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GUITAR CENTER CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS IT OPENS NEW STORE LOCATION IN SALEM, OREGON

— Company hits milestone with 225th location —

— New store offers on-site lessons and repair services —

Westlake Village, CA (February 27, 2012) – On February 16, 2012, Guitar Center hit a milestone by opening its 225th retail location, Guitar Center Salem, at 6325 Ulali Drive NE, Keizer, OR 97303. Guitar Center Salem’s grand opening introduced customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To commemorate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration (Feb. 16-19) featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events for local musicians. The grand opening also included free live performances throughout the weekend.

Guitar Center’s newest Oregon location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to the special Grand Opening Weekend programming, shoppers who came out early also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend, including deals on guitar and drum essentials.

“The opening of our 225th store in Salem, Oregon, is truly a landmark occasion for Guitar Center,” commented Gene Joly, Guitar Center Executive VP of Stores. “Our Salem location further underscores Guitar Center’s ongoing commitment to our customers, and to providing an extensive range of products, services and events. Like all openings in the past year the Salem location reflects our new open format design principles and streamlined merchandising layout.”

The new store also features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which will create unrivalled opportunities for Salem musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Salem also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on site guitar repair service. Musicians were able to try out the GC Garage for free on Grand Opening night (Feb. 16). With a guitar purchase, customers also received a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Salem offers unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry are able to come to the store to interact with and ask questions of several industry leaders. Free “Recording Made Easy” classes are conducted every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Salem shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Salem inventory, but it also provides easy access to $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of stores and warehouses across the nation. Customers have the ability to combine a variety of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new Salem store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Salem residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crue, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.

Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program that aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. The winner receives a career-altering prize package including recording three songs with accomplished GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at the state-of-the-art Brooklyn-based Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash. The grand finale took place in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

Guitar Center’s King of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Jonathon “Boogie” Long, performed alongside GRAMMY-winning guitarist Warren Haynes at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.

Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Salem is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guitar Center Studio hours follow the same schedule.

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Lowell Introduces New Rack Bundles

— Rack bundles offer customer convenience —

PACIFIC, MO, February 27, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional AV Products for more than 60 years, introduces new rack bundles to their line of racks and enclosures. Customers now have the convenience of ordering a complete rack set-up using a single part number, according to Marketing Communications Manager Kathy Lane.

The new rack bundles are available for Lowell’s gangable racks (LGR series) and enclosed racks (LER series). Bundled accessories are not installed but packaged individually and shipped to the job site along with the rack. Accessories in the “BAV” bundle vary according to size and type of rack ordered but include commonly ordered items for AV rack set-ups like horizontal and vertical cable managers, power strip, fan panel, leg levelers, velcro cable wraps, extra hardware, etc.

Lowell is also offering a ready-to-use, time- and labor-saving option for their new LXR floor rack. The open-frame LXR has a slim (19.2-in. W) footprint that requires only a minimal amount of floor space. While the standard LXR ships unassembled, selecting the “IAV” option means the rack will be pre-assembled and outfitted with accessories that include shelves, vented panels, 15A power strip, vertical cable manager and fine-floor swivel casters to protect wood, marble and tile floors from mars and scratches. The quantity of accessories varies with rack height. The LXR with the “IAV” option is available in 14, 30 or 38 rack units with 21-in. depth.

Lowell also has an “IAV” option of pre-installed accessories for their LER rack series, which is available for 18, 21 or 35 rack units with 27-in. depth.

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

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New EAW® NTL720 PA System at Norwood-Young America High School Would Be Right at Home on a Major Concert Tour

Video Services Inc. installs an EAW® sound system that vaults local high school into the major leagues of sound, based around the remarkable EAW NTL720 compact, self-powered, 3-way line array loudspeaker

Whitinsville, MA, USA, February 27, 2012 – In 1997, Minnesota’s cities of Norwood and Young America, in Carver County, merged into one city, Norwood-Young America. As the new city grew over the past 14 years, its largest high school, Norwood-Young America High School, needed to have the sound in its auditorium enhanced to enable it to handle lectures with highly intelligible audio, and theatrical productions and concerts with full-bandwidth stereo sound.

