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Mitchell Rosenberg Appointed Vice President Of Channel Sales At NanoLumens

Reinforcing its commitment to strengthen its channel development programs across all vertical markets, NanoLumens® today announced the appointment of industry veteran Mitchell R. Rosenberg to the position of Vice President of Channel Sales, effective immediately, according to an announcement made today by Rick Cope, President of the Norcross, Georgia based company.

“We are very pleased to announce that Mitch has joined our team,” Cope said today, “and he does so at a time when the company is growing and expanding at a phenomenal rate. The market response to our commercially available line of flexible and fixed LED displays has been nothing short of amazing since their launch in November of last year. Mitch is going to play an important role in developing and implementing our long-term channel marketing programs — and he has the right combination of sales and leadership experience to ensure the success of these programs.”

Prior to joining NanoLumens, Rosenberg served as Director of Sales at Christie Digital Systems, Dallas, Texas, where he was responsible for leading the consolidated sales and business development team that spearheaded opportunities in both control room and new markets targeted by Christie MicroTiles. Rosenberg succeeded in forging customer relationships with dealers, systems integrators, in-house and independent representatives, consultants and end-users. Prior to this position, Rosenberg was a business development manager for Christie MicroTiles, an award-winning modular display system. Before joining Christie, he led major sales initiatives in the wireless network solutions industry as well as the AV control and display systems manufacturing fields. Rosenberg is an industry pioneer, responsible for introducing some of the first LED display systems in the United States.

“NanoLumens is revolutionizing the way the entire world views digital signage,” Rosenberg said today, “and I look forward to helping dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, and integrators fully commercialize the unique benefits the NanoLumens line of flexible and fixed displays deliver. I’m proud to join this remarkable company and become a member of the NanoLumens team!”

In addition to being CTS certified, Mitchell Rosenberg is a member of ICIA, ITVA, SMPTE, NAB, CEDIA, INFOCOMM, and LEED.

NanoLumens is the only company in the world able to reliably manufacture ultra-thin and lightweight, easy-to-install and maintain, seamless flexible digital displays in virtually any shape or size to meet each customer’s unique requirements. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitches (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers indoors and out of doors in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

In addition to being ultra-lightweight and energy efficient, NanoLumens displays feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality (up to a brightness of 5,000 nits) that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. Designed and engineered to be energy efficient, NanoLumens displays consume significantly less energy per-square foot than conventional digital displays. Further underscoring their commitment to eco-friendly technology, the NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50% reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some new NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled entirely in the United States, NanoLumens displays are available in both flexible and fixed frames in five product lines: NanoFlex™, NanoFlex Wrap™, and NanoFlex Ribbon™ flexible displays; NanoSlim™ fixed rectangular displays; and NanoShape™ fixed round, square, and triangular displays. For more information about NanoLumens Digital Flex and Fixed Displays, please visit www.nanolumens.com or call (678) 421-9694.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development and component design for unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Pacific Television Center Los Angeles Upgrades Master Control Room And Studios As Part Of Complete HD Facility Initiative

Improvements at New York and London Branches Support Global Renovation Plan

LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH, 28, 2012 – Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, recently completed a major renovation of its master control room (MCR) in Los Angeles, significantly enhancing the company’s monitoring and transmission capabilities. As a result of installing five new workstations-the old MCR staffed just two-and a total of 12 screens, the redesign has enabled PacTV to increase the number of feeds it monitors from 64 to 162, with the company projecting it will monitor 240 feeds once the monitoring wall is fully populated later this year.

“Over the last few years, our client roster has grown significantly worldwide, and along with it, our need for increased staff and monitoring resources,” says Richard Neri, president, Pacific Television Center. “Moreover, this redesign has created a very functional space in which our team can collaborate more effectively on multiple projects.”

The redesign of the MCR also features new custom-made consoles by High Tech Furnishings and multiple Evertz 7867VIPA multi-image display processors. In addition, PacTV will now be able to monitor its feeds utilizing four new quality-control stations, which has made a big difference in productivity. Finally, PacTV installed a new OmniTek high-definition waveform scope that also measures Dolby E streams.

As part of the entire build-out of the facility, which is designed by Robert Ward & Associates, PacTV recruited Veneklasen Associates to design the acoustics in two of the three studios in Los Angeles. The studios have been fully upgraded to HD, soundproofed with new acoustical treatments and equipped with new Sony HXC100K HD cameras. Moving forward, architect Robert Ward has been commissioned to establish and maintain consistent design across all PacTV facilities.

