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INDUSTRY LEADERS UNITE TO SUPPORT THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® GRAMMY® WEEK EVENT

Audio Industry Leaders Gather for the Fifth Annual GRAMMY® Week Celebration at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, Honoring Music Producer, Executive and Entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 22, 2012) — On Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® kicked off GRAMMY® Week with its fifth annual event, this year honoring music producer, entrepreneur and chair of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine, who has worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, U2, the Pretenders, Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and many more. Iovine was recognized for his commitment to excellence in audio and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event was held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminated with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012..

The event was held with the support of leading companies within the musical instrument and professional audio markets. Presenting sponsors included The Village Studios, West L.A. Music and Westlake Professional Sales. Co-sponsors included Harman International brands AKG Acoustics, JBL, and Lexicon; Iron Mountain; Avid; Musician’s Institute; Music Marketing; Shure Incorporated; Beats Electronics; Ultimate Ears; Focusrite Novation; Prism Media Products; Apogee Electronics Corporation; Full Sail University; Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro); Lurssen Mastering; Sennheiser Electronic Corporation; SoundExchange. Eco-friendly cocktails were provided by VeeV.

Producers & Engineers Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney said, “The evening was a huge success, and once again we must offer a sincere thank you to all of our sponsors. It’s a simple fact that we couldn’t have done it without them. Since this was the P&E Wing GRAMMY Week event’s fifth anniversary, this year’s event was particularly meaningful, and it is especially gratifying that so many leading high quality brands joined together and with us to make the night happen. We all look forward to next year.”

Personnel from several of the sponsors also weighed in on the evening’s festivities:

Michael MacDonald, VP, Sales & Marketing, Harman Professional Division, stated, “Each year the P&E Wing’s GRAMMY Week Event brings the most major figures from the industry into one place. It is an honor to support the P&E Wing and to converse with the talented people behind the scenes of today’s music.”

“Everyone at Music Marketing was extremely proud to support The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing GRAMMY Week event. We had a great suite, which enjoyed a solid succession of industry professionals, including honoree Jimmy Iovine, making the experience one to remember,” stated Ray Williams, President of Music Marketing.

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Photo Caption: Key sponsors and P&E Wing personnel gather for The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®’s GRAMMY Week event, which this year honored Jimmy Iovine. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Wireimage.com. ©2012.

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CLEAR-COM HME DX210 DIGITAL WIRELESS INTERCOM BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE FOR FESTIVAL STAGE AND NORTH CAROLINA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

HME DX210’s Flawless Communications Raise Production Value for Organizations

HIGH POINT, NC, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NCShakes), and its affiliate, Festival Stage of Winston Salem, are utilizing a Clear-Com HME DX210 digital wireless intercom to coordinate productions. The HME DX210 gives the busy Festival Stage and NCShakes production staff members the freedom and flexibility they need to manage events without a hitch, raising their overall production value.

Clear-Com’s HME DX210 helps the Festival Stage and NCShakes staff members collaborate more effectively on a variety of duties and responsibilities. The wide coverage range of the HME DX210 enables workers to move around the backstage freely and quickly without being tied to one position. Furthermore, because it is designed with Spectrum-FriendlyTM technology, the reliable wireless system operates without any RF interference, ensuring crystal-clear audio and a secure connection for the entire production team. Not only does the HME DX210 increase accessibility and wireless mobility, but it also accelerates decision making and maximized productivity. Added flexibility comes from the fact that HME DX210 system can easily integrate with any venue’s existing Clear-Com partyline and other third party systems, offering a scalable solution for the varying demands of each classic and contemporary theater performance.

“Previously, we had a set of small hand-held two-way radios. There were several times when people had to get on their cell phones to communicate because there were so many dropouts. That’s unacceptable,” says Tim Kottyan, Technical Director at Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. “We just used the Clear-Com HME DX210 along with the High Point Theatre’s Encore partyline for our annual production of A Christmas Carol and it was amazing. It was simple to get them up and running right away. With multiple communication paths available from both our wired and wireless Clear-Com systems, our lighting designer and master electrician board ops could talk on separate channels via the Encore while stage management and the backstage crew had their own dedicated talk paths on the HME DX210. The combined solution has worked flawlessly to meet our production requirements.”

