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Indiana Pacers Score with New Video Board Powered by Vista Systems’ Spyder

The NBA’s Indiana Pacers have unveiled a new center-hung video board at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse designed to deliver an experience fans just can’t get at home – and a Spyder is a big part of it.

ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC of Purchase, New York, an industry leader in providing integrated signage, design and marketing solutions for sports and commercial facilities, integrated the Vista Systems Spyder X20 with ANC’s VisionSOFT control system to feed the huge new displays with entertaining and informative content for Pacers fans.

The Pacers display is more than five times larger than the previous video board in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ANC Sports designed the new installation with slightly curving, twin sideline-facing 6mm LED HD screens each measuring 50′ wide x 21′ high and featuring 2560 x 1060 pixels.

They are bookended by a pair of baseline-facing 6mm LED video displays each measuring 25′ wide x 14′ high with 1280 x 736 pixels. In addition, two LED matrix displays, measuring 23′ wide x 10′ high, are mounted above the upper deck at either end of the venue where they show stats, replays and other game-related information.

“What’s really unique about the Pacers’ installation is being able receive and display two side-by-side 720p feeds, while still including a lower third for scoring and statistical information,” explains Chris Mascatello, executive vice president, technology sales for ANC Sports.

“Vista Systems’ Spyder plays an instrumental role in the display system. Working jointly with VisionSOFT, the Spyder enables us to feed the best resolution across the entire display system.”

ANC Sports also directed the overhaul of the arena’s video control room, which drives content to the massive displays. “It’s a full 1080p control room with 3G infrastructure and one of the most advanced in the world,” says Mascatello.

The addition of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse continues Vista Spyder’s tradition of supporting the largest sports displays in their respective categories including hockey for the Tampa Bay Lighting, NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the NFL’s Tennessee Titans’ LP Field.

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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AVLEX ANNOUNCES NEW MIPRO 7 SERIES WIRELESS TRANSMITTERS

**** Photo: Avlex ACT-71Ta bodypack ****

Kansas City, MO – April 2013 … Avlex Corporation, the name audio professionals turn to for world-class wireless technology and microphones, is pleased to introduce two new MIPRO 7 Series wireless transmitters—the ACT-71Ta bodypack transmitter and the ACT-71Ha handheld transmitter. Ideal for a wide range of applications, including field production, presentations, theatrical, and live performance, the new 7 Series wireless transmitters incorporate a wealth of cutting edge features—most notably Ultra-Wide bandwidth operation with support for the entire 72 MHz frequency spectrum of the 7 Series receivers, to provide users with maximum frequency flexibility, pristine audio quality, exceptional range, and dropout-free performance. more

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Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) Set for Monday, June 24

— Annual charity event to be held at Malibu Golf Club —

Los Angeles CA, April 18, 2013 — A date has been set for the 2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT), which will be held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Malibu Golf Club, with the shotgun start at 12:00 noon. The event is being organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and will benefit A Place Called Home (APCH), a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt will serve as Co-Honorary Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Dunn is now accepting participation entries, whether as sponsors, golfers or both. In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million shootout, a $10,000 Hole-in-One prize, a $1,000 chipping contest and a Golf Channel Swing Fix Video opportunity. Dunn and the Record Plant’s Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the “world famous tequila cart” to make sure all of the day’s participants are playing their best.

Sponsorships are available at $10,000, $6,000, $3,500, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,400, $1,000 and $750 levels, covering every aspect of the event, from apparel and golf carts to photos, refreshments, the Hole-in-One prize and much more.

“Connecting our young members to professionals in the music and recording industry has turned out to be a big win for all concerned,” says APCH Executive Director Jonathan Zeichner, “and we are moved and grateful to be named as the beneficiary of this year’s Recording Industry Golf Tournament.”

Online registry for players and sponsors is available at http://2013recordingindustrygolftournament.eventbrite.com/. For more information about the tournament, visit http://recordingindustrygolftournament.webs.com/ or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

About A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

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“Shale Voyager” Virtual Theater Experience at New Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is Fueled by Alcorn McBride Products

In the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, the Tom Hunt Energy Hall’s 4D Theater experience, “Shale Voyager,” is controlled by Alcorn McBride’s V4 Pro show controller and 8-channel Digital Binloop HD player.

The $185 million museum opened December 1 near downtown Dallas and is a hands-on destination for discovery featuring five floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibit halls. The Tom Hunt Energy Hall, funded by a gift from Hunt Petroleum Corp., features a small theater, dubbed “Shale Voyager,” which provides a virtual experience that educates participants about the process of hydraulic fracturing. Video and motion chairs give visitors the sense of what it would be like to shrink to the size of a grape, travel vertically down a 6,500-foot borehole, come out horizontally through the black rock of North Texas’s Barnett Shale and whoosh back to the surface when the gas is released.

