Archive for November, 2010

Everything Shines For Renegade

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London based design house Renegade produced and supplied all the technical design and equipment – lighting, video and visuals, set and scenic elements plus sound – for the SHINE 2010 Benefit Dinner, staged at The Boiler House, a new temporary structure located inside the shell of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station building.
The event featured a rocking ‘greatest hits’ performance by superstar Bryan Ferry, and raised large sums of money for the charity, which supports additional educational initiatives encouraging children and young people to raise their achievement levels. more

FlightSafety International Selects Christie to Power First Dual Input Flight Simulators

Christie today announced that FlightSafety International, the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, has selected the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM simulation projection system to drive its Crewview display on the CH-47F Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulators (TFPS). The trainers are the first to utilize the Matrix StIM’s unique dual input capability to render the visible and infrared (IR) scenes simultaneously, while allowing for independent optimization of the IR scenes for night vision goggle (NVG) training.

The TFPS systems are high-fidelity simulators that provide training for maintenance check flights, normal and emergency procedures, NVG, and tactical operations. The simulators are used by the U.S. Army to maintain the flying skills of cargo helicopter crews, who might otherwise consume costly flying hours to maintain their qualifications. The system’s collimated rigid mirror display is designed to collapse and pack into a container to withstand the more

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PSI Enjoys An Appointment with Mr Yeats

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Production Services Ireland (PSI) supplied lighting and video equipment for the acclaimed “An Appointment With Mr Yeats” show by The Waterboys – a concept musical performance set to the poetry of the legendary Irish poet and dramatist,WB Yeats – which has just finished its first Irish tour.
PSI’s Sean Pagel was asked to create a lighting and visuals design following on from Belfast based PSI’s supply of equipment to “An Appointment” show earlier in the year, a one off at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre.
Says Pagel, “It is a great honour for us to be involved in something as original, interesting and special as this show. Mike Scott knows exactly what he wants and his attention to absolutely every detail is impressive “.
Pagel’s brief was to design a complimentary theatre show for the performance that was practical to tour in a rock more

AvatarLabs Names Suzanne Abramson Norr as Chief Operating Officer

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Encino, CA, Dec, 1, 2010 — Digital creative services agency AvatarLabs today announced that Suzanne Abramson Norr has been named Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Suzanne will manage the company’s day-to-day operations, overall financial performance and work with the management team to set operational procedures and performance goals tied to long-term growth.

“We are very excited to bring Suzanne on board,� said Rex Cook, AvatarLabs Founder and Executive Creative Director. “She has a proven track record in business development and financial performance management. Her 15 plus years in interactive marketing is a tremendous asset to our team and clients as we continue to grow.�

Prior to AvatarLabs, Suzanne served as Senior Vice President, Operations for Schematic, where she created and managed the global resourcing department, increased employee utilization and assigned production personnel on projects across seven more

EditShare Takes Next Step Toward Lightworks Open Source

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The groundbreaking Lightworks Open Source project celebrates its phase one roll out; releases FREE Lightworks 2010 Public Beta

Boston, MA – November 30, 2010 – EditShare®, the technology leader in cross platform collaborative editing and shared media storage, is pleased to announce the first step in the roll out of Lightworks Open Source. Today, the free Lightworks 2010 Public Beta download will be available to all interested participants. Now anyone can familiarize themselves with the Lightworks editing system and view the new features and enhancements that have transformed Lightworks into the industry’s most advanced editing solution. “Since our initial announcement at this year’s NAB Show, we’ve had over 25,000 editors and 1,700 developers sign up to become a part of the Lightworks Open Source community. The unified support and constructive feedback has driven the initiative and helped more

JVC SHOWCASES DLA-VS2100U VISUALIZATION SERIES

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company will introduce the DLA-VS2100U D-ILA projector to the U.S. market at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booth 1600). The newest addition to JVC’s Visualization Series, the rugged DLA-VS2100U was specifically developed for simulation environments and other visualization applications.

