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Mount St. Mary’s College performs large-scale classroom technology update with TecPodium Lecterns

College performs large-scale modernization using 70 uniform, user-friendly and fully integrated Tecom podiums

Tecom TecPodium Presenter at Mount St. Mary's College

Rosh Haayin, Israel – 30 September 2013 – Mount St. Mary’s College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles, California. Established in 1925, the College aims to train future female leaders committed to public service on a global level. The College also prides itself on the diversity of its student body and faculty, which includes a wide variety of religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
In 2010, Mount St. Mary’s College was presented with the opportunity to upgrade 60 classrooms for the intellectual and technological demands of the 21st century.

To improve the current teaching environment and prepare the College for future technological upgrades, Eric Kieselhorst, Director of Media Services and Stephanie Glick, former Academic Technology Director, began the assessment of all classroom technology aspects. It was important for the College to ensure that the pedagogic, academic and technological needs of the students and faculty were considered and included in the plan to update the classrooms.

Seeking and Finding: Easy to Use, Height Adjustable Lectern
In a teaching lectern the faculty wanted something that was height adjustable and had a small footprint. Pedagogically it was important that control of the classroom technology devices (e.g. projector, document camera, etc.) be accessible to the faculty member on the lectern so as not to break eye contact with the students. Prior to the new solution, faculty would turn to the wall and press buttons to control the technology. An integral part of the solution for Mount St. Mary’s College was found in the TecPodium Presenter Lectern from Tecom Electronics. It is economical, height adjustable, sturdy, sleek and sexy.

The TecPodium Presenter is an all-in-one, compact and clean-looking smart lectern solution. It has an interactive pen display and coupled with the classroom computer housed in its base, allows direct on-screen annotation of classroom materials. “After numerous surveys, interviews and discussions with faculty as to how technology could best serve their pedagogical needs in the classroom, we arrived at the conclusion that the TecPodium Presenter Lectern would meet the entire qualities faculty required” says Eric.
“Due to its sleek design, ease-of-use interface and the most practical ADA compliant height-adjustable lift in the industry, the Presenter has done wonders for faculty in the classroom”.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO noted: “Tecom has been basing its products design on faculty feedback to ensure that it meets their needs while providing high performance, durability and cost effective solution higher-education institutions demand. Tecom solid reputation with worldwide installations in educational, corporate and government settings contributed to the level of confidence the College was looking for. We were glad to be part of this project and to work closely with the College, the AV system integrator and, of course, our REP firm in the territory.”

Swift Deployment of “Pod Rooms”
Tecom partnered with CCS Presentation Systems to sell and install 60 TecPodium Presenters to Mount St. Mary’s College over a three year period. During this time Presenters were installed in classrooms on both of the College’s campuses.

Eric and the College team worked with Tecom to customize the lectern to meet all of the needs. A software platform was installed on the computers that enables faculty to control the technology directly from the Presenter interactive monitor. To ensure that the technology worked seamless and was transparent, all control panels were removed from the walls and unnecessary controls were removed from the lectern. Thus alleviating any faculty confusion as to how to control the technology. After the first rooms were complete the faculty vied to be able to teach in the new “Pod Rooms”. The faculty and students are satisfied with the solution.

Mount St. Mary’s College use the Presenter as the hub of their A/V system where instructors use a control dashboard GUI run by a software control platform to power on the displays in the room, route the desired sources, control microphone and program volume and even record the class to a capture device if needed. The lecturer now has everything under his fingertips in the lectern. “The TecPodium Presenter secures the workstation, monitor and cables from potential alterations or damage, thereby limiting the number of Help Desk calls we receive and the days when a search in each classroom for projector remotes, workstations, and USB drives are over” states Eric.

The Result: Happy Tech Staff, Happy Instructors
The installation process was very smooth and the TecPodium Presenter has become the College’s standard for classroom instruction. “The instructors quickly became accustomed to the TecPodium Presenter as their control center and teaching station. The College has been very satisfied with the product and its benefits and has enjoyed the uniformity that comes with a classroom standard in terms of staff support and understanding of the systems since they are all very similar” notes Henry Barnston, CCS Sales Representative. Whereas the original installation plan was for 60 Presenters over three years, more than 70 units have successfully been installed with plans to equip each classroom on both campuses with its own Presenter.

