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Mark Barfoot of Hyphen Appointed President of AMUG Board

Mark Barfoot, Managing Director of Hyphen™, was appointed president of the 2014-2015 board at the 26th annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference in Tucson, Arizona (April 6-11). A Canadian, Barfoot is the first international board member to hold the president’s title for the US-based association.

“I am honored to be appointed president of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) board and I look forward to furthering the awareness of the only user group association dedicated to the ongoing education and training of additive manufacturing and 3D printing practitioners,” said Barfoot.

Mark Barfoot (right) and Bret Bordner

AMUG is an independent, all-volunteer association that works closely with industry professionals, OEMs and vendors to educate and advance the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

“It is exciting to serve as president of an association that brings together beginners to advanced users of additive manufacturing from all over the world. More eyes are focused on additive manufacturing and 3D printing than ever before, which is generating enthusiasm and collaboration between traditional manufacturing and additive manufacturing industries. This is a game-changing time for Hyphen, AMUG and the additive manufacturing industry as a whole,” said Barfoot.

As part of Barfoot’s accountabilities as incoming president of AMUG, he will have oversight of the board’s activities and planning in preparation for the 2015 AMUG conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida (April 19 – 23, 2015). The 2015 AMUG conference will offer 4 full days of hands-on training, educational classes and technical presentations from industry experts, OEMs and vendors, as well as a 2-day exhibitors’ expo, technical competition and awards banquet.

Barfoot receives DINO award
In addition to being appointed AMUG president, Barfoot was also the recipient of a Distinguished Innovator Operator (DINO) award at the 2014 AMUG conference. The award recognizes individuals for their contributions to, and years of experience within, the additive manufacturing industry.

Barfoot was instrumental in bringing additive manufacturing to Christie® and building its in-house capabilities before launching Hyphen in October 2012. He has led the Hyphen team in innovation and growth, and has contributed as a volunteer and presenter for AMUG, serving to elevate the profile of additive manufacturing across North America. As a division of Christie, Hyphen (www.hyphenservices.com) now operates as the most comprehensive rapid prototyping and environmental testing facility that is open to the public, with all services under one roof, in North America.

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Extron Now Shipping Pro Series Control Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of many exciting Pro Series control systems products, including TouchLink Pro touchpanels, IP Link Pro control processors, Global Configurator Professional, LinkLicense, and several Pro Series accessories. Extron Pro Series takes configurable control to a whole new level with a broad range of tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. In addition to more processing power, greater security, and enhanced overall performance, all Pro Series control systems are designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful. As always, these new Pro Series products are backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and award-winning S3 customer support. more

Matrox Mura Capture and Display Boards to Drive 36-Screen Curved Video Wall at 2014 NEC Solutions Showcase

Matrox Mura video wall controller boards, Maevex H.264 encoders/decoders and M-Series graphics cards to be featured at London’s AV and digital signage event of the year

At the 2014 NEC Solutions Showcase (May 14–15, The Velodrome, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London), Matrox® Graphics Inc. will collaborate with leading AV-industry suppliers to present integrated digital signage, video display wall and AV-over-IP solutions for a variety of applications.

Matrox Mura™ MPX Series video wall controller boards will capture and display content on PSCo’s impressive curved video wall made up of thirty-six 55-inch NEC X554 displays with ultra-thin bezels. They will also drive a 2×2 control room video wall in the Emergency Services Zone. Mura cards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls of almost any size. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching, and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds are easily managed through intuitive control options including Matrox MuraControl™ software, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems.

Matrox Maevex™ H.264 encoders will be used to deliver AV-over-IP content to landscape and portrait digital signage configurations and to the adjacent Mura-driven control room wall in the Emergency Services Zone. Maevex delivers exceptional quality AV streaming at low bandwidth over standard IP networks for display or for storage anywhere on the LAN. Maevex encoders can be combined with Maevex decoders or third-party software decoders to stream up to Full HD digital signage, education and training materials, camera footage, desktop screen capture and other AV content to one or more displays and to collaborative video walls.

