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Litepanels Offers New Sola 4 Traveler Kit

Complete LED Fresnel Lighting Kit and Upgraded 1×1 LS Traveler Kits Now Available

(CHATSWORTH, Calif.) Litepanels(r), a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, has announced the release of its new Sola 4 Traveler KitTM. Designed specifically to accommodate the needs of shooters and productions on the go, the Sola 4 Traveler Kit includes three Sola 4 LED Fresnel fixtures in a rugged, ergonomically designed, trolley-style hard case.

Customized for safe and easy transport from location to location, the Sola 4 Traveler Kit weighs only 65 pounds (29.5 kilograms). The three fixtures included in the kit can be easily deployed for a traditional 3-light set-up, and the kit’s custom foam insert is expandable to allow for the addition of a classic Litepanels 1×1.

Litepanels’ Sola 4TM is the smallest DMX controllable LED Fresnel on the market. The daylight-balanced LED offers the controllability and light-shaping properties inherent in a Fresnel light at a fraction of the power draw of conventional fixtures. Offering an output comparable to a 125W HMI, the Sola 4 fixtures can be powered with AC power cables or from professional camera batteries with an optional battery plate and cable.
Sola 4 Traveler Kit includes:

* Three Sola 4 LED Fresnels (Beam Angle: 72° to 13°)
* Three 4-way Barndoors
* Three Compact Light Stands
* Three AC Power Cords
* One Trolley-Style Hard Case

“Our Traveler Kits have been very popular with our customers, and we’re pleased to be adding the Sola 4 Traveler Kit to our offerings,” said Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. “At Litepanels, we’re keenly focused on developing product that meets the real needs of our users. The Sola 4 delivers the performance of a compact Fresnel fixture with all of the advantages of LED. With features like daylight color balance, lightweight design and optional battery power, we believe that this kit will help to accelerate the industry’s migration to the use of LED fixtures in the field.”

Optional accessories for the Sola 4 Traveler Kit include the Sola 4 5-piece CTO Gel Set with Gel Bag; the PowerTap 36 XLR, Anton/Bauer’s 4 pin XLR to 2 pin S-Tap adapter cable; the PowerTap Extension, Anton/Bauer’s 7 foot D-Tap extension cable; and the QRC-LG, Anton/Bauer’s battery stand Gold Mount (r).

Litepanels has also released an upgrade of their popular 1×1 Traveler Kits to now feature the company’s more cost-effective LS models. The collection of three kits features the company’s signature 1×1 panels in convenient trolley-style hard cases. The 1×1 LS Traveler Duo Kit provides a pair of daylight color balanced 1×1 LS LED fixtures; one Mono Daylight Flood, with a beam angle of 50°, and one Mono Daylight Spot, with a beam angle 30°. The 1×1 LS Traveler Trio Kit offers two Mono Daylight Floods and one Mono Daylight Spot. The third kit in the collection, the 1×1 LS Traveler Trio Plus Kit, features two Bi-Colors, with a 50° beam angle and color adjustment between daylight and tungsten color balance, and one Mono Daylight Flood.

“Our new, more affordably priced 1×1 LS Traveler Kits are the perfect solution for news crews and professional videographers,” added Marchitelli. “They feature Litepanels’ 100 percent to zero dimming, with no noticeable color shift or flicker at any frame rate of shutter angle, and they can be battery powered for field use. Our LS fixtures were designed and priced to meet the needs of field productions, and our LS Kits now make them even easier for our customers to use.”

For more information, visit Litepanels on the Web, or follow us on Facebook.

About Litepanels
Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker-free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.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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Vinten Radamec now shipping the game-changing Absolute Positioning System


Bury, St Edmunds, England – Vinten Radamec®, a Vitec Group Company and world leader in robotic camera support systems, announces the availability of its ground-breaking Absolute Positioning System (APS) navigation system.

The APS, which was awarded the coveted “Best of IBC2012″ award when its beta model debuted at IBC, was praised for being a game changing, smart and valuable product. It also received the TV Technology Star Award at NAB 2013.

