Archive for November, 2011


Wincomn Technology has completed a complex rear projection upgrade in a command room at a military base in Guangdong Province, South China. They achieved this with the aid of advanced displays from dnp denmark, the world’s leading supplier of optical projection screen technology.

The display wall comprises three central 200” GWA (Giant Wide Angle) screens, butted together using narrow bezels, and flanked by a pair of GWA 150″ screens.
The screens are projected onto by five EIKI projectors — creating a wide field of vision over a massive digital landscape, for military personnel assembled in the large 30m x 20m meeting room.

The customer needed to present a large volume of information being streamed in different formats, including data, graphics, crystal clear high-resolution images, video and real-time signals. Existing switchers and processors were redeployed for the purpose and multiple windows and PIP’s can be presented across the screen.

The display needed to be seamless, and although the client reviewed other options they favoured the high visual acuity and colour rendering of the GWA, as well as the uniformity over the large digital canvas.

Purpose designed for the projection of large, high-quality images in conference and control rooms with long viewing distances, dnp’s 200” GWA became the world’s first optical rear projection screen when it was introduced. The single element optical system has two active lens surfaces, and due to its lens design offers good brightness uniformity and contrast levels.

A spokesperson for the Command Hall said, “The screens perform excellently and look virtually seamless.

“The climate in South China is severe, insofar as screens are subject to high temperature and high humidity. Every three months Wincomn will provide engineer site visits to check and adjust the alignment where the screens butt together, and this will ensure they remain in good condition.”

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Global Television’s “The Morning Show” Launches In Toronto With Christie MicroTiles and Spyder X20 On Set

The Morning Show

The Morning Show

Canadian national broadcaster Global Television launched its Toronto morning news program on Oct. 11 with a Christie Spyder X20-1608 managing the content for 40 Christie MicroTiles and 11 LCD panels. The Morning Show, airing in HD weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., is revitalizing morning news and marks the return to the airwaves of popular co-host Liza Fromer. Applied Electronics in Mississauga, Ontario, was the systems integrator for the Christie MicroTiles and Christie Spyder X20.

Visible from Bloor Street in the heart of Canada’s financial capital and located behind the anchor desk in the new glass-walled studio, the 4 high by 10 wide MicroTiles array captures the attention of both the studio audience and passers-by. Flanking the desk are two pillars housing 40-inch LCD panels while a 52-inch LCD panel is in the interview location. Rounding out the new social media area where apropos Twitter and Facebook feeds are displayed are street-facing LCD panels along with several vertically mounted LCD panels.

“We wanted to support the on-air personalities with a different means of showing video and entertaining the audience,” says Paul Thomas, director of broadcast engineering services for Global Television’s Eastern Region. “We became aware of Christie MicroTiles and thought they’d be a great solution for presenting moving images of headline stories on a dynamic, high-res display.” The MicroTiles will eventually display content 24/7.

Merging the strengths of LED and DLP technology, Christie MicroTiles have a color range that far exceeds conventional LCD and plasma technologies and integrate easily with the cameras and audiovisual equipment used on broadcast sets. With 115 percent NTSC and PAL color gamut, displays are adjustable to the required color temperature – ensuring pure blacks and unprecedented set-balanced color, even in high ambient light environments.

“Our 4 by 10 MicroTiles display is the perfect size and its 2500 x 1600 pixel resolution meets our needs very well,” says Thomas.

Thomas discovered the Christie Spyder X20 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show and was impressed by its power to feed displays through a complex set – exactly what is required for The Morning Show.

The Christie Spyder X20 resides in an equipment rack designed into the set.

“We can throw a lot of different sources to the displays, including all four of our HD cameras, a Blu-ray DVD player and a Matrox VGA2 HD converter that feeds custom graphics,” Thomas reports. “We can also take advantage of layering in the Spyder X20 for great transitional opportunities.”