Matrox M-Series multi-display graphics cards will be used to drive six displays attached to an ergonomic desk from DAS Business Furniture. M-Series cards render pristine images across up to eight high-resolution monitors at resolutions up to 2560×1600 for an exceptional multi-monitor user experience. For professional environments that require even larger desktop space, M-Series cards support multi-board hybriding, enabling up to 16 displays on a single computer. With up to 2 GB of memory per card and advanced desktop management features such as stretched and independent desktop modes, M-Series drives business, industrial, and government applications with extraordinary performance.

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.

Christie D4K25 Projector Wins PIPA Award

Christie®, a global audiovisual technologies company, is proud to announce that it recently received the first ever PIPA Award for the Christie D4K2560 DLP® 4K projector with TruLife™ electronics at Prolight + Sound 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.

For the past 15 years, the Musik Media Verlag publishing house in Germany has organized the highly regarded Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA), which honors the outstanding products for the music industry. Following the success of MIPA and to celebrate its 15th year, Musik Media decided to create the Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) for the first time. PIPA is an award that recognizes the best products in the professional audio and video industry, and is voted for by a global community of over 100 trade journalists working in the Pro-AV industry.

Nominated in the “Video / Projection Devices” category, the Christie D4K2560 with TruLife™ electronics won the award, having fended off competition from Digital Projection’s HIGHLite Laser 12K and Panasonic’s DZ12K projectors.

Christie D4K2560 Projector

The award-winning Christie D4K2560 is a high-end 3-chip DLP® projector that has native 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution, offering ultra-realistic images and smoother video. In addition, the PIPA award particularly highlights the achievement of the unique Christie TruLife electronics, a breakthrough in high frame rate and high-resolution video projection. Christie TruLife enables 4K DLP® at 120Hz performance through its support of a video-processing pipeline of up to 1.2 Gigapixels per second – 10 times faster than full high-definition bandwidth – which not only benefits the Christie D4K25 and D4K35, but also permits the Christie Mirage 4K25 and Christie Mirage 4K35 to support various 3D interconnectivity formats.

Klaus Hilles, regional sales director DACH (Deutschland, Austria, Switzerland) for Christie, was presented with the award at a joint evening ceremony for the MIPA and PIPA awards at the Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt; over 300 representatives of international manufacturers and distributors were in attendance.

Afterwards, Michael Garrido, senior product manager, Christie, commented, “It gives us great pleasure to receive this PIPA award and I would like to thank the international press for voting for our Christie D4K2560 DLP projector with TruLife electronics. It is particularly pleasing to see our products and technology being recognized in this way, especially as 4K is such a key focus for Christie.”

DiGiCo Delivers the Ultimate Desks for Ultra Music Festival

Beachsound deploys SD5, SD8, SD9 and SD11 consoles for Miami’s huge EDM event

MIAMI — Audio at an EDM festival, how hard can it be? Triple the usual number of subs and have the DJ send left/right to the console, hand him a wireless mic and crank it up. Easy. Right? Wrong. EDM shows require a specific kind of flexibility and complete reliability as evidenced by Miami’s Beachsound, which relies exclusively on DiGiCo consoles for one of the EDM world’s biggest annual events, Ultra Music Festival.

“We are managing a lot of audio,” says Beachsound crew chief Neil Rosenstock who has headed up the company’s audio team at Ultra for five years. “If you are on a show with 96 inputs and you lose a channel, there are still 95 channels of audio to listen to. If you lose a channel on an EDM show, you just lost half of the PA. The productions look cool, but without the music they’re just blinking lights.”

Rock-solid reliability is a must and it is telling that Beachsound has DiGiCo SD5, SD8, SD9 and SD11 desks in its inventory, and during Ultra every console in the shop goes out on the gig.

“For Ultra 2014 we had an SD5 at the Main Stage feeding an SD11 as the production console,” Rosenstock reports. “We have been all-digital from the time the signal hits the SD-Rack for about four years now. Everything from the console to the amps is run AES and the connection from the SD-Rack to the SD5 is all fiber. We are taking S/PDIF outputs from the DJs to feed the PA along with an analog feed as a backup.”

