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AXS TV Upgrades its Largest OB Truck With a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 M2 QS Audio Console

DENVER, Colorado – AXS TV, a premier cable network dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions, recently acquired a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 M2 QS console as part of an upgrade to the existing infrastructure of its largest OB truck.

Technical Producer and Flyaway Engineer Jeff Carman wanted a digital console that could not only fit into the existing MADI infrastructure, but also provide the expandability of additional inputs and outputs. These options led to the purchase of the Studer Vista 9 M2 QS.

The Vista 9 M2 QS sets a new benchmark for system redundancy, with advanced Quad Star CPU architecture and optimized system design, providing the ultimate in security and peace of mind in critical live production applications.

“I’m very happy with this console because it interconnects with all our other units via MADI, and works very well for multi-track recording and mix-downs,” said Carman. “What we got was impressive, and we found the fit and construction of the console to be incredible. After using a Studer Vista 5 console in our LA studio, I deeply respect Studer for doing things well, which was one of the main reasons for this purchase. More importantly, the support from Studer has been excellent.”

AXS TV set up the console with a 24×24 Stagebox for shows, including recent mixed martial arts broadcasts as well as AXS TV’s premier music festival events.

“I’m extremely happy with this great-sounding board,” said Dan Nabors, AXS TV Engineer in Charge (EIC). “We noticed that it configures easily when we tried to add new modules several hundred feet away. With this console, we are also able to only use fiber optics, eliminating copper altogether. After changing configuration to a different output card, the Studer Vista 9 looks great, sounds great and is quite user-friendly.”

ABOUT AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions. AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.

AXS TV’s companion network, HDNET Movies, is a linear TV channel and VOD service that delivers the ultimate film watching experience — uncut and uninterrupted — in high definition. Launched in 2003, HDNET Movies programs a diverse slate of box-office hits spanning the 1950s to 2000s. The network is widely distributed by major cable, telco and satellite TV providers in the U.S. For further information, visit www.hdnetmovies.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.

Three Bye Intermedia Delivers Custom Control Software for New Interactive Tuning Chamber in Clear Channel Lobby

Three Byte Intermedia, Inc., a custom software studio focusing on interactive AV solutions, collaborated with AV consultants Controlled Entropy and designer Beneville Studios to create a unique Tuning Chamber in the New York City lobby of mass media giant Clear Channel. The corridor leads visitors from the elevator through a fog screen with video display and down a hallway lined with interactive LED lights and the sound of live streamed radio programming triggered by the visitors’ movements.

“Clear Channel was renovating three floors in their New York offices and had been inspired by an interactive museum installation they saw to redo their lobby,” says Olaaf Rossi, Three Byte’s project manager. “Since they’re a media company best known for their radio stations, the idea was to have visitors become a human tuning dial controlling Clear Channel radio programming as they approached the reception desk.”

Three Byte was tasked with writing custom control software to orchestrate every element of the interactive experience: the microwave sensors which pick up new arrivals coming out of the elevators, DMX control of the fog screen welcome video featuring Clear Channel radio DJs, 2,000-channels of DMX control for the red-and-white LEDs dot-patterned in the walls, and the play out of live streamed radio shows on a dozen Clear Channel stations mixed with radio static effects. If a visitor hears a song or DJ they like they can pause and listen before their progress down the hallway triggers radio static and changes the station.

Three Byte’s custom software is a C# app with a backing SQL database. By running control for all of the Tuning Chamber’s elements out of one custom application Three Byte eliminated the need for racks of AV equipment dedicated to the fog screen and its video display, the LED lighting and the live streamed audio mixed with radio static effects.

The control solution is also a “set it and forget it” app that is easily operated by Clear Channel personnel. “They have web-based control of the elements and can do basic overrides,” says Rossi. “We maintain remote access to the system to check on things or troubleshoot any problems.”

Before the Tuning Chamber was installed a full-scale mock up was built at Beneville Studios to simulate the space and allow the participants to make their hardware and software decisions.

“Creating the mock up was extremely important,” notes Rossi. “Being able to come together with the design team and the client and walk through the experience making changes to the interactivity when necessary was essential to getting the installation off to a fast start. When the Tuning Chamber was installed it was up and running immediately so Clear Channel could impress clients right away.”

Rossi says visitors to Clear Channel love the one-of-a-kind interactive experience that awaits them as soon as they step off the elevator. “Musicians, in particular, are having a lot of fun with it,” he reports. “They’re doing moon walks and dancing back and forth through the space to get the most from the live streamed audio.”