PacTV is also in the process of upgrading studios in London and New York. In London, the company is currently building a second HD-capable studio, which will be ready in time to support its broadcast clients, for coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in June and the major global sporting event that kicks off in July. The new studio will be equipped with a Sony HXC100K HD camera. To support these upgrades, the studio control room in London is also being enhanced, under the guidance of AbsoluteCad.

PacTV New York is also reconfiguring its MCR, in order to support a more collaborative work environment. Upgrading from one to three workstations and installing a new monitoring console has allowed for more efficiency and streamlining of daily duties. The New York facility has also graduated to a fully HD-capable, 96 x 96 router, along with a second studio, makeup room and a new green room. Mancini Duffy Architecture is overseeing the New York project, while SIA Acoustics is handling the acoustical treatments in the new studio.

“Communication is at the heart of our business and PacTV is fully committed to providing our clients with the best possible service in all of our facilities,” adds Neri. “In order to achieve this, all three of our MCRs communicate using a Trilogy intercom system. In addition, we have four more intercoms deployed at clients and vendors in Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia. It is our goal to create a seamless broadcasting community around the globe.”

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DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS PROVIDE AFFORDABLE, EFFECTIVE COVERAGE AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA’S TRASK COLISEUM

trask_coliseum.JPGWILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 2012: The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is part of the state’s 17-school university system and currently enrolls over 14,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Basketball is big in the Tar Heel state, and UNCW’s Seahawks basketball team draws crowds composed of students and locals to the 6,100-seat Trask Coliseum. Constructed in 1977, Trask recently benefitted from a $2 million makeover that included new floors, seating, scoreboards, a new video board, and a new high-intelligibility sound reinforcement system. South Dakota-based Daktronics designed and installed the multi-purpose arena’s new A/V system, which includes Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers. Daktronics chose the Danley SH-100B and SH-100 boxes based on their exceptional intelligibility, pattern control, and value.

“We were on a very tight budget,” explained Mike Maloney, regional audio sales associate with Daktronics. “We always strive for high-efficiency systems, but at UNCW, more

RTW Names Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup Asia as Exclusive Distributor in Malaysia

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 28 MARCH, 2011 – RTW, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices, is pleased to announce that it has named Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup Asia (Stagetec Asia) as its exclusive distributor in Malaysia. Stagetec Asia will focus on all sales, service and support for RTW’s line of audio measurement products, further strengthening the company’s customer reach in Asia.

“We are looking forward to working with Stagetec Asia in Malaysia and are thrilled at the prospects this new business relationship will yield for RTW as we continue to gain new coverage in the Asian market,” says Daniel Wang, RTW sales manager for China and Southeast Asia. “As RTW continues to provide solutions for loudness control compliance around the world, we are happy to be working with such a prestigious distributor for our Asian clientele.”

Stagetec Asia will include the entire roster of RTW products including its newest introduction the TM3 TouchMonitor and the entire line of TouchMonitor products. They will also introduce RTW’s flagship SurroundControl series products to the market.

“Stagetec Asia is proud to be appointed as the exclusive distributor in Malaysia,” says David Chan, managing director of Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup Asia. “This new relationship will help us further strengthen our reputation in audio innovation.We are very proud to distribute for RTW.”

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PESA Expands Modular Audio DRS Solutions at 2012 NAB Show

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today introduced its new DRS audio distributed routing system with Enterprise Data Exchange Engine (E-DXE) at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth SL9615), which runs April 16-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. A full-featured 24-bit, 96 kHz routing system for audio and time code signals, DRS uses high-speed multiplexing technology for signal distribution, rather than a crosspoint matrix array, and its modular architecture makes it easy to tailor the system to fit specific configurations.

At the heart of every DRS is PESA’s DXE frame, where the actual signal routing function takes place. It provides all the essential signal processing features, including input sample rate conversion, input gain, and phase inversion. AES3, AES3id, time code, analog audio, and MADI (AES-10) signals can be processed within the same system without external converters, and each DRS can be sample rate adjusted to support 44.1kHz or 48kHz. Packetized data is routed over a gigabit Ethernet network between frames through the DXE to deliver desired input signals to desired output connections.

In addition to the traditional I/O audio remedies, input and output delay can be set independently on every I/O channel. With up to two seconds of delay available to every I/O, external audio delay systems are unnecessary.

