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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer Sweetens the Sunflower Jam

HARMAN’s Gert Sanner with the new Soundcraft Si Performer.

LONDON, United Kingdom — Whilst many first-time-out products choose a local village hall or a modest event to dip its toes in the water, HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer didn’t mess about, and dived head first into a packed Royal Albert Hall for the Sunflower Jam. Sunflower Jam is a live music event with a difference. Founded six years ago by Jacky Paice, wife of Deep Purple drummer, Ian Paice, it was set up specifically to raise money for underprivileged and sick children. Two years ago the event outgrew its modest Porchester Hall location in London’s Notting Hill, and upped sticks to the unmistakable and prestigious Royal Albert Hall, which has been its home ever since. This year’s guest performers included Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Kerry Ellis, Brian May, and the quite incredible English tenor singer, Alfie Boe.
Sunflower Jam gave Soundcraft’s latest console, the Si Performer, its live show debut. Connected via MADI to a Soundcraft Vi6 at FOH position, it controlled “everything except the live band” according to HARMAN’s Gert Sanner, who mixed all of the acts on the night. Sanner, incidentally, has mixed the last five Sunflower Jams, a job he took on after forging a working relationship with Ian Paice during his time as FOH engineer for Deep Purple.
“My idea was to bring in the 24-channel Si Performer as my ‘get out of jail’ mixer, as my Vi6 was loaded with all the band stuff coming off the stage,” he explains. “Basically it allowed me to keep the Vi6 completely clear of everything other than the band.” And being a ‘jam’ of sorts, Sanner says the free flow of the event and number of artists involved leaves little rehearsal time, which means he never quite knows what’s coming next. This was another reason for utilising the Si Performer.
“We don’t change anything during the show, and everything has to be set up, ready to go at all times, therefore we need a very high channel count at FOH; essentially, the Si Performer also took some of the pressure off of the Vi6,” he states. “I used some of the Vi6′s tie lines to get the inputs, and patched in about 12 lines which allowed the Si Performer to deal with the two narrator mics, all of the DJ element of the show, and the VT stuff. Basically, whatever audio was sent from the recording truck came back on this console.”

Although Sanner had never actually worked on the Si Performer before, he says it was very easy to get around. “It’s a great little desk, and I knew how to use it without referring to the manual,” he smiles. “This event’s such a good one to be involved in, and a great test for a brand new product.”

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.

Boxx Communications Showcasing Meridian at SMPTE

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18, 2012—Boxx Communications will bring Boxx TV’s latest technologies to the SMPTE 2012 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition next week in Hollywood. Boxx Communications (Booth #416) will be showing the Meridian product line, as well as giving conference goers a sneak peak at the prototype h.264 HD system that is covering a distance of three miles. SMPTE 2012, considered the premier annual event for motion-imaging professionals in the media, entertainment, communications and technology industries, will be held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood) from October 23-25. The Boxx TV Meridian is used on a wide variety of projects including the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall; episodic television shows like Revenge, Body of Proof and the Emmy® Award-winning Modern Family; and on breaking news stories on stations such KABC, KNBC and KTLA.

“Boxx TV is thoroughly focused on evolving and innovating our product line,” notes Boxx Communications Founder Mark Walker. “We are constantly in the field, working events in venues, on sets, and in broadcast trucks and control rooms. We derive significant understanding from that kind of real-world, hands-on experience. We get it, and understand what our customers have to accomplish, and that drives us to continually improve our products. What Boxx TV offers is an incredible option for the industry in terms of functionality and affordability.”

For those situations that demand high-quality, zero-delay HD and SD live transmission, Boxx TV’s Meridian Wireless Microwave Broadcast System is an affordable alternative to traditional COFDM systems with unprecedented success. The Meridian system uses license-exempt channels, and offers secure encrypted transmissions. It can be used for a variety of applications including large screen presentations, award ceremonies, and live broadcast events.

Boxx Meridian supports full 4:2:2 video including all formats up to 1080/30p, and delivers uncompressed, artifact-free broadcast video with in sync sound to integrate seamlessly with coax cameras switched live.

SMPTE 2012 attendees will also get a look at the recently released Meridian Tallis, an iris control and tally indicator accessory for two cameras. The Tallis provides tally and iris only control, and complements any brand of broadcast camera. The product is small enough to mount on any camera and the control knob gives accurate iris control. For a price around $4,000.00 for two channels controlling two cameras, the Tallis opens up a solution for productions where only iris control and tally indication is sufficient.

