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Masstech Announces Srinivas Gankidi As New Sales Manager For India Posted: 28/11/2019
Masstech Announces Srinivas Gankidi As New Sales Manager For India

Masstech is pleased to announce that Srinivas Gankidi has joined the company as Sales Manager for India.

Srinivas has over 20 years’ experience in the media and entertainment industry, delivering file-based technology solutions to major broadcasters in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, including Zee TV, Sony TV, SRM Channels, Jain HITS, TV9, RIL (Reliance Infocom), NTV, Star Maa, Somoy TV, and Ghazi TV.

Prior to joining Masstech, Srinivas was Sales Manager for Media & Entertainment at Quantum Storage India Pvt Ltd., and previously held sales engineering positions with Evertz Microsystems and Harmonic Inc.

Srinivas will form part of Masstech’s Asia Pacific team, designing and deploying Masstech’s Kumulate intelligent storage and asset lifecycle management solutions for clients throughout the region.

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Cooke Optics opens LA service operation for increased customer support in key market Posted: 26/11/2019
Cooke Optics opens LA service operation for increased customer support  in key market

Cooke Optics announced today that it has opened a service operation in Los Angeles, CA to provide full lens servicing and testing. This new operation further strengthens Cooke Optics’ dedication to worldwide service and support.

Les Zellan, Chairman, Cooke Optics, said, “With hundreds of movies and TV shows shot in and around LA each year, and many local rental houses stocking Cooke lenses, we’re proud to offer full lens servicing at a convenient location. The LA operation joins the Cooke service operations around the world, so customers can now reach us directly on both US coasts, the UK, São Paulo in Brazil and Shanghai in China.”

Michael Nadas has joined Cooke Americas as the company’s Optical Engineer in LA. He comes to the team with 28-plus years of technical experience in the film and television production industry, specializing in evaluating, testing and repairing both cinematic and broadcast lenses from multiple manufacturers to factory specifications. Michael established the quality control standards for lens testing and evaluating procedures company-wide at Sim, a leading supplier of studios, production equipment, workflow/dailies and post-production solutions. Over the course of his career, he has acquired an in-depth technical knowledge of specific types of lenses that are unique to our industry and most recently led Sim’s Motion Picture Optics department out of Los Angeles.

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Pixel Artworks Makes A Splash With The International Swimming League Posted: 22/11/2019
Pixel Artworks Makes A Splash With The International Swimming League

Pixel Artworks, the award-winning specialists in light and pixel technology, today announced the company was behind the creation of the dynamic set and show experience for the recent first world tour of The International Swimming League (ISL), a new start up swimming competition that is changing the world of competitive swimming.

Swimming is a hugely popular sport during global events including the Olympics and World Championships, and The International Swimming League aims to re-envisioning the sport, bringing it to a new social audience to increase engagement and promote public health. The ‘matches’ feature fast-paced, electrifying short-course swimming sessions with the world’s most elite swimmers competing, including Olympic and World Champions from over 10 different countries.

The ISL approached Pixel Artworks in October 2018 to create a unique audio visual sporting experience to fit with the leagues vision of reinventing swimming and spectating for a new generation.

Pixel Artworks created the huge modular set with a 67sqm of 2.6mm pixel pitch LED that radically changes the shape and angles of each of the venues. To create a fanfare and an engaging atmosphere throughout each event, Pixel Artworks produced a graphical video that acts as the narrative for each ISL ‘match’. The accompanying sound design was digitally composed to build a soundscape that heightens the senses and intensified the audience and viewer experience, designed to emphasise the narrative of the celestial origins of swimming.

Tags: Pixel Artworks | Pixel Technology | ISL | Audio Visual | LED
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WEIGL and Avolites Collaborate on Dollywood Wildwood Grove Installation Posted: 22/11/2019
WEIGL and Avolites Collaborate on Dollywood and rsquo;s Wildwood Grove Installation

Avolites and Weigl were proud to recently partner on The Wildwood Tree, a unique installation located within Wildwood Grove at Dollywood. The centrepiece of this new land is majestic and unlike any other tree in the world. It was designed & built by LifeFormations with creative from The Imagination House. All involved were able to bring this to life using pioneering lighting and video technologies.

