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AVnu Alliance Member Sheds Light on Broadcast Market Transition to Ethernet AVB at NAB 2014

Alliance Member, Jan Eveleens, CEO Axon Digital Design to present AVB as an opportunity for new generation of broadcast

Beaverton, Ore. – March 25, 2014AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, is proud to have Jan Eveleens, AVnu Alliance Pro Video Group Chair and CEO of Axon Digital Design, present at next month’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC).  Eveleens will outline the benefits of AVB networking, and how it will foster an entirely new generation of broadcast infrastructure architectures and products, enabling innovative and more efficient workflows.

“We’ve already seen strong interest from broadcasters who agree with us that AVB is a game-changing technology for the industry. The underlying standards and technology are already available,” said Eveleens. “As part of the existing IEEE 802.1 suite, AVB makes a standard Ethernet network suitable for a full-blown production backbone.”

Eveleens, an active member of the AVnu Alliance, has recently led the group to complete the final draft of the market requirements for Pro Video and Broadcast AVB networks. At NAB Show, he will demonstrate how IT-based technologies and AVB will become powerful drivers for the demanding broadcast market, creating a profound change in how broadcast infrastructures are designed and built.

What:   “The End of SDI? Introducing Ethernet AVB Technology in Live Production Environments

Who:      Jan Eveleens, Chair, AVnu Alliance Pro-Video Group

Where:  NAB Show, Broadcast Engineering Conference – Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall – room S228

When:   10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Registration for this session at the 2014 NAB BEC Conference is open now to NAB Show attendees.  The NAB Show is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

Press Contact

Caster Communications, Inc. 401-792-7080

Alex Crabb alex@castercomm.com mobile: +1-401-318-2229

 

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Barix Targets Private Radio Networks and Content Providers at 2014 NAB Show

New in-store radio solutions cover the spectrum for live retail radio, scheduled program playback

ZURICH/ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 25, 2014Barix comes to the 2014 NAB Show with a new strategy to create more efficient operations for private radio networks and content providers: fewer separate pieces, and more complete solutions.

At its NAB booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth C1139), Barix will unveil two new complete solutions for in-store radio deployments that eliminate the device-centric philosophy of its previous-generation solutions, while delivering new operational efficiencies and revenue generating opportunities:
Store & Play, a complete hardware and software solution for scheduled playout of music and advertising with automatic content updates
SoundScape, a complete live streaming and stored playback solution that enables simple, centralized management across large networks via a portal to control users, content, scheduling and monitoring

Store & Play
The next-generation Barix Store and Play solution receives its debut at the 2014 NAB Show. Store & Play gives private radio networks a flexible application for retailers and other businesses that want dynamic in-store radio programming without using too many network resources. While live streaming audio typically doesn’t require a large amount of network space, many businesses have limited network bandwidth to begin with – or otherwise want more control over what they are playing at what time.

Like previous generations, the new Barix Store & Play allows customers to download music and advertising content off the network, and reliably play out that programming on schedule with excellent audio quality. Unlike previous generations, the new Store & Play is a complete hardware and software solution as opposed to a device-centric system. Overall, the new Store & Play delivers much download speeds approaching 100 times faster, as well as improved system memory to preserve quality of playback through demanding processing actions. Additionally, a built-in MicroSD card eliminates theft of monetized content, while built-in precision clock timing ensures that playback schedules remain intact in the event of network outages. Overall, the new Store & Play solution vastly increases flexibility for content providers with a need for scheduled playback of in-store content.

SoundScape
SoundScape, unveiled in February, allows private radio networks to comprehensively manage audio distribution over IP networks, offering a centralized management portal and audio players at multiple locations. Users can manage, configure and group SoundScape audio players, schedule content and monitor device status network-wide.

SoundScape adds in-store radio flexibility through support of live streams and stored content playback over the same network, with seamless switching between the two applications. Both options support targeted, location-based advertising insertions that seamlessly fade in and out of music programs.

The network-wide management capabilities of SoundScape further reduces costs and complexity by enabling private radio networks to remotely deliver firmware updates, create and monitor logs, and track play reports for sponsors. This takes the onus off private radio networks who previously used in-house or third-party monitoring solutions to perform such services.

SoundScape additionally provides value through an ability to target content across the network. The end-to-end architecture ensures that businesses can group devices to receive specific ads, other languages or completely different programs – whether by location, by department or otherwise.

“Businesses of all kinds, including many private radio networks, have long used Barix in-store radio solutions to deliver live streams and file-based playlists to stores and locations,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix. “SoundScape and Store & Play retain the core Barix competency of efficiently and reliably moving audio across IP networks with outstanding audio quality, while introducing new features that will ultimately enable private radio networks and content providers to help their customers create better brand awareness and improve in-store experiences – with added flexibility and cost-efficiency.”

