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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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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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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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Sohonet Builds New Team of Leading Industry Executives To Support Rapid Global Expansion Plans

Sohonet Scales Up for Significant Growth in 2013 with New Staff, New Territories and a Range of Advanced Services for Digital Content Management

(London, UK) Sohonet, the leading expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry, is pleased to announce a raft of new global appointments to support its global expansion program.

Seven key executive personnel have been brought on board to support Sohonet’s rapid expansion into new, global territories and to help develop a range of new services that will ultimately enable media customers to better manage the increasing volumes of digital content they have to deal with.

Sohonet’s recent key hires include a new Director of Product Management, Director of Sales (EMEA), Director of Sales (North America), Director of Global Operations, East Coast Sales Executive, a West Coast Sales Executive and a new CFO.

David Scammell, Sohonet’s CEO, said, “This is going to be a very exciting year for Sohonet and we are delighted to welcome a number of talented new faces to help ramp up our presence and service offerings across the globe. It’s also pleased me immensely to see a good number of the Sohonet staff progress to new roles and to take advantage of the opportunities that have arisen as the company continues to grow. With new, on-the-ground resources in many of our key territories, Sohonet is now geared up to deliver a truly enhanced 24/7 ‘follow-the-sun’ sales and technical support service. Internationally, we are in the process of opening new services in Montreal, Paris and Singapore and as we continue to develop our Sohonet Hub service, we look forward to expanding our Storage solution, a powerful, new tool for flexible, cost-effective, utility-based storage, which will help the broadcast industry address some of its short and long-term storage challenges.”

Sohonet’s first quarter 2013 new hires include the following industry professionals:

Rupert Mussen replaces Clare Wadd, who has taken a role in the charity sector, as Chief Financial Officer. Rupert has extensive experience of working with technology companies and is the perfect candidate to help steer Sohonet through its rapid growth program. Rupert joins Sohonet from VoxGen where he was CFO and Company Secretary. Prior to this, he has spent over ten years at Deloitte’s TMT Group.

Steven Rich will play a pivotal role in the expansion of Sohonet’s US operation as Director of Sales, North America, and has already been instrumental in setting up new sales resources on both the East and West Coasts. Steven has an excellent track record in media and technology sales and has previously worked for Sierra Video Systems and Media.net. Steven ran his own systems integration and workflow consulting company for over seven years and is an expert on digital video hardware, software, encoding and storage system technologies.

Ben Dair takes on an important new role for Sohonet as Director of Product Management. Ben will play a major role in developing and delivering a range of exciting new services for digital media production, distribution and storage that will successfully meet customer requirements both technically and commercially. Ben is a respected thought leader within the film, broadcast and games industries and has a tremendous track record in developing compelling product propositions for the production and post-production sectors.

Rhodri Evans has come on board as Director of Global Operations to ensure the effective delivery of Sohonet’s growth plans. Rhodri has previously held Director of Operations positions for Discovery Communications and Ascent Media and has gained over ten years experience in technical operations from his time at the BBC and Pearsons TV. His experience of managing complex technical operations, managing large expansion projects and delivering exacting service levels to broadcast clients will be a great asset for Sohonet.

Thomas Filloud joins Sohonet as its new Director of Sales, EMEA and will play a pivotal role in expanding Sohonet’s global footprint. As a French native living in London for almost ten years, Thomas brings a unique blend of experience of the London and mainland European markets. Thomas has extensive experience in network engineering and technical pre-sales support and has a strong track record of sales success in organizations such as Dell, Active Storage and Atempo.

Jeff Cohen is a welcome addition to Sohonet’s US Sales team. As Sohonet’s first East Coast Sales Executive, Jeff will be responsible for developing key markets in New York, Toronto, Montreal and other Eastern Seaboard cities. He has a wide and varied technology sales experience within the broadcast and post-production market, including time spent at Sony, Avid, BBC Systems and Masstech Group.