According to Thomas, Global Television has enjoyed “amazing support” from the Vista team at Christie. “They really helped us understand what we are able to do with the Spyder X20,” he says. “We’re starting slow with graphics and effects and will beef things up as we gain confidence.

“Both the MicroTiles and the Spyder X20 looked fantastic at the launch,” says Thomas, “and are working well on the new show. Three hours is a long time to keep a live audience entertained, but the MicroTiles/Spyder X20 combo does just that.”

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Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. With the acquisition of Vista Control Systems Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit


British based distributor Paradigm Audio Visual has been presented with dnp denmark’s ‘Partner of the Year’ award, in recognition of outstanding sales of both their award-winning front- and rear-projection systems over the past year.

dnp denmark’s Global Sales & Marketing Manager, Søren Kraemmergaard, presented the award to Paradigm founder and CEO, Greg Jeffreys, and Supernova specialist, Dave Stephen, at company headquarters in Karslunde, Denmark during a Partner Recertification Programme.

Mr. Kraemmergaard paid tribute to Paradigm’s early adoption of the Supernova platform, and having enrolled early into the Partner Programme, backed up their already considerable rear-projection sales by recruiting a dedicated Supernova specialist in Dave Stephen, to supervise their front projection platform.

This had paid almost instant dividends, with an order last month for well over 200 dnp Supernova Core 16:10 optical screens, for deployment in state-run schools operated by the London Borough of Dagenham & Barking.

Søren Kraemmergaard (right) with Dave Stephen

“We were particularly impressed by this initiative and by tripling Supernova sales, Paradigm has become the most improved distributor within this time period,” noted the dnp executive. “Their capability to find and identify new distribution channels has also played an important factor in the decision, as well as the fact that they have demonstrated that they were not afraid to use social networking, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter — and AV forums — to broaden their marketing base.”

Jeffreys expressed his surprise and delight with the accolade. “I had been invited to Denmark to give a keynote speech connected with our recertification — and this was a real bonus. It is a great honour, and something we will certainly be shouting about.”

In being one the first companies to qualify for dnp’s Partner Programme Paradigm has been fully committed throughout.

“dnp is a genuinely superb company, and we’ve always been convinced of Supernova’s technical superiority,” continued Jeffreys. “Although we’ve enjoyed respectable sales we were never able to give it the resource it needed until we took on Dave [Stephen]. Establishing any new technology requires a lot of hard grind. But we have put a lot of investment into the platform in the form of greater exhibition participation, and this in turn has resulted in us giving more product demos.

“Dave has done a fantastic job in pulling off the educational orders but, as Søren alluded to, he has also thought astutely about how to market Supernova into different channels. As for Barking & Dagenham they tell us it’s the best technology they have seen.”

Other drivers, that will make Supernova effective, believes Jeffreys, is that buildings are increasingly being designed on green and sustainable principles — which means maximising natural light emission. And high brightness environments are what Supernova was designed for.

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Steady growth in all its core sectors during 2011 has resulted in Paradigm Audio Visual ending the year with a short move from its Bedford base to vastly expanded facilities on a modern industrial estate.

“With over 10,000 sq ft at our disposal this gives us between two and three times the capacity we had at Swan Works,” states founder and CEO Greg Jeffreys. “We are replacing the quaintness and quirkiness of a former laundry with an open plan scenario, which will enable us to build infrastructure to support the growth.”

The move has largely been brought about by the increase in simulation business — which now operates as a separate division. “We needed an expanded demo and proof-of concept areas, which we now have,” continues Jeffreys. “At the same time the move coincides with a substantial investment in infrastructure, such as advanced server virtualisation.”

The enlarged real estate, which will also contain offices and warehouse, will also enable Paradigm to develop its panel mount business for plasmas and LCD’s and give an increased level of support to its distributed brands.

“After 20 years in business we had come to the realisation that the Swan Works, funky as it was, had been holding the business back. It’s nice to have a car park and more conventional facilities at our disposal,’ summarised Jeffreys.

