Video and AV News

ac-et-launches-new-website-pressAC-ET launches new website
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has launched a new website to showcase its portfolio of technologies.
Created to deliver a better overall user experience, www.ac-et.com features a cleaner design, improved menu functionality with faster navigation, and is now fully responsive, adapting to the best layout for viewing on mobile, tablet and desktop.
The website also reflects AC-ET's position as a one-stop supplier of lighting, rigging, video, audio and related technologies.
AC-ET's UK sales and purchasing director, Jonathan Walters comments: "We are delighted to share our new website with you. The team have been working tirelessly to create a high-quality website, which reflects our (AC-ET’s) world-class products and services. We are confident that the smarter, slicker design will enable easier and quicker browsing to ensure you find the right products and information, even with the huge number of brands available."
(Jim Evans)

stagetec-australiaDirectOut and tm stagetec partner
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Australia - DirectOut is establishing a cooperation with tm stagetec systems as their new distributor. The two companies will be offering the entire DirectOut product portfolio to the Australian market.
Based in Sydney, tm stagetec systems specialises in high-end audio, video, PA and intercom solutions for institutions and enterprises and is also invested in product research, development and manufacturing.
Treva Head, managing director of tm stagetec systems, comments: “DirectOut is a perfect fit for us. Both the philosophy of the products and the diverse range they cover will help tm stagetec systems better serve our customers in both broadcast and pro audio markets. With the suite of audio over IP solutions and the intuitive globcon software, DirectOut provides tools to solve many customers’ problems. We are excited to represent DirectOut and further build their reputation here.”
Lorenzo Sassi, business developer at DirectOut, adds: "We are fully convinced that tm stagetec systems is the perfect distribution partner for us in Australia. They have a strong relation to and therefor understanding of the industry of our roots, the broadcast. At the same time, they are a well-established distributor in the live and installation market. With their outstanding experience and our range of products we will be able to offer highly professional solutions to the Australian market."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
david-marchGreen Hippo appoints head of sales
Friday, 1 March 2019

UK - Green Hippo has announced the appointment of David March as head of sales and marketing. March will report directly to Green Hippo’s business unit director, Emma Marlow. He will take responsibility for Green Hippo’s sales and marketing strategy in EMEA and Asia.
March comes to Green Hippo from VER where he most recently served as head of VER Lighting Europe & Aurora Lighting. He began his career as a rental assistant at Vari-Lite Europe ultimately becoming general manager at Vari-Lite Production Services. Since then he has held a number of leadership positions in the lighting and live events sector, including roles at Philips Entertainment, PRG Distribution and AED Distribution UK Limited.
"I am thrilled to be joining the most exciting and innovative brand in its sector. Hippotizer continues to go from strength to strength, and I look forward to helping the company grow further and faster," says March.
Emma Marlow adds, "We are delighted to welcome David to Green Hippo. He brings thorough knowledge of our sector and I am confident that he will be a great asset in helping deliver our commercial goals."
(Jim Evans)

 
absen-van-domburg-partnershipVan Domburg to distribute Absen in Benelux
Thursday, 28 February 2019

The Netherlands - Absen has appointed Van Domburg Partners as its official distributor in Benelux.
The announcement follows the earlier appointment of Kern & Stelly as Absen’s Germany and Austria distributor and is expected to further strengthen the Chinese LED display manufacturer’s presence on the continent.
Based in the Netherlands, Van Domburg Partners is part of the Midwich Group and distributes a range of AV solutions.
Emma Liu, regional director for Absen in Benelux, comments: “We are excited to have Van Domburg Partners as our distribution partner and are looking forward to working closely with them on opportunities in the Benelux region. They are a forward-thinking company with an excellent reputation for quality and service, helping to strengthen Absen’s position as the go-to provider of LED displays in the region.”
Ed van Domburg, MD of Van Domburg Partners, adds: “As LED is becoming increasingly important within the market, we are pleased to have the solutions from Absen LED complement our portfolio. With Absen we feel confident to offer our resellers a quality LED solution, Absen have built a reputation of offering an attractive price performance balance that makes quality LED more competitive vs other technologies than ever before. We look forward to a successful and strong partnership with Absen for the Benelux.”
Richard Goedhart, head of vendor management at Van Domburg Partners, concludes: “Van Domburg Par

