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Digital Vision Announces Technology Partnership with MTI Film; Unveils Slate of Advanced Image Processing Tools

A History of Innovation, Collaboration, Integration in the Spotlight at NAB 2013

NAB 2013, Stand SL14518 / Chairman’s Room, Renaissance Hotel

(London, UK) In keeping with its 25-year history of advancing creative technology, Digital Vision is proud to announce a technology partnership with MTI Film that will include the integration of MTI’s Cortex::Control Dailies with the award-winning Nucoda grading platform. In addition, Digital Vision is unveiling exciting new developments for their Nucoda and Phoenix product lines during NAB.

Cortex::Control Dailies is part of MTI Film’s on-set/near-set and facility dailies solution for playback, color, synchronization, metadata and transcoding. The integration of Cortex with Nucoda will support the setting of looks and exporting of stills with complete CDL and metadata for set-through-post coherency. It will also allow for complex data to be shared between Nucoda and Cortex, including CDL, LUT and Camera RAW settings. Integrated into Nucoda, Cortex brings production color choices directly into the final color process, moving on-set preferences dailies through final color easily.

Other new features in Nucoda and Phoenix include an updated DVO Stereo fix tool and updated stereo tools, including two new Warping tools as well as a tool to fix camera lens distortion.

Kelvin Bolah, President, Digital Vision, said, “MTI has been our collaborator, customer, and technology partner for many years, and this integration is the result of an in-depth look at how we can better support our customers. Working closely with MTI, we know how good Cortex is, and this integration into Nucoda unleashes powerful color management and on-set capabilities. This means an accessible, ACES compatible, color pipeline that serves our clients exceedingly well.”

Larry Chernoff, CEO and Founder of MTI commented, “We have worked closely with the team at Digital Vision for many years, and they consistently bring an unparalleled sense of experimentation and ingenuity to the process, which is evident in their outstanding product line. As Cortex becomes more integrated into the Nucoda toolset, we expect to see customers reap wide benefits.”

The Nucoda 2013 product line enhancements include expansion and refinement of the ACES workflow, as well as extension to the ASC CDL. Other products in demonstration at NAB include Thor, a soon-to-be-released dedicated hardware for advanced image processing; Phoenix restoration software, whose latest release includes tools to fix Chromatic Aberration, a Color Component Align tool, and the much anticipated DVO De-Warp, a fully automatic system for repairing warped film, and the Golden Eye archive scanner, which forms an element of the Vintage Cloud Archive workflow solution.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

About MTI Film
Since 1997 MTI Film has provided award winning software applications to the post-production industry with a focus on technology for digital film restoration and digital dailies. With strong ties to our customers and an in-house services arm providing real-world, real-time development experience, MTI Film offers the most advanced, efficient and user-friendly applications on the market. MTI Film products include Correct DRS(tm) Control Dailies and Convey, and introducing the Cortex family – a simple, powerful and coherent digital workflow solution from pre-production through post-production.
For more information, visit www.mtifilm.com.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan
patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contacts:
EMEA
Dawn Egerton
Bubble & Squeak
dawn@bubblesqueak.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)7887 627764

USA
Chris Purse
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz
Tel: +1 818 980 3473

Bexel’s Extensive Fiber Optic Infrastructure Supports the Oscars(r)

Celebrating 12-Year Partnership in Evolving Fiber Network, Bexel Transports High Volume of Communications Signals from the Heart of Hollywood

(HOLLYWOOD, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, recently celebrated its 12th year supporting the global live broadcast of the Academy Awards(r) with its largest effort to-date – connecting every major component of the 2013 show’s broadcast together at the Dolby Theatre. Working with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including Engineer in Charge Tad Scripter and Hollywood & Highland management company CIM, Bexel implemented a comprehensive fiber optic network connecting key production locations such as Hollywood & Highland, Dolby Theatre, Loews Hotel and the domestic and international television compounds behind the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

“With all the complexities involved in a live program, Bexel did a great job with no malfunctions!” said Michael B. Seligman, supervising producer of the 85th Academy Awards(r).

