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HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Vi1 Provides Kzionska With Versatility

MAINZ, Germany — Many years ago German musician Maurice Kzionska found his love for music expanding into love for good sound. So he migrated to sound engineering—firstly in a small club nearly two decades ago but more recently as an in-demand freelance and house engineer at Theatre of Rüsselsheim, near Mainz. To support his increasing workload he has invested in a new HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital console, supplied by Cologne-based Toneheads, after being introduced to them by Jörg ter Veer of HARMAN’s German distributor Audio Pro Heilbronn.

Maurice Kzionska, who also runs his own well-equipped post-production studio (under the name Moties), was clear about what he wanted, since a year ago he purchased a Riedel RockNet system for his portable rig—and the new sound desk needed to be compatible.

Having explored which RockNet-supporting digital desks local rental companies were favouring, he narrowed his choice further. “The brand I already knew well was Soundcraft,” he said. “I worked with the Si Compact for two weeks and loved both the sound and the handling. So when I attended the Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt, Jörg showed me the Vi1 and I was immediately enthusiastic about the features.”

The purchasing decision was taken after carefully evaluating the desk and its facilities.

Kzionska’s first experience was at the Theatre of Rüsselsheim which was operating in cinema mode, with two different types of PA (one for speech, one for cinema sound). This required a number of sends and returns, picking up signals from the video players and sending to the amps on stage as well as to the video crew for pre-listening to the signals. There were also three wireless microphones on stage for a Q/A session. “I was very happy with the routing features of the desk—without it the show would have crashed,” he stated. “I was using many analogue inputs and two RockNet stageboxes at different locations—but what really impressed me was the quality of the limiters.”

Add to this the perfect channel EQ’s and preamps, sensible desk ergonomics, easy learning curve and compact footprint, and he knew he had made the right decision.

But the Vi1 also needed to prove its flexibility in other modes. Apart from a wide and versatile programme in the theatre—including classic theatre, musicals, dance shows, comedy, and jazz—it has also been on duty at open air events such as the Phono Pop Festival. “I have been using 30 channels at the open air shows and around 20 in house,” he continued. “But we bought the console just before the theatre’s summer break; it will really come into its own at the start of the new season.”

For Maurice Kzionska this is the latest leg of a long journey with Soundcraft technology, which has included the Delta, Series 2, K2, K3, MH2, Sapphyre, and several others. Thus he is entirely comfortable with the Soundcraft architecture, and looks forward to a further upgrade path which will also enable him to multi-track his shows. “I knew we needed a high quality console and the Vi1 is certainly delivering,” he concluded.

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Classic Church Gets Modern Update

Brigantine, NJ, August 2012….  Like most of New Jersey’s seaside communities, life on this resort island near Atlantic City is affected by the seasons. In the summer months, the sun seekers and beach lovers help to swell the congregation at St. Thomas the Apostle from 1,000 to more than 3,000 – well beyond what their existing sanctuary can handle. As Bobby Harper, VP of Sales at Egg Harbor-based ACIR Professional explains, the church came up with a creative solution.

“It’s an older structure, and it has some history, and they didn’t want to just tear it down and build something bigger,” says Harper. “So they opted to renovate the original building and also build an event center, which could handle the overflow, as well as other functions.”

The idea of connecting the events center to the sanctuary via audio and video was suggested early on, but a complex digital matrix with touch panels was simply not feasible. “We wanted to create a solution for them that would meet their needs without getting into complex and expensive networking,” Harper explains. In the end, a bit of creativity was all it took.

Using the seasonal population shifts to their advantage, the project was carried out in two phases. “The first summer, they used the (just-completed) events center as just that – a multi-purpose events center,” explains Harper. When fall approached, the event center was pressed into service as temporary sanctuary while the original 1920s-era building was then renovated, expanded, and tied in with the events center via audio and video feeds. “This summer they are finally enjoying it as an expansion space.”

