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Archive for May 8th, 2014

FiberPlex Takes a Whack Out of Fiber Costs

Security. Big data. Austerity. Fulfilling all three requirements for a large project can be like playing the business equivalent of Whack-a-Mole. If you manage to whack one mole, another one pops up. So while fiber optics communications clearly has the capacity for big data (100s of times that of copper cabling on the high end) and it’s absurdly secure – nothing gets into or leaks out of optical fiber – the question of cost keeps popping up.

You’ll be glad to know you can finally put away that mallet.

Overall fiber cost is now within a few percentage points of copper cabling due to new termination techniques and advancements like FiberPlex’s WDM-8 and WDM-16 active wave division multiplexers, which can run 8 or 16 channels respectively at 3 Gbps per channel down an existing pair of single-mode fiber. FiberPlex multiplexer technology has taken a huge whack out of optical implementation costs, and it has enabled organizations to extend the life and capacity of their existing network infrastructures. You simply add the capacity needed onto your existing optical fiber network, and at a rather low cost. No trenching for new fiber cable required. Plug-in SFP/SFP+ modules for FiberPlex’s multiplexers or FOI-6010 offer bidirectional communication between existing multi-mode fiber networks and new single-mode fiber – or between fiber and Cat5/6 networks.

So, yes, you can keep optical fiber costs down. And, yes, definitely, fiber optic communications can fill in holes in security, capacity, and a lot of other so-called moles that pop up. FiberPlex ought to know. FiberPlex has a brand presence that goes back a quarter of a century as a leading global communications company, including an early leadership role in TEMPEST mitigation for the U.S. government.

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Biamp Systems’ TesiraFORTÉ Makes South American Debut at TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2014

Company realigns smart audio solutions to deliver Biamp(R) quality for any application, from everyday to enterprise audio

BEAVERTON, Oregon — May 8, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of networked media systems, today announced the company’s innovative lineup for TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2014. Being held in Sao Paulo from May 13-15, the event will give regional participants their first look at the company’s newly launched TesiraFORTÉ line of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) digital signal processors with configurable USB audio, providing greater simplicity and flexibility for today’s conferencing, telephony, and VoIP environments. more

Skillet FOH Engineer on Meyer Sound LEO: “The Bass Guitar Has Never Sounded Better”

A cornerstone of White House, Tenn.-based Blackhawk Audio’s inventory, the Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system is staying busy this spring season. Now supporting Christian hard-rock band Skillet’s tour with rappers TobyMac and Lecrae, the LEO system gives the Blackhawk crew and FOH engineer Robert Taylor the tool to deliver an exceptional live experience show after show in amphitheatres across North America.

“LEO is perfect for what we do,” says Robert Taylor, FOH engineer for the Skillet tour. “You can feel the drums and the guitars, and the bass guitar has never sounded better.”

The standard configuration for the tour is 16 LEO-M line array loudspeakers per side, with two MICA® line array loudspeakers per side used for down fill. Out-fill arrays consist of up to 10 MICA loudspeakers each, and 16 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements supply low-end reinforcement. The tour also carries four 700-HP subwoofers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers for side fill. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors handles zoning, drive, and alignment.

For Taylor, who first mixed on LEO when Skillet played a festival last year, the new system has been a welcome new foundation for the band’s shows. “When we first fired up this rig and started line-checking, people were walking around with huge grins on their faces,” he recalls. “The sound is big, full, and in-your-face, but never harsh. The subs get down really low, under 40 cycles with no problem, but they stay musical while they’re doing it.”

An Avid SC48 console is chosen for both FOH and monitoring mixing. The tour is also carrying Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems and IEMs for Skillet, with additional Sennheiser G3 systems for opening acts. Scotty Rock is the tour production manager, and Ted Daniels of Blackhawk Audio is system tech.

Jamie Nixon, director of touring and marketing for Blackhawk Audio, finds LEO to be a perfect match. “Skillet puts on a very high energy show, and the LEO system finishes the way it starts—with a full wall of sound.”

