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ALT Systems Brings Powerful Gaming Technology to Award-Winning HP Z Workstations

Game Developer Editions for Autodesk(r) and Unreal Engine Users Launch at GDC

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) ALT Systems, a full-service systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, has announced its collaboration with HP, Autodesk(r), Epic Games and PNY Technologies to offer high-performance game development packages designed specifically to support Autodesk(r) and Unreal Engine users. Unveiled today at GDC 2013, these systems optimize pipelines with a new combination of elite tools for the professional gaming community.

Tested by Autodesk and Epic Games, the ALT Systems Game Developer Edition for Autodesk Users and the ALT Systems Game Developer Edition for Unreal Engine Users will be available on three platforms: the HP Z1, the world’s first 27-inch all-in-one workstation, and HP’s powerful and reliable HP Z820 and Z620 Workstations. ALT Systems will work with customers to configure systems to their needs, as well as supply the technical support they require to operate with maximum performance.

ALT Systems will also be offering GDC attendees special promotional pricing during the conference, providing high-performance solutions for a range of budgets.

“As a systems integrator serving the media and entertainment industry for over 18 years, we have profound understanding and extensive experience supporting the technology needs of professionals working on high-end visual and immersive environments for end users,” said Jon Guess, president of ALT Systems. “We are a longtime, authorized Autodesk and HP integrator. This collaboration is a natural evolution for us to leverage our capabilities with these leading technology companies to support game developers and artists.”

The collaboration provides the professional game development community – for the first time – with the opportunity to integrate GeForce(r) GTX 680 XLR8 Edition by PNY graphics cards into HP’s award-winning Z Workstations. PNY graphics cards are highly regarded for their performance-enhancing applications in advanced and competitive gaming, and photo and video editing, among other uses.

“As the workstation industry leader, HP customers require ultimate performance and reliability that has been tested and certified for the professional applications that enable their creativity,” said Jeff Wood, vice president of worldwide product management, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “By working with a renowned integrator like ALT Systems, HP is able to provide our customers with the GeForce graphics solutions they require, combined with the qualifications and professional support they expect from HP.”

The GeForce graphics cards from PNY will be available through ALT Systems on three of the award-winning HP Z Workstations:

* Designed like no other, the display of the HP Z1 All-in-One Workstation snaps open so users can easily swap out parts and make upgrades without any tools required.(1) The HP Z1 combines a sleek industrial design with accelerated performance featuring Intel(r) Xeon(r) processors,(2) support for more than 1 billion colors(3) and HP’s world-class reliability. The HP Z1 will be available with the GeForce GTX 680M graphics by PNY.

* Engineered for the most demanding and compute-intensive visualization needs, the HP Z820 is ideal for development customers aiming to bring gamers the next blockbuster game. The HP Z820 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 512 GB of ECC memory, up to 14 terabytes (TB) of high-speed storage and will be available with the GeForce GTX 680 graphics by PNY.

* For quiet space constrained environments, the HP Z620 is a great choice for customers who need high-end performance in a compact form factor. Updated last year to support both single- and dual-socket processors, the powerful and versatile HP Z620 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 192 GB of ECC memory, up to 11 TB of high-speed storage, and will be available with the GeForce GTX 680 graphics by PNY.

A cornerstone of ALT Systems’ longstanding media and entertainment solutions is Autodesk’s Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) products. Over the past several years, ALT Systems has consistently been recognized as one of Autodesk’s Gold Partners, delivering Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Motionbuilder, Autodesk Flame, and Autodesk Flare to both large and boutique-sized facilities. With the addition of Autodesk Beast, Autodesk Navigation, Autodesk HumanIK, and Autodesk Scaleform, professional developers, artists and creators have a full spectrum of powerful tools to help usher in the next generation of games.

“Autodesk strives to bring our customers the latest technology solutions that enable creativity,” said Mark Strassman, vice president, Media & Entertainment Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk. “HP Z Workstations are tested for Autodesk applications, and combining these leading technologies with the professional GeForce graphics cards from PNY delivers the ultimate development experience.”

Epic Games’ industry-standard game engine brings award-winning, cross-platform game engine technology to ALT Systems’ Game Developer Editions.

