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Almo Professional A/V Announces 100 Percent of E4 2013 Educational Courses Worth InfoComm CTS RUs

Almo Professional A/V Announces 100 Percent of E4 2013 Educational Courses Worth InfoComm CTS RUs

Registration Open for Spring E4s in Chicago and San Francisco; 30 Exhibiting Vendors with New Products; Demo of Samsung’s New Smart School Solution

Philadelphia, PA — February 19, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, in partnership with InfoComm International, today announced that all 12 of its educational courses on the 2013 E4 AV training and networking tour are now worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units (RUs). Registration is open for the first two E4 events of the year, taking place in Chicago on March 28 and San Francisco on April 25.

“As we enter our fourth year of traveling around the country for the E4 AV tour, our mission remains the same: to offer our partner community local access to free educational training so they may get the business, technical and practical knowledge they need to lead their companies in the right direction,” according to Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “We are reaffirming this mission and taking it a step further by making every one of our courses worth CTS renewal units. With a keynote and classes running on three different tracks throughout the day, attendees will walk away from any session at this influential event with new information as well as professional AV credit.”

The events will feature hundreds of products from more than 30 carefully selected manufacturers, including AMX, Canon, Chief, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, NEC, LG, Panasonic, Planar, Premier Mounts, Samsung, ZeeVee and more. The spring E4 tour will provide a rare opportunity for attendees to have a sneak peek at new products that will be officially unveiled at the InfoComm show in Orlando in June.

E4 Chicago will include hourly 30-minute demos of the new Samsung Smart School Solution, a fully integrated, interactive learning platform that empowers educators and helps re-engage K12 students with Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets and interactive whiteboard displays. The Smart School Solution provides teachers with the ability to lead interactive lessons and real-time group activities through its convenient screen and content sharing features while delivering learning management tools that enable students to access course materials and information, as well as school notices and forums, through their tablets.

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, will kick off E4 with a keynote address based on his popular “Kayye’s Krystal Ball” annual column that outlines industry trends affecting resellers, manufacturers and integrators. The full Chicago E4 educational schedule will be broken down into the following tracks to help attendees navigate their way through the day:

Emerging Technology:
• Predicting A/V Futures with Kayye’s Krystal Ball LIVE (1 CTS RU)
Gary Kayye, rAVe Publications
• Assessing Network Readiness for AV Systems (1.5 CTS RU)
Paul Streffon, InfoComm International
• Digital Signage 201 for Integrators (1 CTS RU)
Gary Kayye, rAVe
• Designing for Optimum Image Quality (1 CTS RU)
Paul Streffon, InfoComm International

Technical Knowledge:
• An Overview of Interactive Display Technology and Application (1 CTS RU)
Brian Minchew, C2G
• Video Walls: A Start to Finish Guide for Success (1 CTS RU)
Dave Gentile, NEC Display
• Managing and Troubleshooting HDCP (1 CTS RU)
Melissa Dillman, Kramer Electronics
• HD Video & Digital Signage Distribution Over Simple Coax (1 CTS RU)
Roy Bertlalotto, ZeeVee

Business Savvy:
• How to Play in the IT Sandbox with A/V Installations (1 CTS RU)
Jonathon Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• Integration of the Mobile Device in AV (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• Connectivity Buzzwords Decoded (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• The Inside Track on Displays: Fact Not Fiction (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
E4 Chicago is on March 28 at the Oakbrook Drury Lane Conference Center and E4 San Francisco is on April 25 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Both run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.
About the E4 AV Tour
Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-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. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

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About InfoComm International
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and China. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

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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X2O Media at DSE 2013

X2O Media at Digital Signage Expo 2013
Feb. 27-28 | Las Vegas
Booth 431

Company Quote:
“This year, we are proud to be showing our new HTML5-based X2O platform for the first time at DSE. The platform provides powerful tools, such as our new authoring application, which make it easier than ever to extend stunning digital signage content — from HD video to user-generated social media — beyond the traditional display to video walls, interactive kiosks, tablets, mobile phones, and more. To highlight these capabilities, we will be teaming up with several of our partners to demonstrate the X2O platform driving their advanced display solutions. Visitors to our booth will also witness innovative new applications for interactive displays, including 360-degree interactive panoramas and real-time video chat.” — David Wilkins, President and CEO of X2O Media more

