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SONNOX OFFERS 35% DISCOUNT IN SPRING SALE

OXFORD, UK: In a special pre-Easter holiday promotion, Sonnox is offering a rare 35% price reduction on all plug-ins and bundles throughout the month of March. Available from authorized resellers as well as the Sonnox website, the Spring Sale encompasses individual Sonnox plug-ins as well as bundles such as the popular Sonnox Elite Collection which includes: Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, Transient Modulator, Reverb, Limiter and SuprEsser.

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames says, “It’s been well over a year since we’ve had a sales promotion like this. We intend it to enable new customers to join the countless professionals all over the world who enjoy the same high-quality plug-ins for their work. Pro Tools 10 users will even get free upgrades to our forthcoming AAX Native plug-ins, so there has never been a better time to buy!”

The Sonnox Spring Sale ends March 31st 2012. For more information please visit: www.sonnox.com

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X2O Media – DSE Preview

Company Quote:
“This year is going to be X2O’s biggest DSE yet, as we team up with several of our partners to show how X2O can deliver any content to any screen, anywhere,” said David Wilkins, President and CEO of X2O Media. “In addition to our most advanced video wall demo featuring live social media and interactivity via Microsoft(R) Kinect(TM), we will debut several powerful new solutions such as the X2O Social Hub, a multichannel version of the NITRO Digital Signage Player, and Meeting Manager software. Visitors to our booth will also see firsthand how the X2O Portal’s powerful content management tools can be used to drive players from partners with our new ‘Open Content Management Framework.’”

X2O Media at DSE 2012:
Several technology partners will join X2O Media in booth 823 to demonstrate how the Xpresenter(TM) digital signage platform can power a variety of screens, from 3D and large-format LED to handheld tablets. X2O players will be driving a gigantic 114-inch NanoSlim display from NanoLumens, an interactive wayfinding screen, tablet applications, and the new X2O Social Hub application. To highlight X2O’s new “Open Content Management Framework” initiative, the X2O Portal will also be supporting third-party players from Exceptional 3D and Frame Jazz.

New From X2O Media at DSE 2012:

Introducing the X2O “Open Content Management Framework”
X2O Media’s Web-based portal not only lets users manage digital assets that are displayed with X2O’s award-winning players, but now integrates with a number of third-party players, including the Frame Jazz Digital Signage Display, and players from Exceptional 3D, providers of glasses-free 3D displays. This “opening” of the X2O Portal is a strategic shift for X2O, which is encouraging player manufacturers to use its powerful content management platform while continuing to support its own players. With the X2O “Open Content Management Framework,” partner players will have access to a comprehensive user management system that allows digital signage network administrators to define user roles and permissions, limiting access to specific portal features, player locations, and content. It also provides them with real-time data feed-management tools. X2O will continue to promote and evolve its own real-time players, including the award-winning NITRO Player.

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X2O Social Hub
X2O Media is leading the industry in integrating social media content with digital signage, and will demonstrate the X2O Social Hub for the first time at DSE 2012. Inspired by the success of its extremely popular Twitter(TM) Cube demo app, X2O Media introduces a next-generation, social-media-based interactive application: the X2O Social Hub. Featuring real-time content from popular sites including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, the X2O Social Hub allows users to customize their experiences by defining the application’s social media sources. In addition, users can interact with an innovative “YouTube Cube” object to browse YouTube video clips matching their search terms. All X2O Social Hub graphics are presented in an eye-popping 3D format, and the application can be customized with logos and other branding elements.

