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BenQ’s Revamped M5 Projector Series Now Features Improved Brightness and Longer Lamp Life

New Projectors Offer Ultra-Bright 3000 ANSI Lumens, New Presenter Tools, and up to 10,000 Hours of Lamp Life

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Oct. 31, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its revamped line of M5 series projectors. Comprising the MS504, MS521, MX505, MX522, and MW523, the M5 series projectors specifically designed for small- to medium-sized spaces now bring an ultra-bright 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, Colorific(TM) image quality, and an astounding 10,000 hours of maximum lamp life for home, business, and education settings. The projector family’s newest products also feature both Blu-ray(TM) and stereoscopic 3D support in addition to a wide range of new presenter tools.

“Our latest M5 series projectors offer enhanced brightness and increased energy-savings for today’s multipurpose projection environments,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “By increasing light levels to 3,000 lumens and extending lamp life to an incredible 10,000 hours, we’ve added tremendous value for users looking to bring amazing picture performance at a lower total cost of ownership for their small- to medium-sized rooms.”

Using BenQ’s world-leading SmartEco(TM) technology, the new M5 series projectors provide an industry-leading 10,000 hours of maximum lamp life to today’s living room, boardroom, and classroom applications. As a result, users can reduce their energy consumption without compromising picture quality. To further reduce power consumption, a “no source detected” mode automatically lowers brightness to 30 percent when no display has been detected for more than three minutes. In “Standby” mode, BenQ projectors also lower power consumption to less than 0.5W during periods of inactivity.

Available in SVGA (MS504 and MS521), XGA (MX505 and MX522), and WXGA (MW523) resolutions, the new projectors feature BenQ’s Colorific image quality to provide users with accurate, crisp, and long lasting color. As a result, users experience up to 1 billion stunning colors without experiencing light burn or color degradation over extended usage — further reducing the devices’ total cost of ownership. Thanks to high contrast ratios of 13000:1, BenQ’s M5 series projectors deliver sharper picture quality, which enables the reproduction of finely detailed images in a variety of ambient lighting settings and adds to the flexibility of the projectors’ installation options.

For 3D entertainment, the MS521, MX522, and MW523 feature 3D Blu-ray compatibility while the MS504 and MX505 deliver stereoscopic 3D-ready projection — providing viewers with the same immersive 3D effects found in today’s movie theaters. When purchasing an MS504 or MX505 projector, users also obtain 3D glasses, in addition to a content card and video card. For classroom settings, the MS504 and MX505 projectors add an audio pass-through function when teachers require only sound, while the projectors’ teaching templates enable presenters to write on whiteboards without the need to draw lines. To minimize disruptions, administrators can also easily replace lamps on the go using the new upper lamp door on the MS504 and MX505.

Available end of November 2013, BenQ’s new MS504, MS521, MX505, MX522, and MW523 retail at $429, $489, $499, $529, and $749 respectively. Additional information on BenQ’s full line of products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.

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LynTec Updates RPC Panel With Powerful New Features

Enhanced Version Combines Latest Motorized Circuit Breaker Technology With New and Improved Controller

LENEXA, Kan. — Oct. 30, 2013 — LynTec, a leading manufacturer of customized electrical power control for installed audio, video, and lighting systems, today announced the availability of its RPC (Remote Power Controller) Series Panel version 2. RPC v2 is designed to facilitate system build-outs by accelerating the design and installation process as well as decreasing operating costs. The update combines the latest generation of motorized circuit breaker technology with a new and improved controller, featuring more memory and a faster processor for real-time monitoring down to the circuit level and the capacity to use multiple control protocols simultaneously — now including sACN.

Engineered to protect and control installed entertainment AVL systems, LynTec’s RPC v2 provides increased memory capacity and faster internal processing. The controller is available across the entire RPC product line, enabling users to experience familiar point-and-click installation and setup with the company’s motorized circuit breaker panels, retrofit relay panels, and mobile power distribution panels. The RPC v2 also features two important market firsts: the capacity to use multiple control protocols simultaneously and an emergency auto-on function to activate egress lighting via contact closure inputs from fire alarms.

