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CPL Supplies Widescreen Projection & Video Package for Telecom Plus Event

West Midlands, UK, based live video specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) supplied video design, equipment and crew – including widescreen projections, cameras and PPU – to Telecom Plus’s annual two-day sales conference which was attended by over 7000 people.


The CPL team headed by Simon Haydon and Lee Gruszeckyj worked closely with Jeff Whiteley from the show’s producers, Inteva Productions, for the event, staged in Hall 1 of the Telford International Centre.
Inteva Productions has worked with CPL on this event since 2008 when it was a one day show for 3000 delegates. As the sales have increased and business has expanded, it has now progressed into two days with identical content with over 3500 delegates each day.
“The look of the event had remained the same for a number of years although the technical element became more ambitious each year,” explains Jeff.
This year CPL suggested modernising the projection and video design, and after consultations and meetings, it was decided to replace three front screens with a large 20 metre wide by 4 metres deep screen with the ability to move graphics, presentations and video sequences within widescreen format.
Says Jeff, “Inteva, had every faith that CPL would deliver on the day! We gave them a free hand to come up trumps … and they did!”
The screen was flown on one of the house trusses and fed by three of CPL’s new Panasonic PT-DZ21K 20,000 ANSI Lumen HD projectors. These were flown on an advanced truss and edge blended together to form one overall image, with PiP windows of the various IMAG relays inserted at various points during the presentations.
Backed just by a starcloth, this gave the whole stage a very neat, contemporary appearance.
CPL also supplied two 14 x 8 ft relay screens flown half way down the auditorium, so that the large audience of 4000 had a good view of the stage action. These screens were each fed by a single 10K Panasonic machine.
Content for the projection was stored on two computers, one providing the backgrounds and the other the VT play-ins, PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, graphics, stings, etc.
A four camera package comprised three Sony HXC-100 HDs and a Panasonic AW-100 hot head. Two of the HXC-100s were positioned at the back of the arena, one fitted with a J72 lens for the close up shots and the other locked off for wide overall view of the stage. The third was on a balcony half way down the room with a J40 lens. The hot head was attached to one of the over-stage trusses to capture audience shots and reactions.
These were all fed into one of CPL’s new compact ‘fly-away’ PPUs – based around the Panasonic AV-HF410 mixer – directed and cut by Lee and engineered by Simon.
A Christie Spyder X20 system was used for all the screen management and outputs to the different surfaces.
CPL also took a TX record of each camera for archiving and possible editing into a DVD in the future.
Large scale autocue projection – half way down the room – was also part of the video installation in addition to providing the standard nearfield Autocue monitors each side of the lectern. This enabled the presenters to have full freedom to move around the stage as desired … and always be able to see the prompts!
Simon and Lee worked with a crew of two technicians, getting in the day before the two show days.
The major technical challenge was the correct positioning of the widescreen, and once this was established, everything else just fell into place around it, in CPL’s trademark slick style.
Both Inteva Productions and the end client were delighted with the new design.
“We look forward to 2014 and working with CPL again on this event, as well as to enhancing the show’s video and technical elements further,” concludes Jeff.

Christie Launches Superior Performance Xenolite Lamp Series

CinemaCon demo to highlight improved brightness, power levels
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Christie®, a global leader in cinema projection, today launched a set of four new Superior Performance Xenolite® lamps for its Series 2 Christie Solaria® projectors, ranging from 2kW to 6kW, at CinemaCon 2013.
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The new Christie Superior Performance Xenolite lamps are designed specifically for the Christie Solaria® CP2220, CP2230 and the Christie 4K DLP Cinema® projectors. Designed to maximize the brightness and reliability of today’s digital cinema projection solutions, the Christie® Superior Performance Xenolite® lamp series uses the latest Xenon lamp technology to provide increased brightness, improved stability and a longer life span.
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This increased brightness offers more captivating 2D and 3D experiences, with no reduction to overall lamp performance. In fact, Christie’s Superior Performance Xenolite lamps are not only brighter than previous models, they last 30 percent longer than comparable Xenon lamps while still offering the same extraordinary 99.999 percent in-theater uptime.
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“Exhibitors want to use their lamps for longer periods of time while getting outstanding performance with the lowest possible operating costs,” said Jim Dukes, senior product manager for Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group. “With these new lamps Christie is offering better power and longer-lasting brightness with the cost-effectiveness that exhibitors demand, as befits the leader in cinema projection.”
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More lumens for less money
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Christie Superior Performance Xenolite lamps leverage the latest in Xenon lamp technology. The new series includes four new lamps: The CDXL-20SP (2kW) and CDXL-30SP (3kW) have an estimated average expected life of 3,500 hours and 2,000 hours and are designed for the Christie CP2220, CP2230, CP4220 and CP4230, with a maximum lumen output from 9,000 to 19,000 lumens. The CDXL-45SP (4.5kW) and CDXL-60SP (6kW) are expected to last for 1,500 hours and 1,100 hours respectively, and are designed to achieve light outputs of 24,000 to 34,000 lumens.
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Lasting up to 30 percent longer than existing Xenon lamps, the new Superior Performance Xenolite lamp series offers 99.999 percent in-theatre uptime reliability, while maintaining brightness for longer periods than current lamps, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership. With warranties of up to 3,200 hours, exhibitors can increase their theatre’s overall profitability by postponing lamp replacements, benefiting from reduced lamp costs and fewer maintenance interruptions.
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Christie Xenolite lamps deliver true representation of color in any cinema environment. They offer stable color temperature, a wide range of power levels, excellent color rendition and a long-lasting performance consistency, with excellent resistance to flicker, ignition difficulty and explosion. All Christie Xenolite lamps are covered under the Christie Xenolite Lamp Champion Warranty.

