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Wowza Media Systems 2012 NAB Show Preview

Wowza Media Systems 2012 NAB Show Preview
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“Broadcasters around the world are using Wowza Media Server(R) 3 to deliver vibrant video and engaging audio content to any screen reliably and without interruption; and they’re reaping the benefits in increased revenue and audience loyalty. They’re also finding that, with its AddOns, Wowza Media Server software is not just a media server. It’s the heart of their delivery infrastructure, helping them to transform, enhance, protect, integrate, and manage their media streaming — no matter where it needs to go.”
– David Stubenvoll, chief executive officer and co-founder of Wowza Media Systems more

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BenQ launches next-generation LX60ST and LW61ST education projectors featuring mercury-free blue core light engine

Units Consume up to 90 Percent Less Light Source Power; Feature SmartEco Advanced(TM) Technology, Ultra-High 80,000:1 Contrast Ratio, and Instant On/Off

IRVINE, Calif. — Feb. 9, 2012 — BenQ America Corp. today introduced the first short-throw education projectors to feature the company’s cutting-edge, mercury-free blue core light engine: the LX60ST and LW61ST. Designed to bring images to life while keeping the total cost of ownership down for schools, the blue core light engine utilizes the unparalleled qualities of a laser light source rather than a traditional mercury lamp to achieve up to 90 percent less light source power consumption. In addition, BenQ’s blue core light engine-driven SmartEco Advanced(TM) technology optimizes the units’ light source systems to deliver exceptional brightness, longer life, and high-energy efficiency. more

Chyron’s New Social Media Editor Debuted by TNT and TBS for SAG Awards Coverage

Chyron’s New Social Media Editor Debuted by TNT and TBS for SAG Awards Coverage

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Feb. 9, 2012 — Prior to the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards(R) telecast, held Sunday, Jan. 29 on TNT and TBS, Chyron’s new Social Media Editor was deployed by the networks during the last two segments of programming leading into the SAG Awards. more

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS AND BROADCAST PIX CO-SPONSOR WORSHIP NORTHWEST 2012

SEATAC, WA— Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) and Broadcast Pix are co-sponsors for Worship Northwest 2012, which runs Feb. 24-25 at Dayspring Fellowship in Keizer, Ore. Now in its 14th year, the two-day conference is expected to attract more than 500 worship leaders and team members representing more than 200 churches across several states. ABS and Broadcast Pix will exhibit in the Worship Expo area, which showcases products and technologies that can help churches improve their AV presentations.

“Our participation in Worship Northwest is part of an ABS initiative to address the growing worship market,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “Churches of all sizes are using AV technology to improve their worship experience, and events like Worship Northwest provide outstanding educational opportunities.”

For registration and more information, visit www.worshipnorthwest.com.

About Broadcast Pix:

Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces offer Command Center Control™ of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

About Advanced Broadcast Solutions:

Based in SeaTac, WA, Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) specializes in personalized broadcast services such as consulting, project budgeting, workflow analysis, feasibility studies, project management, system and architectural design and engineering, equipment specifying, procurement and installation, maintenance support and training. ABS boasts a technical staff with over a century of practical experience in television operations, automation, traffic implementation, multiple program stream management and signal distribution by fiber, microwave and satellite. ABS clients include: Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios.

For more information about ABS, call 206-870-0244 or visit our Web site at www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Analog Console Shows Its Age: Church Switches to Yamaha Digital Console

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Regina Victory Church (http://reginavictory.com/), a spirit contemporary Christian church in Regina, Sask., Canada, is a part of Victory Churches International (http://www.victoryint.org/), a family of 2,500 churches in 42 Nations with a vision to reach, teach, and mobilize the army of God. Founded in 2006, the Regina Victory Church (RVC) with approximately 200 members, and six musicians and five vocalists sharing in the weekly sermons, recently replaced its weary analog console with a new Yamaha M7CL-48ES EtherSound-based digital console, courtesy of GV Audio also located in Regina.

“The church’s Soundcraft console was starting to show its age and needing much service work,” states Derek Gould, at GV Audio. “The console and snake both had issues, so it seemed logical to address both at the same time.” Regina Victory Church is looking to move to a new, larger building, and the new Yamaha M7CL will move along to the new facility as well. Gould said he loaned Regina Victory Church a Yamaha LS9-32 for a week and then had them try an M7CL-48. “After they tried the M7, there was no going back; they loved it. The entire congregation and worship team noticed the difference immediately when they went from analog to digital.”

