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XL Events Supplies Golden Joystick Awards

XL Events supplied LED screen, projection, cameras / HD PPU and crew to the high profile hmv sponsored 2012 GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards – the world’s most popular and credible video games awards – celebrating the very best in the gaming industry.

The ceremony – celebrating its 30th anniversary – was staged at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, London, UK.

It was the first time that XL has been involved in the event – brought onboard by production company Reality Ltd. with whom they have worked on numerous other occasions. XL Events’ Paul Wood project managed, working closely with Reality’s Paul Corrick on the design and presentation, and specification of the video equipment.

The event took place during the afternoon, and for the first time ever, a livestream of the ceremony was hosted on YouTube.

The look and styling of the video elements were crucial given the context of the Awards and the industries they represent. As it was the 30th anniversary, Reality also upped the ante in terms of production values, in the process of creating a highly entertaining show.

XL Events installed a 10 metre wide by 4-metre high 6mm Chromatek LED screen upstage, chosen for its outstanding picture quality. Two 16 x 9 ft side screens were added for camera IMAG, fed by Barco SLM R12 projectors.

Content including Awards stings, graphics, logos and Playback were fed to the main screen from a series of laptops.

XL’s cameras were directed by Ruary MacPhie, well known for his work for cutting-edge bands and festivals, with a separate sub-mix used to feed the web stream plus a series of plasma screens dotted around the foyer.

Detailed pre-planning ensured that everything went extremely smoothly in the very tight time-frame on site.

Wood comments, “We were delighted to be involved in a prestigious event like this. It was a tight fit to get the full production into the room, but all departments took it in their stride and worked closely and collaboratively ensuring all went well”.

The hmv GamesMaster Golden Joysticks are the latest in a whole string of Awards shows to which XL Events has recently supplied specialist video. Others include the Classic Brits at the Royal Albert Hall and the upcoming British Fashion Awards at the Savoy Theatre.

Clear-Com Takes The University Of Salford To The Head Of The Class

Eclipse Matrix, V-Series Panels and FreeSpeak Integra Wireless System
Enable Communications Across The Multilevel Facility

SALFORD, UK, 21 NOVEMBER, 2012Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is allowing students at the University of Salford’s £30-million digital learning, teaching and research facility at MediaCityUK to communicate like production professionals. Students and staff across the multilevel campus use Clear-Com’s Eclipse-Median digital matrix intercom system, V-Series lever key-panels and FreeSpeak digital wireless beltpacks to coordinate the productions of one-on-one interviews, news programmes, panel discussions and music series.

The Clear-Com installation at the University has vastly improved production workflow with a set of intercom systems at every key communication position in the facility. The new building is made up of three floors, and nearly every room on each of those floors either has a V-Series key-panel or FreeSpeak wireless beltpack. This includes the editing and post-production spaces located on the second floor and two live TV studios—Studios A and B—along with the galleries and a digital performance lab on the ground level. All beltpack and panels are routed through the Eclipse-Median matrix. This gives students and staff immediate access to communications wherever they are located in the building, whenever it is needed.

“In our old facility, we didn’t have a system for multilevel, group conversations,” says Ash Tidball, TV Studio Manager for the University of Salford at MediaCityUK. “Our previous intercom was very simple. You were in the studio, you had four channels, and you could talk to each other in that studio, and that was it. Coming into the new building, we wanted a system that would allow us to converse in different areas of the site, but without the crosstalk that might occur due to our close proximity to the BBC. The main goal was being able to talk to whomever we needed to, without interference.”

The Clear-Com equipment has accomplished this for Tidball, his colleagues and students. Not only does the FreeSpeak integration to the matrix offer up to 40 wireless beltpack users, but it also provides six channels per beltpack for many group and point-to-point connections.

“We have the Clear-Com system set up so we can talk just to production, sound or the floor techs,” adds Tidball. “Or we can select all three of those groups and speak with them all at the same time. It’s a very expansive system.”

Operating within the license-free 1.8GHz-1.93 GHz frequency band, away from the crowded spectrum where other wireless devices operate, FreeSpeak delivers a reliable, uninterrupted signal. FreeSpeak also combines DECT and wireless auto-roaming technologies to allow users to move about the campus freely without fading or losing connection.

