Video and AV News

christie-d4k40-rgbISE: Christie debuts MicroTiles developments
Friday, 1 February 2019

The Netherlands - Building on its expertise, Christie continues to deliver end-to-end solutions for visual experiences coupled with service and support.
For the first time, stand visitors will experience the new Christie MicroTiles. The Christie D4K40-RGB pure laser 3DLP projector will make its European debut at ISE.
The Christie APS Series, launched in January, is being shown for the first time at a public show. The new 3LCD laser projector will be located in Zone 8. Featuring an efficient laser illumination system and patented optical light path design that uses only one motor, the APS Series provides up to 20,000 hours of reliable, maintenance-free operation at an extremely low cost of ownership.
Christie has partnered with Da-Lite, which will provide the screens for the Christie stand while both the LANG AG and SDVoE stands are demonstrating interoperability with Christie Terra, and other SDVoE-member products, to demonstrate a flexible AV over IP system.
Arlonna Seymour, senior director, corporate marketing, Christie, comments: “At ISE 2019, the focus for Christie will be our leadership role as a full system support partner. It is not just about the technology itself, but more about our relationships and expertise in delivering the right solution for our customers. The theme ‘Let’s imagine, together we make it extraordinary’ expresses this collaboration, with Christie working together with our customers, our partners, and our vendors to bring to life extraordinary experiences.”
(Jim Evans)

colour-sound-madness-mad212204544Colour Sound Experiment with Madness
Friday, 1 February 2019

UK - London-based lighting and visual rental company Colour Sound Experiment supplied video, including LED screens, cameras, PPU and crew, to Madness’s most recent tour.
The Sound of Madness arena tour was production managed and designed by ‘Luton’ Pete Hosier, who was also the LD, with the video elements co-ordinated by Toby Vogel, who has worked with Madness since 2010.
Video has been a massive part of their live show, especially for the last three of these biennial arena tours, and the screens were in use for most of the band’s lively, up-beat set.
Utilising over 175sq.m of Colour Sound’s BT-6 and BT-7 mm LED product, the main screens comprised a 10m-wide by 5m-high upstage centre surface, flanked either side by two 5 x 5m ‘return’ screens positioned diagonally upstage/downstage.
As well as co-ordinating all the video hardware, Toby creates, generates and formats the content, an area in which he works closely with band members Chrissy Boy (guitarist Chris Foreman) and keyboardist Mike Barson.
Colour Sound supplied a three camera/Blackmagic 2ME PPU package, plus video director Phil Woodhead, who brought his own aesthetic to the visual mix as an integral part of the video team. Phil also worked on the 2016 arena tour.
Toby’s control system was based around Mac Pro Resolume 6 media servers which he ran from FOH, with Phil’s camera mix fed in via Blackmagic external capture cards.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
palo-santoUniversal Pixels shines on Years & Years
Friday, 1 February 2019

UK - Universal Pixels supplied a flexible video package for British synth pop stars Years & Years’ Palo Santo live campaign, including festival dates, UK arena shows and European performances
Years & Years landed back in the UK charts last summer with their critically acclaimed second album, Palo Santo, and a production befitting of the band’s standing in alternative pop culture. A number of festival dates coincided with Palo Santo’s highly anticipated release before a UK arena tour and subsequent European concert hall dates were met with sold out crowds last winter.
Universal Pixels worked closely with production designers, Cassius Creative, taking on the design and supply of the video elements, as well as the indoor venue IMAG requirements. The versatile design peaked in size at the London O2 Arena, with the show featuring a 195sq.m ROE CB5 screen and bespoke Leyard CLM 6mm LED stage panels.
For the festival shows and European dates, the production featured a scaled-down video design - specified by Universal Pixels to suit the size of each venue.
Universal Pixels’ Jay Mobbs-Beal explains: “The upstage screen is very standard and quick to build in touring frames. Incorporated into the set, it stayed there for the duration of the tour and, again, was quick and easy to build every day - this was realised thanks to the pre-tour planning with the tour vendor, All Access Staging & Productions.”
On the attributes of the Leyard CLM6 screen panels, Mobbs-Beal adds: “It’s hi-res, bright and significantly ligh

