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Blackmagic Design Wins ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ from Digital Studio at CABSAT

Blackmagic Design has been recognized as ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ by judges at the 8th annual Digital Studio Leadership Awards 2012 during the CABSAT convention in Dubai. Blackmagic Design was chosen for their continued innovation in technology and work within the region, which includes work done with MediaCast, Blackmagic Design’s distributor in the Middle East.

“Blackmagic’s Design’s focus on product development in 2011 displayed an understanding of the industry and its needs. Blackmagic has been at the heart of a fundamental shift in the way artists, editors and creative professionals create and manage content,” said Chris Newbould, editor of Digital Studio.

“We are delighted to receive this award and recognition from the Digital Studio Award judges” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “The Middle Eastern community has been very supportive and their ongoing loyalty provides motivation to continue innovating high quality and high performance products for the industry.”

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

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ALTINEX PREMIERES TNP128 AND TNP128C INTERCONNECT BOXES

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Brea, CA – March 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP128 and TNP128C (custom) Interconnect Boxes, the latest additions to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. Available in both standard and custom configurations, the TNP128 and TNP128C interconnect boxes offer convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. more

Reliable Sennheiser RF Equipment Supports Super Bowl XLVI

Indianapolis, Indiana – March 8, 2012: In the fractured and multifarious landscape of modern media, the Super Bowl stands as a monolith, gathering the nation together before its television sets to partake of common experience. Indeed, this year’s game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots was the most-watched program in television history, earning 111.3 million viewers. Of course, the modern Super Bowl experience includes much more than football. In addition to the multi-million dollar commercials, many are drawn to watch the celebrities and celebrity performances. This year, Country Music’s first couple, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, kicked things off with a rousing duet. Shelton was later featured in his judge’s chair on the season premier of NBC’s hit, The Voice. At halftime, Madonna starred in a richly choreographed medley of her chart-toppers (to the tune of 114 million viewers – more than the game itself!). Rock-solid Sennheiser RF equipment gave everyone involved as much peace of mind as one dare hope at this, the most critical of all mission-critical events.

With a stirring rendition of “God Bless America,” Lambert and Shelton gave the Super Bowl a patriotic commencement. Lambert sang into a new custom-made pink Sennheiser SKM 2000-XP handheld mic with an MMD 935-1 capsule that was created for this event. Shelton sang into a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld mic with an MD 5235 capsule. “On such a high-pressure show with so many top-of-their-field experts managing such a massive logistical undertaking, one has to be adamant to get the mics you want,” observed Brad Baisley, the duo’s monitor engineer. ”Of course, Miranda used her new pink Sennheiser microphone, and Blake the Sennheiser SKM 5200. The top end is always superb, the sound is natural, and Miranda and Blake know how to work those capsules. Of course, Sennheiser’s RF has always been rock-solid for us, and that was proved once again at the Super Bowl. In addition to their great products, the assistance from Sennheiser’s Tim Moore was fantastic. He was extremely helpful in ensuring we had the equipment we needed in the appropriate frequency ranges.”

To put the magnitude of the Super Bowl in perspective, Madonna’s 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet tour – the highest grossing tour by a solo artist and the fourth highest grossing tour of all time – played to 3.5 million people in just over a year’s time. If you crunch the numbers, Madonna would have to play over thirty such tours back-to-back to match her one-time TV-land attendance at the Super Bowl! “Once the show starts, there’s not a lot you can do if something goes wrong,” said Matt Napier, Madonna’s longtime monitor engineer. “The best – and really the only – thing you can do in a situation like that is to have the best equipment available and to prepare thoroughly. I trust Sennheiser in Madonna’s high-stakes concerts, and that trust was rewarded with a perfect performance at the Super Bowl.”

