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DuArt Names Craig Gordon Senior Editor

Award-Winning Editor Brings Accomplished Capabilities to
Renowned New York City Post House


NEW YORK, NY – DuArt (www.duart.com), New York City’s comprehensive video, digital media, and film post facility, announced that it has added Craig Gordon as Senior Editor.


A highly experienced video and film editor, Gordon brings 20+ years of post production expertise to his new position at DuArt, with recognition industry-wide for his deep knowledge of HD and award-winning accomplishments as a creative editor. Prior to joining DuArt, Gordon was HD Specialist/Editor for Brass Monkey Post (BMP), where he edited a wide range of projects including commercials, feature films, corporate videos, promo packages, music videos, documentaries, episodic television and museum exhibitions. Before BMP, Gordon was Head of HD development and the HD project manager for Rhinopost in New York.


Gordon’s credits include a number of high-profile projects, including the Academy Award-nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner film Trouble the Water; the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Award-winner Fahrenheit 9/11 directed by Michael Moore; and the acclaimed documentary A League of Ordinary Gentlemen. His extensive TV portfolio includes series for CBS, A&E, MTV, History Channel, PBS and Discovery.


Craig Gordon will be available to all of DuArt’s clients, from non-fiction television to independent documentaries and more. His addition marks the latest expansion of DuArt’s complete post production offerings.


“DuArt provides all of the services and resources that clients need today,” Gordon says. “You can work here on an extremely wide variety of formats, with an experienced and dedicated in-house support staff at the ready. We make it easy for clients to produce and post produce short-, medium-, and long-term projects, and realize significant cost savings along the way.


“This is a great time to be at DuArt,” Gordon adds. “They’ve successfully transitioned from being one of the largest film labs on the East Coast, to being recognized as a premier provider of digital content services.”



About DuArt:
DuArt is a full service post facility in NYC, servicing the broadcast and film industries. Operating out of their 12-story building in midtown Manhattan, DuArt provides video editing, color correct, voice recording, casting, 3D editing, direction for animation, music scoring, sound design, film and audio restoration, production space, and more. Since being established in 1922, DuArt has finished thousands of the world’s most loved feature films, documentaries, festival releases and television shows.


For more information, please visit www.duart.com

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Rodeo FX “Magically” Delivers 350 Shots as Main VFX Vendor on “Now You See Me”

