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Chyron Products at the 2013 NAB Show

2013 NAB Show Product Preview
Chyron
Booth SL1010

Chyron HQ
5 Hub Drive
Melville, NY 11747 USA
www.chyron.com

Company Overview:
Chyron (NASDAQ: CHYR) is a leading provider of Graphics as a Service for on-air and digital video applications including newsrooms, studios, sports broadcasting facilities, and corporate video environments. An Emmy(R) Award-winning company whose products have defined the world of digital and broadcast graphics, Chyron’s graphics solutions include the Axis World Graphics online content creation software and order management system, on-air graphics systems, clip servers, channel branding, and graphics asset management solutions, all of which may be incorporated into the company’s BlueNet(TM) end-to-end graphics workflow. More information about Chyron products and services is available on the company websites: www.chyron.com and www.axisgraphics.tv. The company’s investor relations information is at www.chyron.com via the “Investors” link. more

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Platinum Tools® Launches New Test Kit for VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 with Length

Now Shipping, the New T129K1 Test Kit for the Recently Updated VDV MapMaster 2.0 Includes the Tester as well as all the accessories required for Voice, Data, and Video Testing & Mapping in a Rugged Double-Walled, Blow Molded Case

Vdv Mapmaster 2.0 Kit

VDV Mapmaster 2.0 Kit p/n T129K1

CAMARILLO, Calif., Dec. 21, 2012 – Platinum ToolsÒ (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the new complete test kit for the recently updated VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 voice, data, and video tester is now shipping. With an MSRP of an affordable $199.95, the T129K1 Test Kit includes the VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 as well as all the accessories required for voice, data, and video testing and mapping in a rugged double-walled, blow molded case.

 “The CEPro 2012 Best Award winner, VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 has become popular with technicians in a very short period of time, and now we’re able to provide them with additional accessories and a durable carrying case, protecting the equipment when out on a call,” explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Made in the USA, the kit includes everything needed in a custom cut out, high density EVA foam to help protect the equipment for years to come.”

The T129K1 Test Kit includes:

  • VDV MapMaster 2.0
  • Case & Insert Foam
  • RJ45 #’s 1-12 Remote Set
  • Coax F #’s 1-8 Remote Set
  • RJ45 Port Saver
  • RJ45 to Alligator Clips Cable
  • NO-Fault Cable
  • F Female to F Female Adapters (set of three)
  • BNC Female to F Female Adapter
  • BNC Female to F Male Adapter
  • 9V Battery
  • Instruction Manual

Best of 2012 winner

The VDV MapMaster 2.0 now combines cable length measurement with continuity testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit. Made in the USA, the VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time. Whether the job is commercial or residential, the versatility and added features of the VDV MapMaster 2.0 makes it an installer’s best friend.

Length Mode is used to measure the length of entire cables and its pin pairs and allows for viewing and adjusting the length constant value for video, data, and voice cables. The VDV MapMaster tests Cat-6, Cat5e, Cat-5, Cat-4, Cat-3, and coax cables, as well as shielded cables. Video and data cables can be connected to their respective remotes at the same time to improve testing efficiency. Patch cables may be tested without removing the master remote from storage.

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Clear-Com’s HME DX210 Hits the Road with the John Lennon Tour Bus

Wireless Intercom Enhances Crew and Student Production Experience

ALAMEDA, CA, JANUARY 17, 2013 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is sponsoring the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus by supplying the crew with Clear-Com intercoms for its productions and workshops. Clear-Com’s HME DX210 Digital Wireless Intercom enables clear communication and quick collaboration between the staff on diverse productions while on the road. The system is also easy to operate, allowing even students to master the system and gain familiarity with real‐life productions.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit, state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video production facility that travels across the U.S. and Canada, offering songwriting and multimedia production workshops to young people. At each destination, the production setup of the bus changes to accommodate the varying needs, levels of skill and interests of the school and community.

