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Genelec Helps Take Kenneth Copeland Ministries On the Road in Hi-Def

— New remote production truck is equipped with a 5.1 surround array of Genelec 8130A Digtal Monitors and a SE7261A subwoofer to match the Genelec monitoring in place at the ministries’ own post-production facility —

NATICK, MA, May 6, 2013 — Kenneth Copeland Ministries recently rolled out its first high-definition remote production truck, fitted with a 5.1 surround sound monitoring array from Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring. The system consists of 8130A Digital Monitors and an SE7261A Active DSP subwoofer, part of the Genelec GLM.SE™ system with AutoCal™ Self-Calibration System, which is used to optimize the monitoring array in the truck’s audio area. The new remote production vehicle travels to ministry events, recording the messages for broadcast, streaming and post-production media such as DVDs and MP3 downloads.

The Genelec monitors aboard the new truck also serve to create a seamless and consistent monitoring environment in conjunction with the ministries’ Audio Production Suite, designed by the Russ Berger Design Group and located on the Ministries’ 1,200-acre campus in Ft. Worth, Texas. There, three Genelec 1037C Tri-amplified Monitors form the L-C-R array, supported by four Genelec 1032A Active 2-way audio monitors for the surrounds. (These are used in two pairs; one set is aimed at the audio operator and the other at the producer/client seating.) The post facility also utilizes a Genelec 7073A Active Subwoofer. The truck is also used as a control room when the Copelands record broadcasts at the ministries’ television studio on the campus; the vehicle is housed in a neighboring truck bay that is connected via fiber to the facility.

“We now have complete consistency of monitoring throughout our production chain, from remote truck to home base,” observes Ralph Robb, Senior Audio Engineer at Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Robb says the Genelec 8130A’s offer him a monitoring experience that is superior to other monitors. “The Genelecs are a professional tool that are excellent for letting me hear the nuances in the sound,” he says. “This is all about the voice, the spoken word, the message, and my ability to separate it from any distracting sound or noise around it. When Mr. and Mrs. Copeland speak in a large arena or hall, the PA system is going to get into the recording. We use lavaliere microphones, but they are omnidirectional – they give us a smoother overall response, but they also pick up more sound from the room. I need to be able to carve the frequencies we don’t want out of the recording, and the Genelecs are better at that than any other speaker.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Helps Seal LCGC’s Place in Guinness Book of Records

Raphael Williams with the Soundcraft Vi6 console.

LONDON, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft helped The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) into the Guinness Book of Records last weekend when experienced sound engineers Raphael Williams and monitor engineer Nikoma Bell specified 96- and 64-channel Soundcraft Vi6 consoles respectively to mix the largest gospel choir ever assembled on a stage.

The event was to celebrate LCGC’s 30th anniversary—with a 3-day series of performance and workshops at London’s South Bank over the Bank Holiday weekend. The highlight was the concert at the Royal Festival Hall on the Sunday, and since this was being multi-tracked for a live album and DVD, recording engineer Simon Changer also had a third, remote 96-channel Vi6, isolated in the back control room.

In order to beat the previous record of 1,138 voices singing together in concert conditions, LCGC invited 30 other gospel choirs from across Europe to participate, so that the front tier stalls of the hall also became a performance area for the extended choir (leaving the audience to occupy the balcony/under-balcony seats and upper tiers). The show included X Factor runner-up Jahmene Douglas and Magic FM DJ Angie Greaves — and the existing record was broken thanks to an ensemble of 1169 vocalists performing simultaneously.

All the sound equipment was provided by Richard Nowell Sound Systems (RNSS), who have also installed a series of Soundcraft Vi series digital desks into the South Bank venues. The choice by Williams and Bell to use the Vi6’s was a no-brainer as both are staunch devotees of the platform, and have previously used this winning combination on tour with TinieTempah.

