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More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33

Ahead of its general product release, expected before the end of June, CAST Software announces the distribution of the beta version of wysiwyg R33 design and previsualization software suite – the second instalment in the graphics upgrade — with three of its new and significant features, many of which were evaluated and requested by CAST Software’s partner base.

LED Video Walls / Screen Virtual Point Light
As content changes on screens such as LED video wall displays, they emit a light ‘glow’ into the surrounding environment. wysiwyg perfectly replicates this effect so lighting designers will be able to produce the most accurate previsualization and deliver stunning designs for their clients.

Shaded View Profiles
Promising greater workflow efficiency, Enhanced Shaded View Profiles allows users to save a combination of lighting settings under a profile for future use.

200 Lighting Universes
Saving perhaps the best new feature of R33 to last, CAST Software has doubled the number of universes giving wysiwyg users access to 200 universes. This translates to 102,400 DMX lighting channels, ensuring that no project is too big for wysiwyg.

But what does an industry professional see when looking at wysiwyg for the first time? Really virtually real super rich graphics driven by the ultimate software application that is so comprehensive that it deals with all aspects of lighting, including those things, which affect lighting like moving props, LED video walls, and reflective surfaces. wysiwyg lets them design and pre-cue, and then previsualize, run a sequence or take screen shots to test or share, ultimately delivering a design that can be faithfully replicated for real.

One lighting designer working with the beta version is Emiliano Morgia who said: “On seeing the beta version of wysiwyg R33, my first impression was ‘Wow’. In our lighting design projects we are often working to very tight deadlines so the Shaded View feature will ensure that we’re even more efficient. Additionally R33 packs some punch in creating realistic previsualizations for clients, especially those who are increasingly requiring LED video wall displays.”

“R33 represents a huge leap forward in functionality and the next instalment of the on-going graphics upgrade. The speed enhancement, file handling and navigation improvements are a result of the direct feedback from our professional customer base. R33 continues to unleash creative lighting for today’s needs and exemplifies what we are prone to say around CAST: it just keeps getting better!” explained Bruce Freeman, Chairman at CAST Group.

Meanwhile, over 100 beta testers, representing a cross-section of lighting professionals, are busy putting R33 through its paces and will be communicating their findings to CAST over the next weeks.

A full set of R33 features will be announced when the general release version of wysiwyg R33 becomes available, likely before the end of June.

R33 Beta LED Video Wall Glow Video: http://youtu.be/rQaoazMZ7dI

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TDC provides core video expertise for largest-ever light festival Vivid Sydney

Aquatique Show International, Vivid Aquatique, Darling Harbour, Photography by Rodney Campbell.

TDC – The Technical Direction Company is proud to be deploying the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services to Destination NSW for the sixth annual Vivid Sydney festival running from 23 May to 9 June.

Anthony Bastic, Vivid Light Festival Director said: “Vivid Sydney is a unique celebration of light, music and ideas that will see the centre of New South Wales’ vibrant capital transformed by a series of state-of-the-art visual and creative art installations. There are two components to Vivid Light. The first is the Light Walk, which is the public interface of Vivid Sydney. This includes numerous light installations by artists. Secondly, also forming part of the Light Walk, are projections onto some of Sydney’s most iconic buildings including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House. We are thrilled to work with TDC in bringing the artists’ vision to light.”

“This is our third year of working with Destination NSW on Vivid Sydney, providing a huge range of technologies including 3D media servers, 3D mapping, video projection equipment, projection tower infrastructure and sound installations, not to mention our highly skilled crews to manage the technology,” comments Kain Jones, Special Projects Manager at TDC. “We have used our experience of working on Vivid Sydney for the last three years to apply the insights with have learned to how to adapt and continue to make sure that the elements TDC is involved in are amazing.

“As Vivid Sydney grows, new buildings and locations are added, so initially we spend considerable time analysing which technology is best-aligned to meet the artists’ vision. We get involved from the outset in installation design, mapping the buildings to enable the designers to create content specific to the outline of those buildings. We then work on optimal locations for projector placement, media server selection, lens selection and the number of projectors required to meet specific brightness (lux) output for each installation.”

“Vivid Sydney is a great challenge for our company, the scale of this event is enormous in regard to projection technology required to bring it all together,” comments Michael Hassett, TDC’s Managing Director. “This year over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors. This is a projection technology feat and not something that any company globally could pull together easily. We’re proud to be working with the great team at that Destination NSW again this year, and we look forward to the continued success of Vivid Sydney.”

