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Introducing Broadcast Pix Flint Live Production and Streaming System

Affordable Solution Delivers End-to-End Integration, Access to Cloud-Based Content

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the Broadcast Pix Flint system, a breakthrough live video production system with end-to-end integration. Flint delivers built-in HD streaming and allows operators to include cloud-based content, in addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video, during live productions. Available in April and priced from $8,995, Flint integrates the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution, and is anchored by the company’s established production toolset for creating sophisticated live video.

Today’s changing live video production environment needs to accommodate multiple camera formats, file-based studio content, and cloud-based content from resources including Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining lip sync, and provides up to seven simultaneous outputs, which allows operators to deliver streaming with Adobe Flash at HD resolution, plus video content for broadcast in various formats, as well as record internally.

The Flint multi-format production switcher supports up to six HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and analog cameras, plus eight channels of clips and graphics. It includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Harris Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats, including ProRes, H.264, DNxHD and QuickTime animations.

“Broadcast Pix Flint is the professional solution that streaming video producers have been waiting for,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “Flint brings with it a complete set of professional production tools, now extended for cloud ingest so you have everything you need to create dynamic video, whether you are producing for webcast or broadcast.”

Files from a local network or from cloud-based sources can be easily added to a program, even during a live production, with Fluent Watch-Folders. With enhanced Fluent Rapid CG, Flint can flow Twitter and RSS feeds directly to air or pre-screen them. Graphics can also be updated from local and cloud-based databases to automate multiple graphics in two channels. And graphics can be automatically updated from Daktronics and OES scoreboards.

Flint also includes the entire Broadcast Pix production control environment, so a single operator or small staff can create compelling live video. Features include patented device control for rapid access to any file; Fluent-View, a comprehensive and fully customizable multi-view; Fluent Macros, which easily executes any combination of video, files, and device moves for complex effects with the push of a button; customizable virtual sets; and control of robotic cameras, video servers, audio mixers, recorders, and other external studio devices.

Broadcast Pix Flint has a variety of control choices. Each Flint system supports two monitors and ships with a keyboard and mouse, though it can also be controlled via touch screen, iPad, or tablet. Optional control panels include a custom Fluent Keyboard, 500 panel, 1000 panel with patented PixButtons that dynamically change to show the device icon and file name on the button, and 2000 panel, a large broadcast-grade panel with expanded device control bank and dedicated Fluent Macros controls. Flint can be controlled by one operator or shared for more complex productions.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its systems combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, Flint, Fluent, and PixButton are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Matrox Expands ISO Recording Feature for Telestream Wirecast on Matrox VS4 Card

Four-channel ISO recording to QuickTime codecs now available

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of support for Telestream® Wirecast® 4.2.4 for Windows® and enhanced ISO recording capabilities on the Matrox VS4™ card. Matrox VS4 not only sends video feeds to Wirecast for streaming, it simultaneously provides ISO recording of all the original video and audio feeds to disk, which is essential for high-quality post-event editing. Now, direct capture of DV, DVCPRO®, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD® to MOV files enables editing with popular apps from Adobe®, Apple® and Avid®.

Matrox VS4, Telestream Wirecast

“We've expanded Matrox ISO recording to include additional codecs so customers can post produce live events using their editing platform of choice,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager at Matrox. “With support for these additional codecs, and especially the QuickTime® MOV wrapper, this update gives the VS4/Wirecast solution the complete versatility live event producers need to make the most of their video assets.”

Matrox streaming production solutions for Wirecast will be demonstrated at the 2013 NAB Show in booth SL4616.

Price and availability
Priced at $1,495 US (€1295, £995) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox VS4 is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Full turnkey HD streaming production systems are available from some certified systems builders starting at under $5000. Support for Wirecast 4.2.4 for Windows is part of Matrox driver release 1.1, which is available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Minnetonka Audio Software Introduces New Version of SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II, Now With Integrated Loudness Measurement

MINNETONKA, Minn. — March 27, 2013 — Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. (MASI) today announced the third version of its SurCode(TM) encoder/decoder software for Dolby(R) Pro Logic II. The latest version of the Dolby-certified codec is the first in the industry to integrate Minnetonka Audio’s loudness measurement technology as seen in its benchmark AudioTools(TM) Server family. New, built-in loudness measurement simplifies workflows and yields EBU R 128 and “CALMpliant” deliverables with less reworking — saving time, money, and hassle for broadcast, postproduction, A/V, industrial, radio, OTT, and mobile/hand-held operations.

