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Cox Media’s WSB-TV Using Nexidia Dialogue Search to Uncover Buried Assets

ATLANTA — Dec. 4, 2013 – Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced that Cox Media Group’s Atlanta ABC affiliate, WSB-TV, has deployed Nexidia Dialogue Search to find precise content quickly within its substantial audio and video library, much of which lacks descriptive metadata to make it searchable by other means. WSB-TV’s library contains more than 40,000 hours of video and is constantly growing. Dialogue Search uses patented technology to search within this massive media library to find any given spoken word or phrase in seconds.

In one instance, WSB-TV used Dialogue Search to find the desired content in only five minutes from the time producers decided on search terms to the time they had the results. At the same time Dialogue Search uncovered content WSB-TV producers didn’t even know they had. A prior search for the same content using other methods took a full week and yielded no results.

“Many of our digital assets were in danger of languishing in the archive simply because we didn’t have the resources to log them properly, which made them difficult if not impossible to find in a search,” said Gary Alexander, director of engineering at WSB-TV. “But with Dialogue Search, we can easily discover content we never would have been able to find otherwise. Then we can send the information directly to our MAM system and follow our established production processes to insert the content into our stories. The lightning-fast searches and seamless integration with our workflow make it much easier to make better use of our media library.”

WSB-TV users simply type any combination of words or phrases into the Dialogue Search interface, and it will quickly find any media clip in the system where those words or phrases are spoken. Users can preview results in a video player without having to scroll through numerous clips to find a specific sound bite. Once clips are chosen, WSB-TV uses its MAM system to retrieve the content from LTO media and put it directly into its production asset management system. From there content follows its usual news production workflow.

“WSB-TV is one of the oldest stations in the South and has many decades worth of recorded history to draw upon for its programming,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “Dialogue Search gives WSB-TV a way to make use of that history by finding critical bits of content from the past that it wouldn’t have found otherwise, and then merging that content into today’s stories using today’s production tools.”

Bridge Digital, a Nexidia reseller in the southeastern United States, handled the sale to Cox Media Group.

More information about Nexidia Dialogue Search and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Photo Caption: WSB Television & Radio Group Campus

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Photo Caption: Nexidia Dialogue Search Flow Diagram

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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SoundTube Surface-Mount System for Speakers Earns Patent

SoundTube SM5xx speakers may be aimed in almost any direction using this patented assembly.

Park City, Utah and Overland Park, KS — MS Electronics, parent company of SoundTube Entertainment, has been awarded Patent # 8582798 for the mounting and aiming system used in SoundTube’s SM500i-II and related SM5xx-II series speakers.

The patented mounting and adjustment mechanism combines two separate mechanical systems to achieve a versatile and easy to use speaker aiming feature. The first system is a simple rotation axis that allows the speaker to be adjusted up or down, as would be achieved with a standard U-bracket. The second system provides rotation of the speaker around the main mounting shaft, allowing the first axis to be rotated to any angle. The blending of these two mechanisms results in a solid and secure mounting mechanism which offers nearly unlimited options in aiming the speaker. The aiming versatility is achieved with simple adjustments that can be made by hand, without the use of any tools.

The key to the design is a spring-loaded spline in the second rotation system. “A spline is typically used in the drive train on cars and trucks and is a very strong mechanism when it comes to transferring rotational power or torque,” said David Staley, MSE Audio VP of Engineering & Operations, and a principal designer of the system. “In this case we are using the spline to resist rotation, as this ensures that the speaker will stay aimed in the intended direction. The spring mounted feature allows the user to gently pull the speaker away from the wall, disengaging the spline teeth and allowing the speaker to be rotated in the desired direction. When the speaker is released, the spring pulls it back in to place, engaging the spline teeth and locking it in place. This enables the user to easily aim the speaker in almost any direction, without the use of tools.”

The patented mounting system is currently used on four models: SM500i-II; SM590i-II; SM500i-II-WX and SM590i-II-WX. The –WX versions of the speakers feature a hydrophobic material behind the grille that resists water, making those models useful for “extreme weather” applications.

