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Christie and Partners Lead America’s Drive-In Theaters Into the Digital Age

As part of its national initiative to usher America’s drive-in theaters into the digital age, Christie is a sponsor of the 12th annual convention for the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association (UDITOA), February 6 – 9, in Kissimmee, Florida, and has partnered with leading dealers across the United States to bring the benefits of digital cinema technology to a sector characterized by traditional 35mm projection.

“No single institution in American cinema history offers the sense of nostalgia, romance and freedom that drive-in theaters convey,” said Craig Sholder, vice president of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions. “With more than 80 years serving the exhibition community, Christie understands first-hand the challenges of running drive-ins and we are eager to bring them into the modern age, preserving this important legacy of cinema history.”

Christie offers the world’s best-selling and most powerful digital projection system, the Christie Solaria™ Series of 2D and 3D projectors, to light up the largest drive-in screens under the most challenging twilight conditions. In the southern and Midwest states specifically, Christie has joined forces with two of the country’s most renowned dealers – Sonic Equipment Company and Entertainment Supply and Technologies (ES&T) – to offer complete, single-source digital cinema solutions. Design, consultation, installation, and ongoing support are available from Christie and its partners. As well, Christie’s Network Operating Center (NOC) can provide 24/7 technical support and ongoing maintenance.

A Storied Past and Confident Future
At the height of their popularity in the 1950s, more than 4,000 drive-in theaters covered the American landscape. Changing movie viewing habits saw their numbers dwindle, but there are now exciting signs that they’re making a comeback, according to UDITOA. The association notes that drive-in theaters not only remain a time honored American institution, but in a battered economy, they still offer one of the best values for family entertainment.

With moviegoers seeking to recapture the magical memories of their youth, digital technology represents for drive-ins a distinctive competitive edge against the “hard tops” (indoor theaters) by offering alternative content such as major sporting events, musical and other cultural performances, in a unique outdoor environment, under the stars. The installation of powerful Christie DLP Cinema projectors allows audiences to experience the brightest and sharpest images on these big outdoor screens at the lowest cost of operation, eclipsing traditional 35mm film projection.

Florida Exhibitor Seizes the Opportunity
For more than 60 years, the Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre has been a landmark in central Florida, where it was the first of its kind to open in Lakeland. Today, the Silver Moon continues to operate successfully, offering a double feature of first-run movies on two screens. “We are the last drive-in theater in Polk County, but we are here to stay,” said owner Harold T. Spears.

Entertainment Supply and Technologies, LLC (ES&T), a full service cinema industry dealer and certified Christie partner from box office to projection booth “and everything in between,” recently completed the digitization of Silver Moon. ES&T chose the Solaria Series Christie CP2230 digital projectors as the most effective for lighting up the two massive screens of 55’ and 70’.

“Audiences have remarked how much brighter and sharper the images on the screen are now,” said Bruce Schneiter, vice-president, Technical Services, at ES&T. “Christie was our first choice, because they have always provided top-level products and service, and they stand behind everything they offer. They are unparalleled for their technical expertise and industry experience.”

Missouri Leads the Charge at B&B Moberly Five and Drive
Recognized by the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) as one of the oldest family-owned circuits in the Midwest, B&B Theatres have seen the coming of sound, color, widescreen, digital, 3D and countless other advances in stereo sound and projection technologies. Currently, B&B Theatres operate in towns of all sizes, opening multiplex theaters in many of the same places that once housed their old-time, single-screen and twin theaters. When B&B Theatres decided to replace its two aging downtown movie houses in Moberly, Missouri with a new, multi-million-dollar multiplex, they built on their drive-in theater lot – vacant since 1985 – and put the drive-in screen back to work as well. The new theater complex, opened in 1997, is called the Moberly Five and Drive.

Sonic Equipment Company, a Kansas-based digital cinema integrator and certified Christie partner, installed a Christie CP2230 DLP Cinema projector with a 4,500 watt bulb for the drive-in’s large, 64’-wide screen. According to Dan VanOrden, circuit general manager of B&B Theatres, “I was extremely impressed with the results. The audience, too, absolutely loved the bright new look. The drive-in is so bright now that Highway 63 is lit up in front of it!”

