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MIRA Mobile M-12HD and SportsNet LA Capture High-Quality Close-Ups, Panoramic Shots and Night-time Slo-Mo With FUJINON Optics

Wayne, N.J. – When MIRA Mobile’s new M-12HD rolls into Dodger Stadium on behalf of MIRA customer, SportsNet LA, it does so with shot-capturing skills that rival the speed and focus of any Cy Young Award winner. Four of the truck’s six FUJINON XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field lenses outfitted on Sony HDC2570 studio cameras are positioned at various points on the field – high left field, mid first base, tight center field, and right field. One XA99x mans the high third base position placed on an I-MOVIX ultra-slow-motion system, provided by Fletcher Chicago. M-12 is also equipped with four XA77x9.5 telephoto field lenses.

(On August 29th, NEP announced that they have closed on their acquisition of the assets of MIRA Mobile Television. Per the deal, MIRA’s ten HD mobile units have joined NEP’s fleet, and MIRA’s engineering and support staff have become part of NEP’s team. The completion of this deal greatly expands NEP’s fleet of mobile units, which now includes over 80 HD trucks around the world.)

MIRA Mobile’s M-12 is used by SportsNet LA for production of the Dodger’s home games and the team’s away games on the West coast. During the baseball off season, M-12 stays busy covering west coast NCAA football, basketball, and other events for MIRA customers such as ESPN and the Pac 12 Networks.

“The 99x allows us to get the most intimate shot from across the entire stadium,” said Dustin Denti, Director, SportsNet LA. “They allow our camera operators to get that extra zoom when they need to shoot between two players on the field without looking awful. And they work in conjunction with the Sony camera beautifully. The colors are amazing.”

The versatility of the XA99x is most apparent at the high left field position, where the camera shoots down the third base line. From that remote position, the operator can follow the ball from its initial contact with the bat to a home run ascent over the fence. With a focal length range of 8.4-832mm, the ultra-wide angle lens provides camera operators at Dodger Stadium the ability to capture a fully panoramic image.

Speaking of the XA99x, Stuart Wesolik, Senior Video Engineer, SportsNet LA said, “We have not had a lens like this in this market in quite some time. Primarily, I like the pairing of the Sony 2570 with the 99x for the combined speed. Using a different cameras and lenses last season we were shooting at about an f4.0. This season we shot at about f8.0. There is very little drop off on the end of the lens.”

Speed is most a factor when capturing instant replays with the I-MOVIX variable frame rate camera and XA99x lens at the high third base position. “Even at night, because the 99x is so fast with its light transmission, they’re able to run the camera at a higher speed and get amazing, high-quality slow motion,” reported Frank Coll, Director of Operations and Business Development, MIRA Mobile. “In the past with a lens that wasn’t so fast, you’d have to bump the shutter back, and you couldn’t get the great frame rate on the slow motion system. A video operator using the same camera a Dodger Stadium last year with a different lens said this year’s combination is like night and day.”

Coll also points to the new technology of the lens and its lightweight design as tools enabling operators to be more creative than they have in the past. “This lens is a lot more refined than earlier generation HD lenses. It has super fast light transmission and it’s lightweight. It has a far-reaching telephoto capability yet can also capture wide, panoramic shots. It gives our customers a lot of versatility in one lens. Camera operators really seem to enjoy working with the XA99x. It opens up their ability to be more creative in their shot selections.”

“We’re thrilled with all of the feedback we’ve received from our long-time customer MIRA Mobile and their client SportsNet LA on the performance of our XA99x lens on MIRA’s newest M12 truck for the LA Dodger games,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “The team at SportsNet LA are truly pushing the limits of what’s possible in live sports coverage. We’re proud to be a part of their very dynamic productions.”

About FUJIFILM North America Corporation
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

TC Furlong Hosts Digital Console Expo

LAKE FOREST, Ill.—TC Furlong, Inc. will host a Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, October 21 between 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Manufacturers include Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Avid, Midas, DigiCo, SSL Live, Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, Mackie, PreSonus, QSC, and several more. The companies will exhibit their latest digital consoles, and manufacturer staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is free of charge and will be held at the Moody Church, 1635 N LaSalle Street, Room 107, in Chicago. Food and beverages will be provided along with a raffle for prizes as well as giveaways.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce.

