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

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

Christie Simulation University Offered in Arlington, Virginia and Huntsville, Alabama in May

Growing interest in Christie’s SIM University has meant expanding the company’s free educational forums to new locations in the U.S. As a leader in simulation projection display solutions, Christie® is hosting its sixth SIM University forum for visual system engineers, program managers and technical specialists in the simulation industry, on May 8 in Arlington, Virginia and May 13 in Huntsville, Alabama.

The one-day forum will provide technical sessions for those with entry-level experience as well as those wanting to hone their specification skills in visual display systems for simulation. It will cover topics such as the fundamentals of projection technology, color, brightness and latency, resolution basics, resolution update rates, principles and practice of night vision goggle stimulation, collimated displays, screens and mirrors, prospects for laser and solid state illumination in simulation and visual systems design process from RFP to proposal. For a complete agenda and to register, please visit SIM University.

*Agenda and program subject to change without notice.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), designs, sophisticated virtual reality, simulation systems and control room environments including high-resolution power walls, multi-sided immersive environments, curved screen displays, domed simulation and multi-projector arrays. Industries and organizations that rely on Christie range from government agencies to oil and gas, aerospace to entertainment, and manufacturing and design to pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.

DAS Announces Lineup of Experts and Case Studies from a Variety of Professions

Multi-Industry Experts Look at the Lifecycle of Assets from Production Through Rights Management

Los Angeles, CA – AMIA continues to add to an incomparable lineup of experts set to present at its acclaimed Digital Asset Symposium (DAS). DAS will be held on May 15 & 16, 2014 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA.

DAS is a unique approach that brings together experts from a broad range of institutions and disciplines at the corner where theory and real world experience meet. Understanding that each phase of the digital life cycle impacts the next, DAS explores the different systems used by a variety of practitioners dealing with similar digital challenges. The lineup includes leading experts and focused case studies from studios, entertainment, religious education, production, curation, law and law enforcement. DAS unfolds in an atmosphere of insightful discussions of current projects and the lessons learned along the way. Additional presenters and case studies are being announced weekly.

Law Enforcement Case Study: A Conversation About Authentication
In partnership with LEVA

Jim Hoerricks, Senior Forensic Video Analyst for the Los Angeles Police Department
Law enforcement agencies face incredible challenges as they manage an avalanche of data, video, images, records and nowhere is the need for authentication more important. Jim Hoerricks is a nationally recognized expert in audio, video and image analyst, instructor and best-selling author. Jim will explore the difficulties challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in authenticating and managing massive amounts of digital media within strict legal policies.

Do You Understand Your Digital Liability?
Adam Grant, Apert, Barr & Grant, APLC

Grant, an expert in mobile app law as well as online and digital privacy, will discuss current issues regarding information gathering and privacy case law. He will explore what people need to be aware of now, based on what is coming up in the future, and how to best prepare. The future being whatever case law is currently in litigation or pending.

Archive and Preservation Case Study: Building an Archive-Centric DAM
Rabbi Elkanah Shmotkin, Executive Director for Jewish Educational Media

For the past several years, J.E.M. has been working to build an access system for their archive of video and audio content that could handle all of their metadata needs, as well as be actively used in their research and production environments. The Rabbi will discuss the systems purpose, different file formats used, metadata searching, ability to playback, get user permissions and how the new system dramatically cut down their research and production time.

Law Enforcement: A Case Study in the Challenges Digital Evidence Management
Laura Futrell, Forensic Consultant and DNA Analyst for Santa Clara Police Department

Laura Futrell explores real world issues in dealing with digital forensic evidence, from downloading video interviews, storing mass amounts of crime scene photos, working with the internal IT department and the challenges of online sharing of evidence with the District Attorney.

Miramax: A Keynote Case Study on Digital Rights Management
Denise Evans, Vice President of IT at Miramax and Thomas Coleman, CTO of Film Track

This keynote case study will focus on how after Disney sold Miramax in 2010, an asset management system was developed for their sales team to easily access, gather and track rights to every film in the Disney catalog. Presented with Film Track.