VanOrden noted that the conversion to digital gave Moberly many more options for alternative content, as well. “We’ve been able to run DVD’s of classic movies, for example, and they actually look much better on that huge screen than their old 35mm prints did.”

Sonic had previously installed Christie digital projectors in six drive-in screens in Texas, including the Stars and Stripes in Lubbock, as well as the Big Sky in Midland.

“Speaking for The Big Sky, our Christie Solaria projector gives us a gorgeous picture and our customers love it!” said Sam Kirkland, owner of The Big Sky. “When a drive-in goes to digital movies, it’s a big difference from film, and people see that difference immediately. The quality at drive-in theaters using Christie projectors is as good as the indoor theaters now.”

Steve Zimmerman, director of business development at Sonic, agreed. “Both Sonic and the theater owners at these locations in Texas were extremely impressed with the end result, allowing us to confidently recommend Christie to B&B Theatres.”

“Christie is committed to ensuring that America’s drive-ins remain competitive for generations to come by providing them with the dazzling images of digital cinema and the expanded revenue streams of alternative content. As we have been for more than 80 years, we are here for the long term to support them with superior customer service,” said Sholder. “Along with exceptional partners such as Sonic and ES&T, we want movie goers everywhere to rediscover the pleasure of watching the big screen under ‘the big sky.’”

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS HIRES ARCO GROENENBERG AS VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) has hired Arco Groenenberg as vice president of sales and marketing, effective Jan. 30. Based in the company’s main office in SeaTac, Groenenberg will be tasked with developing new markets and growing the organization. ABS also announced a new sales office in Chicago, which will serve ABS customers in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

Groenenberg has spent more than 15 years in sales for the professional video industry. Most recently, he was vice president of sales and services for Broadcast Pix, where he built a worldwide sales team. He previously held several positions with Pinnacle Systems/Avid Technology, consistently contributing to revenue growth as director of sales Americas, general manager of the Business Division, and broadcast sales and key accounts manager. He also worked as a sales executive for Avexco SA, an integrator in Geneva, where he substantially increased sales.

“Throughout his career, Arco has an excellent track record for increasing sales, managing sales teams, and establishing strategic relationships,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “He understands our industry and the needs of our customers. I know Arco will be instrumental in building our business in markets across the country and beyond.”

The new Chicago sales office is managed by Chris Cuitino, who can be reached at chris@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com. Groenenberg can be reached at 206-870-0244 or via e-mail at arco@advancedbroadcastsolutions.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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Canal 5 Noticias Chooses Shotoku For Virtual Production in Argentina

Buenos Aires News & Sports Channel
Installs Shotoku Camera Support Systems

Torrance, CA – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, proclaimed a successful integration of the company’s virtual reality (VR) camera support at C5N (Canal 5 Noticias) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Shotoku Inc.’s president, Naoki Ebimoto, made the announcement from the Company’s US headquarters in Torrance, CA.

The news and sports information service, established in 2007, is distributed to a worldwide audience via cable, satellite, streaming internet services and social networks. The facility recently interfaced Shotoku’s SH120 VR-enabled pan / tilt head system with virtual 3D graphics by Vizrt. Driven through an iPad interface, the channel’s operators produce traffic and weather updates, as well as reports on such ever-popular topics as the economy, politics and sports. The Shotoku system was inaugurated on Argentina’s Presidential Election Day in October 2011 with compelling graphics especially designed for the occasion by Vizrt.

“Using the Shotoku system, our production team developed a new way to display the news on the [television] screen. Virtual 3D graphics were easy and reliable; they caught the attention of viewers and helped us remain the most innovative channel, with the latest technology in Argentina,” declared Gastón Serralta, IT manager for C5N.

