Archive for February 1st, 2013

Boston College Uses Broadcast Pix Granite 2000 To Produce Coverage of Multiple Sports in Multiple Venues

Billerica, MassachusettsBroadcast Pix™ today announced the Boston College Athletics Department is using a Granite™ 2000 Video Control Center™ to produce live in-house video scoreboard presentations for Eagles basketball, hockey, and football home games. When hockey and basketball games are not broadcast, Boston College streams its productions live to Web.

Housed in Conte Forum, the indoor arena for hockey and men’s and women’s basketball, the control room is connected to Alumni Stadium via fiber for football coverage. The Athletics Department purchased its Granite last summer through Access AV in Concord, N.H., and installed it in time for its first home hockey game of the season last October.

According to Eric Girard, associate director of interactive media for the Boston College Athletics Department, the control room had been equipped with a Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 for three years. Originally, the Slate was used for advertising clips and graphics playback, while the video scoreboard presentation was switched using a Ross switcher. For the past two years, however, the Slate was used exclusively during the production.

When it was time to update the control room, Boston College upgraded to the Granite 2000 because it offered more versatility, including increased I/O and a larger control panel. “The ability to see more on those panels is a huge plus,” he said.

A typical football production uses up to four cameras, a combination of tripod and handheld units, while basketball and hockey can have as many as five cameras for game coverage and replays. Girard said they sometimes use video feeds from production trucks that are producing the game for broadcast for additional coverage.

During hockey and basketball, Fluent Rapid CG™ 2 is used to update scores. An option of Granite and Mica™ systems, it streamlines data-intensive CG graphics creation by integrating databases, RSS feeds, and custom actions like scorekeeping into graphics automatically, which produces customized graphics significantly less manual effort. (Fluent Rapid CG 2 is not used in football, because the stadium’s video boards are positioned on top of separate scoreboards.)

The department uses the Fluent™ Watch-Folders feature almost daily, according to Girard. Production graphics are created in Avid and Adobe After Effects, then dragged into Watch-Folders via the network for instant access during productions. The built-in Harris Inscriber CG, part of the Fluent workflow tools included with each Broadcast Pix system, was another selling point. “It’s convenient and the compatibility with the program is nice,” he said. “For moderate budgets, you couldn’t ask for much more.

With no full-time TD on staff, Boston College relies on Fluent Macros to provide a consistent look for replays, sponsorship bugs, score tickers, and other on-screen graphics and transitions. Girard estimated there are almost 800 stored macros, and up to 100 macros are used during each game. “It’s a very easy way to get things done,” he explained. “They are extremely beneficial.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Fluent Rapid CG, Granite, Mica, Slate, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

The Padcaster Celebrates Oscar Month with Big Savings


 
The Academy Award® goes to…you! with the hottest iPad filmmaking gadget
 
New York City, New York – February 1, 2013 – Move over Spielberg, there are some new nominees in town. This award season, iPad filmmakers become Oscar®-worthy directors, cinematographers, and editors using the Padcaster, a revolutionary product that makes professional iPad shooting, editing and sharing a breeze. Named one of the coolest camera accessories for 2012 by CNET, the Padcaster is celebrating Oscar month with a special price of $149.00 (savings of $100.00).
 
Rugged iPad case turned mobile production studio, the Padcaster transforms Apple’s famous tablet into an all-in-one moviemaking machine. The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) praises the Padcaster, calling it “brilliantly conceived and well-built,” making it “extremely popular with the video and filmmaking crowd.”
 
About the Padcaster Oscar Sale Event
For the month of February, the Padcaster and Lenscaster combo bundle is on sale for just $149.00, a savings of $100. But hurry, because this special ends on February 28th.
 
Members of the media are invited to review The Padcaster and Lenscaster. For more information, please contact Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.
 
About The Padcaster, LLC
Headquartered in New York’s Union Square, The Padcaster LLC is an innovative startup aimed at developing tools for filmmakers and videographers of all stages of development and skill levels. Established in 2012, its flagship title product, the Padcaster, is a multifunctional iPad case that takes users from passive consumer to creative filmmaker. The Padcaster was made by and for videographers to fit the needs of just about any filmmaker working with the ever-expanding set of production tools and technology.
 
Follow @thepadcaster on Twitter. For more information, visit http://www.thepadcaster.com.
 
The Padcaster is a trademark of The Padcaster LLC. All other trademarks, registered trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
 
Press Contact
For all press inquiries please contact:
 
Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
anya@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 617.817.6559
(skype) anya.oskolkova
 
Megan Linebarger
Zazil Media Group
megan@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 617.480.3674
(skype) megan.zazil
 
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Christie’s New Book of Shapes Showcases Innovative Digital Display Projects Around Globe

