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LEMON JELLY MAKE MUSIC WITH METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Nick Franglen is best known as founding member of the British electronica duo Lemon Jelly, releasing three albums on XL Recordings that sold half a million albums worldwide and earned Franglen and band mate Fred Deakin nominations for the Mercury Music Prize and the Brit Awards. “Lemon Jelly’s style is electronic music that doesn’t sound particularly electronic,” explained Franglen. “We’d pull together sounds from a wide range of genres to see what would happen when we mixed them up. They could be sampled or played – it really didn’t matter where they came from – the more diverse the better.” Although Lemon Jelly are currently on a happy hiatus, Franglen maintains an outrageously busy schedule – as he always has – that feeds his creative need to keep things fresh and interesting. “Creativity is all I’m interested in. I hate repeating myself (I get bored very quickly) so I’m constantly challenging myself into innovation. I like being out on a limb – that’s where the exciting things happen.”

Franglen’s talent, prolificacy, and affable nature have earned him a lot of friends and work in the music industry. He’s provided keyboard and beats programming for Björk, Hole, Primal Scream, Pulp, and Blur. In addition to all the Lemon Jelly records, he has produced albums for John Cale and Badly Drawn Boy and remixed Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), the Pet Shop Boys, and Coldcut. He has written and produced tracks with artists as diverse as William Shatner and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and regularly plays live with John Cale. As musical director of the Nico tribute show, he has worked with Mark Linkous, Mark Lanegan, Kim Gordon, Mercury Rev, Yeasayer, and many others. Reflecting his unquenchable thirst for the novel and creative, Franglen has performed and recorded electronic gigs down mines, on submarines, and in abandoned government test facilities. As a composer, he has worked on films with Ralph Fiennes, written the music for BBC-TV series, and composed commercials for BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Coca-Cola, Caesar’s Palace, Nordstrom, and many others. “I like to keep busy,” he summarized simply.

In addition to myriad other side projects and jobs, Franglen’s current passion is a solo album that will be released under his own name. “I’ve been developing this material over the past couple of years,” he said. “It’s quite complicated stuff, both conceptually and sonically, and I’m enjoying the challenge.” Like everything else he’s touched (sonically) in the last decade, Franglen has made regular use of Metric Halo’s classic ChannelStrip plug-in in the development of the new material. “I was with ChannelStrip from the very beginning – I had the original version,” he said. “It was the EQ that first got me. It could do things that no other EQ could do, and that remains the case today.”

He continued with an example: “For a while I was really interested in mixing very different samples from very different sources, it could be jazz with punk with something orchestral, whatever. I had to capture the essence of a source and still preserve audio clarity when it was mixed with something else, and Metric Halo ChannelStrip let me do that without having the composition turn to mush. Basically, ChannelStrip’s Q is precise and perfect. I can nail a filter or EQ band to within a few Hertz, enhance the fundamentals and then cut out everything that doesn’t matter while preserving the sample’s character and life. That’s a critical part of what I do and it’s my secret for maintaining audio clarity even when I have a lot of different sources all playing at once. And shortly thereafter I learned the value of ChannelStrip’s dynamics section. It’s so versatile. I use it all the time in combination with the ChannelStrip gate to bring looped drums to life.”

For work on his solo album, Franglen is using Metric Halo’s Production Bundle of plug-ins, which includes all of Metric Halo’s plug-ins: ChannelStrip 3, Character, HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Precision DeEsser, Transient Control, and Multiband Expander. “I’ve found that with Character and Transient Control, I can breathe life and soul into my studio recordings,” he said. “The effect is subtle, but undeniable. The reverb is also fabulous. It has a huge range of sounds, and the smoothness of the tail is beautiful and transparent. It just disappears into the background. When I apply it to individual instruments, it gives them their own space and surrounds them with warmth without ever overpowering them.”

To say that Franglen uses Metric Halo plug-ins would be an understatement. Just as ChannelStrip has been a critical component of his sound over the last decade, the broader Production Bundle palette is fast becoming indispensible. A peek inside one of his new sessions reveals Metric Halo plug-ins on nearly every channel, with many of those channels bursting with multiple Metric Halo plug-ins!

