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Ventuz Technology Continues to Build Momentum in the Broadcast Market

a href=”http://blog.svconline.com/briefingroom/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/ventuz.jpg”>Ventuz Technology, provider of high-end interactive graphics software technologies for advanced 2D/3D real-time broadcast graphic and innovative interactive in-studio applications continues to build momentum worldwide for its software solutions.

Used throughout the broadcast, live presentation and digital signage markets, the Ventuz software suite is considered one of the most innovative solutions available today. It specifically addresses the challenges creative agencies are facing in keeping up with the technological and presentation needs of customers as well as helping broadcasters produce, manage and deliver high-end 2D / 3D on-air and in-studio graphics efficiently and economically. Regardless of the application, the openness of the Ventuz software allows for a variety of external control capabilities, such as multi-touch functionality enabling communication with any input device connected to a standard Windows PC.

Its easy to use authoring and animation environment offers an open framework of building blocks, which means users not only have a complete toolset for creating compelling content, but it also supports seamless integration with 3rd party applications. The unsurpassed flexibility of the Ventuz 3D engine provides unique possibilities to utilize designs for both broadcast on-air graphics and interactive in-studio applications.

The growing customer-base of Ventuz Technology speaks to the increasing awareness of this state-of-the-art software suite:

Broadcasters using Ventuz software for Television Programs:
• FOX USA: Next Generation FoxBox
Ventuz software drives all live sporting event clock and score graphics for Fox Sports Net (FSN) nationwide broadcasting of all major sports leagues and events.

• Who wants to be a Millionaire?
The British company Cat&Mouse, service provider for game show graphics and control, has used Ventuz for virtually all of their productions. Among their shows are renowned formats, such as Who wants to be a Millionaire, Power of 10, and Million Pound Drop.

• Political Programs
Ventuz software powered a touchscreen for the interactive TV presentation of graphs and analysis charts of coverage of several election broadcasts by WDR in Germany.

• Broadcast Sports
Swedish TV network Kanal 75 switched over to Ventuz software as its 3D graphics engine and character generator for live horse racing coverage in its off-track betting centers.

• TTR World Snowboard Tour:
Rayd and E.I.M. Solutions created a full sports on-air graphics and live-display solution with Ventuz software for the Ticket To Ride World Snowboard Tour.

Ventuz provides a powerful environment for the creation of 3D graphics regardless of how complex the on-air or presentation graphics requirements are. Its intuitive toolset offers real productivity & operational enhancements, a vast number of 2D and 3D design and text effects, as well as real-time 3D rendering. Ventuz is a versatile solution for creating rich and engaging content and designs efficiently and without being limited by the technology.

About Ventuz Technology:
Ventuz Technology offers hardware-agnostic, resolution-independent 2D/3D real-time software and technology for graphics design, authoring, and control of non-linear animation and interactive 2D/3D presentations, 3D rendering, as well as video wall and multi-display presentations.

Ventuz Broadcast:
Ventuz Technology’s Broadcast edition addresses on-air and in-studio broadcast applications, post production motion graphics and 2D/3D workflows. As a field-proven real-time graphics solutions, global broadcast stations currently utilize Ventuz for the 2D/3D authoring and graphic playback of sportscasts, second screen connected TV applications, and in-studio presentations.

Ventuz Pro:
Advertising agencies and the live events industry utilize Ventuz Professional edition for creating, staging and lighting large-scale multimedia client presentations and fully interactive product launches. Digital signage content designers use Ventuz software tools for the creation and display (including touch-screen) for POS. Regardless of the application, customers including Microsoft, Audi, Adidas, Avid, XBOX, D:SF, Skoda, and Porsche use Ventuz technology for unlimited creativity for real-time 3D design, authoring and presentation.

For more information about VENTUZ Technology’s products & services please visit: http://ventuz.com. For USA sales, please contact catrin.beck@ventuz.com.

View the Ventuz YouTube Channel for application examples: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL47C04DEBB7C43967&feature=plcp

Wowza Media Systems at IBC2012

Wowza Media Systems
IBC2012 — Sept. 7-11
Stand 14.162
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C4dio Digital I/O Card for the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System Now Shipping

WEST CHESTER, PA, JULY 31, 2012—Aviom, the exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, is now shipping the C4dio Digital I/O Card for the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System.

The C4dio Digital I/O Card is a 4×4 AES3 I/O card with BNC Word Clock Out, In, and In with Termination options. With this card, users have even more connectivity options and flexibility in terms of designing signal flow in a Pro64® audio network. At the center of the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is the F6 Modular I/O Frame, a multi-purpose network frame with six field-configurable I/O card slots and integrated Cat-5e and fiber optic connectivity. The F6 can be outfitted to meet the audio I/O requirements of nearly any application with C4m Mic/Line Input Cards, C4o Output Cards or the new C4dio Digital I/O Cards.

