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New Iconic Digital Signage Lobby Display at Christie Wins Silver DSE Apex Award

Christie® leaves Digital Signage Expo® (DSE) on a high note, with a Silver Apex award under Business, Industry and Government category for its digital signage display of Christie® MicroTiles® in the company’s new West Wing building expansion. The iconic display in its Kitchener, Ontario corporate office intersects technology, architecture and artistic design. Working with Arsenal Media, SRM Architects and rp Visual Solutions, it features sophisticated architectural integration and a unique technology solution to drive the 70Mpx creative canvas created for the company’s Artist-In-Residence Programme and other content development partners.

“Each year, DSE award winners reveal what’s current and evolving in digital signage and mobile media development, deployment and content creation,” stated Sean James, vice president of Managed Services, at Christie. He adds, “To create custom digital signage installations and content that engage consumers and visitors means working collaboratively with experts in various fields who use today’s advanced technology. Christie congratulates all partners in integration, installation, content and architectural design who received 2013 DSE Apex and Content awards.”

At the DSE awards ceremonies on February 27, several Christie products were featured in partners’ winning entries. The Apex awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home networks (DOOH) industry, while the Content awards honor innovative and compelling content created for digital signage in the DOOH networks.

Including Christie’s Silver Apex award for the company’s lobby digital signage, partners collectively took home 10 awards in four categories which included Christie visual display products. The categories were Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Business, Industry & Government, Retail, and Education & Healthcare.

GOLD APEX AWARDS – Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Westfield San Francisco Centre for its “Under the Dome” architectural projection mapping experience created by Obscura Digital, using Christie Roadster S+20K DLP® projectors.

San Francisco Public Utility Commission, for the “Digital Arts Panorama” designed by Obscura Digital, using a Christie® MicroTiles® video wall that stretches 58 feet long and sits atop a superstructure pedestal custom fabricated by rp Visual Solutions. Nathan Houchin, technical director at Obscura Digital commented, “We chose Christie MicroTiles because we didn’t want to sacrifice resolution or be concerned about off-axis viewing and serviceability.”

GOLD APEX AWARDS – Education and Healthcare
University of Waterloo Stratford Campus and its massive three-storey (6.5 feet wide by 30 feet high) Christie MicroTiles’ installation, the tallest in the world, was a collaboration amongst Christie’s Research and Innovation team, Westbury National Show Systems Ltd., and rp Visual Solutions. Christie’s visual technology displays are playing a role in the University’s mission to intersect technology, business and art.

Arsenal Media received a Bronze Apex award for its Fountain of Content, a custom-built structure featuring Christie MicroTiles, LCD, LED, Christie projectors (3D projection mapping) and accessories to control the show and an interactive sensor camera for creating visual effects. And, under the Retail category, Rose & Thistle Media received a Bronze Apex award for its unique holographic window display coined “Inverse Parallax.” As technical supplier, Christie worked with Rose & Thistle Media, Westbury National Show Systems and Dynamix Professional Video Systems to realize Holt Renfrew’s 175th anniversary celebration in Toronto, which featured 700 Christie MicroTiles, Christie HD10K-M projectors and Christie Roadster HD20K-J projectors.

Content Creation Award Winners
The Content Awards, which honor innovative and compelling content created for digital signage in the DOOH networks, were presented to winners in 10 different categories from a field of 70 entrants. Christie’s partner Arsenal Media received a Bronze content award for Christie’s West Wing MicroTiles display, a gold for the Fountain of Content, a silver for Wilfrid Laurier’s 100th anniversary MicroTiles display and a Bronze award for The Discovery Wall, developed with Christie for the American Association of Museums (AAM) showcasing Christie MicroTiles as a digital platform and featuring flash-based content that actively enables users to engage in a multi-zone experience. Obscura Digital won silver for the content on the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s Digital Arts Panorama display and Rose & Thistle Media won a Gold Content award for the Holt Renfrew 175th anniversary event.

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Laemmle Royal Theatre Goes Digital With Christie Projectors

Christie® is providing best-in-class digital projection to the newly-renovated Laemmle Royal Theatre in Santa Monica, bringing 21st century projection to guests and the first boothless cinema within Los Angeles. The conversion to digital was part of an upgrade made throughout the Laemmle chain.

