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Renewed Vision Enriches World’s First Permanent 3D Pool Mapping Light Show at Sheraton Waikiki

PointCloud Media develops unique projection architecture driven though ProVideoPlayer2 software to entertain hotel guests year-round

ALPHARETTA, Georgia, November 18, 2014 — The Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu launched its Helumoa Playground Superpool series earlier this fall, comprising two distinct 3D pool mapping light show stories presented twice every evening to entertain hotel guests and the general public. Billed as the world’s first permanent installation of its kind, the 3D pool mapping shows are projected across a 7,503-square foot pool canvas, demonstrating lively displays of volcanic eruptions in “Helumoa – the birth of Hawaii”; and the rise of historical Hawaiian resorts and water sports in “Helumoa – the legendary story of Waikiki.”

Waikiki Pool Checkerboard

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Sheraton Wakiki Pool

The Sheraton Waikiki hired PointCloud Media, a full-service production company specializing in 3D projections, to develop innovative, energized shows featuring graphic figures and images projected onto the nearly 200,000 gallon superpool. The PointCloud solution integrates its core Raylight4D mapping system—responsible for superimposing visual content on the pool to mesmerizing effect—with seven ultra-bright projectors and reliable, cost-efficient playback software from Renewed Vision.

The integration of Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer 2 (PVP2) software is significant as it drives playback for all seven projectors from two Mac Pro computers, saving PointCloud Media tens of thousands of dollars in comparison to expensive hardware-based packages. Additionally, PVP2 simplifies the overall workflow, allowing PointCloud Media to automate playout and quickly adjust show schedules in the event of inclement weather or special circumstances.

“Over the years, we have used many different servers to augment video projections on large buildings, and they were all very complicated to operate, requiring real experts,” said Jack Hattingh, president, PointCloud Media. “The Renewed Vision PVP2 software reliably plays out all content from a stable platform, without the expense of purchasing or renting a system and hiring a full-time operator. I can purchase PVP2 software and a Mac Pro for the price of a three-week rental of most competing products. Being a permanent installation, the return on investment with PVP2 is nearly immediate.”

The end-to-end architecture includes five rooftop Barco HDQ-2K40 40,000 lumen projectors positioned 320 feet in the air to project visual content onto the pool, along with two 20,000 lumen projectors at ground level to project visuals onto adjacent rock formations. The workflow starts with a 4000×4000 content file for the pool map and a 3840×1080 file for the rock formations. A Mac Pro running PVP2 at each location slices the 4000×4000 file into five separate 1920×1080 feeds with mild overlap. The fluid pool reflections and surrounding ambience add an element of reality to the custom 3D mapping projections.

“PVP2 allows us to fine-tune the mappings on the fly to create the best convergence between the projected images,” said Hattingh. “Its advanced rending engine, coupled with the power and reliability of the Mac Pro, enables smooth playback of the massive video file across all five outputs. PVP2 is also allowing us to create some unusual projections, as we’re blending from four corners geometrically rather than top to bottom or left to right. PVP2’s flexibility has made it easy to create a unique mosaic map with plenty of light that audiences can enjoy.”

The master system on the roof is connected to the second rock projection system 31 stories below via a fiber-optic connection, with all content triggered simultaneously from both PVP2 servers. As each show begins, PVP2 triggers a contact closure relay to change the sound system from the standard background music service to the PVP2 audio feed. A third Mac Pro system outfitted with PVP2 supports a hotel broadcast on Channel 37, with viewers able to enjoy a live cut of the pool projections at the moment the light show music begins.

PointCloud Media representatives routinely monitor the system from their offices near Dallas to ensure everything is working properly, with the ability to stop, pause, restart and reschedule shows as needed. A third, holiday-themed show is now in development, given the success of the first two shows. Additionally, the simple learning curve of the system will allow hotel staff to use the system for other business opportunities as desired.

“PVP2 and the rest of system is very easy to learn and operate, so the hotel can easily use this for conferences and other themed events by the poolside,” said Hattingh. “Furthermore, they can easily gain an additional return on investment by renting the system to businesses and clients.”