For more information about Boxx Communications, visit www.boxxusa.com or call 310.287.1285.

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About Boxx Communications
Boxx Communications is the Los Angeles-based reseller for Boxx TV products, an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer. Boxx Communications provides the broadcast industry with a wide range of innovative digital microwave systems for live broadcasts, as well as Steadicam, portable field, video assist and ENG applications. Boxx is revolutionizing the industry with reliable, cost-effective, and groundbreaking technology. Continually innovating, constantly advancing, Boxx Communications offers impeccable solutions. For more information about Boxx Communications, visit www.boxxusa.com or call 310.287.1285

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FOR-A to Showcase Key Products at Argentina’s CAPER Show

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has announced its plans for CAPER 2012. The show, which focuses on the latest innovations in radio, television, cable, cinema, satellite, and multimedia, takes place October 24-26 at Centro Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. FOR-A will display a variety of their popular solutions in Booth C10.

“We’re extremely active in Latin America, and CAPER is a premiere show in this region,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corp. of America. “We’re excited to showcase a selection of our key products and connect with our existing and potential customers in this dynamic marketplace. CAPER is always one of the year’s most important trade shows for FOR-A.”

Among the products that FOR-A will demo will be the award-winning VFC-7000 Super Slow Motion Camera – a lightweight, self-contained unit. The camera offers high-speed play-out and recording in HD at variable frame rates from 24 to 700 fps. It features a high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor and electronic high-speed shutter that can operate as fast as 1/200,000 of a second for filming fast-moving events and subjects without blur.

Also in the FOR-A/CAPER booth will be the FA-9500 3G/HD/SD Multi-Purpose Signal Processor. Packed with features, the FA-9500 provides up/down/cross/aspect converters, second converter, color correction, and automatic video optimizer as standard features. Two channels of HD/SD-SDI and one channel of analog composite video I/O come standard, and it’s expandable up to five channels. With SDI inputs, two channels are synchronously coupled for seamless switching between channels.

Another product on display will be the MV-42HS HD/SD Multi-Viewer. The compact, low-cost unit has a simple user interface and supports up to four asynchronous or mixed HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs, including 1080i, 1080p, and 720p sources at a variety of frame rates. The MV-42HS has a variety of on-screen features for a customized display environment. FOR-A will also have the MV-1610HS HD/SD/Analog/PC Mixed High Resolution Multi-Viewer on display.

FOR-A’s popular storage solution, the LTR-100HS Video Archiving Recorder, is another booth highlight. The LTR-100HS is fitted with an LTO-5 drive and offers HD/SD-SDI input/output. The solution makes file ingest workflow more efficient and reduces archive space requirements. Equipped with a high quality MPEG-2 codec, the LTR-100HS includes an MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, so MXF files recorded to LTO-5 tape can be used directly by many NLE systems. LTO-5 tape cartridges can store approximately 50 hours of programming recorded at 50 Mbps.

The UFM-30FRC HD/SD Frame Rate Converter will also be demoed at FOR-A’s booth. Equipped with up/down/cross converters as standard features, the UFM-30FRC offers a motion compensation processing mode and linear converter mode to perform optimal conversions.

Other products to be displayed at CAPER include FOR-A’s HVS-4000 2 M/E – 3 M/E Digital Video Switcher, the MBP-100SX compact MXF Video Clip Server, and the VTW-330HS HD/SD Character Generator.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Clay Paky Sharpys Put a Punch in Brantley Gilbert’s Hell on Wheels Tour

Country rock singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert kicked off his Hell on Wheels Tour in late September hitting the road with a complement of Clay Paky Sharpys from Digital Console Rental, Inc. in Nashville.

Gilbert has had two No. 1 hits as writer, Jason Aldean cut “My Kind of Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem”, the later co written with Colt Ford, both making it to the top of the Country Charts. Gilbert has released two albums of his own, “Modern Day Prodigal Son” which he released by himself and “Half Way to Heaven – Deluxe” released on the Valory Music label. Gilbert’s “Country Must Be Country Wide” reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart last fall, and this summer his follow up, “You Don’t Know Here Like I Do,” also hit No. 1.

