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Matrox and 1 Beyond Unveil StreamMachine DC at Streaming Media East

World’s first battery-powered multichannel live production streaming system gives internet broadcasters true portability

At Streaming Media East in booth 320, Matrox and 1 Beyond today demonstrated the industry’s first battery-powered multichannel live production streaming system, the 1 Beyond StreamMachine DC. Featuring the Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture and ISO recording card and Telestream® Wirecast® software, the unit is completely DC-powered including full control by an Apple® iPad®, an Android® tablet or a DC powered touch screen.

1 Beyond StreamMachine DC

“With StreamMachine DC, internet broadcasting is no longer dependent on wired network connections or even AC power,” said Terry Cullen, CEO and founder at 1 Beyond. “Operators have full creative freedom to stream programs from anywhere 3G or 4G coverage is available using a standard WiFi hotspot cell phone connection. What’s exciting is that creative business people will now invent broadcast applications we’ve never even thought of!”

Key features of StreamMachine DC
• Fully functional Telestream Wirecast software “TV station in a box” operations including live switching, transitions, PIP, pre-recorded video playback, and graphics overlay
• Connect up to four professional SDI or HDMI sources and two USB cameras
• Matrox ISO camera recording tool records up to four inputs using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec at up to 300Mb/s as well as DV, DVCPRO®, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD® QuickTime files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe®, Apple and Avid®
• Simultaneous broadcast stream recording with Telestream Wirecast for archiving or VOD
• Up to 6 hours of operation with a single 1 Beyond IntelliBatt, Anton Bauer compatible, battery with LCD readout of “percent used” and “hours to go”
• Can also be powered by any DC source from 10 to 30 volts through a 4-pin industry standard XLR connector. An AC power brick is included for AC use with instant battery backup
• Instant power switching from battery to external (or vice versa) in case of low power or loss of power. This also allows for a battery change giving unlimited streaming time
• Streaming can be done from anywhere 3G or 4G coverage is available using a standard WiFi hotspot cell phone connection. Cell phone power can be provided by a powered USB.
• Full control of StreamMachine DC provided by an Apple iPad, an Android tablet or a 10.4” DC-powered touch screen
• Keyboard and mouse can be used with any of the readout/control devices

About 1 Beyond
1 Beyond designs and manufactures purpose-built professional video systems for all aspects of the workflow from production through post, streaming, media asset management and archiving as well as SAN storage. Our reputation is for innovation, ruggedness and high reliability at a fraction of the cost of traditional high-end systems. Our value leadership is built on constant technical innovation including 16 years of video-industry firsts. For more information, visit www.1beyond.com.

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.

Vaddio’s New EasyUSB PRO MIC I/O Transforms Any Third-Party Mic to a USB Mic When Paired with an EasyUSB Mixer/Amp

Vaddio today launched the EasyUSB PRO MIC I/O Interface, designed to integrate any professional microphone with Vaddio’s EasyUSB audio solutions. The PRO MIC I/O Interface incorporates Vaddio’s unique SmartMIC technology into the device, providing distributed multi-channel acoustical echo cancellation and automatic microphone mixing. Additional DSP/Digital Signal Processing technologies include noise reduction, microphone gating, equalization, filtering and AGC for automatically calibrating to the live requirements of the room.

The PRO MIC I/O comes equipped with four independent echo cancellation microphone inputs and one discreet output for interfacing to the Vaddio EasyUSB Mixer/Amp. The system can be expanded to support eight microphones by adding an additional PRO MIC I/O.

“When we launched our EasyUSB MicPODs we heard from a lot of our integrators that while they loved them, they also wanted to have the capability of adding any professional microphone to their system designs,” explained CEO, Rob Sheeley. “So we are responding to their requests with the launch of the PRO MIC I/O. We believe that this is a game changer for consultants and integrators because they can now integrate the world’s best microphones into their Vaddio USB solutions. The audio quality of Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx and Skype audio calls will be amazing and with our state of the art DSP signal processing, they sound crystal clear and echo free.”

With Vaddio’s SmartMIC technology, there’s no more complex programming or time-consuming setups. No more having to relearn the room every time a change occurs.

“Plug in the microphone of your choice, adjust the input gain and let the PRO MIC I/O do the rest,” says Sheeley. “Once again Vaddio has given you The Art Of Easy.”

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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Sound Devices Elevates Commitment to Technical Sales Expertise with Recent Company Promotions

Pat McConnell New VP of Sales, Ed Capp Named Global Sales Director

REEDSBURG, WI, MAY 21, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce two internal promotions. As the company continues to evolve in the professional audio and video markets, it has named Pat McConnell Vice President of Sales and Ed Capp Global Sales Director.

