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MOZAEX SHIPS $2,995 CHROMA MULTI-ROOM ENTERTAINMENT SERVER; NEW “iBLU” FEATURE IS FIRST TO COMBINE iTUNES WITH BLU-RAY

Mozaex Chroma Server or Player BD - Top Angled Disc

THE MOZAEX "CHROMA" IS WORLD’S FIRST SERVER TO SUPPORT BLU-RAY, iTUNES STORE AND ULTRAVIOLET VUDU MOVIE SERVICE; LEGALLY PLAYS BLU-RAYS AND DVDS WITHOUT AN EXPENSIVE, COMPLICATED DISC-CHANGER

Salt Lake City – June 25, 2012 – Mozaex™, the premiere manufacturer of multi-room, multi-media Blu-ray entertainment servers, announced today it has begun shipping Chroma, a new series of multi-room Entertainment Servers that combines iTunes with Blu-ray, NetFlix, and UV movies.

Chroma’s “iBlu” combines the popularity and ease of iTunes with the quality of Blu-ray

“Mozaex has once again set a new value proposition in home entertainment by introducing the first Entertainment Server that combines the features of a Blu-ray Server and an Apple TV into a single appliance for under $3,000,” said Mozaex CEO Douglas Kihm. “By combining the quality of Blu-ray® with the popularity and ease of Apple TV®, iTunes®, NetFlix®, and Ultraviolet® (UV), Chroma offers our dealers a unique opportunity to expand sales while dramatically improving their clients’ entertainment value and experience. At these extraordinary prices, everyone can now afford luxury entertainment.”

Kihm added that no other multi-room entertainment server offers this incredible price-to-performance value. “The nearest competition cost thousands of dollars more, requires an unreliable, complicated mechanical disc-changer, and doesn’t support iTunes, UV, photos, home videos or online media. It is a perfect replacement for the discontinued Sony Blu-ray disc changer used in thousands of single room projects and perfect for multiple room projects with budgets under five thousand dollars”.

Chroma includes “iBLU”, which supports both the iTunes movies/music store and Blu-ray movies. Chroma also includes a feature called iPlay™, which allows the user to play their iTunes library of movies and music using Apple’s elegantly designed, free iPad/iPhone “Remote” App. Chroma works with the Apple AirPort Express unit so Chroma’s music can be extended to another room wirelessly.

“iTunes, Apple TV and iPad/iPhone iDevices have revolutionized multi-room music and touch panel control, yet the dealer channel has not yet been able to fully capitalize on this profitable revolution until now,” Kihm continued. “With a price of a music-only server, Mozaex dealers can now offer a full featured multi-room iTunes Music Server plus a full featured Blu-ray and iTunes movie server with iDevice control.”

You can both buy and browse media via its HD TV interface and, unlike Apple TV, Chroma doesn’t require a TV to play music when using the Apple Remote App. You can also add unlimited Chroma Sonnets music players for multi-room iTunes music and other online media throughout the home.
Chroma Sonnet affordably adds wireless music playback to any room in the house

Sonnet is a wireless music-only player, for use when only music and streaming media is needed. Sonnet plays loaded CDs, iTunes, imported music files and Pandora® radio. Sonnet may be controlled with an iPhone/iPad, a two-way Touch Panel or with its included RF Remote. Sonnet’s TV user interface offers the same HD Cover Art library that is used on other Chroma players and servers.

Chroma 4Play allows you to play discs, downloaded, streaming and mobile movies and music

Only Mozaex plays all four forms of media including discs, downloaded, streaming and mobile. Now with Ultraviolet VUDU support, Chroma allows you to enjoy your UV authorized DVDs and Blu-rays on your mobile iPhone/iPAD, Android, Windows laptop, or via the Chromas VUDU online library. Chroma also plays photo slide shows and more than 10 formats of downloaded videos and home videos.

Chroma comes with a RF handheld remote and may also be controlled by a number of other control systems including Control4®, Vantage®, iPad/iPhone®, Elan® g!, RTI® , Crestron® and many others.

Chroma is sleek, light and whisper quiet

Chroma is enclosed in a compact, ultra-quiet chassis that may be mounted into either a 1.75 inch tall, 1U rack space, behind a TV with its included VESA mounting bracket, or on a shelf. All models weigh less than five pounds. It is especially useful on yachts where large disc-changers cannot be used.

