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Severtson Screens Launches Folded Silver 3D Cinema Screens at CinemaCon 2014

Before & After...The industry-acclaimed Severtson SeVision 3D GX and Ultra Wide 3D Screens can now be shipped folded in smaller packaging with no loss in structural integrity or performance abilities; International shipping costs reduced by up to 70 percent.

Mesa, Arizona, USA, March 18, 2014 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the cinema, commercial, pro AV, and home theater markets, is pleased to announce the launch of the new folded SēVision 3D GX line of silver cinema projection screens at CinemaCon 2014, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from March 25-27, 2014 at Caesars Palace (Severtson booth 2010A, MasterImage 3D Inc. booth 2706A, and Livorno Room). Severtson’s new folded shipping method now makes international distribution of the industry-acclaimed SēVision 3D GX highly affordable, reducing international shipping costs by up to 70 percent. Folded screens are now available for international shipment.

”Purchasing our industry-acclaimed SēVision 3D GX was cost prohibitive for theaters outside of the U.S. due to the shipping costs associated with such large packages,” explained Ron Severtson, Severtson Corp. president and CEO. “Now our silver 3D screens can be folded and packed into a much smaller crate without any loss in structural integrity or performance abilities. Our new folded screen process not only reduces international shipping fees, the smaller packaging simplifies delivery to theaters and is more convenient for installers, as well.”

The new folded line of SēVision 3D GX and Ultra Wide cinema screens is now available for delivery to international destinations, and has numerous advantages, including:
• available in standard or micro perforation
• coated surface that is harder to bruise and scuff
• small micron flake coating produces sharper image that eliminates graininess in bright scenes
• viewing angles range from 30 to 40 degree half-gain depending on the specific screen gain requested
• use of a proprietary non-leafing flake vs. a leafing flake promotes longevity by eliminating degradation of the optical properties over time
• perfect for all large cinema applications, such as movie houses, museums, universities, etc.

“In the past, the idea of folding a screen for shipment, delivery, and installation has been deemed impossible because there was no method of doing it without degrading the quality and performance of the screen, or ruining it altogether,” Severtson added. “Not anymore.”

Severtson continued, “The cost offset on shipping as well as the screen’s performance and longevity increases savings for the customer. This is a game changer for the international market that desires a state-of-the-art silver 3D cinema screen, but, up until now, simply could not afford the shipment and installation cost because of how such a large screen had to be prepared, packed, and shipped.”

Severtson Corporation is a member of the Giant Screen Cinema Association. They have manufactured cinema screens for theaters in countries all over the world, including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Thailand, Scotland, China, Russia, and many more. To meet the challenge of creating extremely large screens, Severtson Corporation designed a robotic spray-arm application system to paint its high-performance optical coating in-house on screens as large as 67.75ft. x 150ft. (20.7m x 45.8m). It is currently the largest in-house cinema screen optical coating system in the world.

Approaching its 30th anniversary in 2016, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. Their extensive experience in manufacturing small home theater screens and large cinema screens has given Severtson Corporation the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets.

With its three production facilities and state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has massive production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screen sizes — from Giant Screens to small home theater screens — available to its clients.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide.

From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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Primestream Reveals FORK Media Asset Management and Automation Integration With Apple Final Cut Pro X

Two-Way Communication Enables Edit-While-Capture and Collaborative Production Workflows

MIAMI — March 18, 2014 — Primestream(R) today released a new FORK(TM) integration with Apple’s Final Cut Pro(R) X, enabling unified two-way communications between the two applications. Final Cut Pro X users can now reap the benefits of the FORK Production Suite for managing and automating media workflows, including edit-while-capture with automatic refresh, logging, marker insertion, proxy editing, workflow management, and archiving.

“The FORK platform provides industry professionals with essential tools that allow Final Cut Pro X craft editors to easily browse their media database and trigger customizable FORK automated workflows,” said Warren Arenstein, Primestream senior vice president of business development. “FORK edit-while-capture integration with Final Cut Pro X gives live multi-cam productions the ability to meet quick-turnaround deadlines while simultaneously extending access to many departments.”

