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Nathan Dubin and Jeff Levy of Margarita Mix Win Telly Awards


(HOLLYWOOD, CA) – Mixers Nathan Dubin and Jeff Levy of Margarita Mix, a FotoKem company specializing in audio post services for commercials and advertising media, have each won a 2013 Telly Award in the Sound/Sound Design category of the 34th annual competition. Dubin earned a Silver Telly for his work on Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights “Gates” spot for David & Goliath. Levy took the Bronze Telly for G-Net’s “Borderlands 2.”

The Telly Awards honor the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. For over 30 years, the Telly Awards have been known for honoring the most worthy projects in film, television, corporate and advertising. This year, the competition drew over 13,000 entries. The judging and oversight committee is comprised of top industry professionals who are all past winners of Silver Telly Awards.

Every year, the Universal Studios(r) theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights(r) for a month just prior to Halloween. During that time, spine-chilling street experiences, haunted houses and live shows fill the park. The TV commercial for Halloween Horror Nights builds suspense for the holiday event, and plays on the theme and tagline: Once You’re Inside There is No Way Out. The :30 spot opens on a group of young friends in a dark, ominous alley. They look up to see another friend barreling towards them, sheer panic on his face, as a stampede of zombies pursue him. Even though they turn and run to escape the zombies, their safe haven behind a gate proves ineffective, as more creatures appear on the other side.

Dubin says, “The creative goal was to make the spot as scary as legally possible.” He achieved that by playing with dynamics – the difference between loud and quiet moments, the hallmark of a good horror mix. “In a post-calm world, there are still opportunities to make a great sounding mix if you pick and choose your moments to swing for the fences, balanced with some quiet spots.”

“Borderlands 2″ is an extended live-action trailer for the popular video game, and features a never-ending barrage of action besieging a remote location. As an epic battle ensues, mayhem envelops those trying to survive. Players fight across the whole of Pandora to stop Jack – the brilliant, charismatic, and utterly despicable CEO of the Hyperion Corporation – from awakening an ancient alien evil known only as “the Warrior.”

Levy’s task was to create the sounds of an alien world, and a battle between the four heroes and evil forces attacking them. The live action was shot MOS. Utilizing some sounds from the game as inspiration, Levy created this world literally from the ground up, starting with backgrounds and footsteps all the way through the guns, explosions and sounds for each character’s unique fighting abilities, as well as vehicles, flying weapons and alien creatures. “This was really a pleasure to work on because these characters are so visually exciting, and (director) David Moodie and (producer) Lindsey Kohon gave me a lot of freedom to create and add to the sounds from the game.”

Dubin and Levy are part of an award-winning mixing team at Margarita Mix, which includes Paul Hurtubise and Jimmy Hite, to name a few.

FotoKem’s Senior Vice President Rand Gladden comments, “We are very proud of the award-winning talent and cutting-edge services that Margarita Mix has been providing for over 30 years to the commercial production and advertising industries. Nathan and Jeff are part of dedicated team focused on helping the creative community do great work. We will continue to make the necessary investments to offer the best tools and experts that foster the community’s creativity and usher their projects through the post pipeline in the most efficient ways.”

About Margarita Mix
Margarita Mix, a FotoKem company, is an award-winning studio with exceptional in-house talent and expertise that provides audio services for commercials, branded entertainment, digital media, video games, radio, promos, and trailers. In addition to state-of-the-art mixing rooms, the facility offers sound supervision services, sound effects creation, 5.1 mixing, 3D mixing, sound design, voice over, ADR, ISDN, and a variety of recording capabilities. Margarita Mix is located in Hollywood and Santa Monica. SPY, another FotoKem company, shares space at the Santa Monica location, which augments Margarita Mix’s audio solutions with a full range of VFX, CGI and picture finishing services under one roof. For more information, visit www.margmix.com, or follow them on Facebook.

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Red Bull X-Fighters World Series Uses Riedel Gear to Bring Leading Freestyle Motocross Event to the U.S.

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 28, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the Red Bull X-Fighters World Series, the biggest freestyle motocross tour on the planet, is using Riedel radio and intercom systems to ensure clear communications throughout live event production, including the tour’s May 11 stop at California’s Glen Helen Raceway. The Riedel gear ensures that, even against the roar of motocross bikes on the track and flying through the air, crew and staff have the communications tools necessary to maintain the quality of the show, as well as their safety and the safety of athletes and spectators.

