USA - DJ/lighting designer, Arnoldo Offermann, in conjunction with American DJ, will be conducting a full day of training on ArKaos GrandVJ at the LDI show in the Las Vegas Convention Centre (17 - 23 November 2014).

Arnoldo will demonstrate video mapping and show how this real-time video mixer software allows the composition of up to eight layers of video on the fly. ArKaos Grand VJ presents a VJ solution for all DJs, VJs, musicians and content creators looking to add a video track to compositions during live performance. For more details and booking links visit:

The ArKaos range of video mixer software products has been created especially for VJs, DJs, clubs and musicians. ArKaos VJ-DJ software is compatible with Mac and PC and has been designed to combine state of the art real time video mixing technology with intuitive interfaces adapted for various user sit

UK - Due to increasing demand, LM Productions Ltd has invested in a number of brand new Christie Roadster WK14U-M Series WUXGA projectors together with a broad suite of lenses for use in corporate events, live events, building projection or video mappings and for the company's full dome projection systems within its signature Stratosphere venues.

With integrated warping, blending and colour matching capabilities these projectors will allow for a seamlessly HD+ bright image. Also LM Productions are Christie Gold Members and a Certified Technical Partner, allowing the company to undertake service and warranty work on a wide range of Christie video projectors.

"These projectors are adding to our ever growing stock of Christie projectors including the both LCD and DLP 3 chip models including the amazingly bright Roadie 35,000s. We look forward to using these projectors to wor

UK - When TEDAV was commissioned by Wiltshire Council to fit out Springfield Community Campus in Corsham, integrating all the comms and AV, project manager Gee Edwards decided to conceptually design a digital end-to-end system, incorporating protocols common to the Harman Pro (JBL, BSS, Soundcraft and AKG) components, distributed in the UK and Eire by Sound Technology.

The result is an intuitive plug and play system which networks the main and second room or allows each to function as stand-alone. For example, the gym/dance studio (Room 2) can double as a Green Room for the main 200 capacity presentation space by accessing the different presets in the BSS Soundweb DSP.

With a removable 28 sq.m stage, the large Multi-Performance Activity Space (Room 1) is designed to host performances, lectures and conferences and other leisure activities, with direct access to an exhibition br

Denmark - Projection screen specialist, dnp denmark, has launched the world's largest optical front projection screen available as a single screen solution. With an image area of up to 5.3m x 3.0m - equivalent to 240" in 16:9 - and near flat-screen quality, the new Supernova XL Screen is designed to satisfy even the most critical audiences.

"Big is truly beautiful when it comes to display technology," says dnp VP global sales & marketing, Soeren Kraemmergaard. "The Supernova XL Screen's size and optical performance make it the ideal option for large venues such as big conference rooms, auditoriums and houses of worship. It's the cost-effective option too". Soeren Kraemmergaard continues, "We've designed the new screen to be visually impressive yet still affordable, with a smart shipping solution that saves cash and time."

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USA - Popular husband-and-wife Country duo and reigning ACM Vocal Duo of the Year, Thompson Square, has spent this summer taking their Just Feels Good Tour across North America under a canopy of video screens and moving lights controlled by ArKaos MediaMaster Pro. The spectacular stage and lighting design was the brainchild of Jeff Lava of 44 Designs and lighting designer, Larry Foote.

44 Designs was introduced to MediaMaster Pro by A.C. Lighting, Inc. during a demo at 44 Design's Nashville office earlier this year. 44 Designs promptly selected MediaMaster Pro to control the intricate video system on their next project.

"For Thompson Square I wanted to create something that would introduce a modern architectural design into a conventional concert venue space and present the audience with something that would look good lit or unlit," says Jeff Lava, founder of 44 Desi

Europe - Panasonic is set to launch its first 4K professional large display, when a 98" LED LCD starts shipping this month (November), with an 84" model released in January. The new displays offer extended operation in harsh conditions as well as providing bright, crisp, ultra-high resolution images.

The LQ70 series, capable of 24/7 operation, features a protective glass panel on the front of the display, and an aluminium cabinet. With high-impact and vibration resistance, they allow for safe, reliable use in places like transportation hubs and shopping centres where they are at risk of being knocked.

Portrait orientation is also possible without an uneven effect on the screen. This, alongside its durability, makes it ideal in rental applications where it is frequently transported and installed.

