Video and AV News

powersoftWhite Light picks Powersoft T Series
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

UK - Technical services provider White Light (WL) has taken delivery of a number of Powersoft’s T Series amplifier platforms from the company’s UK distributor, CUK Audio.
The purchase, which took place between July and October of last year, included 31 T604s and three T602s, and was made after the company had a chance to get some hands-on time with the products at WL’s warehouse.
WL’s senior audio technical project manager, Harry Saxton McCann, says: “CUK’s product demos were brilliant, and the training was ideal to bring our freelance and full-time staff up to date with Powersoft’s latest offerings. A lot of the engineers have commented on how clean the PA sounds when being driven by Powersoft amplifier platforms, and the ability to keep everything digital over Dante and AES has been very beneficial.”
Available in both 4-channel and 2-channel versions, the T Series is designed to deliver cost-effective, high-quality performance loudspeaker processing. Both versions of the amplifier platform support channel powers from 750 W to 3,000 W.
In addition to analogue, the T Series includes AES3 and Dante by Audinate inputs, which are optimised for daisy-chained distribution of 2-channel audio to multiple amplifiers with no need for external switches or splitters. The T Series also allows remote control and advanced signal processing abilities through Powersoft's ArmoníaPlus, plus onboard DSP.
“It’s the all about the amount of flexibility the T series offers,” McCann explains. “The power output on offer in such a small

mezzostackPowersoft ramps up training initiatives
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Europe - In order to keep up with the demand for more e-training courses, Powersoft, the Italian manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, has ramped up its capacity to deliver online training courses worldwide, with over 30 new sessions covering various subjects directly of interest to Powersoft customers and users.
Each course will last for one hour and will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Italian by experienced trainers and application engineers from Powersoft.
This week, Powersoft will offer insight on its new Mezzo amplifier range. During the sessions, attendees will learn about auto setup, power sharing, and remote control, as well as a number of other ground breaking features offered by the new half rack amplifier platform.
Next week’s sessions (beginning 6 April) will focus on ArmoníaPlus 1.4 and explain how to set up and programme a basic audio system with groups, monitoring, and remote control.
On 14 and 16 April, in the session entitled Powersoft products network connections and Dante/AES67 integration, trainees will learn how Dante and AES 67 protocols are integrated into Powersoft amplifiers and how they can be connected to networked environments using the set up and management tools.
Finally, on 21 and 23 April, Powersoft trainers will provide insight on ArmoníaPlus’s latest feature: Health Plus, system monitoring and remote control using third party control plug ins, including Powersoft ‘live impedance monitoring’ and cloud-based remote monitoring of all vital functions of a system. Informati

 
 
philippe-poppeAbsen Hires business manager for Benelux
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Europe - LED display manufacturer, Absen, has hired Philippe Poppe as its new business development manager for the Benelux region.
Poppe has a strong background in the corporate AV market, having worked at Harman, AMX, and Crestron among others, and will primarily be tasked with helping Absen to build its fixed installation business in the area. In addition, he will work closely with Absen’s local distributors and system integrators (VADs/VAPs) and help develop the company’s regional channel strategy.
Poppe started at Crestron in 2007 and was focussed on the Benelux region as a technical sales manager, before moving away from the tech side of things to work as a sales manager. In 2011, Poppe moved to AMX, which was, in turn, acquired by Harman in 2013.
“At Harman in 2018 I worked internationally in the EMEA region, specialising in the corporate, education, and government verticals,” explains Poppe. “Despite this relatively narrow focus, Harman’s vast distribution network and presence in the rental market taught me a great deal in terms of end user engagement and business development.”
In his new role at Absen, Poppe will use his in-depth knowledge of the Benelux region to effectively manage day-to-day activities with local distributor Van Domburg Partners, as well as building strong relationships with key resellers in the region; particularly those in the retail and corporate sectors.
“The Benelux market sees a lot of investment, given its relatively small geographical size,” Poppe says. “It is a very dense market,

 
cs-700zoommeetingimage0001Zoom certifies Yamaha Video Sound Bar
Monday, 30 March 2020

