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The HPA Announces 2014 Winners of Engineering Excellence Awards and HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

MACOM, NVIDIA, Wohler/Cinnafilm for Engineering Excellence, ASC-CDL, DigitalFilm Tree Garner Honors for Creativity and Innovation

2014 HPA Awards

(Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) has announced recipients of the organization’s 2014 Engineering Excellence Award and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. These awards were developed to recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that continually drive the post production industry in the advancement and support of content creation. The coveted honors will be bestowed on November 6th, 2014 during the ninth annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The Engineering Excellence Award spotlights companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post production demands while raising the profile of breakthrough technologies.

The winners of the 2014 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards are:

MACOM: 12G-SDI Chipset
12G-SDI is the next data rate in the evolution of SDI, and MACOM has introduced the industry’s first complete chipset to enable next-generation 4K video production applications. Our newest family of SDI equalizers, reclockers and cable drivers supports 4K video resolutions at 60 frames per second over a single link and complements our industry-leading crosspoint switch portfolio.

“The MACOM team is honored to accept an Engineering Excellence Award from the Hollywood Post Alliance,” said Hasnain Bajwa, Senior Vice President and General Manager, High-Performance Analog at MACOM. “We are encouraged to be recognized for our technical achievement by such an esteemed panel of industry insiders and thankful for the contributions of our customers, partners and supporters as we help to enable the migration to 12G-SDI for the next generation of broadcast video equipment.”

NVIDIA: NVIDIA VCA
Accelerate design and VFX workflows with NVIDIA(r) Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), the fastest way to interactive photorealistic digital 3D models and scenes. This network-attached appliance easily integrates into the design workflow and scales to multiple VCAs, each decreasing the time to noiseless, physically based global illumination.

“The Hollywood Post Alliance’s recognition of NVIDIA VCA is validation of how our GPU rendering appliance is changing the way filmmakers, artists and animators work. NVIDIA VCA removes the need to wait hours for rendered movies and allows artists to interact and edit their photo-real digital models in real time, dramatically accelerating the review and approval process,” said Jeff Brown, vice president and general manager of Professional Visualization and Design at NVIDIA.

Wohler/Cinnafilm Joint Venture: Tachyon Wormhole
Tachyon Wormhole is a file-based Retiming and Standards Transcoding solution which leverages commodity enterprise hardware to deliver content based on time or standards requirements. Fully automated with audio pitch correction and caption retiming, Tachyon Wormhole processes two files faster than real time, simultaneously, on a single small footprint server.

Ernie Sanchez, COO, Cinnafilm, Inc. commented, “Because it is peer-based, few awards invoke the same sense of pride as the HPA Engineering Excellence award. We are truly honored to be recognized a second time by the HPA for our achievements, and we are thrilled that we earned it through intelligent partnering with the team at Wohler.”

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling and/or technical innovation. A jury of peers and industry experts determines the HPA Judges Award winners.

The 2014 winners of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production are:

American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL)
The ASC CDL helps maintain and communicate creative intent, from production, dailies, post, VFX, editorial, in a multi-facility, multi-vendor environment. The ASC CDL enables creatives to set the look of a shot via system-independent primary color corrections communicated as metadata from on-set through dailies and post. Developed by the ASC Technology Committee – a broad group of industry members working to benefit the industry – the ASC CDL is freely available, saving time and money, improving the artistic result and audience experience in the vast majority of motion pictures, TV shows, and VFX.

David Reisner, D-Cinema Consulting commented, “We are honored to be recognized by our colleagues at the HPA. The ASC CDL was developed to help all participants in the production and post pipeline most effectively produce the best result and deliver the creative vision of filmmakers to audiences. The ASC CDL could only have been created by filmmakers, the post community, and vendors’ active collaboration.”

DigitalFilm Tree: Cloud Post Workflow Initiative (ProStack)
ProStack enables instantly accessible, widely deployable post production. ProStack packs the capacity and bandwidth needed to manage the entire post process- high-end color correction, VFX and DI workflows- into a scalable solution. Flexible design and implementation incorporates the best tools for every job, connecting all users via cloud storage. ProStack, in conjunction with Critique, integrates the entire spectrum of file-based workflows into one hub, while simultaneously embracing the evolving role of production and the post facility.

Guillaume Aubuchon, DigitalFilm Tree CTO commented, “We have been focused on developing a system that is truly cloud based and easily useable for our clients, an OpenStack environment with secure and instantaneous access. It is an honor to be recognized by the HPA for our work on ProStack, and we are honored to receive our second C&I Award.”

