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RTI Announces New Driver for Autonomic Mirage Media Solutions

New Two-Way Driver Facilitates Seamless Integration of Autonomic Local and Streaming Audio Capabilities Into RTI Control Systems

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — March 12, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has announced the availability of a new two-way driver for Autonomic’s popular Mirage Media Servers and Mirage Audio Systems. Developed by Autonomic, the new driver makes it simple for integrators to incorporate both local and streaming audio capabilities into RTI’s cost-effective control systems, providing their clients with powerful control and interactive browsing functionality.

Offered in two-source and six-source versions, Autonomic’s Mirage Media Servers support high-definition local content, such as iTunes and WMP playlists, and the most popular streaming music services, including Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, and more. Cloud-based synchronization ensures that a user’s entire library is with them wherever they go. For a complete audiophile-grade, multi-room audio solution, Autonomic’s Mirage Audio Systems packages a Mirage Media Server with a choice of Mirage Digital Amplifiers. Perfect for small residential systems to large commercial environments, the systems can support up to 96 individual zones of audio.

With the new two-way driver, users have an intuitive control interface that allows them to easily browse and switch between local and streaming content, create custom playlists, and even add new streaming service accounts on the fly. All of these features are further enhanced with the RTI control system, allowing the end user to also select the location they want to play music in, control the volume, and make adjustments to any other electronic systems in the home or commercial facility — all without having to switch user interfaces.

“Control is central to what we do,” said Michael de Nigris, CEO of Autonomic. “RTI’s sophisticated control platform provides us with robust integration capabilities, and we are very pleased with the results that we’ve been able to achieve pairing RTI solutions with Mirage Media Servers.”

“At RTI, our goal is to provide users with a single interface for complete control over all of their electronic systems. We are very excited to have our integration partnership with Autonomic taken to the next level with their development of this robust two-way driver and all of its powerful features,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “By offering seamless integration of Autonomic’s award-winning media solutions into RTI control systems, it’s easier than ever for installers to provide their customers with audiophile-grade digital music and the most satisfying control experience possible.”

The Autonomic driver is compatible with all XP control processors. Using the latest version of RTI’s award-winning Integration Designer(R) programming software, installers can easily provide their clients with a completely customized, intuitive control experience, in a drag-and-drop programming environment.

The Autonomic driver is available now on the Autonomic website at www.autonomic-controls.com.

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About Autonomic
Autonomic Controls, Inc. (www.autonomic-controls.com) introduced the world’s first cloud-based media server, making audio and video consumption more reliable, easy and fulfilling. Exclusively engineered for control system integration, Autonomic products have become the standard for converging content for multi-room distribution from the most popular sources, such as iTunes(R), Windows Media, Last.fm, Pandora(R), Rhapsody(R), TuneIn Radio, SiriusXM(R) Internet Radio, and Spotify(R).

About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android(TM) devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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Nexidia Announces Nexidia QC(TM) 2.1 for Caption and Language Verification

ATLANTA — March 12, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced Nexidia QC(TM) 2.1, the latest release of its software tool to automate quality control of closed captions, video description, and languages for broadcast and IP workflows. Nexidia QC 2.1 features new integrations and enhancements, including the ability to retime captions, that make the tool even more effective at saving time and operating costs and helping customers avoid costly mistakes and potential fines.

“Since its introduction a year ago, many in the industry have recognized Nexidia QC as a unique and essential tool for verifying languages and caption quality, so we’re committed to ensuring that the product evolves to keep up with the needs of the industry,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “This latest version integrates with two of the most popular production automation solutions available, which makes it even easier for those users to adopt Nexidia QC into their workflows.”

Nexidia QC 2.1 features enhanced job reporting and automated caption retiming, which retimes live captions for subsequent re-use and corrects sync problems caused by frame-rate conversion. Although many tools fix caption timing for frame-rate conversion, Nexidia QC 2.1 is the first to automatically correct live caption timing issues.

In addition to the currently supported AmberFin Unified Quality Control (UQC) integration, Nexidia QC 2.1 expands integration to include Telestream Vantage. Now Vantage users can seamlessly integrate Nexidia QC tests and actions using the Vantage workflow designer.

Nexidia will demonstrate Nexidia QC 2.1 at the 2014 NAB Show in booth SL12517. The product can also be seen working within the AmberFin UQC environment at AmberFin’s booth (SU8505). Nexidia QC 2.1 will be available in May 2014.

