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Visionary Solutions’ Encoder Selected For AMX SchoolView(R)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — May 22, 2012 — Visionary Solutions Inc., a leading provider of encoders and related equipment for multiple Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) applications, today announced that its AVN series of encoders is now recommended as part of AMX SchoolView(R), the IP-centric, campus-wide solution for schools wishing to implement the latest education technology and emergency alert systems. Utilizing Visionary Solutions’ AVN443 encoders, SchoolView administrators can stream high-quality standard-definition and high-definition video on multiple viewing platforms. more

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AES Names Steve Green Business Development Manager

New Job Title Reflects Organizational Evolution

NEW YORK: Recognizing the importance of engaging directly with its stakeholders, Executive Director Bob Moses has named Steve Green AES Business Development Manager. An accomplished audio systems and applications engineer, and skilled technical marketing manager, Green will focus his energies on expanding the AES constituency and maximizing the value of its many assets and services.

“I’ve known Steve Green over twenty years,” Moses said. “I was his customer for more than half of them, and I learned that I could go to Steve whenever I needed an honest answer to a question, or help getting my project out the door. I want that experience for all AES members, exhibitors and attendees. His mission is simple – talk to people and find out how we can make AES better. Then, as we used to say in the manufacturing business, ship it.”

Sharing his thoughts for his new position, Green remarked, “As an AES member for over 30 years, I have a personal interest in the continued success of the organization. My primary goal is to increase the value of the AES for the individuals, companies and educational organizations within the audio community. One of the unique attributes of the AES is the incredible diversity in the interests and focus areas of our members. Facilitating the exchange of ideas and knowledge both within and between these groups is something that only the AES is in a position to provide. I look forward to meeting with many old friends and to building many new relationships on my new journey.”

Steve Green has worked for the past 20+ years with integrated circuit manufacturers focused on audio products, primarily with Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic. He has held various positions including Applications Engineer, Applications Manager and Technical Marketing Manager. In November 2010 he was awarded an AES Fellowship, “In recognition of two decades of valuable contributions to mixed-signal audio design and implementation.”

Photo: Steve Green has been named AES Business Development Manager

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

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division to Exhibit at Cine Gear Expo

Product Display to Include New PL 19-90 Cabrio Lens

Wayne, N.J., May 21, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will showcase several products designed for the film and video production community at the Cine Gear Expo, which takes place in Los Angeles at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood from June 1-3. The company will display its Premier Series of PL Mount zoom lenses, including the new 19-90 Cabrio compact zoom, a variety of HD broadcast lenses, accessories for studio and field production, as well as its wireless control system for remote lens control.

Cine Gear Expo marks the first time that the PL 19-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7×19) Mount Zoom will be shown exclusively to the west coast film and video production community. The lens features a detachable servo drive unit – a first for Cine-Style lenses – making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-Style lens. With a 19-90mm focal range, T-stop 2.9, and weight of only 2.7kg including servo motors, it boasts the longest focal range available in a light weight zoom. The ZK4.7×19 also features flange focal distance adjustment, macro function, and is LDS (Lens Data System) and /i metadata compatible. It will be shown working on a Sony F3 camera at the Cine Gear show.

“We’re eager to showcase our new products exclusively to the video and film production industry at this year’s Cine Gear,” explained Thom Calabro, director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “We’re particularly excited about displaying our new PL 19-90 Cabrio zoom, which features a first for cine-style lenses with its detachable servo drive. Our company is proud that many of the entertainment industry’s top directors and directors of photography have continually relied on FUJINON lenses and accessories. We look to maintain that level of trust with our customers. We always look forward to exhibiting at Cine Gear and showing our latest technological advances to this dynamic market.”

The Optical Devices Division will exhibit its entire family of Premier PL Mount Series lenses, available in 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8. This 4K+ series of FUJINON lenses feature the fastest T speeds available in a group of zooms, with color matched 4K and beyond optical performance. All four zooms are similar in size and weight, with uniform gear placement and front barrel diameters, enabling quick and efficient lens changes. At Cine Gear, the 18-85mm PL Mount lens will be shown on Sony’s new high-end digital motion picture camera, the F65 CineAlta.

Additionally, a number of FUJINON HD broadcast zoom lenses and accessories will be on display, including the new wireless control system for remote control of FUJINON lenses.

The company will also exhibit its ergonomically designed DigiPower servo control system for FUJINON Select and Premier Series lenses. This new digital servo features lower power consumption, and reduced backlash for an extremely precise and steady zoom movement.