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA commented, “The HPA Awards have become an important acknowledgement and celebration of creativity in content, technology and workflow innovation. This year’s awards for Engineering Excellence and Creativity and Innovation in Post Production represent significant and foundational new approaches. The HPA is proud to be able to recognize these outstanding achievements.”

Tickets for the HPA Awards will be available in late September. They can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net, by calling the HPA at +1(213) 614.0860 or by writing info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Post Alliance can be found at www.hpaonline.com.

For information about the HPA Awards or general HPA information, please contact Alicia Rock, arock@hpaonline.com or call +1(213) 614.0860. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards, please contact Garrett Randall, garrett@MESAlliance.org, or +1 (310) 882.9204.

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About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

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HARMAN’s Crown and BSS Audio Are At Center Court In Wimbledon Audio System Upgrade

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

LONDON, England — It’s the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship – Wimbledon, held at the All England Club In London since 1877. Although steeped in tradition, the facility takes a decidedly modern approach to its audio and communications network, evaluating and updating its installation every year. Prior to the 2014 tournament, Wimbledon-based systems contractor RG Jones Sound Engineering (www.rgjones.co.uk) knew that the scope of work would be much more involved than in the past. Because of building renovations, the Broadcast Center PA equipment room had to be completely relocated, and the system upgrade called for more audio inputs and outputs than the existing system provided.

Jon Berry, RG Jones Sales and Installation Director realized that HARMAN’s Crown DriveCore Install (DCi) Network amplifiers and BSS Audio BLU-160 signal processor made such a major undertaking a lot easier, because of their ability to be networked with the All England Club’s existing Soundweb London audio DSP system, which operates across the site in locations including the Centre Court clubhouse, the North courts, the Gate 3 turnstiles building and other areas. RG Jones installed a total of 24 Crown DCi 4|300N and DCi 4|600N four-channel amplifiers in the new PA room, as well as two BSS Audio BLU-160 processors. All Crown and BSS Audio products were supplied by UK HARMAN distributor Sound Technology, Ltd.

Crown’s DCi Network amplifiers utilize exclusive DriveCore amplifier technology, which enables powerful, energy-efficient operation from an amplifier just 2U rack spaces high. The ampifiers are compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ system setup and control software.

The amplifiers receive audio from the BSS BLU-160 processors via BLU link, a low-latency 256-channel fault-tolerant bus, which provides the required channel count and a cost-effective hardware solution that can be implemented over long distances.

“Having to implement such a major overhaul of the system proved to be a blessing in disguise, as the relocation of the PA room confirmed our belief that network-compatible amplifiers were the way forward,” said Berry. “The ability to network the amplifiers alongside the existing Soundweb London system has proven to be extremely useful. Having in-depth, instantaneous monitoring of the amplifiers gives us a degree of control that was simply unavailable before.” He also noted that the amplifiers’ Ethernet connectivity significantly reduced the amount of analog cabling that would have otherwise been necessary.

Berry has been equally impressed with the DCi Network amplifiers’ performance. Before starting the All England Club project RG Jones undertook rigorous sonic testing at their workshop to check that the amplifiers would integrate with the existing system. “While conducting these evaluations we realized that the depth and functionality of the amps’ DSP features were a major advantage in tailoring their performance to the speakers, the system and the venue,” Berry added.

For Berry and his team, the acid test was going from the workbench to configuring the installation for the Centre Court clubhouse. “The setup and commissioning of the clubhouse system was the most complex part of the install, and in fact we found the process to be intuitive, easier than we thought it would be – and extremely effective. The flexibility, control capabilities and the sound quality are far better than we could have hoped for and we will certainly be specifying the Crown DCi amps and BSS Audio components for future projects.”

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 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 workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

FOR-A to Showcase Video Switcher, Multi Viewer & Video Transmission Technology at WFX 2014 Conference & Expo

Cypress, CA – FOR-A will exhibit at this week’s WFX Conference & Expo. The event is dedicated to showcasing technology for houses of worship and takes place October 1-2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX. FOR-A will exhibit a number of its products used in the worship industry, including video switcher and multi viewer technology, in Booth #120.

The HVS-XT100 HD/SD portable video switcher is among the products that FOR-A will showcase in its booth. The HVS-XT100 features a compact, HVS-390HS_Image02integrated design and comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs (plus one HDMI output). The unit HVS-390HS_Image02offers a wide range of functions, including frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, a built-in Web server, and a clip memory feature within the still store that supports complex moves. First introduced last year, the switcher is a popular choice among houses of worship due to its high-performance and portability.

