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Sarasota Upgrades to HD Production for City Commission Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the city of Sarasota, Fla., has upgraded its City Hall facilities to a native HD infrastructure, anchored by a Granite™ 2000 integrated production switcher, to produce its city commission meetings for television and the Web.

In 2000, the city upgraded its small production facility in City Hall with an S-Video infrastructure. More than a dozen years later, however, the city found it difficult to maintain or replace its outdated equipment. In February, Encore Broadcast Solutions of Tampa, Fla., installed a system-wide upgrade, including an HD-SDI signal path.

“Part of our impetus for doing the upgrade was to upgrade to HD production and adopt a digital workflow,” said Miles Larsen, public broadcasting manager, city of Sarasota.

Coverage of city commission meetings is sent via fiber to master control in a nearby county building for Access Sarasota, a unique government access channel available locally on Comcast Cable and Verizon FiOS that is shared between Sarasota County and the city. Neither Comcast nor Verizon provides an HD channel, so Access Sarasota sends a 4:3 letterbox signal of its meeting coverage to maintain the wide aspect ratio. The city also provides live and on-demand HD meeting coverage on its Web site.

The upgraded system includes three new Panasonic PTZ HD cameras (as well as a previously purchased document camera) in the commission chambers. One camera provides a wide shot of the commission, another shoots close-ups of commission members, and a third is positioned to shoot presenters. The chamber upgrade also included new microphones and an electronic voting system.

In the control room, the Granite system replaced an aging Echolab switcher and PC-based graphics system. “We were not planning on doing a lot of crazy, elaborate stuff,” Larsen recalled. “This is a dedicated switcher just for covering meetings. We actually went back to Encore and asked if the Granite was more than what we needed, and they said we’d want room to grow. They were right.”

With 11 SDI inputs, Granite provides the city commission with enough inputs for all four cameras, as well as DVDs, USB thumb drives and tablets supplied by residents, when necessary. Plus, Encore and Broadcast Pix engineers were able to create an API to allow our switcher to integrate with the AMX control system in the commission chambers, so a staff member can run the production, if necessary.

Granite’s built-in production tools, including the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, have also improved workflow during meetings. In particular, the Inscriber CG is a “huge upgrade” from the previous graphics system, which Larsen said was poorly integrated and poorly positioned in the control room. “Having the CG inside the switcher is so nice,” he added. “There’s no rolling your chair back and forth between workstations, and it’s so much easier to make changes.”

The new system has only been in use since March, but Larsen is already planning to use Granite’s built-in clip store to add roll-ins to open and close meeting coverage. “We can do things we just couldn’t do before, and we have the freedom to think creatively and improve our production values,” he said. “Every time I sit down in front of the Granite, from the beginning of the meeting to the end of the meeting, I’m more convinced it was the right decision. It makes our productions easier and better.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Audio Spotlight’s Sound Beam Turns Heads At The Smithsonian Future Is Here Festival in Washington, D.C.

Mythbusters’ Kari Byron and Outrageous Acts of Science’s Deborah Berebichez use Holosonics’unique Audio Spotlight directional loudspeaker technology to captivate festival audience, and demonstrate that the future of sound is already here.

Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight speakers sound like the stuff of science fiction: they produce a narrow beam of sound with the same precision as a flashlight. At any point inside the beam sound is clear and present, literally surrounding the listener’s head, while just a single step or two outside the narrow coverage area sonic bleed is nearly inaudible. Harnessing the miniature wavelengths of an ultrasonic carrier, and relying on entirely different physics than traditional loudspeakers, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight system is literally capable of providing sound where you want it, and preserving the quiet where you don’t.™

The Audio Spotlight technology was a perfect fit for the spirit of The Smithsonian’s Future Is Here Festival, an annual celebration and exploration of science, technology, culture and the arts gathered around the exciting, elastic theme of future technology. Focused on motivating young people in science, guest speakers Deborah Berebichez of Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science and Kari Byron of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters used the Audio Spotlight speaker to pan the audience, giving those in attendance a truly unique listening experience.

