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New Life Restoration Church Chooses Hitachi CP-WX8255A Projector to Light Up its Auditorium Stage

Hitachi NewLifeRestorationBreckenridge, Texas, December 16, 2014 – After a remodeling of the auditorium in the New Life Restoration Church in Breckenridge, Texas, worship leader Van Moore and his colleagues needed a projector upgrade. They found the solution in the Hitachi CP-WX8255A projector. With its high brightness and widescreen capabilities, the CP-WX8255A met all of the needs for the intimate gatherings of the 100-member church.

“We remodeled our auditorium and it had too much ceiling can lighting on the stage,” explained Mr. Moore. “We upgraded our older projector to the brighter Hitachi CP-WX8255A projector that was also native to widescreen. It was just what we needed for our services.”

Finding a projector that had clear and crisp picture in a room that had large amounts of light was difficult. “We worked with ccisolutions.com and rep Dieter Gilkey recommended this specific model based on our needs and lighting requirements,” stated Mr. Moore. “We also received a free additional bulb.”

The projector is in place for many different uses in the auditorium. “We use the projector to display lyrics to songs, videos, sermon notes, Bible verses, and more,” explained Mr. Moore. “As the main projector behind the worship team, it is projected onto a 140-inch diagonal screen for all people to see clearly. We have a very clear picture and no color wash out even when all the lights are on full power.”

Another factor in finding the perfect projector for the auditorium was ease of use. “We like that we can use a remote control from the back of the auditorium to control off/on and menu options, even over 100 feet away,” stated Mr. Moore.

“Lyrics were always viewed well as we dim the lights, but during the times when we weren’t worshipping, the colors were always washed out,” explained Mr. Moore when talking about how the CP-WX8255A has helped better their church services. The Hitachi has much richer color and a much clearer picture in any lighting situation.”

Mr. Moore was not the only one who appreciated the upgrade. “We have had comments from the church community about how much better the color looks! We are very happy with our Hitachi projector.”

For more information on New Life Restoration Church, please visit http://newliferestorationchurch.com

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Drives Instant Replays of NHL Game Action with Tightrope Media System

NHL franchise finds operational value in ZEPLAY instant replay system’s speed, reliability, affordability and ergonomic design

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 16, 2014 — The Tampa Bay Lightning is giving its fans at Amalie Arena more to follow beyond the high-intensity NHL action on the ice. As part of a recent $65 million renovation that includes a new production control room and the largest indoor video board in a North American arena, Tightrope Media Systems’ ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay solution is delivering impactful, in-game highlights with the same lightning-fast speed as the front line.


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The Tampa Bay Lightning chose ZEPLAY based on its speed, cost, reliability and streamlined operation, replacing an existing EVS replay system. ZEPLAY’s multichannel capability (four in, four out) makes multiple streams available for playout just seven frames after camera feed selection. The team’s production staff displays replays and highlights on a giant, four-sided Daktronics LED video display positioned high above the ice at Amalie Arena, the 20,000-seat facility—formerly known as Tampa Bay Times Forum—where home games are played. The immense display measures 28 x 50 feet on its larger sides and 28 x 20 feet on the smaller sides facing the goals.

“As the game unfolds, Lightning fans want to see a replay of that save or that goal, or any exciting play moments after it happens. ZEPLAY keeps our fans happy by giving them all the replays they want without delay,” said Jorge Rosell, director of broadcast production systems for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“The issue of speed goes beyond how quickly the crowd gets to see a replay,” he continued. “Before it becomes part of our live show, our director has to see it first. The faster we obtain his approval, the faster we can get it out to the video board. ZEPLAY simplifies the whole process because the operator only has to look at one screen to see the video choices, and all of the key features and functions are easily accessible from the controller’s T-Bar.”

Speed also comes into play when ZEPLAY is used to furnish official replays to the referees. This occurs often during video production for The Tampa Bay Storm, the Arena Football League (AFL) team that also calls Amalie Arena home. Since there are usually no broadcast trucks or rights holders associated with AFL games, Rosell said they often provide official replays and live-stream their big board show, including ZEPLAY replays and highlight packages, via the team’s website.

