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FUTURELIGHT ENTERTAINMENT FINDS SUCCESS WITH LECTROSONICS

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Rio Rancho, NM – March 2013… Be it live show concert sound, location sound recording for TV and film, special events such as the NY Film Festival, theatrical projects, etc., FutureLight Entertainment is a management, production, and creative design company specializing in delivering artistic and revolutionary content for all platforms of entertainment media. With well-known projects such as ABC’s Ugly Betty and concert work for artists such as Pitbull and Carlos Santana to their credit, the ability to deliver the best possible audio quality is a given. That’s precisely why the FutureLight Entertainment team relies on Lectrosonics wireless microphone technology. more

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NAB2013: Vizrt brings an IP workflow, 4k rendering, and an integrated workflow for video and graphics production and distribution

See us in Las Vegas, April 8th – 11th 2013. Booth SL3305

NAB is the world’s largest event covering the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. At this year’s show, representatives from Vizrt’s worldwide offices will be on hand to demonstrate the company’s completely integrated graphics and video workflow. Vizrt technology enables operators to distribute and monetize content to mobile devices, web portals and any screen. Highlights within the Vizrt booth will be its recent advancements for media asset management (MAM), broadcast graphics, as well as online and mobile video delivery.

Two public shows, scheduled each the hour, will provide live, interactive demonstrations of the latest Vizrt products in action. One show will focus on new technology for weather reports, while the other will provide a broader overview of using live virtual set and immersive graphics technology.

Developing for the future

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 simultaneously for efficiently creating online and mobile graphic and video content.

Broadcasters are beginning to look beyond HD to 4k. At NAB, Vizrt will preview the breakthrough 4k rendering capability of the Viz Engine.

Live encoding and high-speed video branding

Encode live video from high-resolution to any format at speeds faster than real-time for online and mobile devices with the Viz Media Engine. The multi-platform production workflow allows broadcasters to have high-quality video and custom graphics and branding 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 (VOD) services. Graphics and branding are added to the video content during the transcoding process ensuring an efficient, high-quality presentation for the end user.

Newsroom workflow

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

Video integration and clip store

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 Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 giving 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.

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 NAB, Vizrt will show 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.

Complete online workflow

This year at NAB, Vizrt will present a highly integrated workflow for online. Journalists and publishers can produce video and text other content from the same solution and use video efficiently in the storytelling.

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

Social TV

With the Social TV solution, your audience becomes part of the story. Using interactivity and visualization tools, broadcasters tell the story quickly and compellingly with viewer interaction. 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 Weather has become a sophisticated weather forecasting and reporting system with the ability to use any data set and a large range of data visualization tools. See the system in action during our Viz Virtual Studio public show.

Viz World is Vizrt’s premiere mapping solution. With integrations with DigitalGlobe, OpenStreetMaps and Waze, broadcasters now have access to the world with imagery, streets and traffic data.

Sports analysis

Vizrt’s award winning sports analysis system, Viz Libero is now fully integrated into the Vizrt graphics and video environment. At NAB 2013 we will show the new virtual SLoMo and Virtual Presenter.

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

Tomer Wald / CFO / +47 5351 8040 / TWald@vizrt.com

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

AES Incubating New Audio Standards for Sound Systems in Rooms

AES Standards Committee Forms SC-04-08 Working Group

NEW YORK: Bruce Olson, chair of the AES Standards Committee has announced the creation of a new standards working group, SC-04-08, on Measurement and Equalization of Sound Systems in Rooms. Olson has also named Ben Kok – an experienced acoustic consultant from the Netherlands – the working group chairman. The group will draw from expertise already contributing to AES Standards and invites participation from other interested experts.

Two newly initiated projects have been assigned to this group, developed from an initial proposal presented by the AES Technical Committee on Sound for Digital Cinema and Television, chaired by Brian McCarty. They are:

AES-X218: Measurement and Calibration of Sound Systems in Rooms
Intended to document parameters affecting the audience experience of a sound system in a generalized room, and identify appropriate objective methods of measurements to quantify them. The intent is to identify tools and procedures to measure the performance of a loudspeaker system in a room, and support accurate, reliable calibration of this system to a specified performance. The findings of the working group will be published in an AES Standards Information Document.

The rationale for this project considers that the measurement of sound systems in rooms, including but not limited to cinema B-chains, currently relies on empirical measurement techniques developed in the 1970s. Modern methods and equipment should offer simpler and more accurate ways to calibrate rooms with greater precision. This project will review the parameters that affect the audience experience in these rooms, and the objective methods of measurement necessary to quantify them. This will provide a basis for more detailed standardization for measurements and calibration protocols for controllable parameters.

