Video and AV News

New Calibre distributor makes wavesNew Calibre distributor makes waves
Thursday, 28 November 2019

Singapore - Calibre UK has reported that Absolute AV, its newly-appointed distributor for Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar, is already living up to both companies’ hopes for the relationship.
Singapore-headquartered Absolute AV carries the full range of Calibre’s solutions, including the multi-award-winning AiO LED display, the company’s family of scaler/switchers and the SmartBrick modular LED system with its almost limitless opportunities for creativity.
“We’re delighted with the progress that Absolute AV has made over the past few months,” comments Willy Tsai, managing director of Calibre UK. “We knew that, with their core business and expertise in delivering great images, they would be an excellent fit for us - and that’s how it is turning out.
“Our solutions for image processing, together with our range of displays are highly complementary to their approach to the market. Their existing connections with major businesses throughout the territory - in banking and retail, for example - through their long-term relationship with Panasonic have proved hugely beneficial, as we hoped they would. We look forward to a long and mutually fruitful working relationship.”
With existing customers including household name companies, Absolute AV’s focus is on digital signage, videoconferencing, control systems and other professional AV applications.
“Our relationship with Calibre - a highly-respected name in the industry, with enormous expertise in scaling/switching - is already providing us with opportunities we would not prev

Alcons serves up appetising audio in ChinaAlcons serves up appetising audio in China
Thursday, 28 November 2019

China - Grace is a national chain of bar/restaurants with live entertainment. The latest venue is in Yangjiang city, Guangdong province, where an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system has overcome architectural challenges to serve up an appetising audio menu.
Grace in Yangjiang has a 400sq.m main area and a 100sq.m mezzanine, with internal architecture that created significant acoustic challenges. Its classical Chinese style features a tiled roof decoration with varying heights, producing multiple reflections. Additionally, a tall decorative column was likely to cause issues with sound coverage from one side of the stage.
The live performances feature vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, drums and have a wide dynamic range. Guangzhou-based EAD was asked to design and install a sound reinforcement system that would make sure diners throughout the venue enjoyed high quality sound. The company chose an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon solution.
The main dining area is covered by four RR12 point-source array modules, with four BF362 high-output subwoofers installed under the stage. Four VR8 compact versatile monitors cover the mezzanine area, with two more filling the area behind the decorative column. These have a set delay to ensure the frequency response curve and sound pressure on the left and right sides of the space are equal. The system is managed by two Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
“We set up the RR12s in increments of 30° in the coupling plane and, thanks to their asymmetric 60° (+20°/-40°) in the non-coupling plane, we could cover the

 
 
Hawthorn supports Xerocon London 2019Hawthorn supports Xerocon London 2019
Wednesday, 27 November 2019

UK - Xerocon London 2019 returned to ExCel London on 13-14 November, bringing together accountants, bookkeepers, ecosystem partners and industry leaders.
Over 3,500 delegates gathered to find out the latest news and updates from cloud-based accounting software company Xero. Creative technical production expert Hawthorn was chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.
Led by Pete Harding, Hawthorn’s head of creative technical, the company was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s vision to life, delivering full technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out sessions and evening party. The event featured a mammoth LED screen, an impressive lightbox installation and a village green complete with a cricket pitch and projection-mapped pond.
The main stage played host to two full days of informative sessions from industry experts and astronaut Major Tim Peake. Made from 413 panels of ROE CB5 LED, the three-section screen measured a staggering 44 metres wide and 368sq.m. Custom-made circular LED discs, each featuring 255 individual RGB pixels per fixture, were used between the sections to add eye-candy reminiscent of digits found on a retro calculator.
Lighting was designed by Russell Grubiak. Audio in the Keynote Theatre was delivered using a d&b audiotechnik V Series line array. The system, which uses full ArrayProcessing, ensured that audio was delivered evenly across the space so that each member of the 3,500 strong audience received the sa

 
Peerless-AV appoints Northern sales managerPeerless-AV appoints Northern sales manager
Tuesday, 26 November 2019

