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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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Clay Paky Sharpys Deliver New Look to Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball World Tour

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures, from Las Vegas-based Morpheus Lights, are giving Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball World Tour a look that The Boss’s previous concert performances have never had before.

The Wrecking Ball World Tour kicked off in the U.S. this spring in support of The Boss’s 17th studio album, “Wrecking Ball.” Springsteen’s lighting designer Jeff Ravitz, of Intensity Advisors, selected 28 Sharpy fixtures for his inventory after having seen them last fall.

“In putting Bruce’s tour together I thought the Sharpys would be an excellent replacement for the lights we had been using inside the set platforms to push light through custom openings we created,” he explains. “I thought they’d be a nice change with a really defined and distinct look. The Sharpys also allowed us to design with some interesting gobo patterns.

When Ravitz added Sharpys the idea came up of using hazers to paint the air and enhance the lights’ sharply-defined beams. Adding the singer-friendly MDG AtmosphereAPS hazers that Ravitz chose — to help create interesting visual compositions–was a first for a Springsteen tour. “The haze really helps to show off the Sharpys,” Ravitz reports.

He positioned 16 fixtures below the stage shooting up through plexiglass windows that replace part of the deck on the custom-built Tait Towers stage plus 6 fixtures each, on two vertical side trusses shooting from left and right. The Boss’s shows have typically been designed to be very horizontal to allow for maximum sightlines from every angle. But for Wrecking Ball Ravitz decided to add some Sharpys to a powerful vertical truss for a “very dynamic look.”

He says, “We’re having a lot of fun with the Sharpys. Sometimes they’re used with no color, sometimes with deep color and sometimes we even ballyhoo them. We feel we’ve found the right balance.”

The Sharpys are proving to be rugged and reliable on the long tour schedule, Ravitz adds. “The crew tells me the Sharpys are pretty bulletproof and are working great every day.”

A.C.T Lighting is the distributor for Clay Paky in North America.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re so pleased to see our Sharpys on this high profile and very popular tour. Mr. Ravitz is an excellent designer and it shows in the projects he works on. We’re glad to be able to help with our innovations.”

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Magnum Audio Calls on Community to Cover University of South Florida Sporting Venues

Tampa, FL, May 2012…  Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida has grown to become one of the largest universities in the US. Famous alumni include actors Lauren Hutton and Drake Hogestyn, wrestler Hulk Hogan, and Major League Baseball player/manager Tony La Russa. USF’s sprawling main campus in Tampa is home to a range of varsity sports teams, including football, baseball, soccer, and softball.

Magnum Audio Group of Tampa recently provided powerful sound systems for three of the campus’ sporting facilities: a 4500-seat baseball stadium, a 1500-seat softball stadium, and a 750-seat soccer stadium. Despite the magnitude of the three design-build projects, Magnum’s Randi Crooks reports things ran quite smoothly.

“We do a lot of athletic venues,” says Crooks. “I’ve been the head Audio Engineer for the Tampa Buccaneers for 19 years now, and we also handle audio for the BUCS at Raymond James Stadium, and for the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field here in Tampa.”

Indeed, with that level of expertise, it’s hardly surprising that these jobs went off without a hitch. “Baseball and softball venues in particular are fairly simple distributed systems, and the soccer stadium wasn’t all that different,” he explains. “The seats at the soccer stadium are only located on one side, but they have long landscaped berm areas where people can sit on their lounge chairs. We set up the Community R1 loudspeakers to fire down the base lines, because we knew it was powerful enough to provide coverage to that entire area.”

The baseball stadium is covered by eight Community WET-Series W2-2W8 dual 8-inch systems, along with two R1-66 medium-throw loudspeakers and two R.5 SUB subwoofers. Four Crown DSi-4000 amplifiers power the loudspeakers, with system drive and processing provided by a DBX Drive Rack 260. An Ashly MX-508 eight-channel rack mount mixer completes the system.

Over at the softball stadium, five WET W2-2W8 systems are installed, along with a pair of R1-66 medium-throw loudspeakers and two R.5 SUB subwoofers. The system is powered by three Crown DSi-4000 amps. Another DBX Drive Rack 260 covers system DSP, and another Ashly MX-508 mixer provides input channels.

