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Christie is Front and Center at NAB 2014 with the Authoritative Visual Display Technology Line-Up

Christie® continues its leadership in the visual display technology market at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas April 5-10. The exhibits open April 7, showcasing two connecting Christie booths featuring the latest 4K solutions including laser projection. The benefits of Christie Q Series, Christie Brio, large format LCD displays, 1-chip DLP® and 3-chip DLP® projectors, and more will be featured.

Laser Projection Summit Kicks off NAB
Don Shaw, Ph.D. and senior director of product management, Entertainment Solutions, Christie, will participate in the “Technology Summit” on Cinema at 5:00 p.m. April 5 as part of the ‘Laser Illuminated Projectors’ panel discussion. The presentation will show how 3D light levels, color fidelity, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved using a 6P laser projection system, especially when combined with advanced color separation technology like Dolby 3D®, versus the conventional 3D systems found in cinemas today.

6P Laser Presentation at Christie Innovation Theater
The Christie Innovation Theater will demonstrate a 4K Christie Solaria 6P laser system using the world’s most efficient 3D technology and the industry-preferred image quality that doesn’t require a silver screen. Sure to be a show highlight, the 6P laser presentation provides a glimpse into the future of projection technology. Utilizing six specific primary colors, Christie laser projection technology brings dramatically improved 3D efficiency to projection systems and is ideal for any 3D display system.

The demonstration will use Dolby® 3D glasses specifically engineered to match the six primary laser light wavelengths and viewers will experience 3D Cinema as it was meant to be seen.

4K Solutions, Large Format LCD Display, New HD Christie Q Series and more
The Christie D4K2560 3-chip DLP® projector with the Christie TrueLife™ 4K platform will be showcased. When uncompromising image fidelity, brightness and resolution are needed in cinematic settings, amusement parks, casinos, or 3D visualization systems, the Christie D4K2560 is the clear choice; providing four times the resolution of 2K along with 60Hz.

A Christie broadcast set complete with Christie® MicroTiles® and content driven by the Christie Spyder X20 video processor will also be featured along with the North American debut of the Christie FHD651-T intuitive touch flat panels. With up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T provides superior touchscreen performance in a fully integrated package for meeting and classrooms, corporate spaces, museums, education, hospitality and retail, and more.

The Christie FHD551-W outdoor flat panel and the Christie FHD551-XG complete the large format LCD display solutions.

Christie Q Series Makes North American Debut at NAB

NAB also marks the North American debut of Christie Q Series, including the new Christie DHD951-Q HD that complements the existing, highly successful line. Similar to the rest of Christie Q Series, the HD version introduces 3G-SDI and includes eClarity™ – advanced image processing that significantly enhances images by providing greater control over image sharpness, gloss and shading. With its sleek overall style and high-performance features, the Christie DHD951-Q provides superior image processing, versatility and affordability.

Also debuting in North America is the Christie DHD600-G. Part of the upgraded Christie G Series, it is suitable for demanding environments such as signage and museums – delivering multi-projector blends onto curved surfaces seamlessly for a perfect image every time.

Christie Brio – Share More, Accomplish More
The Christie FHD651-T flat panel seamlessly combines with the Christie Brio multi-site presentation and collaboration solution. Christie Brio – featured in separate meeting rooms at the booth – allows users to virtually meet, share information and collaborate effortlessly, overcome geographical distances, and eliminate the challenge of single and multi-site workplace meetings.

On the second floor of the Christie booth, the advantages of the 3-chip DLP® Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie HD14K-M projectors will be presented. Rugged and ideal for rental staging, both provide significantly higher return on investment and provide superior image quality compared to others in their class.

The benefits of Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD cubes will also featured along with a Christie® Phoenix™. With HD resolution and built on proven LED technology for long life, reliability and low cost of ownership, the front access design of the Entero cubes allows them to be positioned against a wall without compromising space limitations, performance or image quality in 24/7 control room environments.