 
dante-av-imageISE: Audinate adds video to Dante
Thursday, 31 January 2019

The Netherlands - Audinate has announced Dante AV, an integrated audio and video-over-IP solution for manufacturers.
Dante AV promises to bring all the benefits of the audio over IP solution to video, including discovery, ease-of-use and integrated control. Dante AV enables complete interoperability with more than 1600 Dante-enabled audio products already on the market.
Dante AV reportedly resolves syncronisation problems of networked video and audio by utilising a single network clock for sub-microsecond accuracy. With Dante AV, audio and video signals are independently routable in a single interface using the Dante Controller software. Manufacturers can also take advantage of Dante API to customise their management user interface. Dante AV solves time alignment issues and eliminates the need for audio de-embedders in applications such as sports bars, live events and multi-zoned AV systems for perfect lip sync everywhere.
The Dante AV Module is available with the Dante AV Product Design Suite, providing a complete AV-over-IP endpoint product design for manufacturers that wish to quickly get a product to market.
“Customers want us to bring the V to AV,” says Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “With Dante AV, we are excited to make that a reality. The Dante AV Module and the Dante AV Product Design Suite will enable manufacturers to quickly get integrated audio and video products to market, with all of the benefits Dante has to offer. With Dante AV, we’re taking everything we've learned from years in networked audio to the video world, and

 
 
making-milan-together-logo-cloud-graphicISE: Momentum for Milan network builds
Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The Netherlands - Avnu Alliance has announced new members and ecosystem tools, while manufacturer members plan to demonstrate and showcase new Milan-ready products at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019.
Milan is a standards-based, user-driven deterministic network protocol for professional media, that assures devices will work together at new levels of convenience, reliability and functionality. Created and maintained by members of the Avnu Alliance, Milan is billed as the first tangible solution for promising deterministic, reliable, and future-proof delivery of networked media. Milan combines the technical benefits of the AVB standard with pro AV market-defined device requirements at both the network and the application layer for media streams, formats, clocking and redundancy.
“Members of Milan have been diligently working behind the scenes for the last six months and we’re excited to use ISE as a forum to showcase the momentum and progress that Milan has made and set the stage for Milan in 2019. We now have the full suite of Milan specification documents available, representing almost two years of work from technical workgroup members and dedicated manufacturers who are providing the tools and resources for the correct implementation of this protocol,” says Avnu Alliance Pro AV workgroup chair Tim Boot, Meyer Sound.
“With the new members that have joined us in 2018 and now, the Milan initiative has proliferated the professional audio market. With more members, more expertise and more market leaders contributing to the effort, we’re g

 
ac-sp-motionhouse-1-72dpi-copyright-wwwi101digitalcouk--acAC-SP sets bar high for Motionhouse
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

UK - A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) has supplied a bespoke performance LED lighting and AV solution to dance-circus company Motionhouse for its creation and rehearsal space in Royal Leamington Spa.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Motionhouse creates and tours a wide range of inspiring and powerful productions to theatres and festivals in the UK and across the globe.
Earlier this year, Motionhouse moved into its inspirational new rehearsal space in the new home of British furniture manufacturer Vitsœ in Leamington Spa. The co-habitation was conceived by Vitsœ and Motionhouse to create a vibrant and like-minded working community, and Motionhouse’s move to Vitsœ received capital funding from Arts Council England.
AC-SP needed to adhere to a strict technical specification in order for the installation to blend in with the building.
The original idea was to have motorised truss grids within each of the rehearsal bays, however, initial costs were higher than expected. As a more cost-effective alternative, AC-SP project manager, Chris Little specified Sixty82 fixed ladder truss grids into each rehearsal bay, along with a 3m motorised truss using Columbus McKinnon D8+ Model F motors and Kinesys load monitoring and control.
One of the key requirements from the building owner was that all of the truss had to be installed above the bottom of the timber horizontal beams. This was technically challenging, as a requirement from Motionhouse was to get the rigs a close as possible to the centre beam between each rehearsal bay. The buil

