The Netherlands - The 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest at Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena, marked the first major live event to take place in the Netherlands since the pandemic. The event was powered by disguise.
The official technical supplier for the contest, Faber Audiovisuals, relied on a complement of disguise vx 4, gx 2c and 4x4pro media servers to power a total of 55 scenes on a giant LED video wall and floors, used across all 39 competing performances, the opening ceremony, the flag parade and all interval acts, such as the impressive Power of Water. The six-week production period was led by ESC head of production Erwin Rintjema and head of video Hand Cromheecke.
Faber’s Eurovision team included disguise workflow specialist Jo Pauly (of Visual Solutions) as media server operators for the show. The two share a long history of successful live projects powered by disguise, including Marco Borsato’s show at De Kuip Stadium in 2019.
Ben Augenbroe and Steve Ackein, ESC project managers for Faber said: “We chose disguise for reliability and stability. Because we had to run in full redundancy, disguise gave us the right solution. We did not have any issue on this complex production and the disguise 24/7 stand-by team supported us real quick when needed.
“This Eurovision Song Contest 2021 went smoothly for Faber, as all went according to plan and all of our crew were outstanding. Our client, NPO/NOS/AVROTROS expressed they were delighted to have chosen Faber as their technical partner as we delivered as promised. All three live broa
Austria - 4youreye and Rezac employed Pixera media servers for this year’s most anticipated charity fund raising event in Austria, Austria for Life, which involved complex media playout and advanced projection mapping setups.
The Stephansdom Cathedral in Vienna, was beaming not just with the enthusiasm of the countless helpers on the 28 May, but also due to the impressive usage of modern media playout display technologies.
The 90-minute-long live TV charity fundraising show was broadcast on ORF 2 and Krone.tv. The project, which had been initiated by the LIFE+ chairman Gery Keszler, supports the aid organisations Caritas, Diakonie, Hilfswerk, Red Cross, Samariterbund and Volkshilfe.
LIFE+ itself supports socially relevant projects that fight epidemic diseases and helps people impacted by them.
A variety of well-known Austrian artists invited the Austria for Life audience to follow them on a trip through Austria’s past, that highlighted the different ways in which the country had successfully dealt with great challenges throughout the centuries.
The Stephansdom’s complete south view was bathed in spectacular video content and light, courtesy of a large number of acclaimed visual artists, using Christie projectors. A large 200m2 LED display acted as a frame for the stage and visually connected the cathedral and the cathedral square below.
Rezac HPP from lower Austria used AV Stumpfl‘s multi-award-winning Pixera media server system for realising the projection mapping.
The Viennese company 4youreye also employed Pixera
China - Following the success of the 1 June online event, LED manufacturer Absen has extended the availability of its virtual booth showcasing its product portfolio and its online event, accessible to anyone who wishes to attend.
The online experience stages Absen’s products, all within a fully interactive and free-to-navigate virtual booth. The online event covered the advantages of LED in immersive experiences and featured a live Q&A for audiences across the globe.
The booth, split into sections such as corporate, virtual studios, retail and MicroLED, enables visitors to see Absen’s products up close and personal from the comfort of their homes. Each section of the booth features a voiceover explaining the section for visitors, and features Absen’s latest products, such as the AbseniCon3.0, Aurora Series and Jade Dragon series, for each market. The products are fully interactable for visitors and feature detailed information such as product specifications, case study videos of real-life applications and product brochures.
“The virtual booth is designed to be an immersive experience, presenting all the creative applications for LED in a variety of markets,” said Jessica Golding, Absen’s European brand manager. “The booth allows visitors to explore just how powerful LED can be in all areas, by expands on Absen’s years of experience in applications of all shapes and sizes and presenting them for anyone to see.”
The segments of the booth consider the most common applications for LED within each space.
For retail, visi
USA - Christie has announced the launch of Core Series II LED video wall tiles, available in a range of pixel pitches, including a new 0.9 mm pixel pitch. Designed for easy installation of near-seamless video walls of any scale, Core Series II is suitable for corporate spaces, like lobbies, meeting and conference rooms, and various digital signage applications to engage, entertain or collaborate with your audience.