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

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Biamp Systems’ Tesira DSP Technology Integrates With Lab.gruppen’s New D Series Amplifier Platform

Biamp-Lab.gruppen collaboration results in dedicated Tesira amplifier solution with unmatched integration and interoperability for fixed-install AV projects

LAS VEGAS — June 18, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that its powerful Tesira(R) digital signal processing (DSP) technology is an integral component in dedicated variants of Lab.gruppen’s new D Series, a groundbreaking install-dedicated, four-channel DSP amplifier platform. Evolved from Lab.gruppen’s TEC Award-winning PLM 20000Q Powered Loudspeaker Management(TM) touring amplifier, the new D Series Tesira variants leverage Tesira’s advanced technology, including audio video bridging (AVB) audio and control, to offer unmatched amplifier and DSP platform integration.

As the enabling DSP technology behind these dedicated variants of D Series, Tesira leverages AVB, an IEEE open standard, to provide the most flexible, scalable, and affordable networking capabilities on the market. The D Series combines with Lab.gruppen’s advanced power supply technologies and its proven Class TD platform to provide the world’s most capable installation amplifier, engineered specifically for high-performance installations and the application-specific demands of large-scale performance venues. Available in three power configurations (8000 W, 12000 W, and 20000 W), D Series heralds the introduction of Rational Power Management(TM) (RPM) technology, providing true flexibility in allocation of total available power without loss of channel count, to ensure the most efficient use of overall amplifier inventory.

“The D Series Tesira variants are the highly impressive result of our unique collaboration with Lab.gruppen, bringing the best DSP platform together with the best amplifier range to provide an industry-leading integrated solution,” said Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Biamp Systems. “It is a true example of our commitment to develop solutions that can meet the needs of an evolving industry.”

More information about Lab.gruppen and its D Series amplifier platform is available at www.labgruppen.com and www.integrationsuperpower.com. More information about Biamp(R) Tesira is available at www.biamp.com/products/tesira.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Biamp Systems Expands the Award-Winning Tesira DSP Platform

New hardware pushes Biamp AEC technology to the endpoints for increased ease and efficiency

LAS VEGAS — June 18, 2014 – Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the release of version 2.1 of the company’s powerful Tesira(R) family of digital signal processing (DSP)-based solutions. For projects that require AEC, Tesira 2.1 includes two new hardware components — the EX-AEC Expander and the EEC-4 Modular Card for the EX-MOD device.

These two devices bring Biamp(R) Sona(TM) AEC technology directly to the endpoints for easy and efficient AEC and a greater variety in the way systems can be deployed. Previously, AEC cards were added to a SERVER or SERVER-IO, but now the AEC technology is embedded within the new EX-AEC hardware endpoint. If the SERVER or SERVER-IO expansion slots are full, the addition of an endpoint with AEC provides a simpler and more efficient means of expanding and adding AEC. The EX-AEC Expander and the EEC-4 Modular Card are slated to ship July 15.

Also in Tesira 2.1, Biamp has added multi-channel compression abilities to its comp/limiter compression and the option to use compressors in either advanced or simplified mode at system setup. A new independent limiter block provides more precise decision-making when choosing blocks needed for the installation.

“By providing the most flexible and scalable AVB networking capabilities in the industry, Tesira 2.1 ensures that there is a Biamp solution for every project and Biamp quality for every budget,” said Justin O’Connor, Audio Product Manager, Biamp Systems. “With the latest Tesira technology, enterprises can take audio processing from large to super-scaled platforms that provide functionality such as AVB, CobraNet, and Dante in a single Tesira chassis.”

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Pexip and Generation-e Partner to Provide End-to-End Visual Collaboration Tools

Partnership Strengthens IT-Led UC Strategy by Putting Pexip Infinity Into the Hands of Microsoft Lync Users

OSLO, Norway — June 18, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced a partnership with Generation-e, a Microsoft(R) Gold Certified Partner and Australia’s leading authority in unified communications (UC) and cloud solutions for the enterprise. Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate to advance IT-led UC strategies, with Generation-e delivering end-to-end solutions that draw upon Pexip’s Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. As a result, customers across the enterprise gain access to software-based scalability, seamless integration with Microsoft Lync(R), and other tools to ultimately enhance their visual communication architectures.

