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Elevation Church Embraces Recent Sennheiser Endorsement, while Putting New Neumann KK 205 Microphone Capsules to the Test

Charlotte, NC – April 18, 2012: Recognized by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States, Elevation Church serves over 10,000 congregants each weekend and maintains six worship campuses — four of which are ‘portable.’ To keep pace with this growth, Elevation has had to establish itself on a solid technology footing and has maintained a strong relationship with Sennheiser since opening its doors in 2005. Recently, Elevation became an official Sennheiser endorsed worship facility and was among the first to put the new Neumann KK 205 capsules — which are designed for the Sennheiser 2000 series wireless transmitters — through their paces.

Brian Poole is technical director at Elevation Church and has worked closely with Sennheiser to ensure that the clarity and sonic integrity of the facility is all that it can be, no matter which campus congregants are attending. Recently, Elevation added five Neumann KK 205 microphone capsules to its arsenal of live performance and recording tools. Poole discusses how he has helped Elevation continue to deliver superior sound with Sennheiser and Neumann.

Can you describe some of the challenges that go along with the growth that Elevation has experienced?
We are six years old and have six campuses in the Charlotte area. All in all, we are running at about 10 or 11 thousand people every weekend. With that growth, there have been a lot of rapid changes we have had to make, especially considering that audio is a very big part of what we do. Sennheiser has been there for us the entire time and has provided the best product and support we could ask for — and even more so now that we are endorsed. A big challenge as a multi-campus church is ensuring that we will have gear that we know will be reliable and sound great. Four of our campuses are portable, so we are lugging gear in and out all weekend; when we plug it all in and turn it on, we know it is going to work. Sennheiser has also helped us through our RF coordination, which can be very complex.

How familiar are you with Neumann microphone capsules?
We have always loved Neumann microphones and already had the KK 105 capsules on our pastor’s [Steven Furtick] speaking mic with a Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter. Our pastor does a lot of singing as well, and the performance of the SKM 5200 / KK 105 combination has been fantastic. By making a Neumann capsule that works with an SKM 2000 transmitter is really a game changer for us. Now we can have Neumann sound not only for the pastor, but all our other lead singers and it is a very economical solution.

Tell me about your first impressions with the KK 205s.
We just received them three weeks ago, and they are already on our primary lead vocal microphones [used in combination with the Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld transmitters] at our two permanent campuses. One of these campuses is a warehouse with low ceilings, and the acoustics aren’t ideal. The KK 205 has a supercardioid pattern so we are able to get plenty of gain before feedback — this is huge for us because we like it loud and we like it to sound good. I was 100 percent comfortable that I could take the KK 205 right to the stage without going through weeks of rehearsals first.

For our Easter service, the new Neumann capsules went into our broadcast facility. We have a big spoken word element in our Easter service, and this is the first thing right out of the gate during our worship experience. All our main worship leaders were on the KK 205s and the feed went out to all six of our campuses. It was also put online for everyone to see and participate in. Everything worked out great and all the voices were very rich.

Do you intend to use the KK 205s in other applications?
We do a lot of recording both for CDs and streaming on our website. In fact, our worship band has just signed a pretty big record deal and we expect the KK 205s and the SKM 2000s will be used on future live recordings. Our first live album and live DVD was a big deal for us and it is very exciting that Sennheiser has released a ‘Neumann for the Masses,’ if you will.

How has your experience been with Sennheiser overall, including with the new Neumann KK 205s?
First of all, Sennheiser has rock solid RF and the sound quality is best of the best. We’ve got 36 channels in our auditorium of Sennheiser wireless and I’ve never had a single issue of anything dropping out. Now, with the KK 205s, we can put Neumann performance in the reach of all our singers, increasing the overall quality of our worship experience. Audio quality has always been an incredibly important component of worship for Elevation Church and the KK 205 capsules truly represent quality for the masses — the cost/performance ratio cannot be beat. All in all, our relationship with Sennheiser has been fantastic and we feel very blessed.

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Brad Hudson, Worship Leader at Elevation Church, uses a KK 205 on a SKM 2000 during Easter rehearsals at Elevation’s Blakeney campus.

New PESA Matrix Switch Part of HDcctv Alliance Technology Demonstration at ISC West 2012

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, showcased its new HDcctv 16×16 matrix switch last month at ISC West 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. The world’s first HDcctv-compliant matrix switch, it was the focal point of a technology demonstration conducted by the HDcctv Alliance®.

