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HARMAN’s JBL Professional PRX700 Series Redefines Premium Performance for Portable PA Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Delivering an unprecedented combination of power and mobility, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced the PRX700 Series portable loudspeakers. The next generation in JBL’s market-leading PRX portable PA line, the PRX700 Series offers massive improvements in power, SPL and connectivity.

“The PRX700 Series not only resets the standard for quality and portability, but also allows users to create the precise system they need from a high-performance family of full-range and subwoofer models,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “Each model is designed for specific applications, but integrates seamlessly with one another, offering a multitude of choices when tailoring a system to specific needs. In particular, the new PRX710 and PRX715XLF models offer customers even more options than ever before.”

The PRX700 Series comprises seven new models: the PRX710, 10-inch, 2-way multipurpose loudspeaker; the PRX712, 12-inch 2-way multipurpose loudspeaker and floor monitor; the PRX715, 15-inch, 2-way full-range main system/floor monitor; the PRX725, 15-inch, 2-way bass reflex loudspeaker; the PRX735, 15-inch, 3-way full-range main system; the PRX715XLF, 15-inch, self-powered bass reflex subwoofer system; and the PRX718XLF, 18-inch self-powered bass reflex subwoofer system.

All PRX700 Series loudspeakers are powered with highly efficient 1500W Class-D amplification, guaranteeing maximized speaker and amplifier performance, which translates into ample power, accurate dynamics and sonic purity. The PRX700 Series models feature new Differential Drive® woofers that provide better heat dissipation, lower power compression and higher dynamic range versus conventional single-coil designs, resulting in better sound quality and higher SPL. In addition, the PRX700 woofers use magnetically saturated pole-pieces and an aluminum shorting ring, which significantly reduces nonlinear distortion.

The PRX700 Series features JBL’s patented waveguide technology, providing excellent coverage throughout the system’s bandwidth. The sound is smooth and consistent without hotspots, so control is optimized. All models offer coverage of 90 degrees (horizontal) x 50 degrees (vertical), which the exception of the PRX710, which features coverage of 100 degrees (horizontal) x 60 degrees (vertical).

The input panel on the full-range models (PRX710, PRX712, PRX715, PRX725, PRX735) offers a variety of features for maximum flexibility and control, highlighted by two balanced XLR-1/4” combination inputs and two unbalanced RCA inputs. Other features include a signal presence LED for each channel, selectable system EQ (Normal and Boost for 710, 725, 735; Main and Monitor for 712, 715); a Mic/Line switch for channel 1 and Ground Lift for CH2.

The input panel on the low-frequency models (PRX715XLF and PRX718XLF) also offers a wealth of options, including: a Signal Presence LED for each channel; a Polarity button; a Pass Thru button for Hi Pass or Full Range; a balanced XLR-1/4” combo input for channels 1 and 2; balanced XLR Loop Thru output connectors; and a front LED On/Off button.

The PRX700 Series is ideal for traveling musicians, DJs and sound companies, thanks to a variety of tour-tested, road-worthy features. All PRX700 cabinets are built from a combination of 25 mm (on the top and bottom for added rigidity) and 18 mm, strong, lightweight poplar plywood made structurally sound with tongue and groove joints (compared to competitive models that use 15mm plywood). The cabinets also feature JBL’s tour-proven DuraFlex™ finish, a dent-resistant 16-guage steel grill, and lightweight glass-filled nylon handles to ensure strength and durability. In addition, rigging points, pole sockets and vulcanized feet promote easy setup and total versatility.

“With the new PRX700 Series, superior sound, power and connectivity while on the move is possible for virtually any application and scalable for any budget!” Flint concluded.

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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HARMAN’s JBL Professional 3 Series Sets the Standard for Performance and Price in Studio Monitor Category

NORTHRIDGE, California – Bringing professional studio reference monitoring to customers at a remarkably affordable price, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced its 3 Series studio monitors. The first studio monitor line to incorporate JBL’s patent-pending Image Control Waveguide, 3 Series is designed to deliver exceptional imaging and detail in any listening environment. With a distinctive appearance, rugged build, pristine sound, and most affordable price points, the new 3 Series will be welcomed by music, post and broadcast production customers working in stereo and surround sound formats.