With its rich motocross history, Glen Helen provided an ideal venue for the Southern California premiere of Red Bull X-Fighters. The event featured a massive course that gave the world’s best riders multiple opportunities to impress the judges and thrill the crowd. Throughout the race, Riedel gear withstood the heat and dirt of the track’s desert setting. Using the robust architecture of the Artist digital matrix intercom system and solutions such as its MAX noise-canceling headsets, Riedel provided reliable and clear communication in spite of intense noise and environmental challenges.

The custom Riedel solution used by the Red Bull X-Fighters World Series tour includes three Artist systems, networked in a self-healing fiber ring that not only provides complete redundancy in the event of a fiber break, but also makes for quick setup and tear-down. The Artist system is interfaced to an OB truck, where the event is recorded and prepared for air and streaming to a live audience around the globe. Artist 1000 Series control panels are divided between the front of house (FOH), staff, and event judges.

Nine Performer digital partyline beltpacks are distributed among the judges and the follow-spot lighting crew. These systems are complemented by 150 Motorola radios, with eight Riedel RiFace universal radio interfaces serving as radio repeaters to ensure complete coverage throughout the venue. Extensive and reliable communications support effective show coordination among event directors and stage managers, lighting and PA staff, and scoring officials. The Riedel systems support not only production requirements, but also communication for sports, medical, and security staff.

The Riedel architecture allows for the fast setup of a backbone that can support the vast majority of additions, and enables changes with the click of a mouse rather than running additional cabling. With the user-friendly yet powerful Director configuration and control software for Artist digital matrix intercom systems, technicians can easily adjust levels remotely to improve the clarity, utility, and safety of event communications.

“Red Bull X-Fighters continues to push the limits of freestyle motocross, and the stability and flexibility of the Riedel architecture allows the Red Bull team to be effective and safe in delivering this sport to a global audience,” said Jeremy Lommori, Riedel Communications’ rental operations manager for North America. “With three stops completed and three to go, we look forward to finishing out a successful 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters tour.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/X-FightersUSA.zip
Photo Credit: Red Bull X-Fighters Newsroom

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BSAmedia Chooses HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 Console as Versatile Hub of New Modular Mobile Setup

UTRECHT, The Netherlands – When Dutch sound engineer Bart Schulz set up his own company, BSAmedia, at the beginning of this year, his main goal was “to deliver a high standard of sound engineering and make high quality gear affordable for everyone.” Having worked as a sound professional for 30 years—including live sound, studio and remote recording, live radio and TV broadcasts—he had recently been training sound engineers while developing broadcast sets and studios in his native Utrecht.

Setting stringent standards of equipment specification, he purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital console from the company’s Benelux distributors Audio XL to form the hub of a modular mobile unit — knowing that the brand would be familiar to a customer base comprising broadcasters, musicians, recording studios and theatres.

Supplied with Compact Stage Box, a MADI optical card and 100-metre Quad Fibre drum, the Vi1 replaces a previous 16-channel analogue live set-up.

“I can use this as a stand-alone unit for live sound, or combine the Vi1 with a 19-inch recording module for remote recording and music production,” he said. “Alternatively I can connect the Vi1 and stage box with a set of 19-inch broadcast modules to do live broadcasts on location. It is perfect for the market niches that BSAmedia wishes to cater to.”

Bart Schulz has used Soundcraft consoles throughout his sound engineering career, and being active in broadcast is also very familiar with Studer. “The fact that the Vi1 is combining key elements of both brands made it BSAmedia’s ideal desk, suitable for all our activities.”

The reduced footprint of the Vi1 is also a huge advantage—for two reasons: “Most of the time I work alone and cannot physically handle a big console, and secondly, most theatres and other locations where I intend to use my Vi1 are pretty small.”

But prior to making the decision Bart Schulz set out a wish list and surveyed the market options within his budget. He knew the desk needed to be both flexible and versatile—and then a sound engineer friend suggested he contacted Audio XL, who arranged a demo.

“Some of the desks I had reviewed were very good for mixing music but missed broadcast features, and others were very good for broadcasting but unsuitable for music production. There was only one desk that was able to handle everything straight out of the box, and that was the Soundcraft Vi1.

“It was of high quality, with a very good sound, packed with great effects and all the broadcast features like GPIO’s and intercom incorporated into a single package. It seemed like the ideal solution. Although I had done my homework, Martin van Kouwen, at Audio XL answered any other questions and arranged delivery in double quick time.”