As Berebichez explains, "We discussed the physics of sound and demonstrated the futuristic effect of Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight speaker by beaming the popular Pharrell Williams song ‘Happy’ to the audience. Having never experienced anything similar before, people laughed and applauded as the beam of music passed by their heads, and the excitement could be felt in the room."

To help relate the benefits of Holosonics’ directional speakers, Byron and Berebichez referenced Hollywood’s science fiction blockbuster 'Minority Report,' which included scenes where actor Tom Cruise was singularly targeted on a public sidewalk with personalized retail advertising announcements. The futuristic concept was based directly on Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology, and adding controlled sound to digital signage or in-store product displays are already two of the more popular applications for their directional speakers.

Kari and Debbie discussed other practical applications where controlled sound is of particular benefit, such as museums, galleries, and trade show exhibits, kiosks, waiting rooms, offices, and healthcare facilities, and even assisted listening for the hard of hearing. As the technology continues to mature and evolve, they expect Holosonics’ speakers could one day be found in every household, allowing families to split-screen TV’s and listen to different programming from opposite sides of the same couch, or to help a slumbering partner sleep more comfortably in peace while their spouse watches TV beside them in bed.

Kari shares, "The Holosonic speaker is a perfect example of how today’s innovations can impact our daily lives for years to come. It was great to demonstrate the power of the Audio Spotlight technology to a science-minded audience."

photo copyright Sharon Farmer, sfphotoworks

About Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Holosonic Research Labs, Inc., a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded in 1999 by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows and retail kiosks. The world’s top organizations and companies use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners… and preserve the quiet.™

Press inquiries: press@holosonics.com

Christie Delivers Visual Display Technologies at InfoComm

Christie® is showcasing the widest range of visual display solutions at InfoComm 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 1820. A trusted market leader celebrating 85 years of experience and an InfoComm Gold Sponsor, Christie is introducing new laser phosphor 1-chip DLP® projectors, new LED tiles and LCD panels, the new Roadie 4K25 and 4K35, and a new Christie LX1750 3LCD projector for fixed installations, rental and staging, education, business, government and industry, sports and entertainment, houses of worship, meetings and events, and hospitality.

Christie products featured at InfoComm 2014

“Christie is a total solutions provider and it’s all about providing customers with the ultimate peace of mind; knowing that calling Christie means ‘problem solved!’” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “Christie solutions offer exceptional performance and reliability. They help customers create the world’s best shared experiences, visually and audibly, using the broadest range of collaborative tools available today.”

At InfoComm, Christie’s all-inclusive solutions will be highlighted in seven distinct zones.

Zone 1
Large, curved Christie® Velvet™ LED display with content managed by the Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 2
Christie 4K zone features blending of two Christie 4K25 3-chip DLP® projectors and two stacked Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors with content managed by a Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 3
Christie Brio Family of collaboration tools, introducing the new Christie Brio Team. Zone 3 also showcases the new Christie 84-inch Quad HD, Christie FHD651-T touch panels and the Christie Q Series, which will be using the new Christie One Mount.

Zone 4
Control Room display with stacked Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD front access display cubes, Christie Phoenix™, Christie JumpStart and Christie FHD552-X 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD flat panels.

Zone 5
Christie Spyder image processing display solutions and a selection of Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors, the Christie LWU501i and Christie Q Series.

Zone 6
The Projection Mapping zone includes the recently released Book of Transformations showcasing examples from all over the world. The display will be using Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors. The Christie Interactive Design Studio – 3D, interactive projection mapping display will feature Christie G Series projectors and Christie® MicroTiles®.

Zone 7
Interactive/Bulb-Free displays with the new laser-phosphor GS Series, Christie One Mount, Christie MicroTiles using Christie Interactivity Kit, and touch LCD panels.

Zones will include the following new solutions:

Christie GS Series Laser Phosphor Projectors
Christie is expanding its G Series projection family to include solid state illumination in WXGA (DWX555-GS), HD (DHD555-GS) and WUXGA (DWU555-GS) resolutions. Using 1-chip DLP® and a laser phosphor illumination system, the Christie GS Series provides an astonishing 20,000 hours of lamp-less operation and recommended for fixed installations where high resolution applications are required, such as boardrooms, higher education, houses of worship, and smaller entertainment venues.

