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2013 MTV Video Music Awards to Use FUJINON Cabrio Cine-Style Lenses on Ikegami HDK-97ARRI Cameras for Filmic Look

Video Music Awards is the first to use revolutionary combination of Ikegami HD camera, ARRI Super 35mm sensor, and FUJINON Cabrio zooms for live, multi-camera HDTV broadcast

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards will be the first live, multicamera HDTV broadcast to use Ikegami HDK-97ARRI large-format CMOS cameras paired with digital cinema style FUJINON PL19-90 Cabrio Premier PL Mount zoom lenses. On August 25th, 2013, MTV will air the VMAs live from Barclays Center, a new state-of-the-art entertainment arena in Brooklyn, NY at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

“By enabling a multicamera broadcast workflow with a visually stunning film look, this perfect synergy between the Ikegami/ARRI Super 35mm CMOS sensor camera and the compact Cabrio lens offers HDTV broadcasts the look we’ve long sought,” said Danny Walters, project engineer for Viacom Media Networks, Music Group and Logo, Technical Operations and Remote division in Nashville, TN.

New Remote Productions, Inc, a business unit within Viacom, operates a fleet of remote production vehicles for use by Viacom Networks as well as third-party customers. Four production trucks will be parked in and around the Barclays Center for live coverage of the Red Carpet, the VMA All Access live stream, and the primetime event being produced by Viacom’s Moonman Productions, to be directed by Hamish Hamilton.

Prior to the NAB convention this year, MTV placed a large equipment order directly with Ikegami, including eight HDK-97ARRI cameras and eight FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio lenses, which arrived in May 2013. Walters explained that, as “big believers in the large-format imager philosophy for TV entertainment,” they began searching for the large-format sensor camera first, including models by Sony and Red, and even took a hard look at the ARRI Alexa, But when Walters learned about the partnership between Ikegami and ARRI, the maker of the Super 35mm CMOS sensor, he chose the Ikegami HDK-97ARRI because of its ability to fuse the large-format imager with a traditional broadcast workflow.

“When it came time to select the lenses, it was an easy choice,” Walters said. “We’ve been very satisfied FUJINON users for a long time, and the fact that they had produced a lens that merges a broadcast- and ENG-friendly workflow with cine-style features and characteristics made it a natural choice for this application.”

The PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19) features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL Mount lens or as an ENG-style lens. With the longest focal range of any lightweight zoom lens, the PL 19-90 covers a 31.5mm size sensor on a digital cinema style camera, with a T2.9 aperture range. Within Barclays Center, the cameras will be situated on pedestals, jibs, and Steadicams as well as in traditional handheld applications. Technicians from Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division and Ikegami will be on-hand at Barclays Center during the live broadcast.

“While we’re early adopters of this innovative technology, we’re very excited about its potential to revolutionize the look of live entertainment and special events shows,” Walters said. Calling the VMAs one of the most demanding live shows Viacom produces each year, Walters added, “If the new camera gear survives this, it can survive anything.”

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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KORDZ and D-Tools Renew Partnership

D-Tools System Integrator™ has been enhanced with the full line of KORDZ products, which is available free of charge to current SI users for immediate use and specification

CONCORD, CA – AUGUST 23, 2013 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that KORDZ has recently renewed their Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program partnership with D-Tools. Effective immediately, detailed information on of the entire family of KORDZ products are available in D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify KORDZ products. Based in Australia and headed by David Meyer, KORDZ has been a frontrunner in HDMI technology for over a decade. In fact, the entire line of KORDZ HDMI cables, extenders and splitters are renowned for their class-leading reliability paired with their proven performance.

As part of their renewed participation in the D-Tools MVP program, detailed information on the entire family of KORDZ products is available within the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify KORDZ products. “We’re pleased to renew our partnership with D-Tools, ensuring that our product information is available to the D-Tools SI user community,” said Michael Schaller, Director of Operations for KORDZ. “It is critical for dealers to have the most up-to-date and complete product information available when they are designing their client projects. Not only does the MVP program facilitate this, but our participation in the MVP program benefits the entire integrator community while also helping KORDZ to expand our market reach.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and are committed to making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“We’re thrilled to have KORDZ renew their MVP Program membership as the System Integrator™ community will benefit from having access to updated and detailed KORDZ product information,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their vast knowledge and years of experience with HDMI has made KORDZ a leader in the AV industry and their renewal with D-Tools will most certainly enhance the MVP program’s value as a whole.”