Montreal, Canada, June 12, 2013 – Renowned visual effects production studio Rodeo FX has “magically” delivered 350 complex VFX shots for “Now You See Me,” serving as the film’s main VFX vendor. The film was released by Summit Entertainment May 31st. The Rodeo FX team created and produced a huge and diverse array of shots for the new film, comprising 23 total minutes of visual effects-driven screen time.
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Rodeo’s work involved producing the VFX for dozens of sequences. These included creating: CG crowds to fill in thousands of seats of the MGM Grand Hotel and the Savoy Theater, millions of CG Euros, a magical prop named the “Crusher,” Manhattan and Chicago city matte paintings, Las Vegas “Four Horsemen” signs and promo, and holographic design rising from CG water and smoke. Of particular note was Rodeo’s creation of projections onto buildings and the highly complex “Five Points” motion graphics-driven sequence (described further below.) Rodeo created numerous additional CG images, including playing cards, large bubbles, cars and helicopters, a police chase, actor doubles and even a CG rabbit.
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Sébastien Moreau, President/Founder, Rodeo FX, said, “This project was one of the largest and most comprehensive we’ve ever undertaken since the founding of our company. As the main VFX vendor, we worked on this film for more than a year. Every sequence involved a great detail of advance planning and we had to develop new techniques and workflow pipelines to accommodate the demand. Over 100 of our artists were involved with ‘Now You See Me’ in total. While we are still, perhaps, best known for our innovative matte paintings and digital environments work, this film was a true milestone in the evolution of Rodeo FX. We have proven ourselves as an industry leader and innovator — one that can handle the demand for hundreds of highly complex and diverse visual effects.”
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Regarding “Now You See Me,” Rodeo FX’s VFX Supervisor Ara Khanikian said, “This was a really fun project for us – one that allowed us to really push our creative boundaries and create a very wide range of VFX. We found quick and efficient solutions to solve a lot of complex shots, and the end result is a seamless blend of artistic and technical know-how. All I can say is that I’m extremely proud of the work we have done, and I’m proud to have contributed to this beautiful film.”
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Adds Isabelle Langlois, Rodeo FX’s Head of Production, “This was a very interesting project for us, one that involved a number of complex solutions to creative challenges. Every sequence we delivered for this film was so different, and each involved a good amount of communication between director Louis Leterrier, VFX Supervisor Nick Brooks, and VFX Producer Tom Elder-Groebe. We enjoyed highly productive back and forth conversations with Louis to fine-tune his vision, and Nick Brooks came to Montreal twice to visit with our artists and to work closely in tandem with them. We created numerous simulations and even handled significant motion graphics work on the ‘Five Points’ sequence. I believe we delivered on this show beyond expectations—our clients were super happy with our work.”
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Nicholas Brooks, VFX Supervisor for “Now You See Me,” adds, “Rodeo FX was our primary visual effects vendor on this film, and they did a fantastic job. The challenge here was to tackle a wide range of creative challenges, from major crowd replication in a 9,000 seat stadium during an extended sequence, to high end, holographic design for a sequence in which images were projected onto the side of a building. They also brought us a virtual CG car chase, photo real magic props and even enormous bubbles. These diverse VFX ranged from what I call ‘photographic forgery’ to highly creative solutions. The excellent Rodeo FX team members are always very responsible and professional collaborators—‘Mes amis du Nord.’”
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Rodeo’s CG Supervisor Sébastien Francoeur said, “This show was definitely a fun and stimulating project for our CG team. Each sequence had a different challenge. The demands for this film varied from creating realistic, light, flexible bubbles, to making crazy car chases in New York City. I think the fact that we had to manage so many different kinds of shots and not concentrate all of our work on just a few big ones made this film even more exciting for us. The ‘Five Points’ motion design, the flying bills of Euro money, the magical bubbles—all of these shots were a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our range of skills. For me, personally, the biggest challenge was to create realistic crowd shots through motion capture and scanning. This sequence even allowed us to establish a new pipeline step that will be useful to us in the future.”
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Details about various Rodeo FX sequences for “Now You See Me” include:
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** Rodeo FX produced a major sequence inside the Las Vegas MGM Grand for which Rodeo filled the entire arena with a mix of 2D crowd elements and CG crowd, using highly innovative techniques which included using “off the shelf” solutions such as Kinect and PS3 cameras for Motion Capture and 3D scanning.
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** Rodeo used particle simulation to add millions of Euros falling onto the audience for the MGM sequence, and created and animated a CG “Crusher” (compactor-like prop) that teleports a lead character into a Paris bank vault.
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** The first shot in the MGM sequence was more than a minute long. Rodeo created this shot by stitching and morphing three different cable cam plates together to form a 720-degree spinning shot of the stadium. Rodeo filled the arena with a 2D and 3D cheering crowd, enhancing the shot (as well as many other shots) with lens flares and the addition of giant video screens.
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** Rodeo FX created photo-real CG cars and a helicopter in an action packed car chase sequence set in Manhattan.
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** For a sequence set in the Savoy Theatre in New Orleans, Rodeo designed and animated enormous CG bubbles, developing new techniques during the process. The company filled the theater with a CG crowd; tracked and composited a giant check and designed the number transformation on it, and animated CG playing cards that were thrown into the audience by the cast.
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** Rodeo designed and created a prominent holograph animation, in which blue-prints to magic tricks are shown to the four lead cast members. For this sequence, Rodeo integrated fluid simulations to create the water animation that leads to the holographs.
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** Other Rodeo FX contributions included the recreation of a night-time city with digital matte-paintings and a green-screen shot of the actors in an office featuring a Las Vegas backdrop. Rodeo also did a good deal of plate photography using the Red Epic camera—these included a night-time city shoot (generic and shot-specific actions,) lens flares, smoke and water elements.
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Rodeo’s André Ü Montambeault supervised a sequence called “Five Points,” which presents the third and final magic show presented within the film by the Four Horsemen cast members. The show takes place in an abandoned building covered with graffiti, where the performers present their final illusion in front of a cheering crowd. The magicians present their illusions with a blend of animated projections on the walls, along with rock-and-roll show style lighting, and classic misdirection, as they mislead the police who are trying to apprehend them.
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Said Montambeault, “For this sequence, we had to come up with a design that would serve both the show visually and the theater in which the magicians were performing. We created all of the animations that are projected, and integrated them to the plates. We also designed the lighting rig that we see on the rooftop of the Five Points building. The backgrounds were shot with an Alexa camera for all the aerial shots, and in 35mm anamorphic for the rest. A big challenge was to maintain continuity between all the shots and the different cameras. We ended up using all of our available software for this sequence, and even put in place a Motion Graphics department. We match-moved the live action camera, and then published all the CG scenes of the CG cameras and the layout of the building. The animations that were projected were created in Cinema 4D and XSI. We used the ICE module of XSI extensively to create complex procedural animations, and After-Effects and Nuke were used to pre-comp many layers. This entire sequence was composited on our Flame and Flare systems.”
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ABOUT NOW YOU SEE ME:
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“Now You See Me” is a thriller caper directed by Louis Leterrier, released on May 31, 2013 by Summit Entertainment. The storyline for the film depicts the “Four Horsemen,” a magic super-group led by the charismatic Michael Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg,) who perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing
audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.
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FBI Special Agent Dylan Hobbs (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes, but he is forced to partner with Alma Vargas (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Isla Fisher, and Common.
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ABOUT RODEO FX:
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Since its inception in 2006, Rodeo FX has provided unique visual effects to well over 100 motion pictures, and to numerous, high profile advertising campaigns. In addition to its contributions to “Now You See Me,” Rodeo FX has also recently provided VFX to such high profile projects as “Jack The Giant Slayer,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” “Red Tails,” “Immortals,” “Abraham Lincoln—Vampire Killer,” “Source Code,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Smurfs 2,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Golden Compass,” and many more. Rodeo FX is located at 90 Queen Street, 2nd Floor, Montréal, QC, Canada. The phone is 514/397-9999. For more information, please see:
www.rodeofx.com
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Snell Innovation Drives Production Switching, Master Control, and Playout for News Express TV, India’s First All-HD News Channel

