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Design and Install Complete XTP Systems from Extron Today

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T UWP 202 wallplate transmitter. Now, all announced products for the XTP line are available to successfully design and integrate XTP Systems for reliable AV signal switching and distribution. As a completely integrated solution, XTP provides local connectivity as well as extended transmission capability for sending high resolution video, audio, control, Ethernet, and power up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single shielded CATx cable. Modular XTP CrossPoint matrix switchers and a wide selection of XTP extenders in a variety of form factors offer the needed scalability and flexibility for twisted pair applications. The XTP CrossPoint frames also support today’s emerging resolutions, including 4K. For the cable infrastructure, use of Extron-certified shielded twisted pair cable and connectors ensures optimal performance of the installation. more

Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Calibre UK announces that their LEDView530 scalers were deployed in what is believed to be the largest area of LED screen displays in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

“We believe that our easy to use LEDView530 scalers performed pixel accurate scaling of video content together with per-input channel colour calibration for display of live, recorded and graphics and backdrop content onto a large number of LED videowall displays at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, playing a fundamental part in the spectator, participant and viewer experience,” said Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director at Calibre UK.

“The LEDView530 was selected because of its competitive combination of superb performance, ease of use, flexibility and robust design as well as a proven track-record in live events use,” added Brooksbank.

“Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers were also used at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as for HM The Queen’s Jubilee. It’s very gratifying to see them utilized again for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.”

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

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Cinemagic to Digitize National Chain with Christie Cinema Solutions

Cinemagic, a cinema chain focused on building cinemas in towns between 50 and 70 thousand inhabitants of Mexico, and Christie®, the dominant brand in the global digital cinema projection market, today announced the joint digitization of 70 screens currently operated by Cinemagic in Mexico.

Christie will supply an assortment of Christie Solaria® One+ and Christie CP2220 projectors to the Cinemagic complexes, facilitated by Scrabble Entertainment, an international deployment entity whose financing of DCI-compliant digital cinema projector conversions helps all manner of cinemas make the move to digital technology.

“With Christie supplying the highest quality of digital cinema equipment and technical support, Cinemagic will be able to offer to our audience the best quality in cinema projection in each of the cities we serve,” said Roberto Quintero, CEO, Cinemagic.

“Cinemagic is to be commended on its mission to bring cinema to the small communities without entertainment options in Mexico,” said Ernesto Armus, general manager for Christie Mexico. “We are honored to be part of its mission and are committed to supplying Cinemagic with the world’s leading digital projection hardware, software and services.”

Roberto Quintero said, “We are confident that with dedication, effort and together with our strategic partners, we will ensure the growth and consolidation of our project to successfully bring cinema to the small communities of our country.”

Christie to Demo Breakthrough 3D Cinema Technology For Premium Cinema Experiences with Latest ‘6-Primary’ 4K Laser Projector

Christie® today announced upcoming demonstrations of the world’s most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby® 3D, to be held in the Christie Innovation Theaters throughout CinemaCon 2014 (Caesars Palace, March 24-27) and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 5-10). Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, earmarked for mass production in early 2015, will show how 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced separation technology like Dolby 3D, versus conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.

“Recent declines in domestic 3D movie attendance are a sign that the novelty is wearing off, with audiences less willing to pay a premium for what is all too often a mediocre experience. The lackluster quality of this experience results from a number of technical limitations with current 3D system architectures, the most serious one being restricted light levels that amount to only 10-30 percent of those levels achieved for 2D presentations,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Simply put, the movies are too dark, leaving audiences struggling to discern critical details that make up the image in front of them.”

“Christie’s latest laser projection technology, using 6 specific primary colors rather than filtered or polarized broad-spectrum white light, brings dramatically improved 3D efficiency to projection systems, regardless of the size of screen in premium movie theaters,” added Shaw. “We believe that this is the future of 3D cinema projection, that it is right around the corner, and that it will be a key element in boosting 3D box office revenues around the world. Our CinemaCon and NAB Show demonstrations will be the first 6P laser events available to the broad cinema community, from filmmakers to exhibitors, and reaffirms Christie’s 80-year commitment to cinema innovation, rather than ‘moving beyond digital cinema’ as some other industry players have promised.”