Christie Solutions throughout NAB 2014
Christie is pleased to collaborate with several vendors. Quantel is using a Christie D4K2560 while AutoDesk will be using a Christie Mirage 4K25. At the Red Digital Cinema Camera booth, a Christie Mirage 4K35 will be featured. In addition, Vizrt is pleased to use the Christie 84-inch Quad HD at its booth and Ross Video is featuring 50 Christie MicroTiles. Finally, Da-Lite will display its solutions with a Christie D4K2560.

Euroshow Deploys HARMAN’s Martin Professional To Bring A Fairy Tale To Life At Moscow’s Olympisky Arena

AARHUS, Denmark — In conjunction with the beginning of Russia’s longest school holiday, Moscow’s famous Olympisky Arena hosted a 2-week children’s project, Circus of Ded Moroz – 2 (Father Frost’s Circus), at the end of December 2013. In order to showcase a stunning, mystical fairy tale light show, Euroshow and lighting designer Alexey Zhuravlev deployed a world-class lighting system featuring HARMAN’s Martin fixtures.

Euroshow supplied lighting fixtures for the event surrounding a large Christmas tree which included: 36 MAC Viper Profile, 20 MAC 2000 Wash XB, 12 MAC III Air FX, 48 MAC Aura, 96 MAC 101, five Atomic 3000 DMX, 30 RUSH MH3 Beam and three Jem Ready 365 Hazer fixtures.

The New Year’s project for children at Olympisky has gained a traditional status already, but for Zhuravlev, it was his debut. Producers of the event knew about Zhuravlev due to his successful work with numerous clubs and concerts, so they invited him to implement the basic idea of creating a dynamic event that children would love and remember.

The main story of the Circus of Ded Moroz – 2 was influenced by an enormous event – the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Fairy tale characters from different stories and different countries met each other on the arena space to compete for the highest sports prizes. This story needed a bright and colorful setting, something totally different from traditional theatrical drama.

Zhuravlev analyzed the individual elements of the script together with the director of the show, highlighting the key moments and offering an individual decoration for each. “I had a few ideas for this show,” explained Zhuravlev. “For example, I put the MAC 101’s around the arena at the bottom and made a ‘mirrored’ installation at the top, so that each fixture was above another fixture. This scheme allowed us to create a lot of different, interesting lighting pictures for numerous events.”

Because some events in the program featured aerialists in the space below the roof, it was necessary to change the lighting concept and make accents on the flights in midair. Zhuravlev chose the powerful MAC III AirFX fixtures based on a 1500W lamp and the new Jem Ready 365 fog generators in order to work with the challenges.

“It is my first work experience with MAC III AirFX”, Zhuravlev explained. “I had seen these fixtures before and I have known what I could get from them. Of course, I was attracted by their functionality to create midair and beam effects. MAC III AirFX is a perfect fixture to make magnificent decor for aerialists’ routines. Besides, these fixtures are very bright, so in other words, they were the perfect solution for this project.”

For the circus arena area, Zhuravlev deployed the MAC 2000 Wash XB, MAC Aura and MAC 101, along with the MAC Viper Profile with the gobo #1, which served as the main lighting tool.

“In the stage design we rarely use this gobo, but in this project it was very useful for me,” Zhuravlev said. “The action takes place in a circular arena, and it is very difficult to make smooth wash effects and stay within the borders, and I had to think about how not to confuse the audience. With gobo #1 of MAC Viper Profile, I could wash the necessary parts of the arena without compromising the main texture aspect.”

The MAC Viper also played a familiar role for Zhuravlev, creating bright and powerful projections that draw beautiful pictures on the surface.

“This fixture is very bright with excellent projection quality,” he continued. “Of course, I used this instrument at 100%. For example, when I needed to ‘move’ artists on the pavement in Sweden, I used gobo-imitating pavement, creating a very realistic effect. Another example is a traditional Russian theme, followed with the appearance of Samovar with cups. By the way, MAC Viper Profile has a very suitable gobo for this scene, as if designed especially for Russia.”