“Being 100 percent digital made the renovation easier as we were able to carve out multiple auditoriums without having to allocate additional space for a projection booth,” said Greg Laemmle, president of the company. “We got back space in the old projection booth which has now been put to other uses. And we also avoided the cost of building new booth space. It’s great to have all the equipment, including our Library Management Server (LMS), as part of the box office. That way, staff can input movie files and set playlists while still being available to customers.”

In addition to digital projection, the newly-restored theater has stadium seating and three screens instead of one, which will allow it to expand its programming and offer more choices to its guests. Prior to the renovation, The Royal was one of the last ‘one screeners’ in the city.

With eight locations and 41 screens throughout Los Angeles, the independent Laemmle chain was started by Laemmle’s grandfather and great-uncle in 1938, and has highlighted the work of independent filmmakers. It also carries mainstream titles such as “Hitchcock” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The Royal re-opened in late December, 2012 with LA’s exclusive engagement of “Amour.” With the conversion of The Royal, a traditional cinema built in the 1920s, the chain is now 100 percent digital.

“We have a long history of working with Christie. We had our share of hiccups during the conversion process, but the Christie team has been very responsive. We truly feel they’ve been our partners in getting the art house scene switched over to digital. They took the time to understand how our world is a little different from the world of major studio exhibitors, and were willing to adjust to come up with a better program,” said Laemmle.

Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie, said the firm is proud to be part of the renovation of The Royal, and the digital upgrade throughout the chain.

“It’s important to Christie to work with each customer to create the solution that works best with their unique needs. Independent cinemas are a vibrant part of the industry and it’s our pleasure to help them make the transition from film to digital.”

Christie integration partner Southern California Cinetech managed the conversion to digital throughout the chain. Cinetech installed Christie CP2210 and CP2220 projectors from the Christie Solaria® Series digital projectors, and orchestrated the Christie Virtual Print Fee (VPF) financing plan, with Christie’s Managed Services team providing monitoring and maintenance services.

The Christie Solaria Series meets both exhibition and post production studios’ demands for 2D and 3D presentations for feature film and alternative content. With more than 36,000 installations around the world, Christie’s knowledge and experience with digital projection is unmatched in the industry.

Christie Projection Mapping Display Transforms Canada’s Parliament Hill Centre Block into Virtual Storybook

For the fourth consecutive summer Christie® 3-chip DLP® projectors will be lighting up Ottawa’s famed Parliament Hill with a rich and engaging display that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually . The gripping narrative of Canadian history via the National Capital Commission’s sound and light show, “Mosaika – Canada Through the Eyes of Its People” begins July 10 and ends September 7 this year.

Accompanied by lights, a 5.1 surround system, and audio track produced by Groupe Phaneauf, the four Christie Roadster S+20K and five Christie Roadster HD18K projectors paint a video canvas onto the 472-feet long by 246-feet tall, six story high Parliament Building Centre Block including the iconic Peace Tower in the middle. One portion features a dramatic 3D segment where the entire structure appears to move in and out in 3D space.

A Journey in Three Acts
Act One explores Canadian landscapes and our founding peoples. The journey begins at Canada’s beautiful west coast, then soars eastward, over the Rocky Mountains, through the foothills and prairies, across the Great Lakes, down the St. Lawrence River, into the Atlantic Ocean, and then northeast to modern-day Newfoundland and Labrador. From here, the audience is taken north, passing ice floes and polar bears, into Canada’s Arctic region, where the aurora borealis dances in the velvety night sky. Along the way, the audience discovers the gorgeous mosaic of natural landscapes, flora and fauna that make up Canada’s diverse natural world.

Canada’s founding peoples are also introduced in Act One, and the storyline carries the audience beyond Canada’s Confederation in 1867. ‘Mosaika’ presents how multitudes of people, ideas and voices have combined in a great discussion to create this country.

Act Two presents Canadian achievements. It begins with the railroad — the great iron link that tied the country together and encouraged westward expansion and settlement. Other achievements are explored, in war and in peace, social achievements that helped to create Canada’s rights and freedoms, as well as Canadian achievements in the arts and culture. Great Canadians are encountered, including Agnes Macphail, Tommy Douglas, Terry Fox and many others.