Christie® has published and released The Book of Shapes – a “coffee table” style book showcasing projects around the globe that are redefining the use of display technology in everything from retail stores to museums and corporate spaces.
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A free download as an interactive iPad app, PDF, or hard copy, the book explores how Christie® MicroTiles® — groundbreaking, modular video building blocks — have allowed architects and designers to introduce inventive, irregular shapes into projects where video, motion graphics and interactive content are applied.
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The release of “The Book of Shapes: International Design Inspirations Featuring Christie MicroTiles” coincides with Christie’s large presence at the Integrated Systems Europe trade show in Amsterdam Jan. 29-31, and comes on the third anniversary of the market release of Christie MicroTiles.
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The Book of Shapes app features MicroTiles installations from around the world since the product’s launch – with visuals, embedded video and detailed narratives on how the display technology is being used, and the results achieved. The app also includes location maps, reference materials and an integrated version of MicroTiles Designer™ 2.0, a Web-based tool that allows designers and architects to visually plan and specify MicroTiles-driven projects.
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iPad users can locate and download The Book of Shapes app free from Apple’s App Store. A non-interactive PDF is also available free of charge, allowing all the showcases and supporting material to be readily viewed on other tablet devices and conventional PCs and laptops.
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Designed To Inform and Inspire
“The Book of Shapes is designed to inform and inspire people charged with integrating display technology into projects, and help them think about how having a digital canvas can energize and transform a space, or solve a business challenge, in interesting new ways,” explained Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie.
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London Stock Exchange Atrium, a Project Featured in Christie's Book of Shapes


“We’ve been amazed how architects, retail designers, pro AV and interactive experts have all taken advantage of the opportunity to introduce shapes into design concepts,” added Cress. “They’ve gone so far beyond a display world that was defined forever by rectangles, and the remarkable thing is we’ve likely had just a taste of what’s possible.”
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The Book of Shapes celebrates projects across several continents, and is sorted by vertical categories: Retail Environments, Museums & Entertainment, Broadcast Television, Events & Shows, Higher Education and Corporate Spaces.
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Among the featured projects is a virtual mountain range at the History Colorado Center in Denver, massive sweeps of MicroTiles in corporate spaces like Deutsche Bank’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong and the Telstra experience centre in Melbourne, Australia. Portable and easily configured, MicroTiles have also been used extensively at temporary exhibits such as global expos, trade shows and fashion events.
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Exploring Possibilities
The Book of Shapes explores possibilities – projects where MicroTiles have been “disappeared” into walls, built into furniture, and radically transformed retail and lobby environments. The technology has prompted a re-think on the approach to visual messaging and marketing in public or shared spaces.
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One of the most ambitious projects featured in The Book of Shapes involves the London Stock Exchange’s main office in Paternoster Square, where several multimedia canvases totaling 508 MicroTiles envelop the space. The project powerfully reflects the kinetic energy of the financial markets, and is used as a compelling visual backdrop for ceremonies welcoming newly listed companies.
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That project is also explored in detail in a different, dedicated digital publication, “The Blue Book: How MicroTiles Helped Make an Impact at the London Stock Exchange.” A free copy can be downloaded inside the Book of Shapes app or from Christie by visiting this web page: http://www.microtiles.co.uk/moreinformation.php?tab=bluebook
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The launch of Christie MicroTiles three years ago represented a revolution in display technology. Some 30,000 units are now in use globally, and new projects are steadily switching on. During the recent holiday season, for example, 425 MicroTiles were set into the street front windows of the Barneys New York flagship store for an “Electric Holiday” done in partnership with The Walt Disney Company.
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Flexible, Modular Display Technology
With their modular design, Christie MicroTiles can be arranged into virtually any shape or scale of display wall. The lightweight and compact rear projection modules measure 16 inches across by 12 inches tall, by 10 inches deep and fit perfectly in retail settings, corporate offices, museums, airports, broadcast sets, indoor sports stadiums, control rooms and numerous other applications.
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Christie MicroTiles automatically self-calibrate for color and brightness and have built-in sensors that monitor each LED’s performance. Each tile detects its neighbor and adjusts its image to optimize the overall display. With tiny seams between tiles, Christie MicroTiles produce a virtually seamless canvas with an unlimited number of super-fine pixels. With robust screens that are cool to the touch and high resolution images that are crisp and clear even close up, Christie MicroTiles are perfect for interactive displays.

grandMA2s Follow The Yellow Brick Road

The North American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Wizard of Oz” is set for the new year at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre, where a pair of grandMA2s will be on hand to control lighting and video for the new musical. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA2 in North America.

Developed from the timeless 1939 MGM screenplay, the new production opened in London’s West End earlier this year. It features all the beloved characters and songs from the classic film plus new compositions by Webber and Tim Rice – their first partnership in decades. A.C.T Lighting Canada, in Toronto, supplied the grandMA2s to programmer Joe Allegro of Artistic Illuminations. Hugh Vanstone is the show’s lighting designer.

“The show was originally on grandMAs, but we decided to move all the lighting and video to grandMA2s when the show was remounted in Toronto,” says Allegro. “The decision was based on the length of the show commitment: eight months in Toronto and then on tour. In terms of hardware, the grandMA2 is a new platform and very solid; 99 percent of the information from the original production has come across.”

Allegro is particularly pleased with the grandMA2s’ performance with the musical’s video content. “It’s a lot more flexible on the video side,” he says. “The biggest benefit is being able to manipulate video through Art-Net and being able to communicate between lighting and video so that multiple teams can work independently of one another.

“We’re very pleased with the grandMA2s, which have been working great,” Allegro reports. “It’s been a fantastic experience for us.”

The lighting package for “The Wizard of Oz” was supplied by Christie Lights and the video package by Sound Associates.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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