Video and AV News

lasergridTarm Showlaser launches Lasergrid
Thursday, 22 February 2018

Europe - Laser presentations specialist Tarm Showlaser has launched Lasergrid, which combines a number of single laser units with one single-coloured laser source, one or more power supply units and accessories.
The single laser units are flexible to install and can be utilised on a ceiling, wall, on a truss or daisy-chained in a horizontal and/or vertical line.
Each laser module generates a linear beam and all modules together form a laser grid with parallel laser beams.
Each laser unit can be individually controlled by DMX (dimming). Number and design of the single components can be individually customised.
The power supply provides the necessary supply voltage for all connected modules in one chain as well as the DMX interface for DMX control. The connection of daisy chained emergency stop systems is possible.
Approximately 10 laser modules with connecting cables of 3m to 5m length can be connected to one power supply unit.
(Jim Evans)

raymond-odd--knutKinly celebrates successful launch at ISE 2018
Thursday, 22 February 2018

Europe - Kinly, the new brand identity resulting from the merger of visual collaboration specialists Viju and VisionsConnected, is celebrating a highly successful launch at the recent ISE 2018 show in Amsterdam.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, the combined company today serves corporate and public customers in over 120 countries from established office locations throughout EMEA, the USA and APAC.
The new brand’s management team optimizes the expertise and experience of both companies with former Viju CEO, Odd Sverre Østlie taking the helm as Kinly CEO whilst his opposite number at VisionsConnected, founder and CEO Raymond Alves, will be spearheading Kinly’s solutions and services development in his new role as CSO (Chief Solutions Officer).
“Our new venture is intensely exciting,” says Odd Sverre Østlie. “The opportunity to create a world-leading global visual collaboration specialist under a fresh new brand that builds on the best of two already highly successful companies is a wonderful opportunity for us and our clients.”
“The reaction we got from clients at ISE was tremendous,” reports Alves. “Our clients can all see the benefits of working with a larger organisation with a global reach, whilst still retaining the level of personal, customized service that is our founding principle. We’re so proud and excited to be doing this – we can’t wait to bring the benefits of our combined vision, experience and solutions to help our clients achieve their collaboration goals as fluidly and seamlessly as possible.”
(Jim E

paramoreAvolites powers Paramore’s psychedelic visuals
Thursday, 22 February 2018

Europe - US rock band Paramore's current world tour features a complex array of projection mapped video screens, with the production displays’ psychedelic visuals powered by Avolites' EX8 Ai Infinity Server and Ai v10.1 software.
Production designer Butch Allen devised the show's complex video display. Three concentric rings of truss and screen loom over the audience at a 45° tilt. Managing the tour's substantial projection-mapping system is LMG Touring's technician Grant Draper.
"In terms of video mapping for Paramore, we have multiple planes of convergence and multiple focal points, as everything is on a slant and stepped back on stage," explains Draper. "There is about a foot and half between each circle of the central screen, meaning that even on the most basic level we are not working with a flat plane."
Using a modest six layers of content, Draper has configured the stage's projection screens using Ai v10.1's Autoblend feature. Laying out the mapping as one screen surface in the Ai environment Draper was able to calculate the required warping and blending of the video projection outputs onto the concentric circular screens on stage.
"We use three Panasonic 32K projectors on the show," says Draper. "These effectively act as cameras within the Autoblend 3D environment. I just pointed the projectors at the 3D object - the screens - made it fill the full image of the projectors and basically just used it as a line feed of that. I also used geometry correction within the Autoblend environment. Once I go into the warping features within Ai

montaneGreen Hippo partners with Msonic in Finland
Thursday, 22 February 2018

Finland - Green Hippo has appointed Msonic as its distributor for Finland. Effective immediately, Msonic will distribute Green Hippo’s line of scenic video technology throughout the Republic of Finland.
Founded in 2012 in Vantaa, Msonic specialises in the import and distribution of premium professional AV and lighting products.
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, says: “I have been aware of the growth of Msonic’s business activities over a number of years and for us, the recent move to their new offices and some changes in the structure of the Finnish market that has meant Johan West can join the team was just too good an opportunity to let go. Bringing together such a fine commercial operation with Msonic, one of the word’s real experts on Hippotizer Media Servers in Johan and our global market-leading brand means that we now have an unbeatable position in the Finnish market.”
Kari Vanhalakka, managing director of MSonic, adds: “Green Hippo is rightfully recognised as the pro sector’s leading media-server brand, and this partnership marks a significant milestone for MSonic. The Hippotizer hardware and software is spot-on, and we can’t fault the support on offer from the Green Hippo personnel. Frankly, we can’t wait to take this line to the Finnish market.”
(Jim Evans)

