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PESA Celebrates 40th Anniversary, Continues Tradition of Innovation

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Recognized internationally as a leading manufacturer of routing switchers, AV distribution products, and video scaling and conversion equipment, PESA products and technologies have shifted the market direction for video and audio distribution throughout its history.

Founded in 1973 by two entrepreneurial engineers, the company has evolved into a global AV routing and distribution leader with a versatile collection of products for the broadcast, religious, education, government, and military markets. In 1976, PESA became the first routing switcher company to offer redundant routing with automatic changeover options. Five years later, the company introduced the first ASIC-based hybrid video switch. In 1988, PESA created the very first virtual matrix mapping software, which was used by NBC during the Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Other innovations followed. In 1991, PESA produced the first 100MHz RGB routing switcher, later followed by the first 200MHz and 400MHz systems, and in 2002 introduced the first 512×512 digital video routing system with hybrid coax/fiber I/O and internal redundant power and control. PESA pioneered the use of VGA and DVI signals over a single high density fiber optic distribution chain using SMPTE-compliant SDI, which set the foundation for converging computer and broadcast signals in the same system. Known for its space saving designs for the OB broadcast truck market, PESA was also the first company to offer a large-scale audio distribution router.

“The success of PESA comes from our ability to keep up with the times and keep ahead of design trends,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “Our Cheetah product line changed the way facilities used fiber for signal distribution, and our DRS systems introduced a revolutionary new way to centralize and switch audio. We are also continuing our legacy of innovation for the next generations of digital formats, including 4K and 8K.”

PESA is expanding into new market segments as well, most recently with the introduction of the PESA Xstream multi-channel HD streaming appliance. In addition, several of its Cheetah large-scale router and PESA PRO signal processing products were recently certified by the U.S. Department of Defense. PESA is the first and only company to achieve listing on the DoD’s Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a Video Distribution System (VDS).

“After 40 years of superior products and market success, an energetic attitude of innovation continues here at PESA,” said Howard Sutton, PESA executive chairman. “Video and audio delivery and distribution are dynamic industries, and to this day, we still design, manufacture, and test everything right here in our facility. I’m proud of the entrepreneurial spirit that exists throughout our organization.”

Frank Zimmerman, PESA’s senior engineering specialist and co-founder, said the company has always shown a commitment to developing reliable, cutting-edge products. “PESA is a special company with a unique culture that fosters and rewards innovation,” he added. “As the company moves forward, I am confident our rich history of innovation will continue to change the way the world works with audio and video signals.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

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Calrec Chosen Once Again by Outside Broadcasting Giant MIRA Mobile

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Aug. 13, 2013 — North American outside broadcasting (OB) giant MIRA Mobile Television has purchased two more Calrec Omega digital audio consoles for two of its OB trucks. The purchase brings MIRA’s total number of Calrec desks to seven, making Calrec the dominant audio-console brand in its fleet. The trucks with the recently installed Omega consoles cover sports in the region and are scheduled to work with Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, and the National Football League over the next month.

“The improvement over the previously installed audio consoles in these trucks is a quantum leap,” said Bill Duncan, director of engineering for MIRA Mobile. “Even something as simple as flexible GPI control was not possible with the previous consoles. The Calrec consoles make managing a 5.1 production much more convenient, almost easy. And with the previous consoles weighing in at about 600 pounds, we believe the Omega consoles have significantly lowered the weight of each trailer, which is always a critical concern when considering equipment purchases in the OB market.”

With the Omega consoles, MIRA Mobile now has AES and MADI I/O capability, the ability to route signals and save setup files within the console, and a dramatic increase in the number of inputs and outputs.

One of the consoles, which has a 128 x 128 MADI interface, 96 x 96 AES I/O, and 96 x 96 analog I/O, was installed in truck M-5 in December 2012 and went on to cover professional basketball games, followed by college basketball. The second console, which has 128 x 128 AES I/O and 96 x 96 analog I/O, was installed in truck M-4 in June and immediately covered international soccer matches.

