OSLO, Norway — Nov. 28, 2011 — The last course in the 2011 Bridge Technologies Academy program is a Train the Trainers session, to be held at the company’s new central Oslo headquarters. Designed for business partners who want to develop an unrivalled understanding of digital media analytics and the Bridge Technologies monitoring system in enough depth to train others, the December course will also cover the new features of the Bridge Technologies software version 4.9 release. more
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LOS ANGELES—Reprising an earlier collaboration with executive producer Ricki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein, Super Sonic Noise recently provided music and sound services for the new 4-part documentary More Business of Being Born.
Super Sonic Noise’s Jason Moss composed the theme and original music for the series, released on DVD earlier this month, and also served as music supervisor, sound designer and music editor. Additionally, the series utilized SSN TRAX, Super Sonic Noise’s boutique custom library of underscore tracks.
ANTON/BAUER TO DEMONSTRATE CUTTING-EDGE POWER SOLUTIONS FOR GOVERNMENT BROADCAST AND AUDIO PROS AT GV EXPO 2011
Portable Power Solutions for Sony, Canon, Panasonic, RED and ARRI Will Be On Site
WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 28, 2011—From November 29 to December 1, Anton/Bauer® (Booth 223), a brand of The Vitec Group, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will demonstrate the company’s latest power solutions for government buyers and suppliers of video, AV, broadcast and multimedia technology at the Government Video Expo (GV Expo) 2011. more
Hollywood, CA, November 28, 2011 — Since its opening in 2001, The Hollywood & Highland Center has been one of the most popular filming locations in Hollywood. The famous retail center – also home to the Kodak Theatre – has hosted a laundry list of film shoots over the years. But the bar now has been raised, after the filming of an episode of FOX’s unscripted series MOBBED, hosted by Howie Mandel.
The series puts a hidden-camera spin on the “flash mob” concept, with Mandel and thousands of strangers helping a special guest plan an extraordinary surprise for a friend, family member, loved one or co-worker. The most recent episode of MOBBED, which aired on Wednesday, Nov. 23 on FOX, drew a 4 rating in the 18-49 share, with 4.7 million viewers.
The 11/23 episode of MOBBED filmed at the Hollywood & Highland Center for an entire week. Filming at the venue was arranged through the Real to Reel Location Agency of Van Nuys, CA. Real to Reel is the longtime film agent of the Hollywood & Highland Center, which has been owned by CIM Group since 2004.
The MOBBED shoot is but one of many that serves to underscore CIM’s ongoing commitment to filming at the Hollywood & Highland Center. With a location set in the heart of Hollywood, CIM understands the importance of remaining a film-friendly location.
With hoards of active visitors walking through the center day and night, it took a collective effort by several parties to successfully coordinate the hundreds of dancers, performers and crew members involved in the production of MOBBED.
“Working with the Hollywood & Highland Center as well as with the Real to Reel Location Agency was a pleasure. Real to Reel’s expertise and experience with TV production greatly added to our ability to get the most out of our shooting at this location,” said Matthew Laviano, COO, The Angel City Factory, one of the producers of MOBBED.
Since 2007, CIM Group has worked with Real to Reel Location Agency to help manage and coordinate high-end film shoots at the center. Real to Reel’s professional management and experience proved to be vital during the filming of MOBBED, one of the largest film shoots at the Hollywood & Highland Center to date.
Gary Onyshko, CEO of the Real to Reel Location Agency, said, “With its unique and iconic facility, the Hollywood & Highland Center is constantly working on hosting special events. But filming movies and TV shows is an entirely different universe from producing special events. We are fortunate to have represented the Hollywood & Highland complex for a little over four years now, and are glad to have helped manage MOBBED at this exciting venue.”
For more information about MOBBED, please visit www.fox.com/mobbed. Become a fan of the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MobbedonFOX, follow the series on Twitter @mobbedonFOX and join the discussion at #Mobbed.
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Electrosonic is proud to have participated once again in several projects that have captured Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Electrosonic, an international audio-visual company, played a key role in both “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue” at Disneyland (cited in the Attraction Refresh category) and “Crane Dance” at Resorts World Sentosa (named in the Show Spectacular category).
Winners of the 18th annual Thea Awards were announced November 15 at the IAAPA trade show in Orlando; the awards will be presented March 17, 2012 at a gala ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
The Thea Awards recognize and honor excellence in creating outstanding visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. TEA is the only international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling content for these venues.
