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BLASTED AROUND THE CLOCK BY SALT AIR DANLEY OS-80 HIGH-FIDELITY WEATHERPROOF SPEAKERS DELIVER SONIC CLARITY AT NEW TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI OUTDOOR STADIUM

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 2013: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is situated on Ward Island, braced on one side by Oso Bay and on the other side by Corpus Christi Bay. With some of the highest average wind speeds in the nation, the entire campus possesses a maritime atmosphere (read: “salty sea spray air, 24/7”) that inspired the nickname for its students: Islanders. Thus, when it came time to specify loudspeakers that would remain outside around the clock at the new $9 million Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium, A/V design firm Anthony James Partners specified Danley Sound Labs’ new OS-80 loudspeaker. The OS-80 delivers the exceptional fidelity and pattern control that are the hallmarks of Tom Danley’s innovative loudspeaker designs in a fully-weatherproof housing.

Anthony James Partners was asked to join the project only a few months before it was slated for completion – a very tight time frame – and to make matters tighter, no one bid on the design. For many years prior, the Corpus Christi branch of Network Cabling Services had worked successfully with the university on its networking infrastructure, and when the university learned that Network Cabling Services had an A/V team at another branch office, it saw the solution to its installation dilemma. “We walked the stadium in late June and the project had an August 1st deadline for completion,” explained James Daniels, systems integrator with Network Cabling Services. “It was a super tight timeline, and Danley Sound Labs came through – as they always do – on time.”

The Danley OS-80 shares the same patented Synergy Horn technology of Danley’s SH-Series loudspeakers, which gives it an even frequency and phase response, tight pattern control, seamless array-ability, and vastly improved clarity and intelligibility over conventional designs. In addition, the OS-80 is engineered to function without compromise in driving rain, freezing cold, and, most germane here, maritime air. “The Danley OS-80 is sealed up tight,” said Daniels, who took one apart. “There’s an O-ring at the split, and there’s no other place where moisture can get in. That’s critical on Ward Island, where these loudspeakers will be berated by salty wind 18 out of every 24 hours, year in and year out.”

The design features ten Danley OS-80s. Four OS-80s hang side-by-side on the press box to cover the main grandstand, which seats approximately 750. Two more OS-80s hang off the side of the press box in a near-field/far-field configuration to cover a gathering area. Two OS-80s hang off the field house in a near-field/far-field configuration to cover the long jump and pole-vault area. And the final pair was made to be a portable rig that could be set up and integrated for different occasions and specific areas that were not covered by the installed sound system. “The system is spread out, with each loudspeaker covering specific areas,” said Daniels. “To do it any other way would have risked noise pollution at adjacent buildings and facilities.”

Inputs to the system include three field boxes, each with four microphone inputs and two communications inputs, along with press box microphones and audio playback devices. The inputs feed a patch panel and a 16-channel Allen & Heath MixWizard analog console. The console outputs to a QSC Q-Sys Core 250i DSP system. QSC PL-Series and CX-Series amplifiers power the system. “Strictly speaking, the Danley OS-80s are not being powered up to their program rating,” said Daniels. “We just didn’t need to project as far as they’re capable of. Nevertheless, the system sounds incredible – the intelligibility and clarity are phenomenal. We performed a test with a wireless microphone. We were about 650 feet away and the time delay meant that we were halfway through a sentence when it came back to us. We could hear and understand everything perfectly. It was crystal clear.” And this, from a fully-weatherized loudspeaker!

