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InfoComm Announces Education Line Up at ISE 2015

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InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, announces its most comprehensive InfoComm University™ training to date at ISE 2015. ISE 2015 takes place from 10-12 Feb. 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI.

As in previous years, InfoComm is contributing to the drive for increase knowledge by providing Members and Guest Members with unlimited free access to its on-site InfoComm University education programme. Members and Guests who pre-register for ISE 2015 using an invitation code will receive complimentary access to seminars of their choice on a first come, first serve basis. Two courses not eligible under the free voucher programme are CTS® Study Session and the brand new Master Class.

Non-InfoComm Members must purchase vouchers during ISE registration and then register for specific classes.

“Our comprehensive training and development programme encourages ISE attendees to take advantage of the show’s excellent education opportunities,” said Terry Friesenborg, Chief Global Officer at InfoComm International.

A wide range of presenters will provide education content that is relevant to ISE’s growing audience, while remaining true to the association’s values by being non-biased and objective.

Professional Development Seminars

Among the courses that attendees can take for free at ISE 2015 are:

· Needs Analysis for End-User Requirements – What Are They Really Saying?
· Digital Audio Protocols – What Are Your Options?
· Design Documentation and Tendering
· Understanding Multi-Channel Projection
· 4K and Streaming
· Collaboration in the BYOD Era
· Network Administrators – Cracking the Code
· Instore Analytics – Improve the ROI of your Digital Signage Solution and Enhance Your Customer Experience At The Same Time

Education Technology Managers

Also free to register, InfoComm is repeating the successful Special Sessions for Education Technology Managers. Aimed specifically at higher education professionals, the first session titled Destination 2020: Future Trends in AV and Electronic Systems will explore the influence and future of IT, consumer electronics, smartphones and the Internet. The second is Building Large Scale, Low Cost Lecture Capital – The Norwegians’ Story and will focus on digitizing higher education.


EDID Lab

New for ISE 2015, a special EDID lab course has been introduced aimed primarily at providing systems integrators with a practical understanding of EDID management and implementation for HDMI. The EDID Lab is valid under the free voucher scheme.

Master Class

A new Master Class category for ISE 2015 focuses on ‘Displays for Today and Tomorrow’. The session presented by industry veteran, Robert Simpson of Electrosonic, will be divided into four sessions and aimed at experienced AV professionals with around 8-10 years’ experience. Attendees can sign up for the Master Class during registration at a cost of €150 (for InfoComm members) or €200 (non-members).

CTS Study Session

As in previous years, a Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) class will be held. CTS is recognized worldwide as the industry’s leading AV professional qualification. Interested parties are encouraged to register early. Attendees can sign up for the CTS Study Session during registration at a cost of €99 (for InfoComm members) or €150 (non-members). Attendees can also register to take the CTS exam onsite at the RAI 10-12 February. Please visit infocomm.org/ise for more information.

All InfoComm University education will be held in the Elicium building, conveniently located amongst all show halls during ISE 2015.

Don’t miss out. View the speaker line up and sign up now at www.iseurope.org.

Images courtesy of Integrated Systems Europe.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

Nitin Sawhney Transcends With Martin Audio MLA At Albert Hall

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After working with RG Jones’ Martin Audio Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) at Glastonbury Festival, as well as the smaller MLA Compact at other events, David McEwan’s vision was to use it at the holy grail of London venues, the Royal Albert Hall.

As the long term recording and live engineer for Nitin Sawhney, the opportunity came when this British Indian musician, orchestral composer and producer announced his return to the famous London venue for performances from his forthcoming album Dystopian Dream and a selection of material from his first nine albums.

McEwan approached John Carroll, MD of RG Jones Sound Engineering, and to his great delight, the award-winning PA was made available within the production budget.

Rarely will MLA have had so many different sounds and voices pumped through it as Sawhney moved effortlessly through different musical genres. While he performed on guitars and piano, the ensemble featured many vocalists of different tongues as well as guests such as Björk percussionist and hang player, Manu Delago, and Soumik Datta on the 19-stringed sarod. The band also included two cellists, a tabla player and drummer, and the four singers lined up across the stage included the impressive flutist, Ashwin Srinivasan.

