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City Theatrical DMXcat Wins in New York and London
City Theatrical’s new DMXcat multifunction test tool recently received two prestigious awards in one week, first gaining the “Lighting Product of the Year” award at the ABTT Theatre Show in London on 6th June and them receiving the “Live Design Lighting Product of the Year” award from Live Design Magazine in New York City on 12th June.
City Theatrical‘s DMXcat multifunction test tool makes it easy for anyone to control, analyse, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light. The system consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring wireless DMX and RDM control plus several other useful functions to the user’s smartphone. The DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: How to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console. The DMXcat works with both Android and iPhones.
The DMXcat hardware dongle is a compact battery powered unit, which fits easily in a pocket or tool pouch or may be worn on a belt. It uses Bluetooth LE technology for communication with the smartphone applications within a range of 50’ (15m). Without the limitation of being physically connected, the user can move about the workspace as needed with their smartphone and run the various apps while still using the phone for on the job communication. The device’s five-pin XLR connector/cable assembly allows it to be connected to a point in a DMX data chain to allow testing and control of the various DMX/RDM channel functions. Battery life is over 20 hours and it is charged using a standard USB to Micro-USB cable and charger.
The DMXcat utilises a database of over 100 worldwide lighting manufacturers and thousands of lighting fixtures and their personalities, just like a sophisticated lighting console. The user can choose a fixture from the database and gain control through a user interface on their phone, which emulates a lighting console with encoder wheels labeled to match the personality of the lighting fixture being used. DMXcat also utilises an advanced implementation of wireless RDM that allows the fixture’s exact personality, starting DMX address, and user interface to be loaded into the app without even using the database lookup.
Other applications included with DMXcat are a full 512 channel DMX controller which the user can select to emulate either sliders or a console style keypad, a complete set of DMX analysis tools similar to what are found on engineering level DMX testers, an RDM controller to enable the user to perform all functions that RDM fixtures allow including setting DMX address, changing personalities, viewing lamp hours and temperature levels. A DIP switch calculator app is included in all versions, and a light meter app and a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi analyser spectrum are included in the Android version only.
23rd June 2017
New format, new focus for PLASA Rigging Conference
UK – The eighth Rigging Conference, being held again during PLASA 2017 at Olympia, London, on Monday 18th September, sees a change in its format and the focus of its content as it moves away from more traditional presentations allowing more time for discussion with delegates and panels of experts.
With a keynote presentation delivered by Morris Lyda, former tour truck driver, roadie, latterly prodigious production manager and owner of the Morris Lyda Organisation, the conference targets a broader audience, focusing not only on rigging topics but on production and safety issues as well.
Content will be themed around questions raised by the rigging and production communities over the past 12 months and will continue to be developed as additional, pertinent issues are highlighted and will be very much a ‘talking shop’.
“In previous years, we’ve had traditional style presentations with question and answer sessions,” says content curator Chris Higgs. “This year, we’re giving the floor to those attending, whilst still providing informed and current opinion from panellists.
“Guided by the views of the rigging community, the intention is to widen our audience to include anyone involved in production that has a connection with rigging, to keep pace with the growth of media content requiring screens or projection, the advances in audio technology and ever more elaborate sets and props. We’ll have panellists representing producers, production and venue safety, manufacturers and standards writers and of course, riggers.
“We’re delighted that we have managed to persuade one of the industry’s legendary figures, Morris Lyda, to deliver the keynote presentation. Morris has worked with artists ranging from Traffic in his 20s to a multi-tour relationship with David Bowie, Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Three Tenors and Phil Collins. Following a move to Australia in the late ‘90s, Morris focused on special events such as the Barcelona and Sydney Olympics and a diverse array of demanding projects, specialising in building and motivating people to produce extraordinary outcomes. Morris will be escorting us on an exploration of the shortcomings, values and obscurities of our industry and a contemplation of its uncertainties.”
“What value can an old roadie like myself contribute to these young and developing professionals?” says Morris. “The pressure to deliver entertainment projects within increasingly stringent paradigms of safety and simultaneously achieve economies is enormous. Safety and budgets were always a consideration in my early days, but these agendas frequently took a back seat to vision. Vision and a commitment to that vision is what we will be talking about.”
To make it more affordable and allow more people to attend, the pricing for the conference has also been reviewed and includes a new half-day rate and a much lower full-day rate for early bird bookings:
- £95 + vat full-day delegate rate (until 1st August)
- £120 + vat full-day delegate rate (from 1st August)
- £65 + vat half-day rate for either the morning or afternoon sessions.
Initial programme and further details can be found on the PLASA Show website at: http://www.plasashow.com/rigging-conference
21st June 2017
d&b audiotechnik highlights harmonious solutions at InfoComm 2017
USA – At InfoComm Orlando the d&b booth offered a quick and easy insight into the company’s systematic way of thinking. Two distinct sections – one for mobile solutions, one for installation – focused on flexible, compatible components for a world of dynamic audio demands, with application-tailored functionality and design to match.
The new installation point sources 24S and 21S-SUB showcased the combined effect of style and sonic quality. With a frequency response extending from 55Hz to 18kHz, these flexible loudspeakers are an ideal all-in-one solution for live performance spaces, houses of worship, multipurpose centers and sports facilities. Furthermore, the elegant xC-Series columns showed integrators facing even the most challenging acoustic conditions that intelligibility is possible without compromising sensitive interiors. Alongside, the 10D installation amplifier represented the user friendly functionality, DSP capability, and future readiness of all d&b electronics.
For anyone looking to explore the software toolkit, the booth’s central workstation brought the d&b Workflow to life. Incorporating the complete software package, including ArrayCalc and the R1 Remote control software, this universally adopted way of working unlocks the full potential of any d&b system, temporary or permanent. With the physical hardware in mind, it was a chance for visitors to virtually experience the full design and setup process, through planning and optimisation to control and monitoring.
Meanwhile nowhere was the lasting value of compatible components more evident than at the stand’s special dedication to the JYV Messengers. Highlighting these three independent, established Series, the JYV trio epitomised the seamless combining of d&b point source and line array technologies, acoustically and visually.
Away from the stand the d&b team could be found giving daily presentations on the 24S and 21S-SUB as part of the d&b workflow and utilised as part of the d&b Soundscape – an all-enveloping approach to the future of sound reinforcement. For InfoComm visitors this was a sneak peak at soundscape’s potential, enabling sound designers with multidimensional source placement, acoustic room simulation and signal matrix processor capability. The d&b Soundscape will operate on the DS100 platform, currently scheduled for release in early 2018.
“As always, the show has been a great opportunity to tune in with visitors and meet new faces,” commented Roger Keim, marketing manager for d&b US. “As we continue to expand the d&b product range – and the possibilities for audio – alongside the choice of integration and interoperability solutions, it becomes increasingly important that our users, new and old, harness all the benefits of the d&b Workflow. That’s one of the reasons why this show is so worthwhile, to put the process in context and provide an opportunity for people to experience the benefits first hand.”
21st June 2017
The 10th Knight of Illumination Awards Spotlight Sponsors Announced
UK – All Spotlight and Headline Sponsors have been confirmed for the prestigious 10th anniversary edition of The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards, which will be held once again at the famous Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on 17 September.
One of the biggest nights in the entertainment technology industry calendar, the KOI Awards celebrate the exceptional creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK across the sectors of television, theatre and concert touring and events. Awards in each of these sectors are sponsored by individual industry organisations known as the Spotlight Sponsors.
Coming on board for the first time as Spotlight Sponsors this year are ADB sponsoring the Theatre Award for Plays, Altman Lighting sponsoring the Television Award for Small Studio, Avolites sponsoring the Concert Touring & Events Award for Stage, GLP (German Lighting Products) sponsoring the Concert Touring & Events Award for Arena, Green Hippo sponsoring the Television Award for Video Graphic Display, and SLX sponsoring the Television Award for Light Entertainment.
