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White Mark Makes Space For More Clients At Wave

Studio and technical design consultancy White Mark Ltd has designed and installed two new audio suites at the Soho-based facility of Award-winning post production company Wave.
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DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY EQUIPS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY WITH AVIOM PRO16 PERSONAL MIXING SYSTEM

Personal Mixers Ensure Students Graduate With Knowledge of Professional Gear

DALLAS, NOVEMBER 9, 2011—At the start of the new school year, Dallas Baptist University (DBU) opened the doors to its new Joan and Andy Horner Music Hall—built specifically to support its creative degree programs for music and engineering. The new 12,000-square-foot, $5-million multi-purpose academic building houses the disciplines of music business, communication theory, broadcast communication and graphic design communication, as well as the College of Fine Arts academic leadership program. To encourage a well-rounded educational experience for its music and engineering undergraduates, the new recording studios inside the facility have been equipped with Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers.Aviom Dallas Baptist University3 more

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Outline Introduces New Advanced Technology Audio System Initiative at WFX 2011

DALLAS, November 9, 2011 – Outline, the maker of high quality, industry leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications, is proud to announce its new Advanced Technology Audio System Initiative (ATASI) at WFX 2011 (Live Sound Compact Loudspeaker Demo – Hall D, Booth J). ATASI is centered on Outline’s advanced iMode technology, as expressed in the Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. active line array system and iSM floor monitor systems. iMode technology embeds a Linux-based CPU — with integrated DSP chip, parameter control software, Web server and power amplifier — right into the speaker cabinets, thereby streamlining setup and control by eliminating the outboard gear between the console and power amplifier. These systems combine to offer the house of worship, educational institution, theatre or other small- to medium-sized venues exceptional sound quality, streamlined operation, and space efficiency as well as AC mains and HVAC savings.
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Visionary Solutions Announces Technology Partnership With Video River Networks

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Nov. 9, 2011 — Visionary Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of encoders and related equipment for multiple Internet Protocol television (IPTV) applications, today announced a new partnership with Video River Networks, an innovative supplier of digital entertainment and in-room control functionality through proprietary IPTV set-top boxes. The partnership forms an alliance to market and implement best-of-class encoding solutions in the hospitality market worldwide.

The combined offering of interoperable solutions includes Visionary Solutions’ AVN series of MPEG and H.264 encoding hardware with Video River Networks’ IP3000 set-top boxes. This caters to customers requiring high-quality SD and HD video services without the need for enriched Internet browsing capabilities or large CPU requirements. The encoder is also combined with the Video River Networks’ IP6000 set-top box, available with Linux or Microsoft(R) Windows(R) operating systems, to meet the needs of customers requiring robust Internet browsing, rich video and graphics capabilities, and added processing capabilities for in-room control programs. Together, the combined technology provides users with an end-to-end solution for IP video delivery.

“We’re extremely happy to partner with Visionary Solutions to offer reliable, end-to-end IPTV solutions to the hospitality market,” said Doug Saathoff, president of Video River Networks. “Our customers demand custom solutions as they look to differentiate themselves from their competitors and this is just what we’re providing with the combination of the Visionary Solutions encoders with our IP6000 set-top box.”

Visionary Solutions’ AVN series of IPTV encoders convert video from SDI, component, or HDMI sources into full-screen, full-resolution IP digital video in real time and are suitable for any application requiring cost-effective, low bit rate SD or HD video distribution over IP networks. The encoders offer easy operation. Users simply plug a video source directly into the encoder blade and then plug into a LAN or WAN to start streaming in real time.

“Our association with Video River Networks is a great example of how Visionary Solutions’ interoperable products can combine with other technologies to present new opportunities for the ever-expanding IPTV application universe,” said Will Bakewell, president of Visionary Solutions. “Our mutual effort with Video River has already led to opportunities with key customers and clearly demonstrates Visionary Solutions’ ability to work closely with partners to create integrated solutions that customers need.”

More information about Visionary Solutions Inc. and the company’s products is available at www.vsicam.com.

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About Video River Networks (www.videorivernetworks.com)
Video River is an innovative supplier of digital entertainment and in-room control functionality to the hospitality markets through a proprietary line of IPTV set-top boxes. The company’s hardware and software enables the fluid delivery of high-definition multimedia content alongside the PC-like processing capabilities demanded by service providers, hoteliers, and their guests. The company distinguishes itself from the competition through the reliability of its products and in its commitment to servicing the ongoing needs of each installation of its products. Video River prides itself in being a hands-on integration partner, getting involved with each installation of its equipment to ensure not only successful implementation, and but continuing performance of its products throughout the life of the system.