Installing six C4dio Digital I/O Cards in an F6 Modular I/O Frame allows the AllFrame to be configured as a 24×24 AES3 digital audio interface. Sample rate converters can be turned on per input pair from within the Pro64 Network Manager™ software to allow asynchronous devices with digital outputs, but without Word Clock connections, to be used as input sources.

The F6 can be powered in multiple ways, including a four-pin XLR connector, a Euroblock connector or one of the Cat-5 A-Net ports. Installations that use Power Over A-Net must use the new Aviom-approved POA80 Power Supply.

The AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System brings the flexibility of the Aviom’s powerful Pro64 audio network to the wall box and stage box. For both installations as well as on the road, the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O system eliminates several expensive and labor-intensive stages of the signal chain while reducing cable clutter and enhancing flexibility.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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Christie’s Technology on the World Stage in London

Christie® today announced its partnership with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s (DFAIT) “Invest in Canada.” Christie has provided two striking digital displays featuring Christie® MicroTiles® and Christie Entero LED rear projection cubes at Canada Olympic House in Trafalgar Square. Operating from July 27 through August 12, in addition to being the Canadian Olympic Committee’s space for athletes, their friends and their families, Canada Olympic House hosts business leaders and government dignitaries and showcase Canada’s leading industries and businesses. Christie is among the select technology companies invited to participate.

As a world leader of visual display technologies and solutions, with manufacturing in Canada, Christie’s partnership with DFAIT at Canada Olympic House in London includes a large lobby display of up to 37 Christie MicroTiles and four 72” diagonal Entero cubes, the world’s first LED-based ultra-high resolution projection display system, for the Business Club, site of numerous networking events throughout the month. Both displays show a video and graphical montage highlighting Canada’s leading sectors and landscapes. Float4 Interactive is providing the interactivity kit to allow multiple users to interact with the displays.

Business leaders, government dignitaries, world-class athletes and executives from all over the world are expected to attend the various events to be presented at the facility. This includes a special Information Communications Technology (ICT) day on August 6, put on by Invest in Canada in association with the Financial Times, as well as a technology showcase organized by Invest Ottawa on behalf of the Consider Canada Alliance.

“From award-winning games and visual effects, to digital cinema and e-commerce, to wireless and mobile applications, Canada is an important player in the global economy,” noted Kathryn Cress, vice president of Global and Corporate Marketing at Christie. “As a major contributor to Canada’s technology revolution with manufacturing facilities in the Waterloo Region, Christie is proud to bring its expertise to Canada Olympic House to help further the country’s strategic expansion upon the world’s digital stage.”

According to the government of Canada, Canada’s digital industries are a robust and rapidly advancing sector, with 32,700 companies, more than half a million employees, annual revenues in excess of $162 billion and annual exports of $26 billion in 2010. Profiling these activities is part of the government’s economic strategy to create conditions for businesses in Canada to succeed on a global scale. At Canada Olympic House, senior policy-makers and global business leaders will inform potential investors about Canada’s ICT sector, its key areas of growth, as well as the challenges and emerging investment opportunities.

“As a leader in the ICT sector, Canada long ago recognized the importance of fostering innovation and creating the right business environment to attract world-class companies to our shores,” said International Trade Minister Ed Fast. “With our low taxes, strong and stable economy, significant research and development incentives, and highly-educated workforce, Canada continues to be a premier destination of choice for foreign investors. Christie’s revolutionary digital cinema technology and powerful visual displays highlight how Canada’s competitive strengths and economic vision benefit a global audience and drive economic growth here at home.”

Extron Announces New Dual Link DVI Fiber Optic Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DDX 102 Dual Link DVI Fiber Optic Extender, an efficient transmitter and receiver set for long haul delivery of DVI signals over fiber optic cabling. It uses all digital technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of video images up to 2560×1600, including HDTV 1080p/60. The extender delivers dual link DVI-D signals up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) over two multimode cables or single link DVI signals over one fiber optic cable. The capabilities and compact size of the DDX 102 make this fiber optic extender ideal for sending high resolution DVI content in a wide variety of applications. more

Bexel Maintains Commitment to Providing Dynamic Audio Solutions With Investment in Additional TSL Gear

Expanded Rental Inventory of Precision Audio Monitoring Equipment Central to Flypack Systems

BURBANK, CA, JULY 31, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announces a major continued investment in precision audio monitor systems from TSL Professional Products Ltd. (TSL). Bexel will add the new gear to its rental inventory, integrating it heavily into the flypacks the company provides as part of its complete turnkey solutions.