Weigl designs and manufactures a range of fascinating software and hardware products for permanent theme park and interactive experience installations. The story of their collaboration with Avolites starts back in the mid 2000’s where Weigl used Avolites’ DMX Pearl and Azure consoles to create single universe ‘single pass’ moving light profiles for their animatronics shows. This shifted at the NAMM show in 2018 when things got a bit more interesting.

Mike Blasko, President of Weigl, met Stephen Baird-Smith, sales manager of Avolites, who was demonstrating Synergy on the stand – the groundbreaking feature set of Avolites’ Titan and Ai V12 software that integrates lighting and video control together. As the two began discussing the ins and outs of the software in more depth, Blasko was intrigued to see how it could work for the unique applications Weigl was being challenged with from their customers and partners. Weigl’s installations recently have relied more and more on lighting and video at their core and the team had been searching to find the most efficient way to generate DMX streams built partially from traditional lighting cues and partially from video. Their workflow also often relied heavily on traditional ‘busking’ approaches, which was what brought them to Avolites in the first place.

Although Synergy was still at its beta stage when it was introduced to Blasko, he decided to give it a shot in his upcoming projects and as product developers themselves, Weigl knew what they were getting into. From there, a strong partnership began. Weigl worked directly with engineers at Avolites and the team at Group One in US (the exclusive distributor of Avolites in the US) to start integrating Synergy into their Wildwood Grove project at Dollywood.

Using beta software on projects can be risky and requires a huge amount of support; however, it is the perfect opportunity to accelerate development. Weigl worked closely with Avolites, providing clear and concise feedback without the pressure of a live performance setting.

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X2X Media Group Announces Formation of Specialized Production Services Division Posted: 20/11/2019
X2X Media Group Announces Formation of Specialized Production Services Division

 

X2X Media Group, the entertainment industry leader in the development of secure communication and content management solutions, has announced the formation of X2X Labs, a highly technical team focused on developing specialised services and workflows in pre-production, on set, and throughout the post process. X2X Labs will help accelerate the adoption of new products and services that brands PIX and CODEX introduce to the market, provide valuable feedback on product direction, and provide tailor-made solutions in the rapidly evolving production landscape.

X2X Labs, will be under the direction of Craig Mumma, a 20-year production industry veteran and his scope is to provide custom solutions including API gateway extensions, third-party integrations, bespoke hardware and software solutions and on-location support.

Tags: X2X | Entertainment Industry | PIX | CODEX | Craig Mumma
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disguise and Evolve Media Group Announce New Partnership Posted: 19/11/2019
disguise and Evolve Media Group Announce New Partnership

disguise is pleased to announce its new partnership with Evolve Media Group as the latest Rental and Sales Partner in the US for disguise solutions.



Tags: disguise | Evolve | technology | Grif Palmer | Tyler Mayne | gx2 | vx 4 | 4K
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DPP launches industry-wide sustainability initiative Posted: 14/11/2019
DPP launches industry-wide sustainability initiative

The DPP Committed to Sustainability Programme provides a self-assessment checklist that enables companies to record their progress in implementing sustainability policies, and awards them a score out of five. Completion of the assessment entitles a company to display the Committed to Sustainability mark, and to publicise their engagement with the Programme.

The score is private to the company concerned, but it can be used in procurement submissions, in marketing, and as a motivating force for further improvement. The DPP will monitor the average score for the media industry as a whole, and report regularly on the sector’s progress.

The Programme is available to all companies, free of charge, irrespective of whether they are a member of the DPP.

“We all have an obligation to take action to address the climate emergency.” says DPP Managing Director, Mark Harrison, “This programme creates a simple and effective means for all media companies to ensure they understand how they can minimise their environmental impact - and record their progress.”

