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Meyer Sound Launches New Website Design

Meyer Sound is pleased to invite visitors to explore its new website, redesigned to streamline the navigation of essential product information and enhance the overall user experience: www.meyersound.com

In addition to its more pleasing appearance, the new website highlights a number of improvements that make finding critical information easier for customers. They include more intuitive product selection parameters that enable quicker access to product descriptions, datasheets, operating instructions, and AutoCAD files. The improved support page gives more direct access to tools like the Amperage/BTU Calculator and rigging guides.

The Meyer Sound website provides access to product information, technical support resources, webinar archives, videos, and project stories, all of which combine to give an overview of the company’s solutions. Website users can continue to download software updates, subscribe to company product and education news, register to attend seminars and webinars, and find Meyer Sound dealers, distributors, and rental providers.

To connect with Meyer Sound on social media, follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Vitec Videocom boosts Camera Corps offering with innovative speciality cameras

Bury St Edmunds, UKVitec Videocom, a division of The Vitec Group plc, expands its Camera Corps business with the incorporation of assets from SIS Live Special Cameras (formerly BBC Special Cameras). The offering will bring customers a range of specialist cameras that take the viewer straight into the heart of the action – from live sporting and high profile events, through to Royal occasions and Red Arrow aerial displays.

SIS Live Special Cameras’ formidable inventory and specially designed gear are the perfect additions to Vitec Videocom’s global services, expanding its worldwide presence, and trading will take place under the Camera Corps brand. The move will also complement Vitec Videocom’s other services groups – The Camera Store in the UK, and Bexel in the USA – reinforcing the delivery of the world’s most aspirational broadcast capture requirements.

“There is great synergy with Camera Corps, who most recently supplied its cameras to the Winter Games. This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver innovative and unique solutions to our customers that give audiences views they’ve never seen, or even dreamt of, before,” says Matt Danilowicz, Vitec Videocom CEO. “We can now capture amazing images anywhere – from the mast of a yacht, to the underside of a bobsled, to the stump of a cricket match.”

Well known within the Special Cameras portfolio are the Stump Cam used on cricket pitches all over the world, and on-board cameras in high profile events such as the America’s Cup yachting and Isle of Mann TT racing. Also in the portfolio are the Plunge Cam, which adds a new dimension to diving as it follows high board divers into the pool and underwater, and the Halibut Underwater HD tracking camera.

The assets include the exclusive camera mounting systems used for state events inside listed buildings, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Kings College London, and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

“We are pleased to welcome key staff from SIS Live Special Cameras into The Camera Corps family, including Special Projects Manager Paul McNeil and Commercial Bid Manager Barry Parker who will join the UK Camera Corps team in Byfleet.

“Benefits will be enjoyed all round. Our existing customers will have an exciting new range to choose from. SIS Live customers will experience the same excellent service and support, while being assured that the portfolio will grow and prosper within Camera Corps,” Matt concludes.

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Notes to Editors:

About Vitec Videocom

Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.

For more information:

PR Contact:
Leila Hrycyszyn
Whiteoaks
+44(0)1252 727313
leilah@whiteoaks.co.uk

Vitec Videocom Contact:
Ruth Paskins Gordon
Vitec Videocom
+44 (0)1284 776771
Ruth.PaskinsGordon@VitecGroup.com

Litepanels Unveils Powerful Sola 9 and Inca 9 at NAB 2014

New 9″ LED Fresnels Combine High Powered Illumination Output with Energy Efficiencies and Cost Savings

Litepanels NAB Booth #C6025

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Litepanels(r), a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, will debut the Sola 9 (daylight balanced) and Inca 9 (tungsten balanced) LED Fresnels at NAB 2014. Following last year’s breakthrough launch of the Sola 12 and Inca 12, the new 9″ fixtures fill a market demand for medium-sized LED Fresnels. Litepanels’ industry leading collection of LED Fresnels now covers the complete range needed to deliver a full LED solution for broadcast studios, episodic television, and feature film production.