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Image Caption: X2O Social Hub

New Version of NITRO Player: NITRO Multichannel Player
In addition to partner players, X2O Media’s own players will be powering numerous displays in X2O’s booth. DSE 2012 will mark the debut of the new multichannel version of the NITRO Player, which supports several channels of content. The demonstration at DSE will be driving four displays from one cost-effective unit. Providing unparalleled performance and exciting new display possibilities for any kind of dynamic digital signage content, NITRO combines stunning graphics and real-time animations with powerful features such as an innovative Channel-in-Channel capability for a virtually unlimited number of overlapping channel layers, and integrated 3D support for the creation of 3D objects and tickers. Representing an evolutionary leap in digital signage graphics, the platform is bolstered with support for multitouch touch screens and for any-resolution output — from single screens to giant multiscreen command centers and video walls.

Interactive Meeting Room Signs
The Xpresenter(TM) Meeting Manager software displays meeting room reservations and event schedules that are updated directly from Microsoft(R) Outlook(R) or by touching the interactive meeting room display screen. Coupled with the cloud-based X2O Portal — a comprehensive content management portal — users can quickly schedule and monitor content from an intuitive Web interface.

New Version of Xpresenter(TM) vClips Powered by NITRO
X2O Media will display the latest version of its Xpresenter(TM) vClips video kiosk, the first product to be powered by the NITRO graphics platform. The Xpresenter vClips video kiosk is a complete interactive video application that allows users to browse and play back video clips using a simple touch-screen interface. With NITRO, the latest version of vClips combines new dynamic display capabilities, including a 3D video carousel that displays HD videos with simple on-screen navigation.

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Image Caption: Xpresenter(TM) vClips Powered by NITRO

DSE 2012 Sessions:

Seminar

S21 — Building and Staffing a Digital Signage Team
Thursday, March 8 / 9-10 a.m.
Moderator: Jay Martin, Director of Sales, X2O Media
Presenters: Spencer Graham, Manager of Operations, West Virginia University / Paul Bleimeyer, Manager, Media Support Services, Mayo Clinic
Session Details: http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/s21-building-and-staffing-digital-signage-team

Industry Discussion Groups

VW10 — Hotels & Casinos — Implementing a Winning Digital Signage Strategy for Hotels & Casinos
Wednesday, March 7 / 1-2 p.m.
Group Leader: Jay Martin, Director of Sales, X2O Media
Industry Discussion Group Details: http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/vw10-hotels-casinos

VW13 — Digital Out-of-Home Networks — Just-in-Time Ads: Improving the Ad Creation Process with Improved Efficiency and More Targeted Ads
Wednesday, March 7 / 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Group Leader: Vern Freedlander, VP of Production Services, X2O Media
Industry Discussion Group Details: http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/vw13-digital-out-home-networks

VT5 — Corporate Campus — Enterprise-Wide Digital Signage Fundamentals
Thursday, March 8 / 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Group Leader: Mansour Brek, VP of R&D, CTO, X2O Media
Industry Discussion Group Details: http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/vt5-corporate-campus

VT13 — Digital Out-of-Home Networks — Producing Your Network: Success is in the Flow, Not the Show
Thursday, March 8 / 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Group Leader: Vern Freedlander, VP of Production Services, X2O Media
Industry Discussion Group Details: http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/vt13-digital-out-home-networks

[Sidebars]

DSE Twitter(TM) Wall Powered by X2O Social Hub
DSE 2012 attendees are also invited to check out the X2O-powered DSE Twitter(TM) Wall at the main entrance of the convention center. The unique, interactive Twitter Wall will allow attendees
to keep up with “Tweet(TM)-by-Tweet” updates on all things DSE in real time. Follow @DSExpo and use hashtag #DSE2012 for all the latest event updates.

DSE 2012 Content Award Finalist
Congratulations to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for being selected as a finalist for the DSE Content Awards in the Business, Industry & Government category with the Velocity News Network!

