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Snell at IBC2013

Snell solutions are used worldwide in broadcast media operations of every size and scale. At IBC2013, the company will feature new and enhanced products for a vast range of live TV and TV Everywhere applications. These powerful systems offer the highest levels of automation, reliability, and quality, with the flexible control, monitoring, and media handling required in today’s SD/HD/1080p environments as well as future cloud, IP, and 4K UHDTV-based operations.

PRODUCTION SWITCHING
Kahuna 360 — New Totally Customizable Control Panels
With its exclusive FormatFusion3 technology that supports a mix of SD, HD, 1080p, and now 4K, Snell’s Kahuna 360 is the ultimate live production switcher — providing unmatched creative power and flexibility. At IBC2013, Snell is launching a new set of control panels for Kahuna 360 that provide a flexible, quick, and reliable access control interface for all types of television programming, and utilize the features within the advanced Kahuna 360 electronics frame. The new panels feature innovations such as OLED buttons with user-assignable thumbnails, a touch screen at the M/E level rather than on the separate GUI for quick navigation, and the ability to assign RGB values to buttons for clear, confident operation. Built around a groundbreaking new architecture, the control panels are fully customizable — allowing customers to tailor them to suit production requirements and add to or modify panel segments as systems change.

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Photo Caption: Kahuna 360 Control Panels

CHANNEL-IN-A-BOX
ICE Channel-in-a-Box — Three Versatile New Configurations Pack Even More Functionality into Less Space
Snell has added three new configurations to its industry-leading ICE channel-in-a-box solution. The core ICE product is now available as a standard 2-U system, requiring a third less space than the previous hardware platform with no sacrifice in functionality; in fact, the new box has twice the 2D or 3D graphics capability as was previously available. In addition, ICE is now shipping with Version 4.0 of the software, offering powerful new features such as Nielsen audience tracking capabilities, a “Variplay” feature option for speeding up noncritical material to compress time and make space for more essential playout, and integrated loudness control for compliance with international regulations. ICE LE is a new 1-U version of ICE that provides the advanced functionality of the Version 4.0 software in a smaller, more cost-effective footprint and with a streamlined feature set — making it ideal for smaller operations or simple video server technology refresh projects. Also, in partnership with Quantum, Snell is introducing ICE SAN. ICE SAN provides large-scale shared content storage to give multiple ICE units instant access to media. ICE SAN is available in two versions: a high-performance enterprise model that offers premium levels of storage centralization and resilience, and a lower-cost option that provides high performance for smaller operations in which cost is a major factor.

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Photo Caption: ICE Channel-in-a-Box

MEDIA ASSET MANAGEMENT
Momentum — Expanded Features for Powerful Workflow-Automated Media Asset Management
Momentum is a breakthrough in workflow-automated media asset management and resource planning. At IBC2013, Snell will unveil new features for Momentum that provide even greater value and flexibility. These include an HTML5 browser-independent interface to give users the broadest choice among Web browsers, a Published Web Services API to allow simple interactions among business systems, and complete integration with Snell’s ICE channel-in-a-box and Morpheus automation systems. Momentum also now includes support for an even broader range of external systems including: Emotion EFF loudness detection and correction for compliance with the latest global loudness standards, Pitch Blue and Javelin support for streamlined delivery of file-based content, Telestream Vantage for integration of QC and transcode workflows. Also, Vidchecker has been added to the library of supported quality control systems. Configurable sidecar XML export allows increased interoperability with external systems, and Enhanced FTP watch folder support simplifies electronic delivery workflows and reduces media transfers.

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Photo Caption: Momentum

CONVERSION
Alchemist OnDemand — Alchemist Quality Now Available in Software Form
At IBC2013, Snell will demonstrate the Snell OnDemand software framework, a new approach that offers Snell products in software form. With Snell OnDemand software solutions, customers can rapidly enter new markets and create services to capture new opportunities, achieve cost savings through the use of standard IT hardware, and benefit from highly efficient operations that enable 24/7 asset use. The first software product available within the framework is Alchemist OnDemand (Alchemist OD), offering software for rapid, anytime frame-rate conversion of media files. Supporting content in standards from QCIF to 4K UHDTV and utilizing Snell’s unique Ph.C (phase correlation) technology, Alchemist OD converts incoming files into the standards and formats required by customers, and on their chosen deployment platform. From international program delivery to integration of movies or user-generated content into content schedules, Alchemist OD provides the world’s highest-quality frame-rate conversion in software.