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

SMPTE Awards ‘Fellow’ Status to 14 Exemplary Members of Motion Picture, TV, and Related Industries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Sept. 6, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, has awarded the Fellow grade of SMPTE membership to 14 industry leaders. Fellow status is conferred upon individuals who have, by proficiency and contributions, attained an outstanding rank among engineers or executives in the motion picture, television, or related industries. more

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Joseph Fiber Solutions at IBC2013:

The Caddie Series by Joseph Fiber Solutions
Designed to reduce setup and tear-down time while providing all the signal transport necessary to streamline live video acquisition workflows, the Caddie Series by Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS) maximizes the amount of time camera operators can spend on production and content. The series contains 13 different stageboxes — each contained in a portable, flypack-friendly package — that have been optimally configured to meet the demands of different types of events. The innovative, JFS-exclusive OPTC port on all camera caddies allows operators to daisy-chain additional Caddie systems in the series on a single camera cable. All feeds and returns ride on the original camera cable and can be deployed to distances of up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) with local power, or up to 1,600 feet (500 meters) when powered remotely from the base station. The rugged, reliable Caddie units are easy to set up and troubleshoot, thanks to their modular structure and Bluebell Opticom transport modules.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/JFS/CameraCaddie.zip
Photo Caption: JFS Camera Caddie

4K Replay Caddie by Joseph Fiber Solutions
Based on customer requests and encompassing equipment from five different broadcast hardware manufacturers, the Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS) 4K Replay Caddie provides a cost-effective and painless way to incorporate the advantages of 4K into today’s sports broadcast acquisition environments. The 4K Replay Caddie includes the exceptional Sony PMW-F55 4K camera equipped with a Fujinon PL Series zoom lens, JFS’ own innovative Studio Caddie-4K, a Dell computer, and Aja’s Corvid Ultra high-frame-rate chassis and Ki Pro Quad file-based recorder. The combination provides for stunning live-footage capture, replay with PTZ, archiving, and live playout at half the cost of other systems. It all runs on one standard SMPTE hybrid cable (LEMO or OpticalCON), is easy to set up, and performs in every broadcast environment, including full control via the Sony RMB-750. The Bluebell Opticom-based modular infrastructure in the Studio Caddie allows for easy add-ons or system expansion.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/JFS/4KReplay.zip
Photo Caption: JFS 4K Replay Caddie

Also on Display From Bluebell Opticom Limited:
*The PW140 is a universal 10G/3G SDI signal transport over fiber in a compact 1-RU frame. The initial base configuration supports up to six bidirectional HD-SDI signals over two fibers, or when using CWDM, up to 96 HD-SDI signals per fiber.

*Net Caddie is a new compact camera interface that uses revolutionary “Stagebox by BBC Research and Development” technology. Net Caddie allows HD-SDI to be injected directly into a standard network environment, bringing IP to the camera. Net Caddie transforms the entire camera’s bidirectional linear control, audio, and video signals into packet-based IP protocols, all on a single Cat6 cable, to simplify workflows and rigging.

*The new BlueLite and Caddie-LB 3G are specifically designed for outside broadcast and deployable applications.

Joseph Fiber Solutions Quote:
“IBC is where we come to meet our European partners and customers. The show is critical to our strategic marketing goals and provides us with a great opportunity to meet with current and future customers to discuss their needs for fiber transport. This year’s attendees will see powerful, flexible designs that make live broadcast productions easier while taking today’s economic challenges into account.”
– Gideon Uys, Director, Joseph Fiber Solutions

Bluebell Opticom Quote:
“JFS is a great addition to our stand at IBC2013. Its products and support have been invaluable to Bluebell’s continued success. Gideon Uys and Carl Roszczybiuk have more than 50 years of live broadcast experience between them, and it really shows in the solutions that they and their team put together.”
– Mark Townsend, VP of sales, Bluebell Opticom Limited

Company Overview:

Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), a wholly owned division of Joseph Electronics Inc., offers consultation, design, and integration of fiber-optic systems for broadcast and pro A/V applications. JFS represents 16 select high-end fiber manufacturers and also creates innovative custom solutions — such as the Caddie Series, Live-Link, and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JFS has representatives in California, Texas, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about JFS is available at www.jfstv.com. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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At IBC 2013, DVEO to Demonstrate “DOZER” IP Video Traffic Shaping Technology for Optimal Video Over Public Internet

 DOZERbox IP IP

DOZERbox IP IP

San Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will demonstrate their IP video traffic shaping technology at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 13-17, at Stand 2.A34. The technology is available in a system as the DOZERbox IP IP™, and as a software license — the Media Dozer: LIC™.

