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Hitachi Introduces Projector Quick Connection iPad App

Hitachi Projector Quick Connection Enables Users to Monitor and Control Multiple Hitachi Projectors From a Single iPad

Delivering even greater versatility and access for users of its 3LCD projectors, Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is introducing the new Projector Quick Connection iPad application. Projector Quick Connection enables users to monitor and control multiple Hitachi projectors from a single iPad.

The Projector Quick Connection app include four pages: Projector, Contents, Control and Settings.

Selecting the Projector page brings up an icon for every Hitachi projector connected to the iPad, with each projector’s IP address listed with the corresponding icon. Users can connect to any of them at any time by simply clicking the corresponding icon. Projectors must be equipped with a USB wireless adaptor to connect to the iPad.

The Contents page allows users to display content from their iPad onto their selected Hitachi projector. This includes documents, pictures and web pages.

The Control page provides access to control functions for each projector. These functions include Standby/On, Audio Mute, Blank and Freeze. The input source selection area allows users to choose from two computer ports, two USB ports, HDMI, Video, S-Video and LAN.

Lastly, the Settings page provides access to advanced functions, including Presenter Mode, which enables the user to prevent a projector from connecting to another iPad. It also allows the user to select the display mode: either Full Image mode or 4 iPad mode (which can display content from up to four iPads on the same image).

“As the iPad becomes more ubiquitous in schools, businesses, houses of worship and numerous other environments, we see an opportunity to provide our customers with even greater ease of use and freedom,” said John Glad, Product Manager Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group. “The Hitachi Projector Quick Connection does just that, and what’s more, it’s free for download from the iTunes store!”

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Showcases Si Performer US Debut at WFX and Provides Si Compact Consoles for Hands-On Training Sessions

At the Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) in Atlanta, Vision2 Marketing will be demonstrating the new HARMAN Soundcraft Si Performer console—the US debut of the first and only audio console with integrated DMX functionality—at Booth 658. Soundcraft is also sponsoring the Hands-On Training (HOT) sessions at WFX, which are designed to improve the technical knowledge and skills of the entire tech arts department of any church.

The Si Performer builds upon the successful Si Compact range to which it bears a likeness, providing almost twice as much DSP power and increased functionality, with an input capacity of 80 inputs to mix on all models. The unique integration of a DMX512 port offers core lighting control. The first release of software provides four scene masters (A-D) with associated slave channels on the ALT fader layers, individual color intensities or parameters are set on the slave faders with an overall master level fader, which itself may be assigned to any of the main fader layers for simultaneous access to audio and lighting levels.

For the HOT sessions, Soundcraft is supplying 18 of its Si Compact audio consoles for HOT attendees to work on over the three days of classes. In addition, Katy Templeman-Holmes and Tom Der of Soundcraft will be on hand to assist in the training and to answer any questions about the Si Compact products.

“As the house of worship market continues to grow, so does the importance of providing valuable training to church staff, and much of that responsibility belongs to the manufacturers of the technology,” Templeman-Holmes said. “The WFX HOT sessions will provide the opportunity for house of worship engineers to learn the ins and outs of audio mixing while working on world-class Si Compact digital consoles.”

In addition, the new Soundcraft Si Performer console is ideal for house of worship applications, according to Mick Beisel, CEO of Vision2 Marketing. “Because many churches rely on a single technical operator to control all elements of worship services and events, the Si Performer provides an opportunity to simplify these responsibilities by integrating both audio and lighting control into a single, compact console,” Beisel said. “We are excited to be the first to showcase the Si Performer in the United States and encourage all WFX attendees to experience the console for themselves!”

For more information on Vision2 Marketing, please visit www.vision2marketing.com

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.

2012 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Announce Nominees


(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced the nominees for the 2012 HPA Awards. The Awards honor excellence in post production and bring recognition to the achievements of individuals and companies who are engaged in significant and revolutionary work in post production. The nominees in the 12 craft categories were chosen from a field of talented and innovative entries in color grading, editing, sound, and compositing for motion pictures, commercials and television. This year marked the largest number of entries in the Awards’ history. The winners of the 2012 HPA Awards will be announced at a gala evening at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA on November 1st, 2012.

