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SIM2 Partners with goHDR for world first in television technology at NAB 2012

Miramar, Florida—April 2012—Innovative television technology that’s as clever as the human eye is to be showcased by University of Warwick spinout company goHDR at the NAB Show® in Las Vegas, later this month. SIM2’s first High Dynamic Range Display, the HDR47E monitor, will be used in the demonstration showing the HDR content produced by goHDR.

goHDR will provide the world with its first glimpse of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, screened on the SIM2 HDR display, enabling viewers to see images with exceptional lighting detail. goHDR is developing compression technology that will enable the huge data streams produced by HDR video cameras to be displayed on a TV screen.

“We are proud to be part of goHDR’s new video technology showcase in Las Vegas. Our HDR47E monitor is a technological tour-de-force developed by SIM2 engineers to make full use of the real-life dynamic range of HDR images,” says Alberto Fabiano EVP SIM2 USA Inc. “The goHDR presentation will be, yet again, another opportunity to show the world SIM2′s technology leadership: an experience that streams down to our entire line of precision products hand-made in Italy.”

Alan Chalmers, Professor of Visualization at WMG, University of Warwick and Innovation Director at goHDR, explains: “High Dynamic Range video is the next big step in TV imaging – similar to the change from black and white to color TV. For the first time, viewers will be able to see scenes on TV just as they would in real life, without losing detail in the glare of bright sunlight or in deep shadow.”

“The data stream produced by HDR cameras is huge – equivalent to a CD worth of data per second. To address this issue, goHDR has produced two products: an Encoder which compresses the data to allow it to be transferred to a display, and a Media Player, which reverses the process and allows the pictures to be viewed with all the glorious lighting detail preserved,” says Professor Chalmers.

“We are very excited to be working with SIM2 to display HDR content on the world’s first commercial HDR display,” says Professor Chalmers. “TV viewers will get an exclusive glimpse at the significant difference that this technology will make to their viewing experience. HDR is coming. At NAB you will be able to see what the future will be like.”

Over the past two years goHDR has had exclusive access to the world’s first true HDR video camera, built by German company SpheronVR, and has produced a number of short films to showcase the technology. This will be the first time the company has been able to demonstrate its work, using SIM2’s HDR47E monitor, to a wide audience, outside the laboratory.

The film clips produced by goHDR are also available on the company’s website (www.gohdr.com) where they have been specially treated, using a technique called tonemapping, to give an idea of what they would look like on an HDR display.

Note to Editors:
goHDR is a software business, whose niche is to provide advanced data compression algorithms to all those who are developing High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. Its aim is to be the leader in the software that enables HDR video. For more information, go to www.gohdr.com

About

SIM2 High Dynamic Range (HDR) HDR47E monitor to be used in goHDR demo at NAB 2012

and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Three Stooges + SIXTEEN19 = 100% Laughfest

Cutting in Four Locations, Editor Sam Seig Rates Sixteen19′s Systems and Support #1 In Reliability

NEW YORK: The culmination of a twelve year odyssey, The Three Stooges is a testament to the tenacity of co-directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Editor Sam Seig reports the production was the diametric opposite of the antic chaos that unfolds on screen. “This was a completely buttoned down shoot,” Seig says. “The Farrelly Brothers polished every scene for a tight but realistic 3-month shooting schedule. Thanks to Sixteen19, I didn’t have a moment of technical down time at any point in the shoot.”

Thanks to his flair for comedy, Seig edited the Farrelly Brothers’ Hall Pass, having worked with them as first assistant years prior on There’s Something About Mary. He was invited on board The Three Stooges very early in the game. “It took years to bring this film to the screen, but it was worth the wait,” he says. “Bobby and Peter crossed every ‘T’ and poked every ‘eye’ in pre-pro. They were ready for action.”

Seig first encountered Sixteen19′s team with Ghost Town in 2008. “I edited there for eight months and got to know company principals Jonathan Hoffman, Pete Conlin, Claire Shanley and their crew very well,” he reports. “They’re total pros, and constantly went the extra 9 yards for me throughout my stay. When The Three Stooges was green lit, they were my first choice for our editing setups. I knew I could depend on them for top-flight gear and reliable support.

