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Bell Media Deploys Haivision HD H.264 Makito(TM) Encoders and Decoders for Broadcast Backhaul for Global Sporting Event Coordination

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Nov. 27, 2012 — Haivision today announced that Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company and owner of CTV, purchased Makito(TM) low-latency, high-performance H.264 encoders and decoders for CTV use. As Canada’s leading television station, CTV is using the appliances for broadcast backhaul and monitoring operations during coverage of high-profile sporting events. more

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ArcLight Cinemas Bring A Taste Of Hollywood To La Jolla, California With Christie Solaria Series Digital Cinema Projectors

Preferred Christie Partner ACS Enterprises Selects Christie As Exclusive Digital Cinema Provider At New La Jolla Theater In San Diego

Expanding its premium movie viewing experience to San Diego for the first time, ArcLight Cinemas once again trusted Christie digital projectors to exclusively light up the exhibitor’s new 14-screen multiplex in La Jolla, providing audiences with its signature Hollywood viewing experience that treats every guest like a star. The new 1,800-seat ArcLight La Jolla multiplex houses an array of Christie DLP digital cinema projectors, including five Christie CP4230 4K-resolution units, with one unit powering ArcLight’s first “Wide Screen” concept auditorium. ArcLight also plans to upgrade the projectors to High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D technology in time to present Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” since the Solaria Series is upgradeable to HFR.

“All our screens offer the best in sight, sound, and viewing comfort, with a wide variety of dynamic programming, ranging from the newest Hollywood blockbusters to independent art house fare, cult favorites and classics,” said Joe Miraglia, director of design, construction and facilities at ArcLight. “With such diverse content, ArcLight looked to Christie for a range of versatile and superior performance projectors from the Solaria Series, including the Christie CP2210 2K, Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 4K projectors, all of which provide the best in both conventional and premier movie experiences.”

ArcLight Cinemas recently opened its doors to the La Jolla community and held a special event on Friday, Nov. 16, to officially welcome its new audience.

According to Miraglia, the choice was also made easier thanks to ArcLight’s long history with Christie, which has resulted in the installation of 61 projectors in the company’s four Los Angeles-based theaters. With a mission to create the most memorable movie-going experience for film lovers and casual moviegoers alike, ArcLight Cinemas has been changing the way people experience going to the movies for ten years. Its sit-down café, extra-wide seats with double armrests, and full service concession areas make it more than a place to see a movie – it is also a destination for entertainment and a great night out.

Jose Alvarado, chief executive officer of ACS Enterprises Inc., which installed the Christie projectors in the La Jolla Theater at the Westfield UTC shopping mall, remarked that ArcLight auditoriums are unique in their designs. They are not constructed with maximum seating in mind; instead, they are built around the screen, focusing on a “black box” design aesthetic, which emphasizes undistracted viewing and features the best in sight and sound technology. Familiar with Christie’s winning combination of product and support excellence from its previous installations at ArcLight theaters, ACS powered all of the new screens exclusively with Christie projection systems.

“Christie continues to provide the highest quality picture presentation possible, offering best-in-class technology, as well as excellent technical support and expertise,” said Alvarado. “At ACS, we strive to efficiently meet our clients’ unique requirements, as does Christie. This shared philosophy is the basis of our highly successful partnership. ArcLight needed technology that would benefit greatly from the advances sweeping the industry for 3D and HFR film, and I trusted Christie completely to provide the most reliable products available today.”

“With the flexibility and adaptability of the fully DCI-compliant Solaria Series projectors, Christie presented the best solutions to meet ArcLight’s distinct audiences,” said Craig Sholder, Christie’s vice president of Entertainment Solutions. “Christie offers exhibitors the most cost-effective path to the next generation of digital cinema technologies, including HFR 3D movies. We continue to provide an unparalleled range of products and technical support, and are pleased to again be selected as the exclusive digital cinema provider by preferred partner ACS Enterprises, and to get the ‘V.I.P’ treatment from ArcLight Cinemas.”

PESA to Demonstrate Next Generation Streaming Distribution System at GV Expo

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will showcase its new C58-DMS streaming media distribution system, as well as its Vidblox fiber/coax extenders and PRO-QV4VP quad view video processor, at Government Video Expo 2012 (Booth 416), which runs Nov. 28-29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Designed for court recording systems, training rooms, security and surveillance facilities, and more, the C58-DMS seamlessly combines up to eight channels of audio and five channels of video and computer-based content, regardless of format, and delivers synchronized live and on-demand playback.

