Archive for February, 2007

wondertouch Releases Three New Motion Graphics-Themed Libraries

ST. LOUIS (February 28, 2007) – wondertouch™, www.wondertouch.com, a leading software developer of high performance particle effects creation tools, today announced the release of three new libraries in its Professional Emitters (Pro Emitters) product line for particleIllusion™ 3.0 software – widely regarded as one of the most artist-friendly and powerful software solutions for creating high-quality, complex particle animations. Each library contains 30 emitters that are thematically geared to providing sophisticated, ready-to-use, motion graphics style particle-based effects. more

WEXLER‘s customized “live-ingest” provides tapeless broadcast for NFL and other events

Burbank, CA – February 28, 2007 – Wexler Video, Inc., has released details of its fast, reliable, “live-ingest” workflow technology, used recently to boost the NFL‘s Super Bowl XLI and 2007 Pro Bowl broadcasts. Similar technology is also being used for various award shows and specials during this awards season.

Wexler Video provides production equipment, services and support across the nation to live broadcasts such as sporting events and award shows that utilize the live-ingest workflow–allowing broadcast quality resolution and on-time reliability. NFL Films needed the features of a standard NLE but on a broadcast time table. The margin for error in the live environment with hundreds of millions of viewers was nil. Wexler Video answered the call with a unique solution based on a combination of AJA more

Klein + Hummel Shows New M52 and M52D Active Control Monitors at NAB

Klein Hummel M52OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT: Responding to requests from users, Klein + Hummel have made important enhancements to their miniature active control monitors. An update to the M 51 – the M 52 – is a small, lightweight, portable control monitor featuring a three-inch driver and upgraded, built-in amplification capable of producing over 100dB. Small in stature at 4 3/4″ x 6 7/8″ x 4 5/8″ and weighing in at a featherweight 5.7 lbs., the M 52 is ideal for portable and fixed situations that demand flat, accurate response where space is at a premium, such as small studios, broadcast vans, and mobile rigs. more

Music 2 Hues – Releases New Production Music CD…

m2hlogoEnfield, CT USA February 28th 2007 — Music 2 Hues released today a new addition to its Flagship Series production music line.

Andy Wells, president of Music 2 Hues adds, “With the addition of this new release we are providing our content developers with new and exciting music selections. The new title: “Adrenaline Crush”  is now shipping worldwide. “This release satisfies the needs of our clients who have been asking for a CD of aggressive, high-energetic grooves”. more

Technomad To Debut Turnkey PA Concept For Restaurants At NSCA Show

BOSTON, February 28, 2007 – Technomad Associates, LLC will introduce a flexible, highly-configurable new version of its Turnkey PA Systems for the professional audio industry at the upcoming NSCA show. (Booth #759, Orlando, March 15-17.)

The currently available Technomad Turnkey PA systems are complete, pre-integrated, plug and play packages featuring Technomad loudspeakers, an audio mixer, power amplifier, speaker cable, speaker mounting brackets, a dynamic microphone with cable, and a rack enclosure. These systems are a popular choice with coaches and athletic directors for high school and collegiate stadiums, pools, hockey rinks and other sports facilities. more

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XL Video and The Showgirl

XL Video UK supplied full video production and crew to Blink TV for Kylie‘s visually stunning “Showgirl Homecoming” tour.

The live IMAG mix was cut by Ruary MacPhie and the tour‘s video elements were co-ordinated by crew chief Stuart Heaney. It continued XL‘s long standing relationship with the artist.

Added for this final section of the tour were four extra Barco ILite 10 high resolution screens, all flown on a Kinesys automation system supplied by Neg earth, coming in and out at various points throughout the show. The new screens were each constructed from 6 x 6 panels of ILite, measuring approximately 2.7 metres square, They joined a centre portrait format hi-res screen that was on the previous tour, made from 6 x 10 modules of I-10. more

XL Video wins TPi Award

XL Video has won its fourth Total Production International Award (TPi) for ‘Favourite Video Services Company‘ of the Year.

The 2007 TPi Awards – which recognise the industry‘s most innovative and ambitious technical, creative and production achievements – were presented at a star-studded ceremony in west London on 5th February.

The win follows an incredible year for XL Video worldwide, and was collected by members of the XL Video UK team. XL Video also won this coveted award in 2002, 2003 and 2005. more

XL Video Projects in the Shadows

XL Video supplied hardware and crew for the high profile DJ Shadow tour which utilised a massive projected set as the show‘s visual centrepiece.

The ground-breaking collection of atmospheric and provocative images are produced by a US-based team of visual artists led by Ben Coles. They are stored on DVDs and replayed live by Shadow via two Pioneer DVJX1‘s DVD decks, output to screen via an Edirol v 4 mixer.

XL supplied 9 Barco RLM G5i projectors, complete with Barco 0.8:1 wide angle lenses to rear project onto the 24 ft wide set/projection area, which consisted of a top and a bottom screen – the top measuring 6ft high and the bottom 12 ft. The set and the screen surfaces were custom built and sourced via Litestructures. more

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Basement Jaxx grooves with XL Video

XL Video UK renewed its acquaintance with dance gurus Basement Jaxx – arguably one of the most exciting live acts in the UK right now – supplying all the video kit for their UK arena tour.

Basement Jaxx’s largest tour to date, amalgamated the talents of their LD Leggy (Jonathan Armstrong) and video director Nick Fry into a dynamic creative team.

The two worked very closely in their respective departments to produce energy pumping show visuals that matched the band’s full-on, action-packed dance attack.

XŁ project manager Des Fallon says “Once again it’s refreshing to see something truly original and unique happening through the close collaboration between video and lighting”. more

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VideoDrive for Mountbatten Music Festival

A specially customised version of Radical Lighting‘s VideoDrive software was supplied to the 2007 Mountbatten Music Festival, a 3 night charity spectacular featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty‘s Royal Marines. This was staged at London‘s Royal Albert Hall in aid of service charities and Click Cancer Care.

Production manager Karl Westlake first introduced video to the show last year. One of the things it did was replace a large 4 tonne scenery flat of the Marine‘s crest logo with a more flexible projected version. more

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