The Netherlands - Barco is making event automation and preview simpler with the launch of its new HD media servers. These end-to-end visualization solutions - available in four models (XHD-400, XHD-402, XHD-404 and XHD-200) cover the entire workflow of video professionals, from design to operation.

Thanks to the powerful 'Projection Study' tool, the Barco media servers are suited for rental and staging applications and 3D projection mappings, while they can also be used for fixed installation in entertainment venues and visitor attractions. The media servers will be shipping as of March 2015.

"Our goal was to bring the most powerful yet easy-to-use media servers to the market," states Wim Buyens, senior vice president entertainment & corporate at Barco. "While there are other great top-end media servers available, too many of them require help from the manufactu

UK - As part of the design and development of their World Duty Free store in Heathrow's new Terminal 2 - The Queen's Terminal - travel retailer World Duty Free Group (WDFG) commissioned a remarkable LedGo FLEX curved LED solution to provide a highly adaptable fascia for their tax and duty free store - creating one of the UK's largest fixed-installation LED walls.

Concept visuals of the new store revealed curved surfaces running along the front of the entire shop fascia. This gave World Duty Free Group and Blynk Digital Media's Neil Muir the idea to fill the surfaces with LedGo's innovative FLEX curved LED panels, to display eye-catching, moving content, visuals and tailored messaging to visitors in the new terminal.

Blynk Digital Media approached A.C. Video, a specialist sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., to supply them with the LedGo FLEX curved L

UK - XL Video supplied LED and video screens for an hour-long special - Bruce's Hall of Fame - produced by Hat Trick Productions. The show was recorded on 1 November at the London Palladium and aired on BBC1 on 27 December 2014.

The special celebrated Bruce Forsyth's long career in show business and featured artists paying tribute to the stars who inspired them. Stars appearing included Jessie Wallace, who recalled music hall legend Marie Lloyd; Jamie Cullum, who performed a Tony Bennett song; and Alfie Boe who was inspired by Dean Martin.

Working with production designer Markus Blee and line producer Charlene Farrell, XL Video supplied two types of LED for the show's set - a 5.4m wide x 3m high LED screen formed of its ROE MC-7T product and a 7m wide x 2.5m high Unilumin 3.9mm LED screen.

The high resolution ROE MC-7T screen was flown and used as both an audience rel

UK - Since launching back in September 2014, over 250 rental businesses in the AV, lighting, events and broadcast sectors are now signed up to Current RMS, quickly identifying the benefits of cloud rental management software.

At the end of January 2015, Current RMS officially became a partner of the popular cloud accounting software Xero, offering seamless integration with this easy to use product, streamlining the rental cycle that one step further.

Prior to launching Current RMS, rental experts came onboard to test the system, working with the team to ensure it was entirely ready for launch. The same process took place for the Xero integration. One of the testers, Steve Lucas, owner of Soundbite Productions, has quickly seen the benefits of operating his rental business entirely in the cloud.

"Current is a must have for rental and hire companies, especially for those

Germany - Christie partner publitec has added 40 new Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors to its rental range. This German audiovisual distributor and events technology company from Herdecke has set a new rental benchmark.

The Christie Boxer 4K30 boasts high performance, marking it out as a premium product within the middleweight category. A full 30,000 lumens, 4K (4096 x 2160) native resolution and 3DLP quality, while weighing less than 68 kg. Users receive a projector that is easy to use and offers optimum feed and performance flexibility.

The Christie Boxer has built-in Christie TruLife image processing to provide the highest bit depth, fastest frame rate and native 4K signals, with HD signal upscaling that lets the Christie Boxer fit seamlessly and simply into existing HD workflows.

publitec already offers a wide range of Christie projectors, accessories and add-on parts, and

The Netherlands - Barco has signed a major deal with AED Display at its ISE booth this morning. Under the agreement, the audiovisual expert will purchase 20 brand-new Barco HDF-W30 FLEX projectors and upgrade 40 of its HDF-W26 projectors to 30,000 lumens.

AED Display is the very first European rental company to invest in Barco's HDF-W30, which was launched just last week. By adding the HDF-W30 FLEX to its large rental pool, AED Display underscores its trendsetting role in Europe's AV market.

