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DPI adds new market managers in Central, Midwest regions

Atlanta, Georgia – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces the appointments of two new regional market managers in the U.S. Brian Blumhardt has been appointed DPI’s Central market development manager, while Tom Wilmers assumes market development manager responsibilities over the Midwest region. Both Blumhardt and Wilmers are already actively managing DPI’s sales through the company’s extensive Commercial A/V, Home more

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Vizrt brings a complete workflow for online video and graphics production to Mobile World Congress 2013

See us in Barcelona, February 25th-28th 2013. Booth 7H40 Hall 7

For the 2013 Mobile World Congress, Vizrt will demonstrate a workflow to distribute and monetize content to mobile devices, web portals and any screen. Vizrt offers the full solution for high-resolution video and imagery ingest, transcoding and publishing; we also provide tools for streaming live content from mobile devices, Skype integration for news gathering and real-time graphics insertion for custom branding of online videos.

Live mobile streaming

Vizrt’s app for streaming live video from mobile devices, Viz Reporter, has been a powerful tool for broadcasters around the world including Al Jazeera, TVN Chile, TV 2 Norway and Solar TV. The app, which is available on the iOS and Android platforms, first gained fame during the Arabic revolutions in 2010 as a tool journalists could easily conceal yet still do live HD reports from the field.

Vizrt also allows streaming from Skype directly into Vizrt on-air production systems such as Viz Trio, Viz Content Pilot and Viz Engine.

Live encoding and transcoding

Encode live video from high-resolution to any format for online and mobile devices with the Viz Media Engine. The online and mobile production workflow allows broadcasters to have high-quality video and custom graphics and logos for every device, all happening in a single step.

Automated transcoding of video content is also processed through the Viz Media Engine for Video on Demand services. Graphics and logos are added to the video content during the transcoding process ensuring a high-quality presentation for the end user.

Complete online workflow

This year at Mobile World Congress Vizrt presents a highly integrated workflow for online publishing that equally supports video along with the other web content. Journalists and publishers can produce video and other content from the same solution and use video very efficiently in the storytelling.

Monetize your video content online with a premium workflow with DRM through a cross platform implementation with the Viz Media Engine and Vizrt partner Vimond.

Vizrt will also present our new integrated offering consisting of Viz Media Engine and the Viz Engine to enhance your online video content with device adapted graphics and logo insertion, courtesy or watermark to make the content more visually attractive. All this can be achieved in a real-time workflow.

Set an appointment today to learn more about how Vizrt can build an online and mobile production workflow for all your video and graphics needs. Booth 7H40 Hall 7

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown / CFO / +47 5351 8040 / OBrown@vizrt.com

Håvard Myklebust / EVP Products & Marketing / +4791845602 / HMyklebust@vizrt.com

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Yamaha CL Premium Rack and Familiarity Key Factors For Youth Event

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Held in late January 2013 at the Pheasant Run Convention Center in St. Charles, Illinois, Willow Creek Community Church hosted Blast 13 a youth group retreat for approximately 1,400, produced by the Willow Creek Student Impact Ministry, with audio support provided by TC Furlong (Chicago).

One Yamaha CL5 digital audio console accompanied by two Rio3224-D input/output racks were used at front of house with a CL1 selected for monitor mixing along with two ProPlex Gigabit switches for network redundancy. “Network redundancy was important because of the high-profile nature of the event,” states Chris Wintz, Rental Manager, TC Furlong. “The crew at Willow Creek likes to have backup/redundant systems whenever possible.”

”Since the CL5 was already specified as the front of house console after the Willow Creek team attended a demo, and challenged with keeping the monitor mix area to a small footprint yet needing a system with ample mix buses, the CL1 was a one-stop solution,” says Wintz. “In the 13 years with have collaborated with the Willow Creek team, this was one of the most streamlined solutions we’ve put together.”

“We decided on the CL system for a number of reasons,” states Nathan Miller, Systems Designer/Engineer, Miller Audio Services (Chicago), audio contractor for the event (assisted by systems engineer Matt Satorius). “One factor was the ability to use the Premium Rack Portico plug-ins. We used the Portico 5033 EQ and 5043 Compression on the lead vocals at both front of house and monitors. We also used the U-76 plug-in at front of house across the drum bus as well as the Opt-2A plug-in to add a mastered sound to the IEM mix busses at monitors. The other major factor was the overall efficiency of the setup and strike. Switching to a digital snake really helped make the overall load in/load out easier. Not only were the FOH/MON runs much cleaner, but the split was much cleaner and easier to troubleshoot.”

Miller said the CL5s were easy to operate by event engineers Stephen Kendeigh and Ryan Pribyl due to console familiarity since the pair use Yamaha consoles for regular youth services. “Blast 2013 represented a major step forward not only in our audio system architecture, but in the overall sound quality of the event,” states Troy Bartholomew, Technical Director for the ministry who oversaw all of the production for the event. “Nathan’s choice of the CL Series streamlined our setup while giving us more features and flexibility than we have had in past events. Also, Ryan and Stephen’s ability to utilize the fantastic new features really elevated the audio experience for all of our students. Throughout the weekend, I received a lot of positive feedback from industry veterans, audio contractors, and Willow production staff who were able to come in and listen to the system.”

One of the largest churches in the U.S. with an attendance of 20,000 on any given weekend, Willow Creek regularly host retreats for youth and adults for their congregation. This particular event featured guest presenters along with a church house band of seven musicians and vocalists. For more information on Willow Creek, visit www.willowcreek.org.

For more information on TC Furlong, visit www.tcfurlong.com.

For more information on Miller Audio Services, visit www.masiaudio.com.

For more information on Yamaha CL consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

WorldStage Supports Vibrant Design on New CBS Series “The Job”

When the new reality competition series “The Job” debuts on CBS early in 2013 studio segments will showcase lighting design by Christopher Landy of Vibrant Design LLC with support from WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications Inc.

“The Job,” from veteran producers Michael Davies and Mark Burnett, pits five talented candidates from across the country who face off in a chance to win their dream job at one of America’s most prestigious companies.

“We basically turned the Grand Ballroom of Manhattan Center into a TV studio, building out walls adding an entire grid, all while working on a very tight schedule which was further compromised by Superstorm Sandy,” says Christopher Landy. “It was a very intense production schedule for ten shows during two of the worst weeks to try to do production in New York City.”

Landy was tasked with delivering “a daytime look” for the show. He specified a wide array of lighting fixtures from WorldStage, mainly LED’s for the scenic elements. These numbered over 200 Color Kinetics iColor Cove MX Powercore, 72 Color Kinetics iWhite TRs and 250 Color Kinetics Color Blast TRXs.

The automated lighting package consisted of 20 VL-3000 spots, 20 VL-3500 spots 6 VARI*LITE VL-2500 spots, and 60 MAC Auras. The complement of conventional lights featured more than 150 ECT Source 4 Leko’s and 18 Source 4 WFLs. Two Aramis and three Ivanhoe followspots from Robert Juliat were also on hand. Control was via a GrandMA 2 with back-up.

For WorldStage, Ben Rollins was the Account Executive for the project.

“It was great working with WorldStage – but on this one they really stepped up to the plate, overcoming enormous obstacles due to the storm,” says Landy. “While half of new York Sat in darkness the lighting and rigging loads ins were seamless, thanks to an amazing crew and the support of Ben and the folks at World Stages.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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