UK - Specialists in the hire of giant video screen technology for events, broadcast, TV and entertainment industries, Cheshire, UK-based Euroscreens Ltd has taken delivery of Calibre LEDView530 Universal rental, staging and events switcher-scalers for its complete turnkey production solutions.

The LEDView530 performs screen processing for high-profile projects that Euroscreens works on. As an all-in-one solution, the LEDView530 has optimal operating modes and can be used on either LED video walls, projection or for scan conversion.

Euroscreens has deployed LEDView530 in a number of different scenarios, from edge-blending of projectors at corporate conferences to LED screen processing for live broadcast events.

Most recently the LEDView530's were used to process LED screen content for Matchroom Sports Boxing, shown live on Sky Sports HD. For this event 4 LED screens that were

UK - West Midlands based technical production and solutions specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) has made its first purchases in a major new round of investment in Panasonic laser projectors.

A fleet of 24 new projectors will comprise 12 each of two models, the PT-RZ670 single chip 6500 lumen and the PT-RZ 12K 3-chip 12000 lumen machines.

"The idea is to replace the older stock of conventional bulb-lightsource Panasonic projectors completely," explains CPL MD Matthew Boyse.

"We need to keep constantly moving with the technology alongside offering our clients the best and most appropriate options for all of their projects" continues Max, highlighting the fact that the new machines also draw less power and are essentially more eco-friendly.

As most events are now under pressure to prove - and improve - their carbon footprints, this is set to become

UK - South London-based technical production and design specialist Presentation Rentals has re-branded as 'PR Live' to reflect the dynamic nature of its business and the current scope of the company's activities.

The company was launched in 1997 by MD Ian Coull as an AV equipment rental company - initially supplying small projectors, screens and PowerPoint presentation kits.

It's now grown into a highly successful full high-end technical production supplier offering the latest audio, lighting and video hardware and technology, plus a comprehensive range of associated services including complete show and event design, video content creation, graphics, artwork and set design / building. In short, everything to cover all aspects of any types of live event or brand activation, together with a full logistics department and transport fleet.

"Live - and larger scale - producti

Austria - When experiential event production agency, Media Apparat took on the technical aspects of Pioneers Festival in June 2015, the unique multimedia control and display capabilities of AV Stumpfl Wings Engine Stage and Fullwhite screens were used to their full capability.

"The prestigious annual festival at Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria brought together the smartest start-ups, corporate, media and investors in one place, eager to support the next big thing," says Andreas Göltl, managing director at Media Apparat. "The event happens every year and our task was to make Pioneers Festival a stunning event experience to remember. It's the type of event that gets a lot of business interest and press internationally and is broadcast live to an international audience of 100,000."

At Pioneers Festival, video content covered the entire main stage a

UK - Long days in the sun and surf, long nights lost in music. That's the promise of Boardmaster, Europe's leading celebration of all that is surfing. Grown from small beginnings in 1981, Boardmasters has become the epitome of boutique festival going, an event packed day and night with a feast for all the senses; not least visuals. "We're doing something quite different at the Unleashed stage in the Big Top this year", said Rhodri Shaw of Video Design. "That's as well as provide the big IMAG screens for the main stage."

Shaw, as project manager for Video Design, has been instrumental in driving the development of LED at Boardmasters and it's not as straight forward as it sounds. "The Unleashed stage is a saturation situation with pumping music from the likes of Groove Armada and Roni Size. The designers asked that we provide great arches skinned with LED

The Netherlands - The 'Groots met een zachte G' show from the artist Guus Meeuwis, a huge celebrity in the Netherlands, is the biggest concert of a solo artist in the country. The event takes place every year at the Philips Stadium, Eindhoven. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event this year, the artist performed five concerts in the stadium. Each concert was sold out with 35,000 attendees per show, with the last one broadcasted live on Dutch televisions for the first time.

The video setup was extremely challenging to provide an unparalleled visual experience for this high-end concert. Faber AV, a leading company in the rental market of LED screens and audio-visual productions, supplied all the video equipment for the concerts. Two weeks of installation were required to produce the demanding setup.

For the stage, Faber AV supplied a massive LED screen of 700sqm (7680x2

Sweden - Mats Karlsson, an industry veteran with a string of successful products and positions with several major companies, has started Intendor - a product innovation consultancy.