Act Three is a discussion of Canadian values. In the third act of ‘Mosaika,’ Canadians from across the country are seen and heard, discussing what is important to them, what it means to be Canadian, and their hopes for the future. Their encouraging and inspirational words drive ‘Mosaika’ toward its emotional climax.

From History to Projection Mapping Reality with Christie Reliability
Jean-Marc Beauvalet, manager, technical services, National Capital Commission (NCC), said the NCC used two Christie projectors for the predecessor of the current show; however, ‘Mosaika’ was one of its first forays into multi-projector use and projection mapping.

“Because of our experience with them, we were fully confident using the Christie projectors for ‘Mosaika,’” said Beauvalet. “Christie has played an important role in helping us achieve our goals with this presentation – to reflect what Canada and its history are all about.”

“We had used Christie projectors before and were fully confident of their performance – and, as the projectors play such a crucial role, that made everything else easier to deal with. After Moment Factory – the show designer – did a full pixel mapping of the buildings, our biggest challenge was how to repeat the placement of these projectors to ensure a perfect performance every night. The solution they came up with for the projectors that stayed on the hill was to have the projectors on hydraulic lifts with repeatable heights; they have a sensor that stops them at 120 inches so every performance is exact.”

Not only the production itself but also the public and media reaction impresses the NCC.

“The projection mapping creates something magical that people aren’t expecting – they don’t expect to see their Parliament Building transformed into such beautiful colors and delightful imagery. People say, ‘this is incredible. I never thought I would see anything like this in my life.’ It’s an honor to see visitors and Canadians with smiling faces telling us how wonderful the show experience was,” Beauvalet concluded. “With the help of Christie, we have achieved our goal with this presentation – to instill a strong feeling of pride in our country and our capital with a one-of-a-kind free nightly show. I can say that Christie and its technology are extremely reliable. They deliver exactly what they say they will.”

“‘Mosaika’ is an extraordinary accomplishment that presents the history of Canada in a way that is entertaining, educational, and visually compelling,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “We are very proud the National Capital Commission selected Christie projectors to be part of this exceptionally innovative and memorable event.”

Christie Brings Element of Innovation to DSE 2013 with Custom Digital Signage Solutions, Interactivity Kit and Debut of All-Weather Outdoor Panel

Whatever the weather, Christie®, a global visual technology company, will be at Digital Signage Expo 2013 with innovative products and services designed to meet the digital signage needs of today’s customers. As a complete digital signage solutions company, Christie will debut its new Christie® WeatherAll Series of outdoor flat panels and showcase Christie® MicroTiles®, with Christie Interactivity Kit, and new bundling options for professional services and customized digital signage solutions through Christie’s Managed Services team.

Among the products at Christie Booth #1242:

Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD Outdoor Flat Panel


Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD Outdoor Flat Panel
The new Christie WeatherAll Series of LCD outdoor flat panels made its world debut at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show on January 29, setting the standard for outdoor LED edge-lit LCD technology. They are now ready to conquer the elements at DSE 2013 with the introduction of the first product in the WeatherAll series – the 55-inch Christie FHD551-W LCD display, engineered to withstand the harsh elements that normal flat panels cannot. Rugged and versatile, the IP56/NEMA 4-rated Christie FHD551-W LCD display is a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution designed to perform in a wide range of applications, including outdoor sporting venues, outdoor live events, architectural applications, entertainment parks, public displays, the hospitality and resort industry, transportation services, as well numerous other outdoor environments not typically applicable with standard LCD panels. The new Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD outdoor panel will also be on display at DSE’s New Product Pavilion.

Christie MicroTiles with Christie Interactivity Kit


Christie MicroTiles Wall with Christie Interactivity Kit
Booth visitors can paint on a graffiti wall or play a carnival game on a Christie MicroTiles wall, equipped with a Christie Interactivity Kit. Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™, the Christie Interactivity Kit is a complete solution for adding multi-touch interactivity to any rectangular digital display. Modular and scalable for the utmost in flexibility, the Christie Interactivity Kit can be configured into 84 different sizes. It can accommodate practically any large format display up to 21.4 feet wide and 6 feet high, and is also the perfect interactive solution for Christie® MicroTiles®, for arrays measuring up to 16-units wide by 6-units tall. The easy-to-use, field-installable kits are designed in pieces that simply attach around the display wall perimeter and plug into a computer USB port without the need for drivers. It offers excellent performance with high touch accuracy and fast response times that support up to 18 touches on a large-format display.

