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grandMA2 and Clay Paky Sharpys Work Packed Houses at the 2013 ESSENCE Festivalä in New Orleans

Crowds turned out in record numbers for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. A-list artists including Beyoncé, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, Tamia, Janelle Monáe, and others packed venues throughout The Big Easy. The festival was staged by ESSENCE Communications and produced by Solomon Group, a New Orleans-based entertainment production company which supplied various equipment including grandMA2 consoles and Clay Paky Sharpy lighting fixtures to eight stages across town. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting and Clay Paky products in North America.

“With great some support from VER, Solomon Group supplied gear to several stages, including five in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, two in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and one in Woldenberg Park,” says Matt Foucheaux, Senior Production Manager at Solomon Group. “We used a total of four grandMA2s. The Main Stage at the Superdome had two grandMA2 full-size units accompanied with two fader wings. Both the Center Stage and the Empowerment Experience Stage in the Convention Center had grandMA2 Lights.”

Foucheaux, who also served as the lighting designer for the Main Stage, selected the grandMA2 for its popularity among designers and directors working the festival. “It’s the console of choice for most people in the industry,” he says. “We know it well, which meant we could help our guest designers program their show. We were also able to send plots and patches to the designers ahead of time so they could pre-program. That was very helpful since their time on-site was extremely limited. We hope to utilize an off-site grandMA2 3D suite in the future. Given the limited time designers have to program their show, I feel like adding this piece will enhance their shows, and take some stress away from the time crunch that these festivals bring”

Foucheaux and festival programmer, Ryan Stumpp, built many presets that would help the guest designers. Since there was such limited time to program, it helped for these designers to come in and have a good amount of presets in their back pocket” “All of our NPUs and networking for the main stage was behind the stage which was around 350′, so we utilized a fiber network to carry all 22 universes of data”

Foucheaux deployed 65 chrome Clay Paky Sharpys for the Main Stage at the Superdome, which he says looked striking against the black truss that Solomon Group utilized onstage. “We built vertical columns between the LED screens and hung Sharpys inside of them to create the ability to show some really powerful aerial beam looks,” he says. “We also hung some above the IMAG screens, which were programmed at times to rake would go out into the audience.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stocks, sells and supports their inventory, and . The company provides superior customer service and value for money to a diverse client base.all of its clients.

For more information, call 818-707-0884.

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Danish Rockers D-A-D Get Down and Dirty With DPA

Rune Slot, live sound engineer for Danish rock band D-A-D, has turned to DPA Microphones to deliver the loud, punchy sound for which the band is famous.

“I experimented with a number of different condenser microphones before settling for DPA,” Rune Slot says. “They are fantastic – awesome – and it’s really great to have high end microphones supplying the inputs to the desk.”

Slot has been on tour with D-A-D for most of this year, taking in countries such as China and the US as well as plenty of places in Europe.

He says: “D-A-D is incredibly loud so for this tour I wanted to use high end microphones that could really capture the band’s noise and energy. The DPA microphones we have chosen are great and do the job perfectly.”

Originally known as Disneyland After Dark, D-A-D formed in the early 1980s and, apart from one change when Laust Sonne replaced former drummer Peter Lundholm Jensen, it has retained its original line-up. Its international breakthrough came in 1989 when it signed to Warner Bros in the USA. At that point the band was forced to change its name to D-A-D to avoid an impending lawsuit from the Walt Disney Company.

To mic Laust Sonne’s snare drum, Slot is using a combination of a DPA d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid microphones and DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, with the former positioned above the snare and the latter below it. d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are also used to mike the toms, high hat and cymbals, with reinforcement provided by a DPA d:dicate 4011 Compact Cardioid Microphone positioned underneath the cymbals.

“It’s not jazz – it’s very Rock and Roll,” Slot says. “I’ve also used DPA 2011C microphones to pick up Jacob Binzer’s lead guitar. He has two cabinets that give a great combination of clean and dirty sound so I’ve positioned 2011C mics about 12cm from each of the speakers where they work brilliantly.”

Vocals are another area where DPA has come up trumps. Lead singer Jesper Binzer is using a Wisycom wireless system and Slot has equipped this with a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone capsule.

“The mic helps me to stay in control without having to go primal,” Jesper Binzer says, while Slot adds: “It is a really great sounding capsule that truly grasps all the spit and energy of Jesper’s performance. Even when he sings from the side, it grabs the sound and pulls it into the mix.”