Nominees for the 2012 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading using a DI process – Feature Film
Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

“Drive”
Tom Poole // Company 3

“Prometheus”
Stephen Nakamura // Company 3

“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
James Norman // 1000volt

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Adam Glasman // Company 3

“The Iron Lady”
Rob Pizzey // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television
Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

“Game of Thrones – The Prince of Winterfell”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

“Magic City – Castles Made of Sand”
Tony D’Amore // Technicolor Creative Services Hollywood
“Hatfields & McCoys Miniseries – Night 2″
Lorraine Grant

“Castle – The Blue Butterfly”
Tony Smith // Encore

“Boardwalk Empire – 21″
Martin Zeichner // Technicolor-PostWorks New York

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial
Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

Captain Morgan “Secret Passage”
Tim Masick // Company 3

Audi “Ahab”
Sean Coleman // Company 3

Chrysler “Halftime in America”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Ciroc “Rat Pack”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Elizabeth Arden “Wonderstruck”
Tim Masick // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film
Sponsored by Avid Technology

“The Artist”
Michel Hazanavicius // La Classe Américaine
Anne – Sophie Bion

“The Dark Knight Rises”
Lee Smith, A.C.E.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Kirk Baxter, A.C.E. and Angus Wall, A.C.E.

“Hugo”
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. // Sikelia Productions

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Jeff Ford, A.C.E. and Lisa Lassek

Outstanding Editing – Television
Sponsored by Avid Technology

“Breaking Bad – Face Off”
Skip Macdonald, A.C.E.

“Downton Abbey – Series 2 Episode 7″
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

“Boardwalk Empire – Under God’s Power She Flourishes”
Kate Sanford, A.C.E.

“Homeland – Pilot”
Jordan Goldman and David Latham

“Final Witness – Graveyard Love”
Miky Wolf // Big Sky Editorial

“Dexter – Those Kinds of Things”
Louis Cioffi, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Commercial
Sponsored by Avid Technology

ESPN MLB “Walk Off”
Jeff Ferruzzo // Outside Editorial

Werthers “Magic”
Kristin McCasey // Therapy Studios

MasterCard “Tango”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Miller64 “Living the Dream”
Jeff Ferruzzo // Outside Editorial

Telekom “Life”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“The Hunger Games”
Lon Bender, Bill Dean, Kris Fenske and Glynna Grimala // Soundelux
Mike Prestwood Smith and Michael Keller // Todd AO

“Brave”
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, E.J. Holowicki and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle // Skywalker Sound

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
Skip Lievsay, Blake Leyh, Eliza Paley and Paul Urmson // Warner Bros. Sound

“The Adventures of Tin Tin”
Chris Ward, Brent Burge, Michael Hedges, Christopher Boyes and Andy Nelson // Park Road Post Production

“Safe House”
Conrad Kuhne, Chris Jenkins and Frank A. Montaño // Universal Studios Sound
Per Hallberg // Soundelux

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Grimm – Pilot”
Mark Lanza, Larry Mann, Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

“Person of Interest – Matsya Nyaya”
Scott Weber and Keith Rogers // Disney Digital Studio Services
Tom de Gorter and Matt Sawelson // Atomic Sound

“Hatfields & McCoys Miniseries – Night 3″
Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern

“The Walking Dead – Beside the Dying Fire”
Jerry Ross, Lou Thomas, Tim Farrell, Gary Rogers, Dan Hiland, Phil Barrie and Bartek Swiatek // Warner Bros. Sound

“Homeland – Finale: Marine One”
Craig Dellinger, Jonathan Golodner and Larry Goeb // Sony Pictures Studios
Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Lurpak “Rainbow”
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Nissan Leaf “Gas Powered Everything”
Jimmy Hite // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

Durex “Vinyl”
Jack Sedgwick // Wave Studios

Cadbury’s “Twirly Gig”
Parv Thind // Wave Studios

Irish Road Safety “Drug Driving Night Out”
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Outstanding Compositing – Feature Film

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Matt Holland, Tim Hey, Caterina Schiffers and Steve McGillen // Weta Digital

“Battleship”
Marshall Krasser, Ben O’Brien, Sherry Hitch and Mike Conte // Industrial Light & Magic

“John Carter”
Zave Jackson, Helen Newby, Aymeric Perceval and Jamie Wood// Cinesite Ltd.