KudosPro Platform — Expanded Processing Functionality Via IQ Modules
At IBC2013, Snell will highlight a new hardware configuration for its KudosPro signal processing and conversion solution — enabling users to extend the system’s functionality by adding up to two single-width modules from Snell’s IQ Modular line. Choosing from a wide range of IQ modules, users can add extra audio processing capability, additional channels of format conversion, distribution amplification, signal monitoring, and many other functions, conveniently housed within the same chassis to save even more space, power, and cost while increasing processing capability. Extending KudosPro with IQ modules further enhances conversion workflows by providing outstanding conversion quality at an affordable price.

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Photo Caption: KudosPro

Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE — World-Leading Conversion Quality for Live TV Applications
Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE will be on display at IBC2013, demonstrating the gold standard in frame-rate conversion for live TV applications. Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE offers HD and 3Gbps conversions for 50Hz and 59Hz signals, with options available for SD, Dolby E, and enhanced timecode management. Thanks to Snell’s cost reduction initiatives, Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE is available at a surprisingly affordable price.

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Photo Caption: Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE

ROUTING
Luna Series Router Control Panels — High Density in 1RU
For the first time at IBC, Snell will feature its new, and already award-winning, Luna Series of 1-RU router control panels, including four LED models and two LCD models. The LED panels include a high-density version with 78 button keys, 72 of which can be configured as source or destination keys for increased flexibility. The LCD panels include a rotary encoder control knob for user-friendly “paging.” The new Luna Series models are compatible with all current Snell routers, feature an ultra-shallow rack mounting depth of less than 2 inches (50 mm), and can be powered from mains, low-voltage DC, or Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/lunapanels.zip
Photo Caption: Luna Series Router Control Panels

Sirius 800 Series Hybrid Routers — Wealth of New Functionality Takes Routing/Processing to a Whole New Level
The Sirius 800 family of enterprise-class routing switchers now features frame synchronization on the units’ Advanced Hybrid Processing (AHP) input and output modules. The resulting router architecture enables synchronization, clean switching, and independent routing and processing of audio and video signals with no restrictions on signal formats, timing, or number of audio channels. A line synchronization mode allows retiming and clean switching with minimal delay. Unique audio phasing control ensures constant delay and guaranteed co-timing of multi-channel audio for all “same format” signals across the whole router. In addition, a single reference for switching all formats simplifies system design.

Numerous control updates include full dial-up support for audio track routing and control from a wide range of BPX, XY, dial-up and LCD button panels.

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Photo Caption: Sirius 830 Router

Vega Asymmetric Router — Now Available With AES Digital Audio I/O
Snell’s Vega can now route AES digital audio with the introduction of a new I/O card. The new rear module has 24 bidirectional and user-programmable ports available with either “D type” connectors for balanced AES signals or HD-BNC connectors for unbalanced signals. Features include AES data rates up to 96 KHz, full-channel routing capability, and rate conversion on all ports. Each rate converter can be independently enabled or bypassed. In addition, Vega can now be configured as an all-audio router or with a mixture of both SDI video and AES audio. The Vega 2-RU 96-Port and 4-RU 192-Port provide highly compact video and audio routing solutions for applications such as OB vehicles or small edit suites.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/vega-2and4U.zip
Photo Caption: Vega 2-RU 96-Port and 4-RU 192-Port

MODULAR INFRASTRUCTURE
IQ Modular Range of Format Converters Including Dual-Channel Conversion
At IBC2013, Snell is introducing a new range of IQ Modular format converters to provide a balance of broadcast quality conversion at an affordable price, with space-efficient dual-channel options. This range of 14 cost-effective video format converter modules combines high-quality conversion of common SD, HD, and 3Gbps formats along with a host of video, audio, and metadata functions, with flexible input and output options to suit most applications.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/IQReflection.zip
Photo Caption: IQ Modular Infrastructure

