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Wohler Appoints Alex Collins to Serve as Asia-Pacific Sales Director

New Hire Joins Wohler’s Asia-Pacific Team With Extensive Experience in Sales and Marketing of IT-Based Broadcast Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO — Aug. 6, 2014 – Wohler Technologies today announced the appointment of Alex Collins as sales director in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. In this role, Collins will focus on extending awareness and adoption of the company’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) and other RadiantGrid-driven solutions in the region.

“With experience in both sales and integration of advanced file-based broadcast solutions, and a strong track record in each area, Alex has the proficiency to support the growing interest around RadiantGrid and quickly become a valuable part of our APAC team,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales at Wohler. “We see great potential for our RadiantGrid solutions in APAC markets, and Alex will be instrumental in our efforts to expand upon these opportunities.”

Collins joins Wohler having most recently served as sales and marketing director at Megahertz Ltd. (previously OKNO-TV), a U.K.-based provider of integration services to leading broadcasters worldwide. He also has held sales and marketing roles with Evertz Technologies and Television Systems Limited.

Collins will be based in Wohler’s Hong Kong office and will report directly to Newbury.

Information about Wohler products, including the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform and other RadiantGrid solutions, is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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Industry-Leading Harmonic Spectrum Server Line Offers Richer Functionality, Higher Density, and Lower Cost Per Channel

Spectrum Version 7.6 Release Boosts MediaCenter Channel Count and Capabilities, Enriches ChannelPort and MediaDeck Tools and Feature Sets

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 6, 2014 – Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure and market share leader in broadcast playout servers, today announced the release of version 7.6 of the company’s Spectrum(TM) media server product line. With this release, the Spectrum MediaCenter(TM) (MCP-2200A) media server system now supports 20 channels — eight more than previous models — and up to 32TB of integrated SAS storage in a compact 2-RU enclosure. The company also introduced a series of enhancements to the Spectrum ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system and Spectrum MediaDeck(TM) server system that improve caption support, monitoring and scheduling capabilities, and integrated management tools.

“The MediaCenter platform has always been the best value for customers with moderate channel counts of four to 12 channels, and the MCP-2200A significantly increases that value, making an even more powerful Spectrum system available in a compact footprint and at a compelling price point,” said Andy Warman, director, product management, production and playout, Harmonic. “When combined with our Spectrum MediaPort and/or ChannelPort video I/O modules, this new addition to the MediaCenter family serves as a versatile yet straightforward solution for ingest, media prep, and playout.”

Ideally suited for transmission, studio production, news and sports highlights, and distributed broadcast workflows, the MediaCenter system allows users to simplify operation and maintenance while reducing overall rack space, power, and cost requirements. The high channel count (20 video channels at 50 Mbps or 10 channels at 100 Mbps) and increased SAS storage (approximately 1,200 hours at 50 Mbps) of the MCP-2200A are complemented by file transfer support for the ingest and export of clips, audio, and subtitle files. In addition to being easy to install and maintain, the system offers the rock-solid reliability for which the Spectrum product line is renowned.

The MediaCenter system supports conventional ingest and playout operations when combined with MediaPort I/O systems. When combined with ChannelPort systems for integrated channel playout (ICP) applications, it provides robust functionality including graphic branding, DVE, key and fill, video and audio switching, and much more. The ChannelPort system itself has been augmented with open caption support, which enables caption files that have been imported into a Spectrum server to be played out frame-accurately with the caption text burned into the video as a graphic. This capability is ideal for play-to-air scenarios in which captioning is required for multilingual viewers or the hearing impaired, and its integration into the ChannelPort system reduces the need for costly downstream insertion equipment.

A new Monitor Mode for the ChannelPort system enables each simulcast port to be used as a master control/gallery monitor wall output of the primary output, with timecode, clip status, and clip names burned into the video output. Operators thus gain at-a-glance access to on-air clips. The addition of a Schedule Tool application enables multiple users to create playlists that can later be played to air by Harmonic’s Onboard Playlist Control (OPC) automation.