Julian Ramm takes on the role of West Coast Sales Executive to deliver exciting, new services and support for Sohonet’s growing West Coast customer base. Julian brings with him a wealth of experience in technology sales for broadcast and post clients, having previously worked for Sony Broadcast, Panasonic Broadcast, and Avid. Originally from the UK, Julian has spent over 15 years in the USA cultivating contacts on both sides of the pond.

In response to extensive customer feedback, Sohonet has also improved its award-winning File-Runner service to make it easier to connect to both Sohonet Media Network (SMN), as well as off-net (non SMN) users. This will ultimately make FileRunner more in tune with customers’ requirements, especially with regards to accessing, sending and receiving content at home or when working remotely.

Dave Scammell adds, “We look forward to a very exciting year with an ever-increasing focus on delivering value-added services to the Sohonet platform. These new services, in addition to an accelerated focus on geographical expansion will enable new and existing customers to obtain greater value from being a member of our world-renowned Sohonet community, which is going to be bigger and better than ever before.”

For new staff photos and/or an interview with Dave Scammell, please contact Laurena McKenna at Laurena.mckenna@sohonet.com or on T: +44 (0) 7292 6900

About Sohonet
Sohonet is a leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with over 15 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively – all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe.

Sohonet continues to forge strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the British Film Institute (BFI), SIGGRAPH, VES Awards and the Director’s Guild Trust and Director’s Guild of Great Britain. Its QC Solution plays an integral part in the complicated submission process for both the VES Awards and SIGGRAPH Awards for the past four years.

www.sohonet.com

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ALT Systems Brings Powerful Gaming Technology to Award-Winning HP Z Workstations

Game Developer Editions for Autodesk(r) and Unreal Engine Users Launch at GDC

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) ALT Systems, a full-service systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, has announced its collaboration with HP, Autodesk(r), Epic Games and PNY Technologies to offer high-performance game development packages designed specifically to support Autodesk(r) and Unreal Engine users. Unveiled today at GDC 2013, these systems optimize pipelines with a new combination of elite tools for the professional gaming community.

Tested by Autodesk and Epic Games, the ALT Systems Game Developer Edition for Autodesk Users and the ALT Systems Game Developer Edition for Unreal Engine Users will be available on three platforms: the HP Z1, the world’s first 27-inch all-in-one workstation, and HP’s powerful and reliable HP Z820 and Z620 Workstations. ALT Systems will work with customers to configure systems to their needs, as well as supply the technical support they require to operate with maximum performance.

ALT Systems will also be offering GDC attendees special promotional pricing during the conference, providing high-performance solutions for a range of budgets.

“As a systems integrator serving the media and entertainment industry for over 18 years, we have profound understanding and extensive experience supporting the technology needs of professionals working on high-end visual and immersive environments for end users,” said Jon Guess, president of ALT Systems. “We are a longtime, authorized Autodesk and HP integrator. This collaboration is a natural evolution for us to leverage our capabilities with these leading technology companies to support game developers and artists.”

The collaboration provides the professional game development community – for the first time – with the opportunity to integrate GeForce(r) GTX 680 XLR8 Edition by PNY graphics cards into HP’s award-winning Z Workstations. PNY graphics cards are highly regarded for their performance-enhancing applications in advanced and competitive gaming, and photo and video editing, among other uses.

“As the workstation industry leader, HP customers require ultimate performance and reliability that has been tested and certified for the professional applications that enable their creativity,” said Jeff Wood, vice president of worldwide product management, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “By working with a renowned integrator like ALT Systems, HP is able to provide our customers with the GeForce graphics solutions they require, combined with the qualifications and professional support they expect from HP.”

