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Christie 3D Visualization Solutions Chosen for Virtual Construction Simulation at Toronto’s George Brown College BIM Lab

One of Canada’s largest and most diverse colleges, Toronto’s George Brown College, chose Christie’s visualization solutions for its Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab in the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET), at the Casa Loma campus. Students, industry professionals and business partners can use the BIM Lab to create digital 3D models and view them on a custom Christie-designed display solution, powered by three 120Hz stereoscopic 3D DLP® Christie Mirage WU7K-M projectors. The new immersive simulation space supports the College’s mission for continued innovation, enhanced practical and theoretical teaching and learning, as well as staying ahead of trends and technology in the construction industry.

Christie-designed Immersive Space at George Brown BIM Lab


BIM is a global term referring to a technology process where collaboration and knowledge sharing takes place, but when the creation of a simulated virtual reality exists, stakeholders can visualize facilities, operational issues, designs and construction. George Brown College understands that using the latest technology can facilitate learning and prepare their students for the future. Clint Kissoon, chair of CCET’s School of Architectural Studies and the Angelo Del Zotto Construction Management, said, “After detailed benchmarking, several meetings and seeing firsthand the Christie CAVE™ installed at Pennsylvania State University, we knew that a BIM lab was the way of the future, and that the Christie solution was the direction we wanted to take to create a fully immersive environment. The lab will advance skills today and in the future and fill a skills gap in the construction industry.”

Kissoon added: “Christie’s proposal came in within scope, budget and procedural requirements to enable us to conform to the Federal Economic Development Agency’s procurement processes and receive the grant for the project. The help we got from Christie really put us in the position to get what we wanted.”

Christie’s advanced stereoscopic Mirage WU7K-M projector, with WUXGA resolution at 6,300 ANSI lumens from dual lamps delivers crisp images, vibrant colors, uniform brightness, and with Christie Twist™, the user can control warping and blending so that the image fits any dimension or shape.

Christie 3D visualisation at George Brown College BIM Lab


“The Christie Mirage M series projectors are compact, highly efficient, and provide a low cost of ownership,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, at Christie. “They are the ideal solution for immersive simulation displays like George Brown College’s BIM Lab and other post-secondary institutions that are considering an enhanced learning and training environment through 3D visualization.”

Thought to be a first of its kind at a community college or university in Canada, the state-of-the-art facility provides learning opportunities that will cover all aspects of virtual design and construction — from project procurement to building processes and facility management. According to Pietro Ferrari, professor and coordinator, School of Architectural Studies at George Brown College, “What we’ve done with this screen in the BIM Lab is to position GBC to offer a program of BIM-related courses, including a post-graduate BIM Certificate program, that’s extremely deep and much more extensive than what other institutions are offering across Canada.”

EMERSON COLLEGE ADDS 32-CHANNEL API 1608 ANALOG CONSOLE WITH AUTOMATION

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 2014: Specializing in preparing students for careers in communications and the arts, Emerson College, through a collaborative initiative between VMA Prof. Pierre Archambault and the TRF Audio Group, recently added a 32-channel API 1608 analog console with full automation to its studio facilities to provide high-end sonics and a transitional work-flow between its other studio facilities. The school is located in Boston, Massachusetts and currently enrolls over 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Among schools of its type, Emerson College is unique for its long history – Charles Wesley Emerson founded it as a school of oratory in 1880 – and its recent growth. The new API 1608 will be used to teach courses in Advanced Recording and Introduction to Sound Design.

“We are a school of communications, focusing on Sound for Visual Media Arts,” said Bruno Caruso, Audio Technical Supervisor with Emerson College. “We use our studio facilities to teach Sound Design, Mix to Picture, ADR, Foley, sound for gaming, and voice-over.” Emerson’s studio facility already contains an entry-level room, with an analog console workflow, and a high-end post-production suite with an Avid ICON Digital workflow. The post-production suite already uses a collection of API 512c mic preamps and an API Channel Strip to handle any source recording. “We were certainly very happy with that sound,” said Caruso. “That was a factor that moved us in the direction of API for our console purchase.”

The goal was to add a studio space that bridged the technological gap between the entry-level room and the post-production suite. “Of course the API sound was an important part of our decision to add a 1608, but there was more to it than that,” said Caruso. “It’s an analog board with a great sound that’s very easy to teach. The students can stand around the board while the Faculty demonstrates techniques. Moreover, including automation gave us a pedagogical bridge between the entry-level room and the post-production suite.”

