UK - OneBigStar have a long history with Green Hippo, sharing their expertise to realise tradeshow exhibition stands. They have come to know Hippotizer very well and have developed into experts in their own rights. Owning all their kit, they are equipped for full service live event production and their Hippotizers have seen action at some interesting events so far this year.

Move It is the UK's biggest annual dance event with around 20,000 visitors waltzing into London's Olympia Exhibition Centre. The show features three days' worth of dance performances and classes, with all styles covered from ballroom and ballet to hiphop, bellydance and freestyle.

For this event OneBigStar supplied full production including lighting, sound and video equipment as well as operation. They were looking after five feature areas, including the main stage, the freestyle stage, the showcase theatr

UK - The new, 6,500 lumens, laser LED projector from Panasonic is set to go on show at the Technology Exposed showcase at Ascot Race Course next week (17-18 September).

The annual event, run by key Panasonic distributor, Midwich, is being attended by Panasonic's Visual System, Communications, and Professional Camera divisions to showcase Panasonic's range of business solutions.

New displays and projectors will debut at the show this year, including the Panasonic 84inch 4K display (TH-84LQ70). Also being showcased are two Panasonic Solid Shine series projectors, the PT-RZ670 and the PT-RZ470. Both feature hybrid LED/laser or laser only light source technology and are capable of approximately 20,000 hours of maintenance free, 24/7 operation. The 6,500 lumens, WUXGA, PT-EZ770 will also be on display.

Richard Padun, partner account manager at Panasonic, said, "We're bringin

UK - PSCo, the trade only AV distributor and rental specialist, is showcasing the latest innovations from its leading manufacturer partners at PLASA London 2014. Visitors to the impressive 70m² Stand M70 will be able to see the latest super-high resolution LED screens from Absen, watch Samsung's new 85" Ultra High Definition display in action, and get first sight of the new AViary video tool suite from Green Hippo - a ground-breaking range that is getting its official UK launch at the show.

"PLASA is the ideal environment for us to showcase our full range of products and services for the rental, lighting and event markets," says Stuart Holmes, CEO at PSCo. "We have something for every visitor whether from the live event, fixed install or rental markets - the latest LED displays backed by UK service and support, ultra large format displays and video walls, an

UK - 'A thin slice of broadcast quality video, in a robust, waterproof package that can form displays of almost any shape you want' - 'LightSlice' is now officially launched and commercially available worldwide.

This dramatic-looking offering from digiLED, the product manufacturing arm of international screen specialist displayLED, was first previewed at InfoComm in the USA this June.

Offering a full video pixel slice with some very practical as well as innovative and creative properties, LightSlice was designed in the UK using Japanese components and assembled in Korea.

In its native form the slice's 10mm pixel pitch allows a true 10mm display surface. But the product really comes into its own when creating variable pitch displays with video effects and organic shapes to complement highly creative stage and set designs.

The digiLED Navigator-NV processor makes sure the co

UK - Creative Technology have been involved with the provision of display technology to The Championships, Wimbledon for 15 years. In that time there have been numerous developments and evolutions, perhaps the most challenging taking place in 2014.

Alongside the large screen on the Aorangi Terrace (aka Henman Hill/Murray Mound), CT now provide 28 additional LED displays and a sophisticated production, routing and distribution system.

The four ticketed show courts each have a pair of full colour LED score boards and smaller ball speed indicators. The traditional flip dot displays were upgraded to full colour LED in 2007 to coincide with the redevelopment of Centre Court and the introduction of Hawkeye. Originally employing Barco's O-lite 612 system the displays were enlarged and upgraded in 2013 with Barco's new C8 technology.

Whilst the television viewer only ever sees the d

USA - The Penn State Nittany Lions play all of their home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. With an astounding capacity of over 106,000, Beaver Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Western hemisphere (after the University of Michigan's stadium) and the fourth largest in the world.

A recent off-season upgrade to high-definition LED scoreboards inspired a parallel upgrade to a new high-definition sound system that relies on Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horns to throw sound from the south end zone clear across to the north end zone - and all areas between - with point-source, horn-loaded fidelity. Coverage is a remarkable ±2dB across that huge expanse, and eight Danley TH-812 subwoofers support the full-range content with honest, musical low end that shakes the stands.

