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Kenneally Preps “Side By Side” Doc for Berlin Fest At Sixteen19

Top Directors Expound On Digital Cinema’s Creative Impact

NEW YORK: From the earliest days of the ‘talkies,’ feature film directors have both embraced and disparaged new technology. Side By Side, a new, documentary directed by Chris Kenneally and produced by Keanu Reeves, will profile contemporary auteurs’ insights on digital production at its Feb. 15 Berlin Film Festival premiere.

Featuring candid interviews with such icons as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron Christopher Nolan, George Lucas and Steven Soderbergh, the insightful 98 minute film explores the full range of technical and creative opportunities presented by a new generation of digital production and post-production tools. Kenneally explained, “I was post-production supervisor on a Keanu Reeves feature in 2010, and Keanu was fascinated by the interaction of the photochemical and digital components of the film. Side By Side evolved from those talks, and his enthusiasm was instrumental in setting the interviews.”

In the midst of their hectic shooting schedule, Kenneally set up offices in NYC’s Sixteen19 post-production services complex to prep the documentary for the Berlin Festival. “I’d worked on a number of projects with company principals Pete Conlin and Jonathan Hoffman,” he said. “I knew Sixteen19 was the right place for Side By Side.” Sixteen19′s Managing Director Claire Shanley added, “When Chris came to us to discuss workflow and finishing for a documentary about film technology, it felt like a perfect fit. for us. In addition to caring deeply about the subject, our team was ready for the project’s technical challenges.”

Kenneally added, “We had the benefit of advice from many Sixteen19 team members. They were invaluable in recommending interview candidates and helping us connect with some very busy people.” In November, 2010, Side by Side began a whirlwind schedule that took the crew from England to Poland to Morocco and Denmark and back to the U.S. Shooting in low light with little setup or prep time, Reeves, Kenneally, DP Chris Cassidy, and a lean crew shot interviews with a Panasonic HPX 170 and location beauty shots with a Canon 5D.

“Colorist Brian Boyd was a major asset in getting our disparate digital interview, location footage and archival clips, to match,” Kenneally explained, “All of our color correct needs were expertly addressed, and we were impressed with the results.” Brian Boyd reports the hours he spent conforming QuickTime files to Avid Media Composer and tweaking the footage were an almost ‘surreal education.’ “In addition to top directors, Kenneally and Reeves interviewed a number of leading cinematographers, editors and colorists,” he says. “Hearing their comments on the pros and cons of digital technology was fascinating. It was also terrific to see this documentary work on an entertainment level as well as an educational one.”

“We began this project at a particularly advantageous time,” Kenneally concludes. “We’re right at the tipping point of the film/digital revolution/evolution. It was the ideal moment to get candid and extremely perceptive comments from the very filmmakers who are leading the transition into the next generation of movie production.”

The “Side By Side” trailer may be viewed at: www.sidebysidethemovie.com

Photo Caps:

1. Director Chris Kenneally in the Sixteen19 color suite with colorist Brian Boyd

2. Left to Right: DP Chris Cassidy, director Chris Kenneally, Yoda, Justin Szlasa,Keanu Reeves Photographed by Amy Miller Big Rock Ranch, Marin, CA

3. Keanu Reeves (l) with Martin Scorsese


Sixteen19 is a post-production services company with offices at 1619 Broadway, NYC and divisions in New Orleans; L.A. and London. The firm specializes in DI, color correction, editing and finishing and on & near set services. The NYC complex features 15 spacious Avid editing suites, color correct theater/ screening rooms, digital dailies, file transcode/encode and workflow management. Contact: 212-245-1402


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Use of Aviom Products Helps Attract New Clients, Makes Production and Maintenance Easier at The Loop Studios and Venue Rental and Recording Services

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012—An Aviom Pro16® Personal Mixing System is key to the launch of Grammy Award-winner Dylan Ely’s two new companies, The Loop Studios and Venue Rental and Recording Services. Ely, a live sound and recording engineer, works with major recording artists such as Linkin Park, Jennifer Lopez and Ludacris. On the recording side, he has earned a Grammy Award for his work as recording engineer for Best Rap Album, for Ludacris’ Release Therapy in 2008. Ely’s success spurred him to start these new ventures.