Slot adds that with a loud band like D-A-D, lead vocals need to be clearly heard in the mix and initially he thought this might not be feasible with a condenser microphone capsule.

“I didn’t need to worry because the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone capsule is of such good quality that it is more than capable of giving me the sound I want,” he says. “I was really surprised when I tried it for the first time because, usually with condenser microphones, you get feedback issues, especially in the high frequency range. However with the d:facto this just wasn’t a problem. It does what it is supposed to do and there is very little of bleed from the rest of the band, even though the band plays insanely loud.”

Slot is also using d:facto Vocal Microphones for backing vocals, with Jacob Binzer, Stig Pedersen and Laust Sonne all singing into wired versions of the d:facto.

“These microphones are really good at isolating the vocals and they are also happy to take plenty of punishment,” he adds. “The guys do like to ‘eat’ their mics, but the d:facto Vocal Microphones cope with that brilliantly and still deliver a very punchy sound.”

See the interview with Rune Slot and clips from a D-A-D concert at www.dpamicrophones.com/livedad

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

L-ACOUSTICS ARCS WIDE Fills In Grand Canyon University Arena

Clearwing supplies fixed ARCS WIDE system for ‘Lopes basketball games and touring KARA system for concert reinforcement

PHOENIX, Arizona — When Grand Canyon University’s Antelopes men’s and women’s basketball teams joined the Western Athletic Conference this summer and upgraded to Division I, GCU Arena was in need of a sound system retrofit worthy of the new division level. To accommodate, GCU turned to the local Phoenix office of Clearwing Productions, which provided two independent L-ACOUSTICS ARCS WIDE and KARA loudspeaker systems for the 5,000-seat multipurpose venue. more

SOUNDCAST HIRES LINDA VAN ZANTEN’S LVZ INTERNATIONAL For New Business Development Outside of Europe And U.S. Markets

San Diego, CA (August 19, 2013) – Soundcast Systems, award-winning manufacturer of high-performance Bluetooth® and Long-range wireless music systems announces the appointment of Linda van Zanten and LVZ International as its newest addition to its global sales team.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Linda will be responsible for all international customers and territories outside of the Europe and U.S. markets.

Linda van Zanten is well-known in the consumer electronics and custom integration channels with 15+ years of global sales and marketing success with respected brands as Sonance, Triad, Planet Waves, Bitwise Controls and SpeakerCraft where she has consistently grown brand awareness, relationships and revenues.

Soundcast’s president Mike Weaver states, “Linda will bring a heightened level of personal support to our international sales efforts where she will be directly involved with our existing International distribution partners as well as being responsible for developing new business and relationships in key markets and countries. Please join me in welcoming Linda to the Soundcast team.”

The international sales team expansion is an advancement in the company’s aggressive business plan underway that also includes its recently launched Melody, an award-winning Bluetooth portable music system, and BlueCast, its new Bluetooth adapter products-to-market in 2013, future product development, and the infrastructure enhancements underway and support necessary to grow.

Linda van Zanten commented; “After meeting the Soundcast staff and then auditioning their new high-performance wireless Bluetooth products firsthand, I was eager to join the sales team. I see huge potential internationally for Soundcast and I am thrilled!”

The company will continue its accelerated development of new wireless products that best fit the needs of the modern connected world, with many new innovative models slated for 2014 and beyond.

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ABOUT SOUNDCAST SYSTEMS – www.soundcastsystems.com
Located in San Diego, California, Soundcast Systems delivers high performance wireless speakers and solutions. We’re the first in the industry to get it right. That’s because we’ve developed the technology to produce the best wireless range and ultimate audio experience so you can take your music everywhere you go. It’s sound that speaks for itself and literally cuts through the noise of our competitors.

With a full line of Portable Music Systems and Wireless Audio Solutions, backed by over ten years of audio, battery and wireless technology research and development, Soundcast innovations have paved the way for the industry. Featuring a weather-resistant enclosure and industry leading battery life, our products are made for indoors and outdoors all-day play.

Designed to complement your social life, Soundcast goes everywhere you go—from the kitchen counter to the beach, poolside parties and sailing adventures to dinner soirées. Go places.

