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KanexPro Releases HDBaseT Scaler for Presentation Systems

Introducing the next-generation in ultimate presentation scaling and switching, KanexPro announced today the HDSC12D scaler to its pro-line of high-resolution scalers.
This 12-input high resolution scaler boasts a twisted pair output based on HDBaseT® technology that will compensate for long runs up to 230 feet (70m) while switching and scaling up to 12-inputs. It includes an independent receiver, which extends the HDMI output. Fully HDCP and EDID compliant, this professional scaler can be used anywhere from lecture halls, conference rooms to health care facilities and control centers.

Features:
• Switch & Scale 12-inputs to 2-high-resolution displays
• 4 HDMI + 4 VGA Inputs with 3.5mm Audio
• 1 YPbPr + 1 Composite / S-Video Input with L/R Stereo Audio
• 1 Microphone Input
• 1 HDMI +1 VGA Output with L/R Stereo Audio (For non-HDCP encrypted content)
• 1 HDMI HDBaseT CAT6 STP receiver included
• Extender supports distance up to 230ft [70m]
• Supports scaling input up to 1080p
• 2 x 10 Watt Amplifier
• IR remote control included
• RS-232 & TCP/IP control with third party control systems
• Backed by KanexPro 3 -Year Parts & Labor Warranty

For more information, please visit: http://www.kanexpro.com/item/?id=HDSC12D

Ultimate in Presentation Switching Environments

Metra Home Theater Group Appoints Jessy Crabb to General Manager, Adds New Sales Team

HOLLY HILL, Fla. – January 2, 2013 – Metra Home Theater Group, a leading provider for electronic accessories for over 65 years, has appointed Jessy Crabb to General Manager and developed a new strategic sales team.

Jessy Crabb, who has been with Metra Home Theater group for 10 years, was promoted from Director of Operations to General Manager and will now oversee and manage sales, marketing and daily functions for Metra Home Theater Group. Her new responsibilities also include supervision of activities related to trade show management, new product development and customer service.

“I am honored to accept my new position as General Manager with Metra Home Theater,” said Crabb. “This new endeavor will allow me to expand on the work we do, creating innovative products and delivering the best customer service to our clients.”

Metra Home Theater also expanded its sales team, promoting Jason Lundell to East Coast Sales Manager and Product Specialist and adding three new staff member: Kim Holloran will serve as the new Northeast Regional Sales Manager; Miranda Grantham is the new West Coast Regional Sales Manager; and Jim Drummond is the new Key Account Sales Manager.

“We are excited about the growth we are experiencing at Metra Home Theater Group,” said Eddie Robertson of Metra Home Theater Group. “Jessy has long been an asset to our company and we are looking forward to the work she and our new sales team will produce in their new positions.”

For more information on Metra Home Theater Group, visit http://www.metrahometheatergroup.com.

About Metra Electronics/Metra Home Theater Group
Metra Electronics has been the world leader and “The Installer’s Choice™” for vehicle installation kits and electronic accessories for over 60 years. Headquartered in Florida, Metra Electronics strives to create innovated, high quality products to satisfy and astonish our customers. Metra’s brands include: AxxessTM, TsunamiTM, The InstallBayTM, ShurikenTM, RaptorTM, BallisticTM, EtherealTM, and Audio SolutionsTM.. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.metraonline.com or call 800.221.0932.

Press Contact: Scott Moody, Director of Public Relations Marketing Matters Tel: 954-925-1511 Email: scott@marketingmatters.net Web: http://www.marketingmatters.net

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BBC Commissions its Largest HARMAN Studer OnAir 3000 Desk Deployment

LONDON, United Kingdom — It is a little over three years since HARMAN’s Studer announced that it had won a major contract from the BBC to deliver in the region of 85 OnAir 3000 digital audio mixing consoles to its flagship locations at MediaCityUK, in the north of England, and the second phase of the rebuilding of the London HQ to create the new W1 Centre.

The latter is now home for all the BBC’s national radio networks, as well as a focus for the BBC’s national and international news operations, bringing the World Service and the domestic news service together in one venue for the first time.

The transformation of the London HQ includes the creation of 140 acoustic spaces for Radio & Music, News and World Service in the new 10-storey-high West One Phase 2. Three years on, and all facilities have been equipped with different Studer OnAir 3000 frames—with control surfaces ranging from 6-fader for simple self-operated broadcasts up to the largest 36-fader General Purpose studios—with many customised for specific needs.

The OnAir3000s—all modulo types, mounted into desks and using standard faders—have been supplied with a mix of SCore and SCore Live racks.

Nearly 30 of the OnAir 3000s have been installed at the new MediaCityUK broadcast centre in Manchester, for the Corporation’s domestic radio services, such as BBC 5 Live, where the first 40-fader desks were installed.

The new West One Phase 2 facility, which is home to over 5,000 personnel, offers splendid views over the London skyline, and equally impressive views of the vast open plan double-atrium newsroom, home to 450 staff alone, from the ground floor gallery.

In London, the OnAir 3000s have mainly been deployed in GP and self-op studios. A typical layout for a GP studio control room would include the OnAir 3000, VCS dira playout system, BNCS (Broadcast Network Control System) and Delec talkback, with outside sources locally integrated by the Studer console. Since the OnAir 3000 sits downstream from the Delec this can also provide back-up talkback in the event of failure. The facility also contains a Broadcast Bionics PhoneBox system for handling on-air telephone calls and IDS (Intelligent Display System) for displaying clocks and signal lights and controlling TVs and video monitors.