The new sanctuary presented some challenging acoustics. “The sanctuary is pretty reflective inside,” says Harper. “They replaced the carpet with granite and marble, which increased the reverberance.” The addition of naves to the left and right of the altar also impacted the room’s acoustics.

“We decided to go with a distributed system,” Harper continues. “We didn’t want to energize the space with a large system, and we wanted clarity and consistency in coverage.”

The room’s audio includes a pair of Community VERIS 28 dual 8-inch systems at left and right of the altar, with another three VERIS 8 single 8-inch loudspeakers along each side. Yamaha 3500 and 5000 amplifiers power the system. “The church has a full praise band, with drummer, bass , keyboard, organ, a couple of violins and flute, and musicality was an important consideration,” says Harper. “We had been looking into the VERIS systems, and it seemed like a perfect fit.”

System drive and processing is covered by Community’s dSPEC™ networked loudspeaker processor. “The dSPEC is a great piece of gear,” says Harper. “We’re hardly pushing the amps – that’s the beauty of it. We use the dSPEC  to calibrate the limiters on the amps for maximum efficiency with the loudspeakers. And it’s very user friendly. I plugged it in, had no training on it, and had it sorted out in less than an hour.”

Space to the left and right of the altar have been converted into naves, each of which are served by a pair of MX10 compact monitors as wedges. “We custom-painted them to match the wall, and mounted them where the wall meets ceiling,” says Harper. “They look fantastic and they sound great.”

A Yamaha MG16 console is installed at the sanctuary’s mix position, with a Yamaha MG24 for the choir monitors. Sennheiser mics and wireless systems cover the choir loft, altar and musicians. A Sony PTZ70 camera captures the service and sends the signal via Ethernet to the event center.

Over in the event center, another Yamaha MG16 console covers mix position. Connected pairs between each of the three consoles enables each to receive aux send audio feeds from the others. As Harper observes, “the system is not quite foolproof, but fortunately the church’s technical personnel are savvy enough not to route things into a feedback loop.”  A smaller 5.1 consumer system covers most of the room’s audio needs, and an Eiki LCWB42NA projector gets the Sony PTZ’s video feed to a ceiling-mounted DaLite screen.

As Harper points out, the event center was conceived from the outset as a multi-use venue, with flexibility a key requirement. “We installed audio I/O panels throughout the room, and they can easily configure the system for whatever event they’re holding. They can take the audio and video feed from the sanctuary, or they can host a power point demonstration, or watch a movie, or Monday night football,” he says. “It also made it easy to configure a portable church while the main sanctuary was under construction.”

While A/V interconnectivity is more often the province of contemporary churches, Harper says the implementation of it in this older, more traditional setting was worth it. “There were certainly some challenges in terms of running cable and working out logistics, but the end result is exactly what we wanted.”

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

St. Michael’s Church in New York City Discovers New Clarity in Music and Spoken Word with Recent K-array Loudspeaker Installation

Churches can provide an inspirational and pleasing atmosphere for congregants to enjoy both music and sermon messages. But frequently, challenging acoustic environments and highly reflective interior spaces can make creating a quality listening experience an enormous challenge. Recently, St. Michael’s Church in New York City upgraded its audio system for masses and services and chose Sennheiser-distributed K-array loudspeakers — not only for their unmatched audio quality, but also for their ability to blend into the existing aesthetics of the church.

The St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which is located on the upper West Side of Manhattan, has been a mainstay for parishioners since its construction was completed in 1807. Its reverberant space makes it ideal for music performances, but the existing loudspeaker system that was in place more than 25 years was simply not up to the task of accurately reproducing both spoken word and live music performances with the quality and intelligibility that was required.

Once St. Michael’s made the decision to upgrade, authorized Sennheiser dealer PanAVid recommended installing K-array speakers and amplifiers to increase both sonic integrity and intelligibility, thereby improving the overall worship experience for congregants.