The revolutionary APS integrates seamlessly with Vinten Radamec’s Fusion robotic pedestals and delivers unrivalled positional accuracy and operational flexibility never before possible with robotic camera support pedestals. A Fusion pedestal equipped with APS no longer relies on a floor target or tile for navigation and positioning, even when switching from manual to robotic mode.

Instead, it detects unobtrusive, passive retro-reflective targets placed in the studio environment using a scanning laser-based measurement system. This frees up the whole studio floor for the pedestal while removing the need to go through time-consuming retargeting routines.

“We’re delighted the system is now available to all of our key markets,” said Karen Walker, robotics commercial manager for Vinten Radamec. “We have already received orders from broadcasters around the world, and anticipate a high demand, as APS is one of the most advanced products on the market.”

The APS removes all of the operational challenges associated with targeting pedestals using a floor target. It is available as both a factory-fit option on the Fusion FP-188 pedestal, or as an upgrade for existing FP-188 or FP-145 pedestals.

APS system is now available from Vinten Radamec and its partners.

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About Vinten Radamec
Vinten Radamec is a leading provider of robotic camera support systems offering engineering excellence and globally supported solutions for a wide range of technologies and markets. Its extensive range of products includes robotic heads, pedestals and controllers suitable for studio, OB and legislative environments.

Recognized for some of the most innovative broadcast robotics in the world, Vinten Radamec has a worldwide customer support network and distribution infrastructure, and an industry leading research and development program.

Vinten Radamec solutions take a seamless role in the broader automated environment and thereby increase the flexibility of systems to take advantage of the economic and operational benefits of robotic cameras. ®Vinten Radamec Broadcast Robotics is a registered trademark of The Vitec Group plc.

For more information on Vinten Radamec, visit www.vintenenradamec.com or follow them on YouTube.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera. Follow Vitec Videocom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts:
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818.980.3473
Lisa Muldowney, lisa@ignite.bz
Jared Gay, jared@ignite.bz

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Litepanels Announces Opening of Expanded Headquarters

New Facility Supports Business Growth for LED Lighting Leader

Chatsworth, Calif. – Litepanels(r), a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, has opened the doors of its new facility in Chatsworth, Calif. Significantly larger than the company’s previous headquarters, Litepanels made the move to a bigger footprint to support the growing demand for their proprietary LED technology in the production and broadcast communities.

Founded in the heart of the film community in 2001, Litepanels continues to operate their primary business, engineering, and production operations in the Los Angeles area. “When we looked to expand, it was important to us to stay close to the L.A. film community,” commented Litepanels Vice President of Global Marketing Chris Marchitelli. “Litepanels has grown from humble garage beginnings to become one of the leaders in the film and television lighting industry, and we wanted to keep jobs here in the city that helped us to get our start.”

Formerly operating in just over 11,000 square feet, the new Chatsworth facility covers more than 24,000 square feet. “The new facility gives us increased space for equipment, more offices for our growing staff, and a bigger staging area to meet deliveries, but this move was about more than real estate,” continued Marchitelli. “Our new headquarters gives us greater latitude for research and development, so we can continue to foster the culture of innovation that has been key to our success. We are excited to be moving into such a beautiful new facility, and we know it would not have been possible without the support and loyalty of our customers.”

Litepanels has also unveiled a new logo as part of the culmination of a yearlong rebranding effort. “Litepanels is a trailblazer in LED technology. We have evolved our product line beyond panels to include the largest lineup of LED Fresnels in the industry. With that, we knew it was time to update our logo so that it was instantly recognizable and reflective of the innovation of our fixtures,” noted Marchitelli. “We are launching some exciting products this year, and we are proud that they will be branded with the new Litepanels logo.”

For more information, visit Litepanels on the Web, or follow us on Facebook.

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About Litepanels
Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.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.

Media Contacts:
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Chris Purse: chris@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz

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Turkey’s National Public Broadcaster Selects Litepanels(tm)

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, TRT, has selected a range of fixtures from LED lighting pioneer Litepanels(tm), for its brand new studios in the company’s Ankara headquarters. The Litepanels’ equipment was selected as part of the organization’s bid to improve efficiencies in both costs and energy savings across its multiple studios.