 
 
saraSARA adds Absen and Green Hippo
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

South Africa - The South African Roadies Association (SARA) has invested in an Absen D3V indoor/outdoor LED screen consisting of 150 panels and a Green Hippo Karst+ Media Server from local distributor DWR Distribution.
SARA - a non-profit training organisation based in Newtown, Johannesburg – acts to provide students with skills across lighting, audio, staging, power, rigging, AV and production specialties through a hands-on training and tutoring programme.
Freddie Nyathela is the heart behind SARA and he has fought to get the programme off the ground. Students with limited resources are given the opportunity to join the entertainment industry and many reputable technicians have passed through his establishment.
The investment of a new Absen D3V screen and Green Hippo Karst+ was funded by the National Lotteries Commission (the NLC).
Nyathela explains: “The equipment is crucial for SARA’s training. The purpose of purchasing this equipment is not to compete with anybody’s business or with any hire companies. The main focus is for students to touch, to play and to have access to hands on training with the latest technical gear. We will also assist some of the SARA graduates who have set up their companies and need gear for an event. They don’t have large budgets and we will loan it to them at a minimal rental fee.”
In addition to providing the kit, DWR Distribution has also committed to present a range of training courses from lighting to audio, fixture service workshops and a list of other topics, to SARA students.
(Jim

 
stone-sour--bronwen-caple-photography-10Nexus panels in the mix for Stone Sour
Friday, 25 January 2019

Australia - Playing bars and clubs in their native Des Moines, Iowa in the 1990s, Stone Sour got their name from a popular drink that mixed one-part whiskey with one-part orange juice and a splash of sour mix. In the years that followed, the Grammy-nominated multi-platinum band has attracted a global fan base with its own cocktail mix of metal and alternate rock sounds.
The band’s performance revolves around a simple concept: rock hard, rock loud and be ferocious. This nonstop intensity led Scott Warner to feature the high-output Nexus Aw 7x7 in the first lightshow he designed for Stone Sour in 2017. This December, he went back to the same fiery well again, using the warm white LED panels for his client’s co-headline appearance with The Offspring at Australia’s Good Things Festival.
“I really liked the way these panels worked on my last tour with Stone Sour,” said Warner. “So, when I learned that they were available for this festival run, I didn’t hesitate to add them.”
The Good Things Festival takes place on consecutive days in three cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. A leading hard rock and metal event in Australia, the festival draws passionately dedicated fans that come seeking intense sounds and sights. Stone Sour and Warner didn’t disappoint. Along with the band’s heavy guitar riffs, double bass drums and growling vocals by frontman Corey Taylor was a bright, searing and punchy lightshow with plenty of audience lighting from the Nexus Aw 7x7 fixtures.
“I focused the Nexus units so they would punch up the inc

 
 
universityAMX networked media solution at USQ
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Australia - Pro AV Solutions Queensland and avt installed AMX SVSI Networked Media Solution at The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to create flexible teaching spaces leveraging the university’s standard network infrastructure.
With campuses in Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich, USQ offers courses in law, health, engineering, business, education, arts and the sciences. USQ recently deployed a series of POD-based learning and teaching techniques to facilitate interconnectivity both within and between campuses. USQ turned Pro AV Solutions Queensland and avt to design an affordable and easy-to-use AV solution. Pro AV Solutions Queensland suggested the AMX SVSI networked media solution, capable of delivering high-definition audio and video with minimal latency across a variety of end-points on multiple campuses.
"We realised that we couldn’t approach this project with a traditional AV technology platform due to the scope of the network,” says Marc Braganza, sales & business development manager, pro AV solutions Queensland. “USQ wanted to bring content closer to students across three campuses. We needed a unique solution that could distribute massive amounts of audio and video over several devices using standard network cabling and IP technology. We chose the AMX SVSI networked media solution because of its flexible, affordable, and it distributes content over the entire network without instantaneously.”
The AMX SVSI network media solution enables USQ to create a complete digital media distribution solution. Students and staff can q

 
colour-sound-you-me-at-six-you0312187148Colour Sound tours with You Me at Six
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