“We were very pleased at the results of our integration with Vizrt in Buenos Aires,” said Ebimoto. “Virtual reality systems are a key to the future of television production; they enable small facilities to expand the boundaries of creativity and capture the attention of their audience.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.tv

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Shotoku contact: Naoki Ebimoto
1-866-SHOTOKU • info@shotoku.tv

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

LED Source® and Coemar Team Up to Award $20,000 in LED Lighting to One Lucky Theater for the LEDko Challenge

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) of Ohio was named the grand prize winner Jan. 31 of the LED Source® and Coemar LEDko Challenge, and will receive a complete LED lighting makeover worth $20,000. CSC was chosen among dozens of staging, education, studio, installation, and theater professionals throughout North America who participated in the contest by submitting a video of their lackluster lighting systems to be considered for a complete LED lighting upgrade. As the grand prize winner, CSC—which employs a resident ensemble of actors that put on nine main stage productions seen by more than 25,000 audience members each year—will have their aging, energy-draining stage lighting replaced with eight Reflection LEDko fixtures by Coemar, the sponsor of the contest.

The LEDko Challenge, which launched in October 2011, was created by LED Source in celebration of the launch of the new Reflection LEDko series by Italy-based Coemar—a world leader in lighting for the entertainment industry. As the exclusive distributor of Coemar LED products in North America, LED Source wanted to get the word out about the launch and award a deserving organization with the latest in LED profile technology.

“Although we received several outstanding video submissions, the group at CSC went above and beyond,” says Marcel Fairbairn, president and CEO of LED Source. “We can’t wait to deliver the new Reflection LEDko fixtures this month and show what a difference the right lighting can make in this setting.”

CSC was chosen as the winner among the top five finalists for their submission of a creative and humorous video demonstrating their “ancient” lighting system, which theater employees said often caused blackouts and delays during rehearsals and performances.

“Our current lights are basically the SUV’s of the lighting world,” said Brian Phillips, producing artistic director of the CSC. “We are so grateful for this opportunity, as it will change our lives and our art in a profound and meaningful way. The unique challenges of our theater space make CSC, LED Source and Coemar a perfect fit.”
Finalists were selected by a panel of experts made up of both LED Source and Coemar senior management, and the grand prize winner was chosen by fans on the Reflection LEDko Facebook page through a voting process. As the contest winner, power outages and outdated stage lighting will be a thing of the past for CSC, which has been producing classic Shakespeare performances since 1993 and educates more than 20,000 theater students annually through its educational outreach programs. LED lighting will allow CSC, which produces classic multi-scene adventure plays, to seamlessly transition from a battle scene to a banquet in the blink of an eye.

Reflection LEDko is a revolutionary new LED fixture and the first LED profile delivering both Soft Profile and Hard Edge Profile using mix and match optics. With this new technology, Coemar has created the first LED profile capable of projecting soft-edged profile light that can be used in the same way as traditional profiles and can obtain any color tone, shade and white light.

Applying the Reflection LED technology as a retrofit makes it possible to reduce energy consumption from 500-650 Watts to 150 Watts. The LED lamps last up to 50,000 hours without loss of brightness, thus eliminating maintenance costs associated with traditional profiles.

Because LEDs do not emit heat, Reflection LEDko is capable of utilizing images or gobos created with any standard printer and a transparency sheet. This technology allows users to project any image quickly and without cost, while also eliminating the entire gobo buying process, which was previously dependant on glass or metal patterns.

Reflection LEDko is one fixture that can virtually eliminate or significantly reduce all costs related to lamps, dimmers, scrollers, gel filters, heat, cabling, electricity and manpower. All LEDko series fixtures feature electronic 16-bit dimming, flicker-free operation with DMX controllable LED frequency from 500 to 5000 Hz and a bi-directional DMX512.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide the CSC with the revolutionary Reflection LEDko LED profile fixtures, which enhance the stage experience by providing an energy and space-efficient lighting solution,” said Fausto Orsatti, vice president of sales and marketing at Coemar. “LED lighting will allow for more lighting versatility and no dimmers, resulting in a more streamlined stage production.”

