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Margarita Mix’s Jimmy Hite Receives Sound Mixing Award for Nissan Leaf Spot

Jimmy Hite, Chief Sound Engineer for Margarita Mix, won the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Award for Outstanding Sound in a Commercial for the Nissan Leaf spot, “Gas Powered Everything.” Hite’s work on the commercial included a 5.1 surround sound mix. He was also recognized earlier this year with a Bronze Telly Award for the same spot.

“TBWA\Chiat\Day requested our high-quality sound mixing services, understanding the effect that 5.1 surround sound brings to enhancing the final mix,” says Senior Producer Whitney Warren of Margarita Mix. “And Jimmy has the right combo of expertise and skill to create just the right balance of the various elements for a compelling brand experience. We are proud of our experienced, award-winning talent roster and the creative environment they bring forth for our clients.”

Hite has over 30 years of experience in sound mixing for the commercial and advertising industries, and has won numerous awards throughout his career. Since joining Margarita Mix/LA Studios, Hite has provided sound mixing and recording services to a multitude of advertising clients, including Nissan, Activision, Disney, AT&T, Kaiser Permanent, and UPS, among others. He works alongside accomplished mixers and sound designers at Margarita Mix, such as Nathan Dubin, Jeff Levy, and Paul Hurtubise, rounding out a robust service offering at the studio.

Honoring innovation and artistry in post production, the HPA Awards were presented November 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The spot can viewed here: http://vimeo.com/25536623.

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Hitachi Debuts Fall 2012 Line of 3D Smart TVs and Next Generation HDTVs

CHULA VISTA, California – November 8, 2012 – Hitachi America Ltd.’s Digital Media Division today announced its fall 2012 line of beautifully designed 3D Smart TVs, UltraVision® UltraThin LED TVs and LCD High Definition Televisions (HDTVs) that display spectacular colors and sharp pictures to brighten any home. With its next generation HDTVs, Hitachi accurately recreates even the minutest of details from any content. Offering Smart 3D TVs and ROKU®-ready streaming options, Hitachi televisions are designed to meet the next generation tech-savvy lifestyle and deliver the best home entertainment experience possible.

ULTRAVISION® UltraThin LED Series
Hitachi UltraVision UltraThin LED televisions render vivid, sparkling Full HD 1080p picture quality at 120Hz/60Hz refresh rates to deliver flawless performance and exceptional clarity.

Hitachi’s UltraVision UltraThin LED TVs include the W806 Smart 3D TV series in 48- and 55-inch screen sizes, offering 120Hz refresh rates for 3D content, built-in WiFi and IPTV connectivity. Encased in an elegant, high gloss piano black bezel, the W806 models feature Full HD 1080p and come with two pairs of 3D glasses for truly immersive and realistic 3D entertainment,. With an MHL-compatible HDMI input, the S606 Series is one of the first Roku® ready*(not included) televisions on the market, allowing users to add the Roku® Streaming Stick for direct control of a wide variety of streaming content. The S606 also features a 120Hz Full HD 1080p panel and meets the government’s ENERGY STAR 5.3 standard for power consumption. The series comes in a platinum finish in 42-, 46- and 55-inch screen sizes with Hitachi’s E-LED UltraThin Bezel measuring less than an inch.

Value Series
The Value Series offers three options – the S406, H306 and H316 – all with an ultra thin bezel, surround sound and Dolby Digital. The S406 comes in a platinum finish and 32-inch screen size with 60HZ 720p. Featuring a black bezel, the 29-inch H306 delivers 720p HD resolution and a 60HZ refresh rate. The H316 offers three sizes at 29-, 32- and 39-inches with 60HZ and Full HD 1080p. All three sizes come with Long Life LED Edgelight, PicturePerfect Video Processor, PC Input via RGB and a Sleep Timer for ultimate convenience.

Accessories
Hitachi has also released the perfect complement to the HDTV viewing experience, the 32- and 40-inch class Sound Bars with CONEQ™ 3D Sound technology, delivering a natural sound stage for smooth and clear sound reproduction. The Hitachi Sound Bars feature four high efficiency full range speakers and two high frequency tweeters with state-of-the-art Class D digital amplifiers. The Sound Bars can also be used to stream music files wirelessly from compatible mobile phone or other Bluetooth® devices.