Fashion Kiosk with 46” LCD Interactive Flat Panel
With interactivity in fashion in the digital signage world, fashion comes to the world of interactivity with a 4 by 1 array of 46 inch LCD flat panels featuring Gucci content powered by OOOii. The display features OOOii real time servers driving a scalable immersive experience, using a Kinect sensor to allow customers to interact with the content by pausing the display at will and switching the fashion models on the screen. It is an example of the innovative digital signage solutions offered by Christie’s Managed Services team, whose customized digital signage solutions are found worldwide, from the runway of New York Fashion Week and the aisles of Fresh® cosmetics flagship stores. Managed Services delivers solutions that are integrated, technology agnostic and fully customizable. Christie’s Managed Services works with national dealers and network partners to help customers design, build, deploy and support digital display networks specific to their needs, budget and timeline.

Christie, Barneys New York, and Disney Partnership
Parisian haute couture came to life in brilliant colors while multiple configurations of 425 Christie® MicroTiles® lit up the windows of the Barneys New York flagship store during the 2012 holiday season. A partnership between The Walt Disney Company, Barneys New York and Christie, the story of this unique collaboration is told in an eight-minute video presented on a 6 by 4 Christie MicroTiles wall. The video features interviews with spokespeople from Disney and Barneys New York, as well as Christie’s Vice President of Managed Services, Sean James. Christie’s Managed Services team collaborated on technical consultation of the installation, from concept finalization, to pre-staging, to on-site set-up, expanding on its long historical partnership with The Walt Disney Company.

Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
The Christie FHD551-X 55 inch HD LCD flat panel with damage-resistant, optically bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass will be previewed at DSE. Corning’s thin, lightweight glass solution retains the LCD flat panel’s sleek, narrow-bezel design that empowers a wide variety of tiled video-wall applications. Minimal seams, as small as 5.9mm, permit each panel to offer high-pixel density paired with the high optical clarity of direct bonded Gorilla Glass to optimize full HD resolution and capture the absolute viewing experience. Corning Gorilla Glass helps enable better touch-sensitivity so it is ideal for touch screen interactive technology, including Christie Interactivity Kit, and its damage-resistant properties help to maintain its beauty over time. The FHD551-X LCD flat panel uses less than one watt of power in standby mode and offers an exceptionally low total cost of ownership, with reliable performance.

Engaging Speakers on the tradeshow floor
Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie, will speak on the topic, “Engaging Your Audience with Large Interactive Media Walls,” on February 28, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m., at the DSE 2013 Interactive Technology Theater (end of aisles 400 & 500). The workshop introduces the concept of large interactive media walls and their application in digital signage. It outlines the technology options for creating a large interactive media wall and their pros and cons – all illustrated with real-world case studies on how to engage audiences.

David Guthrie, director, business development, Managed Services, at Christie, will offer a workshop on, “Designing, Deploying and Sustaining a Digital Signage Network,” on February 28, 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., in the Digital Signage Workshop Theater (near front aisle 100). He will discuss things to consider at every stage of a rollout from setting goals, to design and display selection, pre-staging, integration, deployment and support for displays.

DSE 2013 Apex and Content Awards
Having walked away with numerous awards last year, Christie and partners are once again finalists in the DSE Apex and Content Awards. For this year’s awards, to be announced on February 27, Christie keeps it “in the family,” with a nomination for the Christie West Wing in the “Business Industry & Government” category.