In refining the company’s MediaDeck server system, Harmonic has embedded all configuration, maintenance, and monitoring tools within the system chassis. The user is presented with a Web page showing alarms and messages, configuration tools, status configuration, and licensing information and maintenance tasks in an easy-to-use interface.

At stand 1.B20 during IBC2014, Sept. 12-16 in Amsterdam, Harmonic will showcase its comprehensive line of market-leading solutions that optimize the production and delivery of high-value video services in the broadcast, pay-TV, and new media environments. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

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About Harmonic
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated capabilities and benefits of Harmonic’s, ChannelPort(TM), MediaDeck(TM), MediaCenter(TM), Spectrum(TM) products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these products may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the products may not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as reliability, versatility, cost savings, robust functionality, and simplification of operations.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2013, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

EDITOR’S NOTE - Product and company names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Nexidia QC v2.3 Features Caption Retiming and Expanded Support for International Formats and Languages

ATLANTA — Aug. 5, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced Nexidia QC(TM) v2.3, the latest release of its software tool for automating quality control of closed captions, video description, and languages for broadcast and IP workflows. Nexidia QC v2.3 adds caption retiming, additional caption formats, and more languages to meet the needs of international broadcasters and media outlets that are facing increased caption regulations.

“Closed captions and subtitles have long been a challenge for broadcasters, but recent and pending legislation in the U.S. and throughout the world has created renewed motivation to tackle the complexities once and for all,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “We have added automated caption retiming for live captioned content to Nexidia QC, making it the first caption tool to automatically correct live caption-timing issues, ensuring that captions are synchronized with the speech in repurposed content. Also, we are implementing improvements to address the specific needs of international broadcasters with broader support for languages and caption file formats.”

Nexidia QC v2.3 can now test for and repair out-of-sync captions due to drift. Drift occurs when time codes are misinterpreted or changed as a result of a frame rate conversion to meet a delivery specification. For example, a frame rate mismatch of 29.97 DF (drop frame) versus 29.97 NDF (non-drop frame) will produce a caption drift of 3.6 seconds per program hour. This presents a problem for many organizations as the captions at the beginning of the video appear to be correctly timed, when in fact they are not. Nexidia QC compares the captions with speech throughout the entire audio file to detect and report these kinds of timing issues. Nexidia QC can now automatically correct the caption file timing preventing costly re-captioning.

As part of Nexidia QC’s language identification function, Nexidia QC v2.3 has an expanded library of languages and can now distinguish between dialects, such as Latin American Spanish versus Castilian Spanish.

Nexidia QC v2.3 has added support for STL and EBU-TT, the most widely used caption formats in Europe. It also fully supports the iTunes(R) Timed Text (ITT) format used for distribution to iTunes, enabling it to accommodate all types of media organizations around the globe.

Nexidia QC v2.3 can also identify the language of the captions displayed on screen regardless of the audio track or any language metadata included in the caption file. At the same time, a spell-check function has been incorporated to test for the proper spelling of captions.

These enhancements serve to provide the most thorough automated caption QC tool available today, whether used as a stand-alone application or as part of a unified QC system such as Amberfin’s UQC platform and workflow automation tools such as Telestream Vantage.

Nexidia will demonstrate Nexidia QC v2.3 at IBC2014 in stand 3.A54, in Telestream stand 7.C12, and in Dalet stand 8.B77. The product will be available in Q4 2014.

More information about Nexidia QC and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Solid State Logic Live at Edinburgh Castle

“I actually said out loud, ‘wow, this is amazing’”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, U.K. – This summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were preceded by Live at Edinburgh Castle, a 2.5-hour multi-act concert, televised live on the BBC from this unique location that dominates the Edinburgh skyline. The line-up for the event was extensive and included Culture Club, OneRepublic, Kaiser Chiefs, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, Jessie J, Paloma Faith and Il Divo. Various acts were backed by a 12-piece house band and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. To keep up with the fast-paced nature of the high-profile event, two SSL Live consoles were provided by Britannia Row Productions Ltd.

