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XL Video Supplies The BRITs 2013

XL Video supplied LED screens, projection, camera, PPU and screen management system for The BRIT Awards 2013 with MasterCard, staged at London’s O2 Arena and presented by James Corden.


It’s the eleventh consecutive year that XL (and Production Manager Paul Wood) have been involved as Video supplier for the high profile annual Music Awards, again working with BRIT Awards Productions (Papilo) and BRITs TV.

This year’s show featured show-stopping live performances from Muse, Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift, Emeli Sande and One Direction amongst others.

Peter Bingemann’s set design included a dynamic backdrop of three dimensional Ribbons of varying sizes, half of which were simple light boxes and half were “Video Ribbons” using a total of 120 square metres of Pixled FX-11 LED tiles to fill them.

The main stage screen – which flew out to allow band entrances and exits – was made from Absen 6 mm LED and measured 6 metres wide by 10 metres high.

During band changeovers, a 6 metre wide by 3.5 metre high ‘closedown’ screen built from Lighthouse 12mm LED screen and 3 video ribbons flew in downstage whilst Awards were presented on the B Stage in the middle of the audience.

For One Direction, XL supplied the two LED screens needed for an oversized scenic pinball machine on which the UK’s number one boy band performed. A five metre square section of Barco NX6 (6 mm resolution) formed the Scoreboard, and the playfield floor was made up of Pixled F12 (12mm resolution) 3 metres wide by 6 metres high.

Two eight metre wide by 4.5 metre high Lighthouse R7 screens were supplied in the standard stage left and right positions, with four 16’ x 9’ ‘repeater’ projection screens positioned around the O2 Arena to ensure that everyone had a good view of the stage action and nominations’ packages.

Photos: David Morrell

Wolfgang Klippel To Present 134th AES Convention Heyser Lecture In Rome

“Small, Loud-Speakers: Taking Physics To The Limit”

ROME: 134th AES Convention Chairman, Umberto Zanghieri, has announced that Wolfgang Klippel will present the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture. Founder of Klippel GmbH, and developer of innovative control & measurement systems dedicated to loudspeakers and transducers, Klippel is a distinguished educator and an AES Fellow. The convention will be held May 4 -7, 2013 at the Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre – Rome, Italy,

Entitled Small, Loud-Speakers: Taking Physics To The Limit, the Heyser Lecture will address the challenge in engineering diminutive speakers that can also be loud, have high efficiency and low distortion. The loudspeaker is the weakest part of the audio chain, and the basic construction and principle of the moving coil speaker has remained unchanged for a century. However, understanding of its operation and limitations has increased considerably. Modern signal processing techniques, coupled with innovative design can create small drive units with optimum trade-off between the crucial design factors. An abstract of the lecture is posted at http://www.aes.org/technical/heyser/aes134.cfm

“Considering our primary Convention Tracks: Live Sound, Loudness, Spatial Sound, and Sound for Pictures, Wolfgang Klippel’s presentation is particularly appropriate,” states AES Technical Council Chair, Francis Rumsey. “His lecture’s central topic will focus on cultivating large signal transducer performance. As a leader in research on transducer modeling, acoustic measurement and psychoacoustics, and as a pioneer in the development of critical measurement tools, Wolfgang Klippel is one of the most highly respected experts in the field.”

Celebrating its 65th year of leadership in the professional audio community, the 134th AES Convention marks the first major AES event to be held in Rome. “Arguably the very birthplace of engineering, our ‘Eternal City,’ will provide a richly historic setting for the world’s top audio professionals, educators, and students,” Umberto Zanghieri, concludes. “They will share the latest advances in audio research and practice, and a rare opportunity to listen, learn and connect with their peers, customers, and mentors.”