Kottyan and his team installed the HME DX210 base station, beltpacks, headsets and adaptors along with a power conditioner and rack-mounted lighting unit, in a portable road case for effortless travel with it between the Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and NCShakes venues. Once at a venue, the equipment is integrated with the house system. During productions, booth positions generally used the wired intercom while the run crew backstage conversed using the wireless beltpacks.

Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and the NCShakes team members have been impressed by the portability and durability of the HME DX210 system. In fact, NCShakes is planning to use it for the Shakespeare To Go troupe, which travels throughout North Carolina and other states, to put on Shakespeare productions for school students. Roughly 25,000 students in all of North Carolina’s counties watch the plays each year, and Kottyan is confident that the rugged HME DX210 can handle the multiple productions without any problems. “It has almost bomb-proof casing,” he notes, “and I love the sealed buttons on the beltpack. The crew members like the lightweight feel of the beltpacks and how it adapts to the headsets they may already own.”

“The HME DX210 was developed with fast-paced productions such as Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in mind,” says Craig Frederickson, Product Manager of the HME DX Series, Clear-Com. “As a multi-channel wireless intercom solution with a full-feature set, it’s also highly portable and easy to operate. It can also be quickly configured on the go for touring productions such as NCShakes. We’re proud that such a prestigious group of organizations has chosen our intercoms for its demanding production needs.”

NCShakes, founded in 1977, is a professional theater company dedicated to producing the world’s classics. With a mission to foster the well-being and growth of North Carolina’s people through the use of professional theater, it has put on more than 165 productions of the great classics across the state since 1977. Festival Stage of Winston-Salem is a professional theater company and affiliate of NCShakes. It currently resides at the Hanesbrands Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem and organizes productions, from time-tested classics to the best of new and contemporary work.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com®, an HME company, is the global market leader in critical voice communications systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. HME’s comprehensive line of wireless intercoms – including the award winning PRO850 UHF and DX Series Digital Intercoms – are designed with the user in mind. In addition to pioneering the first wireless intercom for the pro audio industry, HME was the first to develop the wireless headset system for the drive-thru quick service restaurant market. More information can be found at www.hme.com.

Auralex Makes Major L.A. Studio Acoustically Sound

Producer Taz Arnold Chooses Auralex for Design Just As Much As Sound

LOS ANGELES, CA – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, is the acoustic and design choice of one of the hottest new studios in Los Angeles. Hit producer Taz Arnold, who has worked with the likes of Kayne West, Snoop Dog, Janet Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Iggy Pop and many others, installed several different colored Auralex Studiofoam® Pyramids and Wedges on the walls of his new space. He also installed a number of WaveLens, part of the Sustain™ Bamboo Sound Diffusors, on the ceiling above the mix position, and several LENRD Bass Traps in the corners. more

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College Hill Productions Adds HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Si Compact 32 Digital Live Sound Consoles to Its Touring Inventory

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Auckland’s College Hill Productions Ltd. is one of New Zealand’s largest sound reinforcement production companies, and handles most of the concerts by major international artists as well as indoor and outdoor music events, TV and radio broadcasts, corporate events and more. Recently, College Hill Productions added two HARMAN Soundcraft Si Compact 32 digital live sound consoles to its equipment roster.

“We had been keenly awaiting the Si Compact 32 ever since we first got wind that Soundcraft was working on a line of small-format digital consoles with a rich feature set,” noted Leon Dalton, general manager of College Hill Productions. “When the Si Compact 32 finally shipped, we jumped at the chance to snap up a couple!”

“Our primary reason for going with the Si Compact 32 was its audio quality,” Dalton continued. “We didn’t want to sacrifice sound quality just for the convenience and flexibility a digital console offers. In fact, we had found other small-scale digital consoles lacking in audio performance. The Si Compact 32, on the other hand, sounds fantastic.”