• Over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors. Photography Rodney Campbell.

The TDC team preparing for Vivid Sydney. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

TDC getting ready for Vivid Sydney. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

And the last word goes to Olin Winton, Technical Manager at TDC who says: “It’s always a joy to work on large format projection projects and Vivid Sydney is no exception. The opportunity to display images on iconic buildings takes months of planning and long nights of alignment. This year we have added several new projects to our list, which we are extremely pleased with. Seeing it all come together, working with world class technicians and seeing the end result of people interacting with the buildings is extremely rewarding.”

World firsts from TDC

This year’s Vivid Sydney programme includes a number of significant technological and creative firsts.

Dichroic Dimensions

Digital Shamans, Dichroic Dimensions, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Mordant Wing). Photography by Rodney Campbell.

Kain Jones points to one aspect of a unique interactive installation at the new building of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), where artist-in-residence Ross Manning has collaborated with multidisciplinary artistic collective, The Digital Shamans to give visitors the chance to projection-map the façade of the building using only their voice.

“There’ll be two microphones on a slightly raised platform. As the audience uses their voice to interact with the installation, various hidden layers of visuals and soundscapes will be revealed based on pitch,” explains Michael K Chin at The Digital Shamans. “TDC are an amazing company with the technical know how and equipment to cope with the subtleties in our work. Especially with the HD video taken of dichroic filters producing subtle gradients in tones and colour shifts, strong contrast and vivid colour. It’s been a pleasure working with TDC for the first time. They are very professional and their experience with past Vivid Sydney festivals has been invaluable.”

Gamma World

Jess Johnson & Spinifex, Gamma World, Original Façade, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

Bringing together the worlds of live performance, interaction and visual art onto the original façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Gamma World’ combines isometric designs, old school gaming, pop up 3D books and forced perspective using 3D and animation tricks that powerfully takes the viewers on a journey through changing worlds.

Stella Carmody, Producer at Spinifex Group Sydney says: “What makes this projection so special this year is that we were able to combine our love of story-telling with the wonderfully inspiring artwork of Jess Johnson to create an abstract, engaging and playful piece of moving art on this iconic building. Hardware and projection mapping was undertaken by our good friends, large-scale projection experts, TDC.”

Urban Tree Project

Urban Tree Project, Ample Projects – MLC Centre, Martin Place. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

If you ever find yourself wondering what grew in the CBD before monuments of glass and steel, Urban Tree Project in Vivid Sydney 2014 will show you. The CTA building in Martin Place will grow out of the ground to become a magnificent living tree within the surrounding urban environment to celebrate and reflect on Sydney’s original green landscape. Design and animation company, Ample Projects turned to TDC to provide the projection solution.

“This project had unique technical challenges, so the natural choice for us was TDC. Ample designed a complex 3D mapping solution in collaboration with the TDC team. They were highly professional, providing projection design solutions for a cylindrical architecture screen with extreme focal planes. We look forward to working with them again soon,” says Ample Creative Director, Nicholas Tory.

“The shape of the structure was great to work on. We decided that the best solution was to map the projection to the curves of the building using Coolux Pandoras Box Media Servers,” comments Pete Lynn, TDC’s Media Server Specialist. “We’re very happy with the results.”

The projections for the Urban Tree Project are synchronised with a stunning laser lighting show as is the case with TDC’s projections for the Vivid Aquatique Water Theatre installation.

Spirit of Patyegarang

•	Patyegarang, Bangarra Dance Theatre Company – Vivid Light Walk Tour, Harbour Bridge Southern Pylon. Photography Greg Barrett.

Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts organisation celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone the company presents its new production at the Sydney Opera House Patyegarang until 5 July and participates for the first time in Vivid Sydney with The spirit of Patyegarang. Projected onto the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The spirit of Patyegarang is a video installation marking the first Indigenous contribution to the Vivid Light Walk.

Bangarra’s Executive Director, Philipe Magid, said: “TDC is providing equipment and video expertise enabling our company to project a stunning work of art on to a section of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Through a fusion of dance movements and music soundscape and thanks to video projections supported by TDC, the important story of Patyegarang will awake and inspire with the sensations and emotions of ‘first contact’”.

Play Me

Play Me, Customs House, Photography by Rodney Campbell.

In a poetic explosion of colour, light and sound, ‘Play Me’ will transform the façade of Customs House into a series of massive ‘musical sculptures’ that are individually selected and manipulated by the audience.

