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StrandVision Digital Signage Adds Aggressive Multi-License Pricing and Dedicated Servers for Large Installations

Up to 90% discounts on digital signage package bundles ranging from three to unlimited licenses…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – March 27, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced new licensing options for large organizations that deliver discounts of up to 90% off StrandVision’s single-license digital signage subscription fees.

The new bundle options are especially attractive to multi-location companies, such as international manufacturers, retailers, C-stores, restaurant chains and hoteliers that want to use digital signage to reach all of their locations with reliable, consistent, professionally presented electronic signage messaging. They are also useful for companies that need to reach widely distributed staff with consistent employee communication messaging on company news or benefits, as well as training and other information. Using StrandVision Digital Signage, everyone can deliver their important company and business marketing information and maintain change and distribution records for reporting and communication audits.

The electronic sign license package has annual subscription fees that range from three-user licenses priced at a 16.7% discount off of StrandVision’s single-license rate of $299.99, through 50.0% discounts for 10 users, 73.3% for 100 users and up to 85.3% for 2,500 users with incremental prices breaks at the 5, 25, 250 and 750 levels. At the top end StrandVision now offers a dedicated cloud server with an unlimited license that supports more than 5,000 locations at a discount of over 90% off of the single-license fee.

“StrandVision has always offered multi-license discounts throughout our 10-plus year history but as we grow and as our customers turn to us for larger installations we’ve decided to extend tremendously aggressive discounts to our medium- to large-sized customers,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “These discounts allow corporate communication, marketing or human resources administrators to control vast digital signage networks simply and cost effectively. We’ve always given every sized organization the tools to easily and reliably manage their electronic signage network. This new license structure allows large companies to create new communication distribution networks virtually overnight that span their entire organizations at a very low cost using StrandVision’s reliable cloud-based, Internet-delivered digital signage service.”

StrandVision’s new pricing levels are available immediately. Visit http://www.strandvision.com/pricing.html for details.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage software content to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer created text, graphics, videos, RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged worldwide, national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications for waiting rooms (patient and customer information); banks and retailers (video merchandising); education (student, staff and visitor information); business and industrial settings (employee communication and operational/performance information); as well as nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers supporting digital signage hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution, Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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The Musical “Rocky” Makes Broadway Debut with d3

America’s inspirational underdog, boxer Rocky Balboa, comes to Broadway with the musical “Rocky” opening at the Winter Garden Theatre. Video designer Dan Scully chose a powerful d3 4U v. 2.5 media server from d3 Technologies to help tell the story of Rocky’s challenges and triumphs in the ring and out.

“There’s a nice rhythm to how video has been worked into the show,” says Scully who teamed with video designer Pablo Molina on the production. “We’ve tried very hard to be specific and precise in our cueing and use of image. I’ve used d3 before, and our video programmer, Ben Keightley, has six years experience with d3. I can’t imagine building the show on another system.”

Media is interwoven throughout Rocky’s iconic tale. A pair of 12′ x 10′ flying video walls function as a stand-in for media reports that track the upcoming championship fight. A pet shop scenic unit features 24 video monitor “fish tanks”. Rocky’s grueling training regimen is projected by an array of Christie and Panasonic projectors. “All the departments did a great job recreating the famous training montages from the movie,” Scully reports.

For Rocky’s final fight the production tears down the fourth wall and essentially turns the show into theater-in-the round, he says. Theatergoers in the first 8 rows of the orchestra move on stage, a large jumbotron-style screen appears with supporting flying video walls for IMAG.

Three d3 4U servers, provided by Sound Associates in Yonkers, New York, are currently used on the show; another is on hand as a hot-swappable back up unit. “The features I rely on most are automation tracking and projector 3D calibration,” says Scully. “We have a lot of scenery moving quickly throughout the show. We need a way to glue content to surfaces or have surfaces reveal content as it moves across the stage. I’m able to tell Ben to put this image on that wall as it tracks onstage, spins and moves upstage. The first time you see it it’s almost like magic.”

Keightley echoes Scully’s sentiments about d3′s ability to serve up media on a variety of displays, many of them in motion. “This show has a lot of architecture and infrastructure so we’re interfacing with a lot of different devices,” he says. “Knowing the exact state of each device at any given time is really important. I have to know that this machine is going to send content for that screen out of these outputs, and that the matrix will route content in a specific way for a particular scene. I have to be able to easily take stock of the status of close to two dozen outputs.”

Scully notes that, in his experience, “a lot of show and video playback systems give flexibility at the cost of complexity. But d3 offers all the flexibility I need with an interface that’s responsive and quick to use. Projection design used to move slower than other departments, but that’s no longer the case. It’s important for me to move at the speed of the rest of the production while still having the flexibility to do really complicated sequences. Half of that ability is due to d3 and the rest to Ben programming it: He can make the system move at speeds that are surprising for the complexity of what we’re doing.”

Keightley likes “how deftly” he can change outputs on the d3 system. “I send video to 16 display devices but I do it using only about half as many outputs because as soon as I go black I can instantly reroute the devices I’m sending video to.”