Kevin Centanni was the AV consultant at Controlled Entropy and Michael Beneville the designer from Beneville Studios.

About Three Bye Intermedia

Three Byte Intermedia (www.3-byte.com) specializes in the design and implementation of innovative AV solutions for challenging projects of all sizes. It offers custom software development, show control systems design and development, architectural design support, AV systems design and integration, and systems engineering. For more information, visit http://3-byte.com/.

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Fresno Duopoly KSEE/KGPE Adds More Live ENG Coverage with JVC GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced NBC affiliate KSEE and CBS affiliate KGPE, which serve the Fresno-Visalia, Calif., market (DMA #55), are using 15 JVC GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras paired with mobile hotspots to provide live HD reports from the field during newscasts. Hector Bordens, chief engineer for KSEE and KGPE, said the stations have been using the GY-HM650s for almost a year, but began using the live streaming capabilities in February.

“Anytime you’re covering a story, you’ve got a camera with you. We’re ready to go live wherever the cameras are,” explained Chad McCollum, KSEE/KGPE news director. “You’re able to take these impromptu moments that are happening around us and transmit them to our viewers. This has really been a game changer.”

For example, if a reporter arrives at a breaking news story, it might not be a situation where there is time to pull over the ENG truck, raise the mast and go live – or perhaps the story was not originally considered important enough to assign an ENG truck. With the GY-HM650, however, going live for KSEE or KGPE is as easy as shooting.

Both stations share one pool of photographers and equipment, but offer competing morning and evening newscasts. Based in Fresno, the KSEE/KGPE duopoly is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting, which owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 74 U.S. television stations and 19 related digital multicast signals in 44 markets. McCollum said Nexstar’s acquisition of KGPE in 2012 and KSEE in 2013 allowed both stations to upgrade to full HD production.

Part of the HD transition was the purchase of new JVC cameras to replace an aging fleet of Panasonic ENG cameras. Bordens welcomed the use of non-proprietary SDHC recording media compared to proprietary P2 cards. “It’s made it a lot easier for our photographers to manage,” he noted. “And the cost savings – there’s no comparison.”

While the cameras were met initially with some skepticism – news photographers traditionally prefer bigger cameras, according to McCollum – the GY-HM650s were quickly accepted in the field. The GY-HM650s have also been a boon to the multimedia journalists (MMJs) employed by both stations, because the camera is lightweight and easy for non-technical staff to operate. “Our photographers really like the camera,” he said. “The lens is fantastic and it’s got the bells and whistles they expect.”

The stations share one satellite truck and five ENG trucks with microwave, but the GY-HM650s have provided a “safety net” in case of failure. McCollum said photographers in the field have already used the JVC cameras multiple times when there was a transmission issue with an ENG truck. “You cannot tell the difference,” Bordens added. “It looks that good.”

Beyond regular assignments, the JVC cameras have helped the stations deliver live stories when the competition could not. Recently, local news stations showed up for a press conference that was supposed to be held on the ground floor of a building. When officials moved the press conference to a space on a higher floor, however, only KSEE and KGPE were able to deliver live coverage.

“You can’t easily string cable up several floors to go live,” McCollum said. “We were able to transmit that video back to the station. While everyone was scrambling to cover the story, we were ready to go.”

The stations also went live from the floor of a high school basketball tournament at Fresno State University. It would have been a risky shot with a wired camera due to tripping concerns and potential cable damage, as spectators filled the court following the tournament. With the GY-HM650, however, McCollum said there were no issues and the footage looked “as clean as any live shot you’ve ever seen.”

Each station has a Teradek decoder, which can be routed for use by either station during a newscast. Bordens said the stations are also testing a JVC BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi, which manages and routes live HD streams from the JVC cameras to create a highly reliable single modem streaming system.

“From top to bottom we are thrilled with these cameras,” said McCollum. “This is the technology you want on your side. From the picture quality to the ease of operation to the ability to stream live video, it’s a tool that has become invaluable to our news crews and to our news operations.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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Professional Wireless Systems Keeps the Music Playing for Telemundo’s Premios Tu Mundo

RF Equipment and On-Site Technical Expertise Ensures Exceptional Coverage for Latin Pop Culture Awards

MIAMI, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 – When Telemundo’s third annual Premios Tu Mundo awards show took to the stage at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was on-hand to support the star-studded spectacular, providing RF equipment and on-site expertise for the red carpet, morning show and live broadcast of the pop culture awards program.

Premios Tu Mundo is an awards show that celebrates Latin pop culture and combines the power of television, web, mobile and social media platforms to give fans the final say in what’s hot in everything that moves and inspires them, including novelas, music, fashion, movies and sports. The red carpet pre-show featured celebrities such as Yandel, Juanes and David Bisbal, to name a few.

