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Salina’s Bicentennial Center Salutes L-ACOUSTICS

The Salina Bombers play a home game in the venue

Parkway Communications updates 7,500-seat arena’s sound with ARCS WIFO arrays

SALINA, Kansas — For the past 35 years, the 7,500-seat multipurpose Bicentennial Center Arena in Salina, Kansas has hosted everything from concerts, theatre, circuses and civic events to rodeos, basketball, roller derby and home games for the local Salina Bombers, champions of the Professional Indoor Football League. But while the venue has undergone a number of changes over the years, the original sound system remained in place until Parkway Communications recently installed a new L-ACOUSTICS ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS loudspeaker rig – aka “WIFO” – for the city-owned venue, which is managed by Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum. more

Christie Projectors Used to Reach Out to Voters During India’s General Elections

Christie® visual technology has been selected to help maximize the reach to potential voters across India in the current massive “digital” electoral campaign rolled out during the country’s ongoing general elections, which takes place from April 7 to May 12, 2014.

Extensively “driven by visual technology,” the general elections will see more than 814 million Indian voters casting their ballots to elect a new parliament. Close to 200 Christie Roadster HD14K-M and Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors have been used by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at more than 400 locations nationwide with the plan of having close to 2,000 events in total. The projectors are used to display holographic images of BJP candidate Shri Narendra Modi at election rallies, where he addresses multiple audiences at scheduled locations simultaneously across India. This is the largest deployment of Christie projectors for a single event in India to date.

Engineered specifically to produce unbelievably bright images with stunning detail and depth of color, the Christie Roadster Series delivers pure power with purpose-built features. Designed with built-in handles, an improved airflow system and multiple rigging points, these powerhouse projectors stack up against the rigors and stress of rental/staging, making them the ideal choice for deployment during this staggering electoral campaign.

These compact projectors feature HD resolution and a variable contrast ratio of 1600–2500:1 for brilliantly crisp, detailed images. Equipped with DLP® technology, high-quality optics and 10-bit image processing, the Christie Roadster Series delivers crisp, clean images with perfect color saturation and spectacular video. Coupled with other benefits such as low cost of operation and ease of use, the Christie Roadster Series is undoubtedly the de-facto standard for rental/staging. The reliability and durability of these projectors make them ideal for delivering consistent, repeatable performance with no down time for the most demanding users to create fully immersive visual experiences.

“We’re honored to be part of the excitement during the Indian general elections period where so many of our projectors are deployed at such a grand scale for the first time in India by one of the major political parties for its enormous electoral campaign,” said Ken Wheatley, director of sales, Christie Asia Pacific. “The Christie Roadster Series projectors are known for their unparalleled performance and reliability, and we’re pleased that they are actively and innovatively used in these massive events that effectively showcase how the power of advanced visual technologies can bring people together to create and share experiences.”

UK-based Musion Das Hologram is responsible for consulting, designing and managing these holographic election addresses made by the veteran politician. The 3D holographic projection has been made possible by Musion’s advanced hologram technology using its proprietary Eyeliner™ system. Speeches are filmed and broadcast live via a satellite uplink to the fixed or mobile stages (30-feet by 30-feet) at each day’s events. The 3D lifelike holographic-type displays of the politician are projected at each location using a Christie projector mounted high above the stage to stream visuals to the bounce screen, which reflects the image on the stage. The stage holds the Eyeliner screen which is made of a unique and patented film that delivers the 3D illusion.

The team from BJP’s headquarters is able to view exactly what is being broadcast at any given time, as images are beamed back to the HQ from the various venues and simultaneously displayed on a massive screen. In addition, the vehicles housing the mobile stages, as well as fixed stages are designed and built by Musion. It also trained over 200 installation crews in setting up and using all the equipment deployed at all locations.

“We chose to partner with Christie on Shri Narendra Modi’s 2014 election project due to their market-leading levels of performance, service and reliability. With 200 event teams clocking up tens of thousands of miles throughout the 45-day election, Christie’s Roadster HD14K and HD20K projectors are the perfect choice offering excellent performance with the robust reliability needed,” said Giovanni Palma, director, Musion Das Hologram Ltd. “The combination of Musion Das Hologram products for holographic systems and Christie’s projectors delivers a stunning level of clarity that is amazing millions of people each night of the campaign.”