Movement from FORK to Final Cut Pro X
* Send live ingesting content to Final Cut Pro X with edit-while-capture support
* Send logged highlights to Final Cut Pro X via subclips created in FORK
* Send user-created FORK markers to Final Cut Pro X

Movement from Final Cut Pro X to FORK
* Deliver finished edits directly to the FORK MAM within Final Cut Pro X
* Send Final Cut Pro X sequence markers into FORK MAM
* Automate workflows and categorize media using metadata sent from Final Cut Pro X

Remote workflows with FORK Xchange and Final Cut Pro X
* Remotely import logged highlights into Final Cut Pro X with FORK Xchange
* Remotely deliver Final Cut Pro X edits with FORK Xchange Uploader
* Remotely insert metadata and trigger actions on delivered Final Cut Pro X media

With this new integration, FORK software continues its history of supporting Final Cut Pro and other leading NLE solutions. FORK versions 4.0 and higher support Mac OS(R) X Mavericks. Users should consult their integrator or support chain before updating. FORK integration with Final Cut Pro X requires version 10.1 or higher.

Final Cut Server Migrations to FORK
FORK can migrate all Final Cut Server assets, metadata, and productions into FORK clips and projects, with the option of leaving existing assets in place. FORK supports extensive scripting, including command lines, XML import/export, email notifications, user groups, and permissions.

Primestream will demonstrate FORK integration with Final Cut Pro X at the 2014 NAB Show at booth SL10216. The FORK integration with Final Cut Pro X is available now. More information is available by request to sales@primestream.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/Primestream-FORKwithFCPXworkflow.jpg
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) With Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R) X Workflow

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/Primestream-FORKandFCPXscreenshots.jpg
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Edit-While-Capture in Apple(R) Final Cut(R) Pro X

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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 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/post-production facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

Mac, Final Cut Pro, and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Broadcast Pix Announces Partnership with Virtualsetworks to Offer High Quality Virtual Sets

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced a technology partnership with Virtualsetworks, which offers an extensive library of virtual sets. Through the partnership, customers will be able to search the company’s catalog from the Broadcast Pix Web site. Broadcast Pix will showcase several Virtualsetworks virtual sets during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.

As part of the Fluent™ integrated toolset, all Broadcast Pix integrated production switchers include virtual set chromakey technology that works with green screen or blue screen backgrounds. Systems ship with a number of preloaded virtual sets, as well as a virtual set editor that allows users to create a virtual set using any picture. Virtualsetworks offers a variety of affordable themed virtual sets, including news, sports, game shows, courtrooms, living spaces and more. Virtual sets can be purchased individually or in collections, and custom set design is also available.

“The need for high quality virtual set solutions is a must have for our customers, and Virtualsetworks is a great fit,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “With this technology partnership, our customers have easy access to a broader array of virtual sets and post-production applications.”

“Our company has a wide variety of very high quality virtual sets,” added Eric Pratt, president of Virtualsetworks, “and I believe they are a perfect companion to Broadcast Pix’s amazing product lineup.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Visionary Solutions Launches End-to-End IPTV Solution, PackeTV(R) Debuts at 2014 NAB Show

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — March 17, 2014 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) today announced the launch of its new PackeTV(R), a modular, end-to-end IP video network and asset management solution that enables secure, scheduled, and on-demand delivery of live and recorded video for enterprise, entertainment, education, healthcare, IT, broadcast, and house of worship markets. VSI will demonstrate the entire PackeTV ecosystem for the first time at the 2014 NAB Show, at booth SU8602, April 7-10 in Las Vegas.

With PackeTV, organizations can easily and cost-effectively deliver high-quality HD and SD, MPEG-2/H.264 video content to TVs, set-top boxes (STBs), PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other IP-connected devices across a wide range of networks, including LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi, cellular, and public Internet.

“PackeTV significantly enhances the VSI brand, establishing our company as an end-to-end solutions provider,” said VSI President Jordan Christoff. “The PackeTV ecosystem can quickly and easily be deployed in virtually any IT environment to support a variety of applications from corporate communication to video monitoring, training, and distance learning to legacy cable system replacement with TV over IP. By providing organizations with a single, end-to-end IP video network solution, VSI makes video distribution to any screen simple and affordable.”

The open-standard solution is compatible with a wide range of equipment, including VSI encoders and decoders, and features the same modular architecture as the encoder and decoder product lines allowing customers to upgrade as their budget permits. This modular flexibility lowers the base price of the equipment by allowing the customer to purchase only the features they need at the moment and upgrading the software as requirements change.

Through an intuitive, Web-based user interface, administrators can dynamically create and manage video assets for distribution across any type of network. Video assets are fully protected via AES 256/128-bit encryption, and access can be controlled right down to the individual user and group level through seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory. Frontline customer support guarantees a flawless installation and operation for the life of the solution.

