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23/05/2017

Zero 88 Exhibits at 2017 ABTT Theatre Show

23/05/2017

Combining professionalism and passion

23/05/2017

Protec wins three times at the Middle East Event Awards 2017

22/05/2017

d&b audiotechnik to host popular Electroacoustics seminar at ABTT 2017, London

22/05/2017

Green Hippo Hosts a Hippotizer Tea Party

19/05/2017

Tourflex Cabling Showcased at ABTT 2017 Show

19/05/2017

US Launch of Martin Audio’s New Product Line Up at InfoComm, Orlando

18/05/2017

Stage|Set|Scenery features a wide-ranging programme of excursions

18/05/2017

Hitachi Kokusai Bringing Award-Winning Camera Innovation to InfoComm 2017

17/05/2017

Eurovision Head of Production, Ola Melzig, to host 2017 Knight of Illumination Awards ceremony

17/05/2017

Elation Pixel Bar Fit for Fight at 2017 FIBO Fitness Show

16/05/2017

Renewed Vision Bringing Highly-Acclaimed Live Production Innovations to InfoComm 2017

16/05/2017

CODA Audio USA Launches at InfoComm 2017

11/05/2017

Yamaha Shows Full Range of Solutions At First Afial Iberico Portugal Show

09/05/2017

Green Hippo Teams with Freevox to Present a Seminar with a View

09/05/2017

Tourflex Cabling Showcased at PLASA Focus Leeds

09/05/2017

Hippotizer starring at Germany’s BAMBI Awards

09/05/2017

Avolites gets ready for UK debut of Titan v10.1 at PLASA Focus, Leeds

08/05/2017

Audinate Introduces New Advanced Level Certification Programme at Dante AV Networking World at InfoComm

08/05/2017

City Theatrical at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017

08/05/2017

AC-ET Showcases Exclusive and Leading Technologies at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 Show

05/05/2017

CTS Accredited Powersoft Course at InfoComm 2017

05/05/2017

Outstanding participants: International Stage Technology Conference

05/05/2017

Doughty looks forward to another successful PLASA Focus

05/05/2017

White Light Returns to PLASA Focus Leeds

Zero 88 Exhibits at 2017 ABTT Theatre Show

Zero 88 Exhibits at 2017 ABTT Theatre Show

UK - Lighting control specialist and manufacturer, Eaton Lighting Systems, will be exhibiting its Zero 88 product range at the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) Theatre Show in London on 6th and 7th June.

The Zero 88 team is seizing this excellent industry networking opportunity and showcase to highlight some new, exciting and innovative products on stand number E23.

The new powerCON TRUE1 AlphaPack 3 is a three channel portable dimmer unit that can be safely rigged to a vertical or a horizontal bar via a standard clamp attached to one of two new m10 mounting positions. It can also be wall mounted using a custom mounting bracket.

The updated Chilli Pro 12 bypass (with dimmer, relay, bypass, RCD and RBCO options) is a 12-channel, inductive installation dimmer with individual channel bypass switches for use when direct, uninterrupted mains power is needed. Chilli Pro 12 Bypass is available with 10 or 16 Amp, neutral disconnect MCBs or RBCOs per channel and optional RCD protection on the incoming supply.

Zero 88’s new Apple Watch app is a quick, easy and safe focus remote, providing access to channels and groups with tools such as Highlight and RemDim. It’s a free update available to all Zero 88 customers and users and works with all Zero 88 consoles running ZerOS - FLX, ORB XF and Solution plus legacy consoles like Leap Frog 48 and 96, ORB and FROG2.

Continuing the current series of powerful, incremental updates for both hardware and software, the Solution console has benefited from significantlyupdated capabilities with the new 7.9.2 ZerOS software.

The company will also be previewing ZerOS 7.9.3 running on the popular FLX console featuring a simpler, quicker and more touch-friendly visual set-up plus support for Enttec’s DMX USB protocol (including Lumen Radio’s CRMX Nova TX USB) and several other enhancements.

Visitors and Zero 88 users can sign up for free FLX Overview Training taking place on Tuesday 6th between 15:00 – 16:30 in the ABTT Training Room.

This specially devised speed-learning course will cover hands-on training on FLX, highlighting what’s new and cool in the latest versions of ZerOS. For further information and to book a place, please visit www.zero88.com/training

A powerful, new user-friendly range of premium theatrical LED luminaires from Italian manufacturer LDR – the CETRA and ARPA Fresnels and profiles – will be on the stand. These are available in a variety of brightnesses, colour temperatures and different paint finishes. It will be one of the first opportunities in the UK to get hands-on with these fixtures that are particularly suited to theatrical and architectural applications.

The Zero 88 team looks forward another busy and positive ABTT event and catching the industry buzz and interaction in this historically significant venue: Stand E23 in the West Hall at Alexandra Palace, London.

23rd May 2017

Combining professionalism and passion

GermanyHow can equipment, lighting and video technology be integrated into a dynamic overall system? What is the latest trend in multi-functional entertainment complexes and temporary theatre venues? What national and international standards need to be observed for event technology, images and films? At Stage|Set|Scenery there will be a special focus on stage equipment and stage technology. The international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology will be taking place from 20th to 22nd June in Berlin and is co-organised by Messe Berlin and Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG). Dr. Gabriele Högg, member of the board of DTHG says: “At Stage|Set|Scenery a broad range of stage and event technology companies from all over the world will be on display. Planners, architects and customers will have an opportunity to meet with companies who are involved in major international projects, including the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, as well as recent projects such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin and the Kulturpalast in Dresden.” Exhibitors from a total of 21 countries are expected to attend Stage|Set|Scenery. Those representing stage technology include Alfa System, Bosch Rexroth, Gala Systems, Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products, SBS Bühnentechnik, TAIT Stage Technologies, Show Theatre Equipment Trekwerk and Waagner-Biro Austria Stage Systems.

Under the heading of ‘Excellence in Stage Technology’, workshops, round tables and presentations will be taking place in Hall 21 on all three days of the show where, together with exhibitors and experts, trade visitors will be able to discuss technical issues and the latest developments. Reinhold Daberto of theapro has observed a new trend in networks and energy efficiency: “Stage technology has long since experienced a digital transition. In future stage, lighting and sound will become fully networked, and technologies will become more energy-efficient, with better and energy-saving lighting for example. With equipment, unlike lighting, it is providing and setting it up that has the potential to save costs.” There is also a growing focus on multi-functional event venues. “Venues everywhere are repositioning themselves and aiming to provide daytime as well as evening attractions. Naturally, that means that venues must become more flexible. However, in order to make this flexibility count it requires more than moving boxes and chairs across the floor, but mechanical systems capable of handling everyday tasks without employing more staff.”

Johannes Böhner of Bühnenplanung Walter Kottke sees giving audiences a special experience and creating dream worlds with the help of stage technology, lighting and multimedia as the new trend: “Interactive and intuitive solutions are now more in demand than ever. Nevertheless, when recreating a fantasy world in a live performance one has to be able to easily monitor and control all the parameters in order to respond to people interacting with events, and to do so without neglecting safety aspects. Altogether, an independent and gradually expanding microcosm that combines professionalism and, more importantly passion, is emerging here.”

At the International Stage Technology Conference, which will take place parallel with the trade show on 20th and 22nd June, Reinhold Daberto will chair the panel discussion entitled ‘Theatre in Germany – a World Heritage: The Future as a Museum or as Theatre 4.0?’. High-ranking participants have been invited to speak. They include Marc Grandmontagne of Deutscher Bühnenverein, Beate Kahnert of Theater Freiburg, Horst Kunkel of Kunkel Consulting International, Rainer Münz, a specialist consultant for cultural buildings, and Professor Oliver Scheytt of Kulturexperten. On 23rd June, the day after the show ends, a programme of excursions will take place. It includes trips to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Kulturpalast in Dresden and the Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin.