UK - Peerless-AV has announced that Karl Ingham has joined the UK professional sales team as area sales manager for the North of England and Scotland.
“Karl is a great character and valuable addition to our successful UK and EMEA sales team,” comments Keith Dutch, managing director, EMEA, Peerless-AV. “He’s already made a great impression on our Northern and Scottish customer base and his technical skills and product knowledge will be vital for broadening the business opportunities in alignment with our global strategy.”
Based in Burnley, Karl will be responsible for implementing the company’s business and growth strategy, driving new leads and supporting the reseller and distributor network in the region through sales promotions, marketing initiatives, training and events.
He joins from a global manufacturer of education technologies where he was channel partner manager for England and Ireland. Prior to that, he held operations and commercial management roles and technical account management positions at various network specialist and distribution firms.
(Jim Evans)

 
 

Atlona appoints distributor in MexicoAtlona appoints distributor in Mexico
Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Mexico - Atlona, a Panduit company, has appointed Grupo ABSA as its commercial AV distribution partner across a broad swath of Mexico, covering 14 major metropolitan regions including Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Juarez, Mexico City, Monterrey and Tijuana.
Grupo ABSA will focus on growing Atlona’s brand recognition and market share with a large community of IT and networking consultants and integrators that increasingly require networked AV solutions for end user projects.
“There is a unification of many different platforms on IP networks that is taking shape, and Atlona will play a fundamental role in how our customers transition AV operations to the network,” says Carlos Garcia Ramirez, commercial director for Grupo ABSA. “With solutions like OmniStream for audio and video distribution and Velocity for networked control, Atlona brings in the systems intelligence and high quality that enterprise businesses require for AV and IT convergence. This is especially important when working with large institutions, such as corporations or hotels, where we are addressing a variety of different AV needs for varied spaces.”
“Atlona continues to raise its visibility through Latin America will key appointments to our partner network, and ABSA’s knowledge of the Mexican market and AV/IT trends makes them the ideal fit for our long-term regional strategy,” says Esteban Perez, director of business development - Latin America, Atlona. “We look forward to a strong collaborative relationship over many years.”
(Jim Evans)

 
B-Tech appoints director of operations (APAC)B-Tech appoints director of operations (APAC)
Monday, 25 November 2019

APAC - B-Tech AV Mounts, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of AV mounting solutions, has appointed Jenny Li as its new director of operations for APAC with immediate effect.
Based in B-Tech’s office in Ningbo, China, Li first joined the business in 2013 as a salesperson, whilst also providing valuable input into the manufacturing, supply chain and logistical procedures of the business. Excelling in her role, she went on to become sales manager for APAC, working closely with B-Tech teams and customers across East and Southeast Asia, playing a crucial role in establishing the company as a leading brand in the region.
In her new role as director of operations (APAC), Li will be responsible for all operational procedures across B-Tech’s existing China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam facilities as well as continuing to oversee sales throughout the region.
Matthew Bennett, CEO of the B-Tech International Group, comments: “We are thrilled to make this announcement and be able to again reward the exceptional work and loyalty shown by our employees. Jenny has done an incredible job since joining the company, playing a vital role in transforming B-Tech’s APAC operations from being solely production and logistical facilities, into full scale APAC sales offices. Her understanding and knowledge of the AV market, coupled with her exceptional leadership skills make her a perfect fit for such an important position within the company as we look to continue our growth story.”
In other news, B-Tech recently increased its global foot

 
 
LDI: Brompton debuts Dynamic CalibrationLDI: Brompton debuts Dynamic Calibration
Monday, 25 November 2019

USA - Brompton Technology’s Dynamic Calibration is a new technology that enables LED panels to achieve a higher brightness and wider colour gamut than is possible with legacy calibration techniques, while maintaining uniformity. Dynamic Calibration is the enabling technology for Brompton HDR, as well as new, performance-enhancing features such as PureTone and ThermaCal.
“Commonly used calibration methods achieve uniformity by sacrificing both brightness and colour gamut, forcing every LED to match the dimmest and palest LEDs in the entire screen. Once calibrated, this is used for all content over the entire life of the panel,” explains Brompton’s CTO Chris Deighton. “However, with ever-increasing demand for better image quality without increased cost, such sacrifices in performance can no longer be justified.”
Brompton’s Dynamic Calibration takes ‘a revolutionary approach to maintaining uniformity, while unlocking the full potential of the LEDs to achieve previously unthinkable levels of brightness and colour saturation’.
To benefit from Dynamic Calibration an LED panel must be fitted with a Brompton Tessera R2 receiver card and needs to be measured using Hydra - an advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels and exclusive to Brompton Technology.
“Dynamic Calibration is a flexible approach that uses the immense parallel computing power of the R2’s Dynamic Engine to process incoming video in an entirely new and innovative way,” says Deighton. “Before making any decisions, the Dynamic Engine gathers a v