Christie Products Around the DSE Show Floor
Christie products can also be found at partner booths throughout DSE, including Scala, Booth #922, with a configuration of 35 Christie MicroTiles to welcome visitors. Corning Inc., at Booth #650,will display a 2 by 1 array of Christie FHD551-X 55 inch LCD flat panels with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and content highlighting the visual and physical benefits of this combination of technologies, and rp Visual Solutions, at Booth #1338, will display a 2 by 2 configuration of Christie MicroTiles as well as a block mount custom designed for this product, which allows for up to 8 MicroTiles to be cantilevered out to either side. And Arsenal Media at Booth #739 will feature its ‘Fountain of Content’ concept structure using 47 Christie MicroTiles, Christie FHD551-X 55 inch LCD flat panels and a Christie projector.

Analog Way offers new optimized Remote Control Software for intuitive show control

Web RCS

Analog Way is pleased to deliver brand new Web-based Remote Control Software for its new LiveCoreTM platform-based systems. By offering advanced monitoring resources as well as Remote Maintenance opportunities, this intuitive and user-friendly Remote Control Software (Web RCS) will help users create sophisticated presentations easily.

At ISE 2013, Analog Way introduced a brand new generation of high-end AV Processors. Based on the new LiveCore platform, the NeXtage 16 and SmartMatriX Ultra include a new optimized User Interface for improved creativity and control. Being web-based, the new Remote Control Software (Web RCS) can be run virtually anywhere on any computing system connected to the Internet: PC, Mac or tablet.

The Web RCS offers a user-friendly graphic interface consisting of 3 independent sections: Setup, Edition and Live.
A Wizard mode leads operators in the setup of the device and the preparation of the show.
With updating snapshots of the connected sources available in the interface, the intuitive dashboard allows operators to fully prepare their shows, and control them live during their events. An innovative Sequences mode in the Live menu allows easy organization of presets through drag and drop. To save time and increase creativity, up to 5 operators per device can connect on the Web RCS and work from different computing systems on different tasks simultaneously. Any operation is seen in real time by all the Web RCS users, thus ensuring effective preparation and monitoring.

The Web RCS allows the NeXtage 16 and SmartMatriX Ultra to support multiple Remote Services. Among the advantages offered, users can quickly clone a set-up if needed. Important data related to the use of the machine is also stored (working hours per show, in total,…). Remote Support and Assistance is also available. Analog Way’s Technical Support team can remotely connect to the machine to support users whenever requested.

Franck Facon, MarCom Director at Analog Way, comments: “With our new LiveCore based systems, we intend to deliver powerful live processing capabilities, but also peace of mind. Our new processors were designed to ensure easy utilization and monitoring in the field. Our brand new Web Remote Control Software is key in this process: intuitive and user-friendly, it makes our processors easy to configure, easy to use and easy to maintain whenever needed.”

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Analog Way unveils the NeXtage 16, a powerful true-seamless AV Processor

Analog Way is pleased to introduce the NeXtage 16 (Ref.NXT1604), a brand new powerful high-end AV Processor. Based on Analog Way’s new LiveCoreTM platform, the NeXtage 16 offers state-of-the-art live processing and Soft Edge Blend capabilities for top-notch presentations.

NeXtage 16 (Ref.NXT1604) is a high-end Seamless Switcher with dedicated live processing, designed with a rugged reinforced chassis and hardware for demanding live events. Equipped with 16 Scalers, 8 seamless inputs and 2 main outputs, NeXtage 16 offers 28 input plugs: 4 x HDMI, 6 x DVI-D, 2 x DisplayPort, 8 x 3G-SDI and 8 x Universal Analog. With 4 independent true seamless layers per output, as well as an independent Native Background layer included for Soft Edge Blending or individual screen modes, NeXtage 16 is an exciting tool to create impressive shows.

Versatile connectivity and extensive set of formats
The switch between any of the 28 input plugs can be operated in instant Clean Cut. The NeXtage 16 also offers unique connectivity through a SFP Cage to receive a large choice of Optical SFP modules per output. The device can handle any source from composite video, up to 2560×1600 (DVI Dual-Link available). It also outputs a variety of formats, including HD-TV and Computer format up to 2560×1600. NeXtage 16 features a Full Preview with all PIPs available, as well as a customizable Live Source Mosaic Monitoring on an independent output. All sources and layers can be displayed in real time on the Program, the Preview and the Live Source Mosaic Monitoring output.