The end-to-end PackeTV ecosystem includes:

- The PackeTV(R) Core System comprising:
– PackeTV(R) Portal, a powerful web-based administration interface that offers total control over the PackeTV system, including user and group permissions and dynamic video asset creation, management, protection, and distribution.
– PackeTV(R) Player, a browser-based, no-install player that provides CPU-efficient, high-quality playback of live, scheduled, and on-demand streams up to full HD 1920 x 1080p60.
– PackeTV(R) Player Mobile, an integrated player for iPhones(R), iPads(R), Android” tablets, and smartphones providing user authentication and full channel guide synchronization.

- The PackeTV(R) System Modules which are:
– PackeTV(R) Video on Demand (VOD) Module provides on-demand playback of archived/indexed video files, including library management and search capability.
– PackeTV(R) Network Video Record (NVR) Module supports scheduled recording and continuous archiving for monitoring and time-shift applications.
– PackeTV(R) Set-Top Box (STB) Module offers commercial IP STB integration into the PackeTV ecosystem so the entire PackeTV channel lineup can be viewed on HD or SD TV monitors, secured by AES 256/128-bit encryption and access control.
– PackeTV(R) Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Module creates an intuitive guide for scheduled programs based on data sourced from the broadcaster. The guide is displayed via an easy-to-read user interface and programs can be effortlessly recorded directly from the electronic programming guide.

To schedule a demonstration of PackeTV at the 2014 NAB Show, please contact: packetv@vsicam.com.

PackeTV will begin shipping in April 2014. More information about the company and its products is available at www.vsicam.com.

Photo Link: www.202comms.com/VisionarySolutions/VSI_PackeTV_Logo.jpg
Photo Caption: PackeTV(R) Logo White

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About Visionary Solutions, Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

Visit Visionary Solutions, Inc at the 2014 NAB Show, Booth SU8602

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Ultimate Sound Teams with RCF at new Cascades Park Amphitheater

Ultimate Sound and Light in Tallahassee, Florida is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this April. Throughout their 20 year history, they have provided event services for several Presidents to providing tour management and engineering for major rock and country artists; while at the same time offering design and installation services to local restaurants, venues, churches, government agencies and businesses. Some past productions include engineering and tour management for Creed and sound engineering on Ozzfest.
This winter, they were honored to be the first audio and lighting company involved with the new Cascades Park Capital City Amphitheater in Tallahassee. The new 3,500 seat venue opens its inaugural season in April (April 12 – Tracy Lawrence & April 13 Charlie Wilson).
As the concert amphitheater is part of the 26-acre Cascades Park, Ultimate Sound first provided the production equipment, engineers and techs for the initial sound test calibration which set the limits for the local noise ordinances. There were several events and performances that evening enabling them to monitor db levels outside of the park and around the area.
Ultimate Sound and Light’s team brought in 12 RCF HDL20-A dual 10” two-way active line array modules and six dB Technologies DVA-S30 dual 18” subwoofers per side designed to be the front of house system for the venue.
“The audio array was seamless and we could not be more proud of the system’s performance” commented Dave Hart, President of Ultimate Sound and Light. He also added “We look forward to another 20 years with our partners at RCF. Their staff, has been amazing to work with and we are very glad to be part of their family.”

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Inter-American Development Bank Shares Culture with L-ACOUSTICS

IDB Conference Center's Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium

Pershing Technologies specifies KIVA/KILO system at IDB’s Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Headquartered in the heart of the nation’s capitol, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Latin America and Caribbean countries by providing much needed loans, grants, technical assistance and research. In 2005, when the organization first opened the IDB Conference Center at 1330 New York Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., its 500-seat Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium was slated to host films, seminars, lectures, and town hall meetings, so the original PA system was primarily designed to accommodate spoken word and cinema playback.

In 2012, however, the decision was made to better utilize the facility for the presentation of concerts and other cultural events featuring live entertainment by Central and South American artists, musicians, and dancers. more

Avolites Hosts Free Weekly Training Webinars

Manufacturer offers interactive sessions covering Titan Version 7 and Ai Media Server

LONDON — In an effort to provide the very best product support to its current clients and potential customers, Avolites announces its continuing series of free weekly online training sessions. Hosted from the manufacturer’s worldwide headquarters in London, several one-hour GoToMeeting webinars each Thursday cover various topics related to Avolites and Avolites Media products.

Sessions held at 9:00 a.m. EST every Thursday guide users through the GUI of Avolites’ groundbreaking Ai Media Server. Attendees learn how to navigate the built-in 3D visualizer, import video files and play them back, and adjust these videos by changing color and adding effects, introducing keystone and warps. The informal sessions will also cover video mapping to non-uniform projection surfaces and output to LED screens.

