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First Baptist Church of Trussville Improves Student Engagement with Facility Redesign

Reaching and engaging with a young audience is critical to churches seeking to strengthen their ministry by building a future audience that will join their existing followers. For First Baptist Church of Trussville (Ala.), one of the oldest churches in Alabama – founded nearly 190 years ago – reaching a younger audience involved the introduction of an on-site student facility where children and adolescents can gather to pray, study or socialize. To assist with the development of the student facility, First Baptist presented Elite Multimedia, a professional sound, lighting, and video company based in Memphis (Tenn.), with the difficult task of creating a warm, fun and engaging environment while keeping the church’s tight budget in mind.

Commissioned to assist with the integration of new AVL (audio, video and lighting) equipment in First Baptist’s traditional and contemporary service spaces, Elite Multimedia was also tapped to design the new student facility located atop the church’s preschool facility. Knowing that they soon would be working on the student facility and that budget was a consideration, Elite’s team determined that utilizing the older, but serviceable equipment previously in use in the church’s other service spaces would help First Baptist meet its objectives.

“Prior to Elite Multimedia’s redesign, the student facility was just a loud room with bare walls,” said David Youngstrom, media technology associate at First Baptist Church. “Today, it looks and sounds tremendous. Elite did a fantastic job with taking the speakers and monitors we had in other parts of the church and incorporating them into the new space. It really is a crystal clear system now – it’s got the rich bass with nice highs and distinct tones.”

Having replaced the Renkus-Heinz powered speakers that were housed in First Baptist’s main auditorium, Elite Multimedia repurposed them to serve as the youth sound system. The speakers were supplemented with a new DSP, wiring infrastructure, power sequencing and a new rack, while the old analog soundboard was also relocated to the student facility. In addition, the video wall featured in the church’s lobby was moved to the youth space and reconfigured as part of a new video wall using a

Panasonic projector in the center and eight Planar displays – four on each side – to create one large image across the stage. Moving lights were also preserved and reused along with a new dimming system for theatrical and house lighting.

“It’s a pretty neat space,” Youngstrom continued. “The students now have a warmer and friendlier environment for their Sunday School activities. They also have a place where they can go to meet with friends and peers -where they can plug in their iPad, go over lessons or just play video games. It’s been an amazing transformation and it has had a real positive impact on student engagement with the church. When you get down to it, the room gives us a tool to bring students in to minister to them and that is what we were hoping to achieve. ”

For more information on Elite Multimedia and its notable integration projects, visit www.EliteMultimedia.com. Follow Elite Multimedia at www.facebook.com/elitemultimedia or @elitemultimedia.

Mount St. Mary’s College performs large-scale classroom technology update with TecPodium Lecterns

College performs large-scale modernization using 70 uniform, user-friendly and fully integrated Tecom podiums

Tecom TecPodium Presenter at Mount St. Mary's College

Rosh Haayin, Israel – 30 September 2013 – Mount St. Mary’s College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles, California. Established in 1925, the College aims to train future female leaders committed to public service on a global level. The College also prides itself on the diversity of its student body and faculty, which includes a wide variety of religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
In 2010, Mount St. Mary’s College was presented with the opportunity to upgrade 60 classrooms for the intellectual and technological demands of the 21st century.

To improve the current teaching environment and prepare the College for future technological upgrades, Eric Kieselhorst, Director of Media Services and Stephanie Glick, former Academic Technology Director, began the assessment of all classroom technology aspects. It was important for the College to ensure that the pedagogic, academic and technological needs of the students and faculty were considered and included in the plan to update the classrooms.

Seeking and Finding: Easy to Use, Height Adjustable Lectern
In a teaching lectern the faculty wanted something that was height adjustable and had a small footprint. Pedagogically it was important that control of the classroom technology devices (e.g. projector, document camera, etc.) be accessible to the faculty member on the lectern so as not to break eye contact with the students. Prior to the new solution, faculty would turn to the wall and press buttons to control the technology. An integral part of the solution for Mount St. Mary’s College was found in the TecPodium Presenter Lectern from Tecom Electronics. It is economical, height adjustable, sturdy, sleek and sexy.

