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FSR’s New HuddleVU Collaboration System Earns Tech & Learning 2014 Award of Excellence

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, proudly announces that its new HuddleVU collaboration system, showcased at this year’s InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas, has been selected as a winner in the “New Products” category of Tech & Learning’s 2014 Awards of Excellence program.

Tech & Learning magazine named 102 education technology products as winners in its prestigious 32-year-old recognition program. Honored software, hardware, network and Web products include innovative applications that break new ground as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools. Entries were divided into two categories: New Products and Best Upgraded Products. Among the high-quality offerings being honored are resources addressing management, safety, communication, differentiated learning, assessment, and other key areas in education.
Simple-to-install, the intuitive and effective HuddleVU collaboration system from FSR delivers a solution that creates the ideal environment for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phone screens on 1-4 displays. Anyone participating can be a presenter, or an audience member at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy.

“FSR is thrilled that our new HuddleVU collaboration system has been acknowledged with such a prestigious honor from Tech & Learning magazine,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “We are both excited and proud about how well our HuddleVU has been received within the industry. The fact that the judges behind the Awards of Excellence program make their determinations on winning products based on feedback from those professionals working in the industry speaks volumes to how outstanding our products are and how they truly meet the needs of our customers.”

Available in three models and several styles, HuddleVU accommodates up to 7+ users and includes all necessary video switching equipment, control hardware, display power control and color-coded captive HDMI cables for quick and easy deployment. The HuddleVU product suite offers optional VGA/ Audio, Display Port and Mini Display Port cable configurations as well as retractors for cable management.

For over 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, Web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit www.TechLearning.com.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery 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 Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Christie Delivers New Twist to Blending and Warping Capabilities

Christie®, the worldwide leader in digital display technology, is launching three upgraded versions of its ground-breaking Christie Twist™ technology at the Live Design International (LDI) show in Las Vegas. The Christie Twist solution delivers full image warping and advanced edge blending in Christie 3-chip DLP® projectors using powerful software that controls and edge-blends multiple curved images seamlessly on any surface.

ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

Easier to use and with better, more precise pixel-to-pixel alignment than ever, the upgraded Christie Twist product family includes three tiers of specialized Twist software  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie Twist and Christie Twist Premium are ideal for live theater and events, projection mapping, tradeshows, large classrooms, corporate boardrooms, museums, house of worship, casinos and entertainments facilities, and more. For more intricate projects – including flight simulators, virtual caves and domes  Christie Twist Pro delivers unlimited arbitrary placement points for even greater accuracy. When purchasing Pro or Premium, customers can buy a dongle to attach to a PC running Twist software or license individual projectors and eliminate the need for a dongle.

“Christie has developed a more advanced Christie Twist family and added a new category with Christie Twist Premium. Each version of Christie Twist is tailored to specific needs: from simple flat screen multi-projector warps and blends to highly multifaceted applications,” said Joel St-Denis, product manager, Christie. “Whether the surface is cylindrical, curved, jagged, or any other non-flat shape or surface, Christie has the right Twist solution for the project.”

Christie Twist technology also provides networked projector control by allowing the user to launch a virtual remote from within the twist software with all the functionality of standard Infrared remotes.
Key features of upgraded Christie Twist family:

Feature Christie Twist

Maximum Projectors – 6
Control Points – Up to 81 Grid control Points
Brightness Uniformity – No
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – No
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – No

Christie Twist Premium
Maximum Projectors – 18
Control Points – Up to 87 Grid control Points, including 6 arbitrary points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – Maximum 6

Christie Twist Pro
Maximum Projectors – Unlimited
Control Points – Up to 1500 arbitrary or grid control points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – Yes
Arbitrary Point Placement – Yes – Unlimited

New H.264 Streaming Media Processor with FlexOS Now Shipping

Extron SMP 351Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SMP 351 Streaming Media Processor with FlexOS, an H.264 streaming media processor that captures and distributes live AV sources and presentations. With five available inputs, the SMP 351 creates high-impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata, into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation’s message. It supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, delivering presentations to anywhere a network can reach. With Extron’s FlexOS embedded operating system, the SMP 351 adapts easily to new requirements. Extron FlexOS applications on the SMP 351 can be configured to interface with control ports and automate system operation. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership. The SMP 351 is a flexible, cost-effective way to deliver presentations to a larger audience. more

Hawthorn Names DPA As Its Microphone Brand of Choice

Ben McAlonan and Jon Curnew

Hawthorn, the UK’s largest independent supplier of technical production services, has named DPA as its primary microphone brand.