“The church’s reverberation makes it difficult to produce spoken word sound that is clear to all members of the congregation, but the K-array speakers and amplifiers provided crystal clear sound that has solved the problem,” said Robert Loehr, vice president of operations at PanAVid.
PanAVid installed two K-array KK 100 loudspeakers for the main system, two KKS 50s for the main sub-woofer system, and a total of six KK 50s as delay support speakers: two in the balconies and the other four spread throughout the sanctuary, all controlled by a programmable Roland digital mixing console.

“Although the church is beautiful in its classic design, this provides a unique acoustic challenge making it difficult for many of our congregation to hear the services,” said John Edward Cantrell, St. Michael’s Church’s choirmaster, organist and chief audio engineer. “K-array speakers and amplifiers helped us take advantage of the high frequencies the room favors, while boosting the overall quality of our spoken word services.”

The combination of the KK 50, KK 100 and KKS 50 made it possible for PanAVid to design a system that would meet the needs of St. Michael’s Church. The KK 50 and KK 100 speakers are compact line array elements comprised of multiple 2” neodymium transducers in a strong stainless steel chassis — each casting a wide dispersion pattern that can be configured horizontally or vertically. The KKS50 is a compact line array bass system comprised of 4 x 4” neodymium transducers housed in a stainless steel chassis that can also be configured horizontally or vertically.

The interior of St. Michael’s Church, which has a reverb time of approximately 3.5 seconds, has been particularly challenging for spoken word messages to be heard loud and clear. But Cantrell says the new K-array-based system generates a pleasing, crystal clear sound that provides clarity throughout the entire church.

With the new K-array installation now complete, Cantrell is able to spend more time creating inspirational music by playing the organ and leading the choir rather than at the mixing console grappling with interior acoustics and audio intelligibility.

Photo captions:
1. During a recent audio upgrade at St. Michael’s Church in New York, K-array speakers were chosen not only for their sound quality but also to match the aesthetics of the interior.

2. In the recent St. Michael’s audio upgrade, six K-array KK 50s were installed as delay support speakers.

3. View of the St. Michael’s sanctuary.

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Integrated Media Technologies Upgrades West Virginia Media Television Stations to HD

Native Son Bray Cary’s TV Network Reaches 90% of the Population

West Virginia Media Management (WVMM) called on Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) to modernize and upgrade to High Definition (HD) it’s four television stations, which include eight network affiliations. The upgrade included WBOY-TV, Clarksburg/Morgantown; WVNS-TV, Beckley/Bluefield; WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington; and WRTF-TV, Wheeling/Steubenville.

West Virginia Media, with TV stations in all four of the main media markets and a weekly newspaper, The State Journal, is West Virginia’s first truly statewide media voice, reaching more than 90 percent of the population with news, weather and entertainment, while serving as an advocate for the state’s growth and prosperity. Native son Bray Cary, President & CEO, is also the host of the weekly show “Decision Makers,” which features the state’s leading government, business, and community leaders. The show touches on topics important to West Virginians, including the economy, education, health and transportation.

“Tom McGowan brought his personal relationship with our company and the tremendous abilities of IMT to us to create a well planned and expertly executed installation to enable us to fully enter the world of true HDTV,” stated Bray Cary.  “We are pleased not only with the product, but with their on-going service and training that IMT brings to all of their relationships.”

“We recognize that Bray is a well respected business and cultural leader in West Virginia, and it was vitally important to ensure success of the project by delivering on his business goals and objectives,” explained Tom McGowan, IMT VP of Business Development.

“We began this project with the needs analysis process,” McGowan continued, “which allowed us to put forth a recommended equipment list providing WVMM with a ‘Master Plan’ detailing different scenarios.  IMT developed the plan while working in concert with WVMM personnel, as partners throughout this process, ensuring a successful transition to HD news and content.”

West Virginia Media’s objectives included ensuring long-term viability, scalability and growth, as well as delivering content to multiple screens, such as television, web and mobile devices.  Easily sharing content between WVMM stations was critical to the success of the project, ensuring localism for viewers.