“Each of these ‘sculptures’ depicts a family of musical instruments which the audience can ‘play’ in real-time using a touch screen located on a platform in front of Customs House bringing it to life in glorious torrents of ever-changing colour, light form and sound,” says Sergio Carrubba, director and projection designer at Danny Rose, the design team for this project. “We’ve worked with TDC before on the ‘Move Your Building’ exhibit at Vivid Sydney 2013. In all cases, TDC offers exceptional support during planning phases, onsite technical support and the very best in projection equipment to assist with our designs which will all be brought to life at Vivid Sydney.”

Ignatius Jones, Creative Director, Vivid Sydney, comments: “Vivid Sydney is a strange beast: on the one hand it is a major government initiative designed to drive visitation and tourist expenditure during the year’s lowest season, and on the other a celebration of the fusion of Art and Technology that is changing our world forever and for the better. As Creative Director I must split my focus between the exacting contractual and economic demands of government, and the necessity to provide cutting-edge technical solutions to all the issues of larges-scale – or should I say vast-scale – public entertainment.

“TDC has an instinctive and comprehensive understanding of these issues. They are the perfect collaborators: calm, creative and totally competent. I would have no qualms in recommending them to anyone in the tough world of live mass entertainment, and hope to be working with them for a long time to come.”


TDC staff working on this project:

Kain Jones – Special Project Manager
Olin Winton – Technical Manager
Steve Cain – Head Technician/Media Server Specialist
Pete Lynn – 3D Media Server Specialist
Drew Ferors – Projectionist
Gareth Marsh – Projectionist
Katrina Harding – Projectionist
Isaac McKenzie – Projectionist
Adam Fiddler – Technician

TDC are working with following designers for Vivid Sydney:
• Urban Tree Project, Ample Projects – MLC Centre, Martin Place http://www.vividsydney.com/events/urban-tree-project
• Aquatique Show International – Vivid Aquatique, Darling Harbour, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/vivid-aquatique
• Patyegarang, Bangarra Dance Theatre Company – Vivid Light Walk Tour, Harbour Bridge Southern Pylon, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/the-spirit-of-patyegarang
• Starry Night, Brad Miller – Pier 8, Walsh Bay Wharf, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/starrynight
• Digital Shamans – Dichroic Dimensions, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Mordant Wing), http://www.vividsydney.com/events/dichroic-dimensions
• Danny Rose – Play Me, Customs House, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/play-me
• Heinz Kasper – Mystery of Creation (Fragments of The Seasons), Cadman’s College, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/mystery-of-creation-fragments-of-the-seasons
• Jess Johnson & Spinifex – Gamma World, Original Façade, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/gamma-world-mca-original-facade

TDC equipment supplied:

• Over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors.
• Coolux Pandoras Box Media Servers
• Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software

Moody Gardens Chooses D3D Cinema and Christie for 4K 3D Giant Screen 6P Laser Projection System

Christie® and D3D Cinema are pleased to announce that the world’s first museum-based 4K 3D giant screen 6P laser projection system will be installed and premiering at Moody Gardens MG3D Cinema in Q4 2014. The system design and configuration will further distinguish the Moody Gardens MG3D Theater as one of the world’s most premier cinema venues.

“This is the game-changing milestone that the museum giant screen industry has longed to achieve for many years,” said Don Kempf, president and founder of D3D Cinema. “Moody Gardens’ audiences will be the first in the world to have a 6P giant screen laser experience, unarguably the future of cinema presentation. The DCI and DIGSS-compliant Christie laser solution, coupled with 6P glasses technology, will be unparalleled in terms of image quality. D3D has always been committed to designing first-rate giant screen solutions that are built on a more economically viable business model. It’s a great thrill to be able to achieve this goal AND be first to market with such a premium solution.”

John Zendt, CEO of Moody Gardens agrees. “D3D Cinema has proven time and again that they can deliver the goods first, better and more efficiently. We thoroughly researched all known laser options and the D3D/Christie solution beats the competition across the board – including, significantly, the price. We’ll own this laser system outright, which is important to us, saving significant operating dollars over the life of the laser modules. We’re really proud to have our theater represented as a pioneer in digital cinema and invite all museum executives to visit for a demonstration.”

