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Christie Delivers the Intuitive Touch and Affordability in Commercial Grade Full HD Flat Panels

Christie® is debuting its new 65-inch flat panel digital display solutions at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 4-6. The affordably priced, LED edge-lit Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P have a thin profile – just 2.7-inches deep for the touch (T) and 2.1-inches deep for the non-touch (P) version – making for easy installation and complementing any setting with their elegant design. Both commercial-grade LCD flat panels have the reliability and image quality needed for meeting rooms, classrooms and digital signage in corporate spaces, museums, education facilities, houses of worship, theaters, and hospitality and retail environments where conveying the message with bright, brilliant images for long time periods without interruption is essential.

Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch technology with superior touchscreen performance in a fully integrated package.

“Whether it’s touch or non-touch LCD flat panels, Christie has what end users are looking for: high quality, durable and easy to integrate visual display solutions at a low cost of ownership, backed by Christie’s unbeatable customer service and technical support,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “With the Christie commercial-grade 65-inch flat panels, end users can count on professional AV performance with brilliant visuals and greater functionality all at an affordable price tag. They can relax in the knowledge that they have a display designed for long run times each day and years of use with the added assurance of a full commercial warranty. And with their small bezels and super slim profile, the sleek and elegant Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P easily and seamlessly fit any space, while meeting U.S. ADA requirements.”

Mountable in portrait or landscape mode, both flat panels have built-in speakers, offer a wide range of inputs to easily connect any source and support RS232 commands for ease of automation and control, while displaying up to 1.07 billion colors and 4000:1 contrast ratio for true-to-life images.

Both flat panels seamlessly combine with the Christie Brio multi-site presentation and collaboration solution. With long-lasting LED backlighting, the new flat panels are energy efficient and consume minimal power for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P Flat Panels Deliver:

− Up to four simultaneous touches for the Christie FHD651-T.
− Commercial-grade LCD with anti-glare coating.
− Landscape or portrait orientation.
− Wide range of inputs including DP, DVI, HDMI.
− Support for RS232 commands.
− Seamless integration with Christie Brio presentation and collaboration solution.
− Built-in 10W speakers.
− HD resolution, 360 nit brightness, 1.07 billion colors, 4000:1 contrast ratio.
− An aesthetically pleasing, small bezel and thin profile design, complementing existing architecture.
− Compliance with U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and barrier-free environment standards in other countries (installed depth of under four inches/100 mm).
− Energy-efficient, long lasting edge-lit LED backlighting.
− Less than 0.5W standby power consumption, meeting the most stringent regulations.

The new Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P ship in March with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

PESA in Sochi for Customer Support at International Broadcast Center

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, has customer service personnel at the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Sochi, Russia, to support the setup and configuration of its router switcher system for the Winter Games.

The IBC features a Cheetah 864XR coax and fiber HD video routing switcher, which is an integral part of the system that provides live and pre-recorded video feeds for local distribution, as well as satellite feeds to the United States for re-broadcast. Designed for multi-format routing needs and supporting signals up to 1080p/60, the router is populated with 800×800 BNC and 64×64 fiber I/O in a41 RU frame. The system also includes PESA’s UCI2000 controller card to allow third-party control.

Other PESA customers include the Korean Broadcast System, which will be using a system that is similar to its setup from the Summer Games in London in 2012, including two Cheetah digital video routers two DRS digital audio routers connected to the main IBC routing system.

“There are several of our customers in Sochi,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “For more than 25 years, PESA has provided equipment and service support to broadcasters at the Winter and Summer Games, and we are proud to once again be a part of this worldwide event.”

Designed to support 24/7 routing requirements, the Cheetah line of routing switchers offers high density designs with a flexible crosspoint architecture and wide range of frames and card configurations. All Cheetah frames feature hot-swappable modules for easier service as well as redundant, load-sharing power supplies and superior air flow design for higher reliability. DRS is a full-featured, 24 bit, 96 kHz distributed routing system for audio and time code signals. Based on high-speed multiplexing technology instead of a crosspoint matrix array, DRS requires less complex wiring and fewer cables, which reduces installation and maintenance costs.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.