Established in 1987, Hawthorn employs over 120 staff from offices around the UK and handles over 1,000 events every year, including gala dinners, product launches, conferences and parties. The company’s product portfolio has seen a 4.4 EUR investment over the last two years and now includes state of the art lighting, sound, AV, rigging, staging and drapes.

Among this phenomenal inventory are a wide range of DPA microphones including d:fine™ Headset Microphones, d:screet™ 4060 lavalier microphones and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones.

Audio quality is very important to Hawthorn, which bases its reputation on delivering exceptionally high standards. It was this desire to use the best that initially brought DPA to the company’s attention.

“It all started a few years ago when we were looking for headset microphones to replace the brand we had previously been using,” says Jon Curnew, Hawthorn’s Head of Sound. “We discovered the DPA d:fine Headset Microphone range and were immediately taken with the fact that they came with single and dual ear attachments. That really appealed to us because it made them so versatile. We now have a stock of about 35 d:fine microphones and we use them all the time. They are much easier to position than any other headset mic we have tried and our customers love them.”

Although Hawthorn also offers DPA d:screet™ 4060 lavalier microphones, most of its customers prefer headsets because they don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking them – or forgetting to take them off when they go off stage.

“Headsets are also better at picking up weaker voices because the microphone is positioned so close to the mouth and doesn’t have to compete with background noise,” Curnew says. “Once they are in place, they tend to stay in place – we even had a guy wearing one while he was doing aerobics and it managed to survive that.”

For musicians, Hawthorn stocks DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and now has 17 in its microphone cupboard.

“We use them with a variety of clips and they are great because they deliver such a clean, transparent sound,” Curnew says.

Hawthorn recently added six DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones toits stock, which it bought from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

“We saw the d:facto Vocal Microphones at PLASA two years ago but we needed the right event to inspire us to buy some,” Curnew says. “This turned out to be SunWalk in London’s Battersea Park – a charity event raising money for breast cancer research, for which we delivered full technical production.”

Four wired and two wireless d:facto’s were immediately put to use on the SunWalk live music stage.

“Everyone loved them,” Curnew says. “They sounded amazing and we had no issues with feedback or rejection – they worked well across a range of artists and really brought out the subtlety in the vocalists’ voices. We have since used them on other events including an opera. It’s interesting to note how often they are cropping up on artist’s riders – that’s another reason why we felt the time was right to invest in some.”

Although most of Hawthorn’s DPA microphones are used for in-house productions, they are also available for dry hire and Curnew says the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones, in particular, are already making a name for themselves amongst dry hire customers.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Extron Now Shipping 3G-SDI to 3G-SDI Scaler with Audio Embedding and De-Embedding

Extron DSC 3G-3G AExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC 3G-3G A, a high performance 3G-SDI scaler that converts between 3G‑SDI, HD‑SDI, and SDI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts, scales, and outputs SMPTE video resolutions from 480i and 576i up to 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC 3G-3G A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. The DSC 3G-3G A also provides flexible audio capability with analog audio embedding, de-embedding, and level adjustments. Dual SDI outputs, genlock, and an input loop-through facilitate integration in demanding professional environments, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC 3G-3G A is ideal for professional video applications, including video editing and production, rental and staging, medical imaging, and large‑scale presentations. more

Renewed Vision Enriches World’s First Permanent 3D Pool Mapping Light Show at Sheraton Waikiki

PointCloud Media develops unique projection architecture driven though ProVideoPlayer2 software to entertain hotel guests year-round

ALPHARETTA, Georgia, November 18, 2014 — The Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu launched its Helumoa Playground Superpool series earlier this fall, comprising two distinct 3D pool mapping light show stories presented twice every evening to entertain hotel guests and the general public. Billed as the world’s first permanent installation of its kind, the 3D pool mapping shows are projected across a 7,503-square foot pool canvas, demonstrating lively displays of volcanic eruptions in “Helumoa – the birth of Hawaii”; and the rise of historical Hawaiian resorts and water sports in “Helumoa – the legendary story of Waikiki.”

