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Britain’s Channel 5 Commits to FORscene After Test Run

LONDON — Oct. 24, 2013 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform FORscene, today announced that British broadcaster Channel 5 has purchased a FORscene server after a six-month trial.

Despite the fact that FORscene was introduced in the middle of test-case production cycles and that staff received no formal training, Channel 5 was impressed with the workflow efficiencies FORscene offered during the trial. The system proved especially valuable as a logging and rough-cut tool on “Go Hard or Go Home,” where it replaced tape and paper-based logging. Staff involved in the testing phase requested that FORscene be included in the plans for future productions — influencing the executive decision to purchase.

“I have been impressed by FORscene’s capabilities during the trial and I look forward to exploring the full depth of the system’s merit as our workflows develop,” said Claire Freeman, head of post-production at Channel 5.

Now that FORscene is in place permanently, Channel 5 will use it from the outset of the next production, “The Great Christmas Toy Giveaway,” ensuring that the software is used to its maximum potential.

“I first worked with Channel 5 back in 2005 when it became the first broadcaster to log a TV series in FORscene,” said Forbidden CEO Stephen Streater. “In the eight years since, FORscene has been transformed into something far more than a logging tool. Its simplicity and power make it well suited to logging and sync pulls at Channel 5, and its editing functions are an added bonus.”

More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc is an award-winning technology company that develops and delivers cloud-based solutions for collaborative video post-production. Its flagship product, FORscene, is one of the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. Launched at IBC in 2004, FORscene has been used to log, edit, review, and publish more than 3 million hours of professional video content. Listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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First Baptist Church at the Mall Standardizes with Nine HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression Digital Consoles

LAKELAND, Florida – Building on its successful relationship with HARMAN’s Studer over the past year, the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida recently upgraded with nine Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles in time for the Church’s fall season. The consoles are being used in several areas throughout the Church’s property, including the classrooms, chapel, the children’s ministry and youth ministries.

Of the nine Si Expression consoles Church at the Mall now owns, five are Si Expression 3, three are Si Expression 1 and one is a Si Expression 2. “We wanted to standardize on the same console throughout these different spaces,” said Daniel Livingston, Program Technology Supervisor at the Church at the Mall. “Since we rely on a number of volunteers to operate the technology, we wanted them to have the same level of familiarity with every console. We also can save settings from one console to a USB drive and copy that to another console, which is a huge advantage.”

As with any house of worship that relies on volunteer technical operators, ease of use was a top priority when choosing a digital console. “The Si Expression consoles are very easy to operate and the volunteers already love working with them,” Livingston noted. “Once a volunteer learns on one of them, he/she can use the Si Expression console in any other room.”

Livingston added that the existing relationship with Studer—the Church purchased a Vista 5 M2 for front-of-house and monitor mixing in its main worship space in 2012—was a factor in the decision to purchase the Soundcraft Si Expression consoles. “We have had success with the Vista 5 M2 and the fact that the Compact Stagebox can be interchanged between Studer and Soundcraft consoles was a benefit as well,” he said. “Of course, the affordability of the Si Expression was also attractive and frankly, they sound a lot better than I would have expected at that price point.”

For more information on Church at the Mall, please visit www.churchatthemall.com

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.

Kramer wins Manufacturer of the Year Award at AV Awards 2013, together with Systems Product of the Year Award for the VP−771