In Conclusion Eric Kieselhorst, Director of Media Services, states:
“With the Presenter, technology is no longer an impediment to teaching. It is transparent. Faculty are able to walk into a classroom with little or no training and immediately begin to do what they do best – Teach.
We are now in the final phase of classroom upgrade project and Tecom’s TecPodium Presenter is now an integral part of each classroom. Without the Presenter, the classroom upgrades simply would not have been as successful. I highly recommend the product“.

About Tecom Electronics Ltd.:
Tecom Electronics is a dynamic company continuously developing and evolving their products to provide the simplest yet most technologically advanced solution to managing Audio Visual equipment in training and educational facilities. Tecom replaces generic podiums in the classroom and boardroom with a more interactive and easy to use technological experience.
www.tecpodium.com

About CCS Presentation Systems
Founded in California, 1996, CCS Presentation Systems has grown to become one of the largest audio/video integration companies in the State of California, with four offices in major metro areas.
Local Sales Representative, Henry Barnston, was responsible for getting this project underway and managed the installation and service support for the College.
www.ccsprojects.com

About REP 360
REP 360 – A Best Practices Manufactures Rep Firm, which links technology manufactures to the AV Consulting Community, Design Firms, Audio-Visual Technology Systems Integrators in the western United States. With 25 years of channel development experience, REP 360 is responsible for sales and technical training, marketing and support services for some of the top AV manufactures in the world.
www.rep360.com

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES VP500-102 UNIVERSAL DIGITAL SCALAR

**** Photo: Altinex VP500-102 Universal Digital Scalar ****

Brea, CA – October 2013… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the introduction of the VP500-102 Universal Digital Scalar. The new VP500-102 is the ideal solution for scaling HDMI sources—HDTV or PC resolution—to an alternative HDMI resolution (HDTV or PC). As a device that is fully HDMI and HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compliant, the new VP500-102 is perfect for the incorporation of sources where resolution and/or resolution type requires conversion. A simple on-screen display (OSD) enables the user to configure the device with simplicity—making this an ideal tool that technology / AV managers at conference centers, hotels, and in the education market won’t want to be without. more

Field Museum of Natural History Goes Modern with L-ACOUSTICS

White 8XTi surround speakers are unobtrusively mounted between the columns on both sides of the Field Museum's Simpson Theater

Frost Chicago and Clearwing Productions install ARCS WIFO and XT Series systems at James Simpson Theater for everything from corporate events to 3D cinema

CHICAGO — With its majestic Doric-style columns, intricately carved molding and beautifully detailed 20-foot recessed ceiling, the 700-seat James Simpson Theater at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History is popular among Fortune 500 companies and other organizations as a prime venue for corporate events. Recently, production design firm Frost Chicago enhanced the nearly 100-year-old space with a very modern addition — a full L-ACOUSTICS surround sound system to complement a new 3D/HD digital cinema projector installed by D3D Cinema. more

Clear-Com Showcases Latest Intercom Product Releases at the 135th International AES Convention

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 18, 2013 – Clear-Com® will show its latest range of intercom solutions at the 135th International AES Convention (Booth 3030). The company will display its enhanced Eclipse HX Digital Matrix System and HelixNet™ Partyline Intercom System. It is also highlighting its new RS-700 Series Analog Partyline Beltpacks and ICON Connectivity Solutions, as well as the most recent updates to its Tempest® Wireless Intercom System.

“At Clear-Com, we are constantly developing communication systems and adding features that allow our users to have a more efficient workflow,” says James Schaller, Regional Sales Manager, Northeastern U.S., Clear-Com. “Our latest set of wired and wireless intercoms give users increased speed, capacity and scalability. With hundreds of high-quality products in our portfolio, customers have the opportunity to design communication infrastructures to address nearly every application.”