Ideal for studio and remote applications, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are stronger and brighter than a traditional 1K Fresnel while offering a host of cost effective features. These energy efficient fixtures draw a mere 189 watts of electricity, and generate only a small amount of heat through Litepanels’ patented Cool to the Touch(tm) LED technology that allow for greatly reduced HVAC costs. They also offer years of color accurate service without the need for traditional lamp replacements. Additionally, an integrated DMX module offers unprecedented control by allowing both remote dimming and focusing. This eliminates the need for expensive dimmers and a dedicated, climate controlled dimmer room, and makes the use of ladders to adjust focus obsolete. The proprietary DMX module works with readily available and affordable RJ45 Ethernet connections via any standard DMX512 protocol device. With these energy, facility and labor savings, Litepanels’ LED fixtures have been proven to generate a return on investment (ROI), typically in 3 years or less.

Producing high quality, visually accurate, full spectrum light, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 feature Litepanels’ smooth dimming, from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color shift, and are flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. The custom 9″ Fresnel lens, with a beam angle from 54° to 15°, emits an even, collimated light source that can be focused and controlled for maximum flexibility.

While the high CRI (Color Rendering Index) LEDs in the versatile Sola 9 and Inca 9 are optimized for lighting talent, they offer a host of applications. The high output allows the Sola 9 to balance natural light in full daylight exterior or interior situations, and it can serve as an artificial sunlight source through a window or other opening on a stage or location setting. The color temperature of the tungsten balanced LED in the Inca 9 is designed to match existing incandescent Fresnel fixtures, so that it can be easily installed for side-by-side use. With no external ballast and only a short restrike period required, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are as perfect for the rapid pace of episodic television and motion picture productions as they are for the broadcast studio.

“With the introduction of the Sola 9 and Inca 9, Litepanels now offers a complete LED solution for broadcast and production applications,” commented Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. “This has been our goal for customers since we first set out to reimagine the traditional Fresnel fixture. We understood the inherent differences between tungsten bulbs and LED emitters, and knew that it demanded a fresh perspective on fixture design. Litepanels’ revolutionary LED Fresnel fixtures were designed from the ground up, and we took great care to ensure that familiar form factor and function were not lost in the process. Now our complete collection can be used to complement existing lighting plots or to create a whole new system, offering color consistency, energy conservation, and cost efficiencies across the board.”

The user-friendly Sola 9 and Inca 9 both include 8-way barndoors, a Standard Yoke with Junior Pin to enable easy mounting and positioning, and an AC power supply. Optional accessories include the 5-piece CTO or CTB Gel Set with Gel Bag and the RJ45 to 5-pin XLR Conversion Cable.
For more information, visit Litepanels on the Web, or follow us on Facebook.

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About Litepanels
Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker-free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

Video Clarity Introduces Reduced Reference Mode for Its RTM Real-Time Monitoring Solution

Content Distributors Can Now Measure an Incoming Signal Using Original Picture Data Sent From TV Network Source in Order to Assess Signal Quality

CAMPBELL, Calif. — March 26, 2014 — Video Clarity Inc., provider of market-leading audio and video quality measurement and analysis systems, today announced reduced reference operating mode, the newest enhancement to its RTM real-time audio and video monitoring solution. In reduced reference mode, RTM systems can be used to provide continuous channel-monitoring and fault-recording, based on the actual original source program, from anywhere in the world.

Reduced reference mode is intended for secondary content distributors such as cable, IPTV, direct broadcast, and satellite providers that receive programs from content originators and deliver them to the end viewing audience. Unlike content originators, who can compare the entire original source signal to the entire processed signal nonstop, in real time (i.e., full reference), content distributors do not have access to the original source signal. With RTM’s reduced reference mode, content distributors can now use RTM to measure their incoming signal against representative picture and audio source data sent from an RTM system located at the originator site (i.e., reduced reference), thus allowing them to assess signal quality and verify whether errors were caused in transmission or from source processing devices that are outside their facility and control.

