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Digital Alert Systems 2014 NAB Show Preview

At the 2014 NAB Show, Digital Alert Systems will highlight its range of next-generation Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) technologies designed to span all aspects of EAS and CAP requirements. Highlights include the award-winning DASDEC(TM) series of integrated EAS/CAP devices, upgraded with a host of new features. Fully integrated models starting at just $1,995 offer broadcasters the benefit of proven performance, as well as support from a proven manufacturer and innovator.

Furthering Digital Alert Systems’ reputation for EAS/CAP innovations, the company will be demonstrating Mobile EAS (M-EAS), highlighting this next generation of multimedia alerting for mobile television viewers. This exciting technology can easily be integrated into existing DASDEC systems to deliver rich-media alert content to the mobile television viewer, with far more information and content than any other means. In addition to providing a true benefit to the viewer, this technology gives television stations an opportunity to stay ahead in the delivery of news and information to their audiences.

Digital Alert Systems Products at the 2014 NAB Show:

New DASEOC Fully Integrated EAS and CAP Decoder and Encoder
At the 2014 NAB Show, Digital Alert Systems will showcase the new DASEOC “M” series. These FCC-certified and FEMA IPAWS-conformant devices represent the only fully integrated EAS/CAP equipment capable of simultaneously providing all four EAS and CAP functions: CAP message origination, EAS encoding, CAP monitoring, and EAS decoding. Simultaneous alert origination to both EAS and CAP servers avoids message duplication, and the single-unit, single-interface approach assures that emergency managers won’t need to purchase separate and disparate systems. With the DASEOC, they need just one device, one solution. Readily integrated into Web, satellite, and wireless systems, the DASEOC also promotes interoperability with a wide range of third-party applications and services, and it provides emergency managers with the most advanced text-to-speech capabilities available in the marketplace.

Photo Caption: DASEOC Fully Integrated EAS and CAP Decoder and Encoder
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/DAS/DigitalAlertSystems-DASEOCfront.jpg

DASDEC(TM)-II Emergency Messaging Platform
The DASDEC(TM)-II provides a flexible platform for emergency alert and CAP management in a fully integrated package. Packed with powerful features, the DASDEC-II includes full support for automatic FCC-compliance logging within the system’s nonvolatile memory. A true browser-based interface facilitates simultaneous access by multiple users while making it easier than ever for broadcasters to deploy content to multiple channels and manage all EAS/CAP functions remotely. Up to four non-bridging Ethernet ports enable easy integration in the modern facility. Ready to go straight from the box, the DASDEC-II system can be used as a drop-in enhancement for any existing EAS encoder/decoder set.

The DASDEC-II supports a broad range of physical connections and interface protocols, so broadcasters can integrate the system with a wide variety of new and existing third-party equipment. Built on IP-based technology, the DASDEC-II is engineered to accommodate future emergency messaging requirements through simple software upgrades. The system’s flexible packaging allows for various model configurations ranging from low-cost decoder-only setups to sophisticated messaging platforms tailored to the most demanding multichannel, multi-interface applications.

Photo Caption: DASDEC(TM)-II Emergency Messaging Platform
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/DAS/DigitalAlertSystems-DASDEC-IIfront.jpg

DASDEC’s MultiStation(TM) Software With Multilingual Text-to-Speech
New for the 2014 NAB Show is the DASDEC MultiStation(TM) software with multilingual text-to-speech (TTS). Adding MultiStation to any DASDEC(TM) device provides sequential forwarding and selectable TTS conversions. Now CAP messages with multiple language blocks can be selected to play back on specific stations with a high-quality TTS conversion. Combined with MultiStation software, one DASDEC-II system can replace five separate encoder/decoder sets, in turn reducing wiring, rack space, and power requirements.

