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GETRMR.COM IS THE NEW GO-TO RESOURCE FOR TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS LOOKING FOR EDUCATION AND SUPPORT ON RECURRING REVENUE AND MANAGED SERVICES

GetRMR.com, sponsored by ihiji, provides technology professionals with resources and an online community to assist with managed services and recurring revenue

AUSTIN, TX – October 21, 2014 – ihiji, global leader in remote network management solutions, announced today that it is sponsoring and launching a new industry resource, GetRMR.com. The online resource center is devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and education on recurring monthly revenue (RMR) and managed services.

“ihiji wanted to bring dealers, manufacturers and industry experts together to provide centralized resources and a support community for technology ihiji_GetRMR.com Home page screen shot_Oct2014professionals who are adding new recurring revenue services to their business,” says Michael Maniscalco, ihiji VP of technology. “As the industry continues to evolve it is clear that recurring revenue and managed services are very important to long term success.”

The GetRMR.com website will feature sales and marketing collateral, templates, expert advice and technical content from managed service trade professionals and industry bloggers, as well as educational white papers, success stories, and much more. Those visiting GetRMR.com can also access community discussion forums to obtain and share insight and best practices on the ever-expanding world of recurring revenue and managed services.

In addition to the new GetRMR.com initiative, ihiji has significantly reduced prices for the company’s invision remote network management tool by offering annual licenses versus tiered service plans, a move that simplifies and better supports the sale of recurring revenue services that drive recurring monthly revenue. Additionally, ihiji invision has been further enhanced with new features such as cross-VLAN network scanning and extended reporting capabilities that improve both network visibility and overall performance. Remote network management solutions such as ihiji invision provide the digital backbone that RMR programs need to succeed by delivering the intelligence and insight necessary to manage and maintain systems remotely, in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Technology professionals interested in learning more about recurring monthly revenue, commonly accepted best practices, and proven methodologies are encouraged to visit GetRMR.com. For additional information about GetRMR.com or ihiji invision, please contact ihiji at info@ihiji.com, call (512) 538-0520, or view this video.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications Inc., (406) 446-1283Katye@KMBComm.com

 

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Yamaha NUAGE Ignites Post Market in Spokane

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Bing Bang Boom! In Spokane, WA specializes in integrated music and sound design for film, television, advertising, video games, and the Internet. Their award-winning work can be heard on projects for CBS, ABC, NBC, Spike TV, HBO, Warner Bros. Films, and many blockbuster theatrical trailers.

The company recently added a new Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System to their production arsenal. CEO Bill Byrne said that up until the purchase of the NUAGE system, he had been recording and mixing using multiple Mackie consoles, until Mackie was no longer providing the unlock
codes for their software, making it impossible to work on them.

“I have been a long time Cubase user and wanted to upgrade for at least the past five years having so many legacy projects in Cubase for Bing Bang
Boom Music and Sound Design Libraries, states Byrne. Even though stereo is still the main delivery format for the libraries, I still get calls to customize tracks, and to switch to ProTools or any other system with thousand of tracks would not have been cost or time effective. There really wasn’t any other system available that was completely integrated like NUAGE, plus it sounds amazingly good!”

Byrne said he’s been doing more and more mixing “in the box” but with most projects having 100+ tracks, navigating with a mouse was becoming impractical. “I had been working with Ron Cheney from RSPE for at least three or four years trying to come up with a suitable system. Every year, we would meet up at NAB in Las Vegas and look at new systems along with trips I would take to the RSPE office every three or four months. While there are a lot of systems out there, I really needed total integration with Cubase, and no other system really offered that but NUAGE.” Last April, Byrne and Cheney met up again at NAB and were given at great run through on NUAGE, heading back to the Yamaha Commercial Audio booth over the course of the show with more questions for the NUAGE team who he said were quite helpful.
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“Ron Cheney was extremely patient and helpful; his goal was to make sure I had the right system for my needs and not to just sell me something, Byrne says. I am very impressed by how hard he worked to make this happen for me. At around the same time, I saw a NUAGE system on a magazine cover with Hans Zimmer and other film industry notables. They were discussing surround sound in headphone mixes, which was quite interesting. So RSPE arranged a private demo with the NUAGE team, and I was impressed to see their level of commitment, a good sign that they would be there to support the product.”