“We’ve heard from customers that they would like a way to base ongoing quality-of-service tests on upstream content from the originator, so with this solution we’re giving them something they’ve never had before — the ability to compare their signal to that of geographically removed source channels,” said Blake Homan, president of Video Clarity. “Reduced reference mode is specifically targeted to the program originator in collaboration with their distribution service providers that are quality-conscious and continuously looking for new and innovative systems to increase their quality of service.”

When a content originator sends a satellite feed to its secondary distributors, an RTM system on the content originator end sends out data representing the original audio and video signal via the Internet or a dedicated network data path. Secondary distributors can subscribe to that data stream so that when they receive a distributed feed from the content originator, their RTM unit will compare the incoming video signal with the source data from the original signal before any processing takes place. The RTM uses this comparison to test for video and audio quality continuously and then also records error events such as picture breakups, freeze-frames, and black frames. RTM automatically records these faults based on user set error thresholds so that the content distributor can take appropriate action.

The RTM reduced reference method is unique because it provides the reference data from the content source so that it can then be used to understand the root cause of any lower-than-expected A/V quality event. Another unique benefit is the number of audio performance characteristics that can be monitored and found, such as audio dropout, artifact, and low-quality differences from the source. Moreover, the RTM reduced reference method achieves an accurate lip sync measurement using only standard audio/video signals.

RTM reduced reference testing will give users a new option for finding problems that they might know about but have not been able to pinpoint. It will also provide an easy way to find low-quality events they do not yet understand or know that they have. Finally, it will enable users to monitor a high-value program or event and make sure the quality of service is maintained as compared to the program originator signal.

Video Clarity will demonstrate RTM with reduced reference mode at the 2014 NAB Show in booth SU11607. The feature will be available in the third quarter. More information about Video Clarity and the company’s products is available at www.videoclarity.com.

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About Video Clarity Inc.
Video Clarity Inc. provides audio and video quality assessment and analysis systems for researchers, broadcasters, equipment vendors, and entertainment distribution engineers that must continually measure the quality of their products and services. Propelled by market-leading technology, Video Clarity solutions have been adopted the world over by major media networks such as NBC Universal and BSkyB; leading broadcast-product manufacturers such as Cisco(R) and Harmonic(R); and educational, government, and research organizations such as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the U.S. Army, and NASA. Video Clarity was founded in 2003, with headquarters in Campbell, Calif., and distribution worldwide. Additional information is available at www.videoclarity.com.

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Anton/Bauer Introduces New Digital Battery and Performance Charger Series at NAB 2014

Anton/Bauer NAB Booth #C6025

Innovative Battery and Charger Lines are Designed to Power the Digital Age


Anton/Bauer®
, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of battery, charging and monitoring technologies for the broadcast, film and video industries, will unveil its Digital Battery Series and Performance Charger Series at NAB 2014. Redefining the power standard for a new generation of cameras and auxiliary equipment, Anton/Bauer’s revolutionary Digital Battery Series is the first battery line designed specifically to power digital production for the professional broadcast, cinema and new media sectors. The Performance Charger Series utilizes new technology to deliver the fastest possible charging sequence, while exceeding the high-efficiency standards required by today’s rigorous shooting schedules. Anton/Bauer will showcase these ground-breaking innovations at their exhibit (booth #C6025) at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, which runs April 7-10.

As cameras and technology have evolved, so have their power use profiles. The new Digital Battery Series meets the unique needs of 4K camera set-ups and other digital cameras in use today, while providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability. Delivered with a modern, ergonomic, mold-breaking design, the battery contains a proprietary digital filter that increases run-time and lengthens life cycle, eliminating the negative effects incurred when running digital technology with traditional battery circuitry. The series will include three battery sizes (90 Wh, 150 Wh, and 190 Wh), all with Anton/Bauer’s signature Gold Mount connector and balanced, high-quality cells that deliver a long performance life.