Although a newcomer to the Vi Series he says the platform is extremely easy to work with. “I got the Vi1 up and I had it up and running within the hour.”

Once he delved deeper into the Vi1’s attributes he was quickly impressed with the overall layout of the control-surface: “All functions are grouped logically — you instantly know were to look/grab, and FaderGlow® is a useful addition.” He also highlights the layout and ease of use of the Vistonics™ screen, combined with the placement of the rotaries. “This makes for a straightforward approach — just as on an analogue desk — while it packs all the power and benefits of digital.” Finally, he says the Gang Mode and Follow Output Solo Mode are extremely useful additions. “These speed up set-up and operation,” he notes.

“Now it’s time to discover all the extras that the desk’s software has to offer, such as snapshots, cues, and the iPad Remote.”

For more information on BSAmedia, please visit www.bsamedia.nl or follow the BSAmedia Twitter page: @bsamedia

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Earthworks Expands Installation Series Microphone Line

May 29, 2013, Milford, NH – Earthworks has expanded its Installation Series to include the IM12-W, a 12 inch gooseneck cardioid condenser microphone designed for fixed installations. The Series previously offered a 3 inch and 6 inch model. The primary applications for the IM Series include ceiling mounted teleconferencing, distance learning, surveillance, boardrooms, government facilities, and ambient room miking.

The IM12-W provides an ultra-low profile microphone solution with pristine sound and a 30Hz-30kHz flat frequency response. Patented near-perfect polar technology prevents the loss of high frequencies on or off-axis to the microphone.

The microphone’s slim gooseneck and small microphone head allow quick and easy positioning, while nearly disappearing into the ceiling. And like the rest of the Earthworks product line of microphones and preamplifiers, the IM12-W is manufactured in the USA and comes with a 15 year warranty.

The Installation Series, along with the rest of the Earthworks line up, will be at InfoComm in Orlando June 12-14, 2013 in Booth 323. Visitors to the Earthworks booth will have the opportunity to win an Earthworks installation microphone of their choice.

www.earthworksaudio.com

Radio Sibenik Adds HARMAN Studer OnAir 2500 Console

SIBENIK, Croatia — A new HARMAN Studer OnAir 2500 has been commissioned by the independent broadcaster Radio Sibenik in Croatia.

Radio Sibenik has a long history of using both Studer and Soundcraft equipment since being set up in 1968 as a local radio station for the city of Sibenik. The latest Studer acquisition was specified by the station’s Director of Production, Ante Baric.

Mr. Baric confirmed that the Studer on-air console will form the heart of a new studio, built for broadcast continuity — and designed to feature DJ only, or DJ and announcer, news presenter or guests.

During the acquisition process, he said, the station considered the requirements of their programming and matched this to the available options on the market offering the necessary features. Other considerations included how the desk would be serviced, and whether the cost would be appropriate to the broadcaster’s budget. Studer ticked all the boxes.

Radio Sibenik’s programming is based on news and specialist sports, politics and culture — with lots of pop and easy listening music. They were therefore clear about the features required. “We needed a sufficient number of inputs and outputs (the more the better), endurance and reliability and flexibility of equipment,” said Mr. Baric.

Utilising the same technology platform as the OnAir 3000, Studer’s OnAir 2500 digital all-in-one console provides a new benchmark in ease-of-use for radio broadcast. The control surface, I/O breakout, DSP Core and power supply are all integrated within a single compact chassis, although this had not been one of the pre-requisites for the radio station.

The order was duly placed with Studer dealer, AVC Zagreb, who provided the OnAir 2500 configured with six microphone inputs, three stereo line inputs, two line mono inputs, four stereo AES inputs and a FireWire input. Outputs include a stereo AES PGM output, stereo line output for recording, stereo line output for internet streaming and a further stereo line output for connection with another studio. In addition there is a talkback/monitoring module.

The console takes feeds from microphones, PC with digital multi-channel sound card or FireWire output, CD player, two telephone hybrids and FM tuner for control.

Although the new OnAir 2500 will operate in stand-alone mode the station is considering adding a Studer CMS Lite on-air telephone system for call management at a later stage.

“For now though,” concludes Ante Baric, “I am extremely satisfied with the new console.”