Cobalt Digital’s Growth Spurs Move To Larger Quarters

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Click here to Visit Cobalt at NAB 2013 Booth N 4624COBALT DIGITAL’S GROWTH SPURS MOVE TO LARGER QUARTERS

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital is on the move. Citing tremendous growth as the catalyst, Chris Shaw, Cobalt Digital’s EVP of sales and marketing, has announced that the company is moving to larger quarters in Champaign, IL. The manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear has already begun the process by relocating the engineering staff to its new 20,000 sq. ft. facility. The remainder of the company will follow later this year.

The new building more than doubles the size of the Company’s headquarters which will house administration, manufacturing, management, technical support and accounting. Cobalt’s sales team will continue to operate from regional offices strategically located throughout the world.

“Every aspect of Cobalt Digital is growing!” exclaimed Shaw. “We’ve recently expanded the sales staff, and thanks to input from our customers, our product ranges are reaching broader markets and geographical regions. Having all departments under one roof will streamline the entire R&D and manufacturing process and allow us to react to customer requests faster.“

The move coincides with numerous product launches scheduled to be revealed at a Press Conference to be held at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 9AM in Booth 4624 in the LVCC, Las Vegas, NV.

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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Vizrt brings a complete workflow for video and graphics production to CABSAT 2013

See us in Dubai, March 12th – 14th 2013. Booth D8-10

CABSAT is the Middle East and Africa’s largest broadcast digital media and satellite expo. Held annually in Dubai, the show gives media companies across the region access to the latest technologies in the media industry.

Vizrt Middle East, based in Dubai, will be on hand at the show with a large booth designed to display the complete graphics and video workflow Vizrt has created for broadcasters.

Newsroom workflow

Vizrt gives journalists the edge for getting a story on-air and online efficiently with a newsroom workflow that integrates easy-to-use templates with the journalists’ native newsroom control system (NRCS). With Viz Content Pilot, journalists access these templates for creating graphics, editing maps and selecting videos from Viz Media Engine to add to a playlist for on-air use and online multi-platform delivery.

IP Streaming

The powerful Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing system, now has IP-streaming capability. This allows broadcasters to stream multiple formats and resolutions for creating online and mobile graphic and video content.

Video integration

Adobe and Vizrt combine to create a package that gives the editor complete control of graphic and video content from within Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 for live and post-production requirements.

Video content can be reached from the Viz Media Engine through the Viz NLE plugin giving Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 editors access to content across the complete asset management solution from Vizrt or using the Viz Media Engine as a bridge to other asset management systems.

Viz NLE is Vizrt’s plugin for non-linear editing systems that allows editors to have access to templates extending the branding from live on-air to pre and post production.

The latest version of the Viz Media Engine offers a comprehensive media management platform from ingest to playout for local clip and still stores up to full enterprise media asset management and archive systems. At CABSAT we will be showing the Viz Media Engine as an integral component of the unique unified workflow solution offering the tools to present efficient multi-platform delivery with consistent branding across all media channels.

Unlimited studio possibilities

Viz Virtual Studio presents producers with unrivaled possibilities. Complex 2D and 3D virtual sets, which include interactivity, can be easily created using an intuitive interface. The solution was created to fully support the Vizrt family of applications and can be seamlessly integrated with existing software installations. Viz Virtual Studio supports all major camera-tracking solutions and other studio peripherals, offering broadcasters a cutting- edge solution for the creation of virtual sets.

Social TV

With the Social TV solution, Vizrt brings a workflow that captures social media content and allows presenters to tell a story in visually compelling ways. Content is captured from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Instagram as well as third party partners like never.no, TrendrrTV and Mass Relevance.

Weather and news maps

Viz World is Vizrt’s premiere mapping solutions and with new integrations with OpenStreetMaps, broadcasters now have access to a world of local street data. Add in the capabilities of Viz Weather with the new sandstorm data and Vizrt continues to bring broadcasters everything needed in a template-based mapping workflow.

At CABSAT 2013 Vizrt will be showing all these systems and much more. Make an appointment today and we will see you at the show!