“Since the show’s inception three years ago, the PWS team has been providing a range of wireless equipment along with its expert frequency coordination services, and we are excited to be back once again,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager of PWS. “Live broadcasts always present their own unique set of challenges, but, we are incredibly familiar with the American Airlines Arena and the Miami RF market, which offers us a significant advantage, as we can anticipate the general causes for concern during the show and remain on-guard and ready to solve any issues that may arise within the spectrum.”

During the Premios Tu Mundo festivities, PWS supplied the network with microphones, IFBs and wireless communications for the red carpet event and Telemundo’s morning show, Un Nuevo Día, which built up excitement for the show by broadcasting enticing promotional segments in the days leading up to the awards. The PWS team, including Evan Hall and Frankie Castro, offered their onsite support to Telemundo’s morning show. PWS also worked closely with Brooks Schroeder, the main RF coordinator during the event, and Chad Meise, along with John Garrido, handled frequency coordination for the red carpet.

For the live broadcast itself, PWS provided Shure Axient systems, Shure PSM 1000s, Shure UHFRs, Sennheiser 5200 Is, Telex BTR 800 wireless intercoms and IFBs, as well as a range of PWS’ Domed and Helical Antennas. PWS worked with Brooks Schroeder, who handled frequency coordination for the show, in addition to Acoutech, which provided the show with PA and monitor systems, microphones and in-ear monitors.

Throughout the duration of the live broadcast, PWS worked with Schroeder to monitor the event, continuously searching for unregistered wireless devices that posed the potential of frequency interference. “It is important to stay on top of who is using the spectrum and to ensure that everyone is in compliance so that there are no unexpected signal issues, especially since this is a live broadcast,” adds Van Winkle. “With our experience and expertise, the services we provide, along with the gear we select, allow us to find, isolate and minimize any potential problems that may arise, ensuring a smooth broadcast for the awards show’s multitude of listeners tuning in from their homes.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “MAMMA MIA!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Clay Paky Sharpys Light Up Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour of Dueling Rappers

Photo: Todd Kaplan

Grammy-winning rappers Drake and Lil Wayne may be duking it out onstage this summer but behind the scenes it was no contest choosing Clay Paky Sharpys for their tour’s lighting rig.

Lighting designer/show design Guy Pavelo, of GP Design, is using 180 Sharpys provided by PRG for the Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour, which kicked off at the beginning of August and runs through September. The show is also known as the Shed Tour for playing amphitheaters in 31 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning rappers co-headline the tour performing dueling 10-minute sets, trading barbs and encouraging fans to use a special downloadable app to vote for one or the other of them. Drake and Lil Wayne ultimately make peace and perform together before the result of the poll is announced.

“We’re taking an arena-size rig and putting it in small outdoor venues pushing everything to the limit,” says Pavelo, who was lighting designer for Drake’s world tour. He has also lit Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Rihanna, Beck and Pharrell Williams. “A lot of the venues are literally wall-to-wall with trussing and lights.”

All 180 Sharpys are up in the air on two main sticks. “They are my gag trusses – and Sharpys in that quantity are crazy,” he says. “We can change the angles of the trusses, but we always see the Sharpys on the high line. They make really good visuals.”

Pavelo believes that Sharpys “help define the look of the show,” and he uses them on every show he builds. “They are definitely a staple for me these days,” he admits. “I’m always looking for new ways to do a different trick with them. I don’t have to use them for every single number, but Sharpys really help to highlight, make a statement and bring variety to a show.”

Pavelo notes that the tour is getting good reviews for its unique approach to showcasing the co-headliners. “Drake and everyone involved loves the show,” he says. “And I’m really happy with the Sharpys. The fact that we had to build the rig from stock-size elements and take it to all these places coast to coast is great.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “The Sharpy lights look amazing in those venues on that rig. We’re proud that Mr. Pavelo has chosen to use them on his tours.”

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

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KanexPro HDBaseT™ Extender for Digital Signage and Corporate AV

As video technology continues its progressive march, the demands placed on it also increase from 4K resolutions to higher color depths and longer runs, says Samuel Miranda, Business Development Manager. And you might have the biggest, highest resolution TV screen available, but if the signal reaching it isn’t at its strongest, then it doesn’t do you much good.

KanexPro is proud to announce its one of a kind HDBaseT™ Extender with PoH (Power over HDBaseT) and HDMI output on the transmitter for local monitor support which extends HDMI signals using shielded CAT6 up to 100 meters providing bi-directional IR and RS-232 control.