Offered in three package sizes, DRS can accommodate a variety of audio requirements. The compact DRS Series-C uses an internal control card to support 64 mono I/O in a 1 RU frame, and two frames can be combined via an Ethernet port for 128×128 I/O (no DXE processor frame necessary). DRS Series-M supports small and mid-range routing needs with up to four 512×512 I/O frames, which combine to deliver up to 2048×2048 I/O. DRS Series-E systems, which accommodate enterprise-wide systems with E-DXE, support up to five 1536×1536 I/O frames to increase the I/O count to 7680×7680. All three packages are shipping now.

For Series-M and Series-E systems using the DXE or E-DXE processor frame, each 1 RU I/O frame provides 128 signal ports and can be located virtually anywhere within a facility – up to 300 feet away from the main processing frame (or more than six miles using optional fiber optic extender modules). Interconnections are made using common CATx cable and standard RJ-45 connectors. Stereo analog inputs as well as analog outputs are converted to digital using high performance 24-bit converters. Inputs may be switched as mono channels, stereo pairs, or up to 16 channels to support any audio environment.

“Whatever the application, DRS technology will dramatically reduce the complexity of your audio setup,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “With PESA’s unique signal processing technology, complex and cumbersome wiring schemes and cable routing are a thing of the past. And less complex wiring requirements with fewer cables keep signal quality high, which saves time and money in both installation and maintenance.”

Any DRS audio system using the DXE or E-DXE can be configured for complete system redundancy. A second interconnect allows for two parallel data paths in the event signals are lost on the primary path. Plus, each frame supports redundant power and control, as well as front load, hot-swappable logic cards. Frames are available in a variety of interconnect options, including BNCs, ELCO, or 6-pin pluggable connectors for analog, AES, and time code.

In addition to standard signal I/O frames, DRS includes two special purpose circuit cards for embedding and de-embedding digital audio, which marries the video routing capability of the Cheetah video matrix routers with the audio routing capability of the Cheetah DRS audio router. The Cheetah MUX-3G card provides 16 SDI video output channels and embeds any of up to 256 audio signals selected from DRS input sources to any of the HD or 3G video output signals. Any audio input signal to DRS – AES, embedded, MADI, or analog – can become the input source for the video MUX card for embedding onto a video output signal.

The Cheetah DEMUX-3G card provides 16 SDI video inputs and de-embeds all audio groups and channels from all video signals. Up to 256 de-embedded audio signals may be selected as input sources for the DRS channel group. In DRS system configuration, the DEMUX-3G card functions as a signal input frame, and the MUX-3G card functions as a signal output frame. Full digital signal processing and stereo remedies may be applied to embedded audio signals.

Both cards are compatible with SDI video signals up to 3Gbps and are compliant with SMPTE 259M, 292M, and 424M. Audio signals present on an incoming SD video signal are passed through to the output with no modification, even if the audio signals are de-embedded for use elsewhere. The cards are used in place of the HD/3G-SDI video input buffer and video output combiner cards in a Cheetah video router mainframe. The audio portion of each card integrates with a DRS channel group through an available DXE I/O port using common CATx cable, up to 100 meters in length.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Vi1 Delivers it Strait for Matthew Manasse

LONDON, United Kingdom – When members of Dire Straits got back together for a one-off charity event at the Albert Hall, sound engineer Matthew Manasse was asked to look after the front of house mix. Having previous connections with keyboard player Alan Clark, and being a close colleague of their original engineer Robert Collins, Matthew was an obvious choice.

The incredible response led to repeated demands for the band to play again—and so ‘The Straits’ took to the road. This culminated in a full European tour recently that saw Matthew Manasse mixing the shows on a Soundcraft Vi1.

Having toured with some of the biggest names in the industry, from Dave Brubeck and Katie Melua to Rufus Wainwright and Pink, Manasse is highly regarded in the world of professional audio. However, in a world of ever tightening budgets he had become disillusioned with the touring market and left it to concentrate on running his new venture, Bluefish Live Events, to service the corporate events market.

But The Straits tour proved irresistible and as an early champion of Soundcraft’s Vi6, he had no hesitation in turning again to the company’s digital platform. The Vi1 was provided by Sound Technology, HARMAN’s distributor in the UK and ROI.

“I really loved the Vi6 so when the Vi1 was suggested I was initially a little concerned that its compact size might make it difficult or slow to navigate,” he admitted. “There are only 16 input faders visible at any one time and with 44 inputs from the stage I was worried that I’d be constantly switching between the layers and that this would take my attention away from the mix.”

