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Technical Direction Company (TDC) provides the perfect video backdrop for 27th ARIA Awards

Video display experts, Technical Direction Company (TDC) supplied all video technology elements for the 27th ARIA Awards held at The Star, Sydney, Australia on 1 December 2013.

The ARIA Awards are the official awards of the Australian Record Industry Association attended by an audience of over 4,000. The event was broadcast live on Channel 9’s “GO!” with performances from many Australian artists including Birds of Tokyo, Bliss n Eso and Tame Impala as well as special guest appearances from Alicia Keys and Lorde.

The ceremony was produced by Michael Long and Vicki Gerrans. Set design was by Kim Buddee. Stunning screen graphics were produced and operated by Rod Morris.

TDC supplied custom automated rolling screens with ultra-bright 26K HD projectors, that not only provided a uniform, succinct and clean look according to the set design but also acted as a mask for set changeovers. TDC also supplied 200 square metres of high-resolution LED video display as well as video projections and creative and scenic LED elements along with switching, control and technical crew.

ARIA Event Producer, Michael Long said: “We’ve worked with TDC for a number of years because they have quality product, they always deliver on time and within budget meeting our set designer needs and music act requirements. TDC has an excellent logistical and creative team that can cope well with any last minute changes.

“For the Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala, Jessica Mauboy performances and various DJ’s we used all 4 LED screens on stage along with two side screens. We created a specific look for act changeover where TDC’s two large projection screens came down and covered the stage. Because the venue didn’t have the ceiling height, we had to think of something different and thankfully TDC had some special screens available. TDC suggested early on that we use 6×6 metre screens with custom-built truss to roll them in and out creating a seamless image and transition.”

Olin Winton, Technical Manager at Technical Direction Company said: “Creating a seamless video and LED video technology elements was vital to this project. We were able to utilize some of our highest resolution LED stock for the 27th ARIA Awards which created the perfect backdrop to the Australian and international music performances.”

The TDC Crew working on this project included:
Olin Winton
Kain Jones
Karl Johnstone
Will Day
Anthony Pellizzari

“We really appreciate the support that TDC gives the ARIA Awards and the Australian music industry,” ended Long.

About Technical Direction Company – TDC

Established in 1981, TDC’s expertise is in providing video technology solutions for major TV shows, theatre, corporate events, concert touring, exhibitions and outdoor events. Holding one of the largest stocks of high-end video equipment including LED, projection, displays and HD camera systems, TDC is the preferred provider of technical solutions for the top designers, producers, and production companies across the Asia Pacific region.
www.tdc.com.au

Delicate And Martin Audio MLA Support Black Crowes

The Black Crowes celebrated a successful tour of outdoor venues with a joyous December concert reunion finale at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Like the tour, the concert featured the Tedeschi Trucks band and The London Souls, with Delicate Productions of San Francisco supporting with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system.

According to Smoother Smyth of Delicate, the tour included sheds ranging from 3,000 to 18,000-capacity with Black Crowes FOH Engineer Bob Coke “over the moon about the MLA system.” Setup for the tour included 11 MLA and one MLD (downfill) per side, 8 MLA Compact per side, and 12 ground-stacked MLX subwoofers.

After the initial summer tour, the Black Crowes continued to tour using local promoter-supplied systems in the fall. But because Delicate and Martin Audio MLA had worked out so well for the band during the summer, the Crowes decided to bring both back for the finale.

The challenge for Delicate was to completely rebuild the disassembled system from scratch so that it was identical to the original touring rig and get it up to San Francisco for an 8:00am load-in and 2:00pm soundcheck with no rehearsal time. As Smoother concludes, “it required a maximum effort on our part, but was well worth it because we were getting a lot of comments the next day about how amazing it sounded. The Graham auditorium is known as a very lively room and MLA allowed us to contain and control the audio really well. It turned out to be a slam-dunk.”

Bob Coke, contacted in France where he lives and works, also had positive comments: “I was initially skeptical about the MLA system. But during my first experience with the MLA Compact at a circular bull fighting arena in the south of France––an acoustically difficult venue––I was truly amazed by the sound quality, color and coverage. An hour before doors we were told that certain sections of the seated area would be vacant. The system tech, Andy Davies, reprogrammed the venue coverage to exclude that section in five minutes. I walked the section and was amazed to hear the difference. It’s what convinced me that the theory behind the MLA system was accurate and reliable. To be able to reprogram where the sound is being sent in a venue without having to physically change how the system is flown is quite remarkable.

