UK - Projection artist Ross Ashton and his company The Projection Studio are again making a massive impact at Edinburgh's world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, producing fabulous giant projections which are mapped onto the castle wall and running throughout the epic spectacle.

The event's chief executive and producer is Brigadier David Alfrey and this year's theme is Our Home, Friends and Family with hundreds of Commonwealth participants playing a part in the show in a big year for Scotland, which has just hosted the hugely successful 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Ashton comments, "I always enjoy working on the Tattoo and with David and the creative team who are all keen on maximising the dynamic that projection brings to the visual picture. This year features another interesting storyline that has given us plenty of creative freedom to develop."

Ashton a

UK - The busy summer of festivals has shown no signs of slowing down just yet, with Avolites and Avolites Media storming onto the scene for another weekend at Secret Garden Party 2014 with five stages controlled by Avolites, and Avolites Media featured on the main stage. The festival, held in Abbots Ripton, welcomed a huge and eclectic line up of acts including headliners Fat Freddy's Drop, Public Enemy and Little Dragon, to cement its position as one of the most hotly anticipated festivals of the year.

The boutique weekender attracted in excess of 20,000 festivalgoers keen to witness the multi-sensory experience. Contributing to the visual spectacle, a range of Avolites equipment supplied by London based Colour Sound Experiment (CSE) occupied the Front of House lighting positions on five of the most prominent areas, including the main stage. CSE also sent an 18-strong team hea

UK - Originating from the USA, Electric Daisy Carnival made its second trip to the UK this July, transforming Milton Keynes's outdoor National Bowl into a 28m pixel entertainment spectacle.

Aside from the music, the video production delivered a spectacular environment with LED screens surrounding all 360 degrees of the national bowl and with weird and wonderful performers and the combination of LED light displays, pyrotechnics and lasers, it was clear that Electric Fly wanted to make the event just as visually appealing as the music itself.

Musically, this year's EDC delivered a diverse line up of producers. Avicii's 80 minute headline set brought the show to a close and as the sky became pitch black, the Electric Daisy Carnival came into its prime.

The epic showdown of pixels started with Electric Fly, and the Uber-creative team of Nick Jevons & Philip Winward of Electric F

Australia - MultiTouch, manufacturer of the 48x MultiTaction displays forming part of The Cube at Queensland University of Technology, has announced its attendance at this year's Integrate Expo (26-28 August) on stand E40 at the Dome in Sydney's Olympic Park.

Featuring on MultiTouch's stand will be an interactive wall comprising 8x 55" Ultra Thin Bezel MultiTaction displays showing MultiTouch's MultiTaction Experience app. MultiTaction 55" tables will also be on display, demonstrating a range of applications including a bespoke Glenfiddich whisky application.

"We're delighted to be involved in this prestigious event," says Hannu Anttila, vice president of business development at MultiTouch. "It's a privilege to be able to demonstrate to attendees at Integrate Expo the technology behind the unique QUT Cube, albeit on a smaller scale, along with our most

USA - Discovery Park of America has opened in Union City, Tennessee, offering visitors a world-class entertainment and educational experience with more than 70,000sq.ft of exhibits on nature, science, technology, history and art. Electrosonic provided audio-visual equipment for most of the ten exhibit galleries in the three-level space of the new Discovery Centre.

The primary benefactor of Discovery Park of America is the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation, which has donated approximately $80m to the creation of the park and endowed a programme for its continuing operational support and expansion. As long-time supporters of education in the area, the Kirklands have given Discovery Park the mission of enhancing the educational experiences of children and adults, and inspiring them to see beyond their current level of knowledge.

The Discovery Centre's diverse array of ga

USA - Country rock artist Brantley Gilbert is touring with the new indoor/outdoor EPT9IP LED video panel from Elation Professional and uses the professional-grade screens for a variety of effects and looks as an integral part of the set design.

"We chose the EPT9IP panels for a couple of reasons," states Howard Jones, president and owner of Nashville-based Digital Console Rental, the sole production company for Gilbert's current Let it Ride tour. Digital Console Rental provides audio, lighting and video for the tour, a rig that also includes Elation Platinum Beam 5R Extreme fixtures.