Christie 4K 6PLaser Digital Projection System

The upgrade will replace Moody Gardens’ existing 4K xenon system with a state-of-the-art pair of Christie 4K laser projection heads, a 6P modular laser light farm with fiber optic delivery, Christie 4K 3D high-bitrate server, new giant screen 6P laser glasses, and a new premium white screen. “Our 6P laser design is a huge step forward for the industry,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “This particular system is designed to achieve up to 14-foot lamberts onscreen in 3D, far exceeding any ‘ultra-bright’ industry standards. Our non-flashing 6P architecture is by far the most light-efficient 3D technology on the market, providing incredible brightness, enhanced color gamut and a remarkable contrast ratio. On a speckle-free premium white screen, Moody Gardens will deliver a peerless cinematic presentation to their audience. It’s a real feather in our cap to have Moody Gardens as a flagship theater.”

This latest collaboration between D3D and Moody Gardens builds on a longstanding partnership. In January 2011, D3D and Moody co-hosted the first annual Digital Cinema Symposium, showcasing 4K projection technology on a giant screen for the first time, including the first 4K vs. 70mm split screen shootout. The following year, at the 2012 Digital Cinema Symposium, D3D showcased the first 4K 3D demonstration, 11.1 3D audio, high frame rate 3D as well as a prototype laser on a giant screen, all industry firsts. The 2012 event was a milestone, marking the first time that industry professionals overwhelmingly acknowledged a digital presentation exceeded the quality of a 70mm film in a side-by-side comparison. A case study was recently published by D3D & Moody Gardens illustrating the financial benefits and qualitative success of digital presentation and rebranding.

Moody Gardens’ marks the first giant screen laser deal of many for D3D and Christie. “Lasers raise the bar,” adds Kempf. “After Moody Gardens, our first laser dome system is around the corner, which will save our dome clients hundreds of thousands in operating costs per year. The giant screen industry is about to look quite a bit brighter!”

Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows Video Wall Management Software Now Available

Exciting new digital signage functionality for Mura-based video walls to be demonstrated at InfoComm 2014

Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows Video Wall Software

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Matrox MuraControl™3.0 for Windows® video wall management software for Mura™ MPX-based video walls. Top new features include the ability to render HTML5 feeds such as social media, weather and stock market data and the ability to add multi-lingual Unicode text overlays across individual source windows or the entire video wall.

“This update to MuraControl gives video wall integrators and system builders even greater control over Mura MPX-based video wall content and layouts,” said Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager, Matrox Graphics. “The intuitive, feature-rich application lets user create, save and edit layouts offline or in real time so their content appears exactly where and how they want it.”

Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards let integrators easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls of almost any size. The boards feature highly flexible, universal input channel support for both digital and analog (DVI, RGB/VGA, Component, S-Video & Composite) video signals plus exceptional-quality scaling, switching, and compositing of source content. Compatible Mura MPX analog video capture cards provide additional NTSC/PAL/SECAM input channel support and the Mura MPX-SDI board features two 3G SDI video inputs and two DVI outputs.

Additional new features in MuraControl 3.0 for Windows include support for analog input capture adjustments, options for “signal lost” events that let the user define what appears on an overlay window when the source signal is lost or not connected and options for input auto detect filtering that let the user specify a source type.

MuraControl 3.0 will be demonstrated on Matrox Mura-powered video walls for the first time at InfoComm 2014 (Las Vegas, June 18-20, booth N2247). Mura capabilities will also be showcased through rich transitions and eye-catching effects applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers and equipment manufacturers can use to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls.

Availability
The Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows software license is now available for purchase. The free 21-day trial version of MuraControl 3.0 for Windows is now available for download from the Matrox website. The Mura Network API and the lower level C/C++ style DWC API are now available to developers. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics.

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.

New From BenQ at InfoComm 2014

Visit BenQ America Corp. at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20 – Las Vegas, Booth C8531

BenQ Products on Display at InfoComm 2014:
Creators of immersive learning spaces, broader boardroom collaboration, and billion-color visual entertainment, BenQ’s InfoComm roster brings together innovations for applications in education, business, home theater, digital signage, and more. Powered by Colorific(TM) technology to deliver accurate, crisp, and long-lasting image quality, BenQ’s newest projectors include professional high-brightness units, interactive devices for more captivating classroom experiences, and a compact portable model for setups on the go. BenQ will also share the benefits of its energy-saving SmartEco(TM) technology, which can increase lamp life up to an amazing 10,000 hours. For digital signage and commercial applications, BenQ is introducing multiple 4K Ultra HD panels, a host of interactive displays with tablet-like navigation, more engaging slim bar displays, and dual-sided signage. Also on display will be BenQ’s first-ever 4K Ultra HD CAD/CAM professional monitor, now featuring BenQ’s RevolutionEyes(TM) technology for exceptional monitor performance.