The Reflection LEDko fixtures will debut on the CSC stage in time for either the late winter production of “Sense and Sensibility” or an early spring performance of “The Grapes of Wrath.” This is CSC’s first lighting upgrade in five years.

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About LED Source®:
Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.ledsource.com or the company’s blog at http://getleducated.wordpress.com.

About Coemar:
Established in 1933 and based in Castel Goffredo, Italy, Coemar Spa is a world leader in lighting for the entertainment industry. The company also develops, manufactures and sells its products for architectural and commercial applications and guarantees pre-sale and after-sales services. At an international level, the company operates in five continents with a network of over 50 distributors. www.coemar.com.

About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages. Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, CSC produces eight main stage productions each season at its home on Race Street. CSC employs a resident company of actors and artists who live and work in Cincinnati year-round, and performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. CSC’s current season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council and is supported, in part, by the generosity of thousands of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave, formerly the Fine Arts Fund. The season design sponsor is Judge Mark Painter. Creative Services are provided by Possible Worldwide. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. For more information visit www.cincyshakes.com

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grandMA2 Is a Winner for Top Acts Playing Ontario’s Casino Rama

Casion Rama

Casion Rama

grandMA2 has proved to be a good bet for Casino Rama, Ontario’s only First Nations commercial casino, which stages 150 shows a year featuring top names in music and comedy. Casino Rama invested in a grandMA2 late last year, and it has quickly become their “console of choice,” reports lighting designer and programmer Derek Noble. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

“Casino Rama purchased a grandMA2 because of the size of the shows they attract,” says Andrew Beck, senior account executive with PRG Canada who sold the system. “They have an extensive amount of equipment, including all their own lighting and rigs, and many acts request a grandMA. They’ve had a full-size grandMA for a while but in the interest of keeping their facility as cutting-edge as possible, they decided to purchase a grandMA2 and use their existing system as a back up. Now they have media server control and LED balancing capabilities.”

Among the acts that played the 15-year old Casino Rama last year were ZZ Top, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Ricky Martin, and Deep Purple; the casino also hosted HDTV events Bellator (an MMA championship) and a TSN Curling Skins game. Casino Rama capped 2011 with dates for James Blunt, Russell Brand and KISS.

“Before we got the grandMA2 it was already an in demand item,” says Noble. “We had a number of touring shows that had brought the console in with them . We bought our own, not only because it’s the newest but also because it was the most in-demand gear,we need to ensure we offer clients the best so that they walk away happy .”

He notes that the casino’s inhouse lighting rig is used for 85 percent of the shows. “We have over 400 conventional fixtures and 200 moving lights and LEDs plus 112 motors. The grandMA2 gives me easier access to all the parameters. Its effects engine is also better than our old console, and it’s very easy to navigate.

“The grandMA2 gives us some flexibility in data management, too,” he adds. “We utilize it for data management for the NPUs when other consoles are in use. We have 16 active universes and the capability to expand to 64. Although we only bought the console in December, we already love it!”

Another Canadian-based casino also upgraded its lighting control system when Caesars Windsor moved from a full-size grandMA to a new grandMA2 from PRG Canada, Beck reports.

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Anthony Wilkins Appointed as RTW’S International Sales Manager

Wilkins’ Extensive Experience in Broadcast and Pro Audio Sales will Bring Continuous Development of RTW’s Presence in the US and International Markets

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2 February 2012 — RTW, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, , has appointed Anthony Wilkins as the company’s new International Sales Manager. Wilkins is an English native speaker and has lived and worked in Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany and Ireland. His main role will be to control and coordinate RTW’s international sales from the corporate headquarters at Cologne.

Wilkins has more than 25 years of experience in the Pro Audio industry and is currently completing his MBA. He has previously worked for Sony, Analog Devices, DTS and most recently for Linear Acoustic. He is also a member of the EBU P/Loud group, which is in charge of developing the R128 loudness standard; the AES and the IEEE.