Gilbert has been a long-time client of Digital Console Rental, Inc., company president Howard Jones even served as his tour’s lighting designer. Tony Fransen handled the programming and Matt Kilgore is the LD / PM. Digital Console Rental, Inc. is handling all of the audio and lighting for the Hell on Wheels Tour.

“I wanted to come up with something that was iconic to Brantley,” Jones explains. “He’s big into motorcycles and has a bad boy image. I had the idea to have the truss over the stage be a giant pair of brass knuckles, we placed a Sharpy in the center of each circle of brass knuckle. We needed a fixture with the fire power to punch through, and Sharpy delivers.” Jones chose eight Sharpys from his inventory deploying four in the truss and four wrapping around the top of the set.

Jones says that most of the lights on the show are LEDs and the Sharpys “fit into the high output-low power profile, which we like. They are working great.” A Grand MA console controls the show lighting.

He recalls the first time he realized how bright the Sharpy fixtures are. “We had heard stories about the Sharpy so when we first got them in we had to see for ourselves. We opened one of the shops dock doors and aimed the beam outside, to our surprise we were lighting up trees over 700 feet away like daylight! In a concert situation they can shoot all the way to the back of the arena. The fact that Clay Paky can get a beam to stay that tight and that intense from a 185W lamp is amazing.”

A.C.T Lighting is the distributor for Clay Paky in North America.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “It’s great that our Sharpys could provide the right tone for this very cool tour. I’m sure that they supplied the ‘punch’ Brantley and DCR, Inc needed for the brass knuckles that comprise the truss.”

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Platinum Producers & Engineers – A Gathering Of Eagles

Jack Douglas, Warren Huart, Narada Michael Walden and Young Guru

SAN FRANCISCO: With an all-star cast of 100% Certified Platinum participants,
the 133rd AES Convention Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel looms as one of the show’s hottest tickets. Convention Special Events Chair, Christopher Smith worked closely with panel moderator Michael Romanowski, to coordinate this stellar event, set for Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the Moscone Center.

“We are tremendously excited to have a group of this stature participating in a single AES event,” Smith says. “The range of their work encompasses iconic hits for artists ranging from John Lennon to Aerosmith, Whitney Houston and Jay-Z. These superstar engineer/producers represent the best of the best.”

AES Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel: Moderator Michael Romanowski: Owner/chief mastering engineer of the SF-based facility, which bears his name, Romanowski has worked with Third Eye Blind, Big Brother & The Holding Company and many other major artists. He also serves as President of the NARAS SF Chapter. This highly anticipated Special Event will range across a field of creative and technical topics including: Memorable moments in the studio, the finer points of collaboration, and, innovative recording techniques.

PLATINUM PRODUCER/ENGINEER PANELISTS:

Young Guru: Weighs in with credits for over a dozen Platinum hip hop classics including Jay-Z’s The Black Album, Life & Times of S. Carter, and The Blueprint; Kanye West’s The College Dropout; Ghostface Killah’s FishScale; Nellyville, Drake’s Thank Me Later and Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. Young Guru has logged over a decade of Grammy-winning experience as an engineer, producer and, an A&R wizard for Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam Recordings. Committed to sharing his knowledge, he lectures extensively, and has established the Young Guru Scholarship Fund for students pursuing careers in Communications, Audio Engineering, Music Education and Music Business.

Jack Douglas: An undisputed legend, Jack Douglas had a long, and close association with John Lennon. Working in NYC’s fabled Record Plant he engineered the classic Imagine album, considered one of the most influential recordings of the last century. In 1980 he completed the Grammy of the Year Double Fantasy album, just weeks before John was murdered. Douglas went on to work with such giants as Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Miles Davis. He remains at the top of his game today, with current projects for the Michael Monroe Band and many other contemporary hit makers. Douglas also teaches a studio etiquette class at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA., where he is also hosting an AES Tech Tour.

Narada Michael Walden: Is an eminently successful producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. His musical career spans three decades, and is highlighted by multiple Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum Awards. In 1985 he won R&B Song of The Year Grammy for Aretha Franklin’s Freeway of Love. In 1987 he won Grammys for Producer of the Year and Album of the Year for The Bodyguard movie soundtrack, which included Whitney Houston’s timeless hit, I Will Always Love You. Named one of the “Top Ten Producers With the Most Number One Hits” by Billboard magazine, Walden has owned and operated Tarpan Studios, in San Rafael, since the mid-1980s.