“On tour, we have our own dedicated RF tech,” said Napier. “But as a general rule, we keep things simple and reliable by using Sennheiser wireless exclusively and their Wireless Systems Manager software, which is an effective tool for managing our frequencies.” Madonna used the Sennheiser HSP 4headset at the start of the medley and then switched to a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld Blake and Mirandatransmitter with an ME 5005 capsule for the remainder. All of Madonna’s guests (Nicki Minaj, MIA, LMFAO) used Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld transmitters with Neumann KK 104 capsules. Cee Lo Green’s mic used the MD 5235 capsule. Sennheiser EM 3732 receivers captured the on-stage magic for the wired world beyond. Finally, Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless personal monitors rounded out the equipment list for Madonna at her request.

“No matter where we’re playing, the combination of the Sennheiser SKM 5200-II transmitter, ME 5005 capsule, and EM 3732 receiver delivers fantastic audio quality and reliable, flexible RF performance,” said Napier. “Together with Sennheiser’s 2000 Series wireless personal monitors, we’re high fidelity start to finish, with rock-solid reliability and easy frequency coordination. In addition, having the full support of Sennheiser affords me peace of mind. We needed a gold-plated SKM 5200-II transmitter for Madonna and a chrome SKM 5200-II for Cee Lo. With no time to spare, Kristy Jo Winkler and Tim Hunten, Sennheiser, and Jason Bellamy at Soundtronics arranged the delivery of these transmitters. The mics were on their way the same day. That kind of service means a lot in this industry. A big thanks goes out to the Sennheiser team!”

Discover Video Introduces RTMP H.264 Flash Stream Recorder

Discover Video, LLC (www.discovervideo.com), a leader in video streaming products and solutions, today announced the new RTMP Flash stream recorder. The Discover Video RTMP recorder allows you to display and record a live RTMP (“Real Time Message Protocol”) video stream from the public Internet. Files are recorded in industry standard H.264 .mp4 format allowing them to be uploaded, streamed, and/or viewed on virtually any computer, Smartphone, iPad, tablet, etc.

The DV RTMP Flash stream recorder includes the following features:
• Records live RTMP/H264 audio/video stream
• Optionally records multiple smaller files of a given duration
• Built-in scheduler allows you to record on unattended computers
• Automatic settings for Discover Video Streaming accounts

“When doing live events, it can be absolutely essential to have a recording made for later VoD viewing or for other purposes”, said Rich Mavrogeanes, President and CEO of Discover Video. “While you can record using DVME, and you can often make a recording via a network server, it is often a good idea to have a backup recording in case something goes wrong. The DV RTMP recorder uses the same bandwidth as your live video player, but it records your live stream so you have a copy of exactly what your live stream looked like to viewers.”

The DV RTMP Flash Stream Recorder is available for purchase on www.discovervideo.com. Price is only $49.

About Discover Video, LLC

Discover Video was founded by the same people that created VBrick Systems, and provides video streaming equipment and services to broadcasters, schools, corporations, and government. The products include multimedia video encoders, decoders, and transcoders, priority video alert systems, and mobile broadcasting kits. Discover Video’s customers include major corporations, educational institutions, local cable-TV stations and small businesses. http://www.discovervideo.com

HARMAN’s JBL LSR4300 Studio Monitors Get Control Center Software for Macintosh OSX Lion

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced the release of LSR4300 Control Center Software for the Apple Macintosh OSX Lion platform. Existing and prospective LSR4300 Studio Monitor owners will be pleased to know the Macintosh Lion-compatible software is now available for download at www.jblpro.com/lsr.

JBL’s LSR4300 Series studio monitors offer groundbreaking features for computer-based project studios, post-production and broadcast facilities. Using LSR4300 Control Center Software, LSR4300 system functions can be controlled from computer-based digital audio workstations, allowing unprecedented functionality at the mix position. With networked features for computer users, digital connectivity, and an automated version of JBL Professional’s RMC™ Room Mode Correction system, the LSR4300 Series integrates seamlessly with computer production systems while providing greater monitoring accuracy even in acoustically-less-than ideal production environments.