The console was a logical upgrade for College Hill Productions for a number of other reasons. “The Si Compact 32 is an easy-to-use, ergonomic, compact and great-sounding drop-in substitute for our older small-format analog consoles,” Dalton said. “Each Si Compact 32 also replaces two external racks of outboard effects. The four built-in effects engines are plenty for our purposes and they sound superb.”

Adding to the consoles’ versatility, College Hill Productions ordered the Si Compact 32 consoles with the MADI card option, which allows the use of external stage boxes and extends the consoles’ input/output and multitrack recording capabilities. “The MADI option complements our existing MADI inventory and gives us the ability to create cost-effective, live multi-track recording options for bands, television companies and radio stations,” Dalton pointed out.

“I cannot emphasize enough how much of a benefit the Si Compact 32’s small footprint provides,” concluded Dalton. “It’s one of the console’s great strengths. The console in its road case has the same dimensions as a monitor wedge case, making it perfect as part of a support band package for larger arena shows where truck space is at a premium.”

For more information about College Hill Productions please visit www.collegehill.co.nz/chp.htm

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Technomad Mass Notification System Powers Outdoor Audio at Western Washington University

Technomad Berlin narrow dispersion loudspeakers and PowerChiton amplifiers deliver intelligible voice to three outdoor zones on campus

BOSTON, February 22, 2012Western Washington University‘s sprawling campus in scenic Bellingham stretches 215 acres, with nearly 15,000 students walking the grounds during the fall and spring semesters. The university gives prominence to campus safety, recently upgrading its fire alarm system in 47 buildings and adding a mass notification system to improve audio quality and long-distance coverage.

Mills Electric Co., a Bellingham-based electrical and systems contractor serving the commercial and industrial markets, installed the multi-zone audio system in conjunction with Western Washington University support staff. Technomad Berlin narrow dispersion loudspeakers exclusively power three outdoor zones at campus-designated “gathering areas.”

Technomad PowerChiton high-power waterproof amplifier modules drive live and pre-recorded messages to the loudspeakers for campus-wide broadcast. The project also marries all indoor/outdoor PA points and associated pan/tilt/zoom cameras to an existing Edwards EST-3 campus-wide fire alarm system, programmed and upgraded by Performance System Integration, an Edwards EST Life Safety and Communications Strategic Partner.

The complete system ties to a central network infrastructure, enabling administration, campus police and other offices to deliver voice notifications to any single location, multiple zones, or every PA point in an “all-call” scenario.

Cory Kovacevich, a service and project manager at Mills Electric Co., notes that the Technomad loudspeakers produce intelligible voice over long distances, ensuring that students, staff and visitors hear emergency notifications loud and clear. Each gathering area includes two Technomad Berlin 90×40 loudspeakers, mounted between 20 and 90 feet from the ground depending on the location. Weatherproof construction ensures long-term durability and protection from the outdoor elements in rainy northwest Washington.

Kovacevich adds that the PowerChiton modules deliver 500 watts of clean power to each Berlin loudspeaker in a simple, easy-to-install package. Though IP66-rated and designed for permanent outdoor installation, Kovacevich installed the PowerChitons indoors at the central audio headend for easier accessibility.

“The PowerChitons come in small, non-metallic enclosures and take up minimal space, which is important because we have limited room to add equipment,” says Kovacevich. “The PowerChitons tie directly to the fire alarm system, and are mounted next to the fire alarm panels. This keeps everything but the loudspeakers and cameras in one building.”

Kovacevich notes that the overall system represents a major upgrade for the campus, enabling text-to-speech translation and remote access to make announcements over the system from off campus — in addition to video integration, multi-zone capability and superior audio quality.

“The Berlins put out some serious sound,” says Kovacevich. “We had recently broadcast a test message from the rooftop and saw people more than 100 yards away stop, turn around and look directly toward the loudspeakers. The university is very happy with the power, sound quality and clarity of the voice.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

VMP Launches New Multi-Just Mid-Size Flat Panel Flush Wall Mount w/Tilt at 2012 ISC West

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Feb. 22, 2012 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, CI, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce its will launch the new FP-MFTB Multi-Just™ mid-size flat panel wall mount with tilt at 2012 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from March 28-30 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 3080. Now shipping with an MSRP of $143.95, the low profile FP-MFTB holds medium-sized flat panels from 27- to 42-inches and up to 100 lbs.