"Our customers are always looking for new, better, brighter AV solutions to amaze their audiences. So when Barco announced a 30K lumens version of its excellent HDF-series, we immediately decided to add it to our rental stock," said Thierry Heldenbergh, managing director of AED Display. "As the HDF-W30 shares its modular design, preview mode and ImagePRO scaling with our Bar

USA - There are many good reasons why women's soccer has become one of the fastest growing sports in the US: it's colourful, intense and it makes a great visual presentation. The same can be said of the Nexus LED panels from Chauvet Professional, which have also become exceedingly popular lately. It's only fitting then that these two stars crossed paths recently at the Women's World Cup Kickoff Celebration on Fox Sports 1 and Timer Warner Cable.

Lighting designer James Schipper of Kinetic Lighting used 40 Nexus 4x4 panels to create a dynamic stage backdrop for the celebration's main entertainment event: a concert by the hip hop rapper Flo Rida backed up by DJ Blaze. The Nexus panels on stage not only matched the Grammy nominated People's Choice-winning star's performance; they also reflected the upbeat mood of the televised celebration.

Schipper arranged the Nexus panels 20 un

The Netherlands - NEC Display Solutions Europe has unveiled its world of visual experience at ISE 2015, showcasing its vision and future applications for digital display technology. At its booth (4-R24 in Hall 4), NEC is giving visitors the opportunity to "experience the bright places we encounter every day through an immersive and engaging city journey".

Visitors can see specific examples of the NEC visual journey in everyday life scenarios. These scenarios range from shopping, photo studio, learning and working, to control rooms, eating and drinking, galleries and museums and public transportation: visual experiences where we are consuming more and more information on screens each day.

At ISE this year, NEC brings all of this to life with a wide range of industry customised demonstrations, including; 'Digital Live Painting' with an artist creating pictures of visit

The Netherlands - CYP is showcasing its wide range of AV solutions on a new larger booth (Stand - 4-U65) at ISE 2015, with many new products shown in Amsterdam for the first time.

Adding to its growing range of Modular Matrices, CYP is demonstrating its latest chassis - the 32×32 Modular Matrix. Following on from the success of its 3U 16×16 Modular Matrix Chassis, the 5U 32×32can be fitted with any combination of up to four input modules and four output modules (each with eight connections per board), offering "unparalleled levels of flexibility and performance for systems integrators and installers in any multi-zone AV environment"

Also on show is the new PU-8H8HBTPL-4K 8 x 8 HDBaseT LITE Matrix with PoC (Power over Cable), which supports the transmission of video (resolutions up to 4K2K Full HD) and multi-channel digital audio from 8 HDMI sources to 8 outputs ov

The Netherlands - The Projection Studio, led by Ross Ashton are special guests of Panasonic on Booth B1 P20 in Hall 1 at ISE 2015, creating a 3D projection mapping onto a Tesla car.

Ross was asked on-board to assist Panasonic in making an impressive impact on the stand by Hartmut Kulessa, marketing manager of projection products for Panasonic Europe.

Hartmut says, "Ross is the best known and most recognised 3D mapping artist in the world, and we see 3D mapping as a growing market trend, especially outdoors where it is the new 'fireworks' for big public events and spectaculars. Ross has enormous experience and a great track record in creating these exciting new visual experiences, and that is why we asked him to collaborate with us to create the stand centrepiece at ISE".

Ross has used Panasonic products for many of his installation works, including, most recently,

The Netherlands - Martin Professional announced at ISE 2015 the availability of the Rush Gobo Projector 1, part of Martin's comprehensive offering of new lighting fixtures. The new member of the install-oriented Rush family will be shipping at the end of February.

The Rush Gobo Projector 1 is designed for permanent installation in club, bar, restaurant and shopping mall applications. Gobos can be changed quickly easy adjustment of focus, speed and direction make running the static fixture smooth and intuitive. It's also non-intrusive thanks to its silent operation and compact size, measuring 215 x 135 x 152 mm and weighing only 11 lbs. (2 kg).

"We designed the Rush Gobo Projector 1 with ease-of-use in mind," said Mark Buss, product manager, Rush products. "Speed and direction are controlled by easy-touch buttons and it only takes a few seconds to change gobos wi

USA - Viewers of the Super Bowl Halftime Show have come to expect dazzling entertainment, but Katy Perry's turn at Super Bowl XLIX packed more fun and amazing eye candy into 12 minutes than they might have thought possible. Behind the scenes at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, lighting director Jason Rudolph used eight d3 4x4pro media servers from d3 Technologies to map the football field around the stage with content from 80 Barco projectors. The d3 servers also sent 4 feeds to control the LED stage, magically transforming the floor from a perspective-bending chessboard to a tropical island paradise and a dynamic graphic platform for an airborne finale. VER provided the d3 media servers, grandMA2 control consoles, and all projection and LED gear.

