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Lady Antebellum embark on TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR with Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless microphones

Old Lyme, Connecticut, February 25, 2014: Lady Antebellum continue to build on their success with seven GRAMMY Awards, platinum-certified sales and their TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, which stops at nearly 80 cities across North America. The Nashville-based trio insists on the best possible audio in all its live performances and has been an officially endorsed Sennheiser artist since 2008. Most recently, Lady Antebellum have integrated Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 wireless system into their live touring rig, enabling the band to deliver pristine wireless sound to audiences at every performance.

Now almost one month into the tour, Lady Antebellum’s front-of-house engineer Brett “Scoop” Blanden reports that the Digital 9000 system has been performing flawlessly, delivering the pinnacle of audio quality and reliability night after night: “Things are going really well,” he says. “Sonically, since there is no companding in the microphone, it sounds far more like a wired mic than any other RF microphones.”

Currently, Lady Antebellum’s production team is using eight channels of Digital 9000 – the only microphone system that is able to transmit uncompressed audio in the UHF range, allowing for full HD sound.

According to monitor engineer Peter Bowman, channels 1 and 2 are allocated to Hillary Scott (lead vocals) and Charles Kelley (lead vocals). Dave Haywood (backing vocals) has three wireless microphones throughout the stage to accommodate his playing an assortment of instruments, which includes electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, and piano. Each vocalist uses the SKM 9000 handheld transmitter coupled with an MD 9235 capsule. Channel 6 is currently being used for production/spare, and channels 7 and 8 are allocated for Lady Antebellum’s guest artists, who are also singing through SKM 9000 handhelds with MD 9235 capsules.

Since using the Sennheiser Digital 9000 system, companding and limited bandwidth are no longer an issue for Lady Antebellum’s production team, and latency has never been an issue. “The analog to digital conversion takes place at the transmitter itself, and then the signal is decoded at the receiver,” explains Blanden, who says that switching over from their analog SKM 5200/MD 5235 mics to SKM 9000/MD 9235s has resulted in sonic advantages: “This has really opened up the top and provided still more audible uniformity among the microphone capsules we are using. Overall, I really like the clarity and it has brought about more warmth in the capsule.”

Bowman has been very pleased with the reliability and RF performance of the Digital 9000 system: “The range is very good. I have walked the hallways in the back of the arenas and since it’s digital RF there is no loss of signal quality – even when you are hundreds of feet away. We start each show in the back at front of house, so having this range is very important to us.”

Digital 9000: opening channels of communication:

Lady Antebellum are using a special version of the SKM 9000 transmitter with a built-in command function. On the SKM 9000 COM, users can disengage the microphone channel and engage a talkback channel that may be assigned to an engineer, for example. “This has worked great for several of our artists,” says Blanden. “Being able to push a button and communicate directly with a monitor engineer no matter where they are is huge. We also have both channels patched to my squawk box at front of house, so if there is an issue happening on stage I can help facilitate that request rather than making a pit stop at monitors,“ Blanden explains.

Beauty in simplicity:

For both Blanden and Bowman, the ultimate goal is to achieve a true sonic representation of the source in the most efficient way possible. With Digital 9000, they are able to achieve this, both at front of house and at monitors: “The less you have to do, the better off you are,” says Blanden. “If I put up a microphone, I want it to sound like the source. This system helps us achieve a true representation of the source material out of the box.“

Bowman agrees: “Our artists are very comfortable with the sound of the MD 9235 capsule with very little EQing. These capsules and the Digital 9000 system itself gives me a true reference to what they are hearing in their in-ear monitors because the microphones sound so good just as they are. This is definitely noticeable to the artists, the production staff and of course the audience.”

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1: Lady Antebellum are on their TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR with Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless microphones (photo credit: Adam Boatman)

2: Brett “Scoop” Blanden, FOH, and Peter Bowman, monitors (l/r)

3: The eight-channel Digital 9000 receiver in Lady Antebellum‘s touring rack

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FOR-A to Make First Appearance at SATELLITE 2014

Cypress, CA – FOR-A announces plans to display several highlights in its product range, including video encoder, signal processor, and frame rate conversion technology, at the upcoming SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition. Held March 10-13 at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C., FOR-A will make its debut at SATELLITE in booth 3113.

“FOR-A offers a number of products that lend themselves to satellite applications,” said Jay Shinn, FOR-A’s Northeast Account Manager. “The SATELLITE show is a premier event in this industry, and it’s the perfect venue to show off our equipment. We’re looking forward to generating excitement around our technology and connecting with satellite professionals at the event.”

