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City of Bellingham Expands Local Event Coverage with New Portable Production System from ABS

SEATAC, WA — Bellingham TV Channel 10 (BTV10), the government and education channel for the city of Bellingham, Wash., produces multi-camera coverage of meetings from City Hall and single-camera event coverage throughout Whatcom County. However, a new portable production system from professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) is helping the channel produce multi-camera HD productions throughout its community.

Before the city purchased its remote production system from ABS, very few meetings or events were covered beyond City Hall. A multi-camera remote production required a cost-prohibitive crew of six, including three camera operators. Then, footage from each camera (recorded separately) had to be placed in a multi-cam editing environment and assembled with graphics, which often added another day in post before the program was completed.

In contrast, BTV10 covered an event last month on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with four cameras and a two-man crew – and the program was ready later that evening after minor trimming at the beginning and end. Featured on Comcast Cable throughout Whatcom County, BTV10 has covered almost a dozen meetings and other events with its portable system since last September.

When he met with ABS at an industry event last summer, station coordinator Dal Neitzel was impressed that the company could build a low-cost, portable multi-camera production solution tailored for a crew of one or two people. “We were looking for a way to cover meetings, indoor events, and presentations in other locations that were of interest to our community,” he said. “ABS had answers. They had solutions.”

The remote production system is built around three Panasonic AW-HE120K HD PTZ cameras with Libec LS-22 tripods, Panasonic AW-RP50 remote camera controller, and Panasonic AG-HMX100 digital AV mixer with built-in multi-viewer and audio mixer. Each camera is connected by a custom-built 60-foot SDI multi-conductor camera cable with power, LAN, and serial control.

“I was skeptical at first,” Neitzel admitted, “but once I saw the cameras in action, they were definitely a step up from what we had. The images just look wonderful.”

A Matrox Convert DVI Plus scan converter allows BTV10 to feed presentations from a computer or projector directly into the Panasonic switcher, rather than use a camera to shoot an on-site projector screen or monitor. Lower-third graphics are produced on a laptop using Adobe Photoshop. Productions are recorded to an AJA Ki Pro Mini, while a Viewcast Niagara streaming media system allows live HD streaming to the Internet. The equipment is transported in four wheeled SKB waterproof cases, and the system can be setup quickly on a small utility table.

“It’s fair to say our solution is unconventional – PTZ cameras aren’t typically mounted to tripods – but it was the solution that worked within BTV10’s budget and crew limitations,” explained Arco Groenenberg, ABS vice president of sales and marketing. “The remote system is easy to transport, requires minimal setup, and delivers a quality HD production.”

“There’s still a lot of equipment involved in what we do. Technology moves so fast, it’s just really hard to keep up with it,” Neitzel added. “I have to depend on folks like ABS to help. They have the engineering skills and the production background. They’re my engineers, my advisors, and my consultants. We are very happy with the service and the products that ABS has provided.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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SMPTE Products at the 2013 NAB Show:

New SMPTE Digital Library
Throughout the 2013 NAB Show, SMPTE will showcase the newly launched SMPTE digital library, which enables users to search and access content including the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal (1916 to the present), the society’s conference proceedings, and the full suite of SMPTE standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. Available on the HighWire online platform at library.smpte.org, the SMPTE digital library provides onestop access to SMPTE resources, informing professionals about the latest technology and industry research as they happen. Integrated search functionality allows users to expand their search across the entire SMPTE content set, and results reveal the number of hits and the source of the information. The repository is accessible to SMPTE members and nonmember subscribers around the world, including academic and corporate libraries, and members of the media. In-depth demonstrations may be arranged in advance.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/DigitalLibrary.zip
Photo Caption: SMPTE Digital Library

SMPTE CamBook(R) 3
SMPTE’s CamBook(R) 3 is a precision tool designed to help users optimize image quality with ease and speed. With this convenient tool, engineers can align and set up cameras to REC 709, compare/match camera makes and models, and test lenses for colorimetry and resolution. In production, the CamBook 3 helps users select the best camera for the job and serves as a useful reference both on set and in post for color correction of images. The SMPTE-branded book is essentially three charts bound into one product. It features a number of popular DSC test elements, including the CamAlign(TM) colorbar/grayscale with “SpectroGray” patented spectrophotometrically neutral grayscale, a 12-chip colorbar with four standard skin tones, resolution trumpets, and both 16:9 and 4:3 framing lines. Additional DSC test elements include three “matte” reference chips (18 percent gray, DSC Warm, and 90 percent CamWhite), as well as a DSC BackFocus Pattern, all of which were previously unavailable in any CamBook.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/CamBook3.zip
Photo Caption: SMPTE CamBook(R) 3