Many consoles are supplemented with RTW TM7 TFT meters configured with software to show electronically the standard BBC PPM ‘moving needle’ ballistics.

Adjacent to a number of studios are ten journalists’ kiosks known as Voice Points, using OnAir 3000 modules linked to the main studio control desk. Each is equipped with a Studer Editor Module — an extended three-fader module including a subset of monitoring and talkback functionality and buttons for the assignment. Each one has access to a Codec, ISDN, VCS dira! machine, etc.

John Sullivan was the BBC’s lead project manager on both Salford and New Broadcasting House. He explained that the original vision of the project team was to make everything identical, for ease of implementation and consistent workflow, but it was understood that there would need to be variation across different areas and operating divisions. Having an OnAir 3000 desk in every facility, albeit configured differently, does allow a studio manager or less technical operator to have familiarity wherever they are and make the desk work in seconds.

The audio integration of a total of 80 studios at West One Phase 2 and BBC North was carried out by IPE who bid successfully for the contract under an EU competitive tender process.

As for any large scale BBC project, the in-house team and user divisions wrote a stringent specification against which suppliers were to tender. For example, the number of clean feeds supported and extent of configurability were key, both of which were very BBC specific given the range of studios and workflows the consoles were required to support. There were other requirements, particular to the BBC, that had to be accommodated either ‘out of the box’ or by changes to the console software.

Other criteria included the requisite number of channels, the amount of processing power available, scalability and whether the same desk type could be used in different locations. Price was, of course, a consideration as the BBC must be able to demonstrate the best value for money for the licence payers.

Finally, in the self-op studios (such as World Service, where AKG C414 microphones are also deployed) the console needed to permit over-control from an adjacent studio, which the OnAir 3000 desks were able to simply achieve with MADI links between two DSP cores.

The project team learned a lot during the initial deployment in Salford. The teams knew that if they could make Radio Five Live’s big GP studios work, within the short time frame available, then the studios would be able to meet all the requirements for the West 1 workflows. In fact, the two 40-fader OnAir 3000 desks utilised in Salford are the largest available OnAir 3000 format.

With the BBC’s specialist project manager, Andy Laughton, providing the liaison between Studer and IPE, factory testing was carried out on site, along with acceptance testing and operational proving, in time for the MediaCityUK studios to go live in September 2011, while down in London World Service went live in January 2012.

Since then there have been other high profile transitions, most notably the major migration of the popular Radio 1, from Yalding House to the 8th floor at Broadcasting House. Here guest DJs are equipped with a full CDJ rig and turntables, while a Soundcraft Ghost has been provided for mixing visiting bands performing in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.

All Studer consoles were configured on site and issues concerning workflow resolved during the BBC’s operational proving phase.

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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Sound Devices Unveils New 4:4:4 Feature for PIX 240 and 240i

Video Recorders Can Now Record 12-Bit, 4:4:4 Content to Apple ProRes 4444

REEDBSBURG, WI, JANUARY 2, 2013 — Sound Devices, announces its latest major upgrade to the PIX 240 and PIX 240i Production Video Recorders. This new update, available for all PIX customers free of charge, offers Apple ProRes 4444 recording from video sources over 3G-SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr). Recording 4:4:4 offers productions superior color precision for applications in chroma-keying, color-grading and multi-generational editing.

PIX 240 and 240i users now have the ability to record into Apple ProRes 4444, which offers impressive quality with 4:4:4 sources and workflows involving alpha channel transparency. With its 12-bit, 4:4:4 capability, the PIX 240 and 240i can record 330-Mbps Apple ProRes 4444 files that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material. Popular cameras with 4:4:4 capable outputs include the ARRI ALEXA, Canon C500 and Sony F3.

“Sound Devices is pleased to announce this latest firmware update, which brings Apple ProRes 4444 recording over 3G-SDI to the PIX 240 and 240i,” says Paul Isaacs, Technical Development Manager, Sound Devices. “The additional color accuracy available in a 4:4:4 environment reinforces that the PIX recorder is a master-grade production recorder suitable for the most demanding production applications.”

Additional features available in this latest v3.0 firmware update include time-code and recording status displays on the SDI and HDMI outputs, up to 500 ms of audio delay to compensate for multi-device picture delay, and selectable 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 video output independent from the source material.

Users can connect PIX 240 and 240i to cameras with HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, or HDMI and record directly to QuickTime using a range of different Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, including Apple ProRes 4444. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making for simpler, faster workflows.

The PIX 240i’s high-performance five-inch, IPS-based LCD display is an accurate field monitor, providing users with immediate confirmation of framing, exposure, focus, audio metering, and setup menu selections. It offers excellent color accuracy and contrast, great off-axis visibility, and accurate motion tracking.

The built-in hardware scaler and frame rate converter allows PIX to output and record material at different resolutions and frame rates than supported by the camera. Conversion between HD and SD, with and without anamorphic conversion, is available.

The audio circuitry of the PIX recorders is based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu EIN), high-headroom, high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters and phantom power.

The HDMI-only PIX 220 and PIX 220i video recorders also gain new features available in the new version 3.0 update, including Apple ProRes 4444 recording, time-code and recording status displays on HDMI outputs, and up to 500 ms of audio delay to compensate for multi-device picture delay.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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