HDBASE100POEL

For the starters, the Extender supports solid resolutions up to UltraHD 4K with EDID and HDCP compliant ensuring proper handshake and output at the display side.

Key Features for AV Design and Install:

• Support for PoE – Power over Ethernet from either side of the extender set up to 330 feet (Tx to Rx – Rx to Tx) saving electrician’s cost and one power outlet.

• LAN accessibility available through 1x Ethernet port on the Sender to route Internet signals to 2x Ethernet jack on the Receiver for PC, media player or Smart TV connectivity over a single CAT6 cable using HDBaseT technology.

• Locking HDMI connectors and power supplies which protects the unit from cable jostling and signal loss.

• HDMI loop for local monitor out while extending 330’ to the receiver side. Fully compliant with the latest HDCP specifications and supports EDID management for proper resolution output up to ultra HD 4K, 1080p/60/120Hz & 3D.

The transmitter and receiver sets are built with aircraft grade aluminum enclosure, which provide light weight for mounting behind flat-panel TV’s or over the ceiling structures with sturdy finish.

Ideally used for Connected Home Theater applications, Digital Signage, Corporate AV, classroom technology and government applications where you can route ultra HD signals up to 330 feet (100meters) over a single STP CAT6a cable and provide power over Ethernet to the receiver side of the extender or vice versa.

About KanexPro

KanexPro is a key player in the Pro AV space as a manufacturer of presentation system switchers, converters and extenders for the latest HDMI & HDBaseT™ connectivity products. We offer premium quality products at competitive pricing to meet the needs of systems integrators and our AV customers.

For more information please visit: www.kanexpro.com

Rock Band Squint Records Extraordinary Kickstarter Album With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones and Headphones

Photo Credit: Chet Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – Taking advantage of new opportunities in the music industry, alternative rock band Squint recently transitioned from touring across the nation to recording an album funded through Kickstarter. Despite the shift in priorities, the band always relies on HARMAN’s AKG microphones and headphones to produce the reference sound they aim for.

Squint used to perform over 200 nights per year, building a considerable following in the process. Hoping to keep up with its audience in the digital era, the band turned to studio recording projects to put out more quality content. It is a daring move that succeeded, thanks to crowd funding and reliable equipment.

“Over the last couple years, people’s attention spans have become shorter, moving to the next thing quicker,” said Dane Adrian, lead vocalist for Squint. “We lost touring, our mainstream income, but thanks to our fans on Kickstarter, and AKG microphones and headphones, we were able to bounce back and make better music in the studio.”

Thanks to the overall quality and endurance of AKG equipment, Squint employs it on the road and in the studio. Adrian used an AKG WMS4000 wireless system with a D5 microphone on the road, while the rest of the band used the C414 and the D40 microphones for guitars, the C451E microphone for the overhead drums and the D12 microphone for the bass drum in the studio and during live performances.

“As for the headphones, I love the AKG K171 MK2s, because its sound is so true,” said Adrian. “It sounds clean and clear, and that is why I consider them my reference sound for both the studio and home.”

Transitional phases for well-established artists are intimidating to say the least, and when asked how Squint managed to adopt new practices without losing its fan base, there was only one word that came to mind: loyalty.

“Ten years ago, I didn’t consider myself a rock star, but when I reached out to AKG, they listened. No matter how far I was from home, I’ve been well taken care of,” said Adrian. “It was clear that AKG was a brand that I would like to be loyal to, in the same way our fans have been loyal to us throughout the entire process. Just like our fans, AKG cares about the connection with artists, and the music they want to make.”

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.

SSL C10 HD Lays the Foreign Language Smackdown for WWE

“Ease-of-use for the operator and reliability for engineering were two strong reasons to choose the SSL C10”

STAMFORD, CT – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) has upgraded its post production facilities with a Solid State Logic C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console in Audio 5 studio to support foreign language broadcasts. WWE programs, including Monday Night RAW, SmackDown and WWE Total Divas are delivered to 650 million homes in over 150 countries and translated into 30 languages. WWE live and televised entertainment encompasses terrestrial, cable and satellite broadcast and Pay-Per-View, along with the recently-launched over-the-top (OTT) WWE Network. The C10 HD is used to simulcast RAW in Spanish live in the U.S. and to Spanish-speaking countries like Puerto Rico and Mexico. It is also used for multilingual voice to picture (ADR) post-production of all WWE shows for localized programming in Brazil, China (in Mandarin), Japan and Russia.