3Gbps Intelligent Monitoring and New A/V Timing Solutions
At IBC2013, Snell is highlighting its range of 3Gbps-capable intelligent monitoring and lip-sync detection solutions engineered to meet the need for increasingly advanced and automated monitoring. Suitable for both local and remote site applications, Hyperion is a signal-monitoring technology that helps operators monitor content more efficiently. Snell is now adding to this technology with the IQSAM Signal Assurance Monitor, an automated system for detecting audio/video timing errors in a live environment.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/Hyperion.zip
Photo Caption: Hyperion

Quad-Split Monitoring
For local monitoring applications, Snell is unveiling the IQQSM range of 3Gbps/HD/SD-SDI quad-split monitors. Ideal for monitoring with LCD displays using HDMI, these IQ modules can tile four 3G/HD/SD-SDI input signals along with bar graph displays of eight channels of embedded audio onto a single HD output. Perfect for monitoring studio or outside broadcast camera feeds where the power of a multiviewer is not cost-effective, the IQ Modular quad-split monitors also have an SDI output that allows the signal to be routed to other areas in the facility or to storage.

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Photo Caption: IQQSM

Company Quote:

“IBC2013 is a prime opportunity for us to showcase our industry-leading solutions that support the complex multi-format, multi-platform media operations of today and tomorrow. We’re looking forward to showing attendees our latest innovations, such as the new control panels for Kahuna 360 that offer flexibility and ease of use in studio settings as well as reduced size, weight, and power consumption for OB vehicles; and an even broader range of options for implementing our ICE channel-in-a-box. Of particular interest is Alchemist OD, the first in our series of Snell OnDemand software-only solutions that make advanced digital media technologies more affordable, versatile, and accessible than ever before.”
– Robert Rowe, Managing Director, Live TV and Chief Technical Officer, Snell

Company Overview:

Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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IABM Technology Event Panel Addresses Significance of Higher Resolutions in the Broadcast Industry

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — July 18, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced the success of the latest IABM Technology Event, a panel titled “Higher Resolution — Do We Need It?”. Hosted June 6 by IABM Director of Business Development and Technology John Ive, the expert panel addressed how resolutions beyond HD have caught the imagination of professionals and consumers, as well as the benefits and limitations that such resolutions present from acquisition to production to delivery. IABM members can view complete video of the panel discussion on the IABM website.

“There is no doubt that high resolution beyond HD was the most talked-about topic at NAB this year, but away from the hype of the industry’s largest trade show, we will be discussing the issues that matter,” said Ive, introducing the topic and panel. “It’s a controversial topic, coming close on the heels of HD and potentially requiring even more end-user investment. Are we on the curve of diminishing perceived quality benefit? Do consumers really care about quality? These questions and many more make higher resolution far from a done deal.”

Panelists included Stan Moote, vice president of business development at Harris Broadcast Communications; Richard Salmon, lead research engineer at the BBC; Alan Bright, director of operations at Presteigne Charter Ltd; Peter Sykes, strategic technology manager, at Sony Professional; and David Crawford, professor at the University of Essex. The group quickly jumped into the technical and pragmatic considerations it viewed as critical to the adoption of higher-resolution formats.

Bright agreed with fellow panelists that sports and “vanity projects” were the leaders in HD and again a sweet spot for the use of higher resolutions. He noted both similarities and differences in the shift to 4K and other high-resolution formats. “There is the issue of acquiring the best quality for future-proofing an archive, which is what we experienced before with the upgrade to HD, but unfortunately, 4K is much more limiting than when we moved to HD,” Bright said. “Factors such as how to acquire it and how to record it, frame rates, depth of field — these sorts of issues are very restrictive at the moment and are not allowing the progression to be the same as it was from SD to HD.”

“For me, it’s that excitement of a new technology, combined with a commitment to a huge existing customer base,” added Sony’s Sykes, stressing a recognition to support broadcasters who are currently evaluating technology for 4K services, and those that are looking to utilize new 4K production tools to future-proof and add excitement to existing HD services. “For a manufacturer, the important thing is to allow a step-by-step migration to a new technology at the customer’s own pace.”

“As we take a look at television and it starts to move a little bit more towards 4K and even 8K, I think there will be a convergence because, ultimately, it allows television people to start doing film-type productions, and vice versa,” said Moote, discussing the shift of both film and broadcast industries toward higher resolutions. “As far as equipment manufacturers go, this is a very important aspect to think about because it actually opens up new markets.”

