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Extron Announces New DVI Signal Regenerator and Audio Extender with EDID Management

DVI 110 PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DVI 110 Plus, a DVI signal regenerator and audio extender with EDID Minder. The DVI 110 Plus retimes and reshapes marginal or noisy DVI-D signals at the source, ensuring a strong, stable digital signal. It also accepts unbalanced computer stereo audio and converts it to balanced line level stereo audio, eliminating noise usually associated with unbalanced audio over long cable runs. The DVI 110 Plus features EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication with the source and ensures proper video output even if the display device is off. The DVI 110 Plus is available in Decora-style and AAP form factors, and is ideal for improving system performance by eliminating signal noise and reducing jitter at the output of the source.

“Maintaining the quality of digital signals throughout the signal path is an increasing challenge for AV system designers and integrators,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “With its compact, architectural-mount form factors, the DVI 110 Plus allows digital signal regeneration and EDID management to be placed where it’s needed most, on the wall, in a floor box, or in a tabletop or desktop surface.”

The DVI 110 Plus can be used in conjunction with an Extron DVI 101 or HDMI 101 Plus cable equalizer to ensure optimal picture quality on a long cable run. It can also be used with DVI or HDMI products equipped with input cable equalization, such as the Extron SMX HDMI and DVI Pro matrix boards, or DXP Series and DMS Series digital matrix switchers.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

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Haivision at the 2013 NAB Show

2013 NAB Show Preview
April 8 – 11 | Las Vegas
Haivision | Booth SL6605

New at the NAB Show

At the 2013 NAB Show, Haivision will introduce bold new solutions that allow users to capture, manage, and publish media content to Internet audiences. These new solutions are coupled with Haivision’s industry-leading encoding (Makito(TM)) and cloud transcoding (KulaByte(TM)) technologies, along with new Internet transport technologies. Haivision will also debut the Makito X series, the company’s next-generation, high-definition, H.264 encoding platform with dual-channel HD encoding capabilities.

With these new solutions, Haivision brings together performance streaming technology with on-premise and cloud-based media management systems. Anchored by the industry-leading HD H.264 encoding technology, including the new Makito X series, Haivision offers end-to-end workflow solutions for enterprise IPTV, secure channel monitoring, multichannel recording, and media management both on-premise and in the cloud.

Haivision helps organizations establish the most cost-effective streaming workflows and deliver both live and on-demand content to users anywhere. Haivision’s latest innovations offer the most complete, integrated, and simplified solutions so content producers can deliver content within and beyond the enterprise on multiple viewing devices.

Media Contribution | Extreme Encoding
Haivision’s next-generation, award-winning encoding technology

Makito(TM) X will make its debut at the 2013 NAB Show. Haivision’s next-generation, high-definition H.264 encoding platform with dual-channel HD encoding, Makito X2, delivers twice the quality at half the bandwidth of competing encoders. Makito X2 carries on the tradition of the Makito with only 55 milliseconds of encoding latency, an extensive feature set, and the ability to deliver multiple bit rates (MBR) from each source simultaneously. This low-latency encoder is available as a standalone appliance or in a rackmount enclosure, supporting up to 12 channels of HD-SDI 1080p60 encoding within 1RU, and delivering the highest channel density in the industry.

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Caption: Haivision Makito(TM) X2

Media Management and Delivery
Haivision’s new media management and cloud technology

Haivision blends expertise in live performance streaming with world-class media management solutions. At NAB, Haivision will introduce two new media management solutions: on-premise technology for capturing and sharing the most valuable user-generated content, and cloud technology to assure that content reaches a target audience in any format required.

Company Overview
Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Visionary Solutions 2013 NAB Show Preview

2013 NAB SHOW EXHIBITOR PREVIEW

Visionary Solutions, Inc. — Booth SU6021

At the 2013 NAB Show, Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) will showcase the latest advancements in its comprehensive portfolio of IPTV and Internet encoding products, designed to support a wide variety of applications. VSI will demonstrate a brand new decoder as well as showcase PackeTV(R) Mobile, a powerful HTTP-based media streaming solution that simplifies multiscreen video delivery. Also at the booth will be a new VSI bundle that combines PackeTV Mobile with the company’s flagship AVN encoders. more

NEP Takes Cobalt Digital To The Big Game

Click here to Visit Cobalt at NAB 2013 Booth N 4624

New Orleans, LA – Two of NEP’s fleet rolled into New Orleans equipped with a host of Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com) terminal gear to cover the football championship game on Sunday, February 3.

