Video and AV News

jeromeJérôme Cadilhac joins Digital Projection
Thursday, 14 January 2021

France - Digital Projection has hired Jérôme Cadilhac as its business development manager for the South of France, effective immediately.
Cadilhac will report to Digital Projection’s EMEA sales and marketing manager Dirk Siedle, as well as working closely with Stéphane Bourdon, Digital Projection’s historical sales manager for France, Spain, Portugal, and North Africa.
“I have been working in the audio-visual world since 2006,” says Cadilhac. “After five years at French AV wholesaler, IXAM, I spent nine years at Christie Digital Systems, where I was first in charge of projector, LED, and media server distribution in the South of France, then across the country for the company’s new ‘Enterprise’ vertical.
“These 14 years of experience in the field mean that I have an excellent grasp of the various distribution networks in France and have built solid relationships with the main players in the market; from integrators and service providers to design offices and wholesalers.”
Although Cadilhac’s designated sector will be South of France, he will also be involved more widely with major key accounts thanks to his pre-existing relationships with the companies.
“I’ve known about the potential of Digital Projection’s product range for a long time,” adds Cadilhac.
“On a daily basis, it is the sale of the DLP Laser projector range that will get my full attention. My main objective is to significantly increase Digital Projection’s turnover in France and to structure the office to meet the high expectation

pandoraChristie releases latest Pandoras Box software
Thursday, 14 January 2021

USA - Christie has launched the new Pandoras Box V8 Software Licence for realtime video processing and show control.
Featuring a host of new features, a simplified workflow and streamlined licensing, the licence has the full Pandoras Box software family feature suite, allowing it to deliver the high-level media processing performance required for fixed installations, live events, theatres and other entertainment environments, in a budget friendly platform.
The simpler, more robust software supports NDI network streams, offers a comprehensive and deep implementation of Notch and accessibility to native Dante audio without requiring configuration. It can be paired with an existing custom setup or any Christie hardware such as the Pandoras Box Server R5, a new hardware solution with powerful components available in different specifications.
“Pandoras Box software Version 8 is a great leap forward in terms of the flexibility and workflow it offers,” says Markus Zeppenfeld, product manager, Christie. “With this new software version, we’ve kept the core appeal of Pandoras Box by combining the feature sets of all our existing software licenses into one single package and offering it to every level of Pandoras Box user. This solution will deliver more value, quality, features, performance and further streamline the creative efforts for our partners, be they consultants, integrators, rental stagers or end users.”
One Pandoras Box software product license will now unlock all functionality within the range - previously comprising Server, Player

 
 
jake-speer-as-the-actor-in-the-production-titled-shifted-Spectre uses Brompton for Unreal Build
Thursday, 14 January 2021

UK - For Spectre Studios, virtual production (VP) is not a new field. Prior to the pandemic, the company was already using real-time engines and virtual production technologies for their work on Hollywood blockbusters and, last year, set up ICVFX full-service LED VP studio in conjunction with Big Picture, part of the NEP Worldwide Network, using Brompton Tessera LED processing power to drive ROE LED panels.
The climactic moment for Spectre, however, was in November, when the company participated in Epic Games’ Unreal Build: Virtual Production event, where a small number of creative studios across the world were invited to showcase their next-generation tools and techniques which are set to transform filmmaking industry. Brompton Tessera SX40 4K LED processing was used for the video piece that Spectre showed at the event.
Unreal Build: Virtual Production was a free half-day virtual event that showcased projects and innovations from film and television industry trailblazers,” says Spectre Studios’ technical director, Rick Pearce. “We were invited to submit some of our early work to be included into a sizzle reel they were putting together to highlight some of the great work being done globally.”
Offering a glimpse of what the future might hold for creative content production, Pearce and his team at Spectre used a 14m by 4.8m LED wall made up of Black Onyx 2.8mm panels, as well as 4m by 4m ceiling using 5mm screens and two LED side screens 3m by 3m each. “Like with majority of our projects, we used Brompton’s 4K Tessera S

 
carbonforunrealguiImaginary Labs releases Carbon for Unreal
Wednesday, 13 January 2021