The JBL 3 Series features two models: the LSR305, 5-inch powered studio monitor; and the LSR308, 8-inch powered studio monitor. Both models offer impressive performance, with the LSR305 boasting a response of 43Hz to 24 kHz and a peak SPL of 108 dB, while the LSR308 features a response of 37Hz to 24 kHz and a peak SPL of 112 dB.

Leveraging new technology developed for JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor launched earlier this year, the 3 Series features JBL’s patent-pending Image Control Waveguide enabling the listener to hear greater depth and ambience in recordings. Surrounding the high frequency tweeter, and located directly above the woofer, the waveguide precisely controls the sound emanating from the monitor in the vertical and horizontal planes. With a complex contour employing tiny, meticulously engineered ridges, the waveguide optimizes the phase relationship of the loudspeakers, and also the blend of directed and reflecting sound arriving at the listening position. The product of intensive R&D, the waveguide design allows subtle detail to be heard, even in a dense mix. The waveguide produces a wide stereo panorama with a rock-solid phantom-center image. In addition, the waveguide enables 3 Series models to deliver neutral sound across an unusually large working space, regardless of room acoustics, eliminating the need for the customer to be positioned directly in front of the monitors when making critical adjustments to the mix.

“Our goal with the 3 Series is to bring a new level of performance and accuracy to the market at most affordable price points,” said Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager, JBL Professional Recording and Broadcast Marketing. “The Image Control Waveguide gives 3 Series a dramatic advantage. It is a remarkable piece of engineering allowing us to deliver a loudspeaker that is more revealing and engaging to listen to. Customers will find, with this waveguide, the 3 Series loudspeakers provide a truly enjoyable listening experience.”

As the sound generating engines, the 3 Series’ long-throw woofer and its damped woven composite tweeter are designed from the ground up to reproduce the powerful transients and micro dynamics of any mix. These drivers deliver impressive deep bass and smooth high-frequency response beyond the range of human hearing. JBL’s patented Slip Stream™ low-frequency port design works in concert with the woofer to produce deep bass response at all playback levels. The double-flared shape of the port is precisely engineered for greater low-frequency extension and reduced turbulence. Efficient Class D amplifiers, provide abundant power to the drivers to deliver the output and dynamic headroom needed for the most demanding production styles.

Each 3 Series model incorporates a range of features to integrate the loudspeakers into a broad range of environments including multiple inputs, a detented volume control and an input sensitivity switch for compatibility with professional and consumer equipment.

Using 3 Series low and high-frequency “TRIM” switches, the user can tailor the loudspeaker’s response to compensate for room acoustics, program material and personal tastes.

To ensure years of reliable performance, 3 Series prototypes were subjected to JBL’s 100-hour power test, in which the loudspeaker is required to play continually at full output for 100 hours without failure.

While most manufacturers take only a single on-axis measurement of the loudspeaker’s performance during development, this doesn’t tell how it will sound in any given room. JBL’s LSR Linear Spatial Reference design criteria requires 72 measurements, yielding more than 1,200 times more data, enabling JBL to engineer a loudspeaker that “sounds right” in any working space. With the LSR design, the 3 Series studio monitors deliver superior accuracy, regardless of the size and shape of the rom, so mixes “hit their mark” when heard on any playback system.

3 Series models are packaged in 5-Color cartons that explain the technology and feature set in detail. The loudspeakers will ship to stores this month at list prices of $199.99 US and $325.00 US for the LSR305 and LSR308, respectively. More information is available at www.jblpro.com/3 series.

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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IBC 2013: Helping Broadcasters Expand Their Audience Base and Increase Ad Revenue is the Focus for International Datacasting

Second Generation of LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform to Make IBC Debut

Ottawa, ON – Helping TV and radio broadcasters reduce costs, attract new customers, and grow advertising revenue is the primary focus of new technology on display at the International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) booth during the IBC 2013 Show, which takes place at the RAI Amsterdam from September 13-17. IDC will exhibit in Stand 1.C29. Among the products on hand will be IDC’s LASER™ Targeted Ad Insertion Platform; the STAR™ Pro Audio Solution; Digital Cinema Solution, and the Digital Tattoo™ DTH Over IP Gateway for Multi-Dwelling Units.

The second generation of IDC’s LASER Targeted Ad Insertion Platform will make its European debut at IBC 2013. Broadcasters and service providers face licensing, regulatory, and copyright issues that cost them millions of dollars in ad revenues. The LASER platform solves these problems and allows television networks and content distributors to maximize their ad revenues by providing targeted local ad insertion, blackout management, and DVB-S/S2 satellite video reception in one cost-effective platform.

