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SSL to Host Free Live Console Training at U.K. HQ

OXFORD, ENGLAND, U.K. – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading provider of tools for creative audio professionals, is proud to announce its Live Console Operator Training Days. Aimed at serving as an introduction to the SSL Live console, these free one-day courses will include hands-on experience for all participants. The training sessions will take place at the company’s Oxford, England-based headquarters on 17th and 18th September, 1st and 2nd October and 5th and 6th November. While these events are completely free, numbers are strictly limited. All interested parties are encouraged to apply via the online application form, found online at store.solidstatelogic.com/forms/live-training.

Currently featuring its V2 Software, SSL Live is the company’s first console for live sound production, suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitor systems for venues, arenas, houses of worship and concert halls. Reception to the console by the industry has been extremely positive since its announcement last year, with Live already appearing on tour with The Killers, Jason Aldean and Flogging Molly as well as at various music festivals, such as WOMAD and Live at Edinburgh Castle.

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

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Cake Boss Buddy Valastro to Help ELAN Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary at CEDIA 2014!

America’s favorite baker, Buddy Valastro (aka The Cake Boss) is coming to CEDIA 2014 to help ELAN Home Systems celebrate its 25th anniversary, according to an announcement made today by Core Brands Director of Control Joe Lautner.  The world-renowned star of the TLC Network shows “The Cake Boss,” “Kitchen Boss,” “The Next Great Baker,” and “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue” will be appearing at the Core Brands Booth (#350) on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00PM.  And, yes, Buddy will be bringing with him a custom designed anniversary cake guaranteed to wow show attendees!

“We’re thrilled to have Buddy join us this year to help celebrate a major milestone in ELAN’s history of innovation,” said Lautner.  “Twenty-five years is major landmark in this industry, or any tech industry for that matter.  Buddy’s appearance will help add excitement to what lies ahead for ELAN, as we bring to market our next generation Home Control Platform and new broader range of entertainment and control system solutions that cover a much broader range of the market than ever before!”

Buddy Valastro is no stranger when it comes to ELAN.  An ELAN g! System manages every part of Buddy’s life at home and at work, where an ELAN g! System helps Buddy and his staff manages the ever expanding business operations of the Carlos Bakery commercial production center in Jersey City, New Jersey.  “Buddy has first-hand experience with ELAN,” continues Lautner. “His New Jersey home as well as his state-of-the-art bakery production center are both fully equipped with ELAN g!.”

“The party event is open to everyone at the show,” Lautner emphasized.  “Please join us to both acknowledge our past accomplishments and toast the launch of an amazing new generation of g! entertainment and control systems.”

About ELAN:

ELAN® is a brand of Core Brands, offering an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and in more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

About Core Brands

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management and control brands including SpeakerCraft, ELAN, Niles, Panamax and Furman to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end-users. For further information, visit www.corebrands.com.

About Nortek, Inc.

Core Brands is a Nortek company. Nortek Inc. is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit: http://www.nortekinc.com/products/technology-solutions/.

Verrex Appoints Key Project Manager to Boston Office

AV solutions provider Verrex adds Christopher Kelley to its distinguished project management team.

Verrex Boston Project Manager Chris Kelley

Verrex Project Manager Chris Kelley

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 13 August 2014 / — Verrex, the quality-driven AV solutions provider, announced that Christopher Kelley has joined its New England and Canada region as Project Manager in the company’s Boston office. Christopher is accountable for executing projects in-line with
client expectations and scope, utilizing tools such as project milestones, project plans and progress reports. As a Verrex Project Manager, he is a client’s single point of contact for project progress and delivery. Christopher reports to Verrex Director of Project Management, Jaime Callejo.

“Christopher’s extensive accomplishments in hands-on management of high profile and challenging projects in the technology sector makes him an ideal fit for our team,” said Callejo. “The greater Boston market continues to be one of the most active regions for Verrex in terms of new projects and demanding installations. His dedication to exceptional client relationships, technical skill set and organizational acumen will no doubt serve our clients well.”

Christopher joins Verrex with over 30 years of experience in operations management, project management and systems design. Most recently he was Project Management & Vendor Relations Department Head of Granite Guard (Quincy, MA) where he was responsible for leading teams in installations of fire, security, access and CCTV systems across 1100 project sites. Additional career highlights include: Senior Project Manager for the National Retail Division of NISCAYAH (Woburn, MA); Operations Manager of Boss Security Systems; and Systems Engineer of Best Inc.