A five-minute preview of the most recent IABM Technology Event is online at www.theiabm.org/technologyevents and available to non-members as well as members. Future events and their dates are continually updated on the IABM Technology Event calendar (www.theiabm.org/iabmcalendar). Further information about the IABM and its activities 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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Riedel Hires Franck Berger as Sales Manager for France and North Africa

WUPPERTAL, Germany — July 18, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Franck Berger has joined the company as sales manager responsible for France and the French-speaking regions of North Africa. In this role with Riedel, Berger will hone the company’s focus on target market segments while contributing to continued overall growth of the business across his sales territory.

“Franck has a remarkable track record in building and developing strong, successful relationships,” said Rik Hoerée, head of sales at Riedel Communications. “As we extend our reach in France and other French-language markets, we are confident that his skill in assuring customer satisfaction also will be valuable in retaining existing customers and in extending our customer base. We’re very pleased to welcome him to the company.”

Berger began his career as a sound engineer at Radio France and subsequently moved to a sales role with leading French distributor/integrator Systèmes Audiofréquence Vidéonique (SAV). He next joined service provider Arqiva to look after the company’s new business in TV satellite transmission, headend, and playout services. During his time with Arqiva, Berger engaged not only with the French market, but also with customers in Benelux and Poland.

Berger is based in Paris and can be reached at +33 (0) 6 32 93 20 18 or at franck.berger@riedel.net

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

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

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NUGEN Audio Adds Timecode Feature to Its VisLM Visual Loudness Metering Plug-in

Timecode Capability Within VisLM Enables Sound Engineers to Locate Specific Audio Points Quickly

LEEDS, U.K. — July 17, 2013 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, has added a timecode feature to its VisLM visual loudness monitoring plug-in. The timecode feature makes it possible to relate the loudness parameters directly to timecode references, giving audio engineers and editors a clear frame-accurate position for any alerts, true-peak overs, maximum values, and other indicators to picture. VisLM will now also include support for 64-bit iLok protection for AAX, VST, and audio units.

“Sound editors have a long list of items to consider in the midst of the editing process, so anything that can accelerate that process makes the job much easier,” said Jon Schorah, creative director of NUGEN Audio. “With this new feature, the timecode now matches the NLE timeline for rapid location of specific points of interest, and users also have the option to write to the text file log for postmortem analysis. These capabilities greatly enhance convenience when referencing loudness to images in video content.”

When the timecode setting is selected in VisLM, an indicator will display in the UI, and the timecode information can be stored in the log along with other information. In addition to a report showing elapsed time or system time, there is now a timecode report available as well. The timecode report logs can be used to indicate where in a program loudness events occur.

The timecode update is free for all current users.

More information about VisLM and other NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Benchmark Telecast Integration to Serve as Snell Broadcast Systems Integration Partner in Asia-Pacific

READING, U.K. — July 17, 2013 — Snell today announced that Benchmark Telecast Integration will serve as a Snell broadcast system solutions provider to customers in Asia-Pacific markets. Through this partnership, which represents an extension of the companies’ already successful business relationship, Benchmark will offer local service and consulting, with an emphasis on Snell’s TV Everywhere and workflow solutions.

“While Snell has been ramping up its own service and support staff in APME, we also work closely with our channel partners and system integration partners to support our customer base,” said Naresh Subherwal, president, APME, at Snell. “We have enjoyed many successes with Benchmark, and its technical team, service, and care are top-notch. The Benchmark team is already very familiar with Snell’s solutions, so naturally the company is an ideal fit and a strong partner with which to move forward.”

“Our highest ambition is to provide regional broadcasters with best-of-breed designs, coupled with the highest standards of build quality and follow-through, as well as superb managed support services over the life of the system,” said Benchmark Telecast Integration CEO Ashish Mukherjee. “We know, from our previous experience with Snell, that the company offers reliable and forward-looking technology and solutions, backed by strong sales and service teams, which will enable us to maintain a high standard in meeting our customers’ needs. As consumers move from traditional TV sets to multiple devices, broadcasters need to do the same, and Snell provides tools that are valuable in facilitating that shift.”