Beachsound's DiGiCo SD5 at Ultra Music Festival's Main Stage (photo credit: Tom Laveuf)

Lorin White was the house mix engineer on the festival’s primary stage this year and his role is a little different at Ultra than on the typical rock gig. “About two-thirds of the acts travel with their own engineer, but that term in EDM can mean a lot of things,” he says. “Some of them are more like a producer. They’ll show up and check out the PA, and during the show may actually be onstage with their client while I mix. Some will stand with me and supervise, and some are hands-on with the faders. For that last group of guys it is crucial that the console offers the ability to have every control they need during the set immediately at hand and not buried in another layer. The DiGiCo desks give us that ability.”

Ultra is one of the biggest EDM events in the world, drawing some 200,000 attendees to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami every spring. In addition to the SD5 and SD11 at the Main Stage this year, Beachsound provided an SD9 on the Radio Stage and an SD8 for one act on the Live Stage.

In addition to ease-of-use and overall sound quality, Beachsound turns to DiGiCo for some very specific needs for Ultra. In particular, the onboard dynamic process as well as the ease of integration with the Waves plug-in architecture.

“DJs have EQ and that can be a challenge,” says Rosenstock. “The DiGiCo EQ and compression allow us to keep an overall consistency in the sound despite every DJ providing us with very different EQ. The onboard dynamics processing is crucial in managing overall volume no matter how hard the act is pushing the inputs. Ultra is shoehorned into a relatively small area for a music festival and we have to keep it down to 106 dB A-weighted, which can be a challenge.”

The compact DiGiCo SD11 served as the Main Stage production desk (photo credit: Tom Laveuf)

“What we are doing is really managing the outer edges of the sonic spectrum,” adds White. He points to DiGiCo’s easy integration of multi-band compression plug-ins as a must-have for these gigs. “Some of the DJs have been known to overdrive the inputs and there is the ever-present low-end whose impact has to be maximized without taking us past our SPL limit. But there are also these high-frequency filter sweeps that many DJs incorporate as an effect. Those can get very harsh and brittle sounding through a big PA without some treatment. The ability to access excellent multi-band compression–be it via the onboard dynamics or plug-ins–means we can treat each part of the spectrum separately. We never have to sacrifice in one area to get another part of it right.”

And Beachsound is spreading the DiGiCo gospel to other parts of the EDM world. “Last year, we had an act come in whose engineer was not familiar with DiGiCo and because of an issue with his console he had to use our SD5,” White recalls. “Initially, he was not happy about it, but he seemed to soften up during the actual show. This year, he was back and told me he has been touring with an SD11 ever since last year’s Ultra.”

Beachsound owner Andre Serafini sums it up by adding, “As a rental house we stock several console brands to meet rider requirements. But when the decision is ours, the choice is always DiGiCo. We wouldn’t do a gig like Ultra with anything else.”

About DiGiCo
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. For more information, go to: www.DiGiCo.biz

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Advanced Systems Group to Host Portland Happy Hour with NetApp and Telestream

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, will host a free Technology Trending Happy Hour on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland, Ore. Sponsored by NetApp and Telestream, the informal gathering starts at 5 p.m. with free drinks and appetizers, followed by product demos at 6 p.m.

“Our Technology Trending Happy Hours are fun, relaxing and a great way for local video professionals to network and learn about new products and technologies,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, Advanced Systems Group. “The product demos from NetApp and Telestream will touch on SANs and transcoding, which are two important considerations for today’s file-based workflows.”

For real-time production tasks like editing, compositing and color grading, NetApp’s E-series platform delivers a SAN solution focused on sequential I/O performance. Its Data ONTAP has the breadth of performance and storage efficiency features, combined with non-disruptive operations, to support media workflow and business needs in a unified environment.

Telestream Vantage video transcoding and workflow automation products streamline file-based workflows. Telestream offers a complete family of award-winning products that enable file format conversion, device interoperability, and workflow orchestration for multiscreen, OTT, broadcast, cable, IPTV distribution, and production and archiving.

The Technology Trending Happy Hour is free, but pre-registration is requested. For online registration and more information, please visit www.asgllc.com/events/happy-hour-may-1. Attendees who registered for the original April 24 date do not have to re-register to attend.