Download our Latest White Paper (PDF) “Integrating Digital Signage and Social Media” [http://bit.ly/wpXCqr]

Company Overview
X2O Media is a full-service provider of software, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage and corporate communication applications. The company offers a wide variety of software solutions for digital signage and interactive networks of all sizes. X2O’s award-winning Xpresenter(TM) provides an end-to-end platform for the creation, management, and distribution of content at broadcast quality, and in a fraction of the time of other solutions. In addition to technology, X2O offers content design, acquisition, management, distribution, and monitoring services for digital signage networks. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

AURALEX ACOUSTICS HELPS SOUNDCHECK REPUBLIC

EAST GREENBUSH, NY, MARCH 1, 2012 – When Seth Powell, owner and engineer of SoundCheck Republic Recording Studio, enlisted the services of Dominick Campana, owner of Pro Sound Associates, to partner with him on the design of his newly relocated facility, Campana turned to Auralex Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, for the studio’s sound treatment needs.

A range of Auralex products were utilized, both in the construction phase as well as for post-construction wall treatments. To ensure maximum isolation, Auralex’s SheetBlok™ Sound Isolation Barrier, RC-8™ Resilient Channel and U-Boat™ Floor Floaters were installed. Wall treatments include Auralex’s WavePrism™ and QuadraTec™ bamboo diffusors, along with the company’s environmentally friendly four-inch Studiofoam® Metro™ acoustic foam.

As the studio is located on the second floor of a large historic home in a residential area, sound isolation was key for the SoundCheck Republic project. In order to provide a space that was acoustically accurate, the room was completely gutted. The room was then redesigned to ensure the flow and wall configurations were correct. The main isolation component was Auralex’s SheetBlok. Made of a dense, limp-mass vinyl material, SheetBlok is about 6dB more effective than solid lead at stopping the transmission of sound. It acts as a thin, dense sound barrier layer in walls, ceilings or floors and is most effective when used as one component of a multi-layered construction scheme.

“The use of the Auralex SheetBlok made a huge difference in keeping the sound isolated to the studio,” adds Campana. “We pretty much went all out in sealing the room and even created custom inserts for the windows. After installing the SheetBlok, we had a full rock band practice in the studio and it measured 124 DB inside the room and there was absolutely no sound outside. The materials just worked awesome and Seth is very pleased.”

In order to make sure the walls were separated from the actual structure, Auralex’s RC-8™ 24′ x 8′ resilient channels were used. On the floor, Auralex’s U-Boats™ were used to support the framing, and isolate and decouple them from the surrounding structure.

SoundCheck Republic also features Auralex’s WavePrism and QuadraTec diffusors, part of Auralex’s Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series, along with Auralex’s environmentally friendly four-inch StudioFoam Metro throughout the space. The QuadraTec’s unique tiered design provides excellent scattering properties, resulting in a warm, musical character to the dispersed sound. The Auralex WavePrism eliminates flutter echoes and other acoustical anomalies without removing acoustical energy from the space. The differing heights of protrusions of the acoustic Studiofoam Metro products serve to spread sonic energy out in the time domain, as well as each absorbing a slightly different slice of the frequency spectrum

“A predominant feature of the studio is its use of bamboo,” says Campana. “The Auralex bamboo diffusers were the perfect match both aesthetically and acoustically for the project. The use of the diffusers provides the ability to open the space up in a really natural way, resulting in a response associated with much larger rooms.”

Campana was so pleased with the finished product that he plans to use the studio as a showcase, bringing in potential clients to show them studio construction examples and the different uses for the Auralex products and product line.

“Auralex’s ability to provide a wide array of top-of-the-line products that are easy to install make them the obvious choice for me,” adds Campana. “From bass traps and corner traps to regular metro foam and the different types of diffusers, they provide all sorts of options that all can make a bad space sound great. In addition, Auralex’s customer service is consistently excellent and in Charlie Eaton, we have a very good rep in upstate New York.”