The two Omega desks join five other Calrec digital audio consoles in MIRA Mobile’s nine-truck fleet. MIRA Mobile, which is the production mobile provider for the Pac-12 Networks, relies extensively on Calrec consoles — especially those with integrated Bluefin2 HDSP and Hydra2 audio-routing technologies — because of their router sizes, scalability, networkability, and number of processing paths. Duncan cites familiarity and comfort, customer service, reliability, market acceptance, and an extensive pool of operators among the many reasons MIRA continually chooses Calrec.

“We installed the latest consoles ourselves under a very tight timeline, but we were comfortable enough with the equipment that we knew we could do it, especially given the impressive degree of support we always get from Calrec,” Duncan said. “Perhaps over time we will be fortunate enough to have an all-Calrec fleet, not just because of the overwhelming market share that Calrec enjoys in our industry, but also, and more important, because of our experience and the relationship we have fostered with Calrec.”

“MIRA Mobile is the largest mobile facilities provider based in the western United States, and it contributes to much of the regional sports broadcasting between the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver, British Columbia,” said Dave Letson, U.S. director of sales at Calrec. “The fact that MIRA relies so heavily on Calrec is a testament to its confidence in our gear’s ability to handle the demands of OB production environments, a confidence that is shared by the largest OB companies throughout North America.”

Calrec’s line of consoles will be on display at IBC2013 on stand 8.C58. Information about Calrec and its products is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/TomKansora-MIRAMobile.zip
Photo Caption: Tom Kansora, MIRA Mobile’s A-1 operator, works with a Calrec Omega audio console.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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The IABM Announces Winners of 2013 IABM Engineering Student Awards

All 10 Award Winners Will Receive IABM Sponsorship to Attend IBC2013

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — Aug. 13, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced the winners of the 2013 IABM Engineering Student Awards. Presented to 10 students, the IABM-sponsored awards programme recognises high-achieving college students in the fields of broadcast engineering or media technology and offers each winner full financial support for attendance at IBC2013, Sept. 12-17 in Amsterdam.

The winners of the 2013 IABM Engineering Student Awards are Zoe Wyeth of the University of Salford, Julian Theis of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Adam Plowden and Amy Tinker of Kingston University, Pierre Hamme-Gerome and Antonin Morel of the Université de Valenciennes, Kathryn Savage of Southampton Solent University, Lennard Bredenkamp of HTWK Leipzig, and Evgenii Smirnov and Anna Nikolaeva of St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television. Each award winner will receive funding to cover travel, accommodation, and daily expenses for a five-day trip to Amsterdam and registration to attend the IBC2013 conference and exhibition.

“Winning an IABM Engineering Student Award not only has provided me with the fantastic opportunity to attend IBC, but also has given me confidence in myself as a graduate broadcast engineer,” said Zoe Wyeth. “I hope to leave the conference knowing more about cutting-edge broadcast technology, having new contacts and friends within the industry, and having had an enjoyable week in Amsterdam!”

“I am very proud of winning an IABM Engineering Student Award, which presents a student like me with a unique opportunity to attend the IBC show,” said Pierre Hamme-Gerome. “In Amsterdam I will have the chance to meet some of the most influential people from the broadcast world, to network with professionals and other students, and to discover the latest media technologies for myself.”

The IABM Engineering Student Awards are part of the IABM’s global training initiative, a growing and evolving programme that was created to help increase the industry’s available pool of skilled broadcast engineers and technical staff. The awards programme is open to any student undertaking a full-time course of study directly related to broadcast engineering and media technology. This year’s winners were selected based on a 500-word essay explaining how the student would be able to benefit from attending IBC2013.

“Once again, the IABM Engineering Student Awards recognise a remarkable group of young men and women and provides them with the resources to see the latest developments in broadcast and media technology, learn from senior industry figures, and perhaps even meet a future employer,” said Roger Crumpton, a founding director and trustee of the IABM Educational Foundation which funds the programme. “The Awards are designed to showcase the broadcast and media technology industry to some of the brightest and best students from around the world. While the individual winners gain a significant personal benefit, the awards programme itself promotes the sector and encourages others to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue the exciting career opportunities available. In this sense, the programme benefits not only the 10 winners named today, but the field as a whole.”