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

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.

Digigram’s AQORD *LINK Allows OPAL’TV to Offer Reliable Mobile Solution for Cost-Effective Satellite IP Video Delivery

Integrated System Leverages High Performance and Low Latency of AQORD *LINK to Ensure Quality Transmission Over Ka-Band Satellite Link

GRENOBLE, France — Nov. 8, 2012 — Digigram today announced that it has partnered with France’s OPAL’TV to provide broadcasters with a complete and cost-effective mobile solution for making live and on-demand video available via high-bandwidth Ka-band satellite link. OPAL’TV has incorporated a dual-channel AQORD *LINK video encoder/transcoder from Digigram into a lightweight flypack to enable convenient, reliable, and affordable IP-based delivery of video when terrestrial networks are unavailable.

“For local broadcasters, the advantage of this solution is the high reliability and quality of live transmission, enhanced by the low latency of the Digigram unit, as well as the speed and simplicity with which the entire solution can be deployed,” said Laurent Galet, technical manager at OPAL’TV. “We tested and compared this integrated application against current 3G mobile solutions and found it to be the best solution for our broadcast clients.”

The AQORD *LINK has been packaged in a Com IP VSAT flypack including an IP modem and retractable satellite dish with automatic positioning capabilities. The Digigram system delivers dual channels of broadcast-quality SD/HD streaming video at data rates of 0.5 to 20Mb/s using MPEG-TS encapsulation. In OPAL’TV tests, the encoder/transcoder’s low latency cut transmission times by two or three seconds.

Digigram’s AQORD *LINK delivers 99.99 percent operational reliability, and its advanced industrial-grade design ensures the highly dependable performance and low power consumption so important in mobile systems such as OPAL’TV’s flypack. Featuring an internal 1TB hard drive for storage and 3 Gb Ethernet RTP-UDP/IP ports for transmitting/receiving streams in either unicast or multicast, the compact 1U/19-inch rack-mounted AQORD *LINK delivers outstanding flexibility for broadcast, telecommunications, and contribution applications. Users can set up and monitor the encoder/transcoder locally through the unit’s HMI front panel or remotely via a Web-based interface.

“AQORD *LINK is a highly versatile solution — in a convenient and compact package — that delivers the performance essential for satellite transmission,” said Christophe Jacquinet, sales account manager at Digigram. “The system is a perfect fit for this application, ensuring high video quality while helping to make economical Ka-band transmission viable for smaller broadcasters.”

More information about AQORD *LINK and other Digigram products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About OPAL’TV
OPAL’TV devotes a large part of its transmission to local information covering the regions of Dunkirk, Calais, and Saint-Omer, Boulogne, the area south of the Opal Coast and Flanders, broadcasting to more than a million people. Its knowledge of the region and proximity to the population makes it an indispensable voice for communities and associations, as well as a source of information on the economic, cultural, and tourist aspects of the Opal Coast. Within this region projects and initiative are undertaken without the knowledge of communities a short distance away. OPAL’TV aims to ensure widespread dissemination of such information in order to develop an identity for the Opal Coast in the heart of a euro-region that includes Belgium and Great Britain.

The idea for a television station dedicated to the Opal Coast was several years in the planning and based on the experiences of local television stations already installed in Dunkirk, Grande-Synthe, Gravelines and Calais. At the start of 2011, the CSA, the conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel, gave OPAL’TV permission to broadcast from transmitters at Mont des Cats (near Hazebrouck), and Mont Lambert (near Boulogne), which allows coverage across the Opal Coast as far as Montreuillois, Audomarois, and Flanders.

About Digigram
Digigram is at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, inventing solutions that help its customers increase competitiveness through change. Digigram’s IP audio codecs, sound cards, and network audio solutions are used by journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers around the world, and the company delivers key technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers. Digigram’s recently introduced all-IP video product lines offer advanced solutions for broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators.