roberts-daviesjohnwebsafeLawo expands pre-sales & projects team
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Germany - John Roberts-Davies has joined German audio console and IP video specialist Lawo AG as head of pre-sales & projects. In his new role, he will lead and develop the team that delivers technical consultation, solution design and system delivery to customers across the entire range of live production applications.
The appointment comes at a time of rapid growth in demand for Lawo products and solutions, which are expertly designed to help gain maximum advantage from new technologies in the fast-changing world of live production.
Roberts-Davies has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. He worked in operational and technical roles in radio and TV stations in several countries, as a sound recordist, radio engineer, ENG cameraman and radio and TV system engineer, before moving to the manufacturer side with various technical, commercial and professional services management roles within Sony, Quantel and SAM.
“We are very excited to have John join our team," says Ulrich Schnabl, director of operations at Lawo AG. “His broad knowledge of the industry, coupled with his ability to ensure suppliers consistently deliver the best services possible, make him a strong asset for Lawo at this time of rapid growth."
(Jim Evans)

marius-van-rooyen-from-unlimited-events-with-schalk-botha-dwrAbsen for Stage Effects & Unlimited Events
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

South Africa - Rental company owners Theo Papenfus from Stage Effects and Marius van Rooyen from Unlimited Events teamed up to purchase 400 Absen D2V 2.9mm panels from DWR Distribution.
“Our market is here and it was time,” says Theo. “Marius and I decided on a joint venture to bring in many panels of the same batch bearing in mind that quantity is always a big issue for us.”
For the past two years, Theo had his eye on the 3.9mm, a familiar product to the South African market.
“We wanted to go through a reputable company, and chose Absen to enable us to have the service DWR typically provides,” says Marius. “It’s a much better option for us as to know we have support locally. In addition, we are able to tap into the base of existing Absen users in South Africa.”
Duncan Riley of DWR comments: “The DWR workshop is able to do repairs on the 2.9mm. Bruce Riley is really good at balancing LED screens.”
“It was the right timing and the right product at the right price,” said Schalk Botha, Absen sales representative at DWR. “The market is going towards high res, cost-effective and affordable solutions. The Absen 2.9mm is perfectly priced for the perfect solution.”
(Jim Evans)

dancingoniceLED Creative adds sparkle to Dancing on Ice
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

UK - Helping to add a touch of colour to the new studio installation at Dancing on Ice, illumination rental and installation specialist LED Creative provided over 1600m of its Alpha 60 RGB system and 750m of their Sigma 60.
Housed within a custom-built studio structure, the Dancing on Ice set is a vibrant, super versatile space featuring an interview and judging dais swathed in neon tones and an ice rink. Against a bank of video walls, the rink set has been creatively formed to combine the show’s ‘ice swirl’ branding with a flexible lighting installation by LD Dave Davey that can adapt instantly to reflect the myriad of musical styles that accompany each performance.
Scenic designer Dominic Tolfts has cleverly applied the LED Creative Alpha and Sigma systems throughout his design, adding highly controllable colour, movement and intensity to the set pieces, to create a dynamic, dazzling backdrop to the show.
Working with lighting gaffer Dave Hallet, LED Creative’s project manager Tim Rees and gaffer Brad Purse, the crew also employed the company’s BYTE Controllers and silent running BIT Control units to help allow maximum precision and artistic control over the LED installation with minimum programming time.
Speaking about LED Creative’s Alpha and Sigma systems, Dominic Tolfts says, “Working with LED Creative is always a pleasure and their attention to detail is second to none. The versatility and ease of use of the led systems that they supply are brilliant. The products give the unique elements of the set design i

southside-baptist-2PixelFLEX revitalises Southside Baptist
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