Warren Huart: This Los Angeles based, UK-born music producer has played a fundamental part in creating platinum albums, and in the development of such successful artists as The Fray, Aerosmith, Howie Day and Matisyahu. Known for his hard work ethic and deep respect for the artist’s vision, Huart’s more than 20 years of experience encompasses record production, engineering, mixing and song writing. His extensive knowledge of musical equipment ranges from vintage through state of the art.

“The scope of their credentials may vary widely, but the quality and success ratio of their projects establishes a common ground for these creative masters. I also want to thank AES Tech Tours Chair Jessica Livingstone for her help in bringing Jack Douglas and Narada Michael Walden to this panel. This event will be the talk of the Convention,” “Christopher Smith concludes.”

Photos: AES Platinum Producer & Engineer Panelists

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2. Narada Michael Walden
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For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Downing Film Center Makes Its Move To Digital With Christie DLP Cinema Projector

Christie Projector Brings Hudson River Valley Art House “Into the Digital Age”

With an intimate 60-seat screening room, the not-for-profit Downing Film Center in Newburgh, N.Y. fills the void for movies outside the mainstream with a diverse presentation of independent and foreign films, as well as celebrated classics in this waterfront town. It will soon provide for another cinematic need: a superior movie viewing experience thanks to a Christie Solaria CP2210 digital cinema projector, which is expected to be fully installed by mid-October. As the Lower Hudson River Valley’s only independent cinema, the center offers moviegoers an experience unlike any other in the area – and its move to digital will give guests the best of new technology to enhance its unique cinematic range.

“We certainly wouldn’t go with any other projector besides Christie,” said Brian Burke, executive director of the Downing Film Center. “Christie has a strong reputation for quality, with technology and service that have always been top-notch. Unlike other solutions that I researched, I learned that Christie is always at the top when it came to digital projection.”

Christie Solaria CP2210 Digital Cinema Projector

Christie Solaria CP2210 Digital Cinema Projector

Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions, applauded the Center’s support for the independent film artist. “With their move to digital, Downing Film Center will provide the Hudson River Valley community with a quality movie-viewing experience that is second to none, and Christie values the trust they have placed in us to provide them with the best projector technology in the industry to do so,” said Sholder. “We are committed to providing independent theaters such as Downing with the same high-quality products and services that larger chains take advantage of when converting to digital cinema.”

“Drive to Digital” Fundraiser
Downing Film Center has been in the business of creating a memorable night out for community residents since the theater first opened in July of 2006. Initially selling tickets in person, using roll tickets and taking reservations by phone, the theater has always used a 35mm projector and a Christie platter system to light up its single screen. Over the years, Burke recalls encountering “a few hiccups when loading the reel,” such as an incident where he and his wife spent hours rewinding a film by hand after the canister spilled out.

Soon after changing to an automated ticketing service last January, the Center began planning to convert to digital. It set in motion its “Drive to Digital” fundraising campaign, which incorporates plans such as expanded film offerings and upgrades to its technology, including the installation of a digital projector. A limited budget has presented challenges, but creative use of social media such as weekly e-news, a website and YouTube is helping them get the word out about the Center’s need for funding.

With the order for a Christie CP2210 projector already placed, Burke hopes to have the equipment installed by mid-October, and to begin showing “award-worthy independent films with an award-worthy image. “

A Bright Future With Digital
“We’re moving ahead with the installation because we have a very generous and supportive community, and we are confident our audience will come through for us and continue to support us down the road,” said Burke. “We’re also confident in Christie’s ability to provide the high standard of entertainment we are recognized for, and once our audiences experience the brilliant colors and sharp images of digital cinema, they’ll be more motivated than ever before to support our move to digital.”

He added: “Having a digital projector from Christie will eliminate many of the headaches film can cause. And looking at the bigger picture, digital projection will also dramatically expand the variety of movies and alternative content I can show on the screen. People will be absorbed by the bright, beautiful images the Christie projector will provide and will be better able to appreciate the full intent of the artist’s vision.”

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DVEO Announces Seven Products for TelcoTV and Streaming Media West – Including Multichannel HLS Server, IP Time Delay, On Air Graphics System, Portable Live Streaming Appliance, and More

San Diego, California — October 18, 2012 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will feature numerous innovative new products at two exhibitions this month: TelcoTV, October 25-26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth 631, and Streaming Media West, October 30-31 in Los Angeles, California, at booth 47.

