CPL's Lighting Department taking delivery of their new kit
UK - UK-based technical solutions and video specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) kicked off 2014 with a busy schedule and a proactive programme of shopping which sees major investments in new projectors, screens, cameras, media servers, sound and lighting equipment to help facilitate an expected busy year ahead.

The purchases include premium brands like Avolites, Barco, Clay Paky, Clearcom, d&b, ETC, Panasonic and Yamaha.

CPL's MD Matthew Boyse explains that a robust start to the year included a series of bold procurements which were "A mix of completely new purchases and others that give us the latest versions of popular and favourite items".

Stocks of Panasonic projectors have been boosted, together with those of Sony HXC100 broadcast quality HD cameras and Samsung LED screens / monitors.

There's been an all-round increase in demand for specialist projection services and CPL's expertise in this area includes multi and widescreen productions and 3D mapping onto all types of surfaces and objects.

Eight new Panasonic 20,000 Lumen machines join the 10000 and 7000 lumen units, bringing CPL's current total of the latest larger format Panasonic projection technology to over 40 machines.

Multiple new units of Panasonic's AW HE60 and HE120 hot head cameras have been added to the inventory - offering a wide choice of these compact products, and several new Teradek Bolt Pro 2000 wireless camera systems also join the fleet - able to operate at vastly greater distances than the previous technology.

More Panasonic AV HS410 vision mixers and more Barco PDS switchers and ImagePRO II scalers all reflect the need for precise control technology for widescreen video / projection and 3D applications, together with the latest version of Coolux Pandora's Box media servers & players which were also high up the shopping list!

Boyse explains, "We were busy in 2013, but the first quarter of 2014 looks even more buoyant, so all these result-orientated purchases will ensure we continue to offer the best, most imaginative and up-to-the-minute solutions to all our clients."

CPL's audio department continues to grow and is now benefitting from additional Yamaha QL series digital desks - with four being delivered in May, plus the ever-increasing stock of d&b speakers, expanded again with the latest additions of E6 speakers and D6 / D12 amps.

The amount of Clearcom wired and wireless comms has also increased, together with a large amount of Motorola 2-way digital radios. Most of CPLs comms systems are now digital bringing greater reliability and clarity.

The lighting department also grew steadily throughout 2013, together with the trend of CPL being asked to supply more full technical production and design packages for events in addition to video.

Looking for quality LED moving light fixtures, Boyse decided to purchase CPL's first Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10 and K20 luminaires - with 20 units being delivered to their west Midlands HQ, along with Sharpy & Super Sharpy beam fixtures, all of which will be added to CPL's large stock of Martin moving lights.

Meantime, the generic lighting kit has been multiplied with large quantities of ETC Source Four LED HD Profiles and PARs, and on the control side, several new Avolites Tiger Touch consoles join the company.

For lighting all types of spaces and environments, more of the latest Core Colourpoint & Point 30 battery powered LED uplighters are handy.

Finally, all CPL's trussing has also been replaced by Prolyte H30V & H40R over the last six months, a standardization bringing great aesthetics, easy handling, plus excellent build quality and weight loading to the equation.

(Jim Evans)

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