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Gray Television Builds New Technology Strategy with Vizrt at its Cornerstone

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

As the nation’s largest owner of stations in mid-size markets, Gray Television Group dominates broadcasting across Middle America. With 36 diverse affiliates spread throughout college towns and state capitols, Gray VP of Technology Jim Ocon recognized his company’s crucial need to establish a common cost-effective, automated workflow across all its stations. To meet this challenge, Ocon established a new technology strategy he calls the Gray Model.

With the system already operational in 19 of the affiliates, Gray is rolling out this new model to additional stations every quarter. Fully integrated with existing workflows and automation processes, it has allowed Gray to quickly implement a centralized hub of resources and technology with a single graphics solution across its entire network. Ocon said, “When we’re relaunching our stations, we don’t have the luxury of a six- or nine-month launch period. We’re looking to get it down to twelve weeks or less. So having a powerful but simplified graphics package we can rely upon is key. “

To see a video of Gray Television’s Ocon speaking with Vizrt Corporate Communications Editor Chris Black about the Gray Model and its use of Vizrt products, please click on the link below:

http://dl38tvmapnp8c.cloudfront.net/video_mp4_2012/Ocron_Interview.mp4

Adding Flexibility with a Modular Strategy

As the cornerstone of Gray’s new technology, Ocon chose a MOS solution based around the Viz Engine™, Vizrt’s powerful and flexible graphics renderer. Gray’s automated production control and master control rooms also incorporate Viz Artist animation and design software, automation-driven Viz Trio for character generation, Viz Content Pilot for content management, Viz Ticker for news ticker creation, and Viz Multichannel for channel branding automated graphics playout.

Ocon said, “What really separated Vizrt from the competition is the ubiquitous use of their hardware. We can take Viz engines and plug them in anywhere in the studio and the station. With other systems, the ticker system might be a different box with different inputs. With Vizrt, we can use the same engine for everything just by configuring it a little differently. This IP-flexibility is inherent inside Vizrt products, and one of the main reasons we selected them.”

“A basic Vizrt system includes an Engine, which is the graphics renderer, and a Trio, which is the operator console/interface. You use a combination of Engines and Trios to run your graphics. It’s very modular, so if there’s ever a technical problem and you lose your main engine, you can literally patch in one of your engines from another part of your system to do your graphics. Vizrt gives our stations tremendous flexibility. “

Creating a Centralized Hub Model

Traditionally, station graphics production has used separate artists to render and operators to manage the graphics, with each station having its own dedicated staff. Employing Vizrt’s products within the Gray Model enables the broadcaster to create a more efficient central hub, while also giving their stations autonomy and control over their work. Ocon has used Gray’s Omaha station WOWT as his pilot site for much of the system testing and development that Gray then deploys to the other stations throughout the network.

Vic Richards, Director of Promotion and Media Production at WOWT explained the hub strategy: “We have three artists who work on Vizrt packages, creating graphic templates for all of the stations. Each template has a similar functionality and look. Our stations use these templates on a daily basis simply by filling them in. Because the basic design is already approved, the graphics just need to be checked locally for content, to make sure everything is spelled correctly.” Not only is it easier for the stations to achieve consistency within each broadcast, but the graphics are also consistent with the other affiliates in the network to better reinforce the Gray brand.

Evolving a More Streamlined Workflow

Richards said this hub strategy has made dramatic changes in the newsroom, studio production and automation — not just in workflows, but in staff assignments as well. “In a traditional system, an artist takes requests from the newsroom, and physically builds the graphics. During the newscast, the CG operator advances them. Now, control of graphics production is actually in the hands of the newsroom staff, which builds its own graphics using the templates. Then the Ross OverDrive automation system triggers the graphics during the newscast, essentially taking the place of the CG operator. Everything’s rendered in the graphics card, on the fly, the moment it hits the air. Vizrt allows one person to do everything.”

