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TNDV Celebrates Business Milestone with National Quartet Convention Production

Mobile production specialist supports “Gospel Music’s Largest Annual Event” with two trucks – and celebrates 100th shoot for flagship Aspiration truck

NASHVILLE, September 30, 2013TNDV this month hit the 100-project milestone for its flagship HD/SD mobile production truck, Aspiration, in Louisville, Kentucky, where the company produced outside broadcast and in-house feeds for the annual National Quartet Convention (NQC). TNDV also brought its recently-launched audio truck Vibration to the venue, Freedom Hall, to produce surround sound feeds (5.1 and 7.2) and multitrack recordings for the world-renowned six-day gospel music event.

The in-the-round event was captured for later broadcast on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), with veteran TV producer and director Russell Hall overseeing the 10-camera shoot on board Aspiration. Hall hand-picked TNDV for the show based on his previous experience with the company and its Aspiration truck.

“We’ve used six different mobile unit providers for this event over the past 12 years, but Aspiration is specifically targeted toward capturing entertainment and music specials,” said Hall. “It gave us an ideal complement of gear, a large expando working space and a small parking footprint. I have said many times that if I built a mobile unit, this is exactly how I would lay it out.”

The National Quartet Convention brings gospel music’s biggest stars together, and Aspiration’s layout helped Hall deliver the right product for many production elements beyond the TBN broadcast, including a live webcast, an IMAG shoot and retail videos. The project also required pristine audio production on behalf of record labels and performing artists, a role that TNDV ably filled with Vibration.

Vibration features a 256-input Studer Vista 9 console and ProTools multitrack recording at its core, with the on-board crew using more than 100 inputs for the NQC production; and running Joeco Black Box recorders in the background for maximum redundancy. Hall communicated with the Vibration crew using a centralized RTS ADAM intercom matrix, employing multiple partyline channels and point-to-point channel assignments. Similarly, TNDV built a single routing infrastructure between the two trucks, sharing video and audio resources across a Harris Broadcast Platinum router.

For Hall, the impact of employing a separate audio truck raised the overall production quality to a level not seen at previous NQC events. They previously tried mixing and monitoring inside the venue, on board video trucks, in remote audio trailers and via other methods to varied success.

“In the past we have had to compromise on the quality of the audio capture, and this year we realized we had to make audio just as important as the video,” said Hall. “We were producing an intense music event over a six-day period that would incur nearly 50 hours of audio capture. Vibration gave us that same commitment to excellence on the audio side that Aspiration provides for video.”

For Nic Dugger, president and owner of TNDV, celebrating his 100th shoot with Aspiration at a nearly week-long event that covered 50 hours of complex concerts — with multiple producers and production companies — put into perspective how quickly things have progressed since launching the truck.

“In 25 months, Aspiration has done 100 unique shoots with unique load-in and load-out processes, often for multi-day events,” said Dugger. “In the meantime we have launched three additional trucks, including our first audio truck with Vibration.”

Dugger notes that NQC was a special event to hit that milestone given how much planning went into the production. “There was a crew member for each position — something not done very often today — which allowed TNDV engineers to truly service everyone involved instead of covering open positions. It’s ultimately our jobs to make sure these portable facilities work just like their home studios, which allows everyone to work in complete comfort.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Barix Welcomes Ronni Guggenheim as CEO

Seasoned executive makes worldwide company growth a priority

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, September 26, 2013 —
IP audio and control specialist Barix ushers in a new era with the appointment of Ronni Guggenheim as CEO. Based in Zurich, Mr. Guggenheim takes the reins on October 1 — and he has big plans for the company.

“Barix has a stellar reputation as an IP technology pioneer and a very solid technology core, the majority of which is hardware-driven,” said Guggenheim. “We have an opportunity to increase market share by building a broader ecosystem with a stronger software focus.”

Guggenheim certainly understands technology, with recent leadership roles at Minicom Digital Signage and ComQi, a leading global digital signage technology supplier. The latter company formed through a merger between Minicom Digital Signage and EnQii, an effort which Guggenheim drove and executed. He brings additional leadership experience to Barix as former managing partner and CEO of neXius AG, where he drove strategy development and execution for hardware and software technology companies.

Guggenheim will leverage his proven leadership skills and business sense, along with a history of sales and marketing expertise, to take Barix to the next level — an exciting proposition for Barix founder Johannes G. Rietschel.

