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Gepco® International Unveils Mobile Web Reference at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, APRIL 16, 2012 — Gepco International (NAB Booth #C8508), an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to unveil and demonstrate the new Gepco® Mobile Web Reference Tool at the NAB Show April 16-19, 2012. Equipped with a competitor cross reference and a product directory, the Mobile Web Reference is designed to allow users to quickly and easily find Gepco Brand equivalent products and their specs from anywhere, at any time.

Never has it been easier to spec Gepco cables in a job or project. A user can simply navigate to http://xref.gepco.com on his or her mobile web browser, click the Start button and submit a competing part number to find the Gepco Brand equivalent.

For complete information at your fingertips, the Gepco Mobile Web Reference also incorporates a product directory with full specifications as well as product photos, descriptions, features and benefits, applications and ordering information. The product directory can be browsed by category or searched via keyword.

Accessible from any device with web browsing capabilities, the Gepco Mobile Web Reference is touch-optimized for smartphones and tablets and features an intuitive user interface with expanding and collapsing menus, showing only the details the user wants to view.

“We’re excited to provide this very useful tool to our customers,” said Joe Zajac, Sales and Applications Engineer for Gepco® Brand Products. “Our new Mobile Web Reference provides a wealth of information already, and we plan to expand its functionality even further with more Gepco products as well as additional competitor databases.”

NAB attendees can learn more about the Gepco Mobile Web Reference by visiting the Gepco Booth (#C8508) to view a demonstration video. Gepco representatives will also be available to provide live demonstrations on their mobile devices.

The Gepco Mobile Web Reference tool can also be accessed via a traditional web browser at www.gepco.com.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

Gepco® International Shows Off with Demos of New Customer Tools and Products at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, APRIL 16, 2012 — Gepco International, an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to show off new customer tools and products at the NAB Show April 16-19, 2012 with demonstrations in their booth (#C8508). Highlighting tools to assist customers, Gepco will unveil its new Mobile Web Reference, as well as offer a first look at its upcoming Online Panel Designer™. Also debuting at the NAB Show, the Gepco® Brand TactiFlex™ Flexible Ruggedized Fiber Optic Cables will carry the signal for 3D-4U, Inc.’s 180-degree 3D Camera demonstration, alongside a demo for Gepco® Brand RunONE™ Powered Cables.

The Gepco® Mobile Web Reference, equipped with a competitor cross reference and a product directory, is designed to allow users to quickly and easily find Gepco Brand equivalent products and their specs from anywhere, at any time. A user can simply navigate to http://xref.gepco.com on his or her mobile web browser, click the Start button and submit a competing part number to find the Gepco Brand equivalent. The product directory, which can be browsed or searched via keyword, offers full specifications as well as product photos, descriptions, features and benefits, applications and ordering information. Accessible from any device with web browsing capabilities, the Gepco Mobile Web Reference is touch-optimized for smartphones and tablets and features an intuitive user interface with expanding and collapsing menus, showing only the details the user wants to view. NAB attendees can visit the Gepco Booth for a live demonstration with a Gepco representative or to view a demonstration video.

NAB attendees can also visit the Gepco Booth to view a demonstration video for the upcoming Gepco Online Panel Designer™. To be launched later this year, the Gepco Panel Designer will provide a time-saving, visual interface for designing custom panels via a web browser. With drag-and-drop features, Gepco’s Panel Designer will allow the user to choose the panel type, size, material, finish, connectors and lettering options so the user can quickly and easily submit his or her custom panel for a quote or order.

Designed for portable applications in harsh environments, the new Gepco® Brand TactiFlex™ Flexible Ruggedized Fiber Optic Cables are tough and lightweight, yet more flexible than standard ruggedized fiber cables on the market. With an outer jacket that is 30 percent more flexible while remaining abrasion-, chemical- and cut-resistant, TactiFlex cables offer improved performance while standing up to the harshest conditions.

TactiFlex will make its debut at NAB 2012 by carrying the signal for a demonstration of 3D-4U, Inc.’s 180-Degree 3D Camera in the Gepco Booth. Through its patent-pending software and multi-sensor 180- or 360-degree camera, 3D-4U’s unique media player allows viewers to zoom in or out, pan left or right, or tilt up or down with a variety of standard interactive controllers. The immersive video technology developed by 3D-4U utilizes custom solutions designed and built by DigiMax Consulting and Gepco International. Among the custom solutions provided by Gepco are a 16-channel CWDM (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing) Mux/Demux, a custom fiber reel, and custom panels and boxes, all of which are terminated with various connectors.