DVEO products at the two shows will include:
1. 400 Channel Enterprise Class Multiblade Transcoder Streaming System for Mobile and OTT – MultiStreamer Brutus™ I IP/IP
2. Multichannel HLS Server – Infinity Streamer (mini) .5T/50ch™
3. On Air Graphics System for Ads, News Crawls, and Logos – Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI™
4. Compact SDI/HD-SDI to IP Live Streaming Appliance – MultiStreamer DIG/IP™ (micro)
5. IP to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Decoder – D-Streamer IP/DIG™
6. Portable, Multifunction, Streaming Production System Flypack – MultiStreamer Flypack™
7. IP Time Delay for 40+ Transport Streams, for IPTV Cloud Based Time Shifting – DelayServer IP™

1. 400 Channel Enterprise Class Multiblade Transcoder Streaming System for Mobile and OTT – MultiStreamer Brutus I IP/IP
Designed for Telco TV, IPTV, cable TV, A/V systems, or university and entertainment systems, the MultiStreamer Brutus I IP/IP is a broadcast quality, 1-10 dual 8 core (Intel Xeon E5-2690) CPU blade based real time, multi definition, multichannel IP transcoder and/or streamer. Each of the up to ten Brutus modules transcodes up to 10 1080i/p HD streams, 20 720p HD streams, or 40 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264, or vice-versa. That’s 100 1080i/p HD streams, or 200 720p HD streams, or 400 SD streams, in a 4 RU rack space. And while some competitors’ systems transcode only SD or HD, DVEO builds one machine that does any resolution.

The system is also available in a two blade 1 RU system that transcodes up to 20 1080i/p HD streams, 40 720p HD streams, or 80 SD streams – the MultiStreamer Brutus III IP/IP.

2. Multichannel HLS Server – Infinity Streamer (mini) .5T/50ch
A media playout server for stored content, the Infinity Streamer streams multiple HLS video files, plus audio files, from the on board .5 terabyte hard drive, with scheduled playlists. With SSD, the system can output up to 50 IP streams at the same time, with different bit rates and wrappers for each stream. The input of the stored content typically arrives via FTP file transfer, and the files to be played are stored on the server. Input can be individual files or multiple files. Numerous file types are supported, including H.264 ts, flv, H.264 ps, .mov, VC-1 (.wmv), mkv, and others. The Infinity Streamer adds various “Wrappers” such as HLS, RTMP, RTSP, etc. It also supports loopable playback. The system is ideal for web sites, classroom use, or corporate channels.

3. On Air Graphics System for Ads, News Crawls, and Logos – Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI
DVEO’s broadcast quality branding and ad insertion system, the Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI, enables broadcasters, Telco TV, IPTV, and cable operators to “brand” their video content with images that are not that easily removed. Operators can increase revenue by inserting graphical local ads in existing content. They can also add sidebars and scrolling text for crawling messages, weather bulletins, and emergency alerts. The Ad Serter inserts images and text anywhere on SD live streams with any degree of transparency. (Optional HD plus SD versions are available.) Three versions are available – IP input and output, DVB-ASI input and output, or SDI input and output. Graphics, logos, and text can be static, blinking, or rotating. And in case of video input failure, the Ad Serter can mask the entire screen with a static image. DVEO can also create customized systems to meet customers’ needs.

4. Compact SDI/HD-SDI to IP Live Streaming Appliance – MultiStreamer DIG/IP (micro)
The MultiStreamer DIG/IP (micro) is DVEO’s latest – and smallest – addition to the MultiStreamer product family of real time streaming appliances that deliver content to iPads, laptops, OTT televisions, and mobile devices via IP. It accepts uncompressed SDI or HD-SDI video (or optional HDMI or analog) from cameras, editing systems, or video servers, and supports simultaneous IP input. The micro creates multiple simultaneous high, medium, and low bitrate IP streams with wrappers such as HLS, RTMP, RTSP, etc. The Linux® based system encodes up to two 1080i/p streams, or one 1080 i/p and one 720p HD stream, at 6 Mbps; or six SD streams at 2 Mbps. The micro weighs just five pounds – 2.27 kilograms – and is only 9.8 inches/25 centimeters long.