Photo: Wolfgang Klippel will present the Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 134th AES Convention in Rome

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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LOGAN Reunites with 72andSunny for Activision’s Skylanders SWAP Force™

Infused with a childlike sense of fun and excitement, the two-minute Skylanders SWAP Force spot directed by LOGAN’s Jens Gehlhaar is an energetic showcase of character animation. The new spot is also a testament to the potency of collaboration, its eye-catching visuals and clever concept developed and executed in tandem with creative teams from 72andSunny and Activision Publishing, Inc.

Skylanders SWAP Force is an extension of the Skylanders Spyro’s AdventureTM and Skylanders GiantsTM toy and game line, now offering kids the ability to swap the top and bottom halves of SWAP Force characters. Approaching the spot with an inspired idea, the Activision, 72andSunny and LOGAN teams orchestrated an homage to a now classic Fat Boy Slim music video. As the song plays, the characters swap body parts to create new hybrids, all the while dancing in time with the beat.

“Our office is just down the street from both Activision and 72andSunny, so our three companies worked together very closely. Everyone was involved with just about every aspect of the project – from writing, storyboarding, and board-o-matics to blocking to modeling, animating, lighting, rendering, and final touch up in Flame – everyone contributed to the final product,” explained Gehlhaar. “Luckily we have some fantastic character animators at LOGAN who were able to take everything that was being thrown at them.”

“The amazing thing about Activision is that they’re so willing to push boundaries. The Fatboy Slim concept was a bit of creative risk – referencing a band that was popular before a lot of the games’ fans were even born. This is definitely a youthful spot, but we didn’t feel at all limited by the target audience,” added Gehlhaar.

LOGAN was also energized by its return to agency 72andSunny, a creative partnership that has continued over several projects. “The folks at 72andSunny are always a blast to work with,” noted Founder and ECD Alexei Tylevich, “They’re a very ambitious and talented team with a strong creative vision.”

Prior to the “Skylanders SWAP Force” spot, LOGAN created a series of animated games for Nike+, continuing a diverse series of multi-platform animation projects.

Credits:

Clients: Activision
Spot Title: “Skylanders Swap Force Trailer”

Agency: 72andSunny
Partner/CCO: Glenn Cole
Executive Creative Director: Frank Hahn
Creative Director/Writer: Tim Wolf
Lead Writer: Zach Hilder
Designer: Drea Schneider, Cerra Buckholz
Director of Film Production: Sam Baerwald
Senior Film Producer: Laura Ferguson
Director of Business Affairs: Christine Claussen
Business Affairs Manager: Christina Rust

Production Company: LOGAN
VFX: LOGAN
ECD: Alexei Tylevich
Executive Producer: Matthew Marquis
Head of Production: Scott Siegal
Director/CD: Jens Gehlhaar
Producer: Jake Hibler
VFX Supervisor: Julien Brami
Flame Artist: Rob Winfield
Designer: Gregory Mitchell
Designer: Melvina Wong
Storyboard Artist: Vincent Lee
Editor: Lee Gardner
Editor: Tai Erskine
Editor: James Connelly
Light/Render: Ryan Kirkwood
Light/Render: Patrick Vidal
Light/Render: Benoit Vincent
Nuke Compositor: Scott Trosclair
Nuke Compositor: Aya Peard
Nuke Compositor: Rachel Keyte
Modeler: Diego Melgar
Modeler: Alex Rayes
Modeler: Tadao Masuyama
Modeler: Josh Elmore
Character Animation: Michael Cawood
Character Animation: Daniel Loeb
Character Animation: Matt Connelly
Character Animation: Shigeru Mizoi
Character Animation: Sei Sato
Rigger: Kiel Figgins
3D FX: Alvaro Segura
3D FX: Denis Gauthier

Music Edit/Sound Design: Chris Winston
Mixer: Chris Winston
Studio: ON Music & Sound
Artist: FatBoy Slim
Chief Executive Officer: Eric Hirshberg
Chief Marketing Officer: Tim Ellis
VP of Marketing: John Coyne
Director of Consumer Marketing: Hjalmar Hedman

About LOGAN:

LOGAN (www.logan.tv) is an award-winning New York and Los Angeles-based creative studio and production company specializing in groundbreaking content creation. Their team of producers, directors, creative directors, VFX artists, and animators excel at problem solving and helping clients bring their vision to life. Concepting, ideation, design, live-action production, 2D and 3D animation, VFX, editorial, and ?nishing take place under one roof, making work?ow a truly seamless experience.