Mike Fass, WOWT’s Media Production Manager, noted another advantage of the Vizrt system. “The graphics templates are vector-based,” said Fass. “They’re very small in file size, unlike, say, a QuickTime movie file. So one of our artists can modify a graphic and simply email it to the station. We’re not using hours of upload time, or lots of bandwidth. And because Viz Engines don’t store graphics with page numbers like a traditional system, they don’t have to store large graphics files at the station itself. “

Reducing the Learning Curve

One of Ocon’s major concerns is ensuring that his stations are properly trained on the new system. When an affiliate upgrades to the Vizrt system, Gray designates a technician at that station for three days of Vizrt training as a “superuser.”

Two additional days of training for production and news users teach them to fill out the graphics templates. Richards noted, “We’ve found that the five day program is really all each station requires. And now that we’re about three years into bringing the stations on line, we’re having more people at the stations with superuser skills. So we’re using those people as additional support for other stations.”

Giving Smaller Stations a “Big Station” Look

The hub strategy has greatly reduced the redundancy of effort at Gray Television Group. Ocon explained, “We can focus our best talents in the network at creating the template packages, customized for any station in any market. Stations don’t need to have someone on site to create those daily graphics, just someone who can populate the template and then get them to air. So, that really helps their workflow. Once they’re comfortable using the technology, the templates have the flexibility to let them stretch their wings a little bit creatively.” This means that even the smallest stations in the Gray network can employ graphics that are as sophisticated as those at the larger stations. Ocon said, “That’s one of the biggest things we get feedback on. A Grand Junction can look like a Knoxville. And our viewers are very impressed.”

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry and media houses – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

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Brainstorm Introduces SR-112 Time Code Distripalyzer at InfoComm

New Version of Industrywide Favorite for Time Code Solutions

Brainstorm Electronics, the world leader in time code and clocking solutions, is introducing for the first time at InfoComm 2012 the new SR-112 Time Code Distripalyzer.  This new model of the industry favorite is designed for large A/V systems, theme park attractions, cruise ship entertainment, synchronized water fountains, and remote recording trucks, among many other applications.   http://www.brainstormtime.com

Brainstorm’s new SR-112 Time Code Distripalyzer, replaces the industry standard SR-15+. It is a time code reader, distributor, reshaper, analyzer and generator all in a 1U rack mount device. The analyzer indicates format, frame rate, errors and video phase, and outputs a comprehensive report; the 1×12 distributor reshapes the signal; the optional generator repairs drop-outs and generates new code. All SMPTE and EBU SD/HD rates are supported. Ethernet is included for reporting and to set parameters and update firmware.

About Brainstorm
Brainstorm products deliver complete solutions for all sync requirements in the post- production, recording and broadcast environments. Designed for operations ranging from audio recording studios to large post-production houses and major broadcast facilities or remotes, Brainstorm offers the most comprehensive package for all clocking needs, providing versatility in the widest range of applications.

Experience the new Brainstorm SR-112 at InfoComm in Las Vegas,
June 13 – 15, Booth # C11349

For more info, visit: http://www.brainstormtime.com
or phone 323.845.1171

 

 

Prism Sound Fulfils An Important New Order For Its SADiE 6 Craft Editing Software

Less than one year after installing 50 SADiE 6 editing systems at BBC North in Salford, the BBC has expanded its SADiE editing capabilities by ordering another 250 systems. These will be strategically located in the Corporation’s radio studios around the UK.

Following a comprehensive review of a range of potential solutions, the broadcaster selected SADiE as its standard “Craft Editor” for audio to complement its radio production and playout automation systems. This decision helped the broadcaster to streamline the range of tools that it supports internally for its radio programme makers.

The Corporation already has many hundreds of SADiE installations. Key to this success is the unique approach that SADiE has to audio editing and productivity, tailored to high-end radio production workflow. The new SADiE 6 software is primarily being used as a software-only application on the broadcaster’s desktops, but it can also be installed on existing SADiE 5 hardware as an upgrade.

The Craft Editor specification demanded a number of feature enhancements for the new SADIE 6 software, including the integration of a comprehensive signal processing plug-in package. This has been met with the iZotope plug-in pack for SADiE 6. In addition, Prism Sound has developed a USB interface for SADiE 6 that supports the broadcaster’s 200-plus SADiE hardware controller. This enables re-use rather than replacement of the controllers.