At a time when the level of technical expertise required for successful sales is paramount, the pair has demonstrated leadership in the specialized audio and video production markets. In their new roles, Pat and Ed will oversee the Sound Devices sales team to further promote the company’s entire range of products globally, while continuing to strengthen the Sound Devices reseller and distributor network.

Pat, who joined the company last year, brings his deep experience in audio, systems sales, and sales management to the company. He also continues on with the tradition of single-syllable first names for Sound Devices officers. Ed, a 10-year veteran of the Sound Devices sales team, has been instrumental in significantly expanding the reach of Sound Devices throughout the world. Ed has developed Sound Devices strength in Asia as well as the important Southern California markets.

“Ed and Pat are a great sales team and together they manage Sound Devices presence throughout the world,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “As the Sound Devices product lines become more and more technical, it is critical that our sales team is led by knowledgeable individuals who are immersed in the changing audio and video technology landscape. We are very excited to continue to grow our sales force and look forward to both Ed and Pat’s future contributions to the company.”

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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Audio-Technica SpectraPulse® UWB Wireless Microphone System Chosen for NYPD Headquarters Auditorium

— Massive amounts of RF and microwave interference make the New York City Police Department’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan a difficult environment for a wireless microphone system, but an A-T SpectraPulse® system solved all of the interference issues —

STOW, OH, May 20, 2013 — The New York City Police Department’s headquarters building in downtown Manhattan is understandably a challenging RF environment. Inside, the 500-plus-seat auditorium is used for all manner of presentations using wireless microphones, as well as video teleconferencing, for applications that can range from officer graduations and assemblies to large-scale counter-terrorism strategy and information exchanges with other police and security agencies around the world. As good as the sound components in the auditorium are, the existing wireless microphone systems had been experiencing RF interference, feedback and other problems as a result of being mounted on a pair of movable podiums. These are necessary to make the auditorium as flexible as possible, but it made the wireless audio system vulnerable. The solution was the installation of a SpectraPulse® Ultra Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years. The system, which incorporates four drm141 Digital Receiver Modules, one aci707 Audio Control Interface, one rcu104 Receiver Coordinator Unit, two mtu201 XLR Desk Stand Transmitters, and two ES915ML MicroLine® condenser gooseneck microphones, completely solved the RF interference and feedback issues the auditorium had been experiencing. The SpectraPulse system was installed by longtime A-T users Monte Bros. Sound Systems of Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Steve Minozzi, Co-Director of Monte Bros. Sound Systems, says the A-T SpectraPulse technology cleanly addressed what he called a “wireless nightmare.” “The problem is too much interference, just too much going on in the building, and it’s in lower Manhattan, which is already a crowded RF area, so we weren’t able to get a clean dependable signal from the previous wireless system installed there,” he explains. “So we went to the SpectraPulse, which is UWB – ultra wide band transmission by packets – which is not subject to interference. And considering the sensitive information that the NYPD may be discussing, the SpectraPulse’s high level of data encryption was an added plus.”

Despite the dense RF environment around and within the auditorium, and the large steel beams used in its construction that can also hinder RF communications, the SpectraPulse system came through, thanks to the Ultra Wideband technology at the heart of SpectraPulse that avoids the RF interference issues associated with conventional VHF, UHF and 2.4 GHz wireless systems. Further, since no frequency coordination is required for all 14 channels to operate simultaneously, SpectraPulse is easy to both set up and operate. “There was literally nothing else that could have addressed this as well as the SpectraPulse system,” says Minozzi.

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MuxLab Welcomes Onboard Two New Regional USA Sales Managers

MuxLab welcomes Mr. Robert Brzymowski and Mr. Mario Chieco on board to represent MuxLab

MONTREAL, CANADA – As it continues to strengthen its operations, MuxLab has appointed Robert Brzymowski and Mario Chieco to be its new Western USA and Midwest USA Regional Sales Managers. With extensive experience in sales and customer service, Robert and Mario will oversee MuxLab’s sales activity in each appointed region with the support from the corporate MuxLab team based in Montreal.

As per Daniel Assaraf, President of MuxLab, “We are happy that Robert and Mario have joined our team to represent MuxLab in the United States. Both come with experience and knowledge in sales and each brings new sales strategies and ideas to our existing global sales team. The addition of Robert and Mario allows us to blend their skills with ours to continue to build lasting relationships with new and existing customers in these important regions.”

 

With Robert and Mario as a part of the team, MuxLab can better support customers in Western and Midwest USA and continue to work to increase our presence in the CCTV and Audio Video markets.

 

About MuxLab

MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For over 25 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space, and installation costs.

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www.muxlab.com

videoease@muxlab.com

514-905-0588

Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds this Memorial Day Weekend With a SunBriteTV Outdoor Television

THOUSAND OAKS, California, May 21, 2013 – Memorial Day barbecues herald warmer weather and bring families together to enjoy the best backyards in the neighborhood. Don’t sacrifice the sun for the sake of the big game on TV or family photo slideshows—a SunBriteTV all-weather television brings outdoor entertainment to your patio.