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 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Extron Introduces Compact Four Input Scaler with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the IN1604 DTP, an HDCP-compliant scaler with three HDMI inputs, a universal analog video input, and a DTP output, in a compact 1U, half rack enclosure. The IN1604 DTP is ideal for installation beneath conference tables and in lecterns to provide localized switching support for sources such as presenter devices, as well as signal extension up to 330 feet (100 meters) over shielded CATx cable to reach a wall or ceiling-mounted display. The IN1604 DTP provides the convenience of fast and reliable automatic switching, along with a high performance scaling engine that converts HDMI and analog video sources. The IN1604 DTP also includes a host of audio processing features and many versatile options for control and configuration. more

Boulevard Pro Adds L-ACOUSTICS KARA System to Rental Inventory

Anthony (left) and James Cioffi

RIDGEFIELD PARK, New Jersey — Boulevard Pro, a leading NYC metro area audio systems and backline provider, has been assuring clients of great sound since 1986, when owners Anthony and James Cioffi came off the road as musicians, backing up artists like Gary U.S. Bonds and Mink Deville. It’s where they learned the value of having the right technology products for the markets they were working in, from renting out classic Fender Twin amps that clients of their rehearsal studio business in the 1980s knew to come to them for, to more recently having the in-demand products and systems that their live event and touring customers require. Boulevard Pro’s latest addition to that latter category has been the recent addition of a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA package. more

Extron Introduces New Model of IN1608 Scaling Presentation Switcher with a Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Extron IN1608 IPCP, a new model of the IN1608 product family featuring a built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processor for complete and powerful AV system control. The IN1608 is a highly versatile scaling presentation switcher that delivers the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an HDCP-compliant, multi-format video switcher, an advanced scaling engine, integrated DTP 230 transmitter and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio processing, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The IN1608 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS INFILTRATE THE SPORTS MARKET

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: With a design team led by celebrated acoustician Tom Danley, Danley Sound Labs has developed an extensive catalog of loudspeakers and subwoofers that cleverly sidestep the constraints and trade-offs of conventional designs. Its original patented Synergy Horn and Tapped Horn technologies led to a range of products that deliver point-source sound with stunning fidelity at any volume, near-perfect phase coherence, seamless arrayability, and “cliff edge” pattern control. In its latest generation of products, including the Jericho Horn and the Genesis Horn, those technologies have been combined with Tom Danley’s newest patent-pending technologies, Shaded Amplitude Lens Technology and Paraline, to deliver those same advantages in the high SPL environments typical of sports stadiums.

While still point sources – and retaining all of the advantages of point sources – the new designs allow controlled SPL by distance to provide even coverage to raked seating, pulling the rug out from under the line array’s claim to fame. Recognizing these advantages, and because Danley solutions are still more affordable than most conventional designs, sports venues are increasingly turning to Danley Sound Labs. A Danley system gives their fans an awesome game day experience and even more reason to get off the couch for the next home game. After all, even the best home entertainment systems cannot compare to a Danley system and the thrill of the game day experience!

Perhaps the most visible arenas to turn to Danley are 80,750-seat Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers, and 74,000-seat Ralph Wilson Stadium, home to the Buffalo Bills. Fans of both NFL teams now enjoy impactful music and crystal clear announcements with distributed Danley Genesis Horns, supplemented by a range of Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers. South of the border, Juárez Vive in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico seats 12,000 baseball fans and employs a distributed ring of Danley SM80 loudspeakers and TH118 subwoofers.

Danley’s rising visibility is well represented by college football stadiums around the country. The immensely powerful Jericho Horn has been used in several end-fired systems, including Montana State University and Troy University, which cover 30,000 and 17,000 seats with just a single Jericho Horn. Two Jericho Horns suffice for Grand Valley State University (8,500 seats), Florida Atlantic University (30,000 seats), and Northwestern University (47,000 seats). Brigham Young University and University of Arizona each use four Jericho Horns to cover 64,000 and 56,000 seats, and Michigan State University uses six Jericho Horns to cover 80,000 seats.