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce its recent winnings at the 2013 AV Awards event: Manufacturer of the Year 2013, and Systems Product of the Year 2013, with the VP−771 Switcher/scaler. The awards were announced at a gala dinner attended by manufacturers, dealers and consultants from all over Europe, in the Park Lane Hilton in London, on Friday, 11 October.
Kramer Electronics entered two categories in this year’s awards: the prestigious category of Manufacturer of the Year, and a product−specific category, Systems Product of the Year, with the VP−771 Presentation Switcher/Scaler.
For over 30 years, Kramer Electronics has been providing solutions to the vast range of challenges that confront the AV industry, developing creative, reliable and value−oriented top−of−the−line products and distributing them worldwide with an uncompromising level of service and support. Our products serve a broad range of market segments, with a guarantee for best performance, reliability and quality, and up to seven years of warranty for most products.
It is no wonder, therefore, that the judges had decided to give the distinguished Manufacturer of the Year Award to Kramer Electronics, leaving other industry leaders way behind.
But not only that, Kramer also won a second award category at the same event, for Systems Product of the year, which Kramer won for the second year in a row. This year, the award had been given for the 9−input, VP−771 presentation switcher/scaler,
The VP−771 is a high−quality, 9−input presentation switcher and scaler from the new line of Kramer’s presentation scaling switchers, ideal for boardrooms, hotels, churches, lecture theatres and training rooms. The VP−771 accepts one of nine inputs: component video, DisplayPort (DP), 3G HD−SDI, two computer graphics, two composite video and two HDMI signals. It offers a versatile feature set that includes Luma−Keying, Picture−in−Picture functions, 2K resolution, emergency alert notifications, built−in web pages, and more. The VP−771 offers the ultimate in image manipulation and processing, using the latest digital signal processing technologies.
Winning the distinguished Manufacturer of the Year award, as well as Systems Product of the Year award for the second year in a row, encourages us to look forward to next year’s AV Awards, where new and exciting products will be introduced.
For information about all of Kramer Electronics products please go to www.kramerelectronics.com.

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Brazilian Video Services Provider Casablanca Online Continues to Rely on FOR-A Technology

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces that Casablanca Online, a leading provider of satellite communications services in Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently purchased a number of its professional video solutions. A long time user of FOR-A technology, the order adds to Casablanca’s arsenal of FOR-A products and includes one HVS-390HS video switcher, three UFM-30FRC frame rate converters, and two MV-1620HS multi viewers, as well as one FA-1010 and five FA-9520 multi purpose signal processors.

“One of the key factors that led us to acquire new FOR-A equipment was our high level of satisfaction with our existing FOR-A units,” said Alexandre Minghini, Marketing Manager of Casablanca. “We’ve been happy with the quality, functionality, and support that we’ve gotten from FOR-A and its technology.”

Casablanca chose the MV-1620HS multi viewer for use in each of its two new HD OB trucks, which were created to meet market demand for major productions of large sporting events. The MV-1620HS is a cost-effective multi viewer that supports mixed signals from HD-SDI, SD-SDI, or analog composite sources for up to 16 channels.

FOR-A’s signal processors were purchased by Casablanca to provide signal transmission, conversion and back-haul of live broadcasts. The video services provider is taking advantage of the FA-9520’s additional functionality as a color corrector, video optimizer, and up/down/cross/aspect converter to meet the demands of its customers, including Fox Sports Latin America. Casablanca specializes in covering live sports events both nationally and internationally.

“FOR-A provides market-leading solutions that are ideal for use in sports production,” said Minghini. “We’re happy to continue our partnership with them, and Casablanca is also looking forward to testing out new FOR-A equipment in the near future, including the FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

About Casablanca Online

Casablanca Online is one of the most complete providers of satellite live transmission services in Brazil. It has been in the market for over 15 years and has been involved with thousands of national and international events. It is a pioneering company in the implementation and integration of the HD and 3D technologies, and has its own industrial division, IBRASAT – a high-technology products research and development center – that enhances and differentiates its operations. It has the largest fleet of DSNG mobile units, reaching many different points within the Brazilian and the South American territory.

HARMAN Professional’s Crown And JBL Professional Provide Comprehensive Audio Solution for South Bend’s Kroc Community Center

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in South Bend, Indiana is dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region with a wide range of education, faith, sports, arts and supportive programs. The $64.2 million, 100,000-square-foot Kroc Center encompasses 12 acres in downtown South Bend and houses a worship and performing arts venue, aquatics center, fitness and recreation center and a fine arts, music, education and special events facility. More than 110 HARMAN JBL loudspeakers, powered by nearly two-dozen Crown amplifiers, deliver sound for the entire complex.

