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PESA Introduces World’s First HDcctv-Compliant Routing Switcher

HDcctv 16X16 Routing Switcher

Compact 1RU HDcctv 16X16 Routing Switcher

Huntsville, Alabama – December 27, 2011 – PESA® today unveiled the new 16X16 PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher, the world’s first HDcctv routing switcher with full compliance to the HDcctv Alliance™ high-definition video interface standard for security and surveillance systems. With just a single RG-59 coax cable for each port, users can connect up to 16 HDcctv-compliant video cameras to the PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher and output up to 16 individual coax connections for HDcctv DVR or display devices. Designed specifically for high-definition video over coax, PESA’s new 16X16 HDcctv Routing Switcher features a compact 1RU enclosure, local or remote network control options and a redundant power supply and control card option.

“The PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher is the ultimate interface where multiple HDcctv cameras and DVR’s need to be shared or switched in the best quality format available,” said Dan Holland, PESA’s Vice President of Product Marketing. “HDcctv is based on proven uncompressed high definition video technology so there is no need to compromise quality or worry about dropped packets, latency, or bandwidth allocation issues normally found with IP based technology.”

With a compact frame design, the PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher uses full uncompressed video technology to distribute brilliant high resolution images from devices as far away as 100m over traditional RG-59 coax cable. With the 1.5Gbps enabled transport for each port, video resolutions for 720p and 1080p are evenly distributed without compression. Unlike IP-based switches and hubs using distributed 10Gbps backbone, PESA’s HDcctv Routing Switcher allocates a dedicated 1.5Gbps for each device connected to the router. In aggregate comparison to IP solutions, PESA’s 16X16 HDcctv compliant routing system provides over 24Gbps of non-blocking, non-compressed video switching.

Based on the HDcctv Alliance standard, all inputs are auto-equalized and outputs reclocked to transmit 720p25/30, 720p50/60, or 1080p25/30 video resolutions distances up to 100m (300ft). Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of gen-lock from black burst or a tri-level sync source. The frame assembly features a front load / hot swappable matrix card and includes space for an optional redundant power supply and control module. Each HDcctv Routing Switcher provides control interfaces for PESA’s Ethernet control system or can be configured to support many third-party control systems. Additionally, the PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher easily supports an optional local pushbutton control panel, up to 80 remote control panels, or control via a unique PESA soft-panel – a software emulated version of control panels.

With almost four decades of proven technology development in high-quality broadcast switching products, PESA continues to be an innovative provider of future-proof video distribution product solutions. The PESA 16X16 HDcctv Routing Switcher is the world’s first fully compliant HDcctv Matrix Switch and PESA’s roadmap includes several other HDcctv matrix and signal processing devices to be introduced in 2012.

As customers analyze ever larger amounts of video data and need to derive more value and ROI from their investment in video security and surveillance equipment, the HDcctv standard continues to deliver cost-effective, full uncompressed video solutions for users looking to upgrade legacy CCTV systems or design new greenfield megapixel IP video systems.

”The enormous market opportunity for uncompressed HD surveillance video over coax is increasingly widely recognized in the security industry,” observed Todd Rockoff, executive director of HDcctv Alliance. “Realization of that market opportunity requires multi-vendor/brand compatibility, which is ensured by compliance with the HDcctv standard. By delivering the world’s first HDcctv-compliant matrix switch, PESA has contributed a critical component for enterprise-class HDcctv-based surveillance systems.”

About HDcctv Alliance
HDcctv Alliance® is the non-profit industry association that develops and promulgates the global specification for high-definition closed-circuit television (HDcctv). The V1.0 HDcctv specification is derived from broadcast industry standards for 100% digital serial transmission of uncompressed video over coaxial cable. However, HDcctv is planned to also transmit video over various media (including optical fiber and Cat5), and the HDcctv standard optimizes the interface to meet the needs of the surveillance market. The Alliance promotes industry adoption of HDcctv technology, and it provides education both to the surveillance equipment industry and to equipment buyers. HDcctv-compliant products bear the distinctive HDcctv logo that guarantees transmission distance and interoperability with other HDcctv-compliant products. The Alliance also offers an HDcctv Certificate for video surveillance system designers, installers, and dealers through an education program. An up-to-date list of HDcctv-compliant Products and Certified HDcctv Professionals is maintained at www.highdefcctv.org.

