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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.

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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!”

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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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DICOM is the registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association for its standards publications relating to digital communications of medical information.

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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.

No Father’s Day Celebration is Complete Without a SunBriteTV, The Outdoor Upgrade Every Dad Will Enjoy

THOUSAND OAKS, California May 29, 2013 – Summer is prime time to be outside, but there’s no reason that dads should have to forsake the big game for a little sunshine. A SunBriteTV outdoor television is the perfect gift this Father’s Day for the dad that loves his backyard just as much as he loves his indoor man cave.

“Any dad loves having a sanctuary to catch up on his favorite shows and sporting events,” says Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “Moving that sanctuary outdoors with a SunBriteTV means he can do it all: barbeque on the grill, enjoy a few cold ones with family and friends, or work on his putt, all the while keeping up with the scores.”

What’s more, a SunBriteTV comes with a father-friendly price tag. The Signature Series starts at $1,495 (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 climate, day or night.

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-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.

“Simply put, a SunBriteTV gives dad the chance to get the most enjoyment he can out of his summer,” says Dixon.

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.

PixelFLEX Features Colored LED Curtains at InfoComm 2013

PixelFLEX, innovators of the industry’s most flexible, lightweight and durable LED video screens, will feature its new colored panels at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 5987). The colored panels, available in red, blue, white and green, are ideal for customers looking to produce unique visual effects.

The colored panels, made of DFR velvet drapery, come in a variety of resolutions, including 18mm, 20mm, 30mm, 37.5mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm, offering video display solutions to meet any and all imagery needs. Just as with their original LED Curtains, videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s colored screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8×4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect and can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping. This flexibility, in combination with the product’s extraordinary light weight – PixelFLEX LED colored Curtains range from 4.5 lbs to 19.9 lbs per square meter, which is 60 to 90 percent less than most other LED video screens – provides substantial savings on transportation costs and space.

“We’ve received an enormous amount of interest from theatre production departments and musicians for our original LED video panels because of the ease of use and mobility, as well as the cost efficiencies achieved from being able to pack them in a single touring case,” said Jeremy Byrd, president and founder of PixelFLEX. “The introduction of colored panels provides even greater flexibility to our customers to meet their project requirements, while providing them with the same benefits as our original offerings.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of flexible, lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

UDC AJA Gang Control Debuts From HRS Control

HRS Control has introduced AJA Gang Control for its popular Universal Device Controller (UDC), which allows users to take control of the full family of AJA products from the UDC software and any tablet, touch- or web-enabled device. The AJA product lines supported include FS2, FS1, the Ki Pro family and KUMO.

HRS Control developed AJA Gang Control after offering selected customers AJA Ki Pro control for live event playback. “To meet their needs we added Ki Pro control to UDC software,” says Drew Taylor at High Resolution Systems. “AJA really liked what we were doing and recommended our software to their customers. Then we began working with AJA on custom configurations within UDC, pre-configuring the system so it can be used on a daily basis or as a training tool that can be customized further.”

“Our KUMO, FS, and Ki Pro products all have Ethernet interfaces that allow complete control of the devices over a LAN, and HRS Control has added an extra layer of customizable automation software for customers that maximize and complement this ability,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “HRS Control’s new AJA Gang Control software offerings extend flexibility to our customers that want to add automation to their AJA based workflows, as well as integrating AJA devices together and within other control environments with protocol translation.”

Cost-effective UDC AJA Gang Control provides AJA product users with the features that have made UDC software so popular across the board: Macros, Web Server, Scheduling, Variables and Logic. Five custom controller interfaces are available for software or web server control; downloadable Apple iPad and Windows tablet apps are free of charge and the software works on Android through the web browser.

USB button panel controllers can be added to the software and rack mount button panels are also available.

Several features are tailored specifically to AJA Ki Pro. Start/stop records on multiple Ki Pros can be triggered with a press of a button or automated by time of day. Customers can get clip lists and playlist information from multiple Ki Pros and load clips and play multiple Ki Pros.

UDC Ki Pro File Management permits simultaneous file transfers over the network on multiple files across multiple Ki Pros. File transfers for archiving to local or network drives can be activated by a press of the button or via time of day with UDC scheduling.

“Ki Pro File Management is a cool new tool that streamlines file transfer for back up or archiving,” says Taylor. “It makes it easy to automate transfers, schedule them and have one-button control.”

AJA KUMO users also have KUMO matrix control with real time status updates and switching, a feature originally developed for other routers and now available for the AJA KUMO routers.

HRS Control has also introduced UDC AJA Gang Control Plus, which offers everything available in AJA Gang Control plus two additional features that enable broadcasters to group AJA devices from the technical director position. First, Protocol Translation translates known incoming control protocols to any outgoing AJA product. Supported protocols include PBUS, VDCP, Art-Net, DMX, MIDI, MOS and more.

Second, UDC Time Code allows users to execute control based on time code or deploy UDC software to generate time code. This additional feature utilizes network based time code or a third-party network interface box for LTC and MIDI time code interfacing.

UDC AJA Gang Control is a cost-effective software package for AJA product users, Taylor points out. “We’re offering it at a lower price than our UDC Pro software because it’s limited to control of AJA devices. But we provide the ability to upgrade to a full UDC Pro license at anytime. Users who choose to upgrade will be able to unlock the rest of the features and gain full control of any device that UDC supports.”

UDC AJA Gang Control is now shipping.

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audiovisual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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