“The FP-MFTB is incredibly manageable before, during, and even after installation, especially in security applications,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “Preassembled, it only needs to be folded open once out-of-the-box. But, besides its durability and ease of installation, what makes the FP-MFTB a must for security installations are its kickstand, list adjustment, and vertical and horizontal level adjustment which allow for cable management and perfect placement once already wall mounted. No more uninstalling and remounting the hardware if you didn’t get the alignment right the first time, or if you need to adjust cable connections either immediately or down the road at some point.”

The FP-MFTB also has adjustable tilt of -5 degrees to +15 degrees while keeping the flat panel close to the wall.

Additional specs for the VMP FP-MFTB include:
• Maximum flat panel hole pattern – 415mm x 345mm
• Vertical height adjustment: 1 inch
• List adjustment: +/- 3 degrees
• Distance from wall to back of flat panel: 2.3 inches
• Black powder coat finish

“Backed by VMP’s years of industry acclaimed product design and customer service second-to-none, the FP-MFTB makes mounting medium-sized flat panels as quick, easy, and reliable as the rest of our mounting solutions,” Fulmer continued.

For more information on the FP-MFTB, please visit www.videomount.com or call (410) 643-6390 or toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the Video Mount Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the video, audio and security industries. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to substantially grow by adding several mounting systems to address the increasing popularity of flat panel technology, both LCD and Plasma, as well as other growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of the business.

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Production Consultants, A One Stop Shop For Any Audio, Video, And Voiceover Needs, Adds Creativity With Fairlight’s Xynergi And XE6 Side Cars

ST. LOUIS, Missouri – Production Consultants, a 25-year leader in audio post, with experience in video production, live sound and recording, among other environments, is deploying Fairlight consoles to meet its production needs. Founded by veteran producer/engineer and St. Louis Audio Engineering Society Chairman Bill Schulenburg in 1986, the company relies on Fairlight’s Xynergi and XE6 Side Car Consoles to keep clients on the leading edge of video and audio success.

Production Consultants often collaborates on projects with World Wide Wadio, a group of Hollywood writers, directors and producers who produce radio commercials, campaigns and audio tracks for internet, TV, film and CD’s, ranging anywhere from local radio and television campaigns to international corporate projects.

Schulenburg notes “We use the console daily on projects of all sizes. Xynergi’s complete system integration means we don’t have to worry about any project, file type, set of resources, delivery option, or any other limitation that may come up. With everything built in, I work with great confidence every step of the way. The ability to maintain flexible workflow allows me to say yes to any project we’re presented.”

Recently, the company has worked with legendary St. Louis, Missouri based Anheuser-Busch brewery, to showcase its more than 14 decades of beer making. Produced by Wildstone Media, the project included an in-depth brewery tour providing inside access to the most popular beer brands. Production Consultants utilized Fairlight’s Xynergi console, alongside three XE6 Side Cars, adding tactile mixing controls to the hardware platform for the ultimate audio experience.

Schulenburg adds, “The console is extremely easy to manage. The Fairlight method allows me more creative freedom than other systems, as I can relate to the console very well.” He says the way you interact with your equipment says a lot about you as an individual, and he believes the Fairlight consoles seem expressly designed for the work that he does, remarking, “Fairlight doesn’t just sell consoles, they solve problems and help make my job more effective and efficient.”

For Schulenburg, the Xynergi is far beyond just a console – he compared it to a musical instrument: “The audio quality is superb. It encourages you to use your ears, and rewards you for doing so. Instead of just seeing a waveform, you actually hear all its nuances, which is very rewarding. The seamless transition into working on a Fairlight system from either analog or digital techniques just seems right.”

Many aspects of the console help to overcome technical challenges. “The file handling is extremely flexible and allows us to work on many kinds of projects without worry. The drag-and-drop import capability while editing helps to connect audio and video together to improve workflow speed and ease of use.”