 
 
arkaos-mediamaster-54-releaseArKaos releases MediaMaster 5 upgrade
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Europe - ArKaos has released a performance boost to its flagship MediaMaster 5 realtime video control software platform.
The new software version (v5.4) will boost rendering and performance of this powerful and flexible control system by 33% utilising the same hardware. This had been extensively tested on ArKaos’ current media server range.
Part of this boost will be delivered by the utilisation of a GPU accelerated codec, HAP, which dramatically speeds up the decoding elements of the process.
This technology is in line with the latest existing 4K media servers, including those coming to the market.
The new MediaMaster 5 with optimised decoding also offers enhanced surface control and superior rendering, which was recently demonstrated working in conjunction with nine ArKaos 4K media servers on the latest series of Dancing on Ice in Germany.
ArKaos CEO Marco Hinic states: “At ArKaos, we are focused on further blurring the boundaries between lighting and video control and giving live visual designers more opportunities to be creative and imaginative using one control platform, allowing them to program any number of diverse lightsources that they might have in a show.”
This opens up the use of the lighting console’s effects engine to drive video sources. Whatever the size and scale of the show – from the smallest and most intricate to the largest and most complex – the principle is the same. The person operating the lighting console can have the capacity to run all visual elements together.
The MediaMaster

 
unilumin-stock-image-from-matrixUnilumin establishes stock centre in Poland
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Poland/UK - LED display manufacturer Unilumin has announced a new stock centre relationship with Poland’s Visualsupport to service the Eastern Europe AV market. Kraków-based Visualsupport will now hold increased Unilumin stock, supplying equipment and support for corporate events, festivals, exhibitions and concerts.
The Eastern Europe stock centre operator Visualsupport boasts an experienced team of producers and multimedia technicians and supplies a range of leading technology solutions. With the agreement, Visualsupport now stocks over 500m² of the Unilumin UpdadIII 2.6 LED panel, which benefits from a modular design and quick assembly.
"The Unilumin Upad III P2.6 is well designed and very reliable product that Visualsupport has been using for over three years for a range of projects,” comments Michał Płocienniak, CEO of Visualsupport. “We are delighted to work closely with Unilumin as its Eastern Europe stock centre operator. Alongside Unilumin, Visualsupport can now provide access to local stock, quality service and quick delivery to customers in Eastern Europe.”
Located in Kraków, Visualsupport is now able to supply large quantities of Unilumin stock for projects in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and beyond. This local availability dramatically reduces shipping time, as previously equipment was shipped directly from Unilumin’s base in China.
“The formal recognition of Visualsupport as Unilumin’s new stock centre in Poland reaffirms our commitment to the Eastern European AV market,” comments Steve

 
 
jeffmeyerJeff Meyer joins OSA International
Monday, 25 February 2019

USA - Business development specialist Jeff Meyer has joined AV solutions integrator OSA International (OSA). An industry veteran, Meyer has 35 years of experience in live sound and video for corporate events. Based at OSA’s Las Vegas office, he will be responsible for developing new business relationships and expanding sales of LED technology.
Meyer joins from Video Equipment Rentals (VER), where he worked business development and account management since 2010. Prior to that, he spent over 23 years at Creative Technology (formerly Media Control). Meyer joined Media Control as a sound engineer and warehouse technician in 1987. He then became a project manager in 1990 and went on to take up the roles of operations manager and subsequently, general manager. 
(Jim Evans)

 
afc-asian-cup-2019CT supplies AFC Asian Cup 2019
Monday, 25 February 2019

UAE - In January 2019, The AFC Asian Cup returned to the UAE for the second time since 1996 and - for the first time - the month-long tournament saw 24 teams take part. It is the largest sporting tournament the UAE has ever hosted and took place over eight stadia across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and Sharjah.
Over 5,000 volunteers were on hand to ensure the event ran smoothly, taking on various roles from operations and logistics to media management and hospitality.
Creative Technology (CT) supplied perimeter LED for five of the eight stadiums that were dotted around the UAE on behalf of client, Sports Logistics. Each stadium had 252m of S10 perimeter LED around the ground which was used to display advertising and sponsorship content throughout the games.
CT’s project manager, Darko Rosenberg explains: “The team has been travelling up and down the country monitoring the LED perimeter across all sites to ensure a smooth delivery for every game. The crew has been brilliant and delivered fantastic results as always.”
The event came to a close on 1 February when Qatar won the Asian tournament and will now go on to qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Rosenberg notes: “The tournament has been fantastic from start to end, and it has been a pleasure working alongside Sports Logistics once again.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
absenKern & Stelly to distribute Absen
Monday, 25 February 2019