A newly installed sound system based around the EAW® NTL720 compact, self-powered, 3-way line array loudspeaker took care of all of those requirements with a single elegant solution. The system consists of 6 NTL720 modules arrayed in a single center cluster. They are flanked on either side by two EAW AX364 3-way full range installation loudspeakers as the left-right stereo pair. Two EAW SB1001 subwoofers that are floor-mounted on casters and can be wheeled out as needed complete the full-range system, which was installed by Video Services, Inc. (VSI), a premiere technology solutions contractor based in Mankato, Minnesota. And all loudspeakers are controlled via DSP processing from an EAW UX8800 Digital Signal Processor. Hopkins, Minnesota-based Bormann Marketing, EAW’s central and upper Midwest manufacturer’s representative, sold the system and worked closely with VSI during the installation.

“This was the largest school auditorium we have done to date, and we knew it needed to be a high-end installation,” notes Mike Kimes, Project Manager for VSI on the installation. “It’s exciting to have done a project of this caliber, and the equipment that we were going to use had to be top-flight.”

The consultant on the job had already specified EAW’s NTL720 as the main speaker enclosure, and Kimes says he could not have been happier with that. “I’ve been an EAW fan since forever,” he says. “The installation went very smoothly – we used the EAW FB172 Flybar for the center cluster hang and that really facilitated the installation. The UX8800 handles the speaker processing well, and the system has great performance and no surprises – just what you want to have.”

Kimes says the center cluster is tuned to provide full-range coverage of the auditorium from the main seating area all the way into the upper balcony. A Biamp® Nexia system is installed upstream of the UX8800 and is used as a preprogrammed switcher to allow high school staff to easily reconfigure the system between lecture and theatrical/music applications. “They can wheel the subwoofers out as needed, and the whole system is incredibly easy to operate and still offers top performance in any mode,” says Kimes. “I’m a live-sound mixer on the weekends and the way this system sounds for music, I’d be happy taking it out on any concert tour. It’s that good. It really raises the bar for what can be done in a high school auditorium. I’d like to see other high schools make this kind of investment in their future.”

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

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Atlanta Bows to Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus™ System

— Atlanta, Georgia’s Reach Records steps up their game in a dramatic way by implementing a new PhantomFocus System 4 enhanced monitor system in their existing control room —

Nashville, TN: “I’ve worked in many, many studios over the years, including the ‘cost-no-object’ super studios in Tokyo, London, Paris, L.A. and Nashville, but I never heard the precise imaging, detail and sonic impact that near-fields could deliver until I heard the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) at Reach Records,” states Atlanta-based top-tier mix engineer Carlton Lynn (Leona Lewis, India.Arie, Ciara, Pink, Fantasia).

Ben Washer, CEO of the uber-hot independent label Reach Records, consulted with Carl Tatz for over a year about implementing a PFS encouraged by media coverage, reviews and press releases as well as Lynn’s urging. Washer indicated that it was taking way too long to mix and no one could figure out the low end in the Reach Records control room.

Fast forward to the present — on his drive back to Nashville after the Reach Records PFS implementation, PFS creator and award winning studio designer Carl Tatz received an email from Washer, who commented, “I spent several hours this morning listening to some CDs I bought. There is a large puddle of drool on the studio desk now. I hope heaven has sound this good. We listened to some of our old mixes and see much room for improvement. We’re excited to see how we use the system to upgrade the quality of our releases. My only regret is not doing this earlier.”
“It’s really fun to know,” muses Tatz, “that until the next Atlanta studio implements a PhantomFocus System, Reach Records has the best monitoring in the state of Georgia – hands down. Anyone who has a chance to sit in the engineer’s chair at Reach will have that fact revealed to them in very short order.”

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CHARTMAKERS MASTERING STUDIO EXPANDS INTO MIXING WITH AN SSL AWS 948 HYBRID CONSOLE/CONTROLLER

Renowned Helsinki mastering studio installs an AWS for sum-mixing

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Chartmakers, a high-end mastering studio used by major European performing artists including Rammstein and Amorphis, has installed an AWS 948 Hybrid Console/Controller in its Green Room studio. Chartmakers purchased the AWS to expand its business into mixing, a new direction for the facility. Chartmakers’ engineers chose the AWS to preserve the analogue workflow they already have, while gaining advanced DAW control to work with their clients’ project files.