"First, the screen looks great and the resolution is high enough for touring work," he says of the 9 mm pixel pitch EPT9IP panels. "Second, it is IP65 rated and has the output for outdoor use." Designed for professional touring, the spring leg of the tour was t

UK - LCA are moving to new larger office and warehouse on Wednesday 27 August. The new address is: Unit 14, Fairway Drive, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 8PW. Office telephone numbers remain the same.

Says the company, "Our new location enables us to stock more products on the shelves as well as offering a dedicated demo area for customers to come and test equipment. In addition to this, we will also be creating a client lounge where you can relax and meet our team with a drink and if you need to work, you can utilise our hot desking facilities."

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UK - West Midlands-based technical solutions and video specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) has invested in its first apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with Birmingham based Creative Alliance, and its first apprentice is 16 year old Cameron Preussner who has joined the team at CPL for a hands-on training in 'Technical Theatre Studies' (TTS) for the next 12 months.

CPL's MD Matthew Boyse says, "For some time we been considering the harnessing of fresh new talent at school leaver age rather than after University, with the idea that they can then grow and develop their career at CPL, which offers a diverse range of job opportunities in many specialist fields."

CPL devised the module-based course that will incorporate all elements of TTS including audio, lighting, AV, project management, stage management, administration, etc. It's been designed to offer a basic

UK - Green Hippo has two new interns who recently started to work with the company for the forthcoming year.

Over that last two years we have had two very successful Product Design internships within our Product Department, so continuing on the streak we have new intern Bella Reid, also from Brunel University, just like her two predecessors.

Bella Reid is studying Industrial Design and Technology at Brunel and has already completed the first two years of this tough degree. Bella explains: "I chose this course because it encompasses everything I love and am passionate about into a technically grounded and well rounded set of skills from drawing, graphics and practical work to programming, engineering, applied physics and human studies. You become a jack of all trades in some senses. And I decided on Green Hippo for a placement because of the family vibes. I felt I would ac

USA - With more number one hits over the past 20 years than any other artist in Latin Music, Mexican crooner Marco Antonio Solis has earned the appellation "living legend" throughout the Americas, both South and North. A key reason for his enduring popularity can be found in the heartfelt connection he establishes with audiences. This emotional link was very much supported by LD Oscar "El Bro" Florez's lighting design for Solis' current tour, which features 16 Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4 panels supplied by Visions Lighting of Brea, CA.

"It was very nice to be able to illuminate the audience with colour coordination based on the mood of the show," said Todd Roberts, president of Visions Lighting. "As an artist Marco Antonio Solis is very one-on-one with his audience. The Nexus 4x4 panels were extremely helpful in allowing us to highlight diff

Israel - Audio, video and computer signal processing specialists, Kramer Electronics has introduced the RC-43T, a six-button auxiliary control panel that works as a remote control panel for master room controllers such as the Kramer SL-1 in classrooms, meeting rooms, boardrooms or auditoriums.

The RC-43T uses proprietary KNET protocol to power and communicate over a single cable and between Kramer products. Easy to use front panel buttons are touch-sensitive and give press confirmation using LED lights. The slimline unit measures 6.9cm x 1.6cm x 11.4cm (2.72" x 0.63" x 4.5" W, D, H - US) and matches 1-gang US wall plates. Rugged and robust, the RC-43T is made for extensive use and brings significant return on investment, says the company.

Speaking about the new innovation, Ezra Ozer, vice president marketing at Kramer Electronics said, "Created with the end

UK - XL Video renewed its highly productive long term working relationship with Massive Attack, supplying LED screens and d3 media servers for the band's recent festival tour which featured a video concept co-designed by UVA and Icarus Wilson-Wright in conjunction with the band's 3D (Robert Del Naja).

Massive Attack are well known for their innovative and original use of video to reinforce the message of their music and their immersive and visceral live shows. They use video to engage audiences on a cerebral level as well as delivering great music. Sometimes controversial, always passionate and heartfelt, their message and exploding some of the myths and realities of mediated propaganda circulated in daily news . . . is at the essence of any Massive Attack show.