23rd May 2017

Protec wins three times at the Middle East Event Awards 2017

Protec wins three times at the Middle East Event Awards 2017
Protec wins three times at the Middle East Event Awards 2017

UAE – Approaching the end of a very busy season in the Middle East, there was one more important event that the events industry in the region would be looking forward to – The Middle East Event Awards for 2016/2017. There was a sense of excitement that could be felt across the industry in the lead up to the awards ceremony this time, as everyone was aware that it would have to take something really special to break through the competition in every award category. Bold creativity had worked its way into a myriad of great events throughout the year across the Middle East and for Protec, a company that prides itself in its creative and innovative use of technology; there was one more bit of exciting technology that the company was going to offer, a day before the ceremony was to take place.

With video technology growing at a furious pace, it would come as no surprise that Protec would find another clever tool that the company believes will shape the way video content is used across all types of events.

Protec’s latest technology investment in Notch – a real-time visual effects software created by 10bit Technologies, was introduced to the region’s live event industry at the recently held Middle East Event Show 2017. The first company in the region to invest in this exciting technology, Protec demonstrated the software’s clever real-time effects generation to visitors at the Expo whilst its robot was making sure visitors to the stand were kept refreshed with hot and cold beverages at the company’s ever popular ROBOBAR.

Protec demonstrated the power of Notch where you can continually innovate with effects in real-time, creating, changing, compositing and editing with immediate feedback. Notch is designed to allow you to plan, create and track with your visual narrative, for a close, compelling and visually arresting account. With the industry demanding a new class of tool to produce high quality visual effects, whilst working unconstrained on the final product in real time, the development and introduction of Notch has certainly delivered. Convinced that is probably the most complete, controllable and integrated real-time visual effects engine around that has set new standards for real-time, Protec is very excited to be able to offer this latest tool to its clients in the region. The company also looks forward to integrating this technology with its other exciting real time tracking solution – BlackTrax and its d3 media servers to develop a new beginning in interactive video technology for the Middle East.

As Protec introduced yet another new technology to the Middle East at the Expo, the excitement of the imminent industry awards ceremony didn’t miss a beat. With the success of the creative tools Protec had to offer at the two-day expo, the company’s attention was eventually shifted to the awards ceremony.

Its persistent desire to continually innovate and provide new and creative ways of using technology, was underlined yet again by the award they received at the Middle East Event Awards 2017 for ‘Best use of Event Technology – Product’ for the company’s use of robotics across multiple event disciplines, for the second year in succession – cementing its status as an unrivalled industry leader in the region when it comes to innovations and creative delivery of staging and technical solutions. Since the company introduced robotics to the Middle East events industry a couple of years back, Protec’s robots have been seen at a variety of events, programmed to serve drinks, sketch, write, perform with dancers, move scenic stage set pieces and work with LED screens. The head of Protec’s special projects department that works with the robots, Peter Jones, said: “There is so much more to come. What we have done with our robots in the last couple of years is just the tip of the iceberg. We have been working a lot closer with our clients lately to develop ideas together and we are encouraging them not to hold their imagination back because that is precisely what inspires us to create new concepts and methods to implement them successfully. The opportunities are endless and I’m looking forward to its continued creative development.”

Before the company had time to digest this win, Protec was called on to receive its second award of the night for ‘Best Event Video Solution’ for the prestigious Dubai Canal Opening Ceremony. Protec delivered this show whilst battling the coastal winds, dust from the building works and the fact that this was a construction site with hundreds of people working together around the clock – everyone from building construction companies to labourers, carpenters, stonemasons, etc. – but a bit of quick thinking from the company’s experienced and technically skilled personnel, helped overcome most of these challenges to deliver this award winning video solution.

It wasn’t long before Protec’s wins went to number three with the award for Best Temporary Venue or Structure for the IDEX 2017 Opening Ceremony. The IDEX opening ceremony watched by a 25,000 live audience across five days and millions via a live televised broadcast broke all records with the highest recorded visitor count, thanks to the spectacular show that was repeated on all five days of the expo. Converting a flat, tarmac car park into what was to become a stunning mountain scenic set with landscaping, waterfalls, road networks, a railway track with a custom built functional train was built, a submarine in the temporary water feature and many more interesting structures, was no simple task. Protec’s staging department rose to the occasion once more to deliver a scenic staging set that ‘came alive’ for this truly one-of-a-kind show and what the media has already termed as the mother of all productions.

When asked for his reaction to another successful year for Protec with the three award wins, Stephen Lakin – Founder and CEO of the company said: “Allow me to first congratulate all the winners this year. For us however, it’s not about winning awards but being able to raise the bar of creativity and delivery with consistency and reliability. We are humbled by the awards we have won though and would like to thank our clients for their continued faith in our abilities. These awards are a testament to their conviction and belief in their own creative strengths and in trusting us to partner them to create great events in this ever growing region.”

“We have some very exciting technologies that are there to be used and we will continue to ensure that the latest event technologies are made available in this region,” continued Lakin. “It only remains for our clients and supporters to think the unthinkable, be bold with creativity and be unafraid of challenging accepted norms and leave the rest to us. Together, we will grow and set new global standards,” Lakin concluded.

23rd May 2017

d&b audiotechnik to host popular Electroacoustics seminar at ABTT 2017, London

d&b audiotechnik to host popular Electroacoustics seminar at ABTT 2017, London

UK – On Wednesday 7th June, d&b audiotechnik will be presenting its time-honoured Electroacoustics seminar at the ABTT Theatre Show, at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. The free-to-attend education event is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about how loudspeakers interact with their environment and how that affects what the listener hears. Plus, anyone who registers will automatically receive free admission to the exhibition floor, a unique environment in which to meet industry professionals and see what’s new in theatre technology.

With the scheduled seminars at d&b GB’s Gloucestershire base often booked up, it’s a great opportunity to take part this year and a natural stepping stone to d&b’s more product focused workshops.

The seminar has played a central role in the international d&b education calendar, and is for anyone looking to better understand the principles of electroacoustics for sound system design and engineering. Now something of an industry standard, the session is suited to all levels of experience, and asks questions such as: how does sound propagate? And how do sound waves combine? In typical d&b style, the friendly approach will provide informative answers in a light-hearted way, with plenty of practical experiments and demonstrations.

“I’d argue this seminar is the most important thing d&b does in terms of its education and training programme,” says presenter Oran Burns. “It goes back to the absolute basics. We know some sound engineers out there go about their work, and whether out of repetition or experience they understand a certain action gets a certain result, but sometimes without fully understanding why. That’s why getting to grips with the principles of electroacoustics is so important, because it explains the underlying mechanics of what’s going on in any scenario. In terms of sound system design and engineering these are our building blocks, for quite literally everything we do, without them nothing else makes much sense.”

To allow time for visiting the show, the session will begin at 11:00 and finish at 16:00 with a one hour break for lunch. Spaces are limited so book as soon as possible. To register, please visit http://www.dbaudio.com/en/support/education.html and click on Electroacoustics seminar.

22nd May 2017

Green Hippo Hosts a Hippotizer Tea Party

Germany – ProLight + Sound is a key show for Green Hippo, and at this year’s Frankfurt event, the company delivered a stunning display with Hippotizer V4 media servers. Using the latest software version of Hippotizer SHAPE, Green Hippo mapped and blended three projectors on to a highly complex tea pot model. Using Notch’s compositing and visual effects capabilities and combining correspondence-based projector alignment, the model showed how Hippotizer can overcome, the many challenges faced when projection mapping in the field.

The Green Hippo outfit also put the company’s Auto Alignment tool through its paces, demonstrating SHAPE’s time saving capabilities. Using inexpensive fibre optic sensors embedded in the model, the tool reduces the job of realigning projectors in an installation to a single button press. A further example of SHAPE’s aptitude was given via Green Hippo’s collaboration with Cast software, showing BlackTrax on the Green Hippo stand with moving picture frames. Using cameras, BlackTrax, tracks objects in real-time; Hippotizer SHAPE uses this data to map on to objects in 3D, even as they are moving.