They will be joining the 2016 returning Spotlight Sponsors: ETC, d3 Technologies, HSL, Light Initiative, PRG XL Video, Robert Juliat, Hawthorn, MA Lighting and Philips Vari-Lite.
Koy Neminathan, sales director for British lighting and video console manufacturer, Avolites, says: “We have attended every KOI awards since the beginning and we enjoy meeting designers current and new. The event has always offered us the opportunity to network with a large number of talented individuals and professional companies. We are excited to sponsor an appropriate award this year which ties in well with our newly focused vision. The team and I are looking forward to this year’s event, especially as it’s the 10th anniversary!”
Mark Ravenhill, president of lighting manufacturer GLP also explains why GLP was keen to be a part of KOI this year. “We are honoured to be sponsoring at this year’s KOI Awards. The Awards offer all of us within the lighting community a unique opportunity to come together. We are very proud to be a part of a programme that celebrates designers’ work, their passion and their achievements. Our work goes hand in hand with the lighting designers that use the fixtures in such creative and imaginative ways. What isn’t there to celebrate about that?”
Green Hippo’s head of sales and marketing, James Roth expresses the company’s excitement in returning to the awards as a Spotlight Sponsor this year: “We are delighted to sponsor the KOI awards again and we look forward to recognising the genuine innovation and talent demonstrated this year in the Video Display for TV category.”
Thanks to the support of all the fabulous KOI sponsors the event has been able to evolve year on year to the international, pan-industry awards event that it is today. Key to that growth has been the support of Headline Sponsors OSRAM and Claypaky who will be supporting the event again this year.
On top of the 15 awards across television, theatre, and concert touring and events categories, the Enrico Caironi Lifetime Recognition Award will also be presented to an individual who has continually gone above and beyond the call of duty throughout their extensive career, benefiting colleagues and the industry alike.
The Knight of Illumination Awards was devised in 2008 by Claypaky alongside renowned lighting designer Durham Marenghi and his wife Jennie Marenghi who still co-ordinate the Awards.
The event is managed by the Society of Television Lighting Designers (STLD), the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) and The Fifth Estate Ltd.
Shows performed or broadcast in the UK between 1st August 2016 and 30th June 2017 are eligible for entry. Following the same process as previous years, Theatre category nominations are submitted only by the KOI judging panel. Nomination submission can be made through the KOI website, but will close on 30 June.
21st June 2017
Robe Spikie Wins Live Design Award
USA – Robe’s Spikie has been named as one of the 2016-17 Live Design ‘Products of the Year’, which were selected by a panel of industry experts and aficionados, including designers, programmers and engineers active in the essential production disciplines of lighting, sound and video.
Robe’s Craig Burross (national business development manager) went to New York to accept the Award, presented during a special ceremony at the Upper Story by Charlie Palmer in midtown Manhattan.
Craig commented: "I was honoured to accept the award on behalf of Robe and everyone in our ‘family’ greatly and sincerely appreciates this new product recognition for Spikie. We would like to say a big thank-you to everyone at Live Design and of course to our amazing Robe Lighting customers."
He added that the Awards event was: “A well-attended and thoroughly enjoyable industry gathering.”
Bob Schacherl, CEO of Robe North America said: “We are extremely pleased with how well the entertainment lighting market has embraced Spikie, the most compact wash beam in our current product range. The fact that it is being used on so many prominent tours, events and projects is a testament to the fixture’s performance and versatility, together with its highly affordable price; it is a truly unbeatable combination.”
“All of us at Robe Lighting want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the lighting design community for their specifications and continued support of our products and to Live Design for bestowing this prestigious award.”
Robe’s Spikie was launched at the Prolight+Sound show in 2016 and has enjoyed phenomenal success.
Designers love the fact it is so small and lightweight, a 16lb super-fast LED WashBeam, utilising a single 60W RGBW light source, complete with a specially designed 110mm wide front lens that produces a high quality solid beam. It has continuous pan and tilt rotation in both directions and variable speed, plus a fast zoom that facilitates a soft wide 28° wash at one end, going to a tight sharp-edged 4° beam at the other for stunning in-air effects.
Then there are some added bonuses like the innovative ‘flower’ effect which produces three piercing rays of sharp, multicolored spikes of light bringing another unique visual effect to the table.
Spikies are appearing in style on several current tours lit by several high-profile designers including Leroy Bennett who specified 795 for Bruno Mars’ ‘24K Magic’ world tour, where they form a kinetic ceiling rigged in several moving pods, with more still making up a mega-bright back wall.
Sooner Routhier and Robert Long of SRae Productions specified 90 Spikies on The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy: Legend of the Fall’ tour which grace the beautiful, elegant lines of Es Devlin’s set sculpture.
LD Gabe Fraboni has 90 Spikies rigged on a scaffolding structure right at the core of his high-impact design for Martin Garrix’s new 2017 live show, which just launched with three pumping shows in San Francisco.
At the same Awards event, Sooner and Robert also received an ‘Excellence in Live Design Award’ for “masterful teamwork” in their numerous and varied concert design and production collaborations, which this year, in addition to The Weeknd, include Depeche Mode, Lady Antebellum and Kelsea Ballerini.
photos: www.alivecoverage.comand Louise Stickland
19th June 2017
Doughty's Three Position Tank Trap named ABTT Engineering Product of the Year 2017
UK – Doughty Engineering's Three Position Tank Trap has been awarded the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year Award at this year's show.
The new piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points, which are located in the centre as per a standard tank trap, at the edge and in the corner.
The ABTT Theatre Awards 2017 took place on the evening of Tuesday 6th June in the Londesborough Room at Alexandra Palace. The judging panel, which comprised an experienced group of working practitioners and industry peers, commented: "The mark of a good product is if, on first observation, the question raised is 'Why has this never been made before?' and Doughty Engineering's Three Position Tank Trap certainly achieves this. With a neat storage and transportation system and flexible mounting details, much of the manual handling issues associated with large tank traps have been suitably and efficiently addressed."
Doughty's new Space Saver also received the judges’ commendation in the Engineering Product of the Year category.
Dan Phillips, projects manager at Doughty, said: "We had an excellent ABTT Theatre Show this year with some useful feedback from customers – ideas like the Three Position Tank Trap come from talking to end users at shows like ABTT, which provide a great forum for us to engage with our greatest asset – our customers. Winning the ABTT Engineering Award is the icing on the cake."
16th June 2017
Elation Professional Showcasing DiGidot C4 Advanced LED Driver at InfoComm Show
USA – Elation Professional is showcasing the DiGidot C4 LED Driver at Elation Booth 7345/7243 at the InfoComm show in Orlando, Florida. The DiGidot C4 is a small and powerful LED controller that has use in all kinds of applications. One device can drive more than 6,000 single LEDs.
“Elation is proud to be showcasing the North American debut of DiGidot on our booth,” stated Elation Professional sales director Eric Loader. “DiGidot is one of the most advanced LED pixel tape drivers on the market today. It offers the latest technology for integration into a variety of LED pixel tape projects and runs all pixel tapes on the market, including the Elation Flex Pixel range.”
The DiGidot C4 is an in-house development of DiGidot, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It works as a pixel controller, ArtNet node, show recorder and trigger device and can work stand-alone for smaller set-ups or collaborate in larger networks with third-party devices.
Whereas users previously needed one or more ArtNet to DMX nodes in combination with a large number of DMX to SPI decoders to control a large number of LED pixel lights, the DiGidot C4 driver allows for easier configuration by daisy chaining through a built-in Ethernet switch. This means fewer devices, less cabling and less installation time.
A built-in show recorder records up to eight DMX universes, making the DiGidot C4 perfectly suited for applications in theme parks, museums, retail shops and architectural. It works with a variety of protocols and an intuitive app and web-based user interface make for convenient operation.