During the recent renovation, the production control room—which has a floor to ceiling window overlooking center-ice—went 1080i HD with ZEPLAY, a new Ross Carbonite 24 2-M/E production switcher and a Chyron Lex 3 live graphics system. After discovering that the existing EVS system was too cost-prohibitive to upgrade, Rosell began looking at more affordable options that wouldn’t compromise operational features or reliability. He approached the Ottawa Senators NHL team in Canada to inquire how they liked their two ZEPLAY systems.

“The Senators were the first NHL team to choose ZEPLAY, and they were very happy with it, noting its ease of use in addition to its affordability,” Rosell said. “We jumped at the opportunity to be the second NHL arena to get a ZEPLAY.”

Tampa Bay Lightning games are covered by up to 12 cameras, including studio/field, robotic, goal-cams and wireless units. With four HD-SDI inputs/outputs, ZEPLAY accesses camera signals from a Pesa Cheetah house router. Besides creating instant replays, the system also plays out B-Roll, including highlight packages, directly to the video boards during show opens and intermissions. When lower-third supers, keys, mortices or other video effects are needed, ZEPLAY’s output goes through the Carbonite switcher/Chyron Lex production chain before display on the large board inside the bowl.

In the near future, ZEPLAY will also send replays to a custom app that lets fans view them on their smartphones and mobile devices inside the arena.

About Tightrope Media Systems

Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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The GRAMMY Museum® Adds 200 HARMAN’s AKG Custom Headphones for Exhibits and Programs

AKG_GRAMMYMuseumLOS ANGELES, California – In accordance with its commitment to using world-class technology to educate visitors on the history of all forms of music, The GRAMMY Museum® recently added 200 customized HARMAN’s AKG headphones for its exhibits and programs.

Part of the LA LIVE complex in downtown Los Angeles, The GRAMMY Museum is an interactive celebration of the power of music, occupying four floors and 30,000 square feet of exhibits, interactive experiences and films that provide museum-goers with perspective on the history of music, the creative process, the art and technology of recording, and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards.

To deliver clear and immersive audio to its visitors, The GRAMMY Museum turned to AKG, whose world-class headphones and microphones are used by some of music’s most accomplished artists and producers. In fact, AKG is a GRAMMY winner of its own, earning a Technical GRAMMY in 2010 in recognition of AKG’s contributions to the art and science of music recording and performance through innovation and excellence in product design.

“When The GRAMMY Museum opened in 2008, we outfitted the entire museum with HARMAN Professional audio equipment, and it has been an incredibly successful relationship from the beginning,” said Eric Stock, Senior Manager, Production and Interactive Design for The GRAMMY Museum. “We are happy to continue this relationship with the addition of these custom AKG headphones, which will only add to the interactive experience of the Museum.”

“Given the number of GRAMMY-winning music professionals who have used AKG equipment over the years, and considering AKG’s own Technical GRAMMY in 2010, the history of AKG and the history of popular music go hand in hand,” said Karam Kaul, Director of Marketing for AKG. “We are honored to have so many visitors learning about music history every day through our products, and we hope their use of AKG gives them an even greater understanding of the tools that are used by the best in the business.”

More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

A.C.T Lighting Wraps Another Record-Setting Year and Announces New Leadership Initiatives

ACT_150dpiA.C.T Lighting, Inc., a leading importer and distributor of lighting products, is concluding another year of record-setting sales with new leadership initiatives and plans for continued growth.

“A.C.T Lighting is about two things: the people and the products. Our suppliers and their product offerings have never been stronger, and we have an incomparable team that serves the lighting community with expertise and dedication,” says CEO Ben Saltzman. “We remain committed to providing the top designers and equipment providers with the best available entertainment technology products, and following it with unparalleled service and support.”