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.fujifilmusa.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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Elite Sound and Lighting Expands With HARMAN’s Soundcraft

Darren Russell, managing director of Elite Sound and Lighting

CANBERRA, Australia – Elite Sound and Lighting of Canberra and the Australian capital’s premier audiovisual production and installation supplier, has a wide variety of clients from dry-hire to rock’n'roll to corporate and conferencing. Consequently whenever the company purchases new equipment, the key element is versatility.

“We always spend a lot of time researching products, which is exactly what we did when we recently decided to invest in some compact digital audio consoles,” commented Darren Russell, Elite’s managing director. “We looked at what all the manufacturers in the market had to offer but in terms of versatility and features, we felt that HARMAN’s Soundcraft consoles had the edge over the competition.”

For Russell, one of the main selling points with the Soundcraft consoles is their ability to either take analogue inputs and outputs on the back of the console or use a CAT5 digital multicore system, or a combination of the two.

“That was a large part of the equation for us,” Russell said. “Plus we’ve had some larger, older Soundcraft consoles in our hire department for many years and they’ve always sounded great and their reliability is always good. The fact that the digital consoles have that HARMAN pedigree in them is assuring; the effects are Lexicon and the processing is BSS or dbx models. It’s all industry standard gear that sounds great.”

The result of Elite’s research led the company to purchase a Soundcraft Si Compact 16 console, a Soundcraft Si Compact 32 console and two Soundcraft Compact Stagebox digital multicore systems.

“For what they are and at the price point they are at, the Soundcraft Si Compact consoles sound amazing,” Russell stated. “Versatility and features for their price were the main reason for their purchase. Soundcraft added a heap of new functionality in their most recent software upgrade, which was great. We had ordered them based on a demo of the previous version so we were delighted to have all these new features.”

Russell remarked that his staff often comments that the Soundcraft consoles are obviously designed by people who have actually done live audio and mixed live sound.

“We have found that digital audio consoles come from either one of two places,” he said. “They are either designed by a propeller-head, computer-programming boffin who has never mixed a band or show in their life or, as is evident with the Soundcraft consoles, they come from someone who actually has done live sound. It’s nice to get a live sound console out of the box to find it’s immediately evident that it has been designed by a sound guy!”

This was proven when Soundcraft’s Australian distributor Jands sent Elite a Soundcraft Si Compact to demo and Darren and his crew had it up and running passing audio without even opening the manual.

“To be honest, since getting our Soundcraft Compact Si consoles we’ve probably only had to look at the manual twice to find out how to do some complex routing,” added Russell. “Anyone who has mixed live sound before could get one of these consoles out of its box in its factory state and do a gig on it. That’s how intuitive and user-friendly it is. We have operators with a vast level of experience and they can all use the Compact Si consoles straightaway. In fact I reckon my two and a half year old daughter could almost use one!”

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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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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Electrosonic Achieves Diamond-level Recognition in InfoComm’s Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider Program

Electrosonic is proud to announce that it has qualified at the Diamond level in InfoComm’s Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider Program (CAVSP), the only organizational-level recognition of its kind. Diamond is the highest level designation; it recognizes that 50 percent of the company’s sales, customer service and technical staff worldwide have achieved and maintain individual InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification and completed relevant coursework from the InfoComm Academy.

“We are pleased to have achieved the coveted InfoComm CAVSP Diamond-level certification,” says Electrosonic President Jim Bowie. “The designation highlights Electrosonic’s dedication to excellence as an international audio-visual solutions provider. It also signals the importance we place in having our staff worldwide continually sharpen their skill set via individual InfoComm CTS certification.”

Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., InfoComm International’s Chief Executive Officer, says that a CAVSP designation “gives AV companies a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Customers of audiovisual communications and presentation systems can be confident of professionalism and an aspiration to excellence when working with these companies that have invested in education and training to stay current on the latest AV technologies and techniques.”

“We have always focused on demanding audio-visual solutions and believe that we best serve our customers by constantly developing our staff,” says Ilari Anttila, Vice President, EMEA of Electrosonic. “Achieving this Diamond-level CAVSP designation is a recognition of our efforts, and it will allow us to continue supplying our customers with high-quality AV solutions.”

The organizational-level CAVSP recognition program is the only program of its kind available for the commercial audio-visual industry. In addition to confirming that 50 percent of the company’s employees are InfoComm-certified and have completed important coursework, the Diamond-level designation means that Electrosonic has agreed to comply with 10 Standards of Excellence developed in collaboration with industry experts to emphasize the best practices of audio-visual businesses.