“In fact it was Nikoma who first introduced me to the Vi6,” exclaimed the FOH engineer. “Since then I’ve become a Soundcraft man through and through.”

With a strong background in church music, he had been contacted by the Choir “because they knew I had an understanding of their requirements.” He started out with a minor role back in 2010 before choir principle, Rev Bazil Meade, earmarked him for the lead role for this project.

While the choir itself, directed by Becky Thomas, features 50 singers, the prospect of micing up nearly 1200 vocalists created a number of logistical pressures as he set about providing a large inventory of industry standard close and ambient/overhead mics from the RNSS inventory.

Raphael, who also acted as overall technical adviser, explained the challenge he faced in compacting his line inputs. “First of all I put together a complete list of what could happen in a perfect world; we started at 150ch consisting of band, acoustic section and vocals, with 40 direct mics, and a further 48 dotted around the hall. But closer to the time I reined it in and made it more realistic in keeping with the 96ch desk count, with nine direct mics for the main members of the choir and 12 large diaphragm mics for the remainder. These are dotted around the stage for the choir to look more artistic.”

He ended up filling his Vi6 to capacity with 30 band and 21 LCGC mics, plus four radio and 24 mics for the extended choir, eight ambient mics within the room and some playback tracks from the hard disc recorder.

“What I like about the Vi series is ultimately the sound, which is clear, crisp and clean. The gain structure allows you enough headroom, in a sense the more you put in the more it gives out.”

“I also like the usability — it’s very easy to move around on and because of the Vistonics [interface] each screen is independent and so you can do two things at once — it makes things flexible.”

With the channel count that was required to handle the recording workflow of 96ch to a MADI device, he had to think carefully about his card configuration. “To get all 96 ins and 96 outs I had to swop some of the cards to get more MADI outs,” he explained.

Raphael’s solution was to design a 4-card MADI card configuration based on 64ch In, 32ch Out (Card 1); 32ch In, 0ch Out (Card 2); 64ch In, 64ch Out (Card 3); 24ch In, 32ch Out (Card 4).

This provided 184ch In workflow (but only 96ch active at any one time), and 128ch Out workflow (but only 96ch active at any one time).

However, after considering his dilemma, Raphael acknowledged with a smile, “Nikoma probably had it tougher than me, mixing monitors down at the stage.”

The monitor engineer himself commented, “The Vi6 is always my desk of choice; there are other great desks out there but I can configure and use the Vi with my eyes closed, often getting 80% of the mix sorted via the offline software before even switching the desk on. It sounds amazing too!

“The ability to configure the show offline really helped on this occasion due to the channel count. I was using every input and output, seeing 64 lines from stage then 12 return lines from FOH, as well as my effect returns and local inputs. But as I could configure the console on the train to rehearsals it saved a lot of time, allowing the band to get on with what they needed to do.”

The final word came from Musical Director/Production Manager, Ayo Oyerinde. “The Soundcraft Vi6 was the central hub that enabled us to break the world record for the largest choir ever. From FOH, monitors to multi-track recording, the Vi6 took care of it all with the highest quality sound.”

The event was promoted by LCGC with MVLS Music.

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.

Philips Commercial Signage Appoints Stampede A North American Distributor

Stampede Presentation Products Inc. today announced it has been appointed to serve as a North American distributor of the entire Philips Commercial Signage product line through MMD, the exclusive licensee for Philips Commercial Signage and Philips Monitors. The appointment was announced by Craig Rathbun, Sales and Marketing Director for MMD, and Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly.

“Our knowledge of the ProAV industry, along with our network of over 11,000 dealers, uniquely qualifies us to distribute the Philips commercial product line to the North American digital signage market,” Kelly said today. “Philips provides a digital signage solution for every imaginable commercial market, including hospitality, healthcare and education. We look forward to introducing the Philips line to all of our ProAV dealers.”

Stampede will offer a variety of Philips Commercial Signage product solutions including 32-inch through 65-inch LCD, LED, and zero bezel commercial-grade displays as well as accessories to satisfy every customer requirement and budget.