“Fairlight systems are made for people who need to get lots of work done without procedural issues,” stated Schulenburg. “The function you need is always right under your fingers when you need it,” enhancing intuitive operation and ability to keep projects moving forward.

“I still think of a mix as a performance, and Fairlight continues to allow me to do that unlike any computer-only DAW. They have provided the advantages of the visual point-and-click method of working without giving up having your hands on the controls and your ears on the sound. Xynergi provides so many more tools that facilitate critical listening and make creative work on projects easier and more satisfying” Schulenburg added.

The support that Schulenburg and the rest of the Production Consultants team continue to receive from Fairlight is beyond expectations he said, “They support us in ways that you do not get from other companies. They understand my business and the service I need to provide to my clients. I have been very happy with the installation and everything that Fairlight and the Xynergi/XE6 consoles allow me to do.”

For more information on Production Consultants, please visit: http://www.productionconsultants.com/

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About FairlightUS:
FairlightUS is headquartered in New Jersey USA and is the exclusive distributor for Fairlight products in the North American market. Fairlight has been at the forefront of digital audio development since its inception in 1975. Fairlight designs and manufactures media creation tools including digital audio recording, editing and mixing systems for standard and high definition audio post, broadcast and music production applications. www.fairlightus.com

About Fairlight:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia Fairlight designs and manufactures media production systems powered by the company’s groundbreaking CC-1 FPGA digital processing engine. The Fairlight product range includes EVO, Xynergi and the new PyxisG2, all of which feature in the world’s leading broadcasters, commercial post facilities, music studios and film production studios. Fairlight has a rich tradition of innovation and development and is at the forefront of green computing technology.

NAB Preview: Real-Time 3D Rendering, Multi-Platform Distribution and Centralized Workflows to Take Center Stage at Vizrt’s NAB Booth

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

At NAB 2012, Vizrt Ltd, will showcase its latest advances in live graphics, channel branding, video editing, interactive content, multi-platform distribution, live sports and graphics analysis. Vizrt will exhibit in Booth SL5605 during the NAB 2012 convention, being held from April 14-19th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

What’s next for Vizrt

Get a glimpse of what the future of Vizrt has to offer at the What’s Next stand. Vizrt will show the latest innovations in newsroom content timing, IP streaming video output plus much more. Vizrt will also demonstrate the Viz Media Engine integration with Adobe Premiere allowing users to search and access video content directly in Premiere. Users will also be allowed to edit and overlay Vizrt graphics directly in the Premiere timeline.

The timing of video and graphics in the newsroom just got easier with innovations in Viz Content Pilot. Users can also transcode real-time content with graphics embedded and adjusted for any mobile device type using device adapted graphics.

Vizrt’s real-time 3D rendering platform, Viz Engine can be expanded now to give live video input, multiple channel playout, DVE effects, vision mixer, internal chroma keying, and real-time compositing of videos and graphics making the Viz Engine truly a TV in a box.

Live Graphics Production

The latest version of Viz Trio, the world’s number one character generator (CG) and template graphics system, now has enhanced video content management support with the integration to Viz Media Engine. Retrieve HD video content and add videos as part of your Viz Trio graphics workflow.

Viz Content Pilot, Vizrt’s core graphics and video content solution, is now fully integrated with the Viz Media Engine video production solution. Journalists in the newsroom can search videos assets and edit videos directly from their desktops and build a newsroom playlist containing both graphics and video elements.

The Viz Virtual Studio is always a major part of NAB for Vizrt. This year we will show you how to engage the audience at home by letting them be part of your live newscast, triggering real-time rendered graphics from iPads with a second screen app. The Vizrt public show will run every half hour and will include on-air talent using the latest multi-touch screens, iPads, immersive graphics and real-time rendered content to tell a story with the most compelling tools around.

From Acquisition to Device-Adapted Video

Serving as the core of Vizrt’s multiplatform video distribution architecture is the Viz Media Engine – the central point for complete control over all assets – metadata, playlists, archive and storage. The Viz Media Engine is a digital management solution that includes tools to manage the entire multi-platform distribution process – from ingestion, transcoding and publishing content that’s automatically adapted for playout on TV, web, phones or other handheld devices.

