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Hitachi Projector Boosts Resident Involvement and Participation at Tara Woods Community

North Fort Myers, Florida, January 31, 2014 – As the central gathering area of the Tara Woods 55-and-older community in North Fort Myers, FL, the center’s clubhouse needs to provide a consistent projection source for all kinds of media. After a previous projector had failed, Wayne Cox’s experience in educational A/V led him to purchase a Hitachi CP-WX8265 projector for the community. The projector was purchased from Harmon’s Audio Visual in Fort Myers, FL.

“There are no window coverings in the clubhouse, so high brightness is a must,” said Mr. Cox, who is a member of a volunteer group called Sound and Lighting that sets up, operates and services all audio and video equipment for the community. “I’ve already received plenty of positive feedback from the community on the brightnesow s and clarity of images.”

The clubhouse seats several hundred and is used for movie nights, bingo and, most recently projected lyrics during the community’s Christmas Carol Sing-a-long.

“Attendance at our movie night has already increased because of the picture quality,” said Mr. Cox. “We are able to rely on the image quality even on the brightest days.”

Mr. Cox, now retired, used to work as the Technologies Manager at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He became familiar with Hitachi products during his time there, recognizing the projectors for their high resolution, brightness, contrast ratio, aspect ratio and connectivity.

The Hitachi CP-WX8265 3LCD projector features a brightness of 6,500 ANSI lumens and supports an aspect ratio of 16:10 WXGA.

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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.

Christie Delivers Higher Brightness with Upgraded Christie G Series and New Christie Q Series

Christie® welcomes three upgraded Christie G Series projectors to its powerful, industry-leading 1-chip DLP® line-up at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 4-6. Providing 6000 lumens and WXGA/HD/WUXGA resolution, the three new Christie G Series models raise the benchmark of single-lamp, high brightness 1-chip DLP® performance at a low ownership cost.
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Also debuting at ISE is Christie Q Series. The 1-chip DLP® projector powerhouse with a sophisticated design delivers best-in-class performance with brightness options ranging from 8500 to 10,000 lumens and XGA, WXGA, and WUXGA resolutions.

Christie Q Series Debuts at ISE 2014


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Upgraded and Expanded Christie G Series Delivers 6000 lumens and Six-Segment Color Wheel
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Boasting 6000 lumens and a single-lamp design, the upgraded Christie G Series is the brightest in its category and provides the exceptional image quality, brightness and dependability that is essential for presentations in board and conference rooms. For higher education, government facilities and houses of worship with limited budgets, the Christie G Series delivers the cost effective solution combined with long-life DLP® technology needed in such environments.
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A new category in the upgraded Christie G Series is the Christie DWX600-G with WXGA resolution. The Christie DWX600-G is ideal for applications where the superior image quality of 1-chip DLP® and high brightness are vital but high resolution is secondary. Each upgraded Christie G Series projector is also equipped with a six-segment color wheel for the widest possible color range and more natural, vibrant images. Now shipping with a standard lens included, end users can also choose from a suite of optional lenses.
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“As customer expectations change and grow, Christie is in the vanguard of providing brighter and better 1-chip DLP® solutions for a variety of installations and with two upgraded models and a brand new WXGA model, Christie has a complete line-up of 1-chip DLP solutions for every presentation need,” said Curtis Lingard, technical product manager, Christie. “The upgraded Christie G Series is durable and suitable for demanding environments such as signage and museums where the projector will be on for long periods of time. Unique to this class of projectors, the upgraded G Series also delivers multi-projector blends onto curved surfaces seamlessly and effortlessly for a perfect image every time.”
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Installation is straightforward with features like optional wireless connectivity and input options including HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. When it comes to authentic images, the Dynamic Contrast feature boosts contrast ratios up to 4800:1 and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture functionality provide flexible display options.
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The Christie DWU600-G replaces the DWU550-G and the Christie DHD600-G replaces the DHD550-G. Along with a boost in brightness, the new G Series models also offer 33 percent longer lamp life over the previous models and are equipped with DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode for training purposes.
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New Christie Q Series 1-Chip DLP Delivers Up To 10,000 Lumens
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The Christie Q Series 1-chip DLP® platform with brightness options ranging from 8500 to 10,000 lumens and XGA, WXGA and WUXGA resolutions is equipped with eClarity™ – advanced image processing that significantly enhances images by providing greater control over image sharpness, gloss and shading. With built-in High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR), image ‘washout’ in high ambient light conditions is eliminated by adjusting the dynamic contrast to recapture detail lost by excess ambient light on the screen. Christie Q Series is also equipped with DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode for training purposes, all in an elegant design.
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“Whether displayed in portrait or landscape mode, Christie Q Series sets an industry benchmark for brightness and flexibility in this category of 1-chip DLP,” said Frank Anzures, senior product manager, Christie. “With the finest digital display tools available combined with an unsurpassed commitment to 1-chip DLP® solutions, end users have peace of mind with Christie.”
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With the built-in dual color wheel, users can quickly choose between two color wheels to select the one that best suits their content and application.
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“The High-Brightness color wheel provides superior whites for better graphic presentations while the Ultra Rich-Color wheel provides an expanded color gamut that rivals cinema color space,” said Anzures. “The Q Series is also equipped with an automation function that allows for easy switching between the color wheels.”
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For rental staging applications including concerts, conventions and other events where visuals are a vital component, end users will recognize the Q Series’ difference when blending or warping images from multiple projectors onto flat, curved, hexagonal, or spherical surfaces.
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Usable in either single lamp or dual lamp mode, Christie Q Series models include the Christie DXG1051, Christie DWX951 and the Christie DWU951. Both Q Series and G Series ship in March with a three-year warranty, backed by Christie’s industry-leading renowned customer service and support.