AES-X219: Method of measurement for frequency and impulse response of sound systems in auditoria
This project is to specify a method of measurement for frequency and impulse response of sound systems in auditoria. The project is intended to produce a Standard, and the development discussions are expected to draw on modern measurement techniques.

The audience experience of sound reproduced through loudspeakers in an auditorium can vary greatly. In many applications where sound is reproduced in auditoria, a predictable performance is valued. While a number of different electro-acoustic and acoustic parameters contribute to this experience, a standard method of measuring the frequency and impulse response of the sound as presented to the audience by a loudspeaker system will be a necessary part of any more general solution.

The first face-to-face meeting of working group SC-04-08 will be held at the 134th AES Convention in Rome May 4-7, 2013.

Photo: Bruce Olson, chair of the AES Standards Committee

More information on the projects:

http://www.aes.org/standards/meetings/new-projects.cfm

More information on AES Standards

http://www.aes.org/standards/

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Vaddio Launches Major Software Update to AV Bridge and ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ Camera

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, announces a major software update to the AV Bridge and ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ camera. This update adds support for 4.2.0-encoded video applications including WebEx, Microsoft Lync and GoToMeeting.

“When recording lectures with detailed classroom and presentation content, HD video is essential and the higher video resolutions work great,” explained COO of Vaddio, Mark Steen. “But when you’re network only provides limited bandwidth, sometimes lower resolutions are the only way to go. Streaming an HD video call, only to have it scaled down on the soft client end, doesn’t make much sense and eats up a lot of bandwidth.”

Supporting lower resolution software applications now allows Vaddio’s EasyUSB products to be compatible with even more industry-leading videoconferencing and lecture capture programs.

For more information on the ClearVIEW HD-USB Camera and AV Bridge software upgrade please visit the Vaddio website at www.vaddio.com in the Tech Center.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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FiberPlex Announces Fiber Optic Maintenance Agreement Affecting Government Agencies During Sequestration

As new IT acquisitions come under the knife of sequestration, FiberPlex Technologies announced today an affordable maintenance agreement to extend the life of some $200 million worth of fiber optic products currently in service and purchased by government agencies over the past 25 years.

The Extended Service Agreement (ESA) is available for fiber optic products purchased under the FiberPlex name regardless of purchase date. “We anticipate that this ESA program will help dozens of agencies set a fixed maintenance cost on their FiberPlex optic systems, and in many cases, provide some budget relief in the wake of sequestration,” said FiberPlex’ Director of Government Relations Mitch Abel.

Affected are agencies within the Department of Defense, State Department, CIA, FBI, and others that have FiberPlex fiber optic systems in use today, many of those systems acquired as part of a government-wide mandate to secure its communications. FiberPlex fiber optic technology has been widely procured by the U.S. government over the past decade because of fiber optics’ large bandwidth capacity, economies of scale, and affordable implementation.

Now, FiberPlex products beyond the standard one-year parts and workmanship warranty offered by the company can be re-certified and qualified for an extended one- or three-year coverage period under an extended service agreement. The ESA encompasses the majority of FiberPlex products, including its serial data, IT infrastructure, WDM and LightViper products.

FiberPlex’ extended warranty program will help agencies leverage their investment in these fiber optic products and provide predictable fixed maintenance costs going forward, according to Abel.

In addition, FiberPlex is offering agencies new fiber optic technology to affordably increase the capacity of existing fiber optic infrastructure. Its Active WDM multiplexer bumps capacity up to OC-48 data transfer rates for up to 16 strands of fiber optics, effectively reducing acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber optic runs with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

“Active WDM gives these agencies an affordable option to add the kind of capacity they need now, without having to wait until they have the budget to pay for totally new optic installations,” commented Abel.

FiberPlex makes a full range of fiber optic products for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, k-12 and higher education.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is the global leader in secure digital communications. The FiberPlex brand has been engineering, manufacturing and delivering secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government for a quarter of a century and shares that expertise with commercial and international markets. As an expert in the industry, FiberPlex educates all sorts of businesses, including houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms, on how to leverage technology to lower risk and increase profits.