The Clear-Com Eclipse is highly modular, a key specification Tidball and his colleagues had wanted in the intercom system for the new facility. The Eclipse and IP-enabled V-Series panels operate on the facility’s Ethernet and fibre network, making future upgrades simple. Further, the Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) simplifies programming and automates the setup of intercom communications. This is especially useful in the frenetically paced work environment, where operators may not always have time to manually program the system. Staff members can also log onto the ECS through any of the main terminals in the building, conveniently changing inputs and outputs as needed.

“The University of Salford’s educational facility at MediaCityUK marks a major milestone in broadcast education in the UK, establishing what will no doubt become a premier training ground for the country’s future top broadcasters,” says Dan Muchmore, Regional Sales Manager, UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, Clear-Com. “Clear-Com is proud that this prestigious institution has selected the Eclipse-Median and FreeSpeak intercoms to train its students in professional production communications.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is the global leader in critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com has developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analogue, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognised for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

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AC-ET Appointed as Exclusive UK LedGo Distributor

L-R Stuart Burdett, Roelof Bouwman, Winnie Meijer, Peter Butler, Alistair Smyth

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.’s Video division have been officially appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for LedGo’s range of modular LED video solutions, recently unveiling the innovative product range on the company’s stand at PLASA 2012.

Netherlands based LedGo BV have been providing the theatre and television production industry with a variety of LED video screens and innovative solutions for a number of years. Recent applications include a range of popular TV talent shows, news broadcast studios and large-scale political events.

Brilliantly engineered and incorporating high-quality hardware and components, LedGo video panels deliver incredible video performance at an economical price. The combination of high brightness and lightweight design makes LedGo the perfect choice for multi-purpose entertainment applications, including on and off stage, car shows, tradeshows, concerts, festivals, nightclubs and indoor venues.

LedGo’s EQ HR range is the ideal solution for high-resolution video at an economical price. Available in 5, 6, 7.6 and 10mm panels, the EQ HR range features an asymmetric design suitable for seamless horizontal and vertical applications with no visible wires or frames. The flagship product is the EQ HR Blackface Line, LedGo’s ideal solution for creating high contrast and visual depth.
The LedGo EQ Stripline range is the ideal solution for medium-resolution video at an economical price. The 15mm and 20mm panels feature a rugged yet lightweight aluminium, ergonomical design that allows the system to be used for a wide range of indoor and outdoor rental applications.
New from LedGo is the Outdoor WP Line, which is suitable for both permanent and rental applications. Included in the range are the DIP high brightness daylight picture screens, ideal for viewing at a distance of more than 15 metres away – even in bright sunlight – and the SMD waterproof screens, which incorporate LedGo’s innovative 3535 waterproof LED technology. All cabinets in the range feature specially coated water and corrosion proof aluminium, ultra strong housing and much more.

In addition to screen technology, LedGo also specialise in producing bespoke creative solutions – such as their new ‘Interactive Floor’. Much more than just an LED floor, the Interactive Floor offers a range of creative possibilities for multiple purposes. Its unique construction is easy to build and can be custom configured to create an “interactive world of your own”.
Peter Butler, A.C. Video’s Sales Manager comments, “We are very pleased about our new relationship with LedGo – whose designs, engineering and attention to detail makes their products shine in the fast growing video market. We are very excited to introduce LedGo’s innovative and extremely affordable product range into the UK market, and will be offering on and offsite demonstrations up and down the country.”
LedGo’s Managing Director, Winnie Meijer adds that “We are very proud to have appointed AC-ET as our exclusive UK distributor. AC-ET have a very strong reputation in the UK market, founded through trust, loyalty and quality. We both share the same core values and business philosophies and we are very excited to introduce and develop new LED products specific to AC-ET’s vibrant UK customer base.”

LedGo products are manufactured according to the UL60950-1 electrical standard, ensuring high levels of safety and reliability. For more information visit www.ledgo.tv

Advanced Systems Group Examines Large Raster Acquisition Workflows at Free Annual Workshop

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will discuss large raster acquisition workflow challenges during 4K Workflow 2012, its annual workshop, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the New People Cinema at the New People building in San Francisco. The free workshop begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served.

“4K is already being called ‘the new HD’ in some circles. It is certainly becoming a viable acquisition and distribution format, but there are still a number of challenges associated with adopting this technology,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “4K Workflow 2012 will explore options at every point in the production process, including how to manage 4K file-based workflows.”