UK - Lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and LED screens for the recent tour by UK rockers You Me At Six, which promoted their latest album VI. The tour also celebrated 10 years since their first album Take Off Your Colours catapulted them to the top of the charts.
Haydn Cruickshank (H) and the team at Colour Sound worked with Jamie Thompson from MIRRAD who co-designed set, lighting and video together with Dave Cohen, with Cohen directing lighting and visuals on the road.
Thompson explains that the design brief was to create “something big, epic, memorable . . . and cost effective”. Additionally, the band wanted to play two completely different sets - one comprising music from the first album, and the second featuring songs from the latest one and the other four in between. So, the idea was that the show would alternate between these, each with its own look and style.
Taking the Roman ‘VI’ from the album artwork was a visual starting point, Thompson and Cohen wanted to introduce some V-shapes to the stage architecture and accentuate the perspective and depth of the space.
The proposed multi-layered V-shaped risers fronted with LED video panels set the tone with a look that was both striking and practical to tour and build each day. “They are an energetic band, so we wanted to offer them lots of layers and levels to jump and run around on during the performance,” explains Thompson.
Upstage of the set risers were four tall portrait format video screens, hung on angles m

 
 
polarisISE: Absen to celebrate export milestone
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Netherlands - Marking its 10th year as a major LED exhibitor at ISE, Absen will celebrate its 10th straight year as ta leading Chinese export brand for LED displays. In Amsterdam, ISE attendees will experience Absen’s largest ever stand, covering an impressive 264sqm.
This year, Absen will focus on the Fine Pixel Generation - the company’s new line of narrow pixel pitch displays. During ISE, Absen will launch a number of indoor and outdoor LED solutions that are sure to satisfy all manners of fixed installation, rental & staging, control room and corporate applications.
The company will also showcase its latest LED solutions for retail, live events and entertainment, as well as OOH and sports venues. This inventory will include the successful Polaris and N-Plus ranges; ensuring that the company’s regional partners and global BUs are up-to-date on Absen’s full LED solution offerings.
Lastly, Absen is also due to partner with a number of leading providers within its ISE booth and beyond. The company will use PIXERA media servers from AV Stumpfl on its LED displays, as well as collaborating with Green Hippo / Notch on an interactive LED archway. Absen will also enjoy product sponsorship placements with Peerless-AV and RAI Amsterdam itself.
(Jim Evans)

 
Shooting Partners and Anna Valley amalgamate
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

UK - Sister companies Shooting Partners and Anna Valley have merged under the Anna Valley brand, which has been redesigned to represent a broader service offering and modern style. A new, responsive website has also been created to support the new brand.
The two companies were subsidiaries of the Shooting Partners Group, which launched in 1989 as a camera-hire business and expanded to include AV technology, with the acquisition of Anna Valley in 2000. This announcement comes three years after the Shooting Partners Group underwent a management buyout and follows considerable business growth in existing and new markets. As well as establishing a new AV integration business unit and significantly increasing their rental business year-on-year, in 2017 the group also purchased live event specialists, Matrix UK Solutions which remains unaffected by this re-brand.
The decision to bring Shooting Partners into the Anna Valley stable is motivated by a number of factors, including the convergence of the audio-visual and broadcast sectors and the increasing use of professional camera equipment in the events and corporate markets.
Anna Valley will now offer an end-to-end, production-to-presentation service, providing the expertise and technology for innovative video projects.
“2019 marks our 30th year of operation in the video production and AV sectors,” says Anna Valley managing director Steve Jones. “The company has grown significantly over the last three decades and it’s appropriate for the brand to be updated to reflect our current state, f

