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Cobalt Digital’s LMNTS Wins Two Awards At NAB 2012

COMPANY RECEIVES HONORS FROM BROADCAST ENGINEERING AND
TV TECHNOLOGY FOR MULTI-CHANNEL LOUDNESS PROCESSING OVER IP PLATFORM

Las Vegas, NV – Cobalt Digital received double honors at NAB 2012 with awards from the broadcast industry’s leading publications. Both Broadcast Engineering and TV Technology acknowledged the ingenuity of LMNTS™ (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams) – the manufacturer’s new multi-channel loudness processing over IP platform – with highly sought-after awards presented to only a tiny fraction of products exhibited at the show held in Las Vegas from April 16th – April 19th. NAB is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

“Cobalt’s LMNTS is an exciting “first” in comprehensive transport-based loudness processing,” commented Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s senior vp of sales and marketing. “We are pleased that not only one, but two of our most respected publications recognized LMNTS as a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing. It offers broadcasters a much-needed economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate.“

Ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled, LMNTS performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams. It operates at the MPEG IP transport layer to provide a practical loudness management solution without the need or complexity of external codecs transferring between baseband and MPEG external interfaces.

Available in both IP and ASI versions, LMNTS extracts and decodes audio codec packets from the program stream, performs high-quality PCM loudness processing, and then re-encodes and re-packets the audio within its stream. Physically, all data connections to LMNTS are via GigE IP or ASI interfaces using an industry-standard IT hardware platform with no intermediary breakouts.

LMNTS is fully scalable and works with single and multi program streams, and supports all video codecs. Because it uses the same high-quality LINEAR ACOUSTIC® Aeromax™ loudness processing for each stream, perfect loudness consistency is assured for all programming passing through the system.

Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hits are among the most prestigious technical awards given at NAB. A panel of independent judges not affiliated with the magazine, tours the show floor for three days looking for innovative products and technology. The judges then met to make their selections based on several criteria, including the technical and financial improvements the product can bring to a facility’s operation. At NAB 2012, only 23 products received the final nod.

TV Technology’s STAR Awards (for Superior Technology Award Recipient) are designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry. Editors search the show floor for the most innovative technologies that demonstrate an ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum. Finalists were examined by a panel of broadcast industry experts and judged for their technical applications and overall contribution to the industry.
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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, VP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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TVLogic Adds Two More Awards To Its Growing Collection

LQM-471W MONITOR RECEIVES “STAR” AWARD FROM THE EDITORS OF TV TECHNOLOGY
DIGITAL VIDEO PRESENTS “BLACK DIAMOND” AWARD TO COMPANY FOR LVM-074W MONITOR

LAS VEGAS — TVLogic has added another two awards to its growing collection of honors. The manufacturer of LCD and OLED high definition displays received a STAR award from the editors of TV Technology at NAB 2012 for their new LQM-471W monitor; and their LVM-074W was recognized for outstanding achievement with a Black Diamond Award from Digital Video at the same show. NAB, held in Las Vegas from April 16th – April 19th, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

Now celebrating its 12th anniversary, the STAR Awards (for Superior Technology Award Recipient) are designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry. A judging panel of broadcast industry experts reviewed a variety of products and services, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees.

“The NAB show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,” said Tom Butts, TV Technology Editor-in-Chief. “Our panel of editors walked the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies. The products and services that we selected for the STAR Award made the cut—they demonstrated their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.”

The award-winning LQM-471W, a 47” 1920×1080 quad input monitor, was designed for multi-source monitoring in control rooms. With four SDI inputs/outputs, the LQM-471W supports multiple display configurations with features like Waveform/Vector Scope, Closed-Caption support, Timecode display, and remote control.

TVLogic also received a Black Diamond Award from Digital Video for their innovative LVM-074W 7″production Viewfinder Monitor. Black Diamonds recognize outstanding achievement in the advancement of video technology. A select panel of engineers, editors, and production and post professionals joined the magazine staff to judge the Best of Show awards. Weighing in at only 1.4lbs., the LVM-074W met the qualifications with its perfect blend of form and functionality.