About Renewed Vision
Founded in 2000, Renewed Vision’s mission is to offer reliable, purpose-built production software that enables organizations—spanning from churches to corporations—to create dynamic media experiences that enhance worship services, meetings and other special events. For more information on our product lines, including ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer and ProVideoServer, please visit our website at www.renewedvision.com.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Introduces Health/Wellness Animated Campaign Library for Customer/Employee Communications

Second in series of corporate sustainability-themed templates covering 15 subject areas…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Nov. 18, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today introduced its second set of pre-produced animated corporate communication templates – this time on the topic of Health/Wellness. Ideal for StrandVision Digital Signage employee communications networks, the set of 50 attractive digital signage content templates is a new page type which can be easily added to StrandVision customer digital media player page mixes. The new Communications Library is also appropriate for public service announcements over customer-directed digital signage networks.

Health/Wellness Subjects

The Health/Wellness StrandVision Communications Campaign Library includes health_wellness
50 StrandVision Digital Signage animated content pages on exercise, hygiene, healthy eating, mental wellness, prevention and other topics. Each page consists of an attractive graphic and a short, animated text message on the topic. The pages are set to random animation sequences and are added into the customer’s normal digital signage page mix with a single click to http://www.svds.co/?installimage&e=1&image=LF4FX87DK5C5X43MFA8QCKT5Y2.

Administrators simply select the Health/Wellness category on their StrandVision Content Management System (CMS) portal. They can easily define frequency and change defaults settings, such as scroll speed, to meet the needs of their particular display environments. The StrandVision system randomly selects from among the 50 health/wellness subjects and automatically mixes the selections with one of several animation sequences and inserts a different subject/animation combination on each pass of the page loop.

The Health/Wellness Library can also be combined with the previously announced StrandVision Environmental Communications Library, as well as other Communications Library subject areas as they are introduced.

The variety of subjects, combined with the randomly assigned animations, creates a dynamic presentation that keeps people focused on the digital media player screens long after the campaign page plays.

“The Health/Wellness Library offers informative, interesting content that adds attractive, easy-to-implement pages to our customers’ digital signage networks while promoting an important theme that offers helpful advice that everyone can use,” said StrandVision founder and CEO Mike Strand. “We’ve already had a tremendous response to the first environment and sustainability theme and look forward to continuing to introduce the rest of our subject categories over the coming months. The eye-catching design and animation adds to our subscribers’ presentations and can become an integral part of their overall organizational health/wellness communications campaign with virtually no effort.”

StrandVision Animated Template Library Program

The StrandVision Animated Template Communications Library covers 15 themes from diversity and ethics, to safety and morale, quality and time management, spanning hundreds of specific subjects. Designed for both employee communication and general public audiences, the Communications Campaign Library motivates, educates and informs digital signage viewers while demonstrating the customer organization’s commitment to worthwhile personal and corporate initiatives.

The animated templates can be displayed in full-screen or in-frame formats. Administrators can control text speed and other functions, such as scheduling and expiration.

Health/Wellness Communications Campaign Library template pages are available immediately to all StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers, as well as StrandVision Free Digital Signage Test Drive participants. See sample templates at: http://www.strandvision.com/corporate_social_responsibility_samples.html or visit our introductory demonstration YouTube video at: http://www.strandvision.com/video_wellness_communications_campaign_library.html, call 715-235-7446 or email sales at StrandVision.com.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computers, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer-created text, graphics, videos and RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged, user-selectable weather and news, trivia, music, as well as library of social responsibility topics. StrandVision Digital Signage is ideal for many business marketing applications for visitor and employee communication for banks and retailers; schools and universities; business and industry; as well as nonprofit and religious organizations.

StrandVision also offers digital signage support hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution, Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and administration, and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Greg Soucy
Soucy Communications Group
603-682-7162
gsoucy@scg-pr.com

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Firehouse Productions Powers iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014 with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Firehouse Productions deployed HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers at the iHeartRadio Music Festival providing sound reinforcement for some of the most popular artists in music today, including Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and One Direction. The 4th annual two-day festival took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to a capacity crowd of over 16,000 people.