The Eclipse HX Digital Matrix Systems, comprising the Eclipse HX-Omega, Eclipse HX-Median, Eclipse HX-Delta and Eclipse HX-PiCo, offer simplified setup, user operation and administration. The Eclipse HX intercoms have large system capacity for many audio and user connections. All of the systems provide new capabilities, including Ethernet/IP Intelligent Trunking with IVC-32-HX card redundancy and dual-labels for multi-language preferences on V-Series user keypanels. Additionally, the recently introduced Eclipse HX-Delta offers the high capacity of Clear-Com’s larger matrices in a compact, cost-effective 3RU frame, providing a new connection paradigm for everything from small OB trucks to large performing arts complexes.

The RS-700 Series Analog Partyline Beltpacks are being introduced in celebration of Clear-Com’s 45 years of intercom innovation. Designed for everyday use, the reliable RS-700 Series beltpacks have an ergonomic and durable housing, intelligent functionality and exceptional audio performance, making them perfect for a variety of environments or applications, such as rental/staging, performing arts centers and houses of worship. High headroom with low-noise audio enables the RS-700 Series to deliver the industry-leading, crystal-clear “Clear-Com Sound,” while recessed controls and bright LED indicators ensure quick and easy use. The beltpacks also require a lower operating current for additional beltpack drops and are fully compatible with Encore Partyline, PL Pro and TW Partyline.

The new family of ICON Connectivity Solutions is a collection of communications products that link local or globally distributed intercom systems over Ethernet/IP networks and/or optical fiber. ICON, which stands for “Intercom CONnectivity,” provides high performance solutions for reliable and secure connections on common infrastructures and is also cost-effective for scalable multi-system networks.

The latest version of HelixNet Partyline provides a multi-system linking capability over Ethernet and fiber to permit a more sophisticated and cost-effective digital partyline intercom network for large stadiums or multi-campus venues. This function enables the distribution of many digital partyline channels, program audio feeds and auxiliary interfaced audio over a single XLR cable to a digital beltpack user. Enabling the system linking capability are two modules: the HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module, for Main Station-to-Main Station networking over a LAN and the HLI-FBS Fiber Module, for daisy-chaining fiber interfaces to link Main Stations over long distances.

Further developments to the Tempest Digital Wireless Intercoms include the new CCT-RT-EX Remote Line Extender, which is used to increase the maximum distance between a Tempest BaseStation and the Remote Antenna Transceiver. Also featured in the latest offerings is the Tempest2400’s Seamless Roaming feature, which allows Tempest2400 BeltStation users to move freely between as many as 16 different BaseStations (coverage areas or zones) without interference or dropouts. These further extend Tempest’s wireless communications capabilities for mobile productions, multi-level facilities and sports arenas staged in RF-heavy environments.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

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WGBH Live from Sculler’s. Time To Roll Out Fiber Audio Snake by FiberPlex.

A growing number of sound engineers and producers are getting on the fiber optic bandwagon. Among them is Sam Kopper, who rolled out the FiberPlex LightViper™ fiber system yet again Friday from his electric green school bus-turned-studio van for a headliner event at Sculler’s Jazz Club near Boston.

As the executive producer on record for mixing the “Live from Sculler’s” radio broadcast series aired on WGBH 89.7, the most recent broadcast of which took place on Friday celebrating the 70th birthday tour of legendary jazz fusion and vibraphone performer Gary Burton, Kopper arrived a few minutes before the show to oversee the setup of the LightViper audio snake from his nearby bus studio, known as Gypsy Dancer.

“Fiber that’s not a whole lot bigger than a few strands of spaghetti is a beautiful thing,” commented Kopper, owner of LocoMote Media, Boston, who has been using the LightViper fiber optic system as an audio snake for almost a year. Having done live concert mixes for radio broadcast since the days of multitrack tape, Kopper’s setup now requires only a few strands of fiber rather than a 40-pair, 500-pound copper snaked from the remote bus, across a sidewalk and into the club. Even better still, the setup doesn’t require his mixing engineer to coil up 200 feet of copper cable after a long night of … sound engineering.