The band have been developing their own highly distinctive text based style of video content ever since first incorp

UK - LarMac Live, XL Video and Star Events Group devised, supplied and provided for 1,300sq.m of screens across the twin main stages at Creamfields last weekend, probably the most extensive use of video on the English festival map this summer.

Designed to appear as if they were floating in the crowd space rather than flanking a festival stage, Star Events Group cantilevered the screens off the front of twin 20m VerTech platform wings, hiding the masts and roof grid supporting the seamless landscape video palettes.

Pete Holdich, head of structures at Star Events, comments: "It took a lot of planning to work out how it could all be achieved. There were 18m by 10m screens either side of both stages with a header linking them across the proscenium and a traditional backdrop screen behind the artist, all mapped together."

Production manager/director at LarMac Live, Ian

The Netherlands - The Roland VR-50HD multi-format AV mixer has been chosen by Erasmus University as the AV hub of a new purpose built video creation studio at their state of the art facility in Rotterdam.

Acknowledging that a growing trend for 'flip teaching' would affect the way in which their lectures would be delivered in the future, the university took the decision to supply comprehensive video tutorial, web lecture and online learning facilities 'in house'. In order to achieve this, a dedicated AV studio was built at Erasmus, forming part of the Media Support Centre which is the central knowledge point for audiovisual services and communication technology.

The 'flipped classroom' is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures away from the classroom. As a result, time in the classroom is used by the teaching staff for p

UK - LightSlice is now officially launched and commercially available worldwide. This dramatic-looking offering from digiLED, the product manufacturing arm of international screen specialist displayLED, was first previewed at InfoComm in the USA this June.

Offering a full video pixel slice with some very practical as well as innovative and creative properties, LightSlice was designed in the UK using Japanese components and assembled in Korea.

In its native form the slice's 10mm pixel pitch allows a true 10mm display surface. But the product really comes into its own when creating variable pitch displays with video effects and organic shapes to complement highly creative stage and set designs.

The digiLED Navigator-NV processor makes sure the content is perfectly mapped on the display and resolutions can be scaled to any custom requirement based on array alignment. With multi

UK - Saville Audio Visual, one of the UK's longest established conference and event services providers, will be holding a free to attend event showcasing the latest large screen and digital event technologies for events and conferences. The Saville Event Technology Expo will take place on Wednesday 10 September at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The event is aimed at meetings professionals, conference organisers and event planners. Visitors will be able to experience the latest technologies designed to provide maximum impact and engagement at any event.

Saville business manager for Leeds, Ann Seddon explained: "The Pavilion is an excellent venue and offers the opportunity for us to demonstrate our large screen and LED videowall technologies in an authentic environment. Visitors can see exactly how these new technologies can enhance th

UK - XL Video continued its record breaking summer streak supplying over 2000sq.m of LED screen plus control and crew across eight stages and arenas at the UK's biggest and highest profile EDM event, Creamfields, staged on Daresbusy Estate near Warrington over the August Bank holiday weekend.

It was the largest amount of screen supplied to date to the festival with which XL has been involved for the last five years via creative and technical production specialists, LarMac LIVE. The production values for this year's event were significantly increased following excellent results last year and to keep at the forefront of the vibrant European festival scene.

Three XL project managers - Steve Greetham, Paul "Macca" McCauley and Connie Glover - co-ordinated the project on site due to its scale and the tight timescale.

Around 70,000 dance music fans enjoyed an impressive

UK - West London-based lighting and visual rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied over 550 moving lights plus hundreds of other lighting fixtures, rigging and trussing - including for the video elements - to the North and South open air stages at the 2014 Creamfields EDM extravaganza, staged at Daresbury Estate, Near Warrington.

Colour Sound's team was again led by crew chief Jon Rickets, and they all worked closely with creative and technical production specialists LarMac LIVE to achieve spectacular results as the clubbing event, which sold out to its 70,000 capacity, pushed new heights of production excellence. Colour Sound has enjoyed an association with Creamfields since the first event in 1998.

Now a global brand of huge significance in the buzzing world of EDM, this year the line-up included open air stage headliners Avicii and deadmau5 (Saturday) plus Calvin

UK - Green Hippo and FIX8Group have long been friends and have a longstanding history of working together.