Waikiki Pool Checkerboard

Overhead Pool Shot

Sheraton Wakiki Pool

The Sheraton Waikiki hired PointCloud Media, a full-service production company specializing in 3D projections, to develop innovative, energized shows featuring graphic figures and images projected onto the nearly 200,000 gallon superpool. The PointCloud solution integrates its core Raylight4D mapping system—responsible for superimposing visual content on the pool to mesmerizing effect—with seven ultra-bright projectors and reliable, cost-efficient playback software from Renewed Vision.

The integration of Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer 2 (PVP2) software is significant as it drives playback for all seven projectors from two Mac Pro computers, saving PointCloud Media tens of thousands of dollars in comparison to expensive hardware-based packages. Additionally, PVP2 simplifies the overall workflow, allowing PointCloud Media to automate playout and quickly adjust show schedules in the event of inclement weather or special circumstances.

“Over the years, we have used many different servers to augment video projections on large buildings, and they were all very complicated to operate, requiring real experts,” said Jack Hattingh, president, PointCloud Media. “The Renewed Vision PVP2 software reliably plays out all content from a stable platform, without the expense of purchasing or renting a system and hiring a full-time operator. I can purchase PVP2 software and a Mac Pro for the price of a three-week rental of most competing products. Being a permanent installation, the return on investment with PVP2 is nearly immediate.”

The end-to-end architecture includes five rooftop Barco HDQ-2K40 40,000 lumen projectors positioned 320 feet in the air to project visual content onto the pool, along with two 20,000 lumen projectors at ground level to project visuals onto adjacent rock formations. The workflow starts with a 4000×4000 content file for the pool map and a 3840×1080 file for the rock formations. A Mac Pro running PVP2 at each location slices the 4000×4000 file into five separate 1920×1080 feeds with mild overlap. The fluid pool reflections and surrounding ambience add an element of reality to the custom 3D mapping projections.

“PVP2 allows us to fine-tune the mappings on the fly to create the best convergence between the projected images,” said Hattingh. “Its advanced rending engine, coupled with the power and reliability of the Mac Pro, enables smooth playback of the massive video file across all five outputs. PVP2 is also allowing us to create some unusual projections, as we’re blending from four corners geometrically rather than top to bottom or left to right. PVP2’s flexibility has made it easy to create a unique mosaic map with plenty of light that audiences can enjoy.”

The master system on the roof is connected to the second rock projection system 31 stories below via a fiber-optic connection, with all content triggered simultaneously from both PVP2 servers. As each show begins, PVP2 triggers a contact closure relay to change the sound system from the standard background music service to the PVP2 audio feed. A third Mac Pro system outfitted with PVP2 supports a hotel broadcast on Channel 37, with viewers able to enjoy a live cut of the pool projections at the moment the light show music begins.

PointCloud Media representatives routinely monitor the system from their offices near Dallas to ensure everything is working properly, with the ability to stop, pause, restart and reschedule shows as needed. A third, holiday-themed show is now in development, given the success of the first two shows. Additionally, the simple learning curve of the system will allow hotel staff to use the system for other business opportunities as desired.

“PVP2 and the rest of system is very easy to learn and operate, so the hotel can easily use this for conferences and other themed events by the poolside,” said Hattingh. “Furthermore, they can easily gain an additional return on investment by renting the system to businesses and clients.”

About Renewed Vision
Founded in 2000, Renewed Vision’s mission is to offer reliable, purpose-built production software that enables organizations—spanning from churches to corporations—to create dynamic media experiences that enhance worship services, meetings and other special events. For more information on our product lines, including ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer and ProVideoServer, please visit our website at www.renewedvision.com.