Kopper is one of a growing number of producers and sound engineers now using optical snakes for live mixing and other media applications that require transporting music error-free and transparently over greater distances, by a 400:1 ratio compared to copper. “Our LightViper system is getting in a lot more gigs than the rest of us,“ joked Buddy Oliver, who is a bass player and vocalist with Slick Hampton as well as CEO of FiberPlex Technologies, which makes fiber optic communications systems for government, large businesses and A/V as well as sound reinforcement applications.

The typical LightViper system includes a FOH breakout unit and 32×8 stage box connected by optical cable to the breakout unit or a FiberPlex card installed in a Yamaha digital mixer at the remote van for sending and receiving optical signals between the venue and the van. When used as part of the FiberPlex Broadcaster’s Toolbox, LightViper can be coupled with FiberPlex’s FOI-6010 universal media converter or its active wave division multiplexer, the WDM16, which includes pluggable SFP/SFP+ modules and can transport up to 16 channels in any combination of HD/SD-SDI or HDMI video, audio, Ethernet and more on a single fiber pair.

Optical fiber systems like these are being chosen over the copper equivalent because they have no bandwidth ceiling, no distance restrictions and no signal degradation characteristics.

For Kopper, an optical fiber snake means eliminating the grounding issues that come with copper, especially long copper snakes that are often strung across streets and through an electronics juggernaut, adding buzzes, hisses, and crackles along the way. “Now in the world of fiber optics and digital signals being carried by light instead of copper electricity, you have almost a hundred percent transparency,” he said.

He expects the ease, quality and greater affordability of today’s live mixing to help bring back the lost art of putting live music to air or to stream. With new streaming and HD channels demanding fresh content, and with new digital and fiber optics technologies able to capture live feeds easier and at better quality, he sees the potential to do more live broadcasts. “I’m on a bandwagon to bring it back,” said Kopper. “I love to get sound from out where people are making it! Radio, however it’s delivered, is all about local and live,” he said.

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Autoscript Goes Back To School for William Patterson University

17-Inch On-Camera Prompters Provide Professional Studio Environment for Communications Department Upgrade

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, NJ, OCTOBER 1, 2013 — When the William Patterson University Communications Department was looking to upgrade its broadcast studio facilities, it turned to Diversified Systems, a nationally recognized AV design integration company, to provide six Autoscript 17-inch TFT on-camera prompters (LED17TFT) for use within the departments’ media studies and production program.

The media production track at William Patterson University introduces students to the methods and techniques used to create aural/visual messages in a variety of mass media. Sequences of introductory and advanced courses in theory and practice of film, television and radio provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the aesthetics and techniques of media production, and prepare them for professional roles in different media fields. The production facilities give students hands-on practice in two television studios, a radio station, a film production lab, a digital audio production lab and several digital video and audio editing rooms.

“This upgrade was about moving from the academic environment to a professional environment as seamlessly as possible, and what we keep saying is ‘what you are seeing here either in the studios or the control rooms is what you will be seeing when you move into the marketplace,’ ” says Al Clarke, television studio manager, William Patterson University. “There is no tape; everything goes to a 72-terabyte centralized storage area that is available in two control rooms, as well as in 20 different edit bays. It’s the real deal here and Autoscript’s teleprompters are a wonderful component to this upgrade.”

With three teleprompters in each of the school’s two studios (Studio A & B), along with Autoscript’s +ClockPlus+ timecode display, students have the ability to gain hands-on experience in a professional broadcast studio environment similar to those of major television studios throughout the country. The Autoscript LED17TFT prompters are used with Sony HXCD-70k high definition studio/EFP cameras. The camera setups utilize products from several companies within Vitec Videocom, including Sachtler tripods and Video 60 Plus unit heads. The university also employs Vinten pedestals throughout the studio. In addition, the studios, control and engineering rooms and physical spaces were revamped. Also part of the multi-million-dollar renovation was the installation of new computer floors, along with rooms reconfigured to better service student needs.

“We used the prompters for the first time at the start of this school year,” adds Clarke. “When setting them up, I was really impressed with how easy and intuitive the setting menu was to use. I was able to figure out how to tweak the monitor view within seconds.”