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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Visionary Solutions Names Joe Walsh New Vice President of Sales

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Feb. 19, 2013 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. today announced that Joe Walsh has been appointed as the company’s new vice president of sales. Walsh has been tasked with leading global sales and new product development efforts for Visionary Solutions’ IPTV products, including the company’s flagship AVN443 encoder. more

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers Fill Out the Sound System at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium

NORTHRIDGE, California – Beaver Stadium, home to Penn State University’s Nittany Lions football team, is one of the largest in the country with a capacity of almost 107,000. In fact, it is the second-largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere. The stadium has expanded six times in its history and recently, systems contractor Clair Brothers upgraded Beaver Stadium’s sound system with the installation of more than 140 HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers to improve its performance in a number of coverage areas.

“We had already replaced the main PA system in 2007 with a comparatively small JBL VLA601 and VLA301 line array system, but work still needed to be done to address areas in the North and South end zones of the stadium where the sound from the main PA is blocked or where we determined that additional coverage was needed,” said Jim Devenney, Sr. Systems Designer and Project Manager at Clair Brothers. “The balconies are large and present significant acoustical barriers. There were already speakers in place in these areas but they had been there for a while and needed to be upgraded.”

“In the South end zone there are three separate areas, the main PA does not cover since the PA shoots over the top of the entire area. The tight down angle from the top of the scoreboard makes it impossible for the main PA to adequately reach those areas.”

“The lower level is used mostly for student seating, we mounted 16 JBL All Weather Series AW295 all-weather speakers on the face of the balcony to cover these seats between the balcony and the field. In addition there are 36 of JBL’s All Weather Series AWC82 outdoor speakers positioned in two alternating rows of 18, with 18 pointed straight down and another 18 placed in between them and aimed back away from the field to cover the area under the balcony.”

“The Club Level is the next level up and here the balcony directly blocks the sound from the main PA. To remedy this, 14 AW295 speakers face toward the field and 52 AWC82 speakers are placed facing down. There’s a seating area under the scoreboard that also needed attention. We added 24 JBL Control 25AV indoor/outdoor speakers to deliver sound to the people sitting under the scoreboard.”

“The top of the lower level seating in the North end zone is also shaded from the main system by an overhanging balcony. We installed 10 AWC129 speakers here.”

When it comes to installation challenges Clair Brothers has seen it all, yet the Beaver Stadium upgrade threw the proverbial fly in the ointment for Devenney and crew. “Putting up the speakers was the easy part,” Devenney said. “Our installers loved the speakers as they were well-designed and easy to mount. However, we had to install them during the Penn State football season so we had to put up and take down the scaffolding after every game. The schedule was also so tight that we had the speakers flown from the plant as soon as they were manufactured! We still were able to complete the installation in four weeks. The stadium’s operations staff was very helpful with logistics, ensuring the system installation would stay on schedule.”

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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DPA Microphones Tours with Legendary Guitarist Paco Peña

Continuity of sound between venues and PA systems is primary reason engineer Raul Mendez selected several company products for Peña’s U.K. and U.S. tour dates

ALLEROED, DENMARK, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 – Sound Engineer Raul Mendez relies on DPA Microphones for legendary guitarist Paco Peña’s current U.K. and U.S. tour. Mendez lists his ability to move from venue to venue and achieve the same sound regardless of the acoustics or the PA system as his main reason for selecting the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument mics, 4061 Omni Miniature mics and d:fine™ Headset mics for the tour.

“I have been using DPA microphones for a long time now, and they are always my first choice of microphone because they give me the sound I want without any feedback problems,” says Mendez. “Whether I am miking an acoustic instrument or a voice, for anything from event to a musical, I know these microphones will work perfectly every time and in all different areas of performance.”

Mendez is currently using a selection of DPA microphones to capture the sound of legendary guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer Paco Peña. During his career spanning more than four decades, Peña has expanded the possibilities of flamenco and changed perceptions of the art form by fusing the richness of its traditions with contemporary culture.