Further information about the award programme is available at www.theiabm.org/engineeringstudentawards.

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About the IABM Educational Foundation
Established as an independent educational charity in 2012, the IABM Educational Foundation works to support technical education, career development, and access to employment within the broadcast and media technology sector worldwide. The foundation’s first priority is the development and delivery of an international certification program that will recognise the attainment of individual engineers and technologists, and provide a framework for valuing their occupational and professional engagement as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The IABM Educational Foundation also is committed to providing educational bursaries and travel awards that enable young people to attend training courses and key industry events that otherwise would be beyond their reach. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org/foundation.

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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For The Walking Dead Voice Actors Dave Fennoy and Cissy Jones, Neumann TLM 103 and U 87 Microphones Help Keep it Real

Old Lyme, Conn., – August 13, 2013- Dave Fennoy and Cissy Jones are both experienced voice actors with several successful gaming titles under their belts. A typical voice session for any other gaming title might involve recording a few greeting lines, some attack lines, taunting lines as well as various grunts and groans. But The Walking Dead — an episodic adventure series based on the successful comic book series of the same name — is based more on character relationships and dialog. This allowed Fennoy and Jones, both of whom use Neumann microphones for their voice work, much more latitude to develop their characters.

Fennoy did the voice work for lead character Lee Everett. Jones, meanwhile, did the voice work for no less than five characters including Katjaa (who appeared in episodes one through three), Jolene (episode two), and Brie (episode 4). Both Fennoy and Jones were thrilled at the amount of dialog in the game, as well as the deep interaction among the characters.

Fennoy, who relies on his Neumann TLM 103 large diaphragm condenser microphone in the studio, says he was immediately taken by the script of The Walking Dead: “On my first day in the studio looking at the script, I realized this was like no other game that I voiced before,” he recalls. “I have played two headed dragons, creatures that drop bombs from the sky, warriors, wizards and every other kind of creature. But Lee Everett was just an average, normal guy and very close to me. I didn’t have to come up with any crazy voices.”

Fennoy uses the Neumann TLM 103 mic inside his Whisper Room isolation booth at home, recording to his iMac running Pro Tools in conjunction with a Digidesign Digi 002 interface. “For accuracy and sound, you can’t beat Neumann,” he says. “This is the microphone that everything else is compared to.”

Cissy Jones: Raising the Level of Performance with Neumann

Cissy Jones also appreciated the deep characters within the script of The Walking Dead: “I am so happy to have had an opportunity to be part of this amazing game because it involved real people,” she says. “It is unlike anything I’ve ever done before and there was so much character development involved.”

During the production of The Walking Dead, Jones also gravitated towards Neumann — in this case, to the classic U87 large diaphragm condenser. “I have a deeper voice and all of that richness gets picked up accurately with the U87,” she says. “For animiation and video games, this is the best microphone to use if you want to capture all the detail and nuances in the recording.” Jones uses her U87 with a MacBook Pro running Adobe Audition, in conjunction with a Cakewalk two channel USB interface.

Jones agrees with Fennoy that the script afforded much more emotional breadth in the studio: “It’s conversation,” she observes. “You actually get a chance to know the characters and it’s not just battle cries. I’ve been in sessions where it is four hours of screaming, different ways of dying, or being the buxom blonde. That just wasn’t the case here and there was so much more depth.”

For Jones, audio occupies a foundational role in any gaming production, providing an irreplaceable emotional connection: “People play games to escape or experience another character in a different world,” she says. “If the audio is poor, you are taken out of that world, and it’s like watching a movie that is badly dubbed. Having audio that is spot on, on the other hand, provides the realism that people crave. Neumann helps me deliver this.”