Fellow sound engineer Steve Watson, who tragically died last year, had first introduced David McEwan to RG Jones and the MLA. “I built up a good relationship over the years and had been badgering them to let me have MLA for the Royal Albert Hall. I wondered what it would sound like after using it at Glastonbury, and it sounded amazing. It produced great imaging—there was a real presence about the vocals wherever you stood—and that’s an important part of the show. In terms of PA’s, it’s clearly the next step up.”

The design consisted of 16 x MLA elements per side with nine W8LM Mini (and two W8LMD Downfills) per side and further W8LM/W8LMD used judiciously as front and infills. Eight Martin Audio WLX subs were recessed under the stage in a splayed broadside cardioid array to create the required curve.

McEwan’s system tech was the experienced Marty Beath, who a week previously had helped optimize the MLA system deployed for the Invictus Games Closing Concert.

As production/soundcheck time at the Royal Albert Hall was compromised, Beath was able to draw on existing presets, previously used by MLA tech Mark Edwards, enabling them to notch out sound spillage at the stage and up to the top tribune, where there was no audience present.

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Supporting the production was RG Jones’ Jack Bowcher, who has worked many times with McEwan, and was in charge of the stage. He, too, knew the rig would be rock solid.

“MLA again produced amazing clarity, particularly at front of house, which was impressive considering the nature of the event. The detail you could hear in the vocals was just unbelievable.”

But the last word came from David McEwan. “This was one of my favourite experiences; everyone seemed delighted with the sound and I will want to use MLA wherever I can.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Christie Delivers New Twist to Blending and Warping Capabilities

Christie®, the worldwide leader in digital display technology, is launching three upgraded versions of its ground-breaking Christie Twist™ technology at the Live Design International (LDI) show in Las Vegas. The Christie Twist solution delivers full image warping and advanced edge blending in Christie 3-chip DLP® projectors using powerful software that controls and edge-blends multiple curved images seamlessly on any surface.

ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

Easier to use and with better, more precise pixel-to-pixel alignment than ever, the upgraded Christie Twist product family includes three tiers of specialized Twist software  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie Twist and Christie Twist Premium are ideal for live theater and events, projection mapping, tradeshows, large classrooms, corporate boardrooms, museums, house of worship, casinos and entertainments facilities, and more. For more intricate projects – including flight simulators, virtual caves and domes  Christie Twist Pro delivers unlimited arbitrary placement points for even greater accuracy. When purchasing Pro or Premium, customers can buy a dongle to attach to a PC running Twist software or license individual projectors and eliminate the need for a dongle.

“Christie has developed a more advanced Christie Twist family and added a new category with Christie Twist Premium. Each version of Christie Twist is tailored to specific needs: from simple flat screen multi-projector warps and blends to highly multifaceted applications,” said Joel St-Denis, product manager, Christie. “Whether the surface is cylindrical, curved, jagged, or any other non-flat shape or surface, Christie has the right Twist solution for the project.”

Christie Twist technology also provides networked projector control by allowing the user to launch a virtual remote from within the twist software with all the functionality of standard Infrared remotes.
Key features of upgraded Christie Twist family:

Feature Christie Twist

Maximum Projectors – 6
Control Points – Up to 81 Grid control Points
Brightness Uniformity – No
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – No
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – No

Christie Twist Premium
Maximum Projectors – 18
Control Points – Up to 87 Grid control Points, including 6 arbitrary points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – Maximum 6

Christie Twist Pro
Maximum Projectors – Unlimited
Control Points – Up to 1500 arbitrary or grid control points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – Yes
Arbitrary Point Placement – Yes – Unlimited

Matrox PowerDesk Desktop Management Software Turns 20

Robust, field-proven application gives professional users of Matrox multi-display hardware practical, stable, easy-to-use configuration tools

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the 20th anniversary of its core desktop management software Matrox PowerDesk™ that lets users of Matrox graphics cards, external multi-display adapters and display wall products easily configure and manage multi-monitor setups. The latest products to include PowerDesk are the new Matrox C-Series cards — C420, the world’s fastest fanless quad-output card, and C680, a high-performance six-head card with board-to-board framelock.

