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RTW TM3 Loudness Meter Smooths out Audio for New Independent Film He Ain’t Heavy

Compact Audio Meter Ensured Clear and Consistent Dialogue for Fraternity Hazing Movie

SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 24, 2012 – When audio engineer Russ Long was tasked with mixing the sound for He Ain’t Heavy, an independent film that sheds light on the darker side of fraternity hazing, he turned to the TM3 TouchMonitor from RTW (AES booth 1144), a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording, radio and TV broadcast applications, to keep the audio levels in check. The film’s director and producer, Jeff Obafemi Carr, shot the film in the style of a documentary, using prosumer camcorders and such devices as cell phones, security cameras and flip camcorders, to capture the gritty reality of the intense subject matter.

Cast of "He Ain't Heavy" Left to right: Robert Fitzgerald II, Terrence “TK” Kendrick, Joel Diggs, James Rudolph and Bralyn Stokes.

He Ain’t Heavy is a fictional story about the brutal and sometimes deadly rituals that often take place during fraternity hazing on college campuses across the country. While the film’s cast is made up of professional actors, what Carr depicts in it is very real. Seeking to give audiences a “fly-on-the-wall” perspective, he used non-traditional camerawork to capture the actors’ reactions to the hazing rituals as if they were going through it themselves. Carr and his cinematographer filmed without audio support or much equipment on site, save for a few boom mics, the onboard camera mics and other devices used for shooting. Without an audio engineer on site to make sure the sound was being properly captured, a large percentage of the dialogue was incomprehensible, making the use of RTW’s TM3 necessary.

“The audio was rough,” says Long. “I had to do a lot of restoration and I used iZotope plug-ins and hardware extensively to try to pull out some intelligibility from the footage. As I started to put it together, building the actual mix, the metering became extremely important because of the inconsistency of the audio. I set up RTW’s TM3 right in front of my computer monitor, watching it at all times. It was critical to create a consistent and uniform mix. Because of all the background noise, if you are just listening to and mixing for the dialogue it is easy to find yourself pushing things too much or not pushing enough and ending up with an inconsistent mix, so keeping a close eye on the meters throughout the process was very helpful. Plus, it helped me maintain clarity without being too loud or too soft.”

In addition to the TM3’s concise metering, the compact size of the TouchMonitor device was perfect for Long’s small studio. The compact, portable meter fit right into his Pro Tools rig, making his workflow much easier. “With an external device that is completely independent from the computer, such as the TM3, you never question the accuracy or the point in the signal path at which you are measuring things,” he notes. “Also, it is really easy to compare levels to a reference mix or a previous mix that is coming off another playback source that is totally separate from my Pro Tools rig. When using the TM3, I never have to second guess levels because this meter is accurate and is sitting right in front of me all the time.”

Pleased with the outcome, Carr, who first heard the final mix when the film premiered at the Nashville Film Festival this past summer, was also pleased that the film’s viewers felt the same way.

“Russ had quite the challenge, taking all of those different audio sources and making them come out clean and consistent,” says Carr. “He did a phenomenal job of it and I know the TM3 was a true asset to him in order to properly monitor that audio all the way through. To date, we have not had one complaint about the sound quality of the picture.”

The RTW TM3 is the latest introduction in the company’s successful range of products, marking the next generation in compliant professional audio signal metering. It includes features of the larger TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor versions and is controlled using a touch-sensitive display. With its budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touch screen and stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement, the TM3 is a highly appealing, compact solution ideal for editorial offices, edit suites and small control rooms.

Featuring PPM and true-peak instruments, the TM3 offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Instruments include single-channel and summing bar graphs, an LRA instrument and numerical displays. The basic version handles analog and digital stereo audio, while the 5.1 option adds the support of six-channel digital input.

He Ain’t Heavy
is currently making the film festival rounds. More information about the film can be found at www.heaintheavymovie.com.