“The C58-DMS makes it easy to sync and stream up to five video and eight audio sources in real time or on demand for on-site and off-site viewers,” explained Steve Below, global product manager. “It’s truly a new class of hardware – it eliminates latency and sync issues, and simplifies playback of mixed format presentations for a variety of government and security applications. Plus, it’s all contained in a 1 RU chassis, which simplifies installation, integration, and cabling issues.”

H.264 IP camera streams, SDI video up to 720p/60 resolution, and NTSC analog video can be captured simultaneously, plus the C58-DMS can synchronize discrete audio inputs to discrete video and IP video inputs. When it captures and streams multiple HD sources simultaneously, the streams remain associated and synchronized throughout the event. The C58-DMS can simultaneously stream up to six video output streams over IP, including one for each individually selected source and a quad view composed of four sources, and its intuitive software makes it easy to record, store, and playback customized presentations.

PESA’s Vidblox series of independent transmitters and receivers support a common interface between computers and HD video equipment. Available in eight different models to accommodate a variety of applications, Vidblox allows AV professionals to easily and economically convert, extend, scale, distribute, and transport computer-based content to or from serial digital devices over long distance fiber or coax. The PESA PRO-QV4VP 3G-SDI quad-view video processor automatically detects a variety of video inputs and converts signals to match the native resolution of the display device. Dual outputs (VGA and DVI) allow up to four video signals to be displayed simultaneously on two displays.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

Saddleback College Stays Connected With Hitachi Solutions Products

CHULA VISTA, California, November 27, 2012 — Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, recently updated a number of its Hitachi CP-WX4021N projectors with the new Hitachi Solutions connectivity products. The projectors are now being used with the Hitachi MS-1WL Wireless Multifunctional Switcher, which comes equipped with a transmitter and receiver.

Saddleback College currently has more than 40 CP-WX4021N 3LCD projectors, which were purchased in early 2011. “We purchased them because we found them be above and beyond other projector models in terms of performance, the image quality was better and they were more cost-effective,” said Will Lakow of Saddleback College’s Multimedia Department. “We also found the HDMI connectivity to be a huge advantage.”

Saddleback College recently equipped four of its projectors with the MS-1WL Wireless Multifunctional Switcher. These projectors are located in a collection of classrooms known as The Village, with each classroom in close proximity to each other.

According to Lakow, the MS-1WL has proven advantageous in a variety of ways. “As far as installation goes, it’s very convenient because it’s allowing us to eliminate a lot of cabling, plus the install time is quicker,” he said. “Overall, the entire system is now more efficient and easier to operate.”

The Hitachi Solutions Products include the MS-1WL Wireless Multifunctional Switcher with receiver, the MS-1 Multifunctional Switcher and CS-1WL Wireless Switcher with a document camera, all of which enable expanded wireless connectivity between data and video sources and compatible Hitachi LCD projectors. The transmitter, which is built into the MS-1WL Wireless Switcher, connects to a video source such as a laptop and the receiver connects to a projector, enabling wireless transmission of a variety of video formats up to 1080p HD over a distance of up to 22 feet. The transmitter supports HDMI mandatory 3D video formats, eight bits-per-color HDMI video transmission and up to six Mbps audio.

“Installing the MS-1WL was seamless, quick and easy. And to the end user, the entire system is transparent,” Lakow concluded.

Saddleback College is a fully accredited community college, offering more than 300 associate degrees, certificates and occupational skills awards in 190 program areas taught be a faculty renowned for its expertise, experience and commitment to student success. The College’s rich academic traditions and strong reputation make Saddleback College an ideal place for students seeking associate degrees and certificates, transferring to 4-year colleges and universities, preparing for the workforce, or pursuing lifelong learning opportunities.

For more information on Saddleback College, please visit www.saddleback.edu

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

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

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Haivision at I/ITSEC 2012

I/ITSEC 2012
Dec. 3-6 | Orlando, FL
Haivision, Booth 880

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Haivison/IITSEC2012.zip

Haivision at I/ITSEC 2012:
Haivision, JITC Certified for 1080p HD performance, will feature a range of solutions at I/ITSEC 2012 that address the needs of those government and military professionals responsible for providing the highest level of quality training, modeling, and simulation technologies in the field. Haivision will be showing the Makito(TM) DVI HD encoder paired with the Makito decoder for low-latency distribution of computer graphics over IP. Used in conjunction with the Kraken(TM) transcoding solution, any computer screen can be delivered to Android(TM) and IOS mobile device via the low-latency InStream(TM) Mobile HD media player. Further, the new Makito X doubles the quality and density for SDI video applications. Finally, the Viper(TM) performance recording appliance provides synchronized recording of computer graphics and video for after-action review in live simulation and training environments. more

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James River Assembly Sings the Praises Of New Outline GTO Line Array Speaker System

System Provides the Clarity and Punch Necessary for Sermons and Music

OZARK, MO, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 – James River Assembly recently upgraded its aging sound system with Outline’s GTO line array loudspeaker cabinets as the sonic centerpiece. The new system, designed and installed by Special Event Services (SES), literally blew away the competition by providing the clarity and punch necessary for sermons, a contemporary house band and concerts. The church seats approximately 3,400 congregants and everyone from the pastor to those sitting in the back row can feel the power of the word through the GTO cabinets.