15th June 2017
Yamaha Launches Major New CIS Products at InfoComm 2017
USA – The 2017 InfoComm trade show sees Yamaha Commercial Audio launching several significant new products in its Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range, including paging stations, flexible control options and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) L2 switches.
InfoComm 2017 takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th June. Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is exhibiting at Booth 6360 and in audio demo rooms W224B and W234.
Used together, Yamaha’s advanced MRX7-D signal processor and XMV power amplifiers deliver exceptional audio networking solutions for large scale applications, such as retail centres and factories. Complementing these products, the new CIS items mean that smart, flexible paging systems can be easily installed and comprehensively monitored.
The PGM1 is a paging station which can be used to provide multiple remote paging locations on an MRX7-D/MTX5-D Dante network. Up to four PGM1 units can be connected per system, with eight buttons on the unit able to be assigned to any functions, with output destinations and input sources programmed via Yamaha MTX-MRX Editor software.
If more control buttons are needed, up to two PGX1 paging station extension units can be added to each PGM1, providing a total of up to 24 function buttons for each station. The PGM1 connects via standard Ethernet cables, for easy installation and flexible distribution in large commercial spaces, and is powered by PoE.
The MCP1 is an advanced, PoE-powered, multi-purpose remote panel for controlling a system based around the Yamaha MTX3 matrix processor or MTX5-D / MRX7-D signal processors. Featuring customisable touch controls, it allows exceptional remote control flexibility, with up to 36 parameters able to be assigned to the six control (plus home) buttons.
The MCP1 features an elegant brushed aluminium finish and dot matrix display, which allows dynamic labelling, with universal character support using a bitmap display for languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. With four user levels for access management and enhanced security, up to 16 MCP1s can be added to a system.
Building on the success of Yamaha’s flexible and highly popular ProVisionaire Touch iPad control app – which has been recently updated to include control for the TF-RACK rackmount mixer – ProVisionaire Control is a new Windows application that lets users easily design original, intuitive custom control panels for wireless or wired remote control of a wide range of Yamaha devices, including Yamaha MTX/MRX systems and CL/QL series mixing consoles.
Complementing it is ProVisionaire Control KIOSK, which features a simplified interface to allow a Windows PC or tablet to function as a dedicated, non-editable controller.
Yamaha is also launching the SWR2100P-5G and SWR2100P-10G L2 switches at InfoComm. With four and nine Ethernet output ports respectively, they provide PoE, power status monitoring and ON/OFF switching capability. Also allowing comprehensive network monitoring from Yamaha’s LAN Monitor software, the SWR2100P-5G and SWR2100P-10G complete a full CIS range ‘one-stop’ solution for high quality paging systems.
15th June 2017
Audinate Unveils Multiple Editions of Dante Domain Manager
USA – Demonstrating its commitment to provide AV and IT professionals with comprehensive audio network management for applications of all sizes, Audinate has announced that the upcoming Dante Domain Manager platform will be available in three editions: Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Dante Domain Manager enables integrators to define custom domains: specific AV device groupings, by room, building and site, regardless of physical network infrastructure. Dante Domain Manager also provides robust security for IT departments and AV managers, including user authentication and role administration, while the Gold and Platinum editions enable integration with Active Directory for larger installations. With Dante Domain Manager, system managers gain complete visibility and accountability through a suite of user-defined dashboards, audit trails, alerts, and messages.
- The Silver edition provides the features listed above, with a maximum of two domains and ten audio devices. The Silver edition is ideal for installations that primarily require user management, such as smaller houses of worship or schools.
- The Gold edition includes integration with Active Directory and supports up to ten domains and up to 50 devices. This edition is suited to many mid-sized business environments, allowing for easy management of multiple rooms and public spaces.
- The Platinum edition expands support up to 50 domains and up to 250 devices, and includes SNMP alerting and a fully redundant “high availability” option for mission critical systems. The Platinum edition covers the management needs of large scale installations, supporting many users, rooms and devices spread over a wide area.
All editions of Dante Domain Manager enable the creation of Dante domains to isolate and organise audio devices, permission-driven user accounts, cross-subnet routing of audio, and powerful administrative features to monitor user actions and system status in key areas.
“Our tiered approach for Dante Domain Manager reflects an IT model whereby users can tailor the functionality to their needs and budgets,” said Joshua Rush, vice president of marketing, Audinate. “The three different options will provide AV and IT professionals with the ability to provide scalable and secure networked solutions to flexibly manage their systems."
Audinate will be demonstrating Dante Domain Manager in Booth #5981 at InfoComm, and more information on the three editions can be found at Audinate.com/DDM. Audinate will be officially releasing Dante Domain Manager later this year.
Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager will be sold through a network of integrators and dealers. Resellers interested in selling Dante Domain Manager can get more information through the Audinate website.
Dante Domain Manager will be enabled by the latest 4.0 firmware, which will be released to manufacturers in the near future. Please contact hardware manufacturers directly to determine firmware availability. The updated list of compatible manufacturers is also available on the Audinate website.
13th June 2017
Excellence in Stage Technology at Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin
Germany – At the international trade show and conference Stage|Set|Scenery, which will take place from 20th to 22nd June in Berlin, the focus will be entirely on stage technology. Under the heading of ’Excellence in Stage Technology’, a round table featuring lectures and discussion rounds will be held on all three days of the event. Among the speakers will be the architect and moderator of the parallel International Stage Technology Conference Reinhold Daberto of theapro, whose topic will be ‘Where to hold events during construction and renovation periods?’. One possible solution would be temporary theatre venues, a subject that NÜSSLI will address in its lecture. Other speakers, including Frank Köckritz of Komische Oper Berlin and Michael Mayerhofer of Volkstheater Wien, will take part in a discussion round on ‘Planning, construction, renovation and operation’.
Another key topic at the Excellence in Stage Technology Round Table will be the use of stage technology at multi-purpose venues. Among the lectures will be ‘Calzedonia Headquarters – an example of custom stage technology for multi-purpose rooms’ by Biobyte, ‘Successful multi-purpose hall performing art centres’ by Gala Systems, and ’Multi-purpose entertainment complexes in Russia’ by the Moscow Architectural Institute. Other speakers from Russia will include representatives of the Russian Theatre Workshop Association and the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, who will present the company’s 3D hardware/software solution and visualisation tool.
Furthermore, a number of leading stage technology and stage equipment companies, including Bosch Rexroth (Stage Guard & Load Limiter), SBS Bühnentechnik (‘Outstanding stage technology solutions for unusual demands’) and Waagner-Biro Austria Stage Systems (’From planning to commissioning – A new dimension in stage technology at the State Opera House ’Unter den Linden’) will also be holding lectures.
One day after the show ends a programme of excursions will take place for trade visitors, with a focus on stage technology. They include trips to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Kulturpalast in Dresden and the Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin. Participants can take an exclusive look behind the scenes of technically sophisticated projects in which numerous companies exhibiting at Stage|Set|Scenery are involved.
13th June 2017
Atlona to Debut HDR-Capable 4K HDMI-over-HDBaseT Extender Kit at InfoComm 2017
USA – Expanding its rich array of future-friendly AV integration problem-solver devices, Atlona will unwrap its newest HDBaseT extender in Booth 3961 at InfoComm 2017 this week in Orlando. Delivering exceptional value for residential AV applications and commercial installations, the AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS transmitter/receiver kit extends 4K/UHD HDMI signals over HDBaseT with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats.
Featuring visually lossless compression with no latency, the AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS delivers pristine image quality while leveraging the proven reliability and convenience of HDBaseT to support distances exceeding the practical limitations of HDMI cabling. Transporting HDMI signals up to 4K/UHD at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling over affordable, easy-to-integrate CAT6a or CAT7 cable, the innovative system transmits 1080p video up to 230 feet (70 metres) and HDR-enhanced 4K content up to 130 feet (40 metres).