Dylan Ely of The Loop Studios


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Visionary Solutions Appoints New Head of Sales and Marketing

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Feb. 9, 2012 — Visionary Solutions Inc. today announced that the company has appointed Mike Piper as its new vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role, Piper will be responsible for leading global sales, marketing, and new product development efforts for Visionary Solutions’ IPTV products, including its flagship product — the AVN443 encoder. more

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Revolabs Bolsters Executive Team; Names Marc Cremer as New COO and Tim Root as New CTO and Executive Vice President of New Business Development

SUDBURY, Mass. — Feb. 9, 2012 — Revolabs Inc., a leading provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, announces the appointment of Marc Cremer as the company’s new COO and Tim Root as its new CTO and executive vice president of new business development. In his new role, Cremer is responsible for worldwide operations including sales, marketing, technical services, and product management. Root will manage Revolabs’ new business development efforts and develop the company’s vision and strategic roadmap for future products. more

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Wohler Offers openGear Captioning Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 9, 2011 — Wohler Technologies today announced the availability of its openGear HDCC Series captioning/subtitling solution in two versions. The first is a full-featured model that provides all the capabilities of Wohler’s current HDCC Series captioning/subtitling cards within the openGear form factor, and the second is a cost-effective single-channel encoding solution primarily designed to complement the Ross Nielsen Watermarks Encoder (NWE-3G). more

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Guitar Center Professional Helps Outfit the Islamic Center of Hernando County, Florida, with New Sound System and Acoustical Treatment

— Bose Panaray® MA12EX system and supporting technologies, as well as an acoustical treatment that cut the reverb time in the mosque in half and restored speech intelligibility during worship, show how GC Pro is the single best resource for any HOW AV need —

— Project was completed through GC Pro’s Affiliate program, with the help of program member Christian Sound Installations of Valrico, Florida —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, February 8, 2012 — Like many houses of worship, the Islamic Center of Hernando County, in Spring Hill, Florida, had some specific audio issues: the main hall of the mosque had a reverb time measured at six seconds, enough to reduce speech intelligibility to near zero, and a second prayer room reserved for women had no separate sound system at all and had to rely solely on reflected sound from the men’s prayer hall for prayer leadership. A visit to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, solved all of the space’s audio problems, thanks to GC Pro’s breadth of technology solutions and the depth of its Affiliate program, which lets GC Pro find exactly the right fit for system installation.

Last August, Christian Sound Installations of Valrico, Florida, one of the certified Affiliates in the highly successful national GC Pro Affiliate Program, installed a Bose Panaray® MA12EX full-range modular line array with four speakers in the men’s prayer hall, controlled via a Bose Control Space ESP-88 processor and powered by a Crown XTi 4002 amplifier. In addition, the women’s prayer hall now has its own sound system consisting of Bose FreeSpace® DS 100SE loudspeakers powered by a Crown XTi 1002 amplifier. A TASCAM CD-200i CD player with integrated Apple iPod® dock serves as the music source for both systems. When praying, the Imam’s lavaliere microphone was often muffled when his head bowed to the floor; a Countryman E6 wireless headset supplied by GC Pro solved that issue. And the main hall’s reverberation problem was eliminated with the application of acoustical absorption materials to the walls, cutting the six-second reverb time down to three seconds.

Mick Hall, Account Manager at the Tampa Bay-area GC Pro location, says that what they were able to accomplish cost-effectively at the Islamic Center of Hernando County is an example of how keenly GC Pro can help houses of worship solve their AV concerns. The solutions for any AV problem are within GC Pro’s extensive inventory, and ways to implement those solutions are at the ready through the Affiliates program, which allows customers to access the talents and skills of certified acoustical designers, acoustical architects, systems integration companies and other technical services organizations nationwide.

“We have all of the resources necessary to handle any situation, large or small, from renovation to ground up construction,” says Hall. “We have the product and systems solutions and we have the talent, in the form of people like Paul Garner, Owner of Christian Sound Installations, who can integrate those solutions in the best ways possible. That’s what GC Pro has to offer.”

Hall elaborated on how the system was put together: “Traditional mosques are very beautiful and also very live acoustic spaces,” he stated. “The client wanted a system that was small and unobtrusive to the room décor but powerful enough to be an effective upgrade of the existing ceiling speaker system. The main request of the sound system was that it be capable of substantially amplifying the sound in the space while still remaining open and natural enough to give the impression of no PA. It was also a requirement that the system be capable of extremely wide horizontal and controlled vertical dispersion to minimize reflections and artifacts caused by excessive spill on architectural details. Finally, the complete control for the system needed to be as compact and user friendly as possible. The system with Bose MA12EX Panaray speakers in the main room and DS100SE speakers in the anteroom along with the ESP-88 processor and CC-64 remote was an eloquent and high quality solution to solve all of the integration and performance criteria.”