The workshop will include a 4K overview led by veteran director of photography and industry consultant Suny Behar. The session will address technical specifications, particularly 4K acquisition and camera technologies. Jordan Livingston, an independent filmmaker and digital imaging technician who serves the Hollywood and Bay Area markets through his company, DIGILOID, will discuss DIT and DAM, file-based workflows for high-resolution camera systems, and workflows for on-set color, dailies, and transcoding.

Westernized Productions, a San Francisco-based design firm specializing in animation and visual effects, will present “Compositing and Motion Graphics in the Large Raster World.” Other sessions will include “Color Correction and Color Management” and “Deliverables and the Delivery Process.”

Registration is free for 4K Workflow 2012, but space is limited. Please visit http://www.asgllc.com/?p-2835 to register or www.asgllc.com for more information.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Christie MicroTiles Earn Top Grade At Texas Tech University’s Rawls College Of Business

When staff at Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business visited a trade show and saw Christie® MicroTiles®, they knew they found the solution for their flagship classroom’s digital display wall. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the college has six areas of study – Accounting, Energy Commerce, Finance, Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences, Management, and Marketing – in addition to dual programs in conjunction with architecture, agriculture, foreign languages, law, medicine, and environmental toxicology.
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Installed at a 15-degree angle pointing down at the audience for better viewing, the 12 units wide by 9 units high Christie MicroTiles array features educational content and, via a Christie Spyder X20 video processor, displays multiple pictures and videos simultaneously for instruction with a customized structure holding the display securely in place.
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Christie MicroTiles, used with a Christie Spyder X20 image processor, are also a flexible and easy-to-use solution for the instructors who use the display. Instructors can show multiple images and easily change them. The tiles’ brilliant color and excellent resolution make the display — even detailed images from spreadsheets or graphs — viewable from any angle or distance in the amphitheater-style classroom.
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“Our goal was to have a ‘wow factor’ and something that stood out on the cutting edge of technology,” said Kathryn Suchy, associate director/computing, Texas Tech University. “This Christie MicroTiles installation definitely accomplished that goal and when people see the MicroTiles and are told of their capabilities, they are blown away.”
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Consultant and Integrator Serve Key Role in Leading Project to Completion
Serving as consultant on the intricate project was DataCom Design Group, of Houston, Texas, a solution-based firm focusing on filling client needs.
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“The school wanted something that stood out when you walked into the classroom,” said Richard Brink, associate principal, DataCom Design Group. “The school really took to the MicroTiles and wanted as large a wall as was feasible.
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“It was important for the school to have an additional recruiting tool for both students and faculty; something that really made a statement,” Brink continued. “Besides the physical practicalities of such an installation, keys to their decision were what content would be displayed and how they would utilize the screen itself. We asked them, ‘In your wildest dreams, how many images do you want to see for both special events and regular use?’ and similar questions. With the size, resolution and capabilities they wanted, the solution was Christie MicroTiles.”
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Christie MicroTiles combine both DLP® projection and Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology to produce brighter images and a wider color palette than conventional LCD or plasma displays.
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Jon W. Litt, account executive at Whitlock, project integrator, explained to the decision makers at the school that Christie MicroTiles were the correct choice.
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“The school wanted a state-of-the-art statement piece and the MicroTiles dovetailed into that very, very well,” said Litt. “You basically put the MicroTiles wall up and allow it to do what it needs to do for many years. As a result, the school maximized the return on its investment.”
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One design challenge the installation team faced was ensuring the custom bracket could support the weight of the array and leave enough space to keep it cool. The architect, structural engineer, mechanical engineer, and Litt worked together to design a bracket that could support the video wall – which had no other support but the ceiling bracket – and allow for sufficient airflow behind the wall without creating a wind tunnel effect and whistling sound. Litt said the team did “a lot of engineering on air velocity. It was a real advantage that Christie MicroTiles don’t burn very hot.”
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Instructors select the sources of information or data to display and the Christie Spyder X20 image processor does the rest of the work of getting the selection displayed. “The [Christie] Spyder and [Christie] MicroTiles is a natural match,” said Litt.
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“Christie MicroTiles have more resolution than any other solution available in the market. Color reproduction is great and the university really liked the overall low cost of ownership, because the tiles wouldn’t need a lot of maintenance and replacement compared to other solutions,” Litt continued. “That maximizes their return on investment.”
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With more than 200 students sitting in the auditorium classroom and multiple images, spreadsheets, graphs and financial content displayed onto the Christie MicroTiles simultaneously, ultra high resolution and superior colors are vital.
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“The color, saturation and brightness made the school so happy with the installation and the final product,” added Litt. “The reaction of people has been incredible. You walk in and see this massive video wall and people say, ‘wow that is so cool.’ Texas Tech wanted a statement piece — something state-of-the-art — and [Christie] MicroTiles really fit into this story.”
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“There is no question that the MicroTiles video wall is a wonderful tool for recruiting high end faculty talent,” concluded Suchy. “If you have high-end faculty, the students will come and the Christie MicroTiles contribute to that end. We are very thrilled with the installation and you can see how classy the entire setup looks.”

