The Netherlands - Hitachi Digital Media Group has announced the launch of an entire new range of Ultra-Short and Interactive Ultra-Short LCD projectors. All of the new projectors offer exceptional usability and easy access to powerful features while the Interactive models feature multi-pen and PCless drawing as well as the option of finger operation.

"Through continual innovation and by listening to the voice of customers, Hitachi has delivered a whole range of Ultra-Short Throw projectors that dispense with the need to compromise performance for convenience," said Axel Kutschke, senior manager, presentation products for Hitachi Digital Media Group. "Despite the adoption of a fixed mirror, which is just one of the features that ensure exceptional image quality, these bright, high performance models are still the smallest and lightest Ultra-Short Throw projectors o

UK - Ilfracombe, Devon based drapes, starcloth, LED and visual effects specialist S+H has taken delivery of its first batch of 100sq.m of Glux's new 3.9 IDsnC high definition LED screen modules, which will join its existing extensive inventory of LED technologies and special effects available for rental and all types of special project installations.

The physical dimensions of each panel of Glux 3.9 are a handy 500 x 500 mm at 45mm deep, offering an impressively light weight of just 3Kg each or 12Kgs per square metre, making it one of the lightest HD LED screens currently on the market.

It is also around 70% lighter than most 'lightweight' competitor products.

S+H's MD Terry Murtha confirms that the company will be making further investments in LED screen later this year to keep up with the demand from all types of productions especially television, theatre and special event

The Netherlands - As ISE 2014 prepared to open its doors, over 950 exhibitors were putting the finishing touches to their stands, helping to ensure that the 11th Integrated Systems Europe will be not just the largest tradeshow for professional AV and systems integration ever held in Europe, but also the brightest and the busiest, say the organisers.

The 2014 total of 952 exhibiting companies represents an increase of more than 6% on last year's figure, and over 200 of those companies are completely new to ISE, giving visitors a wealth of new business opportunities in every technology sector served by the event. The show will occupy more than 36,000 net square metres for the first time, while pre-registration also reached record levels.

Yet Mike Blackman, the event's managing director, believes the real story of ISE 2014 lies behind these impressive numbers. "This week we'

The Netherlands - MultiTouch has announced the launch of MultiTaction Site Manager, a tool that provides remote access to interactive display installations and allowing central and secure control of multiple installations. Available for demo at ISE 2014, hall 11, stand N50, MultiTaction Site Manager is the first application offered by MultiTouch for system management. It addresses the most critical requirements effectively and lays the foundation on which to meet the constantly evolving requirements for control and system management.

"We're delighted to say that interactive display installations using MultiTaction® Cells are becoming bigger, incorporating multiple units across many physical locations, and becoming increasingly more business critical," explains Hannu Anttila, vice president of business development at MultiTouch. "We needed to find a cost-effect

The Netherlands - Christie is debuting its new 65-inch flat panel digital display solutions at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show this week. The affordably priced, LED edge-lit Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P have a thin profile - just 2.7-inches deep for the touch (T) and 2.1-inches deep for the non-touch (P) version - making for easy installation and complementing any setting with their elegant design.

Both commercial-grade LCD flat panels have the reliability and image quality needed for meeting rooms, classrooms and digital signage in corporate spaces, museums, education facilities, houses of worship, theatres, and hospitality and retail environments where conveying the message with bright, brilliant images for long time periods without interruption is essential.

Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch

The Netherlands - MultiTouch has announced the introduction of the largest interactive display wall for research purposes in Europe at Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden). At approximately 5m wide and 2.5m high, the turnkey 12x 55" MultiTaction iWall recognises finger touches, complete hands, infrared pens and objects. TU Dresden's goal is to conduct ambitious research in human-computer interaction.

"We expect large interactive displays to be omnipresent in the future," explains Professor Raimund Dachselt, head of the Interactive Media Lab at TU Dresden. "The MultiTaction iWall provides us a 25 megapixel display supporting the widest range of input methods and unlimited touch points. The MultiTaction technology is the only one worldwide to support this variety of interaction modalities at this size. That's why we want to be the first lab with this eq

The Netherlands - Barco reports that one of its customers, the Dutch Railway Museum, will soon receive a prestigious Thea Award. Presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), this 'Oscar for the entertainment industry', as the award is sometimes called, recognizes compelling educational, historical and entertainment projects. TEA honoured the Dutch Railway Museum for the Fire Test, an exciting new audiovisual storytelling experience. 18 Barco projectors help create the immersive visuals that are bound to wow young and old.

