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Haivision Introduces Kraken(TM) ISR for Low-Latency H.264 Transcoding of Full-Motion Video With KLV Metadata

Kraken(TM) ISR Supports the Advanced Transcoding Requirements of UAV-Derived Full-Motion Video for Real-Time Command and Control of Unmanned Military Vehicles more

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Revolabs – Enterprise Connect 2012 Preview

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“Enterprise Connect is the leading conference for enterprise communications and collaboration, and this year visitors to our booth will experience the Revolabs FLX(TM) VoIP; the first and only wireless conference phone on the market with VoIP capabilities,” said JP Carney, CEO at Revolabs. “For exceptional audio performance and flexibility across the entire enterprise, from small and mid-sized conference rooms to executive and home offices, the FLX VoIP brings the clarity of HD audio and the freedom of wireless microphones and speakers to IP telephone networks.” more

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Canon U.S.A. Debuts The XU-80 Cost-Effective Turnkey Indoor/Outdoor Remote-Control Pan-Tilt-Zoom HD Camera

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 7, 2012 – As the worldwide transition to HD imaging continues to accelerate, a diverse range of video users – including TV and Internet broadcasters, cable networks, houses of worship, businesses, education and government facilities – are seeking cost-effective, remotely controllable pan-tilt-zoom HD camera systems to provide convenient high-quality widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) image capture from practically any visual perspective. Meeting these many needs, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces the XU-80 Remote Control Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) HD Camera. This compact, integrated HD PTZ camera system offers exceptional picture quality, fast pan-and-tilt action, and a waterproof and dustproof design that makes it well-suited for either outdoor or indoor use.

Incorporating a CMOS HD 2.1 Megapixel imaging sensor, a Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens (with additional 12x digital zoom) for superb telephoto performance, and broadcast-grade features such as genlock input and HD-SDI output in a small design, the versatile new XU-80 HD PTZ camera is ideal for use in outdoor sports and event broadcasting, weather and traffic POV camera installations, houses of worship, indoor event videography, venue I-mag (image magnification), education, homeland security, medical, and many other applications.

“Today’s professional HD video users demand serious price-performance value, which is why Canon leveraged the success and economies of scale earned by its well-received BU-51H (indoor) and BU-46H (outdoor) HD PTZ camera systems to develop the cost-effective new XU-80,” stated Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Professional Engineering & Solution division, Canon U.S.A. “The XU-80 incorporates the same open control protocol for flexible systemization options as its sibling products, along with widescreen HD imaging, great low-light performance, quiet operation, and several new features. We anticipate major interest in the XU-80 from the many professional sectors needing a versatile and cost-effective remote-controlled HD PTZ camera.”

Advantageous Features
The XU-80 HD PTZ camera is capable of fast, smooth, and highly precise movements even while simultaneously panning and tilting at a maximum rate of 60˚/sec. The camera features a pan range of ±180˚ and a tilt range of +220˚/-40˚. As quick and nimble as the XU-80 is, it is also extremely quiet while in motion. With a maximum noise level of NC30, it is well-suited for use in quiet environments where noise distractions are not permitted, including video, radio, and performance studios, hospital operating theaters, conference rooms, and lecture halls.

The housing of the XU-80 meets the IP-55 enclosure rating for waterproof and dustproof integrity, enabling the camera to be installed in environmentally challenging outdoor or indoor locations. Along with the standard XU-80, the XU-80W is a model optimized for permanent outdoor installation and comes equipped with a wiper unit to maintain lens port clarity and a servo neutral density (ND) filter unit to optimize picture quality. Both models are also equipped with an integral waterproof microphone that allows for the capture of sound at the camera location.

