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Upcoming Fiber Optics for Pro A/V and Broadcast Hands-on Training Courses

Light Brigade’s Fiber Optics for Pro A/V and Broadcast hands-on training course covers fiber optic transmission theory, system design parameters, installation guidelines, fiber optic connector and splice termination options, test equipment, testing, documentation, and troubleshooting tailored for Pro A/V and broadcast applications. The course includes extensive hands-on exposure to fiber optic cable preparation, terminations, testing and troubleshooting.

This course is for installers, designers and those who maintain and troubleshoot fiber optic systems and spans in the Pro-AV and Broadcast industries.

Upcoming classes:

Burbank, CA          January 20-23, 2015

New York, NY       February 24-27, 2015

About the Light Brigade: Light Brigade is the leading provider of fiber optic training, with a team of qualified trainers and exceptional course material.  Since 1987, Light Brigade has trained more than 50,000 technicians, installers, engineers and designers from a wide variety of industries including Pro A/V, broadcast, telephony, broadband, utilities, mining, aerospace, government and military.  Service providers, contractors and end users working in voice, video and or data applications have found our fiber optic training classes and DVD training invaluable.

For more information, please contact Light Brigade at 800-451-7128,ratchison@lightbrigade.com or www.lightbrigade.com

 

 

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Clay Paky Lights Up Austin City Limits Music Festival

ACL_HondaStageThe Austin City Limits Music Festival returned to Zilker Park for two three-day weekends in October to showcase more than 130 rock, pop and hip hop artists on eight stages, including Outkast, Beck, Eminem, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Pearl Jam. Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpy fixtures were on hand to provide lighting support and control for festival performers.

Eight K20s, supplied by LD Systems, were dedicated to each of two secondary headline stages and positioned in an upstage array across the rear truss.

“Most of the rig was a lot of smaller fixtures, so we wanted something that would give a big, full color wash,” says Seth Jackson, who served as festival lighting designer and lighting coordinator. “There were no backdrops on these stages and, given the power situation, the B-EYEs were the perfect choice to fill the whole back picture. They really blasted through everything else, and the guys who did the overnight programming had time to dig into the features and use the multi-array tricks that come out it.”

In addition to the K20s, “massive amounts” of Sharpy fixtures were deployed on the two primary stages, says Jackson. “They were very prominent. I knew everybody was going to want them, and we put in a lot of fixtures so people didn’t need to bring their own.” Bandit Lites supplied the Sharpy inventory.

He also gives kudos to the K20s. “They worked flawlessly. We just turned them on and they worked long days – maybe 19 hours a day. All the lighting designers really got into them and were very happy with the rig.

“Everybody wants to use Clay Paky lights!” Jackson declares.

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting Vice President – Automated Lighting, commented “”It is a pleasure for to have the chance to work with Seth again. His designs are always innovative and he’s always thinking of ways to get more out of the luminaires. We’re also very proud to work with LD Systems this year providing the fixtures. They have been great partners for us.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “Seth has used our B-EYEs on a number of festivals like this servicing scores of musical acts. I think this proves the flexibility and appeal of the fixtures.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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With Adoption of AES67 Standard, Riedel Moves Closer to Goal of Offering Standards-Agnostic Solutions

AES67/RAVENNA Connectivity Will Extend Customers’ Options in Establishing Real-Time IP-Based Audio Distribution

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Dec. 23, 2014 — In its commitment to offer flexible, highly interoperable products and solutions, Riedel Communications today announced its support for the AES67 standard and the RAVENNA technology framework. Capable of operating in existing network infrastructures, RAVENNA enables real-time IP distribution of audio and other media content, with the low latency, full signal transparency, and high reliability critical in broadcast and professional audio applications. more

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Extron Now Shipping Two New IP Link Pro Control Processors

Extron IPL groupExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IPL Pro CR88 and IPL Pro IRS8 control processors. The IPL Pro CR88 features eight contact closure inputs and eight relay ports, while the IPL Pro IRS8 features eight one-way IR/serial ports. These compact, high-performance IP Link Pro control processors are loaded with features inherent to the IP Link Pro family, including more power, speed, and memory, as well as Ethernet control and enhanced security. They are compatible with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are ideally suited to take advantage of the advanced configuration options within Extron’s Global Configurator Plus and Global Configurator Professional. more

Electrosonic Completes Transformation of the ShowDome at Edinburgh’s Our Dynamic Earth

ODE-PR-5The ShowDome at Our Dynamic Earth (ODE) in Edinburgh has been transformed with support from Electrosonic, which provided refurbishment and technical upgrades to one of Scotland’s premier destination visitor attractions. In a two-phase project, Electrosonic has given the space a full-dome projection upgrade, a new theater layout, 106 new seats, and a state-of-the-art server and content management system.