The two studios, home to the network’s rolling and hourly news programs, have recently been installed with 82 of Litepanels’ renowned 1×1 Mono daylight fixtures, together with range of 2×1 manual yokes, which mount two 1×1 fixtures side-by-side.

TRT has been operating out of its Ankara base for more than forty years, and transmits a wide array of international and domestic programs, from news and live sports, to popular music and magazine programs.

Litepanels’ regional partner in Turkey, Asimetrik Sound Lighting and Visual Systems, managed the TRT installation. Mehmet Sabri Erman, Asimetrik’s project manager said, “In the past TRT used traditional tungsten lighting in its studios and since the introduction of the Litepanels fixtures the organization has seen a significant reduction in its air conditioning and energy bills. The cost savings have been substantial, and TRT has also been equally impressed with the outstanding quality of light from the 1×1 fixtures.

“We received excellent feedback from Halil Parlak and Ufuk Genç, the project managers at TRT,” adds Erman. “They were very satisfied with the installation and the level of support offered.”
The Litepanels family of 1-foot square LED arrays offers a number of options with daylight, tungsten, variable colour and variable focus fixtures that output the company’s signature full spectrum white light. This revolutionary modular lighting system provides 1×1 of pure, luminous, soft, directional output and gives an unmatched level of lighting control.

The 1X1 Mono panels are used by many of the world’s biggest broadcasters and have been deemed the most versatile production light ever built. One of the many advantages the fixtures have brought to studios like TRT is that they are absolutely heat-free, so the fixture can be placed comfortably close to talent and creates an unmatched soft, wraparound light for the broadcaster.

About Litepanels
Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.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.

About Asimetrik
Asimetrik is an integrator and distributor company in Turkey. The major player in Audio-Visual and Lighting projects in Turkey and Turkic republics. Representing and Exclusive distributor many well known brands . Asimetrik is based in Ankara, Istanbul , Antalya and Izmir and serving customers in the broadcast, Audio- Visual , Lighting military , government , cooperate markets.

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Bexel Expands Roster to Grow New Business

Bown and Doerr Bring Broadcasting Expertise to Growing Company

BURBANK, Calif. – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announces the addition of Jeff Bown and Sandra Doerr, who will serve as strategic account managers for the growing company.

Bown comes to Bexel with extensive broadcast experience. He will be charged with expanding existing markets, opening up new markets, and strategically partnering with key M&E clients to enhance their workflow capabilities in all facets of production and post-production. Bown most recently worked for Stiletto Television where he was the post-production supervisor on multiple seasons of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters. Bown’s previous experience includes sales and business development positions with S&T Corp. and Wexler Video where he played a key role in expanding the growth of both companies.

Doerr will be responsible for building network, cable and studio relationships within the broadcast industry. She brings a wealth of experience in sports broadcasting, working previously with NBC Sports Network and ESPN. Doerr has worked on remote productions since 1990 when she began with ESPN. Her industry knowledge and skill set closely align with Bexel’s strengths as a provider of remote broadcast services.

“The addition of Jeff and Sandra to the Bexel team helps us to achieve our goal of being an indispensable part of any production environment, providing innovative and reliable solutions,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “At Bexel, our team is focused on our clients’ needs and consistently delivering the quality of service our brand has been built upon.”

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 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.

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Bexel Makes Significant Product Acquisitions from Grass Valley in Preparation for 2014 Global Sporting Events

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has announced a significant equipment and technology purchase from Grass Valley. Bexel heads into 2014 with major broadcast productions on the horizon and will utilize the camera and production centers at upcoming global sporting and entertainment events.

Bexel’s purchase from Grass Valley includes cameras and production centers. The company has purchased 28 LDX Premiere Cameras and two Kayenne Video Production Center switchers with 3G K-FRAMES. The LDX cameras combined with the flexible XCUs have the capability to run both fiber and triax, highly desirable in complex location production. The cameras are equipped with new Xensium FT imagers, which provide the highest quality images available for the broadcast of sports and entertainment content. Bexel also has taken delivery of two Kayenne switchers with 3G K-FRAMES for fly-pack deployment. Because of their flexibility, the units can be configured from 1 M/E to 5 M/E use with one or more control panels attached to each frame.

