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Registration for the 21st HPA Tech Retreat Now Open

The Bellwether Entertainment Technology Event Returns to Indian Wells
HPA Tech Retreat

(Los Angeles, CA) Today at the SMPTE Symposium, produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA(r), registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat officially opened. For the 21st consecutive year, a veritable who’s who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business leaders will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015.

The HPA’s preeminent event enjoys a global reach, bringing together the thought leaders and senior practitioners driving the rapidly advancing entertainment technology landscape. The HPA Tech Retreat has consistently proven to be a crucial gathering where technological developments in production, post production and broadcast are unveiled, discussed and debated. During the Tech Retreat, attendees from the media and entertainment industries are uniquely able to share time and ideas with academics from around the world, scientists, and experts in technology from various disciplines. The environment is one of discovery and exploration.

Mark Schubin, who has led the programming for the HPA Tech Retreat for many years, notes, “Each year, we receive submissions from all over the world – about six times more than we can possibly use – and, based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be hard to choose. So many new technologies have been introduced at the Retreat over the years that it’s tough to count them all.”

Over the course of its history, the HPA Tech Retreat has seen a number of breakthrough products and processes previewed in advance of their actual debuts. Surround headphones, full-color full-motion holograms, Sony’s HDCAM SR, SR Memory, targeted-ad production and distribution systems, Panasonic’s Varicam and stereoscopic cameras, Dolby’s high-dynamic-range video monitors, Pencil-beam microphones, and OLED monitors to name just a few of the many “firsts” to be unveiled at the Tech Retreat.

Leon Silverman, President of HPA, notes, “The Tech Retreat is the place you go to see history before it’s made, and to move and shake with the movers and shakers across the technology community. The subjects are always topical, but the real value of this event is the ability to share ideas and challenges, to understand from those who really know and get inspired. While I take away so much from this event each year in program content, an equally important take away comes from mingling with this amazing group – the teachers who teach the teachers. If you have not been to the Tech Retreat, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to the desert. If you have been, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

Breakfast roundtables are also a popular part of every HPA Tech Retreat. Schubin comments, “Participants begin hashing out the future of media at the lively breakfast roundtables. Among the topics already confirmed for the 2015 event are net neutrality, content security, workflow complications, and a review of the legislative and regulatory environment.”

The HPA Tech Retreat is a not to be missed opportunity for industry professionals. The five day, multifaceted event includes dynamic conference sessions, a curated Demo Room with leading-edge technologies, networking events, and parties. The session schedule and programming information will be announced soon.

Earlier this year, SMPTE and HPA became official partners, moving forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. Today’s Symposium is the first jointly produced HPA/ SMPTE event, an auspicious time to open registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

The event has a history of selling out, and timely registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is recommended. Registration at Early Bird rates is now available, REGISTER. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com, call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860, or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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Hollywood Post Alliance to Honor Alan Heim, ACE, and Randy Roberts, ACE, with Lifetime Achievement Awards

2014 HPA AwardsOrganization Will Recognize the Careers and Contributions of Influential Editors

(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) has announced that Alan Heim, ACE, and Randy Roberts, ACE, will each receive one of the organization’s highest honors, the Lifetime Achievement Award. The special awards, which are determined by the HPA Board of Directors and a select committee, are presented to honorees whose contributions to the field of post production are significant. Heim and Roberts will be on hand to accept their awards at the 9th Annual HPA Awards Show on November 6, 2014, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, said, “The bonds between editors and other members of the post production community are amongst the most binding. It is an honor to celebrate the work of these two wonderful men with this award, which is given in recognition of their creativity, dedication and service to our industry. Alan and Randy have both served as President of American Cinema Editors, bringing awareness and respect to the role of editorial during this exciting time of industry transition. In addition, they have made important contributions to the art and craft of editing through their hard work and dedication. It is a personal and professional honor to be able to recognize them with this award. I have been honored to have worked with both Randy and Alan in our professional roles as well as in the HPA’s collaboration with ACE for many years. I could not be more delighted to give these two men this award, which means so much to me personally and to the HPA.”