Clair Solutions senior systems designer Jim Devenney designed the system with assi

USA - Watermark Community Church, a prominent biblical community with a worship presence in three Texas cities, has chosen Renewed Vision's ProVideoPlayer 2 (PVP2) to create dynamic, high-impact multiscreen video presentations at its 3,500-seat Dallas worship centre.

The PVP2 installation is a significant element of a larger technology upgrade, which includes a dedicated fiber network to connect its Dallas location with a 500-seat worship centrein Fort Worth; and a third worship centre opening in Plano in early 2015.

Les Brown, technical director for Watermark Community Church in Dallas, was seeking a reliable and affordable solution to replace a six-year-old Green Hippo media playback server, which reached end of life and could no longer be upgraded. He researched PVP2 following recommendations from media technicians at other houses of worship and drew on his experience using

UK - XL Video has announced the launch of its new multilingual, multi-country website.

Working with Eindhoven-based digital agency, Beachhead, the site has been developed over several months in line with XL's group strategy.

The detailed specification for the website was created by a team with input from all XL's offices worldwide and included the key requirement that the new site must have a mobile-friendly responsive design. This aim reflects the growing demand of website-visitors for an online experience that is equally good whether the user is browsing on a smartphone, computer or tablet.

XL Video's new website is designed to be used by clients looking for video solutions in their chosen market sectors, as well as providing an information resource for technical producers and technicians with details of the technology items XL uses for its projects.

The website provides

USA - Headquartered in Madison, the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) is 13,000 members strong and one of the largest trade organizations in the Badger State. Among the many services that it offers its members, continuing education is perhaps the most prominent.

Throughout most of its hundred-plus year history, members travelled to the WRA headquarters to keep current with seminars, workshops, and conferences, and its building contains flexible training and conference rooms to deliver those services. With the advent of modern telecommuting technologies, the WRA has sought to bring its continuing education to its members.

However, the staff's early experimentation with free web-based software and homespun AV technology proved frustrating on both ends due to poor audio and video quality. WRA hired Peak Systems Group of Reedsburg, Wisconsin to update their rooms with modern re

UK - Creative Technology's London operation has recently recruited Dan Burgess in the position of account manager, focusing on the corporate sector.

Having worked within corporate events for 17 years, Dan brings a wealth of experience of the AV industry.

Dan started his career as a production manager at Crown Business Communications where he spent nine years working across a wide variety of shows for both the private and public sectors. Moving to Blitz Communications he quickly progressed from account manager to account director, becoming responsible for the team delivering production company events.

After four years at Blitz, Dan moved to Production Resource Group as account director, where his main focus was establishing video as a new offering into the UK corporate market.

Dan comments, "It's great to be joining Creative Technology and becoming part of the team. Cr

UK - When it comes to the London premiere of the Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy, you know you're going to need a robust, reliable, and feature-rich console to control the lighting: step forward Luke Edwards and his Avolites Tiger Touch II.

Thousands of fans turned up at the capital's Empire Theatre in Leicester Square to see stars including Vin Diesel arrive on the red carpet and be interviewed on a specially created structure that boasted 20 x LED pixel tracks, amongst other fixtures.

Using the Tiger Touch II's pixel mapping feature, Edwards - who also works as touring LD for acts such as Gary Numan and Crystal Fighters - programmed a video-like look that wowed the crowds.

"Pixel mapper is a fast and effective way to achieve the 'wow' look when the budget doesn't cover media servers," says Edwards, who was working on behalf of Limited Edition

UK - Video Equipment Rental (VER), worldwide leaders in the provision of professional video systems to the entertainment and presentation industry, operating from multiple bases across North America and Europe, has announced the launch of VER LIVE in the UK.

The team at VER LIVE is headed up by Adrian Offord and Patrick Dore, both of whom have extensive experience in the market. VER LIVE will work alongside the current and busy Dry Hire division of VER's UK operation to deliver full video services to the Television & Live Events industry. This will include VER's vast and latest lines of LED screens and projectors, backed up by the comprehensive level of service and support demanded by today's productions.

Offord, who has 20 years' experience in the pro AV industry, commented: "It's a very exciting time to be a part of the VER team, particularly with new technologies comin

Germany - Scala has appointed Olaf Bujard as new area sales manager for Germany. Reporting to Damon Crowhurst, sales director EMEA, Bujard will be responsible for building on and further expanding Scala's leading digital signage position in Germany.