Autoscript’s LED17TFT wide-angle, on-camera prompter incorporates the latest in Autoscript’s illumination technology, the TFT (thin-film transistor) LED system. Unlike CCFLs (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Tubes), which take many minutes to reach full efficiency and light output, the LED17TFT warms up instantly to full brightness. LEDs also provide superior display longevity, reliability, and performance, all of which enable Autoscript’s LED17TFT monitors to provide top-notch light distribution, higher contrast levels, and better overall picture quality. In addition, the LED17TFT comes with a wide-angle hood, making it optimal for news- or studio-based productions.

Autoscript’s ClockPlus is an LED SMPTE/EBU timecode display that can change color from green to red when a suitable tally input is applied. The clock face has 2.25-inch tall digits that display HH:MM:SS A/P in 12-hour mode or HH:MM:SS in 24-hour mode. The timecode input is taken from either VITC embedded in the video input or from LTC. When a timecode source is connected, the clock will instantly set itself to the input time. If the timecode source is removed, the display will continue to update the time under control of an internal crystal oscillator.

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.

For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge Finds Enlightened Sound with DPA Microphones

Music for the TV mogul and alternative medicine practitioner’s latest venture recorded using d:dicate™ 2011C Cardioid and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument microphones

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 1, 2013 – This summer, nearly 700,000 people participated in the online launch of Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra’s Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge: Miraculous Relationships. For co-producers and composers Rich Tozzoli and Scott E. Moore, recording the music for this production proved to be as much of an adventure as the challenge was for the listeners. Featuring over two hours of original compositions across many genres with multiple musicians, the duo needed to create a unique and natural sound for each song, and it had to be as enlightened as each day’s meditation. To do this, they consistently called upon DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ 2011C Cardioid Microphones and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones.


Now available as a CD and as an online download, the 21-Day Meditation Challenge is an interactive transformational three-week guided meditation journey hosted by Winfrey and Chopra. At the start of each session, Winfrey introduces the focus of the mediation and Chopra then leads listeners in a mantra that explores one self-discovery topic, with a unique soundtrack for each meditation. The selection of instruments for these segments included a 100-year-old cello, an 1830s double-reeded flute known as a flageolet, Tibetan singing bowls, a vibraphone, vintage analogue synthesizers and vintage acoustic guitars.

“We approached the project very much like a film score,” says Moore. “Each piece had to be a specific, organic and beautiful cinematic experience.”

In order to ensure each song was true to the sound of the instrument and performance, while still sensitive enough for the nature of the relaxing music, Tozzoli, the primary engineer, relied on his DPA 2011C compact twin diaphragm cardioid microphones and d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones.

“I chose the DPA 2011C for this project because it has low noise and incredible clarity,” explains Tozzoli. “We recorded in various studios and also at a gorgeous remote lodge-like home on a lake, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any ambient noise because it was just the bare instruments in the mix. The fact that the 20011C is cardioid is also a big reason for my selection as I needed the recordings to be very focused on the sounds directly in front of me. The 2011C provided me with that nice, narrow path. It’s just a beautiful microphone.”

“It was absolutely heavenly to hear my 1930s Martin acoustic guitar captured with every nuance of that special tone for which those guitars are so cherished,” adds Moore.

Tozzoli and Moore carried a mobile rig – comprising both types of microphones and a Millenia HB-307 pre-amp – to each location. Tozzoli credits the compact size of the DPA mics as being perfect for mobile rigs and said the combination of DPA and Millenia products was such an ideal solution for this project that even the artists took notice. “All of the musicians commented, literally across the board, on the sound in their headphones and said it made them perform better,” says Tozzoli.

“I’m new to DPA Microphones, but when I set them up to record in my studio all I could say was ‘wow,’ ” adds Ray LeVier, drummer/percussionist for the 21-Day Mediation project. “They’re just so good at reproducing exactly what you put them up against. You get the exact same sound back. There’s a clarity and a focus about the mics that is just apparent to everyone who hears them, whether they’re a musician or not.”

In order to ensure that the sound was as natural as possible, Tozzoli used Altiverb reverbs, which is a recording of the actual sound environments of historical buildings and structures around the world, as opposed to signal-processed simulated reverbs. For example, an ancient Indian temple provided the perfect deep and multi-dimensional reverberations for recording the flageolet and other delicate instruments. In addition, he relied on Sonnox Reverb and Eventide Space to help achieve the lush audio experience.