 
 
atlona-panduit-day1Panduit Corp acquires Atlona
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

USA - Panduit Corp has acquired global AV manufacturer Atlona. 
As part of the acquisition, the Atlona team will join Panduit’s Enterprise business group. Atlona will continue to serve its customers from its global headquarters in San Jose, California for all sales, customer support, and training related inquiries.
“Atlona has been at the forefront in developing cutting-edge AV technology that embraces the full potential of the convergence of AV and network infrastructure,” explains Dennis Renaud, president and CEO of Panduit. “Their industry-leading solutions complement Panduit’s extensive physical infrastructure portfolio, which will allow us to offer customers a quality end-to-end solution as they move to increasingly complex network infrastructure systems.”
Ilya Khayn, Atlona CEO adds, “There are strong synergies between our companies including a culture of providing innovative, high-quality, customer-driven products, along with outstanding customer support capabilities. This partnership will ultimately provide our market channels with a single-source solution and expand our footprint globally.”
Panduit Corp. develops physical infrastructure management solutions. The company serves education, computing, network, operations, storage, healthcare, government, energy, machine building, and shipbuilding industries through a network of electrical, electronic, network, and industrial automation distributors worldwide. Panduit Corp. has strategic alliances with Cisco Systems, EMC, IBM, and Rockwell Automation. The company was foun

 
lfpsLFPS on track for Champions Day
Monday, 21 January 2019

UK - Billed as the glorious finale to the Flat Season, QIPCO British Champions Day brings together leading jockeys, horses, trainers and owners from Europe and beyond for one of the most prestigious fixtures in the UK sporting calendar.
As a grand finale to the proceedings, the 2018 event closed with a suitably grand after party for over 5000 guests. The event was staged within a giant Igloo domed roof structure provided by Fews Marquees which was built on the lawn directly adjacent to the main grandstand at Ascot Racecourse. The party featured performances from House of Angels, Ella Eyre and culminated in an epic DJ set from Jax Jones.
Working on behalf of clients Generate Events, Light Fantastic provided full technical support to the show, including lighting, audio, video, staging and rigging along with design and fabrication of a host of bespoke scenic elements.
Andrew Maxted, project manager at LFPS remarked, “Our clients presented us with a really exciting brief for the event, which included a giant ‘boom box’ as the central theme. With this in mind, we created a high impact stage and lighting design to look like a huge ‘retro portable stereo’ incorporating all the old-school controls you’d expect, plus the all-important client branding.”
The team installed a number of overhead trusses to support all production elements including lighting, audio, LED wall and scenic elements. Lighting trusses housed a mixture of the company’s Robe MegaPointe, LEDBeam 150 and LEDWash 600 fixtures, plus Clay Paky Stormy strobes for added spa

 
 
avolites-ttii-dublin-nye-20189-tnTiger Touch II controls Dublin New Year Festival
Thursday, 17 January 2019

Ireland - Thousands of people witnessed Dublin’s New Year Festival with a light show that illuminated the landmark Custom House and River Liffey. Lighting designer Matthew Kilmurry, of Kilmurry Design, controlled the spectacular effects using two Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles.
More than 40,000 people enjoyed the New Year’s celebrations in Dublin, with millions watching live TV coverage of the ‘Midnight Moment’. This was billed as a ‘dazzling lighting spectacle’ featuring a ‘thrilling choreography of lasers and aqua beams’.
“My brief for the event was to light up the sky and surrounding areas of Custom House Quay in Dublin city centre. The lighting needed to be dynamic, original and totally in-sync with the six-minute music piece that played at midnight,” says Kilmurry. “I pre-programmed to timecode, using Capture and a Tiger Touch II at home before the event - there were about 300 cues in six minutes.
“I was really impressed with the timecode features in Avolites’ Titan operating system - the timecode learning really saved me so much time, and the fact you can run infinite cue lists from the same timecode input. I had around eight cue lists running consecutively and over 300 cues and every time the timecode playback system triggered the show ran flawlessly.
“The Key Frame Shape generator is also incredibly powerful, especially when you have 80 movers lined up along a river, you can get some really beautiful effects.”
Both Tiger Touch II consoles were supplied by Production Services Ireland, with Ciaran

 
bao-blue-goldProtec delivers technical support for Final Frontier
Thursday, 17 January 2019