About Radio Sibenik

Radio Sibenik was established in 1968 as a local radio station for the city of Sibenik, with an MW transmitter. In 1972 it began broadcasting on the FM band. In 1985 the station moved into a new building with separate broadcast and production studio — among the equipment purchased were six Studer B67 tape recorders, two Revox PR99 and two Studer 727 CD players. In 1993, they acquired a new Soundcraft SAC 200 mixing console. Since 1996 Radio Sibenik has been equipped with three FM transmitters, broadening its listening base across the Sibenik-Knin County and beyond. In 2011 they relocated again into a new building in preparation for digital broadcasting and operating without any analogue devices such as turntables and tape recorders.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

IABM to Host Two-Day Engineering Course at BroadcastAsia2013

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — May 28, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that it will hold a two-day course, “Audio and Video Fundamentals for Engineers,” during BroadcastAsia2013. Scheduled for June 17-18 at The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore and led by renowned trainer Joe Tozer, the course addresses the specific technologies and applications involved in the generation, movement, and monitoring of audio and video signals and files in a broadcast and media technology environment.

Offered by the IABM in conjunction with Singapore-based publisher Spinworkz Pte Ltd, the course offers newly recruited engineers and technologists the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the technical requirements within broadcasting environments. It will suit those who are involved on the supply side in product or project design and development and also those who work in support and maintenance of the technical infrastructure at broadcast facilities and other media enterprises.

For more than a decade, Tozer has been an independent trainer and consultant specializing in audio, video, and IP transmission and delivery systems. He holds patents for digital audio processing systems and for advanced fast-access teletext, and he has worked in engineering and training roles at leading broadcast facilities and leading broadcast solutions vendors. Tozer has written extensively on digital broadcast technologies, and he is both the author and editor in chief of the Broadcast Engineers’ Reference Book. He is a full member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Completion of this course is ideal preparation for the associated examination, which is one of the building blocks leading to the award of the Certified Broadcast and Media Technology Professional Qualification (CertBMTprof). Participants in the IABM course should have successfully completed a recognized first-degree-level course of study (or equivalent) in electronics, computer systems, or software engineering.

Space in the training course is limited and early registration is encouraged. Those who register before May 31 pay a reduced course fee of just $1,700 (Singapore dollars). Further information on course modules and registration is available at http://www.pixelatwork.com/uploads/7d/15/7d15e1ed0bf14b2c92d8f1648cae6d08/ave/index.html.

Information about the IABM is available at www.theiabm.org.

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About the IABM
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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DATATON AND ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS POWER ‘MOON SPA’ AT LUXURY ROME HOTEL

© Trilussa Hotel, image courtesy of Engineering Solutions.

WATCHOUT generates multiple images for ground-breaking ambient project

Covering over 100 square metres inside Rome’s luxurious Trilussa Palace Hotel, the new Moon Spa is a private wellness area unlike any other. Using Dataton WATCHOUT™ Andrea de Martino, CEO of Engineering Solutions, has created what he calls “a space that can be transformed according to customers’ requirements with lighting, multimedia and environmental control solutions.”

Key to the provision of this private, multimedia dream-world are a series of edge-blended LED projectors that offer three video backdrops on opposing walls. At the touch of a button, Moon Spa customers may choose from a pre-programmed library that includes Caribbean beaches, aerial views of tropical rain-forests, the slopes of an active volcano and stunning shots of Planet Earth as viewed from space.

Plunge pools, Turkish baths, Finnish saunas and a variety of showers are offered alongside loungers, with the whole space having a choice of automated lighting and audio environments which can be synchronised with the video.
“The ability of WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software to seamlessly edge-blend multiple images and synchronise their playback with audio, DMX and DALI lighting-control data was key to its deployment at the Moon Spa,” comments Claudio Ceroni of MecTech, which supplied the Dataton systems to Engineering Solutions.

“The result is a unique deployment of this technology in a space that will surely act as the template for many similar installations in the future.”
Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director, Dataton, adds: “The Trilussa Palace Hotel installation is the first time WATCHOUT has ben used in a spa that we know of. Looking at the images it is not hard to see why the customer was so keen to use our technology. Once again, we find a brand-new application for WATCHOUT!”

www.dataton.com

Canon U.S.A. Defines a New Category of Pro AV Compact Installation Projectors with the Introduction of New REALiS Models

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 29, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced a new multimedia projector category that combines the exceptional picture quality of larger installation projectors with the plug-and-play convenience of portable models. Known as Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) Projectors, this new Canon product category consists of the Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors. All feature a trim design under 14 lbs. each, installation flexibility, easy set-up, and sophisticated operational advantages strategically designed for higher education, boardroom installations, museums, and many other professional markets.