Rietschel has served as CEO of Barix since its inception in 2001, and will remain with the company as executive chairman and CTO. This will allow him to focus on his visionary and technology development skills as he relinquishes the daily operations and business strategy to Mr. Guggenheim.

“Barix has achieved excellent growth for 12 years, but we have reached a size where we need different entrepreneurial skillsets,” said Rietschel. “I will remain involved in the overall company vision but am getting back to focusing on technology, and ensuring we have the best to offer for our customers. Ronni brings the experience we need to build stronger sales channels and strategic focus worldwide. And I will work with him to guarantee greater acceleration of Barix’s success.”

Guggenheim’s digital signage experience is an ideal complement to Barix’s strategy in the retail and business space, where the company has a strong reputation and global customer base for in-store audio solutions. Guggenheim will bring an overall stronger vertical focus to the company, which also supplies technology solutions to the broadcast, security, entertainment and professional AV/installation markets. He will also further invest in relationships with existing OEM and channel partnerships, while paving the way for new alliances.

“At Barix, we have a well-developed, well-defined and established company that will break through to a new phase of revenue growth by building on the successes of our existing team — a team we will continue to rely on heavily,” he said. “We’ll quickly bring better clarity to our vertical and geographical focus, and we expect exponential development of the company as a result.”

Barix: The Voice of Simplicity (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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Pete Challinger Joins Bannister Lake Software to Spearhead U.S. Market Growth

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, September 23, 2013 – Bannister Lake Software Inc., the Canadian supplier of Broadcast Graphics Automation systems, has announced the appointment of Pete Challinger as Vice President, U.S. Business Development. The appointment is part of a goal to dramatically increase U.S. business for the company.

Challinger’s career, based in California, spans 30 years with some of the best-known names in the broadcast industry. With executive roles at Grass Valley Group and Abekas Video Systems, he was involved in new product and market development. After Abekas, he became the founding VP Marketing at Spruce Technologies, a startup that pioneered DVD Authoring in the early days of DVD. In 1999, he returned to his own consulting and distribution business, launching Quartz Electronics (later acquired by Evertz) in the U.S. For the last six years, he was CEO of Pixel Power Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the UK graphics company.

“I am delighted to be working with Bannister Lake,” said Challinger. “I think there are great opportunities to replicate the success that BL has had with major broadcasters and sports operations in Canada across the U.S. market. Having spoken with some of their customers, it is clear that their level of support and customer service is exemplary.”

In addition to Challinger’s appointment, Bannister Lake also announces the expansion of its global operations with the opening of a new U.S. office, based in California. Challinger will operate out of the new office.

Georg Hentsch, President of Bannister Lake Software, commented, “We’ve been selling solutions throughout the United States and supporting our American customers for years, but our new U.S. office marks a significant corporate Bannister Lake milestone worth acknowledging.”
Challinger can be contacted at 530-267-0828 or pchallinger@bannisterlake.com

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for broadcast television, cable, satellite, digital signage and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions integrate seamlessly with existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display, and improving the productivity of organizations.

Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

Bannister Lake Partners with NextComputing to Provide MLSE with Powerful Portable Broadcast Workstations

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, August 19, 2013Bannister Lake and NextComputing team up to provide Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) Ltd. with portable broadcast graphics workstations running BL Score Bug, a powerful real-time scoring and game status display system for live sports broadcasts.

MLSE is using BL Score Bugs for home game coverage at the Air Canada Centre as well as away games for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, throughout the season.

Together, Bannister Lake and NextComputing deliver simultaneous SD and HDTV graphics, extensive broadcast-quality layouts, support for 3D animations and transitions, game titling elements, statistics, standings, scores, and clocks, all bundled into a convenient grab-and-go mobile workstation package.

“The Radius mobile graphics system is a broadcast graphics powerhouse. It offers all the power of a large rack mount system in a convenient, compact chassis. Easy to set up, easy to break down, and easy to move quickly to the next game without compromising on graphic power or quality,” stated Danny Ljubisic, Director of Business Development at Bannister Lake.

NextComputing Radius workstations deliver portable power. These lightweight systems are field tested for broadcast reliability by some of the largest sports broadcasters. Their modular design makes upgrading easy and affordable, and their small form-factor chassis is easier and less expensive to transport than traditional tower or rack servers.

“It’s no longer necessary to sacrifice performance and functionality for computer portability. Radius’ flexible, open-standards design means customers can run multiple software solutions on a single hardware platform anywhere, at any time,” stated Aaron Sherman, Director of Marketing at NextComputing.