Specializing in commercial, government, education, healthcare and entertainment installations, systems integrator Communication Company of South Bend Inc. (www.communication-co.com) provided the audio/video and paging for the facility, along with life safety CCTV and control systems. “Kroc Center has a combination of teaching areas, athletic facilities, worship spaces and even a fully equipped recording studio, so the facility required almost every conceivable type of A/V need,” said Rick VandenBossche, Communication Company’s Systems Engineer. As a result, VandenBossche and his team went with a variety of application-specific loudspeakers and amplifiers according to the requirements of each of the 12 rooms they wired for sound.

Sound for the chapel is provided by a relatively modest complement of three JBL AC18/26 compact wall-mount loudspeakers, three Control 26CT in-ceiling loudspeakers, 11 Control 65P/T pendant loudspeakers and two ASB4128 subwoofers. The loudspeakers are powered by eight Crown XTi 4002, XTi 2002 and CDi 1000 amps. The fitness room and gymnasium, two of the other larger rooms at Kroc Center, are served by equally unassuming yet capable systems. The fitness room is fitted with eight JBL Control 24CT in-ceiling loudspeakers, 12 Control 65P/T pendant loudspeakers and a Crown CDi 1000 amplifier, while the gym is served by 12 JBL Control 321C in-ceiling loudspeakers and three Crown XTi 2002 amps.

“Thanks to the loudspeakers’ efficiency, wide coverage patterns and clarity over a wide frequency range, we were able to successfully take a ‘less is more’ approach and deliver outstanding sound throughout the Kroc Center facility. It didn’t hurt that JBL offers tremendous value for the money,” noted VandenBossche.

In fact, the “biggest” loudspeaker installation is in the youth activity center, where Communication Company went with a pair of JBL PRX615M 15-inch portable powered loudspeakers and two each of JBL’s EON 515 15-inch 2-way speakers, EON10 G2 10-inch two-ways and EON 518S 18-inch powered subs. The Center hosts a wide variety of functions and they needed to meet a wide range of audio requirements from bands, DJs and live performances to general PA, events and background music requirements. “The PRX and EON loudspeakers can accommodate anything and everything that happens here – they play loud, are easily moveable and because all the loudspeakers are powered, they can be moved into place and set up in a few minutes,” VandenBossche pointed out.

Other areas in the Kroc Center include a number of classrooms, two dance rooms, an aquatic center, a fine arts and digital arts center, a music rehearsal room, a kids’ care room and other areas. Audio for these parts of Kroc Center is provided by a combination of JBL Control 24CT, 28, 65P/T 67P/T and C29AV1 loudspeakers and Crown XTi 1002, CDi 1000 and CTs 4200 amplifiers and 280MA mixer-amps. “We chose Crown because so many different types of systems are used in this facility that different types of amps were required and Crown makes an amp for every need,” said VandenBossche.

The Kroc Center and its audio system are used day and night, VandenBossche notes, and the facility has become a cornerstone of the community. “The project was a great success and we look forward to working with Kroc Center for many years to come.”

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.

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Sennheiser receives Engineering Emmy‘s® Philo T. Farnsworth Award

Hollywood, CA – October 24, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser has been honored with the prestigious Philo T. Farnsworth Award at last night’s 65th Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards in Hollywood. The Philo T. Farnsworth Award honors an agency, company or institution whose contributions over time have significantly impacted television technology and engineering. The award originated in 2003 as a means to recognize Panavision’s years of contribution to the film and television industries. Unlike most other Emmy awards, it is not awarded every year. The award is named after the inventor of electronic television, Philo Farnsworth.

