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Extron Announces Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for Digital and Analog Signals

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the XTP T UWP 302, a two-input XTP wallplate transmitter that provides the convenience of connecting local source devices at a wall or other locations including a lectern or floor box. This XTP transmitter mounts into a standard three-gang junction box, and sends HDMI or RGBHV video, audio, and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant and supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K. For simplified integration, the XTP T UWP 302 features automatic switching between inputs with selectable prioritization, and can be powered over the same CATx cable. The XTP T UWP 302 is designed for use in XTP Systems for signal distribution and long-distance transmission between remote endpoints. more

Iconyx Makes it Clear for Knollwood Baptist Church

Winston, Salem, NC – October 2013… In February of 1957, a group of about 80 faithful founded Knollwood Baptist Church, meeting at a local funeral hall until their first chapel was completed in July. More than half a century later, Knollwood’s congregation numbers in the thousands, and their 1000-seat sanctuary offers multiple services each week.

The sanctuary’s modernistic design is truly impressive, with its soaring peaked ceilings, abundant glass, and polished surfaces. But that same design has long been problematic for the church’s technical staff, who have struggled to achieve intelligibility and even coverage in the hall. As Dan Wood, President of High Point, NC-based Church Interiors Audio Video (CIAv) explains, the sanctuary’s recent renovation was an ideal opportunity to finally tackle the audio issues.

“It’s a beautiful space, but very challenging acoustically, and the original sound system just couldn’t provide adequate coverage,” says Wood. “Church Interiors was undertaking a major renovation, and it was a perfect time to rethink their audio system.”

The room’s airy, open architecture presented some significant challenges — particularly the chancel area’s wide design. “The chancel platform extends far into the room, and there was no possibility to hang an array or cluster without impacting line of sight,” says Wood. “Our only viable option was to locate the speakers behind all the open microphones — there was simply no other place to put them.

Consistent coverage was another major concern. Areas on the room’s extremities and up in the balcony suffered from poor intelligibility. Since the balcony is also home to the house mix position, this was particularly important to address.

With no option to substantially alter the room’s architectural and acoustical character, the solution clearly had to be found within the audio system design. With this in mind, CIAv selected Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered column array loudspeakers, placing a single IC24-R-II on either side of the chancel platform.

“The Iconyx allowed us to create multiple sound beams and steer them to the seats on the floor and balcony levels, while steering them away from the walls and windows and other reflective surfaces,” says Wood. “It also enabled us to provide focused coverage to the mix position up in the balcony.”

Wood reports response to the new system has been overwhelmingly positive. “With just two Iconyx columns, we’ve got consistent coverage and intelligibility everywhere in the room.”

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz,Inc.is the world wide leader in the design and manufacture of audi operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Kentucky Mega-Church Reaches the Next Generation with Video Captured Using FUJINON Lenses

Wayne, N.J.Southland Christian Church near Lexington, Kentucky is one of a new breed of mega-churches, investing in the next generation by acquiring sophisticated new video technology, including FUJINON lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Optical Devices Division. Founded in 1956, Southland has grown to become one of the state’s largest churches, with three sprawling campuses and attendance averaging 12,000 worshipers each week. Just as its size and scope have expanded, so have its needs for state-of-the-art video broadcast and production technology to help reach its huge audience and provide a moving experience. Now, as Southland makes its transition from standard definition to HD broadcasts, it has turned to FUJINON lenses for the high quality, yet economical, centerpiece to its new system.

As with all churches its size, Southland relies on image magnification to capture every nuance of the service, even for worshippers in the very back row. Two FUJINON XA50x9.5BESM HD Telephoto Box-style lenses provide the critical tight shots at long distances that make the service come alive. In addition, two ZA22x7.6BERM HD Telephoto ENG-style lenses offer the flexibility of mobile and remote image capture, while the ZA12x4.5BERM HD Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lens lets the church display the big picture incorporating every element of the service. All three zoom lenses deliver DigiPower servo control for remote control of zoom, focus and iris, along with digital Quick Zoom to maximize impact and message delivery.

The lenses complement newly purchased Grass Valley LDK-3000 cameras as well as new switching and control equipment, allowing the 11-member production team to respond quickly to the demands of a large, complex live event. In addition, Southland streams the IMAG, plus images of the interior of the sanctuary, to three giant screens at its satellite campuses. There, live bands perform on huge stages to accompany the simulcast. The church also records these sermons and other video content for its Southlandonline.tv television ministry, which broadcasts for both television and web viewing. In all of these applications, the church has grown to rely on FUJINON lenses and their fast T-stops, quality coatings, and exact color matching.