The Fire Test is more than a visitor attraction. It is a truly immersive, audiovisual experience that takes young and old on a unique, storytelling trip. Visitors embark on an interactive adventure through two centuries of railway history, narrated by Dutch-born actor Rutger Hauer and interlaced with razor-sharp visuals.

Nine single-chip DLP F22 W

Russia - Panasonic has supplied the largest quantity of security cameras in the history of the Olympic Games and the largest amount of LED large screen displays by area ever for the Olympic Winter Games.

Panasonic Corporation, the worldwide TOP1 sponsor in the audio visual (AV) equipment category, has delivered its AV equipment, such as its Full HD visual equipment, to the 22nd Olympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia from February 7 to 23, 2014.

Panasonic will cooperate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), to provide strong support to the operation of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Panasonic has supplied a large amount of equipment to the competition venues and the Olympic related facilities in a variety of AV product areas, including LED large screen displays, audio systems, bro

Germany - Design, programming, and lighting/video direction experts Einstein & Sons has chosen to boost its arsenal of innovative visuals engines by investing in Avolites Media's industry-leading Ai Media Servers.

Einstein & Sons, which was founded in 2013 by lighting designers Roland Greil and Michael Kuehbandner, offers design and consulting, programming, lighting and video direction, media server programming and hire alongside pre-production services, to a wide range of clients.

Recent projects include supplying media server services to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, design work for Sony and Samsung Booths 2009-2013, design work at the FIS Ski World Cup Munich 2010-2012, as well as associate design work for internationally successful designers like Patrick Woodroffe.

"By investing in Avolites Media's Ai Servers, we feel like we've invested in the future of server

UK - The owner of specialist screen consultancy Display Knowledge, Jon Perkins, has joined international video solutions provider displayLED as group technical sales manager.

Perkins, whose 25 year career in the video industry includes 12 years with Sony, latterly as its European commercial manager, has worked with the world's largest corporations and sporting events in all areas of screen sales and service. He specialises in screen purchase consultancy, installation, project management, product modification, technical investigation, maintenance and repair

Since his Sony days, through Display Knowledge, Perkins sold in excess of US$15m of screen equipment, largely into the rental market on behalf of Toshiba, and was instrumental in setting up their US LED sales operation, also running their European installation and repair function.

At displayLED he will initially focus on b

UK - Canned Video provides a complete video recording and streaming solution for video conferences and meetings taking place anywhere around the world. Video recording is a growing trend within enterprise as businesses are increasingly communicating via video conferences, meetings and point-to-point video calls. In just the click of an email, any important video meeting within Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa or the Middle East can be recorded or streamed with just 24 hours notice1.

Recording in MPEG 4 or WMV format for playback on Windows, Apple or other non-Windows systems, the service is bookable via the website where interested clients simply have to fill in the booking form with their requirements. No additional equipment or technical expertise is needed as Canned Video will handle everything, dialling into a video conference, meeting or presentation,

USA - Over 80,000 fans became animated pixels at the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show featuring Bruno Mars. Five outputs from four Hippo HD Genlock machines controlled the wireless audience LED 'display', plus 220 LED Ayrton MagicPanel 602s on the stage. PixMob technology made the audience participation possible, alternatively managed by the lighting desk and Hippotizer control.

"The biggest challenge of the show was handling 80 universes of DMX," says programmer Jason Rudolph. "But everything went according to plan. We chose the Hippotizer HDs with Genlock because of their pixel-mapping capabilities, as well as their live inputs and broadcast compatibility. TMB and Green Hippo are always a big help with their 24/7 tech support." Bob Barnhart of Los Angeles based Full Flood was the show's LD.

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UK - London based lighting specialist White Light is showcasing new products on Stand D36 at the Broadcast Video Expo later this month. Hosted at ExCel London on 25-27 February, BVE brings together creative and technical professionals along with manufacturers and distributors from across the video production industry.