Making their first appearance at NAB, Gepco® Brand RunONE™ Powered Cables combine audio and power, along with optional data, under a single durable, yet flexible jacket. With multiple uses for corporations, DJs, lighting rigs and tours, RunONE allows the user to pull a single cable in place of multiple cables, providing a portable and neat solution that saves time and hassle. Each RunONE cable combines one channel of power with two, eight or 12 channels of 110 Ohm balanced audio for line level, mic level or digital AES audio signals and can be used with self-powered speakers or in DMX lighting control. Using real-time analytical software, Gepco will demonstrate the superior characteristics of Gepco’s RunONE cables by comparing them to similar products. The software will measure handling noise, interference and frequency performance for differences you can not only hear, but see.

“We’re pleased to not only be able to show off some new products this year at NAB, but also new tools that will improve the customer experience,” said Joe Zajac, Sales and Applications Engineer for Gepco® Brand Products.

Discover solutions for reliable content delivery with Gepco Brand, SheerWire™ and other General Cable products at our 2012 NAB Show Booth #C8508.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

First Yamaha CL Console Demo A Success

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—With more than 60 audio professionals in attendance, sponsor and Yamaha dealer ACIR Professional deemed the first field demo of the new Yamaha CL Console series a success.

Yamaha Systems Application Engineer, Kevin Kimmel, presented the new CL Series Digital Console along with the Portico RND 5045 Primary Source Enhancer and Dugan-MY16 card.

Audio professionals present were from the touring, house of worship and performance venue markets and hailed from the Atlantic City area, and areas such as central New Jersey, New York City, and Maryland. “We are quite pleased with the success of this event,” states Bobby Harper, Vice President of Sales, ACIR Professional. “The CL console will fill a price point void, provide a new audio transmission platform, and also solve the problems of sharing digital head amps. We know that both Yamaha and ACIR Professional will do quite well in the sales and marketing efforts of the new console.”

For more information on the Yamaha CL Series Digital Console, RND 5045 or Dugan-MY 16 card, visit www.yamahaca.com.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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PHOTO ID: Yamaha’s Kevin Kimmel

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

Mid-Sized Church Gets Big Sound with StudioLive

VotP's Glen Hallmark

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 2012…  Voice of the Pentecost is a media-savvy church with a modern outlook and a contemporary worship style. It has a lively service and a fun-loving congregation, and music plays a major role in sharing the message.

The church recently upgraded their aging analog console, bringing in a PreSonus StudioLive™ 24.4.2 digital mixer. As Media Tech Glen Hallmark explains, the new desk has made a world of difference.

“Our old console was very constrictive for the things we wanted to accomplish, particularly for the musicians,” he says. “We have anywhere from six to ten musicians up on stage at any given time. The band is on in-ears, and the singers are using wedges. With the old mixer, we were only able to provide them with four monitor mixes. Everyone’s mix was a poor compromise, and no one really got what they wanted. Needless to say, it didn’t contribute to their performance.”

It also affected the sound in the sanctuary. “We were pumping so much volume into the monitors that we’d have to compensate by making the front-of-house mix louder,” says Hallmark. “At a certain point the service becomes less than enjoyable.”

The need for a new console was clear, and the church started researching their options. “We knew we needed a digital console to get the features we wanted, and we started researching our options,” Hallmark explains. “The StudioLive console had all the features we were looking for, and the price point was very economical – so economical, in fact, that we were initially a bit skeptical. But the more we looked into it, and the more we compared features, sound and build quality, the more impressed we were.”

Sound quality in particular was a major factor in selecting the StudioLive. “The preamps on this console are just fantastic,” Hallmark exclaims. “We’re using the same microphones we had before, but the choir sounds so much better.”

Hallmark states that the availability of more monitor mixes has also done wonders for the singers. “With our old console, all the singers got one monitor mix. Now we’re able to create three separate mixes for the singers, so we can give the altos, sopranos and tenors individual mixes. It’s been great for their performance.”

The StudioLive’s remote-mixing feature was an unexpected plus. “I’m using the iPad® to mix pretty much every service,” Hallmark reports. “It enables me to sit with the congregation and hear what they’re hearing and to be a part of the service, rather than being tied to the console. My wife is on the prayer and worship team, and we’ve got a young daughter, so the iPad remote also allows me to go out and sit with my family.”

The band wasted no time in learning how to adjust their own monitor mixes. “QMix™ is great,” Hallmark says. “Each of the musicians has their own little iPod touch® for controlling their mix levels.”