Southland’s programming director, Mike Vandemark, noted that, to meet the challenge of multiple-location services, the events must be precisely timed and choreographed. Every piece of equipment must be highly reliable and technically precise. With their upgraded video capabilities, he said, “The video and audio capture, transport and control are now on the same level as a sizable remote broadcast truck. And the investment in our new video system has paid off handsomely.” A vibrant, growing community of worshippers clearly agrees, responding enthusiastically to the church’s contemporary style, as well as its use of innovative technology to reach its flock.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

Extron Now Shipping Media Presentation Switcher with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MPS 602, a simple-to-use, six input media presentation switcher for digital and analog sources. It offers digital video switching with three HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs and one DTP 230 twisted pair input, and analog video switching with two RGB inputs that are digitized for distribution to the digital outputs. For increased flexibility, the MPS 602 includes a DTP 230 twisted pair output and an HDMI output that are switch-selectable. The DTP 230 input and output extend video, audio, and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters). The MPS 602 also includes several audio switching and processing features, available power amplification, plus flexible control options for complete switching and distribution with local and remote display support. The MPS 602 is available in three models: a non-amplified version with a variable preamp output, the MPS 602 SA that adds a stereo 4/8 ohm power amplifier, and the MPS 602 MA with a mono 70 volt amplifier. more

First Baptist Church of Trussville Improves Student Engagement with Facility Redesign

Reaching and engaging with a young audience is critical to churches seeking to strengthen their ministry by building a future audience that will join their existing followers. For First Baptist Church of Trussville (Ala.), one of the oldest churches in Alabama – founded nearly 190 years ago – reaching a younger audience involved the introduction of an on-site student facility where children and adolescents can gather to pray, study or socialize. To assist with the development of the student facility, First Baptist presented Elite Multimedia, a professional sound, lighting, and video company based in Memphis (Tenn.), with the difficult task of creating a warm, fun and engaging environment while keeping the church’s tight budget in mind.

Commissioned to assist with the integration of new AVL (audio, video and lighting) equipment in First Baptist’s traditional and contemporary service spaces, Elite Multimedia was also tapped to design the new student facility located atop the church’s preschool facility. Knowing that they soon would be working on the student facility and that budget was a consideration, Elite’s team determined that utilizing the older, but serviceable equipment previously in use in the church’s other service spaces would help First Baptist meet its objectives.

“Prior to Elite Multimedia’s redesign, the student facility was just a loud room with bare walls,” said David Youngstrom, media technology associate at First Baptist Church. “Today, it looks and sounds tremendous. Elite did a fantastic job with taking the speakers and monitors we had in other parts of the church and incorporating them into the new space. It really is a crystal clear system now – it’s got the rich bass with nice highs and distinct tones.”

Having replaced the Renkus-Heinz powered speakers that were housed in First Baptist’s main auditorium, Elite Multimedia repurposed them to serve as the youth sound system. The speakers were supplemented with a new DSP, wiring infrastructure, power sequencing and a new rack, while the old analog soundboard was also relocated to the student facility. In addition, the video wall featured in the church’s lobby was moved to the youth space and reconfigured as part of a new video wall using a

Panasonic projector in the center and eight Planar displays – four on each side – to create one large image across the stage. Moving lights were also preserved and reused along with a new dimming system for theatrical and house lighting.

“It’s a pretty neat space,” Youngstrom continued. “The students now have a warmer and friendlier environment for their Sunday School activities. They also have a place where they can go to meet with friends and peers -where they can plug in their iPad, go over lessons or just play video games. It’s been an amazing transformation and it has had a real positive impact on student engagement with the church. When you get down to it, the room gives us a tool to bring students in to minister to them and that is what we were hoping to achieve. ”

For more information on Elite Multimedia and its notable integration projects, visit www.EliteMultimedia.com. Follow Elite Multimedia at www.facebook.com/elitemultimedia or @elitemultimedia.

Christie Technology Solutions a Major Presence at Worship Facilities Conference and Expo

Christie® , a leader in providing digital display technology to the house of worship market, will display a range of solutions at Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) at the Dallas Convention Center October 2-4. The expo is the largest showcase of church-related products and services in America and the Christie booth will feature a variety of projection solutions all managed by the Christie Spyder X20 video processor.