“Every element of the system they put together for me was brand new, including the 52″ plasma screen.” Seig adds, whose setup included 3 Avid Media Composer v5.5 systems connected to 16TB of shared Unity storage. “They had the whole configuration up and running when I walked into our first location’s edit suite in Atlanta. A couple months later, they broke down our setup on a Friday and shipped it to Cape Cod for the next lap, where it was installed and ready for work at the end of the weekend.” The production’s months in Cape Cod included the Hurricane Irene scare: preparation for worst-case scenarios involved relocating the Unity storage to avoid possible flood exposure and a full orderly shutdown supervised by Sixteen19′s technical team.

Following the months on Cape Cod, the schedule included further moves: “Sixteen19 flew the systems out to Ojai, CA for additional location work,” Seig explained. “With consistent technical support and equipment resources, the multiple relocations didn’t pose a challenge for the editorial process. Sixteen19 even customized the rig so that I could work standing. I found that much more energizing than sitting at the desk, and I plan to keep cutting that way from now on.”

Seig worked with Peter Farrelly on the initial rough cut during the first stage of production, and then with Bobby Farrelly on the second pass. When Sixteen19 relocated the editorial set up to L.A., Seig collaborated with both directors as they honed the final cut. “In addition to great fun, this was a surprisingly straightforward edit,” Seig concludes. “Cinematographer Matthew Leonetti was shooting with two 35mm cameras, but we didn’t have an overabundance of footage. The script was fine tuned, and the cast honed split second timing for every gag. They were like a crack team of Navy SEALS… Well, maybe circus seals.”

Starring Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso as Larry, Moe and Curly (respectively), The Farrelly Brothers movie The Three Stooges opens nationally on April 13 (that’s a Friday).

Photos: 1. The Three Stooges editor Sam Seig at a Sixteen19 mobile
Avid editing system

2&3. Frames from The Farrelly Brothers movie The Three Stooges

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Sixteen19 is a post-production services company with offices at 1619 Broadway, NYC and divisions in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and London. The firm specializes in DI, color correction, editing and finishing and on & near set services. The NYC complex features 15 spacious Avid editing suites, color correct theater/ screening rooms, digital dailies, file transcode/encode and workflow management. Contact: 212-245-1402 http://www.sixteen19.com

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StrandVision Offers Free Digital Signage Background Music

Gold and Platinum Level subscribers have free digital signage access to more than 650 copyright-cleared digital signage background music selections…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – April 10, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that it is offering free digital signage background music to its Gold and Platinum subscribers. Previously, streamed background music was only available from StrandVision with a $750 one-time setup fee. Current Gold and Platinum StrandVision digital signage subscribers are automatically upgraded to include this new free digital signage software capability.

As a bonus, Gold and Platinum subscribers that also have Basic or Streaming Video licenses under the same contract can extend the background music feature to those StrandVision Digital Signage networks for free.

Broad Selection – Easy Administration

Subscribers can select from more than 650 digital signage background music streams from 40+ categories such as acoustic, classical, contemporary rock, inspirational, and other classifications. The library includes emerging artists who have submitted selections. StrandVision invites emerging artists to participate and get their music heard by audiences around the world. (See http://www.strandvision.com/recording_artist_publicity.html.)

Administrators simply select the music categories that they want to include at their secure StrandVision Content Management System (CMS) portal. The digital signage background music is then streamed to all audio-enabled StrandVision Digital Signage displays. The copyright-cleared music is available 24/7 to accompany business marketing promotional messages or employee communications and can be overridden for advertisements or emergency announcements.

“We’ve found that background music is a welcome enhancement for many locations in hotels, banks, stores, schools, healthcare clinics and other businesses to provide a relaxing environment,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “By including free digital signage background music with the Gold and Platinum packages we’re giving a greater number of StrandVision subscribers the option of adding the feature in the locations where it makes sense.”

Additional information on StrandVision Digital Signage background music is available at: http://www.strandvision.com/background_music_for_business_marketing.html

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Kramer Introduces the MV-6 3G HD-SDI Multiviewer

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the MV-6, a versatile, high−performance multiviewer for 3G HD−SDI video signals. The device can display up to six inputs in any combination, and output the image in multiple formats supporting either pre−programmed or customizable screen divisions.

The MV-6 features Kramer’s re−Klocking™ and equalization technology on each input, which rebuilds the digital signal so that it can travel longer distances. In addition to being HDTV compatible, the multiviewer has a maximum input data rate of 3Gbps.