Benchmark is based in India and Singapore and will work with the Snell regional team to provide services to Snell customers. In their work together, Snell and Benchmark already have earned wins at TV5 in the Philippines, Ch3 in Thailand, and P7 in India.

Information about Snell’s full product line is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About Benchmark Telecast Integration:
Benchmark Telecast Integration has more than 20 years of Broadcast Systems Integration experience, with a proven track record in traditional broadcast systems, file-based workflows and software-based new media solutions. As an independent systems integrator, Benchmark does not deliver off-the-shelf solutions. We know that each broadcaster has different needs, perspectives, target segments, programming, workflows and commercial requirements. We design, install, integrate and implement systems and workflows that meet these current needs and allow for smooth expansion paths to grow as their business grows. Our project consultancy team, which adheres to the strict project management processes, leads the industry in delivering live and on-demand broadcast television solutions for a wide range of clients. Our strong customer relationships have set us apart from our competitors for the past 20 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.

About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Extron Ships HDCP-Compliant WindoWall Pro Series

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the WindoWall® Pro System, a powerful and versatile, yet user-friendly approach for multi-display videowall systems. It features a highly scalable architecture that delivers optimum performance and reliability. Full HDCP compliance at all HDMI inputs and outputs assures worry-free presentation of protected content. WindoWall Console software is the user interface to the system, facilitating intuitive, straightforward control and configuration of videowall systems, and the creation of presentations with multiple, independent windows for displaying graphics, HDTV, and video. The WindoWall Pro System is an ideal choice for applications that require highly reliable, multi-window videowall systems.

“WindoWall Pro features HDMI input and output capability for simple incorporation of HDCP-encrypted video sources into videowalls,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “WindoWall Pro switches HDCP-encrypted content quickly and reliably, providing uncompromised video performance for mission-critical systems.”

Each WindoWall Pro processor allows for the display of up to four windows and employs proven Extron video processing technologies to deliver a fully optimized, high quality real-time video output. Because a discrete processor is dedicated to each display unit in the videowall, WindoWall Pro is fully scalable, supporting a wide variety of display layouts from 1×2 to 2×3 and larger. The HDMI inputs, outputs, and universal analog video inputs support signal rates up to 1920×1200 and HDTV 1080p/60, plus 2K on the HDMI connections. Each WindoWall Pro processor features an HDMI background input, which allows a full motion, high resolution computer-video or HDTV signal to be used as a background image to any presentation.

To enhance and simplify integration of sources and displays, WindoWall Pro features Key Minder, an Extron-exclusive technology. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching.

For more information on the WindoWall Pro Series, please visit: www.extron.com/windowallpropr

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Optocore Network Patches in Pet Shop Boys

Band’s Audio Crew Chooses Fiber System as Reliable, Cost-Effective Solution to Copper for Latest Tour

LONDON, JULY 18, 2013 — While mixing the Pet Shop Boys’ current Electric world tour, the band’s longtime sound engineers, Holger Schwark (FOH) and Seamus Fenton (monitors), needed to transfer signals and keep the sound within the digital domain. In order to do so, the duo have been relying on a multicore system from Optocore, the leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data in a variety of markets, including pro AV, live and fixed installations and broadcast.

The Optocore system (aided by experienced Capital Sound system technician Al Woods) plays a vital role in the tour and recently ensured the delivery of a dynamic set, including the 80’s hits Always On My Mind and West End Girls, during the synth-pop band’s performance at London’s O2 Arena. Handling the tour’s production is Capital Sound, which is utilizing a Nexo STM PA line array to provide the audio.

Schwark, a longtime Optocore user, has been relying on two Optocore DD4ME MADI converters in his compact FOH side rack for years, with a third DD4ME at the monitor desk. For the Electric tour, Schwark and Fenton chose the compact DiGiCo SD10-24 consoles and a DiGiCo SD-Rack at the monitor desk. While these consoles come equipped with an optical loop interface, the duo decided instead to run Optocore as an independent network in order to keep the entire workflow digital. Having the Optocore system in place gave the team greater flexibility to patch signals between their “playback world,” the SD-Rack, the two mixing desks, a MADI-equipped Mac Mini at FOH and FX units at FOH, along with an additional independent MADI output for occasional multichannel recording.