Peña, who is now touring in the U.S., recently gave a series of concerts at London’s Sadlers Well’s where he presented his 2010 work Quimeras, a marriage of traditional Spanish and African music and dance. Directed by Jude Kelly, artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre, Quimeras tells the story of sub-Saharan African immigrants who move to Spain in search of a better life. The shift from hope to disillusion as reality confronts them is summed up by the title of the piece, which means chimeras or illusions.

For these performances, DPA’s U.K. distributor Sound Network supplied Mendez with a selection of DPA microphones, including the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument microphones, which Mendez used to bring the sound of the guitars to life. Peña’s guitar was miked using a DPA 4061 Omni Miniature microphone, the show’s vocalists were supplied with DPA d:fine™ Headset microphones.

“I prefer all my microphones to be wireless, and with DPA technology this is really easy,” explains Mendez. “I particularly like DPA’s wireless d:fine miniature headset microphones for vocals as they provide the perfect solution for the performer, while still giving me the sound I need.”
For Peña’s U.S. tour, Mendez has also specified DPA and has switched Peña from a DPA 4061 omni miniature microphone to a DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone because both preferred the sound.

“The two other guitarists in my company use DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument microphones with an attachment that allows them to be suspended away from the instrument,” explains Peña. “At first, I found the actual support used for attaching them to the guitar was a little difficult to use. I play with the guitar quite close to my body, and I move while playing and tuning etc, so I tended to knock the support on occasions. For that reason I was initially using an equally excellent mike – the DPA 4061 omni miniature microphone – which was attached to the guitar instead of being suspended in the air. However, I have now experimented with the d:vote and have found a spot to attach it to the guitar where I can manage it pretty well. It is a really great microphone and I am very happy with the sound it is giving me.”

Both Mendez and Peña feel that when it comes to the choice of microphone, the most important aspect is the sound.

“I am very happy with the sound we are achieving on this tour,” adds Peña. “I have known for a long time that DPA microphones are held in very high regard in the industry, but using them on a regular basis really makes the run of the show a whole lot better. The quality is excellent, but also the actual physical design allows musicians to attach them to the guitar and to move the instrument without altering the amplification and the EQ. They can also move around the stage without hindrance. The vocals are also performing well with the DPA d:fine Headset Microphones.”

“I have compared DPA microphones with others on the market, and I definitely prefer them,” concludes Mendez. “I spend a lot of time in different venues with different PAs and consoles, but with DPA the one thing I know is that the sound won’t change. This is a good way to start the day, especially when you consider that during our current U.S. tour we will be doing shows in 32 different venues.”

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Adaptive Video Walls and Displays Showcases HoverPro at Digital Signage Expo 2013

LAS VEGAS, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 — Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the premier provider of innovative wall-mountable, floor-standing, interlocking and flyable video wall frames for multiple LCD, LED and plasma monitors, will showcase its HoverPro® single LCD monitor suspension device at Digital Signage Expo 2013 (DSE 2013, Booth 1715).

“Adaptive Technologies Group is known for its large fixed and flyable video walls so HoverPro is the ideal product to showcase at DSE, as it is a secure, reliable solution for single LCD monitor suspensions,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “In the world of digital signage, putting your message in front of the audience is key. HoverPro suspends any size video monitors anywhere inside a facility right in front of the target audience in hallways, doorways and checkout lines. Whether the HoverPro suspension is used in a permanent store location or for a trade show exhibit, Adaptive strives to offer the latest solutions with reliability and safety as its cornerstone.”

HoverPro is a single LCD monitor suspension device that allows you to deliver visual messages and content anywhere and without the limitations of wall mounting and/or expensive kiosks. Messages are permanently displayed above and in front of indoor target audiences by suspending and aiming large LCD and plasma screens (over 40 inches) from any overhead structure. As a pre-engineered rigging system, HoverPro adapts to the standard rear VESA-mounting hole patterns built into flat screen monitors to be safely rigged in portrait and landscape orientations.