The GeForce graphics cards from PNY will be available through ALT Systems on three of the award-winning HP Z Workstations:

* Designed like no other, the display of the HP Z1 All-in-One Workstation snaps open so users can easily swap out parts and make upgrades without any tools required.(1) The HP Z1 combines a sleek industrial design with accelerated performance featuring Intel(r) Xeon(r) processors,(2) support for more than 1 billion colors(3) and HP’s world-class reliability. The HP Z1 will be available with the GeForce GTX 680M graphics by PNY.

* Engineered for the most demanding and compute-intensive visualization needs, the HP Z820 is ideal for development customers aiming to bring gamers the next blockbuster game. The HP Z820 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 512 GB of ECC memory, up to 14 terabytes (TB) of high-speed storage and will be available with the GeForce GTX 680 graphics by PNY.

* For quiet space constrained environments, the HP Z620 is a great choice for customers who need high-end performance in a compact form factor. Updated last year to support both single- and dual-socket processors, the powerful and versatile HP Z620 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 192 GB of ECC memory, up to 11 TB of high-speed storage, and will be available with the GeForce GTX 680 graphics by PNY.

A cornerstone of ALT Systems’ longstanding media and entertainment solutions is Autodesk’s Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) products. Over the past several years, ALT Systems has consistently been recognized as one of Autodesk’s Gold Partners, delivering Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Motionbuilder, Autodesk Flame, and Autodesk Flare to both large and boutique-sized facilities. With the addition of Autodesk Beast, Autodesk Navigation, Autodesk HumanIK, and Autodesk Scaleform, professional developers, artists and creators have a full spectrum of powerful tools to help usher in the next generation of games.

“Autodesk strives to bring our customers the latest technology solutions that enable creativity,” said Mark Strassman, vice president, Media & Entertainment Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk. “HP Z Workstations are tested for Autodesk applications, and combining these leading technologies with the professional GeForce graphics cards from PNY delivers the ultimate development experience.”

Epic Games’ industry-standard game engine brings award-winning, cross-platform game engine technology to ALT Systems’ Game Developer Editions.

“Epic’s Unreal Engine is set to power the next generation of games, with high-end rendering, scalable cross-platform features, and revolutionary new tools for productivity,” said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games. “The HP Z Workstations combined with the power of GeForce graphics cards provides our developers with high-performance technology that allows them to push the limits of their creativity and deliver incredible new experiences.”

For information on pricing and availability, please visit http://altsystems.com/gamedevelopereditions/.

At GDC, stop by Autodesk (booth #1240) and Epic (booth #BS322) to see these solutions and receive more information, or call ALT’s main office at 818.504.6800.

Read more about how HP is helping to create some of the world’s most graphics intensive games here.

About ALT Systems
ALT Systems Inc. is a Los Angeles-based systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, offering superior compositing, rendering, editing, color correction, digital intermediate, 2D/3D, restoration, large format film recording, and SAN and NAS networking and storage options to the post production, visual effects and gaming industries. Founded in 1995 and privately owned, the company is a leading solution provider in the global media and entertainment marketplace. For more information, visit www.altsystems.com.

(1) All specifications represent the typical specifications provided by HP’s component manufacturers; actual performance may vary.
(2) Dual-core and quad-core technologies are designed to improve performance of multithreaded software products and hardware-aware multitasking operating systems and may require appropriate operating system software for full benefits; not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of these technologies.
(3) 1.07 billion viewable colors through A-FRC technology.

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Bexel Demonstrates Live Broadcast Solutions at NAB

BEXEL BOOTH at NAB 2013: C6932

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, will power the live stage at the Vitec village, where presentations will take place hourly. The custom-designed control room duplicates a fully functioning broadcast system used in real-time environments. It will highlight Bexel’s unique approach to integrated solutions utilizing an array of equipment, including multiple Vitec brands.

The company offers systems and expertise for a wide range of televised needs, as well as fiber, wireless and audio equipment and infrastructure services. Bexel will also showcase a number of systems and solutions for applications ranging from small to large scale operations.

