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DVEO Receives Order from Large System Integrator for 80 Enterprise Class Streaming Devices

MultiStreamer DIG-IP Encoder-Streamer

SDI/HD-SDI to IP Streamer/Encoder -– MultiStreamer™ DIG/IP (mini)

San Diego, California — November 30, 2012 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), has been awarded the contract for 80 units of a product in the MultiStreamer™ product family of real time streaming appliances. This is one of the larger volume contracts the company has received in the last six months. The customer is a major broadcast software integrator.

DVEO’s MultiStreamer systems are highly affordable IP gateways that encode video content to IP. The systems are very cost-efficient for streaming content to and from remote locations. MultiStreamer systems are used in Telco TV, IPTV, cable TV, A/V systems, corporate training, and university and entertainment systems.

“The acceptance of the MultiStreamer in a large corporate environment proves that our products are interoperable with other products in existing IT infrastructures,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “We strive for reliability, compatibility, and exceptional video quality.”

The MultiStreamers are offered in several configurations -– the compact micro (9.8 inches/25 centimeters long), mini (1 RU), midi, (2 RU), maxi (3 RU), the Brutus 1 RU system, and the Brutus 4 RU, which outputs up to 400 SD IP streams. A portable video production and streaming unit -– the MultiStreamer Flypack™ -– is also available.

DVEO’s MultiStreamer product family supports all major video formats -– SDI/HD-SDI, HDMI, 8VSB, Analog, DVB-ASI, DVB-S+S2, DVB-T+T2, QAM, or DVB-C. Customers can also select all of the above inputs in one system (MultiStreamer MF Maxi), or a customized combination of inputs.

DVEO, MultiStreamer, and MultiStreamer Flypack are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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

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Industry Veteran John T. O’Keefe Joins Shotoku Broadcast Systems as VP Sales & Marketing

Torrance, CA – Naoki Ebimoto, president of Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the international manufacturer of advanced manual and robotic camera support products, today announced that John T. O’Keefe has been named vice president, sales & marketing. O’Keefe, a highly-respected industry veteran with over 25 years experience, will oversee all sales and marketing operations in North America.

“John enjoys a well-deserved reputation as an expert in the field with high standards and uncompromised integrity,” said Ebimoto. “He not only supports his customers, but truly partners with them to ensure they benefit from the very best operational and business solutions possible. He’s the ideal candidate to drive our business as it continues to expand in North America.”

O’Keefe is best known as president/CEO and co-founder of ProSource, a firm specializing in the import and distribution of broadcast television equipment. He joins Shotoku directly from Panasonic Systems Communications in Secaucus, NJ where he was an area/partner sales manager. O’Keefe previously served ten years as vice president, sales and marketing for Anton Bauer where he had complete sales and marketing responsibility for both the domestic dealer/reseller and overseas distribution networks.

O’Keefe holds a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Bridgeport. He is based in Shelton, CT and can be reached at okeefe@shotoku.tv or +1 866 SHOTOKU.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: Naoki Ebmioto
1-866-Shotoku • mailto:info@shotoku.tv

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

FSR Revolutionizes Wall Mounted Raks With Top Shelf

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, announces the launch of Top Shelf, a revolution in wall mounted equipment racks. Drawing on their extensive experience with UL Listed Ceiling Racks, FSR designed Top Shelf to provide an unobtrusive and secure enclosure for audio, video and network equipment. Top Shelf mounts to a wall close to the ceiling in locations without drop ceilings, or where space above the drop ceiling is limited.

Top Shelf holds up to 4 RU of equipment with multiple mounting locations for power as well as signal connections for easy installation. The unit’s steel frame ensures the equipment will be securely mounted; and a plastic cover allows wireless signals to pass in and out of the enclosure unobstructed. The cover can be painted to match the room décor, and the box can be mounted in the best location to ease wiring and visual impact.

