France - Airstar, lighting balloon technology specvialist for the event and staging industry, has been at the centre of the Val d'Isère Airstar Night Light since 2012. Every Thursday evening, between December and March, the manufacturer showcases various lighting technologies, and all its savoir-faire, to illuminate the French ski resort.

This year, over 30 Airstar lighting balloons of various shapes, sizes and colours were deployed: The Tourism Office square boasted a magnificent Star shaped balloon as well as four hanging Crystals of various sizes (130cm to 160cm), covered by a printed << planet >> cover, while the main road hosted six Crystal Diamond 130, three air inflated Stars 160 on a pole and 12x DMX controllable standalone Towair Evo Flame. A further four red Airstar Towairs (four metres high) lit up a live show.

During the ski holiday season, the Airstar Night Light

UK - Large format projection artist Ross Ashton was commissioned to create a new projection artwork for the 2015 e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge, UK, which lit the front fascias of two of the city's magnificent historical buildings - Old School and Senate House - which are part of the University of Cambridge.

Ross and his team from the Projection Studio received technical support sponsorship from locally based live event and technical production company Hawthorn for the five day festival, and the four PT-DZ21k projectors were supplied by Panasonic.

It was the third time that Ross has created bespoke light works for these buildings.

This was also the third, largest and most successful year of the e-Luminate festival to date. The concept showcases the city 'in a different light' through a series of innovative installations and interactive events highlighting how light and lig

UK - PAI Group has appointed Martin Draisey as its new business development manager. Martin is an experienced sales professional with a wealth of industry knowledge. He will be responsible for the delivery of specialist integrated audio-visual, sound, lighting and control solutions, working directly with clients and design teams across various sectors.

After receiving a diploma in Multi-track Recording from the Gateway School of Recording & Music Technology at Kingston Polytechnic, Martin started his career as a recording engineer at Harp Recordings Ltd before becoming a Sound Engineer for independent local radio station Swansea Sound.

He joined PA Installations Ltd in 1993 as a field engineer, working his way up to customer support manager and then Technical Sales Manager during an 11-year spell with the company.

In 2004 Martin took up the role of regional sales manager at

Japan - Ayrton's IntelliPix-R LED panels played a prominent role in the spectacular lighting design at the annual Japanese music show, Best Hits Kayousai 2014. The show, which recognises some of Japan's most popular artists of the year, took place in November at the Festival Hall, Osaka and was broadcast live on the NNN network. Over 18 acts, including Exile Tribe and May J, performed during the two-hour show.

Ayrton's Japanese distributor, First Engineering Japan, supplied 120 IntelliPix-R panels to their client, Heart-S, who used the static panels to surround the stage and performers with beams of intense light.

IntelliPix-R is a modular beam projection panel of 25 independently controllable 4.5° LED emitters arranged in a 5 x 5 array which project graphics and media far into the air. Panels can be connected together to form a semi-transparent wall, screen or ceiling or

UK - In support of their forthcoming second album, This Is All Yours, alt-J recently played a headline show at London's 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. For this show - the band's largest to date - XL Video supplied a bespoke LED screen and camera IMAG package.

Working with production manager, Bennie Brongers; lighting, video & rigging co-ordinator, Mike Oates; show designer, Jeremy Lechterman, and Jackson Gallagher from Fragment Nine, XL were tasked with supplying an LED screen solution for Jeremy's creative design.

XL Video utilised 270 tiles of their popular Pixled F-12 LED, along with 154 of XL's own custom touring frames to create horizontal strips of LED across the width of the O2 stage. The empty frame rows revealed lights including Showtec Sunstrips and other lights were attached to the spacers between the LED.

XL's Project Managers, Phil Mercer and Jay Mobbs-Beal, w

The Netherlands - AV technology pioneer Peerless-AV has announced its biggest year yet at ISE with o new mounts, stands and Emerging Technology products showcased on the stand, an increased number of European visitors, and a Best of Show award win for its innovative Twin Pole Modular Series product range.

Showcased to a European audience for the first time at ISE 2015, the award-winning Twin Pole Modular Series is designed to fit around twin columns, the components combine to fulfil multiple install requirements, from a single ceiling mounted display to an unlimited floor-to-ceiling video wall array in retail, transportation applications, control rooms screen arrays and leisure settings.