NEP’s Supershooters / SS22 HD Production truck was on hand for game coverage, while the organization’s Denali California HD mobile unit handled the unique needs of the half-time extravaganza. Cobalt’s family of up/down/cross 3G/HD/SD-SDI converters populated both vehicles, as well as the Company’s distribution amplifiers, frame synchronizers, color correctors and remote control panels.

“Cobalt is proud to play a role in NEP’s coverage of the most watched sport event in the US,” said Chris Shaw, Cobalt EVP sales & marketing. “There’s no room for error when the whole country is watching, and our gear won’t disappoint. Reliability and support is key during such prestigious events”

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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.

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 http://www.nepinc.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

Adaptive Technologies Unveils StarGrid Mounting System for Overhead Cinema Surround Speakers

Unique Speaker Grid Paves the Way for New Cinema Surround Sound Experience

SIGNAL HILL, CA, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 — Adaptive Technologies Group, comprised of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and a premier provider of state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications, is proud to introduce its StarGrid™ overhead mounting system, specifically developed for clustering ceiling-mounted cinema speakers. This new system, which supports the latest ceiling speaker formats found in movie theaters, is designed to reduce the cost of multi-channel surround sound installations.

With digital cinema and 3D exhibition becoming state-of-the-art, directors and studios have begun implementing new object-based surround sound technologies, such as the Atmos™ surround format from Dolby Laboratories™ and the Auro format from Barco, to compliment the enhanced visual experience. Recent examples of this include the films Brave, Life of Pi and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, to name a few, as well as upcoming titles such as Star Trek: Into Darkness. Adaptive’s StarGrid system supports the adoption of such technologies with a safe, easy-to-install ceiling grid that reduces total installation costs and optimizes the installation of surround speakers.

Cinema exhibitors are taking advantage of the StarGrid system and quickly recognizing its impact on safety, ease-of-installation, as well as the confidence and predictability that Adaptive designs bring to each of its theaters.

“The engineering and design behind Adaptive’s StarGrid system has enabled us to complete our overhead installations quickly and confidently in order to meet our client’s ever-shrinking installation timelines,” says Adam Peterson, director of technical services, Universal Cinema Services. “While an auditorium is under renovation, it isn’t generating any revenue. The StarGrid allows us to get in and out of an overhead installation fast, in order to help the client get back to selling tickets.”

Proper placement and aiming of speakers in a cinema setting is vital to achieving the desired audio experience. Not every facility, however, is designed the same way. To address this, Adaptive has developed a complete beam-to-speaker design that allows the StarGrid system to be easily retrofitted into almost any theater’s space. This system comes with a variety of components that accommodate most building materials and structures, including trusses, beams, pipes and channels. Further design considerations take wire management, sound isolation and seismic conditions into account. Lastly, Adaptive offers a variety of adjustable speaker mounts that accommodate standard cinema speaker models, including those produced by Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW), Electro-Voice, JBL Professional, Klipsch, Meyer Audio and QSC Audio.

“With Adaptive’s StarGrid there is finally a structurally engineered ceiling speaker attachment method that’s perfect for cinema,” says Jim Kappus, director of sales and logistics, ACS Enterprises, Inc. “It is a safe and risk-free method for properly installing overhead speakers.”

For this customized solution, Adaptive can provide the installer with a complete ceiling grid design based on facility drawings that includes dimensioned drawings for installation, a bill of materials, working load and safety factors, as well as auditorium-specific recommendations. Theater owners need only provide Adaptive with the drawings (preferably CAD files) of the facility and the placement of any acoustic wall treatment. Adaptive then creates the installation design for installers to follow, detailing the exact location of the ceiling speakers and the grid components that support them. This can also provide support for the submittal of plans for approval.

“It is really exciting to once again be a part of another major cinema technology build-out,” says Paul Allen, CEO, Adaptive Technologies Group. “For decades we have worked with leading theater chains and speaker manufacturers to develop cinema specific surround mounts for walls. With StarGrid, we have created an easy way to safely and efficiently install ceiling surrounds in auditoriums, making the whole process more predictable and less costly for theater owners. Adaptive has had a long history of supporting sound innovations and we are happy to continue this tradition with this latest offering.”

    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.

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Boogie Woogie Christmas with Yamaha CL5s

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Brian Setzer Orchestra (BSO) recently completed their ninth annual Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza 26-show full of fan favorites performed by Setzer and his 18-piece orchestra off the Boogie Woogie Christmas album.

BSO boogied through the Christmas tour with two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles and four Rio3224-D input/output boxes, provided by Sound Image of Escondido, California, who provided audio production for the tour.