The TecPodium Presenter is an all-in-one, compact and clean-looking smart lectern solution. It has an interactive pen display and coupled with the classroom computer housed in its base, allows direct on-screen annotation of classroom materials. “After numerous surveys, interviews and discussions with faculty as to how technology could best serve their pedagogical needs in the classroom, we arrived at the conclusion that the TecPodium Presenter Lectern would meet the entire qualities faculty required” says Eric.
“Due to its sleek design, ease-of-use interface and the most practical ADA compliant height-adjustable lift in the industry, the Presenter has done wonders for faculty in the classroom”.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO noted: “Tecom has been basing its products design on faculty feedback to ensure that it meets their needs while providing high performance, durability and cost effective solution higher-education institutions demand. Tecom solid reputation with worldwide installations in educational, corporate and government settings contributed to the level of confidence the College was looking for. We were glad to be part of this project and to work closely with the College, the AV system integrator and, of course, our REP firm in the territory.”

Swift Deployment of “Pod Rooms”
Tecom partnered with CCS Presentation Systems to sell and install 60 TecPodium Presenters to Mount St. Mary’s College over a three year period. During this time Presenters were installed in classrooms on both of the College’s campuses.

Eric and the College team worked with Tecom to customize the lectern to meet all of the needs. A software platform was installed on the computers that enables faculty to control the technology directly from the Presenter interactive monitor. To ensure that the technology worked seamless and was transparent, all control panels were removed from the walls and unnecessary controls were removed from the lectern. Thus alleviating any faculty confusion as to how to control the technology. After the first rooms were complete the faculty vied to be able to teach in the new “Pod Rooms”. The faculty and students are satisfied with the solution.

Mount St. Mary’s College use the Presenter as the hub of their A/V system where instructors use a control dashboard GUI run by a software control platform to power on the displays in the room, route the desired sources, control microphone and program volume and even record the class to a capture device if needed. The lecturer now has everything under his fingertips in the lectern. “The TecPodium Presenter secures the workstation, monitor and cables from potential alterations or damage, thereby limiting the number of Help Desk calls we receive and the days when a search in each classroom for projector remotes, workstations, and USB drives are over” states Eric.

The Result: Happy Tech Staff, Happy Instructors
The installation process was very smooth and the TecPodium Presenter has become the College’s standard for classroom instruction. “The instructors quickly became accustomed to the TecPodium Presenter as their control center and teaching station. The College has been very satisfied with the product and its benefits and has enjoyed the uniformity that comes with a classroom standard in terms of staff support and understanding of the systems since they are all very similar” notes Henry Barnston, CCS Sales Representative. Whereas the original installation plan was for 60 Presenters over three years, more than 70 units have successfully been installed with plans to equip each classroom on both campuses with its own Presenter.

In Conclusion Eric Kieselhorst, Director of Media Services, states:
“With the Presenter, technology is no longer an impediment to teaching. It is transparent. Faculty are able to walk into a classroom with little or no training and immediately begin to do what they do best – Teach.
We are now in the final phase of classroom upgrade project and Tecom’s TecPodium Presenter is now an integral part of each classroom. Without the Presenter, the classroom upgrades simply would not have been as successful. I highly recommend the product“.