ODE showcases earth science by taking visitors on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future through interactive exhibits and a stop in the 14-meter ShowDome theater, which originally opened in 1999.

“The client came to us for our ideas and proposal, which we developed with them,” says Electrosonic project manager Phil Downie. “The objectives were to upgrade the theater to provide a higher-quality feel and experience for the audience, and to increase the flexibility of show playback and show management. The solution was to increase the capacity available to store shows ready for playback, improve the efficiency of the ‘workflow’ of the show data, increase the level of control for planetarium systems, and to have a wireless touch-panel interface.”

Phase one of the project included replacing the former projection system with a system featuring five channels of LED projection. The existing seating was removed, the floor was reinforced and new tiered flooring was installed along with 106 premium seats, provided by Euro Seating, in a new forward-facing configuration. A stage was built at the front of the theater to support the needs of staff, corporate guests and presenters.

Electrosonic also supplied new Philips lighting systems, including LED washes for scenic and mood effects, and spotlights for floor highlighting and on the stage. An insert projector display was added for digital presentations; a control system with an Apple iPad interface manages all media, lighting, audio and display hardware within the dome.

“The refurbishment delivered a higher-quality theater with the capability to provide ambience and mood and, thus, an enhanced audience experience,” says Downie. “The ShowDome is also capable of more diverse applications with a stage for presentations and performances.”

In the second phase of the project, two 7thSense media server systems feed the projection of full-dome films inside the theater. One of the servers represents a new configuration, which eliminates the requirement for time-consuming slicing and encoding of large, full-dome masters for a multi-channel dome display.

“The new server improves the efficiency of the ‘workflow’ of the show data in several ways,” Downie notes. “Slicing the shows into each channel is no longer needed, and when storing the shows for back up, only the masters have to be stored. There are no sliced channel files, which hugely reduces the storage required.”

Because the media server plays shows directly from a large amount of primary storage, it can play from a large selection of archived shows – up to 35 30-minute shows in 3K format. This eliminates the need to move shows from a second-tier storage.

But should more storage be needed, a secondary NAS server can easily be added with a capacity starting at 36TB. Transferring shows from secondary to primary storage now requires moving only one set of masters, which takes considerably less time than moving five channels of carved video.

A new control interface allows portable touch control with multiple access layers. This provides control that can be limited to turning lights on and off, or extended through show control and full administrator access to the equipment and setup of shows. A main rack room houses equipment.

The ShowDome is currently presenting “Supervolcanoes,” an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of volcanic eruptions and moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant eruptions around our solar system. The film visits Yellowstone National Park asks the question: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?

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About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Extron Shipping MediaLink Plus Controller with Ethernet Device Control

Extron MLC Plus 84 D PlusExtron is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC Plus 84 D. This easy-to-use, two-gang Ethernet controller is used for controlling common AV functions such as power, input switching, and volume. As part of the new MediaLink Plus Series, it is designed with more powerful features, enhanced security, and Ethernet control. It has eleven backlit soft touch buttons and a variety of ports and inputs, including a remote volume control port for use with select Extron amplifiers. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the controller to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal for use in single display applications or anywhere that centralized, pushbutton AV control is needed. more

QUANTUM TO SPEAK AT STORAGE VISIONS 2015

Quantum VP Alex Grossman to Participate in Panel on Storage for High-Resolution Content Capture and Production

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 18, 2014 — Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced that Alex Grossman, the company’s vice president of media and entertainment, will speak at Storage Visions(R) 2015, to be held Jan. 4-5, at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Grossman will join fellow experts in discussing digital storage and the requirements for capturing, rendering, editing and archiving content. In his remarks, Grossman will talk about the changing workflow model and need for a greater level of collaboration and efficiency to meet the demands of increasingly higher resolutions and larger number of acquisition and delivery formats, as well as new storage technologies and techniques to address this need. more