With Season Two already in production, and with this summer’s recent release of ’400 Days,’ an episode that featured all new characters and helped bridged the gap between Season One and Season Two, The Walking Dead has already won more than 80 ‘Game of the Year’ awards around the world, and has been recognized in top industry and entertainment publications.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Captions:
1) Dave Fennoy with a Neumann U87.
2) The Walking Dead character page.
3) Cissy Jones, pictured alongside engineer Jory Prum.

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Forbidden Technologies Raises 8.9 Million Pounds ($13.8 Million) in Placing and Open Offer

Company Sees Significant Investment From New and Existing Shareholders

LONDON — Aug. 13, 2013 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM:FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform FORscene, announces that it has raised another 8.9 million pounds ($13.8 million), before expenses, in a placing and open offer to continue developing the platform and strengthen the company’s position in the market.

In June 2013, Forbidden Technologies announced a conditional Firm Placing of 40 million new Ordinary Shares, with the goal of raising 8 million pounds from new shareholders. At the same time, the company offered an additional 5 million ordinary shares in an open offer to existing shareholders, with the goal of raising another 1 million pounds. As of mid-July, Forbidden had sold 91 percent of those 5 million shares.

“When we issued our offering, we hoped to garner interest from both new and existing investors. The fact that we’ve been able to raise nearly 1 million pounds from existing investors alone is a testament to the strength of our product — and the strength of support for our strategy,” said Forbidden CEO Stephen Streater. “This new round of funding gives us the capital necessary to expand the company and solidify our position of leadership in cloud-based video editing.”

Forbidden will use the influx of new funding to expand marketing for FORscene, support distributors in providing after-sales service to end customers, provide additional working capital to expand and develop new customer relationships, and make new appointments that will strengthen the senior management team.

Forbidden intends to widen its reach globally for the FORscene editing platform. On-site FORscene ingest servers are already in use at some renowned post-production companies — such as ENVY, Shed Media Group, and The Farm Group — to integrate with existing post-production services and provide cloud-based logging, editing, reviewing, and approval. In addition, international value-added resellers and partners, including Atos, deltatre, and Key Code Media, offer localized FORscene service.

More information for investors is available at www.forbidden.co.uk.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/ForbiddenTechnologies/FORsceneLogo.zip

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc is an award-winning technology company that develops and delivers cloud-based solutions for collaborative video post-production. Its flagship product, FORscene, is one of the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. Launched at IBC in 2004, FORscene has been used to log, edit, review, and publish more than 3 million hours of professional video content. Listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information is available at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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Hibino Sound Division Invests in Martin Audio MLA

The Hibino Corporation, the largest production enterprise for the entertainment industry in Japan, has made its first investment in Martin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system. With its proven technology across challenging venues such as Tokyo Dome and large scale festivals like Rock in Japan, Martin Audio’s MLA system is solving problems that other sound systems simply cannot achieve, and this is attracting the attention of promoters demanding MLA as the system of choice.

Making up the Hibino Corporation are four divisions: Hibino Sound, Hibino Pro Audio Sales, Hibino Visual and Hibino Chromatek. The MLA acquisition was authorized by the Sound Division, which has been a market leader in international touring for many years that supports many of the world’s leading artists with premier loudspeaker systems.

Their investment is for four MLA System 36 rigs, plus an additional four MLD downfill and four MLX subwoofers. This gives them a combined inventory of 92 MLA, 8 MLD, and 52 MLX enclosures, ensuring a large capability.

The decision to invest was brought about by the need to provide consistent stadium coverage up to 650 feet deep (such as Tokyo Dome), without the need for delay towers. This enables them to deliver clear sound right to the back of the venue and at the same time solve any noise pollution and sound spill issues.

Speaking of this latest development, Ryoichi Hashimoto, Managing Director, Hibino Sound, explained. “We decided on the MLA investment because the promoters of summer outdoor festivals are increasingly demanding the absence of delay towers from festival sites and a need to solve offsite noise issues.

“We also like the fact that its calculation ability is extremely accurate. The benefit of this is that we can get a result that corresponds with what we have planned in the simulation.”