A major stand highlight was the announcement that Peerless-AV's Xtreme Outdoor Displays (42", 47" and 55") now have CE marking approval. The company has already seen phenomenal

UK - Source Distribution is hosting the world launch of several RØDE products and new Genelec loudspeakers at BVE 2015 in Lon don this week.

Source is making the exclusive world-wide launch and first public display of RØDE's new RØDE Link Digital Wireless System, NTG4 and NTG4+ shotgun microphones and the NTR ribbon microphone.

The RØDE Link Wireless system utilises 2.4GHz technology to provide a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1kHz digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 metres. The system consists of a number of receiver and transmitter options, and will be available in a number of kits targeting film, news gathering, presentation and stage use. The first kit to be available will be the Filmmaker Kit, which consists of a beltpack transmitter, an on-camera or beltpack receiver and RØDE's broadcast quality Lavalier microphone.

The NTG4 and N

UK - HHB Communications has been named RTW's distributor for the UK and Ireland with immediate effect.

RTW is a German professional audio manufacturer renowned for developing innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post-production and quality control. A leader in loudness technology, RTW pioneered the development of audio monitoring and metering with the TouchMonitor range by incorporating a top-notch loudness system.

RTW continues to innovate in the field of loudness monitoring with the introduction of the Loudness Tools Masterclass plug-in. RTW CEO Andreas Tweitmann commented, "The DPP's adoption of EBU R128 loudness standards has made the UK a very important market for innovative audio loudness tools. HHB is the UK's leading authority on loudness technology and we are confident in their expertise to deliver the best

USA - Barco, in collaboration with experiential design firm The Barncyz Group, is bringing the majesty of live Broadway shows and entertainment to the sidewalks of Cleveland's renovated theatre district with its innovative, interactive LCD advertising kiosks and outdoor LED displays.

With the goal of bringing its marketing power to the street while elevating the quality and breadth of the organization's digital assets, Playhouse Square is engaging audiences with a series of Barco advertising kiosks to promote its robust line-up of entertainment. The United States' largest performing arts centre outside of New York City, Playhouse Square has recently undergone an architectural transformation, with sponsors breathing new life into its historic theatre district to attract both old and new generations to the live performance hub.

Chief creatologist Danny Barnycz was engaged to con

UK - From Monday 2 March 2015, the Marquee Group, comprising leading UK installers Marquee AV and Marquee Home, will be relocating to Unit 5 Shepperton Business Park, Govett Avenue, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 8BA. The company's telephone number remains the same, 01784 430404.

"The new premises are just six miles from our current Egham location, so convenient for staff and no disruption in the service to our customers," said Marquee AV MD, Mark Brown. "The building provides well over double space and is located on a modern business park. Energy efficiency has been a high priority in the new lighting and heating systems we have installed throughout the building.

"The new building has also allowed us many opportunities," continued Brown. "These include the construction of offices with custom-built work stations, a well-equipped system build area, se

UK - For the most recent run of Thames TV/SycoTV's popular talent search, The X Factor, XL Video supplied custom video set-ups for several of the guest artist appearances.

Working with One Direction and their creative director, Lee Lodge, XL Video provided 144 Barco MiStrip LED batons which were housed in a custom structure created by design studio, Artisan, as a backdrop for the band's performance of their recent single Steal My Girl. The MiStrips complemented a sea of lasers behind the band, and content for the batons was controlled by two of XL's d3 media servers.

When Take That performed as a three-piece on The X Factor's Sunday night results show, their production director, Chris Vaughan, contacted XL Video to provide projection mapping for a multi-surface stage set which incorporated more than 40 blocks of varying sizes.

For this mapped projection,

USA - AV Concepts has integrated Dante networking into its production and event systems to cost-effectively migrate its audio infrastructure to a networked routing and distribution environment. The transition to Audinate's Dante solution, in combination with AV Concepts' investment in fibre optic systems, enables AV Concepts to set up its networked audio architecture in 30 to 45 minutes, compared to the six-to-eight hours typically spent deploying a legacy audio system.

Delivering quality audio solutions continues to be a key focus for AV Concepts as the company evolves its strategy to effectively deliver cutting-edge creative and technical staging services. The need to deliver more audio channels at higher quality influenced the company to evaluate various media networking solutions available today. Seeking a solution to simplify infrastructure with flexibility to scale for eve

UK - Xerocon London 2015 marked one of the UK's largest gatherings of its kind with over 800 people attending. The two day conference held by leading accountancy software company Xero boasted over 40 exhibitors, nine guest speakers and the launch of Xero's latest product updates.