Saltzman, who became CEO of A.C.T Lighting in July, has announced that joining him on the leadership team are Brian Dowd in marketing and sales, Mario Collazo in technical service, Rick Dobbie in operations and Aileen Gilsen in finance. All are now responsible for their respective areas across all of the company’s operations and geographic locations.

“Brian, Mario, Rick, Aileen and I are each undertaking strategic initiatives for 2015 that will create new opportunities, stronger relationships and continued growth for the company,” Saltzman reports.

He salutes Bob Gordon, founder of A.C.T Lighting, who “gave the company he built such a solid foundation.” Saltzman says, “Bob continues to be a daily presence at A.C.T and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with all of us as we push forward.”

“We are always stronger as a team, and there is tremendous value in every individual at our company,” he says. “In continuing A.C.T’s growth, our most critical task is to become an enterprise with shared vision, broad leadership and collaborative planning.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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PlayhouseSquare Adds New NEXO M6 System For Hanna Theatre

Hanna Theatre GEO M6

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, opened in 1921 and would go on to host such stage and film luminaries as Al Jolson, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Ethel Barrymore, Ginger Rogers, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin and Yul Brynner. PlayhouseSquare assumed management of the Hanna in August 1999 following its purchase of the Hanna Office Building, which houses the venue. In 2008, the Hanna underwent a renovation to add a thrust stage, re-work its seating to 550 and become the main performance base for PlayhouseSquare’s long-time constituent, Great Lakes Theater.

Today, the theatre plays host to Shakespearean plays, big bands, musical theater, and corporate events. They recently upgraded the sound system to reflect the latest in line array technology, the NEXO GEO M620, installed by NAC Technologies, Cleveland.

“The system that was previously installed during the earlier remodel was a ‘design by committee’; a nice system but it left a lot of dead spots,” states Rick Galbraith, NAC Technologies. “Size and cost always weigh in, and the client was very concerned about the size of the array and also on a very tight budget.”

No stranger to NEXO GEO Systems installed in three of the other PlayhouseSquare theatres (installed by NAC), Galbraith said they started by placing speakers in the NS1 prediction software, virtually arranging the array size, coverage, and SPL based on available rigging points. “Available rigging points was our biggest challenge, so after using the prediction software, we determined that three clusters of three M6 speakers would be ideal for the theatre. Considering the size of the clusters, the NEXO GEO M6 system sounds amazing; with zero complaints from the theatre or patrons.”

The GEO M620 is a full-range unit for stand-alone, curved array or line array application. Extremely compact in size and lightweight, the GEO M620 uses a NEXO-designed long-excursion high-efficiency 6.5” LF driver and 1 x 1″ throat driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR Wavesource, to deliver a frequency response of 80 Hz – 19 kHz ±3dB with nominal peak SPL of 127dB. HF dispersion is 80° (120° horizontal), with 20° vertical coverage, 0° to 20° splay when arrayed. The M620 performs in a variety of configurations, facilitated by a fully integrated 3-point rigging system.

Robert Mingus, Director of Production for PlayhouseSquare, was instrumental in the decision to install the NEXO M6 in The Hanna Theatre. “Dave Cooper and Rick Galbraith of NAC have done an amazing job upgrading all of our sound systems here at PlayhouseSquare. We are very pleased and take great pride in the sound quality of our theatres, and I believe this is possible because of the great relationship we have with NAC and their craftsmanship.”

Mingus said the NEXO M6 solved many challenges of The Hanna, but most importantly, sights the sound and compactness. “The M6 system sounds fantastic! Our three-box center cluster weighs only 76 lbs., virtually disappears, and is not in the way of lighting. With special brackets from NEXO, we were able to mount the three box arrays for L + R onto the proscenium for a very clean look. NAC then tuned the room to perfection, avoiding the many problems of getting the sound into the house and off of the thrust stage.”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on the Hanna Theatre, visit http://www.playhousesquare.org/venues/detail/hanna-theatre.

For more information on the NEXO GEO M6 system, visit www.yamahaca.com.


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.