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BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking to d3 at LDI 2014

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BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking at the d3 Technologies booth 1275 at LDI 2014, 20-23 November 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, NV

Realtime motion tracking solution specialists, CAST BlackTrax will provide core motion tracking to support d3 Technologies booth at LDI 2014. In addition, BlackTrax expert staff will be present on the d3 booth to answer any questions in relation to tracking. The d3 booth is aimed at enabling creative designers and entertainment production professionals to see its latest hardware and to get a glimpse of what the future of live projection has in store.

Delivering targets on time

Whilst the exact nature of the d3 demonstration is a closely guarded secret until the show, the booth is designed to give projection designers the ultimate freedom to move. BlackTrax will be integrated with d3’s upcoming Dynamic Blend feature to track several objects.

With the benefits of fast, consistent and precise image tracking quality and reliability, BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking data to downstream technologies such as audio, lighting, multimedia and video cameras. At the same time, it can track performers, props, a moving video wall or projection display canvas.

Excited about the latest step in the technical collaboration between the two companies, Gil Densham, President at CAST BlackTrax said: “We have worked alongside d3 on a number of the world’s highest-profile, cutting-edge projects such as Marvel Universe LIVE! and a Honda Dealer Meeting, during 2014. We’re delighted to provide our BlackTrax solution to the d3 booth, helping to show its new media servers at their best.”

Ash Nehru, Software Director at d3 Technologies added: “We’re always looking for ways to advance the state of the art, and the ability to easily project content onto moving objects is clearly the next step. We’re conscious that we’re discovering a whole new design vocabulary – we’re excited to put this in front of creative designers at LDI, and see what they will do with it. BlackTrax has played an integral role in helping us to deliver that vision consistently in the high-pressure live environment.”

1 Gil Densham, President & CEO, CAST Group and Ash Nehru, Director of Software, d3 Technologies

Gil Densham, President at CAST BlackTrax and Ash Nehru, Software Director at d3 Technologies.

www.blacktrax.ca

Empire PRO To Host QSC, Shure, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Day

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LOS ANGELES—On Thursday, December 4th, QSC, Shure, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., will present a powerful day of live-sound training at Empire PRO, 5675 Mansfield Way, Bell, CA. A professional production of the training will also be streamed live at http://www.mldistrict.com/empirepro, courtesy of DataVideo. Empire PRO is a leading national Pro Audio, Video & Lighting distribution partner.

The training, appropriately titled “Modern Technology For Today’s Production” will cover line arrays, digital consoles, monitors, amps, wireless and digital microphones, and in-ear monitors along with how they optimally work together for applications from small to mid-size production. Presenters will focus on system design, networking, Dante and RF landscape, coordination, and antenna setup as well as best practices, special tools, and tips.

“Our goal is to provide the Pro AV community with support and resources that empower them to grow their business, states Edmond Khanian, VP Sales at Empire PRO. We are more than a great place to get the products you need, when you need them, and at the prices you expect; we are a partner whose top priority is the success of our dealers’ business. We are proud and grateful to have strong relationships with industry leaders like QSC, Shure, and Yamaha Commercial Audio, who share and support our vision.”

Empire PRO continues to prove its commitment to be the most supportive Pro Audio, Video and Lighting wholesale distribution partner for AV Professionals through training and educational opportunities like this.

Presentation Schedule

• 9:40-10am: Introduction
• 10-11:15am: Shure – RF (spectrum update/incentive auction)
• 11:15-12:30pm Shure – RF coordination using Shure gear (highlighting BLX, QLXD, ULXD, AXT600 and WWB6) and how to choose the right antenna
• 12:30-1:30pm QSC – Line Array (specification and deployment) / Amp Technology
• 1:30-2:30pm LUNCH
• 2:30-3:30pm QSC – Touchmix (for production)
• 3:30-4:45pm Yamaha – CL Consoles (who, what, where, when, why and how)
• 4:45-6pm Yamaha – QL Consoles (who, what, where, when, why and how)

Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your Pro Audio knowledge. Space is limited, so RSVP now at http://www.empirepro.com/qsc-yamaha-shuretraining.php, or tune into the live streaming at http://www.mldistrict.com/empirepro. For information on how to become an Empire PRO dealer, call Omer Saar at 213.748.5200 x 112 or via email at omer@empirepro.com.

