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Bittree Expands Into Thai Market Through Reseller Partnership With DSE

GLENDALE, Calif. — Nov. 6, 2012 — Bittree, a manufacturer of professional audio and video patching systems, today announced its entry into the Thai broadcast market through a new distribution agreement with DSE, one of Thailand’s leading providers of broadcast equipment. As Bittree’s exclusive reseller in Thailand, DSE will represent the company’s line of HD-compatible video and TT (Bantam) audio patchbays and patch panels.

“As we continue to expand our presence throughout the Asian market, DSE will be a very important and strategic partner. DSE’s loyal customer base and local industry knowledge, paired with the innovative design of our patchbays, create the perfect combination for meeting Thai broadcasters’ requirements,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO of Bittree. “We look forward to working with DSE to expand our joint customer base in a truly dynamic and thriving country.”

DSE will handle all Bittree sales in Thailand, working with broadcast networks and systems integrators to develop custom solutions to match their project requirements.

“We are pleased to partner with Bittree and represent their products in Thailand. Bittree’s products are very complementary to our overall solution set; in fact, their patchbays are often specified together with coaxial cable and other equipment that we represent,” said Chai Mekratri, president of DSE. “In our 25 years of business, we have always been committed to supplying our customers with the highest-quality products and a comprehensive solution set. Our partnership with Bittree is the latest example of this commitment, enabling us to complete our product portfolio and offer comprehensive solutions to our new and existing customers.”

More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patchbays is available at www.bittree.com.

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About Bittree
Bittree offers a complete line of patching products, including audio, video, data, and integrated patchbays, as well as a variety of patchcords, tools, and accessories. Tailored for use in the post-production, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, manufactured, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, Calif. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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Genelec 2012 AES Press Kit

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The Recording Academy P&E Winig 2012 AES Press Kit

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Aphex 2012 AES Press Kit

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Golf Channel Leverages NEP’s Global Resources to Broadcast Pacific Links Hawaii Championship

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Nov. 5, 2012 — NEP’s Supershooters and Visions combined resources and expertise to provide a unique solution for Golf Channel’s coverage of the first-ever Pacific Links Hawaii Championship tournament, held Sept. 10-16 at the Kapolei Golf Course on Oahu. For the event, NEP assembled a complete remote broadcasting facility, including both primary production and support units, by shipping Supershooters’ ST19 support truck from San Diego and a flypack from Visions’ London headquarters.

“This collaboration is a perfect example of how the global NEP organization takes a ‘one-team’ approach to meeting its clients’ requirements — even if the broadcast is coming from a remote island in the middle of the Pacific,” said Kevin Rabbitt, NEP CEO. “Building a seamless remote production solution by shipping in a flypack and OB truck from opposite sides of the globe is typical of the level of complexity that we manage almost every day — a great demonstration of how NEP is uniquely capable of drawing on global resources to create tailor-made solutions for clients.”

The Pacific Links Hawaii Championship is the newest event on the PGA’s Champions Tour(R), covering 54 holes and featuring a field of 81 Champions Tour players including golf legend Greg Norman. The tournament was carried in the United States by Golf Channel, the Champion Tour’s exclusive cable TV partner.

The flypack equipment, shipped by NEP Visions to the tournament, was installed in two large trailers to provide the main broadcast facility and control room, including audio and transmission capabilities. The NEP Visions solution included a full monitor wall in production, six EVS media servers, a Calrec Artemis audio console, and video shading and support for the 16 cameras NEP deployed on the course. NEP Supershooters’ ST19 support truck supplied additional audio systems and fiber support for the cameras, as well as field microphones and outboarded graphics.

“With the pooled expertise and resources from NEP’s Visions and Supershooters, Golf Channel was able to operate as normal, even though it was broadcasting far away from the U.S. mainland,” said David O’Carroll, technical project manager at NEP Visions. “Visions worked closely with Supershooters to understand the client’s usual mobile configuration and then recreate that configuration exactly with a flypack. With Visions and Supershooters coming together to work as one NEP team, we were able to combine our deep understanding of our clients’ individual needs with the industry’s largest pool of resources to create a seamless and high-quality production halfway around the world.”

