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Sennheiser Sound Academy to Host Two-Day Live Production Workshop in Anaheim, Featuring Robert Scovill, Kevin Madigan, Marty Garcia and Raphael Alkins

ANAHEIM, Calif. – December 12, 2011- Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that the Sennheiser Live Production Sound Academy (LPSA) will once again be held this year in Anaheim and will take place prior to the NAMM show. Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s event, the live sound workshop has been extended to two days and will take place at the Anaheim Marriott.

The workshop will cover the skills needed to successfully engineer both large and small live productions — including required elements for planning, configuring and operating a large-scale P.A. system. The course content is designed for a wide range of attendees including venue engineers, musicians, promoters, production managers, employees of audio manufacturers,, service providers, students interested in sound and acoustics, or anyone else interested in live production.

Learn from a “Who’s Who” in Live Sound
Once again, Sennheiser will feature special guest instructor Robert Scovill — an industry veteran who has mixed over 3,000 events during his 30-year live sound and recording career. Sennheiser is also pleased to add Kevin Madigan (Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lucinda Williams), Marty Garcia (U2, Kelly Clarkson, Shakira, Zac Brown) and Raphael Alkins aka Raffie (Ricky Martin, Lionel Richie, Kenny G) to its esteemed list of guest presenters. Sennheiser’s own cast of audio veterans, including Chris Spahr, Kent Margraves, Eric Reese and Joe Ciaudelli, will also be on hand.

Event details:

When: Tuesday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Anaheim Marriott, 700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, Calif.

Cost: $299 per day or $498 for both days. Registration rate includes a continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials and a special group dinner on Tuesday, January 17. Register by December 30 for $50 discount; call 860-434-9190, ext. 141 for student and group discounts or for more information on the workshop.

Apantac Opens Sales and Service Offices in Japan

Apantac LLC, designer and developer of high quality, cost effective multiviewers and signal processing equipment has appointed Hiroo Sasaki as its Chief Representative for the Japanese marketplace.

Hiroo Sasaki’s appointment is an important step for Apantac as it positions itself to address the growing professional audio visual and broadcast markets in Japan. Sasaki will drive sales and business development activities for the entire Apantac range of TAHOMA Multiviewers and MT HOOD, MAZAMA, and CRESCENT families of signal processing solutions throughout Japan. more

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CLEAR-COM PLAYS STARRING ROLE AT SINGAPORE’S ESPLANADE —THEATRES ON THE BAY

FreeSpeak® and Tempest®2400 Provide Flexible Wireless Systems for Theatres’ Varying Productions

SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 12, 2011 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is enabling flawless communications for the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore’s Marina Bay. The performance complex relies on Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak® and Tempest®2400 wireless systems to ensure smooth, reliable communications across its four major indoor venues and outdoor theatre, covering a variety of events, including theatrical productions, classical concerts and performances by pop and rock artists.Clear-Com Esplanade Theatres on the Bay more

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GLOBALVUE UNVEILS NEW LED TV OFFERINGS

New 32” Model Is First in the Series

INDIANAPOLIS, DECEMBER 12, 2011 – GlobalVue, a technology innovator delivering exceptional quality and value to the TV marketplace, is proud to unveil its GVC3200LED Commercial LED Television series. The first model in the series will be a 32” class featuring 720p resolution and 178 x 178 wide-viewing angles.GlobalVue LED Commercial Front more

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Frutigen Free Church Upgrades With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™

FRUTIGEN, Switzerland – The FMG ‘Ekklesia Movement’ free church in Frutigen, Switzerland has updated its technical infrastructure with the purchase of a Soundcraft Vi1 digital desk.

With a strong emphasis on youth work, the church is no stranger to Soundcraft’s signature sound and design ergonomic, as head technician Micha Grimm explains.

“In the year 2000, we bought some new equipment, largely for modern youth services, including a Soundcraft Ghost 32,” he said. “I purchased this because having worked with a Ghost as sound engineer on different youth choir tours, I was completely satisfied with the EQ’s and the possibilities offered by the Mix B input path.”

More than a decade later, it was time for an upgrade. After contacting Soundcraft’s Swiss distributor, Dr. W.A. Günther, they were persuaded that the time was right to step into the digital age. But first they wanted to evaluate a number of different market-leading brands, including Soundcraft’s new Si1 and Si Compact 32 platforms (alongside the Vi1).