“By covering the entire workflow – from camera ingest to final play-out on TV, web, and mobile devices, our Viz Media Engine covers broadcast, mobile and web in one workflow,” explained Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO of Vizrt. “A complete video platform approach delivers dramatic benefits in terms of speed, quality and volume of video production. It can also be used with other archive systems without any manual file management required.”

Also in the booth will be the latest version of Viz Reporter for the iPhone, enabling live news gathering from the field. Viz Reporter is a fully integrated solution, from video recording on the mobile phone, live streaming directly from the phone, and playback on the back-end server. Videos can be edited, embedded with metadata and geo-tagged.

3D Sports Analysis

LiberoVision, fully acquired by Vizrt, will demonstrate the latest innovations in 3D sports analysis at Vizrt’s stand at NAB. LiberoVision sports analysis tools are now integrated into Vizrt’s general graphics and video workflow.

The newest version of LiberoVision’s Libero Highlight 4.5, includes the ability to embed virtual advertisements onto the live programming, iPad-enabled control of the LiberoVision annotator, 3D arrows, detection of camera angles used in American football, faster video processing, and a simplified user interface.

Multichannel play-out and channel branding

With Viz Multichannel, broadcasters can insert commercials on multiple channels in a fully automated way. It combines pre-scheduled, timecode-based playlist operations with the possibility of adding real-time 2D and 3D graphic effects and powerful branding capabilities. It centralizes the entire workflow onto one desktop.

The newest version of Viz Multichannel will feature improved integration with Viz Trio, including new features such as multi-playlist support, faster playlist loading, integration with Viz Media Engine, support for timeline editors, and for setting up an external preview channel.

Over the top TV & and content distribution to all platforms

With Vimond Media Solutions’ integration with the Viz Media Engine and Escenic Content Engine, users now get a complete online video platform handling live streaming from mobiles, editors’ ingest, insertion of graphics and advertisements, automatic transcoding, and multiplatform content distribution, in addition to a full range of monetization VoD functionality, DRM adaption for multiple platforms, advanced geoblocking, reporting and business intelligence, and over-the-top (OTT) functionality.

Other highlights at this year’s Vizrt NAB booth:

Viz Weather 2.3

- Multiple radar and satellite sources used together in the same scenes

- Weather Alerts

- Faster playlist initialization

Viz World - New DigitalGlobe Online service allows access to global high-resolution imagery

- First Look option gives access to crisis event imagery from DigitalGlobe from inside Viz World

- Photoshop plugin that allows access to the Viz World server for the production of maps.

2D to 3D Conversion

SterGen, a strategic partner of Vizrt, will show its groundbreaking software for live 2D to stereoscopic 3D conversion. SterGen’s software can produce realtime 2D to 3D conversion on soccer with a result that surpasses regular 3D productions.

System Security

Viz Secure monitors both on-air and content preperation systems, provides continuous visual status updates, reports failures, suggests remedial and preventative actions to make sure your Vizrt envioronment is safe and functioning properly.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry and media houses – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

Press contacts:

Martin Burkhalter Ofra Brown Håvard Myklebust
President & CEO CFO Executive VP Products and Marketing
+41 22 365 75 01 +47 5351 8040 +47 918 45 602
mbu@vizrt.com ofra@vizrt.com hmyklebust@vizrt.com

IAVI Introduces Hitachi’s Newly Released CP-WX8240, CP-WX8255, CP-X8150, & CP-X8160 Installation Series 3LCD Projectors

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IAVI Introduces Hitachi’s Newly Released CP-WX8240, CP-WX8255, CP-X8150, & CP-X8160 Installation Series 3LCD Projectors

Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 22, 2012 – IAVI, a leading commercial ProAV Distributor announces Hitachi’s newest additions to their line of innovative projectors. Holistically, the CP-WX8240, CP-WX8255, CP-X8150, and CP-X8160 Installation Series provides reliability, convenience, and the most economic cost effective pricing available. When combining the unique technology and engineering qualities of each of these 3LCD projectors and utilizing the maximum protection IAVI offers, you can provide a confident and secure foundation with end users resulting in a significant increase in your margin.