USA - Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Georgia, recently upgraded its dated LCD video system with a high-resolution FLEXTour 2.8mm LED video display provided by Nashville-based LED video manufacturer PixelFLEX.
Chris Clark, Southside Baptist director of media, explains: “In our previous design, we had an array of twenty-four 65-inch LCD TV’s, with a 2-inch bezel around each unit, so you can only imagine our challenges and frustrations. With the LCD display, it was impossible to create a seamless image, and it looked a bit clunky and cheap. Since I go to a lot of sporting events, I knew LED video would be an ideal solution, and we couldn’t be happier with our new high-definition, video system from PixelFLEX.”
Clark continues: “During our initial research, we also thought about the possibility of using a projection system, but it’s simply not as bright as LED video, and you have to worry about regularly changing bulbs. LED video is just better all-around, from both a maintenance and performance perspective, and after meeting with PixelFLEX, I knew that no matter what LED product we chose, it would be a PixelFLEX solution because working with them is like working with a friend.
“I am the full-time video technician at Southside Baptist and then we also have a volunteer crew that assists as well,” adds Clark. “During the installation, the FLEXTour system went together very easily, and as far as control, we come straight out of a computer running ProPresenter, into the PixelFLEX sending unit, and then to the LED screen in a ver

lcv59Lightconverse v59 adds HD video capture
Monday, 19 February 2018

UK - The latest release of the Lightconverse 3D show platform promises to the market “a level of previously unseen 3D resolution quality and multiple new features of the award-wining software, used for high-tech show visualisation and simulation of lighting, video and special effects”.
Along with increased GUI and 3D resolution, users can now capture a high-resolution video of their work along with high-res screenshots. There is no need for any extra video-capturing software or hardware thus making it even easier to show clients’ highly detailed show creations. This feature allows for high-quality and full-colour mp4 offline rendering of online recorded DMX, video and media in, resulting in a cinematographic quality video.
Another anticipated addition is a built-in Light Meter, used to make calculations of centre weighted lux levels on the surface and generation of LUX-Maps with high-quality print-outs.
Other new capabilities of v59 include four camera view pre-sets for main screen; extended colour dynamics plus luminance corrected gamma and other HDR operations; precise Equidistant mode for wide camera views; roll and Iris parameters for camera; and HTC Vive along with Oculus Rift support.
(Jim Evans)

mergingManAlive goes overboard for Merging Technologies
Monday, 19 February 2018

USA - A successful band setting up a studio is not particularly noteworthy, but when it is set up to record in DSD and features a 4K video stage, this is clearly unusual. Furthermore, this new facility is located on Nashville’s doorstep which is home to many famous studios, suggesting this is a bold move.
DSD recording is relatively unusual for a conventional studio, although commonplace in the classical recording world with the majority of concert halls and opera houses being so equipped. This is no ordinary studio but, regardless of musical genre, DSD means Merging Technologies and in this case Pyramix MassCore with two Horus networked audio converters.
The successful group behind this project is the Annie Moses Band, very much a family venture blending traditional American folk songs with a strong classical influence. Their live and predominantly acoustic performances influenced the design of ManAlive Studios.
The idea was to be able to capture a live performance in the best quality audio and video which is not something you can typically do in the neighbouring Nashville studios. The plan crystallized about six months ago and includes a 4,000sq.ft sound stage with full lighting, six 4K cameras, Pyramix and Pro Tools HDX recording and an SSL AWS console. The idea is to have the ability to stream, broadcast or just record the music with or without a live audience. Flexibility and quick turnaround are key to the studio’s philosophy.
“We have been extremely impressed by the depth and audio quality of DSD. It is creatively exciting and mee

avolitesGatecrasher lands in Sheffield with Avolites
Friday, 16 February 2018

UK - The Gatecrasher Classical club night landed at Sheffield City Hall in January, with dramatic lighting controlled by Avolites consoles.
Birmingham-based Stage Production provided the technical know-how for the laser and lighting spectacular, achieving that 'Gatecrasher feeling' by hitting the crowd with myriad effects. The team supplied all lighting, rigging, staging and technical production for the event and designed the light show.
Stage Production managing director Jordan Lake was production director/designer for the gig, working alongside Ben Butler as lighting director/designer. The duo used an Avolites Sapphire Touch and Tiger Touch II console with Fader Wing to control the ambitious production.
"Gatecrasher fans expect massive lighting shows and it was up to us to deliver," says Lake. "Gatecrasher has always understood that it takes more than a big-name DJ to make a party successful - it's a combination of the perfect sound, the best lighting, the biggest lasers, the most outrageous effects and performers."
One of the main things the team had to take into consideration was the on-stage orchestra, which performs as part of the classical/dance event.
"None of the lighting could distract or obstruct their ability to see or play, so we designed a powerful, even wash with only colour changes, and positioned all blinders, strobes and eye-candy units carefully," Lake continues. "The bulk of the lighting was mid-air FX and beam-work, which spent the majority of the time in the air or on the crowd, rather than on the stage."