The Moody Church is easily accessible by public transportation, and there are several pay lots as well as limited street parking in the area.

This is the third Digital Console Expo presented by TC Furlong Inc. TC Furlong is a Chicago-area live sound rental and sales company that has been in business for 41 years.

For more information, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce or call 888-823-8756.

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Shotoku To Boost Worldwide Sales Initiatives with Appointment of New Technical Sales Manager

Trevor Sword To Focus On Increasing International Customer Base

Staines, United Kingdom – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has named Trevor Sword its new Technical Sales Manager. James Eddershaw, Shotoku’s sales director, made the announcement from the company’s UK office where Sword will be based.

According to Eddershaw, Sword will be responsible for advancing sales of the company’s full range of robotic camera systems, increasing Shotoku’s customer base around the world, and supporting the company’s agents.

“We are very pleased to welcome Trevor to the Shotoku family,” says Eddershaw. “His technical background and years of experience in the broadcast market make him an ideal fit for our systems-based, technology-focused, sales environment. Trevor’s affiliation comes at an ideal time, just prior to IBC, where he will meet with our customers and be available to discuss his plans for helping Shotoku’s continued move forward.”

Sword brings more than 19 years of broadcast industry experience to Shotoku holding positions with such industry leading companies as Quantel and Snell & Wilcox. In his roles as Customer Support Team Leader and Customer Support Engineer, respectively, he has supported a global customer base throughout his career. Recently he progressed into a more commercial role providing technical solutions for customers.

Sword’s previous positions have required him to prepare technical documentation for internal sales teams, and prepare and present product demonstrations to internal staff and external customers on a regular basis. He was heavily involved in designing, organizing, installing and presenting demonstrations for trade shows around the world including NAB and IBC — a huge undertaking that involved months of planning and a large amount of integration with third-party customers and their equipment.

“I am thrilled to become part of the Shotoku team,” says Sword. “Over the years, I have supported various sales teams and took on many different roles, for a variety of projects, events and sales opportunities all over the world, from France, South Korea, and Sweden to Germany, Norway, Dubai and Denmark. The experience I gained has allowed me a greater understanding of customer requirements and puts me in a great position to further global Shotoku’s presence.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.tv
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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising / Harriet Diener
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Clay Paky Hits the Road with Journey and the Steve Miller Band’s Summer Tour

Journey and the Steve Miller Band are in the midst of their 2014 summer tour, and Clay Paky Sharpys are along for the ride that will take them to 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

The tour unites two of the iconic groups that helped define The San Francisco Sound. In careers spanning 40 years, Journey has sold 80 million albums worldwide and the Steve Miller Band more than 30 million records.

Tour Tech East Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is providing lighting support for the tour supplying 34 Sharpys and 20 Sharpy Washes. Senior account executive Tracey Ploss has worked with Journey and the band’s lighting designer Kevin “Deuce” Christopher for eight years.

“Last year Deuce used a couple of Sharpys, but this year he specifically wanted Sharpy Washes for the tour so we added them to our inventory,” says Ploss. “We’ve made a significant investment in the Clay Paky fixtures.” Sharpys are very popular with Tour Tech customers for their output, size and low power consumption. Fixtures are currently out with Styx and Foreigner, and the Calgary Stampede deployed a large number for its famed rodeo.

Deuce, who has been lighting designer for Journey since 2004, says he “probably doubled” the number of Sharpys in his new tour rig. “There are 12 on the side trusses and four each per overhead truss for a total of 12 more. Plus one each on ten US Towers that top a wall of 20 Sharpy Washes,” he explains. “A video display, comprised of PRG/Nocturne V-28 and V-9 LED panels, is directly behind the band above the towers. It looks like there’s a wall of light with the video display resting on top.”

He says he “wanted to do something a bit different” in creating an interesting background for the band, “but the budget didn’t call for elaborate custom sets. So Tour Tech helped me deliver the desired effect without going custom.”