5. IP to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Decoder – D-Streamer IP/DIG
The D-Streamer IP/DIG is a real time H.264 or MPEG-2 decoder that receives IP transport streams and decodes them to SDI or HD-SDI, or optional HDMI. It accepts a wide variety of IP protocols, wrappers, and containers but is highly tuned for HLS and RTSP. Broadcasters and content providers can use DVEO’s MultiStreamer DIG/IP to encode SDI or HD-SDI to H.264 IP, then decode the streams with the D-Streamer IP/DIG. The D-Streamer IP/DIG is available in two versions – single channel input, or 4-12 channel input. The system is ideal for receiving and professionally decoding “poor looking” video from IP cameras, remote sites, content delivery networks (CDNs), or IPTV compatible appliances or players.

6. Portable, Multifunction, Streaming Production System Flypack – MultiStreamer Flypack
A portable video production and streaming unit in a rolling rackmount TSA certified case, the MultiStreamer Flypack allows any production company or streaming service provider to pack up and go to any event anywhere in the world. It includes an integrated MultiStreamer audio/video streaming encoder, compact seamless video switcher with effects generator, plus preview and program monitors. The Flypack can be customized to include DVEO’s Xaris™ playout server, Ad Serter, DelayServer/IP, and/or the new Infinity Streamer VOD server. Inputs from a camera or other system are multiple HD-SDI and HDMI, or DVI. The unit is available in 4RU, 6RU, or 8RU rolling rack cases, plus optional Shockmount versions up to 12 RU. The MultiStreamer Flypack is ideal for live productions and events like concerts, electronic news gathering (ENG), educational webcasts, political campaigns, and more.

7. IP Time Delay for 40+ Transport Streams, for IPTV Cloud Based Time Shifting – DelayServer IP
The DelayServer IP is a stand alone IP to IP delaying file server that re-streams 40+ MPEG-2 or H.264 IP transport streams and plays them back after a delay that is finely adjustable from seconds to hours. Capture and playback can be simultaneous on multiple streams. Users can adjust the delay times “on the fly”, as the system is recording and/or playing out. The standard unit ships with a .25 terabyte Intel® high end SSD. Product options include additional storage capacity, and unicast to multicast conversion.

“We are excited to be exhibiting at TelcoTV and Streaming Media West,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “Both shows are important venues for showing customers our leading edge products for streaming, transcoding, encoding, ad insertion, and more.”

DVEO, Ad Serter, D-Streamer IP/DIG, DelayServer/IP, Infinity Streamer, MultiStreamer Brutus,
MultiStreamer DIG/IP, MultiStreamer Flypack, and Xaris are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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Suggested Retail Prices:
Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI (SD only): $7,995 U.S.
Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI (SD plus HD): $8,495 U.S.
DelayServer IP: $5,995 U.S.
D-Streamer IP/DIG (mini, single channel): $3,995 U.S.
D-Streamer IP/DIG 4-12ch: $3,995 U.S. for single channel, plus $1,500 for each additional channel
Infinity Streamer (mini) .5T/50ch: $4,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer Analog/IP (micro): $4,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer Brutus I IP/IP/10 channel System with 10 modules: $125,000 U.S.
Individual MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) Module: $12,500 U.S.
MultiStreamer Brutus III IP/IP: $17,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP (micro): $4,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer HDMI/IP (micro): $4,995 U.S.

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, 92127Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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Digital Nirvana Debuts its New Cable Suite at SCTE Expo 2012

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana will launch its product offerings to the cable industry at the upcoming SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, held October 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Making their SCTE debut is the company’s Cable Suite, which includes: Monitor IQ, a cable monitoring system; MediaPro IQ, a content repurposing system; and ManyView IQ, an IP video distribution system.

“Our product line offers unique cost-saving and operational advantages to cable providers,” explained Ned Chini, vice president of sales and marketing, Digital Nirvana. “Our monitoring system, Monitor IQ, offers full-featured monitoring, recording and reporting for hundreds of cable channels. Key applications include ad insertion verification and validation, CALM Act compliance, adaptive bit-rate/OTT streaming, and SDV/on-demand – all of which are critical monitoring areas today. Our content repurposing system, MediaPro IQ, was designed specifically for the cable market with its ability to record encrypted cable feeds for content repurposing and rebroadcasting. We’re very excited to show off our latest and greatest technology at SCTE – the year’s premier cable engineering event.”