About ASG: Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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SoundLab Held At USITT With Yamaha Support

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Held at USITT every other year, SoundLab concentrates on free product demonstrations for students, and this year, the conference was devoted to live sound reinforcement. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. made a key contribution by supplying its latest products set up for the event in the Arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“The idea that Mike Hooker (Head of Sound Design at UC Irvine’s Department of Dramatic Arts) and myself who co-chaired the project together was to provide students with the opportunity to mix live music while being mentored by some of the top people in the field as well as mixing on premium systems, states Erik Alberg, Technical Director for Events and Conferences, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. The ideal system was to be much larger and possibly bigger than students would ever have a chance to mix on with in their own university settings. We came up with a model of having two consoles at FOH and switching the live console from one to the other while bands were performing on stage.”

Alberg said they contacted a lot of manufacturers to see if they were interested in participating. “We needed a console to drive the line array rigs and were thrilled when Yamaha stepped up and offered us not only equipment but the expertise of their staff. Kevin Kimmel, a systems application engineer at Yamaha Commercial Audio was a great help in developing the system layout for FOH and monitor system. We created a network of inputs and consoles that not only worked for the SoundLab mixing events, but also for the special events held at USITT such as the keynote speech and award presentations, along with system demonstrations.”

The console system included three Yamaha CL5 consoles, two at front of house that handled the mixing for the live bands, and one as a monitor console. There was also a CL1 at front of house that switched between the two CL5s and was used for running the special events requirements such as wireless microphones, video feeds, and playback. The whole system was connected via Dante and included Yamaha Rio boxes onstage for inputs and outputs to the mains.

The bands were mixed by students at USITT under the mentoring of Buford Jones and Jim Van Bergen, as well as Kimmel who stepped in for one session and provided invaluable services as monitor engineer for all but one of the bands. Over 70 students had the chance to mix during the event.

“The Yamaha consoles were intrinsic to the success of this year’s SoundLab, says Alberg. They worked well and we had no problems with connectivity or routing thanks to Dante and Yamaha. I was also very impressed with the consoles, their flexibility, and ease of use. Sonically they were great and provided our students with an amazing opportunity. The Yamaha staff was critical to the success of the project. Their patience, understanding, and support were great and a real gift.”

For more information on Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO: Engineer Buford Jones and SoundLab Students

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Christie a Premiere Sponsor of Lollipop Theater Network

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, is pleased to announce its donation of digital cinema technology and installation services as a Premiere Sponsor of A Night Under the Stars, Lollipop Theater Network’s fundraising event on April 26. Installed by Christie’s Managed Services team, the Christie Solaria® Series projector and Christie Vive Audio™ immersive cinema system will provide hospital-bound children the opportunity to experience the magic of movies through the screening of 20th Century Fox’s animated hit, Rio 2. The event will be staged outdoors at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio lot in Burbank, California, and will also feature family friendly activities, food and beverages, music, and autographs from attending celebrities.

Established in 2001, Lollipop Theater Network has spent the past 12 years working to bring blockbuster movies to children confined to hospitals due to chronic illnesses or life threatening diseases. Through its collaboration with organizations such as Christie, LOLLIPOP has screened more than 290 films for hospitalized children across 18 states nationwide.

Christie CEO Jack Kline has always been impressed by the extraordinary work of Lollipop Theater Network. Inspired to take on a more active role in supporting LOLLIPOP’s cause, he recently became a member of that organization’s Board of Directors.

“Community outreach has always been important to us here at Christie, and the mission and goals of Lollipop Theater Network are not only easy to admire, but are undertakings that we are thrilled to help support,” said Kline. “Our renowned digital cinema technology will provide LOLLIPOP with the opportunity to give these children an authentic movie theater experience.”

“As a nonprofit, our organization’s success depends on the generosity of our community, and the immense support Christie has given us has been essential in bringing our vision to life for the upcoming A Night Under the Stars event,” said Evelyn Iocolano, executive director and co-founder of Lollipop Theater Network. “We have always appreciated Jack Kline and Christie’s support of our organization and we welcome Jack as a new Board member. It has been great to work with Christie’s Managed Services team, whose superior level of professionalism and technical expertise will help us achieve our ambitious goals on behalf of so many deserving children.”