The results are breathtaking, highly realistic visuals that have since become a hit with supporters in various parts of India throughout the voting period. Spectators at various rallies have described the visual experience as “ecstatic” because the 40-foot by 40-foot by 35-foot holographic projections of Shri Modi are so real that it makes them feel he is standing in front of them.

Shri Modi had successfully worked with both Musion and Christie’s visual solutions for the first time during his 2012 Gujarat assembly election campaigns. This innovative move through which Shri Modi’s speech was broadcast simultaneously at 53 locations across 26 cities in Gujarat has earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now, with a planned outreach of close to 2,000 events in total, Shri Modi is all set to break his own record.

“The Christie brand has been firmly established in India over the years following several successful projects such as the recent Lusofonia Games and Gujarat assembly election campaigns in 2012,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “We’re happy and proud that Christie’s visual solutions have been once again selected for India’s general elections and I’m confident that our solutions will meet the needs of everyone who use them.”

Calibre brings real-world innovation to InfoComm 2014

Focus on media, events and entertainment applications

Calibre UK, the creator of multiple award-winning scalers and processors for the professional audio visual market will exhibit at InfoComm 2014, 18-20th June, Las Vegas Convention Centre (Booth C7541). The booth will be co-branded Calibre and Kramer Electronics in recognition of the two companies’ strategic partnership launched in 2013.

Immediately adjacent to the main Kramer booth (C7736), Calibre will include an impressive array of real-world applications using the new Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range of edge blending, scaling, warping and LED video wall processing equipment – all powered by Calibre’s proprietary scaling technologies. The products include the Kramer VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 and VP-794, which are derived from the Calibre HQView and LEDView scaling and processing model range.

Live at InfoComm 2014: VP-794 events demonstration

Making its Americas debut, the Kramer VP-794 universal live events scalers will be demonstrated in typical live events scenarios. Creating a exceptionally engaging and bright display that’s expected to be seen from all angles of the InfoComm show floor, the VP-794 will drive content for display on to Lighthouse Technologies’ LED video walls.

Complementing this will be a demonstration of the VP-794’s capabilities to edge blend and warp various content onto a curved screen display using ultra-bright large-venue projectors from Digital Projection International.

The demonstrations will highlight to InfoComm visitors how easy it is to manage video content across LED displays and projection video walls in the most rugged and high-demanding environments.

Focus on high-performance image processing

Where image quality, precision and fidelity are key, Calibre will demonstrate the benefits of edge-blending across multiple displays and curved projection screens for simulation and training environments, events, conference room applications.

Highlights include the warping and blending controls of the Kramer VP-793 and VP-792 processors at interactive demo stations located around the booth.

There will also be interactive demo stations showing video processing with geometric correction using the 3G-SDI to DVI-HDMI signal processing capabilities of the Kramer VP-791 processor and an interactive demo of Kramer VP-794 pixel-accurate image resizing for LED videowalls.

In each case visitors can come and try out the products and interact with the controls themselves to see how they work.

“The booth this year will enable visitors to gets hands on and try out the Kramer Media, Events and Entertainment range powered by Calibre so they can plan for their future projects and investments,” said Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

“Our proven technologies are in daily use across the world in some impressive and challenging event, media and entertainment production installations and are now available to a much wider market through Kramer’s outstanding Americas and worldwide sales and support network.”

You can see the Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range powered by Calibre including the VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 & VP-794 scalers on the Calibre booth at InfoComm 2014, 18-20 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # C7541.

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About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

Some useful links:

Twitter: @CalibreProAV

Website: www.calibreuk.com

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

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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Media Contact:
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

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

TDC Shortlisted for Studio LIVE Design Awards

Technical Direction Company

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Video projection specialists, Technical Direction Company, are shortlisted for an International Award at the Studio LIVE Design Awards. The shortlist recognizes TDC’s achievement in the very first double-sided projection onto the epic proportions of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge. This was by no means a small challenge for any technology company!

Vote for TDC in Category 1 – ‘Architainment’, The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review Spectacular

VOTE HERE: http://www.livedesignonline.com/2014-excellence-awards-voting

Winners of each awards category will be featured in the June issue of Live Design, as well as honored at the Broadway Master Classes.