The move takes effect from the beginning of November. Telephone, fax and email contact details remain the same.

Paradigm Audio Visual Ltd., Unit 9, St. Martin’s Way, Bedford MK42 0LF, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1234 01234 843388. Fax: +44 (0)1234 340850. E-mail:

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XL Video Goes 3D for ‘Puppetry of the Penis’ tour

XL Video’s arts and theatre division is supplying a full 3D video rig to the world-famous “Puppetry of the Penis” show, currently on a 60 date UK theatre tour following a massively successful full length run at the Assembly Rooms during the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

It is the first UK comedy theatre concept to tour a complete 3D video set up, to the delight of all those fascinated by the versatility, creative scope and amusement value of two dicks, a stereoscopic camera a video screen and a pair of polarising glasses!
XL Video was recommended to the company by various sources when the show’s creative director Simon Morley chose to go 3D with the video, proving once again that the medium is far more than just a gimmicky load of old cock!
Understanding how “size matters” underpins the decision – to cater for the ever growing audiences and larger venues that POTP is playing – in addition to keeping the show innovative, original and organic.
The account is managed by XL’s performance specialist, Malcolm Mellows, who says, “I think it took real balls to go to 3D for this type of show ….. but it works brilliantly and we are very happy to be augmenting their equipment with the right tools!”
POTP – for those unfamiliar with the content – consists of two cast – in this current version, Fitchy and Rich – who perform a series of spectacular ‘Dick Tricks’ (‘knob-gags’ if you’re English), stand-up style, contorting their genitalalia into a diverse and unique selection of live art installations for the audience’s “viewing pleasure”.
The penile origami is a hilarious mix of 3D IMAG camera footage of the live action interspersed with a selection of 3D CGI playback material, specially commissioned and produced in Australia, which is used for background information to, and further close-up detail of …. the selection of unusually presented willies!
Fitchy and Rich stand either side of a 16 x 9 ft non-polarising rear projection screen, which receives images from XL Video’s Panasonic 10K HD projectors. The projectors are stacked for linear polarisation – one for the left and one for the right eye – with polarising filters in front of the lenses that match those in the Penis branded glasses given to the audience to wear. All making the penis experience more real and right in the face!
XL’s Panasonic AG-3DA1E stereoscopic camera – among the first integrated twin-lens FULL HD 3D camera recorders available resides in the pit at the front of stage. The camera section features two integrated lens systems configured to resemble the human eyes. It records left-channel and right-channel full-HD images, is fitted with a vari-zoom lens and operated by Olivia Binning for the show, flipping back and forth between the two cast, relaying detailed close ups of the acrobatics and agility of their organs!
This is fed into a Barco Folsom Encore screen management system, along with all the playback footage which is stored on two GV Turbo 2 hard disk machines, and all materials and PiPs are sized and output to the screen through this.
The show is mixed by stage manager Michelle Sullivan, one of a number of different Puppetry crew members who have undergone training at XL before touring or tech’ing a series of shows. XL also provides one of its own engineers at specific points in the show’s touring/performance schedule.
Going 3D has seen huge growth in the show – both in production values offered and the audience reactions and enjoyment of the action say Fitchy and Rich. Puppetry has contained a video element since it went into larger theatres about 10 years ago – but previously to Edinburgh this year and glorious 3D, they were touring a much more straightforward video rig.
They quickly discovered that some Dick Tricks work better than others in 3D, so the show has now been streamlined, with around 40 knob-tastic creations aired in an hour long performance which reduces its 95% female audience to complete hysterics every time .. whilst pricking a few male consciences.
Says Michelle Sullivan, “XL Video has been an absolute dream to work with during our transition into 3D. Their expert knowledge and state-of-the-art video skills are second to none. Malcolm Mellows leads his team with great style!”.
Malcolm Mellows comments, “This fabulous amusing show is groundbreaking not just for its innovative use of male genitals or 3D in comedy, but also it demonstrates how we have been able to supply complex equipment for use by a relatively novice crew without a touring XL technician. We did of course provide training for the touring troupe at XL Video’s UK headquarters, who, in spite of having their hands full, grasped the technical side very quickly.
“As you might expect, they are all completely nutty! Great fun to be with, spontaneous and most entertaining. We also look forward to helping POTP to realize this tour internationally throughout 2012″.