ProLight + Sound welcomes visitors from all areas of the live event entertainment and installation sector, including system integrators, production companies, lighting and stage designers and audio engineers. The result was an extremely busy Green Hippo stand, with commercial meetings held with representatives from over 65 countries.

James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, said: “Prolight + Sound 2017 was a great show for Green Hippo. Reactions to our SHAPE 3D Mapping demos were very positive, and we thoroughly enjoyed demonstrating the capabilities of our product range. It was also great to work with the team from Notch and Cast. Furthermore, we were excited to see Hippotizers being used on several exhibitor stands, including Kinesys, Martin and Starway/LSE.”

22nd May 2017

Tourflex Cabling Showcased at ABTT 2017 Show

Tourflex Cabling Showcased at ABTT 2017 Show

UK – The Tourflex Cabling brand will be showcasing its bespoke cable assembly service for the entertainment industry at the ABTT Show 2017 Alexandra Palace, London, UK, stand A40, 6th - 7th June.

Knowing how critical cables and connections are to these sectors, Tourflex Cabling prides itself on providing the best connections, for a faultless performance.

Although recently re-branded, the service has over 40* years of experience and has earned an enviable reputation for quality and reliability. It understands when 'the show must go on', often processing emergency orders in 24 hours, including weekends, and having the ability to despatch orders worldwide.

Tourflex Cabling has the manufacturing capacity to make tens of thousands of cable assemblies, using hundreds of thousands of metres of exceptional quality cabling, every year. It holds a vast level of stock and choice of raw cables and connectors for bespoke assembly, including all popular types of data, mains and multicore for professional lighting, video and audio systems.

Cables are a vital part of every event, so using high quality, industry standard branded components like Tourmate, Tourmate Multilock Plus, Tourmate Powersafe, Tourflex Datasafe Ultra, Neutrik and Socapex, together with rigorous testing before dispatch, ensures increased reliability. The service also includes personalising cables with colour coding, RFID and barcode identification, to greatly simplify and speed up installations and trouble-shooting.

Visit stand A40 (A.C. Entertainment Technologies) at the ABTT Show 2017 to discuss how Tourflex Cabling can help meet any bespoke cable needs.  

www.ac-et.com/tourflexcabling.

19th May 2017

AC Entertainment Technologies

US Launch of Martin Audio’s New Product Line Up at InfoComm, Orlando

US Launch of Martin Audio’s New Product Line Up at InfoComm, Orlando

USA – Martin Audio has announced its US launch, and demonstration of the new optimised line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers, at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando.

Wavefront Precision Series is a new generation of multi-purpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of live events, permanent venue installations and budgets. Combined with the newly announced iKON multi-channel amplifiers, iK42 and iK81, Wavefront Precision is designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.

Dom Harter, managing director, explains: “With Wavefront Precision we wanted to introduce a solution whereby customers could have a flexible and scalable approach to control of sound coverage. Simply put, the more loudspeaker boxes within an array that have dedicated amplifier channels, the higher the resolution and scale of coverage control achievable through our DISPLAY software.

“This means even at the lowest level of resolution the results are still fundamentally better than traditional line array, without extra cost, and at the top end of resolution users can enjoy many of the benefits that our premier MLA systems provide. This fundamentally changes the rule book and reaffirms once again our leadership in optimised array technology.”

To accompany this series there are two new high performance subwoofers the SX118 and SX218, a single 18” and double 18” respectively.

The XE Series bringing engineering innovation to high performance stage monitoring. Featuring unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology with a patent pending third static waveguide, the XE series is designed to deliver perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors.

Jason Baird, R&D director, commented: “The world of stage monitoring has been stagnating for far too long with much of today’s monitor technology based on decade old solutions. XE changes the game and the fact that you can go right up and over the monitor as well as further back without significant changes in SPL or tonality improves the flexibility for an artist and sound engineer.”

Meanwhile, the latest LE monitor series scales down the technology found in the XE Series to bring engineering innovation to everyday stage monitoring delivering exceptional performance and controlled coverage at a price point not previously possible for a truly professional monitor.

These new lines will be on view at the booth 6743, alongside BlacklineX, CDD, CDD-LIVE, and MLA Compact and this full line up will also be in the demo room W224D.

The demo sessions last for an hour and start a day before the show opens on Tuesday 13th June at 12pm carrying through to the end of the show on Friday 10th June. Hours for show days are 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

Summing up, marketing director, James King, said: “We’re delighted to showcase our compelling new line up for the US market. I believe our demo experience will be the best we’ve ever put on.”

19th May 2017

Stage|Set|Scenery features a wide-ranging programme of excursions

Germany – Be it the Elbphilharmonie or the Barenboim Said Academy, the day after the international trade show and conference (20th to 22nd June in Berlin) ends, Stage|Set|Scenery will be giving trade visitors an opportunity to find out first-hand about exciting cultural projects. It will offer them an exclusive look behind the scenes of technically challenging projects to do with the theatre, concert houses, temporary buildings, radio/TV broadcasting, as well as museum and event technology in which numerous companies exhibiting at Stage|Set|Scenery have been involved.

The Elbphilharmonie, which was designed by the Swiss architects Pierre de Meuron, Jacques Herzog and Ascan Mergenthaler, will be one of the high points of the wide-ranging programme of excursions organised by Stage|Set|Scenery on 23rd June. The building’s centrepiece is the concert hall, whose acoustics are the work of Yasuhisa Toyota from Japan, one of the world’s leading acoustics experts. What makes it so special is that in combination with a reflector in the middle of the domed ceiling the cladding in the large hall, which comprises 10,000 white gypsum wall panels, reflects sound into every corner, ensuring a perfect listening experience. In addition to receiving information on the building’s architecture, participants can take an exclusive look at the concert house’s special technical systems.

Trade visitors taking part in the Stage|Set|Scenery excursions can find out about the latest trends in concert house architecture, stage equipment and acoustics in Dresden. The Kulturpalast, which is situated on ’Altmarkt’ and was opened in April 2017, features a library, cabaret venue and a concert hall with seating for 1,785. The architecture draws on a wide range of influences. Covering 210 m², the stage features retractable podiums and a specially designed platform ensures perfect acoustics for the musicians. The hall is the design and work of the offices of leading architects Gerkan, Marg und Partner. Professor Meinhard von Gerkan will also be among the speakers at the international stage technology conference, which will take place on days one and three of Stage|Set|Scenery.

The recently opened Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin is a unique example of how to integrate a modern concert house into a listed building. The idea for the Academy came from Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said, who established the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Upon visiting the Academy trade visitors taking part in the Stage|Set|Scenery excursions can take a look at the Music Academy and the Pierre Boulez concert hall which was designed by star architect Frank Gehry and has seating for 620. A special feature is the variable room configuration. The buildings characteristic design makes it possible to spatially re-arrange the auditorium and stage. Each of the two tours will be conducted by Florian Schaller, who designed the stage systems, and Dr. Carsten Siebert, the chancellor of the Academy.

On the subject of museum and event technology, Stage|Set|Scenery is organising an excursion to the C/O Berlin Foundation, which features an exhibition of photography and visual media. Every year, C/O Berlin hosts up to 20 exhibitions by internationally renowned photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin and Peter Lindbergh. Since 2014 it has been based in the Amerika Haus. Designed by the architect Bruno Grimmek, it was built in the mid-fifties as part of the International Building Exhibition Interbau and until 2006 served as a centre of culture and information on the United States of America. Chief curator Felix Hoffmann will take the participants on a tour of the building and, taking the current exhibitions of William Klein and Harf Zimmermann as an example, describe the technology used and highlight the challenges that exhibition designers must confront here.