Providing versatile compatibility with new and emerging 4K/UHD and HDR-capable video sources and displays, the AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS supports all video resolutions, audio formats and colour space formats encompassed in the HDMI 2.0a specification. Able to pass metadata for HDR content, the solution supports the 4K HDR10 standard at 60 Hz (4:2:0 chroma subsampling, 10-bit colour) as well as additional HDR variants.
The AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS supports HDMI data rates up to 18Gbps and is HDCP 2.2 compliant, enabling the transport of protected content. The solution supports embedded multi-channel audio in a wide array of formats including PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-HD Master Audio, and DTS:X.
The AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS is an ideal solution for point-to-point AV applications or as part of a larger 4K HDR routing and distribution system in conjunction with HDR-capable devices such as Atlona’s JunoX Series (AT-JUNO-451) HDMI switcher. Compatibility with HDR-equipped sources such as Ultra HD Blu-ray players and the latest HDR projection and display devices makes the AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS a perfect fit for residential home theatre installations, electronics retail environments such as television showrooms, and professional AV deployments such as performance venues featuring full-motion, highly-detailed 4K graphics.
“HDR offers significant visual improvements for both 4K and HD content, and its use continues to proliferate in AV environments,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “The AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS is a cost-effective and reliable solution for HDR-enabled HDMI extension applications that don’t require the advanced control capabilities and extended feature set of our premium UHD-EX models.”
The AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS kit will begin shipping in Q3, with its long-term reliability backed by Atlona’s award-winning 10-year limited product warranty. Locally powered, the transmitter and receiver will ship complete with universal power supplies and surface mounting hardware for discreet installation.
12th June 2017
ETC at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017
Germany - Following its successful launch in 2015, Stage|Set|Scenery, the international trade fair and conference for theatre, film and entertainment technology, is set to take place for the second time. From 20th to 22nd June, 2017 at Messe Berlin, as in the case of the first fair two years ago, ETC is exhibiting on two distinct stands. Stand 301, Hall 21 is dedicated to the latest products from ETC’s rigging division, while on Stand 340, Hall 20, ETC is presenting a selection of lighting gear, including the ColorSource family and the new Gio @5 console. ETC is also participating in the LightLab programme and Safety in Action stage as a sponsor and discussion partner.
ETC Rigging offers a range of cost-effective hoists and controls for a variety of applications. Among the products on display is the user-friendly QuickTouch series, which provides simple yet intelligent system control for smaller venues. QuickTouch is characterised by simple operation, the display of load bar position and weight, and the ability to store up to five user-specific trim positions. Also on Stand 301, ETC presents the compact Prodigy P2 hoist, which offers a travel distance of 15 metres with up to eight lift lines using 5mm lift wire rope, and Vortek hoists, suitable for larger loads and perfect for lifting applications requiring a fully mechanical fail-safe secondary brake design.
This space is reserved for a selection of ETC’s lighting products, including luminaires, consoles and power control solutions. Visitors can explore the capabilities of the popular Source Four LED Series 2 fixtures and members of the ColorSource family, including ColorSource and ColorSource AV consoles, ColorSource Spot, PAR and Linear fixtures as well as ColorSource Relay and ThruPower control solutions. Also on display is the recently introduced Gio @ 5 console and the latest innovations from the Unison Echo and Paradigm lines of architectural lighting controls.
ETC is also playing a part in the 200 sq m LightLab in Hall 20, a forum for visitors to discuss the latest lighting topics and gain practical information on everyday professional use from workshops, round tables, and live product demonstrations. Additionally, ETC’s Hall 20 booth will be a stop on a series of guided tours designed to provide discussion and demo opportunities on the stands of selected lighting manufacturers.
Meanwhile, Michael Lichter, ETC’s senior technical product manager for stage machinery control systems, is contributing to the seminar and discussion programme, covering the topics of system integration and stage safety.
12th June 2017
Nuri*Lites Fixtures at InfoComm
USA – Next week, at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida, TMB will be featuring their new Nuri*Lites LED fixture range, now in stock and ready to ship!
Debuted at last year’s LDI show, the Nuri*Lites range includes a selection of reliable LED fixtures that won’t break the bank. Already well known for being “Way Better Than Darkness,” Nuri*Lites, work-horse fixtures intended for the rental market, are offered in RGB, RGBW, RGBAW-UV, and Variable White versions. RGBW outdoor fixtures include the Hurricane wash, and the Manhattan wash with built-in W-DMX wireless, both IP 65 rated and ideal for illuminating structures and large areas indoors or out. The Daiquiri features a high-intensity, broad and quick zoom, with a body shape designed to keep cabling out of sight. The classic Martini is a variable white LED PAR, tuneable from 2800 to 6500K. The RGBAW-UV Highball offers a very full colour spectrum. The Gimlet tricolour mini PAR provides a strong punch in a very small package. Finally, the RGBW Sidecar wall washer is ideal for splashing vibrant colors on walls, drapes, or scenery.
Tough and resilient, the Nuri*Lites Hurricane proved itself recently in Abu Dhabi, where 100 of the outdoor fixtures survived a hurricane-force storm. “The fixtures survived and performed beautifully, with minimal fuss on our part,” says James Lakin, project manager for Production Technology (Protec) of Dubai. “In addition to their IP rating, the Hurricane’s cost/value factor influenced our decision. They are performing very well and we intend to increase our stock next season.”
Guests at the TMB booth at InfoComm will see many other new and exciting products, including new Flare Q+ LR Linear, and Flare Q+ RZ Rayzr blade Solaris fixtures, new ProPlex Data Distribution DIN Rail and IP-Rated units, new ProPlex portable data cables including steel braid reinforced ProPlex Fibre, ProPex RG-6 4K cable and brand new ProPlex AES audio cable plus Firefly Festoon, Fairy Lights, and FloppyFlex LED neon, IMS festoon/marquee lighting systems, new G5 W-DMX from Wireless Solutions, and much, much more! Stop by booth 7461 and say hello!
Rounding out TMB’s presence at InfoComm is a training seminar presented by the irrepressible Chris “Chippa” Curran. Register now to learn how complex show networking is made easy with ProPlex Data Distribution systems.
9th June 2017
ABTT 2017 Annual Theatre Awards
UK – The Association of British Theatre Technicians Theatre Awards 2017, took place on Tuesday evening (6th June), after the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London.
With drinks in the venue’s impressive Palm Court, followed by a ceremony in the Londesborough Room, the event provided the perfect opportunity for exhibitors and visitors alike to gather and celebrate good technology and excellent technical practice.
In a break with tradition, comic Tim Fitzhigham warmed up proceedings with his observations on technicians, gigging and awards with ‘Widget’ in the title. Introduced by Tim, ABTT CEO Robin Townley then enlightened those gathered with the judges’ deliberations, relayed their commendations and announced the winners. ABTT Chairwoman Louise Jeffreys, the Barbican’s director of arts, presented each winner with one of the coveted hook-clamp trophies.
The judges, made up of an experienced jury of working practitioners and industry peers, awarded as follows:
ABTT SOUND PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2017:
Shure ‘Axient Digital’
Judge’s comments: Stability and flexibility are the keys to this year’s sound product of the year. The product has been developed with the end user in mind, and built upon industry feedback. With real-time two-way communication between transmitter and receiver the Shure Axient Digital system offers a robust approach to frequency spectrum efficiency. Low latency is coupled with digital interconnectivity for Dante and AES3, with Dante Cue being engaged to allow for any received channel to be monitored via a single headphone output.
The product range is due to grow in the coming months with some truly exciting features, including the ADX1M micropack which features an internal self-tuning antenna.
