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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.

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.

www.blacktrax.ca

For High-Profile Events Where Huge Screens, Image Quality, and Precision Are Top Priorities, WorldStage Relies on Stewart Filmscreen

WorldStage, the well-known rental and staging company, purchases two gigantic projection screens, adding to an ever-growing Stewart Filmscreen inventory and recommitting to Stewart as its projection screen supplier of choice

TORRANCE, CA, USA – October 27, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen, world leader in built-to-order, high-performance, extra-large, projection screens for the commercial, rental, and residential markets, and WorldStage, a premiere technical rental and staging company in event and entertainment technology, stewart_logo_sfc08_webannounced today their ongoing mutual support, with WorldStage buying two gigantic new ‘Stewart Large’ category screens,adding to its extensive and ever-growing Stewart Filmscreen inventory.

“While Stewart screens can sometimes cost more than the alternatives and require special care when being used, they are unparalleled in terms of image quality,” says Richard Bevan, VP and General Manager at WorldStage-LA. “No matter where the viewer is seated, they will see the same image quality as those seated front-row center, no matter the projector configuration. With the very large shows we cater to, that is critical.” 

For more than thirty years, display technology engineers at WorldStage have relied on Stewart Filmscreen, going back to WorldStage CEO Gary Standard’s early days in the industry in the mid-1980s. As WorldStage evolved in to an AV staging company in the early 1990s, the company began to purchase Stewart screens for rental inventory. Now, the company uses large high-performance Stewart screens ranging in size anywhere from 10-feet x 17-feet to 24-feet x 91.5-feet, with a large number of Stewart AeroView 100 rear-projection surfaces, specialty screens including GrayHawk front-projection surfaces, UltraMatte 150 front-projection curved surfaces, and a variety of other screen surfaces in inventory.

WorldStage chooses Stewart Filmscreen projection screens for their unmatched color-accuracy and brightness uniformity, attributes that allow the screens to be used very successfully in applications where other screens would exhibit hot spots and color-shift. With the added advantage of being the only screen company that can create seamless projection screens up to 40-feet by 90-feet wide, Stewart Filmscreen offers the uninterrupted, larger-than-life images that live events in large venues require. The Stewart ‘Difference’ means WorldStage can offer the biggest and best seamless image, while providing the durability that the rental market requires. Stewart’s unrivaled build-to-order custom manufacturing capabilities also means WorldStage has the versatility necessary to service any live event, no matter how big, unique, or demanding.

We are honored to be the projection screen supplier of choice for WorldStage, one of the country’s most prestigious rental and staging companies,” says Stewart Filmscreen president and CEO, Grant Stewart. “WorldStage continually amazes us with its innovative and impressive use of Stewart Filmscreen products in some of the most creative events and venues we’ve witnessed.”

WorldStage uses Stewart screens in many different configurations on the majority of its projection shows. For instance, a 24-feet x 91.5-feet Stewart screen was used for the Cisco Partner Summit 2013 in Boston, while two 20-feet x 66-feet GrayHawk front-projection screens and one 20-feet x 35.5-feet rear-projection surface were showcased in the SALT Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.

Whether it’s a Fortune 500 product launch, a wildly inventive media art exhibit, or an extravagant benefit gala, WorldStage and Stewart Filmscreen are both dedicated to customer service, diverse and custom solutions, and impeccable image quality regardless of environment. To see Stewart screens in action at WorldStage events, go to www.worldstage.com/portfolio.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. 

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

About WorldStage
In 2007, Scharff Weisberg merged with Video Applications to form WorldStage, a diverse technical staging company in the live event and entertainment technology field. WorldStage provides Audio-Visual Design, Engineering and Implementation Services to the corporate, artistic, and theatrical communities, and has one of the most experienced and conscientious staffs in the business. The company also has a full-service lighting division that is a market leader in quality of service. And, finally, WorldStage’s design and research division specializes in designing the systems and configurations that are the most cost-effective and innovative around. For more information, visit www.worldstage.com.

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (406) 446-1283 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

WorldStage Contacts
Josh Weisberg | President, WorldStage | (212) 582-2345

David Steinberg | Goliath Marketing | (646) 319-8255 | golmar@mac.com

Images for use in publication can be downloaded from the following links:

Cisco Event
Caption: “A 24-foot high by 92-foot wide rear projection screen using Stewart AeroView 100 material is flanked by two 18-foot wide by 24-foot high screens using Stewart AeroView 150 material.”

Dreamforce Event
Caption: “Multiple 92-foot, 60-foot & 24-foot wide Stewart front and rear projection screens support a Metallica appearance at Dreamforce 2011”

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At full speed: The Art of Light uses wysiwyg for Armin Only – Intense world tour

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wysiwyg enables a spectacle for each and every visitor

The Art of Light, a Netherlands-based creative light designing, programming and operating company, used wysiwyg version R33 to previsualize lighting design and effects for DJ Armin van Buuren and his ‘Armin Only – Intense’ worldwide tour.