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Renowned FOH Engineers Launch New Business Venture for On-Location Digital Audio Enabled by Apple Mac mini and Sonnet’s Innovative Expansion Systems

Sonnet’s Echo Express III-R and xMac mini Server Enable Diablo Digital Inc. Founders Madix and Price to Offer Musical Acts of All Sizes Affordable, All-in-One Systems for On-Location, Live Audio Recording and Mixing

IRVINE, Calif. — May 7, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced that well-known front-of-house (FOH) engineers Brad Madix and Greg Price have standardized on Sonnet’s Echo(TM) Express III and xMac(TM) mini Server Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) 2.0 expansion systems for their new business venture, Diablo Digital Inc. Madix and Price are using the Sonnet systems in combination with the Apple(R) Mac(R) mini to create highly powerful, portable, scalable, and yet very affordable rackmount solutions for on-location audio recording workflows.

Both Madix and Price have extensive FOH résumés dating back to the 1970s, mixing sound for some of the biggest names in rock music. Madix has worked with Rush, Van Halen, Shakira, Def Leppard, and many more, and Price has worked with Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Kiss, and Aerosmith, among others. For several years, both had been working on separate paths to develop a portable, rackmount system that would integrate all necessary interfaces and peripherals for on-location music recording. Aside from being the source of live recording products, live multitrack recordings provide FOH engineers an invaluable tool for perfecting the mix on-location and making the most of limited rehearsal time at each venue.

While earlier efforts included the less portable and more expensive Mac Pro(R) computer, Madix and Price realized they could improve on the concept by leveraging the low cost and small footprint of the Mac mini. Working together, they built a new solution around Sonnet’s xMac mini Server, a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe 2.0 expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure that securely holds the Mac mini in place.

“With its Thunderbolt connectivity and onboard storage of up to 2TB, the Mac mini can provide the server capabilities and computing power of a box many times larger, but at a cost many times lower,” said Madix. “Combined with the right expansion systems and peripherals, the Mac mini can be turned into a high-power multitrack recording system for live shows of any size. The xMac mini Server bridges the gap between the Mac Pro’s extensibility and the Mac mini’s portability and affordability, enabling us to rackmount a Mac mini where it can be easily cabled and extended with Thunderbolt connectivity.”

Madix added, “I recently ran a 91-track, two-plus-hour stress test using the xMac mini Server and an Avid HD Native card connected to an Avid Omni interface. I was working in Pro Tools|HD with hundreds of plug-ins instantiated. Amazingly, the Mac mini handled it all with no issues and only 57 percent of CPU utilization.”

The xMac mini Server increases the Mac mini’s functionality by connecting two PCIe 2.0 expansion slots to the computer’s Thunderbolt port, with an additional port on the chassis for daisy-chaining to other Thunderbolt devices. Panel-mount cables inside the enclosure extend the Mac mini interfaces to the outside of the xMac Mini Server enclosure, enabling quick connection of USB 3.0, HDMI, and Gigabit Ethernet cables without the need to access the computer. Diablo Digital’s custom mixing and recording system includes the Avid Pro Tools|HD audio recording and editing software running on the Mac mini, with the xMac mini Server housing a Pro Tools|HD Native PCIe card for interfacing with the VENUE desk. A Sonnet Tempo(TM) SSD PCIe storage card in the second slot serves as a high-speed, reliable record drive. This means the new recording system is capable of capturing 64 tracks of HD audio content, more than enough for most musical acts.

For larger productions, the Diablo Digital team is including Sonnet’s Echo Express III-R 2U rackmount Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis with the Sonnet RackMac(TM) mini rackmount enclosure for the Mac mini. The Avid-qualified Echo Express III-R offers phenomenal speed through support of 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology, and with a mounting depth of only 16 inches, provides the ideal component for interfacing the Pro Tools|HDX cards with the Mac mini.