“Pexip has become a key unifier for Generation-e’s solution portfolio, bringing together elements that drive the value of unified communications while meeting essential user requirements,” stated Biagio LaRosa, managing director, Generation-e. “Flexible, scalable, and extremely powerful, the Infinity meeting platform has become an important strategic advancement for the UC industry and it continues to be a popular choice with our clients, quickly redefining the opportunities of virtual communications.”

“Working with Generation-e is an important step for Pexip’s growth strategy,” said Simen Teigre, CEO and co-founder of Pexip. “Considered the largest Microsoft Lync provider in the Asia-Pacific region, Generation-e puts our platform into the hands of thousands of new virtual collaborators — simplifying the way users meet online. We are extremely pleased to collaborate with such a trailblazing company and be part of its innovative UC ecosystem.”

Together, Generation-e and Pexip will combine solid UC expertise in order to continue the development and advancement of anywhere, anytime virtual communication solutions — supporting seamless online collaboration while ensuring the provision of positive business outcomes across the marketplace. The partnership will also focus on promoting disruptive IT-led UC strategies, integrating Microsoft Lync with the Pexip platform, and enhancing innovative new tools for traditional video conferencing infrastructure.

Pexip’s Infinity is a unique distributed solution for solving fundamental enterprise challenges in UC. An industry leader in interoperability and scalability, the solution uses an IT-centric approach to leverage the shift of UC strategy from A/V to IT ecosystems. The result is a flexible solution with Virtual Meeting Rooms (VMRs) for videoconferencing on any system or device.

For more information on Pexip and its UC solutions, visit www.pexip.com.

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About Generation-e
Headquartered in Melbourne Australia, Generation-e is a multi-award-winning provider of world-class, end-to-end IT solutions including consulting, architecture, deployment, technical support, and managed services. A Microsoft Gold Partner, the company has emerged as the leading authority in unified communications and cloud technologies deploying Microsoft Lync Enterprise Voice for large enterprise environments. More information is available at www.generation-e.com.au.

About Pexip(R)
Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly allows anyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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Revolabs Brings Color and Performance to Conference Rooms With New Elite Wired Microphones

SUDBURY, Mass. — June 18, 2014 — Revolabs today announced the introduction of its all-new line of Elite Wired Microphones. Featuring the Revolabs standard for high-quality audio, forward-thinking design, and flexible installation capabilities, the innovative microphone family allows conferencing participants to enjoy optimal sound quality while seamlessly integrating with any boardroom color scheme or design concept. Available in multiple colors, the tabletop Elite Wired Microphones complete Revolabs’ cutting-edge sound capture solutions for conferencing and unified communications (UC) applications.

“We created the new Elite Wired Microphones to meet the demand for wired solutions that can leverage today’s exciting collaborative communication opportunities,” said Tim Root, CTO at Revolabs. “The new mics follow the same engineering philosophy as our award-winning wireless microphones while providing users with mix-and-match capabilities in both function and style. The result is a uniform look across conferencing spaces and superb audio capture performance for environments that may not be ideal for wireless systems.”

Available in omnidirectional or directional (cardioid) models, the tabletop microphones follow the same form-factor and design as the company’s award-winning Executive Elite series — delivering faultless sound quality to users. Impervious to GSM noise, the wired microphones also deliver an unmatched signal-to-noise ratio and supported frequency range for best-in-class audio capture performance.

An elegant solution at a cost-efficient price point, Revolabs’ Elite(TM) Wired Microphones satisfy security concerns, reduce A/V staff setups and maintenance interventions, and easily integrate with post-audio processing and mixing components to support any UC application. An optional mounting adapter provides lockdown capability for settings requiring fixed microphone locations. The microphones can also be used in tandem with Revolabs’ entire wireless solution portfolio — increasing the maximum number of microphones available within a single space while combining wireless flexibility with the security of the wired microphones.