Tour Tech fulfilled Deuce’s idea of using black A-Type, 30×30-inch x 8-foot truss turned upright on casters. “At the bottom of each bay there is a wooden insert. Each Sharpy fixture is placed on the insert – all of the fixtures actually sit in the truss and none on top,” says Deuce. “Using the truss as set pieces housing the lights allows us to have a tidy pack in the truck, ease of placement and removal from stage, and convenient movement for set changes with our three-band bill.”

The Sharpy Washes enable him to “go from a very narrow beam for nice graphic geometry to a wide beam for a silhouette look on the band and wash out in the audience.” Their light output also had to be able to stand out against the video display.

The Steve Miller Band’s lighting designer, Andrew Richter of IOD Group in New York, has used Sharpys and Sharpy Washes “extensively” the last two years. “The pure power from such a fast and compact fixture makes it ideal for all but long-throw, wide-beam applications. I prefer the Washes in a mid-stage position for our non-shared rig due to their speed and depth of color rendering.”

The scenic design for the band calls for Richter to block off the Sharpy Washes on the rear lower truss with a fiber optic drop and a full stage drop designed by Stanley Meyers for “Jet Airliner” in which the Sharpys play a key role.

“The ‘Jet Airliner’ stage drop consists of a large central jet aircraft pointing upward with layers of smaller aircraft in a Japanese rising sun homage,” Richter explains. “I really wanted to create a sense of the jet in motion. My long-time colleague/programmer Scott McCowan and I worked on several different intensity chases and color bumps to a less than desirable effect. Ultimately, we thought of the old anime/manga ‘speed racer,’ where the primary subject is stationary and the windows show movement quickly zipping by.”

They achieved a similar effect by deploying Sharpys from a side position so they “graze the drop with the imagery of lines of clouds zipping downward past the static aircraft wings and fuselage creating movement,” he says. “It’s the perfect synergy of the right light and brilliant programming to create the vision I wanted without video, without animation wheels but using purely the speed and position recall accuracy that only a Sharpy can deliver.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Deuce over his last few Journey tours – he’s always thinking of new ways to bring their performance to life for the audience. I knew the Sharpy Wash would be a nice addition for them and I was very excited that he liked it so much. Tracey and the Tour Tech East team are also great to work with, so the entire project has been a pleasure for A.C.T,” commented A.C.T Vice President, Automated Lighting, George Masek.

For Journey, Kevin Cassidy is the crew chief, Rob Kern production manager, Armando Figueroa in charge of power distribution and control, Oscar Carnales lighting tech, and Cole MacDonald FOH systems tech. Scott McCowan programmed the Steve Miller Band show.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “This is a very ambitious and impressive tour and both designers are doing a great job at deploying our fixtures to their fullest.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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AudioXL to Distribute Intellivox and AXYS Products in Benelux

(Left to Right) Thijs Dullaart, Audio XL; Nick Screen, Duran Audio; William van Druten, Audio XL.

DIEST, Belgium – HARMAN Professional is announcing that its Benelux distributor, AudioXL, has been named the exclusive distributor of the JBL Intellivox and AXYS loudspeaker products for the Benelux region. In October 2013, HARMAN acquired Duran Audio and its flagship Intellivox and AXYX lines, before incorporating them into the JBL product lineup.

“We are very excited about having the Intellivox and AXYS products as part of the JBL portfolio,” explained William van Druten, General Manager at AudioXL. “Intellivox was the first digitally steerable array on the market and the engineers from Duran Audio are widely regarded as the pioneers of and the authority on this technology. Intellivox is a great solution for delivering clear and intelligible speech in difficult acoustic environments and there are already many high-profile applications of the products around the world. This, combined with AudioXL’s experienced and skilled team and the wider portfolio of HARMAN products, is a recipe for success. I am sure we can continue to grow the market for the product and deliver fantastic solutions for many more projects.”