“Shale Voyager was designed as a cylindrical theater with a spherical top,” explains Paul Bernhard of Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design and Consulting who designed, built and programmed the theater. “Three platforms hold seven people each in a semi-circle. Six screens are in the ceiling; three represent portholes. Another screen is in the floor. The screens show visitors what they’re seeing on their virtual voyage to the Barnett Shale.”

Bernhard chose Alcorn McBride’s Digital Binloop HD to play the show’s video and the V4 Pro to control the show, including the doors and seats.

The Digital Binloop HD provides up to 8 channels of HD video in a compact, economical and highly-reliable package designed for continuous daily use with no maintenance. Video clips are stored on Compact Flash media so there are no moving parts to wear out; each card can hold hours of media.

The V4 Pro is a versatile, frame-accurate controller for serial and network devices. It features 16 optically isolated inputs, 16 discrete outputs with self-restoring fuses, video frame sync and a realtime clock/calendar. It’s capable of running every day for years, without ever requiring reboots, software updates or maintenance of any kind.

“Everything is working very nicely; the synchronization is great,” Bernhard reports. “Alcorn McBride has a reputation as the go-to company for complex show control – they’re one of the leaders. Our set up has been very reliable, and visitors are really enjoying the show.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The $185 million Victory Park museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, opened to the public December 1, 2012. The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift made by their five adult children. To learn more about the Perot Museum, please visit perotmuseum.org.

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Matrox Monarch HD Garners Four Prestigious Industry Awards at the 2013 NAB Show

New live streaming and recording appliance chosen for Best of NAB Award by StreamingMedia.com, Black Diamond Award by Digital Video magazine, STAR Award by TV Technology magazine and Video Innovation Award (VIA) by BCPVA.com

Matrox® Video today announced that Matrox Monarch HD™, a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance received four important industry awards at the 2013 NAB Show. Matrox Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. At the breakthrough price of just $995, it provides these two independent delivery channels in an integrated unit.

Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance

Editors and writers at StreamingMedia.com selected the five new products they found most impressive, and that promised to do the most to push the online video industry forward in the year ahead.

The DV Black Diamond Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the advancement of video technology. A select panel of engineers, editors, and production and post professionals joined the magazine staff to judge the awards.

Now celebrating its 13th anniversary, the STAR Awards are designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry. A judging panel of broadcast industry experts reviewed a variety of products and services, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry.

The British Columbia Professional Videographers Association (BCPVA) is Canada’s oldest and largest professional video production association. Each year, delegates scour NAB for innovative content creation and shooting technologies and choose those products deemed most helpful to videographers looking to advance their businesses.

“The entire team at Matrox is thrilled that Matrox Monarch HD was recognized with these honors,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox. “This is the latest product that exemplifies what Matrox Video does best — provide high-quality, technologically-advanced tools for video professionals that combine multiple functions in a single cost-effective product.”

About Matrox Monarch HD
From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £750) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD will be available in June 2013 through a worldwide network of authorized dealers.

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.

Turner Trucks Hit The Road With Cobalt Digital Terminal Gear

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, recently installed a complement of terminal gear in Turner Studios’ latest mobile units. The announcement was made by Cobalt’s svp of sales, Bob McAlpine, from company headquarters in Urbana, IL.

The two trucks received identical equipment packages slated for video processing, signal conversion and distribution. The order comprised eleven frames including Cobalt’s new award-winning HPF-9000 high-power, high-density frames. The units are populated with nearly 200 cards including the Company’s 3G/HD/SD-SDI Fusion3G® 9901-UDX up/down/cross format converter, numerous DAs and color correctors. Cobalt also supplied multiple OGCP-9000 control panels, and numerous Mini-DIN rears ensure maximum density. Fabrication was accomplished by Beck Associates, a systems integrator located in Pflugerville, TX.

Turner Studios is the full service production division of Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. aligned under Turner’s Global Technology and Operations division. Turner Studios services include studio operations, live broadcast production operations, post production, visual effects and animation, design and creative services, digital media production, remote and outside broadcast production. Turner Studios services all of Turner’s Entertainment Networks including TBS, TNT, TCM, Cartoon Network and TruTV, as well as Turner’s news networks including CNN, and many of Turner’s International Networks such as TNT and Cartoon Latin America.
For information regarding the Turner Studios mobile units, please contact Susan O’Neal at susan.Oneal@turner.com.
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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
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MelroseTEC Professionals Prep for Complete Upgrade of Toyota Video Production Center

Los Angeles, CA, – MelroseTEC, the professional services division of MelroseMAC, has signed a contract with Toyota Motor Sales USA to overhaul the Toyota Video Production Center located in Torrance, California. MelroseTEC will be upgrading the Production Center’s control room from SD to HD as well as providing new production and post-production equipment. The deal came to a conclusion after a three-month consulting period where MelroseTEC professionals worked with the Toyota production staff in mapping out the equipment and process changes needed in order to help Toyota reach their content acquisition and distribution goals.