READING, U.K. — June 11, 2013 — Snell’s Kahuna SD/HD multi-format production switcher, Pyxis router, and IQ Modular broadcast infrastructure modules are driving production for News Express TV, India’s first all-HD news channel. With Snell partner Transs Technoconsultants providing technology and systems integration, News Express TV launched in 2012 with a 24-hour lineup of news and political reporting in the Hindi language.

“In launching India’s first HD news channel, we placed a top priority on technologies that could provide 24/7 reliability and built-in features for redundancy. We also required the ability to handle many different functions, such as still stores and RAM recorders, but we looked for systems that could provide these capabilities without requiring us to purchase peripheral equipment,” said News Express TV’s head of technology and operations, S.K. Salvi, who designed and implemented the first-of-its-kind news channel in record time. “The Snell Kahuna switcher, working in tandem with the IQ Modular components and Pyxis router, delivers all of the advanced functionality of a broadcast-quality switcher in a highly flexible and extremely easy-to-use system.”

With the Kahuna switcher, News Express TV producers can easily add complex, multi-layered effects that might otherwise have required expensive postproduction work. Kahuna’s multi-format capabilities powered by FormatFusion technology enable seamless mixing of SD and HD broadcasts and provide a smooth change of format. The graphical user interface and the ability to record and reuse macros helps staff members whose backgrounds are less technical. Kahuna brings a great deal of flexibility to the operation by enabling the engineer to map specific keyers to specific M/E outputs.

In addition, News Express TV has deployed more than 40 modules from the Snell IQ Modular broadcast infrastructure line to support master control and playout functions. Snell’s RollCall network management system provides integrated monitoring and control capabilities for all Snell products as well as third-party IT and broadcast equipment, enabling News Express TV engineers to perform comprehensive monitoring of the entire network from a single PC. The Pyxis 72 x 72 router enables reliable signal distribution prior to transmission from the playout facility.

“Express News TV plays a critical role in the Indian broadcast landscape by meeting viewers’ demand for around-the-clock access to the latest developments in current and breaking news,” said Naresh Subherwal, president, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, at Snell. “With Snell’s advanced switching, routing, and monitoring systems supporting HD operations, News Express is well-positioned to maintain its leadership in a competitive environment.”