“Before the update, using multiple protocols simultaneously within a single panel was very difficult,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. “With RPC version 2, we’ve revolutionized AVL power control by creating the ultimate, all-in-one panel for simpler operation and deployments, giving our customers faster processing times, more protocol options, and the ability to monitor current draws in real time on any browser-enabled device.”

The RPC controller features an onboard server that is accessible on a network or from any smart device as well as motorized circuit breakers that can be loaded per specific user requirements. The device also includes built-in auto-off and brownout features that allow controlled shutdown and restart of circuit breakers, optional sequential on/off at the circuit level, and the ability for third-party control directly from systems via TCP/IP, DMX, RS-232, sACN, or contact closures.

As of November 2013, customers ordering an RPC panel, RPCR relay panel, or RPCM mobile power distro panel will automatically receive the RPC v2 upgrade. More information on LynTec and the company’s full line of products is available at www.LynTec.com.

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About LynTec
LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated AC power control systems for the installed sound, lighting, and video industries. The company offers both electrical protection and circuit switching capabilities within the same enclosure — saving space, lowering installation costs, and building trusted relationships with system designers. LynTec’s continuous growth in electrical and expanded lighting control, energy monitoring, built-in power conditioning, and mobile applications positions the company as a leading resource for the A/V and lighting industries and an integral partner for sustainable energy practices. More information is available at www.LynTec.com.

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X2O Media at CETW 2013

X2O Video Expert
Ideal for enhancing the customer experience in retail, banking, and healthcare settings, X2O Media’s Video Expert application on the X2O visual communications platform enables instant video conferencing between customers and specialized customer service agents, directly from interactive displays. This innovative capability is enabled through integration between the X2O platform and industry-standard video conferencing systems and software.

The X2O platform delivers media-rich TV channels and interactive content across digital signage networks. Using touchscreens placed in strategic locations throughout a retail store, for instance, customers can obtain detailed product information, locate products on a map, browse store ads, perform price checks, consult store websites, and read ratings for specific products of interest. When further information is required, they can instantly have a live conversation with a customer service agent via X2O Video Expert for seamless two-way interaction directly from the product aisle. In a more consultative setting, and when paired with a second touchscreen, Video Expert enables even richer customer engagements by allowing customer service agents to share files, product specifications, and their desktops in real time, leading to more personalized information in order to facilitate purchasing decisions or create upsell opportunities.

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SharePoint TV
SharePoint TV on the X2O visual communications platform allows users to create stunning, TV-like channels based on content in the popular Microsoft(R) SharePoint(R) enterprise collaboration platform, and automatically push them onto all screens across an organization, from digital displays to mobile devices and desktops.

With the X2O platform’s intuitive drag-and-drop authoring tools, users can select from a library of smart objects specifically designed to work with SharePoint applications, such as company news and announcements, team calendars, task lists, document browsing, and dashboards. This can be augmented with other user-generated content from social media, yielding relevant company dashboards without any additional programming. Users can then quickly and easily display this information on a variety of screens throughout an organization, including mobile phones, tablets, and desktops. Information updated in SharePoint is automatically reflected on the screens in real time, greatly improving the delivery of information without adding to staff workload. For timely messages and alerts, information can be entered directly into SharePoint and quickly sent throughout a business or organization, or to one specific person, team, or department. For more creative collaboration and knowledge sharing, employees can also publish videos, images, and PowerPoint(R) slides that appear within the SharePoint interface. The result is a powerful tool for optimized enterprise-wide communications with the look and feel of a corporate TV channel.