“Verrex’s Project Management processes set the standards for excellence in project management,” said Christopher. “This group helps distinguish Verrex in exceeding client expectations and I am thrilled to join such a client-centric team and organization.”

Christopher is based out of Verrex’s New England and Canada office in Wilmington, MA and can be reached at ckelley@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports video conferencing and other advanced AV/IT technologies empowering the global business community to collaborate and communicate without limitations. A decades-refined, quality assurance system distinguishes Verrex in the industry, ensuring far superior systems design, engineering, project management, installation, support, documentation and solutions. With offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has positioned its presence, expertise and alliances to deliver innovative solutions around the globe. Visit verrex.com and connect on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Verrex Expands Sales Engineering Solutions with Notable Hire

AV solutions provider Verrex adds Akin Adewole to its New York based Sales team.

Verrex Sales Engineer Akin Adewole

Verrex Sales Engineer Akin Adewole

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 13 August 2014 / — Verrex, the quality-driven AV solutions provider, announced that Akin Adewole has joined its Corporate Headquarters as Sales Engineer. In this crucial pre-sales support role, Akin will provide expert working-knowledge of collaboration and communication solutions in order to recommend technologies for a client’s intended functionality. Akin joins a global design-build integration and managed services sales team under the direction of Verrex Vice President of Sales, Bill Chamberlin.

“The technology alone has little value to our clients — until it’s paired with the technical knowledge and confident skills of a sales engineer of Akin’s caliber,” said Chamberlin. “Akin will no doubt be an excellent resource for our clients in helping them envision and implement an overall solution that’s relevant to their needs. We are pleased to add him to our team.”

Akin joins Verrex with over 22 years of versatile experience in audiovisual, networking, engineering and systems design. Most recently he was Senior Systems Design Engineer at Activu where he was responsible for interpreting project specifications and functionality into system layouts, bill of materials and project implementation documents for command and control systems. Additional career highlights include: Systems Design Engineer at HB Communications; Technical Sales Design Engineer at Crestron Electronics; Systems Design Engineer at Modern Mass Media; Mechanical Engineer at NJIT Center for Manufacturing Systems; Network Engineer at UNIFI Communications; and AV Technician at Norris Sight & Sound/Northwestern University.

Akin holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. He has also earned the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) designation from InfoComm International.

“I very much look forward to contributing during the most critical stage of a client’s collaboration strategy,” said Akin. “Verrex’s focus on providing solutions, rather than simply selling systems, matches my own. I am excited to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking team.”

Akin is based out of Verrex’s Corporate & Global headquarters in Mountainside, New Jersey and can be reached at aadewole@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports video conferencing and other advanced AV/IT technologies empowering the global business community to collaborate and communicate without limitations. A decades-refined, quality assurance system distinguishes Verrex in the industry, ensuring far superior systems design, engineering, project management, installation, support, documentation and solutions. With offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has positioned its presence, expertise and alliances to deliver innovative solutions around the globe. Visit verrex.com and connect on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Siggraph 2014 Platinum Sponsor Christie Powers Up Screens and Award-Winning Visual Displays

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, will be powering the screens that are showing some of the visuals effects of several of the year’s biggest blockbuster films and advances in computer graphics at Vancouver’s 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2014, August 10 – 14. Christie will also lead a discussion on the latest projection mapping techniques at the NVIDIA Visual Computing Theater. Titled, “Virtual Automotive: Projection Mapped Graphics for Automotive Design,” Christie will display its latest digital “sandbox,” a fully three dimensional visual pipeline designed to automatically calibrate and maintain a customized projection mapped display, such a Corvette or other template model of any size.

“Christie CP4230 Digital Cinema® projectors are essentially powering the amazing Computer Animation Festival (CAF), enabling the leading VFX and film studios to exhibit their best work in two large presentation halls, including AMPAS’ award-winning content in film and animation,” said Jeevan Vivegananthan, senior director of engineering, Christie. “The CP4230 projectors will also showcase cutting-edge, real-time interactive technologies and techniques in the CAF’s Production Sessions as well as three sold-out evening shows of the incredibly popular Electronic Theater which features the finest work in computer graphics from the past year. And our 4K projectors will display a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.”

Christie's 3D projection mapping Corvette

The auditoriums for the CAF and the Production Sessions will each feature two auxiliary screens, flanking the main screen, which will show close-ups of event speakers to the audience. These will be powered by Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie Roadster HD14K-M projectors, respectively.