A powerful new platform
The new LiveCore platform was designed by Analog Way to deliver powerful live processing and true Seamless Switching. The 16 Scalers ensure an easy, intuitive, and powerful use of the NeXtage 16. The 4 true Seamless scaled layers per output can be controlled individually in time and transition. All layers are uniformly considered, meaning any source can be fully resized, resulting in higher creativity. Up to 50 frames and 50 logos can be easily stored in the NeXtage 16 memory via a USB plug. They are all fully resizable and support all settings and transitions of the layers. A Native Background allows creative customization and addition of a fifth layer on either or both outputs. The NeXtage 16 offers associative modularity: up to 4 units can be used to produce multiple widescreen solutions with Soft Edge Blending or Hard Edge (horizontal and/or vertical).

User-friendliness and comfort of operation
The NeXtage 16 can be controlled directly from its front panel or using a Web Remote Control Software. The front panel offers a large TFT color display with a new graphic user interface allowing monitoring of sources directly on the front panel’s screen.
In order to help users prepare sophisticated shows quickly, Analog Way designed a new optimized web-based Remote Control Software (Web RCS). The Web RCS offers a user-friendly graphic interface that can be run virtually anywhere on any computing device. An intuitive dashboard allows operators to fully prepare any show with the support of a Wizard mode indicating all steps to follow for a perfect setup of the machine. Through the Web RCS, the NeXtage 16 supports Remote Services and quick setup cloning via a USB plug. Remote Support and Assistance is also available: Analog Way’s Technical Support team can connect remotely to the machine (web access necessary) to support users upon request.

Franck Facon, MarCom Director at Analog Way, states: “The NeXtage 16 demonstrates Analog Way’s ambition to offer premium systems beyond the well-established Di-VentiX series. Thanks to the new LiveCore platform and its Web User Interface, the NeXtage 16 brilliantly combines high performance and user-friendliness”.

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Red TX Records The Audio For Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – The New Generation – Alive On Stage!

Broadcast audio specialist Red TX has recorded the audio for a new DVD of Jeff Wayne’s iconic musical version of The War of The Worlds.

Based on the book by HG Wells, Wayne’s classic 1978 musical work has sold over 3.6 million copies in the UK alone and over 15 million worldwide, and has been performed as a musical on some of the largest stages in the world.

For this version, Wayne incorporated new interpretations of the original tracks and a new cast starring internationally renowned Irish actor Liam Neeson as George Herbet, the journalist – a role originally performed by Richard Burton.

Other stars included Jason Donovan, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, Marti Pellow, West End’s Kerri Ellis and Jettblack’s lead singer Will Stapleton. The show was performed by the Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA strings, conducted by Jeff Wayne.

Red TX was commissioned to handle the audio recording during a performance at London’s O2 Arena by Universal Visual Programming.

Producer Dione Orrom says: “We chose Red TX because we have worked with them many times in the past and they have always delivered great results. Also, Red TX understood the history of this project, having recorded Jeff Wayne’s Musical version of The War of The Worlds before in 2006, so Tim Summerhayes and his team were fully aware of the complexities of the show. There were a large number of tracks involved and complex time code issues that required the skills of an experienced audio team.”

Red TX Director Tim Summerhayes, who manned the controls on the company’s main Red II truck, says: “The secret to getting this project right was close collaboration between ourselves, Visions OBs, which was handling the video recording, and the artists’ sound crew, which was headed by Front of House sound engineer Simon Honywill and systems technician James Breward (Brew). We knew we didn’t have much time to rehearse or sound check in the O2 Arena as we had to be in and out in a day and could not interface with the show until about 1.30 pm, so a lot of preparation was done in advance.”

Some weeks prior to the O2 show, Summerhayes went to see rehearsals at LH2 Studios and the show at the NIA in Birmingham and held lengthy discussions with producer Dione Orrom, director Nick Morris, Visions unit manager Dave O’Carroll and Simon Honywill to devise a secure plan for the recording.

“We agreed to interface with Simon’s PA and took his gain structure via three MADI feeds, which we combined with analogue click tracks, time codes and the audio from the 14 ambient microphones that were covering the Arena,” Summerhayes explains. “We used three different Pryamix recording systems to distribute the tracks evenly and we also had back-up systems as a failsafe. As with any project of this scale, Red TX’s Ian Dyckhoff and Ollie Nesham were key to ensuring that all the right red lights were on.