In recent years, Intellivox has become the preferred loudspeaker solution for major railway stations in Holland. Intellivox has not only been chosen for its ability to deliver the ultimate intelligibility but also for its subjective sound quality and natural sound reproduction. Stations now installed with Intellivox include: Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

The product has also enjoyed great success in the worship and AV markets. The AXYS range is also widely used by many rental companies in the region and is known for delivering transparent sound reproduction even at high sound pressure levels.

“This new relationship with AudioXL presents some really exciting opportunities,” Nick Screen, HARMAN Sales Director – Duran Audio Products. “With Intellivox it has always been about selling solutions, but it was a niche solution for intelligibility and many clients want a complete audio system. The HARMAN acquisition and the partnership with AudioXL means that we can now offer a complete HARMAN-based sound system solution that delivers Intellivox-quality intelligibility. Combine this with AudioXL’s team and large customer base and you have a winning formula.”

For more information on these products, please visit JBL Professional (www.jblpro.com) or AudioXL (www.audioxl.be and www.audioxl.nl)

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.

Fairlight Unveils the Next Generation of Audio Post Production

Internationally acclaimed as the first company in the world to introduce FPGA technology to the audio post production business, Fairlight has now consolidate its position as an innovator with the launch of its second generation Crystal Core (CC-2) technology.

Hailed as the most powerful post production audio engine ever created, CC-2 incorporates an impressive 1000 playback channels, 100+ output buses and 100 live inputs. When teamed with Fairlight’s new V5 operating software, it offers the ultimate professional solution for the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry.

In keeping with Fairlight’s long tradition of seamless upgrade paths, CC-2 is entirely compatible with the audio hardware currently operating with the company’s established CC-1 engine.

Tino Fibaek, Fairlight’s Chief Technical Officer, says: “Future proofing our technology has always been at the heart of our business philosophy. With the launch of CC-2, we have ensured that existing Fairlight customers can easily upgrade without having to replace their current audio interfaces or control surfaces. This means they can extend the life of their original hardware investment, whilst benefiting from the increased capacity that CC-2 brings.”

Fairlight’s CC-2 engine features a processor chip that is five times more powerful than the chip in its CC-1 engine. It also has four times the PCIe bandwidth, new dual channel memory architecture, an on-board expansion slot and almost twice the MADI connectivity.

Augmenting Fairlight’s renowned editing model, V5 sees the addition of Clipbender, an enhanced time compression and expansion feature allowing audio within a single clip to be aligned to picture, with multiple bend points and real time non-destructive processing.

Fairlight’s V5 software has advanced to a full 64-bit application, allowing unrestricted access to the full power of Intel’s latest processors. The associated increase in memory and speed delivers more simultaneous plug-ins, more video formats and larger media files. When used in combination with CC-2, this platform delivers faster than real-time, offline mixdown.

Also developed a part of the new 64-bit architecture is a brand new video engine, leveraging GPU acceleration for real-time video processing, offering support 4K video resolution, and features built-in HEVC decoding.

For more information about Fairlight’s new CC-2 audio engine and V5 software, please visit www.fairlight.com.au

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About Fairlight:

Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.

www.fairlight.com.au

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Helps Foster Immersive Experience for Thousands at Eagle Brook Church

CENTERVILLE, Minnesota – When a person enters a service at Eagle Brook Church, the congregation’s goal is for them to be welcomed by real people, challenged by biblical messages that address everyday problems and inspired by excellent music. With 18,000 attendees worshiping at 6 locations throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, the scale of Eagle Brook Church makes providing a personalized, immersive experience a challenge. Making the music even more inspiring, however, became a little less daunting of a task with the installation of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures.

Deployed to compliment the message and the music at the Lino Lakes campus are 16 Mac Viper Air FX fixtures and eight Martin 250 Washes. For Easter and other special occasions, the church supplements its installed fixtures by renting other Martin Fixtures. The church’s Blaine campus boasts 10 Mac 700 Profiles and four Mac 250 Entours. At Spring Lake Park, six Mac 250 Entours and six Mac 250 washes are used, and eight washes and six Mac 250 Entours are used at the White Bear Lake campus.