Christie will also illuminate the SIGGRAPH Studio and SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, each of which will feature two Christie G Series projectors and the Art Gallery, which will include a 65-inch LCD touch panel display.

ISI Supports Sammy Hagar With Martin Audio W8LC System

St. Louis––Ironman Sound Industries recently supported a sold-out Sammy Hagar concert in the Maryland Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre with a Martin Audio W8LC speaker system.

According to ISI President Bob Horner who served as Production Manager for the ISI team during the show, “Hagar was doing a five week tour with ten dates including smaller venues and sheds and they were only carrying stage gear and video, so we supplied them with racks and stacks and a full lighting package.

“For the PA, we had our Martin Audio rig with 32 W8LCs for the main hang, 24 W8LMs for outfill, 4 W8LMDs for frontfill and 24 WSX subs. We’d played the venue before,” Bob adds, “so there were no major challenges besides making sure everything was hung correctly and properly EQ’d.”

The show, billed as A Journey Through the History of Rock, featured Hagar perennials from the Montrose, Van Halen and Chickenfoot eras along with Zeppelin covers such as “Good Times Bad Times,” “When the Levee Breaks,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Rock and Roll.” Fittingly, Sammy was supported by Michael Anthony on bass, Jason Bonham on drums and guitarist Vic Johnson from Waboritas.

Asked about the concert, Horner says, “It was one of the best shows I saw this year. St. Louis is an FM friendly town so Sammy is a pretty big deal and he really put his heart and soul into each song. I loved the sound for the show, Sammy’s FOH engineer Tony Luna, who’s mixed KISS and Aerosmith among others, was super happy with the system, and Jerry Harvey of JH Audio who used to mix Van Halen, thought the rig sounded great as well.

“We really appreciate the Martin Audio system because it’s solid, sounds great, and is really reliable. It definitely helps us get a lot of work because we’re known for the Martin Audio system in St. Louis. A lot of the current stories are about MLA, which is awesome,” Bob continues, “because the impact MLA is having really helps make more people aware of Martin Audio and the W8LC system.”

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

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

HARMAN’s Studer To Showcase Its OnAir 3000 Digital Mixing Console At International Radio Festival 2014

ZURICH, Switzerland – HARMAN’s Studer will be showcasing its OnAir 3000 digital mixing console at the International Radio Festival (IRF) 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland, August 21 through September 7. The IRF is the world’s largest public on-air festival and conference and brings together industry professionals and radio stations from around the world, which will be broadcasting shows to a worldwide audience and giving attendees the opportunity to “Listen to How the World Sounds.” The Studer OnAir 3000 will also be featured at SwissRadioDay 2014, which will take place during the IRF on September 3.

The Studer OnAir 3000 is a highly versatile digital console designed for radio and TV broadcasting and production. It features Studer’s exclusive Touch-n-Action color touchscreen user interface that provides intuitive operation and ready access to all key functions, and offers a comprehensive array of cueing, routing, signal processing and metering options.

“Our OnAir 3000 is ideal for the medium to upper segment and combines exceptional flexibility with the pristine sound quality that has made Studer the industry standard in broadcast consoles worldwide,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Soundcraft Studer. “At IRF and Swiss Radio Day, attendees will have a unique opportunity to see and hear the OnAir 3000 first-hand and experience what it can do in live broadcast situations.”

The Studer OnAir 3000 is based on a completely modular concept. The fader module includes six fader strips and up to eight fader modules can be fitted for a maximum console size of 48 faders. A variety of layout options are available, to perfectly tailor the OnAir 3000 for any radio or TV broadcast application. Available modules include fader, motorized fader and fader assign modules; monitoring and talkback modules; main screen and fader screen modules and more. The console provides a host of digital and analog connectivity options.

The OnAir 3000 provides three main stereo mix busses plus an audition facility, four stereo AUX busses and three independent studio monitoring circuits with a talkback speaker built into the console. The console offers assignable rotary controls and complete EQ, dynamics processing, noise gate, de-esser and other processing and input/output routing for each channel. The OnAir 3000 integrates completely with radio playout systems and the Studer CMS Call Management System that allows the operator to easily manage incoming phone calls on a single screen.