Alan Heim, ACE

Alan Heim, ACE


Alan Heim, ACE
HPA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Alan Heim, ACE is a native New Yorker whose credits and awards span feature films and television. Early in his career, he worked on many television shows as a sound editor, eventually working with Sidney Lumet on a number of films including The Pawnbroker and The Group, and with Mel Brooks on the original version of The Producers. He also worked as a music editor on Paul Newman’s Rachel, Rachel. He then became a picture editor and edited The Sea Gull for Lumet, The Twelve Chairs with Brooks, and many other projects, including Godspell, She’s Having a Baby and Funny Farm. Heim was nominated for an Emmy(r) for Liza With a Z, directed by Bob Fosse. That was the beginning of a collaboration that spanned three films: Lenny, All That Jazz and Star 80. Heim won an Oscar(r), BAFTA, and ACE Eddie Award for All That Jazz. He also edited Network for Lumet, for which he was again nominated for an Oscar. Heim moved to Los Angles in 1994, where he worked on American History X, The Notebook and Alpha Dog. In addition, Heim won an Emmy for editing the miniseries Holocaust, and was nominated for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and Grey Gardens. He is currently President of both ACE and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.

Heim commented, “I learned to edit on the Moviola, then the Kem and Steenbeck and other venerable mechanical systems and have spent some years meeting with many of the people who have advanced the technologies that impact the editing room. We are all in service to telling great stories. I have been privileged to be a part of my community – MPEG and ACE – and that work continues to be very important to me. To be honored with this award from my peers in the post production community is extremely meaningful, and the recognition of my colleagues is deeply appreciated.”

Randy Roberts, ACE

Randy Roberts, ACE

Randy Roberts, ACE
Honoree Randy Roberts, ACE, has served the American Cinema Editors tirelessly for nearly two decades; as a member of the board of directors since 1996, as vice president from 2005-2008, as president from 2008-2012, and currently as the organization’s director of marketing. Roberts is one of the originators of EditFest, a global series of editing festivals that highlight the art and business of film editing. He helped to implement ACE Tech Day to help ensure that the organization’s membership remain at the top of their field in technology. Born into the entertainment industry in Burbank, California, Roberts began his career in front of the camera with a number of roles in movies, TV shows and commercials during his youth. Eventually, he worked his way into the Film Editing Department at Warner Bros. and an apprenticeship with the union. His first feature film editing credit was on Richard Pryor’s Greased Lightning, followed by projects with Francis Ford Coppola (One from the Heart), Robert Evans (Players), David E. Kelley and Dick Wolf, to name just a few. In addition to his motion picture and television editing credits, which include Chicago Hope, LA Law, The Agency and Tour of Duty, Roberts’ career has also included directing a number of episodes of network television, but his first love remained the cutting room. He spent the last decade working as supervising producer on the long-running hit series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. He is an ACE Eddie Award winner and nominee, a Primetime Emmy Award nominee, and the recipient of the American Cinema Editors’ Heritage Award.

Of being honored, Roberts said, “My career in this industry is an incredibly important part of my life, coaxing stories into life, working with some of the greatest people I have ever known. I have enjoyed the collaboration and participation of so many people and companies in the post production community, and it has consistently been a great partnership. To receive this award from my friends at the HPA is heartwarming and means the world to me. I am personally grateful, but also want to say thank you for recognizing the incredibly important role of editors in our industry.”

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement honors, winners in 12 craft categories, special awards for Creativity and Innovation, and the Engineering Excellence Award will be bestowed at the HPA Awards gala on November 6th.

Tickets for the 9th Annual HPA Awards are now available (TICKETS). For questions regarding ticket purchases call +1(213) 614.0860 or write to info@hpaawards.net. Press inquiries should be directed to Christine Purse or Mimi Rossi at ignite, 818.980.3473 or email mimi@ignite.bz.

For information about the HPA Awards, please contact Alicia Rock, arock@hpaonline.com or call +1(213) 614.0860. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards, please contact Garrett Randall, garrett@MESAlliance.org, or call +1 (310) 882.9204.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)). Information about the HPA Awards is available at ww.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid and Dolby Laboratories and Supporting Sponsors: The Hollywood Reporter and MESA.

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Extron Announces New Fiber Optic USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

Event Safety Alliance To Host Industry’s First Ever Safety Summit in December

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Event Safety Summit 2014 will take place from December 2-4, 2014 in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Registration is open at www.eventsafety.org.