Seven Engineering Emmys were awarded at the ceremony: the Philo T. Farnsworth Award, the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, Engineering Emmys for YouTube, Aspera’s FASP Transport Technology, Josh C. Kline for creating Digital Dailies®, iZotope RX Audio Repair Technology and Previzion Virtual Studio System (Lightcraft Technology), as well as two Engineering Plaques awarded to Lawo AG for their audio networking and routing system and Final Draft Screenwriting Software.

Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser accepted the Emmy statuette “on behalf of the passionate Sennheiser staff that helped to create innovative audio products and have provided impeccable customer service in the fields of TV and broadcasting.”

Frank Morrone, governor of the sound branch at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, himself an Emmy Award-winning Hollywood audio engineer, congratulated Sennheiser on the award: “I am excited that the Television Academy has chosen to recognize Sennheiser as a leader in developing products that have contributed to advancing the way television is created and produced.”

Daniel Sennheiser commented: “We are thrilled that the Engineering Awards Committee has selected Sennheiser for this much sought-after award. This is an incredible honor for all of us at Sennheiser, and I dare say especially for our teams in North America, who are reliable and enthusiastic partners to the benchmark-setting US TV industry. The award also honors the achievements of my father and grandfather, who firmly grounded and advanced the company in the fields of production and broadcasting.”

Sennheiser’s wireless microphone systems and shotgun microphones are used in TV and film productions the world over. Whether robust and reliable RF wireless systems like Digital 9000 or highly precise gun microphones such as the industry-standard MKH 416 – sound engineers at production centers across the globe rely on Sennheiser microphone technology.

Sennheiser began producing shotgun microphones as early as the 1950s, and when the need for wireless transmission emerged in TV broadcasts at the end of that decade, the company was at hand to liberate hosts and actors from the cable with its first wireless mic in 1957. Since then, of course, technologies have evolved tremendously, resulting in today’s climate-resistant, rugged shotgun microphones and superior multi-channel wireless systems with tiny, easy-to-hide lavalier microphones and excellent handheld microphones.

About the Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards:

The 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards are overseen by chair Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros. Committee members are Stuart Bass, A.C.E., Picture Editors Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies; Kevin Hamburger, Sr. Supervising Producer, THE TALK; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David Jensen, Partner, Monitor; Geoff Katz, Vice President, Watchwith; Frank Morrone, C.A.S., Sound Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; John D. O’Brien, Video Control/Consultant “The Big Bang Theory”; Mark Scott Spatny, VP Digital Effects, Stargate Studios; Barry Zegel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Television City.

About Sennheiser:

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Caption: Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser accepting the prestigious Philo T. Farnsworth Award at the Engineering EMMY® Awards Ceremony

Emmy®: The Emmy name and the Emmy statuette are the trademarked property of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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HARMAN Professional’s Crown and JBL Professional Provide Major Improvement to Minor League Stadium

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – South Bend, Indiana’s Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium is the home of the South Bend Silver Hawks minor league baseball team. The 5,000-seat stadium, known locally as “The Cove,” opened in 1987 with a sound system that was good by 1980s standards, but not up to the requirements of the stadium’s recent renovation and expansion. When systems integrator Communication Company of South Bend Inc. (www.communication-co.com) was contracted for the stadium’s sound system upgrade, it turned to HARMAN’s Crown and JBL to meet the specific audio needs of the project.

“Our goals for this project were not just to significantly improve the sound quality at the stadium but to make the games a better, more fun-filled experience and equip the stadium to accommodate other events that are held throughout the year,” said Rick VandenBossche, Systems Engineer at Communication Company. The renovation ran from 2011 through 2013.

All the speakers inside the stadium were replaced with 16 JBL Control 29AV full range indoor/outdoor loudspeakers to cover the main seating areas, complemented by 31 Control 24CT in-ceiling loudspeakers in the upper deck and 48 Control 25AV high-power compact loudspeakers in the walkways and on light poles. A series of luxury suites and an area for private parties and meetings were added to the stadium, all equipped with JBL Control 24CT loudspeakers and high-definition video displays.