After a basic run through using the RSPE Mac and installing the tools for NUAGE on his Mac Book Pro and hook up the system, Byrne was able to run one of his projects off his laptop. “We spent several hours going through the system and the “what ifs” needed to integrate a large I/O system into the setup. We discussed the Yamaha NIO and RIO boxes and how they could be integrated. At the end of the demo, I knew the NUAGE system was perfect for me. I was also quite excited (for the first time in many years) about all the new creative and productive possibilities.”

One of Byrne’s biggest issues was the need to have at least 32 live inputs and multiple cue mixes for his tracking room as he still records with a lot of real instruments. “I needed something that wouldn’t tax the main CPU as I always have lots of virtual instruments playing in every project that hit the CPU hard. The NIO and RIO boxes totally solved that problem for me, and having remote control over the mic pre-amps through the RIO is fabulous! I’m able to work with a 128 buffer on the main CPU and that makes tracking live players while all my VSTi’s are running too a snap.”

Of course having total integration with Cubase made it a no brainer notes Byrne. “Having the knobs and buttons labeled and dedicated to Cubase/Nuendo functions meant I wouldn’t have to spend any time at all mapping functions like I would have had to do had I purchased a third party system. Getting around my projects is so fast now. When I was mixing “in the box” with a mouse and also my iPad remote, because of the time factor in navigating around or even just automating fader moves, I tended not to try and experiment with different mix options. Now, with the NUAGE and the touch sensitive faders, if I want to try something different, it’s so easy to do and I can instantly get back to where I was if I don’t like it. For Cubase, it’s brilliant!”

“For old school guys that have worked a lot on analog consoles like Tridents, APIs, and Neves,, the seamless integration of the live input NIO and RIO I/Os, channel control, master, and DAW functions really does make it feel like you are working on a console, adds Byrne. The way the knobs and buttons light up to give you hands-on access to the functions and being able to program lots of Quick Controls for the functions I use all the time is great too. The jog wheel
feels great and the transport functions make it a snap to navigate and edit very quickly.”

Byrne said he’s owned a lot of Yamaha products over the years that are still in use, “The fact that they are providing the hardware and also own Steinberg gave me great confidence that the product would continue to develop and be supported. I had been waiting a long time for the NUAGE system and Yamaha/Steinberg have delivered way beyond my expectations!

Bing Bang Boom! recent projects using NUAGE include a music track for the home video release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 and a new BBB trailer sound design library called Arsenal of Awesome.

For more information on Bing Bang Boom! visit www.bingbangboom.net.

For more information on the Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production System, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Trumpeter Farnell Newton is “Ready to Roll” with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

AKG_FarnellNewton copyPORTLAND, Oregon – As a globetrotting trumpeter for such renowned artists as Bootsy Collins, Jill Scott and Jarrod Lawson, it’s hard to imagine Farnell Newton having any time to focus on his own solo career. However, his new album, Ready to Roll, is a testament to his non-stop commitment to his craft, while the songs within the album showcase Newton’s musical versatility. Whether it’s in the studio or on the road, Newton is a committed user of HARMAN’s AKG microphones.

Recorded in his home base of Portland, Oregon, Ready to Roll is a slight departure from Newton’s previous albums. “This album is all funk, soul and R&B,” Newton said. “Although I play a lot of jazz—and will be recording with a jazz label in December—I’m keeping those worlds separate. I want people to be able to let go and groove to this record.”

While Ready to Roll is comprised of original compositions, Newton’s touring experience with other big-name acts has played an influential role in his writing. “Playing with Bootsy has inspired me to play funkier, while my shows with Jill have definitely helped me write more soul-based music as well,” he said.

Newton recorded all of his horn parts on Ready to Roll with an AKG C214 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, which offers a supreme one-inch capsule on an integrated suspension to reduce mechanical noise.