“A SunBriteTV is as much a social device as it is a television,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “Families want to show off their backyard during the summer and a SunBriteTV becomes an immediate conversation-starter. Being able to simultaneously watch your favorite sport and lounge under the sun is like getting the best of both worlds.”

As a new outdoor haven for the kids by day and family home theater under the stars by summer night, a SunBriteTV continues to impress long after the big party. What’s more, the Signature Series comes with a family-friendly price tag: $1,495 for a 32” $2,795 (46”), $3,995 (55”) and $6,995 (65”).

All SunBriteTV models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any outdoor climate, any time of day or night.

Every SunBriteTV includes a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20 watt built-in speakers.
Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Alcorn McBride’s A/V Binloop HD Makes InfoComm13 Debut

Making its InfoComm debut, the A/V Binloop HD from Alcorn McBride is the ultimate 8-channel, frame-accurate synchronized audio and video player. The A/V Binloop HD, which provides up to 8 channels of Full HD 1080p or 2 channels of UltraHD 4K along with 16 tracks of 16 bit audio, will be on hand in Alcorn McBride booth 2504 at InfoComm13, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Offering reliability in a compact form factor, the A/V Binloop HD is a high performing solid-state player characteristic of Alcorn McBride engineering. It contains no spinning drives, just simple removable solid-state media that store hours of HD content. It is designed for video walls, museum exhibits, military simulation systems, 4D Theaters and digital signage applications, and is capable of displaying synchronized content across 16.6 megapixels.

Each channel plays back MPEG2 or h.264 video at bitrates up to 40Mbps and resolutions up to FullHD 1080p (1920 x 1080) as well as 16-bit stereo or surround sound audio. These channels can be easily synchronized to provide up to 2 channels of UltraHD 4K (3840 x 2160) playback, or even atypical arrangements such as a video wall banner (15360 x 1080). Content can be managed remotely via Ethernet. The A/V Binloop HD also features SMPTE timecode capability and genlock input.

Unlike most commercial video devices it provides a Full HD 1080p video source to each screen. This eliminates the loss of quality due to stretching, which is often seen in traditional videowall controllers and makes it scalable to much higher resolutions.

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.

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES DEPLOYED AT NORTH KANNAPOLIS BAPTIST CHURCH

**** Photo: Charles Morrow (left) and Cam Taylor (right) at North Kannapolis Baptist Church ****

Kannapolis, NC – May 2013… As is the case with many houses of worship, music plays an increasingly vital role during services at North Kannapolis Baptist Church these days because of its ability to engage the audience and, as a result, make services more relevant to a wider constituency. After having struggled with the inadequacies of its previous sound reinforcement system, church leaders decided an upgrade was in order. After reviewing a variety of SR systems, the decision was made to install loudspeakers from the TrueLine and Wave Series catalogs of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

AES 135th CONVENTION POSTS DEADLINE FOR PAPERS PROPOSALS

May 29 Deadline for Abstracts

NEW YORK: AES 135th Convention Committee Papers Co-Chairs, Brett Leonard and Tae Hong Park, have announced an extension of the call to the professional audio community for technical papers proposals. The new deadline is Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

“We have already received a number of strong abstracts and completed papers,” reports Brett Leonard. “We anticipate a particularly strong turnout for this year. And, we want to make sure that our review board has as many options as possible in order to maintain the quality and diversity of our presentations. By reaching out to a wider segment of the professional and educational sectors we hope to add a number of atypical but eminently worthwhile subjects.”

“We recognize the fact that meaningful papers can originate from beyond traditional academia,” states Co-Chair Tae Hong Park. “Our goal is to develop the most stimulating, comprehensive and authoritative Papers Program possible. Points of origin are far less critical than points of fact, theory and originality.”

In addition to sharing knowledge and opening constructive dialogues on issues which impact on the professional audio community, presenting authors will have their Papers included on the CD-ROM of the full Papers / Posters Program, and, student members will be eligible for the Student Paper Award.

Authors may submit proposals in three categories:

1. Complete-manuscript peer-reviewed convention papers: www.aes.org/135th_authors
2. Abstract-precis-reviewed convention papers: www.aes.org/135th_authors
3. Synopsis-reviewed engineering briefs: www.aes.org/135th_ebriefs

Category 1 and 2 proposals must be submitted electronically to the AES 135th proposal submission site at: www.aes.org/135th_authors by May 29, 2013

Category 3 – Engineering Brief authors must supply a short synopsis by Aug. 14, 2013 followed by an electronic manuscript. These manuscripts will be freely available in the AES E-Library to AES members.