Underscoring its commitment to make safety the number one priority of every live event producer, the Event Safety Alliance today announced that it will host the industry’s first Event Safety Summit from December 2-4, 2014 at the Tait Towers’ campus in Lititz, Pennsylvania.  The three-day symposium and hands-on workshop, which is funded in part by Fireman’s Fund and its managing agent Take1 Insurance, is designed to increase awareness of the many event safety risks present at live events and teach event producers to address those risks more effectively.  It will also focus on the importance of making sure that every live event has the right insurance coverage supporting it.

According to Event Safety Alliance Executive Director Jim Digby, “Everyone has a role to play in putting on a safe event. However, the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that both workers and guests make it home at the end of the night lies squarely on the shoulders of an event’s leadership, both legally and dutifully. Despite this awesome obligation, the event industry has, until now, lacked a comprehensive safety awareness program tailored to the specific needs of those working in leadership positions.”

Digby stressed that the three-day seminar is designed for anyone with significant authority for making reasonable safety decisions at live events, and those who could be held responsible if something goes wrong, including production managers, tour managers, stage managers, event producers, and vendor crew chiefs. “In creating the Event Safety Summit, we hope to bring together a wide array of thought leaders who are dedicated to driving cultural change in the live event industry.”

Classroom instruction will be led by subject matter experts who will engage participants in discussions tailored specifically to the live event industry. Topics will include: planning for severe weather events, creating a unified incident command system, the elements of an event safety plan and procedure, event safety access training, legal issues and the “standard of care,” partnering with public safety officials, and working effectively with your insurer.

“The importance of insurance cannot be overstressed,” Digby emphasized today, “And I am proud to say that we will have the full involvement of Fireman’s Fund, our Insurance Sponsor, and their managing agent, Take1 Entertainment Insurance, in the Summit’s program.  Insurance has become a critically important and complex component in preparing a comprehensive event safety plan for live events.  Fireman’s Fund and Take1’s expertise is going to be a very important part of the Summit’s agenda.”

Digby said it was going to be very interesting to hear these insurance experts address how insurance underwriting has changed with more focus on safety at live events and how that connection between insurance and the Event Safety Alliance’s mission is linked together.

Training and hands-on application will take place at Tait Towers’ campus in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Instruction will run from Tuesday, December 2, 2014 through Thursday, December 4, 2014. Registration cost per participant will be $1,750.00, which includes instruction, materials, food, entertainment and local transportation. Participants will be responsible for lodging and airport transportation costs. ESA will provide registrants with preferred hotel and transportation options.  A complete Event Summit 2014 schedule can be found at www.eventsafetyalliance.org.

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Extron Now Shipping Single-Gang DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI

Extron DTP T HWP 331 DExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D, single-gang Decora®-style transmitters for sending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals over a shielded CATx cable to Extron DTP-enabled products. The DTP T HWP 231 D extends signals up to 230 feet (70 meters), while the DTP T HWP 331 D extends signals up to 330 feet (100 meters). The one-gang form factor provides maximum space efficiency in wall mount, floor box, and furniture mount applications. The transmitters support computer video up to 2560×1600, HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color, and 4K resolutions. Both models also accept analog stereo audio signals for simultaneous transmission over the same shielded twisted pair cable. They feature remote power capability, plus bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The single-gang wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

Matrox to Feature Multi-channel SDI Card for 4K and Live Streaming and Recording Products at Inter BEE 2014

X.mio3 OEM card, VS4Recorder Pro multi-camera recording app and Monarch HD streaming/recording appliance to be showcased

At Inter BEE 2014 (Chiba City, Japan, Nov. 19-21, Hall 6, Booth 6302), Matrox® Video and local distributor Japan Material will feature the X.mio3 family of high-performance, multi-channel SDI cards for developers, the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording and multiviewer app and the popular Matrox Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance.

Also on display will be the Matrox Mojito™ 4K video monitoring card, the Matrox MicroQuad™ multiviewer, the Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus scan converter, the Matrox MXO2™ family of editing devices and the Matrox MC-100™ SDI to HDMI mini converter.