In its booth, FOR-A will showcase Fujitsu’s IP-920 HD/SD compact video transmission technology. Employing best-in-class video fidelity MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding (H.264), Fujitsu’s video encoder/decoder technology performs real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IP networks. Capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency, the solution offers robust error correction and is ideal for HD/SD content delivery use. FOR-A became the sole North American distributor of Fujitsu’s high-performance encoders and decoders at the end of 2013.

FOR-A will showcase its FA-1010 and FA-9520 multi-channel signal processors at SATELLITE. Introduced last year, the award-winning FA-1010 signal processor offers 10 video inputs and outputs, multi-channel routing between sources, and effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FA-9520 3G/HD/SD dual-channel multipurpose signal processor provides frame synchronization, up/down/cross/aspect conversion, two channels of full RGB color correction, logo inserter functions and an automatic video optimizer.

Also to be displayed by FOR-A’s will be the MV-1620HS HD/SD/Analog mixed high resolution multi viewer. The compact (1RU) unit features a customizable layout, embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input, and title display of up to 16 characters per input. Additionally, the unit’s layout memory is capable of storing up to 16 layout patterns in the main unit, which can be selected directly from the front panel.

FOR-A’s FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter will also be shown at SATELLITE. The multi-format unit offers motion compensation processing, automatic scene cut detection and up/down/cross conversion as standard features.

The LTR-120HS LTO video archiving recorder will also be on hand. Using high-quality AVC-Intra/DVCPRO codec and MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, the LTR-120HS records MXF files that can be used by a variety of NLE systems to LTO tape. Designed to enable “archive at ingest” solutions, the solution easily records video footage as an MXF file in real time.

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.

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CLUB 8 PULSATES TO THE SOUND OF D.A.S. AUDIO

*** Club 8’s interior with its D.A.S. Audio sound system. ***

Dallas, TX – February 2014… For those residing or visiting Big D, there is no shortage of clubs and other entertainment-related venues—but most of them are nowhere near as large or lavish as the recently opened Club 8. Opened in November 2013 and billed as ‘The Ultimate Dallas Nightclub Venue”, Club 8 consists of 10,000 square feet, has 39 VIP tables, is connected to a 7000 square foot pool area that has 10 VIP cabanas with 6 circular lounge beds, as well as ballrooms that can be used for private events. This property operates on a high level, so outfitting the venue with an equally impressive sound system was no small undertaking. That’s why Club 8 management ultimately selected a sizeable sound reinforcement system drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

Kevin Deal, an account manager with the Dallas office of GC Pro, the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the requirements of professional users, was contracted to design and install Club 8’s sound reinforcement system. Working in conjunction with Plano, TX-based DJSL, who served as the installation contractor, Deal’s goal was to deploy a ‘festival style’ sound system that was ultimately centered around a collection of D.A.S. Aero 12A powered line array elements and LX218-CA powered arrayable subwoofers. Deal discussed the project. more

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ADDER TECHNOLOGY SELECTS BOB GOLD & ASSOCIATES TO LEAD ITS NORTH AMERICAN PR PROGRAM

High Tech-Focused Public Relations Agency Retained By Leading Remote Integrated Solutions Company  

New York – February 25, 2014 – Adder Technology, the leader in high performance KVM connectivity solutions, today announced it has selected Bob Gold & Associates, a full-service public relations agency, with offices in New York, Chicago and Southern California, to lead its communications program in North America.

Adder solves some of the most frustrating problems any AV engineer may encounter in a control room – how to efficiently control multiple devices from a single operating station in real time. Adder products include: a high performance IP KVM matrix, KVM extenders and KVM switches.

Adder products empower AV professionals to extend, switch and remotely manage their devices and networks from anywhere in the world while still delivering pixel perfect beyond HD-quality video and digital quality audio for many applications.

“Bob Gold & Associates is widely recognized in the tech industry for its award-winning work for its clients,” said Tim Conway, Adder vice president for North America. “We’re confident they will serve as an invaluable partner.”

Bob Gold & Associates is a partner to Whiteoaks International, a UK-based PR firm that handles the Adder account in Great Britain. Through the combined efforts of both agencies Adder will have global exposure from one PR team.

The AdderLink Infinity connectivity solutions allow users to build flexible infrastructures that locate computers anywhere, share connections, watch interactions others have with computers, collaborate and switch computers with ease. AdderLink Infinity offers unique core benefits for the command and control, broadcast and post-production and Pro AV Markets.