The Digital Battery Series utilizes constant calibration to deliver a truly accurate power status and features a new, easy to read fuel gauge. When the battery is attached to a load, such as a camera or a light, it will conveniently report the remaining run-time in hours and minutes, allowing the user to effortlessly track usage. If the load varies, the run-time will update accordingly. When the battery is not attached to a load, it reflects the state of the battery charge as a percentage of capacity.

The innovative Performance Charger Series supports the Digital Battery Series and features a new, efficient charging algorithm for multi-chemistry, simultaneous charging. The new algorithm ensures rapid charging of up to four batteries at a time, all while conserving energy, eliminating waste, and reducing cost of ownership. Software constantly monitors the charging process and discharge curves to ensure that each battery is charged to its peak performance. The Performance Charger series is nearly 40% more efficient than traditional chargers, rendering large power supplies virtually obsolete.

The stylish design and LCD touch screen reflect a truly 21st century system. The ergonomic chargers are easy to carry, and the batteries are easily removed from the charger, enabling smooth operation in the field. The Performance Charger series automatically detects which battery has the strongest charge and prioritizes it, ensuring that a fully charged battery is always available in the shortest amount of time possible. The new charger series also has a regulated XLR output to power a camera.

“This is the most exciting thing that’s happened to batteries for our industry in over 30 years,” says Graham Sharp, Senior Vice President of Products for Vitec Videocom. “We’re very pleased to be debuting battery and charger systems at NAB that were truly conceived to power the digital age. The Digital Battery Series is uniquely optimized for today’s cameras, as well as all of the auxiliary equipment now being powered around a camera, and the Performance Charger series is both the ‘greenest’ and most efficient charger on the market. At Anton/Bauer, we pride ourselves on not only delivering the highest levels of quality and performance, but of safety as well. These batteries were extensively tested to meet the most demanding conditions and are specially engineered to encompass numerous safety features.”

Anton/Bauer’s Lithium-Ion Digital Batteries are the safest on the market. From an electrical viewpoint, the batteries contain sensors that consistently check temperature and current, shutting the battery off if any rise in temperature or increase in current is detected. From a physical perspective, the batteries are designed to ensure that every cell in a pack stands alone, with 2 millimeters of space in between and air circulation corridors to prevent overheating. This is achieved with a unique, plastic honeycomb that creates an individual housing for each cell. With a high-impact resistant plastic molding, a double skin, and no danger of cells touching each other, thermal transfer is minimized should a battery be dropped or crushed in any way.

The high performance, competitively priced Digital Battery Series and Performance Charger Series will be available to the marketplace in the second quarter of 2014.

For more information, visit www.antonbauer.com or call (800) 422-3473.

Front Porch Digital and Telestream Unveil Transcoding as a Service

Usage-Based Vantage Transcoding Service in Private LYNX Cloud Is First to Provide Secure, Elastic, Media-Specific Transcoding

NEVADA CITY, Calif., and LAFAYETTE, Colo. — March 26, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, and Telestream(R), the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced that the companies are collaborating to provide Transcode as a Service (TaaS). Telestream’s Vantage(R) transcode platform and Front Porch Digital’s LYNX(SM) cloud-based CSM platform are now combined to offer a new TaaS solution in a private cloud platform that includes pay-as-you-go transcoding services designed specifically for media operations.

“Customers who store their valuable assets in the LYNX private cloud have traditionally had to send those assets over IP to a public transcoding farm in order to complete that step, which not only opens them up to security breaches, but likely doesn’t meet their needs. We’re extending our long-standing partnership with Telestream to solve this real-world media challenge for our customers,” said Andy Hurt, VP of product management and marketing at Front Porch Digital. “Now, instead of having to rely on public resources, LYNX users can take advantage of secure, purpose-built, usage-based transcoding within the private LYNX cloud.”

