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Vizrt to Highlight Integrated Video and Graphics, IP Streaming at SMPTE Australia Show

At the upcoming SMPTE Australia Conference and Exhibition, Vizrt (Booth G17) will highlight its solutions for integrated video and graphics production and distribution. The company will also focus on the IP media streaming capabilities of its Viz Engine real-time compositing and rendering engine. SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. Taking place July 23-26 at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, the show’s theme of Delivering the Personalized Content Experience is at the heart of Vizrt’s technology at the show.

Multi-platform content distribution

The new IP version of Viz Engine is capable of real-time IP streaming input and output, including compositing of 3D graphics and HD/SD video. First introduced in April at the 2013 NAB Show, the IP version allows multiple Viz Engines to render the same content and output different formats for multiple platforms. The latest version of Viz Engine eliminates the need for an expensive video card or transcoding capability for every platform, and provides an affordable and compact solution for online delivery.

Vizrt will also show a multi-platform workflow enabled by the Viz Media Engine media asset management system, which automatically encodes live video from high-resolution to any format at speeds faster than real-time for online and mobile devices. It efficiently integrates video, graphics, and branding tailored to the targeted device as part of its file-based transcoding and media asset management workflow.

Efficient newsroom workflows

Vizrt gives journalists the edge in getting a story on-air and online quickly with a newsroom workflow that integrates easy-to-use templates with the journalists’ native newsroom computer systems (NRCS). With Viz Content Pilot, journalists can access templates for creating graphics, editing maps with Viz World and selected videos from Viz Media Engine to add to a playlist for on-air use and online multi-platform delivery.

Complete online workflow

Vizrt will showcase its Vizrt Online Suite, a highly integrated workflow for online publishing that includes the Escenic Content Engine content management system. The Vizrt Online Suite enables multi-channel and cross publishing to Web and mobile platforms, and efficient graphics and video use in the storytelling.

Social TV

At the show, Vizrt will also demonstrate how the audience becomes part of the
story with social media content captured, moderated, then visualized using 3D graphics capabilities of its Social TV solution. Content is captured from social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Youtube and Instagram. It also captures content from third party partners like never.no, who will be at the booth with Social TV demos that will highlight the latest enhancements to its Interactivity Suite. The never.no suite provides technology that connects fragmented media platforms across broadcast TV systems, mobile, and social media platforms and enables real-time viewer participation, social TV, and synchronized companion apps.

Virtual studio

SMPTE will feature a public show displaying the advanced features of Viz Virtual Studio, an advanced virtual set solution that is fully integrated with Vizrt’s video and graphics newsroom workflows.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

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Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Powered PA System Makes Its Summer NAMM Debut

Massive, Tight Bass, Coupled with Crystal-clear Sound Quality at High Levels, Delivers the Goods for the Pros

There’s no shortage of powered PA systems, but the P-Series from Cerwin-Vega! has made DJs, solo acts, ensembles, bands, presenters and others take notice of the extreme levels of power, bass and clarity that it offers. The system is available at this year’s Summer NAMM (Gibson Brands Booth #1526).

The P-Series family consists of the P1500X powered Loudspeaker (with 1500W peak power, 15-inch low-frequency driver, 1.75-inch high-frequency driver and built-in three-channel mixer) and the P1800X subwoofer (with 2000W peak power and 18-inch low-frequency driver).

“We’re gratified that the P-Series is gaining such rapid acceptance from such a wide variety of users,” says Gus Jursch, acting general manager for Cerwin-Vega!. “It confirms that our decision not to cut corners, and instead, focus like a laser on uncompromised performance was what people truly wanted.”

DJs have particularly demanding requirements because the sound has to be loud, clean and have a defined low-end that punches through on the dance floor. So, when referring to the P Series, it’s noteworthy that DJ Booth.net’s reviewer said “The Cerwin-Vega! P1500X powered speakers are probably the best speakers that we have reviewed thus far in terms of build quality and overall sound quality.”

But the exemplary sound, punch and super-durable construction are also welcome for any pro audio application as well. England’s prestigious Sound on Sound magazine said that “After working with the P-Series for a while, I’m left with an impression of toughness. They are built and perform solidly, and are capable of banging out loud and clear audio all day and night.”

And Pro Audio Review described the P-Series as “One of the most impressive and unique portable PA systems…it remains my personal benchmark of what to expect from a truly pro-grade portable PA.”

Experience the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series — don’t worry, we won’t turn them up all the way — as well as other exceptional product highlights from Gibson Brands, at Summer NAMM.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Brands (gibson.com)
Gibson Brands, one the fastest-growing companies in the Music and Sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, and consumer and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences by offering exceptional products with world-recognized brands. Gibson has a portfolio of over a hundred well-recognized brand names starting with the number one guitar brand, Gibson. Other brands include: Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Audio brands include: KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton, Onkyo, Integra, TEAC and Esoteric. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to Innovation, Prestige and improving the Quality of life of our customers.