MultiPlayer(TM) Four-Channel EAS Audio Player and Program Switcher
The award-winning MultiPlayer(TM) four-channel EAS audio player and program switcher eliminates one-channel-at-a-time limitations by providing multiple and completely independent EAS switching, playout, and control that meets the capabilities of the EAS requirements of multiple program streams. Networked to a DASDEC(TM) with MultiStation(TM) software for management and logging, the MultiPlayer is configurable for analog or AES switching of up to four independent program streams and multiple GPIOs for each channel to make facility integration easy. Together, the MultiPlayer, DASDEC, and MultiStation software provide the lowest cost-per-independent stream for multistream EAS/CAP coverage available.

Photo Caption: MultiPlayer(TM) Four-Channel EAS Audio Player and Program Switcher
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/DAS/DigitalAlertSystems-MultiPlayer-front.jpg

DASDEC(TM)-II Models DASLC and DASLCR — Low Cost for Low-Power Stations
Providing core EAS/CAP functionality, the DASLC and DASLCR from Digital Alert Systems are perfect for LPFM and LPTV applications. Both solutions offer dual monitoring inputs and analog-only switching in a compact low-cost package equipped with key features that continue to make the DASDEC(TM)-II emergency alert platform a popular choice among any size broadcaster. Starting at only $1,995, the DASLC is the lowest-cost full-featured, next-generation integrated EAS/CAP system available. The DASLCR provides the same functionality as the DASLC, along with two integrated high-performance AM/FM/WX radio receivers in the same space- and cost-saving package.

Photo Caption: DASDEC(TM)-II LC (Model DASLC — Low Cost)
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/DAS/DigitalAlertSystems-DASDEC-IILC-front.jpg

Company Quote:

“We’re very pleased to continue advancing the development and integration of CAP/EAS into the alerting and broadcasting environment. Our recent work and over-the-air demostration of M-EAS further prove the viability of this messaging platform and the flexibility of our DASDEC in providing the kinds of interfaces critical to its success. With a simple software addition to a station’s existing equipment, the broadcaster can leverage its DTV platform to provide more detailed and critical information than any other provider. It’s a great opportunity for television broadcasters to show what they can do in service to their viewers and community by providing this technology.”
– Bill Robertson, Vice President of Business Development for Digital Alert Systems

Company Background:

Digital Alert Systems is a leading innovator of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS). The company was formed in October 2003 to increase the effectiveness of emergency communications and merged with Monroe Electronics in October 2009. Based in Lyndonville, N.Y., Monroe Electronics provides R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service for the Digital Alert Systems brand. The company continues to retain its hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, innovation, and service to valued customers around the world. More information is available at www.digitalalertsystems.com.

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SMPTE 2014 NAB Show Preview

The 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC): The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound, produced in partnership with SMPTE, will offer attendees the opportunity to learn from and engage with leading figures in the motion picture business. At the SMPTE booth, the Society will highlight significant advances in standards development, the digital library, the success of the past year’s educational conferences, and new products including the CamWhite pocket chart for white-balancing. The Society continues to support student engagement in the motion-imaging field through both scholarships and social events. SMPTE board members and directors will again engage with students at the Society’s popular ice cream social, which last year drew 70 students, and at the SMPTE booth.

2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC):

The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound
With a focus on the future of motion imaging and sound, the two-day 2014 NAB Show Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, will offer an in-depth global view of the current state and future of filmmaking innovation. Key topics will include 4K and beyond, 3D film conversion, the use of high frame rates, on-set workflows, distributed postproduction, laser projection, immersive sound, and next-generation cinema.

TSC sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6. Each day will feature a series of six sessions that extend until 6 p.m. The conference keynote speaker will be announced at a later date.