Core Series II takes the original Core Series LED video wall tiles and improves them, making them lighter, and easier to install. Tiles in the new Core Series II are 23% lighter than the original, weighing 14.3lbs (6.5kg). Featuring a slimmer form factor, with a scant 38mm depth, and along with a new ADA-compliant direct-mounting structure and concealed cabling, Core Series II video walls are easy to install, and completely front serviceable.
Available in five pixel pitches: a new 0.9mm and 1.2mm, 1.5mm, 1.8 and 2.5mm, Core Series II produces vivid, clear and detailed images that are 33% brighter than its predecessor, at 800 nits calibrated brightness. When paired with Christie’s optional E600 HDR10-compatible controller with advanced image processing, Core Series II delivers content in 4K @60Hz and low-brightness enhancements for great visual performance. For added peace of mind, Core Series II features redundant on-board power.
“With Core Series II, we’ve improved on an affordable choice for LED video walls that doesn’t sacrifice on features,” says John Dixon, director of product management, Christie. “Choose from our range
UK - This April, Volkswagen UK took over Stage A at Millennium Studios in Thurleigh, one of UK’s premier music, film and TV production facilities, to deliver its annual conference.
Traditionally hosted as an in-person event, Volkswagen opted for a virtual setting built around a live, complex agenda that included keynotes, videos, presentation slides, and more. Volkswagen’s team delivered an immersive presentation in front of an LED screen backdrop supplied by technical production and LED screen hire company, iMAG displays, with iMAG’s sister company Graymatter delivering the control infrastructure for a headache-free Virtual Production event.
IMAG’s involvement stems from an initial conversation between its technical sales and relationship manager, Jonathan Dyson, and Simon Garrett, who was working with event producer Second Sight to source a reliable company to supply the screens for Volkswagen’s virtual event.
“Having developed our own mobile LED virtual production facility, which is currently being used by companies such as Netflix and Amazon, we have first-hand experience of delivering a full ecosystem for all types of immersive events,” says Dyson. “When Simon got in touch to ask if iMAG wanted to be involved with the tender Volkswagen, I was very excited.”
IMAG supplied ROE Diamond 2.6mm LED panels for the centre wall with ROE CB5 LED panels for the side screens, creating a large, U-shaped LED backdrop for the set.
iMAG’s creative production manager, Daniel Acland notes that a key challenge for the project overa
USA - Xytech has announced Tanya Kelly as managing director for APAC. This appointment follows the closing of Xytech’s acquisition of ScheduALL from Net Insight in April. Kelly’s appointment is effective immediately.
For over six years, Kelly served as a sales and solution consultant for ScheduALL’s broadcast and broadcast service provider customers in the ANZ region. Her background includes technical operations, where she spent nine years as head of studio operations at Fox Sports Australia, as well as a stint at Deluxe as head of bookings
“Tanya has an understanding of the industry and region and has ties to Xytech and ScheduALL reaching back through the years,” comments Greg Dolan, CCO of Xytech. “APAC is critical for Xytech as we move forward to the next phase in our growth. We know with Tanya at the helm our customers are in great hands and her strategic input is critical to Xytech’s success.”
“I love what I do,” Kelly says. “I am thrilled to join the Xytech team and to continue serving our customers. Xytech is committed to the APAC region and this region is often lacking with global vendors.”
“Tanya’s background in broadcast operations gives her a complete perspective and understanding of our customers’ needs and processes,” Dolan concludes. “Now, anyone needing to manage resources can have someone available for them all the time, in their time zone, offering the best solutions available in the market.”
The Netherlands - May saw Faber Audiovisuals join forces with many of the Netherlands’ world-class technical production companies to deliver a successful Eurovision Song Contest at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena.
Sint-Annaparochie-based Faber Audiovisuals were selected as official supplier for all video display technology, providing both the video hardware and the skilled team of technicians that installed and operated it. "Eurovision is an unparalleled show,” says Faber Audiovisuals CEO Cees-Jan Faber. “To be able to deliver to such high expectations during a pandemic is an achievement that makes us extremely proud.”