“We were touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and The London Souls,” Bob continues. ”Each band had their own FOH engineer with different criteria for the system color, but the three of us agreed that the system sounded great. In the mornings when we were loading in the system, we would often hear from the local crews or local sound technicians that the MLA was the best sounding system they had yet heard in their venue. For the size and punch it can’t be beat. It’s also easy to set up and take down.”

Asked about mixing the final concert, he concludes, “The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a really decent 7000-seater. I mixed the band for their final show LOUD––louder than the first two acts and the system as well as the venue behaved really well acoustically at that level. I was impressed by the sound of the Tedeschi Trucks band and London Souls, and how sweet the system sounded at their levels. There were a lot of people who stopped by after the show to pay tribute to the sound. The best compliment is when people talk about how great the show was––it’s a sign I’ve done my job well and that people have experienced the music in a direct way without having it ‘filtered’ through a bad sounding system or being distracted by room acoustics or a bad mix.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

RF VENUE AND PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS PARTNER ON INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 2014: In a unique supply agreement, RF Venue remote antennas, RF distribution equipment, and other accessory products for wireless microphones, IEMs, and intercoms are now available through Professional Wireless Systems, a Masque Sound company.

“Professional Wireless’ team is among the elite groups in wireless audio system configuration, coordination, and management worldwide,” commented RF Venue CEO Chris Regan. “We are thrilled to add our products to their RF toolkit and now be able to offer our customers the best in class frequency coordination and onsite RF services.”

RF Venue’s innovative Diversity Fin, RF Spotlight, and CP Beam antennas represent all-new approaches to solving signal dropout and interference problems for wireless audio systems of all sizes. Professional Wireless offers a complementary range of RF hardware and software systems in addition to a wide range of consulting, design, and show management capabilities.

“Quite simply we found kindred spirits with Chris and his team at RF Venue,” stated Geoff Shearing, president of Masque Sound and Professional Wireless. “We share a passion for solving RF problems for users of wireless audio products and I am greatly looking forward to the exciting things that will come from this collaboration.”

ABOUT PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS As a wholly owned subsidiary of Masque Sound, Professional Wireless Systems specializes in developing brand new gear for the increasing demands of RF equipment. PWS supplies and supports wireless systems for any kind of live and broadcast event. www.professionalwireless.com

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events. www.rfvenue.com

ASHLY PROCESSING, AMPLIFICATION, AND CONTROL AT ROCHESTER, NEW YORK’S HISTORIC SIBLEY BUILDING

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – JANUARY 2014: The “new” Sibley Building in downtown Rochester, New York rose out of the ashes of the original Sibley Building, which served as the city’s first department store and burned down in 1906. It has remained an architectural fixture ever since and was admitted to National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The lower levels serve as retail space and help to anchor Rochester’s current downtown revitalization. Its public areas recently benefited from a sound system overhaul that centered on processing, amplification, and control provided by commercial audio manufacturer Ashly Audio of nearby Webster, New York.

“Although it had been fine when it went in, the old sound system was twenty years old,” said Alan Clayton, sales representative with the local integration firm, The Presentation Source, that designed and installed the new system. “The owners wanted to add some outdoor loudspeakers to the entrances, and they wanted to be able to play different music sources at different entrances. The old system had zero multi-zone support.” The different music sources will be used to affect some innocuous crowd control: some exciting music at the sidewalk entrances to draw in passers by and some not-so-exciting music near a different entrance to discourage loitering.

A new Ashly ne24.24M modular matrix processor outfitted with four inputs and twelve outputs forms the heart of the new system, and an Ashly neWR-5 networked remote control provides relevant user controls. “The neWR-5 is a great way to give the client just the right amount of control,” said Clayton. “It’s a fine line. I want to allow them to do everything they want to do, but not allow them to get into trouble. The neWR-5 lets me hone in on just the right amount.” To power the existing indoor loudspeakers as well as the new One Systems outdoor loudspeakers, Clayton installed an eight-channel, two-rack space Ashly ne8250.70 amplifier.