About Visionary Solutions, Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) manufactures Internet Protocol television (IPTV) equipment that provides real-time transport of video over IP networks. With SD and HD IPTV encoders that support the latest technology standards, such as H.264, VSI’s modular solutions are recognized around the world for their outstanding value, performance, flexibility, and quality. With a company-wide focus on customer satisfaction through collaboration and hands-on support, VSI is a trusted partner for high-quality IPTV encoding for enterprise, education, healthcare, government, A/V, cable, broadband, and broadcast applications.

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Digital Rapids Encoding and Transcoding Solutions Power Multi-Screen Initiatives for Turner Broadcasting System

November 9, 2011 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids announced today that Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is using a large-scale deployment of Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD multi-format encoding systems and the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated transcoding software to transform live feeds and on-demand content for delivery to multiple viewing platforms in support of Turner’s multi-screen video offerings and the pay television industry’s “TV Everywhere” initiatives.

An array of StreamZHD encoders are used by Turner’s Network Operations group for ingest and encoding of live sources, while a distributed, multi-node Digital Rapids Transcode Manager deployment transcodes high volumes of mezzanine source files into a wide range of output formats for VOD and viewing on devices from PCs to mobile phones and tablets. more

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Broadcast Pix Announces VOX

Breakthrough Voice-Automated Video Production – No Operator Needed

Billerica, Massachusetts - Broadcast Pix™ today announced VOX™, a breakthrough product for cost-effective live video production that works with any Granite™, Mica™, or Slate™ system to produce voice-activated video productions. VOX eliminates the need for an operator during live productions, as it detects which microphone is being used and uses sophisticated software to switch to an interesting camera position and add appropriate graphics. VOX is ideal for government and corporate meetings, interviews, video coverage of radio programs, and other productions with multiple microphones, and can be used for television broadcasts, Internet streaming, and in-house projection.

While VOX can simply switch cameras, it has the intelligence to do much more. VOX integrates with Broadcast Pix’s built-in Fluent™ Macros to create automatic video-follow-audio. Fluent Macros can be programmed to select camera presets, roll clips and animations, add or remove titles, and even execute powerful compositions such as up to six picture-in-pictures for interviews. Multiple macros can be assigned to each microphone – and selection criteria can be established – so automated productions can offer variety in shot selection and graphics, as if a technical director was at the controls.

“Broadcast Pix is known for integrated production systems that create compelling live video with minimal staff. Now, VOX can create great video with no operator at all,” said Ken Swanton, president of Broadcast Pix. “It’s a breakthrough in cost-effective production.”

VOX is already in use at Q-music, a radio network in Belgium and Holland. Q-music broadcasted live concerts and other events from its Q-Beach House in Ostend, Belgium, and streamed video programming on the Internet. The video productions were part of a pilot project for the network’s upcoming studio-based “Visual Radio” programming, which will be produced in three facilities with VOX and Broadcast Pix Mica systems.

The house was rigged with 12 cameras, including four in the on-site radio studio that were controlled through VOX. With the help of integrator Burst Video, Q-music created several macros for each studio microphone. As a result, while the video followed the audio, there were a variety of directing commands (selected randomly by the system) to produce more appealing production value.

“It is easy to put a camera in a studio,” said Rudi Wynants, engineer at Q-music, “but it is not so easy to make this interesting to watch. Broadcast Pix VOX makes it more dynamic by not giving the audience the feeling that everything is automated by a computer. For normal operations, the system runs completely standalone.”

Housed in a 1 RU chassis with eight microphone inputs, VOX includes camera control software for Panasonic and Sony robotic camera systems, and connects to any Broadcast Pix system via an RS-232 serial cable. Multiple VOX boxes can be cascaded to support up to 104 microphones.

Conditions can be set to prevent coughs or one-word comments from changing cameras, minimizing unnecessary camera changes. Microphone inputs can also be prioritized, so a host, for example, can be given priority over guests. Plus, a host can control VOX using a small override panel, through the included SoftPanel software on a laptop or Android device, or with an iPad or iPhone app. As a result, the host can roll an introduction or a commercial, or even override the automated VOX control to bring up a specific shot.

VOX will be available worldwide in December 2011. For more information about VOX, including a video created using VOX with no operator, please visit www.broadcastpix.com/VOX.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces enable total control of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from small systems controlled by a touch-screen to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 90 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Granite, Mica, Slate, and VOX are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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IOGEAR Advances HD and 3D Wireless Streaming with new Digital A/V Kit

The latest A/V streaming kit wirelessly transmits 1080p HD / 3D video content and 5.1 digital audio up to 100 feet, through standard walls.