Europe - Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms.
The all-in-one video conferencing system passed Zoom's extensive testing process for the audio system, camera and USB interface to ensure it seamlessly integrates with the video conferencing software. The certification verifies that the CS-700 is interoperable with Zoom, making it even easier for users to connect and control the Video Sound Bar while benefitting from the highest quality audio and video.
Designed for huddle rooms, the CS-700 video sound collaboration system delivers the highest quality audio, video and collaboration capabilities in a simple, smart wall-mounted unit that is easy to install and deploy. It features an adaptive beam-forming microphone array, four Yamaha speaker elements and a wide-angle HD camera.
Users can quickly link to any UC platform, including Zoom, via a single USB connection, eliminating the frustrations and inefficiencies of operating disparate video, audio and collaboration components. With Zoom certification, the software automatically detects the CS-700, enabling mute sync and optimizing the audio in the Zoom cloud. The CS-700's integrated network management system allows IT staff to deploy and remotely manage each unit from a single location, increasing service response and efficiency.
“With Yamaha’s exceptional AV technology and expertise, the CS-700 will help us to transform any huddle space or meeting room into a modern, easy-to-use and power

 
 
dwr-lockdownDWR maintains online learning opportunities
Monday, 30 March 2020

South Africa - With the country in lockdown due to coronavirus, DWR Distribution’s staff remain available during office hours, while the company is offering a range of online learning opportunities.
“We have entered into completely uncharted territory as individuals as a country and as citizens of a global community,” says the latest update from DWR.
“The South African government has taken up the call to become a part the most ambitious and courageous global effort to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus that is causing Covid-19, placing the lives of its citizens before commerce and profit. We at DWR Distribution stand behind our government and our world leaders and pledge our support to stem the threat posed Covid-19 by staying at home.
“However, staying in our homes does not mean that we have closed our doors. We have simply installed a virtual door to our offices in the homes of the DWR team for the next 21 days. Our sales staff are available during regular office hours should you have any questions, ideas or would simply like to chat.
“We have a bumper-packed range of online learning opportunities available through our various suppliers. We hope that you make use of this opportunity to explore new skills or brush up on some old ones. Please visit our Facebook page or email Jannie at Jannie@dwrdistribution.co.za to find out more.
“It is a time of terrible uncertainty and fear for everyone. We are afraid for our lives, for the lives of our loved ones, and for our livelihoods. While this lockdown is a terrifying pro

 
wyrestormWyrestorm: fully operational, with exceptions
Monday, 30 March 2020

USA/Europe - Manufacturer of 4K and full HD AV signal distribution and control solutions, WyreStorm reports that it is monitoring daily all situations related to Covid-19 that may impact its business, following CDC guidelines and making sure that safety precautions are being taken.
“As an essential business, our warehouse is fully operational and making shipments daily, including in areas that have mandated shutdowns. We have not seen any major concerns in terms of our inventory and will continue to monitor this in the days and weeks to come,” says the company.
“At this time, we are functioning as normal, with some exceptions: Our sales team will not be making in-person customer visits for the time being, but they are always available by phone and email to answer any and all questions.
“We are continuing our work from home plan that was announced on Tuesday, 17 March. This is in effect for our office-based employees, excluding warehouse staff.
“We are encouraging everyone to order online. If you do not have a login to access your account online, or if you do not have an online account, request one here. We will work to get you up and running as fast as possible. We will continue to reach out periodically with any updates. Be sure to keep up with us on our social media platforms - such as LinkedIn and Twitter. In the event you may have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your regional sales associate, or contact info@wyrestorm.com.”

 
 
mtnmodularhospitalClair Global establishes relief centres initiative
Monday, 30 March 2020

USA - Clair Global is refocussing efforts to help communities and government officials by providing IT, networking and communications services for temporary disaster relief structures made necessary by the coronavirus outbreak.
With more than 50 years in the live event industry, Clair already works alongside emergency service agencies to provide network connectivity and emergency communications for the events they support.
The company is now partnering with Mountain Productions, Inc. to integrate Clair’s turnkey solutions and custom designs into Mountain’s large-scale temporary hospitals and disaster relief centres.
“When we launched the MTN Emergency Services platform, Clair Global immediately heeded the call, and we are proud to be working with their world-class organization and unique solutions to address this global crisis,” says Ricky Rose, CEO at Mountain Productions. “The combined efforts of the companies help to ensure emergency personnel can continue uninterrupted operations while working in temporary or improvised locations. Clair’s services include LAN/Wi-Fi-based connectivity, pre-built mobile office setups, network security and monitoring, and push-to-talk mobile voice communication.
“We are thrilled to be able to integrate our expertise into a resource that enables those who are working on the front lines to combat this pandemic,” says Matt Clair, CIO at Clair Global.