Webinars held one hour later at 10:00 a.m. EST focus on Titan Version 7 and feature the Avolites Titan Simulator, which allows attendees to view every button press made by the trainer, see features and ask questions. The schedule for the remainder of March and April is as follows:

- March 20 – Chases: recording and unfolding chases; using speed masters and tap tempo

- March 27 – Customizing your console: making, editing and deleting workspaces; assigning and recording macros; changing default values, including fixture locate, highlight values and key profiles

- April 3 – Titan overview: console layout, basic programming and operation

- April 10 – Time in programmer, time palettes, using the encoder wheel to set times and the edit times menu

- April 17 – Version 7: set list, show import, reports and the @ key functions

- April 24 – Artnet: using an Artnet to DMX box to expand your universes; using a Titan Net Processor; connecting and assigning lines

“Education is the key to unlocking the creative possibilities of the desk,” says Group One’s Brad White, national sales manager for the Avolites brand. “These free webinars are a great place not only for tapping into expert advice but also for collaborating with other LDs and programmers from all over the world. So sign up to experience Avolites’ world-class training in the comfort of your own home or office, learn new tips and tricks on the Titan software, and maybe even contribute a few yourself.”

White further points out that additional webinar sessions may be added to better accommodate other time zones, such as PST, as demand increases.

Attendance for each webinar is currently limited to 25 people per session and space will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for one or more of the sessions, please visit the “Webinars & UK Masterclasses” link at www.avolites.com.

Matrox Announces Low-Profile, Multi-Channel SDI Card with High-Performance Hardware Processing

New Matrox X.mio3 PCIe video card for developers offers up to eight reconfigurable SDI I/Os with on-board scaling, compositing and motion-adaptive de-interlacing, from SD to 4K

Matrox® Video today announced the Matrox X.mio3 LP SDI video card, part of the next generation of Matrox DSX Developer Products. X.mio3 LP is a low-profile, half-length PCIe card that offers up to eight reconfigurable I/Os, from SD to 4K. Multi-channel hardware processing accelerates compute-intensive operations including motion-adaptive de-interlacing, up/down/cross scaling and mixing/compositing for all resolutions. When configured with inputs, the card is equipped with built-in frame synchronizers to generate clean SDI signals for any environment.

Matrox X.mio3 SDI video card for developers

Matrox X.mio3 LP is the ideal hardware platform for OEMs who need to create advanced yet compact channel-in-a-box systems, video servers, broadcast graphics systems, encoders, transcoders, multiviewers, switchers and other digital media equipment. Comprehensive development tools in the Matrox DSX SDKs for Windows® or Linux® include versatile file reading/writing, memory management, streaming synchronization, and a large selection of software codecs and effects. A prototyping tool provides a graphical representation of all hardware components so developers can simulate and test their use cases within minutes, before writing a single line of code. From a single development effort, broadcast equipment manufacturers can create a variety of products at a full range of price/performance levels.

“With the launch of the X.mio3 card, we are the first OEM supplier to provide everything needed for full multi-channel SD, HD and 4K broadcast solutions in high-density, low-profile cards,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox. “OEMs can now cost-effectively pack an unprecedented number of I/Os channels with advanced hardware processing into 1RU and blade servers.”

Matrox products will be demonstrated at CCBN (China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, March 20-22 in Matrox distributor Beijing Jinzhongheng Tech’s booth 5103) and at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10, booth SL5019).

Availability
Matrox Xmio3 LP is now available. Developers may obtain more information by e-mailing video_oem.info@matrox.com.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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MUXLAB RELEASES NEW HDMI SPLITTERS FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL AV SYSTEMS

MARCH 18 2014, MONTREAL, CANADA – MuxLab Inc. announces the release of the HDMI 1×4 & 1×8 2K-4K Splitters that allow one HDMI source to be distributed to up to four or eight HDMI displays. The splitters support up to 1080p, 12-bit Deep color and HD audio.

Ideal for commercial and residential AV systems, the splitters supports 3D & HDMI 1.4 and feature LED diagnostics. All the HDMI connectors are on the rear panel for neater cabling which make the unit also ideal for application such as classroom training systems, boardroom systems, and medical video systems.

The 1×4 Splitter (model 500421) and 1×8 Splitter (model 500422) 2K-4K both come with a 2 year warranty and are available for ordering now.

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