With this system, regional or local content can be inserted at the edge of the network depending upon considerations such as: geographic location, time zone, ethnicity, language, and regulatory issues – significantly increasing the resulting revenue. Broadcasters are no longer constrained by licensing issues which prevent specific content from being shown in a part of the viewing area.

Also making its first appearance in Europe at the IBC show is the second generation of IDC’s popular STAR Pro Audio Solution. STAR provides radio networks with localized ad insertion, helping them to boost revenue and lower operating costs. Its ad and program insertion capability allows operators to send selected ads to specific regions or receivers. Stored audio files can be inserted seamlessly into live or recorded programming. Cost savings can also be realized through shared hub support, which enables multiple radio networks to share one multi-channel receiver instead of deploying several single-channel receivers.

The STAR platform features time-shifting functionality, which allows broadcasters to play the right content at the ideal time. It also requires just 120 kHz space segment for a high quality stereo broadcast, as opposed to 400 kHz for legacy systems, resulting in significant cost savings.

Also on display will be IDC’s complete digital cinema content distribution system. Featuring DVB-S2 technology for high-speed throughput and increased transmission reliability, IDC offers a variety of digital cinema solutions that are tailored to fit customer needs, including SuperFlex Pro Cinema receivers, cache servers and event players. IDC’s SuperFlex Pro Cinema Receivers form the basis of its complete digital cinema content distribution system. The SuperFlex Receiver can decode 3D video and includes Dolby® 3D color correction for digital cinema applications. It can decode HD or SD video encoded with MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with SDI, HD-SDI, HDMI outputs available.

Over 70 percent of satellite-connected digital cinemas throughout the world use IDC’s Digital Cinema Solutions.

IDC’s Digital Tattoo suite of products will also be shown at IBC. The Digital Tattoo platform is designed to enable direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators to offer IPTV services to residential customers living in Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs). The solution expands DTH satellite operators’ service offerings and customer base. Since standard Ethernet connectivity is used to deliver content from the gateway to subscribers, additional services such as Internet and Voice over IP may be offered using the same infrastructure. MDU’s can include apartment buildings, gated communities, college campuses and healthcare facilities.

“IBC is a prestigious broadcasting event that draws many key decision makers across the industry from all over the world,” said Doug Lowther, IDC’s president and CEO. “IDC is looking forward to showcasing its innovative, cost-effective content distribution solutions in Amsterdam, connecting with current customers, and building mutually beneficial relationships with our partners.”

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro AudioTM Solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit:www.datacast.com.

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Visual Artist Carmen Osterlye Uses High-End BenQ Projectors for Avant-Garde Exhibition

BenQ’s W1080ST and MX660P Bring Installations to Life With Colorific(TM) Picture Quality

IRVINE, Calif. — Aug. 1, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today announced that visual artist and filmmaker Carmen Osterlye has selected BenQ’s W1080ST and MX660P projectors featuring Colorific(TM) picture quality for her art installations Den of Blossomy and Techno Tree. Both works will be on display on Aug. 2-4 as part of the Wassaic Project’s Summer Exhibition and Festival, in Wassaic, N.Y.

Osterlye, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and visual artist, explores re-contextualized video in hybrid format. Her work focuses on concepts of motion and perception, expressing infinite possibilities of the moving image. She works predominantly in performance, installation and print formats, and is a featured artist at this year’s Wassaic Project’s summer festival.

Den of Blossomy is a projection-mapped Louis XV style parlor featuring floral video patterns as well as four full-color digital prints. Osterlye used two high-end BenQ W1080ST projectors to bring the immersive installation of the internal space to life. The piece, part of the Wassaic Project’s Homeward Found summer exhibition, is housed in Maxon Mills, a seven-story feed mill and grain elevator repurposed by the Wassaic Project as its main exhibition space.

Techno Tree, Osterlye’s second piece, is an audio/visual installation that re-imagines an entirely natural entity as a technological one. Using BenQ’s MX660P projector, a mapped tree is transformed into a canvas upon which projected digital video signals randomly relay, creating a stimulating symphony of contained color and light, accompanied by an orchestra of tone.