“Epic’s Unreal Engine is set to power the next generation of games, with high-end rendering, scalable cross-platform features, and revolutionary new tools for productivity,” said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games. “The HP Z Workstations combined with the power of GeForce graphics cards provides our developers with high-performance technology that allows them to push the limits of their creativity and deliver incredible new experiences.”

For information on pricing and availability, please visit http://altsystems.com/gamedevelopereditions/.

At GDC, stop by Autodesk (booth #1240) and Epic (booth #BS322) to see these solutions and receive more information, or call ALT’s main office at 818.504.6800.

Read more about how HP is helping to create some of the world’s most graphics intensive games here.

About ALT Systems
ALT Systems Inc. is a Los Angeles-based systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, offering superior compositing, rendering, editing, color correction, digital intermediate, 2D/3D, restoration, large format film recording, and SAN and NAS networking and storage options to the post production, visual effects and gaming industries. Founded in 1995 and privately owned, the company is a leading solution provider in the global media and entertainment marketplace. For more information, visit www.altsystems.com.

(1) All specifications represent the typical specifications provided by HP’s component manufacturers; actual performance may vary.
(2) Dual-core and quad-core technologies are designed to improve performance of multithreaded software products and hardware-aware multitasking operating systems and may require appropriate operating system software for full benefits; not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of these technologies.
(3) 1.07 billion viewable colors through A-FRC technology.

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Bexel Demonstrates Live Broadcast Solutions at NAB

BEXEL BOOTH at NAB 2013: C6932

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, will power the live stage at the Vitec village, where presentations will take place hourly. The custom-designed control room duplicates a fully functioning broadcast system used in real-time environments. It will highlight Bexel’s unique approach to integrated solutions utilizing an array of equipment, including multiple Vitec brands.

The company offers systems and expertise for a wide range of televised needs, as well as fiber, wireless and audio equipment and infrastructure services. Bexel will also showcase a number of systems and solutions for applications ranging from small to large scale operations.

“We create expertly designed, customized solutions for every client with an unsurpassed understanding of the demands broadcasters face,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “In each case, Bexel provides the best equipment and supports it with top-tier engineers to make absolutely certain that events – from the newsroom to live sporting events and popular televised specials – run according to plan. At NAB, we’ll be demonstrating systems and solutions that showcase our capabilities to solve any broadcast need, and to back them with unparalleled technical talent.”

The cornerstone of the system at the booth will be Bexel’s Water Flypack from the company’s Element Flypack line of integrated solutions. This multi-camera HD production system can be used for various televised or streamed events. At NAB, the Water Flypack will include a Leitch router, Evertz terminal equipment, Sony monitors and a DiGiCo audio console. Sony HDC-2500 cameras and Camera Corps Q-Balls will be the primary capture source.

Bexel’s latest slate of high-profile events in support of major broadcasters includes on-site production, fiber infrastructure and engineering support for this year’s Super Bowl week from Jackson Square to the Superdome, the Golden Globes, and the presidential inauguration as well as Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Football, NCAA basketball, NASCAR and the X Games, among others.

Bexel is organized into three specialized divisions to optimize their services and solutions. Bexel Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) offers unique end-to-end solutions, including systems integration, fiber and infrastructure support. Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS) is a leading dealer in professional audio, video and fiber equipment sales, including Bexel’s pre-eminent used equipment sales. Bexel Rental Services & Solutions (RSS) provides a comprehensive resource for the latest broadcast equipment and technical services.

About Bexel:
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Shotoku To Pair Gemini Pan Bar Control System With Stagebox For Simplified For And Cost-Effective Remote Camera Control

Click Here to Visit Shotoku at NAB Booth # C9032 or Stagebox NAB Booth # SL11813

WORLD’S FIRST DEMONSTRATIONS TO BE HELD AT NAB 2013, BOOTH SL11813

Torrance, CA • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support and virtual reality tracking, will present the world’s first demonstrations of its Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS) paired with Stagebox by BBC R&D – a powerful, standards-based solution for connecting video, audio and data between remote locations over standard networks. Demonstrations will be held in Stagebox Booth # SL11813.

In addition, an enhanced version of Shotoku’s popular TR-T touch control system and the SPI-Touch unique positional calibration method for Virtual Studios will be highlighted at the show.

Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS) Meets Stagebox!
Shotoku’s revolutionary Gemini pan-bar controlled remote camera system will take a giant leap forward at NAB when it is demonstrated with Stagebox. Gemini offers easy, uncompromised operation for live events and other difficult-to-reach places where cameras are needed, but operators cannot go. When paired with Stagebox, the combined system allows remote control of multiple cameras over standard communication networks at live productions, such as sports events, resulting in tremendous flexibility and significant cost-savings.

Stagebox uses open standards to allow high definition multi-camera productions to link their equipment and move content in real time. The small but powerful Stagebox unit transforms all the audio, video, timing and remote control signals to and from a camera into packet-based IP networks to streamline field production logistics and workflows. Production teams can use low cost switches instead of traditional high-end SDI routers, and full camera operation, including robotics control data, can be achieved through a single Cat6 connection. Shotoku’s Gemini system, a perfect fit for this technology, provides remote camera operation, while maintaining the unique precision control and natural feel of a standard manual pan & tilt head.

TR-T Touch Control System
An enhanced version of Shotoku’s successful TR-T touch control system will be at NAB. TR-T meets the demands of larger, complex facility-wide installations as well as smaller systems. The flexible TR-T system enables any control system in any location to easily and rapidly re-configure control of cameras and studios in other physical locations. Automated functions allow precise control over shot recall, with minimal intervention, enabling an operator to truly multi-task, without losing any on-air flexibility.

SPI-Touch
SPI-Touch offers a totally new way of positional calibration for Virtual Studios. Simply designate two different points through SPI-Touch’s viewfinder and press the button at each of the points. The camera position will be instantly calibrated. SPI-Touch eliminates the need to mark the studio floor and move the pedestal making calibration easy and fast.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.tv

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Christie Interactivity Kit and Christie MicroTiles Let Visitors Curate Their Own Tour at Cleveland Museum of Art

Visitors to the celebrated Cleveland Museum of Art and its Gallery One are engaging with displays and curating their own tours thanks to Christie® MicroTiles® and Christie Interactivity Kit. Blending art and technology as part of an elegant $100 million renovation, Gallery One’s Collection Wall is a 40-foot wide multi-touch screen comprising two 15-units wide by 5-units tall Christie MicroTiles video walls using Christie Interactivity Kit. The 4-unit wide by 3-unit tall “Line and Shape” MicroTiles video wall with another Interactivity Kit is located in Studio Play, Gallery One’s early (childhood) learning zone.

Inspiring visitors and motivating the younger, tech-savvy demographic to explore the museum’s thousands of works including Pablo Picasso masterpieces, the Collection Wall allows up to 16 people to interact simultaneously with the wall using RFID tags on iPad stations. The results they create also suggest further topics of interest. Visitors can personalize and build his or her collection, curating their own tour on the iPad using the museum’s ArtLens app.

Christie MicroTiles at Cleveland Museum of Art

The “Line and Shape” wall lets up to three children simultaneously draw lines or shapes. The content management software then finds and displays similar shaped artwork from the museum’s collection, encouraging participants to see shapes in everyday life.

Zenith Systems Finds the Answer with Christie MicroTiles
When Christie MicroTiles debuted, Doug Fortney of Zenith Systems, project integrator, learned how the museum could eliminate the need to replace projector lamps and not worry about color matching even for a display that runs all day. He was particularly interested in their maintenance since he wanted to install a video wall directly into the architecture.

“When I learned from Bob Christopher (Central Regional Manager, Business Products Fixed Install, Christie) you could repair each tile just by removing its screen – that got really interesting because, as an integrator, we’re always thinking about not only building something, but maintaining it. It was very important to come up with a sustainable design. Part of what is so attractive about MicroTiles and Interactivity Kit is the components are modular, not very big, and everything can be repaired quickly. We don’t really have access to the back – so we needed to be able to fix anything from the front,” said Fortney.

“The big things that appealed to us are no lamps to replace, the 65,000-hour half-life of the LEDs, the technology in the MicroTiles that helps them maintain a uniform color across all the tiles, and the great black levels. Trying to make this art look really spectacular requires fantastic black levels and the MicroTiles give us the blacks we want. The art really ‘pops’ on it and adds to that ‘wow’ effect because the black levels are so good.”