“The Minnetonka Audio tradition is to supply discriminating audio professionals with certified Dolby codecs with the aim of streamlining workflows,” said Jayson Tomlin, vice president of business operations at Minnetonka Audio. “SurCode Version 3′s integrated loudness measurement saves time and money while reinforcing industry best practices. Also, the new version addresses the need for complete LtRt creation, the most relevant and widely compatible surround technology today.”

SurCode Version 3 for Dolby Pro Logic II offers complete, Dolby-certified Dolby Pro Logic II encoding and Pro Logic II, Pro Logic IIx, and Pro Logic IIz decoding of up to eight channels of audio. The product enables auditioning, encoding, and decoding of audio with a Dolby-certified Dolby Pro Logic II codec, making it easy to produce surround-ready mixes in real time.

Real-time loudness metrics are displayed for the LoRo stream, multichannel source, or the undecoded stereo LtRt stem ensuring that all are CALMpliant. Monitoring and loudness-measurement tools and built-in encoding/decoding features enable mixes to be optimized for all playback situations, regardless of whether the LtRt is decoded into surround or remains in stereo mode as delivered.

As with other versions of SurCode, Version 3 can be deployed as a plug-in for popular digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Avid(R) or VST, making it a powerful, time-saving tool for efficient mixing right in the DAW. Version 3 includes forward-looking AAX support as well as backward-compatible RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins. Also new to Version 3 is the option of a cross-platform, stand-alone application for use in any environment. iLok(TM) dongle-based licenses provide for easy portability among suites and locations.

Minnetonka Audio will demonstrate SurCode Version 3 for Dolby Pro Logic II at the 2013 NAB Show in booth SU8918. The product will be available in the second quarter. More information about Minnetonka Audio products is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

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About Minnetonka Audio Software
An award-winning solutions provider for motion picture, video, broadcast, game, and optical disc production, Minnetonka Audio Software creates essential technology for the world’s top media professionals. Its revolutionary AudioTools Server is the file-based software alternative to hardware program optimizers, bringing expert audio automation to existing media production infrastructures. The AudioTools Server, SurCode, and discWelder product lines support the full array of audio codecs, file types, and standards for CD, DVD, Blu-ray(TM), broadcast, and digital television. The company is the leading provider of professional OEM audio solutions as well as file-based QC and loudness control. Spanning more than two decades of operation, the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based company has a subsidiary in Germany and an international network of distributors and channel partners who share its commitment to quality and service. More information is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

The Minnetonka Audio Software logo is a trademark of Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Minnetonka/SurCodePLII3.zip
Photo Caption: SurCode(TM) for Dolby(R) ProLogic II

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Snell to Demonstrate Real-Time, IP-based Video Streaming for Content Transfer at 2013 NAB Show

New IP-Based Interfaces for Snell Modular, Production Switching, and Routing Systems Offer Broadcasters a Smooth Transition to IP Workflows

READING, U.K. — March 27, 2013 — In booth N1820 at the 2013 NAB Show, Snell will feature a demonstration of seamless content transfer via real-time IP links that showcase the powerful new IP-based, real-time interfaces for the company’s Kahuna 360 production switcher, IQ Modular range, and Sirius 800 Advanced Hybrid Processing router.

“Traditionally, media enterprises have used digital switched networks to transfer compressed and uncompressed video and audio for both contribution and distribution applications,” said Paola Hobson, senior product manager at Snell. “This is changing as organizations begin to turn to real-time IP links for both external and internal signal transfer. In addition to better integration with file-based workflows and IP distribution infrastructures, this new transfer paradigm offers significant opportunities for cost savings in which broadcast-specific cabling and distribution equipment can be replaced by lower-cost standard IT components.”

Typical applications for real-time IP transfer of content are professional broadcast contribution (content supplied for onward editing or other processing), studio-to-studio media exchange, in-house signal distribution and routing (material sent for further editing or placed on the final path to the end consumer), and live event coverage. At the 2013 NAB Show, Snell’s demo will show how IP links can be used to transfer content in real time over an MPEG-2 transport stream, such as those in widespread use for real-time multimedia content communication. Originating as a 1080 59p feed from the Kahuna 360 multi-format production switcher, the content is encoded into a 200 Mbps video stream using the AVC-Intra 100 video codec. The signal is then passed via a Snell IQGBE80 Ethernet switch to Snell IQ modules that provide IP-to-SDI decoding, down-conversion to 1080 59i to feed a video monitor, an IQ module for logo insertion, and encoding back to SDI for transfer to the Sirius 800 router.

