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Hitachi Adds CP-HD9320 and CP-HD9321 to DLP Projector Lineup

Hitachi CPHD9320Chula Vista, California, November 18, 2014 – Always on the cutting-edge of technology, Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is introducing two new DLP projectors, the CP-HD9320 and CP-HD9321. Offering the most advanced functionality with full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, Hitachi’s CP-HD9320 and CP-HD9321 are ideal for large auditoriums, conference rooms, museums, and concert or stage productions.

Hitachi’s new projectors provide solid reliability, high brightness, and unmatched versatility. Six interchangeable lenses are available to match various screen sizes and installation environments plus 8,200 ANSI lumens light output, resulting in a super-bright display with outstanding image clarity and uniformity. Two built-in color wheels enable users to easily switch between Rich Color Mode, which is ideal for use in environments where vibrant, rich images are required, and Bright Mode, which is ideal for presentations that require the sharing of information. Additionally, the projectors offer built-in edge blending capability that achieves the seamless projection of one image using multiple projectors.

The CP-HD9320 and CP-HD9321 are equipped with a highly desirable dual lamp system. If one lamp stops functioning during use, the second lamp continues to run and projects the image with no interruption. Twenty-four hours of continuous operation is possible with the Alternative mode, which alternates the use of the two lamps.

Hitachi’s CP-HD9320 and CP-HD9321 incorporate five digital inputs including 3G SDI for broadcast capability. The projectors are also HDBase-T enabled, delivering whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content over a single CAT5e/6 cable. HDBaseT is unique in its ability to provide professional installers with a much simpler and more cost-effective way to transmit uncompressed HD video.

Providing even greater installation flexibility, the CP-HD9320 and CP-HD9321 feature a display rotation of 360 degrees as well as portrait projections. The warping tool enables projections onto spherical surfaces or surfaces with corners as well as conventional flat screens, offering limitless possibilities for creative applications, including retail, hospitality and museums.
No matter how large the application environment, the CP-HD9320 and CP-HD9321 deliver larger-than-life performance. For added peace of mind, Hitachi’s CP-HD9320 and CP-HD9321 are also backed by a generous warranty and Hitachi’s world-class service and support programs.
For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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British Audio Engineer Tours And Teaches With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi Series Consoles And Realtime Rack

Scraft_ZoeMartinBRIGHTON, United Kingdom – After thriving in the audio industry for 10 years, live sound engineer Zoe Martin now relies on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 console and the new Realtime Rack while touring with international artists and bands such as Maverick Sabre, Bonobo and The Radiophonic Workshop. Having acquired substantial experience over the past decade, Martin also passes her mixing skills onto university students at the Brighton branch of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute with a Soundcraft Vi1 console.

Martin’s analog background make the Soundcraft products the clear winner when it comes to her preferred mixing consoles, as the design and layout of the Vi Series are so meticulously geared towards ease of use and instant response. To this end, the Soundcraft Realtime Rack was also a logical addition to her toolkit.

Thanks to a unique collaboration between Soundcraft and Universal Audio, the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack not only brings industry-standard UAD plug-ins to Soundcraft consoles, but also adds full remote snapshot triggering and storing. With four SHARC DSPs on-board and a huge library of UAD powered plug-ins, as well as UAD Direct Developer Plug-Ins, it offers stable DSP levels and premium sound quality in a scalable, low-latency processing environment.

“I’ve always liked the Vi consoles, because they make the most ergonomic sense to me. The Soundcraft consoles are the most analog-like digital desks in terms of layout and give me exactly what I need,” said Martin. “The Realtime Rack is also a nice feature. It smoothes out each of my mixes where I have the precision bus compressor on. The compressors on the Vi6 are very nice to begin with, but the Realtime Rack definitely gives the whole mix a nice friendly squeeze.”