At this year's expo, White Light will display products from leading manufacturers including ADB Lighting, Altman Lighting, Chromlech, CORE Lighting, Doughty Engineering, Galaxia Electronics, Lee Filters, Look Solutions, Rosco, and Wireless Solution.

For the first time at BVE, White Light will also be showcasing products from Photon Beard, which specialises in manufacturing lighting for film and television. On display will be the company's popular fluorescent soft light - the Square One, as well as more traditional tungsten fixtures: the Minibeam 300w Fresnel, Pho

South Africa - For two weeks in January/February 2014 Simon Harris, user experience manager for media server manufacturer Green Hippo, travelled to South Africa to run seven days' worth of Hippo School training sessions in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in association with South African distributor, Electrosonic.

The Hippo School course is designed to teach everything required to programme Hippotizer media servers for a show. Covering topics such as MediaManager, DMX control, PixelMapping, VideoMapping and Timeline Programming amongst many others, the attendees were given the chance to get 'hands on' with the majority of servers manufactured by Green Hippo. The Hippo School programme was highly successful in meeting everyone's needs.

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USA - Eric Prydz is taking the US by storm with his brand new EPIC 2.0 tour featuring 'freeform' lighting design, 3D holograms and giant, brighter LED-mapping surfaces powered by a mix of Avolites Sapphire consoles and Avolites Media Ai servers.

Lighting designer Jaz Bhullar used two Avolites Sapphire Touch consoles to create striking and original lighting for the shows - one live and one for backup.

"It was such a massive video show that we wanted to keep the lighting quite moody and subdued, only using it when necessary," says Bhullar. "The main reason we wanted to use the Sapphires is because rather than being a time coded show where everything snaps completely to the music, we wanted it to be freeform with an organic feel. Avolites desks are perfect for this, and the latest Titan v7 software allowed us to use all the new functions to do some really cool thin

Italy - XL Video provided a range of video solutions including 60m widescreen projection and control, cameras/PPU and crew, together with LED screens and general AV support for Cisco Live 2014 in Milan Italy, working for event producers George P. Johnson.

The four day event was staged in the MiCo Milano Congressi conference centre in downtown Milan, currently the largest purpose built congress centre in Europe. Cisco Live is the industry's premier education and training event for IT, networking and communications professionals.

XL's team was project managed by Nick Askew and Steve Greetham, who collaborated closely with Ben Hawkins, Dave Johnstone and John Carss from George P. Johnson. The team worked together to design the projection system for the 3,100 capacity plenary sessions and co-ordinate the logistics needed to make it happen. XL also supplied AV to 37 breakout areas.

UAE - The team at Eclipse Staging Services will be further strengthened from March 2014 by the arrival of Martin Lubach, who has been appointed as the company's new general manager.

With 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Martin - a graduate of electronics and electrical engineering from Edinburgh University - worked for two years as commercial director at PRG UK. From 2011 - 2013 Martin took an active role in contributing to the company's growth strategy through proactive sales, management and leadership of the specialist sales team.

After joining a small lighting company known as Essential Lighting in 1998, Martin - due to his technical capabilities - helped the business grow very quickly and became technical director and shareholder; working on any technically demanding jobs but also on warehouse procedures to create a more efficient machine. After the ac

USA - AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, has announced the first AVnu-certified AVB series of switches from Extreme Networks. The Extreme Networks Summit X440 Series of stackable switches has passed all testing for certification and will now bear the AVnu-certified Logo.

"We are thrilled to announce the first AVnu-certified family of switches from Extreme Networks. This is just the first of many AVnu-certified products to come, but an important start. We are proud of Extreme Networks' dedication to furthering the momentum of AVB," said AVnu Alliance President, Rick Kreifeldt. "The Alliance chose to do more than simply connect products together and check that they can connect and stream. Instead, we developed a robust set of hundreds of conformance tests that ensure devices implement AVB s

UK - West Midlands-based video production and rental specialists Central Presentations Ltd. (CPL) supplied projection for two sets of curved screens plus control on the massive Maxxis Tyres stand at the 2014 Autosport International exhibition at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

CPL - who are also based locally - were working for stand building and managing company Yo Yo Display which sets up this stand in different formats worldwide. Maxxis was launching its latest generation of VS01 performance tyres at the exhibition and showcasing the various cars, motorbikes, drift and off-road vehicles it sponsors.