The audio system featured a total of 36 JBL VTX V25 fullsize array elements (18 per side) for the main PA, 28 JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements (14 per side) for side hangs, 16 VTX G28 subwoofers and 16 VT 4886 subcompact line array elements provided front fill. Powering the system were 106 Crown amplifiers, which included both I-Tech 12000HDs and I-Tech 4x3500HD models featuring Crown’s DriveCore™ technology. System management and control were handled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

For Mark Dittmar, VP of Design and Engineering for Firehouse Productions, the VTX has become his PA of choice in providing audio for this event since its inception four years ago. “The VTX line is great for this kind of show, which requires not only high SPL but also clarity and accuracy,” said Dittmar.

“The show definitely runs on the loud side because of the nature of the performers but we really like to have fun with it. We always know we have enough headroom no matter how hard the bands hit it,” added Dittmar.

Dittmar continues to look to Crown amplifiers as the best match for the VTX rig for large-scale events such as this one. “The Crown amps continue to be rock solid and knowing they are optimized for the JBL loudspeakers we are confident they give us the best combination of control and performance,” said Dittmar. “We’ve definitely had great success with the system and the wide range of performers have been happy as well.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: http://www.firehouseproductions.com.

For more information on iHeartRadio, please visit: http://www.iheart.com/.

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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ROLL TIDE! ALABAMA’S 100,000+ BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM CONVERTS FROM LINE ARRAYS TO DANLEY

DCIM100GOPROTUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 2014: The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide – among the most storied and winningest college football teams in the nation – plays all of its home games at 100,000-plus seat Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Pleased with the authoritative performance of its on-field sound reinforcement system – a single Danley GH-60 Genesis Horn paired with a single Danley TH-212 subwoofer – the university agreed with design and installation firm Baker Audio Visual (Norcross, Georgia) that Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers should replace the existing sound system to cover the entire stadium. Constrained by an aggressive timeline that necessitated reusing existing hang points, Baker AV installed Danley’s new weatherproof OS-80 loudspeakers and OS-115 subwoofers in the upper bowl and Danley’s seasoned SH-96HO loudspeakers (with additional OS-80 loudspeakers for down fill) in the lower bowl.

“We only had a short window to complete the design and installation once the athletics department gave us the go-ahead,” said Joe Schuch, vice president of Baker AV. “We had a similarly short window at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, where Danley Sound Labs delivered over four hundred custom loudspeakers within six weeks to make that job a success. At Bryant-Denny, we worked with Mike Hedden, Danley president, on a solution that would work within the constraints of the existing infrastructure. There was not enough time to engineer new solutions or to modify loudspeaker locations. We worked through Danley’s catalog of form factors to build an appropriate solution.” In part because Danley builds all of its loudspeakers and subwoofers in the USA, it was able to meet the deadlines at Bryant-Denny while simultaneously meeting deadlines at the Kentucky Derby’s Churchill Downs. Hedden reported that, between the two, the company produced between four and five hundred loudspeakers in just four weeks.

Alabama_Stands_SpeakersThe upper bowl now gets coverage from forty distributed Danley OS-80 weatherproof loudspeakers (two at each of twenty locations), which will remain impervious to the elements for decades to come. Every other OS-80 cluster is paired with a Danley OS-115LF weatherproof subwoofer for low-end support. The lower bowl uses twenty-four clusters, each comprised of a Danley SH-96HO for main coverage and a Danley OS-80 for downfill directly below the main loudspeakers. The OS-80 is rolled off at 250Hz and thus primarily aids in spoken word intelligibility. Similar to the end zones, all of the Danley products in the upper and lower bowls deliver better coverage with substantially fewer and/or lighter boxes, making it possible for Baker AV to install the system without taking valuable time to recertify the hangs.