“As lead sound engineer for Regina Victory Church, the decision of what console to upgrade to ultimately fell to me,” states Jamie Brost. “It was a long term project, and I wanted to make sure that whatever board we chose would be the right one for years to come. Our church is achieving amazing growth with a strong vision to reach out to all people. Victory Today, our TV program, began airing on the Miracle Channel in 2009 with a very small budget and a lot of great volunteers. Cory Maclean, the head of RVC’s video department, was able to work with the Miracle Channel to produce our show, but as the audio team, I felt that we could and should do more to enhance the audio.”

“In my mind, ‘going digital’ was the only thing that would give us the ability to meet the needs of our church,” says Brost. “With a volunteer crew, the ability to start with known good settings is essential. This, combined with the ease of use and familiarity the M7CL shares with their analog (non-digital) predecessors, put the M7CL-48ES at the top of my list. The decision to purchase the M7CL-48ES was partly due to existing needs, but what really made the final decision was where the church was heading in the future. “We have talented musicians who were already talking about recording songs and pushing their talent farther, so we needed a system that would help them reach their full potential. I think the ease of multi-track recording with the M7CL-48ES is probably one of its greatly overlooked features. Not only will we be able to help the musicians be their best and record their songs, but we’ll also be able to use the recordings for sound engineer training! Another reason I strongly endorsed the M7CL-48ES was the level of adoption the M7CL has garnered in the sound industry. There are other boards with comparable features, but I felt uncomfortable using a board that wasn’t considered an industry standard. I knew Yamaha was a great company with a great reputation and was, therefore, the obvious first choice.”

Another great value to the system, notes Brost, is the ability to use an iPad to mix. “As with many churches, our console is not situated in the ideal position for mixing, and the iPad gives us the flexibility to make changes right in the seats of the congregation. We can also stand in front of the TVs in the basement and properly mix the signal. I cannot praise the Yamaha StageMix app enough and look forward to the great features that will no doubt be added over time. In my opinion, StageMix has become the future we’ve been anticipating for mixing monitors and front of house sound.”

RVC’s sound department has fairly large demands placed on it. They deliver an audio feed to the building’s flat-panel TVs, audio recording device, video cameras, monitors, and the main speakers. Every end-point has different requirements for the audio, which means that the sound department has to create a suitable mix for each. “Before the Yamaha M7CL-48ES, we had a hodgepodge system of wiring trying to split the audio feeds,” says Brost. “Diagnosing any audio problem was a weekly occurrence and a headache for the entire team. Also, we did not have any equipment normally seen in a system to do what we needed. We had no compressors, gates, or dedicated recorders. We only had one EQ rack used for front of house sound, and even that was giving me grief in the end.”

Now that RVC has used the M7CL-48ES for a few months, Brost said that the church is extremely pleased with the purchase. “The weekly sound issues are gone, the sound quality gets progressively better, and the volunteer crew almost always finishes a service with a smile. Sure, tweaks are always requested, but what is the most pleasing to me is the foundation we’ve set for audio quality. No longer do we go week to week eliminating feedback, trying in vain to make the vocals discernable, or scratching our heads as to why things are so different from the previous week. We just turn on the console, recall the last saved settings, and go!”

For more information Yamaha digital consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Jamie Brost, lead sound engineer, at Yamaha M7CL-48ES

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. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

BRETFORD LAUNCHES EDU 2.0TM EDUCATION FURNITURE SYSTEM FOR CONNECTED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

BRETFORD LAUNCHES EDU 2.0TM EDUCATION FURNITURE SYSTEM FOR CONNECTED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

System Addresses Mobile Technology and Power Needs for Staying Connected; Shipping in March; First Line to Achieve CarbonNeutral® Product Certification; Shown at TCEA 2012

CHICAGO — February 8, 2012 — The classroom experience is no longer passive — and there’s more than one way to learn. Because technology used in education is constantly changing, it is critical for schools to be able to accommodate these changes. For this reason, Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., today announced its EDU 2.0™ system of smart, flexible furniture that supports technology for 21st century learning, is available for order starting February 20 and will begin shipping within 20 business days. The complete line, which is comprised of tables, desks, presenters, and seating products with countless power and design options, is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification for a greener school supply chain and healthier learning environment. Bretford will show many of the EDU 2.0 furniture products in its 30′ x 30′ booth (#2365) during TCEA, February 8-10 in Austin, Texas.

“Technology keeps changing the way ideas are shared — it allows for learning to happen anywhere,” explained Chris Petrick, CEO for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The integration of mobility devices into schools has evolved the way teaching and learning occurs, but many schools haven’t been updated to accommodate this technology. EDU 2.0 furniture provides the necessary connection.”

“Bretford has been at the forefront of recognizing the paradigm shift in education and how the support for technology-enabled learning requires new ways of designing and furnishing learning spaces,” explained Dr. Tim Springer, president and founder of Human Environmental Research Organization — HERO, Inc. “Bretford uses evidence-based practices, and absorbs and integrates the latest thinking and relevant research into its process better than any manufacturer. The grand result is the first of its kind: the EDU 2.0 furniture line for education.” In the Bretford booth during TCEA, Springer will present mini sessions on mobile learning based on a new, collaborative iPaper entitled “Mobility & Learning in the Digital Age.”