The StudioLive desk does more than just deliver a great in-house mix, though. “We archive every service online,” notes Hallmark. “We record CDs and DVDs as well. We record everything to Capture. I’m able to fine-tune the mix and adjust the vocal levels, and I save a backup file of every service. I dedicate one monitor mix specifically for the Web feed, so I’m able to create a different mix from what’s in the room, and easily monitor what it sounds like going out over the Web.”

Those recorded services are also useful for other purposes. “I can pull up a mix when the room is empty and try out different compression and effects settings, without worrying about affecting the live sound,” says Hallmark. “And because our audio staff is largely volunteer-based, I can pull up a mix to train a volunteer on how to run the console, without the stress of teaching them during a service.”

Hallmark says the congregation has also noticed the improvement. “People have been complimenting us on the sound of the services,” he reports. “It is just incredible what this console has allowed us to do.”

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

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Chicago’s College Church Offers a Landmark Iconyx Installation

Wheaton, IL, April 2012... Founded in 1861 with close ties to Wheaton College, College Church has achieved a reputation as one of the most influential churches in America.

The stunning Georgian Revival-style building on Washington Street that the church calls home was built around two decades ago. It’s an architectural gem that boasts high glass ceilings, soaring columns, and a U-shaped wrap-around balcony. The room’s acoustics provide a wonderful complement for the piano, pipe organ, and choir that typically accompany most services. But that same architecture has represented a long-standing challenge for spoken-word intelligibility. As Greg Dieckhaus, President and CEO of Bolingbrook, IL-based Practical AV Solutions explains, the church has been through more than one attempt at addressing the issue.

“It’s a gorgeous building, but problems with intelligibility and consistency of coverage have plagued them since the beginning,” says Dieckhaus. “It’s not just the high ceilings. The room itself is somewhat U-shaped, with gallery seating along the sides and back, covered by a balcony level. The resulting acoustics tend to cause some odd reflection patterns.”

The sanctuary’s original audio system comprised severalhundred small speakers mounted underneath the seating, pointing downward to reflect off the tiled floor. “It was a distributed, under-pew system, the concept being that it would bring the sound very close to the listener,” says Dieckhaus. “It was a great idea in theory, and it did address their aesthetic concerns, combined with some full range loudspeakers built into the organ loft above and behind the chancel platform. But in practice it failed to deliver the desired results.”

“We abandoned the under-pew system within a matter of months,” says Tim Hollinger, the church’s Technology Manager. “We experimented with several alternative options over the next year, eventually settling on a more traditional center cluster design. That served us for about 18 years, and was considerably better than the original system.”

Eventually, though, it became clear that the main issues were with the building’s acoustics, which needed to be addressed before the audio system itself.

“It’s a gorgeous but somewhat cavernous space that, frankly, has the potential for standing waves that can go on for up to two or three seconds, no matter how good the sound system is,” says Tim Hollinger, the church’s Technology Manager.

Recognizing that, Acoustician Gregory Miller of Chicago-based Pin Drop Acoustics was brought in to evaluate the space. As Dieckhaus observes, Miller was chosen for his unique approach toward acoustics.

“Greg is a person with a strong performing arts and music background,” says Dieckhaus. “He has a great love for traditional, unamplified music, and is very conscious of the acoustics of a space and how they affect the music. He approached the project with the clear mission of improving speech intelligibility without destroying the room’s unique musical acoustical characteristics.”
“Greg determined that the best solution would combine acoustic treatment with a redesigned sound system, and brought us in to look at revamping the speaker system as well,” says Dieckhaus. “The first thing that came to mind for me was the Iconyx IC2 digitally steerable array from Renkus-Heinz. I had used Iconyx in many other churches and knew it worked well in very challenging acoustical environments. I had educated myself on the new IC2 model and was confident it was the right system for this application. This particular church has a rather wide chancel stage, without a lot vertical elements to position a column array.” The IC2 system, comprising a two-box array mounted above the chancel platform, was installed by Pentegra Systems of Elmhurst, IL. The IC2 system is augmented by four Renkus-Heinz SGX81 two-way 8-inch cabinets, installed to provide coverage to the over-balcony seating. Another pair of SGX81 boxes are installed as monitors for the chancel choir.To that end, Miller designed a system utilizing diffusers, rather than absorption, to treat the room’s excessive reflectivity. “The musical aspect of our service is very important, and the sound of our organ and choir in particular,” says Hollinger. “Sound absorption was never an option for us, so Greg Miller’s approach of using diffusion was really the right one for us.”