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About Empire PRO:
Empire PRO is among the largest distributors of Professional Audio, Video and Lighting equipment nationwide and highly regarded worldwide. We take pride in providing our clients with a reliable, supportive and efficient source of optimal full-system solutions by distributing leading audio, video and lighting brands, stocking deep inventory in-house, and being centrally located in the heart of Los Angeles for prompt delivery.

Our goal is to provide you with the most valuable support services and full-system-solutions to help you close deals and provide your clients with an experience that exceeds their expectations. Our Sales Executives are experts in helping you define and design optimal system-solutions for your clients. Our service is personal & professional and we offer full technical and sales support to insure satisfaction.

CLEAR-COM BRINGS NEW COMMUNICATIONS, CONNECTIVITY AND TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS TO LDI 2014

At the upcoming LDI 2014 exhibition in Las Vegas, Clear-Com® will demonstrate its continued commitment in linking communication groups together with its latest intercom, signal transport and intercom connectivity (ICON) solutions. These new solutions can save users time and money, while making their workflows much more efficient.

Clear-Com will present the new LQ™ Series, a new family of ICON devices for linking intercom and audio systems over IP networks. Visitors will also see the new FreeSpeak II™ wireless intercom system, a DECT-based offering that operates in the license-free band 1.92 to 1.93 GHz. In addition, we will be showing ProGrid™, the synchronous, optical fiber transport solution for audio, intercom, video, and data.

As a low audio latency communication link, LQ Series can be used for natural intercom conversation, networked music performances and for audio signals that are transported between different facilities. Based on Clear-Com’s patented I.V.Core® technology, the compact LQ throw-down devices enable connections of 2-wire partyline with call signaling and 4-wire audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP infrastructures. LQ Series has a 2-wire (LQ-2W2) or 4-wire (LQ-4W2) option. The LQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. A maximum of six LQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any 2- or 4-wire combination.

The recent release of FreeSpeak II™ places it as the preferred DECT-based, all-roaming wireless communication solution in the United States and Canada for live event, broadcast, sport production, industrial, military and government applications. Operating in the license-free 1.92 to 1.93 GHz band, FreeSpeak II has been demonstrating its advanced roaming capabilities across large-scale, multi-zone production areas.

The system supports up to 20 full-duplex wireless beltpacks and 10 antennas connected to one base station or fully integrated into the Clear-Com Eclipse HX digital matrix system. The base station has connections for two partylines and four 4-wires, including a dedicated SA output and program audio input. With the full-duplex 7kHz bandwidth, the digital ‘Clear-Com Sound’ reduces ear fatigue after extended usage and delivers clear intelligibility of every word said into the system.

Clear-Com will also highlight ProGrid™, the highly resilient and scalable platform for carrying, distributing, and routing high capacity of audio, intercom and video signals, as well as control data, across long distances without compromising its performance, speed, or quality. ProGrid is based on the open AES3 and AES10 (MADI) standards, providing fiber-based transport, routing and format conversion with full management and diagnostic capabilities using the Optocore® and SANE technologies.

“We are excited to confirm our commitment to the live event and live entertainment markets by showing off our latest innovations at LDI 2014,” said Michael Rucker, Director of Sales–North and South America at Clear-Com. “Clear-Com has been a part of this vibrant market since the beginning. We are pleased to show our latest wired and wireless intercom systems as well as our innovative connectivity and infrastructure solutions. Setting up, managing and using our communication and transport products is quicker and easier than ever before, which allows users to concentrate on providing the best performance possible.”

The complete line of Clear-Com’s new and enhanced products will be available for demonstration at LDI 2014 on booth 1752.

Extron Introduces Next Generation Fiber Optic Control Inserter

Extron FOX II RS 104Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the new FOX II RS 104, a four port RS-232 inserter for long-haul transmission of control signals to remote source and destination equipment over fiber optic cabling. Each port provides a bidirectional fiber optic connection to an Extron FOX II or FOX Series transmitter or receiver for the Ethernet insertion and extraction of control data, while maintaining a continuous pass-through link for video and audio. The FOX II RS 104 is ideal for use in applications with a centralized control system that require the long-haul transmission of AV and control signals over fiber optic cabling. more

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