“Timecode was the main issue we had to overcome. Normally we would lock to the video truck’s timecode, but because we were using Honywill’s MADI feeds we had to lock to his sync and show code as this was also being used to trigger the lights, live screen and special effects. There was always the possibility of a timecode drift between the two systems, which could have created serious problems in post-production, but we resolved this by very careful monitoring during the day and by recording both the show and time of day timecodes so that they could easily be tracked in post-production.”

Summerhayes adds that collaboration between the audio truck, the video truck and the Front of House sound crew is becoming increasingly common on large productions because of their complexity.
“Had we just ‘turned up’ on the day, I really don’t think that the job could have been done,” he says. “We’ve been doing this long enough and fortunately we know most of the main players, so it’s now easy for us to work alongside people like Simon Honywill and to liaise with confidence with the production company. It is with shows like this that experience really counts and we were delighted that Universal Visual Programming recognised our expertise and trusted us to do the job properly.”

The new version of Jeff Wayne’s Music Version of The War of The Worlds is an extraordinary stage production that unites conventional settings with modern technology. Highlights of the multimedia show include a three-legged, ten meter high Mars robot, a 95 minute animated movie shown on a 240 square meter screen and the use of 3D holography that allows the absent Liam Neeson to interact with the live actors on stage.

The audio recorded by Red TX is now being mixed by Jeff Wayne at his OllieWood Recording Studios. The DVD of the show will be available later this year and it will also be screened at digital cinemas around the world, starting in approximately 100 cinemas in the UK from April 11, 2013.

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

Christie Conquers the Elements with Introduction of New WeatherAll Series of Weatherproof LCD Flat Panels

The new Christie® WeatherAll Series of LCD outdoor flat panels makes its global debut at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 29, setting the standard for outdoor LED-backlit LCD technology. Rugged and versatile, the first of the WeatherAll Series is the 55-inch Christie FHD551-W, a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution designed to perform in a wide range of applications including outdoor sporting venues, outdoor live events, architectural applications, entertainment parks, public displays, the hospitality and resort industry, transportation services, and numerous other outdoor environments not typically applicable with standard LCD panels.

Christie FHD551-W WeatherAll Flat Panel

“Christie is at the forefront in offering what customers need and the WeatherAll Series is designed to be the clear choice in an outdoor weatherproof display solution,” said Frank Anzures, senior product manager, Christie. “First in our WeatherAll Series, the Christie FHD551-W is easy to maintain while providing robustness and the vivid picture quality needed when presenting your message outdoors.”

The Christie FHD551-W features optically bonded glass for increased protection against harsh impacts and scratches in public display environments while enhancing viewability in outdoor venues by reducing reflection. It is designed to provide high contrast ratio, rich vibrant colors, and superior brightness to overcome high ambient light — making it perfect for outdoor use.

The ability to use the Christie FHD551-W in landscape or portrait mode is ideal for rental staging applications, resorts, hotels and restaurants, to provide impactful content in public areas, while being rugged and durable to withstand rain, sleet, snow, and human interaction. The Christie FHD551-W’s integrated speakers and sleek design makes this a visually appealing solution compared to traditional LCD products that would require enclosures when used in outdoor environments.

“The typical flat panel displays are not designed for outdoor use and the risk of damage when exposed to the elements is very high. However, the high definition Christie FHD551-W is designed to be IP56 rated / NEMA4 and has a DACS filtration system to protect it and allow for it to be used in harsh weather conditions and withstand the abuse of public display areas,” said Anzures. “With the addition of optically bonded glass it increases sunlight readability by up to 400 percent when compared with standard flat panels and increases scratch and impact resistance by up to 300 percent.”

For superior dependability in the most challenging outdoor environments, the DACS cooling & filtration system provides a thermostatically-controlled active system that protects sensitive electronics from temperature extremes, moisture, and dust. The advanced easy-clean solution eliminates the need for core filter replacement. The FHD551-W features a weather rating of IP56/NEMA4, providing protection against solid foreign objects such as falling dirt or windblown dust in addition to rain, sleet, snow, ice and splashing or hosed water.