These rigging kits provide installers with the ability to safely suspend and tilt screens into a wide range of viewing angles, from any location and distance from the roof. Down-tilt aiming is accomplished by way of suspending the monitors from the HoverPro’ multiple suspension points. An optional aiming device, the One-Way-Array®, may be installed in line, above the HoverPro, to provide up to 360 degrees of horizontal rotation. Additionally, a wide variety of standard off-the-shelf rigging hardware is available to allow the installer to safely assemble and “hover” the LCD or plasma monitor at any desired height and angle above an audience, store traffic and window fronts. Power is usually delivered along one of the suspension cables while the signal wire runs down the other suspension cable. Close fitting spiral loom then encloses both suspension cable and wire to deliver a very cosmetically appealing display.

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the art rigging and mounting solutions for a range of audio and video applications. With its combined divisions, Adaptive is a full-service solution provider, by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment worldwide. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, best safety practices and unlimited custom designs for any venue, size and application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled in the USA. For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

TNDV Pours ‘Passion’ into Live Multi-Day Worship Event Production

Mobile production specialist integrates two trucks to build a common infrastructure for in-house projections and live web streams in support of Passion 2013

NASHVILLE, February 19, 2013 — The Georgia Dome in Atlanta recently hosted more than 60,000 college students representing more than 2,000 universities from 56 countries for Passion 2013, with four days of prayer, inspirational speakers, worship and efforts to end human slavery. Mobile production specialist TNDV captured the entire event, bringing its two largest trucks onsite to create spectacular in-house HD projections and live broadcast-quality web streams.

TNDV unified its 52-foot expanding side Aspiration and the 40-foot Inspiration trucks to create one integrated mobile production infrastructure. This satisfied the enormous production requirements, which included 23 cameras in multiple configurations, a fully populated video and audio routing architecture, a bank of 26 file-based recorders for web content, and more than 120 intercom ports for venue-wide communications.

The 23-camera operation, one more than this year’s Super Bowl, included seven dollies, six long lenses, three wireless cameras, two SteadiCams, two jibs and a flying wire camera among others. This helped TNDV capture the staging from all angles and directions, including live bands and musicians, with cameras strategically positioned around the entire venue.

“The entire event was in the round, which meant we had to cover multiple angles simultaneously,” said Nic Dugger, president of TNDV. “The lighting was of incredible scope, and there were two gigantic LED screens, each 96 feet in length. The scope of the event itself, and the fact we used 100 percent of the venue, truly drove the production requirements.”

“This year Passion 2013 presented a huge challenge, as it was the largest event we have done along with the least amount of load-in time we ever had,” said Jonathan Sheehan, organizer of the Passion Conferences. “We needed a fresh approach to create the best ‘Dome-sized’ production, as audio, video, lighting and staging is very different in the round than in an arena or end-configuration stadium setup. Almost everyone is looking at a screen so video is of utmost importance. With the compressed load-in time, we knew that TNDV’s detailed planning, preparation, and execution was critical to pulling off the experience we were trying to create.”

Dugger assigned web content responsibilities to Inspiration, with Aspiration staff producing in-house LED displays. Content was delivered in five aspect ratios, including 1080i for the web stream, and custom configurations for three widescreen displays and two ribbon LED displays that circled the venue. A Harris Broadcast Platinum dual-router configuration delivered signals between trucks and across the venue, including the front of house position and an in-venue graphics station where lower thirds, full-screen graphics and video playback were sourced. Aja Ki-Pro systems accommodated 30TB of recorded content throughout the event, with 26 recorders attached to 56 RAID-protected storage drives.

The Platinum router’s integrated Harris Broadcast HView SX Hybrid multiviewers were also well-utilized, with 12 configurations across the two trucks and venue used to monitor all video, audio and data sources for in-house and web signals.

“We really put the multiviewers to use, all the way down to using multiple tally light indicators,” said Dugger. “In-house feeds got a red tally, web feeds a green tally, and signals sourced for both got a yellow tally. We built PIPs and established custom quad splits for directors that allowed them to pull up any sources they needed. We even created an RSS feed on the multiviewers to display tweets about the event.”

Dugger noted that while the event itself was massive, the main challenges came on the front-end of the show – namely, a very tight load-in schedule.

