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RTI Now Shipping T2x Wireless Controller

Fifth-Generation Remote Features Three Built-In Wireless Modes, Grip Sensors, Accelerometer, and Edge-to-Edge Touchscreen

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Sept. 5, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) announced today that it is now shipping the fifth generation of its popular T2 wireless control interface: the T2x. In addition to a thinner, sleeker, and more ergonomic design, the T2x adds a number of innovative new features to take the user experience to unprecedented levels. more

CIMM and SMPTE Take Critical Next Step Toward Industry Adoption of a UPC for All Professional Video Content and Ads

Study Group Session Including Networks, Advertisers, and Engineers Meets to Explore Binding of Unique Content Identifiers to Media

NEW YORK — Sept. 3, 2013 — The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM) and the Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) today announced they have commenced work on a critical next step toward widespread industry adoption of Ad-ID and Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR) coding for all advertising and video content assets. At the center of this effort is the establishment of the optimal open standard technical solution for the actual binding of Ad-ID and EIDR identifiers to video assets. The media industry currently has no standardized, open method of directly associating content identifiers with the audiovisual content itself.

CIMM’s advocacy platform, commonly known as Trackable Asset Cross-Platform Identification (TAXI), calls for all sides of the media ecosystem to coalesce around unique identifying codes — similar to the ubiquitous Universal Product Codes (UPC) used in many other industries. These codes are provided by either Ad-ID, the industry standard for identifying advertising assets across all media platforms, or EIDR, a global registry for unique identification of movie and TV content.

Participating organizations that embrace the Ad-ID or EIDR coding as well as CIMM and SMPTE’s forthcoming open standard technical solution can better monetize video assets across distribution platforms, increase efficiency and accuracy of media workflows, and improve cross-platform media measurement by making it easier to track assets across television, broadband, and mobile video.

“Today, the transfer of content throughout the media ecosystem is rife with thousands of siloed, proprietary avenues that have resulted in massive inefficiencies, errors, and waste,” said CIMM Managing Director Jane Clarke. “The growing support for the TAXI initiative is a testament to the frustration with the existing system and a sincere willingness to effect change.”

As part of this initiative, CIMM and SMPTE formed a study group comprising CIMM members and representatives from media organizations, ad agencies, and vendors who are meeting regularly to discuss the issues and challenges, and ultimately, to agree on the best binding process to enact. The study group held its first session on Aug. 13, and the discussion focused on creating a roadmap to define such things as use cases, technical requirements, and binding technology candidates, all of which will provide valuable input to the group’s expected report. The outcome will be a key next step for the TAXI initiative and successful industry-wide adoption.

“We are fully supportive of the effort underway to implement a UPC type of embedded identification for professional video content and advertisements,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “We are eager to lend our engineering expertise to support such an important endeavor and we are looking forward to evaluating potential technical solutions in the months ahead.”

Part of the group’s Charter is to author a request for information (RFI), soliciting input from the industry at large for approaches to binding IDs to media.

Technical solution providers are encouraged to participate and can contact the study group Chair Chris Lennon, at clennon@medianswers.tv.

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About CIMM
The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM) is comprised of leading video content providers, media agencies and advertisers that aim to promote innovation and foster efficiencies in audience measurement for television and cross-platform video. CIMM explores and identifies new methodologies in audience measurement and verifies these approaches through a series of pilot tests and studies conducted with independent measurement companies. CIMM’s primary focus is on two key areas: the current and future potential of television measurement through the use of return-path data, and new methods for cross-platform media measurement. www.cimm-us.org

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. SMPTE members include motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Extron Scaling Receiver for XTP Systems Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP SR HDMI, an HDCP-compliant scaling receiver that accepts HDMI, DVI, RGB, HD component video, and standard definition video signals from XTP devices. The receiver provides selectable output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K, to scale the video to the optimal output resolution for the display. In addition to high performance video, it accepts audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet for transmission up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. Its many integrator-friendly features, including Key Minder, EDID Minder, picture controls, on-screen menus, audio controls, and internal test patterns, help streamline installation. The features and capabilities of the XTP SR HDMI make it ideal for XTP Systems that require precise and reliable scaling of video to digital displays. more

Christie Virtual Remote Projector App Now Available on Android Operating System

Christie® further enhances its value add portfolio with today’s launch of the Christie Virtual Remote projector app, providing an alternative to the standard IR remote control. Designed for the Android operating system, Christie Virtual Remote provides wireless control of all Christie 3-chip DLP® projectors in the popular Christie M Series and Christie J Series projector families.

