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Xytech Redefines Facility Management Software with the Release of MediaPulse 2014 at NAB

NAB BOOTH: SL2428

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) – Xytech, the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services, and video transmission industries, will debut a new version of the company’s flagship MediaPulse platform at the 2014 NAB exhibition in Las Vegas. MediaPulse 2014 redefines facility management software, delivering a true end-to-end solution encompassing asset management, order management, resource management, and financial management in a configurable, platform-independent, browser-based application.

The 2014 release is the most significant to date, including hundreds of new features and dramatic performance improvements. The new features are centered on three core areas:

User Interface
SKY 2014, the platform-independent and browser-based interface for MediaPulse, now includes a complete graphical scheduling application, real time dashboards for user-defined KPIs, and a form editor to modify all screens. Allowing customers to create custom web solutions with an easy to configure, out of the box solution, SKY 2014 drives down costs and speeds user acceptance. It supports all popular operating systems, including Apple Macintosh and iOS.

The Media Order and Transmission Order modules in MediaPulse 2014 also received significant upgrades, enabling users to create complex order profiles with a simple click. In addition, a new web-deployed arrivals board has been added to the Transmission Order module, allowing thousands of users to see the status of all feeds at a glance.

System Interoperability
New adapters for Miranda, Telestream, Avid AirSpeed, and Avid Capture have been added to MediaPulse 2014, expanding integration capabilities and facilitating automated workflows involving a huge range of third party systems via Xytech’s Digital Order technology. Clients can add any hardware platform to the MediaPulse ecosystem using our unique MediaPulse Adapter technology and new SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) tool.

Asset Management
The debut of MetaVault MAM (Media Asset Management system) provides a complete content backbone for the creation and storage of files, proxies, and metadata. This new functionality makes integrating multiple MAMs, including those from other vendors, into a comprehensive, federated solution a reality. As no digital strategy is complete without physical assets, MetaVault also supports easy labeling and RFID capabilities to make the management of even the most complex media libraries as efficient and effective as possible.

As Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available, MediaPulse 2014 also features a new rules engine that manages notifications, labor contracts, status of orders, and trigger events.

“Our greatest asset is our relationship with our clients and their trust in us,” said Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech. “They know that we are keenly focused on their need for flexible, scalable solutions to the issues they face. MediaPulse 2014 increases the power of our platform and gives our customers the competitive edge they need in today’s world. Things are moving fast, and Xytech is innovating faster. We are relentlessly moving forward.”

Xytech is exhibiting MediaPulse 2014 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas from April 7-10 2014, in the South Hall lower level, booth SL2428.

About Xytech
Xytech is the leading global provider of facility management software for the media and broadcast industries. For over 25 years, the world’s best media services companies, broadcasters, and transmission facilities have depended on Xytech to run their businesses. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform is the only end-to-end solution for the complete content lifecycle, providing scheduling, automation, asset management, billing, and cost recovery in a scalable, platform-independent application. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world, and the company is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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NUGEN Audio’s Paul Tapper to Speak at 2014 NAB Show’s Broadcast Engineering Conference

NUGEN Audio Founder to Discuss Broadcast Loudness Management Issues Beyond Basic Compliance

LEEDS, U.K. — March 20, 2014 — NUGEN Audio today announced that the company’s founder, Dr. Paul Tapper, will present “Beyond Basic Broadcast Loudness Compliance” at the 2014 NAB Show’s Broadcast Engineering Conference. A segment of the “CALM Compliance Issues” track, Dr. Tapper’s presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m. in room S227 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Now that the initial rush to meet broadcast loudness rules is almost over, there are a few questions starting to emerge,” Dr. Tapper said. “These include where in the broadcast pipeline loudness should be addressed, how loudness can best be handled at ingest and QA, and how loudness management fits into the post-production workflow. This session will address these issues, and will also explore how loudness management can be used to further improve broadcast audio and the future of loudness in broadcast.”