Visitor Interacts with Christie MicroTiles' 40 ft-wide Collection Wall


Christie Interactivity Kit Completes the Visual Solution
“The other piece that became very important was learning about Christie Interactivity Kit at another trade show – because this wall was going to be interactive. Until that point, we were looking at another product for the touch interface because we needed a very high accuracy performance where you touch a small piece of art and manipulate it,” noted Fortney.

Adding to the experience, Fortney and his team also wrote software that generates a dead zone around the initial touch, preventing accidental touches such as a piece of loose clothing from creating an unintentional result.

Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™, the Christie Interactivity Kit adds multi-touch interactivity to any large-format, rectangular digital display. It lets multiple users interact simultaneously with a video wall with the resolution and speed needed to support finger-based gestures such as flicking, pinching, rotating and scrolling. Scalable, and designed in pieces, Christie Interactivity Kit attaches to a video wall perimeter and is configurable into 84 different sizes with no drivers or manual calibration of sensors or cameras required.

Fortney said the displays are becoming the iconic symbol of the gallery, calling them a unique application of technology and a beautiful thing to see. He is not alone. The Cleveland Museum of Art and its Christie MicroTiles/Christie Interactivity Kit digital displays are earning enthusiastic reviews from staff, visitors and media.

“From everybody it has been an ‘Oh wow! This is beautiful.’ No one has seen anything like it,” Fortney concluded. “From a distance, the wall has a real ‘wow factor’ and then a completely different ‘oh wow’ experience when you go up and interact with it because now it is right in your face. Rather than simply a traditional static museum, you have interactivity that helps people see, appreciate, and understand the art that is at the museum. The technology draws this new crowd here and they want to experience it.”

BHV Broadcast Reveals Plans to Exhibit Award-Winning Battery Replacement System and Format Convertors at NAB 2013

Click Here to Visit BHV Broadcast at NAB Booth N921

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production, has revealed plans to exhibit its award-winning Video Ghost phantom power system, the Proteus rate converter and the Syntax Essence, a low-cost version of its award-winning up-converter at NAB 2013 in Booth N 921.

Video Ghost
Through the medium of modern technology, BHV Broadcast brings you Video Ghost! Developed as a low-cost, reliable replacement for batteries, Video Ghost brings phantom power to the digital video world! The unit – recipient of TV Technology’s Mario Award, Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit AND IBC’s What Caught my Eye – now provides a hefty 65 watts of power at 12V for camera head-ends and remote monitors using the existing serial digital video coaxial cable. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, it can also be used to power composite to SDI converters at the camera, avoiding the signal degradation suffered by composite video over long distances.

Video Ghost will be shown for the first time at NAB using the V-lock universal mounting system and sporting a new, sleek design.

Syntax and Syntax Essence Up/Cross/Down-Converters
BHV Broadcast is also introducing the US market to Syntax Essence, an economical version of its popular and award-winning Syntax SDI up/cross/down converter. Based on advanced Super-Resolution Bandlet Technology like the original, Syntax Essence offers the same essential features and processing power while helping operators maintain their quality standards within the confines of limited budgets. Syntax and Syntax Essence bring the performance advantages of motion-compensated processing without the associated disadvantages of high cost and occasionally severe artefacts. The full Syntax model also features analogue video inputs and ARC facilities.

Proteus Multi-Format/Multi-Purpose Converter
The award-winning Proteus motion-adaptive rate converter will be shown in its rack-mount version. The fully-featured broadcast specification converter features 10-bit SDI, analogue video and digital/analogue audio. It employs an advanced rate conversion algorithm, comprehensive audio facilities and Aspect Ratio Conversion. Proteus also offers full format conversion, frame synchronizing, timebase correction, and full video and audio level control. Proteus addresses lip-sync errors with variable audio delay (up to 10 seconds) featuring both tracking and block delay, and also offers audio group switching.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2013. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

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

NAB2013: Digital Nirvana to Introduce First Cloud-Based Solution for Streamed Media Monitoring

AnyStream IQ™ Provides Recording, Logging, and Monitoring of Streamed Broadcasts for Web Captioning Compliance and Proof of Advertising

Newark, CA – At NAB 2013 Digital Nirvana will introduce AnyStream IQ™ – the industry’s first cloud-based solution for streamed media monitoring. It provides reliable recording, logging and monitoring of live and recorded streamed broadcasts for web captioning compliance and proof of advertising. Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth N3434 during the NAB convention, being held from April 8-11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

AnyStream IQ is designed specifically for the new streamed media monitoring requirements of broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors.