Chroma does not require an expensive, complicated disc-changer and is fully legal

While Kaleidescape™ recently lost a legal case with the DVDCCA, Mozaex continues to be contractually compliant and legal because Mozaex does not ship with DVDCCA’s or other unlicensed decryption software. In addition, since Mozaex has never shipped with any unlicensed decryption software, Mozaex products do not require a cumbersome and expensive disc-changer to play movies.

It is Mozaex’s belief that the recent court ruling against Kaleidescape reaffirms that Mozaex products are legal since Mozaex does not make, traffic, or provide unlicensed decryption software. Mozaex also believes that the court reaffirmed that the DMCA law does not prohibit the use of decryption software for legal purposes which includes storing content you own for your own personal use.

The court interpreted the DMCA law as follows: “A reading of the DMCA makes it clear that its prohibition [of decryption software] applies to the trafficking in and marketing of devices that would circumvent encryption technology, not to the users of such technology.”

As it is with the 100 million PCs sold every year, Mozaex does not ship with or require unlicensed decryption software to be installed or used to play a wide variety of local and online media. It is the user’s responsibility to obey all copyright laws. Mozaex does not promote or approve of the unlawful use of its products. For more details on this subject please visit http://www.mozaex.com/legal.aspx.

Domestic Pricing

The Chroma Series includes a “Chroma” integrated Player and storage server, a “Player” which plays all media, a “Sonnet” which plays music and online media and a “Stor” which adds external USB storage to the Chroma. There is a $100 license fee for adding your own USB or eSATA storage. All Chroma models may be used with other Mozaex Players, Servers and Solos. You can add up to four additional Players and unlimited Sonnets to a Chroma.

The Chroma 1TB is retail priced at $2,995 USD. The Chroma 4TB will be retail priced at $3,995 USD.

The Chroma Player BD is retail priced at $2,795 USD.
The Chroma Player ND (which is a Blu-ray Player with no Blu-ray Drive) is priced at $2,595 USD.
The Chroma Sonnet music player is retail priced at $795 USD.
The Chroma Stor 3TB external add-on USB storage unit is retailed priced at $395 USD.
All models are currently shipping except the Chroma 4TB which will ship in September 2012.
Chroma is covered by a limited two-year parts and labor warranty plus free product lifetime support.

Contact Information

Mozaex USA: 3785 South 700 East Salt Lake City Utah 84106 – www.mozaex.com
Sales Department: +01.801.685.9000 – sales@mozaex.com

About Mozaex
Mozaex designs and manufacturer’s the world’s most popular, proprietary Blu-ray® 3D Entertainment Server.
Mozaex is a multi-room media server that loads, stores and instantly delivers, Blu-ray and DVD movies, CD music, photos and online media including iTunes®, Pandora® and Ultraviolet VUDU®.

Combining elegant operation with uncompromised reliability, service and quality, Mozaex has become the solution of choice for homes and yachts around the world. Mozaex has shipped more non-jukebox Blu-ray servers than any other company. Since introducing the world’s first multimedia entertainment server in 2004 and the first Blu-ray 3D server in 2010 the company has shipped over 7,500 units worldwide. Mozaex is sold exclusively through a network of 750 dealers that are supported by 10 US rep firms and 20 international distributors in 27 countries.

Disclaimers
All specifications cited are subject to change including any 3rd Party specifications which may have been obtained in part from the respective company’s web site. While Mozaex is shipped with licensed decryption software that is used to play back optical DVD and Blu-ray discs, it may not be able to load or play some or all DVD and Blu-ray movies. Mozaex does not ship, offer or induce the use of any unlicensed decrypting software on Mozaex products. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain legal advice and obey all copyright laws. All Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Mozaex © 2012 All rights reserved

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AVocation Systems New 8×8 Matrix Offers Independent or Simultaneous HDMI and Analog/Digital Routing

Broomfield, CO – June 20, 2012 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, announces the Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI Matrix with Analog and Digital Audio (HX-0808HA). The HX-0808HA is the first digital matrix from AVocation Systems to include eight independently routable analog and digital audio inputs and outputs with volume control.

Distributing audio over HDMI can present challenges for many installations. With HDMI signals fed directly to displays, listening to the same source through a set of speakers in the same room is not always possible with a conventional HDMI matrix. AVocation’s new matrix provides eight HDMI, eight analog audio (RCA), and eight digital audio (RCA) inputs and outputs that address this problem specifically. Each input/output supports simultaneous or independent routing of HDMI or analog/digital audio. Digital audio can also be broken out and routed independently for maximum flexibility.