Fortunately, Soundcraft was one step ahead. “There are five user definable fader layers so I’ve been able to group together the inputs that I need for different elements of the show,” Manasse said. “Accessing the right channel has never been so easy. With sound levels ranging from around 70dB up to the dramatic peaks of around 108dB, I needed a digital console that was versatile, small and flexible and that could handle that dynamic range without running out of headroom.”

The system has been programmed so there is a page for the opening number, a different page for the rocky songs and a third for the more acoustic ones. “On each of these fader pages I have the key input channels visible that I know I’ll need to access quickly,” Matthew continued. “Obviously some channels, such as the lead vocal, will appear on all these pages but that’s what makes this desk so flexible. I always have the inputs I need at my fingertips.”

Whereas previously he would simply recall a snapshot for every song, with the user definable layers he’s decided to mix the show on the fly, making the experience a lot more fun. “This has the effect of keeping the whole mix fresh as I have to stay completely involved.”

The other area where the console scores highly is on the output section. Concert Sound Clair, which has a long history with both Manasse and Dire Straits, is providing a monitor system and FOH control for the tour.

“As we aren’t able to carry a full PA system, CSC had given me an advanced processor as part of the package so that I could take complete control of the house systems that I’m using—but due to the number of matrix outputs on the Vi1, all with delay and EQ, I haven’t needed it once,” Manasse added.

CSC also provided a Vi stagerack, adding 64 mic/line inputs on stage to the 32 on the back of the console, which was a further bonus. The sound engineer noted that since the Soundcraft preamps are modelled on the Studer, this provided him with “an exceptional sound.”

The Vi1 also offers four Lexicon effects engines, which Manasse has been using sparingly on percussion, acoustic guitar, sax, vocals and the signature National steel guitar. “I am a huge fan of the built-in Lexicon effects,” he said, “and the Vistonics™ interface on the Vi1 makes it is so much more flexible and intuitive.”

One facility on the Vi1, which he regards as essential, is the input channel delay. “A few years ago I started to experiment with time alignment and now apply this to every mic on stage; it’s time consuming but the results speak for themselves as there is a marked increase in clarity and depth within the mix.The big advantage is that I can keep the acoustic guitars sounding like acoustic guitars, I don’t have to use the EQ to make them cut through as I’m already creating the ‘space’ with the time correction. By reducing the amount of ‘mess’ onstage I can keep the whole band sounding more natural.”

With Gareth Lewis on monitors and Nick Belshaw tour managing, the house engineer reflects on a thoroughly enjoyable tour of duty, before he again replaces the world of circuit venues (averaging out at around 1,500 capacity), to four and five star hotel conference and banqueting rooms.

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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Illinois St Matthew UMC Church Goes Fully Digital With DiGiCo

After years of research, St. Matthew United Methodist Church undertook a major renovation of its technology systems in 2009, including making the leap from analog to digital installing a DiGiCo SD8 as its main audio console. Continuing its digital progression, the house of worship recently added an SD9 with D-Rack (connected to the SD8 via DiGiCo’s Little Red Box), replacing an analog desk at the hub of its video production suite to handle the increased complexity of its productions. Church media consultant Phil Mahder of Training Resources and Ben Shipman, president of AVA Audio Video Associates again assisted in the transition, working with house broadcast engineer DJ Rockwell.

“St. Matthew has been pleased with their SD8 at FOH since they got it 2 years ago,” Mahder conveyed. “The production level for their large dramas has made the mixer a must—even their Sunday services have had so much complexity that they are using the potential of the SD8 routinely. Not only do they have a lot of sources on stage, but they also do a rapid and complete changeover between services as they switch music styles. The church has been on local cable for many years, producing a quality product in both content and production value. Since getting the SD8, they have realized that the analog console in the video control room has been a limitation. Although they have remote control over the SD8 from the video station, there were conflicts at times between the goals of the FOH operators and the video operators. When the SD9 was introduced, we all quickly realized that this would be the perfect replacement for the analog console in the video control room, making FOH and video independent and completely digital. With the SD9′s affordable price tag, everyone was in agreement.”

Ironically, the DiGiCo SD systems were Rockwell’s first foray into the digital mixing realm. Growing up at St. Matthew and actively involved in the media ministry for the past 10 years, he’s a third generation broadcast engineer with a keen interest in trending technology—particularly as it relates to video production. He found the DiGiCo desks to have a well-thought-out design offering an intuitive ease of use and fantastic sound quality.