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About SoundTube Entertainment
SoundTube Entertainment, based in Park City, Utah USA, develops, manufactures and markets loudspeakers for installed sound. Our broad range of products includes RSi and RS-EZ open-ceiling, CMi, CM-BGM and CM-EZ in-ceiling, SMi surface-mount, XT outdoor, HPi high-power, FP sound-focusing, LA columnar line array and IP-addressable speaker models along with the WLL wireless delivery system, SolidDrive surface-direct and Rockustics speaker brands. SoundTube products are installed in many of the world’s best-known commercial operations. SoundTube is part of MSE Audio®, Overland Park Kansas USA. www.soundtube.com / www.mseaudio.com

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Classic Style And Great Sound Make The MINI Cooper Mirror BoomBox A Gift Sensation This Holiday Season

HONG KONG, December 4, 2013- Pairing classic MINI Cooper design with exceptional sound quality, iUi Design’s Mirror BoomBox is a statement of style that doesn’t sacrifice substance.

Featuring the official MINI Cooper logo and molding of a MINI Cooper side mirror, the speaker is available in three models: the classic Union Jack, gray scale Black Jack, and Checkered Flag.

“MINI Cooper style is almost as iconic as the Union Jack itself,” said Al Fortino, Director of Business Development, iUi Designs. “We don’t see this exclusively as an accessory for MINI owners, but as a top-notch speaker for hip and fashionable consumers.”

The Mirror Boombox was created for ease of use, featuring a built-in microphone, voice prompts and a mirror that also acts as a touchscreen for volume control. NFC- and Bluetooth-compatibility come standard, as does a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery capable of up to eight hours of playback.

Eight watts of output power means that the Mirror BoomBox is comparable in sound delivery to similarly priced Bluetooth speakers on the market.

The Mirror BoomBox can be purchased directly from www.mirrorboombox.com for USD $149.99. Shipping is free.

For more information on iUi Design, please visit http://iuidesign.com/.

iUi Design can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/iuidesignglobal.

About iUi Design
Founded in Hong Kong and Singapore, iUi Design is a dynamic new technology brand dedicated to providing innovative technologies and superior designs for today’s eminently mobile yet connected technology consumer. iUi Design defies the rule that “Design + Quality = Expensive.” Its goal is to provide consumers everywhere with high-quality acoustic performance and wireless convenience without having to compromise on design or quality.

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TSL Products to Showcase a Range of Power Management Solutions that Save Energy Consumption and Cost on All Rack-Mounted Equipment at ISE 2014

TSL Products, manufacturer of power management solutions for the IT, industrial and broadcast industries, will showcase its full range of basic and intelligent power management products, including its smart power management dashboard, PsiMon with Eco Power Mapping, and its Vertical Intelligent Power (VIP) distribution unit, at ISE 2014 (Stand 9-G140).

“Effectively managing the equipment required to maintain system viability, IT and broadcast infrastructure has never been more challenging,” says Chris Exelby, Managing Director at TSL Products. “Systems managers are increasingly faced with guaranteed up-time targets across diversely located equipment facilities. In today’s cost-conscious and environmentally sensitive world, streamlining maintenance and support teams and minimising energy consumption is paramount. We’ve developed our power management range with these challenges in mind.”

Any facility that depends on rack-mounted equipment, be it a IT/Data Centre, Hospital or Oil rig or TV Station, with TSL Products’ Power Manager Family, savings on power consumption, staff and energy costs can be extensive. These power distribution units enable systems managers to monitor and control all rack-mounted equipment remotely and to efficiently manage power requirements whilst reducing overall costs.

TSL Products will showcase its new Vertical Intelligent Power (VIP) distribution unit at ISE. The VIP provides all the power and features of the TSL Products’ intelligent power distribution line in a vertical format. This innovative design not only maximizes rack space but streamlines the installation and configuration of rack-mounted equipment, offering users the option to mix and match between basic and intelligent power configurations to suit the specific application.
Other power management solutions in the range include the MDU-12PMi, which provides complete visibility of the health of the rack, monitoring status and alerts if preset limits are exceeded. The MDU Change Over products are designed to work in any system where reliable switching is needed between the main and secondary power supplies. Furthermore, the MDU-14B-32A is a reliable four-way mains distribution unit at excellent value.

TSL Products will also demonstrate its smart power management dashboard, PsiMon, for use with its Power Management products. PsiMon is an SQL server-based system that allows users to monitor and control the power levels of a multitude of rack-mounted devices remotely, ranging from temperature and voltage to GPIs and equipment fuse status. The dashboard displays a dynamic bargraph that shows real-time alarm status and numerical readings for parameter values. Rapid fault-location is achievable with a single mouse click, taking operators directly to the location of any fault and streamlining product maintenance.

