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On the road to the future: publitec purchases 16 MA VPU plus units

8 November 2009

publitec Präsentationssysteme & Eventservice GmbH of Herdecke, Germany, has recently bought 16 MA VPU plus video processing units. In addition to its regular hardware configuration, the innovative video control is also fitted with 2 x HD-SDI-in inputs.

Jens Richter of publitec comments: “At the beginning of 2009, we launched the ‘Content Competence Center’, allowing publitec to offer its clients comprehensive support regarding video content handling and multichannel image presentation. Our strength lies in our knowledge of video formatting and encoding as well as in the usage of well established media servers. Thanks to working with grandMA video for a long time, we are familiar with the MA-Net system and all its benefits, plus the second to none support of MA Lighting and its German distributor, Lightpower. So we’re now very much looking forward to offering our clients with the MA VPU another state-of-the-art product for video control. We’re absolutely convinced that the MA VPU is a product that will establish itself on the European and worldwide markets.”

The whole operation relies on MA's tried-and-tested control philosophy and is therefore very straightforward. Setting up and programming the MA VPU is really timesaving. This plug & play solution enables an instant show start. After connecting the MA VPU to a grandMA/grandMA2 console, everything is ready to go. With the MA VPU, video is controlled just like another lighting fixture.

Based on MA Lighting's rock solid technology, the MA VPU offers extreme reliability and powerful performance. It is optimised for transport, longevity and use on-the-road as well as for fixed installations like theatres, TV studios, etc.

Three different versions of the MA VPU are currently available: MA VPU pro, MA VPU plus and MA VPU basic.

It is possible to select, control, live-access and to alter all the MA VPU’s videos, still images and 3D objects from the grandMA. As all MA VPUs and grandMA consoles share the same showfile on an MA-Net network, just one additional MA VPU can backup the complete system. If an MA VPU fails, it is possible to easily select your backup MA VPU and use this instead.

The MA VPU pro provides four Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) DVI-outputs to control four individual streams with one MA VPU pro. The MA VPU plus offers two Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) DVI-outputs and the MA VPU basic two HD (1280 × 720 pixels) DVI-outputs.

Thanks to the horizontal and vertical softedge blending as well as the keystone correction, the output can be scaled to any size. Furthermore the 3D Keystoning functionality enables the user to fit content to any 3D objects irrespective of their size and shape. If there is a video running too fast or too slow, this can be adjusted via the frame interpolation and smooth speed control.

Additionally the powerful Pixel Mapper can be used to display video content on any DMX-Matrix (up to 256 DMX universes via ArtNet). The picture can be aligned on pixels that don’t have fixed aspect ratios. Another invaluable feature is the possibility of changing between Pixel Mapper-mode and “Standard”-mode – which is used for outputting video content via projectors or plasma screens - from any grandMA console.

There are numerous other functions, features and effects available like contrast, saturation and hue, as well as blur, sepia, black/white, waves. All of them can be easily accessed and their use is self explanatory. Also the MA VPU plays back the sound on video clips and can be controlled by an individual sound master per layer.

With up to 32 x 3D-video-layers (8 for the MA VPU basic) the MA VPU allows massive scope for creativity, coupled with over 17GB of professional pre-installed HD and SD video content on every unit.






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