“When we originally put the system in, back in 2009, we knew that there would be some more upgrades to come—especially for the video mix,” Rockwell said. “We started off mixing for video with an analog console, and then switched to a computer running the SD8 remotely. We were all in agreement that the new SD9 would be ideal for us, and were able to demo one prior to purchase. In fact, I was able to make a demo reel that showed how much it would improve the quality of our videos, which very much helped to convince the committees in charge of granting the funding. The SD9 proved to be the perfect solution for our problem and improved our productions greatly.”

Once the console was installed, Rockwell recalled, it was ready to run within an hour. “It sounded great and the processing was seamless. The snapshots were very smooth and easily customizable. St. Matthew is a house of worship that has been into technology for a long time, and we do our best to stay on the cutting edge. We started airing our services on cable more than 25 years ago, and now also stream live. On Sundays, we have three services back-to-back with no time for rehearsals in between and can be as simple as three mics and as extreme as 75-plus inputs. The SD8 and SD9 made these 15- and 20-minute switchovers—from Traditional to Contemporary to Blended with choir and orchestra—possible. Besides our normal worship services, we also put on two technically intensive productions each year, at Easter and Christmas, with a cast, crew, and orchestra of over 300. Having this kind of digital footprint—with all the bells and whistles it affords—is a must-have for what we do.”

DiGiCo’s Little Red Box (LRB) played an integral role in integrating the SD8 with the SD9. “It allowed us to take the second MADI I/O on the SD8, run it into the LRB—which is then sent to the SD9 over CAT5E. This enables us to send the local inputs on the SD8 to the SD9 using direct outs.”

From the crew to the congregation, everyone at the church has been extremely pleased with the SD9. “It’s really improved the audio quality of our worship services and productions,” Rockwell concluded. “We stream our services live and air them on cable, the quality of which has noticeably improved by our members who watch on line or at home.”

FOR-A PROVIDES ‘CONTINUOUS INNOVATION’ AT NAB 2012

New Product Highlights Include Compact 2 M/E Video Switcher and File-Based LTO-5 Video Storage Appliance

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will several new products at the 2012 NAB Show, which runs April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Designed around the company’s theme of “Continuous Innovation,” FOR-A’s NAB booth (C5219) will include a demonstration area as well as “islands” to showcase video switchers, processors, file-based products and specialty live demonstrations.

“NAB remains an excellent venue for us to showcase our latest products and technologies to broadcasters and other video professionals,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “This year, we’ll unveil a new entry in our popular line of compact video switchers, as well as a new LTO-5 server that will set a new benchmark for LTO-5 file storage. Our innovative, new products, as well as some very dynamic technology demonstrations, will show our commitment to continuous innovation.”

Video Switchers

One of FOR-A’s most anticipated new products is the HVS-390HS video switcher. It maintains the functionality of FOR-A’s current switcher line, but is available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions. It includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs.

A new addition to the HVS-4000 Series, the HVS-4000HSA, offers support 3 M/E operation capability. The HVS-4000 Series offers a choice of M/Es and control panels, and is loaded with standard features to handle complex video productions. With 16 inputs and outputs standard (expandable to 48 inputs and 24 outputs), it includes a built-in multi-viewer, direct access to preset content, and integrated control of various devices. Additional switcher models will also be on display, including the HVS-350HS 1.5 M/E switcher, linked with a MFR-3232 routing switcher, and the HVS-300HS 1 M/E switcher, coupled with a LTG-50HS HD/SD logo/title generator.

File-Based Products

Building on its successful line of LTO-5 video archiving recorders, FOR-A will introduce the LTS-50 storage appliance at NAB. Using a network connection, it archives media files to LTO-5 high-capacity tape, regardless of file format. It’s ideal for data backup that does not require video I/O, as well as archives of nonlinear editing materials that will be reused. Options include LTR Browser software control and automatic creation of low-resolution proxy files and thumbnails when archiving MXF files. Both the LTR-120HS (AVC-Intra/DVCPRO) and LTR-100HS (MPEG-2) video archiving recorders will be on display as well, along with the MBP-100MP multi-format player and MBP-100SX MXF clip server and baseband converter. Plus, FOR-A will provide a technical demonstration of its new file-based frame rate converter.

Multi-Viewers

New for NAB, the MV-1620HS supports mixed inputs of HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and analog composite signals. The compact, cost-effective multi-viewer supports 16 inputs, includes embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input and title display of up to 16 characters per input, and features up to two clock displays, which can also be used for countdown and remaining time displays. Plus, the unit saves up to 16 layout patterns, selected from the front panel, and PC-based software makes it easy to create screen layouts.

