UK - Projection artist and digital art specialist Ross Ashton of London based The Projection Studio has created three new eye-catching son et lumiere shows for Colchester Castle, UK, comprising a giant projection onto one of the Castle's internal wall, accompanied by dynamic soundtracks created by sound artist Karen Monid.

Ashton was approached to produce the show following his work at Caerphilly and Norwich Castles plus numerous other heritage projects where his video projections have brought building histories to vibrant life in colourful, accessible, informative and highly entertaining narratives.

The brief was to produce something memorable that would whet visitors' appetites to discover more about the Castle. "We were really thrilled to be asked to work on the project," explains Ashton, and as soon as the research began, they discovered plenty of interesting fac

UK - HSL supplied lighting and LED screen to the UK leg of the new You Me At Six Cavalier Youth tour, featuring an inventive lighting design by Louis Oliver who has worked with the indie rockers for the last five years, in which time they have steadily gained a solid live fan base and a cult following.

It's the first time that Oliver - whose other current clients include Plan B, Chvrches and Five Seconds of Summer who just hit number one in the UK charts - has worked on a full production tour with HSL as a supplier. His account was project managed by the inimitable Mike Oates.

Oliver discussed various visual concepts ahead of the tour with tour manager Mike Finn and the bands documentary videographer Tom Welsh. The band wanted a 'video look' to the stage, and as Oliver wanted to make a bit of a statement with this, they decided to go for a high-impact upstage screen, ch

UK / The Netherlands - Avolites Ltd. and Avolites Media Ltd. have appointed Fairlight as their sole distributor for the Netherlands as of 1 May 2014.

Koy Neminathan, sales director for Avolites Ltd, comments, "I am very excited about working with Fairlight on an exclusive basis. We will now attain the resources necessary to promote our range of lighting and video control on a larger scale. Our relationship goes back well over 20 years and the foundations we have built allows us to hit the ground running. We have arranged dates for seminars, workshops and a comprehensive marketing campaign to expose the Titan and Ai platforms to the Dutch market. We're all very enthusiastic regarding the further integration of the powerful Avolites Titan software and the Ai video control platform."

Steve Warren, managing director of Avolites Media adds, "Fairlight have proven the

UK - Arcstream AV, specialist provider of interactive tech and special effects for events and permanent installations, supplied a range of cutting-edge technologies for the Pepsi Experiential Cube, part of the #LIVEFORNOW campaign, which was open to visitors from 5-9 March at Observation point on London's South Bank. Commissioned by DesignScene, Arcstream supplied a videowall, an interactive floor, and a fog screen.

The videowall was a 65" display behind frosted glass. The display showed a life-sized man trapped behind an ice wall. He appeared to bang against the ice when people approached, fading away back into the ice when they moved away. An infrared beam break sensor triggered a media server to run the content when people approached. A second IR beam break sensor reset the effect when visitors departed. Arcstream provided the hardware and software content.

The interac

Benelux - With a 50 year history in the industry, Phlippo have become one of the biggest competitors in the Benelux area for equipment hire and full production support. Phlippo provides both dry rental of all their equipment as well as full production support to everything from musical productions, TV shows and dance events to touring productions, festivals and corporate events.

Phlippo consists of two companies. A rental branch, Phlippo Rental, which deals with rental activities and Phlippo Productions, which works on all the production support. Offering a wide variety of equipment including moving lights and control desks (Clay Paky, Vari*Lite, Martin, Robe, Highend Systems), video (2000sqm of LED screens) and sound (Digico , L'acoustics, Martin Audio), Phlippo have, after careful consideration, decided to add Hippotizer to their product range.

Having recently purchase two H

UK - Sony has announced today it has partnered with Joss Stone and Big Earth Productions to provide production equipment for the singer's record-breaking Total World Tour. While Joss will be performing in every single country on earth, in the most comprehensive world tour ever attempted by a musician, a two man production team will use Sony equipment - including wireless microphones, handheld camcorders, and Sony ActionCams - to capture her journey.

Having started on 28th March 2014, Joss Stone has already begun her mission to play at least one gig in every country on the planet, and will be collaborating with local musicians to play a combination of indigenous music and her own songs. During the tour Joss will also be joined by high-profile artists and friends. As part of Sony's vision to provide products that help to capture the emotional intent of the artists, the company has

UK - Avolites and Avolites Media's industry-leading range of control consoles and media servers will be available for hands-on demos on Stand 69 at this year's ABTT Theatre Show.