Changing the Face of Visual Displays: New BenQ Digital Signage Offerings
At InfoComm 2014, BenQ is introducing its first-ever 4K Ultra HD interactive display, the RP840G. The 84-inch, six-touch point, feature-rich display provides multi-PC touch control via USB, EZCast for simple collaboration via WiFi, and an intuitive teaching software bundle for classroom applications. For interactive classrooms, collaborative boardrooms, and intuitive wayfinding solutions, the multitouch technology featured on BenQ’s new 70-inch RP700+ interactive flat-panel display provides responsive feedback with accurate positioning to augment interactivity in any digital signage application. As a result, students, presenters, and information-seekers can simply touch the screen for responsive panning, zooming, and scrolling — just like a tablet. For more comfortable viewing, the RP700+ features advanced anti-glare glass to reduce screen reflection and eliminate visual interference, preventing both eye fatigue and stress. The display supports a low blue light mode for further visual protection and increases convenience via multiplatform compatibility with software such as Chrome OS, and has additional connectivity features such as a front panel input/output for added flexibility.

Designed for open public spaces, BenQ’s public information displays provide advanced innovations that enliven any targeted or round-the-clock signage installation. Slim and lightweight, the DL550F full HD 55-inch dual-side display is perfect for retail stores, transportation areas, or public venues offering users access to information from both sides of the panel. The dual-sided panels are only one-inch thick and light enough to be hung from a ceiling or placed on a stand. BenQ’s new bar displays enable ultra-widescreen signage in either 28-inch (BH280) or 38-inch (BH380) formats for public transit, restaurant menu boards, and more. Featuring 700 nits (28 inch) and 1500 nits (38 inch) of high brightness, 176/176-degree wide viewing angles, in addition to DVI and VGA multiple signal interfaces, the panels can be used in portrait or landscape mode to support kiosk applications. Also on display will be BenQ’s super narrow bezel PH550, designed specifically for building seamless and breathtaking videowalls. The 55-inch display includes BenQ’s Multiple Display Administrator application to control and monitor multiple displays remotely with ease, and the optional Color Calibration solution that automatically unifies the color profile of each videowall display for easy setup and installation.

Billions of Colors for Vibrant, True-to-Life Images: BenQ Colorific(TM) Projectors
Leading BenQ’s Colorific(TM) projector portfolio is the high-brightness PU9730. Designed to bring premium brightness to command and control centers, houses of worship, classrooms, and conference room settings, the all-new WUXGA device delivers an incredibly bright 7,000 Colorific lumens compliant to the Rec. 709 color gamut. Installations are extra easy thanks to powered focus, zoom, and lens shifting; lens memory; mechanical shutter capabilities; and the addition of seven optional lenses for more flexibility. Also new to the high-brightness series is the Colorific 6,000-lumen TH963. Featuring an impressive 11,000:1 contrast ratio and full HD 1080p resolution, the professional large-venue projector includes BenQ’s Colorific image quality and optional lens flexibility for simpler setups.

Shown for the first time in North America, BenQ’s ultra short throw MW853UST projector for the connected education sector brings enhanced interactivity to projection-based classrooms. Using dual screen capabilities, two MW853UST units can easily enlarge the projection area of any learning space allowing up to four participants to simultaneously collaborate on dual wide screens as large as 190 inches. Featuring auto calibration, the device allows teachers and students to interact using up to four PointWrite(TM) pens or via finger-touch technology for simple hands-on collaboration directly on the screen. Easy to set up and install, the MW853UST features a wall mount plate integrated directly onto the projector, 3D PC and Blu-ray readiness, and double 10W speakers, creating a complete multimedia solution that turns classrooms into collaborative and engaging learning spaces.

To augment collaboration within business settings, the multipurpose MH740 projector provides a crisp 11,000:1 contrast ratio, 4,000 Colorific lumens of brightness, and full HD 1080p resolution. For added convenience, the unit is equipped with integrated 10W speakers and the ability to cast 3D content directly from PCs and Blu-ray devices, allowing presenters to enjoy lifelike experiences without sacrificing setup speed. For IT managers, the MH740′s LAN control feature simplifies facility-wide maintenance by allowing easy remote monitoring and control directly from workstations. To lower total cost of ownership, the projector features BenQ’s SmartEco(TM) technology, which automatically adjusts lamp power to deliver up to 3,500 hours of lamp life.