The integrated solution gives both LYNX and Vantage customers secure elasticity in their transcoding capabilities.

“We are pleased to be extending our long-standing strategic relationship with Front Porch Digital, a leading archive management company that shares a common deep understanding of complex digital media environments,” said Paul Turner, VP of enterprise product management at Telestream. “This collaboration will give the most demanding media companies the perfect core technology for TaaS.”

The Front Porch Digital TaaS solution with Telestream Vantage transcoding will be available later this year.

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About Telestream
Telestream provides world-class live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions that allow consumers and businesses to transform video on the desktop and across the enterprise. Many of the world’s most demanding media and entertainment companies, as well as a growing number of users in a broad range of business environments, rely on Telestream products to streamline operations, reach broader audiences, and generate more revenue from their media. Telestream products span the entire digital media lifecycle, including video capture and ingest; live and on-demand encoding and transcoding; captioning; playout, delivery, and live streaming; as well as automation and orchestration of the entire workflow. Telestream’s corporate headquarters are located in Nevada City, California. The company is privately held. For more information, visit www.telestream.net.

About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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

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DVEO to Introduce 2-7 Channel IP Multiplexer/Demultiplexer at NAB 2014

T-Mux IP-IP Muxer-Demuxer

IP Transport Stream Multiplexer for Multiple Program Transport Stream Creation -- T-Mux IP/IP

San Diego, California — March 26, 2014 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will introduce their new IP multiplexer/demultiplexer at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU2903.

Multiplexers combine several MPEG-2 and/or H.264 transport streams into a single multiplex transport stream, or “mux” for short. They also combine several multiplexes into a single remultiplex, or “remux”.

DVEO’s T-Mux IP/IP is a professional transport stream multiplexer and demultiplexer with GigE inputs and output. It combines or multiplexes 2 to 7 incoming MPEG-2 and/or H.264 IP Transport Streams, single program transport streams (SPTS) or multiple program transport streams (MPTS), to a single multiple program transport stream.

The muxed stream can be output to IP (UDP or RTP) or optional DVB-ASI. The system also de-muxes transport streams (SPTS/MPTS) to two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams.

“This device is designed for cable companies, telcos, and IPTV operators who source their content via dedicated circuits or public internet,” commented Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “The T-Mux IP/IP provides an affordable way to deliver multiplexed IP streams across broadband infrastructure. It features excellent PID (program identifier) manipulation, including PID filtering, addition, and mapping.”

The T-Mux IP/IP features LCD front panel controls plus web-based management, and front panel connectors for easy setup of the IP inputs.

The optional ASI system includes one ASI input, seven UDP/RTP inputs, one ASI output, and one UDP/RTP output.


Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Multiplexes two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams (SPTS/MPTS)

    • Inputs: 7 IP inputs (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP)
    • Outputs: One multiplexed stream to IP (UDP, RTP, 10/100/1000 Mbps) or optional ASI

  • De-multiplexes single transport streams (SPTS/MPTS) to two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams

    • Inputs: One IP input (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP) or one optional DVB-ASI input
    • Outputs: 7 IP outputs (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP)

  • Option for one ASI input, seven UDP/RTP inputs, one ASI output, and one UDP/RTP output
  • UDP Unicast and Multicast support
  • Supports all video layers and profiles including Multi-view and 4:2:2
  • Audio stream types supported: AC-3, Enhanced AC-3, MPEG Audio (Layers I, II, and III), AAC, DTS
  • SMPTE 302M 8 channel audio (pass through)
  • Transport packet size: 188 bytes
  • LCD front panel controls plus web-based management
  • Front panel connectors for IP inputs, for easy setup
  • Transport stream input rates up to 40 Mbps per channel
  • Transport stream output rates up to 400 Mbps
  • Program filter and mapping
  • PID filtering and mapping
  • PSI (PAT/PMT) signaling
  • PCR dejittering and restamping
  • TS CBR to VBR conversion
  • TS VBR to CBR conversion
  • Bit rate conversion CBR to CBR, VBR to VBR
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    T-Mux IP/IP: $3,995 U.S.
    T-Mux IP/IP+ASI – Option for one ASI input, and one ASI output: $4,995 U.S.