 
Story Event Engineering invests in NewtonStory Event Engineering invests in Newton
Monday, 25 November 2019

The Netherlandds - For over 25 years, Story Event Engineering has been a reliable reference point for event and location organisers in the Netherlands, with a portfolio ranging from large outdoor festivals through corporate events, to theatre tours and intimate classical concerts.
The company recently invested in Outline’s Newton multi-source audio processor which combines ‘WFIR’ filtering technology, multi-format audio signal routing, simultaneous multiple standard conversion and digital signal synchronisation in a single 1RU chassis.
Martin van Kouwen, sales specialist at Ampco Flashlight Sales, Outline Newton distributor for Benelux, comments: "Outline’s recently-developed Newton is a ground-breaking product for advanced audio processing, which, due to its characteristics and quality, is ideally suited to audio professionals who place great importance in quality."
"With the WFIR filters, the control can be optimally and perfectly personalized," says Michael Story. "I can therefore now create any sound, and that makes Newton a perfect professional tool."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
LDI: ConnectCAD 2020 software unveiled
Thursday, 21 November 2019

USA - As part of the acquisition that was finalised in August 2019, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks brings ConnectCAD 2020 to market in conjunction with the Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 2 release. From simple to complex, the ConnectCAD add-on to Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer allows AV system designers to lay out signal flows in an easy-to-read format.
“Since ConnectCAD is built on Vectorworks technology and available as an add-on for Spotlight and Designer, you can take advantage of the flexible and robust design and documentation capabilities that have made Spotlight the entertainment industry standard,” comments Vectorworks CEO, Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “With features like data visualisation and bi-directional worksheets, along with an extensive manufacturer library and a customizable 2D/3D hybrid environment, you have everything you need to design with confidence.”
“At Vectorworks, I've found myself amongst a group of people that I can really communicate with, and we share a similar mindset and goals,” says Conrad Preen, ConnectCAD founder and now software engineer at Vectorworks. “The technical excellence of Vectorworks is important and has helped us grow immensely in our current development to get further towards what we would like the product to be. Plus, Vectorworks’ passion to expand the reach of the product is more than I could have ever hoped for.”
ConnectCAD will be on display from 22-24 November at the Live Design International Show 2019 in Las Vegas at booth 1331.
(Jim Evans)

 
Protec supports Optimum at Ricoh ArenaProtec supports Optimum at Ricoh Arena
Thursday, 21 November 2019

UK - Protec supported its client Optimum for the Jaguar Land Rover Long Service Awards at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 25-26 October. This event, held over two nights, hosted over 2,400 guests in total celebrating employees who have given 25, 40, and 50 years loyal service to the company.
Protec put together a bespoke audio and video package working alongside Christie Lites for this production servicing a corporate presentation, an awards ceremony, the showcasing of two new vehicles, live entertainment including singers, dancers and theatrical performers, and a gala dinner.
Production manager for Optimum, Tony Butler reports: “Protec have been fantastic on the most recent production for Optimum at the Ricoh Arena. From early planning and budgeting, all the way through the pre-production process and on-site delivery the whole team have supported me superbly. I can’t thank them enough for making my job so much easier & the client’s reaction to the project says it all. A true bunch of dedicated professionals.”
HOD of video Sean Godefroy notes: “Barco E2 was the ideal choice to handle the pixel space of all the content as there were 4K inputs and outputs and it is incredibly flexible in a show environment. We chose a 2.6mm Unilumin LED wall measuring 12 x 5m with a resolution of 4608 x 1920 flanked by two circular side screens using double stacked Barco 30k projectors to display camera feeds ensuring a vivid, sharp display. We also used two Panasonic 12K projectors for the relay screens projecting 16 x 9 content and one DSM monitor for