Drawing on Canon’s expertise in optical and imaging technologies, the new Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors feature newly designed built-in Genuine Canon projection lenses engineered to address a broad range of image-display requirements. The new Canon REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520 Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors offer placement flexibility with their advanced Genuine Canon projection lens that delivers a consistent fixed aperture of f/2.8 allowing for no light loss across its entire 1.8x zoom range. Designed for short-throw use, the new Canon REALiS WUX400ST and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors are equipped with an advanced Genuine Canon 1.35x zoom lens with generous horizontal and vertical lens-shift adjustability for distortion-free image quality in environments where the projector must be located close to the screen or display surface.

“Canon’s new REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors blend the high-quality and exceptional detail, clarity and contrast of large projector models with the portability of smaller models,” explained Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The demand for installation projectors is growing across many professional markets, and Canon is demonstrating its commitment to these users by developing this entirely new category of the Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors, which integrate the latest technologies to provide exceptional user benefits, convenience, and affordability.”

All of Canon’s new Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors employ a new Canon AISYS 5.0 optical engine that helps improve the management of light through the projectors’ next-generation Canon LCOS display panels. The result is the projection of high-resolution images with intricate detail, crisp contrast, high brightness, deep blacks, precise color, and reduced blur during fast-moving movie scenes. The REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WUX400ST deliver WUXGA (1920 x1200) resolution imagery with 4500 and 4000 lumens of brightness, respectively. The REALiS WX520 and REALiS WX450ST provide WXGA+ (1440 x 900) resolution imagery with 5200 and 4500 lumens, respectively. All models deliver a 2000:1 contrast ratio, 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio images, versatile connectivity and management controls, sophisticated image-processing and edge-blending capabilities, energy efficiency, and a lower total cost of ownership as compared to previous models.

Markets for the new Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors include large classrooms, lecture halls, and auditoriums, houses of worship, museums and galleries, corporate boardrooms and conference rooms, ad agencies and photo studios, video and motion picture post-production facilities, training simulators, government command and control rooms, medical training and conference rooms, and videoconferencing sites.

Installation Flexibility
Approximately 25 percent smaller than previous Canon Pro AV Series projectors, the new projectors feature a new heat-exhaust design and a flat chassis which allows for a wide variety of installation-placement choices. Optional feet can be installed on the top of each projector for inverted ceiling-type mounts. Two units can be stacked to double light output, yet still fit into a compact space. The 1.8x zoom lens built into the REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520 includes a mechanical lens-shift feature for increased installation flexibility, enabling both projectors to be installed vertically, pointing up or downwards.

The REALiS WUX400ST and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors for short-throw environments include a built-in 1.35x distortion-free zoom lens and a 0-75 percent vertical and ± 10 percent horizontal lens-shift adjustment feature. This combination enables these projectors to be used for short-throw display applications, including both front- and rear-projection installations. Short-throw projection applications can include environments where the presenter and the display screen must be in close proximity because of room size, design, or other unique factors, such as a ceiling that is too low for mounting a projector.

Canon’s new Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors have a long-life lamp that provides up to 4000 hours of operation. Easy access lamp and filter covers help simplify lamp replacement and filter cleaning, even while installed. Power consumption for the REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520 projectors equals less than .081 watts per lumen at its brightest mode.

Imaging Versatility
Although integrating many unique technologies, the new Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WX520, REALiS WX450ST, and REALiS WUX400ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors are simple to operate and provide easy set-up features. These can be accessed using a configurable control panel on the side of each unit and by using the projected installation and professional-settings menus. The extensive image-processing capabilities of these projectors provide multiple user benefits. These include a dozen built-in test patterns (triggered via the remote control unit and user-accessible onscreen menus) for fast, simple image calibration without the need for a pattern generator or a PC. An innovative four-point keystone-adjustment function enables users to adjust each corner of the image independently while also keeping focus consistent, and to achieve true diagonal projection as well as moiré reduction.

An easy-to-use built-in edge-blend function with precision luminance ramp adjustment and pixel-overlap control enables the new Canon Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors to be used in multi-projector configurations for the display of large, seamless images with precisely matched edges. Easy registration adjustment for perfect edge-blend alignment is further enabled by the combination of the low “TV distortion” characteristics of the projectors’ zoom lenses and an integrated micro digital lens shift adjustment (a separate feature from the projectors’ mechanical lens-shift adjustment capability). The result is pixel-precise image blending for seamless multi-projector displays.