SoundCheck Republic’s state-of-the-art facility comes equipped with all of the latest equipment and has been used by such recording artists as Graham Parker, The Figgs and The Charlie Watts Riots.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

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Christie’s Award Winning Digital Signage and Service Solutions Put Customers at Ease at DSE 2012

Christie brings three zones of innovation to Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, March 6 – 9, that illustrate the company’s comprehensive, award-winning digital signage solutions to help engage customers, increase advertising and promotional sales, and deliver corporate brand messages. As a world-leading display technology provider with more than 80 years of experience, Christie designs, builds, deploys and provides technical support and ongoing remote management of the widest range of high-resolution, highly interactive digital signage for designers, architects, builders and brand managers.

On Display at DSE, Christie Booth #1051
The Christie booth at DSE includes Christie MicroTiles with The BuzzWall™ concept of Arsenal Media, a leading content marketing agency specializing in the digital out-of-home industry; a two-panel Quick Serve Restaurant digital menu board; and customer videos highlighting Christie’s accomplishments as the single-source provider of customers’ digital signage networks.

Zone 1 – The BuzzWall
Christie teams up with Arsenal Media to showcase The BuzzWall in action. Composed of 24 MicroTiles and three content zones, it is a version of the Apex Award and Content Award-nominated BuzzWall installed in the lobby of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The interactive display helps Sun Life Financial, as a show sponsor, maintain brand integrity and create impact in a meaningful, cost-effective way.

“The BuzzWall allows people to ‘play’ with the interactive tiles and manipulate the content being shown. It allows display venues to easily change the branding of their content to fit with audience needs while staying within budget,” noted Sean James, vice president, Managed Services for Christie.

Zone 2 – Digital Menu Boards
Christie and partner Allure Global Solutions, an enterprise software development company, showcase an example of the latest dining experience in the digital age, a Quick Serve Restaurant menu. Two flat panel monitors demonstrate how menus can be visually engaging and easily adjusted with unlimited content – while helping proprietors stay within budget.

Zone 3 – Christie Monitoring and Managed Services for Digital Networks
Booth visitors will learn more about how Christie designs, builds, deploys and supports digital networks through managed services and a state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC), a 24/7/365 facility where experienced technicians monitor customers’ digital investments – managing more 50,000 devices in over 1800 locations across North America. As a single source solutions provider, Christie can be the cost-conscious provider of digital networks by working with customers every step of their digital signage rollout.

Multimedia presentations at the booth will demonstrate how Rave Cinemas, Fresh, and Sun Life Financial have invested in Christie’s solutions to create dynamic digital signage to promote their brands.

“Video Wall Technologies: Understanding the Choices”
For show attendees who want to learn more about video wall technologies, Christie’s U.S. Director of Sales for MicroTiles, Mitch Rosenberg, will take part in a panel discussion “Understanding the Choices,” which will provide insights into different video wall technologies and what makes them tick, on March 7 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Refer to registration details at http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/seminars.
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Christie with Rave Cinemas
Christie will join Rave Cinemas at the last stop of the DSE Digital Signage Guided Installation Tour, Tuesday March 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Rave Cinema 18 at Town Square. Rave Cinemas is dedicated to enriching the movie-going experience for audiences across the United States.
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Christie Products Around the DSE Show Floor
Christie products can also be found at partner booths throughout DSE, including Almo Professional A/V, Booth #631, with a uniquely shaped configuration of 14 Christie MicroTiles, with content driven by Christie’s recently launched Christie JumpStart. JumpStart is a straightforward and robust content management solution that works with digital displays requiring up to four video inputs like MicroTiles, Christie FHD551-X flat panels or other large-format digital displays. Arrow Electronics, Booth #645, will showcase a 6 wide by 2 high Christie MicroTiles table array and Scala, Booth #601 will display an irregular 35-tile video wall using Christie MicroTiles.