Germany - LED display manufacturer Absen has appointed Kern & Stelly Medientechnik as its official distributor for Germany and Austria. The agreement was announced at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam.
Kern & Stelly, part of the Midwich Group, is a large AV solutions distributor based in Hamburg. Leon Ye, regional director DACH at Absen, comments: "With Kern & Stelly, we have found a dynamic partner with whom we share a common strategic alignment in the LED market. Together with the team of experts from Kern & Stelly, we can provide individual advice and personal support for the specialist trade partners. We are looking forward to the cooperation."
As well as signalling the next step in Absen’s European expansion, the partnership is also in line with Kern & Stelly’s ambitions to diversify its own product range to include flexible LED walls and a greater range of LED solutions.
Lutz Kern, managing director of Kern & Stelly Medientechnik adds: "At Kern & Stelly, we have paid close attention to the rise of LED technology, particularly for indoor applications such as corporate reception areas, digital signage and conference rooms. That is why we are pleased to be able to complement our existing LED product portfolio with the award-winning LED solutions from Absen."
(Jim Evans)

 
arkaos-claypaky-adopts-kling-net-hy-b-eye-k15Claypaky adopts Kling-Net for HY B-EYE
Friday, 22 February 2019

Italy - Claypaky has announced its commitment to ArKaos’s Kling-Net protocol, which will now be embedded in its newest HY B-EYE product line.
Giovanni Zucchinali, Claypaky’s product portfolio manager, explains: “As the current and future requirements of lighting and visual design are so dynamic and fast-moving, lighting designers, programmers and operators need the most flexible and creative tools at their fingertips. We see a strong trend for one of those future developments being moving heads and pixel fixtures increasingly working in conjunction with video content.”
The new Claypaky HY B-EYE K25 and HY B-EYE K15 recently introduced to the market, are supplied with ArKaos Kling-Net as standard and already included in the firmware.
“This new and interesting feature greatly expands the already rich effects of the HY B-EYE range, making it an even more versatile and practical luminaire” comments ArKaos CEO Marco Hinic. “This is why, going forward, ArKaos is supporting Claypaky devices with the Kling-Net software network interface and we are all looking forward to this combination of cutting-edge technologies that will offer faster, more flexible and even more versatile products.”
Kling-Net is a plug-and-play control protocol developed by digital media specialists ArKaos for the easy operation of LED and video devices / lightsources. It allows the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices - like LED fixtures or LED panels - over Ethernet, adding a degree of ‘intelligence’ with the automatic configuration

 
 
notchNotch to introduce realtime ray tracing
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - Notch, the visual creation tool for interactive motion graphics, is set to incorporate ray tracing into the software's realtime workflow as part of an upcoming March release (0.9.22). The news was announced at NotchCon, the inaugural Notch conference held in London in January.
Ray tracing, an advanced graphics rendering technique that has long been used for non-realtime rendering, provides realistic lighting by simulating the physical behaviour of light. It is the foundation of visual effects used in movies and TV and will provide a ‘significant jump’ in visual precision directly inside Notch, says the company.
Matt Swoboda, founder of Notch, comments: “At Notch, we’re committed to making software for content creators that is flexible and scalable. We enable people to realize their creative ideas and improve their workflow, through the power of rendering in real-time, without the need for coding. We are looking forward to seeing how the integrations and software updates announced today will impact creatives when the new version of Notch Builder is released later this spring.”
Notch’s ray tracing features will work on any GPU currently supported by Notch, with no additional hardware required. Swoboda said the feature has been built to take advantage of the various hardware accelerated APIs and platforms in the future, as they mature.
NotchCon, the first ever two-day conference dedicated to Notch users, took place in London last month. Visitors travelled to London from all over the world. The event featured 30 sessions on a wid

