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RTI Debuts Line of Ethernet-Enabled Expansion Modules

Featuring Built-In Ethernet, Units Easily Expand the Capabilities of RTI Control Processors by Adding Routable IR Ports, Two-Way RS-232 Ports, Addressable Relays, and More

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — July 18, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that the company is now shipping a full line of expansion modules designed for efficient and cost-effective expansion of RTI control systems. The RCM-4 relay control module joins the recently released ESC-2 serial control and PCM-4 port control modules to complete the new line. These versatile devices allow installers to easily expand the capabilities of any RTI XP series control processor by simply plugging them into the local Ethernet network. more

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Shotoku’s Pedestal/Head Systems Elevate Newscasts for Communications Corporation of America Stations

Torrance, CA • KETK-TV, a Communications Corporation of America station and the East Texas NBC affiliate located in Tyler, recently replaced a set of aging and obsolete pedestals with three Shotoku Broadcast Systems TP200/SX300 systems. Naoki Ebimoto President announced the installation from US headquarters in Torrance, CA.

On the air since 1987, KETK-TV provides news for Tyler, Longview, Waco, Shreveport and Baton Rouge sister stations from its Tyler facility. Communications Corporation of America is a leading medium-market broadcast and digital media company with outlets throughout Louisiana, Texas and Indiana.

“KETK selected the Shotoku systems following a fairly extensive research process,” explained Dan Trent, chief engineer at KETK-TV. “Price is always a driver, and Shotoku gives ‘more bang for the buck’”.

Trent continued, “We produce 12 hours of news per day for 5 stations from our Tyler facility, so Shotoku’s TP200/S300 pedestal/head system gets a lot of use. Our former equipment wasn’t capable of up and down movement, and that limited production creativity. The new units change elevation easily, giving operators the freedom to capture a variety of shots and adjust to our different sets. ”

Shotoku’s elegant and ergonomically designed TP200/SX300 Pedestal System is a state-of-the-art configuration ideal for news and production studios. The 2-stage pneumatic pedestal has a maximum payload of over 80kg (177 lbs.) and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its perfect balance column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. One-step foot brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast and easy positioning.

The companion SX300 pan & tilt fluid head offers top class performance with 40kg (88 lbs.) payload and perfect counterbalance/smooth pan & tilt drag to maximize image flexibility.

Added Trent, “The systems have been performing flawlessly; we’ve already experienced a significant improvement over the previous equipment. The operators are very happy.”

The TP200/SX300 systems have been in constant use since their installation.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: Naoki Ebmioto
1-866-Shotoku • mailto:info@shotoku.tv

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+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

HARMAN’S JBL VTX Line Arrays Help Emporium Festival Raise the Sound Thresholds

NORTHRIDGE, California – Twelve months ago Dutch rental company Story Sound mobilized a vast armory of its then-brand-new HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array PA system to cover eight stages for the Emporium Festival in the city of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Deploying its own inventory—and enclosures sub-hired in from AED Rent—Story Sound gave the system its first major baptism.

But after working with the system for a year, and learning much about its capabilities, Michael Story, Managing Director of Story Sound, was able to proudly declare, “With what we have been able to do with VTX we can now guarantee a different future for this event.”

He was referring to an easing of the sound thresholds traditionally imposed on this one-day event by the local authorities. For this hard dance/DJ festival site—the picturesque Berendonck recreational park, situated on 160 hectares in the suburb of Wijchen—is surrounded by a densely populated neighborhood.

Promoters Matrixx have always been heavily restricted with their offsite sound—bound by an agreement with the original production manager to taper off the sound at the perimeter to just 80db(A) at 50 meters in order to avoid neighborhood sound pollution. “It was just mad as sound is so frequency-dependent—and you can’t promote a festival on that basis,” stated Story.

However, this year the production company, aided by EASE plots, was able to show that by isolating the individual areas with the VTX system that it could exercise greater control. “In the past we have used the VERTEC® VT4889—but due to the new high frequency waveguide structure, VTX provides us with better tools,” he said.

“Also, we had better knowledge about how the sound would behave—we know a lot more about shaping the beam and are much more familiar with the EQ tapering and putting in the shelving features,” Story added. “The JBL Line Array Calculator is really accurate and after a year we can see much greater correlation between how the calculations are implemented and the actual reference sound. We proved that you could simply walk in and out of the sound field—and this convinced the authorities.”

Permission was granted to play 80dB(A) at 100 meters outside the festival area and on the field they were able to run the sound at around 105dB, with a distance of 50 meters between the stage and mix position—which satisfied both the promoters and audience.

This year’s Emporium Festival had grown to a 9-stage event, embracing every genre of dance music, which saw 30,000 people reveling under the theme, “Colours of India.” Each stage was named appropriately, with the main stage fittingly called Taj Mahal, and here DJ’s and dance acts such as Nicky Romero, Crookers, Shermanology, Showtek, Daddy’s Groove, La Fuente, Jordy Dazz, Brian Loui John, Zawdi MC and MC Iceman performed.