NEP Supershooters supports the largest sports productions in the United States, with a fleet of state-of-the-art HD, 3D, and SD production trucks staffed by industry-leading experts, engineers, and the broadcast industry’s largest pool of resources. Supershooters covers more than 70 golf events throughout the year for Golf Channel, including the PGA Tour(R), Champions Tour, and Web.com Tour(R) as well as LPGA and USGA events. Based in the U.K., NEP Visions has more than 25 years of experience and expertise creating broadcast facilities for major events in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.

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About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, webcasting, and power generation that set the global industry standard. For more information, visit www.nepinc.com.

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Audio-Technica 2012 AES Press Kit

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Audio-Technica and Fred Ginsburg, CAS, Team Up to Raise Awareness of the Importance of Quality Production Audio for Film and Television

— Ginsburg’s work on classic hit films and television shows including St. Elsewhere, A-Team, 90210, Caveman, The Island and Platoon has created a platform from which he is shaping a new curriculum for film sound that better incorporates the knowledge base for production sound —

133rd AES CONVENTION, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 27, 2012 — Audio-Technica (booth 705), a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is teaming up with sound mixer/educator Fred Ginsburg to help students acquire the professional tools and skills needed for production sound recording.

A skilled Hollywood sound acquisition specialist who worked on classic television shows like St. Elsewhere and films including Platoon and Used Cars, Ginsburg uses his professional experience as a Production Sound Mixer and Sound Designer to refashion the educational curriculum of sound for picture. Audio-Technica provides microphones and educational materials for workshops Ginsburg offers throughout the country, helping students establish a base of knowledge about this critical but under-taught aspect of cinema and television sound.

Fred Ginsburg has a mission to empower the next generation of film-sound professionals with experience, understanding and expertise about cinema and television sound. Ginsburg, with a Ph.D. in audio and membership in the Cinema Audio Society (C.A.S.), has taught his courses in production sound at California State University Northridge and Chapman University, doing so with microphones and educational materials provided by Audio-Technica.

Ginsburg says that contemporary professional audio education programs have emphasized the post production elements of film and television sound, often at the expense of production audio, which is the foundation of a film’s or series’ sound, comprising dialog and authentic location ambience and effects.

“The emphasis has been on working with programs like Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro in post, but what’s lacking is what students need to know about sound acquisition on location,” Ginsburg explains. “Even at schools like Chapman, which has an ADR stage modeled after the one at Warner Bros. and a mixing room that rivals the one at Universal, there recently wasn’t enough emphasis on the foundation sound that is production audio. That’s what I’ve set out to do: integrate production audio into the curriculum at the level that things like post and mixing are at now.”

Ginsburg accomplishes this by demonstrating his techniques in classes and at workshops around the country, by showing and explaining how he chooses tools and how he uses them to create sound elements that combine with mixing and post production to produce exceptional soundtracks. For instance, when demonstrating how to take echo out of a small room so that dialog becomes more intelligible, Ginsburg shows how he sets up an Audio-Technica AT4051b Cardioid Condenser Microphone on a boom.

“That microphone was designed for music, but a lot of Hollywood location sound people have embraced it for their kit because it’s so great at mellowing out dialog and wiping out echo in a room,” Ginsburg explains. Similarly, he uses an Audio-Technica BP4071L Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone (aka long shotgun) to keep extraneous noises like traffic out of the background on exterior shots, again to keep the focus on the dialog. An Audio-Technica BP4073 Line + Gradient Condenser (short shotgun) allows the recordist to cover from 2 feet to 6 feet overhead for wider interior situations, as well as to serve as a secondary microphone to the long shotgun outdoors, or the 4051 indoors.

Lavalier microphones are critical to location dialog sound, and Ginsburg has hidden mics like the MT830R Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone in planters and other props on a set, when close-in dialog recording is needed. He recommends using the AT899 Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone attached to the sun visor of a car, to capture interior audio and dialog without having to put a microphone on the actor, which could result in noise from clothing and body movements.