Matrox X.mio3 PCIe cards offer developers up to 12 reconfigurable I/Os, from SD to 4K, along with support for AES/EBU, LTC and GPIO. Multi-channel hardware processing accelerates compute-intensive operations including motion-adaptive de-interlacing, up/down/cross scaling and mixing/compositing for all resolutions including 4K. The cards provide the ideal hardware platform for OEMs who need to create advanced yet compact channel-in-a-box systems, video servers, broadcast graphics systems, encoders, transcoders, multiviewers, switchers and other digital media equipment. Comprehensive development tools in the Matrox DSX SDKs for Windows® or Linux® include versatile file reading/writing, memory management, streaming synchronization, and a large selection of effects and software codecs including ProRes encode/decode and XAVC decode in UHD. A prototyping tool provides a graphical representation of all hardware components so developers can simulate and test their use cases within minutes, before writing a single line of code. From a single development effort, broadcast equipment manufacturers can create a variety of products at a full range of price/performance levels.
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Designed for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards, each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.
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Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.
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About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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Matrox at Content & Communications World, Streaming Media West and Government Video Expo — Product Preview

VS4Recorder Pro multi-camera recording app and Matrox Monarch HD video streaming and recording appliance to be featured

At three upcoming tradeshows, Matrox® Video will feature the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording and multiviewer app and the popular Matrox Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance.

Designed for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards, each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.

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Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

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See the products in action at Content & Communications World (New York City, Nov. 12–13, booth 1163), Streaming Media West (Huntington Beach, Nov. 18–19, booth 216) and Government Video Expo (Washington DC, Dec. 3–4, booth 434).

At Government Video Expo, Matrox will also present a deep-dive technology session with interactive Q&A on the topic “Anything Worth Streaming is Worth Recording”, Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 2 pm in the presentation theater at the back of the exhibit hall. All GVE attendees are welcome.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

At full speed: The Art of Light uses wysiwyg for Armin Only – Intense world tour

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wysiwyg enables a spectacle for each and every visitor

The Art of Light, a Netherlands-based creative light designing, programming and operating company, used wysiwyg version R33 to previsualize lighting design and effects for DJ Armin van Buuren and his ‘Armin Only – Intense’ worldwide tour.

“A completely original lighting design was designed by Marc Heinz. The Art of Light was in charge for all the programming and used wysiwyg R33 to previsualize the tour,” said André Beekmans, founder of The Art of Light.

“Because the design includes 388 moving lights, 67 strobes, 100 LED fixtures and some conventional lighting, we needed to pre-program the lighting design in our studio before we started the rehearsals. The 6 hour show includes 25 timecode tracks including live performances and dancers.

“wysiwyg is realistic and reliable. When used in combination with all paperwork and drawings, it proved to be a really powerful previsualization tool for Armin Only – Intense,” enthused André Beekmans.

The Art of Light was established by André Beekmans in 2011. Today, a highly skilled design and engineering team works on the biggest, brightest and technically complex high profile events around the world. Their scope includes a number of world firsts including all shows for Hardwell, Afrojack and Armin van Buuren. Festivals such as Dance Valley, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Music Festival and tours including A State of Trance, Revealed and Fusion Cube.

“The projects that we work on are inspired by creativity and we are always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with lighting. In saying this, we rely on wysiwyg previsualization to see, to tweak, to test, to cue as well as to provide to clients and the contractors, technicians and musicians we work with. Watch this space as there are many more spectacular events on the horizon.”

Images: © The Art of Light.

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About CAST Software
Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien — Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.

CAST Software Ltd. is a member of the CAST Group of Companies Inc.

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Due to high demand, InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide, announces a further Networking for the AV Industry Programme event in London, UK between 9-11 December 2014. AMX® by HARMAN®, is the key sponsor of the three–day intensive course.

“Since the demand for these type of events have been hugely popular, to meet the current demand from audiovisual professionals, we’ve added an additional London class in December,” said Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK & Ireland at InfoComm International.

Key topics tackled in this course are remote monitoring and management, security as well as maximising quality and bandwidth.

“As more audiovisual applications operate within enterprise based networks, the course aims to address all networking challenges and to keep skills sets of audiovisual professionals up to date,” added Lavelle.

AMX will continue to support the InfoComm Networking for the AV Industry Programme in 2015. Course locations along with dates for the UK and Continental Europe will be announced later in the year.

Don’t’ miss out. Sign up now by visiting: http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/21946.htm?type=&track=Networked+AV+Professional&topic=&language=&audience=&location=Europe.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.
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HPA Announces Power-Packed Line Up for SMPTE 2014 Symposium, “Making Do With More”

SMPTE 2014 Pre-Conference Event Explores the Impact of Image and Sound Advancements for Content Creators
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(Los Angeles, CA/White Plains, NY) – The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) will for the first time, host the SMPTE(r) Symposium, “Making Do With More,” in advance of the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The day-long event is set for Monday, October 20, 2014, at Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theatre. The event brings together top technology experts and leading filmmakers to explore the impact of enriched image and sound technologies for today’s content creators.