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PowerDesk is designed to provide superior stability and ease of use. It includes a comprehensive set of tools to control a wide array of configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Advanced features such as drag & drop functionality and unattended install simplify multi-display configuration management and shorten set-up times for single- and multi-system deployments. A PowerDesk API is available to third-party software developers and OEMs who wish to incorporate PowerDesk features into their own applications.

“In the early 90s Matrox led the industry by inventing the first graphics processor capable of supporting multiple monitors, addressing a major productivity hurdle by expanding the amount of information that could be viewed at one time. With that innovation came another major breakthrough, Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software, which let users easily customize their multi-display setups,” said David Chiappini, VP R&D, Matrox Graphics Inc. “That software has evolved into a formidable asset over time and is an important component sought by IT administrators, AV integrators and industrial system builders when upgrading corporate PCs, installing display walls and specifying multi-display cards.”

“Matrox has long supported professional users with superior hardware, premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and the easy-to-use PowerDesk software,” said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “When we had the new C-Series line of multi-display graphics card on the drawing board, it was clear that the hardware had to strike the perfect balance between video output density, performance and power consumption; and that the Matrox PowerDesk software had to be implemented so that customers will continue to benefit from the exceptional stability, usability and versatility they rely on.”

Watch the PowerDesk Video or visit individual Matrox Graphics product pages to learn more:
C-Series graphics cards
M-Series graphics cards
DualHead2Go & TripleHead2Go multi-display adapters
Mura MPX Series capture & display boards
See PowerDesk in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, stand 11-F68) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645).

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Matrox VS4 Quad HD Capture Card Now with Support for Telestream Wirecast 6.0

Multi-channel live streaming production and ISO recording systems ideal for live web shows, news, sporting events, concerts, church services, corporate meetings, lectures and more

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of support for Telestream® Wirecast 6.0 for Windows® with the Matrox VS4 quad HD capture card.

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In a single PCIe slot, Matrox VS4 provides up to four independent HD-SDI inputs with up to 8 embedded audio channels per SDI source and automatic input detection. Matrox VS4 not only sends the video feeds to Wirecast for streaming, it simultaneously provides high-quality ISO recording of all the original video and audio feeds to NLE-friendly codecs — ready for post-event editing.

Wirecast 6.0 adds powerful new production capabilities including the creation of playlists on the fly, easy replay of important moments and easy social media integration with Twitter messages overlaid directly onto the broadcast.

“Wirecast provides a cost-effective solution for the creation and streaming of professional-quality live video productions to online audiences,” said Tom Prehn, Wirecast product manager at Telestream. “Matrox is a valued industry partner that has been at the forefront of streaming technology. The integration between Wirecast 6 and Matrox VS4 provide users powerful live streaming production with 64-bit technology, virtually unlimited memory, improved stability and performance as well as powerful ISO recording of their live streams.”

“With full turnkey, multi-channel HD streaming and recording systems based on VS4 and Wirecast available from some certified systems builders starting under $5000, virtually anyone can create professional-looking live web shows,” said Wayne Andrews product manager at Matrox. “Users can stream multiple live cameras while dynamically mixing in other media such as movies, images and sounds, and adding production features such as transitions, built-in titles, chroma key, virtual sets and live scoreboards.”

Price and availability
Wirecast 6.0 is available from the Telestream store.The Matrox VS4 card is available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers priced at $1,495 US (€1295, £995) not including local taxes and delivery. Matrox VS4 is also available in a bundle that includes the card and the new VS4Recorder Pro multi-channel recording software priced at $2,495 US (€1,995, £1,595).