“Whether I’m teaching or touring, Vi consoles allow me to adapt quickly to situations because they’re so user-friendly,” Martin continued. “For example, if a mix needs more of a specific sound at the last minute, I find that with these consoles you can make on-the-fly changes instantly. I’m a very visual operator, so with features like VistonicsTM and FaderGlowTM, I’m able to see all the settings without much effort and can keep my eye on the band.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Sound Devices Announces Expanded List of Approved Media

Comprehensive Testing Process Determines if Media Meets Requirements for Mission-Critical Production Applications

REEDSBURG, WI, NOVEMBER 18, 2014Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products, announces an expanded Approved Media List designed to identify media fully compatible with and meeting the high-quality standards of the Sound Devices and Video Devices mission-critical production recorders. Since a recording is only as good as the medium in which it is stored, identifying and using approved media ensures that the company’s products will operate with the utmost reliability in the field. Approved Media. (more…)

Lightware Launches Series of Input and Output Boards for 25G Matrix Platform

25g_boards_4kLightware Visual Engineering has introduced a new set of boards for its flagship 25G matrix platform. They include the 4K-compliant 25G-HDMI2, the 25G-DVID2, and the 25G-OPTS2 and OPTM2 all of which feature 4K UHD support and handle resolutions up to 4096×2160 @ 30Hz. Lightware USA. is the US distributor of Lightware Visual Engineering products.

“Lightware offers the world’s fastest matrix switcher, the 25G Hybrid 80×80 frame, and has many supporting products in the 25G family,” says Drew Taylor, director of sales and applications at Lightware USA. “There are now many different I/O boards available for the 25G frames but these three stand out for the capabilities and flexibility that every Lightware user will want to take advantage of.”

Lightware’s 25G Hybrid frames are scalable up to 160 inputs and 160 outputs and manage signals in 8 distinct layers. The platforms offer break-away switching, which has never been achieved before and which effectively results in “three-dimensional” switching flexibility. At the heart of the platform are the various I/O boards, which connect sources and display devices together either locally or through various extender options.

The 25G-HDMI2 4K compatible HDMI input and output boards provide fully transparent HDMI 1.4 connectivity to the latest high-end digital sources including the Audio Return Channel and 3D functions between the endpoints. The new 300 MHz board supports the latest 3D formats as well as HD multichannel audio. They feature 8 HDMI connectors with an additional digital S/PDIF audio connector for each HDMI port. Each input and output has 30m copper cable compensation and individual EDID Management.

The 25G-DVID2 4K compatible DVI-D single-link input and output boards provide fully transparent HDMI 1.4 connectivity to the latest high-end digital sources including 3D functions between the endpoints. The new 300 MHz board supports the latest 3D formats as well as HD multichannel audio. Each input and output has 30m copper cable compensation and individual EDID Management.

The 25G-HDM2 and 25G-DVID2 series are both available with different audio and USB add-ons for more complex applications where advanced audio or control options are necessary.

The 25G-OPTS2 4K compatible single-mode optical input and output boards are available with a variety of fiber optical connectors like LC, SC, ST or Neutrik OpticalCON. These optical boards can extend up to 10,000m distance with single-mode fiber technology. The OPTS technology provides a transparent medium for all existing video, audio and control signal formats according to the 25G multilayer architecture (Video, Audio, Ethernet, USB KVM, RS-232, IR and CEC transmission), and allows extension from MODEX transmitter and receiver units.

The 25G-OPTM2 4K compatible multi-mode optical input and output boards are available with a variety of fiber optical connectors like LC, SC, ST or Neutrik OpticalCON. These optical boards can extend up to 300m distance over multi-mode fiber. The OPTM technology provides a transparent medium for all existing video, audio and control signal formats according to the 25G multilayer architecture (Video, Audio, Ethernet, USB KVM, RS-232, IR and CEC transmission), and allows extension from MODEX transmitter and receiver units.

“The addition of these three series of boards demonstrates the deep and expanding commitment of Lightware to 25G signal management,” Taylor reports.

