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INTEGRATED MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGIES (IMT) HONES IN ON THE 2011 NAB SHOW WITH NEW NUCOMM 12-WAY PASSIVE TRACKER COFDM RECEIVE SYSTEM

Designed to Simplify Mobile-to-Fixed and Mobile-to-Mobile Signal Acquisition

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 11, 2011 – Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, will introduce its Nucomm 12-Way Passive Tracker COFDM Receive System at the 2011 NAB Show (Booth C6432).

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The 12-Way Passive Tracker Receive System is an autonomous COFDM central receive system designed to simplify mobile-to-fixed and mobile-to-mobile signal acquisition. The Passive Tracker addresses the need to provide fully autonomous central receive site operation while dramatically improving overall system performance. The system consists of an array of antennas, adaptive digital signal processing and maximum ratio combining techniques. When combined, the system provides significant improvement in workflow management.

“With efficiency as a cornerstone of our product development strategy, we are happy to introduce our 12-Way Passive Tracker Receive System at the 2011 NAB show,? says Integrated Microwave Technologies President, Stephen Shpock. “The Passive Tracker was developed in response to customer needs to reduce the required technical oversight and costs associated with maintaining and operating a highly reliable remote broadcast link. It has proven invaluable for city-wide wireless camera and ENG/OB reception.?

The Passive Tracker Receive System addresses the general complaint that aerial video links are complicated to operate, maintain and fraught with reliability problems by requiring no user intervention, improving the area of coverage and extending reliable operation to 7GHz.

Because analog FM operation often has design constraints that are opposed to an optimal COFDM system, IMT removed all consideration to analog FM operation and, by doing so, has been able look at the problem with an entirely new perspective.

The new approach is focused on the integration and optimization of antenna array design, adaptive digital signal processing and maximum ratio combining (MRC) techniques. These three areas have been viewed independently. Combining and optimizing these areas has lead to the development of a new class of receiver systems that provide significant value and efficiency to the industry.

The Passive Tracker is extremely easy to use and requires the user to simply set the operating frequency to work the system. The passive tracker analyzes the RF landscape and identifies and eliminates unwanted signals before they can impair reception, allowing for spatial separation and frequency reuse. This isolation is done electronically using adaptive signal processing. The system does not rely on positioning information of the remote vehicle. No GPS is required. By eliminating the GPS and tracking algorithms from the equation, the system achieves an extension in range and an improvement in overall coverage both near and far.

In addition, the Passive Tracker has been designed to reduce all deployment complexities. The antenna arrays are very small and light, allowing for a wide variety of deployment options and can be positioned on the top of a monopole tower or split apart and set up on the corners of a building.

Along with the RF system advancements, Nucomm has added the capability to stream live video over an IP network while maintaining support legacy ASI and RS232 features. With the integrated web server, all system parameters can be viewed at multiple locations including master control and even over a smart phone.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2010 revenue of £310 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.
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SSL Announces Mosart Medialab Newscast Automation Support at the 2011 NAB Show

New Developments Demonstrate Continued Commitment to Full Integration with Production Automation Systems

LAS VEGAS – Recognizing that live production automation is a growing part of broadcast production, Solid State Logic announces support for Mosart Medialab’s Newscast Automation System at the 2011 NAB Show (Booth C3310). Aimed at increasing the number of automation systems compatible with current C10 HD and C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Consoles, the Mosart Medialab implementation joins Ross Overdrive and Sony ELC in the growing list of SSL-supported systems. SSL will also announce a major software upgrade for existing C100 HD consoles that will provide access to production automation systems. more

Anton/Bauer Demonstrates Universal Applications of Its Gold Mount System with New Power Solutions for the Apple Macbooktm at the 2011 NAB Show

Company’s Gold-Mount Solutions Offer Infinite Capabilities That Reach Far Beyond the Camera

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 11, 2011 – Anton/Bauer®, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will demonstrate the virtually limitless universal applications of its advanced Gold Mount® System for non-camera uses, including the new QRC-MBPA Gold Mount® power solution for the Apple MacBookTM, at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Booth C7032). more

SOUND DEVICES OFFERS CUSTOMERS AN INSIDE LOOK INTO NEW PIX LINE

Industry to Get Preview of the New Portable Video Recorders at 2011 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 11, 2011 — Sound Devices, experts in portable hard-disk recording for audio, will offer customers an exclusive first look at their newest line of products at the 2011 NAB Show (Booth C2946). For the first time in company history, Sound Devices will soon bring its recording technology to video with the introduction of the PIX recorders, consisting of two products — PIX 220 and PIX 240.