Logan & Sons (www.loganandsons.com) acts as the live-action division of LOGAN and represents a broad spectrum of directorial talent.

Known for its iconic work for top brands, LOGAN helped create many memorable cultural moments, including commercial campaigns like the Apple’s iPod Silhouettes, viral hits like the Gymkana ?lms (over 165 million views), opening titles and sequences for ?lms like Zombieland, The Avengers, Premium Rush, and Gangster Squad, content and marketing campaigns for hit video games like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Call of Duty, Borderlands, Resistance, Metal Gear Solid, and many others.

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About Skylanders®

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure originated a new play pattern that seamlessly bridged physical and virtual worlds across multiple platforms and became the top-selling kids’ videogame of 2011. Skylanders Giants further evolved the genre in 2012 and added the mega-sized Giants and LightCore characters to the collection of interaction figures that have helped the franchise achieve more than $1 billion in worldwide retail sales, including accessories and figures, reaching the milestone faster than any other kids gaming property2. In addition, the franchise has secured significant licensing partnerships worldwide in every major category, offering fans new ways to enjoy the Skylanders brand. An award-winning franchise, most recently Skylanders Giants has been recognized by the esteemed Toy Industry Association as the recipient of the “e-Connected Toy of the Year” at the 13th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards, as well as by Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) as winner of the “Family Game of the Year” at the 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. The next innovation in the “toys to life” category Skylanders SWAP Force is being developed by Vicarious Visions, an Activision studio, and will be available in fall 2013. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.skylanders.com.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, mainland China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.

1 According to NPD, GfK Chart-track and Internal estimates
2 According to The NPD Group Data from October 2011 through December 2012, inclusive of accessory packs and figures

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RTW Appoints Christopher Spahr U.S. Director of Sales and Operations

Spahr Will Oversee and Develop U.S.-Based Sales and Marketing Strategies for RTW

LANCASTER, PA, MARCH 25, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Spahr as the company’s new U.S. Director of Sales and Operations in the United States. Spahr, who began his new role on March 1, 2013, will be based out of RTW’s new U.S. facility, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He will work along with Group One, RTW’s exclusive U.S. distributor, to support the company’s dealer base in the United States. In his new position, Spahr will draw upon his extensive professional background in audio sales and engineering to establish the new sales and service protocols at the U.S. facility.

“The opening of our new U.S. facility marks quite a milestone for RTW,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “Our customers in the United States are very important to us. With his expertise in sales and business development and his years spent as a recording engineer, Christopher has the background and passion necessary to support our customers and dealers and to help expand RTW’s brand further. We are thrilled to have Christopher join our team!”

Spahr joins RTW from Sennheiser, where he served as that company’s market development manager. Prior to this, he held sales positions at various companies, including Richard S. Pass Associates, Inc., Peirce-Phelps, Inc. and Swank Audio Visual. In addition, he has spent time as a recording engineer, providing audio engineering and production services to a roster of top-tier record companies and artists, including a Grammy-winning Latin jazz CD with Arturo Sandoval. Spahr holds a Recording Arts Specialized Associate’s Degree from Full Sail University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Barry University.

Having Spahr in place to head up the U.S. sales force will be a key factor in the company’s continued success and future international expansion. With the experience he has gained in different segments of the pro audio market in the U.S. over the past 20 years, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position. Chris Spahr will stay in close contact with RTW’s U.S. customers and navigate their needs, especially since the demand for RTW products has increased in the U.S. over the last years.

“I am honored to join RTW as part of its U.S. expansion plans,” says Spahr. “With its portfolio of innovative audio solutions, team of expert engineers and commitment to value, RTW is a wonderful fit for the pro audio industry here in the United States. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build up RTW’s stellar reputation further and ensure the company continues to maintain that success.”