The newest version of Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ, Version 3.1, will be unveiled in the U.S. at SCTE. New features include: SDI playout, flexible content archiving, real-time newscast exporting, watermark NAVE decoding, centralized management, Dolby E audio standard support, director’s audio track and H.264 video format support. The Monitor IQ cable monitoring system is divided into four packages based on individual needs, and offers an efficient architecture that reduces operation costs and lowers the total cost of ownership.

Monitor IQ Starter is an entry-level package that offers all the logging functionality necessary for a one- to two-channel system and includes 90 days of low-resolution storage. Searching is based upon keywords, titles, subtitles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption text and imported logs, with filtering by time, date and channel. Recordings can be easily edited, clipped, stored and sent via email or FTP.

Monitor IQ Essentials is a logging and monitoring system that includes all the functionality necessary for broadcasters to ensure regulatory compliance. New features being shown at the SCTE show include support for IP as an input source, and loudness monitoring is now bundled in as a standard feature within the package.

Monitor IQ Plus includes all of the features found within Essentials and adds several new enhancements including the ability to connect and control Monitor IQ via an iPad, iPhone, or Android interface. This mobile feature makes it easy for field sales reps to show clients their ad content in the context of the broadcast programming. Other new features include centralized management and a web services (REST) API.

Monitor IQ Premier extends beyond the capabilities found in the other packages with innovative, new features, such as: ad insertion verification and validation, CALM Act compliance, adaptive bit-rate/OTT streaming, and SDV/on-demand, directors audio track, advanced metadata harvesting, and integration with third party routers, multi-viewers, TS analyzers, and traffic and automaton platforms.

Also included in The Cable Suite is MediaPro IQ, a content repurposing system for multi-platform distribution. The solution is designed for news and sports directors who frequently repurpose content from cable channels, and allows users to record encrypted cable feeds for content repurposing and rebroadcasting. MediaPro IQ users can easily edit, clip, and publish live or recorded content in real-time. By intelligently using cable card technology, MediaPro IQ records encrypted cable feeds in full HD. The solution is compatible with a variety of web browsers, and has the ability to interface with iPad, iPhone and Android. Video can be exported to Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and XDCAM and other formats for content repurposing.

ManyView IQ is yet another major component of Digital Nirvana’s Cable Suite. The solution offers an easy and cost-effective way to deploy a private, enterprise-wide IPTV system to users who need to view real-time video signals at their desktop. The system eliminates the need for costly coaxial cabling, IP encapsulators, and IP output encoders. IP multicast delivers real-time video feeds to desktop and set-top boxes throughout an organization. ManyView IQ is DNLA-enabled, which provides VOD-like ability to store, distribute, and publish offline video assets throughout the enterprise for any device on the network.

Digital Nirvana will be in the MegaHertz booth #2421 during SCTE. MegaHertz is a VAR and systems integrator of multi-vendor system solutions that support the deployment of video, voice and data technologies in fiber/coax broadband/IP networks.

“We’re proud to partner with Digital Nirvana at such a key event,” said Guy Levassar, Director of Business Development, MegaHertz. “Digital Nirvana’s monitoring solutions for ad insertion, compliance, adaptive bit-rate/OTT streaming and SDV/on-demand offer tremendous value for cable and IPTV providers. We look forward to increasing awareness of their powerful and innovative technology to top industry decision makers.”

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The industry-leading MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

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Advanced Helps GE Put Imagination To Work By Integrating Groundbreaking AV Solutions In GE’s New Grid IQ™ Global Innovation Center

GE, a global leader in energy research and technology, last week opened its new $40 million, 200,000 square foot Markham, Ontario Grid IQ™ Global Innovation Center dedicated to promoting its next-generation energy management grid. To help bring the center to life in the most engaging, customer-friendly way possible, GE turned to Advanced, Canada’s leading AV integrator, to envision, design and install an integrated AV and IT solution that encompasses 55 rooms including a Customer Experience Center that features a jaw-dropping 58-foot Prysm LPD video wall.

According to Mark Mulford, President and CEO at Advanced, “This expansive AV and IT installation encapsulates GE’s mantra of Imagination At Work and provides an immersive media experience that is vital to convey the forward-thinking technologies GE is developing to improve the efficiency, reliability and security of the world’s electrical grids. As Canada’s premier AV and IT integration company, we are proud to be recognized by GE for our industry-leading solutions and to help GE deliver an unmatched visitor experience.”

