UK - XL Video UK has announced a major investment in new Barco projectors and lenses, as well as a large investment in video distribution equipment from Lightware. Both agreements support the company's commitment to regularly update their inventory with high quality, state-of-the-art video equipment.

XL Video has invested £1.2m in 30 of Barco's HDX-W14 projectors, including a quantity of their TLD+ Ultra Short Throw lenses. XL has selected the HDX-W14 units as they offer outstanding image quality and flexible light output.

The projectors feature a modular construction and common modules for these units can be shared with XL's existing fleet of HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 projectors.

XL Video UK managing director, Lee Spencer, commented, "We are pleased to expand our inventory of Barco projectors and lenses. Our existing fleet has proven highly reliable and so these mid-r

UK - Holo-Gauze, 3D display solution for hologram effects, is set to feature as part of the new series of Gadget Man for Channel 4 after wowing the show's producers, who were "hugely impressed" with its effectiveness, both on-set and on-camera. The ingenious, highly transparent metallic gauze was used to create a giant, revolving holographic vase of flowers during filming of a 'Date Night' episode. The show is expected to air sometime in the Spring.

Holo-Gauze is claimed to be the only gauze able to work with 3D polarised projection systems which use a minimum of two projectors - although it can also produce believable 2D hologram effects using one projector, as was the case for Gadget Man. Holo-Gauze screens can be produced to any dimensions, and hologram sizes are only limited by projector distance and power - assuming the correct lighting is used.

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Switzerland - Navori has announced the opening of a new office in Germany to support growing interest in its digital signage solutions across the German-speaking DACH countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The company, which will soon unveil new branding, organizational strategy and products, has appointed Thomas Pollum to lead sales and business development from the new office, located in the City of Elmshorn.

Thomas comes to Navori with a history of success in director-level and management roles at BIS Germany (A Mood Media Company) and Samsung, among others. The Elmshorn office location will allow Thomas to drive closer customer intimacy, and develop deeper relationships with existing partners.

"The DACH region is one of the most important markets for Navori, and the establishment of a local office will increase our presence and brand awareness across German-sp

UK - Brazilian footwear brand Melissa's London store launch attracted a VIP guest list most fashion brands would dream of, so the pressure was on for the store design to impress. The 6,000sq.ft store would follow the brand's 'Galeria' concept, found currently in the flagship stores in Sao Paulo and New York, where shoes are displayed alongside art installations and sculpture.

Melissa's brief to Intevi, the digital solutions provider appointed on this project, was to blend their artistic designs with suitable technology to bring their creativity to life. Intevi knew it was going to need an impressive piece of technology to deliver on these requirements, leading them to super high resolution LED as the display choice.

Commenting on the project, Tom Scott, managing director of Intevi said, "We had previously worked with the contractors on another retail project and they knew

UK - Cinelease has appointed Steve Smith as its Managing Director for the UK. Smith brings 30 years' of industry experience with him having formerly been the Group Managing Director of AFM Lighting and more recently Worldwide Managing Director of Panalux.

Steven M Ortiz (Cinelease global VP) comments: "We are delighted to welcome someone of Steve's calibre and proven track record to Cinelease. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in the UK. Steve Smith has a proven track record over many years that clearly identified him as being the perfect choice for this important position and we are proud that he has agreed to join Cinelease".

Steve Smith said: "I am very proud to start this new challenge with Cinelease. This has been a very important decision for me and I have been very impressed with the Cinelease team and their

UK - Brazilian footwear brand Melissa's London store launch attracted a VIP guest list most fashion brands would dream of, so the pressure was on for the store design to impress. The 6,000 square foot store would follow the brand's 'Galeria' concept, found currently in the flagship stores in Sao Paulo and New York, where shoes are displayed alongside art installations and sculpture.

Melissa's brief to Intevi, the Digital Solutions Provider, was to blend their artistic designs with suitable technology to bring their creativity to life. Commenting on the project, Tom Scott, managing director of Intevi said: "We had previously worked with the contractors on another retail project and they knew we could deliver on the very distinctive brief Melissa had produced. In the large entrance hall, visitors would be surrounded on three sides by floor to ceiling LED screens. These screen

The Netherlands - Panasonic Visual Solutions division has launched a training programme exclusively designed for visual professionals, such as resellers, system integrators, AV rental companies and distributors.