The thunderous roar from the crowds at 92,500-seat Tiger Stadium at Louisiana State University has earned it the title of loudest stadium in the world, and it now has a sound system to match: eighteen Jericho Horns paired with six Danley “Rock Monster” subwoofers provide abundant SPL with Danley’s characteristic fidelity. Amazingly, Tiger Stadium measures +/-5dB 28Hz-10kHz over the entire stadium with an enough power to do 105dBA at 800+ feet. Furthermore the directivity of the TH812 subwoofer arrays are such that the seats under the scoreboard are only +6dB compared to 800 feet! The most recent additions to Danley’s roster include Boise State University (end-fired, four Jericho Horns plus two BC415 subwoofers, for 36,000 seats), Washington State University (end-fired, five Jericho Horns plus four Rock Monster subwoofers, for 33,500 seats), and Mercer University (end-fired, two Genesis Horns plus two DBH218 subwoofers, for 6,000 seats). The colossal stadiums at University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin both added beefy low end with four giant Rock Monster subwoofers.

Indoor stadiums at all levels are also benefitting from Danley designs. The NHL’s Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio is home to an all-Danley system consisting of SH96HO and TH118 products and has the reputation of the being the best sounding venue in the National Hockey League. Washington State University’s basketball stadium uses twelve Genesis Horns to cover 11,500 seats. Wichita State University’s 10,500-seat Koch Arena covers fans and the court with eight clusters that circle the top ring of a new center-hung video board, each comprised of an SH96, SH64, and an SM80. Four TH118 subwoofers provide low end. Other Danley installations include Olivet Nazarene University, which uses Genesis Horns, SH100s, and TH118 subwoofers, and Family Arena, which supported its full-range system in a 10,000-seat venue with a single BC412 subwoofer! Danley’s weatherproof OS80 loudspeakers have found ready venues both indoors (J.D. McArthur Arena for ice hockey) and outdoors (Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Florida State University).

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) (top) Michigan State University’ Spartan Stadium; (middle) University of Arizona – Wells Fargo Arena; (bottom) The NHL’s Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

3G Productions Supports Marc Anthony In The Round At Barclays Center

Marc Anthony recently capped off a series of successful engagements at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Mohegan Sun Arena and Prudential Center with a triumphant Valentine’s Day weekend performance in the round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After successfully providing audio for the first three venues, 3G Productions was faced with the task of ensuring even coverage for Anthony and his 15-piece orchestra performing in the round from a revolving stage in the cavernous arena.

Asked about the challenges, 3G Crew Chief Will Taylor explained, “the biggest was taking the tour from a typical end stage configuration with 70 boxes to over 128 enclosures in the round. We used d&b J-Series during the tour and for Barclays, we flew four hangs of 14 for the longer throws at the ends of the arena and four hangs of 18 for the sides to get the vertical coverage we needed because the building is so tall, over 110 feet to the top seats. We also had 16 d&b J-sub and 8 J-Infra subwoofers that we combined with the barricades because the concert was sold out and we didn’t have the real estate to put them where we normally would.”

“The show sounded great,” Taylor continues, “but we had so many amps for the 360 degree coverage, we needed about 150 ft. of cable bridge to get from one end of the arena to the other with upwards of 400 ft. cable runs per cluster. But even with all of the musicians, background singers, boxes, cable, inputs and additional techs, the client was very happy with the coverage and how the show turned out.”

In this case, the client was Production Supervisor Roly Garbalosa who oversaw the tour for Marc Anthony and CMN (Cardenas Marketing Network). Roly was also fully aware of the challenge: “This was Marc’s first U.S. performance in the round with an orchestra that included 3 trombones, 2 trumpets, 3 percussionists, 3 background vocalists, keyboard, bass, guitar and piano rotating 360 degrees back and forth all night. Besides the eight J-Series hangs, we had 8 sidefill points hung with 3 d&b Q10s each because Marc relies heavily on those, especially for this situation.”

