Magmatic welcomes Atmospheric FX Specialist Joey Olaerts

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Elation Professional’s atmospheric effects brand, Magmatic, is pleased to welcome Atmospheric FX Specialist Joey Olaerts to the Elation and Magmatic team. Olaerts will work with Elation’s R&D and sales teams to ensure that current Magmatic products meet customers’ needs, as well as conduct product research, testing, and viability studies to develop and market new atmospheric effects solutions.

Designed, engineered and exclusively distributed by Elation, Magmatic specialty effects encompass dependable haze, fog, snow, CO2 cryogenic simulation, and UV LED lighting products that are built to last, along with a complete line of specially formulated effect fluids. Olaerts will also be overseeing Elation sister-company ADJ’s atmospheric product line.

Renkus-Heinz helps the Salvation Army Reimagine a Hollywood Golden Age Classic

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When the Hawaii theater opened its curtains in the heart of Hollywood in 1940, it offered an experience like no other. The theater had seating for over 1,100, a large lobby and lounge, retail shops, a children’s nursery, and much more. The Hawaii theater was famous for its “erupting” volcanos of light on each side of the screen signaling the start of a movie. For more than 20 years, the theater personified the Golden Age of Hollywood, but while many might say the theater’s best years are behind it, the Salvation Army Hollywood— with the help of fellow Southern-California company Renkus-Heinz — is bringing a new vision for the theater to life.

The Hollywood Corps of the Salvation Army Hollywood purchased the Hawaii theater in 1963 and converted it into a multi-use community center. Faced today with an alarming growth of homelessness in Hollywood, the organization was looking for new ways to generate more resources and provide hope within the neighborhood. Local performer, music composer and Emmy-nominated TV show creator Sammy Oriti visited the Salvation Army’s Hollywood center and had an inspiration.

C2G Launches Custom HDMI Adapter Ring Configurations

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C2G now offers its award-winning Retractable Universal Mount 4K HDMI® Dongle Adapter Ring perfectly configured for every project. Available through ConnectXpress, Legrand’s on-demand cabling connectivity expert, integrators can select and build an Adapter Ring with the exact connectors they need for any installation.

“The connectivity game has changed. Users need to bring in whatever device they’re comfortable working from or that the organization has standardized and quickly get to work presenting to the display,” said Robert Mays, Associate Product Marketing Manager, C2G, A Brand of Legrand. “While our new adapter ring provides lots of options, we recognize that every project is different. ConnectXpress allows integrators to quickly build what they need when they need it. And if we don’t have it on the website, contact us and we will custom make it for you.”

BenQ Debuts Zoom-Certified Smart 4K UHD Conference Camera

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BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, is launching the latest video camera in its DVY family, the DVY32 smart 4K UHD video camera. Compatible with all leading video conferencing platforms, the video camera boasts Zoom™ certification, BenQ’s color performance technology coupled with a high-performance Sony 4K image sensor, 120-degree-wide field of view with 5x digital zoom, AI-powered auto framing, two omnidirectional microphones, and H.265 video encoding for smooth streaming with less bandwidth.

“A quick Google search of the 4K UHD video conference cameras available on the market reveals solutions that are either incredibly cost prohibitive for organizations needing cameras in multiple meeting rooms or lack professional-grade features that define a good meeting experience,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director of business development at BenQ America Corp. “The DVY32 delivers the best video and audio for less than $500, allowing organizations to outfit numerous rooms without breaking the bank or compromising on quality.”

IHSE USA Now Shipping Draco DPS KVM 4X1 Desktop Switches

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IHSE USA is now shipping its new Draco DPS 4X1 KVM desktop series switches. Offering a wide range of features that makes them among the most flexible 4X1 KVM switches currently available, the OS- and software-agnostic Draco DPS KVM 4X1 desktop switches are designed to allow quick customization to support multiple displays.

“As video standards continue to evolve, such as dual- or quad-head 4K resolutions, integrators must match video hardware with the right type of switch or display management system,” said Dan Holland, marketing manager at IHSE USA. “This complex task is especially difficult when multiple computers need to be accessed at the same workstation area that may be working across different platforms or networks. For users who need to monitor or manage several computers, the DPS 4X1 provides an easy way to access them with a single mouse and keyboard while meeting evolving requirements.”

