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BASSMAXX Launches Redesigned Website

BASSMAXX (www.bassmaxx.com) has launched its redesigned website. Now live, bassmaxx.com boasts the company’s new look and feel, adds several new products and more information pages.

AUSTIN, Texas, April 13, 2012 — BASSMAXX (www.bassmaxx.com), an industry leader in high-output subwoofers and audiophile-quality professional loudspeakers, is proud to announce that it has launched its redesigned website. Now live, bassmaxx.com boasts the company’s new look and feel, adds several new products and more information pages.

“The new-and-improved bassmaxx.com not only introduces customers to the technical aspects of our products and systems, it also explains the BASSMAXX philosophy: A pristine, full-range sound that fully immerses the audience in music,” said David Lee, president and designer of BASSMAXX. “A complete BASSMAXX sound system creates a space in which the audience feels the music as much as they hear it.”

BASSMAXX.com features extensive product information, news, promotional videos, a blog, customer and user testimonials, support, financing and warranty information.

“The BASSMAXX sound is full and rich, and every design decision is intended to allow the systems to be played loudly while maintaining pristine sound quality,” Lee added. “We pride ourselves on creating superior products, able to reliably handle the extreme low frequency demands of electronic music. At BASSMAXX.com, customers can learn which products or systems are perfect for their individual sound reinforcement needs. Personalized system design assistance is also available to help customers meet virtually any acoustical, physical, or financial requirement they have.”

For more information on BASSMAXX products and services, please call 713-397-4466, or visit www.bassmaxx.com.

About BASSMAXX
Since 1999, BASSMAXX has designed and delivered powerful and efficient sound systems to the live sound and high-end club market. Applying a ruthless practicality to uncompromising standards of quality and reliability has yielded a product line that is both exotic in performance and accessible in price.

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Matrox Announces Support for Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium Software

MONTREAL — April 13, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced support for the upcoming release of Adobe(R) Creative Suite(R) 6 Production Premium and Adobe Mercury Transmit with the Matrox MXO2(TM) family of I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX(TM) I/O card. The award-winning Matrox I/O products provide broadcast-quality video and audio input, output, and monitoring to enable traditional tape-based workflows including deck control for frame-accurate batch capture and print-to-tape. They are also the only I/O solutions on the market that let users encode H.264 files for delivery to the web, iPad(R), and iPhone(R) up to five times faster than software alone, without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac(R) and Windows(R) support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt, PCIe, or ExpressCard/34 — with the same versatile unit. more

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Severtson Screens Appoints L. Craig Shelley CEO

Severtson Screens CEO L. Craig Shelley

Mesa, Ariz., April 13, 2012 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the home theater and pro AV markets, is pleased to announce that it has appointed L. Craig Shelley its new CEO.

“Craig is a seasoned business executive with more than thirty years experience in marketing and business development,” said Ron Severtson, founder and Chairman of the Board of the Severtson Corporation. “He is multi-lingual and holds an MBA degree in International Management. His background as a corporate officer with major international companies and as a consultant in real estate franchising, banking, and insurance will be an immediate asset to Severtson Corporation as we grow our company both domestically and internationally.”

After celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. Severtson’s extensive experience in manufacturing small home theater screens and large cinema screens has given Severtson Corporation the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor applications as well as large outdoor venues.

Shelley added, “I have known Ron and his family for more than thirty years and have always admired him, his company, and the way he does business. In fact, I have used examples from Ron’s life and business in training programs for other companies. I see great things ahead for all of us at Severtson and am honored to join the team. The innovations that constantly come out of the company are exciting and promise a future of growth and leadership in the industry. We have an excellent core of people and products to build from and I am excited to work with all of the outstanding stakeholders throughout the distribution network.”

With its three production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has massive production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screen sizes — from IMAX to small home theater screens — available to its clients.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com or call 480-610-5155.

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

From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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Analog Way exhibits at NAB 2012 – Booth #C12027 -

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to exhibit at NAB 2012. Analog Way will demonstrate a selection of its powerful solutions in booth #C12027, from April 16 to 19, in Las Vegas, NV, USA.