Resilient and durable, Elite Wired Microphones complement any conference room aesthetics. Available in a variety of colors including black matte finish, brushed nickel, and white, designers and A/V integrators can now match contemporary furnishing and decors from classic wood to chrome and glass while maintaining best-in-class audio quality and performance.

Revolabs’ Elite Wired Microphones will be available in Q3. More information is available at www.revolabs.com.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Blackmagic Studio Cameras HD and ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K Installed at NOW Church

InfoComm 2014, Las Vegas NV – June 18, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced that Ocala, Florida based NOW Church has installed and begun capturing services with two new Blackmagic Studio Cameras HD. NOW Church has also completed a full AV installation that includes two Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, a Blackmagic Cinema Camera (EF) and an ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K.

NOW Church is a large and growing Christian church that includes an active local congregation, as well as members throughout the world. To help spread its message and keep its community informed, NOW Church provides weekly sermons and regular events, as well as streamed Bible lessons and weekly broadcasts of sermons on the Internet and via local Florida broadcasters. To capture NOW Church’s high-energy worship, and rock concert-like presentation, they built an extensive live AV and broadcast infrastructure, with help from Florida based design and consulting firm Proton Global, based around Blackmagic Design products.

The Blackmagic cameras are used around the church for wide shots, stage zooms and tight body shots of the pastor, singers, plays and other church events, and include a moving Pocket Cinema Camera set up on a 40 foot track running over the heads of the crowd to the stage/pulpit. All cameras are fed into the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K via HD-SDI cables, and two via wireless transmitters, with the ATEM located 120 feet away from the main stage.

The Blackmagic Studio Cameras, installed in May, operate as the two main cameras for the church, with Camera 1 using a Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lens, shooting tight to full body from rear center of the church, and Camera 2 capturing full shots of the pulpit from the left using a Panasonic Lumix G 12-35mm f/2.8 lens.

“We saw the Studio Cameras at NAB and recognized right away that these would be perfect for NOW. Within a few weeks we had ordered the cameras and had them installed and working,” said Ricky Perinchief, owner of Proton Global.

“The images coming from the cameras are amazing, and the 10 inch monitor and focus control have been incredible. As with most churches this size, the technical staff at NOW is made up primarily of volunteers, and the huge screen along with the ability to better control the camera right from the back has helped them catch all the things that are happening in front of them. It has allowed them to capture a much more professional looking broadcast and was really easy for them to learn on. And at $1,995 per camera, I am already looking into how I can expand and use more of them. The new ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K has not only given our clients the power and flexibility they need right out of the box, but in addition provides all-important room to grow and expand their system,” said Perinchief.

“The workflow that I can build around Blackmagic products lets me give clients, such as NOW, which is my own church as well, broadcast quality productions. At the same time they let me be free to be creative and think outside the box,” concluded Perinchief.
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About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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New Hope Oahu Connects Its Worldwide Congregation with Blackmagic Design

InfoComm 2014, Las Vegas, NV – June 18, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced that New Hope Oahu, one of the largest churches in Hawaii and one of the fastest growing in the U.S., is using Blackmagic Design as the backbone of its live production and A/V setup at its main Honolulu facility. New Hope Oahu relies on Blackmagic’s ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher and Broadcast Panel, Blackmagic Audio Monitor and a host of additional products to help broadcast services to more than 12,000 in person and online attendees.

With 31 locations in Hawaii, seven in mainland U.S. and 14 international ones, New Hope Oahu has amassed a huge following both locally and around the world. The church uses the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher to broadcast five services every Sunday and a midweek service on Wednesdays to two screens on either side of the stage in the 1,200 person auditorium, an outside LED screen for the 500 person overflow area and via an online stream, which is also sent to monitors throughout the facility. The service is also simulcast to three satellite campuses throughout Hawaii. The Blackmagic Audio Monitor allows the broadcast video directors to selectively monitor between the live feeds and pre recorded playbacks that need to be cued.