SMPTE OneShot(TM) Pocket Chart
Offered in a SMPTE-branded protective case, the DSC Labs OneShot(TM) pocket chart provides all of the color and luminance information necessary to match and reproduce color in dailies footage. When the chart is captured on camera, it serves as a reference that allows colors to be adjusted quickly and accurately to match the look predetermined by the director of photography. Printed with a matte surface that reduces glare, the OneShot chart can be incorporated into a shot with minimal reconfiguration of cameras and lighting. As a result, this pocket tool gives users a fast means of maintaining the right look and feel for motion images, even in high pressure, time-sensitive shooting environments. As the name suggests, the overall size of 6.25 inches by 3.75 inches can actually fit in your pocket. A lanyard is also included for convenience.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/OneShotPocketChart.zip
Photo Caption: SMPTE One Shot(TM) Pocket Chart

Resources:
Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/SMPTEDigitalLibrarySellSheet.zip
Caption: SMPTE Digital Library

Company Quote:
“At the 2013 NAB Show we will highlight an array of convenient tools and resources for motion-imaging professionals. We’re particularly excited to showcase the powerful search capabilities within the rich SMPTE digital library, which offers unprecedented access to valuable SMPTE material for today’s media ecosystems as well as ancillary industries such as military, security, and healthcare.” — Barbara H. Lange, executive director of SMPTE

Company Overview:

The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 600 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. SMPTE members include motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at https://www.smpte.org/join.

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NETIA Products at the 2013 NAB Show:

NEW RELEASE: Radio-Assist(TM) 8.2 Automation Solution
NETIA is unveiling version 8.2 of the company’s Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio software suite at the 2013 NAB Show. This latest release of NETIA’s flagship software boasts three powerful enhancements, all of which will be showcased throughout the show.

Cloud Management
The introduction of cloud-based management for Radio-Assist(TM) gives users the ability to access the system database from any network-connected workstation. Particularly valuable for multisite radio broadcasters, this capability enables authorized users everywhere to access, retrieve, and work on the same content, without the need for time-consuming media transfers. In addition to enabling faster, more productive operations through shared media access, cloud-based management enables broadcasters to reduce reliance on server infrastructure and, in turn, lower the total cost of ownership.

By storing content in the cloud, Radio-Assist can serve as an online production database or as online content archive. Radio-Assist archiving tools enable seamless management of the archive/restoration process in the cloud. Users can simply trigger the archiving process as a background task and subsequently use simple search requests to retrieve content. In disaster recovery situations, the content stored in the cloud by Radio-Assist can help to ensure continuity of service even when ground-based facilities are compromised.

iSnippet Audio Editing Tool for iPhone(R) and iPad(R)
The Snippet range of editing tools available within the Radio-Assist(TM) automation products is now available for iOS devices. Sharing the same look and ergonomic principles as the Snippet desktop interface, the new iPhone(R)- and iPad(R)-compatible iSnippet tool allows field reporters and other remote users to enjoy the Radio-Assist audio editing capabilities — familiar from the desktop — on their portable devices.

Teleprompter
The new teleprompter module for the Radio-Assist(TM) suite gives presenters and journalists convenient visual access to news scripts, which scroll continuously across the presenter’s screen, linked with the playout system in the studio. Customizable features such as text size, color selection, automatic speed control that adapts to reading speed, and read length may be configured in user profiles tailored to presenter preferences.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/Prompteur_HD.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) Teleprompter

NETIA Content Management System (CMS)
At the 2013 NAB Show, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its media asset management (MAM) platform, which allows users to manage all processes within the global production environment — from editing through post and distribution — through simple, easy-to-manage workflows and task automation, accessed through one unique and straightforward interface. With the NETIA CMS, users can connect all of their partners and vendors within a single production ecosystem, simplifying the sharing and managing of media assets.

Metamodel Editor
The latest version of the NETIA CMS includes new features within its metadata management module. Enriched with a new metamodel editor, this graphical tool enables the user to manage and customize the metadata model structure.

