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Haivision at GovComm 2012

GovComm 2012
Nov. 28-29 | Washington, D.C.
Haivision, Booth 435

Haivision at GovComm 2012:
Haivision, JITC Certified for 1080p HD performance, will feature a range of solutions that address the mission critical needs of the government and military markets at GovComm 2012. The company will have one of its first public showings of the new Makito(TM) X Series encoding platform, which delivers new levels of industry-leading density and quality by combining unmatched HD encoding at bit rates below 2 Mbps — making it ideal for broadcast applications and high profile contribute-grade encoding. Haivision will also be highlighting the Furnace(TM) IP video distribution system, the ruggedized HD H.264 Makito Air(TM) encoder with full KLV/CoT metadata capabilities, and the Kraken(TM) for high performance, low latency IP video transcoding.
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AES Project Studio EXPO Ushers In New Era Of Audio Training

Nearly 2,000 Listen, Learn, And Connect With Industry Leaders During Two Days Of Practical Recording Clinics

SAN FRANCISCO: Attended by nearly two thousand visitors, the Project Studio Expo at the 133rd AES Convention proved itself a compelling new addition to the venerable pro audio show. Created in partnership with Sound On Sound Magazine, the two-day event was a “show within a show.” Presentations included practical clinics, authoritative Q&A’s,in-depth dialogues focused on emerging recording techniques, workflow, technology innovations, and, invaluable advice on best practices from leaders in the field.

“I was really impressed with the PSE. As in, REALLY impressed,” enthused Electronic Musician, Executive Editor, Craig Anderton. “I can’t believe how well the concept was realized. I gave it an Anderton Award for my November Pro Sound News column. The Home Run At The First At-Bat Award, along with some serious kudos, went to the AES Project Studio Expo track. Lots of seminars, standing-room only crowds, wireless headphones for best fidelity and no ambient noise, enthusiastic attendees . . . AES has discovered its fountain of youth,”

One highlight of the Project Studio Expo was an illuminating address by multi-Platinum engineer/producer Young Guru (Jay-Z, Kanye West, etc.) about the origins of hip hop and insights into his role as a producer/engineer and… psychologist to bring the best performance out of superstar artists. Other presentations covered small room acoustics, microphone techniques, tracking, mixing, editing, mastering, performance, and use of mobile devices such as the iPad in music production.

“The Project Studio Expo represents a new direction for the AES, in bringing high profile audio community leaders directly to end-users for training and mentorship,” AES Executive Director Bob Moses explained. “We realized that our conventions bring together luminaries in the field to share all the advanced technologies and techniques, but one very important group was being neglected – the folks working in small studios grinding out music, commercial jingles, etc., on a daily basis,” AES convention exhibitors and sponsors want to see lots of customers. For every platinum producer/engineer we showcase, there are thousands of audio professionals doing good work, but needing support and training to improve their craft. The Project Studio Expo is our way of serving them. AES is an incredible educational resource, and we want to make it available to everyone.”

A collective of senior editors from major trade publications enthusiastically endorsed the Project Studio Expo in advance of the show and appeared together in a panel at the event, including: Paul White (SOS), Gino Robair (EM), Frank Wells (PSN), Mike Metlay (Recording), Strother Bullins (PAR), Larry Crane (Tape Op) and Tom Kenny (MIX). “This support is extremely important and validating as we refocus AES on the critical mass of the audio field,” stated Moses. “I deeply appreciate the fact that everyone realizes our joint efforts will float all the boats in the industry for universal benefit. An educated industry is good for everyone – magazines, manufacturers, engineers, and even the people who buy music!

“I also want to offer a special thank you to our sponsors: M-Audio, Akai Professional, Presonus, AVID, Lynda.com, and Sennheiser for taking a risk on something new, and supporting this event,” said Moses.”And of course, Sound On Sound was a very strong partner in putting it together. We couldn’t have pulled it off without them.”