More information about NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio provides the broadcast and post-production industry’s most advanced solutions for end-to-end loudness management, metering, and correction from content acquisition through to playout. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the NUGEN Audio design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver high-quality, compliant audio while saving time, reducing costs, and preserving the creative process. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, post-production, and music production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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NAB 2014: FOR-A to Show New Version of FT-ONE 4K Variable Frame Rate Camera, Debut 4K Extraction System

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, FOR-A will showcase a new version of its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. The new version of the FT-ONE offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting from the field. The company’s new ZE-ONE 4K extraction system will also be a highlight of the company’s booth (C5117), making its first NAB appearance.

“FOR-A is excited to showcase this new version of the FT-ONE camera and debut our ZE-ONE 4K extraction system at NAB,” said Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-ACorporation of America. “We’re now offering the FT-ONE with fiber connections built into the unit, making it easier when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station. We’ll have a new replay controller for the ZE-ONE extraction system, which allows operators to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.”

Since its first introduction into the market in 2012, the FT-ONE has been used in a variety of sports broadcast and digital cinematography applications, including professional football, boxing, automobile racing, ice cross downhill, and wakeboarding events, as well as a NASA rocket launch. The camera has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including a 2012 IBC Show STAR Award from TV Technology Europe, TVB Europe’s Best of IBC 2012 Award, and most recently, a 2013 Government Video Salute at GV Expo.

The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, “FT1-CMOS,” and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

First introduced at last year’s IBC Show, where it won a Best of IBC award from TVB Europe, the ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract desired 4K image areas to capture the action for HD replays. The 4K extraction system provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources. The ZE-ONE allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

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.

Sonnet Technologies to Feature Array of Award-Winning Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Expansion Solutions at Las Vegas SuperMeet

Scheduled for April 8 in Conjunction With the 2014 NAB Show, CPUG SuperMeet Is Forum for Creative and Collaborative Digital Editors

IRVINE, Calif. — March 20, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced that the company will showcase a broad selection of its award-winning Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion systems at the 13th annual Las Vegas SuperMeet, scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Royale Ballroom of the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel and Casino. Held in conjunction with the 2014 NAB Show, SuperMeet is a program of the Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network that brings together creative and collaborative digital editors for an evening of networking, cocktails, and learning about the latest trends in collaborative editing workflows.

At SuperMeet Sonnet will feature several members of its Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2 expansion systems: the rackmount Echo Express III-R with optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, as well as the desktop Echo Express III-D, Echo Express SE II, and Echo Express SEL. These products facilitate mobile and on-location workflows by enabling any Mac(R) computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.

Sonnet will also display its xMac(TM) mini Server, RackMac(TM) mini, and all-new products for rackmounting the new Mac Pro(R). The award-winning xMac mini Server securely mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port, and the RackMac mini is a 1U enclosure for installing and securing one or two Mac minis in a standard 19-inch rack. Making their debut at this year’s NAB Show, two new Sonnet products designed specifically for the Mac Pro will also be on display at SuperMeet.

“As the NAB Show’s premier gathering of digital editors, visual storytellers, and collaborative digital filmmakers, SuperMeet is the ideal venue for us to show how our exciting array of Thunderbolt expansion products can bring new levels of portability, versatility, and efficiency to any audio and video production workflow,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonnet Technologies. “We look forward to participating at SuperMeet, where Mac-oriented professionals can learn about the latest technology trends and also share industry news and opportunities in a social setting that is educational, exciting, and fun.”

More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable RAID storage solutions. For more than 27 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express III-D With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express III-R With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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VMP Launches FP-LWAB Large Flat Panel Articulating Wall Mount at 2014 ISC West

STEVENSVILLE, Md., March 20, 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 the launch of the new FP-LWAB large flat panel wall mount with tilt and articulating capabilities at 2014 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 2-4 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 1046. With an MSRP of $389.95, the FP-LWAB is now shipping.