Vectorworks Japanese distributor wins BCN Award
Friday, 16 February 2018

Japan - A&A Co, Vectorworks distributor in Japan, received a 2018 BCN Award in the CAD software.
The BCN Awards, organised by BCN Inc., aims to reward the best-selling vendors throughout the year for PC/digital consumer electronic products. The winners are selected based on the BCN ranking, which is calculated from daily POS data gathered from volume sellers in Japan.
A&A received the award for its 37.6 percent Japanese market share. Vectorworks outranked software providers Lilac System (27.3 percent market share) and Photron Limited (20.9 percent market share). Market share is based on statistics accumulated from 2,608 stores of 23 companies providing sales reports to BCN Co.
For 19 years, BCN Co. has collected the sales data of major domestic electric appliance mass merchandisers, personal computer specialty shops and net shops in Japan. Based on these numbers, the BCN Awards recognize manufacturers with the highest total annual sales volume.
“It is a great honour to receive the best prize for the CAD software category for two consecutive years with Vectorworks software,” said Takashi Yokota, president of A&A Co. “This is a result of our customers’ support and partners’ collaboration, and we deeply appreciate them. We will continue to do our best to deliver attractive products and services to the market.”
“A&A’s achievement with this award victory is extremely impressive, because despite the highly competitive Japanese market, they were able to not only win, but they also managed to increase their mark

nme-3Anna Valley video technology at NME Awards 2018
Friday, 16 February 2018

UK - AV provider Anna Valley provided the video technology used at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 14 February. Central to the event design created by Reality was a backdrop comprising multiple LED screens that changed configuration for each artist and award.
To support this year’s visual theme of The Glitch, which featured broken-up graphics and images, Anna Valley provided three on-stage video elements: the exploding banner - comprising three LED screens in staggered positions to display captions, logos and titles; the exploding main screen – made up of five LED screens that moved independently into different configurations to form the backdrop for the main acts; and the MiStrip Lattice Gateway - interlaced video poles used to create a gateway for artists and presenters to make their entrance.
Both the exploding banner and main screens were built from Anna Valley’s AV3 3.9mm LED panels and were suspended and moved by Neg Earth using Kinesys motors – motion-controlled systems that enabled precise repositioning of the screens during the show. The LED content was managed using a Barco E2 4K switcher, with graphics and video playback coming from MacBook Pros.
“The dynamic LED design was borne out of a desire to bring excitement and surprise to this high-profile event,” explains Reality Ltd co-owner, Paul Corrick. “Achieving the movement we wanted necessitated the building of a test rig which was pre-rigged for two days before anyone else came to site for the rest of the build. It was the most challen

ac-et-to-distribute-avolites-lighting-solutions-in-irelandAC-ET to distribute Avolites in Ireland
Friday, 16 February 2018

Ireland - Avolites has appointed A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) as its exclusive distributor in Ireland for its range of lighting control and dimming products.
AC-ET will be running a series of Avolites product demonstrations, road shows and hands-on training sessions in Ireland. They will also hold stock of core Avolites products ready for immediate despatch from their UK warehouses.
Aaron Cripps, AC-ET’s regional sales representative for Ireland, says: “Taking on the exclusive distribution of Avolites' lighting control & dimming solutions in this territory gives us the opportunity to focus further on providing first-class sales, service and support to what is a fantastic range of products.
“We’ve recently supplied Avolites consoles to venues such as INEC Killarney and the Cork Opera house, where their versatility and ease of operation means they’ve been readily used by both in-house and visiting lighting designers and engineers. Their dimming, distro and networking products are also first class.
“Avolites’ products perfectly complement the other leading brands in AC-ET's portfolio, and enable it to provide customers with everything 'entertainment lighting' from the desks, networking, power and data distribution, through to the lighting fixtures themselves.”
Koy Neminathan of Avolites adds: “Ireland is an important market for us and having Aaron available to provide sales support will be a real benefit to existing Avolites customers and users as well as developing and supporting new users. We look forward