“Adding the Echo Express III-R, additional Avid cards, and built-in mobile rack storage enables us to record up to 128 tracks simultaneously, which means we can deliver a solution with the horsepower for even the most elaborate productions — and still at a cost that’s less than our original Mac Pro-based system,” Price said. “Thanks to the possibilities afforded by the Sonnet Technologies and Avid gear working with the Mac mini, we saw an opportunity to build a business around providing Pro Tools recording systems to musical acts of all sizes. We really believe these systems will change the landscape of the music business.”

In the first quarter of this year alone, Diablo Digital has already supplied systems for the Rolling Stones, Kanye West/Jay Z, Eric Clapton, Justin Timberlake, Dierks Bentley, Black Sabbath, and other large tours, as well as for many smaller, budget-conscience acts.

“Brad and Greg are two of the most prolific FOH engineers in the touring concert world. Now they’ve applied lessons learned from nearly 60 combined years of experience to offer a solution that can meet everyone’s needs, from the most discerning rock act performing in the largest arenas to the club band looking for an affordable way to professionally mix and record its live shows,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “With our xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R at their core, these new-generation FOH systems have changed the economics of high-end digital audio recording — putting it within the reach of virtually any musical act on tour, as well as indie recording studios and other groups with more limited budgets, such as houses of worship.”

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

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About Diablo Digital Inc.
It’s Live. We Get It. Established in 2013 by renowned FOH engineers Brad Madix and Greg Price, Diablo Digital Inc. builds high-quality, easy-to-implement multitrack touring recorders that offer artists affordable, turnkey, live-recording systems for tours, installations, festivals, one-off shows, and broadcast. Providing more than just a way of capturing performances for posterity, Diablo Digital’s systems enable FOH engineers to perfect the mix at each venue, make the most of limited rehearsal time, and with daily use, capture the best performances of the tour. The company’s systems are custom-configured, scalable, and affordable, with turnkey systems designed to support Avid VENUE, Digico, Midas, and all mixing platforms available. Diablo Digital delivers expert support and consultation on every aspect of any project, and Avid 24/7/365 Technical and Advance Replacement support. With its principals’ nearly 60 combined years of experience in the industry, Diablo Digital’s systems have quickly gained a reputation for excellence, and have already recorded or mixed performances for The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Justin Timberlake, iTunes Music Festival at SXSW, Rush, Black Sabbath, One Republic, Trisha Yearwood, Outkast, Dixie Chicks, and many others. More information is available at www.diablodigital.com.

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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/greg_price_blacksabbath.zip
Photo Caption: Greg Price, co-owner of Diablo Digital, shows off the integrated multitrack recording solution that he used as FOH engineer for the 2013 Black Sabbath World Tour, featuring Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) mini server.

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Photo Caption: Brad Madix, FOH engineer for the 2013 Rush World Tour and co-owner of Diablo Digital, with the integrated recording solution he designed using Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) mini Server and Echo(TM) Express III expansion chassis.

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Photo Caption: Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) mini Server, a 1U rackmount enclosure for a Mac(R) mini with Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) 2.0 connectivity, on tour with Black Sabbath as part of Greg Price’s FOH recording solution.

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Photo Caption: Sonnet’s Echo(TM) Express III-R played an integral role in Brad Madix’s digital recording and playback workflow for the recently completed Rush Clockwork Angels Tour, which featured a string section for the first time.

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Extron Electronics is proud to announce the opening of a product demonstration and training facility in Mexico City to provide convenient access to Extron for customers in that region. The new facility includes a fully equipped, state-of-the-art training room for showcasing and demonstrating the latest in Extron technologies and solutions. It also has a dedicated technical manager, meeting space, a product demonstration lab, and workspace to house an expanding support team. more

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Christie Projectors Used to Reach Out to Voters During India’s General Elections

Christie® visual technology has been selected to help maximize the reach to potential voters across India in the current massive “digital” electoral campaign rolled out during the country’s ongoing general elections, which takes place from April 7 to May 12, 2014.

