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FreeCaster Brings European Commission Conference to Global Community With Haivision’s KulaByte(TM) Internet Encoders

Europe’s Premier Forum on International Affairs and Development Cooperation Delivered to a Global Audience — 36 Simultaneous Internet Video Streams Using KulaByte Encoders

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Dec. 15, 2011 — Haivision Network Video today announced that FreeCaster.tv is broadcasting the European Development Days (EDD) conference live from the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, Poland, using Haivision’s KulaByte(TM) Internet encoders. FreeCaster is simultaneously streaming three different conference rooms in four languages and at three bit rates for delivery to Flash-enabled computers and mobile devices. A total of 36 simultaneous streams are being generated using Haivision’s KulaByte Internet encoders.

The conference sessions can be seen live on Thursday, Dec. 15, and Friday, Dec. 16, at http://live.eudevdays.eu. According to the EDD website: “In line with the new, streamlined format of EDD11, online streaming plays a key role in reaching out to the widest possible range of interested partners. Utilizing the latest technology and structure so as to provide a comprehensive yet accessible and user-friendly experience, the live Web stream is an indispensible part of the EDD experience.”

Organized by the European Commission and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EDD is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation. This year’s EDD conference brings together business and political leaders including José-Manuel Durão Barroso, president of the European Commission, and officials from global institutions such as The World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and many others.

“We have been counting on KulaByte for our Internet streaming for a number of years and have produced thousands of event streams,” said Raymond Dulieu, founder of FreeCaster.tv. “For Internet video, KulaByte offers unmatched picture quality at any given bit rate. We have also quite effectively used the HyperStream(TM) Cloud Transcoding technology to derive maximum efficiency from our uplink bandwidth by sending a single optimized stream from the source to transcoders in the cloud, where computing power and bandwidth are abundant.”

Based in Belgium, FreeCaster.tv focuses on producing live Internet streaming events. The company has been a Web streaming solution provider since 2004. A winner of an Apple Design Award for Best QuickTime Content for Entertainment, FreeCaster streams sports events, fashion shows, conferences, and music concerts with a focus on high quality.

See FreeCaster’s live extreme sports event schedule at http://www.extreme.com/live.

Information about Haivision products and solutions is available at .

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About Haivision Network Video Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

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Panamax/Furman Updates MyBlueBOLT.com Certification, Training, and Partnership Resources

PETALUMA, Calif. — Dec. 15, 2011 — Panamax/Furman today announced that MyBlueBOLT.com has received an update to enhance the user’s experience with an improved certification process and training resources. Users of the BlueBOLT(R) energy management and control platform will appreciate such new additions as the “Maximizing BlueBOLT” video orientation, which helps new or existing users get the most out of their BlueBOLT experience and details value-added features such as auto-reboot, “connection lost” notifications, and an assisted setup of budget alerts in the energy management section.

An update for future BlueBOLT certified dealers, or current certified dealers looking to bring new personnel up to speed, is the completely new certification training video and simplified certification portal. The new online training video includes marked test questions, as well as an extended look at the BlueBOLT online interface. Dealers, installers, and contractors can obtain their BlueBOLT certification through this enhanced online training course via almost any Internet-connected tablet, computer, or mobile phone.

Automation and control-centric dealers or programmers will appreciate MyBlueBOLT.com’s new dedicated control partners’ page. This page acts as a reference for anyone checking the status of an automation platform driver or control module for their respective BlueBOLT or control-friendly power management hardware. These drivers, designed by third parties or specific Panamax/Furman control partners, provide an alternate method of power-related control through local IP or RS-232, depending on hardware. In most cases, programmers can leave BlueBOLT control and communication intact, allowing for simultaneous local automation, as well as cloud-based BlueBOLT control. This flexibility makes for a highly configurable automation environment and a better experience for the customer.

For more information visit:

https://www.mybluebolt.com/

https://www.mybluebolt.com/certification/

https://www.mybluebolt.com/partners/

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About Panamax/Furman
Panamax and Furman have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together — as part of Panamax LLC — Panamax, Furman, and PFPower (a Panamax/Furman brand) address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM, and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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Yamaha LS9 Digital Console Breathes New Life into The Living Christmas Tree

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Living Christmas Tree at Grace Bible Church in Oxnard, California recently added a Yamaha LS9-32 digital audio console to enhance its six annual performances. The church, built in 1970, began The Living Christmas Tree program in 1973. Housed in a tree-like structure designed and built by several church members, the set can hold over 70 singers.

The sanctuary was modified to accommodate 48 1,000-watt Leko theatrical lighting fixtures, two follow spots, associated dimmers, and a 24” mirror ball. Sadly, the modifications didn’t include permanently installed audio, so for The Living Tree and other special theater events, a large portable sound system was brought in. The earlier productions were accompanied by musicians with some very elaborate stage sets that included a ski slope, toboggan run, and ice rink. In 2003, the original “Tree” structure was replaced by a new commercially built structure that was easier to assemble and more convenient for the singers to climb into.