One of the key components of the renovation was the creation of a park-like environment that surrounds the facility and allows patrons to walk a full circle around the stadium. The walkway is lined with video screens, loudspeakers and lighting that are designed to bring the play-by-play action inside the ballpark to the outside of the property and 30 JBL Control 29AV loudspeakers are deployed throughout this area.

All the loudspeakers are powered by five Crown CTs 2000 and four XTi 4000 amplifiers, which are connected to the facility’s system control network by three Crown IQ3 PIP-USP3 network interface modules.

“With all outdoor facilities you are going to encounter acoustical challenges,” said VandenBossche. “First, we needed to respect the residents in the neighborhood next to the facility. Second, with outdoor venues it’s best to distribute audio from multiple points instead of hurling sound from one place and blowing some people out while others don’t hear enough sound.” Hence the use of multiple smaller JBL loudspeakers, deployed in a distributed audio system that took into account areas with reverberant sound and outdoor walkways with high environmental wind noise into account. The output of the loudspeakers was time-delayed as necessary according to their locations.

VandenBossche chose JBL Control Contractor Series outdoor loudspeakers for their presence, clarity and ability to deliver wide coverage from smaller enclosures. “They’re dynamic loudspeakers with great sound.” Crown amplifiers were used exclusively because he feels they offer the best quality and value on the market.

Another curveball for Communication Company was the fact that they had to install the system in the offseason and not interfere with season play, which meant all the work had to be done in Indiana’s late winter. “Let’s just say the installation would have been more fun if it wasn’t so cold out!” VandenBossche noted.

The result was worth it. “With a setup like this, the fans find it hard to contain their excitement once the music and game-day sounds start,” concluded VandenBossche. “The ballpark experience is completely transformed and games are much more fun and exciting.”

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.

Josh Nissim Promoted to Senior VP/General Manager of WorldStage NY

WorldStage is pleased to announce that Josh Nissim has been promoted from VP of Lighting to the position of Senior Vice President/General Manager of the New York operation.

“Josh has been a trusted member of our management team for many years, and this was the logical next step,” says WorldStage president Josh Weisberg. “As we continue to grow and look towards expanding our capabilities and geography, Josh will provide the stability and continuity that is so important to any successful business.”

“Josh has shown such a steady hand in guiding and supporting the lighting and shop operation that it made sense to elevate him to a general management role,” Weisberg continues. “This promotion is the logical next step and, with my involvement in our expansion, we need to maintain a steady presence here in New York.”

“I truly appreciate being part of an organization that has allowed me to grow as the company has grown,” adds Nissim. “It’s been a great ride and I look forward to the challenges my new position brings and to continuing to lead a group of very dedicated and talented people.”

Nissim originally joined WorldStage (then called Scharff Weisberg Inc.) in 1995 serving as a video engineer/projectionist and project manager for five years. He then left the Staging Division to launch and run the Media Resource Center (MRC), a full-service production facility, which he ran for several years. He came back to rental operations in 2006 to run Scharff Weisberg Lighting and more recently was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2010 overseeing the companies NJ facility and operations.

Nissim graduated from Hofstra University in 1993 with a BA in Communications and began his career at the Walt Disney Company in Orlando where he held various technical positions, including jobs in video engineering and video projection; he also served as a stagehand on several theatrical shows and live events there. In addition, he served in leadership and entertainment technical roles at Sea World, Orlando.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Industry Vets Matt Cowan and Garrett J. Smith Join Entertainment Technology Consultants in Key Roles

(Los Angeles, CA) Entertainment Technology Consultants (ETC), the leading provider of production and consulting services to the entertainment technology sector, announced that Matt Cowan and Garrett J. Smith are joining the company in key technology roles. Cowan rejoins the company as Chief Innovation Engineer. Smith will assume the newly created role of Senior Creative Liaison. The two will focus on technology developments that enhance the creation, processing and display of content for the entertainment industry.