“We had less than 16 hours to load in the infrastructure for two trucks, run tests and make our connections,” said Dugger. “Standing in the Dome on night one, looking at four massive LED screens and feeling the energy of 60,000 college students and young adults was very rewarding — all while watching the tally lights flashing, playback systems working and sources keyed correctly. It proves that live productions of any size and scale are possible with the right team.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. TNDV specializes in creating productions that are of the highest quality while being ultra-mobile and always professional. Recent productions include the Emmy Award winning Bluegrass Underground, The Grand Ole Opry Live and the inaugural season of the all-new Hot20 on CMT. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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OPTOCORE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS AUDIO FOR THE 2013 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Maryland Sound International Utilizes Optocore Network Rings for Signal Distribution and Monitoring

WASHINGTON D.C., FEBRUARY 19, 2013 – When audio integrator Maryland Sound International (MSI) was once again tasked with supplying the main audio system for President Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration on January 21, 2013, the company employed two Optocore Networks. MSI, a longtime user of Optocore technology, a leading choice for powering professional audio, video and data transmission networks in a variety of markets, including broadcast, post production and AV, chose the networks for their multiple levels of redundancy and reputation of superior reliability. This marks the third presidential inauguration in a row for which MSI has chosen Optocore equipment for the critical audio distribution.

With the ceremony taking place on the grounds of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. in January, MSI was faced with unpredictable winter conditions as well as a long transmission path back to MSI’s Front-of-House position, nearly 2,000 feet from the last speaker tower. MSI and audio designer Patrick Baltzell needed a way to distribute audio signals with as few conversions as possible in order to ensure the approximately 1,000,000 attendees of the ceremony heard every word.

MSI chose Optocore Network technology in order to drive the signal chain directly from the Yamaha PM5D FOH mixing console using Optocore YG2 Yamaha cards that were connected with redundant fiber cabling to the locations of the loudspeaker processors and amplifiers. This provided MSI with lossless digital transmission, which is critical in order to properly transport the audio with crisp sound and clarity over such a long distance transmission path without any glitches.

“The Optocore Networks we put in place for this year’s ceremony certainly made access to all of the amplifiers, signal processors and overall signal distribution far easier and more reliable than in the past,” says Brian Bednar, system technician, MSI. “This time around, everything was more streamlined and faster to set up and tear down at the end of the event.”

The main Optocore Network consisted of one YG2 card in the Yamaha PM5D FOH mixing console connected to an Optocore DD32 networked AES/EBU device on stage right and another DD32 on stage left. Each DD32 was connected to an Optocore X6P-8/8 analog converter and a Dolby DLP loudspeaker processor via AES. The X6P converters gave MSI the ability to feed all the devices that were not AES and/or not driven through the Dolby processor units.

The second Optocore Network consisted of one YG2 card in the PM5D connected to an Optocore DD32R-FX networked AES/EBU device at delay zone 1 (700 feet away) and another DD32R-FX at delay zone 2 (1500 feet away). Each DD32R-FX was connected to an Optocore X6P-16IN analog converter and a Dolby processor via AES. Both networks featured redundant fiber connections.

The DD32R-FX proved to be a helpful add-on for this year’s sound system, with its built-in network wide Ethernet switch. The Optocore Network allowed MSI an easy access to the Dolby DLP loudspeaker processors and amplifiers located off the main site. With a broad part of the sound system offsite, it was then easy to maintain control and monitoring of all the devices on the network to see if they were functioning to MSI’s specifications.

“It is my role to help the FOH engineer tune the system, so having access to all parts of the system at all times in order to make changes without my needing to leave the FOH position is invaluable,” says Art Isaacs, project manager, MSI. “The X6P-16IN converters gave us the functionality to run measurement microphones from multiple city blocks away back to the FOH position. Using the Optocore system proved itself to us in many ways. The sound system was extremely quiet due to the all-AES based drive system. Ethernet access to all of the online devices proved extremely helpful and provided great flexibility. I can only hope that in 2017 that we can continue to work with Optocore systems and further enhance the sound system.”

The relationship between Optocore and MSI goes back for almost a decade. “Optocore has been part of MSI’s rental inventory since 2004,” says Tine Helmle, director, Optocore. “We are proud to provide MSI with the solutions it needed to ensure the audio was heard loud and clear during such an important and historic U.S. event as the presidential inauguration. We look forward to working with them well into the future.”

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

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