“The C214 is terrific, I used it for my last album as well, and it’s clear, not tinny-sounding, and it’s easy to use,” Newton said. “When I’m recording my horn parts, I know how they should sound to the listener. The C214 gets me to that sound very quickly and easily. Even if I have to go back and tweak the EQs after the fact, I still know it was recorded correctly and has that flavor I’m looking for.”

In addition to his own live performances, Newton employs his AKG WMS4500 wireless microphone system while on tour with Bootsy Collins and Jill Scott (and will do so on Jarrod Lawson’s upcoming European tour). The WMS4500 includes an SR4500 true-diversity receiver and a D7 Vocal Set.

“I’ve never had any problems with the WMS4500, I just plug in and start playing,” Newton said. “I’ve never had to worry about any RF-related issues and it sounds great. I’m always ready to go.”

For more information on Farnell Newton, please visit www.farnellnewton.com

For more information on AKG, please visit www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Kensington Launches New Suite of Keyboard Cases for iPad Air™ 2, Including Breakthrough PowerLift™ Phone Charging Solution

New KeyFolio™ and Customize Me™ Cases for iPad Air 2 Take Thin Tablet Protection to New Levels of Performance and Reliability

Kensington Twitter logoRedwood Shores, CA, October 20, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced its new suite of ultra-thin keyboard cases designed for the iPad Air 2, including the KeyFolio Thin X3 featuring breakthrough PowerLift technology. This new innovation allows users to tap into the keyboard’s internal battery to charge a phone using a USB cable.

Kensington’s range of ultra-thin keyboard cases for the new iPad also includes the KeyFolio Thin X2, KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus and Customize Me case. Each delivers ultra-thin protection, performance and reliability, combined with the style, function and efficiency embraced by iPad users.

“With its latest tablet release, Apple is continuing to redefine what a thin, lightweight tablet should be. At Kensington we’ve set out to do the same with our new line of ultra-thin keyboard cases,” said Jim Murakami, Global Product Manager at Kensington. “Designed specifically with the Apple user in mind, our new KeyFolio and Customize Me cases embody the design and performance that matches the iPad user’s desire for stylish tablet productivity and protection. Adding to this, we’re pleased to offer our new PowerLift technology, which further supports user mobility by making it easy to charge a phone using the keyboard’s internal battery – anytime, anywhere.”

New Kensington Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cases for iPad Air 2

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 for iPad Air 2

(K97389US; SRP $99.99) – Featuring breakthrough PowerLift phone charging technology, this sleek, hard-shell keyboard case protects iPad Air 2 while maintaining its thin profile. The integrated Bluetooth® keyboard offers six rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a dedicated row of shortcut keys. The unique QuickFold design allows you to hide the keyboard beneath the iPad Air 2 for a fast transition between typing and viewing modes. 

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97391US; SRP $99.99) – This form-fitting, hard-shell tablet protection case features an integrated white LED backlit Bluetooth® keyboard that’s ideal for low-light conditions. The KeySense Power Channel automatically turns the keyboard on and off when engaged/disengaged from the magnetic stand for improved battery conservation.

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97385US; White – K97386US; SRP $89.99) – A sleek, form-fitting keyboard case for iPad Air 2 with an integrated Bluetooth® keyboard that offers six rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a row of dedicated shortcut keys. The KeyFolio Thin X2 also features Kensington’s QuickFold design and KeySense Power Channel for optimal battery life.

Kensington Customize Me Case for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97358US; Red – K97359US; SRP $39.99) – This sleek, lightweight case for iPad Air 2

features a clear, scratch-resistant picture window for user personalization using a photo or artwork. SoundWave speaker channels redirect the tablet’s audio for improved sound quality. A soft interior lining keeps the iPad screen protected, and the cover automatically wakes the tablet or puts it in sleep mode.