According to Craig Rathbun, “Stampede’s expertise and demonstrated success in selling digital signage solutions to the commercial market makes us certain that this will be a long and successful partnership. We’re very excited to work with Stampede as we continue to expand our reach into the North American market.”

Stampede will feature Philips Commercial Signage Products in Booth #3559 at INFOCOMM 2013, taking place June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center.

About MMD
MMD is a subsidiary of TPV Technology Limited and is the exclusive licensee for Philips Commercial Signage and Philips Monitors worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s manufacturing expertise in displays, MMD uses a fast and focused approach to bringing innovative products to market. MMD operates internationally with its North American headquarters in Atlanta. Through its network of local sales agents MMD works with several IT distributors and resellers. The company’s design and development centers are located in Taiwan and Amsterdam.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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TiO Brings Sophisticated Simplicity to Home Automation

New Android-based home automation solution from ACTP will focus first and foremost on user moods and experiences

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 6, 2013 – Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc. (ACTP) is proud to announce the launch of its new home automation brand, TiO (Turn it On). TiO is an entirely new approach to home automation, one driven by an “outside in” philosophy that focuses on the customer experience. TiO home automation solutions will provide professional integrators with an easy-to-install, elegant home automation solution that offers powerful features, maximum flexibility and a new pricing model that will allow home automation to reach a broad base of consumers.

“TiO is driven by our vision to provide homeowners with an experience that seamlessly captures their mood and provides them with comfort and peace of mind,” said Mike Anderson, president and CEO of ACTP. “TiO is unlike any other home automation system because it truly allows the customer to control how the system interacts with their daily life. We’ve designed the TiO system to be simple and intuitive enough for the consumer to perfectly match their moods and create satisfying and powerful experiences in their home. We want to deliver a solution that adapts to the customer instead of asking the customer to adapt to the system.”

TiO’s “outside in” philosophy will drive the company’s team of experts to effectively bring to market home automation solutions that perfectly and effortlessly match the mood of a homeowner and offer relaxing and comforting experiences in the home.

Among those in charge of bringing those solutions to life is an impressive collection of product development, engineering, sales, and marketing experts, including:

Mike Anderson, President and CEO
Anderson boasts over three decades of experience in the consumer electronics and custom integration industries. His background includes ownership of several highly successful integration firms as well as senior management leadership roles with high profile brands like JVC, Niles Audio and Russound. Anderson offers a unique perspective that is informed by his broad expertise in a variety of fields including engineering, business administration, sales, product development and marketing. As the leader of the talented ACTP team, Anderson’s goal is to provide innovative automation solutions that provide comfort, pleasure and peace of mind to ACTP’s customers.

Matt Curtin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Curtin’s began his career with Tweeter Etc. as a salesperson and subsequently Mobile Electronic Manager and Operations Manager. He joined Russound in 2005 and held positions in technical support, training and dealer support. In 2009, he was named Director of Sales Operations and led the dealer support, training and inside sales teams. After a successful 8-year career with Russound, he joined Automated Control Technology Partners in July 2012. With the help of his dedicated team, Curtin’s goal is make TiO the most customer-driven company in the home integration business. He wants TiO to be the integrator’s best friend and most reliable partner.

Bert Culpepper, Director of Software Development
Culpepper brings an impressive background in software engineering to the ACTP team. He has worked in a number of different engineering and software development roles with companies such as Scientific Research Corporation, L-3 Communications and Mitsubishi Electric. Culpepper’s goal is to develop bulletproof solutions that turn complex technologies into simple and elegant customer solutions.

Kyle Anderson, Director of Operations
Anderson will utilize his talents in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and quality control processes in his role as the Director of Operations for ACTP. Having previously served in management roles at Envirotech Integration Systems, a Dallas-based integration firm, and Best Buy, he has a deep understanding of the needs in the custom installation channel and consumer demands. Anderson’s goal is to ensure that TiO products are delivered on time with zero defects.