“A completely original lighting design was designed by Marc Heinz. The Art of Light was in charge for all the programming and used wysiwyg R33 to previsualize the tour,” said André Beekmans, founder of The Art of Light.

“Because the design includes 388 moving lights, 67 strobes, 100 LED fixtures and some conventional lighting, we needed to pre-program the lighting design in our studio before we started the rehearsals. The 6 hour show includes 25 timecode tracks including live performances and dancers.

“wysiwyg is realistic and reliable. When used in combination with all paperwork and drawings, it proved to be a really powerful previsualization tool for Armin Only – Intense,” enthused André Beekmans.

The Art of Light was established by André Beekmans in 2011. Today, a highly skilled design and engineering team works on the biggest, brightest and technically complex high profile events around the world. Their scope includes a number of world firsts including all shows for Hardwell, Afrojack and Armin van Buuren. Festivals such as Dance Valley, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Music Festival and tours including A State of Trance, Revealed and Fusion Cube.

“The projects that we work on are inspired by creativity and we are always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with lighting. In saying this, we rely on wysiwyg previsualization to see, to tweak, to test, to cue as well as to provide to clients and the contractors, technicians and musicians we work with. Watch this space as there are many more spectacular events on the horizon.”

Images: © The Art of Light.

http://theartoflight.nl/

About CAST Software
Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien — Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.

CAST Software Ltd. is a member of the CAST Group of Companies Inc.

www.cast-soft.com

wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge 2014

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Make sure you register your vote at the People’s Choice Awards

The Challenge is not yet over.

Entries judged by the panel now flow to the second part of the wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge 2014. So to register your vote for BEST Lighting Design, go to CAST Software’s Blog — http://tinyurl.com/o7bn2nw — and vote by noon Wednesday, 8 October 2014 (EST – Toronto, Canada).

www.cast-soft.com

Stanford University Using Christie Microtiles as Valuable Learning Tool

Christie® MicroTiles® are serving as a valuable learning tool at Stanford University in Stanford, California. Using a frame designed by rp Visuals, the approximately 1,440 square foot (32-units wide by 6-units tall) Christie MicroTiles wall is installed two feet off the ground in a Wallenberg Hall classroom and spans nearly the entire width of the room. The teaching space hosts journalism and social sciences, among other classes – as well as special events such as Election Night.

Christie MicroTiles at Stanford University

Christie MicroTiles at Stanford University

Moving from three projectors to multiple presentation possibilities using Christie MicroTiles
Opened in 2002, the Wallenberg Foundation decided it was time for a refresh, which included replacing the old projectors in the 60-seat theater with Christie MicroTiles. According to Bob Smith, Director of Technology Services, Office of the Registrar, the front row was often vacant because it provided a poor view and if the seats were filled, those audience members cast shadows on the screen.

This isn’t Stanford’s first experience with the technology: two years ago, a Christie MicroTiles video wall was installed in the Visitors Center. “From that installation, I knew the MicroTiles were gorgeous; they’re so rich, and they’re linear all the way down into the blacks. They’re just really beautiful things,” said Smith.

For this room, they needed the highest possible resolution combined with the ability to have multiple presentations running simultaneously in a variety of configurations.

Smith said the MicroTiles also allow people to sit closer to the screen and “allow us to flexibly adjust the visual rhetoric of the screen, making important things bigger, less critical things smaller, bringing things to the center, and moving other things to the side.”

Using Christie MicroTiles during 2012 American Presidential election
An early use of the MicroTiles was November 6, 2012 when the space served as a working newsroom for journalism students covering the 2012 election with the MicroTiles displaying multiple feeds simultaneously.

“What you saw there was a sort of mission control application where there were seven different screens up there – including CNN – two local channels with picture-in-picture and closed captioning, the New York Times webpage, a Google© analytics page, one person editing video and another sorting still images,” said Smith.

“It was the apotheosis of a group work scenario. There was information that was common to everyone in the room spread across the top of the screen. And, at the same time, people who needed some smaller group sharing the space or just a larger display area were working in very close to the screen but down low and using the MicroTiles as an extension of their laptop. That was a really fun, early use of the space.”

Christie MicroTiles expand teaching possibilities
Smith said each class uses the wall in a different way, adding, “The result is that the MicroTiles have basically allowed us to take classroom visualization to a much higher level, with a much higher level of flexibility.

“You’ve got something (Christie MicroTiles) that is tremendously capable and very exciting with what the possibilities are. That would largely go to waste if you have to go to a 2-day seminar to learn how to operate them and become certified. The whole name of the game was to make it so anyone can walk in and operate it quickly.”