“As always, Bexel plans our equipment purchases with extreme care,” notes Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel. “We found the LDX camera an ideal choice with a great imager and flexibility for both triax and fiber configuration. The clever XCU cradle concept allows for quick and easy configuration of CCU’s in our fly-packs. The Kayenne production switcher will be invaluable to us in our upcoming live event projects and have already worked in China and will be in Russia and Brazil in the coming year. We’re proud to be working with Grass Valley, and to have these superb products on location with us.”

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

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ADX TRAX Audio Separation Software Now Available

New Software Provides Powerful Tool for Remixing or Creating New Compositions

LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2014) – Audionamix® announces the release of ADX TRAX™, unique audio separation software built on the company’s proprietary ADX® Technology. ADX TRAX separates full mixes into two audio files: a vocal track and its accompanying music track. This cloud-based technology allows musicians, mixers, audio engineering professionals and producers to achieve superior vocal isolation for a number of creative applications. The company is demonstrating ADX TRAX (booth #7523 in The Venue) at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, which runs January 23-26, and it is available to download at www.audionamix.com.

“ADX TRAX puts a piece of our innovative, melodic source separation technology into the hands of the professional music community,” says Rick Silva, VP of Production and Product Manager at Audionamix. “We’ve designed TRAX to be a user friendly tool for speeding up the labor-intensive task of creating vocal isolations and instrumental tracks. By utilizing the power of cloud computing, the process is now automated for quick, high-quality results.”

ADX TRAX features intuitive navigation and editing tools in an environment that is familiar to all DAW users. The software is unique in that it has the ability to perform separations on mono, as well as stereo recordings, and it is compatible with multiple file formats, bit depths and sample rates.

Specific to the software, ADX TRAX provides users with a vocal volume control feature. This is an extremely valuable option when lead vocal levels of a mixed music track need to be adjusted for various commercial applications.

Additional software features address reverb, and an A/B button provides the ability to refer to the current refined pitch guide, as well as return to the automatic separation and associated pitch guide.

ADX TRAX is client and cloud-based audio separation software designed for MAC OS (10.6 or later). It is intended for use with owned or licensed content, or content obtained from the public domain, and may not be used to violate any law, including copyright laws.

An annual, prepaid software license for ADX TRAX begins at $240. Audionamix is offering a 20% discount to anyone who purchases the software through February 28. There is also a free 7-day trial available for anyone who signs up by January 31. After that, it will be a free 3-day trial period.

As a special show offer, NAMM attendees can visit the Audionamix booth for a promo code to save an extra $120 on the Premium subscription package, which can be applied with the 20% discount through January 31, for a total savings of $168. To download ADX TRAX, and for more information on subscription plans, visit www.audionamix.com.

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About Audionamix
Founded in 2008, Audionamix is a global leader in audio source separation. Based on years of research, the company developed the revolutionary, patented ADX Technology and continues to pioneer audio solutions for the film, broadcast and music industries. Audionamix’s technical expertise in isolating and separating elements from a master recording empowers content owners, engineers, producers, and artists to create new arrangements, and unlock television and movie assets for expanded distribution. ADX TRAX is specialized software that utilizes the company’s technology to easily, quickly and effectively isolate vocal elements from its accompanying music track. Located in Los Angeles and Paris, the company’s technology and service offerings provide innovative solutions to a wide range of audio challenges. For more information, visit www.audionamix.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and LinkedIn.

(Audionamix, ADX and ADX TRAX are trademarks of Audionamix.)

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Lisa Muldowney, lisa@ignite.bz / 760.212.4130 direct
Sally Christgau, sally@ignite.bz / 415.238.2254 direct

Bexel Heads Home for FOX Sports 1 Remote Studio Kits

Self-contained Broadcast Units Bring FOX Sports 1 Talent to Air

(BURBANK,CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, recently built, tested, shipped, and installed 16 self-contained, crewless home studios for some of FOX Sports 1′s top talent. The innovative systems are permanently installed in the analysts’ homes, allowing them to go on air immediately when something pertaining to their specialty occurs.

