UK - GV Multi-media has completed the rollout of Panasonic projectors at Kingston University, part of a £30m investment towards improving the learning environment and IT facilities.

One hundred and seventy Panasonic PT-RZ370 laser/LED projectors were installed by GV Multi-media, in lecture and seminar rooms across the University estate.

"Our academics love them," said Simon Harrison, acting pro-vice chancellor (operations) at Kingston University. "The projectors are fast start, so they can get the material up almost immediately. What's more, content looks great, exactly as our academics intended it to be presented.

"When choosing what projectors were right for the University, we looked at a number of factors such as brightness, image quality, supportability and value for money. Panasonic was the clear winner."

The project was won, initiated a

UK - Technical events specialists Broadsword Productions, Crossbow Media and TM Audio Visual (TMAV) have rebranded under one name, the Broadsword Production Group. The move makes things even simpler for clients, who can choose from a range of creative, technical and production event services from one organisation, the company says.

The trio of departments has worked in partnership for a number of years to offer a broad mix of creative, production and technical event services. A sharp increase in demand from clients for a more integrated approach combining all three services, was the main catalyst behind the re-brand, which coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Broadsword Productions.

"We were already working together as a tight unit, so it was a logical step to rebrand under one name. And what better time to do it than when we are celebrating our tenth year in busines

Belgium - Global projection technology specialist Barco is expanding its projector portfolio for events and large venues with a three-chip DLP, 30,000 lumens model with WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution. The brand-new HDF-W30 FLEX shares its modular design, preview mode, and ImagePRO scaling with the other HDX, HDF, and HDQ family members, while offering Barco's unique flexible brightness. The new projector will be commercially available as of April 2015.

"Barco is the market leader in large venue projection - and our HDX, HDF and HDQ projector platforms are renowned in the industry for their image quality, modularity, and reliability," comments Richard Marples, Barco's strategic marketing director for venues & hospitality. "The HDF platform was previously limited to only 26,000 lumens but with the launch of this new upgraded 30K lumens model, we now cover the enti

Denmark - XL Video supplied projection, video, lighting and audio design, plus equipment and crew to the annual AIR 2014 conference, staged at the Hotel Scandic in Copenhagen over two days.

XL Video collaborated with full-service international Event Management Company Ashfield Meetings & Events and global healthcare communications agency QXV Communications, an Ashfield Healthcare company, who were working for end client InterMune, a leading Swiss biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic diseases.

The conference was attended by 340 delegates from around the globe including leading respiratory physicians and specialists.

XL's project manager was Andy Mayneord. The job always starts - as with AIR conferences in the past - with site visits several months in advance to assess the ve

The Netherlands - At ISE 2015, tvONE is introducing a new HDBaseT dual input module, which will be on display at ISE 2015. The new modules for CORIOmaster and CORIOmatrix products add greater flexibility to the product lines by allowing sources to be connected to the main system from as far as 100m.

The two-port cards utilise HDBaseT technology to accept audio and video transmission over single Cat 5e or Cat 6 cables. Digital high definition 1080p signals sent from HDBaseT transmitters can be accepted through the HDBaseT ports. In addition, the HDBaseT input module can be used to extend 10/100 Ethernet on the same single Cat cable. Using the Ethernet extension Local Area Network connections in the central rack can be accessible in remote locations where the transmitters may be positioned, making installation needs even simpler as only one Cat cable is required.

tvONE also prov

Denmark Martin Professional reports that the VC-Grid and VC-Strip LED Video family is now shipping in 15, 30, and 60 mm pixel pitches. Designed for architectural installations, stage design, and television set elements, Martin's VC family ensures design freedom for lighting designers and integrators on any creative LED Video project, says the company.

Martin's VC-Grid is a compact and powerful LED video panel that offers individually controllable pixels in RGB and cool, medium and warm white colors. The VC-Grid can be controlled via DMX or Martin's awarding-winning P3 protocol that provides high-quality image processing that eliminates the need for DMX pixelmapping, loose power supplies, and cabling. A hybrid power/data cabling systems also allows multiple VC-Grids to be easily daisy-chained for more creative designs.

"I'm really excited how these products make working wi

USA - American rock favourite Phish recently played a string of dates at Miami's American Airlines Arena to ring in the New Year. The prolific band wanted to make a statement for the shows that tied in with their iconic imagery.

