Monday, June 16, 2014

Just in Time For InfoComm 14 - Lighting for Webscasting / Distance Learning

10 Tips to Light Your Webcast | Tobin Neis | Sean Brown
Earlier this year I traveled to the home of my alma mater Madison, Wisconsin to present a webcast for Sonic Foundry using their  MediaSite platform on things to think about when setting up lighting for webcasting and distance learning.

It all came together when a friend from college - Virginia Daugherity - suggested lighting would be a great topic for the company she works for as they do regular online educational seminars for their customers who regularly create content for webcasting and distance learning and it comes up in discussions a lot.

I met with Virginia, Sonic Foundry SVP Sean Brown, and Dir of Communications Tammy Jackson and we put together an outline everyone felt would be great.

Next came time to live capture and present.  The cool thing about the MediaSite Platform is that it can be used both online and offline.  A camera captures the  people presenting while there is an inset window with the presentation that can be swapped based on the viewer's needs.  When live viewers have the capability to text in questions to the presenters in real-time.  The other neat feature is that the recorded presentation has a timeline along the bottom to pretty much any platform.

Webcast Control Station at Sonic Foundry
Sean Brown Preparing for the Webcast

Their recording room is pretty slick.  Control Center, standard news desk, and two large monitors so you can see the online image as well as the current and next slide in your presentation.

Sean and I did the roughly hour-long presentation and going into it we had appx 575 people who registered to log into the session.  We fielded questions on the fly and by the time the session ended the folks at Sonic said almost 800 people were online watching the session.

If the topic of lighting for video conferencing or distance learning is something you'd like to hear a little more about or if you are interested in the technology that Sonic Foundry has for these purposes log into the session and watch it or stop by either of our booths at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20 in Las Vegas and we'd be glad to talk to you more!

Barbizon Lighting is in InfoComm Booth C5356
Sonic Foundry is in InfoComm Booth C9131

Monday, June 09, 2014

Barbizon Updates Houston's KTMD Lighting

For KTMD Telemundo in Houston, TX the challenge was to take a brand new space with video walls, LCD displays and Chroma-key elements and design a daylight balanced, fully functioning studio that was easy to maintain without causing delay in the studio’s packed programming schedule.

In order to create a cost effective and attractive space that would keep light from spilling in from the large bay window overlooking the active newsroom below, Barbizon Lighting, Lighting Designer Bruce Aleksander and KTMD Telemundo, devised a plan to implement daylight balanced fixtures that would not only minimize the light from newsroom window, but also hide the glow that the LCD and video walls emitted at various points throughout the studio.

Utilizing Robert Juliat TIBO Led ellipsoidals and Desisti Magis and Leonardo fresnel units, created an efficient and quality space.  Desisti fluorescent fixtures were employed as soft key lighting and for the Chroma-key wash.

To control all of these fixtures, the ETC Element console and Doug Fleenor opto-splitters provided a balance between allowing for future growth and providing appropriate control for the current situation.  To make the production team’s life easier, Barbizon supplied custom power distribution and control receptacles throughout the studio to make cabling fast and effective.

For more information on this project, please contact the Systems Division of Barbizon Light at 303-394-9875.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Barbizon Lights Up Madison Square Garden For Stanley Cup

Barbizon Lighting and the New York Rangers have one thing in common, but it’s a big thing: The Stanley Cup and Madison Square Garden. The Rangers will play the inside of the venue, but Barbizon Lighting is playing the exterior.

Madison Square Garden recently upgraded its internal architectural and sports-lighting package provided by Barbizon Lighting, and after the Rangers captured the hearts of New Yorkers by clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup Series, the Rangers and MSG’s management wanted to celebrate this achievement by making the exterior of the building shine just as brilliant as the competition happening inside. MSG and the Rangers turned to Barbizon because of their recent work on the One World Trade Center spire.

Barbizon New York and lighting designers Al Crawford and Zak Al-Alami of Arc3 Design provided a design that would illuminate the exterior of Madison Square Garden, from 31st and 33rd Streets, 8th Avenue, and from the roof of the Chase Hallway on 7th Avenue. The design called for covering the more than 90 exterior lighting fixtures with the Rangers blue hue, and to add some punch and energy -- Over 50 Vari*Lite VL3500 Wash luminaires placed atop telescoping lifts surrounding the building will light the landmark exterior of Madison Square Garden. All the lighting is controlled in whole by several ETC Ion 2000 consoles. 4Wall New York and Tinc Productions pulled together this rental package in record time, making the event possible while B&G Electric provided the electrical support team.

MSG became aglow in Ranger blue and will continue for the duration of this year’s Stanley Cup series.

Below is a gallery of set up of pics from load in over the last week.

MSG 06-09-14


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Visit Barbizon Lighting At InfoComm June 18-20

InfoComm 2014
Barbizon is excited to once again be exhibiting at the annual InfoComm conference June 14-20 with the trade show floor being open on Wednesday - Friday June 18-20.

This year we will be showing the very latest in lighting options for production, video conferencing, and location content creation from several manufacturers all in one place for you to see side-by-side.

We also will be showing a partner manufacturer's new product for the very first time, so if you plan to be at the show stop by Booth C5356.

If you haven't registered for the show and need a floor pass you can get one here and use VIP Code BAR1803 it will save $150 on the price of a floor pass!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Meet Jeremiah Brophy - Barbizon Capitol's New Sales Manager

The Barbizon Lighting Company is pleased to announce that Jeremiah Brophy will be the new Sales Manager to lead the company’s Mid-Atlantic products and expendables sales operations.

Mr. Brophy has worked professionally in the audio/visual and theatre industries for over 20 years.  Mr. Brophy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and History from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado and has been a Journeyman with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees since 2001.  Most recently, Mr. Brophy was the Production Manager and Fringe Coordinator at Live Arts in Charlottesville, VA where he was responsible for the technical logistics of over 50 theatrical productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Barbizon is excited for Jeremiah to become a part of our family,” remarked Barbizon’s President Jonathan Resnick, “we know that with his background and expertise, he’ll be a tremendous asset - not only to Barbizon Capitol, but to Barbizon’s entire management team."

"It’s great to be a part of a company I’ve known about for years and I strongly believe in continuing Barbizon’s commitment to customer service,” said Brophy. "I look forward to working with the already great team here at Barbizon Capitol and further growing our opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region."

Brophy will be working out of Barbizon’s Capitol offices in Alexandria, Virginia and can be reached at 703-750-3900 or emailed at