In most regions of the world, public internet infrastructure is not reliable and drops video packets. Public routers do not prioritize video traffic well enough. The DOZERbox and Media Dozer: LIC route video through the public internet in a unique way. They “bulldoze” through slow and congested routers and allow IPTV operators and Over The Top video providers to improve their video distribution — by enabling smooth low delay, high definition, and adaptive video streaming.

The DOZERbox and Media Dozer: LIC offer dependable distribution of MPEG-2 or H.264 SPTS or MPTS transport streams over average quality internet backbones. Typically sold in pairs, the DOZERbox gateways are more cost effective than private point to point internet connections and stream through most firewalls. The Media Dozer: LIC application software is available as an add-on for DVEO’s encoder and gateway appliances, including the Proxicaster™, MultiStreamer™, MPEG Gearbox™, MultiStreamer Brutus™, MPEG Magnus™, and D-Streamer™ product lines. It is also available as a license for customers’ own devices.

“This technology is ideal for CDNs, broadcasters, mobile operators, and telcos who deploy critical UDP streams across the public internet with the goal to be competitive,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “Customers in the USA use Dozer technology to import video content from Greece, Iraq, Colombia, and Bangladesh – with no packet loss or video freezes, and lower latency.”

When Media Dozer: LIC is added to DVEO systems such as the MultiStreamer™ encoder or MPEG Magnus™ transcoder, the original content can be encoded or transcoded and converted to different IP protocols such as RTMP, RTSP, HLS, etc., before it is processed by the Media Dozer: LIC application.

When video will be transmitted and received from the same location, two separate systems are recommended for transmitting and receiving, for optimum video streaming.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Supports both HD and SD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 encoded streams
  • Supports unusual video routing protocols
  • Guaranteed packet delivery with UDP protocol with 20% packet drop
  • Supports IP UDP unicast and multicast, in or out
  • Uses proprietary and sophisticated data and streaming management algorithms in order to optimize traffic that traverses across managed switches and routers
  • Transparently transmits Multicast or Unicast UDP/RTP transport streams (MPEG-2 TS) from one network to another across any internet connection
  • Supports any MPTS or SPTS stream with any compliant codec inside (H.264, MPEG-2, AAC, etc.)
  • Will not alter the internal structure of the transport stream (PAT, PMT, etc.)
  • IP address and Port can be remapped to different ones if necessary in the remote network
  • Proprietary protocol is resistant to packet loss and corrects for internet jitter and packet reordering
  • Private Line between devices supports AES-128 encryption and compression
  • Configurable destination port on listener for firewall traversal
  • Can be configured for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint functionality
  • Supports dual destination in primary/backup configuration for redundant setups
  • Each device can be configured as a sender, a receiver, or both
  • One sender can connect to up to 4 receiver devices
  • Each device can have up to 8 separate receiver profiles, each capable of receiving up to 250 simultaneous clients (senders)
  • Each connected client (sender) is authenticated with a user name and password for additional security
  • SNMP, REST, SOAP support
  • Certified with numbers generated with WAN Emulator Appliance testing
  • Coming soon: “MICRO” DOZERbox based on Intel® NUC
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    Media Dozer: LIC: $1,000 to $1,500 U.S. each
    DOZERbox IP IP: $2,500 U.S.

    DVEO, D-Streamer, DOZERbox IP IP, Media Dozer, MPEG Gearbox, MPEG Magnus, MultiStreamer, MultiStreamer Brutus, and Proxicaster 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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    IDC Signs Landmark Agreement with DSAT Cinema To Encourage Expansion and Development of Digital Cinema Satellite Technology

    Ottawa, ON – In a landmark, long term agreement that signals future development and expansion for the digital cinema industry, International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) is pleased to announce that DSAT Cinema has committed to ordering over 1,000 of IDC’s SuperFlex® Pro Video Receivers. These receivers will be installed throughout Europe over the coming years. The multi-year deal with DSAT Cinema reinforces IDC’s position as the clear frontrunner for digital cinema satellite technology in Europe and worldwide.