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Great Audio Around the House: Cerwin-Vega! Cultivates Creativity with its XLS, SL and XD SERIES at CES 2015

Cerwin-Vega_SL Series FamilyCerwin-Vega, is set to deliver a stunning sonic experience, showcasing its SL Series Home Audio System, XLS Home Theater Audio System and its XD Desktop Speaker Series at CES 2015 (Gibson Tent, CP1/Central Plaza). As a leading manufacturer in loudspeaker design, Cerwin-Vega is known for its ground shaking bass and next-level performance, delivering high quality sound within any form factor.
Whether listening to a catchy tune, watching a blockbuster hit, or following the big game on the screen, the quality of a listener’s experience is defined by the sound. With a choice of six speakers and one subwoofer, the SL Series can be customized to fit any application, from a personal listening environment to larger-scale home cinema systems.

Similarly, there’s never a need to compromise on sound quality when designing the dream sound system for the home with Cerwin-Vega’s XLS Series. Packed with Cerwin-Vega’s legendary drivers, the XLS Series consists of six full range speakers, two subs and one center channel product. With its striking design, red surrounds built onto every driver and horn loaded midrange and tweeter design, the speakers set the tone of power, with a hard emphasis on bass and power handling.

Cerwin-Vega_XD Series FamilyAlternatively, for those looking for all the power and punch of a home theater system in a portable, compact unit, Cerwin-Vega’s XD Series is made to maximize media entertainment. Unlike plastic multimedia speakers, XD Desktop Speakers feature wooden cabinets to ensure tight bass, which is essential for accurate media creation. Gamers will get goose bumps as they listen to the XDs bring the roaring engines and exploding bombs of their fiction fantasies to life on the screen, while EDM fanatics listen to the latest dance track and feel the music pulse through their veins with help from the XD Series’ engaging Vega-Bass enhanced EQ feature. If you want to go deeper in frequency, you can combine any XD speaker with the XD8S Subwoofer, which features a slick desktop remote control. The XD Speakers, fit for any budget or footprint, feature mature sound and multiple input connections to ensure easy setup.

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Sound Devices Announces Expanded List of Approved Media

Comprehensive Testing Process Determines if Media Meets Requirements for Mission-Critical Production Applications

REEDSBURG, WI, NOVEMBER 18, 2014Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products, announces an expanded Approved Media List designed to identify media fully compatible with and meeting the high-quality standards of the Sound Devices and Video Devices mission-critical production recorders. Since a recording is only as good as the medium in which it is stored, identifying and using approved media ensures that the company’s products will operate with the utmost reliability in the field. Approved Media. more

InfoComm Announces University Days in Cardiff & London

InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide announces two InfoComm University™ Days to 18th November at the Thistle Cardiff City Center and 20 November onboard the HMS Belfast, London.

Cardiff and London University Days are supported by Canon Europe. The London University Day is supported by Audio-Technica.

Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK & Ireland at InfoComm International said: “We’ve got an amazing line up of expert speakers who will present informative and topical issues. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up as early as possible.”

Each day will be a full day of education covering topics including networked microphones to the behavior of light in projection, LED video wall displays, cloud computing, big data and a look at InfoComm’s new AV Systems Performance Verification Guide. Each event will be followed by a networking reception to reflect on the day.

Certified Technology Specialist holders can earn CTS® renewal points. Each event is free to InfoComm members and includes lunch.

There will be prize giveaways for delegates including a compact digital camera from Canon at both events and pair of Audio-Technica headphones at the London University Day.

Viewing the full schedule is highly recommended. Please visit:

Cardiff – http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/40438.htm
London – http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/40532.htm

BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking to d3 at LDI 2014

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BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking at the d3 Technologies booth 1275 at LDI 2014, 20-23 November 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, NV

Realtime motion tracking solution specialists, CAST BlackTrax will provide core motion tracking to support d3 Technologies booth at LDI 2014. In addition, BlackTrax expert staff will be present on the d3 booth to answer any questions in relation to tracking. The d3 booth is aimed at enabling creative designers and entertainment production professionals to see its latest hardware and to get a glimpse of what the future of live projection has in store.

Delivering targets on time

Whilst the exact nature of the d3 demonstration is a closely guarded secret until the show, the booth is designed to give projection designers the ultimate freedom to move. BlackTrax will be integrated with d3’s upcoming Dynamic Blend feature to track several objects.