“In planning the installations, I did a great deal of research to find the most effective tools for my work,” said Osterlye. “Other projectors had some of the capabilities I required, but none of them were as full-featured and versatile as the W1080ST and MX660P, which offer superb image quality, a vibrant color palette, and great ease of use. Den of Blossomy, in particular, presented some challenges due to space constraints. For this installation I specifically chose the W1080ST for its superior HD quality and its short-throw capability, which was essential in projecting my images in such close range.”

“Carmen’s installations really illustrate the advanced image processing capabilities of our projectors,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Providing precise accuracy on the secondary colors used, while maintaining the crisp blacks needed to avoid light shining on the displays’ 3D objects is an exceptional challenge beyond many projectors. Our W1080ST and MX660P are up to the task and have brought Carmen’s forward-thinking visual displays to life.”

Designed for visual display applications such as art installations, which require prolonged image projection, BenQ’s W1080ST and MX660P projectors feature Colorific picture quality to enable more accurate color representation, crisper contrasts, and longer-lasting quality. The result is more than one billion stunning colors, higher contrast ratios, and longer-lasting quality imaging since DLP projectors do not experience light burn or color degradation over extended usage. To facilitate the setup process and bring more ease-of-use to installations, the short-throw W1080ST delivers an image more than 100 inches wide at less than six feet away from the screen — providing tremendous flexibility in projector placement, while the MX660P features USB Display for plug-and-play content convenience and Wireless Display to keep cables and wires out of sight.

For complete creative freedom, BenQ’s W1080ST delivers full 3D connectivity from external devices such as Blu-ray(TM) players and gaming consoles, and supports formats and standards including NVIDIA(R) 3DTV Play(TM), DLP Link(TM), and dual HDMI(R). Designed with the high-end DLP DarkChip3(TM), the W1080ST offers full HD1080p picture quality, a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and built-in 10-W stereo speakers for added sound convenience. In traditional settings and to safeguard close-range installations, the W1080ST features an “Auto Blank” mode that blocks light output when objects are detected in front of the lens. Especially useful for short-throw scenarios in small spaces, the mode avoids flashing light directly in users’ eyes when crossing the projection.

To ensure high brightness within any ambient lighting setting, the versatile MX660P offers a brilliant 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness and uses XGA native resolution to bring even more picture detail to the screen. The device’s lamp life will also perform up to 5000 hours in Eco mode, which lowers the projector’s total cost of ownership by reducing lamp replacement and other maintenance costs. To support film installations and other media projects, the MX660P also features closed captioning, which displays subtitles in video content without the need for an external captioning device, as well as multiple connectivity options to simplify projection from external sources.

More information on BenQ’s W1080ST and MX660P is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.

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Den of Blossomy: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/DenOfBlossomy.zip
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Videos:

Den of Blossomy: http://vimeo.com/69522385
The Making of Den of Blossomy: http://vimeo.com/68624114

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Summerfest: 11 Days, Over 800 Acts, and 10 Yamaha Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—With nearly 900,000 attendees over eleven days, Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin set new records in providing the backdrop for the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent, and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting.

Clearwing Productions, Inc. (Milwaukee), with support from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. provided new Yamaha CL digital consoles along with PM5D-RH consoles, M7CL and LS9 consoles to 7 of the 11 stages. Yamaha staff provided support to those visiting engineers who have not yet had the experience of mixing on a CL console.

“The decision to use the new CL and other Yamaha consoles was very easy,” states Bryan Baumgardner, Operations/Logistics, Clearwing Productions, Inc. “With how reliable and rider-acceptable Yamaha consoles have been for us, there was really no question that the CL5s were ready to be put to use at Summerfest.”

US Cellular Stage had two Yamaha CL5 consoles, one at front of house and one for monitors. The Uline Warehouse Stage consisted of a CL5 at FOH and an M7CL-48 at monitors. The Johnson Controls World Stage also used a CL5 at FOH and an M7CL-48 at monitors. The Marcus Amphitheatre used a PM5D at monitors and so did the BMO Harris Pavilion and the Miller Stage. The Kohl’s Children’s Area was outfitted with a Yamaha LS9-16.

“I converted my PM5D file using Console File Converter, which worked beautifully,” states Jerry Wong, front of house engineer for Loverboy who performed on the Uline Warehouse Stage. “Then, I added several of the Rupert Neve compressors and an 1176 on the fly at the start of the show, and even in a festival situation everything just seemed to fall right into place and mix itself. The CL is a great sounding console and now will be on our rider.”