To view a video interview with Christopher Spahr, please visit RTW’s YouTube channel via the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMD8SY5_1UM&feature=youtu.be

ABOUT RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s ranges of products currently includes the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International, Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International, Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

Ubisoft Chooses EditShare’s Collaborative Workflow for Creative Unit Producing Game Demos and Multiplatform Ads



Geevs Post, EditShare Flow and EditShare XStream provide an efficient workflow across the game maker’s 2000-strong development campus

Boston, MA – March 25, 2013 – EditShare®, the technology leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, announced today that Ubisoft Montréal has selected several EditShare products to streamline the multiplatform promotional workflow for Ubik, the game developer’s in-house creative unit. The EditShare solution for Ubik includes two Geevs Post servers with four ingest channels capturing 1080p59.54fps in ProRes HQ; EditShare Flow for media asset management, searching and browsing; along with 96TB of high-performance EditShare XStream storage. INSO, EditShare’s Montréal-based partner, worked closely with Ubik on the workflow design, integration and support of the EditShare solution.

“EditShare has differentiated itself from its competitors and proven to Ubisoft Montréal that it is THE long-term solution for the studio,” says Patrick Plante, team lead, video at Ubisoft Montréal. “Its capture optimization with Geevs, its codec portfolio, its previsualization of proxy videos, its collaborative tools integrated within Adobe Premiere Pro, and its support for high-bandwidth codecs make it an exceptional solution. The expansion capacity will also allow us to adapt the product to our future needs. INSO’s commitment and the constant efforts from EditShare’s R&D department to optimize their solution to our reality not only shows great customer care, but a real spirit of partnership.”

“This installation illustrates how our solutions fill a broad range of needs that encompass traditional studio, broadcast, and post-production environments as well as game development and all types of multimedia production,” says Andy Liebman, founder and president of EditShare. “We relished the opportunity to address the complexity and intensity of Ubik’s workflow in terms of managing and building scenes, the sheer volume of video, throughput requirements, number of simultaneous users, and reliability. This is what EditShare is all about.”

“EditShare provides tremendous flexibility in terms of integration and media handling so that a customer can achieve the desired outcome,” says Dominic Bourget, media sales manager, INSO. “We were able to configure a system and customize the workflow so that it perfectly suits Ubik’s needs.”

At Ubik, content from games currently under development is ingested into the Geevs servers, catalogued in Flow, and stored in the EditShare XStream centralized storage. An HDMI matrix also connects the Geevs servers to nine playback, prototyping and design workstations; editors have access to this content to perform quality control checks, and to create demo reels and advertisements that can be used across various media platforms. Fifty HP workstations operate on the 10GBase-T network for editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. More than 2000 users across the Ubisoft campus will be able to access the Flow database for consulting, metadata entry, research and preliminary EDL construction for use in promo reels and multiplatform ads.

About EditShare XStream, Geevs Post and Flow
EditShare XStream, the company’s flagship centralized storage product, delivers high performance, scalability and reliability. It offers industry-leading stream counts, infinite scalability, and advanced Project Sharing with patented bin and project-locking capabilities. Lightworks, Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere editors can see, copy and revise the work of colleagues with the assurance that no bins, sequences or projects will be accidentally deleted or overwritten. EditShare XStream includes EditShare’s powerful Flow asset management and Ark backup and archiving software – turning your storage system into a complete end-to-end tapeless workflow solution.

The versatile Geevs Post server is designed to handle SDI ingest, playout and delivery. The core 64-bit Geevs Flux engine offers many powerful technology enhancements. Housed in a sleek 2U server, Geevs Post is built on brand new X9 hardware and the latest 8-core CPUs. Features include live preview and multiviewer output, comprehensive format and closed caption support.

