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SMPTE Members Involved at All Levels at IBC2014

Record Number of Members Speaking and Exhibiting; SMPTE Sponsoring or Leading Several Technical Sessions

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Aug. 14, 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, today announced that more than 50 of its members will speak at technical sessions during IBC2014 — with more than 107 sustaining member companies exhibiting. The IBC2014 conference and exhibition takes place at RAI Amsterdam Sept. 11-16.

“Once again, SMPTE is well-represented in virtually every aspect of IBC2014,” said Barbara Lange, executive director, SMPTE. “Not only do we have a record number of members participating in technical sessions, several members are taking leadership roles in shaping conference topics and content. This is one example of how SMPTE is helping our industry adapt to rapid technological changes and stay abreast of today’s motion-imaging trends.”

The following are highlights of SMPTE-driven technical sessions:

Howard Lukk, a SMPTE standards director, will chair a session, “Tri-focal Camera Systems — will Hybrid 3D prove to be the ultimate 3D?” on Saturday, 13 Sept., at 16:30 as part of the IBC Big Screen Experience. Produced by SMPTE Governor Richard Welsh, the session will also feature SMPTE Member Johannes Steurer of ARRI.

At noon on Sunday, 14 Sept., “Movie-making in the Matrix — are you ready for a virtualised movie production?” will examine virtualized movie production — looking at the impact of cloud computing, virtual production, and post tools on digital filmmaking from camera lens to screen. SMPTE Governor Richard Welsh will co-produce the session.

Scheduled for 16:00 on Sunday, “EDCF Global D-Cinema Update” will bring together an impressive array of panelists to bring attendees up to speed with the latest business and technology developments in digital cinema around the world. This annual fixture at IBC promises a dynamic and fast-paced overview provided by many of the industry leaders behind the continued evolution of digital cinema. SMPTE member panelists include SMPTE Governors Angelo D’Alessio and Richard Welsh, along with SMPTE Members Andy Maltz, Jim Whittlesey, Julian Pinn, and Peter Wilson.

Also at 16:00 on Sunday, Dr. Hans Hoffmann of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will present a session titled “Go With UHD-1, or Wait for UHD-2?” as part of the IBC Technical Stream. In this session, produced by SMPTE, major players will outline their strategies for content creation and delivery to the home using both traditional and IP technologies and subsequently discuss standards and their roadmaps for the two phases of UHDTV. Panelists include Alan Lambshead, SMPTE standards vice president and Chris Johns, SMPTE U.K. section chair; along with SMPTE Members Chris Fetner, Andy Quested, and Jim Helman.

On Monday, 15 Sept. beginning at 14:00, SMPTE will present “Laser Projection Systems Part 1: Seeing is Believing” and “Part 2: Is the Devil in the Details?” as part of the IBC Big Screen Experience. Chaired by Peter Ludé, immediate past president of SMPTE with participation by SMPTE Member Matt Cowan, the session will look at the impact of laser projection technology on digital cinema and provide a look at breathtaking images shown on the Big Screen Experience 6P laser projection system from Christie.

As an IBC2014 partner, SMPTE is once again supporting the Rising Stars program, which offers exclusive conference sessions tailored to tackle the topics most important to young professionals. This popular program gives new entrants to the broadcast industry the opportunity to meet top industry experts across a series of specially staged sessions and events. Throughout the show, SMPTE members will volunteer their time and expertise to provide guided tours of the exhibition floor to Rising Stars participants. Through this program, SMPTE helps to foster the successful rise and advance of young creative, business, and technology professionals working within the industry. A complete list of sessions for the two-day program is available at www.ibc.org/page.cfm/ID=869.