“Top Shelf is the newest addition to our wall-mounted enclosure line of products,” says Jan Sandri, president, FSR. “With its unique ability to solve challenges many classrooms, boardrooms, schools, hospitals and more face with limited space, we are thrilled to bring this new solution to market. The unit’s ability to pack up to 4RU of AV equipment in a visually appealing housing make it a perfect fit for almost any AV environment.”
For further details contact FSR at (800) 332-3771 or via e-mail at sales@fsrinc.com.
About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

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

TVM’s First 3G OB Truck Gets HARMAN’s Studer Vista 9 Console

CORK, Ireland — Faced with a busy summer of sporting and music event production, Irish OB specialists Television Mobiles Ltd (TVM) decided to boost its fleet with the commissioning of its first 3D-capable OB. The fully-featured, 30-camera HD 3G truck, offering monitor capability of 1080/60p signals, upholds the company’s long relationship with HARMAN’s Studer Vista consoles, with the first Vista 9 in Europe to incorporate backstop PFL at the heart of the audio control.

The 52-fader console is configured with 760 Input Mono Equivalent Signals and 680 Output Mono Equivalent Signals, with 16 channels of audio embedded in an Evertz hybrid router.

“The new unit had to be fully 3G capable and audio embedded,” explained TVM owner Bart Arnold. “As for backstop PFL, this was part of the original spec — if you are used to fader-controlled backstop PFL it is hard to do without, and provides a more elegant fade solution.” Studer implemented this now standard Vista option for TVM.

“We also like the layout of the Vista 9 — particularly its ease of use for someone moving from analogue to digital, and we like the optical fibre options of Studer’s D21m and new Compact stage boxes. The desk itself has some nice innovative features, such as FaderGlow™.” This last feature provides the operator with an instant overview of the console status by illuminating each fader in one of eight freely-assignable colours.

TVM has enjoyed a relationship with Soundcraft Studer dating back to their first truck in 1986, which featured early Soundcraft 200, 400 and 800 consoles. In 2007 they embraced their first Studer Vista console, installing a Vista 5 in OB3 and later a Vista 8 became a central component in the fast track fit of OB7. Soundcraft still retains a presence at TVM, with an Si3 handling the audio mix in OB4 and a new Si Compact 16 specified as a sub-mixer/grams mixer in the new OB8, sending MADI and AES signals to the main desk.

But this time, confirms Arnold, they had a much longer lead time to design their first 3D truck, and after an 18 month gestation, coachbuilders A Smith Great Bentley Ltd. delivered a vehicle that provided TVM with a flexible studio environment. The design was a particular challenge to their Senior Design Engineer, Bob Hanks, but he came up with an innovative solution to meet the requirements. “This included separate Tx / comms areas — and a very large sound production room with the digital mixer placed in a quiet environment where it is not exposed to the clutter of comms and line checks, and leaving the engineer to focus on the sound mix. This concept works well and the truck is adaptable to our work model.”

One innovation, he emphasised, was having all the audio embedded in the video signal, accessed via the hybrid router. “There are no separate audio feeds found on the truck, resulting in a massive reduction in wiring,” Bart Arnold confirmed.

He adds that OB8 has justified the large investment as the Co. Cork-based company continues to work alongside providers such as Visions, SiS-Live, CTV and Telegenic, generally on sports and music production. With the latter they covered the Isle of Wight Music Festival in 3D and have also been mixing in 5.1 for Premiership football, the Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes and Heineken Rugby, for clients such as ESPN, Sky and BBC.

The Vista 9 can cope comfortably with all requirements. From surround input channels with an intuitive input balance section to stereo input channels with a 5.1 up-mixing panner to automatic down-mixer processes for outputs, everything is integrated — including dual speaker group 7.1 control room monitoring connectivity.

“We are fortunate in being supported by a great after-sales team from Studer, and that is very important to us and a key factor in our decision making,” concluded Arnold.

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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Spyders Drive Media at Microsoft Windows 8 Launch at New York City’s Pier 57

There were Spyders in the house when Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at New York City’s Marine & Aviation Pier 57, which had been extensively transformed into a press event venue for the launch announcement. Data engineer Dan Barry, who is based in Seattle, operated two Vista Spyder X20s supplied by VER to drive the headline-making show. Steve Reardon of Seattle’s ATBE produced the event.

“All Tier 1 Microsoft events are run by Spyder these days,” he reports. “There really is no other choice. The Spyder X20 is the most reliable, most flexible high-resolution switching system available today.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer keynoted the launch, which marked the biggest overhaul of the company’s operating system in 17 years. Windows 8 has been designed to run on popular tablets and PCs; another version is targeted to smartphones. The event also introduced the Surface tablet, Microsoft’s first foray into PC hardware.