Whether it’s handling communications for an intimate acoustic performance, an onboard video production or a large-scale event where the crew members are separated by considerable distances, the HME DX210 allows the staff to work cohesively and speak to one another as if they were next to each other. It delivers exceptional audio clarity regardless of ambient noise levels and also provides the staff with wireless mobility so that they can freely move throughout the different production spaces to carry out their responsibilities. The audio clarity, full-duplex capability, and wireless flexibility of the HME DX210 have streamlined production workflow for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

“Lennon Bus productions and livestreams are fast-paced. We can get only one shot or take, so it is critical that we can speak to each other quietly, yet still be heard and understood on the other end,” says Ryan L’Esperance, Producer and Engineer for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “The audio quality of the DX210 is phenomenal. We’re able to hear each other clearly on the system in any environment, whether in the most intimate of settings or in a loud place.”

The DX210 base station is installed in the front studio of the bus. The director, video switcher, and possibly the camera operator (if the broadcast is taking place onboard) are all located in this same space, while the audio technician is situated in the middle studio of the bus. For external live broadcasts, the DX210 base station is placed at the front-of-house position. Regardless of setup, the majority of the crew members utilize the BP210 beltpacks in conjunction with the video switcher on the Clear-Com WH210 all-in-one wireless headset. The DX210’s external audio input permits crew members to take the program output of their broadcast and feed it into the intercom so that they can hear the program as well as their cues.

In addition to recording musical performances, the bus’ onboard engineers teach students how to write, perform, record and produce original songs. Students also learn to produce and shoot music videos and documentaries as well as complete a broadcast-quality music video. In addition, they are trained to operate and manage the production equipment, including using the DX210 intercom to communicate with one another, the professional assistant, and producers instructing them.

“Education is a key factor in what we do, and being able to use the intercom to communicate with multiple students at the same time is what makes this whole thing such a success,” L’Esperance continues. “What is really great is including students in the whole process, from setting up the Clear-Com system to maintaining it, such as making sure batteries are charged. Since the DX210 is quite easy to operate, we can simply show the students how it works it and they’re able to quickly dive right in and learn to use it. Clear-Com really has improved communication for our staff and has been an excellent tool for our students to use.”

“Clear-Com is committed to giving back to our community and educating the next generation on live production,” says Judy Cheng, Marketing Director, Clear-Com. “We’re proud to sponsor the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and to partner with its staff to inspire, train and positively impact students throughout the United States.”

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The bus provides hands-on audio and HD video production experience for students of all ages. Currently in its 16th year of touring, the vehicle’s studios boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The bus conducts free tours and workshops at schools, retailers and festivals, and also tours with headlining artists. It also visits major industry conferences.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 16th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences.

The Lennon Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Avid, Apple, Montblanc, Sony, True Religion, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, NAMM, NewTek, TodoCast, Mobile Roadie, Audio-Technica, Roland, Boss, JamHub, SSL, Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Mackie, Ampeg, Digital Media Academy, Genelec, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, New Bay Media, Copperpeace, Apogee, Glyph, Applied Acoustics Systems, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Slingerland Drums, and Mad Mimi.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

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DPA Microphones Strike a Chord with Point Loma Nazarene

Media Services Department Relies on d:vote™4099 Instrument Mics for Performances at Chapel Services, Conferences, Student Orientation and Music Dept Events

PASADENA, CA, JANUARY 16, 2012 – When it comes to making its piano and string instruments shine, the Media Services department at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) counts on DPA Microphones. The department recently upgraded its aging instrument mics to a stereo pair of DPA d:vote™ 4099P Instrument Mics for piano, taking its musical performances to the next level.

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Fisher Communications Deploys Monitor IQ from Digital Nirvana for Loudness and Compliance Monitoring

Stations Monitor Compliance Issues Independently, but Group Management can also Perform Remote Checks

Newark, CA – Fisher Communications, Inc. [NASDAQ:FSCI], a Seattle-based broadcast communications and media company, announced that Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ Essentials 3.0 is the station group’s chosen platform for regulatory compliance and loudness monitoring.

Monitor IQ provides Web-based, HD/SD channel monitoring, logging, compliance, and diagnostics/QC, as well as archiving of content recordings for up to 90 days. Monitor IQ Essentials is one of four versions designed to tailor Monitor IQ to the varying requirements of broadcasters.