Product Availability

The Kensington ultra-thin keyboard cases for iPad Air 2 are available for pre-order at Kensington.com and Amazon.com. For additional information on the new and existing line of Kensington products, please visit:

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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

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Extron Announces New Fiber Optic USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

Church On The Rock at the Golden Triangle Upgrades to HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000

Scraft_GoldenTriangle_1BEAUMONT, Texas – Located at one of its several campuses, the Church On The Rock at the Golden Triangle location in Texas recently acquired a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console to provide its community with better worship services and broadcasts. Part of a major renovation project, the Vi3000 is part of a new, streamlined audio system, where the console is being used as the Church’s FOH console and for broadcasting.

Seating 1000, the Church on the Rock consists of a shallow but wide room, which requires a system that accommodates the 180-degree seating arrangement. Lead FOH Engineer Blake Sessions took charge of this challenge, and decided that the Vi3000 console was the best choice especially thanks to its MADI and Dante connectivity and channel capacity.

“I’ve worked on the Vi Series consoles before, so I understand how intuitive the layout is on these boards,” said Sessions. “The Vi3000 is very flexible as it offers 96 input channels and 24 mono or stereo output busses depending on what we need. Also, being able to run 64 channels with Dante or MADI protocol is very important, because it allows us to link the feeds to our broadcast studio via Cat5 or optical cable.”

The Church hosts a total of four services between Sundays and Wednesdays, which are tracked and broadcasted from the website churchonline.tv. To ensure quality during each service, it needed a console that not only sounds great, but is also easy to learn and use for the newer operators.

“We have several volunteer engineers, so it’s nice to have a console that has a familiar analog layout and feel,” said Sessions. “However, the ease of use does not take away from the performance: the console is a work horse with fantastic pre-amps and abundant capabilities. It’s amazing how I can get all that at this price point.”

After installing the new audio equipment and setting up the Dante network, Golden Triangle Church On The Rock was able to greatly improve their live and broadcast sound departments.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Reflect Selects SunBriteTV Outdoor Televisions to Help Entertain and Inform Guests at Cedar Fair Amusement Parks

SunBriteTV--CedarFair1THOUSAND OAKS, California, Oct 20, 2014 — While roller coasters might be the main attractions at Cedar Fair Entertainment Company’s 11 major amusement parks, SunBriteTV’s outdoor-rated displays help keep guests entertained at the parks year-round. In an aggressive deployment timeframe of just eight rainy weeks, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions were chosen thanks to their ease of installation and weatherproofing technology that has withstood the elements across North America. They proved versatile and reliable tools in delivering necessary information and entertainment to Cedar Fair’s 23 million annual guests.

With more than 350 screens in 11 amusement parks, including Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island and Canada’s Wonderland, the digital experiences start immediately when guests arrive. Entry gate digital signage is being utilized to help direct the flow of traffic. For entry gate screens, Reflect developed a custom software application to dynamically control lane status for guest entry, indicating which lanes are open or closed. The application also provides custom content and messaging capabilities to designate lanes reserved for groups and VIPs, and can also be used to promote special events. Multiple screens throughout the parks provide guests with entertainment and information. Reflect developed dynamic content, including a custom weather package to inform guests when to expect the hottest or coldest hours of the day, or inclement weather, allowing them to plan their day accordingly.

The ReflectView enterprise digital media software suite provides Cedar Fair control over the management, distribution and presentation of HD media content and applications. ReflectView provides Cedar Fair with a flexible platform to display dynamic messaging and media that effectively communicate the latest promotions and park attractions, and it supports the integration and management of open standards for content, apps, and web technologies.

“Cedar Fair’s attention to customer service and the parks’ varied environments demanded a dependable solution,” said Rusty Wagner, SVP, Reflect. Reflect was also responsible for the selection and installation of the SunBriteTV outdoor displays in all Cedar Fair parks. “We chose SunBriteTV because the displays were not only an aesthetic fit but because the weatherproofing technology guaranteed high performance in every climate.”

Reflect deployed more than 350 SunBriteTV Pro Series 55” outdoor displays across the 11 parks. Featuring direct sunlight-readable LED screens with high temperature Enhanced Solar Tolerance (EST) technology, the Pro Series offers a consistent image in all lighting conditions. Multi-fan airflow and temperature regulation systems keep internal electronics running in temperatures from -40° to 122° Fahrenheit and a watertight Cable Entry System seals out moisture, insects, dust and foreign particles.