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Christie and Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Guests into the Cosmos at California Space Center Discovery Ball

Christie® technology and the Space Shuttle Endeavour journeyed to the cosmos in an extraordinary visual display created by BARTKRESA Design at the California Science Center’s annual Discovery Ball charity event. In line with the evening’s theme: ”Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future,” guests dined beneath Endeavour’s enormous wings while nine Christie Roadster S+20K 3-chip DLP® projectors displayed a night sky replete with stars, planets, comets and other galactic matter on the front and two side walls – including one portion of the show displaying a gorgeous multi-hued sunset morphing into a clear, star-filled night sky. The fourth wall contained a starry backdrop using lights.

“This was an exciting project to work on because I am always looking for opportunities to make the most of the architecture I have to work with and even making it part of the display if that is feasible,” said Bart Kresa, founder and projection designer, BARTKRESA Design. “One part of the show using the Christie projectors included both the sky and background looking like you were at Kennedy Space Center. We also showed views as if you were taking off on the shuttle followed by views of both the earth and space from orbit.”

With crossbeams, girders and the shuttle itself overhead in the pavilion hangar, Kresa’s challenge was how to map everything cleanly without breaking up the images.

“I knew that if we just projected over everything it would not look professional, the image would break up because of the beams,” said Kresa.

“We started by creating the design for the background and separated the elements in the show from the construction elements. We ended up projecting at angles. Because the space shuttle took up pretty much the entire hangar, we had to place the gear – including the projectors – in odd spaces. We placed some projectors underneath the trunk of the shuttle and used the Christie projectors’ keystone correction to make it all come together. Everything looked wonderful and it was really something to see.”

“Christie projectors are just great; they provide beautiful images and exceptional color,” he concluded. “They are very durable and the overall performance is excellent. I just love working with Christie projectors.”

Kresa has used Christie on other projects, including Shark Week, and continues to be excited to work with Christie technology.

Key Digital product information now fully updated in System Integrator™ and free of charge to current SI users for immediate use and specification

Key Digital and D-Tools Renew Partnership

CONCORD, CA, July 11th, 2013— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Key Digital has recently renewed their MVP Partnership.  Detailed information on of the entire family of Key Digital products are available in D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify Key Digital products. Key Digital, based in Mount Vernon, New York and led by digital video pioneer Mike Tsinberg, develops and manufactures high quality, cutting-edge technology solutions for virtually all applications where high quality video imaging is important. Key Digital’s products are used across the globe by professional broadcasters, corporations, custom installers, home theater retailers and consumers.

“We’re pleased to renew our partnership with D-Tools, ensuring that our product information is available to the D-Tools SI user community,” said Michael Lakhter, VP of Global Sales, Key Digital. “We feel it is important for dealers to have the most up-to-date and complete product information available when they are designing their client projects and believe that our participation in the MVP program benefits the integrator community while also helping us expand our market reach.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“We are pleased to have Key Digital return as an MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their innovative video and control solutions – which work across multiple standards – will provide our users with high quality, versatile options and applications for their client engagements.”

About Key Digital

Key Digital is a CES award-winning developer and manufacturer of leading-edge technology for HDTV applications, delivering total video systems solutions. The company manufactures a wide range of digital video processing and video signal distribution solutions marketed broadly to the HDTV community, such as digital video and audio processors, switchers, distribution amplifiers, cables, adapters, and more. For more information, visit us at www.keydigital.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s -flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer’s Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.

For more information, contact D-Tools at (866) 386-6571, e-mail at info@d-tools.com, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DTools, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool or visit D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com.

 

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

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D-Tools, Inc. Unveils New Website Optimized For Speed, Connectivity and Communications

Navigation, functionality and an improved Social Media platform benefits dealers, manufacturers and those interested in system integration software solutions

CONCORD, CA. July 10th, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., a worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website. Boasting a cleaner, more refined and contemporary look with a streamlined user experience, the new website features enhanced navigation that quickly delivers concise information, helpful resources and needed functionality.

Optimized for improved speed and connectivity, www.d-tools.com now also features more robust social media integration with direct links to the D-Tools blog, Help forum, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages, where company and product updates will appear on a regular basis.

“The new D-Tools website was designed to provide significant time and resource savings for everyone who accesses it, regardless of their skill level,” said Tim Bigoness, VP of Sales and Marketing at D-Tools. “Social Media has become an exceedingly powerful tool, and we’ve architected the new site so that it’s easier to connect with our company as well as with other users in the D-Tools community. It’s a simplified yet complete resource that is much more usable.”

Dealers, manufacturers and those interested in learning more about D-Tools’ award-winning System Integrator™ system design and proposal software solutions will immediately benefit from the improvements made to the website’s improved navigation and functionality, as will those who follow the company on any social media platforms, where company and product information will be shared with the community much more frequently and with far more depth.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer’s Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, emailing info@d-tools.com, visiting www.d-tools.com, or by following D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools or Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

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Texas Tenors Sing for grandMA2 During the Making of Their PBS Special

After taking “America’s Got Talent” by storm four years ago, the operatic cowboys known as the Texas Tenors have taped a PBS special on which a grandMA2 light controlled all the lighting fixtures. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the MA Lighting in North America.