“We had less than 30 days to procure, build, test and distribute all 16 systems, but we were more than ready for the challenge,” said Senior Vice President of Bexel ESS Scott Nardelli. “We were able to manage logistics and get the gear needed, where they needed it. From staging the units in various holding locations around the country before deployment, to installing the bonded T1s from the point of presence to the interior of the homes, to running the cables in a way that hid them from view and worked within the existing décor and framework of the houses, our team delivered at every step in the process.”

Since the network’s August launch, the in-home location segments have become staples of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX FOOTBALL DAILY and other FOX Sports 1 programming. Brian Billick in Queenstown, Md., Ken Rosenthal in New York, N.Y., Mike Garafolo in Hoboken, N.J., Jon Paul Morosi in Ann Arbor, Mich., Reid Forgrave in Des Moines, Iowa, and Alex Marvez in Miami, Fla., are among the analysts who have been prominently featured from the new installations. FOX Sports 1 simply connects into any of the in-home studios via a bonded T1 pair, and goes live with HD quality video.

The systems include AW-HE60SN Panasonic cameras that can be manned remotely from the FOX Sports 1 control room in Los Angeles, allowing them to pan, tilt, zoom or adjust color and saturation. Litepanels 1×1 Bi-Color panels were chosen to provide key light, fill light, and back light on stands, and can also be controlled remotely. The backdrops, approximately 6-by-6 feet and featuring the FOX Sports 1 logo, are customized to the individual home locations. Beyond the standard backdrops are smaller pull-up devices, and in one case, a motorized unit that comes down from the ceiling.

Rack mounted cases, approximately 48-by-24-by-30 inches, are at the core of the systems. Their contents include a UPS that controls power, an IP Power Switch which allows the system to be turned on and off remotely from Los Angeles, a network switch that keeps the circuit open, a Haivision Mako encoder, and audio and video support that provides the IFB and camera feeds.

While most functions of the in-home studios are controlled remotely, the units were designed to make it easy for the on-location users to complete the tasks they do have to perform. “We used a very straight forward audio system, so the talent doesn’t really have to do anything beyond plugging in their microphone,” adds Nardelli. “They also have a volume control for their earpiece right on the desk, so they can control the volume of the IFB easily, without having to go to the rack and figure out which knob to turn. We worked closely with the FOX team to create clear and concise ‘cheat sheets’ for the talent, so they’d be comfortable with the technology around them.”

“Speed to market is crucial in the world of sports news, and these in-home studios have been very effective for us in delivering breaking news,” notes Doug Levy, VP of post production for Fox Networks Engineering and Operations. “In approach, it really represents a sea change. Everyone worked incredibly hard to make this work, and it was a unique learning process for all those involved. We felt from the beginning that Bexel was the most appropriate choice for this project. They have a long and extremely good track record as both a rental house and an integration company, and we knew their team could get the job done.”

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 Litepanels
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Backed by the Vitec Group’s legacy of 100+ years in the broadcast and production industry, Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures practically pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Litepanels is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Litepanels, visit www.litepanels.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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Media Contacts:
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818.980.3473
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HPA Tech Retreat Celebrates 20 Years of Inquiry and Illumination

Industry Thought Leaders and Technology Mavens Head Back to Palm Springs for Thoughtful Exploration of an Industry in Transition

(Los Angeles, CA) For the past twenty years, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) Tech Retreat(r) has gathered a veritable who’s who in engineering, technology, creativity, and strategic business together for a structured yet informal meeting of the minds; where top industry leaders engaged in all aspects of production, distribution, post production, film, television, web and related endeavors, gather in an environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge and information. This year’s 20th Anniversary confab promises all of that and more from February 17-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells near Palm Springs, CA.

The Tech Retreat offers attendees the chance to explore the opportunities and the complexities facing an industry in transition, and to investigate new solutions and technologies that impact its many constituents.

The HPA Tech Retreat offers lively conference sessions, networking events and technology demonstrations to an engaged audience of participants and panelists that hail from a pool of the top technical, creative, business and hands-on experts. Topics will take the Tech Retreat audience from the nitty gritty to the very precipice.