“The FP-LWAB is our next generation large flat panel mount, designed specifically for numerous on-wall applications, including digital signage and with the security and A/V installer specifically in mind,” said Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “The FP-LWAB is sleeker with a lower profile than past generations in this line, making it the perfect solution for virtually any flat panel application.”

The FP-LWAB holds most 42in. – 70in. flat panels with a maximum flat panel hole pattern of 800mm x 500mm. The FP-LWAB rotates up to 45 degrees, has an adjustable tilt of 0 degrees to +15 degrees, and comes with mounting rails that accept padlocks for increased security measures. A clip-based cable management system adds to the model’s aesthetics and ease-of-installation. The FP-LWAB comes in a black powder coat finish and is UL listed.

“The FP-LWAB is the answer for situations where larger and heavier flat panel monitors need to be wall mounted and the installer, no matter the application whether in the home or for commercial and/or digital signage use, wants the reliability and dependability they have come to expect from Video Mount Products,” added Fulmer.

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

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

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

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U.S. Bank Arena Upgrades Hockey Coverage to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Jim Plummer, technical director for the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, was shopping for a new production switcher at the 2013 NAB Show, he kept coming back to Broadcast Pixintegrated production switchers. His choice became even easier when he won a Flint™ system during the show, which the arena upgraded to a Granite™ X.

Home to the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena was built in 1975 had a major renovation in 1997, which included the installation of a Sony analog switcher with external DVE. As part of a 2013 upgrade to HD production, which also included new cameras and monitors, the new Granite was installed early last fall in time for the current hockey season.

According to Plummer, the downtown arena seats about 17,000 spectators and hosts more than 100 events per year, including concerts, NBA preseason games, and 36 Cyclones home games. The in-house, three-camera video production is primarily used for hockey coverage, as well as some preseason basketball games and some comedy concerts. A four-screen, center hung video board provides the most prominent view for fans during the game, but there are multiple small monitors throughout the concourse, suites, and on-site restaurant.

During each home hockey game, the director switches while a second operator coordinates graphics and roll-ins. “It works out very well for us,” Plummer explained. “With hockey, you don’t know when you’re getting a stop, so you have to set your cues and be ready to go.”

The control room team also houses light and audio operators, plus one person coordinating game operations and promotions.

U.S. Bank Arena uses several of the Granite’s 12 SDI outputs during productions. One delivers a feed of the high center camera to the coach’s office, where it is recorded for review. Another feed is recorded to DVD for league officials and the visiting team. Plus, the live game production is provided to America ONE Sports, an online provider of live and on-demand sports. “Those multiple outputs really help us out a lot,” Plummer said.

Most of the Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools have already been incorporated into productions. Granite’s clip, animation, and still stores have made it easy for Plummer and his team to incorporate graphics and sound effects for “Star Wars Night” and other themed events during the season. Plus, Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view, quickly became a favorite feature among the directors, who have created different layouts for hockey, basketball, and concerts.

The optional Fluent Rapid CG feeds score and game clock data directly from the Daktronics scoreboard into graphics produced with the integrated Harris Inscriber CG. Fluent Rapid CG also manages data from an XML feed, so lower-third graphics can include real-time player statistics. “It makes things so much easier,” Plummer added.

Fluent Macros, Granite’s file-based macros system, is being used to create complex transitions and effects. Some transitions, for example, now feature the Cyclones logo, an effect that could not be produced using the previous equipment. Plummer is also planning to incorporate cloud-based content such as Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures into live productions. “It’s something we couldn’t do before,” he said.

With more than half the hockey season complete, people are noticing the improved production values, and Plummer is very pleased with the new Broadcast Pix system. “We love it,” he said. “It does everything we want it to do. The more games we do, the more comfortable we’re getting and incorporating more into the production.”

Broadcast Pix will have two raffles during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a new fX3D real-time 3D graphics software package on April 8 and a Flint integrated production switcher on April 9. Raffle instructions will be available at the Broadcast Pix booth.