The new solution, which is in the process of being deployed, allows Toyota to perform such tasks as capturing live HD feeds from their sound stages, building a content repository of content for better management of media and distributing web-based content to Toyota locations around the world. The Toyota Video Production Center produces a majority of the company’s internal video communications as well as media for other purposes such as marketing, social media and training.

MelroseTEC will be providing the complete design, cabling and racking services for the redesigned control room as well as integrating a new Sony HD production switcher and a digital Utah Scientific router into the Video Production Center. A newly designed machine room will house Avid Interplay, ISIS 5000 and an SGL archiving solution communicating with a SpectraLogic tape library. Toyota’s editors will use the latest release of Avid Media Composers for content creation utilizing Nitris DX hardware. MelroseMAC is an Avid Elite Reseller and employs a host of Avid product experts, which was of critical importance to Toyota since the workflow is based (in part) on Avid products.

JL Armstrong, National Manager External Affairs, Toyota Motor Sales and manager of the Toyota Video Production Center said, “We were extremely impressed with the knowledge base and level of commitment that MelroseMAC brought to the table during our discussions about our facility upgrade and integration project. We had specific goals we wanted to reach with our production facility–dictated by the needs of our clients. Their team understood these goals, and worked closely with us to develop the right solution to accomplish them. We are really excited to start this project and anticipating a great working relationship with our new partner.”

MelroseMAC will train Toyota employees on their new software and hardware upon completion of the installation, enabling the company to turn projects around faster and more efficiently at much higher quality than their previous solution.

Martin Vann, CEO of MelroseMAC stated, “This is the kind of project we love doing. We are able to bring all of our resources together in helping Toyota take a huge step forward in both equipment and workflow, while at the same time, providing a foundation for continued growth of their media environment”.

Brian Boring, Vice President of MelroseTEC added, “The entire Toyota team has been great to work with, and we are very pleased with the partnership we have formed. MelroseMAC is extremely excited to work with Toyota and looking forward to building a long term relationship with the Video Production Center team.”

About MelroseMAC
MelroseMAC is a Southern California based technology reseller and systems integrator. Through its retail stores, MelroseMAC focuses on Apple based products and solutions for consumers and creative professionals, including workstations, iPad’s, storage and accessories. Each store also provides training and Apple authorized support and repair services for all Apple products including iPad’s and iPhone’s. Through the MelroseTEC division, complex solutions for media organizations, corporate and government customers are designed, integrated and deployed. MelroseTEC provides a variety of professional consulting services and support programs including facility design and cabling, preventative maintenance and ongoing support and training for dozens of manufacturers. To learn more about us, please go to www.melrosemac.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melrosemac.

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Extron Ships First TeamWork Digital Collaboration Systems

Extron Teamwork 400Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the TeamWork™ 400 Digital Collaboration System and the TeamWork VGA Kit. The TeamWork 400 package supports groups of four users and is pre-configured for ease of installation with virtually any furniture system, new or currently in use. The simple and intuitive collaboration 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 computer sources using the optional TeamWork VGA Kit, 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.

“Since its introduction just a few short weeks ago, the TeamWork concept has resonated with AV system integrators and end-users around the world,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The response to the AV industry’s first affordable, factory-configured digital collaboration system has been overwhelmingly positive, and we pulled out all the stops to get TeamWork into the market as quickly as possible to meet the demand.”

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 show 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, and other necessary system cables. Mounting hardware is optionally available to facilitate different collaboration table or work surface designs.

L-ACOUSTICS Keeps the Nightlife Pumping at Bamboo Miami

Audio Formula installs KUDO/SB28 system at South Beach’s hottest nightclub

MIAMI, Florida — Built nearly seven decades ago, Miami Beach’s Variety Theater — later known as the Paris Theatre — achieved a certain amount of fame in the ’80s when Big Time Productions used the space as a photo/film studio to shoot album covers and music videos for top artists like Madonna and U2.

Today, world-renowned musicians and celebrities are once again pouring into the South Beach hotspot — now dubbed “Bamboo Miami” — but this time for its swanky nightlife. Bucharest-based Bamboo Group, a successful European club owner and promoter, took over the landmark venue last year and renovated it into a lavish nightclub that both faithfully preserves its classic Art Deco ornamentation and dresses it up with a mega-dose of modern ambiance. more

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L-ACOUSTICS Showcasing 5XT and SB15m at InfoComm 2013

ORLANDO – InfoComm stand #469 — At InfoComm 2013, L-ACOUSTICS is showcasing two new systems — the 5XT ultra-compact coaxial enclosure and SB15m compact subwoofer — both of which are now already starting to ship.

The newest and smallest member of L-ACOUSTICS’ XT coaxial series, the 5XT is based on a two-way passive design with a nominal impedance of 16 ohms. The compact system contains a one-inch diaphragm compression driver coaxially loaded by a five-inch low-mid frequency transducer mounted in a bass-reflex tuned enclosure. more

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