“Blackmagic let us streamline and clean up a lot of the clutter from patch bays, bulky switcher units and allowed us to scale down the amount of equipment we actually need,” said Tim Savage, director of media & production, New Hope Oahu. “Before Blackmagic, when we were analog based, we had four 42 space rack units filled with different types of products for conversion, switching, patching, etc. Now with Blackmagic’s equipment, we have one custom built 32 space rack that holds everything and still has space left. It’s allowed us to become very mobile as everything can simply fold up and roll from location to location for events outside of the church.”

In addition to the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher and Blackmagic Audio Monitor, New Hope Oahu uses Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Television Studio live production switcher, Compact Videohub router and Videohub Smart Control and Master Control, HyperDeck Studio Pro SSD recorder, SmartScope Duo for scopes and monitoring, SmartView HD monitor, several UltraStudio and Intensity I/O devices, GPI Tally, Mini Converter Sync Generator, Mini Converter UpDownCross, 12 Mini Converters SDI to HDMI and numerous OpenGear Converters.

During the week, the Compact Videohub is used to route a playback loop of announcements, music and visitor information throughout screens in the building. But it’s during the weekend that New Hope Oahu’s live production and A/V workflow really comes to life. Eight cameras capture the service, with feeds being sent to the Compact VIdeohub along with feeds from two iMacs, one running ProPresenter for video playback and a second running ProPresenter for keys overlays for lyrics and message notes. An Apple TV is used for AirPlay screen sharing when needed, and a MacBook Pro is hooked up in case either of the two primary iMacs fail.

All computers are fed to the Compact Videohub via UltraStudio capture and playback devices, and the Compact Videohub sends feeds to the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher. The remainder of the router’s outputs add different sources for rooms, such as recording studios, green rooms, dressing rooms, the pastor’s office, accounting rooms and main tech booth, as well as routing the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher’s nine outputs back to other outputs. This allows for staff to access the ATEM’s multi view feature in different places and even use it as an input back to a live output on the switcher itself.

Rounding out the setup, a HyperDeck Studio Pro is used to record and playback the message portion of the service if a speaker cannot present at all five of the day’s live services, while a SmartView HD is used to monitor all of the sources with a SmartScope Duo used to monitor scopes. The ATEM Television Studio is used for events outside of the facility, such as water baptisms, church picnics or sporting events, and those events are recorded and played back during the day’s services.

“We always try to push the boundaries of what is possible for a live event, sometimes having to come up with new ways to do things,” said Tim. “At first, Blackmagic Design gave us a way to move to HD switching at a cost we could afford, but now the products’ flexibility allows us to create almost any workflow we can dream up.”
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About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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SMPTE Extends Call for Papers Deadline for SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Announces Registration Opening on June 16

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — June 17, 2014 – The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, has extended the call for papers deadline to July 7 for the prestigious SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, which will take place Oct. 21-23 in Hollywood, California. Proposals may be submitted online at www.smpte.org/cfp2014. Registration for the conference has also opened at www.smpte2014.org will open on June 16.

“The presentation of technical papers is an important element of this event, and we strive to ensure that papers address a range of critical concepts and issues that influence the motion-imaging field,” said Paul Chapman, chair of the SMPTE ATC Program Committee. “Though we already have received an array of quality proposals, we are providing additional time for those who may have been considering submitting but have not yet done so.”

The SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition is the premier annual technology event covering motion-imaging and media technology, production, operations, over-the-top content services, and the allied arts and sciences. Proposed papers must be informational and must address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry.

Technical paper topics include, but are not limited to, 4K/8K UHDTV and beyond; postproduction; broadcast infrastructure, file-based workflow; cinematography and image acquisition; asset management, storage, and archiving; the “Internet of everything,” the second screen, and alternative content; audio/video processing and compression; content security; new techniques in audio; content distribution; display technology; advanced image processing; mobile, IP, and future distribution technologies; and restoration and preservation.