Any of the eight HDMI inputs on the HX-0808HA can be routed to any or all of the eight HDMI outputs (likewise for the audio inputs/outputs) and EDID/Key management takes care of latency between switch times. The AVocation Systems matrix also takes signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays, not just one, a common failure of many matrix routers.

“It’s crucial for us to be dialed in on what dealers are looking for in future products, and we can only do this by listening to them, and learning the problems that come into play when routing audio with HDMI,” said Trent Mulligan, sales and marketing manager for AVocation Systems. “The HX-0808HA is an introductory piece that is the first in a line of upcoming products to address these problems. Our ultimate goal is to solve all of the audio problems that can arise when distributing HDMI.”

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 Matrix with Analog and Digital Audio is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 36-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). Control options are IP, RS-232, USB, and Infrared. HDCP 1.1 compliant, the matrix is rack mountable (ears included) and consumes two rack units. AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee. All products are made in the USA. For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639.

About AVocation Systems
AVocation Systems was founded in 2005 by industry veteran Richard Reisbick, an engineering, design and manufacturing expert with over 25 years experience in the field. The company specializes in industry leading audio/video distribution products including: HDMI and component matrix routers, VGA and component input selectors, distribution amplifiers, serial splitters, video sensors and more. All AVocation Systems products are made in the U.S.A – Broomfield, Colorado – with stringent quality control standards maintained through the entire manufacturing process. AVocation Systems is not just another matrix company.

AES 133rd Convention Committee Readies World-Class Show For Moscone Center – Oct. 26 – 29

New Tracks – Must See Special Events

SAN FRANCISCO: Let the buzz begin… Deep into preparation for an extraordinary 133rd AES Convention, the planning committee began meeting in January to develop innovative new programs for the event set for Oct. 26-29 at SF’s Moscone Center. Veteran co-chairs Valerie Tyler and Jim McTigue recruited a stellar collaborative team, mixing seasoned convention pros with enthusiastic new Chairs to insure a, highly relevant Convention. “Our objective is to infuse our events with meaningful tracks that anticipate and inform shifting industry trends,” Tyler says. “As San Francisco remains a bastion of innovative thinking, we are well-positioned to keep ahead of the curve.”

“Highlighting these new track introductions is a Project Studio Expo with a two-day series of clinics on best practices, and techniques on all aspects of creating and operating a small studio. They’ve invested in this gear, we want to help them take full advantage of it.” Jim McTigue states. “This year’s Convention will also see the introduction of two new tracks. Nathan Brock will chair the Networked Audio Track, and Brian McCarty will Chair the Sound For Pictures Track. Additionally,” McTigue adds, “we have confirmed a notable Keynote Speaker TBA soon.”

The Convention will also feature a remodeled Student Product Design Competition, which will tap into student’s unlimited capacity for ‘blue-sky’ thinking. Education Committee co-chairs John Krivit and Ezequiel Morfi and advisor Scott Dorsey anticipate a wealth of revolutionary ideas.
“The Committee is mounting a variety of events which will be hard to miss,” reports AES executive director Bob Moses. “On top of that list is a rare screening of The Wrecking Crew. This highly anticipated documentary about the studio musicians who played on countless Gold & Platinum hits has been withheld from distribution due to complex performance rights issues. Technical Tours Chair Jessica Livingston has secured an AES screening of the film. It promises to be a very hot ticket.”

Moses regards these special events as prime examples of the enduring need for ‘on-site conventions.’ “During the first six months of my Executive Directorship I’ve spoken with hundreds of exhibitors, educators, attendees, event developers and participants,” he says. “Virtually every one of them has emphasized the value of the ‘human connection.’ Social media remains a vital and constantly growing part of our messaging effort. But, the opportunity for face-to-face networking remains indisputable. On site conventions will continue to play an integral role in the AES mandate to help our attendees ‘Listen, Learn and Connect.’”