For the Oscars, Bexel deployed more than 17 miles of temporary fiber. This is in addition to the four miles of permanent multi-strand fiber optic cables utilized to successfully transport HD/SD video, audio, data and communications signals for live simultaneous broadcasts of the Red Carpet pre-shows, the Oscar ceremony, backstage press interview and photo rooms and the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official celebration following the Oscars.

“The technical complexity of this project in connecting so many different elements of the show has continued to grow since we first installed the permanent fiber network into the Hollywood & Highland and Dolby Theatre complex back in 2001,” said Bexel’s Craig Schiller, vice president of engineering and operations. “We continue to enhance the fiber optic network, as it is the backbone that allows us to make point-to-point connections and the reason we are able to service all of our customers so effectively.”

In order to pull off a live event of this magnitude, Bexel’s credentialed staff of more than 40 skilled fiber engineers and support technicians were onsite for 15 days. The team enabled the transport of 275 video signals, 180 audio signals and 150 intercom signals over fiber for the Academy’s domestic and international broadcast partners.

Still photographers were provided with 40 fiber connections from the Red Carpet, Orchid Court and the Dolby Theatre. They were also equipped with sufficient bandwidth to connect to their workrooms in the Loews Hotel, enabling immediate delivery of still images to media and photographic services worldwide.

In addition, Bexel once again deployed its RF-Over-Fiber antenna system to enable all of the exciting action during the official Red Carpet pre-show. Bexel’s RF-Over-Fiber system provided unprecedented wireless communications coverage not previously available with a conventional wireless system. Bexel’s RF base camp was located at the 90-degree turn of the Red Carpet, and was used as the head-end position. Four small RF fiber-site boxes were established along the Red Carpet and enabled connection for up to six antennas to ensure there was no loss of signal and that none of the evening’s star-studded arrivals were missed.

“Oscar(r) weekend is without a doubt the most fiber-intensive event we do and the fact that it continues to flourish and continues to be such a success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the professionals at Bexel,” added Schiller.

The 86th Academy Awards will take place on March 2, 2014.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Service provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Bexel Collaborates with Canon for a Live 4K Broadcast Demonstration at NAB 2013

Bexel NAB 2013 Booth # C6932

Bexel’s Hercules Flypack Will Simulate New Live Broadcast Capabilities for Sporting Events

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel’s Hercules HD Flypack will play a pivotal role in the simulation of a live broadcast truck located at Canon U.S.A.‘s, a leader in digital imaging solutions, booth (C4325, C3628) during NAB 2013. Bexel collaborated with Canon on the system, which utilizes Canon’s 4K monitors, currently under development, along with an Evertz Dreamcatcher unit. This simulation demonstrates Bexel’s capabilities for bringing the high-demand environment of live broadcasts to any location.

Bexel’s Hercules HD Flypack is a scalable and customizable solution, bringing first-class production facilities to remote and space-constrained venues around the world. Powering some of the most important televised live events – including the Olympic Games, Super Bowl, X Games, World Cup, and U.S. Open – the Flypack is designed by Bexel with their unsurpassed ingenuity and expertise. Configured with every component of high-end production control rooms, Hercules boasts state-of-the-art HD technology with complete adaptability, including custom-designed modular racks to handle a variety of complex production requirements.

“Canon’s innovative approach and products are perfectly meshed with Bexel’s dedication to high-end solutions, combined with our extensive experience in live sports broadcasting,” says Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel. “Hercules has defined the best-in-class solution for HD location production. As Canon puts their incredible imaging technologies into play at 4K for sports, we are looking forward to our ongoing collaboration on this exciting initiative.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Media Contacts:
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Lisa Muldowney: lisa@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz

Bexel Adds Two More to Expanding Roster

BURBANK, April 3, 2013 – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has brought on two new hires, Paul Kasparian and Lars Osterlind, as company growth continues, and its reach across the broadcast industry expands.