A Conversation About Curation in Digital Archive Management
Tyler Leshney, Executive VP of Corporate Strategy and Development

Leshney will focus on ‘Information Curation’ solutions that are both strategic and indispensible in providing staffing resources, cost management tools, technology platforms and even storage facilities which allow people to solve problems that few vendors are able to address. He will address how to manage the information in digital format, digitize your print assets, tagging and metadata ready to make your digital information more accessible.

Sessions and case studies announced earlier include:

* Flexibility, Inventiveness and Creativity: A Case Study in Data Centric Storytelling
Jacob Rosenberg (Bandito Bros) and Tom Vice (nextLAB)

* Where Has All the Content Gone?
Tom Coughlin in partnership with Creative Storage, Entertainment Storage Alliance

* Digital Rights: Navigating Copyright in a Digital World
Eric J. Schwartz (partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp)

Registration is now open for DAS. Tickets are available at www.DAS2014.org. The two day event includes all panels, case studies, and two cocktail receptions.

Industry partners include; American Cinema Editors, Creative Storage Alliance, Law Enforcement Video Association, Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Deluxe, LAC Group, Reflex Technologies and Digital Cinema Society.

For further information, visit www.DAS2014.org.

About DAS
DAS addresses the full life cycle of the media asset – from content creation to rights management to assuring asset preservation – with speakers and case studies that address what works in the real world. Each part of the life cycle impacts the next and DAS is the only place where everyone is part of the conversation – content creators, post-production, systems designers, archives, asset managers – where commercial meets nonprofit and corporate meets public.

About AMIA
As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, AMIA is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent film studios, corporate and national archives, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, footage libraries and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve our media assets.

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Chris Purse or Stacey Humphrey
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
chris@ignite.bz; stacey@ignite.bz

Now Available – The Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased announce the immediate availability of Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

D-Tools Announces Multi-Day System Integrator™ Software User Training in London, May 7-9

Intensive D-Tools training teaches global users how to harness the power of SIX 2013 software and maximize their workflow

CONCORD, CA, USA – MAY 01, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, is pleased to announce its 2014 D-Tools System Integrator Training May 7–9, 2014, at the Rydges Kensington London. The three-day comprehensive, hands-on training will take integrators through the D-Tools project lifecycle, offering tips, best practices, and proven techniques to help them maximize their use of D-Tools SIX 2013, the lauded integrator software that enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the design, installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems.

“D-Tools SIX 2013 is a powerful tool, and it’s important that our 4,500+ users across the globe understand how to harness that power to grow their businesses,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We are committed to helping users seek every bit of performance and functionality out of the D-Tools SIX software and these multi-day sessions are an ideal way for them to get the most out of their investment.”

Ryan Brown, of Media Entertainment Design, a D-Tools training partner, will lead the three-day training event. Day one of the training will show users how to custom-configure the D-Tools software to their specific company; introduce tips and best practices; teach users how to build a product database; provide hands-on experience creating winning proposals; help users understand how to exploit the D-Tools reporting engine; and guide them through the process of managing revisions and change orders, which can be a nightmare without the use of D-Tools software.

Day two is a deep dive into product documentation, with trainees experiencing hands-on creation of comprehensive D-Tools documents, including Microsoft Visio Line Diagrams, Floor Plans, Elevations, and Schematics. On the last day, D-Tools will take users through management processes and advanced skills, exploring one of the most popular segments of D-Tools training—customizing reports. The training will wrap with the introduction of D-Tool’s first native iOS application—Mobile Quote––which will enable integrators and sales people to specify products and generate documents and quotes from any jobsite in the world. Attendees will explore the intuitive Mobile Quote interface and leave knowing the process for integrating D-Tools with QuickBooks software to streamline the accounting processes for attached D-Tools projects.

Integrators who wish to register for the event can go to http://d-tools.com/regional-training/. To make reservations at the Rydges Kensington London, contact them at and mention D-Tools training for a reduced rate:

Rydges Kensington London
61 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4PE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7584 8100
reservations_kensington@rydges.co.uk

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, by calling (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

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

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D-Tools UK Training May 7-9, 2014

 

 

 

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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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