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FOR-A Super Slo Mo, Video Archiving, and Frame Rate Conversion Technology Employed for Coverage of Winter Games

Cypress, CA – FOR-A has announced that several of its products are being used for production of the upcoming Winter Games. Networks in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and Japan are deploying the company’s 4K super slow motion camera, video archiving recorder, and frame rate converter technology for their coverage of sporting events.

Among the products being used is FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. The camera is being rented to a major American broadcast network through Los Angeles-based Video Equipment Rentals. Japan’s national public broadcasting organization will also use the FT-ONE. Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second (fps), the FT-ONE will be on hand in Sochi to capture high-quality 4K imagery and provide super slow motion playback during pivotal moments in the competition. The award-winning full 4K variable frame rate camera has been used for production of several major sporting events, including last year’s professional football championship game, automobile racing, boxing events and several Red Bull competitions.

The same major broadcast network in America will also be using FOR-A’s frame rate conversion technology. Other users of FOR-A’s frame rate converters for the Winter Games include Canada’s national broadcaster and Quebec-based Aldea Solutions, who is providing conversion and transmission services to a Brazilian broadcaster. The networks will rely on FOR-A’s FRC-8000HS and UFM-30FRC to ensure seamless transmission of footage in the proper country standards. FOR-A announced new features of the FRC-8000HS HD/SD frame rate converter last year that cater to the production of winter sports, including the ability to select a ‘winter sports’ scene type, a special mode created to optimize the conversion process in environments with high-speed moving objects in highly saturated backgrounds that contain a lot of bright white, such as snow or ice. The latest software release offers FRC-8000 operators a unique level of in-depth user control, with the ability to customize settings based on their specific needs.

Also on hand in Sochi by the major American broadcast network will be FOR-A’s LTR-120HS video archiving recorder. The unit uses high-quality AVC-Intra/DVCPRO codec and MXF wrapper/un-wrapper to record MXF files. Designed to enable “archive at ingest” solutions, the LTR-120HS can easily record video footage as an MXF file in real time.

“At FOR-A, we pride ourselves on providing efficient, innovative technology that our customers can rely on,” explained Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America’s President. “We’re happy to have a number of our solutions deployed in Sochi for the biggest happening of the year in sports.”

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.

VMP Features New 19-Inch Equipment Rack Enclosures at 2014 ISC West

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Feb. 7, 2014 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce it will feature its new 19-inch Equipment Rack Enclosure (EREN) series at 2014 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 2-4 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 1046. The EREN-18, EREN-27, and EREN-42E are now shipping.

“The cost-effective, portable, and fully welded EREN family of 19-inch equipment rack enclosures has been designed for installations where protected components are a necessity,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. “The EREN Series, which comes complete with integrated cooling fans and lockable, removable side panels (with optional locks) allows for the organization of multiple electronic components, while at the same time protecting them from thermal issues, as well as damage or theft.”

Rugged and sturdy with welded steel construction, a black powder coat finish, and a 1,000 lb. load capacity, the EREN-18 includes 18 rack spaces, the EREN-27 includes 27 rack spaces, and the EREN-42E includes 42 rack spaces.

Additional EREN Series specifications include:
- Works with all standard 19-inch rack equipment and accessories
- Rails threaded with standard 10-32 threading
- Tempered glass front door
- Double swing steel rear door
- Adjustable front and rear rails
- Vented top and bottom
- Top and bottom cable routing knockouts
- Reversible hinged front and rear door
- Casters and leveling feet
- Ships assembled
- EREN-18 preloaded with three ER-S2UV vented two space rack shelves and three ER-2B blank panels (MSRP: $749.00)
- EREN-18E – Same as EREN-18 except without preloaded shelves and blanks (MSRP: $679.00)
- EREN-27 preloaded with five ER-S2UV vented two space rack shelves and five ER-2B blank panels (MSRP: $859.00)
- EREN-27E – Same as EREN-27 except without preloaded shelves and blanks (MSRP: $699.00)
- EREN-42E (MSRP: $779.00)