More information about Snell’s full Broadcast Infrastructure product line is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About News Express TV:
A member of the Sai Prasad group of companies, News Express TV is India’s first true high-definition national news channel. Broadcast in the Hindi language from the city of Noida, News Express TV also publishes a weekly newspaper, Compatriot, and has produced two feature films. News Express TV features a staff of highly trained journalists who are committed to bringing viewers the latest news and current affairs reporting. For more information, visit www.newsexpresstv.com.

About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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Christie Pushes the Envelope with Newest Tiled Display Solutions at InfoComm 2013

Christie® continues to stay ahead of the industry curve with today’s introduction of the next generation of Christie Jumpstart, the Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass, and the company’s first turnkey multi-touch video wall solution. An industry first with the smallest image-to-image gap of any bonded LCD panel, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution comprises a 4-unit wide by 1-unit high row of portrait-mounted 55-inch LCD panels with bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie Jumpstart, and the mounting hardware for a wall-mounted or freestanding display.

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution


Christie JumpStart: Now with Higher Resolution Capabilities and Faster Performance
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Christie Jumpstart now provides additional flexibility with six outputs (compared with four previously) and a 50 percent increase in resolution capability – now 15 megapixels. The content management system allows you to display multiple, high-bandwidth video files, graphics, Microsoft® Windows applications, Blu-ray™ and DVD movies, and text effortlessly on a large-format video wall. It is compatible with any digital display, including Christie® MicroTiles® and rear-projection or flat-panel display solutions.
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Christie JumpStart features a 3.6 GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 64-bit server for even faster performance and a more powerful workstation. Users can also send serial over IP commands to external devices by scheduling them at any point along the scenario timeline.
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“Christie JumpStart targets architectural markets including museums, universities, stadiums, corporate offices and retail stores needing high resolution, reliable content playback across large video walls,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “Rental stagers will also benefit from the speed and ease of setup of JumpStart, and its support for unique display configurations.”
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Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass – Beautiful, Durable yet Lightweight
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The first 55-inch super-narrow bezel LCD display for tiled video walls with bonded Corning Gorilla Glass, the Christie FHD551-XG is ideal for touch screens including broadcast sets and high-traffic public spaces including hotels, restaurants, museums, airports and railway stations.
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“The Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass is scratch- and damage-resistant offering invaluable protection for multi-touch displays or in high-traffic, public spaces,” said Heslett. “The optical clarity of Corning Gorilla Glass makes images appear brighter and crisper than standard LCD and customers will also notice how lightweight it is, making for reduced shipping costs and easy installation.”
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Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution Provides One Stop Shopping
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Now, Christie customers can fulfill their entire video wall requirements with one vendor thanks to the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution that brings a turnkey, interactive digital experience to multiple users. Quad Full-HD resolution, high pixel density and LED backlighting combine to provide a visually stunning display with the smallest bezels of any bonded video wall.
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“This new turnkey solution provides a superior interactive experience that enables up to ten simultaneous touches and the best touch performance in high ambient light,” said Heslett. “Whether it’s museums, universities, corporate lobbies, retail environments, or broadcast sets, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution will capture people’s attention and fit in beautifully with the surrounding architecture. Reliable, practical and with the durability for high traffic areas, the multi-touch solution is easy to use and maintain, and provides a low total cost of ownership.”
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“Christie is at the forefront of innovative digital display technology,” concluded Heslett. “It’s time consuming to search various vendors for what you need, but Christie has changed the game and is the first and only manufacturer to offer a complete, fully integrated, multi-touch video wall solution from a single source.”
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Christie Jumpstart, Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution begin shipping in July 2013.