“This is an ongoing, long-term partnership with WVMM,” emphasized IMT’s McGowan. “We’re appreciative of the opportunity to partner with WVMM.”

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA MEDIA
West Virginia Media Holdings’ vision is to be West Virginia’s news resource. We are a statewide media business that is committed to benefiting West Virginia while serving its clients, employees, shareholders and communities. In fulfilling our public trust to observe and report the news, West Virginia Media hopes to improve the quality of life for all those people who call this area home. The largest private investor in the company is Bray Cary, who serves as president and CEO.

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
IMT is a consulting, design, construction, and systems integration company providing scalable technology systems for business operations.  IMT addresses the following major market sectors: Broadcast Television, Media & Entertainment, Information Technologies (IT), Education, Telecommunications, and Healthcare. Through an active engagement process, IMT consultants and engineers collect, interpret, refine, design, build and maintain technology systems that deliver optimum results for clients.
Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com    tel:  877.761.9770

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AVI-SPL Expands Sales Leadership Team

Tampa, Fla. – August 28, 2012 – AVI-SPL, world’s leading video communications technology partner, welcomes Amber Arsenault, Alisa Bauman, Scott Grimm and Matthew Thompson to its sales leadership team.  The addition of four new sales managers is part of AVI-SPL’s aggressive growth campaign designed to increase its U.S. market share.

Amber Arsenault joins AVI-SPL as Sales Manager of the New England region. Previously, Arsenault worked at AMX, an AVI-SPL manufacturing partner, for 5 years providing hardware and software solutions in a variety of markets including higher education. As an industry veteran, Arsenault brings over 22 years of audio and video communications sales experience to the AVI-SPL team.

In Atlanta, Alisa Bauman adds over 20 years of sales leadership experience to her new position as Sales Manager. Bauman’s background spans sales roles in the construction, telecommunications, security and infrastructure industries. The last seven years she has worked in senior sales management positions at Tyco companies where she successfully identified and closed significant service contracts with numerous Fortune 500 firms, generating over $2 million in her first year on the job. She has earned several prestigious awards including MCI’s President’s Circle for three consecutive years (1998-2000) and was rated in the top three regional sales managers in the nation by ADT in 2005.

Scott Grimm also joins the AVI-SPL team as Sales Manager for the Dallas market.  In his previous role as an Account Executive for SKC Communications Products, Grimm was responsible for driving growth in the video conferencing and AV markets throughout the state of Texas. His career highlights include building a sales team that achieved over 100 percent growth in 2010. Grimm’s background includes more than 22 years of sales management experience with seven years specializing in video conferencing, Unified Communications and AV integration sales.

With more than 17 years in the AV industry, Matthew Thompson offers extensive experience to his new role as Sales Manager of the Mid-Atlantic region. Thompson began his AV career as a technician in 1995 and later earned positions in programming and project management.  He first joined AVI-SPL in 2000 as Lead Technician and quickly advanced to Production Manager. In 2008, Thompson joined Crestron, an AVI-SPL manufacturing partner, as Regional Sales Manager where he was responsible for driving growth in the Middle Atlantic market. Additionally, Thompson holds several industry certifications including InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and Crestron Digital Media Certified Engineer (DMC-E).

“AVI-SPL’s rapid growth in several key markets has fueled the expansion of our sales leadership team,” stated Don Mastro, executive vice president of sales, AVI-SPL. “With the addition of this group of talent, I am confident their extensive industry expertise will have an immediate impact on our growing market shares across the U.S.”

Amber Arsenault’s Headshot

Alisa Bauman’s Headshot

Scott Grimm’s Headshot

Matthew Thompson’s Headshot

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About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers in 34 offices across North America and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Dolby Joins the AVnu Alliance to Advance AVB and Support Interoperability Certification

Beaverton, OR – August 28, 2012 – The AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to bringing AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products to market, today announced that Dolby Laboratories, Inc. has joined the alliance as a promoter member. Dolby, a recognized leader in entertainment technologies, develops sound, imaging, and voice technologies. Now part of a consortium of more than 45 manufacturers, Dolby is expanding the AVnu Alliance’s reach in enabling AVB device interoperability in the professional, consumer, and cinema markets.