“The EREN Series has been designed for use with a multitude of security, audio, video, and communication components,” added Fulmer. “With numerous shelves and a sturdy weight capacity of 1,000 lbs., the security and AV installer and end user have a tremendous amount of available space to design a fully mobile, fully enclosed security and AV rack system.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP’s products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Delvcam Introduces New Broadcast Multi-format 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – February 7, 2014 - Delvcam, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of cost effective professional LCD Production Monitors, today announced the availability of a new 3GHD/SD Multi-format Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor. The Delvcam DELV-2LCD7-3GHD brings 3G-HD broadcast quality & multi-format flexibility together in a low-cost rack mount video production monitor. With dual 7″ IPS screens, SD, HDMI, HD and 3G-SDI multi-format capability and tally interface, it’s the perfect professional video monitoring solution in the studio, live broadcast truck or fly-pack.Delvcam 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor

“Providing a reliable and low-cost 3G-HD Dual 7-Inch LCD monitor with multi-format flexibility was our goal,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Delvcam. “The ultra slim design and broadcast quality of the DELV-2LCD7-3GHD delivers high end performance and at a very competitive price point.”

The Delvcam 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Monitor is available and shipping now. To learn more about the DELV-2LCD7-3GHD and other Delvcam products visit www.delvcam.com.

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About Delvcam
Delvcam is a US based design and engineering firm that specializes in LCD rack mount and camera-top monitors for broadcast, multimedia, video and film professionals worldwide. Our design philosophy first and foremost is to talk to professionals in the studio and on location to determine their exact needs. We then hit the lab to come up with the best light weight, high resolution LCD’s loaded with multiple inputs and outputs at an affordable price.

Delvcam is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

Focusrite RedNet Routes Audio for Custom 27.2 Surround Sound Production at GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden

Two RedNet 2s are the perfect fit for the production, involving choreography by New York-based Richard Siegal and electroacoustic music composed by Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch of IRCAM in Paris

Los Angeles, CA, February 6, 2014 – RedNet, Focusrite’s acclaimed range of Ethernet-networked studio interfaces, is being used for an increasing number of innovative audio applications requiring something special in terms of quality or performance. RedNet couples Focusrite’s legendary conversion expertise – along with superbly transparent mic preamps and other studio-quality audio capabilities – with the tried and tested Dante Ethernet-based audio networking protocol to record, distribute and play back audio over IP.

Most recently RedNet solved a problem for Andreas Renhorn, chief sound engineer at the GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden, when he was tasked with playing back 32 channels of high-quality audio including feeding a custom 27.2 audio system in the Opera’s modern riverside performance complex.

The production The World To Darkness And To Me is a new dance work by New York-based choreographer Richard Siegal, with electroacoustic music composed by Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch of IRCAM in Paris. Hoesch’s abstract, percussive electronic/sampled music directly complements Siegal’s ‘If/Then’ dance method, which combines written choreography with options for the dancers to co-create in an almost game-like environment where they pick up and improvise around each other’s moves.

Hoesch’s music, which was created with visual music programming language Max, required enormous dynamic range to convey a great deal of light and shade, and was designed to be played back in three dimensions via a special 27.2 loudspeaker array installed for the production. Using MSP audio extensions and 3D spatialization plug-ins, he was able to achieve extremely powerful manipulation of the audio.

Hoesch used Ambisonic’s surround-sound system, which can seamlessly recreate a three-dimensional sound field where sounds can be placed anywhere in space completely unrelated to the loudspeaker positions.

To replay this remarkable music in this advanced way, in this unique environment, was Renhorn’s primary challenge: “I needed to find equipment that was able to achieve the highest possible quality of digital conversion.” He also needed to get 32 channels of audio easily from one place to another.

Renhorn soon found that Focusrite’s RedNet 2 A/D – D/A units offered the perfect solution. With 16 channels of studio-quality line-level A/D – D/A conversion per unit, a pair of RedNet 2’s provided exactly the right number of channels for the main system plus auxiliaries, and made it easy to get the audio where it was needed thanks to the plug-and-play Dante Ethernet-based networking.