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Symetrix Announces 2014 US Rep of the Year and International Distributor of the Year Award Recipients

Outstanding sales growth and support for the leading DSP brand underpin the awards given to Production Audio Video Technology (PAVT) Pty and Bormann Marketing (pictured).BormannGroup wTrophy2
 

SEATTLE, WA — 17 DECEMBER 2014: In the continuation of a long-term tradition to acknowledge excellence among its business partners and associates, digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has announced that Bormann Marketing has won Symetrix 2014 US Rep of the Year, while Production Audio Video Technology (PAVT) of Melbourne, Australia, has been named International Distributor of the Year.

Based in the City of Hopkins, Minnesota, Bormann Marketing is responsible for Symetrix sales and promotional efforts throughout the Mid-West. A previous recipient of the Rep of the Year award in 2012, Bormann Marketing has fully surpassed all of its sales objectives in the last 12 months and registered the greatest year-on-year growth by US territory.

Principal Jon Bormann comments: “I am delighted to accept this honor on behalf of our entire crew, who are completely dedicated to helping Symetrix grow. We believe wholeheartedly in the company, and feel that the recent product developments and introduction of Dante support for the SymNet range have really helped to broaden the brand’s appeal in recent years. Moving forward we will continue to support Symetrix with our present extensive training programs.”

Tim Murray, who heads western US regional sales for Symetrix, adds: “The fact Jon and his team have won Rep of the Year in two of the last three years speaks volumes. As we continue to sustain our overall corporate growth through evolving technology and product offerings, Bormann Marketing has been at the forefront of our independent rep force’s efforts with partner trainings, showcase events and, of course, exceeding sales goals to name just a few.”

Consistently strong brand representation and the successful provision of substantial Symetrix systems to high-profile customers, including the University of Sydney, are among the factors that informed the selection of Australia’s PAVT as International Distributor of the Year.

Graeme Stevenson, PAVT managing director, comments: “It’s great to be acknowledged for the hard work put in by our team to help build the Symetrix brand from a high quality product with a niche user base to something with greater traction in the Australian/NZ AV industry. We’ve made a big push to ramp up our Symetrix training offering, and have been actively involved in supporting a number of customers who have made the move to use Symetrix for the first time. Essentially, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and ‘mucked in’ to make sure our end-user clients and integration partners are all comfortable using Symetrix products, and are happy with the results.”

Mark Ullrich, international sales manager for Symetrix, adds: “PAVT provides exceptional attention to all aspects of distribution, from sales and marketing, to technical support and training. They create immense value for the customer and the result has been impressive growth in a competitive marketplace. I applaud and thank the entire PAVT team for their outstanding efforts, and look forward to continued collaboration and success in the coming year.”
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ABOUT SYMETRIX: Dedicated to making life sound better for almost 40 years.

With a current and broadly-based product portfolio that encompasses both open architecture (Edge, Radius 12×8, Radius AEC) and fixed architecture (Jupiter, Zone Mix 761) solutions, Seattle, USA-based Symetrix is the global leader in digital audio signal processing. From a founding base in the studio and MI communities, Symetrix has emerged to take a defining role in commercial audio, its products now a default choice for large-scale installations in performance venues, sports arenas, educational establishments and many more. Benefiting from a worldwide distribution network that has seen its products specified in over 100 countries, Symetrix nonetheless continues to spearhead the entire design and build process from its Seattle HQ. The manufacturer is now enhancing its readiness for a new era of AV networking through its licensing partnership with Audinate, whose world-leading Dante media networking solution is fully integrated into the SymNet DSP platform.

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Biamp Systems Releases Tesira(R) 2.3

Award-winning DSP platform adds IEEE 1722.1 functionality, enhanced reporting capabilities, Audio-Technica(R) microphone software, and telephony support

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Dec. 16, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative networked media systems, today unveiled Tesira(R) 2.3. Part of the company’s award-winning line of digital signal processing (DSP)-based products, the platform’s newest release introduces IEEE 1722.1 AVB support. Tesira 2.3 also includes greater reporting capabilities for expanders, a new dedicated software block for Audio-Technica’s Dante(TM) microphones, and increased telephony support. more

Extron FOX USB Extender Plus Now Shipping

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the receiver features an integrated four‑port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

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