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Sennheiser’s Installed Sound Academy to Visit Oklahoma City on October 25, 2011

OLD LYME, Conn.–October 20, 2011: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will offer its Installed Sound Academy Seminar in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. The one-day event focuses on key practices, topics and trends in the installed sound/systems integration business.

The eight-hour session will be led by Sennheiser veterans Kent Margraves and Eric Reese. Modeled after Sennheiser’s highly acclaimed RF wireless and studio recording sound Academy seminars, the session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn or refresh integration skills while earning 7.5 CTS renewal units of credit toward Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) re-certification. The training session will provide classroom and demonstrative instruction on the following topics:

– Sound reinforcement
– Microphone theory and applications
– Wireless personal monitor systems
– RF wireless systems
– Troubleshooting logic

Who should attend?

– Designers and sales engineers who recommend systems to customers
– Consultants involved in designing and writing specifications
– Technicians responsible for correct system installation and implementation
– Worship leaders
– Project managers, production managers, system operators, mixers and technicians
– Anyone involved in the selection and purchase of audio products and systems, or seeking CTScredits for certification renewal

About the instructors
Kent Margraves’ 20-year industry history includes eight years at Sennheiser. His decade-long career as a professional worship audio director included completing thousands of events in sound reinforcement, live broadcast, post production, studio recording, live recording and touring applications. Eric Reese has been immersed in the systems integration industry for over 11 years. Prior to joining Sennheiser’s national market development and education team, he served as an area sales manager for Sennheiser, held project/design engineering positions with two national integrators, and served as a reliability engineer for another manufacturer.

Registration costs $149 and includes, lunch, workshop materials, complimentary giveaways and a $50 coupon toward any Sennheiser product. The session will be hosted at Crossings Community Church at 14600 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

For more information and to sign up, visit the Sennheiser Installed Sound Academy registration page.

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Wowza’s Industry Impact is Reaffirmed With Two More Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards

Wowza Media Server 3 Wins Best Server Software and Best Streaming Innovation of 2011

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Oct. 20, 2011 — Wowza(R) Media Systems, the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company, today announced that its Wowza Media Server(R) 3 has won two top European Readers’ Choice Awards from Streaming Media magazine. For the fourth year in a row, the company’s unified media server software was voted the best server software, and it was awarded the best streaming innovation for the third year running. As in prior years, Wowza’s media server software bested products from name-brand companies in the industry.

“We rely heavily on feedback from users to help us develop and improve our products, and what better feedback could we ask for than to receive these awards several years in a row,” said Dave Stubenvoll, Wowza CEO and co-founder. “The users and industry experts who read Streaming Media magazine are our core customers. These high accolades confirm that we’re delivering what they want and need.”

The Best Server Hardware/Software award means that European Streaming Media readers found the Wowza Media Server software to be the top solution for delivering audio and video over the Web. The Best Streaming Innovation of 2011 win acknowledges Wowza Media Server 3 as the technology that has most profoundly changed the streaming media landscape in the past year.

“If the list of finalists in the 2011 Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards is any indication, 2011 has been a banner year for both established names and up-and-comers,” said Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, editor of Streaming Media magazine. “More than 4,000 readers submitted their votes in the awards, offering up their choices among the 281 nominees in 13 categories. The total number of votes was a whopping 14,377, meaning that, on average, each reader cast their vote in three or four categories.”

The 2011 Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice awards were announced Oct. 18 at the 2011 Streaming Media Europe show in London.

Wowza Media Server 3 is industrial-strength, high-performance software that simultaneously streams live and on-demand media to any screen — Adobe(R) Flash(R), Microsoft(R) Silverlight(R), iPhone(R), iPad(R), Android(TM), other smartphones and tablets, smart TVs, and IPTV/OTT set-top boxes. It provides a single extensible platform for a variety of high-value features, including live transcoding for adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming; any-screen, time-shifted playback; and premium content delivery with multiplatform digital rights management (DRM). The industry has been quick to recognize and embrace the possibilities Wowza Media Server software presents. More than 85,000 licensees all over the world have deployed Wowza Media Server software since its initial release in 2007.