“We are honored to have Studer as our radio studio partner at this year’s IRF 2014,” said Darryl von Däniken, Festival Director of IRF and event organizer for the SwissRadioDay 2014. “Studer is known worldwide as a leader in digital consoles for radio and TV and the company’s presence at IRF validates the growing importance of the event also as a ‘must-see’ technology showcase for broadcast professionals and attendees.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

StrandVision Introduces Digital Signage Content Highlighting with New Page Border Feature

Color-coded border calls attention to new and updated pages, photos and text…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Aug. 13, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced a visitor and employee communication enhancement that highlights new pages and updates to existing pages with color-coded borders in order to alert viewers that new digital signage content is being displayed. The user-configurable feature is available at no cost to all StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers, as well as free digital signage test drive participants.

“Keeping electronic signage content updated and fresh is the best way to engage viewers,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “For those companies with minimum posting time policies or limited administration time, some of our subscribers suggested that we develop a way to highlight new digital signage content to alert their viewers that they were seeing something for the first time. We developed the New Content Highlight Border to not only call attention to the new content but gradually fade the color over the user-specified number of days or hours.“

The feature automatically adds a red New Content Highlight Border to the pages and/or frames when additions or changes are made to the digital signage page mix; the border fades through to yellow and then disappears after three days under the default setting. Subscriber administrators at the Intermediate or Advanced levels can disable the feature or change their default New Content Highlight Time setting to a number of interim times ranging from one-half hour up to two weeks.

Three Levels of Control

StrandVision’s Content Management System (CMS) portal offers three user levels – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced – that vary the number of choices presented to the administrators as they post pages, graphics and text. This approach provides a comfortable experience for new users enabling them to easily and quickly publish attractive, impactful digital signage.

As they become more experienced using StrandVision’s portal they can change their level in order to be presented with additional design choices that offer them more flexibility and control over the digital signage presentation. For instance, Advanced users can control text (reading) speed, page transitions and other presentation aspects, as well as perform signage monitoring and automatic player reboots. Administrators can change their own levels at any time on the StrandVision portal at no additional cost.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage software content to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer-created text, graphics, videos and RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged worldwide, national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications for waiting rooms (patient and customer information); banks and retailers (video merchandising); education (student, staff and visitor information); business and industry (employee communication and operational/performance information); as well as nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers digital signage support hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution, Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and administration, and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Enable Mammoth Projection Mapping For “Marvel Universe LIVE!” North American Show Tour

It’s impossible not to use superlatives to describe “Marvel Universe LIVE!” the new arena spectacular – and first-ever live Marvel tour – produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc., which just made its 85-city debut with previews in Tampa, Florida. The live-action, movie-style production features amazing stunt performers, motorcycle chases, pyrotechnics, moving stages and astonishing projection mapping that features a three-story wall purported to be the largest projection surface ever built.

d3 Technologies media servers control a sizable array of projectors and LED for the immersive projection mapping, which has been praised in press reviews for enhancing the audience experience. Projections allow characters to seamlessly travel between The Avengers’ tower and Loki’s fortress; they showcase Tony Stark’s lab, a landslide in the Himalayas and the top of the Statue of Liberty.

Ash Nehru of d3 Technologies, says the size and complexity of “Marvel Universe LIVE!” represents an “unparalleled” usage of d3 media servers for projection mapping where scenic locations and effects map the set, props and arena itself. “There hasn’t been a show of quite this dramatic scale before with this kind of high-quality content,” says Nehru. The production is believed to feature the largest, most sophisticated video projection rig ever taken on tour. It utilizes 27 Barco HDF-W26 DLP projectors, each with 26,000-lumen output.

“Marvel Universe LIVE!” pits 25 Marvel characters in an epic battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power in the Marvel Universe, which has been shattered by Thor to prevent it falling into enemy hands. When his villainous brother Loki schemes to clone the Cube’s powers and threaten world domination Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes – including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man and Wolverine – must work together to retrieve the fragments from such adversaries as Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian and Electro and reunite them.

In development and engineering for two years, the innovative production not only utilizes the entire arena floor but also a multilevel aerial space that puts audiences right in the middle of the action. “Marvel Universe LIVE!” has its world premiere in New York City’s Barclays Center, August 13. The first leg of its North American tour calls for stops in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Nashville, Miami and Atlanta.

Unprecedented Size and Scope

“Live representation of the Marvel Universe hasn’t existed successfully until this point,” says Bob Bonniol, video system and content designer for the production. His company, MODE Studios, provides turnkey video solutions for complex installations and consulted on the video system design for “Marvel Universe LIVE!” and supplied the projectors, d3 media servers and signal path equipment along with the expert content management, creation and design staff.