 
aedAED Group invests in AV Stumpfl Pixera
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Europe - Belgian AV solutions provider AED Display has recently announced its decision to invest in AV Stumpfl's new Pixera media server software and hardware.
With a total of six full-spec Pixera two media servers, six Pixera one servers and 10 Pixera mini player units ordered at this year's ISE 2019 in Amsterdam, AED Display will soon be able to allow its customers to choose from more than 45 AV Stumpfl media server systems, making the company the world's largest provider of AV Stumpfl media servers.
AV Stumpfl CEO, Fabian Stumpfl, comments: "As a long term partner, AED was one of the first companies to understand the potential of our new next-generation media server system Pixera. We are very happy that AED customers will soon be able to discover the world of Pixera for themselves. The Pixera roadmap for the near future is very exciting and we are looking forward to further develop the possibilities of this ground-breaking soft- and hardware solution together with trusted partners like AED."
Both companies officially announced the product order at this year's Integrated Systems Europe trade fair in Amsterdam.
AED Display managing director Thierry Heldenbergh explains the reasons behind the latest investment: "At AED group we don't just follow trends, we actively research and identify the most promising technologies out there and move fast to make them available to our customers. We always strive to build industry standards in close partnership with manufacturers, like we did with the RAW Servers. PIXERA represents the next stage in the ev

 
 
lawo-teamLawo establishes UK subsidiary
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

UK - German broadcast manufacturer Lawo has opened a subsidiary in the UK.
Pre-sales and systems engineer Kadhim Boyd, solution architect James Walker and sales managers Olivier Hough and Devin Workman will form the core of the UK team.
“Lawo is investing heavily in the UK as part of a drive to keep up with increasing activity and opportunity in the area of IP processing and distribution, and management of IP-based media workflows,” explains Craig Newbury, director of sales and operations, UK & Ireland, who is heading the new team.
With his roots in IT development engineering, engineer Kadhim Boyd has extensive experience at Snell, including responsibility for management of and training for larger projects involving control and monitoring systems across the world.
Before taking up his new role of solution architect at Lawo, James Walker worked as head of system architecture and delivery (live production and infrastructure) at Grass Valley.
Prior to his move to Lawo, Olivier Hough served as UK and Ireland strategic sales manager for Vitec Production Solutions.
Devin Workman counts 20 years in professional audio and arrives at Lawo from HHB Communications/Scrub where he specialised in the supply and support of Avid Pro Tools and S6 consoles.
“I am excited to be able to bring together this new group of talented individuals who not only offer an improved level of attention and customer service to our customers in the UK, but also bring the expertise and attitude focused upon customer success that is a hallmark of the

 
datatonwatchpax60mediaserver1Dataton unveils high-performance servers
Monday, 18 February 2019

Sweden - Dataton unveiled the WATCHPAX 60 series of media servers at ISE. With the latest processor technology under the hood, robust exterior and redundant power supply as standard, the new rack-friendly series is suitable for demanding applications such as live events, attractions and broadcast installations.
“We gathered feedback from key users during the design process to produce a plug-and-play media server series that would not only meet, but exceed, requirements for the toughest show environment,” says Lars Sandlund, Dataton CEO. “The dual power supply, range of models, SDI bi-directional connector options and fastest discs in the market all ensure that even the most complex shows are delivered flawlessly.”
The new 2U media server will be available in three models offering from four up to 12 outputs and support for uncompressed video playback. Each model features HDMI and SDI input, balanced audio, dual 10Gbit/s network for high-speed content transfer, high performance ultra-durable NVMe media storage, as well as a WATCHOUT license.
The intermediate and top-end models include hardware synchronisation, with the top-end model also featuring an eight-channel bi-directional SDI card for live video capture and playout. Weighing in at a handy 10 kg, WATCHPAX 60 sports a rugged aluminium chassis, and a smart approach when it comes to installation - tabletop, rack-mounted or stacked.
“Our WATCHOUT system offers enormous possibilities for show producers,” says Lars Sandlund. “With performance-optimised servers, users can tap into