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.
All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

Contact Information
Dan Holland
VP, Product Marketing
256-726-9200
dholland@pesa.com

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KanexPro Full-Motion Corner HDTV Wall Mount

Introducing KanexPro Full Motion HDTV Wall Mounts. These are our most flexible mounts, which allows for a smooth tilt, swivel, retract and extend a display to bring the best viewing angle to any seat in a room.

KanexPro focuses on product innovation and additional features that makes HDTV mounts conveniently easy to use. The KanexPro Full-Motion Dual Arm Corner HDTV Wall Mount is an ideal solution to setup a home theater or boardroom for LCD, LED, or Plasma HDTVs. You will enjoy the benefits of saving surface space and mounting on a corner wall for clean and professional look. You now have the freedom to mount your display in any room hassle-free! This mount also provides features to help articulate the mount with ease. You will be able to extend, retract, tilt, and swivel for multiple positions and preference. Its pre-assembled design interface allows for the quickest installation possible.

For more details please visit www.kanexpro.com

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.
KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Sierra Video Announces Aspen™ 3232 Multi-format Routing Switcher

GRASS VALLEY, CA – Sierra Video today announced the release of the Aspen 3232, the first model in a new line of compact video 3G HD-SDI routing switchers. The Aspen line will be a line of general utility 3G HD-SDI routing switchers ideal for use in any video installation, including rental and staging applications, higher education facilities, houses of worship, hospitals, broadcast facilities and post production facilities. The Aspen 3232 is a multi-rate router compatible with 3G, HD-SDI and SDI signals from 19 Mb/s to 2.97 Gb/s (3G).

The Aspen 3232 is compact at only 2.5” deep and takes up just 2RU in a standard equipment rack. The Aspen 3232 is also tremendously energy efficient, requiring less than 32 Watts of power including the power consumed by its standard built-in routing switcher control system and front panel panel..

A unique feature of the Aspen 3232 is that, due to its advanced technology, this router can drive signals farther than most typical 3G HD-SDI routing switchers. The Aspen 3232HD3G can drive 3G signals over 500ft (155 meters using Belden 1694A cable).

The Aspen 3232 routing switcher is a format-flexible 3G HD-SDI routing switcher capable of handling all SMPTE serial digital video signal formats on every input of the router including SMPTE 424M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 344M and DVB-ASI up to 540 Mbps and 3G and HD-SDI video signals conforming to SMPTE 292M (1.485GBps single link). The Sierra Video Aspen 3232 router also provides user control of the Input Equalization and Output Re-clocking circuitry. When using non-SMPTE signals the Re-clockers can be bypassed if required, so they do not interfere with the signal.

The introduction of the Aspen 3232 coincides with the introduction of Sierra’s new control system architecture based on IP, SNMP, and a web interface. The Aspen 3232’s embedded controller can be accessed via the TCP-IP or RS 232/422 serial interface making it easy to integrate into any automation or control system. The built-in web server offers convenient control and setup functions and works with any OS, browser and most handheld devices.

The Aspen 3232 includes a front panel control lockout and offers the ability to create and launch salvos. Companion audio routers are also available for the Aspen 3232 and are controllable by the embedded controller. A redundant power supply option is also available.

The Aspen 3232 multi-format routing switcher is the first model in a line of compact Aspen routers to be introduced in coming months and it is currently available from Sierra Video Systems and its worldwide reseller network.

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Lowell Highlights Rack and Wall-Mount Storage Solutions with New Product Videos

— Lowell supports dealers and installers with short tutorial clips —

Lowell Manufacturing Company, a Pacific, Missouri-based manufacturer of professional AV Products for over 60 years, has updated its YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/lowellmfg) with two new product videos. These short clips, highlighting rack and wall-mount storage solutions, were produced as a resource for customers, consultants, installers and end users, demonstrating the products’ construction and features.

The first video can be found at the following URL: http://youtu.be/NimYQpqnkNs. This video features Lowell’s VARI-RACK®, which sports a unique design among AV equipment racks. In the video the host assembles a VARI-RACK, demonstrating how to set the rack depth to a choice of settings.