The JBL Professional LSR4326P (powered 6-inch 2-way system) and the LSR4328P (powered 8-inch 2-way system) include HARMAN HiQnet™ network protocol that enables system-wide intelligence and allows speaker features to be centrally controlled from the mix position by computer or supplied wireless remote control. Control Center software provides control of volume, analog or digital input source selection, solo, mute, and EQ, for all networked speakers, removing the need to purchase an outboard speaker controller. Additionally, the software allows the user to create custom EQ presets, store and recall system configurations and view settings of the RMC system.

“We engineered the LSR4300 Series to address the needs of today’s computer recording customer,” said Peter Chaikin, Director of Marketing, Recording & Broadcast, JBL Professional. “With exceptional accuracy, RMC Room Mode Correction and software control, the LSR4300 Series studio monitors deliver outstanding performance in any room.”

JBL LSR4328P and LSR4326P Series Studio Monitors are available in pair packs that include an accessory kit containing LSR4300 Control Center Software, a calibration microphone, remote control, USB and network cables. Current LSR4300 owners can download Macintosh OSX Lion software free of charge, from the JBL Professional Website: www.jblpro.com/LSR.

Apple, Macintosh, OSX and Lion are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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.

Extron Manufactures Speakers at New Raleigh, North Carolina Facility

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce that it is now manufacturing its award-winning, patented Flat Field® and SoundField® ceiling tile speakers at the company’s brand new, 146,000 square foot East Coast regional headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. more

Severtson Screens and Current Marketing Join Forces for Southwest Territory

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 8, 2012 – Current Marketing (www.greatreps.com) is proud to announce that it has been appointed by Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens’ as its manufacturer’s representative for the Arizona, New Mexico, Clark County, Nev., and El Paso County, Texas territory.

“Severtson Screens has become synonymous with quality products and superb customer support,” explained Paul Epstein, president, Current Marketing. “We are proud to work with Severtson because of their product assortment and unique ability to react quickly to the marketplace, including catering to the very specific needs of their customers.”

Current Marketing will represent Severtson Screens’ home theater line, including the Legacy Series, Cinema Series Electric, Deluxe Manual Pull Down Series, and Cinema Portable Pull Up Series, and its pro AV line, which includes variations of the frames and screen surfaces of the aforementioned home line.

“As the southwest continues to be an ever-expanding and increasingly important market, we needed a representative with a successful and established history,” explained Kjell Larson, Severtson Screens national sales manager. “We chose to work with Current Marketing because of their local reputation, their large network of existing dealers, and their commitment to spending time outside Arizona, particularly in Clark County, to grow business for all of their manufacturers.”

Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corp. the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.greatreps.com, call 490-922-0200, or email sales@greatreps.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide.

About Current Marketing
Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Current Marketing provides an unparalleled level of service to home theater and mobile audio manufacturers and dealers. Having been in the territory since 1984, our reputation paves the way for the achievement of the goals of Current Marketing, our customers, and the manufacturers we represent.

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Wowza Media Server Software Platform Surpasses Milestone of 100,000 Licensees

Media Server Software Leader Brings Simple, Cost-Effective, Any-Screen Streaming to More Organizations Than Ever Before

EVERGREEN, Colo. — March 8, 2012 — Wowza Media Systems, the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company, today announced it has surpassed 100,000 licensees for its Wowza Media Server(R) software. Organizations of all sizes from around the world, including broadcasters, educators, service providers, and houses of worship, use Wowza software to stream media to any screen. more

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Mahajak Trio Lands New HARMAN Studer OnAir 1500 Consoles

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Media Prima Berhad, Malaysia’s leading integrated media investment group, currently owns 100 percent equity interest in TV3, 8TV, NTV, TV9, Hot FM, Fry FM and One FM. Due to the demand of listeners in the east coast communities of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur-based Hot FM—part of Media Prima subsidiary, Synchrosound Studio Sdn Bhd—recently opened two new regional studios in the states of Kelantan and Terengganu, with four new HARMAN Studer OnAir 1500 digital mixing consoles supplied by local Studer and HARMAN Professional distributor, Mahajak Trio Electronic Sdn Bhd. These are the first OnAir 1500s to be delivered and commissioned in Southeast Asia.