“Our teams searched the NAB show floor for products that were truly deserving of recognition,” says NewBay Media Broadcast & Video Group Vice President & Group Publisher Eric Trabb. “Recognition with an award at NAB from the Broadcast & Video Group is a strong vote of confidence and admiration from this leading industry publication.”

Both TV Technology and Digital Video are part of NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group of products.

About TV Logic
TVLogic designs and manufactures LCD and OLED High Definition displays from 7″ to 57″ designed specifically for broadcast, production, post-production, digital signage and multi-viewer applications. For further information: www.tvlogicusa.com.
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TV Logic USA Contact: Wes Donahue
818-885-6442 / wes@tvlogicusa.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 / mailto:harriet@desertmooncomm.com

X2O Media’s Powerful X2O Portal Now Fully Integrated With Polycom(R) RealPresence(R) Media Manager

MONTREAL — May 15, 2012 — X2O Media, a provider of digital signage software and content services, today announced that as part of the company’s new “Open Content Management Framework,” the X2O Portal is now fully integrated with the Polycom(R) RealPresence(R) Media Manager. Users can access video assets stored in the RealPresence Media Manager directly from X2O’s cloud-based content management tools, then schedule and deliver them to digital displays, greatly simplifying the content workflow. more

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Advanced Systems Group Adds Cullen Quave to Inside Sales Team

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, added Cullen Quave to its inside sales team in March. He is focused on researching and supporting sales orders for ASG technicians in the field, as well as providing software solutions for ASG clients, specifically Autodesk 3D content creation and creative finishing products.

Quave has worked in the Bay Area film and video community for more than 25 years, including positions with Media Distributors and Steadi Systems. Most recently, he was a sales representative for Calumet Photographic. He has also done freelance film and video production. Quave is based at ASG’s Emeryville office and can be contacted at (510) 654-8300 or via e-mail at cullen@asgllc.com.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Get Ready for AVB: AVnu Alliance Fuels A/V Interoperability with its Largest Demonstration & Training Program at InfoComm 2012

Beaverton, Ore. – May 14, 2012 – At InfoComm 2012, the AVnu Alliance will bring the most extensive AVB (Audio/Video Bridging) technology showcase and education offerings to date. Live demonstrations of AVB-enabled devices will show A/V networking simplicity as systems from 15 pro A/V equipment manufacturers and platform providers interoperate at the AVnu Alliance Pavilion. A comprehensive AVB education program lineup will illustrate how AVB is revolutionizing A/V networking for manufacturers, integrators, consultants, and other A/V professionals.

The key mission of the AVnu Alliance is interoperability that is afforded to its members through the certification program. At the AVnu Alliance Pavilion, InfoComm attendees are invited to experience the most comprehensive multi-vendor AVB demonstration. The certification program was announced in March with official testing to begin in August.

The interoperability demo will feature devices from 15 member companies, including Pro A/V equipment manufacturers Avid, Biamp, Bosch, Harman, Meyer Sound, Riedel Communications, Sennheiser, and Yamaha, network equipment vendor Extreme Networks, as well as platform providers Analog Devices, Audinate, Lab X, Marvell, UMAN, and XMOS.

“As we roll out the AVnu certification program for AVB devices, we have been getting more and more requests for AVB education programs,” says Lee Minich, marketing chair for AVnu Alliance. “Our presence at InfoComm underscores the deep cooperation among members to make AVB deployment a reality.”

A full program of AVB seminars is scheduled at the AVnu Alliance Pavilion, catering to the diverse roles in the A/V ecosystem. These sessions range from introduction to AVB, advanced technical overview, and advantages for A/V manufacturers to application-specific topics covering house of worship, education, live performance, and more. Visit the AVnu Alliance website for the full schedule and details.

“InfoComm is pleased that in 2012 it is working with the AVnu Alliance to produce a pavilion for attendees to learn about the value of AVnu-certified AVB technology,” says Randal Lemke, executive director and CEO of InfoComm. “Show attendees can see and participate in live demonstrations and education from the member companies of the alliance.”