ATBE deployed Spyders in two rooms built inside the Hudson River pier. In the main tent a Spyder drove a 40-foot wide 16×9 screen. The second space, known as the Surface Room for delivering details on the new tablet, was a reduced-size version of the main tent. Barry worked the Surface Room, which boasted a 16×9 screen, three cameras, six computer sources and three playback sources.

“We had a lot of feeds going in and out of the system. Any time you get more than one screen, one destination, you really want a Spyder there,” says Barry. “The Spyders performed rock solid. They were great.”

Barry customized High Resolution Systems’ software-based Universal Device Control (UDC) to drive the Spyder in his room. “I built a user interface on the UDC that looked like Windows 8,” he explains. “Then we ran the UDC using Surface.”

The Spyder operator for the main tent was Scott Francis from San Diego.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching. Vista Systems was acquired by Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, to create a comprehensive source for image processing and projection solutions. The acquisition combines the power and flexibility of Vista’s video switchers and real-time windowing and composition products with the power, performance and reliability of award-winning Christie projection systems. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net

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Advanced Systems Group Focuses on Asset Management with Free Webinar

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. –Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will host “The ABCs of MAM,” a free webinar that will spotlight media asset management solutions, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. Hosted by ASG’s Tyler Berry, the 90-minute webinar will offer perspectives from axle video, B4M, a Primestream Company, and CatDV, all of which specialize in MAM technologies.

Sam Bogoch, CEO of axle video, will showcase the company’s affordable and intuitive software, which can organize assets on shared storage from any Web browser on a PC, Mac, or iPad. Nicholas Smith, technical sales manager at channel partner JB&A, will explore the CatDV cross-platform software solution, which provides a number of tools beyond asset management, including logging, transcoding, and subtitling. Warren Arenstein, Primestream senior vice president of business development, will talk about FORK software suite, which offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, cloud asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smart phone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The presentations will be followed by a short Q&A session.

“With so much content and so many formats, it’s easy for any broadcaster, production house, or post facility to get disorganized in a hurry,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “Digital asset management is an essential part of today’s video operations. We hope our webinar will help members of our audience ask the right questions when considering asset management systems for their facilities.”

To register for “The ABC’s of MAM,” or for more information, visit http://www.asgllc.com/events/am-webinar-event.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Clear-Com Improves Delivery of Event Services at Mars Discovery District

Tempest2400 Wireless Intercoms with Seamless Roaming Ensure Reliable Communications

TORONTO, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is providing MaRS Discovery District, an organization focused on developing Canada’s next generation of growth companies, with uninterrupted wireless communications across its Toronto facility. Always staying at the forefront of innovation, MaRS is one of the first companies to take advantage of Clear-Com’s Tempest®2400 digital wireless intercom with the new Seamless Roaming feature. This capability allows the MaRS technical crew members to move freely throughout the spacious MaRS facility with dependable wireless coverage and provide customer support faster than ever before.

To effectively service its numerous meetings and events each month, the MaRS staff required clear communication in several key locations including the control room, a 4,600-square-foot auditorium in the lower concourse level, and six classrooms that span approximately 9,600-square-feet on ground level. The organization previously employed mobile phones and rented two-way radios to address the challenge, but those devices lacked reception and coverage in many areas. With the Tempest2400 and its Seamless Roaming feature, the MaRS staff can now keep in contact without signal dropout regardless of where they are located in the complex. This has added tremendous efficiency to the organization’s overall workflow and has allowed MaRS to more effectively respond to its customers.

“Our decision to use Clear-Com was based on our past experiences with the company, our knowledge of its stellar reputation within the industry and our confidence in its brand and products,” notes Michael Heath, Manager of Audio Visual Event Services, MaRS. “During live events, communication throughout the venue between our operating staff, especially our remote camera personnel and stage managers, was essential. Thanks to Clear-Com, we were able to resolve this issue with one comprehensive system.”