Designer Florian Wieder, who celebrated his seventh Eurovision set design in 2021, created a stunning set design for this year’s event. Perhaps the most eye-catching element was the 508 sq.m LED wall, which was built using the new ROE Visual BQ4, controlled by Megapixel VR Helios processing. Central to the huge wall were two 12m-high rotating LED doors, designed to visually echo the Eurovision theme of 'Open Up.'
There were also two huge ROE BM4 LED floors. One formed the main, 127sq.m, stage and the other the centrally located, 27sq.m, B-Stage. Both stages were fitted with dark glossy glass surface panels. Creating an extra dimension, the B stage also included a transparent 110 sq. m ROE Vanish8 'runway' LED that could fly in and out of the arena on demand. All video content was delivered by twelve disguise media servers: 4x VX4 and 8x GX2c, while the Barco Event Controller platform was used for video switching.
UK - Christie’s London has announced a digital companion piece to Leonardo da Vinci’s penetrating study Head of a Bear, via a collaboration with digital artists Hackatao, an artist duo born in Milan and who have been pioneering the crypto art space since 2018.
To be offered in the Exceptional Sale in London this July, Hackatao have created a work inspired by this Old Master drawing, bringing the bear majestically to life. This specially commissioned digital work will be unveiled at Christie’s King Street from 3 July, as part of the Classic Week view, visible via the Aria AR app. The digital work has been donated to The Museum of Crypto Art where it will subsequently appear.
Hackatao’s response to the masterpiece Head of a Bear by da Vinci is based on the concept of the continuum; a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct. A never-ending pattern, a curve or geometrical figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole, and which leads to infinite circularity and the eternity of art.
Hover over the image of Head of A Bear and, via the Aria App, the bear head becomes animated, fur undulating and ruffling and head turning, and ultimately the mouth of the bear opens and the viewer enters into its jaws. The transition from Leonardo’s drawing, through the mapped 3D head, to the final digital drawings resembles an ocean wave.
Throughout this technical metamorphosis from physical to digital, the attention
Gibraltar - Pixel Artworks has created an immersive light and sound installation within St Michael’s Cave on the Rock of Gibraltar. The Gibraltar Government awarded the project to WrightTech Media, a local digital marketing solutions company with extensive knowledge of the site. Pixel Artworks collaborated with WrightTech Media on the pitch as well as the design and delivery of the complex show, which is scheduled to open to the public on 20 June 2021.
While the project sought to enhance the current Gibraltar Upper Rock Nature Reserve visitor experience, there was no specific site in mind. WrightTech Media and Pixel Artworks showed how St Michael’s Cave could be used in a unique way to take the audience on an unforgettable journey through Gibraltar’s natural history, using projection mapping technology, lighting design and immersive audio.
Christian Wright, director, WrightTech Media, said, “The aim of the project was to reinvigorate Gibraltar’s tourist industry, and I felt we needed something very visual and technology-based to engage audiences to a new level. I had seen some of Pixel Artworks’ immersive and experiential projects and immediately called them to see how they could flex their creative muscles at this unique site. My team knows the site very well, but it was great to get the fresh eyes of Pixel Artworks’ creative team who spotted opportunities we hadn’t thought about, and also helped us to home in on the story we wanted to tell.”
The show, entitled The Awakening, sympathetically showcases the beauty of the cav
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced an addition to its secure 4K60 4:4:4 distance transport switching solution with the release of four new AMX by Harman DXLink 4K60 fibre input/output (I/O) boards, transmitters and receivers.
The new fibre modules offer security and support for extended distances and are fully compatible with AMX Enova DGX 100 Series enclosures. This offers a simple upgrade of existing systems to the most secure, highest-quality technology without investing in an entirely new system architecture. These new modules accompany the twisted pair boards, endpoints and Enova DGX enclosures released previously.
Government entities, universities, casinos and other security-focused installations will benefit greatly by using the new DGX 4K60 fibre products, says Harman.
Previously, high-security operations had to settle for either reduced resolutions over a single fibreconnection or full resolution over multiple fibre runs. The new DGX 4K60 products offer 4K 4:4:4 video at 60 fps over a single fibre-optic cable, providing uncompromised image quality in critical applications like government operations centers and hospitals where every pixel matters.