Electrosonic has worked consistently with Disney on many of their projects around the world. Working closely with design engineers at Walt Disney Imagineering in Burbank, Electrosonic played a pivotal role as systems integrator on the revamped “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue” project, providing fabrication, installation and termination of the low-voltage AV, FX and show control systems. Steve Calver was Electrosonic’s project manager and Les Hill the systems sales consultant.
The Thea Awards nominating committee noted that “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue” is a hit with the extremely loyal “Star Wars” fan base, which was first drawn to the film-based analog version of the simulator ride when it debuted in 1987. Today, “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue” features new 3D digital media systems for a breakthrough experience with a unique branching story structure offering multiple destinations and characters. “This non-traditional storytelling device evokes curiosity by providing 54 potential show experiences,” the committee said. “Image capture systems are used to integrate riders into the varied story branches. All of this is fed into multiple motion programs designed for each random sequence, creating a multiplicity of kinetics for the 54 distinct profiles and unique real-time guest integrations.”
In addition to systems engineering, installation and commissioning, Electrosonic also provides creative technical Design Consulting services to help clients realize their creative vision. For the “Crane Dance” show at Resorts World Sentosa, Electrosonic served as the technical design consultant working directly with creative show designer Jeremy Railton at Entertainment Design Corporation (EDC). Leading the creative and technical design process for EDC was Mark Thomas of On Track Themes whom Electrosonic has worked with for many years on multiple themed entertainment projects around the world.
Steve Coe, one of Electrosonic’s senior design consultants, designed and specified the elaborate Renkus-Heinz audio system, Coolux Pandoras Box video playback system and Medialon show control for this attraction. “This unique application for technology required an out-of-the-box approach to a system design,” says Coe. “There are many technical challenges with this type of attraction and using the right tool for the right job is crtical.”
Billed as the largest animatronic attraction in the world, “Crane Dance” is a 10-minute public performance piece staged daily on the WaterFront. It features a pair of huge mechanical cranes whose courtship and budding love for each other transform them into real birds. The attraction combines groundbreaking audio and visual technologies with amazing light and water effects. Each hydraulically-powered mechanical crane weighs 80 tons and operates in six axes of movement.
Electrosonic’s Linda Danet also worked closely with the entire team as systems sales consultant.
Electrosonic is an international AV company with a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has through its 47 year history developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Electrosonic brings a unique breadth of experience to each project; backed by solid engineering skills, project management and quality production facilities. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic can provide a wide range of services including technical design, maintenance and operational support.
Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit www.electrosonic.com
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Cost-Effective Multi-Format, Multi-Purpose HD CMOS Camera, Tapeless HD ENG Camcorder, HD CMOS “POV” Camera, and Flat-Panel LCD HD Monitors Being Shown by Ikegami at Government Video Expo, Washington DC, Nov. 30 to Dec. 1
WASHINGTON DC CONVENTION CENTER, EXHIBIT #322, NOV. 30-DEC. 1, 2011 – Ikegami Electronics (U.S.A.), Inc., the Emmy®-winning original co-developer of portable tapeless video cameras, will return to Washington DC to exhibit its acclaimed GFCAM™ HDS-V10 Flash-RAM HD camcorder, cost-effective HDK-77EC multi-format HD camera, HDL-50 one-piece POV HD camera, and space-saving flat-panel HD LCD monitors at this year’s Government Video Expo.
“Superior HD quality, advanced technology, multi-format flexibility, and user-friendly features combined with price-performance value have long been hallmarks of Ikegami,” notes Alan Keil, VP and Director of Engineering at Ikegami Electronics U.S.A., Inc. “Ikegami products are in use each and every day in HDTV facilities large and small around the world. Government video is among the many market segments that Ikegami serves, and public-sector production professionals know they can rely on this exemplary technology leader for HD cameras, monitors, and accessories that provide the picture quality, reliability, and economy that mission-critical applications demand. We invite everyone at this year’s Expo to come by our exhibit and see the latest innovations that continue to make Ikegami a first choice in government video.”