How to put on a spectacular show of historical events? That is what Panorama LUTHER 1517 in Wittenberg will be demonstrating as it marks the year commemorating Martin Luther. A 360-degree panorama tells the story of Martin Luther and the publication of his 95 theses 500 years ago in his aim to reform the church. In the old town of Wittenberg a rotunda has been specially constructed which houses the five-metre high and 75-metre wide panorama designed by Yadegar Asisi. A background audio track and lighting that simulates darkness and daylight will take visitors back to the age of Martin Luther. Camilo Seifert of Martin Luther 1517 gGmbH, Künstlerwerkstatt asisi F&E GmbH, and Gerriets, the exhibitor at Stage|Set|Scenery responsible for installing the panorama, will conduct the tour of the Asisi Panorama LUTHER 1517.

Trade visitors taking part in the Stage|Set|Scenery excursions can choose between a guided tour of the historical ‘Haus des Rundfunks’ or the studios in Potsdam-Babelsberg, where they can visit the television studio and the control room of Brandenburg aktuell. Situated opposite the exhibition grounds, the Haus des Rundfunks in Berlin was designed by Hans Poelzig in the early thirties and was the first European building of its kind to be used exclusively for television/radio broadcasting. The broadcasting room ’Grosser Sendesaal’ is Germany’s oldest radio studio still in existence.



18th May 2017

Hitachi Kokusai Bringing Award-Winning Camera Innovation to InfoComm 2017

Hitachi Kokusai Bringing Award-Winning Camera Innovation to InfoComm 2017
Hitachi Kokusai Bringing Award-Winning Camera Innovation to InfoComm 2017

USA – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) is coming to InfoComm 2017 with a selection of new and established camera solutions designed for high-quality video acquisition across a wide range of audio-visual environments. Hitachi Kokusai will co-exhibit with the Digital Media Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. in booth 3429 at the event, which will take place June 14-16 in Orlando, Florida.

InfoComm 2017 will mark the A/V industry trade show premiere of Hitachi Kokusai’s award-winning new Z-HD5500 studio and field production camera. Delivering high-performance 1080p image capture at cost-efficient pricing typically expected only of 1080i or 720p cameras, the Z-HD5500 also addresses the challenges encountered by video professionals when shooting in locations with low-cost or mixed-frequency LED lighting and displays.

The Z-HD5500’s new CMOS imagers adapt easily to a wide range of LED lighting conditions, enabling superior video capture in performance venues, houses of worship, sporting arenas and other facilities where LED lights or large LED screens are used. These advanced sensors combine with Hitachi Kokusai’s renowned digital signal processing and low noise circuit technology to deliver pristine picture quality with exceptional sensitivity, excellent color fidelity and a 62dB signal-to-noise ratio.

Hitachi Kokusai will also showcase its DK-H200 multi-format, compact HD box camera. Natively supporting full frame rate 1080p, the DK-H200 brings the outstanding performance and visual quality of the company’s progressive studio and field cameras to a form factor perfect for point-of-view acquisition or remote observation in government and military applications, houses of worship, manufacturing, broadcast, sports production and more. Highlighting the compact and lightweight camera’s ideal suitability for robotic camera applications, the DK-H200 will be demonstrated in conjunction with a pan/tilt system from KXWELL International.

Both the Z-HD5500 and DK-H200 feature High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, enabling visibly superior HDTV productions with increased contrast, richer colours and expanded mid-tone detail, but without the higher costs, processing overhead and bandwidth requirements of Ultra HD. Hitachi Kokusai experts will be on hand at InfoComm to discuss how the company’s implementation of HD-HDR in its high definition cameras enables users to affordably realise these benefits without a major overhaul of their existing workflows and infrastructure.

“We received tremendous response to the Z-HD5500’s event debut from broadcasters and production companies at the NAB Show last month, and we look forward to showcasing its benefits to A/V professionals and systems integrators at InfoComm,” said Sean Moran, chief operating officer, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Americas. “Interest in the use of HDR in high definition A/V workflows also continues to grow, particularly as HDR can have a more obvious visual impact than 4K resolution at typical viewing distances. We look forward to sharing our insights on evolving HDR technologies and implementations with show attendees.”

18th May 2017

Eurovision Head of Production, Ola Melzig, to host 2017 Knight of Illumination Awards ceremony

Eurovision Head of Production, Ola Melzig, to host 2017 Knight of Illumination Awards ceremony

"The Knight of Illumination Awards has become a 'must attend' event in our industry. Not only does it offer an entertaining evening among notable lighting designers, it's just a flat out great party! The only thing that could make it better is if I could win a sword!" – Ola Melzig.

Over the last 20 years Ola Melzig has built a reputation as a respected and much loved technical director and production manager by all who have worked with him and many who haven't! He has managed numerous high profile shows globally including Eurovision, The Commonwealth Games and The Nobel Prize Banquet. As a familiar figure to many in the industry, Ola's unique, larger than life personality matches his Viking-like physical stature!

Ola began his career in the entertainment industry in 1989 working as a stagehand on local shows in Stockholm. During his eclectic career he has performed various job roles including forklift driver, runner, production assistant, lighting tech, backline tech and even catering assistant! The diverse knowledge and the multiplicity of skills he has acquired along the way have proved a great asset in his current role as a technical director, specialising in large scale events and projects.

The "Knight of Illumination Awards", organised by The Fifth Estate, the ALD and the STLD, provide public recognition for the outstanding achievements of experts in Lighting Design, Video and Graphic Display and Projection Design who are working on productions performed in the UK across a range of professional areas. The 2017 event takes place on 17th September at the Eventim Apollo in London.

The "Knight of Illumination Awards"sis organised by The Fifth Estate, the ALD and the STLD, and provides public recognition for the outstanding achievements of experts in Lighting Design, Video and Graphic Display and Projection Design who are working on productions performed in the UK across a range of professional areas.

17th May 2017

KOI

Elation Pixel Bar Fit for Fight at 2017 FIBO Fitness Show

Elation Pixel Bar Fit for Fight at 2017 FIBO Fitness Show

Germany – Fitness-AV installation experts, State of the Art GmbH of Cologne, showcased a large Elation Pixel Bar 40 installation as a key element of their booth design at FIBO 2017 as a real world example of the immersive experience the company can create for fitness club customers.

“At FIBO, we wanted to show our customers an immersive experience but with examples that are as close as possible to what we deliver in real installations,” said Andreas Knölle, chief technical officer at State of the Art, the German market leader for professional AV installations in fitness facilities. “For the fitness industry, it’s important to engage their members. Fitness clubs are open 24 hours a day and reliable AV systems are important for customer satisfaction.”

FIBO is Europe’s leading trade fair for fitness, wellness and health and ran from 6th - 9th April in Cologne. Group fitness has grown over the years to be an important part of the fitness industry with group spinning, aerobic and weight training all an integral part of the fitness club regimen. If you then add an enhancing AV experience on top, you generate an immersive fitness experience that makes the fitness club the place to be, says Knölle. “To generate such an experience, we searched for lighting fixtures that fit our demands: reliable operation over a long period, affordable price and easy replacement. This is why we ended up with the Pixel Bar product line-up.”

After a successful FIBO debut in 2016, SOTA decided to triple the size of their booth in 2017. As a main element of the booth design, a large Pixel Bar 40 wall made up of 62 one metre long Pixel Bar 40 fixtures was installed as an example of the type of immersive environment that can be created for fitness clubs. It also proved to be an eye-catching effect that attracted visitors to the booth.

The SOTA Pixel Bar wall at FIBO was ten metres wide by two metres high with 25cm gaps between fixtures (a typical real-world project would have 50-75cm gaps, says Knölle). The pixel-controllable LED strip lights provided a dynamic linear backdrop and were used as a pixel bar, decorative light and wash luminaire. Because the fitness industry is a 24/7 business with staff that usually has no technical understanding of the lighting system, even SOTA’s most complex lighting installations can be operated by untrained fitness staff via easy-to-use software and the click of a button. The Pixel Bar wall on the SOTA booth was controlled using SOTA’s own Easy-Control solution.