Christie Velvet
Christie expands its line of tiled displays with the introduction of Christie Velvet high resolution indoor LED tiles that provide high image quality and are seamless to integrate. The new, smart design LED tiles are available in various sizes and can be built-to-order in 1.875 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm and 4 mm pixel pitches. With wide-viewing angles and exceptional image clarity, the tiles are suitable for indoor video wall applications, such as retail, hospitality, corporate lobbies and control rooms. Built for 24/7/365 use and backed by industry-leading warranty and trusted pre/post sales service, the high performance LED tiles can be used with Christie’s image processing and content management software.

Christie FHQ841-T 84-inch UHD LCD Panel

The new 84-inch “plug and play” Christie FHQ841-T multi-touch UHD LCD panel features 3820 x 2160 resolution, anti-glare glass and 10 simultaneous touch points. For customers and integrators who want a single source provider to meet all of its products and service needs, Christie offers a wide selection of displays that can be bundled with options such as Christie Brio integrated collaboration system, enhanced service plans and on-site support.

Christie FHD552-X 55-inch LCD Panel
Christie’s 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD panel features a reduction in tiled space by 35 percent to just 3.5 mm between screens for a minimal loss of content. The Christie FHD552-X tiled display wall has full high-definition resolution, high pixel density and a LED-backlit screen. Images look sharp at any distance, with controlled brightness suitable for a variety of indoor environments. The Christie FHD552-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a fully interactive digital experience.

Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 Ruggedized Projectors
The Christie Roadie 4K25 and Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors are built to withstand the rigors of the road delivering 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively. Both are ideal for rental/staging applications and offer 4K 60Hz projection that features industry-leading Christie TruLife™ electronics with 3G-SDI and Display Port as standard inputs and optional HDMI and DVI input modules.

Christie LX1750 3LCD Projector
Following on the heels of the highly successful Christie LX1500 comes the next generation Christie LX1750, offering a powerful 16,000 lumens (17500 center lumens), 4D color technology for superior color reproduction, and professional design. The LX1750 is ideal for houses of worship, large conference rooms, higher education, medium-sized auditoriums, and staging applications. The Christie LX1750 also features a suite of eleven optional, high performance lenses to support virtually any installation or venue, along with a fully motorized lensing system that offers easy setup and configuration.

Christie Brio Team
Christie Brio Team, the newest model in the Christie Brio family of presentation and collaboration systems, is a plug and play unit that makes it easy for individuals to wirelessly stream content onto displays from devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones. Users can share content, edit in real time, save their work and capture action items for quicker follow-up while in study areas, small meeting rooms and huddle spaces. Brio Team, with its integrated Wi-Fi, AirPlay and WiDi receiver, requires no additional software apps, external dongles or local area network.

Christie Partners With Euromet Deliver Quality Ceiling Mount
Christie is partnering with Euromet to deliver a professional quality ceiling mount capable of supporting more than 20 Christie projectors. Christie One Mount is a modified version of the popular Euromet Arakno mount, but also includes a quick release pin to allow for easy projector serviceability. The Christie One Mount features a white and stainless steel color combination with a white ceiling mounting plate.

Christie Presence throughout InfoComm

Christie will be partnering with vendors throughout InfoComm including Crestron, in meeting room N250, which will be using a Christie D4K2560; Da-Lite, in booth C5408, with a Christie D4K2560, Christie HD10K-M and six Christie HD20K-J 3-chip DLP projectors; Stewart Filmscreen, in booth C6821, using the Christie Mirage 4K25 projector; coolux, in booth N405, with the Christie HD20K-J and Christie WU20K-J projectors; Alcorn McBride in booth N427, using Christie FHD551-X flat panels in landscape mode; the InfoComm Show Management, which is using several Christie projectors including the Christie S+22K-J, the Christie HD20K-J, the Christie HD14K-M in portrait mode, and the Christie Spyder video processor; rp Visual Solutions, booth N619, using 48 Christie® MicroTiles® Christie Interactivity Kit , and both the Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors; and InfiTec, booth N662, using Christie WU14K-M projectors.