 
 
Christie projectors installed at Helsinki UniversityChristie projectors installed at Helsinki University
Thursday, 21 November 2019

Finland - The University of the Arts recently upgraded some of its AV facilities to improve the student experience. Electro Waves, a local integrator, carried out the work which includes new Christie APS and the GS series laser projectors in a number of lecture theatres and music performance halls.
With its combination of disciplines including fine art, music and theatre studies, the new university offers varied education opportunities to students in Finland and overseas. And, with increasing numbers of students attracted to the university through its growing reputation, the in-house AV team were keen to add first-class projection to enhance the teaching and presentation facilities. Kai Tuovinen of Electro Waves organised a trial period to test which projectors would be suited to the university’s requirements.
“In partnership with the in-house AV team we decided to put various projectors through their paces before we made our final choice. Christie came out on top overall and we were happy to settle on the one brand for the two separate requirements - classrooms and music performance areas,” explains Tuovinen. “The APS Series are perfect for the teaching environment and the versatility and performance of the GS Series made it a natural fit for the performance areas.”
The GS series have been installed in four of the main music theatres which are for acoustic and electric music, opera and organ music. “The projectors stood out for the almost silent operation, the uniformity of the image, flexible lens choices and the general cost-effective

 
Eric Lehman promoted at 7thSense DesignEric Lehman promoted at 7thSense Design
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

USA - 7thSense Design has promoted Eric Lehman to the position of global sales and marketing manager. 
He joined 7thSense as business development manager in 2017 and has since been instrumental in establishing the company’s Orlando office, securing high profile theme park and attraction projects internationally, and playing an active role in developing new media serving and control solutions, as well as strategic partnerships for new products. Lehman’s career has seen him work with and contribute to the commercial success of respected companies including Universal, Electrosonic, Solid Control Inc., and Mad Systems, in addition to his own consultancy business Lehman AV Consultants.
“I am very pleased that Eric will be leading our global sales and marketing strategy and activities.” says Matt Barton, CEO of 7thSense Design. “He knows the industry exceptionally well with more than thirty years’ experience under his belt and brings so much energy to the team. We look forward to this next chapter with him as we continue to grow.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
Stage Electrics wins £2m TU Dublin contractStage Electrics wins £2m TU Dublin contract
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ireland - Stage Electrics has won a £2m contract for the Grangegorman campus East Quad at TU Dublin, Ireland’s first Technological University.
The new campus, part of a wider development at TU Dublin, will provide learning and teaching facilities as well as dedicated space for research technology. The East Quad buildings include the schools of art, design and printing, conservatory of music and drama, and media.
Stage Electrics is supplying full lighting, sound communication and audio-visual systems to a 400-seat rehearsal hall, a recital hall, a performance hall, a black box theatre, TV studios, and post-production studios throughout the building. Work will commence on site shortly and is expected to be completed by late spring 2020. 
(Jim Evans)

 
disguise partners with Evolve Media Groupdisguise partners with Evolve Media Group
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

USA - disguise has announced a partnership with Evolve Media Group as the latest rental and sales partner in the US.
Evolve is a technology-focused company that provides its suite of services exclusively to the live event industry. The US-based company offers three key services comprised of rental, sales and education through their Academy.
“We are thrilled to welcome Evolve to the disguise global partner network as our newest rental and sales partner in the US. We are looking forward to working with them as they offer training in their Orlando and Las Vegas locations and help their existing customers to better understand how the disguise workflow can streamline their content management needs,” says Grif Palmer, VP sales and general manager for disguise Americas.
Evolve CEO Tyler Mayne adds: “disguise media servers are not just requested but required by many of the top designers in the industry. disguise provides the visual power for the most demanding live events all over the world and are instrumental in getting clients’ creative visions from conception to reality. We are very proud of this new partnership and welcome disguise to the Evolve family."
Evolve invested in disguise gx 2 and vx 4 media servers for their rental inventory and brought disguise on as a full Evolve Trifecta Partner by providing disguise training workshops, which began last summer.
Evolve has already deployed disguise on projects and seen the benefits the solutions bring to a project when faced with issues such as venue scheduling and time limitations fo