The Panasonic training programme includes several levels to develop Panasonic visual product knowledge and gain special certifications.

Split between projectors and display (which have three and two levels respectively) Panasonic partners can engage in free online training sessions through the Academy portal to gain Visual Professional certification.

When Visual Professional certification is attained, face to face training is made available to gain Expert, and Advanced Expert (projector only) certification, which takes place at the Panasonic European headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Panasonic European training manager Siegmar Küll, said, "Greater product k

USA - Audinate is taking its successful Dante AV Networking World events on the road to six North America cites. These free, full-day events are geared toward anyone involved with the design and installation of networked audio systems, including design consultants, system integrators and sound engineers. The interactive sessions will introduce attendees to the benefits of Dante and audio over IP networking, showcase example Dante installations, and feature of a full afternoon of hands-on training.

The events are co-sponsored by Audio-Technica, Bose, ClearOne, Focusrite, Presonus, Shure, Symetrix, and Yamaha, and will feature products from these manufacturers during the hands-on training sessions and in a dedicated demonstration room. Participants to AVNW may also earn four CTS InfoComm RU credits.

The winter/spring sessions are scheduled for the following locations and dates:<

EMEA - Scala has appointed Mike Gopal as area sales consultant for the Middle East and Turkey. Reporting to Damon Crowhurst, VP, EMEA, Gopal started in January, 2015. He will be responsible for building on and further expanding Scala's digital signage position in this expanding market.

With deep experience in the AV sector through his years at AMX, and more recently working with ESCO Singapore, Mike joins Scala from WOW Vision where he served as the regional sales manager - GCC & Africa.

"I am very pleased that I was able to convince Mike to join us, and lead our growth in this strategic market," said Damon Crowhurst, VP EMEA. "His extensive local knowledge, complemented by his in-depth knowledge of all things AV and digital signage will ensure our local customers are able to have the highest quality of service and sales support.

"Scala has a great reputa

Australia - Rental provider Gearhouse Broadcast has rolled in nine Lawo mc2-56 audio mixing consoles, 21 x Lawo V__pro8 video processor units and a Nova73 HD router for the broadcast of the first big international sports event of 2015 - the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Traditionally, the tournament attracts the tennis elite to the 30 tennis courts in Melbourne Park where, from 11 o'clock in the morning till late at night, they fight each other for the prestige of victory and the €2.1m prize money that awaits the winners of the singles games. The finals will take place on 1 February in the Rod Laver Arena in front of an audience of 14,820 tennis fans.

Lawo staff went down under in order to support Gearhouse Broadcast in setting up and commissioning the Lawo systems. Of the nine mc²56 consoles, five are networked via a Nova73 HD to provide sound feeds for host broadcaste

The Netherlands - UK-based 7thSense Design has announced the newer, faster and more powerful configuration of its Delta Infinity Media Server with the release of Infinity III, and will be showcasing the technology at this year's ISE in Amsterdam.

Infinity III delivers uncompressed 3GB/S playback capable of powering 8K 60p, or true 8K (8K x 4K) 30p displays as a single-box configuration.

Built to support a broad range of applications requiring a high quality image source matched to a particular display, the technology plays native uncompressed video with full timeline control, warp, blend, full dome, and abstract mesh screen modes. Infinity III promises solid playback for high performance and complex projection environments including multi-channel full domes, digital signage installations, video walls and visitor attractions.

The company, with offices in Sussex, England and M

UK - XL Video supplied impressive 100ft widescreen projection and an IMAG camera system for the final three week arena tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

XL Video's project manager was Paul Wood. He and XL have delivered the live video solution for all previous touring versions of Jeff Wayne's epic creation since its inception in 2006. Each time the video elements have become more prominent and dramatic in impact as the Martian invasion goose steps across the 'human' world.

Paul states, "It's been a great experience working on all the TWOTW shows and seeing the application of video grow along with the evolution of the whole show. It's a real case of the latest technologies being used wisely and appropriately to bring a classic story - still extremely relevant today - to life, ensuring that the presentation stays relevant and stimulating."<

The Netherlands - Vivitek is introducing a new large venue projector, the DU9000. Offering native High Definition WUXGA resolution and 12,000 center lumens (11,000 ANSI lumens) performance for a powerful, brilliant image, as well as a range of lens options and wide variety of connectivity inputs and outputs, including 3G-SDI and HDBaseT, which are suitable for the installation market, auditoria, houses of worship rental, staging and other large venue staging and events applications.

