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YCD Multimedia Announces New, Advanced Version of its Video and Audio Player

New York, December 20, 2013 – YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of smart digital media solutions, announced a new version release of YCD|Player, an automated and fully synchronized video and audio player. Version 4.3 includes support for Windows 8, in addition to several content management enhancements, such as improved layout loading and editing and simple playlist management. The new version also features improvements for YCD|Agent instructions and enhanced content encryption, as well as other modifications for improved usability.

Improvements in layout loading and editing include several new features in play mode, as a result of the new LoadLayout command. Play modes included in the new version allow loading a playlist before the current track has finished, or the mixing of a current track with a new track. There is now a stop/start feature between two playlists during playback. Layout editor also supports an option for the user to “clear” a specific playlist layer with a single click, or to shuffle between any set of playlist layers after they have been loaded.

YCD|Agent, the point of communication between YCD|CMS and YCD|Player, now includes the capability for auto-synch and introduces specific commands to be dispatched with content uploads via XML for immediate processing, to enhance management and control of synchronized content transfer and playback. Users can now easily update playlists in runtime, save and modify playlists in memory and store the modifications to files and activate several callback commands.

About YCD|Player

YCD|Player is an automated and fully synchronized audio and video player that allows to simultaneously play up to 12 different Ultra-HD video channels and 20 different music channels from a single computer. With it, users can compile, manage, and play all their content — audio, video, media files, ads, clips, messages, and images — all from one easy-to-use interface.

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

Contact:

David Kanaan
Kanaan Public Relations
Tel.: +972-54-4255307
e-mail: David@KanaanPR.com

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Digital Nirvana Continues to Help Through Corporate Social Responsibility in 2013

Newark, CA – As 2013 draws to a close, Digital Nirvana, a provider of monitoring, management and compliance systems for broadcast, cable, and satellite networks, shares details of its corporate philanthropic endeavors for the year. The company’s corporate social responsibility program focused on educating children, providing shelter for the homeless, feeding the hungry and reducing domestic violence.

Digital Nirvana’s educational philanthropy this year includes involvement with Vibha, the Cherish Foundation, and Reach Beyond, all of which are non-profit organizations dedicated to making the lives’ of underprivileged children brighter by providing better environments and stressing the importance of education. Digital Nirvana also provided support to the Alameda County Library.

Last fall, Digital Nirvana sponsored the 11th annual breakfast for Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE), a domestic violence victim advocacy organization. Digital Nirvana has been involved with SAVE for the past several years, helping to support the non-profit’s mission of providing alternatives to domestic violence through support services, advocacy, and education.

Digital Nirvana also supported non-profits dedicated to feeding the hungry, including its work with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and the Alameda County Food Bank.

Another event sponsored by Digital Nirvana this year was the annual breakfast fundraiser for Abode Services, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless people and works to end the cycle of homelessness. 2013 marks the third year that Digital Nirvana has been involved with the event, which took place in Fremont, CA, in March. Hiren Hindocha, Digital Nirvana’s Co-Founder, President, and CEO, serves as a member of Abode Services’ Home Builder Society.

“Corporate social responsibility and philanthropy is part of the company culture we’ve created here at Digital Nirvana,” said Mr. Hindocha. “We strive to help make a positive impact on the world in whatever ways we can, whether through the technology we provide to make our customers’ jobs easier, or through this non-profit work which helps those in need.”

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ live stream monitoring solution, MediaPro content repurposing system, and repeat audio detection systems (RADS) for song tracking and ad tracking. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit www.digital-nirvana.com.

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Bose® RoomMatch® System Gives Knoxville’s Calvary Chapel a Great-Sounding Start

Church leadership became aware of RoomMatch® array module loudspeakers at last year’s WFX show and heard what they needed for their newly built sanctuary

Framingham, Massachusetts, December 19, 2013 – Calvary Chapel spent its first 16 years of operating out of a low-slung building in a shopping center in Knoxville, Tennessee. But as its congregation doubled in size and then doubled again, it was eagerly preparing for the day it would build its own church building on its own land. After a decade and a half of saving towards that goal, Calvary Chapel of Knoxville opened its new 22,000-square-foot, 800-seat church on 43 acres. And the sound system it chose for that new sanctuary consisted of RoomMatch® loudspeakers from Bose® Professional Systems. Knoxville-based design and installation firm DFA Solutions installed a left-right monaural sound system consisting of two RM2020 modules topped with an RM9010 module on either side of the stage. The entire system is powered by three Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N networkable power amplifiers.

“The church’s leaders have been good stewards of the congregation’s finances, which is what enabled them to save up to buy the land for the new church, so they naturally wanted to be cautious about choosing the first sound system for the new sanctuary,” explains Jay Bodiford, Design Manager and Sales Engineer for DFA Solutions. The church leaders had done their research and had two manufacturers’ systems in mind to look at when they attended the September 2012 WFX show in Atlanta. Bodiford, who had specified and installed RoomMatch systems in other area churches, including First Baptist Church of Sevierville and Church Street United Methodist in Knoxville, suggested that they also give the RoomMatch system a listen. They did, and returned to Knoxville with a plan for a Bose system and a plan from another manufacturer for comparison.

“When we compared the two plans side by side, it was clear that the Bose RoomMatch system would give them the audio they were looking for at a far better value,” says Bodiford. “There was a significant savings on the cost of the system for the same amount of horsepower and what I believe is better sound quality. The system went in easily and required very little tuning. I cannot think of a better way for this church building to start off than with this Bose RoomMatch system.”

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Clay Paky Sharpys are Winners at “Miss America 2014” Pageant

The Miss America pageant returned to its Atlantic City origins this year and lighting designer Allen Branton was charged with lighting the cavernous Boardwalk Hall and making sure 53 beautiful women looked their best whenever the TV camera turned their way. He was aided by Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash fixtures from Atomic Lighting in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Branton marked his sixth consecutive year lighting the pageant, which was televised on ABC-TV. After spending a number of years in Las Vegas the show moved back to Atlantic City where “the venue, audience and scenery doubled in size,” he reports. “Given the size of the hall and way the show was set in the room, every single element of production had to be rigged from overhead – and there’s no permanent rigging infrastructure. So there were 240 individual rigging points for lighting, sound, video, scenery, cable management, cameras. Atomic provided and managed all that, which we hadn’t needed in Vegas; their attention to detail is second to none.”

Branton mounted 24 Sharpys on truss for “Miss America 2014.” “Sharpys are a dramatic little effects light for music and variety programming, particularly for their size and cost,” he says. “They’re a wonderfully fun and dynamic tool. In beam arrays they add spice and energy to the Sharpy Washes.”

He also employed two dozen Sharpy Washes as utility and backlights positioned on truss in the gaps formed by the finger-like arches that created a ceiling over the stage. “Having a light with that much output in that small a physical package came in handy,” he says. “The Sharpy washes provided a nice delicate array of light for 53 women who needed a hairlight from the overhead zone. I’m glad we had them.”

Branton notes that while “the faces of the 53 women competing change” over time, the Miss America pageant is remarkably consistent in its format and goal. “People tune in expecting to see these women in (quite literally) their best light; we never know which ones will be in close up. So we have to make their close-up photography really consistent woman to woman, act to act, show to show, year to year,” he says.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “It’s great to see our lights on such a high profile program with one of the best designers in the business. We’re proud that Mr. Branton loves them so much.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

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