After considering several key factors such as size, usability, price and flexibility, they constructed a short list and arranged an assessment day with all their engineers present.

“There were merits in all three desks that we reviewed,” admitted Grimm, “but all our engineers were excited by the easy way of working on Soundcraft’s Vistonics™ surface. Even our most critical analogue technicians were happy with the Vi1. There was never an instance in which anyone was unclear about the actual layer or function of the desk and almost every function could be carried out without reading a manual. After just an explanation of the overall concept, everybody was pushing to get on it.”

By the evening they had reached a unanimous decision. “It was the surface and Vistonics interface—along with the Soundcraft FaderGlow™ concept [which illuminates the fader slots, according to function, with clearly-defined colours]—that won it for us,” said Grimm.

Grimm added that technical issues were also taken into consideration. “We have read comments in many trade magazines and on forums about the quality of the sound, which enhanced our preference for the Vi1.” But the main attribute was the analogue way of working since their sound engineers, in most cases, are non-professional.

The activity takes place in two halls—the larger, used for special events, generally accommodating between 700-1000 people, and the smaller regularly packing in 500. Every second weekend, the volunteer mixing engineers take charge of a major event in the larger hall, integrating service, worship and concerts with popular bands. “Confronted with this, the last thing they needed was a super-complicated desk,” said Grimm.

Supplied by local Frutigen-based dealer, tonwerkstatt GmbH the Vi1 was installed on a Saturday and immediately went ‘live’ with it for the Sunday morning church service.

“It was a complete success,” Grimm reported. “A quick soundcheck, a perfect and smooth mixing job during the service – and people were coming up to me with a glow in their eyes, asking, “What have you done with the sound? It was outstanding!”

And all this without the technicians at FMG Frutigen opening the handbook!

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

JVC ANNOUNCES LOWER PRICING FOR GY-HM710 PROHD CAMCORDER WITH FREE ANTON/BAUER POWER SYSTEM FOR LIMITED TIME

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced a new lower price on its GY-HM710 ProHD camcorder. Introduced earlier this year, the compact, shoulder-mount camcorder is ideal for ENG news, documentaries, event coverage, and educational applications. The company also announced the JVC Power Promotion, a limited time offer that includes a free Anton/Bauer power system package with the purchase of a new GY-HM710.

Introduced earlier this year, the GY-HM710 includes extensive image customization modes, JVC’s patented Focus Assist, and a 20-second Pre Rec (retro cache) feature, which continuously records and stores footage in cache memory and helps prevent missed shots of breaking events. Its new $5,995 list price includes the camera head with bayonet lens mount, viewfinder, microphone, Anton/Bauer battery plate, and Canon 14:1 ENG lens.

Customers who purchase a new GY-HM710 from an authorized JVC Professional reseller between now and the end of 2011 are eligible to receive an Anton/Bauer AB-DIONIC-PKG battery and power system package directly from JVC. Valued at $1,185, the package includes an Anton/Bauer DIONIC 90 Li-Ion battery, Tandem 70 InterActive charger, and AC power supply.

“The GY-HM710 delivers the same amazing image quality and efficient workflow of our ProHD product line, but eliminates the modular functionality that many customers don’t need,” said Craig Yanagi, national marketing and brand manager. “The result is a perfect balance between features and affordability, and the new pricing along with JVC’s Power Promotion makes it an even more attractive option for video professionals.”

With the same 3-CCD imaging system found in other ProHD models, the GY-HM710 records 1920×1080 HD footage in 1080p and 1080i at 25 Mbps or 35 Mbps. JVC’s native file recording technology allows recording in ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (.MOV), as well as other major NLE systems (.MP4), to non-proprietary SDHC cards. For legacy applications, the camcorder can also record SD footage (480i) as standard DV files (.AVI or .MOV). Other features include a high resolution (1.22 million pixel) LCOS viewfinder and 4.3-inch flip-out LCD monitor, plus two XLR audio inputs with phantom power and manual audio level controls with audio meter.

The JVC Power Promotion ends Dec. 31.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theatre use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Releases “The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing” App for iPad

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft today announced that it is releasing its popular tutorial, “The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing,” as an iPad app. Derived from the popular “Guide to Mixing” booklet. The booklet provides an introduction and explanation about what an audio mixer is, what its functions are, and the basics of setting up and using a PA system.