GFCAM™ Tapeless HD
In an age when shoulder-mounted ENG-style HD camcorders are recognized for their durability and versatile field/studio production applications, Ikegami stands apart. As the original co-developer of portable tapeless acquisition more than a decade ago, Ikegami benefits from more years of experience in tapeless than any other camera manufacturer. Ikegami’s latest HD tapeless HD ENG camcorder – the GFCAM™ HDS-V10 – is an advanced yet affordable three-CCD ENG camera featuring 1080i or 720p HDTV format support, as well as 480i SD support, full Avid NLE compatibility, and advanced features such as Bluetooth for instant export of thumbnail clips directly to laptops for fast logging, metadata insertion, and other workflow advantages. The GFCAM™ HDS-V10 records to removable GFPAK™ cartridges containing Flash-RAM media of up to 128 GB in storage capacity. GFPAK™ also includes a convenient USB port for instant access to file-based video from laptop or desktop editing systems. Users can also choose Ikegami’s CF Adaptor, which can be loaded with off-the-shelf CompactFlash Type I media for “plug-and-play” compatibility with the GFCAM™ media slot.
Part of Ikegami’s tapeless GF™ Series product line, the GFCAM™ HDS-V10 tapeless camcorder employs MPEG-2 compression and the MXF file format for an open-codec HD/SD recording architecture. Ikegami’s GF™ Series production solution leverages the increasing integration of IT networking in government, broadcast, and professional video production environments to deliver unprecedented file-based HD workflow efficiencies extending from digital video capture, to non-linear editing, to final content delivery. All video and metadata recorded with the GFCAM™ HDS-V10 also has direct compatibility to all major Avid Technology nonlinear edit systems via Avid’s AMA (Avid Media Access) plug-in architecture for optimum production-workflow efficiencies.
Multi-Format, Multi-Purpose HD Camera
Further meeting the demands of the public sector’s increasingly varied HD production needs is Ikegami’s HDK-77EC native multi-format (1080i and 720p) HD CMOS portable field camera. An economical docking-style HD camera, HDK-77EC’s three advanced 2/3-inch 2.5 mega-pixel CMOS imaging sensors not only provide dual-format HD flexibility with native interlace and progressive readout modes for extremely sharp and detailed 16:9 pictures, but also reduced power consumption and operating temperature.
The HDK-77EC can be used as either a portable shoulder-mounted camera, a studio camera with an optional Ikegami high-performance 16:9 LCD monitor, or – with the addition of the Ikegami SE-79D System Expander – a “hard” field/studio camera outfitted with a large “box” HD lens. The HDK-77EC can also be used with Ikegami’s CCU-890M camera control unit for built-in fiber or triax connectivity that provides convenient, lightweight, mobile flexibility. Users can choose the type of camera cable with a simple switch at the CCU, combined with mounting the docking FA Fiber Adapter or TA Triax Adapter to the camera head. An optional 1080/60p dual-processing capability is also available, providing an upgrade path to 3G-SDI HD production, should users desire that in the future.
Multi-Format CMOS HD POV Camera
Also on display at Government Video Expo 2011 is Ikegami’s HDL-50, a one-piece full-digital native multi-format HD camera designed for POV (point-of-view) video-capture from inaccessible or challenging locations for security, airborne, traffic-and-weather reporting, and other specialized applications. A small lightweight “box”-style camera, the HDL-50 employs three advanced 2/3-inch 2.5 Mega-pixel CMOS sensors for native multi-format HD performance, including 1080/59.94i and 720/59.94p directly from the camera head. A motorized remote-controllable four-position optical ND filter and electronic color-correction filter enable the compact and versatile HDL-50 to handle a wide range of lighting conditions.
A customized version of a similar Ikegami box-style HD POV camera traveled 240,000 miles to the moon in 2007 and beamed back the first successful HD images from lunar orbit for JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Space-Saving Flat-Panel HD LCD Monitors
Full-featured and cost-effective, Ikegami’s line of space-saving flat-panel 16:9 HD LCD color monitors includes models ranging from the 32-inch full-HD-pixel multi-format HLM-3250W to the dual-rack-mountable 9-inch HLM-904W, which supports AC, DC, and battery operation for maximum mobility and use in any production environment, including mobile vans. Of particular interest to the government video community is the HLM-1704WR HD/SD 17-inch multi-format LCD color monitor, which offers an abundance of features for a wide range of production applications. Designed for reduced depth, power consumption, and weight, the HLM-1704WR accepts many different input formats (and can automatically identify each) as well as two HD/SD-SDI inputs and one analog composite input. Embedded audio compatibility, remote-control functions, built-in markers and test signals, time code, waveform, and vector scope display functions, stereo speakers, and many other features make the HLM-1704WR a versatile 16:9 monitoring solution. Ikegami representatives will be on hand at the show to demonstrate many of the Company’s space-saving flat-panel 16:9 HD LCD color monitors and explain how they can meet your particular video (and audio) monitoring needs.