A follow up event is already in the planning stage for the 134th AES Convention in Rome, and the 135th AES Convention set for NYC’s Javits Center Oct. 17-20, 2013. “We would be crazy not to keep this going,” Moses concludes. “In fact, the upcoming Nashville Recording Workshop Feb 15-16, 2013 is pretty much the same event but with a different name. Look for a lot of practical training at future AES events. This is the wave of the future.”

Photos:

1. SRO Crowds jam AES Project Studio Expo
2. PSE Editors Panel (l-t-r) Mike Metlay (Recording), Frank Wells (PSN), Paul White (SOS), Strother Bullins (PAR), Larry Crane (Tape Op) and Tom Kenny (MIX) Not pictured, Gino Robair (EM)
3. Craig Anderton and Young Guru

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About the AES 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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Cobalt Digital Appoints Digi-Box Master Distributor in UK, Southern Ireland and Middle East

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, today announced that UK-based Digi-Box.co.uk (www.digi-box.co.uk) will serve as Master Distributor in the UK, Southern Ireland and Middle Eastern countries. The appointment was revealed by Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, from US headquarters in Urbana, IL.

“We are extremely pleased to have Digi-Box as a partner in Cobalt’s continuing global expansion”, Shaw stated, “Digi-Box is a well known and established company in its own right, and we are proud to be associated with its professionalism and expertise in these markets”.

Jon Phillips, Managing Director of Digi-Box commented, “We are delighted to be working with Cobalt Digital. Their innovative current and future technology fulfils a need in the EMEA marketplace. Digi-Box is in a perfect position to develop business through its well-established network of Value Added Resellers and Systems Integrators. We are confident that Cobalt’s extensive and high-quality product lines will add to our success in the territory.”

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

ABOUT DIGI-BOX.CO.UK
Celebrating its 15th year of business, Digi-Box is committed to bringing state of the art technology to existing channels and emerging vertical markets. As a Master Distributor Digi-Box values its channel partners and builds long-term, successful relationships with them through a variety of distribution models. Digi-Box works with leading edge suppliers whose products offer a complete range of solutions with the innovation, performance and reliability to move its customers forwards. This successful, motivated company has earned the respect of suppliers and customers worldwide with its expertise and experience in the broadcast market and commitment to excellent customer service. For further information, visit www.digi-box.co.uk.
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Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Disney Chooses Christie MicroTiles For World Premiere Of “Electric Holiday” Window Display At Barneys New York

The world of high fashion comes to life in brilliant colors as multiple configurations of 425 Christie MicroTiles light up the windows of Barneys New York flagship store at 660 Madison Avenue, for their “Electric Holiday” display. A partnership between The Walt Disney Company, Barneys New York, and Christie, “Electric Holiday” is a multimedia presentation highlighted by a digitally-animated, moving art short featuring Disney characters Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Daisy Duck, as they strut the runway in original designer clothes. The short is the highlight of the high tech light show, accompanied by an original score by Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino.

Following the world premiere on November 14, the eight-minute art short will continue to loop throughout the day on the Christie MicroTiles. The window displays will be up until January 3, 2013. Visit www.christiedigital.com/electricholiday to learn more about the display and if visiting over the holidays, post your photos on our wall at www.facebook.com/christiedigital.

“We are thrilled to be working with the experts at Christie on Disney Electric Holiday Windows at Barneys New York. Disney and Barneys wanted to create a visually stunning window display unlike any other and the Christie MicroTiles – with their high resolution, shallow depth, virtually seamless canvas and true-to-life image quality – made that possible. Utilizing 565 square feet of MicroTiles and 50 million pixels we are able to create a brilliant light and video show that will light up Madison Ave throughout the Holidays,” remarked Lylle Breier, SVP World Wide Special Events, Walt Disney Studios.

Christie MicroTiles Light Up Barneys New York Windows With Disney's 'Electric Holiday' Display

“‘Electric Holiday’ is a stellar combination of state-of-the art animation, lights, music, and fashion that will encompass eight windows of Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue store and represents one of the most complex combinations of shapes, resolution, size and depth of field ever used with the Christie MicroTiles,” said Sean James, vice president, Managed Services, Christie. “From the realization of the high-concept moving art short to the multi-layered arrangement of MicroTiles, it is a triumph of technical, creative and artistic vision never seen before on a holiday window display.”