For the performances, audio was sent from a MacBook Pro running QLab, a cue-based multimedia playback software system designed for theater and live work. Using the Dante Virtual Sound Card (DVS) driver – which is provided free of charge with any RedNet unit – the MacBook Pro’s internal Ethernet port was used to carry digital audio to the RedNet units via a standard NetGear GS716T switch, which sits between the RedNet units and the computer. The analog outputs of the RedNet 2’s were fed into the 29-channel d&b-based replay system via DB25 cables, with two additional channels for stage foldback and one more for voice.

Gothenburg-based firm AV-1 handled the supply and installation of the RedNet components as well as the playback system. AV-1’s Göran Blomgren states, “This was one of the fastest and smoothest installations ever. Supplementing the Opera’s existing front speakers, we installed 22 additional loudspeakers on the balconies plus five mounted 25 meters up in the ceiling – yet including the loudspeaker and Ethernet cabling, it was completed in under six hours.” He concludes, “I look forward to our next RedNet installation!”

The Ethernet-based functionality of RedNet had some other unexpected benefits. Renhorn explains, “Hoesch was impressed at how easy it was to set up his laptop at the center of the auditorium on a 50-meter Cat6 cable so he could fine-tune the feeds to the playback array. And he was also impressed at how easy it was to hook up a second laptop to the same network for recording by simply connecting an Ethernet cable between the laptop and the switch.”

The result was an amazing multimedia experience. Sound elements, often derived from samples of the Opera’s musicians, tumble around, across and up and down the 1300-seat auditorium, in sync with the dancers in large and small groups and dazzling lighting effects. For similar performances in the future, Renhorn plans to use a RedNet PCIe card in a Thunderbolt PCIe chassis for even better performance and minimum latency.

Also available in the RedNet range of Dante Ethernet-networked audio interfaces are RedNet 1, an 8-channel A/D – D/A unit; RedNet 3, a 32-channel digital I/O unit; RedNet 4, an 8-channel remote-controllable microphone preamp; RedNet 5, a 32-Channel bridge between any Dante network and Pro Tools|HD; RedNet 6, a 64-channel bridge between any Dante network and MADI system; and the RedNet PCIe card, which provides 128 I/O for Mac or PC computers at less than 3ms latency.

For more information on the RedNet range, go to www.focusrite.com/rednet.

Photo Caption 1: GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo credit: Cecilia Boström.

Photo Caption 2: Andreas Renhorn, chief sound engineer at the GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden, pictured with Focusrite RedNet units (lower right). Photo credit: Cecilia Boström.

Photo Caption 3: Focusrite RedNet units used at the GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo credit: Cecilia Boström.

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Welcome to DESIGN THE ULTIMATE SHOW: HARMAN’s Martin Professional Young Lighting Designer Contest, 2014

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin is very pleased to offer global lighting designers a place in the race to become the hottest up-and-coming young Lighting Designer. To enter, captivated LD’s can program their ultimate show to a music track of their choice and submit a recording to the Martin Facebook contest page. 



The prize 


Apart from instant stardom, the winner will be awarded two prizes: a trip to Prolight+Sound 2014 in Frankfurt and the Martin M2GO™ controller. 
A second place winner receives the M2PC™. Third place wins the Martin USB Duo DMX Interface. 



Contest outline 


During the contest friends, colleagues and other Facebook users can vote for their favorite shows. When the contest ends, the three shows with the most votes enter the final stage of the contest. A panel of judges, made up of last year’s winner, Brad Helzer and Martin employees with field experience, Theis Wermuth and Paul Pelletier, will deliberate and pick the final winner. The winner will be announced March 3rd.

The contest is now open and the last entries will be received on March 2nd – all videos must be submitted to the Facebook contest page no later than 12 AM CET. 



Who can enter? 


In order to compete, contestants must be a young, amateur lighting designer who aspires to become a great light designer. Contestants must be between the age of 18 and 30 to enter. 
Please note, that in order to participate, contestants must be available to travel to Frankfurt, March 12-15 2014. 


For full instructions including terms and conditions, click here. 
 


As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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