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A.C.T Lighting Supports Stagecraft Institute Las Vegas 2013 with Clay Paky Fixtures and grandMA2 Consoles

Sometimes what happens in Vegas leaves Vegas. Just ask the participants of Stagecraft Institute Las Vegas 2013 (SILV) who left town with valuable knowledge about live entertainment production they didn’t have before. Once again, A.C.T Lighting, the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America, was pleased to be among the representatives involved with SILV providing equipment and participating in sessions.

SILV annually strives to fill a need that traditional schools cannot provide. In a full range program made up of a series of eight independent one-week summer sessions, which begin in early June, students receive valuable training for employment in state-of-the-art live entertainment production. SILV takes a hands-on approach to education with working professionals sharing their knowledge and experience about what it takes to develop today’s skills.

“SILV is a great program that attracts some really talented young people who have a future in the industry,” says George Masek, vice president of automated lighting at A.C.T Lighting. “The event helps create a solid knowledge base and trains future users of Clay Paky fixtures and grandMA2 consoles. It also strengthens our bonds with the designers and programmers who staff the classes.” Many instructors hail from Disneyland, Disney Imagineering, Cirque du Soleil, anddomestic and international concert tours, he notes.

Chaos Visual Productions provided a large complement of Clay Paky fixtures to SILV 2013: six Sharpy Washes, 18 Sharpys, 18 Alpha Spot HPE 1200s, six Alpha Spot HPE 300s and 12 Alpha Profile 700s. On the control side A.C.T Lighting supplied three grandMA2 consoles.

“SILV 2013 was the biggest I’ve seen yet in terms of equipment and participation,” says Masek. “The response to the quality and performance of the largely Clay Paky rig was very positive. The gear worked exceptionally well, especially considering the heat of the venue and the fact that everything ran all day for weeks.”

Accoridng to Director Jane Childs “Watching the students go from bad (watch your finger) typists on a console to full-out on-the-fly-touch-typing while watching the images they were producing was truly amazing. This is the kind of hands-on learning experience that my husband Donald envisioned when we started SILV!”

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DPA Brings Out The ‘Wood’ and ‘Air’ In Dave Swift’s Bass

The first time bassist Dave Swift used a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone to amplify his double bass, he was so blown away by the sound that he decided to make the d:vote his only microphone.

“The sound coming out of my bass monitor was simply incredible,” he says. “The d:vote captured every little nuance of my playing and I could really hear the “wood” and “air” in the notes. I was so impressed that I decided to buy one and it is now the only microphone I would consider using. What’s interesting is that everyone has commented on how brilliantly it performs. Sound engineers have the biggest smile on their faces when they discover I have a DPA and they all say the same thing: ‘well done for using the best clip-on mic on the market’. Every engineer tells me it is now the industry standard mic, particularly for amplified strings, and it makes me very happy and extremely confident to know that I’m using the best product available for my needs.”

Dave Swift has been the bassist for Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 1991 and during this time he has played with an enormous range of artists including Al Jarreau, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, BB King and many more. Swift has also toured across the globe with Jools Holland, as well as performing on his hugely popular ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ TV show, which attracts millions of viewers on BBC2. Swift is also the bassist on ‘The Jools Holland Show’ on BBC Radio 2 and has recorded several multi-platinum selling albums and DVDs with Jools and his band.

When Swift is not playing with Jools Holland he works as a freelance session musician. Over the summer he is touring with comedian, game show host and singer Alexander Armstrong, but he will be back with Jools Holland by the end of the year for a tour that will feature guests such as Roland Gift and former Spice Girl Melanie C.

Dave Swift believes his DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone has made an enormous difference to both his live and his recorded sessions. He was introduced to the microphone by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network while he was recording ‘Later….With Jools Holland’. At the time he was using Fishman pickups, but he wanted a microphone that could capture more of the acoustic quality of his double bass so he decided to try a DPA because he had heard such good things about the brand.