The new 4K60 fibremodels extend the AMX DGX commitment to providing a simplified setup and configuration process. When installed, these products will be auto-configured, and settings can be easily applied using the Enova DGX web-based configuration tool.
“We are really excited to be launching the fibre phase of this 4K60 rollout because while being able to deliver the
UK - ARRI has announced the opening of its new mixed reality studio in the UK. Equipped with an LED volume comprising 343sq.m of LED wall, installed in partnership with NEP Live Events production and technical specialist firm Creative Technology, the studio is one of the biggest permanent mixed reality production spaces in Europe.
Located at ARRI’s UK premises in Uxbridge, with camera, grip, and lighting packages available on site from ARRI Rental, the 708sq.m studio is being offered for hire to short and long-form productions of any kind, as well as for events, education, and R&D.
The volume consists of a main, ‘in vision’ curve that is 30m wide by 5m high; two moveable and tiltable side screens, each 3m wide by 4.2m high and a height-adjustable ceiling of 9.6m by 9.6m. A back curve measuring 18m wide by 4.2m high completes the fully encapsulated yet adaptable space, and can be programmed to display 360-degree imagery that even when not in frame, casts dynamic, fully integrated lighting effects onto the performers and the scene being shot.
The ‘in vision’ curve is constructed from ROE Visual Ruby 2.3 panels, while the side screens, ceiling, and back curve use ROE Visual Carbon CB5 panels.
Much like the modular facilities, technical support can be tailored to the requirements of each production, with the full weight of expertise from ARRI, Creative Technology, and their respective partners available in the form of pre-production advice and creative production services. For productions new to mixed reality, technical support can e
UK - disguise has unveiled its new rx II hardware release. The new rendering node unlocks 40% more graphics processing power than its rx predecessor to reliably render larger and higher quality scenes in real-time engines such as Unreal Engine, on any display canvas and across any industry application.
When working on any type of creative project, whether it be fixed installations, virtual production, broadcast or even live shows, the disguise workflow enables users to update their content in real-time, delivering astonishingly detailed scenes on the fly whilst also saving time and money on post-production.
Although GPUs are getting dramatically more powerful, the processing power needed to drive the most detailed images means it can still be a struggle to keep frame rates high. The new rx II enhances disguise’s existing cluster rendering solution, which has been engineered to split the processing power of highly detailed or large-scale real-time scenes across multiple rx render nodes.
By splitting up content processing power, each individual machine is only given what its GPU can control. Each render node operates as part of a bigger cluster, allowing for a unified image that is, in reality, the product of multiple machines. The rx II is disguise’s new and improved dedicated rendering node, enabling users to demand far higher quality from their content than previously possible.
The rx II also makes integration more easily achievable - working with leading render engines and key hardware like LED panels and camera tracking systems without
USA - Christie has announced the launch of the Christie FHD554-X 55-inch LCD display. Part of the Ultra Series, a line of performance-driven LCD displays for tiled video walls, it is designed for a range of spaces including military and government control rooms, security and surveillance centres, briefing centres and critical viewing environments such as oil and gas exploration.
With a combined 3.5mm bezel width for near-seamless viewing, and an ultra-thin profile, the FHD554-X keeps the focus on the content. A high-performance electronic features set that includes high-bandwidth, HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI 2.0 and Display Port 1.2 inputs supports streaming of 4K content and 4K UHD signals at 60Hz to deliver content to video walls with less flicker, and subsequently reduced eyestrain in critical viewing environments, says Christie.
“For users looking for a commercial-grade display that offers value and performance, Ultra Series FHD554-X fits the bill,” says John Dixon, senior product manager, Christie. “Each panel is factory calibrated and matched to ensure image uniformity across video walls, and is backed by Christie’s trusted warranty, service and support.”
USA - Xite Labs utilised the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow, powered by a gx 2c media server and rx real-time rendering platform, to bring to life a myriad of virtual worlds in Unreal Engine for rapper Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul World Series live streamed concert.
Shot at Xite Labs’ xR stage in LA, the concert accentuated the artist’s musical vibe for fans around the world watching at home. The immersive livestream presented Tiller in a series of six different worlds linked by a narrative flowing through the songs. Xite Labs was responsible for the stunning xR content for 14 different songs performed in four virtual ‘worlds’ with distinct appearances and themes.