“Changing times meant that we had to handle production differently than in the past,” states Alan Hatmaker, Chairman of the Elder Board and lead audio tech. “For instance, with an all-volunteer production team, we cut costs and production complications by moving from a live orchestra to professional backup tracks.” Since Grace Bible Church is a small 100-member church, they opened up the cast to members of other churches in the area. This year, the member cast of over 60 singers is made up of members from 14 churches.

“Instead of purchasing tickets, we ask the audience to bring cans of food for Ventura County (CA) Food Share,” says Hatmaker. “For the last nine years, the audiences have given over 20,000 pounds of food (3,000 pounds last year alone), and enough offerings to keep the program going. We also asked the local Rescue Mission to provide support for help set up and dismantling of the Tree structure and portable staging.”

Hatmaker designed a sound system back in 1981 that consisted of a large portable system built around a Yamaha MQ Series console. “We chose the MQ for its many professional features and overall quality. In 1991, the church decided to upgrade the installed sound system. The centerpiece of the system was a Yamaha PM1200-32 console. Since the PM1200 was an “entry level” pro series console, it gave us great value with its high-quality construction (weighing in at around 150 pounds) and great features. The PM1200 served us well for the past 20+ years until this year when it was replaced by the Yamaha LS9-32. We chose the LS9 since it, like the PM1200, is an “entry level”, high-quality Yamaha professional series console, that will provide us the same long-term service we had with the PM1200.”

Hatmaker said that one of the biggest features of the Yamaha LS9 for his purpose is the console’s built-in effects, ‘more than I could have ever imagined.’ “This feature alone allows us to remove five pieces of outboard gear between the console and amplifiers, resulting in higher reliability of our overall system. The LS9 is great for going from “Tree” setup to Sunday service setup. We use the Scene function to “toggle” between the two set-ups.” He also sights compressors, available for each channel, as another feature the audio team appreciates. Hatmaker noted that he received a few of hours of initial training on the Yamaha console and trains all of the volunteer audio operators.

Times and consoles have certainly evolved. “With the PM1200, I had to write down all of the channel settings for the Tree so I could return to them after the Sunday service!”

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. The company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker products. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

ASHLY KLR-5000 AMPS POWER LSU’S PETE MARAVICH ASSEMBLY CENTER

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 2011: Although the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) in Baton Rouge served as the United State’s largest ever triage center and field hospital during the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the 13,500-seat arena is better known as the venue to watch Louisiana State University Tigers basketball. Built in the early 1970s, the PMAC’s original sound system was cutting-edge for its time, but a botched renovation in the mid-1980s left the PMAC sonically lacking… for decades. Although inspired by the Tiger’s roaring fans, the PMAC’s nickname, “The Deaf Dome,” was an apt, if less flattering, descriptor of that sound system. To provide the team and its fans with a spark of inspiration, an anonymous donor provided the funds for a first-rate, modern sound reinforcement system. Tim Landry, principal of audio integrator Tim Landry Sound Construction (Mandeville, LA), provided the donor with a system design centered on thirty-four Ashly Audio KLR-5000 amplifiers, Ashly Audio processing, and Sound Bridge loudspeakers.

“The sound system that went in during the 1980s was a terrible design executed terribly,” observed the characteristically candid Landry. “For example, the original design called for five speakers each in four separate horizontal arrays. For reasons unknown, the installers changed it and put two speakers on top and three on the bottom of each array. It changed the entire nature of the system. Tilting of the clusters disastrously affected the outer speakers. Beyond that, the boxes were arranged in ways that the manufacturer never intended, which led to bizarre frequency interactions. As a result, some seats were covered poorly and some seats were not covered at all.” A system of physical relays meant to facilitate scene changes for different types of events went south quickly. “You could just tap the thing and amps would blink on and off,” complained Landry, who, prior to the renovation, helped maintain the crippled system with jumper wires (literally) and bubble gum (figuratively).

In recent years, the school raised funds to upgrade several aspects of the aging PMAC facility. It replaced the seating and ceiling. It installed a new efficient HVAC system. The school even installed a brilliant new Daktronics scoreboard. “It was time to get some excitement into the building,” said Landry. “And the sound system was the obvious fix. Fortunately, a generous and well-to-do LSU alum donated the money to do it.” The donor’s only request? Install a sound system to beat all sound systems! To meet that request, Landry rented several loudspeaker systems anonymously and evaluated their performance in the PMAC. The clear winner was Sound Bridge.