Two blended Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will be featured. With a combination of unparalleled image quality and low cost of ownership, the flexible Christie M Series of 3-chip DLP® projectors provides incomparable results in numerous applications. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution and providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading Christie M Series is equipped with Christie Twist™, which enables edge blending and warping for smooth, clean images from multiple projectors.

The Christie booth will also draw attention to the new Christie LW720 3LCD projector. Featuring 7200 ANSI lumens with only a single lamp and 2500:1 contrast ratio for high brightness and deep and rich blacks, it also has one of the largest lens shift ranges*; giving customers more flexibility for installation locations in houses of worship, meeting rooms and classrooms.

Christie FHD551-W WeatherAll Flat Panel


Another highlight is the WeatherAll™ Christie FHD551-W flat panel. Introduced early this year, the weatherproof 55-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) LED edge lit LCD with optically bonded glass is designed to carry the message outdoors. Designed to withstand the elements, its high brightness LCD communicates to your audience regardless of weather conditions.

Christie is also showcasing the Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® projector. Featuring Dynamic Contrast, which enhances images by increasing the contrast ratio to 5000:1, the Christie DHD550-G delivers superior image quality reliability and affordability in a single lamp design.

The Christie booth will also spotlight the award winning Nitro Solutions with a Christie YK50 dual-arm yoke supporting a Christie LX700 projector. The Christie YK50 is suitable for live events and staging applications in small- to mid-sized venues where moving video and lighting enhance the audience experience, but space is at a premium.

Also on display is a 1-unit wide by 5-unit tall Christie® MicroTiles® wall while two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will be utilized during the expo’s keynote address.

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HARMAN’s AKG Wireless System in the Hands of Holy Light Church of Deliverance’s Bishops for Inspiring Services

VIENNA, Austria – Led by Bishop Samuel L Carruth, The Holy Light Church Of Deliverance has opened its doors for nearly 50 years for the St. Portsmouth, Virginia community. With an aging sound reinforcement system installed in the early ‘90s, Vicom was tasked with designing and supplying the house of worship with a new system to ensure the upbeat services were clearly heard among the crowd of devout attendees.

Six hanging loud speakers covered in carpet were previously hung and aimed incorrectly resulting in poor sound and high reverberation. The band was too loud and those in the pews couldn’t hear the choir. A Yamaha console was previously installed and a mixed set of wireless microphones were available – all deemed out of date by Vicom.

A complete HARMAN system, including 10 sets of AKG WMS4500 wireless was installed throughout the church to improve live sound and recording ability. Handheld C5 microphones are on hand as presenters take advantage of the entire stage during services.

The Church now boasts a Soundcraft Si Performer 3 digital console, with a Compact Stage Box for up to 56 channels of mixing ability. Dual clusters of four JBL VRX932 loudspeakers fill left and right sides with outstanding sound, while two VRX918 subwoofers were installed left and right on the ground. The loudspeakers are powered by Crown – eight total XTi 4002 and 6002 amplifiers.

“When we designed the HARMAN solution for the Holy Light Church, our main concern was clarifying the intelligibility of the vocals and band so any performance from a single speaker to a large ensemble would be completely audible; not bouncing off the walls,” stated Andrew Fantin, Sales Engineer, Vicom. “The church is very lively in its performances and many times they reach levels of 100db. The AKG microphones are put to the test from the second the service starts to the end of the day. The entire HARMAN solution was a natural progression for the pastors and audience.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Transmit HDMI and RS232 up to 230ft (70m) via one Cat5e/6 cable

MUXLAB LAUNCHES HDMI/RS232 EXTENDER KIT

Montreal, Canada – October 1 2013 – MuxLab Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the newest addition to its HDMI line of products; the HDMI/RS232 Extender Kit (500454, 500454-RX). The kit allows HDMI equipment to be connected up to 230 ft (70 m) at all resolutions up to 1080p via one Cat 5e/6 unshielded twisted pair cable in a point-to-point configuration.

The Extender provides an easy to use solution for various applications such as digital signage, industrial and commercial AV systems, classroom projector systems, boardroom systems and medical information systems.

“The Extender supports all digital audio modes and RS232 which makes it an ideal choice for such a wide variety of applications” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D.