More information about Nexidia QC and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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NETIA Products at the 2014 NAB Show

2014 NAB Show Preview,
NETIA,
Exhibiting With Globecast (Booth SU2706) and in the French Pavilion (Booth C2950),
April 7-10, Las Vegas

At the 2014 NAB Show, NETIA will highlight an array of new product features and functions that not only streamline the sharing of content among production sites, but also enrich the use of metadata in media asset management. The company will showcase enhancements that improve users’ multimedia production capabilities, as well as their mobile and remote production workflows. NETIA also will demonstrate its ability to integrate complex production ecosystems and simplify the publishing of content and data to the second screen.

NEW NETIA Media Assist and Workflow Solutions
At the 2014 NAB Show, NETIA will showcase the integration of its new multiple-device interface for audiovisual media management with the company’s well-established Radio-Assist(TM) radio automation solution via a secure cross-platform Web-based interface. This integration enables journalists and field staff to use virtually any mobile device — laptop, tablet, or smartphone — and operating system (iOS, Windows, and Android) to gain remote access to the NETIA Radio-Assist database and subsequently search, browse, ingest, edit video and/or audio, segment the video, insert a logo or subtitle, and export and publish it on social networks. With this portable lightweight interface, broadcasters gain a powerful tool for multimedia content creation. The new NETIA Web-based interface not only enables convenient content editing and repurposing of professional branded multimedia, but also automates publishing to key social media outlets.

Enhanced iSnippet Audio Editing Tool for iPhone(R) and iPad(R)
NETIA’s Snippet range of editing tools, available within the Radio-Assist(TM) automation solution, has been improved for iOS(R) devices. Sharing the same look and ergonomic principles as the Snippet desktop interface, the iPhone(R)- and iPad(R)-compatible iSnippet tool has already given field reporters and others remote Radio-Assist audio editing capabilities — familiar from the desktop — on their portable devices. Now, iSnippet serves as an all-in-one solution that allows iOS device users not only to edit and index media from their mobile devices, but also to record and export ready-to-broadcast assets from the in-studio Radio-Assist database.

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Improved Teleprompter for Windows(R) Tablets
The teleprompter module for the Radio-Assist(TM) radio automation suite gives presenters and journalists convenient visual access to news scripts on their Windows(R) tablet displays. The module also drives the studio playout system to increase users’ remote control capabilities. The enhanced version being demonstrated at the 2014 NAB Show features a new bidirectional link between the prompter and the broadcast/playout module within Radio-Assist, which in turn enables the playout system to control content directly from the prompter and vice versa. Consequently, the Windows tablet user, working either in the studio or in the field, now can start and stop audio directly from the prompter without third-party intervention. NETIA also will highlight standard teleprompter module features such as customizable text size, color selection, automatic read speed control, and read length, which may be configured within specific user profiles.

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Company Overview:

NETIA, a Globecast company and part of Orange, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of audiovisual content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 15,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include the Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, Cumulus Radio, Radio Globo in Brazil, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium, and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Revolabs Launches FLX(TM) UC 500

First USB Speakerphone to Provide Exceptional Audio Performance in PC-Based UC Solutions

SUDBURY, Mass. — March 12, 2014 — Revolabs today announced the debut of its award-winning FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone, setting a new audio standard for unified communication applications. Designed specifically for everyday PC-based communications, the feature-rich speakerphone provides high-fidelity audio experiences to settings such as desktop workspaces and conference rooms via dual speaker elements, four microphones, and integrated echo cancellation — packing amazing audio performance into a simple, sleek, sound-first speakerphone.

“When designing the market-changing FLX UC 500, Revolabs had a very simple goal in mind: put the speaker in the speakerphone,” said JP Carney, CEO of Revolabs. “The FLX UC 500 allows users in conference rooms, huddle rooms, small offices, and home setups to experience best-in-class audio performance for applications such as softphone calls, webinars, and videoconferencing. The result is a completely redefined audio experience that goes beyond anything the industry has come to expect for PC-based communications.”

The Revolabs FLX UC 500 USB conference phone is the market’s first device to provide powerful high-fidelity audio capabilities as well as conference-room quality audio playback and capture using tweeter and mid-woofer elements, and four embedded microphones within an eye-catching, compact design. Equipped with leading-edge echo cancellation technology, higher bandwidth, and more power than traditional devices, the FLX UC 500 delivers a new level of audio clarity, quality, and volume — enabling participants to hear every word with superior call intelligibility within any audio environment. Using a combination of full-duplex communication capabilities, high-tech manufacturing, and ultra-modern design, users can now easily engage in UC collaborations that finally resemble the authenticity of face-to-face conversations.