For more press info on XL Video UK, please contact Louise Stickland on +44 (0)1865 202679 or +44 (0)7831 329888 or Email ‘’. To contact XL Video UK direct, call +44 (0)1442 849400 or check

Presentation Rentals Projects Batman Arkham City Launch

London based AV and technical production services company Presentation Rentals Ltd. (PR) supplied external building projection and sound and lighting equipment for two party areas within the Freemason’s Hall in London’s Covent Garden for the press launch of the latest Batman game sensation – Arkham City.
PR was working for production company Limited Edition, for whom they are a frequent supplier of technical production design and services.

Outside, across the street from the entrance of Freemason’s Hall, the PR crew built a scaffolding tower, and onto this was positioned two Panasonic 10K projectors, double stacked and fitted with .8 lenses.

The venue is an imposing Art Deco building dating back to 1933, now Grade II listed inside and out, and one of the finest examples of this architecture in the UK. The throw distance was 10 metres and the projection area about 45 ft wide, above the main entrance door of the Freemason’s Hall.

Four different static slides for the projection were supplied by the production company and replayed via a laptop. The PR team undertook some on-site editing to ensure that these were optimised for the application. Power for the projectors and control was sourced from the nearby Irish bar, O’Neill’s, which proved a far more expedient solution than bringing in a generator.
The big challenge was lining up the projectors – a task for which they had only 15 minutes between dusk and the event going live!

A life-size Batman model was positioned on top of the roof of the Freemason’s Hall, and this was highlighted with a Clay Paky Alpha Spot 1200, positioned next to the projector on the tower decking.
Inside, PR kitted out two areas on different levels with lighting and sound systems, including a small moving light rig comprising Martin MAC 250s. A d&b PA was used for presentational speeches, background music for the reception and for DJ set up that kicked in when the party started.

Says PR’s Ian Coull, “It was a great job to be involved in for several reasons. It was interesting, different and required some lateral thinking. It was also high profile and with the timescale being so tight to get the trickiest element – the projection – spot on there was a bit of pressure! However, everyone worked together very well to produce great results.”

Arkham City immediately jumped to number one of the UK Top 10 software sales charts!

For more press info. on Presentation Rentals (PR), please contact Louise Stickland on +44 (0)1865 202679 or +44 (0)7831 329888, or Email ‘’, Contact PR direct on +44 208 699 5000 or check