    DSAT Cinema is the Eutelsat and dcinex™ joint venture company specializing in satellite delivery of films and live events. Since its inception last year, DSAT Cinema has used IDC’s end-to-end technology solutions to deliver more than 300 films and 50 live broadcasts, from iconic locations that include New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London. From a breathtaking concert of Robbie Williams broadcast live from Estonia, or the latest Hollywood blockbuster film downloaded in a few hours half a world away in over 1,000 cities in Europe, IDC and DSAT Cinema are delivering enhanced access to global entertainment by employing cutting edge satellite distribution technology for digital cinema content.

    “We believe a mutually strong partnership with IDC plays a critical role in the success of our expansion plans to bring smart, cost-effective solutions to cinemas via satellite, virtually anywhere in Europe,” said Fabrice Testa, CEO of DSAT Cinema.

    IDC’s SuperFlex Pro Video XTR Receiver is an integrated, one-box solution, unrivaled by competitors who still require multiple pieces of equipment to provide the same level of service. The IDC receiver fully integrates with DSAT Cinema’s existing IDC headend equipment located in France and Italy. This compact receiver is the only product to include a video decoder, file receiver and storage in one device. All IDC receivers are controlled from the DSAT Cinema network operations center to ensure fast and secure delivery of the content. The digital content distribution technology is further streamlined with IDC handling all of the hardware and software needs. By allowing Digital Cinema Package (DCP) file delivery, plus normal live events in 2D or 3D on two different satellite carriers at the same time, IDC’s receiver can decrease capital expenditures significantly.

    As a pioneer in satellite-based DCP and 3D live event delivery with more than a decade of experience, IDC is a trusted supplier to the world’s leading digital cinema content distributors. At present, more than 4,000 IDC Digital Cinema receivers are deployed on six continents. 70% of satellite-connected digital cinemas worldwide rely on IDC’s technology.

    Creating an innovative and collaborative partnership encourages IDC to stay at the competitive edge of advanced digital cinema technology for the long term. At the same time, DSAT Cinema can expand on a high quality network using IDC solutions they already know and trust. Together these two leaders in the digital cinema satellite industry can stay focused on bringing leading end-to-end solutions anywhere in Europe, while incurring minimal risk.

    “Our long term relationship with DSAT Cinema is the kind of partnership we like to have with our customers,” said Doug Lowther, CEO of IDC. “This alliance also supports our plans to continue developing and enhancing IDC’s advanced digital cinema content distribution technology.”

    About International Datacasting Corporation:

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

    About DSAT Cinema:

    With over 1,000 cinemas under contract, DSAT Cinema, a joint-venture between Eutelsat and dcinex™, deploys and controls the leading European network for cinema distribution via satellite. DSAT Cinema is the solution chosen by most distributors for the dematerialized delivery of digital films and by providers of alternative content for the distribution of their live 2D and 3D events. Thanks to the satellite expertise of Eutelsat and the operational support of dcinex™ and OpenSky, DSAT Cinema has set up a vast cinema delivery network infrastructure comprising capacity on two satellites, two teleports and a Network Operations Centre, a multilingual hotline, and a logistical back-up service by hard disks. With over 550 films already delivered and over 300 broadcast live, DSAT Cinema has become the leading pan-European reference for the electronic delivery of content to cinemas. For more info visit www.dsatcinema.com

    Contact: Fabrice Testa * +352 691 21 69 69 * fabrice.testa@dsatcinema.com

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    PESA Offers New UHDTV1 Routing Switcher, Retrofit Kits for Europe’s Growing 4K Market

    Huntsville, Alabama – In response to Europe’s rapidly growing interest in 4K and ultra-high definition production solutions, PESA, a leading custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, is introducing the new Cheetah 4K 16×16 routing switcher and retrofit UHDTV/4K expansion kits for Cheetah 3 Gbps systems. Built on PESA’s proven Cheetah digital video routing platform and utilizing the company’s easyPORT converter module technology, the new 4K routing switcher provides UHDTV1 video distribution up to 600m for 2160p50/60, 10-bit 4:2:2 SDI signals. The retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution for current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers.