For content everywhere portability, the compact and easy to use Ultra-Lite GP20 projector offers LED projection backed by 700 Colorific lumens, native WXGA resolution, and support for resolutions up to UXGA. With features such as mirroring for devices equipped with Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), the GP20 enables easy notebook PC, cable, console gaming, or smart device connection to transfer small-screen content directly to the projector from any portable device. The GP20 also offers simple wireless streaming from MHL-compatible Roku and Chromecast players, allowing users to enjoy cloud content from popular services such as Netflix, Hulu, Aereo, and more. PC 3D-ready, the GP20 lets users share HD-quality movies, videos, photos, games, and presentations on any wall or video screen, casting up to a 10-foot diagonal image from 10 feet away.

Professional Performance With Increased Visual Comfort: BenQ RevolutionEyes(TM) Monitors
BenQ’s 32-inch 4K Ultra HD BL3201PT wide quad high-definition (WQHD) professional monitor is designed for 3D printing, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). With an AHVA panel enabling 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles, the unit’s 2560×1440 resolution brings 77 percent more working space to users. Displaying graphics at 4K, the eye-care monitor enables higher pixels per inch (ppi) for a sharper, more precise viewing experience. With the monitor’s unique CAD/CAM mode, users obtain a special color map for popular CAD programs, which makes small details in wireframes more visible, while the unit’s Display Pilot software enables users to change color settings automatically based on specific applications. To further simplify design workflows, the unit’s Auto-Pivot function automatically rotates and partitions content when the display is turned from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa. To increase user comfort during long periods of computer use, the BL3201PT also incorporates BenQ’s exclusive ZeroFlicker(TM) technology.

Made specifically for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, color re-touchers, and printers who rely heavily on color accuracy, BenQ’s PG2401PT certified color management monitor provides reliable, printing-certified soft-proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price. To facilitate collaboration between professionals, the self-calibrating PG2401PT monitor also covers 100 percent CMYK, 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color space, and is designed to take advantage of today’s most popular cloud-based color proofing services such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud and PantoneLIVE. To further ensure that on-screen colors visually match off-the-press colors for accurate reproduction, the PG2401PT is FograCert Softproof certified, as well as SWOP & GRACoL certified by the IDEAlliance.

Image Links:
RP840G: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_RP840G.jpg
RP700+: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_RP700+.jpg
DL550F: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_DualSide_Display.jpg
BH280/380: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_BarDisplay.jpg
PH550: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PH550.jpg
PU9730: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PU9730.jpg
TH963: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_TH963.jpg
MW853UST: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_MW853UST.jpg
MH740: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_MH740.jpg
GP20: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_Ultra-Lite.jpg
BL3201PT: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_BL3201PT.jpg
PG2401PT: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PG2401PT.jpg

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/140512.doc

Company Quote:
“BenQ’s philosophy centers on providing market-first innovations that matter. This vision has made our company one of the fastest growing display brands in North America and has enabled us to develop exciting new solutions that put smart, collaborative, eye-catching products into the hands of students, professionals, and mainstream consumers. It has also allowed us to introduce several key initiatives including our BEST Education and Integrators’ Choice partner programs, further strengthening our support of both the education sector and the professional integration channel. At InfoComm 2014, we look forward to unveiling an unprecedented new lineup of next-gen solutions, including high-brightness Colorific projectors, visually-stunning digital signage panels, interactive technologies, and RevolutionEyes monitors, all delivering a perfect balance of performance, reliability, and design.”
– Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp.

About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the fastest growing projector brand in North America(1), the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, and the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlit monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Sounds And Silence Coexist Peacefully In New York Public Library, Made Possible By Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight Technology

Audio Spotlight Directional Speakers In Action At NYPL Recognizing the interests of neighborhood youth and their affinity for embracing future technologies, Rice+Lipka Associates sought out to provide the New York Public Library (NYPL) with an exciting, modern makeover of its Hamilton Grange Teen Center situated in the heart of New York City. By focusing on integrating fresh technologies to provide unique social experiences, Rice+Lipka were able to transform the aging facility into an open-concept hangout space full of interest, engagement, and community.

As the preservation of quiet is utterly synonymous with public library space, NYPL was faced with the challenge of catering to the increasingly multimedia-centric senses of today’s youth, without adding noise or distraction to the quiet library. Their solution was the unique Audio Spotlight directional speaker systems by Holosonics. A speaker technology unlike any other, the Audio Spotlight provides a narrow sound beam of coverage, with audio levels dropping over 90% only a single step away. Harnessing such directivity, the library could create a tight, well defined listening area, while maintaining quiet for all others outside this zone.