Emerson College purchased its 32-channel API 1608 through nearby Parsons Audio (Wellesley, Massachusetts). “Everyone at Parsons was great,” said Caruso. “They gave us demos of everything we were considering and lots of other support. They were instrumental in pointing us in the right direction for our needs. Through them, Todd Beeten of Sound Construction built us custom furniture and racks for our facilities” Caruso was also impressed by the help he received from API: “As far as I’m concerned, the entire industry should look to API as an ideal model for customer service. Right off the bat, our phone calls were always answered by an actual person and that’s very reassuring. Their lead technical support guy, Radovan Maricic, had the complete answer to any question we had right on the tip of his tongue. He knows API inside and out, outside and in. There’s no ‘I’ll check into that and get back to you.’ He knows exactly what’s going on, and that made it easy to install and commission the board.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Extron Announces Industry-leading 4K Training

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce industry-leading training on 4K technology through the Extron Institute. Coursework for the School of Emerging Technologies now addresses designing with Extron twisted pair, fiber optic, signal processing, streaming, and playback solutions for high-performance 4K signal extension, routing, and distribution systems. Instruction includes increased resolution demands, color bit-depth, frame rates, dynamic range, and the impact these have on the data rate and infrastructure components. more

Discover Video Introduces Digital Signage App for Samsung Smart TVs

Discover Video announced today the availability of a free Digital Signage Application for Samsung Smart TVs, an industry first. Until now, virtually all digital signage deployments required a “player” box associated with the display, which added cost and complexity. With the advent of Smart TVs, Digital Signage is now built-in to the display, and because the Smart TVs support WiFi, Digital Signage can now be deployed by only connecting power.

The Digital Signage App connects to a cloud or premises DEVOS system, the world-class, comprehensive video streaming system in use by governments, corporations, and schools around the world. The system supports an unlimited number of signs, unlimited playlists, and supports many templates to display live video, video-on-demand, images, PowerPoint presentations, text, and RSS feeds.

The Digital Signage App also supports the patent-pending Priority Alert system that displays video, text, and web messages during emergencies or other important events.
“Our customers need a unified, easy-to-use system that supports video on desktops, Smartphones, tablets, and in common areas like lobbies.” said Rich Mavrogeanes, Discover Video founder and CEO. “Cost and complexity are often barriers to customer success, and now our customers can deploy easy to use Digital Signage for free.”

For non-Smart TVs, Discover Video offers the Soft Top Box® that works with virtually any display, and Digital Signage users can even use existing computers to display Digital Signage.

Samsung Smart TV’s are available from popular retail outlets and online stores. The Discover Video Signage App is available from the Samsung App Store for free. The DEVOS system, live stream encoders, live stream transcoders, capture devices, and related products are available from Discover Video and select partners.

About Discover Video, LLC

Discover Video provides video streaming equipment and services to broadcasters, schools, corporations, and government. The products include multimedia video encoders, decoders, and transcoders, media servers, priority video alert systems, digital signage, and mobile broadcasting kits. Discover Video’s customers include major corporations, local, state, and federal government, educational institutions, churches, local cable-TV stations and small businesses. http://www.discovervideo.com

GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES GQ SERIES™ LOUDSPEAKERS

**** Photo: Grund Audio Design GQ Series loudspeakers ****

Council Bluffs, IA – February 2014… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce the new GQ Series loudspeakers. Encompassing five new models manufactured using MDF enclosures that are internally braced to ensure cabinet rigidity, the GQ Series loudspeakers are available in passive or active designs and are ideal for use by performing musicians and DJs as well as being an outstanding choice for event production, corporate AV, and education. more

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance
for Targeted Communications

Full 1080p HD Video Delivery for Digital Signage Networks

DSE, Las Vegas, NV & San Jose, CA – February 12, 2014 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the SA1360 signage appliance player, providing full high definition (HD) 1080p video performance, delivering a quality digital signage experience.

The SA1360 features the powerful and energy-efficient Intel® Core™ i-series processor (i3 or i7) in a fanless, robust package, providing dual Full-HD video playback yet energy-efficient power consumption. The integrated Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional operating system offers a highly intuitive menu interface and enhanced flexibility to integrate with other applications.

With DVI and DisplayPort connectors for high-quality video and optimal display experience, the SA1360 powers displays with dynamic content while communicating with the server for updates. The SA1360 also offers up to 128GB of flash storage and up to 8GB of RAM, with TPM 1.2 support, and a PCI Express expansion port. With options for wireless networking, WebDT signage appliances offer flexibility in placement, and support growing digital signage networks.