Peter Jackson Selects Christie HFR Projection for World Premiere of “The Hobbit”

The technology on display at the premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), and New Line Cinema, represents years of effort and a bold step forward in the ultimate cinema experience. To do justice to Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson’s vision, Christie has been chosen to supply the digital cinema/HFR projection technology for the world premiere, to be held at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, on November 28, 2012.
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Two top-of-the-line Christie Solaria CP2230 series digital projectors will flood the screen for the highly anticipated film premiere with more than 12 foot lamberts (ft-L) brightness, revealing astonishing detail in the scenery, costumes and expressions of the characters. The current standard for 3D light levels on screens is 3 to 4.5 ft-L, while 2D light levels are standardized at 14 ft-L. The Christie Duo integration kit combines the intensity of the dual CP2230 projectors.
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Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" Premieres on Christie HFR Projector

Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" Premieres on Christie HFR Projector


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“With Christie’s support, our Wellington Premiere will present ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ at its full technical potential – in vibrant, bright High Frame Rate 3-D. I thank Christie for helping us push the boundaries and give audiences a glimpse into the exciting future of cinema presentation,” director Peter Jackson said.
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Jack Kline, president and COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., was equally enthusiastic. “Endorsements from industry leaders like Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM and New Line Cinema compliment Christie’s leadership position in the visual technology world, which we’ve achieved by consistently delivering what exhibitors and audiences want.”
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Christie’s digital projectors, installed by its Xebex cinema partner, will also play a leading role in the Tokyo premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” taking place at the Toho Cinemas in Roppongi Hills on December 1st, with Mr. Jackson in attendance.
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Christie, Park Road See Fruits of Joint Research
Christie signed a technology co-operation agreement with Park Road Post Production Ltd. (“Park Road”) and Weta Digital Ltd. (“Weta”) in April 2012 to work together to advance the state of the art of digital cinema production and projection, with an emphasis on high frame rate (HFR) delivery.
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As part of that agreement, Park Road and Weta upgraded their facilities with Christie projectors and provided Christie with review, testing and feedback on new hardware and software developments related to high-bandwidth interfaces and HFR technology, as well as sample movie content (consistent with the content owner’s permission) for Christie to use in testing its projectors and integrated media block (IMB) units.
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“The success of our joint research and knowledge exchange has led to the creation of the most reliable high frame rate IMB/projection solution available and this will be evident to all at ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ premiere and beyond,” said Cameron Harland, General Manager, Park Road, “and using the world’s first totally integrated and commercially available dual-projection system, we are anticipating a stunning rendition of the film.”
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Park Road
Park Road is a premier post production facility located in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit http://www.parkroadpost.co.nz/.
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Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

Next Stop for HARMAN’s Soundcraft “Mixing with Professionals” Series: Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, Oregon — HARMAN’s Soundcraft continues its successful “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) series with two sessions in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, December 11. Hosting the sessions will be James Lawrenson, front of house engineer for Foster the People and a Soundcraft Vi6 user.

Lawrenson will provide formal training on the Soundcraft Vi Series consoles while discussing his experiences working with Soundcraft equipment. Participants will be given a USB stick so they can save their settings and take them on the road for their next gig, or continue working on their settings using the Soundcraft Virtual Vi offline editor, which is available free on the Soundcraft website.

