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Extron Introduces New Model of IN1608 Scaling Presentation Switcher with a Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Extron IN1608 IPCP, a new model of the IN1608 product family featuring a built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processor for complete and powerful AV system control. The IN1608 is a highly versatile scaling presentation switcher that delivers the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an HDCP-compliant, multi-format video switcher, an advanced scaling engine, integrated DTP 230 transmitter and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio processing, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The IN1608 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

VMP 20th Anniversary 2014/2015 Product Catalog Now Available

STEVENSVILLE, Md., April 1, 2014 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, A/V, and communications markets, is proud to announce the launch of its 2014-2015 20th Anniversary product catalog. The updated catalog is now available digitally for download at www.videomount.com as well as in print.

VMP’s comprehensive product offering of flat panel and projector mounts, racks and cabinets as well as mounts and accessories for security, antenna, and satellite, address growing market segments across many industries. With more than 30 new products, the 2014/2015 product catalog is sure to offer all the mounting solutions installation professionals need and without a bunch of confusing redundancy. Backed by the industry’s only FOREVER warranty and exemplary customer service, VMP’s flexible, affordable, and reliable products continue to prove why they are an industry leader.

“We wouldn’t be celebrating our twentieth anniversary without our customers, and that’s why we place such a high emphasis on our customer service and product diversity,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “This catalog is a testament to our enduring quest for quality, and our thanks to our customers.”

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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Matrox Adds Features to VS4Recorder Including Gang Recording

New VS4Control feature lets live event producers capture an unlimited number of video sources

Matrox® Video today announced updates to VS4Recorder™, a standalone multi-camera recording app bundled with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards. Release 3.0 for Matrox VS4 adds many new features to VS4Recorder including VS4Control for gang recording that lets live event producers capture an unlimited number of video sources simply by networking multiple VS4-enabled machines together in a master-slave configuration. Each VS4-based recording system captures up to four inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recoder also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors.

Matrox VS4 Recorder multi-camera recording app

Other useful tools added to VS4Recorder include the following: an H.264 codec with MOV or MP4 file wrapping so that files can be immediately available for upload to the internet; DirectShow filters for developers to incorporate VS4 functionality in their own applications; event markers for Adobe Premiere CC so that while recording, users can highlight moments of interest for quicker post-event editing; and settings for capture duration and file switching without frame loss.

“We have added the top user-requested features to VS4Recoder,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager, Matrox Video. “Unlimited, synchronized, multi-channel HD capture has never been so easy and so affordable.”

VS4Recorder will be demonstrated in booth SL5019 at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10).

Price and availability
Priced at $1,495 US (€1295, £995) not including local taxes and delivery, the Matrox VS4 card is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Full turnkey HD recording systems are available from some certified systems builders starting under $5000. Matrox VS4Recorder is available to registered VS4 users as a free download from the Matrox website. Release 3.0 for Matrox VS4 will be available in May 2014.

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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Wavelengths Pro Audio Chooses Racks from Lowell Manufacturing

— Massachusetts pro audio retailer, integrator and full-service music store finds that its work takes it into every major vertical including recording studios, houses of worship, corporate environments and education spaces, and in all of them equipment racks from Lowell are the key to successful systems designs —

PACIFIC, MO, March 31, 2014 — When Alan Redstone, who directs System Design & Engineering at Leominster, Massachusetts-based Wavelengths Pro Audio, LLC, takes on a project, he knows that the AV systems racks are a key foundational component in the design. So whether the firm is working on a recording studio project, a corporate boardroom design, a renovation of a college sports facility, a first-responder training facility or any of the other widely varied spaces that this pro audio retailer and integrator works in, Redstone chooses racks, power and cable management from Lowell Manufacturing Company, a leading U.S. manufacturer of professional AV Products. Recent projects involving Lowell racks include Doyle Field in Leominster and Becker College in nearby Leicester. Doyle Field, which was a large-scale renovation of a local football field, used a pair of LWR-3523 Lowell racks, one for amplifiers and the other to house processing equipment. Both were secured with the optional LFD-35 solid front door with keyed lock, preventing unauthorized access to the equipment. The swing-out racks were also secured to their backboxes with keyed locks. At Becker College, where Redstone employed Lowell’s LWR-1223 rack with LFD-12FV fully vented front door, electronics and DSP were also protected via a secure Lowell door lock.

“Lowell racks are versatile for us,” says Redstone. “The wall racks are just perfect for remotely mounting everything. You can get them out of the way, they work every time, and they’re not weighing a thousand pounds. And again, with all the different fasteners that they give you with it, it makes it much easier to deal with, which is especially important when we’re in the field.”