The size and scope of the Super Bowl Halftime Show might seem daunting for some media servers. But last year d

The Netherlands - Green Hippo's new magpi solo from the AViary Video Tools range was awarded 'Best of Show' in the Installation Category at this year's Integrated Systems Europe.

magpi solo was launched at ISE 2015 and is the latest addition to the AViary Video Tools product range. It is a solution for installation professionals requiring the realtime power and high definition resolution of its bigger sibling, magpi, on just a single output.

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 colour and contrast correction in realtime. All changes can be stored within the timeline controller with the option to trigger playback and adjust parameters via external protocols such as SMPTE timecode, Artnet and much more.

Mercedes Stevao-Boase, marketing and PR at Green Hippo

UK - XL Video renewed its long-term touring relationship with Bryan Adams, who celebrates the remarkable 30th anniversary of his seminal Reckless album, one of a string of ground-breaking projects that has made him the bestselling Canadian rock artist of all time.

The production design for this tour was created by Willie Williams. XL's Paul 'Macca' McCauley has managed the account for the last three years, although XL's association with Bryan Adams' live work goes back several more years.

Macca worked closely with Adams' own video director Marc Ledoux and Encore operator Sebastien De Bellefeuille in co-ordinating and setting up the tour, together with production manager Andy Proudfoot.

Macca commented, "It was great to be working with Bryan Adams and his team again - there were many familiar faces. Visuals are a vital element to the stage presentation and he's an

Belgium - Barco has introduced a new range of high-resolution indoor LED video walls. With a pixel pitch of only 1.6 mm, 1.9 mm, and 2.7 mm, the X series couples the benefits of LED visualization with very high resolution. This not only offers new possibilities in the traditional LED markets, but also enables LED products to be introduced in a whole range of new markets, including control rooms and boardrooms.

LED walls excel in brightness and colour depth, delivering stunning visuals wherever you need them. As a pioneer in LED visualization, Barco has years of experience in creating LED video walls that combine visual awe with utmost reliability. Barco applied its insights into both the market and the customer's needs to design this high-resolution X series and provide additional value with its products. With a number of innovative features - including front access, factory cal

USA - Electrosonic provided video, audio and control equipment and integration for the new Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Centre at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The new facility builds on Electrosonic's strong relationship with the aquarium, which includes earlier extensive refurbishing of a portion of the aquarium.

The Learning Centre features a circular main hub area with the lab room, toddlers' room, ocean room, coastal room and green room, branching off of it. The Hub Scenic, part of an introductory experience and presentation for visiting students, is at the core of the hub area. This scenic element, along with architectural detailing, special lighting and other embellishments, create the immersive experience of an ocean laboratory.

"A narrative about finding a missing turtle sets the stage for the story of the ocean lab," says Electrosonic project manag

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be featuring new lighting solutions from Chroma-Q, Mole-Richardson and Fiilex, grip equipment from Manfrotto, and video innovations from Green Hippo and Prolights - at the Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) 2015 show, held at Excel, London on 24-26 February (stand E20).

The company offers a comprehensive one-stop inventory of equipment solutions for film, television, and studio or location broadcast applications. This service covers products through to complete lighting and video systems, from supply through to installation.

The award-winning Chroma-Q Studio Force premium performance soft light range provides a soft, even light source in a choice of daylight, tungsten and variable white LED models which are comparable to traditional lighting technologies - and produce a massive output for their size.

The Mole-Richardson lighting rang

The Netherlands - Apex has introduced its new, all-in-one conference room control system, Liviau R, which debuted at ISE 2015 and was named Best in Show by Installation magazine. Featuring a sleek, yet robust design Liviau R offers instant access to content and full control over your presentation as well as complete room control including lighting, video, audio and other automated services, all fully integrated and managed from the same platform.

Liviau's designers have focused on simplicity in addition to powerful functionality. The 10.1" touch interface is purposely limited to the information you require during meetings and presentations for as uncluttered a look as possible and thus minimum distraction during your event. The guided menu takes you easily through your meeting/presentation offering everything you need at your fingertips. Furthermore, the touch interf

UK - Series 2 of the Endemol UK/Remarkable TV show Two Tribes, hosted by Richard Osman, is using projection from XL Video.