USA - Imaginary Labs has announced the release of their premium subscription-based DMX plugin, Carbon for Unreal. It provides “the tools and assets necessary for professional, real time productions within the powerful framework of Unreal Engine.” Producers, designers, and virtual production professionals will now have a “singularly powerful solution for design development, renderings, visualization, and XR productions”.
David S. Perkins, CEO & chief architect of Imaginary Labs states: “Trustworthiness is the most important aspect of visualization. We want users to trust that what they are seeing in Carbon is a realistic representation of what they should expect to see in the real world. We are devoted to getting this right. At Imaginary Labs, we subscribe to the scientific method, with an open mind towards constant improvement. Combined with our devotion to service, we have built a solid foundation that meets the demands of today and can evolve to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
“Before Carbon there were no real-time tools to give designers, producers, and video professionals an amazing image quality with an easy-to-use workflow and interface,” notes Tom Thompson, chief relationship officer, Imaginary Labs. “Now with the Carbon for Unreal plugin we can offer tools and assets that had not been available for the needs of the entertainment and event industry. Carbon doesn’t just add to the possibilities of creativity during visualization, it enhances the entire visualization process. That is why we, and many of our beta-testers, co

 
 
ps-onlinetrainingPowersoft schedules webinar for D-Tools
Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Italy - D-Tools System Integrator is a comprehensive software solution for AV system integrators that improves operating efficiencies by streamlining the entire project workflow - all through a data-driven process that leverages an extensive, integrated product library which now includes Powersoft’s product range.
Powersoft’s partnership with D-Tools provides D-Tools software users with Powersoft’s detailed specification, along with dealer-specific pricing, which minimises time users spend on building catalogues or AV proposals. The software benefits users further by managing budgets and sales, improving opportunities, accurately tracking revenue and expenses, and, due to all of this, increasing profitability, says the company.
In the webinar, Powersoft will teach users how to work with Powersoft’s products within D-Tools’ software. AV system integrators will learn how they can generate bid-winning proposals, and how to use System Design tools to create detailed, engineered drawings, clearly documenting system designs, while also providing affective communication with stakeholders. The software also allows for workflow optimisation, with scheduling, item tracking and in-the-field management and servicing.
The live webinars are scheduled for:
21 January: EMEA, 3pm CET - registration link
22 January: APAC (pre-recorded), 3pm SGT - test

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unite-10-on-monitorNew ClearOne webcams aid remote collaboration
Tuesday, 12 January 2021

USA - ClearOne, a global provider of audio and visual communications solutions has launched two new webcams with the intention of “making true-to-life video collaboration possible for everyone”.
For users who want to upgrade from the basic camera included in their laptop or PC, ClearOne has introduced its most affordable webcam to-date, UNITE 10. The small, powerful webcam supports up to 1080p video quality and offers autofocus. It can capture five-megapixel images with a field of view up to 87-degrees. UNITE 10 attaches to any PC or laptop with a simple mounting bracket, and a 1.5m USB-A cable ensures simple connection to most modern computers. UNITE 10 is also available to dealers and distributors in 20 packs for commercial sale.
Meanwhile, the new UNITE 50 4K AF webcam introduces ClearOne’s new Auto-Framing technology to maximize screen use through intelligent image algorithms and ePTZ automation (electronic pan, tilt and zoom). “With 4K video quality at 30Hz, auto-focus capability, 4x digital zoom, more than 8 megapixels of total resolution and an ultra-wide 110-degree field of view, the UNITE 50 4K AF ePTZ is equally capable of delivering incredible image quality from a home office as it is at capturing all participants in an office boardroom,” the company says.
The camera can be controlled through an IR remote, further simplifying use and enabling real-time control of pan, tilt and zoom to provide greater control when capturing multi-person meeting environments. A standard damping mount ensures fast, easy installation, while an incl

 
 
spiritlandtruckBroaMan and Spiritland OB host webinar
Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Europe - BroaMan and Spiritland OB will co-host a Zoom-based webinar on 14 January, at 14.00hr GMT (15.00 CET, 9.00 EST).
BroaMan’s point-to-point fibre transport solution, based on the Repeat48WDM platform, was selected by one of the UK's leading OB trucks - Spiritland One - to provide a multi-format stagebox system to run multiple video, audio and data signals between stage and truck.
Co-hosts, Spiritland co-founder, Antony Shaw, and BroaMan technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski, will present a case study on this advanced system design, and how they evolved such a compact custom solution. The session will incorporate an interactive Q/A.
BroaMan itself offers customised fibre solutions as well as standard devices for every application that requires IP/SDI/HD/3G video transport or routing.
Webinar is at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6316103590492/WN_RseZpQqYTl-VPIvXCThhOQ

 
ctrl-for-ipad-superwideNew release and Lite licence for ON LX’s Ctrl for iPad
Friday, 8 January 2021