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Company Quote:
“At CETW 2013, we will be highlighting innovative applications that demonstrate the capabilities and versatility of our X2O platform for richer engagement and enhanced experiences for customers and employees. These will include the X2O Video Expert application, which allows entities such as retail stores, retail banking, and healthcare facilities to optimize their engagements through a more personalized connection with end-users. Also being featured is SharePoint TV, which allows enterprise users to maximize their SharePoint content by easily creating TV-like channels for powerful corporate communications.” — David Wilkins, President and CEO of X2O Media

Company Overview
X2O Media is a leading software developer of real-time visual communication solutions that significantly improve communications throughout the enterprise. X2O’s solutions facilitate the creation and delivery of video and graphics-rich content to digital displays, employee desktops, and mobile devices. Applications include corporate news channels, dynamic corporate dashboards, real-time emergency messaging, and more. X2O’s products and services are sold and supported globally, through a network of experienced distribution partners. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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Broadcast Pix Demonstrates Upgraded Flint, Granite X Integrated Production Systems at CCW

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will demonstrate Version 2.0 of its new Flint™ integrated production system, as well as upgrades to its new Granite™ X large-scale live production system, at Content & Communications World (Booth 861), Nov. 13-14, 2013, at Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Recently unveiled at IBC 2013 in Amsterdam, Flint V2 adds an internal eight-channel audio mixer, as well as broadcast quality internal H.264 recording and.WMV Web streaming, while Granite X has improved its multi-view monitoring and added advanced DDR control. Both Granite X and Flint can add cloud-based content – from Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Dropbox, and a variety of other online sources – during a live production while maintaining lip sync.

Flint’s new audio mixer takes audio from any camera input or internal clip store, and is controlled through an intuitive audio interface with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters. Other features include peak hold capability, mute and solo functions, and built-in audio-follow-video. Two outputs allow separate mixes with independent control for master recording and Web presentations. The audio mixer can also be controlled through Fluent Macros, an advanced macro system that easily executes any combination of video, audio, files, and device moves for complex effects.

“Flint was designed specifically for operations with limited budgets and limited manpower,” explained Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “An integrated audio mixer means one less piece of hardware to purchase plus easier audio control. It’s an important addition for our commitment to end-to-end integration.”

Expanding on its included Adobe Flash streaming, Flint V2 adds the ability to steam to a Windows Media Server using Microsoft Expression Encoder in up to 720p resolution. Flint V2 also adds built-in recording of the program output to the internal hard drive. Broadcast quality 1080i H.264 .MOV clips can be added to a show automatically using Fluent™ Watch Folders, Flint’s built-in file management system, or exported to an NLE system for later use.

Another enhancement adds a network input so video and audio from a Windows-based PC can be accessed as a source in Flint’s built-in production switcher. This not only reduces the amount of physical inputs, but allows cloud-based content from Skype and other sources, as well as other remote applications, to be seamlessly integrated into a live production.

Flint’s multi-format 1 M/E production switcher supports up to six cameras and includes eight channels of clips and graphics, three keyers with PiP and customizable DVE, Inscriber CG with six graphic channels, and a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats. Other features include the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, customizable virtual sets, and control of robotic cameras and other external devices.

Granite X improvements include advanced Fluent-View customizable multi-view capabilities, with 16 full motion source windows. It also offers enhanced DDR control that allows for different clips in each of the four channels of Harris, Omneon, Grass Valley K2, and 360 Systems servers. Ideal for large-scale productions, the 2 M/E Granite X features a Granite Switcher with 22 HD/SD-SDI inputs and 12 outputs, seven channels of file-based inputs, and six key layers for compositing. The system also includes a Granite Server that holds up to 180 hours of clips and graphics, Fluent™ integrated workflow tools, and redundant power and switching.

Flint V2 will ship in November with all new Flint systems and will be a free upgrade for all Flint systems under warranty. Granite X is now shipping and the new upgrades are available for any current user.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Flint, and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Listen Technologies Will Continue to Offer InfoComm Renewal Units

Listen Technologies will continue to offer InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialists the opportunity to earn four Renewal Units (RU) towards their certification upon successful completion of Level 2 Hearing Loop Training.

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—Listen Technologies is pleased to announce continued participation as an official InfoComm International Renewal Unit (RU) Provider. This distinction allows over 9,000 professionals with InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential to earn renewal units towards their certification upon successful completion of Listen’s One-Day Integration & Commissioning of Hearing Loop Systems (Level 2) Training. Four RU of InfoComm CTS Renewal Credits are available upon completion of this one-day class and passing the final exam.