Christie Virtual Remote is ideal for applications including live events, trade shows, and projection mapping. Users in fixed installation applications such as boardrooms and classrooms, houses of worship, government facilities, and museums will also enjoy the convenience of controlling one or more projectors wirelessly from their Android smartphone or tablet.

“The Christie Virtual Remote app provides a Wi-Fi projector control alternative, while maintaining all the capabilities of the standard IR remote. The app also offers a visual interface of all connected projectors and the ability to save and load projector groups,” said Joel St-Denis, value add product manager, Christie. “It’s very versatile and can be used from anywhere. Users can scan for available projectors on the network to add them to a group, or manually type in the IP address of the desired projector.”

Christie Virtual Remote supports all capabilities of a standard IR remote including:
- Single or multiple projector control
- Projector discovery
- Full access to complete projector On-Screen Display menu
- Projector on/off
- Shutter on/off
- Test pattern selection
- Input selection
- Zoom and focus
- Lens control
- Color matching

The Christie Virtual Remote is a free download available now from Google Play.

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X2O Media Signage Goes Live at Singapore’s Latest Performing Arts Center

The Star Performing Arts Centre Features More Than 100 Digital Screens to Provide Broadcast-Quality Live Streaming, Wayfinding Signs, Event Promotions, and Meeting Room Information

MONTREAL — Sept. 5, 2013 — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for real-time visual communication applications, today announced its implementation of award-winning X2O Media software at Singapore’s latest performing arts venue — The Star Performing Arts Centre (The Star PAC). The software platform drives information to more than 100 digital signage screens across the nine-level state-of-the-art complex, including broadcast-quality live events streaming, wayfinding capabilities, upcoming event promotions, and dynamic meeting room information. more

New FORK 4.5 by Primestream Allows Users to Visualize Workflows

Content Creators Now Can Design and Automate Production Processes Across Multiple Departments With Workflow Manager 1.0

MIAMI — Sept. 3, 2013 — Primestream(R) today released FORK(TM) 4.5, the latest version of its acclaimed FORK Production Suite for managing and automating broadcast workflows. FORK 4.5 features Workflow Manager(TM) 1.0, a new add-on module for designing internal video production processes across multiple departments of an organization. Simplifying task management enables content creators to focus on decision-making, communicating, and creating — while connecting administrators, engineers, and support staff to the workflow for staying informed and controlling the efficiency of the production process. FORK 4.5 with Workflow Manager is suited for all IT infrastructures, including broadcast, postproduction, and corporate enterprise.

“Operations run more efficiently when managers can see everything that’s going on in the system and track all the tasks under the system’s control, which is exactly what we designed Workflow Manager to do,” said Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO. “Now managers have a comprehensive overview of their operations that shows and logs the what, when, who, and where of every step in a process — information that can help improve workflows and increase productivity.”

Workflow Manager allows users to design, control, and automate production processes that span multiple departments and groups within the organization. This capability enables the module to:

*Improve communication and response time from engineering and support staff
*Provide a global view of the tasks and processes being worked on
*Assign tasks to specific groups or users
*Log every step of the process with information for analytics

In addition to the new Workflow Manager module, FORK 4.5 features further enhancements to codec support and third-party hardware, as well as craft editor integrations. FORK features new archiving workflows with SGL(R), Quantum(R), and Atempo(R) — so FORK users can continue to navigate/browse, search, and filter through content inside Content Navigator(TM), even when media is offline. Other benefits include partial file restore and LTO robotics control. FORK 4.5 also features “edit-while-capturing” workflows with popular craft editors such as Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro, Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R), and Avid(R) Media Composer(R). Robust four-channel HD Playout solutions utilizing FORK Live Assist(TM), together with Cisco(R) Unified Computing Server(R) (UCS) and Harmonic(R) MediaGrid, will also be on display. FORK is available for Mac(R) and Windows(R) OS as well as mixed hybrid environments.

Primestream will demonstrate FORK 4.5 with Workflow Manager at IBC2013 in Stand 7.D21. FORK 4.5 will be available in the fourth quarter. More information is available by contacting Primestream’s local resellers and integrators or by visiting primestream.com.