As the changing techniques and workflows in production and post meet an equally evolving environment in distribution and audience options, the HPA plays an invaluable role in helping to make sense of an increasingly complex and evolving content ecosystem. The SMPTE 2014 Symposium will include creative sessions with renowned filmmakers, cinematographers, visual effects artists, sound specialists, and colorists providing an in-depth discussion on the challenges they face and the expansive opportunities now open to them with new tools to support their vision.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, noted, “The Symposium is HPA’s ‘coming out party’ for our partnership with SMPTE and in typical HPA fashion, we hope to provide a forum for these important industry discussions. Technology, filmmaker options and consumer choices are driving us to learn how the Hollywood professional community can better understand how to evolve our current workflows to meet the demands and characteristics of next generation content and delivery platforms. These sessions demonstrate the value of HPA working together with SMPTE to create a powerful forum to drive greater awareness, industry knowledge and understanding.

The SMPTE 2014 Symposium lineup includes:

“How Come You Always Want More” – Leon Silverman, HPA President
An inquisitive look at the burning questions facing the entertainment community: What is happening? What is driving it? What role does consumer electronics play? What part do content creators play, and where do filmmakers fit in?
“So Tell Me More About More” – Mark Schubin, The Schubin Café

An insightful overview of the technical considerations required to get a clear understanding of topics including resolution, contrast, color, frame rate, screen brightness and immersive sound.

“What We Want to Do With More” – Creative Session
Participants to include: Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter; Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros.; Laura Jans-Fazio, Senior Colorist; Joe Kosinski, Director (Oblivion and Tron: Legacy); Steven Poster, ASC, President ICG; Steven J. Scott, Senior Colorist.

A real world discussion about what is missing from today’s workflow and what content creators need from the HPA/SMPTE community. Filmmakers, along with leading industry executives and artists, share their views on new tools, techniques, and what still might be missing.

“Filmmakers Preview: Emma” – Creative Session
Participants to include: Howard Lukk, Director; Daryn Okada, ASC
An exclusive preview of one of the first films made with enhanced dynamic range, color, and resolution in mind. The film’s director, Howard Lukk, and cinematographer, Daryn Okada, bring a unique perspective to discussion of this groundbreaking project.

“Listen Up – Immersive Sound” – Creative Session
Participants to include: Moderator, Sara Duran-Singer, Post Executive/ Supervisor Dennis Baxter, Sound Designer; David E. Fluhr, Re-Recording Mixer, Disney Digital Studio Services; Hanne Stenzel, Sound Engineer and Tonmeister, Fraunhofer IIS; Ben Wilkins, Supervising Sound Editor, Technicolor.

Active sound professionals discuss the creative options available to them today and the challenges associated with the proliferation of audio deliverables. With the need for elements in 2.0, 5.1, 7.1, Atmos, Auro and IMAX for both the theater and the home, sound design and mixing need to take a creative approach to accommodate modern realities.

“Bringing It HOME – the Future of MORE Delivery” – Creative Session
Participants to include: Jerry Pierce Technologist, Mitch Singer President, DECE Ultraviolet and Pete Putman, President, ROAM Consulting

What does the future of home entertainment look like? The panel will discuss Blu-ray, Cable, OTT, OTA, and more in an insightful look at how the next generation consumer experience will be delivered.

The SMPTE 2014 Symposium is among the first joint efforts by SMPTE and HPA as they move forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. In addition to an illuminating day of panels and presentations, the SMPTE 2014 Symposium will provide an opportunity for networking with representatives from leading companies while exploring the latest technologies. Technology demos and experts will be hand during the Symposium. Session breaks will also facilitate networking and further engagement with speakers and other industry experts.

For tickets or further information on the SMPTE 2014 Symposium, please visit www.smpte.org/smpte2014/symposium.

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About The SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Taking place October 20-23, 2014, at the Lowe’s Hollywood at Hollywood & Highland, SMPTE 2014 is the premier annual event for motion-imaging and media technology, production, operations, and the allied arts and sciences. Beyond the SMPTE 2014 Symposium, other highlight events of the week include the SMPTE 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Oct. 23. A detailed event schedule for SMPTE 2014 is available online at www.smpte2014.org.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)
The Oscar(r) and Emmy(r) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members – motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students – who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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