“When Disney bought Marvel it was very natural for live manifestations to be explored. It was equally natural for that exploration to ultimately be done by Feld Entertainment, a family-owned company that produces family entertainment,” he says. “They have enjoyed decades of successful collaboration with Disney producing live entertainment, they own and produce the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and their motorsports division produces supercross, ‘Monster Jam’ and the enormously successful ‘Nuclear Cowboys’ stunt shows. This represents a ‘perfect storm’ of expertise that adds up to a tremendous show for Marvel.”

Bonniol says that from the outset director Shanda Sawyer and Kenneth Feld and Juliette Feld “were clear that we needed to completely immerse the audience in the show – that it needed to happen in front of them, around them, above them. We were going to have to convincingly endow real humans with super powers and place them in environments where cataclysmic battles would take place with flying, stunts, combat. It kept me awake at night wondering if we could really do this. And I’m sure I wasn’t alone!”

Bonniol had used d3 servers on a world tour for Mexican singer Paulina Rubio and a Vancouver Opera production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” and his experience convinced him that, with d3 Technologies’ support, he could meet the unique demands of the show.

“We knew we had to track moving scenery, props and performers with mapped content. We were going to be the main ‘engine’ for imparting locations, combat effects and environmental effects and also for taking the audience on astonishing transitional journeys to get us from scene to scene. We needed a serving system that would do all of this, as well as move from city to city and efficiently be re-aligned.”

BlackTrax Integration and Previs

Bonniol worked closely with his associate Pablo Molina to conceive new ways to use localized content. Ash Nehru partnered with Bonniol, Molina and Cast BlackTrax development team to use the tracking data “across enormous resolutions with extraordinary accuracy and limited latency,” Bonniol says. BlackTrax is a comprehensive tracking technology solution that delivers precise 3D and 6D positioning in realtime from BTBeacons (attached to performers, vehicles and moving scenery) to controllers for automated/robotic technologies.

“We’ve been working with BlackTrax for some time. For our needs, it is the most advanced system that we know of.” Nehru reports. “On prior shows we had tracked 10-12 BTBeacons, but ‘Marvel Universe LIVE!’ requires 60. It was a learning experience to scale up and develop a system that could be easily managed by the user. But that has set us up well to provide solutions for other large-scale projects. Cutting-edge projects like Marvel Universe LIVE! really brought this feature we were already developing in d3 to a mature level so this will be something everyone will be able to benefit from soon.”

A d3 media server was also deployed during the previz process. “Since the show required an extended development period for content we were going to have to demonstrate easily and accurately what it would look like for Marvel, Disney and the Felds,” explains Bonniol. “I engaged The Antfarm to create most of my content, and we placed a d3 there at the beginning of the process. There were so many challenges in the content development process: understanding spatial relationships, making perspective work for multiple locations in the arena, sorting out how effects would transition among surfaces. D3 proved invaluable not just for client approvals but also for the content team to visualize all of these challenges and efficiently find solutions.”

“Viewing the content in 3D as they created it meant they were always working in a 3D environment and able to make critical decisions long before show time,” says Nehru. “When you use d3 in previs the savings in sweat, stress and money can be astronomical.”

Dynamic Soft Edge Launches

d3 Technologies also developed a new projector blending tool for the media server, which makes its debut with “Marvel Universe LIVE!” and will be standard in the system moving forward. “Typically, when you have multiple overlapping projectors there are bright areas where they overlap,” Nehru explains. “So you have to use a mask to blend them. It’s a manual and static process; you can’t have surfaces that move through the projector beam. With 27 projectors on ‘Marvel Universe LIVE!’ this would have been impossible.”

d3 Technologies had already been developing a solution to this problem. Marvel Universe LIVE! is the first large-scale implementation of this feature, called Dynamic Soft Edge. “With Dynamic Soft Edge we can generate masks automatically and dynamically so we’re able to move projection surfaces through multiple projector beams and come out with a flat color,” says Nehru. “This has huge implications for productions with moving scenery where there were always restrictions before.”