Further adding to the versatility of the new XU-80 PTZ HD camera is its advanced low-light capability and Night Mode. When shooting under low-light conditions, the XU-80 can acquire extra brightness by using a slow-shutter (frame accumulation) function. The camera’s black & white mode, without the Infrared cut filter, will also support shooting in near-darkness. Dynamic Range Compensation allows for shooting in environments with a high contrast of light and shade (such as an office building lobby on a sunny day) by automatically correcting the contrast of the video according to the range of scene illumination.

In addition to providing clear, crisp HD video, the 2.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor in the XU-80 PTZ HD camera also delivers native imaging performance. A locally switchable output/control feature enables users to select either 1080i or 720p HD output (via a convenient HD-SDI connection) with simultaneous SD analog composite (NTSC or PAL) for monitoring. A genlock input on the XU-80 provides it with the synchronization signal necessary for TV station use and other broadcast applications.

Remote control of the XU-80 PTZ HD camera’s pan, tilt, and zoom movements employs a non-proprietary control protocol that enables users and system integrators to interface the camera with their own control system or that of a range of third-party providers. Control can be toggled between RS-232 and RS-422, making the XU-80 extremely adaptable to new and existing multi-camera environments.

Compact and lightweight at only 14.5 lbs., the XU-80 PTZ HD camera includes a built-in handle for convenient portability. The XU-80 can be mounted upright or in an inverted ceiling mount. In either position, the picture image will automatically flip when the tilt angle reaches 90˚.

The XU-80 PTZ HD camera is scheduled to be available at the end of March, 2012.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With $45.6 billion in 2011 global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

Availability and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice.

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Auralex Goes Big for State-of-the-Art Texas Home Theater Installation

Auralex’s ELiTE™ Custom Fabric System™ Modernizes Acoustics and Decor

FRISCO, TX – When Mike Brock, lead designer and project manager for Richardson, TX-based UltraMedia, Inc., was given the task of installing a state-of-the-art, multi-technology system in a newly constructed home in Frisco, he turned to Auralex® Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, for his acoustical treatment needs.

The 6,000-square-foot home and accompanying party barn boasts a fully integrated, state-of-the-art home technology system, including audio, video and lighting. Auralex played an integral role in the design and concept of the home theater’s acoustical treatment, helping to create a trendy, high-end residential entertainment zone where the family can enjoy movies and sporting events. more

Clear-Com Wins Vote at Conservative Political Action Conference

Convention Gains Momentum with Clear Communications from Tempest Wireless Intercom

WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 7, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that CMI Communications, a premier convention and meeting company delivering full production services and technologies, utilized Clear-Com’s reliable wireless intercom for the event production of the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Clear-Com’s Tempest2400 2.4 GHz wireless system proved to be an intercom solution above reproach, offering immaculate coverage and superb clarity in the RF hostile conference environment.

The Tempest2400 operated flawlessly to enable backstage communications for the production team at the CPAC venue. The four-channeled Tempest wireless beltpacks were employed by the show lead, technical director, and A2 to coordinate the smooth procession of high-level political figures and important speakers from the green rooms, the areas where they prepared for their presentation, to the large ballroom, where the speeches were given. Despite the RF saturated site, dense walls, and plethora of equipment, Tempest consistently provided a clear signal for the crew between the green rooms and main show floor.

“When it comes to wireless frequencies, the spectrum in Washington D.C is very crowded. With the number of television crews coming to the CPAC event with their own wireless systems, it would have been practically impossible for us to use a UHF communications system,” says Nathan Pocock, Audio Engineer, CMI Communications. “We were only considering a 2.4 GHz intercom and yet, several that we initially tried did not function well because of interference. However, because of the Tempest’s advanced RF technology, we had complete audio clarity and full wireless coverage in all our workspaces, even within that frequency band.”

2.4 GHz was an already congested band in the CPAC site with the huge number of consumer devices, wireless routers, and equipment from the hotel and broadcast crews that were operating in that range. Nonetheless, the Tempest2400, designed with Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology, utilizes a narrow band signal that is continually changing frequencies to powerfully burn through RF noise and interference, optimizing sound quality for CMI Communications. In addition, the 2xTX technology of the Tempest sends all voice communications data twice, one from each antenna, to further assure uninterrupted, high quality audio communications.