    “Unlike when HDTV was introduced, the European market appears to be more of an early adopter with ultra-high definition television systems,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “In fact, the ITU has already approved a 4K standard for international program exchange. PESA has developed easyPORT and Cheetah 4K products so production houses can upgrade existing infrastructures to support UHD’s more data-intense workflows.”

    Taking up only 4 RU, the compact Cheetah 4K 16×16 router provides all the necessary control elements neatly placed internal to the frame. With hot swappable matrix and I/O cards, as well as internal power and control, the need for additional power and external cabling is virtually eliminated. For mission critical, real-time on-air, and 24/7 operations, redundant power and control modules can be added without using additional rack space. The router is controlled through traditional RS-232/422 or Ethernet connections, and its built-in SNMP MIB simplifies integration to third-party network system management software.

    Based on real-time multi-link SDI transmission methods, each Cheetah I/O card includes four SC-style fiber CWDM connections carrying up to 12 Gbps (4xSDI) for each input or output port. The 4K I/O card is a direct drop-in replacement for the standard 16-channel HD/3G SDI card found in current Cheetah frames.

    To complete the end-to-end 4K system, an outboard easyPORT module converts the signals from each CWDM port on the router back to conventional HD/3G-SDI video lines. For example, the EASY-4KX1F can transport four BNC inputs from a UHDTV source to the router via a single wire interface and switch the output via 4x fiber, 4x BNC, or 1x CWDM fiber. The EASY-1FX4K module can extend four 3 Gbps output signals over a single wire CWDM fiber up to 600m and convert back to BNCs.

    With the built-in crosspoint switch circuit on each easyPORT module, users can also send four independent SD/HD/3G-SDI signals over a single wire interface, which saves valuable cabling space, and can extend coax I/O an additional 80m using the built-in equalizing and reclocking circuits in each easyPORT module. Both UHDTV1 (3840×2160) and DCI 4K (4096×2160) are supported, and the router can mix and match between 4K CWDM and traditional copper or fiber I/O in the frame. The compact easyPORT utility switchers can be rack mounted with an optional 1 RU frame that holds up to four media converters, or they can be installed with an optional under-the-table mounting plate.

    Any size Cheetah 3G-SDI routing switcher can be retrofitted with the new Cheetah 4K I/O card system by replacing any existing 16 channel I/O card set and reconfiguring the software to accept the new 4K cards. Once the control software is configured for 4K, the router system can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.

    Each easyPORT 4K media module includes Ethernet connectivity for control and configuration, which makes it easy to pre-configure the router to alternatively accept individual 3G-SDI, 2K, and other SMPTE-compliant formats. The router can be configured and controlled via PESA’s intuitive Cattrax network GUI or optional Cattrax Web network server software using PESA’s powerful PERC2000 or PERC3000 system controller hardware.

    PESA has a number of channel partners throughout Europe. For more information or to find a regional dealer, visit www.pesa.com.

    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.