FOR-A YEM Eletex Honored with 2013 NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award

Tokyo, Japan – The FOR-A Group was recently honored as a recipient of the 2013 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards from the National Academy of Television Art & Sciences (NATAS). The prestigious award recognizes excellence and innovation in technology and engineering, and was given to FOR-A YEM Eletex Co., Ltd., a FOR-A group company, for the development, standardization and productization of the HD serial digital interface. The NATAS 65th annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards were presented at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 9th.

FOR-A’s Northeast Account Manager, Jay Shinn, accepts the NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmy award on behalf of FOR-A YEM Eletex. interface. The NATAS 65th annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards were presented at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 9th.

The high definition serial digital interface technology recognized by NATAS has become the backbone of modern production, post-production and broadcast facilities. It is the universal interface for professional video equipment because it can carry HD data at the lengthy cable lengths needed in broadcast facilities, and supports multiple formats using just one signal interface.

NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. FOR-A YEM Eletex (formerly called Yamashita Engineering Manufacture) also received the NATAS Emmy in 2000 for development of the Digital upconverter.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Belkin Portable Tablet Stage Turns Tablets and Smart Phones into Interactive Digital Creation and Presentation Tools

Belkin Will Demonstrate Tablet Stage and Stage App for Classroom Use at TCEA 2014

TCEA 2014 – AUSTIN, Texas – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, today unveiled its new portable version of Stage™ which transforms tablets or smart phones into interactive digital creation and presentation tools. Belkin will demonstrate Portable Tablet Stage and other products designed for education at TCEA 2014 February 3-7 in Austin, Texas, where teachers, campus and district leaders will gather to share best practices for creating engaging classrooms that facilitate active and inspired learning.

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness Portable Stage Turns #Smartphones or #Tablets into Interactive Digital Creation and Presentation Tools at #TCEA14

Outfitting individual classrooms with an interactive whiteboard, document camera and computer can add up to several thousand dollars each, and requires extensive training and technical support. Belkin’s Portable Tablet Stage transforms a tablet or smart phone into an interactive classroom tool at a fraction of this cost. Easily present, conduct a video conference, record a tutorial video, or capture perfect pictures using your favorite mobile device. Connecting the phone or tablet to a second screen, such as a television or projector, enables content to be shared with audiences in real time. Lightweight and versatile, the Portable Tablet Stage can easily be transported between classrooms, used in professional development sessions, or taken on field trips.

Belkin’s free Stage App for iPad adds interactive capabilities to the Tablet Stage, enabling users to capture live video and overlay text, labels, or highlight key points throughout presentations. Together with Stage App, Stage makes it simple to showcase a lesson or capture content with the iPad and, because it’s portable, Stage can easily be used for interactive presentations on-the-go. 

Key features included in Stage:

  • Enables efficient, effective lectures and collaboration in podium mode
  • Design is portable for easy transport and seamless on-the-go use
  • Weighs 2.5 lbs, lighter than two iPads put together
  • Angle adjustment allows ideal camera positioning and ergonomic use
  • Has integrated cable management
  • Fits tablets or smartphones with or without cases
  • Compatible with Belkin Stage interactive whiteboard and document camera iPad app

“We’re excited to introduce the new Belkin Portable Tablet Stage for education, which expands the way in which tablets and smart phones can be used in the classroom, as well as on-the-go,” said Jon Roepke, director, Business Division, Belkin International. “And combined with the Stage App for iPad, teachers and students can use Stage to collaborate with a simpler, more accessible and much more affordable platform compared to expensive and cumbersome equipment such as interactive whiteboards or document cameras.”

The Belkin Portable Tablet Stage (Part # B2B118) will be available April 2014 through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers.

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. Belkin will showcase the new portable Stage and other Belkin products designed for education at TCEA 2014 in Austin, Texas, February 3-7, booth #415. To arrange a meeting, contact Denise Nelson at dnelson@theventanagroup.com or (925) 858-5198.

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

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Symetrix Partners with Attero Tech & Stewart Audio to Deliver Dante Ease

AMSTERDAM (NL) / ISE 2014 — (February 4 2014): In a significant development for users of Audinate’s Dante media networking technology, Symetrix has announced that the latest version of its popular SymNet Composer software will enable complete configuration of select Dante-enabled Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio products.
 
Settings affecting I/O levels, routing and more will be defined with SymNet Composer 2.0, which gives customers the ability to consolidate operations on a single platform where three or more were previously required.
 