The Customer Experience Center brings GE’s Grid IQ™ technologies to life in a visual and easy-to-understand way. Advanced utilized the Prysm video wall and several wall-mounted touchscreen displays to allow customers to explore GE’s energy technologies firsthand and enable them to discover solutions to improve and enhance their energy grids. In fact, it is the world’s largest curved Prysm video wall, measuring 58 feet wide by 7 feet tall and comprising 175 individual tiles with the thinnest seams currently possible. Incorporating today’s greenest large-format display technologies, the video wall consumes just one-tenth the power of traditional digital displays. Video processing is provided by the latest Extron Quantum™ Elite processor and a professional grade multi-zone audio system was installed to complete the media experience. The entire Customer Experience Center features Crestron automation and can be controlled through an iPad.

“GE wanted to create a one-of-a-kind experience for their customers,” said Mulford, “and we proved that Advanced, more than any other integration company, has the knowledge, experience and vision to deliver compelling and effective AV solutions. We worked directly with GE and Prysm on the concept, design and implementation of the system and utilized the newest cutting-edge AV and presentation technologies. This resulted in one of the world’s most immersive digital environments. To put it simply, there is no other system like this on Earth.”

The AV installation encompasses 54 additional rooms including executive offices, boardrooms, training rooms, meeting rooms and many more. One training room, which can be divided into two separate rooms with a motorized wall, is equipped with a SMART 70” LCD interactive display and an enterprise-grade Polycom video conferencing system, allowing simple and effective global conferencing and training sessions. The room also features several large interactive touchscreens, a projector and a fully integrated audio system.

The facility’s executive boardroom is equipped with a Crestron system that controls an NEC projector mounted on an automated projector lift, an audio conferencing system, table-mounted microphones at each seat and ceiling-mounted microphones that provide an unobtrusive solution for presenters.

Even the manufacturing floor got an AV upgrade with more than a dozen 46” LCD monitors gracing its walls to display production stats and other internal GE messaging.

The collaboration room allows individuals to work together in real-time with internal or external staff worldwide. Advanced installed a SMART interactive whiteboard, in-ceiling speakers, microphones, a video conferencing system and a projector to accommodate every type of meeting and interaction. All of the room’s AV functions can be managed through the Crestron control system on a wireless Crestron touchscreen device.

GE knows that happy, healthy employees are productive employees, so they had Advanced create a gym and fitness studio that provides a personal AV experience at each fitness station. Employees can plug in their personal iPads and iPods to listen to music or watch satellite TV or DVDs at each station. The system can direct audio to individual stations or the main loudspeakers throughout the entire gym and fitness studio.

Adding to the Global Innovation Center’s sense of community, the cafeteria serves double duty as the location for Markham’s town hall meetings. The cafeteria features a projector and five NEC LCD displays with built-in speakers to display cable programming for staff and provide video presentation capabilities for town hall meetings, while an integrated video conferencing system with two wireless microphones allows meetings to be broadcast to remote viewers.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi Consoles Get 96 Channels to Mix for Vi4 and Virtual Vi for Vi1

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom — The new V4.7 release of software for Harman’s Soundcraft Vi Series range of digital consoles brings a major input capacity increase for the Vi4 model, as well as new Virtual Vi software for the Vi1 and a number of feature upgrades across the board.

The Soundcraft Vi4 can now handle 96 inputs to mix, bringing it fully into line with the Vi2 and Vi6 models, and show-files are now fully compatible between Vi2, 4 and 6 consoles, so settings can be quickly and easily moved between consoles from a USB memory stick. To take advantage of the 96 inputs to mix on the Vi4, 3 DSP cards must be fitted to the local rack, so exiting Vi4 owners can upgrade very easily. Vi4 consoles with only 2 DSP cards will be uplifted to 64 inputs to mix, from 48. Similarly, rental companies with inventories of both Vi4 and Vi6 can now standardize on local racks.

The same software update brings the dedicated Virtual Vi offline editor for the Vi1 console so users can take full advantage of the Vi1 functionality to program shows offline.

Other software enhancements in V4.7 include EQ width control options in Q or octaves delay unit settings in milliseconds, metres or feet & inches, and a number of other user interface enhancements.

The new software can be downloaded at http://www.soundcraft.com/downloads/software.aspx.

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.

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