Judges’ Commendations: The jury acknowledged Autograph Sales and Installation for their signature series X-Dante1 and Orbital Sound for the Nemisis Dante switching systems.
Winner’s comment: “We are honoured to receive the ABTT Sound Product of the Year 2017 Award. We worked very closely with the professional theatre community when developing this product to understand what the user really wanted, so winning this award confirms a job well-done by all.” Tuomo George-Tolonen, manager, Pro Audio Group at Shure Distribution UK.
ABTT LIGHTING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2017:
City Theatrical ‘DMXcat’
Judge’s comments: This year a product has emerged that clearly shows consideration to what will genuinely assist with any fit up and fault finding of a performance lighting system.
Utilising an interface that most people have in their pocket the City Theatrical ‘DMXcat’ will communicate via Bluetooth to any Android or iOS device with the installed app. Identifying fixtures, locating faults, remote device management addressing and assigning has never been simpler and as compact. Not only does the device allow control and testing of DMX signal it also has a handy spectrum analyser to assess how best to optimise any wireless DMX system.
Judges’ Commendation: The jury also felt that the tuneable white Dalis 862 from Robert Juliat on the Ambersphere Solutions stand was a noteworthy entry into their LED product range.
Winner’s comment: “As active professional lighting users who have watched the lighting world grow more and more complex over the last fifteen years as LEDs have gained wide acceptance, we thought it was crazy that it has gotten nearly impossible to turn on a DMX fixture without a console and an experienced programmer. We developed the DMXcat so anyone, even with little lighting experience can do it. The DMXcat looks simple but is actually very high tech in its use of bi-directional wireless feedback from the fixture – it is the realisation of what RDM was designed to do, but no one had ever done it. We appreciate that the ABTT has recognised this innovation.” Gary Vilardi, vice president of sales, City Theatrical.
ABTT ENGINEERING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2017:
Doughty Engineering ‘three-position tank trap’
Judge’s comments: The mark of a good product is if on first observation the question is raised ‘Why has this never been made before?’. Doughty Engineering’s 3-position tank trap certainly achieves this. With a neat storage and transportation system and flexible mounting details, much of the manual handling issues associated with large tank traps have been suitably and efficiently addressed.
Judges’ Commendation: Also, produced by Doughty and worthy of note is their simple solution for stowing of moving light hook clamps, the Space Saver.
Winner’s comment: “We have had an excellent ABTT Theatre Show this year, with some useful feedback from customers – ideas like the three-position tank trap come from talking to end users at shows like ABTT’s, as it provides a great forum for us to engage with our greatest asset, our customers. Winning the ABTT Engineering Award is the icing on the cake.” Dan Phillips, projects manager, Doughty Engineering.
ABTT WIDGET OF THE YEAR 2017:
White Light ‘Sparkular’
Judge’s comments: Often the widget goes to a simple unobtrusive, almost subtle, product, but a product nonetheless that becomes an invaluable tool to the technician working in live performance. The ABTT Widget Award 2017 will certainly assist the technician by enabling a much safer approach to the realisation of an effect, but it is by no means subtle! The DMX controlled White Light ‘Sparkular’ produces high spark effects, similar to those witnessed with pyrotechnics and industrial angle grinding! Despite this, there are no explosive materials used to create the effect, and therefore no hot fall out, making the effect suitable for a wide range of environments and situations.
Judges’ Commendations: The jury also felt that two other products should receive commendations: Flints ‘Big Block’ pulley for large scenic ropes and Tracking This’s assets management system, which has been built upon by the inclusion of a robust, simple way to identify small loose items such as shackles.
Winner’s comment: “We are delighted to be this year’s recipient of the Widget Award – Sparkular is a product that as soon as we saw it, we wanted to add it to our inventory, as it offers all of the spectacular effects of pyrotechnics yet does so in a completely safe manner, removing the additional precautions usually required with pyrotechnics!” Mark Morley, business development manager, White Light.
ABTT THEATRE SHOW 2017 STAND OF THE YEAR
Judge’s comments: There are two criteria for judging Stand of the Year which allow stands both large and small to compete equally. First is the visual impact, into which exhibitors put a great deal of time and thought, and for some, a great deal of money, in order to create an appealing environment in which to present their products. Second, the immediate understanding of what is being supplied. Gerriets GB’s simple but highly-visual stand, left the visitor in no doubt as to what was on offer.
Judges’ Commendations: Hawthorn and Igus
Winner’s comment: “We try, through simplicity, to display as much of our range as possible, so that our clients can make on the spot decisions, with office back-up a click away.” Stewart Crosbie, managing director, Gerriets GB.
ABTT TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR 2017:
Citation: With a BA(hons) in Media and Cultural Studies (Bristol), Charlotte graduated from RADA in 2007 with a Diploma in Theatre Technical Arts, upon which she joined Stage Technologies for the first time. From there she went to work on West End and touring shows, followed by a five-year stint in the NT automation department. Now, with a wealth of experience, she has returned to Stage Technologies as an automation engineer, leading the skilled teams that install, commission and program many varied productions in the UK and overseas. Charlotte’s fantastic understanding of the theatrical process, has quickly gained her a high reputation as an outstanding individual who can gain trust and respect from even the most discerning of production and artistic teams.
In picture: Robin Townley, CEO ABTT, with Gary Vilardi, vice president of sales, City Theatrical receiving the ABTT Lighting Product of the Year 2017 Award, with ABTT Chairwoman Louise Jeffreys; ABTT Technician of the Year 2017 Charlotte Lockyer.
9th June 2017
Showlight 2017 – Successful Showlight takes Florence by storm
Italy – A hugely successful and enjoyable Showlight 2017 took place in May at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, Italy. This much-loved, nomadic lighting quadrennial – the tenth of its kind – was attended by a record number of international delegates with 25 countries represented by over 400 attendees. The audience was treated to a broad and varied programme of papers and discussion panels delivered by 27 international designers and artists from many lighting disciplines across theatre, opera, film and television, architecture, live events, and everything in between.
Speakers for 2017 included Durham Marenghi, Phil Méheux, Roger Simonsz, Mikki Kunttu, Al Gurdon, Amy Mae-Smith, Isabel Nielen, Jeff Ravitz and many more. Italian lighting designers from the host country included Marco Filibeck, Vinicio Cheli and Aldo Visentin.
Showlight is a unique networking event, with a very different format and focus from other conferences. Organised by professionals, for professionals, it presents an open forum in which lighting and video designers, students, manufacturers and delegates are given a unique opportunity to mingle in an informal atmosphere, with plenty of time to get to know each other and each others’ work.
Alongside the small exhibition that surrounded the auditorium, there was plenty of time for socialising at company dinners, the Gala dinner and during the cultural visits to theatres and artisan workshops in and around Florence, all of which were based around the central programme of papers delivered by practitioners of their art. The three days were informal, friendly, informative and entertaining and a much-anticipated event in the lighting world.
Student participation is always high on the agenda for Showlight and Showlight 2017’s exhibitors sponsored over 40 students, each of whom was assigned to a manufacturer for the duration of the event. Part of the student remit is to help the exhibitors set up and break down the stands. A number were also assigned to the Showlight film crew led by Bernie Davis, which recorded the papers sessions and provided on-screen visuals - to act as camera operators and sound assistants. In return the students had the opportunity to talk to manufacturers, lighting practitioners, delegates and other students and exchange information and ideas.
The unique format of Showlight – where the exhibition closes while papers are given – ensured exhibitors were able to enjoy the speakers’ papers and participate in the Question and Answer sessions before returning to host their stands between the papers sessions during the leisurely refreshment breaks. These breaks gave all participants plenty of time to explore the exhibition, talk to the exhibitors and discuss the papers.