Eagle Brook Church has come a long way since 1948, when it was founded as a Sunday school initially attended by only 19. Today, for weekend services, the teaching pastor’s message is delivered live at the Lino Lakes location and broadcast via simulcast technology to the Blaine, Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park, White Bear Lake and Woodbury locations.

While the pastor’s message is simulcast, each Eagle Brook campus has its own music. Nate Nohling, Lead Lighting Director, oversees lighting and scenic design across the organization and works closely with Tom Clark and Travis Leatherman who help to design and program across the 6 campuses. “My goal is to create an immersive environment that enhances the worship experience,” he said. “We don’t want the lights to become the focal point or draw attention away from the experience. Instead, we want the lighting to match the energy of the music. To attain that, I work closely with the music pastors to make sure my design is cohesive with their vision.”

To help meet that challenge and many others, Nohling said that Eagle Brook Church was a Martin house before he joined the organization more than two years ago and that it will remain one for the foreseeable future. “We’re very particular about the brand of our campuses,” he said. “A part of that brand is making sure we have the same quality of fixtures to achieve the same type of environment across our campuses. Sticking with Martin fixtures helps us by having consistency when it comes to color palettes and overall output quality of our lighting.”

In the end, though, what’s important to Nohling and other members of Eagle Brook Church’s leadership team is making sure that everyone who attends a service has a deeply personal and immersive worship experience. “Lighting plays an important role in how people experience our brand,” he said. “And when you have different spaces, lit by different fixtures, creating the same lighting experience with different rigs is a challenge. That’s why maintaining a consistent design throughout our sites is a key part of my role. We need to have one design sensibility that we can draw on to create and deliver a consistent look and feel across campuses. Utilizing Martin fixtures helps us to be confident that when you walk into any one of our campuses, it is going to look and feel like Eagle Brook Church.”

Photo Credit: Tom Clark

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (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.

Technomedia select Lightware Matrix and Fiber Extenders for 3D “Grand Hall Experience”, Projection Mapping at Union Station, St. Louis

Historic Union Station in St. Louis has reopened after an extensive $66.3 million renovation to its lobby where Technomedia, a Mood Media Company created the largest permanent 3D projection mapping attraction in the United States on the 65-foot high barrel-vault ceiling and walls transforming the space every evening for hotel and local guests and visitors. Technomedia chose Lightware DVI-OPT-TX110 and RX110 transmitters/receivers to extend the multi-4K 120 frame video signal to 14 projectors displaying the dazzling custom content. Lightware USA is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

“It was logical for me to choose Lightware,” says Andrew Atienza, Technomedia Projection Specialist. “It’s a reliable and cost-effective solution that works well when you’re dealing with the concerns of a historic space. We have limited rack space in the machine room on the third floor balcony. The TX110s are the size of a DVI connector so no additional rack space and no additional wiring was needed for them.”

Union Station was the world’s largest and busiest train station when it opened in 1894. Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) purchased the station in 2012 with the goal of restoring the property and driving business to the station’s new hotel, dining and shopping options while maintaining the Grand Hall’s historic character.

The Grand Hall has been refurbished with stylish lounge and bar seating and a stunning ultra high definition 3D projection mapping show, which plays every evening on the hour between 5 and 10 pm. Since its debut on May 9, National Train Day, The Grand Hall Experience has increased attendance to the Grand Hall by over 125 percent. It has exceeded all expectations and quickly become one of the most popular attractions in St. Louis.

Technomedia, conceived and developed The Grand Hall Experience for LHM. The experience consists of a variety of shows that showcase creative design and innovative storytelling. The show take viewers on an amazing journey from the blue depths of the sea where a whale, sea turtles and sharks float weightlessly to the heights of world’s great ceilings where the magnificent artistry of Rome’s Sistine Chapel and Paris’s star-studded Sainte-Chapelle soar overhead. In other shows, the detailed filigree of the historic building come life with 3D detail that transforms into complete immersive visuals like psychedelic flowers bloom. Clockwork gears turn and lighted train cars race down a tunnel, the building itself moves and shifts uncovering the incredible surprised behind the walls. St. Louis-born celebrities John Goodman, Bob Costas and John Hamm contribute to the narration.

