Marshall Cameras Enhance Kent State University’s eSports Live Streams Without Any Player Distractions

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Kent State University originally launched its eSports program in the Fall of 1998 and it was the beginning of something big. Today, with a community of over 400 students and growing daily, the University currently competes at a varsity level in the Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League and Hearthstone competitions. Looking to enhance live streams by capturing athlete reactions and interactions with other players and team members, Jason Forbes, broadcast engineer at Kent State University, Teleproductions turned to the miniature CV503 POV and full featured CV730 PTZ cameras from Marshall Electronics.

The University was already very familiar with Marshall, as its cameras are used throughout the campus for some of its traditional sports and as observation cameras for classrooms and labs. The design and integration of Kent State’s 12-seat V-style arena gaming space was done entirely in-house with an assist from Heartland Video, which provided most of the video production gear. The use of Marshall’s ultra-compact cameras allowed the team to enhance its live streams to Twitch without causing any player distractions or interference.

Roland Offers Free Piano Lessons Powered by Pianote

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Following a record-breaking year for piano sales, Roland, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, announces its partnership with Pianote, offering three months of free online piano lessons to users across the U.S. and Canada. Whether it’s looking to hone piano skills or pick up the instrument for the first time, owners of qualifying Roland pianos* will get unlimited access to everything inside Pianote – from step-by-step lessons to detailed song tutorials, access to live lessons, and support from real piano teachers.

The pandemic brought a boom in music instrument sales. According to Pattern, a global ecommerce company, pianos, which are the most commonly played instrument in America, saw one of the biggest surges (+32%) among musical instrument sales during the first few months of the pandemic in 2020. Both Pianote and Roland experienced strong growth, with Pianote doubling its memberships in the past year and members spending more time on average (+20.14%) engaging with the platform. Roland had a record-breaking year as well, with keyboard sales up 60% in 2021. Its piano models have been selling exceptionally well during the last 12 months, with Roland’s award-winning FP-30 ($699.99) being a standout among them. Roland introduced the FP-30’s replacement model in January, the FP-30X ($749.99), which is receiving a record number of orders and is expected to be one of Roland’s best-selling pianos, ever.

LynTec Wins Two 2021 Commercial Integrator BEST Awards

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LynTec, a leading manufacturer of innovative electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting (AVL) systems, is the winner of two 2021 Commercial Integrator BEST Awards. After being reviewed by the award’s judging panel, LynTec’s LCP Lighting Control Panelboard and Narrow Profile Panelboards both earned the publication’s building enhancements award category for power conditioning, surge suppression, and energy solutions.

“We’re committed to empowering our customers with solutions that work for their needs and their facilities to properly and simply power the AVL solutions in their installs,” said Mark Bishop, President of LynTec. “The LCP and the Narrow Profile Panelboards were created based on feedback from our customers who have long built a standard around our robust RPC Series. With the introduction of these products, they have even more flexibility in their designs without losing any of the benefits of our RPC superior power control. We’re incredibly honored by these wins — what a great indicator from the installation industry that we’ve hit the mark.”

Eliminating Artifacts when Shooting LED Video Screens: Global Shutter Camera Technology

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Most of us have seen slowly-moving dark bands or thin lines when shooting video with large LED displays in the frame. The LED screen could be the focus of the shot or just in the background, but either way, these unwanted artifacts detract from the visual experience and vary in size, number, intensity, and movement depending on multiple factors.

Most of these artifacts are caused by the type of imagers used in the cameras. Modern video and still cameras use CMOS sensors to capture images, and most have been “rolling shutter” CMOS imagers. In this article, we will discuss the advantages of the latest development in CMOS sensors – “global shutter” – and how global shutter imagers can greatly reduce or eliminate LED display artifacts.

Elation July 8 Coffee Break

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In many respects, a lighting designer is only as good as the lighting tools at his or her disposal. So what makes one luminaire a superior tool for creative lighting design and another not? Join Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the July 8th Elation Coffee Break as they showcase one of Elation’s most popular and creatively rich moving heads, the Artiste Picasso™.

From Elation’s award-winning Artiste series of creative, full-featured moving heads, the Artiste Picasso is an innovative and inspirational theatrical-grade luminaire. The 23,000-lumen LED light is rich on features, including a zoom and a rotating 4-blade framing system, and houses the latest in artistic projection possibilities, allowing lighting pros at all levels to light like a master. A universal fixture with the flexibility to serve a variety of applications, it produces the uniform field of light that designers prefer while staying whisper quiet, making the Artiste Picasso ideal for stage environments of all types.