Enter DMDS7UDIOS, brought in to projection map the building's huge curved exterior with custom content using Ai and its new headline feature, Autoblend. The feature has been lauded by DMD principal Scott Chmielewski as "unbelievable" for its speed and accuracy in making a perfect blend on a difficult surface that looked to threaten the success of the project.

DMD are the first company to have been allowed to projection map on the AA Arena, and as Scott Chmielewski explains, "The arena is a complex building with very unusual throw distances and angles."

In order to accomplish the task, DMD used eight 40k Barco projectors to create

The Netherlands - Kramer Electronics has announced the release of the VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler with seamless video switching and special effect transitions. The company will be showcasing VP-772 at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam as a part of Kramer's pro AV solutions for live events.

With Kramer's scaling technology, the VP-772 is designed for projection and display systems at live events, churches, auditoriums, conference rooms, boardrooms, hotels, and production studios.

VP-772 scales and processes video and audio inputs and outputs to independent preview and programme DVI-I outputs (VGA, DVI-D and HDMI) and two balanced stereo audio outputs. The dual scaler also features DVI-U inputs (with analog, DVI and HDMI support) and stereo-balanced audio signals. The preview output, featuring an on-screen display menu, lets you view how the program output will look on the live display.

Australia - Video services and expertise from TDC (Technical Direction Company) wowed audiences across the world in Visions of Vienna - a multi-media artistic collaboration between the Vienna Tourist Board and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra live in concert was combined with visuals celebrating the artistic and musical heritage of Vienna from Ample Projects and projected onto the roof or "sails" of the Sydney Opera House and broadcast to music lovers across the world in a live web-stream. The event took place on Wednesday, 4 February 2015.

"Having worked with Michael Hassett and his expert projection design team already back in the 90's we knew we could turn to TDC again for another unforgettable visual spectacular. TDC are a dream-team to work with," enthused Astrid Mulholland-Licht, director of the Austrian National Tou

The Netherlands - Kramer Electronics has announced the release of its new seamless VSM-4x4HFS Matrix Switcher/Multi-scaler with video wall and multi-viewing modes. The company will be showcasing the product at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam as part of Kramer's Pro AV solutions for live events.

The Kramer VSM-4x4HFS offers "the fastest and cleanest switching and scaling experience in the market". Designed for presentation environments, the switcher/scaler features a 4x4 matrix switcher, as well as video wall (2x2), dual display (PIP/P&P) and quad display modes. Video wall mode comes with Bezel correction options. VSM-4x4HFS includes PixPerfect scaling, Kramer's high-precision pixel mapping and scaling technology.

The VSM-4x4HFS has 4 HDMI inputs and 4 scaled HDMI outputs and offers flexible control options, e.g., front panel buttons, IR remote control with OSD (On-Screen Displ

UK - Continuing their long-term working relationship, XL Video supplied video solutions including LED screens and camera system for the final show of Basement Jaxx's recent UK tour supporting their latest album, Junto.

Working with tour and production manager, Tommy Winstone, XL Video project manager, Connie Glover specified the package for the massive show at London's O2 Arena.

The unusual LED screen set up used XL Video's Pixled F-12 LED housed in XL's custom touring frames, and featured a combination of 2 square on-stage LED screens displaying playback content, and two tall portrait IMAG side screens - a change from the more commonly seen landscape IMAG screens. This set-up allowed the portrait IMAG to display full-length images of the band as well as split screen set-ups of multiple band members. LED for the tour was managed by Gareth Manicom and Joe Makein.

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The Netherlands - Barco is making event automation and preview simpler with the launch of its new HD media servers. These end-to-end visualization solutions - available in four models (XHD-400, XHD-402, XHD-404 and XHD-200) cover the entire workflow of video professionals, from design to operation.

Thanks to the powerful 'Projection Study' tool, the Barco media servers are suited for rental and staging applications and 3D projection mappings, while they can also be used for fixed installation in entertainment venues and visitor attractions. The media servers will be shipping as of March 2015.

"Our goal was to bring the most powerful yet easy-to-use media servers to the market," states Wim Buyens, senior vice president entertainment & corporate at Barco. "While there are other great top-end media servers available, too many of them require help from the manufactu

UK - As part of the design and development of their World Duty Free store in Heathrow's new Terminal 2 - The Queen's Terminal - travel retailer World Duty Free Group (WDFG) commissioned a remarkable LedGo FLEX curved LED solution to provide a highly adaptable fascia for their tax and duty free store - creating one of the UK's largest fixed-installation LED walls.

