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Wohler Releases Compact AMP1-16M Unit Engineered for Intuitive and Cost-Effective SDI Audio Monitoring

SAN FRANCISCO — March 6, 2012 — Wohler Technologies today announced the release of the AMP1-16M dual-input SDI audio monitor, engineered to enable high-performance monitoring of embedded audio in 3G/HD or SD-SDI streams at an attractive price point. The compact unit de-embeds and monitors any or all of the 16 audio channels in 3G/HD/SD-SDI signals, providing intuitive operation via adjustable volume and balance controls, as well as clear display of levels and other critical information on bright 2.4-inch LED-backlit LCD displays. more

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BROADCAST NETWORKS HELPS PROCAM TELEVISION MOVE INTO THE MOBILE PRODUCTION MARKET

Internationally acclaimed broadcast hire company Procam Television is now able to offer clients fully mobile production facilities after taking delivery of its first multi-purpose production vehicle, which was built by leading UK systems integration specialist Broadcast Networks.

The new vehicle can accommodate up to 12 cameras and is based on a sturdy Volkswagon Crafter chassis. It has sufficient room to accommodate a crew of five and incorporates some of the most sophisticated broadcast and production technology on the market.

John Brennan, Managing Director of Procam Television, says: “Our philosophy has always been to invest in the very latest technology so that we can provide our customers with the right solutions to make their productions easier and, where possible, more cost effective.

“We have invested in this new vehicle because we wanted to offer our customers facilities for continuous filming in a range of setting. We hope to see the Pro truck working in lots of different markets, and a large part of its attraction is its versatility and green ecological friendliness.”

With more than 25 years’ experience in designing and delivering media systems and Outside Broadcast vehicles to clients such as Chellomedia in Holland, Bloomberg in Germany, ITV and Arqiva in the UK, OB Team in Norway and SBP in Italy, Broadcast Networks was ideally placed to help Procam Television move into this new market sector.

“Choosing Broadcast Networks was an easy decision to make,” Brennan adds, “With such a firm heritage in television production, it made little sense to go elsewhere.”

Perry Mitchell, Procam Television’s Technical Director, says, “Our brief to Broadcast Networks was to provide us with a production vehicle that offered maximum flexibility and could also operate in situations where an external power supply wasn’t available. They achieved this by sourcing equipment with 12 volt inputs and by incorporating a 12 volt power system with on-board batteries and an AC inverter. This highly sophisticated power system was originally developed for the luxury yacht market, but it works perfectly on board this vehicle as the combination of 12 volt equipment and 12 volt power means that the truck can operator for up to five hours without access to an external generator or mains power.”

Procam Television’s new production vehicle is equipped with four Cinedeck RX two-channel High Definition tapeless digital video recorders, which were chosen because they have removable disks and accept a variety of formats including ProRes, DNxHD, Cineform and uncompressed 422 and 444, up to 1080p. The vehicle also has a Blackmagic 40 x 40 Videohub video router that can be used with iPad control and a Blackmagic ATEM 2M/E production switcher.

Also unique is the inclusion of seven Sony TRIMASTER EL™ monitors with proprietary OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology. Procam Television chose these monitors for their colour accuracy and was the first Sony customer in Europe to take delivery of the new units.

Matthew Slater, Project Manager for Broadcast Networks, adds that the interior of the vehicle has been carefully thought out to ensure maximum space and flexibility for the operating crews.

“The sound, production and engineering control areas are on a single desk across the length of the vehicle and we have designed the desk so that different audio mixers can be accommodated depending on the production,” he explains. “We have also cabled the vehicle in such a way that crews can specify the free-standing production equipment they want to work with and then have it quickly and easily installed.”

Externally, the vehicle has a pneumatic telescopic mast that can be used to mount cameras for overhead shots, plus a roof platform for camera personnel.

Since taking delivery of the new vehicle, Procam Television already has bookings in place for several observational documentary projects across the UK.

Such is the demand that Procam is currently planning the build of a similar fleet of vehicles.

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About Broadcast Networks Ltd:
Broadcast Networks is a UK-based Systems Integrator with clients the world over. From High Definition studio systems to Outside Broadcast vehicles, on location communications to satellite uplinks, Broadcast Networks offer a totally integrated and bespoke solution. The team’s technical and operational experience means it can meet the demands of both broadcast and IT-centric projects. The company’s very flexible approach and a high level of commitment and service ensure it meets all customers’ needs.

Unit 2, Riverwey Industrial Park, Newman Lane, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2QL, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1420 592100 Email: info@bcnet.co.uk www.bcnet.co.uk

About Procam Television:

Since forming in 1991, Procam Television has become one of the leading hire facilities in the UK.

Working with most major broadcasters, production companies and corporate blue-chip clients both in this country and worldwide, Procam strongly believe in providing individually tailored solutions with unbiased advice. Providing equipment and crews for shoots of various sizes, from one cameraman and his camera to a fully staffed studio crew, Procam Television can meet the needs of your production. Continually investing in the very latest broadcast technology, Procam strives to find the right solutions that make production easier and where possible more cost effective.

Procam Television
Unit 3 Battersea Business Park, 102-104 Stewarts Road, London, SW8 4UG
Tel: 020 7622 9888 (24 hours). Fax: 020 7622 1887
General enquiries: info@procam.tv

Procam Television – Manchester
Unit 4, Clayton Court, The City Works, 5 Welcomb Street (Off Ashton Old Road), Manchester, M11 2NB
Tel: 0161 604 0701. Fax: 0161 220 9801
General enquiries: manchester@procam.tv

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Schedules “Mixing With Professionals” Seminars in Nashville and Atlanta With FOH Engineer Kenneth Williams

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – HARMAN’s Soundcraft will continue its “Mixing With Professionals” seminar series in March with stops in Nashville, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. Both seminars will feature Kenneth H. Williams who, in addition to currently serving as front of house engineer and production manager for Erykah Badu, has worked with numerous artists including Estelle, Raheem DeVaughn, Corbin Bleu, LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and the Goo Goo Dolls.