CarbonNeutral® Product Certification/Sustainability
As part of its dedication to taking care of the environment, the complete EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to receive CarbonNeutral® product certification. As a result, Bretford is working towards reducing its carbon footprint to net zero through a combination of internal efficiencies and external carbon offsets. This means that choosing the EDU 2.0 products allows educators to have healthier learning environments with furniture that is made using low-carbon production processes that help green their supply chain. Bretford has also earned CarbonNeutral® Company Certification. And many of the products in the EDU 2.0 line are pending GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) certification and Children & SchoolsSM product certification for low-emitting products.

EDU 2.0’s New Finish Offering
Bretford is using new manufacturing processes and techniques in its U.S.-based production facilities to not only offer the updated aesthetics shown in the design of the EDU 2.0 line, but also to streamline production. Bretford has expanded its standard finish palette offering to include a comprehensive selection of standard laminate, veneer, paint, and trim options that can be mixed and matched to achieve a look that fits in perfectly with the school space.

Powermat® Technologies Preferred Partner
Bretford has been selected as a preferred Powermat Technologies partner for the education market. The wireless power technology transforms the EDU 2.0 furnishings into readily accessible, invisible power stations. Powermat’s inductive coupling model for energy transfer eliminates wires, cords and hassle. It senses when a device is fully charged and halts power delivery effectively eliminating energy waste. And, it is backed by a one-year warranty. It is convenient and universal for students and educators and gives them technology at their fingertips so the focus is on learning instead of worrying about the battery life of the electronic components.

EDU 2.0 Products
Products in the new EDU 2.0 line include:
• EXPLORE™ T-Leg Computer and Collaborative Laptop Tables
• EXPLORE™ Flip and Nest Table
• EXPLORE™ 4-Leg SCALE-UP Active Learning, Voltea Computer Tables and Activity Tables
• EXPLORE™ Pedestal Base Café and MOTIV™ Occasional Tables
• EXPLORE™ Chair and Stool
• Instructor Tech Desk
• Mobile File Storage Ped
• Presentation Shuttle
• Mobile Interactive Whiteboard
• MOTIV™ Modular Soft Seating
• MOTIV™ Freestanding Soft Seating

For more information on Bretford’s EDU 2.0 line of products and to uncover new learning resources, please visit www.bretford.com
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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both classroom and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.

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Oxygen DCT Presents Seven New Monitors And Award Winning Monitoring Innovations At BVE 2012

Renowned as the UK market leader in LCD monitoring products, Oxygen DCT will showcase a host of new monitors for broadcast and production at BVE 2012, including a new generation of 3D monitoring. The new products and technologies will touch a wide variety of television and digital film from DSLR camera operators to 3D shooting and production galleries for studios and outside broadcast.

Oxygen DCT has become the UK leader in broadcast monitors through its most extensive product range, expertise, objective advice and solutions. These new innovations compliment and expand on the existing product range of own label Evolution Pro Series monitors and those from Penta, Astrodesign and Osee for whom Oxygen DCT is an exclusive distributor. There will be a 5” DSLR monitor, a new 18.5” multipurpose monitor, 17” production monitor, 24” and 47” 10 bit, reference monitors as well as an impressive monitor wall with 3D monitoring.

Whilst the OxyStack monitor wall replicates a typical production gallery capable of monitoring up to 32 signals it raises the standards with grade 1, Penta 24”, 10 bit monitors giving precise colourimetry to REC709 standards, future proofing it for 1080p productions. Furthermore, the PVW preview and PGM programme reference monitors are able to displaying 3D images adding flexibility for use at live 3D events and productions. This OxyStack is available as a turnkey system and can be customised to individual requirements with installation available worldwide, in studios and outside broadcast vehicles.

“As part of our ‘customer choice’ package, we have introduced new 3D monitoring, which allows production crews to operate in 3D mode at a touch of a button,” says Steve Hathaway, Oxygen DCT’s Managing Director. “This is a high advantageous situation not only because of the flexibility but because it also allows the integrity of the gallery to remain in a familiar layout and design, thus negating the need for a special design for viewing 3D signals.”

By contrast Oxygen DCT is showing the MultiStack™, a low cost monitor wall system for temporary and permanent fixed installations. MultiStack™ has been designed as a more budget conscious monitor wall with individual source monitors arranged in rows according to production requirements. Whilst less than 60% lower cost than a 32 signal source Grade 1 monitor stack it has some benefits too as far as resilience is concerned and viewing angle as the 9.7” monitors use IPS LCD technology to give a wider viewing angle, approaching a full 180 degrees.