UAE - Protec was called upon by Envie Events to provide full AV support for Bao: The Final Frontier EDM festival at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai.
Bao attracted large crowds to the theatrical display and line-up of world class DJs. Artistes included the top 2 DJs of the DJ Mag top 100 Martin Garrix, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike as well as heavyweights Afrojack, Don Diablo, Nervo, R3hab and more.
Mel Deighton, Protec’s project manager, worked closely with other suppliers to make sure the show was delivered beyond expectation and on time. Faced with considerable challenges along the way, he credits his team on delivering under pressure.
“Due to the complexity of the production we were on-site 11 days for set-up, two days for the show and we were fully loaded out two days later. It was a challenging build which required cooperation with the staging company. Our LED and lighting needed to be rigged intermittently and built into the structure which took some extra time and careful planning. Unfortunately, we got unlucky with the weather as a thunderstorm hit us a few days before show meaning our timeline was significantly affected. Thankfully we had ample resources and a committed team to ensure we delivered on time and as promised.”
Protec’s Chris McAleese operated audio at FOH and he gave us an insight into what he used to deliver sound that had both the crowd and DJs completely immersed in the moment.
“We used 32 of the powerful L-Acoustics K1 line array (16 a side) and 30 of the classic but phenomenal L-Acoustics V-DOSC (15 a

 
 
arri-rental-atlgroup-shotARRI Rental grows Atlanta team
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

USA - ARRI Rental has announced two additions to the team at its Atlanta facility. Peter Fodero, who has joined as operations manager, will oversee day-to-day management of the rental operation, while new client contact Kyle Baggett will focus on excellence in customer service.
Fodero began his career as a production freelancer before joining another equipment rental house in 2011 where he held many roles, most recently as general manager.
“I’m delighted to welcome Peter and Kyle to the team,” says Peter Crithary, President ARRI Rental US Camera. “Their extensive knowledge and close connections within the creative community are a tremendous asset.”
Regional marketing executive Kelli Bingham will continue to focus on managing the company’s relationships with production and crew in Atlanta, as well as seeking new business opportunities. Working alongside her, senior field support technician Mike Sippel is part of the location support team and responsible for all camera-related products, including the ALEXA 65.
(Jim Evans)

 
jeff-mirandaAllied Professional Technologies appoints sales manager
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

USA - California based pro-AV technology distributor Allied ProTech has appointed Jeff Miranda to the role of sales manager.
Miranda brings near 15 years of experience in the professional audio industry having previously run his own integration company, and having worked in positions at TOA Electronics, Adobe systems, and most recently at Pacific AV as vice president of sales. Previous roles have included product management, applications engineering, system design, system sales, Miranda also has nearly two decades of experience as a live sound engineer mixing at many worship and entertainment venues.
“Jeff’s broad experience, not just in professional AV sales, but also as an integrator, design engineer and mixing engineer, makes him the perfect choice to join us in this new role,” explains Rik Kirby, founder of Allied ProTech. “Over the last two years our business has been growing extremely quickly, both with Linea Research amplifiers and with Luminex network switches, and we’re confident Jeff will be instrumental in continuing this growth. Having known and worked with him for many years I have firsthand knowledge and confidence that his experience will be invaluable to our partners and customers.”
Miranda will be starting with Allied ProTech immediately and will be based out of their offices in Orange County, California.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Allied ProTech and starting this next chapter in my career. Having worked with their innovative brands for the last two years I’m really looking forward to getting more