The nearly half-million-dollar investment includes the initial purchase of TSL’s PAM1-3G8, PAM1-3G16 and PAM2-3G16 audio monitoring units. Designed for use throughout entire broadcast facilities, TSL’s precision audio monitoring series delivers top performance in a compact and intuitive package. Featuring OLED display technology, optional multi-format Dolby signal decoding and the unique “scroll-to-hear” user interface, the PAM series has become one of the world’s favorite rack-mounted multichannel audio monitoring solutions.

“We are excited about the addition of the TSL precision audio monitoring systems to Bexel’s expanding rental inventory,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “TSL’s products are a good mix for our product line and a welcomed addition by our major broadcast clients. In addition, we will be integrating the gear into our new flypack systems.”

Bexel plans to rent more than 40 units for an upcoming major summer sporting event in London as well as add an additional 40 units to its rental inventory, for a total of 80 units. “As embedding audio gets more complicated, it requires precision audio speaker solutions to ensure compliance,” adds Dickinson. “TSL’s PAM systems are able to do what we need them to do. In addition, as MADI becomes the industry standard, this investment allows Bexel to provide proper services to its clients.”

“We are pleased with Bexel’s continued commitment to the TSL brand,” says Chris Exelby, managing director of TSL Professional Products’ Ltd. “Bexel will be joining the vast array of users who will be relying on the TSL PAM family of products at this year’s summer games. Our PAM 1 and PAM 2 units will be helping broadcasters to monitor the multiple feeds coming in from the different sporting events taking place, helping them to achieve audio consistency and ensure they are within their country’s respective loudness standards.”

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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Stampede Named A North American Distributor of Vaddio EasyUSB MAC & PC Video Conferencing Tools

In a move designed to dramatically expand the market for soft client conferencing system solutions in virtually all end-user vertical markets, Vaddio Inc. and Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. today announced that, effective immediately, Stampede will serve as a North American distributor of Vaddio’s recently introduced EasyUSB video conferencing tools. The announcement was made by Vaddio VP of Sales Tom Mingo and Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly.

“The market introduction of EasyUSB created a new standard for computer peripherals based on professional AV quality performance,” Vaddio’s Tom Mingo said today. “Stampede, with its proven expertise in every segment of the IT conferencing market, is uniquely qualified to represent the capabilities of the EasyUSB tools.”

Amplifying this point, Stampede’s Kevin Kelly noted that Stampede dealers now can offer a viable high quality conferencing option to customers who do not want to invest in a traditional video conferencing system. “Vaddio’s EasyUSB is a game-changing product line that allows dealers to offer a compelling cost-effective way to build an enterprise-quality video conferencing system with affordable soft codecs like Microsoft Lync, Skype, Face Time, and Google Talk. Together with our other video conferencing solutions, specifically those from Sony and Radvision, Stampede now offers an unprecedented range of offerings for all applications, platforms, and price points. What’s more, every one of our system solutions comes backed with the necessary engineering expertise and product knowledge required to make every solution we sell an easy turnkey experience for customers.”

Introduced in March 2012, the Vaddio EasyUSB line of video conferencing tools brings to market the IT VAR and ProAV quality computer peripherals IT professionals need to transform their personal computer into an effective, affordable meeting room system for environments that range from a small video conferencing system all the way up to a large integrated lecture capture classroom. The line includes an HD USB PTZ camera, a USB audio mixer/amplifier, USB microphones, and a web based room control system. The solution also includes an AV bridge that allows legacy and traditional AV systems to connect to the audio and video inputs on computers through a USB connection.

Furthermore, Vaddio’s EasyUSB tools are based on UVC/UAC USB standards, eliminating the need for custom software drivers or a particular OS to be installed on a MAC or PC – so they work seamlessly with any soft client conferencing system including Skype, Google+, Scopia, Movi and Microsoft Lync, as well as lecture capture software systems such as Tegrity and Panopto. When added to a MAC or PC, the combination of EasyUSB tools creates a complete group conferencing solution that allows users to engage in any type of collaboration and conference activity.

About Vaddio
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. For more information on Vaddio and its product lines, visit www.vaddio.com.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Keith Klentz Named Director, Visualization and Simulation Sales, Christie

Christie, a world leader in visual technology displays, today announced that Keith Klentz has been promoted to the position of Director, Visualization and Simulation Sales, Visual Environments (VE), to drive the company’s continued growth in this area. He will report to Zoran Veselic, Vice President, Visual Environments. In his new role, Klentz will be responsible for VE sales in the U.S. and Canada, and for developing and managing the VE sales team.