As an example, Redstone cites the reversible design of Lowell’s hinged wall racks. “Many times we’ve gotten to a site where HVAC or another contractor has unexpectedly put something in our way, and we had to rethink it,” he explains. “But because of Lowell already thinking ahead with their ‘ambidextrous’ design, that job is made a lot easier for us onsite, because we can have the whole front swing out left or right, as needed. Any problems on site cost time and money, and we often have to eat it as the integrator because we’ve signed off on a budget and a quote. But Lowell saves us money by solving problems for us on the job.”

Citing an installation at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, that uses Lowell LWR-3523 racks with LFD-35FV fully vented steel doors in a theater used for both performances and teaching theater arts, Redstone notes that Lowell’s LWTCR-3R tilt open recessed wall rack allowed access to CD/DVD and local inputs. These racks are the only ones of their kind. “I don’t know how else we would have come up with it,” he says. “That’s another reason why I tend to design systems with Lowell in mind. They make some unique items that work.”

Redstone further notes Lowell’s comprehensiveness: “You can add on all the accessories that you need, like shelving, rack blanks, and wire management. It’s really a complete package. For the integrator it makes it easy to one-stop shop. And the quality of the manufacturing is superior – we have never had a rack that got to us that was damaged during transportation or didn’t work or that had an issue with any way of the manufacturing process.”

Finally, Redstone appreciates Lowell’s cost effectiveness. “Lowell products are right within the budgets for most of our projects – educational institutions, colleges, schools – which all tend to be pretty tight fiscally. Lowell helps us build a better project in so many ways while at the same time saving us and our clients money. That’s a great partner to have.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

Photo caption 1: A Lowell LWR-1223 rack with LFD-12FV fully vented front door, installed at Becker College by Alan Redstone of Wavelengths Pro Audio, LLC.

Photo caption 2: A Lowell LWTCR-3R tilt open recessed wall rack, installed in a theater used for both performances and teaching theater arts at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, by Alan Redstone of Wavelengths Pro Audio, LLC.

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Audio-Technica Hosts Livestreamed “Ask Me Anything” and Educational Mic Presentation Events at NAB 2014

STOW, OH, March 31, 2014 — Following successful booth events at other recent trade shows, Audio-Technica(Booth C1720), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is hosting 15 Livestream events at its booth at NAB 2014.

Some of the industry’s top audio experts will converge on the Audio-Technica booth on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the show. In the morning, get answers to YOUR questions during 30-minute, Q&A-style “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) forums. Then in the afternoon, attend A-T’s popular educational Mic Presentations. All sessions will be livestreamed at www.livestream.com (free registration) and viewable at http://www.audio-technica.com/NAB2014 during and after the NAB show.

“Ask Me Anything” questions are fed to the presenters through a moderator during a 30-minute Q&A session. Questions can be submitted by individuals present at NAB booth C1720, online at Livestream.com, and via Twitter #ATliveNAB.

The session schedule is listed below, and additional details are available at the Audio-Technica booth or at www.audio-technica.com/NAB2014. (Note: this schedule is subject to change; updates will be made on this link.)

Audio-Technica NAB Event Schedule, Booth C1720:

Monday, April 7, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Dennis Baxter – EMMY® Award-winning sports and Olympic sound designer
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Michael Abbott – TV audio mixer & producer; work includes GRAMMY® and CMA Award shows
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society) – “Rigging Lavalier Microphones for Film/Video Production”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Robert Bigelow, Audio mixer/sound editor for film and TV; recent projects include NCIS New Orleans, Star-Crossed and Treme – “Mid-Side/Stereo Miking Demystified”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Dennis Baxter – “Sports Miking Techniques”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Maureen Droney – Senior Executive Director, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Lenise Bent – Audio mixer/engineer & producer for music and film, including DreamWorks productions
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Selection and Use of Boom Microphones”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Robert Bigelow – “Recording Live Music for Broadcast”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “When and How to Use Planted Microphones”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Larry Estrin – Audio technology innovator, Founder of BEST Audio; work includes presidential debates, the Super Bowl, Olympics and Disney
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Robert Bigelow
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Steve Savanyu – “Microphone Techniques for Digital SLR Cameras”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Intro to Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Advanced Workflow for Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Haivision Announces HEVC Encoding/Transcoding Solution for Today’s Real World Applications

MONTREAL, CANADA — April 1, 2014 — Today, Haivision announced its HEVC baseband encoding and HEVC / H.264 transcoding solution, Kraken HEVC, providing significantly better video quality for backhaul over constricted networks.