AdderLink Infinity can be used in flexible and scalable configurations to meet the unique needs of each studio. The company’s products reduce the complexity, vulnerability and cost of IT environments by providing robust remote access to and direct control of local computing systems.

For more information about Adder Technology, please visit www.adder.com

For more information about Bob Gold & Associates, visit www.bobgoldpr.com.

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Media Contact for Adder Technology

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Bob Gold & Associates

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tricia@bobgoldpr.com

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VMP Showcases New Wall Rack Enclosure Family at 2014 ISC West

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Feb. 25, 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 showcase the new ERWEN-12E and ERWEN-15E 19-inch wall rack enclosures during 2014 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 2-4 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 1046. Now shipping, the ERWEN-12E (12 space) has an MSRP of $379.00, while the ERWEN-15E (15 space) has an MSRP of $419.00.

“The ERWEN-12E and ERWEN-15E are workhorses of a wall mounted rack enclosures,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. “Where space is at a premium, getting equipment off the floor and up on the wall is a must when floor standing equipment racks just won’t do. VMP designed the new ERWEN Series wall mounted racks for both form and functionality, especially with the security and AV installer in mind. With adjustable front and rear rails, removable hinged wall plate and a reversible glass front door, the ERWEN-12E and ERWEN-15E are the answer to the most demanding rack mount requirements.”

Additional features of the ERWEN-12E and ERWEN-15E wall rack enclosures include:
• works with all standard 19-inch rack equipment and accessories
• 12 rack spaces (ERWEN-12E)
• 15 rack spaces (ERWEN-15E)
• rails threaded with standard 10-32 threading
• adjustable front and rear rails
• vented top and bottom
• top and bottom cable routing knockouts
• reversible hinged tempered glass front door
• removable hinged back panel
• lockable, removable side panels (locks optional)
• welded steel construction
• ships assembled
• load capacity – 120 lbs
• black powder coat finish
• product dimensions (ERWEN-12E): (W x D x H): 24.3in x 21.9in x 25.3in
• product dimensions (ERWEN-15E): (W x D x H): 24.3in x 21.9in x 30.5in
• product weight: 61.6 lbs (ERWEN-12E)
• product weight: 71.3 lbs (ERWEN-15E)

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 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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Joseph Electronics Hires Ryhaan Williams as Director of Strategic Accounts

NILES, Ill. — Feb. 25, 2014 — Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions through Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), today announced Ryhaan Williams as the new director of strategic accounts. Williams will be responsible for strengthening existing relationships, expanding the reach of JE into the broadcast market, and securing project and integration specifications for custom fiber solutions.

“In her 25 years in the broadcast industry, Ryhaan has demonstrated success in uncovering new business opportunities, as well as cultivating relationships within an existing customer base,” said JE President Yohay Hahamy. “Her combination of broadcast operations and production experience mixed with a reputation for resourcefulness makes her a perfect match for our company as we move into the next phase of growth.”

Prior to joining Joseph Electronics, Williams was the principal and general manager of Tandem Solutions LLC, based in New Jersey. Tandem Solutions brokers and resells broadcast equipment and copper and fiber cabling, handling integration projects through a vast reseller network.

Before starting Tandem Solutions, Williams was a business development manager for Bexel in its New York office. At Bexel, Williams broadened her relationship with companies, such as MLB.com, that are market leaders in the digital media space.

As the former northeast regional manager for Gepco, Ryhaan was instrumental in fostering relationships among engineers, integrators, and consultants for creating custom fiber solutions. She oversaw installations at Red Bull Arena, PPL Park, and Yankee Stadium, in addition to mobile units built for Metrovision and New Century Productions.

As a project manager for Venue Services Group (VSG), National Mobile Television’s integration arm, Williams was tasked with managing installations at venues such as Fenway Park, TD Banknorth Garden, Yankee Stadium, and Dodger Stadium. Prior to working with VSG, she was the director of production for Sportvision, managing relationships with ESPN, ABC, NBC, and Turner. She also held positions at VH1, Courtroom Television, Medical News Network, and SportsChannel.

“Working in broadcast and remote operations for my entire career has allowed for a seamless transition from production and integration to projects and sales, giving me a unique perspective regarding client needs. Working collaboratively with the sales and engineering team at Joseph Electronics will enable me to further support customers with creative and project-specific solutions,” Williams said. “I am truly excited to be part of the expansion of Joseph Electronics.”