Christie Raises the Standard for Digital Display Solutions at InfoComm 2013

The Technology Leader Provides the Needed Answers in Today’s Marketplace
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The Christie® booth will be in the InfoComm 2013 spotlight June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Christie will impress visitors with exciting, technologically-advanced and user-friendly visual solutions for the Pro AV, large venue, architectural, corporate, broadcast, control room and digital signage markets and demonstrate how businesses, government entities and academia can maximize their visual technology assets, while satisfying customers.
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Projection Mapping Takes a new Turn
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With the engaging interactive Christie Design Studio display, designers and engineers will see how what they imagine can become reality. The display features four Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors in a projection mapping application featuring a prototype Audi R8. The Design Studio is supported by 37 Christie® MicroTiles® to create a gorgeous and changeable backdrop. A second projection mapping installation, a mini-pyramid, demonstrates how a small installation can create big impact. The mini-pyramid projection mapping solution features Christie’s E-series projection.
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Christie Brio Meeting Room Solution lets Participants Share More Than Ever
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Christie Brio

As announced earlier, Christie Brio makes its global debut at InfoComm. Christie Brio sets new standards in meeting room presentation and collaboration, making it easier than ever to pool resources with colleagues anywhere without dongles, software or drivers to slow things down. Information including presentations, audio, digital whiteboard, and videoconferencing – added to any display attached to a Christie Brio node – are shared with all displays in the same meeting.
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Christie Asserts its Control in Projector Market
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Christie is also unveiling the Christie InControl™ app at InfoComm 2013. Christie InControl is aimed at rental and staging customers using Christie 3-chip DLP® M Series and J Series projectors in various applications including trade shows, live events and projection mapping. Fixed installation applications such as classrooms and boardrooms, houses of worship, government facilities and museums will also enjoy the convenience of managing the projector wirelessly.
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The main interface includes projector on/off, fade to black and shutter on/off, test pattern and main and secondary input selection, projector orientation, and OSD on/off for complete command of lens settings and imagery.
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Christie Continues to set the Standard in Multi-touch Interactive and Flat-panel Displays
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Christie is also introducing the next generation of the Christie JumpStart content management solution, as well as the Christie FHD551-X flat panel with bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass (the Christie FHD551-XG) , and a new multi-touch video wall solution to be displayed in the LCD Panel Gallery. The turnkey Christie multi-touch video wall solution – an industry first – comprising a 4-unit wide by 1-unit high row of the portrait-mounted Christie FHD551-XG , Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie JumpStart and the mounting system for a wall-mounted or freestanding display. The new Christie JumpStart boasts six outputs and the ability to drive content at 15 megapixels. With a 3.6 GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 64-bit server JumpStart’s more powerful workstation offers even faster performance.
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Featured at the booth and already a big hit in the market is the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W 55 inch outdoor LCD flat panel with optically bonded glass – the clear answer for high traffic areas such as outdoor sporting events and other open-air applications. Fully weatherproof, the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W resists impacts and scratches; providing an industry-rated IP56/NEMA 4 outdoor display solution that can be deployed in virtually any environment, weather or season with complete peace of mind.
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72-inch Christie Entero HB Video Wall Cube makes its Mark

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Christie expands its line of Christie® Entero™ HB video wall offerings and strengthens its dominance in the industry with the introduction of the Christie Entero HB 72-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) display wall cube and rear projection light engine. The bigger and better control room addition to the projection cube lineup sets new standards in power, performance and image brightness with up to 1100 lumens capability.
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Built upon the proven Christie Entero HB platform – the first and only LED control room display to offer Wi-Fi capability for remote adjustments and diagnosis through any wireless device – it features proprietary third generation ArraySync™ for superior automatic color and brightness management. Designed for 24/7 environments, it represents the best price/performance on the market, with superior and intuitive modular design, easy upgradability, and flexible operation for the demands of power and utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services.
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Driving the content will be the Christie Phoenix™, which lets all users easily access and control audio-visual data securely from anywhere, at any time via standard IP networking technology. With Christie Phoenix, the same information, presented in the same format simultaneously is made available to all users regardless of their location.
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Christie Projection Technology Leads the Market
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The Christie E Series of 1-chip DLP® projectors are another show highlight. Working in conjunction with the Christie Spyder video processor, several Christie E Series projectors will be displaying rich, engaging content that shows Christie is at the forefront of technology. The booth also features the Christie D4K3560 featuring 35,000 center lumens, native 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution for ultra-realistic images. The Christie D4K3560 delivers smoother video at 60Hz with unique Christie TruLife™ electronics – a quantum leap in video-image processing featuring high frame rate and high-resolution video projection.
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This projector’s 3-chip DLP® performance and durability make it ideal for large applications such as amusement parks, auditoriums, casinos, classrooms, museums, planetariums, theaters and virtual design centers.
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On the main level of the Christie booth is the LCD gallery featuring the Christie LW720, Christie LWU501i and the Christie LW41 while the second floor is showcasing the Christie Spyder X20 managing and controlling content displayed by several Christie E Series and Christie G Series projectors.
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Also among the booth offerings are the award-winning Christie Nitro Solutions; the integrated moving yokes and digital projector systems that enable bright, high-quality video and lighting effects to be projected onto virtually any surface. For InfoComm 2013, two Christie YK100 single-arm yokes will be supporting the Christie WU14K-M projectors.
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Managing the content throughout the Christie booth is the Christie Spyder X20, a versatile hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher.