Surrounding visitors in a shower of colour and energising pixel-mapped effects, the fixture’s 850 Nits of brightness is plenty bright enough to fill a room with colour-changing light and the effect can be manipulated to create any mood or reflect the action of the music. SOTA, which works with event technology supplier and Elation partner sld mediatec to find the right lighting products for their needs, also incorporates Elation SixPar 100 LED par lights on some fitness installations for added colour enhancement.

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17th May 2017

Renewed Vision Bringing Highly-Acclaimed Live Production Innovations to InfoComm 2017

Renewed Vision Bringing Highly-Acclaimed Live Production Innovations to InfoComm 2017

USA – Fresh off its award-winning appearance at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Renewed Vision is heading to InfoComm 2017 with its complete array of solutions for creating and delivering compelling, visually-rich audience experiences. The company will exhibit in booth 2574 at the show, taking place 14th - 16th June in Orlando, Florida.

The centrepiece of Renewed Vision’s InfoComm showing will be the Pro A/V industry event debut of its recently-unveiled PVP3 multi-function media server. The third generation of the popular software also known as ProVideoPlayer, PVP3 builds extensively on earlier versions’ powerful toolset for designing and displaying engaging multi-screen video productions to enhance performances, locations, events, and attractions.

Ideal for museums, concerts, corporate gatherings, public spaces, production sets and location-based entertainment, PVP3 cost-effectively delivers video, media and effects to multiple, interactive, resolution-independent displays. PVP3’s best-in-class video processing engine can seamlessly combine live and pre-recorded media in creative ways, while applying real-time visual effects, masking, cropping, colour processing and other digital manipulation.

In addition to hands-on demonstrations of PVP3, the software will also power an impressive display crafted to enhance visitors’ experience at the Renewed Vision booth. As in its NAB Show exhibit that took home the 2017 Awesome Cool Exhibits (ACE) award for creativity and effectiveness in linear booth design, PVP3 will map and deliver video across a large LED video wall and two columns of artistically-angled display panels, combining live and file-based content with SDI and NDI feeds from other Renewed Vision solutions being featured at the show.

One such product is the ProPresenter Scoreboard multi-sport score presentation software. Building on the powerful video, graphics and text playout engine of the company’s renowned ProPresenter live presentation platform, ProPresenter Scoreboard combines Renewed Vision’s hallmarks of ease of use, affordability and visually rich outputs with robust features and tailored user interfaces purpose-built for driving advertising-enriched, video-based LED scoreboards. Multiple, independently-controlled areas of the screen integrate scores, live video feeds, pre-recorded video, targeted advertisements, player profiles, dynamic statistics, externally-sourced data and more into immersive visual productions that engage fans and drive revenue.

The latest version of the widely-used ProPresenter live multimedia presentation software will also be highlighted. Available for Mac and Windows platforms, ProPresenter 6 provides powerful, easy-to-use storytelling and production capabilities for creating visually-rich live media experiences spanning one or more displays. ProPresenter’s feature-rich and flexible editing toolset enables users to combine images, video, text and more into sophisticated, dynamic productions that captivate audience attention.

“We’re excited to be bringing PVP3 to InfoComm attendees for the first time,” said Brad Weston, president of Renewed Vision. “There’s no better way to show off the power, flexibility and creative capabilities of our solutions than by using them to enhance our own in-booth experience. From stadium scoreboards to interactive attractions, we have the ideal live presentation and production solutions for any application or environment, and we look forward to showcasing them to A/V integrators and end-users in Orlando.”

16th May 2017

CODA Audio USA Launches at InfoComm 2017

CODA Audio USA Launches at InfoComm 2017

USA – Audio is the lifeblood of live events, the central nervous system that connects creativity with an audience. The pro audio industry, at its best, is one that is constantly seeking to improve. Many people who choose audio as their profession do so because of their desire to create, evolve and improve the audio experience that they help to provide. These professionals are always searching for a better way but have all too often been rewarded with flashes in the pan, comets and fireworks, bright lights and noise – here today, gone tomorrow. Is it any wonder that cynicism permeates our industry as every year we hear about “the new solution” that somehow defies the laws of physics and common sense? In the end, the industry reverts to its standard choices and in doing so a bit of the curiosity and magic that got so many involved in the first place is diminished.

Does new hope ever arise in an industry where innovation has slowed and choices appear limited? At this year's Infocomm in Orlando, the answer to that question will most definitely be "affirmative".

The long-anticipated introduction of one of the world's most influential professional sound system manufacturers, Germany's CODA Audio to the United States market is here in a big way! A wholly-owned subsidiary of CODA Audio International, CODA Audio USA, staffed by American industry veterans, will introduce itself officially during this year’s Orlando show. CODA Audio USA offers a fresh alternative to the US pro audio market. Vastly experienced and with deep roots in Europe, Asia and The Middle East, CODA Audio combines these attributes with a formidable reputation for stunning sound, underpinned by revolutionary technologies and company stability. CODA USA’s mission is to bring this proven audio quality, performance and reliability to the US.

Managing director of Coda USA, Luke Jenks (pictured), looks forward to showing the US market what CODA Audio is all about: “A scientific approach, brilliant engineers and an on-going investment in cutting edge R&D make CODA Audio advanced systems possible. However, it’s the real-world results and advantages of applying these systems that matters to our business partners, users and listeners. CODA’s approach of ensuring that things are right from the outset has yielded ground-breaking technologies that don't require a physics degree to appreciate. Come visit us when we demonstrate some of our small and mid-sized solutions at this year’s InfoComm in demo room W230D and booth #5891 where hearing really will be believing. We're certain that you'll enjoy the CODA Audio experience that sound engineers, consultants and providers all over the world agree is something very special."

Visit CODA USA at InfoComm 2017 Booth 5891 and demo room W230D.

16th May 2017

Yamaha Shows Full Range of Solutions At First Afial Iberico Portugal Show

Yamaha Shows Full Range of Solutions At First Afial Iberico Portugal Show

Portugal – Staged in collaboration with InfoComm International, Afial Ibérico is being held in the Tejo Room of Lisbon’s Meo Arena and brings together many of the highest profile brands in the sound, lighting and AV technology industries.

Exhibiting on Stand No.15, Yamaha will be showing its wide range of solutions for:

  • Live sound: Mixing consoles, processors and loudspeakers for concerts, shows and touring applications.
  • Installation: Integrated audio solutions for hotels, education, commercial spaces, restaurants, retail and other applications.
  • Performance: Portable, high quality equipment for musicians and other performers.
  • Corporate: Systems for conferences, presentations, discussion panels and other business applications
  • Broadcast: Pre-production and on-air solutions designed for maximum efficiency and reliability.
  • Production and post-production: Systems designed for creativity, productivity, flexibility and unprecedented sound quality in the production and post-production markets.

Afial Ibérico is a ‘must not miss’ opportunity for any Portuguese audio professional, performer or anyone with an interest in specifying audio equipment.

11th May 2017

Green Hippo Teams with Freevox to Present a Seminar with a View

Portugal – Freevox, a leading distributor and manufacturer of professional lighting products, held its 2017 customer conference in Portugal, and Green Hippo was delighted to attend, helping the French firm present Green Hippo’s line of video products.

The conference, which ran over four days, was held at the Algarve’s gorgeous Club Med de Balaia resort, and was attended by more than 100 leading French companies, including installers and resellers from the image, lighting and sound sectors. Themed workshops, including specialised sessions supported by Green Hippo, enabled participants to experience new technologies, including digging deeper into features and benefits.

Freevox, along with attendees, acknowledged the event as ‘exceptional’. Christophe Masson, marketing and communication at Freevox, also highlighted Green Hippo’s support during the organisation of the in-depth sessions.