UK - ON LX Limited has announced the latest release of its bespoke user interface creation tool, Ctrl for iPad. The release features a host of key time-saving and practical features taken directly from user feedback and designed to make configuration and multi-protocol support even faster.
Matt Didon, ON LX’s managing director says: “Our users are the most important part of our product, they heavily drive development and this release was a great opportunity for us to focus on feature requests and meet the changing needs of the industry.”
Alongside the new features and improvements, a new ‘Lite’ license tier has been introduced. ON LX’s James Walton adds: “The motivation behind the Lite tier is to open Ctrl for iPad up to creative applications where full commercial grade interfaces with user permissions and support for HTTP, TCP, UPD and modules simply aren’t needed. Lite is a strong mix of UI controls with the ability to send MIDI and OSC. So far, we’ve seen Ctrl for iPad used in all manner of places, including fitness studios, sporting venues, interactive art installations, escape rooms and much more. We’re looking forward to seeing the new creative ways the user community will look to use it.”
Highlights of the release include: new rotary slider types; bulk copy in edit mode; button groups - a new method to ensure only one button is ever active triggered at a time in a simple visual way (removing the need for internal commands); plus improvements and enhancements to existing modules to allow for more customisation, flexibil

 
 
the-belonging-cophoto-by-ashley-mae-wrightBrompton processing drives The Belonging Co
Thursday, 7 January 2021

USA - Located in Nashville, Tennessee, The Belonging Co. (TBCo) is becoming one of the fastest growing in the USA: its congregation has increased from just seven at its outset to many thousands in only six years. Along with weekly worship services, the church also includes a worship collective comprising a number of well-known Nashville-based artists who call the church home, an annual conference, and even a college.
TBCo has always prioritised excellent live production. With a recent video system installation by integrator Diversified, in partnership with THOR AV, developer of LED video walls and headset microphones, TBCo now has a LED video wall to match, driven by Brompton Technology’s Tessera S8 LED processor.
TBCo has lots of experience with LED wall products from multiple manufacturers and of various quality levels, but when it was time to develop the look and feel of its new facility, it was determined that a large LED canvas would be a critical, central component of the visual brand in the new space. Each week, the church’s online broadcasts increase their reach exponentially beyond the in-person gatherings, making the on-camera performance of the LED wall especially critical and existing products in its inventory would not meet the performance expectations of the new space.
“Our teams collaborated closely with the client and manufacturer on the design of the stage, placement of the LED wall and its relationship to artists on stage and camera positions, as well as associated sight lines throughout the space,” says Tim Corder, directo

 
disguise1disguise accelerates investment in xR technology
Friday, 18 December 2020

UK - In a year like no other, disguise is celebrating a number of successes, where the company saw the sudden shift to remote performance, production and events, and a new partnership with Epic Games to enhance the delivery of its Extended Reality (xR) solution on a global scale. This year alone has seen over 200 xR projects powered by disguise and in excess of 100 xR stages built around the world in 30+ countries.
In light of the continuing global health crisis that has brought the live events industry to a standstill, disguise has worked hard to provide a lifeline to its community of users. The accelerated development of its xR workflows has shifted the production journey and allowed a number of cancelled shows to resume in a virtual environment. disguise’s response to the COVID-19 impact was also recognised in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, marking the third consecutive year it has made it in the publication’s Fast Track league.
disguise has also committed to providing free access to its Designer software licence until June 2021 and has recently launched an e-learning hub with online certified training courses free to access for anyone interested in learning, or upskilling, in all seven disguise workflows. This year saw the launch of disguise OnDemand - a virtual hub that hosted 59 free webinars in 12 languages exploring key features and elements of the disguise workflow, specialist discussions on key industry topics and show-stopping case studies.
With an ever-growing presence within the esports arena and sourcing ways to improv