Communications and marketing expert Bujard joins Scala from Medialis Marketing GmbH, where he served as CEO for the past 20 years. As a founding member of the company, he was directly responsible for its success.

"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Olaf to the team," said Damon Crowhurst. "His extensive knowledge about the Digital Agency Landscape is a true asset. He certainly understands the industry, the key role that Digital Signage has to play within a client's Omni channel strategy, and is tasked to ensure that traditional agencies know and understand the Scala solution offering, and the value it can bring th

USA - Even by LA standards, the 2014 BET Experience Concert at the Staples Centre was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Grammy winners Maxwell and Jill Scott gracing the stage for three glittering nights.

Visions Lighting of Brea, CA created a lighting design that looked right at home with this on-stage glitz by using a visually powerful combination of video panels, strobes, and moving fixtures, along with some unique "light diamonds" created with 64 Nexus 4x4 LED panels from CHauvet Professional.

"We rigged the Nexus panels in diamond shapes to create a different look and project an image of glamour in keeping with the character of this event," said Todd Roberts of Visions Lighting, which built the lighting and trussing system for the BET concert. "This was a big stage with big stars, so the lighting had to ma

UK - Battersea Power Station was the iconic background for part of this year's Totally Thames festival organised by the Thames Festival Trust featuring Carabosse, a French Fire Art company who deliver picturesque installations for audiences and passers-by throughout the world.

Illuminate Design hasworked with the Thames Festival Trust for the past eight years, helping to deliver a variety of events, predominantly the annual Mayor's Thames Festival in London.

This year, Jonathan Bartlett, production manager for the Trust contracted Illuminate Design to provide a complete service for the Fire Garden by Carabosse at the Battersea Power Station. The project brief included Site management, PA, and lighting the famous chimneys.

To tackle the task, Robin Shephard-Blandy, director for Illuminate Design chose the new SGM G-Spot. Robin said, "The G-spot was a perfect solution for

UK - Realtime Environment Systems Ltd - to be known as 'RES' - is a new technical solutions company offering services to help designers, creative agencies and artists "achieve their wildest visual dreams". Mark Calvert and Dave Green have formed RES to provide "technical consultation and project-wide integration of all things visual in stage shows, corporate campaigns and permanent installations". The company will utilise the Ai Media Server - one the world's most powerful media server platforms, manufactured and developed in the UK by Avolites Media Ltd. RES Ltd is a global reseller of the Ai product, and has also been named as the first 'Ai Centre of Excellence'. RES continues to work very closely with the Avolites family, Calvert says.

Together over the past 10 years, Calvert and Green have worked closely with designers, artists and corporate bodies on a b

UK - ArKaos PRO will exhibit at PLASA 2014 in conjunction with its exclusive UK distributor, White Light (Stand F50). There they will demonstrate the new MediaMaster 4.1 the latest, ever-more powerful version of ArKaos PRO's media server software. A plethora of new features includes new aspect ratio and cropping tools, new hue, saturation and lightness tools, layer-based volume control and a redesigned interface.

MediaMaster 4.1 brings more flexible protection via an optional dongle and many additional features, yet retains the simplicity of operation familiar to its users.

MediaMaster 4.1 is no longer restricted to use on only one machine. A completely redesigned licensing system allows the user to register and deregister any machine remotely from their own account.

Also making its PLASA debut is LEDMaster, the new all-in-one solution delivering LEDshow control in three eas

Belgium - Barco has announced the launch of the RLM-W14 - a three-chip DLP projector offering Active Stereo 3D, WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, and a brightness level of 14,500 center lumens.

This is the first three-chip DLP Barco projector that's equipped with HDBaseT technology to provide video over a single Cat 5 cable. The RLM-W14 is designed for fixed installation in small- to medium-sized venues; but its rugged chassis, extended warping and blending functionalities, and optional rental frame make it equally suited for the rental and staging market as well. The new projector will be commercially available from October 2014 onwards.