After a few days tuning the system, Baker AV and Danley specialists fired up the system for the university. “The Athletics Department thinks it is a night and day improvement,” said Schuch. “The Danley system is more musical and has better intelligibility. The low-end output throughout the stadium blew them away.” Hedden added, “With the Danley system, Bryant-Denny gets better coverage, higher output, greater fidelity, and deeper bass all with a fraction of the cabinets, (38 Danley Synergy Horns replaced 128 line array cabinets) weight was reduced by several tons, and our system required 52 less amplifiers and signal processing than the old system. Our company offers the highest efficiencies, which translate into fewer devices required, making us the greenest manufacturer on the market. To me, it’s a huge affirmation that we’re doing the right thing and building a better mousetrap. With Danley systems in many of the biggest stadiums in the country – Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, Buffalo Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium, LSU’s Tiger Stadium, Penn State’s Beaver Field, MSU’s Spartan Stadium, and now Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium – we hope the tide is turning on the industry’s line array funk. Roll Tide!”

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

www.danleysoundlabs.com

Mark Warner Joins Engineering Team at Advanced Systems Group

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, has added industry veteran Mark Warner to its engineering team, effective Oct. 27. He is responsible for managing projects for broadcast, new media, and corporate clients.

During his Emmy award-winning production career, Warner directed NFL and Olympic broadcasts for NBC Sports, as well as college sports for ESPN, ABC, and FOX Sports, among others. As operations SONY DSCmanager for KING Broadcasting, he designed and managed the station’s new HDTV facility. He later served as director of SONY DSCbroadcasting/streaming for RealNetworks and director of Microsoft Studios. Most recently, he spent six years as vice president and director of systems engineering for Advanced Broadcast Solutions in SeaTac, Wash.

“Mark understands the requirements of video production, because he excelled at it at the highest level,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He’s also spent 20 years designing and managing projects for a variety of clients, and was quick to embrace streaming technologies and file-based workflows. Mark is an excellent addition to the ASG team.”

Warner is based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville. He can be reached at 510-654-8300 or via e-mail at mark@asgllc.com.

About ASG:
Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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HARMAN’S AKG Microphones Are There for Edwin McCain 300-Plus Nights a Year on the Road

AKG_EdwinMcCain copyVICTORIA, Canada — For more than two decades, singer, songwriter and musician Edwin McCain has been winning fans the world over with his richly emotive voice and compelling songs like “I’ll Be,” “I Could Not Ask for More” and “Solitude.” Blending indie rock, soul and roots rock with other less definable styles, McCain takes his music on the road with the Edwin McCain Band and a gig schedule that is among the most demanding of any touring musician: more than 300 nights a year. His constant companions: a WMS4500 professional wireless system for his guitar, along with a WMS4500 vocal system with an HT4500 wireless transmitter using a C535 capsule.

“We’re always playing out, always gigging nonstop,” said McCain, who prefers performing live rather than recording because “it feels more natural” and the experience is everything he had hoped for as a 15-year-old musician just starting out. “I’m older now but if I’m feeling old and stiff and sorry for myself, I remember myself at age 15. If that kid heard me complaining, he’d burst through the door and kick my butt! So it’s hard not to love what I do.”

McCain plugs his acoustic and electric guitars into an AKG WMS4500 wireless system, designed to provide clear, reliable, long-range reception in even the most demanding onstage environments.

“The C535 is the perfect complement to the sound of my voice,” McCain noted, praising the condenser microphone’s ability to reproduce all the nuances of his voice from rough-edged to smooth and soaring, while being able to rock out at any volume. He finds the exceptional transient response and smooth frequency balance of the C535 to be especially well suited to intimate acoustic shows yet points out, “no matter what setting we’re playing in, the equipment works great.”

“Reliability is all-important, and the durability of the C535 has been great,” said McCain. “We are rough on gear because of the amount of shows we play, the constant travelling, setting up and tearing down and all the varying conditions we encounter. We play all over the country and when we play for the military we’re all over the world. Not many people bring their microphones onto the landing strip of an aircraft carrier, but we do!”