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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 800 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. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Sonnet Announces Modular Rackmount Enclosure for Latest Mac Pro Computers

Sonnet’s RackMac Pro Provides Secure Mounting for One or Two Mac Pro Computers in a Space-Efficient Rackmount Enclosure

IRVINE, Calif. — Aug. 12, 2014 – Sonnet today announced its RackMac(TM) Pro rackmount solution for the new Mac Pro(R) computer. Ideal for use in IT equipment racks and transportable rack applications, as well as in offices and classrooms, the unit supports the installation of one or two new Mac Pro computers mounted side by side in a 4U rack space and offers features for ease of operation.

The RackMac Pro ships in two configurations. The first configuration is available with a single RackMac Pro Computer Mounting Module preinstalled, leaving space for an optional second Computer Mounting Module, available for purchase separately. The second configuration ships with two Computer Mounting Modules preinstalled and ready to accommodate two Mac Pro computers.

The RackMac Pro’s heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for each Mac Pro computer. Occupying a 4U rack space (7 inches) and just 16 inches deep, this rackmount solution is perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, as well as in a server room. To make the Mac Pro fully rack- and road-ready, Sonnet constructed a protective cocoon for each computer out of formed steel and lined it with soft-touch padding to hold the computer firmly in place while safeguarding its lustrous finish.

The new Mac Pro’s cylindrical core employs a single large fan that quietly and efficiently cools the computer, drawing in cool air through the bottom and expelling warm air through the top. Mounted on their sides inside RackMac Pro, each computer’s airflow path remains unchanged and unobstructed. Full, independent airflow through the computer is maintained consistently within Apple’s usage guidelines, even when the RackMac Pro is installed between other equipment in a loaded rack.

Like Sonnet’s award-winning xMac(TM) Pro Server Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro computers, the RackMac Pro extends each Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI, and power interfaces to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit for easy external cable connection. A USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front to enable the user to conveniently connect a USB peripheral and activate the computer’s power switch. Because panel-mount connectors for Thunderbolt cables do not exist, each Computer Mounting Module provides cable management tie-downs for securing all Thunderbolt cables that are connected to each Mac Pro during installation. The RackMac Pro also includes convenient mounting support for specialty network interface Thunderbolt adapters such as Promise Technology SANLink2 Fibre Channel adapters.

“From the day the new Mac Pro was announced, we immediately began receiving requests for a rackmount solution,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “With the success of our RackMac mini rackmount enclosure for Mac mini computers, it was logical that our customers immediately looked to Sonnet to design a solution for properly rack-mounting the new Mac Pro. We feel we have delivered the best combination of functionality, ruggedness, and efficient utilization of space.”

The RackMac Pro 1x (part number RACK-PRO-1X) has a suggested retail price of $599; the RackMac Pro 2x (part number RACK-PRO-2X) has a suggested retail price of $869; and the optional RackMac Pro Computer Mounting Module (part number RACK-PRO-MM) has a suggested retail price of $299. All models are immediately available. More information on the RackMac Pro is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/rackmacpro.html.

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

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems; pro media readers; RAID storage systems; and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Image Caption: RackMac(TM) Pro 2X with two Computer Mounting Modules, with two Mac Pro(R) computers installed.

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Image Caption: RackMac(TM) Pro 1X with one Computer Mounting Module, with one Mac Pro(R) installed.

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Image Caption: Computer Mounting Module, with one Mac Pro(R) installed.

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Three SSL Live Consoles Deployed for Chess in Concert

“I was stunned by the exceptional audio quality and dimensionality of sound from the SSL Live”

TROMSØ, NORWAY – What better music to accompany the 41st World Chess Olympiad tournament than the soundtrack to Chess the musical? Under the direction of Andrew Eljas (who also wrote the original score to the music by Benny Anderson and Bjørn Ulvaeus), the performance included the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra along with a choir and ensemble of leading Norwegian musical performers. This full concert version of Chess demanded a massive audio system. The production tapped the power of three SSL Live consoles, supplied by Bary Sales AS in Oslo, to handle the inputs from the live band, choir and the Arctic Philharmonic. This application is among the largest implementations of SSL Live thus far.