Though the event was headed by Brit Row Project Manager Lez Dwight, with Stefan Krista managing the inputs and cross-patch from scores of 12-way sub-snakes, Nahuel Gutierrez operated one SSL Live for the 75-member orchestra, generating group stems for FOH, monitors, BBC broadcast and 16 personal monitor stems for the orchestra. Niccolo Antonietti used the second SSL Live console to mix monitors/IEMs for the house band, along with guest vocals, guest backline and Pro Tools® tracks, totalling 60 outputs for 30 stereo mixes. Both SSL Live consoles were located remotely with only a BBC program shot to watch. As freelance engineers, rehearsal for the Edinburgh Castle concert was the first time Gutierrez and Antonietti had the opportunity to use an SSL Live console.

Antonietti’s console handled the house band, made up of drums, bass, guitars, two keyboards, percussion and three backing vocals, as well as director Mike Stevens’ keyboard and guitars. He also controlled the handheld microphones for guests, ambient microphones, intercoms, BBC feeds and 16 channels of Pro Tools, bringing Antonietti’s desk to 120 input channels. The two SSL Live consoles also had a MADI connection between them to feed stem subgroups back and forth.

“The orchestra was using personal monitors, so I sent them band stems, like guitar, rhythm section, keyboards and vocals, as well as Pro Tools stems,” Antonietti explains. “I then received a premix of the orchestra and of all of the other channels that I couldn’t get on my desk.”

Antonietti found the stems feature extremely advantageous. “The stems are especially important when you have that much to mix, with guests coming and going that you have to mix for and keep track of in such little time,” he says. “I could just mix the guest IEMs using stems, so it was really, really helpful. It was one of the best features on SSL Live for this show, because you can have a lot of channels that don’t need full processing.”

Over on the orchestra’s SSL Live console, Gutierrez used channel delay to synchronize the orchestra’s inputs. “The delays made everything sound a lot fatter and we loved it,” he says. “We measured the distances on stage and then put natural time delays from back to front, so percussion had the biggest delay and the first violins and cellos up front had the shortest delay.

With just a minimal amount of time to acquaint themselves with SSL Live at southwest London’s CATO Rehearsal space, Antonietti and Gutierrez had no trouble getting a feel for the console. “I felt very comfortable because SSL sent product specialists to help us out; after they showed me how to get into the system, it was really easy,” explains Antonietti. “We set up on Wednesday before the show on Saturday, so we only had a few days for the guests to rehearse with the orchestra and band. The quick learning curve of the SSL helped made rehearsals simple.”

Antonietti mentions SSL Live’s sound quality as his favourite feature. “The sound quality on the console is amazing; its preamps and its stereo capabilities are great,” he says. “I only needed to make slight gain adjustments to make it perfect and some EQ’ing to the really high and low ends to make it sound balanced for the IEMs. The console just sounded really good.”

“The most amazing thing about the desk is the sound,” echoes Gutierrez. “I’ve never played with an SSL before and the sound is crisp and very, very nice. It also has a wider stereo image than other desks. Don’t ask me why; that’s what I’m hearing with my ears.”

Gutierrez also mentioned SSL Live’s cueing. “One of the things that really amazed me was the solo feature,” he adds. “Being able to route the solos on any output, once you get your head around it, is really brilliant. Not having to preset the solo is really amazing. I actually said out loud, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’ ”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Studio Lambert Uses Forscene to Help Speed Up Post-Production Process of ‘Gogglebox’

LONDON — Aug. 5, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that London-based production company Studio Lambert is using Forscene for the quick-turn production of Channel 4′s “Gogglebox.” Part of all3media, which is the U.K.’s largest independent television, film, and digital production and distribution company, Studio Lambert uses Forscene to search and select clips from the rushes while editing is in progress on the observational documentary.

“With less than a week to turn around a show like ‘Gogglebox,’ Forscene doubles the efficiency of the editing process. For example, whilst an editor is pulling material on the Avid editing system, the producer can pull different material and even create sequences simultaneously on Forscene,” said Chantal Boyle, series producer of Studio Lambert.