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Outline Butterfly System Installed in the Prestigious Warner Theater

Historic Washington, D.C. Landmark Selects Full Outline System Installed by Maryland Sound International

WASHINGTON D.C. — The prestigious Warner Theater has made its next quantum leap forward in entertainment services with its new Outline Butterfly PA system. Nestled just two blocks from The White House in Washington, D.C. the majestic Warner Theater has a rich legacy dating back to its origins in 1923 — first with Vaudeville, and later as a cinema theater during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Fully restored in 1992, the Warner Theater took on yet another incarnation and became an esteemed live performance venue. The new sound system delivers the power and clarity of Outline technology to support the venue’s expanded entertainment roster. more

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Miami University Graduates to L-ACOUSTICS

Loud & Clear installs KARA system at Millett Hall

OXFORD, Ohio – March 2013 — John D. Millett Hall on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio is best recognized as home to the school’s popular RedHawks basketball and volleyball teams. But the 9,200-capacity venue is also well known as the site for the school’s commencement exercises, as well as concerts and other events from a list of guests as varied as Yo-Yo Ma, Beck, Bill Cosby, The Fray, O.A.R., Bela Fleck, Jay Leno and the Dalai Lama.

With the facility’s aging distributed PA system struggling to even accommodate announcements at sporting events, the school hired Cincinnati-based L-ACOUSTICS Certified Provider Loud & Clear, Inc. to supply a sound reinforcement system each time it hosted a concert. Now, Loud & Clear has turned a satisfied rental client into an even happier fixed install client with the recent installation of an L-ACOUSTICS KARA system. more

ITV Chooses DK-Technologies Waveform and Audio Monitoring For Three New Facilities

After successfully implementing Multichannel Waveform and Audio Monitoring systems from DK-Technologies into its new ITV Meridian facility, ITV has now rolled out the same solution to its News broadcast facilities in Leeds and Manchester.

All three facilities are now equipped with five DK Waveform Monitoring systems comprising a PTO760 with HDSDI input core, a PTO760-I/P-8A analogue audio input module and a PTO760M-O/P-8A analogue output module. Each system is augmented with a matching secondary passive display unit. ITV News Leeds and Manchester facilities have an additional PTO710 Waveform Monitor, which is being used for its studio vision control position.

ITV Meridian was the first of the regional News operations to install DK-Technologies equipment, specifying the system as part of its 2011 move into a totally new facility.

Gerard Jennings, ITV News and Regions’ Engineering Manager, says: “With the ITV Meridian move, we took the opportunity to replace most of the core broadcast infrastructure with new HD compliant equipment.”

The decision to use DK-Technologies equipment was taken after the project’s technical team looked at systems from various manufacturers to compare features and cost. They eventually chose the PT0760M system because it offered flexible waveform and audio monitoring for the HD environment.

“The multiple inputs, video and audio, removed the requirement for external monitoring switchers, while the flexible configuration features allowed us to create specific presets for each of the user groups,” Jennings explains. “ITV Meridian’s operational staff were also consulted on the configuration features to make the units operator-friendly. An additional benefit to the News division is that they can be fully controlled and monitored over the ITV WAN to enhance nationwide out of hours support. Although these features are implemented in other makes of waveform monitor/rasteriser, the Java interface in the DK-Technologies range produces the best remote response. The DK display is one of the best we’ve seen for clarity and most importantly viewing angle which is critical in the raked upstands of control desks and is an area where some other makes of monitor have been found wanting. The displays are also cheap to service as we can change the backlight ourselves at a modest cost.”

At ITV Meridian, which has become the template for subsequent installations, ITV was keen to standardise monitoring stations so five physically identical sets of DK equipment were installed, each appropriately configured for the different applications required. Two of them are situated in the Traffic area, one is in CAR and the remaining two are in the craft edit suites. Each system is mounted in custom built control room furniture, designed by Lund Halsey to take a 3ru rackmount waveform monitor arrangement. Valuable rack space was saved because ITV Meridian did not have to accommodate any additional monitoring switching.

The success of this set up led ITV News to roll out similar systems to Leeds and Manchester and these are now up and running.

“The DK units do away with need for additional monitoring switchers because they perform that function for us,” Jennings says. “They also control independent loudspeaker and headphone monitoring for each position.”

The equipment choices that ITV News made for its new Meridian premises will not only enable the broadcaster to move seamlessly to HD, but have also formed the basis for the way other ITV News facilities have now been equipped.

“We have rolled out ITV Meridian’s core equipment choices to other regional News sites as we have refurbished them,” Jennings says. “ITV Meridian’s new complex has been a good proving ground.”