David Fonseca, Creative Marketing Director
Fonseca is a talented and award-winning brand development expert. As the previous Creative Director of Niles Audio and owner of FYI Studio, he has a unique combination of insight into creating brands from the ground up and experience within the custom and consumer electronics industry. Fonseca is a key member of the marketing and product development teams as he is responsible for all aspects of TiO’s branding, interface design and messaging.

Mike Matson, Controller
Matson oversees the day-to-day financial operations for ACTP and its brands. He boasts an impressive resume with over two decades of experience as a controller, finance manager and CPA ranging in roles that include serving as the VP of Finance of IDS Sports, Regional Controller for AmerisourceBergen and Accounting Manager at Conn’s Home Plus. Matson is not your average “bean counter” and his goal is to provide the best support possible to TiO’s valued dealers and partners.

Timothy Dunigan, Training Manager
Dunigan brings significant experience in the consumer electronics and IT industries. His CE career began as a technical specialist for a Florida-based custom audio/video company. He joined Russound in 2007 as a product trainer and later became International Sales Manager. His expertise includes classroom instruction, curriculum development and online training development. Dunigan’s goal is to make TiO the easiest home automation solution to learn and master. He will use his passion for training and education to help every TiO dealer do their job as efficiently and successfully as possible.

Cody Kasten, Technical Support Manager
Kasten has outstanding technical knowledge, passion, and dedication which he brings to the technical support team everyday. During his 15 years in the industry, Katsen has held a variety of roles including Technician, Lead Integrator and Field Manager of several successful integration companies. Kasten owned and operated his own firm, Wire Pro Communications, from 2003 to 2009. His consummate professionalism and dedication to the customer make him TiO’s most valuable player.

“We feel great about the talent we have been able to bring onboard,” said Anderson. “We have a great blend of industry veterans and some newcomers who have really challenged our thinking. This diverse group has been able to come together quickly and we have really pushed the envelope of the product development process. It has been a great few months and we look forward to sharing more about the TiO product line in the coming weeks. I think integrators and consumers are going to love our approach.”

TiO systems will run on Android-enabled devices, allowing users to better utilize the world’s most popular mobile platform. Promising to stand as one of the easiest home automation systems to set up, each system will be easily configured by a professional integrator via the convenience of an Android tablet.

In addition to ease of setup, TiO systems will also offer professional integrators the luxury of specifying systems based on a nearly flat system pricing structure—a benefit that sets it apart from other home automation systems. Integrators can easily scale and upgrade systems, adding any combination of elements, to meet their customer’s needs.

TiO will unveil its initial product offering in June 2013 and will demonstrate product for the first time at InfoComm 2013, June 12-14 in Orlando. The product is expected to ship by July 1.

For more information on TiO and to sign up to be among the first to receive information on the upcoming product launch, visit http://www.tiohome.com. Integrators and consumers can also follow TiO on social media at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/TiO/554597937908465
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tiohome
Google+: http://www.gplus.to/tiohome

About Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc.
Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc., recently located in Orlando, Florida, provides a wide range of building automation solutions for distributed digital entertainment and automated control of lighting, climate, security and other systems. ACTP is the parent company for several building automation and control brands. The company was founded upon the guiding principle of bringing to market brands that redefine building automation and deliver innovative solutions built with the end-user experience at the forefront of all activities. For more information on ACTP, visit http://www.actpglobal.com.

About TiO
TiO is a brand committed to providing “Sophisticated Simplicity” through a unique approach to control and home automation. TiO was founded with the mission to advance the home automation industry by utilizing outside-in philosophy that focuses on end-user experiences as the foundation for all product development. TiO strives to bring to market products that empower the end-user through the company’s mobile-driven approach to the home automation experience; one that truly adapts to the end-user’s lifestyle. TiO products are sold exclusively through authorized dealers and are designed specifically to enable professional installers the flexibility to easily specify and scale systems to accommodate the unique needs and demands of a variety residential and commercial applications. Visit http://www.tiohome.com.