The selection process began during a previous tour in 2009, when the duo’s DiGiCo SD8 consoles did not have optical connections. “Since we use MADI-enabled multichannel playback equipment on stage, I did not want to rely on copper connections, so I was looking for a reliable, redundant fiber system that would also guarantee that the digital clocks on stage and FOH stayed in perfect sync at all times,” says Schwark. “Once we started using Optocore DD4MEs, it quickly became obvious how much extra flexibility they gave us in patching communication mics across or sending FOH special effects back to monitors, without needing an XLR return core,” he says.

Meanwhile, for his work with the monitors, Fenton has been running two fibers out of his Optocore system that are linked to FOH and merge two MADI streams. The DiGiCo SD-Rack, which provides inputs for mics, as well as live keyboards, is connected to the monitor console via BNC MADI cables, with full control over gains, etc., from the monitor desk. A second MADI output on the SD-Rack feeds one of the DD4ME inputs, to be picked up by FOH and the recording output. “We decided early on that gain control from FOH is not required,” says Fenton, “We only have a few mics anyway and rarely change their gains.”

The multitrack playback, which contains an essential part of Pet Shop Boys’ music, originates in a redundant pair of MADI-equipped computers near the monitor desk that have been combined using a DirectOut EXBOX.BLDS switchover unit, which feeds the other DD4ME input on stage.

The first output of that DD4ME goes into the monitor desk, carrying the multitrack playback, comms mics and some effects from FOH, while the second output is reserved for recording.

The DD4ME was designed to offer digital I/O compatibility with a range of devices, such as digital consoles with coaxial BNC MADI I/Os. The huge amount of channels exchanged by a single DD4ME makes it a highly cost-effective interface, with two MADI input and two MADI output ports allowing the transmission of up to 128 input and 128 output digital audio channels per device.

At the FOH end of the two fiber cables, fitted with standard expanded beam connectors, the two DD4ME devices have a total of four MADI I/Os — two connected to the MADI ports of the FOH desk, offering a theoretical maximum of 112 channels each way between the console and the Optocore network. The third DD4ME MADI I/O is taken by a Mac Mini with DiGiCo’s UB MADI interface, featuring tasks like system alignment tools, analyzers, live plugin processing and recording for virtual sound checks, while the final MADI I/O connects to a TC6000 reverb, with a DirectOut EXBOX.AES converter in line.

“Optocore is our entire backbone,” says Schwark. “It allows me to patch everything through the network. I connect both of the consoles’ ports to the network, as well as my peripherals, and can now use the desk’s built-in tricks for virtual soundchecks for, say, 40 recorded channels, while still connecting to my reverb engines and analyzer software on the higher-numbered channels. It works beautifully well and makes the best use of the existing I/O on the back of the desk, without adding a bulky local I/O rack.

“From the first day, what I loved about this system was its reliability, and the fact that it has ‘Link 1′ and ‘Link 2′ LEDs for the fiber connections, so I can see if communication with the stage end is established. This means that we don’t have to do extensive line checks anymore, which is great in festival situations where we don’t use our own cables, but rather festival-provided DiGiCo-style fibers. Plug it in, wait until the other end has plugged in by occasionally checking the Link LEDs, check if the shout mic works … line check done!”

Fenton agrees, praising the Optocore system. “It is a phenomenally flexible tool,” he says. “It just always works!”

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low–latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

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LEVA Offers Courtroom Testimony Seminar for Forensic Video Analysts at Annual Conference

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – Someone who is skilled at forensic video analysis is not automatically a good expert witness. To help prepare analysts for the witness stand, the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer a comprehensive seminar during the 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. With a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and moot courts, “Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” will cover topics that are essential to understanding the role of an expert witness.

Designed to teach experts how to give effective testimony, both in direct and in cross, the three-day seminar will define the role and limits of the expert witness, present keys to effective communication with juries, and offer best practices for delivering testimony. Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C., Crown Prosecutor for Alberta Justice in Alberta, Canada, will teach the course. A major crimes prosecutor, he has been leading and challenging expert testimony for more than 25 years, and has been teaching a variety of courses for police officers and forensic specialists since 1989.

