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Sennheiser and Behind the Scenes Host Free Audio for Film Workshop in Dubai

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Behind the Scenes, a leading Dubai-based production house, has successfully hosted a workshop detailing the audio aspects of cinematography with the support of Sennheiser Middle East. The free to attend five-day event, which received the patronage of partner organizers Dubai Studio City, Dubai Culture, DIFF and technology sponsor VITEC.

The training took place in the first week of April and featured in-depth presentations and demonstrations of the latest audio solutions. The workshop also included intensive hands-on sessions that covered everything from basic principles of microphones, good practices for recording and all the way up to working with your recorded sounds in post-production.

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The workshop is one of twenty four that Behind the Scenes will host in Dubai through 2017. Commenting on the series of events, the company’s Managing Director Mr. Mohammad Salam said, “In recent years, the UAE’s production industry has seen exponential growth as the country has become a sought-after filming destination for blockbuster productions. This presents exciting new opportunities for filmmakers in the region and Behind the Scenes is committed to cultivating local talent. The collaboration and support of brands such as Sennheiser helps us deliver world-class knowledge and bring attendees up-to-speed with the very latest technologies and standards in the market.”

The workshop was conducted by John McGregor, Business Development Manager (BDM) at Sennheiser Middle East who focuses extensively on trainings for the brand and previously served a five-year tenure as a lecturer at the SAE Institute in Dubai, one of the world’s leading educator in creative media industries. Over the course of the first three days, he presented detailed overviews on Sennheiser’s latest audio solutions including the Digital 9000, AVX, EK 6042, MKH 8000 shotgun microphones, Esfera Surround Sound microphone and the new MKE 2 Elements microphone for GoPro Hero 4. These informed attendees about the latest advancements in the field and will aid them in making informed decisions when investing in production equipment.

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The workshop’s practical sessions covered everything from how to choose the correct microphone for a specific requirement, how to work with wireless microphones and set them up and how to work with your recorded sounds in post-production. In the spirit of sharing unique insights from years of experience, Simon Charles of Carbide Sound & Anas Al Said Yahya of Digital Sound, who both attended the event, shared their extensive knowledge of location sound recording with attendees during these practical sessions.

Among the attendees were Sivaprasad Nandakumar, Assistant Professor, School of Media & Communication at Manipal University, and 8 of his students. He said, “The workshop was expertly conducted and helped provide an accurate overview of the current trends in the audio industry. Without understating the importance of classroom knowledge, there is a lot to gain from on-the-job experience and this workshop helped condense an impressive volume of information into practical easy to follow sessions.”

“While the products highlighted were from Sennheiser, John made it a point to describe them in a neutral manner, focusing instead on the features we should look out for when evaluating an audio solution. The cost of professional production equipment can be quite daunting so making the right choices is often critical and I believe my students and I are now better prepared,” he added.

Through the rest of 2017, Behind the Scenes will host workshops that dive into all aspects of cinematography including lighting, screenwriting, lenses, photography and make-up. “Our goal is to raise the standard of the industry as a whole so we are better prepared to capitalize on the opportunities made possible through the support and patronage of the government of the UAE,” said Mohammad Salam.

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Logitech Launches its Aurora Collection in the Gulf Region

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Logitech G introduced the Aurora Collection in the Gulf region, a new collection featuring the G735 Wireless Gaming HeadsetG715 Wireless Gaming KeyboardG713 Gaming KeyboardG705 Wireless Gaming Mouse. The new collection was designed while addressing the needs and wants of women gamers and appealing to all gamers who are looking for a  playful design and curated experience.

The Aurora Collection has a distinctive aesthetic and design language. It also includes Logitech G’s advanced gaming-grade technologies like LIGHTSPEED high-performance wireless technology and Blue VO!CE microphone technology. The result is a collection of gear that invites all gamers to come as they are while delivering the advanced feature set all gamers expect.

The Aurora Collection was conceptualized based on the feedback from women gamers across the community and brought to life by a team of predominantly women innovation, design, engineering, and marketing leaders at Logitech. The collection was created to meet the gaming desires and needs of an underrepresented segment of gamers and reimagine the future of gaming where representation is firmly present.

The Aurora Collection consists of:

  • G735 Wireless Gaming Headset – Featuring a White Mist finish, ethereal RGB lighting, and on-ear dual-audio mixing, the G735 is a versatile option for any player. G735 is the first Logitech G headset with the feature to modulate a player’s voice.  Players can enjoy long gaming sessions with 56+ hr battery life (without lighting), and experience wireless freedom through Logitech G’s award-winning LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, and Bluetooth.
  • G715 and G713 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards – The G715 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and G713 Gaming Keyboard deliver low-key vibes with high-key performance so players can express themselves and play their way. A compact, tenkeyless layout, and adjustable height ensure comfort all day long. Pack it up and place it anywhere with a rechargeable battery that delivers 25 hours of non-stop gaming, and LIGHTSPEED wireless or Bluetooth connectivity. Both keyboards come with an included Cloud-Soft palm rest for all-day comfort.
  • G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse –G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse is purpose-built for smaller hands with compact contoured fit, and advanced gaming technology. At just 85 grams, G705 is designed for long-lasting, lightweight comfort and performance. With a gaming-grade sensor, ultra-responsive LIGHTSPEED wireless, Bluetooth connectivity, and an easy-reach DPI-cycling button, gamers can play their best.
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CORSAIR Launches HS55 WIRELESS CORE Gaming Headset

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CORSAIR has today launched a compelling new addition to its gaming headset lineup: the HS55 WIRELESS CORE. This stylish headset boasts two ways to connect to your audio via low-latency 2.4GHz wireless or Bluetooth. Thanks to its lightweight construction along with plush memory foam ear pads, the HS55 WIRELESS CORE delivers essential all-day comfort and great wireless sound.