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About Primestream
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM), and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink service providers, digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORKWorkflow-Manager1.0.zip

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Haivision To Showcase HEVC/H.265 Encoding and New Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) Technology at IBC 2013

Haivision’s Secure Reliable Transport with HEVC Provides Optimal Video Quality and Improves Performance Over Unpredictable Networks and Public Internet Connections

MONTREAL, QUEBEC — September 5, 2013 — At IBC 2013, Haivision’s technology research group – HaiGear Labs – will showcase end-to-end live streaming of HEVC/H.265 in combination with the company’s newly developed Secure Reliable Transport (SRT™) technology.

HEVC (high-efficiency video coding) H.265 codec will deliver significantly higher quality and efficiency to video streaming at any bitrate compared to H.264/MPEG-4. Haivision’s research and development team has been very active with the standard and will demonstrate live baseband HD HEVC/H.265 encoding and live IP-to-IP HD HEVC/H.264 transcoding. For video backhaul challenges, combining HEVC encoding and transcoding is essential to maximize video quality and to assure stream ubiquity.

As part of Haivision’s demonstrations of future technologies, HaiGear Labs will also introduce SRT, an end-to-end transport technology that addresses the challenges associated with reliable transport of content across the Internet. SRT is designed to optimize video streaming performance over networks by providing security, resiliency and dynamic endpoint adjustments based on real-time network conditions. Currently in beta trials, SRT is part of a video stream workflow providing encryption, recovery from severe packet loss, detection of real-time network performance and dynamic endpoint adjustments for optimal stream performance and quality.

As HEVC is expected to provide higher image quality over constricted networks, SRT can enhance this application by optimizing stream performance over all network types. HaiGear Labs will show how HEVC and SRT can be used together to provide optimal video quality and performance over unpredictable networks.

“HEVC squeezes the most from the network – greater bandwidth efficiencies and video quality – while SRT tames the transport of that content,” said Peter Maag, chief marketing officer, Haivision. “Combined, these new technologies present a quantum improvement for video transport. Furthermore, SRT will provide a critical framework for all Internet transmissions in Haivision’s end-to-end ecosystem of video solutions.”

In the initial implementation, Havision’s encoders will feature SRT technology to allow for transport of high quality, low latency video across Internet connections. The first Haivision solutions to include SRT will be the Makito X series of H.264 video encoders and decoders, and KulaByte, Haivision’s Internet encoder/transcoder for streaming live events and OTT broadcast channels.

Haivision will preview HEVC over SRT technology at IBC 2013 (Stand #14.482) and at HaiSchool Live, Haivision’s IBC interactive session theater at the nearby Holiday Inn in the Madison Room (De Boelelaan 2 Amsterdam, 1083 HJ Netherlands).

About Haivision
Haivision delivers end-to-end solutions for streaming, encoding, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military industries. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago with regional offices in Austin, Tx; Atlanta, Ga.; Portland, Or.; Washington D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

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Haivision Press Contact:
Jennifer Gazin
PR and Communications Manager
Tel: +1 (514) 334-5445
Email: jgazin@haivision.com

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Christie FHD461-X Ultra-Narrow Bezel Flat Panel Delivers More Vibrant, Sharper Images for Near Seamless Video Walls

Christie® continues to satisfy market needs for near seamless video wall flat-panel solutions with today’s introduction of the versatile Christie FHD461-X. Perfectly suited for space-limited installations; signage in museums, universities, corporate spaces, broadcast sets and retail environments, as well as monitoring applications such as security and surveillance, the Christie FHD461-X is the definitive choice with its ultra-narrow (5.4 millimeter) bezel and 3-inch depth. Delivering crisp, detailed images and high brightness with full HD resolution, the Christie FHD461-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a complete, interactive digital experience.

Videowall Composed of Christie FHD461-X Ultra-Narrow Bezel Flat Panels


The sleek, elegant and competitively priced Christie FHD461-X has 10-bit color for richer, more vivid images, higher (4000:1) contrast ratio for deeper blacks, and a shallower depth compared with other flat panels in its category. With its LED backlighting and high pixel density for sharper, more vibrant images from any distance, the Christie FHD461-X provides the brightness, and picture clarity needed for any indoor environment. Energy efficient and ENERGY STAR® qualified, the Christie FHD461-X features low power consumption at 105W (typical) for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

“Every digital display installation is unique and with the Christie FHD461-X, our customers now have a 46-inch ultra-narrow bezel flat panel solution with a thin profile to fit those tighter spaces where required,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “The Christie FHD461-X offers rich, superior color reproduction and high contrast ratio for an image that really jumps out at the viewer.”