Christie’s Managed Services team provided technical consultation at every stage of the installation, from concept finalization, to pre-staging, to on-site set-up, expanding on its long history of collaboration with Disney. Christie projection technologies have powered some of Disney’s most famous world premiere events, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “High School Musical”. Each window will feature an array of Christie MicroTiles in a staggered, multi-layer set-up of various shapes and depths, surrounded by bright meshes of lights that will be synchronized with the music.

Right Technology at the Right Place
The shallow depth of the display windows presented an especially daunting challenge, eliminating technology that required substantial space. Flat panels were considered, but their thick bezels significantly distracted from the display, which needed to appear nearly seamless.

Christie MicroTiles were the answer. Lightweight and shallow rear projection modules approximately 16” by 12”, they are less than a foot deep and fit perfectly in the store windows. More importantly, they have a nearly invisible 1mm gap between the tiles for seamless images and can be scaled to any size, shape and orientation, forming a digital canvas of the highest brightness and resolution. As well, with a viewing angle of 180 degrees, every view from the street offers “the best seat in the house”, regardless of where one is standing.

The Best and the Brightest
Harnessing the strengths of both DLP projection and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays. The result is a digital canvas composed of 425 MicroTiles in a combination of portrait and landscape modes, generating the equivalent of a 600 square foot image spread across 2,275 square feet of building. The complex design of the display includes:

• 565 square feet of Christie MicroTiles digital canvas
• 50 million pixels of resolution
• 15 simultaneous HD video streams
• 476 square feet of Traxon Mesh
• 600 feet of A-Deco Pixel strings
• five d3 Media Servers

“’Electric Holiday’ is truly a collaboration of some of the ‘best of the best’ in the world,” continued Sean James. “Achieving such a technological and creative triumph required a true partnership of trust among all the contributors. It represents the best in fashion from Barneys New York, the best in Entertainment from Disney, and the best in visual technology from Christie.”

VP of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group, Craig Sholder added: “Christie and Disney share a long and successful history of collaboration, staging some of the industry’s most memorable multimedia events. Our latest partnership for ‘Electric Holiday’ continues in that tradition of success. We look forward to Christie technology, the Disney magic, and Barneys’ sense of fashion thrilling shoppers from around the world during the holiday season.”

Christie to Acquire VR Solutions to Accommodate Rapid Market Growth in Australia, India and New Zealand

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire VR Solutions Pty. Ltd. (Australia) and VR Solutions (India) Private Limited, subject to completion of certain conditions. These acquisitions will provide Christie with subsidiaries and offices in Australia and India – markets that are witnessing increased demand for Christie’s products and solutions. After closing, Christie intends to rebrand both companies under the Christie name.

“We’re excited by the potential of this acquisition,” said Jack Kline, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. “VR Solutions is a natural fit with Christie, having been a valued partner and integrator of Christie products for several years. The team at VR Solutions also brings a wealth of expertise in design, sales and service of visual technology solutions to expanding markets for Christie.”

Acquiring the VR Solutions’ companies is one component of Christie’s continuing, long-term commitment to better serve its rapidly expanding customer base worldwide. The new Australian subsidiary of Christie will become the main sales and support entity in Australia and New Zealand and the new Indian subsidiary of Christie will be integrated with Christie’s existing Indian operations.

“VR Solutions is extremely well respected in the market for their knowledge and technical expertise. We’ve represented Christie products for over five years and with our established ecosystem of integration partners, we have accomplished many innovative projects in advanced visualization, oil and gas, live events and corporate display sectors,” explains Michael Bosworth, President, VR Solutions. “In becoming part of the Christie brand, it allows us the natural progression to further support our partners, expanding our presence to supply of one of the world’s most respected projection product lines to Australia, New Zealand and India.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, who will oversee these new Christie operations, was equally enthusiastic. “On completion of the acquisition, the existing capabilities of our Indian office will be expanded across markets and in Australia and New Zealand this move will also expand the support we can provide to independent theatres for their digital projection conversions,” said Yu.