Given today’s move toward “TV Anywhere,” broadcasters are expanding the video delivery ecosystem and are streaming video content to desktops and mobile devices. Within this streamed programming, they are inserting ads that are different from ads running during the traditional broadcast. TV stations must create a log of their streaming content in order to provide a “proof of airing” to their advertising clients. There will be a growing need for online ad monitoring since industry experts are expecting a triple digit increase in ad growth for online media through 2017.

Another situation increasing the need for live stream monitoring is the new FCC web captioning requirements. These new mandates require broadcasters to provide web captioning for hearing impaired viewers. Broadcasters must provide proof of compliance for these new mandates as well.

“AnyStream IQ is the first cloud-based solution to record and monitor streamed media for web captioning compliance and proof of advertising,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “We’re extremely eager to demonstrate this at NAB this year. We expect a very enthusiastic response from content creators who must comply with the new FCC mandates on streamed content. It addresses many challenges they now face, and greatly simplifies the entire process.”

AnyStream IQ provides the following capabilities:

-Records and monitors live and recorded streams for proof of web caption compliance
-Provides “proof of airing” for advertisers

It is a cloud-based subscription service, with no hardware or software to install. Users just specify the URL of the stream, and AnyStream IQ records the streams, extracts the closed captions (if any), and provides a browser-based interface to search the recorded streams. With its Cut/Clip feature, users can make frame-accurate in and out points on video using the H.264 standard and share the clip for either compliance or proof of airing purposes. AnyStream IQ can easily complement a station’s current, in-house compliance logging system.

AnyStream IQ records both FLV and HLS streaming formats for desktop computers, tablets and smart phones. DIt extracts closed captions accompanying the streams. It also extracts advertisements within the streams.

As a cloud-based solution, AnyStream IQ offers several budget-friendly benefits. It eliminates upfront installation and server maintenance costs, and it turns monitoring into an operating expense as opposed to a capital expense. With subscription-based pricing, the cost of monitoring is spread over the course of an entire year.

In addition to AnyStream IQ, Digital Nirvana offers the traditional broadcast monitoring solution through its flagship product, Monitor IQTM Used by broadcasters worldwide, Monitor IQ provides a range of unique features including centralized management, automatic ad detection, a director’s audio track, as well as an advanced metadata harvester™. Monitor IQ combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieve and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ live stream monitoring solution, MediaPro content repurposing system, and repeat audio detection systems (RADS) for song tracking and ad tracking. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, learning management services, and professional services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information, visit www.digital-nirvana.com.

Cobalt Digital’s Exhibition NAB 2013 Plans Reflect Direct Response to Customer Requests

Press Conference: Tuesday • April 9, 9AM • Booth N4624 – Click to RSVP

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), has revealed an NAB 2013 line-up that reflects its commitment to accommodate customer requests. The manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments will display a complement of never before seen products, as well as numerous enhancements, developed to keep customers ahead of the technology curve in a competitive market with reliable, cost effective gear in Booth N4624.

Highlights Include:
Obsidian3G - a new series of terminal gear cards offering the highest quality performance with pricing sensibility will be launched featuring a DCDA down converter/distribution amplifier. This will be followed by DCDA-3G and DCDA-3G2 dual down converters with 3G, frame sync and AES outputs. Further units to be added include UDC-SDI-SD12, full single and dual up/down/cross converters respectively.

• Fiber units for the recently released Blue Box Group™ – a range of throw-down modular bricks designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment.

• Cobalt’s widely embraced Fusion3G® cards will now offer even higher performance with Dolby DD+ with simultaneous 5.1 and 2.0 in addition to their comprehensive array of processing features that include format conversion, frame sync, wings insertion, keying, color correction, advanced audio processing, full analog I/O, audio/video delay, audio embed/de-embed/cross-point and up/down mixing.

SpotCheck®, Cobalt’s audio loudness measurement and recorded data logging system, has been enhanced with up to 16 video channels containing up to 32 audio channels. The new version – SpotCheck®-2016 – monitors, meters and logs loudness compliance over extended time-periods and now supports codecs H.264, MPEG2, MP1L2, DD, AAC.