 
 
simon-harrisSimon Harris joins Observatory
Thursday, 17 December 2020

UK - Creative video specialist Observatory has expanded its senior team with the addition of Simon Harris.
A well-known figure in the visual production world having previously worked for Bryte Design, Green Hippo and Avolites, Simon brings extensive technical video project management and production experience to his new role. Working closely with Observatory founder and principal designer Ben Sheppee, he will be responsible for expanding the global footprint of the business.
“Simon brings a skill set that will strengthen and drive expansion for the business,” says Sheppee. “We have been looking to provide our clients with better technical consultation and end-to-end solutions for our productions, as we continue to innovate with emerging technologies. New and existing clients can look forward to benefiting from Simon’s in-depth knowledge and vision of engaging large audiences. We are thrilled to add him to our team to help us grow Observatory’s business even further, building on our award-winning conceptual visual offering.”
In 14 years in the industry, Simon has worked on shows such as Beyoncé’s Glastonbury Headline Performance, George Ezra’s 2018 European tour, EDC Las Vegas, Andy C’s Alive AllNight and sold-out 2019 Wembley show, Glastonbury’s John Peel stage and the T-Mobile Annual Conference in Manilla.

 
chateauDigital Projection lights historic château for Christmas
Wednesday, 16 December 2020

France - Nestled 50km southeast of Paris in Maincy, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is famous for its beautiful gardens dating back to the 17th century and its place as the largest private estate listed as a historical monument. For the last 15 years, the estate has hosted a Christmas show, named Vaux-le-Vicomte’s illuminations, which sends guests on a festive exploration around the 100-acre grounds. In the previous two years, the estate has featured video mapping in its celebrations, and ends the event with a projection on the front of the Château.
This year, the team behind the expansive illuminations, French integrator and rental stager BS Technology, chose to rely on Digital Projection’s M-Vision Laser 21000 WU for the projection mapping of Vaux-le-Vicomte’s façade.
“Digital Projection’s recent ground-breaking technologies, like the remote laser light source, are probably what put them on the map for us originally,” explains Eric L’Herminier, technical director and CEO of BS Technology. “We saw this as a good opportunity to work with them on this video-mapping project.”
The projection on the Baroque castle needed to run the entirety of the Christmas season, from the beginning of October until 3 January 2021. The mapping was required to run every 30 minutes from 6pm to 8pm, meaning that the team needed to create an automated system that could run flawlessly without further direction.
The team settled on four M-Vision Laser 21000 WU projectors stacked in pairs, two on the side, covering the domed centre of the buil

 
 
omniphotosUniversity of Bath develops VR camera system
Tuesday, 15 December 2020

UK - Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a quick and easy approach for capturing 360° VR photography without using expensive specialist cameras. The system uses a commercially available 360° camera on a rotating selfie stick to capture video footage and create an immersive VR experience.
Virtual reality headsets are becoming increasingly popular for gaming, and with the global pandemic restricting our ability to travel, this system could also be a cheap and easy way to create virtual tours for tourist destinations.
Conventional 360° photography stitches together thousands of shots as you move around one spot. However, it doesn’t retain depth perception, so the scene is distorted and the images look flat.
Whilst state-of-the-art VR photography, which includes depth perception, is available to professional photographers, it requires expensive equipment, as well as time to process the thousands of photos needed to create a fully immersive VR environment.
Dr Christian Richardt and his team at CAMERA, the University of Bath’s motion capture research centre, have created a new type of 360° VR photography accessible to amateur photographers called OmniPhotos.
This is a fast, easy and robust system that recreates high quality motion parallax, so that as the VR user moves their head, the objects in the foreground move faster than the background. This mimics how your eyes view the real world, creating a more immersive experience.
Dr Richardt and his team presented the new system at the international SIGGRAPH Asia con

 
bromptonBig Picture deploys Brompton for xR broadcast
Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Australia - The National Rugby League Dally M Awards gives kudos to the top players from the premiership season in an annual awards ceremony. Whilst there was no red carpet and certainly no shimmering frocks in sight this year, the awards show amazed its viewers by transforming into a live to air broadcast xR production, brought to life by Big Picture and held at the Fox Sports studios in Sydney.
Brompton Technology’s 4K Tessera SX40 LED processor was a crucial element in the multi camera xR workflow, offering reliable timing and consistency of image at this high-profile event.
“Big Picture has a long-standing relationship with Fox Sports, providing LED and other services to its studio and broadcast projects,” says Josh Moffat, business development at Big Picture. “When their team approached us about the Dally M Awards, we were both thrilled and honoured by the opportunity to get involved. We also quickly realised that this would be a perfect platform to use our knowledge of ground-breaking Extended Reality (xR) technology and bring it to the next level by producing live to air broadcast xR production, which has never been done before.”
The timing of the event could not have been more challenging. This was one of the busiest times of the year for Australian sports, with various sporting fields having their competition finals, so the Fox Sports studio was fully booked with broadcasts throughout the week preceding the awards show. “This meant we had to prepare for this a little differently,” says Nathan Barnier, senior technician & c