Another video switcher that FOR-A will show is its versatile HVS-390HS unit. The cost-effective switcher features advanced AUX technology that allow users to add in up to four additional mix effects, giving the switcher the capabilities of a 6 M/E unit. The HVS-390HS is the switcher of choice for many houses of worship across the country, including use by Manhattan’s Trinity Church, Florida’s First Baptist Church Oviedo, Flatirons Community Church in Colorado, Alabama’s Hunter Street Baptist Church, and Detroit’s Kensington Church, to name a few.

FOR-A will also showcase its MV-1620HSA 4K compatible multi viewer. First introduced at NAB earlier this year, the MV-1620HSA 3G/HD/SD/Analog Mixed High-Resolution multi viewer is a 1 RU unit that accepts up to 16 channels of signals for monitoring on up to two screens. The multi viewer includes the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

As the exclusive North American dealer for Fujitsu, FOR-A will also demonstrate Fujitsu’s IP-920 high-performance encoder/decoder solutions. The video transmission technology uses H.264 advanced MPEG-4 AVC encoding to provide best-in-class video fidelity, is capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency, and features real-time transmission and robust error correction.

“Being that the house of worship industry is such an important area to FOR-A, we see WFX as one of our most important shows of the year,” said Jay Shinn, Vice President of FOR-A America. “This year we will be highlighting a few of our small to midsized video production switchers. These reliable and easy-to-operate units are packed with useful features and unique capabilities that make them the perfect fit for full-time professionals, weekend pros and volunteers alike. Our aim is to always be the leader in affordability and value for house of worship video technology.”

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Middle Atlantic Sets New Standard for Compact Surge Protection

MAP Compact Surge
Fairfield, NJ––The new Series Protection™ and 2-Stage Compact Surge Devices from Middle Atlantic Products establish new industry standards for reduced size, rapid response time and comprehensive surge protection.

Offering the fastest responding technology in the most compact stand-alone surge protection device in the industry, the new Series Protection system is engineered with non-sacrificial and non-degrading protection to ensure system reliability by effectively absorbing surges without contaminating the system ground. It safeguards against both under and over voltage events with automatic recovery that does not require a hard reset after a surge event, minimizing system downtime.

The new MOV protected 2-Stage unit is the industry’s most compact stand-alone surge protection device that deflects surge events from line to neutral without contaminating the system ground. It safeguards against both over and under voltage events and its two-stage technology provides enhanced surge protection. Quality fire-protected components eliminate the risk of fire associated with surge events.

Both of these devices can power and protect displays, extenders, digital signage players and more, while their ultra compact size makes them ideal for installation behind flat panel displays, in furniture, within ceiling and wall boxes or in a traditional rack already filled with components.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Professional Wireless Systems Highlights Range of RF Solutions for House of Worship Events at WFX 2014

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 – Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, will showcase its range of RF solutions at WFX 2014 (Booth 1023), including its Helical Antennas and Domed Helical Antennas, Intermodulation Analysis Software System (IAS), GX Series of Combiners and DB Series of Multicouplers.PWS_Helical Antenna

“We are excited to bring our range of state-of-the-art RF and wireless equipment to the house of worship professionals in attendance at WFX 2014,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “In addition to showcasing our RF solutions, PWS representatives will be on-hand to discuss our ability to provide on-site install services and support for wireless systems at HOW events of any size, especially with the influx of larger scale events for the upcoming holiday season.”

Two of PWS’ flagship product lines, Helical Antennas and Domed Helical Antennas, will be on display at the show. PWS Helical Antennas, perfect for long throws and high gain, have become the industry standard for multichannel wireless microphone, in-ear and intercom systems, due in part to their unique characteristics, which offer users extreme flexibility. The circularly polarized UHF antennas cover a frequency range of 450 MHz to 950 MHz and offer 14dbi gain and 8.5dbi for the Domed Helical. With an inherent boost in gain, greater bandwidth, and dropout-resistant polarization, PWS Helical Antennas outshine the performance of traditional antenna designs. Popular for use with IEM systems, users can employ these antennas with other UHF systems, including wireless microphones and intercom systems.