At least twice as efficient as today’s best 3D systems, Christie’s 6P laser projectors generate a proprietary mix of photoptically-optimized light wavelengths for each eye directly from the source, in effect eliminating the need for a highly inefficient stage of filtering or polarizing the light as it leaves the projector. The Christie demos will use Dolby® 3D glasses specifically engineered to exactly match the 6 primary laser light wavelengths to yield nearly 90 percent light efficiency. “Their color separation based technique for 3D is well regarded as the gold standard among industry professionals, especially for its true color reproduction, compatibility with low-gain white screens, and superior crosstalk performance – only now it can be part of a system that is tremendously more light efficient,” said Shaw.

“Dolby 3D’s advanced color separation technology is ideally suited for next generation laser projectors,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “With extremely high light efficiency, nearly no crosstalk and crisp images with vibrant colors, we believe Dolby 3D combined with laser projection produces the best possible 3D viewing experience for audiences.”

“Having had the opportunity to witness an early 6P laser demo at Christie’s worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Canada, I can confidently state that this is an exciting and important innovation in 3D cinema,“ said Matt Cowan, Co-founder & Senior Technical Advisor at Entertainment Technology Consultants. “I look forward to further refinement of this technology and upcoming installation in premiere theaters around the world.”

Consistent with efforts so far in developing 3-Primary (3P) laser projectors, which Christie sees filling important needs in several, non-cinema industries, Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness (up to 72,000 Lumens per projector head), wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications. As part of its largest research and development program ever, Christie will continue to develop superior 6P and 3P laser projection solutions for all of its global customers.

Specific to the development of cinema laser projectors, Christie leads the industry in this area, having announced last year that it would supply and install the world’s first commercial laser projection solution for the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, and that it was the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and other high performance projection venues.

Long Beach Arena’s Pacific Ballroom is Covered by Renkus-Heinz

Long Beach, CA – February 2014…Covered on the outside by one of the world’s largest murals, “Planet Ocean,” The Long Beach Arena is an unmistakable part of the city’s skyline. Built in the early 1960s as part of the greater Long Beach Convention Center, the Arena is also an unrivaled cornerstone of entertainment in Southern California, hosting events ranging from the first NHL game in 1967 and the 1984 Olympic volleyball tournaments, to acts as diverse as Cirque Du Soleil, Iron Maiden, Run-D.M.C and Disney on Ice.

The Arena’s Pacific Ballroom, along with the rest of the Convention Center, has recently reopened after a massive series of renovations. The Ballroom’s new state-of-the-art audio, lighting, and curtaining system — the largest ceiling grid in the country — has been recognized by Venues Today magazine with an Ops and Tech Award. The system has helped to transform the Arena into even more of a multi-functional venue, enabling the 46,000 sq. foot, 200 foot long elliptical floor to be partitioned for use without the surrounding arena seating, and arranged in a wide range of configurations.

But while the curtain does wonders to partition and conceal the arena seating and frame the flat floor, it does little for the acoustics of the space. Indeed, the Arena’s vast acoustics presented a challenge in finding a sound system flexible enough to meet the demands of its wide-ranging roster of events.

Working with architectural firm John Fisher & Associates, engineering firm JR Clancy, and installers Pro Sound, Burbank, CA-based Electronsonic created an audio system to address the Arena’s diverse needs. The system, which mounts on a moveable ceiling grid, comprises left and right hangs of ten Renkus-Heinz IC2 digitally steerable array cabinets per side. Each array is augmented by eight IC118S subwoofers for low frequency power and punch. As Electrosonics Andy Batwinas explains, it’s a concept that has never really been implemented on this scale.

“The grid itself can lower to 30 feet for smaller events, and raise up to 70 feet for games and larger events,” says Batwinas. A series of connection points allow the speaker arrays to move around the grid depending on the desired configuration. Once in place, the IC2 arrays’ digitally steered beam technology enables them to be configured to cover only the areas needed, steering sound away from the hall’s reflective outer areas. The grid can also lowered and removed for events like a Cirque Du Soleil show, providing full access to the 75-foot ceiling, and the IC2 arrays can be removed from the grid and ground stacked as well.