Monitoring
The new release of NETIA CMS includes a recording feature with which users can schedule specific recordings or continuous channel ingest. Video is stored in the MAM database along with corresponding transcript text files, generated by a speech-to-text engine. A new monitoring feature facilitates the searching and browsing of these recorded channel feeds, either according to a timeline or through a full-text search. Upon locating the appropriate content, the user can extract, repurpose, and export the relevant video segment.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/Monitoring_Mix.zip
Image Caption: NETIA CMS Monitoring

Company Overview:

NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include the Associated Press, ABC, Radio Globo in Brazil, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL and Radio France, RTBF in Belgium and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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The IABM Names Yves Dupuis Director of Market Intelligence

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — Feb. 6, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced the appointment of Yves Dupuis as the organization’s director of market intelligence. In this newly created role, Dupuis will be responsible for the new IABM Market Intelligence Division, which is a key area of development for the association

“Back in 2006, the IABM launched the Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report — a ground-breaking piece of work creating an accurate assessment of the total value of the broadcast and media technology supply market. In the years following, we have produced four more editions of this report and it remains the definitive valuation report in the market today,” said Peter White, director general of the IABM. “We are now building on the platform of this report together with the various pieces of business intelligence that we provide on a regular basis to our members, to create a portfolio of market and business intelligence that will help support the leaders in our industry in their strategic decision-making. The establishment of this new division will add focus for our investment and commitment to this objective, and we are delighted that someone as knowledgeable and talented as Yves has joined us to head up this initiative.”

Dupuis has spent the bulk of his career in the broadcast manufacturing industry, first at Leitch as an engineer in operations and later at Miranda as an analyst in planning and business development. Over the past dozen years, particularly in the latter role, Dupuis has developed an understanding of the specific, growing, and largely unmet market intelligence needs of strategy makers and product directors.

“Through tough economic times, the worldwide market for video technology continues its growth because people everywhere love video content. However, this opportunity for suppliers is anything but easy to seize, given the tremendous tumult and complexity beneath the surface of video technology markets,” said Dupuis. “Navigating these difficult waters requires detailed information on the present and past state of markets, informed opinion on the directions markets are taking, and analysis that elucidates the meaningful links between markets and their drivers. The IABM is increasingly well-positioned to meet its members’ needs in those regards.”

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About the IABM:
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication between broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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

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NEP Labs Expands to Offer Full-Time Focus on Innovative Solutions for Broadcast Customers

R&D Branch of NEP to be Led by Jeff Joslin, 17-Year Company Veteran

PITTSBURGH — Feb. 6, 2013 — NEP today announced a significant expansion of NEP Labs, the company’s research and development branch dedicated to creating innovative new technologies for mobile broadcasting professionals. Jeff Joslin, previously NEP’s vice president of engineering, has moved into a newly created position as vice president of NEP Labs and chief engineer, reporting to Chief Technology Officer George Hoover.

“Our expanded focus on NEP Labs is a direct result of NEP’s commitment to serving our clients and improving internal processes and workflows,” said NEP CEO Kevin Rabbitt. “As a long-time driver of innovation at NEP, Jeff is ideal to assume this full-time, dedicated role. We’re confident he will lead NEP Labs to develop breakthroughs in areas such as new technologies and interfaces, improved workflows, and technical processes across all NEP brands worldwide.”

Created in 2011, NEP Labs is responsible for several key innovations designed to streamline and simplify engineering tasks aboard NEP’s industry-leading fleet of mobile broadcast units. One such system, spearheaded by Joslin, is nSight — a real-time automatic system for monitoring, controlling, and troubleshooting broadcast facilities. In addition to solution development, NEP Labs is involved in scientific evaluation and grading of products in order to guide equipment purchase decisions.

With Joslin’s new role, NEP Labs is now staffed with two full-time resources and one part-time developer, with plans to expand the staff further in 2013. The organization’s focus for this year includes prioritizing projects in the pipeline and identifying those that will add the most value for the entire NEP family of companies, including the mobile units division. A center of expertise for NEP Labs is to work with manufacturers who provide highly sophisticated and yet generic broadcasting technologies, and then simplify and tailor the solutions to meet the specific requirements of live mobile television production workflows.