Soundcast Contact: Mike Weaver • 1 (619) 591-0126 ext. 3038 • mweaver@soundcastsystems.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis • Tel: 1 (713) 665-8758 • email: roberta@robertalewis.com

All rights reserved. All brands and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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Shotoku To Demo Range of Robust Pan & Tilt and VR Tracking Solutions at IBC 2013

IBC Stand 11.F40

Advanced Technologies Target Variety of Applications from OB and Studio To VR and Field Production

Staines, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will be exhibiting a wide range of advanced solutions for a variety of broadcast environments at this year’s IBC2013 show in Stand 11.F40. The Company, recognized for its technologically superior, high performing and robust products, will highlight its various lines of pan & tilt heads, and innovative VR Tracking EFP heads, that target OB, studio, VR, and field production applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to European broadcasters as well as visitors from other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “We have been leading the charge for years in providing advanced manual and robotic camera support, as well as virtual reality tracking solutions, to the broadcast market, and always look forward to reaching professionals worldwide and demonstrating how our product lines work and achieve results in real-world applications.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS
TR-T Control Systems
Shotoku’s leading advanced control system will be shown once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show will be controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system will be shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, will be shown under the control of the TR-S panel.

Gemini Pan Bar Control System
Combining the intuitive control and feel of the manual pan and tilt head with the convenience and capabilities of a remote head, Gemini will be shown for the first time at IBC with the lightweight TG-27 head. This combination is ideal for placing smaller cameras and lenses in locations where a camera man could not conveniently, or safely, be positioned. Total control over the speed and response profile makes Gemini unparalleled in the operation of a remote camera.

MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
SX-300 Pan & Tilt Head
One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX-300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 40kg (88 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX-300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

SG-900 Pan & Tilt Head
Shotoku’s SG-900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG-900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP-200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

SX-300VR Virtual Tracking EFP Head
Shotoku’s new SX-300VR is an ergonomic, precision engineered, high resolution Virtual Tracking pan & tilt head that offers uncompromised operation. Based on decades of extensive VR experience, the outstanding design features a robust and reliable platform for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. The SX-300VR provides high-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance. Like all Shotoku VR systems, the unit combines with the Serial Position Interface (SPI) for frame-synchronized high-resolution data tracking, compatible with all leading VR graphics systems. The VISCAM Fluid-Leaf Drag System supplies smooth continuously adjustable pan & tilt drag with enhanced torque and unparalleled levels of operator control. Capable of supporting payloads up to 40kg (88 lbs.) and available in 4-Bolt, M70 Mitchell, or 150m-ball mount, the SX300VR is an extremely flexible option for a range of studio configurations. The head may be simply mounted on a tripod, or for real-time full 3D tracking, one of Shotoku’s VR pedestals such as the TP-90.

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

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Zylight Showcases Innovative F8 LED Fresnel at IBC 2013

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will showcase its range of LED instruments, including the new F8 LED Fresnel, at IBC 2013 (Stand 11.F56), which runs Sept. 13-17 at Amsterdam RAI. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the compact F8 folds flat – collapsing to less than four inches thick – for easy transport and storage.

With a CRI (color rendering index) of 97 or better, the fully dimmable F8 offers and adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees) for even coverage for widescreen productions. It maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

The F8’s LED engine with quantum dot technology provides a cooler, more energy efficient light than traditional Fresnel instruments, but does not compromise performance. While it draws only 100 watts, it has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery.

“We’ve designed the F8 to be a versatile, rugged light for studio and location work,” said Joe Arnao, president. “It’s bright like an HMI but better suited for run-and-gun news ENG applications – you just snap on a battery and go. In the studio, the F8 saves space and costs less to operate than traditional Fresnels.”

Like other Zylight models, the F8 is also equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. As a result, several F8s can be grouped together and linked for unique lighting scenarios. The F8 can also be controlled via DMX.

The F8 includes a five-year warranty on the LED engine, and ships with barn doors and yoke mount. Additional accessories are available separately.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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Sennheiser Delivers Unplugged Studio Performances During The Newport Folk Festival®, Bringing an Additional, Intimate Stage to Newport

Newport, RI – August 19, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser once again created a truly unique performance environment at the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins during this year’s Newport Folk Festival®. In cooperation with Paste Magazine, Sennheiser hosted performances by Amanda Palmer, The Milk Carton Kids, Justin Townes Earle, Langhorne Slim and many others over the course of the nationally renowned three-day festival.

Sennheiser recorded and broadcast the performances to thousands of attending fans between Friday, June 26th and Sunday, June 28th using state of the art quality microphones, wireless systems and headphones from Sennheiser and an array of studio microphones from its German subsidiary, Neumann. Videos of the performances will be posted and shared on Sennheiser’s social outlets, including Facebook [www.facebook.com/SennheiserUSA] and YouTube [www.youtube.com/sennheiserusa] over the coming days and weeks. Watch for updates and more information on Sennheiser’s Twitter page [www.twitter.com/SennheiserUSA].