Four more R.5-99 short-throw loudspeakers are installed for the Baseball and Softball batting cages. That system is powered by a pair of Crown DSi-2000 amplifiers, with a six-channel Ashley MX-206 mic/line mixer.

Audio for the soccer facility is handled by four R1-66 medium-throw loudspeakers and four more R.5-99 short-throw systems. Powering the system is a pair of Crown DSi-4000 amps. Another Ashly MX-508 mixer and DBX Drive Rack 260 round off the system.

In addition to coverage and performance, Crooks points to the all-weather durability of the WET-Series and R-Series as another factor in their selection. “We do get our share of extreme weather here in Florida, and Community’s weather-resistance has proven itself time after time,” he observes. “After Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005, we used R-Series loudspeakers to replace the destroyed systems in 13 football stadiums in Palm Beach County, and they’re all still working great.”

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

Moog Music Celebrates Namesake Pioneer with One Day Birthday Promotion Event to Benefit Bob Moog Foundation

ASHEVILLE, NC, May 21, 2012 — In celebration of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday Moog Music, Inc. will donate 50% of all online clothing and merchandise sales on May 23rd to the Bob Moog Foundation. For every $350 raised, the company will also donate one Etherwave Theremin to the Foundation’s educational initiative, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, to complete the DBSS Educational Kit that is provided to each participating school. Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool teaches elementary school students the science of sound through the magic of music.

Moog Music will feature a brand new line of product-inspired apparel boasting graphics bold enough to induce a geekfest for synth enthusiasts everywhere. DVDs, CDs, mugs and other ephemera will be part of the benefit promotion.

Moog Music clothing and merchandise can be purchased from the company’s online store: www.moogmusic.com/products/clothing and http://www.moogmusic.com/products/Merch

Moog instruments are not included in this annual fundraising event for the Bob Moog Foundation.

The promotion was created to include Moog customers around the world in the company’s support of the Bob Moog Foundation’s educational outreach efforts. Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool is a STEAM-based initiative, combining science, technology, engineering, art and math. It brings the late inventor’s work and spirit alive for children by teaching the physics of sound through intuitive engaging educational materials, including the theremin.

“Moog Music and our customers celebrate Bob’s pioneering legacy. In a time when science achievement is declining in this country, we are proud to support the Bob Moog Foundation in their efforts to bring science alive through electronic music. We invite all of our customers to make a purchase online on May 23rd and support the Foundation’s important work,” said Mike Adams, Moog Music President & CEO.

Moog Music, Inc. is the world’s leading producer of innovative analog synthesizers. The Bob Moog Foundation is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of igniting creativity at the intersection of music, science and innovation.

Read more about Moog Music at www.moogmusic.com
Read more about the Bob Moog Foundation at: www.bobmoogfoundation.org

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MelroseMAC Launches MelroseTEC Consulting Division

Technology re-seller and systems integration company, MelroseMAC, is launching a new IT consulting and sales division, dubbed MelroseTEC, to provide specialized technology solutions for production & post professionals.  MelroseTEC sets a higher, dedicated standard of professional guidance and support, not only for parent company MelroseMAC but also for the entire industry.

Located in Hollywood, Burbank and Culver City, MelroseMAC is one of the leading Apple authorized sales and service organizations in the country and is focused on providing media professionals complete solutions for all major technology platforms.  The launch of MelroseTEC marks the company’s increased commitment to being the go-to solutions provider for content creators in the media & entertainment sector.

In addition to the traditional Apple products offered by MelroseMAC, MelroseTEC will also provide solutions based upon Avid, Adobe, HP, Facilis and numerous other industry-leading providers. The new division also provides IT services for other markets such as corporate, government and education.

“We’ve made a major commitment to offering our industry clients an unprecedented level of service and problem solving via MelroseTEC,” remarked Sandy Nasseri, owner of MelroseMAC.  We’ve assembled a top-tier team of industry experts and solution providers, all focused on provided unsurpassed knowledge and expertise.  The three executives we are now announcing have more than 50 years of combined IT and production experience with key OEMs and content creators in our industry.