The Avolites team will be exhibiting its 'ultimate in live control' Sapphire Touch and new Wing, offering an additional 30 Motorised Faders and third hi res touch screen. Avolites' hot off the press Titan Mobile Fader Wing - which enables expansion of every Avolites Titan console, giving direct access to extra handy features - will be on stand for demo and hands-on experience.

The entire Titan range, two Titan Network Processor systems and the Tiger Touch II with Wireless Remote are also available for demo and hands-on experience.

Avolites will also be previewing the Titan V8 software on the Tiger Touch II - featured highlights include Multiuser, Global and Nested Palettes, Highlight Relevant Palett

UK - Panasonic has expanded its line-up of professional digital signage displays with the launch of a 65 inch LED screen.

The Full-HD TH-65LFE7 is aimed at digital signage applications and mid-sized conference room installations and is equipped with a narrow bezel, designed to blend aesthetically in to conference rooms and provide eye catching commercial settings.

The display features a 10.8mm (0.43 inches) bezel and depth of only 52mm (2.1 inches). It includes standard connection terminals (HDMI x 2, DVI-D, PC-IN) as well as control terminals (RS232C, LAN, IR-IN/OUT) needed for professional use. The speakers are built into the display, so there is no need for external speakers when using content with a soundtrack.

Enrique Robledo, marketing manager at Panasonic, said, "This is an addition to the Entry Level LFE LED displays for signage and corporate presentations, exte

UK - XL Video is again providing full video production - including projection, LED screens, media server control and full camera / PPU package - to the critically acclaimed Arcade Fire Reflektor world tour, for which set and visuals have been carefully sculpted by show designer Richard Stembridge.

The band are well known for their penchant for the experimental, the off-beat and for embracing creative challenges. Stembridge worked on the last tour, The Suburbs in 2011 as video designer and has now taken on the role of show designer with great enthusiasm.

XL Video's project manager Phil Mercer comments, "It's fantastic that Richie has stepped up to Show Designer. The show is real proof of his imagination, vision, talent and ability to think differently. As always we are really enjoying working with him, and it's great to see show video encouraging a real engag

South Africa - LD Renaldo van den Berg and production manager Victor Vermaak from Johannesburg based design and technical production specialist AV Unlimited created a spectacular lighting scheme utilising Robe moving lights for the South African leg of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone launch.

The VIP gala dinner event was staged in a special Super Dome structure built by In2structures and erected adjacent to the Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Illovo, Johannesburg. AV Unlimited was brought on-board to create the technical production design by event producers Mela Events, and Robe moving lights were right at the heart of the lighting concept.

AV Unlimited has worked on several Samsung launches for Mela Events in recent years. However in terms of format, look and feel, this one took a departure from previous ones, and instead of being styled around a DJ / party atmosphere, the ente

Australia - TDC - The Technical Direction Company is deploying the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services to Destination NSW for the sixth annual Vivid Sydney festival.

Running from 23 May to 9 June, Vivid Sydney is a celebration of light, music and ideas that will see the centre of New South Wales' vibrant capital transformed by a series of state-of-the-art visual and creative art installations.

"This is our third year of working with Destination NSW on Vivid Sydney, providing a huge range of technologies including 3D media servers, 3D mapping, video projection equipment, projection tower infrastructure and sound installations, not to mention our highly skilled crews to manage the technology," comments Kain Jones, special projects manager at TDC. "We have used our experience of working on Vivid Sydney fo

UK - Relationships that have had a big influence on Gary Barlow's latest tour. Barlow is a master of his genre, as he has amply demonstrated by selling out all 17venues around the UK. His first solo outing onto the arena circuit, show director Kim Gavin along with designer Tim Routledge and production director Chris Vaughan, elected for a minimalist approach to staging, but with an emphatic widescreen approach to video.

Tim Routledge comments, "Gary wanted to keep as close to his audience as he had on last year's theatre outing. At the same time we needed a bigger show to suit the scale of venue. Kim is the show producer, he and Chris Vaughan set the guidelines; the resultant stage design has barely changed from my first renderings. The stage is a neatly defined smooth oval with the band wrapped around one step up behind Gary. An ├╝ber-wide 100 foot screen forms the back wa

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced that well-known industry figure, Ian Muir has been appointed as TV & film development manager for the company's UK and international sales territories.