With the benefits of fast, consistent and precise image tracking quality and reliability, BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking data to downstream technologies such as audio, lighting, multimedia and video cameras. At the same time, it can track performers, props, a moving video wall or projection display canvas.

Excited about the latest step in the technical collaboration between the two companies, Gil Densham, President at CAST BlackTrax said: “We have worked alongside d3 on a number of the world’s highest-profile, cutting-edge projects such as Marvel Universe LIVE! and a Honda Dealer Meeting, during 2014. We’re delighted to provide our BlackTrax solution to the d3 booth, helping to show its new media servers at their best.”

Ash Nehru, Software Director at d3 Technologies added: “We’re always looking for ways to advance the state of the art, and the ability to easily project content onto moving objects is clearly the next step. We’re conscious that we’re discovering a whole new design vocabulary – we’re excited to put this in front of creative designers at LDI, and see what they will do with it. BlackTrax has played an integral role in helping us to deliver that vision consistently in the high-pressure live environment.”

1 Gil Densham, President & CEO, CAST Group and Ash Nehru, Director of Software, d3 Technologies

Gil Densham, President at CAST BlackTrax and Ash Nehru, Software Director at d3 Technologies.

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CLEAR-COM BRINGS NEW COMMUNICATIONS, CONNECTIVITY AND TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS TO LDI 2014

At the upcoming LDI 2014 exhibition in Las Vegas, Clear-Com® will demonstrate its continued commitment in linking communication groups together with its latest intercom, signal transport and intercom connectivity (ICON) solutions. These new solutions can save users time and money, while making their workflows much more efficient.

Clear-Com will present the new LQ™ Series, a new family of ICON devices for linking intercom and audio systems over IP networks. Visitors will also see the new FreeSpeak II™ wireless intercom system, a DECT-based offering that operates in the license-free band 1.92 to 1.93 GHz. In addition, we will be showing ProGrid™, the synchronous, optical fiber transport solution for audio, intercom, video, and data.

As a low audio latency communication link, LQ Series can be used for natural intercom conversation, networked music performances and for audio signals that are transported between different facilities. Based on Clear-Com’s patented I.V.Core® technology, the compact LQ throw-down devices enable connections of 2-wire partyline with call signaling and 4-wire audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP infrastructures. LQ Series has a 2-wire (LQ-2W2) or 4-wire (LQ-4W2) option. The LQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. A maximum of six LQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any 2- or 4-wire combination.

The recent release of FreeSpeak II™ places it as the preferred DECT-based, all-roaming wireless communication solution in the United States and Canada for live event, broadcast, sport production, industrial, military and government applications. Operating in the license-free 1.92 to 1.93 GHz band, FreeSpeak II has been demonstrating its advanced roaming capabilities across large-scale, multi-zone production areas.

The system supports up to 20 full-duplex wireless beltpacks and 10 antennas connected to one base station or fully integrated into the Clear-Com Eclipse HX digital matrix system. The base station has connections for two partylines and four 4-wires, including a dedicated SA output and program audio input. With the full-duplex 7kHz bandwidth, the digital ‘Clear-Com Sound’ reduces ear fatigue after extended usage and delivers clear intelligibility of every word said into the system.

Clear-Com will also highlight ProGrid™, the highly resilient and scalable platform for carrying, distributing, and routing high capacity of audio, intercom and video signals, as well as control data, across long distances without compromising its performance, speed, or quality. ProGrid is based on the open AES3 and AES10 (MADI) standards, providing fiber-based transport, routing and format conversion with full management and diagnostic capabilities using the Optocore® and SANE technologies.

“We are excited to confirm our commitment to the live event and live entertainment markets by showing off our latest innovations at LDI 2014,” said Michael Rucker, Director of Sales–North and South America at Clear-Com. “Clear-Com has been a part of this vibrant market since the beginning. We are pleased to show our latest wired and wireless intercom systems as well as our innovative connectivity and infrastructure solutions. Setting up, managing and using our communication and transport products is quicker and easier than ever before, which allows users to concentrate on providing the best performance possible.”

The complete line of Clear-Com’s new and enhanced products will be available for demonstration at LDI 2014 on booth 1752.

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