EditShare Flow provides production asset management. Flow users can browse the database and view proxy file content on their desktops as well as ingest media from file-based sources such as P2 and XDCAM. Simple editing tools and metadata templates let users add details to clips, make rough cuts, and drag and drop clips and sequences into their NLEs — without requiring access to full-resolution media.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2010–11 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated sales of 1.039 billion euros. To learn more, please visit ubisoftgroup.com and montreal.ubisoft.com.

About INSO
INSO Média is an innovative leader in collaborative video production workflow solutions, offering its expertise to fields such as media, entertainment indus-try, and education. INSO is also offering a wide portfolio of media solutions de-signed for creative content professionals (broadcasters, video post-production, movies, advertising and special effect studios). INSO Média is the largest Apple Final Cut Studio and EditShare workflow integrator in Eastern Canada. INSO Média is a subsidiary of INSO Solutions Informatiques, a long experienced player in the IT industry, founded in 1983 and currently employing 120 people.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology leader in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the TV and film industry. Our ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management and the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2013 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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TNDV Advances to the NCAA Final Four Big Dance Concert Series

Mobile Production specialist to produce live concert audio and video for partial broadcast

NASHVILLE, March 25, 2013TNDV heads to Atlanta early next month with its 40-foot expanding side mobile production truck, Aspiration, to produce audio and video for multiple live concerts during the NCAA Final Four tournament. The free, three-day Big Dance Concert Series event, taking place at Centennial Olympic Park near the Georgia Dome, will provide entertainment for Final Four attendees, with portions airing on CBS and streaming live to the web.

The Big Dance Concert Series brings several local and national acts to the same stage each night. Each concert is treated as a unique event, with different daily sponsors and special needs for each band. TNDV will work alongside production specialist GoVision, which hired TNDV and will provide all large format video displays for the concerts; and Unlimited Visibility, which will oversee lighting and staging among other production tasks.

Aspiration is built to support large, multi-faceted productions such as the Big Dance Concert Series, with multiple cameras, high-capacity routing and switching, and a comprehensive audio suite on board. However, the production challenges of injecting additional excitement across multiple events — and re-creating that excitement for home viewers — requires intense focus and dedication.

“This is a tough balance to achieve,” said Nic Dugger, president, TNDV. “The on-premises crowd wants to see the show better. They want tight shots of Zac Brown, and want to see the details of the instruments that the Dave Matthews Band is playing. Home viewers want a more complete story, with wide crowd views and establishing shots that make them feel as if they in the venue. Our talented crew will work alongside GoVision and Unlimited Visibility to accommodate both needs.”

Dugger anticipates special audio needs given the multiple band rotations, with TNDV producing special re-mixes for live broadcasts. TNDV will use festival style patching with a digital stage box and MADI fiber to feed Aspiration, and add crowd microphones to ensure that the live sound is authentic with local crowd flavor. The complete Aspiration audio production workflow will include ProTools multi-track recording and JoeCo MADI recorders.

On the video side, Dugger expects on-demand Deko graphics and Harris Broadcast HView SX Hybrid multiviewers to play big roles, with multiviewers used inside and outside the truck to monitor live signals. TNDV will also use multiple Aja Ki-Pro Recorders to provide quick recorded media turnaround to participating bands, and employ various up, down and cross-conversion tools to accommodate the GoVision displays and live broadcast feeds.

“The nightly change in sponsors creates significant operational challenges, including the ability to quickly reconfigure the technical infrastructure for different web streams,” said Brady Haass, director of sales, GoVision. “Aspiration clearly has the capacity to accommodate three major sponsors and all of their interactive needs from a mobile production standpoint.”

The complete lineup of bands can be found at: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!big_dance

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. TNDV specializes in creating productions that are of the highest quality while being ultra-mobile and always professional. Recent productions include the Emmy Award winning Bluegrass Underground, The Grand Ole Opry Live and the inaugural season of the all-new Hot20 on CMT. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Wild(child) Misbehaves in Honor of Women’s History Month

If, as feminist historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said, “well behaved women seldom make history,” then the creative editorial boutique known as Wild(child) made a play for the history books last week, throwing a raucous celebration in honor of Women’s History Month. Co-hosted by independent sales representative Roxeanneandco. and film production company goodstory, the Thursday event brought together a selection of women and men from dozens of NYC ad agencies and production companies to Wild(child)’s sprawling Flatiron studio for an evening of food, art, and good old-fashioned misbehaving.