About NextComputing
NextComputing is a US-based manufacturer of high-performance computing platforms, with solutions that feature enterprise-class workstation and server architecture in the smallest and lightest systems available. Visit www.nextcomputing.com for more information.

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit us online: www.bannisterlake.com

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Tightrope Media Systems Revitalizes Sports Replay for MCP

Live production company cites stability, ease of use as ZEPLAY selling points

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, August 19, 2013Tightrope Media Systems is helping Mobile Content Providers (MCP) shift into high gear for live, instant sports replay with ZEPLAY. The cost-efficient, multi-channel instant replay system helps MCP maintain its affordable rates for live sports production, while injecting fresh excitement into broadcasts and on venue display screens for professional and collegiate events.

MCP offers affordable, full-service, mobile unit alternatives to generate content instead of the typical 52-foot expanding side trucks. The ZEPLAY is integral to MCP’s workflow, delivering multiple camera angles from two compact units. It also enables the team to quickly build show opens, highlight packages, bump-ins and other high-quality video clips with rapid turnaround.

Above all, MCP counts on ZEPLAY’s rock-solid stability and ease of use.

“ZEPLAY offers stability, which is everything when a production team does a live game for a major network. You can’t have equipment crashing, ” said Ray Colaiacovo, content development and mobile technology director for MCP. “The ZEPLAY is rightly publicized as the fastest replay system, but without stability and ease of use there’s confusion. You don’t have to understand a conventional replay system to operate ZEPLAY. An online editor such as myself from outside the live sports world can learn the system very quickly because of its simple interface.”

The four-in, four-out ZEPLAY design gives MCP 16 video channels across the two units for instant replay. This gives the production team the ability to easily scale to large camera counts, or simply have an extra ZEPLAY on backup for typical productions. This occasionally comes in handy for Colaiacovo.

“We recently did a professional tennis event, and the master control center experienced a satellite dropout during the live broadcast,” he said. “We recorded the program to a ZEPLAY channel on the second machine and replayed that segment from master control. This allowed for a clean airing with no signal dropout. Occasions like this that make our workflow extra appealing.”

Elsewhere, Colaiacovo and his team rely on ZEPLAY’s flexible tagging features for highlights and other packages, allowing operators to quickly locate player data, game information and other details. The built-in multiviewer also enhances operating efficiency within MCP’s compact units, saving space in comparison to large monitors and multiviewer walls that require more real estate.

“Our units are not conventional 18 wheelers, and ZEPLAY gives us a solid machine with plenty of features and flexibility, and integrates well within our compact workflow,” said Colaiacovo, who is currently preparing to unleash ZEPLAY for college and high school football season. “We simply wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do with a large, conventional, complex replay system.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Technomad PowerChiton Amplifiers Revive Stadium Audio at Excelsior Springs High School

Compact, efficient design allows installation team to seamlessly integrate PowerChiton amplifier modules into existing scoreboard

BOSTON, July 30, 2013 — Students rooting for the home team at Excelsior Springs High School in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, can now enjoy vibrant, crystal-clear sound as they take in football games and other events at their school’s outdoor stadium. As part of a long-overdue audio upgrade, the school has installed two Technomad PowerChiton 500 modules at the stadium to drive its loudspeakers, significantly improving sound quality.

Kansas City, Missouri-based systems integrator Harvest Productions, which performed the upgrade, housed the new PowerChiton modules inside the stadium’s scoreboard. The compact PowerChiton design enabled the unusual installation, ensuring they are not visible to spectators. The PowerChiton amplifiers now deliver 1100 watts at four ohms, with excellent sound quality across the stadium.

The weatherproof design also ensures better outdoor protection than the school’s previous amplifiers, which were damaged from years of exposure to the elements. PowerChiton modules are built with an integral IP66-rated, NEMA weatherproof shell, and can be installed anywhere without concern about moisture or dirt.

“The old amplifiers were a mess; we found insects nesting inside the amplifier casings, which were standard electrical boxes without any weather sealing,” said Martin Pilewski, Corporate Business Development Manager at Harvest Productions. “Plus, the casings would cause the amplifiers to overheat. Every time this happened the staff would turn up the volume, which caused the speakers to blow. The PowerChiton was right in line with the school’s need for compact, weatherproof amplifiers. Not only were they ideal for outdoor audio use, but they also fit within their budget.”

The efficient PowerChiton design requires only a passive radiator for cooling, so there is a lower chance that the system will overheat. The amplifier unit is also fuse-protected for maximum operational efficiency.