“We needed to put in a system that conveyed the spoken word throughout the auditorium, as well as have enough horsepower to present the music in an effective way,” says Jason Farah, vice president of SES. “The church members charged with the upgrade were very diligent about listening to various top-shelf systems to evaluate the sound characteristics and quality. The staff even went around the country listening to many systems. In the end, the Outline GTO simply outperformed the other systems, providing the ‘wow factor’ necessary for the final decision.”

The GTO system is comprised of two main left/right arrays, each with six GTO cabinets and one GTO down-fill speaker at the bottom of the array. The subwoofers are Outline Lab 21 HS, employing 21-inch bass speakers. The seating area in the main room is in a 280-degree arc to center stage. Because the platform is so big, the subwoofers are lined up stage center behind the scenic pieces on the stage floor as a sub arc delay system. This ensures that all areas of the room enjoy equal bass coverage. The extreme right and left sides are covered with Outline Doppia II speakers. The GTO series of line array speakers offer a unique combination of high-power output in a compact and relatively lightweight form factor. The cabinets deliver clear, non-colored, high-SPL audio capable of bringing studio environment quality to the live event experience.

“We all agreed that the time had come to upgrade our sound system to meet our evolving style of presentation and worship,” says Stephen Maddox, audio director for James River Assembly. “Our lead pastor, John Lindell, had a vision about how the new system should sound, and after listening to many systems here and in other parts of the country, SES brought in the GTO. The GTO speakers were superbly clear and present without being overbearing. We just loved how it worked, how it sounded, and how it responded. The system is very deep but at the same time warm and inviting. This system truly brings us into the future.”

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy, The UK, and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4200 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

Visual Unity Continues To Provide Czech TV With Streaming Services For The Next Two Years

Leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity has signed a new, two year contract with Czech TV to supply the technical services needed to operate its on-line and mobile service, iVysilani.

Czech TV has won a number of awards for its internet and mobile activities, including the prestigious 2011 Kristalova Lupa Award.

“Online consumption of Czech TV content has grown enormously in past years. Ivysilani.cz is a unique platform with more than 2592 days of video,” Pavlina Kvapilova, Executive Director of Czech Television´s New Media Division. “Enhancing our streaming infrastructure towards the highest quality, stability and user comfort which is available is a key factor for us to be able to serve this interest and react on changing lifestyle habits of our public.”

The new contract, which was awarded through a public tender process, will run until December 2014. Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ integrated content management and delivery platform is already used by iVysilani for content delivery, live streaming and Video on Demand services. Under the terms of the new contract Visual Unity will deliver various enhancements to the platform and supply additional back-end encoding, streaming, transcoding and media management services.

“Visual Unity has extensive experience of designing, delivering and integrating turnkey TV systems, broadcast-IT convergent and multiscreen solutions,” says Tomas Petru, President of Visual Unity. “In recent years we have undertaken a variety of successful projects for Czech TV, including the design and build of an eight-camera High Definition Outside Broadcast vehicle and the enhancement of the broadcaster’s online and mobile services, enabling it to deliver unprecedented coverage of the recent Olympic Games in London.”

The new contract will see Visual Unity increasing Czech TV’s live streaming capacity from 60Gbps to 88Gbps in 2013 and 110Gbps in 2014, to support the broadcaster’s 12 live streaming channels. Czech TV has also asked the company to increase storage capacity for its Video on Demand archive – a service Visual Unity has been providing since 2005. The broadcaster currently has a capacity of more than 70TByte and this will be expanded to over 160TB by the end of 2014.

“To implement the terms of this new contract we have developed a number of new features for our vuMedia Content Delivery Platform that will, of course, be available to all our customers,” Tomas Petru adds.

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About Visual Unity

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

ünger Audio’s Loudness Control Technology Is ‘On The Move’

Jünger Audio’s internationally acclaimed Loudness control technology is making an impact in the Outside Broadcast market where it is helping broadcasters tackle surprise audio level changes right at the start of the production process.

Among the broadcasters who have recently turned to Jünger Audio for their ‘on the move’ loudness control is KTK in Kazakhstan, which has installed the company’s D*AP LM4 processors into its latest DSNG truck.