Bonniol says that “tracking scenery and performers through three dimensional space, having the server system understand how this was happening and be able to adjust on the fly how the projectors were blending and projecting the content is a deceptively simple thing to ask for but devilishly complicated to achieve. We asked for a very difficult thing to be achieved, and in the end it was.”

d3 Technologies also offers quick projector calibration – a huge advantage for a touring production with 27 projectors. “Each venue requires recalibrating, which takes five to ten minutes per projector,” Nehru says. “With 27 projectors, some of them moving-head projectors, more than 50 different calibrations have to happen in a few hours. The d3 media server is the only system that can handle this quickly and effiiciently by allowing multiple people to work in parallel on separate laptops.”

Bonniol calls d3 his “media server of choice when faced with sets that need projection mapping. I find d3′s programming interface to be intuitive and powerful and, right now, I think it’s absolutely the best choice for a media server that provides robust tools and process for mapping video onto non-traditional shapes and structures.”

Emmy Award-winner Joe Stewart is the production designer for “Marvel Universe LIVE!” and Norm Schwab is the show’s lighting designer.

About d3

d3 is the world’s first fully integrated visual production system for video professionals, combining a real-time 3D stage visualizer, timeline, video playback engine and projection mapping tools into one product. d3′s unique integrated workflow assists the designer at all stages of the project, from pitch through development to final delivery. www.d3technologies.com For more information contact Judith Hornman at d3 Technologies: +44 207 234 9840 / judith.hornman@d3technologies.com

About BlackTrax

CAST BlackTrax is the multi-award-winning realtime tracking technology solution that delivers precise streaming 3D & 6D positional data to controllers for targeting the connected automated robotic technologies already used extensively in event and entertainment production, and houses of worship. www.blacktrax.ca. For further information, please contact Katinka Allender, Publicist, k.allender@k-communications.com.

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Press Releases For : August 12, 2014

Fiber Answer to Securing Government Networks

With new acquisitions no longer on the books and fiber optic communications in high demand for securing government networks, prime U.S. government contractor Systems Plus recently began working with leading fiber optic equipment manufacturer FiberPlex Technologies to bolster existing fiber infrastructure for its government and corporate clients.

“New optical fiber multiplexing technology is becoming a critical part of our support strategy for government organizations like NIH, Army base hospitals and other customers that are experiencing larger volumes of data at a time when security is at its highest and budget acquisitions are at their lowest,” commented Chetan Gulati, Corporate Resource Director for Systems Plus, Rockville, Maryland, referring to FiberPlex’s active wave division multiplexers and optical converter products.

FiberPlex’s WDM16, for example, is capable of multiplexing up to 16 channels at 3Gb/s each onto an existing fiber pair. By multiplexing new bandwidth capability onto existing fiber infrastructure using the WDM16, Systems Plus can effectively reduce its clients’ network transport acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber optic runs with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

In addition to multiplexing onto existing fiber optic build-outs for increasing bandwidth capacity, FiberPlex also offers optical modules for its multiplexer that make it possible for agencies to interface single-mode fiber cable onto existing multi-mode fiber transport links. Such bidirectional coupling of the two fiber formats is especially useful to large corporations and government agencies that acquired multi-mode optical cabling more than a decade ago as part of a government-wide mandate to secure communications, but now want to expand by adding the latest high-performance single-mode optical cable.

Systems Plus is a GSA OASIS SB, Alliant SB, IT and MOBIS contractor with a large portfolio of Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA). The company is also a prime contractor for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its IT and Cyber Communication Division’s integration services span across multiple federal agencies in development and installation of technical solutions for both civilian and Department of Defense (DoD) agencies.

Optical fiber cable has ten times the transference rate of copper cable at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio. For the medical field especially, bidirectional, high-capacity optical fiber communications is becoming increasingly critical for creating new interactive opportunities between emergency command centers and responders at the state, regional, and global level during a catastrophic event.

In addition, unlike copper cable, optical fiber communications is not susceptible to electromagnetic radiation that can “leak” data. Its electrical isolation characteristics make it virtually immune to data breaches, another reason why optical fiber is preferred over copper cabling by government and private agencies.

“We share the same goal with our partner Systems Plus, which is to provide government agencies with fiber optic links that offer the capacity and security they need now, without having to wait until they have acquisition budgets to pay for entirely new installations,” commented FiberPlex’s Director of Government Relations Mitch Abel.

FiberPlex manufactures a line of fiber optic and network products for securing communications and data. The company has a brand presence that goes back a quarter of a century as a leading global communications company, including an early leadership role in TEMPEST mitigation for the U.S. government.

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