In making the announcement, H. Loren Nielsen, ETC President and co-founder, noted, “The industry is evolving rapidly and undergoing a major shift in direction. We need to provide our clients with the expertise and vision to lead. I cannot imagine two people I would rather have on board to help guide the transition than Matt and Garrett. Matt is a world-class scientist in the study of the human visual system and its application to the development of capture and display devices. Garrett’s history in digital mastering is legendary and encompasses most of the important developments in our business, including home video, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Cinema.”

Matt Cowan

Cowan, one of the original co-founders of ETC, is rejoining the company he helped launch in 1995. He will focus on image quality projects related to the next generation of capture, processing and display technologies. Most recently, Cowan held the position of Chief Scientific Officer at RealD, where he was instrumental to the successful development of RealD’s 3D cinema system. He chairs SMPTE’s “On Screen Light Measurement” study group and regularly teaches color science and digital cinema courses for universities and industry forums. Cowan commented, “I am thrilled to be rejoining the ETC team. ETC’s clients are doing some of the most exciting work in the industry, and this is a wonderful opportunity to bring the science of human perception to a host of new technology applications.”

Garrett Smith

Smith joins ETC after a decades long stint as Head of Mastering and Production Technology at Paramount Pictures. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Technology Committee and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council, and a recipient of the ShoWest Digital Cinema Pioneer Award. Smith commented, “I’ve had the good fortune of working on some groundbreaking projects during my career, and ETC is engaged in some of the most interesting work going on in the entertainment technology industry today. I’m excited.”

Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President Cinema at Dolby Laboratories and former General Manager at DLP Cinema, commented, “Matt and Garrett bring to ETC a combination of deep scientific knowledge, long-term relationships and an understanding of the industry’s needs. I think this all-star team will impact innovation in the industry.”

About Entertainment Technology Consultants
Founded in 1995, Entertainment Technology Consultants provides production and consulting services to companies who develop and sell technology and products for the entertainment industry. The company has broad access to executives and professionals within the entertainment industry developed through creative and technical collaboration. ETC consultants’ backgrounds include proficiency in image processing, production, 3D technologies, display systems, digital workflow and color management.

ETC clients include: the Arri Group, Christie Digital, CinemaCon, Dolby Laboratories, Mitsubishi Electric, the Producers Guild of America, RealD, RKO Pictures, Rubin Postaer & Associates, Texas Instruments, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Wohler Content and Communications World (CCW) 2013 Product Preview

MPEG DVB-ASI and IPTV Monitors
Wohler MPEG monitors decode and provide convenient at-a-glance monitoring of program content from MPEG-2/4 ASI and Ethernet IP streams, as well as 3G/HD-SDI inputs. The MPEG video monitors decode and display MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals via BNC or Ethernet inputs, while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, and PID data for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD-SDI with loop-through, the MPEG monitors also accommodate HDMI(R) video and audio with level meters, GPI, and tally. Wohler will feature the MPEG-4290, a 4-RU system with two 9-inch screens; the MPEG-3270, a 3-RU system with two 7-inch screens; and the 2-RU MPEG-2443 with four individual 4.3-inch screens.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/MPEG-3270.zip
Photo Caption: Wohler MPEG-3270 Video Monitor

RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)
The Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) provides consolidated media processing capabilities, such as transcoding, standards conversion, audio processing, caption processing, and quality control, with a highly intelligent content management fabric and workflow orchestration layer. Based on an extensible service-oriented architecture, the platform integrates smoothly with editorial, archive, traffic, business process, and rights management systems.

New to CCW this year is the first version 8 series release of the RadiantGrid platform. This release contains a new media processing engine that provides content transformation at speeds that are unparalleled.

The platform brings optimized video pipeline features such as anamorphic video handling, 2K/4K support, and higher bit depths of up to 16-bit YUV. New since IBC2013 is the RadiantGrid Detect and Correct(TM) video legalization option featuring the unique RightHue(TM) algorithm that ensures comprehensive NTSC and PAL color compliance within the file-based domain.