Through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has become an influential player, helping to energize the industry, push forward technological development, and raise standards. Information on Digigram and its products is available at www.digigram.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/AQORD.zip
Photo Caption: AQORD *LINK Video Encoder/Transcoder

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Extron Introduces New Six Input HDCP-Compliant Scaling Presentation Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the IN1606, a six input, HDCP-compliant video scaler that includes four HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs, and two simultaneous HDMI outputs. The IN1606 accepts a wide variety of video formats including HDMI, HDTV, RGB, and standard definition video. It features an advanced video scaling engine with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing to deliver uncompromised picture quality for output resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 2K. Enhanced audio features include six stereo inputs, fixed and variable stereo outputs, two mic/line inputs with ducking and 48 V phantom power, plus HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding. Designed for professional AV integration, the IN1606 offers a complete AV switching system with flexible control options including Ethernet, RS-232, and USB. more

Westchester County Center – Revitalized Acoustics Draw Stars — And Crowds

Première Artists Bring Good Vibrations To Classic Venue

WHITE PLAINS, NY: An entrepreneur with a wide range of music business interests, Irwin Kornfeld has sparked new awareness for the eighty-year-old Westchester County Center. An adroit upgrade of the facility’s acoustics, coupled with a state of the art sound system, has landed the WCC and its new “Pepe Infiniti Concert Series” on the radar of booking agents and performing artists seeking viable venues for tri-state concert dates. The series’ launch featured The Beach Boys in concert in mid-May, nearly fifty years after their first WCC gig. The Johnny Winter Band and Edgar Winter Group, Boston, Il Volo, Whoopie Goldberg, Aretha Franklin and others are booked through November.

A long-time Pleasantville resident, Kornfeld recognized the need for a larger local performance venue. But, having seen shows at the WCC years ago, he knew the County Center couldn’t attract discriminating artists (or audiences) until the acoustics and sound system were improved. “I approached the County with a carefully considered proposal,” he says. “Our company, Westchester Media, Inc. would help improve the County Center’s acoustics, and in return have a wonderful venue in which to present premier entertainment,” he said.

Kornfeld’s next move was to contact the Walters-Storyk Design Group, a NY-based architectural/acoustic design firm whose credits range from Jazz At Lincoln Center to such top NY clubs as Le Poisson Rouge and the just completed 54 Below. “A few years ago I read an interview with WSDG principal John Storyk in In Tune Monthly, a music education magazine we publish,” Kornfeld says. “In addition to their high profile performance venue credits, WSDG has created recording studios for stars ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys. We were delighted when WSDG agreed to take on the Westchester County Center. After partner/project manager Joshua Morris provided us with their analysis and recommendations, we knew we could make this venue work for concerts and theatrical productions.”

The WSDG proposal addressed a number of significant sound distortion problems, including poor intelligibility and a lack of acoustic accuracy. “The Westchester County Center had some acoustic work done in 1988, but the critical listening issues weren’t adequately addressed,” Joshua Morris reports. “Our modeling and measurement tests determined the problems could be ameliorated through a combination of electro-acoustic solutions. The 57′ high curved ceiling and the truss cavity beneath needed to be treated with a total of 1,120 2′x4′ 4″ thick perforated PVC lapendary panels, providing almost 9,000 sq. ft. of broadband absorption. QuietStar Industries suspended these units from the ceiling with cables, which have greatly improved upon the existing ceiling reflector treatments that remained from the 1988 acoustic effort, reducing our reverberation time, especially in the lower frequencies, to manageable levels.”

WSDG also recommended that 270 sq. ft. of Rosebrand Charisma velour curtains be hung on strategic sections of the balcony edge. Additionally, WSDG worked with pro audio expert Chuck Ballantine of Pleasant Valley-based, Ballantine Communications & Staging to select an package of 11 ElectroVoice subwoofer rows, two vertical stacks of four subwoofers each, and stereo line arrays to assure the best conceivable audio system for the WCC. “We’ve worked with WSDG on other projects, and I’ve worked shows in the WCC for years, so we were very familiar with the venue,” Ballantine says. “ElectroVoice has a solid, product line and an excellent support team. This new sound system, coupled with WSDG’s acoustic treatments makes the WCC a extremely viable performance option.”