“The IC2 delivers such even sound pressure level from front to back,” Batwinas says. “When we did the demo, it was set up at the far end of the arena and shot down the long way. You could walk the whole space, cover the floor, and keep it a solid 98 db SPL from one side to the other.”

The system is networked using RHAON control, enabling the Arena’s technical crew to implement preset coverage configurations for different event needs, and making quick changeovers possible with the press of a button.

“The IC2 steered beam technology made it a vastly superior alternative to a standard line array system,” Batwinas observes. “With the IC2 you can aim the sound down to the floor so it’s not bouncing off the architecture.”

Based on the success of the IC2 system, a Renkus-Heinz system of 18 VARIA modular point source arrays and 12 VA15S subwoofers was added to cover the Arena’s 19,000 square foot Lobby area and 29,000 square foot concourse. The VARIA’s modular design and variable dispersion patterns enable the systems to be custom configured for the area’s different ballrooms, theaters, halls, and atrium. Additionally, 16 CFX81 loudspeakers were installed in the ceiling of the Arena’s lobby for added foreground coverage.

The Long Beach Arena’s grand re-opening on November 20, 2013 met with rave reviews, and the Ballroom boasts a full calendar and an exciting 2014.

 

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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.

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Sochi Olympics Sound Better with Renkus-Heinz

Sochi, Russia – February 2014… The Sochi Olympics have gone to the history books, and as is always the case, the brief few days the games are held belies the immense time and effort preparing for them. In Sochi, a dozen new world-class venues have been erected for the games, and outfitted with high-performance audio, video, and lighting systems.

Avallon, Ltd of Moscow designed and installed multiple Renkus-Heinz systems in no fewer than five Olympic venues. The most prominent project was the Arena Isberg, home to the figure skating and short track competitions. As Avallon President Sergey Vashchenko explains, it was also the most challenging.

“Since music is such an important part of the performance, figure skating competitions have some of the most stringent sound requirements,” says Vashchenko. “Even after working with the building’s designers to reduce the reverb time from 7.5 to 3.2 seconds, we still knew we need to create a system with great performance and tight pattern control, to keep the reflections under control.”

The audience seating is covered by eight each Renkus-Heinz CEM61 and CEM62 high power CoEntrant mid-high modules, with eight CE-3TLO subs covering low frequency reinforcement. The systems are hung around a central Media-LCD display. Ten CT7M TRAP boxes provide music to the skaters on the ice.

“During the EASE acoustic modeling phase, we looked at a number of options, including more traditional line arrays,” says Vashchenko. “But we were not happy with the difference in sound quality between the audience and the ice. Moreover, there was some concern that a line array might block the sightlines for some of the upper-level seating. The optimal solution was to mount all the speakers on the video screen frameworks, and the Renkus-Heinz CEM and CT series speakers offered coverage patterns that suited this arrangement very well.”

Power and signal processing for the systems is covered by Dynacord DSA-series multichannel amplifiers and P64 matrix processors. Amps and DSP are located within the signage frameworks, to reduce cable runs and assure low impedance. Audio signal is fed via fiber from the Stage Tec Auratux 16-T2Z digital console. “We assembled the entire system within the framework while it was on the ground, which made things a bit easier,” says Vashchenko.

Acoustical measurements were carried out by consultant Yury Indlin of ADI in Irkutsk. Vashchenko designed the system, with installation and commissioning by Avallon’s Vladislav Azarov.

“During the competition, sound levels are limited to 85-87dB,” says Vashchenko. “But during testing we were able to achieve levels of 103dB, with even coverage across the entire facility.”

At the Arena Fischt, home of the Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies, Avallon installed six Iconyx IC7-II mechanically steered array systems in the VIP lobby, as well as a pair of PNX-82 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers in the Press Center. And the Training Centers for Hockey and Figure Skating are both outfitted with multiple TRX151 two-way systems.