These Standards of Excellence are a guidepost for AV companies and professionals who place the customer first and offer quality AV solutions. They include the commitment to provide complete customer satisfaction with AV solutions that provide value to the client. They convey the importance that providers place on their own skills development through continuing education and reflect the critical role that AV professionals play as partners with IT specialists, architects, building managers and others.

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Extron Fiber Optic Audio Extractor is Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOX AEX 108, an eight-port fiber optic audio extractor for independent processing and routing of audio signals in a fiber optic AV distribution system. Each fiber optic input port extracts the two channel audio signal to provide analog balanced or unbalanced stereo audio. Available in multimode and singlemode models, the FOX AEX 108 is ideal for use in FOX Matrix system applications that require extraction of audio signals for local processing and independent distribution. more

Media Vision USA Appoints X-Media Sales as Manufacturer Rep in New England

Bob Lowig, conferencing industry veteran, and David Beirut, a reputable sales rep in New England, have recently founded X-Media Sales focusing on the sales and marketing of high quality and cohesive audio video communication technologies. This month, they have joined the sales force of Media Vision USA, the exclusive distributor of TAIDEN conferencing solutions in North America, to represent their lines of professional wired and wireless conference microphone discussion systems in New England, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

X-Media Sales, now carrying the TAIDEN brand in a growing market, is strategically positioned for success. “Some of our largest and most prestigious references are in New England”, said Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision USA, mentioning a 160-user installation with automatic video tracking for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in Boston and another large custom-designed system for the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT. “These days, we are receiving many requests for campus-wide integration projects within universities or large corporations”, added Fardad, “TAIDEN conferencing solutions, such as the room combiner unit, offer the features and flexibility needed for those projects; with X-Media Sales we now have the right support to carry all of them forward”.

X-Media Sales is delighted to represent Media Vision USA and TAIDEN. “They take pride in the quality of products and services they provide; these are the kind of companies we want to represent” said Bob Lowig. On a technological side, one of the products David Beirut of X-Media is most excited to demo to consultants and dealers is the TAIDEN HCS-5300 Digital Infrared Wireless Conferencing system. “With a digital infrared solution, we can guarantee no interference from RF systems” said David “It’s the wireless that works!”

With the support of Media Vision USA’s east coast offices in New York City and Washington D.C., X-Media Sales is now available to respond to any enquiry for TAIDEN conferencing equipment.

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio in the room, including for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

About X-Media Sales
Based in Windsor, CT, X-Media Sales is dedicated to representing a line of cohesive conferencing products that seamlessly work together and offer audio and video solutions for any application. Whether tele-video communication needs are for Government, Education, Healthcare, or Corporate applications, X-Media Sales can assist in all aspects of the acquisition process. Through recognized manufactures, consultants and system integrators we provide valuable support from the initial request for design to the final installation and end user training. To learn more, visit www.xmediasales.com

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SIM2 Offers Trade-Up Program for 3-Chip 720p Models

Miramar, Florida—May 2012—SIM2 recently launched a trade-up program allowing customers with 720p 3-chip models, such as those from the HT500 and C3X series, to upgrade to stunning Full HD 3D with a new LUMIS 3D model, courtesy of a generous trade-in value.

“With the Summer Olympics just around the corner now is an excellent time for dealers to upgrade their 720p clients,” said Alberto Fabiano, Executive Vice President for SIM2 USA. “Our 720p projectors were the top of the class in their time, however the stunning improvements made to our LUMIS Series will leave customers speechless when they see the difference. So often, customers become used to the picture they are watching, not realizing that there could be a significant improvement available to them. We created this program for our dealers to reconnect with their customer base to offer them an upgrade and ultimately boost their bottom line.”

The LUMIS 3D projectors are totally unique to SIM2 and represent the culmination of over 10 years of innovation and research in the field of video projector design and technology. The LUMIS 3D line features a choice of three active models (the LUMIS 3D-S UNO, LUMIS 3D SOLO and LUMIS 3D SOLO HC) and one passive model (LUMIS 3D DUO), each differing in its level of sophistication, while offering unprecedented picture quality for the discerning customer.

The SIM2 Dealer ‘trade-up’ program is your customers’ gateway to 1080p 3D enjoyment. And in time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer…

Full details of the 3-chip Trade-Up Promotion are available from your SIM2 representative company or the SIM2 USA sales department.

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

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