For Xerocon's second year in the UK, production agency Lipfriend Rodd International Ltd once again engaged Creative Technology (CT). In addition to providing the equipment and crew for the main conference, CT also supplied the three breakout rooms and the gala dinner.

In the main room a super wide screen measuring 42.5m by 3.5m was created using seven flown Panasonic DZ21K projectors. The internal warping and soft edge blending capabilities of these projectors produced one giant seamless image.

As well as displaying presentation graphics, the screen relayed live footage of the speakers captured via

Finland - Genelec has announced the promotion of Sami Mäkinen to the role of business manager - AV install. This key segment of the Genelec business will benefit from Sami's previous experience within the company which has given him a comprehensive knowledge of the Genelec product portfolio across the company's various business segments.

Sami joined Genelec in 2007 as domestic sales manager (Finland) and later moved to international sales manager, home audio. His new role will see him use his many years' experience in the company to develop existing customer relationships within the AV market and explore new opportunities. Sami will also be responsible for co-ordinating sales and marketing activities for the AV Install business segment.

"I'm taking up this role at an exciting time," says Sami. "The AV Install business is booming as is demonstrated by the hu

UK - XL Video supplied projection, LED screens and a camera / PPU package to the Paolo Nutini UK arena tour which completed a busy year of touring and live performances from the artist following the release of his album Caustic Love.

The show design was originated by a creative team comprising tour director James Monkman, lighting designer Jason Hyne and video producer and co-ordinator Tom Wexler. XL Video's project manager was Paul "Macca" McCauley and their crew chief on the road was Stuart Heaney. Production manager for the tour was Tony Gittins.

There were three distinctive video surface elements which brought a real sense of depth and dimension to the stage - gauzes, which were projected onto a medium resolution LED screen surface and low res LED battens.

A classic widescreen look was the dominant aesthetic for the singer / musician - known for his raw,

Korea - The AmorePacific Beautiful Life Centre in Osan, Korea, has reinvented the factory tour and brand centre with the award-winning Story Garden, an interactive multisensory and multimedia experience, involving sight, sound and touch. BRC Imagination Arts hired Electrosonic to do the initial audio-visual design and provide AV support for the Story Garden on the cosmetic company's expansive campus.

Story Garden will receive a Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement at a black-tie gala on 21 March 2015, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. The Thea Awards honours creative excellence in theme parks, museums and other attractions.

AmorePacific was founded in 1945 in the kitchen of the founder's mother, and has grown to become a global corporation with 30 cosmetics, personal care and health care brands. In 10 scenes on three level

Australia - TDC - Technical Direction Company enabled graffiti artists to express their artworks using technology in a true world first as part of this year's White Night Melbourne, one of Australia's most celebrated cultural events, which took place on Saturday, 21 February 2015.

TDC provided the technology and expertise behind a world first graffiti-mapping artwork projected onto the largest mural in Melbourne - spanning five stories high and 70m long. This groundbreaking piece of street art was one of the highlights of White Night Melbourne 2015, a 12-hour nocturnal extravaganza running from 7pm to 7am, inspired by Paris' Nuit Blanche and the international network of White Night programmes around the world.

"With a stunning and expanded event landscape, White Night Melbourne 2015 offered a great mix of free and ticketed entertainment over 12 hours, featuring local, nat

USA - Upstaging Inc has announced the introduction of the new Saber LED series. The Saber is a 10mm, double-row, IP65-rated Video LED strip, designed for creative effects in any indoor or outdoor environment. The Saber is built by About Show.

Made with aluminium alloy and advanced LED technology, the versatile nature of the Saber allows it to fit into any design. The Saber is made with a 10.4mm video strip with two rows of SMD 3in1 LEDs attached. It is available in three sizes, 1000mm, 500mm and 250mm in length. The total fixture is lightweight and less than 1" (2.5cm) wide with a depth of just under 3" (7.6cm) without clamps.

The 1000mm section weighs only 2.65lb (1.2kg), with a three-sided mounting track that allows for various mounting options. Saber was designed to mount seamlessly end-to-end but can also be stacked and maintain its 10mm pixel pitch. The optional

Germany - Steinberg Media Technologies has released VST Connect Pro 3, the advanced remote recording plug-in for online collaborations under Cubase Pro 8, Nuendo 6.5 and Cubase 7.5 digital audio workstations.