Exhibitors also hosted company dinners for all delegates in restaurants around Florence and the Monday evening saw the Gala Dinner take place in the beautiful grounds of the Serre Torrigiani gardens with diners serenaded by the Siena Choir in the grounds before being led to the beautifully decorated greenhouses for dinner.
Claypaky, Showlight’s main sponsor for 2017, hosted the Lightpower Collection of Neal Preston Rock n Roll photography, In the Eye of the Rock n Roll Hurricane. Proceeds from the sale of Preston’s photography go to Behind the Scenes and Backup, two entertainment technology foundations that provide relief for technicians in need, for which Lightpower Collection has raised $75,000 to date. Gallery and Exhibition Manager, Giulia Canali, was delighted to present each charity with a cheque for the sum of $10,000.
“We have wanted to host Showlight in Italy for many years and we have been delighted with the result,” states Pio Nahum, CEO of main sponsor, Claypaky. “It is an honour to welcome so many lighting designers to our country, to show them our famous hospitality and to spend so much quality time with them. And I have been so impressed by the speakers, there has been such diversity in the presentations. Of course, everyone here is a lighting expert, but there are always new things you can learn from each other at an event such as this! Showlight has been a wonderful opportunity for Claypaky to strengthen our relationships with so many prominent people in the world of lighting.”
Showlight chairman John Allen comments: “This was my fifth Showlight and the first as chairman. It was an honour to chair and lead such an outstanding event and I must thank my entire committee for all their hard work and help in the planning and execution of yet another enjoyable celebration of lighting for performance, art and architecture.
“I would also like to thank all our speakers for their varied, and immensely interesting and entertaining papers,” he adds. “If you missed Showlight in Florence, make a note in your diary now. The next Showlight is in May 2021!”
Showlight 2017 would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors, and we would like to extend our thanks to the following: Claypaky as the host and main sponsor, Diamond sponsor Oasis Enterprises, Gold sponsors Robe, Osram and Eyetidy, Silver sponsors White Light, DTS, MA Lighting and Lee Filters and Bronze sponsors ETC, d3 technologies, Charcoalblue, LSC Lighting Systems, Coemar and ACT Lighting alongside supporters, LSI and PLASA Media.
For more information on Showlight 2107, visit the Showlight website where there is a photo gallery, information on the speakers and their papers and testimonials from the speakers, delegates, exhibitors and students.
photo: David Clarke
9th June 2017
Barco showcases AV and IT innovations at InfoComm 2017, enabling bright outcomes for entertainment and the corporate enterprise
USA – In a world where data and rich content are expanding exponentially, Barco is raising the bar to delight customers with inspired sight, sound and sharing solutions. From powering visual spectaculars, to boosting creativity in live events, from collaborating across the enterprise with industry icon ClickShare, to driving critical decisions, Barco solutions are raising the bar for quality, performance and reliability. Visitors attending InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida will see many of these on display at the Barco booth #3601 from 14th to 16th June.
“Barco continually strives to empower business and drive innovation in many markets, from enlivening moments in entertainment to sharing the power of knowledge in the enterprise context,” comments Ney Corsino, senior vice president for Barco Americas. “Our best-in-class solutions bring new experiences to shows, museums, sports arenas, and theme parks, as well as meeting and board rooms, class rooms, and mission critical infrastructures. With every opportunity, Barco transforms content into insight and emotion to solve our customers’ challenges, enabling bright outcomes across the globe.”
Barco will take customers and partners through a tour of unique “Experience Zones” in the booth, inviting hands-on exploration of technologies designed to help them work together, share insights and wow audiences.
With its new game-changing platform, Barco’sUDX 4K laser phosphor projector is fuelling breathtaking experiences to rock and shock – raising the bar for powerful performances with unmatched colours, flexible high brightness and resolution, compact footprint and low TCO.
Spectacular attractions that generate awe and excitement are the hallmark of Barco visualisation, with hundreds of installations in museums, amusement parks, and exhibits. High-resolution/high-reliability DLP laser phosphor projectors, LED displays and ultra-thin, flexible digital media canvases stretch the imagination.
Mesmerise crowds with mind-blowing imagery using the Event Master series of screen management systems, with processors to fit every show size. Modular, field-configurable and expandable (link two or more), the Event Master series is the de-facto show controller, renowned for high reliability, superior environmental specs and a future-proof investment. The flagship E2 processor delivers full show control in a single box with native 4K60P input/output at 12bits 4:4:4 processing. The S3-4K processor offers the same performance, flexibility and rugged durability in a smaller footprint. The continually evolving EX expansion processor runs stand-alone or connected to the E2/S3-4K for local or remote I/O expansion. With the PC or MAC Event Master toolset, the EC-50 can be added for instant access and enhanced situational awareness while the EC-200 offers the ultimate experience in programming.
Barco unleashes the power of shared knowledge with solutions designed to boost collaboration in control rooms for critical infrastructures, modern office environments and higher education institutions. Large-scale visualisation and wireless presentation systems combine to bring innovative meeting room and education concepts to life.
The easiest way to share big ideas and watch them grow? Barco ClickShare, now celebrating its fifth anniversary! Come see the CSE-800, the new flagship model for high-end meeting and board rooms with brand new features to enhance secure, wireless collaboration, including moderation, blackboarding, and annotation. Available now for delivery.
Enrich the office experience with Barco Overture, the knock-out AV control solution for meeting rooms. This powerful control software solution manages and monitors all AV and other networked devices throughout the enterprise via a simple, interactive GUI.
Impress visitors with a dynamic branding experience using the latest LCD video wall technology, with its unique SenseX system for automated true video wall image quality uptime. It also leverages the entire Barco portfolio of controllers, ClickShare, Overture and X2O.
Connect employees with key information and news, sending customised content right to their desktops. The X2O Platform brings relevant information to users in real time via standard web technologies, presenting data in a graphical form that’s easy to view, interpret and interact with other stakeholders.
Enhance decision-making with smart visual collaboration in the control room. Barco OpSpace puts the operator in the centre of the action, providing a single pixel space to integrate multiple sources into one unified workspace. The RGB Laser for 24/7 control rooms sets a new standard, delivering unseen brightness levels and vibrant colours, while offering a very low total cost of ownership (TCO). A near-seamless OverView HVD5521 LCD display uniquely leverages the SenseX automated maintenance platform which avoids unnecessary manual calibration over the lifetime. CMS-300 software and TransForm N combine to facilitate secure collaboration among control rooms, crisis rooms and remote users to speed and improve decision-making.
Empower students everywhere with rich educational experiences that transform the classroom and beyond. weConnect – BYOD Classroom creates a fully functional collaborative learning space by allowing students and teachers to use their own devices to present content on the classroom display. Controlled by a simple web interface, it supports polls, real-time feedback and silent questions with options for distance learning.
9th June 2017
Atlona to Launch Enterprise-Grade PTZ Camera for Soft Codec Conferencing Applications at InfoComm 2017
USA – AV collaboration and control leader Atlona will use InfoComm 2017 as the launch pad for the company’s first PTZ conferencing camera. Built for use with Atlona’s HDVS-300 Series soft codec conferencing solution, the new AT-HDVS-CAM provides professional-quality imaging while streamlining integration for today’s software-defined conferencing systems. The AT-HDVS-CAM will be showcased alongside other Atlona innovations in Booth 3961 at the event, taking place 14th - 16th June in Orlando, Florida.
The AT-HDVS-CAM integrates seamlessly with Atlona’s AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT to form a complete, automated collaboration solution including auto AV switching, USB and HDMI extension, and display control for PC-based conferencing using software and cloud-based services such as Skype for Business, WebEx and GoToMeeting. Ideal for environments including huddle spaces, small to medium-sized meeting rooms, classrooms and training rooms, the versatile AT-HDVS-CAM can also stream standards-based, H.264 video over TCP/IP for applications such as lecture capture, distance learning, central helpdesk monitoring and more.