Ian brings a wealth of TV & film lighting industry experience to the new role from his previous position at Gekko, where he worked for over six years as business development manager for the LED lighting brand. Prior to this, Ian has also held various sales roles involving managing relationships with customers and suppliers in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Based in AC-ET's High Wycombe head office, Ian will work alongside the sales, marketing and purchasing departments to develop and implement the company's business plan for the TV & film market, to exploit their growing presence and customer base in this sector.

Ian will also be responsible for helping to raise cus

Belgium - ArKaos PRO has released the 4th generation of its MediaMaster software. MediaMaster 4.0 brings more flexible protection via an optional dongle and many additional features, yet retains the simplicity of operation familiar to its users.

ArKaos PRO has acted upon feedback from its users to produce its latest and ever-more powerful version of this favourite media server software. MediaMaster 4.0 has a wealth of new features yet remains fast and easy-to-use.

New features include: New licensing system with online activation and deactivation for greater flexibility; Optional License Dongle with unique hot swapping ability: New extended fixture profile with over 70 parameters per layer; DMX controllable cropping features; New Video Mapper with grouping; New Hue / Saturation / Lightness control; Per layer Aspect Ratio control; Start Point playback control; Per layer volume

Singapore - MultiTouch has announced the opening of a new, larger office and showroom in Singapore, further strengthening its commitment to the Asian markets with a planned expansion to its existing sales and technical support team. The showroom will include a permanent installation of the recently launched MultiTaction iWall, a 12x 55" turnkey multitouch wall, making its Asian debut, as well as MultiTaction display tables.

"We've always been committed to the Asian markets, and have maintained an office in Singapore since 2012" explains Petri Martikainen, CEO of MultiTouch. "This larger office, with the addition of a showroom to showcase our unique world-leading interactive products and applications, illustrates our further commitment to both Asia and Australasia. Further expansion to both staff and resources will follow."

The new premises are situated

UK - Visitor registration for PLASA London 2014 is now open and for a limited time attendees can register for free.

PLASA London is offering free four-day passes for attendees who register before Tuesday 1 July. The show, which has been a pivotal date on the international entertainment technology tradeshow calendar for more than three decades, will return to ExCeL London for the second consecutive year on Sunday 5 October until Wednesday 8 October.

Exciting developments to the show's format mean that the registration offer is just one of many visitor incentives for 2014, as PLASA's director of events, Christopher Toulmin explains: "Having relocated to ExCeL last year and enjoyed a very positive response from exhibitors and visitors alike, we have no intention of resting on our laurels. As an organisation we're always looking at ways of improving what we offer - this will

Russia - Visualization expert Barco was a proud visualization partner of the successful The Golden Age of Russian Avant-garde exhibition project, which closed its doors this Monday. Created by film director Peter Greenaway (UK) and Saskia Boddeke (The Netherlands), the exhibit in the big exhibition hall of the Moscow Manege Museum was one of the centrepieces of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. As a visualization partner to the event, Barco provided, through its local distributor CTC Capital, 12 ultra-bright HDX-20 projectors to fully immerse visitors into the highlights of Russian Avant-garde art.

Writer and director Peter Greenaway, the curator of the event, is renowned for his exploration of the cinematic medium and for his ability to integrate Renaissance art into his work. In 2006, he began an ambitious series of video installations, where digital imagery merged wi

UK - Panasonic has expanded its business projector line-up, with the launch of the PT-LB360 series - a new range of portable projectors with up to 3,600 lumens of brightness.

The series features four models*1 that offer an easy and simple projection solution for education or corporate environments.

The PT-LB360 series feature a compact body, brightness ranging from 2,800lm to 3,600lm and a high contrast ratio of 5,000:1, ensuring images are clear, bright and easy to view.

With a long lamp life replacement cycle of up to 8,000 hours in Eco mode and 5,000 hours of filter life, these models promise low maintenance and hassle free operation.

The series is designed with Panasonic's original Daylight View Lite function, which allows total control of image brightness, even in a brightly-lit room, for comfortable viewing.