“I’m really impressed with this microphone, especially with the way it fits so easily and simply onto the strings beyond the tailpiece,” Swift says. “It doesn’t involve any ‘clamping’ to the actual body of the bass, so it allows the instrument to resonate to its full potential. It is also very quick and easy to remove the mic without causing any damage whatsoever to the instrument – and another feature I really like is the extension gooseneck attachment. This allows even greater placement range for the mic itself, giving many options of where to position it, which is very useful as players tend to have different ideas about where best to position a mic on a Double Bass for their particular requirements. In my case, for example, I tend to position my DPA an inch or so from the central ‘belly’ of the bass, but I’ve seen other players have the DPA mic above the bridge, hovering over the strings themselves. That’s what is so great about this mic and its mounting system. It’s just so flexible and accommodating.”

Fellow musicians, including Jools Holland, have been equally impressed with Dave Swift’s DPA microphone.

“Jools is very particular when it comes to the sound of a double bass – he loves the true, vintage ‘old school’ sound of the instrument, which is why I use Pirastro gut and synthetic strings on my Double Bass,” Swift says. “However, it was only when I started using the DPA mic that Jools’ eyes lit up because he was finally hearing the full potential of the bass, and could really hear the ‘gut’ in those strings. He loves my DPA mic and on every gig and session he asks if I’ve brought it with me. I always tell him not to worry because the DPA never leaves my bass under any circumstances – I couldn’t play without it now.”

Swift adds that the DPA d:vote 4099 microphone has not only transformed his amplified sound, but has also significantly enhanced the whole process of performing and recording.

“Any musician who needs to amplify their instrument should check out DPA microphones,” he says. “They really are the industry standard and I have never encountered a better product.”

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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

Renkus-Heinz Helps Prairie Meadows Cut to the Chase

Renkus-Heinz Helps Prairie Meadows Cut to the Chase

Altoona, IA – September 2013… In 1989, Prairie Meadows Raceway opened its doors with the goal of giving central Iowa residents a horse racing facility of their own. Twenty-five years later, Prairie Meadows has grown to include a 168-room hotel with state-of-the-art amenities, live and simulcast horse racing, a massive casino with table games and more than 2,000 slot machines, restaurants, lounges, and a busy concert venue.

Among the horse racing community, Prairie Meadows has gained considerable recognition as an exceptionally well-designed and well-run facility, drawing racing fans from across the state and the region. Among the Raceway’s many amenities is a massive four story glass pavilion that offers comfortable indoor seating on multiple levels. It’s a treat for spectators but with all the makings of a sonic nightmare, explains Mike Pedersen, Senior Staff Engineer at Marshalltown, IA-based Mechdyne, the audio video integrators behind this state-of-the-art project.

“It’s a challenging venue,” says Pedersen. “It was built in phases over 20-plus years, and has a mix of seating styles, with stadium seating on one level, grandstand seating on another, as well as a multi-tiered dining area with tables. The original sound system has been expanded in a piecemeal fashion throughout the years, and had become untenable — coverage was inconsistent and intelligibility was next to nil. They were actually cranking up the volume on each individual TV monitor just so people could hear the race.”

“They originally came to us with concerns about the quality and coverage of the tiered seating areas overlooking the racetrack,” explains Mechdyne Designer Tim Taylor. “But they were also in the process of mapping out an expansion of the entire casino, which was going to require an audio system too. At that point it made far more sense to suggest that they implement a larger system with networked distribution and processing.”

“It made sense from a budgetary perspective, certainly,” adds Pedersen. “There was very little by way of documentation on the existing system, so just identifying where things were would have been very time consuming. We were able to design them a networked system that would give them DSP control, monitoring, and expandability, as well as providing them with full documentation going forward.”

The 70V distributed audio system is based around more than 40 TRX-121 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers, with DSP and amplification handled by Biamp Tesira and Vocia networks. As Pedersen explains, one of the objectives behind the complex signal processing is to increase intelligibility and directionalize the sound source.

“When things get exciting, when the announcers get excited, we want the spectators to be turning their heads toward the direction of the audio,” he says. “The goal was to draw the ear, and the eye, toward the racing action. So even though the speakers are mounted where the glass and ceiling meet, we needed to create the sonic impression that the sound was coming from down on the track.”

