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Thompson Square Uses PixelFLEX LED Curtain to Eliminate Timing Constraints for Small Tour Crew

Out on the road serving as an opening act for the Luke Bryan Tour, Thompson Square is using PixelFLEX’s unique, flexible and lightweight LED Curtains to enhance and simplify their live musical performances. The husband and wife duo was searching for an efficient way to add video components to their show and PixelFLEX was able to bring the band’s vision to life with its industry-leading video curtain walls.

As the middle act on the Tour, Thompson Square has a relatively quick window to set up and take down their entire set – 13 minutes to be exact. Still, the tour and production manager, Christian Easterling, was determined to figure out how the band could deliver the type of show desired in the amount of time allotted. Easterling soon came across PixelFLEX LED Curtains, which allowed for high-quality visuals without the worry of time constraints.

“We tour with four crew people,” said Easterling. “Everything is done in such a quick manner; there is no way we could have performed the show with any other screen out there. It’s just amazing to see how the entire set moves away in a matter of minutes and is completely gone.”

For the Luke Bryan Tour, Thompson Square is using 16 20mm curtains flown off trusses for use as a backdrop to further enhance the audience’s live experience. The screens are used to deliver static images, color changes and video footage to add some depth and dimension to the live shows, according to Easterling.

Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display.

“The benefits (of the PixelFLEX LED Curtains) are that you can manipulate it and move it around to different areas if you need to,” said Easterling. “Sometimes, we have been in venues where our trim height is not that great, so we can take the screen and move it to a different location, put in front of risers and it’s very flexible. It has a tremendous impact on the show and that is just such a cool thing.”

Easterling has been on tour with Thompson Square for almost two years and this is the first tour in which they have used the PixelFLEX solution. The additional support, thus far, has been well received.

“I hear on a regular basis that the walls truly enhance the performance; the feeling is that it looks like a headliner’s set,” Easterling remarked. “It’s been easy in, easy up, which is extremely important out on tour. Just as important, the product delivers exceptional results at an affordable cost.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.
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Christie Inspires Creativity at Museum Expo 2013

Multi-touch Interactivity for Any Large Format Display, Indoor and Outdoor LCD Panels, and Imaginative Projection Mapping Deliver Picture-Perfect Displays

Christie® presents a diverse collection of visual display solutions at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) MuseumExpo, taking place May 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Christie booth is showing projection display products that can be works of art in themselves, and serve as versatile tools for museums to enhance the visitor experience – including interactive displays where patrons can curate their own tours.

Among the display solutions is 11 feet wide by 6 feet tall Christie® MicroTiles® video wall featuring Christie Interactivity Kit in an educational space that will captivate visitors.

Christie MicroTiles and Interactivity Kit in Action


Christie Interactivity Kit – A Touch of Brilliance

The Christie Interactivity Kit is a modular solution that transforms nearly any large-format display into a multi-touch surface. The field-installable kit simply attaches around the display wall perimeter and plugs into a computer USB port without the need for drivers. Windows® 7 automatically recognizes the Christie Interactivity Kit as a multi-touch device and no manual calibration of sensors or cameras is required. Using breakthrough Baanto™ ShadowSense™ technology, Christie Interactivity Kit offers excellent performance with high touch accuracy and fast response times that support up to 18 touches on a large-format display.

Configurable into 84 different sizes, the kit accommodates practically any video wall up to 21.4 feet wide and 6 feet high, or a 16-units wide by 6-units high Christie MicroTiles array. The kit is part of a special display at the celebrated Cleveland Museum of Art, which features a 40-foot wide multi-touch screen comprising two 15-units wide by 5-units tall Christie MicroTiles video walls using Christie Interactivity Kit and a smaller interactive ‘Line and Shape’ Christie MicroTiles display for children to engage with that also uses Christie Interactivity Kit.

Christie Fills Customer Needs With Both Indoor and Outdoor Flat Panels

Also on display is the Christie FHD551-X. This full HD 55-inch indoor LCD flat-panel features a super narrow bezel width of 5.5 mm, LED backlighting, high pixel density and a wide viewing angle. With the Christie FHD551-X, images on the nearly seamless tiled video wall look sharp at any distance allowing you to convey your information with controlled brightness that’s suited for a variety of indoor environments.