For “Gogglebox,” Studio Lambert shoots about 150 hours of material a week and logs the footage live during filming. As soon as filming wraps each night, the footage is driven straight back to Studio Lambert’s post-production house in central London, where it is ingested into the Avid nonlinear editing system and uploaded to Forscene so that it is ready for the edit team to start work the next morning. Edit producers and senior producers use a combination of shoot logs and Forscene to locate the best clips to weave into the show.

“The way Studio Lambert uses Forscene is a great example of the software’s value as a search tool,” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “Every second counts on this production, and Forscene makes it possible for the show’s many producers to search through a considerable amount of footage quickly without disrupting the editors.”

More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden develops advanced technologies that enable media makers and broadcasters to create and distribute compelling viewing experiences to demanding worldwide audiences. Forbidden’s flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platform. It allows post-production professionals to make and deliver stories with high quality and production value in demanding, fast-paced landscapes. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations, including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.

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Digigram to Showcase RAVENNA/AES67 Compatibility of IQOYA IP Audio Codec Line at IBC2014

RAVENNA Connectivity Enables Much Greater Levels of Flexibility in Design and Implementation of Radio Broadcasters’ Audio Infrastructures

MONTBONNOT, France — Aug. 5, 2014 – Digigram today announced that it will showcase the addition of RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity to the company’s IQOYA range of audio-over-IP (AoIP) codecs at IBC2014. In enabling radio facilities to take advantage of the technical and cost benefits of high-performance RAVENNA networks and AES67 compatibility, these solutions help ease users’ migration toward greater use of IP audio within their studios and ultimately facilitate more flexible design and use of their audio infrastructures.

“Digigram was among the first members of the RAVENNA consortium launched by ALC NetworX in 2010 and was active in the AES67 standardization committee. We are leveraging the expertise and experience gained to offer an expanding range of products enabled with RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity,” said Pascal Malgouyard, head of product marketing at Digigram. “Our IQOYA products are among the first IP audio codecs to offer RAVENNA and AES67 connectivity, and we look forward to highlighting the significant benefits this product line can bring to radio operations at IBC2014.”

Enabling new levels of performance and flexibility in IP audio transport, RAVENNA is an AES67-compatible open technology standard that represents a major technological advance for low-latency synchronous audio distribution over IP infrastructures. The RAVENNA/AES67-compatible IQOYA solutions being shown at IBC2014 allow users to get audio programs directly from an in-studio RAVENNA network and subsequently encode and stream them over IP to transmitter sites via a WAN in compliance with EBU ACIP (Tech 3326). Users likewise can decode EBU ACIP streams from a WAN to their in-studio RAVENNA network.

Digigram’s IQOYA IP audio codec product range, now equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 support, includes the IQOYA *LINK, IQOYA *LINK/LE, IQOYA *SERV/LINK, and IQOYA *CALL products. These enhanced solutions will be available for demonstration during IBC2014 and available for shipping before the end of 2014.

More information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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Christie Offers Comprehensive End-to-End Digital Delivery with Global Professional Services

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, today announced the formal launch of Christie Global Professional Services, a new group whose integrated services expands Christie’s long-standing Managed Services’ offerings to a single, full-service delivery function capable of supporting diverse visual and experiential digital installations globally.

Sean James becomes Vice President of Global Professional Services responsible for the growth and personalization of this new global offering for Christie’s clients and partners. James has been with Christie for 17 years and will continue to report to Christie CEO Jack Kline.

“Since Sean started here 17 years ago he has played a key role in driving Christie’s expansion in the industry; enhancing Christie’s reputation as a leading systems integrator and service provider. I am confident that Sean and his expanded team will continue to advance Christie’s breadth of solutions to help our customers create the world’s best shared experiences,” said Kline.

Reporting to James include Denys Lavigne, senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services, who joins Christie from the newly acquired Arsenal Media; Larry Paul, senior director, Technology and Custom Solutions; Josh Kolbeck, director of Global Solutions Fulfillment; Tom Schwartz, senior director, Managed Services; Doug Cabell, senior manager, IT Systems Engineering; John King, training manager, and Kevin Romano, senior director, Ad-Based Networks, who will lead Christie’s media sales initiative.