“As we continue to develop the best entertainment technologies, we see the need for our customers to reliably connect devices with ease. The AVnu Alliance’s work in advancing the AVB standards and its certification program will help the industry reach this goal,” said Brian Link, Vice President Business Development, Dolby Laboratories. “With the AVnu certification process just around the corner, we’re excited to contribute to help drive interoperability with a singular networking solution.”

As a member of the AVnu Alliance, Dolby will have access to a set of certification tools to pre-test AVB-based devices before entering the formal testing procedures. Alliance members also have the opportunity to participate in AVnu Alliance “plugfests,” where products are validated in a multi-vendor environment.

“With Dolby as a new member, the AVnu Alliance is one step closer to achieving industry-wide support for AVB adoption,” said Lee Minich, marketing chair for the AVnu Alliance. “We will be working closely with Dolby as we finalize the certification specifications to address the needs of applications from pro AV to the cinema to the home. We look forward to seeing the AVnu-certified logo on Dolby products in the near future.”

About AVnuAlliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking
link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

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Glen Phillips helps debut the Mackie DLM series

In Seattle at Barboza, Glen Phillips has just finished a set for the gathering of press and dealers at Mackie’s debut event for the Mackie DLM series powered loudspeaker series. He was a great choice to make the point about these very compact 2000W top boxes and subs. The combination of bright guitar and his vocal range and warmth, really showcased the clarity and nuance of the speakers. Or rather, we heard the clarity and nuance of the singer–the speakers seemed most of all to be staying emphatically out of the way.

In the long narrow room, the effect was very clean and intimate, two of the DLM 12s top boxes barely breaking a sweat, underpinned by four DLM subs cruising along underneath. It was, admittedly, about $6000 worth of speakers. The system was no doubt optimized for the launch event with the speakers’ unique internal processing, as well as probably some help from the resident Mackie DL1608 board (itself a slick little iPad driven mixer that we will review in the upcoming print issue).

But that was part of the point after all–to show a complete system with the new DL board and the even-newer DLM series speakers, to show off the TruSource vertically aligned, common-magnet driver, and the powerful combination of DSP processing and class D amplification. Mackie is proud of this, as a follow-on to the SRM450s, and as a modern blending of more recent technical achievements in drivers, DSP, and amps. The demo-day ended with Seattle’s Presidents of the United States filling Barboza with virtuosic chaos, giving the subs a workout with their guitbass intensity and unrelenting lyrics. More to come. -Cynthia Wisehart

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Mackie Unveils the New Shape of Sound with Ultra-Compact, 2000W DLM Loudspeakers

New Line Delivers Premium Performance at One-third the Size of Traditional Designs

Woodinville, WA, USA – August 27, 2012 – Mackie today announces a new line of ultra-compact, powered loudspeakers offering a level of innovation never before seen in the world of portable sound reinforcement — DLM Series Powered Loudspeakers. Packed with cutting-edge technology, DLM speakers each feature a staggering 2000 watts of power, proprietary Mackie TruSource™ technology and a full-featured integrated digital mixer/processor. This potent technological combination not only allows for the incredibly small form factor of DLM, but also delivers a level of performance and fidelity that is simply not otherwise available. The extremely powerful DLM system includes two full-range models (DLM8, DLM12) along with a high-output compact subwoofer (DLM12S).

“With DLM you are seeing Mackie’s commitment to delivering groundbreaking technology,” commented John Boudreau, Mackie SVP. “Yes. It’s amazing that DLM speakers are a third smaller than anything in their class. But it’s the unmatched power, processing and fidelity that really sets DLM apart from everything else on the market.”

