UK - The AniMotion Show, hailed as "ground-breaking" by The Scotsman and "an inspired collaboration with Panasonic " by the Financial Times, was embraced by an enthusiastic audience from all walks of life who filled the magnificent St.Giles Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh and one of Scotland's foremost iconic landmarks.

Translated onto architecture, the AniMotion Show is a pioneering vehicle for art, music and digital technology. The AniMotion Show unites art and music in real time. Paintings unfold in front of the audiences, akin to a live storyboard in which music plays the role of the script. This mix of live painting combined with the technical wizardry of projection mapping and live music from some of the world's top virtuosos created an incredible feast for all the senses.

When artist Maria Rud approached projection and digital art

UK - The 'Topsy Turvy' theme of an elaborate Christmas party was taken to new dimensions by video production specialists Central Presentations Ltd. (CPL) who supplied a projection system and control for the event staged at Motion nightclub in Bristol.

CPL's project managers Nick Diacre and Jimmy Smith worked closely with producer Ansy Oswin from Bright Productions and his team to help realize the zany and original upside-down production design concept which had a great impact on guests.

Motion was divided into three areas based on a house for the occasion. The first one was outside representing the 'garden'; the main area of the club was an inverted 'front room' with everything hanging from the ceiling ... with the buffet laid out in the third area which was the 'kitchen'.

Over 1000 guests joined the celebrations, many in full fancy dress, entering the main space to be greet

UK - LSiOnline has learned of the death of Gavin Aldridge, an experienced AV systems designer and installer, and owner of Kent-based Fulford Sound & Communications Services. Gavin, who was 36, was killed at Bethersden Business Centre near Ashford at the start of December, when the 4x4 vehicle he was working beneath fell on top of him. He was declared dead at the scene.

Fulford Sound & Communications Services specialises in the provision of professional services to the industry for custom audio visual systems for museums, theme parks, visitor centres and retail applications. Gavin bought the company from founder Bill Fulford in 1996, and later took time out from the company to gain wider industry experience, working for a number of AV industry specialists including Electrosonic. He returned to Fulford in 2008, since when the company has grown and developed to the point where it i

The Netherlands - Christie has achieved best-in-class 1-chip DLP brightness with the new Christie Q Series that debuts at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam from 4-6 February. The Christie Q Series 1-chip DLP platform has brightness options ranging from 8500 to 10,000 lumens and XGA, WXGA and WUXGA resolutions.

For rental staging applications including concerts, conventions and other events where visuals are a vital component, end users will see the Q Series' difference when blending and warping images from multiple projectors onto flat, curved, hexagonal, or spherical surfaces.

Usable in either single or dual-lamp mode, Christie Q Series is equipped with eClarity -advanced image processing that significantly enhances images by providing greater control over image sharpness, gloss and shading.

(Jim Evans)

Belgium / China - XL Video has announced an investment of more than 15m US dollars in a range of new LED products and accessories to support its plans for growth in 2014.

The LED investment has been made with a range of suppliers including Shenzhen-based Unilumin Group Co and its subsidiary Radiant Opto-Elec Technology Co Ltd to purchase a series of LED products based on the latest technologies. In total more than 1200 m2 of LED products for the XL Video rental business will become available from February onwards.

The LED investment covers amongst others: State of the art 2.5mm high contrast LED; Super lightweight 3.9mm Utile LED; 18mm Magic Cube outdoor and indoor LED; 7mm blackface Magic Cube outdoor and indoor LED - the first of its kind in this segment; The latest innovation of 18mm Hybrid LED which combines LED screen with LED spotlights in the same panel. This invention

The Netherlands - XL Video has chosen the city of Amsterdam as the new location for their operation in the Netherlands. The new Amsterdam sales office benefits from its central location in Europe and is within the dynamic and creative environment of Houthavens, Amsterdam.

The office's new address from January 2014 is: XL Video The Netherlands, Haparandaweg 67 E3, 1013 BD Amsterdam.

XL Video's new office will act as both a meeting point for clients and partners as well as its regular daily operations.

Houthavens is known as the new hotspot of Amsterdam's creative industry. The area harbours creative companies from different industries, from fashion to design to media. This will present XL Video with an inspiring environment to work in, hosted in a brand new office space, says the company.

