Vectorworks, Inc., MA Lighting and Robe lighting Announce DIN SPEC 15800 Recognition for GDTF

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With fellow General Device Type Format (GDTF) founders MA Lighting and Robe lighting, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. touts that DIN SPEC 15800 officially recognizes the GDTF as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide.

“With this latest accomplishment of DIN SPEC 15800, GDTF will continue its growth and see even greater success now that it is recognized as a standard way of communicating controllable characteristics of lighting fixtures,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “GDTF has covered a lot of ground in the two short years since inception. We already have 35 manufacturers signed on to support the open standard and are grateful for their contributions to help build a solid basis for a standardized format that will advance the industry in new ways. I look forward to seeing more manufacturers, as well as more entertainment professionals contributing to the wide-spread availability of GDTF files and benefiting from it in their workflows.”

EAW Names Aldridge Marketing as Representative for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana

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Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW®) announces that Aldridge Marketing, Inc. (AMI) has been appointed as its manufacturer’s representative serving Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

“Aldridge Marketing’s stellar reputation and proven results made them an obvious choice to be EAW’s representative in the South-Central U.S. region,” says TJ Smith, president for EAW. “We selected Aldridge because of their customer service as well as the company’s history of brand-building. We look forward to working together with Aldridge in creating long lasting relationships with our existing as well as new customers in the area.”

Magewell Expands Recording and Live Streaming Capabilities in Ultra Stream Encoders

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Magewell has released a new upgrade for its award-winning Ultra Stream family of live streaming encoder hardware that further enhances the devices’ exceptional ease of use and versatility. Available in all new units and as a free firmware update for existing customers, version 1.3 adds flexible new recording modes alongside expanded streaming protocol support and various minor refinements.

Magewell’s Ultra Stream encoders make live streaming remarkably simple even for non-professional users, enabling them to record or stream high-quality video with one click using on-device buttons, a browser-based web interface or an intuitive smartphone app. Designed for users who want to stream but may have minimal technical knowledge, the compact devices are ideal for addressing the increased need for live streaming created by today’s stay-at-home and social distancing restrictions.

“Many individuals and organizations are turning to live streaming for the first time to help them continue communicating with their followers, members, constituents or fans,” said Nick Ma, CEO and CTO at Magewell. “Ultra Stream’s outstanding ease of use and affordability make it easy for new streamers to get started, while the encoders’ quality, reliability and feature-richness make it similarly appealing for streaming professionals.”

StreamGear Celebrates Coveted Award Win for VidiMo Live Streaming Production Solution

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Streaming solutions innovator StreamGear Inc. is proud to announce that its smartphone-empowered VidiMo handheld, live production system has been honored with a 2020 Special Edition Best of Show Award, presented by Digital Video following the NAB Show Express digital experience.

VidiMo – short for Video director on Mobile – turns a smartphone and HDMI video source (such as a camera) into a full-fledged, virtual production and transmission studio, enabling a single operator to produce multi-source, television-style shows that can be streamed live, recorded or both. Offering an easier way for both video professionals and enthusiasts to create and stream engaging, high-quality, live productions, the new hardware-and-app combination enables anyone to become a multi-camera producer, social media video star or citizen journalist.

Future’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency, and performance in serving the industry. A Special Edition of the award program was held this year in the absence of a physical NAB Show, with entries judged on their written nominations.

TC Furlong Inc. to Host Webinar on the new Yamaha RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 Digital Audio Consoles

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Join TC Furlong Inc. as the company hosts a webinar on Wednesday, June 10th 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST for an online look at the latest releases from Yamaha Pro Audio featuring the new RIVAGE PM5 and RIVAGE PM3 control surfaces, as well as the DSP-RX and DSP-RX-EX DSP engines and Version 4 firmware that provides features to new and legacy RIVAGE systems.