Further information about JE is available at www.josephelectronics.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/JFS/JFS-RyhaanWilliams.jpg

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About Joseph Electronics
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for a wide range of premier broadcast and Pro A/V brands, including Wohler, Belden, Neutrik, Kings, Lawo, and DirectOut. Its full-service fiber division, JFS, designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, Live-Link, and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 60 years and has representatives in California, Texas, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Primestream Unveils Xchange Suite v3.0

Upgrades to the FORK Remote-Access Application Create New Level of Stability and Flexibility for Multisite Production Operations

MIAMI — Feb. 25, 2014 — Primestream(R) today announced FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite v3.0, a major upgrade to the application that gives broadcasters instant Web access to content on their FORK Production(TM) servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or tablet device. Xchange v3.0 has a wealth of new features and capabilities that make it more flexible and stable than ever before, allowing concurrent users in multisite production operations global access to content and workflows within a reliable, centralized, efficient infrastructure.

“Some clients have increased the amount of clips handled in Xchange by more than 400 percent in the past year alone, so it’s clear that our clients need ever more flexible, scalable workflows and unwavering stability. The enhancements in Xchange v3.0 make it one of the first market solutions that can expand to the scale that our clients demand and allow users to create all kinds of new workflows,” said Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO. “Through Xchange, large-scale media enterprises can unify multiple parts of the organization through a single user experience while addressing limitations in networks and infrastructure to increase stability.”

Yahoo! Studios, Albavision, Clio TV, and Radio and TV Marti are just a few of the media enterprises around the world that use Xchange for their daily production workflows. For the enterprise, Xchange v3.0 extends workflows to remotely connected users and facilities, a benefit that streamlines operations and reduces the time and cost of producing content. Users see direct benefits through ease of operation, increased quality of service, increased speed of workflow, and added functionality in remotely connected environments.

Xchange v3.0 features a completely redesigned iPad(R) interface optimized for Apple(R) iOS 7. Its many other new features and capabilities are:

- Xchange Uploader: Allows users to submit raw or finished packages directly into the FORK Production environment via a Web-based interface.
- Xchange Downloader: Allows users to download source content in order to edit final packages locally, with the ability to choose among multiple qualities to download.
- Xchange Partial File Download: Users can download sections of media, allowing faster download workflows and eliminating the need to download entire media.
- Xchange Load Balancer: Allows for distribution of network traffic across multiple servers for added stability and scalability.
- Xchange Encoding Engine and Render Farm: Allows Xchange to offload rendering processes from the FORK Production environment and adds flexibility with file creation.
- Quick, Cuts-Only editing: Allows users to create a rough cut with footage in Xchange and send the timeline to the FORK Production environment for distribution.
- Multiple Video Resolutions for Video Playback: Allows users to play back and select among multiple qualities of video in order to cope with various network conditions.
- Modular Back-End Extensions for Large-Scale Deployments: Allows the Xchange back-end to be installed modularly across multiple servers to ensure stability and scalability.
- Status Messaging/Alerts to FORK MAM: Gives FORK users visibility into the processes Xchange is running on assets being registered.
- Keyboard Shortcuts: A preconfigured set of keyboard shortcuts to drive the Xchange front-end user interface.
- Multithreading: Allows system to thread back-end processes, including rendering, which increases performance dramatically.

Primestream will demonstrate Xchange v3.0 at the 2014 NAB Show at booth SL10216. The application will be available in the second half of 2014. Pricing is available through local resellers and integrators or directly from Primestream at sales@primestream.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/Primestream-FORKXchangeSuite3.jpg

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About Primestream
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM) and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink services providers, digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

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Joseph Fiber Solutions at BVE 2014

The Camera Caddie-FP Series
Designed to reduce setup and teardown time while providing all the signal transport necessary to streamline live video acquisition workflows, the Caddie Series by Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS) maximizes the amount of time camera operators can spend on production and content. The series contains 13 different stageboxes — each contained in a portable, flypack-friendly package — that have been optimally configured to meet the demands of different types of events. The innovative, JFS-exclusive OPTC port on all camera Caddies allows operators to daisy-chain additional Caddie systems in the series on a single camera cable. All feeds and returns ride on the original camera cable and can be deployed to distances of up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) with local power, or up to 1,600 feet (500 meters) when powered remotely from the base station. The rugged, reliable Caddie units are easy to set up and troubleshoot, thanks to their modular structure and Bluebell Opticom transport modules.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/JFS/JFS-CaddieSeries.jpg
Photo Caption: JFS Caddie-FP Series

Also on Display From Bluebell Opticom Limited:

- The PW140 is a universal 10G/3G SDI signal transport over fiber in a compact 1-RU frame. The initial base configuration supports up to six bidirectional HD-SDI signals over two fibers, or when using CWDM, up to 96 HD-SDI signals per fiber.