IHSE kvm-tec Gateway2go Secures Best of Show Award at InfoComm 202

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IHSE USA today announced that its IHSE kvm-tec Gateway2go app received a Best of Show award from Sound & Video Contractor magazine at InfoComm 2022 in Las Vegas. A judging panel made up of AV experts evaluated the Windows-based app during the show. The innovative software solution allows users to connect to the switching network at any time and display a live image of a specific local unit.

“Remote workers present a unique challenge to protect confidential company data because remote work environments don’t have the same safeguards in place that would be found in an office environment,” said Dan Holland, marketing manager at IHSE USA. “We developed the Gateway2go with an eye on the growing security risks that remote work presents while ensuring users can connect just as simply and reliably as if they were local. Thank you, SVC and the judges for seeing how we’re working hard to align to our switching solutions with the quickly evolving state of the industry.”

Jonathan and Melissa Helser Record Live Worship Album Using DPA Microphones

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With their home serving as a pastoral, inspirational setting, Christian music duo Jonathan and Melissa Helser chose to record their latest live worship album at their farm, alongside family and friends. To enhance the album, entitled The Land I’m Livin’ In, the duo also chose to film the sessions, which added a personal touch. The Helsers turned to Brad King, engineer and co-owner of worship sound production studio Creak Music, for all the recording and mixing work necessary to achieve their artistic vision. Knowing it was imperative to capture the Helser’s vocal stylings as well as the unique environment in which they were recording, King turned to DPA Microphones for the natural sound and clarity the new album deserved.

Having previously used DPA mics on live recording projects, King knew that the brand would be the best option for miking both the vocals and instruments properly. “I’ve loved every mic I’ve ever used,” he says. “So, for this project, we started chatting with DPA about what to use, and we put together a whole list, which turned out great. Among the many benefits of using DPA is the small form-factor of the mics.”

Just Add Power’s MaxColor 4K60 Series Named Commercial Integrator BEST at InfoComm 2022

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Just Add Power, a leader in AV-over-IP distribution, announced its new MaxColor™ 4K60 Series received a BEST Award in the Matrix Switchers category from Commercial Integrator magazine at InfoComm 2022 in Las Vegas. The 2022 BEST Awards highlight products and services that are genuine difference-makers in the commercial AV industry, enabling integrators to sustain and grow their businesses. Winners were selected by a panel of judges with no affiliation to the nominees. The MaxColor series was previously honored with a Best of Show award at ISE 2022 in Barcelona.

“MaxColor continues to be a must-see, must-have solution for elegantly supporting the 4K distribution requirement,” said Taft Stricklin, sales team manager at Just Add Power. “Not only was it a hit at the show, but, based on the feedback from installers, it also has been the answer to numerous projects since it began shipping at the end of March. We’re stoked to be acknowledged by Commercial Integrator and add yet another award win to MaxColor’s roster as proof of its powerful UHD distribution performance and ability to greatly simplify installations.”

BenQ Releases Most Secure Wireless Presentation System to Date

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BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, continues its leadership in the wireless presentation system category with its new ultra-secure InstaShow WDC30. Featuring three layers of wireless protection — Wi-Fi 6 encryption, ISO EAL6+, and FIPS 140-3 — the InstaShow WDC30 is engineered and certified to meet the stringent security requirements of U.S. government agencies, financial institutions, healthcare organizations, and other high-risk enterprises. Users can instantly connect the germ-resistant WDC30 button to their laptop and tap to present sensitive data with stunning, smooth 4K@60fps video output to up to two displays without network logins or software downloads, which can pose network security threats.

“The risk of a cybersecurity attack is multiplying at an alarming rate every year, with an average cost of data breaches to companies worldwide coming in at $3.86 million and sources predicting that $172 billion will be spent on information security this year alone,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director of business development at BenQ America Corp. “The WDC30 is the first commercially available wireless presentation system to meet FIPS and EAL6 security standards that can help thwart costly and catastrophic cybersecurity events. It’s even more secure than common accounting programs and most networks.”