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About Wowza Media Systems
Wowza(R) Media Systems is the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company delivering an industrial-strength infrastructure for live video, video-on-demand, live recording, and video chat. Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high-performance media server software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile phone, or home TV. More than 85,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce have deployed Wowza’s media server software to date. Wowza Media Systems is privately held with headquarters in Evergreen, Colo. More information is available at www.wowza.com.

Wowza and related marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Wowza Media Systems Inc. Third-party product names and related marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of such third parties.

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HARMAN Professional Deploys Growth Strategy For Russia/CIS: Opens New Moscow Office And Brings High-Performance Audio Seminars to Moscow and Kiev

Moscow and Kiev — Reaffirming its commitment to provide customers in Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region with the best-performing, most innovative professional-grade audio systems and supporting its distributors and channel partners with comprehensive training, support and application engineering, HARMAN Professional today announced the opening of a Moscow office and the completion of highly successful seminars in Russia and Ukraine. Reaching nearly 400 professionals in the regions surrounding Moscow and Kiev, the events were pre-booked to capacity and featured new-product announcements, application examples and hands-on system level instruction.

The October events were the first in a series of targeted, regional, international roadshows organized by Harman Professional’s new Director of Knowledge Resources, David Scheirman, and were a common effort undertaken by Harman’s new Moscow-based team headed by Evgeny Konov – HARMAN Country Manager Russia and CIS, the Harman Professional EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Sales Region technical team, and the company’s associated distributors, A&T Trade (Russia) and Komora (Ukraine). Commenting on the successful events, Scheirman noted, “Our channel partners around the globe are sophisticated business and technology leaders that very quickly grasp the potential of new technologies and concepts. In staging these seminars in Russia and Ukraine, we had the opportunity to really get into the details and explain both the technical attributes and field applications of our systems. We also received valuable feedback from the regional attendees. We’re grateful to our partners for helping organize the events and especially to our audiences who made them such interactive, informative experiences.

In discussing the new HARMAN office in Moscow, Evgeny Konov – country manager Russia/CIS, articulated the professional division’s plan to strengthen relations with its distributors in Russia and Ukraine by assisting in the development of vertical markets and providing marketing support and educational programs: “HARMAN is a global industry leader in sound and communication technologies and we’re determined to prove that we are also great listeners by getting increasingly close to our customers. We already have great products, great people, great channel partners and great momentum. Now with an office and dedicated staff here in Moscow, I expect that Russia and other members of the CIS will be a strong growth market for the future.”

Echoing this sentiment, Michael MacDonald, HARMAN Professional Executive Vice President Of Marketing and Sales, noted “Russia and the entire CIS region is a growth market and because our systems are proven productivity tools in both channel and vertical markets — our message has a strong resonance there. As audiences everywhere seek better quality, highly integrated audio and video solutions for entertainment, communication and public safety, HARMAN systems are increasingly being selected to provide better sound, integration and overall lower cost of ownership. We look forward to working with the Russia and CIS audio and integration communities and joining with our partners to sustain growth in this market.”

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SSL ANNOUNCES NEW NATIVE RTAS VERSIONS OF ACCLAIMED DUENDE PLUG-INS AT AES 2011

RTAS Versions of Duende Native Plug-ins are First Fruit From New SSL Avid Developer Partnership

NEW YORK – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional analogue and digital audio consoles, announces the imminent release of new RTAS versions of the acclaimed SSL Duende Native plug-in collection at AES 2011 (Booth 623).
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Robert Juliat at LDI 2011

330LF LED Wash Fresnel

330LF LED Wash Fresnel

Robert Juliat will be exhibiting in booth 1117 at LDI 2011 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. New to LDI this year is the 85W Aledin 330LF LED Wash Fresnel, a complement to Robert Juliat’s award-winning Aledin 630SX LED Profile Framing Spot. “The popularity of the Aledin wash has grown quickly as good reports spread about TV studios, exhibition halls and theaters taking advantage of its many qualities,” says Robert Juliat’s Fred Lindauer.