The AVnu Alliance Pavilion at InfoComm is located at booth C11309 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Including more than 40 companies representing industries across automotive, pro A/V, and consumer electronics, the AVnu Alliance certifies AVB devices for interoperability with the goal of creating fully interoperable and easy to implement A/V networks. AVnu-certified devices allow professional A/V providers to have one standards-based unified network that handles all voice, video, audio, and data, while reducing the costs and simplifying the optimization of an A/V network.
About InfoComm
InfoComm, which runs from June 13-15, 2012, is the largest audiovisual communications trade show in the industry. InfoComm offers world-class education sessions and a dynamic show floor offering the most diverse range of products and solutions which together create an ideal platform for dialogue and the creative exchange of ideas.
About AVnu Alliance
AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio/video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked A/V devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming A/V experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional A/V markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.
Media Contact

Candice Perodeau
Rainier Communications (for AVnu Alliance)
508-475-0025 x112

AVnu and AVnu Alliance are trademarks or registered trademarks of AVnu Alliance.
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COUNTRYMAN E6 OMNI EARSET MICROPHONE WORKS ITS MAGIC

*** Scott Tokar ***

Menlo Park, CA – May 2012… Tradeshows are a great place to discover the latest, greatest products. Regardless of whether it’s an automobile tradeshow or one for the countless other products and services available these days, there are always people demonstrating the newest offerings. While many manufacturers use models or product specialists to present their wares, others want something a bit more unique—and that’s where tradeshow magician Scott Tokar comes in. Outfitted with his trusty Countryman E6 Omni Earset Microphone, he consistently puts a fresh spin on tradeshow presentations.

Tokar is not only a magician; he is the founder of Corporate-Fx, a firm dedicated to maximizing a company’s tradeshow visibility by attracting prospective customers through the use of magic. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively while pitching a company’s products or services is paramount to Tokar’s business, as is the freedom to use both hands. After trying a variety of microphone types, Tokar quickly realized the lightweight, robust performance of the Countryman E6 microphone made it the right tool for the job. more

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Shanghai Oriental TV Studio Updates Audio With HARMAN Soundcraft® Vi1 Digital Console

SHANGHAI, China — Shanghai Oriental TV-owned Shanghai Media Group, Inc. (SMG), recently updated its studio in Pudong with a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital audio console. Pudong is a 400 square meter studio, mainly used for production of small scale variety shows.

SMG is one of Soundcraft’s longest-served customers: before upgrading to the Vi1, the studio housed a Soundcraft B400 analog mixer. Tasked with budgeting for a new console, the project team compared the Vi1 with several competitive models. In comparison, SMG highlighted four key factors regarding the Vi1:

• The Vi1’s world-class DSP processing technology—a result of Soundcraft and Studer’s many years of console expertise.

• 40-bit floating point processing technology.

• The Vi1’s Vistonics™ interface is easy to use. Different engineers use the studio all the time, so ease of use is very important. Users can see most of the parameters on Vistonics screens so there is no need to scroll through menus.

• As well as the different functions, the Vi1 associates controls with different colors on the Vistonics touch screens and FaderGlow™. This makes operation of the Vi1 very intuitive.

With such strengths, it was obvious that the Soundcraft Vi1 came up as the winner in the final selection, and the studio is already happily using its new console.

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 $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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Technomad Expands Integrator and End User Options for PowerChiton Amplifiers

Localized control and connections, streaming audio support offer progressive solutions to enhance outdoor audio installations

BOSTON, May 15, 2012Technomad introduces several new product accessories at InfoComm 2012 to complement its advanced audio solutions range. The innovative tools give systems integrators and end users flexible new options to simplify Technomad installations in stadiums, on college campuses and across other indoor/outdoor facilities.

At InfoComm (June 13-15, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C12033), Technomad introduces a weatherproof breakout box and Apple AirPort Express audio streaming compatibility for its range of PowerChiton amplifier modules. The company will also show a new stainless steel mounting solution for its high-power weatherproof loudspeaker models.

“Technomad is always seeking ways to increase the range of applications for our products, and make life easier for systems integrators by innovating solutions that address installation challenges in the field,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president, Technomad.

PowerChiton Breakout Box
The PowerChiton range of passively-cooled, IP66-rated weatherproof amplifier modules — available in four power levels up to 1600 watts — have grown increasingly popular in outdoor audio projects where installers wish to co-locate amplification with loudspeakers, from athletic field complexes to university campus mass notification systems. The compact and low profile of PowerChiton amplifier modules — along with the rugged, weatherproof design — enables sound contractors to easily install the modules on light poles and other surfaces at any height.