“There doesn’t seem to be another product like the Tempest2400 in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. The system is loaded with value-added features,” adds Pocock. “With most other products, the channels on the wireless beltpacks share a linked volume. Each channel on the Tempest2400 beltpacks, however, had its own independent volume so that you can control the levels for the talk and listen. Each beltpack was also customizable and the auto-nulling got rid of extraneous noise on the communication system. The Tempest is definitely a system I would use again in future productions.”

The 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a project of the American Conservative Union, was held February 9th-11th, 2012. CPAC brought together thousands of grassroots conservatives and conservative leaders together for blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities to strengthen the conservative movement. CMI Communications coordinated the entire production for the 2012 CPAC, including lighting, video, audio, staging, design, along with communications, and has been doing so for nearly a decade.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider of professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. For more information, please visit www.hme.com.

Leading Pro Audio Companies Sponsor InfoComm-Timed AVB Networking Conference

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — With AVB-enabled products now shipping from a host of manufacturers, six leading companies involved in AVB development and deployment are to co-sponsor a conference to examine real-world applications of the technology with the products available today.

The AVB Networking Conference 2012 is co-sponsored by Avid®, Biamp® Systems, HARMAN®, Lab X Technologies™, Meyer Sound® and Riedel Communications™ — all of whom have AVB-capable devices on the market today. The six pro audio companies will be joined by AVB switch manufacturer Extreme Networks. The applications-based event will provide consultants, integrators and system designers with comprehensive details on how AVB technology can simplify system design and maintenance, and how interoperable solutions are being deployed today.

The AVB Networking Conference 2012 will take place the Renaissance Hotel, Las Vegas on June 12 to be coincident with the InfoComm 2012 tradeshow. It will focus on real-world system showcases for house of worship, performance, sports facility, broadcast and hospitality applications. Confirmed guest speakers include Jim Risgin of On Stage Audio, and Vikram Kirby of Thinkwell, who will share the experiences of their AVB system deployment.

“As more manufacturers deploy AVB-capable components and more systems are installed, the value of AVB becomes more apparent,” said John McMahon, Director of Digital Products, Meyer Sound. “There is no need for complex switch management required by proprietary protocols – AVB is the evolution of Ethernet itself and as a result an AVB system is easier to deploy and an AVB infrastructure is future-proof.”

“AVB provides winning performance on cost-per-node economics – reducing system installation and maintenance with a standards-based Ethernet technology,” added Rex Reed, Business Segment Director, HARMAN Signal Processing. “Our goal in supporting this event to broaden the awareness of AVB’s comprehensive advantages and also to recognize the great work of some of our industry’s most progressive, successful integrators.”

“It’s the simple fact that the signal path through the network is protected by the network which makes AVB unique – it’s both the highway and the highway patrol,” said Matt Czyzewski, Executive Vice President of Operations, Biamp Systems. “It’s that inherent protection of audio data which provides the vital reliability our integrators – and most importantly their customers – have always demanded but have never been able to achieve.”

All seven participating companies are well-known in the promotion of the AVB technologies as a result of their AVnu Alliance membership and activity. It is their collaboration through the alliance and continued commitment to the technology which makes this unprecedented event possible.

The AVB Networking Conference 2012 will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, Las Vegas June 12, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm. A buffet lunch will be served. For free advance registration and up-to-date information, interested parties should visit www.AVBNetworkingConference.com.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Studer Appoints James Tunnicliffe as U.S. Field Support and Applications Engineer

NORTHRIDGE, California— HARMAN’s Soundcraft Studer has appointed James Tunnicliffe to the position of Field Support and Applications Engineer, covering the Eastern region of the United States. In this position, Tunnicliffe will be primarily responsible for providing service support and technical and operational training for the Studer product line as well as Soundcraft’s lineup of digital audio consoles.