It was only a few years ago when managing director Neil Trenell was working single-handedly on projects and events using Hippotizer. These days his company employs 10 staff and owns more than 30 Hippotizer units, which have been used to run an average of 120 shows and events each year.

In the last couple of years FIX8Group has hired a few talented and experienced designers and programmers. Two years ago Nick Charalampidis, formerly of Green Hippo, joined FIX8Group as technical manager. And more recently, since early 2014 John Montague is bringing extensive experience and a long history in video design, programming and visual production to the company.

For a corporate event in Tenerife, FIX8Group created a huge immersive 360-degree projection screen which allowed 1400 de

UK - The library that supports Stardraw Design 7.1 has reached a new milestone, now containing more than 70,000 symbols representing products from over 700 manufacturers.

Stardraw's symbols library has been a work in progress for over 20 years. Since the advent of the Symbols Request service in 2002, Stardraw's specialist symbols department has received almost 13,000 product requests, of which 95% have been published. On average, the company receives around 100 product requests per month.

The result is that Stardraw's symbols portfolio represents the largest, high-quality graphical library available to the professional AV industry from a single source: all symbols are generated in-house by Stardraw's Symbols Department according to an established data specification. This means that regardless of the original data or what the symbols might represent, a qualitative standard is m

UK - Pixels, a European distributor of digital media players and AV systems has supplied 50 BrightSign media players for the Digital Revolution exhibition at London's Barbican Centre.

Digital Revolution: An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames, which opened on 3 July and which closes on 14 September, is described as "an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames" and "the most comprehensive presentation of digital creativity ever to be staged in the UK". The exhibition will tour the world after its London run.

The BrightSign media player is normally deployed in digital signage applications. It is, however, characterised by its ability to deliver content to a screen with absolute accuracy and reliability, and this capability was critical for the designers of Digital Revolution, 59 Productions.

"We specif

Denmark - Neets Switching Relay-8 provides total relay control in complex applications such as larger corporate conference rooms, lecture halls, and auditoriums. Automatic, programmable power is provided for all devices requiring AC power on/off: projector lifts, screens, curtains and architectural lighting. Multiple relay activations can be immediate and simultaneous, or configured for activation in a timed sequence.

Neets Switching Relay - 8 incorporates a full range of options for real-time system control, including RS-232, IR or LAN. The unit is designed to join AV control systems, to facilitate seamless integrated relay switching functions. All functions are easily configurable through LAN using Neets configuration software or third party systems, making the Switching Relay-8 a valuable tool for demanding applications.

The IEC Mains Adaptor option extends versatility by c

UK - The success of Lighthouse LED screens as roadside advertising media has meant that the number of installations in and around London continues to increase. The latest is in Dagenham, East London.

Located adjacent to the main A12 trunk road, by the old Ford works, London's most recent Lighthouse roadside installation features its Impact 10 LED screen measuring 12.16m x 2.88m, controlled by the company's proprietary LIP-HDI M5 technology.

Commissioned by Outdoor Plus, the screen is mounted on a bespoke steel tower, designed, manufactured and installed by London-based SIS Digital. Outdoor Plus has commissioned a number of outdoor advertising screens using Lighthouse panels, including the iconic 'Twin Towers' East and West installations by the A13 and A4 respectively.

"Lighthouse LED screens are a tried and tested product, robust, resilient and they offer the level of f

The Netherlands - German interconnectivity and audio transport specialists, DirectOut, has introduced the ANNA-LISA which debuts at IBC2014. ANNA-LISA is a small, handheld MADI analyser and signal generator equipped with BNC and SFP MADI I/Os that provides straightforward, immediate analysis of any MADI input. Signal condition, input level and jitter can be monitored directly at the device.

More detailed information, such as protocol and user bit checks, is accessible through an external application via USB and Bluetooth. The integrated signal generator makes ANNA-LISA a convenient, all-round tool for any MADI environment. The device is powered by an integrated battery and chargeable via USB.

Over the past five years, DirectOut has acquired an excellent reputation as an audio transport specialist providing all kinds of converters, routers and little problem solvers for MADI en

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