Slate Media Group’s PostWorks New York Acquires Mega Playground, New York

NEW YORK—Slate Media Group, a leading independent provider of post-production services to the film and television industry, today announces that its PostWorks New York has acquired the assets of Mega Playground, a post production facility located at 609 Greenwich Street in New York’s West Village. Simultaneously, the Company entered into a new long-term lease at 609 Greenwich Street reflecting the commitment of Slate Media Group and PostWorks to downtown New York, the hub for television and feature finishing. more

Chaos Group to Spotlight V-Ray’s Success in ILM Production Pipeline at FMX 2013

Elite Team of Presenters Offer Major Film Walkthroughs, V-Ray Lighting and Shading Workshop, and Dedicated Day for Students

FMX 2013, Stuttgart, Germany – April 16, 2013 – At FMX 2013, Chaos Group will demonstrate how V-Ray encourages artistry across every stage of a user’s career through a series of presentations that target the needs of VFX professionals and students.

The premier presentation features Jeroen Schulte, Image Pipeline Lead at Industrial Light & Magic, who will give attendees an exclusive look at how the world-famous studio rendered shots on some of 2012’s biggest blockbusters with the help of V-Ray’s advanced ray tracing capabilities.

The presentations continue with a talk by Niklas Jacobson — VFX supervisor and co-founder of Important Looking Pirates (ILP) — which will pinpoint the specific V-Ray tools ILP used to create the CG creatures and environments found in the Oscar-nominated, “Kon-Tiki.” Animation fans can also expect a first-hand look at the new trailer for “Portals” – an animated short created by Studio Sokerov and Bulgarian artist, Viktor Mazhelkov.

In an effort to give artists of all levels a helping hand, Chaos Group will provide a free V-Ray master class entitled, “Setting up a V-Ray Lighting and Shading Pipeline.” In addition, April 24 has been dubbed “Student Day,” and will see the team hosting a day of presentations and tutorials that focus entirely on 3D artists in training.

Complete Presentation and Activity Schedule

“Setting up a V-Ray Lighting and Shading Pipeline,” by Konstantin Gaytandzhiev of Chaos Group – April 23, 2013, 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Raum Karlsruhe

“Rendering Superpower: V-Ray in Production at ILM,” by Jeroen Schulte of Industrial Light & Magic. Featured films include: “The Avengers,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and more. – April 23, 2013, 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Raum Karlsruhe

“Kon-Tiki: Real-Life Graphics for Real-Life Heroes,” by Niklas Jacobson of Important Looking Pirates – April 25, 2013, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Raum Mannheim

“Student Day” series of 30-minute tutorials on topics like lighting, shading basics, render elements with V-Ray, etc. – April 24, 2013, all day at the Chaos Group FMX Marketplace booth

“Portals” trailer unveiling – every day at the Chaos Group FMX Marketplace booth

For more information on what Chaos Group will be doing at FMX, please visit http://fmx2013.chaosgroup.com and watch for updates on Twitter (@ChaosGroup). If you are interested in a meeting with Chaos Group at FMX, please contact Angelina Penkova: pr@chaosgroup.com.

About Chaos Group
Chaos Group is a leading provider of innovative rendering solutions for the media, entertainment, and design industries. For over a decade our flagship rendering software, V-Ray®, has set the standard for speed, quality, reliability and ease of use, and it has become the rendering engine of choice for renowned international studios. We work closely with our customers from around the world to ensure we’re creating the best tools for their workflow. Inspired by their imaginative creations, we passionately pursue advances in rendering technology and continue to improve the software needed to communicate their vision.