 
 
Christie extends flat panel LCD line-up
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

USA - With their 0.44mm/combined 0.88mm extreme narrow bezel, TAA-compliance, and 4K at 60Hz delivery, the two new ChristieÒ 55-inch Extreme Series flat panels deliver a powerful punch for military and government installations, utility and other mission-critical control rooms, and visualisation labs requiring the latest intelligent design electronics, advanced performance, and video wall optimisation.
The flagship of Christie’s Extreme Series, the FHD554-XZ-H and its HR sibling are equipped with HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2 connectivity, and an OPS slot to accept a variety of processing modules including ChristieÒ PhoenixÒ EP for a complete solution package.
“The new FHD554-XZ-H/HR models feature Christie’s latest generation of tiled LCD technology featuring the next evolution of combined bezel to date and a platform that further improves the performance of our tiled LCD solutions,” said John Dixon, senior product manager, Christie.
“Besides the improvement in the display platform and bezel, there are also improvements in optical properties and mechanical robustness. For customers looking for the most seamless looking tiled LCD, these two models are the best you can achieve in a video wall. We envision that our customers in the control room and digital signage markets are going realize and appreciate just how small the bezel is.”
The FHD554-XZ-HR is Christie’s remote power model that provides improved reliability while delivering mission-critical uptime and redundancy capabilities. For customers wanting an ultra-slim profile for their v

 
Weigl and Avolites collaborate in DollywoodWeigl and Avolites collaborate in Dollywood
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

UK - Avolites and Weigl partnered on The Wildwood Tree, an installation located within Wildwood Grove at Dollywood. The centrepiece of this new land was designed and built by LifeFormations with creative from The Imagination House. All involved were able to bring this to life using “pioneering lighting and video technologies”.
Weigl designs and manufactures a range of software and hardware products for permanent theme park and interactive experience installations. The story of their collaboration with Avolites starts back in the mid-2000s where Weigl used Avolites’ DMX Pearl and Azure consoles to create single universe ‘single pass’ moving light profiles for their animatronics shows.
Weigl worked closely with Avolites, providing clear and concise feedback without the pressure of a live performance setting.
In June 2019, Wildwood Grove opened with the mesmerizing tree as the centrepiece. The design, built by Life Formations, stands over 50ft tall and is covered with 650 custom RGB LED butterflies, each with pixel mapped wing quadrants. At night, they twinkle and change colour in synchronisation with the music
The initial programming was done on the Avolites Tiger Touch II with an Ai licence, the Synergy mapping was then recorded in a cue list that could be easily set to SMPTE and network MTC timecode and then recorded into Weigl’s own ProCommander AX hardware.
Weigl then used their Showforge software to synchronise the final playback of ArtNet in their hardware, and the audio playback via QSYS. This was the first time they’d

 
 
Video Design backs AJ Tracey London gigsVideo Design backs AJ Tracey London gigs
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

UK - AJ Tracey played two sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace earlier this month.
“I certainly felt this was a career highlight,” explains production manager Joel Stanley. “Bronski (creative director) and I had a long chat; the show would be streamed live so we knew it had to be the best quality for everything. Time was short, we hit the ground running, there was no time for introductions.”
Two intense production meetings later saw Video Design chosen to supply the four-sided LED display above the stage that Bronski conceived to contextualise the energy of AJ Tracey’s performance beneath it.
Neg Earth supplied lights and rigging, while SSE provided sound. “Bronski’s creative side knows no bounds,” continues Stanley. “He confounds us all with ever more amazing platforms for his performers.
“Video Design are a good example of what we needed,” adds Stanley. “Bronski and I agreed they would give more care and attention to the job. That’s what made this work so well. Come load-in, low and behold Alex (Leinster) was there, getting his hands dirty. I won’t be forgetting this show in a while. I’m very grateful to Alex and the other suppliers for helping us pull this off. A terrific show for a terrific performer.”
(Jim Evans)

 
LDI: ADJ schedules multiple launchesLDI: ADJ schedules multiple launches
Monday, 18 November 2019