McCain always has a backup wired microphone onstage—but in all his time using the C535 and HT4500, “I have never had to use that backup microphone, ever. The same with my wireless guitar pack—we have a backup cable just in case but I’ve never had to plug it in. We are talking a decade at least without a failure. I find that remarkable.” McCain can’t think of any other band that has the real-world experience of the Edwin McCain Band, who plays “every kind of gig you can think of from playing with a symphony orchestra to rocking a bar joint.”

“It’s nice to never have to worry about the microphones and wireless I use,” McCain concluded. “I’m much more concerned about our tour bus making it to the next town than my AKG microphones failing!”

For more information on Edwin McCain, please visit www.edwin.com

Photo Credit: Rich Singer

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.

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SightDeck uses Gefen Technology to Enable a Seamless Back-end Performance that Drives State-of-the-Art Presentations

Distance Learning Using Green Screen Technology.

Distance Learning Using Green Screen Technology.

One presenter stands in a Los Angeles office interfacing with the background image projected behind her. The other presenter stands right next to her, working in tandem with the background image, but is physically based in Ohio. Welcome to SightDeck, where Hollywood’s green screen technology meets corporate and educational applications.

Since 1976, Ultimatte has proven itself a leader in green screen compositing technology designed for television and motion picture applications. Ten years ago, Ultimatte began to develop a similar technology without the green screen for corporate, presentation and educational applications. SightDeck’s goal was simple: deliver green screen-inspired technology to the corporate world, assisting in distance learning, sales pitches and related applications.

To achieve this and create a solid, plug and play package, Ultimatte turned to Gefen for digital signal management solutions that would prove to be extremely reliable in the field.

“We saw nearly unlimited applications because SightDeck works exceedingly well with projected images and we already had the masking technologies of green screens,” says Lynne Sauve, president, Ultimatte. “We knew that to be successful, SightDeck had to be easy to implement, and we envisioned an absolutely plug and play system with a little help from Gefen.”

SightDeck creates a mask of the presenter(s) in real time and enables complete interactivity with background graphics, created beforehand. SightDeck is essentially a hardware system, including a screen, camera, projector and server card backed by Gefen signal management hardware to enable seamless connectivity.

When two or more SightDecks are combined you can double your imagery with two simultaneous outputs. So your colleague in Ohio can present in real-time right alongside you. Presenters can see each other and reference each other. In this way, SightDeck enables the creation of panel discussions with people located all over the world, looking as if they are all in the same room.

SightDeck’s high definition camera supports two images: the masked presenter(s) and the projected graphics. It will work with most projectors with a less than 3 frame delay and minimal thermal drift. It supports touch screen technology so presenters are able to manipulate and interact with projected content and other presenter’s movements in a seamless fashion.

“You really have to see this in action to believe it,” says Sauve. “After ten years of intensive development, we perfected the essence of green screen for the corporate world. It’s basically a kind of virtual reality that can encourage and support live interactions between people located all over the world. It really takes presentations to the next level.”

With touch screen technology applied to the projected background, presenters can control, edit, change or add to content being projected. “Anything you can control on the PC, you can control on the touch screen behind you,” explained Sauve. All content can be simultaneously output in high definition format, streamed live and recorded with a first generation quality output.

Editing tools on the GUI can appear projected on the background image or hidden from everyone but the presenter. Everything is user controlled. A video conferencing codex is built into the system so someone can dial-in and be heard as well as seen by the presenter or everyone participating. The system is totally interactive and contains multilayered transparencies to bring people into the picture, visually dissect issues, collaborate and problem solve.

Content is output as 720p/60 HDSDI and SightDeck includes two Gefen Scalers to support the 720p output. “The Gefen Scalers are highly reliable and work intuitively behind the scenes. They really help make the system plug and play; nobody has to play around with video resolutions.”

Gefen’s USB Extender is also included for remote touch screen applications. “Gefen is an integral part of the SightDeck solution,” adds Sauve.

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CAD Expands Studio Line With MH210 Headphones

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Solon OH––CAD Audio is expanding its comprehensive studio headphone line with the new, precision-built MH210’s.