“We’ve been monitoring shifts in live performance trends, and felt the WCC had enormous potential for artists capable of filling halls with between three and five thousand seats,” Kornfeld said. “Acts fall into three basic booking categories: Those who can fill a 200-300 seat club, megastars who can sell-out 35,000+ seat stadiums, and performers who can draw fans to convenient, competitively priced shows in mid-sized venues that offer great sound, a sense of intimacy and a clear site-line. There are only a handful of halls that meet those specs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” he adds. “The County Center sounds great now. Fans that have been attending events here for years commented on the marked improvement to the acoustics. After our Beach Boys sell-out, we know we can compete for the best shows that come to our area.”

Commenting on the project John Storyk remarked, “Acoustic restoration is an art and science. Virtually everyone on our staff of designers and engineers started out as musicians, myself included. A wealth of products and options exist today, which are capable of ameliorating negative acoustic issues. The process of eliminating reverberation, enhancing sound and speech intelligibility, fine-tuning a hall like the Westchester Community Center requires precise measurements and the ability to make effective, reasonably priced recommendations. Our goal is to provide audiences with a high quality listening experience. We were delighted to be associated with this project, and we look forward to enjoying the benefits of our advice. We’ll be there for Aretha!”

Photos: Four views of WSDG WCC Acoustic Upgrade. Please credit photos by: Andrew Stein Videography, www.Drewvideo.com

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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BTX Selected as Exclusive Distributor for Stinova’s DMS5 SMIL Software for Digital Signage Networks

Software Simplifies SMIL Player Management, Features PowerPoint(R) 2010 Plug-In for Easy Content Creation

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Nov. 8, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that the company has been chosen as the exclusive distributor of Stinova’s Digital Media Server 5 (DMS5) SMIL software for digital signage networks. For SMIL players, DMS5 is a cost-effective solution that integrates all digital signage management functions into a simple-to-use server solution, allowing users to easily manage players in groups, create content, and schedule play-out, all via an intuitive Web interface. In addition, the software is the first to offer a fully integrated plug-in for PowerPoint(R) 2010. more

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Westchester County Center – Revitalized Acoustics Draw Stars — And Crowds

Première Artists Bring Good Vibrations To Classic Venue

WHITE PLAINS, NY: An entrepreneur with a wide range of music business interests, Irwin Kornfeld has sparked new awareness for the eighty-year-old Westchester County Center. An adroit upgrade of the facility’s acoustics, coupled with a state of the art sound system, has landed the WCC and its new “Pepe Infiniti Concert Series” on the radar of booking agents and performing artists seeking viable venues for tri-state concert dates. The series’ launch featured The Beach Boys in concert in mid-May, nearly fifty years after their first WCC gig. The Johnny Winter Band and Edgar Winter Group, Boston, Il Volo, Whoopie Goldberg, Aretha Franklin and others are booked through November.

A long-time Pleasantville resident, Kornfeld recognized the need for a larger local performance venue. But, having seen shows at the WCC years ago, he knew the County Center couldn’t attract discriminating artists (or audiences) until the acoustics and sound system were improved. “I approached the County with a carefully considered proposal,” he says. “Our company, Westchester Media, Inc. would help improve the County Center’s acoustics, and in return have a wonderful venue in which to present premier entertainment,” he said.

Kornfeld’s next move was to contact the Walters-Storyk Design Group, a NY-based architectural/acoustic design firm whose credits range from Jazz At Lincoln Center to such top NY clubs as Le Poisson Rouge and the just completed 54 Below. “A few years ago I read an interview with WSDG principal John Storyk in In Tune Monthly, a music education magazine we publish,” Kornfeld says. “In addition to their high profile performance venue credits, WSDG has created recording studios for stars ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys. We were delighted when WSDG agreed to take on the Westchester County Center. After partner/project manager Joshua Morris provided us with their analysis and recommendations, we knew we could make this venue work for concerts and theatrical productions.”