The second video is located here: http://youtu.be/xL2GRMl-21o. This video features three of Lowell’s wall-mount rack units: the LWR, the LWSRF and the LWRF. In the clip, the host compares and contrasts the three different products, pointing out key features and access points.

“We’re proud to present the new videos, and the rest of the content on our YouTube channel, as a key resource to the extended Lowell family,” stated Kathy Lane, Marketing Communications Manager. “We take great pride in our products’ design, and these clips help illuminate the ways in which our attention to detail can make life easier for our customers, installers, and maintenance technicians. We invite everyone to subscribe to our social media channels to keep up with the latest developments at Lowell.”

About Lowell’s VARI-RACK:
The versatile VARI-RACK (LVR-series) is a slim footprint 19″ EIA unassembled rack suitable for built-in or freestanding applications. The unique design allows the depth to be selected during set-up so it’s easy to fit into quarters that may be shallower than planned. Corner post mounting rails are also designed to solve last minute problems – printed marks help accurate field-cuts if the height needs to be trimmed. The robust design supports loads up to 400 lbs. Racks that are 30RU or taller include side support brackets for torsional rigidity (see photo). A variety of options make this a good choice for a variety of applications.

About Lowell’s Wall-Mount Racks:
The LWR is a two-part sectional rack that includes a 4.7” deep backbox and 14” or 18” deep mounting section. Backbox: 10” square opening in rear (to clear electrical pull boxes), combination knockout panels at top and bottom, lacing points, and provisions to attach board-mounted accessories. Key-style side locks are keyed differently than (optional) front door. Mounting Section: 1-pair of adjustable rails, integral rails top and bottom (for mounting and lacing) and vented sides. Handles loads up to 300 lbs., depending on model. Black wrinkle powder epoxy finish.

The LWSRF is a new economical swing-out design for light to medium loads. It swings open for easy access to cables and the rear of rackmounted equipment. The fixed-position front mounting rails make it a great economical solution for applications that won’t need to reposition equipment front-to-back. Includes top and bottom key-locks. Optional front door.

The LWRF is another economical model made for small system installations like schools, small offices and retailers. This welded 16-ga. steel rack includes 1-pair of fixed mounting rails, vented sides and a separate wall bracket with mounting slots and knockouts. Black wrinkle powder epoxy finish. Optional front door for security.

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at Sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Townhouse Bedroom Transformed into Mix Room Palace by Carl Tatz Design and the PhantomFocus™ System

— Multi award-winning, Billboard chart-topping songwriter/producer Monty Powell and jazz artist Anna Wilson hire Carl Tatz Design for a second time to design their beautiful new personal studio, the MontAnna Mix Room, while upgrading to the latest PhantomFocus™ System technology —

Nashville, TN: “It’s clearly the leading technology in monitoring,” comments uber-successful songwriter/producer Monty Powell about the new-generation PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) in his new MontAnna Mix Room designed by Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD). “If I build ten more studios, which I hope I don’t,” jokes Powell, “every one of them will have a PhantomFocus System in it – I can’t imagine mixing without it.”

Not unlike those who want to drive the latest model Porsche 911 or Mercedes Benz SL sports car, many veteran PhantomFocus System users are beginning to upgrade to the latest PFS technology. “The legacy PFSs still sound terrific and are still a huge leg up over other monitor systems, while the newer iterations are far more powerful and quieter and can deliver even more accuracy in even the most difficult spaces,” notes Carl Tatz, principal of CTD and creator of the PFS.

Monty Powell and wife, jazz artist Anna Wilson, called on CTD for a second time when they decided to downsize and move from their beloved Nashville home that housed a beautiful Carl Tatz Design studio with 20′ tall ceilings in the tracking room into a posh new townhouse mix room nearby. The control room design features the now familiar trademark CTD Acoustic Lens™ and CTD Attenuation Cloud™ modules.

Since this successful couple is spending most of their time now in their Utah home when they are not gigging around the country at various jazz venues with Anna or songwriting on the road with the likes of country superstars Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and others, it makes perfect sense to make this transition. The move reflects a trend where many personal studio owners prefer to track in a commercial studio that has all the amenities you would expect in a professional tracking room and spend the remaining 90 percent of the time overdubbing and mixing in their own facility.
“It’s always a great compliment to be asked back by your client to design a second room, and Monty and Anna are so much fun to work with, both being very creative people with lots of enthusiastic ideas,” says Tatz. “And upgrading their PhantomFocus System was the maraschino cherry on top of the cake. They were very happy with their existing PFS, but when I convinced them that they should experience the new system at another studio, their mouths dropped – it sold itself.”