Lucas Covers, group C.E.O. of XL Video comments, "2013 has been a year full of ne

UK - PSCo has announced the appointment of Richard Bovingdon as sales director.

Bovingdon will head up both the internal and external sales teams. He joins from Micro Peripherals Ltd where he was head of education & AV solutions, bringing over 16 years' experience in the AV/IT channel having worked for distributors, manufacturers and resellers on the development of business growth within their respective verticals.

Commenting on his new role RBovingdon said, "PSCo is a pioneering, forward-thinking company and I especially admire that it knows its strengths and puts everything into producing outstanding results. This new role will be an exciting challenge, and I feel I've joined at the perfect time to drive sales efforts forward into 2014 and beyond. My strong background in AV will help improve PSCo's presence within the channel and grow customer relationships."

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The Netherlands - Many of the leading manufacturers in the AV industry have announced this year's AV Networking World (AVNW) educational seminar and workshop on 4 February, 2014 in Amsterdam.

This free all-day event at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn, is sponsored by Allen & Heath, Attero Tech, Audinate, Behringer, Bosch, Bose, BSS Audio, Focusrite RedNet, Harman, Nexo, Midas, Open Access, Peavey Commercial Audio, Shure, Soundcraft, Stewart Audio, Symetrix, TC Group, 2N Telecommunications, and Yamaha Commercial Audio.

This event will feature panel discussions, presentations, and workshops. Interactive panel discussions and presentations will be led by leading industry design consultants, AV installation contractors, IT networking experts, and leading professional audio equipment vendors. In addition to the broad spectrum of informative panel topics a major interoperability networkin

Denmark - Naestved-based distributor, AV-Huset, has been appointed the Denmark distribution- partner for Pan Beam, the advanced steerable audio specialist from Wolfenb├╝ttel in Germany.

Jens Ravn, owner of AV-Huset stated their choice for Pan Beam, "We from AV-Huset have been looking at the different systems appearing in the market and they all had their strong and weak points. As we were looking for a company that is not only specialised in steerable products, that had the leading designing technology and the feature set that the market required. We required a uniquely and prefect performance in combination with a simple, system set-up with an intuitive software, to prevent our dealers and installers need to be a programming experts to get the best results".

"In Pan Beam we found exactly this, but we also found a comprehensive range covering all of the applicat

UK - Vivitek has confirmed Sahara Presentation Systems PLC as a new distributor in the UK. Based in Erith Kent, Sahara PLC is a leading distributor of AV products and will have direct access to Vivitek's - pocket, ultra- portable, education, AV and single lamp LV product portfolios.

Brian Grogan, regional sales manager, Vivitek EMEA, comments, "I am delighted that Sahara PLC is now one of our distribution partners. They are one of the UK's largest and a well-respected trade-only AV distributor. With continued year-on-year business growth, experienced staff, coupled with excellent channel reach, we believe Sahara Presentation Systems PLC will make the ideal partner for Vivitek's UK growth strategy."

Peter Vernon, business manager for Projection at Sahara adds, "Vivitek is a well-established projector brand with some great products. With their comprehensive range

The Netherlands - Christie reports that three of its products have been declared as fiinalists in the Technology section of the EMEA InAVation Awards 2014. The winners will be announced during the ISE trade show on Wednesday 5 February at the InAVate Awards evening, which brings together industry professionals from around the world at the Amsterdam Convention Factory to recognise outstanding achievement in AV.

The three Christie award entries are:Phoenix (Category #4 - Most InAVative Video Processing or Distribution Product); D4K with TruLife (Category #5 - Most InAVative Projector), and In Control & Virtual Remote apps (Category #10 - Most InAVative Integration Tool).

(Jim Evans)

USA - Barco teamed up with Velocity Productions to create a series of dynamic video walls to engage a new generation of patrons with immersive spiritual programming.

Bringing a 197-year-old religious institution into modern times to attract young, urban followers is no small task. But, American Bible Society's high-profile location at 61st/Broadway in New York City offered a prime opportunity to create an inviting, visually thought-provoking "third space" to inspire local youth with the Bible.

Barco and Velocity outfitted the newly redesigned atrium and gathering spots with 22 OverView NSL-4621 LCD displays in various configurations, presenting spiritual imagery and videos, live media streaming, signage for upcoming events and services, and more.