“It was a great pleasure to work with the Renkus-Heinz system,” remarked Vladislav Azarov. “I’ve heard many good things about their patented wave guides, but this was my first experience using their products on a large-scale project, and it was awesome. I’ve had so many great comments about the sound quality, from the athletes, from the spectators, and even from the heads of the Olympic Committee.”

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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.

Hoyts Chile Chooses Christie for their Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie®, a world leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Hoyts Chile, the leading screening chain belonging to Grupo Chilefilms, to digitize its 127 35mm theaters distributed across 23 complexes throughout the country. The agreement includes the installation of digital cinema projectors from the Christie Solaria™ Series, the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System and select Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound systems.

To carry out the digital theater conversion process, Hoyts Chile released a private technology tender in which it invited the most distinguished suppliers in the industry to bid. “In the end we chose Christie because their business proposal was the most complete, attractive and aggressive,” stated Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, General Manager of Cinecolor Chile, Grupo Chilefilms division that provides technology services for all business units of the group.

“Christie knew how to interpret our planning, appreciated our apprehension with technological changes and financing needs and they pledged their commitment to a close, long-term relationship. Their offer was not limited to supplying projection equipment only, but they also guaranteed immediate access to spare parts, lamps, new technologies and financing in a long-term contract,” added Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, Cinecolor Chile.

Hoyts Chile has a long business relationship with Christie. In fact, in mid-June of 2012, the color correction/projection theaters of Cinecolor –the post-production division for images, sound and cinematographic laboratory of Grupo Chilefilms with presence in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile – was equipped with Christie CP2220 projectors.

Craig Sholder, VP, Entertainment Solutions at Christie, said “We are delighted that Hoyts Chile has once again put their trust in our projectors for their digital theater roll out, which is proof of the confidence and respect that theater professionals have for Christie. Today the digital cinema projectors that Christie manufactures have the largest worldwide market share because exhibitors recognize that our projectors, in addition to having exceptional image quality, offer the best light efficiency and the lowest operating costs”.

Christie will supply Hoyts Chile with a variety of DLP Cinema® projectors, such as Christie CP2215, Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, as well as the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System (TMS), which allows the screen operators to centrally control and organize all projection operations from a multi-screen theater.

Furthermore, Hoyts Chile will equip three of their theaters with the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution, which they will use along with a leading immersive audio platform, Dolby® Atmos™.

“Christie invited us to several demonstrations of the Vive Audio technology, where we were able to witness and systematically measure the extraordinary distribution of the sound pressure throughout the audience, which substantially improves the intelligibility of the dialogue (with respect to cone-based speaker systems) and the uniform distribution of sound in the theater, greatly decreasing the rebounding that causes interference,” said Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons.

Hoyts Chile’s roll out, which will take place through a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreement with GDC Technology, began in January of 2014 and it is expected to be completed by November of this year, including the digitalization by Christie of the new theaters that Hoyts Chile plans on opening in 2015 and 2016, which could number as many as 30 screens.

DiGiCo’s SD5 Wins at Super Bowl XLVIII

Twin FOH and monitor consoles deployed for Halftime Entertainment Extravaganza featuring Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers

ATK Audiotek's DiGiCo SD5 console used to mix FOH for Super Bowl XLVIII's halftime performance by Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers (photo: Dave Rat)

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — For the 82,529 fans that braved forecasts of cold, snowy weather predicted for Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered an enthusiastic show that was long on great musicianship and killer showmanship. And making sure that show also sounded great were a pair of DiGiCo SD5 digital audio consoles used for both front-of-house and monitor mixes. more

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Extron Pro Series Control Processors Deliver Speed, Security, Power

Extron is pleased to introduce six IP Link Pro Series control processors. All of these are faster, more secure, and more powerful than ever. Built-in Gigabit Ethernet and the latest network protocols allow fast, secure connections with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using today’s network infrastructure. IP Link Pro control processors are built to work with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are fully customizable with Extron’s most powerful configuration software – Global Configurator Professional. more

Extron Introduces the Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased introduce Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

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