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers and PowerMatch® Amplifiers Chosen for Kansas City’s World Revival Church

World Revival Church employs Bose® Professional System products to help them spread the word globally with clear and clean audio

Framingham, Massachusetts, March 8, 2013 – Kansas City, Missouri’s World Revival Church, a 1,000-seat house-of-worship facility that ministers to a live congregation and broadcasts services globally, recently upgraded its sound system with components from Bose® Professional Systems Division. RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers, along with other Bose products, were installed to deliver the clarity and intensity of the church’s services. The challenge was to provide a system that could deliver uniform coverage, consistent volume levels and optimized sound at every seat, and by all accounts, the new Bose system more than did its job.

Ten years ago, with demand for the church’s services on the rise, World Revival moved from its original meeting house to its current 1,000-seat auditorium, with stage space for a full band, professional lighting rigs and multimedia capabilities. Soon, World Revival began live streaming its weekly services on the Web, expanding its reach around the globe.

“Our church is different,” says Steve Gray, World Revival’s Senior Pastor. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm. In some ways it’s almost a stadium experience.”

“We like a pretty good amount of volume in our worship,” says William Gilpin, World Revival’s Church Manager.

Over time, however, it became clear that, while the size of World Revival’s new home was adequate, the sound was not.

Gilpin contacted Steven Brown, System Design and Sales, Progressive Electronics, for a consultation. “Loudspeaker coverage in the space was spotty,” Brown says. “There were areas that were abrasive, and other areas that were soft. Nobody was getting the same kind of sound in the space anywhere.”

Brown’s background is in audio recording and he’s very particular about loudspeaker sound. He recently heard a demonstration of Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers. “I was floored,” he says. “I thought with this product, Bose had knocked it out of the park. I was absolutely, totally inspired.” Brown told Gilpin and Gray, “I know of a sound system you would cry for,” and scheduled a demonstration for them. After hearing it for themselves, Gilpin and Gray became believers.

Brown quickly got to work. “My goal was to paint the space with sound,” he says. “Keep all the direct energy off the walls and on the floor and the seats, so that it’s powerful without taking away from clarity and intelligibility.”

He brought in Bose sales and field engineering resources to work closely with him designing and commissioning the system. “The support from Bose is unmatched by most of the manufacturers I work with,” Brown says. “They’re not just selling product. They’re selling solutions.”

After exploring World Revival’s space, Brown and his team recommended a system with RoomMatch array module loudspeakers and PowerMatch configurable power amplifiers. Using Bose proprietary technologies, RoomMatch loudspeakers and PowerMatch amplifiers deliver concert-quality sound for fixed-installations in almost any room size, shape or acoustic requirement, and budget.

“RoomMatch gives you great directivity,” says Nathan York, Design Engineer, Progressive Electronics. “Everything just blends perfectly.”

The system uses three RoomMatch array clusters consisting of 14 RoomMatch loudspeakers; four RM5505, two RM7005, two RM7010, two RM7020, two RM9010, two RM9020 and four RMS215 subwoofers, all driven by seven PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers programmed with Bose ControlSpace® ESP digital signal processing. For York, the PowerMatch amplifier was the right choice. “It has eight channels and almost limitless possibilities of what you can do with it,” York says. “It would be my go-to amplifier in almost any scenario.”

With their new sound system installed, it was time to hear what they’d been missing. “People could sit anywhere in the room and it was good,” Gilpin stated. “The sound is full and loud,” Gray says, “but somebody can talk to you at the same time. You can be right underneath it and still have good fidelity.”

Soon World Revival’s congregation were believers, too.

“Everybody seemed ecstatic that first night. The clarity of it. The crispness. You could hear the low end, you could hear the highs,” added Dustin Smith, Worship Leader/Music Director. In fact, immediately after the broadcast, listeners from all over the world called World Revival, asking how they improved their broadcast audio mix. Which, of course, they didn’t. They improved the sound in the room instead.

“What we’re doing here works for us,” Gray says. “And touches thousands of people around the world.”

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Atlona(R) Now Shipping HDMI(R) Extenders Featuring HDBaseT(TM) Technology and RS-232 Control

Extenders Send AV, IR, RS-232 Control, and PoCc at Resolutions up to 4Kx2K

SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 11, 2013 — Atlona(R) today announced that the company is now shipping its latest HDMI(R) extenders featuring HDBaseT(TM) technology. Specifically engineered for maximum HDBaseT performance, the extenders provide reliable signal transmission to a distance of up to 328 feet (100 meters). Both the AT-HDTX-RSNET transmitter and AT-HDRX-RSNET receiver also provide bidirectional control with Ethernet, RS-232, and IR remote control for compatibility with third-party control systems. By using Power over Category cable (PoCc), AV, IR, RS-232, and power can be sent over a single category cable, eliminating the need for receiver power supplies. more

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