MLA also benefits from its size and weight ratio, which given regulations in Japan mean that the system provides no obstacles for its deployment.

“In Japan, the weight of the rigging is strictly regulated, but MLA’s weight is similar to systems we have used in the past, even though it is powered. So, it is good for us to be able to plan as we did before.”

Hibino Sound’s new MLA will be pressed straight into festival duty. “This is the most unique loudspeaker system we have ever had,” concluded Mr. Hashimoto. “It will become the new choice for customers since it has the ability to meet all their demands.”

Martin Audio has already completed training for most of Hibino Sound’s system technicians on site, which was carried out by Chris Pyne, Martin Audio’s Technical Support Specialist in APAC.

In summing up, Anthony Taylor, Managing Director for Martin Audio, said, “We are delighted that MLA continues to prove its technical advantage over the competition and more importantly solving sound issues that face the industry. For the number one rental company in Japan to recognize this is a great honor, and we look forward to supporting Hibino in their success moving forward.”

Photos: Hibino MLA technical training with Chris Pyne (center); Nagai Stadium in Osaka, one of the venues for which Hibino will be able to provide full MLA coverage without the use of delays

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

Extron Now Shipping New Two Input Fiber Optic Transmitter Wallplate

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new FOX T UWP 302, a two input fiber optic transmitter for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI, RGBHV, or HD component video and stereo audio signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for convenience, reliability, and exceptional image performance, this Decora-style wallplate transmitter uses all digital technology to provide perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. Analog signals are digitized to ensure high quality transmission. The transmitter also provides a host of integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, audio embedding with gain and attenuation control, auto-input switching, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX T UWP 302 is ideal for a wide range of applications that require long haul transmission of high resolution digital and analog AV content in a wallplate form factor. more

AVI Event Services Bolsters Inventory with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 2 Console

FORT WAYNE, Indiana – AVI Event Services is a technical service provider for corporate events and professional venues based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While the company is responsible for setting up audio/video systems for these events, AVI’s sound engineers had been seeking the right audio mixing console to complement its policy of exceeding client expectations. AVI’s search recently culminated with the purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console.

According to Todd Fiechter, Sound Engineer/Specialist at AVI, the company began considering purchasing a digital console in early 2012. “We knew we would have to make the transition to a digital console soon,” he said. “However, digital was still pretty expensive at the time, and we were more experienced with the feel and layout of analog consoles.”

Equipment managers like Fiechter can rest assured knowing that the Soundcraft Si Expression series offers a unique combination of digital performance (recallable settings) and analog user experience. The Si Expression 2 features 24 recallable mic pre amps, four line inputs, four internal stereo FX returns, AES in, and a 64×64 expansion slot offering more than enough scope to use every one of the 66 input processing channels. All controls are dedicated to a specific function, so not only are they never layered to avoid hassle; they can also be labeled like traditional analog mixing boards.

“During a recent medical industry conference, we were responsible for a live satellite feed, a broadcast of live surgery and podium microphones. For all the tasks, the Si Expression 2 performed perfectly,” according to Fiechter.

The Si Expression 2 not only provides superior digital performance at a decent price, it also combines effects and processing into its compact form factor. “The amount of external gear the Si Expression 2 saves us is amazing; we use a lot of compression and the EQs are great,” Fiechter said.

According to Fiechter, the features of the Si Expression 2 are perfectly suited for customer-oriented professionals like himself: “Since the events we do have similar setups (video playback, PowerPoint, etc.), we plan on using the Si Expression 2 for every show. It really fits the events we do and our options for expansion down the road.”

For more information on AVI Event Services, please visit www.teamavi.com

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

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MOZAEX RELEASES NEW APPLE IOS APP FOR MEDIA SERVER

Salt Lake City – August 13, 2013 – Mozaex™, the premiere manufacturer of multi-room Blu-ray entertainment servers and peripherals, announced today that its new Apple iOS App for iPads and iPhones is now available for free on the Apple App store.

The company also announced that a new Control4 2-Way App and a Vantage 2-Way App will be released at the 2013 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 26-28 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 1810.