 
cpl-at-the-disco-photo-by-ben-daure-march-2020-17CPL delivers large disco themed webcast
Friday, 27 March 2020

UK - Technical production specialist CPL was poised to deliver an elaborate show environment to event organisers Pandora Events for a motivational event and sales conference occupying Hall 4 of the NEC Birmingham, UK, complete with in-the-round staging, live band, dancers and roller-skating artists and high-level presenters - for 2,500 guests, when, during the dress rehearsals, Covid-19 intervened.
The latest UK government advice - at that time, 10 days before the national lockdown came into force on 23 March - was announced, and organisers took the unanimous decision to stop guests journeying from all over the UK to be there.
Instead, with under 24 hours’ notice, the event was transformed into a four-hour webcast.
The band still played, the dancers and the skaters performed. All the routines were pre-recorded by CPL’s video / camera crew and inserted into the webcast - keeping the good energy flowing across the ether.
The most successful delegates were recognised for their achievements and sales and the new season’s products revealed, all in a near surreal setting for CPL’s project manager Mike Radford and their up to 70 crew (during peak times) who were working on the event’s combined technical aspects.
This included locals from Crewsaders who were “nothing short of amazing” stated Mike.
The get-in had originally commenced on the Wednesday for the Saturday showday. The design theme - initiated by producers Vanessa & Andrew Carter from Pandora Events was “Disco in a Starlight Express vibe”.
The stage w

 
 
robe-mgg-vehicle-fleet-outside-their-warehouseMGG hits the road in South Africa
Friday, 27 March 2020

South Africa - The technical production industry is known worldwide for its resourcefulness and determination, and the coronavirus pandemic is energising some intrepid ideas to help keep businesses rolling and communities safe and functional during the crisis.
With all conferences and live entertainment work cancelled or postponed, South African rental company MGG based in Johannesburg was looking at their 32 idle vehicles - ranging from 45ft artics to small run-around vans - when owner and MD Mark Gaylard came up with the idea of offering the fleet for moving essential medical and other supplies during the crisis.
Mark composed a quick Facebook post about the transport fleet which went on his own personal page and before long it had nearly 400 shares and people started talking and calling.
The initial inquiries have started to become a steady trickle of work, all of which is helping keep MGG’s six full time plus their regular freelance drivers busy.
They have had calls to move anything from eggs and other foodstuffs and agricultural produce to steel and building materials. All important medical supplies like hand-sanitising products have been trucked from the docks in Durban, KZN, up to the commercial hub of Johannesburg.
“I quickly realised that the general transport and freight business is radically different from moving and delivering goods and trucking services in our core entertainment industry world,” comments Mark. “It’s highly competitive and a lot of the work gets outsourced to those who don’t own their own vehicl

 
g901-0320VNS announces GeoBox G901 processor
Thursday, 26 March 2020

USA - VNS Inc has introduced a 10-bit HDR-10-ready processor solution designed for large display installations. The GeoBox G901 processes 4K, 60Hz inputs/outputs for LCD or LED video walls, or projection edge-blending systems.
The G901 video processor places and controls secondary PIP or POP imagery (any digital input source in any format) onto projection-blended or video wall installations, without the need for a separate PC. It can switch video sources, convert formats, scale up and down in 10-bits, precisely crop and flip/rotate images, and supports non-VESA standard input timings and editable output timing.
The G901 boasts five inputs (three HDMI 2.0b and two DisplayPort 1.4) with switcher functionality outputted via one HDMI 2.0, and allows switchable dual-source content selection (maximum two images displayed at a time) with flexible, programmable output resolution. Maximum input is 4096 x 2400 at 60Hz or 7680 x 2160 at 30Hz via HDMI, and 7680 x 4320 at 30Hz via DisplayPort. With progressive RGB 10-bit 4:4:4 chroma sampling, the G901 supports 8, 10 and 12-bit deep colour, as well as BT.2020 HDR10 signal processing; refresh rates of 24-120Hz, with 3D motion adaptive de-interlacing; low angle smooth algorithm; and 3:2/2:2 film mode cadence.
Thanks to its powerful PIP/POP functionality, PIP (sub) images can be placed in any location and in any size on the video wall or projection-blended installation, with POP images able to be placed side-by-side or top-to-bottom. Main and secondary images can be rotated, flipped and swapped around independent