NSCA Education Foundation Sponsorship

Christie is sponsoring the NSCA Education Foundation’s Drunk Unkles event, dubbed Insanity at Vanity, to be held at Hard Rock Hotel’s Club Vanity in Las Vegas, June 18. The annual event draws thousands of participants from the A/V industry, and media, to help raise money for the NSCA Education Foundation. For more information, visit www.drunkunkles.com.

Extron Introduces Two Certification Programs for Pro Series Control Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce ECS – Extron Control Specialist and ECP – Extron Control Professional. ECS is designed to prepare individuals to successfully deploy and maintain customized AV control systems that are built using Extron Pro Series control products and Extron Global Configurator Plus software. ECP is geared toward advanced users or those with a programming background who wish to take full advantage of the features within Global Configurator Professional software. Both certifications feature instructor-led, hands-on training and will prepare individuals to manage customized Pro Series configurable control systems. more

Bose® Professional Systems to Host Classic Rock Revue “Raiding the Rock Vault” Thursday, June 19, at the LVH Theater During InfoComm

Who: Bose Professional Systems, hosting a FREE performance of noted musical revue Raiding The Rock Vault, featuring a supergroup of rock royalty: Howard Leese on Guitar (Heart, Bad Company); Doug Aldrich on Guitar (Whitesnake); Robin McAuley on Lead Vocals (MSG, Survivor); Paul Shortino on Lead Vocals (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot); Andrew Freeman on Lead Vocals and Guitars (Lynch Mob, The Offspring); Jay Schellen on drums (Badfinger, Asia); Michael T. Ross on keyboard (Lita Ford Band); and Mark Boals on vocals (Yngwie Malmsteen).

What: The performance, taking place during the InfoComm convention, will showcase the Bose RoomMatch® system. The concert is open to all, and a cash bar will be available. The Raiding the Rock Vault setlist will include classic anthems from such legends as The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Queen, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Journey, Free, Aerosmith and more. Come join Bose and hear what a RoomMatch system can do with the rock and roll classics!

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014. Doors open at 5:00, immediately after the exhibition floor closes, and the concert will start at 5:30.

Where: LVH Theater – directly adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the site of InfoComm exhibitions.

About Raiding The Rock Vault:
Raiding the Rock Vault is The Story of Classic Rock, performed by members of some of the greatest rock bands in history – a two-hour classic rock concert experience that transports the audience from the 1960s to the 1980s with classic anthems from rock’s top acts. This fully live concert experience features a stunning light show, video screens, actors, DJ Narrator, and high quality concert sound production. Voted Best of Las Vegas 2014 in the Review-Journal’s Reader’s Poll and “A fantasy football team in the form of a rock band” by Hollywood Underdog.

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The Audio Engineering Society Comes to Los Angeles for 137th International AES Convention

— AES137 to feature busy itinerary of numerous track sessions, including Recording and Production, the Project Studio Expo, Networked Audio, and more —

— Taking place in the revitalized L.A. Live district, AES137 will be the focal point for all things audio —

New York, NY, June 12, 2014 — The AES 137th International Convention is gearing up to take place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located in the revitalized L.A. Live district. Returning to Los Angeles after nearly 12 years, the AES Convention will bring together the world’s largest gathering of audio professionals for four days of the best of what the industry has to offer. Attendees will be able to take advantage of opportunities to hear from top audio industry figures while also sharing in the latest research and technology information through informative papers, tutorials, workshops and special events.

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording and production, broadcast and streaming, game audio, live sound, post-production, and more — AES137 will have something for everyone. Of special focus this year will be Networked Audio and its integration into our standard workflow, with particular attention to standards such as AES67, MADI, and other networking protocols that the AES has played a large part in shaping. From creating such standards, to maximizing playback potential of the final product, the Audio Engineering Society is the place to connect with the people and technologies on the leading edge of professional audio.