Landry drew up the original plans with a well-known, but pricey amplifier manufacturer in mind. “But then I spoke to Ashly,” he recalled. “I have a lot of respect for Ashly’s gear and the people behind it because in all the years I’ve been installing Ashly amps and processors, the only units that ever failed went underwater during Katrina. Even still, two of those units came back to life and are working to this day! Anyway, Ashly said the new KLR-5000s amplifiers would be coming on line, and they seemed perfect for the job.” Landry ordered thirty-five of the new amplifiers, thirty-four for the system and one for backup. “On system critical installations, I always include a backup unit,” he said. “But when Ashly is involved, I have yet to need it!”

For processing, Landry turned to the Ashly ne24.24M. Two units provide all of the processing for the PMAC. “There are two modes,” he said. “One for the student operators that contains some limiting to prevent them from blowing anyone’s eardrums out and a second, more liberal setting. We called it ‘Terrance Turbo Mode’ in honor of the system’s primary operator. Terrance has a key that effectively removes that limiting and gives him full access to the full 165,000 watts of power surging through the KLR-5000s. Terrance is very pleased.” In addition, the ne24.24Ms replace the old physical relays that caused so many problems. Now the operators can select which clusters play via the software.

The logistics of the installation were particularly demanding because LSU books the PMAC with an event almost every day. “We definitely had to work around their schedule and not the other way around,” said Landry. “I admit I was a bit nervous about receiving serial numbers one through thirty-five on the KLR-5000s, but, as I said, I’ve come to trust the folks at Ashly. They really came through and made sure we had the units when we needed them – it would have been a bloodbath if they hadn’t. And the amps worked flawlessly from day one and continue to do so.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

www.ashly.com

Adam Audio Showcases Classic Series Speakers At CES

ADAM Classic Mk3 Series

Las Vegas, NV––The Classic Mk3 Series, ADAM Audio USA’s most popular line of speakers, will be the focus of their exhibit at 2012 International CES.

A mainstay of the brand, Classic Mk3 Series loudspeakers offer an exceptional level of sound reproduction along with a slim, elegant look. They are available in a range of passive and active models and are easily adaptable to all room sizes for stereo and multi-channel applications.

The entire Classic Series includes ADAM’s proprietary X-ART tweeters to ensure extended frequency response with maximum efficiency. In the active version, ADAM’s new A/B amplifier drives the high frequency section. The Column also features ADAM’s high-quality X-ART lower midrange driver and two Hexacone™ 7” woofers for exceptional full range reproduction from 28 Hz to 50 kHz.

Revealing the subtlest details of the high frequency range, the Pencil Mk3 also features powerful and accurate low range reproduction from two woofers that distribute the lower frequencies. One woofer acts as a full range driver while the other reproduces frequencies below 150 Hz, effectively doubling the area and power of the bass reproduction.
The Compact Mk3 uses the same components as the larger Classic speakers to provide unmatched sound quality in a compact size. The Center Mk3 and SW260 Mk3 subwoofer are also equipped with matching components to achieve sonic consistency and sophisticated reproduction for multichannel applications.

The subwoofer expands the frequency of any system down to 25Hz while a level control, phase switch (±180°), variable upper frequency (50-150Hz), and a switchable 85Hz high pass filter for satellite output allow it to be adapted to any system and its particular needs.

All standing models are equipped with new base plates and spikes to improve decoupling from the floor and finishes are in high gloss black.

Pricing for this series ranges from $3000 a pair for the passive Compact Mk3 to $10,000 a pair for the active Column Mk3 Tower speakers.

For more about ADAM Audio USA, please see us at Suite #30-324 in The Venetian, call 516.681.0690, or click to www.adam-audio.com.

Middle Atlantic Teams With Control Concepts for Communication Flexibility in RackLink™

Fairfield, NJ –– When Middle Atlantic Products set out to develop its new RackLink™ Suite of Power Management products, a crucial goal was to ensure its communication flexibility across multiple platforms including the web, mobile devices and control systems. To develop that critical open-architecture communication with control systems, the company partnered with fellow market leader Control Concepts, Inc.

Working in close collaboration with Middle Atlantic, audiovisual control system solutions company Control Concepts created communication drivers for both Crestron and AMX that work with the new protocol. The protocol also provides matrix readings from the systems for energy management, imports RackLink data into a database that compares usage and points out cost saving opportunities and allows control systems to register for unsolicited information. These features provide AV professionals with the data they need to make real-time changes to the control system that save energy and cost, and improve functionality.

Recently introduced and already enjoying acceptance among AV professionals, RackLink products provide installers with flexible, intelligent power monitoring and management for AV systems, along with preemptive support functions. They are the first of their kind capable of maintaining AV system reliability using automatic actions that include automatic reboot, turning on emergency fans and shutting down equipment for safety in overload or over-temperature conditions.

