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Iconyx Helps St. Matthews Get the Message Across

Pacific Palisades, CA, January 2012….Nestled in the rolling canyons of Pacific Palisades, Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church is one of the area’s oldest and largest parishes. The sprawling 42-acre grounds are home to multiple buildings including St. Matthew’s Day School and Pre-School, as well as recreational facilities and the highly acclaimed Moore Ruble Yudell-designed sanctuary.

While wonderful to behold, the sanctuary’s stunning architecture, with its soaring ceilings and exquisite glass work, has long suffered from problematic acoustics. As Daniel Bae, project manager for Sierra Madre-based Platt Design Group, explains, the room’s previous systems did little to alleviate issues of intelligibility and poor sound distribution. “A lot of the complaints about the previous systems had to do with speech intelligibility and coverage,” says Bae. “The room isn’t very deep, but it is very wide, so time alignment was a major problem.”

“When the sanctuary was first built, we had two speakers on the ceiling,” says Jeremias Mendez, the church’s Plant Manager for more than 30 years. “One side of the room was completely dead – people were only able to hear the sermon from a few seats.”

“It’s my understanding that the sanctuary’s architecture was designed to make the most of the choir and organ, and not the sermons,” observes parishioner Jim Dutka, the project leader behind the drive to upgrade the church’s audio system.

Dutka and company contacted Platt Design Group, who recommended a pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC-Live steerable arrays, one on either side of the proscenium. “The IC-Live enabled us to steer the sound where it needed to go – away from the walls and reflective surfaces and into the seats.”

Not surprisingly, aesthetics was also a major concern. “Renkus-Heinz provided custom paint for the IC-Live cabinets, helping them to blend almost invisibly into the sanctuary’s beautiful architecture,” says Bae.

“We have a number of older parishioners who have traditionally relied on hearing-assisted technology systems every week,” says Dutka. “Since we’ve installed the new system, many of them have come to us and informed us that they no longer need the assisted listening.”

“Platt Designs and Renkus-Heinz have provided us with a tremendous improvement,” agrees Mendez.

“I’m proud to say we now have one of the finest audio systems in the area,” Dutka concludes.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHER MATTHEW CHERRY ENLISTS ANTON/BAUER BATTERIES, CUSTOMER SERVICE IN PRODUCTION TEAM

GREENWICH, CT, JANUARY 5, 2012—For Matthew Cherry, owner and director of Matthew Cherry Studios, Anton/Bauer® and its DIONIC® 90 batteries have been a trusted part of his production crew for the last 10 years, whether he’s creating independent films or corporate videos. The DIONIC 90 from Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and a leading global provider of premier batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, allows Cherry to focus on his creative work without worrying about his power needs.

As a photographer and cinematographer, Cherry has worked in independent films and corporate video, as well as commercial photography—creating a mix of video and film and still photography—for more than 20 years. While much of his work is focused on fine arts, Cherry also produces commercial projects, including a recent promotional video for Anton/Bauer.

“Early on, I used batteries that were provided by camera manufacturers,” says Cherry. “However, a few good friends of mine who traveled the globe doing news production for major networks all said to me that you can have a lot of problems with many types of batteries—temperature, environmental issues and moisture. Making an investment with Anton/Bauer batteries, however, I haven’t had to deal with those issues.”
The DIONIC 90 was designed by Anton/Bauer to deliver consistently reliable performance even in the most challenging shooting environments on Earth. It offers a RealTime® display that continually updates the operator on how much run-time remains and on the state of the current charge. Weighing only 1.7 pounds, the DIONIC 90 can be transported without restriction under the IATA and DOT safety regulations (http://www.antonbauer.com/Support/TransportationInformation). The 91 WH battery can handle a maximum load of six amps, and offers runtimes ranging from six hours at 15 watts to 1.75 hours at 50 watts.

“The DIONIC 90 powers the camera all day,” says Cherry, who typically uses cameras such as the Canon L2 and Panasonic AG-HVX100 up through the VariCam. “I no longer have to think about batteries because I can look at the RealTime display to see the battery status and know exactly how much power is remaining.”

According to Cherry, working with Anton/Bauer for the last 10 years has helped eliminate the need for someone to manage recharging batteries during productions. “I typically bring three batteries per camera with me on a shoot, however I usually only need one,” he says. “I no longer have to plan a take around battery life. Whether you’re doing news or a narrative, how much is a lost shot worth if your battery dies?”

When it comes down to it, Cherry believes that if you have to think about your batteries, it’s a problem. “The very reason I rely on Anton/Bauer batteries is because I don’t have to think about them. If I do have a question, the global support team is readily available and able to help diagnose a problem.”