“Prometheus”
Alfred Murrle, Christoph Salzmann, Florian Schroeder and Paul Redican // Weta Digital

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Nelson Sepulveda, Alan Travis, Peter Demarest and Chris Bayz // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Compositing – Television

“The River – Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Stephan Fleet, Mitch Gates, Charley Carlat and Sarah McGrail // Encore

“Castle – Head Case”
Mitch Gates, Rick Ramirez, Jeremy Jozwik and Brian McIntyre // Encore

“Great Expectations – Episode 3″
Henry Badgett, Stuart Bullen, Markus Kuha and Simon Rowe // BlueBolt

“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service – Rekindled”
Bob Minshall, Mark Intravartolo, Jeremy Jozwik and Carrie Smith // Encore

Outstanding Compositing – Commercial

Sky Sports “Do the Fold”
David Lebensfeld, Grant Miller, Nick Sorenson and John Martini // Ingenuity Engine

Tooheys Extra Dry “Nocturnal Migration”
Colin Renshaw, Matt Chance and Urs Furrer // Alt.vfx

Chevy “2012 Silverado”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Nicholas Kim // Method Studios

BP “Side By Side”
Glen Noren, Paul Rosckes, Marko Markewycz and Mark Walczak // Optimus

Trust Bank “Bus”
David Lebensfeld, Grant Miller, Nick Sorenson and John Martini // Ingenuity Engine

In addition to the craft categories, the HPA will also honor winners of the Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show, present the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production and the prestigious Charles S. Swartz Award, which recognizes broad and lasting contributions that have advanced and provided a unique purpose to the field of Post Production.

Tickets for the HPA Awards will be available beginning September 17th. They can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net, by calling the HPA at 213.614.0860 or by writing info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Post Alliance can be found at www.hpaonline.com.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Premier Sponsor: NAB Show; Foundation Members: Avid Technology and Dolby Laboratories and Bronze Sponsor: RED Digital Cinema.

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Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Version 2 Ships – Featuring Apple AAC iTunes Plus Codec And MPEG Surround Support

Oxford, UK – September 13, 2012: Fraunhofer IIS, the world’s renowned source for audio and multimedia technologies, and innovative plug-in designer/manufacturer Sonnox Ltd. today announce the second generation Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In. Initially released in 2011 to global praise, the Pro-Codec Version 2 introduces the ability to master for iTunes and supports the latest multi-channel audio codecs.

For the first time, the Pro-Codec Plug-In enables engineers to use Apple’s iTunes Plus codec for real-time auditioning, making it a powerful time-saving tool to efficiently mix directly for the “Mastered for iTunes” program. Sonnox has added Apple’s iTunes Plus codec to the Plug-In to enable the exact clipping behavior of the iTunes encoding chain to be monitored, and levels corrected if necessary, saving time and ensuring high quality output during the mixing process.

In addition, Sonnox and Fraunhofer have integrated the latest MPEG Surround codec along with Advanced Audio Coding Low Complexity (AAC-LC) multi-channel and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) multi-channel support, making the codecs conveniently available for producers of surround music. These codecs provide superior audio quality for surround sound mixing and are used in surround broadcasting and streaming.

The Pro-Codec Version 2 continues to provide Fraunhofer implementations of all major MPEG audio codecs and lossless codecs such as mp3 High Definition (mp3HD) and High Definition Advanced Audio Coding (HD-AAC). This establishes the Pro-Codec as the most powerful codec plug-in available for digital audio workstations.

Version 2 of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In is available now at the same price as Version 1 at $495. A free upgrade will be available for Version 1 owners.

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For more information, click here: http://bit.ly/QIJuzX

(or visit www.sonnox.com)

About Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Multimedia division, based in Erlangen, Germany, has been working in compressed audio technology for more than 20 years and remains a leading innovator of technologies for cutting-edge multimedia systems. Fraunhofer IIS is universally credited with the development of mp3 and co-development of AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as well as technologies for the media world of tomorrow, including MPEG Surround and the Fraunhofer Audio Communication Engine.