    All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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    BenQ Unveils Self-Calibrating, Certified, Professional Color Management Monitor for Cloud-Based Color Accuracy

    New PG2401PT Merges Cloud-Based Collaboration With Superior Color Matching for Design, Proof, and Print Applications at Only $999; Debuts at PRINT 13

    COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sept. 4, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new PG Series PG2401PT certified color management monitor. Made specifically for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, color re-touchers, and printers requiring accurate and consistent on-screen color matching, the new device provides reliable, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price of $999. To increase collaboration and simplicity within the creative process, the new display supports today’s cloud-based color proofing systems and comes equipped with self-calibrating and one-click proofing capabilities. The result is print-like color integrity during the entire workflow: from design to print, and over the cloud. more

    Sessions on Live Sound to Be Highlighted at 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention

    — Live Sound Track events at the 135th AES Show will explore technologies and techniques in live sound, focusing on such topics as acoustics, Broadway theater sound, mic placement, mixing, networked audio distribution and much more —

    New York, NY, September 5, 2013 — Always on the leading edge of professional audio, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) will again feature a Live Sound Track of events, bringing a high level of focus to key aspects of live sound, with expertise and insight shared by some of the industry’s top professionals. Reprising their roles as Co-Chairmen of the Live Sound Track for the convention, industry veterans Henry Cohen and Mac Kerr have consistently developed meaningful and significant sessions that draw large audiences including top professionals in the fields of live audio and sound reinforcement.

    This year’s Live Sound Track will cover topics both core and emerging, from signal processing, grounding, loudness and metering, to the rapidly evolving domain of networked audio, where several sessions, such as “Audio Distribution Over Networks,” will address systems and protocols like Dante and Audio Video Bridging (AVB).

    “The AES Show has always been an invaluable resource for information about both the art and the science of live sound,” observes Henry Cohen, who is also Senior RF Engineer with CP Communications. “Our goal is to provide greater knowledge of the technologies and techniques around live sound and do so with great detail and intensity of focus. All of the sessions offer a good balance between the science and math of live sound coupled with its practical applications. We develop sessions and panels for the Live Sound Track by following industry practices, emerging technologies and online SR forum discussions. Audio-over-networks has become a common method of signal transport, with new protocols and topologies being constantly developed. This Live Sound session, along with several other paper presentations, looks at the competing architectures and practices so the attendee can come away with a better understanding of what might be the best options for their particular needs.”

    The roster for this year’s AES Live Sound Track features a mix of cutting-edge new topics and updated familiar subjects. Topics include:

    AC Power and Grounding
    Audio Distribution over Networks
    Sound System Optimization
    Speech Intelligibility in Stadiums
    Production Wireless Systems: Tips and Tricks from the Experts
    Audio for Corporate Presentations

    At a time when many pro audio sectors are putting a heightened emphasis on live sound technology, from music to theater to corporate presentations and houses of worship, the AES is expecting a high turnout for these sessions, which run throughout the duration of the convention. If you are a live-sound professional, make the time to stay informed and competitive through these important sessions.

    For further detailed information on Live Sound Track presentations and programs, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/livesound/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

    Photo Caption 1: Henry Cohen, Co-Chairman for the Live Sound Track at the 135th AES Convention.

    Photo Caption 2: Mac Kerr, Co-Chairman for the Live Sound Track at the 135th AES Convention.

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    Christie Lights Up Toronto International Film Festival Screens

    Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, is proud to serve as projection partner for the Toronto International Film Festival® , which will take place Sept. 5–15.

    In its 13th year as a Festival sponsor, Christie is providing industry-leading 4K projection solutions in addition to projectors from its Christie® Solaria® CP 2200 line, as well as one HD10K-M projector and three Cine-IPM 2K image processors.

    Photo Credit: Charles Leonio/WireImage

    “Christie’s reliable digital cinema projectors help us give our patrons the best possible cinema experience, whether for standard 2K movies or high-resolution 4K productions in 2D or 3D,” said Diane Cappelletto, TIFF’s director of technical production services. “For brightness, color, depth and content security, Christie leads the way. We’re very pleased to work with Christie, one of our key, valued partners.”

    The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening 366 features and 146 world premieres from 70 countries this year.

    “Throughout Christie’s long-standing partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, we have seen the growing use of a variety of digital projection technologies,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “This year’s strong 4K projection presence is very much in keeping with TIFF Festival’s leadership in new film technologies.”