Morris Day & the Time performed on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage, and Ed Irons, front of house engineer said the console delivered warmth and clarity. “The signal flow, control surface perks, and blending of vintage processing makes the CL5 a hands-down winner for me. Loved it!”

“The Yamaha CL is a very user-friendly console and sounds amazing,” says Ryan Nichols, Switchfoot FOH engineer. “I love the mic pre’s, and the Premium Rack is just one of many great upgrades from other Yamaha desks. I’ve only used the CL a few times before, each in festival situations, but found it really easy to get around on quickly.”

Spin Doctors front of house engineer, Rob Killenberger, echoed some of the same sentiments. “I’m really happy with the CL Series. It’s on my rider; I love the much-improved sound of the CL and all of the toys inside. It’s very responsive and well thought out.”

“As the band engineers have stated, the Yamaha CL console sounds good, it’s user friendly, and the File Converter makes coming from any Yamaha console a breeze. Those attributes are a must in a festival environment as demanding as this one,” adds Baumgardner.

For more information on Clearwing Productions, Inc. visit www.clearwing.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL and all Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

LEVA Conference to Focus on Forensic Photography

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer comprehensive forensic photography training during the 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. The three-day seminar, “Forensic Photography for IAI Certification,” will teach basic and advanced techniques to improve crime scene photography, as well as provide the skills needed to successfully complete the practical portion of the International Association for Identification Forensic Photography Certification.

“Proper photographic techniques are important regardless of the significance of the scene,” explained Ann Mallot of the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory, one of two instructors for the course. “Photos are the ‘silent witness’ to the crime scene. They may record information that doesn’t necessarily seem important at the time, but can reveal the ‘smoking gun’ as the investigation develops.”

Mallot has worked in forensic photography and forensic video analysis for more than 15 years, and is the chair of the IAI Forensic Photography and Imaging Certification Board. She will be joined by Sgt. David T. Gamble of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, who retired in 2012 after a 21-year career processing crime scenes with a specialty in forensic photography.

“Some of the most common mistakes that inexperienced forensic photographers make are due to not understanding the concepts of photography from a professional standpoint,” Mallot explained. “For example, photographers will take a picture of an item of evidence, but not have any photos showing where it is in relation to the scene or the victim’s body.”

“Forensic Photography for IAI Certification” runs Sept. 11-13 and fulfills 24 hours toward LEVA certification. Participants will need a DSLR camera with external flash and flash cord, along with a tripod or similar camera support and various types of scales. (Laptops are encouraged as well for downloading images.) Enrollment is limited, and the LEVA conference fee does not cover the IAI certification application fee.

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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nobeo Installs Riedel A/V Signal Distribution and Communications Gear in Unique @-car(R) Mobile Unit

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Aug. 1, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that German broadcaster nobeo has integrated the Riedel MediorNet Compact real-time media network, Artist digital matrix intercom, and Performer digital partyline systems into its new “@-car(R),” a unique production vehicle tailored for direct Internet broadcasts. The Riedel gear enabled nobeo to build flexible, top-quality signal distribution and communications into a compact and versatile mobile production unit. Germany’s sono Studiotechnik GmbH designed and integrated the @-car’s for nobeo.

“We already used the Riedel Artist system with success in our 16-camera OB truck, so Riedel’s MediorNet was an easy choice for the @-car,” said Guido Amann, chief technology officer at nobeo. “In addition to meeting our specs for size, weight, and performance, the MediorNet system supports all required signals in a single 3RU box and enables fast configuration. It’s a perfect fit for talk show productions, live TV reports, sports events, press conferences, live webcasts, concert productions, or just for streaming.”

nobeo’s @-car is equipped with a combination of broadcast equipment and specific IT components that together offer ample capacity for multicamera productions using up to six cameras. Thus, within the traditional TV sector, the @-car serves as a complement to the larger OB vehicles typically deployed. However, the @-car’s individual capabilities mean that it is valuable as a stand-alone unit not only for Web TV and live streaming applications, but also for any production in which space is limited or where technical requirements are straightforward.