The 500454 also has the ability to support 3D of HDMI 1.4 and bi-directional IR remote source control. The Kit includes an IR Emitter (MuxLab model 500998) and IR Sensor (MuxLab model 500999).

About MuxLab
MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For over 25 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds, and changes.

HDMI/RS232 Extender Kit (500454)

VARIA Delivers for Bethany Wesleyan Church

Cherryville, PA – September 2013… From their 80-acre campus in this close-knit eastern Pennsylvania town, Bethany Wesleyan Church combines an inspirational, contemporary worship style with a broad mix of community programs including sports, education and family oriented activities. With a dedicated and rapidly expanding congregation, Bethany Wesleyan recently took the wraps off their new 1600 seat sanctuary and multipurpose room, equipped with a custom designed sound system based around the versatile Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source line array.

“The church wanted a space that would be versatile enough to accommodate everything from worship services to concerts and even sporting events,” explains Allen “Doc” Nagle of Orwigsburg, PA-based Events Staging. “It’s essentially a gymnasium with a stage at one end and removable seating.”

As any systems designer can attest, multi-purpose rooms often present some of the most challenging audio environments, and Bethany Wesleyan was no exception. The room’s high, open ceilings and concrete and sheetrock walls could have been a potential nightmare. But as Nagle explains, “thanks to good communication with the architect during the planning phase, we were able to take steps to reduce standing waves and reflectivity.”

For the sound system, versatility was key. The system needed to keep the sound tightly focused on the room’s key listening areas, which could change via a variety of room configurations. It also had to accommodate a wide range of program material, from spoken word to different types of musical content.

“The VARIA system was perfect because it provides the best options for placing sound exactly where you need it in the room, as opposed to spilling it all over the place,” says Nagle. “The VARIA’s transitional waveguide allows you to vary the horizontal coverage from the top of the array to the bottom, which was perfect for shaping the coverage pattern off the reflective surfaces.”

The system comprises left and right hangs, each with five VARIA VAX101 series cabinets. Horizontal dispersion varies from 60 degrees at the top of the array, increasing incrementally to 120 degrees at the bottom. A center fill of two VARIA 90 degree cabinets adds a bit of psychoacoustical enhancement. Eight PNX212-SUB subwoofers are bunkered, four per side, into the face of the stage. An Avid VENUE Profile at the front of house position handles the mix, while four CFX121M wedges provide onstage monitoring.

“The VARIA made all the difference in this installation,” adds Nagle. “It allowed us to easily pinpoint exactly where the sound should be in the room while avoid any unwanted interactions. It sounds amazing.”

An ancillary chapel and cafe incorporate the Renkus-Heinz IC7-II steerable array, with a pair of PNX212 series subwoofers providing a solid bottom end. Ashly Audio NE2424m matrix processors handle speaker management for the entire facility while providing a selection of easily recalled presets for the church’s all volunteer crew.

Visual impact is equally impressive, with three 16,000-lumen projectors firing at three, 20-foot screens positioned left-to-right across the back of the stage.

Finally, multiple HD PTZ and manned cameras and a Pro Tools system capture weekly services for distribution on DVD, with plans already in place to expand into Internet streaming and live broadcast.

With the system up and running, Nagle is pleased that his team was able to strike such an effective balance between usability and performance, while placing the church on a solid foundation for future growth.

“This is a really dynamic and active congregation,” he concludes. “They’re looking to entice national worship tours, as well as setting the stage for broadcast and streaming. The combination of the VARIA and Avid systems ensures them a level of sound quality and technical capability they’ve never had before. I’m confident they’re set for many years to come.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Matrox Monarch HD Now Shipping Worldwide

Award-winning streaming and recording appliance lets professional video producers simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing

Matrox® Video today announced that the new Matrox Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Priced at just $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. 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. Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. It also offers simple, one-touch stream and record pushbuttons; low power consumption; a locking power connector; and a quiet, fanless design.

“In a single integrated unit, Monarch HD separates the task of recording from streaming to ensure that the user’s content delivery network (CDN) delivers quality video to a live internet audience while the user himself independently controls the quality of his archive,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “Matrox Monarch HD injects the highest quality video into every bit regardless of input source or target bitrate. Combining the power of the built-in H.264 encoder with Matrox’s high quality deinterlacing and scaling engines guarantees stunning results.”

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 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, 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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