During the demonstration, PESA’s HDcctv 16×16 was connected via HD-SDI to cameras and DVRs from several manufacturers. Attendees were then able to select a DVR input and show any HDcctv camera source – with no signal delays or adjustments.

“The HDcctv Gallery at ISC West presented the highest-quality HD surveillance interoperability demonstration in history, facilitated by PESA’s HDcctv-compliant matrix,” said Todd E. Rockoff, Ph.D., executive director, HDcctv Alliance. “Exhibiting zero-latency viewing and seamless operation among a variety of manufacturers’ cameras and DVRs, the ISC West interoperability demonstration introduced hundreds of people to the quality of HDcctv equipment.

“What makes the result even more impressive, and which bodes well for the rapid adoption of HDcctv equipment in the surveillance industry, is that it was achieved without any fussing or custom adjustment of any of the cameras or DVRs,” Rockoff continued. “HDcctv products are truly plug and play, and makers of HDcctv-compliant products can guarantee electrical performance and 100 percent multi-vendor interoperability, even across versions of the standard.”

Founded in 2009, the nonprofit HDcctv Alliance develops and manages the technical interface specification for HDcctv, which was developed from broadcast industry standards and specialized for surveillance needs. The industry association promotes the adoption of HDcctv-compliant products and provides education for equipment manufacturers and their customers.

“We were proud to be part of the technology demonstration at ISC West,” said Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “As the security industry continues to move toward high definition video surveillance solutions, it’s more important than ever to foster interoperability between equipment from different manufacturers. With the world’s first HDcctv-compliant matrix switch, PESA has taken an important step toward advancing this important specification.”

Designed specifically for HD video over coax, the HDcctv 16×16 features a compact 1 RU enclosure, local or remote network control options, and a redundant power supply and control card option. With a single RG-59 coax cable for each port, users can connect up to 16 HDcctv-compliant video cameras to the PESA HDcctv matrix switch and output up to 16 individual coax connections for HDcctv DVR or display devices. With the 1.5 Gbps enabled transport for each port, video resolutions for 720p and 1080p are evenly distributed without compression.

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.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division Premieres Videos of New 2012 NAB Lenses

Thom Calabro explains features and benefits the new lenses offer

Wayne, N.J., April 16, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division premiered a series of one to two minute videos featuring new lenses at the 2012 NAB Show today. The videos—featuring Thom Calabro, Director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division – discuss the many features and benefits the new lenses offer and debut on Fujifilm’s Facebook and YouTube channels as follows:

Monday, April 16, 2012: The new PL-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7×19) zoom lens, with an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or ENG-Style lens. With a 19-90mm focal range and weight of only 2.7kg including servo motors, it has the longest focal range available in a lightweight zoom.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012: The new HA19x7.4 BERM/BERD 2/3-inch ENG/EFP lens lens with improved corner resolution and high-performance functionality for demanding television production applications.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012: The new XA19x7.4 BESM-D8 box-style studio/field lens featuring focus breathing compensation, 16-bit encoders, and tally lights for high-end entertainment and news studio applications.
Thursday, April 19, 2012: The new XA77x9.5 HDTV field lens, featuring patented OS TECH image stabilization ideal for shooting in windy conditions or on unstable platforms.

“The combination of video and social media is proving to be a great way to connect with our customers, especially the next-generation of professional cinematographers and those shooting on location,” explained Calabro. “Social media video allows us to educate our customers about the latest technology and capabilities built into our new lenses.”

The videos are available on demand as part of an on-going social media initiative launched in 2011. To view all press releases for NAB 2012 from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation, please click on the link below:

www.FujifilmUSA.com/2012NAB

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site:www.FUJINON.com

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DPA Microphones Features d:fine Headset Mic Seriesat the 2012 NAB Show

Offers an Unobtrusive and Versatile High-Quality Mic
to Meet Today’s Challenging Broadcasting Needs

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 16, 2012 – DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, will feature its d:fine series of headset microphones at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C3436). Named to reflect their accurate audio definition and natural sonic characteristics, the d:fine headset mics offer consistent audio performance at all sound pressure levels, from a whisper to a shout, impressive gain-before-feedback and stable construction. The d:fine series is available as omnidirectional and directional and includes a long and a short mic boom mounted on either a single-ear mount or a dual-ear mount.

“The d:fine headset microphones have set a new benchmark for the industry, combining DPA’s accurate, full-range sound quality with a small form factor microphone capsule ideal for the wide variety of traditional and new broadcast applications,” says Jarrod Renaud, sales and marketing for DPA Microphones, Inc.