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with virtually every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight®, ElipZ®, ElightZ®, CINE VCLX and CINE VCLX/2. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2010 revenue of £309 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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ToolsOnAir Releases just:play and just:live v1.6

Vienna, Austria – November 2011…..  ToolsOnAir, creators of innovative QuickTime-based applications for broadcast video production professionals, has announced the release of version 1.6 of their play out products just:play and just:live.

Part of ToolsOnAir’s acclaimed Broadcast Suite of video production tools, just:play and just:live v1.6 offers a host of new features and enhancements that take the concept of TV Station in a Mac even further.

Included in the version 1.6 update is full support for Mac OS 10.7 (Lion), as well as support for Apple’s Mac Mini. As ToolsOnAir Director of Marketing Gilbert Leb explains, “With Apple’s recent integration of Thunderbolt technology and the increased processing power of all Mac models, the concept of ‘TV Station in a Mac Mini’ is now fully viable. Using video hardware such as AJA’s IO XT Box or Black Magic Designs’ Ultrastudio 3D, it is now possible to implement a truly professional grade broadcast facility, delivering playout automation, real-time graphics and router control in a single Mac Mini with a mere 85 Watts of power consumption. Our customers are now looking at implementing literally dozens of channels – with redundant backups – using minimal space and resources.”

ToolsOnAir’s just:play and just:live v1.6 now offer real time aspect ratio conversion, automatically detecting different aspect ratios and converting the files to match playout format. In addition, the user can override the preset selection for each clip individually. For frame accurate play out, the internal time used for scheduling and playing out can now be synchronized to an LTC signal.

Also supported is playlist within playlist functionality, where saved playlists can be dragged and dropped into a previously scheduled playlist.

Advanced native router control for external interfacing and control including routers from AJA, BM, Harris, Kramer and other manufacturers, GPI control of external devices and control of just:live as a server application over the VDCP standard.

“This latest update is yet another step in ToolsOnAir’s ongoing pursuit of offering a complete, powerful, end-to-end solution for multi-camera ingest, editing and automated playout, integrating live graphics feed and more,” says Leb.

For more information, visit www.toolsonair.com

 

Pro Audio Monitoring System Manufacturer Blue Sky Creates YouTube Video Aimed At Consumers & End-Users

Pro audio monitoring system manufacturer, Blue Sky, has maintained a core philosophy since its inception in 2001: to design and offer products that represent the highest ratio of performance-to-cost as well as a superior sound experience for its customers—from home enthusiasts to entertainment content creation professionals. Taking a cue from its in-depth website “Key Concepts” section, which addresses the company’s philosophy on topics ranging from the “Basics of Bass Management” to the “Truth About Subwoofers”, Blue Sky has created an in-depth video on its own YouTube channel to promote the company, its philosophy and the full line of components and systems it offers for home, personal, and professional studio use. 


Targeted to the end-user and consumer, Blue Sky’s first foray into the world of video was produced by Andrew Wild of Wild Touch Productions. Just over 7 minutes, the video outlines the complete Blue Sky story and showcases the full-range professional monitoring components and lines—from the entry-level 2.1 desktop eXo2 to the mid- and large-scale music/film dubbing systems including MediaDesk, ProDesk, Sky System One and Big Blue. Additionally, you’ll hear raves and reviews from two of Blue Sky’s professional proponents, Chris Unthank, Director of Transfer Operations at Larson Studios and Audio Director/Gaming Sound Designer Greg Allen (formerly of UbiSoft and Electronic Arts).

“Our intention with this new video is essentially to reintroduce the brand to the customer through social media outlets including YouTube and Facebook,” said Blue Sky Vice President Chris Fichera. “Outside of the traditional sales and marketing arena, we want to speak directly to our end-users to reiterate what we are about technically, what makes the Blue Sky brand and products unique—including offering components designed to complement each other and seamless systems built around the bass management concept, and to offer a few raves from some of our hardest-working customers. That’s what we were after and I believe we achieved it.”