Graham Boswell, Sales Director of Prism Sound, says: “We are delighted that the BBC is making SADiE 6 available to many more of its radio production employees and we feel confident that they will appreciate the benefits that SADiE 6 brings.”

SADiE digital audio workstations and LRX 2 digital audio workstation have long been the mainstay of the broadcast community thanks to their editing and location recording capabilities. The SADiE product range is renowned for its speed and ease of use, making it ideal for radio drama production and topical documentaries where the emphasis is on a quick turnaround. The new SADiE 6 software operates on any computer running Microsoft Windows as well as existing SADiE 5 hardware platforms.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

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U.K. Hire Facility Decode Selects Anton/Bauer Batteries to Power Arri Alexa for Diverse Video Projects

DIONIC HC Ensures Long-Lasting, Reliable Power in Lightweight Package

LONDON, MAY 21, 2012—Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is the battery, charger and accessories supplier of choice for Decode, a London-based equipment hire company, to help reliably power the ARRI ALEXA. Decode employs Anton/Bauer DIONIC HC batteries, TM4 chargers and the QR-HOTSWAP-AR Gold Mount to power ARRI ALEXA cameras, ensuring its clients experience dependable operating times as well as the most secure camera connection with seamless power.

Specializing in high-end cameras, grips and lighting for feature films, commercials and corporate productions as well as 3D rigs with crews for special projects, Decode is one of the leading equipment hire facilities in the U.K. Notable projects the company has worked on include MTV’s Living on the Edge, Fashion Week, commercials for the Sony PlayStation, Doritos, Microsoft and Nike and music videos for AC/DC, Pink and Portishead.

“We frequently have clients who are very concerned with the output of batteries and therefore the operating time that Anton/Bauer provides is important for every job,” says Decode Kitroom Technician Tony Shocash. “Not only do they charge fast and are robust, but we have found that they are the most reliable and longest-lasting batteries. The digital readout is much more accurate than a light-up panel for predicting when a change will need to be made. Also, the Gold Mount is fantastic, both for securing to the plate and for its connection.”

Part of the company’s Logic Series batteries, the DIONIC HC is suitable for powering high-current applications in a lightweight package. Designed through close work with cell manufacturers, the DIONIC series incorporates high-capacity cells that can sustain a 10 amp draw. To continually ensure cell protection and performance integrity, a special honeycomb cell pack design protects the cells for both the DIONIC HC and the DIONIC HCX. The DIONIC HC provides 91Wh and can operate a 40-watt HD camera for more than two hours. Transported as carry-on luggage without restrictions, the DIONIC HC is the perfect lightweight battery for shooting on location.

Decode also provides the Anton/Bauer QR-HOTSWAP-AR Gold Mount to its ARRI ALEXA users. “The Gold Mount is fantastic, both for securing to the plate and for its seamless connection to the camera,” says Shocash. “It saves a massive amount of time and it is practically impossible to inadvertently knock the battery off, whereas V-locks can become disconnected when the camera is moved. Combined run-time for multiple batteries can be seen in the camera’s viewfinder.”

Shocash is also pleased with Anton/Bauer’s TM4 four-position chargers. “The TM4 charger is very useful for working fast and makes the turnaround much easier for A/C since you can charge multiple batteries simultaneously,” he says.

All carry-on/checked baggage passenger rules should be verified with your specific carrier prior to travel. For more information on Li-Ion travel, refer to www.antonbauer.com.

For more information on Decode, visit http://decodeuk.com/.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount system, InterActive chargers and Logic Series batteries such as the HyTRON 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight 2, ElipZ, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

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ACIR Professional Supports Mother’s Day Music Festival

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—Philadelphia’s Patti LaBelle, was part of the 3rd annual Mothers Day Music Festival at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City held on Mother’s Day. The concert also featured Johnny Gill and Charlie Wilson. The historic Boardwalk Hall, which seats close to 15,000, has played host to a high profile list entertainers and sporting events throughout its 81-year history.

LaBelle’s success came early with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and then, in the seventies, with LaBelle who brought the hit ‘Lady Marmalade.’ LaBelle went on to have a huge success as a solo artist with songs such as ‘On My Own,’ ‘If Only You Knew,’ ‘If You Asked Me To,’ and ‘New Attitude.’

ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township) provided the entire audio rig and backline for the concert including two Yamaha PM5D digital audio consoles for front of house and monitors, with FOH manned by ACIR co-owner, Ed DiBona.
“I prefer the Yamaha PM5D because of excellent sound quality, ease of use, and unrivaled reliability,” says DiBona.

The company supplied a d&b line array, d&b Q sub for side fills, Worx Audio speakers for side PA, a plethora of microphones including Sennheiser, Shure, AKG, AudioTechnica, a Shure wireless system, and Sennheiser in-ear monitor system.

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

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CAD Debuts UHF WX100 Installation-Grade Wireless System

CAD Audio/Astatic UHF WX100 Wireless System

Las Vegas, NV––Introduced at InfoComm 2012, the new UHF WX100 Wireless Series from CAD Audio/Astatic provides the A/V installer with simple and intuitive form factors, reliable high performance wireless connectivity and exceptional audio bandwidth.

The WX100 was designed using the latest wireless technologies and industry-leading diversity performance to ensure the highest standards in connectivity in congested RF environments.

In addition to superior connectivity, the WX100 features a familiar and intuitive control scheme that allows easy, problem-free operation by casual non-professional users. The WX100 transmitters’ simple form factors make it easy to identify various features, operate on/off switches, change and recharge batteries.

These designs along with an array of useful accessories make the WX100 a perfect solution for A/V suites, flexible meeting spaces or any situation that requires easy to use, certain-connectivity wireless that doesn’t require a long learning curve.

Basic system components include the WX160 gooseneck desk stand transmitter and WX100 receiver, the handheld WX150 microphone and the WX155 body pack which can be used with the CAD 301 cardioid lavalier mic or CAD 302 headworn microphone for additional flexibility. The WX100 is supplied with a joining plate and rack ears for easy installation.

Key accessories for the WX100 system include Ground Plane and Paddle Antennas, an Antenna Distribution System and battery charging solutions for all transmitters.

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by Booth #C10149 at InfoComm 2012, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

Join PreSonus Live from InfoComm

Las Vegas, NV, May 2012…  Join PreSonus for a very special live webcast, direct from the InfoComm Show in Las Vegas.

Tune in for Connecting Your Customers with StudioLive, a 30-minute presentation that will cover the broad range of advanced control and connectivity between PreSonus StudioLiveTM consoles and laptop computers, iPads®, iPhones®, and iPod touches®.

From iPad-based wireless mixer control with StudioLive-Remote and iPhone/iPod touch monitor control via QMixTM, to multitrack recording and production with CaptureTM and Studio OneTM Artist, PreSonus is the only compact digital mixer that offers such a wide range of software integration – for free!

The presentation will also take a look into the ever-expanding integration between PreSonus products and Rational Acoustics’ acclaimed SmaartTM audio-analysis technologies. Optimizing system EQ has never been this fast and easy.

Four 30-minute presentations will be broadcast live from the PreSonus Demo Room (N105) at InfoComm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 13, 14, and 15 at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. (All times are Pacific Daylight Time) A live Q&A from attendees will follow each session.

A special bonus for those attending the show in person: PreSonus will give away a free seven-port USB hub and free 2GB USB drive to attendees at the end of each presentation.

So join us online at http://livestream.com/presonuslive to catch all the action as it happens, or to view it later.

To schedule an email reminder, visit us athttp://presonus.com/community/presonuslive/

 

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

Fender Center is Live with StudioLive

Corona, CA, May 2012…  Located in the heart of this bustling Southern California city, the Fender Center for Music Education is a busy place. The 33,000-square foot building is home to a music school, a museum, two performance venues, and a recording studio, and the Center is buzzing with activity throughout most of the year.

Run by the nonprofit Fender Museum of Music and the Arts Foundation, the Fender Center’s main focus is to provide music education to young people at low or no cost. As the Center’s audio engineer Kelly McGuire explains, the program has made an impact on a great many kids’ lives.

“Our program is called Kids Rock Free,” says McGuire. “It’s a low-cost lesson program for kids from 7 to 17 years old. We’ve been doing this for going on about 12 years now, and over 12,000 kids have been through the program.” The Center is also home to two live performance venues. “We have an outdoor concert venue where we do summer concerts like Steve Miller Band, and we also have a smaller nightclub venue,” says McGuire.