Known for taking audiences “from Alabama to Puccini,” the Texas Tenors (John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher) performed a diverse set at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix with the Phoenix Symphony, the New Life singers and the college’s choir. The resulting special, “You Should Dream,” will air on PBS stations nationwide.

Lighting designer/director Matthew Firestone already had a show for the Canadian Tenors under his belt when he was tapped for the Texas Tenors’ special. “The Texas Tenors had seen the show and liked it. They hired the director of that show, and he insisted they bring me in, too,” says Firestone.

“We didn’t have a lot of time – three days to program 18 songs. But we were pretty much done when we got on site thanks to three days of pre-viz,” he explains. Firestone and programmer Eric Gorleski “got in crucial previs time” at the A.C.T offices. “Without previs, it wouldn’t have worked – once we were on site we had an overnight load in for a 2 pm start. That’s a really quick turnaround.”

Firestone notes that, “a major plus on this project was using grandMA 3D for previs. I had used it before, and it went really well. The 3D is so integrated – we got some really good looks.”

He says specifying the console “was a no brainer” and cites grandMA2′s “ease of programming, speed and very detailed cueing” as attributes he appreciates.

“Being able to pull off the project in that amount of time was unbelievable,” Firestone concludes. “This was a very painless job. With the support of A.C.T and grandMA 3D we were able to produce a really good quality television program with little to no on-site programming time.”

Clearwing Productions in Phoenix provided the grandMA2 console.

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Masterlabs Chooses a Prism Sound Lyra Audio Interface For Dedicated Analogue Conversion

Masterlabs, Ireland’s leading audio mastering facility, has invested in a Prism Sound Lyra audio interface, which it is using in conjunction with its SADiE 6 digital audio workstations.

The facility has attached Lyra to its analogue tape machines and Dolby units where it is performing dedicated high end stereo AD/DA conversion. This configuration allows Masterlabs to capture 192kHz files and feed them directly into its SADiE 6 workstations.

Masterlabs’ founder and managing director Aidan Foley says: “Prism Sound’s new Lyra audio interface is fantastic. Apart from being incredibly easy to use, it is providing us with very high quality audio conversion and an extremely stable clock. By keeping it separate from my mastering chain AD/DA converters, I can use it directly at the analogue source.”

Based in Dublin, Masterlabs operates from a purpose built facility that was designed from the ground up to meet exacting specifications. Since its formation in 1996, initially under the name of Digital Pigeon Mastering, the company has tackled mastering projects for some of the best Irish and International talent.

Prior to acquiring a Lyra, Foley put the unit through a shoot-out against other renowned converters to ensure that he was making the right choice.

“We already own a number of Prism Sound products, including a Maselec MEA-2 mastering equalizer and a Maselec MLA-2 mastering compressor limiter, so we knew from experience that the company’s products were well made and extremely reliable. This reputation for engineering excellence was one of the key reasons why we chose Lyra for our facility.”

Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface, Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.
Masterlabs is using a Lyra 1 interface, which has two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Prism Sound also offers Lyra 2, which has two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.
Masterlabs handles between eight and 10 projects a week, ranging from classical and Jazz to Dance and Rock.

“We are fortunate to handle all of the Irish output for Sony Music and Universal Music,” Foley says. “We also service the ever growing vinyl record pressing explosion that is occuring at the moment, and we have just purchased a second Neumann VMS70 lathe to keep up with that demand.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

DPA Microphones Help Bill Gates Address the Big IF Rally

DPA Microphones played a significant role at the recent Big IF rally in London’s Hyde Park by ensuring that celebrities and VIPs such as Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and film director Danny Boyle were clearly heard by the 45,000-strong crowd.

Sound, lighting and power for the event was supplied by Ethix Management, which has many years’ experience in event production.

Ethix Management’s Managing Director Paul Jones, says: “We took 12 DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones to the event and used them to mic various speakers, including Bill Gates. Apart from the fact that they sit so well on the user’s head and are incredibly comfortable, they were also chosen because they offer the best sound reproduction. When you are dealing with the spoken word there is absolutely no room for error as it is vital that the speakers are heard by everyone in the crowd. DPA d:fine Headset Microphones allow us to deliver loud and clear audio and, in our opinion, nothing beats them.”

The DPA d:fine Headset Microphones for this event were supplied by the company’s UK distributor Sound Network. Ideally suited to a wide range of applications, d:fine Headset Microphones offer impressive gain before feedback and are extremely rugged and reliable. These unobtrusive microphones are easy to fit and are renowned for their audio accuracy. The microphones are available in both directional and omnidirectional options and in single or dual-ear designs with a choice of three lengths of microphone booms.

“We use d:fine Headset Microphones at many of the events we handle because we know we can rely on them to deliver the results we want,” Paul Jones adds. “We are now planning to invest in a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone so that we have an alternative available for speakers who don’t like to wear headset mics.”

The Big IF rally was organised by the ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF’ coalition with the aim of raising awareness about global hunger. Throughout the day speakers such as Bill Gate, Danny Boyle, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Willliams and Nelson Mandela’s wife Graça Machel pressed for Government action to end hunger and save the lives of millions. Their comments were particularly directed to G8 leaders who were about to meet for a summit in Northern Ireland.

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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

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