USA - Entertainment lighting and video specialist ADJ will use LDI 2019 to unveil multiple additions across its product range. These will include a new series of LED video panels, a Hydro Series IP65-rated moving head wash and a high power moving head beam fixture, as well as LED-powered follow spot and strobe fixtures.
ADJ’s new ‘VS’ Vision Series of LED video panels offers a versatile modular solution that has been developed to make life easier for video professionals installing LED walls on either a temporary or permanent basis. Each model in the range features four individual modules, which are front and rear serviceable, making it ideal for both temporary hanging and permanent wall mounting. The modules are all mounted to the same frame, allowing panels of different resolutions to be used together and meaning that the same rigging bar and road case can be used for all VS models.
The Hydro Series is ADJ’s flagship IP65-rated moving head range, offering lighting professionals high quality, yet affordable, fixtures that are sealed from liquid, humidity, dust and dirt. LDI 2019 will see the official debut of the new Hydro Wash X19, which is the latest model to join the range.
LDI 2019 will also see the official unveiling of the latest addition to ADJ’s Vizi Series of moving head fixtures. The new Vizi Beam 12RX is a high-powered unit designed to generate crisp mid-air beam effects at concerts, dance events and in large nightclubs.
The Focus Series is ADJ’s range of compact LED-powered moving head fixtures. The new Focus Spot 5Z

 
 
Philips PDS adds dimension to David Lloyd ClubsPhilips PDS adds dimension to David Lloyd Clubs
Friday, 15 November 2019

Europe - Philips Professional Display Solutions and Hutchison Technologies worked together to bring transformational change to a leading fitness club with a UK and European roll-out of high impact LED video walls and digital signage. Founded in 1982, David Lloyd Leisure operates David Lloyd Clubs, providing family orientated fitness and leisure facilities across 99 UK sites and a further 15 across mainland Europe.
Looking to meet the demand for HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and the explosion of boutique-studios, the fitness giant met the trend head on with the creation of Blaze. Housed in its purpose-built studio, the standalone instructor-led facility combines cardiovascular training with strength, boxing and martial arts skills to give an intense workout.
Available in 54 sites (with more being added throughout 2019 and beyond), David Lloyd Clubs required an innovative, premium quality Europe-wide display solution in order to create a more immersive and personalised experience for members during classes, whilst also maximising new marketing and engagement opportunities to attract new members and ensure a return on investment.
In order to not only meet but surpass expectations, AV integration specialist Hutchison Technologies - a long term partner of David Lloyd Clubs - teamed up with Philips PDS for the installation of a range of premium Ultra HD connected digital signage and video wall solutions both inside and outside every Blaze studio. Each display runs off a single secure network - bringing true change to David Lloyd Clubs.

 
Peerless-AV opens Netherlands warehousePeerless-AV opens Netherlands warehouse
Friday, 15 November 2019

The Netherlands - AV solutions manufacturer Peerless-AV has announced the opening of a new warehouse in Weert.
This is the latest step in the company’s European expansion and Brexit strategy. Located on the Netherlands and Belgium border, Weert is strategically positioned with sea and land transport links.
“The opening of our new warehouse in Weert means we can continue to exceed customer service levels with reduced delivery times and increased flexibility to fulfil the continued growth and demand we are seeing for our products in Europe,” comments Keith Dutch, managing director for EMEA at Peerless-AV. “There will be no change to the operation of our UK warehouse. We’re pleased to say that both the warehouse in UK and Jebel Ali Freezone in Dubai have been stocked heavily this year owing to ongoing growth across EMEA generally.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
LDI: AV Stumpfl promotes Shift and PixeraLDI: AV Stumpfl promotes Shift and Pixera
Thursday, 14 November 2019

USA - AV Stumpfl will present its AT64-Shift system for large mobile projection screens and the new Pixera media server software version 1.2 at this year's LDI show in Las Vegas.
With the AT64-Shift, it's possible to assemble a large mobile projection screen in minutes and to adjust its' height in a matter of seconds.
No extra measuring is needed to ensure that the frame is level, due to a clearly marked height scale.
Based on the same principles as the revolutionary T32-Shift, the AT64-Shift projection screen legs can be used for much larger mobile projection screens and are compatible with all mobile AV Stumpfl screen systems.
Another highlight of AV Stumpfl's LDI booth will be a presentation of the new Pixera version 1.2 software, which was released only a few days ago.
Pixera itself is a multi-award winning 64-bit system for real-time media processing, compositing and management, built around the key theme of usability.
Pixera’s new features include a live preview editing capability. This lets users edit timelines in the preview window while the output shows content from a different section of the timeline. This allows changes to running shows to be previewed by the operator and then blended into the output on the fly.
Pixera version 1.2 also includes the ability to export videos from the workspace, either containing the entire venue or the content of a specific screen. A new set of pixel patching tools has also been seamlessly integrated into the UI. They allow users to reposition content pixels on the output as nee