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DPA Microphones Spends A Night At The Opera

The sound team at the Parco Della Musica Auditorium in Rome recently turned to DPA Microphones’ Reference Standard 4017 Shotgun Microphones to record the audio for a specially commissioned double DVD of two operas that were being performed as part of the Santa Cecilia Opera Studio, a master programme devoted to Bel Canto.

With high quality audio a prerequisite – and with strict instructions from the director that no microphones were to be seen anywhere in the video footage – sound engineer Giacomo De Caterini was initially struggling to work out how he could comply with the director’s brief.

“The director wanted to avoid any microphones that could be visible because he was determined to maintain strict focus on the performers,” De Caterini explains. “Due to bad experiences in the past, especially on video productions where close-up shots revealed poorly concealed microphones dangling from the singers’ wigs, he was very keen not to have any microphones on the singers’ heads. This ruled out the use of miniature microphones such as the DPA 4061s, which we had initially been considering.”

To add to De Caterini’s difficulties, some of the backgrounds were being video projected, which meant that microphones hanging from the ceiling were also out of the question.

“I was quite worried as the only option left was to use shotgun microphones positioned on the edge of the proscenium,” De Caterini says. “I realized this would only be OK if we had a sufficient quantity and if they were strategically placed to capture the audio properly.”

Luckily, Salvatore Zocco, product manager at DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer, was able to come up with a solution. He gave Giacomo De Caterini some DPA Reference Standard 4017 Shotgun Microphones and suggested he tried them out as an option.

“Although I expected the high quality sound and trustworthiness that invariably comes with DPA microphones, what I did not expect was the ability of these microphones to deliver a sound unlike any other shotgun I have ever tried,” De Caterini explains. “They were much more akin to a pair of traditional cardioids, and with the amazing ability to behave more like ‘wide cannons’ than strict shotguns. In other words, instead of the typically coloured audio that becomes almost unusable as soon as the pickup is slightly off-axis, these microphones delivered great audio that required minimal tweaks and remained readable and clean even when picking up vocalists who were right as the back of the stage. Thanks to their new, dedicated preamps, they also delivered lower noise than any other shotgun microphone I have tried. Ultimately, what set them apart was something you certainly don’t expect from shotguns: sheer musicality.”

The two operas being recorded for this DVD project were Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnole” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”. Both were performed in the Petrassi Hall, which has roughly 700 seats and is the smallest of the three halls that form the Parco Della Musica Auditorium complex. The double DVD production was co-produced by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Infocamere, the IT company for the Italian Chamber of Commerce, and distributed as a special gift to major Chambers of Commerce clients.

After completing the recordings for the DVDs, Giacomo De Caterini was so impressed with the performance of the DPA 4017 Shotgun Microphones that he refused to return them to M. Casale Bauer.

“They were definitely a keeper,” he says, “and they have now joined the Auditorium’s stock of DPAs. I’ve used a lot of DPA in the past – and B&K before them. I love all the classics like the 4006, 4015, 4011 etc., and I also use the DPA miniature microphones for live work, especially the brilliant d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and the compact cardioid 4021 microphones, which I consider to be the most treasured tools of my trade.”

Recently, De Caterini had the opportunity to use a pair of DPA 4041s (running at 130V with the dedicated preamp) and was completely blown away by their performance.

“They combine the best features of DPA’s classic omnis with the low/mid ability that has previously been the trademark of DPA’s competitors. Using them for the first time provided me with a rare moment of illumination – not to mention an almost irrepressible urge to reach for my wallet!”