• Demonstrations of the new Descriptive Video Services technology – Video for the vision impaired – will be available on the booth.

•The Company will also now offer a timecode burner inserter on its 9000 series card.

Cobalt will present all new offerings and enhancements at a Press Conference on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 10AM in Booth N4624. Please click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to RSVP.

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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

Wowza Exec to Share Company’s ‘TV Anywhere’ Concept at 2013 NAB Show

Session to Highlight How Broadcasters Can Recreate the TV Watching Experience by Using Simple Workflows to Deliver Seamless, High-Quality Video to Viewers Using Any Device

EVERGREEN, Colo. — March 26, 2013 — Wowza Media Systems LLC, provider of Simply Powerful Streaming(TM) server software, today announced that Wowza(R) Vice President of Product Management Chris Knowlton will be presenting a session titled “Anytime, Anywhere, Best Quality: Multiscreen Streaming Workflows for Broadcasters” at the 2013 NAB Show. The presentation will take place at 4 p.m. on April 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Room S228. more

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BTX Announces Availability of Net Display Systems’ PADS4 Release 2

Newest Version of Enterprise Signage Solution Replicates Content, Balances Systems Loads, and Provides Fully Automated Routing Capabilities

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — March 26, 2013 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that Net Display Systems (NDS), a leading developer of digital signage software, has announced the availability of PADS4 release 2. With this newest release, NDS’ PADS4 offers sub-server functionality, LDAP/AD integration, and proof-of-play reporting tools. The new software is available now through BTX.

The PADS4 release 2 features an intelligent sub-server system to replicate content in addition to fully automated routing capabilities to ensure that systems remain operational at all times. The sub-server system also adds system load balancing to minimize network traffic, which is ideal in larger enterprise environments. For simpler administration of user accounts, Active Directory integration manages users, their rights, and their roles within an organization, in addition to adopting the Active Directory organizational structure. LDAP further facilitates the management process by ensuring logon validation without requiring any intervention from system administrators.

“Our second release of PADS4 features additional functionalities designed to support today’s most needed digital signage requirements,” said Sjoerd van Leeuwen, CCO at NDS. “With warranted uptimes to ensure mission critical communications and proof-of-play reporting tools, customers can now more effectively design, schedule, and distribute any type of content to a variety of applications.”

To make advertisements more effective, PADS4 release 2 also offers a powerful new proof-of-play feature that offers a flexible mechanism to record, view, and process logos for advisements or any other content being played. Logos can also be easily converted to detailed reports for billing purposes.

PADS4 release 2 is available as a 30-day trial and requests for downloads can be made at www.btx.com. A live demonstration is available upon request to info@btx.com.

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About BTX Technologies, Inc.
BTX manufactures and distributes the industry’s finest interface and integration products for audio, video, security, digital signage, and many other applications. Providing its customers with value-added “Beyond Distribution” services, the company backs every product it sells with a rigorous in-house testing program and highly trained customer support team. The company has been certified as an InfoComm International(R) Sapphire Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider(R) (CAVSP(R)) since 2007. In business since 1967, the company’s products are available online at www.btx.com, by calling 800-666-0996, and from a selection of international distributors listed on the company’s website.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BTX/130326.zip

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Sure Shot Adds DiGiCo’s SD10B Console To Its Newest Mobile Broadcast Truck

Sure Shot Transmissions is a mobile production and satellite services outfit with offices located in New York, Dallas, and Youngstown, Ohio. Last fall, owner Dennis Kunce added a fourth 40′ full-service expandable truck to its offerings. The Cynthia Lee, outfitted with DiGiCo’s SD10B console, will handle sporting and entertainment events under the direction of EIC Kory Loy. Kunce picked the SD10B based on a recommendation from one of the audio principals at ESPN, as the console has been a mainstay in X Games’ submix trucks for the past several years at events around the globe.

Since hitting the road back in September, the Cynthia Lee has made its debut handling install feeds at a host of high-profile events including the 39th Ryder Cup for the UK’s Sky Sports News, the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship and the Daytona 500 for ESPN in the U.S., as well as the 2013 Super Bowl for Nippon TV in Japan. The console’s ability to interface with the other trucks via MADI and fiber networks, as well as its easy learning curve, made it a natural fit for these fast-paced events.