Christie recently introduced the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W. The outdoor LCD flat panel is a sleek, weatherproof digital signage solution (IP56/NEMA 4 rated) featuring optically bonded glass for increased protection against harsh impacts and scratches in public display environments while enhancing viewability in outdoor venues by reducing reflection. It is designed to provide high contrast ratio, rich vibrant colors, and superior brightness to overcome high ambient light — making it perfect for outdoor use.

Christie Projection Mapping – Radiant and Vibrant Images on any Surface, any Shape

Christie is demonstrating projection mapping featuring colorful and exciting images thrown on a mini-pyramid; illustrating the wide range of complex artistic displays made possible using blending and warping technology. The mapping demonstration will utilize a Christie HD14K-M.

Projection mapping is an exciting technique using specialized software and other technologies to warp and blend projected images so they fit perfectly on irregularly-shaped buildings, interior spaces and natural landscapes. It delivers the ‘wow factor’ and is a cost-effective way to transform virtually any surface or structure into a breathtaking canvas where size, scope and content are limited only by the artist’s imagination.

Christie’s projection mapping technology helped transform Ottawa’s famed Parliament Hill with a rich and engaging display that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually with the gripping narrative of Canadian history via the National Capital Commission’s sound and light show, “Mosaika – Canada Through the Eyes of Its People.”

New cost–effective KanexPro HDMI Matrix with up to 32×32 I/O’s

May 16, 2013. Getting ready for InfoComm? Don’t forget to check our new, best-in class HDMI™ Matrix Switcher for all your AV integration needs.

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 (also available in 4×4, 8×8 & 16×16) matrix is an ultra-high performance, digital matrix switcher engineered to route HDMI signals from 32 inputs to 32 outputs. The unit provides full HDCP internal management for today’s integration in commercial A/V market, ensuring HDCP key authentication, and administering the handshake internally. It maintains resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, 1080p or 2K, supporting full cross point switching. The matrix supports smart EDID management for rapid integration of sources and displays.

HDMI, Matrix, EDID, HDCP


Fully controllable through RS-232 commands, IR remote and front-panel buttons, this switcher includes 10-global presets for I/O configurations which allows saving and recalling via the front-panel, IR or through serial control at any time.

Today’s Applications

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 matrix switcher is ideal for countless commercial applications such as military, medical and government environments where swift, reliable switching and distribution of high-resolution DVI/HDMI signals is critical to meet pixel-by-pixel needs.
To get a quote or for more information please call us at 888-644-4149 or visit KanexPro.com

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

BenQ to Unveil Brilliant Display Products at InfoComm 2013

Company Expands Leadership With New Digital Signage and Interactive Touch Displays, High Brightness Projectors, Classroom IQ Solutions, and Enhancements to World-Leading SmartEco(TM) Technology

IRVINE, Calif. — May 16, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector brand and globally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced its product lineup for InfoComm 2013. With an award-winning family of projectors, monitors, and flat-panel displays, BenQ will demonstrate the industry’s new standard for brightness, image quality, and energy savings within the business, education, and digital signage spaces. more

Atlona Products on Display at InfoComm 2013

InfoComm 2013
Atlona(R)
Booth 1749
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Matrox Maevex Demonstration at InfoComm 2013 to Focus on Video over IP Decoding Quality

Visitors can expect to see superb video quality at low bandwidth as they interactively adjust bandwidth usage from 100Kb/s to 25Mb/s using Matrox PowerStream software

Matrox® Graphics Inc. will feature the new Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series video distribution over IP encoders and decoders at InfoComm 2013 in booth 4759. The Maevex products extend full-HD-quality 1080p60 video and audio over standard IP networks, with minimal bandwidth consumption, at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.
Matrox Maevex Video Distribution over IP Encoder and Decoder
"The single most-asked question we have encountered is: Can you show me the decode quality?" said Ron Berty, business development manager at Matrox. "At InfoComm, side-by-side views of the source video and decoded video will let our booth visitors compare for themselves."

The Maevex encoder captures video and audio from a host PC or another media source and seamlessly extends the signals to one or more Maevex decoders via standard networking equipment—switches, routers, CATx cabling. The H.264 encode/decode platform delivers excellent-quality video extension over standard LAN connectivity at user-defined low bit rates for minimal network bandwidth consumption. Matrox PowerStream software application is used to remotely discover, manage and adjust the Maevex network and lets administrators conveniently define multiple stream parameters and balance network bandwidth consumption.

Maevex solutions are used to drive dynamic digital signage in such environments as retail, restaurant, transportation, banking and healthcare. They are also used to distribute high-quality video in academic, medical, training, collaborative video wall and control room settings.