“The courtroom can be a very intimidating place,” Hak explained. “The skills required to be an expert in forensic science are completely different from the skills required to be an expert witness. Understanding the dynamics of courtroom testimony will help an expert to be more comfortable in the witness stand, give better evidence, anticipate lines of questioning, know how to handle difficult cross examination, and stay within proper limits.”

“Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” runs Sept. 9-11 and is open to anyone who testifies in an expert capacity, not just forensic video analysts. The seminar also fulfills the 24-hour Courtroom Training requirement for the LEVA Forensic Video Analyst Certification Program, but enrollment is limited.

LEVA’s 24th annual conference offers a mix of hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive seminars focused on forensic video and audio technologies, as well as video production and editing tools. Many sessions throughout the five-day conference have limited availability, and pre-registration is required. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.

ABOUT LEVA

LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.

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Riedel Supplies 3G Productions With Versatile Intercom Systems for Live Events

GLENDALE, Calif. — July 16, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that audio company 3G Productions has invested in Riedel gear to support its growing business in live-entertainment and corporate events. 3G Productions, based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, is a provider of live production services, sound equipment rentals, sales, and installed sound. The Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom systems and associated keypanels, beltpacks, and headsets facilitate fast, flexible setup and quick reconfiguration, as well as the broadcast-quality audio critical in sophisticated live communications applications.

“To meet the needs of our diverse and well-regarded client base, we relentlessly analyze and pursue the best-performing equipment on the market,” said Keith Conrad, director of marketing at 3G Productions. “Riedel gear meets this standard, and we look forward to developing a strong and lasting relationship with the company. As our business continues to grow, the quality and versatility of Riedel’s intercom systems will help us to continue providing our clients with the highest quality of service.”

In an initial purchase of Riedel equipment, 3G Productions invested in Artist 64 and Artist 32 frames with fiber support of up to 10 km. Each of four purchased Performer C-44 PLUS systems can serve as a stand-alone digital partyline system for smaller requirements. The nine OLED Artist 1100 keypanels accompanying the Artist frames include four 16-key desktop units, two 12-key in-rack units, and three 26-key in-rack units. 3G Productions also purchased 24 beltpacks and two dozen headsets in a variety of styles. More recently, the company announced plans to purchase an additional Artist 128 frame to meet future demand.

The Artist digital matrix intercom system is based on a dual optical fiber ring to form a single large full-summing, non-blocking distributed matrix with 1,024 x 1,024 ports. While the system “feels” like a single unit, it has no limitations in the number of cross-points within or between the different nodes of the system. Allowing nodes to be places miles from one another when necessary and providing 64 and 32 intercom ports per matrix frame, the Artist systems purchased by 3G Productions allow for a high degree of decentralization of the entire matrix in a very cost-effective way. With the freedom to optimize placement of the matrix frames and intercom stations, 3G Productions can reduce the cost and time required for wiring and installation.

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

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

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/3GP.zip
Photo Caption: The 3GP Team: Will Taylor, Terry Murphy, Eli Stearns, Keith Conrad, and Julio Valdez

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OCESA PRG Mexico Backs Soundgarden With HARMAN’s Martin Lighting Solutions

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Playing to a crowd of more than 20,000, Seattle-based grunge band Soundgarden recently performed at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City during its international tour, running through summer 2013. The band’s 26-song set list was highlighted with the band’s extensive catalog and was brought to life by a HARMAN Martin lighting system, deployed by OCESA PRG Mexico.

Throughout the stage, 34 Martin MAC Viper Profiles, 13 MAC 2000 WASH beams, 20 MAC Aura LED’s, 12 Atomic Strobe 3000’s and 12 Scroller 3000 lighting units were deployed, strategically designed to provide a spectacular visual landscape for the show.

Soundgarden’s live production team ordered the Martin lighting solution specifically for the Palicio de los Deportes performance.

“We’ve been using Martin lighting for years and our inventory has been trustworthy and bright from the beginning,” stated Sandro Arellano, OCESA PRG Mexico. “Even with such a complex production, the visual aspect posed no challenges for the Martin equipment. The band and fans were quite pleased throughout the entire show!”

Martin Professional distributor Audio Acustica provided the lighting equipment to OCESA PRG Mexico.

For more information about OCESA PRG Mexico, please visit http://www.ocesa.com.mx.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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

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