Asked about the collaboration between the companies, Jeff Mackie, Director of Product Development at Control Concepts, said that when working with Middle Atlantic on RackLink, he “really felt like part of the team.”

“The expertise that Control Concepts brought to the development of RackLink’s control system communication protocol was invaluable,” said Middle Atlantic Electrical/Electronic Product Manager Murray Williams. “Their knowledge of these environments helped optimize its functionality for how integrators utilize it in the field.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225

New DaVinci Resolve for Windows 7 64 bit beta now available to customers!

Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Microsoft Windows™ public beta is now available for download. DaVinci Resolve for Windows public beta is available in both the full featured DaVinci Resolve 8.2 and free DaVinci Resolve Lite versions. The DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows license is included with the Mac OS X version, so all current Mac OS X customers automatically get a license for the Windows version, and can download it now to use in their facility.

This new DaVinci Resolve for Windows beta will allow customers to use a wide range of hardware for building color correction systems with the advantage of a wider selection of GPU processing options with support for up to 4 GPU’s per system.

When the public beta program is complete, and DaVinci Resolve for Microsoft Windows™ is formally released, it will be accompanied by the Mac OS X version. When a customer purchases DaVinci Resolve, they can choose which operating system they want to use, and then install either one. This allows the flexibility to let customers potentially choose to use a Windows desktop computer in the office with powerful multiple GPU processing, while at any time the customer can unplug the dongle and plug into one of the latest stylish Mac OS X MacBook Pro computers when on set.

Only DaVinci Resolve lets customers move between either operating system at any time without the extra expense of purchasing a second copy of the software.

As a reward for all current DaVinci Resolve customers, any customer who has purchased the Mac OS X version of DaVinci Resolve can now keep using the same dongle for the Windows version of DaVinci Resolve, and they can simply download the Windows version. This will ensure current DaVinci Resolve customers are kept up to date with the latest features, and are not disadvantaged for purchasing early.

DaVinci Resolve will now be available in three models. DaVinci Resolve Lite, the current free version, is now available in both Windows and Mac OS X downloads. DaVinci Resolve Software for US$995 is now available for both Mac OS X and Windows and customers will get support for both operating systems for the one purchase. DaVinci Resolve with the full colorist designed control surface will be available with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux software, allowing the customer to choose any of three operating systems to build their color correction system.

“This Windows release has happened way sooner than we expected, and the DaVinci engineering team have done an amazing job!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We think this is very exciting because it makes DaVinci Resolve more flexible for customers, and makes it even easier to integrate Resolve color correction into any facility workflow even when using a wider range of editing and effects software.”

Availability and Price
DaVinci Resolve for Microsoft Windows 7™ public beta is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers. When released, DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows will be included with the Mac OS X version for US$995. DaVinci Resolve Lite will be available for both Mac OS X and Windows 7, free of charge.

Press Photography
Product photos of the DaVinci Resolve, 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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grandMA2s and Clay Paky Sharpys Hit the Road with Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne Tour

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne North American tour

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne North American tour

grandMA2s have turned out in force for an eight-week run of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne North American tour, and they’ve got a large complement of Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures to keep them company. The lights and lighting consoles are playing a key role in the tour, which supports the rappers’ joint LP released in August and also features solo cuts from their own catalogs. A.C.T Lighting is the distributor of grandMA and Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

Solotech, which is providing all the tour’s lighting, rigging and specialty lighting fixtures, furnished lighting designer Nick Whitehouse and assistant lighting designer Steven Douglas with three grandMA2 full-size systems plus one grandMA2 light. The tour has a minimalist, modern, eclectic design with innovative lighting, lasers and staging and extensive use of LED products.

“The main reason we have two desks is so that both Nick and Steven can run different elements of the show at the same time and to assist in quick multi-user programming to implement last minute changes; the third is a back up system and the grandMA light was on stage for last minute set up,” reports Karl Gaudreau, at Montreal-based Solotech. “I’ve been a fan of grandMA since I worked for Cirque du Soleil. The grandMA2 is a great next step in the product line. Nick (Whitehouse) loves it – as soon as he worked on it he was very impressed with how fast it was.”

“The desk is very powerful,” Gaudreau says, “with real-time control of 65,536 parameters per session. It’s pretty much the only desk able to perform this quickly.”

Solotech also supplied 130 Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures for the tour, which are deployed on the main rig for Jay-Z and Kanye. Whitehouse has positioned 24 Sharpys on the floor and 48 on the main truss. Three other trusses combine Sharpys with strobes; they are also integrated with other lights on the back wall. Solotech’s Sharpy fixtures are in such demand as robust special effects fixtures that it’s hard to keep them in the shop, Gaudreau reports.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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