Foothill Ranch, Calif. – November 9, 2011 – IOGEAR, a leader in convergence through connectivity products, announces the Wireless 3D Digital Kit (GW3DHDKIT), which reduces cable clutter and provides flexible and reliable 1080p HD and 3D wireless streaming for up to two rooms. Relying on the 5GHz wireless spectrum, the Wireless 3D Digital Kit does not require a line-of-sight placement, and delivers uncompressed full 1080p, 3D content and 5.1 digital audio up to 100 feet (figure assumes ideal wireless conditions).

The IOGEAR Wireless 3D Digital Kit consists of a transmitter and receiver with connections that allow it to stream standard, HD or 3D resolution content from up to two HDMI® enabled devices. Included with the kit are an IR blast cable, a remote control, and two power adapters. To add a second room, one HDTV can connect directly to the transmitter’s loop-through (local) port, while a second HDTV simultaneously receives content via the wireless receiver. A “Floating HDTV” can be set up by connecting two HD or 3D media sources to the wireless transmitter while a wall-mounted TV receives content from the connected wireless receiver.

The Wireless 3D Digital Kit is housed in a sleek black casing with rounded edges, giving it a modern but understated appearance. The unobtrusive transmitter, receiver, IR blast cable and remote control underscore just what a powerful device the Wireless 3D Digital Kit really is. Streaming high-bandwidth 3D and 1080p content up to 100 feet is made possible by the use of 5GHz technology, which is generally less susceptible to network interference and can carry more data than its 2.4 GHz relative.

By supporting devices such as 3D Blu-ray and DVD players, DVR/set-top boxes and game consoles, the Wireless 3D Digital Kit allows users to keep their components neatly out-of-sight and keep the focus on their celebrated HD or 3D TVs. Perfect as a DIY retrofit solution, the built-in Infrared (IR) pass-though allows user control over source devices that are hidden away in a different location. Additionally, the GW3DHDKIT is HDCP 2.0 Compliant and requires no software or driver installation.

“Our Wireless 3D Digital Kit advances the technology of streaming A/V content and is a perfect fit for those who already have a 3D display or are planning to get one,” said Bill Nguyen, Senior Marketing Manager for IOGEAR. “The GW3DHDKIT offers an easy, affordable way to stream both HD and 3D entertainment discretely with multiple retrofit and installation options.”

For its initial launch, the Wireless 3D Digital Kit will be available online at Costco.com. A nationwide roll-out that includes shopIOGEAR.com, brick and mortar retailers and online resellers will happen in later in Q4 2011. MSRP of the Wireless 3D Digital Kit is $379.95.

For more information on IOGEAR and its connectivity solutions, please visit: www.iogear.com. Follow IOGEAR on Twitter, the company blog, and become a fan on Facebook for additional industry, company and product details.

About IOGEAR
IOGEAR, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., manufactures innovative Home Electronics and Information Technology solutions that enable convergence through connectivity. Founded in 1999, the company develops products that help integrate technologies, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste. IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

The company emphasizes the conservation of natural resources to both employees and customers through its GREEN initiatives program and “Road to a Million Trees” campaign. In partnership with Trees for the Future, one tree is planted for every product purchased on the IOGEAR site or through an IOGEAR GREEN initiative partner.

(c)2011 IOGEAR. All rights reserved. IOGEAR and the IOGEAR logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of IOGEAR. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Alcorn McBride Brings Two New Products to IAAPA

LightCueE

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Alcorn McBride has announced the introduction of two innovative products for the themed entertainment industry. New items include a single universe lighting controller with Ethernet control, and software that allows simple transcoding of media files. Both will be shown in booth 652 at the upcoming IAAPA show in Orlando:

LightCue with Ethernet is an enhanced version of the popular LightCue model. The new LightCue with Ethernet replaces expensive lighting consoles in permanent installations by capturing the DMX data and playing it back exactly the same way every time. Lighting designers can program their lighting using their favorite DMX lighting console, record into the LightCue with Ethernet and then take the console away. LightCue with Ethernet handles up to 40 pile-on’s and stores at least 100 hours of DMX data. The unit operates via front-panel push-buttons, SMPTE timecode, RS-232, Ethernet or contact closure/voltage inputs. Users can create a schedule to trigger playback using the built in real-time clock and examine or edit the recorded DMX data with included cue management software.