Holger Graeff, general manager, Vivitek EMEA, comments, "We are offering the integrator a really strong product, with all the benefits of our Delta manufacturing heritage combined with the innovation and quality for which Vivitek is renowned. The DU9000 is the new flagship model in our large venue range and I am confident users are going to be blown away by its performance and versatility."

UK - The Network Of Women In Events (NOWIE) is hosting its first 'drop in' style event at the forthcoming Event Production Show. On Thursday 19 February, NOWIE committee members are inviting any women working in the live events industry to join them from 12 noon in the bar area of the main hall for an informal get-together and lunch.Established in 2013, NOWIE hosts a regular series of networking events throughout the year and across the UK, typically aligning with major festivals or outdoor events and featuring a keynote speaker. The organisation's overall aim is to challenge industry clichés by encouraging women to share knowledge, offer support and training to those new to the industry and make new contacts."We've had a great response to some of our previous networking events, but wanted to try and reach a broader audience," explains NOWIE chairman, Zac Fox, who

UK - Broadcast graphics company MOOV has extended its services into outside broadcasting with a three year production deal with the Professional Squash Association (PSA) to provide production services for its World Tour events. The first event in the contract is the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, held on 16-23 January 2015 from inside Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Nev Appleton, director, MOOV, said, "MOOV has 15 years' experience working in live sport productions, which has given us the invaluable insight that has allowed us to expand in to the production services sector. Winning the PSA contract demonstrates that we are a diverse and expanding business. Initially we will focus on similar-sized projects that require a streamlined, economical but high-quality production, but as we expand our experience and resources we will also look at bigger projects."

USA - The world's first 2mm convex LED video wall was installed by PixelFLEX in the new VIP Lexus Lounge at Nashville's nationally acclaimed and award winning Bridgestone Arena.

The Lexus Lounge was recently added to Bridgestone Arena to transform the VIP experience of visiting fans. The private 450-member club boasts the PixelFLEX FLEXUltra LED wall that is 47ft in width and 7ft in height behind the bar, displaying a panoramic, high definition view of Nashville Predators games and other entertainment events held within the facility.

"Our mission at Bridgestone Arena is to be the number one sports and entertainment venue in the United States, and the building of the Lexus Lounge and all that it encompasses fits right along with that," said Chris Junghans, senior vice-president of corporate development for the Nashville Predators. "As an entire space, the Lexus L

UK - At BVE 2015, taking place at ExCel London from 24-26 February, nine students from London's Ravensbourne undergraduate Broadcast Engineering, Film, and TV courses will gain first-hand experience in live production by assisting in the daily show live from the BVE show floor.

"We are absolutely delighted to be participating in BVE and to be working at BVE in this very hands-on manner. It's invaluable experience for our students, allowing them to put the skills they've learned to excellent use in a live environment, surrounded by their future peers. It's a very exciting opportunity." said Martyn Gates, course leader for broadcast engineering at Ravensbourne.

Expertise is on hand, with the highly experienced producer, director and educator Den Lennie, as well as Jon Pratchett and Ben Sheriff (amongst a team of others) providing support and guidance for the Ravensbour

UK - XL Video supplied LED screens, projection screens, media servers and screen management for the National Television Awards 2015.

The live ITV1 television broadcast show, produced by Indigo Television and hosted by Dermot O'Leary, took place at London's O2 Arena. It included a tribute to Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, and a special recognition award for Doctor Who and Broadchurch actor, David Tennant.

This is the 11th consecutive year XL Video, and project manager, Paul Wood, has supplied the video production for the awards.

This year's design, created by set designer Chris Webster, incorporated 102m2 of XL's high definition ROE MC-7T 7mm Black-face LED as the main screen for the show, along with six Banner screens formed from XL's innovative MC-18T 18mm Hybrid LED.

The Hybrid banners were situated amongst the scenic elements either side of

The Netherlands - Showcasing the latest media players from their AViary Video Tools range, Green Hippo's ISE promotion will feature the all new magpi solo, besides the Par4Keet, 2Kan and magpi players.