“As a result of the release, integrators will no longer need separate software packages for each manufacturer’s product as well as Dante Controller,” comments Trent Wagner, Senior Product Manager at Symetrix. “Supported Dante-enabled products will appear side-by-side with Symetrix SymNet products in the Composer software and can be managed or configured identically to Symetrix products. Professionals who have used our Composer before will have no learning curve.”
 
Stewart Audio has long pursued a focus on making networked AV affordable and practical, and its current range includes innovative Dante end-points. “Our customers desire solutions that prove to be both compatible and complete in addressing their audio challenges. The collaboration between Stewart Audio, Symetrix and Attero Tech represents a major step in that direction,” says Stewart Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Brian McCormick.
 
He continues: “By collaborating on solutions we can create the right outcomes for our customers. With all the difficulties consultants and integrators face daily, presenting them with a comprehensive answer to an application is what this partnership is really about.”
 
Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales at Attero Tech – which produces a trio of Dante interfaces – welcomes the partnership as “the next logical step” in the interoperability of Dante networked audio systems. “Our goal has been to make deployment of these systems as seamless as possible, while allowing consultants and integrators to choose best-of-class products from a variety of manufacturers. This is the future of interoperability,” he declares.
 
The initial response from the integrator community is also encouraging. Chuck Mitchell is owner of California-based Technology of the Arts and recently undertook a Dante-centric installation involving Symetrix and Attero Tech products. “Dante is rapidly becoming a default choice for all manner of projects in the installed environment,” he says. “The partnership between Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio around the use of Dante-based systems is to be warmly welcomed as it helps to bring every installer’s dream of blanket interoperability that little bit closer to being realised.”

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D-Tools Delivers Slate of New Features and Services Aimed at Boosting SI User Productivity Including Updated and Expanded Six 2013 Software Platform, Native iPad Mobile Quoting App and Exclusive Hosted Solution Powered By Amazon Web Services

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning software platform, App and Hosted Solution now available to current SI users as part of D-Tools’ shift to annual product release cycle

CONCORD, CA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 stand #1-N53) – Feb. 3, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate the newest release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013 to ISE 2014 attendees along with an all-new iOS-based mobile design and proposal App for the iPad, and an exclusive D-Tools Web Hosted Solution, a cloud-based workflow solution available to System Integrator users worldwide.

Now available to integrators worldwide, D-Tools SIX 2013 adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable commercial and residential AV integrators to streamline business processes, increase profitability, and reduce overhead. SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions such as estimation, system design and project management. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks® and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful, straightforward solution that now can improve all areas of an integrator’s business.

The new D-Tools iPad App is a native iOS application that leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

Finally, D-Tools Web Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ is a “plug and play” option for users that seek mobility and cloud-based storage of D-Tools SIX 2013 Server data. Because the D-Tools Hosted Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services, it features the highest possible level of scalability, security and performance. This new feature-set enables remote access and secure offsite storage for the entire System Integrator user community and delivers an easily accessed and utilized extension of the system that can be used anywhere or any time it is needed.

Currently, more than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. The D-Tools SIX 2013, iPad App, and Hosted Solution each serve to improve operational capacities and to reduce overhead, while providing efficient workflow. Demonstrations of the D-Tools platform will be provided during ISE 2014, being held 4-6 February 2014 at the Amsterdam RAI in the Home Cinema Europe stand #1-N53.

Any press seeking to schedule time to discuss the D-Tools advantage, should contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by emailing Katye@kmbcomm.com or calling +1 (425) 328-8640. Press kits for ISE will be made available the week prior to the show at www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

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Game Creek Video Trusts PESA for Routing Needs at Super Bowl XLVIII

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced Game Creek Video, an HD mobile production company based in Hudson, N.H., will use PESA video and audio routers for FOX’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Jason Taubman, Game Creek vice president of design and new technologies, said 75 percent of the company’s fleet is in the New York area to cover the Super Bowl for various clients. The entire truck compound at the game will be connected through PESA video and distributed audio routing systems, he said.

FX, the five-truck production system, which includes five 53-foot expando trucks, is in place at the stadium for the FOX game broadcast. It includes a PESA Cheetah 512×1024 digital video router with embedding/de-embedding, along with a DRS 2048×2048 distributed audio router that supports analog, AES and MADI.