Benefits of Christie FHD461-X LCD Flat Panel

- Superior image quality for visuals that ‘pop’ with the highest contrast ratio and color depth of any 46-inch SNB flat panel.
- At three inches, it is the shallowest panel in the 46-inch SNB category and complies with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for an installed depth under 4 inches.
- More natural touch interface and no lost pixels/data – near seamless video wall with smallest bezel-to-bezel width for any 46-inch Super Narrow Bezel (SNB) flat panel.
- Energy efficient / ENERGY STAR qualified – low power consumption at 105W (typical) for maximum sustainability.
- Portrait or landscape supported.
- Can stretch single video source over multiple panels.
- Christie is the only display manufacturer to offer a fully modular multi-touch interactive solution (Christie Interactivity Kit) specifically designed for tiled video walls.

“The Christie experience is one of renowned quality, innovation and service across the entire digital display technology spectrum and we are proud to add the Christie FHD461-X to our family of solutions,” Heslett concluded.

The Christie FHD461-X debuts at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Hall 9 Booth 9.C17 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 13-17, and is now shipping with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

Riedel Communications Supports AVnu Alliance at the AVB@IBC Conference

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Sept. 3, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced its participation in the AVB@IBC Conference, scheduled for Sept. 15 in conjunction with IBC2013 in Amsterdam. The conference will feature keynotes from industry-leading AVnu Alliance members such as Todd Acree, director of product management at Extreme Networks, and Jan Eveleens, CEO of Axon Group, who will discuss the many benefits that broadcasters and other media-focused companies can realize in working with the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) standard.

Hosted by the AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies AVB products for interoperability, the free conference will offer an overview of AVB Ethernet standards for broadcast infrastructures and the advantages of using AVB’s highly reliable converged-media and data infrastructure in demanding broadcast applications. The conference will also feature a discussion by leading technology suppliers about the benefits and impact of AVB on live production.

“Ethernet-based data transport has traditionally been associated with network applications supporting media servers or data transport, but the standards underlying Ethernet protocols offer a host of additional possibilities for the transport of communications and media data,” said Henning Kaltheuner, head of product management at Riedel Communications. “During the AVB@IBC Conference, attendees will get a straightforward explanation of how to implement and leverage AVB systems to streamline and simplify their operations.”

The two-hour conference will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room E106-107 at the RAI in Amsterdam. Entry is free, and no conference pass is required.

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

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About AVnu Alliance
The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and build an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices. The aim is to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience. Further information is available at www.avnu.org.

About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Kaltheuner.zip

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GUITAR CENTER APPOINTS GENE JOLY AS NEW PRESIDENT OF MUSICIAN’S FRIEND

Kevin Kazubowski to succeed Joly as Senior Vice President of Stores for Guitar Center

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

GC veteran Gene Joly appointed to accelerate growth at Musician’s Friend division.
Longtime store ops executive Kevin Kazubowski to succeed Joly as new Senior Vice President of Stores for Guitar Center.

(September 4, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center (GC), the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, has named longtime GC executive Gene Joly as the new President of its Musician’s Friend (MF) division. MF is the largest direct-response retailer of musical instruments and professional audio equipment in the U.S. The announcement was made by Mike Pratt, Guitar Center Chief Executive Officer, and further underscores GC’s long-term strategic multi-channel business model.

In his new position, Joly will be responsible for guiding the direction of Musician’s Friend while capitalizing on his extensive experience in merchandising, vendor relations, distribution, supply management and direct marketing. Prior to his appointment, Joly was Guitar Center’s Executive Vice President of Stores, a position he held since 2008. Replacing Gene as the new Senior Vice President of stores will be longtime GC ops vet Kevin Kazubowski.

“There’s no doubt that Gene is the man to lead Musician’s Friend and our Music 123 Business into a bold new direction as 2014 approaches. Over his 38-year career in the M.I. industry, he has earned the respect and trust of our entire organization and countless others across our industry. I’m looking forward to watching Gene put his own unique stamp on the company as its next President, and I wish him continued success.” Mike Pratt – CEO, Guitar Center

“The opportunity to lead Musician’s Friend is both exciting and bittersweet for me. Over the last 5 years, I’ve been hard at work on a host of transformational business projects with the help of an exceptional Guitar Center team. These folks mean a great deal to me. At the same time I relish the opportunity to work with my new MF team, which includes some of the all-time greats from the Medford, OR campus. We’re going to take the direct business to a whole new level.”Gene Joly – President, Musician’s Friend

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