Already recognized with a TMC INTERNET TELEPHONY 2014 Product of the Year Award, the FLX UC 500 can be used as an external audio device or connected to any laptop, PC, or tablet device for use with Skype(TM), Microsoft(R) Lync(TM), Cisco Jabber, IBM Sametime(R), WebEx(TM), and many other applications. With its superior audio quality and professional speaker elements, the FLX UC 500 also serves as an ideal desktop music sound system. More information on the FLX UC 500 and Revolabs’ full line of products is available at www.revolabs.com.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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BenQ’s New M7 Series Projectors Bring High Brightness to Classrooms, Meeting Spaces, and Multimedia Spaces

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and global DLP(R) projector leader, today introduced additions to the M7 Series of business projectors with the new MX768 and MW769. Part of the company’s high brightness, high performance devices, the projection pair features up to 4,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, contrast ratios extending to 13,000:1, and flexible installation options that virtually eliminate the need to perform any manual adjustments. The end result is Colorific(TM) picture quality for accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color, SmartEco(TM) power-saving technology for lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), and overall simpler setup and maintenance for a wide range of small to medium-sized applications.

“The latest additions to our M7 Series sustain BenQ’s belief that both brightness and image quality can go hand-in-hand with ease of use and installation flexibility,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “With wireless display capabilities, compatibility with third-party devices, and flexible placement options, the new MX768 and MW769 projectors are a testament to BenQ’s reputation for responsive innovation — providing teachers, students, and presenters with collaborative tools for superior presentations.”

Featuring resolutions in both XGA (MX768) and WXGA (MW769), respective 4,000 and 4,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, and high contrast ratios of 13,000:1, the MX768 and MW769 projectors are designed to bring the precision, brightness, and high-quality imaging required to meet the demands of today’s medium-sized classrooms, corporate meeting spaces, and other presentation venues — regardless of ambient light settings. For added convenience and to further accentuate the multimedia facets of any presentation by bringing screen-casted content to life, the projectors also come equipped with 20W speakers, offer full 3D Ready and nVidia 3DTV Play capabilities, and include optional wireless display for content delivery over the cloud.

For IT managers, LAN control enables centralized remote monitoring and management, while integration with Crestron(R) RoomView(TM), AMX(R), and PJLink(R), plus 1.5x (MX768) and 1.6x (MW769) big-zoom lens ratios, add to the projectors’ flexibility. Setups are made even easier with “Corner Fit” for both vertical and horizontal keystone capabilities, which adjust the picture’s four corners to create a perfectly rectangular onscreen shape, while “Surface Fit” automatically prevents unwanted image blends due to uneven surfaces, eliminating the need for users to ever perform another manual adjustment.

To enable PC-less presentations, the MX768 and MW769 provide wireless display options, allowing cable-free connections to presenters’ content sources for more fluid interactive sessions. The projectors offer a complete multimedia hub with a variety of connectivity options including HDMI, RJ45, and USB. Other energy-saving features include “instant restart,” which allows rapid rebooting when the devices are accidentally switched off, up to 3,500 hours of lamp life with BenQ’s SmartEco(TM) lamp-saving technology, and a filter-free optical system, which reduces the projectors’ TCO.

Available now, BenQ’s MX768 and MW769 projectors retail at $2,199 and $2,399 respectively. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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TBC Integration Announces Company Name Change to DigitalGlue

New Company Name and Website Reflect Systems Integrator’s Heritage of Providing Highly Integrated, Customized Solutions for Digital Content Distribution

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — March 12, 2014 — TBC Integration, an industry-leading systems integrator with a 14-year track record of providing comprehensive solutions for digital video content distribution, officially announced today that it has changed its company name to DigitalGlue. The new name reflects the company’s core expertise in digital video infrastructure with custom software integration and reaffirms its commitment to delivering comprehensive solutions for the full range of contribution, satellite distribution, broadcast television, direct-to-home, cable, IPTV, and OTT installations.

TBC Integration was founded in 2002 to provide broadcast and satellite hardware sales and integration services, with a separate division devoted to custom software development for media ingest, content management, targeted distribution, automation, and playout. The two divisions had incredible growth leveraging the strengths of one another. Looking to the future, the media industry will shift away from proprietary hardware to software-based CPU/GPU solutions. DigitalGlue is well-positioned to assist as a technology partner.