Government of Canada Selects Christie for Major Hercules Simulator Upgrade

Christie® today announced that Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) -Toronto, an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, has selected the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM™ projection system as part of a major technology upgrade to train threat reaction by aircrew of the CC130 J-model transport aircraft and other military aircrafts. Stationed in Canada’s new 17,000 square meter Air Mobility Training Centre in Trenton, Ontario, the two projectors are installed in the Department’s Hercules Observer Trainer (HOT) simulator. The HOT includes a correctly-sized mock-up of a CC130 J-model transport aircraft with a re-configurable crew station, swappable door and window, overlooking a 1.5 meter radius hemispherical screen and computer-generated images of gunfire, missile, and airborne threats.
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The Royal Canadian Air Force uses the revolutionary HOT simulator to train loadmasters in “true-to-life” scenarios. HOT simulates combat and search and rescue scenarios, training military personnel to become faster and more accurate in detecting threats and search targets. This increases the speed of their adaptive responses so that a quick assessment of imminent threat is communicated and defensive actions initiated. Equally impressive, the HOT can network with other flight simulators, allowing entire crews and even multiple aircrew to train together as a team.
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Christie worked with the DRDC and industry partners during the design phase to ensure that the projection system met the program requirements. With the upgrade, its visual system is now powered by two dual-input Christie Matrix StIM™ projectors that provide a higher resolution image and wider field of view from the aircraft for a more realistic training experience. Employing their headset and countermeasure dispenser, students train for day and night missions, stimulating their night vision goggles (NVG) with the Christie Matrix StIMs, something that couldn’t be achieved with a single projector with the first version of HOT. Results of data showed that with the HOT, trainees made 79 percent fewer errors and reduced their response time by 11 percent.
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“We have worked with Christie before and their products and expertise are both reliable,” said Stuart Grant, Defense Scientist, DRDC. “When we were looking for the latest-generation visual systems with Infra-red capabilities, the Christie solution was the most mature system available. The Christie Matrix StIM has the means for delivering the features we needed for NVG stimulation, as well as blending, warping and other capabilities. We also selected it for its low heat emission due to its LEDs, an important consideration for our trainees who were often subject to uncomfortable heat levels.”
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According to Jeff Clark, President of Renaissance Sciences Corporation, and NVG visual system integrator on the HOT project, “We recommended the Christie technology for its ability to provide four color NVG scenes, instead of the three-color industry standard. Our software is capable of deploying six different wavebands of simulation on one video card, so working with the Christie Matrix StIMs led to an impressive convergence of NVG stimulation technology.”
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“Christie integrated simulation solutions are comprised of leading-edge display technology and world-class system integration expertise,” noted Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environments. “Canadian federal agencies are making impressive gains in simulation training and development, and Christie is proud to play a role in helping them implement the latest, cutting edge visual technologies with the most important, sought-after features and the lowest cost of operation.”
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The award-winning Christie Matrix StIM is the world’s first true solid state LED-based simulation projection system and the first to provide simultaneous and independent control over both the visible and near-IR spectrum using LED illumination. It utilizes Christie TrueIMAGE™ integration tools for geometry, image blending and warping, color and brightness uniformity, low-latency and overall reliability and sustainability. Built with no consumables for a virtually maintenance-free system, the StIM features extraordinarily long life, image quality and ease of service.

HARMAN’s Lexicon® PCM Total Bundle Gives Film Composer John Frizzell Total Control Over A Panorama Of Reverbs and Effects

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Canadian composer John Frizzell has scored more than 35 films, TV scores and movies for television, including “Alien: Resurrection,” Office Space,” “Legion,” “The Roommate” and the new television series “The Secret Circle.” Frizzell began his musical career singing in the chorus of the Paris Opera Company and the Metropolitan Opera Company at age 12, and went on to study at USC School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. After college, he worked for producer/vibraphonist Michael Mainieri, where he became one of the first musicians to work with the Synclavier, one of the first digital synthesizers, samplers and workstations. more

projectiondesign® F35 AS3D – world’s highest resolution 3D single chip DLP® projector now available


WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT THE F35 AS3D HERE.

Fully uncompressed 3D at up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels and 120 Hz for superior imaging and performance.

Further consolidating the Norwegian manufacturer’s reputation for innovation in display technology, projectiondesign® announces that its F35 AS3D – the world’s highest resolution Active Stereo 3D DLP® projector – is now available for immediate shipping.

With up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution at full 120 Hz refresh rates, the F35 AS3D displays fully uncompressed 3D with more detail than any projector in its size, price and performance category, creating the best and most life like 3D experience available anywhere.

“One of the real user benefits lies in the deployment of our newly developed dual bandwidth imaging”, says Anders Løkke, Marketing Director at projectiondesign. “With double the image processing speed of competing products, we are able to display pictures that do not rely on compression technologies, thus outputting full image detail and accuracy without artefacts.”

Particularly useful for scientific visualization, virtual reality, visitor attraction and training and simulation applications, these higher detail levels allow users to make quicker and better-informed decisions, saving them both time and money.

The F35 AS3D is based on the already popular F35 wqxga model – the highest resolution DLP projector available for commercial use. Roger Carver, manager of DLP’s front projection business at Texas Instruments, developers of the DLP imaging platform, comments: “The F35 wqxga was a stunning technological achievement – now the F35 AS3D version takes this innovation to a new level of image detail. We are proud to be associated with such ground-breaking engineering by a manufacturer that is consistently pushing the boundaries of industry imaging standards and excellence.”

The F35 AS3D features a wide range of specifically designed high resolution projection lenses and incorporates projectiondesign’s unique RealColor™ colour management suite for perfect on-site calibration and unmatched colour accuracy. Natural and precise colours add to the high-resolution performance of the F35 AS3D, and image quality can be guaranteed over any number of projection channels.

