinite number of screens and locations, without adversely affecting network performance. The faster rendering performance specifically benefits the creation and distribution of weather bulletins, RSS feeds, and other time-sensitive content that requires real-time display. To achieve this, Carousel 6.5 amplifies its server performance to more effectively scale across multiple cores. Tightrope’s Carousel enterprise servers are easily scaled by adding further processing cores as the number of player end points escalates.

At Digital Signage Expo, Tightrope will also introduce Carousel Detective, a network diagnostics tool incorporated within the Carousel server core. The software-defined architecture allows network operators and Tightrope service engineers to access Carousel Detective over IP from any connected device for troubleshooting and general performance monitoring, further enhancing the enterprise-level performance of Carousel 6.5.

“Tightrope continues to invest in improving the user experience,” said Eric Henry, signage solutions leader, Tightrope Media Systems. “With enterprise-level bulletin rendering across large-scale network now taking a matter of seconds, our customers are assured timely distribution of dynamic and time-sensitive content across networks of any size. These improvements, along with extensive diagnostic toolset of Carousel Detective, set the stage for significant strides in next-generation Carousel systems on the horizon—notably a far richer, intuitive and user-friendly GUI on tap for the next major software release later this year.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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