"When we began the design process, our goal was to create a warm, welcoming space that was intriguing and presented

UK - "Chaos Visual Productions have supplied me with the perfect combination of great equipment and a fabulous crew - I simply can't fault them - everything has been efficient and stress free since we started rehearsals - they really know how to look after a jet lagged lighting designer! Any problems simply get solved: for example, our main screen won't fit in a couple of the venues on this tour but scaling everything down to fit is no problem." Straight talking Texan, Eric Wade, is currently at the helm of Californian band, Maroon 5 as designer of lights, video, stage, set, FX - in fact pretty much everything except sound.

"Although this is not a long tour, we are going large, very large on this," continues Wade. "This outing is really fulfilling commitments from last year that were disrupted by Adam Levine's involvement with The Voice in the USA

UK - XL Video supplied wide-screen projection including some of its new Panasonic 20K projectors, Catalyst control, a four camera / PPU package and crew for the very successful Wet Wet Wet UK arena tour in December - their first full tour since 2007.

The Band's manager Dougie Souness and production manager Pete Bell approached XL to assist with realising a production design created in conjunction with lighting designer Martin Nicholas and consultant Miguel Ribeiro, who worked closely with the band on the creation of content.

At the heart of this was an 80ft wide rear projection screen gently curved - cyclorama style - by two end-wings angled at around 15 degrees.

They wanted the video system to be as flexible as possible, and to be able to switch playback content and IMAG camera footage between the main screen and two side screens.

XL's project manager was Paul 'Macca' McC

UK - Ross Ashton and the Projection Studio (TPS) worked as consultants to Jack Morton Worldwide who produced the Mayor of London's New Year's Eve fireworks display for the 10th consecutive year and invited TPS to provide the large format video projections system.

The event was watched by over 200,000 people along the banks of the Thames and live at home by 13.7m through the BBC One broadcast. This year, through the partnership between the Mayor of London's Office and Vodafone, the live experience featured the world's first 'multi-sensory' fireworks display. Exotic fruit flavours, synchronised special effects and colour-changing LED wristbands were added to augment the firework display - adding an extra dimension to the midnight spectacular.

The Shell Centre, just to the side of the EDF Energy London Eye and an iconic landmark on the South Bank of the river, was used to project

The Netherlands - Hitachi Digital Media Group will be encouraging visitors to visit stand S34 in Hall 4 at ISE to see demonstrations of a range of new products that break new ground for Hitachi in a number of areas. The innovative new products that include high-end professional projectors, interactive systems and ultra-short throw models will impress, entertain and stimulate visitors with their versatility and quality of image through a series of showcase application demonstrations, says the company.

"Already renowned for attributes such as innovation, quality and low total cost of ownership, Hitachi will be demonstrating a number of new products with a series of creative and stimulating application showcases," said Axel Kutschke, senior manager, presentation products for Hitachi Digital Media Group. "These new products represent a significant step by Hitachi, pus

The Netherlands - Pexip will demonstrate their revolutionary Pexip Infinity multipoint videoconferencing software when the company exhibits for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe 2014. Pexip will host several partner focused events, participate in industry led discussions and announce new real-world deployments of Pexip Infinity.

Simen Teigre, CEO at Pexip said, "Coming from an IT background, Pexip will be demonstrating how AV companies can take advantage of conferencing in a virtualized world."

Pexip Infinity is a "ground-breaking concept in videoconferencing through its virtualized, scalable and distributed architecture". It simply enables corporations to deploy enterprise-wide HD videoconferencing in as little as ten minutes, and to any device.

Pexip Infinity virtualized software can be deployed on VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V and features gene

The Netherlands - At ISE 2014, Advantech will join force with VuWall Technology to showcase VuWall2DS on the AVS-540. VuWall2DS has been developed to make it easy for users to create dynamic and appealing video wall content through views transitions, taking full advantage of the latest developments on the Matrox Mura MPX based video wall controllers. Transparency, translation, rotation and alpha blending can now be seamlessly combined to create spectacular effects between views on any size of video wall.

"VuWall2DS has been developed with the same attention to user experience as the other products of the VuWall2 software suite. The Vuwall2 platform has been nominated for the 2014 InAvate Technology awards and has enjoyed a fantastic level of adoption since its first release in June 2013'' says Paul Vander Plaetse, president of VuWall technology.