“We don’t just participate in events in the traditional and often static way,” said Stefanie Rei-chert, strategic marketing, Sennheiser. “We always look to create added value and deliver a deep and meaningful sound experience that only Sennheiser can deliver. We managed to do exactly that in Newport, and in the process we made several new friends who will not forget these special performances for a long while.”

Premium Technology Delivers Unique Experience, Adding Value to Newport

This is the second year in a row that Sennheiser and Paste Magazine have collaborated on these performances at Newport. The company’s proprietary wireless technology, paired with the historic and alluring atmosphere of the Fort Adams Ruins, evoke an atypical musical experience that fans cannot experience anywhere else. Many of the artists performed in an unplugged fashion, so audiences could experience the music in its most natural and pure form; for many attendees, this was a highlight of the festival.

“It was a privilege to once again welcome Sennheiser to the Newport Folk Festival®,” com-mented Jay Sweet, producer of the Newport Folk Festival®. “For the second year in a row, the inclusion of the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins truly enhanced the festival expe-rience for all guests and musicians alike. And, thanks to the quality footage, even those who could not attend can experience the unique sounds, sights and vibe that make the Newport Folk Festival® unlike any other festival, or place, on earth.”

Nick Purdy, publisher of Paste, added: “At Paste we love to show more than we love to tell – matching Newport Folk’s stellar lineup to Sennheiser’s headphones give us a chance to give music fans an experience they’ll never forget.”

As music fans such as those attending Newport become more sophisticated in their own musi-cal tastes, they are also becoming more demanding in how they listen to music. Sennheiser is able to deliver an authentic, high quality listening experience through the use of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, as well as through its unmatched wireless and headphone expertise. The result is a listening experience worthy of both the most discriminating fan’s passion for mu-sic, and the artist’s unrelenting craftsmanship.

Fans who were not able to attend the festival in person will soon be able to experience the music through high-definition video and the very same microphone feeds that were used during the actual performances.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless trans-mission 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, Con-necticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engi-neering 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.

Photo captions:
1. Amanda Palmer performs at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at the The Newport Folk Festival®, 2013.
2. Fans wearing Sennheiser headphones enjoyed intimate performances by their favorite artists at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at the The Newport Folk Festival®.
3. The Lone Bellow performs at the Sennheiser Lounge at the Paste Ruins at The Newport Folk Festival®, 2013.

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Almo Professional A/V Launches New Series of Buysing Guides

Almo Professional A/V Launches New Series of Buying Guides

Includes Expert Information for Use as Educational and Sales Tools; Guides Focus on Digital Signage, Interactive Technologies and Video Walls

Philadelphia, PA — August 19, 2013 — As part of its leadership role in providing professional AV partners with valuable educational resources, Almo Professional A/V today launched a new series of Buying Guides that focus on Digital Signage, Interactive Technologies and Video Walls. The new guides feature a wealth of information, ranging from trends and industry expert articles to planning and budgeting tips. All of the new guides are available for download from the Almo Professional A/V website.

“The guides were created to give our partners a leg up on selling, installing and growing in our industry’s most viable market categories,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “As the only distributor to offer a fleet of six specialized Business Development Managers, each one of our Buying Guides includes trends that each of them are seeing in the industry, as well as tips on ways to address these trends.”

According to Craigmyle, this fall, Almo Pro A/V will produce another series of Buying Guides, covering topics such as 4K displays, LED technology and more.

Loaded with features from insiders that have their fingers on the pulse of the AV industry, the Almo Pro A/V Buying Guides include invaluable information about the newest industry technology, how-to steps to change the direction of a business, application stories, best practices, product model information, benefits to using the different technologies, installation tips and more. To access the Almo Pro A/V Buying Guides, go to http://www.almoproav.com/gettheguides/.

About Almo Professional A/V’s Business Development Managers
Almo holds the unique position as the only distributor to offer its partners a highly specialized fleet of six Business Development Managers. Each one brings a multitude of expertise, such as technical knowledge, system design assistance, in-depth brand/product knowledge, bid and project registration capability and a direct line to all of the top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 888.420.2566 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Bannister Lake Partners with NextComputing to Provide MLSE with Powerful Portable Broadcast Workstations

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, August 19, 2013Bannister Lake and NextComputing team up to provide Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) Ltd. with portable broadcast graphics workstations running BL Score Bug, a powerful real-time scoring and game status display system for live sports broadcasts.