> Eikos: Multi-Layer Hi-Resolution Mixer, Matrix Scaler, Seamless Switcher with 4 Scalers
Awarded “Most InAVative Commercial Video Processing or Distribution Product” at ISE and “Best Video Signal Processing or Distribution Product/Matrix Switching” at InfoComm 2011
Eikos (Ref.EKS500) is a Multi-Layer Mixer Scaler Seamless Switcher offering up to 12 inputs including 4 fitted with SDI and 2 fitted with DVI-D. Eikos offers 3 operating modes: Multi-Layer Mixer,12 by 2 Seamless Native Matrix and QuadraVision modes.
In Multi-Layer Mixer mode, Eikos can display up to 6 layers: 3 Live Sources, 1 Frame and 2 Logos. Up to 2 PIPs can be displayed on a live background, or 3 PIPs on a still background. Live layers can be customized by the user. New effects are also available and can be combined during transitions. Eikos offers a classic preview as well as a Still Mosaic Full Preview function.
Eikos also offers a 12×2 scaled native matrix with true seamless switching. In this mode, up to 2 PIPs can be added on a still background and a mirror function is available.
In QuadraVision mode, Eikos allows the display of 4 computer or video sources on the main output.
A Video Output card provides SD or HDTV formats in various signals from Composite Video to HD SDI. Eikos also comes in a Light Edition, Eikos LE (Ref.EKS400).

> Smart MatriX: High-End Scaled Native Matrix
Smart MatriX (Ref.SMX200) is a powerful Scaled Matrix with Native Hi-Resolution Output equipped with 4 Scalers. It offers up to 12 inputs including 4 fitted with SDI and 2 fitted with DVI-D. With state of the art 100% digital processing, Smart MatriX outputs Digital and Analog Signals in DVI and VGA (RGBHV) simultaneously with a selection of many formats from HDTV to Computer 2K. Smart MatriX offers a 12×2 Scaled Native Matrix mode with true seamless switching. In addition, Smart MatriX offers PIP features: up to 2 PIPs can be displayed on a still background on each output, or 1 PIP on a still background still giving access to seamless effects during transitions. A PIP layer can also be used as a title effect over a live background. PIPs can be customized by the user with various attributes and a mirror function is available.
A Video Output card provides SD or HDTV formats in various signals from Composite Video to HD SDI. Smart MatriX also comes in a Light Edition, Smart MatriX LE (Ref.SMX100).

> Pulse: Multi-Layer Hi-Resolution Mixer Seamless Switcher with 2 Scalers
Pulse (Ref.PLS300) is a Multi-Layer Mixer Scaler Seamless Switcher with Full High Resolution Digital processing. This high-grade and easy-to-use solution is particularly adapted to large screen projections, conference rooms and Houses Of Worship.Pulse offers 10 direct inputs including 2 fitted with digital DVI and 2 fitted with SDI. In Mixer mode, Pulse can display 2 Live Sources. Live layers can be customized with various attributes (borders, movements, zoom, cut, fade, wipe or slide). Pulse offers many Live effects including Keying and PIP animation. Integrated Audio Stereo switcher features 8 inputs (6 analog and 2 from embedded SDI) and 1 output.

> Axion2: High End Remote Controller – New features!
Axion2 (Ref.ARC200) is a powerful Remote Controller specifically designed for live events and multi- screen venues. Axion2 is compatible with Analog Way’s new generation of Seamless Switchers. The machines can be controlled either as stand-alone processors or in combination, including Soft Edge Blending configurations. Axion2 can control up to 6 independent screen configurations in different locations (single display or multiple projectors in Soft Edge Blended mode) and store up to 90 presets per screen configuration. A Sequences mode allows the creation of up to 9 sequences per screen configuration. Axion2 offers useful features to easily program and control a show in a live environment (off-line programming, Snap button, Toggle Preset…). Axion2 was recently upgraded with 14 new key features. These improvements include the automatic display of IP addresses and all the connected devices on the screen’s setup page.

> RK-300: Remote Keypad
RK-300 (Ref.RK-300) is an intuitive user-friendly Remote Control Keypad designed to control Analog Way’s new multi-scaler Seamless Switchers: Eikos, Eikos LE, OPS300, OPS200, Pulse, Pulse LE, Smart MatriX, Smart MatriX LE, Smart Vu, Smart Vu LE, Smart Quad and Smart Edge. The Remote Console allows full control of menu and settings of the switchers and direct access to PIPs, logos, frames and sources selection. Layers properties can be defined by the user and stored in the console’s memory. A mini joystick allows easy control of the displayed elements. RK-300 is fitted with an Ethernet LAN RJ45 connector for easy connection and utilization.