Finalists in DSE Apex Awards on March 7
In collaboration with its partners, Christie products and installations dominate the DSE Apex Awards with nominations in four categories. The annual awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home industry, and this year these include, for Retail, Fresh® (a Louis Vuitton Company), with integration partner Materials & Methods, for Event Venues, Sun Life Financial BuzzWall at Kodak Theatre, with content partner Arsenal Media, and for Business, Industry & Government, the Christie Network Operations Center (NOC), again with Arsenal Media. Both Fresh and the Sun Life Financial interactive BuzzWall installations feature the renowned Christie MicroTiles −winner of 18 industry awards worldwide. To create captivating visual displays, two additional Apex Award finalist projects used Christie MicroTiles: Christie partner, Westbury National Show Systems, for Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and Christie partner Zebradog, for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, both in the Education and Healthcare category.

IAVI ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP WITH NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS OF AMERICA

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IAVI ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP WITH NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS OF AMERICA

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 1, 2012 – IAVI, a leading independent commercial ProAV Distributor, today announced its success in securing a distribution partnership with NEC Display Solutions of America. Recognized as a prominent manufacturer, NEC specializes in a full-range of desktop and large-screen LCD display technologies, in addition to multimedia and digital cinema projector solutions for almost any display possible.

NEC can be essential from the smallest of businesses to the largest enterprise clients across multiple vertical industries in the nation. Combined as a distributing partner, NEC gives IAVI more opportunities to provide our customers significant access to a full product-line of innovative technologies, enhanced reselling opportunities, and aggressive solutions. Furthermore, with NEC’s support, IAVI’s customers now have additional options available in achieving a revolutionary and competitive edge in modern technologies and comprehensive industry-leading service that help increase productivity and allow you to see your digital universe more dynamically.

Established in 1997, and over the years, IAVI has kept very close relationships with all of its distribution partners and in turn continually provides resellers the broadest line of brands and products available in the Commercial ProAV Channel. IAVI is looking forward to carrying NEC’s extensive product-line and learning more of their advanced research and development while building a successful and productive relationship for many years to come.

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

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ABOUT IAVI
With headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL, IAVI employs a devoted team of Display Technology Specialists focused on the Pro AV marketplace. To discover what solutions IAVI can offer you and to find out how IAVI can help build your business and improve your competitive advantage contact IAVI toll free at 888-999-6564 or sales@iavi.com. IAVI is available Monday through Friday, 8am -8pm EST.

About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD monitors, commercial- and professional-grade large-screen LCD displays, a diverse line of multimedia and digital cinema projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, healthcare, education and digital signage. For additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America monitors, consumers can call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the website at www.necdisplay.com. For digital images, please visit http://necdisplay.com/digital-media-library.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Bill Woodard
VP Purchasing & Marketing
(954) 315-3340
billw@iavi.com

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Look Solutions Turns 15

2012 sees German smoke machine manufacturers, Look Solutions, celebrating their fifteenth anniversary, proudly selling their fog and haze generators – “Made in Germany” – to professionals worldwide.

Established by Kirsten Eicher and operating from an office and small workshop storing and dispatching a small product range, Look Solutions soon found it necessary to move in into its own large premises in Ronnenberg/Hannover. Now, with distributors in more than 31 countries all over the world and a subsidiary in the US, Look Solutions is a truly global company.

Part of its success is derived from the close working relationship between the Production, Consultation & Sales and Service departments which all share the same premises. This enables fast and constant communication creating the ideal conditions for the development of innovative products, allowing the designers to respond quickly to customers’ requirements and create products to fit an ever-changing market.

“Our product range is very different from the small beginnings of fifteen years ago,” explains Eicher. “We now produce machines which will cover all aspects of the market from the Viper range of fog generators to the Unique 2.1 hazer with its quick warm up time, the adjustable output and the very low fluid consumption. We have machines for specialised uses like the massive 9kW-generator Orka for a high quantity fog output or, at the other end of the scale, the unique Tiny-range of battery operated fog generators, which can be built into costumes and props for the theatre market. In 2007, the Tiny-Fogger was honoured with a Technical Achievement Award from the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Most recently, with the launch of the new Cryo-Fog, we have a presence in the low-fog market.”