    DVEO and T-Mux IP/IP are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About CMI and DVEO
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

    DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
    Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

    ARC-Productions First Belgian Company To Back MLA Platform

    Photo caption (Left to Right): Steven Kemland, Andy Davies (Martin Audio), Marc De Baets, Andreas Weingärtner (Martin Audio) at the PL+S booth in Frankfurt

    Belgian pro audio and lighting specialists ARC-Productions have confirmed the purchase of 16-enclosure Martin Audio MLA Compact and Mini PA rigs, the first company in that country to do so.

    Based near Ghent in Flanders, Marc De Baets’ sales and rental company has a long history with Martin Audio dating back to the purchase of a W8 Compact in 2001. He has subsequently invested in WT2, LE1200 and 1500s, WS 218X subs and W8LC.

    “His complete speaker inventory has been made up of Martin Audio for many years,” confirms Steven Kemland of FACE, the manufacturer’s Belgian distributor, who serviced the recent order.

    Marc De Baets had been operating under his own name before setting up ARC-Productions at the end of 2008 and had been in conversation with Kemland about the MLA from its inception. “The first time I heard the MLA was on the Summerfestival in Antwerp three ago,” he remembers. “I was particularly impressed with the MLX subs, not only the output but also the weight.

    “The biggest advance of the MLA system is the even coverage, making it a great tool to counter undesired noise pollution, a very hot topic in Belgium. The compact size and weight, requiring less truck space, were other advantages.” Marc was also present at the MLA Compact European launch in London last year.

    Steven Kemland takes up the story. “Marc first heard the MLA Mini in our demo room. The full MLA system is too big for a mid-range company but with MLA Compact and MLA Mini—supplemented by some DD6 and XD12 or DD12 cabinets—it is possible to manage any job between 100 and 10,000 capacity.”

    De Baets had initially planned to buy only the MLA Mini version to run alongside his existing W8LC, but after considering the importance of the sound pollution problem in Belgium, he opted for a complete change and purchased 16 x MLA Mini and 16 x MLA Compact, with four MSX subs planned for next year. Meanwhile the system will be run with ARC-Productions’ WS218X subs.

    Delivery is planned for the beginning of April, with system training in Belgium and the system will make its major debut at Leiepop Festival in early May before going on to do other festival work (as well as servicing ARC-Productions’ other busy work program).

    Adds Steven Kemland, “Having conducted a lot of MLA demos, which have really got the market talking, it is important to have followed this up with our first system sale in Belgium. This investment is a big step up for ARC-Productions and gives them the opportunity for growth.”

    In summary Marc De Baets promises this is just the start of his adventure into the world of MLA. “I really believe in this new technology,” he concludes.

    Photo caption (Left to Right): Steven Kemland, Andy Davies (Martin Audio), Marc De Baets, Andreas Weingärtner (Martin Audio) at the PL+S booth in Frankfurt

    For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

    About Martin Audio®
    Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

    Sonnet Announces Rackmount Enclosure With Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Expansion System for New Mac Pro

    Sonnet’s xMac Pro Server Securely Houses the Latest Mac Pro, Connects Three PCIe Expansion Cards Via Thunderbolt 2, and Provides 5.25-Inch Mobile Rack Expansion — All in a 4U Enclosure

    IRVINE, Calif. — March 26, 2014 — At the 2014 NAB show in booth SL10824, Sonnet Technologies will unveil the xMac(TM) Pro Server Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro(R) computers. Similar in concept to Sonnet’s award-winning xMac mini Server for Mac(R) mini computers, the xMac Pro Server securely mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

    By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to use the high-performance PCIe cards they need with the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks PCIe expansion slots. Supported cards include pro audio, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel, as well as SAS/SATA RAID controllers, and video capture and editing cards.