Featuring a closed-back, circumaural design, the MH210’s are equipped with high output 40mm neodymium drivers for a powerful sound and an extended frequency response with exceptional detail, clarity and articulation.

Available in black (MH210) and white (MH210W), the MH210’s feature ultra-soft leather earpads outfitted with high density memory foam to ensure hours of fatigue free listening comfort and effective isolation from external noise.

Based on its sophisticated performance and wealth of practical features, the MH210’s are an ideal choice for project and studio recording, DJs and general-purpose playback for anyone who appreciates sonic accuracy, musicality and comfort.

Specifications
Frequency Response: 15Hz – 22kHz
Sensitivity: 100dB
Driver: 40mm Neodymium
Impedance: 38ohm
Power Handling: 1000mW

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit cadaudio.com

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New York Festival of Light Makes a Hit in DUMBO with Clay Paky Supersharpys in U.S. Debut in Dazzling Beacon Installation

New York Festival of Lights, Dumbo/Brooklyn New YorkThe first annual New York Festival of Light (NYFOL) came alive November 6, 7 and 8 after dark in DUMBO, Brooklyn attracting crowds so large that the family event had to turn away people Saturday night. NYFOL utilized numerous Clay Paky fixtures on the main stage under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge, and Clay Paky’s new Supersharpys, controlled by a grandMA2 onPC Command Wing, created the spectacular Beacon installation at The Pearl Street Triangle. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and grandMA products in North America.

NYFOL offered visitors a curated collection of lighting installations created by local and international lighting designers, performance artists and technologists – all working with the medium of light. The event was presented by The New York Festival of Light Organization, a non-profit art group. Its vision is to create and provide a unique and delightful experience for residents and tourists by enhancing New York City’s architecture through interactive, static and projected lighting installations.

NYFOL marked the U.S. debut of Clay Paky’s Supersharpy fixture. Clay Paky was also represented at the festival by a dozen each of Sharpys, Alpha Spot HPE 700s and A.leda B-EYE K10s.

Lighting designer Ira Levy, who heads lighting production company Levy Lighting NYC, cofounded NYFOL with Liam O’Braion and serves as its creative director. Four years in the making, NYFOL finally gives New York the kind of impressive festival of light found in other major cities.

“We have such an active lighting industry and were the only city without a festival of light,” says Levy. When prospective sponsors and others asked for a proof of concept, The NYFOL Organization staged last year’s First Light in lower Manhattan as a launch event to raise awareness and generate excitement for a festival of light. A.C.T Lighting supported First Light and was eager to jump on board for NYFOL, which was planned for DUMBO.

“Ira is a long-time friend, so we offered to provide the new Supersharpys and create a powerful statement for the festival,” says Brian Dowd, vice president of sales at A.C.T Lighting. Collaborating with Levy, he mounted eight Supersharpys on a 6-foot tall platform and pointed the lights up at the sky to form a the Beacon, a stunning tapering column of blue light that could be seen from midtown Manhattan. A big mirror ball hung in the center of the platform spilling shards of light over the area when the beams focused on it.

“We have been demo’ing Supersharpys to customers here for several months but this was believed to be the first use of Supersharpys in the U.S.,” says Dowd. “Supersharpys were just used to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Each Supersharpy is only 470 watts but their power is mind-numbing: Nothing in lighting history comes close to it.”

Clay Paky builds on the Sharpy’s worldwide success with Supersharpy, an ACL beam-type moving head featuring a 470-watt, 7,800K lamp. Its light beam is three times brighter than Sharpy and packs an even bigger impact than the numbers suggest. Supersharpy’s light can reach incredible mid-air distances, making it the first low-wattage beam light that can really challenge a searchlight.

“The Beacon became an iconic part of the festival,” says Levy. “It reached up higher than the 20-story buildings in the neighborhood, and you could see the rotating pattern in the clouds.”

Dowd provided a grandMA2 onPC Command Wing to run the Beacon. “Its small footprint adapted well to the location,” he says. “It’s small but has all the power of the grandMA2 light in a package that was easily transportable to DUMBO.”