Clear-Com Unveils Next Generation 700 Series Analog Beltpacks at InfoComm 2013

RS-701 Wired Beltpack is the First to be Unveiled in the Series, which Supports a Wide Variety of Partyline Communication Needs

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 – Clear-Com® is releasing its RS-701 Beltpack, the first model in a new line of RS-700 Series wired, analog partyline beltpacks, at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 921). The new beltpacks feature state-of-the-art performance and superior audio clarity for partyline communications. With its rugged ergonomic housing and high-performance audio, the RS-701 beltpack is ideal for use in a variety of environments or applications, such as rental/staging, performing arts centers and houses of worship.

The new RS-700 Series beltpacks are designed to be rugged and reliable to withstand the most challenging production environments. The construction of the units was based on Clear-Com’s popular RS-500 Series beltpacks, which have an ergonomic and strong enclosure. Despite their tough exterior, the RS-700 units have a comfortable contour design that can be worn all day.

The RS-701 is a single channel beltpack, equipped with an XLR-3 line connector that serves the needs of all users, be it first timers or experienced professionals. It combines high headroom with low-noise audio to deliver the exclusive, crystal-clear “Clear-Com Sound” that is familiar to users around the world. Swappable microphone options and built-in limiters in the headsets support a pristine sound. The beltpack’s wide dynamic range and audio contouring enable intelligible voice communication for every audio level, from a whisper to a shout.

All 700 Series beltpacks feature recessed rotary volume controls as well as Talk and Call keys that are guarded against accidental activation. An LED off mode is available for instances when the user requires complete darkness. For these situations, the switches are placed in convenient locations for ease of use. A concealed DIP switch on the back of the beltpack affords the capability to select audio and key options quickly and easily. This includes switching between electret or dynamic headset microphone options and setting a minimum or off level for headphone input and microphone output. Call with talk operation and latch or non-latch keying are also available. These features guarantee that individual users have an ideal setup for each situation.

Electrically, the entire 700 Series requires a lower operating current for additional beltpack drops. Moreover, the beltpacks are built to be fully compatible with all Clear-Com legacy partyline systems and are protected against damage from accidental connection to other XLR-3 equipped digital systems, such as HelixNet.

“The introduction of the RS-701 beltpack is a significant milestone in Clear-Com’s nearly 50 year history,” says Bob Boster, President of Clear-Com. “Clear-Com has been the leader in analog partyline systems since the 1960s. The evolution of our analog beltpack is primarily based on continuous customer feedback in regards to existing and legacy beltpacks as well as on the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of the Clear-Com team. We are proud to unveil the RS-701 beltpack today.”

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

Nathan Love Steps into the Ring for Battroborgs

Battroborgs, TOMY’s motion-controlled battling robot toys, leap to vivid life in a CG spot from the animation pros at Nathan Love. Creative Director Joe Burrascano and Director Jim McKenzie collaborated with agency Superfly Marketing Group to create a tangible onscreen representation of the epic battle that would stream from a child’s imagination. The result is a spectacular full-throttle Battroborg showdown played out beneath the lights and roaring crowds of a futuristic arena.


“Superfly wanted a cinematic and atmospheric piece that would make the Battroborgs appear larger than life,” explains Burrascano. “Jim, with his uncanny ability to understand clients’ needs and find engaging, creative solutions, was able to lead a large CG team to create this incredibly detailed, bold story promoting these cool little toys.”