Several of Holosonics’ unique directional speakers were mounted over the circular listening area. Inside the boundary, teens can rock the afternoon away to Garage Band on the Wii, while others study peacefully, and quietly, just outside the isolated Audio Spotlight sound field.

Michael Beach, Project Manager for HB Communications, the AV integrator responsible for the Hamilton Grange install, shares, “The Audio Spotlight is impressively effective at localizing sound.” Beach elaborates, “Libraries are notorious for very closely monitored sound levels, so it’s not every day you see an open air media center with speakers pumping sound out right in the middle of one – the Audio Spotlights make that possible.”

“It’s pretty remarkable to be able to offer the only speaker technology with precise enough coverage to be tolerated in library settings,” states inventor Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, “It’s one of the most demanding environments concerning noise, and this success is a real testament to the Audio Spotlight’s unmatched sound field control.”

About Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Holosonic Research Labs, Inc., a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded in 1999 by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows and retail kiosks. The world’s top organizations and companies use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners… and preserve the quiet.™

Press inquiries: press@holosonics.com

Calibre brings real-world innovation to InfoComm 2014

Focus on media, events and entertainment applications

Calibre UK, the creator of multiple award-winning scalers and processors for the professional audio visual market will exhibit at InfoComm 2014, 18-20th June, Las Vegas Convention Centre (Booth C7541). The booth will be co-branded Calibre and Kramer Electronics in recognition of the two companies’ strategic partnership launched in 2013.

Immediately adjacent to the main Kramer booth (C7736), Calibre will include an impressive array of real-world applications using the new Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range of edge blending, scaling, warping and LED video wall processing equipment – all powered by Calibre’s proprietary scaling technologies. The products include the Kramer VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 and VP-794, which are derived from the Calibre HQView and LEDView scaling and processing model range.

Live at InfoComm 2014: VP-794 events demonstration

Making its Americas debut, the Kramer VP-794 universal live events scalers will be demonstrated in typical live events scenarios. Creating a exceptionally engaging and bright display that’s expected to be seen from all angles of the InfoComm show floor, the VP-794 will drive content for display on to Lighthouse Technologies’ LED video walls.

Complementing this will be a demonstration of the VP-794’s capabilities to edge blend and warp various content onto a curved screen display using ultra-bright large-venue projectors from Digital Projection International.

The demonstrations will highlight to InfoComm visitors how easy it is to manage video content across LED displays and projection video walls in the most rugged and high-demanding environments.

Focus on high-performance image processing

Where image quality, precision and fidelity are key, Calibre will demonstrate the benefits of edge-blending across multiple displays and curved projection screens for simulation and training environments, events, conference room applications.

Highlights include the warping and blending controls of the Kramer VP-793 and VP-792 processors at interactive demo stations located around the booth.

There will also be interactive demo stations showing video processing with geometric correction using the 3G-SDI to DVI-HDMI signal processing capabilities of the Kramer VP-791 processor and an interactive demo of Kramer VP-794 pixel-accurate image resizing for LED videowalls.

In each case visitors can come and try out the products and interact with the controls themselves to see how they work.

“The booth this year will enable visitors to gets hands on and try out the Kramer Media, Events and Entertainment range powered by Calibre so they can plan for their future projects and investments,” said Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

“Our proven technologies are in daily use across the world in some impressive and challenging event, media and entertainment production installations and are now available to a much wider market through Kramer’s outstanding Americas and worldwide sales and support network.”

You can see the Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range powered by Calibre including the VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 & VP-794 scalers on the Calibre booth at InfoComm 2014, 18-20 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # C7541.

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About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

Some useful links:

Twitter: @CalibreProAV

Website: www.calibreuk.com

Christie MicroTiles and Christie Spyder X20 Promote Michigan State University’s Basketball Program

The Michigan State University Spartans are using Christie® MicroTiles® and a Christie Spyder X20 to promote its powerful men’s basketball program to potential recruits as well as current players and fans. Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) and BlueWater Technologies created the magnificent 30-foot wide by 5-foot tall Christie MicroTiles visual display wall in a corridor of the Berkowitz Athletic Complex, home of Spartans basketball.

With athletic recruiting a highly competitive endeavor, the Spartans wanted something extra to bring the best prospects to their program. The plan was to install a video wall – but not just any video wall – into the long, narrow corridor 20 feet above the basketball court leading into the athletic complex. LCD flat panels were the first choice but the school was concerned about the quality of the images that would show on the display – especially when viewed close up.