Grundorf_30th_HiCouncil Bluffs, IA – December 2014 … Grundorf Corporation, a leading manufacturer of equipment cases and related accessories for musicians and audio professionals and parent company of Grund Audio Design, is pleased to announce it is celebrating its 30th anniversary. From humble beginnings in the family garage, Grundorf Corporation has evolved into an internationally recognized organization whose products have become an integral part of the livelihoods of musicians, audio professionals, and technology managers everywhere. more

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Powersoft’s Revolutionary Deva Messaging System Makes its U.S. Debut at RiverRink, One of Philadelphia’s Most Famous Holiday Attractions

Deva Combines Pristine Audio, LED Lighting, Messaging and Security Features into a Compact, Eco-Friendly Unit

1Philadelphia, December 15, 2014: Each year at the end of November, thousands of tourists and Philadelphians flock to RiverRink at Penn’s Landing to celebrate the onset of winter and the holiday season. For over 20 years, the Olympic Size skating rink has been a focal point one of the City’s most enduring holiday traditions. This year, RiverRink is the centerpiece of a ‘pop up’ winter garden that features a magical winter landscape complete with Christmas trees, cozy fire pits and spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River. RiverRink is also the site of the very first U.S. installation of Powersoft’s Deva — a revolutionary new messaging system that is helping cities like Philadelphia embrace ‘smart city’ applications.

For the thousands of skaters that attend RiverRink each day, the Powersoft Deva system delivers up to 115 dBs of pristine audio — while consuming a diminutive physical footprint and remaining completely energy independent. Two of the Deva units are programmed to take photos of skaters at regular intervals, enhancing the overall entertainment experience. After the rink closes, the system — which is controlled over a wireless LAN — is able to provide intelligent surveillance and active monitoring of the premises.

2Williamsport, MD-based Live Sound Co., which handled design and integration of the Deva system, was given a preview of the Deva system over a year ago by Claudio Lastrucci, Research & Development Director at Powersoft. “Our first installation of Deva is the culmination of our efforts with Powersoft, and their incredible engineering vision,” commented Jeremiah Leiter, President of Live Sound Co. “When we turned the units on and they were working exactly as we hoped they would, it was such a feeling of pride. We don’t just want to sell products to our clients, we want to help them solve problems. This is exactly what the Powersoft’s Deva enables us to do.”

A Small Revolution in a Smart City
The Philadelphia RiverRink installation is comprised of four Deva units mounted on two steel poles on opposite sides of the skating rink. A fifth Deva unit is mounted on a pole and pointed towards the entrance of the rink. Each unit — which measures approximately 12″ x 18″ and weighs just under 22 lbs. — comprises an active loudspeaker, an interactive messaging system, high powered LED lighting, an FM tuner, built in GPS, presence sensors, Wi-Fi and many other intelligent features.

3In all his years of doing systems integration work, Live Sound Co. Chief Operating Officer Nik Mondo has never seen such a revolutionary product. “As far as I know, there is no other product on the market that combines such a compelling feature set,” he says. “The icing on the cake is that they can be solar powered and have a built-in battery, so they don’t require external power sources. This means that you don’t have to worry about the typical power restrictions that might be faced in other scenarios with other competing products on the marketplace.”

While the RiverRink installation was initially set up as a ‘proof of concept’ to demonstrate Deva’s features and functionality, Nik Mondo, who hails from the City of Brotherly Love, is confident that the council will soon find other ‘smart city’ applications for the unit: “I would like to see Deva installed alongside the trails along the Delaware River, all the way to South Philadelphia,” he says. “Such a system could provide messaging and an added measure of assurance and security for pedestrians, especially in areas where there is not a lot of lighting or public infrastructure.”

4“Security is such an important consideration for just about any metro area,” Mondo continues. “On this product, there is a light, a camera, an FM tuner, a motion sensor and a speaker all in one. So if somebody walks in front of the unit, it can trigger a predefined message — or it can photograph surroundings at predefined intervals. All of this activity can be monitored from any location via the network.”