“The Vi6 has been a pleasure to work with on this year’s Foster the People tour, as the product’s top-notch performance, combined with Soundcraft’s dedicated customer support, made it a perfect fit,” Lawrenson said. “I look forward to sharing my impressions of the Soundcraft Vi Series with the attendees at this MwP session, and hope that I can also provide a valuable educational experience in the process.”

The MwP sessions will be held on December 11 at Pro Sound & Lighting on 3511 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97214.

Two time slots will be available from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The course is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Details are available at usa.soundcraft.com and participants can register via e-mail at Soundcraft-usa@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Create Custom, High-Performance Video Walls with New Matrox Mura MPX-enabled Solutions from Advantech

Advantech motherboards, chassis, and controllers validated with Mura display wall controller boards enable worldwide OEMs, system integrators, resellers, and installers to easily deploy custom video walls

Montreal, Canada, November 20, 2012 — Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced a worldwide partnership with global embedded computing leader Advantech to launch a new portfolio of video wall solutions. The Matrox-validated product range includes industrial motherboards and chassis, as well as AVS series controllers that support up to two or five Matrox Mura™ MPX Series output/input video wall controller boards. The AVS series controllers will drive up to 8 HD outputs/8 HD inputs and 20 HD outputs/20 HD inputs respectively, providing OEMs, system integrators, resellers, and installers with the opportunity to build world-class, high-impact video walls for various applications including presentation, signage, control rooms, security & surveillance, and public and private venues.

The newly-developed series of Advantech motherboards, chassis, and two (AVS-240 and AVS-290) or five (AVS-540) Mura MPX board-based systems encourage versatile video wall system development. This is due to Mura’s single-slot, 4-output/4-input board design, as well as its PCI Express® (PCIe) x16 Gen2 architecture which leverages 64 Gbit/sec duplex data transfer for uncompromising Full HD performance. Mura MPX boards are also multi-functional, equipped to capture, scale, position, and display a variety of input sources—including High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliant devices—across an array of monitors, projectors, cubes, and other outputs.

“The development of video wall technology has changed basic lifestyles: digital signage, stage broadcasting, surveillance, factory automation, and transportation are all active behind the scenes. Thanks to computer, network, and display technology advances, video wall performance continues to improve while total cost of ownership goes down, making video walls the fastest-growing area in the IT and digital electronics industries. Advantech is aware of this transformation and is collaborating with ecosystem partners to develop premium video wall solutions to fulfill the market demand,” said Franz Wei, Vice President of Advantech Embedded Systems Group.

“This is an interesting and exciting partnership for both Matrox and Advantech as it opens up a myriad of solution concepts for the video wall market,” says Helgi Sigurdsson, Product Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “Not only will customers be able to purchase pre-configured solutions for simple deployments, but also conveniently choose from a variety of Matrox-validated Advantech motherboard/chassis plus Mura MPX board combinations to deliver customized controller systems geared to meet specific video wall requirements.”

Advantech key features:
• Optimized BIOS supports multiple Mura MPX cards
• Data bus architecture optimized for zero-latency video data switching
• Wide operating temperature range provides high reliability in the field
• High-efficiency power solution meets multiple Mura MPX power requirements
• Video wall can be remotely monitored and controlled

Availability
Advantech motherboards, chassis, and AVS-240 and AVS-290 video wall controllers are now available, while the AVS-540 system will be available in Q1 2013. For more information, contact Advantech.

About Advantech
Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support. We cooperate closely with our partners to help provide complete solutions for a wide array of applications across a diverse range of industries. Our mission is to enable an intelligent planet with Automation and Embedded Computing products and solutions that empower the development of smarter working and living. With Advantech, there is no limit to the applications and innovations our products make possible. (Corporate Website: www.advantech.com).

Media Contact:
Advantech Co., Ltd./Product Marketing
Ginger Chin
Tel: +886-2-2792-7818#1310
ginger.chin@advantech.com.tw

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with representation and offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics/advantech or contact graphics@matrox.com.

Matrox and Matrox product names are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd. and/or Matrox Graphics Inc. in Canada and/or other countries.

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Imagineer Systems Ushers in the 2012 Holiday Season with its Annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

 

40% Discounts Available on Entire mocha Family of Planar Tracking Solutions

 

 

GUILDFORD, UK (November 21, 2012) — Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com) today announced it is ringing in the 2012 Holiday Season with its annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale. With discounts of over 40% , Imagineer Systems invites its global community of VFX artists and post production professionals to take advantage of its newest mocha v3.1 family of Planar Tracking solutions.