“Audio-Technica has fantastic warranties and repair services, and technical support is always just one phone call away. A-T always makes sure that there are good instructional materials available. It’s a big job making sure that production audio gets its due in the education mix, and I’m glad that A-T is there to help make that happen,” Ginsburg says.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Almo Professional A/V Launches “AV Snacks”

Almo Professional A/V Launches “AV Snacks”
Mini Webinar Series on November 9

Lively, Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; Tie Back to Monthly Market Theme; Hosted by Almo and Led by Different Vendor Partners

Philadelphia, PA — November 6, 2012 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today announced it will host “AV Snacks,” a new, interactive mini-webinar series created to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals. The 15-minute snack-style webinars, which will be led by Almo Pro A/V vendor partners, are designed to give attendees a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging. AV Snacks will take place every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.T. starting Nov. 9.

“Our reseller partners are incredibly busy but are still always looking for new ways to learn,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “AV Snacks will be upbeat and informative — currently no other distributor offers anything like it. The chosen topics are relevant to an AV reseller’s career growth, but are presented in a way that is quick and easy to follow.” Craigmyle added that each mini-webinar will include a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn prizes and that all of the AV Snacks sessions will be recorded and archived for access after they run.

The following market theme and AV Snacks leaders are in place for the next month:

November 2012: Bar & Restaurant

11/9 Atlas Sound: “Pump Up the Volume!” and “Paging Party of Three!”
How to achieve awesome audio systems that meet everyone’s objectives for bars & restaurants
Prize: Almo drawstring backpack
Register

11/16 NEC: “Ads and Ambiance: Two Uses for Displays in the Bar/Restaurant Setting”
Learn how to increase revenue through advertising while still creating ambiance with the displays
Prize: Starbucks gift card
Register

11/23 Happy Thanksgiving – Enjoy Your Leftovers

11/30 ZeeVee: “Why is Digital Modulation Red Hot?”
Discover how digital modulation is the easiest, most cost-effective way to upgrade from analog to digital channels
Prize: A “Coax is Sexy” t-shirt
Register

AV Snacks is the latest program in Almo Professional A/V’s extensive line up of industry education and training resources for its partners. Other ongoing programs include full-length webinars, streaming Tech Tips and the company’s popular traveling E4 AV Tour, which is a free one-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Snell at CCW 2012:

Snell will showcase a wide range of new and existing products at this year’s CCW. Many of these systems operate at 3Gbps, a capability that Snell has recently announced as standard with no price premium.

CONVERSION
KudosPro MC500 — Low-Cost Signal-Processing Platform
CCW will see the international debut of KudosPro MC500, the newest addition to the KudosPro family of cost-effective, broadcast-quality format and standards conversion systems. The KudosPro range is available at an exceptionally low price point — making it ideal for the many broadcasters, news agencies, and content providers that must consider cost and space issues while also ensuring high-quality delivery of large numbers of channels to domestic and international audiences. With the MC500, Snell places the superior picture quality of motion compensation within reach of even the tightest budgets. Like the other KudosPro converters, the MC500 provides up-, down-, and crossconversion for all broadcast standards including SD, HD, and 3Gbps (1080p), and includes a range of tools for picture enhancement, audio gain/delay/shuffle, closed caption and timecode passing, AFDs, and much more.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/mc500.zip
Photo Caption: KudosPro MC500

CHANNEL-IN-A-BOX
ICE Channel-in-a-Box v3.0 — We Thought About the Channel, Not Just the Box
ICE is an integrated, IT-based playout solution that delivers robust, scalable, and affordable operation for real-world broadcast playout environments, and it is the only channel-in-a-box solution that truly scales from one to 100+ channels. New features to ICE further extend Snell’s channel-in-a-box cost benefits. With a focus on incorporating more of the channel into the box, Snell’s ICE now includes powerful, integrated 3D and 2D graphics, CG functionality with timeline-editing control, and the ability to populate fields from Morpheus automation or external data sources to schedule events.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/ICEnewGUI.zip
Photo Caption: ICE Channel-in-a-Box v3.0

AUTOMATION
New Morpheus User Interfaces — World-Leading Automation That Decreases Cost and Stimulates Revenue
Understanding the need for clear and simple graphical representation of multiple channels of playout, Snell has introduced new user interfaces that make Morpheus playout automation even easier to use and allow a single operator to monitor the highest number of channels. Morpheus v3.0 boasts full support for virtual machines, which facilitates lower space and power requirements while improving system resilience.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/dark-normalplaylist.zip
Photo Caption: Morpheus v3.0