Today, broadcasters’ audio needs are changing and they rely more than ever on unobtrusive wireless headset mics. With these different options, broadcasters can find the d:fine headset that best fits their needs. The single-ear d:fine is good for more stationary productions such as a news show, commentary at a live sporting event or a talk show. For more active productions such as reality shows, health and fitness programming and live dance performances, the dual-ear d:fine provides broadcasters with the extra assurance that the mic will stay in place. The new short boom d:fine headset allows a user to optimize the placement of the microphone to realize perfect fit and invisibility, plus handling of extremely loud vocal levels, while minimizing distortion of wireless transmitters.

In a broadcast world that is increasingly changing and relying less on studio-bound and traditional filmed programming, the d:fine headset microphones provide worry-free performance in the most exacting situations. Supporting the exceptional d:fine sound quality, with a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz ± 2 dB and a maximum peak handling capacity of 144 dB before clipping, d:fine headset mics offer the unique opportunity to enjoy the quality of a DPA product through a sleek and flexible wireless headset mic.

The DPA single-ear and dual-ear headset mics are available in omnidirectional and directional versions, in black, brown, beige and lime green. The adjustable, single-ear headset features a removable ear hook assembly. All mics feature a

connector wire with multiple connector options to fit any professional wireless system.

“We are dedicated to understanding the needs of our clients and developing both microphones and support systems to meet those needs,” states Renaud. “The d:fine series is the perfect example of microphones that meet the new audio challenges increasingly encountered by the broadcast industry.”

About DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is a leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

PLUS(R) Introduces Next-Generation N-20 Copyboards: Industry’s First to Bring Network and Mobile Device Integration to Business Meetings

BEAVERTON, Ore. — April 18, 2012 — PLUS(R) Corporation of America today raised the bar for electronic copyboards with the release of its next-generation N-20 Series. Built on the success of the company’s M-Series and designed to take business meetings to the next level, N-20 copyboards are the industry’s first to offer integration with networks and mobile devices. In addition, for businesses on a tight budget, PLUS has introduced the new cost-effective M-17 Series of black and white copyboards. more

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) Introduces Modular Mobile RF Platform (MMRP) ENG News Vehicle Customization at the 2012 NAB Show

Smaller, Cost-Effective Solutions for Long-Distance ENG Transmission Proves to Be Affordable Alternative Option

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 18, 2012 – When Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, rolled out its first Ford Transit Connect MMRP ENG vehicle four years ago, it aimed to instill confidence in the smaller ENG platform as a viable asset for broadcast outlets. The cost of ownership of Ford Transit Connect ENG truck over a five year period is over $20,000 less when compared to similar larger ENG platforms, like Chevrolet Suburban and Ford E-150 Cargo van. Today, IMT has announced that it has expanded its MMRP offering with the design and customization of additional vehicle makes and models for all ENG sizes and budgets. IMT’s fully-equipped Ford Transit Connect MMRP ENG news vehicle will be on display at the 2012 NAB show (Booth OE1569). IMT will offer a special NAB price for the ENG truck, starting at $69,000 throughout the duration of the show. Additional microwave central receive and transmission systems will be on display at the company’s booth in Central Hall (C6432).

With the design for its MMRP ENG vehicles, IMT focuses on providing broadcasters with a variety of options and configurations for on-the-run applications in a flexible, cost-effective and turnkey package. Among the company’s recently customized vehicles are Chevrolet Suburbans, Tahoes, Trailblazers, HHRs, Ford Explorers, Expeditions and even an Audi Q7 and Buick Enclave. IMT has customized the vehicles for media outlets around the country, including broadcasters in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York.

“After successfully introducing the Ford Transit Connect as an ENG news vehicle, we started receiving numerous inquiries about whether we could customize vehicles broadcasters already owned,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “Our engineers worked out the logistics and we are now rolling out customized MMRP vehicles for broadcasters in markets all over the country.”

As the leading manufacturer of microwave video systems for the broadcast industry, IMT has unsurpassed expertise to handle custom newsgathering requests. IMT can transfer existing gear or provide options for full HD or SD audio/video/RF equipment packages. IMT’s customization includes a compact Will-Burt Nightscan mast. The compact pneumatic mast, low-maintenance design and efficient workflow platform come together in a cost-effective system.