> Broad Scan HD: Very High Resolution to Video and HDTV Scan Converter with Genlock and Embedded Audio
Fitted with Digital DVI and Analog RGB inputs, the Broad Scan HD (ref. BHD930-DG) converts Workstation, PC or Mac graphic images up to 1600×1200@60Hz (1920×1200 RB) into NTSC / PAL video or HDTV formats. Each computer input has its own monitor loop through for the connection of a control display. Output signal can be both analog and digital thus Broad Scan HD can provide full digital processing path from the input to the output. The Broad Scan HD features powerful broadcast Genlocks. Genlocks inputs are fitted with a loop through output allowing chaining devices. The Broad Scan HD includes computer input format memory: up to 16 user presets can be stored in the machines corresponding to 16 different input formats. Broad Scan HD offers 8 presets memories.

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Analog Way names new Global Customer Service and After Sales Support Director

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative image converters and presentation switchers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jérôme Tancray as new Global Customer Service & After Sales Support Director.

Analog Way is pleased to announce the appointment of Jérôme Tancray as new Global Customer Service & After Sales Support Director. Based next to Paris in France, where Analog Way’s Headquarters are located, Jérôme Tancray will develop Customer Service and will take charge of Analog Way‘s worldwide Technical Support divisions.

Prior to joining Analog Way, Jérôme worked in the medical instrumentation sector where he gained extensive experience in Customer Service. His position involved varied tasks, from on field technical support, to the development and implementation of training programs and service offers.
Taking lead of Analog Way’s Technical Support divisions, Jérôme’s mission will include the introduction of new tools and value added services to improve both pre-sales and after-sales service provided to Analog Way’s customers.

“I’m thrilled to now be part of Analog Way, a blossoming high-end manufacturer in the Pro A/V field, which is a fascinating sector”, comments Jérôme Tancray. “My mission at Analog Way is to take Customer Service to the next level with the intention of being more pro-active and closer to our customers’ requirements.”

Talking about the appointment of Jérôme Tancray, Adrien Corso, Analog Way’s CEO, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Jérôme as new Customer Service and After Sales Support Director. His expertise in BtoB customer support management will be instrumental in the development of improved Customer Service for Analog Way’s customers and partners worldwide.”

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Analog Way releases new website and goes mobile

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to announce the release of its new website during ISE 2012. The new website offers improved design and new, useful content for customers. In addition, Analog Way launched mobile versions of the website for optimized access to product information from smartphones.

Analog Way has chosen Integrated Systems Europe 2012 to unveil its new website in booth #3A112. Completely re-designed, the new website offers improved organization to help users quickly find useful information. Users can easily browse Analog Way’s wide range of Mixers & Seamless Switchers, Event Controllers, Scan Converters, Multi-format Converters, Scalers and Interfaces.

The Products section was improved with new comparison charts, application notes, as well as demo and training videos. Pages dedicated to Technical Support offer optimized aypresentation of firmware and remote control software. White papers on different topics are also available online to answer customers’ recurring questions.
RSS feeds are also available and allow subscription from customers so that they automatically receive alerts on the subjects of their choice.

Last but not least, customers can access key information when they are on an integration project or a live event using the mobile version of the new website, available from any Smartphone.
Mainly focusing on products’ information and resources, the mobile website offers a simplified interface and the organization of elements has been optimized to better fit mobile devices.
Customers still have the choice to switch to the full version of the website from their mobile phone.

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

Cinema Leaders at Christie HFR Summit and Laser Demo

Cinema industry leaders including (left to right) Matt Cowan (RealD Inc), Doug Trumbull (Trumbull Ventures LLC), Ian Bidgood (Park Road), Bert Dunk (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre), Demetri Portelli (3D Stereography) and John Helliker (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre) frame Christie’s laser projector prototype at Christie’s Kitchener manufacturing plant. Following a demonstration of high frame rate (HFR) content projected by the laser unit, the industry luminaries shared information and opinions on high frame rates, laser projection, and the future of 3D and 4K projection at Christie’s one-day HFR Summit.