The 133rd AES Convention Committee boasts an all star-line up analogous to the famed Wrecking Crew. The key difference is Convention Committee members are volunteers! Co-Chairs Jim McTigue and Valerie Tyler are pooling their time and energy with: Broadcast/Streaming Chair, David Bialik; Education Co-Chairs, John Krivit and Ezequiel Morfi; Facilities Chair, Bob Megantz; Game Audio Chair, Steve Martz; Historical Chair, Bill Wray; Live Sound Chair, Michael “Bink” Knowles; Master Classes/Tutorials Co-Chairs, Mike Wells and Jose “Vene” Garcia; Networked Audio Chair, Nathan Brock; Papers Co-Chairs, Veronique Larcher & Alan Seefeldt; Product Design Chair, Conrad Cooke; Sound For Pictures Chair, Brian McCarty; Special Events Chair, Christopher Smith; Tech Tours Chair, Jessica Livingston; Volunteers Co-Chairs, Evan Peebles and Michael McConnell and, Workshops Co-Chairs, David Bowles and Jeffrey McKnight. AES Executive Director Bob Moses; Deputy Director, Roger Furness; Director, Convention Management, Chris Plunkett; Business Development Manager, Steven Green; and Chief Information Officer, Steve Johnson continue to provide exceptional organizational support to the complex effort.

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Pictured (l-r) Even Peebles, Alan Seefeldt, Chris Plunkett, Veronique Larcher, Jessica Livingston, Jeffrey McKnight, Valerie Tyler, Christopher Smith, David Bowles, Bill Wray, Michael Knowles, Jim McTigue, Steven Green, Roger Furness, (A/V consultant) Dave Molnar, Bob Moses and Bob Megantz. Not pictured: David Bialik, John Krivit, Ezequiel Morfi, Steve Martz, Mike Wells, Jose Garcia, Nathan Brock, Brian McCarty, Conrad Cooke, Michael McConnell

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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Moo TV Acquires Eight Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD Cameras for Live Production during County Music Concert Tours

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., today announced that Moo TV—a video production and creative services company in Madison, TN—purchased eight Hitachi Z-HD5000 studio and field HDTV cameras to provide video support and big-screen multimedia presentations during concert tours and other live events.

As Pollstar’s “Video Company of the Year” for the past two years, Moo TV provides live multi-camera production, specialized personnel, and digital content creation services to top country artists, including the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and Alan Jackson.

The first four Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD cameras were purchased late last year for use on Zac Brown’s annual holiday tour between Christmas and New Year’s Day, including a sold-out New Year’s Eve concert at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The second four were purchased for Toby Keith’s “Live in Overdrive” concert, which has a busy, national concert schedule this year through next. All eight cameras were purchased because both Zac Brown and Toby Keith wanted to upgrade their concert’s live video and multimedia presentations from standard- to high-definition.

“While we were planning to go high-def for the Zac Brown Band in March 2012, the band decided just after Thanksgiving 2011 that they wanted to go hi-def in time for their holiday concerts. With less than four weeks’ notice, we had to scramble for HD cameras and the other HD gear needed to support live multi-camera HD production,” said Chuck Young, general manager for Moo TV.

“Before we made this multi-million dollar investment, we called truck operators and others we knew in video and broadcast businesses to find out what cameras they recommended, and the name Hitachi kept coming up,” Young said. “With very little lead time, Hitachi sent us a Z-HD5000 camera to evaluate and play with. Our engineers put it on scopes and really liked the picture quality. When we told Hitachi we needed four units very quickly, we were treated like gold, and the equipment was delivered just in time for Zac Brown’s concerts.”

Young worked directly with Hitachi Vice President Sean Moran and Southeast Regional Sales Manager Danny Stephens. After years of shooting in the field with legacy Sony BVP-550 cameras, Young said their move to HD was a quantum leap that impacted every aspect of their infrastructure, including routing and production switchers, and required an intensive learning curve.

“One big change was from triax to fiber-backed cameras and fiber cable runs. I was concerned whether fiber would hold up to forklifts moving equipment, long-distance transport via semi-trailers, and other rough handling typical of live events,” said Young. “Sean recommended Gepco heavy-duty ‘stadium jackets’ to protect the fiber cable runs. We ordered 12 of them, and these casings have solved the problem.”

Due to the tight turnaround, some equipment—such as sled supports used to stabilize imaging with longer lenses—was not readily available from the factory and Hitachi proactively sent loaners to Moo TV. While the lenses on the Z-HD5000’s are SD, Young says the cameras still give them a dramatic improvement in picture quality. During a live show, some cameras are positioned on tripods at the front-of-house, while others serve as handhelds carried around the venue.

“Shots of the crowd’s reaction and participation splashing onto 40-or-50-foot video walls and other on-stage projection surfaces are now a vital part of any live concert,” Young said. “Because the Z-HD5000’s are so lightweight, our camera operators find they’re easier to shoulder for long periods of time while angling for the best shot. These cameras are real workhorses. Much of the time we’re running them in all kinds of horrible weather and challenging theatrical or natural lighting conditions at music festivals, fairs, and other outdoor concerts.”