New From SMPTE at the 2014 NAB Show:

SMPTE CamWhite Pocket Chart
Ideal for the studio, shop, or truck, the SMPTE CamWhite pocket chart is a consistent and reliable neutral white reference with a sturdy laminated surface. Enabling users to white-balance cameras to a scene’s primary light source with precision, CamWhite charts are a versatile tool for improving the production value of images — saving both time and money in post. The standard CamWhite chart measures 6.3 inches by 3.75 inches, but larger formats are available. A handy lanyard allows users to keep the chart close at hand.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/SMPTE-CamWhite-PocketChart-Drawing.jpg
Photo Caption: SMPTE CamWhite Pocket Chart

Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability
SMPTE will provide insight into the goals of the new Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability, launched in February in cooperation with the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), and Association of National Advertisers (ANA). Bringing together manufacturers, broadcasters, advertisers, ad agencies, and industry organizations (standards bodies and trade associations) serving the professional media market, the task force will gather and analyze requirements for a machine-generated, machine-readable file interchange and delivery specification — including standardized and common structured metadata — for the professional media industry.

March Standards Outcome Report
More than 100 committees and other SMPTE groups work on myriad technical topics to create, approve, revise, and remove standards for the industry, and this work is summarized quarterly in an outcome report highlighting the most recent developments. During the 2014 NAB Show, the Society will make the latest of these reports, the March Standards Outcome Report, available to attendees. The report serves as a quick reference source for active participants in standards work, as an update for SMPTE members unable to attend the “block” meetings that document progress, and as a resource for both members and nonmembers who wish to learn more about SMPTE standards.

SMPTE Student Support: Ice Cream Social and Sponsored Memberships
College and university students from all over the world are invited to the SMPTE booth to enjoy ice cream while interacting with SMPTE members, including SMPTE board members and directors, who will discuss their work in sound, digital cinema, cameras, broadcasting, and manufacturing.

The Society’s support for students goes well beyond offering expert advice and free ice cream. Through a challenge grant established in 2012 by William C. Miller, the SMPTE governor for the New York region, the Society has been able to sponsor more than 450 student memberships.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/SMPTE-NABSMPTEStudentEvent.jpg
Photo Caption: SMPTE 2013 NAB Show Student Event

Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest
SMPTE is celebrating its centennial in 2016, and the Society has extended its Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest through the 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema. Contest participants who correctly predict the state of television and cinema technology in 2016 will be recognized during the SMPTE Centennial event in 2016. Further details on the contest and other events taking place during centennial celebrations are available at www.smpte.org/100-years.

Company Quote:

“The 2014 NAB Show provides a great opportunity to highlight the Society’s remarkable work over the past 12 months, including important advances by our study groups and technical committees; the Society’s participation in a number of promising new task forces; and plans for another event in 2014 to follow up on the successful Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age conference, held last June in concert with the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering.”
– Barbara H. Lange, Executive Director of SMPTE

Company Overview:

The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (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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Key Media Industry Organizations Launch Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability

Task Force Sponsored by NABA, AMWA, SMPTE, IABM, 4As, ANA, and EBU Seeks Contributions to New User-Requirements Survey

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Feb. 13, 2014 — The launch of the Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability was announced today by its sponsors, the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), and Association of National Advertisers (ANA). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is participating as an observer.

Bringing together manufacturers, broadcasters, advertisers, ad agencies, and industry organizations (standards bodies and trade associations) serving the professional media market, the Task Force has an ultimate goal to create greater efficiencies and cost savings for exchange of file-based content. The group’s initial focus will be to gather and analyze requirements for a machine-generated and readable file interchange and delivery specification — including standardized and common structured metadata — for the professional media industry. Use case examples include promo, spot, and program delivery from a provider to a broadcaster.

“We believe that, by improving the specification and exchange of professional media between organizations, we can enable new and more efficient file-based workflows,” said Clyde Smith, senior vice president of new technology, Fox Network and a member of the NABA technical committee that initiated creation of the joint task force. “The task force represents a diverse group of sponsor organizations with an extensive global reach, and together we will gather and analyze information not only about user requirements, but also about current standards and specifications. With this information we can rationalize the complexity of the current media landscape and make useful process and technology recommendations that improve workflow interoperability while reducing the attendant costs of file-based operations,” he added.

In one of its initial actions, the task force has published a survey designed to collect data on user requirements. Open to any member of the media industry, the survey asks participants to create a one-sentence “user story” by identifying the nature of their work, the specific function they seek, and the business value that would be provided by that function.