“We create expertly designed, customized solutions for every client with an unsurpassed understanding of the demands broadcasters face,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “In each case, Bexel provides the best equipment and supports it with top-tier engineers to make absolutely certain that events – from the newsroom to live sporting events and popular televised specials – run according to plan. At NAB, we’ll be demonstrating systems and solutions that showcase our capabilities to solve any broadcast need, and to back them with unparalleled technical talent.”

The cornerstone of the system at the booth will be Bexel’s Water Flypack from the company’s Element Flypack line of integrated solutions. This multi-camera HD production system can be used for various televised or streamed events. At NAB, the Water Flypack will include a Leitch router, Evertz terminal equipment, Sony monitors and a DiGiCo audio console. Sony HDC-2500 cameras and Camera Corps Q-Balls will be the primary capture source.

Bexel’s latest slate of high-profile events in support of major broadcasters includes on-site production, fiber infrastructure and engineering support for this year’s Super Bowl week from Jackson Square to the Superdome, the Golden Globes, and the presidential inauguration as well as Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Football, NCAA basketball, NASCAR and the X Games, among others.

Bexel is organized into three specialized divisions to optimize their services and solutions. Bexel Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) offers unique end-to-end solutions, including systems integration, fiber and infrastructure support. Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS) is a leading dealer in professional audio, video and fiber equipment sales, including Bexel’s pre-eminent used equipment sales. Bexel Rental Services & Solutions (RSS) provides a comprehensive resource for the latest broadcast equipment and technical services.

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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Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz

Boxx TV’s Meridian is Behind the Scenes on Oscar(r)-Nominated Films

Django Unchained, Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty Get Boost from Wireless Technology

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Three of this year’s Academy Award(r)-nominated films chose Boxx TV‘s Meridian Wireless Microwave Broadcast System for reliable, 4:2:2 uncompressed video with zero delay. The Meridian was the system of choice for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, capping a busy year for the company headquartered in the UK, along with its reseller Boxx Communications in Los Angeles.

“We are extremely proud that our technology contributed to the amazing stories told in these Oscar(r)-nominated films,” says Scott Walker, co-founder of Boxx TV. “We understand that everything is important during production. Image quality, reliability, and zero delay are all crucial. The Meridian provides high-image quality consistently, and is highly reliable whether you are shooting in high-desert heat on the hunt for Bin Laden, moving through a free-wheeling Tarantino project, or following the action of a legend like Bond. Working with the production teams of these incredibly accomplished films was an honor and a great experience.”

For those situations that demand high-quality, zero-delay HD and SD live transmission, the Meridian is an affordable alternative to traditional COFDM systems with unprecedented success. The Meridian system uses license-exempt channels.

Django Unchained’s five Oscar(r) nods include Best Picture and Best Cinematography, for last year’s Oscar(r) winner, Robert Richardson, ASC. There were two Boxx Meridian systems and handheld receivers used during the production of the multi-nominated Tarantino project.

Skyfall grabbed a total of five nominations, including one for Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC. The production used five zero-delay Meridian systems, simultaneously, in conjunction with ALEXA cameras supplied by ARRI Media UK.

Also earning five Oscar(r) nominations, Zero Dark Thirty used three systems and handheld receivers. The film’s Oscar(r) nods include one for Best Picture.

Their customers’ nominations come on the heels of one of the company’s busiest years on record. “It is great to be associated with Oscar(r)-nominated projects and we’re thrilled,” adds Mark Walker, owner of Boxx Communications. “That said, we worked on many great projects last year, from feature films, to live coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, to episodic television shows such as Revenge and Modern Family; and on breaking news stories on stations such KABC, KNBC and KTLA. We are dedicated to making sure that our clients have great images, no delay, and an incomparable ease of use every time.”