The SA1360 is complimented by the web-based WebDT Content Manager software for intuitive remote management of content and device functions. Bundled with all WebDT signage appliances, WebDT Content Manager offers an easy-to-use interface for organizing, scheduling, and distributing content, and supports numerous media formats (e.g., images, videos, Flash, URL, RSS, and Microsoft PowerPoint). Flexible screen layout options with multiple zones and layers enable a screen to be divided into up to eight areas with different content in each zone to mix images, text, and real-time video within a screen. This detailed management software allows quick updates over an IP network connection for real-time or scheduled content playback and automatic content download recovery to prevent downtime. The newly released WCM 6.0 Pro now adds built-in Widgets, one-click publishing, an enhanced schedule interface, and more multiple-screen deployment tools.

The WebDT Signage System offers innovative digital signage hardware integrated with intuitive web-based content management software enabling effective targeted communications. With a range of high-powered signage appliance players for single and multiple screens, the WebDT Signage System delivers dynamic visual messages to optimize customer experience while driving sales.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on thin computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® operating systems, WebDT systems offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software.
For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC TO ADD FOURTH API LEGACY CONSOLE

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 2014: The Music Production and Engineering Department (MPED) at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music will add a fourth 32-channel analog API Legacy Plus console to its Studio A in early summer of 2014. At that time, a John Storyk-led renovation will overhaul the space to create a fourth facility with nearly identical equipment to three existing facilities for the instruction of foundational tracking and mixing courses. Because the MPED recognizes the importance of giving students abundant hands-on experience with definitive industry tools, it self-limits the number of Berklee students who can earn their degree in the department. Thus, only half of the Berklee students who apply to the MPED are accepted, which allows the department to maintain a student body of approximately three hundred students. The new API Legacy Plus will help alleviate competition for space and bottlenecks in studio scheduling.

“The API Legacy Plus offers us several advantages,” said Rob Jaczko, chair of the MPED and recording engineer for Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, and countless others. “First and foremost, its sonics and musicality are an industry benchmark. Just running tracks through it flat is an experience that our students should appreciate. Second, the Legacy Plus has a classic in-line analog signal path, which is very useful for teaching signal flow and problem solving. Finally, we’ve enjoyed a great relationship with API. We’ve always been happy with API’s outboard gear, which is included in seventeen of our studios, and the support we received from the API staff during the purchase and installation of the first three Legacies was great.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Extron Announces A New Era for Control

We are pleased to introduce Extron Pro Series Control Systems. Extron takes configurable control to a whole new level with advanced configuration software, exciting new touchpanels, more powerful processors, and a broad range of other tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. There are over 40 Pro Series control products; all designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful, and all backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and S3 customer support you trust. more

Delvcam Introduces New Broadcast Multi-format 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – February 7, 2014 - Delvcam, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of cost effective professional LCD Production Monitors, today announced the availability of a new 3GHD/SD Multi-format Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor. The Delvcam DELV-2LCD7-3GHD brings 3G-HD broadcast quality & multi-format flexibility together in a low-cost rack mount video production monitor. With dual 7″ IPS screens, SD, HDMI, HD and 3G-SDI multi-format capability and tally interface, it’s the perfect professional video monitoring solution in the studio, live broadcast truck or fly-pack.Delvcam 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor

“Providing a reliable and low-cost 3G-HD Dual 7-Inch LCD monitor with multi-format flexibility was our goal,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Delvcam. “The ultra slim design and broadcast quality of the DELV-2LCD7-3GHD delivers high end performance and at a very competitive price point.”

The Delvcam 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Monitor is available and shipping now. To learn more about the DELV-2LCD7-3GHD and other Delvcam products visit www.delvcam.com.

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About Delvcam
Delvcam is a US based design and engineering firm that specializes in LCD rack mount and camera-top monitors for broadcast, multimedia, video and film professionals worldwide. Our design philosophy first and foremost is to talk to professionals in the studio and on location to determine their exact needs. We then hit the lab to come up with the best light weight, high resolution LCD’s loaded with multiple inputs and outputs at an affordable price.

Delvcam is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

Extron Introduces the Ultimate Presentation Matrix Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP CrossPoint 84, the AV industry’s first fully featured, true 4K presentation matrix switcher. The highly versatile, compact 2U DTP CrossPoint 84 delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an 8×4 matrix switcher with 4K inputs and outputs, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, and comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

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