Inclement weather was a factor even before the installation was complete. Reflect had to perform within an ambitious timeframe of eight rainy weeks in order to finish the job in time for the start of the 2014 season. Outfitting each park with up to 50 screens was made easier thanks to the SunBriteTV’s ease of installation and responsive customer service.

“Our installation schedule was intense and the SunBriteTV team, mindful of our time constraints, was able to bulk-ship supplies directly to the parks,” said Rusty Wagner, SVP, Reflect.

The project came about in early 2014 when Cedar Fair tasked Reflect with enhancing the customer experience. This meant finding a solution to provide information and entertainment quickly and dynamically over digital networks. Thanks to the weatherproofing technology, ease of installation, product versatility and “expertise in the outdoor display market,” it’s no surprise that Reflect selected SunBriteTV to help reach Cedar Fair’s 23 million annual guests.

Designed for permanent outdoor installation, durability is inseparable from the SunBriteTV brand. In large public venues like Cedar Fair’s amusement parks, vandalism is as great of a concern as weather. The Pro Series features a front tempered anti-reflective glass window to provide added protection and prevents tampering with the LED screen.

For more information on Reflect Systems, please visit http://www.reflectsystems.com/.

For more information on Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, please visit http://www.cedarfair.com/.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV.

About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, colleges, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.SunBriteTV.com.

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New Clay Paky Stormy Fixtures Arrive at Main Light Industries

StormyMain Light Industries, Inc., which offers lighting equipment rentals to the professional entertainment business from its base in Wilmington, Delaware, has taken delivery of 34 new Clay Paky Stormy fixtures. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky products in North America.

The innovative Stormy uses the latest LED technology while retaining all the charm of the classic strobe. Its light source is a strip of powerful white LEDs, which perfectly emulate a bright Xenon linear lamp. The flash effect is enhanced by the Stormy’s parabolic reflector, like a classic strobe’s, which does not project the light directly forward like other LED strobes.

“The Stormy fills a hole in the market with a realistic strobe-style fixture that isn’t just a brick of LEDs,” says John DiEleuterio at Main Light Industries. “Having a strobe that’s LED alleviates the thermaling issue of conventional strobe fixtures offered by the other manufacturers.”

The new Stormy has 144 x 7W Oslon Osram LEDs with a pulsed mode of 980W max and a continuous mode of 720W max. The frequency, duration and intensity of the pulse are fully digitally controlled; the parameters are even independently adjustable, which is impossible with a Xenon lamp strobe. Due to highly sophisticated electronics, the light turns on and off instantly, creating the jerky movement illusion. The pulse duration may be extended as required. And thanks to the use of LEDs, the light intensity remains constant with no flickering effect.

The Stormy also comes with RGBW LEDs, which are able to flash in any color eliminating the need for gels, that dramatically reduce the amount of light, and slow, noisy and unreliable scrollers.

DiEleuterio is particularly pleased with these features. “The Stormy fixtures are RGBW, and there’s no need to add scrollers or color,” he says. “They are also very solidly built.”

The Stormy’s beam opening control is by optional barndoors. The fixture has a 0-100% adjustable dimmer and bracket adjustable on 360º.

Rogue Element Embraces an Open Source Philosophy

Dan Mulligan

Rogue Element has become one of the first digital cinematography companies in the UK to adopt an Open Source policy for its rental division by providing Open Source Digital Camera Solutions.

In a move designed to unleash and encourage creativity, the Soho-based company is ensuring that 4K cinema is fully open to everyone by making AXIOM Beta Open Digital Cinema Cameras available to its rental customers.

AXIOM Beta cameras are the first products to be developed by apertus°, an Open Source cinema organisation founded by film makers and financed through crowd funding. The people behind apertus° were galvanised into action when they became concerned with the expensive and limited tools they were forced to work with every day. Instead, they wanted access to affordable devices and technology that delivered the highest possible image quality and could be customised to exactly suit their needs.