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

Severtson Screens Increases Production Capacity by 50 Percent Due to New Folded Cinema Projection Screen Demand

Mesa, Arizona, USA, Nov. 18, 2014 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the cinema, commercial, pro AV, and home theater markets, has announced that it has raised production capacity in its Mesa, Ariz., USA manufacturing facility by 50 percent due to increased demand for its new folded SēVision 3D GX line of cinema projection screens. The new folded line reduces international shipping costs by up to 70 percent.Severtson Screens Folded Cinema Screen Production - Delivery

“Since its launch earlier in 2014 and after three highly successful trade shows since, we’ve recently had to renovate our facility and upgrade our machinery to keep up with international demand for our new folded SēVision 3D GX line of cinema projection screens,” explained Toby Severtson, president and CEO of Severtson Corp. “We were already working at maximum capacity shortly after the announcement of the of the original folded white and silver versions this past Spring at CinemaCon 2014. Then, after the recent Kino Expo in St. Petersburg, Russia and ShowEast in Florida where we featured our brand new microperf version of the folded line, we had no choice but to both enhance existing equipment, as well as bring in more, in order to meet international orders.”

Launched at CinemaCon 2014 to rave reviews and popularity worldwide, Severtson Screens’ new folded shipping method now makes international distribution of its industry-acclaimed SēVision 3D GX highly affordable, reducing international shipping costs by up to 70 percent. Besides standard perforated white and sliver screens, Severtson now also offers its immensely popular microperf option to its folded SēVision 3D GX line of cinema projection screens for international shipment.

“The microperf version is what has put this line over the top as these screens are the screen of choice for high-end, premier theatres,” added Dan Maxwell, Severtson Corp. V.P. & Chief Operating Officer. “The Severtson microperf viewing surface eliminates moiré which is often problematic of screens with larger perforation, yet continues to provide a more realistic soundstage allowing speakers to be placed directly behind the screen.”

The practically invisible pinpoint holes in the microperf material allow sound to be smoothly transmitted through the material while preserving audio quality. The Folded SēVision 3D GX line of cinema projection screens offer up to 15 percent better sound transfer over standard perforated screens, while providing optimum visual performance at the same time, resulting in the ultimate audio and video experience for theater customers.

Shipping costs associated with such large packages as these were out-of-reach for so many up until recently. Now, Severtson Screens’ SēVision 3D GX screens can be folded and packed into a much smaller crate without any loss in structural integrity or performance abilities. “Severtson’s new folded screen process not only reduces international shipping fees, the smaller packaging simplifies delivery to theaters and is more convenient for installers as folded screens are much easier to get into buildings and uncrate than standard long-tube roll packaging…especially when a theater is in a unique structure, such as a high-rise or multi-story theater complex,” added Severtson.

The new folded line of SēVision 3D GX and Ultra Wide cinema screens are now available for delivery to international destinations, having numerous advantages, including:
• available in standard or micro perforation (white and silver)
• coated surface that is harder to bruise and scuff
• small micron flake coating produces a sharper image, eliminating graininess in bright scenes
• viewing angles range from 30 to 40 degree half-gain depending on the specific screen gain requested
• water-based coating promotes longevity by maintaining optical properties over time, eliminating flaking and cracking of the screen surface
• perfect for all large cinema applications, such as movie houses, museums, universities, etc.

According to Severtson, in the past, the idea of folding a screen for shipment, delivery, and installation has been deemed impossible because there was no method of doing it without degrading the quality and performance of the screen, or ruining it altogether. Today, the cost offset on shipping as well as the screen’s performance and longevity increases savings for the customer. This is huge news for the international market that desires a state-of-the-art silver 3D cinema screen, but, up until now, simply could not afford the shipment and installation cost because of how such a large screen had to be prepared, packed, and shipped.

Severtson Corporation is a member of the Giant Screen Cinema Association. They have manufactured cinema screens for theaters in countries all over the world, including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Thailand, Scotland, China, Russia, and many more. To meet the challenge of creating extremely large screens, Severtson Corporation designed a robotic spray-arm application system to paint its high-performance optical coating in-house on screens as large as 67.75ft.x 150ft. (20.7m x 45.8m). It is currently the largest in-house cinema screen optical coating system in the world. Severtson Screens certifications and partners include Technicolor, MasterImage, Dolby, Volfoni, LightspeeD & DepthQ, and RealD (www.severtsonscreens.com/literature).