Commenting on the seminar’s success, James Roth, head of sales and marketing for Green Hippo said: “We were delighted to attend this event and really get to understand better what our clients’ requirements are now and for the future. For us, France is a key market and the growth of our business there across all market channels is exciting. Working alongside Freevox/CSI with their marketing power, financial strength and in-house technical expertise gives the Green Hippo brand an unmatched platform for success.”

9th May 2017

Tourflex Cabling Showcased at PLASA Focus Leeds

 Tourflex Cabling Showcased at PLASA Focus Leeds

UK – The Tourflex Cabling brand will be showcasing its bespoke cable assembly service for the international entertainment and broadcast industries at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 – Royal Armouries, Leeds, stand N-E02 – 9th and 10th May.

Knowing how critical cables and connections are to these sectors, Tourflex Cabling prides itself on providing the best connections, for a faultless performance.

Although recently re-branded, the service has over 40* years of experience and has earned an enviable reputation for quality and reliability. It understands when 'the show must go on' – often processing emergency orders in 24 hours, including weekends – and having the ability to despatch orders worldwide.

Tourflex Cabling has the manufacturing capacity to make tens of thousands of cable assemblies, using hundreds of thousands of metres of exceptional quality cabling, every year. It holds a vast level of stock and choice of raw cables and connectors for bespoke assembly, including all popular types of data, mains and multicore for professional lighting, video and audio systems.

Cables are a vital part of every event, so using high quality, industry standard branded components like Tourmate, Tourmate Multilock Plus, Tourmate Powersafe, Tourflex Datasafe Ultra, Neutrik and Socapex, together with rigorous testing before dispatch, ensures increased reliability. The service also includes personalising cables with colour coding, RFID and barcode identification, to greatly simplify and speed up installations and trouble-shooting.

Visit stand N-E02 (A.C. Entertainment Technologies) at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 to discuss how Tourflex Cabling can help meet any bespoke cable needs.  

www.ac-et.com/tourflexcabling

9th May 2017

AC Entertainment Technologies

Hippotizer starring at Germany’s BAMBI Awards

Germany – The 68th BAMBI awards took place in Berlin in November 2016, and Green Hippo technology helped Germany’s foremost media ceremony run smoothly.

The awards, first presented at a public event in 1953, is Germany’s most glamorous society happening of the year, attracting a domestic television audience of over six million viewers, with worldwide attention covering all six continents. Previous BAMBI winners include Muhammad Ali, Audrey Hepburn, and Tom Hanks. The latest event saw Robbie Williams collect the BAMBI for Music International prize, Angelique Kerber ace the BAMBI for Sport, while Pope Francis received the overall BAMBI award.

FIX8 Group, in cooperation with Trust Rental, used Green Hippo technology to support the event, building and supporting on site Hippotizer media servers, as well as providing content management for the show. Founded in 2003, FIX8’s experience, together with Green Hippo technology, enables it to create complete solutions for complex live environments, bringing detailed productions to life.

9th May 2017

Avolites gets ready for UK debut of Titan v10.1 at PLASA Focus, Leeds

Avolites gets ready for UK debut of Titan v10.1 at PLASA Focus, Leeds

UK – British lighting and video control systems manufacturer, Avolites, is gearing up for the UK debut of its latest lighting control software update, Titan v10.1, at the PLASA Focus expo in Leeds, following the software's hugely successful international showcase at Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt.

Titan v10.1 is now available for users to download for free on all Avolites consoles after the company introduced its updated features at Prolight + Sound. The international showcase was attended by customers and end users from more than 40 countries, as well as top industry journalists including Light & Sound International, TPi and Lighting & Sound America.

"Our Prolight + Sound product and software showcases have always been extremely well attended and this year was no different," says sales director for Avolites, Koy Neminathan. "The number of high level designers and journalists that attended the Prolight press event, and were eager to learn more after, was a clear sign of how far our software platforms have come. We were excited to explain the benefits of the new features developed in Titan v10.1 and Ai v10 and right under the live demonstration of the displacement mapping feature, which we created for JEWEL nightclub in Las Vegas."

Avolites' team of lighting and video control experts will be on hand at PLASA Focus, Leeds, to take customers through the new features of Titan v10.1. The upgrade offers users significant new functionality as well as many fixes and improvements. Scene Master mode introduces a new and more refined way to use the console live and BPM Master ensures all chases and effects attached to them remain not only at the same tempo, but also in synchronisation with the beat and each other. Effects, including key frame shapes, can now be assigned a number of beats per cycle, allowing for more creative control when performing.

"We develop our products alongside our users to ensure the product continues to enable their creative visions," explains Stephen Baird-Smith, Avolites sales manager. "As a result, the whole team loves showing off our new features to current and potential users, especially when the reactions are as good as they were at Prolight + Sound. The new BPM sync and beat division was a hit with all users who perform lights to music. Fans of our live palette time feature – a long-time Avolites favourite – were impressed with the new Scene Master, which takes live improvisation to a new and more sophisticated level."

Speaking further of the brand's significant strides forward, Neminathan says: "Avolites has recently gone through some exciting changes which have allowed the company to adapt and change the way we create, produce and deliver world class products. The release of Titan v10.1 and our media server software upgrade, Ai v10, are just the beginning with more focus on reliability. We are seeing a sustained increase in demand and currently have the largest order book in the company's history due to the strides we are taking. We're incredibly excited to gather feedback on the new software from our UK market at PLASA Focus, Leeds."

Avolites will also be demonstrating it's latest video mapping control software, Ai v10, at the North of England show. The upgrade includes real-time effects generator Notch and video sharing feature Spout as well as new projection mapping tool, MeshWarp and BPM Sync.

PLASA Focus, Leeds, will take place at The Royal Armouries, Leeds, on the 9th and 10th of May 2017. Avolites will be on stand N-D01.

Titan v10.1 is available for download here https://www.avolites.com/software/latest-version

www.avolites.com

9th May 2017

Avolites

Audinate Introduces New Advanced Level Certification Programme at Dante AV Networking World at InfoComm

USA – To help AV professionals develop the key skills needed to better understand best practices for installing Dante audio networks, Audinate is introducing its new advanced Level 3 Dante Certification Training programme. The new training curriculum launched at the Dante AV Networking World event, will be held the day before the InfoComm 2017 exhibition on Tuesday 13th June, 2017 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando.

The new in-depth Advanced Track will feature the following sessions:

  • Advanced Dante Networking (Dante Certification Level 3), a brand-new curriculum covering advanced networking concepts, mixed-use networks, networking best practices and troubleshooting techniques. This new Advanced Track is geared toward attendees that are already using Dante, and are looking more education in understanding and managing Dante-enable networked systems.

For attendees that are relatively new to Dante, and are looking for the basic foundation to get started, Audinate will also be offering a Dante Beginner Track featuring the following sessions:

  • Introduction to Dante (Dante Certification Level 1), a session covering audio networking fundamentals, basic networking concepts, creating a small-scale Dante network, and using Dante Controller and Dante Virtual Soundcard.
  • Intermediate Dante Concepts (Dante Certification Level 2), a session covering topics such as Dante redundancy, clocking, latency, and multicast.

Both tracks will include the following informative presentations on industry trends and initiatives.

  • Audio Networking Trends and Research, presented by Roland Hemming, RH Consulting.
  • Dante Domain Manager and Sneak Peek from Dante Labs, presented by Aidan Williams, CTO of Audinate

Exhibiting at the show will be over 20 leading audio manufacturers who will be offering hands-on demonstrations of their Dante-enable products. “More than ever, our customers are looking for more education and tips about deploying Dante networks,” states Josh Rush, VP of marketing at Audinate.

“What also makes this event so successful is the co-sponsors’ exhibit space, giving people quality time to learn more about their Dante solutions.”