“As our company has grown, we’ve placed increased emphasis on our ability to partner with best-of-breed hardware and systems providers and then provide the customization needed to deliver a cohesive, tailored solution. This custom software expertise is a key differentiator for our business and represents an exciting growth opportunity for our company,” said Sean Busby, president and co-founder, DigitalGlue. “The name ‘DigitalGlue’ expresses our focus on connecting legacy infrastructures into a true end-to-end digital workflow and positions us well in today’s rapidly converging digital video ecosystem.”

Today, DigitalGlue lists many of the world’s most visible and well-known media brands as its clients. The company has recently renewed its contract with Fox News Networks to provide technical support for nationwide affiliate programming distribution, as well as with Trinity Broadcasting Network to provide on-site staff for master control engineering, postproduction, and media asset management personnel. In addition, DigitalGlue was recently awarded network rollout contracts for The CW and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Through its GSA schedule, the company has also been awarded projects for the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, as well as the Harris Corporation’s Government division. DigitalGlue developed an automated metadata and transcoding solution for Thales Group’s in-flight entertainment systems video streaming solution that will be installed on aircraft of several major airlines and enable content to be directly streamed to passengers’ smartphones, tablets, and laptops during flight.

DigitalGlue currently bases its custom-integrated solutions around four cornerstone partners: Harmonic for digital video infrastructure, Bridge Technologies for end-to-end monitoring and analysis, Verimatrix for software-based security, and VideoFlow for Internet-based content distribution.

To reflect its updated brand identity, DigitalGlue has launched a new website. More information about the company and its services can be found at www.digitalglue.com.

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About DigitalGlue
DigitalGlue is an industry-leading systems integrator for all things digital video — contribution, postproduction, distribution, broadcast, cable, and streaming. Decades of experience coupled with in-house, expert software development capabilities equip the company to turn any concept into reality. Long-standing relationships with top-of-the-line manufacturers dedicated to open standards and a team of highly skilled engineers enable DigitalGlue to create custom solutions with today’s technology with an eye on the future. More information is available at www.digitalglue.com.

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Sonnet Ships Quietest and Most Compact Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis

Echo(TM) Express SEL Delivers Thunderbolt 2 for Low-Profile PCI Express(R) Cards

IRVINE, Calif. — March 11, 2014 — Sonnet today announced the Echo(TM) Express SEL, the latest addition to the award-winning Echo Express line of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) expansion systems. Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SEL enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express(R) (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac(R) computer with a Thunderbolt port. The new model is the smallest and quietest Echo chassis yet, and supports one low-profile PCIe card.

The Echo Express SEL incorporates ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt and provides sufficient throughput to support many of the highest-performing and most demanding PCIe cards. The new expansion chassis is ideally suited for use with high-bandwidth networking cards, host bus adapters, and storage interface cards, allowing them to connect with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac(R), Mac mini, MacBook Air(R), and MacBook Pro(R) computers, as well as Mac Pro(R) computers that lack PCIe expansion slots. Plus, the Echo Express SEL’s dual Thunderbolt 2 ports not only support full-bandwidth connectivity with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers, but provide full backward compatibility with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and support daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.

The Echo Express SEL supports low-profile, single-width PCIe 2.0 x8 cards. The majority of the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA host bus adapters, and RAID controller cards fall into this category, making the SEL a perfect match for users needing a discrete, quiet, and yet very fast PCIe chassis to connect one of these specialized interface cards to their computers. Thunderbolt 2 technology is essential for enabling many high-performance cards, such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet, to yield optimal performance over Thunderbolt. For example, in a test using Small Tree Communications’ dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet CAT6 Network Adapter with the Echo Express SEL, performance increased by 40 percent compared to the same card tested in a standard 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-to-PCIe chassis. The list of compatible PCIe cards is available on Sonnet’s website, and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified.

Measuring 4 inches wide by 8.4 inches long by 2.8 inches tall and weighing just 1.75 pounds, the Echo Express SEL is compact and lightweight, yet its rugged aluminum case provides great protection for the installed card. The SEL features an ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled fan to help keep even warm cards cool. When not needed, the fan slows down to a whisper. The SEL is Sonnet’s quietest expansion chassis yet.