Mozaex Offers Widest Selection of Control System Apps

“Mozaex continues to lead the industry in providing the most extensive support for control systems,” said Mozaex CEO Douglas Kihm. “Mozaex now offers more control system interface drivers and Apps than any other Media Server vendor, including exclusive support for Vantage.”

The company boasts support for Crestron, AMX, Control4, Elan, RTI, Apple, Vantage, Savant, URC, Bitwise, and NetStreams among other OEM custom-designed control systems.

Mozaex is First Media Server to allow Control Systems to Play iTunes Movies and Music

“Ever since Apple blocked IP control of Apple TV, control systems have been unable to access iTunes movies,” Kihm continued. “Mozaex uniquely imports iTunes movies and music into its library so all compatible Mozaex control systems are now able to play iTunes movies and music from one common cover art library. You can also purchase iTunes media right from the Mozaex interface.”

Mozaex Apple App Runs on All iOS Devices and Plays iTunes Movies and Music

The Mozaex Apple App runs on all iOS devices, including the iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone and iTouch.

The Mozaex Apple App provides a simple way to search and browse stored media collections by cover art and search terms. The Apple App controls the playback of your movies, music, photo slide shows and online media including iTunes movies and music, Pandora radio, and Netflix movies. The Apple is available for free on the Apple App store. Mozaex X704.1 OS or later is required to use the App.

New Control4 Driver Controls Movies, Music, Photos, iTunes and More

The new Control4 driver upgrades the original V1.0 Mozaex Control4 driver with support for 2-Way control of movies and music, including iTunes movies and music.

The Control4 driver provides a simple way to search and browse stored media collections by cover art and search terms. The driver controls the playback of movies, music, photo slide shows and online media including iTunes movies and music, Pandora radio, and Netflix movies.

The Control4 App runs on all current Control4 Touch Panels and Remotes and will be available for free along with the entire Mozaex product line on the Control4 online store.

New Exclusive Vantage App is First Vantage Media Server Control App

The new Vantage driver was co-developed with Vantage®, and was demonstrated at the North X Northwest dealer event that was held at the Stage West in Toronto, Canada May 29, 2013. The Mozaex-Vantage App provides control of movies, music, photos, iTunes, Pandora, and Netflix, and is compatible with both legacy and the newly released Vantage Equinox Touch Panels.

“Mozaex is honored to have been exclusively selected by Vantage to co-develop a Vantage 2-Way Control Interface for our Entertainment Servers,” added Kihm. “With this new 2-Way Control App, Vantage dealers can now offer a completely integrated Vantage-Mozaex multi-room entertainment solution.”

Mozaex Control System offers complete iTunes Online Store and playback of movies and music

“The Mozaex control system solution is unique in that it is the first Entertainment Server that allows you to purchase, download and play in multiple rooms, iTunes movies and music,” said Kihm. “By combining the quality of Blu-ray® with the popularity and ease of iTunes®, the Mozaex control system solution offers custom integrators a unique opportunity to expand sales while dramatically improving their clients’ entertainment value and experience”.

Kihm continued, “iTunes has revolutionized convenient and affordable online movies and music yet the dealer has not yet been able to fully capitalize on this profitable revolution until now. At a similar price of a music-only server, custom integrators can now offer an iTunes movie and music server plus a full featured Blu-ray movie server with touch panel 2-way control.”

When only music playback is required in a zone, Mozaex offers the Sonnet wireless music-only player. Sonnet plays loaded CDs, iTunes, imported music files and Pandora® radio. Sonnet may be controlled by any of the 2-Way Mozaex control systems.

Contact Information:
Mozaex USA: 3785 South 700 East Salt Lake City Utah 84106 – www.mozaex.com
Sales Department: +01.801.685.9000 – sales@mozaex.com

About Mozaex
Mozaex is a leading manufacturer of Blu-ray 3D Entertainment Servers, BLUWAVS 7.1 HDMI Headphones and operates the largest CD quality BLUWAVS MUSIC Store.