“The work of this task force is critical to eliminate costly, time-consuming steps and to adopt new automated processes in the media and entertainment supply chain. Together, the work advances, efficient operations, and interoperability create the foundation for improved audience measurement,” said Bob Liodice, president and CEO of the ANA.

Other task force activities will include the collection of data on existing products for transcode, transform, and file QC, and their ability to be driven by data from UML, XML, API, script, and other machine-to-machine communication mechanisms. In addition to analyzing and publishing this data within a formal report, the task force will analyze the data in terms of current, planned, and unplanned standards activities and publish recommendations for future activities.

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About NABA
NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Public and private network broadcasters in the United States, Mexico and Canada work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests, and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum-related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues. For further information about NABA, please visit: www.nabanet.com.

About the AMWA
The Advanced Media Workflow Association is a user-focused industry body dedicated to the promotion, development and adoption of open, accessible standards and specifications relating to file-based workflows (including AAF, MXF and other formats), service-oriented architectures, and application specifications as they apply to the areas of content creation, production, post-production, rich media authoring, archiving, and distribution. AMWA members include Ad-ID, Avid Technology, BBC, CBC, Cinegy, Extreme Reach, EBU, Encompass, Fox, Harmonic, IBM, PBS, Quantel, Telestream, and Turner Broadcasting. Visit the AMWA on the Web at www.amwa.tv.

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.

About the IABM
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

About the 4A’s
The 4A’s is the national trade association of the advertising agency business. Its membership comprises virtually all of the large, multinational agencies and hundreds of small and mid-sized agencies from across the country. The 1,200 member-agency offices served by the 4A’s employ 65,000 people, offer a wide range of marketing communications services, and place 80 percent of all national advertising. The management-oriented association, founded in 1917, helps its members build their businesses and acts as the industry’s spokesperson with government, media, and the public sector. For more information, visit the 4A’s Web site at www.aaaa.org.

About the ANA
The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) provides leadership that advances marketing excellence and shapes the future of the industry. Founded in 1910, the ANA’s membership includes more than 565 companies with 10,000 brands that collectively spend over $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The ANA pursues “collaborative mastery” that advances the interests of marketers and promotes and protects the well-being of the marketing community. For more information, visit www.ana.net, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

About the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
The EBU is the world’s foremost alliance of public service media organizations, with members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond.

The EBU’s mission is to defend the interests of public service media and to promote their indispensable contribution to modern society. It is the point of reference for industry knowledge and expertise. The EBU operates EUROVISION and EURORADIO.

EUROVISION is the media industry’s premier distributor and producer of top-quality live sport and news, as well as entertainment, culture, and music content.

EURORADIO enhances public service radio through the exchange of music, professional networking, and the promotion of digital and hybrid radio — to ensure radio remains a key protagonist in a multimedia world.

The EUROVISION/EURORADIO satellite and fibre network is the largest and most reliable in the world, directly plugged in to public service media everywhere.

www.ebu.ch and www.eurovision.com @EBU_Eurovision #ebu #eurovision

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Discover Video Introduces Digital Signage App for Samsung Smart TVs

Discover Video announced today the availability of a free Digital Signage Application for Samsung Smart TVs, an industry first. Until now, virtually all digital signage deployments required a “player” box associated with the display, which added cost and complexity. With the advent of Smart TVs, Digital Signage is now built-in to the display, and because the Smart TVs support WiFi, Digital Signage can now be deployed by only connecting power.

The Digital Signage App connects to a cloud or premises DEVOS system, the world-class, comprehensive video streaming system in use by governments, corporations, and schools around the world. The system supports an unlimited number of signs, unlimited playlists, and supports many templates to display live video, video-on-demand, images, PowerPoint presentations, text, and RSS feeds.