He goes on to say: “Customer feedback finds the Aledin wash to be a very powerful LED product which produces an even beam over a spread range of 17 – 96 degrees (field angle), and since it uses a true Fresnel lens, the beam can be efficiently masked with traditional barn doors. The dimming is very smooth with no ‘stepping,’ it’s strobe feature is useful for concert lighting and the choice of 3500K or 5800K color temperatures lend itself well to exhibition work. The result is a very versatile fixture that’s proving popular in multi-function venues and television studios.” The 330LF’s very low 105W total power consumption delivers significant savings on running costs and makes it a natural choice for venues and events with limited power. The fixture, which is quick and easy to set up, extends its color media life due to its low heat output, and its extra-long-life LED requires less maintenance.

The Aledin 630SX LED Profile Framing Spot was the first product of its type to achieve significant output and framing/projection ability from an extremely low-powered LED light source. Retaining all the optical and operational features of other Robert Juliat profiles, the 630SX is the most versatile, cost-effective and safe fixture on the market for studios, theaters, events, architectural applications and any environment with limited power supplies. Plastic gobos can be produced on any standard inkjet printer but conventional metal and glass gobos can also be used. Up to 12 units can be run from a single domestic power outlet.

Also on exhibit in Robert Juliat’s booth will be the Cyrano 1015 – 2500W followspot, the Victor 1159 – 1800W followspot, and the 1124 – 575W Buxie followspot. All Robert Juliat followspots feature high-performance quartz condenser optical systems, compact and efficient designs, fully closing irises, dimming shutters, silent hot restrike ignitions and six-way boomerang color changer systems. In addition, the Victor and Buxie followspots come standard with electronic ballasts.

Come see the Aledin 330LF LED Wash Fresnel, Aledin 630SX LED Profile Framing Spot, Cyrano 2.5K, Victor 1.8K followspots and the Buxie followspot (with something special added) at Robert Juliat’s Booth 1117.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York’s Lincoln Center, LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.

R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.

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2020 Exhibits Clearly Sees The Value Of Spyder In Thin-Bezel Monitor Arrays

2020 Exhibits

2020 Exhibits

Headquartered in Houston – with offices across the United States – tradeshow, event and exhibit designer 2020 Exhibits has purchased a Vista Spyder X20 for multiple-monitor client demonstrations in its showroom and for client use at tradeshows nationwide.

“Last year, we invested heavily in multi-screen environments for our clients worldwide, and, as part of this ongoing investment, we began to look at switching and processing systems – which is where the Spyder comes in,” says AV director Sean McCurtain.

2020 Exhibits boasts a 10,000-square foot showroom set up like a tradeshow floor. The Spyder X20 resides in a dedicated control room where it runs DVI over Cat 6 and ties into eight video walls with different configurations.

“We can build a script for a client, hit play and let the content run from a tower of flat screens to a video wall, or do mosaics,” senior AV technician Chris Kennedy explains. “Or, if the client wants to see their demo on a particular video wall, we can press a button and the content flies over to it.”

On August 25, The Spyder X20 debuted in 2020 Exhibits’ showroom for their social media boot camp, supporting a 5 x 6 video wall and, four days later, BMC Software employed the Spyder at its VMWorld 2011 virtualization technology booth in Las Vegas.

“BMC’s 3 x 5 video wall, comprised of Samsung 460ux-2 46-inch LCDs, occupied its entire booth,” says Kennedy. “They wanted to be able to split the wall into three sections – each with a different look – and run all three demos simultaneously with video along the bottom. We were running a pixel space of 4800 x 1620 with native content and 1600 x 900 in each additional demonstration space, which was its own pixel space within the X20. BMC is a software company and they really loved it because it showcased their product.”

The successful implementation of the Spyder X20 for BMC Software has another 2020 Exhibits client considering the Spyder for a dozen tradeshows a year in similar applications.