 
 
highliteISE: Highlite International promotes new solutions
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Netherlands - Highlite International BV will be present during Integrated Systems Europe 2019, hall 7, stand Y190. At the Highlite stand various installation solutions from DAP Audio, visuals from DMT Premiere LED screens, effect lighting from Showtec and Infinity with the Furion and Signature series will be showcased.
DAP Audio supplies an array of installation mixers equipped for zone control with multiple inputs. Amplifiers, like the analogue HP-series, the digital QI-Series or the 100V PA- or ZA-series offer possibilities for multi-roomed venues. In combination with the Celestion-powered new XI-MKII installation speaker series are ideal for fixed installations.
Infinity will show the Furion Series, very fast and powerful LED-based moving heads, equipped with Wireless DMX. The Infinity washlight iW-720, the pixel controlled washlight iW-1915 Pixel RGBW Wash and the Infinity Chimp light controller will also be on show along with the Infinity Signature LED based theatre spots, a Robert Juliat collaboration.
DMT Premiere LED screens with pixel pitches ranging from 5.9mm to 2.9mm will also feature.
Showtec offers a very powerful outdoor wash - the IP65 rated Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 with 40 Prolight Opto RGBW 4-in-1 10W LEDs and WDMX. WDMX is also present in the Showtec Eventspot 1600Q4, a very interesting battery light with up to 15 hours battery lifetime per charge.
(Jim Evans)

 
ISE: Kramer delivers the IT factor
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Netherlands - At this year's ISE show in Amsterdam, Kramer Electronics will its software-centric ecosystem, management solutions, intuitive meeting space automation, elevated audio and connectivity solutions, and more.
Kramer Platforms consist of hardware devices that are software-driven so one box serves multiple functions. It’s an innovative new way to lead AV designs with software and maximizing return on investment and customization options. With Kramer Platforms, AV professionals can combine best-in-class solutions, such as Kramer’s VIA collaboration system with a Kramer Control brain.
On display at ISE will be next-generation Kramer Control, a code-free, cloud-based control platform.
Kramer Network 3.0, an enterprise management platform enables IT/AV professionals to easily configure and manage their entire Kramer product range, Dante devices and third-party devices from anywhere in the world.
Kramer is investing heavily in sharing UX best practices in the AV industry. At ISE, the company will discuss how UX is a catalyst for new technologies.
Kramer will also carry out AVoIP and Kramer Control courses through its Kramer Academy at the show.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
chauvetipslondonaquamanIPS supports film premieres with Chauvet
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

UK - At the recent double premiere of the 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure films Mortal Engines and Aquaman in London’s Leicester Square, the red carpet was suitably soaked in a fittingly post-apocalyptic two-day torrential rainstorm.
Fortunately, for movie fans who had turned up in droves to take selfies with stars like Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar and Robert Sheehan, the atmosphere on both nights was not dampened in the slightest, thanks in part to a large multimedia installation showing film snippets, custom created content and live action. IPS created the crowd-pleasing video screens with 106 PVP X6IP LED panels from Chauvet Professional.
“The most complicated aspect of this particular project was that there were two different premieres on consecutive days,” explains Ian Brown, project coordinator at IPS. “Understandably, the designer and IPS client Limited Edition Event Design wanted to create two completely different looks to ensure there was a different feel to each premiere, while working within the logistical constraints of the site and shows.”
For the first show, the premiere of Aquaman, IPS supplied seven rigging towers, each supporting a 1.5m high by 2.5m wide screen made from X6IP panels. For the next day’s premiere of Mortal Engines, three of the towers were removed and the screens reconfigured so the four remaining towers each supported a 1m wide by 5m high screen, also made from the repurposed X6IP panels.
“The 6.9mm pixel pitch of the PVP panels provided us with an exceptionally sharp canvas

 
riversideStage Electrics wins Riverside Studios contract
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