 
 
maserati-mmxx-launchdisguise xR powers Maserati MC20 launch
Tuesday, 15 December 2020


Italy - Luxury car manufacturer Maserati launched the MC20, the first super sports car of its Trident brand, in an event format powered by disguise xR.
Milan-based Feelrouge Worldwide Shows staged a two-day hybrid event held at the Autodromo di Modena race-track, and broadcast live around the world. The setting included a huge open-air, installation stage with 630 square meters of LED video screens on three different axes, which hosted a series of anamorphic visual effects and augmented and mixed reality content, powered by three disguise gx 2c media servers.
The visual narrative was complemented by a live performance, light show, sound system and original soundtrack. A fleet of 50 Maserati cars from across the years were showcased in the grandstand, creating an evocative drive-in theatre setting for over 500 live guests, accommodated in socially distanced seating.
Feelrouge met the challenge of realising the two-day physical event during the coronavirus pandemic, and some severe weather conditions, which reduced rehearsal days. More than a year in development, the narrative connected the on-site and digital experiences with a statement of hope, courage and audacity during the pandemic that embraced the brand's new vision.
Feelrouge chose xR (Extended Reality) for the event’s narrative platform. “Expression of identity has been utterly transformed by moving from traditional AV channels to contemporary technological multi-sensorial communication,” explains Marco Klefisch, creative director at Feelrouge. The agency designed a sh

 
broamanBroaMan solution for Vegas Caesars Forum
Friday, 11 December 2020

USA - When Caesars Entertainment, who operate the world-renowned Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planned their next expansion phase - Caesars Forum, a new state-of-the-art conference centre - they needed a first-class technical infrastructure for site wide multi-signal transmission over this large facility, and opted for BroaMan, the video and data based sister company to Optocore.
Locally based design and engineering specialists, National Technology Associates (NTA) have a long track record working with the Caesars Entertainment family, including LINQ promenade, the High Roller, and many restaurants and venues. Thus they were again contracted, and as their project manager Shane Snell recognized the building was way too big to run traditional SDI cabling, he instead turned to a BroaMan fibre solution.
BroaMan offers customised fibre solutions as well as standard devices for every application that requires IP/SDI/HD/3G video transport or routing, no matter what the scale or complexity. In the BroaMan environment, all open standards can be integrated - digital video, audio and data - on the same low latency fibre infrastructure.
The conference centre itself measures a massive 550,000sq.ft including more than 300,000sq.ft of flexible meeting space with the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world at 110,000 square feet each. The facility has direct access to 3 first class hotels with 8,500 Caesars Entertainment hotel rooms and 20,000 more within walking distance.
Snell explained that the original design had “tons of SDI cabling” run

 
 
bromptonvirtualtrainingBrompton Technology embraces virtual training
Tuesday, 8 December 2020

UK - With its in-person training currently on hold, Brompton Technology has set up an advanced virtual platform to continue offering its global customer base access to the LED processing manufacturer’s renowned training programme.
Brompton’s initial foray into this new venture was a set-up devised by the company’s technical support specialist, Steve Harris, to deliver training videos from his home office during the height of the pandemic. Quickly recognising that a more in-depth approach was needed, the support team adapted the training room at Brompton’s Ealing headquarters to allow the delivery of a more sophisticated training format.
Using a powerful PC, Infiled DB2.6 LED screen, and a Brompton Tessera SX40 processor, the team developed a new environment to demonstrate the Brompton user interface, using a variety of in-depth, interactive ‘explainer’ pages covering common topics. As well as training, the system is being used during sales calls and meetings to demonstrate product features.
“The platform is proving incredibly useful,” says Harris. “For example, if a customer is having an issue remotely, instead of sending them an email, we can now set up a meeting to show them how to resolve the problem in real time, or even do a quick screen recording video for them.”
Whilst Brompton’s in person training courses normally span a whole day, Brompton has recognised that sitting in front of a computer screen for that length of time becomes fatiguing and has condensed the virtual course into around two-hour segments.