Liberty, on location at MetLife for FOX pre-game programming, includes a 53-foot production unit and a 53-foot graphics and support unit. The main truck features a Cheetah 384×720 digital video router, as well as a DRS 1536×1536 distributed audio router with analog, AES, and MADI I/O. “The whole world has not gone digital,” Taubman explained. “We need a variety of connection methods.”

Northstar, another 53-foot expando, was used on Jan. 28 for Super Bowl Media Day coverage at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., then moved to MetLife for FOX Sports 1 coverage. The truck includes a Cheetah 288×576 digital video router, plus a DRS 704×576 distributed audio router with analog and AES I/O.

The game will be produced in 720p HD, with 55 cameras and 24 six-channel EVS replay systems, plus frame sync sources, 4K composites, graphics, and a “host of new toys” that FOX will reveal during the broadcast, Taubman said. “It’s a pretty straightforward crosspoint matrix,” he noted, “we just have a huge capacity needed.”

PESA has historically been one of Game Creek’s router systems of choice because of product performance and excellent customer support, Taubman said. In fact, Game Creek recently upgraded Liberty to PESA’s PERC3000 IP-based router control system. “It’s been a big plus in giving us better control over the router and providing additional configuration options for our clients,” he added. “We have a long standing relationship with PESA. Their products have been rock solid.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.

Extron Introduces Five Input Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the AXP 50 C AT, a five input audio expansion processor with Extron ProDSP for integrating remote microphones and other sources onto a Dante™-enabled Extron DMP 128 audio system. A single Ethernet cable to a central equipment rack can link multiple AXP 50 C AT units, avoiding the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each mic. The AXP 50 C AT provides 48 volt phantom power to its mic/line inputs. Dedicated signal processing is available for each input, including gain, filtering, dynamics, and AEC – acoustic echo cancellation. The intuitive DSP Configurator Software makes it quick and easy to set up DSP parameters and AEC on the AXP 50 C AT. more

Christie’s “Solutions That Rock” Audio-Video Technology Show Stops in Nashville February 4-6

Christie®, along with Draper Inc., Alcorn McBride, and rp Visuals Solutions presents Solutions that Rock Feb. 4-6 at Soundcheck in Nashville, Tenn. The latest stop of the traveling road show highlights display solutions and Christie Vive audio for organizations involved with professional AV rental staging, fixed installs, houses of worship and corporate AV environments. Professionals from the healthcare markets will also benefit from attending by experiencing how audio-video technology can be used in meetings and for training purposes.

“Solutions that Rock” gives consultants, architects, service planners and designers hands-on experience with some of the best audio and visual systems available, letting them discover exciting ways to convert projection ideas into reality. Attendees can also enjoy complimentary refreshments and gifts, and a chance to win an Apple® iPad.

Christie’s wide range of technologies include LCD, 1-chip DLP ® and 3-chip DLP®, and DLP Cinema® projectors, rear screen projection modules, video walls, advanced 3-D projection technologies, virtual reality and simulation. Whatever the application, Christie solutions are purpose-built to meet unique projection requirements and backed by industry-leading service and support.

Day one is sponsored by distributor JB & A with VIP integrator Technical Innovation sponsoring both day two and three. Also on the agenda are two separate AIA-certified classes – one presented by Draper and one by Technical Innovation – taking place Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.

“Solutions that Rock” is also an informal occasion where dealers, integrators, distributors, consultants and end users can see how the showcased products offer leading edge and effective solutions for their customers. To help increase their confidence when demonstrating and selling to their customers, attendees can participate in technology demonstrations and receive practical experience with each solution’s capabilities.

Christie Vive Audio Highlights Technology on Display

The complete Christie Vive Audio solution comprises surround and screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. It offers exhibitors the opportunity to provide audiences with the ultimate movie-viewing experience, enveloping them with dynamic, richly detailed and enhanced audio where speech, special effects, music, and alternative content sound more natural and lifelike. At the core of the system are the combination of superior sounding screen channel speakers with ribbon driver technology and the proven performance of a line-array speaker design, all in a single enclosure.

Another “Solutions that Rock” highlight is the new Christie Brio. This presentation and collaboration solution enables multiple users to share video and audio content from laptops or mobile devices by connecting to the meeting room’s video system through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Presentations, video, and other media can be displayed without wires, dongles, or special software applications so meeting participants can start working without setup delays.