VST Connect Pro allows producers and performers to collaborate together regardless of location. Multi-track recordings can be streamed directly to the workstation in premium quality, revolutionizing the way musicians and producers interact over the Internet.

The third version of VST Connect Pro comes in a new look, making it more intuitive to use, while its single-click setup facilitates the implementation and configuration of the plug-in. The video window can now be detached from the main user interface, allowing users to position the window to their whim. FX inserts have been introduced in VST Connect Performer, which will be welcomed by the performer who can now enhanc

UK - Green Hippo has always placed a great importance on creating good relationships with its clients and supports them with their needs when designing, programming or operating shows.

To catch up with a long-standing client and friend, Green Hippo's Mercedes Stevao-Boase and Stefanie Mueller made their way to Elstree Studios at the end of January 2015.

The latest Celebrity Big Brother season had reached its halfway point and the pair went to meet up with loyal HippoExpert Russ Grubiak.

Russ is a Lighting and video programmer specialising in TV and he has been involved in a long list of TV shows over the years.

With the recent release of the brand new Hippotizer V4 product range, Russ was one of the first UK programmers in the industry to get his hands on two pristine Hippotizer V4 Karst units.

Currently his equipment includes three Hippotizer V3 GrassHoppers and

Spain - XL Video supplied a substantial projection system and control together with HD cameras / PPU, HD LED screen, several hundred monitors, networking and fibre infrastructure plus audio systems for two high profile Microsoft events staged back-to-back at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via convention centre in Barcelona, Spain.

TechEd is Microsoft's premier event for IT professionals and enterprise developers, and this was followed immediately by Convergence, the Microsoft community's chance to network with other users, share and expand their experience and realise their potential.

XL's team was led by project manager Nick Askew assisted by Chris Ellis and Dick Crabbe and they were working for live event consultancy Nteractive headed up by technical director Matt Brownfield, technical consultant Andrew Vass and acclaimed sound designer Colin Pink.

The Nteractive team paid clo

USA - Agricultural technology manufacturer and educator Precision Planting updated the user experience for their Planter Technology Institute, a mobile educational and promotional 53ft trailer that travels to growers nationwide, with the high definition PixelFLEX LED FLEXTiles.

After utilizing high-maintenance short throw projectors and televisions, Precision Planting engaged AV partner AVSC to improve the visual impact of the mobile display. PixelFLEX was chosen to create a dynamic and mobile visual environment.

"We thought this would be the best solution for our trailer moving forward, because we had seen it in action, we had seen the clarity and the definition, and we felt like it would be the best bang for our buck," said Precision Planting marketing manager Sean Arians.

The lightweight LED tiles save time and money in conjunction with the video trailer's full

UK - Continuing their work on a number of recent high profile productions at the National Theatre London, UK, XL Video is supplying digital LED scenery for Man and Superman at the National's Lyttelton Theatre.

The highly-acclaimed production of George Bernard Shaw's play, which stars BAFTA award-winner Ralph Fiennes in the lead role of Jack Tanner, is directed by Simon Godwin, with a video design by Luke Halls.

The production uses over 1800 modules of XL Video's Barco MiTrix LED to form digital scenery - upstage and for both side walls of the set.

The semi-transparent MiTrix LED is masked with a linear plastic which diffuses the light and enables the screens to be used for a diverse range of scenic elements throughout the show - including solid colours for interior walls, to reflect the colours of heaven and hell and to create blue skies and natural landscapes for the

UAE - Peerless-AV has opened a new warehouse location in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone (JAFZA), Dubai, to improve response times to customers throughout the Middle East, Africa and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

"This is another strategic step in Peerless-AV's growth plan for EMEA. We are seeing rising demand for our mounts and Emerging Technology solutions from the region and the time is right for us to invest in high quality and efficient local support for customers in the region," said Adam Dent, director of international sales, Peerless-AV Europe.

The Jebel Ali location was chosen for its reputation as the pre-eminent logistics hub for the region and beyond. The warehouse will be managed by DTK, who have a 20 year history in servicing the technology market across the region. Shared with other vendors, the facility already has a wide range of Peerless-A

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