The Digital Signage App also supports the patent-pending Priority Alert system that displays video, text, and web messages during emergencies or other important events.
“Our customers need a unified, easy-to-use system that supports video on desktops, Smartphones, tablets, and in common areas like lobbies.” said Rich Mavrogeanes, Discover Video founder and CEO. “Cost and complexity are often barriers to customer success, and now our customers can deploy easy to use Digital Signage for free.”

For non-Smart TVs, Discover Video offers the Soft Top Box® that works with virtually any display, and Digital Signage users can even use existing computers to display Digital Signage.

Samsung Smart TV’s are available from popular retail outlets and online stores. The Discover Video Signage App is available from the Samsung App Store for free. The DEVOS system, live stream encoders, live stream transcoders, capture devices, and related products are available from Discover Video and select partners.

About Discover Video, LLC

Discover Video provides video streaming equipment and services to broadcasters, schools, corporations, and government. The products include multimedia video encoders, decoders, and transcoders, media servers, priority video alert systems, digital signage, and mobile broadcasting kits. Discover Video’s customers include major corporations, local, state, and federal government, educational institutions, churches, local cable-TV stations and small businesses. http://www.discovervideo.com

FUJINON Lenses Selected By Production Company Delivering National Feed of Winter Games and Paralympics to Russia

292 FUJINON HD Lenses Supplied Through Sony Moscow and Broadcast Solutions

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, has announced that it is a major lens supplier to Russian video production company ANO Sports Broadcasting (also known as Panorama), for production of the country’s national HDTV feed of the Winter Games and Paralympic Games in Sochi. A total of 292 FUJINON lenses were provided to ANO SportsBroadcasting by Sony Moscow and the UK-based dealer Broadcast Solutions. The Sochi 2014 Winter Games started on February 7th and continue through February 23, 2014. The Sochi Paralympics run from March 7-16th.

Included among the large complement are: 20 XA101x8.9BESM-TK telephoto field lenses, 41 XA88x8.8BESM telephoto field lenses, 24 HA42x9.7BERD telephoto ENG-Style lenses, 53 HA14x4.5BERD wide-angle ENG/EFP lenses, and 54 ZA22x7.6BERD telephoto remote-controlled lenses. The lenses will be used by several major European and Russian outside broadcast companies.

During the entirety of the Winter Games and Paralympic Games, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have an engineer available at its technical center to support FUJINON lens customers. The company’s Russian and German offices will also be available for customer support during the Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games.

The technical support center is located at:

Adler district

Staronasypnaya str., 22

Business Center Plaza

Sochi, Russia

Hours of operation for the center during the Winter Games are from 9:00 a.m. through 18:00 p.m. The center was opened on January 2 and will remain in operation until February 25th. It will be open during the same hours to support customers broadcasting the Paralympic Games from March 6 through March 16th.

Service center phone numbers during the Winter Games:
Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (for Russian and English speakers)
Lars Gehring +491735242211 (German and English)

Service center phone number for Paralympic broadcasters:
Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (Russian and English)
Contact information for German speakers will be announced at a later date.

Throughout both events, the Russian and German offices of FUJIFILM’s Optical Devices Division will also be available to support customers:
Russian office central number : +7(495)797-3512 (Russian, English)
German office phone number : +49-(0)211-5089 8950 (German, Japanese, English)

A general email address is also available for customers broadcasting the events – optical_service@fujifilm.eu.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visitwww.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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Landmark Building Converts to Mattorosso Restaurant & Live Bar, Sporting HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers and a Soundcraft Digital Console

MONTEBELLUNA, Italy – A landmark industrial building in the quiet Italian town of Montebelluna (TV), previously used as a tobacco drying plant, has been lovingly converted into the Mattorosso KMØ Restaurant & Live Bar by Spolverato Umberto and Bressan Lorella, owners of the architecturally superb (and historically significant) edifice. The building also incorporates one of Italy’s biggest MI shops, Esse Music Store.

The conversion has been implemented with the help of a technical infrastructure masterminded by HARMAN Professional distributors, Leading Technologies, and featuring many of the corporation’s premier brands.