With the addition of the Newscoder 4 to the MMRP, broadcasters are now able to transmit HD content efficiently over the same infrastructure used to transmit SD content. The Newscoder 4 is a compact, low-power, HD/SD, video/audio encoder with AES encryption. At just 3.7 cubic inches in size, Newscoder 4 delivers superior MPEG-4 H.264 SD and HD encoding.

Defining the next level of video compression, the Newscoder 4 provides an additional 30-percent bit rate reduction, low delays and video quality improvement over a baseline encoder. It also has the advantage of supporting a full main profile.

In addition to the Newscoder 4, standard features include a 2000-watt inverter, a standard extra-wide editing bench with flip-up lid and camera storage, an optional 275-amp alternator and optional LED scene lighting.

“Our ENG news vehicle customization is all about efficiency through simplicity,” adds Shpock. “In today’s market, budgets are extremely tight and broadcasters need to be able to adapt to the ever-changing environment. IMT has recognized the need and is proud to provide this cost-saving alternative to the broadcast industry.”

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.

Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.

Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.

Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

RTW Delivers First TM3 TouchMonitor Units to TPC

Swiss Broadcast Service Provider Furnishes Edit Suites with Latest Model from RTW’s TouchMonitor Range

ZURICH, APRIL 18, 2012 – RTW, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, today announced that technology and production center (tpc) in Zurich, Switzerland, has ordered seven TM3 units from RTW’s TouchMonitor range, prior to the official introduction of the product. tpc is the first company to take delivery of the long-awaited entry-level audio meter. Decibel S.A., RTW’s Swiss distributor, supplied the TM3s to the production facility.The company will employ the units in its newly installed edit suites, which will be used primarily for sports programming. tpc ordered the six-channel version of the TM3, as it needs to monitor multiple stereo outputs in parallel.

Alfio Di Fazio, audio-project manager, tpc, ordered the RTW devices long before the actual market launch. “When the larger TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors were first introduced, the R128 national group and I talked with Michael Kahsnitz, head of engineering at RTW, about a smaller version specifically made for video edit suites,” he says. “The TM3 seems to meet our requirements in this area perfectly.”

tpc is so pleased with the TM3 units that it is considering purchasing more units for its numerous studios, ensuring all of its audio monitoring needs are covered.
An independent subsidiary of SRG SSR, tpc oversees TV, radio, and multimedia productions and systems, and provides custom broadcasting solutions for Swiss broadcaster Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF). tpc is Switzerland’s largest and best-equipped broadcast service provider. As a general contractor, it offers all services required for producing, publishing and managing high-quality broadcast and video projects.
“tpc is a world-renowned service provider in the broadcast industry,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “We are very happy to have them as the first TM3 TouchMonitor user worldwide. RTW designed the new TM3 as a technologically sophisticated yet reasonably priced solution specifically for broadcast journalist work spaces, edit suites and small control rooms.”
The RTW TM3 TouchMonitor enables quick and easy loudness metering. It comprises a display unit featuring a 4.3-inch touch screen for horizontal or vertical use and a separate interface box. The easy-to-learn operating concept allows for fast selection of presets that are configured using the Device DC1 software, which is available for Mac and Windows. In addition to PPM and true-peak instruments, the TM3 offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Instruments include single-channel and summing bar graphs, loudness range and numerical displays. The TM3 stereo version handles analog and digital audio, while the TM3-6CH version also supports six-channel digital input (an upgrade option for stereo units is also available).

Field Template Releases Significant Upgrades to SoftSymbol Packages

Field Template™SoftSymbols 3.5.1 Upgrade, the industry’s leading source for theatrical lighting symbols, is pleased to announce the release of significant upgrades to its popular SoftSymbol™ packages of ETC, ETC Selador, and USITT for use in the Vectorworks® environment. Designed by Steve Shelley, these upgrades include the latest equipment for all three libraries, and the 3D components possess Focus Functionality® in the Vw2011 more

Brevity Partners with TRANZXL to Service Professional Production Industry in Film and TV

Las Vegas, NV – April 18, 2012 – Brevity, a venture-backed NYC start-up serving the Media & Entertainment industry announced today a strategic partnership with TRANZXL, a bi-coastal service company that is launching the first Brevity powered service bureaus, drop-off rentals and on-location packages designed to speed and simplify HD file conversion and delivery. Recognizing the growing need for time and cost savings associated with file-based HD production for TV, film, live and web, TRANZXL will allow producers, broadcasters and creators to use and rent units at TRANZXL’s New York and Los Angeles facilities for short periods of time on a per project basis.