Technomad now introduces a specialized PowerChiton breakout box that enables local audio control at user-friendly locations in the same NEMA-style protective enclosure. Contractors can install the breakout box at eye level, for example, allowing end users to adjust volume and connect a handheld microphone or an iPod on the fly.

The PowerChiton breakout box, which begins shipping July 1, includes mic and line level inputs, a four-channel mixer, an accessory cord and mounting hardware. The breakout box also enables remote installations, such as athletic fields without a press box or other protected location, to benefit from permanently-installed, PowerChiton-based PA systems. A coach or announcer can walk up to the breakout box, open it and be speaking through the PA or playing music within seconds.

“Installers typically only open PowerChiton amplifiers to hard-wire connections and set levels, and then screw the box shut for dependable, permanent installations,” said von Kries. “The PowerChiton breakout box is designed for ongoing user adjustments, with easy and direct access to controls and the capacity to store an audio player and microphone. It also provides a local audio source to make announcements and connect an iPod or other playout device.”

Technomad also now supports AirPlay capability from PowerChiton for Apple AirPort Express users. This allows commercial and residential customers to wirelessly stream iTunes audio files and playlists to an AirPort Express unit within a PowerChiton amplifier or breakout box. Users require only the hardware and a basic network or Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly stream audio from a computer or playout device to the PowerChiton — reducing costs and infrastructure associated with traditional wiring and cabling.

New Wall Mount Solution
Technomad is now shipping a new stainless steel wall mount for its AS Series of weatherproof, advanced audio loudspeakers. The AS Series consists of the largest and most powerful Technomad loudspeakers, including the Noho and all Berlin models (broad and narrow-dispersion).

Unlike older styles, the new Technomad wall mount accessory allows installers to position any AS Series loudspeaker vertically or horizontally. The stainless steel design prevents weather-related erosion over time, and pole-mount adaption simplifies lighting and telephone pole installations.

Technomad will also show a range of existing advanced audio solutions, including its ultra-lightweight DragonFly remote audio system; and its Schedulon audio playback and recording system.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

NASA Selects Visionary Solutions’ AVN443 Encoders to Deliver HD Video from International Space Station

Surviving Harsh Radiation Testing, AVN443s are the Only Encoders Certified for Space Flight Hardware

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — May 15, 2012 — Visionary Solutions Inc., today announced that NASA has chosen the company’s AVN443 encoder to transmit HD video signals from the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth, providing NASA with a high-quality, real-time video signal that will be used to produce coverage of missions and events, documentaries, archival video, and other unique programming for NASA TV. more

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XPAND 3D Continues Partnership With Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France – XPAND 3D is proud to announce that it is once again the exclusive 3D technical partner for the 65th Cannes Film Festival. XPAND 3D is equipping four screening theaters at the Festival, including the 2,400-seat Lumiére auditorium, and eight screening rooms for the film market.

This marks the fourth year that XPAND 3D has served as the 3D technical partner for the Cannes Film Festival and XPAND 3D has renewed its partnership with the Festival through 2015.

“In addition to being the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival has championed 3D innovation, as exemplified by its decision to begin its Opening Ceremony in 2009 with the 3D screening of UP, and last year’s 3D screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “Our continued partnership with the Cannes Film Festival also demonstrates the Festival’s commitment to providing the most realistic and immersive 3D experience possible and we are proud to once again bring this experience to audiences at Cannes!”

The 65th Cannes Film Festival marks the continued growing popularity of 3D cinema, with feature films Madagascar 3 and Dracula in official selection. There will also be a tremendous increase of 3D screenings at the film market, with more than 100 3D screenings in total.

For the 65th Cannes Film Festival, XPAND will deploy its high-end Infinity active 3D glasses, which provide the brightest, most vivid and realistic 3D images available. XPAND Infinity glasses are also optimized to work with laser projectors, making it the optimal future-proof 3D system.

The Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema.

In addition, the Infinity glasses are now available in both adult and children sizes.

All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps.

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

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