The programme runs from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and includes a hosted lunch and cocktail reception at the end of the day for all attendees. Seating is limited, so interested attendees are encouraged to register quickly at www.audinate.com/avnw-infocomm17

8th May 2017

City Theatrical at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017

City Theatrical at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017
City Theatrical at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017

UK – City Theatrical will be demonstrating innovative new technology at PLASA Focus Leeds on May 9th and 10th, 2017 (stand N-C04), including the award winning DMXcat multifunction test tool, SHoW DMX Multiverse wireless DMX, and the QolorPIX pixel controlled tape and pixel controller. City Theatrical will be also showcasing new Pathway Connectivity products such as Vignette and NSB.

DMXcat Multi-function 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.

SHoW DMX Multiverse can broadcast up to five universes of DMX data in the 2.4GHz band (for use worldwide) or four universes of data in the 900MHz band (for use in the Americas). These tiny circuit board mounted modules are particularly suited for lighting equipment manufacturers who are interested in adding wireless DMX to their products. For the first time, due to small size, low cost, increased data transport, and ease of design integration, we believe that the implementation of a wireless DMX chip in every DMX device is possible.

QolorFLEX CT has rebranded its growing line of low voltage dimmers for LED tape into the QolorFLEX family, assuring users that all of our dimmers match perfectly with the ETL listed QolorFLEX LED Tape. The company is adding a great new tiny dimmer, the QolorFLEX 2x4A SHoW DMX Multiverse dimmer. Just 3.187” x .70” x .50” (81mm x 18.8mm x 12mm), it is small enough to fit in a 3/4” (19mm) tube and is designed for building into tiny spaces in props, candles, wands, costumes, and other special effects. Utilizing SHoW DMX Multiverse radio, the circuit board has been miniaturised to take the minimum space possible.

Configuration settings can be made through a computer (Windows or Mac) via a micro USB connection. No external power is required for this. Alternatively, configuration can be made via RDM through any RDM controller, such as City Theatrical’s DMXcat. Maximum load per channel is 4A and maximum load per device is 8A.

All of City Theatrical QolorFLEX Dimmers are feature rich, RDM enabled, and have the exceptionally smooth low end dimming that professionals demand.

QolorPIX™ pixel controlled tape and pixel controller are an innovative approach to pixel control which offers a high level of creativity combined with plug and play usability. Each QolorPIX controller is preconfigured with personality profiles, which can be combined and tuned to produce thousands of dynamic effects using only a few DMX channels. Chases, fades, scrolls, bursts, and other effects can be created and saved as needed. QolorPIX pixel controlled LED tape connects to the controller using industry standard four pin XLR connectors. Within one minute, the system can be up and running.

Vignette is a system of modular button and slider wall station inserts that allows the user to snapshot

four universes of E1.31 sACN or one universe of DMX512. Design the wall stations needed, from single-gang

up to six-gang. With both Ethernet or RS485 backbone architectures available, buttons can be press-and-hold-to-record and press to playback, sliders can control any sACN slot and be patched to many others using any Pathport gateway, or act as a grand master for the Vignette’s output.

NSB is a system of modular button and slider wall station inserts that are fully compatible with Cognito2 and Choreo lighting control platforms. Design the wall station needed, from single-gang up to six-gang. Ethernet-based, any button or slider may be associated with Memories recorded in a Cognito2 or Choreo.

8th May 2017

AC-ET Showcases Exclusive and Leading Technologies at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 Show

AC-ET Showcases Exclusive and Leading Technologies at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 Show

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. Is showcasing the latest product highlights from its extensive brand portfolio at the PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 Show at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, stand N-E02, 9th and 10th May.

A leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, AC-ET will be showcasing a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging, video, and film and TV solutions available from its vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands and five specialist sales divisions.

The stand will feature the very latest premium performance entertainment and broadcast LED solutions from Chroma-Q. Designed and built to exacting standards in North America, the award-winning range has been adopted by many leading designers and specifiers for some of today's most demanding and prestigious lighting applications. Award-winning product highlights include the Color Force II batten range, Inspire family of convection cooled, colour-changing LED houselights, and Space Force convection cooled, LED space light. In addition to this will be the new Color One 100X convection cooled, full colour-mixing, homogeneous output LED PAR.

Catch a demo of the award-winning Jands Vista lighting and media control solutions range and award-winning Jands Stage CL console for extremely simple control of LED lighting and dimmers.

In addition, the stand will feature a selection of the very latest lighting and video solutions from the extensive ProLights family, which delivers exceptional products to the entertainment and events industries at an affordable price. This includes the new SunBLAST graphic strobe, TabLED and Luma1500 LED moving head product ranges. Just added to the company’s lighting portfolio, the stand will also feature LSC’s range of power distribution and dimming products.

Other lighting and film and TV highlights include Spotlight's extensive, award-winning lighting solutions range and LumenRadio’s wireless control.

The A.C. Audio sales division will showcase a selection of Dynamic Audio Device’s high performance yet affordable loudspeaker solutions, Allen & Heath’s dLive mixing system, and DM48 Mixrack.

Rigging highlights include the new Adjustable Clutch Chain hoist from Columbus McKinnon, BroadWeigh wireless load monitoring solutions, Litec trussing solutions, Out Board Electronics chain hoist controllers and new digital RCX Smart handset, Prolyte Truss and LiteDeck solutions; as well as Petzl PPE equipment.

The A.C. Video sales division will demonstrate Green Hippo’s Hippotizer V4 media servers, ProLights AlphaPIX 2.9mm and 3.9mm pitch LED displays, the latest AV over IP Just Add Power signal distribution and multiroom HDMI distribution with HDanywhere.

Also showcased is Luminex’s rugged and easy to use professional networking solutions for lighting, audio and video.

AC-ET's in-house Tourflex Cabling bespoke cable assembly service will showcase its range of high quality cable and connector options, for a faultless performance on a huge range of applications. The service has over 40* years of experience and has earned an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and a very fast delivery turnaround, as it understands when 'the show must go on' – often turning around emergency orders in 24 hours, including weekends – and having the ability to despatch worldwide. Tourflex Cabling has the manufacturing capacity to make tens of thousands of metres of exceptional quality cabling, every year. It holds a vast level of stock and choice of raw cables and connectors for bespoke assembly, including all popular types of data, mains and multicore for professional lighting, video and audio.

www.ac-et.com

8th May 2017

AC Entertainment Technologies

CTS Accredited Powersoft Course at InfoComm 2017

USA – Powersoft has been named an official InfoComm International Renewal Unit (RU) provider, and at this year’s InfoComm show will provide attendees with an opportunity to earn certification renewal credits while learning how to easily design and specify fixed install systems using DSP integrated Class D power amplifiers.

Title: How to Optimise Fixed Install Design Using DSP in Class D Amplifiers
Date: Thursday, 15th June, – 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Course: MT61
CTS Rus to attendees: 1.5
Presenter: Marc Kocks

Register now for Powersoft's specialised training session at InfoComm17 here

5th May 2017

Outstanding participants: International Stage Technology Conference

Germany – ‘It's all about the process: architects, theatre consultants, operators – who controls cultural projects?'. This is just one of the subjects at this year’s International Stage Technology Conference. It is being organised by the German Theatre Technical Society (DTHG) and will take place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds on 20th and 22nd June concurrently with the Stage|Set|Scenery trade fair. “We are delighted to be bringing the key players in this sector to Berlin. The attendance of many prominent speakers has been announced this year, including the architect Professor Meinhard von Gerkan and David Staples, principal consultant at Theatre Projects Consultants,” reports the chief executive of the DTHG, Hubert Eckart. Dr. Gabriele Högg, member of the board of the DTHG, adds: “The conference, which is taking place simultaneously in German and English, underlines the unique characteristic of Stage|Set|Scenery in the field of stage planning and technical equipment for cultural buildings.”

