ETC’s Eos Lighting Control Platform gets Augment3d with Latest Update

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ETC officially released the Eos v3.0 software, bringing powerful three-dimensional programming and augmented-reality control to the Eos platform. This update marks the official integration of the much-anticipated Augment3d toolkit into Eos. With Augment3d, users can program moving fixtures with unprecedented speed and ease, visualize their cues in an imported model of their space, and even position lights with a flick of an augmented-reality smartphone “focus wand.” Over 5,000 beta users tested the software in recent months, and their feedback has helped to build one of the most exciting new Eos feature sets yet.

The new software runs natively on all the latest Eos Family hardware and can be used with the ETCnomad software on Mac and PC. Educators, students, and those wishing to learn the software can download the latest ETCnomad software for free and make use of the Augment3d programming space to create virtual design projects in offline mode. ETC has also created a virtual light lab show file to help students use Augment3d to learn about lighting.

Hitachi Cameras Enable High-Quality Streaming for Eastview Christian Church

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Founded in 1955, Eastview Christian Church usually hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week across two physical campuses – its main location in Normal, Illinois and a second site in Bloomington – and its online services. As video became increasingly important for both its in-person and internet-based worship experiences, the church purchased five SK-HD1800 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) to elevate the quality of its productions. The resulting improvements have proven even more valuable as COVID-19 gathering restrictions drive online attendance to levels far beyond their own congregation.

As Eastview’s previous cameras neared the end of their useful lifecycle, the church started looking for replacements that would bring both operational and visible benefits. “We had been running a mix of four or five professional-class cameras and smaller camcorders but only had CCUs and remote control on two of them, which made it challenging to dial them all in and rely on operators for iris and shading,” said Andy McGirr, associate pastor of technical arts at Eastview Christian Church. “There was also a growing realization of the importance of what’s being viewed online to the overall ministry of our church, and the significance of delivering high-quality streaming experiences.”

Magewell Adds NDI®|HX Support to Pro Convert Decoders

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Magewell today announced new updates for the company’s Pro Convert for NDI® to HDMI and Pro Convert for NDI® to HDMI 4K standalone IP decoders that further expand the devices’ support for Newtek’s evolving NDI® media-over-IP technology. The free upgrades add compatibility with the high-efficiency, lower-bitrate NDI®|HX mode in NDI® 4, complementing the decoders’ existing support for full-bandwidth NDI streams.

Magewell will highlight the updated Pro Convert decoders as part of its virtual exhibit at the upcoming IBC Showcase digital experience, taking place online September 8-11.

Marshall Electronics USB 3.0 Converter Provides High-quality, Remote PC Broadcasting Solution Anywhere in the World

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As the world continues to adjust to changing work environments, Marshall Electronics is meeting the increased global demand for remote streaming and collaboration by enhancing the 3GSDI/HDMI to USB 3.0 converter product category. The VAC-23SHU3 USB 3.0 adapter enables any HDMI or 3G/HD-SDI video and audio source to be ingested into a computer for live streaming, video conference, collaboration, video production, and recording. These converters are simple to use and offer a plug-and-play setup that seamlessly integrates professional video sources to the user’s choice of PC-based soft codecs and applications.

“The industries that we service are adapting to a new normal,” says Tod Musgrave, Director of Cameras at Marshall Electronics. “The VAC-23SHU3 converters couldn’t be easier to setup; they become fully functional within seconds of connection. Essentially, you plug your camera into this adapter, then plug it into your computer via USB, and the computer immediately recognizes the capture device.”

QSC Announces Quantum Level 1 Training Course

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QSC is excited to add a new course to its robust training portfolio – Quantum Level 1 Training. This advanced course goes beyond the basics of QSC system design and equips the system integrator with best practices and procedures to implement systems more successfully, as well as troubleshooting methods and procedures for resolving common post-sales support problems.

FOR-A Video Switcher Helps SeaCoast Grace Church Expand Streaming Content During COVID-19 Restrictions

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SeaCoast Grace Church in Cypress used to produce live streaming coverage of its three weekend services with its HVS-490 HANABI video switcher from FOR-A Corporation of America. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, however, the nondenominational church can no longer welcome approximately 4,000 people through the doors of its main auditorium every weekend. Instead, it produces coverage of one weekend service, and has added coverage of classes, meetings, and additional worship during the week for various groups within its community.

Normally, the 2 M/E switcher is used to produce two simultaneous productions. The first provides coverage for the two I-MAG (image magnification) screens in the 2,000-seat main auditorium, as well as the streaming feed. The second provides a separate feed for the 1920×1080 LED video wall that serves as a backdrop for the on-site singers and musicians.

PERG Releases Safe Return to Work Guidelines

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PERG is pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of the PERG Safe Return to Work Guidelines, Precautions for Preventing Transmission of COVID-19 for Camera and Lighting Rental Operations, Sound Stages, and Production Vehicles.

The document has now completed its public review cycle. The task group received feedback from all parts of the industry, rental companies, IATSE, and production. We are grateful for the thoughtfulness and concern of all who provided feedback.

Absen America Announces the Launch of HC0.9 and K Plus to North American Market

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Absen America is excited to announce the launch of two new LED display products to the North American market, HC0.9, a MiniLED product incorporating 4-in-1 IMD and common cathode technology, and K Plus series, a cost-effective commercial display product.

HC0.9 is Absen’s new 0.9mm MiniLED display designed for the high-end control room market and other mission-critical environments that require ultra-high definition images within limited spaces. Applications includes conference rooms, board rooms, museums, and science centers and beyond. Packed with the latest IMD 4-in-1 package and Common Cathode technologies, the product offers over 2.5 times the strength of traditional LED screens while consuming 20% less power.

Marshall Electronics Collaborates with BR Remote to Create CV-PT-HEAD Micro Pan/Tilt Mount Head for Miniature Camera Line

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Marshall Electronics has joined forces with high-end pan/tilt head designer BR Remote, to design and build a micro P/T head, the CV-PT-HEAD, for Marshall miniature cameras. The new P/T head is compatible with all Marshall 500 series cameras including the CV503, CV503-WP, CV506, CV506-H12, CV565 and CV566.

“BR Remote makes very high-tech remote heads for film and television, and this collaboration leverages the strengths of both companies to create a really unique miniature camera pan/tilt head solution,” says Tod Musgrave, Director of Cameras at Marshall Electronics. “The team at BR Remote were very easy to work with and we are really impressed with the finished product and how it interacts with our miniature cameras. The CV-PT-HEAD camera system can fit in the palm of your hand, and when used with the CV-MICRO-JYSTK passes power and control to the camera using the Lemo to Hirose cable included in box. We are highly motivated to continue to add more and more camera models in different configurations as well as forge relationships with highly skilled designers that can enhance the Marshall camera value proposition.”

New IPMX Website From AIMS Is Now Live

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The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today launched a new website dedicated to the alliance’s new Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) proposed set of open standards and specifications. IPMX addresses the Pro AV industry’s need for a single set of common, ubiquitous, standards-based protocols that ensure interoperability for AV over IP.

“The IPMX website makes it easy for anyone to learn more about this exciting approach to AV over IP,” said David Chiappini, working group chair, Pro AV Workgroup at AIMS. “In addition to outlining the fundamentals of IPMX and the benefits it enables, the website provides up-to-date information on related events and presentations by industry experts. The site is a one-stop shop for those interested in finding out more about IPMX and how it can be implemented within their operations.”