James ‘Jimbo’ Neal mixed front of house using a Yamaha CL5 with two Rio3224-Ds, and Eric Scott used a second CL5 for the monitor mix along with a second pair Rio3224-Ds. “We ran the Rio boxes, which were in pairs at FOH and monitors, in redundancy through two custom-made switches from Sound Image with the assistance of Joe Lopez from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems,” states Neal.“ The CL console sounds like nothing else from Yamaha, and I found it to be a little more forgiving with a warmer low-mid and a smoother high end. I love the Premium Rack with the Rupert Neve Designs compressor and EQ.”

Neal said he previously used Dante software and hardware with a PM5D and Cubase 6 on the Rockabilly Riot Tour, where he multi-tracked every show later used for a live CD release,” Live From The Planet ” on Surf Dog Records. “The integration between the CL, Dante software, and Nuendo Live is seamless, and has made my life much easier.”

“Using the CL5 on this run of the tour was an amazing experience,” adds Scott, sighting the custom fader banks as a favorite feature which, he said, really helped out when in flip fade mode. “The combination of the Sound Image MA112 monitor wedge and the CL5 gave us the cleanest stage I ever had for Setzer.”

For more information, 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.

Luke Bryan Tour Uses PixelFLEX LED Curtain Video Wall to Enhance Show Visuals While Making Life Easier for Road Crew

Having already used PixelFLEX’s unique flexible and lightweight LED Curtain video wall system on tour since 2011, Luke Bryan is featuring a 60′ x 40′ 100mm Curtain with another 40′ x 30′ 18mm Curtain during his headlining tour in 2013 to provide an enhanced video experience for concert-goers. Both Curtain systems are custom-made by PixelFLEX.

Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. Given the high-quality video and visual effects the solution has produced for Bryan’s production team during previous tours, the artist’s production manager is confident that expanding the use of the Curtain for the 2013 tour will offer fans an even better live show experience with minimal impact on the road crew.

“The PixelFLEX solution is a great product for a number of reasons,” said Pete Healey, production manager and front-of-house mixer. “It’s durable, flexible and lightweight, which makes it easy to set up, tear down and pack on the truck in a compact fashion. At the end of the night, we bring the truss in and the Curtain folds right into a case, which then gets stacked three high in the truck.”

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display.

“The flexibility of the Curtain gives us creative freedom in how we use it in different venues,” Healey continued. “As a support act last year, we didn’t have access to all of the headliner’s video product. So, we wrapped the PixelFLEX system around cylinders to make sure that fans sitting side of stage or upstage had a view of the show’s visual elements. We couldn’t have done that with a hard product.”

An industry veteran, Healey believes that production should be invisible – the main focus needs to be on the performer. Still, he understands that production plays a vital role in the concert experience for fans.

“With our headline tour this year, we are using the PixelFLEX Curtain in a way that provides a big ‘WOW’ factor for our audience,” Healey remarked. “Whereas most acts use a 60′ x 40′ stardrop on tour, we’ve decided to use PixelFLEX’s 100mm Curtain with a lo-res backdrop and hi-res big screen in front. At first, it might look like another stardrop, but once we start mapping our content through it the difference will be drastic.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

A.C.T Lighting Supports Super Bowl Concert Series on VH-1 and CMT

Super Bowl XLVII was a memorable game, but the full Super Bowl experience started well before kickoff with a pair of live pre-game concerts broadcast on VH-1 and CMT where Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s and grandMA2 light consoles played key roles. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor for both Clay Paky and grandMA in North America.

VH-1 and the NFL joined forces to celebrate the Super Bowl with Train headlining “The Best Super Bowl Concert Ever” on Friday night. CMT and the NFL partnered the following evening on a “Crossroads” special starring superstar country band Rascal Flatts and iconic rock band Journey. Both concerts were held at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans, which seats 4,000-5,000 fans.

Atomic Lighting of Lititz, Pennsylvania provided 40 Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s and a pair of grandMA2 light systems with wings for the concert series. PEDG was the production design team collaborating. Bob Peterson was acting lighting designer on the broadcast truck.

“Atomic had suggested using the QWOs. I hadn’t used them before, but Spike [Doug Brant] had just done a shootout and loved them so he was onboard with them,” says Nathan Wilson, an associate designer with PEDG who served as project manager/production designer for the concerts along with Lloyd.

Once Wilson saw the QWO 800s in action he was enthusiastic, too. “I saw them and liked them,” he recalls. “They became my main hard-edged fixture positioned all over the place – out in the crowd, up front, on the floor, as key light for the presenter. Most of the rig was QWOs.”

Clay Paky’s Alpha Spot QWO 800 uses the latest MSR Platinum lamp, an 800W light source that produces an intense sparkling light – brighter even than older 1200W lamps. The Alpha Spot QWO 800 is equipped with optical features placing it at the top of its class, including a very wide zoom range from 7.6º to 55º, a uniform beam distribution at all zoom angles and a unique Stay-Sharp-Zoom feature that locks images in focus while zooming. The fixture is small, lightweight, silent and has low power consumption making it an excellent tool for TV, theater, corporate events and many other demanding lighting applications.