All the different areas that are vital to the success of a production are meeting at Stage|Set|Scenery: From architecture and technical planning to machinery, stage control, lighting and sound technology, make-up, costume design and set construction. This diversity is also reflected in the conference taking place at the Palais am Funkturm. On 20th June, for example, Reinhold Daberto, chief executive of daberto + kollegen, a company specialising in the planning of theatre projects, will chair a panel discussion on the subject of ‘Theatre in Germany – a World Heritage: The Future as a Museum or as Theatre 4.0?’. It will address issues such as the theatre of the future and how it can maintain its position at the heart of urban centres, and what kind of renovation strategies need to be adopted in the future.

Among the speakers on the first day of the conference will be Marc Grandmontagne, managing director of the German Stage Association, the cultural expert Professor Oliver Scheytt, Rainer Münz, a technical consultant for cultural buildings, Beate Kahnert, technical director of Theater Freiburg, Hubert Eckart, general manager of the DTHG and Horst Kunkel, general manager of Kunkel Consulting International. Simultaneous interpreting into German and English will be provided.

The agenda on 22nd June, the second day of the conference, will include a panel discussion investigating who actually controls cultural projects. This will look at the processes, the ways in which they are interconnected, and the economic dependencies of an industry requiring intensive development – from the initial idea to the delivery of the keys to a venue – all of which present architects, planners and project managers with some challenging tasks. This is because the changing world market, the expectations of operators and audiences, the emergence of new technologies and the increased demands for a flexible programme call for new approaches and perhaps also for new processes in order to be implemented effectively. Simultaneous interpreting into German and English will be provided.

Among the outstanding speakers who have been announced for the second day of the conference are the architect who designed Berlin’s new main station, Professor Meinhard von Gerkan, the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, designer of the Opéra de la Bastille in Paris, David Staples of Theatre Projects Consultants, Andy Hayles from Charcoalblue, the architects Jörg Kümmel and Reinhold Daberto, Mikhail Bychkov, founder and artistic director of Theater Voronesch in Russia, and Geoff Wheel, technical director of the Dubai Opera House. This programme is sponsored by the companies Bosch Rexroth, SBS Bühnentechnik and Waagner-Biro Austria Stage Systems.

For trade visitors there will also be daily round tables on specialist topics such as ‘Excellence in Stage Technology’, as well as a selection of presentations and papers. The subject matter will include stage machinery, drive and control systems, audio and lighting technology, sets, make-up and costumes, as well as security and safety aspects. Among the topics covered will be ‘From planning to commissioning – A new dimension in stage technology at the State Opera House Unter den Linden’, ‘Multi-purpose entertainment venues in Russia’ and ‘Temporary replacement theatre buildings’. For the first time the workshop rooms are fully integrated in the halls in order to provide close links between the conference programme and the exhibition area.

Also encouraging communication between the experts will be the practically based events in the LightLab, the Soundlab on the Safety in Action stage and the three-day costume-makers’ conference organised by GTKos. 

5th May 2017

Doughty looks forward to another successful PLASA Focus

Doughty looks forward to another successful PLASA Focus
Doughty looks forward to another successful PLASA Focus

UK – A new Pole Operated Yoke is set to be the star attraction on the Doughty Engineering stand at this year's PLASA Focus show in Leeds. Visitors to stand N-C25 will also get the opportunity to see a wide range of items on display, including the hugely popular Space Saver which has taken social media by storm and the latest addition to the Atom Clamp family, the Atom G Clamp.

Julian Chiverton, sales director at Doughty commented: "We're looking forward to another successful year at PLASA Focus and to receiving some useful feedback on some of our latest products."

The Pole Operated Yoke is modular in design and as such can be made exactly to customer specification from existing stock, hence a quick turnaround between order and delivery. Designed to stretch and shorten to fit any sized light, the yoke is fitted to a light with two cups which pan and tilt, and being pole operated, this enables the operator to make any adjustments from the ground, taking away the need to have ladders cluttering up the set and posing potential safety hazards.

The new Atom-G Clamp – the latest addition to the popular Atom Clamp family – has been designed specifically for architectural luminaires while the Space Saver, a nifty new piece of kit which allows a clamp or spigot to be permanently fitted to a luminaire or projector and folded into a storage position to save space is set to be a major talking point on the stand. "We're excited to see what people think of the Space Saver in Leeds. When we posted a demo video on Facebook earlier this year, response was phenomenal; to date it's received over 40,000 views but as with all things, the proof of the pudding is in the sampling and we hope that people come and have a bit of a play around with it for themselves and let us know what they think,"said Julian.

He concluded: "Feedback is essential to our R&D team and we look forward to gathering opinion on the yoke, the Space Saver and of course all our other pieces of kit as well as finding out what other products are on our customers' wish list that we have the potential to develop."

www.doughty-engineering.co.uk

5th May 2017

Doughty Engineering

White Light Returns to PLASA Focus Leeds

White Light Returns to PLASA Focus Leeds
White Light Returns to PLASA Focus Leeds

UK – Taking place on 9th and 10th May, PLASA Focus Leeds has established itself as the essential event for entertainment technology in the North of England. This year, the exhibition will once again take place at the Royal Armouries Museum where companies from across the globe will showcase the very latest technology. One of these is White Light, with the complete technical solution specialist exhibiting on stand N-C24 with a range of revolutionary technology.

Since its formation in 1971, WL has forged a reputation for supplying technical solutions including lighting, audio, video and rigging to projects of all sizes across the UK, Europe and worldwide. At PLASA Focus Leeds, the equipment on display will showcase the full range of what the company can offer its customers. WL’s business development manager Mark Morley comments: “We’re really excited to be back in Leeds, meeting up with old friends and potential new customers. It’s been a fantastic year for WL in which we’ve added to our expertise staff and continued to invest heavily in the latest technology – an example of which we intend to showcase at PLASA Focus.”

WL will display a range of lighting products on its stand including the CORE Lighting Mini Uplighters. A smaller version of the well-established ColourPoint Wireless LED uplighter, the Mini has a powerful reach, able to light up to two storeys. Retaining an IP65 rating for outdoor usage, the slick design and discrete size means it can help transform any event, from small parties, to corporate functions, to weddings and even stage lighting. The product is made truly portable thanks to the combination of battery power and wireless DMX.

As the importance of wireless DMX continues to grow within the world of entertainment technology, WL will be displaying the brand-new W-DMX G5. A result of more than 18 months-worth of customer research, G5 allows users to run multiple DMX universes concurrently. It also features an optional Wi-Fi module meaning users are now able to link their smartphone or tablet to a BlackBox and send DMX data directly to fixtures.

WL will also be display its LED technology, with both a purpose-built LED wall and LED transparent screen. Mark adds: “Our LED wall in particular has proven very popular with a lot of clients so PLASA Focus offers us a great opportunity to showcase this in the flesh as it were and highlight the potential this has to transform a space.”

Following its recent appoint as the company’s official reseller, WL will display a range of d3 technology at PLASA Focus. Being the world’s first integrated video production suite, d3 is the ultimate software to visualise, design and sequence any project. WL has already used it on the construction of the ITV Sport studios along with an AV installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Similarly, as its exclusive UK distributor, WL will be displaying ImageCue – the compact, easy-to-use server that provides control of high definition still images and videos with only 12 channels of DMX512. A previous winner of the PLASA Member’s Choice Award for Best Gadget, ImageCue allows users to access over 65,000 image and video files, all of which can be played back in less than a quarter of a second.

The company will also display a range of its audio products, including k-array and Yamaha speakers. There will also be the Sparkular Fireworks Simulator Machine, a phenomenal indoor fireworks display without the fireworks risk.

Mark adds: “We’re displaying a whole host of innovative products that highlight what we are able to offer our customers. A lot of this equipment is not only state-of-the-art but exclusive to WL, reaffirming the fact that we are dedicated to providing our customers with the very best technology possible.”

 

5th May 2017

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