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

Shotoku Broadcast Systems To Launch New Carbon Fiber Tripod System and Demo Advanced Pan & Tilt Solutions at The 2014 NAB Show

NAB Booth C 8731

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Robust Manual Solutions Take on Range of Studio and Field Applications

Torrance, CA • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, is introducing its new 2-stage TTH1502C Carbon Fiber Tripod, as well as demonstrating its superior manual pan & tilt solutions at this year’s 2014 NAB Show in Booth C8731. Long recognized for its advanced technology and solid, high-performing products, Shotoku’s solutions target OB, studio, and in-the-field production applications.

“NAB is always one of the premier shows on our events calendar each year, as it allows us the opportunity to meet directly with our U.S. and global customer base and learn more about their needs and the various types of applications in which our products are being used,” says John O’Keefe, vp sales & marketing, Shotoku Inc. “Naturally, it also gives us the chance to show just how rugged and technologically advanced our manual product lines are to industry professionals visiting our booth for the first time. This year we have a brand new tripod we will be introducing at NAB, as well as offer attendees a closer look at our most-popular pan & tilt solutions.”

NEW
TTH1502C Carbon Fiber Tripod

Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fiber tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fiber legs, the tripod weighs a mere 13 lbs. (5.9kg), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 5’ (1615mm) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
SX300 Pan & tilt Head / TP200 Pneumatic Pedestal

One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 88 lb (40 kg) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

The SX300 is a perfect match for Shotoku’s ergonomically designed TP200, a two-stage pneumatic pedestal. The pedestal handles a maximum payload of more than 177 lbs (80kg) and supports a wide range of camera configurations. Its perfectly balanced column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. One-step foot brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast, easy positioning.

SG900 Pan & tilt Head
Shotoku’s well-received SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 198 lbs (90 kg), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: John O’Keefe
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NEP Screenworks Unveils Innovative New X7-HD LED Display

Rugged and Highly Portable Modular LED Display System Supports Flexible High-Quality Video Presentation, Enables Unprecedented Setup and Teardown Speeds

PITTSBURGH — March 20, 2014 — NEP Screenworks announced the release of the company’s innovative new X7-HD LED display solution, a custom-designed and purpose-built video display that provides exceptional visual quality while offering unprecedented portability and enabling exceptionally fast setup and teardown. The modular solution created by NEP Screenworks comprises rugged 1-square-meter LED display panels that can be quickly arranged in almost any configuration to meet the visual display requirements of any indoor or outdoor event.

“Our job is to give our customers the technology to display the best video possible at their event, and we’ve taken advantage of two decades of experience to assure that the X7-HD does just that,” said Myron Linde, director of research, development, and product management at NEP Screenworks. “In the X7-HD we have a reliable and rugged solution capable of delivering beautiful images. This highly portable solution also reduces the many indirect costs of production, cutting down the space requirements for transport, as well as the time required to set up the overall video display system. The X7-HD LED video display has been well-received by those who have been given early viewings, and has a full slate of concert tours, festivals, and events scheduled.”

Units in the X7-HD are framed into square modules with 16,384 pixels per module. Each pixel on the video display panel consists of red, green, and blue in an SMD LED for wide-angle viewing without color shift. With exceptional brightness and flexibility, this LED display technology can be used to achieve almost any look, indoors or out, for concert tours, television stages, corporate displays, and sports and entertainment events. Developing the X7-HD has allowed NEP Screenworks to design lighter, more compact panels that take up much less space during transport and require less time and work during setup, making it possible to deploy extra-large screens rapidly. While standard X7-HD modules share common dimensions, the new solution gives NEP and its customers the ability to repackage LED units in panel sizes tailored for specific productions or presentations.

More information about the X7-HD LED video display and other solutions and services from NEP Screenworks is available at www.screenworksnep.com. In addition, X7-HD will be on display at the 2014 NAB Show in NEP booth OE1309.