Both new Yamaha RIVAGE consoles feature large, capacity touchscreens that enable engineers use of multi-finger gestures; i.e. the ‘pitch’ motion used on smartphones. The PM5 has three display screens which the PM3 has one. As with their predecessors, the consoles each have 38 faders: three bays of 12 and two Master faders and laid out with an eye toward efficiency.

Just Add Power Names High Note Sales as New Rep

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Partnership Increases Service and Support for Growing Florida Dealer Base

Just Add Power, a leader in video-over-IP distribution, announced that the company has partnered with High Note Sales, a Florida-based manufacturer’s sales rep to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. Under the partnership, High Note will represent Just Add Power’s entire lineup of award-winning solutions, backed by service and technical support, to the company’s growing dealer base in Florida.

“The High Note team has a long history of bringing high-end components to their customers in the custom space, backed by over 125 years of combined experience and knowledge,” said Taft Stricklin, sales team manager at Just Add Power. “The company will be instrumental in providing impeccable service and support to our dealer network in Florida.”

Pliant Technologies Announces Wireless Intercom Trade-In Promotion

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In partnership with its domestic dealers, systems integrators and international distributors, Pliant Technologies announces a wireless intercom equipment trade-in program that will run through September 1, 2020. With the purchase of Pliant CrewCom Control Units and Radio Packs, customers can trade-in any professional wireless coms product for a rebate. The equipment eligible for trade-in can be from any professional wireless intercom manufacturer and in any age, condition, working or not, and in any frequency band.

“As we all know, the FCC repack has had a dramatic effect on the wireless products used in production. Many customers are still using intercom systems that worked fine in the past but are now exhibiting interference issues or are actually no longer legal to use,” says Gary Rosen, Vice President of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “In today’s environment, it is crucial that personnel have access to the most dependable and high-quality intercom equipment available to successfully execute production operations. This promotion offers customers a unique opportunity to move away from their old out-of-date wireless intercom and modernize their communications with a reduced cost upgrade to the latest intercom solutions from Pliant Technologies by getting value from their obsolete gear. Customers will receive rebates of $250 per Control Unit and $100 per Radio Pack. This promotion is only available for customers purchasing CrewCom systems through the network of Pliant’s authorized dealers, systems integrators, or distributors.”

AY Productions Turns to Pliant® Technologies’ CrewCom® for a Range of Popular Live Events

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AY Productions, audio and coms specialists, turns to Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom to provide robust communications for a range of live productions including Thursday Night Football (TNF), the AFC Championship, the Democratic Debate in Charleston, the Masters, U.S. Open Golf, PGA Championship, World Series, NFL Draft, and the Super Bowl. Aaron Young, coms engineer at AY Productions, and Andy Rostron, freelance coms engineer, began their partnership working on Thursday Night Football (TNF) back in 2013.

As technologies advanced and productions grew more complicated, the duo found they were outgrowing their traditional analog wireless system, which was difficult to deploy and did not provide enough coverage. During their search for a replacement wireless intercom, they found exactly what they were looking for with the CrewCom 900MHz system.

Visix Adds 12.5-Inch E Ink Sign to Meeting Room Signs Product Line

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Visix, Inc. has announced the release of their newest electronic-paper room sign, the EPS 125. This 12.5-inch E Ink sign is the largest display available for room sign applications, and is the third e-paper sign from Visix, alongside their EPS 60 and EPS 74 models.

New EPS 125 room signs have a large display surface with a resolution of 1304 x 984 pixels (4:3), which is twice as big as most e-paper room signs on the market. The signs can be used in either landscape or portrait orientation, with an anti-reflective screen offering high visibility and contrast, and a 180-degree viewing angle. 

AUDAC Offers Innovative Sound Training Certificates

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Recently it was announced that AUDAC launched a brand-new education platform. Did you know that this platform allows you to earn an Innovative Sound Training Certificate?

With the launch of the brand new AUDAC Education Platform, AUDAC is introducing exciting new ways to connect with their partners and digitally pursue their quality level of education.

The platform features various online training videos ranging from entry-level training that introduce you to the solutions to in-depth training that explain all different functionalities.