About Tecom Electronics Ltd.:
Tecom Electronics is a dynamic company continuously developing and evolving their products to provide the simplest yet most technologically advanced solution to managing Audio Visual equipment in training and educational facilities. Tecom replaces generic podiums in the classroom and boardroom with a more interactive and easy to use technological experience.
www.tecpodium.com

About CCS Presentation Systems
Founded in California, 1996, CCS Presentation Systems has grown to become one of the largest audio/video integration companies in the State of California, with four offices in major metro areas.
Local Sales Representative, Henry Barnston, was responsible for getting this project underway and managed the installation and service support for the College.
www.ccsprojects.com

About REP 360
REP 360 – A Best Practices Manufactures Rep Firm, which links technology manufactures to the AV Consulting Community, Design Firms, Audio-Visual Technology Systems Integrators in the western United States. With 25 years of channel development experience, REP 360 is responsible for sales and technical training, marketing and support services for some of the top AV manufactures in the world.
www.rep360.com

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES VP500-102 UNIVERSAL DIGITAL SCALAR

**** Photo: Altinex VP500-102 Universal Digital Scalar ****

Brea, CA – October 2013… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the introduction of the VP500-102 Universal Digital Scalar. The new VP500-102 is the ideal solution for scaling HDMI sources—HDTV or PC resolution—to an alternative HDMI resolution (HDTV or PC). As a device that is fully HDMI and HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compliant, the new VP500-102 is perfect for the incorporation of sources where resolution and/or resolution type requires conversion. A simple on-screen display (OSD) enables the user to configure the device with simplicity—making this an ideal tool that technology / AV managers at conference centers, hotels, and in the education market won’t want to be without. more

Field Museum of Natural History Goes Modern with L-ACOUSTICS

White 8XTi surround speakers are unobtrusively mounted between the columns on both sides of the Field Museum's Simpson Theater

Frost Chicago and Clearwing Productions install ARCS WIFO and XT Series systems at James Simpson Theater for everything from corporate events to 3D cinema

CHICAGO — With its majestic Doric-style columns, intricately carved molding and beautifully detailed 20-foot recessed ceiling, the 700-seat James Simpson Theater at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History is popular among Fortune 500 companies and other organizations as a prime venue for corporate events. Recently, production design firm Frost Chicago enhanced the nearly 100-year-old space with a very modern addition — a full L-ACOUSTICS surround sound system to complement a new 3D/HD digital cinema projector installed by D3D Cinema. more

Extron Now Shipping VN-Matrix Codec for 3G-SDI Over IP

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the VNC 325 3G-SDI, a VN-Matrix series codec that streams SDI, HD-SDI, or 3G-SDI video and embedded audio over standard IP networks. The VNC 325 transports low latency, production-quality SD or HD video with embedded audio. Two channels of audio can be streamed with video in low bandwidth applications or up to 16 audio channels can be streamed in ancillary – ANC data blocks of four channels. Form factor improvements from the VN-Matrix 300 Series make it compatible with Extron rack mount accessories. more

HARMAN’s Crown Now Offers Online Certification Program for I-Tech HD Series Amps

ELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced that it now offers an online certification program for its I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The program is free of charge and provides two levels of certification: Basic, which trains users on basic features of the amplifiers, and Advanced, which enables power users to get the most out of their I-Tech HD purchase.

The course is available online at: http://www.crownaudio.com/usa/amplifiers/i-tech-hd-series.html. Simply click on the blue “Test Your Knowledge” icon at the right of the screen to register for the Basic or Advanced test. Once registered, users may take the tests in one sitting or save their progress and resume the test at a later date.

“Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers are the most technologically advanced amplifiers on the market today, and offer highly flexible configuration and control options,” noted Brian Pickowitz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “Our Online Certification Program gives users the knowledge they need to ‘dig deep’ into the amplifiers’ extensive capabilities and optimize the performance of I-Tech HD Series amplifiers for any live sound system application.

Once logged on, participants will be asked a series of questions about the I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The questions encompass a variety of topics including: types of features and connectivity options, DSP and preset memory capabilities, interfacing with other system components and software and many other areas.