“Since its introduction, ‘The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing’ has become a popular reference for learning about what a mixer does and how to use it, and there are more than a million copies in use worldwide,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, HARMAN Mixing Group. “From its original booklet form it has evolved to become available as a web page, as a downloadable PDF, on DVD and online video formats. Making this industry-standard reference available on the iPad was the inevitable next step.”

“The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing” is tailor-made for the iPad. It uses the same now-classic video clips that have drawn more than 350,000 views on YouTube alone. The Guide takes users through all aspects of setting up and using an audio mixer including: explaining the various controls and functions, connecting microphones, instruments and outboard effects, basic and advanced mixing techniques, using mixers for live sound and for studio recording, and many additional topics.

The full version of “The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing” is available for $2.99 from http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundcraft-guide-to-mixing/id481298869?mt=8 or search iTunes for “Soundcraft.” A lite version will soon be available free of charge that contains one full chapter and excerpts from the other chapters.

“’The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing’ has become an invaluable educational tool for students, small bands, musicians, novice sound engineers and people who are starting their careers in pro audio,” Watson said. “The iPad is the perfect portable and interactive format for the Guide.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Vizrt Signs Broadcast Graphics Deal with a Korean TV Channel

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that the Company has signed a deal worth USD 520,000 for the implementation of broadcast graphics solutions with a Korean TV channel.

The solution includes Viz Engine to power the channel’s HD content. Viz Artist will be driving dynamic 3D graphics design. Template management will be handled by Viz Content Pilot, which will also be the character generator (CG) for the control room. In the studio, Viz Video Wall ER will be displaying real time HD content. The Video Wall is made interactive through integration with Viz Anchor.

About Vizrt:
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

Investors and media contacts:
Martin Burkhalter
President & CEO
+41 22 365 75 01
mbu@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown
CFO
+47 5351 8040
ofra@vizrt.com

SCHWARZ Financial Communication
Frank Schwarz
+49 611 1745 398 11
schwarz@schwarzfinancial.com

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Christie Now Shipping LHD700 and LX1200 LCD Projectors

Christie is pleased to announce that its 12,000 lumen Christie LX1200 and the full HD 1080p Christie LHD700 projectors are now shipping to meet strong demand for ‘no compromise,’ affordable 3LCD options for rental staging applications, boardrooms, higher education facilities, houses of worship and more.

Christie prides itself in consistently introducing leading-edge 3LCD, 1-chip and 3-chip DLP projectors to provide the broadest range of brightness levels and resolutions to its customers. The addition of these two new 3LCD models shows its commitment to providing products that offer the performance, reliability and flexibility required to meet Pro AV requirements today and into the future.

“One of Christie’s advantages is its wide selection of 3LCD models in the 4000 lumens range and above,” notes Frank Anzures, senior product manager, Business Products. “Customers needing mid- to high-brightness options know that they can come to Christie and find what they need to meet their application and budget requirements. And, with innovations like Christie’s 4DColor technology, their displays can be created with vivid, dynamic colors that go beyond standard 3LCD projectors.”

Christie’s Breadth of Product, Lumens and Resolutions Covers All Applications
Christie’s Pro AV 3LCD product line at a glance:

* When bold, detailed images are required for your presentations, the Christie LX400 (XGA) and Christie LW400 (WXGA) offer compact, versatile solutions at 4000 lumens that fit easily into any room.

* Featuring an incredible combination of vivid color and high brightness in a compact size, the Christie LX700 and the Christie LHD700 provide 4DColor technology and 7,000 ANSI lumens. Offering the choice between XGA and HD resolutions, this platform is ideal for educational facilities, retail environments, corporate boardrooms, training facilities and houses of worship.

* The Christie L2K1000 and Christie L2K1500 provide full HD 2K resolution (2048×1080) utilizing affordable 3LCD technology with 4DColor technology, providing superior contrast and color fidelity. Christie’s high brightness, LCD-based 2K resolution products provide an affordable alternative to higher-cost technologies.

* Providing WUXGA (1920 x 1200) native resolution, the Christie LWU505 presents full HD in a 16:10 aspect ratio, 2000:1 contrast ratio and is ideal for small to large meeting and multi-use rooms, small auditoriums, and training and conference rooms.