ABOUT RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio systems. The company focuses its business on professional audio signal metering tools that are in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio highlights the TouchMonitor range, a new series of tools for visual signal analysis and comprehensive loudness metering. The TouchMonitor combines the highest of flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis features, integrating exceptional surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. The high-end SurroundControl series of products with fully fledged loudness measuring combines the convenient metering options of the RTW surround display devices and the control functions of an eight-channel monitoring controller.

For more information,visit www.rtw.de or www.facebook.com/rtw.de, or call +49 (0) 221 709130.

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Chyron at CCW 2012:

ChyronIP
Making its North American debut at CCW 2012, the new ChyronIP is a real-time HD/SD 2D and 3D character and graphics generator specifically designed for the NewTek(R) TriCaster(TM) — an all-in-one, integrated live production system that offers the power of a live network studio. ChyronIP is a compact, lightweight system that provides producers with up to two HD or SD full-motion channels of Chyron graphics that stream directly into the TriCaster over a network connection.

Ideal for sports, news, entertainment, and any other live production, ChyronIP allows TriCaster users to employ the same high-impact graphics typically seen in premier sports and entertainment broadcasts. Because graphics data is delivered via a network connection, broadcasters can take advantage of ChyronIP for TriCaster without tying up any of the needed camera inputs that are critical to live production. ChyronIP allows users to leverage Chyrons award-winning Lyric(R) PRO graphics application to create live, full-motion Chyron broadcast graphics, 3D animations and transitions.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Chyron/TriCaster.zip

Company Quote:
“ChyronIP is an ideal choice for producers looking to create high-quality, sophisticated HD and 3D motion graphics for news and sports programming,” said Kieran Foster, vice president of North American sales at Chyron. “Combined with the TriCaster system, broadcasters can integrate Chyron’s animated and information-rich graphics into their live HD productions quickly, easily, and at an unprecedented price point.”

Company Overview:

Chyron (NASDAQ: CHYR) is a leading provider of Graphics as a Service for on-air and digital video applications including newsrooms, studios, sports broadcasting facilities, and corporate video environments. An Emmy(R) Award-winning company whose products have defined the world of digital and broadcast graphics, Chyron provides graphics solutions including the Axis World Graphics online content creation software and order management system, on-air graphics systems, clip servers, channel branding, and graphics asset management solutions, all of which may be incorporated into the companys BlueNet(TM) end-to-end graphics workflow. More information about Chyron products and services is available on the company websites: www.chyron.com and www.axisgraphics.tv. The companys investor relations information is at www.chyron.com via the “Investors” link.

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Christie Offers Simulation Education Program to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Engineers and Technical Specialists

Christie®, which introduced the world’s first true solid state simulation projector, the Christie Matrix StIM™, held its third educational forum dedicated to the world of visual system requirements for the simulation industry. Open to the general simulation community and geared towards engineers and technical specialists, the one-day SIM University was held in Dayton, Ohio, home of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

This free full-day session, the third to be organized by Christie since 2011, is designed to increase knowledge of various visual system requirements by bringing together leading industry experts for presentations, Qs&As, an Ask-the-Expert panel discussion and informal one-to-one conversations.

In the session, experts from FlightSafety International, Visual Performance and Christie, covered topics ranging from image quality, night vision goggle training system setup and calibration to projector specifications, and color, brightness and latency, system maintenance considerations, glass vs. Mylar mirrors and stereoscopic/collimated display systems.

Christie recognizes leading experts Dr. Charles Lloyd, Visual Performance, LLC, and Doug Gill and Justin Knaplund of FlightSafety International for contributing to the simulation day educational program.

Simulation and training specialists wanting to learn more about the SIM University program and interested in registering for upcoming sessions can email the SIM University team.

PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS FREQUENCY COORDINATION ROCKS OUT AT 2012 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL

On-Site Expert Team Ensures Solid RF Coverage for Annual Three-Day Event

AUSTIN, TX, OCTOBER 24, 2012—Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was backstage when the 11th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival took place in the eclectic city’s Zilker Park earlier this month. PWS set up and coordinated the performers’ wireless microphones, along with other communication elements, for the three-day music spectacular.

Responsible for managing 350 frequencies per day across eight stages for artists and the media, PWS’ four-person crew worked closely with the festival’s producer, C3 Presents, to ensure all wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and show communications were properly coordinated and operating flawlessly.

“When dealing with a festival of this size, and with so many artists and media bringing their own equipment, pre-planning is essential,” says Jimmy Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “We do our homework ahead of time so that when we arrive at the location, we know what we are walking into and are prepared for it. You always have to expect last-minute challenges, but our team of experts has worked hard to earn the reputation we have and does a fantastic job.”

In order to ensure proper frequency coordination, PWS sent out coordination forms to stage managers and media representatives attending the event. These forms detail the frequencies and model numbers of the microphones, in-ear monitors and communications devices that will be in use at the festival, to help eliminate the potential for signal interference. Once on site, PWS also actively searches for users who haven’t submitted their RF needs ahead of time, providing them with available frequencies.

In addition to managing frequency coordination, PWS lent two of its Domed Helical Antennas to the music festival. Launched in late 2011, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna boasts the highly successful circular polarization configuration, pioneered by the company’s original Helical, but with the unit sealed within a unique new compact “domed” design. Thanks in part to its unique characteristics and ability to offer extreme flexibility of use, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna has become the industry standard for multi-channel wireless microphone, in-ear and intercom systems. With an inherent boost in gain, greater bandwidth and dropout-free polarization, it truly outshines the performance of traditional antenna designs. Inconspicuous and robust, it is ideal when the requirements of aesthetics and function can’t be compromised. It also holds up to considerable road-related abuse.

Founded in 2001, The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is a yearly American music event that brings together more than 130 acts from all over the world to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on eight stages. It hosts more than 200,000 people and has featured a diverse range of bands. This year, it presented such artists as The Black Keys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer and The Roots.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Clark Appoints Tim Kearns to New Position os Western Regional Sales Manager

Clark Wire & Cable™, CCW HD World Booth #863, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology, has appointed Tim Kearns to the newly created position of Western Regional Sales Manager. As the sales manager for the western region of Clark’s domestic sales, Kearns will be responsible for customer development and the specification of Clark brand cables and value added products.

With over twenty years of experience Kearns is a team leader who has an earned reputation of partnering on the design and implementation of electronic components between manufactures and system integrators in the broadcast and commercial AV industries. Prior to his new position with Clark, Kearns served as the Regional Sales Manager and Special Projects Manager at Camplex Systems where he lead its global sales initiatives and collaborated on product designs. Past experiences also include technical sales and marketing and the development and holding of several US patents within the commercial and consumer electronics markets.

“Tim is a natural fit to Clark’s sales team and part of our strategic growth,” stated Shane Collins, president of Clark Wire & Cable. “We have achieved an exceptional increase in both our customer base and revenue in the past three years. Tim has the skill set and personality to drive our growth while at the same time enabling us to continue to service our markets with the same personable and technical approach that is core to our philosophy.”

About Clark Wire & Cable

Clark Wire & Cable, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology, is celebrating over 23 years of business. With a focus on quality and innovation, Clark Wire & Cable delivers unique and reliable solutions dedicated to the markets it serves. From precision engineered bulk cable and cable assemblies to connectors, tools and custom panels, Clark Wire & Cable has remained committed to delivering comprehensive interconnect solutions. For additional information, please visit www.clarkwire.com.

Verrex Selects UCi2i as its Global Conferencing Managed Services Partner

The global alliance will focus on solutions designed to increase usage and simplify the operation and management of business critical conferencing systems.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 24 October 2012 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, today announced it has partnered with global managed services provider UCi2i to deliver complete video conferencing network and end-point management services.