Panasonic marketing manager, Enrique Robledo said, "The LQ70 seri

UK - With new exhibitors and new speakers being announced every week, there will be plenty for visitors to see at the Glasgow SECC for the inaugural PLASA Focus Glasgow event, which takes place on 2-3 December 2014.

New exhibitors announced this week include Adlib Audio and HDPro Audio, Orbital Sound and FBT Audio UK, who will join the all-star list of exhibitors already at the show - including Robe, Ambersphere, White Light, Avolites, Chauvet, AED, Sennheiser, Bosch, NL Productions, JHS ProAudio, Warehouse Sound, LMC Audio, Polar Audio, Black Light, Trusslite, Total Solutions Group, UK Rigging, TMB and many more.

PLASA's Professional Development Programme will deliver two days of presentations, technical demonstrations and panel discussions, all designed to help visitors build their industry knowledge and improve their skill set. This year's programme focusses on the hot topi

USA - Part of North Point Ministries, Inc, Buckhead Church in Atlanta, Georgia, is a 15-year-old establishment with a 3000-seat auditorium which hosts four services every Sunday.

The church is in the process of growing its technical equipment to enrich the quality of its in-services. Part of this expansion involves the increased use of media and lighting to add to the dynamic format of the services.

Video forms a main element of the set designs: video imagery is projected onto set pieces or run through plasma screens on stage and used as a backdrop to performances. This is enhanced by the generous use of LED lighting. The set is changed every four months to keep things fresh and new for the church attenders.

Images of the pastor, who alternates between Buckhead Church and North Point Community Church, two of the six NPMi campuses in the greater Atlanta area, are also project

UK - Lighting and visuals designer Dan Robinson has just finished his third tour with UK singer and musician John Newman, which ramped up production values with the help of XL Video who supplied an LED screen / mini-cam and control package plus crew.

Newman and his management team have always believed in investing in great looking live shows, which has enabled Dan to creatively evolve the look and feel of the performances since he started working with the artist last year at a show at Settle Village Hall - Newman's home town.

On the first two tours, the focus was on imaginative lighting, however this time around video was introduced to work in parallel with this.

Dan has made film shorts and music videos for fun in the past, so his passion for moving images and effects coupled with John Newman's own interest in his visuality onstage ... produced a dynamic basis for the tour.

USA - - Described as "South Florida's hottest club", Club Red by Stoli is an elegant nightclub located at centre ice inside the BB&T Arena, home of the Florida Panthers hockey team.

Club Red's fashionable environment, its excellent cuisine and its premium event seating are complemented by a club-wide, multi-purpose AV system designed and installed by ICOR International Systems of Doral, Florida. Club Red's AV system provides live Panthers play-by-play hockey coverage, six news and sports channels and video playback and sound reinforcement for press conferences, presentations and private meetings in the club's large multi-purpose room. The BB&T Arena also hosts concerts and audio and video from these events may be routed through the club's AV system.

To provide coverage throughout the club's 12,000sq.ft space, ICOR installed 25 large screen video displays, a two-wide

UK - Ahead of his 2015 UK and Ireland tour, Neil Diamond recorded a one-off ITV special. The 75-minute Neil Diamond: One Night Only hosted by Rob Brydon features Diamond performing some of his greatest hits as well tracks from his new album Melody Road.

Creative Technology (CT) was contracted by ITV to provide the stage backdrop. Working with their designer Peter Bingemann and lighting designer Dave Davey, CT installed an 11.5m x 8.6m Spider 30 screen, achieving the desired softened look by using a rear projection surface in front of the display. This allowed a lower resolution and lower cost product to be used, increasing the impact without overpowering the star of the show.

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UK - Glasgow City Council commissioned The Projection Studio - led by Ross Ashton and Karen Monid - to create a ground-breaking giant mapped video projection show, Glasgow's War, on the front of their City Chambers building to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The impressive, meticulously researched and compelling 27 minute work, complete with specially compiled sound-track by Karen Monid, featured stunning visuals and an emotive narrative that was specific to Glasgow, detailing the historical contributions made by the city and its communities, and the resulting social impact of World War 1.