The Committed to Sustainability Programme is enabled by DPP member company Atos, which, along with other members, shared its own expertise to help the DPP shape the new scheme.

Tags: The DPP | Sustainability Programme | Mark Harrison | Atos | OTTs | SVG
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Perfectly in sync: Atomos and Timecode Systems reveal first generation of a new, integrated product range at Inter BEE 2019 Posted: 14/11/2019
Perfectly in sync: Atomos and Timecode Systems reveal first generation of a new, integrated product range at Inter BEE 2019

Take a global leader in recorder-monitors and add to it the clout of a powerful wireless sync platform and you get boundless opportunities for multicamera content creation of every budget and genre. The announcement of the acquisition of Timecode Systems by Atomos a few weeks ago came with a bold promise of a new, more democratic era for multicamera video production. And at this week’s Inter BEE exhibition in Japan, the newly joined companies are showing they’re already making significant headway on delivering this vision.

For InterBEE 2019, Atomos is putting the AtomX SYNC accessory for the Ninja V centre stage. It’s the first product from the recorder-monitor leaders to include fully integrated Timecode Systems sync power. This adds advanced wireless sync and remote device control features to the Ninja V’s feature set. Attaching the module locks the connected camera into a robust, frame-accurate sync with other Ninja Vs, and also any other sound and video devices, and even compatible smartphone camera apps using Timecode Systems products.

Tags: Atomos | Timecode Systems | Multicamera Video Production | Inter BEE Japan | AtomX SYNC | Ninja V
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CLEAR-COM APPOINTS DWR DISTRIBUTION AS AUTHORIZED PARTNER IN SOUTH AFRICA Posted: 14/11/2019
CLEAR-COM APPOINTS DWR DISTRIBUTION AS AUTHORIZED PARTNER IN SOUTH AFRICA

Clear-Com® has appointed DWR Distribution as a new Authorized Partner in South Africa, as its reach in the local live events and house of worship sectors continues to grow.

DWR Distribution supplies, installs and services audio, lighting and AV equipment for the entertainment sector in South Africa. Established in 2006 in Johannesburg, the company works with leading theaters, auditoriums, shopping malls, museums and houses of worship to provide reliable and trusted solutions for live events. Installations include Johannesburg Civic Theatre, The Freedom Park Museum, The Mandela Museum and Durban Art Gallery.

Richard Palmer, Regional Sales Manager Southern Europe and Africa, Clear-Com, said, “The DWR Distribution team has a well-earned reputation for excellent technical knowledge, honest advice and outstanding customer service. We are pleased to work with them as we continue to extend Clear-Com’s footprint in the region.”

Duncan Riley, founder, DWR, said, “DWR Distribution has grown as a company as well as the product range we offer. Our clients would like a one-stop-shop and there was a need for a communications system to fill the gap. We did a lot of research considering price point versus versatility and quality, and Clear-Com was the clear choice. We are really looking forward to this new opportunity - there’s already excitement in the air to present a robust and flexible communications system to the people working on live performances.”

Tags: Clear-com | house of worship | DWR distribution | South Africa | Richard Palmer
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Atomos releases Sumo 19 switching upgrade at Inter BEE 2019 show Posted: 14/11/2019
Atomos releases Sumo 19 switching upgrade at Inter BEE 2019 show

At the Inter BEE show in Tokyo this week Atomos will make multi-camera switching and recording even easier with the release of a live asynchronous switching and quad ISO recording update for the Sumo 19 HDR monitor/recorder/switcher. AtomOS 9.2 for Sumo 19 turns it into the simplest way to record and switch multi-camera events, being intuitive, extremely portable and highly cost-effective.