The Global Professional Services unit will deliver Digital Strategy, Full Solution Design and Delivery, Creative Services, Interactive Development, Network Monetization, Monitoring and Customer Support. It encompasses three main groups:

1. Global Managed Services (GMS), which monitors more than 120,000 remote devices in more than 2,500 locations in North America, Mexico, Australia, Russia and China. From its Network Operations Center (NOC) in Cypress, CA, the GMS team provides industry leading services such as 24/7 remote monitoring, phone support, preventative maintenance and on-site emergency services.

2. The newly formed Global Solutions Fulfillment team, comprised of mechanical engineers, system architects, project managers and solution application engineers, who will provide project/system design, installation and other related services targeted at helping customers create the solutions they need to drive their businesses.

3. And, following the acquisition of award-winning experiential digital signage agency, Arsenal Media, Christie’s Creative Media Services (CMS), which completes the new Global Professional Services offering. CMS deepens the company’s digital expertise with project and content strategy services, end-to-end content production, sophisticated interactive experiences, out-of-the-box technology consulting and delivery, as well as media network monetization, innovative playback systems, and complete post-launch support to better serve customers choosing next-generation digital installations for their brand and environments.

Global Professional Services has been responsible for the development of digital projects for clients such as Barneys New York, Carmike, Caterpillar, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Cineplex, The Walt Disney Company, Miami Dolphins, Nielsen, Sun Life Financial and Viacom.

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iZotope Announces RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced

The next generation of an industry standard

Cambridge, MA (August 8, 2014)
iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced an update to its flagship audio repair and enhancement suite, RX®. RX, an Emmy Award-winning audio repair toolkit, is used by musicians, sound engineers, and post production professionals everywhere to transform noisy, distorted, or flawed audio into pristine material.

Launching this September, the new RX 4 is designed to be the ultimate companion to a DAW or NLE with new intelligent modules, time-saving features, and deeper levels of integration with their hosts.

Watch the iZotope RX 4 preview

HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES:
* Easily adjust and balance the volume of vocals and instruments with the new non-destructive editing feature, Clip Gain.

* Reduce distracting background noise from dialogue and vocals in real time with the Dialogue Denoiser (now a standard feature with both RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced).

* Streamline the editing process with a round-trip workflow compatible with Pro Tools, Logic, and other popular hosts through the RX Connect functionality.

For audio professionals in post production, music production, and mastering, the Advanced version of RX 4 includes additional time-saving features to reliably deliver great-sounding results:
* Automatically balance the volume of mixes with the Leveler, freeing more time for creative mix decisions.

* Ensure a consistent-sounding mix by seamlessly matching multiple recordings with varying sonic profiles via EQ Match.

PRICING

* RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced are coming in September. Specific pricing details will be available at that time.

* Customers who purchase RX 3 after August 7, 2014 will receive a free upgrade to RX 4 upon release.

* Customers who purchase RX 3 Advanced after August 7, 2014 will receive a free upgrade to RX 4 Advanced upon release.

* Special upgrade pricing to RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced will be available for all previous RX customers upon release.

AVAILABILITY
Sign up for the iZotope newsletter to be among the first to hear when RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced become available. Learn more at www.izotope.com/rx4.

COMPATIBILITY
Both RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced can be used as a standalone audio editor or as a plug-in. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

About iZotope
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

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Media Group International Helps Sharjah TV Prepare For An HD Future

Leading systems integrator Media Group International has completed a major infrastructure project for Sharjah TV by upgrading the broadcaster’s Avid storage system and redesigning its network infrastructure to enhance day to day operations.

Based in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah TV celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and has marked this milestone with a switch to High Definition broadcasting. Over coming months the broadcaster will be enhancing its audiences’ viewing experience by offering HD coverage of a wide range of cultural events, all of which tie in with Sharjah’s current status as Islamic Cultural Capital of the Arab region for 2014.

At the heart of Sharjah TV’s HD switch was the Avid upgrade, which was needed to provide additional storage for current production work and to ensure that Sharjah TV was ready for the new format.