“So far, we’ve installed Monitor IQ at three of our stations, including KOMO-TV4 in Seattle and KATU in Portland, OR in 2011, and KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, CA this year. Our plan is to eventually deploy it across the entire station group,” said Lee Wood, regional director of engineering for Fisher Communications, in Seattle, WA, which operates 13 full power and seven low power television stations across the U.S.

To verify regulatory compliance or diagnose technical issues on the recorded air-checks, Monitor IQ lets station engineers and operators watch HD video and listen to individual audio channels to check the quality their viewers experienced during the live broadcast.

They can also double-check the presence of vital metadata, such as closed captions, the Nielsen NAVE II Watermark, and picture identifier data (PID) embedded in the transport stream, as well as loudness levels now regulated by the U.S. CALM Act.

“All of our stations will use Monitor IQ primarily for regulatory compliance and loudness monitoring of our off-air HD and SD DTV channels,” Wood added. “Also, should a question ever arise as to whether a commercial spot ran as scheduled, Monitor IQ lets us to create a Windows Media video clip of the ad in the context of the programming to prove it ran as planned. Having this capability protects and preserves strong customer relations, revenues, and our credibility.”

While each Fisher station will manage and maintain its own compliance air-checks independently, station group management can check anything in any of their stations’ Monitor IQ databases remotely.

With its Web-based access and intuitive search tools, Monitor IQ ensures that any desired video segment will be readily accessible, easy to find, and viewable from any browser. Searching is based upon keywords, titles, subtitles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption text and imported logs, with filtering by time, date and channel. Recordings can be easily edited, clipped, stored and sent via email or FTP.

“With mandates related to loudness levels, closed captioning, and other regulations, broadcasters need capable, scalable solutions designed to monitor their off-air signals for compliance,” said Ned Chini, vice president of sales and marketing for Digital Nirvana. “Monitor IQ also serves as a quality control solution that automatically logs technical issues, such as dropped audio or missing closed captions, and provides links to the video for easier access and review. We’re extremely pleased that Fisher Communications has entrusted their regulatory compliance and loudness monitoring to Monitor IQ.”

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The industry-leading Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

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Advanced Opens New State-Of-The-Art Toronto Office To Demonstrate SMART Technologies’ Business Solutions

In a move to support its rapidly growing corporate AV business, Advanced, Canada’s leading and fastest growing AV and IT systems integration company, today announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art Toronto office to demonstrate the latest SMART Technologies’ business solutions for current and prospective customers. The new office is located in the heart of Toronto, in the heavily trafficked Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square, at 1 Dundas Street West, Suite 2500. The phone number of the new office is (800)-436-6239.

“Our new Toronto office marks an exciting new chapter for Advanced, as business continues to grow at an incredible rate,” said Mark Mulford, President & CEO of Advanced. “The office combines state-of-the-art technology with a personal approach to instruction that creates a positive and productive learning environment for our customers. We are now able to demonstrate all of the new SMART solutions while enhancing our overall service offering for corporate and higher education clients throughout Toronto.”

The new office, which is staffed by Advanced’s sales and engineering teams, features a SMART Board SB885ix interactive whiteboard, SMART 8070i interactive display, and NEC 42” displays with HD video conferencing solutions from Polycom. The office also features a common area and a boardroom that looks over the Toronto skyline.

“With this new office we are able to better serve the needs of the downtown market and use our new demo area to hold meetings and demonstrate a variety of products,” added Mulford.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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Bauder Audio Provides Support for Record-Breaking Camp Out for Hunger Benefit

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Bauder Audio Systems, Inc. (Philadelphia) and Indre Recording and Production (Havertown, PA) provided support, once again, for WMMR Radio’s Preston & Steve Show 2012 Camp Out for Hunger benefit. A complex, around-the-clock, five-day, live remote broadcast involving VIP guests, bands, outdoor stunts, and two dozen tractor trailers gathering food from thousands of generous people, The benefit collected a record-breaking 627,678 pounds of food and over $100K in monetary donations. Featured guests hailed from the worlds of sports, music, TV, and politics.