The WSDG proposal addressed a number of significant sound distortion problems, including poor intelligibility and a lack of acoustic accuracy. “The Westchester County Center had some acoustic work done in 1988, but the critical listening issues weren’t adequately addressed,” Joshua Morris reports. “Our modeling and measurement tests determined the problems could be ameliorated through a combination of electro-acoustic solutions. The 57′ high curved ceiling and the truss cavity beneath needed to be treated with a total of 1,120 2′x4′ 4″ thick perforated PVC lapendary panels, providing almost 9,000 sq. ft. of broadband absorption. QuietStar Industries suspended these units from the ceiling with cables, which have greatly improved upon the existing ceiling reflector treatments that remained from the 1988 acoustic effort, reducing our reverberation time, especially in the lower frequencies, to manageable levels.”

WSDG also recommended that 270 sq. ft. of Rosebrand Charisma velour curtains be hung on strategic sections of the balcony edge. Additionally, WSDG worked with pro audio expert Chuck Ballantine of Pleasant Valley-based, Ballantine Communications & Staging to select an package of 11 ElectroVoice subwoofer rows, two vertical stacks of four subwoofers each, and stereo line arrays to assure the best conceivable audio system for the WCC. “We’ve worked with WSDG on other projects, and I’ve worked shows in the WCC for years, so we were very familiar with the venue,” Ballantine says. “ElectroVoice has a solid, product line and an excellent support team. This new sound system, coupled with WSDG’s acoustic treatments makes the WCC a extremely viable performance option.”

“We’ve been monitoring shifts in live performance trends, and felt the WCC had enormous potential for artists capable of filling halls with between three and five thousand seats,” Kornfeld said. “Acts fall into three basic booking categories: Those who can fill a 200-300 seat club, megastars who can sell-out 35,000+ seat stadiums, and performers who can draw fans to convenient, competitively priced shows in mid-sized venues that offer great sound, a sense of intimacy and a clear site-line. There are only a handful of halls that meet those specs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” he adds. “The County Center sounds great now. Fans that have been attending events here for years commented on the marked improvement to the acoustics. After our Beach Boys sell-out, we know we can compete for the best shows that come to our area.”

Commenting on the project John Storyk remarked, “Acoustic restoration is an art and science. Virtually everyone on our staff of designers and engineers started out as musicians, myself included. A wealth of products and options exist today, which are capable of ameliorating negative acoustic issues. The process of eliminating reverberation, enhancing sound and speech intelligibility, fine-tuning a hall like the Westchester Community Center requires precise measurements and the ability to make effective, reasonably priced recommendations. Our goal is to provide audiences with a high quality listening experience. We were delighted to be associated with this project, and we look forward to enjoying the benefits of our advice. We’ll be there for Aretha!”

Photos: Four views of WSDG WCC Acoustic Upgrade. Please credit photos by: Andrew Stein Videography, www.Drewvideo.com

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Christie Visual Display Solutions In A Class Of Their Own At Educause

Christie® is making the grade at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference November 7-8 in Denver, Colorado, with visual display solutions tailored to the higher education market. Showcased products include the award winning Christie® MicroTiles® and select Christie projectors from a wide-ranging lineup including the brand new Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® projector.

Christie DHD550-G – Exceptional Value
Ideal for use in classrooms, training rooms and labs, the Christie G Series are the brightest 1-chip DLP® projectors available on the market today, delivering an incredible 5600 lumens for WUXGA (1920 x1200) resolution, and 5500 lumens for the HD (1920 x 1080) model. The Christie G Series is designed for easy use and installation by offering features and options such as wireless connectivity, an intuitive user interface, a full suite of lenses, and input options that include HDMI, DVI and display port. Image quality is exquisite thanks to a Dynamic Contrast feature that boosts contrast ratios up to 5000:1 and a color wheel that provides superior performance and reduces image artifacts. And for multi-projector installations, the Christie G Series comes with color matching and an optional dual processing warp card that enables blending and warping.

Christie DHD550-G 1-Chip DLP Projector

Christie MicroTiles – The Brightest in Their Class
Also on display is a 1-unit wide by 5-unit high Christie® MicroTiles® tower. Christie MicroTiles are modular displays offering substantially brighter images, a much broader color palette, and a virtually seamless canvas compared to conventional flat panel LCD and plasma tiled displays. Built on proven DLP® and LED technologies and designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high-ambient light environments, Christie MicroTiles have been installed at several higher education facilities including Northern Kentucky University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. Another Christie MicroTiles 1-unit by 5-unit demonstration tower is on display at the Desire 2 Learn booth.