What’s more, this unit offers the opportunity to invoke system pre-programmed power maps over LAN or WAN for energy management or individual equipment control using PsiMon’s new innovative Eco Power Mapping function, allowing system managers to dynamically switch power on and off to individual pieces of equipment, significantly reducing power consumption across a site for the individual equipment as well as reducing the need for air conditioning that would have been required to cool it down, and extending the life of equipment that is not being used outside of normal operation—a fantastic cost saving feature that helps keep tight controls on today’s ever increasing energy prices.

About TSL Products
TSL Products designs, manufactures and markets a range of hardware and software solutions that serve to simplify operations within the television broadcast, industrial and IT industries. Specializing in audio monitoring, surround microphones and processors, broadcast control systems and power management tools, TSL Products’ solutions satisfy and exceed the commercial, technical and operational requirements that exist in IT-based and traditional workflows, helping its customers to lower costs, generate revenue and streamline operations. For more information, please visit www.tslproducts.com.

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Christie Delivers Versatile Solutions for Government Installations at Govcomm 2013

Christie® is showcasing its visual display solutions at GOVCOMM 2013 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5. Renowned for exceptional products and expertise, Christie (GSA Schedule account #GS-03F-0003L) meets the premium performance requirements of today’s government agency display technology needs.

Christie Phoenix for Mission Critical Content Management
Christie Phoenix is the ideal solution for network-distributed content management, enabling secure access and control of information from one or multiple users in virtually any location. Users are able to synthesize information quickly and generate fast and accurate decisions in critical situations. It is the clear choice for fast-paced command and control centers with mobile and dispersed workforces such as public utilities, government, security and surveillance, transportation and telecommunications.

Displaying the capabilities of Christie Phoenix is a 2-by-2 Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel array. Christie FHD551-X flat panels can be used to create efficient high-definition, virtually seamless video walls with crisp images at a low cost of ownership. Christie FHD551-X flat panels can be installed as a single panel or a full video wall application in government breakout rooms, command and control centers, and briefing rooms.

Christie Brio for Instant Collaboration Anywhere
Introduced earlier this year, Christie Brio will be showcased in a captivating multisite meeting environment designed to highlight how efficient and effective teamwork and collaboration can be – whether across the hall or across the world. Government departments will see how easily they can securely share video and audio content from laptops or mobile devices by connecting to the meeting room’s display through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Without any dongles or special software to set up, Christie Brio allows any participant anywhere to see their colleagues’ presentations simultaneously.

Christie Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard contents, regardless of geographic location.

Christie Projection Technology for Government Visual Display Needs
Ideal for use in government briefing rooms, classrooms and training environments, Christie offers LCD, 1-chip DLP® and 3-chip DLP® projection for every government visual display need and budget. At GOVCOMM, Christie is demonstrating the superior performance, reliability and low ownership cost of the Christie LW720 LCD, Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® and Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors.

Rounding out the visual display solutions are Christie® MicroTiles®. The high resolution, high brightness solution is ideal in high ambient light environments and their small stackable footprint makes them perfect when real estate is at a premium while providing flexibility in display design. Christie MicroTiles’ combination of LED illumination and DLP® display technology provides low cost of ownership coupled with a long life span.

Christie Commands Center Stage at TechNet AP 2013 with High Performance Control Room Solutions

Christie has established a commanding presence in the development of next-generation control room solutions that delivers the ultimate in high performance wall displays, content management and data security. Among its latest solutions at the AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific Conference and Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 3 – 5, Christie will showcase its Christie® EnteroTM HB video wall display cubes along with the new Thinklogical VelocityDV1 3 direct fiber optic input card. The Thinklogical VelocityDVI™ 3 Direct Fiber-Optic Input Card installs directly into the Christie Entero HB cube, providing fiber-optic video signal extension capability at 6.25 Gbps bandwidth without the use of external receivers, power supplies and copper cabling, resulting in fewer points of failure and simpler, cleaner installations.

Christie Phoenix for Control Rooms


Co-developed with Thinklogical, a leading manufacturer and provider of fiber optic KVM, video, audio, and peripheral extension and switching solutions used in video-rich big data computing environments, , the Thinklogical DV1 3 strengthens Christie’s leadership in the control room market and expands the company’s diverse solutions for government, security and surveillance, utilities, public and emergency services.