 

Imagineer’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale begins Friday, November 23, 2012 and runs through Monday, November 26, 2012. During this promotional weekend, users can purchase mocha Pro v3.1 upgrades and full versions, or mocha Pro v3.1 Academic Versions at tremendous savings of over 40%. All Black Friday/Cyber Monday licenses are nodelocked only and are limited to one license per customer.

 

For more details on Imagineer Systems 2012 Black Friday/Cyber Monday Holiday Sale, please visit http://www.imagineersystems.com/blackfriday2012/?searchterm=black%20friday.

 

Announced earlier this month, mocha v3.1 offers an improved lens distortion workflow that allow users to easily analyze, calibrate and remove camera lens distortion for advanced effects compositing tasks. mocha v3.1 also includes new support for RED (R3D) files, ASSIMILATE SCRATCH 7 and HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

 

 

 

 

What’s New in mocha Pro v3.1

The development team at Imagineer has invested significant time and resources, working directly with customers, to enhance the mocha Pro workflow, and to ensure it integrates easily with the tools and platforms they use everyday. New features in mocha Pro v3.1 include:

 

  • Greatly improved Lens Module;
  • Ability to import and use External Distortion Maps in all mocha Pro modules;
  • Ability to export rasterized Distortion Maps for Nuke, Fusion, Flame and more.
  • Support for export to new mocha Lens plug-in for After Effects.
  • 3D Camera export to HitFilm2 from FXhome
  • RED (R3D) file support
  • Export colored roto shapes directly to Nuke and After Effects (or render externally)
  • Seamlessly export Planar Tracking data to ASSIMILATE SCRATCH 7

 

What’s New in mocha AE v3.1

mocha AE v3.1 strengthens its toolset with a workflow for handling lens distorted footage and format support enhancements including:

 

  • A new Lens Module for analyzing and calibrating clips;
  • A new mocha Lens plug-in for After Effects users, enabling artists to paste lens data directly to the After Effects timeline to distort or undistort layers. mocha Lens is a free plug-in and works with Adobe CS4-CS6.
  • RED (R3D) file support;
  • Ability to export color roto shapes to mocha shape for AE plug-in.
  • 3D Camera Export to HitFilm 2 Ultimate

 

About the 2012 mocha Family

mocha AE is Imagineer’s stand-alone Planar Tracking and roto utility optimized for After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion and HitFilm users. The advanced mask creation tools, simple user interface and copy/paste exchange with After Effects helps take the complications out of motion tracking and reduces keyframing tedium. mocha AE is available in two version: mocha AE CS6, which comes as a free bundle with every copy of Adobe CS6 and is specifically optimized for After Effects; and the mocha AE v3.1 standalone application, which adds 3D camera solve, lens distortion tools and support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, Boris FX and HitFilm 2 is available for purchase directly from Imagineer Systems.

 

mocha Pro v3.1 is Imagineer’s intelligent Planar Tracking utility for post production and visual effects professionals that combines advanced roto, motion tracking, lens analysis, object removal, insert compositing, stabilization and 3D camera solve features into a single desktop application. mocha Pro integrates seamlessly with industry-popular editing, compositing, and animation applications and is the ideal post production companion software for managing challenging shots and projects.

 

mocha Pro has gained notoriety as a result of the significant impact the Planar Tracker has made in the production of the Hollywood visual effects laden films such as The Black Swan, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America: The First Avenger.  Additionally, mocha Pro has proven invaluable to customers at major post production and stereo conversion facilities around the world, and has greatly streamlined the stereo conversion pipelines on such 3D blockbuster sensations as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

 

 

About Imagineer Systems 

Imagineer Systems Ltd innovates and markets next-generation visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production markets.  Imagineer Systems has made its mark on such marquee Hollywood blockbuster productions as Black Swan, The Amazing Spiderman, Invictus, and the Harry Potter series. Imagineer’s desktop product line consists of mocha Pro™ – roto, planar tracking, compositing, and removal utility;  mocha AE™ – a planar tracking and roto utility designed for After Effects and Final Cut Pro users.  Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom. For more information visit www.mocha-Pro.com

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