MLSE is using BL Score Bugs for home game coverage at the Air Canada Centre as well as away games for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, throughout the season.

Together, Bannister Lake and NextComputing deliver simultaneous SD and HDTV graphics, extensive broadcast-quality layouts, support for 3D animations and transitions, game titling elements, statistics, standings, scores, and clocks, all bundled into a convenient grab-and-go mobile workstation package.

“The Radius mobile graphics system is a broadcast graphics powerhouse. It offers all the power of a large rack mount system in a convenient, compact chassis. Easy to set up, easy to break down, and easy to move quickly to the next game without compromising on graphic power or quality,” stated Danny Ljubisic, Director of Business Development at Bannister Lake.

NextComputing Radius workstations deliver portable power. These lightweight systems are field tested for broadcast reliability by some of the largest sports broadcasters. Their modular design makes upgrading easy and affordable, and their small form-factor chassis is easier and less expensive to transport than traditional tower or rack servers.

“It’s no longer necessary to sacrifice performance and functionality for computer portability. Radius’ flexible, open-standards design means customers can run multiple software solutions on a single hardware platform anywhere, at any time,” stated Aaron Sherman, Director of Marketing at NextComputing.

About NextComputing
NextComputing is a US-based manufacturer of high-performance computing platforms, with solutions that feature enterprise-class workstation and server architecture in the smallest and lightest systems available. Visit www.nextcomputing.com for more information.

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit us online: www.bannisterlake.com

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DVEO to Demonstrate Comprehensive IP Stream 24/7 Monitoring System with ETR 290 Analysis, Error Logging, and Alarms At IBC 2013

True Check IP Analyzer

True Check IP Analyzer

San Diego, California — August 19, 2013 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will demonstrate their IP monitor and transport stream analyzer system at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 13-17, at Stand 2.A34.

The True Check™ is a remotely operated monitoring platform for verifying the quality of digital audio and video services delivered over IP networks. It is now shipping to broadcasters, cable operators, and streaming video content producers.

Designed for 24/7 operation, the system is suitable for monitoring MPEG-2/H.264 programs delivered over the Internet, as well as head-end equipment that uses IP for video transport.

The True Check simultaneously monitors up to 60 transport streams. It provides IP layer analysis and MPEG-2 transport layer analysis, plus analysis on Ethernet inputs, and key frame decoding and service profiling.

When the system detects errors, it logs them and automatically sends emails or SMS to technicians, according to the system configuration. The alarm triggers can be set based on the overall transport stream quality score or specific errors. Technicians can connect to the monitoring device remotely, analyze the transport stream in detail, and investigate the error conditions and status, in real time or after the fact.

“Our customers are very enthusiastic about this hybrid IP video and MPEG analyzer,” commented Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “The True Check monitors all media flows in the network, and performs extensive tests on standard compliance and user profile matching. We recommend it to content providers, cable, or mobile companies who need to monitor their IPTV services.”

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Supports UDP and RTP/UDP protocols
  • Monitors all services on GigE input
  • Simultaneously monitors up to 60 transport streams
  • Calculates MDI (Media Delivery Index) on all services
  • Supports MPEG-2 and H.264 video compression standards
  • Supports both MPTS & SPTS
  • Decodes MPEG-2 and H.264 video thumbnails
  • Real-time comprehensive MPEG TS layer analysis
  • Standard compliance based on ETR 101 290 and ATSC A-78
  • Bandwidth utilization and PID monitoring
  • PCR clock analysis
  • Elementary stream buffer analysis
  • Real-time video and audio program decoding
  • Real-time PSI/SI table decoding
  • EPG decoding and display
  • Transport stream error summary with a single quality score
  • Multicast support with IGMP Join/Leave capability
  • User defined profile matching
  • Configurable thresholds and alarm setting
  • Audio/Video loss, frozen frame, and black frame detection
  • MPEG transport stream recording and playback
  • User-friendly and intuitive user interface
  • Full-featured remote client application, including remote video rendering
  • Database for error logging and after-facts analysis
  • Email and/or SMS alarm
  • Android App for accessing the monitoring application from a mobile device

    Suggested Retail Price:
    True Check IP Analyzer: $4,500 to $14,995 U.S.

    DVEO and True Check are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About CMI and DVEO
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

    DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
    Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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