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Extron XTP Receiver with 90º HDMI Output for Installation Behind Wall-Mounted Displays Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is very pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP R HWP 201, a Decora®-style wallplate receiver for XTP Systems. It features a unique, Extron-exclusive design specifically to handle the space constraints behind wall-mounted displays. The HDMI output connector is oriented upward at a 90° angle, which minimizes stress on the cable and allows for a low-profile flat panel display installation. This HDCP-compliant receiver accepts XTP signals from up to 330 feet (100 meters) away over a single shielded CATx cable and outputs video, audio, control, and Ethernet to the display. It also provides HDMI audio de-embedding with analog stereo audio output and volume control. For simplified integration, the wallplate receiver can be remotely powered by the XTP CrossPoint matrix switcher. The XTP R HWP 201 is designed for use in XTP Systems to support long-distance signal transmission in wall-mount environments. more

Matrox at InfoComm 2014 — Product Preview

Video wall controller boards, H.264 encoders/decoders, fiber-optic KVM extenders, video streaming and recording appliance and quad HD capture card to be showcased

Matrox® Graphics Inc. and Matrox Video will be sharing booth N2247 at InfoComm 2014 (Las Vegas, June 18-20). Matrox Graphics Inc. will demonstrate the field-proven Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards, Maevex™ Full HD over IP H.264 encoders/decoders and zero-latency Avio™ fiber-optic KVM extenders. Matrox Video will showcase the award-winning Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance and the VS4™ quad HD capture card for multi-camera recording and streaming.

Video Wall Controller Boards
Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards 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 software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. The recently released Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows video wall management software will be demonstrated for the first time at InfoComm 2014. Mura capabilities will also be showcased through rich transitions and eye-catching effects applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers have used to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls.

AV-over-IP H.264 Encoders/Decoders
Matrox Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders deliver exceptional quality AV streaming at low bandwidth over standard IP networks for display or for storage anywhere on the LAN. Maevex encoders, priced at only $999 US (MSRP), can be combined with Maevex decoders or a third-party software decoder 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. New at InfoComm this year, Matrox will demonstrate how Maevex encoders can record live AV content to network-attached storage (NAS) or network-shared drives at resolutions up to 1080p60. The zero-latency pass through allows realtime monitoring or connection of another device to stream at the same time as recording. Maevex units come bundled with Matrox PowerStream™ software, allowing for easy remote device management, stream switching and streaming/recording parameter adjustment, including user-definable bitrates between 100Kbps and 25Mbps. An API is also available for software developers who want to add Maevex device control to third-party applications.

Fiber-optic KVM Extender
Matrox Avio F125 fiber-optic KVM extenders separate dual HD or single 4K Ultra HD video, keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices from a computer, providing real-time control of high-performance workstations located up to 6 miles away. The transmitter/receiver pair extends two single-link DVI (2x1920x1200) or one dual-link DVI (2560×1600 or 4096×2160) video, and multiple high-speed USB 2.0 compliant devices from the host computer by up to 1312 ft (400 m) over multimode cable and 6.2 mi (10 km) over single-mode cable. Avio F125 stands out for its ability to transmit all signals with zero compression and zero latency on a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable.

Video Streaming and Recording Appliance
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. Priced at just $995 US, it provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. 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. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. The new 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.

Quad HD Capture Card for Multi-Camera Recording and Streaming
Matrox VS4 is a quad HD capture card that comes bundled with VS4Recorder™,a multi-camera recording app that gives live event producers complete synchronized control over capture of the four inputs connected to the VS4 to create high-quality MOV, MP4, or AVI files for use with popular editing apps, for immediate upload to the internet or for archiving. VS4 is also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream Wirecast for Windows or StudioCoast vMix software. It not only sends video feeds for streaming, it also facilitates ISO recording to disk of all the original video and audio feeds for post event editing via a Matrox plug-in for Wirecast or Matrox Video for Windows (VfW) codecs for vMix MultiCoder software..

About Matrox
Matrox is a world leader in graphics, imaging, and video technology providing an extensive array of real-world relevant OEM and end-user solutions to businesses and individuals across a diverse range of professional markets, including media and entertainment, finance, digital signage, medical imaging, manufacturing, factory automation, security, government, and enterprise computing. For more information, visit www.matrox.com.

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