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

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Middle Atlantic Introduces HRF Series Half Rack Systems

HRF Series Half Rack Frame in Lectern

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing the new HRF Series Half Rack family of products that will also serve to help develop an ECIA standard for the half-width rack format.

The new HRF Series half racks–which incorporate the dimensions of the proposed standard–feature a low profile design and compact dimensions. An offset cable tie area keeps their overall width to a slim 10 5/8”, which makes them an important off-the-shelf solution for maximizing the amount of usable rack space in confined areas. These dimensions also allow the HRF Series to be used with half rack equipment from a variety of manufacturers.

The HRF Series half racks also feature a strong welded frame that enables equipment to be pre-loaded and transported to the installation site. Initial models are available in 8 and 12 space useable racking height configurations with available mounting shelves that include a pattern of holes and slots that accommodate any device-mounting pattern. The line of complementary accessories for the Half Rack Series also includes a high-static pressure blower to exhaust heat, as well as blank and vented panels to complete the installation.

According to Mark Tracy, Director of Product Management, “There was a real need for a smaller, space-saving solution when rackmounting a variety of half-width components in lecterns, credenzas, and in-wall. Thanks to the feedback from our installer and consultant partners, as well as the participation of several manufacturers, this system accommodates the vast majority of smaller components currently available and provides installers with a useful new choice for mounting electronics.”

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

New JVC Bullet Security Camera with Built-in IR LED Technology Delivers True Day/Night Operation

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today introduced the TK-T8101WPRU, an outdoor analog bullet camera with 10-bit digital signal processing and integrated IR LED technology. Part of JVC’s innovative LoLux™ line of security cameras, it provides True Day/Night performance in challenging lighting environments, including complete darkness.

The TK-T8101WPRU features a 1/3-inch high resolution IT CCD paired with a 3.3-12mm variable focal lens to deliver 600 TV lines of resolution with 52 dB signal-to-noise ratio. In low light, sensitivity is 0.05 lux for color, 0.015 for black-and-white, and 0 lux with active IR LED. The camera also features automatic high light compensation (HLC) for extreme white light, as well as Easy Wide-D for backlight compensation.

Housed in a die-cast aluminum case with tempered glass and sun shield, the TK-T8101WPRU is dustproof and waterproof (IP66 rated), and can operate in extreme temperatures (14-122 degrees Fahrenheit). Other features include motion detection (up to four areas), privacy masking (up to eight zones), digital noise reduction, and on-screen menus for easy installation and setup.

“When paired with an infrared camera, LED technology can produce security video in total darkness. Our new TK-T8101WPRU features 28 built-in LEDs, which allow for an IR distance of 115 feet, so there is no costly additional lighting needed,” said Ian Scott, vice president, JVC Security Group. “That means less expensive installations, lower total cost of ownership, and exceptional low-light performance that’s backed with a three-year limited warranty.”

The TK-T8101WPRU has a suggested list price of $350 and will be available for delivery in March.


JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras, network video recorders, monitors, and management systems to the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800)582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at pro.jvc.com.

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Canon “Easy Setup PTRZ Tool” Software App Provides Convenience and Economy for Installers of Canon Fixed Megapixel IP Security Camera

The increasing popularity of IP security cameras – used for remote video observation of everything from tourist destinations and recreational sites to schools and college campuses –continues to keep professional installers busy. Demand is fueled by end-user appreciation for such features as megapixel imaging, video analytics and the ability to view pictures via smart phone from practically anywhere. Leveraging the networking advantages of the Web, IP security cameras are also inconspicuous and include models equipped with advanced low-light imagers and built-in long-zoom lenses to capture crucial visual details at a distance.

The latest fixed megapixel IP security cameras from Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, also now include a feature known as the Easy Setup PTRZ Tool software application. This software application is specifically designed to free installers from having to adjust the camera’s Pan, Tilt, Rotation, Zoom and Focus settings during installation. Instead, the Easy Setup PTRZ Tool enables installers to save time, labor and – ultimately – expense by using the Internet to remotely fine-tune a camera’s image-capture area and focus settings, or to conveniently re-set them whenever it may be required. This feature can be especially handy during large installations of multiple IP security cameras.

“It’s a lot easier and less expensive to log-on to the camera and adjust it from your computer than it is to have a technician climb a ladder or use a bucket truck to do the same thing,” said Ben Keith, principal of Gold Line Marketing International, a Seattle-based consulting, project management, and manufacturer representative. “The hourly fee for a technician – and, possibly, a bucket truck – far exceeds what it costs to sit at your desktop for five minutes and adjust the camera. With Canon’s Easy Setup PTRZ Tool loaded into your computer you just type in a camera’s unique IP address and connect to it. The tool will disconnect the camera from whatever Video Management System that it’s on, and then let you remotely adjust its pan, tilt, rotation, zoom and focus settings.”