Theatrical lighting, projection and display technology are such that HD video hasn’t been used much for concerts, but Young sees this trend starting to change. Last April, country singer/songwriter Toby Keith also gave Moo TV very little notice that he wanted to use HD video for his fast-approaching summer tour. Once again, Young turned to Hitachi for four more cameras. “This was a huge investment for us, but Sean and Danny put all our concerns at ease,” Young said. “I was so impressed with the service that I knew I’d chosen the right cameras even before we ever started using them.”

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. designs, manufacturers and markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets. For more information, please call (516) 921-7200 or visit Hitachi’s web site athttp://www.hitachikokusai.us . Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc. (TSE, OSE: 6756), is a Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) group company.

Full versions of all press releases and product images are posted on the web site in the pressroom section: www.hitachikokusai.us

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Two Haivision Deployments Win Commercial Integrator Solutions Awards at InfoComm 2012

JVN Systems Recognized for Stony Brook IP Video System; Whitlock for Video System at Church of Champions more

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Haivision Products Win Multiple Awards at InfoComm 2012

KulaByte(TM) Wins Rental & Staging New Product Award; Makito(TM) Wins SCN Installation Product Award more

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FUJINON Technical Support Center in Place for London 2012 Summer Games

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, has announced that a technical support center has been set up to provide customer service and support during the London 2012 Summer Games taking place from July 27 through August 12, 2012.

During the Summer Games, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have an engineer available from July 21 to support customers of its broadcast lenses, including HDTV studio and field lenses.

The technical support center for the London 2012 Summer Games will be located at:

FUJIFILM UK Ltd.

Optical Devices Division

17 Soho Square

London, UK

Mobile: +44(0)7585 628742

Hours of operation for the center will be 09:00 to 18:00 daily. Many prominent broadcast customers are expected to shoot video at the London 2012 Summer Games.

“Whenever our customers need to shoot and produce mission critical video at once in a lifetime events like the Summer Games, Fujifilm goes the extra mile to ensure that their imaging equipment performs reliably,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “For this reason, we’ve established a technical service center staffed by knowledgeable technicians to support our customers during the event.”

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 17 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2011, and in the year ended March 31, 2012, had global revenues of $27.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 79 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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Extron Now Shipping 800 Watt ENERGY STAR® Qualified Power Amplifier

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTRA™ Series XPA 4002 two channel power amplifier. This compact 1U, convection cooled amplifier delivers 400 watts rms per channel into 4 ohms or 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms. The XPA 4002 replaces the XPA 2002 amplifier at the same price. It is an ENERGY STAR® qualified amplifier with an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design. The XPA 4002 also features patented CDRS™ – Class D Ripple Suppression technology that provides a smooth, clean audio waveform and an improvement in signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. It is half the size of comparable amplifiers, conserving rack space and weighing only 9 lbs (4 kg). The Extron exclusive, high efficiency design generates very little heat and allows the amplifier to be convection cooled.

“The ENERGY STAR qualified XPA 4002 delivers a unique combination of high power output and very efficient operation,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “It is ideal for driving large, high powered speakers in environments such as auditoriums and houses of worship, while consuming less energy, running cooler, and taking less space than competitive amps of this wattage.”

The XPA 4002 includes an auto power-down feature that automatically places the amplifier into standby after a period of inactivity, and consumes 30 watts or less when idle and less than 1 watt in standby mode. It also has an ultra low inrush current draw to prevent power circuit overload that occurs when multiple amplifiers are switched on simultaneously. This feature eliminates the need for power sequencing in systems with multiple amplifiers in large centralized equipment racks, and prevents other equipment from experiencing power interruption from associated power surges. Additionally, the XPA 4002 amplifier features very low thermal dissipation under full load, which keeps racks and equipment racks cool.

Visit www.extron.com for more information.

XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses Launch to the Head of the Class at ISTE 2012

The new EDUX3 3D Glasses are compatible with any DLP® 3D-ready projector or television.

SAN DIEGO, California – At ISTE 2012, XPAND 3D’s new EDUX3 3D Glasses are being used at multiple exhibitor booths. Partners include Dell (#3013), Cyber Anatomy (#5625), Lumens (Ladibug Document Cameras) (#4907), Texas Instruments (#3437), Designmate (#3723) and Panasonic (#4601).