To obtain approval, RU programs must feature experienced instructors with clear evidence of qualifications in the session topic. Each class must contain at least one relevant learning objective or industry-related purpose, relate to a specific exam topic area & exam level, and conclude with an assessment tool to demonstrate that the participants have grasped what the objectives of the class were. The criteria mentioned above are strictly reviewed by InfoComm University’s Certification Renewal Unit Committee.

“Listen Technologies is proud to have renewed its partnership with InfoComm and their CTS Renewal Units program. Through our Level 2 Hearing Loop class we are training both AV Integrators and Consultants to the high standards of the IEC 60118-4 specification, all while earning 4 Renewal Credits towards their CTS certification,” says Michael R. Griffitt, Certified Hearing Loop Instructor at Listen Technologies.

This course includes a full day training session that takes you through the steps that are required to install a Hearing Loop system properly. Those who attend the course gain a hands-on practical experiencing of installing, setting up, testing, and certifying a Hearing Loop system, as well as learning the theories of why it is key to install them properly. At the completion of this session and passing the final exam, participants will be certified as a Listen Hearing Loop Level 2 Integrator, capable of meeting the performance standards of the IEC 60118-4.

For additional information on programs and availability, please contact Listen Technologies or visit us at www.listentech.com/loop-training.

About InfoComm
InfoComm International is the trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. For more information visit www.infocomm.org

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies Corporation manufactures and distributes wireless audio products world-wide for use in auditory assistance, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications. Listen products provide superb audio performance, flexibility and ease of use, making them the ideal choice for schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment facilities, government agencies and other entities. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

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TouchSystems Grows Multi-Touch Screen Offerings

TouchSystems meets consumer demand for large-format, multi-touch screens with the addition of 46-inch and 55-inch multi-touch displays. Both displays are part of TouchSystems’ entry-level and economically-friendly line of displays, making the screens an ideal choice for customers new to digital signage or who are working on a strict budget.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional, Crown, and Soundcraft Provide Versatile Audio Solution for Rhema Bible Church

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The popular Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, Northwest Johannesburg, is a house of worship dedicated to learning and growing. With a seating capacity of 7,500, the Rhema Bible Church was in need of an upgrade to its sound reinforcement system for its large 180-degree bowl-shaped auditorium. Senior Pastor Ray McCauley turned to audio consultants SoundGP and HARMAN Professional South African distributor, Wild & Marr (Pty) Ltd., who provided an integrated audio infrastructure and broadcast/production facility consisting of HARMAN’s JBL Professional, Crown, and Soundcraft components.

The audio system had to support the multi-functional needs of Sunday morning services, with spoken word being the top priority. In addition, it needed to deliver high-end concert performance over the substantial audience noise levels generated in the large auditorium, while providing the necessary capability for international touring artists, without the need for additional equipment.

“The previous system was unable to cope with the new high-energy content being generated in many forms — from live music to AV,” stated Pastor Alan Plant, who heads logistics for Sunday services. “Due to its age, the speech coverage was uneven and not up to the level of consistency required to ensure a pleasant listening environment.”

Wild and Marr chose JBL’s VTX line array system powered by Crown’s flagship I-Tech 12000 HD power amplifiers. The system is controlled by the latest version of JBL HiQnet Performance ManagerTM software. The system needed to be transformed into one that communicated to a fast-growing, youth-focused audience. “This market consumes media in a different way with expectations of seamless integration of varying media streams from acoustic rock to low-end electronica bass tracks to multimedia streaming,” explained Gustav Teitge, Wild & Marr Systems Engineer.

To fulfill the church’s requirements, Wild and Marr outfitted the auditorium with four arrays of six JBL VTX V25 loudspeakers and two JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact enclosures per array acting as down fills. The system also includes three JBL VTX S28 subwoofers per side in a cardioid array. Eight JBL STX815M loudspeakers were also used to provide delays to the rear seating area.