“The Christie FHD551-W can easily manage temperatures ranging from a scorching 45 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) all the way down to a bone chilling minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), as well as rain, snow, dust and high humidity, without those factors affecting performance. This new outdoor flat panel also boasts integrated weatherproof speakers to provide a full solution for outdoor use,” added Anzures.

Benefits of Christie FHD551-W with Optical Bonding
- Improves sunlight readability up to 400 percent.
- Increases impact and scratch resistance up to 300 percent.
- Eliminates parallax: the apparent displacement or the difference in apparent direction of an object as seen from two different points not on a straight line with the object.
- Prevents condensation on LCD Panel.
- Significantly improves durability against vibration, extreme temperatures, altitudes, water and dust.
- Vastly improves contrast and color saturation readability.

The Christie FHD551-W is now shipping with a two-year parts and labor warranty, backed by Christie’s renowned customer service and support.

Christie Technology Brought Audiences Inside the Brain at California Institute of Technology’s TEDxCaltech 2013

Christie® technology took audiences inside the human brain at TEDxCaltech 2013 with its award-winning projection display solutions under the show’s theme, “The Brain.” Digital artist Jon 9, owner of Holonyne Corporation, produced immersive and stimulating backdrops and content related to the brain experts’ presentations that made the audience feel they were “inside” the brain of the conference itself. He also provided improvisational video mixing as accompaniment to musical performers David Torn and Moira Smiley.

Christie solutions included the Christie HD10K-M and Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors, as well as the multiple award-winning Christie® MicroTiles®, all controlled by the Christie Spyder video processor. Christie MicroTiles were featured on-stage as a free-standing “brick” configuration, its content synchronized with the projected images on three screens behind the performers, utilizing the curved walls of the auditorium to provide a fully immersive experience.

“Throughout my long career in the display industry, I have always looked up to Christie as a market leader that combines technical innovation with robust engineering and an expansive line of products,” said Jon 9. “I was extremely happy to be working with them on this project.”

Jon 9 said he is very grateful for the support from Christie. “Christie enabled us to bring professional display technology into the academic arena at a level that demonstrated the effectiveness of immersive, interactive digital environments within a scientific conference setting. By combining Christie’s high-powered 10K and 20K projectors with an on-stage MicroTiles video wall, and with the flexibility and power of the Christie Spyder, we created an environment that was both highly functional and visually stunning.”

Dr. Michael Roukes, Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering, and co-director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech, who was co-organizer of the event, added, “We were very pleased to have Christie as a sponsor of TEDxCaltech. Their visual display products produced absolutely gorgeous visualizations and were vital to helping us provide a fully immersive experience for our audiences.”

Recognized worldwide for its exceptional programs, the Caltech faculty, members of which spoke at the event, have won hundreds of awards over the years, including multiple Nobel Prizes as well as medals of science and technologies.

Acoustics First releases video on Vibration Isolation

Acoustics First has conjured up yet another video demonstration. As the fourth in a series designed to help explain common acoustic principles, this video briefly reveals what is necessary to provide vibration isolation.

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEMONSTRATION: Controlling Mechanical Sound Transmission

As the quandary of vibration isolation can quickly prove to be obtuse and relatively difficult to understand. Common problems like footfall from upstairs neighbors, industrial noise from machinery and HVAC equipment or isolating speakers and scientific devices can require completely different approaches. Most often, an on site assessment should be completed by a qualified engineering professional to determine an appropriate acoustic solution. In many cases the solution will require a modification to the structure and implement more than a single strategy.

This simple vibration demonstration challenges to provide a basic understanding of how acoustical materials may be used to prevent the spread of mechanical noise and vibration through existing structures like walls, floors and ceilings.

In this acoustic demonstration, a surface mounted piezo transducer connected to an analog meter will register levels of sound vibrations transmitted to the table. A vibrating device placed directly on the surface will transmit sound vibrations and resonate loudly throughout the table. These vibrations will register on the analog meter. By inserting isolation materials between the device and the surface, the mechanical sound transmission is reduced and sound no longer registers on the meter.

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEMONSTRATION: Controlling Mechanical Sound Transmission


Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

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