Compatible with a wide range of soft codecs and unified communications (UC) platforms, the AT-HDVS-CAM delivers better video performance and meeting size adaptability than standard webcams. Capturing video at resolutions up to 1080p at 30 frames per second, the AT-HDVS-CAM’s 1/2.8”, low-noise CMOS sensor provides outstanding image quality and colour fidelity.
Quick and accurate auto-focus, complemented by automatic white balance and exposure modes, combine with the unit’s fast and quiet pan-and-tilt mechanism to enable easy, dynamic camera shot repositioning while maintaining optimal image quality. Picture controls allow adjustment of brightness, colour, saturation, contrast, sharpness and gamma, while the camera’s multi-element zoom lens offers 10x optical zoom and a 60.9° horizontal field of view. Maximising integration flexibility and user convenience, the camera can be controlled over TCP/IP, RS-232 or USB, or via the included handheld IR remote control.
“The introduction of the AT-HDVS-CAM continues our mission of making the HDVS-300 series the industry’s easiest and most comprehensive AV platform for soft codec conferencing, simplifying everything from the ordering process to integration and ongoing operation,” said Steve Kolta, product manager, Atlona. “The AT-HDVS-CAM is an exceptional camera in its own right, delivering the robust performance and rich functionality necessary for high-quality conferencing in professional environments. Combining it with the AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT creates a complete solution that’s easy for customers and systems integrators to purchase, install and integrate right out of the box.”
Featuring a USB 2.0 interface for video and camera control, the AT-HDVS-CAM is universally compatible with any PC through a standard UVC (USB Video Class) driver, with no software installation or programming required. The camera can be configured through its own integrated web interface or through the free Atlona Management System (AMS) network software platform, which enables integrators and administrators to set up, manage and monitor multiple Atlona solutions over a LAN, WAN or VPN.
Slated to begin shipping in Q3, the AT-HDVS-CAM can be purchased on its own for incorporation into existing AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT installations, or bundled with the AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT in a complete system package under the single SKU AT-UHD-HDVS-300-C-KIT. Both purchasing options include Atlona’s award-winning 10-year limited product warranty, giving users and integrators long-term confidence in their selection of Atlona solutions.
9th June 2017
Unusual Rigging receives Award for supporting the delivery of the Rio 2016 Olympics
UK – Unusual Rigging has been recognised for its support in the delivery of the Rio 2016 Olympics at the British Brazilian Awards during Think Brazil Week – a series of cultural and business events held in the UK to promote and showcase opportunities in Brazil. The ceremony, which was held at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London on Thursday 18th May, was an occasion to celebrate business success stories in recognition of the outstanding achievements of both Brazilian and British Companies.
Mark Priestley, Unusual's head of major projects who received the award, said: "We are delighted to have been recognised for our work at Rio 2016 and to have been at a ceremony which brought together so many influential and innovative companies. We worked closely with DIT (formerly UKTI) for Rio, using their services to locate local partners to help us build towers, provide cranes and other logistics. In fact, our relationship with our Brazilian partner, Maxxi Grua of San Paulo, continues and we are planning on collaborating with them when we begin work in Korea."
In picture: Mark Priestley, Unusual's head of major projects receiving the award.
9th June 2017
DPA Microphones Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Launch of DPA GET CLOSER World Tour
Worldwide – In celebration of its 25th anniversary, DPA Microphones, the leading Danish professional audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications, has announced the launch of its 25-event DPA GET CLOSER World Tour.
The DPA GET CLOSER World Tour will allow audio enthusiasts to learn from the best masters of audio, as well as network with their peers at full day educational master class events around the world. The masters of audio will share their experiences, show their best tricks and give hands-on demos of miking techniques for achieving the best result in various applications. In addition, microphone experts from DPA’s headquarters in Denmark will be on-site to demonstrate and provide technical background information on the company’s various microphone types.
The DPA GET CLOSER World Tour kicks off in the US with events in New York on 27th June, 2017 at the National Sawdust Theater and in Los Angeles on 29th June, 2017 at NeueHouse.
In New York, Jim van Bergen theatrical sound designer, Mark Grey opera sound designer and Nicholas Pope (with audio team from Great Comet) theatrical sound designer will lead a panel discussion and answer questions from the audience.
In Los Angeles, Daniel McCoy film sound expert, Geordy Sincavage of Foley Sound and Clayton Green global broadcast will sit on the panel for discussion and to chat with members of the audience.
For both US events sound engineer, mixer and Pro Tools expert Donal Hodgson from the UK will share experiences from his work with such artists as Sting, Tina Turner, Arrested Development, Primal Scream, Duran Duran and many more.
“DPA has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 25 years and we are so excited to be able to celebrate this momentous occasion with the DPA GET CLOSER World Tour,” says Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, CEO for DPA Microphones. “We look forward to share the knowledge we have about acoustics, miking techniques, etc. and I encourage all participants to interact with the speakers and microphone experts to get as much information as possible. We will also be providing a look at the special edition 25th anniversary microphone kits scheduled for release in June and July.”
There are limited seats for both events and tickets are available at: www.dpamicrophones.com/25yrs/world-tour
9th June 2017
A source of inspiration for contemporary productions: historical stage equipment at Stage|Set|Scenery
Germany – Can baroque stage equipment be of use in contemporary productions? At Stage|Set|Scenery Jérôme Maeckelbergh will demonstrate that they can indeed be a source of inspiration. The international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology is co-organised by Messe Berlin and Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and will take place from 20th to 22nd June in Berlin. In Hall 23 there will be a special display of historical stage equipment, featuring a model of the Bourla Theatre in Antwerp by Jérôme Maeckelbergh, as well as a research model by Chris van Goethem and panels describing the exhibits.
Whether dramas or musicals, Maeckelbergh has worked as a scenographer and head of design on numerous productions at the Royal Youth Theatre in Antwerp and is a member of the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT). At a meeting of OISTAT he became aware of modernisation plans for the Bourla Theatre in Antwerp, one of Europe’s last remaining major theatres with unusually well-kept stage equipment from 1834, whose building fabric was of historical value. The modernisation plans were able to be halted and the historical stage equipment saved. Jérôme Maeckelbergh took the opportunity to put together an exhibition entitled Heritage Theatre Machinery – Unexpected Possibilities in Contemporary Productions, which has already gone on show from Taipeh to Texas and will now be stopping in at Stage|Set|Scenery. It features video clips and animated images which relate not only to the 1:10 scale model of the Bourla Theatre. The aim of the exhibition is to explain the stage equipment and systems as well as to highlight the amazing possibilities offered by historical theatre equipment. It is also intended as a source of inspiration for scenographers.
With the help of TheaterMuseum Berlin e.V., for the first time the exhibition will also be held in German. Van Goethem’s model is used to explore historical stage equipment, which can be repeatedly tested with different set-ups, and which with the support of TheaterMuseum Berlin e.V. will be explained at the exhibition.
In addition to the special display showing the Historical Theatre, Stage|Set|Scenery will feature a wide range of topics. Companies from every sector required for a successful production will be exhibiting at the international trade show. They represent architecture, stage technology, stage equipment as well as furnishings, make-up and costumes. The International Stage Technology Conference and the Excellence in Stage Technology Round Table will debate topical issues, including Which strategies for restoring Germany's theatres will determine the future?. Furthermore, on 22nd June a symposium of the scenographers' association Bund der Szenografen on lighting and stage design will take place with Yaron Abulafia. On 23rd June, the day after the show ends, trade visitors can take part in excursions, including to the Barenboim Said Academy, he C/O Berlin Foundation, which features an exhibition of photography and visual media, and to the Asisi Panorama Luther 1517 in Wittenberg.