Advanced Management and Connectivity
Built into the new Canon Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors is a full suite of networking features, including full control over IP and content streaming. An Ethernet (LAN) interface enables advanced remote control and monitoring capabilities including power management, usage tracking, and other control functions. The REALiS WUX450, REALiS WX520, REALiS WX450ST, and REALiS WUX400ST are Crestron RoomView™-compatible.

Key networking features also include a content-streaming capability, which allows one or more PCs to connect to a projector over a standard LAN to share content. This NMPJ (Network Multi Projection) system has the ability to display content from four different PC’s on a single screen. Content can be streamed from any point with a network connection to a projector, either within a room or in multiple locations, simplifying installation. The NMPJ system allows for video streaming (without audio) through the LAN to the projector in four ways:
• Meeting mode – to share a participant’s screen with everyone (or share between remote sites via the Internet).
• Classroom mode – allows an instructor to select which PC screen to project; up to four PC screens can be shown simultaneously.
• Broadcast mode – images can be projected at multiple sites simultaneously.
• Direct mode – enables a projector to be connected directly to a PC using a LAN cable.

Input terminals on the new Canon Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors include a USB port for “PC-less” presentations of JPEGs and other content directly from a thumb drive or other USB-equipped flash-memory data storage device (and for firmware updates). Other inputs include DVI, component video, HDMI, and two mini-jack audio inputs. A special Picture-by-Picture Processor allows for the simultaneous use of HDMI and DVI in split-screen mode. A 5-watt mono speaker is built-in for audio playback without peripheral components.

The Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WX520, REALiS WUX400ST, and REALiS WX450ST are also available in “D” versions (REALiS WUX450 D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projector, REALiS WX520 D ProAV Compact Installation Projector, REALiS WUX400ST D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projector and REALiS WX450ST D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projector) featuring a DICOM® Simulation mode and superb 21-step grayscale gradation display capabilities designed to effectively project high-quality medical images such as X-rays, CAT scans and MRIs. Please note, these models are not cleared or approved for medical diagnosis and should not be used for diagnosis purposes.

Price and Availability
The new Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX450 D, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX520 D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors have suggested list prices of $5,499.00, $6,199.00, $4,999.000 and $5,699.00, respectively. All are expected to be available through authorized Canon dealers by September 2013.

The new Canon REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WUX400ST D, REALiS WX520ST and REALiS WX450ST D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors have suggested list prices of $6,899.00, $7,499.00, $6,299.00 and $6,899.00, and are expected to be available by September 2013.

For more information please visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
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Canon U.S.A. Introduces Ultra-Portable Three LED Projector for Business and Home Entertainment Use

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 29, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced its first ultra-portable projector ideal for both business and home entertainment use – the Canon LE-5W Multimedia Projector. Featuring high image quality and bright, vibrant color projection, the affordable and lightweight LE-5W can clearly display everything from spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations to video games and movies through its wide range of interconnectivity and multiple connection ports.

With HDMI input and five different projection modes, the Canon LE-5W projector can easily be used to project high-quality movies, video games, and still-or-streamed images from PC’s, Blu-ray players, game consoles, HD streaming players, and digital cameras onto nearly any surface. The perfect projector to bring along for off-site presentations and client visits, professional and home use, or even camping trips, the LE-5W also enables “PC-less” smart presentations directly from a USB thumb drive, SD card, or its own built-in 1.5GB memory. Featuring an energy-saving, long-life 3LED technology, the unit’s three LED’s (RGB) have a remarkable 20,000 hour lifespan with an ECO mode that consumes 30 percent less energy than while running in Normal Mode.

“The enormous growth in the use of tablet PC’s and mobile devices has created demand for a new kind of high-quality, affordable projector that easily integrates with tablet PC’s and AV equipment while also being ultra-portable and easy-to-use,” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The new Canon LE-5W Multimedia Projector is the perfect traveling companion for small business users who need to quickly and vividly share presentations or other visual information with clients.”