Landmark Cinemas Chooses Christie Projectors for Full Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie® today announced that Landmark Cinemas has chosen Christie’s range of digital cinema projection solutions for 100-plus screens throughout Western Canada and the Yukon.
The new projection solution at Landmark will include a range of DCI-compliant Christie Solaria™ Series projectors, specifically the CP2200, CP2210 and CP2300 projectors, to be installed by King Cinema Services.
The installation, to be completed over the next six months with no disruption in service, will see Landmark, Western Canada’s largest independently owned chain, providing state-of-the-art entertainment in all its markets, including 2D and 3D movies, live events and other alternative content made possible through digital conversion. The chain has also subscribed to Christie’s Virtual Print Fee (VPF) program.
“Christie guarantees us the twin pillars of superior product and the best people,” says Neil Campbell, chief operating officer, Landmark Cinemas. “The team at Christie is highly responsive. I can find the managers I need whenever I need them, and they’re always focused on meeting the unique requirements of each cinema.
“Christie’s commitment to the Canadian industry is superb as well; they’re at all the shows and all the conferences, and they give the same great service and attention to the independents as they do to the big chains. We also like it that they’re Canadian, so any technical support we might need is close at hand. We’ve completed dozens of Christie installations, both at Landmark and through our installation company, King Cinema Services, and the team is always satisfied with Christie.”
Landmark has committed to working with Christie’s Managed Services group in support of sourcing, integrating and testing hardware that enables Managed Services to remotely monitor and manage Landmark’s digital cinema projection environments. Included with the hardware will be Library Management Servers that hold the feature films, advertisements, trailers and other digital content for playing on multiple Landmark screens.
Campbell also commented on the importance of going digital to give guests the best available technical quality, particularly in terms of 3D and alternative content. And in smaller markets, digital theaters make it possible for local businesses to present on-screen advertisements easily; something that was rarely available to them with older projection technology.
Dave Muscat, senior director of sales, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc., says that Christie is committed to supporting the vibrant independent exhibitor sector with the same range of options available to the bigger chains, customized to meet their unique needs. “Our range of projector sizes, support options and the VPF program make it possible for cinemas in all markets to offer the superior picture and sound quality, and range of content and technical effects, that digital projection is making possible.”
Christie’s VPF program is supported by all the major Hollywood studios. It provides a customized, simplified plan, including financial support, for exhibitors seeking the greatest independence in making the move to DLP Cinema® compliant digital cinema projection systems. The program offers expert support and flexible options for all phases of the digital conversion process, including DCI Compliant digital projection systems, and Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) services, which offers 24/7 technical support across North America.

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WAYNE, NJ – Today, JVC announced the appointment of Bob Mueller as U.S. president of JVC Professional Products Company and president of JVC Professional Products Canada, Inc., two divisions of JVC Americas Corp. The two companies comprise JVC’s entire professional business in North America, Latin America, and South America.

Joining JVC in 2000, Mueller held several positions including executive vice president and COO of JVC Professional Products Company and JVC U.S.A. In his new assignment, he oversees all operational aspects of the two companies, including professional video, visual systems, security business units in Wayne, N.J., and JVC’s Technology Center in Long Beach, Calif. Mueller succeeds Kirk Hirota, who recently took a senior position as general manager, media system operation, Business Solution Division of JVC Kenwood Corporation’s Professional Systems Group.

“JVC’s professional team in the U.S. and Japan is dedicated and truly inspired. In recent years, the team’s diligence has steadily raised JVC brand equity in professional markets, winning the trust of market-leading organizations across a broad spectrum of industries,” said Mueller. “Today, JVC Professional proudly counts Boeing, Scripps Howard, Televisa, L3 Corporation, Time Warner, CTV, Fox Studios, and Rockwell Collins among its many world-class clients. I’m proud of the team’s accomplishments, and JVC Kenwood Corporation’s newly announced professional business priority represents fortuitous timing to open new market opportunities for JVC.”

In a career spanning more than four decades, Mueller worked as a senior executive at Panasonic, including serving as president of Panasonic Broadcast and Digital Systems Company. Prior to Panasonic, he held several positions at Sony during 21 years, including vice president and general manager of Sony Video Communications Company, where he directed all aspects of Sony’s Professional Video Products business and is credited with rapid growth of the company. Working closely with Sony’s R&D centers, he later oversaw the launch of several new technology ventures.

Mueller is degreed from the University of Arizona with postgraduate work at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also held various positions including board membership of industry trade organizations.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theatre use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’s Web site at or call (800)582-5825.

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The Venice Media District Kicks Off The Holiday Season With Another Vmd Offline Mixer

The Venice Media District (VMD) kicks off the holiday season with its popular VMD Offline Mixer on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 from 6-9 pm at The Brig, featuring guest host Jason Lazo, Host of Xcorps Action Sports TV. A seasonal, low-key, post-work excuse for a cocktail & conversation, the VMD Offline Mixer has grown into the “go-to” networking event for creatives working in production, post, and the media on the Westside since its inception last year.