Game Creek Video Trusts PESA for Routing Needs at Super Bowl XLVIII

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced Game Creek Video, an HD mobile production company based in Hudson, N.H., will use PESA video and audio routers for FOX’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Jason Taubman, Game Creek vice president of design and new technologies, said 75 percent of the company’s fleet is in the New York area to cover the Super Bowl for various clients. The entire truck compound at the game will be connected through PESA video and distributed audio routing systems, he said.

FX, the five-truck production system, which includes five 53-foot expando trucks, is in place at the stadium for the FOX game broadcast. It includes a PESA Cheetah 512×1024 digital video router with embedding/de-embedding, along with a DRS 2048×2048 distributed audio router that supports analog, AES and MADI.

Liberty, on location at MetLife for FOX pre-game programming, includes a 53-foot production unit and a 53-foot graphics and support unit. The main truck features a Cheetah 384×720 digital video router, as well as a DRS 1536×1536 distributed audio router with analog, AES, and MADI I/O. “The whole world has not gone digital,” Taubman explained. “We need a variety of connection methods.”

Northstar, another 53-foot expando, was used on Jan. 28 for Super Bowl Media Day coverage at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., then moved to MetLife for FOX Sports 1 coverage. The truck includes a Cheetah 288×576 digital video router, plus a DRS 704×576 distributed audio router with analog and AES I/O.

The game will be produced in 720p HD, with 55 cameras and 24 six-channel EVS replay systems, plus frame sync sources, 4K composites, graphics, and a “host of new toys” that FOX will reveal during the broadcast, Taubman said. “It’s a pretty straightforward crosspoint matrix,” he noted, “we just have a huge capacity needed.”

PESA has historically been one of Game Creek’s router systems of choice because of product performance and excellent customer support, Taubman said. In fact, Game Creek recently upgraded Liberty to PESA’s PERC3000 IP-based router control system. “It’s been a big plus in giving us better control over the router and providing additional configuration options for our clients,” he added. “We have a long standing relationship with PESA. Their products have been rock solid.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

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MAXON CINEMA 4D Helps Savannah College of Art and Design Students Tackle Real-World Creative Challenges for Super Bowl XLVIII

Company’s 3D Motion Graphics Software Used at Preeminent Educational Institution to Contribute Design Concepts for Opening Animation of Broadcast

Newbury Park, CA – January 31, 2014 – MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, announced that a group of Savannah College of Art and Design® (SCAD) students, relied on CINEMA 4D, its industry-leading motion graphics software, to help develop and design the animated opening concepts for the FOX Sports Super Bowl XLVIII game-day broadcast on February 2, 2014. (Link to Business Wire press release: http://www.enhancedonlinenews.com/news/eon/20140131005173/en/MAXON/CINEMA-4D/C4D)

For the past 12 years, CINEMA 4D has been in use at SCAD in the Motion Media Design department as a resource to teach state-of-the art 3D graphics and visual effects techniques.