Mozaex is a multi-room media server that loads, stores and instantly delivers, Blu-ray and DVD movies, digital music, photos and online media including iTunes®, Ultraviolet® and Netflix®. BLUWAVS™ Headphones are the world’s first 7.1 HDMI HD Audio headphones while the BLUWAVS MUSIC Store offers over 600,000 downloadable and streamable CD quality albums in FLAC, ALAC and WAV formats.

Combining elegant operation with uncompromised reliability, service and quality, Mozaex has become the solution of choice for homes and yachts around the world. Mozaex has shipped more non-jukebox Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Servers than any other company. Since introducing the world’s first multimedia entertainment server in 2004 and the first Blu-ray 3D server in 2010 the company has shipped over 8,500 units worldwide. Mozaex is sold exclusively through a network of over 750 dealers that are supported by 8 US rep firms and 15 international distributors in 27 countries.

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DATATON CONGRATULATES SHORTLISTED PROJECTS IN 15TH AV AWARDS 2013 PROGRAMME


Industry recognition of the deployment of PICKUP audio guides and WATCHOUT multi-image display software

Dataton technology is used by projection designer, BARTKRESA Design and systems integrator, D J Willrich (DJW) whose innovative projects have been shortlisted by the industry’s finest judges in the 15th AV Awards 2013.

BARTKRESA Design recognized for innovative projection mapping using WATCHOUT

© Christie

Shortlisted for the Digital Signage Project of the Year for the Christie® InfoComm 2012 exhibition booth, BARTKRESA Design created all architectural projection mapping and design.

In speaking about the shortlist, Bart Kresa, projection designer at BARTKRESA Design, said: “On the Christie® booth at InfoComm 2012 we used Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage three video feeds from Christie® Roadster S+20K and S+14K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors onto the surface of two pyramid shaped structures. Each pyramid had different and often contrasting bright, visual and moving content highlighting the capabilities of the digital projectors.

“BARTKRESA Design relies on WATCHOUT for all projects around the world and is constantly using the technology in new, exciting and creative ways,” Kresa added.

DJW shortlisted for four projects in the AV Awards 2013 that utilise Dataton WATCHOUT and PICKUP technologies

Expert systems integrator, DJW has an unrivalled four projects in the AV Awards 2013 shortlist, all of which take advantage of Dataton technology.

© The National Football Museum. Images courtesy D J Willrich

The View from The Shard was shortlisted in the Consumer Installation category and BP Olympics Showcase was shortlisted for the Green or Environmental Project of the Year category. The National Football Museum was shortlisted for the Consumer Installation and AV/IT Project of the Year categories. All projects completed by DJ Willrich utilize Dataton WATCHOUT.

DJW’s work at The Allison Customer Experience Center was shortlisted for the Business Installation of the Year. The project uses the combination of PICKUP™ audio guides and Dataton WATCHOUT to engage and inform audiences.

All shortlisted projects were supported by Mirage Associates, WATCHOUT Premium Partner for the UK and Ireland.

“We use Dataton in many projects because they have the most reliable, durable and flexible solution out there,” commented David Willrich, Managing Director at DJW. “Dataton WATCHOUT can handle multiple feeds and resolutions and is a future-proof solution.”

In speaking about the AV Awards 2013 shortlist, Lars Sandlund, COO at Dataton, said: “It’s terrific to see industry recognition of some of our most innovative and trusted partners which incorporates the creative use of WATCHOUT on the world stage.”

The official 15th AV Awards 2013 is run by AV Magazine and will take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London on 11 October 2013.

ENDS

About Dataton
Established in 1973, renowned Swedish show control developer and manufacturer, Dataton this year celebrates its 40th year in business. The company serves its core markets in multi-media entertainment, visitor attractions, digital signage scenography, event production and corporate A/V. The company’s flagship products include the WATCHPAX™ media server, award-winning Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-display production and presentation system as well as the intuitive Dataton PICKUP™ audio guide. The entire range is supported by Dataton’s established global distribution and reseller network.

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