Approaching its 30th anniversary in 2016, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. The Severtson family’s extensive experience in manufacturing small home theater screens and large cinema screens has given Severtson Corporation the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor applications as well as large outdoor venues.

With its three Arizona-based production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has massive production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screens. The screens range in size from massive movie theaters, comfortable home theaters, and everything in between.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide.

From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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Renewed Vision Enriches World’s First Permanent 3D Pool Mapping Light Show at Sheraton Waikiki

PointCloud Media develops unique projection architecture driven though ProVideoPlayer2 software to entertain hotel guests year-round

ALPHARETTA, Georgia, November 18, 2014 — The Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu launched its Helumoa Playground Superpool series earlier this fall, comprising two distinct 3D pool mapping light show stories presented twice every evening to entertain hotel guests and the general public. Billed as the world’s first permanent installation of its kind, the 3D pool mapping shows are projected across a 7,503-square foot pool canvas, demonstrating lively displays of volcanic eruptions in “Helumoa – the birth of Hawaii”; and the rise of historical Hawaiian resorts and water sports in “Helumoa – the legendary story of Waikiki.”

Waikiki Pool Checkerboard

Overhead Pool Shot

Sheraton Wakiki Pool

The Sheraton Waikiki hired PointCloud Media, a full-service production company specializing in 3D projections, to develop innovative, energized shows featuring graphic figures and images projected onto the nearly 200,000 gallon superpool. The PointCloud solution integrates its core Raylight4D mapping system—responsible for superimposing visual content on the pool to mesmerizing effect—with seven ultra-bright projectors and reliable, cost-efficient playback software from Renewed Vision.

The integration of Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer 2 (PVP2) software is significant as it drives playback for all seven projectors from two Mac Pro computers, saving PointCloud Media tens of thousands of dollars in comparison to expensive hardware-based packages. Additionally, PVP2 simplifies the overall workflow, allowing PointCloud Media to automate playout and quickly adjust show schedules in the event of inclement weather or special circumstances.

“Over the years, we have used many different servers to augment video projections on large buildings, and they were all very complicated to operate, requiring real experts,” said Jack Hattingh, president, PointCloud Media. “The Renewed Vision PVP2 software reliably plays out all content from a stable platform, without the expense of purchasing or renting a system and hiring a full-time operator. I can purchase PVP2 software and a Mac Pro for the price of a three-week rental of most competing products. Being a permanent installation, the return on investment with PVP2 is nearly immediate.”

The end-to-end architecture includes five rooftop Barco HDQ-2K40 40,000 lumen projectors positioned 320 feet in the air to project visual content onto the pool, along with two 20,000 lumen projectors at ground level to project visuals onto adjacent rock formations. The workflow starts with a 4000×4000 content file for the pool map and a 3840×1080 file for the rock formations. A Mac Pro running PVP2 at each location slices the 4000×4000 file into five separate 1920×1080 feeds with mild overlap. The fluid pool reflections and surrounding ambience add an element of reality to the custom 3D mapping projections.

“PVP2 allows us to fine-tune the mappings on the fly to create the best convergence between the projected images,” said Hattingh. “Its advanced rending engine, coupled with the power and reliability of the Mac Pro, enables smooth playback of the massive video file across all five outputs. PVP2 is also allowing us to create some unusual projections, as we’re blending from four corners geometrically rather than top to bottom or left to right. PVP2’s flexibility has made it easy to create a unique mosaic map with plenty of light that audiences can enjoy.”

The master system on the roof is connected to the second rock projection system 31 stories below via a fiber-optic connection, with all content triggered simultaneously from both PVP2 servers. As each show begins, PVP2 triggers a contact closure relay to change the sound system from the standard background music service to the PVP2 audio feed. A third Mac Pro system outfitted with PVP2 supports a hotel broadcast on Channel 37, with viewers able to enjoy a live cut of the pool projections at the moment the light show music begins.

