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20th Century Fox Makes Blockbuster Movies with AMX Control Systems & Touch Panel Displays

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http://www.ccsprojects.com/ – CCS Presentation Systems and AMX partnered with 20th Century Fox to use AMX Control Systems & Touch Panels in their Digital Film Post Production Facilities in LA. The …

http://www.ccsprojects.com/ – CCS Presentation Systems and AMX partnered with 20th Century Fox to use AMX Control Systems & Touch Panels in their Digital Film Post Production Facilities in LA. The AMX NetLinx and Axcess Control Systems plus numerous AMX Touch Panels automate 4 separate screening rooms, 3 feature dubbing stages & 1 video transfer/editing department that puts the final touches on blockbuster movies.

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  • 1. Broadcasting l Education l Entertainment l Government | Healthcare Home Theater | Hotels l Houses of Worship l Network Operations Centers Presentation Facilities l Private Transportation l Retail | Whole HomeBroadcast Exhibition Stands Camera Control Dubbing Suites 20th Century Fox Post Production Facilities Edit Suites Effects Coordination Graphic SuitesOutside Broadcast Vehicles Radio Studios Switching Centers Television Studios Creative BROADCASTING Outlet Whether you are viewing a live newscast, listening to the radio, behind the scenes from day one. or watching a movie, the advanced control and automation The amount of media formats available can be mind-boggling. features of AMX are used to manage every second. Today’s Daily television newscasts and radio broadcasts, as well as fastest growing media affiliates and largest film studios movie releases throughout the year, represent a conglomerate incorporate AMX technology as a way to maximize the return on of digital, video, tape, satellite, print and Internet media. investment by optimizing their time in such rapid-fire, pressure- packed environments. AMX provides advanced yet easy-to-understand control capabilities designed to effectively manage the consistency of Powerful AMX Control Systems and user-friendly AMX Touch all content plus the seamless flow of different video and film. Panels facilitate peak efficiency and achieve broadcast quality The proper organization and editing of each media format is a without compromising overall production or creativity. Within priority. Accuracy is a must. Harnessing AMX technology to the walls of the media control room and film integrate the surrounding equipment, necessary to perform the screening/editing/dubbing stages, AMX makes a significant many tasks of production, remains vital. AMX takes contribution that can be reflected in Nielson ratings and box sophisticated electronics and lessens the learning curve. One- office results – two areas in which AMX control has assisted in touch automation boosts overall reliability, minimizing possible yielding big numbers. downtime by tracking the status of each device 24 hours a day. The next time you marvel at the special effects and animation of Think of broadcasting as a race. One that relies heavily upon a high-budget production, consider all the work that went into perfect timing. Not only to reach your audience first but with the creating these amazing visuals. Hours upon hours of computer latest, most accurate information, exhilarating images and graphic development. A variety of post production equipment intense sounds. At the touch of a button on your AMX Touch designed to review daily filming. And, of course, AMX Panel, fine adjustments are made to audio/video signals, cued integration to bring it all together to quickly and effectively tapes, recorded broadcasts, time tracking, pre-timed segments, analyze each frame and edit audio. This kind of emphasis by teleprompter scripts and camera angles. Maximum results, the directors and producers on giving the audience something minimal effort, thanks to AMX. new and jaw-dropping requires our leading control technology
  • 2. 20TH CENTURY FOX LOS ANGELES, CAapplication profile PRESSURE, WHAT PRESSURE?NAME20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox boasts a remarkable history that spans eight AMX EVERYWHEREDigital Film Post Production Facilities decades, making it one of the premier major movie studios in Although this is not the only post production facility in Los the world. Yet before the opening movie credits, before taking a Angeles running a control system or automation, FoxLOCATION seat, even before purchasing tickets, there is the behind-the- Studios represents the most comprehensive installation ofLos Angeles, CA. scenes magic of editing and dubbing. At the Fox Studios Post AMX technology. Over the course of three years, from 1999AMX DEALER Production Services Facilities in Los Angeles, AMX Control to 2002, Sand Hill Media integrated the screening roomsSand Hill Media Systems and Touch Panels play a leading role in bringing and mixing stages with AMX Axcess Control Systems, 10.4" together the surrounding screening room and re-recording and 5.5" Touch Panels. "Most studios do this kind of thingPROJECT MANAGERS technology. AMX helps to put the final touches on the movie as in little jumps," Sutter said. "They build a little at a time. AtSteve Sutter & Jeff Henderson a whole. And that usually makes the difference between a Fox, they committed to everything, to put AMX everywhere."INTEGRATED MANUFACTURERS