Streaming Success Starts With the Camera

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Live steaming of worship services over the internet is far from entirely new to Houses of Worship, but has taken on a vastly new level of significance for them in recent months. Streaming was already a growing part of many churches’ initiatives to expand their ministries and connect with members unable to attend in person, but the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions on in-person gatherings have thrust online video delivery into the spotlight.

When choosing technical solutions for live streaming, a lot of attention is focused on the streaming encoder and delivery platform such as a CDN or social media channel – the last steps in the chain before the content reaches viewers. The cameras at the start of the chain are sometimes almost taken for granted but make a huge difference to both the quality of the results and operational considerations. Lower-end options ranging from smartphones and DSLRs to PTZ cameras and camcorders may seem attractive for their low cost, but broadcast-class cameras can significantly improve the look of your streams – as well as IMAG when congregants return to the sanctuary – and are more affordable than you might think.

BenQ Expands Lineup of Classroom Interactive Displays With Entry-Level Cloud-Based Models

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BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, is bringing the power of cloud connectivity to the forefront of classroom learning to support remote and hybrid environments with the new, affordable RE Series interactive displays. Available in 65-inch, 75-inch, 86-inch, and 98-inch models, the RE series incorporates the same intuitive, feature-rich EZWrite cloud whiteboard software and InstaShare wireless screen sharing system as the award-winning RP Series raved about by teachers. Educators simply tap to teach with all the tools they need right at their fingertips to make learning a positive, engaging experience and build future-ready, successful students.

“When we introduced our education interactive displays over nine years ago, we designed a collaboration solution that was based on years of feedback gathered from teachers, students, and school IT and technology staff,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director of business development at BenQ America Corp. “The RM and RP Series solved the user, connectivity, and collaboration challenges they experienced with traditional whiteboards — from glitchy touchscreens and limited collaboration and content capabilities to zero asset and software management and maintenance features. As we enter an all-new era of learning, we have continued to listen to the education community. The RE Series furthers our commitment to responding to these needs with features and capabilities that are ready to support the new dynamics in today’s hybrid classrooms.”

Allen & Heath All Install Virtual Conference

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We are excited to present a 3-day virtual conference with a program of live webinars and 1-to-1 meetings. With a packed schedule aimed at system integrators, consultants, installers and project developers, the webinar sessions will showcase Allen & Heath solutions experts and technology partners, including Audinate and Crestron, discussing a range of audio-focused hot topics.

Attendees will also get the opportunity to discover new additions to the Allen & Heath install product range and get the chance to engage with presenters live during the sessions.

Analog Way Launches Next-Generation Picturall™ Mark II Media Servers

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Analog Way, world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative image processing systems is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its next generation of Linux-based media servers: the Picturall™ Mark II series. Entirely engineered around a new, extremely robust and powerful professional hardware platform, the new Picturall™ Mark II series delivers outstanding performance for supporting large-scale events and installations from a single server unit while offering ease of use and rock-solid reliability at affordable prices.

The new line replaces the current Picturall media servers and includes four products: Picturall Pro Mark II, Picturall Quad Mark II, Picturall Quad Compact Mark II and Picturall Twin Compact Mark II.

PreSonus Studio One 5.3 Adds Major New Features

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PreSonus® has released Studio One® 5.3, the latest version of its award-winning recording and production software (DAW). The second update in less than three months, version 5.3 adds major new features for scoring, creative production, live performance, and general workflow, many in response to feedback from Studio One users and PreSonus Sphere members.

With the addition of musical symbols playback in Studio One 5.3 Professional, composers working in Score View or Piano View can now connect musical symbols and dynamic markings to Sound Variations, which were introduced in version 5.2. Musical symbols playback works with any orchestral library that features corresponding articulations. A new tab in the Sound Variations mapping editor enables mapping symbols to Sound Variations using simple, intuitive drag-and-drop or by auto-mapping based on the Sound Variation names of the currently-selected instrument. A new Musical Symbols lane for the Note Editor lets you view symbols and Sound Variation events side-by-side. Apply musical symbols in either the Note Editor or the Score View, and they will render accurately in both. Output mapping of Sound Variations has been extended to include MIDI channel information as part of the activation sequence, enabling virtual instruments such as Native Instruments’ Kontakt to address specific articulations.