Keith Klentz

Klentz has been in the visualization and simulation industry for more than 25 years in roles that included engineering, sales, project and product management. Prior to joining Christie in 2009, he worked for BARCO for more than 20 years where his responsibilities included visual systems engineering, market development and sales.

“Christie has been leading the way in innovations for some of the most complex simulation environments, including 3D and immersive applications, as well as mission-critical simulations for government and military installations,” said Klentz. “It’s an honor to take on this new role, and I look forward to continuing to work with customers to deliver the world’s best display solutions for their needs.”

Zoran Veselic noted that Keith’s experience in developing sales amongst different industry segments, including major airlines and the military, will help Christie serve customers better, while growing the firm’s market share. “I am confident that our customers will see Keith’s promotion as indicative of Christie’s long-term commitment to advancing visualization and simulation solutions.”

Klentz holds an electrical engineering degree from Wright State University in Drayton, OH. He served with the Ohio Army National Guard from 1985 to 1990. With his strong business, sales and technology background, he has already made numerous contributions to Christie’s Visual Environments unit.

Christie designs, builds and integrates customized visual solutions to meet the most exacting visual requirements of organizations within the energy, military training and simulation, manufacturing and design, pharmaceutical, aerospace, government agencies, education and entertainment sectors. Christie sets the benchmark for high performance DLP® projection systems used in advanced visualization and simulation environments. Christie solutions are found in major global corporations, universities and government and military organizations.

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Drummer Taku Hirano Relies On HARMAN’s AKG For European Percussion Clinics

VIENNA, Austria – Trained in multiple aspects of rhythm, ranging from classical, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian to West African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Indian, percussionist Taku Hirano, while touring with the internationally acclaimed Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour, is utilizing his down time to host drum clinics throughout Europe. Traveling with a complete HARMAN AKG microphone set, Hirano relies on the functionality and clarity of AKG to provide first-class instruction and an unforgettable experience, while teaching the fundamentals of his art.

In addition to his current world touring schedule with the MJ Immortal tour, the award-winning Hirano has played with musical legends on tour and in the studio, including Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, Lindsey Buckingham, Lionel Richie, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Usher, Jay-Z, LeAnn Rimes and Shakira, among multiple other world-renowned acts.

During his clinics, Hirano’s percussion set is mic’d with two C214’s for overhead capture, a P2 for the Cajon, one P17 for the artist’s signature ‘Handbale” – the timbale played only by hand, one P3 on a stand for speaking during the clinics, a P4 for the Bongos, and C518M’s clipped on his congas.

During live performances on tour and in the studio, Hirano also utilizes the classic C414 for overheads.

“I’ve been part of clinics in the past where a lot of time, the artist or performer is subject to use whatever equipment the backline companies provide,” said the percussionist. “My AKG mics came straight out of the box and provide a pristine sound. With AKG, my sound actually gets better as I’m able to hear every nuance I play. The gear is working out great as I continue to delve further into playing for the students and prospective percussionists.”

Hirano’s clinics will take place in every major European city the Immortal Tour lands, including London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Prague and Barcelona.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information about Taku Hirano, please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taku-Hirano/137428229609597

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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Clay Paky Stage Zoom 1200s and Alpha Spot HPE 700s Light Up Israel Houghton Recording Session at Houston’s Lakewood Church

A complement of Clay Paky Stage Zoom 1200 and Alpha Spot HPE 700 fixtures were selected for the CD and DVD recording of Christian singer Israel Houghton’s latest album, “Jesus at the Center,” which hits stores August 14. The multi Grammy Award-winning Houghton, whose cross-cultural style of Christian music fuses elements from gospel, jazz and rock, performed at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, where the singer is also a worship leader.

Matt Moreland of Wave Productions was lighting designer and director for the project, which reflected the diversity of Houghton’s musical style. “The look of the show was sometimes very rock ‘n roll, sometimes dramatic and moody, sometimes very high energy. It really ran the gamut as did the music from Latin to rap to a more traditional gospel sound.”

Moreland chose 10 Stage Zoom 1200 moving projectors and six Alpha Spot HPE 700s to fill the space at the church. “It’s a full arena-size room, so I needed fixtures that were bright and had a great zoom,” he says. “I needed nice long beams but also wanted them to zoom out really wide.”

Moreland was “very impressed” with the Clay Paky fixtures’ performance. “They were great. It was my first time using the reliable 1200s, too. They did exactly what I needed them to do.” The Clay Pakys rounded out a full-automated lighting rig controlled by a grandMA console.

Ken Johnson was the production manager for the project and Josh Beard and Jonathan Woelfel the lighting technicians.

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, “It’s an honor that our lights were chosen for this important event/DVD. Matt Moreland is a great designer and he’s done an awesome job with our lights on this project.”

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

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