Dieckhaus says the IC2 proved to be the ideal choice for controlling the sound within the space. “It was clearly able to place the sound where we needed it and keep the directivity under control without firing at the walls, ceiling and other reflective surfaces.”

For Hollinger, the challenge of treading the fine line of improving the room’s intelligibility while retaining its signature acoustics has indeed been met. “Spoken word intelligibility is vastly improved, and as our organist put it, we’ve done no damage to the music. Given that he’s one of our most discerning listeners, that’s perhaps the ultimate compliment.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

VUE Audiotechnik Announces Multi-Year Development Partnership with Materion Electrofusion

VUE Audiotechnik to deliver high performance transducers based on Materion Electrofusion’s Truextent® brand acoustic beryllium

San Diego, CA (April 11, 2012) – Following their recent launch at the Pro Light & Sound expo in Frankfurt, VUE Audiotechnik today announced a development partnership with Materion Electrofusion, the world’s leading supplier of genuine beryllium and other advanced materials for high-end acoustic applications.

VUE Audiotechnik and Materion are currently developing a family of compression drivers based around Materion’s Truextent acoustic beryllium. Extremely stiff and lightweight, beryllium offers a unique combination of properties that dramatically reduce mechanical deformation (breakup), shifting the resonant frequencies inherent in more conventional materials outside the audible range.

VUE Audiotechnik’s unique application of beryllium will first appear in a family of 4-inch down to 1-inch HF transducers—all delivering significantly lower HF distortion at higher outputs than the most advanced titanium or aluminum solutions available today.

 

“Materion shares our commitment to expanding the boundaries of loudspeaker performance through the application of advanced technologies at all levels,” explains Ken Berger, CEO of VUE Audiotechnik. “Their Truextent beryllium is the result of significant research and development efforts to move beyond the limitations of more traditional materials. We’re extremely excited to deliver this technology and its unique performance advantages to VUE customers.”

VUE Audiotechnik’s proprietary beryllium-based compression drivers will be the “crown jewels” in a range of premier loudspeakers debuting as early as this Spring. At the same time, Materion and VUE are also exploring future applications of beryllium, including its benefits beyond HF reproduction alone.

“We’ve been looking for a development partner to bring our technology to the sound reinforcement market worldwide with the right combination of fresh thinking, nimble manufacturing, and a global distribution network,” remarked Steve Willenborg, Truextent Product Manager at Materion Electrofusion. “VUE Audiotechnik is the perfect partner to showcase Truextent acoustic beryllium through the development and deployment of a wide range of professional loudspeaker systems that greatly exceed current performance benchmarks.”

About VUE Audiotechnik

VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships. 

 About Materion Electrofusion

Materion Electrofusion is a business of Materion Corporation.  Based in Fremont, California, Materion Electrofusion supplies high-purity beryllium components to the acoustics market.  It operates a manufacturing facility in Fremont with sales and distribution sites in Europe and Asia.  Materion Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies highly engineered advanced enabling materials to global markets. Products include precious and non-precious specialty metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems. Headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the Company serves customers in more than 50 countries. It has operating, service center and major office locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and employs approximately 3,000 people worldwide.

Truextent is a registered trademark of Materion Brush, Inc.

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Christie Hosts Cinema Industry Heavyweights at First-Ever High Frame Rate (HFR) Laser Projection Demo

Christie® hosted a high frame rate (HFR) Summit yesterday at Christie’s worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Kitchener, Ontario, touring cinema-industry luminaries through its manufacturing facility and providing the first-ever laser projection of high frame rate cinema and alternative content on to a 30-foot white screen.

Recent Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull, Ian Bidgood, Technical Director, Park Road Post Production; Matt Cowan, Chief Scientific Officer, RealD; John Helliker and Bert Dunk, Directors at the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre and Demetri Portelli, Stereographer met with Christie engineering and product development staff for a vibrant information sharing session and discussion on high frame rates, laser projection, and the future of 3D and 4K projection.

“Our guests were very impressed with our demonstration of high-frame rate content using one of our prototype laser projectors,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, “as well as the laser projector development roadmap we shared in these frank discussions.”

Big, Bright and Crystal Clear Will Spark Cinema Industry Renaissance
The consensus of the assembled industry experts was that the industry needs to differentiate itself from the plethora of varied viewing options, from tablets to home theaters and all manner of exhibitor setups, to raise itself out of its current malaise.

Doug Trumbull said “Spectacular movies delivered at high-frame rates, on to big and vividly bright screens, will enable the production and exhibition of amazingly immersive cinema experiences that will be far more powerful than any other medium.”