“We are very glad that Anthony Wilkins has joined our team and proud to have gained a sales expert with an in-depth understanding of the international broadcast and pro-audio markets,” says Mahmoud Chatah, RTW director of marketing and sales. “Wilkins will significantly increase our brand visibility in the international key markets. In taking over those critical tasks, he will allow me to focus on strategic alignment of RTW’s marketing.”

“I am determined to strengthen RTW’s global sales with effective measures and extensive travel,” adds Wilkins. “Further development of the important US market is my primary objective.”

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio systems. The company focuses its business on peak meters and audio vectorscopes that are in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio includes the TouchMonitor range, a new series of tools for visual signal analysis, loudness metering, and more. TouchMonitors combine highest flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis features, integrating exceptional surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. In June 2008, RTW was certified for the internationally accepted DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 quality-management standard.

For more information, visit www.rtw.de or www.facebook.com/rtw.de, or call +49 221 709130.

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Middle Atlantic and Extron Electronics Initiate New Half Rack Standard for AV Integration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2012 Middle Atlantic Products, in conjunction with Extron Electronics, is initiating and supporting the establishment of a new standard for half-width rack systems for AV integration.

Working in cooperation with the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), Extron and Middle Atlantic are seeking to establish and maintain a specific ECIA standard for what has typically been offered as a custom rack offering until now. To further strengthen the quality and application of the standard, the two companies are inviting manufacturers of compact-format devices to join a communication and working group for this effort.

Both manufacturers have recently developed product families – the Extron Half Rack Shelf System and Middle Atlantic’s new HR Series Half Racks – which, respectively, fit within and incorporate the proposed 10 5/8” overall width defined in the proposed new standard.

Commenting on the introduction and standard effort, Middle Atlantic Director of Marketing Kevin Handerson stated, “We are pleased to be working with device manufacturing partners to seize the initiative for establishing an ECIA standard for AV half rack systems. Having a workable, clear standard will greatly facilitate the installation of half rack products in useful applications.”

Dave Pincek, Vice President of Product Development for Extron Electronics, stated “Extron has long advocated the use of standard, rack-mount enclosure dimensions as a means of improving AV system designs and integration. With this proposed new standard for a compact mounting system, key AV equipment can now be more easily integrated into lecterns, columns, table legs, and similar spaces without sacrificing system functionality, thermal management, or room aesthetics.”

Device manufacturers that would like to participate in the working group should contact Mark Tracy, Director of Product and Business Development at Middle Atlantic Products, using the email address Standards@MiddleAtlantic.com.

For more information on the Extron Half Rack Shelf System, please visit: www.extron.com/halfracksystem. For more information on the Middle Atlantic HR Series Half Rack click to www.MiddleAtlantic.com.

Middle Atlantic Products manufactures exceptional support and protection products to mount Commercial and Professional AV and other electronics systems including racks, AV furniture, thermal and cable management and power distribution & protection. All products are designed from the installer’s point of view to save time and simplify the job.

Extron Electronics is a leading manufacturer of professional AV system integration products including AV control systems, computer-video interfaces, switchers, matrix switchers, distribution amplifiers, audio amplifiers, speakers, twisted pair and fiber optic equipment, video scalers, AV signal processors, AV streaming products, classroom sound field systems, and high resolution cable.

Industry Leader Ron Levy Joins Broadway Systems as Senior Vice President

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that Ron Levy recently joined the company as senior vice president. Based out of Broadway’s New York City office, he is responsible for client services and account management.

Levy has more than 30 years of buy-side advertising management systems experience, working closely with major agency holding companies such as Interpublic, Omnicom, and Publicis to deploy and maximize their returns from systems investments. Most recently, he spent four years as senior vice president of MediaBank and 18 years as senior vice president and partner at its predecessor, Datatech Software. He held dual roles managing sales and marketing, where he organized complex systems implementations and other initiatives critical to customer satisfaction. Levy also led product management and development for the national broadcast and broadcast traffic systems.

A charter member of the TECC specifications committee, Levy was the first to implement the TECC standard live. He also developed the first buy-side cable post analysis tool, was the first to integrate minute-by-minute data into the agency workflow, and delivered the industry’s first XML-based eTraffic prototype.