 
 
gdtf-workflow2SP3 for Vectorworks 2020 released
Thursday, 26 March 2020

USA - Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks has released Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3 (SP3) with quality and performance improvements as the central theme of this update. As part of the SP3 release, Vectorworks is introducing additional partner integrations with Enscape and NBS Chorus, as well as providing key updates for users of its BIM, landscape and entertainment design product line.
“Our release of the Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3 is the perfect example of our focus and drive to improve software quality and performance and to further enable Vectorworks to be a design hub for many workflows,” said Steve Johnson, vice president of product development at Vectorworks. “By continuing to develop connections to the latest technologies and partner solutions, we’re delivering a design ecosystem that is helping designers around the world to ideate, discover and realize their design visions.”
With Vectorworks Spotlight 2020 SP3, lighting devices and their schematic views have been re-engineered, improving overall file open time and performance. Specifically, issues with Schematic Views related to project sharing, the display of 2D label legends and how views are updated with model changes have been implemented, which will provide users with significant speed gains
Additionally, quality fixes have been made to optimise snapping and attaching loads to rigging objects in 3D, as well as to improve the graphic generation of lighting fixtures when using Duplicate, Mirror, Rotate and Move by Points commands.
“We’ve heard

 
nye-rel-4TDC has designs on Sydney Harbour Bridge
Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Australia - For New Year’s Eve, TDC was commissioned to design, deliver, install and operate a projection spectacular, with a focus on the sandstone pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
“It wasn’t just the projection,” says TDC’s Steve Cain, who is head engineer and media server specialist. “We designed everything from the content templates for the animations through the 3D models to the control system.”
TDC has worked on the Sydney New Year’s Eve spectacular for a number of years, and Cain was as anxious as the city to put on something bigger and better than ever before. He worked with colleagues Geraldine Shine, director brand strategy and AnthonyPellizzari, technical project manager at TDC from concept to completion.
One area of focus was to deliver even more vibrant colours at even higher levels of brightness. To achieve this, he took the unusual step of specifying two different projectors to leverage the different strengths of each.
“I chose Barco UDX 4K32 projectors for their incredible capability to deliver the primary colours -red, green and blue - with stunning contrast and black levels,” he explains. “Then, I overlay blended them with Barco HDF W26K projectors because they deliver amazing punch and really excel in the secondary colours - cyan, magenta and yellow.”
The result, according to Cain, was a truly stunning, very impressive representation of the whole colour spectrum, delivered from a network of projection towers. “It even kept up with the tonnes of pyrotechnics going off around it,” he adds

 
 
calibreCalibre continues US expansion initiative
Wednesday, 25 March 2020

USA - Calibre has announced that, despite the regrettable but understandable decision to postpone DSE2020, the company is continuing its efforts to expand its distribution channels in both North and South America. At DSE, Calibre had planned to engage with potential channel partners in the Americas whose business would benefit from having access to Calibre’s range of image processing and display solutions.
“We have had considerable success in identifying excellent resellers throughout Europe and Asia - but we are still underrepresented in some of the single biggest markets that exist from New York to Los Angeles, and from Mexico City to Buenos Aires,” comments Willy Tsai, MD of Calibre UK. “There is certainly a growing opportunity in those regions for products like our AiO range as companies renew their focus on safer ways of working remotely, how they can minimize travel, how they can minimize the number of physical meetings that take place and how they can minimize direct person-to-person interaction.”
Calibre’s AiO (All-in-One) family is suitable for a range of remote participation applications including cloud meetings, distance learning and medical display, says the company. The large size and high resolution of the display is perfect for showing even the most minute of detail (such as facial expression) in meetings and consultations - and the availability of a conferencing camera and Cloud Meeting software further enhances their usefulness in a meeting or ‘face to face’ environment.
“The AiO LED display family offers image qua