Henkka Niemisto seated at the SSL AWS 948

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Hitachi Adds Two New Models to Installation Series 3LCD Projector Lineup

CHULA VISTA, California, February 27, 2012 — Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media
Division, Business Solutions Group today announced the addition of its CP-WX8255 and CP-X8160 3LCD projectors to its Installation Series lineup. The new projectors offer world-class performance and tremendous flexibility, including new 360-degree off-axis display capability, a new Status Monitoring System, higher brightness, networking capability and many additional enhancements.

“We designed our Installation Series projectors to deliver the best reliability, quality and flexibility on the market, along with the lowest cost of ownership,” said John Glad, product manager, Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group. “The new CP-WX8255 and CP-X8160 are ideal for meeting rooms, auditoriums, lecture halls, business conferences and many other professional applications.”

The projectors’ new 360-degree off-axis display capability enables the projectors to be rotated a full 360 degrees along the centerline of the lens, which is ideal for creative applications. Both models provide comprehensive connection options including two HDMI inputs to accommodate the increasing demand for digital connectivity. In addition, an optional wireless adapter lets users connect their PC to the projector via a wireless network. This adapter supports IEEE802.11b/g and the latest 11n standards.

The CP-WX8255 and CP-X8160 have their lenses mounted right in the center of the projector, making it easy to align the lens with the center of the projection screen for faster setup. Both models provide motorized focus, zoom and lens shift, allowing adjustment of the image via the supplied remote control. Digital keystone (horizontal and vertical) correction, Hitachi’s exclusive Perfect Fit 2 image correction and the projectors’ large lens shift enable precise positioning of the image to perfectly fit the screen. In addition to the 2X zoom lens that is supplied with both projectors, four optional additional lenses are available to accommodate a wide variety of projection distances.

Both models include Hitachi’s new Status Monitoring System, which provides information about the projectors’ operational status via an LED screen on the rear panel or through the Hitachi network tools software. The Status Monitoring System displays the current condition of the projectors including error messages, alarm messages and real-time monitoring of operational and network information.

The CP-WX8255 delivers native WXGA resolution with 5,500 ANSI lumens brightness and 3,000:1 contrast, while the CP-X8160 offers XGA resolution, 6,000 ANSI lumens brightness and 3,000:1 contrast, for brighter images with more vivid colors than previous models at screen sizes up to 600 inches. Both projectors can be placed on a stand or tabletop, or ceiling-mounted.

In addition to their HDMI inputs, the CP-WX8255 and CP-X8160 feature two computer inputs and a monitor out, three USB (Type A and Type B) inputs for use with a USB memory stick, mouse or wireless adapter, and an RJ-45 Ethernet jack for network connectivity. A/V connections include component, S-Video and composite video inputs, three audio inputs and an audio out, and both models have 16 Watts of audio (two 8-Watt stereo speakers).

A unique feature of the projectors is their DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode, which is ideal for viewing grayscale medical images, such as X-rays, for training and educational purposes.

The CP-WX8255 and CP-X8160’s networking capability allows them to be remotely controlled via a LAN (Local Area Network) connection. Hitachi’s exclusive PJMan® Projector Management software gives users the ability to operate and monitor the projectors and receive diagnostic information from a remote location.

Both projectors offer a wealth of useful convenience and operational features. A Template function displays white or black lines to make writing on a whiteboard or blackboard easier. The PC-Less Presentation feature enables users to project images directly from a USB drive or other media, eliminating the need to connect a laptop or desktop computer. Each projector model will be equipped with an ultra-long-life hybrid filter that can last up to 20,000 hours without cleaning, saving significant maintenance time.

An Input Source Naming function lets the user customize the names of input sources. Both models come with a remote control that provides MyMemory, MyText, MySource and MyScreen buttons for fast access to frequently used functions and sources. The CP-WX8255 and CP-X8160 provide extensive security features including a security bar and Kensington Lock slot and a transition detector that prevents unauthorized use if the projector is moved. The projectors are compatible with the Crestron® Integrated Partner program and the AMX® Device Discovery protocol, to facilitate use in A/V systems using Crestron or AMX control.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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ABOUT HITACHI
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer 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 information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group markets LCD projectors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEMs.

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 http://www.hitachi.com.