PointCloud Media representatives routinely monitor the system from their offices near Dallas to ensure everything is working properly, with the ability to stop, pause, restart and reschedule shows as needed. A third, holiday-themed show is now in development, given the success of the first two shows. Additionally, the simple learning curve of the system will allow hotel staff to use the system for other business opportunities as desired.

“PVP2 and the rest of system is very easy to learn and operate, so the hotel can easily use this for conferences and other themed events by the poolside,” said Hattingh. “Furthermore, they can easily gain an additional return on investment by renting the system to businesses and clients.”

About Renewed Vision
Founded in 2000, Renewed Vision’s mission is to offer reliable, purpose-built production software that enables organizations—spanning from churches to corporations—to create dynamic media experiences that enhance worship services, meetings and other special events. For more information on our product lines, including ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer and ProVideoServer, please visit our website at www.renewedvision.com.

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ESP/SurgeX Unveils Remote Diagnostics Suite

New cloud and connectivity features with forward and backward compatibility help ESP/SurgeX assert its remote energy diagnostics leadership.

Knightdale, NC – November 18, 2014 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, is proud to announce its Remote Diagnostics Suite of products designed for use in imaging, IT, AV and small office settings. The suite includes cloud and connectivity features that simplify the monitoring, control, and management of power issues to make them more intuitive, both inside and outside of a local network. The Suite was designed to increase the productivity and profitability of service teams.

The Remote Diagnostics Suite currently consists of the following ESP/SurgeX products: the Next Gen PCS, Envision PCS, eCommandCenter, Remote Control Center, Remote Portal, Axess Elite, Axess Manager and Axess Ready lines. Each solution is designed to meet the energy monitoring, control, management, and power protection needs of connected equipment, including printers, PCs,  AV racks, servers, copiers and more. This technology can be integrated into existing OEM platforms and future ESP/SurgeX installations.

ESP/SurgeX launched its initial IP-enabled product in 2009 and developed cloud-based capabilities in 2011. The company innovated the first complete hardware and software solution in the industry that allows businesses to manage and control power proactively via a user-friendly interface and increase profitability by giving technicians a simple, convenient, and portable solution to pre-diagnose power data without a service call.

Additions to the Remote Diagnostics Suite include cellular connectivity, an embedded all-in-one Envision Remote Portal, and enhanced cloud accessibility. Diagnostics enhancements include the capture of trending data and power issues over time. ESP/SurgeX also enables system-wide, live-communication with all Remote Diagnostic Suite installations, making it easier than ever to monitor live metrics and cycle/reboot power to equipment.

“ESP/SurgeX offers the broadest and most advanced set of remote energy diagnostics solutions available and we are poised to remain the leader based on innovations we will be rolling out over the next year,” said Dave Perrotta, chief operating officer, ESP/SurgeX. “Our Energy Diagnostics Suite offers better connectivity options, more intelligent data analysis, and superior power protection over other solutions and is backed by the industry’s best warranty.”

ESP/SurgeX has manufactured premium power protection and energy management solutions for 30 years. Their award-winning portfolio helps businesses worldwide to lower service costs and improve the reliability and profitability of critical electronic equipment.

For more information, please visit www.espei.com.

ABOUT ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 37 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For 30 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit espei.com and surgex.com.

ESP/SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. Our products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit http://www.espei.com for further company and product information.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Introduces Health/Wellness Animated Campaign Library for Customer/Employee Communications

Second in series of corporate sustainability-themed templates covering 15 subject areas…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Nov. 18, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today introduced its second set of pre-produced animated corporate communication templates – this time on the topic of Health/Wellness. Ideal for StrandVision Digital Signage employee communications networks, the set of 50 attractive digital signage content templates is a new page type which can be easily added to StrandVision customer digital media player page mixes. The new Communications Library is also appropriate for public service announcements over customer-directed digital signage networks.