Originally concentrating on the theatre market, Look Solutions products are now sought after by fire brigades, air flow testing companies and amusement and theme parks as well as being employed on film sets and spectaculars such as the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Doha.

“After 15 years in the business we are very excited and optimistic about the future,” says Eicher. “We are still as enthusiastic about our market as we were fifteen years ago and are already planning more products to bring to the market. As a first step to cope with the growing business we will move in into an even larger hall at the end of the year.”

Look Solutions also offers a range of accessories, flightcases and haze- and fog fluids.

More information can be found on the website www.looksolutions.com or www.looksolutionsusa.com.

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Almo Professional A/V Showcases “Digital Signage Your Way” at DSE 2012

Almo Professional A/V Showcases
“Digital Signage Your Way” at DSE 2012

Almo Rolls Out the Red Carpet Inviting Attendees to Build Signage Projects in Booth; Seven Video Walls, Two Test Drive Centers; Multiple Training Sessions

Philadelphia, PA — February 29, 2012 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is rolling out a red carpet for attendees at next week’s DSE Expo 2012, March 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV. The Almo Pro A/V booth (#631) will showcase seven video walls in different configurations for visitors to peruse, as well as two Test Drive centers that give attendees the opportunity to try out content creation/management options. Almo will showcase the latest digital signage products resulting from new and exclusive relationships with manufacturers including NanoLumens, Planar, Christie MicroTiles and BrightSign. Almo Pro A/V is also sponsoring and participating in several educational sessions throughout the show.

“Our booth theme is ‘Digital Signage Your Way.’ We have made our booth a red carpet experience for attendees by allowing them to come in and explore in a hands-on environment with their very own Digital Signage Concierge to guide the way,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “The Almo booth experience is different because it’s not about one specific manufacturer. We work with our integrators to help them build one-of-a-kind systems for a specific project using displays, content management, signal distribution and everything else necessary for a full digital signage installation.”

View a recent Skype interview with Melody Craigmyle about Almo’s presence at DSE here.

The Almo Pro A/V booth will include the some of the industry’s newest products, including:

• NanoLumens, Inc.’s line of ultra-slim and lightweight flexible and rigid LED displays for use in spaces previously impossible with traditional displays. Almo Pro A/V is the exclusive national distributor of NanoLumens products.

• Planar Systems, Inc.’s large-scale video wall and digital display systems, including the new Silhouette™ Display and Stand, a 10-foot tall sculptural implementation of video for architectural applications. It includes four LCD screens configured on a free-standing base, the required display and processing electronics, and all required installation services.

• The Christie MicroTiles JumpStart content management package, which allows content to be easily arranged in various shapes and resolutions on a large video wall.
The two Test Drive stations in the Almo booth are being driven with content management systems using AMX’s Inspired XPress and BrightSign’s Digital Sign Controller. Attendees can use these systems and publish projects live and on the fly in the Almo booth.

Almo Pro A/V is also participating in the following educational sessions:

• Broaden Your Creative Horizons Using Flexible Digital Signage
Richard Cope, CEO, NanoLumens
Wednesday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Theater B
Workshop shows how to apply flexible LED technology to engage audiences in ways never before imaginable.

• The Art of “Techorating” – the Next Generation of Digital Signage
Apryl Griswold, Business Development Manager, Almo Professional A/V
Wednesday, March 7, 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Theater B
Learn about the blending of modern display technologies with the art of decorating a space to ensure that the design and electronics suit the style and function of the space.

• Introduction to the Samsung SUR40 – The Next Generation in Interactivity
Jonathon Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting
Thursday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Samsung booth #810
This session shows how using this new display technology makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display that recognizes fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen. Participants will be entered to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Almo’s E4 AV Tour – Coming to Irvine and D.C. This Spring
Registration is now open for Almo Pro A/V’s next two E4 AV events, which will take place in Irvine, Calif. on Tuesday, April 3 and Washington D.C. on Friday, May 18. Both events include multiple training sessions on digital signage topics along with an exhibit hall full of the latest digital signage products. They run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com or register in the Almo booth during DSE.

Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. Close to 4,000 attendees have experienced the benefits of the E4 events and, in the process, have earned nearly 2,750 InfoComm CTS RUs.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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

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DVEO Announces NAB 2012 Product Launches – Including RSS Feed/Logo Inserter, IP Time Delay, Multichannel Streaming Video Monitoring System, and Latest Additions to Popular MultiStreamer Product Family of Real Time Streaming Transcoders

MultiStreamer DIG-IP Micro

SDI/HD-SDI to IP Transcoder/Streamer – MultiStreamer DIG/IP (micro)

San Diego, California — March 1, 2012 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will introduce numerous innovative new products at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas, April 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU2114.

DVEO products at NAB 2012 will include:
1. 200 Channel Enterprise Class Multiblade Transcoder Streaming System – MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus)™
2. Compact Multifunction SDI/HD-SDI to IP Transcoder/Streamer – MultiStreamer DIG/IP (micro)™
3. Logo, RSS Feeds, Graphics, CG, and Text Inserter with IP, ASI, or SDI Input/Output — LogoSerter IP/ASI/SDI™
4. IP Time Delay for 40+ Transport Streams, for IPTV Cloud Based Time Shifting – DelayServer IP™
5. 10-40+ Stream Multi-Window Transport Stream Monitoring and Error Checking System with IP and/or ASI Input – Q Check IP/ASI™
6. Rugged Handheld QAM/DVB-C Digital Signal Level Meter – Probium QAM™

1. 200 Channel Enterprise Class Multiblade Transcoder Streaming System – MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus)
DVEO’s MultiStreamer™ transcoders support numerous video formats and protocols, and send multiple simultaneous IP streams to iPads, iPhones, CDNs, and remote video capture devices. The enterprise class MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) is a real time, broadcast quality multichannel IP transcoder and/or streamer. Each of the up to ten Brutus modules transcodes up to 6 1080i/p HD streams, 12 720p HD streams, or 20 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264, or vice-versa. That’s 60 1080i/p HD streams, or 120 720p HD streams, or 200 SD streams, in a 4 RU rack space. The system features IP input and output. Optional inputs include 8VSB, SDI/HD-SDI, DVB-ASI, DVB-S+S2, QAM, DVB-C, and DVB-T. Also available – A two blade 1 RU system that transcodes up to 40 SD streams – the MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus 1RU).

2. Compact Multifunction SDI/HD-SDI to IP Transcoder/Streamer – MultiStreamer DIG/IP (micro)
An affordable Linux® based transcoder, encoder, and live streamer, the MultiStreamer DIG/IP (micro) accepts uncompressed SDI or HD-SDI video from cameras, editing systems, or video servers, and supports simultaneous IP input. It encodes the video to multiple H.264/MPEG-4 AVC standard streams, and streams them to set top boxes, content delivery networks (CDNs), and remote video servers, and iPads and iPhones. The IP transport streams can be provided with most industry standard protocols, including UDP, RTP, or IGMP and wrappers such as HLS, RTMP, RTSP, etc. Audio output is AAC, AC-3 pass through, Ogg Vorbis, or MP3 (license required). The system transcodes up to one 1080i or 1080p HD stream plus and 1 720p HD stream at 6 Mbps, and 2 SD streams at 2 Mbps. The micro is less than 10 inches long, making it ideal for streaming events, corporate training, or religious services.

The optional MultiStreamer HDMI/IP™ (micro) supports HDMI input instead of SDI/HD-SDI. Additional component video input is also available as an option. The MultiStreamer DIG/IP is available in several configurations – mini (1 RU), midi, (2 RU), maxi (3 RU), and the Brutus 4 RU and 1 RU blade systems.