    As part of the Festival’s industry conference, Dr. Paul Salvini, Christie’s Chief Technology Officer, will be a panelist at the “Cinematography and Technology-4K: Beyond RED” discussion on Sept. 10 at 10:00 a.m., along with noted cinematographer Nick De Pencier and moderator David Leitner of Filmmaker Magazine.

    Full details of Christie’s involvement with the Festival, including the supply of leadership 4K technology, can be found at www.christiedigital.com/TIFF13 and followed at #tiff13.

    Christie 4K DLP Cinema® Projectors Anchor TIFF Festival Showings
    This year, for the first time, there will be several 4K movies screened using Christie projectors in each of the 4K-designated venues. These include Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre), Ryerson Theatre and The Princess of Wales Theatre. Projectors from the Christie Solaria CP4220 and CP4230 series will be used at these venues, with others also installed at all screening rooms and auditoriums of the TIFF Bell Lightbox facility.

    The world premiere of Godfrey Reggio’s 4K movie, “Visitors,” complete with a live performance by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will take place at the Festival in the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre). Shot in rich black and white and presented in high-resolution 4K projection, Godfrey Reggio’s latest film finds the full spectrum of emotion in human faces, gorgeous landscapes and, according to the movie’s publicity, “even the behavior of an especially expressive gorilla.”

    Specially designed for larger screens, 4K projection makes the best cinematic images look even better. Through higher resolution and greater pixel density, Christie’s 4K DLP® projectors provide brilliant 3D images, along with the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. They also provide full support for high frame rate (HFR) projection. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, Christie’s 4K solution incorporates the proven design concepts of the bestselling Christie 2K projection platform, which is in use at eight Festival venues.

    “Our participation in major film festivals is part of our commitment to the Canadian and international film industry,” said Dave Muscat, Christie’s senior director of sales for Canada. “TIFF Festival is one of the world’s leading film festivals and we are very proud to help it present 4K and other digital solutions that will ensure the best projection experience for its patrons.”

    Christie digital projectors are used by leading film festivals around the globe, including Cannes, Shanghai and the British Film Institute. In Canada, Christie also sponsors the Vancouver, Calgary and Banff International Film Festivals, as well as Cine-Quebec.

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    SIM2 Introduces Third New Model During NYC Road Show Event and Announces Additional US Stops

    Miramar, Florida—September 2013—On September 4 and 5, SIM2 treated dealers to one more world premiere during its US Road Show’s New York City stop, held at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria. This latest innovation, the CRYSTAL CUBE home cinema projector, is, in true SIM2 fashion, a perfect blend of style and technology, with a luxurious and understated glass cabinet that easily blends into any home décor.

    SIM2's Big Apple Event

    “The CRYSTAL CUBE’s glass-cabinet design brings class and style to any interior, and its compact size is ideal for discreet placement in a room,” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “We sought to offer our dealers a refined solution that delivers the necessary image quality for multipurpose rooms for which it was intended. With style and performance working in perfect harmony, the CRYSTAL CUBE is the true essence of ‘Made in Italy.’”

    The CRYSTAL CUBE offers full 3D capability with 2300 ANSI Lumens, and includes style-necessary features such as hidden wires into the glass cabinet, which is available in white or black finish.

    SIM2's new Crystal Cube

    This tour has given SIM2 dealers around the world the opportunity to view SIM2’s comprehensive line of luxury home cinema projectors including the SUPER LUMIS, CINEMAQUATTRO, SIRIO, M.150, LUMIS, NERO, and the limited-edition FUORISERIE.

    Also announced during the event: Due to the overwhelming success of the 2013 SIM2 Road Show, SIM2 has added US stops in Chicago and Dallas, following the events in Dubai and Sidney.

    CRYSTAL CUBE will be shipping worldwide in October.

    About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
    Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian Projector Manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value to its exclusively selected U.S. partners, by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the Professional and CI Projection Market has to offer.

    SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of Top Class/High End custom digital video projection systems and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not just branding, but also a prestigious mark of excellence!

    SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

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