 
hippo-dior-xmasHippotizer Nevis+ maps Christmas at Dior
Tuesday, 8 December 2020

UK – Luxury fashion brand Dior’s flagship London store has launched its festive Christmas display, unveiling an entirely video mapped frontage powered by a Hippotizer Nevis+ Media Server.
Motion Mapping is masterminding the technical set up, control and running of the festive projections, having been commissioned by Dior’s creative agency to deliver the project.
Motion Mapping’s creative director, Stuart Harris, specified the Nevis+ as the main show control and media player, driving two Panasonic RZ21 projectors protected by Tempest Outdoor Enclosures.
The projection and visual control and manipulation equipment is installed on the roof of Dior’s neighbour Louis Vuitton, which is situated directly opposite in London’s New Bond Street.
“The small form factor of the Nevis+ has made the setup of equipment on the top of a six-storey building, in an outdoor enclosure with limited space, much easier,” says Harris, a long-time Hippotizer aficionado. “The content for the projections was supplied by Dior’s creative agency, and we were then challenged with beaming it onto the intricate architecture of the building.
“The flexibility that Hippotizer provides in the control of the image has been invaluable. The ability to change the contrast, saturation and multiple other variables to ensure the fine details of the content have the desired impact, has contributed hugely to the success of the project. And it looks really, really good.”
With the installation set to run throughout December, on a London rooftop in the famo

 
 
backdroplondon20201025012disguise xR showcased on The Gadget Show
Friday, 4 December 2020

UK - During UK Friday night primetime television, disguise showcased its xR technology on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, highlighting how extended reality offers virtual production and performance in immersive real-time video environments.
The Gadget Show presenter Georgie Barrat was treated to an all-encompassing xR experience, taking in the disguise London HQ and filming a series of one-to-one interviews about the origins and ambitions of xR technology with disguise’s executive leadership team, including CSO Tom Rockhill and CTO Ed Plowman.
The show was also taken across town to experience a cross-location meeting on disguise certified solutions provider White Light’s SmartStage at London’s Science Museum. White Light technical solutions director Andy Hook said, “It was fantastic to see xR and our SmartStage solution getting such a great reaction from mainstream media. It was the natural choice for us to work with disguise when we started our xR journey more than three years ago and it's amazing to see the tools we’ve helped them develop since then being used across a wide range of industries.”
“In an unforgettable year when the world had no choice but to find virtual solutions due to the impact of the pandemic, disguise xR continues to go from strength to strength, powering many virtual events, performances and productions, in entertainment and corporate settings across the globe. We were thrilled to host The Gadget Show at our London base and at White Light’s SmartStage, providing the nation with a holistic

 
graham-norton-vlaBrit Row’s VLA brings back fan interaction
Friday, 4 December 2020

UK - Created in conjunction with parent company Clair Global, Britannia Row Production’s Virtual Live Audience (VLA) platform represents the latest in interactional and remote entertainment experiences (watch out for a feature on the new solution in the upcoming LSi December, out next week).
Like video conferencing, music fans and TV audience members utilise a propriety browser-based video platform to experience a live performance or be part of a TV filming production – from the comfort of their home.
However, the VLA experience has been created with real time engagement in mind. The VLA system allows for the performance artist or TV host / panellists to both interact and reconnect with confidence during Covid-19 audience restrictions.
Viewers at home also benefit from multi-camera broadcast feeds and can watch the entertainment remotely while feeling as if they have a front row ticket.
In contrast, the talent on stage will experience an immersive production, allowing for authentic fan engagement to finally make a return.
A key selling point of the VLAs is that viewers log on instantly. With no need to download an app, the audience simply logs on via their laptop, tablet or phone browser, requiring an internet connection only. The system generates unique URLs that can only be used once.
The Moderator Panel, a feature built into the original software allows the moderator to view in Live Grid and Waiting Room Grid mode, assigning users to different locations and controlling their microphone for a smooth workflow.

 
 
backup-hardship-fund-mainBackup announces Round 2 of Hardship Fund
Thursday, 3 December 2020