“The XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses are ideal for use in any classroom, lecture hall, auditorium and anywhere else where 3D material is presented in an educational environment. 3D allows teachers to engage and reach their students with remarkable depth,” noted Jodi Szuter, Sales Manager, Education Channel, XPAND 3D. “We’ve listened to all of the teacher feedback regarding 3D glasses and came up with the most reliable, best range, and durable glass for the market. Our glasses are compatible with a wide range of 3D display devices, making them an easy and cost-effective solution for the education market.”

XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses feature the fastest active-shutter technology on the market for the best and the brightest 3D images available. Their Extended White-Light Range capability gives them the longest viewing distance in the industry. EDUX3 3D Glasses work without any installation—simply turn them on to view 3D content.

The XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses offer a variety of features that make them ideal for education environments, including:

• Durability – Built from rugged plastic with flex points that extend the lifetime of the glasses
• Lightweight
• Comfort – Come with additional nose pieces to fit children’s faces better
• Use standard over the counter CR2032 batteries – for easy battery replacement with an average of 100 hours of battery life
• Turn on and off with one simple button
• Folding arms
• Lighter, brighter lenses
• Can be kept clean using XPAND 3D X-Wipes and protected with XPAND’s carrying case that holds 30 pair of glasses.

“Studies have shown that using 3D material in the classroom can improve students’ retention rates when learning new material and can also result in higher test scores,” Szuter noted. “Students are more engaged and involved when they view 3D content. 3D isn’t just for entertainment—it’s also an extremely valuable educational tool, especially with complex concepts.”

Jodi Szuter will be giving presentations at the Dell booth (#3013) on Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 at 12:30-1 PM, 1:30-2 PM, and 4-4:30 PM; and on Wednesday, June 27 at 12:30-2:30 PM.

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

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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Bexel Hits a Grand Slam at Rangers Ballpark with Broadcast Infrastructure Upgrade for 2012 Season

Company Conquers Triax, Timing and Tornados for Facility Overhaul

ARLINGTON, TX, JUNE 25, 2012—When Opening Day festivities commenced at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services, had just wrapped up a major broadcast infrastructure overhaul for the facility, a project that was completed in less than two months. To ensure the 18-year-old ballpark had full broadcast capabilities, Bexel provided an infrastructure makeover that included more than 70,000 feet of new triax cable while also adding significant audio and fiber to many positions in the venue.

“Our goal was to replace the majority of the broadcast infrastructure in time for Opening Day,” says Justin Paulk, manager, Bexel Broadcast Fiber Solutions. “To do this, our team was required to demolish nearly 10,000 pounds of existing triax—a significant portion of the old infrastructure. Once that was complete we had to install new triax cable, audio cable and fiber cable in the venue. Bexel also provided on site coordination with the General Contractor for the new center field construction, ensuring that the cable runs required under Bexel’s contract and those associated with the new centerfield locations were closely coordinated to eliminate damage and maximize the efficiency of the installation.”

With an office located in nearby Irving, Texas, the Bexel team has had a standing relationship with the Rangers and is extremely familiar with Rangers Ballpark, having done work there over the last decade. “During the initial demo, we had to be very careful because we couldn’t just cut and remove everything; we had to make sure that we indentified and removed the correct cables,” adds Paulk. Following the demolition of the old cable, the Bexel team worked quickly to install 70,000 feet of new triax cable, 25,000 feet of 12-pair audio cables and 27,000 feet of 12-strand single-mode fiber.

In addition, the team equipped the facility with 96 new triax connectors, replaced all panels and re-terminated all of the existing audio and added 132 audio pairs. “Essentially we kept some of the newer existing triax that was installed when the scoreboard was updated several years ago, moved the existing audio cable over to the new panels and added more channels of audio and fiber. In all there are 126 strands of fiber now that didn’t exist before. The timing of this project was challenging, but the experience and efficiency of the Bexel crews allowed us to rise to the challenge and complete the overhaul before Opening Day,” says Paulk. Along with the specific upgrade for the Rangers, Bexel added SMPTE fiber cable for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), including two SMPTE runs to center field and six pairs of audio and six fiber strands to an auxiliary interview room, to cover pitching sensation Yu Darvish for viewers in Japan. “We also put fiber in for the local media including KXAS-TV, KTVT and Univision.”

“While the time allotted was a bit of a challenge, it was a job well-done by the entire team,” concludes Paulk. “Not only did our expertise in fiber solutions help ensure this, but our standing relationship with the venue was extremely valuable. Despite delays caused by recent tornados in North Texas, we completed the project in about two months. It was definitely an exciting project to be a part of for us.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

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