“UCi2i stands out with its comprehensive offerings, robust infrastructure, and top-tier customer service” said Mr. Edolo, Verrex Director of Global Managed Services. “More importantly, we have begun using UCi2i’s services for our own internal videoconferencing infrastructure needs – with stellar results. UCi2i offers a superior service that Verrex can truly stand behind and confidently sell – we use it ourselves.”

Supported by UCi2i, Verrex will offer subscription-based virtual meeting rooms; point-to-point video communication services for desktop, meeting room and telepresence; B2B and B2C private dialing; monitoring and support; and concierge services for conferencing. UCi2i’s services are fully supported globally over a secure network and the cloud.

“UCi2i delivers services through channel only with the sole focus of making video the new voice,” added Mr. Jim Rowland, UCi2i Managing Director – APAC. “I am delighted to have partnered with Verrex, who share the same focus on customer service and dedication to quality as UCi2i. Together we are able to complement each other and deliver true, seamless, one-stop-shop solutions in visual collaboration.”

Verrex’s partnership with UCi2i for video managed services is part of the company’s global managed services offering. Designed to allow companies to adapt to video conferencing as an everyday business tool, Verrex global managed services also includes a global service desk, preventive maintenance and service contracts, onsite staffing and professional services.

About UCi2i
UCi2i is the world’s first global, independent and vendor agnostic Video Managed Services Provider headquartered in Hong Kong and London. Founded in 2009, UCi2i enables you to communicate face to face, through secure and high definition video, wherever you are. For more information on UCi2i visit www.uci2i.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports conferencing and collaboration systems globally that allow companies to communicate and collaborate through video conferencing and other audio visual technologies. Verrex’s approach is driven by a proprietary quality-management process and focus on documentation to deliver consistency and best-in-class standards across an entire enterprise. Led by full-service offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has built an allied network across 40 countries to share its vision of exceptional integration and support services worldwide. For information, visit verrex.com.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Media Contacts:
Theresa Hahn, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Verrex
Phone: +1 908 664 8391
Email: thahn@verrex.com

Sally Crimes, Head of Marketing
UCi2i
Phone: +1 44 844 546 7006
Email: sally.crimes@uci2i.com

UDC Software Integrator Membership Program Launched by High Resolution Systems

High Resolution Systems has introduced a new licensing approach for integrators and resellers of its UDC Software, a product designed to allow people of all technical skillsets to quickly and easily build complex pro AV control system with advanced and powerful features.

The UDC Software Membership Program provides access to all UDC Software updates and support while offering a low barrier to entry to the pro AV control market. Participants gain a cost-effective control solution now and in the future whether they purchase one or multiple units in a given year.

“The UDC Software Membership Program is a win-win for us and for our customers,” says Applications Engineer Drew Taylor. “The program allows us to offer more relationship-based sales and support. And it gives customers a low-cost solution that fosters long-term relationships. They get a real sense of the support that we provide; we’re not interested in churn ‘em and burn ‘em sales

The two-tiered program offers UDC Software licenses at two different stages of usage.

The UDC Pro Configuration Dongle enables integrators to build, test, debug and run systems prior to installation. It includes all features of the UDC Software, such as UDC Software basic, Custom Controllers, We Server, Listen and Learn, Security Package and Response Handling SDK, Scheduling and UDC-Remote; Broadcast Translation Protocols are not included. Any hardware is optional; the UDC server can be purchased separately.

The UDC Pro Installation Dongle allows integrators to load at the job site the configuration they’ve already built. It includes all the features of the UDC Pro Configuration Dongle but is designed for playback/execution only. No configurations or changes to a configuration can be made with this license. Only a backup configuration file created using a UDC Pro Configuration Dongle can be loaded.

Taylor expects the membership program to be in effect by November 1. Quantity discounts for the Installation Dongle will be available. The program is being launched in tandem with the release of UDC 4.0, which offers many new features to users of the popular device control software.

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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