EQUIPMENT popular film and a $100 million blockbuster.AMS Neve, BGW Pro Audio, Cisco, Dolby, JBL, That includes:Kinetone, Simplex, Tascam SO MANY POSSIBILITIES Four Screening Rooms — Two AMX 10.4" Color Active FlushAMX PRODUCT FAMILIES Within any of the four screening rooms and three feature Mounted Touch Panels. One positioned in the middle of theNetLinx & Axcess dubbing stages at Fox Studios, AMX control transforms high theater for end-user convenience and another mounted in the pressure into high production. "These rooms at Fox are the back booth area. Plus two AMX 5.5" Touch Panels.OVERVIEW most advanced, high end rooms in Los Angeles," said SteveBehind the scenes, before a movie’s release,AMX control plays a major role in the film Sutter, Founder of Sand Hill Media (Berkeley, CA), the Three Feature Dubbing Stages — One AMX 10.4" Colorediting and dubbing process at the 20th exclusive integration company for this high profile project Active Touch Panel custom modified to fit into the consolesCentury Fox Post Production Facilities in Los and long-time AMX Dealer. "They have every film, video and woodwork. Three AMX 5.5" Touch Panels in the booth.Angeles. AMX NetLinx and Axcess Control digital format available, the latest video projectors, customSystems, plus numerous AMX Touch Panels,automate four separate screening rooms, three modified film projectors, linkage to remote locations, high- One Video Transfer / Editing Department — Multiple AMXfeature dubbing stages and one video end everything. It can get complicated with so many pieces 5.5" Touch Panels positioned in the equipment rack to helptransfer/editing department. of equipment, so many switches, so many possibilities. Its control video systems audio routing. insane at times. To have to screen a movie or to mix it withHIGHLIGHT all of this gear in front of you, without AMX, you are bound to Less than six months after the projects completion, Sand HillRealizing the need to keep careful watchof events and dialogue on the screen during make mistakes more frequently. Once the people at Fox Media has already returned to the Fox Studios lot in an effort tothe editing and dubbing process, Sand Hill became accustomed to using AMX to automate the handle a series of upgrades — at the request of studioMedia developed a device that communicates processes, they no longer even think of walking into a room executives, of course. This natural evolution leads to NetLinx,and operates in conjunction with the AMX without this level of integration. They have visited otherTouch Panel: The Sand Hill Media UniversalJog/Shuttle. It looks like an oversized radio screening rooms in town and leaveknob and allows the booth operator to manage wondering how those other studiosframe-by-frame editing and voice-overs. exist without AMX."The Jog/Shuttle’s movements, recognized byan AMX Touch Panel, provide heads-up controlthat is easy to use and familiar with allmedia formats.
  • 3. Dealer Spotlight Sand Hill Media ADDRESS 2004 Yolo Avenue Berkeley, CA 94707-2639 PHONE Main Line: 510-527-7258 WEBSITE www.sandhillmedia.com BUSINESS FOCUS Sand Hill Media handles systems design, project management, and the integration of media system projects, specializing in feature film and broadcast post-production as well as highly customized corporate media and networking systems. The company can provide a host of design services from architectural, mechanical, furniture and electric to sophisticated digital systems. In addition, Sand Hill Media offers strategic business consulting services relating to technical systems design, cost, usage and economics. ESTABLISHED SCREENING ROOM MAGIC 1997 Enter studio executives, ready to videoconference with a director filming at a remote location and preview the days takes. The operator in the booth already knows to dim the lights to a certain level, to activate the microphones mounted in the ceiling, and bring in the the video feed on cue. This expert operator must switch the proper electronics quickly, accurately, and in the right order. A moment ago, the screening room sat silent. Suddenly, it is alive with moving images and sound. "The stress level goes way up," Sutter explained. "So has the reliability thanks to AMX. These film screenings, videoconferences and other presentations come off without any worries and the downtime is negligible. Sand Hill Media Universal Jog/Shuttle Whether Rupert Murdoch (owner of media conglomeratethe most capable family of control products from AMX. "They News Corporation Ltd. that includes 20th Century Fox) or alove it so much that they came to me and said, All this stuff is famous actor (like Ben Affleck, who has starred in suchgreat. What else can you do that is just as great because we blockbuster movies as "Daredevil" and "The Sum Of Allwant to be there," said Sutter. "It is a very competitive industry, Fears") walks into the room, the increase in tension is worthso Fox has to be at the edge of technology in order to sell their it because AMX makes it all work right."facilities to directors and producers." In fact, many movieproduction companies and well established directors andproducers come to Fox because they prefer the technology andfeatures offered by the Post Production Facilities. It has becomethe defacto home of Director Steven Spielberg for postproduction of his Dreamworks films, according to Sutter. Sand Hill Media Founder Steve Sutter
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