“Ours is an incredibly dynamic industry,” shares Bob Babine, 2020 Exhibits president. “We help our clients remain ahead of the curve through the delivery of extraordinary experiences, which includes multi-screen, multi-sensory, real-time dynamic and compelling environments.”

“Clients are moving more and more into the multiple-screen environments with content supplied by multiple inputs,” notes McCurtain. “At one recent show, our client’s booth had 87 monitors! The Spyder fits perfectly within this kind of environment – pulling imagery across multiple video walls of any configuration and aspect ratio.”

“You can also throw any resolution at the Spyder and it takes it,” concludes Kennedy. “That’s a big advantage for the system and the visual quality level of the content.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems was acquired by Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, to create a comprehensive source for image processing and projection solutions. The acquisition combines the power and flexibility of Vista’s video switchers and real-time windowing and composition products with the power, performance and reliability of award-winning Christie projection systems. Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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Auralex Application Specialist to Present at AES 2011

Daniel Porter to Share Expertise on Acoustic Theory and how it Applies to Real-World Applications

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 20, 2011 — Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, will participate in PMC/Prism Sound’s Masters of Audio Series seminar during AES 2011. Auralex Application Specialist Daniel Porter will share his acoustical expertise with attendees, providing practical tips on how to handle several real-world recording and performing scenarios.

The session, titled “From the Bedroom to Dubbing Stage,” is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1E06. The session will demonstrate the importance of acoustics in any space where critical decisions are made during the creation of music. Porter will discuss a range of typical acoustical challenges (room nodes, reflections, reverberation, etc.) and the available solutions (bass trapping, absorption, diffusion and isolation) for spaces ranging from project studios to large concert venues.

“I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to present during PMC/Prism Sound’s Masters of Audio Series. It is humbling to be a part of a seminar that is composed of so many prestigious engineers,” says Daniel Porter, application specialist at Auralex Acoustics. “I am eager to offer insight into room acoustics as they are an integral part of modern music production. I hope to shed light on acoustical issues that are common to all AES attendees and discuss how those issues are addressed in the real world.”

Auralex is also providing acoustic treatment to the demo room, including its new ProMAX stand-mounted, portable StudioFoam absorbers.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1.800.959.3343.

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TAKE THE LEDko CHALLENGE: LED SOURCE® HOSTS LED LIGHTING CONTEST

(Wellington, Fla.)—How badly do you need to update your profile? That’s what international LED lighting supplier LED Source® is asking all staging, studio, installation and corporate theater professionals throughout North America. In celebration of the launch of the new Reflection LEDko series by Italy-based Coemar – a world leader in lighting for the entertainment industry – LED Source will award one lucky winner with a Reflection LEDko LED lighting package worth over $20,000.

“It is amazing to see how many lighting systems are in need of a lighting makeover,” says Dean Ernst, director of marketing for LED Source. “Many are out of date and consume enormous amounts of energy. With the advancements in LED lighting technology over the years and the introduction of Reflection LEDko, traditional profiles can now be replaced. This LED fixture not only lowers maintenance and energy costs, it eliminates the need for dimmers and scrollers. We are offering this contest as a way to help out those most in need of a lighting upgrade and to create awareness about the new Reflection LEDko series.”

Participants are asked to submit a video of their lighting system that is in dire need of help. It should be fun and creative and show their current lighting problems and why they should to win. All entries must be posted on the Reflection LEDko Facebook Contest page at Facebook.com/reflectionledko by Dec. 2. A panel of experts made up of both LED Source and Coemar senior management will then pick five finalists. Fans of the Reflection LEDko Facebook page will then vote for a grand prize winner that will be announced on Dec. 15. The entry with the most votes will win a package of eight Reflection LEDko fixtures with either hard or soft edge optics included.

Reflection LEDko is a revolutionary new LED fixture and the first LED profile delivering both Soft Profile and Hard Edge Profile using mix and match optics. With this new technology, Coemar has created the first LED profile capable of projecting soft-edged profile light with no reduction in light intensity due to additional filters. It is also the first LED profile that can be used in the same way as traditional profiles and can obtain any color tone, shade and white light.