“For more than three decades, NEP has been dedicated to developing and applying new technologies and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving requirements,” Joslin said. “Now, with the expansion of NEP Labs, we have an even more formalized process for identifying and creating systems that make the job of live broadcasting easier and more repeatable. One of our key objectives is to offer solutions for simplifying optimizing equipment setup. The goal is to free engineers from time-consuming configuration and allow them to maximize their creative and prep time for a broadcast.”

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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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ATK Audiotek and HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays Prove Victorious at Super Bowl XLVII

NORTHRIDGE, California – Providing audio services for the Super Bowl for the 16th straight year, ATK Audiotek deployed its custom-designed, cart-based audio system for Super Bowl XLVII, held at the Superdome in New Orleans. Once again, ATK Audiotek equipped its carts with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array loudspeakers for the Halftime Show of the National Football League’s championship game. The carts were also used for the rendition of “America the Beautiful” featuring the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir and Jennifer Hudson, as well as Alicia Keys’ performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

CBS’ Super Bowl XLVII broadcast reached an average of 108.41 million viewers in the United States, while a record 164.1 million people in the U.S. watched all or part of the telecast for at least six minutes. Beyoncé starred in the Halftime Show, which included a reunion performance with Beyoncé and her former Destiny’s Child bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The Post-Game Show included the Lombardi Trophy presentation, awarded to this year’s NFL champion Baltimore Ravens.

For Super Bowl XLVII, ATK Audiotek deployed 16 of its custom-designed cart systems, which allow for easy setup between events, and quick transport of the JBL VERTEC loudspeakers on and off the field. Eight of the carts included five VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements, while the other eight carts included four VT4889’s. Each cart was also equipped with two VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers, while the four carts that split the 50-yard line for field foldback also each held two VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers.

“We have relied on VERTEC line arrays in the Super Bowl for several years running and they have not let us down thanks to their reliable performance and high output,” said Kirk Powell, Engineer in Charge for ATK Audiotek. “In one of the world’s most widely-viewed televised events of the year, we need an easily-deployed, world-class loudspeaker system and that’s what we have with VERTEC.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

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Christie Lites Adds MA onPC command wings to Its Inventory

Christie Lites has taken delivery of their first 50 MA onPC command wings from A.C.T Lighting. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

With 12 locations in the U.S. and Canada, Christie Lites supplies equipment and services to meet the needs of lighting designers and chief electricians across their extensive client base.

“We purchased the onPC command wing units to extend usage of the flexible and powerful grandMA control system to customers who need portability on location or find that it’s physically difficult to use a full grandMA2 console,” says Christie Lites CEO Huntly Christie at the company’s headquarters in Orlando. “The onPC command wing can be used anywhere and for an affordable price.”

MA’s onPC command wing is a portable solution offering realtime control for 2,048 parameters in combination with grandMA2 onPC. Designed as the perfect hardware expansion to the grandMA2 onPC software, onPC command wing enables the look and feel of the software to be as close as possible to a real grandMA2 console.

Its command section is similar to the grandMA2 layout and features 2 A/B faders, one level-wheel, individually backlit and dimmable silent (clickless) keys and an integrated universal power supply. The unit has an ergonomic design and is lightweight (tipping the scales at just 6 kg) and rock solid.

onPC command wing comes with free grandMA2 onPC software. It offers two built-in DMX ports as well as the possibility to send two additional DMX universes via Ethernet. A simple USB connection between the MA onPC command wing and the computer running the grandMA2 onPC software permits all inputs and outputs of a grandM2 console to be available to the user. DMX, MIDI, timecode and analogue remote are all on hand directly at onPC command wing.

The portability and mobility of onPC command wing also make it an ideal backup solution within the grandMA2 system; a powerful control solution on the road or in smaller theaters, shows and clubs; or a handy choice for preprogramming.

“We’re pleased to have onPC command wings in our inventory and expect the units to be a popular control solution for our customers,” Christie concludes.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Puts L-ACOUSTICS In The Pavilion

Beachsound installs KARA system in new live music showroom

COCONUT CREEK, Florida — Miami Gardens-based Beachsound & Lighting, Inc. — now an official L-ACOUSTICS Certified Provider — reports that it has installed a KARA system at Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida.

The new system went into The Pavilion, a Sprung structure that was converted into an intimate 1,200-seat performance venue during the casino’s recent $150M expansion project. more

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