“A lot of things go into choosing this kind of equipment, not the least of which is the inclusion of local manufacturers when possible,” said Clayton. “That’s especially significant given the historic nature of the Sibley Building. Just as important is our previous experience with Ashly equipment and Ashly support. Both are excellent. The equipment sounds great, holds up reliably, and the people at Ashly are very easy to work with.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

Symetrix SymNet Edge Deployed at Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 2014: On a clear day, you can see downtown Atlanta from Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, and crowds flock there from the city and the surrounding states to enjoy the park’s awe-inspiring geology and nature. In addition to a massive laser, fireworks, pyrotechnics, and projection show that has operated on summer evenings since 1983 and is almost synonymous with Stone Mountain Park, the park’s attractions include the mountain itself, camping, a cable car to the summit, a collection of historic plantation buildings, Geyser Towers playground, the Sky Hike family ropes adventure course, a children’s activity area, and Crossroads Base Camp, a town with restaurants, retail stores, a movie theater, mini-golf, and craft stores. With so much going on, the owners hired Atlanta-based Full Spectrum to begin deploying a Symetrix SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSP system that will grow and eventually expand to cover all of the park’s attractions via an inexpensive CAT5 network.

“The owners built Crossroads about a decade ago, and the original sound system did a passable job of supplying background music,” explained Paul Creasy, partner at Full Spectrum. “But as the development grew and several of the establishments set their sights on more and different events, the constraints of the original system became apparent. The upshot was that they needed something that was completely flexible. Moreover, the owners wanted to expand system coverage to several of the other attractions, but they didn’t want to have to start from scratch every time they expanded. The Symetrix SymNet Edge DSP system offered the perfect solution. Each Edge frame has modular I/O, and its open architecture programming allows us to customize system features and performance. The fact that the Edge DSP system networks via Dante will allow us to easily expand across the park.” Currently, eight SymNet Edge frames populate Crossroads, each in a different building.

“We do niche A/V,” said Creasy. “You can’t call up a preset for a place like Stone Mountain Park. I appreciate the flexibility and intuitive layout of SymNet Composer open architecture software. It’s easy to work with, even with a complex system like this one. Moreover, any time I have a question, Symetrix’ tech support is available and ready with an answer.” Within the next year, Full Spectrum plans to expand the sound reinforcement system via Dante and additional remote Edge DSP units to incorporate the Plantation, the Sky Ride cable car complex, and, perhaps most exciting, Stone Mountain’s famous laser show!

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

Bexel Heads Home for FOX Sports 1 Remote Studio Kits

Self-contained Broadcast Units Bring FOX Sports 1 Talent to Air

(BURBANK,CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, recently built, tested, shipped, and installed 16 self-contained, crewless home studios for some of FOX Sports 1′s top talent. The innovative systems are permanently installed in the analysts’ homes, allowing them to go on air immediately when something pertaining to their specialty occurs.

“We had less than 30 days to procure, build, test and distribute all 16 systems, but we were more than ready for the challenge,” said Senior Vice President of Bexel ESS Scott Nardelli. “We were able to manage logistics and get the gear needed, where they needed it. From staging the units in various holding locations around the country before deployment, to installing the bonded T1s from the point of presence to the interior of the homes, to running the cables in a way that hid them from view and worked within the existing décor and framework of the houses, our team delivered at every step in the process.”

Since the network’s August launch, the in-home location segments have become staples of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX FOOTBALL DAILY and other FOX Sports 1 programming. Brian Billick in Queenstown, Md., Ken Rosenthal in New York, N.Y., Mike Garafolo in Hoboken, N.J., Jon Paul Morosi in Ann Arbor, Mich., Reid Forgrave in Des Moines, Iowa, and Alex Marvez in Miami, Fla., are among the analysts who have been prominently featured from the new installations. FOX Sports 1 simply connects into any of the in-home studios via a bonded T1 pair, and goes live with HD quality video.

The systems include AW-HE60SN Panasonic cameras that can be manned remotely from the FOX Sports 1 control room in Los Angeles, allowing them to pan, tilt, zoom or adjust color and saturation. Litepanels 1×1 Bi-Color panels were chosen to provide key light, fill light, and back light on stands, and can also be controlled remotely. The backdrops, approximately 6-by-6 feet and featuring the FOX Sports 1 logo, are customized to the individual home locations. Beyond the standard backdrops are smaller pull-up devices, and in one case, a motorized unit that comes down from the ceiling.

Rack mounted cases, approximately 48-by-24-by-30 inches, are at the core of the systems. Their contents include a UPS that controls power, an IP Power Switch which allows the system to be turned on and off remotely from Los Angeles, a network switch that keeps the circuit open, a Haivision Mako encoder, and audio and video support that provides the IFB and camera feeds.