Each DLM Series Powered Loudspeaker delivers 2000 watts of ultra-efficient Class-D power. Featuring TruSource™ technology, the full-range DLM8 and DLM12 are equipped with Mackie’s TruSource driver that incorporates the high-output woofer and 1.75” compression driver into an incredibly compact common-magnet design. Powerful TruSource DSP delivers seamless clarity, consistent dispersion and unmatched fidelity. Both the DLM8 and DLM12 feature the Mackie DL2 integrated digital mixer, providing a dual-channel mixing solution for a wide array of possible connections with incredible channel features like 3-band EQ and 16 great-sounding effects. Plus, system processing like a multi-band feedback destroyer, six speaker modes and Smart Protect technology provide the tools needed for truly professional applications. The ultra-compact form factor of the DLM8 and DLM12 includes a rugged PC-ABS cabinet, powder-coated grille and integrated kickstand for personal monitor use. The companion DLM12S packs 2000 watts of chest-pounding power and deep low end into the highest-output compact sub on the market. The integrated DLP Digital Processor provides system processing tools like a variable crossover, speaker modes for optimum voicing and the system protection. The rugged 15mm poplar cabinet is unbelievably compact with a durable, powder-coated grille and integrated pole-cup for mounting a DLM full-range loudspeaker plus additional configuration options that include wall mounting and flying for professional installs.

For more information, please visit www.mackie.com/DLM. There are two videos available including an in-depth feature and technology video (http://youtu.be/Y-yC1GziTlo) and a hilarious video that shows the true power of DLM (http://youtu.be/IeDRLmH9xCQ). There’s also an email signup form to keep up with the latest DLM info (http://eepurl.com/oI9Vv).

Enter for a chance to win a pair of DLM12 12″ Powered Loudspeakers by entering Mackie’s DLM: The New Shape of Sound Sweepstakes hosted on Mackie’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mackie). The contest runs until September 27, 2012.

Mackie DLM Series 2000W Powered Loudspeakers will be available Q4, 2012. The DLM8 will have a U.S. MSRP of $879.99. The DLM12 will have a U.S. MSRP of $1059.99. The DLM12S will have a U.S. MSRP of $1249.99.

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DVEO Launches Streaming Appliance for Multiple Channel Scheduled Continuous HLS Streaming from On Board Hard Drive

DVEO Infinity Streamer

DVEO Infinity Streamer

San Diego, California – August 28, 2012 – DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), is now shipping their new continuous streamer and VOD (video-on-demand) media server. The Infinity Streamer™ streams multiple HLS video files, plus audio files, from the on board .5 TB drive, with scheduled playlists. DVEO will demonstrate the new system at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 7-11, at Stand 2.A54.

The Infinity Streamer is a streaming server for stored content. Input can be individual files or multiple files. File types supported are H.264 ts, flv, H.264 ps, .mov, VC-1 (.wmv), mkv, and others. The Infinity Streamer also supports loopable playback.

The input of the stored content typically arrives via FTP file transfer, and the files to be played are stored on the server. The standard system includes a .5 terabyte hard drive.

The Infinity Streamer adds various “Wrappers” such as HLS, RTMP, RTSP, etc. The system can output many streams at the same time, with different wrappers and bit rates for each stream.

“The Infinity Streamer streams multiple playlists on multiple channels, which makes it ideal for looped playout over the Internet,” commented Scott Grizzle, Product Manager for DVEO. “With the scheduling, playlists stream out live at predetermined times. We recommend it to our customers for digital signage, distance learning, ads and promotional spots, and more. One customer plans to create an internal YouTube™ farm.”

The Infinity Streamer runs on a Xeon® 4 Core CPU. It relies on a “minimal” Linux® Kernel (residing in a flash memory device) that is highly ruggedized and task optimized for live streaming, coupled to a web-based GUI that can be run from anywhere.

The system has been tested to be compatible with the latest Adobe®, Wowza®, and Real Helix™ servers, and many CDNs.

    Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Easy to use drag and drop methodology for importing streams
  • Use individual files or multiple playlists for input
  • Multiple file types supported
  • Loopable playback
  • Supports most streaming methodologies
  • Watch Folder Mechanism for updates
  • Scheduler for streaming by the clock
  • Creates simultaneous High, Medium, and Low bitrate streams
  • Expandable Hard Disk via SANs, etc.
  • Output: Multiple simultaneous IP streams through GigE port (RJ45)
  • IP Output protocols: HTTP Live (HLS), HTTP, UDP, RTP, RTSP, multicast and unicast with transport stream envelope, HTTP Smooth, HTTP Dynamic, FTP, RTMP (Open Flash), or WMV9 with HTTP/ASF
  • Support for all 3 flavors of segmented streaming: Apple® HTTP live, Windows® HTTP smooth and Flash HTTP dynamic. These streams can be played by Apple® and Android devices as well as Silverlight and Flash Clients.
  • Can output WMV9/WMA streams in Windows® HTTP/ASF envelope for direct playback using Windows® Media Player
  • Supports M3u8 playlist files (standalone and through HTTP live)
  • Supports H.264 High Profile @ Level 4.0 (HP@L4)
  • Supports 1080i, 1080p, 720p, 480i, CIF, QCIF, qHD, H.264up and many others, and custom resolutions
  • Built-in SSL VPN client for secure transport of streams across the internet or for traversing complicated networks. The tunnel is based on OpenVPN and it works for both multicast and unicast traffic.
  • Tested compatible with major brands of IP devices including Amino™, Roku®, Atlanta DTH, and Apple iPad® and iPhone®
  • Supports Verimatrix™ and other Rotating Key Servers
  • Supports hundreds of IPTV clients (depends on bandwidth)
  • Configure and operate via Remote GUI
  • SNMP remote management with low power consumption due to Sandy Bridge Intel CPU

Suggested Retail Price:
Infinity Streamer: $4,995 U.S.

DVEO and Infinity Streamer are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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Sennheiser Unveils Premium Headsets Optimized for Microsoft Lync, Enabling Increased Quality in Unified Communications Deployments

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced the launch of two headset lines optimized for Microsoft Lync. The Circle Series wired headsets and the DW Series wireless headsets have been optimized for Microsoft Lync to enhance productivity in busy working environments. The new headsets help enable organizations leverage productivity advantages of a unified communications environment while providing comfort, voice clarity and premium sound quality for users.

Circle Series
The Circle Series includes two Microsoft Lync-compatible models: the dual-sided SC 260 ML and the single-sided SC 230 ML. Each is designed to deliver HD voice clarity sound and comfort to busy contact center, office and Unified Communication professionals. “In increasingly busy workplaces, smart communication tools that allow users to work more efficiently can give a competitive advantage. With Sennheiser’s launch of its new wired Circle Series headsets optimized for Microsoft Lync, we can help provide our mutual customers with an even wider choice of Unified Communications tools to improve their business productivity,” says Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager Lync Marketing at Microsoft Corp.

DW Series
The DW Series DECT wireless headsets includes three Microsoft Lync-compatible models: the 2-in-1 DW Office ML with headband and ear hook, the DW Pro1 ML single-sided headset and the DW Pro2 ML double-sided headset. “The DW Series of headsets optimized for Microsoft Lync leverages Sennheiser’s expertise in sound quality, noise cancelation and wireless audio transmission,” said Tori Seliokas, channel manager for telecommunications at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters. “The DW Series features an intelligent design, intuitive pairing options and a generous wireless range of approximately 180 feet within a typical office building. These features, especially when combined with Microsoft Lync optimization, can be a very powerful unified communications tool in just about any workplace.”

“Sennheiser is very pleased to be extending our portfolio with these five new wired and wireless products, each of which are now optimized for Microsoft Lync,” Seliokas concluded. “With our leadership in sound quality, comfort and hearing protection, contact center, office and Unified Communication professionals can enjoy an enriched communications experience.”

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Sennheiser’s Circle and DW Series headsets are now optimized for Microsoft Lync.

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