These advanced models offer significantly more brightness, contrast, and resolution than recent projectors, providing an intense display of colored graphics for screen sizes up to 300 inches. In addition, they also include flexible connectivity, network capability controlled by a LAN connection, technical specs, and a various amount of other enhancements creating the most simplistic usage.

Furthermore, these models offer additional features such as; a motorized focus and zooming lens shift to assist in simple image adjustment, connection options providing two HDMI inputs, two computer inputs and a monitor out and two USB inputs, mouse or wireless adapter, an Ethernet jack to obtain a network connection, and a high-performance filter lasting up to 15,000 hours among others effective characteristics.

Established in 1997, IAVI has always offered the most innovative and quality products, service, and competitive pricing. We also promise to support our dealers protecting them with secure registration to maintain our consistent superior service. Contact one of our experienced IAVI Sales Representatives today for additional details on Hitachi’s new CP-WX8240, CP-WX8255, CP-X8150, and CP-X8160 Installation Series 3LCD Projectors and other benefits we offer on our top manufactured brands and extensive product-lines.

For more information, please visit www.iavi.com or call (888) 999-6564.

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Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies, offers a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

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Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

 

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Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. Announces Sports Digital Asset Management Service

Essential for the Successful Future of Teams, Leagues, Universities & Associations

Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) has announced a new Sports Digital Asset Management Service specifically designed for the athletics industry.  For sports content owners and producers, having a digital asset management strategy has become an essential part of doing business and affects virtually every aspect of the organization’s operations and future multi-media ROI opportunities.

“A well designed digital asset management strategy gives a sports organization the ability to properly manage rich media assets” explained Mike Braico, EVP of Sales at IMT.  “Think life cycle of the production process, including acquisition, editing and distribution for all digital media files and the underlying metadata.”

IMT worked with the Tennis Channel to design and build a new state-of-the-art file-based workflow, which allows their broadcast operations, editorial, graphics, and post-production teams to share and archive content.

“Growth at our network required an expanded approach to production workflow and storage,” remarked Dean Hadaegh, Senior Vice President of Broadcast Operations and CTO, Tennis Channel.  “IMT quickly targeted our specific needs and came up with an across-the-board strategy that allowed us to re-design our operation without any downtime.”

IMT’s Sports Digital Asset Management Service takes advantage of new technologies and distribution outlets through a centralized efficient digital workflow. It also enables real time collaboration and coordination throughout the organization, capitalizing on video assets through increased output, accelerated operations, and optimum utilization of staff.

“Our new Sports Digital Asset Management Service focuses on protecting video assets for the long term,” emphasized Tom McGowan, IMT VP of Business Development, “and provides our clients with the ability to create new marketing capabilities and revenue streams through increased advertising inventory, sponsorship opportunities, in-venue promotions, social media exposure and e-commerce platforms across broadcast, web and mobile distribution platforms.”

IMT’s Sports Digital Asset Management Service drives new branding opportunities and significantly increases the ability to reach fans on any platform, and anywhere they want to enjoy content.   As an internal competitive benefit, Sports Digital Asset Management Service also enables management to provide the coaching staff and players with the latest tools and innovations for video capture and display in the locker rooms, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms/theaters, family lounges and with minor league and remote scouting operations.

IMT at NAB 2012, April 16-18, Las Vegas
IMT will be hosting a number of technology briefings in their hospitality suite on the second floor of the Renaissance Hotel located at 3400 Paradise Road. The hotel is conveniently located across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Please contact IMT’s Marketing Coordinator, Kate Metzger, for more information – kate@imtglobalinc.com.

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
IMT is a consulting, design, construction, and systems integration company providing scalable technology systems for business operations.  IMT addresses three major market sectors: Communications Media & Entertainment (CME), Information Technologies (IT), and Healthcare. Through an active engagement process, IMT consultants and engineers collect, interpret, refine, design, build and maintain technology systems that deliver optimum results for clients.
Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com    tel:  877.761.9770

 

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