Ikegami HD cameras, monitors, and other products will be shown in booth # 322 at Government Video Expo 2011 from November 30 to December 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington DC. Ikegami product experts will also be on hand to answer questions.
For more information and the location of the Regional Office nearest you, call Ikegami’s Maywood NJ headquarters at 201-368-9171 or visit www.Ikegami.com.
Ikegami Electronics (U.S.A.), Inc. is a leading supplier of professional broadcasting products in the Western Hemisphere. With U.S. offices in New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, the Ikegami name is recognized worldwide for its state-of-the-art television cameras and closed-circuit TV equipment. Ikegami’s universal High Definition TV cameras have been widely accepted by the broadcast industry as it continues the transition to the High Definition Television Format.
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A new command room at the Emergency Centre for Environmental Protection in Guangxi Province, China, has been equipped with a large front-projection display wall from dnp Denmark, enabling the agency to better monitor and present the degree of pollution.
Eight 72” Supernova Infinity Screens were supplied by dnp distributors, Wincomn Technology, and installed by Wincomn partner, Jin Yanjing Technology Co., Ltd, who had successfully bid for the contract.
The facility is used for emergency management and the solution was based around a display matrix of Supernova Infinity Screens in a 2 x 4 configuration. These were recommended for their high output in a brightly lit environment, in a 20m x 8m room offering minimum space.
The display, which fills most of the back wall, was optimised using low gain 08-85 screen material, for extreme viewing angles.
Wincomn met the challenges of installing such a large display in this relatively small room by proposing a customised frame for the flexible Infinity Screen, projected onto from ceiling-mounted Christie DS+750 single-chip DLP devices.
Wincomn’s engineer Mr. Ding, confirmed, “It was certainly a challenge to install a display wall on this scale in such a room.
“As a command hall, the environmental light is very bright — but high brightness is one of the unique advantages of the Supernova Infinity. We carried out comparative tests for the client with another potential solution but the performance of the Supernova was far superior.”
Mr. Li, the Emergency Centre’s head of property management, commented: “Supernova displays the data to perfection in such a bright hall. This screen is really cool.”
From Venice, Italy and Turku, Finland new stock footage timelapse video clips royalty free in HD, 2K, 4K resolution
New high definition (HD, 2K, 4K) royalty-free stock footage timelapse shot in Venice, Italy and Turku, Finland have been added in different categories (City, Celestial, Marine and People) on HDtimelapse.net website.
Some of the locations from Venice, Italy are Aerial View of St Mark’s Basilica (San Marco Basilica), Bell Tower (Campanile), Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), Venezia, Venetian Lagoon, Veneto Region, Adriatic Sea, Biblioteca Marciana, Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal (Canale Grande), UNESCO, World Heritage Site, Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto), Gondolas, Ferries and Taxi Boats, Santa Maria della Salute, Chiesa di San Giovanni Crisostomo, Santa Maria della Pieta, Campanario de San Francesco de la Vigna, Comunita Dei Greci Ortodossi, Biblioteca Cappuccini Redentore, The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore, Molino Stucky, Church of Santa Maria del Rosario, Gesuati, Sunset, Sunrise and Twilight.
Some of the locations from Turku, Finland are Turku City Hall, Aura River, Cathedral of Turku (Tuomiokirkko), Auransilta, Ships, Farmacy Museum, Aninkaistenkatu, Bascule Bridge, Turku Market Square (Kauppatori), Orthodox Church, Empress Alexandra Martyr, Swedish Theatre, Abo Svenska Teater, Hansa Shopping Centre.
HDtimelapse.net library contains 6700+ time lapse video clips from 125 locations in 40 countries.
Timelapse royalty-free stock footage here: http://www.hdtimelapse.net
November 24, 2011 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids announced today that the StreamZ Live ABR adaptive streaming encoder has been honored with the 2011 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award in the Over-the-Top (OTT) Video Solution category. The award was presented during the Streaming Media West conference and exhibition in Los Angeles. more