At the audio level, the new media processing engine parallelizes complex audio loudness correction alongside the video at speeds never before seen. In addition to all of this, RadiantGrid version 8 enables fully compliant OTT offerings for Microsoft Smooth Streaming, MPEG-DASH, HLS, H.265/HEVC, and introduces a unique solution for U.K. DPP compliance.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/RadiantGrid2013.zip
Photo Caption: RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)

AMP1-MADIe Audio Monitor
The Wohler AMP1-MADIe is an in-rack portable MADI monitor unit with Ethernet control and configuration, including compatibility with the Evertz MAGNUM facility control system. Ideal for sports production and other live broadcasts, it can be connected in series with a 56- or 64-channel MADI stream to provide audible monitoring and metering of any eight selected MADI channels at once. Designed for customers requiring unique functionality equivalent to a MADI audio hot-mic mixer, Wohler’s AMP1-MADIe simplifies rapid selection and monitoring of MADI signals in fast-paced, live-to-air production environments. Two models are available, with support for either multimode or single-mode fiber connections in addition to standard copper on BNC. Each model will also convert fiber to BNC and vice versa.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/AMP1-MADIe.zip
Photo Caption: Wohler AMP1-MADIe Front Panel

AMP1-16M Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Audio Monitor
Wohler’s AMP1-16M dual-input SDI audio monitor provides high-performance monitoring of embedded audio in two 3G/HD/SD-SDI streams at an attractive price point. The 1-RU system de-embeds and provides metering and monitoring of any or all of the 16 audio channels in the selected 3G/HD/SD-SDI stream. The front panel allows intuitive operation and clear display of levels and other critical information using 2.4-inch LED-backlit LCD displays, enabling one-touch monitoring and summing of any selected pair(s) to built-in speakers, headphones, or XLR balanced analog outputs.

The AMP1-16M monitor features a number of convenient capabilities, including remote access for setup and storage of user-defined presets via Ethernet and USB connections, along with gain adjustment/trim on individual audio channels (as well as select or deselect channel pairs) with the ability to assign channels as left, right, or center (both) to the internal audio system and the analog outputs. It offers both pass-through of each SDI input and a reclocked output of the selected monitored SDI stream.

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Photo Caption: Wohler AMP1-16M Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Audio Monitor

AMP2-E16V Series Modular Audio/Video Processing Monitor
Wohler will also present its flagship AMP2-E16V audio/video processing monitor. The monitor’s feature list is the longest in the industry, yet the product is operated with one-touch simplicity. In addition to its top-quality audio system, it features simultaneous multiformat monitoring, quick program selection, instant stereo downmix, loudness monitoring, internal channel mixing including SDI re-embedding, audio delays, a wide variety of meter scales and ways to view meters, video, and Dolby(R) or SMPTE 2020 metadata.

The AMP2-E16V offers Dolby Zoom, Dolby E line position, and CRC error monitoring, as well as automatic system configuration based upon signal inputs, 32 complete system configuration presets, a complete internal help system, and Ethernet software updates. Audio processor card options facilitate easy configuration for multiple SDI, AES I/O, analog I/O, and connection to external surround systems.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/AMP2-16V.zip
Photo Caption: Wohler AMP2-E16V Audio/Video Processing Monitor

Company Quote:

“CCW is an ideal show to showcase solutions that consolidate, simplify, and improve media production and delivery workflows. Throughout the expo, we will demonstrate how the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform targets that need by uniting intensive file-based media processing with intelligent content management and workflow orchestration layers on a single scalable and highly efficient platform. We’ll also highlight how our MPEG line of video monitors offers flexible and robust solutions that support streamlined operations.”
– John Terrey, Vice President Sales, Wohler

Company Overview:

Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring category, and continues today through its development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, captioning, and loudness applications. Wohler’s 2012 acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies extends this award-winning product line to include the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, and faster-than-real-time transcoding and standards conversion. This new offering, combined with the company’s proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring, compliance recording, and content management solutions, ensures high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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