MediaFlow – Alcorn McBride will introduce a complete video workflow solution. MediaFlow software encodes your source material and transfers it to Alcorn McBride video players. MediaFlow software is preconfigured to produce video 100% compatible with Alcorn McBride products. It steps through the process and quickly readies content for use. After your material is encoded, MediaFlow’s built-in FTP capability can automatically transfer files to Ethernet enabled devices. It accepts all the major video formats and outputs H.264 or MPEG2 video (MPEG or AAC audio). MediaFlow supports PAL and NTSC.

First introduced at IAAPA 2010, the ProTraxx is now shipping. Currently in use in a new major theme park in Florida, the ProTraXX plays eight independent stereo tracks from a single economical rack mount unit. Enhanced features include Ethernet for remote updating and microphone/auxiliary inputs for zone paging. ProTraXX offers high quality MP3 audio playback in a compact, solid-state unit. Hours of audio clips can be stored on CompactFlash cards for years of reliable service. Each track is designed to operate independently and can be individually triggered by a dedicated discrete input; this allows direct connection to proximity sensors or switches. All tracks can also be controlled from a single RS-232 or Ethernet port.

Also on display at IAAPA 2011 will be Alcorn McBride’s current suite of audio, video, lighting and control products for themed entertainment. Products at the show will include the V16 Pro Show Controller, ShowTouch, the GPS-enabled Digital Audio Machine, the eight-channel Digital Binloop HD, LightCue Pro and the DMX OverRide.

“This is a year of milestones,” said Jeremy Scheinberg, Alcorn McBride COO. “We just celebrated our 25th anniversary and this is our 19th year at IAPPA. Thanks to our customers and business partners we continue to expand, but our roots are firmly planted in the themed entertainment market.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. Alcorn McBride appears in the 2011 Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the USA. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Gepco® International Signs Stines Technologies Group

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 8, 2011 — Gepco International and General Cable has appointed top-flight manufacturer representative, Stines Technologies Group, to promote its products in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Supporting the Gepco® and SheerWire™ Brands will be the primary mission of Stines Technologies Group.

Sandy Stines, President of the Tulsa-based woman-owned group said, “With nearly 30 years of industry experience, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the Gepco and SheerWire product lines. These extensive offerings coupled with superior quality, technology and manufacturing processes will be great solutions to introduce to our clients.” She added, “We’re excited and blessed to have the best cabling solutions available in the broadcast and AV market.”

“We could not have chosen a better partner to support our brands in this part of the country. Their experience and relationships in the local communities that make up this region of the country are second to none,” said Brian Lamar, Director of Sales for SheerWire by Gepco. “We are confident that this will be a lasting and mutually beneficial partnership for both General Cable and the Stines Technologies Group.”

Stines Technologies Group will work closely with Eric Hall, Central Regional Manager for Gepco Products, and Duane Selby, Western Regional Manager for SheerWire Products, to serve this very strategic part of the country.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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General Cable Announces Appointment of Mike LaPorte for SheerWire™ by Gepco® Commercial A/V Line

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011 — General Cable (NYSE: BGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael “Mike” LaPorte as an authorized agent to represent and promote the SheerWire™ by Gepco® line of commercial and pro audio/visual (A/V) cabling solutions in California and Texas. General Cable, who acquired Gepco in 2009, has been establishing a leadership position in the audio and video market with the Gepco Brand.

“I’m excited about my new responsibilities with the SheerWire line,” said LaPorte. “Over the last few years, I have observed that dealers, system integrators, consultants and end users are looking for new and competitive wire and cable suppliers, especially those with products made in the U.S.A, and these are exactly the requirements we satisfy.”

“Mike’s successful background and experience is a perfect fit as the SheerWire team works to deliver best in class solutions and programs to the commercial A/V community,” said Briar Lamar, Director of Sales, SheerWire by Gepco. “Along with Gepco® Brand broadcast products, we have launched the broad line of SheerWire solutions to satisfy the critical demands in the commercial industry, which Mike will assist us in driving to the markets we serve.”

LaPorte, a veteran in the electronics wire and cable industry, was previously with Belden Wire and West Penn Wire where he held sales and marketing positions. He also owned and operated Zack Electronics, a general line distributor located in San Francisco, California.

“Mike brings extensive knowledge to the SheerWire team,” continued Mike Murphy, Vice President, Sales, Gepco® Brand Products. “He is a welcome addition to the SheerWire family and we look forward to seeing him capitalize on his experiences to further enhance our relationships in the commercial and pro audio market.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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