Kasparian joins Bexel as a key account manager, responsible for growing Bexel’s business with enterprise level customers, specifically television networks, major cable program providers and sports venues, all with an eye on developing new business within these vertical markets. Kasparian brings a wealth of valuable experience with him to Bexel after holding senior management roles in broadcast business development at Panasonic Solutions Company, and in digital video at JVC Professional Products Company, among other industry leaders.

Osterlind is a systems engineer in Bexel’s Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) division, with more than 30 years of industry experience in engineering and operations for live productions and events, as well as systems design engineering. ESS offers unique end-to-end solutions, including systems integration, fiber and infrastructure support. Prior to joining Bexel, Osterlind served as a broadcast systems engineer for the Harris Corporation.

“We are excited to have Paul and Lars on the Bexel team,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “They are yet another example of the top-tier talent that makes Bexel the go-to services and solutions company for the broadcast industry. As Bexel expands, we are thoughtful in our approach to growing our team, and strategic in putting the most important people in place to serve our customers and their projects.”

About Bexel:
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment™

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Ciphertex Debuts Portable, Secure NAS Server at NAB

NAB Booth SL12510



CX-6K-AV 24TB Designed to Meet Needs of Entertainment-Media Industry

(LOS ANGELES,CA) Ciphertex, the global provider of unique hardware-encrypted storage products, will unveil the CX-6K-AV at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 8-11. This new 24TB portable, highly secure NAS server is ideal for backup, disaster recovery and business continuity, file sharing and virtualization, will be showcased at booth #SL12510, along with the company's full line of encrypted digital storage solutions.

"The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV is a compact, lightweight, high-performance server designed for directors, producers, postproduction and archival facilities that need a secure, portable NAS server," says Jerry Kaner, CEO and founder of Los Angeles-based Ciphertex. "More than any other market, media and entertainment demands performance. What is unique about the CX-6K-AV is that our AES 256-bit encryption engine provides the high level of security with no loss of performance. The combination of portability, encryption and high performance are a first in a server for this market."

Ciphertex comes to the media and entertainment space with an uncommon level of experience. The company is the leading provider of secure, portable data storage systems using advanced hardware encryption for the forensics, oil and gas, government and healthcare market. The work in which they are engaged for those sectors demands an incomparable level and depth of security. For the entertainment industry, a natural outgrowth of their historical competencies, Ciphertex has been successfully collaborating with Universal, Sony, Warner Bros. and HBO.

Kaner notes that the Motion Picture Association of America statistics point to piracy costs in the U.S. of $58 billion annually, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that such piracy threatens 19 million American jobs. As digital picture capture dramatically increases across all production, secure digital storage of assets is a primary concern for on-set and near-set digital dailies and postproduction.

The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV server offers lightning fast transfer of video dailies, high bit-rate audio files, 3D renderings and other high-resolution content. It serves as both IP-SAN (iSCSI) and NAS, offering advanced RAID configuration with hot-swap capability. The cost-effective server can store HD video footage and transmit fully encrypted data using AES 256-bt encryption at an incredibly fast 1,000 MB/s over a 10 GbE network.

Ideal for the production ecosystem, the new NAS server is packed with security features to stop all unauthorized data access and prevent data breach even if the hard drives or the device is stolen. The dual OS embedded on the DOM architecture ensure redundancy. If one of the two operating systems fails, the other will boot up and operate normally while repairing the failed system. The dual Gb LAN ports can also be configured for failover, which allows the Ciphertex CX-6K-AV to sustain the failure of one network port and still provide continuous service.

The CX-6K-AV is VMware certified, Citrix XenServer ready, and Windows Hyper-V compliant. With an advanced Intel Core i3-3220, dual-core processor with 3.3 GHz, 2 GB DDR3 memory, it enables fast data transfers directly to any workstation via its 1GbE or 10 GbE interface and connects to external devices over eSATA or USB-3. The server easily accommodates three streams of 1080p24 at 16-bit RGB, three streams of 2K x 1,556p24 at 16-bit RGB or one stream of 4Kp24 (RED) at 10-bit RGB.