In the casino area, several dozen TRX81 loudspeakers are flown from the ceiling to provide music and paging coverage. “It’s a very high, open, unfinished ceiling, which limited our choices of loudspeakers,” says Taylor. “The TRX81 has a very tight, controlled dispersion pattern, and by mounting them in a grid pointing straight down, we were able to achieve seamless coverage across the entire open seating area, with no overlap or dead zones.”

The system is designed for flexibility, providing everything from background music and paging to zoned functionality. “We’ve set up a number of snapshots, enabling them to zone off various meeting rooms and ballrooms,” says Taylor. “And of course, the Vocia amps are rated for emergency paging functions as well.”

The decision to go with Renkus-Heinz and the TRX series was an easy one, says Pedersen, based on past experience with the brand. “We have for many years seen Renkus-Heinz as one of the leading companies in quality and service, so when the time came and it was clear they were interested in a high-quality product, we didn’t hesitate to recommend it.”

For Mechdyne, the Prairie Meadows project was something of a departure; the company is known for its expertise in Virtual Reality and 3D visualization technology, as well as complex IT and networking projects. “It’s true that our company crew out of a certain niche in virtual reality and simulation type systems,” says Pedersen. “And typically we find that clients and designers of VR systems tend to consider audio a lower priority, which is unfortunate considering how much a part of the overall experience audio represents. For us, Prairie Meadows was an exciting project, because it enabled us to design an audio-only system where the sound pretty much disappears into the experience. That would have been far more difficult without the pattern control of the TRX loudspeakers.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

PreSonus Supports LSU’s College of Engineering

Pledges $200,000 to Support Innovation in Audio Signal Processing and Digital Media

Jim Odom at LSU Engineering 01 copyBaton Rouge, LA – September 2013…  To support education and research in the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering, PreSonus Audio Electronics has pledged $200,000 to establish a digital signal processing (DSP) laboratory.

DSP is a specialized branch of mathematics that performs analysis and processing of binary representations of analog signals. Advances in digital technology have enabled DSP systems to accomplish tasks inexpensively and efficiently that are difficult or impossible using analog technology. The DSP laboratory will provide LSU College of Engineering students a state-of-the-art environment for learning those skills required in industry settings.

“As a graduate of LSU Engineering and a Louisiana entrepreneur, I believe that investment in our home-grown technical workforce is essential in our efforts toward economic growth,” comments Jim Odom, co-founder, PreSonus. “Our intention for this grant is to assist LSU Engineering in becoming a top ten destination for technical education. The burgeoning industry of digital everything will require highly skilled and trained individuals, and LSU is perfectly positioned to meet this challenge.”

PreSonus, cofounded in 1995 by LSU electrical engineering alumni Jim Odom and Brian Smith, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of audio electronics and software used in TV and radio broadcast, live-event sound reinforcement, and professional recording studios.

“Jim and Brian provide an exemplary case of entrepreneurial spirit present in LSU’s electrical and computer engineering graduates,” said Pratul Ajmera, interim chair, LSU Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We thank PreSonus for this significant investment that enhances our educational program and helps us produce world-class graduates competitive in the digital media and digital audio industries.”

A global company, PreSonus is an active recruiter of LSU students for both internships and post-graduation employment. Currently, an estimated 16 LSU alumni are employed there, including 7 engineers.

Jim Odom at LSU Engineering 02 copy PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, “We are committed to supporting LSU in their efforts and believe that keeping the curricula current and in sync with industry will support the near- and long-term strategic needs of not only the university, but the community as a whole.”

Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, PreSonus currently has a staff of 122, with additional offices in Ireland, Hamburg, and Hong Kong. The company is currently building a new 43,000-square-foot headquarters and R&D facility in Baton Rouge.

LSU’s ECE Division currently enrolls 350 undergraduate students and 102 graduate students. During the past five years, the division has, on average, granted more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, 25 master’s degrees, and more than five PhD degrees annually.

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 About PreSonus

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

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

    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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