For venues and installations in which site-line appearance is a priority, PWS Domed Helical Antennas offer a wider angle of coverage perfect for smaller stages and medium gain. Offering the same circular polarization as the original PWS Helical Antenna, the Domed Helical features a more durable, sealable enclosure with a compact profile. Inconspicuous and robust, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna is a great choice when aesthetics and function cannot be compromised.

PWS will also be demonstrating its Intermodulation Analysis Software (IAS), which cuts down on setup time by combining a database of wireless performance equipment and access to local television frequencies in use. “PWS’ IAS software is the solution RF technicians have been waiting for,” adds Van Winkle. “This saves tremendous time over traditional trial-and-error methods. Once a clean frequency is found in IAS, a simple pre-show equipment test will verify the software’s ‘offline’ analysis. Our proprietary software helps to speed up a tedious and error-prone process.”

Additionally, PWS will highlight its GX Series of Combiners, the GX-4 and GX-8, which offer selectable high and low output settings, as well as above unity gain on output, as well as its DB Series of Multicouplers, including the DB8 (8 outputs), DB16 (16 outputs) and DB24 (24 outputs). These diversity systems are designed to distribute antenna signals to multiple receivers without loss and with high isolation between ports.

Interested show participants are invited to stop by PWS’ WFX Booth (1023) to speak with executives about the company’s latest product offerings. The team will also be offering site surveys at a discounted price to show attendees who are interested in learning more about how to optimize their frequency coordination during house of worship events.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “MAMMA MIA!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

New Birthplace of Country Music Museum Explores Historic 1927 Bristol Sessions with Audio and Video Systems from Electrosonic

BCM day 2-21Straddling the Virginia and Tennessee state lines, the town of Bristol just opened the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, featuring audio and video systems provided by Electrosonic.

The new museum celebrates the historic 1927 Bristol Sessions, which are considered the origin of modern country music. Held by the Victor Talking Machine Company in a local hat warehouse, the sessions were made possible by the advent of portable audio recording technology. Nineteen performers traveled to what was then the largest urban area in the Appalachians to raise their voices in song; the sessions marked the commercial debuts of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family.

The 24,000-square foot Birthplace of Country Music Museum uses multiple theater experiences, interactives and artifact displays, to tell the story of the Bristol Sessions and their far-reaching influence. The museum is in a vintage building that formerly housed a truck dealership; over a period of years, it was gutted and retrofitted to be true to the era of the Bristol Sessions.

Electrosonic was brought on board the project in its early stages by Washington, D.C.-based Hillmann & Carr, which produced the museum’s video content and handled interactive programming. Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team worked with Joseph Nicholson of studioMUSarx in Philadelphia on the initial exhibit design. Electrosonic’s Orlando office provided the subsequent AV systems and support for the facility.

“There were a number of challenges to working in a historically significant building,” says Electrosonic project manager Tim Wilson.

Chief among them – and critical to a music-themed museum – were the issues concerning sound. Steve Haas, president of SH Acoustics in Milford, Connecticut, served as the acoustic and audio consultant to Electrosonic and was a key contributor to the project’s audio design and calibration. “We had to resolve acoustically challenging hard surfaces and create the highest quality sound experience for visitors,” he says. “Optimizing the sonic environment throughout the museum was the goal, whether in the theaters or individual exhibits.”

Visitors to the museum enjoy five theaters, four of which feature equipment from Electrosonic. The largest of them, the Orientation Theater, has a holding area styled like a train depot. Visitors hear associated sound effects and historic music clips through Acoustic Enhancements’ activated sound panels built into the depot walls while they wait to gain admittance to the theater; when they hear a train’s air brakes, the theater doors open and they take a seat to watch the video, “Bound to Bristol,” about the musical heritage of the Bristol Sessions. The Orientation Theater is outfitted with an InFocus projector, Renkus-Heinz speakers, Bag End subwoofers and activated sound panels by Acoustic Enhancements. A pair of NEC monitors above the walkways provides closed captioning.

The small Greasy Strings Theater displays a looped video exploring the philosophy and musical techniques behind the sessions. It has a BenQ projector and Innovox and Tannoy speakers. The Chapel has a few church pews where visitors can rest and watch a video about local gospel groups and how faith has shaped music. It has a BenQ projector, Tannoy speakers and four Acoustic Enhancements activated sound panels built into the pews. The Orientation Theater, Greasy Strings and the Chapel all have Screen Goo projection surfaces on their walls. Their video sources are Alcorn McBride DVM8500 digital video machines.