The event takes place in a large tent installed in the parking lot of the Metroplex Shopping Center in Plymouth Meeting. Bauder provided a new Yamaha CL5 digital console for use at FOH and for bands monitor mixes along with a Yamaha M7CL digital console with a Dugan-MY16 card for broadcast. The tent PA consisted of all NEXO loudspeakers powered by NXAMP 4×4’s and 4×1’s. PS15 R2s and RS18s were used for the main PA while PS10 R2s and PS8s were used for fold back and fills. The live bands were mixed down by Indre Recording’s broadcast truck outfitted with a Yamaha DM2000 and fed back to the M7CL.

“Whenever I’m working on a NEXO PA, I tend to simply pop the presets and go, as opposed to executing the normal laborious tuning process that other “out of the box” systems require,” states Chris “Sully” Sullivan, FOH Engineer. “It’s refreshing, and certainly saves money on labor calls.” Sully also used the new Yamaha CL5 digital console and said, “Even with no formal training on the CL5, within minutes I found my hands intuitively finding all of the knobs my brain was asking for….”

12 channels of stereo play back can be used for any given live band performance, helicopter landing, or other stunt taking place during a remote Preston and Steve Show. The core of the broadcast consists of five people talking about any number of topics on the radio. “In addition to the five primary mics, I can have anywhere from two hardwired guest mics to 10 wireless mics up and all running at one time,” states Rodney Byrd, Assistant Chief Engineer, Greater Philadelphia Radio Group. “With the introduction of the Dugan card for the Yamaha M7CL console, it has changed the dynamics of how I mix the show so much that it is now on my equipment rider. The sound quality that we experienced during the week of Camp Out for Hunger sounded like we were back in our own studio. I was able to walk out front and hear the PA without having to worry about whether all of the mics were up. It is like having an A1 that you don’t have to talk to; and it just works right out of the box.”

Indre Recording and Production of Philadelphia recently installed a Yamaha DM2000 digital console in their flagship remote truck. The remote recording package now offers 96 channels of audio from the stage via fiber optic snakes and MADI integration. “The DM2000 is doing double duty, serving as the main mixing console as well as a full Pro Tools control surface for the truck’s HDIII recorder,” states Michael Comstock, Owner and Head Engineer, Indre Recording.

For more information on Indre Recording and Production, visit www.indre.com.

For more information on the Camp Out for Hunger Benefit, visit
http://www.wmmr.com/events/campout-for-hunger/.

For more information on Bauder Audio Systems, visit www.bauderaudio.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO #1 ID: L to R: “Sully”, Michael Comstock, Radio Hosts Steve and Preston, Rodney Byrd at the Yamaha M7CL-48 Digital Audio Console

PHOTO #2 ID: Indre Recording Remote Broadcast Truck that houses a Yamaha DM2000.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Fox Spots Studio in Century City Adds Two Vista Systems’ Spyders to Feed Content to Seven Monitor Walls

A pair of Vista Systems’ Spyders are at the core of a Fox Sports Media Group studio in Century City, California where the NFL on Fox, UFC on Fox, College Football Saturday, and soccer coverage are produced.

Two Spyder X20-1608 systems, with 16 channels in and 8 channels out, run in parallel over 200 thin-bezel Sharp and NEC LCD displays plus three rotated 103-inch plasma screens. The Spyders feed seven different monitor walls and are used to route images to the appropriate wall. They’re in a matrix configuration, with the largest a 12×5 matrix.

Fox is using the key framing feature of the Spyders and is prebuilding sequences to display. The network needs to easily create different presets and scaling and the Spyders facilitate changing presets in the middle of a live show, which no other product can do. They satisfy Fox’s graphic and operational needs.”

Fox Sports Media Group had looked at various products before opting for the Spyders. They liked that they are 8-channel boxes and have a total of 16 channels each going. They also liked their ease of operation and flexibility.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. Vista Systems is a part of Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, to create a comprehensive source for image processing and projection solutions. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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