 
Béjart Ballet Lausanne relies on KineMotionBéjart Ballet Lausanne relies on KineMotion
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Switzerland - In the summer of 2019, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne gave new performances of Dixit, the ‘cinema-ballet-theatre’ show written and directed by Marc Hollogne, in tribute to its founder, Maurice Béjart. To take the audience on the choreographer's story and work, the company relied on Modulo Kinetic and its real-time tracking module, KineMotion.
To pay tribute to its creator, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne worked with Marc Hollogne to write and direct Dixit, a show that combines dance, acting and video projection to tell the story of Maurice Béjart's life and work.
To bring this show to life, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne used Modulo Kinetic, Modulo Pi's media server solution, as well as KineMotion, its real-time tracking plug-in.
Lucas Borgeaud, technical director of Béjart Ballet Lausanne, reports: “We had already used video in some of our ballets, but never on this scale. For this show, the video is almost at the same level as the dance. That's a first.”
The show is performed on a 13m stage on which two screens are freely moved by the dancers and actors and tracked in real time. In addition, there are three screens suspended on DMX hoist in the theatre fly loft.
A 30,000-lumen PT-RQ32 video-projector from Panasonic deals with the projection. Media is projected onto a 13m wide by 7m high frame, the projection alternating between the entire frame, the three suspended screens, and the two tracked screens on stage in real time.
Borgeaud explains: "The screens serve as bubbles that help to understand

 
 
PSAV acquires eclipsePSAV acquires eclipse
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UAE - PSAV has announced the acquisition of eclipse, the AV and live event production and venue company operating in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Eclipse, founded in 2003 by Mark Brown, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSAV and will continue to operate under the eclipse brand name. eclipse CEO Simon Ransom and his senior team will remain in place and continue to execute on their growth plans, now in partnership with PSAV. Ransom will assume leadership of PSAV UAE operations, and work with Nik Rudge, PSAV’s managing director, international, and his team.
“Eclipse is an exciting addition to the PSAV group of companies due to its extensive in-house venues and event production expertise, and strong alignment to our purpose and mission,” comments Rudge. “I am delighted about what this means for PSAV, and more importantly our customers, as we continue to focus on more ways to create amazing event experiences in locations throughout the GCC.”
“The entire eclipse family is eager to be joining forces with PSAV and establishing more impactful ways of serving our collective customer base,” said Ransom.
(Jim Evans)

 
Industry marks steady growth - PLASA researchIndustry marks steady growth - PLASA research
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UK - The market value of the UK entertainment technology industry has grown by an estimated 5% in the past 12 months, according to PLASA research.
This puts the industry’s value at £1.36bn in 2018/19, up from £1.30bn in 2017/18. The sectors with the largest growth include architecture, broadcast and corporate events, which are valued at £250m, £220m and £160m respectively.
Only a third of the businesses surveyed expect the industry to grow in 2019/20 however, the main concern being how and when the UK will exit the European Union.
The full report, which follows on from PLASA’s comprehensive industry research released in 2018, details sector by sector performance, investment in marketing and R&D, and the future outlook for the industry.
“We are delighted to offer this important resource,” comments PLASA managing director, Peter Heath. “It provides vital insight for business planning, budgeting and benchmarking performance - I encourage all businesses to download the full report.”
He adds: “Whilst it’s great to see that the industry has performed so well over the last year, we are clearly looking towards a period of uncertainty as Brexit looms over the sector. PLASA will continue to support our members to the fullest extent that we can.”
The 2019 PLASA industry research report is available to download free of charge to PLASA members or £500+VAT for non-members. For more information, visit <

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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