“MAXON remains committed to the education community in developing the highest quality 3D tools that will inspire the next generation of 3D creative professionals,” Paul Babb, CEO, MAXON US says. “We are thrilled that CINEMA 4D helped the SCAD student design team tackle the creative challenges on one of the most-watched television programs in the world.”

Led by Austin Shaw, SCAD professor of Motion Media Design studies and design industry veteran, a team of 20 students spent 10-weeks during the Fall 2013 term providing creative elements for the opening of the Super Bowl based on assets provided by FOX Sports. The project is a collaboration of SCAD’s Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) and the FOX Sports University program. The CLC awards students credit and real-world project experience as they research and solve challenging design problems with the professional community.

According to Shaw, CINEMA 4D is among the software tools used in the curriculum at SCAD to educate students about network branding and enabled his team to more easily and efficiently contribute high quality and inspiring content for consideration on the high profile project.

“CINEMA 4D was very useful to the design process and gave the students a winning advantage when creating the style frames and design boards that serve as important visual guides while also allowing us to showcase dynamic moments in time to FOX Sports prior to the production of the Super Bowl broadcast.”

Jason M. Diaz, who served as student technical director for the project, explained that during production CINEMA 4D’s character animation tools helped the team create a fast workflow for motion tests to animate Cleatus, the FOX Sports robot, and blend its different movements. “We were able to convert motion capture and hand animated data into motion clips using CINEMA 4D’s Motion System with a result that it felt more like editing footage, compared to copying and pasting keyframes in the traditional manner.”

The broadcast coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled to air on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 2, live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. FOX Sports will also live stream the telecast at FOXSports.com/SuperBowl and on iPads through the FOX Sports GO IOS app.

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Clear-Com Intercoms Drive Educational Programs at Middlesex University

FreeSpeak Wireless and Eclipse-Median Matrix Promote Easy Collaboration and Increased Learning Capabilities at the Institute’s School of Media and Performing Arts

LONDON, 30 JANUARY, 2014 – A Clear-Com® production intercom solution has been installed at the brand new TV Studios at the Hendon Campus of London’s Middlesex University. With the deployment of FreeSpeak Digital Wireless Intercom System, Eclipse-Median Digital Matrix System and V-Series key panels, Television Production students at the University’s School of Media and Performing Arts can now learn more about production techniques and intercom functions.

“The intercom systems at our previous television production studios had a limited range, which inhibited communication in some instances,” explains Barry Cooper, Television Studio Manager for Middlesex University. “Now, with the FreeSpeak and Eclipse-Median systems, we have a fully comprehensive talkback system throughout the studio facility, allowing for a highly collaborative environment. The systems broaden our students’ experiences and increase the level of knowledge they can achieve.”

Additionally, Cooper references the grouping capabilities of the Clear-Com FreeSpeak system as one of its biggest strengths. “The FreeSpeak beltpacks are convenient because you can preset different user groups onto each channel, for each distinct production,” he explains. “Once we configure them for the students, they are good to go, without any problems.”

Since FreeSpeak is fully integrated with the Eclipse-Median through a controller card, FreeSpeak wireless beltpack users can communicate directly with those on Eclipse V-Series key panels at fixed positions. Working with Sony, Clear-Com’s U.K. Systems Integrator, Cooper installed 15 V-Series panels throughout the facility. Two panels are located in the newsroom, while others are found in the studio’s control galleries, editing suites and green room.

“Middlesex University sought to enhance communications at its new studios to better equip its students for a promising future in broadcast production,” explains Dan Muchmore, Clear-Com’s Regional Sales Manager for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia. “With the reliability and connectivity options that FreeSpeak and Eclipse-Median have to offer, Clear-Com is very proud to help foster a collaborative learning environment. We are also glad to provide students with the invaluable experience of working with professional-grade intercom solutions.”

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

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