Design Intelligence, Ease of Integration
Deva’s intelligent product design carries through to its unmatched ease of installation: “We can install each unit in about seven minutes,” says Mondo. “The mounting and set up is very simple and exactly what you would expect from Powersoft.” The power is supplied via solar panels, which are positioned and clamped directly to the truss above each unit.” As engineers, designers, installers and integrators, we are used to dealing with complex levels of components, software and other considerations to make things work right,” says Leiter. “Deva is a joy for us because it is so easy to get it up and running — all the functionality you could ask for is at the ready for the end user.”

5Once the system was up and running at RiverRink, the audio quality did not disappoint. “When we first fired it up and played music in the rink, all the audio engineers and staff had smiles on their faces. The audio was crisp, clear and articulate,” Mondo says. Initially, he was concerned that the four Deva units would not cover the 98′ x 200′ rink space, due to their modest — yet sleek — physical presence. “I was extremely worried that four units may not cover all that space,” he recalls “To my surprise and excitement, they audio covered the entire rink with ease and even bled out into other areas beyond the rink when we needed it to.”

6Having completed its first successful Deva installation at RiverRink, Live Sound Co. is eager to approach other new markets with Powersoft’s latest solution, which is among the first to combine such valuable features in a physically compact and ecologically minded design. New markets and potential applications include amusement parks, zoos, campus environments and other city municipalities — all of which could likely benefit from Deva’s interactive messaging and security features. “We really believe in this product since it represents a potential solution for so many things,” says Samuel Leiter, Executive VP, Live Sound Co. “We have an open invitation for any city official in the U.S. to visit us in Philadelphia to preview what these units could do in their own cities.”

To learn more about Powersoft’s Deva, please visit: http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/multimedia/deva. For more information on Live Sound Co., contact Nikolas Mondo at info@livesoundco.com or by phone at 1-800-977-5350.

About Powersoft
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

1) The Powersoft Deva messaging system was recently installed at Philadelphia’s RiverRink ice rink.
2) For over 20 years, RiverRInk has been a focal point one of the City’s most enduring holiday traditions.
3) Closeup of one of the towers supporting Powersoft’s Deva solution at Philadelphia’s RiverRink.
4) The Powersoft Deva features an intelligent design in a small footprint.
5) Video featuring Powersoft’s Deva.
6) Philadelphia’s RiverRink, which features Powersoft’s Deva messaging system, is the centerpiece of a ‘pop up’ winter garden that features a magical winter landscape complete with Christmas trees, cozy fire pits and spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River.

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Blonder Tongue Brings Efficiency to IP Video Delivery With New MPEG-2 HD Encoder

By Eliminating the Need for External QAM-to-IP Equipment, HDE-8C-QAM/IP Encoder Enables Cost-Effective and Reliable Distribution of Enterprise Commercial Video Networks, While Providing Superior Video Quality

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Dec. 15, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced that it has launched the HDE-8C-QAM/IP MPEG-2 HD encoder, designed to bring increased reliability, efficiency, and affordability to high-definition video delivery. Building upon the high-performance design and sophisticated feature set offered by Blonder Tongue’s popular HDE-8C-QAM encoder, the new encoder includes an IP output that is compatible with IPTV networks. By providing operators with a direct IP output, the HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder eliminates the need for external QAM-to-IP equipment, making network design simpler and more manageable for operators in the education, enterprise, hospitality, healthcare, government, and pro A/V markets. more

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PIX PRODUCTIONS and WorldStage Push Back the Boundaries at Adobe MAX 2014

2014_Adobe_MAX-2343Adobe MAX 2014 – The Creativity Conference unveiled the latest in new technology by using one of the world’s oldest staging techniques with projection mapping support from WorldStage.

The annual Adobe users’ conference, Adobe MAX is s a source of ideas and inspiration, a place where creative minds meet. It held its general sessions at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. In the past, Adobe MAX has used extensive video projection pixel mapping as a canvas for showcasing artistic and graphical elements on stage. Bicoastal WorldStage has lent its projection mapping expertise to Adobe’s biggest annual event for the last three years.