"My mission is to help companies get ahead of their competition by helping them create useful, innovative, and differentiated products. Anyone who has visited a trade show in recent years can testify to the fact that you have to look long and hard to find something really new. As the competition heats up and product life cycles gets shorter, companies are becoming painfully aware of the need to innovate in order to stay competitive and profitable. But only a few know how to do it, Karlsson shares."

"After bringing successful products to life at several leading companies, I am now making my skills and experiences available to those who wants to succeed using true competitive advantage

UK / USA - To support the introduction of the world's fastest HQUltra switching scaling technology and its rapid growth, Calibre has appointed George Koumis as technical business development manager with focus on Calibre's OEM business and sales channels in the Americas.

Koumis is based out of Sacramento, California, USA and will focus on building OEM relationships. Koumis started his professional career in design engineering of video scan convertor boards at General Electric. He also has 20 years' experience working for Barco in business development, design engineering and product management for image processing technology including at Folsom.

Koumis enthuses: "I am excited to join Calibre due to the new breakthrough HQUltra fast switching technology. I'm looking forward to securing new relationships with OEM partners and to develop the business."

Tim Brooksbank,

UK - ArKaos PRO, pioneers in interactive video technologies, invite you to attend a unique event taking place this September in London, at the home of its UK distributor, White Light, on Tuesday 15 September.

During a full day of presentations and through ongoing displays, ArKaos PRO will demonstrate the latest version of its MediaMaster software, which has consistently remained at the forefront of the industry's creative projection and LED applications, the company says.

MediaMaster 4.2 now adds an integrated Cue Player for reliable, accurate playback of visual sequences, and 4K support, which enables three layers of 4K video to be played on servers with a Core i7 processor. With the help of the ArKaos PRO's technical staff present on site, learn how to quickly achieve complex projections and find out how to trigger your show from a lighting desk or how to build a quick cue s

UAE - Dubai-based production supplier Protec supplied HQ Creative with lighting, video and rigging for the opening ceremony of the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament 2015, held at NAS Sports Complex on 21 June.

The event was created using two d3 4X4 Pro servers which created the mask, blend and warp for the custom made screens as well as integrating the use of primarily Clay Paky lighting fixtures which included 24 Clay Paky Mythos and 14 Clay Paky K10 B-eye, working together alongside eight Sharpys, seven Sharpy Wash 330s and eight Super Sharpys.

The venue had to function as a sports arena post show, so the design had to take this into account, staying out of the way of overhead house lighting as not to form shadows for the TV sports broadcast and not interfere with the games being played below. The rig needed to be light weight but still pack a punch for such a dynamic and fast

Germany - Absen has announced that it reached a milestone of 5,000 X5 LED panels sold worldwide, less than six months after its first release at ISE2015.

"We are thrilled about the rapid global adoption of the X5 by the rental staging industry," commented Bluesking Zhao, global marketing and product promotion manager at Absen. "Despite a challenging economic climate in China, sales of X5 further boosted our performance this year, and the next six months look very promising."

Asia Pacific and Europe were two prominent regions to adopt the cable-less 4K LED solution which is equally suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. While the biggest sale was made in Malaysia with a staggering 500m², the 5.2mm pixel pitch panel was welcomed to much acclaim in many European countries including Germany, France, Spain, Ireland and Luxembourg.

With 560 cabinets sol

UK - PSCo, the trade only AV distributor and rental specialist, is showcasing the latest innovations from its leading manufacturer partners at PLASA London 2015. Visitors will be able to view PSCo's must-see 3-2-1mm LED line-up of Absen products on its 70m² stand, alongside innovative LCD displays including the new Samsung High Bright and video wall displays, and the stunning new Samsung 105" display - the largest professional display available in the world.

"Following the success of last year's PLASA, we are excited to be showcasing so many new technologies from our rental and sales portfolio for system integrators and live events partners," says Stuart Holmes, managing director of PSCo. "We will have new technologies across multiple platforms, including our new LED display technology, our Ultra Large Format displays, as well as our Video Walls.