The new MV-42HS is a four-channel HD/SD multi-viewer that supports mixed and asynchronous HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs
(optional analog composite). It also features audio level metering and titling, and offers full screen, two split, and quad screen output. FOR-A will also showcase its MV-3200 Series, which provides customizable support for up to 32 inputs and four display outputs. The choice of input boards within its 2 RU frame provides support for various asynchronous HD/SD-SDI, analog composite, and DVI signals, as well as analog or AES audio, so control rooms don’t need to supplement their video walls with additional monitors.

Video Processors

Packaged in a compact form factor, the new FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter handles motion compensation and linear conversions. It also supports up/down/cross conversion of 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL at a variety of frame rates for HD/SD-SDI and analog composite signals. The new modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter, which can be installed in FOR-A’s UFM frame, also provides motion compensation, linear conversions, and up/down/cross conversion of HD/SD-SDI and analog composite sources at various resolutions and frame rates. FOR-A will also display its established FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter and FA-9500 3G/HD/SD multi-purpose signal processor at NAB, as well as a prototype of its next-generation color
corrector.

Specialty Products

FOR-A will demonstrate ‘multi-angle, super slow motion’ shooting for the first time at NAB using nine of its award-winning VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) Cameras shooting simultaneously and being controlled from one EVS controller. The VFC-7000 is well suited for sports broadcasting applications. Flovel, a company in partnership with FOR-A, will also display prototypes of its new 4K compact camera and HD ultra-high sensitivity camera.

FOR-A will also demonstrate its new SmartDirect all-in-one live production system. Powered by a Brainstorm graphics engine, it provides the ability to create programming, playlists, captions, and switch cameras. Optional features include: the VRCAM-S virtual studio, a video switcher link to connect with an external switcher for more elaborate wipes and effects, link to a clip server to control external servers, and a streaming interface to simultaneously encode and distribute video over the internet.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

NAB 2012 SEES US DEBUT OF AUTOSCRIPT’S PROFESSIONAL PROMPTING SOLUTIONS FOR I-SERIES DEVICES, NEW WIRELESS CONTROLS

TWICKENHAM, UK, MARCH 28, 2012Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, will present a full range of end-to-end prompting solutions at NAB 2012 (Booth C6625), with systems designed to fit all budgets and production needs. Products on display will include the US debut of a new wireless foot controller and a prompting app and accessories for the Apple i-Series devices, as well as the increasingly popular voice-activated prompters. more

John Storyk Continues Lecture Initiative

NEW YORK: John Storyk R.A., designer of over 3,000 audio/video production, performance, corporate and educational facilities, continues to maintain an active adjunct career as a teacher and lecturer. His current schedule includes a number of presentations on Acoustics and Recording Studio Design. These include a first appearance at Tufts University in Boston; lectures at the Berklee College of Music (Boston); the University of Colorado (Denver); Union College in Schenectady, NY; and a date at NYC’s SAE Institute of Technology.

In addition to his busy educational lectures, on June 11 Storyk and WSDG co-principal Beth Walters will make their 3rd consecutive presentation at NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The two-part presentation consists of Acoustics in Architectural Design (Storyk) and Specific Acoustic Design Tips – Advanced Workshop, (Walters). That same day Storyk will address students at the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago.

Storyk also participates in the ongoing AIA Continuing Education program. He presents an Introduction to the Design, Theory and Construction of Architecture and Acoustics of Recording, Production, and Post-Production Environments to architectural firms around the country. His one-hour, presentation is considered the definitive assessment of architectural acoustics as they pertain to small critical listening and viewing environments. The AIA has just certified an advanced version of this presentation, which is now available as a follow up to his original lectures.

A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES), Storyk is a frequent contributor to AES Convention Panels and Papers. He has lectured at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Ex’Pression College, SF, Full Sail Center, Orlando and many other leading schools. For additional details on Storyk lectures visit: http://www.wsdg.com/dynamic.asp?id=teaching

The Walters-Storyk Design Group www.wsdg.com is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including the 2012 Award for Ann Mincieli’s NYC ‘Destination Studio,’ Jungle City. WSDG maintains a staff of fifty designers and engineers, and offices in NY, SF, Miami, Beijing, Basel, Switzerland; Buenos Aires, Germany, Spain, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Photo: WSDG co-principal John Storyk

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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