His Excellency Dr. Khalid Al Medfa, Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation, commented: “Sharjah TV is committed to technological developments and professionalism. This commitment enhances performance and maintains an approach that is consistent with the ambition of Sharjah in its quest to achieve leadership in various fields. There is no doubt that the transition to High Definition TV broadcast is an important step for Sharjah TV in providing modern and cutting edge coverage. The move sheds light on our unlimited support that will lead to advancements in the media sector and highlights our leadership in this field.”

MGI’s expertise with Avid systems and its ability to provide Avid-trained in-house engineers was a key reason why Sharjah TV chose the company for this task.

Aisha Alzareef, Head of Broadcast IT at Sharjah Media Corporation, says: “MGI worked closely with us to ensure that this complex series of upgrades happened in a smooth and cohesive manner. We had to implement these changes in a very tight timeframe and were impressed that MGI managed the whole process so effortlessly, without any interruptions to our broadcast schedule. We were also grateful to MGI for ensuring that third party software from companies like Vizrt, FlipFactory and DivaArchive was upgraded in line with these changes.”

Commenting on this project, Mohamad Othman, Business Development Manager of MGI, says: “There were a number of challenges to overcome, not least the need to keep Sharjah TV on air throughout. The task was tackled in two phases to ensure that there was no downtime and that we stayed within the specified timeframe and budget.”

The project, which began at the start of 2014, involved upgrading Sharjah TV’s Avid Interplay Central® system and increasing the broadcaster’s storage capacity from 48TB to 768TB. MGI and Avid also redefined and engineered the broadcast workflow to ensure a smooth transition to HD and to provide Sharjah TV with a fully tapeless operation.

Founded by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah TV comes under the umbrella of the Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC), which also includes the Sharjah Sports Channel, the youth and cultural channel Sharjah TV 2, Sharjah Radio Station and the Sharjah Media Training Centre. Renowned for its ground-breaking approach to technology, it was among the first broadcasters in the region to move from terrestrial to satellite transmission in 1996, and was credited with the title of the Arab Cultural Channel the year after.

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About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings

Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.

GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.

The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.

In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.

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Media Group International

Media Group International (MGI) is an award-winning media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

Media Group International won the Digital Studio award for ‘System Integrator of the Year’ in March 2014. The company also holds ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

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Fairlight Demonstrates Ongoing Innovation at IBC 2014

Fairlight’s international reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology will be reinforced at IBC 2014 (7.H17) when the company shows a range of innovative products.

Leading the parade is Fairlight’s Live console family, which includes the Award-winning EVO.Live digital audio mixing system – a dual function console that allows engineers to switch between live and post modes at the touch of a button. Designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, Fairlight’s versatile Live family covers a wide range of consoles, processing and I/O solutions, giving users highly scalable audio processing capabilities. In addition, Fairlight is showing its expanded range of live production tools, which includes the highly acclaimed iCan customisation software.

At IBC 2014, Fairlight will also be reinforcing the industry’s drive towards the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by launching a new platform for Object Oriented 3D Sound Production.

This new platform supports traditional standard and custom bussing in simultaneous 2D and 3D, along with NHK’s 22.2, Dolby Atmos (via RMU) and DTS MDA. It also supports third party client applications such as Avid Pro Tools 10.x and Nuendo 6.0.

IBC 2014 will give new and existing Fairlight users their first opportunity to see the company’s fifth major software release, based on the brand new second generation CC-2 FPGA audio engine. The CC-2 audio engine with V5 software is perfectly suited to the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry. By providing over 1,000 playback channels, 100 live inputs and 100+ output buses, the system is the most powerful audio engine ever made.

Fairlight will complete its IBC 2014 unveiling by showing how to deliver complex multi-sourced workflows by combining its open platform Media GateWay with its unique iCan workflow automation tools. These Gateways offer a glimpse into the future of broadcast post production by embracing collaborative editing environments such as Quantel’s Qtube, with internet based video source reference, original source audio and faster-than-realtime layback.

To learn more about Fairlight, please visit IBC 2014 Booth 7.H17, or www.fairlight.com.au for English information and www.fairlighteu.com for German information.

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About Fairlight:
Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.
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