Venue managers Manuel and Claudio recall that when they first visited the site at the end of 2011 the brickwork was scored by lime and black carbon; but they say that thereafter “the building’s owners spared no effort or commitment in reconditioning the building and making it fit for purpose.”

Leading Technologies soon became involved in the project and put together an industry-standard sound reinforcement specification within the budget for the 300-capacity venue. Consultant, Paolo Michelini, discussed the design in conjunction with Leading Technologies’ engineers and the building was divided into two indoor zones and one external, ensuring that the sound generated in the live room could also be distributed evenly outdoors.

“The concept was straightforward,” says Leading Technologies’ product specialist, Marco Roveri. “We looked at the project and listened to the owners’ ideas before making our recommendations.”

At the main industrial entrance they have suspended four JBL Control 67P/T pendant loudspeakers from the pitched corrugated roof; these incorporate a large enclosure and high-power 6.5” transducer for extended bass and high-fidelity performance, while the large RBI Radiation Boundary Integrator™ provides outstanding pattern control, which can allow fewer speakers to cover a venue.

In the main live room Leading Technologies specified four JBL VRX932LAP powered, compact 12″ two-way line-array elements, flown two per side, and four ground-stacked VRX918SP bass reflex subs, recessed back into the stage. PRX612 self-powered 12″, two-way speakers and PRX415 15” two-way speaker are used for stage monitoring (with two of the latter deployed for drum fills).

Sound engineers also enjoy the presence of a Soundcraft house desk. Leading Technologies recommended the popular Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console, featuring 24 recallable mic pre amps, and MADI optical card expansion, with I/O capacity extended via a Compact Stagebox (32/16).

All the sound is under the management of a dbx DriveRack 260 although Marco Roveri confirms that future plans are for the sound to be routed to a recording studio in another part of the building. To complete the roster of HARMAN Professional brands on display AKG K 240 MKII Professional Studio headphones have been provided for the sound engineers.

Summing up, Roveri says, “Many companies competed for this contract as they wanted to work in that prestigious building, but the owners chose Leading Technologies for the brands they represent and the back-up they knew they would get. They are extremely happy with the result … as were we, when we heard the system fired up on the opening night.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 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.

Donal Hodgson Adds Bite to Sting’s Sound with HARMAN’s AKG K812 Reference Headphones

ANAHEIM, California – Donal Hodgson is an award-winning sound engineer who boasts an impressive list of credits, including Sting, Primal Scream, Jeff Beck, the La’s and more. Most recently, Hodgson recorded Ronnie Wood’s performance at BluesFest 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall, with special guests Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller. Based in the United Kingdom, Hodgson recently upgraded his recording setup with HARMAN’s new AKG K812 headphones.

“The K812 headphones are amazing,” Hodgson said. “They’re incredibly comfortable, and although they felt quite heavy when compared to my long-standing headphones, wearing them is a different story. I hardly noticed I had them on.”

Even more important than the comfort of the K812 headphones, Hodgson notes their world-class sound quality. “I am really impressed with their performance,” he said. “I’m hearing detail on the headphones I simply don’t hear on my speakers. I am now worried to listen to some of my old mixes because I’m afraid I’ll hear lots of stuff that I’ll want to fix!”

The K812 offers an oversized 53mm driver for the highest dynamic range ever in an AKG headphone. Its copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sounds beyond the limits of human hearing, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. Each K812 is built for comfort with a fast, adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads to ensure comfort in any application, for extended periods of time. It also features a new open-back design optimized for pristine and natural sound.

Hodgson added that he is planning on recording with Sting this week. “I’ll take the K812s with me and see if I can make him jealous!”

In fact, Hodgson plans on taking the K812s wherever he goes. “I have a feeling the K812s will always be close by wherever I am working,” he concluded. “They are the new standard in sonic excellence.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 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.