As a recent addition to AES conventions, the popular Project Studio Expo (PSE) presented by Sound On Sound magazine, serves as a venue for focusing on some of the most timely and relevant areas of interest facing today’s personal and project studio users. These comprehensive presentations cover topics of importance for all engineers, producers and recording enthusiasts, without leaving the exhibits showcase area. This fourth edition of the PSE will feature two new and unique presentations: “The Five Most Common Project Studio Recording Mistakes,” presented by Mike Senior of Cambridge Music Technology; and “Project Studio Design,” with acclaimed studio designer John Storyk of the Walters-Storyk Design Group. Both programs will give personal insight into practical project studio issues, from initial design to avoiding common mistakes in workflow and technology.

Visit the AES137 home page for future updates on registration, programs, and special events at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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3TS Capital Partners Invests 7.2 million US$ into Visual Unity

Leading OTT platform and multiscreen solution provider, Visual Unity announces an investment of 7.2 million US$ (5.2 million Euros) by 3TS Capital Partners, the growth capital technology fund. This investment will strengthen Visual Unity’s delivery of end-to-end OTT solutions on a global scale.

The investment of 3TS, into Visual Unity is from their Cisco, EBRD, EIF and OTP backed growth capital fund, which focuses on investments in fast growing technology companies primarily in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Visual Unity will use the investment to support the growth of an international customer base for vuMedia™, its flagship OTT platform. vuMedia™ enables content owners and distributors to monetize their video assets over the Internet.

The company’s goal is to be the leading provider of OTT and multiscreen solutions. This investment will hasten leading-edge development of vuMedia™, Visual Unity’s world-class digital content delivery and smooth-multiscreen-user-experience product. 3TS is initially acquiring a minority stake in Visual Unity and commits to supporting the company at both a strategic and operational level.

Tomas Petru, Visual Unity’s Founder and CEO, says: “This is an exciting time for Visual Unity, with 3TS taking a key role in the future success of our company. Our robust, end-to-end product is already used by our customers worldwide. We support close to 10.000 different screens and devices in conjunction with every conceivable monetization method. 3TS’ diligent examination of, and investment into our product portfolio not only attests to its innovation, but will be instrumental in fueling our sales, marketing and development expansion.”

“Our strategic investment into Visual Unity will enable a strong focus in product development, while reaching previously untapped markets around the world,” commented Daniel Lynch, Managing Partner of 3TS Capital. “We look forward to establishing Visual Unity as a global leader in OTT and multiscreen products and services.”

“This investment from 3TS is coming at an ideal juncture for Visual Unity, in helping us realize our global expansion ambitions in response to overwhelming customer demand,” comments Tony Hasek, Chief Commercial Officer at Visual Unity. “This investment will provide the resources needed to service key markets around the world, and capitalize on the amazing growth opportunity in OTT and video streaming services.”

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About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMedia™ platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMedia™ is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.
Visual Unity is based in Los Angeles, Munich, Prague, Moscow, Istanbul, Dubai, Hong Kong. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com
About 3TS Capital Partners
3TS Capital Partners (www.3tscapital.com) is one of the leading private equity and venture capital firms in Central and Eastern Europe operating through offices in Budapest, Bucharest, Istanbul, Prague, Vienna and Warsaw. 3TS targets investments in growth sectors including Technology & Internet (Software, Hardware, Mobile, Ecommerce, Social, etc.), Media & Communications and Technology-Enabled Services. Investors in the current and earlier 3TS funds totaling over € 300 million include Cisco, EIF, EBRD, OTP, Sitra, 3i and KfW among others.
3TS Capital Partners, 3TS and the 3TS logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of 3TS Capital Partners Ltd. and/or its affiliates. For more Information Please contact Anikó Horváth ahorvath@3tscapital.com, tel. +43-699-10313369 or Managing Partner Daniel Lynch dlynch@3tscapital, tel. +420 225 990 856.

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