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About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units, and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, and technical host broadcasting services that set the global industry standard. NEP is based in Pittsburgh, USA, and has offices throughout Australia, the United Kingdom, and United States. For more information, visit www.nepinc.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 Now Includes a Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 IPCP, a new model of the DTP CrossPoint 84 featuring a built-in IP Link Pro control processor for complete and powerful AV system control. The industry-leading DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new go-to product for presentation systems. This highly versatile, compact presentation matrix switcher delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including a 4K matrix switcher, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

SMPTE to Co-produce the 2014 NAB Show Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound

Two-Day Conference to Feature Live Discussion by Oscar Award-Winning ‘Gravity’ Team and Keynote by Industry Visionary Chris Cookson

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — March 20, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, will provide an in-depth global view of the current state and future of filmmaking innovation.

“As the technology that drives the motion-imaging industry evolves, SMPTE’s role as a standards developer puts it squarely in the midst of the latest innovations,” said Pat Griffis, education vice president at SMPTE. “Building on the Society’s unique role in the industry, the TSC offers NAB Show attendees a remarkable opportunity to hear from the leading-edge creatives, engineers, and technologists who are shaping the road ahead.”

Over the weekend of April 5-6, the 2014 TSC at NAB Show will bring together a unique cross-section of the most knowledgeable, visionary, and innovative engineering and creative minds to discuss leading-edge technologies and issues that will define the next generation of the movie-going experience.

The first day will feature presentations and a question-and-answer session on the human vision system and the potential impact of improved motion images, followed by the presentation of case studies documenting state-of-the-art workflows for TV and motion-picture postproduction.

Chris Cookson, who has served in senior technology executive roles at Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. and is widely considered a technical visionary in the industry, will take a look ahead with his TSC keynote, “Cinema: Act 2, The Future.” This conversation will continue through a subsequent roundtable discussion moderated by Michael Karagosian and will include Matt Cowan, chief engineer, Entertainment Technology Consultants; Rob Hummel, president, Group 47; and Howard Lukk, vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios.

“From Camera to Consumer — the New Post Production” will look at both a movie and a TV workflow to understand the impact of the new world of postproduction. Panelists will include Michael Cioni, CEO at Light Iron; Phil Squyres, senior vice president of technical operations at Sony Pictures Television; and Leon Silverman, general manager, Digital Studio, at The Walt Disney Studios.

Presentations on the creation and implementation of new SMPTE standards, including the Interoperable Mastering Format (IMF) standard, will be followed by an overview and live demonstration of the laser-illuminated projector technology now being deployed in cinema installations.

On day two of the TSC, sessions will focus on “distributive creativity” in the post environment; on how new technologies are being used to enhance storytelling; and on capturing and creating a high dynamic range (HDR) cinema experience. In the latter session, speakers, including the creative team from the short “Telescope,” will discuss the visual improvements possible with extended dynamic range, as well as their impact on the creative process.

The TSC will feature a session on “Gravity,” which earned seven Oscar(R) awards, including best visual effects, sound editing, and cinematography. Participating in the session will be Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki; Harry Bardak, CG sequence supervisor for “Gravity”; and Steven J. Scott, senior supervising digital colorist. They will be joined by moderator David Cohen of Variety magazine.

A second-screen panel hosted by Disney’s Annie Chang will feature an interactive look at the “Disney Second Screen Live: The Nightmare Before Christmas” iPad(R) app designed to enhance the viewing experience on the main screen. (The iPad v5.1+ app is available on iTunes(R).) A two-part “Looking in the Crystal Ball” session will cap off the conference. Session leaders will first examine the emergence of an integrated experience of sound and image, and then provide an enticing glimpse into how movies might be photographed and displayed using new methods that seem magical by today’s standards.

Additional details and registration for the TSC are available online at www.tsc2014.org. Further information about SMPTE is available online at www.smpte.org.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/SMPTE-TSC-EmmanuelChivoLubezki.jpg
Photo Caption: Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage/Getty Images

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. The Society is sustained by 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. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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