"Multiple users, such as teams of editors in different locations, can aggregate two units and have access to the same files for postproduction efficiency, business continuity and asset protection," says Kaner. "Data transfer to 4TB USB-3 also ensures fast movement of assets from location to location."

The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV's small footprint makes it quick and easy to set up and dismantle networks wherever they are required. The portable NAS server units are available with an air-tight, water-tight and shatter-resistant field kit to ensure reliability in all environments.

The CX-6K-AV is expandable with Ciphertex's 20TB CX-Ranger RAID for a total capacity of 44TB of algorithm-encrypted storage. Additional CX-6K-AV units can also be networked together.

For under $5,000 the Ciphertex CX-6K-AV server is expected to ship in late spring 2013.

About Ciphertex
Ciphertex was launched in 2011 and differentiates itself from the rest of the storage industry by securing data with real-time AES-256 encryption/decryption implemented in hardware in an ergonomically- designed, portable direct attached storage system and in software in powerful NAS systems. Ciphertex offers a full line of encrypted digital storage solutions ranging from a 1TB pocket drive to 48TB expandable, rack-mounted network servers.

For more information, visit www.ciphertex.com, or call 877.977.8878.

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Media Contacts:
Ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Christine Purse - chris@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau - sally@ignite.bz

Digital Vision Brings Image Technology Innovations to NAB 2013

NAB 2013, Stand SL14518 / Chairman’s Room, Renaissance Hotel




Technology Demonstrations, New Features Unveiled for Colour Grading, Archive, Stereo and Image Processing

(London, UK) Digital Vision will bring its range of image technology solutions to NAB 2013, including the Nucoda 2013 colour grading product line which features many new tools and enhancements, and the latest version of Phoenix restoration software. In addition the company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will present the first technology demonstration of Thor, a soon-to-be-released dedicated hardware product for advanced image processing.

Kelvin Bolah, Managing Director, Digital Vision, said, “We’ve been listening to customer feedback and working hard to develop a wide range of new tools and features for our product ranges. In our 25th year we are particularly excited to unveil the first technology demonstrations of Thor, our forthcoming hardware product that can achieve superb quality automated restoration and processing at high speeds.”

Thor will be suitable for video and file-based sources, and will initially be able to process up to four HD video streams in real time, or one stream of 4K in real time, producing high quality images initially using Digital Vision’s DVO tools. Thor can be deployed as multiple cards in a single system and will be able to switch between algorithms on the fly. It is designed to be platform independent.

The Nucoda 2013 product line enhancements include expansion and refinement of the ACES workflow, as well as integration with Cortex Dailies from MTI. This integration allows for complex data to be shared between Nucoda and Cortex, including CDL, LUT and Camera RAW settings. Other new features include an updated DVO Stereo fix tool and updated stereo tools, including two new Warping tools as well as a De-Warper to fix camera lens distortion.

The Phoenix restoration software continues to grow in capability and reputation, with the latest release including tools to fix Chromatic Aberration, Y/C Alignment issues and a Colour Component Align tool. There is also the addition of the 9 point and 4 point warper. Digital Vision will demonstrate the soon-to-be-released DVO De-Warp, a fully automatic system for repairing warped film.

The Golden Eye archive scanner, which forms an element of the Vintage Cloud Archive workflow solution, will also be on show.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contacts:
EMEA
Dawn Egerton, Bubble & Squeak | dawn@bubblesqueak.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0)7887 627764

USA
Chris Purse, Ignite | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473

Xytech Powering Today’s Digital Supply Chain with Innovative Facility Management Solutions

NAB 2013 – Booth # SL2427

(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission industries, will be showcasing updates and additions to their industry-leading MediaPulse platform at NAB 2013. Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available.