The MelroseTEC Team:

Brian Boring, VP, Solutions Sales & Technology Services-

Brian has held senior sales solutions positions at major corporations, including Unisys, Avid Technology and Qwest Digital Media.  In 2002, he co-founded HomeRun Media (HRM), a full service systems integration company for the entertainment industry.  HRM clients included: Sony Pictures, Game Show Network, SiTV, Guthy-Renker, Wexler Video, Technicolor, Fox, LA Center Studios, MGM and City of Los Angeles.

In 2005, Brian sold his interest in HRM and returned to Avid as Director, Regional Sales.  Significant clients during this tenure included: Warner Bros., Disney, Dreamworks, NBC, LA Digital Post, Moviola Digital, Pixar and Lightstorm Entertainment. In 2007, he transitioned to Wexler Video as Vice President of Sales.  His clients at Wexler included: ESPN X-Games, Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, American Gladiator, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Real World, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Whale Wars. In 2009, Brian co-founded media consultng/production company, Charging Bulls Entertainment.

At Charging Bull, he developed and produced eight show pilots created equipment workflow designs (including 3D), and managed crews, scheduling and budgeting.  Clients included: CBS, ABC, Fox, NBC, Discovery, Discovery 3D, Animal Planet, TLC, BBC, Lifetime, DIRECTV, Food Network, TBS/TNT, ESPN and MTV

Steve McCracken – Director of Engineering &Technology Services

Steve McCracken has over twenty years experience in video, storage, creative & IT workflows.  He has worked for a variety of leading companies, including Apple Inc. & HomeRun Media where he helped organizations deploy technology in new and exciting ways.  Steve has worked as graphic artist, motion capture artist, video editor, consulting engineer and systems engineer.  He is proficient in both Apple and Windows solutions, such as Final Cut Pro & Xsan, Adobe, OS X and Windows Servers.  He holds several certifications, and is constantly learning new technology relating to the deployment and management of both workstations and mobile devices.

Antonio Nacrur – Director of Post Services & Solution Engineering

Antonio Nacrur is a seasoned technical support manager with over fifteen years of post production and broadcast engineering experience.  He has worked for some of the largest media and entertainment organizations in Southern California including Encore Video, New Wave Entertainment, Entertainment Tonight and Sony. Antonio is an Avid Certified Support Representative (ACSR) and a recognized expert in designing and deploying HD and file based workflows.  He has worked on the most complex Avid deployments and has significant experience with almost all Avid professional products including Media Composer, Symphony, Interplay, ISIS, Pro Tools and iNews.   Antonio has also helped users with installations of digital audio consoles, graphic suites, play out servers and encoding solutions.

About MelroseMAC

With locations in Hollywood, Burbank and Culver City, MelroseMAC (www.melrosemac.com) is an Apple Authorized Sales and Service Center, which caters to audio/video/graphics professionals. The company’s staff includes 12 Apple-certified technicians and six account executives.  MelroseMAC carries the Specialist moniker from Apple, meaning they are recognized for having the highest standards mandated from Apple to provide the highest level of service available.

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“MEN IN BLACK 3″ LOOKS TO SIXTEEN19 FOR EDITORIAL SUPPORT

NEW YORK: Looming as the first summer 2012 blockbuster, Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men In Black 3 spent considerable location time in New York last summer, with a rigorous production schedule supported by NY’s Sixteen19. “This was an extremely buttoned down project,” reports managing director Claire Shanley. “Everyone on MIB3 was at the top of their game, and we were committed to insuring total reliability for every piece of gear.”

“After kicking off the editorial process in Manhattan during the shoot, we shifted to East Hampton in July,” reports post production supervisor Paul Levin. Working thousands of miles away from Los Angeles, expert technical support and workflow oversight were critical. “I’ve worked with Sixteen19 on a number of major projects in the past, and I knew we could count on them both to provide dependable systems and to see us through any unanticipated problem. Sixteen19 exceeded our expectations.” Beyond its offices in NY, LA, London, and New Orleans, Sixteen19 specializes in providing high-level service to large productions outside of these hubs and supporting them in their work around the world.

First assistant editor Jason Solberg reports that when a glitch in the Avid Unity was discovered during a tech run-through on Sunday, July 3rd, “Sixteen19 director of technical services Travis Boyer worked deep into the night to resolve the problem. By Tuesday morning after the holiday, we were totally on track. I know Paul (Levin) had great experiences with them in the past, and I’d recommend them for my upcoming projects. You need to be absolutely confident your gear will work, and that you’ve got a reliable support team at your back,” he says. “MIB3 produced almost 1/2 a million feet of film, as well as digital footage acquired on Arri Alexa. Barry doesn’t do a lot of takes, but this feature has a tremendous amount of action. The feedback we’ve been getting from early screenings have ‘winner’ written all over them,” he adds.