As a non-profit, the Center doesn’t rely on deep corporate pockets, counting instead on the support of donors. “Steve Miller and Paul Rogers have been really supportive,” says McGuire. “They’ve both put on benefit fundraisers for us, and companies like PreSonus have been there for us since the beginning.”

McGuire has been mixing a variety of projects on the Center’s StudioLive 24.4.2 console. “For one of our first projects, we put together a three-concert TV series starring Deana Carter.” The project was a collaboration with nearby Lucas Oil. “They’re our neighbors here in Corona,” says McGuire, “and they have a full TV production studio that turns out about 100 shows per year. There are lots of musicians working over there, and they’re huge supporters of our program, and they came up with the idea of doing a show with us, originating from our venue, and aired on their network.”

McGuire approached Carter and her band about the idea. “When I approached Deana, Max and David about doing this show, I just had a really good feeling about it,” he says. “I said, ‘Let’s try it out because I think you’re really going to like it. The audio’s going to be good, and the video’s going to look fantastic.’ And that’s exactly how it turned out.”

As McGuire points out, the StudioLive enabled him to wear multiple hats during the shows, handling the live mix, monitors, TV feeds, and live recording. “I was able to mix the show live, mix a couple of other sources for the TV track, and run five monitor mixes for the band, and at the same time I was tracking the show to a MacBook, using Studio One to edit it later. That’s what’s so cool about the StudioLive. There is really nothing else that I can think of that makes the whole process so effortless and streamlined.”

While the initial show with Deana Carter was put together as a showcase, the response both at the Center and at Lucas Oil has been so positive that plans are already in the works for several new productions. Upcoming shows will include members of Grand Funk Railroad, .38 Special, and Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.

But the StudioLive has been busy on more than just TV shows. “I’ve also been using the console for other stuff, including some shows, some studio recording, and some projects with the kids,” says McGuire. “It’s going to be in use all summer, pretty much all the time, including some of our outdoor concerts.”

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

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ASHLY’S PEMA AND KLR AMPS DELIVER THE AUDIO GOODIES TO SWIFT’S ATTIC

swifts_attic.JPGAUSTIN, TEXAS – MAY 2012: Located in the city’s bustling warehouse and variously billed as a tapas restaurant, a gastropub, or an American small plate restaurant, Swift’s Attic is a refreshing addition to the bar and restaurant scene in Austin, Texas. Swift’s Attic occupies the second floor of what was built to be the Swift Brother’s meat-packing facilities over one-hundred years ago, and its interior design highlights the building’s old charms in a style that one reviewer lovingly described as “steampunk meets lounge.” With plans for hosting DJs and bands on weekend evenings and a computer loaded with hand-selected tunes for the balance of the week, music is an important component of the restaurant’s casual, hip atmosphere. Austin’s DB Commercial AV designed and installed a killer sound reinforcement system centered on Ashly Audio’s Pema combination DSP/multi-channel amplifier and KLR Series high-efficiency amplifiers.

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SYMETRIX JUPITER 8 PROCESSOR DELIVERS AUDIOPHILE QUALITY FOR HOME THEATER SYSTEMS

jupiter_hometheater.JPGWINTER PARK, FLORIDA – MAY 2012: Storch Entertainment Systems was recently contacted by Phil Kean Designs, the builder of a luxury home, in Winter Park, Florida. The homeowner, a passionate music lover, was eager to possess a world-class media room with sound reproduction so faithful it would rival even the great control rooms of the world. Michael Storch, owner of Storch Entertainment Systems and kindred media-phile, oversaw the room’s design, calling in experts such as Michael Chafee to help make the room absolutely perfect. In addition to superlative acoustical design and top-of-the-line components, the room benefitted, in Storch’s words, “by an order of magnitude” from Chafee’s careful system calibration using a Symetrix Jupiter 8 digital signal processor that resides between the Denon surround-sound processor and the self-powered Genelec loudspeakers.

“The idea was to recreate the listening environment that the mix engineer of the more

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