“Our intention when we built the truck was to meet ESPN’s need for a mid-level production truck; one that was more like a 6-8 camera production rather than the typical 10-15 one,” explains Sure Shot owner, Dennis Kunce. “We worked closely with ESPN to determine what audio board would be suitable for them in this specific application and DiGiCo is what they recommended and gave us their blessing. The people at DiGiCo worked with us to meet our price point to stay within the budget. But more importantly, the SD10B’s footprint, versatility, and power—all those things came into play in our decision. DiGiCo was also very supportive with their training; they came to our facility in Ohio and worked with Kory and our chief engineer Scott Tucker to show us the things needed to make the board workable out in the field. You’ve got to have a console that is very user-friendly or else you’re in trouble and the DiGiCo console offers us the kind of flexibility and versatility we have to have as an independent contractor working with all the major networks including NBC, Fox, Turner, ESPN, Sky Sports… right down the line. The exposure we’re getting by having the board in our truck has been very positive. Overall, it has been a very positive experience across the board.”

“As the engineer in charge of the mobile unit,” explains Loy, “I’m tasked with ensuring that all the pieces of equipment in the truck are up and running for the freelance crew to operate—everything from the audio console to the video switchers to the cameras. So, even though I’m not one of the hands-on operators at these events, I do have to train, or at least show the different operators how to use the console, with only a couple days training. A lot of our events are setup, shoot and strike and in a single, 10-hour day and I’ve got to give individuals that have never operated the console before a generic overview in 45 minutes to an hour time before I have to move on to doing other functions in the truck. And I believe I’m able to do that rather well because the console is very easy to use.”

This spring, Sure Shot will be covering a host of major league baseball and basketball events for the major networks and ESPN, as well events as for the NHK channel in Japan. “We will be handling a lot of split feeds for them, the same thing as we did for the Super Bowl,” Loy says. “Nippon TV operator Shuhei Anraku took generic feeds from the NFL, supplemented by several of their own cameras, to create and produce their own game with their own announcers, which was fed to the broadcast headquarters in Japan.”

Loy says the fact that everything can connect via fiber is a huge bonus for them. “Another benefit is that the console is scalable, you can literally have as many inputs/outputs as you want. So, if we ever find a need for more ins or outs, we can add a few and connect them via fiber. Having MADI available in and out (the SD10 has 2 MADI ins and 2 MADI outs), also makes it very flexible to integrate either into a router or an intercom system. Another added benefit of DiGiCo is being able to assign any input to any fader on the console.”

For Janice Stief, a 30-year audio veteran who has worked on sporting and entertainment events ranging from the Olympics to the most recent Ryder Cup in the Sure Shot truck, this was her first outing on a DiGiCo of any variety. “I was handling cut-ins for the Sky Sports news show back in London. I had about 8-10 mics set up around the course, from stick and RF mics to in-studio lavalieres. I was handling EVS inputs into my console for playbacks, as well as program feeds from NBC and the world feed, which added up to about 36-40 inputs on the console in addition to mikes I was controlling. Prior to getting started, I was given a quick tutorial from Kory, who was fantastic and very knowledgeable. There’s a lot to the console that clearly you have got learn over time; you can’t learn it all on one show. It has a lot of depth. I liked that once I would attention a fader, I could do most of my adjustments to that fader input right from the corresponding touchscreen strip, without moving to other areas of the console. Adding delay, which we often need to do on golf in order to sync up on-air talent to RF cameras, is quick and easy.”

“I think the neatest feature of the DiGiCo SD10B is the ability to have MADI interfacing to the trucks and Optocore to the SD Racks,” adds Shawn Peacock, who was the main console operator for the Daytona 500 and has worked with DiGiCo consoles on several X Games events in Los Angeles. “The ability for us to talk across MADI in these situations is huge.”

Ultimately, however, the measure of a good manufacturer goes beyond that of its gear, and Loy says DiGiCo’s customer support is stellar. “When every single thing in the truck is a computer, chances are stuff is going to fail. It’s how a manufacturer supports its products after the gear is sold and installed that gives a good or bad impression. DiGiCo’s training and customer service in that area is exceptional.”

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