Since completing the opera DVD project, Giacomo De Caterini has been working on a number of other high profile recordings including engineering and post-producing a CD of Verdi’s music for EMI Classics, which features the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Vista Systems’ Spyder Integrated with Mitsubishi Diamond Vision at Philips Arena in Atlanta

It’s not every day that a Spyder is welcome in Atlanta’s Philips Arena. But Vista Systems’ Spyder X20 is now at home feeding twin Mitsubishi Diamond Vision systems in the multi-purpose facility.

Philips Arena opened in 1999 and hosts the NBA Atlanta Hawks and WNBA Atlanta Dream. It’s also among the busiest arenas in the world for concerts. The Mitsubishi Diamond Vision systems, which measure 100 feet long and 12 feet high, are mounted at each end of the arena and display statistics, replays, video footage, graphics and advertising.

“We chose Spyder for its flexibility and functionality compared to other options on the market,” says David Corathers, engineering manager for Mitsubishi Diamond Vision who helmed the integration. “Spyder provides the most flexibility for inputs – video sources, HD-SDI, DVI, keys, without degradation of the video images into our advanced proprietary LED processors. That allows our customer to produce very complicated shows. A lot of different sources of information can be aggregated to one place along with advertising.”

Spyder was installed for the current NBA season and it has been “working great,” according to Corathers. “Our customer really likes the flexibility, and it’s very cost effective. I’ve been impressed with the product and the people at Vista.”

He notes that, “We’re just starting to scratch the surface of what Spyder can do and are in the process of integrating Spyder more deeply into our system. At the Philips Arena, Spyder allows our customer to drive and manage material and customize a unique visual palette.”

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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Sennheiser Brings Premium Sound and Wireless Innovation to The American Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival

Cannes, FRANCE – May 7, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser will support The American Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival during its Conference Series this year in Cannes, which will feature panels and one-on-one interviews with the film industry’s leading talent and entertainment personalities. Over the course of the 12-day festival, which is the most high profile event in the film industry, audiences will be able to listen to The American Pavilion Conference Series through Sennheiser wireless headphones.

In conjunction with its sponsor partners and in celebration of its 25th anniversary in Cannes, The American Pavilion has redesigned its location to incorporate design elements of The Peninsula Hotel properties and includes a new conference center, bar, restaurant and a media terrace/green room. By providing attendees with Sennheiser wireless headphones, The American Pavilion enables guests to enjoy conference content wherever they roam within the facility, while background noise is kept to a minimum.

“We are excited to feature Sennheiser’s wireless headphone technology this year at The American Pavilion,” commented Julie Sisk, director and founder of The American Pavilion. “Sennheiser’s innovative technology will allow our guests to enjoy all the amenities of our open space, without missing any of the incredible interview and panel content that will be featured this year.”

The American Pavilion asked Sennheiser to provide support in Cannes after reading about its activation during SXSW with Paste Magazine this past March, in which the company hosted three days of interviews with leading content creators such as Fred Armisen of SNL, LeVar Burton of Star Trek, editor in chief of Marvel Comics Alex Alonso, and others. During this activation, fans and attendees were able to listen to interview content anywhere on the activation grounds, while donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

The American Pavilion Conference Series features industry panels each day that focus on topics like film finance, acquisitions, producing and film + technology. The interactive sessions are moderated by well-known entertainment journalists and routinely attract the top names in entertainment. In prior years, guests have included Francis Ford Coppola, Terry Gilliam, Martin Scorcese, Robert Duvall, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Jude Law, Colin Firth, Anjelica Huston, James Cameron and many others.

The American Pavilion, which is located in the International Village next to the Palais, has become a hub for film industry professionals to gather and share ideas during the Cannes Film Festival — the largest and most prestigious film festival in the world. The festival itself attracts over 20,000 industry professionals and over 4,000 journalists from around the globe.

About The American Pavilion:

Celebrating its 25th year bringing professionals and emerging filmmakers together, The American Pavilion is the center of activity for the American film community at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Since its debut at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, The Pavilion has served as a hospitality and communications hub for the thousands of Americans attending the Cannes Film Festival and Marché, providing an impressive array of facilities and services, including membership for the international film community, provocative and insightful programming, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, immersive student programs, and more.