9th June 2017
Movecat presents the I-Motion controller BASIC-C II Road Kit
Germany – Movecat presented a road kit for its Basic-C II controller at the Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt. The kit contains an inner case to accommodate the Basic-C II controller and is equipped with an integrated 22" high resolution display/PCAP touch panel combination. A pull-out keyboard drawer with an integrated track ball is also included. The Road Kit comes with a choice of English or German keyboards. The inner case is protected by a flightcase suitable for touring with truck-optimised exterior dimensions, four robust hinged handles and four 100mm swivelling castors.
The Basic-C II controller is perfectly suited to systems with up to 24 fixed- or variable-speed drives. Furthermore, it can be used to control and monitor mixed groups of up to 24 D8, D8 Plus and C1 drives. The show controller is specially recommended in combination with the MPC I-Series and V-Motion controllers as an answer to the BGV C1 and SIL 3 requirements of small to medium sized kinetic productions in which it is desired to control shows involving vario drives using a dynamic control lever. It is fully system- and software-compatible with the I-Motion Expert-T controllers and can also be used as a backup system.
8th June 2017
MA Lighting successfully identifies and bans copies at recent Palm Expo Mumbai: Zero tolerance policy
India - During the Palm Expo Mumbai trade show, MA team members kept a keen eye on companies offering and selling MA copies. In a couple of cases, these copies were identified and MA successfully ensured that they were immediately banned from the booth of the offering company.
Furthermore, MA made it extremely clear to these companies that it will not tolerate anyone selling or distributing copies, and that MA reserves the right to take legal action against anyone engaging in this practice.
Additionally, all companies offering MA copies were prompted to delete all catalogues, brochures, etc. displaying or referring to MA copies.
MA Lighting products are protected by a wide range of patents, which include software, hardware and design, whether used on Linux or Windows platforms.
MA Lighting really appreciates the support given by the organisers of Palm Mumbai and by all companies staying true to the original brand. MA values this trust very highly and will support them in any way possible.
8th June 2017
Costume-makers' conference at Stage|Set|Scenery
Germany – This year, for the first time, the international trade show and conference Stage|Set|Scenery is co-operating with Gesellschaft der Theaterkostümschaffenden (GTKos). “Our partnership with GTKos has enabled us to provide a much wider-ranging programme of conference events and trade show,” said Juliane Trempler, project manager at Messe Berlin.
From 20th to 22nd June 2017 at the Palais am Funkturm on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds GTKos will be hosting a three-day costume-makers’ conference at which costume-makers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland can exchange views and get all the latest knowledge and information. On Tuesday, 21st June at 11am a lecture on ‘Dyes and costume care (ecology and sustainability)’ and a meeting of specialist groups on costume management and training/schools will be among the events awaiting trade visitors. On Wednesday, 22nd June, specialist groups will be meeting to discuss tailoring and shoemaking. On Thursday, 23rd June, the relevant groups will be discussing costume management, costume painting, project management/assistance and women’s hat-making. These events will be rounded off by a lecture asking ‘Do theatres need advanced training for management?’. The annual general meeting of GTKos is scheduled to take place on 21st June from 12:30 to 3pm. According to Angelika Laubmeier and Monika Gora of GTKos: “Stage|Set|Scenery is the ideal venue for our costume-makers’ conference. This is where leading companies representing all the skilled trades responsible for a successful production will be gathered. Decoration and furnishings as well as lighting and where to enrol for training are of especial interest to costume-makers.”
At the trade show in Hall 22 the following will be among the companies addressing the above topics: Klaus Schreck Tanz und Theaterbedarf, Fabric House Unipersonale, Fauck, IT4Culture, The Tulle Factory, Der rote Faden, SWR Media Services, Teamwork Filmservice and training institutions.
On the same subject, Bund der Szenografen, which also represents costume-makers, will be hosting a stand in Hall 22. On 22nd June from 2:30 to 5pm the association will be holding its annual general meeting in Hall 23/Round Table 23. On 22nd June from noon to 2pm it will also host a symposium on ’Performing Light: Visceral Experience and Meaning of Lighting. An introduction to the publication of The Art of Light on Stage’ by Yaron Abulafia.
Members of GTKos can obtain tickets to the conference and Stage|Set|Scenery at reduced rates from its website.
8th June 2017
POLAR Bonds with Clients at London Film Museum Event
UK – POLAR recently invited delegates from across the AV industry to attend its all-day 'POLAR Presents Live – Wider Horizons' event at The London Film Museum in Covent Garden. Against the background of Bond in Motion, the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles, those in attendance were treated to an in-depth evaluation of some fascinating, cutting edge technologies, all of significant interest to integrators, consultants and end-users. The event served to demonstrate how POLAR has broadened its portfolio in recent times to incorporate video and unified communications products, whilst still retaining its traditional audio brands.
Wyrestorm, Biamp and Revolabs were on hand to deliver excellent and informative presentations, whilst POLAR also took the opportunity to bring along a wider range of products from Avonic, InOut, Australian Monitor, Cornered Audio, Renkus Heinz and Novasonar.
Upon arrival, delegates mingled over tea, coffee and some very welcome breakfast rolls before taking their seats for the day's first presentation, delivered by POLAR director Stuart Leader who heads up the company's integrated solutions division. Stuart introduced the day's proceedings and spoke about POLAR's journey into the world of video and UC, before handing over to Wyrestorm for a presentation and Q and A session.
With everyone suitably impressed, there was then an opportunity to peruse the Bond exhibition and have an informal look at the products on show. After a relaxed and hearty lunch, Biamp gave a presentation about its Tesira platform and AVB, after which Revolabs gave further insights into AVB and device management.
Before the delegates dispersed, all that remained was to conduct the presentations to four winners of the prize draw, who took home some enviable prizes in the shape of an Nespresso coffee maker, Amazon Echo, beyerdynamic Byron headphones and £150 in Amazon vouchers.
POLAR managing director, John Midgley, reflects on another successful day out of the office: "There's a tremendous value to putting on occasions such as this. It's a real chance for all stakeholders in the industry to engage with and gain insights into, technologies that are significantly shaping the development of AV. Bringing people together not only allows them to benefit from the in-depth education offered by the manufacturers – the presentations were excellent – but also to discuss and share their ideas and experience in an stimulating and social setting. The feedback we received from the day was excellent and we are already considering our options for the next POLAR Presents Live event."
7th June 2017
Renkus-Heinz Introduces New SA Series Amplifiers at InfoComm 2017
USA – At this year's InfoComm Show in Orlando, Renkus-Heinz introduces the next generation of amplification. Renkus-Heinz SA Series amplifiers represent a new and powerful technology designed to unite all Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers across unified connectivity and control platforms.
Renkus-Heinz SA Series amplifiers are designed to provide the cleanest possible sound quality and performance, even with the most complex audio signals. Making their debut with the new C and T Series point source loudspeakers, Renkus-Heinz SA Series amplifiers will ultimately enable all Renkus-Heinz loudspeaker models to be freely combined, offering full networking capabilities, RHAON II control and monitoring, and connection via a choice of analogue, AES/EBU, or Dante single or redundant network input.
Renkus-Heinz SA Series amplifiers will be available in three models. The SA-625 amplifier outputs 500W + 125W, the SA-1250 outputs 1,000W + 250W and the SA2000 delivers a total of 2000W. With power to spare, SA Series amplifiers deliver more than enough Wattage to easily drive additional loudspeakers, and all models are equipped with output connections to power external drivers.
All SA Series amplifiers are equipped with native DSP, including delay, equalisation, multi-channel limiting, and noise reduction, with nine available preset memories. Connectivity configurations include Analogue input, as well as RHAON II control and monitoring, with networking connectivity in copper and optical formats.
InfoComm visitors can see and hear the new CA and TA Series loudspeakers featuring SA Series amplification in Demo Room W224E at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, 14th – 16th, June, 2017.