- Net Caddie is a new compact camera interface that uses revolutionary “Stagebox by BBC Research and Development” technology. Net Caddie allows HD-SDI to be injected directly into a standard network environment, bringing IP to the camera. Net Caddie transforms the entire camera’s bidirectional linear control, audio, and video signals into packet-based IP protocols, all on a single Cat6 cable, to simplify workflows and rigging.

- The new BlueLite and Caddie-LB 3G are specifically designed for outside broadcast and deployable applications.

Joseph Electronics Quote:
“BVE is critical to our strategic marketing goals and provides us with a great opportunity to meet with our partners and customers to discuss their immediate and future needs for fiber transport. This year’s attendees will see powerful, flexible designs that make live broadcast productions easier while taking today’s economic challenges into account.”
– Yohay Hahamy, President, Joseph Electronics
– Paul McCann, President, Bluebell Opticom

Company Overview:
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for a wide range of premier broadcast and pro A/V brands, including Wohler, Belden, Neutrik, Kings, Lawo, and DirectOut. Its full-service fiber division, JFS, designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, Live-Link, and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 60 years and has representatives in California, Texas, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana to Showcase Next Generation Broadcast and OTT Monitoring Solutions

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana will bring its innovative broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions to the NAB 2014 convention (Booth SU11017) from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The video delivery ecosystem is expanding rapidly with the availability of content across a wide range of digital platforms,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “It is our vision to expand our offerings with powerful tools to help our customers monitor and manage any type of media in the entire ecosystem.”

Digital Nirvana’s latest generation tools address that challenge with broadcast and OTT media monitoring, content capture and repurposing.

Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System

One highlight in the NAB booth will be the next generation of Monitor IQTM – the company’s solution for multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving for traditional broadcasting. Monitor IQ provides a range of unique features including centralized management, automatic ad detection, and a director’s audio track. It accepts multiple signals, both HD and SD in full resolution, and exports them in a wide range of file formats. Its Infrastructure Self-Check performs more than 40 types of ongoing system checks to proactively monitor the total health of the Monitor IQ system. Web Captioning ensures that programming complies with new FCC closed captioning mandates in the SMPTE Timed Text Format. And Program Guide Extraction automatically extracts EIT data directly from the broadcast, simplifying program search and enabling recording by program. Several new features to be announced will be included within this new version. Monitor IQ is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

AnyStream IQ OTT Monitoring System

The video delivery ecosystem is expanding far beyond broadcast with the explosive growth of streaming content to desktops, tablets and mobile phones. As live streams increase in popularity, so does the importance of reliable OTT monitoring. Now, complementing the Monitor IQ solution for traditional broadcast content, the latest version of Digital Nirvana’s AnyStream IQTM allows broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors of streaming content to reliably monitor OTT content to ensure that live streams are up and running. AnyStream IQ monitors for quality and compliance issues like loss of video or audio, as well as loss of FCC mandated closed captions. AnyStream IQ is the industry’s first-ever cloud-based OTT monitoring solution. There is no hardware or software to install, and it offers a browser-based interface to record, monitor and search FLV, HDS and HLS formatted streams.

MediaPro Content Repurposing System

MediaProTM is Digital Nirvana’s easy, affordable solution to repurpose and rebroadcast encrypted HD content to multiple platforms. In addition to its ability to encrypt HD content, input/output options further include: SDI, ASI, IP, QAM, and ATSC.

Multiple users in news and sports departments can collaborate; record from one to hundreds of channels; and then edit, annotate and publish content in real time. Search may be based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, time/date and channel filters. Clips are stored and sent via email or FTP for archiving or external viewing in a wide range of formats and resolutions. The next generation of MediaPro will be on hand in the Digital Nirvana booth at NAB. MediaPro is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

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 product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. 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 http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

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Sound Devices Takes Home Cinema Audio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 633 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals. Sound Devices has now been a recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award four times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders, and the 664 Field Production Mixer are past winners.

“To be consistently recognized for our new products with CAS Technical Achievement Awards is an outstanding accomplishment,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “At Sound Devices, we continue to push the boundaries by presenting high-quality, innovative tools that really make a difference in the workflow of our customers. Having the Cinema Audio Society behind us reaffirms the positive impact that our product development goals have within the industry.”

Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available.

The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96 kHz for eight tracks, 192 kHz for six tracks) or timecode stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus Left/Right and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

Unique to the industry, the 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This four-way powering allows for multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18 V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed and seamlessly transitions to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10 seconds to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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