FOH and monitor consoles shared 64 inputs from the band and soloists on stage, while the third Live was used to submix 86 orchestra channels down to six stereo stems. Engineer Espen Andersen was at the helm of the orchestra console, delivering the stem mixes to the main FOH console. The layering, VCA and snapshot automation capabilities of Live were utilised to control both the mix and solo portions.

Additionally, FOH engineer David Solheim and monitor engineer Stig Kamonen each took advantage of Live’s highly flexible automation system to store and recall scenes. This was especially helpful for Kamonen whose monitor console was running a total of 71 mix busses, feeding effects, in-ear monitors, wedges and personal monitoring systems.

“I was stunned by the exceptional audio quality and dimensionality of sound from the SSL Live,” adds Solheim. “The console provides tremendous detail and the response of the controls is very precise. At the Olympiad ceremony, a competitor console was being used at FOH to mix two guest artists who were also playing with the orchestra. The same six stereo orchestra stems were sent to this console; so it was very interesting to have the opportunity to compare the audio quality through my SSL Live as well as the guest console. I think we all were a bit surprised by the difference in quality. Listening to it through the SSL Live was like hearing a stereo mix compared to a mono mix.”

Each of the Live consoles used for this special staging of Chess in concert included onboard Blacklight II I/O. The system was also comprised of six 32 channel ML 32.32 analogue stageboxes, a D 32.32 AES/EBU stagebox and two BL II.D MADI Concentrators. The analogue stageboxes provided the engineers with shared access to a total of 192 remote-controlled SSL Super Analogue™ mic/line inputs and 192 line outputs, while the AES/EBU stagebox facilitated use of 16 pairs of AES/EBU digital I/O at 96 kHz for driving the PA mains. SSL’s BL II.D MADI Concentrator ensured bullet-proof reliability through redundant pairs of SSL’s proprietary Blacklight II connections, each of which are capable of carrying 256 channels of 96 kHz digital within a single armoured fibre cable.

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

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RTI Now Shipping Stylish T2i Remote Control

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Aug. 14, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that it is now shipping its sleek T2i remote control. Offering many of the features of a high-end remote control, such as a color touchscreen, dual-RF capability, and fully programmable interface, the sophisticated device allows users to leverage advanced technologies at a budget-friendly price. more

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CASIO’S LAMPFREE® PROJECTORS LIGHT UP THE LANES AT BOWLMOR AMF BOWLING FACILITIES

 CASIO’S LAMPFREE® PROJECTORS LIGHT UP THE LANES AT BOWLMOR AMF BOWLING FACILITIES

Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of bowling centers in the world, wanted to enhance its customers’ bowling experience with new and exciting visual technology. To do this, the company partnered with Casio America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of projection technology, to transform its bowling centers with Casio LampFree® projectors to offer wall-to-wall entertainment. To date, Bowlmor AMF has installed 200 Casio projectors in various locations, including both Casio’s SignatureXJ-M255 and Pro XJ-H2650 models, with plans to purchase additional Casio projectors for its remaining locations by the end of 2015.

“Our company spent a lot of time researching the best projection technology for our bowling alleys and found that the Casio projectors are unmatched in terms of its LED Hybrid Light Source, affordability, and long term use,” said Levan Natsvlishvili, AV director of Bowlmor AMF. “We purchased both the Casio Signature and Pro models and found that these projectors are ideal for the applications we are using.”

Bowlmor AMF chose Casio’s projectors specifically because of its LampFree® technology and state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source. Casio projectors provide users with a 20,000 hour estimated lifespan, and unlike competitive projectors with lamps, they eliminate the need for expensive projection lamps that often need replacement and can cost almost as much as the original projector unit over one year. These units are also mercury-free, eliminating concerns for the proper disposal of used lamps and mercury pollution.

“We have worked with Casio products before and the projectors we have installed have exceeded our expectations,” said Natsvlishvili. “Casio has always been known for providing a superior product and the LampFree® line of projectors will help enhance the customer experience.”