Price and availability
Maevex 5100 Series encoders and decoders are available now at the following prices:
- Maevex Encoder – MVX-E5150F
MSRP USD $999
- Maevex Decoder – MVX-D5150F
MSRP USD $549
- Maevex Encoder/Decoder Bundle – MVX-ED5150F
MSRP USD $1299

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

PixelFLEX Introduces the Light Rigid 4 LED Video Screen at InfoComm

PixelFLEX, innovators of the industry’s most flexible, lightweight and durable LED video screens, announced today the introduction of its Light Rigid 4 (LR-4). Perfect for those looking for a lightweight, indoor hi-res LED video product, the LR-4 provides crisp and sharp playback that is ideal for IMAG, video reel playback, indoor advertising and much more. The LR-4 will make its debut at InfoComm in Orlando (Booth 5987).

With its extremely thin construction, LR-4 is easy to assemble and disassemble, and is compact for storage. Key features of the new LED product from PixelFLEX include 4mm resolution, Powercon and Ethernet connectors, and a per tile weight of approximately 17 lbs.

Already known for providing exceptional visual performance with its existing product line of LED screens, PixelFLEX’s LR-4 offers the highest and sharpest resolution to date, and features a 140 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angle. Additionally, with 281 trillion colors available and a lifespan of 100,000 hours, the LR-4 presents optimal flexibility and durability to customers seeking to maximize viewer engagement.

“The popularity of our industry-leading lightweight LED video curtain walls was the driving force for the creation of a solution that would deliver an even higher video resolution and ease of installation in any indoor environment,” said Jeremy Byrd, president and founder of PixelFLEX. “Whereas our existing video screen systems are perfect for use by touring musicians and bands on the road or in multi-use theatre environments, such as at universities, the LR-4 is the ultimate solution for permanent installations where high-end video improves the customer experience.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s LR-4 through a variety of connections, including DVI, HDMI, VGA, SDI, HD-SDI, Composite, S-video or Component.

“Given the reception our LED video curtain walls have received, we’re confident the LR-4 will find an audience looking to capitalize on its performance and ruggedness,” Byrd continued. “Video is the driving force behind reaching consumers today, so having a lightweight screen that delivers pristine visuals will help users meet their bottom line.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and the LR-4 solution, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

American Bible Society Atrium Gets New Look with Renewed Vision

Velocity Productions specifies ProVideoPlayer and ProPresenter as part of major remodel at ABS’ Manhattan headquarters

NEW YORK CITY — Atlanta-based Velocity Productions reports that it recently completed a full atrium remodel for the NYC headquarters of the American Bible Society (ABS) located just a few blocks north of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle at 61st and Broadway. According to Velocity President Brian Pirkle, Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer and ProPresenter software were both integral to the project’s success. more

Calibre UK to debut upgraded switcher/scalers at InfoComm 2013

Company maintains competitive edge by making ‘under the hood’ improvements to LEDView530 and HQView530

Calibre UK returns to InfoComm 2013 with significant updates to two of its most important products for the pro-AV marketplace: the LEDView530 and HQView 530 switcher/scalers.

Both products were launched earlier this year, with the former being aimed at the control of large-scale LED screens in rental and fixed-installation applications, and the latter being designed specifically to multiple-projector setups.

They have already found a loyal following among rental companies and AV systems integrators, and now Calibre UK has increased their appeal by maintaining its policy of continually updating its products during their lifetime.

Tim Brooksbank, Chairman, Calibre UK, explains: “We’ve given both the LEDView530 and the HQView530 a number of new features that really set them apart from the competition. These include the ability to capture an input feed to save as a custom test pattern, for display as a customer logo screen or as a backdrop when no live signal is being displayed. Both products can scale this saved image and will geometrically correct, warp, rotate and blend it like a live input, something our key competitors can’t achieve!

“Users can also now choose whether PTZ is applied globally to all input signals or is automatically saved and recalled per input channel per signal mode – a very powerful function for performing per-mode adjustments to aspect ratio.

“We have also enhanced the color calibration options with the ability to set R, G, B gains and bias (black level) per input channel and the ability to set saturation and hue per input channel, per mode. Unlike many competing products, these functions are available for all input channels including DVI, HDMI and 3G-SDI.

“Finally, both products have been given new ‘blue’ easy-to-read dimmable front-panel menu displays, with fast navigation via jog-wheel as well as buttons for direct input selection.”