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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Matrox Announces Monarch SDK

Pro AV and broadcast system developers can easily and affordably integrate high quality streaming capabilities into their products

Matrox® Video today announced Monarch SDK, a comprehensive set of tools that lets systems integrators, hardware and software developers, programmers and IT professionals harness the streaming capabilities of Monarch HD streaming appliances from within their own custom applications running on any platform — PC, Mac, mobile devices or automation systems.

Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance

The first release of Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD. All streaming parameters are accessible. Bitrates can even be dynamically adjusted, without stopping the stream.

“AV and broadcast equipment suppliers now have a very straightforward way to include a high quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manger, Matrox Video. ” Customized applications incorporating Monarch HD appliances can be effectively tailored for live event producers, houses of worship, justice systems, medical and education environments, and other internet broadcasters.

Matrox Monarch HD will be demonstrated in booth SL5019 at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10).

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Monarch SDK will be available in May 2014. Developers may obtain more information about Monarch SDK by e-mailing video.info@matrox.com.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, 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, live event producers, 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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Christie Vive Audio Helps Dolby Atmos Power Grupo Cinemex’s CinemeXtremo Auditoriums in Mexico

Christie®, the world’s dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, announced that Grupo Cinemex, the sixth largest cinema chain worldwide, is installing Christie Vive Audio™ surround sound solutions in their current CinemeXtremo auditoriums powered by Dolby® Atmos™ sound technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the full potential of sound by allowing filmmakers to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theater with object-based audio to create a lifelike, virtual reality audio landscape. With these installations, Cinemex becomes the chain with the largest number of premium auditoriums in Latin America to feature the unrivaled combination of Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio.

Cinemex’s CinemeXtremo auditoriums feature giant screens, 100 percent digital cinema projection, and ergonomic seats for the ultimate in movie-viewing comfort. Christie Vive Audio, installed by Christie’s Managed Services team, features efficient ribbon driver technology and a unique parabolic line array design in a single compact cabinet to deliver exceptionally even coverage throughout the auditorium.

Each CinemeXtremo auditorium, specially configured to meet Dolby Atmos specifications, is being upgraded with varying combinations of Christie Vive Audio LA3 screen channel speakers, S215 subwoofers (for full range frequency response), S218 for Low Frequency Effects (subwoofers) channels, LA3S and LA5S for wall surround, and LA3C for ceiling surrounds.

“Cinemex is focused on continuous innovation, investing in the best technologies and most modern facilities. We are passionate about providing our patrons with the most memorable movie-viewing experience they have ever known,” said Rolando Maggi, director of infrastructure, Grupo Cinemex. “To that end, we are committed to opening new CinemeXtremo auditoriums throughout Mexico equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and we selected Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio for their exceptional power and performance that ensure our patrons experience the magic of immersive cinema sound.”

“Christie has always been a leader in Mexico’s move to digital cinema, and with the introduction of Christie Vive Audio, they again set the bar in immersive cinema sound,” said Ernesto Armus, general manager of Christie Mexico. “Christie Vive Audio is a premium sound solution at an attainable price point. In combination with Dolby Atmos, Christie Vive Audio provides exhibitors with a vibrant new point of differentiation.”

The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes industry-first line array designs for ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds and screen channel speakers, integrated with unique subwoofers, and powered by Class D amplifiers.

“Christie Vive Audio brings a new level of realism to movies and represents the next evolution of cinema sound,” noted Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “The system easily integrated into any existing or new theater auditorium for a superior listening experience and gives exhibitors a competitive edge.”

For more information on Christie’s new audio initiative, visit www.viveaudio.com.

Tightrope Media Systems Launches New Instant Replay System, Strengthens Cablecast Feature Set

New ZEPLAY offers lower entry costs for professional-grade sports replay, while Cablecast 5.3 enhances overall workflow for broadcasters

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 25, 2013Tightrope Media Systems is coming to the 2014 NAB Show with exciting product launches and enhancements that bring more operational benefits to existing customers, while creating a foundation to expand into new business areas.

At NAB (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth C6508), Tightrope will introduce a new 2×2 version of its tried-and-true ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay solution for sports production. The new version brings the same rock-solid stability, ease of use and expansive feature set of its 4×4 sibling at a much lower cost of entry – as in roughly half the price.

“We have found that many customers don’t require the four-in, four-out, eight-angle support that our original ZEPLAY solution offers,” said Steve Israelsky, broadcast solutions lead, Tightrope Media Systems. “A large cross section of our customer base in the local cable market was being underserved in this sector. The 2×2 ZEPLAY gives these and other customers, including small-to-mid sized venues and colleges, an affordable, feature-rich and reliable solution to enhance the sports fan experience. It also gives our 4×4 customers another option if they want to add more angles at a lower price.”