painting-with-light-ise2018034Painting with Light makes Senses for Panasonic
Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Netherlands - International creative design practice Painting with Light was commissioned by Panasonic to produce a high-impact multimedia live show for their booth at this year’s ISE expo at Amsterdam RAI.
In 2017, Painting with Light’s creative director Luc Peumans developed a show that featured simultaneous tracking and projecting onto multiple objects, resulting in a dynamic live performance piece that combined a number of cutting-edge technologies, illustrating their capabilities, together with the flexibility of Panasonic’s latest projectors.
This year, Luc received a brief from Panasonic’s European product marketing manager for projectors and visual solutions, Thomas Vertommen, who wanted to take it one step further and create a more graphical show that was even more technically ambitious.
Panasonic is continuously following live entertainment trends to establish how best to showcase relevant technologies at ISE, and this year Thomas suggested a more futuristic performance altogether which included the use of holograms, tracking and mapping, all working in conjunction with Panasonic-selected partners like disguise, BlackTrax and Novaline.
From this starting point, Luc conceived and developed a special 6-minute movement piece called Senses in collaboration with show director Frank de Wulf and choreographer Roy Julien.
A team from Painting with Light was assembled to produce bespoke video content and design a meticulously detailed projection show / system based around two dancers, four projection boxes, 12 projec

av-beyond-the-boxISE 2018: Kramer extends presentation portfolio
Friday, 9 February 2018

The Netherlands - Kramer Electronics has launched a new addition to its extensive and innovative portfolio, a family of integrated AV presentation systems, showcasing now at ISE 2018.
Kramer's VS-88UT and VS-622DT consolidate multiple AV functionalities into a single presentation system. Both systems feature matrix switching, HDBaseT 2.0 range extension, room control, and outstanding audio capabilities all in a compact form factor that unclutters the rack.
Installation and maintenance is simplified as both solutions eliminate the need to attach additional extenders. Support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) offers added flexibility. The VS-622DT is further enhanced by the Kramer Maestro room automation software for a customized user experience which requires minimal end-user intervention.
VS-88UT is suitable for executive boardrooms, hotels, multi-purpose divisible spaces, video conferencing applications, visitor centres and showrooms. VS-622DT is designed for small to mid-sized meetings spaces.
“These products represent a whole new level in Kramer’s line of presentation systems, which is all about cost effectiveness for both system integrators and end users”, said Aviv Ron, VP business development & strategy for Kramer. “These innovative, all-in-one, complete solutions for routing audio, 4K video, control and data deliver excellent user experience at extremely attractive price points.”
(Jim Evans)

vectorworksVectorworks Design Summit set for November
Thursday, 8 February 2018

USA - For the fourth year in a row, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. invites design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries to the annual Vectorworks Design Summit. The Summit will take place from 4-6 November, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, and this training experience will consist of industry workshops, inspirational design and networking.
“The architecture and landscape in Arizona are very different from the city backdrops we have had in the last three years, and I think our customers will enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives to enjoy this scenic desert location,” said Nicole Davison, vice president of sales at Vectorworks, who is originally from Tucson. “The weather in November will be beautiful and allow us to network outside and enjoy the mountains, sun and native Arizona landscape.”
Located in the Sonoran Desert, the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass celebrates the Gila River Indian heritage and culture, offering a quiet serenity combined with a high-tech hotel experience. Attendees are encouraged to extend their stay and enjoy everything the resort has to offer, including an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, a world-class spa and much more.
The call for speakers and trainers at the Vectorworks Design Summit is currently open. Presentations should be one or two hours and cover best practices, efficiency gains, tips, tricks or techniques that streamline workflows and empower design

riedeliseRiedel acquires Archwave and Cymatic Audio
Thursday, 8 February 2018

The Netherlands - Riedel has acquired Swiss engineering pioneer Archwave. This new partnership will form a research and development hub in Zurich and increase Riedel’s global engineering team to over 100 while expanding its R&D capabilities for IP and standards such as AES67, says the company.
Archwave is an audio-networking and streaming specialist that promotes open standards for the interconnection of audio and video equipment in professional environments.
“At Riedel, IP standards are vital not only for our intercom portfolio but also for all of the other Riedel product lines,” said Thomas Riedel, founder and CEO of Riedel Communications. "By collaborating with Archwave, we are taking another important step towards providing complete networking solutions that allow broadcasters to work the way they want to work. With our new engineering team in Switzerland, we now have all the tools we need to create the plug-and-play workflows that our clients need for their transition to IP.”
As part of this agreement, Riedel will also acquire Cymatic Audio, an audio specialist within the music industry. This move allows Riedel to enter new markets and get closer to musicians, who already rely on Riedel technology in the background.
“It is not often that such a strong and obviously strategic fit presents itself, but that is what I found with Riedel. Riedel’s strength, operational excellence, and commitment to open technology were the factors that drove the development of this new relationship. We also appreciate that the deal offers new