    “With the success of our rackmountable xMac mini Server and Echo(TM) Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products, it was natural for us to properly address the need to efficiently rackmount the new Mac Pro and provide much-needed expansion capabilities,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Ever since the new Mac Pro was announced, our customers have been asking us for this product, and we believe they will be pleased with our solution.”

    The xMac Pro Server’s heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for the Mac Pro, PCIe cards, and mobile rack devices installed inside. Occupying a 4U rack space (7 inches) and just 16 inches deep, this system is perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, as well as in a server room. The computer, PCIe card expansion system, and mobile rack devices reside in separate modules to simplify setup and maintenance. To make the Mac Pro fully rack- and road-ready, Sonnet constructed a protective cocoon for the computer out of formed steel and lined it with soft-touch padding to hold the computer firmly in place while safeguarding its lustrous finish.

    The xMac Pro Server’s PCIe card expansion system incorporates ultrafast 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology, providing sufficient throughput to support many of the highest-performing PCIe cards. The expansion system supports up to three full-length PCIe cards with one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots. Along with an integrated 300-watt power supply, the system includes a 75-watt PCIe power connector for cards that require supplementary power such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX or the RED ROCKET-X cards.

    Mounted on its side inside the xMac Pro Server, the Mac Pro is kept cool by a quiet and efficient cooling system with an airflow path that remains unchanged and unobstructed according to Apple’s specifications. The PCIe card expansion system’s two remarkably quiet, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans manage airflow to ensure cool, reliable operation in noise-sensitive environments.

    The xMac Pro Server extends the Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI interfaces to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit for easy external cable connection, while a USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front to enable the user to conveniently connect a USB peripheral and activate the computer’s power switch. The included Thunderbolt cable connects the Mac Pro to one of the xMac Pro Server’s two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an included lock secures the Thunderbolt cables in place when connected to the expansion system. These features make the xMac Pro Server ideal for use in both fixed and mobile applications.

    With the optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, the xMac Pro Server provides space for additional expansion equipment. Users can install two 5.25-inch mobile rack devices in the outer enclosure and connect them easily to cards installed in the PCIe slots. Without taking up additional rack space, the kit supports a wide array of devices such as an internal LTO tape drive, four or eight swappable 2.5-inch SSDs, a Blu-ray burner, a Sonnet Qio(TM) MR pro universal media reader, or three swappable 3.5-inch hard disk drives. The kit easily installs into the xMac Pro Server’s enclosure, and an integrated 100-watt power supply inside the kit powers the installed devices while its internal fan works to keep the devices cool. Sonnet will also offer preconfigured kits that include the mobile rack devices, PCIe card, and necessary cables.

    Along with the new xMac Pro Server, Sonnet expects to display the RackMac(TM) Pro, its upcoming rackmount enclosure for two Mac Pro computers. Similar to the xMac Pro Server in many ways, the RackMac Pro offers users a simpler way to rack one or two Mac Pro computers in a 4U rack space. Pricing and availability will be announced at a future date.

    The xMac Pro Server (part number XMAC-PS) has a suggested retail price of $1,499 and is expected to be available June 2. The basic-edition Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, formerly named Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit (part number EXP3FR-MRM), has a suggested retail price of $199 and is available now. An extensive list of PCIe cards compatible with the xMac Pro Server is available on Sonnet’s website, with the list continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified. Like Sonnet’s Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems, the xMac Pro Server was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

    More information on these products and Sonnet’s complete product family is available at www.sonnettech.com.

    Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/sonnet-xmacproserverwithmobilerackdevicemountingkit.jpg
    Photo Caption: Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) Pro Server PCIe(R) 2.0 expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro(R) with Thunderbolt(TM) 2 ports, shown with optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit (Mac Pro computer not included).