“I’ve known 3G Productions for a long time and typically they do a great show and are very professional. The key to this concert was the advance planning which we needed because we were hanging over 100 points on the same day. We came in at 5am, marked the floors, started working a six and were still polishing details at doors.

“As it turned out, the show sounded amazing and everyone really enjoyed it, including Marc. He brought us in after the show––which is rare––and gave us all high fives. He loved the sound and had a lot of fun.”

The overall system for this massive undertaking also included “racks and racks” of d&b D12 and D80 amps for house and monitors; d&b M2, M4 and Q1 speakers and B2 subwoofers for monitors; a DiGiCo SD7 for Front of House and SD10 for Monitors; Shure PSM 900 and Sennheiser G2 in-ear monitors; Shure, Sennheiser and Audix wired mics, and Shure Axient and Sennheiser 5200 wireless mics.

In addition to Marc Anthony’s Front of House/Band Engineer Jose Rivera and Monitor Engineer Eric “Pyle” Ramey; the 3G Productions crew included System Engineer/Crew Chief Will Taylor, Assistant Engineer Jon Daly, Monitor systems tech Joe “Big Joe” Ramos, and stage technicians Kevin Fuller, Robert “Boy” Valdez, and Jimmy Ibanez.

Summing up the show, Jose Rivera added: “It sounded a lot better than I expected. I’ve worked the room different times––never in the round––and it’s challenging from a coverage standpoint because it’s very high and steep. We wanted to make sure everyone who pays for a ticket enjoys the show. We went in with a very large rig and 3G made sure their pre-design work was done and we had the right amount of boxes to cover the room correctly.

“I had the opportunity to walk the room and the coverage sounded really good. Before we selected a vendor, we narrowed it down to two speaker systems and we’re happy we chose d&b.

Marc was ecstatic,” Rivera concludes. “There aren’t too many shows where he has the opportunity to listen to the band during soundcheck from the audience. For this show, he came in early to familiarize himself with the stage because he hadn’t done one in 360. And when I turned on the PA he was blown away and really impressed with the sound. He was comfortable and happy knowing the people were going to enjoy the show because the reinforcement represented what he and the band were going to do on stage.”

For more about 3G Productions, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

Photo Credit: Carlos Escobar

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

From Outdated to Outstanding: Clair Brothers Updates Audio System at NYCB Theatre At Westbury with HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers and Crown Amplifiers

WESTBURY, New York – The NYCB Theatre at Westbury is one of Long Island’s best-known music venues, growing from its less-than-glamorous origins in 1956 as an unheated outdoor tent to the premier Live Nation-owned concert hall it is today. Formerly the Westbury Music Fair, the current 3,000-seat venue was built in 1966 and has since undergone multiple renovations—the most recent being an upgrade to its audio system with HARMAN’s JBL Professional VERTEC® line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“The former audio system was 30 years old, was underpowered and had significant issues in many areas,” noted Dustin Goen, system designer and project manager for systems integrator Clair Brothers. The venue is a theater in the round with 360-degree seating surrounding a circular stage that rotated during most performances. The main loudspeakers, lighting and video screens were mounted on a truss ring hanging above the stage, with fill loudspeakers placed around the front of the stage and at other locations in the hall. The main loudspeakers were pointed downward but because of the design of the truss ring, they could not deliver adequate coverage to all the seats.

“To supplement the main loudspeakers, a kind of patchwork arrangement of fill loudspeakers was installed throughout the venue in an attempt to get adequate coverage,” Goen noted. “As a result, no matter where someone sat they heard a mixture of up to four different loudspeakers, all with different timings and sonic characters.” Patrons in the first row might have scored the best seats to see the show but they heard the worst audio mix—almost no sound from the PA and too much from the stage monitors and amplifiers. The low-frequency reinforcement was inadequate—only four subwoofers mounted on the overhead truss. There were a number of nodes in the room where the bass was almost inaudible.”

“On top of all that,” Goen commented, “the old system didn’t actually cover the front of house mixing position. The engineer had to walk out of the sound booth and down the aisle to hear the mix! You basically had to use your imagination to figure out how things sounded.”