“While our five-room facility is primarily used for post production, we need to broadcast the Spanish language version of RAW live from our Audio 5 room,” says Jason Miller, Senior Broadcast Engineer for WWE. “Being able to handle both the post-production and live broadcast roles was extremely important in our choice of a console. SSL is just rock-solid reliable and the topography is very straightforward and easy for an operator to use. We had an onsite demo of several competitor consoles, but, while they had some bells and whistles, they always took too many button presses to get to where the operator needed to go. Beyond the great sound, ease-of-use for the operator and reliability for engineering were two strong reasons for us to choose the SSL C10.”

WWE produces nearly 320 events over 52 weeks each year, so production efficiency is the rule for the busy studio complex. Audio 5, the studio control room used to accomplish the translations has a dedicated booth for voice-over and commentary work. When used for the live Monday Night RAW broadcast, Audio 5 takes its feed directly from the OB truck at the event and uses the C10 to complete the live Spanish version. Both the English and Spanish versions are simulcast on USA Network in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, while TelaVisa broadcasts the show in Spanish on tape delay.

“We have two Spanish speaking announcers working the RAW show here at the studio,” continues Miller. “One of the immediate benefits of the console was the sound, which ensures that our Spanish simulcast has the same quality audio as our main broadcast. In fact, Jim Widman, WWE’s Audio Engineer who handles 95 percent of the workload in Audio 5, has been with the company for years and he was just over the moon with the functionality and sound of the SSL. Additionally, Chris Argento, who is also VP and head of post audio and the final word in selecting the console, was equally impressed. In fact, all of the operators in the complex just rave about the sound quality of the C10.”

The presets on the C10 also help to streamline workflow, which requires that a variety of engineers and languages are being supported from the same space. “Everything about the C10 makes our job easier and better than before,” adds Widman. “We have many operators running the console to accomplish our Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Spanish versions and there are many presets being used for different situations, such as an ISDN session, ADR or live production, as well as for voice over and commentary. With the push of a button, we can instantly recall a setup and start working. Additionally, we can also expand our functions through the production assistant software packages that are available on the console. Essentially, the C10 accomplishes everything we need it to do very effectively.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

WorldStage Supports Colombia Proexport Event at Metropolitan Pavilion

Proexport recently promoted the nation of Colombia brand to businesses in the US with a day-long series of events at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York where WorldStage provided extensive audio, video and lighting support, including an unusual multi-projector array to accommodate the unique requirements of the Gallery’s reception visual display.

A government agency and part of the executive branch of the government of Colombia, Proexport is in charge of promoting Colombian exports, international tourism and foreign investment. The event featured panel discussions in the Metropolitan Suite, a Business Matchmaking Session and a closing cocktail reception, focusing on the campaign, “Colombian IT” in the Gallery.

WorldStage was approached by Sístole, a non-traditional marketing and advertising agency, based in Colombia, to handle all the technical elements for the event. “Our client had ambitious plans for the space, taking it well beyond the typical seminar and reception look, which is always a challenge we look forward to.” says WorldStage project manager Frank Mejia.

For the space called The Gallery, a beautiful space with white epoxy floors and custom lighting, Sonic Design from Bogota Colombia was called to designed an immersive lighting and video display system with several unique features aimed to overcome the challenges of limited ceiling height and exposed ductwork.

“We worked with Tim McDevitt from Kairos Productions to construct a scenic flat, measuring 52 feet wide and 6 feet 8 inches tall, to serve as a projection surface,” says Mejia. “WorldStage account executive John Panama, co-project manager Michael Cruz and I dialogued with Sonic Design and Sistole and decided the best course of action would be to utilize Panasonic’s ET-DLE030 Ultra Short Throw Lens in combination with Panasonic PT-DZ870ULK 8500-lumen projectors. WorldStage is one of the few companies that have invested in this expensive lens with the built-in mirror, but we were able to project a 12′ wide image from just 4′ away from the screen, maximizing space for guests to enjoy the reception. We used multiple projectors in an edge-blend configuration to cover the entire 52′ of image width.”

WorldStage also installed four Sharp 90-inch LCD monitors on truss; the client provided a Pandora’s Box media server and its programmer. A Lightware MX32 DVI digital matrix router frame handled signal routing.

WorldStage supplemented the Gallery’s ColorBlast TR fixtures with 36 Astera AL7 wireless floor spots, 72 Elation EPAR QA LED PARs and 10 Source 4 ellipsoidals controlled by a grandMA2 light.

Audio needs were met with a Yamaha QL5 mixer, 12 Meyer compact loudspeakers and 4 Meyer subwoofers.

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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