The device supports standard definition, high definition, and 3G high definition serial digital video signals (SD/HD-SDI/3G HD-SDI). Specifically, the MV-6 is compatible with SMPTE 259M, 292M, and 424M signals and supports data rates of 270Mbps, 1483.5Mbps, 1485Mbps, 2967Mbps, and 2970Mbp. Furthermore, each input also has a corresponding looping output. On the output side, the MV-6 supports SDI (259M), HD-SDI (292M), and 3G HD-SDI (SMPTE 424M) serial digital signals, and has an HDMI and composite video output as well.

The MV-6 is housed in a standard 19” 2U rack-mountable enclosure with rack “ears” included. The flexible control options featured are via IR remote and Ethernet & RS−232 (supplied with PC control software). The two−row 4.3” color LCD preview screen (16:9) displays the output signal on the front panel. The front panel also features buttons to freeze, resize, and position the picture; in addition to, four pre−programmed and two user−definable screen handling buttons making the unit easy to monitor and control.

The MV-6 multiviewer is the ideal device for use in professional broadcasting, production studios, rental & staging, and presentation applications.

The MV-6 is available and in stock from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. This device has a list price of $5,395.00. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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AES 132nd Convention Offers Prolific Papers/Posters Presentations

The Hand Clap As An Impulse Source, Virtual Microphones & Audio For Games

BUDAPEST: Over one hundred enlightening Paper and Poster presentations have been developed for the 132nd Audio Engineering Society Convention set for the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center April 26-29. Leaders throughout the international professional audio community will gather to exchange ideas, and take maximum advantage of the Convention’s unique networking opportunities. Highlights of the varied Paper and Poster schedule include:

The Hand Clap as an Impulse Source for Measuring Room Acoustic: Authors – Prem Seetharaman and Stephen P. Tarzia tested the suitability of hand clap recordings for measuring several acoustic features of musical performance and recording rooms. Their goal was to make acoustic measurement possible for amateur musicians and hobbyists through the use of a smartphone or web app. Using their technique, measuring a room’s reverberation times and frequency response is as easy as starting a smartphone app and clapping several times.

Emerging and Innovative Audio Virtual Microphones – Using Ultrasonic Sound to Receive Audio Waves: Authors – Tobias Merkel, Hans Lƒhmann, and Tom Ritter will discuss their research with highly focused ultrasound beams and microphones. They overlaid the wave field of a common audio source with an ultrasonic beam. They discovered that the phase shift of the received signal obtains the audio information of the overlaid field. Since the ultrasonic beam itself acts as sound receiver, no technical device e.g. membranes, are necessary in the direct vicinity of sound reception. Because this type of sound receiver is not visible or touchable they describe it as a “Virtual Microphone.”

Audio for Games and Mobile/PDA, Efficient Binaural Audio Rendering Using Independent Early and Diffuse Paths: Author – Fritz Menzer A multi-source binaural audio rendering structure is proposed that efficiently implements plausible binaural reverberation including early reflections and late reverberation. The structure contains delay lines and, a feedback-delay network that operate independently, modeling early reflections and diffuse reverberation, respectively. Computationally efficient heuristics are presented for the implementation of an HRTF set and, for the diffuse reverberation, a real-time implementation on a mobile device will be presented.

Please visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: The Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the 132nd AES Convention April 26-29.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Sanken Exhibits New COS-11D HWM Head Worn Mic at NAB

Exceptional Sound Quality, Reliability, and Comfort for Broadcast

Sanken Microphones is exhibiting at NAB the new head worn COS-11D HWM, utilizing the same components as Sanken’s popular lavalier mic known throughout the broadcast and film industries.  This ultra-miniature new generation microphone was designed for hands-free hi-resolution audio in broadcast television, infomercials, sportscasting, product demonstrations, Internet programming, live stage productions, and houses of worship.

Features:
* Exceptional Sound Optimized for the Human Voice
* Stable Adjustable Dual-Earpiece frame,
• MicBoom is Interchangeable for Right or Left Side
• Unique Vertical Diaphragm Design – a Sanken Original
• Available in Beige or Cocoa
• Strong immunity to RFI

The compact COS-11D HWM is ideal for broadcast of major talent, stage singers, high-profile commentators, on-camera journalists, musical actors, singer/dancers and a wide variety of live performers.  The new hands-free microphone is especially valuable when there is rigorous head movement, while the close proximity of the mic to the vocal source provides consistently exceptional audio with very natural characteristics.