In addition to being included as standard on all new inventory, all the above new features with the exception of the updated front-panel are available as free firmware upgrades for existing customers.

“We’re celebrating 25 years in business this year and customer service has always been one of our top priorities,” adds Brooksbank. “We always enjoy exhibiting at InfoComm and getting the chance to put the results of our intensive R&D effort in front of the pro-AV community. This year will, I’m sure, be no exception!”

Calibre UK will exhibit on Booth 4481 at InfoComm 13 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, from 12-14 June 2013.

Visionary Solutions at InfoComm 2013

INFOCOMM 2013 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW

Visionary Solutions, Inc. — Booth 2431

At InfoComm 2013, Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) will demonstrate the latest advancements in its comprehensive portfolio of IPTV and Internet encoding products for pro A/V applications.

New for InfoComm is PackeTV(R) Views, a low-cost, browser-based interface that streamlines the viewing and sharing of IPTV content originating from appliance-type encoders. VSI will also showcase the D1000 H.264/MPEG-2 decoder, the PackeTV Mobile HTTP-based media streaming server, and a powerful new IP video delivery bundle designed to simplify IPTV delivery.

Key Products and Technology Demos

NEW! PackeTV(R) Views
At InfoComm 2013, VSI will unveil PackeTV(R) Views, a low-cost, user-friendly, and easily configurable browser-based interface that simplifies viewing, maintenance, publishing, and access control of content. Ideal for the education and house of worship markets, PackeTV Views features intuitive controls that can be easily operated by both technical and non-technical personnel. Operators simply open the URL with the channel lineup, build a view customized for the intended audience, and can instantly push the content to viewers.

Leveraging cloud services, or Software as a Service (SaaS), PackeTV Views minimizes end-user requirements, eliminating the overhead and costs traditionally associated with deploying and maintaining complex client software. Additionally, the HTML-based solution supports a variety of popular Web browsers and provides personalized experience for users through customized branding and a flexible design, allowing users to share and consume media that is audience and age appropriate. Single-instance and enterprise licenses are available, enabling a local user to have a custom menu that consists of media feeds delivered and managed remotely, combined with additional channels that originate locally.

D1000 H.264/MPEG-2 Decoder
VSI’s new H.264 and MPEG-2 based decoder supports SDI (3G/HD/SD), HDMI(R), and DVI outputs with resolutions of up to 1080p60, enabling users to deliver professional quality HD video and audio over IP networks cost-effectively. After receiving H.264 or MPEG-2 audio and video content from a VSI encoder, the D1000 decodes and outputs the content into a high-quality 1080p, 1080i, or 720p HD stream, in real time, at the lowest possible bit rate. The high-performance decoder also supports a wide range of audio standards, including AAC, MPEG-1/2, and optionally AC3, to ensure exceptional audio quality.

PackeTV(R) Mobile
At InfoComm 2013, VSI will highlight PackeTV(R) Mobile, an HTTP-based media streaming communications system that simplifies the delivery of live and file-based content, enabling content administrators to deploy IP video to any connected device — including mobile phones, tablets, and set-top boxes. Built on an entirely server-based design, PackeTV Mobile can be cost-effectively deployed on any public or private network where HTTP access is allowed and scaled to provide superior-quality streaming video content to an unlimited number of users.

Ideal for a broad range of markets, including professional A/V, PackeTV Mobile supports SD and HD HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), with H.264 video and AAC audio, providing users with a high degree of flexibility.

AVN Series Encoder and PackeTV(R) Mobile Bundle
During InfoComm 2013, VSI will demonstrate integration between the company’s popular AVN Series encoders and PackeTV(R) Mobile media streaming system. Prior to video delivery, VSI’s AVN IPTV encoders transform content from a variety of sources into full-screen, full-resolution IP digital video in real time. Capable of encoding both HD and SD video in an H.264 stream (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC), VSI’s AVN Series is the ideal encoding solution for content administrators requiring cost-effective, low bit rate HD/SD video distribution over IP networks. Operators deploying the new bundle can choose between the AVN443, AVN441, and AVN422 encoders, based on their individual requirements.

After content is encoded, VSI’s PackeTV Mobile converts transport streams into HLS, ensuring a superior quality of experience on any IP-connected device. Featuring a server-based design, PackeTV Mobile can be deployed cost-effectively on any public or private network where HTTP access is allowed and scaled to provide superior-quality streaming video content to an unlimited number of users, eliminating the need for costly content delivery networks.

Company Overview:

Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

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