To achieve a soundscape that appeased both the artists and the authorities, the main stage in particular required high rigging towers, supporting 12 V25 line array elements per side (with eight per side on the smaller stages), so that the lows and mids could be spread. “By raising the trim level we could achieve greater directionality,” he said. “We also used 21 S28 subwoofers in a reverse cardioid set up on all stages so there was a good coupling of energy and we deployed two extra stacks of six V25 loudspeakers each on stage tilted to the near rows.”

Two delay stacks were set up behind the main mix tower, each featuring six VERTEC 4887A compact line array enclosures.

All passive loudspeakers were powered by Crown VRacks and Soundcraft MH3 analog and Vi1 digital consoles were provided (with Soundcraft Si Compacts on the smaller stages). This enabled Story Sound technicians to control the input of the DJ and monitor feeds, as well as the MCs’ mics, using the desk faders.

Story Sound again provided a sound technician to supervise each stage, with wireless laptop communication back to the central network control position in the production village, overseen on the HARMAN HiQnet™ platform. This allowed them to listen to the measuring devices, on the same network. “We monitored the system throughout the entire day and adjusted any disturbing frequencies and levels to stay within the allowed values,” they confirm.

So successful was the connection to the wireless backbone of the three measuring devices set strategically in a circle around the field that Story Sound has now set up a dedicated wireless satellite internet facility called Event Connection, headed by the company’s Barney Broomer and Michael Story. “In effect we are selling security, and the possibility of carrying out wireless measurement. It means that in the future, production people, police and authorities can deal with just a single source,” he said.

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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Christie Demonstrates Leadership in Integrated Visualization Display Technologies at SIGGRAPH 2013

Christie®, a world leader in 3D visual display technology, will project a dominant presence at SIGGRAPH 2013 with a wide array of innovative visual solutions featuring powerful LED and DLP® projection technology, cutting edge 3D stereoscopic systems, and ultra-high resolution displays to meet the most demanding needs of the visualization, postproduction, exhibition, and immersive markets. A Platinum Sponsor of SIGGRAPH, Christie’s visual solutions will be found at booth #159, as well as at the Computer Animation Festival, Siggraph Art Gallery, partner exhibits and events, and throughout the Anaheim Convention Center.

The enhanced Christie HoloStation, a fully self-contained, personal visualization system for small spaces and the 84-inch Christie QuadHD84 LCD flat panel are among the solutions Christie will launch at SIGGRAPH this year.

“Christie visualization solutions are used in a wide range of industries that include academia, national laboratories, oil and gas, government, automotive and manufacturing. Our success is a direct result of our drive to provide our customers with the most innovative tools to meet their unique and demanding visualization needs,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, Christie.

World’s First and Only 4K DLP® Resolution at 120Hz – the Christie Mirage 4K25 Projector
The recently launched Christie Mirage 4K25 will light up the Christie booth in brilliant high-resolution. Part of a series that also includes the Christie Mirage 4K35, the world’s only 4K resolution 3-chip DLP® projector series running at true 120Hz. The Christie Mirage 4K25 is anchored by the new Christie TruLife™ electronics platform with proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second processing, floating point architecture and full 4096 by 2160 resolution at 120Hz for 2D and 3D. Rave Computer’s powerful Render Cube is driving content on the Mirage 4K25 at the show.

Designed for high performance, high resolution 3D immersive visualization applications, the Christie Mirage 4K series provides 10,000 to 35,000 lumens brightness flexibility, a variety of input options including DisplayPort, HDMI and HD-SDI, and built-in Christie Twist™ for curved screens and blended array visualization applications.

Christie HoloStation 3D Personal Visualization System – a Truly Compact and Self-Contained Design
Featuring an improved and enhanced design, the Christie HoloStation is a personal visualization system displaying up to 16.8 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive tracked environment in a compact (85-inch by 108-inch by 101-inch) footprint. With interactive 3D content, workstations and tracking system as options, it showcases the exact same type of powerful graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization on a display solution optimized for one-to-three users in a small footprint. Easy to deploy, the Christie HoloStation is self-contained, affordable and easy to use. It is ideal for applications including aircraft design development, architectural walk-throughs and product design reviews, maintenance and service training, medical training and as a 3D virtual trainer.

Christie QuadHD84 Flat Panel
The Christie QuadHD84, an 84-inch LCD flat panel display offers quad high definition with 3840 by 2160 resolution and 1.07 billion colors for rich, pristine and detailed images even up close and for the ultimate realism. A unique quad interface coupled with a true 60Hz refresh rate provides flexible connectivity and smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content with 50,000 hours LED illumination life for reliability and cost-effectiveness.

“At SIGGRAPH, we seek to illustrate the exceptional versatility of this extra-large, yet easily deployable and affordable, ultra high-definition display. The native resolution of the panel is driven by four frame-locked HDMI or DVI sources at 60Hz. Users can quickly connect to high-performance workstations or image processors for greater flexibility, ” said Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie.