“We were recently introduced to goodstory through our rep Roxanne Artesona” noted Wild(child) owner Yvette Pineyro. “There was such incredible synergy at that meeting and since each of our companies are women-owned and operated, we decided to throw a party to celebrate Women’s History Month and help connect all the amazing and powerful women in advertising, film, and art.” Wild(child) has a wide-ranging collection of art created by local women artists displayed throughout their space and used this opportunity to show off and bolster their collection with the unveiling of two stunning new pieces; “Everybody’s Got The Fever” by artist Serena Bocchino and “La femme aux Nuages” a photopainting by photographer/artist Nesya Blue.

“It was more than just a party, it was a great way for amazingly talented women in a variety of industries to connect and compare creative notes about each others crafts.” noted EP Amy Lazarus. “We were happy to help start a conversation that we all could benefit from – all while shining the spotlight on Women’s History Month.”


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OptiTrack Reveals Prime 17W Motion Capture Camera at GDC 2013

San Francisco, CA, GDC, Booth 1638OptiTrack announced today the Prime 17W motion capture camera, the latest offering in the company’s Prime Series line of high performance motion capture and tracking cameras. With 1.7 Megapixels (MP) and a wide angle field of view (FOV), the Prime 17W is equipped to maximize coverage in a variety of volumes.

The Prime 17W’s ample 70° by 51° field of view and impressive 50′ range offers users flexible system deployment and camera configuration. Though high camera counts are supported, the wide angle FOV is designed to deliver clean, continuous data with fewer cameras–making it an affordable solution for engineers, animators, and researchers interested in leveraging the Prime Series performance into their studios and labs. Also capable of tracking exceptionally fast moving objects, the Prime 17W’s global shutter and 360 FPS full resolution capture rate make it ideally suited for UAV, robotic and sports tracking and other demanding high-speed applications.

“Every facet of the Prime 17W was thoughtfully constructed to afford users the greatest degree of freedom in assembling high quality motion capture systems, without a hefty price tag. We are challenging the outdated thinking that motion capture is complicated, and with this release are breaking down traditional barriers like budget and space limitations. The Prime 17W is powerful, easy to install and can effortlessly squeeze large capture volumes into tight or narrow spaces,” said Jim Richardson, CEO of OptiTrack.

Prime 17W features include:
– 70° by 51° field of view enables larger volumes in smaller spaces and with fewer cameras
– 1.7 Megapixel resolution allows simultaneous body and finger tracking
– Performance-matched image sensors and lenses for true edge-to-edge data
– Super low distortion, “fast glass” lenses for superior light transmission
– High speed, 360 FPS capture with global shutter easily tracks very fast-moving objects
– 50′ camera-to-marker range
– GigE and PoE+
– Aim Assist button for simple, rapid single-user setup
– Genlock, SMPTE Time Code and external sync in/out

As with all OptiTrack cameras, the Prime 17W setup, when used with OptiTrack’s Motive software solutions, produces the cleanest 3D data in motion capture, even capturing subtle finger movements with Motive:Body software. OptiTrack’s Prime Series of cameras also includes the Prime 41, a 4.1 MP camera capable of capturing volumes of up to 75′ by 150′ that was launched in 2012.

The Prime 17W is now available for $3699. For more details, please visit:
http://www.naturalpoint.com/optitrack/products/prime-17w

ABOUT OPTITRACK
OptiTrack is the largest motion capture provider in the world, offering high-performance optical tracking at the most affordable prices in the industry. The OptiTrack product line includes motion capture software and high-speed tracking cameras, as well as contract engineering services. Used by facilities worldwide in a variety of markets ranging from film and games to sports training and biomechanics, OptiTrack customers include Luma Pictures, Microsoft Game Studios, Proof, Halon Entertainment, The Moving Picture Company, Audiomotion Studios, Rockstar, nvizage, Electronic Arts, Animatrik, Autodesk, and other top studios and developers around the world.