For this immersive experience, Xite turned to its in-house workflow, featuring a disguise gx 2c media server as the primary controller of the xR environment, while a dedicated disguise rx machine was used to run the Unreal Engine scenes via disguise RenderStream. Front-plate elements were created in Notch to further link Tiller into each of the unique worlds.
These included a virtual lounge that fell away to reveal a world of galaxies, nebulas and spaceships, a time theme with a mountain desert landscape and a flight through a moonlit sky, guerrilla warfare transforming into a neon jungle as well as stark hallways with bold, flat lighting, colour-changing walls and silhouettes. Throughout, Tiller appeared to perform on a moving platform, which served as the anchor point transporting him from one otherworldly environment to another.
“I have not seen anything
Japan - NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Xytech’s ScheduALL to provide its enterprise resource and transmission optimisation solution for its production of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, which take place in Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July. The announcement was made by Dan Robertson, VP NBC Olympics IT, and Greg Dolan, Xytech CCO.
NBC Olympics has turned to Xytech’s ScheduALL for a ninth consecutive Olympic Games to deliver advanced enterprise resource and transmission optimisation solutions in order to coordinate the highly dynamic environment of the Games. NBC Olympics will be able to leverage the expertise of Xytech’s software and services to orchestrate the logistics of people, equipment, locations and transmission feeds.
“For the ninth consecutive Olympic Games, Xytech has the privilege of contributing to the success of NBC Olympics’ production,” said Dolan. “We understand that flawless execution of the transmission feed is incredibly important to the success of NBC Olympics’ presentation from Tokyo. As a result, many people at Xytech dedicate large amounts of time ahead of the broadcast preparing for a perfect execution. During the Olympic Games, we are proud to have a senior implementation manager working alongside NBC Olympics throughout the entirety of the Games.”
“The challenges and complexity in scheduling and managing all of NBC Olympics’ incoming and outgoing transmissions, and technical facilities, as well as Tokyo- and Stamford-based recordings is an incredibly complex and dynamic challe
Spain - With the introduction of new projectors and displays at ISE 2021, Panasonic offers ‘the most complete line-up of 4K visual solutions to meet growing demand for highly detailed and richly immersive viewing experiences’.
With the additions of new 4K 1-Chip DLP projectors and interactive displays, Panasonic can offer 4K solutions for ‘any environment, across all industry sectors’, with projectors from 5,000-50,000 lumens and 43-98 inch displays. The technologies are all complemented by Panasonic’s 4K collaboration solutions, including video conferencing and wireless presentation systems.
“The time is now for 4K and we are seeing increased demand across all industry sectors,” explained said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic Business. “The entertainment world is using 4K to draw back audiences with immersive attractions, education is using the rich detail of 4K images in the new blended learning environment and businesses are relying on 4K to bring to life their collaborative meetings. Whatever the need, Panasonic has a 4K solution that suits.”
At ISE in Barcelona, Panasonic announced the Panasonic PT-RDQ10 Series of 1-Chip DLP laser projectors designed for entertainment, rental and corporate organisations that want to captivate viewers with detailed 4K images. The three models range from 8,000 to 10,000 lumens and there is an optional ET-DLE020 Ultra-Short-Throw Zoom Lens with zero offset to enable large-scale images even in the tightest spaces.
To meet rising demand for ultra-fine detail resolution
South Africa - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has appointed Dewald Adendorff as technical support engineer for Crestron in South Africa.
Dewald will be responsible for providing technical advice to Crestron customers, ensuring their exact needs are firmly met, as well as assisting the regional sales team.
Rupert Denoon, TIG's regional sales director for Crestron in Southern Africa, comments: "Congratulations and welcome to the team, Dewald! We're excited to benefit from Dewald's experience, technical mindset and results-driven approach, and to pass this on to our valued customers here in South Africa."
Dewald adds: "I am extremely excited to join such a world-class brand. No matter where I've been, Crestron has always been part of conversations, and now I am ready to start the journey here and contribute to the success story in South Africa."
Europe - Attracting a high number of attendees in April, Yamaha’s online New Technology Showcase revealed the company’s latest professional audio technologies.