Health/Wellness Subjects

The Health/Wellness StrandVision Communications Campaign Library includes health_wellness
50 StrandVision Digital Signage animated content pages on exercise, hygiene, healthy eating, mental wellness, prevention and other topics. Each page consists of an attractive graphic and a short, animated text message on the topic. The pages are set to random animation sequences and are added into the customer’s normal digital signage page mix with a single click to http://www.svds.co/?installimage&e=1&image=LF4FX87DK5C5X43MFA8QCKT5Y2.

Administrators simply select the Health/Wellness category on their StrandVision Content Management System (CMS) portal. They can easily define frequency and change defaults settings, such as scroll speed, to meet the needs of their particular display environments. The StrandVision system randomly selects from among the 50 health/wellness subjects and automatically mixes the selections with one of several animation sequences and inserts a different subject/animation combination on each pass of the page loop.

The Health/Wellness Library can also be combined with the previously announced StrandVision Environmental Communications Library, as well as other Communications Library subject areas as they are introduced.

The variety of subjects, combined with the randomly assigned animations, creates a dynamic presentation that keeps people focused on the digital media player screens long after the campaign page plays.

“The Health/Wellness Library offers informative, interesting content that adds attractive, easy-to-implement pages to our customers’ digital signage networks while promoting an important theme that offers helpful advice that everyone can use,” said StrandVision founder and CEO Mike Strand. “We’ve already had a tremendous response to the first environment and sustainability theme and look forward to continuing to introduce the rest of our subject categories over the coming months. The eye-catching design and animation adds to our subscribers’ presentations and can become an integral part of their overall organizational health/wellness communications campaign with virtually no effort.”

StrandVision Animated Template Library Program

The StrandVision Animated Template Communications Library covers 15 themes from diversity and ethics, to safety and morale, quality and time management, spanning hundreds of specific subjects. Designed for both employee communication and general public audiences, the Communications Campaign Library motivates, educates and informs digital signage viewers while demonstrating the customer organization’s commitment to worthwhile personal and corporate initiatives.

The animated templates can be displayed in full-screen or in-frame formats. Administrators can control text speed and other functions, such as scheduling and expiration.

Health/Wellness Communications Campaign Library template pages are available immediately to all StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers, as well as StrandVision Free Digital Signage Test Drive participants. See sample templates at: http://www.strandvision.com/corporate_social_responsibility_samples.html or visit our introductory demonstration YouTube video at: http://www.strandvision.com/video_wellness_communications_campaign_library.html, call 715-235-7446 or email sales at StrandVision.com.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computers, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer-created text, graphics, videos and RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged, user-selectable weather and news, trivia, music, as well as library of social responsibility topics. StrandVision Digital Signage is ideal for many business marketing applications for visitor and employee communication for banks and retailers; schools and universities; business and industry; as well as nonprofit and religious organizations.

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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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Greg Soucy
Soucy Communications Group
603-682-7162
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Firehouse Productions Powers iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014 with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Firehouse Productions deployed HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers at the iHeartRadio Music Festival providing sound reinforcement for some of the most popular artists in music today, including Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and One Direction. The 4th annual two-day festival took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to a capacity crowd of over 16,000 people.

The audio system featured a total of 36 JBL VTX V25 fullsize array elements (18 per side) for the main PA, 28 JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements (14 per side) for side hangs, 16 VTX G28 subwoofers and 16 VT 4886 subcompact line array elements provided front fill. Powering the system were 106 Crown amplifiers, which included both I-Tech 12000HDs and I-Tech 4x3500HD models featuring Crown’s DriveCore™ technology. System management and control were handled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

For Mark Dittmar, VP of Design and Engineering for Firehouse Productions, the VTX has become his PA of choice in providing audio for this event since its inception four years ago. “The VTX line is great for this kind of show, which requires not only high SPL but also clarity and accuracy,” said Dittmar.