3. Logo, RSS Feeds, Graphics, CG, and Text Inserter with IP, ASI, or SDI Input/Output — LogoSerter IP/ASI/SDI
DVEO’s LogoSerter IP/ASI/SDI inserts graphics, logos, CG, RSS feeds, and/or text anywhere on H.264 or MPEG-2 video content with any degree of transparency, on a schedule. Three versions are available – IP input and output, DVB-ASI input and output, or SDI input and output. Graphics, logos, and text can be static, blinking, scrolling, or rotating. Operators can add sidebars and scrolling text for crawling messages, weather bulletins, ads, and emergency alerts. DVEO can also create customized systems to meet customers’ needs. The broadcast quality system enables broadcasters, Telco TV, IPTV, and cable operators to “brand” their video content with images that are not easily removed.

4. IP Time Delay for 40+ Transport Streams, for IPTV Cloud Based Time Shifting – DelayServer IP
Available as a standalone system or as an option for the MultiStreamer and MPEG Gearbox™ systems, the DelayServer IP is a broadcast quality IP to IP gateway and delaying file server. It captures 40+ MPEG-2 or H.264 standard or high definition IP transport streams and plays them back after a delay that is finely adjustable from seconds to hours. Capture and playback can be simultaneous on multiple streams. Users can also adjust the delay times “on the fly”. The system has been tested to be compatible with several major brands of CDN’s. It can also work as a network DVR. Product options include ASI output, additional storage capacity, and unicast to multicast conversion.

5. 10-40+ Stream Multi-Window Transport Stream Monitoring and Error Checking System with IP and/or ASI Input – Q Check IP/ASI
The Q Check IP/ASI is a real time, Core i7 based, multiviewer transport stream monitoring system for viewing, monitoring, and logging errors. It includes error trapping for video freezes, black screens, loss of video, loss of audio, loss of subtitles and audio levels in multi program IP and/or ASI streams (SD/HD, MPEG-2/H.264) with 10 to 40+ services. It features a full transport stream analyzer plus support for audio alarms, SNMP, email alerts, etc. Three ordering options are available for input – IP, ASI, or IP and ASI. Additional inputs include audio, subtitles, teletext (subtitles, newsflash, interrupted, subpages), clocks, and images. The system is ideal for cable head ends.

6. Rugged Handheld QAM/DVB-C Digital Signal Level Meter – Probium QAM
Suitable for digital and analog networks, the rugged Probium QAM™ is a 5 to 870 MHz fast, sensitive spectrum analyzer. It measures signal strength, BER, MER, constellations, etc. Analog signal measurements include amplitude, carrier-to-noise ratio, trunk voltage, TILT measurement, and simultaneous displays of video carrier and audio carrier strength and V/A measurement The compact unit is an ideal cable system QAM analyzer for field or head end RF analysis.

“As always, we are proud to present leading edge products at NAB 2012,“ commented Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “We’ve developed these systems with a wide variety of options to suit our customers. And we are very open to customizing our products.”

DVEO will also showcase their popular line of DVB Master™ PCIe transmit/receive cards, eYe Grabber™ portable modulators and transport stream generators, and the VidPort SD-HD™ single channel HD/SD-SDI input or output card.

DVEO, DelayServer IP, DVB Master, eYe Grabber, LogoSerter IP/ASI/SDI, MultiStreamer DIG/IP,
MultiStreamer HDMI/IP, MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus), MPEG Gearbox, MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus 1RU), Probium QAM, Q Check IP/ASI, and VidPort SD-HD are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Supplemental Information for Press Release
Suggested Retail Prices:

DelayServer IP: $5,995 U.S.
LogoSerter IP/ASI/SDI: $7,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP (mini): $3,295 U.S.
MultiStreamer HDMI/IP: $3,295 U.S.
Individual MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) Module: $12,500 U.S.
MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus)/10 channel System with 10 modules: $125,000 U.S.
Probium QAM: $1,995 U.S.
Q Check IP/IP 10 Channel: $14,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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