UK - Stage Electrics has announced it has won a £2m contract for the supply and installation of specialist production lighting and audio-visual infrastructure for Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.
The broadcast, arts and entertainment venue closed in 2014 for demolition and redevelopment and is scheduled to fully reopen its doors again in 2019. The new 90,000 sq. ft. Riverside Studios will comprise three studios, small, medium and large, as well as public and community spaces including a two-screen cinema, rehearsal space and a number of restaurants and bars.
The design of the medium studio is particularly flexible allowing for the easy alternation between theatre, music, events and television. During the consultancy phase of the project, Stage Electrics advised on the supporting infrastructure to allow it to function as a multipurpose space. The smaller studio is intended to be mainly used as a theatrical space, with broadcast facilities being integrated into the audio-visual facility panels.
The package also includes a high-quality PA system for the public areas of the building, rigging systems for the smaller studio & the Cinema.
Starting on site in early 2019, working for main contractor, Mount Anvil, Stage Electrics’ work will facilitate the installations of the broadcast systems integrator, ATG Danmon and TV lighting hoist integrator, DeSisti.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
bpm-mainBPM Show secures future
Friday, 11 January 2019

UK - The future of DJ exhibition BPM has been secured with the launch of a new limited company, BPM Shows Ltd.
The show, previously organised by Marked Events as BPM | PRO, was initially cancelled following Marked Events' liquidation in the summer of 2018.
But a joint effort led by some of the affected companies who worked closely with Pete Williams of Mobile DJ Network (MDJN) ensured BPM 2018 took place last October in a less costly, more business-friendly environment at Cranmore Park, Solihull.
BPM Shows Ltd is led by show directors Steven Boys, an experienced mobile DJ/sound and lighting engineer with a background in weddings and events organising, and Jack Wilson (Kent Media Group). They will be supported by a team of well-known industry figures including Mark Parkhouse (FBT Audio) and Kris Dawber.
Wilson comments: “We are very proud to officially announce the return of BPM, not as a last-minute rescue plan but as an exhibition with a future and a strategy for supporting the industry.
“Our plan is rooted in the success of 2018 - an affordable annual event that offers true return on investment and which grows at the rate the industry needs. I’m delighted to say that the 2019 show is already almost entirely sold out. That’s a huge vote of confidence and we take that support very seriously.”
Boys adds: “We also want our visitors and the wider industry to let us know what they want from BPM. Those opinions are at the heart of making BPM a success and we would love to hear from you.”
BPM 2019 will take place at

 
modulo-kinetic-interfaceISE: Modulo Pi unveils latest Kinetic server
Friday, 11 January 2019

The Netherlands - Modulo Pi has announced a new version of Modulo Kinetic, the media server designed for the most challenging projects. The all-in-one toolbox takes real-time simulation, interactivity, and tracking to the next level with a new upgrade that will be introduced at ISE 2019 in booth K135, Hall 14.
Modulo Kinetic is a fully integrated real-time media server solution that can be used across the complete workflow including show study, simulation, encoding, playback and show control. Modulo Kinetic features a user-friendly 2D compositing tool with non-linear timelines, a low-latency live mixer, and a powerful 3D engine and show controller, all brought into one consistent environment. It handles the most advanced formats including Apple ProRes, HAP up to 8K+, and uncompressed still sequence TGA or 10-bit DPX.
Through Modulo Kinetic’s intuitive and collaborative user interface, one can easily simulate and visualize a show in 3D. Modulo Kinetic’s new version makes real-time VR easy for improved show study and simulation: one single button in Modulo Kinetic’s software allows to visualize a show scene from any angle with a VR headset. No coding is needed to enjoy all the benefits of Modulo Kinetic’s real-time interactive VR.
To optimize performance and usability, Modulo Pi has developed its own tracking system. Available in Modulo Kinetic’s new version, the optical tracking module allows real-time projection on moving objects, as well as video-projectors auto-calibration. Modulo Kinetic is also compatible with other tracking and moti

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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