The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention will be held Oct. 17 – 20, 2013 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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DATATON GETS THE VOTE AS PROVINCE OF ONTARIO GETS NEW PREMIER

Show Sage and Dataton will exhibit on Booth 3915 at InfoComm 13 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, from 12-14 June 2013.

WATCHOUT powers ‘history in the making’ at Liberal Party Convention in Toronto

In a powerful demonstration of its ability to integrate live data into a multimedia production with both local-venue and broadcast connectivity, Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software has been deployed as a key presentation tool at the Canadian Liberal Party’s Ontario Leadership Convention in Toronto.


The WATCHOUT licences were supplied to Mediaco by Show Sage, Dataton’s Premium Partner for North America. Jim Testa, President, Show Sage, comments: “Whether it’s equipment rental, lighting and staging, technical production or fully fledged system design, Mediaco is a highly innovative and trusted partner, and it was a pleasure to support them in the creation of the Liberal Party Convention multimedia show.”

The Convention, which resulted in the nomination of Kathleen Wynne as the first openly gay female Premier in Canadian provincial history, was held in Toronto’s historic former Maple Leaf Gardens building and took place over two days in January this year.

Local event production company Mediaco was responsible for the technical system design and co-ordination of the event, including all on-site AV provision and appropriate OB feeds to Canada’s broadcast community. Mediaco has just rebranded aligning themselves to providing the fastest service and support possible.

Matt Farrell, Mediaco’s Production Manager for the Convention, takes up the story: “The Liberal Party is the sitting party in Ontario so this was no ordinary Leadership Convention – it was a congress to elect a new leader for the entire province of Ontario. As such there was an enormous amount of media attention, in addition to all the hectic negotiations you would expect from a Convention where six candidates have to be reduced down to one winner in a matter of 48 hours.”

Mediaco’s work on the project began a week ahead of the Convention’s opening, with lighting and audio systems being hung over truss in a series of eight-hour shifts. “We came into the building the day before and had to be loaded-in by 4pm for the start of rehearsals,” Farrell continues.

“We had three separate rear-projection displays, using WATCHOUT to create a single HD backdrop that could also be divided into three, depending on the requirements of the event and the timing of the votes inside the venue.

“The screens showed a mixture of pre-made images created by our in-house content team, live camera feeds of the candidates making their pitches to the Convention delegates and other key party members delivering speeches and, last but not least, the big numbers for each candidate as the votes were tallied up.”

As well as the edge-blending and scheduling capabilities of WATCHOUT, Mediaco also used the software platform’s geometry correction functionality for projection onto the center screen because of installation issues caused by the building design.

WATCHOUT’s timeline-based show management tools also allowed direct integration with pre-programmed sound effects and cues that were fed into the on-site audio desk.

The complete audio and video feed was then made available to a broadcast connection that was used live by local stations and in highlights packages by national networks.

Throughout the two-day Convention, Mediaco staff had to adapt the content of their main display to accommodate the shifting political landscape of the event – as Chris Cameron, Technical Director at Mediaco, relates:

“There were a lot of last-minute changes to the presentation which we were able to accommodate into the WATCHOUT timeline because the software is just so easy to use. Once on-site we used the platform’s ability to take data from a live input capture card. This allowed us to broadcast up-to-date voter statistics throughout the frenzy of delegates transferring their vote from one candidate to another as each round of voting was completed.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director, Dataton, concludes: “People tend to associate WATCHOUT with artistic content, and rightly so. But in this particular application we see the power of our platform to act as a communications tool as political history is being made – to the benefit not just of the local audience but to the millions watching broadcast channels at home.”

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About Show Sage
Show Sage LLC is Dataton’s Premium Partner and distributor in North America. For over a decade, Show Sage has provided sales, training and support to WATCHOUT users across the U.S. and Canada. Show Sage also sells, rents and supports a broad line of specially configured, WATCHOUT-tuned computer systems.

About Dataton
Established in 1973, renowned Swedish show control developer and manufacturer, Dataton this year celebrates its 40th year in business. The company serves its core markets in multi-media entertainment, visitor attractions, digital signage scenography, event production and corporate A/V. The company’s flagship products include the WATCHPAX™ media server, award-winning Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-display production and presentation system as well as the intuitive Dataton PICKUP™ audio guide. The entire range is supported by Dataton’s established global distribution and reseller network.

For further information about this and other leading products please visit www.dataton.com or contact:

Manufacturer Enquiries
Fredrik Svahnberg
Dataton AB
Telephone: +46 70 3228557
Fax: +46 13 138445
Email: fredrik@dataton.se

Publicist
Katinka Allender
Telephone: +44 (0) 1491 571402
Mobile: +44 (0) 7887 711 246
Email: katinka@k-communications.com

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