Since September 2002, Tunnicliffe has worked for Euphonix as a Field Service Engineer and Product Specialist. In these positions, Tunnicliffe provided support for digital audio consoles in live, OB, broadcast post and music recording environments. Prior to his time with Euphonix, Tunnicliffe worked for Design FX Audio in Burbank, California and Westlake Audio in Hollywood.

“James Tunnicliffe is a perfect fit for the Soundcraft Studer team,” said Adrian Curtis, Senior Sales Director, HARMAN Mixing Group. “He has a deep understanding of the markets we serve and brings a tremendous level of technical expertise to the position. We are delighted to welcome James to the Soundcraft Studer family.”

“I look forward to supporting Soundcraft Studer’s efforts in a variety of markets,” Tunnicliffe said. “The Soundcraft and Studer brands are synonymous with quality and reliability, and my goal will be to put my experience towards strengthening these companies’ reputations and delivering the highest-quality service in the industry.”

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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Steve Alcorn’s “Theme Park Design” Now Available as an iBook

Theme Park Design

Theme Park Design

Theme park expertise is just an app away with Alcorn McBride founder Steve Alcorn’s new iBook, “Theme Park Design.” Available from Apple’s iBookstore, it allows iPad users to interactively explore Alcorn’s behind-the-scenes account of 35 years designing attractions. This iBook edition combines the text of Alcorn’s popular book with new multimedia features including audio commentary and pop quizzes.

Called “a must-read for every theme park enthusiast” by Amazon.com, where the paperback and Kindle versions are available, “Theme Park Design” reveals the secrets behind some of the world’s greatest attractions. It traces the development of an attraction from its “blue sky” design through the complex engineering process to opening day for the public. “This book shows you the secrets behind the magic,” says Alcorn.

Readers will discover the ins and outs of ride control, mechanics, audio, video, lighting, special effects, animatronics, art direction and more with insider knowledge only someone with Alcorn’s resume can bring to the page.

Amazon.com said of the book, “the author illuminated the fast-paced world of theme park design through tales of calamity and triumph, sprinkled with many humorous anecdotes.” Alcorn even offers career tips on becoming an Imagineer – he was Walt Disney Imagineering’s first systems engineer and previously authored, “Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers Who Designed Epcot.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Clay Paky Sharpys Go Worldwide with Evanescence Tour

Evanescence

Evanescence

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures are making their mark on the Evanescence Tour, the world tour by American rock band Evanescence in support of their eponymous third album. After a successful start to the tour in the US last year, the band, with frontwoman Amy Lee, is currently playing to packed houses in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia.

Lighting designer Dan Hardiman of UK-based THC Design is using more than a dozen Sharpys as part of the upstage floor lights. He positions them in pairs on draped cases and utilizes them for aerial lighting effects and to back light the band.

“Amy Lee is very creative; it’s great to work with an artist who wants to be involved in all the creative aspects of a live show,” says Hardiman. “The music has strong contrasting elements: Amy’s soaring angelic vocals, the crunchy guitars, the haunting piano sections, the ethereal orchestral accents. So it’s important that the light show reflect the juxtaposition between them.”

He reports that, “all elements of the lighting design have been chosen for their impact and compact stage footprint. Downstage on the floor are several vertical auto-truss towers full of wash lights for my side wash. Upstage are several five-foot towers with wash lights to back light the band. Between these are pairs of Sharpies for aerial effects and low beams. The roof is a standard rock ‘n roll layered truss rig with PARs, ACLs, moving lights, blinders and strobes.”

Hardiman notes that the rig has had several incarnations, depending on the type of venue from stadiums and arenas to more intimate theaters and clubs. He boosts the number of Sharpy floor lights if the stage is bigger than 50 feet wide.