We proudly support the 3D community with our advanced software solutions: V-Ray® for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Maya®, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Softimage®, V-Ray® for Rhino®, V-Ray® for SketchUp®, Phoenix FD and Pdplayer.

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RPS’ Carlos Arias Lends His Editorial Eye to Rodrigo Prieto’s “Likeness,” Starring Elle Fanning

In yet another wonderful collaboration, RPSCarlos Arias lends his deft talent to the forthcoming short film from Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto entitled “Likeness.” The short, which is to debut at this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival, is the directorial debut of Prieto, who is known industry-wide as one of the most innovative and experienced cinematographers working today. “Likeness,” which follows the story of a young girl dealing with the terrible reality of living with an eating disorder, was written by Prieto and his daughter.


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SunBriteTV is the Ideal Gift for Dads and Grads this Summer

THOUSAND OAKS, California April 17, 2013 – Graduation and Father’s Day are almost here and there’s no better way to reward both dedicated students and fantastic dads than with a SunBriteTV.

“Dads won’t find a better spot to watch the game with friends than the backyard or the deck,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “And once the sun goes down, a SunBriteTV transforms hot summer nights into an outdoor family theater under the stars.”

What’s more is that the SunBriteTV Signature Series comes with a family-friendly price tag. The Signature Series starts at $1,495 (32”), $2,795 (46”), $3,995 (55”), and $6,995 (65”).

All SunBriteTV models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any outdoor climate, any time of day or night.

Every SunBriteTV, one of the last U.S.-based television manufacturers, includes a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20 watt built-in speakers. Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

HARMAN’s Studer Sets Radio Roadmap for Rural Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand – The Thai Government Department of Rural Roads is responsible for maintaining the roads that connect to the country’s main highways—this enables them to set up bypasses where necessary to improve traffic flow. To assist them in responding quickly to provide information across the vast network of roads, the Department has now set up its own radio station—initially for internal broadcasting before it becomes a full FM / AM broadcast channel, streaming digital information for the benefit of the general public. To help facilitate live broadcasts and flag up immediate alerts, HARMAN’s Studer’s Bangkok-based distributor 101 Technology (part of the Mahajak Group) has supplied a compact Studer OnAir 1500 production desk. Fitting a tight budget, the desk will be multi-functional, enabling the station to handle live broadcasts and record live sessions—while operating as a dedicated production mixer.

101 Technology reports that this is the first OnAir 1500 to be sold in the country. The company’s Wiboon Lertkultanon explains, “We put all the Studer OnAir 1500 launch information up online. The people involved in the radio station knew of Studer’s reputation and I was contacted immediately after they saw it on our website.”

In fact the OnAir 1500, configured with 12 faders, was designed to provide the versatile hybrid solution for radio broadcasting and production that the studio required … a compact and cost effective production room console. The additional integrated USB playback and record functions make the OnAir 1500 a highly comprehensive desk.

“After initial concerns about the budget they found they could do everything they needed with the OnAir 1500 and still have funding remaining for room decoration,” reports Wiboon. “The fact that the desk could double as a production mixer was a bonus since they don’t have the budget to build another production studio yet.”

The compact form factor provided another compelling reason for adopting this platform. Converted from a small meeting room, the studio measures just 4m x 3m and can accommodate a host and two guests. Notes Wiboon, “The idea of separating the surface from the DSP held the key to space saving. Also the ease of the flash drive plug and play is another highlight.”

Assigned to the faders are a host and two guest mics, solid state player, CD players, automatic play out, and two off-air feeds, a telephone hybrid and production workstation (plus GPIOs). The host microphone can also send out to record in the production workstation and the mixer takes the input from the production workstation back to the studio monitor.

The outputs feed: Internal broadcast; Radio broadcast; Internet Radio Streaming and Production workstation which runs Adobe Audition, enabling it to record and edit files.

Now up and running, the station is performing a valuable public service —spreading information to road users and enabling them to plot alternative routes. Conversely, drivers are able to phone in live reports to the station, flagging up road blocks, accidents and hold-ups.

In summary, Wiboon says, “The Studer name sells itself for the ease of use, reliability and sound quality. But its legendary quality has never come in such a compact box as this before. This, coupled with the 101 Technology support team, means that the OnAir 1500 is in safe hands.”

And one of the radio hosts added “The OnAir 1500 has met all expectations, showing that it can function as a production mixer within a tight budget.” And the sound remains top quality, even when playing MP3 sound files.

Further information from: 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

Adorama now offering Nikon’s classic D90 DSLR camera at new, lower price

The D90 is available with the kit lens for $799 or body only for just $599

New York, NY – April 17, 2013 – Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, imaging, video and electronics retailers, is now selling the Nikon D90 body for just $599 and the D90 body with the popular 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for just $799, both in its New York City store and online at www.Adorama.com.