For its corporate sponsors, scores of American participants, and hundreds of exhibitors and office holders, The American Pavilion accommodates the need for information, orientation and recreation, providing both a dynamic business environment and an opportunity to relax in comfortable surroundings for the duration of the Festival.

With a panoramic view of the Bay of Cannes and just a few steps from the Palais des Festivals, where all the major Festival films are premiered, The American Pavilion is now a permanent fixture on the Cannes landscape, proving to be the perfect place to transact business, share ideas and effectively reach the thousands of affluent international travelers who attend the Festival every year.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Visionary Solutions at InfoComm 2013

INFOCOMM 2013 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW

Visionary Solutions, Inc. — Booth 2431

At InfoComm 2013, Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) will demonstrate the latest advancements in its comprehensive portfolio of IPTV and Internet encoding products for pro A/V applications.

New for InfoComm is PackeTV(R) Views, a low-cost, browser-based interface that streamlines the viewing and sharing of IPTV content originating from appliance-type encoders. VSI will also showcase the D1000 H.264/MPEG-2 decoder, the PackeTV Mobile HTTP-based media streaming server, and a powerful new IP video delivery bundle designed to simplify IPTV delivery.

Key Products and Technology Demos

NEW! PackeTV(R) Views
At InfoComm 2013, VSI will unveil PackeTV(R) Views, a low-cost, user-friendly, and easily configurable browser-based interface that simplifies viewing, maintenance, publishing, and access control of content. Ideal for the education and house of worship markets, PackeTV Views features intuitive controls that can be easily operated by both technical and non-technical personnel. Operators simply open the URL with the channel lineup, build a view customized for the intended audience, and can instantly push the content to viewers.

Leveraging cloud services, or Software as a Service (SaaS), PackeTV Views minimizes end-user requirements, eliminating the overhead and costs traditionally associated with deploying and maintaining complex client software. Additionally, the HTML-based solution supports a variety of popular Web browsers and provides personalized experience for users through customized branding and a flexible design, allowing users to share and consume media that is audience and age appropriate. Single-instance and enterprise licenses are available, enabling a local user to have a custom menu that consists of media feeds delivered and managed remotely, combined with additional channels that originate locally.

D1000 H.264/MPEG-2 Decoder
VSI’s new H.264 and MPEG-2 based decoder supports SDI (3G/HD/SD), HDMI(R), and DVI outputs with resolutions of up to 1080p60, enabling users to deliver professional quality HD video and audio over IP networks cost-effectively. After receiving H.264 or MPEG-2 audio and video content from a VSI encoder, the D1000 decodes and outputs the content into a high-quality 1080p, 1080i, or 720p HD stream, in real time, at the lowest possible bit rate. The high-performance decoder also supports a wide range of audio standards, including AAC, MPEG-1/2, and optionally AC3, to ensure exceptional audio quality.

PackeTV(R) Mobile
At InfoComm 2013, VSI will highlight PackeTV(R) Mobile, an HTTP-based media streaming communications system that simplifies the delivery of live and file-based content, enabling content administrators to deploy IP video to any connected device — including mobile phones, tablets, and set-top boxes. Built on an entirely server-based design, PackeTV Mobile can be cost-effectively deployed on any public or private network where HTTP access is allowed and scaled to provide superior-quality streaming video content to an unlimited number of users.

Ideal for a broad range of markets, including professional A/V, PackeTV Mobile supports SD and HD HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), with H.264 video and AAC audio, providing users with a high degree of flexibility.