The core element of the show, he says, is the back lit backdrop, which was adapted from Amy Lee’s idea of recreating the album artwork: the band’s name with lights coming from behind it. Hardiman figured out how to achieve this with soft goods and a huge gobo of the band’s logo. The band does not like strong key light and is kept fairly moody, a look that Hardiman balances with intensive moving light effects.

Hardiman was introduced to Clay Paky Sharpys last summer on the Goo Goo Dolls USA shed tour when he chose them as a lightweight fixture whose beam he could see in daylight. “I had 17 of them around a motion-controlled horseshoe truss,” he recalls. “I fell in love with them, as did everyone who saw them. We did a few indoor shows, and their brightness, movement, speed and color temperature made them stand out from the rest of the rig. They held their own happily against 1200W fixtures and greater. There’s no other fixture that offers a similar impact with such a compact size and weight and low power.”

Having had a positive experience with them on the Goo Goo Dolls tour, Hardiman says, “the Sharpys were the obvious choice for me to use on Evanescence as the floor-beam fixture.”

During last summer’s Goo Goo Dolls tour only one Sharpy required servicing in six weeks, he notes. “They are performing great on Evanescence. We have a 100 percent success rate currently.”

On the US legs of the Evanescence Tour the Clay Paky Sharpys were provided by Epic and LMG Touring. A.C.T Lighting is the North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re pleased to see the Sharpy on so many Rock and Roll tours internationally and we’re glad that Mr. Hardiman is having so much success with the fixtures.”

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Visual Unity Showcases Award-winning vuMediaTM Multiscreen Delivery Platform At NAB 2012

Leading international System Integrator Visual Unity will use NAB 2012 (Stand N4019) to showcase vuMediaTM, its award-winning integrated content management and delivery framework that allows broadcasters to rapidly access new multiscreen audiences.

Visual Unity will demonstrate how vuMediaTM enables broadcasters and content owners to deliver a cutting-edge viewing experience to any screen or connected device, comprehensive Video on Demand (VoD) services and secure content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing operations and workflows:

vuChannelTM for web-based and mobile viewing, fully integrated into the station backend

vuDemandTM for comprehensive Video on Demand (VoD) services, including billing and reporting

vuMobileTM for mobile content, applications and real-time engagement

vuNetTM providing secure control over content distribution, via The Cloud or using Visual Unity’s own Content Delivery Network with local POPs across Europe and the Middle East

“We are excited to showcase the full capabilities of the vuMediaTM platform, particularly the latest vuMobileTM module, which provides mobile-optimized content and enhanced video, with interactive marketing tools to enable broadcasters engage new mobile audiences in real-time,” says Visual Unity’s President, Tomas Petru.

“With 1.2billion mobile devices now ready for TV in 2012 and tablet audiences growing by 100% every quarter, Visual Unity are ideally placed to help broadcasters and content owners harness the enormous potential of their multiscreen audience.”

Visual Unity will also use NAB to highlight its comprehensive broadcast and multiscreen systems integration capabilities. Recent projects include the design and build of an eight-camera HD production OB vehicle for Czech TV and the rollout of multiscreen VoD and PayTV services for TopFun TV.

Petru continues: “With over 20 years’ experience in the design and implementation of turnkey broadcast systems and multiscreen solutions for clients worldwide, Visual Unity bridges the gap between traditional linear broadcast, IT and IPTV. We enable broadcasters to improve operational performance and integrate the latest technology to meet the rapidly growing demands of new multiscreen audiences.”

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About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast systems and multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web platforms.

Visual Unity’s vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners enter the challenging world of multiscreen media, providing complete control over the management and monetisation of brand and assets. Through four highly scalable and flexible modules, the vuMediaTM platform delivers a cutting-edge web-based and mobile viewing experience, comprehensive Video on Demand services and secure, robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Dubai and Belgrade.

For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com 

Visual Unity: Na hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic

T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: info@visualunity.com

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