Paul Levin notes that the audio layback and color correction services Sixteen19 provided in LA to prep MIB3 for screenings worked flawlessly. “Barry was particularly impressed with Sixteen19′s colorist, Steve Beganyi. He was a total pro and absolutely delivered for us.”

Sixteen19′s MIB3 technical package included: five dual-boot Avid Media Composers running v. 5.5.9.3 and v. 4.0.5.13, linked to a 32 terabyte Avid Unity running v. 5.1.3 Each system incorporated a 50″ Panasonic Pro 20 Series monitor, two 27″ Apple Cinema displays and a 27″ JVC studio monitor. Sixteen19 also ran a line from the VFX station to Barry Sonnenfeld’s East Hampton theater to enable screening onsite.

“MIB3 was a terrific opportunity to showcase our broad production support capabilities,” Claire Shanley concludes. “We appreciate Paul Levin bringing us on board, and look forward to working with Paul, Barry, and their team on future projects.”

Photo: “Men In Black 3″ First assistant editor Jason Solberg in East Hampton at a Sixteen19 Avid Media Composer.

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Sixteen19 is a post-production services company with offices at 1619 Broadway, NYC and divisions in New Orleans; L.A. and London. In addition to production and development, the firm specializes in DI, color correction, editing and finishing and on & near set services. The NYC complex features 15 spacious Avid editing suites, color correct theater/ screening rooms, digital dailies, file transcode/encode and workflow management. Contact: 212-245-1402 http://www.sixteen19.com

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Digital Nirvana to Show Broadcast Suite for First Time in Asia

Updated Monitor IQ™ Broadcast Monitoring System, MediaPro IQ™ Content Repurposing System and ManyView IQ™ to Make Broadcast Asia Debut

Newark, CA – At Broadcast Asia 2012, the latest version of Digital Nirvana’s flagship broadcast monitoring software, Monitor IQ, and two products introduced at the NAB 2012 show will make their Asian debut. The two new products that will be shown for the first time in Asia are MediaPro IQ for repurposing content for multi-platform distribution and ManyView IQ, an enterprise-wide system for video distribution over IP. Broadcasters can see demonstrations at the Digital Nirvana booth 4N4-08, June 19-22 at Suntec Singapore.

“After the enthusiastic reception we received to our new features and products in April at the NAB convention, we’re looking forward to showing the latest innovations to our full broadcast suite at Broadcast Asia,” said Ned Chini, vice president of sales and marketing, Digital Nirvana. “Broadcasters in Asia are a prime focus for our company. Our products are unique in the market and offer capabilities and cost savings that competitive solutions simply do not.

Monitor IQ, for example, is the only broadcast monitoring system that provides centralized management, automatic ad detection, a director’s audio track, as well as an advanced metadata harvester™. Because our platform is based on open web services (REST) API’s, our software can be easily integrated with third party products and can scale from one to multiple servers and from one to hundreds of channels. All Digital Nirvana solutions are web enabled, so users can access the software through any standard web browser without ActiveX component.”

Monitor IQ

Monitor IQ is a monitoring, logging, compliance, and content republishing system for TV networks and stations. It combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieve and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance.

Several new features of MonitorIQ were recently introduced, and the system has been divided into four packages so a wide range of broadcasters can take advantage of the company’s technology.

Monitor IQ Starter

This entry-level package offers all the logging functionality necessary for a one- to two-channel system and includes 90 days of low-resolution storage.Searching is based upon keywords, titles, subtitles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption text and imported logs, with filtering by time, date and channel. Recordings can be easily edited, clipped, stored and sent via email or FTP.

Monitor IQ Essentials

Monitor IQ Essentials is a logging and monitoring system that includes all the functionality necessary for broadcasters to ensure regulatory compliance. New features being shown at Broadcast Asia include support for IP as an input source, and loudness monitoring is now bundled in as a standard feature within the package.