 
clubbeehive15-smlClub Beehive creates a buzz with Ayrton
Tuesday, 24 March 2020

China - Shanghai, a metropolis with a population of more than 24 million people, has a new venue - Club Beehive. Two Eindhoven-based design companies were behind its design: multidisciplinary design studio, 250K, created the Beehive concept and commissioned The Art of Light to come up with an equally stunning lighting design for this new club venue. The partnership follows a successful first collaboration for Club Myst in Suzhou, west of Shanghai.
In keeping with the Beehive theme, Mees Bouman, 250K’s set designer, developed a concept based around a tornado of hexagon shapes arrayed in a honeycomb design. An organic, tree-shaped centrepiece is sited behind the DJ booth which, in turn, is flanked by curved LED screens.
The honeycomb theme is repeated throughout the entire club interior as well as across the set design and décor. The honeycombs spread up and out above the dance floor, with moving, tilting chandeliers extending the depth and variety in the shape of the room.
As a company, The Art of Light designs, programmes and performs next-level light shows for artists, festivals and corporate events all over the world, and its work for this club is no exception. In between the distinctive hexagons, Marco, The Art of Light’s lighting designer, decided to place a large number of Ayrton Khamsin-S, Bora-S and Mistral-S LED fixtures to add richness and variety to the design. “We chose the Ayrton fixtures because they all have an impressive LED-engine, great colours and a very complete gobo package,” he says.
Marco interspersed a total of

 
 
codeorange1photocreditjustinboydphotoCode Orange live streams album party
Monday, 23 March 2020

USA - Expectations were high when metal band Code Orange announced plans for their Underneath album release party. The excitement level for Sam Jimenez, their new 20-year old lighting designer and production designer was “through the roof”.
Describing himself as an “extreme fan” of the band, Jimenez had sent unsolicited renderings months earlier to Eric ‘Shade’ Balderose, their keyboardist and content creator, offering his design services. Shade in turn shared them with Reba Meyers, the band’s guitarist and production manager.
The dream came true! Jimenez was brought on by the band. Everything was all set, with the album release party slated for  14 March at the Roxian Theatre outside the band’s hometown of Pittsburgh. Then, just like that, everything was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, with one door slammed shut, the Code Orange team opened another, staging a 53-minute opening party show at the empty theatre that was live streamed on Twitch.
Fans may not have been present at the theatre, but head banging energy and excitement were. The place was pulsating with visual energy too, as an array of content created by Shade was flashed on a massive 9ft x 11ft centre stage videowall created with Chauvet Professional F2 panels supplied by Star Design Event Services.
Code Orange, Roadrunner Records, along with long-time friend and noted hardcore videographer Sunny Singh and Jimenez organized the live stream event. Singh directed the livestream which Jimenez recommended the video wall for, with Meyers product

 
celine-dion-tour-engineers-denis-seb-martinThree SSLs for the road for Céline Dion
Monday, 23 March 2020

USA - Céline Dion recently brought the curtain down on her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas after more than 1,100 sold-out performances and embarked on a 12-month tour in support of her Courage album.
Solotech has provided sound, lighting, video and rigging - everything except the stage - for the Courage World Tour, including multiple Solid State Logic Live L550 digital mixing consoles, one at front-of-house and two at monitors.
Denis Savage, who has been Dion’s tour manager and FOH engineer for several decades, began using SSL’s Live series desk at Caesars Palace in 2013. But this tour has provided the opportunity to implement some changes that have further enhanced the performance of all three consoles on the production, he says. “Just before Christmas we switched everything to 96 kHz and the difference was incredible. Everything got lighter and smoother and brighter.”
The production also switched band monitor engineer Martin Paré and Jean-Sébastien Boucher, Dion’s engineer, to L550 consoles at the end of last year. “Everybody in the band was very happy about it,” reports Savage. Boucher has been using an early version of L550 software that enables him to control an analogue SSL Sigma Delta summing mixer to eliminate latency in Dion’s in-ear monitor signal chain. That control functionality is now standard in the recent SSL Live V4.10 release.
Francois ‘Frankie’ Desjardins, systems engineer for Savage and Dion for the past 27 years, is also VP of R&D and technological solutions for S

 
 
sfl-group-team-collageSFL urges industry to ‘stand by your team’
Monday, 23 March 2020

UK - Event production supplier and AV integrator SFL is calling on the entertainment technology and events industries to stand by their teams as the COVID-19 outbreak threatens the liveliehoods of many industry workers.
“Events of every kind have been seriously affected in a very short space of time,” comments the company’s managing director, Tom Jeffery. “As with many organisations, this is a significant part of our business, but we know we have to look to the future. At SFL, we consider our team to be our family - one that we will stand by. We have always run a financially-prudent business and we are grateful to be in a position to be able to weather this storm and put our team’s needs first in such a difficult time.”
As well as looking close to home, SFL is finding ways to support positive expressions of community on a wider basis, as new ways to communicate and support each other are found.
The company is already involved with the UK National Arts Wellbeing Collective which stems from the work of the Arts Centre Melbourne in Australia. Established in April 2019, it links like-minded organisations and individuals around the UK to improve health and wellbeing in the arts, cultural and heritage employment sectors.
“Mental health has always been something we’re acutely aware of as a company, but it’s more important than ever,” says Jeffery. “We were proud to be part of the organisations first conference, and will continue to give our support in whatever form it can take.”
SFL is looking at ways to help its custom