Hartmut Kulessa, Marketing Manager at Panasonic, said, &q

USA - BenQ America Corp., one of the fastest growing display brands in North America and top 1 DLP projector manufacturer, has announced additions to its S Series line of high-brightness professional projectors.

Made specifically to meet the demands of medium- to large-sized classrooms, corporate meeting rooms, and auditoriums, the company's latest projectors provide up to 5,000 'Colorific lumens' to intensify projections in any professional installation environment.

"As projection technology continues to evolve, we continue to offer professional systems integrators enhanced performance and increased flexibility in our high-brightness series," said Bob Wudeck, associate vice-president, strategy and business development at BenQ America Corp.

"Rounded with a number of benefits including Colorific image quality, ease of installation and maintenance, and lamp-savi

UK - Lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment kick started another busy festival season this year by supplying lighting equipment and design, LED screen, rigging and crew to We Are FSTVL which made some serious noise at Damyn's Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, east London.

It was the second event after bursting audaciously onto the EDM scene last year and this year the organisers upped the ante on several fronts, expanding the event to two days, increasing the level of production and securing an action-packed line-up with main stage headliners Richie Hawtin (Saturday) and Fatboy Slim (Sunday).

Colour Sound deployed five trucks of kit, 26 crew, around 500sq.m of their proprietary BT LED screen, over 350 moving lights and lots of strobes, blinders and atmospheric effects to the site, where all their elements were co-ordinated by crew chief Andy Melleney.

Colour

USA - Northeast High School is a four-year public high school in Pasadena, Maryland. With almost 1,600 students, Northeast has several notable sports teams, a growing music programme and its own designated acting troupe that puts on three shows a year.

Originally constructed in 1964, Northeast has recently undergone a major renovation. As part of that renovation, the school received new AV systems in its main and auxiliary gymnasiums, its multi-purpose cafeteria and its black box theater.

Northeast hired consultant Steven Sinclair of Polysonics, an engineering firm in Warrenton, Virginia, to design the new AV systems. After winning a public bid, HP Electronics, a full-service AV integrator in Baltimore, installed the school's new AV systems.

Sinclair specified Community loudspeakers for all three Northeast venues. The gymnasiums feature Community R1-94 two-way loudspeakers s

South Africa - After Electrosonic SA hosted the successful Hippo School in February 2014, the demand for Green Hippo Professional media servers has grown exponentially. Knowledge is power, and as the pool of Hippo knowledge grows so does the demand for servers.

Video walls and video projection are fast becoming the norm in productions, live shows and TV broadcasts; thus the need for a professional, reliable, and real-time media server for content playback and manipulation is rapidly on the increase. Large and small stages, and complicated and simple set-ups, can benefit greatly from the Hippotizer media servers' flexibility, functionality and ease-of-use. Furthermore, the Hippo range is vast and offers different hardware capabilities on the same software platform, which means there is a server for every budget and application.

The first orders for Green Hippo Professional medi

Europe - London based projection specialist The Projection Studio worked as a consultant for live communications agency Wasserman to activate a pan European large format video projection campaign for the Vodafone Firsts initiative.

This took place via a series of giant projections in key cities across Europe through which Vodafone inspires and engages people to do something remarkable for the first time using mobile technology.

Projection Studio's Ross Ashton and his team were asked on-board by Wasserman's Production manager Mark Bustard after seeing their work in the same capacity for Jack Morton Worldwide at London's New Year Eve celebrations and festivities along the South bank of the River Thames. The projections then were onto the Shell Building.

The latest project involved conducting comprehensive site surveys in all eight cities - which included Budapest Sapientia Col

USA - At InfoComm 2014 Barco will dramatize a 'Day in the Life' of a smart city, demonstrating how its large-scale visualization, wireless collaboration and enterprise communications solutions are woven into everyday life to connect people, places and technology.

In the Barco Booth C6308, visitors will interact with Barco smart solutions as they're experienced by businesses and consumers in the real world: innovative controllers dynamically stream and display intelligence to public agencies on giant video walls; event projectors powered with the latest presentation switchers wow audiences at live shows and entertainment venues; vibrant and interactive signage engages shoppers in a retail promenade. These are just a few of Barco's latest innovations on display at InfoComm.

"We want to show our customers how Barco is transforming the way people present and share information

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