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Austria / UK - The high-performance AV Stumpfl SC Master from Austria's AV Stumpfl acts as a central control system inside 4D theatres delivered to clients worldwide by Simworx.

"We are using SC Master to control show effects and ride functions such as seat drops, air blasts, water blasts and special effects, many of which run simultaneously and involve live audience interaction. SC Master runs independently of the system, so doesn't rely on software. It is purely engineered, bullet proof in design, and is robust," explains Andy Bates, project delivery manager at Simworx.

Simworx deployed SC Master Controller at Angry Birds The 4D Experience, the centrepiece of a new, 4,000sq.m Angry Birds Zone at Thorpe Park, UK. Owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, the experience captures the fun of and humour of one of the world's most iconic games. The family frien

USA - Production Resource Group (PRG), the world's leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced it will extend its branding in Germany and the UK to integrate the brand of the recently acquired XL Video Group. The integrated companies will be known as PRG XL Video for a transition period while the operations are being merged.

PRG will continue to use its brand name in all other countries across Europe and North America. XL Video teams in those territories will be immediately transitioned into the PRG family.

"Part of our decision to acquire XL Video was the premier value of its brand in many of our markets," said Jeremiah J. Harris, PRG's Chairman and CEO. "We recognize that the XL Video name and logo are synonymous with outstanding quality, customer service, and technical expertise in some of our territories, equal to that o

UK - Elation Professional's new Emotion moving head digital luminaire will have its European debut October 4-6 at the PLASA show in London where a number of other top innovations will also be on display at Elation Stand A40, including the world premiere of the newest Satura Series luminaire, the Satura Profile.

The Emotion attracted a lot of attention at the InfoComm show in North America in June with its next generation technology and accessible price tag and now it's European lighting professionals' turn to get a closer look at the compact yet powerful moving head digital luminaire. Another highlight will be the first showing worldwide of the Satura Profile, a powerful new LED-based color-changing moving head with 440W LED engine, framing system, zoom and more.

Also showing at the ExCel exhibition centre will be Elation's powerful Platinum FLX hybrid moving head, a multi-fun

UK - Arcadia's giant fire-breathing spider landed in the Queen's Square in Bristol and unleashed the new Metamorphosis show - compete with three mini-spiders, Lords of Lightening, an eye-popping mixed-media and visual extravaganza with high energy performer and DJ line up for two nights - enjoyed by over 20,000 people.

Working closely with Arcadia's technical production manager Tim Smith, Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) supplied projection equipment and crew.

The CPL team was led by Richard Burrow, who commented, "We are all passionate about our part in bringing the Arcadia concept to life, and it was hugely exciting and challenging to work in a completely different environment from a green-field site."

The juxtaposition of the 50 tonne spider, created from recycled industrial waste and the brainchild of Pip Rush and Bert Cole, and the historical - much of i

UK - With just under a month to go until PLASA Show 2015, pre-registrations are up 10% compared to 2013 and 2014, making this year's show already the most successful since the move to ExCeL in London's Docklands.

Featuring over 300 brands, with many showing new products and services, a major new initiative for this year sees PLASA Show adopting the successful 'Focus' model of a sector-specific, zoned layout, which will facilitate easier networking and make navigation around the show much easier than in previous years.

By the beginning of September, pre-registration data for PLASA Show 2015 was tracking at 10% up year on year over the past two shows, with 62% of those registered being either final decision makers or equipment specifiers. In addition visitors from 94 countries have pre-registered, against those from 74 countries who attended in 2014.

"When PLASA Show move

Oman - Nicolas Kyvernitis Electronics Enterprises (NMK) is bringing back the series of one day seminars across the region called NMK Roadshow. Based on the last year's high turnout for the event and positive feedback from the attendees, NMK is once again ready to deliver quality content to AV professionals whose schedules are too busy to travel to Dubai.

The attendees have an option to attend either morning session starting at 9am or afternoon session starting at 3pm. The seminars are designed for professionals from the AV industry including individuals from installation companies, live sound rental firms and broadcast integrators, but also entry level individuals who are eager to learn from the pros. Those who are interested can register for the seminar via the distributor's website. The seminars are free of charge.