“The combination of DPA Microphones and these other elements created this incredible atmosphere for which the musicians could make their music,” continues Tozzoli. “One challenge we had, musically and technically, was to keep the soothing and lush music continuous after Deepak’s voice dropped out and before it came back in. The DPA mics literally, without question, helped us make such beautiful music that we could balance the bare instruments and have it carry one clear message.”

The 21-Day Meditation Challenge features a wide variety of musicians, including Moore on electric and acoustic guitars; Tozzoli on guitars and keyboards and LeVier, on percussion and vibraphone. Other featured artists on the project include Akua Dickson, who played the 100-year-old cello; Andy Munitz on violin; Laura Josephson on the flageolet and various other flutes; Kristen Hevner-Wyatt on acoustic piano and Bruce MacPherson on analogue synthesizers. David Ondrick performed vocal chanting tones and played Tibetan singing bowls.

The Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge: Miraculous Relationships is currently available on CD, in two forms: the original guided meditation challenge and the simple music and mantras version. It can also be downloaded from Chopra’s mediation website: www.chopracentermeditation.com or from Winfrey’s OWN Network website: www.oprah.com/own.

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 always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is 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.

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Extron Now Shipping VN-Matrix Codec for 3G-SDI Over IP

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the VNC 325 3G-SDI, a VN-Matrix series codec that streams SDI, HD-SDI, or 3G-SDI video and embedded audio over standard IP networks. The VNC 325 transports low latency, production-quality SD or HD video with embedded audio. Two channels of audio can be streamed with video in low bandwidth applications or up to 16 audio channels can be streamed in ancillary – ANC data blocks of four channels. Form factor improvements from the VN-Matrix 300 Series make it compatible with Extron rack mount accessories. more

HARMAN’s Crown Now Offers Online Certification Program for I-Tech HD Series Amps

ELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced that it now offers an online certification program for its I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The program is free of charge and provides two levels of certification: Basic, which trains users on basic features of the amplifiers, and Advanced, which enables power users to get the most out of their I-Tech HD purchase.

The course is available online at: http://www.crownaudio.com/usa/amplifiers/i-tech-hd-series.html. Simply click on the blue “Test Your Knowledge” icon at the right of the screen to register for the Basic or Advanced test. Once registered, users may take the tests in one sitting or save their progress and resume the test at a later date.

“Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers are the most technologically advanced amplifiers on the market today, and offer highly flexible configuration and control options,” noted Brian Pickowitz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “Our Online Certification Program gives users the knowledge they need to ‘dig deep’ into the amplifiers’ extensive capabilities and optimize the performance of I-Tech HD Series amplifiers for any live sound system application.

Once logged on, participants will be asked a series of questions about the I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The questions encompass a variety of topics including: types of features and connectivity options, DSP and preset memory capabilities, interfacing with other system components and software and many other areas.

Participants must receive an 80 percent or better correct score to successfully complete the tests. There are no time limits and users can take the tests as many times as they’d like. Once they pass the tests, they will receive a downloadable Certificate of Completion.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

SunBriteTV Announces Best Seat in the House Consumer Rebate Promotion Through End of Year

THOUSAND OAKS, California – Now that football season has kicked off, there’s no better place than outside to watch every game. And there’s no better time than now to invest in an outdoor television, thanks to SunBriteTV’s new Best Seat in the House consumer rebate program.

Consumers will be eligible to receive $300 back on SunBriteTV’s Signature Series model 4660HD ($2,795), the best-selling outdoor television in the world. A rebate for the 5565HD ($3,995) and 6560HD ($6,995) is also available for $400.

This touchdown of a deal is available now throughout Dec. 31- the world’s best outdoor television just got even better!

“Nothing compares to watching football outdoors,” says Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “With the Best Seat in the House promotion, football fans across the country can choose to save money or upgrade to a larger screen. There’s never been a better time to invest in an outdoor TV!”

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and a built-in 20-watt sound system. Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

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