The Monitor IQ Essentials system accepts DVB-T/C/S2, ASI, ASI/IP, HD/SD-SDI, ATSC/QAM and NTSC/QAM, and NTSC/PAL formats. It records audio, video, VANC metadata and captioning in both high- and low-definition. As with the Starter package, searching is based upon keywords, titles, subtitles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption text and imported logs, with filtering by time, date and channel. And recordings can also be edited, clipped, stored and sent via email or FTP.

Monitor IQ Plus

Monitor IQ Plus includes all of the features found within Essentials and adds several new enhancements. New features being shown at Broadcast Asia are the ability to connect and control Monitor IQ via an iPad, iPhone, or Android interface. This mobile feature makes it easy for field sales reps to show clients their ad content in the context of the broadcast programming. Other new features include watermark NAVE decoding, a central management server, and a web services (REST) API.

Monitor IQ Premier

The Premier package extends beyond the capabilities found in the other packages with innovative, new features, such as: ad detection, directors audio track; integration with third party routers and multi-viewers, and an advanced metadata harvester.

Advanced metadata harvesting provides the ability to track any data the system logs and collects from alarms or from the broadcast feed. It can locate where the error occurred in the broadcast signal, collect forensic analysis about the event, and report that data back to the customer. It provides access to the data and to the mapping point of when, where and how that video was recorded. This new feature dynamically enhances broadcast discrepancy reporting by allowing station executives and engineers to hyperlink straight to the reported video and view a problem or issue.

MediaPro IQ

The new MediaPro IQ solution is a content repurposing system for multi-platform distribution. It records video feeds in full HD and offers a quick, low-cost way to repurpose HD clips from broadcast. This new solution is designed for news and sports directors who frequently need to repurpose content.

MediaPro IQ allows users to easily edit, clip and publish live or recorded content in real-time. Search is based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption, as-run logs, traffic logs, alarm and discrepancy logs and time/date or channel filters.

MediaPro IQ is compatible with such web browsers as: FireFox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Chrome. iPad, iPhone, and Android interface are also available. Video can be exported to Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and XDCAM and other formats for content repurposing.

ManyView IQ

With the new ManyView IQ system, it’s now easy and cost-effective to deploy a private, enterprise-wide IPTV system for use by producers and staff who need to view real-time video signals at their desktop. The system eliminates the need for costly coaxial cabling, IP encapsulators, and IP output encoders. IP multicast delivers real-time video feeds to desktop and set-top boxes throughout an organization. ManyView IQ is DNLA-enabled, which provides VOD-like ability to store, distribute and publish offline video assets throughout the enterprise for any device on the network, such as: desktops, mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android, smart phones), set-top boxes, connected TVs, and media players.

ManyView IQ is compatible with current standards-compliant web browsers, enabling an on-the-go workflow through a web browser. It also has iPad, iPhone, and Android interfaces available.

Both MediaPro IQ and Manyview IQ are cost-effective, all-in-one scaled network devices that are based upon open API’s for easy integration into other systems. They also both reliably record from IP, ASI, ASI/IP, SD/HD-SDI, ATSC, QAM, NTSC, PAL or DVB-T/C/S2 protocols.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The industry-leading MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

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Gefen Releases Four New Ways to Extend DVI over Fiber

CHATSWORTH, CA – Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the shipping of four new extenders for DVI using fiber optic cables. Three employ small, modular sender and receiver units that streamline installations with a lightweight and efficient solution. Another uses the traditional rack mount sender and receiver unit for KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) extension. Fiber optic cable is ideal for applications in which electromagnetic interference (EMI) is an issue or when multiple extenders are used in tight spaces.

DVI Extender 1FO (DVI-CP-FM10)

This extender uses pig-tail style sender and receiver units that take up little space, and extend DVI up to 1000 feet (300m) using one strand of fiber optic cable terminated in SC. High resolution video is supported up to 1920×1200. Virtual EDID programming ensures a constant sync of the video source to the display. This DVI module is interchangeable with HDMI, with HDCP-compliance.

DVI 1FO Extender (DVI-FM15)

Two small sender and receiver modules offer a simple, straightforward method of connecting DVI directly at the source and display. High resolution (1920×1200) video is extended using a single-mode fiber optic cable up to 3280 feet (100m) or using a multi-mode fiber optic cable up to 1640 feet (500m). The die-cast modules provide a more robust solution than existing products supporting the same distance.