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“Continuing Sound Devices’ heritage in field production, we’ve taken the next step and introduced high-performance video along with high performance audio with our new PIX recorders,? said Matt Anderson, Director of Engineering for Sound Devices. “While our existing products have become the audio recorder of choice for countless productions worldwide, their superior design, reliability and support is now extended into video with the introduction of the PIX 220 and PIX 240. Camera and sound operators alike will soon be able to count on these new high-performance recorders.?

The new PIX 220 and PIX 240 can be connected to cameras with HDMI and can record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or optionally, Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post-production, making the workflow simple and fast. The PIX 240 adds even more flexibility, with its HD-SDI input and simultaneous HD-SDI and HDMI outputs.

The audio circuitry on the PIX 220 and PIX 240 was based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu EIN), high headroom, high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters and phantom power.

PIX 240 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time code generator/reader with Genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. The source time code can be derived from the HD-SDI stream, from an external source, or from the built-in generator in PIX 240. Additional features include digital audio inputs on AES3, and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA storage volumes.

Both PIX 220 and PIX 240 include generous five-inch, 800×480 pixel LCD displays. This display is essential in the field and it gives immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering, and Setup Menu selections. A side panel rotary control and four front-panel buttons provide quick access to setup options while the large, illuminated, tactile record controls give instant confirmation of recording status.

PIX recorders are built with a metalized, molded carbon-fiber chassis and are powered by external 10-18 VDC or two removable Sony L-battery mount batteries.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders and related audio equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The twelve-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.
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Anton/Bauer Introduces New Gold Mount Solutions for Industry’s Top Cameras at the NAB Show

Anton/Bauer Builds Confidence with Industry Pro’s with Leading Options for Definitive Battery Mounting System

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 11, 2011 – Anton/Bauer®, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will demonstrate the infinite capabilities of its advanced Gold Mount® System for some of the industry’s top cameras from such manufacturers as ARRI, Canon, Panasonic and Sony at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Booth C7032). more

SSL INTRODUCES NEW CONSOLE I/O UNIT AND ENHANCED REDUNDANT I/O CAPABILITY

New Alpha-Link Live-R Adds Redundant Fibre Connectivity to Low-cost Alpha-LinkLive Console I/O Unit and New ‘Loop Redundancy Mode’ Expands Redundant Console I/O Capability

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic will introduce the new ‘Alpha-Link Live-R’ console I/O unit and expand redundant fibre connectivity options at the 2011 NAB Show (Booth C3310). The new Alpha-Link Live-R unit adds a set of redundant MADI optical fiber connections to the existing Alpha-Link Live low cost console I/O unit. The new Loop Redundancy Mode reduces the number of cables required for redundant fibre system installation and doubles the amount of audio signals that can be passed between the C10 or C100 Digital Broadcast Console and the modular B-RIO I/O Unit.

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“In live broadcast operations, signal integrity is of the utmost importance,? says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL Inc. “The new Loop Redundancy Mode expands SSL’s MADI Fibre redundancy for all our I/O and makes a redundant solution more affordable with Alpha-Link. We believe this Alpha-Link Live-R and Loop Redundancy Mode is the low-cost audio insurance policy for which the industry has been waiting.?

The new C10/C100 Loop Redundancy Mode uses a ‘Loop’ MADI optical fibre connection between the console’s main and backup Blackrock Processors to half the number of cables required to install a redundant I/O configuration. With Blackrock Loop Redundancy Mode, the need for main and backup fibers connecting to both main and backup processors in a redundant system is no longer required. With Loop Redundancy, the main fiber will connect to the main Blackrock, the backup fiber to the backup Blackrock. In the case of a main fiber failure, the Alpha-Link Live-R or MORSE Stagebox will switch to its backup port and the audio and control will be routed via the ‘Loop’ fibre connection from the backup Blackrock back to the main Blackrock, thus providing an elegant solution for both fiber and processor redundancy. The resultant reduction in consumption of MADI ports effectively doubles the maximum connectivity between console processors and a B-RIO unit.