Xantech Names Product Solutions Group Official Canadian Distributor

Xantech®, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for 40 years, today announced that Product Solutions Group will be the Canadian distributor of all Xantech products starting immediately. The new Canadian distribution agreement will enable Xantech dealers all across Canada to benefit from selling superior quality products supported by a commitment to just-in-time delivery that the custom installation industry demands and deserves.

Product Solutions Group and Product Solutions West are among Canada’s leading distributors of custom installation products and have been distributing Xantech’s associated CORE Brands lines including ELAN® and Sunfire® for more than a decade, and began distributing Niles® products in 2012. According to Jim Peebles of Product Solutions West, the Product Solutions West warehouse in Calgary, Alberta and the Product Solutions Group warehouse in Guelph, Ontario will provide fast, localized support service to all Canadian Xantech dealers.

According to Paul Starkey, CORE Brands Senior Vice President of Marketing, “Product Solutions Group and Product Solutions West have both exhibited an incredible dedication to providing dealers with the best products when they need them, where they need them. With the high level of integrity, Xantech dealers can expect to receive an enhanced level of ground support that is rarely seen in the industry.“

“Xantech is undoubtedly the industry leader in IR and IR related products, and we are extremely pleased to be able to offer it to our dealers,” Peebles said today. “Through this partnership we are providing Xantech dealers with on-demand order processing and shipping, ensuring timely delivery and satisfied clients on every job.”

Paul Steele, President of Product Solutions Group, is committed to providing dealers the best support in the industry. “Carrying Xantech’s entire line of IR, AV distribution, and behind-the-scenes technology products provides a valuable benefit for dealers. We’re proud to add Xantech’s products to our catalog, joining the other CORE Brands lines we distribute including ELAN, Niles and Sunfire.”

Product Solutions Group and Product Solutions West distribute innovative custom installation products to progressive Canadian retailers and custom integrators. Formed in 1998, Product Solutions Group services Ontario and east, while Product Solutions West takes care of Manitoba and west. With over 50 years combined experience in the CE Industry, founding partners Paul Steele and Jim Peebles have come to know the difference between leading edge and bleeding edge products.

About Xantech:
Xantech designs and manufactures an extensive range of audio, video and control products and systems, many of which have become de facto industry standards. Xantech IR products are specified into more audio/video installations than any other brand. Xantech also supplies hi-definition HDMI video solutions, touch-panels and IP control systems for residential and commercial applications, multi-room audio/video systems, audio source components and processors, and software programming tools.

Products are sold to professional installers and distributors directly from Xantech. Xantech’s products are marketed in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. For additional information about Xantech and its innovative products, please visit www.xantech.com. Xantech is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech®.

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Yamaha Training Sessions Set for November and December

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will make stops in Washington, DC; Cincinnati, Ohio; Novi, Michigan; and Orlando, Florida during the months of November and December.

YCATS trainers will hit the District of Columbia Wednesday through Friday, November 28-30 for Yamaha CL Digital Console Operational Training, M7CL Digital Console for Beginners, M7CL for Advanced Users, Digital Audio Networks for Engineers, and an LS9 Digital Console Workshop. Yamaha CL operational training will be held in Cincinnati on Tuesday, December 4 and in Novi on Friday, December 7 while Orlando training will be held Tuesday through Thursday, December 11-13 and will consist of M7CL for Beginners, M7CL for Advanced Users, CL Series Essentials (for those who are familiar with “Centralogic” on M7CL or LS9), and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers.

For more information and to register, visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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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.