Through the course of more than two decades, Fraunhofer IIS has licensed its audio codec software and application-specific customizations to at least 1,000 companies. Fraunhofer estimates that it has enabled more than 5 billion commercial products worldwide using its mp3, AAC and other media technologies.

The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research organization and is partly funded by the German government. With 20,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is composed of 60 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of research areas. For more information, contact Matthias Rose, matthias.rose@iis.fraunhofer.de, or visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm.

About Sonnox

Sonnox Ltd. is the leading designer of innovative, high quality, award-winning, audio processing plug-ins for professional audio engineers. Oxford Plug-ins are used in an extraordinary range of audio applications including mixing for music production, live sound, broadcast, TV & feature film audio post production, and even scientific and forensics projects.

Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins include: The SuprEsser, a highly efficient de-esser and dynamic EQ; The Restore Suite for sophisticated audio restoration; and most recently, the revolutionary Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, a real-time plug-in for auditioning and encoding audio to multiple formats including iTunes. Sonnox continues to embrace new technology, supporting both Avid’s ProTools | HDX and Universal Audio’s UAD-2 platforms as well as most popular native workstations.
For more information, contact Nathan Eames, nathan@sonnox.com. or visit www.sonnox.com

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MuxLab Previews New HDMI over IP Converter at CEDIA Expo 2012

Innovatively designed for a wide range of applications

 

MONTREAL, CANADA — MuxLab Inc. is thrilled with the pre-release response of the newest addition to its HDMI family; the HDMI over IP Converter. This new member of the MuxLab product line, previewed at the CEDIA Expo 2012 in Indianapolis, allows an HDMI source to be connected via any Ethernet LAN thereby allowing AV broadcasts to be set up and changed without the need for dedicated cabling system or AV matrix switch.

Developed for various applications including meeting and event broadcasts, digital signage, and digital video surveillance, the converter features two devices; the HDMI Encoder and the HDMI Decoder. The Encoder converts an HDMI signal into IP, thereby allowing it to be transmitted via an Ethernet 10/100/1000 BaseT LAN. The Decoder converts IP back to native HDMI for playback on an HDMI display.

Above being easy to use, the converter has features such as being compatible with HDMI 1.4, Ethernet 10/100/1000BaseT, PoE, up to 1080p resolution capability, unicasting and multicasting, bit rate and resolution management, and much more.

“When we envisioned this product we saw so many uses for it and we designed it to be able to perform in various applications,” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of Research and Development. “A good example would be using the converter to broadcast a video server output to any plasma display in a digital signage application”.

Working in conjunction with DVD, plasma, projectors, monitors, TV, PC, laptops, and servers supporting HDMI, HDMI over IP Converter is a complete solution that is easy to install and simple to use, keeping the new product in line with the rest of the MuxLab family of products.

About MuxLab

MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6
copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For over 25 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds, and changes

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Text to Speech Peripheral Advances Hospital Announcement and Medical Dispatch Systems

TextSpeak ships human sounding speech synthesis appliance for hospital paging, emergency notification and multi-lingual patient communication

TextSpeak™ has released the TTS-EM-HD2, a small yet all-inclusive voice synthesis paging and announcement product.

Targeted to deploy with unified hospital communications, the stand-alone device requires only text information to produce spoken audio. The conversion of the text data to a clear, natural sounding voice is completely automatic. TextSpeak’s real-time audio announcements support over 20 languages.

Medical call center dispatch may now convert SMS, beeper, text display and computer information to a clear and understandable voice delivered directly to doctors, nurses and EMS staff. Dynamic and real-time dispatch center information, alerts and security warnings can be spoken from computer message queues, streaming data or directly from typed text.

The TTS-EM products improve hospital and nursing facility efficiency when interfaced directly to audio paging systems. Mass notification and emergency messages can be sent from a remote command center and spoken virtually anywhere, improving safety. Digital signage information can be automatically upgraded to speak messaging with audio announcements. In addition, patients with disabilities, both blind or with limited sight can be accommodated with audio announcements.