Built on Haivision’s Kraken transcoder platform, the new HEVC implementation is designed for government and enterprise applications such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and video backhaul contribution. Within these environments, the challenge is to achieve the best picture quality over satellite and other constrained networks (typically in the 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps bandwidth range). Using Haivision’s implementation of HEVC, early adopters have experienced picture quality gains of up to 50 percent over H.264.

For Kraken HEVC users, the workflow involves receiving high bitrate H.264 streams or baseband inputs, converting these signals to HEVC for transport, and then reconverting the stream from HEVC to H.264 for distribution throughout their ecosystem.

“We are leading the market in HEVC and delivering optimized HEVC solutions for our clients,” said Mahmoud Al-Daccak, chief technology officer at Haivision. “Developed in collaboration with a number of government customers, we are helping them squeeze the most out of costly and constricted contribution networks for mission critical applications. While others may be driving towards 4K, our initial HEVC efforts are focused on addressing our customers’ current challenges.”

Featuring sub 0.5 seconds of latency and optimized for 720p/1080p applications, the Kraken HEVC transcoder is available on a compact 14” deep server appliance designed for power and space constrained applications such as satellite trucks. HEVC encoding and transcoding will be a software upgrade option to all installed Kraken systems. For more information on Kraken HEVC, visit: http://www.haivision.com/products/transcoders/kraken.

Haivision will demonstrate Kraken HEVC at NAB 2014 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel (Paramount Room, 3400 Paradise Rd) from April 7-9. For more information, visit: http://www.haivision.com/nab.

About Haivision
Haivision delivers end-to-end solutions for streaming, encoding, recording, managing, and distributing secure video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military industries. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago with regional offices in Austin, Tx; Atlanta, Ga.; Portland, Or.; Washington D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

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HARMAN’s Crown Provides Upmarket Sound for New Breuninger Mall In Düsseldorf

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — German upscale retailer Breuninger recently opened a 172,000-square-foot (916,000 square meters) department store in Düsseldorf, located in the city’s Kö-Bogen downtown office and retail complex. The striking new facility merges glass surfaces, steel, stone and curving, organic shapes with trees that are inset into the sides of the building and a grass roof. Shoppers can peruse Breuninger’s luxury selection of fashion, accessories and premium goods – the shoe department alone has 25,000 pairs for sale – while listening to music courtesy of a HARMAN audio system featuring Crown amplifiers, BSS Audio networking components and JBL Professional loudspeakers.

Heilbronn, Germany-based HARMAN distributor Audio Pro Elektroakustik supplied the sound system for all five floors of the massive Breuninger mall. At the heart of the installation are 10 Crown DCi 4|600N and 8|300N networkable power amplifiers, which offer networked monitoring and control using HARMAN HiQnet™ Audio Architect system software and BSS Audio BLU link digital transport.

“The new Crown DCi Series amplifiers are ideal for this application because they can be seamlessly networked with the BSS Audio signal processing components, deliver plenty of clean power and can be configured for use in a very large-scale distributed audio system such as the one installed at Breuninger,” said Carsten Peter, Product Manager for Audio Pro Heilbronn.

The amplifiers, loudspeakers and entire audio system are networked using a BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-160 signal processor with digital audio bus and three BLU-BIB break-out box input expanders. Eleven BSS BLU 6 wall-mount controllers and eight BLU 8 wall controllers are located throughout the Breuninger mall.

Although they are extremely powerful, the Crown DCi 4|600N and 8|300N amplifiers are just 2U rack spaces high, enabling all of the amplifiers to be installed in one equipment rack, with all the BSS Audio networking components located in an adjoining rack.

Covering 172,000 square feet, over 800 JBL loudspeakers were deployed, including approximately 600 JBL Control 24CT in-ceiling loudspeakers, more than 150 Control19CST in-ceiling subwoofers and Control 65P/T full-range pendant loudspeakers.

The Crown DCi Series’ compact size, high efficiency and superior sound quality are made possible by HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore™ amplifier chip, which combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output along with additional audio-signal functions, yet is about the size of a postage stamp. DCi Series amplifiers can be operated into 8-, 4- or 2-ohm loads and offer direct drive “constant voltage” capabilities for 70vrms and 100vrms amplification without the need for a step-up transformer, yielding higher audio quality in distributed audio applications. In addition, the amplifiers incorporate an exclusive Global Power Supply and a universal AC input, enabling their use in any country.

“The new HARMAN audio system fits perfectly into the store’s luxury environment,” Peter concluded. “Breuninger offers its customers a high-end retail experience in every respect, and the system is an extension of that commitment.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

FiberPlex Rolling into Knoxville

 

 

The FiberPlex fiber optic demo van is heading to Knoxville on Friday April 4th and will be demonstrating the “ultimate production snake” for AV applications. Inside the van is everything needed to easily connect remote cameras, mics, and other gear over fiber optic communications regardless of media type. Email krosenbloom@fiberplex.com for demo locations and times.