Each station has been built with one main and one backup studio using the Studer OnAir 1500 12-fader console, with the result that Hot FM has quickly become Malaysia’s No.1 station in these eastern states.

According to Mahajak Trio Senior Manager, Sales and Project, Lee Chin Kah, a reliable, highly flexible and cost-effective solution had been required by the station. “Studer’s reputation is legendary in the audio industry and the attractive new OnAir 1500 product fitted the needs of our customer perfectly.”

Since acquiring the Malaysian distribution of all Harman Professional products, including Studer, Mahajak has set about offering a complete one-stop solution to broadcasters.

They were quick to want a demo of the OnAir1500, emphasizing its suitability for a regional studio such as Hot FM. “It ticked all the boxes and most importantly fitted their budget while still providing them with all the advance features they required,” Lee noted. “This newly developed digital mixing console is innovate, attractive, flexible, easy to configure and at the right price point.”

“Furthermore, no advance programming skills are required,” Lee added. “The OnAir 1500 has all the features available in Studer’s complete range of OnAir consoles and provides a fully scalable platform of solutions to broadcasters.”

Despite its advanced feature set, the OnAir 1500 console boasts a compact form factor and is super slim for ergonomic table top installation and ease of relocation. The NANO SCore engine frame contains all the control and audio functions, with standard XLR sockets, making any additional breakout panel unnecessary. Future audio expansion is possible with the two separate card slots on the back of the NANO frame.

With over 15 years experience working on both TV and Radio projects (including previous projects for the Media Prima Group), Lee Chin Kah understands the precise needs of the customer—a fact readily acknowledged by Keith Prestidge, Sales Director of Studer Asia Pacific. This has enabled the Mahajak Trio team to offer first class product support, including console user and maintenance training, which took place at the station’s Bandar Utama HQ.

The station’s broadcast engineers have taken to the new consoles immediately. “They like the easy-to-use GUI, which is critical in a live self-operation studio environment, and the simple installation, as well as the unique touch and action concept of controlling the console intelligently. Advanced features can be accessed quickly, while the intelligent colour coding system will steer the operator to the exact control required very quickly,” Lee reported.

A spokesman for the Media Prima engineering team was equally positive: “We needed a console that was reliable, well supported locally, fully featured and flexible to meet our workflow needs—but at the same time it still needed to meet our tight budget. The Studer OnAir 1500 console was the perfect fit.”

The four new OnAir 1500s will now feature as key parts of Hot FM’s daily news and music programming, while taking network feeds from the National Broadcast Centre in Bandar Utama, while each studio can go live and produce local programs for the regional states. Although the consoles are primarily configured as ‘on air’ consoles they are multipurpose in nature, and recording and automation program voice tracking are some of the other applications where they will be used.

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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Kramer Electronics’ Cathy Penyak Promoted to Vice President

Kramer Electronics USA, Inc., is pleased to announce, as of March 1, 2012, Cathy Penyak has been promoted to Vice President of Finance and Human Resources.

Cathy joined Kramer USA in August 2007 as Controller, with an extensive background (20+ years) in finance and accounting. She currently holds a BS in Accounting from Allentown College, as well as an MBA degree from DeSales University. She currently resides in Easton, PA, with her husband Jim, and three sons David, Kevin and Brian.

As Kramer’s Vice President of Finance and Human Resources, Cathy will be responsible for Finance, including the Accounting, A/R and A/P Departments, as well as Operations, Inventory Control and Human Resources.

Dave Bright, President of Kramer USA, stated, “Cathy has wonderful leadership, management and communication skills, and does a great job of balancing multiple responsibilities…a must at a lean and mean operation like Kramer USA. Over the past five years, Cathy has served as my trusted confidant and voice of reason, especially while helping me navigate the company through the recent tough economic times, while continuing to attain double-digit annual growth.”

Bright further added, “Cathy attaining her new status as VP is a well-earned and well-deserved promotion. I am delighted to have her in my corner for the exciting years ahead.”

For more information about Kramer Electronics, and all of Kramer’s products, please visit our website at www.kramerus.com.

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