Video URL 1: http://youtu.be/k2M4kMz2Kx0

Video URL 2: http://youtu.be/00RF5VyQC3s

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Genelec Active Monitors Chosen for Remote Mixing on The X Factor

— The X Factor’s Audio Production Mixer Michael Abbott, remote broadcast music production specialists M3 and Music Mixer Eric Schilling incorporate Genelec Active Monitors into their workflow for unparalleled reference monitoring —

Music mixer Eric Schilling is using a Genelec 8200 Series Active DSP Monitoring System on the U.S. television premier season of The X Factor to create the 5.1-channel mix of the live music segments for broadcast on the FOX network. The system, comprising Genelec 8250A and 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors, together with a 7260A subwoofer, was supplied by remote broadcast music production specialists M3 (Music Mix Mobile) and was specified by the show’s production audio mixer, Michael Abbott, a veteran broadcast mixer and sound designer, and the owner of All Ears, Inc.

Joel Singer, co-founder and chief engineer of M3, relates that Abbott was determined to bring the same high level of music mixing and audio quality to The X Factor that he had experienced working with him on other high-profile broadcast events. “Mike, as the A1 on the show, had a vision for what he wanted to do with regard to the music system on The X Factor. He came to us and said that he would like to incorporate the workflow we use on some of these big music award shows, like the GRAMMY® Awards and the Country Music Awards, and what M3 does by building and designing reference-quality 5.1 mixing systems, and develop it for this show. As the system architect, I designed the music system based on the needs of the show as a reliable, fully functioning 5.1 mixing system. It was a good meeting of the minds because we’ve worked with Mike on many, many different projects.”

“My agenda for the sound design of this show was to use components that have previously produced favorable results on other broadcasts, and Genelec has been part of that formula,” confirms Abbott. “I prefer the music mixers to use whatever they are comfortable with, and Eric is very familiar with the tonal response of the Genelec monitors from working with M3 on many other broadcast productions. The result of this team effort has yielded a streamlined workflow with audio quality second-to-none. And from everything I’ve heard, this has made a tremendous difference to our viewers at home.”

Schilling comments, “I have been using the 8200 Series monitors in my studio and for broadcast music mixing since they where released. I always find that the mixes I do with these monitors translate very well to other listening environments outside of my work, which, to me, is of paramount importance.”

Schilling’s temporary studio is set up at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California, where the show is produced. According to Singer, this was the first semi-permanent mixing system installation project for M3, which operates remote music production trucks out of New Jersey and California. “A Gelco trailer is a less-than-ideal space for anything, so we had to overcome some different issues in there,” he acknowledges. “Through the use of some acoustic materials and help from an acoustics company that came in and worked out some of the reflections and other issues, we were able to solve some of the reverberant issues in the room. This provided a comfortable environment for Eric to mix the music on the show.”

The onboard DSP features of the Genelec system, including AutoCal™ automated calibration, which can be centrally controlled by computer using the GLM™ (Genelec Loudspeaker Management™) control network, proved invaluable in the challenging space. “Having the Genelecs, and being able to tune them and look at the rest of the room as a tuned space, helped us out,” reports Singer. “We were really able to use those monitors and adjust them to make the system suitable for what Eric was used to hearing and gave him a reference point so that he could start mixing a show that would translate onto television.”

It’s not surprising that M3 was standardized on Genelec monitor systems for its projects, which can involve similarly challenging remote locations. “We bring fly pack systems into television studios in New York for projects like The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and a number of other shows where we have to sit in dressing rooms and make the system work,” says Singer. “Genelec is a big, big part of that, because we’re able to take a small set of 8240s to The Colbert Report, where I was able to shoot the room and calibrate the speakers at an earlier point in time, and I can just recall the setup and the Genelecs basically adjust themselves.”

The X Factor, which is franchised globally, made its U.S. television debut on September 21, 2011, and extends through December 22. The show originated in the U.K., where it has frequently been #1 in the ratings over its eight seasons.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

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