Concept visuals of the new store revealed curved surfaces running along the front of the entire shop fascia. This gave World Duty Free Group and Blynk Digital Media's Neil Muir the idea to fill the surfaces with LedGo's innovative FLEX curved LED panels, to display eye-catching, moving content, visuals and tailored messaging to visitors in the new terminal.

Blynk Digital Media approached A.C. Video, a specialist sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., to supply them with the LedGo FLEX curved L

UK - XL Video supplied LED and video screens for an hour-long special - Bruce's Hall of Fame - produced by Hat Trick Productions. The show was recorded on 1 November at the London Palladium and aired on BBC1 on 27 December 2014.

The special celebrated Bruce Forsyth's long career in show business and featured artists paying tribute to the stars who inspired them. Stars appearing included Jessie Wallace, who recalled music hall legend Marie Lloyd; Jamie Cullum, who performed a Tony Bennett song; and Alfie Boe who was inspired by Dean Martin.

Working with production designer Markus Blee and line producer Charlene Farrell, XL Video supplied two types of LED for the show's set - a 5.4m wide x 3m high LED screen formed of its ROE MC-7T product and a 7m wide x 2.5m high Unilumin 3.9mm LED screen.

The high resolution ROE MC-7T screen was flown and used as both an audience rel

UK - Since launching back in September 2014, over 250 rental businesses in the AV, lighting, events and broadcast sectors are now signed up to Current RMS, quickly identifying the benefits of cloud rental management software.

At the end of January 2015, Current RMS officially became a partner of the popular cloud accounting software Xero, offering seamless integration with this easy to use product, streamlining the rental cycle that one step further.

Prior to launching Current RMS, rental experts came onboard to test the system, working with the team to ensure it was entirely ready for launch. The same process took place for the Xero integration. One of the testers, Steve Lucas, owner of Soundbite Productions, has quickly seen the benefits of operating his rental business entirely in the cloud.

"Current is a must have for rental and hire companies, especially for those

Germany - Christie partner publitec has added 40 new Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors to its rental range. This German audiovisual distributor and events technology company from Herdecke has set a new rental benchmark.

The Christie Boxer 4K30 boasts high performance, marking it out as a premium product within the middleweight category. A full 30,000 lumens, 4K (4096 x 2160) native resolution and 3DLP quality, while weighing less than 68 kg. Users receive a projector that is easy to use and offers optimum feed and performance flexibility.

The Christie Boxer has built-in Christie TruLife image processing to provide the highest bit depth, fastest frame rate and native 4K signals, with HD signal upscaling that lets the Christie Boxer fit seamlessly and simply into existing HD workflows.

publitec already offers a wide range of Christie projectors, accessories and add-on parts, and

The Netherlands - Barco has signed a major deal with AED Display at its ISE booth this morning. Under the agreement, the audiovisual expert will purchase 20 brand-new Barco HDF-W30 FLEX projectors and upgrade 40 of its HDF-W26 projectors to 30,000 lumens.

AED Display is the very first European rental company to invest in Barco's HDF-W30, which was launched just last week. By adding the HDF-W30 FLEX to its large rental pool, AED Display underscores its trendsetting role in Europe's AV market.

"Our customers are always looking for new, better, brighter AV solutions to amaze their audiences. So when Barco announced a 30K lumens version of its excellent HDF-series, we immediately decided to add it to our rental stock," said Thierry Heldenbergh, managing director of AED Display. "As the HDF-W30 shares its modular design, preview mode and ImagePRO scaling with our Bar

USA - There are many good reasons why women's soccer has become one of the fastest growing sports in the US: it's colourful, intense and it makes a great visual presentation. The same can be said of the Nexus LED panels from Chauvet Professional, which have also become exceedingly popular lately. It's only fitting then that these two stars crossed paths recently at the Women's World Cup Kickoff Celebration on Fox Sports 1 and Timer Warner Cable.

Lighting designer James Schipper of Kinetic Lighting used 40 Nexus 4x4 panels to create a dynamic stage backdrop for the celebration's main entertainment event: a concert by the hip hop rapper Flo Rida backed up by DJ Blaze. The Nexus panels on stage not only matched the Grammy nominated People's Choice-winning star's performance; they also reflected the upbeat mood of the televised celebration.