Extensively “driven by visual technology,” the general elections will see more than 814 million Indian voters casting their ballots to elect a new parliament. Close to 200 Christie Roadster HD14K-M and Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors have been used by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at more than 400 locations nationwide with the plan of having close to 2,000 events in total. The projectors are used to display holographic images of BJP candidate Shri Narendra Modi at election rallies, where he addresses multiple audiences at scheduled locations simultaneously across India. This is the largest deployment of Christie projectors for a single event in India to date.

Engineered specifically to produce unbelievably bright images with stunning detail and depth of color, the Christie Roadster Series delivers pure power with purpose-built features. Designed with built-in handles, an improved airflow system and multiple rigging points, these powerhouse projectors stack up against the rigors and stress of rental/staging, making them the ideal choice for deployment during this staggering electoral campaign.

These compact projectors feature HD resolution and a variable contrast ratio of 1600–2500:1 for brilliantly crisp, detailed images. Equipped with DLP® technology, high-quality optics and 10-bit image processing, the Christie Roadster Series delivers crisp, clean images with perfect color saturation and spectacular video. Coupled with other benefits such as low cost of operation and ease of use, the Christie Roadster Series is undoubtedly the de-facto standard for rental/staging. The reliability and durability of these projectors make them ideal for delivering consistent, repeatable performance with no down time for the most demanding users to create fully immersive visual experiences.

“We’re honored to be part of the excitement during the Indian general elections period where so many of our projectors are deployed at such a grand scale for the first time in India by one of the major political parties for its enormous electoral campaign,” said Ken Wheatley, director of sales, Christie Asia Pacific. “The Christie Roadster Series projectors are known for their unparalleled performance and reliability, and we’re pleased that they are actively and innovatively used in these massive events that effectively showcase how the power of advanced visual technologies can bring people together to create and share experiences.”

UK-based Musion Das Hologram is responsible for consulting, designing and managing these holographic election addresses made by the veteran politician. The 3D holographic projection has been made possible by Musion’s advanced hologram technology using its proprietary Eyeliner™ system. Speeches are filmed and broadcast live via a satellite uplink to the fixed or mobile stages (30-feet by 30-feet) at each day’s events. The 3D lifelike holographic-type displays of the politician are projected at each location using a Christie projector mounted high above the stage to stream visuals to the bounce screen, which reflects the image on the stage. The stage holds the Eyeliner screen which is made of a unique and patented film that delivers the 3D illusion.

The team from BJP’s headquarters is able to view exactly what is being broadcast at any given time, as images are beamed back to the HQ from the various venues and simultaneously displayed on a massive screen. In addition, the vehicles housing the mobile stages, as well as fixed stages are designed and built by Musion. It also trained over 200 installation crews in setting up and using all the equipment deployed at all locations.

“We chose to partner with Christie on Shri Narendra Modi’s 2014 election project due to their market-leading levels of performance, service and reliability. With 200 event teams clocking up tens of thousands of miles throughout the 45-day election, Christie’s Roadster HD14K and HD20K projectors are the perfect choice offering excellent performance with the robust reliability needed,” said Giovanni Palma, director, Musion Das Hologram Ltd. “The combination of Musion Das Hologram products for holographic systems and Christie’s projectors delivers a stunning level of clarity that is amazing millions of people each night of the campaign.”

The results are breathtaking, highly realistic visuals that have since become a hit with supporters in various parts of India throughout the voting period. Spectators at various rallies have described the visual experience as “ecstatic” because the 40-foot by 40-foot by 35-foot holographic projections of Shri Modi are so real that it makes them feel he is standing in front of them.

Shri Modi had successfully worked with both Musion and Christie’s visual solutions for the first time during his 2012 Gujarat assembly election campaigns. This innovative move through which Shri Modi’s speech was broadcast simultaneously at 53 locations across 26 cities in Gujarat has earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now, with a planned outreach of close to 2,000 events in total, Shri Modi is all set to break his own record.