 
g-smatt-p20-bmwG-SMATT moves into mobile with smart panel
Friday, 20 March 2020

UK - G-SMATT has announced the launch of the P20 smart LED glass panel for displaying engaging media content in a high-definition, mobile format.
Known for their innovative media glass that transforms glass facades of any type into a vast, interactive visual media canvas, G-SMATT technology has brought entire buildings to life. With the introduction of the P20, G-SMATT offers a scalable, mobile solution suitable for both interior and exterior use in a variety of formats.
The freestanding P20 units are constructed from best-in-class architectural laminated safety glass that can be used for internal partitions. Offering the best definition yet of any G-SMATT product, the 20mm pitch P20 delivers extremely high light transmittance due to its ability to drive current through transparent laser etching on FTO glass, and still maintains an impressive 99.7% transparency. With top-rated LEDs from Nichia, media content is visible at angles of up to 140 degrees, providing excellent visibility from a wide range of viewpoints.
Available with a freestanding, portable base the P20 is designed for any application requiring an engaging visual display on a smaller scale, such as retail and corporate environments, as well as visitor attractions. Units may be used singly, or arranged together to form a straight wall, square corners, or box shapes. The electronics are neatly concealed in the base unit, making the P20 both mobile and self-sufficient. All that is required is access to a standard power supply. Media content for the P20, and indeed any G-SMATT product, can

 
 
ctfoldinghomeCreative Technology backs scientific research
Friday, 20 March 2020

UK - Creative Technology (CT) UK is home to hundreds of media servers, each with the latest in GPU’s and processors. Ordinarily, these servers are key to delivering live events for clients but following the outbreak of COVID-19 throughout Europe and beyond, and the related reduction in live events, CT has found itself in a position to get creative with its technology in the form of the Folding@Home project run by Stanford University.
CT London has set up a server farm and is inviting researchers from all over the world to use the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) capacity of its media servers to draw, calculate and analyse complex formulas and graphics in the global fight against COVID-19.
Folding@Home is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. These scientific COVID-19 projects focus on better understanding how these Coronaviruses interact with the human ACE2 receptor required for viral entry into human host cells, and how researchers might be able to interfere with them through the design of new therapeutic antibodies or small molecules that might disrupt their interaction.
There is hope to take advantage of some of the new structural biology and biochemical data that is being rapidly released by researchers around the world who are working to understand these viruses and strategies for defeating them.
Since joining t

 
christian-wiediger-wkfdrhxdmc8-unsplashIndustry rallies to offer training during COVID crisis
Friday, 20 March 2020

World - Industry professionals looking to make use of any downtime caused by the coronavirus disruption across the events industry can now access various web workshops and seminars for free.
Lighting professionals can look to the Avolites website for upcoming online tutorials, webinars and support on the company’s Titan and Ai platforms.
Ambersphere has added ‘free for freelancers’ grandMA2 user training and network introduction classes, details of which can be found at training@ambersphere.co.uk. The grandMA2 user course will be 24-26 March and the grandMA2 Network course will be the 27 March.
Meanwhile, ETC has made its LearningStage classes free until 15 May; these include Introduction to ETC’s Prodigy training, training on the Element console, the Eos family and the Mosaic Designer software. 
Obsidian Control Systems is offering free online classes covering the Onyx control platform and Netron data distribution range. The courses take place weekly on Tuesdays (Introduction to Netron), Wednesdays (Onyx 101) and Thursdays (Onyx Advanced) each week.
MA Lighting's free e-learning portal MA University is the place to check for all things grandMA.