MediaPulse, Xytech’s flagship product, is uniquely positioned to offer out-of-the-box automation for the entire production ecosystem. With more than 150 implementations, the platform enables craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with planning, scheduling, and financial management tools. All tasks in the workflow chain, from automation to asset scheduling and personnel management, are managed in the product by a modular architecture. Templated and dynamic workflows are driven by Xytech’s unique event orchestration technology, managing all activities in an order and automatically monitoring individual tasks for operational status and financial impact.

Xytech is keenly focused on ongoing product innovation, such as platform independence, keeping clients ahead of the changes they continually face in the dynamic landscape of today’s media and entertainment industries. Major additions and advancements to Xytech’s MediaPulse platform will be on demonstration in Las Vegas, NV, April 8th through the 11th, including:

MediaPulse SKY
PRODUCT PREVIEW
SKY is a platform independent, browser-based, HTML5 compliant new user interface (UI) bringing complete MediaPulse functionality to Xytech users, regardless of whether they are operating on Mac, PC, Mobile, iOS or in the Cloud. By introducing the ability to access MediaPulse on any device, SKY manages facility operations in a way that meets 21st century requirements. SKY delivers custom configured interfaces to all users, dramatically reduces rollout costs, drives real time collaboration across the media enterprise between clients and multiple vendors, and is appropriate for freelancers, clients and the edit suite. The dashboard-enabled module is perfect for the executive suite.

MediaPulse Personnel Rules
PRODUCT PREMIER
Xytech’s new Personnel Rules provides much anticipated functionality and technology for the personnel management tasks of any facility. Payroll rules in labor contracts or European Working Time Directives are easily configured using scripted workflows. Payroll penalties are controlled by issuing warnings and alerts on pre-configured parameters including; limits to the number of hours worked in a given period, a mandated minimum amount of time off between assignments, and considerations regarding scheduling personnel to work on days off or holidays. All functionality is presented in a highly configurable interface that makes order entry, operations management, and financial reconciliation user friendly.

MediaPulse Fuse & Fuse Connect
PRODUCT ADVANCES
Xytech’s Fuse is rolling out important advancements. Fuse is a flexible and robust platform extension that offers the unique ability to interface with other systems across a network or over the cloud; Fuse allows users to cover the entire spectrum of system interfaces in a highly scalable manner. Now an XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) data transformation capability is included in the system, allowing developers and integrators to conditionally pull transformed data from MediaPulse supporting ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) strategies in a simplified and easily supportable model. In addition, Fuse now offers the ability to remotely create orders in any other MediaPulse system through simple configuration. This advanced functionality provides real ROI as it supports modern digital ecosystems where orders are shared amongst several companies.

Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech, noted, “Our mission commands all of us at Xytech to remain sharply focused on our clients’ need for flexible, scalable solutions to today’s issues. Digital Order, unveiled at last year’s NAB, is now driving essential automated workflows at national broadcasters. This is simply one example of how we build products to solve our clients’ problems. Every year, we look back on our successful products in place in the community, and ahead to those that will help our clients in the future. The products we are announcing at NAB this year are a direct result of ceaseless innovation on behalf of our customers. We never stop the evolution of our products or inventive new solutions. This is why we are the dominant provider of facility management systems.”

Visit Xytech at NAB 2013, Booth # SL2427.

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today’s marketplace. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company’s renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.3478.1450 (UK).

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Media Contact:
Chris Purse, 818.908.3473
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

Audionamix Brings Cutting-Edge Sound Solutions to NAB

Audionamix, the premier sound separation technology and services company, will present Unmixing Audio with Cutting-Edge Technology at NAB.

In these two 20-minute sessions, free-to-attendees, Audionamix will highlight the role sound plays in revitalizing existing content for future revenue opportunities, and why their ability to isolate and separate audio elements at a high quality has been fundamental in revolutionizing the possibilities for remixing.

Two demos at the 2013 NAB Show take place:
Tuesday, April 9
Pro Audio Pit (Central Hall, C3155)
12:30 p.m.
AND
Wednesday, April 10
HPA Post Pit (South Hall, Lower level, SL15708)
10 a.m.