“The Christie brand has been firmly established in India over the years following several successful projects such as the recent Lusofonia Games and Gujarat assembly election campaigns in 2012,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “We’re happy and proud that Christie’s visual solutions have been once again selected for India’s general elections and I’m confident that our solutions will meet the needs of everyone who use them.”

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Platinum Tools® Showcases 10Gig Termination Kit at InfoComm 2014

CAMARILLO, Calif., May 8, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce it will showcase the new 10Gig Termination Kit (P/N 90170) at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booths C5238 & N368j. The new system, which exceeds 10Gig performance standard requirements for streaming high bandwidth across Cat6E, Cat6A, and Cat7 cable, is now shipping with an MSRP of $240.00.

“The 10Gig Termination turnkey field kit includes Cat6A shielded connectors, the Tele-Titan™Xg Cat6A crimp tool, cable jacket stripper, and external ground tab crimper,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “Streaming media traffic, whether, data, audio or video, is on a sharp rise and networks are demanding more bandwidth. That means bigger and usually shielded cable, such as Cat6E, Cat6A and Cat7. Our new 10Gig Kit terminates larger cable to meet 10Gig standards.”

The connector choice is critical. In today’s world, it needs to be at least 10-Gig rated, cable compatible, and field-terminate capable. “Our 10-Gig Cat6A shielded connector not only meets, but exceeds these requirements,” Phillips added. “Used along with the Tele-TitanXg Crimp Tool, our cable jacket stripper and external ground tab shielded crimper you achieve a consistent and optimal termination every time.”

10-Gig Shielded Connector RJ45 Cat6A (P/N 106190) specs:
• Max cable OD: 8.5mm/0.335in.
• Max conductor OD: 1.35mm/0.053in.
• Exceeds 10-Gig performance standard
• UL and RoHS compliant

Tele-TitanXg Crimp Tool (P/N 12515)
Compact, balanced and fits in the hand or pocket easily. Specifically built for our 10-Gig connector, it terminates all pins to industry specified crimp heights with nominal hand force. The embedded cable strippers for round and flat cables easily adjust and control depth of the blade when stripping Cat5e/6 cables. Includes a built-in cable cutter.

Cyclops 2 Cable Jacket Stripper (P/N 15010)
Removes the cable jackets from many types of twisted pair, multicore, and fiber optic cables. It self adjusts to automatically cut PVC, plenum, and others without damaging the braids, foils, or conductors. One piece design, ready-to-use right out of the package.

CT-360 Crimper (P/N 12360C)
The lightweight, easy-to-use CT-360 performs 360 crimps on the external ground tab of shielded RJ45 connectors for Cat5e, Cat6E, Cat7, Cat5/6, and Cat6A cables for a concentric termination with full control.

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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SMPTE 2014 NAB Show Report

SMPTE at the 2014 NAB Show

SMPTE has accomplished much over the past 12 months, with significant achievements in the three pillars of the Society: membership, education, and standards. While the Society was able to highlight progress in standards areas including ultra high-definition, cinema sound and immersive audio, and integration of information technology into the industry, SMPTE also showcased its ongoing work to provide both members and nonmembers with unique opportunities to engage with other professionals in discussion of the technical advances and business strategies driving the industry forward.

The 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, featured visionary technology innovators and acclaimed creatives from the realm of motion pictures. The fifth annual Student Ice Cream Social was also a draw, and word of mouth and social media posts brought a huge crowd of students to the SMPTE booth.

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Photo Caption: Crowd at 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema
Photo Credit: NAB/Robb Cohen

Conference Session: 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema
The 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, provided an in-depth global view of the current state and future of filmmaking innovation. Sessions touched on the human vision system and the potential impact of improved motion images, and TSC speakers highlighted the many ways in which new technologies are being used to enhance storytelling. Attendees had the opportunity to see a live demonstration of the latest laser-illuminated projector technology, as well as examples of the effect of high dynamic range on the cinema experience. The latter proved to be one of the hottest topics during the 2014 NAB Show.