pt-rq22ISE 2018: Panasonic unveils beyond 4K projector
Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Netherlands - Panasonic Business has announced a beyond 4K laser-phosphor addition to its projector line-up aimed at live event staging, exhibitions, rental, and permanent installations.
The PT-RQ22K 3-Chip DLP Solid Shine laser projector comes in the same compact dimensions and the same 21,000 centre lumens brightness as the PT-RZ21K series, a WUXGA/SXGA+ projector, but is equipped with 4K+ (5120 x 3200) resolution.
“The PT-RQ22K completes the Panasonic 4K projection line-up, complementing the PT-RQ32K and PT-RQ13K, and meets the demand for a light weight, high-brightness 4K+ projector with film-like image quality, suitable for single or stacked projections,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic.
Heat-resistant phosphor wheels and solid-state laser modules serve vivid 4K+ images with “industry leading brightness, contrast, and accuracy”. The PT-RQ22K also offers BT.2020 emulation and supports premium HDR video content playback.
“We have combined class-leading picture quality and a low total cost of ownership (TCO) by shielding the optical engine with heat-pipe based cooling, eliminating the need for an air filter. The whole projector can operate with no maintenance for very long periods of time, even in dusty environments,” adds Hartmut Kulessa.
Designed for roles where absolute reliability is critical, the PT-RQ22K has a dual light engine, and can switch to a backup video signal instantaneously if a primary source goes down.
(Jim Evans)

Viju and VisionsConnected create Kinly brand
Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Netherlands - Viju and VisionsConnected, two leading visual collaboration specialists, have joined forces to form a single brand identity – Kinly. The move makes the new company one of the largest audiovisual system integrators in the world.
Kinly launched on 5 February 2018 on the eve of ISE 2018. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the combined company today serves corporate and public customers in over 120 countries from established office locations throughout EMEA, the USA and APAC.
The new brand’s management team optimises the expertise and experience of both companies with former Viju CEO, Odd Sverre Østlie taking the helm as Kinly CEO whilst his opposite number at VisionsConnected, founder and CEO Raymond Alves, will be spearheading Kinly’s solutions and services development in his new role as CSO (Chief Solutions Officer).
“Our new venture is intensely exciting,” remarked Odd Sverre Østlie. “The opportunity to create a world-leading global visual collaboration specialist under a fresh new brand that builds on the best of two already highly successful companies is a wonderful opportunity for us and our clients.
“Our brand promise is Working Together. Everywhere,” he continued. “Our role is to provide a seamless and reliable experience that enables people to work together effectively and with ease, wherever they are and regardless of whether they need to connect to one person or one hundred. Customer experience is one of our top priorities; as one of the world’s leading specialists our aim is

stumplAV Stumpfl strengthens presence in China
Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Netherlands - AV Stumpfl has officially announced the opening of AV Stumpfl China.
The AV Stumpfl office will operate with the aim to develop and expand AV Stumpfl's presence in the Chinese mainland's AV market. Headquartered in Shanghai, the hand-picked team consists of experienced system engineers, as well as AV and marketing experts.
Francis Lee, CEO of AV Stumpfl China, states: "We are seeing a lot of growth potential when it comes to AV Stumpfl's importance in mainland China. The company is completely independent and family owned, has a very good reputation, award winning products and an incredibly enthusiastic team.
“Our own AV Stumpfl China team will be able to supplement this great foundation further by providing direct technical training, product support and maintenance services. As a first step, we will be focusing on a number of key markets, including theme park attractions, museum installations and live-events."
The establishment of a permanent office in China follows a 12-month period in which AV Stumpfl has actively expanded its international distribution network to include partners in the US, Canada and Japan, with a particular focus on media servers.
Commenting on the strategic significance of the Chinese market, AV Stumpfl CEO Fabian Stumpfl explains: "It is not a secret that the Chinese market is of great importance to most international AV manufacturers. Since our family name is also the company name, we wanted to wait for the right moment and the right partner to expand our activities in mainland China. We belie