The TextSpeak integrated audio amplifiers deliver the synthesized sound to paging systems, radio and video channels, or directly to a single speaker.
The TTS-EM scales to meet the most demanding specifications.
• Existing sources of data, such as computer generated SMS, beeper and digital signage data can be spoken directly to doctors and staff over speakers, phones or via personal radio receivers.
• Informational alerts can be pre-programmed and launched remotely by automated systems saving time and insuring information is scheduled correctly and accurate.
• Emergency vehicles can offer dynamic announcement information transmitted by radio, from stored data, or updated locally from a keyboard.
• Multi-lingual announcements can be easily generated, with precise accents, to speak directly to international visitors and patients.
• General audio messaging can be queued for sequential delivery. Real time text can be supplemented with pre-recorded messages or tones.
• Deployment is suited for hospitals, nursing facilities, parking systems, vehicles and public areas.

“The speech quality we digitally synthesize is nearly indistinguishable from a spoken human voice,” said Nancy Wolfe, president of TextSpeak. “We have removed the requirement of a PC interface and created a flexible deployment model with a suite of world languages. This will help medical services converge visual data with speech. Audio messaging improves eyes-on-patient care, supports unified communications at a low cost that is designed to integrate with EXISTING hospital software and audio systems.”

TextSpeak speech systems are currently deployed in hospitals, transportation facilities and municipal areas worldwide. TTS-EM-HD2 versions are available in as board level products and in mountable enclosures and are priced at $300 in quantities. Single unit evaluation packages are available online.

TTS-EM-HD2 World Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish, among others.

TextSpeak designs and produces human sounding embedded text to speech (TTS) voice solutions for medical, transportation, banking, industrial systems and security. Automatic voice announcements support unified messaging for hospitals and provide real-time notification without sacrificing eyes-on-patient activities for healthcare providers. TextSpeak also manufactures low cost Talking Keyboards that give a voice to people who have trouble speaking, either permanently or in post operation. For more information, visit www.textspeak.com

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LD Systems Orders Massive L-ACOUSTICS System

Purchase of nearly 400 enclosures plus 150 amplified controllers underscores company’s dedication to K1/KUDO

Part of the LD Systems team with a K1 array. L-R: Anthony Didonato, Mike Shear, Thomas Ruffner, Steve Perry, Rafael Rosales and Rob McKinley

HOUSTON, Texas — Lending further proof to the saying “everything is bigger in Texas,” L-ACOUSTICS US reports that Houston-based LD Systems has now purchased a mega-stadium-sized K1/KUDO system. Hailed as one of the largest sales in the manufacturer’s 28-year history, the order comprises 386 enclosures — including variable curvature, constant curvature and coaxial systems — all powered by LA-RAK.

According to Rob McKinley, co-founder, president and owner of LD Systems, the quantity of product was largely driven by the sound reinforcement needs of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which has been an annual client since 1985. In February and March of each year, as part of RodeoHouston, up to 75,000 people pack Reliant Stadium on any given night for three straight weeks of rodeo action and concerts from some of the biggest stars in pop, rock and country music. more

Visual Unity Wins Major Connected World Award.TV At IBC 2012

Leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity is delighted to announce that its vuMedia™ integrated multiscreen content and delivery platform has won the ConnectedWorld.TV 2012 Award for the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster.

This ConnectedWorld.TV Award recognises the impact vuMedia™ has had in helping Czech company TopFun deliver its innovative Video-on-Demand and PayTV service. The solution distributes media streams commonly broadcasted via satellite and cable TV to smart phones, iDevices, set-top boxes and Smart TVs, in both SD and HD quality, and supports a unique application for Samsung TVs that lets viewers access live feeds and download movies direct to their TV.

vuMediaTM was developed by Visual Unity to help broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment – delivering a cutting-edge viewing experience on any screen or connected device. The platform supports comprehensive Video-on-Demand services, integrating with billing and CRM processes, providing TopFun with complete control of content delivery, monetization and subscriber management. TopFun also employs Visual Unity’s own Content Delivery Network to ensure secure and robust regional distribution.