Main Light Grows Its Clay Paky Rental Inventory

Wilmington, Delaware-based Main Light Industries, Inc. has acquired 36 Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 and a dozen Clay Paky Alpha Profile 800 ST fixtures from A.C.T. Lighting, the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

Main Light, which serves all of the professional lighting industry, has become one of the largest rental houses in the country. Last year it invested in Clay Paky Sharpys, Alpha 700s and Alpha Spot HPE 1500 fixtures from A.C.T Lighting for its growing inventory.

“We’re continuing to expand our Clay Paky offerings with our new purchase,” says John DiEleuterio at Main Light. “The Alpha Spot 800 series are great fixtures. They benefit from the ST lens set. which provide better color temperatures along with the increased intensity of the MSR Platinum 35 lamp. Framing shutters on the fixtures is a key feature. The Clay Paky 800 series is an excellent addition to the growing Main Light family of moving lights.”

Clay Paky’s Alpha Spot QWO 800 uses the latest MSR Platinum lamp, an 800W light source that produces an intense sparkling light – brighter even than older 1200W lamps. The Alpha Spot QWO 800 is equipped with optical features placing it at the top of its class, including a very wide zoom range from 7.6º to 55º, a uniform beam distribution at all zoom angles and a unique Stay-Sharp-Zoom feature that locks images in focus while zooming. The fixture is small, lightweight, silent and has low power consumption making it an excellent tool for TV, theater, corporate events and many other demanding lighting applications.

The Alpha Profile 800 ST is a compact, lightweight, silent beam shaper with an extremely bright light and a zoom capable of producing an extraordinarily sharp, perfectly uniform beam. It features a 6000K light beam, a miniaturized four-blade framing system for creating any geometric shape, a zoom that ranges from 7.6º to 55º, an exclusive autofocus system for easy programming, and Dyna-Cue-Creator for dynamic visual effects. It’s the ideal choice for theaters, TV studios, exhibition stands and demanding live applications.

Main Light’s customers have quickly become Clay Paky fans with the company’s initial inventory of product deployed for the Foo Fighters, the Ultra Music Festival and the Electric Daisy Carnival.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Belkin Smart Card Reader Achieves FIPS 201 Certification

Federal Security Standard Assures Iron-clad Security and Reliability for Government Organizations 
Playa Vista, CA – November 15, 2012 – Belkin Enterprise, a trusted leader of customer-driven computing solutions for office, IT infrastructure and mobile environments, today announced that its USB Smart Card and Common Access Card (CAC) Reader is now FIPS 201 (Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201) compliant and is listed on the GSA FIPS 201 Products List (APL). Belkin’s USB Smart Card and CAC Reader is designed specifically for today’s demanding government applications. Achieving FIPS 201 compliance demonstrates Belkin’s commitment to developing purpose-built products that meet the particular requirements of customers such as government agencies for whom security is a primary concern.
FIPS 201 is a United States federal government standard that specifies Personal Identity Verification (PIV) requirements for federal employees and contractors to achieve appropriate security assurance for multiple applications. The standard was designed to ensure that the identity of individuals who seek physical access to federally controlled government facilities, and electronic access to government information systems, is efficiently verified.
Offering the broadest range of smart card compatibility, including Class A, B, C (5v, 3v and 1.8v), the Belkin Smart Card Reader features a compact, tamper-resistant design for easy one-handed card insertion that is ideal for government data security use.
Designed to support smart cards meeting ISO7816 standards, which include CAC and PIV, the new Belkin Smart Card Reader has been built from the ground up to assure high security for government applications. Its unibody enclosure works to eliminate entry points and prevents physical electronic tampering. All firmware is in ROM (read only memory) to assure no risk of alteration.
We built our new smart card reader from the ground up, specifically to meet strict government security requirements,” said Carlos Del Toro, senior global product manager for Belkin. “Achieving FIPS 201 compliance is a tribute to our development approach and the unique features that deliver iron-clad security and reliability to our government customers.”
Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit:  Belkin Government.
About Belkin Enterprise
Belkin Enterprise, a division of Belkin International, offers commercial computing solutions for office, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 25 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s lineof commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.Belkin.com.
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