The HS55 WIRELESS CORE offers superb versatility to connect to a plethora of devices, including PC, Mac, or PS5 with low-latency 2.4GHz wireless and a strong, unwavering wireless signal with up to 50ft of range. In addition, Bluetooth enables you to listen on tablets, mobile devices, and more with ease. Thanks to 24-hour battery life, you can enjoy all your game audio, music, and media untethered from cords, and fast charging allows 6 hours of playback with just 15 minutes of charging.

The lightweight HS55 WIRELESS CORE is perfect for all-day, all-night audio. Leatherette memory foam ear pads surround you in plush comfort, and an adjustable headband lies easy on your head for hours of cushioned listening. On-ear audio controls place volume, mute, sidetone, and EQ preset adjustments at your fingertips, so you can fine-tune your headset without interrupting your game.

The HS55 WIRELESS CORE delivers the crucial incoming and outgoing audio performance gamers need to communicate effectively. A pair of high-quality, custom-tuned 50mm neodymium audio drivers create excellent sound with the range to hear everything on the battlefield, including support for Tempest 3D Audio on PS5. Confidently direct your team with an omnidirectional microphone that captures your voice loud and clear, or flip the mic up to mute yourself instantly.

With versatile connection options, a remarkably comfortable lightweight design, and high-quality audio, the HS55 WIRELESS CORE presses play on all-day wireless sound. The CORSAIR HS55 WIRELESS CORE gaming headset is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

The CORSAIR HS55 WIRELESS CORE gaming headset is backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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Logitech Launches New Webcams and Headphones for the Hybrid Work Era

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Logitech has launched two new product series, Brio 500 webcams and Zone Vibe headphones, designed to meet the evolving needs of hybrid workers. A recent study showed more than 89% of work-from-home adults struggle with unflattering camera angles, poor lighting conditions, and field-of-view limitations when using a built-in laptop camera. Brio 500 webcams and Zone Vibe headphones address the challenges users face when working from home, while modernizing work and play experiences. Both make it easier for IT managers to equip their organizations’ remote and hybrid workforces in an environmentally sustainable way.

“Many remote and hybrid workers are still underequipped and grappling with pre-pandemic era solutions,” said Scott Wharton, general manager of Logitech Video Collaboration. “Our innovative new genre of Brio webcams and Zone Vibe headphones answer the call of modern workers who need business-grade quality, style, and affordability for work and play. Transformational features like Brio’s Show Mode open up new sharing opportunities for teachers, designers, and architects to easily present physical objects, notes, and sketches remotely over video.”

Brio 500 Webcams
Created for those who want enterprise-grade audio and video quality, personalization, and more engaging experiences on video calls, Brio 500 series (Brio 500 and Brio 505) is a new class of webcams that solve the most common video conferencing challenges. Brio 500 series introduces the Show Mode feature that makes it easy to share sketches or other physical objects on the desk. With an innovative mounting system and a built-in sensor that allows users to tilt the camera down to focus on objects, Brio automatically flips the image to render the correct orientation into video calls.

Stylish design and fashionable colors–graphite, off-white, and rose–give individuals the freedom to customize their workstations to suit their personality and taste. RightSight technology (enabled through Logi Tune) automatically frames the user, even when moving around, while built-in innovations like RightLight 4 automatically correct substandard lighting.

Zone Vibe Headphones
Logitech’s new Zone Vibe series are the first wireless headphones in the market to combine business-grade performance with comfort, style, and affordability. Also available in graphite, off-white and rose colors, they are designed to be comfortable for all-day collaboration with colleagues and connecting with family. These lightweight over-the-ear headphones weigh just 6.5 ounces, and feature soft-to-the-touch knitted fabric and memory foam. See details at Zone Vibe 100, Zone Vibe 125, and Zone Vibe Wireless.

IT Management
For IT teams outfitting employee workstations and home offices, the Brio series is plug-and-play, compatible with most video conferencing platforms, and certified for Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Zoom. Logitech Sync integration with Brio 505 allows IT admins to update firmware and troubleshoot problems so hybrid teams can collaborate without missing a beat.

Zone Vibe Wireless presents the opportunity to offer employees enterprise-grade audio that’s easy to use and looks stylish for multiple types of users so they no longer have to trade “looking good” for “sounding good.” And because of compatibility with video conferencing platforms and the ability to push updates through Logi Tune and Logitech Sync, IT has fewer hassles and help desk tickets to manage.

Logitech’s new webcams and headphones help workers thrive in today’s hybrid era—professional enough for the office, perfect for working from home while making it easier for IT teams to help users perform at their best and do right by our planet.

Sustainability
Brio 500 series and Zone Vibe headphones are certified carbon neutral, which means the carbon impact of the products has been reduced to zero due to Logitech’s investment in carbon offsetting and removal projects. The plastic parts in Brio 500 include certified post-consumer recycled plastic: 68% for graphite and black and 54% for off-white and rose. Zone Vibe is made with a minimum of 25% recycled plastic. ​Both product families are packaged in the paper that comes from FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources.

The Brio 500 webcam series and Zone Vibe 100 and 125 headphones will be available globally in September 2022 on logitech.com and at other global retailers. Zone Vibe Wireless headset will be available in December at authorized channels. The suggested retail price for the Brio 500 webcam series is $129. The suggested retail price for Zone Vibe 100 is $99.99; Zone Vibe 125 is $129.99, and Zone Vibe Wireless is $129.

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