Throughout many Bowlmor AMF locations, Casio projectors are mounted on the ceilings and project images and videos on the wall right above the pins.  The units can project advertisements, live video of sporting events, music videos and more. Each bowling alley can run video feed as long as 12-14 hours per day and can shut the units down easily without worrying about additional setup time. The next day when the power is turned back on, the projectors retain memory of the predetermined settings and cut down on calibration time. Also, since the projectors use Laser & LEDs it only takes eight seconds from power on to reach full brightness.

“Casio is proud to provide its state-of-the-art projectors to Bowlmor AMF’s bowling centers,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “We know our units will reduce operating costs for the facilities and create a fun and inviting digital atmosphere for the customers.  We look forward to building upon our relationship with Bowlmor AMF as they continue to upgrade locations nationwide.”

Bowlmor AMF will continue to upgrade locations across the country for the next two years. In launching its newest bowling concept, Bowlero, in The Woodlands ,Texas, Bowlmor AMF installed 20 Casio projectors in the 40-lane bowling alley to provide high-quality entertainment for consumers and enhance the party atmosphere. With Casio projectors, Bowlmor AMF looks to amplify the entertainment aspect of the sport while providing the ultimate bowling experience to its customers. 

 

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CASIO’S LAMPFREE® PROJECTORS ILLUMINATE “G” BY GUESS STORES NATIONWIDE

 CASIO’S LAMPFREE® PROJECTORS ILLUMINATE “G” BY GUESS STORES NATIONWIDE

“G” By Guess, a retail store founded in 2007 by the Marciano brothers, wanted to upgrade and showcase its existing visual technology to further enhance the store’s overall design. To do so, “G” By Guess partnered with Pro-Motion Technology Group, the leading single-source provider of integrated technology specializing in commercial digital solutions, to transform its stores’ atmosphere. To date, “G” By Guess has installed more than 100 projectors in various store locations, including Casio’s Pro XJ-H1700, and plans to purchase additional projectors for additional locations across the United States throughout the year.

“Our company spent a lot of time researching the best projection technology for “G” By Guess and found that Casio’s projectors are unmatched in terms of their long lifespan, lightweight design and overall total cost of ownership,” said Chris Thomas, project manager at Pro-Motion Technology Group. “We recommended Casio’s Pro projectors for “G” By Guess and they have been well worth the investment.”

“G” By Guess chose Casio’s projectors specifically because of the LampFree® technology and state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source. Casio projectors provide users with a 20,000 hour estimated lifespan, eliminating the need for expensive projection lamps that often need replacement and can cost almost as much as the original projector unit over one year. These units are also mercury-free, eliminating concerns for the proper disposal of used lamps and mercury pollution.

“The Casio projectors we installed have met needs beyond our expectations. Originally, “G” By Guess was looking for something to complement its store design and overall, existing visual experience and thought a projector would be a great fit,” said Thomas. “I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from “G” By Guess’ in-store employees since we began installing the Casio projectors. We can see the difference in terms of brightness and clarity.”

Throughout many “G” By Guess locations, Casio projectors are mounted on the ceilings, and project images and music videos on the wall behind the cash registers. Each store location can run video feed up to 12-14 hours per day and can shut the units down easily without worrying about additional setup time. The next day when the power is turned back on, the projectors retain memory of the predetermined settings and cut down on calibration time. Also, since the projectors use Laser & LEDs it only takes eight seconds from power on to reach full brightness.

“Casio is proud to provide its state-of-the-art projectors to “G” By Guess store locations,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “We know our units will reduce operating costs for the stores and create an inviting digital atmosphere for customers.  We look forward to building upon our relationship with “G” By Guess as they continue to upgrade locations nationwide.”

For additional information on Casio’s portfolio of LampFree®projectors, please visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

For more information about Pro-Motion Technology Group please visit www.pro-motionamerica.com

 

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

 

About Casio LampFree® Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFree® projectors – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw – that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFree® technology, please visit: www.CasioLampFree.com.

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