Both ZEPLAY units will incorporate new features for NAB that are available in the ZEPLAY 3.0 release, scheduled for right after the show. This includes a new export feature that allows production staff to export entire multi-angle sequences as opposed to individual clips, making it easier to share engaging content – and game-changing moments – immediately in an edited sequence as opposed to a series of individual clips.

ZEPLAY 3.0 also adds a number of operator-oriented refinements to the sequence editor. Individual clip speeds across sequences have always been variable, allowing operators to show play highlights from one angle at full speed; and then show the culmination of the play in slow motion from a different angle. ZEPLAY users can now specify a default rate for the entire sequence, and then modify that speed from the T-Bar as the sequence plays out. ZEPLAY 3.0 also includes an enhanced audio capability to assist in editing the highlight sequences, as well as improvements in the storyboard and editing window layouts.

Cablecast Streaming

Speaking of local cable channels, Tightrope has enhanced its Cablecast server and automation platform with new streaming, processing and monitoring features that introduce new efficiencies and operational improvements. These developments are particularly ideal for Tightrope’s large PEG channel and university customer base.

Foremost, the incorporation of H.264 streaming vastly improves compatibility for multiplatform delivery. The main benefits are twofold: consumers can easily watch PEG channel content on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices; and station engineers can cleanly monitor playout on these same devices, as opposed to being tied to a desktop station.

“The evolution to H.264 streaming means that broadcasters, including PEG channels, can deliver more streams at higher quality to more viewers, thanks to exceptional bandwidth improvements and compatibility across more playout devices,” said Israelsky. “The ability to deliver important local content to more viewers is a benefit both to the station and the community. It is a feature that many PEG channels are ready to incorporate as they more aggressively work to expand audiences in the digital TV age.”

Additionally, Cablecast 5.3 adds AFD support to automatically and seamlessly present on-air content across 16:9 and 4:3 screens in the most attractive manner, without awkward cropping and reformatting. This ensures that content looks great on screen without the need for expensive up, down, cross and aspect ratio conversion gear.

Tightrope has also enhanced its built-in RAID monitoring solution for Cablecast, reporting potential issues directly within the user interface – alerting customers well in advance of potentially devastating events. The service also automatically backs up database content and information to the cloud for quick restoration in the event of a critical error.

Finally, the new Cablecast 5.3 release also expands compatibility with routing switchers, adding support for Snell/Pro-Bel and Aja routers. This raises the number of routers supported within Cablecast to near 100, ensuring that customers can control routing traffic, stream playout and more for a tighter overall workflow.

About Tightrope Media Systems

Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Gemini Light Sound & Video Takes Delivery of Clay Paky Sharpy Wash Fixtures

Dallas-based Gemini Light Sound & Video has invested in 30 Clay Paky Sharpy Washes and plans to add more of the popular fixtures to its rental inventory. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

Gemini Light Sound & Video is an equipment rental and sales company and one of the largest dealer in the southwestern U.S. Gemini owns the area’s biggest inventory of conventional and moving lights, consoles, high-end audio systems, projectors and switchers.

“We got 30 Sharpy Washes in our first order and will have more coming – I can’t keep them in stock,” says Gemini accounts and project manager Jason Cain. “Their size, speed, color saturation and output are second to none. The Sharpy Wash is an all-around great light. No wonder it’s in such demand. We’re the first in the southwest to have them.”

Gemini used 18 Sharpy Washes on the recent National Cheerleaders Association’s High School National Championships at the Dallas Convention Center, which was covered by CBS Sports. “They were a good choice for that event,” says Cain who served as lighting designer for the show. “You could zoom them in and get a tight beam. You get that Sharpy feel but can also blow them out and soften them up to get a good white light.”

Gemini placed the Sharpy Washes upstage where they provided front light for the entry of the cheerleaders and back light for their performances. “We also used them for flash-and-trash,” Cain reports. “We got bouncing colors, pan and tilt, and strobing. It was great!” He notes that “the trim was at 42 feet, and at that distance they had plenty of power.”

Following the cheerleading championship Gemini deployed Sharpy Washes on a number of corporate events and at shows featuring Grammy Award-winner Lorde at the Southside Ballroom in Dallas and in Houston.

Cain praises A.C.T Lighting for its “amazing” customer service even though he really hasn’t had to take advantage of it. “I know they would do anything to support us, but at this point everything is working perfectly!” he reports.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “Gemini Light and Sound is a great company that serves a great market. We look forward to a long and growing relationship them.”

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