It was no stretch of the imagination for Live Nation’s Dan Schartoff to know something had to be done. As vice president of production for House of Blues/Clubs and Theatres, Schartoff spearheaded the audio system renovation effort and determined that not only would an all-new sound system have to be installed, the overhead cage of trusses would have to go. Goen and crew had to complete the job in two weeks start to finish, from tearing down and installing the new truss to mounting the loudspeakers, lighting and six 80-inch video monitors.

Goen worked with Schartoff and Chris Barbee of lighting contractor Bandit Lites to design and build a new truss ring over the stage with six hangs of six JBL VERTEC VT4887A compact line array loudspeakers, powered by Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD multichannel amplifiers.

Because the theater is in the round, Goen realized distributed cardioid clusters of subwoofers weren’t going to work. “You’d get a response plot that looked like a raspberry instead of an apple,” he said. In response, Clair Brothers opted for a central cluster of six JBL STX828S subwoofers in a triangular stack, driven by three Crown I-Tech 12000HD amps.

Clair Brothers was able to use the existing front and stage fill loudspeakers, which are linked to the main system via a BSS Audio BLU-160 signal processor with digital audio bus. The VT4887A clusters can be used either as three alternating stereo pairs or in mono depending on the preferences of the FOH mixer and artist. An added benefit is that the new truss ring is smaller and doesn’t block the sightlines across the venue, making the hall seem bigger than it was before.

“We wanted every listener to hear one clear and coherent sound source no matter where they were sitting, and that’s what the VT4887A line arrays deliver,” Goen stated. “Thanks to their smooth, controlled dispersion pattern, the coverage is seamless from the first row to the back in 95 percent of the room.”

Goen considers VERTEC and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers to be a perfect combination since the amps’ DSP incorporates VERTEC V5 preset tunings. “The V5 presets really bring the VERTECs to life and make them sound like a whole new loudspeaker.”

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software is in place to calibrate and control the system. “Performance Manager helped us get everything up and running fast,” Goen said. “We had to be ready in time for a show by Lee Brice so there was no slack. We didn’t get a chance to test the wiring until two days before the show.” The system didn’t require a lot of tweaking—Goen noted that the VERTECs sounded great out of the box and that tuning was more a matter of gain shading than applying EQ. “We had two days to ring out the system, tune it and train the house engineers, and we did it.”

“Horizontal coverage is seamless all around the ring, the low end is solid and even around the room and yes, it sounds great at front of house,” Goen concluded. “In fact, front of house engineer Charlie Trantum has been working at Westbury for more than 20 years and he was very impressed when he first heard the new system.”

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

CAST Software’s wysiwyg allows Pinnacle to scale new heights with Rudimental

The lighting and stage design for BRIT Award-winning band Rudimental’s recent tour may have been deliberately ‘old school’, but there was nothing old-fashioned about the technology used to create it. Award-winning LD, Jonny Gaskell of Brighton, UK-based Pinnacle Event Productions used R32, the latest version of CAST Software’s wysiwyg previsualization software suite, to give his creativity maximum bandwidth and ensure that what was programmed in theory was deliverable in reality.

Rudimental’s multi-performer approach to their live show meant the band felt there was no need for video in their set design. Instead, they gave Gaskell a brief to create a set reminiscent of an old-school rock festival, with the Hackney Peace Carnival mural as a backdrop that could be lit from behind or in front.

“Lighting was absolutely key to the design,” Gaskell explains. “The rig was based on three overhead trusses and six vertical truss towers on floor bases, with the latter at different heights to draw the audience’s gaze towards the mural. Thanks to wysiwyg, I was able to do a single plot from which I could get rigging points, rendering and programming – something no other software can do.”

Like so many LD’s today, Gaskell does a great deal of work in the corporate-event space as well as in live music touring. Ideas developed for one market often influence designs for the other and, as Gaskell points out: “When you have a tool like wysiwyg, it is just so much easier to convince a client – whether they are a band manager or a corporate account-holder – of the strength of your idea because they get a realistic snapshot of what things will look like.”