Martin Audio Dominates Holland’s Leading Live Music Venues

––W8LCi Line Array Installed At Duycker––

Martin Audio has taken the lead in equipping premier concert venues in the Amsterdam region in partnership with their Dutch distributors, TM Audio.

Following landmark installations in the iconic clubs Paradiso and Melkweg in the past few years, a Martin Audio W8LCi compact line array system has now been installed in Duycker, the latest Amsterdam rock venue and cultural center.

Owned by the local government, and situated near Schiphol Airport in the affluent town of Hoofddorp, the complex is comprised of two live rooms and a café bar, where sound reinforcement is provided by Martin Audio’s stylish AQ architectural line.

The Martin Audio W8LCi solution was chosen for installation in the large, 850-capacity room after the line array approach had been compared with modular systems by experienced freelance sound engineer, Gerald Chermin, who was brought in as technical director to streamline the routing and optimize the system.

With a large balcony affecting both sightlines and coverage patterns posing a problem, Chermin used all the experience he had gained working with companies such as Ampco to assemble some of the market leading systems in a competitive shoot-out.

“We assembled a panel of different sound engineers, with one person tuning all the systems. We realized the line array approach would overcome both balcony coverage sightline issues, whereas going modular would have required too many boxes.”

The system has been specifically designed to provide plenty of headroom, and is based around seven W8LCi enclosures per side, with one W8LCDi Downfill at the base. Six Martin Audio WS218X subs are stacked, three a side, to provide LF extension.

The main system is run three way, but driven in four separate parts by a combination of Martin Audio MA6.8Q and Powersoft K8/K10 amplifiers, processed via XTA DC1048 4-in/8-out DSP. Three DiGiCo SD8’s have been provided for FOH, monitor (and portable) duties.

“We have definitely made the right choice with the Martin Audio system, which is proving popular with incoming production crews,” stated Gerald. “We chose the system not only because it represented excellent value for money but the fact that it could be divided up into four separate sections.

“We also knew we could depend on excellent back-up from TM Audio and [sister company] Lightco, who have provided the lighting.”

Meanwhile in the café bar, music sourced from a DJ or computer and mixed via an Allen & Heath GR2 9-input, 4-output analog zone mixer, is played out through four Martin Audio AQ8’s, two AQ6’s and an AQ210 (2 x 10) sub, managed by a dedicated AQX system controller.

The arrival of Vari-Lites in the near future will place the final piece in the lighting jigsaw—operating under the control of Lightco-supplied Avolites desks. But the local population already has a leading destination venue—with a cutting edge technical infrastructure and live entertainment package—to kick-start their weekends.

Photos: The main room at Duycker, viewed from the auditorium and from the stage

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM Partners with Trevisan’s to Open New Service Center in Rio de Janeiro

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced the opening of a new lens service center in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In partnership with FUJIFILM, Trevisan’s Lens and Camera Service, Ltda — its premiere agent in Brazil – opened the new service center on January 31, 2012.

While Trevisan’s already operates a lens service center in partnership with FUJIFILM North America Corporation in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the decision to open the second location in Rio de Janeiro was motivated by a desire to better serve its existing customer’s growing demand for FUJINON lenses and an expanding customer base in Brazil.

The company also anticipates further demand for FUJINON HDTV broadcast lenses and timely lens repair stemming from several high-profile sporting events being hosted by Brazil including: the FIFA Confederations Cup, June 2013; the FIFA World Cup Brazil, June 2014; and the Summer Olympics, August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

“Broadcasters and production companies from around the world will converge on Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian venues to provide live coverage of these prestigious, international competitions,” said Mr. Toshi Tanaka, division president, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Services Division. “Since broadcast networks and truck companies strive for flawless equipment performance during World Cup and Olympic games, it’s imperative that we have a local service center ready to respond to their needs. We’re extremely pleased to partner with Trevisan’s to provide local sales and service dedicated to our rapidly expanding customer base in and around Rio de Janeiro.”

For Trevisan’s, this new regional service center presents a chance to expand support for its existing customer base. “We’re always looking to strengthen our interaction and availability to our clientele,” explained Estefano Trevisan, president, Trevisan’s Lens and Camera Service, Ltda. “Teaming up with a company so well known for its outstanding service and customer loyalty in a city with such a vibrant video production industry is a wonderful opportunity. We’re looking forward to extending our reach even further into the production community in Rio.”