This year PIX PRODUCTIONS, with scenic designer Peter Crawford, devised an interesting challenge for the producers, designers and engineers supporting the project. The question raised was whether it would be possible to project onto a pair of motorized 27×30-foot periaktoi and warp and track the imagery as the set pieces moved? The periaktoi would be projected upon from multiple 3D angles so the video images had to be perfectly reshaped, dynamically and on the fly, as the triangular screens rotated.

Dating back to ancient Greek theater, periaktoi are triangular-shaped devices used for displaying, and rapidly changing, theater scenes. For Adobe MAX, Crawford proposed to place a pair of periaktoi in the middle of an array of big screens on stage. As the periaktoi rotated they would alternately present angled and flat surfaces to the audience for a dazzling new twist on projected content.

“The dynamic reshaping of images projected across moving screens is a process that was not even possible just a few short years ago,” says WorldStage project manager Jack Dussault. “The combined efforts of technology experts at Worldstage East and West were deeply involved in the development and utilization of the pixel mapping technologies in this event.”

WorldStage devised a 28-channel, 42-projector rig that covered two large projection screens as well as the giant periaktoi. “This is the first time I’m aware of this type of mapping/tracking projection being used on a corporate presentation stage,” says WorldStage president Josh Weisberg.

“The show was a great success. Some of the first words from the Adobe CEO when he appeared on stage was, ‘What about those screens?’ followed by an eruption of applause and shouts from the audience. The screens were truly amazing,” Weisberg says. “The teams from PIX PRODUCTIONS and WorldStage, along with the content team at Core Studios, and set builders Mystic Scenic, accomplished something very noteworthy.”

Thirty-two channels of Pandoras Box were used as the primary media servers for pixel shaping and media playback. Christie Roadster HD20K-J projectors were used for the main and side screens and Christie Roadster S+20K projectors for the periaktoi.

“An All Star team of WorldStage projectionists and media server techs worked in shifts for several days, around the clock, to do the intricate programming and adjustments necessary for the convergence of multiple layers of overlapped projection in the very demanding, dynamic scenario,” Dussault reports. The result was “stunningly sharp images moving across changing, rotating angular surfaces, combining the stage and theater walls into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of imagery.”

In addition to the stellar projection mapping, WorldStage supported more than 40 live demos of various mobile devices and software apps from two on-stage kiosks over two days of the convention. WorldStage provided 13 HD cameras – manned, unmanned and robotic – to capture the show for broadcast and live streaming over the web to viewers worldwide. Switching was performed with a Ross Vision HD multi-format production switching system and three Vista System Spyder X20 screen switching frame groups.

Los Angeles-based IATSE LOCAL 33 provided all of the Nokia Theatre technical staff and crewing.

“Once in a while we do a show that’s really special, and Adobe Max 2014 was one of those,” says Dussault. “I couldn’t be more proud of our teams’ efforts: from shop prep to the on-site team, the All Star projection team, our brilliant engineers and the fun and quirky Pandora team.”

“The collaboration from start to finish with WorldStage makes high-end, technically challenging and wildly creative beautiful events possible,” says Jeremy Nichols, executive producer at PIX PRODUCTIONS. “The engagement at all levels of the company and the close working relationship with WorldStage are the keys to the success of these events.”

At PIX PRODUCTIONS Shaun Boyle was the technical producer and John Bettini the technical director. At Core Studios Gary Jaeger was the director of the opening video.

At WorldStage Richard Bevan was the account executive, TJ Donoghue was the media server project manager and Florian Mosleh and Michael Kohler and Brianna Bainbridge were the media server programmers. Terry Nakamura, Scott Goegebuer, Dennis Alfonso, Luke Frey, Andrew Taylor and Jerry Edgerly were the projectionists. Jason Spencer served as the Spyder operator.

Neal Gass, Jason Spencer, Shane Zinke, Jerry Edgerly, Frank Musgrove, Jon Tanner, Patrick DelaCruz, John Muldoon and Shawn Hutcheson comprised the WorldStage engineering team.