A longtime user of the Soundcraft Vi6™ digital console, Williams will present two half-day seminars on how to get the most out of using the Vi6 for concert sound mixing, while offering advice about live sound mixing in general, and meeting the demands of being a being an audio engineer and production manager for some of the world’s top R & B, hip hop, rock and pop artists.

The seminars in Nashville will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at Vision2 Marketing, Soundcraft’s regional representative. The seminars in Atlanta will take place on Wednesday, March 21 at the Atlanta Institute of Music.

“Our ‘Mixing With Professionals’ seminars in Miami last November featuring Kenneth H. Williams were highly successful and we’re looking forward to more success with Kenneth at our upcoming Nashville and Atlanta sessions,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer. “The ‘Mixing With Professionals’ program has provided tremendous opportunities—not just for attendees to learn first-hand from some of the top audio engineers in the industry, but for Soundcraft to learn from attendees about the needs of our current and potential customers.”

The Nashville (March 7) and Atlanta (March 21) seminars will take place from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM for the early session and 2:00 PM-6:00 PM for the later session. The seminars are free, and attendees can sign up online at http://usa.soundcraft.com/mwp/events.aspx. The events are open to professionals wanting to learn more about the Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles, those making the transition from analog to digital consoles, new engineers and others.

East Coast dates are being planned for the near future so anyone interested is encouraged to frequently check the Soundcraft USA website.

Vision2 Marketing is located at 624 West Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

The Atlanta Institute of Music is located at 2875 Breckinridge Boulevard #700, Duluth, GA 30096

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

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WorldStage Hires Three for West Coast Office

WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications Inc., has announced the addition of three staff members to its western office in Tustin, Ca. Sean T. Glen joins WorldStage as senior project manger, Stuart Kopple as senior account executive and Dan Leavitt as production services manager. All bring a wealth of experience and a depth of expertise to their positions that will enhance WorldStage’s capabilities and customer service.

“It’s exciting to be taking on new challenges with the WorldStage team,” says Sean Glen. “WorldStage has an impressive record of accomplishments and a reputation for excellence in the industry. I’m looking forward to working with this innovative engineering team and adding my talents and expertise to the company’s future achievements.”

Glen brings to the company 25 years of technical and production experience, including producing live events in stadiums, arenas, theaters, convention centers and hotels in the US and abroad. He served as event producer for the premier of DreamWorks’ “Shark Tales” in Venice, Italy, negotiating with the local government to build a special temporary dock on the canal at St. Mark’s Square to load and unload equipment, including the largest inflatable screen ever designed and fabricated.

He also served as event producer for the Paramount Pictures premiere of “Mission Impossible III” in New York. Glen started STG Entertainment in 1990 providing sound design and production management for special events, concerts, corporate shows, meetings, conventions and environmental experiences. The company was purchased in 1997 by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, where he spent the next four years as director of technical and production services. There, he provided sound design and technical management to such notable events as: the world’s largest film premiere, “Pocohontas” in Central Park before 100,000 guests; the premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” before 60,000 guests at The Super Dome, which was also a live one-hour television special; the premiere of “Mulan” at the Hollywood Bowl; and the premiere of “Armageddon” at the Kennedy Space Center where Aerosmith headed the bill.

Stuart Kopple sees “great opportunities” as he joins WorldStage. “It’s a company with a best-in-class reputation and fantastic capabilities, a totally scalable organization with continuing growth. I’m counting on being part of that growth process,” he says.

Like Sean Glen, Kopple brings more than 25 years experience to his new post at WorldStage. Kopple’s expertise is sales management for leading event technology organizations, which have produced everything from live outdoor concerts, stadium shows and exhibitions to Hollywood film productions, international events, satellite video broadcasting, webcasting, digital signage and more.

For the past year, Kopple has acted as national account executive for Creative Technology where he previously served as sales manager/project manager. Prior to that, he held positions as a global sales manager/technical director and regional sales manager/project manager at PSAV. Earlier in his career, Kopple was senior engineer at Lion Gate AV and Local 16, San Francisco, and he has held other prestigious positions in the industry.

As Dan Leavitt joins WorldStage, he looks forward “to continuing to establish the cutting-edge brand that is WorldStage. I know I will enjoy working with all the intelligent, professional and personable people I’ve already met at the company.”

Leavitt has a varied background in theater, film, television and corporate video and most recently did camera/ENG/EFP production on a freelance basis. Among his most notable events were working with the San Diego Chargers and headliners Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Sean Paul, KC & the Sunshine Band, as well as former US vice president Al Gore. With Video Applications Inc. he participated in the Dreamforce 2011 event, LED and LCD walls for Oracle and an interactive video wall for Intel’s CES booth.

Earlier, Leavitt spent two years with Pechanga where he oversaw the opening of their major hotel working with the construction company and AV planners on the property’s digital signage and its restaurants’ plasmas and digital displays. Prior to that he was senior video tech with Meeting Services.

“We are fortunate and excited to have each of these gentlemen join the WorldStage team,” says Gregg Whitaker, President of Video Applications. “Each brings to us a unique skill set and associated experience that will support and expand our leading position in the industry.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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