Participants must receive an 80 percent or better correct score to successfully complete the tests. There are no time limits and users can take the tests as many times as they’d like. Once they pass the tests, they will receive a downloadable Certificate of Completion.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Matrox Monarch HD Now Shipping Worldwide

Award-winning streaming and recording appliance lets professional video producers simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing

Matrox® Video today announced that the new Matrox Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Priced at just $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive or a network-mapped drive. Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. It also offers simple, one-touch stream and record pushbuttons; low power consumption; a locking power connector; and a quiet, fanless design.

“In a single integrated unit, Monarch HD separates the task of recording from streaming to ensure that the user’s content delivery network (CDN) delivers quality video to a live internet audience while the user himself independently controls the quality of his archive,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “Matrox Monarch HD injects the highest quality video into every bit regardless of input source or target bitrate. Combining the power of the built-in H.264 encoder with Matrox’s high quality deinterlacing and scaling engines guarantees stunning results.”

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

FSR’s DR-SOCK Provides Easy Cure for Pulling Cables

A “must have” for fast and simple cable installation

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR’s new DR-SOCK is a handy and affordable cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors.

A must-have for every installer’s toolbox, DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging, and re-useable. It protects cables and connectors from being damaged by taking the stress off the connection points while pulling through a conduit. The design opens up to 1.25 inches, and features brightly colored sleeve tips to enable easy identification, and a steel ring to allow quick and positive attachment of a pull snake. DR-SOCK can be used to safely pull FSR’s new Digital Ribbon Cables as well as others with connector shells.

“DR-SOCK joins so many of our products that are designed to shorten installation time without compromising the integrity or quality of the project,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “This simple device pulls cables and connectors without damaging them, and will soon be a staple in every toolbox.”

DR-SOCK, like all FSR products, is made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

IMT’s Interactive Video Learning Sponsors CLO Symposium Awards

Premiere Event Focuses on Advanced Learning and Development Productivity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Video Learning (IVL), a new high definition broadcast training division of Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) is sponsoring the gala CLO Symposium Awards Dinner on September 30 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA.

 

 

 

 

The theme of the 3-day symposium is “Chief Learning Officer Solutions for Enterprise Productivity,” with a concentration on boosting employee performance and sharpening the corporate competitive edge.  When learning and development are accelerated it creates a catalyst for growth and magnifies individual and organizational performance.  The challenge for chief learning officers is to take a real learning vision and put it into action.  The Chief Learning Officer Magazine Symposium explores in depth how this can be accomplished, using education to magnify an organization’s performance.

Chief Learning Officer Symposium
Monday, September 30 — Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Rancho Las Palma Resort & Spa

CLO Learning In Practice Awards Dinner
Monday, September 30, 2013 Beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception, Dinner, Awards Presentation and Entertainment.
Learn more at:  http://www.CLOsymposium.com/fall

ABOUT INTERACTIVE VIDEO LEARNING (IVL)
Interactive Video Learning (IVL), a division of IMT, is an interactive high definition broadcast training platform, linking instructors and students in real time, across multiple locations in a rich and dynamic multimedia classroom experience.
IVL was designed from the ground up to reach students where they are. Whether in a classroom or on an Internet-connected tablet, IVL connects each student with high quality video and multimedia instructional content.  With the IVL platform, students are connected to instructors and other students in a rich, multi-dimensional learning environment.
Learn more at: http://imtglobalinc.com/interactive-virtual-learning

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
Integrated Media Technologies Inc. (IMT) is a digital media and technology company with offices in Los Angeles, San Jose, Dallas, and NYC.  In 2011, Inc. Magazine ranked IMT as the 25th fastest growing private company in the Technology Services industry.  IMT serves the telecommunications, media & entertainment, IT, institutional, commercial real estate and hospitality sectors with a broad range of solutions designed to drive new value and efficiencies from technology.
Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com tel: 877.761.9770

New Robust Series Mounts by Crimson AV Provide a Safe, Secure and Smooth-Moving Installation of Large-Format 70 to 90-inch TVs

New Robust Series Mounts by Crimson AV Provide a Safe, Secure and Smooth-Moving Installation of Large-Format 70 to 90-inch TVs 

GLENVIEW, IL and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #4025) – September 24, 2013 – Crimson AV, LLC, a leading manufacturer of professional-grade Audio Video mounting solutions, today announced that the Company will unveil a new line of mounts designed for large format TVs at CEDIA EXPO, taking place in Denver, Colorado September 26-28, 2013. Arriving ahead of schedule, Robust Series mounts by Crimson AV are already in stock and available for shipment to authorized dealers and retailers throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.