“At Snell, we understand that many of our customers will take a phased approach to implementing all-IP workflows, and that they will need to manage both SDI and IP interfaces for a period of time,” Hobson added. “By creating IP interfaces for our modular, routing, and production switching equipment, Snell offers broadcast and media organizations a convenient way to manage a hybrid SDI-IP facility. By offering broadcast-friendly control and monitoring, Snell products provide a smooth, cost-effective path for users to transition from SDI to IP, as operation and control paradigms will be familiar.”

More information about Snell’s full Broadcast Infrastructure product line is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Front Porch Digital Releases DIVArchive V7.1

New Version of Content Storage Management System Supports LTO-6, Introduces AXF Explorer Interface, and Integrates With More Transcoding Workflows

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — March 26, 2013 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced the release of DIVArchive(R) V7.1, the newest version of its advanced CSM system. New features and integrations, such as LTO-6 support and new AXF handling, make the system ideal for a broader array of applications in media operations of every kind, including broadcast facilities, educational and heritage institutions, production and postproduction houses, and government entities.

“DIVArchive was built to interconnect every element of a video-oriented, file-based operation, from archive to production to transmission,” said Mike Knaisch, president and CEO of Front Porch Digital. “We’ve enhanced the already powerful system with some very important features in order to extend usability even further and keep up with evolving formats.”

One of those features is support for LTO-6 drives and media. The LTO-6 format has 2.5 TB of capacity compared with 1.5 TB for LTO-5, allowing customers to store more data within the same footprint and lowering the cost per terabyte. After working closely with the HP Storage Group to earn qualification, Front Porch Digital has extended DIVArchive to support LTO-6 drives for the entire range of HP Enterprise Class and Business Class tape libraries.

Also new in DIVArchive V7.1 is AXF Explorer, an intuitive interface for parsing Archive eXchange Format (AXF) objects. AXF Explorer’s straightforward operations are performed using drag-and-drop procedures, just like in the Windows(R) operating system. AXF Explorer can copy AXF files or folders to a local or networked disk volume and can display any AXF embedded metadata.

Another major accomplishment is a recently announced partnership with file-transfer software company Data Expedition to integrate its ExpeDat(TM) WAN acceleration product into DIVArchive V7.1. The integration gives DIVArchive users a WAN acceleration option that is fully managed and supported by Front Porch Digital, and it is the first direct integration of a WAN acceleration protocol into a CSM cloud-based solution.

DIVArchive V7.1 also improves the handling of file checksum metadata within the archive so that any application can get the checksum using DIVArchive APIs (e.g., Web services API). These features make it possible for customers, and especially for storage-service providers, to get checksum values calculated by DIVArchive and validate the integrity of their digitized content at any time.

In addition, by directly integrating with Telestream’s Vantage Transcode and Vantage Transcode Pro software packages, DIVArchive V7.1 now enables the complete range of Telestream’s world-class video transcoding and workflows. Vantage supplies users with more formats and provides a powerful yet simple way to build and automate video workflows.

Front Porch Digital will display DIVArchive V7.1 at the 2013 NAB Show in booths SU3602 and SU3605. More information about Front Porch Digital products is available at fpdigital.com.

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About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/FrontPorch/DIVArchive_CMYK.zip

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Gary Kajikawa Joins WorldStage as West Coast Director of Engineering Services

WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, Inc., is pleased to announce that Gary Kajikawa has joined the company as west coast director of engineering services. In that role his primary responsibility is directing and managing the efforts of WorldStage’s west coast engineering services and warehouse operations, while supporting account management and project management, and all aspect of technical staging projects. Gary will also work with the east coast.

Kajikawa comes on board after at short stint at Video Equipment Rentals following a 13-year tenure as senior project manager of PSAV National Operations, where he was involved with many aspects of staging events, from pre-production and developing tech requirements for an event to installation and implementation, for a roster of top clients nationwide.

Now,eager to join WorldStage, he says. “WorldStage is a nationally recognized organization and the west coast operation is one of only a few teams that can execute the largest shows successfully while being fully capable of taking on smaller shows. They can scale to do any size show with great in house talent, have the flexibility to react quickly and a reputation for excellence in services and in-house engineering support. I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”

Kajikawa’s background as a technical director has exposed him to many aspects of video, film and computer-related production working on national and local commercials and many corporate productions. A graduate of California State University/Long Beach, he previously served as technical director, chief video engineer and telecommunications administrator at Maritz Performance Improvement Company and as technical director/camera operator and corporate officer at The Hoppa Group, Inc.

He also developed technical training for studio operations for NBC and has designed and installed audio and video production and postproduction facilities and designed and implemented computer hardware and software for integration with video and presentations.

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

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