AViary Video Tools is a fresh approach to the challenges of displaying video in a host of environments and applications from corporate AV to installation. The complimentary set of products, are aimed at enabling users to playback, manipulate and display media in ways not encountered before and all in broadcast quality, high-resolution formats.

For installation professionals requiring the realtime power and high definition capabilities of a magpi but only require a single output channel, the magpi solo is the ideal tool. magpi solo not only provides realtime playback control, but uniquely delivers control for parameters such as speed, in and out points, and geometry along with co

The Netherlands - Luminex Network Intelligence, a Belgium-based developer of Pro AV and lighting control data distribution equipment, will introduce its latest developments at ISE 2015 in the RAI Amsterdam at stand 7, C220.

The AVnu Alliance member has been developing its AVB functionality into the switches' software stack and is now ready to give the industry a sneak preview.

Validated by many third party manufacturers of audio protocols and standards (AES-67, Dante, Q-Sys Q-LAN and others), Luminex Network Intelligence is excited to enter the audio dance with AVB.

Interoperability validation of its switch technology and configuration for the Pro A/V and lighting industry has been one of Luminex's focuses since the release of the GigaCore switch family.

Bart Swinnen, Luminex CEO, comments, "We're proud to get our development in line with solutions that can simplify A

The Netherlands - A combination of the most lumens, the highest number of pixels, and 3DLP quality, combined with the smallest, lightest, yet most rugged design available, defines the new Christie Boxer 4K30 projector. This makes its worldwide debut at ISE Amsterdam this month.

The first offering from the new Boxer Series, the Boxer 4K30 is designed for rental staging and fixed installation applications including concerts, amusement parks, projection mapping projects, museums, planetariums and more.

The Boxer 4K30 has six 450W mercury lamps delivering 30,000 centre lumens. Weighing less than 68 kg, the Boxer 4K30 can be carried by two individuals and offers 4K native resolution and awarding winning Christie Tru-Life image processing. The Christie Boxer delivers undisputed performance and heavyweight presentation capability in a middleweight package. And is already a global hit

UK - Peerless-AV has announced its collaboration with TD Maverick Europe, commencing 1 February 2015. Under the agreement, the specialised AV distributor will be offering a core selection of Peerless-AV mounts and solutions to its reseller base across EMEA, encompassing France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Adam Dent, director of international sales, Peerless-AV Europe, commented, "Signing this agreement with TD Maverick Europe is a significant and exciting development for Peerless-AV Europe. Whilst we will remain fully committed to our existing channel partners, signing TD Maverick Europe gives us entrance into a number of important new territories, customers and channels we previously were unable to cater for. We are very much looking forward to working with them in 201

USA - New York/San Francisco-based content creation/production company Bodega's Emmy award-winning creative director Haley Geffen teamed up with NBC Sports Group and NBC Sports VP creative director/director Tripp Dixon and visual effects studio Rodeo FX to create the high-energy opening for Super Bowl XLIX. The opening, featuring Carrie Underwood in a virtual Phoenix stadium, set the stage for the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks at Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium.

Having collaborated on the Sunday Night Football open for three consecutive seasons, the Bodega team was well poised to intensify the energy and glitz for Super Bowl XLIX. Geffen and Dixon led a three-day shoot, months in advance of the big game, to capture Underwood's performance that glamorized the Super Bowl.

Bodega worked closely with Rodeo FX to enhance the stage visuals

South Africa - Johannesburg-based DWR Distribution will be hosting Avolites training sessions this month, with a one-day Titan One training session on 24 February, followed by a three-day Basic to Advanced course from 25-27 February. The training will be presented by DWR's Gareth Chambers.

Nick Britz from DWR comments: "Gareth Chambers hosts regular training sessions which are well received by the industry. He has a great knowledge on lighting and control, having formally worked in the rental market. He is also very passionate about sharing this knowledge."

The Titan One DMX USB Dongle allows the user to output one line of DMX with the full functionality of Avolites Titan Software. Users are able to access powerful features such as Pixelmapper, Quicksketch, Media Clip Select, Attribute Control-Blades and ShapeGenerator. Titan One allows unlimited usage providing unin

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