Wilson gives kudos to the fixture’s range of effects, brightness and great-looking beams for keying. “I was very impressed. It was a real workhorse and performed great,” he reports.

The grandMA2 lights were selected by programmers Kevin Lawson and Tyler Roach. “I’ve always liked MA products, but I’ve been designing more lately and programming less,” says Wilson. “Kevin raved about the grandMA2 light, and it’s PEDG’s desk of choice for all the programmers we work with.”

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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X2O Media Takes First Place in Polycom’s App Development Contest

X2O Platform Drives Winning Live and On-Demand Video Content Delivery App Using Polycom(R) RealPresence(R) APIs

MONTREAL — Feb. 11, 2013 — X2O Media, a provider of software for real-time visual communication applications, today announced that the company has won first place in Polycom, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: PLCM) first ever App Development Contest. The contest challenged individuals and companies to submit solutions using Polycom(R) RealPresence(R) open application programming interfaces (APIs) to extend the value of the Polycom RealPresence Platform. X2O Media won the grand prize with an application that delivers live and on-demand video content to digital signage screens, Polycom VVX(R) IP phones, and video kiosks. more

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TRINITY LUTHERAN CELEBRATES A NEW SANCTUARY AND IMPROVED SOUND SYSTEM

WAUPACA, WI, FEBRUARY 11, 2013—Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca, WI, recently debuted its new sanctuary—offering expanded seating capacity, more space up front for musicians and choirs, and new technology to enhance the worship experience for members and visitors. Among the new technologies included in the audio system design for the church, which was installed by Sonic Art, is the new Aviom AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System to network audio to various locations around the facility. The church also included an Aviom Personal Mixing System for its musicians in its audio system upgrade.

Sonic Art designed and installed the Pro64® audio network and Pro16® personal mixing system to be much like an analog system, but the system offers far more flexibility than a traditional system would. According to Brian Christ, senior A/V designer for Sonic Art, “The AllFrame System made the installation simple and straightforward with less failure points than an analog system, and the audio quality is excellent.”

Sonic Art wired the church with Cat-5 and placed A-Net® connection jacks (RJ-45s) in various locations to allow for the Aviom AllFrames to be placed at any of these points with an installed connection to the digital Yamaha® LS9-32 in the sound booth. Two 6416Y2 A-Net Interface Cards are installed in the console for digital I/O into the Aviom network. The church’s equipment room houses an amp rack with an MH10 Merger Hub which distributes A-Net to five POA80 Power Over A-Net Power Supplies and an ASI A-Net Systems Interface. The ASI converts Pro64 A-Net to Pro16 A-Net and is connected to an A-16D Pro A-Net Distributor that sends power and Pro16 A-Net to up to eight A-16II Personal Mixers used by the choir and praise band.

The POA80s send power and Pro64 A-Net to five locations in the sanctuary. One is connected to the F6 Modular I/O Frame that is in the choir area, which can be placed elsewhere if needed. Here four C4m Mic/Line Input Cards and one C4o Analog Output Cards provide local inputs and outputs to this location. Two additional F6s, each with four C4m Cards and one C4o Card can be placed at any of the other four A-Net locations connected to a POA80. This allows for the church’s sound team to design the audio network to meet their needs for any given sermon or event. Often one of the AllFrames is used in the praise band area, for instance.

Wanda Eikenbary, director of Music Ministries for Trinity Lutheran, says, “I can’t imagine anything better than to have this flexibility. At any given time we can configure this room with musicians and instruments in the way that we choose. The enormous amount of flexibility is worth its weight in gold to us. We can have a small, simple worship service or a large holiday production. This system opens doors for us in terms of what types of presentations we can do in the future. It is a goal of mine to bring in professional performances. This wasn’t an option in the past but it will be now.”

The AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System also gives the church the ability to expand their system as needed. Their existing F6s each have an open slot to which four more channels can be added. And adding additional AllFrames allows for even more expansion and flexibility. In addition to the flexibility of the system, the church appreciates how simple it is to use. This characteristic is incredibly important according to Eikenbary because the church relies on good-hearted volunteers who are willing to learn how to use the system.

Eikenbary also appreciates the overall warmth and breadth of the sound in the new sanctuary. She explains, “You can physically feel the sound, which we have never had before. As a musician, of course, it’s important to me that the music and sound is first rate. Making the sound the best it can be was a priority on our list for the new sanctuary. I’m glad that others understood the need and allowed us to take it to this level.”

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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