GerrAudio, Clear-Com’s exclusive Canadian distributor, in conjunction with the radio frequency expert, RP Dynamics, provided MaRS with its new intercom systems. Two Tempest2400 BaseStations with ZSync™ Roaming Dongles are installed in the control room. MaRS also acquired eight Tempest2400 BeltStations and eight Clear-Com CC-300 headsets. From the control room, production operators easily monitor and can quickly configure the wireless systems with a few clicks via Tempest’s T-Desk software. MaRS also purchased a spare remote antenna to ensure expanded coverage if its intercom needs ever changed.

“We’re proud that a notable innovation hub such as MaRS is taking advantage of Clear-Com’s latest wireless product on the market,” says Jay Wallace, Regional Sales Manager, Northwestern USA, Clear-Com. “The Tempest2400 with Seamless Roaming has helped MaRS become more productive, reduce its service delivery time and raise customer satisfaction levels.”

MaRS provides science, technology and social entrepreneurs with top-notched advisors, relevant programs, physical facilities, funding and networks to build their businesses. In 2013, the MaRS Collaboration Centre plans to double in size, extending to 1.5 million square feet, to establish itself as one of the largest urban innovation hubs in the world.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com®, an HME company, is the global leader in critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com has developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

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Revolabs Selects Business Octane as the Master Distributor of the Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone in the Indian Market

SUDBURY, Mass. — Nov. 28, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that the company has signed a distribution agreement with Business Octane, an enterprise collaboration and learning accelerator solution provider based in Gurgaon, India. Under the agreement, Business Octane will be the master distributor of the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone in the Indian market. more

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Steve Below Joins PESA as Global Product Manager

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced that Steve Below joined the company on Aug. 10 as global product manager for PESA’s C58 Digital Media System and HDcctv product lines. He is responsible for business development, marketing, and sales.

Below has held management positions with several of high-tech companies, including Digital Fusion and Analytical Services, Inc. Most recently, he served as director of business development and strategic partnerships at JBM.

“Steve is no stranger to technology, and he has a 20-year track record of successful new business development experience,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “Under his guidance, we anticipate significant growth of our HDcctv product line and a successful launch of the new C58-DMS.”

Below is based out of the company’s main office in Huntsville. He can be reached at (256) 327-8046 or via e-mail at sbelow@pesa.com.

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.

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Sugarland’s Kristian Bush to Keynote 4th Annual Nahville Recording Workshop + Expo 2013

NASHVILLE: Kristian Bush, one-half of the award-winning super-duo, Sugarland, will deliver the keynote address to kick off the 4th annual Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo. NRW+E 2013 returns to the Rocketown Event Center in downtown Nashville, February 15 & 16.

A singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and personal studio owner, Bush joins a prestigious list of artists including: Ricky Skaggs, Ben Folds and Keb Mo, who have who have set the tone for previous NRW+E events by highlighting the role of technology in the creative process. Joining Bush for an aural romp through the stages of a recent production will be his long-time collaborator, producer/engineer, Tom Tapley.

NRW+E is designed to share the expertise of audio pros with home studio owners, be they musicians, songwriters, producers or engineers. The event will feature showcase presentations by top industry professionals; exhibits by many leading audio gear manufacturers and, an opening evening reception. The Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo 2013 is presented by the AES Nashville Section in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society.

“The highly successful Project Studio Expo introduced at the recent 133rd AES Convention in SF, was modeled in no small part on NRW+E,” said event Chair, Jim Kaiser. “Last year the program formula truly jelled. The balance of information in the three tracks: Production, Engineering and Songwriting/Publishing, offered ample learning opportunities for every attendee, regardless of their primary interests. Our special focus on live presentations, including in-depth, end-of-day project profiles by Keb Mo and Beth Neilsen Chapman, was particularly well received. Rocketown proved an excellent venue, and all our attendees were informed, entertained and inspired,” Kaiser adds.

Industry notables who have presented at previous NRW+Es include: George Massenburg, Russ Long, Nathan Chapman, Glenn Meadows, Rich Adler and Lynn Fuston. This year’s program is being developed now, and program updates will soon be online. Registration information and exhibition/sponsorship details for this very affordable event can be found online at www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com.

“Discounts and early-bird rates are available for students and members of a number of professional organizations. An NRW+E registration is the perfect holiday gift for the recordist on your list,” Kaiser concludes.

Photo: Kristian Bush of Sugarland, is keynote speaker for the Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo, Feb. 15

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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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