Sanken, known worldwide as an industrywide standard in highest quality professional studio and stage microphones, utilizes an exclusive vertical placement of the diaphragm for a much greater effective area within an extremely small casing. The COS-11D HWM features a front mesh screen which is water resistant, better protecting the microphone from perspiration and cosmetics.

This new Sanken microphone was designed to meet today’s HD audio standards while providing greater immunity to RF interference. The COS-11D HWM incorporates exclusive design advances that deal with both digital and digital/analog hybrid RF wireless transmission.

For  a free VIP pass to NAB and more info about Sanken, visit distributor plus24:  http://www.plus24.net   or phone 323.845.1171

See and hear the entire line of Sanken microphones at NAB in Las Vegas,
April 16 – 19, at Booth #C-3740

Gold Sharpys From Clay Paky Shine at Academy Awards

Gold was everywhere at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony last month in Hollywood: Gold glitzed from the red carpet, gold Oscars were handed out to lucky winners and gold Sharpy lighting fixtures from Clay Paky helped illuminate the telecast for millions of viewers around the world. A.C.T Lighting is the North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Lighting designer Bob Dickinson specified 12 Clay Paky Sharpys to add pop to the show. The powerful yet compact lights were supplied in a newly available gold housing, which blended seamlessly with the décor and set design of the auditorium. Dickinson is known as the go-to lighting designer for major international events, including previous Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Awards shows, the opening and closing ceremonies at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and events at Expo 2010 Shanghai China.

Sharpy is a 189W moving head with an unprecedented brightness usually achievable only with far greater wattages. Tipping the scales at just 16 kg, Sharpy produces a perfectly parallel, laser-like beam with an incredible output of 5,100 footcandles at 65 feet. It is also groundbreaking in the purity of its beam, which is sharply defined and free of any halo or discoloration around the edges. It offers an interchangeable color wheel with 14 fixed colors and an interchangeable gobo wheel with 17 fixed gobos, allowing users to change the shape of the beam and create an array of spectacular mid-air effects.

The complement of gold Sharpys for the ceremony was supplied by VER. A.C.T Lighting President and CEO Bob Gordon commented, “Having Bob Dickinson specify these fixtures is an honor. He is such a consummate professional that his choice of the Sharpy says so much about the fixture. Susan Tesh at VER was integral in this process and we certainly owe her our gratitude.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re thrilled to see our new gold Sharpys at such high profile event. They really helped make the awards ceremony shine.”

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AVI-SPL to Showcase Telehealth Solutions at ATA Expo

AVI-SPL, the leading provider of video communications solutions, is set to exhibit at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, an event billed as the world’s largest telehealth tradeshow. AVI-SPL will showcase exciting advancements in video communication technology designed specifically for the healthcare industry from April 29 to May 1 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center at booth #342.

The focus of the AVI-SPL booth will be a highly interactive display demonstrating how healthcare professionals can leverage video communication technology to overcome industry challenges such as high hospital readmission rates. For example, one innovative AVI-SPL solution enables patients to communicate with a nurse practitioner via videoconferencing simply by using a kiosk. This allows healthcare providers to deliver patient-focused care without incurring costly Medicare penalties for hospital readmissions. The booth will feature three workstations and a kiosk that will simulate the patient experience for attendees.

“We understand the unique and changing needs of healthcare service providers,” said Eric Headlee, VP of Healthcare Sales, AVI-SPL. “AVI-SPL offers innovative video communication solutions designed specifically to improve access to quality care and produce favorable outcomes for both healthcare professionals and their patients.”

For more information on the ATA Expo and to register, click here.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout 32 U.S. offices and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit http://www.avispl.com/ for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP512 INTERCONNECT BOX

**** Photo: Altinex TNP512 Interconnect Box ****

Brea, CA – April 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP512 Interconnect Box, the latest addition to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. As a compact interconnect solution designed for installation into tables, podiums, or other furniture as part of an AV presentation system, the new TNP512 offers 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. Of particular note, the new TNP512 employs a new leaf-spring mechanism—replacing the gas spring design of previous models. more

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