"It was an incredible honour to be trusted with relating such a fundamentally significant piece of history and of telling the story of Glasgow's War with honesty and integrity" states Ashton, whose art has won multiple international Awards and holds two Gui

UK - XL Video, working with production manager, Sarah Chaloner and designer, Dominic Tolfts, supplied video projection and plasma screen solutions for studio recordings of Series 28 of the popular TalkBack television show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

The familiar Never Mind the Buzzcocks set includes a number of video elements that are key to the music-based quiz show, which is hosted by Rhod Gilbert. This series is recorded at Stage 9 of Elstree Television Studios and broadcast on BBC2.

For the main screen, XL Video project manager Jeff Bailey specified one of XL's high brightness Barco FLM HD-20 projectors, which feeds the 16ft x 9ft screen. The high brightness 20,000 Lumen unit was selected to counter the ambient light on set.

The stage left and right of the set are populated with 12x Panasonic 42" LCD screens. These screens were specified for their built

USA - Eric Wade, of FOHShow LLC, is the first US lighting designer to put Ayrton's Radicalnew MagicPanel-R out on a major tour - that of American R&B/hip-hop artist Usher as he embarks on a 50-date tour across America and Europe to promote his eighth album, UR.

Wade's rig includes 64 active MagicPanel-R units in the air, plus 25 Ayrton MagicBlade -R fixtures under a transparent forestage. Both fixtures are members of Ayrton's new Radfical line of LED beam projectors, which was introduced at ProLight + Sound in Frankfurt earlier this year.

The common component of the entire Radical line is an individually-controllable, 15W RGBW multi-chip LED source coupled with a 67mm diameter 4.5° collimator optic. MagicPanel-R puts these emitters into a 5 x 5 matrix, while MagicBlade-R mounts them in a unique, seven-in-a-row, in-line configuration. Both fixtures feature a fast mov

Switzerland - The new Diode Series laser systems from Laserworld has only been on the market a few weeks, but is already experiencing massive demand.

"Many of the big sound & light retailers in Europe listed the products quickly after the product release and the demand from the customers was great," says Norbert Stangl, sales & marketing director at Laserworld. "We set this product line to provide a semi-professional laser show system at significantly low pricing, but with professional features like the latest diode-only technology and analogue modulation."

The Diode Series RGB white light products are available in three different power levels with up to 800mW, 1,800mW and 3,300mW: The DS-900RGB, the DS-1800RGB and the DS-3300RGB. All Diode Series units have automatic mode, sound-to-light mode, DMX512 capability and an ILDA (computer control) interface. The

UK - UK-based event safety consultancy Stagesafe reports the Health and Safety Executive's announcement that CDM Regulations will be enforced on the events and entertainment industry from April 2015.

The news was confirmed at last week's meeting of the Joint Advisory Committee on Entertainment (JACE) at the HSE in Westminster. The following report was produced by Michael Anderson and Lee Holloway, members of SAGE (Safety Advisors Group in Entertainment):

"This was an unexpected turn of events as it had appeared earlier this year that a "BEA" (Business Engagement Assessment) industry impact assessment process engaging with the event industry trade associations may have led to a decision not to enforce. But HSE stated that they had since received legal advice that not enforcing would breach European law and expose the government to international prosecution.


South Africa - The two leading organisations representing the audio visual industry in Southern Africa, SACIA (Southern African Communications Industry Association) and the TPSA (Technical Production Services Association) have merged so that they can present a stronger front to clients and associates, and a louder voice to government.

"We've merged in order to represent our industry more effectively in engagements with government and regulatory bodies - and in order to better serve our members," says SACIA CEO, Kevan Jones.

While SACIA members are responsible for fixed audio visual displays such as those one sees in board rooms, shopping centre, sports arenas and houses of worship, the TPSA membership have been responsible for the spectacular effects one sees at music concerts and other similar events. Over the last few months a task group made of representatives fro

USA - The Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu launched its Helumoa Playground Superpool series this autumn, comprising two distinct 3D pool mapping light show stories presented twice every evening to entertain hotel guests and the general public. Billed as the world's first permanent installation of its kind, the 3D pool mapping shows are projected across a 7,503sq.ft pool canvas, demonstrating lively displays of volcanic eruptions in Helumoa - the birth of Hawaii and the rise of historical Hawaiian resorts and water sports in Helumoa - the legendary story of Waikiki.

The Sheraton Waikiki hired PointCloud Media, a full-service production company specializing in 3D projections, to develop innovative, energized shows featuring graphic figures and images projected onto the nearly 200,000 gallon superpool. The PointCloud solution integrates its core Raylight4D mapping system

UK - Lighting / visuals designer Jvan Morandi is enjoying his first tour with the UK indie rockers The Kooks, who have just kicked off a UK and European tour, with lighting, LED screens and several custom elements supplied by west London rental specialist, Colour Sound Experiment.