While most functions of the in-home studios are controlled remotely, the units were designed to make it easy for the on-location users to complete the tasks they do have to perform. “We used a very straight forward audio system, so the talent doesn’t really have to do anything beyond plugging in their microphone,” adds Nardelli. “They also have a volume control for their earpiece right on the desk, so they can control the volume of the IFB easily, without having to go to the rack and figure out which knob to turn. We worked closely with the FOX team to create clear and concise ‘cheat sheets’ for the talent, so they’d be comfortable with the technology around them.”

“Speed to market is crucial in the world of sports news, and these in-home studios have been very effective for us in delivering breaking news,” notes Doug Levy, VP of post production for Fox Networks Engineering and Operations. “In approach, it really represents a sea change. Everyone worked incredibly hard to make this work, and it was a unique learning process for all those involved. We felt from the beginning that Bexel was the most appropriate choice for this project. They have a long and extremely good track record as both a rental house and an integration company, and we knew their team could get the job done.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Litepanels
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Backed by the Vitec Group’s legacy of 100+ years in the broadcast and production industry, Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures practically pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Litepanels is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Litepanels, visit www.litepanels.com

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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How Sweet It Is! New Live Music Venue SRB Brooklyn Is Equipped With HARMAN Professional Audio System

BROOKLYN, New York — Brooklyn, the music-soaked borough that brought us Barbra Streisand, Foxy Brown, Barry Manilow, Jay-Z and many others now boasts SRB Brooklyn, a brand-new venue dedicated to live music, dancing and bringing back the energy of the clubs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. “SRB” stands for Soul, Rhythm and Blues, all of which can be heard with the help of SRB Brooklyn’s HARMAN Professional sound system featuring AKG, Crown, dbx, JBL and Soundcraft components.

“When we bid on the project, the owner of SRB Brooklyn told us he wanted to cater to all types of music and bring in national acts, and that he wanted a top-quality sound system,” said Jeff Kwan, Vice President of New York sound contractor Canal Sound and Light. “He specifically said, ‘I want the best speakers in tour sound for my club,’ so we immediately thought of JBL VERTEC® and recommended a HARMAN Professional system as the way to go for the 500-person room.”

“The building is a converted warehouse, so we had some architectural constraints,” Kwan continued. “It’s a long room but has a low ceiling so flying the main speakers was challenging. We went with two ground stacks of four VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements per side. However, the VT4888’s aren’t just plopped on the ground—they’re placed in a ‘notch’ in each wall on either side of the stage that’s about 10 feet high, so we get the sonic and coverage advantages of raising them off the ground. We also installed three JBL ASB7128 subwoofers under the stage—the ASB7128 is specifically designed to work well either ground-stacked or flown.”

A variety of additional JBL loudspeakers round out the system. Eight VRX915M and two PRX612M floor monitors are deployed onstage and two ASB7118 subwoofers are used for drum fill. Four STX835 loudspeakers and two ASB7128 subs are located at the rear of the club while four AC28/26 compact loudspeakers and one AM7212/00 provide additional fill throughout the venue.

“We installed Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers to drive the VT4888’s, ASB7128 subs and STX835 rear loudspeakers, and Crown XTi Series amps for the stage monitors and other fill loudspeakers. The I-Tech HD amps’ preset tunings and adjustable built-in DSP make them the perfect match for the bigger JBL loudspeakers, while the XTi amps offer a good combination of price and performance.” A dbx DriveRack 4800 Loudspeaker Management System provides speaker processing and control.

A variety of AKG mics fill out the HARMAN system, including D7 vocal mics, C3000, C451B and C535EB vocal and instrument condenser mics, C518M and D112 drum and bass drum mics, D40 instrument mics and a P2 low-pitched instrument/bass drum mic. In addition the stage is equipped with 20 BSS AR-133 active direct boxes.

There were challenges during the installation. “As it turned out the original design of the stage did not provide enough acoustical treatment for the subwoofers,” Kwan noted. “When we first put the system through its paces the subs really shook the stage. We had to add sand and concrete to the stage to eliminate the shaking and noise and direct the low-frequency energy forward towards the audience.”