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD displays, Christie MicroTiles display clean, saturated, lifelike colors. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create a gorgeous digital canvas.

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Zeo Productions Acquires Chauvet MVP-Ta8 Video Wall

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Zeo Productions, in Hatboro, PA. recently added the Chauvet MVP-Ta8 Curve video wall to its in-house video production inventory. The MVP-Ta8 is a modular video panel that, with its 8.33 mm tight pixel pitch and innovative rigging hardware (and unlike a large amount of video wall offerings), allows the ability to be built in straight, concave or convex displays configurations. This makes it ideal for short or long distance viewing. Intensely bright tri-colored SMD (surface mount device) LEDs make this wall perfectly suitable for temporary outdoor applications. In addition, due to its solid construction and flexibility in hanging options it is perfect for extended touring use.

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For information on rental or tour availability, please call:
Kyle Pennypacker or Jason Spatz at 215-9560328
or email @ Kyle.p@zeobrothers.com or Jason.s@zeobrothers.com

For additional specs and photos click below to go to Chauvet’s web site page

http://www.chauvetlighting.com/mvp-ta8-curve.html

Christie is the New Face of Security and Surveillance for the Control Room at ASIS 2014

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, brings a generation of leadership experience to designing and implementing high-performance mission critical control room solutions to ASIS 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, September 29 – October 2. From high resolution flat panel displays, to video processors and the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform, Christie will showcase versatile and cost-effective solutions for the ultimate in mission-critical communications, performance, and reliability.

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Among the products on display will be a 2×2 ultra-narrow bezel Christie FHD552X HD LCD-based flat panel video wall featuring ultra-sharp HD resolution, high pixel density, and superior image sharpness and brightness. Significantly thinner than conventional panels, Christie flat panels automatically map in any array configuration, either in portrait or landscape mode. They are quick and easy to set up and use less than one watt of power in standby mode for low-cost operation. Also on display will be a 2×2 set-up of the 70-inch Christie Entero™ HB front access display cube the first and only LED display cube to offer wireless control through Wi-Fi® capability. Christie’s video wall displays will be fed by the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform.

“Christie brings more than 80 years of leadership in visual displays and generations of experience in designing and implementing 24/7 mission-critical operations for some of the world’s largest organizations,” noted Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Room Solutions, at Christie. “Whether for government, law enforcement, power, utility or telecommunications, Christie offers customized, end-to-end control room solutions specifically tailored to the customer’s needs and budget.”

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

Matrox Unveils Quad and Six-Head PCI Express Graphics Cards

C-Series includes the world’s fastest fanless quad card and a high-performance six-head card with board-to-board framelock

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the first two cards in the eagerly anticipated Matrox C-Series™ —the Matrox C420 quad-output and the Matrox C680 six-output PCI Express® graphics cards—engineered for stability, reliability and advanced multi-display capabilities. Both cards feature 2GB of on-board memory and mini DisplayPort connectivity. They deliver outstanding performance for control room, digital signage, enterprise, industrial, security, A/V, and embedded system applications.

Matrox C-Series Graphics Cards

The low-profile Matrox C420 quad card features passive cooling for increased reliability and silent operation. Its low power consumption makes it a perfect fit for small-form-factor and embedded systems. The single-slot Matrox C680 supports up to six displays or projectors. Compatibility with the latest Ultra-HD and 4K panels makes C680 a versatile solution for multi-screen workstation setups. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls.

Both new video cards work with the robust Matrox PowerDesk™ desktop management software for Windows® that lets users easily configure and manage multi-display setups. PowerDesk gives professionals a comprehensive set of tools to control a variety of display configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Matrox advanced desktop management features also let users determine where and how program windows are displayed on the desktop—a productivity tool designed to enhance multi-display experiences.

“This introduction of C-Series expands our line of multi-display graphics card to offer our customers higher performance, higher display density solutions,” said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “We will continue to support our professional users with the premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and easy-to-use PowerDesk desktop management software that Matrox is known for.”

Key features of Matrox C-Series
Matrox C-Series PCI Express x16 graphics cards are designed with AMD™ GPUs featuring DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL® 4.4 and OpenCL™ 1.2 compliance. Secure mini DisplayPort connectors prevent loose cabling. The low-profile Matrox C420 supports up to four displays with a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600. Matrox C680 supports up to six displays with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160. Bundled with Matrox PowerDesk for Windows, Matrox C-Series is compatible with Microsoft® Windows 7, 8.1 and Linux® operating systems.

See Matrox C-Series demonstrated live at Security Essen 2014 (hall 2.0, stand 428) and InfoComm MEA 2014 (stand TA-F35).

Availability
Matrox C-Series cards will be available in Q4 2014. Register at www.matrox.com/c-series/notification to be notified of the latest C-Series updates.

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.

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