Student papers are strongly encouraged. Papers that have been published previously or that are commercial or promotional in nature will not be considered. A complete and more specific listing of possible topics, as well as instructions on submitting a topic heading, paper title, and one-page abstract, are available at www.smpte.org/cfp2014.

Further information about SMPTE and the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
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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NUGEN Audio Announces Educational Sales Program

Award-Winning Loudness Management, Metering, and Correction Tools Now Available at 50 Percent Discount to Qualified Students, Teachers, and Institutions

LEEDS, U.K. — June 17, 2014 – NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, today introduced special educational pricing for its complete line of loudness management, metering, and correction solutions. Effective immediately, the company will offer a 50 percent discount to qualifying students, teachers, and institutions.

“NUGEN Audio is committed to investing in the future of the media industry, and we want to make our products as accessible as possible to the next generation of users,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, NUGEN Audio. “As loudness compliance becomes a requirement for broadcasters around the world, it’s critical that loudness monitoring and correction become a standard part of the curriculum for those teaching audio for broadcast and post-production. Our loudness plug-ins are specifically engineered for maximum ease of use and efficiency, which makes them fit perfectly in a professional audio educational setting.”

Subject to terms and conditions, including proof of educational status, the NUGEN Audio education discount is available to current students and faculty, and also to accredited learning institutions. Detailed information is available at www.nugenaudio.com/edu, by emailing edu@nugenaudio.com, or through any local NUGEN Audio dealer.

More information about the entire NUGEN Audio product family is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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NUGEN Audio provides the broadcast and post-production industry’s most advanced solutions for end-to-end loudness management, metering, and correction from content acquisition through to playout. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the NUGEN Audio design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver high-quality, compliant audio while saving time, reducing costs, and preserving the creative process. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, post-production, and music production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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Legendary Fisherman Bill Dance Reels in Viewers with HD Images Shot Using FUJINON Lenses

FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM lenses perform in harsh conditions with outstanding reliability

Wayne, N.J. – When America’s best-known professional fisherman Bill Dance demonstrates his magic touch to TV viewers, his production crew captures the moment with super wide angle lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. A television fixture since 1968, Dance’s trademark is his ability to entertain his audience, while he teaches them how they too can land the big fish. His shows, “Bill Dance Outdoors” and “Bill Dance Saltwater,” reach a combined total of over 200 million households airing on the NBC Sports Network, Discovery’s Destination America, and the Outdoors Channel.

Dance’s production team has used FUJINON lenses since 2008, but this year expanded their inventory with the purchase of two ZA12x4.5 BERM ENG/EFP lenses from Universal Media Services of Pensacola, Florida for use on their SonyHD cameras. Shane Bell, producer and editor for “Bill Dance Outdoor,” said, “For each half-hour show, our three-man camera crew spends up to four days fishing and filming from sunup to sundown in conditions that can include saltwater spray and harsh glare off the water. But the quality of the glass used in these lenses really helps us get great footage even with low-light or high-contrast conditions.”
The FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM is a 2/3″ ENG-style Select Series Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lens featuring a 2X range extender, DigiPower servo for highly accurate zoom and focus control, and Quick Zoom for rapid focus checks in the telephoto position. Their super wide angle allows the team to include both Bill and his guest fishermen in the same frame, while the quick zoom capability lets them capture the battle between fish and angler from the first strike to the moment Bill hauls his catches aboard. Bell explained, “With these lenses, we’ve been able to deliver captivating content that makes viewers feel as if they’ve climbed aboard for the fishing expedition.”

He continued, “These are also very robust lenses. We have absolute confidence that they will hold up to the rigors of our type of outdoor field production. The field crew has given the new lenses rave reviews, and the price point was also very appealing. For us, it’s an ideal combination. I would recommend FUJINON lenses without hesitation.”

Host Bill Dance added, “We depend on great equipment like FUJINON lenses. It’s what makes us a living!”

About Fujifilm
This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.7 billion, at an exchange rate of 103 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 200 Summit Lake Drive, Valahalla, New York 10595. Phone: 914-789-8100. Web site: www.FUJINON.com.

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