The projector offers brightness levels up to 7,500 ANSI lumens, a range of configuration options, and seamless switching between 3D and 2D. Additional benefits include user adjustable Smear Reduction Processing that reduces motion artefacts in high-speed imaging – yet another key feature for simulation applications.

As with all projectiondesign professional projectors, the F35 AS3D benefits from up to five years of full 24/7 warranty availability and is incorporated into the company’s ProNet asset management software suite.

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WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT THE F35 AS3D HERE.

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Dataton and Show Sage bring live design to LDI

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strong>See Dataton at LDI, Booth 774, October 28-30, OCCC, Orlando, FL

Stereoscopic playback, 3D effects, and iPad control shown for first time at LDI.

Dataton and their North American partner, Show Sage LLC, will be demonstrating version 5 of WATCHOUT™ multi-display production and playback system at LDI.

Jim Testa, Show Sage’s president, explains: ?As Dataton’s North American distributor we are pleased to be spearheading the introduction of WATCHOUT version 5 to LDI attendees. Already recognized as the number one multi-display software solution for the industry, WATCHOUT version 5 offers many new advantages to our customers including enhanced live interaction and a significantly reduced cost per display channel.

?We look forward to introducing the new features of WATCHOUT version 5 to those attending LDI as well as highlighting our WATCHOUT-tuned computer systems.?

Michael Engström, Sales Director at Dataton adds: “Presentations have never been more more

YOSO Rocks the House with Community M-CLASS Monitors

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M-CLASS M12 Stage Monitors in Black and White Finishes

Featuring Toto singer Bobby Kimball and Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye of Yes, supergroup YOSO creates a powerful musical blend that combines the sounds of both bands, with complex yet accessible instrumental passages and catchy pop vocal hooks.

YOSO’s unique musical style and heavy instrumentals are evident in their premier album Elements, which debuted in 2010. The album release was supported by an international tour. Live performances included classics from both Yes and Toto, as well as new music from the album.

As YOSO’s FOH Engineer Paul Doty, CEO of tour providers West Coast Sound and Light, explains, during the U.S. leg of the tour the band used Community’s M12 Ultra High Performance Stage Monitors, selected for their high fidelity and crystal clear sound. But during the European leg of the tour, they opted not to take along their own equipment, relying instead on equipment provided at each more

INTEGRATED MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (IMT) INTRODUCES RF CENTRAL PHT-IV HIGH POWER TRANSMITTER FOR AFRICAN BROADCAST MARKET AT 2011 IBC SHOW

Portable Suitcase Design Allows for
High Quality Video Transmission in an Easy to Use Package

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, introduces its RF Central PHT-IV portable high power transmitter, specifically designed for the African broadcast market, at the 2011 IBC Show (Hall 1, Stand D40).

Incorporating the RF Central award-winning microLite HD transmitter, the PHT-IV HD upgradable portable digital transmitter is flexible in design, allowing the microLite camera transmitter to be used standalone at 100 mw or with an integral power amplifier that delivers 5W output power.

“We continue to witness the phenomenal growth of the broadcast sector across all African countries,? says Integrated Microwave Technologies President Stephen Shpock. “This growth was made possible by opening Africa’s broadcast market to new investment and competition from IPTV and satellite operators as well as an increase in advertising revenues and available TV channels. The PHT-IV was designed to provide the emerging markets with a reliable and cost-effective product that can handle their new video transmission needs.?

Configured as the PHT-lV-H model, the transmitter is available with a standard 7W power output. The PHT-IV is highly portable and purpose-built with a tough plastic miniature suitcase design. It is ideal for use as a temporary transmitter for fixed or mobile applications.

The unit boasts a simple and user-friendly design with top-mounted controls that include all fundamental MPEG video and channel programming parameters. In addition, there is a linear variable attenuator to control power output. Power on/off and over-temperature alarm indication is also available. Cooled by three internal high velocity fans and housed in a weather-resistant case, the PHT-IV can operate in either a closed or open case configuration.

The PHT-IV can transform virtually any vehicle into a COFDM digital microwave “live car? with access to 12 VDC and the addition of an optional antenna. The PHT-IV is also usable in a fixed position or standalone mode for temporary transmit application.
Available formats include 480i, 576i, 720p and 1080i. The unit can be configured to accept composite, component, HD, SDI and ASI inputs. Audio capabilities include analog, digital AES and fully embedded audio.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult for African broadcast operators to keep up with the pace of the pursuit for viewers and subscribers, as licensed and unlicensed operators embrace new technologies such as online and mobile TV,? adds Shpock. “Broadcasters will also face another challenge due to the imminent switch to all digital broadcasting while the number of new competitive television and radio stations will continue to grow. The PHT-IV is an example of IMT’s commitment to providing the global broadcast industry with solutions that allow them to operate more efficiently in today’s ever changing environment.?

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLCIntegrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.com.
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