One of the most anticipated sessions of the TSC, the “Gravity Gravitas” panel brought together Academy Award(R)-winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, colorist Steven J. Scott, and CG supervisor Harry Bardak, with David Cohen, senior technology editor for Variety acting as the moderator. Focusing on the technical innovations that enabled the movie “Gravity,” the panel discussed how technicians push the envelope by using innovative, creative tools, which results in an audiovisual experience that enhances storytelling and shapes the future of cinematography.

During his keynote to a packed house, industry expert and technical innovator Chris Cookson envisioned a future in which, rather than acquiring images, storytellers instead create images based on acquired models and data. The possibility of using virtual environments to achieve an immersive experience was just one of the future advances Cookson addressed.

In another popular keynote, Elizabeth Daley, dean at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema Arts, discussed the challenge of educators as the art of cinema continues to evolve. She noted that, with technology changing, educating students at the university level has become challenging, and teaching fundamental concept is to teach students to adjust their skill sets to embrace innovations.

A complete summary of the TSC will appear in the May/June issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.

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Photo Caption: Gravity Gravitas: David Cohen, Skip Lievsay, and Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki
Photo Credit: NAB/Robb Cohen

SMPTE Activity and Announcements
SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange announced the availability of three SMPTE Technology Committee Study Group reports on the SMPTE website at www.smpte.org/standards/reports. The reports include “Cinema B-Chain and Distribution,” the findings of the study group on immersive audio systems; “Beyond the Digital Conversion: The Integration of Information Technology and Professional Media”; and the report of the UHDTV ecosystem study group.

Lange highlighted SMPTE’s expanded educational offerings, including new webcasts for SMPTE executive members and a series focused on emerging technologies that complements the Society’s established educational and standards update webcasts. She also directed delegates to the SMPTE Booth, where they could try the new SMPTE mobile app for iOS, Android, and Kindle systems, in addition to a Web-based version for other operating systems.

Looking ahead, SMPTE Education Vice President Pat Griffis discussed the upcoming Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age Conference (ETIA 2014) at Stanford University in June and announced that The SMPTE Forum 2015, produced in collaboration with Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (FKTG), will take place in Berlin on May 7-8, 2015.

SMPTE Members Honored at 2014 NAB Show
Ann Marie Rohaly, director of accessibility, policy, and standards for Microsoft’s Corporate Accessibility Group, has been named one of TVNewsCheck’s 2014 Technology Women to Watch. She received the award during TVNewsCheck’s Women in Technology Awards presentation at the 2014 NAB Show. SMPTE Executive Vice President Robert Seidel of CBS received a 2014 NAB Engineering Achievement Award. Ericsson, a SMPTE Platinum Level Sustaining member, was recognized with one of the television industry’s highest honors, the NAB Technology Innovation Award, for his pioneering work in Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV) 4K. SMPTE member Thomas Edwards of Fox Networks received the NAB Best Paper Award.

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Photo Caption: TVNewsCheck’s 2014 Technology Women to Watch Tania Paz, Ann Marie Rohaly, and Renu Thomas
Photo Credit: NAB/Robb Cohen

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Photo Caption: SMPTE Executive Vice President Robert Seidel
Photo Credit: NAB/Robb Cohen

SMPTE Student Support: Ice Cream Social and Sponsored Memberships
About 75 students from colleges and universities throughout the world flocked to the SMPTE booth to enjoy ice cream while hearing SMPTE members discuss their work in sound, digital cinema, cameras, broadcasting, and manufacturing. SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange addressed the group and informed the students about the Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship and Student Paper Award opportunities.