The most significant creative obstacle came in enhancing the characters’ appearance and actions while maintaining the heart of the physical toys’ look. This meant adding points of articulation to the animated characters that do not exist on the robots, substituting the eye stickers for LED lights, and buffeting the onscreen combatants with wear-and-tear without making the product unappealing. To achieve the most accurate look possible, Nathan Love created 3D models of the robot products, then blocked out their movements in animation, making incremental changes that drove the spot without dramatically altering the look of the toys.


“The goal was to make the Battroborgs feel larger than life in both appearance and performance,” notes McKenzie. “Working closely with the creatives at Superfly and their clients at TOMY, we were able to find a balance that both embellished the storyline and stayed true to the toy’s actual form.”


Superfly, new to animation, had approached Nathan Love to work on the Battroborgs spot after a number of associates recommended the studio. “Executive Creative Director PJ Loughran cold-called us after hearing about our work from several sources,” remembers Burrascano. “As soon as we heard the words ‘epic,’ ‘battle’ and ‘robots,’ we were hooked!”


Credits:

Client: TOMY
Spot Title: “Battroborgs”
Air Date: June 2013


Agency: Superfly Marketing Group
Executive Creative Director: PJ Loughran
Producer: Matt Meschede
Writer: Marlena Ryan
Storyboards: Will Rosado


Production Company: Nathan Love
Executive Producer: James Braddock
Head of Production: Derrick Huang
Creative Director: Joe Burrascano
Director: Jim McKenzie
Character Modeling: Brett Porter
Additional Character Modeling: Eric Cunha
Character Texturing: Triston Huang
Rigging: Brett Porter
Animation: Brett Porter, Darren Chang
Environment Modeling, Texturing and Layout: Brett Porter, Triston Huang
Lighting and Rendering Lead: Natasha Saenko
Lighting and Rendering: Triston Huang
Compositing Lead: Kristjan Zaklynsky
2D FX: Kristjan Zaklynsky

About Nathan Love:

Nathan Love is an innovative animation, design, and development studio located in NYC. Driven by a passion to tell great stories and connect with audiences around the globe, Nathan Love develops memorable characters, imaginative worlds, and engaging narratives for television, film, Web, books and video games. Clients and collaborators include Kellogg’s Froot Loops, McGraw-Hill Education, Chips Ahoy, NBC-Universal, and Nickelodeon Studios.


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Hitachi Introduces Its Best and Brightest Installation Series Projectors Ever

ORLANDO, Florida, June 12, 2013 — Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group today announced the introduction of its CP-X8170, CP-WX8265 and CP-WU8460 3LCD projectors, offering the highest brightness ever available in Hitachi’s Installation Series lineup along with upgraded performance and connectivity and iPad and iPhone compatibility.

The CP-X8170, CP-WX8265 and CP-WU8460 deliver 7,000, 6,500 and 6,000 ANSI lumens brightness with XGA, WXGA and WUXGA resolution respectively and are the slimmest projectors in their category, making them ideal for larger conference rooms, auditoriums, educational environments, houses of worship and other professional applications.

All models feature Hitachi’s new, exclusive Accentualizer image processing with sharpness, gloss and shade controls that enhance sharpness, improve contrast and make fine details clearer. The result is superior, more realistic image quality—even in brightly lit rooms.

All three projectors provide Picture-In-Picture, which is ideal for videoconferencing, and Picture-By-Picture, which displays two images next to each other. Two digital images or a digital and analog image can be displayed simultaneously in either mode. All the projectors include a motorized lens shift system that enables lens shift, zoom and focus to be perfectly dialed in and increases installation flexibility. The projectors’ Perfect Fit 2 function enables quick image adjustment by moving its four corners one at a time, and corrects for pincushion distortion and keystoning if necessary.

All the projectors provide a full complement of connectivity options including two HDMI, one USB-A and two USB-B inputs, analog video and audio inputs and outputs and an RS-232C A/V system control port. All three models are iPad and iPhone-compatible via Hitachi’s Projector Quick Connection feature. An iPad or iPhone can be used as a remote control to operate the projectors; alternatively, images from the projectors can be displayed on an iPad or iPhone.

The CP-X8170, CP-WX8265 and CP-WU8460 offer network compatibility via wired or optional wireless connection (via a USB wireless adapter) and can be remotely operated via a local area network (LAN) using Hitachi’s PJMan projector management application. The projectors all include Hitachi’s PC-Less Presentation feature that enables users to project images directly from a USB drive or other USB storage device, eliminating the need to connect a computer. The projectors also feature optional, interchangeable lenses to accommodate for different throw distance requirements.