Echoing Mr. Trumbull’s sentiments, Ian Bidgood suggested that “…3D images must be awe-inspiring to bring back the crowds to theaters worldwide, and the higher brightness levels that are required to do justice to these images, along with higher frame rate material, will be delivered by Christie’s technology in the laser field, with new projector and cinema solutions for today and the future.”

Christie plans on incorporating laser projection technology into its cinema product line, business products line and visualization and simulation solutions where it benefits its customer base.

The Kitchener facility for projection, visualization/simulation, DLP Cinema and LED-based products and solutions is Registered to ISO14001 (Environmental Management System) and Registered to ISO9001 (Quality Management System).

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality.

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L-ACOUSTICS Creates Skandal in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey — New indie nightclub Skandal! has opened its doors in Istanbul with an L-ACOUSTICS coaxial loudspeaker system supplied by Turkish distributor Elit Light&Sound Technologies.

Run by leading Istanbul venue owners together with Metehan Corumluoglu, aka DJ Style-ist, Skandal! draws heavily on the twin late-’70s cultures of new wave and disco, bringing a new vibe to the Istanbul club scene. A system of seven L-ACOUSTICS 8XTi coaxial speakers from L-ACOUSTICS’ Architectural Series for installers with two 108P coaxials and two SB18i fixed installation subwoofers, driven by two LA4 amplifiers, has been installed into the venue. more

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Vizrt Launches Viz Media Engine with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Integration

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announces the latest integration of the Viz Media Engine with the upcoming release of Adobe® Premiere®Pro CS6 software. This new integration gives editors more efficient productivity by allowing them to search and select source material from Viz Media Engine within Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Selected source material is dragged onto the timeline and media is directly available without a time-consuming file-transfer. The finished product can then be rendered and exported to the Viz Media Engine through a dialogue where in metadata can be added to the material.

“We are very excited to work closely with Adobe as we developed this plugin to support our customers’ needs,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO of Vizrt.

At NAB 2012, Adobe will reveal more about Creative Suite 6 video tools, which are expected to ship in the first half of 2012. Redesigned by and for editors, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 combines faster performance with a sleek, customizable user interface and powerful trimming tools that let editors work the way they want to. Learn more about the top new features in the upcoming Creative Suite 6.
http://success.adobe.com/en/na/programs/events/1203_16108_nab.html

Viz Media Engine takes care of the complete chain of ingesting, storing, transcoding and publishing content to a variety of formats adapted to almost every consumer device available. From a single point users have complete control over all their assets, including metadata, playlists, archive and storage.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

HARMAN’s Studer Announces Integration of EMBER Protocol with Studer(r) Vista Consoles at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At NAB this year, HARMAN’s Studer will show how efficiently it can control newsroom playout or production automation systems with its full range of broadcast consoles, demonstrating the expanded integration of the Ember protocol into Studer Vista consoles at booth C2619 in addition to the existing inclusion in Studer’s OnAir range of consoles.

The Ember protocol provides seamless integration of Studer Vista and OnAir series consoles with 3rd-party broadcast control systems & newsroom production automation systems. Such a workflow enables broadcasters to add and expand newscasting without adding overheads in newsroom operations, and improves workflow and newsgathering ability while retaining the ability to go to manual override for breaking news.

“Supporting the networking and routing needs of broadcasters is nothing new for us at Studer,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Marketing Manager for Studer in the USA. “Some of the world’s largest broadcasters have trusted Studer for over a decade to manage the integrity of their network operations with the Route 3000, Route 6000, Pro-Bel and now we will further support broadcasters’ needs with the integration of Ember.”

Ember is a control protocol implementation that allows many audio console settings to be controlled over TCP/IP, in addition to the Pro-Bel SW-P-08 protocol that is supported already. An additional bonus to broadcast is Ember’s ability to support multi-connection setups, making it an excellent choice for installations requiring redundancy.
Ember connectivity allows the external equipment to transfer signal labels, and to control input channel gains, solo, mutes, plus AUX send levels and mutes, along with N-X (mix-minus) bus levels and mutes. Master channel levels and mutes can also be addressed along with Group and Aux master channels.

EMBER control is available across the range of Studer consoles, including the new compact OnAir 1500 console, so it can be used from large-scale public broadcast situations to small local stations according to budget.

EMBER will be shown with the Vista 5 series of consoles on the HARMAN Studer booth C2619 at the NAB show, in addition to the showcase of Studer’s five other new products being launched at the show. The new Vista 1 Compact will also support EMBER, in turn presenting a robust all-in-one solution for broadcasters looking to cost-effectively consolidate their studio operations.

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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