 
 
dinosaursDinosaurs return with BlackTrax
Monday, 18 February 2019

UK - Dinosaurs come to life in an updated version of the theatrical event, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular (see LSi November for a production report). Originating in Australia in 2007, and on the road for many years, the production is a $20m-dollar production which recently received a massive technological update in mechatronics, visuals, lighting, and the latest in realtime tracking.
The high-tech upgrades are provided and managed by UK-based company, Sonalyst, owned by Rory Madden. Sonalyst provides all the lighting, rigging, sound and communications. They also provide their technical expertise to be sure to use the appropriate equipment needed to solve any issues and improve the performance of the show, on both a technical and creative side.
Lighting huge dinosaurs for maximum impact is not easy. Yet, lighting is what drives tension and awe. Whether it’s time to thrill the audience or amaze them, lighting plays a huge role and tracking is key to keep lighting on-target, anytime, in realtime.
On the road, the main team consists of four people. Dave Gibbon is the LX crew Chief, Emma Davis is the touring relighter and programmer, Chris Dawson who is the moving light guru and Ashley Simper on BlackTrax. The BlackTrax elements are fully integrated within the touring rig and the design throughout the show.
Two different approaches are used for the final design. The first

 
aedAED highlights new gear at promo nights
Monday, 18 February 2019

UK - AED’s Luxibel Expo Tools range makes its UK debut at the AED Customer Night events this week, alongside a spread of new kit covering sound, lighting, rigging, display and accessories.
The AED UK Customer Nights will be held on Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 February at the company’s UK office, from 4pm onwards. On both nights, visitors can enjoy the best local brew and curry whilst experiencing Luxibel’s Expo Tools.
The Prolyte range, the new Show Lift AED-SL18 - an automated motorised tower lift that can be controlled by DMX - and the AV Stumpfl Pixera range will also be on show.
“In this fast-paced industry, it’s important for us to inform our customers about the latest products, technologies and services,” says AED commercial manager, David Baker. “It’s a great occasion for our customers to meet the AED team in person and to discover our AV Business Tools.
“AED Customer Nights also offer us a chance to thank our customers for their continued support and ensure we can offer the best AV solutions for your business in 2019. We’re excited to welcome the industry to our premises, where many products will be showcased for the first time in the UK - and we will have stock on the night for instant sales.”
One of the highlights of the Luxibel Expo range is a new heavy-duty truss designed to look elegant on stand without sacrificing load capacity. It includes a built-in, three-phase electricity rail to power up lighting fixtures. The B Expo lighting fixtures will also be demoed, coming in two versions: The B Expo200W

 
 
optocoreOptocore and Broaman collaborate at ISE
Friday, 15 February 2019

The Netherlands - German fibre network associates Optocore and BroaMan combined their resources at the recent ISE 2019 expo in Amsterdam as part of the portfolio of brands distributed in the Benelux by the Ampco Flashlight Group.
The stand was busy as it was visited by both recognised customers from the integration, event and broadcast sectors as well as newcomers seeking further information.
Optocore showcased its new Festival Box, reporting high interest from both distributors and rental companies. The Festival Box allows all protocols to tunnel over the same fibre, with hot-swappable SFP optical module transceivers providing different conversion options to add massive savings in time and cabling to multi-act festival bills.
As applications engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski says: “While festival sound engineers can transport whatever signal protocol their console supports via just a single duplex fibre, the value of the device does not stop there. It has also become a reliable backbone for multiple signals without the complex and time-consuming set-up. In particular, our RJ45 SFP transceiver is something very special, as it allows multiple Ethernet-based protocols to run independently on the same fibre.
“We were able to demonstrate to the tremendous benefits of time and cabling economy between FOH and the stage in a variety of situations.”
As for BroaMan, their flagship product was the new standard version of their customisable Route66, which already exists in four versions. The platform itself provides single channel, no

 
bromptonBrompton Technology enjoys successful ISE
Friday, 15 February 2019

The Netherlands - ISE 2019 saw LED video processor manufacturer Brompton Technology showcase its new Tessera Processor Software for the 4K SX40 processor, demonstrating its enhanced feature set that follows the easy-to-use style of its intuitive user interface, as well as giving its customers a preview of its forthcoming HDR capabilities.
The SX40, Brompton Technology’s highest-ever capacity processor, offers support for full 4K screens at 60Hz with 12 bits per colour output, a zero-latency up/down scaler that matches the source to the screen, plus all of Tessera’s industry-leading processing features such as ChromaTune colour correction, On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA), and more.
By updating the SX40 to the latest software, users can now access a suite of handy new features such as Panel On Screen Display (OSD), Processor Redundancy, 90 degree rotation and Chinese language support in the user interface.
“We enjoyed a busy show last year, but the response we had to both the new software and the sneak peak of HDR at this year’s show has been very gratifying,” says Brompton’s business development manager, Rob Fowler. “Both existing and potential customers were full of praise for the additional functionality we are delivering with the free software upgrade to 2.2. Additionally, the feedback we received on our HDR system, which we will be releasing later this year, was phenomenal and generated a real buzz during the four days on the booth.”
Brompton will be revealing more information about HDR at InfoComm this coming June.