Schipper arranged the Nexus panels 20 un

The Netherlands - NEC Display Solutions Europe has unveiled its world of visual experience at ISE 2015, showcasing its vision and future applications for digital display technology. At its booth (4-R24 in Hall 4), NEC is giving visitors the opportunity to "experience the bright places we encounter every day through an immersive and engaging city journey".

Visitors can see specific examples of the NEC visual journey in everyday life scenarios. These scenarios range from shopping, photo studio, learning and working, to control rooms, eating and drinking, galleries and museums and public transportation: visual experiences where we are consuming more and more information on screens each day.

At ISE this year, NEC brings all of this to life with a wide range of industry customised demonstrations, including; 'Digital Live Painting' with an artist creating pictures of visit

The Netherlands - CYP is showcasing its wide range of AV solutions on a new larger booth (Stand - 4-U65) at ISE 2015, with many new products shown in Amsterdam for the first time.

Adding to its growing range of Modular Matrices, CYP is demonstrating its latest chassis - the 32×32 Modular Matrix. Following on from the success of its 3U 16×16 Modular Matrix Chassis, the 5U 32×32can be fitted with any combination of up to four input modules and four output modules (each with eight connections per board), offering "unparalleled levels of flexibility and performance for systems integrators and installers in any multi-zone AV environment"

Also on show is the new PU-8H8HBTPL-4K 8 x 8 HDBaseT LITE Matrix with PoC (Power over Cable), which supports the transmission of video (resolutions up to 4K2K Full HD) and multi-channel digital audio from 8 HDMI sources to 8 outputs ov

The Netherlands - The Projection Studio, led by Ross Ashton are special guests of Panasonic on Booth B1 P20 in Hall 1 at ISE 2015, creating a 3D projection mapping onto a Tesla car.

Ross was asked on-board to assist Panasonic in making an impressive impact on the stand by Hartmut Kulessa, marketing manager of projection products for Panasonic Europe.

Hartmut says, "Ross is the best known and most recognised 3D mapping artist in the world, and we see 3D mapping as a growing market trend, especially outdoors where it is the new 'fireworks' for big public events and spectaculars. Ross has enormous experience and a great track record in creating these exciting new visual experiences, and that is why we asked him to collaborate with us to create the stand centrepiece at ISE".

Ross has used Panasonic products for many of his installation works, including, most recently,

The Netherlands - Martin Professional announced at ISE 2015 the availability of the Rush Gobo Projector 1, part of Martin's comprehensive offering of new lighting fixtures. The new member of the install-oriented Rush family will be shipping at the end of February.

The Rush Gobo Projector 1 is designed for permanent installation in club, bar, restaurant and shopping mall applications. Gobos can be changed quickly easy adjustment of focus, speed and direction make running the static fixture smooth and intuitive. It's also non-intrusive thanks to its silent operation and compact size, measuring 215 x 135 x 152 mm and weighing only 11 lbs. (2 kg).

"We designed the Rush Gobo Projector 1 with ease-of-use in mind," said Mark Buss, product manager, Rush products. "Speed and direction are controlled by easy-touch buttons and it only takes a few seconds to change gobos wi

USA - Viewers of the Super Bowl Halftime Show have come to expect dazzling entertainment, but Katy Perry's turn at Super Bowl XLIX packed more fun and amazing eye candy into 12 minutes than they might have thought possible. Behind the scenes at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, lighting director Jason Rudolph used eight d3 4x4pro media servers from d3 Technologies to map the football field around the stage with content from 80 Barco projectors. The d3 servers also sent 4 feeds to control the LED stage, magically transforming the floor from a perspective-bending chessboard to a tropical island paradise and a dynamic graphic platform for an airborne finale. VER provided the d3 media servers, grandMA2 control consoles, and all projection and LED gear.

The size and scope of the Super Bowl Halftime Show might seem daunting for some media servers. But last year d

The Netherlands - Green Hippo's new magpi solo from the AViary Video Tools range was awarded 'Best of Show' in the Installation Category at this year's Integrated Systems Europe.

magpi solo was launched at ISE 2015 and is the latest addition to the AViary Video Tools product range. It is a solution for installation professionals requiring the realtime power and high definition resolution of its bigger sibling, magpi, on just a single output.

magpi solo not only provides realtime playback control, but uniquely delivers control for parameters such as speed, in and out points, and geometry along with colour and contrast correction in realtime. All changes can be stored within the timeline controller with the option to trigger playback and adjust parameters via external protocols such as SMPTE timecode, Artnet and much more.

Mercedes Stevao-Boase, marketing and PR at Green Hippo

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