About Alpha-Link Live-REach Alpha-Link Live-R unit provides 24 balanced analogue inputs and outputs (with high-quality 24-bit analogue conversion) and 12 AES input and output pairs (with eight channels of high 24-bit sample rate conversion). Alpha-Link Live-R is connected to the console using MADI over fiber, ensuring absolute signal integrity. Alpha-Link Live-R includes redundant PSUs, all fitted into a compact 2U rack.

Key Features:• Dual MADI Fiber I/O connections
• MADI I/O locked to C10 HD and C100 HDS highly stable clock
• 24 balanced Analogue I/O
• 12 Pairs of AES Digital I/O
• Fiber MADI guarantees pristine audio
• Embedded control data simplifies cabling and operation
• Analogue input/output metering via 24 tricolor LEDs
• Compact 2U Rack enclosure
• Redundant PSUs as standard

The SSL Console I/O range includes:• Alpha-Link Live-R
• Alpha-Link Live
• Alpha-Link 8RMP: 2U remote 8-channel mic amp unit
• B-RIO: fully scalable modular local console I/O system with comprehensive I/O options.
• MORSE Router: providing multi-console audio asset sharing
• MORSE Stagebox: remote modular I/O with analogue, digital and SDI embed/de-embed options.

Loop Redundancy Mode is part of the forthcoming C10 HD V3 and C100 HDS V4 Software release.

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

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SSL EXPANDS CAPABILITY OF C100 HDS DIGITAL BROADCAST CONSOLE WITH RELEASE OF NEW V4 SOFTWARE AT THE 2011 NAB SHOW

New Features Extend Capability, Productivity and Connectivity for Broadcasters

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic will debut its new V4 Software for the industry standard C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console at the 2011 NAB Show (Booth C3310). Demonstrating on-going development of the C100 HDS, the new V4 Software release offers new features and options that significantly increase capability, productivity and connectivity for the high-end broadcaster.

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“The well-established C100 HDS continues to dominate the broadcast, education and high-end corporate market by providing uncompromising power, flexibility and sound quality,? says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “With the V4 Software, this most powerful console presents more options for integrating into existing broadcast systems, while providing new creative tools for engineers and producers.?

Highlights of the new software include ‘C-Play’, another industry first from SSL, which integrates a professional audio playout system into the console surface, delivering superior ergonomics for the operator, integrated recall of playlists with console projects and a competitive price benefit. Compatibility with external studio systems is significantly enhanced. V4 includes integration with Mosart Medialab Newscast Automation. Mosart is one of the world’s leading production automation systems and adds to existing support for Sony ELC and Ross Overdrive. Continuing with the integration theme, full duplex connectivity with Reidel RockNet Audio Networks (including remote preamp control and compatibility with their Independent Gain System) expands compatibility with installed audio networks. ‘Audio Follow Video’ capabilities are also enhanced with independently programmable ramp on/off fade times.

Improving on a class leading set of redundancy capabilities, V4 introduces Loop Redundancy Mode for the SSL MORSE Stagebox and the new Alpha-Link Live-R MADI I/O unit. Building on the success of the Alpha-Link Live low cost console I/O unit, the new Alpha-Link Live-R unit adds a set of Redundant MADI optical fiber connections to the existing Alpha-Link Live low cost console I/O unit. The new Loop Redundancy Mode reduces the number of cables required for redundant fibre system installation and doubles the amount of audio signals that can be passed between the C10/C100 and the modular B-RIO I/O Unit.

V4 also brings several surround production additions. The 5.1 Foldown system adds user adjustable individual Center, Rear (LS and RS) and LFE gain setting, an overall stereo output level trim and a new M-3/M-6 mono fold-down option. A new 5.1 BLITS Tone Ident generator routes to all 5.1 format PGM, ASG, Channel and Utility Buses.