Built into a Toyota Land Cruiser by Lithuanian systems integrator TVC, KTK’s DSNG station features a SWE-DISH/Rockwell Collins Drive Away Antenna system, two Ericsson Voyager II multi-format integrated DSNG encoders and two fully redundant Ericsson RX8200 advanced modular receivers. This fully operational HD live production system connects with both TV studios and Outside Broadcast vehicles and is being used for live broadcasting.

Arman Shuraev, CEO of KTK, says: “We are very satisfied with the performance of Jünger Audio’s loudness control, which we have installed in our new DSNG vehicle. The units are proving very effective and easy to use.”

Christoph Harm, Jünger Audio’s International Sales Manager, says: “With more and more countries introducing legislation to control audio loudness, we are noticing increased demand for our LEVEL MAGIC-based loudness control products from those involved in the very first stages of content creation. Broadcasters using Outside Broadcast trucks and SNG vehicles to capture content for news, live and sporting events often have to deal with a wide variety of incoming audio sources. This can result in peak level and dynamic range fluctuations during the same programme, depending on the number of different audio sources being used. Balancing these so that viewers don’t have to rely on their remote controls to constantly adjust the volume is a major problem – and one that requires an effective and economic solution.”

Jünger Audio’s recently introduced D*AP range of Digital Audio Processors is proving particularly popular with the Outside Broadcast market because it is specifically designed to control audio loudness at the creation and editing stage. The D*AP series, which is available in two and four channel versions, can handle both analogue and digital (AES/EBU) audio with optional 3G/HD/SD-SDI I/O. The units fit neatly into a 19” rack, making them ideal for installation into OB trucks, and are controllable through a front panel or via a Web-based interface.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

Adaptive Video Walls and Displays Designs 3×3 LCD Video Wall for Orange County Water District Boardroom

Adaptive Collaborated with Integrated Media Systems to Upgrade Rear Projection Screen System

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA — Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the premier provider of innovative wall-mountable, floor-standing, and flyable LCD video wall frames, teamed up with Integrated Media Systems (IMS), a leader in the design, integration, and support of presentation, videoconferencing and communication environments and their supporting systems, to install a 3×3 LCD video wall in the Orange County Water District’s (OCWD) boardroom. The new video wall, which was part of an overall audio/visual upgrade for the entire Fountain Valley, CA facility, was designed to replace the outdated projector and rear screen that the OCWD had been using for many years. more

Sound Image Upgrades Audio System at Gibson Amphitheatre with V5 Presets for HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – Delivering world-class audio to the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City in California, Escondido, California-based Sound Image recently upgraded to Crown I-Tech HD power amplification and added the new V5 presets to the Amphitheatre’s HARMAN JBL VERTEC® line array system.

Originally built as an outdoor venue in 1972, the Gibson Amphitheatre was converted in 1982 and is now the third-largest indoor theater in California, seating approximately 6,000 people and has won several Pollstar awards as Venue of the Year. The Amphitheatre hosts a variety of events including concerts, performances, as well as occasional award shows. The existing PA system at the Gibson Amphitheatre includes 24 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements (12 per side) and 24 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers, with six hung per side plus six stacked per side. The system also features five VT4888 midsize line array elements on each side of the stage for additional outfill and two JBL DrivePack® VT4888DP enclosures per side for flown downfill.

The upgrade of the system with the V5 settings also included the addition of 54 Crown Audio I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers. System control is provided via HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ platform with an extensive custom control panel interface that was developed by Gary Sanguinet of Sound Image.

The new and improved V5 settings provide the Gibson Amphitheatre with a significant improvement in sound quality. This includes greater horizontal coverage, improved system response to equalization, and improved interaction between arrays. Paul Bauman, Senior Manager of Tour Sound at JBL Professional, commented, “The Gibson Amphitheatre has provided an important proof of performance test bed throughout the development of V4 and V5 presets and it has been a pleasure to work with front of house engineer George “Barney” Barnes, Mark Sidlow, Rick Merrill and the Sound Image team to really dial in the system—it’s a great-sounding venue that really highlights what is possible to achieve with VERTEC V5.”

“The biggest improvement for me is the increase in usable midrange information as well as vastly improved headroom,” Barnes said. “Being an ‘in house’ rig, protection is a must and great improvements have been made in that regard with no problems.”

The system has been greatly accepted by prestigious engineers and bands such as Rush, Jason Aldean, No Doubt, Dukes of September and Dream Theatre.

For more information on the Gibson Amphitheatre, please visit www.gibson-amphitheatre.net

For more information on Sound Image, please visit www.sound-image.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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