Stan Dickerson, Gabe Benzo, Ryan Trefethen and Will Herald headed up the audio team.

Fabian Yeager was the lighting designer; Mark Jepsen handled the live camera direction. Dan Eslinger was the Mystic Scenic Automation Engineer and integral to the success of the mapping project. Dan Kirsch was the production carpenter; production rigging was supplied by Rigtech/Show Group.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Renkus-Heinz IC2 Steers Grove City Church in Right Direction

Grove City, OH – December 2014…
Grove City Church of the Nazarene – known to congregants and locals as The Naz – has built a large and diverse congregation in this Columbus suburb. The church offers a mix of both contemporary and classic worship services, as well as hosting many conferences and concerts from touring Christian artists.

The Naz’s 2800-seat sanctuary has long struggled with sonic issues, including poor intelligibility and uneven coverage, and the church was more than ready to upgrade their sound system. Technical director Matt Groves and front of house sound engineer Doug McLaughlin undertook the job of researching possible solutions. “We looked at several major loudspeaker brands and invited several in to do demos for us,” he recalls. “They all sounded fine, but the Renkus-Heinz IC2 really stood out. They demonstrated the beam steering by putting us up in the balcony with the IC2 cabinet on stage. We could hear it just fine. Then he opens his laptop and says, ‘Watch this,’ and steers the speaker digitally so it’s hitting us directly upstairs. All of a sudden, boom, there it was, with unbelievable clarity. I looked at my front of house engineer and we both said, ‘That’s the one.’ It was the coolest thing.”

The system, installed by Tech Art Production of Columbus, comprises a left-center-right,  dead-hung configuration, with three IC2-FR modules in the center flanked by five more on either side. Each full-range IC2-FR module contains four 8-inch speakers and four vertically aligned one-inch high frequency drivers. To deliver the bass needed for the church’s powerful contemporary presentation, the arrays are supplemented by six DR18-2R powered subwoofers, hung in two groups of three between the main IC2 arrays.

Like most contemporary houses of worship, this installation requires both musicality and intelligibility, and the IC2 system delivers. “The music sounds amazing, and the spoken word is crystal clear in every seat, even under the balcony,” says Groves. “The IC2‘s digital steering enabled us to aim a beam down to hit the front rows and another to cover beneath the balcony. And we have totally eliminated the slap-back echo from sound bouncing off the balcony facing.”

Groves also appreciates the economy of cabinets required to covers the church’s wide, cavernous sanctuary. “Having 120 degree dispersion lets us cover the full width of the room, even the side wings, with just the three LCR arrays,” he reports. “To do this room with standard line arrays would take two groups 9 or 10 boxes in a curved hang, plus extra speakers to cover the dead spots. Our biggest arrays are only five cabinets tall, and we have clean sightlines from every seat. There are no front fills, no side fills, and no speakers under the balcony.”

The early Sunday service is the classic presentation, with an 80-voice choir, 20-piece orchestra, plus a rhythm section. Thirty minutes after that service ends, the room is reset for the contemporary service, with the choir loft walled off and the stage reconfigured. There is also a hybrid service on Saturday. The system’s advanced RHAON control software can instantly recall multiple configurations for each service’s different demands.

“The contemporary service is a pretty high octane and edgier presentation that includes a rhythm section, six vocalists, a whole lot of bass, and is very guitar driven,” says Groves.  “The traditional service needs less bass reinforcement, which we have set up in the RHAON software as a preset. Both sound fantastic from every seat in the house.”

The Renkus-Heinz IC2 has proven to be a perfect fit for the Grove City Church of the Nazarene. “From the first service onward, we’ve gotten nothing but compliments on the system,” says Groves. “The senior pastor is immensely pleased with it. It’s easy to differentiate everything in the mix, the sermon is perfectly clear, and we have plenty of power to get that rock concert feel when we need it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the system.”


About Renkus-Heinz - 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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