* Using 4DColor technology that incorporates a fourth (yellow) LCD panel, the Christie LX1200 delivers vivid, true-to-life displays with high brightness and native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution.

* Targeted to the higher education and corporate AV markets, the Christie LX505 and Christie LX605 LCD projectors offer 5000 and 6000 ANSI lumens respectively, and the latest in LCD technology enhancements. Additionally, both projectors feature 3D Keystone(tm) technology, a four-corner geometry correction function for versatility in projector placement and easy display set-up.

* The Christie LW555 fills the need for an affordable WXGA high brightness widescreen projector and features WXGA resolution (1280 x 800), center lens design with a fully motorized lens shift, inorganic LCD panels, top loading lamp for easy access and 3D Keystone technology.

Renowned Warranties, Services and Support
Christie is best known for its industry-leading warranties and service. A three-year warranty is standard across the entire line of Christie 3LCD, 1-chip and 3-chip DLP projectors.

As well, Christie has highly trained, knowledgeable technicians ready to answer customer calls. Christie technicians rotate every two weeks between repair duty and technical phone support – ensuring knowledgeable hands-on experience. And the latest product support, including downloads and clear, easy-to-understand documentation, is always available at the click of a button on the Christie website at http://www.christiedigital.com/en-us/product-support/pages/default.aspx.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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Mark Dziekan Named Vice President of Sales and Marketing at High Resolution Systems

Mark Dziekan

Mark Dziekan

High Resolution Systems is pleased to announce that Mark Dziekan has been named Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He will concentrate his efforts on the strategic positioning and business expansion of the interrelated companies HRS Control, Lightware USA and High Resolution Engineering.

Dziekan, who has a 26-year record in the electronics industry, most recently was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Black Diamond Video in Point Richmond, California and Vice President of Sales and Service at Toshiba Display Systems in Simi Valley, California.

“I’m delighted to welcome Mark on board,” says High Resolution founder Mike Taylor. “One of the strategic priorities that I’ve focused on this year is company leadership. While I knew that we were fortunate to have great success with our three start-up companies, it was time to add to our team the skills of an executive who has had leading roles in major electronics companies to build and execute a plan to help us grow in the right way.

“Mark has had success in high-tech new business start-ups, general management, sales and marketing management, product development, field service engineering, customer satisfaction, manufacturing, and supplier management,” he notes. “Plus he offers deep experience in understanding business development of control software, the rental and staging market and the commercial audio visual market – all of which have applications to the challenges of our companies. Mark also has the personality and team-building skills that will help guide our companies in the right direction.”

Dziekan met Taylor as a customer when he was at Black Diamond Video in 2010. “I was impressed by their rapid success and their reputation in the industry for knowing how to not only sell hardware technology but also how to make things work,” he says. “HRS Control, Lightware USA and High Resolution Engineering offer a strong foundation to build upon. Their long tradition of innovation, developing new markets and creating innovative software and hardware solutions is a great advantage that we can leverage for the future.”

Dziekan sees his new post as a chance to use all of his past experience in general management, sales, marketing, product development and service. “I think the opportunity to work with the executive management team – Mike Taylor, Drew Taylor and Greg Byrnes – is what attracted me to the job. I’m looking forward to working closely with them in the expansion of these three great companies. I’m also eager to begin engagement with the entire team. I believe strongly in teamwork and fully expect that our efforts will be a productive collaboration.”

When Dziekan served as Assistant Vice President of New Business Development at Toshiba America Consumer Products, Inc. in Wayne, New Jersey from 1991-1998, he was charged with creating and launching vertical commercial video divisions to offset losses experienced in the consumer electronic division of the company. He led the creation of seven different business units the most successful of which was the videowall division whose customers were in the rental and staging markets. In recognition of his efforts Dziekan received the ISP President’s Award for the “most innovative and profitable” business unit within Toshiba America’s holding companies.

Also at Toshiba, he led the first collaborative meeting between Apple and Toshiba, which eventually propelled Toshiba into the DVD hardware and content production development arena.

At NEC Home Electronics (now NEC Display Solutions) in Itasca, Illinois, Dziekan led the product development and marketing of 32 products in less than five years. He was one of the first four employees hired by the company.

Dziekan holds an M.B.A. from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Lake Forest, Illinois plus a B.S. degree in Broadcast Electronics Technology and an A.A.S. in Electronic Equipment Service from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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