DL DVI 2FO Extender (DVI-FM2500)

Two small sender and receiver modules connect directly to the DVI connector at the source and display. Dual link DVI resolutions up to 3840×2400 are extended up to 1640 feet (500m) using two multi-mode fiber optic cables terminated in SC. A compelling price point makes it ideal for professional seeking alternative methods of long distance extension for dual link DVI.

DVI-3600HD

The DVI-3600HD is a KVM over fiber optic extender that sends DVI, RS-232, USB 2.0 and audio up to 1640 feet (500m) using four strands of multi-mode fiber optic cable. All signals travel along the same cables, making it well suited for professional applications. This product is an improvement over the DVI-3500HD and now supports USB 2.0 devices. It is rack mountable for added convenience.

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Small Tree Showcases Expanded GraniteSTOR Titanium Video Editing Shared Storage System Family at Infocomm 2012

Small Tree, the video editing shared storage experts, will be showcasing its expanded GraniteSTOR TITANIUM line up at Infocomm 2012 (Booth C5654 – Technologies for Worship pavilion). TITANIUM is a high performance, capacity dense, dedicated video editing shared storage appliance with advanced file sharing capabilities enabling simple, real-time collaboration.

An “all-in-one” system with a budget friendly special introductory entry price of $6,995 (valid until June 30, 2012), TITANIUM offers extreme flexibility, supporting a wide range of performance and capacity requirements. Professional video editors with limited IT resources can focus on editing video, not on managing the infrastructure supporting their workflow.

TITANIUM16, a 3U rack-mount solution introduced in January 2012, has been enhanced and expansion options added. TITANIUM16 is configurable up to 32 GbE or 20 10GbE ports and storage capacity from 32TB to 240TB, while delivering up to 72 streams of ProRes 422. This represents a 5x increase in capacity and 2x performance increase compared to the initial release of the TITANIUM16.

TITANIUM8 is the newest in Small Tree’s expanding GraniteSTOR line of high performance, affordable Ethernet-based shared storage systems. TITANIUM8 is a 2U rack-mount solution configurable up to 10 GbE or 8 10GbE ports and storage capacity from 8TB to 72TB, while delivering up to 35 streams of ProRes 422.

TITANIUM supports popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite, while enabling Windows, Linux, Macintosh and Unix clients to share media files. The Small Tree shared storage solution supports multiple file Protocols, including AFP, Samba, NFS and iSCSI. Final Cut X sharing, utilizing Final Cut X’s SAN location feature for events and projects, is possible on TITANIUM using iSCSI and Apple Xsan (now included in OS X at no additional charge) or Tiger Technology’s MetaSAN. Post-production professionals can rest easy knowing that no matter what software or platform they are working from, TITANIUM will work seamlessly in their environment.

TITANIUM is built on a customized open source operating system that was designed to be easy-to-use, feature rich and reliable, while providing exceptionally robust performance. Storage can be made available to users within minutes of initial start up and the powerful and convenient Web-based GUI
makes management of the system straightforward and simple. TITANIUM supports file and volume replication as well as tape backup. By using a Web-based browser, TITANIUM can be managed from anywhere with an Internet connection, providing optimal convenience to post-production professionals facing tight deadlines.

Storage, file server and networking are all contained in the TITANIUM chassis, which means users can connect an editing workstation directly to the system with no other networking equipment required. If additional editing workstations are required, a Small Tree switch is easily integrated with the new system. As a result of its tremendous flexibility, TITANIUM is ideal for any post-production environment, whether it’s in the studio, at home, in a mobile production truck or on a remote shoot requiring on-site video editing.

“In today’s fast moving and ever changing post-production environment, it is absolutely critical that shared storage provides the best balance of capacity, performance, ease of use and cost to minimize expenditures,” said Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree. “TITANIUM is ideal for church- and university-based post-production facilities looking to maximize their workflow without crippling their bottom line.”

TITANIUM8 and TITANIUM16 are currently available for delivery worldwide.

For more information on GraniteSTOR TITANIUM, visit Booth C5654 at Infocomm or www.Small-Tree.com. Follow Small Tree @smalltreecomm or like us at www.facebook.com/smalltreecomm.

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