For a full schedule, visit http://bit.ly/1cwt7B2. On Monday, February 17th, the event opens for early registration and a pre-Retreat course titled Physics, Psychophysics, and Vision for Advanced Motion Imaging from Charles Poynton and John Watkinson. Tuesday launches the HPA Tech Retreat, with the HPA Supersession: The New Normal is Anything But, focusing on the impact of new distribution platforms in production and post. Wednesday through Friday mornings feature breakfast roundtables where any industry relevant topic goes. The HPA Demo Room opens on Tuesday with demos and cocktails and is a hotbed of new products and technologies that feature curated and expert-demos which illustrate the latest developments. Wednesday focuses on the consumer experience and impact, and Thursday production and post. The Tech Retreat concludes Friday morning, with highlights and an emphasis on engineering. The entire event features many opportunities for one-on-one discussion with industry innovators, technology experts, business executives and other top professionals.

Mark Schubin, Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow has been working in television since 1967, writing about it since 1972, and chairing the HPA Tech Retreat program since 1997, commented on the engaging presentations set for next month. “We are dealing with fundamental changes in the very nature of our industry, from changing methodologies – broadcast, cable, DVD, DVR, for example- to the previously unthinkable, such as giving fans in a stadium access to their own instant replays, letting social media shape programming, and all of those things that lay beyond. This is a challenging but expansive time. For example, at the Tech Retreat, we’ll feature a presentation that may appear to be purely tech-focused and narrow (i.e., new display connections) but it will show how the consumer technology is powerfully driving the professional world. As always, we’ll be digging into important topics that are thought provoking, but are also important in terms of our businesses and careers, including two of the most critical issues in our industry: the change from video-specific technology to commodity information technology, and the question of what comes next on the screen, and what delivers the biggest bang for the buck?” Schubin notes, “Maybe it’s something a lot simpler than “4K.” He concludes, “And, we’re spending a day with a provocative dive into one of the most important topics there is – color.”

Leon Silverman President of the HPA noted, “This year is a significant milestone for the HPA Tech Retreat as we look back over the incredible effect that technology has had on our industry over the past 20 years. As the world of film and television became increasingly impacted by computer and digital technologies, the HPA Tech Retreat served as an important common ground for our industry to experience and drive transformative change together. Now more than ever, the Tech Retreat serves as an important bridge between so many of the rapidly changing aspects of our industry. As I do every year, I look forward to spending time with the most interesting people I know, and ones I hope to know, at the HPA Tech Retreat.”

Early bird registration pricing will end on January 10 and the Tech Retreat demo room still has a few remaining spaces left. For full information and registration visit www.hpaonline.com or call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860 or email Eileen Kramer – ekramer@hpaonline.com.

About the HPA Tech Retreat(r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, broadcast, and related technology areas, for the exchange of information.

The HPA Tech Retreat(r) will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, Encore; Gold Sponsor: Rohde & Schwarz and Brand Sponsor: Cloud Sigma.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves 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.

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Bexel Promotes Greg Bragg to VP of Global Sales

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has named Greg Bragg vice president of Global Sales.

“Greg’s comprehensive understanding of our day-to-day operations and his strong customer relationships make him a perfect match for this new role,” said Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “He has learned our business from the ground up, and his leadership will be instrumental as Bexel continues to expand its reach across the worldwide broadcast industry.”

Bragg started his career with Bexel in 1995; working his way up through positions such as quality control supervisor and audio department technician, to rental department division coordinator, among others. In 2006, Bragg was named rental manager for the company’s headquarters in Burbank, Calif. Within a few years, he was appointed to serve all Bexel locations, and soon after was promoted to associate director of Network Rentals. He has been serving as director of sales since 2012.

Bragg has played a critical role in broadening Bexel’s broadcast services to include reality programming and production support. He has developed strong relationships with reality production companies that include Mark Burnett Productions (Apprentice), Upper Ground Enterprises (Hell’s Kitchen), Endemol USA (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Evolution Media (Real Housewives franchise) and Original Media (LA Ink, NY Ink).

“I am excited about this opportunity to represent the entire Bexel family in my new role,” said Bragg. “Bexel has a long history of superior customer service and engineering excellence. I am confident in my vision for our sales organization, and a lot of that stems from the fact that that I am surrounded by the best sales team, engineering, and support staff in the industry”

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.

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818.980.3473
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