“There are several trophies at the end of the corridor, including two men’s NCAA championship trophies, but the college wanted to be able customize the experience for visitors. Coach Izzo and his staff are well known and respected and the school wanted a digital display system to highlight that and the successful history of the program. They wanted to show off what Michigan State does and can do for potential recruits,” said Dean Harris CTS, designer technology services, Integrated Design Solutions.

Christie MicroTiles at Michigan State

The school was also concerned about the larger bezels of flat panels interfering with the cohesiveness of the display they wanted. Familiar with Christie MicroTiles, Harris had some MicroTiles’ samples brought in.

“We took the MicroTiles demo out to the coaches, the athletic director and others at MSU,” explained Harris. “They said, ‘if we are going to do this, we have to have the right product so the content will be crystal-clear up close.’ The visuals on the MicroTiles are very sharp even when you stand just a few inches away from them. Everyone’s reaction was ‘Wow!’ We blew them away. It was the tiny seams, the clarity of the images, the fact that they are serviceable from the front – the MicroTiles just looked stunning and did exactly what they wanted – they were the right choice.”

Located two feet off the floor and fitted into the wall, the Christie MicroTiles video wall comprises 110 tiles in a 22-unit wide by 5-units tall array and – using a Christie-designed pedestal – seamlessly blends into the architecture.

“The MicroTiles wall is located in a dark and narrow entry corridor that leads to a brightly lit rotunda. One of our architects explained that ‘this corridor was designed to replicate the feeling of a student athlete walking through the player’s tunnel into an arena. The vivid content on the MicroTiles wall draws your attention as you walk down the corridor that ends at a large trophy display in the rotunda.’ It is rather impressive,” said Harris.

“There is quite a lot of talk around campus about having to go see the new video wall at the Berkowitz complex. We’re also hearing that other MSU departments would like to have one, too.”

Christie Spyder X20 Manages and Controls Content

To complete the project, the school needed a powerful video processor to do full justice to the content – which is where the Christie Spyder X20 came in. The school’s video production department produces a variety of branded content with one highlight being a line of past coaches that includes their history at the touch of a button while game days include satellite feeds and other MSU-branded content.

“Bob Christopher (central regional manager, Christie) recommended the Spyder X20 and we, in-turn, recommended it to the school; it became part of the whole design project. It was the best fit for the MicroTiles wall,” Harris concluded. “Working with Bob, and Christie as a whole, has been great. I would do it again.”

Christie MicroTiles bright, color-rich and flawless images are the perfect digital technology for creating impressive displays in university and college lobbies, auditoriums and athletic facilities. Several higher education institutions – including the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at the North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University – are benefiting from Christie MicroTiles video walls.

Atlona® Continues Participation in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ users maintain free access to Atlona® product detail for up-to-date specification in Audio, Video, and IT-based projects

CONCORD, CA, USA – MAY 07, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that Atlona® has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Now, D-Tools SIX users will continue to enjoy immediate, free access to the entire database of Atlona’s residential and commercial distribution solutions. Via the D-Tools product database, D-Tools System Integrator™ users are better equipped to specify all Atlona products.

“Atlona is an industry-leading audio video signal distribution solutions provider and their products have historically been both highly sought-after and heavily utilized within the D-Tools platform,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We’re pleased to have them renew their participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, availing Atlona product specifications to D-Tools users worldwide for use in their electronic system designs, estimates, and proposals.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free of charge, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.

“Atlona is once again excited to participate in the D-Tools MVP program,” says Ken Eagle, Director of Training and Technical Sales, Atlona. “D-Tools continues to help us support our dealers, enabling them to offer better solutions and design even the most complex applications for their clients.”

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Atlona products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app will be made available for download from the Apple App Store and will carry a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

About Atlona®
Atlona® is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry. More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

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.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

 

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Extron Now Shipping Two Channel Balanced and Unbalanced Audio Converter with Precision Input Signal Matching

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the BUC 202, a two channel balanced and unbalanced audio converter, and audio line driver. It features two balanced or unbalanced inputs and outputs, both on captive screw connectors. The BUC 202 provides two independent channels of signal matching between unbalanced and balanced audio equipment. Two rotary switches provide precise trim adjustment from -21 to +21 dB in clearly-labeled 3 dB steps. In addition to serving as an interface from consumer products to professional AV systems, the BUC 202 is a high-quality line driver for sending and receiving audio signals up to 1,000 feet (300 m). The unique 1U, quarter rack width enclosure, together with the included patented ZipClip 200 mounting bracket, offers the versatility to install the BUC 202 in a discreet location, such as on a rack rail, beneath a table, or within a lectern. more

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