 

Up to five 1080p60 streams can be recorded simultaneously - four separate ISOs and the program out to the same SSD drive in Apple ProRes® or Avid DNx formats. This can now be done without the need to synchronize the cameras together using genlock. The channels can be switched in real-time at the touch of the screen and the resulting switched output recorded to the separate fifth channel, as well as output on either HDMI or HD-SDI. Each switch also signals a metadata cut/edit point that the Sumo 19 writes to the disk as an XML file. The ISOs can subsequently brought directly into your NLE’s timeline* with the edits already in place, all ready for fine tuning or re-editing. You can even configure the touchscreen to respond differently to single and double taps, giving the choice between a hard cut or a dissolve being written into the XML file. This will in turn tell the NLE which transition type it should use.

 

Tags: Inter BEE | Tokyo | Atomos | Sumo 19 HDR | AtomOS 9.2
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Visual Data Media Services invests and pound;250k in State-of-the-Art Cinema and Mastering facilities Posted: 14/11/2019
Visual Data Media Services invests and pound;250k in State-of-the-Art Cinema and Mastering facilities

 

Visual Data Media Services, the leading provider of digital supply chain services to global content owners and distributors, has announced the opening of a cutting-edge digital cinema at its leading facility in West London, UK.

The new cinema is fully 4K and Dolby Atmos capable and comprises a 10-seat theatre built around a NEC 4 projector and fed by a Doremi digital cinema server. A Dolby Atmos CP950 sound processor is linked to 28x JBL speakers and 14x 1KW Crown amplifiers.

Of particular interest is the 4-meter-wide acoustically transparent woven fabric screen. This is designed to Dolby and THX standards, and allows users to hear the cinema audio without the distraction of the perforations that are typically required to allow the sound from speakers mounted behind the screen to travel into the auditorium.

“This is the final time that many of our clients will see their film before it is distributed to the cinema network and it’s important that they have no visual distractions and are also assured that they’re reviewing their content in a high-end and fully calibrated environment,” explains David Margolis, Director of Digital Cinema at Visual Data Media Services.

Tags: Visual Data Media Services | digital supply chain | global | digital cinema | 28x JBL speakers | 14x 1KW Crown amplifiers | 4K QC
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PixStor Storage Ensures Jellyfish Pictures Meets A-List Security Requirements For Blockbuster Projects Posted: 13/11/2019
PixStor Storage Ensures Jellyfish Pictures Meets A-List Security Requirements For Blockbuster Projects

New PixStor secure multi-tenancy capabilities allow leading VFX and animation house to meet exacting security standards whilst delivering collaborative workflows.

Pixit Media, pioneer of software-defined storage and data-management solutions for Media and Entertainment, is delighted to announce that BAFTA and Emmy award-winning VFX and animation house Jellyfish Pictures is leveraging the power of PixStor’s new secure container services to meet the highest security accreditation standards, whilst supporting collaborative workflows across its multiple sites.

Established in 2001, Jellyfish’s combination of creativity, technological prowess, and reputation for security has established it as a major player in the international VFX and animation industry. Attracting A List clients and with recent blockbuster titles across film and TV including Star Wars, The Innocents, Black Mirror and many more on its slate, it has already worked extensively with the Trusted Partner Network (TPN) to ensure that all its sites are security compliant and certified to protect its clients high-value assets.

A long-term Pixit Media client, Jellyfish relies on PixStor software-defined scalable infrastructure as its central storage platform to unify users, applications and data into a single environment and enable collaboration with guaranteed sustained high-performance - on-premise, across multiple sites and into the Cloud. With content security an increasingly pressing concern and non-negotiable requirement amongst clients such as Netflix and HBO, Jellyfish is now benefiting from PixStor’s new secure multi-tenancy capabilities to isolate client materials in a TPN-compliant manner within the PixStor environment.