“Christie has a strong position within the higher education space,” stated Mark Hall, senior product manager at Christie. “The addition of these new 1-chip DLP® products will help to complete the wide range of visual display solutions that includes flat panels, LCD, and 3-chip projectors used in auditoriums and for 3D classrooms.”

For more information on the Christie G Series, Christie MicroTiles or the complete lineup of projectors and displays systems, visit Christie at booth # 1142.

Gardner-Webb University Installs Two Dante-enabled Yamaha CL Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina has experienced remarkable growth, perseverance, and maturity since it began as a movement initiated by the Kings Mountain Baptist Association in 1905. The University began as Boiling Springs High School and later became a junior college in 1927, and renamed Gardner-Webb College in 1948. The institution officially became known as Gardner-Webb University in 1993, culminating years of preparation. Today, Gardner-Webb is flourishing with five professional schools, two academic schools, and 11 academic departments that offer just over 5,000 students, 60 undergraduate and graduate fields of study.

Recently, the University installed Yamaha CL1 and CL5 digital consoles and two RIO3224s purchased by Full Compass and installed by University staff in cooperation with the ASE Group. The consoles are located in their new 110,000-sq. ft. Tucker Student Center in Stewart Hall. Stewart Hall is unique in that it can be separated into three separate spaces.

“The performance space is non-traditional and very flexible,” states Wayne E. Johnson, Associate VP for Operations, Gardner-Webb University. “Stewart Hall works in either a coffee house/club setting by lowering electric disappearing Skyfold walls, or in an auditorium or banquet setting by raising the walls. When lowered, the center room has a balcony on three sides with bistro table seating.”

About the new CL consoles, Johnson says that the system sounds great and has a superb operational design. “We had previously been using an LS9 in older venues, but the CL Series offers much more flexibility. We also integrated with Symetrix for Dante distribution and are using MYMIX cards as well, so there are no traditional audio connections. The entire project (audio, video, monitor, lighting) is all running off Cat5. Due to the flexibility of the space, we wanted to be able to re-patch anything from speakers to light fixtures over one single wiring network.”


For more information on Gardner-Webb University, visit www.gardner-webb.edu.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

JVC Ships Versatile GY-HM600 ProHD Camera

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., is now shipping the GY-HM600, its next-generation handheld ProHD camera. Introduced earlier this year at the 2012 NAB Show, the new HD camera features a built-in 23x zoom lens and delivers superior low-light performance with excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux).

With a 1.22 MP color viewfinder and color 3.5-inch LCD, the GY-HM600 is versatile enough to handle tripod-based shots and run-and-gun situations. It is equipped with three, 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors, each with 1920×1080 pixels. The built-in Fujinon HD lens features a wide focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and has manual focus, zoom, and iris rings, along with three ND filters. Other features include auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.

The lightweight camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. In addition to relay mode for uninterrupted recording, the GY-HM600 allows simultaneous recording to both memory cards for instant backup or client copy. Plus, the Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records and stores up to 20 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking events.

Equipped with a LANC-based remote connector and compatible with JVC’s ProHD Compact Studio seven-inch monitor, the GY-HM600 can be used for an affordable studio system. The camera also includes a time-code synchronization input as well as HD-SDI and HDMI outputs. A built-in stereo microphone is ideal for capturing natural sound, but the GY-HM600 also includes two XLR inputs with phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack, and additional input for a wireless mic receiver.

“Our new GY-HM600 delivers innovation without compromise,” said Craig Yanagi, manager, marketing and brand strategy. “With amazing images and the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow, it’s a full-feature camera that’s ideal for news, sports, live presentations, and independent production.”

Another new ProHD camera, the GY-HM650, will be available this winter. Specifically designed for mobile newsgathering, it has similar specs to the GY-HM600 but includes built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity. With its dual codecs, it simultaneously produces full HD files and smaller, Web-friendly files that can be delivered to a station without a microwave or satellite connection.

The GY-HM600 has a suggested list price of $4,695, while the GY-HM650 will have a suggested list price of $5,995.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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