“Ron is a great addition to our company’s leadership team,” said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the buying side of the advertising business, which makes him a valuable resource for our customers.”

Levy can be reached at (862) 221-2882 or ron.levy@broadwaysystems.com.

About Broadway Systems

Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform is used to manage some of the top brands in industry and more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks and startups alike. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

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Matrox 2012 NAB Show Product Preview

2012 NAB Show Product Preview
Matrox Video Products Group
Las Vegas
April 14-19, 2012
Booth SL5115

Matrox
1055 St. Regis Blvd.
Dorval, Quebec, Canada
H9P 2T4
Matrox Video Products Group website: www.matrox.com/video
Matrox Graphics Inc. website: www.matrox.com/graphics

Matrox Video Products Group Contact:
Janet Matey
Marketing Communications Director
Matrox Video Products Group
Tel: +1 (514) 822-6037
Email: janet.matey@matrox.com

Agency Contact:
Sarah Schraad
Wall Street Communications
Tel: +1 (303) 567-4048
Email: sarah@wallstcom.com

Company Overview:
Matrox(R) Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide.

Matrox Graphics Inc. is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products.

Founded in 1976, the Matrox group of companies is privately held and headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Matrox at the 2012 NAB Show:
Matrox(R) Video Products Group and Matrox Graphics Inc. will be sharing Booth SL5115 at NAB 2012. Matrox Video Products Group will be showcasing H.264 encoding accelerators; A/V input/output/monitoring devices for use with Adobe(R) Creative Suite(R) 5.5 Production Premium, Apple(R) Final Cut Studio(R), and Avid(R) Media Composer(R); and cost-effective HD-SDI scan converters and versatile mini-converters. The latest updates to the Matrox DSX developer products will also be on display. In addition, Matrox Graphics Inc. will be presenting KVM extenders and graphics expansion modules. Several new product announcements and updates to existing products are expected at the show, so please stay tuned for further details.
Matrox Products on Display at the 2012 NAB Show:

Matrox Avio
Matrox Avio(TM) is the ideal fiber-optic KVM extender for graphics-intensive design, visual effects, and editing applications. Avio lets users separate the computer from the working environment and place it in a secure, climate-controlled machine room. Matrox Avio consists of a transmitter and receiver pair, which captures dual digital video, keyboard, mouse, analog stereo audio, and USB from the host system and extends them uncompressed up to 2,000 meters over a single fiber-optic cable. Matrox Avio maintains the system’s performance and delivers exceptional image quality and smooth HD video playback without any frame rate drops or color degradation.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Matrox/Avio.zip

Matrox Convert DVI Plus
Matrox Convert(TM) DVI Plus is a cost-effective HD-SDI scan converter that lets broadcasters easily and economically take to air the computer-based content that is quickly becoming an integral part of the nightly news. The solution is ideal for creating broadcast-quality video from computer applications running on Mac(R) computers or PCs such as Skype(TM), YouTube(TM), and Google Earth(TM), as well as video games and web browser sessions. In addition, Matrox Convert DVI Plus can be used to drive projectors and large displays at live events.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Matrox/ConvertDVIPlus.zip

Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition
Matrox DualHead2Go(TM) DP Edition external multi-display adapters represent must-have productivity gear for any video editor, design artist, or compositor. DualHead2Go DP Edition lets users add two monitors to a Mac(R) notebook, doubling desktop space to spread out projects, better organize a Final Cut Pro timeline, and multitask effectively. The Thunderbolt-compatible Matrox DualHead2Go DP is simple to set up and connects to the video output of the notebook, working with the system’s existing GPU to deliver a solid platform for any content creation and multimedia application.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Matrox/DualHead2Go.zip