For more information, visit www.boxx.tv or www.boxxusa.com

About Boxx TV
Boxx TV provides revolutionary microwave broadcast equipment designed around ease of use by technical and industry professionals. This ground-breaking technology has been especially designed for the needs of live-to-air broadcasts, ENG operations and is also ideal for Steadicam, portable field monitoring or video-assist applications. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovations and introducing new technologies into the industry. In 2005 Boxx TV won an Emmy for Engineering Excellence. More information at www.boxx.tv

About Boxx Communications
Boxx Communications is the Los Angeles-based reseller for Boxx TV products, an Emmy(r) Award-winning manufacturer. Boxx Communications provides the broadcast industry with a wide range of innovative digital microwave systems for live broadcasts, as well as Steadicam, portable field, video assist and ENG applications. Boxx is revolutionizing the industry with reliable, cost-effective, and groundbreaking technology. Continually innovating, constantly advancing, Boxx Communications offers impeccable solutions. For more information about Boxx Communications, visit www.boxxusa.com or call 310.287.1285.

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The Hollywood Post Alliance Presents the 19th Annual Tech Retreat

Powerful Confab Heads Back to the Desert for Insight, Conversation and Demonstration by Industry Thought Leaders


(Los Angeles, CA) For nearly twenty years, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) Tech Retreat(r) has drawn the top creative and technical experts involved in the creation and management of content to a conference where compelling ideas and new products are explored in lively conference sessions, networking events and demonstrations. The Tech Retreat is an informal meeting of the minds, where industry leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business; that are engaged in all aspects of digital-cinema, post production, film, television, video, and related endeavors, meet in an unparalleled environment for the exchange of knowledge and information. The gathering helps to define and clarify the development of technologies driving the industry. This year’s event returns to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs area), on February 18-22, 2013.

Long recognized as the place where serious industry professionals go to connect and delve into the most current and relevant topics impacting the industry and their work, the HPA Tech Retreat presents significant opportunities for participants to stay competitive and informed of important industry issues and trends during the many networking events, presentations and technology demonstrations.

An overview of events at the HPA Tech Retreat include:
* Monday, February 18, Charles Poynton presents his highly regarded Technical Aspects of High[er] Frame Rate seminar.
* Tuesday, February 19, The HPA Super-Sized Session kicks off the HPA Tech Retreat with More, Bigger, but Better? – a look at the impact of higher resolution, higher frame rates, larger color space, higher dynamic range, more audio channels/objects, bigger screens and the push for all around pushing the envelope. Expert panelists speaking on this compelling topic are Leon Silverman, Phil Squyres, Stuart Bowling, Craig Henighan, Gilbert Lake, William Files, Jed Harmsen, Garrett Smith, and Evan Edelist, from companies including Park Road Post, Reliance Media Works, Sony Pictures Television, RealD, Dolby, and more.
* Tuesday also features the ATSC Seminar on Audio Loudness Control.
* Wednesday and Thursday will include back-to-back presentations on topics covering production and post, acquisition, IT, engineering, broadcasting, asset management, digital-cinema and distribution, manufacturing and much, much more.
* Breakfast Roundtables: Wednesday through Friday mornings put experts in a wide array of compelling issues in small group conversation about meaningful topics, including Cloud-Based Post Production, Ultra-Violet, Channel Sharing, File-Based QC, 4K Camera Workflows, the Workforce in Post and other developments and trends affecting the industry.

The HPA Tech Retreat Demo Room, completely re-imagined this year, will present over 60 leading companies and technologies in up close presentations and conversation.

Sponsors for the 2013 HPA Tech Retreat include; Foundation Sponsors: Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, Encore and Stereo D and Cloud Sigma, EMC(r) Isilon, Quantum, Sohonet and Technicolor. Media Sponsors include; Post Magazine, Shoot Magazine, Creative Handbook, Production Hub, and Sound & Picture.