The Echo Express SEL ships with an 80W external power adapter, keeping the system’s energy usage low. The SEL also conserves energy by automatically powering on whenever the connected computer powers on or wakes, or powering off when the computer powers off or sleeps. Sonnet includes a cable locking mechanism that secures the Thunderbolt connectors and prevents accidental cable disconnects. Like the other models in the Echo Express family, the Echo Express SEL was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

“Many of our customers that have only one PCIe card, such as a high-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or high bandwidth storage interface card, need the increased performance of Thunderbolt 2 but want the smallest and quietest chassis possible,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Now, users purchasing a new Mac Pro, or other Thunderbolt 2 technology-enabled computers, will be able to take advantage of the groundbreaking performance of Thunderbolt 2 technology using Sonnet’s most affordable Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis.”

The Echo Express SEL (part number ECHO-EXP-SEL) is now available for $399 USD. More information on the product and compatible PCIe expansion cards is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpresssel.html.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable RAID storage solutions. For more than 27 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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NEP Studios Introduces Transportable Control Room

Portable Control Room Provides Everything Smaller Productions Need Without Requiring a Permanent Studio

PITTSBURGH — March 11, 2014 — NEP Studios today announced the launch of a unique transportable studio that can be shipped to any location in North America, where it can be fully operational often in less than 12 hours. NEP’s new transportable control room provides a full complement of state-of-the-art control-room equipment to accommodate productions with up to eight cameras — making it ideal for smaller or shorter-term television programs that might not have the budget or the need to rent a permanent studio space.

“In many big cities such as New York and Los Angeles, long-term studio space for productions can, at times, be scarce,” said Barry Katz, senior vice president and general manager of NEP Studios. “The new transportable control room is a direct response to our clients who need a fast and cost-effective solution, and don’t want a long-term studio. With this unique transportable solution, we can offer them the capabilities of a permanent control room, complete with consoles and furniture, with the flexibility and efficiency of a flypack.”

This new studio solution was designed for smaller productions that have shorter run times — such as series pilots, shows that are in a limited-audience testing period, talk shows, magazine shows, multicamera corporate or enterprise video projects, or productions that rely mainly on webcasting.

Although this transportable solution can be customized to include any equipment combination specified by the client, the standard configuration supports productions of six to eight cameras and includes a choice of a Grass Valley Kayak, Kalypso, Karrera, or Kayenne switcher; a 48-input Studer Vista 5 audio-mixing desk; a six-channel DVD-RAM recorder; and eight DVE systems. Also included are a complete Riedel intercom system, an integrated router, and a monitor wall that can be scaled and configured to the size and dimensions of the production space. NEP’s transportable control room includes chairs and consoles that can be assembled in up to three rows to accommodate up to 10 technicians and production staff.

“We’re excited about this new transportable control room, because it adds a truly unique and flexible solution to NEP’s worldwide pool of industry-leading resources,” Katz said. “It also broadens the range of solutions we are able to offer our clients for smaller, short-term productions — adding more scalability to our offerings.”

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About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units, and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, and technical host broadcasting services that set the global industry standard. NEP is based in Pittsburgh, USA, and has offices throughout Australia, the United Kingdom, and United States. For more information, visit www.nepinc.com.

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BYU-Idaho Relies on Front Porch Digital for Foundation of Its Video Workflow

DIVArchive(R) CSM System Drives Storage and Search, While DIVAnet(R) Links University to Off-Campus Disaster Recovery Sites

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — March 10, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced that Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho) has installed a DIVArchive(R) CSM system and a DIVAnet(R) multisite content distribution solution in its A/V productions department, which provides video services for the entire campus. In addition to recording a weekly devotional, the department records events and other productions throughout the campus for educational purposes, then stores the files in DIVArchive. It uses DIVAnet to connect with other BYU campuses and church facilities within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), which owns and operates BYU-Idaho.

“Every production center on campus went completely tapeless about three years ago without a good digital archiving system in place. We’ve tried a few solutions but always had storage and retrieval issues, to the point where users didn’t want to move their files out of active storage because they just didn’t trust the archive,” said Luke Hale, digital systems engineer in the BYU-Idaho A/V productions department. “Our Front Porch Digital systems have alleviated all of those problems. The systems are built for broadcast and designed to prevent downtime, which is critical in a situation like ours. With Front Porch Digital, we finally have a reliable storage architecture that people will use.”

DIVArchive met BYU-Idaho’s critical requirements for reliability and discoverability with plenty of space to enable the university to keep its active storage clear. An important factor in the installation is DIVArchive’s seamless integration with BYU-Idaho’s media asset management (MAM) system.