Applying the Reflection LED technology as a retrofit makes it possible to reduce energy consumption from 500-650 Watts to 150 Watts. The LED lamps last up to 50,000 hours without loss of brightness, thus eliminating maintenance costs associated with traditional profiles.

Because LEDs do not emit heat, Reflection LEDko is capable of utilizing images or gobos created with any standard printer and a transparency sheet. This technology allows you to project any image such as a corporate logo quickly and without cost, while also eliminating the entire gobo buying process, which was previously dependant on glass or metal patterns.

Reflection LEDko is one fixture that can virtually eliminate or significantly reduce all costs related to lamps, dimmers, scrollers, gel filters, heat, cabling, electricity and manpower. All LEDko series fixtures feature electronic 16-bit dimming, flicker-free operation with DMX controllable LED frequency from 500 to 5000 Hz and a bi-directional DMX512.

“This contest is open to lighting companies, end users, theaters, and pretty much anyone who uses advanced lighting packages and needs a major update,” Ernst says.

To see the Reflection LEDko in person and learn more about the contest, interested parties can visit LED Source in booth No. 1660 at this year’s Live Design International (LDI) tradeshow and conference being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 24 thru Oct. 30.

The LEDko Challenge closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Dec. 2, at which time no further submissions will be accepted. The top five video submissions most in need of a lighting upgrade will be announced on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. EDT. The final five contestants’ videos will then be posted on the Facebook Reflection LEDko page for fans to vote on the winner in a one-week long poll. The winner will be announced on Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. EDT.
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About LED Source®:
Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.LEDsource.com or the company’s blog at http://getleducated.wordpress.com.

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Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 8.1 Now Available

Milpitas, CA – October 20, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 8.1, an exciting new software update with powerful features, is now available. This update is available to all DaVinci Resolve customers free of charge and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design web site.

The new Resolve 8.1 software update includes support for Apple Final Cut Pro X XML round trip, new layer node composite effects, ACES colorspace support, compatibility with Avid AAF for round trip with Avid Media Composer™, Final Cut Pro 7 clip size and position support, new copy commands for grades, upgraded EDL features, support for UltraStudio 3D for Thunderbolt™ and compatibility with the 2011 MacBook Pro 15” computer.

With this new update, DaVinci Resolve can now import and export Final Cut Pro X timelines using the new Final Cut Pro rich XML file format. When working in Final Cut Pro X, customers will get full timeline round trip where projects can be moved between Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve,retaining the multi track timeline with frame accurate cuts, dissolves and even speed changes. DaVinci Resolve will also use rich XML from Final Cut Pro X to link to original camera footage. DaVinci Resolve supports full media management for Final Cut Pro X projects including additional source clip folders and alternate image source when conforming edits in Resolve.

Because DaVinci Resolve supports grading of high resolution and bit depth files, edits can be exported out of Final Cut Pro for finishing in the highest quality. An alternative workflow is to use DaVinci Resolve 8.1 to manage extremely high resolution raw image formats such as RED, ARRI, CinemaDNG and DNxHD and then to grade and render to ProRes or uncompressed media for Final Cut Pro X.

DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes new layer node composite effects which offer colorists even greater creative grading with add, subtract, difference, multiply, screen, overlay, darker and lighten effects. Colorists will be able to use these new composite effects to create extremely complex and intricate grades with limitless power.

Keeping pace with DaVinci’s heritage in the high end feature film industry, DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes ACES colorspace support. ACES and IIF is a new colorspace and file format promoted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences technology committee to provide a universal and open image interchange and processing format. The ACES IIF file format is fully supported, and includes a variety of IDTs and ODTs as well as support for 3D shaper LUTs. DaVinci Resolve 8.1 allows colorists to work in this format seamlessly, and even the free of charge DaVinci Resolve Lite includes ACES colorspace, so upcoming videographers will have access to the latest Hollywood technology.