7thsense-delta-media-server-infinity-ISE 2018: 7thSense premieres new system features
Monday, 5 February 2018

The Netherlands - Specialists in advanced media serving, 7thSense Design, is launching a wide range of new system and hardware features at ISE 2018 this week.
This year, 7thSense will be demonstrating Delta Media Server’s extensive capabilities in addition to media playback and management. Visitors to the 7thSense ISE stand 12-A64 will experience hands-on demonstrations.
John Higgins, product manager at 7thSense explains, “Delta Media Server is renowned for delivering the highest performance, pixel-perfect uncompressed playback. This year at ISE our new features and on-stand demonstrations will highlight its strengths as a flexible, configurable media management and playback engine that handles all pixel and audio processing to guarantee the best display performance, no matter what shape or size surface it might be.”
Delta Media Server has been designed by experts in display systems who have been involved in projects utilising every type of projected and fixed-matrix type of display system from major theme park dark rides to large screen Hollywood cinemas and multi-channel digital planetariums to 6,000 seat theatres and full-scale building projection for mass audiences.
The 7thSense stand will also feature a powerful, multi-capability 8K demonstration - all running from a single Infinity Media Server. Visitors can see Infinity powering an 8K x 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 60FPS display while also driving a picture-in-picture preview output of DeltaVR with a StarVR headset.
Nine Delta Media Servers can also be found driving displays on four 7

ac-et-at-ise-2018ISE 2018: AC-ET showcases lighting & AV systems
Monday, 5 February 2018

The Netherlands - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd will demonstrate how it provides all the products, advice and support needed to install fully integrated lighting & AV systems – at ISE 2018.
Chroma-Q's multi award-winning Inspire house lights and Color Force II wash lights, plus Color One 100X PAR, deliver high quality colour-changing saturates, pastels and a pure white - for a truly immersive, seamlessly integrated lighting experience in auditoria, performance venues, houses of worship and other public spaces. Also featured is the award-winning Space Force LED providing variable white soft-lighting.
Other lighting includes Quasar Science's new RGB-X Rainbow Linear Lamp, which provides full colour-changing and variable white looks in a low profile, self-ballasted LED source suitable for everything from traditional three point subject lighting to general area lighting.
Related control solutions include ProLights' ArtNetNode versatile, rackmountable Art-Net to DMX adapter with an integrated optical DMX splitter; Chroma-Q's rackmountable network switches and other data distribution devices; and RatPac's AKS and Cintenna models featuring LumenRadio CRMX wireless technology for controlling lighting fixtures directly from a mobile phone, tablet or PC.
Also represented on the booth is the Tourflex Cabling service – a manufacturer and supplier of a full range of bespoke cabling for signal, data, lighting, audio, video and rigging applications.
(Jim Evans)

tuscaloosa-river-market-1PixelFLEX goes to the farmers’ market
Monday, 5 February 2018

USA - Located on the banks of the Black Warrior River, the Tuscaloosa River Market is an open-air farmers’ market and multi-use public facility which hosts weddings, rehearsal dinners, civic gatherings and more. Originally opened in 2012, the market has continued to grow in popularity with multiple events typically scheduled each week throughout the year
Now needing a more high-powered digital display to better inform visitors of the upcoming events, the Tuscaloosa River Market called upon the design team at The ESB Group who created a bright and colourful digital display using FLEXLite NXG LED video from PixelFLEX.
“The market has been open for approximately five years now, and they had been relying a projector and screen system that was really only effective during the twilight hours,” began Patrick Sobers, The ESB Group design engineer. “As a multi-use public facility, the challenge was to retrofit the AV System so that they could have the brightness needed to also support the daytime events. Building on the success we previously had at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater using PixelFLEX technology, we decided to go with the same product family and installed a 4.8mm FLEXLite NXG LED video system.”
Sobers continues: “After consulting with PixelFLEX about the right technology, we looked at both a 3.9mm and 4.8mm option, but decided the latter would be the best fit for the install.”
With the design and install complete, the FLEXLite NXG LED video system has revitalised the digital experience at the Tuscaloosa River Market. Operating da


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