Bruce Freeman, Chairman, CAST Group, concludes: “The latest R32 version of wysiwyg takes our class-leading software to a new level, with over 300 library additions and great new features such as the Wall Tool and Room Builder, which make it easier to create scalable props and walls, and produce CAD files of a specific set or room.

“Lighting designers and production professionals the world over continue to rely on wysiwyg, and the major graphics upgrade in version R32 and much more to come in future releases, ensures that our software continues to be the most comprehensive precuing and previsualization tool available in the market today.”

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

TNDV Captures Creative Energy of Amnesty International Show at Barclays Center

Mobile production specialist’s use of film-style cameras for musical performances enhances dramatic feel of charitable event

NASHVILLE, March 26, 2014TNDV has had a busy mobile production schedule through the first quarter of 2014, with Amnesty International’s Bring Human Rights Home Concert last month standing out as its most unique project. The event, which took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, featured a roster of interesting musical acts aligned with the organization’s mission of fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

TNDV brought its 40-foot expanding side truck, Aspiration, to capture live performances for in-venue image magnification; and to serve as the central command center for content acquisition. The uniquely dramatic elements of the event – which included a rousing speech and performance of two recently-imprisoned members of the Russian musical act Pussy Riot — influenced TNDV to make some changes to its mobile production workflow. This included the use of Canon EOS C300 cinema cameras, which introduced new production possibilities while challenging the crew.

“It was going back to Truck 101,” said Nic Dugger, president and owner, TNDV. “We basically reverse-engineered the truck to work with a camera designed for the film industry, making adjustments across the infrastructure to ensure that the cameras worked with every component. We also lost of a lot of the creature comforts we are used to with the cameras themselves. However, we gained a look and feel that is not easily achievable with broadcast cameras, thanks to a shallow depth of field and some incredibly high resolution images.”

Dugger and his team engineered nine HD video outputs to support the cameras, with feeds frame synched and time-code locked content for delivery across Aspiration’s switching, routing and multiviewing infrastructure. In addition to magnifying performances from The Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara, and other performers on large venue screens, live feeds were recorded to in-camera memory cards and Aja KiPro recorders on the truck for future use by the organization. The KiPros recorded the feeds using a progressive segmented frame rate, allowing TNDV to capture the content in the 24p-style preferred by the film director.

But there were a number of more unusual compensations for which the TNDV team needed to engineer solutions.

“The most important element we offered this show was a way to monitor cameras and fully understand what was happening,” said Dugger. “Being cinema cameras, the C300s don’t have tally lights, which means there is no obvious way to know what camera is on the air. They also don’t have return video, which means we can’t press a button and watch the line cut in the viewfinder. It made for even higher reliance on our Imagine Communications multiviewer system, while actively listening to the director to understand his next move.”

TNDV achieved that last point by taking advantage of the Barclays Center’s extensive fiber infrastructure. Dugger used Aja Fido bricks to convert HD-SDI signals to fiber and transport signals from every corner of the venue to the loading dock, where Aspiration was parked. That same infrastructure carried multiple RTS intercom feeds, enabling digital point-to-point communications with anyone connected to the matrix.

“That is where the world of film and TV really came together for this project,” said Dugger. “The film director and his camera crew were able to use a mix of matrix-station intercom connections and belt packs on a party line to communicate across the venue — something they typically don’t get to do. This enabled very effective communications across all cameras and departments.”

Dugger added that using the C300 cameras provided a taste of what’s to come with 4K, as he and other truck companies start to consider the most effective upgrade strategies to meet those next-generation production requirements.

“We’ll have to retrain our brains to become more familiar with the film approach to production, where lens millimeters and F-Stops have a major effect on high-resolution image characteristics,” he said. “This project helped us understand how to achieve better light-balance in the absence of traditional shading, for example. The transition to 4K is going to force us to pay more attention to focus, resolution and other aspects related to the intensive imaging requirements.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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