Multiple Projection Scenarios
The LE-5W Multimedia Projector employs 3LED technology to project vibrant and accurate colors. Because the LED light source for each primary color (red, green, and blue) is used without splitting light through a color wheel, images and video with pure, highly vibrant colors can be projected. Five different projection modes suit a diverse array of user needs:
• Presentation mode – this default mode matches the colors generally displayed by the screens of PCs and notebook computers.
• Standard mode – designed for optimal projection in rooms with minimal ambient light.
• Movie mode – delivers saturated colors, and is perfect for presentation in darkened rooms.
• sRGB mode – optimized for the colors as seen in a calibrated sRGB color space. This mode is best used for displaying graphics, AutoCAD diagrams, and other computer-calibrated presentations involving critical colors.
• User mode – enables customized settings of brightness, contrast, color, tint, temperature, and even sharpness.

Weighing just 3.5 lbs. and delivering 500 lumens of brightness with WXGA (1280 x 800) native resolution, a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and superb color fidelity, the LE-5W features a throw ratio (1.2:1) that achieves large-screen projections even in tight spaces. The Canon LE-5W is equipped with two built-in 2.5-watt stereo speakers, and a five-color wall-projection mode that makes practically any flat surface a suitable display screen. Also excellent for point-of-purchase digital signage applications, the LE-5W features a ¼ 20 Tripod Mounting Socket on its base, helping to make projection in tight locations without a tabletop possible.

The Canon LE-5W Multimedia Projector’s built-in USB thumb drive and SD card slots, and its own built-in 1.5GB memory, enable it to play multimedia files without peripheral components. Supported formats include: MJPEG, MPEG1/2/4, H.264, WMV, and RMVB video; JPEG and BMP photos; MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, and WAV music; and Adobe PDF 1.2-1.7 and Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word) documents.

The Canon LE-5W powers-up in four seconds and shuts down in less than one second, and measuring just 9.76” (w) x 7.60” (d) x 2.16” (h), the ultra-portable projector can easily fit in a carrying bag for on-the-go scenarios. The projector features an integrated lens cover and built-in power adaptor, and sports a clean design with a scratch-resistant finish. The LE-5W is available in black or white to match the décor of any location.

The Canon LE-5W Multimedia Projector will be available in the Summer of 2013, for an estimated retail price of $799.00. For more information about the Canon LE-5W Multimedia Projector, including a full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
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Leading North American Broadcasters Make Autoscript E.P.I.C. Their Go-To Prompting System

SHELTON, CT, MAY 29, 2013—Following its introduction last fall of the award-winning E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre) all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor, Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a world-leading teleprompting company, has seen tremendous interest in the product among leading North American broadcasters. The first E.P.I.C. units to roll off the assembly line sold out in a matter of months and are already in use at several high-level news organizations throughout major U.S. media markets.

“The E.P.I.C. made its debut at a prime time, with the presidential election being at the top of everyone’s news agenda,” says Robin Brown, product manager, Autoscript. “One particular news organization purchased four 17-inch prompter systems to cover the Democratic and Republican conventions, and then successfully integrated the systems into their field kits for large outside broadcast events after the presidential election was over.”

The E.P.I.C. is a unique all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment while retaining the advanced features and functions of the Autoscript LED prompter series. The groundbreaking design, which replaces two pieces of equipment with one, features a unique integrated flip-down talent monitor, making the system ideal for both studio and location production. Compared to separate prompter monitor configurations, this ergonomic system reduces overall weight, increasing compatibility with robotic/support systems. It also streamlines cable management for video, tally signal and timecode display, and lowers power consumption with the capability to run the entire system via one power cable. “The system’s reduced weight allows for easy transport,” adds Brown. “We have offered bespoke flight cases to our customers to aid in the transport, which can hold the E.P.I.C., hood, glass and mounting hardware.”

While the E.P.I.C. offers broadcasters a streamlined system that is quick and easy to set up, it still provides the functionality of the fully featured studio systems they’re accustomed to using. It can also incorporate Autoscript’s WinPlus newsroom software—the most popular prompting application in daily usage around the world. The Windows-based WinPlus adds the ease of point-and-click functionality to an intuitive on-screen edit display.

Brown notes that current customers appreciate the integrated clock. “It reduces the amount of cabling needed. All power, for the tally signal and time-code data comes right from within the monitor, so there’s nothing extra to add,” he says. “They’ve also come to appreciate the ease of rigging, as the talent monitor is attached to the prompter. We’ve taken this simplicity a step further and provided a dual-SDI-input version to make the prompter monitor and talent monitor signals digital, without the need for up or down conversion.”

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.
For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.

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