Nikon’s D90 camera was the first to offer built-in 720p HD video capability in a consumer DSLR camera and is still an outstanding choice for photography enthusiasts. With its relatively large viewfinder and bright screen, built-in focus motor, 4.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting rate and an impressive 850 shots per battery charge, the D90 outmatches some of the specs of even the newer Nikon models such as the D3200. While it may not be able to measure up to Nikon’s newest state-of-the-art APS sensor models in its technical features, at nearly half the price of the Nikon D7100, for instance, the D90 is an attractive option for anyone who doesn’t require full HD video and wants an impressive performance camera that is compatible with all of Nikon’s lenses, speedlights and accessories.

To take advantage of the new lower pricing on the Nikon D90, go online to www.Adorama.com or visit the Adorama store, located at 42 W. 18th Street, New York City.

About Adorama
ADORAMA: More than a camera store.
Adorama is more than a camera store. It is one of the world’s largest photography, imaging and electronics retailers serving customers for over 30 years. Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to a global destination for photography and imaging. Adorama’s vast product offerings now encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab (AdoramaPix) and pro equipment rental (Adorama Rental Company) and its award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free Learning Resources for photographers. Adorama is listed as Forbes.com’s “Best of the Web,” Internet Retailers Top 100, and in Consumer Reports as a leading Photography & Electronic Retailer. Visit ADORAMA at http://www.adorama.com/.

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Chris Bernier Joins MPC NY as VFX Supervisor and CG Lead

A welcome addition to the MPC family, Chris Bernier joins as VFX Supervisor and CG Lead. “We are delighted that Chris has joined our growing team,” says NY Executive Producer Justin Brukman, continuing, “Chris is an immense creative talent as demonstrated by his impressive reel. We’re looking forward to him taking the lead on a number projects – both our creative and production teams are thrilled to have him on board.”

Bernier has already developed a substantial body of work in his career thus far, having worked with such big-name brands as GE, Cheetos, SNL, Pepsi, IBM and more. Recently, he worked as CG Lead on spots for Coca-Cola, Norfolk Southern, Nintendo, Dawn and Gillette, and this year’s Milk campaign ad that ran during the 2013 Super Bowl. His work on the Norfolk Southern spot earned him a VES Nomination, giving even more credence to Bernier’s ability and prowess. Says Bernier, “What makes MPC a good fit for me is their “family” structure. It has nice combination of the unique personality of a smaller VFX house – its own creative perspective and voice where collaboration and input between all artists is essential – combined with the backbone, resources, and knowledge of a global company reaching all the way to the biggest current film projects.”

Having obtained his BFA in Computer Graphics from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Bernier fast-tracked his way through freelance CG work at Curious Pictures, followed by QuietMan, after which he went to work at The Mill as Senior 3D Lead Artist and VFX Supervisor until earlier this year. Now as a member of MPC’s creative team, Bernier brings with him a substantial skillset to aide MPC in continuing their fantastic and acclaimed work.

About MPC:

MPC is an award winning VFX and Digital studio servicing the advertising, motion picture and television industries. From its London, New York, Santa Monica, Vancouver, and Bangalore offices, MPC’s dynamic and diverse team delivers industry-defining VFX, animation, motion graphics, color grading, production, projection mapping, social and mobile application development, online advertising, data management, software R&D and pipeline development.

With a trio of integrated divisions, MPC utilizes a unified approach that drives the use of existing or newly created assets across the whole range of today’s media landscape. MPC Creative handles client projects directly with top-notch directing, CG animation and character design. MPC FX Studio is a dedicated corps of graphic and digital designers who bring clients’ visions to life. MPC Data Lab processes the content and makes it available for editing on demand. MPC is a Technicolor Company.



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Heard City Heads to Tribeca with Hard-Hitting Documentary

Heard City Mixers Cory Melious and Dan Flosdorf recently teamed with Human Worldwide to work on In God We Trust, a powerful new documentary premiering at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

In God We Trust tells the story of Eleanor Squillari – personal secretary and unwitting accomplice to infamous racketeer Bernie Madoff – and the obsessive investigation she undertook in the wake of his 2008 arrest. Human Worldwide Owner Marc Althsuler brought the film to Heard City after his own team had completed principle sound design on the project, drafting Melious and Flosdorf to handle the dialog edit and final mix. “This is such a powerful, fascinating story,” noted Melious. “We’re definitely looking forward to supporting the film at Tribeca.”

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Heard City is a boutique audio post-production company located in New York’s Flatiron district servicing the advertising, motion picture and television industries.

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