“We have one of the most sophisticated high school stadiums in the area, and it was embarrassing when our speakers blew out during a football game,” said Roger Siegel, assistant director of activities at Excelsior Springs High School. “We’ve been up and running with the new system for a year now and the sound quality is a monumental improvement. The audio is crisp, clear and perfectly leveled across the stadium. We are absolutely thrilled with our new system.”

The PowerChiton is available in both wireless and Ethernet options. Pilewski chose the Ethernet version as the most cost-effective configuration for Excelsior Springs High School.

“The system was easy to set up and install,” he said. “There were already solid line level feeds in the scoreboard, so there was no need to overhaul anything just to install wireless units. We just screwed the amplifier to a wall, connected the input and output through compression fittings and plugged in the unit. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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Unified Video Technologies Appoints Senior Marketing Director

Veronica Goldstein Leads Charge on Global Customer-Facing Strategy

Miami, Florida – July 23, 2013Unified Video Technologies (UNIV) has quickly built a global sales and business development staff since its late 2012 inception that has brought together skilled and experienced veterans from the broadcast, cable, telecom and streaming media spaces. The company’s appointment of Veronica Goldstein as Senior Marketing Director now sets the stage for UNIV to define its strategic direction moving forward, and position itself for profitable growth and long-term viability.

Veronica will build on the company’s early focus on developing, integrating and operating high-performance media and broadcast ecosystems by implementing strategic company initiatives, including new product launches that address software-centric workflows. This includes the company’s first notable product launch, uVOD, which enables service providers (cable system operators, telco companies) to deliver branded video-on-demand and linear TV services to multiple consumer screens via over-the-top (OTT) architectures.

Veronica sees the UNIV team’s experience in software integration across broadcast and media systems as a unique differentiator from traditional, hardware-focused systems integrators. She adds that early product launches like uVOD will further help position the company as thought leaders capable of delivering comprehensive, multi-faceted services to its customers.

“I am proud of the progress that UNIV has made over the past several months, and I see a lot of pride and ability to deliver quality products and services to our customers,” said Goldstein. “It is on this foundation that I will continue to build UNIV’s reputation and therefore the company’s future.”

Veronica comes to UNIV following a several-year stint as marketing manager, Americas for KIT digital. She brings her experiences in advertising, graphic design and sales team support to her role at UNIV, with an emphasis on building relationships and empowering profitable company growth.
“Profitability will allow us to pursue some of the many exciting growth opportunities in our core markets,” she said. “To achieve this, we will focus on developing numerous immediate opportunities with new and existing customers, while continuing to provide the products, support and services to which our clients are accustomed.”

Unified Video Technologies (UNIV) provides complete high-performance workflows that seamlessly perform all media processing, delivery and management tasks, from ingest to distribution and rights management. Through close consultation and collaboration with its customers, UNIV empowers enterprises and broadcasters to leverage media to advance their business goals, and applies creativity and know-how to design ideal solutions. The visionary UNIV approach is based on integrating software in the video ecosystem to optimize video quality and performance while minimizing operating costs. UNIV provides a range of software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and on-premise software solutions that enable customers to fully exploit the capabilities of their media and broadcast technology. Visit the company’s website at www.univtec.com

Bannister Lake Releases BL Alert Tracker — an Emergency Notification and Information Distribution System

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, July 23, 2013Bannister Lake announces the release of BL Alert Tracker — a dynamic emergency notification system that offers an affordable alert management solution for live television broadcasts, second screen displays, digital signage installations, as well as mobile and web platforms.

BL Alert Tracker offers complete control and flexibility over a variety of alerts, including EAS, AMBER alerts, weather, news, and other event and information notifications. The web-based content management interface combines automated data retrieval with manual text insertion and supports the inclusion of images. All alerts automatically expire after a period of time to ensure accurate, timely information distribution.

In an emergency, broadcasters, government offices, schools, and interest groups have only a few minutes to share emergency messaging with the public. “BL Alert Tracker’s simplified interface can group alerts by topic or location,” stated Georg Hentsch, president of Bannister Lake. “The solution is powerful enough to include in-line modification and spell checking tools, smart enough to prevent stale messaging, and streamlined enough to make the alert creation process simple. It’s the perfect set and forget solution.”

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for broadcast television, cable, satellite, digital signage and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions integrate seamlessly with existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display, and improving the productivity of organizations.

Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

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TNDV Provides Broadcast Audio and Video Support for Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

First gig for TNDV’s new audio truck Vibration is to mix and record country music festival for High Five Entertainment

NASHVILLE, July 22, 2013TNDV, a Nashville-based mobile television production company, provided broadcast audio mixing and recording, as well as video gear and expertise, to High Five Entertainment for its HD production of country music Superstar Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert.

The all-day festival—held July 6 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK—featured non-stop performances by a stellar lineup that included Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Sammy Hager, Ronnie Dunn and Mel Tillis.

At the request of long-time client High Five Entertainment, an Emmy Award-winning video production company in Nashville, TNDV provided its new audio truck Vibration for audio multi-tracking and music mixing, along with technical management expertise. TNDV donated its talent, time, and equipment to the cause of helping victims of the May 2013 tornadoes that struck the Moore, Oklahoma area.

“It was an honor and pleasure to be associated with this momentous benefit concert,” said Nic Dugger, TNDV’s owner. “This was also the first project of significance for Vibration and it performed exceptionally well under very demanding circumstances. Since the eight-hour concert came together in a relatively short time, our crew had to make swift creative and technical decisions and respond on-the-fly as the fast-paced production unfolded.”

The TNDV crew included Nic Dugger, who served as on-site technical manager; Adam Ellis, TNDV engineer-in-charge of Vibration; and Mills Logan, a freelance audio mixer and recording engineer who has worked closely with Toby Keith on all his records and two movie soundtracks since 2005. The crew devoted four days, including set-up and show days, to support their High Five Entertainment clients. Representing High Five on-site were Executive Producers Edie Lynn Hoback and Martin Fischer; and Production Coordinators Ashlee Locke and Catherine Melvin.

High Five Entertainment captured the performances and excitement of the day—culminating in a spectacular fireworks display—in HD video and surround sound for post-production. Considered one of the largest music concerts in Oklahoma history, High Five documented the event in anticipation of a network TV special and/or DVD distribution deal, to be determined.

Good Vibrations
Designed for audio mixing and recording of broadcast television and digital film productions, Vibration is a 53-foot semi-trailer that houses a Studer Vista 9 digital audio suite, machine room, and comfortable client lounge with custom furnishings and hardwood floors.

While the truck can handle over 256 inputs simultaneously, the concert required mixing 128 inputs delivered via single fiber cable that ran over 1000 feet from stage to truck. Using the video production’s video and timecode reference, audio signals were recorded onto Vibration’s ProTools recorders, with back-up recordings on four Joeco MADI recorders. TNDV’s Ellis and Logan also positioned 10 Audio Technica mics around the stadium—including six shotguns directed towards the upper decks and four condenser mics at the front of the stage—to pick up ambient/crowd sounds to add greater dimension to the audio mix.

While mixing all the sound sources on the Vista 9 console, Mills Logan watched the 1080i HD video program mix—produced by the University of Oklahoma’s in-house production center using 13 manned HD cameras—as well as ProTools Mix Window displays on the truck’s four large Samsung multiviewers. “The Studer Vista 9 console with ProTools recorders was a flawless combination,” said Logan, whose first hands-on experience with the console and truck was on set-up day.

“There was no time to do sound checks and there were only 20 minute breaks between performances. But the audio mixing and recording went very smoothly because the console was very intuitive, with lots of ergonomic, timesaving features, like the ability to pre-configure the board and instantly reset or recall memorized settings,” said Logan. Despite the enormity of the task, Logan said the console was a joy to work on and sounded fantastic.

According to Adam Ellis, who played a significant role in building the truck, “Vibration was designed to put freelancers at ease, even if they’ve never worked on a Studer Vista 9 before,” Ellis said. “Having a simple, streamlined workflow is everything, especially during a live event. The faster audio mixers get acclimated to the workflow, the sooner they can focus on being creative. And that’s what really matters.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Harris Broadcast Digital Signage Technology Expands ClearVision TV Network to Four Airports

InfoCaster™ solution drives broadcast experience with local advertising content in airport terminals

DENVER, July 22, 2013ClearVision, the in-airport TV network developed by Clear Channel Airports, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), and connectiVISION Digital Networks, is using Harris Broadcast digital signage technology to deliver an out-of-home broadcast experience to travelers in four airports. Powered by Harris Broadcast InfoCaster™ hardware and software, ClearVision delivers an engaging mix of network entertainment, in-house produced content, regional news and local advertising on uniquely branded channels for each airport.

connectiVISION gathers content from major broadcast and cable networks, produces supplementary media and graphics, and builds dayparting strategies for each channel based on 18-hour broadcast days. Those dayparting strategies incorporate advertising purchased by local businesses, which InfoCaster generates as interstitials, lower thirds and banners.