“For example, say a loss-prevention manager at a department store calls his integrator to report that a decorator has inadvertently moved something into a camera’s field of view,” Keith continued. “The integrator can use Canon’s Easy Setup PTRZ Tool to call the camera up on his desktop and fix the problem. The end-user’s business isn’t interrupted, and the integrator has fulfilled his service contract, so everyone’s happy. There are many positives about the Easy Setup PTRZ Tool.”

Canon’s Easy Setup PTRZ Tool is a standard feature on Canon’s VB-M600VE and VB-M600D fixed megapixel IP security cameras. It enables users to control the built-in motor in these cameras to remotely change their pan, tilt, and rotation angle – as well as the lens zoom and focus position – after installation, without removing the camera’s dome cover, which is an industry first. This application can also be used to adjust the zoom and focus on Canon’s VB-M700F fixed megapixel camera.

Both the VB-M600VE and VB-M600D models are dome cameras, with the VB-M600VE camera featuring a vandal-resistant IP66-rated outdoor dome. The VB-M700F camera has a traditional rectangular appearance. All three also provide sophisticated built-in video analytics designed to assist video monitoring professionals by detecting abandoned, moving, and removed objects as well as abnormal sound levels and camera tampering. Each camera features a high-resolution Genuine Canon optical zoom lens, a high-sensitivity 1.3-Megapixel CMOS image sensor, and the sophisticated Canon DIGIC NET image processor that enables the cameras to capture potentially crucial image detail in low-light. Sophisticated imaging features built into these cameras include Smart Shade Control, which automatically adjusts the contrast between bright and dark areas of the image for optimum detail display, and a special Night Mode for increased low-light sensitivity.

“There are other manufacturers that have remote focus and zoom adjustment, but nobody has a four-axis remote-control device like Canon does,” Keith adds. “Some of them have three-axis adjustment, but the fourth axis is really the critical difference because it enables you to adjust the horizon of the camera once you’ve achieved a new field of view. Every time I show Canon’s Easy Setup PTRZ Tool to clients they say, ‘Wait a minute, we want to re-specify our job for these cameras.’ This Easy Setup PTRZ Tool is a unique feature that works very well.”

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German Radio Group Tunes In Sonnox Broadcast Bundles

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: Attracting over 10 million daily listeners, RPR1., Radio Regenbogen and bigFM are three of Southwest Germany’s largest privately-owned radio stations. Featuring three distinctive formats, AC, Hot AC and CHR, each of the stations share a single ‘Service Center Production’ Sound Department. Head of Production, Stefan Müller, recently purchased Sonnox Broadcast Bundles for each of the Sound Department’s 11 workstations.

“I had considerable experience with Sonnox plug-ins as a film mixing engineer prior to joining the Radio Group,” Müller says. “Their overall sound quality and flexibility is simply the best you can get in the plug-in market, so I knew they would provide excellent audio processing for radio production where sound is the major priority.”

“One of the most important jobs is to get the voice through to our listeners as clearly and effectively as possible, without being harsh or unpleasantly loud,” he adds. “Of course the sound of voices, music beds and FX varies from format to format, so we needed a plug-in bundle that would suit all our needs; aggressive for one radio format, and more transparent for another without losing loudness.”

The Service Center Production Sound Department utilizes Sonnox plug-ins differently for each station. “The Oxford EQ is engaged for virtually every track, shaping detail and emphasizing transparency, but tailoring the finished mixes for specific audiences,” Müller explains. “The Oxford Dynamics plug-in’s built-in modules are particularly well suited to our bigFM audience, and to CHR where voices are more directly in the listeners’ face. The SuprEsser plug-in gets deeper into our AC and Hot AC workflows, enabling us to dynamically reduce ‘overemphasized’ frequencies. The Oxford Limiter and Inflator are our primary weapons in the ‘Loudness War.’ I’m not a fan of indiscriminately increasing volume. That translates to lost punch and transparency,” he says. “By creatively employing the Limiter and Inflator plug-ins in our summing busses and masters, we can achieve excellent loudness levels and retain the details, emotions and dynamics that make compelling broadcasts.”

“The Sonnox Broadcast Bundles have proved themselves the perfect solution to all our radio sound design challenges,” Müller concludes.

Photo: Stefan Müller, Service Center Production Sound Department Head of Production


For information on Sonnox Plug-Ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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