Pilat Media Launches IBMS Express

Fast-to-Deploy, Entry-Level Business Management System Based on the Industry-Leading IBMS, Ideal for Smaller Networks, Stations, and Pay-TV Operators

LONDON — March 25, 2013 — Pilat Media today announced the launch of IBMS Express, a modular and flexible entry-level business management system based on the company’s award-winning, robust, and proven broadcast management solutions. Deployed as a cloud-based platform, IBMS Express is fast and easy to install and addresses the full spectrum of broadcast business management functions.

“Media companies large and small are faced with the complexities of today’s multiplatform TV environment. The challenge is how to remain efficient and generate revenues while dealing with increased workloads, more services, and a growing number of channels,” said Fabrice Beer-Gabel, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Pilat Media. “In response to this challenge, we have taken our many years of experience in broadcast management best practice to create a cloud-based solution that is quick to implement and easy to maintain, and that lets everyone — from smaller specialty networks to broadcast stations to pay-TV platform operators — stay competitive.”

As a cloud-based service, IBMS Express dovetails with a broadcaster’s outsourced IT strategy. A “pay as you grow” software-as-a-service pricing model gets stations up and running with minimal upfront investment. IBMS Express is designed to be easily configured and ready for use in a matter of weeks, with Pilat Media’s professional services team providing configuration, training, and ongoing maintenance of the live system.

The first IBMS Express module Pilat Media will launch is Content Express, which allows broadcasters to schedule media assets and manage them throughout the broadcast lifecycle, from acquisition to postproduction processing, transmission, and reconciliation. Additional modules for sales, rights, and on-demand management will follow.

Pilat Media will showcase IBMS Express at the 2013 NAB Show in booth N6224.

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About Pilat Media
Pilat Media Global plc (AIM: PGB) develops, markets, and supports business management software solutions for content and service providers in the media industry. Designed with the direct involvement of top-tier broadcasters, Pilat Media’s systems improve business performance; accelerate time to market; and enable diversification and growth of content programming, advertising sales, traffic, and media operations for multiplatform linear and on-demand services. More than 60 blue-chip media companies around the world use Pilat Media solutions, including CBS, Corus, Discovery, SABC, Chello DMC, the BBC World Service, Media General, Sky Italia, ESPN Star Sports, and FOXTEL. These and other deployments represent the management of billions of dollars in advertising revenue and programming that reaches hundreds of millions of viewers. In addition, Pilat Media offers an end-to-end enterprise class OTT solution that seamlessly integrates with broadcast operations through the company’s subsidiary, OTTilus. More information is available at www.pilatmedia.com.

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Vista Systems’ Spyder Goes Large in Leading Energy Company’s Collaboration Room

Once again Vista Systems’ Spyder is the video processor of choice at one of the country’s leading energy companies. This time a top independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company is deploying a Spyder X20 8×8 in its collaboration room where staff analyze geological maps in close detail.

“Spyder is used to edge blend two dual-link DVI projectors, each 2560×1600 native,” says Mitchell Warren of Ford AV, which designs, installs, services and rents professional sound, video and lighting systems from its base in Oklahoma City. “While Spyder primarily does edge blending, it also does some switching” for the 192×65-inch display in the high-end collaboration room. Sources for the big-screen display include laptops, high-resolution PC towers with dual-link DVI outputs, and videoconferencing.

Warren notes that Spyder delivers unique capabilities to the collaboration room. “I don’t know of anything else that will edge blend dual-link DVI resolutions,” he says. “Once you get above 1080p you don’t have many options besides the Spyder.”

Mark Seney was Ford AV’s project manager on the job.

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Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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