Since its formation in 2007, the apertus° project has applied an Open Source philosophy to everything it has developed. As no patents have been filed, anyone can access the technology behind its cameras and people are actively encouraged to adapt, modify, repair and even replicate them. To date, reaction has been very positive. Not only has the company achieved – and exceeded – its initial crowd funding target but it also has the backing of some very important film makers and cinematographers.

ASC and AIC Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer, who was responsible for films such as Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland and Stranger Than Fiction, says: “I believe than an Open Source camera will allow us to customize the digital camera to our personal liking. That should include ergonomics and hopefully give the ability to get rid of the shoebox, front heavy trend of current designs. I look forward to using custom elements to create the new Digital Aaton, even though they are no longer in business. The design possibilities that I’ve seen from the apertus° project are exciting, as are the image creation possibilities. Not being locked in to any one company’s idea of what the images should look like is a breath of fresh (film) air. Currently in order to switch film stocks we have to change camera systems. The AXIOM will hopefully change all of that and allow us to change stocks with a physical switch.”

His views are shared by Emmy and Academy Award-winning DOP and Visual Effects Supervisor David Stump, who says: “The spirit of Open Source frees up the creative spirit to do something that no one else thought of,” while IMAX cinematographer Lee Ford Parker adds: “Open Source cameras are a step back toward the dark room, in which making the tools is part of the joy of making the art.”

The AXIOM Beta camera has just been released and is currently only available at cost to the community that backed the initial crowd funding campaign. Rogue Element was one of those backers and Managing Director Dan Mulligan says: “Open Source is a fantastic concept and we are delighted to be supporting apertus° by making this format available to the UK rental market. In taking on the Open Source philosophy, we hope to facilitate unfettered access to the technology and free up the creative spirit so that the cinema industry can engage in practices that encourage freedom of expression and is no longer limited by who can contribute.”

Established by Mulligan in 2001 firstly with camera rentals, Rogue Element then pioneered tapeless and file-based digital workflows and onset correction with 3D LUTs, S.two & Codex data recorders and Filmlight colour timing suites until 2011.
Now starting an Open Source operation for 2014 onwards Rogue will offer new camera solutions and options for the Broadcast & Features markets.

Rogue Element can also provide dailies and workflows for Arriraw (Alexa 16:9/4:3 sensors) RED RAW (RED Epic & Dragon 6K),Sony S-Log3 (Sony F65), Canon RAW (Canon C100/300/500), Cinema DNG (Blackmagic), GoPro and many other of today’s professional and niche camera systems. With this new operation for 2014 we want to pursue new avenues for the market.

Dan Mulligan, who has recently returned to Rogue Element after a three year stint at Technicolor, says: “The Arriraw format is now well established and there are a raft of high-end products catering for this market. We are still providing our customers with access to these workflows as they continue to develop, but thanks to our investment in the apertus° project we can now bring a very high quality Open Source 4K camera to the market at a much lower entry cost.”

Mulligan adds that for many film makers, cost can be an ongoing issue and the price of using high end equipment does bar many talented people from entering the market.

“This is why it is good to see the appearance of an Open Source camera system that has a much lower entry point,” he says. “The ability to create your own 4K camera and your own workflow is hugely beneficial for the film and broadcast industry because it will encourage content creation and allow people to get involved at much less cost.”

Rogue Element is not initially consider charging for the rental of its AXIOM Beta cameras. Instead, it will make its income through consultancy and through supplying additional new sensors, lenses, tripods etc., and add on services such as storage and workflow.

“We want people to try them so we are making them as easily available as possible,” Mulligan says. “With the Axiom Open Source we now have a camera solution coming from an opposing end of the release spectrum with a differing approach to its target audience. There should be more than enough room for both this and the higher end systems.”

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About Rogue Element:
Rogue Element provides digital cinematography filming services plus data and dailies, to the Film and Broadcast industries. A pioneer in tapeless and file-based digital workflows and on-set colour correction, the company’s growing rental division also supplies and supports a wide range of professional Digital Cameras including RAW camera systems and workflows, apertus° AXIOM Beta Open Source cameras and new solutions for RAW workflows.
www.rogueelementdigital.com

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