A stop at the Immersion Theater comes later in the tour. Its video focuses on making visitors part of the unbroken circle of country music and includes clips of many different artists performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – from Jimmie Rodgers to Lynyrd Skynyrd. This theater has a custom Da-Lite perforated, curved screen, three blended BenQ projectors, a Dataton WATCHOUT video source, Tannoy speakers and Bag End subs – and room to dance. The walls are lined with murals showing crowds of appreciative country music fans at the annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival in Bristol.

Throughout the museum, a number of interactives equipped with 32-inch ELO touch screens engage visitors in various aspects of the Bristol Sessions and country music heritage. Interactives dubbed “Way Back Machines” enable visitors to scroll through photographs showing Bristol over the years; four “Mixing Stations” allow them to change the mix on assorted tracks from the sessions. Two “Bristol Remastered” interactives, with Brown Innovations focused beam speakers, showcase a number of session tunes covered by contemporary artists. An interactive recording booth invites visitors to sing along in their own version of the famous Bristol Sessions, and “Send a Postcard” lets them choose a digital postcard design to email to family and friends.

Bristol-born Tennessee Ernie Ford gets a video kiosk driven by an Alcorn McBride DVM8500 with overhead speakers. The “Rediscovered/Reinvented” video, displayed on a 46-inch monitor, shows how movies and media integrate country music today. It is also fed by an Alcorn McBride digital video machine.

The museum has provided space for a working internal radio station, too. Visitors can look through picture windows to the audio booth, which features a vintage radio control room and studio equipped with a 1940s Raytheon console from a Bristol radio station that has been retrofitted to convert analog to digital signals. The FCC has granted a low power FM license, and the studio will soon begin broadcasting WBCM, Birthplace of Country Music Radio. Electrosonic provided the interactive outside the windows where visitors can tune into four pre-recorded radio shows if the radio station is not broadcasting. Audio playback is provided by a QSC Q-Sys system.

Electrosonic built three control rooms on the second floor of the museum, which are connected with a fiber network. Empty racks have been provided to accommodate future expansion in the already limited space. Museum staff maintains all of the audio and video equipment.

“Everything looks very, very good and sounds excellent,” says Wilson. “The Birthplace of Country Music is a very cool place to visit, and the people there are wonderful. They really believe in the product and have done a great job showing the full spectrum of country music from the 1927 sessions to today.”

Dr. Jessica Turner, the museum’s director and head curator, concluded, “It was important to us, as a music museum, to have the highest quality sound and media experiences. This is exactly what the group from Electrosonic delivered. I was impressed that the whole team worked with us to troubleshoot problems to find innovative solutions, often going above and beyond to provide expertise and professionalism. I was sad when the installation was complete and we would no longer be working together.”

Burwil was the general contractor for the museum.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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New Extron ShareLink 200 Enables Wireless BYOD Presentations

Extron ShareLink 200Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway, which enables anyone to present content from a personal device. Supported devices include Windows® and OS X® computers as well as Apple® and Android® smartphones and tablets. ShareLink technology provides simultaneous display of presentations, images, documents, and other content from up to four different personal devices, eliminating the need to constantly change sources during a session. Content from a single device shows full screen, and content from multiple devices appears simultaneously in four windows on the display. Any user can share content and control the presentation when it is set to collaboration mode. A moderator mode ensures only approved content is displayed. Designed for professional AV applications, this wireless gateway also includes many integrator-friendly features such as an integrated wireless access point, Power over Ethernet – PoE, and antennas mounted on the front panel. The ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway can be used to create a stand-alone wireless collaboration and presentation system or to add wireless presentation capabilities to a variety of wired AV system designs. (more…)

DPA Microphones Brings d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone to WFX 2014

Company also features its line of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014DPA Microphones showcases its new d:screet™ Omnidirectional Necklace Microphone at WFX 2014 (Booth 1016), which is not only perfect for religious holiday productions, but can also be used for a range of other house of worship microphone applications. The company’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, another ideal accompaniment for such performances and daily HOW needs, will also be on display throughout the show.

DPA Microphones_dscreet NecklaceThe new d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone addresses an industry need for a mic that can be mounted and removed quickly several times by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby, which is often the setting in a house of worship. Especially useful for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements, the d:screet Necklace Mic is ideal for situations requiring quick costume changes, such as a Christmas play or concert at a house of worship. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. It is available in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.

