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Vista Systems’ Spyder Goes Large in Leading Energy Company’s Collaboration Room

Once again Vista Systems’ Spyder is the video processor of choice at one of the country’s leading energy companies. This time a top independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company is deploying a Spyder X20 8×8 in its collaboration room where staff analyze geological maps in close detail.

“Spyder is used to edge blend two dual-link DVI projectors, each 2560×1600 native,” says Mitchell Warren of Ford AV, which designs, installs, services and rents professional sound, video and lighting systems from its base in Oklahoma City. “While Spyder primarily does edge blending, it also does some switching” for the 192×65-inch display in the high-end collaboration room. Sources for the big-screen display include laptops, high-resolution PC towers with dual-link DVI outputs, and videoconferencing.

Warren notes that Spyder delivers unique capabilities to the collaboration room. “I don’t know of anything else that will edge blend dual-link DVI resolutions,” he says. “Once you get above 1080p you don’t have many options besides the Spyder.”

Mark Seney was Ford AV’s project manager on the job.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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Media Group International Receive Prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Dubai, UAE, 25th March 2013: Media Group International (MGI), the region’s leading systems integrator, has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. MGI is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

The certification follows a thorough auditing and validation process by British Standards Institute (BSI), and will see the company regularly continue to comply with quality monitoring processes. ISO 9001:2008 accreditation guarantees optimum quality assurance and control to MGI’s customers.

Paul Hennessy, CEO of Media Group International says: “This great achievement is a strong stepping stone for Media Group International towards excellence. The award of the ISO 9001:2008 certification is evidence of the company’s on-going commitment to quality management and continual improvement. It also demonstrates Media Group International’s promise to consistently provide quality products and services to its customers.

“I would like to congratulate the entire project team, senior management and all staff members who were involved in this project.”

Representatives from the BSI attended leading industry event CABSAT 2013 to present the certificate to MGI’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Hennessy. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast, MGI debuted under its new name at the trade event held earlier this month at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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Media Group International
Media Group International is a proven media broadcast and communications technologies systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. MGI opened its first European office in London in August 2012, under the direction of Managing Director, Neils Thomas, who formerly worked as Head of Sales for North Europe at Sony Professional Solutions Europe.
Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. Media Group International provides solutions from safeguarding national security such as in government operations, creating the best venues for education such as museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

To support the workflow and innovation demands of our valued customers, the team has grown with new local and international talent. We use our expertise to help realise your goals and ambitions – we listen, advise, design and build great workflows that work for you. Our ambition is to be your trusted partner in the Gulf region.
Website: www.mgi.tv
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings

Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
info@gssg.com
www.gssg.com

MAGIX Becomes The First DAW Manufacturer To Embrace The Music Producers Guild’s ISRC Initiative

The Music Producers Guild’s efforts to establish an industry standard for embedding ISRC data within digital music files has received a significant boost with the announcement by MAGIX Software GmbH that it will incorporate EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Broadcast WAV files in the latest software upstate for its popular Sequoia Digital Audio Workstation.

André Standke, Product Manager Sequoia, MAGIX Software GmbH, says: “For years, Sequoia has been an integral part of leading broadcast and mastering studios worldwide. We focus our attention on delivering the best sound and tools by working closely with engineers and music producers including Sterling Sound in New York, Air Studios, Alchemy Mastering in London and many more.

“As optical media is gradually replaced by file and server based audio content, we will continue to support the changes to the mastering process with innovative developments such as EBU tech3352 and we are happy to announce this feature is now incorporated into Sequoia, our number one product on the market.”

From the MPG’s point of view, the importance of ISRC cannot be understated. ISRC, which stands for International Standard Recording Code, is uniquely allocated to every song recorded. These codes are then registered with royalty payment agencies, thus ensuring that recording artists and copyright holders are properly remunerated for their work when it is played on radio or TV.

In the past the ISRC information was included within sub data streams of a CD, but in today’s digital age, where music is often stored on digital WAV files, the ability to securely associate ISRC data with specific tracks has been lost. This is because the only common way to incorporate ISRC into a WAV file is via the file name – and if someone changes the file name or it is truncated or amended by a software program, the vital ISRC information can easily go missing.

To resolve this problem, the MPG’s Mastering Group has been working closely with the EBU to develop an industry-approved method for embedding ISRC data within a WAV file. Following discussions, it was agreed that the best solution was to use was the EBU’s existing Broadcast WAV File (BWF), a variant of the traditional WAV file that was developed for use by broadcasters. The EBU has now agreed to adopt the BWF as standard so that all-important ISRC data can be securely associated with specific tracks.

MPG Mastering Group board member and Alchemy Mastering Engineer Barry Grint, who is leading the BWF initiative, adds: “MAGIX’ decision to incorporate BWF into Sequoia is a significant step forward for the MPG’s initiative and we are delighted that the company has embraced BWF as the standard specification for file exchange. The new system is simple to implement and, once adopted, it will allow ISRC to flow through the whole production chain. We now hope that other DAW manufacturers will follow suit.”

Grint adds that ISRC is set to become the cornerstone of every aspect of digital asset management, from tracking and reporting through to royalty reporting and song identification.

“The entire music industry needs a robust and secure system for identifying tracks, and who had input into their creation, so that we can safeguard the incomes of all artists and copyright owners,” he says. “Ultimately, the adoption of BWF as standard will provide a cornerstone for the MPG’s Credit Where Credit is Due campaign, which aims to highlight the woeful lack of credit information within the digital domain. Our overall goal is to ensure that all music creators receive proper credit and proper payment for their work, and having an industry-standard technical solution that allows credit information to be included in the metadata is a major step forward in achieving this ambition.”

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For more information about Sequoia Digital Audio Workstations, please visit www.sequoia-audio.com.

About Music Producers Guild (UK):

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

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Extron Introduces New TeamWork Digital Collaboration System

Extron Teamwork SystemExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce TeamWork™, a simple and intuitive collaboration system that supports groups of four to six users. TeamWork 400 and TeamWork 600 Digital Collaboration System packages are pre-configured for ease of installation with virtually any furniture system, new or currently in use. The TeamWork system also works with most flat panel displays, laptops, and tablets. For added flexibility, TeamWork is scalable and can be easily tailored to meet specific requirements with the addition of mounting hardware, support for legacy analog sources, and other optional accessories. The TeamWork system is ideal for corporate and education applications that require a reliable, easy-to-use collaboration system that adapts to evolving needs.

“The proliferation of laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices has revolutionized the way people come together to work on projects, with multiple, smaller collaboration spaces taking the place of traditional meeting rooms or classrooms on corporate and college campuses around the world,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “We designed the TeamWork system to provide AV integrators with highly flexible, pre-configured digital collaboration systems that can be quickly installed in new or existing furniture systems, with the performance, reliability, and low cost of ownership typical of all Extron products.”

The TeamWork system is designed for simple, intuitive operation with a minimum of training. Users simply connect their laptop or tablet to a TeamWork “Show Me” cable to start the system, then press the “Share” button to display their content on the presentation display. When done, users simply disconnect and walk away, and the TeamWork system automatically turns itself off and is ready for the next collaboration session. The TeamWork collaboration system is HDCP-compliant and supports full resolution, full frame rate digital video up to 1080p/60 and analog computer-video up to 1920×1200. Each TeamWork system package is complete and ready for installation, and includes HDMI “Show Me” cables, a switcher, a system controller, a Cable Cubby® enclosure with four US AC outlets, and other necessary system cables. TeamWork supports legacy analog computer sources with the optional TeamWork VGA Kit. Mounting hardware is also optionally available to facilitate different collaboration table or work surface designs.

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

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