To improve compatibility with customers using Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes improved support for Avid AAF import/export for roundtrip editing to Resolve and back to Avid Media Composer. This new AAF support includes effects such as dip to color, edge and center wipe with border, clock and venetian blind wipe and also cross, oval and diamond iris wipe, overlay composite and more. Also includes support for Avid sizing with (PTZR) pan, tilt, zoom and rotate.

Additional support is included for Final Cut Pro 7 round trip with clip by clip selectable import of image sizing data now possible. Import sizing and position data for all or selected clips is available to allow renders using the extremely high quality DaVinci Resolve image resizing engine.

New cut, copy and paste operations for editing and node metadata including dynamics have been added to DaVinci Resolve 8.1, allowing much easier and dramatically faster editing of clips in the timeline and copying grades between nodes. DaVinci Resolve 8.1 also includes new conform features including the abilities to export missing clips EDL and import new EDL to a track. This simplifies finding and replacing missing clips in long form projects, and is great for changing VFX shots. This DaVinci Resolve update is now even faster to use with an exciting new ‘hover over node’ grading status display to reveal lists of changed grades within the node.

DaVinci Resolve 8.1 increases support for hardware, including full compatibility with the Apple Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15” with 1680×1050 display, as well as the new UltraStudio 3D for Thunderbolt technology based computers. Support for UltraStudio 3D allows video monitoring and deck I/O from the latest iMac and MacBook Pro computers that support Thunderbolt™ technology.

Other new features included in DaVinci Resolve 8.1 includes support for clip by clip scaled or unscaled data range color space conversions, support for clip by clip colorspace selection in case a source clip has been incorrectly encoded, renders now support video or data levels and support for HDR source icons in the timeline thumbnail for RED HDRx clips.

Availability and Price
DaVinci Resolve 8.1 is available now as a free download for all current DaVinci Resolve customers.

Press Photography
Product photos of DaVinci Resolve 8.1, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci Emmy™ award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.

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HARMAN’s AKG IVM 4500 In Ear Monitor Offers Audio Quality Without Compromise

NEW YORK, New York – Building the company’s global reputation for leading wireless sound monitoring systems, HARMAN’s AKG introduces the IVM 4500 IEM in-ear monitoring package at AES 2011, providing higher level audio quality without compromising reference capability. Ideal for tour and installed sound, IVM 4500 caters to all needs of engineers with leading edge reference audio technology.

IVM 4500 IEM offers a highly diversified system, which includes high-end radio electronic signals and a manual radio signal attenuator for more RF dynamic; enhanced frequency setup to show the number of free channels and supported TV channels and quick frequency change functions to support monitors, all within a rugged housing and offerings of new bands: 1, 3, 4 and 9. Battery life for the IVM receivers has been tested up to 10 hours.

Antenna diversity, with two matched antennas and a new reference radio electronic design contribute to the stable signals of the receiver. IVM 4500’s audio quality boasts a high-end and powerful headphone amplifier, ultra linear frequency response and dual mode for individual mix. The quick frequency change functions support monitor engineers throughout performances to make their projects easily adjustable.

“The AKG IVM 4500 IEM in-ear monitoring hardware sets a new standard in audio quality and radio performance as we continue to provide engineers with the best and highest functioning equipment available,” stated Wolfgang Fritz, product marketing manager – tour sound, AKG. “With the launch of IVM 4500 IEM, AKG adds another wireless system to the continually growing arsenal of wireless systems on the market. It will truly be a groundbreaking system to the touring industry as the search for the ultimate monitoring sound continues.”

Included in the IVM 4500 IEM system are the SPR 4500 IEM diversity receiver, which automatically shows the number of free channels and supports TV channels with pre-programmed preset frequencies; the SST 4500 IEM transmitter, which is adjustable to 10, 20, 50 and 100 mW depending on country laws; and the IP 2 ear-channel headphones, providing excellent acoustics and low impedance. The SPC 4500 antenna combiner, the SRA 2 W directional antenna and the RA 4000 W omni-directional antenna complete the package.

For more information on IVM 4500 and AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com.

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