 
 
widLight Fantastic package for Women in Data
Friday, 15 February 2019

UK - Attracting over 1000 attendees, the Women in Data conference features addresses from high-profile speakers plus a range of supporting events. Held within the grand surroundings of Central Hall Westminster, London, the event included presentations, development sessions and an exhibition, designed to inspire the WiD community.
Technical production specialists LFPS collaborated closely with the client and production manager Dave Parker to design the look and feel of the entire event.
Providing a complete production package covering both equipment and logistics, LFPS supplied lighting, audio, video, rigging and staging. Working to precise schedules beginning with a 6pm time slot for overnight load-in and build, the team were ready for rehearsal at 6am, with everything in place ready for doors open at 9am.
Commenting on working with LFPS, WiD co-founder Roisin McCarthy says, “The incredible team at LFPS worked tirelessly to bring to life our vision for WiD UK. The production quality and efficiency was truly remarkable. LFPS filled us with huge confidence from our first meeting, we simply could not have made WiD 2018 a success without their work.”
Transforming the elaborate hall with bold colours and a spectacular, branded stage set, the team created a contemporary look that contrasted perfectly against the ornate interior décor of the iconic venue. Designed in-house and constructed by the LFPS fabrication department, the set featured a variety of branded scenic elements including the giant 3D ‘W’ logo that swept across the entire stag

 
saudi-golf-33-1CT delivers for inaugural Saudi golf tournament
Friday, 15 February 2019

Saudi Arabia - Golf’s European Tour made history this year when it took its tournament to Saudi Arabi for the first time in its 47 years. The event took place at the Royal Greens golf course in King Abdullah Economic City on 31 January and ran until 3 February.
Creative Technology (CT) were on hand to deliver all video aspects of this event on behalf of clients European Tour and IMG.
CT’s head of sport, Steven Purkess explains: “CT was contracted to design, engineer and fabricate eight bespoke LED structures, a big departure from the standard scaffold support structures traditionally used at golf events.
“The complete design and engineering service provided by CT not only included the design for each LED structure but also the foundations. The physical structure fabrication process was split across the CT group, and once delivered to site CT also installed and then subsequently de-rigged each structure.”
The eight bespoke LED structures were strategically placed to ensure spectators could follow the event no matter where they were. The structures consisted of six 9sqm outdoor leaderboard screens which were located around the course and two 18sqm outdoor video/scoreboard screens which were located on the first tee and 18th green.
Purkess adds: “We selected the 5mm high end black face outdoor LED as it gave the best resolution for the 3m x 3m Leaderboards. It is a great product and ideal for outdoor viewing in direct sunlight.”
CT was involved in developing the concept for the leaderboard / scoreboard structures and

 
 
frankfurtRock gegen Rechts powered by Linea Research
Friday, 15 February 2019

Germany - The roots of Rock gegen Rechts (Rock Against the Right) go back to the rise of Britain’s Rock Against Racism movement in in the mid-1970s. The 30 April,1978, Rock Against Racism concert in Victoria Park in East London was a seminal event that, by 1979, had inspired the first Rock gegen Rechts festival in Frankfurt, Germany.
Thirty-nine years later, Rock gegen Rechts was once again heard in downtown Frankfurt, in a one-day festival staged in the city’s famed Opernplatz. The audience enjoyed the advances in live sound since the 1970s as they listened to the day’s music and messages delivered with power and clarity by Linea Research amplifiers.
Nearly 90 organisations were involved in the event. Its patrons included vice presidents of the Bundestag Claudia Roth and Petra Pau, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt Peter Feldmann, and other city officials. Thirteen musical groups squeezed into the 10-hour show. Between the music performances various organisations and sponsors of the event delivered speeches and video messages with statements against racism and exclusion and in favour of peace, human rights, and diversity.
“The festival used culture as an ambassador of political content,” says Jörg Groh of Offenbach-based sound company Audiologic, who provided sound reinforcement for the show.
The show’s promoters were not certain how many people to expect but the crowd gradually grew until the square was packed with 10,000 attendees. The stage was a trailer platform 10m (32.8ft) wide, with wings on either side for the sound system and a co