V4 Software for C100 HDS is due for release in June 2011.
For more information visit www.solidstatelogic.com.
For detailed specifications and cost options contact sales@solidstatelogic.com.

Editors Notes;C100 HDS V4 software is yet another step in the evolution of the world’s most established broadcast audio console system. Originally introduced in 2003, C100, C100 HD and C100 HDS consoles are in continued use in a broad spectrum of critical broadcast applications worldwide. C100 HDS is a specialized Broadcast Audio Console offering versatile, scalable Control Surface, Processing, I/O and Routing options that are custom configured to match customer requirements. C100 HDS delivers advanced technology and workflow solutions for fixed, mobile or sophisticated multi-studio installations. C100 integrates with SSL’s MORSE multi console, multi studio audio asset sharing system that can include multiple SSL C100 HDS and the smaller C10 HD consoles with asset control from the console surface.

C100 HDS offers many options to solve the production and workflow challenges: a ‘Broadcast Production Automation’ option provides support for Ross, Sony and Mosart Medialab production automation systems, a ‘5.1 Upmix’ option that generates multichannel surround output from stereo sources and a ‘Dialogue Automix’ option ensures reliable, multi-mic talk show audio level management. SSL’s DAW control option enables post production mixing during studio dark periods for increased studio productivity.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.
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SSL ‘C-PLAY’ EMBEDS PROFESSIONAL AUDIO PLAYOUTSYSTEM INTO C10 HD AND C100 HDS

C-Play Delivers Significant Ergonomic and Workflow Advantages and Removes the Need for Dedicated Playout Systems

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic announced yet another industry first with their new ‘C-Play’ Audio Playout System for C100 HDS and C10 HD Digital Broadcast Consoles at the 2011 NAB show (Booth C3310). Demonstrating once again that SSL continues to lead the way with broadcast audio products that deliver streamlined workflow and outstanding value, the new C-Play system embeds a fully functional spot and music playout system into their digital broadcast console range.

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“Audio file playout systems for spots and music are an essential part of everyday broadcast operations. Until now, broadcasters have been faced with sourcing expensive dedicated playout systems and preparing console project and playout systems individually,? says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “SSL’s new C-Play system offers the broadcaster sophisticated playout functionality with the significant additional ergonomic and workflow advantages of an embedded system.?

The C-Play system is embedded into the SSL C100 HDS and C10 HD console control surface, delivering superior ergonomics for the operator, integrated recall of Playlists with console projects and a competitive price benefit. C-Play combines ‘Player,’ ‘Cut’ and ‘Playlist’ functions in a simple, streamlined system. The C-Play user interface features all of the familiar playout controls users will expect and is operated from the console’s central touch screen. Playback triggers can also be assigned to console faders or buttons or external control systems. Audio files are stored in a shared network location, enabling import from an external craft editor. A comprehensive cut system sets individual file playback properties without altering the audio source file and offers complete control over Start, Stop, Loop, Fade, etc. A sequence of cuts can be assembled into fully featured ‘playlists’ for instant recall and manual or automated playback.

C-Play completely integrates an essential studio process into the audio console, eliminating a requirement for dedicated hardware and significantly streamlining operator preparation for on air sessions.

C-Play will be available as part of a C10 HD V3 and C100 HDS V4 Software Upgrade release from July 2011.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.
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Sound Devices Introduces MixPre-D Portable Mixer at the 2011 NAB Show

Offers Impressive Audio, Compact Design for Industry Professionals

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 7, 2011—Sound Devices is setting a new standard for compact, high-performance portable audio mixers with the introduction of its newest MixPre-D at this year’s 2011 NAB Show (Booth C2946). Ideal for documentary-style, sports, news magazine, and corporate-industrial productions, MixPre-D is designed for any production application where capturing great sound is important, but size and weight are a concern. more

Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) Unveils Nucomm Newscoder 4 at the 2011 NAB Show

MPEG-4 Enabled Encoder Allows Broadcasters to Transmit HD Content Efficiently

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 7, 2011 – Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, will unveil its Nucomm Newscoder 4 at the 2011 NAB Show (Booth C6432). more

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