Representing years of research and development, the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are condenser mics that feature supercardioid polar patterns for superior gain-before-feedback. Fully capable of handling the full dynamic range and subtle details of any instrument, these microphones are tiny, discreet, rugged and lightweight. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning, while the variety of available clips and mounts enable the mics to be repositioned or moved to another instrument without worry of damaging the finish of an instrument of changing its sonic character. Through the use of DPA’s extensive adapter system, the d:vote can be used as a standard 48V phantom powered microphone via the included XLR connector and is compatible with virtually any wireless system. The mic comes standard with a 5.5-inch gooseneck, but an optional extension unit is available along with a detachable cable, which increases the convenience of instrument mounting. Further, the selection of cables makes it possible to tailor the mic to a specific task, such the heavy-duty cable for PA/Live gigs or a thinner option that’s easier to hide on a personal instrument.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Christie Brings Its House of Worship Visual Display Solutions to Life at WFX 2014

Christie® is bringing its visual display solutions to life at the Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) 2014, which takes place October 1-2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The Christie booth features the new Christie GS Series laser phosphor projectors, Christie Q Series and Christie M Series projectors, a Christie FHD651-T touch panel, and a Christie® MicroTiles® display. The Christie Spyder X20 video processor will manage all content.

Christie DWX555-GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

Christie DWX555-GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

A Christie display solution for every need
Making its WFX debut is the Christie DHD555-GS. Part of the 1-chip DLP® Christie GS Series, the DHD555-GS eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements, providing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. It features wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility. Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality, making it ideal for houses of worship. Easy to install, the Christie DHD555-GS includes display port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT connectivity.

The booth also features the Christie DHD951-Q. Part of the Christie Q Series, the 1-chip DLP® projector is usable in either single or dual-lamp mode, and equipped with eClarity™ – advanced image processing that enhances images by providing greater control over image sharpness, gloss and shading. Moreover, with Q Series’ built-in High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR), image ‘washout’ in high ambient light conditions is eliminated.

Two blended Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will display content on a wide aspect ratio curved screen using the Christie Spyder X20. Combining unparalleled image quality and low cost of ownership, Christie M Series provides incomparable results in houses of worship. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution and providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading Christie M Series is equipped with Christie Twist™, which enables edge blending and warping for smooth, clean images from multiple projectors.

The LED edge-lit Christie FHD651-T will be showcased at WFX. Featuring a 2.7-inch deep profile, the elegantly designed LCD flat panel has the reliability and image quality needed for houses of worship where it will complement any décor. Delivering, bright, brilliant images, the congregation’s message will be visible every seat without interruption.

Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch technology with superior touchscreen performance in a fully integrated package.

The Christie booth will also display the multiple award-winning Christie MicroTiles in a 1 by 5 array. Christie MicroTiles deliver clean, saturated, precise colors on a nearly seamless digital canvas. Their unique modular design allows them to be configured into any shape or size, creating the perfect blend of architecture and technology.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Now Shipping RUSH Wizard™ Effect Light

RUSH by Martin_WizardAARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the RUSH Wizard™ “full-house” effect light for nightclubs, bars and other leisure environments is now shipping. As the latest member of the RUSH by Martin line of affordable lighting solutions, the RUSH Wizard is an extremely bright yet energy-efficient light providing high-quality mid-air effects.

The RUSH Wizard is music-triggered and DMX-controllable with two independent color/gobo wheels offering seven colors (plus two whites) and 13 different gobos with an additional two open patterns. An advanced shutter system allows the Wizard to create fast strobe and pulse effects as well as blackouts and a unique instant open. The Wizard also delivers more than 80 agile light beams with each beam chasing the other while continuously changing color and gobo pattern.

“Finding reliable effect lighting that is compact and bright while also energy efficient is a challenge faced by many integrators,” said Mark Buss, Product Manager, RUSH by Martin. “We are committed to providing the industry with the most innovative and affordable lighting solutions; the RUSH Wizard is a powerful addition to our RUSH by Martin line that is capable of filling any venue with a dazzling display of mid-air effects and personality.”

The Wizard’s powerful ‘full-house’ club effect produces more than 80 light beams with each beam chasing the other while also continuously changing color and gobo patterns. It also features adjustable focus and a stand-alone mode for easy control as well as a130W short-arc discharge to create powerful effects via a reflector.

In addition, the RUSH wizard comes equipped with mounting brackets for easy installation on walls and ceilings as well as on floor stands ideal for mobile DJs in need of portable lighting.

For more information on Martin’s RUSH Wizard, please visit:

http://www.martin.com/en-US/Product-Details/RUSH-Wizard.aspx

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 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 workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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