The result was worth it: “The venue’s management wanted SRB Brooklyn to be a music venue that rivals any place in Manhattan. He definitely accomplished that. It’s an unpretentious place where people can really enjoy themselves and appreciate the best audio system in Brooklyn.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

John Fogerty Plays The Classics On US Tour Backed By Bright and Engaging HARMAN’s Martin Professional Rig

AARHUS, Denmark — Ranked on Rolling Stone Magazine’s lists of 100 Greatest Guitarists (#40) and 100 Greatest Singers (#72), and with the number 41 and 53 spots on the publication’s list of Greatest Pop Songs, John Fogerty has entertained crowds for decades as a member of the Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist. Recently the classic rock legend wrapped up an 8-week US tour which featured a stunning light show staring HARMAN’s Martin Professional fixtures, designed to entertain fans with a completely new visual experience along with Fogerty’s classic rock sound.

Production Designer Alex Skowron designed and built the lighting rig to include 21 Martin Atomic Colors, 17 MAC 2000 washes, 14 MAC Viper profiles, 14 Viper washes, 10 MAC 2000 profiles, eight MAC III’s and eight MAC 401 RGB fixtures. Two Martin M1 lighting consoles ran lighting and video content during the show, which projected onto 12×21 high-resolution screens and seven other surfaces surrounding the stage.

Upstaging supplied all of the Martin fixtures for the tour.

“I’m loyal to Martin because Martin is loyal to me,” Skowron states. “The MAC 2k’s are workhorses. You can beat them to death and they still run. The quality of light you get out of the smaller Vipers is still great, and the color filters we customized for the Atomic Strobes changed the boring white light into something amazing!”

Skowron developed a show that would redefine the classic rock soloist genre of touring musicians. This wasn’t just your average musician-on-a-chair-type show. With Martin, fans were welcomed with a full concert experience, with an up-to-date vibe on the songs they’ve known and loved for decades. Multiple color schemes and background video highlighted Fogerty’s music during each set.

“I’ve been using Martin for ages, and even own numerous Martin lighting consoles, myself,” continued Skowron, “The support Martin provides throughout the entire process from sale to integration and beyond is something no other manufacturers choose to provide. I am only 100 percent confident in the success of a rig if it includes Martin.”

Skowron plans to take his Martin rig on a European tour with Fogerty in mid 2014.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries.

For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Bannister Lake Offers Powerfully Affordable Score Bug Solution

BL Score Bug Go delivers portable and affordable score bug graphics when space and budgets are tight

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, January 16, 2014 – Bannister Lake announces the immediate availability of BL Score Bug Go, a compact, cost-effective, lightweight professional score bug solution for live broadcast sports and in-house venue stadium, arena, and park production. This uncompromising carry-on package provides support for HD-SDI output of real-time scoring and game status, helping production teams generate high quality turnkey score bug graphics from a portable system at a fraction of the price.

This turnkey solution packs exceptional power given its compact laptop-sized form factor featuring Bannister Lake’s scoring and game status solution and a sophisticated graphics and animations engine. A Thunderbolt™-enabled laptop bundled with an AJA Io XT external video interface device offers:

• Full uncompressed HD and SD 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 capable video capture and playback
• Built-in support for HD clips and audio
• Switchable reference and LTC inputs and outputs
BL Auto Pilot™ support additionally provides direct data connectivity to arena scoreboard controllers and radar guns for instantaneous and automated game data.

Bannister Lake’s sport-centric interface turns operators into power users. Operator hot keys offer instant in-game access to score, sponsor, and clock updates, and game exceptions and infractions such as penalties, flags, and substitutions.

“The Score Bug Go solution is the right score bug solution at the right price,” stated Georg Hentsch, President of Bannister Lake. “Between its full HD SDI key and fill and the solution’s $15K price tag, every broadcaster and venue can be a major league player with stunning, cutting-edge score bug output.”

BL Score Bug Go is available and shipping now through Bannister Lake as well as authorized resellers.

About Bannister Lake Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and in-venue audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

Extron Now Shipping H.264 Streaming Media Decoder

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SMD 101, a compact, high performance H.264 streaming media decoder used with Extron SME 100 encoders to provide complete end-to-end AV streaming systems. The SMD 101 is designed specifically for use in professional AV applications to decode live streamed content from SME 100 encoders or play back AV media files accessible from network shares. It accepts streaming resolutions up to 1080p/60 and outputs a variety of resolutions, from 640×480 up to 1920×1200. Fill/Follow/Fit aspect ratio controls manage disparities between the streaming video and display format. This compact, energy-efficient decoder is an ideal counterpart to the SME 100 encoder to deploy in simple overflow and monitoring applications or multi-channel streaming systems and high resolution signage systems. more

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