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

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ABS, Experience Church.tv Announce AVL Expo for Worship Community

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions), in collaboration with Experience Church.tv®, will present the Audio, Visual, Lighting Conference and Expo (AVL Expo) on Friday, March 9, 2012, at Experience Church in Puyallup, Wash. The one-day conference, specifically designed for the worship community, will feature educational sessions, panel discussions, and an exhibit hall with a select group of vendors that meet the needs of AV practitioners and church pastors.

“At AVL Expo, we speak the language and propose solutions that small to medium-sized churches relate to,” said Dennis Cummins, Pastor at Experience Church.tv. “The Northwest seems to be isolated from a lot of the amazing trade and tech shows in Orlando, Houston, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. I know of many pastors that have limited budgets who cannot afford to fly volunteers across the country to gain this information, which is so desperately needed.”

Conference sessions will address a number of important topics, including cameras, image magnification (I-MAG), lighting and staging, streaming, and live and broadcast audio mixing. Mobile video will be a particular area of focus during AVL Expo. Cummins said churches often fall behind technology trends, but mobile video is too important to ignore.

“In order to make a mobile app appealing to the end user, creating compelling content is going to be a necessity. This requires the right tools and training in applying audio, video, and lighting tools,” he explained. “While many of the AVL sessions will be reinforcement and added layers from previous sessions, the information gained will be applied to mobile video applications.”

“Experience Church.tv is an excellent example of a ministry that has embraced audio and video technology with great success,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “This is our fourth AVL Expo together, and we hope the show will continue to inspire smaller congregations to maximize their use of AV technology cost effectively.”

Courtesy of ABS, registration is free for the first two people registered from each church, and complimentary lunch will be provided. Additional attendees will be permitted based on availability, but space is limited. For more information and registration information, please visit www.avlexpo.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 200 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

Motion Magic Finishes “China’s Got Talent” with DaVinci Resolve and Compact Videohub

Blackmagic Design today announced that Motion Magic, one of China’s leading television production facilities, installed Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve color correction system and Compact Videohub routers to complete post production work on “China’s Got Talent”.

As the post production studio designated for “China’s Got Talent”, Motion Magic has been providing its full range of services for the Chinese version of the popular reality show since its first episode. Motion Magic formed a specific project team consisting of its best editors, graphic designers, colorists and system designers and created a sophisticated post production workflow for “China’s Got Talent”, offering exceptional creative and technical services for the hit program.

To support a post production solution ideal for “China’s Got Talent”, Motion Magic renovated its facility by installing a brand new full HD production workflow, featuring DaVinci Resolve and two Compact Videohubs.

“Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve offers great features and performance at an affordable price, and uses an open architecture compatible with a wide range of third party hardware components, which is essential for color grading for television,” said Rick Lee, Supervisor of System Department, Motion Magic.
He continued: “DaVinci Resolve has contributed a lot to ‘China’s Got Talent’, as its real time performance and Power Mastering are great time savers for TV shows on a tight schedule such as ‘China’s Got Talent’. Also, noise reduction helps us easily eliminate noise instead of enhancing both useful and useless information. Beyond ‘China’s Got Talent’, we are also now beginning to use Resolve to grade new features and documentaries.”
Motion Magic also installed two Blackmagic Design Compact Videohub 40 x 40 routers, to replace their previous manual patching boards, for all video connections and switching. Lee said, “Video routers are the heart of a machine room, which means they must be extremely reliable. Blackmagic Design’s Compact Videohub is affordable and incredibly reliable. What’s more, with Compact Videohub, we can now simply manage switching on an Apple iPad or in front of a computer without manual patching, eliminating cable impairments and signal interferences, which is a leap in convenience and technology.”

About Motion Magic
Motion Magic, a subsidiary of Toonmax Transmission under Shanghai Media Group (SMG), is dedicated to bringing the best technologies to film and video productions. It has state of the art equipment and experienced artists, offering full production services ranging from CG animation, TVC, telecine, shooting, recording to studio design. Motion Magic has won awards from China’s State Administration of Film, Television and Radio and Shanghai government for its creative work and contributions to China’s television industry.

Press Photography
Product photos of DaVinci Resolve, Compact Videohub and all other Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com

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