"With the launch of our new RLM-W14 projector, we're not only expanding the brightness spectrum of our three-chip DLP RLM family - now ranging from 6,000 up to 14,500 lumens - but we're also meeting customer demands for brighter projecto

UK - Holotronica Ltd has announced the official launch of Holo-Gauze, a ground-breaking 3D display solution that aims "to revolutionise the 3D projection market". More affordable than traditional Pepper's Ghost systems and easier to transport, Holo-Gauze comprises a metallic highly transparent gauze and is designed to be used with 3D polarised projection systems and can also achieve believable 2D hologram effects, says the company.

The brainchild of audiovisual artist and composer Stuart Warren-Hill, founder of Hexstatic and co-founder of the Big Chill festival in the early 90s, Holo-Gauze was developed when Stuart required a new type of portable holographic 3D display to tour his new 3D Blu-ray and CD project, Holotronica. He needed it to be easy to tour and more affordable than Peppers Ghost holographic solutions - it costs £350 per metre.

"It is often s

UK - As the deadline for entries approaches, nominations for the PLASA Awards for Innovation are rolling in. Examples of all the nominated products will be exhibited at the PLASA Show's Innovation Gallery at the centre of the PLASA show (ExCeL London, 5-8 October), forming a focal point for visitors to the exhibition keen to view the latest technologies.

The products will be judged against one another on the strength of their innovation alone. All nominees will have the opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation, during the show, to a team of independent expert judges, who will have eight awards of equal standing at their disposal - plus the option to give a 'Gold' Award to one or more products which they feel reach a particularly high standard of Innovation.

The judges are tasked with making their decisions based on the PLASA Awards criteria for Innovation. The winners will

UK - Ambersphere Solutions has been appointed the exclusive UK distributor for the Ayrton range of LED Luminaires and creative LED imaging solutions. The appointment enables Ambersphere Solutions to extend its sales, service, support and training facilities to cover Ayrton products in the UK.

The Ayrton collection of LED lighting solutions offers lighting designers creative lighting tools built to withstand the tough demands of touring and installations. The innovative range includes indoor and outdoor fixtures, static and moving yoke fixtures including the signature Magicpanel range.

Ambersphere Solutions is the exclusive UK distributor for Clay Paky, MA Lighting and Robert Juliat. "Ayrton offer a high quality range of modular creative LED products which perfectly complement the existing Ambersphere product range," says Ambersphere managing director Glyn O'Donoghue.

UK - Digital AV designer and manufacturer Smart-e has announced a distribution agreement with specialist distributor The Change Organisation, bringing Smart-e audio visual products and solutions to a wider audience.

As Jon Lane, founder and managing director of Smart-e says, "Our products are well-known and proven within the AV sector and we hope this new partnership will open up new markets and extend our reach."

He added, "We were very impressed with The Change Organisation's business strategy and the enthusiasm of its sales teams, and believe we have found a distributor whose ambition and drive will help strengthen the Smart-e brand."

The Change Organisation's sales director Owain Williams commented, "As an IT distributor, The Change Organisation saw Smart-e as an ideal fit to capitalise on the converging AV and IT markets. We were impressed with

USA - Axente is looking forward to optimising the market potential of Symetrix digital processing solutions in its new role as the US manufacturer's French distribution partner. Based in Longjumeau, in the south of Paris, Axente was established in 1994 to serve lighting and truss manufacturers. Following its diversification into audio in 2003, the company has progressed to represent some of the biggest brands in the business, including fellow Dante-enabled lines Televic, EAW and Powersoft.

"The addition of Symetrix to its portfolio arrives at an opportune moment for both Axente and France's AV market in general. Demand for processing solutions integrating support for Audinate's industry-leading Dante media networking technology continues to grow - and these requirements are catered to abundantly in the Symetrix range with products including SymNet Edge, Radius 12x8 and Radi

UK - Creative Technology's London operation has contracted business development professional Ben Philpott, specialising in broadcast media.

Having initially trained at the BBC, Ben spent many years as a freelance lighting cameraman for all the major international broadcasters and production companies. Ben then moved in to international sales and marketing, successfully developing the market for cutting edge LED lighting technology and subsequently with a variety of technology, audio visual and media companies.

Ben said, "I am absolutely delighted to have joined the broadcast team at Creative Technology. With my experience of working at the sharp end of production and LED technology, coupled with the class-leading expertise and technology that Creative Technology brings to the sector, we are committed more than ever to providing the best solutions and services to our broad

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