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South Africa - South African doctors were recognised for excellence at the annual SAMA Doctors Awards held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg in August. The full technical and decor for the gala event was supplied by Showgroup. The show ran off an Avolites Titan Mobile and included Robe Robin fixtures and Prolyte Trussing.

The South African Medical Association Doctors Awards acknowledges doctors and specialists who contribute significantly to medicine and healthcare. Entertainment was provided by the electrical string quartet, the Muses.

Andries Liebenberg and his team from Showgroup ensured a smooth production. The main attraction at the show was a 360° screen. "We had to go front projection," said Liebenberg "I usually get excited when I'm drawing and putting the project together," he said. "I also have DVDs to see what ot

Canada - When Canada's largest airline, Air Canada, decided to relocate its Systems Operation Control (SOC) Centre to a new site outside Toronto, the company knew it needed to include modern technologies that would enable its employees to learn, work and collaborate easier and more efficiently than ever before. To do this, the forward-looking airline hired AV and IT integrator, Advanced.

According to Advanced co-president David Weatherhead, "Air Canada wanted to provide its employees with modern technological tools that would enhance productivity, simplify staff education, and accelerate collaboration. We worked with Thor Hoff, the IT project manager of the SOC relocation, to design professional AV systems for 13 rooms that are now being used for meetings, conferences, collaboration and training. By making it easy for staff members to share ideas, make presentations and man

USA - InfoComm International's latest standard, ANSI/INFOCOMM 10-2013, Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification, has been approved by ANSI, a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment systems.

ANSI/INFOCOMM 10-2013, Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification provides a comprehensive, systematic, and practical approach to verifying performance of AV systems. This standard will provide practitioners the ability to produce a verifiable evaluation of the audiovisual system based on quality assurance, testing, and acceptance, and will ensure the system conforms to the owners' operational needs, as established in the system/project documentation. A one-page overview can be found at infocomm.org/standards.

"Through the development of this standard, InfoComm has achieved its goal of establi

The Netherlands - AV Networking World conference, to be held in Amsterdam on 4 February 2014, has announced its line-up of panel speakers for the informative networking educational event. Participants will be eligible to receive four InfoComm CTS RU credits.

Sponsors include Allen & Heath, Attero Tech, Audinate, Bosch, Bose, BSS Audio, Focusrite RedNet, Harman, Nexo, Open Access, Peavey Commercial Audio, Shure, Soundcraft, Stewart Audio, Symetrix, TC Group, 2N Telecommunications, and Yamaha Commercial Audio. This free all-day event will be held at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn near the RAI Convention Center.

The conference features over 20 panellists from industry design consultants, installation contractors, networking experts, plus major professional audio equipment manufacturers. In addition to the broad spectrum of informative panel discussions and presentations, a major inter

UK - Avolites Media Ai Media Servers have been used to power the stunning visuals that punctuated British born superstar Jessie J's latest heart pumping European tour Alive.

Designed by show designer Vince Foster, with visual content created by Paul Caslin, the widescreen style set comprised three portrait-hung LED Screens upstage, while the curvaceous set was visually sculpted using 600 horizontally positioned BARCO MiStrips.

The content featured a mix of pre-recorded content and live camera feeds mixed by vision director Steven Price, all powered by Avolites Media's industry-leading Ai infinity 8 Server with eight Full HD outputs.

Video specialists Creative Technology supplied the Avolites Media intelligent video mapping technology along with the LED screens, MiStrips and the technical team to run it.

"What made the Ai Media server particularly helpful for th

UK - CIE-Group, one of the audio visual industry's longest established providers of equipment for the professional audio visual integration and PA sectors, has announced a new distribution partnership with leading European telecommunications solution provider 2N. This partnership means 2N becomes the latest addition to the CIE-Group product portfolio, providing an innovative range of IP-addressable audio, intercom and door entry systems for professional the AV, telecoms and security sectors.

The new 2N audio-over-IP range consists of their NetSpeaker and SIP Speaker products which allow for distributed PA, music, audio marketing and messaging via a standard LAN, WAN or internet network. This allows for fast, simple multi-zone or multi-site installed sound systems using standard Cat-X cable infrastructure.

The 2N Door Access and Intercom range is also IP-addressable allowing fo

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