UK - Technical entertainment charity Backup has announced Round 2 of applications for its Hardship Fund is now open.
The fund was launched in October with the aim to provide limited financial assistance to production crew and those working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment sector. Set up just ahead of the then-concluding Self-Employment Income Support and Job Retention schemes, it originally targeted those in the community who had been unable to receive any state or charitable assistance.
But Round 2 will be open to workers who have been awarded up to £5,000 in funding between 1 April and 30 November.
“The application uptake for Round 1 of the Hardship Fund reaffirmed to us how dire it is financially and that this help could not come soon enough for many or our colleagues,” comments Backup chairman John Simpson. “It has been heartbreaking to read the messages applicants included and we are thankful that Backup has been able to provide some small level of financial support to help keep our colleagues afloat.”
He adds: “With Round 1, the Hardship Fund was able to help over 100 colleagues that have not previously had any help. However, we are also aware that there is another larger group of people that have had some form of small support from government grants, but this is not enough to meet their day-to-day basic requirements and thus also find themselves in financial difficulty. This is why Backup is opening the Hardship Fund to for a Round 2, targeting these individuals with a widening of the criteria.”

 
finnishsportsmuseum-primage1Genelec Smart IP on track in sports museum
Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Finland - The Finnish Sports Museum housed at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki has recently re-opened to the public with a completely revitalised permanent exhibition after extensive renovations closed the venue for five years.
The new exhibitions celebrate Finnish sport using the best of what modern technology has to offer, including a Genelec Smart IP audio solution. All audio, video and control technology was supplied by AV integration specialists Studiotec Oy, with AV and sound design by building services engineering experts, Granlund Oy.
Granlund’s Aki Päivärinne and Timo Muurinen were responsible for the AV design. “Our aim was to put the visitor in the middle of the action, to make them feel as if they are really there,” says Päivärinne. “It’s hard to think of any sport where sound is not a crucial part of the experience. Sounds from various sports are accompanied with occasional musical layers specially composed for the exhibition, and UX (User Experience) sounds. The sound design was realised using object-based sound design tools - immersive audio is the key to making the experience as complete as possible.”
Päivärinne specified Genelec’s Smart IP range of loudspeakers for most of the sound design, as they met all of his criteria for quality and particularly for ease of deployment. “The ability to use the museum’s existing Cat cabling infrastructure for both power and audio signal transport simplified the system design and installation enormously, as we didn’t have to worry about any analogue cables – everything

 
 
LEA Professional partners with Polaris
Wednesday, 2 December 2020

USA - LEA Professional has announced a partnership with Polaris Controls to serve the company’s growing customer base in Latin America and the Caribbean. With both organisations led by teams of recognised industry veterans, the partnership will seek to further enhance LEA Professional’s growing customer base in these international markets.
Polaris Controls has been operating in the pro audio industry for over a decade. Co-founder Ariel Enrique Gutiérrez comments, “The AV industry across all verticals is changing and it is imperative that companies move with that change. LEA Professional is agile and dynamic and can easily respond to the changes in the market, not to mention their solutions are intuitive, easy to use and built with integrators in mind.
“LEA understands the importance of customer care and engaging with your audience via digital tools. They are not simply a manufacturer but a savvy thought leader and educator in the industry, all qualities that we look for in a partner.”
LEA has already seen considerable uptake of their solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Polaris Controls is looking forward to continuing this trajectory.
“We are proud to partner with the team at Polaris Controls to continue to serve our growing customer base in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Scott Robbins, VP of sales for LEA Professional. “We have seen a surge in customer demand over the last several months, especially as integrators seek new cloud-based solutions to continue to serve their clients remotely.”

 
polarPolar to distribute AMX in UK and Ireland
Wednesday, 2 December 2020

UK - Polar has been appointed as the UK and Ireland distributor for AMX, a part of Harman Professional Solutions.
AMX is dedicated to integrating AV solutions for an IT World, solving the complexity of managing technology ‘with reliable, consistent and scalable systems comprising control and automation, system-wide switching and AV signal distribution, digital signage and technology management’. AMX systems are deployed worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation/command centres, hotels, entertainment venues and broadcast facilities.
AMX is dedicated to integrating AV solutions for an IT World, solving the complexity of managing technology with ‘reliable, consistent and scalable systems comprising control and automation, system-wide switching and AV signal distribution, digital signage and technology management’. AMX systems are deployed worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation/command centres, hotels, entertainment venues and broadcast facilities.
Andrew Loadman, head of video, Harman EMEA, comments: “Polar is the ideal AMX distribution partner for the UK and Ireland. A well-respected distributor in the AV market, Polar brings a depth of technical and commercial knowledge that has perfect synergy with the AMX portfolio. Polar will maintain close relationships with our resellers and consultants, to offer the most advanced and highly competitive AV solutions.”
John Midgley, managing director of Polar, adds: “We are very pleased to be partnering with AMX. In recent years we have br

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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