Lange also invited nonmember students to join SMPTE and receive their first year of membership free through the Student Membership Challenge. Through a challenge grant established in 2012 by William Miller, SMPTE membership director and a SMPTE governor for the New York region, the Society has been able to fund 500 student memberships.

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Photo Caption: SMPTE 2014 NAB Show Ice Cream Student Social

SMPTE Quote:

“The 2014 NAB Show was an enormous success for SMPTE. During the show, the buzz surrounding so many of the initiatives and issues that are a focus of the Society truly reinforced the importance and value of our work. The pace of technological change today is remarkable, and we’re proud that, through the efforts of SMPTE study groups and technical committees, and through conferences such as the TSC, ETIA, and the SMPTE Annual Conference, we’re helping the industry as a whole to examine and take full advantage of this change.”
– Barbara H. Lange, Executive Director, SMPTE

Company Overview

The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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KanexPro releases 5-Input Mini HD Scaler with HDBaseT™ output for corporate boardrooms and lecture halls

May 8th, 2014 KanexPro exhibiting at InfoComm 2014, booth N1657 is pleased to release a 5-Input Presentation Switcher & Scaler with HDBaseT™. Based on a high-performance video processing engine that can scale standard definition HDMI, RGB, VGA, C-video and component to HD quality video and audio up to 2K. Ideal for lecture halls, corporate boardrooms and command-control centers, where switching of analog and digital signals are mission critical.

From large congregations such as house of worship centers to lecture halls and corporate board rooms, the growth of routing, scaling and signal distribution has seen many game changing facets over the decade. Some prevailed while others failed. This has helped KanexPro design powerful systems based on integrators needs. Today’s audiovisual systems must support a extensive range of analog and digital A/V formats says Kashyap Khetia, Marketing Head for KanexPro. Switching and distributing these diverse signals can be abysmal for SI’s and installers.

As an added benefit, the HDSC51HDBT provides remote powering by not having to install an extra power outlet to the ceiling or wall, the included receiver handles power over Ethernet to power up eliminating the need for a separate power supply at the remote unit. Perfect for the slim flat-panel LED display or projector mounting that does not have an extra power socket.

AV Control made easy – Wide band IR signals and bi-directional RS-232 control can be transmitted alongside the video signal over the CAT6 connection, allowing the remote device to be controlled without the need for additional cabling. Bi-directional control extension eliminates the need for control system wiring to remote devices.

The HD scaler is housed in a compact 1U, half rack width enclosure that can be installed virtually anywhere, including discreet placement underneath a conference table, cabinet place, inside a credenza, or in a lectern. Visit us at InfoComm, Booth # N1657 for a live demo.

About KanexPro

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. Our mission is always to create top-tier technology reliable and affordable.

Riedel Communications Expands Marketing and Communications Team With New Assignments

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 7, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that their marketing manager, Christian Bockskopf, has been promoted to head of marketing. In addition, Serkan Güner has been hired to be the company’s new marketing and communications manager.

“Christian has done a remarkable job handling various marketing and communications roles over the past years,” said Thomas Riedel, president at Riedel Communications. “This new role is the direct result of his unwavering ability to take on any challenge as he builds on his 10 years of experience at Riedel.”

Serkan Güner will report to Bockskopf in his new role as marketing and communications manager, where he will develop press and marcom opportunities for Riedel Communications while implementing the company’s sales plans on a global scale.

“Serkan’s remarkable breadth of experience in the field of marketing and communications is complemented by his facility with diverse languages and cultures, and this combination of skills and knowledge will be valuable as we continue to build brand awareness and expand our global footprint,” said Riedel. “We are very pleased to welcome him to the company.”

Prior to joining Riedel Communications, Güner served as international marcom manager for a German manufacturer of pro A/V system products. In this and in preceding roles in marketing and communications, Güner has developed expertise in coordinating and implementing all aspects of marketing and press campaigns, from traditional releases to engagement across social media platforms. He is fluent in German, Turkish, English, Italian, and Spanish.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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