The topics to be discussed this year: Neutrik: Transferring

UK - At Technology Exposed 2015 (Stand 64), Peerless-AV will be exhibiting a range of innovative AV mounts and solutions, packed with installer-friendly features that reduce installation time and improve serviceability. Highlights will include the latest design upgrades to Peerless-AV's best-selling line of Full-Service Video Wall Mounts and Flat Panel Wall Mounts, as well as the recently launched SMART kapp Trolley and Video Conference Trolleys.

"This year we wanted to focus on the installer experience, demonstrating new product designs that simplify and accelerate the installation process without compromising on quality or performance," said Ian Abernethy, director of sales, Peerless-AV UK.

Visitors to the Peerless-AV stand will see how they could make a difference to their business with time saving product innovations. These include SmartMount and Paramount Flat P

UAE - Protec supplied its client HQ Creative with lighting, video and rigging for the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament 2015 Opening Ceremony in June 2015. Protec used the BlackTrax real time motion tracking solution to track extreme stunt performers, spot lighting them and stage sets.

"We needed the show, to look good for the live audience, as well as on television," explained Aaron Russ, lighting designer at Protec.

The opening ceremony used a riot of colour and light to depict the central theme of urging youth towards core sporting principles of determination, perseverance, stamina and the will to achieve. This was explained through a narrative and skit that was inter-woven in a film that depicting the history and culture of the UAE. Held at the NAS Sports Complex, the high-profile event was attended by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prin

USA - PixelFLEX reports that the FLEXCurtain HD has received a 2015 Parnelli Award nomination for Indispensable Video Technology. The winners of the Parnelli Awards will be announced on 24 October 2015, at the awards ceremony taking place as part of the LDI Tradeshow and Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"This is our second year in a row to be nominated for a Parnelli Award and we couldn't be more excited," said David Venus, PixelFLEX Director of Marketing. "Last year, our FLEXCurve LED Video Screen won the Parnelli Award, and this year we are hoping for the same outcome for the FLEXCurtain HD."

The FLEXCurtain HD is a lightweight and flexible LED video screen designed for high resolution video playback and video effects for indoor and outdoor applications. Its hi-res LED video can be driven by any DVI output, and the multi-directional, flexible design of th

UK - This week, ArKaos PRO presented a dynamic, interactive demonstration day at White Light's new training centre, Studio15, where it showcased its MediaMaster PRO software and range of media servers.

Entitled Learn to Video Map Like a PRO! attendees of all levels of experience learnt how easy it is to achieve complex projections quickly, trigger shows from a lighting desk and build a quick cue sequence using ArKaos MediaMaster PRO.

"The purpose of today's presentations was to show people how easy it is to use ArKaos MediaMaster on their events," says WL's technical solutions director, Andy Hook. "MediaMaster PRO is the fastest system out there and even a first time user can be mapping and running shows in a very short time. The same software and servers can be used for television studios, theatres, production companies or schools - it is so versatile an

UK - The Rugby World Cup 2015 kicked off this weekend with 13 of the UK's most impressive stadiums all meeting international event standards n selected as match venues. Almost half of those exercised integrated LED video display systems designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics.

Twickenham Stadium, the Home of England Rugby, features four Daktronics LED video displays. Two large displays measuring 167sq.m and featuring a 13HD pixel layout are supported by a further two 8.82sq.m displays with 10mm line spaced SMD LEDs. The screens can display one large image to highlight live video and instant replay, or divided into multiple sections for a variety of statistics, game information, graphics, animations and sponsor advertising.

The other match venues in London are, Wembley Stadium and The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. These also deploy impressive visual solution

UK - An exciting, fast-paced video mapping competition with three prizes of ArKaos MediaMaster PRO licences at stake will be thrilling visitors on the ArKaos PRO stand (C30) at PLASA London 2015.

Each day, ArKaos PRO will challenge visitors to try out their video mapping skills. Competitors will be required to map video content over a complex set of shapes on the stand and their performance set against the clock. Each day, the fastest video mapper of the day will be awarded a full MediaMaster PRO licence, including the new Cue Player feature, worth €2,000.

"We are looking forward to the look of surprise on people's faces when they realise how quick and easy it is to program complex video mapping scenarios using MediaMaster PRO," says ArKaos MD, Agnes Wojewoda.

(Jim Evans)

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