The company will demonstrate concrete examples of easy workflow integration and answer questions about the possibilities for unlocking the vaults by:
• Separating dialog from a full mix for foreign re-versioning
• Removing and replacing costly music cues from television shows while preserving the dialog and effects in the original mix
• Isolating and separating a singing voice from its orchestration to fuel new creations, or just modulate the levels while synching to commentary.

Based on years of audio science, Audionamix is the industry’s leading audio deconstruction specialists, providing proprietary sound separation technology and services for the film, broadcast and music sectors. Their ability to isolate audio elements and provide stems at a high quality has unleashed the creative power of many sound editors/mixers/designers as well as the assets of content owners to “unmix to re-create.”

Audionamix’s ADX technology essentially reverse engineers mono or stereo audio recordings into tracks for dialogue/vocal/instrument isolation, music dissociation, and instrumental creation, for various applications.

Bexel Contributes Broadcast Solutions and Expertise to Zuckerberg Media;

New Silicon Valley Studio Puts Foothold on Content Creation Outside of Hollywood

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, collaborated with Zuckerberg Media on the launch of its new 12,000-square-foot production studio in Menlo Park, Calif., which recently began broadcasting original content, both live and streaming.

Zuckerberg Media, founded by CEO Randi Zuckerberg, brought Bexel onboard in the early planning stages to help design and outfit a state-of-the-art media production facility capable of broadcasting live around the world on television and the internet. After identifying the full range of needs for Zuckerberg Media, Bexel constructed plans and made recommendations on the best equipment selections.

“Bexel is at the top of the broadcast solutions game and came highly recommended to Zuckerberg Media,” said Bradley Lautenbach, chief operating officer of Zuckerberg Media. “Bexel was able to work within our very aggressive startup timeline to deliver infrastructure that produces wonderful output-and we are delighted that they will be a partner to Zuckerberg Media as we continue to grow.”

Bexel worked from the ground up with the general contractor and architect to assist in meeting codes, all with an eye on future scalability. Bexel was able to create smart solutions to help Zuckerberg Media achieve their goals for the new studio, which included production solutions “to conquer the world with content.”

“Zuckerberg Media is an innovative, tech-driven entertainment company run by revolutionary thinkers,” notes Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “It is an incredible opportunity for Bexel to support the vision of Randi and her team with pragmatic tools as well as a strategy for the future. We are enthusiastic fans of what Zuckerberg Media is creating, and we are excited to see what the ‘next generation of media’ brings.”

Approximately 90% of the operational equipment found at Zuckerberg Media was purchased from Bexel. New assets were combined with post-Olympics (2012) gear to design a solution that was customized to the studio’s unique needs and stayed within budget. Top-of-the-line equipment integrated into the studio included products from AJA, ASG Custom Audio Products, Blackmagic Design, Evertz, Sachtler, Sennheiser, TBC, Panasonic, LG and NewTek. Bexel outfitted the production facility with Sony EX3 Cameras, modified with monitors, teleprompters, and a proprietary data transfer system to ensure maximum flexibility and functionality. TSL Audio Monitoring was installed, and studio lights include the new Litepanels Sola 6 and Sola 4 LED Fresnels.

“From the very beginning, this was an honestly collaborative effort with the team at Zuckerberg Media,” said John Root, Western region product sales manager, Bexel TSS. “From the integration of audio and video systems to helping them locate a talented lighting designer, from control room design to engaging in full testing and training, we supported their creation of a world-class facility. It was an intriguing assignment to help launch an environment where the future will unfold.”

To learn more about Bexel, stop by their booth (#C6932) at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 8- 11, or visit their Web site at www.bexel.com

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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818.980.3473
Lisa Muldowney: lisa@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz

Camp Creative Chooses ProMAX Platform for Shared Storage Solution


(SANTA ANA, CA) ProMAX, the innovative provider of turnkey editorial, shared storage, and asset management solutions, has announced that Camp Creative has chosen ProMAX Platform as their shared storage solution. Camp Creative, a marketing and experiential event design agency serving clients in the Bay Area and across the U.S., had Platform installed to meet their creative needs in January of this year, and the server has been running nonstop as the facility’s replacement for its aging SAN (Storage Area Network).