Additional features include Hitachi’s exclusive Input Source Naming, Eco Mode energy-saving operation, a remote that provides MyMemory, MyText, MySource and MyScreen buttons for fast access to frequently used functions and sources and more.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others.

For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Hitachi Ultra Short Throw Projectors Bring out the Best at Gretna Public School District

ORLANDO, Florida, June 12, 2013 — Systems integrator Engaging Technologies recently installed more than 200 Hitachi Ultra Short Throw projectors in six schools throughout the Gretna Public School District in Nebraska. The district is standardizing on the Hitachi CP-AW250N and BZ-1 Ultra Short Throw projectors thanks to their high performance, reliability and ease of use.

The Gretna Public School District called upon Engaging Technologies to equip the six schools with projectors in every classroom, which called for more than 200 projectors. Engaging Technologies began the project by installing Hitachi CP-AW250N Ultra Short Throw Projectors and later transitioned to the Hitachi BZ-1, installing more than 50 BZ-1 units since the project’s inception.

“Out of the more than 200 units we placed in the school district, there have hardly been any issues with the Hitachi projectors,” said Dustin Frank, President, Engaging Technologies.

Frank noted the District has been extremely happy with the Hitachi projectors’ quality. “The District has really enjoyed the Hitachi projectors and there were some things they really liked in particular—the Ultra Short Throw technology, which they had never seen before, along with the brightness and the flexibility to use the projector with virtually any computer software,” said Frank.

In the near future, Engaging Technologies will also be installing 22 more BZ-1 projectors in Gretna High School, as some new classrooms have been added to the building.

“The Gretna School District has continued to stay with the Hitachi Ultra Short Throw projectors,” Frank concluded. ”They have even brought in different schools outside the District to show the newly equipped classrooms and how they are using the technology.”

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others.

For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi Introduces Three New Collegiate Series 3LCD Projectors With Unique Features, Optimal Picture Performance and Outstanding Value

ORLANDO, Florida, June 12, 2013 — Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is introducing three new additions to its Collegiate Series 3LCD projectors: the CP-WX4022WN, CP-X4022WN and CP-X5022WN. These new models offer high brightness, energy efficiency and advanced connectivity, making them ideal for large classrooms, lecture halls and auditoriums.

The CP-WX4022WN provides a brightness of 4,000 lumens with WXGA resolution. The CP-X4022WN features a brightness of 4,000 lumens and XGA resolution, while the CP-X5022WN offers 5,000 lumens brightness and XGA resolution. All three projectors offer network compatibility via wired or wireless connection (wireless connection is available with the optional USBWL11N wireless adapter) and can be remotely controlled via a local area network (LAN).

The CP-WX4022WN, CP-X4022WN and CP-X5022WN are equipped with Hitachi’s Eco Mode and ImageCare energy-saving technology that combines optimal picture performance with maximum energy savings by decreasing energy usage, improving contrast ratio and lengthening lamp life. They provide up to a 3000:1 contrast ratio for vivid colors, bold graphics and crisp text.

The new Collegiate Series projectors offer the unique DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode, which reproduces images with an advanced grayscale level. This mode is ideal for viewing grayscale medical images, X-rays, and for training and educational purposes.

The projectors’ Perfect Fit 2 feature enables the user to adjust the image’s individual corners and sides independent of one another. Perfect Fit 2 also provides vertical and horizontal digital correction of either barrel or pin cushion distortions. This feature helps correct geometric and complicated distortions. Perfect Fit 2 projects images to correctly fit the screen quickly and easily. Also available is horizontal and vertical lens shift, which eases installation.

The new Collegiate Series models provide a full array of A/V connectivity options including HDMI, component, composite and S-video inputs, with RGB inputs and outputs, audio connections, and an RS-232C port for integrated A/V system control. Hitachi’s wired and wireless switcher solutions provide an expanded source selection and switching options for connected devices. The switcher is sold as an optional accessory that provides 1080p 30fps wireless via WHDI for both video and audio.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

Follow Hitachi on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hitachi-Projectors/131067323636829

Follow Hitachi on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/HALProjectors

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others.

For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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