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Excision Carves Out Unique Tour Experience with Support from Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures and grandMA2 Control

DJ and dubstep producer Excision, the champion of bass music and sensory overload, has begun his 2014 tour of the US and Canada with powerful Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20- LED-based moving lights, a cadre of Sharpys and grandMA2 lighting and laser control. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures and MA Lighting in North America.

The Excision tour, featuring Dirtyphonics and ill.Gates, has been called a “virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds” that encompass a full range of genres. Excision is accompanied by a new 150,000-watt bass system from PK Audio and his Executioner video and light production.

The tour marks the first time that Light Action Productions has supplied B-EYEs, which have quickly become indispensible to lighting and laser designer Dave Hauss of Double Surface Designs LLC. “They’re my go-to light right now,” he says. “When I have to cut down the rig, B-EYE is always there. They are an all around great fixture, and artists love them. I wouldn’t spec anything else.”

Scott Humphrey with Light Action, says, “There’s nothing else like the B-EYE out right now. It’s a multi-event unit and great for electronic music. Some of its macros are great, and it gives a new take on retro effects.”

Hauss says the overall lighting design for the tour “is different every day based on the specifics of all kinds of venues; we play rooms for 1,000 to 10,000 people. It’s very city-to-city, and we have to ramp up and down. The continuing challenges are trim heights, width and weight capacity. I need to go in each day and adapt. That means I’m programming every day of the tour. What’s so great about the Clay Paky fixtures is that I have almost as many designs as venues. This tour is one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had.”

Hauss deploys eight B-EYEs “for everything from an incredibly bright wash for the openers to effects lights for the show. The entire show is projection mapped, and we needed fixtures that wouldn’t get lost. I use the B-EYEs in their shaper mode: splitting up the beam and dispersing the light is a great way to make it stand out. We can even take out the downstage truss because of the low trim. I like their color temperature a lot, and their field is amazingly even.”

Hauss has 20 Clay Paky Sharpys supplied by Christie Lites, which he calls “critical to the show.” He notes that his biggest challenge is that “this is a video shows with very large set pieces with very bright images – 90 minutes of custom content. You don’t want very wide ambient light. Sharpy is sharp enough to give a great light show without blowing out all the video – it’s the only fixture that won’t impede the visuals yet delivers all kinds of tricks.”

The grandMA2 Light controls the lights, lasers and set pieces in the show. “The set has pneumatic windows with lights hidden in them,” Hauss explains. “Everything is DMX controlled and built for Excision to use live. So the artist sends MIDI commands to the grandMA2 to trigger the windows on the fly. Once he executes the set pieces I follow with the lighting – all through one grandMA2 with one NPU.” Hauss also serves as the grandMA2 programmer for the tour.

James Castaneda is the lighting tech for the tour and Dillion Butz and Cam McNeil of Beama Visual are the media server programmer and projectionist, respectively. The special effects vendor is Image Engineering. Brett Able is the tour manager.

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DK-Technologies Launches Entry Level DK T7 Audio Meter at NAB 2014

Just months after launching its versatile DK T7 audio meter, DK-Technologies is using the NAB 2014 platform to launch a brand new, entry level version of this ground-breaking product (Booth N1202 in conjunction with Ward-Beck).

The DK T7 Stereo is aimed squarely at engineers who are only working with stereo audio, whether that be in radio, post production or recording music for subsequent CD release. Designed to be intuitive, the DK T7 Stereo has an easy to use, fast responding touch interface that makes it a breeze to set up and operate. Like its DK T7 big brother, the DK T7 Stereo offers high precision features and functionality at a highly cost effective price – just €2895 or USD 4890 MSRP. Its extensive feature-set includes industry compliant Loudness readings, Vectorscope, FFT spectrum analysis and Loudness Logging and Reporting.

“We recognized that our DK T7 audio meter was perfect for engineers working in stereo, but that we could reduce the cost to them by removing multichannel capabilities and SDI interface,” says Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director of DK-Technologies. “Therefore we have targeted the same tools for stereo metering, and made it a much more cost-effective bargain.”

The DK T7 Stereo includes balanced and unbalanced AES I/O, Analogue stereo inputs, headphone outputs as well as HDMI for external screen view. It is available as a stand-alone desktop or a 19” rack mounted unit. DK-Technologies can also offer in-console mounting options for console manufacturers and customers who prefer their meter to be integral to their desk.

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

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