 
vectorworks-logoVectorworks Design Scholarship opens
Friday, 15 February 2019

USA - Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks has announced its fourth annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship is now open for entries.
The scholarship enables undergraduate students and recent graduates to gain professional recognition by sharing their work and win up to $10,000.
“The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for up-and-coming designers to promote their work and win funds to support their future endeavours,” comments Alice Lowy, marketing programmes director at Vectorworks. “We look forward to seeing what these up-and-coming designers think up next.”
To apply, eligible students must submit their best individual or group project and answer three questions. A panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on design integrity, originality, the effective use of computer technology and communication of design vision. Submissions are due by 29 August and the winners will be revealed 16 October.
First-round winners will each receive $3,000 and will be entered for the chance at the grand prize Richard Diehl Award, worth an additional $7,000. Scholarship award winnings may be used as winners see fit. Additionally, winners’ schools will receive free Vectorworks Designer software and complimentary training for faculty and students.
During the last scholarship campaign, Vectorworks received nearly 1,000 submissions from around the globe, including the United States, Germany, Switzerland, China, Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands and India.
Morgan Lindsay Price, a previous winner

 
 
amsterdamPro Display project brings RAI hotel to life
Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Netherlands - Pro Display completed a major project in partnership with Integrated Systems Europe, LANG AG, Panasonic, Tenfeet and Green Hippo to bring the nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel to life.
Pro Display supplied 392 pieces of its Projection Mapping Film which were installed across 25 storeys of the hotel’s glass façade. Throughout ISE 2019 the film was used as a canvas alongside Panasonic’s powerful PT-RZ31K projectors to advertise exhibition highlights and the potential of projection mapping technology.
The impressive 25-storey hotel boasts 650 rooms and was developed following a tender process by the City of Amsterdam and the RAI that began in 2014.
This ambitious display required input from a range of experts in order to successfully complete the project which was managed by LANG, hire and production specialists. They called on 14 of Panasonic’s PT-RZ31K projectors to provide the 400,000 lumens needed to project the mapped content onto 392 windows of the building.
3D-mapping specialists Tenfeet worked in partnership with media server specialists, Green Hippo to deliver the content and of course, Pro Display developed, supplied and installed the projection film required to make image reproduction possible.
The Projection Mapping Film is a removable dry application self-adhesive film that enabled the windows on the nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel to receive and display the content being projected onto them.
ISE’s Mike Blackman comments, “For the duration of the exhibition, attendees were treated to a daily showcase of proj

 
shceohmg-1Production AV to demo disguise/Agile integration at EPS
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Video solutions specialist Production AV will be on Stand I2E at the Event Production Show at London Olympia on 26 and 27 February to showcase the Agile Arc Lite PTZ camera integration solution from leading media server company disguise. Based in Cheltenham, Production AV has been at the forefront of AV innovation for 14 years. It is inviting visitors to get hands-on with the new disguise and Agile kit at the show.
In February, disguise launched the latest version of its award-winning software, used to design, sequence and control live shows and experiences. Version r15.2 now includes integrations with Agile Remote Cameras’ range of PTZ cameras, enabling live video feeds from the discreet PTZ cameras to be used as part of the visuals on impressive live events.
“We’re thrilled to demo just what disguise’s new Agile integration protocol can do in a real-world scenario to enhance the video capabilities for a whole range of events,” says Production AV founder, Pete McCrea. “The latest r15.2 software release brings full control over so many features, such as recording pan, tilt and zoom information as a preset, and it can all be adjusted from the software interface. It really is special.”
Also on Production AV’s stand will be Desay’s X2.6i 2.6mm indoor LED modules, which can be built in both concave and convex configurations as either a flown or ground support system. “We recently made a major investment in more than 200 Desay LED modules and in doing so we now have a significantly higher resolution LED option, which p

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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