A key announcement was the launch of AFC Enhance and AFC Image, immersive audio technologies which ‘radically enhance live performances, interactive installations, projection mapping and other experiential events’. The launch event is now available to view on YouTube, where the details of these developments are showcased.
Hosted on Facebook Live, the New Technology Showcase was presented by a global team of Yamaha’s professional audio specialists, including key members from the company’s Japan headquarters, US and EU research and development teams, immersive audio specialists and loudspeaker manufacturer Nexo.
The event included presentations on Yamaha’s networking solutions, including the latest SWX3220/2320 ST2110-compatible switches for live streaming and broadcast, secure distant Rivage PM console-to-console control via the internet and cloud-based remote monitoring of installed systems using ProVisionaire Control.
The highlight of the showcase was the launch of AFC Enhance and AFC Image. Since 2003, Yamaha’s Active Field Control (AFC) systems have been improving the acoustics of concert halls, theatres and sports venues, creating a better experience for the audience and performers alike.
AAFC Enhance is a modular system which electronically alters the sound reverber
USA - Leading AV signal distribution developer tvONE has announced a new partnership with global technology manufacturer Bosch. The collaboration focuses on the combination of the tvONE CORIOmatrix modular video switching router and Bosch’s range of state-of-the-art conferencing systems.
tvONE says using its 4K CORIOmatrix router - which enables the mixing of AV, broadcast, IP and legacy sources seamlessly and at very low latency - with Bosch’s conference solutions facilitates streaming of the active speaker video to a hall display or system that records or webcasts the HD-SDI feed.
The Bosch Conference systems connect to the tvONE video switcher via TCP/IP and controls the switcher by using the protocol of tvONE to switch the video stream of the person speaking automatically to displays or video walls.
tvONE foresees a host of conference applications that will benefit from using the systems in tandem, including events in parliaments, commercial buildings, banking, convention centres, hotels and many others.
The CORIOmatrix (4RU) and CORIOmatrix mini (1RU) can accept a huge number of I/O configurations allowing complex functionality to be quickly and simply configured to meet end user requirements.
tvONE says that its CORIOmatrix supports a variety of Bosch’s conference solutions – the IP-based DICENTIS Conference System, the WiFi-based DICENTIS Wireless Conference System and the compact, simple to set-up and use CCS 1000 D Digital Discussion System.
UK - Panasonic has announced its new series of 1-Chip DLP laser projectors delivering 4K display resolution.
The Panasonic PT-RDQ10 Series is designed for entertainment, rental and corporate organisations that want to ‘captivate viewers with detailed 4K images and vibrant yet natural colour reproduction’. It comes in three different models, ranging from 8,000 to 10,000 lumens. The optional ET-DLE020 Ultra-Short-Throw Zoom Lens with zero offset adds versatility by enabling large-scale images to be projected, free from shadows, even in the tightest spaces.
The Series achieves 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution using Smooth Pixel Drive, a one-axis pixel-shifting technology to produce crisp, smooth, and richly detailed images. The updated Rich Colour Enhancer boosts colour reproduction for more vibrant colours, faithfully recreating even the most detailed visuals, such as artwork. Improved black border adjustments for curved surfaces further enhances brightness uniformity for the seamless edge-blending of dark scenes.
A variety of functions help simplify and reduce the time and effort required for installation. In addition to HDMI and HDBaseT-based digital link terminals, the projectors can be equipped with optional Slot NX interface boards, such as 12G-SDI or DisplayPort, to suit existing infrastructures.
The PT-RDQ10 Series retains the same compact body dimensions as other Panasonic 1-Chip DLP models in an all-new cabinet design. The hermetically sealed optical block contributes to 20,000-hour maintenance-free operation while laser redundancy enha
USA - Christie has announced the launch of the Christie Inspire Series, a family of fixed zoom lens 1DLP laser projectors in three brightness options designed for small to mid-sized environments, including classrooms, boardrooms, museums, houses of worship and more.
The Inspire Series offers professional-grade features in a budget-friendly package. A range of brightness options, starting at 6000 lumens, as well as 7,200 lumens and 8,100 ANSI lumen options (7,150, 8,500, and 9,600 ISO lumens respectively), brings bold images in WUXGA resolution to any application. And with laser illumination, the Inspire Series offers up to 20,000 hours of low-maintenance operation to 50% brightness.