The MediorNet Compact PRO system installed in the @-car supports 12 HD-SDI inputs and four HD-SDI outputs. The mobile unit also is outfitted with an Artist 32 digital matrix intercom system and Performer digital partyline, along with control panels, beltpacks, and professional headsets from Riedel. sono Studiotechnik also provided nobeo with 100 meters of Riedel’s Pure XTR-Q fiber cabling. MediorNet users working in the @-car can send any incoming signal to any output — or even to multiple outputs — with just a mouse-click or with a router control system. A fiber-optic-cabled MediorNet Stagebox — situated in the truck or used elsewhere — further simplifies cabling at the production location.

As social media continues to grow in importance, and the ability to provide video increases in value, small- and medium-sized businesses and events are taking advantage of the @-car for cost-effective productions on a smaller scale. The @-car allows operators to perform encoding of the signal into diverse streams, as well as file-based recording and transmission of the signal to the Internet via IP uplink. Within the 5-meter truck, two workstations support creation of the final visual signal, augmented by one multifunctional workstation for encoding, uplink, and similar tasks.

Further information about the nobeo @-car is available at www.at-car.de.

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

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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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FSR Unleashes Multi-Format Scaling Matrix Switcher

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The 94XT offers 9 inputs: 4 HDMI with stereo audio, 3 HDMI via CAT x cable, and 2 multi-format analog inputs. On the output side, there are 2 HDMI outputs and 2 HDMI over CATx outputs, each scaled to match the resolution of the display.

“While most new purchases of video equipment are digital, there is an incredibly large installed base of legacy analog equipment already in place. The 94XT extends the life of the legacy gear by allowing it to operate seamlessly alongside the newest digital video equipment,” explained Jan Sandri, FSR president.

The 94XT incorporates intelligent EDID and HDCP management along with high bandwidth ADC’s and scalers to make not only the installation, but the operation of the overall system “Plug-n-Play” simple.

“We felt that it was important for the 94XT to be able to operate flawlessly in environments where users can arrive with nearly any computer, tablet or other video device, plug it in and have it simply work. Too many other products work only in fixed environments and our world is far from a fixed environment,” added Joe Fischer, FSR’s director of engineering.

For additional flexibility, the 94XT has 2 additional balanced stereo audio inputs, 1 unbalanced stereo audio output, and SPDIF outputs for each video output. It can be controlled from the front panel, remotely via RS-232 or TCP/IP, or through the built-in web server.

To realize the full potential of the 94XT, FSR offers the DV-HXT family of HDMI over CATx extenders. They can send 1080p up to 165 feet and plug directly into the 94XT offering extended input and output distances without the need to have additional transmitters or receivers at the switcher. The transmitters are available as standalone “bricks” or as wall plates while the receivers are available in “brick” form only.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

FSR Unleashes Multi-Format Scaling Matrix Switcher

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR has announced the immediate availability of the new DVS-MFSW-94XT, a multi-format 9×4 scaling matrix switcher that reduces the challenges associated with integrating legacy analog gear with newly installed digital video products.

The 94XT offers 9 inputs: 4 HDMI with stereo audio, 3 HDMI via CAT x cable, and 2 multi-format analog inputs. On the output side, there are 2 HDMI outputs and 2 HDMI over CATx outputs, each scaled to match the resolution of the display.

“While most new purchases of video equipment are digital, there is an incredibly large installed base of legacy analog equipment already in place. The 94XT extends the life of the legacy gear by allowing it to operate seamlessly alongside the newest digital video equipment,” explained Jan Sandri, FSR president.

The 94XT incorporates intelligent EDID and HDCP management along with high bandwidth ADC’s and scalers to make not only the installation, but the operation of the overall system “Plug-n-Play” simple.

“We felt that it was important for the 94XT to be able to operate flawlessly in environments where users can arrive with nearly any computer, tablet or other video device, plug it in and have it simply work. Too many other products work only in fixed environments and our world is far from a fixed environment,” added Joe Fischer, FSR’s director of engineering.

For additional flexibility, the 94XT has 2 additional balanced stereo audio inputs, 1 unbalanced stereo audio output, and SPDIF outputs for each video output. It can be controlled from the front panel, remotely via RS-232 or TCP/IP, or through the built-in web server.

To realize the full potential of the 94XT, FSR offers the DV-HXT family of HDMI over CATx extenders. They can send 1080p up to 165 feet and plug directly into the 94XT offering extended input and output distances without the need to have additional transmitters or receivers at the switcher. The transmitters are available as standalone “bricks” or as wall plates while the receivers are available in “brick” form only.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com
Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

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