About KORDZ
Established in 2003, KORDZ manufactures multi-award winning HDMI cables known for their unprecedented adherence to HDMI compliance (CTS), high performance and demonstrable value for money. The KORDZ® brand of interconnects has quickly grown to a highly reputable level, offering true mid-to-high end performance with a primary focus on proven construction methods and dedication to quality and provable performance. KORDZ Pty Ltd is based in Australia with US offices in Sunnyvale, CA and has developed a strong reputation for its integrity, honesty and quality as a brand of audio visual interconnects and accessories.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

For more information, contact D-Tools by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

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Award-Winning Loudspeaker Manufacturer and Founding MVP Partner Triad Speakers Rejoins the D-Tools MVP Program Enabling Current System Integrator™ Users Free Access to Detailed Product Information

CONCORD, CA – August 23, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Triad Speakers has once again renewed their partnership in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Originally joining the MVP program in 1998, the same year D-Tools was founded, Triad is one of several founding partners of D-Tools.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Triad has been manufacturing high-end custom loudspeakers since 1982. While the company prides itself on offering unique, built-to-order speakers, their lineup of custom speaker solutions provides high-end audiophile sound and performance that unobtrusively blends into the specified environment. Featuring premium components and unparalleled design and build quality, Triad speakers offer not only exceptional sound, but outstanding reliability as well.

“We have enjoyed a valuable, time-honored partnership with D-Tools over the years that has provided us many tangible benefits,” said Paul Teixeira, Director of Marketing for Triad Speakers. “We are excited to renew our MVP partnership and look forward to introducing more of the SI community to our family of products.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program is designed to help provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate proposals to their clients.

“Triad Speakers has been the hallmark of high-end custom loudspeakers for some time, and D-Tools’ longstanding history with the company has always proven to be mutually beneficial,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Because of their lengthy tenure as a D-Tools partner and their renowned products and exceptional business standards, we are incredibly pleased to have Triad Speakers provide their full line of product information to the SI community through their MVP Program renewal.”

About Triad Speakers

Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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D-TOOLS 2013 DESIGN AWARD ENTRIES EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 30th

Winning D-Tools Design Award submissions will be announced during an award ceremony taking place at CEDIA EXPO, September 27, 2013

CONCORD, CA — August 23, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the submission deadlines for its annual contest, the Design Awards, has been extended through August 30, 2013. D-Tools is pursuing System Integrator SIX software users’ success stories and project designs that best represent how the platform has positively affected their business and ROI, as a way to showcase not only their efforts but also to demonstrate the benefits of using system integration design-estimation-proposal programs. D-Tools will heavily promote the entrants and winners, providing valuable marketing resources to all who enter.

Sponsored by Vaddio, Anthony Gallo Acoustics, Atlona, Zektor, Vidabox, and Core Brands, Design Awards contest categories include Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall. Winners will be selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users and chosen by a group compiled of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners. The winning entries will be judged on a number of criteria, including originality, depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage, overall system design, and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

“Every year some of the most distinguished residential and commercial system integrators share their outstanding D-Tools designs and stories with us through the D-Tools Design Awards,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We eagerly await submissions from this annual contest as it provides us incredible insight into how companies are utilizing and succeeding with our solution, and anticipate this year’s group to be the most innovative yet.”

Winning submissions will be awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners. Winners will be announced during CEDIA EXPO during a ceremony being held at 3pm on Friday September 27, 2013 in D-Tools booth # 922. D-Tools customers can submit their entries through August 30th by visiting www.d-tools.com/2013designawards or by sending an email to Aaron Stone at aarons@d-tools.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com 

 

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YCD Multimedia Announces New Version of Cloud-Based Content Management System

New York, August 23, 2013 – YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of smart digital signage solutions, today announced Version 5.0 of its cloud-based content management system – YCD|CMS SaaS. The new version greatly improves core features while adding new tools, including all new built-in editors, new and enhanced content management with authorizations and remote control, and a host of user interface enhancements.

With the new built-in HTML 5-based editors users can now create and edit layouts, playlists, and schedules right from the CMS for a more efficient workflow and quicker turnaround from authoring to display.

YCD|CMS’s already powerful content management capabilities have been bolstered with a host of remote station control and monitoring features such as real-time playback status, zone, layout, playlist and videowall details, and remote control capabilities such as player restart, weekly/monthly automatic sync and automatic alerts and notifications. Enhanced content management pages now allow users to delete playlists, schedules, and layouts with or without associated media to preserve and optimize player media storage.

Lastly, user interface enhancements of YCD|CMS SaaS solution include keyword search columns in playlist, schedule, layout and package management pages, plus a quick search widget for quickly finding stations and an indication icon for RAMP (YCD’s Retail Advertising and Merchandising Platform).

“YCD|CMS SaaS 5.0 reflects our customers’ requirements for a cost-effective and highly efficient content management system, bringing a higher level of functionality within our platform to better accommodate our customer workflows and business infrastructure,” said Noam Levavi, YCD’s CEO. “The new version is optimized to meet the evolving digital signage needs of various industries, extending our leadership position in the global market in providing digital merchandising and digital ambiance solutions built on effective customer communication.”

YCD|CMS Software as a Service (SaaS) solution addresses authoring, scheduling, managing, and distributing content easily, quickly, and accurately without having to disrupt existing IT or management infrastructure. It uploads ads, promotional messages and dynamic content and creates audio and video playlists. It schedules playback up to a year in advance for any number of locations and ensures synchronized audio and video content playback across multiple screens or locations. In addition to the cloud–based service (SaaS), YCD|CMS is also available as an on-premise solution.

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

Contact:

David Kanaan
Kanaan Public Relations
Tel.: +972-54-4255307
e-mail: David@KanaanPR.com

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