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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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    NEP Launches The Wall for Fast, Easy Configuration of Monitor Walls in Mobile Broadcast Productions

    Exclusive iPad App Shaves Hours off of This Complex Task and Empowers Technicians With a Unique Tool

    PITTSBURGH — March 26, 2014 — NEP today announced the launch of The Wall(TM), a new app for the Apple(R) iPad(R) that enables fast and easy configuration of complex monitor walls in customers’ mobile production units. Developed by NEP Labs, this revolutionary new app greatly reduces the time it takes to configure monitor walls and provides a unique and valuable tool to production teams.

    In sports and entertainment mobile units, there can be more than 150 individual monitors displaying as many as 32 video sources each, with a number of options for style, configuration, and layout. Every production team has its own individual preferences, meaning that the monitors need to be reconfigured for each and every show, often with just hours from the time the mobile unit parks until they go live on air.

    Until now, configuration of the multiviewer hardware that feeds these monitors has been a time-consuming and tedious task that required a mobile unit engineer, even for minor changes. With The Wall, NEP has created a solution tailored to the fast-paced and sometimes unpredictable world of mobile production, where rapid setups are required, and changes can arise at any moment. This app empowers engineers, technicians, and members of a production team to set up their own monitor walls easily and quickly and make changes on the fly whenever they want — without having to wait for the mobile unit engineer to go through a long configuration process.

    “Compared to our previous manual processes, The Wall was like going from a rotary dial phone to an iPhone 5 overnight,” said beta user Kris Castro, technical director for a major sports broadcaster. “A configuration that used to take at least three hours now takes maybe 15 minutes. In addition to being a tremendous time-saver, The Wall has given me much more flexibility. Without having to involve an engineer, I can log in to the system and make necessary changes, or configure the monitor wall offline and then save the configurations under my name. If I want to use a configuration from last week, it’s there and ready to load. And if I want to create a layout for a director I’m working with in three weeks, I can do it in advance and then just walk right onto the truck and patch the monitors in a matter of minutes. NEP has created an incredibly smart way of approaching this task.”

    With The Wall, any user can configure monitor walls with drag-and-drop selection from a variety of monitor layouts and any of the available video sources. The Wall offers several easy and quick tools that allow users to customize almost every detail — such as border styles, colors, and tally views. A swap tool enables the user to rapidly swap video sources as well as whole screen layouts, with instant reconfiguration of the screen if the number of sources has increased or decreased in the swap. When finished, users can save screen configurations to a “favorites” list and recall them at the touch of a button in any NEP Mobile Unit enabled with The Wall — a valuable timesaver for touring productions that need to maintain the same video wall configurations from show to show.

    Through connection with a server that controls the multiviewers on the trucks, configurations built into The Wall are automatically populated to the monitor walls in real time. Users can also work with the tool offline before they arrive on site, and then log on when they arrive at the mobile unit to instantly set up the monitor walls with the new configurations. The Wall is completely multiviewer-agnostic and provides seamless connectivity with all major manufacturers’ systems.

    “The Wall replaces a process that often takes hours and doesn’t typically begin until the crew walks onto the truck. Now, the technical director or engineer can arrive at the venue with all of that time-consuming work done, and focus instead on the creative aspects of the show,” said Jeff Joslin, vice president, NEP Labs. “At NEP Labs, our focus is on creating innovative new technologies that make life easier for mobile broadcasting professionals and help them be as efficient as possible. The Wall is just the latest example.”

    The Wall is currently in NEP’s mobile units SS22, ND5, ND6, and SS18, and will be installed on 10 more mobile units throughout the remainder of the year. The product will be available for demos during the 2014 NAB Show in NEP’s booth, OE1309.

    Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NEP/NEP-TheWallScreenshots.zip
    Photo Caption: Screenshots of NEP’s The Wall(TM)
    Video Link: http://vimeo.com/user10565023/review/90029302/e9b57980a1

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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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