ROUTING
Vega Router — For Flexible Port, Fiber, and Coax Configuration
Snell’s award-winning Vega is a new routing platform that allows users to configure any signal port independently for fiber or coax (copper), easing a mixed connectivity environment and helping broadcasters to migrate simply and cost-effectively. Available in 2RU with 96 ports or 4RU with 192 ports, its unique design also enables any port to be configured as either an input or output, providing the industry’s most flexible asymmetric routing solution. Vega uses proprietary algorithms to monitor every subassembly continuously and offers a full range of options for maximum redundancy: dual crosspoints, dual controllers, dual power supplies, and dual fans — all “hot” pluggable or replaceable.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/vegaimage.zip
Photo Caption: Vega Routing Platform

Sirius 830 Router With Advanced Hybrid Processing — Taking Audio Routing/Processing to a New Level
Snell will showcase the new advanced hybrid processing (AHP) technology built into the company’s Sirius 800 series of large-scale, multi-format, expandable hybrid routers. The 15-RU Sirius 830 features high-performance modules for flexible routing of SD, HD, ASI, and 3Gbps signals. New embedded audio and AES/MADI processing modules with AHP facilitate embedded audio routing, audio track swapping, and processing on all inputs and outputs. These modules allow users to route any combination of embedded, discrete, and MADI sources and destinations. AHP provides the most powerful and flexible processing available, offering huge space and cost savings when compared with traditional hybrid routing.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/siriusrange.zip
Photo Caption: Sirius 830 Router

PRODUCTION SWITCHING
Kahuna 360 — The World’s First Native 1080p/3G Switcher
Kahuna 360 supports any format in and any format out, on any input or output including 1080p (single link), as standard for a smooth and cost-effective migration from HD to 1080p. The switcher’s unique Make M/E(TM) technology delivers unmatched flexibility when sharing resources with multiple consoles. And now, Snell has made the functionality of the full-size Kahuna 360 available in a new, lower-cost Kahuna 360 Compact — including seven keyers per M/E, resource sharing with Make M/E technology, and FormatFusion3, which supports any format in and any format out.

The Kahuna range also includes Kahuna Flare, the first mid-level switcher to offer standard single-link 1080p support alongside SD and HD formats — making it ideal for over-the-air broadcasts, IP, or Internet delivery platforms, and even large progressive screen presentations.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/kahuna360.zip
Photo Caption: Kahuna 360 Switcher

MODULAR INFRASTRUCTURE
IQ — Extensive Modular Range With New Low-Cost 3G Modules
Snell will show a new range of IQ modules that provide translation between common 1080p50/60 standards and allow these high-bandwidth signals to be transported efficiently over existing SDI infrastructure. New modules include a 3Gbps format translator that provides signal translation between SMPTE 372M dual-link and SMPTE 425M single-link sources, allowing signal integration into a single-system standard. For sending 3Gbps signals over the same distances as HD-SDI, Snell has developed a series of modules that can compress the 3Gbps signals and send them over standard HD-SDI copper infrastructure.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/IQReflection.zip
Photo Caption: IQ Modular Infrastructure

Company Overview:

Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions to create, manage, and streamline the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere, Broadcast Infrastructure, and Live Production applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to HDTV, stereoscopic 3D, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Company Quote:

“Broadcasters have a growing need for affordable solutions that don’t compromise on reliability. At this year’s CCW, we’ll show our latest innovations for production and playout. These new products are scalable to fit any budget while delivering the same quality broadcasters expect from Snell,” said Jonathan Goldstein, President of the Americas for Snell.

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Wowza Maintains Industry Leadership With Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Award Wins for Fifth Straight Year

Wowza Takes Home 2012 Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Server Software and Best Transcoding Solution

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Nov. 5, 2012 — Wowza Media Systems LLC, the “Any Screen Done Right(R)” media server software company, today announced that the company has won two 2012 Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards from Streaming Media Europe magazine. For the fifth straight year, European readers have chosen Wowza Media Server(R) as the Best Server Software and for the first time, Wowza’s new Transcoder AddOn was recognized as the Best Transcoding Solution of 2012. Wowza was also recently ranked as one of the Top 100 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video by Streaming Media magazine. more

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