By using a specially designed MADI routing solution, the church now has expanded routing flexibility and is capable of future expansion. This is a first-of-its-kind solution in such an environment, enabling the sound operators to mix 96 channels from the Soundcraft Vi6 stage box mic pre-amplifiers. Sixty-four of these channels are made available to the monitor Soundcraft Vi1 or the Soundcraft Vi1 in the broadcast/production facility as well as the permanent recording PC, which also doubles as a virtual sound check playback device.

The Soundcraft Aviom expansion card provides flexibility of routing to any console bus feed. This digital signal backbone also provides adequate tie lines for signal interconnection between the various consoles while passing AES/EBU signal to the main PA via the MADI router. An analogue signal routing system provides redundancy from the main PA ensuring reliable signal transport to the Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Gustav Teitge adds that the system performance objectives had been clearly met by installing JBL VTX. “The new technology incorporated into the D2 driver, as well as other innovations, like decreased component gaps and structural changes, make seamless audio interconnectivity when moving around the auditorium a priority — thus lending itself to extremely smooth and accurate audio distribution.”

SoundGP owner, Cristo Hattingh, was responsible for the voicing of the system. In addition, challenges faced and overcome along the way included restricted height due to the funnel shape of the space’s profile (incline floor,

decline roof towards the rear) creating unique standing waves in the low-mids and making it very challenging to achieve an even low-end distribution.

The implementation of a collaborative HARMAN product line was the first of its kind in Africa using this type of technology. “Utilizing the new VTX loudspeaker system all the way down to a MADI integrated Soundcraft fiber signal distribution and control backbone provided an innovative and successful solution to the many challenges the Rhema Bible Church presented,” concluded the design team.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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Matrox Support for Latest Release of Adobe Creative Cloud Now Available

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of full support for the latest release of Adobe® Creative Cloud™ software across the entire line of Matrox MXO2™ I/O devices and the Mojito MAX™ I/O card.
Matrox MXO2 Family and Mojito MAX
The award-winning Matrox editing products provide broadcast-quality video and audio input, output and monitoring to enable traditional tape-based workflows including deck control for frame-accurate batch capture and print-to-tape. They are also the only I/O solutions on the market that let users encode H.264 files for delivery to the web, iPad® and iPhone® up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac® and Windows® support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt™, PCIe® or ExpressCard/34® — with the same versatile unit.

“Delivering unsurpassed stability and timely releases to our customers has always been a priority for us,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager, Matrox Video. “Our long-standing collaboration with Adobe ensures tight integration of the latest tools from our respective companies.”

Price and availability
Matrox MXO2 devices are priced starting at $449 US (£338, €382) not including local taxes and delivery. Matrox Mojito MAX is priced at $995 US (£749, €799). Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Support for the latest release of Adobe Creative Cloud is part of Matrox driver releases 7.5.1 for Windows and 4.0 for Mac, which are available to registered users as free downloads from the Matrox website.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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Use ANY App on Your Tablet, PC or Mac in a Meeting Room with Vaddio’s GroupSTATION – Now Shipping

addio is now shipping GroupSTATION – a meeting room solution that enables meeting room participants to use their own personal applications on their own devices (tablets, laptops and network computers.)

“Mobile computing has really redefined how and where we work in the enterprise,” explains CEO of Vaddio, Rob Sheeley. “Remember when the only place we could work was at our desk? These desktop computers are now mobile devices we take with us everywhere. The problem as that mobile users want the ability to share their content and collaboration tools from these devices in a meeting room with local and remote participants. GroupSTATION solves this by allowing you to bring your mobile device into the meeting room. Now any app you use on your mobile device can be presented or shared as a group.”

Employees can share PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, engage in high definition videoconferencing using Skype, Microsoft Lync, WebEx or any other UC application. GroupSTATION allows any application to be shared or collaborated in the meeting room. Users can also use the standalone SIP based speakerphone for audio conferencing calls.