“The Inspire Series offers a winning combination of low-maintenance performance and value, without sacrificing advanced capabilities,” says Chris Kee, executive director, Enterprise product development, Christie. “Motorised lenses offer easy zoom, focus and offset from the remote control, and our DWU960ST-iS 8100 ANSI lumen model is one of the brightest short throw projectors currently available.” The Inspire DWU760A-iS 6000 ANSI lumen model is TAA compliant for government applications, like briefing rooms and meeting spaces.”
The new series features Christie Twist, a proprietary built-in image warping and blending software for up to six arrayed projectors and up to 81 grid control points, and is compatible with Christie Mystique Lite, an automated camera-based alignment software for up to three Christie projectors. Mystique Lite is available for download at no
Spain - Integrated Systems Events managing director Mike Blackman marked the opening of ISE Live & Online yesterday with a presentation at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via in front of a gathering of representatives from government, local executive boards and agencies, ISE’s owners and the media.
ISE Live & Online is a hybrid event, livestreaming from the Fira and broadcasting to a global audience via the ISE Digital platform.
The opening of ISE’s first show in Barcelona represents a significant milestone in the development of Integrated Systems Europe, and a personal and professional triumph for Blackman, who launched the event 17 years ago with a staff of three.
Along with representatives of the Fira, ISE co-owner AVIXA and ISE exhibitors, Blackman made a symbolic trip by motorbike from ISE’s office in Munich to Barcelona, stopping en route in Geneva, the location of the first ISE show in 2004.
Speaking at a press conference just before the doors to ISE in Barcelona opened, Blackman said: “You do not need me to comment too deeply on our shared experiences of the past 15 months. The effects have been universal, and our heartfelt sympathy goes to all countries, businesses and individuals touched by it. No one has escaped. Yes, in more recent times the light at the end of the tunnel has begun to glimmer and then to shine. Which is why after conducting exhaustive research with our exhibitors, partners, and owners we decided that ISE Barcelona, Live and Online, should take place. And here we are.
"And there’s another reason w
UK - Technical solutions distributor Visualization will distribute the VUE2 product line in the UK.
VUE2 offers a range of 3LCD laser-based projectors across a range of brightness and resolutions.
With a complement of 21 products that cover installation, portable, and Ultra Short Throw (UST) series, the VUE2 range addresses the corporate, education, house of worship, and rental staging markets.
Visualization managing director, Nick Pidgeon, comments: “The VUE2 product line fills a gap vacated by a number of manufacturers. With a range of resolution and brightness at extremely competitive price points - and backed up with a reassuring seven-year warranty - we believe the VUE2 product range will be very well received in the UK.”
Mohammed Sajjad, product manager at VUE2, adds: “The UK market - via Visualization - offers us a tremendous opportunity to grow the VUE2 brand. We are very excited by what Visualization can offer in both distribution and the support of the product line.”
UK - Pro audio solutions provider Audiologic is working alongside Probrand to deliver a remote learning solution for Arden University.
Arden University is a higher education institution with approximately 10,000 students. It focuses on providing access to flexible learning for ambitious students of all ages around the world and provides a mixture of distance (online) and on-campus teaching services at five UK sites and one in Berlin.
Arden has expanded its learning opportunities from an exclusively distance-learning model to a blended online and on-site model in 2017, but shortly after the pandemic struck in March, the team realised that it would require a different technical solution.
The University wanted to continue its on-campus learning service when classes restarted in September 2020. Rob Palfreman, IT director at Arden, explains: "We were committed to providing a high-quality learning experience to all students whether they were on-campus or attending remotely.”
Running separate classroom and online sessions would segregate students, his team reasoned, and would also place more pressure on lecturers who would have to teach the same session twice. Instead, the IT team resolved to make on-campus lecturer-led sessions available both on and off campus. To maintain the level of quality that Arden students were used to, the experience for remote students had to be as seamless as possible. Meanwhile, lecturers focusing on delivering an engaging learning experience would not have the time to configure audio-visual equipment.