Hathaway adds: “Monitoring is often a challenge to many broadcast engineers as they try to balance monitor wall design with ergonomics and available budget. Oxygen DCT’s vast range of monitors and multiviewer systems, coupled with our extensive experience in monitor gallery design, enables us to provide our customers with the practical advice they need to achieve the very best results.”

Oxygen DCT’s new 18.5” multipurpose LCD monitors has been introduced as a replacement for popular 17” LCD monitors, which are fast approaching end of production. This new monitor will rack mount and has the benefit of a larger picture area. It inherits all the features of its predecessor such as simultaneous waveform monitor and vector display, audio metering, safe area markers, multiple inputs up to 1080i and audio outputs. The OBSM182 is shipping now and priced at well under £2000. Complimenting this is the 3G OBXM171, a dual display 3G, 1080p capable monitor with full signal monitoring and not just picture display. In addition to the waveform and vector display and audio metering, there’s signal status monitoring for CRC errors, Sync, signal format and more. It also incorporates Oxygen DCTs wrap around FlightDeck™ status display, simultaneously showing picture, audio, meters and signal status data.

For production people, the IBC award winning Evolution P3 7” and 17” monitors will be on display, together with a new 5” monitor range for DSLR cameras such as the popular Canon 5D and 7D.
In contrast, the new 47” Grade One reference monitor – the PDP-47-3G – offers customers such astonishingly life-like picture quality that many users have described it as ‘better than reality and like 3D’. Already in use as a grading monitor with BBC TV and another major post houses, the PDP-47-3G has at its heart 10 bit LCD technology that is driven from 16 bit over-sampled inputs and signal processing. The monitor also conforms to REC709 colourimetry, making its equally suitable as a reference monitor for grading as well as on set replay.

“The colour accuracy of this monitor is simply tremendous,” Hathaway says. “It also addresses the film sector as there are pre-set LUST for Cinespace and users can make their own colour look up tables according to production requirements.”

For further information about Oxygen DCT and its entire product range, please visit stand i60 at BVE 2012 or the company’s website at www.oxygendct.com

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles.

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UNITY Mobile Delivers Viewer Engagement & Effective

UNITY Mobile, a provider of cloud-based services, will showcase its innovative solution for mobile website creation, management and mobile video delivery at CABSAT 2012 on Stand S1.C20, 28 February – 1 March 2012, Dubai.

UNITY Mobile is revolutionizing the way that businesses connect to the entire mobile ecosystem, enabling organisations of all sizes to create and manage best-in-class mobile websites, mobile applications, multimedia content, e-commerce, and mobile marketing tools.

At CABSAT, UNITY Mobile will demonstrate how its platform helps broadcasters and content owners to engage and interact with mobile audiences, as well as implement effective, measurable mobile campaigns. Using video transcoding technology, the platform automatically converts and optimizes multimedia for streaming and download – making it easy to manage and monetize content. And thanks to a unique device recognition system, it is able to deliver video content to any device, providing the best mobile viewing experience possible for audiences on the go.

Thomas Wittig, CEO UNITY Mobile says, “Mobile is central to maintaining and attracting new audiences. A recent Nielsen report found that 86% of mobile internet users (and 92% of 13-24 year olds) use their devices simultaneously with TV. A quarter of them say they are browsing content related to what they are watching. That’s a compelling opportunity for broadcasters and content providers to complement the TV viewing experience on the mobile platform, particularly in the Middle East, where both mobile penetration and demand for mobile content are so high.”

UNITY Mobile will be co-exhibiting at the show with Visual Unity, a leading Multiscreen Systems Integrator. Together they will highlight vuMediaTM, Visual Unity’s integrated content management and delivery framework for TV everywhere. vuMediaTM comprises four scalable modules to manage, monetise and deliver multiscreen content and applications. The framework’s mobile component, vuMobileTM, employs UNITY Mobile technology to enable broadcasters (via the cloud, global or local Content Delivery Networks) to easily deploy and seamlessly integrate mobile services into existing broadcast workflows and business services– with minimum investment and minimum operational disruption.

Visit the UNITY Mobile in Dubai for a demo of their mobile platform, including tools for interactive mobile marketing and to learn how Visual Unity’s vuMediaTM framework, powered by UNITY Mobile, enables broadcasters to harness the enormous potential of mobile audiences.

About UNITY Mobile
UNITY is a provider of a cloud-based services platform that enables organizations to easily leverage Internet strategies and operations directly in the mobile channel. UNITY’s innovative publishing, management and marketing platform enables brands and advertisers to rapidly build on core digital media investments and processes and seamlessly access new mobile audiences.

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