Levy Lighting provided the Clay Paky fixtures that played key roles on the main stage under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge lighting the performers and highlighting the architecture of the structure. The stage hosted an array of DJs as well as singer and light performer Nicole Renaud; the sonic cinema group Zero Times Everything, which provided the live soundtrack for the laser show; and iLuminate.

“We lined the tunnel with two lines of stick truss, which housed the moving lights and laser system,” Levy explains. Twelve Sharpys accentuated the laser effects shooting beams “that were safe enough to light people,” he says. Twelve Alpha Spot HPE 700s “gave texture and depth to the ceiling architecture” while twelve B-EYE K10s “washed the stage and highlighted the performers.”

The NYFOL Organization was “really elated with the response” to the festival, which quickly went viral via social media and the local press, Levy says. “We felt it was a real opportunity for our industry to branch out from what people expect us to do – light for New York theater and concerts – and also capitalize on the general public’s fascination with light. It opened the door for more than B-to-B relationships. We were gratified to see so many young people and hope kids will remember it and students will think of light as a career path. NYFOL can also be a hatching ground for manufacturers to think about different – maybe unintended – ways to use their lights. It opens up the industry to more creativity by more people.”

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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Calrec Installation in South Africa Marks Milestone Success for Summa Audio Console

South Africa’s SuperSport Outside Broadcast Purchases 19th and 20th Summa Consoles

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Nov. 13, 2014 — Calrec Audio today announced that it has sold its 20th Summa audio console, the newest in its lineup of advanced digital audio consoles. Since July, Calrec has been delivering Summa desks into the U.S., China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Turkey, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, and Kuwait. The most recent two Summa sales were made to SuperSport Outside Broadcast in South Africa.

Having standardized its fleet of large OB trucks on Calrec, SuperSport is installing the two Summa consoles to replace the other audio desks in its smaller OB-7 and OB-8 units. The small OB trucks will be used for sports coverage throughout South Africa.

“OB vans are becoming more and more sophisticated, and space is always an issue, but perhaps even more so in small units. They must be able to deliver the same level of quality as their larger counterparts in a smaller footprint,” said Johan van Tonder, technical operations manager at SuperSport Outside Broadcast. “We trust our entire fleet of large trucks to Calrec, and now that the Summa desk is available, we can take advantage of the Calrec benefits in our small OB vans as well.”

“Our customers and other broadcasters were asking for a console that was every bit as robust as our Apollo and Artemis consoles, but with a smaller surface, fewer resources, and an intuitive GUI with a small learning curve. That was the motivation behind the Summa console,” said Calrec’s international sales manager, Anthony Harrison. “The fact that we’ve delivered 20 of them since July tells us that demand is high for a more compact alternative to our other popular consoles. Progressive broadcasters like SuperSport, our first Summa customer in South Africa, are helping Calrec to gain a foothold in the market for small OB units.”

Launched in September 2013 with a 180-channel capacity, Summa is now also available in a 128-channel version as an alternative for broadcasters who do not require the larger channel count of the original Summa console. Both versions offer broadcast-focused facilities presented on a straightforward control surface with a highly intuitive GUI, making it suitable for a broad range of operator levels. Operators control the console via a 17-inch multitouch screen inspired by familiar tablet technology using established finger gestures. Summa 128 has been designed for live broadcast applications with a clear focus on ease of operation, allowing fast and easy access to controls to make it easy to create engrossing broadcast audio. On Summa, even complex workflow tasks such as creating mix-minus feeds are simplified.

The console uses Calrec’s award-winning Bluefin2 technology at its core, along with the same Hydra2 router technology that is integral to Calrec’s other Bluefin2 consoles — technologies that are in use 24 hours a day at hundreds of facilities around the globe.

Information about Calrec and its products is available at calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com.

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Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Calrec-SuperSport-Summa.jpg
Photo Caption: The Calrec Summa console installed in one of SuperSport’s OB trucks.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Calrec-SuperSportAudioEngineer-Summa.jpg
Photo Caption: Thembinkosi Nala of SuperSport assigns DSP channels to faders on the Summa audio console.

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