GroupSTATION includes the necessary peripherals to create a high-quality multi-use room and group collaboration experience: an HD PTZ camera, loudspeakers, microphones and a control dock. Users simply connect personal devices to the GroupSTATION via a USB, VGA or HDMI connection and begin using their favorite collaboration tools.

“It’s that simple,” says Rob Sheeley, CEO of Vaddio. “Whatever device people want to use, whatever operating system they have, whatever way they want to collaborate, and whatever application they want to use – they can.”

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition Drives Progress Toward Next-Gen Images and Audio

SMPTE Event Enjoys Record Attendance as Experts Examine Transformative Technologies Including 4K/UHD and Beyond

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Oct. 31, 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, today announced that the SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition concluded successfully on Oct. 24 with record attendance following a series of presentations, debates, panel discussions, and technology exhibitions that demonstrated why this has become the premier annual event for motion-imaging and media technology, production, operations, and the allied arts and sciences.

“UHDTV drove much of the conversation this year, and we saw creative approaches and innovative thinking everywhere, from the preconference technical symposium and 4K/UHDTV demo area through three days of presentations and the conclusion at our honors and awards ceremony,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “Key players in the worldwide media and entertainment industry came together to discuss state-of-the-art technologies and techniques for working with moving images, often breaking new ground in the journey toward even better consumer experiences with media.”

More than 2,000 people attended the technical conference and exhibition, which drew world-renowned technology thought leaders from motion picture studios, broadcast and distribution networks, production and postproduction communities, software companies, systems integrators, manufacturers, distribution providers, over-the-top providers, and others leading the evolving motion-imaging industry.

The preconference SMPTE 2013 Symposium, held Oct. 21 and titled “Next-Generation Imaging Formats: More, Faster, and Better Pixels,” featured technical and business tracks, as well as a first-of-its-kind demo room, all focused on the next generation of image formats. The day-long event addressed higher frame rates, wider color gamut, and increased dynamic range along with 4K (UHD-1) and 8K (UHD-2) resolutions.

The conference and exhibition itself launched with a keynote by Thomas Gewecke, chief digital officer and executive vice president for strategy and business development at Warner Bros. Entertainment. He stressed that industry members have an opportunity to redesign what entertainment experiences will be and thus must act to drive innovation.

Building on this imperative, conference sessions covered topics ranging from the cloud and immersive audio standards to image processing and multiview production. With respect to the latter, Disney’s Howard Lukk described a new “hybrid 3D” approach that uses a prototype trifocal camera system, and ARRI’s Johannes Steurer presented a “motion scene camera” that incorporates a time-of-flight sensor to generate depth information.

NHK’s Hiroshi Shimamoto reported on development of a 120 fps 8K 12 bit CMOS image sensor that the broadcaster recently built into an 8K compact camera. During his presentation on lens considerations for digital cinematography, Larry Thorpe of Canon treated attendees to a preview of “The Human Voice,” a 30-minute short shot with the Canon C500 camera in 2K 12 bit, using Cooke S4/i Prime lenses and Canon zooms.

Complementing these presentations and sessions, the sold-out exhibition hall featured displays and demonstrations from leading technology and solution providers. While Cisco(R) hosted a display showing imagery using its 4K HEVC compression in 6 Mbps (1000:1 compression of the original file) in 4:2:0 color depth, Fusion-io showed playback of 4K uncompressed imagery at 120 fps on a Sony(R) 84-inch 4K display from an HP(R) Z820 workstation equipped with four Fusion-io ioFX cards with 1.6 TB capacity.

On the final night, 2012 SMPTE Progress Medal recipient David Wood served as master of ceremonies for the annual awards ceremony, bestowing this year’s Progress Medal honor on NHK’s Keiichi Kubota. The society celebrated numerous other luminaries with awards recognizing their unique contributions to the industry, and 14 SMPTE members were raised to prestigious Fellow status. The evening concluded with the second annual SMPTE Jam, which featured the “Resolution Blues,” written by SMPTE Governor Richard Welsh.

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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