“Brevity’s V3 technology was developed to transform the current state of the broadcast and production industry,” said Jake Bronstein, CEO, Brevity. “TRANZXL is working along the same ideal as us to further the opportunity for those in the video production and media industry who may only need a Brevity unit for a specific project.”

Debuting at NAB 2012, Brevity V3 is a breakthrough technology that delivers simultaneous transcoding and highly accelerated transport of high-resolution video as an integrated process on any network. V3 delivers this capability through a Web based enterprise video management solution that utilizes automated project-driven workflows, advanced algorithms, virtual storage, Web-based interfaces, and teraflops of computing power.

TRANZXL is utilizing the Brevity solution to meet a very specific audience of professional HD producers, delivering their content to TV, film and the web. Production companies, live event producers and commercial agencies all struggle with the format complexities and wasted time that it takes to service the growing amount of HD footage being created everyday. By collaborating with Brevity to customize and develop their technologies for the specific needs of these HD producers, TRANZXL can provide a faster, more automated and collaborative approach to many workflow steps that are currently executed manually on costly edit systems, dramatically improving production efficiencies while lowering costs.

“I’ve been a hands-on producer and editor for over 20 years. I’ve seen tape to tape, to digital, to cards and files…more shooting and HD cameras than imaginable,” said Paul G Goldberg, CEO, TRANZXL. “Working with Brevity to develop unique solutions for HD content production will have an immediate impact on our industry saving even small and independent producers and creative talent significant time, money and resources spent on the editing and post process.”

A Brevity demo will be available at the TRANZXL booth located in the Lower South Hall, SL12807. Brevity will be located at booth SL13316 at NAB from April 16, 2012 to April 19, 2012.

Brevity is based in New York City and has a sales office in Los Angeles and a development office in the Portland, Oregon area.

ABOUT BREVITY
Brevity provides breakthrough technology that offers for the first time the ability to simultaneous transcode while transporting video at incredibly fast speeds- over any network- Internet, fiber, or data satellite. Founded in 2010 by Jacob Bronstein and Abdul Sulieman, Brevity transforms media production and distribution workflows and redefines the time, cost, and efficiency required to support M&E operations. Brevity is working with leading networks, studios, content providers, sports teams, and production houses to redefine media production and distribution around the world. For more information please visit us at www.brevityv.com or follow us @BrevityV.

ABOUT TRANZXL
TRANZXL was developed by experienced production and post people to help producers eliminate wasted time, money and opportunity cost by automating and quickening the overwhelming process of conversion, transport and management of HD media from shoot to final delivery. We believe innovative technology and ideas that support media conversion, transport, management and collaboration, will change our industry in a substantial way and our goal is for TRANZXL to be a pioneer in this movement into the future of digital HD production. For more information please visit us at www.tranzxl.com or follow us @TRANZXL.

Sound Devices Unveils New PIX-DOCK at the 2012 NAB Show

Data Dock for PIX-CADDY with Thunderbolt Connection

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 18, 2012 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, unveils PIX-DOCK at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C2546). PIX-DOCK connects drives mounted in a Sound Devices PIX-CADDY to computers equipped with Thunderbolt™ high-speed I/O over a single Thunderbolt cable.<

The PIX-CADDY, which is used to connect SSD volumes to all PIX recorders, is an SSD mounting accessory that also operates as a multi-format interface to attach the SSD to a computer for file transfer and management. With the introduction of the PIX-DOCK, users can now leverage Thunderbolt’s fast transfer speeds between drives and computers. Thunderbolt offers up to 10 Gbps interconnection speeds, making the file copying of large-capacity drives fast and easy. When using fast storage drives, its high throughput allows realtime playback of multiple streams of high-data-rate video.

The PIX-DOCK provides both power and data over a single cable and is compatible with SATA drives. PIX-DOCK includes a six-foot Thunderbolt cable that connects to the PIX-CADDY using its eSATAp connection. It also offers a secure, latching connection to PIX-CADDY, and its weighted base prevents sliding on desktop surfaces.

“PIX-DOCK simplifies and speeds the transfer and management of files when using our PIX recorders,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “By utilizing Thunderbolt, we are able provide our users with blazing fast and reliable transfers.”

The PIX 220, PIX 240 and PIX 260 record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codecs. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. The PIX 240 and PIX 260 add even more flexibility, with their time code, sync generator, and simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs. All PIX recorders bring the company’s award-winning audio expertise and performance to their video products.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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