Working with production designer, Dominic Tolfts, and production manager, Jessica Enderby, XL Video's film & TV manager, Jeff Bailey specified one of XL's high brightness Barco HD20 projectors along with a Repro H projection screen to create the main question screen for the centre of the Two Tribes set.

The Barco unit provides sufficient output to ensure good visual clarity amongst the studio lighting, and Bailey once again selected a Repro H screen surface to avoid hotspots which can be picked up by broadcast cameras.

The question screen is central to Two Tribes, displaying questions asked by the presenter, Richard Osman, which discover what players have in common, and determine the teams for the game.

Jeff Bailey comments: "It's gr

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.'s Video division has supplied the first Green Hippo AViary magpi video playback solution in the UK to Alton Towers Resort, to drive the visual and interactive displays in their popular CBeebies Land - one of the theme park's newest attractions.

Home to a range of themed rides and live entertainment, CBeebies Land is an immersive experience for children and young families. The five-acre site within Alton Towers Resort offers opportunities for kids to interact with some of their favourite characters and TV shows. In addition to rides, CBeebies Land includes play areas, live experiences and character appearances designed to inspire and educate.

Green Hippo's AViary Video Tools range was launched to much acclaim last year, and represents a new approach to realtime high-resolution video playback and control. Drawing upon the manufac

France - Airstar, lighting balloon technology specvialist for the event and staging industry, has been at the centre of the Val d'Isère Airstar Night Light since 2012. Every Thursday evening, between December and March, the manufacturer showcases various lighting technologies, and all its savoir-faire, to illuminate the French ski resort.

This year, over 30 Airstar lighting balloons of various shapes, sizes and colours were deployed: The Tourism Office square boasted a magnificent Star shaped balloon as well as four hanging Crystals of various sizes (130cm to 160cm), covered by a printed << planet >> cover, while the main road hosted six Crystal Diamond 130, three air inflated Stars 160 on a pole and 12x DMX controllable standalone Towair Evo Flame. A further four red Airstar Towairs (four metres high) lit up a live show.

During the ski holiday season, the Airstar Night Light

UK - Large format projection artist Ross Ashton was commissioned to create a new projection artwork for the 2015 e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge, UK, which lit the front fascias of two of the city's magnificent historical buildings - Old School and Senate House - which are part of the University of Cambridge.

Ross and his team from the Projection Studio received technical support sponsorship from locally based live event and technical production company Hawthorn for the five day festival, and the four PT-DZ21k projectors were supplied by Panasonic.

It was the third time that Ross has created bespoke light works for these buildings.

This was also the third, largest and most successful year of the e-Luminate festival to date. The concept showcases the city 'in a different light' through a series of innovative installations and interactive events highlighting how light and lig

UK - PAI Group has appointed Martin Draisey as its new business development manager. Martin is an experienced sales professional with a wealth of industry knowledge. He will be responsible for the delivery of specialist integrated audio-visual, sound, lighting and control solutions, working directly with clients and design teams across various sectors.

After receiving a diploma in Multi-track Recording from the Gateway School of Recording & Music Technology at Kingston Polytechnic, Martin started his career as a recording engineer at Harp Recordings Ltd before becoming a Sound Engineer for independent local radio station Swansea Sound.

He joined PA Installations Ltd in 1993 as a field engineer, working his way up to customer support manager and then Technical Sales Manager during an 11-year spell with the company.

In 2004 Martin took up the role of regional sales manager at

Japan - Ayrton's IntelliPix-R LED panels played a prominent role in the spectacular lighting design at the annual Japanese music show, Best Hits Kayousai 2014. The show, which recognises some of Japan's most popular artists of the year, took place in November at the Festival Hall, Osaka and was broadcast live on the NNN network. Over 18 acts, including Exile Tribe and May J, performed during the two-hour show.

Ayrton's Japanese distributor, First Engineering Japan, supplied 120 IntelliPix-R panels to their client, Heart-S, who used the static panels to surround the stage and performers with beams of intense light.

IntelliPix-R is a modular beam projection panel of 25 independently controllable 4.5° LED emitters arranged in a 5 x 5 array which project graphics and media far into the air. Panels can be connected together to form a semi-transparent wall, screen or ceiling or

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