AVN Series Encoder and PackeTV(R) Mobile Bundle
During InfoComm 2013, VSI will demonstrate integration between the company’s popular AVN Series encoders and PackeTV(R) Mobile media streaming system. Prior to video delivery, VSI’s AVN IPTV encoders transform content from a variety of sources into full-screen, full-resolution IP digital video in real time. Capable of encoding both HD and SD video in an H.264 stream (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC), VSI’s AVN Series is the ideal encoding solution for content administrators requiring cost-effective, low bit rate HD/SD video distribution over IP networks. Operators deploying the new bundle can choose between the AVN443, AVN441, and AVN422 encoders, based on their individual requirements.

After content is encoded, VSI’s PackeTV Mobile converts transport streams into HLS, ensuring a superior quality of experience on any IP-connected device. Featuring a server-based design, PackeTV Mobile can be deployed cost-effectively on any public or private network where HTTP access is allowed and scaled to provide superior-quality streaming video content to an unlimited number of users, eliminating the need for costly content delivery networks.

Company Overview:

Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

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CYNTHIA VITERI CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH GEARSOURCE

May 6, 2013 (Wellington, Fla.)—This week marks a very special anniversary for the leading online marketplace: Ten years ago, Cynthia Viteri joined GearSource founder Marcel Fairbairn on his journey to build the best online resource for production inventory sellers and buyers. Viteri became the company’s second employee and helped to not only grow sales and the listings base, but also become a part of the company’s DNA. Today, Viteri manages the internal logistics systems for the company, while also taking care of a large customer base of her own. more

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Systems Integrator, TSE, Installs Hitachi Z-HD5000 Cameras and HD Control Room at Eastern Michigan University

WOODBURY, New York – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America announces that TSE (Total Sports Entertainment) Services—a systems integrator based in La Crosse, WI—has installed three new Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio cameras, a YESCO video board, and a full HD production control room in the Convocation Center on the campus of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti, MI.

Under the project management of A/V Consultant Frank Moraski, Jr, a principal of Anthony James Partners (AJP) in Richmond, VA, the facility renovation involved LED displays from YESCO (Young Electronic Sign Company), in Logan, Utah, which in turn contracted TSE Services for the turnkey systems integration work.

Bob Johnston, regional sales manager, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, facilitated the camera order, including three Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio cameras with CU-HD500 camera control units and FUJINON HD lenses, as well as a Hitachi RU-1000VR control panel for remote camera setup. Two Z-HD5000’s are in a studio configuration on tripods, while one is used as a shoulder-mount handheld within EMU’s Convocation Center – an 8,000-seat arena where the University’s NCAA Division I basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and gymnastics events are held.

“For live event entertainment, EMU has invested in broadcast-quality, HD cameras, and the picture quality is outstanding,” said Marty Masewicz, an A/V systems integrator with TSE Services, which specializes in the design and installation of big-board displays and A/V installations for sports, education, and other applications nationwide. “As the public becomes more media-savvy, picture quality is a key consideration, especially when the image will be displayed on a huge video screen.”

Another important consideration favoring the selection of Hitachi cameras was user-friendliness, since EMU students often operate the video equipment in the Convocation Center.

According to Masewicz, the HD control room was designed to serve the production needs of other athletic facilities on the EMU campus, including Rynearson Stadium, the 30,200-seat football stadium next door to the Convocation Center. “The Hitachi Z-HD5000’s fiber camera adapters enable long-fiber runs within the arena—and eventually from other campus venues—back to the ‘production room.’” In this room, TSE installed a Broadcast Pix Granite 2000 integrated HD production switcher and a NewTek 825 8-channel replay system, as well as ClickFX Crossfire and Blaze systems to feed the big-board.

At present, the Hitachi cameras will capture HD video of games and special events like graduations for display on a four-sided, center-hung YESCO LED display/scoreboard and two 50-foot courtside LED ribbons.

“In our experience,” Masewicz said, “colleges and universities have increasingly been adopting high-quality HD video displays to provide live entertainment during athletic and special events. The Hitachi Z-HD5000 is an affordable, high-performance solution, ideal for this application.”

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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