Along with more mixing and mingling, there will be some fabulous give-aways up for raffle from Fiore Designs, Santino’s Restaurant. If you’re not a winner- Don’t fret! VMD will be introducing their all-new merchandise featuring the VMD and Venice Chamber of Commerce logos. VMD will also be launching their brand new QR Code that will be ready for cell-phone scanning. Pop out your smart phones!


Due to an overwhelming response, the Venice Paparazzi will be returning to take new Facebook profile pictures for guests in the oh-so-fabulous Venice Paparazzi Photo Booth. If all that paparazzi attention stirs up your hungry side, Downtown Dogs will be giving away a free side order with every hot dog ordered!


The Details:
Venice Media District
VMD Offline Mixer
Wednesday, November 9, 2011, from 6-9 p.m.
The Brig (1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291)
$5 Suggested Donation
Questions? Email:


Featured Host/Speaker:
Jason Lazo, Host of Xcorps Action Sports TV.


Event Sponsors: The Brig, Dogtown Dogs, Venice Paparazzi


Give-Away Sponsors for the evening include:Fiore Designs, Santino’s Restaurant


In-kind/event sponsors include: Famous Frames, Hype, Law Offices of Raphael Gutierrez, Motion Theory/Mirada, Ravenswork, Simply Curious Films, ST8 Creative, Venice Arts, and the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

Futuristic Films Crafts Interactive Music Video For The Launch Of The 77kids Flagship Store

For the launch of its New York City flagship store, 77kids (American Eagle Outfitters’ new brand for toddlers and youngsters) turned to Futuristic Films director Nicholaus Goossen to create an interactive music video. Shot in black-and-white with a gritty feel, the 45-second music video utilizes motion control and high-end tracking technology that allows young customers of 77kids to have their head shot merged into the video. Elements from the music video are showcased in-store as well as on outdoor digital billboards. Personalized music videos can be saved to an iPad or posted to Facebook or Twitter.


To view the case study of the interactive music video, please visit:


“We had a great time working with space150 and 77Kids on something as interesting and unique as this project,” says Brendan Kiernan, EP at Futuristic Films. “We’ve built our production company around the idea of being able to bring narrative and storytelling into the emerging world of interactive and augmented reality video and this project is a perfect example of that fusion.”


“Futuristic Films and Nick Goossen did a great job bringing the music video to life and creating something that was authentic, cool and true to the style and look of the 77kids brand,” adds Brian Franks of 77kids.


Client: 77kids by American Eagle
Title: “I Wanna Rock”


Agency: Space150
Creative Director: Billy Jurewicz
Associate Creative Director: Jason Strong
Digital Producer: Genna Freeberg
Director of Technology: James Squires
Account Manager: Nicole Pamelia


Production Company: space150/Futuristic Films
Director: Nicholaus Goossen
DP: Harris Charalambous
Executive Producer: Brendan Kiernan
Producer: Sarah Liles


Editorial Company: Nicholaus Goossen


Postproduction: Brewster Parsons


Visual Effects: Brewster Parsons
Executive Producer: Darcy Parsons


Music Production: HUM


Sound Design: HUM


About Futuristic Films:
Futuristic Films creates motion pictures for brands, advertising, and entertainment. We tell compelling stories of all shapes and sizes, viewed on televisions, in theaters, and on computers and mobile devices.


The Futuristic team believes that the evolving nature of media consumption demands an equally evolving approach to film and video production. The company was founded on the principle of bringing together the high production value and intense creativity of commercial production with the storytelling craft and substance of documentary and feature film. Futuristic Films is committed to sustainable business practices, including striving to become a fully carbon-neutral enterprise. Futuristic has offices in Denver, Colorado, and in Venice, California – both centrally located for filmmaking on planet Earth.


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