Autoscript launches the Enhanced Prompting Imaging Centre – the next-generation prompting system

Twickenham, UK, April 13, 2012 Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, today launched the Enhanced Prompting Imaging Centre (EPIC – patent pending), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment and enables easier location prompting, while retaining the advanced features and functions of the Autoscript LED prompter series. more

Cinema Industry Leaders View Laser Projection at Christie

Industry Leaders View Christie HFR and Laser Demo

Cinema industry leaders including (left to right) Matt Cowan (RealD Inc), Doug Trumbull (Trumbull Ventures LLC), Ian Bidgood (Park Road), Bert Dunk (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre), Demetri Portelli (3D Stereography) and John Helliker (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre) frame Christie’s laser projector prototype at Christie’s Kitchener manufacturing plant. Following a demonstration of high frame rate (HFR) content projected by the laser unit, the industry luminaries shared information and opinions on high frame rates, laser projection, and the future of 3D and 4K projection at Christie’s one-day HFR Summit.

Christie Broadcasts Latest Visual Technologies At NAB 2012

Christie(r) is showcasing some of its newest technologies at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show April 16-19 including a High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D demonstration, an expanded portfolio of 3-chip DLP(r) projectors that can natively project in portrait orientation and the introduction of two new 3LCD projectors. Also on the booth is a new Christie broadcast set design featuring an interactive tiled display wall.
Front and center in the high definition Christie broadcast set design is a concave backdrop of 138 Christie(r) MicroTiles(r). The 48 center tiles feature interactive technology while two portrait-mounted 55-inch Christie FHD551-x flat panels frame the sides of this fully integrated display.
With the elimination of furniture and its shallow profile view, the set is designed to show the future of broadcast sets. In addition to the interactive component allowing on-air personalities to manipulate content and illustrate their story, the set changes from one design to another with a simple touch.
Managing and controlling the multiple display and video processing technologies for maximum viewer engagement is the Christie Spyder X20 video processor.
HFR Projection Technology on Display
Christie presented the first public demonstration of HFR projection in 2011 and, for NAB 2012, it continues its technology leadership. On Monday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. local time, in an exclusive demonstration, 3D content from award-winning director James Cameron will be screened for the media.

Using the Christie CP2220 Digital Cinema(r) projector, Christie will show the James Cameron directed medieval feast and sword fight. This 40-minute video (showing 24, 48 and 60 frames per second comparisons of cinema content) will be held several times daily in a theater-like experience complete with red velvet rope.

The Christie CP2220 projector offers full 2K resolution triple flash for 3D projection and built-in support for HDCP and de-interlacing of alternative content. Using the Texas Instruments 1.2″ DMD allows for bigger, brighter 3D movies, and more efficient cooling which extends the life of the projector.

Christie Launches a New 3LCD Projector Platform
Part of a new series, the Christie LX501 and Christie LX601i projectors are designed for small-to-medium sized venues in higher education, corporate environments and government agencies. These XGA models are the first of a new 3LCD platform that will include wide resolution models later this year.

The Christie LX501 is a 5000 lumen XGA (1024 x 768 resolution) projector that adds another feature-rich, yet affordable solution to Christie’s 3LCD product lineup.
The professional-grade Christie LX601i XGA projector offers 6000 lumens and is suitable for similar venues in the ProAV market requiring slightly higher brightness. It also offers an intuitive LCD information display panel to make setup and maintenance easier to manage.

This versatile series includes a 20,000 hours hybrid filter; expandable, wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses – including repeatable lens memory recall settings – making these models perfect for multi-screen applications.

Christie Expands 3-Chip DLP Portrait Display Offerings
The Christie J Series, the Christie Roadie HD+35K and now the Christie M Series offer the flexibility to create displays in portrait orientation in models ranging from 5,000 to 35,000 lumens. Not all content comes in a standard 16:9 or similar format and some of today’s most captivating visual presentations require creating displays in portrait orientation.

With all of Christie’s 3-chip DLP(r) projectors now capable of portrait mode, customers have more flexibility to showcase natural, native content display configurations – all without compromising brightness – making Christie solutions ideal for concerts, projection mapping and other large venue applications. Portrait mode also offers more vertical pixels, higher vertical resolution, and shorter throw distance capabilities using multiple projectors.

Christie is featuring its own projection mapping display including – all in portrait orientation – two Christie Roadster HD20K-J models along with a Christie Roadie HD+35K. In another portrait orientation display, four Christie HD10K-M projectors will display content on their own widescreen canvas. Both displays will demonstrate the flexibility, power and performance of Christie’s 3-chip DLP(r) projection solutions in any orientation.

About Christie(r)
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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