“The d3 system thinks like we think,” Scully points out. “It works like the tools we use to make content; I understand what’s going on because it looks like my video tools. d3 was built by people who use it so it operates like designers think not like software engineers think.”

He also gives kudos to d3′s “support and systems integration” for “Rocky.” “They made half a dozen different controls for us to use, including implementing the camera switcher, controlling the signals to the monitors and the matrix switching controls. This system isn’t just off-the-shelf computers. The d3 team stands by the product 110 percent, and it’s great to have that kind of support.”

Sarah Jakubasz is the associate video designer on “Rocky” with Greg Peeler video technician and Andrew Bauer video editor.

Based on the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, “Rocky” has been brought to Broadway by a five-time Tony Award-winning creative team, including director Alex Timbers, songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and book writers Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone.

About d3

d3 is the world’s first fully integrated visual production system for video professionals, combining a real-time 3D stage visualiser, timeline, video playback engine and projection mapping tools into one product. d3′s unique integrated workflow assists the designer at all stages of the project, from pitch through development to final delivery. For more information contact Judith Hornman at d3 Technologies: +44 207 234 9840 / judith.hornman@d3technologies.com

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DK-Technologies Appoints A New ‘Budee’ In China

Audio and video metering specialist DK-Technologies has expanded its sales potential in China by appointing Beijing-based Budee Technology Development Company as its new distribution partner.

Founded by Mao Yanjun in 2002, Budee is now one of the country’s fastest-growing professional audio companies with over 100 employees and two branch offices and five provincial offices in mainland China.

Mr. Cheng Zhongjun, vice president and head of Budee’s Technical Division, says Budee’s new cooperation with DK-Technologies will allow the company to offer customers technology-driven metering products that deliver the right solutions for the broadcast and pro audio industries.

“We are very impressed by the reliaility of DK-Tecnologies’ products and their long standing reputation within the broadcast and pro audio industries,” Mr Zhongjun says. “DK-Technologies’ products cover numerous applications, from video to audio, and from radio to TV and post production. Budee’s business also covers a wide range of installations and we are very interested in expanding into new markets. Our cooperation with DK-Technologies gives us our first core brand in the broadast industry, and it certainly won’t be the only one. Working with an advanced and well respected brand like DK will allow Budee to build its own reputation in the broadcast field.”

Mr. Zhongjun adds that DK-Technologies and Budee both share the same core values of respect for customers and professionalism.

“We believe in always putting customers first and only recommending products and systems that are best suited to their needs,” he says. “Trust and friendship are very important and are central to the way both Budee and DK-Technologies do business. We also believe in long term brand management and we look forward to developing a firm friendship and long relationship with DK-Technologies.”

Uffe Kjems Hansen, of Product Marketing Director at DK-Technologies, says: “Budee is already well established in the pro audio and post production markets and is now expanding its remit into the broadcast sector. This perfectly suits our product line, which includes high end audio and video monitoring and metering products that are renowned for their extreme accuracy and quality. We see China as a major new market for DK, particularly for our Award-winning portable and affordable Loudness metering solutions, and we are very excited to be working with a distribution partner that is so obviously technology-oriented.”

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develop and produce audio meters, video sync, test signal generators and video waveform monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

Junger Audio Helps Polish Broadcasters Get To Grips With Audio Loudness

The issues surrounding audio loudness control were highlighted recently as a training seminar and workshop organised by Polish broadcaster TVP.

Dynamics processing specialist, Jünger Audio, in conjunction with its local distributor, Profi Audio, helped TVP organise and deliver the content for the seminar, which took place at TVP’s headquarters in Warsaw. 60 delegates attended the day-long session, including many from TVP, Polish Radio and private Polish television stations. As well as seminars, there was also lively debate between the delegates and panellists.

“Loudness is obviously a topic that Polish broadcasters are very interested in and we were thrilled by the response to the seminar,” said Jünger Audio’s International Sales Manager Christoph Harm who chaired the event.

Speakers at the seminar included Barbara Turowska, Director of the Department of Monitoring KRRiTV (Poland’s National Broadcasting Countil), who explained the impact on Polish broadcasters of EBU R128-based Loudness regulations that were introduced in 2011. Turowska also stated that KRRiTV is keeping a close eye on the loudness situation in order to satisfy local viewers who complain if commercials are louder than programme material. She added that more restrictive loudness regulations are due to be implemented later in 2014 to combat this issue.

Also on the podium was Peter Pörs, CEO of Jünger Audio, who defined audio loudness and discussed applicable standards including EBU R128, and all versions of ITU 1770. Pörs also highlighted the practical solutions broadcasters can take to control, measure and record audio loudness so that they are prepared for any future legislation that might be introduced.

The seminar ended with a presentation by Christoph Harm who introduced specific Jünger Audio products that are relevant to this topic, including the Voice Processor D*AP4 VAP edition, a unique unit that includes Spectral Signature™ dynamic EQ. He also highlighted the D*AP 8 MAP Monitoring Processor – the only loudness processor that can act as a successor to the Dolby® DP570 tool, which was discontinued in 2013.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.jungeraudio.com

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