A necessary element for every TV installation, AV mounts come in a variety of styles and configurations. The Robust Series was developed to fill a void that currently exists in the marketplace and consists of three multi-joint models that accommodate 70 to 90-inch TVs weighing less than 200 pounds. RST90 is a tilt model, RSA90 is an articulating model, and RSF90 is a flat mount model. Lateral shift and post-installation leveling facilitates perfectly positioned TVs, while an integrated cable management system preserves design and décor aesthetics. Each model comes with a 400x400mm interface and is expandable to 400x600mm when the optional AD600 VESA Adapter is used. Priced competitively, the Robust Series mounts feature Crimson’s standard 30-day money back guarantee and industry-leading 10-year warranty, while carrying MSRPs starting at $215.00.

The Robust Series includes three models:

RST90

Tilt mount with triple stud mounting that facilitates the most secure installation possible for heavier large-format 70 to 90″ TVs. Includes a horizontal slide mechanism that helps center the TV on the wall as well as post-installation leveling that compensates for uneven ceilings and enables a perfectly positioned TV. A unique all steel click-in-place feature simplifies the installation by eliminating the need to reach up behind the TV with a wrench or screwdriver to secure or remove it.

URL: www.crimsonav.com/products/rst90

RSF90

Flat mount with triple stud mounting that facilitates the most secure installation for heavier large-format 70 to 90″ TVs. Includes a horizontal slide mechanism that helps center the TV on the wall as well as post-installation leveling that compensates for uneven ceilings and enables a perfectly positioned TV. A unique all steel click-in-place feature simplifies the installation by eliminating the need to reach up behind the TV with a wrench or screwdriver to secure or remove it.

URL: http://www.crimsonav.com/products/rsf90

RSA90

Articulating mount with a heavy-duty dual arm scissor action that provides better balance and smooth movement for large-format 70 to 90-inch TVs. Post-installation leveling compensates for uneven ceilings as well as the natural sag experienced with 100lb+ TVs. Lateral and vertical adjustments facilitate precision positioning and provide needed installation flexibility for recessed applications, and integrated cable management provides a clean look.

URL: http://www.crimsonav.com/products/rsa90

Manufacturing a broad assortment of professional grade AV mounting solutions and accessories for nearly any structure or application imaginable, Crimson products are ready to ship same day to integrators, distributors, systems designers and specifiers worldwide. Every product in the comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards and sells for a fraction of the price of other competitive solutions, making it a highly compelling line that provides tangible benefits.

Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #4025 at CEDIA EXPO 2013, or by visiting www.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on twitter.

About Crimson

Crimson manufactures a comprehensive lineup of TV mount solutions designed for a wide variety of Residential and Commercial applications, including Digital signage, Education, Hospitality, Corporate, Worship, Venues, Stadiums and Arenas, Restaurants, Bars and Healthcare facilities.

With extensive experience in the design, manufacture and sale of professional-grade TV mounting equipment, and by utilizing lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model, which provides maximum value with minimal cost. Not only do Crimson customers receive the best value, they also benefit from unparalleled customer service, an easy to use website and uncompromising design and build quality, ensuring each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or by writing to info@crimsonav.com. Follow Crimson on Twitter @CrimsonAV and Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Crimson-AV-Mounting-Solutions/129843060418405.

Crimson Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

Office: 406-446-1283

Cell: 425-328-8640

Email: katye@kmbcomm.com

Twitter: @katyemcgregor

Press Kits: www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

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