It was the first time that CPL has worked for the company, and everything was co-ordinated through CPL's project manager, Jimmy Smith.

Most of the stand elements were curved - a concept following and accentuated the natural contours of tyres.

The first area of

South Africa - Kilowatt AV - a leading creative and technical support supplier to the event and advertising industries - and Sight and Sound - an audio visual, lighting, staging and video rental specialist - have joined forces to establish Kilowatt Investments Holdings. The move will establish the group as one of the top five technical event support companies in the country.

According to Group CEO, Dillon Jearey, the collaboration increases the companies' market share across the small and larger events markets. "Up to now Kilowatt AV's primary focus has been concept and production support of premium events. This move forms part of our ongoing quest to distinguish ourselves from our competitors as it allows us to expand our offering to include day-to-day technical elements for smaller events."

Jearey maintains that the partnership is strengthened by both companies' so

UK - LCA - Lights, Camera, Action - a one stop shop offering a range of film, television and broadcast lighting equipment, accessories & consumables, will be showcasing the latest technology solutions from their extensive portfolio of exclusive and other leading brands, at BVE London 2014, Excel (hall/stand A06).

As the exclusive supplier in Europe for the Cineo Lighting product range, LCA will showcase for the first time at BVE London the new Matchstix - a series of small, versatile remote phosphor light sources developed in conjunction with Litegear. Matchstix are optimised for flawless, flicker-free control with a Litegear Litedimmer.

From K5600, an LCA UK exclusive - the stand will showcase the Alpha 1600 and Joker 1600W HMI fixtures. Both models come complete with high speed 1,000Hz, flicker free ballast.

As the exclusive UK distributor for Filmgear, LCA will demonstrat

UK - XL Video supplied LED screens for two high profile stands at the 2014 ICE Totally Gaming international business gaming exhibition, which attracted record visitor figures from the world of pro gaming for three days at London's ExCeL Centre.

The stands involved were Aristocrat and Microgaming, and the delivery of the LED screens, processing and control was handled by two XL project managers, Jacqueline Rice (Aristocrat) and Andy Mayneord (Microgaming).

Working for stand designers Expoteam, XL supplied a curved Pixled F-11 screen that formed a dynamic back wall to this stand for slot machine and gaming systems specialist Aristocrat's prominent stand.

The screen was 43 tiles wide by eight tiles high - approximately 19m wide by 3.6 high - and ensured that there was plenty of drama and visual excitement, which was great for attracting people onto the stand.

The back screen

Brazil - Young Brazilian sertanejo rhythm singer Lucas Ferreira staged a huge show in Lençóis Paulista in the outskirts of São Paulo - his birthplace - to film his first ever DVD. The venue was in a disused warehouse in the industrial district of the city.

An eye-catching lighting scheme was created by LD Leonardo Oliveira using 50 x Robe Robin Pointes and 40 x Robe Robin LEDWash 600s.

Leonardo had full creative freedom for the shoot, and adapted his lighting ideas and style to suit a large industrial venue.

He was asked onboard as LD by musical producer Ivan Miyazato, and rental company Showdesign from São Paulo provided all the rental services, set up and support.

Three trusses above the stage were each rigged with eight Pointes and seven LEDWash 600s, and for backlight from the sides, five LEDWashes were rigged in two special left-and-right structures.

The other n

Belgium - Barco and AED Studios, part of AED group, have officially inaugurated 'Barco Virtual World', a virtual experience events hall at the site of AED Studios in Lint, Belgium. The 1.000sq.m hall is equipped with 10 of Barco's high-brightness HDX-W20 projectors and a 90m long screen - the largest in the Benelux region - to provide an immersive virtual experience in full HD.

A longstanding customer of Barco, the AED group purchased the renowned Eurocam Mediacenter in 2013, renaming it AED Studios. The 55,000sq.m site is home to an extensive range of film studios (45sq.m < 3000sq.m), each offering an enormous array of multifunctional possibilities. "The studios perfectly complement our rental, sales, repair, logistics and leasing businesses," says Glen Roggeman, CEO of AED Studios. "When buying the studios, we immediately dreamt of converting one of the halls in

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