Introduced in November of last year, Platform is a crucial development in the shared storage market that provides a modular approach to the changing needs of users. Modules can be added to the enterprise-class server as building blocks to support growing and changing demands, as required. With Platform, one uniquely flexible server brings together shared storage, asset management, archiving, and transcoding for the first time.

Camp Creative implemented the ProMAX Platform with the 32TB SHARE module, which offers high-speed, expandable online backup and storage. The company’s four edit stations are connected to Platform over 10 gigabit Ethernet, and all assets and footage stored on Platform can be accessed by any edit station, facilitating speed and promoting collaboration. Two other computers are connected to Platform via 1Gb Ethernet, and more ports are available so Camp Creative can add additional computers and laptops with ease.

“We’re a one-stop shop from concept to completion, so the solution we chose had to be flexible enough to accommodate editorial, color correction, audio and motion graphics software, including MAXON CINEMA 4D, Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop,” says editor-director Adam Planas of Camp Creative. “A number of things made Platform stand out. The system was very comparable to other players in the space, but its price point worked within our budget. ProMAX was also more responsive throughout the process. We felt really comfortable working with them, and it felt like they were answering all of our questions honestly and intelligently.”

Camp Creative took advantage of ProMAX’s unique place in the market, as both a manufacturer and systems integrator, utilizing their problem-solving expertise to craft the right technical solution for them.

“We had a good idea of the amount of storage and connection speeds we needed, but one of our edit stations is older and one is a new laptop with no Ethernet port,” Planas recalls. “We told ProMAX early on about these issues, and they were very responsive and worked with us to find the best way to organize our edit stations around the system. They had a real understanding of how we worked in our agency. It’s one thing to know your product and how it’s built, and another thing to understand the nitty-gritty of how people actually use it.”

Built with the ProMAX modular advantage, Platform currently offers three additional modules to SHARE: TRANSCODE which manages an entire facility’s transcodes in one advanced server; DAM which puts a complete asset management system into facility workflow; and ARCHIVE for direct backup and archive from Platform and automatic scheduled backups.

Camp Creative knows they have the flexibility to expand their storage capacity and scale up with additional Platform modules as their needs require. “We needed an immediate replacement storage solution, so we moved forward with SHARE, but it’s great to know that Platform’s data management and archiving modules are available if we need them,” Planas says.

Jess Hartmann, CEO of ProMAX, comments, “Camp Creative is an outstanding agency and a great group of people to work with. We designed Platform to enable just such a company. The ProMAX modular approach allows them to expand as needed and add multiple functions to their server without buying more hardware.”

Camp Creative counts Cisco, Google, HP, Nissan, Visa and Zynga among its roster of top-tier clients. Planas concludes, “We are a creative agency, so the extra bonus for us was that Platform was also the coolest-looking solution available. It’s an aesthetically pleasing system instead of just a bunch of drives. It has not only been developed well on the software side, but on the hardware side too.”

About ProMAX Systems
With offices in Santa Ana and Burbank, California, ProMAX is the innovative provider of professional media technology solutions, specializing in the development, manufacture and integration of high-end workstations, network servers and storage devices for content creators around the world. The company has been providing expertly devised and supported end-to-end workflow solutions to the media and entertainment, enterprise, house of worship, education, and government sectors since 1994. Acquired by CEO Jess Hartmann in 2008, who is guiding the company’s expanding manufacturing operations and direct-to-end-user offerings, ProMAX remains a reliable resource for building a powerful IT infrastructure that supports the collaborative media production process. For more information, visit www.promax.com and follow ProMAX on Twitter and YouTube.

ProMAX will be at NAB Show in booth SL5324.

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Media Contacts:
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Lisa Muldowney, lisa@ignite.bz
Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz

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