Technomedia is no stranger to 3D projection mapped shows. The company used Lightware for video distribution for the Cuartel de Ballaja in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Atienza also selected Lightware matrices for “Iris” at LA’s Dolby Theater.

He notes that the equipment and content are running maintenance-free. “It’s been completely hands off,” he says. “It’s wonderful not having to worry about anything. The Lightware units required very little set up and have been rock solid reliable.”

Since The Grand Hall Experience is expected to be a permanent attraction at Union Station the aim is to create new content on a regular basis. “The Christmas show is already in development,” says Atienza. “We can also loop custom content seamlessly for special events held in the lobby.”

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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Danvers Community Access TV Purchases FOR-A Portable Video Switcher as Part of HD Overhaul

Cypress, CA – When Massachusetts’ Danvers Community Access Television (DCAT) recently upgraded its studio facility to high definition, the station did not take the task of ordering new equipment lightly. After extensive research, trade show attendance, and taking suggestions from peers, Dana Healy, the station’s executive director, found herself completely sold on FOR-A’s HVS-XT100 portable video switcher. DCAT began using the switcher in its new studio in June.

“I was adamant in wanting a classic studio switcher that could stand the test of time, and I became enthralled with the HVS-XT100,” said Healy. “It’s a simple, yet powerful unit. I’m confident that the switcher can handle the slews of middle-school aged children as well as beginner producers that will be using it here for years to come.”

DCAT is a 3,000-square foot non-profit television station overseen by Healy and three other employers. The station provides training and offers its facility for local programming production.

“In learning how to operate the unit, there has been a learning curve since the switcher offers so many options, but we are very happy with the workflow,” Healy explained. “Our FOR-A sales representative, Jay Shinn, was very helpful and demonstrated the equipment to us in an easy to understand way.”
Healy added, “One of the functions we’ve been taking advantage of often is the unit’s green screen feature, which are very powerful and create a nice, clean key.”

Introduced last year, the HVS-XT100 is one of the units in FOR-A’s XT switcher series, and offers a wide range of functions, including frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE and keyer with chroma key. The HVS-XT100 comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs (plus one HDMI output). A maximum of 14 inputs and six outputs or 12 inputs and eight outputs can be freely assigned, and three slots enable the addition of various inputs and outputs.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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HARMAN’s Studer Introduces New MADI Card to Accompany D23 I/O System

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – In correlation with the introduction of its D23m I/O system and A-Link 3 Gbit/s optical interface, HARMAN’s Studer is announcing the first MADI I/O card specifically designed to fit in the new D23 frame, which works seamlessly with Studer Vista X and Vista V digital consoles. The card may also be used in the Vista 1 I/O card slot.

The new I/O card is a dual slot card fitted with two redundant MADI interfaces and provides up to 128 channels of inputs and 128 channels of outputs on the two fully redundant interfaces. SFP modules are used for the front panel MADI interfaces and these hot-pluggable devices are available in a variety of optical and electrical formats.

MADI is a worldwide standard and is used for high capacity interfaces to much studio equipment such as Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), video and audio routers, other consoles and, most importantly, stage boxes. Studer stage boxes have embedded control within the MADI stream, even if all 64 channels are used for audio. This new card may be connected to two Studer stage boxes, either D21m type or the Compact Stagebox. Full microphone control and remote frame status monitoring for both frames is provided on the console application.

Each of the two MADI interfaces provides dual outputs (with the same audio and control data). The MADI inputs will automatically switch in less than a millisecond to the reserve input if the data is corrupt or fails, thus providing full cable redundancy for typical OB operations.

MADI channel count to the D23m backplane may be set for both interfaces in eight channel steps individually from eight channels to 64 channels. MADI outputs may be set to 56-channel mode for compatibility with legacy equipment. MADI inputs may be in either 64- or 56-channel mode. Input sample rate converters may be enabled for use with non-synchronous sources.

The MADI interfaces will run at 44.1 kHz, 48kHz, 88.1kHz and 96kHz in the D23m frame. Channel count is halved unless two pairs of cables are used.

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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