Jvan is not afraid of taking a creative risk or two, and the design involves a provocative synergy of lighting and video delivered with Jvan's trademark thought and intelligence. The set embraces a whole range of styles characterized by The Kooks own distinctive style, and for every number, Jvan's imagineering brings an individual look, theme or ambience.

It's also Jvan's first full tour with Colour Sound as a supplier, on which he comments, "I like working with this company. It's a very well-organized operation with excellent kit, everyone is friendly and highly knowledgeable - and generally th

Belgium - Barco is to expand its projector portfolio with a cost-effective single-chip DLP projector producing 12,000 centre lumens light output. The brand-new RLS-W12 offers WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, extended warping and blending, and HDBaseT technology to provide video over a single Cat 5 cable.

This new projector is suitable for small- to medium-sized venues, and its optional rental frame makes it equally suited for the rental and staging market as well. The projector will be commercially available from December 2014 onwards.

"Our RLS-W12 projector is a smart choice for customers who are looking for a cost-effective projector that delivers the brightness needed for large screens," comments Richard Marples, strategic market director venues & hospitality at Barco. "Designed for fixed installation in museums, theaters and conference auditoriums, it's als

UK - CIE-Group has announced the appointment of Lloyd Wilson to the position of AV account manager, South East England. Lloyd is the latest recruit to join the award-winning CIE-Group team which is undergoing an expansion of its sales, technical and support operations to meet new demand. Lloyd joins from AVM where he was responsible for internal sales for the UK and Ireland.

"Having already had some dealings with the company, I was keen to join CIE-Group when the opportunity arose," comments Lloyd. "The 50thAnniversary year has made it an exciting time at CIE-Group, and it is also that clear through its range of brands and value added services, the company is offering something new for the AV integrator. I'm looking forward to spreading the word further."

"Lloyd has a wealth of AV industry knowledge and experience, plus a proven track record in relatio

UK - XL Video travelled to Glasgow to provide LED screens and a projection system for the MTV EMA 2014 staged in the SSE Hydro and presented by Nicki Minaj.

The production was designed by Florian Wieder and Matthias Kublik from Wieder Design. The circular main stage featured a backdrop of LED surrounded by a series of elegant, curved metal ribs to form a vortex style structure inspired by the show's 'Time Machine' theme. A thin curved catwalk extended into the audience and an award presentation area and glamour pit faced the main performance stage.

XL's crew was led by project manager Guido Ruysschaert assisted on site by two crew chiefs Kurt Verhelle and Daan Govaerts.

Once again XL worked closely with MTV event manager Maggie Mouzakitis and production executive Andy Derbyshire, and Ogle Hog who provided all the content control and screen management.

A total of 170sq.m of

USA - Nemetschek Vectorworks has announced that the Spanish-language release of its Vectorworks 2015 software version will be available on 24 November. This release is part of a worldwide rollout that included other European-language releases earlier this month and continues into 2015 with additional localizations in Japanese and Chinese. The Vectorworks line of award-winning software products includes Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks.

The Vectorworks 2015 software contains more than 100 updates and new features in the areas of architecture, BIM, urban planning and entertainment design. In previous versions, the power of 64-bit was only available in the platform's photorealistic rendering engine, Renderworks, but has now been integrated throughout the entire Vectorworks 2015 product line, providing designers with the ability to handle larger

UK - When one of New Zealand's leading bands, Fat Freddy's Drop, confirmed their headlining show at London's Alexandra Palace, they contacted XL Video to supply live video production for the sold-out one-off gig.

The Alexandra Palace show, in support of the band's third album Blackbird, rounds-off a successful year of UK shows, with a one-off at Village Underground in June, and a UK tour in October.

XL was asked to provide an HD camera system and IMAG projection for the show. To ensure the enthusiastic audience had the best view from anywhere in the venue, XL supplied three Sony HXC-100 cameras plus robocams, paired with four Barco 12k projectors doubled stacked on to XL's 16x12 ECT screens. The set-up was also used for opening DJ Mr Scruff.

Two of the cameras were situated in the pit, and used XL's track and dolly system for the close-ups, with a further static HXC-1

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