“Integrating Thinklogical’s fiber-optic extension and switching systems with Christie’s advanced display technology offers customers lower cost of ownership through ease of installation, increased security and higher performance,” said Larry Wachter, Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing, Thinklogical. “This joint development with Christie enhances our ability to address customer requirements for high-performance visual computing solutions for command and control environments in multiple industries worldwide. We look forward to creating additional integrated fiber-optic solutions for other Christie display products.”

Christie will feature a 1 by 2 array of Christie Entero HB SXGA+ 80” cubes, a 55-inch Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel and the Christie® Phoenix™ network distribution system for processing and content management.

High Brightness Meets High Security
The Thinklogical Velocity DVI 3 direct fiber optic input card is a highly secure extension solution that eliminates the need for an external receiver and power supply, as well as the DVI cable normally used to connect the receiver to the display. Since additional copper cabling between the video source and the cube are no longer necessary, the card also increases data security by eliminating the electromagnetic emanations generated by copper cabling. It offers customers lower cost of ownership through ease of installation, increased security and higher performance.

“This co-developed fiber optic input card installs directly into Christie® Entero™ HB video wall display cubes, making it ideal for government installations and command and control environments where data security and sharp, high resolution content is critical,” noted Jim Gavloski, director, Product Management, Control Room and Video Wall Displays at Christie. “Christie’s collaboration with Thinklogical is part of our continuing strategy to provide the highest-performing, most comprehensive line of control room solutions to our customers.”

Flat Out Superior Color in the Christie FHD551-X
The streamlined Christie FHD551-X is the LCD solution for a wide range of video wall display applications, including control rooms, event production and out-of-home signage. It is significantly thinner than traditional LCD displays, yet packs a full array of industry-leading specification that include full-HD resolution (1920 x 1080), virtually seamless borders, and energy efficient LED backlighting. The Christie FHD551-X is a high-performance, affordably priced flat panel, with controlled brightness and wide viewing angles that make it ideal for high trafficked indoor applications with irregular ambient lighting. It is a durable and reliable solution for demanding display applications on a budget.

Rising Above the Competition
Driving the content at Christie booth #611 will be the Christie Phoenix™ a network distributed open content management system. A true game changer in the industry that breaks through the physical walls of the control room to encompass a global workplace, the Christie Phoenix can simultaneously encode, decode and display audio-visual data securely from anywhere, at any time, via standard IP networking technology. Setting a new standard for content mobility, the Christie Phoenix allows the same information to be presented in the same format simultaneously to all users, regardless of their location.

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HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 2 Strikes a Strong Chord with Producer Grant Leiterman

REVELSTOKE, Canada – A lot of talent passes through the small town of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada, and as the only producer in town, Grant Leiterman always manages to leave a big impact with his HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 2 digital console. With decades of experience, Leiterman mixes sound at convention centers, nightclubs and a 300-seat performing arts center.

The Soundcraft Si Expression 2 is an extremely versatile console that suits Leiterman’s needs, especially since his projects range from wedding ceremonies to monitor mixes with bar bands. For this reason, he finally made the switch from analog to digital. The Si Expression 2 digital board provides clear advantages in terms of recallable features and copy-paste capabilities.

“My setup times are as quick as my analog days, only now I get the benefits of storing multiple digital profiles,” said Leiterman. “Soundcraft makes it very easy for me to go to any venue with minimal gear and pull up the settings that I prepared for it.”

When asked about other mixing consoles, Leiterman replied: “The inputs on a lot of other boards are so compressed, there’s no music left. I have been working with Soundcraft my whole life, because it has been the most reliable brand for me. The Si Expression 2 definitely holds up to the Soundcraft reputation because it does not sound too warm or too crisp.”

Soundcraft consoles are designed with the user in mind, as it comes standard with FaderGlow™ to illuminate the fader slots according to function, the TOTEM™ for instant mixing with a single key, and the complete feel of an analog board as each control is dedicated to a given function without any layering of controls.

“Just as expected from a Soundcraft console, it was solid out of the box and does everything just the way I want it to. My experience with Soundcraft started with the 200 and 800 Series, and I’m glad the company listens to its customers and provides upgrades all the time,” Leiterman stated.

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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