To “light up” Rio 2 on the big screen, Christie is providing the Christie CP4220 projector, which delivers the brightest image and highest resolution in its class, as well as the most robust and cost-effective 4K DLP Cinema® solution. Christie will also provide the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ immersive cinema system, which unlocks the full potential of leading DCI digital cinema audio formats. The setup includes five Christie CDA5 amplifiers, a combination of subwoofers, and a variety of screen channels and surround speakers. As well, the Christie SKA-3D™ digital cinema processor, which complements Christie Vive Audio, is being provided.

Christie’s Managed Services team will supply complete technical support for this event, expertly installing the digital cinema equipment. They are skillfully compensating for many environmental challenges typical of outdoor settings to create the optimum viewing experience for the audience.

“In installing the equipment for this event, we needed to overcome a number of technical and design challenges to ensure safety and deliver vibrant and clear visuals in an unusual, outdoor environment,” said Sean James, vice president, Christie Managed Services. “From mounting and aligning the projectors to safely running power and speaker wires while protecting the equipment from the elements, this event has engaged our team throughout the installation from every angle.”

As a new member of Lollipop’s Board of Directors, Kline joined well-known entertainers such as Anne Hathaway and Billy Bush, who are also on the Board. He is hoping to install permanent equipment in Children’s Hospital of Orange County to provide a more secure and permanent screening room for the hospital’s patients. The facility is one of the many hospitals nationwide with which Lollipop Theater Network works.‬

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems to Sponsor POD 2014 In Quebec

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Le Diplomate Audiovisual is hosting its first two-day Open Door (French Porte Ouverte le Diplomate or POD) event bringing together over 25 audio-visual exhibitors, guest presenters, product demonstrations, conferences, animation, and networking opportunities for industry professionals. The 2014 POD event is designed to create a meaningful and valuable experience and includes clinics with AV specialists, hands-on demonstrations, and an exhibition of new products.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) is the main sponsor of this new event to be held at Le Diplomate Audio Visual, 5588 Blvd Rossignols, in Laval, Quebec. YCAS products to be exhibited during the two-day event include the new Yamaha QL digital console line, CL console, NEXO PS speakers and Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products. On a mobile stage, a NEXO STM line array will be used for live events, and on ‘the Patio’ CIS products will be used in real world setting. Classes on QL and Dante network will also be offered.

Exhibition dates and times are Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For more information on POD 2014 visit, http:www.//diplomate.com/pod2014/en.html.

The event is free but registration is necessary. To register,
visit https://www.qvc.qc.ca/Inscript/Publique/QVC2101A.aspx?m=2&a=.

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Christie’s Sim Roadshow in Orlando, April 30 and May 1

Christie®, which introduced the Christie Matrix StIM™, the world’s first DLP® simulation projection system with LED illumination, is taking its simulation display solutions on the road to Orlando, Florida, April 30-May 1, at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.

Christie Matrix StIM-WQ

At the Sim Roadshow, simulation and defense industry program managers, systems engineers and technical specialists who are exploring solutions to deliver a more realistic and effective training experience using simulation solutions, will get a taste of Christie’s leading display solutions engineered for real-world simulated environments.

Attendees will see demonstrations of solutions that optimize dynamic image quality, maximize uptime and work efficiently within a narrow budget. Technical experts will also be on-hand to answer questions and for one-on-one discussions.

Christie Sim Roadshow products and solutions include:

Matrix StIM dual input projection capability – experience dynamic image quality with 120Hz operation
AutoCal™ – understand the effects of Christie’s automatic calibration solution to increasing productivity
MotoBlend™ – see how seamless blends are optimized for night training applications
Deployable immersive training simulator – test Christie’s turnkey system designed for cost-constrained applications such as UAV operator, vehicle and part-task training
65 inch large-format touch LCD displays – for part-task training or interactive review
Christie Brio – discover a multi-site and collaboration solution which allows users to virtually meet, share information and collaborate effortlessly from any geographic location.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by April 29 for the April 30 show. Walk-ins are welcome on May 1.

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