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Maggie Rogers Shines Brightly With Sapphire Touches Posted: 11/11/2019
Maggie Rogers Shines Brightly With Sapphire Touches

MIRRAD supplies two Avolites consoles for Ben Everett’s design for producer, songwriter and performer’s headlining tour

A lot has happened in Maggie Rogers’ world since 2016, when a video of her demoing a then-newly-recorded song, “Alaska,” for Pharrell Williams at NYU went viral. Following opening slots on major tours with both HAIM and Mumford & Sons last year, Rogers dropped her own major label debut, Heard It in a Past Life, this past January, which charted in the second highest slot of the Billboard 200. Consequently, the artist has spent much of 2019 on the road in support of the album, performing a sold-out fall headline tour in such iconic venues as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Berkley’s Greek Theatre, and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

The “look and feel” of Rogers’ tour this year has been a collaborative effort between the artist and Lighting Designer Ben Everett, who first started working with her when he lit Rogers’ first-ever show in London two years ago. Having toured with an impressive roster of bands over the past five years—including Bear's Den, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Dandy Warhols—Everett is now part of the UK-based MIRRAD team, which has been supplying a pair of Avolites Sapphire Touch lighting control consoles for Rogers’ 2019 worldwide trek.

Everett notes that he’s been using Avolites lighting consoles “pretty much since I started in the live music industry,” he shares. “I was lucky enough to learn on all of the early Titan software, and mainly used the Tiger Touch II and Quartz consoles to begin with. The features that kept me attracted to the desks at first were the ability to quickly create really impressive and intricate effects, and the user-friendly and multi-functional layout of the touchscreens. And while growing with the consoles over the years, the ease of being able to create cue stacks, key frame shapes, and pixel mapping really helps me in my day-to-day programming now.”

Tags: Avolites | Maggie Rogers | Sapphire Touches | Lighting | Servers
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disguise gx range powers video intensive MTV 2019 VMA show Posted: 11/11/2019
disguise gx range powers video intensive MTV 2019 VMA and rsquo;s show

In August 2019, MTV hosted its 36th Annual Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, USA. The awards saw performances from some of the biggest names in the modern music including Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Missy Elliot, and Miley Cyrus to name but a few. Broadcast globally, the show saw an audience of over 1.5million tune in to watch the show.

The show featured an eye-popping array of video elements throughout the show with used during performances and for stage design and text listings of performers and presenters. Entertainment design firm Visual Noise Creative LLC deployed ten disguise gx 2 media servers to facilitate the video intensive environment.

Jesse Ignjatovic, Co-Founder of the live entertainment production company Den of Thieves, executive produced this year’s show and helped spearhead the use of impressive visuals for the VMAs.

“MTV and Viacom continues to push the limits on television production year over year, and for us that means new scenery with massive amounts of integrated video,” says Trevor Burk, Creative Director and Screens Producer at Visual Noise Creative. “The set that Julio Himede designed this year was no exception and was almost entirely made of video. We needed a platform that enabled us to be creative, flexible and fast enough to get this monster of a show on its feet in a short amount of time.”

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NewTek TriCaster Mini Brings UHD Digital Media Production and Streaming to Schools, Businesses, and Professional AV Posted: 08/11/2019
NewTek TriCaster and reg; Mini Brings UHD Digital Media Production and Streaming to Schools, Businesses, and Professional AV

Today NewTek introduced the next generation TriCaster® Mini, the newest addition to the TriCaster product line and the world’s most complete and compact video production system.

The plug-and-play setup of TriCaster Mini allows new video producers to get started quickly, and easily work their way up to creating more sophisticated programs, in resolutions up to 4K, for delivery to all of today’s screens. Its small size and light weight allows storytellers to take it anywhere, set up and get started in minutes. Also included are hundreds of entry-level and advanced production tools like built-in virtual sets, amazing animated transition effects, replay for sporting events, streaming, recording, projecting, one-touch social media publishing, and much more.

“Everyone has amazing stories to tell, and video is the most powerful way to deliver your message. That’s why we strive to make it fun and exciting to create,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for Vizrt Group, parent brand of NewTek and NDI®. “Whether you’re a student, a corporate communications manager, or a seasoned video professional, TriCaster Mini has everything to get you going and make broadcast quality shows you can stream to all your favorite social media outlets.”

 

Tags: NewTek | TriCaster Mini | 4K | Vizrt Group | broadcast
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