“For us, everything is driven by the MAM, and our DIVArchive system is a powerful backend engine that drives all of our storage and discovery,” Hale said.

Another critical requirement for BYU-Idaho was disaster recovery. DIVAnet provides a way to transfer high-value assets to disaster recovery locations off campus that also use DIVArchive. At the same time, it gives BYU-Idaho a way to connect with other campuses and churches to share media for production purposes.

BYU-Idaho has integrated DIVArchive and DIVAnet with all elements of its production, building many of its video workflows with DIVArchive as the foundation. Every piece of video that will be used on the website, in a course, at events, or elsewhere, touches the DIVArchive system in one way or another.

“BYU-Idaho’s A/V department is instrumental in enhancing the learning environment for students and preserving the LDS church’s messages,” said Dave Polyard, senior vice president of sales for Front Porch Digital. “In DIVArchive and DIVAnet, the university has a reliable storage architecture that users can trust, as well as a means of moving content to disaster recovery sites to ensure its critical assets are protected.”

More information about Front Porch Digital is available at fpdigital.com.

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About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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IMS Productions Builds New HD Mobile Unit With Beck TV

IMS-HD3 Expands IMS Productions’ Fleet of State-of-the-Art Trucks and Enables Company to Provide Dedicated Unit for Lakers Home Games

AUSTIN, Texas — March 6, 2014 — Beck TV (formerly Beck Associates), one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators, today announced that the company has completed a state-of-the-art HD mobile production truck for multimedia production company IMS Productions. Dubbed IMS-HD3, the new 53-foot expando unit is currently serving as a dedicated production unit for Los Angeles Lakers home basketball games at the Staples Center.

“We chose to build HD3 with Beck TV because we heard great things about the company and because the project price fit our budget,” said Paul Nijak, director of engineering for IMS Productions. “The build itself was smoother than I imagined it could be, largely because of the company’s clear commitment to getting the job done right, no matter what it takes. Beck TV’s work was very accurate, and we finished the truck on time and on budget.”

IMS Productions is located in Indianapolis just across the street from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The company’s HD remote-production truck fleet crisscrosses the nation to provide live production services for national sports and entertainment broadcasts and events. IMS-HD3 is a 12-camera stand-alone truck that requires no B unit.

Among the systems built into the truck are Sony 2400 cameras, a Grass Valley Kayenne K-Frame HD switcher, a Calrec Artemis Beam audio console, and Sony and EVS machines, with Evertz audio and video routing. Nijak supplied the trailer design and worked with the Beck TV team in Texas to bring the project to completion.

“Once the trailer got to Beck TV’s Austin facility, I spent time on site, almost becoming part of the integration team,” added Nijak. “I knew already that the company’s integrators were part of the staff, and during the build I found that this approach allowed Beck TV to apply an uncommonly high level of quality control.”

“Working with Paul and the rest of the IMS team to build IMS-HD3 was a complete pleasure,” said Fred Beck, president & director of engineering at Beck TV. “The folks at IMS are professionals who know exactly what they want, and that always makes an integrator’s job easier. We are currently in the middle of building another truck with IMS — the new IMS-HD5, a very robust double-expando unit — and we anticipate another successful IMS truck rollout in the very near future.”

Further information about Beck TV is available at www.becktv.com.

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About IMS Productions
IMS Productions is a premier, multi-faceted multimedia production company located in Indianapolis, just across the street from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Our state-of-the-art HD remote production truck fleet criss-crosses the nation, providing live production services for national sports and entertainment broadcasts and events. Our award-winning team of producers, videographers, editors and graphic artists is ready to see your project through from storyboard to final master. IMSP is also home to two 2,000-square-foot production studios ready for anything from full set productions with studio audiences to single-talent live shots, complete with uplink services. Visit www.imsptv.com, follow us @IMSProductions, and like us on Facebook to learn more.

About Beck TV
Beck TV (formerly Beck Associates) is one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators. With more than 30 years of experience, Beck TV has designed and built more professional television facilities for more customers than any other systems integrator. In virtually every application from broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, sports trucks, and stadium venues to educational institutions and houses of worship, Beck TV uses a collaborative approach to assure successful outcomes, on time and on budget. The company maintains full-service offices in Denver, New York, and Austin, Texas. More information about Beck TV is available at www.becktv.com.

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