Bundled Multi-Touch Collaborative Solution
Christie will preview its innovative interactive flat panel visualization bundle, with quad high definition, and multi-touch interactive technology providing unmatched resolution and performance capabilities in a size that can accommodate the most demanding performance and collaboration needs of research and development, government, education, business, and industry. At SIGGRAPH, Christie will showcase six-points of touch for a two-user experience, ideal for collaboration and video conferencing in high performance, professional visualization applications. Additional bundling options will help solve many common limitations of the typical large-screen display, including poor viewing angle options, low or no sound quality, and a lack of portability that can severely limit its placement in many collaborative environments.

Preview of the Christie Mirage WQ-L for Lifelike Colors
With consistent performance over an estimated 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle, the LED-based 1-chip DLP®Christie Mirage WQ-L projector features precise and lifelike colors with WQXGA (2560 by 1600) resolution. Cost-effective and highly flexible, the Christie Mirage WQ-L includes Christie ArrayLOC™ for synchronized color and brightness management and provides high performance 3D content at up to a true 120Hz refresh rate.

Christie Visual Solutions Dominate the Conference Floor
At SIGGRAPH’s “Computer Animation Festival,” Christie CP4230 and CP2230 Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors and several Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors take “center stage” at two festival venues. The award-winning Christie HD10K-M, with its built-in warping, blending, color matching and portrait capabilities, is lighting up the SIGGRAPH art gallery and a third venue.

With the engaging interactive Christie Design Studio display at the NVIDIA® booth #803, engineers and designers will see how the imagination can become reality. The display uses an array of Christie® MicroTiles® to create a stunning backdrop for four Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors onto a 3D-printed Audi R8 miniature.

Christie is also providing a Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projector – featuring Xenon illumination with full HD resolution – and two Christie HD14K-M projectors for NVIDIA’s session sponsorship events. Combining 4K resolution and high frame rates at 60 frames per second for razor-sharp image detail and video with smoother motion and transitions, the Christie D4K2560 projector will be on display at the AMD booth #521.

Vincent Lighting Systems’ New Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Sharpy Wash and GlowUps Meet Needs of a Variety of Projects

Vincent Lighting Systems has invested in a large inventory of Clay Paky fixtures and has begun deploying them on an array of projects, including a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala benefit concert. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

Headquartered in Solon, Ohio with offices in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Detroit, 35-year old Vincent Lighting Systems offers a wide selection of stage and theater lighting for performing arts centers, educational and religious organizations, corporations, special events and more.

No sooner had Vincent Lighting Systems acquired their complement of Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Sharpy Washes and GlowUps than the fixtures began going out on jobs. “We have had these fixtures out on so many productions, and they have been receiving rave reviews,” reports marketing director Kim Craigie.

The Sharpy line came to Vincent’s attention last fall when some of the company’s production managers attended LDI. “They thought the fixtures were impressive and powerful,” she says. “Then A.C.T came out and did a demo for us. They are super bright, super fast and super quiet. They have the output of 1000-watt lamp and consume only 330 watts, so they can save a lot of power.”

The Vincent team was also drawn to the portable, battery-operated GlowUp LED floodlight because “we don’t have to run cable with them,” Craigie says. “We can get up to 20 hours life on one battery. They have a nice adjustable zoom, and we’re very pleased with them.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “It’s great to see another lighting house join our family. It sounds like Vincent Lighting has some great applications for our fixtures.”

So far the highest profile project for the new fixtures was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 10th annual “It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit” at Public Hall in the Cleveland Convention Center, which included performances by Tower of Power and War. Thirty-six GlowUps were used for the “side show” acts performing on mini stages throughout the main floor party.

“They were ideal for this application because we didn’t need to run cable across main walkways in order to power or control them,” Craigie explains. “They also provided nice lighting for the tented seating areas.”

Additionally, a complement of Sharpy Beams and Washes delivered “a great look” for the main stage concert acts. “The Beams projected really powerful beams,” she reports.

The Grand Opening of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky Athletics’ 11th annual CATSPY Awards both got the Sharpy treatment, with Vincent Lighting Systems furnishing fixtures for the first casino in the Ohio river town and for the university’s awards ceremony recognizing athletic and academic performance.

Vincent also supplied Sharpy Beams for Faith Family Church’s annual ‘Love is Red’ conference. Drawing several thousand high-school and college-aged students to the North Canton, Ohio facility, the event ran three full days, where Sharpys’ beams and effects lent a rockstar aura to the bands that led worship.

George Masek, A.C.T Vice President of Automated Lighting commented, “I was born in Cleveland, so I’ve always had a fondness for Vincent Lighting, and of course, the Rock Hall of Fame. A.C.T lighting and Clay Paky are honored to be associated with Paul Vincent and his great team. We look forward to a long partnership.”

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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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/newkahunapanels.zip
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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/2U-ice.zip
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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/MomentumMonitorscreens.zip
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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/kudospro.zip
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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/Alchemist_Hi.zip
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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/siriusrange.zip
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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/snell/iqqsm00.zip
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.

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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.

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