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The second annual international AI Film Festival, organised by Runway AI, has seen an unprecedented surge in submissions, showcasing 3000 movies created using AI tools – compared to last year’s 300. This demonstrates that AI filmmaking is not just a fleeting trend. “We often hear people saying that AI will destroy creativity, but such

festivals prove that it isn’t true,” said Simona Vaystė-Kudakauskė, CEO of Perfection42, a company that provides custom visual AI tools for animation and VFX industries. “You can check all the winning movies – each has unique storytelling style. AI is another tool for an artist. A tool that will become a must in the future – like a camera to a videographer.”

The festival highlighted numerous use cases of AI in film. One of the winning movies utilised rotoscopy: the filmmaker, Daniel Antebi, rotoscoped a second character and re-skinned him using AI to make it appear as if he was made of muscle. Other movies employed AI for both production and post-production – with AI-generated footage and VFX featured prominently.


Linking up Liberty University

Liberty University, home to over 135,000 students, recently revealed that it has deployed Riedel’s Artist ecosystem – including Artist digital intercom matrix, Bolero wireless intercom and Smartpanels with multiple applications. These are to be used for events ranging from sports to entertainment and convocations and was delivered in collaboration with Digital Video Group (DVG). This extensive IP-based deployment not only enables the team to support scheduled events across campus with ease while reducing maintenance time and costs – but also to cover more areas of the campus and support ad hoc events as they pop up. For instance, the use of IP transport enables the

team to essentially plug and play beltpacks and Smartpanels, which can feature multiple applications, anywhere on the campus network. “Riedel’s innovative design, such as placing speaker ports on each side, ensures clarity and avoids the muffled sound experienced with other manufacturers,” highlighted Mike Gerringer, chief technologist at Liberty University. “Bolero’s durability is evident: we haven’t encountered any issues despite widespread use and varying levels of user experience.” The university’s decision to adopt Riedel’s solutions stems from its desire for a reliable and efficient communication system to support the wide array of events on its large campus.

At the centre of New Jersey’s Ivy League Princeton University sits Princeton University Chapel, an elegant house of worship that gives nods to the architecture of the English gothic cathedrals of the 14th century. Complete with seating for almost 2000 worshippers, the nave features sandstone wall with limestone highlights and 80ft-high ceilings, but its aesthetics compromised the intelligibility of liturgical services. To resolve the sound issues, the chapel’s staff reached out to Washington Professional Systems for a new audio system. Ultimately, the chapel upgraded to an audio system from Renkus-Heinz, complete with innovative beam-steering capabilities. “The loudspeaker system was designed to deliver high-quality speech intelligibility and tonal balance for music, while also respecting the venue,” stated John V Fish, senior project engineer at WPS. “With that framework in mind, the system utilises 13 self- powered Renkus-Heinz IC Live Gen5 loudspeakers throughout the main sanctuary, located on each side of the altar, the columns of the nave, the sidewalls of the balcony and at the Marquand Chapel. Each speaker receives independent audio signal from the DSP and is programmed with specific delays to act as one unit, creating the effect that audio is coming from the altar. “With multiple modes of operation, the design allows staff to activate and use the system without navigating a complicated start-up procedure,” Fish concluded. Princeton University resurrects its audio AUDIO


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