Registration and reservations are highly recommended. The HPA Tech Retreat is a sold out event, year after year. A full schedule of the program can be viewed by visiting http://www.hpaonline.com/2013-program. Complete registration and information is available on the HPA website at http://www.hpaonline.com/2013-hpa-tech-retreat-home. For information regarding sponsorship or other opportunities call (213) 614-0860 or email 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.

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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Media Contact:
Chris Purse, 818.303.8088
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

Digital Vision’s Phoenix Automates and Refines Restoration Workflow

Software Powers Efforts of High Hat Post and Periscope Film

(Los Angeles, CA) From riding the surf to diving to the ocean’s depths in a submarine, Digital Vision‘s Phoenix Refine restoration software is helping to power the efforts of High Hat Post and Periscope Film. Currently, Phoenix is a crucial tool at High Hat Post in the restoration of a collection of vintage 16 mm surfing movies, as well as current productions. Periscope Film is using Phoenix to automate the restoration of the company’s acquired military footage. Both High Hat Post and Periscope Film attribute the success of their workflows to the unmatched features that Phoenix offers, including its ability to automatically remove dirt, dust, scratches and grain.

Craig Rogers, founder of High Hat Post, worked at IMAX for 11 years “making images perfect.” When he launched his boutique facility a year ago, his previous experience with Phoenix on IMAX footage influenced his choice of tools. Since installing Phoenix in August, High Hat Post has been relying upon the software for a number of titles, including restoring renowned documentary film director/cinematographer Greg MacGillivray’s vintage surfing movies, originally shot on 16mm.

“I chose Phoenix Refine because it is resolution independent, has superior flicker removal, and after really looking at our options, found nothing on the market that came close to its ability to manage grain and keep image detail,” says Rogers. “To do the heavy lifting of scratches, dirt and grain, High Hat Post uses Phoenix Refine not just for old restoration projects but for today’s video productions too.” Rogers also turns to Phoenix for current productions, including the clean up of video noise in low light scenes for an indie film short.

Rogers adds, “I tried all of the competing software packages. With its combination of ease of use, the DVO Clarity tool, and customer support, Phoenix Refine stood apart. It will be an essential tool in restoring the MacGillivray-Freeman surf film library.” A sampling of titles include The Sunshine Sea, Five Summer Stories, Cool Wave of Color, and Free and Easy.

Periscope Film has amassed over 1,000 military films, mostly government training shorts, educational material, or propaganda pieces. The company’s “Operation Archive” library houses some of the most obscure, historic footage long thought lost. Since launching Periscope, owners and preservationists Doug Weiner and Nick Spark have restored over 40 titles, available on DVD or iTunes. Titles restored on Phoenix include the John Ford documentary Memphis Belle, and Secret Life of Adolf Hitler, which was given an “A” rating by iTunes. Periscope also licenses their collection as stock footage.

“Phoenix Refine offers the whole package – a good price for superb automated cleanup of dust and scratches,” says Weiner. “Furthermore, its ability to degrain while preserving just enough grain for aesthetics remains unmatched.”

Weiner says they will render entire films, usually ranging in length from 10 to 30 minutes, for scratches and dirt. “It’s our go-to solution across the board. We pride ourselves on unmatched quality, and Phoenix delivers. We ask the software to do the impossible and it does it automatically. We don’t have the manpower to paint out everything in these archival elements. Phoenix does the job and is uniquely qualified because of its capability for doing multiple layers on one pass in a mechanized setup that’s repeatable!”

Weiner adds that having Digital Vision in Los Angeles was vital to their decision. “It made training easy and local support was important to us,” he says. “We explored other options, but Phoenix Refine answered our need of addressing different, challenging workflows for our unique collection.”

Digital Vision’s Phoenix range of products, with awarding-winning DVO image processing, provides automated, semi-automated and manual file-based restoration capabilities. Phoenix includes tools for film restoration and repair, and a custom range of tools for restoring images from video sources.

For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se.

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.

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 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contact:
ignite | Christine Purse | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473 | Mobile: +1 323 806 9696

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