David Tetreault, chief operating officer at ClearVision/connectiVISION, notes that InfoCaster was the only solution of its kind that could handle the very specific program rotations and targeted content delivery ClearVision needs, along with the network-based scalability to support growth into more airports.

“We are broadcasters in the Away-From-Home arena and wanted to operate a program day that was scheduled hour by hour, minute by minute,” said Tetreault. “We run a program log that is dynamic and always changing. InfoCaster was the only system we evaluated that gave us the ability to plug in 12 minutes of advertising, three minutes of local branding per airport, and 45 minutes of entertainment content on an hourly basis for 18 hours each broadcast day. We can program many unique channels just as a TV station or cable company operates.”

To date, the company has launched broadcast services at major airports in Raleigh, Dallas, New Orleans, and soon Cleveland, with future major market launches in the works. Systems integration firm Keycode Media handles all airport installations, including InfoCaster media players, supporting infrastructure and screens in all terminals. Keycode Media also built ClearVision’s Burbank, California-based network operations center where all content is prepared, scheduled and distributed.

“ClearVision TV is quickly becoming a disruptive force in airport multimedia,” said Toby Sturek, executive vice president, specialty businesses, Clear Channel Outdoor. “Clear Channel Airport’s bold reinvention of the air travel experience through ClearVision is enabling local, regional and national brands to connect with, and entertain, millions of travelers annually in an even more meaningful way.”

Mike Cavanagh, president of Keycode Media, adds that InfoCaster allows ClearVision to clearly differentiate its services from other airport TV networks by creating and distributing unique content that is specific to each airport — as well as track any and all advertising placements across the entire network. “You can imagine how complex it is to track ad placements across multiple airports, all with their own unique broadcast channels,” said Cavanagh. “The InfoCaster software allows ClearVision to do it seamlessly and efficiently while creating an extremely attractive return on investment.”

Cavanagh adds that while airports will share network entertainment and some general content, the InfoCaster Network Manager tool makes it “easy to drag and drop the unique commercials and content for each city.”

Henry Mauriss, chief executive officer at ConnectiVISION, stated he expects the InfoCaster software will bring additional business benefits to the forefront of the operation, providing advertisers with proof of performance and opening last-minute windows into avails for up-to-the-minute ad scheduling. This strategy hammers home the point that ClearVision is a broadcast operation. InfoCaster is in fact part of a large Harris Broadcast family of graphics and channel branding products used by top network broadcasters.

“We looked at several players and chose Harris Broadcast because of its broadcast roots, and the ability of InfoCaster to provide more than the simple looping of content,” said Mauriss. “Between InfoCaster and our fully equipped studio, we have the tools to deliver the right mix of content designed for the way people consume media on the go. We are working to inform, entertain and educate viewers in the airports and beyond.”

About ClearVISION
ClearVISION is a transformative away-from-home television broadcaster delivering a top-tier entertainment, news and sport programming mix to airports throughout the U.S. ClearVISION is a partnership between Clear Channel Airports and ConnectiVISION Digital Networks and is headquartered in Burbank, CA. The company’s television content strategy provides Fortune 500 brands and advertisers with optimal engagement and consumer interaction. Visit www.clearvisiondigitalnetworks.com to learn more.

About Clear Channel Airports
Dedicated to airport advertising for more than 37 years, Clear Channel Airports is the premier innovator of contemporary display concepts. The Company, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, currently operates more than 275 airport programs across the globe and has a presence in 32 of the top 50 U.S. markets with major airports. More information can be found on Clear Channel Airports and Clear Channel Outdoor by visiting www.clearchannelairports.com and www.clearchanneloutdoor.com.

About Harris Broadcast

Harris Broadcast is an industry leader in delivering the most advanced, content-rich media experiences available for a wide spectrum of radio, television and private media networks around the globe. With more than 25 leading brands including Versio™, Selenio™ and Maxiva™, the company enables media organizations to tap into one of the broadest, integrated product and solution portfolios in the industry. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company is widely recognized for its product quality and reliability, engineering excellence and customer service, and has earned nearly 100 technological firsts and more than 50 awards for technical innovation. For more information, please visit harrisbroadcast.com.
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