“The show definitely runs on the loud side because of the nature of the performers but we really like to have fun with it. We always know we have enough headroom no matter how hard the bands hit it,” added Dittmar.

Dittmar continues to look to Crown amplifiers as the best match for the VTX rig for large-scale events such as this one. “The Crown amps continue to be rock solid and knowing they are optimized for the JBL loudspeakers we are confident they give us the best combination of control and performance,” said Dittmar. “We’ve definitely had great success with the system and the wide range of performers have been happy as well.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: http://www.firehouseproductions.com.

For more information on iHeartRadio, please visit: http://www.iheart.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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ROLL TIDE! ALABAMA’S 100,000+ BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM CONVERTS FROM LINE ARRAYS TO DANLEY

DCIM100GOPROTUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 2014: The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide – among the most storied and winningest college football teams in the nation – plays all of its home games at 100,000-plus seat Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Pleased with the authoritative performance of its on-field sound reinforcement system – a single Danley GH-60 Genesis Horn paired with a single Danley TH-212 subwoofer – the university agreed with design and installation firm Baker Audio Visual (Norcross, Georgia) that Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers should replace the existing sound system to cover the entire stadium. Constrained by an aggressive timeline that necessitated reusing existing hang points, Baker AV installed Danley’s new weatherproof OS-80 loudspeakers and OS-115 subwoofers in the upper bowl and Danley’s seasoned SH-96HO loudspeakers (with additional OS-80 loudspeakers for down fill) in the lower bowl.

“We only had a short window to complete the design and installation once the athletics department gave us the go-ahead,” said Joe Schuch, vice president of Baker AV. “We had a similarly short window at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, where Danley Sound Labs delivered over four hundred custom loudspeakers within six weeks to make that job a success. At Bryant-Denny, we worked with Mike Hedden, Danley president, on a solution that would work within the constraints of the existing infrastructure. There was not enough time to engineer new solutions or to modify loudspeaker locations. We worked through Danley’s catalog of form factors to build an appropriate solution.” In part because Danley builds all of its loudspeakers and subwoofers in the USA, it was able to meet the deadlines at Bryant-Denny while simultaneously meeting deadlines at the Kentucky Derby’s Churchill Downs. Hedden reported that, between the two, the company produced between four and five hundred loudspeakers in just four weeks.

Alabama_Stands_SpeakersThe upper bowl now gets coverage from forty distributed Danley OS-80 weatherproof loudspeakers (two at each of twenty locations), which will remain impervious to the elements for decades to come. Every other OS-80 cluster is paired with a Danley OS-115LF weatherproof subwoofer for low-end support. The lower bowl uses twenty-four clusters, each comprised of a Danley SH-96HO for main coverage and a Danley OS-80 for downfill directly below the main loudspeakers. The OS-80 is rolled off at 250Hz and thus primarily aids in spoken word intelligibility. Similar to the end zones, all of the Danley products in the upper and lower bowls deliver better coverage with substantially fewer and/or lighter boxes, making it possible for Baker AV to install the system without taking valuable time to recertify the hangs.

After a few days tuning the system, Baker AV and Danley specialists fired up the system for the university. “The Athletics Department thinks it is a night and day improvement,” said Schuch. “The Danley system is more musical and has better intelligibility. The low-end output throughout the stadium blew them away.” Hedden added, “With the Danley system, Bryant-Denny gets better coverage, higher output, greater fidelity, and deeper bass all with a fraction of the cabinets, (38 Danley Synergy Horns replaced 128 line array cabinets) weight was reduced by several tons, and our system required 52 less amplifiers and signal processing than the old system. Our company offers the highest efficiencies, which translate into fewer devices required, making us the greenest manufacturer on the market. To me, it’s a huge affirmation that we’re doing the right thing and building a better mousetrap. With Danley systems in many of the biggest stadiums in the country – Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, Buffalo Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium, LSU’s Tiger Stadium, Penn State’s Beaver Field, MSU’s Spartan Stadium, and now Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium – we hope the tide is turning on the industry’s line array funk. Roll Tide!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

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