Hubei Business News Channel Network Employs Soundcraft Vi4 Digital Console for Broadcast Production

HUBEI, China – As Hubei’s top-ranked network in revenue for eight consecutive years, Hubei Business News Channel Network covers the entire Hubei province and has arguably the strongest influence of all media of Hubei. Recently, to accommodate its HD broadcasting, the network upgraded to a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing console.

The console is configured with 32 mic line inputs, 32 EAS/EBU digital inputs and 16 analog outputs. The audio equipment was supplied and integrated by HARMAN distributor ACE.

“The main reason we selected the Soundcraft Vi4 model for this project is because it serves as the perfect balance between price and performance that the network was looking for,” said Rico Fung, VP of Broadcasting at ACE. “Also, the touchscreen interface helps the workflow of operators during live broadcasting, as there are many things to monitor.”

Operators of the network prefer the Soundcraft Vi4 mainly due to its value per dollar, ease of use and scalability of the system. It uses the Vistonics™ touchscreen interface in order to monitor and control input parameters and output channels. This increases the amount of control during live broadcasts, as everything is displayed clearly and intuitively. The sound is processed by the SCore Live DSP engine, providing superb signal quality.

“The Vi4 changes the concept of digital mixing consoles; having all this processing power as well as the intuitive layout allows the operator to focus solely on the mixing. After some general testing, we believe it is much easier to use when compared to our previous digital mixing console, making live broadcasting effortless,” Fung said.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 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.

Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures Make Luke Bryan’s Night on Country Artist’s New Tour

Luke Bryan has rolled out his That’s My Kind of Night Tour, and Elite Multimedia Productions in Nashville is providing Clay Paky A.LEDA, Sharpy and Sharpy Wash lighting fixturess as Bryan once again takes to the road. The popular country artist’s new tour is named after his latest single, which has catapulted to # 1 in the country charts.

“We just concluded the Dirt Road Diaries Tour with Luke; his new tour will run from January 2014 to the end of October,” says Tom Wilson, vice president of event productions at Elite Multimedia Productions. “For this tour they’ve doubled the number of Sharpys and added Sharpy Washes. They’ve been really thrilled with the Clay Paky fixtures, which have been very durable with a really low failure rate. In 10 months on the road, there have been almost no failures. The only light we lost was due to a guitar player accidentally kicking it into the audience!”

Lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of Fade Up Design Group points out that Bryan “wants all of his productions to be big, ambitious and with lots of bells and whistles. When someone walks into this show they’re walking into a party.”

Bryan is at the center of the action figuratively and literally. “We designed a 42-foot wide circle stage that sits at the end of the thrust giving the entire audience a 360º view of Luke for the majority of the show,” says Kitchenman. “Having a lighting rig that can light the entire room and have lots of punch was essential.”

Kitchenman was challenged to keep the sight lines clean and offer the entire audience “the full concert experience. We don’t want the people off to the sides or way up top to ever feel like they are missing out on elements of the show.”

Kitchenman’s Clay Paky complement consists of 46 Sharpy Beams, 20 Sharpy Washes and 12 A.LEDA Wash K10 and 32 A.LEDA Wash K5 LEDs, which are positioned “all over” forming “the teeth of this lighting rig,” he says.

“I chose Clay Paky based on the reputation of the manufacturer as well as the unparalleled support provided by A.C.T Lighting,” Kitchenman reports. “After a full year of touring with the same type of fixtures last year, there was very little down time. I’ve found all of the Clay Paky fixtures to be extremely rugged and reliable. There wasn’t a single reason why I should have been looking for alternatives this year.”

“We use the low fogger to create a bit more of a dramatic scene during one of Luke’s new songs,” he says, “and the hazers just ensure that we have plenty of haze in the air for all of those Sharpys!”

Having come full circle to the Sharpys, Elite’s Wilson chimes in that the “Clay Paky fixtures are great performing lights that hold up well” during tours. “As a company owner, that’s a big one for me.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “It’s great to see so many of our lights on this tour. Elite has been a huge supporter of ours and Justin has been a great collaborator. I look forward to the success of this tour.”

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

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