Christie Brio makes collaboration across multiple rooms, auditoriums and offices easy and immediate. It can connect to multiple worksites on a college campus or across several campuses. All Brio nodes added to a meeting will be able to see the same content and contribute to the meeting by sharing any presentation. Christie Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard contents, regardless of geographic location.

An additional highlight is the eye-catching tower display of Christie® MicroTiles® with Christie Jumpstart. Built on proven DLP® technology, Christie MicroTiles – the industry’s most flexible, high-resolution modular design concept – are specifically designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high ambient light environments.

Both the Christie M Series and Christie J Series will be showcased as will multiple solutions ranging from HD and 2K LCD, to Xenon 3-chip DLP® images, displaying on a 30-foot wide screen. Attendees will learn how to control any Christie J Series or M Series projector directly from their iOS-enabled mobile device using Christie’s latest network wired and wireless control solutions.

Also on display is the Christie Vista URS. The all-in-one matrix switcher accepts multiple sources in any format (analog composite to digital 4K) and seamlessly routes these sources to as many as eight user-configurable outputs, which can be configured independently for any analog or digital output format.

The Christie FHD551-W 55-inch LCD outdoor flat panel will also be featured and, to fulfill the need to interface with IT systems, Christie will display its network solutions with all projection and multi-image systems connected to, and managed through, the IP network – including wireless control of all devices. Christie AutoStack™ – a camera-based, software driven solution used for maintaining projector alignment in multiple blend and stacked designs, will operate across the network offering a solution that manages both fixed installs and rental staging designs for both flat and curved screens.

The RPMM Mobile Matrix (Deployable Matrix Video Wall) from rp Visual Solutions is supporting the four Christie flat panels while the Christie Spyder X20 multi-image processor will manage all display content including the stereoscopic demonstrations.

Soundcheck is located at 750 Cowan Street in Nashville. To register, please visit http://www.christiedigital.com/solutionsthatrock

Cirque du Soleil Relaunches Varekai as an Arena Show using BlackTrax

Streaming realtime tracking data keeps the lights on the performers

The Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002, returned to Montreal, Quebec in December 2013 for its re-launch as Arena Shows. The production team proposed to lighting designer, Nol van Genuchten the deployment of the BlackTrax realtime tracking solution from CAST BlackTrax Ltd for moving light tracking of performers.

Improving production efficiency

“As lighting designer for the very first edition of Varekai, it’s great to be working on it again as it evolves. With the new arena tour, Varekai is hosted at a different location each week and presents its own lighting challenges allowing me to adapt the lighting to ‘the arena’ of each new environment,” said van Genuchten.

“We introduced BlackTrax as an operational efficiency and cost saving tool as well as a way of calibrating lighting highlights to track performers on the stage area. BlackTrax works by accurately tracking people and objects using a proprietary infra-red sensor and a LED beacon that is attached to a performer giving positional information for X, Y, and Z coordinates.

“Using BlackTrax we placed a tracker and beacon and designated certain fixtures to track certain performers throughout the show. At each venue of the Arena tour, BlackTrax quickly calibrates moving lights making sure that the performer and high-res light beam control is used, and that the beam of light is kept at minimal width,” added van Genuchten.

BlackTrax enhances creativity

As well as significant recurring cost savings, BlackTrax became interesting as it gave van Genuchten and Varekai more creative control with lighting.

“With BlackTrax, I had a lot more freedom to create and place highlights on performers within the imagery and doing so in a way that I couldn’t have done with a traditional follow spot.”

“The BlackTrax software interface is very well developed and the physical practicality of creating trackable LEDs and beacons worked well. What’s more, BlackTrax is supported by a very good technical team at CAST that were there to assist us with any queries we had.”

“BlackTrax is a very powerful tool for the future,” concluded van Genuchten.

Gil Densham, President and CEO of CAST Group Group said: “Did you know that in English “Varekai” means “wherever”, which also describes the renown of Cirque du Soleil for its highly creative, hugely artistic entertainment and clever leveraging of technology to consistently deliver magical results! BlackTrax is the solution that makes possible seamless, spontaneous creativity + artistry + technology – its job was to simplify. Nol and the creative team of magicians + artists used hot-wired technology to help spin a thrilling, vibrant and colorful yarn. And, we are pleased that BlackTrax played its part by streaming the critical, precise, target coordinates to lighting technology in realtime so the planned creative effects augmented the artistry.”

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