 
 
marsdenBrompton supports Music for the Marsden
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

UK - In early March leading artists came together to put on a benefit concert at London’s The O2 Arena to raise vital funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Sir Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Tyler and Van Morrison were amongst a formidable line up that took to the stage performing their greatest hits, raising close to one million pounds for The Royal Marsden’s new treatment and research facility; the Oak Cancer Centre in Sutton, Surrey. To complement the star-studded benefit, video rental company Universal Pixels (UP) deployed Brompton Technology’s LED processing power to provide a visually stunning show.
Tasked with realising the project, UP chose Brompton's Tessera SX40 processor together with Tessera XD data distribution units to achieve the ambitious concept. UP provided 152.5m2 of INFiLED ER5 LED tiles, which comprised five upstage totem LED screens, the largest being 2.5m wide by 8m high, and two IMAG LED screens, each measuring 7.5m wide by 4.5m high.
Three Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors and three Tessera XD units were used to run all the panels, with two disguise gx 2c servers providing 4K video playback and seamless content delivery to all the screens.
“We used one SX40 and one XD unit for the central upstage totems, as we needed the 4K canvas size,” explains UP’s project manager, Mark Strange. “This came directly from the disguise servers.
“The Brompton interface is so intuitive,” he continues. “When sending the SX40s out with our crew I have the confidence that everything is going to work, a

 
obsidian-free-weekly-online-trainingObsidian offers free online training classes
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

USA - In light of the coronavirus outbreak and the challenges it presents the entertainment industry, Obsidian Control Systems will provide free weekly training sessions covering the Onyx control platform and new Netron data distribution range.
These classes will be hosted online and are available globally for anyone interested in learning more about Obsidian’s advanced yet intuitive lighting control products.
Every week a different range of topics will be discussed in an open forum that encourages user interaction and questions. Topics will include navigating the new Dylos pixel engine to the building of cue and playback structures, as well as FX creation. The Onyx workspace environment will be discussed in depth along with any other topics users are interested in addressing.
For details and registration, visit obsidiancontrol.com.

 
 
peerlesskssymbolbildKern & Stelly appointed Peerless-AV distributor
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Germany - UK-based Peerless-AV has signed a distribution agreement with Kern & Stelly Medientechnik covering Germany and Austria. As of March 2020, the AV distributor from Hamburg will offer dealers and integrators Peerless-AV’s DvLED mounting solutions for brands, such as Samsung and Absen, as well as the Xtreme High Bright Outdoor Displays and Outdoor Kiosk solutions.
Kern & Stelly is one of the largest AV distributors in the German speaking area and a member of the Midwich Group. The company offers specialist trade partners in Germany and Austria a wide range of AV solutions - from projectors and professional flat screens to signal management equipment and accessories. Through the distribution agreement with Peerless-AV, Kern & Stelly is expanding its portfolio to include dvLED mounting solutions, outdoor displays and kiosks.
“With strong partners like Kern & Stelly, we want to increase our market share in Germany,” explains Melinda Von Horvath, vice president of sales and marketing – EMEA, Peerless-AV. “Kern & Stelly’s dynamic and specialist approach to distribution in the DACH region perfectly aligns with our growth strategy. They have an impressive solution-oriented product portfolio and a strong technical sales team in the office and in the field. We are very pleased about the new partnership which will allow us to significantly expand our presence in German and Austrian territories.”
(Jim Evans)

 
moduloModulo Kinetic powers Virtual Harmony
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

France - On 26 February at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, an immersive symphonic concert was given by French violinist Renaud Capuçon and 40 musicians. Virtual Harmony took place under a 300sq.m dome with projection mapping. The immersive experience was powered by the Modulo Kinetic media server by Modulo Pi, and its new module for automatic blending and warping used as a preview.
The concert put the spotlight on 3Dvarius, the first 3D printed violin by Dassault Systèmes. Attended by 3,000 people surrounding the dome, the musical and visual experience was also streamed live on YouTube.
Event company Mvision oversaw the technical set-up. To project onto the entire dome surface, 12 video-projectors of 30,000 lumens were used. The video-projectors were fed by Modulo Kinetic, the fully integrated media server by Modulo Pi. To seamlessly project media on the dome screen, Modulo Kinetic’s new auto-calibration module was used as a preview. Thanks to the auto-calibration system, the soft edge blending and warping was automatically calculated and implemented by Modulo Kinetic for the 12 video-projectors installed, resulting in a seamless image across the 360° dome.
Renaud Gindre, technical director, worked on the video-projection beforehand: “In the showroom of Mvision, I could install a scale model of the dome to make all necessary tests and make sure the video-projection would work fine.” On site, the A/V team had just one night available to handle the video-projection. “This is a project I wouldn’t have done without Modulo Kinetic and th

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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