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With a new optical engine that uses three D-ILA imaging devices, the DLA-VS2100U delivers 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution and 20,000:1 native contrast ratio, which is double the contrast of JVC’s current model, the DLA-VS2000U. The new projector also features a new 220W UHP short arc lamp that delivers a minimum of 850 ANSI lumens for simulation applications, an increase in brightness that will provide greater brightness headroom in larger or low-efficiency systems as well as more

WYOMING PBS UPGRADES SATELLITE TRUCK WITH FOUR HITACHI MULTIFORMAT HD CAMERAS

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Wyoming PBS purchased four Hitachi SK-HD1000 multi-format HDTV cameras as part of the planned upgrade of its 32-foot digital production truck equipped with a 2.4-meter Ku-Band satellite uplink dish. The truck travels across the state, producing multi-camera remote video productions, such as sessions of the Wyoming State Legislature in Cheyenne, political debates, and sporting events. Also known as KCWC-DT, Wyoming PBS is located on the campus of Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY.

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“We chose these new Hitachi HD cameras because they produce beautiful pictures at an attractive price point,� said Kyle Nicholoff, production services manager for Wyoming PBS. The SK-HD1000s replace four Hitachi SK-900 EFP SDTV cameras.

“In our experience with Hitachi cameras, they’re easy to operate and reliable,� Nicholoff continued. “In fact, the older SK-900’s—which we’ve moved into our main studio—still produce more

REDucation Brings Epic Perspective to Los Angeles Workshop

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(Burbank, CA) REDucation, the first RED sanctioned training program focusing on RED cameras, was launched in 2009 to put the latest information in front of the community of RED users. Since its inception, it has become the de facto standard for training on the evolving RED camera line. From December 7th – 12th, 2010, REDucation sessions will take place at RED Studios in Hollywood, California, and will include a focus on the highly anticipated Epic Camera.

RED’s own Ted Schilowitz will bring the Epic to REDucation, fresh from an extended Asian tour (see video links below). Schilowitz will be joined by Mark L. Pederson of OFFHOLLYWOOD who is at work on a variety of top tier RED and 3D projects in LA, NY and internationally.

Schilowitz stated, “As the more

audioEngine Makes Grabbing a Bud Sound So Sweet


Working via Anomaly, audioEngine recently mixed Budweiser’s expansive Grab a Bud TV and radio campaign. The spots gallivant through the world of nightlife and summertime recreation, from the ball park to the rock show to the night out with your boys, showing the power of Budweiser to inspire memories and good times.

The TV spots include Day Game, a :30 celebration of a sunny day at the St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Starting from the grounds crew placidly watering the field, the spot – and the accompanying music – builds momentum as the crowd rolls in, the Budweisers roll out, and the players take their positions. The action crescendos with a squadron of US fighter planes storming over the packed stadium with the St. Louis Arch rising in the background.

Rock Show features a similar daylong buildup, this time in a classically detailed amphitheater, where crews prep more

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Radio Television Malaysia Builds Massive HD Studio Complex with Grass Valley Production Technologies

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Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), the state-owned public broadcaster which owns and operates 31 radio and two television stations, has returned to Grass Valleyâ„¢ after almost a decade to place its largest order to date: a large number of high-definition cameras, production switchers, and routers for a new all-digital HD studio complex in Kuala Lumpur that will be completed in November 2010. The new HD studios are the first for RTM and represent a major win for Grass Valley in the region as its equipment will be used during the production of high-profile international events.

To support several studios and control rooms within the multi-level facility, RTM has purchased 24 Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite multi-format HD cameras, five Kayakâ„¢ HD production switchers (four 3 M/E models and one 3.5 M/E model), and four Concertoâ„¢ Series 64×64 routers to distribute all types of audio and video signals throughout the facility. The equipment will be used to support five RTM locations: Auditorium, IBC (Kuala Lumpur), Studio 3 (Seremban), Kuching (East Malaysia), and a flyaway kit.

“Malaysia is one area of the world where Grass Valley has seen increased business over the past year, as broadcasters there migrate their platforms to high-definition in anticipation of a national conversion,â€? said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. “RTM understands the value, flexibility, and reliability that Grass Valley production technologies provide.”

RTM has built the new facility in preparation for full-time HD broadcasting beginning in 2015.

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