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StrandVision Announces Service to Convert PowerPoint Slides to Graphic Images for Digital Signage and Other Applications

Free, no registration PowerPoint to JPG conversion service lets users develop basic digital signage content for playback on flat screen TVs and digital photo frames…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – July 24, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage today introduced a new online PowerPoint 97 and higher (PPT & PPTX) to graphic (JPG) conversion service available on-demand to the public. The no cost service, hosted by StrandVision, enables users to convert individual PowerPoint slides or entire presentations into higher-quality JPG files than is available through built-in PowerPoint conversion utilities. The service enables users to create basic, free digital signage content for flat screen televisions and digital photo frames, which typically cannot display PowerPoint loops but can automatically browse photos.

“Throughout our ten years we’ve heard from people who want to ‘stick their toe’ into digital signage before making a financial commitment,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “For those folks we’ve created our 30-day free digital signage trial. But some people have small toes and want to experiment with a more basic approach for the long term. This new conversion service meets that need. No registration, no cost, no hassle – just a basic display system that uses existing TVs and digital photo frames with digital media playback capability.

“We feel that giving people this no obligation electronic signage solution will introduce them to the power and revenue growth offered by digital signage and may lead to an upgrade to a full-blown StrandVision Digital Signage system when they’re ready for the maintenance free, easy-to-update dynamic content that our solution provides.”

Quick, easy conversions

To take advantage of this service users simply visit the StrandVision conversion page at http://www.strandvision.com/free_digital_signage_powerpoint_converter.html. There they are asked for their name and email address – there is no registration, credit card or other information required. They upload the PowerPoint file and usually within 10 minutes an email is sent with instructions on how to download and use the ZIP file of the JPG versions of the slides.

Once downloaded, they simply copy the images to a USB drive and insert it into the USB slot of an appropriately configured television, digital photo frame, PC or tablet to play the slide loop. The digital signage pages are “snapshots” of the PPT pages and do not include builds, videos and other animations. Dissolves and fades are governed by the capabilities of the digital media display units.

The service is also available to people who simply want to convert PowerPoint slides to JPGs for other purposes, such as for inclusion in printed materials, posters or other applications that require higher quality graphics.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including for medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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CARBON 4K Video Player Debuts from Alcorn McBride

Alcorn McBride demonstrated that it’s on the leading edge of 4K technology with the introduction of CARBON 4K at InfoComm13.

The new High Frame Rate (60 fps) UltraHD 4K player delivers the ultimate viewer experience to large video and LED walls; museum exhibits; theme park attractions; corporate centers; 4D theater; and digital signage. It joins the single channel model, CARBON 1080p 60 player, in Alcorn McBride’s CARBON product line.

CARBON 4K taps growing interest in emerging 4K technology by offering true image playback at resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 in a rock-solid package synonymous with the Alcorn McBride brand. Designed for applications where smooth high-resolution playback is a must, CARBON’s ability to natively play 60 fps content means jitter-free video playback in a rugged, maintenance-free package.

True to Alcorn McBride engineering, CARBON is a solid-state player with no hard drives. Simple, removable CompactFlash media stores hours of HD content. Content can be uploaded remotely via Ethernet.

CARBON supports many of the easy-to-use, flexible control features that come standard with Alcorn McBride products, such as Playlisting, Ethernet, Serial and GPIO. Features include frame-accurate video synchronization, quad 3G HD-SDI and Quad HDMI output, and genlock input.

The new player occupies 3RUs and weighs 25 lbs (11 kg).

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

Chaminade Prep Graduates to Great Sound with Iconyx

Chatsworth, CA – March 2013When Chaminade High School for Boys opened its doors in 1952, it was housed in a converted military academy in Los Angeles that played host to 114 students. Since then, the school (now co-ed and known as Chaminade College Preparatory School) has expanded to include middle and high schools on two campuses in the Los Angeles suburbs of Chatsworth and West Hills. The school’s notable alumni include Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Longnecker, keyboardist David Paich, and comedian Gallagher.

The Chatsworth campus hosts the high school, which has recently added the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts, a high tech 600 seat auditorium and performance space equipped with distributed video in the lobby areas, and a full theatrical sound reinforcement system featuring Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered loudspeaker arrays.

The system employs two Iconyx ICLive DUAL columns, utilizing triple HF coaxial transducers, one on each side of the stage. As Art Rautenberg of JK Design Group in nearby North Hills, California explains, the Iconyx columns were selected both for their control and their form factor.

“The side walls are all brick, and the room is pretty reflective, and we were concerned about the acoustics,” says Rautenberg. “The Iconyx enabled us to steer the sound and direct it away from the walls and reflective surfaces and into the seating area.”

The Iconyx columns’ slim profile was an ideal fit for the space as well, Rautenberg observes. “The architect had left us very little space to mount the loudspeakers,” he says. “We basically had a small alcove on either side of the stage that wasn’t very wide. So the Iconyx columns are set back a bit into the alcove areas.” The installation, performed by Audio Video Design Build Group (AVDB), also includes a Yamaha M7CL console installed at Front of House. 

“The Iconyx really was the ideal solution for this particular challenge,” Rautenberg concludes. “They’ve got incredible frequency response and tight control over the sound beams. They sound great on the orchestral stuff and great for theater and spoken word programs. They really fit the application perfectly.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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Media Group International Appoints Three Key Management Staff

Leading Media Systems Integrator Media Group International has strengthened the management team with three key appointments.

The new recruits include Matthew Perman, who joins the company as Business Manager, and Mohamad Othman and Mohamed Makki Ibrahim, who both join MGI as Business Development Managers.

A qualified chartered accountant, Matthew Perman was formerly with Sony Professional where he held various management roles. His extensive financial experience and his ability to provide commercial, contractual, analytical and management support at the highest level make him a valuable addition to the MGI management team. Alongside overseeing office operations in Dubai, Perman is also improving commercial decision making and working closely with MGI’s sales team to offer advice on large scale bid submissions.

Mohamad Othman has an impressive track record in business development and strategic sales and marketing, having previously worked for broadcast systems integrator Qvest Media and broadcast connectivity supplier Al Mazroui ICAS. Othman has first-hand knowledge of many leading broadcast equipment brands and is ideally placed to help MGI develop opportunities in new media sectors. As Business Development Manager, he will concentrate on IPTV, OTT Broadcast IT solutions and Outdoor Display applications – all of which are areas that offer MGI enormous potential for growth.

Mohamed Makki Ibrahim joins MGI from INC-Technology where he spent two years as Area Sales Manager. With more than 18 years’ experience in the broadcast industry, Ibrahim has extensive technical knowledge and a formidable understanding of broadcast infrastructure and workflow. In his current role he is building relationships with new customers and developing and maintaining strategic alliances with established broadcast manufacturers.

Paul Hennessy, CEO of MGI, says: “These appointments will further strengthen MGI’s capabilities in the Middle East region as we embark on our next stages of growth. As a company, MGI is committed to offering its broadcast and new media customers the very best help and advice on all aspects of their projects. Having staff of this calibre on our team is vital to our success and we are confident that Matthew, Mohamad and Mohamed will bring real benefits to the company and to our customers. We are delighted to welcome them to MGI.”

Media Group International has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region and represents many worldwide manufacturers. These include Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange, Leitch, Vinten Broadcast Ltd, Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

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Notes to the editor:
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.

GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.

The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.

www.gssg.com

Media Group International

Media Group International (MGI) is a proven media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International is ISO 9001:2008 certified, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

Media Group International recently launched their new website to give customers a better experience online.

www.mgi.tv

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