Visual Unity, which was also nominated in two other categories, beat stiff competition from Angel Sharp and the Football Association to win this Award. Open to any organization with limited access to broadcast distribution, the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster Award aims to recognize how the Connected World has been successfully exploited to deliver multimedia and TV-style content to a defined target audience.

Tomas Petru, President of Visual Unity, says: “We are delighted to have received such a prestigious award and see it as a fantastic endorsement of the power and flexibility of the vuMedia™ platform. We are proud of TopFun’s success, where we have delivered a reliable and superior viewing experience for the subscribers, driven by an efficient back-end that will enable TopFun to expand in the future. The combination of this ground-breaking technology and Visual Unity’s experience in broadcast and multiscreen systems integration is enabling us to optimize workflows for our customers and deliver real value in the content-on-demand space.”

The ConnectedWorld.TV awards, held in conjunction with the IBC Connected World, celebrate the creativity of broadcasters, independent producers, technology companies and consumer electronics manufacturers pioneering the business of ‘content everywhere’. The Awards showcase many of the exciting developments arising from the growing use of broadband internet – both fixed and mobile – as an alternative distribution channel for TV and video content.

Nearly 150 entries were received from 102 organizations in 23 countries and the quality of the entries was described as ‘phenomenal’ by Neil Nixon, chairman of the judging panel and editor of ConnectedWorld.TV and IBE.

In 2011, the judging panel also shortlisted Visual Unity for an award based on the deployment of vuMedia™ for Czech TV. This system continues to be central to the state broadcaster’s online service, iVysliani, and helped deliver to the Czech Republic unprecedented multiscreen coverage of the London 2012 Games.

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services.
Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMediaTM delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device, comprehensive VoD services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.
Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

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Lightware’s DP-OPT-TX150 and DP-OPT-RX150 KVM DisplayPort Fiber Optical Extenders Add USB HID Functionality

Lightware Visual Engineering has expanded its inventory of Fiber Optical DisplayPort extenders by introducing the DP-OPT-TX150 and DP-OPT-RX150 KVM DisplayPort fiber optical extenders. An upgrade to the company’s DP-OPT-TX100 and -RX100 extenders, the new products offer DisplayPort 1.1a extension plus USB HID (Human Interface Device, such as a keyboard, mouse or presenter) functionality for a maximum of two devices over the same multimode single fiber optic cable. They feature plug-and-play operation with no drivers required.

“The -TX150 transmitter and -RX150 receiver extend DisplayPort 1.1.a up to 1,500 meters and provide keyboard and mouse functionality for a remote workstation – all over one fiber optic cable,” reports Blake Dudash in sales and marketing. “By integrating USB HID functionality we’re offering new capabilities that many customers will want to use.”

The DP-OPT-TX150 has two extra local USB ports with a built-in HUB and can be connected to a PC/Mac with a single USB cable.

DisplayPort is one of the newest video interface standards introduced by VESA. Using DisplayPort, high-resolution video and excellent quality audio can be transmitted. The interface’s 10.8 Gbps bandwidth is capable of transmitting 2560×1600-pixel resolution video with full support of content protection (HDCP). 4K resolution can be achieved at a lower frame rate (4096×2160 @ 30Hz). There is zero frame latency and no delay with the new extenders and no compression.

“Apple is integrating DisplayPort’s higher bandwidth into its new products, and other manufacturers are following suit,” notes Dudash. “DisplayPort, instead of HDMI, will be the connection of choice for the TVs of the future.”

The DP-OPT-TX150 and -RX150 extenders are compatible with Apple Cinema Display and 27- and 30-inch LCD displays.

The new products have attractive solid aluminum bodies and come in matte silver or black. They feature several status LEDs for power, fiber link, source detect and monitor detect.

The extenders are rack-mountable. Their 1U-high rack shelf provides mounting holes for fastening two half-rack or four quarter-rack sized units. Pocket-sized devices can also be fastened on the shelf. An under-desk mounting kit double makes it easy to mount a single device or multiple devices on any flat surface, such as furniture. A wall power adaptor with interchangeable plug for international use is supplied.

The DP-OPT-TX150 and DP-OPT-RX150 are currently shipping.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

Classic Church Gets Modern Update

Brigantine, NJ, September 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.”

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. 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.”

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. 

 

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