Matrox MC-100
The award-winning Matrox MC-100(TM) mini-converter meets the diverse needs of broadcast engineers and A/V professionals in managing SDI signals within their environments, whether for monitoring, distributing, switching, multiplexing, or converging 3D. Eliminating the need for different devices to perform these tasks, MC-100 addresses all these challenges in one easy-to-use device. The portable unit supports a wide range of display resolutions through 3G, Dual Link, HD, and SD-SDI and can be used as an HD-SDI switcher, a distribution amplifier, a multiplexer, and a 3D processing unit, making MC-100 the most versatile mini converter on the market.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Matrox/MC100.zip

Matrox Mojito MAX
Matrox Mojito MAX(TM) provides broadcast-quality input and output for leading editing apps and turbocharges H.264 encoding for deliveries to the web, mobile devices, and Blu-ray — in a single ¾-length PCIe card.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Matrox/MojitoMAXcard.zip

Matrox MXO2 Family
The Matrox MXO2(TM) family is a full range of HD/SD input/output devices for editing, H.264 encoding, and streaming workflows. These affordably priced units allow users to get the most from industry-leading applications, including Adobe(R) Creative Suite(R) 5.5 Production Premium, Apple(R) Final Cut Studio(R) and Final Cut Pro(R) X, and the new Avid(R) Media Composer(R) 6(R). Matrox MXO2 units are also the only I/O solutions on the market that enable lightning-fast creation of H.264 files for Blu-ray, the web, and mobile devices. In addition, Matrox MXO2 devices can be used to stream from any camera, anywhere, making them ideal for internet broadcasts of live events such as news, sports, concerts, religious services, and corporate meetings. They work with Mac(R) and PC laptops and desktop systems — in the studio, on the set, in the field, and in OB vans.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Matrox/MXO2.zip

Company Quote: “The 2012 NAB Show will see the introduction of exciting new features for our award-winning lines of digital video I/O hardware, H.264 encoders, and A/V signal converters,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox Video Products Group. “Designed specifically for the broadcast, pro A/V, and post-production communities, our products allow for the editing, streaming, and monitoring of content in virtually any format and from any location, making them ideal for field and studio productions as well as live news programming and events.”

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Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC to host New York Audio & AV Show in April 2012

Chester, Cheshire, England, UK—February 1, 2012—New York City will be THE place to be this spring, when the New York Audio & AV Show comes to town April 13–15, 2012. The event will take place at the luxurious and elegant Waldorf=Astoria hotel in Midtown Manhattan, past site of several highly regarded hi-fi shows.

Open to the public, the two-and-a-half-day event will be organized by two show-management power houses known for producing high-end home entertainment and electronics shows around the globe: the UK- based Chester Group Exhibitions with shows in England, Sweden and Sydney, Australia; and Richard Beers, owner of T.H.E. Show Las Vegas and T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show in Newport Beach, California.

“Based on our research, New York City has been the location of several highly successful hi-fi shows in the past sponsored by Stereophile magazine and we intend to bring back the excitement and enthusiasm for the first time in many years. We have already sold half of our exhibit space, and expect to sell out in a few more weeks,” says Roy Bird, Chairman of the Chester Group. Click here for an up-to-date list of exhibitors.

U.S. companies interested to learn more about exhibiting at the New York Audio & AV Show can contact Bill Leebens at bill@chestergroup.org or (941) 807-7880.

Media sponsors of the Show are Stereophile and The Absolute Sound magazines as well as newly announced hi-fi+ magazine from the UK and TONEAudio. The New York Audio & A/V Show will provide audio and videophiles of all levels a great opportunity to learn about the latest technological innovations in the A/V industry, and a chance to talk one-on-one with the makers of some of the world’s finest high-end audio and video components.

Waldorf=Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Dates: April 13–15, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012
3:00—8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $17 (e-ticket) & $22

Saturday, April 14, 2012
10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22 (e-ticket) & $28

Sunday, April 15, 2012
10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Tickets; $22 (e-ticket) & $28

Weekend tickets: Valid 3 days
$39 (e-ticket) & $49

Ticket prices quoted above are inclusive of all applicable sales taxes.
e-tickets can be downloaded online at www.chestergroup.org

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