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Calrec Announces Automixer for Its Apollo and Artemis Consoles

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Feb. 5, 2013 — In response to customer demand, Calrec has added Automixer, an automatic mixing function, to its Bluefin2 signal-processing engine, the driving force behind its Apollo and Artemis mixing consoles. Automixer attenuates the output levels of all channels under its control to maintain consistent program levels in environments with multiple open microphones and unpredictable audio content. The feature is especially useful on panel-style discussion shows where guests might speak over each other and dramatically raise their voices.

Users can have eight separate Automixers, each of which can be assigned to control any number of mono input channels and group paths on the control surface. Unlike compression of a mix bus, or use of individual or linked compressors on paths, the use of an Automixer applies differing amounts of attenuation to each path, depending on its own level, as well as the overall mix level. Paths can be assigned different levels of emphasis to allow, for example, the host of a show to stand out from the guests.

Artemis user Ryan Davidson, a broadcast audio engineer at the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) who works on the live program “The 700 Club,” said that Automixer allows him to focus less on the faders and more on fine-tuning other parts of the broadcast.

“When you’re mixing for live TV, there are many variables to control, and if you have a segment with a good number of guests on set, you have to ride the faders to control the voices in the midst of everything else you’re doing. The more guests on set, the more faders there are to adjust,” Davidson said. “Automixer is so intuitive that you can pretty much leave the faders at zero, and they will mix themselves. No more missed mics! If someone starts to talk, Automixer is right on top of it, probably faster than a human could do it.”

José Alfredo Alanís, audio engineer at Mexico’s Grupo Televisa, echoes that sentiment.

“The Automixer feature is an amazing new tool because it’s easy to use and very smart,” Alanís said. “It’s like having many hands operating the fader levels. All you have to pay attention to are the gain structure and the output levels. The microphones are clean, without the annoying reflections from the floor or the holes between the guest and the main anchor. Calrec makes everything easier.”

Automixers can be selected on a channel-by-channel basis to be placed in the signal path pre-EQ, prefader, or postfader. Upstand metering can be configured to show Automixer attenuation alongside signal level on each path.

“At Calrec, our customers drive our product lineup, and Automixer is another example of that philosophy,” said Henry Goodman, Calrec head of sales and marketing. “We pay close attention to our customers and put a great deal of effort into developing products that will make their jobs easier.”

Automixer is an upgrade to the Bluefin2 software. More information about Bluefin2, Apollo and Artemis consoles, and other Calrec products is available at calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

Photo Link 1: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Televisa1.zip
Photo Caption: Calrec console with Automixer upgrade installed at Televisa

Photo Link 2: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Televisa5.zip
Photo Caption: Televisa audio engineer José Alfredo Alanís

Photo Link 3: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Automixer.zip
Photo Caption: Automixer GUI from Calrec’s Bluefin2 range of consoles

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Haivision at Digital Signage Expo 2013

Digital Signage Expo 2013
Feb. 26-28 | Las Vegas
Haivision — Booth 1713

Haivision at DSE 2013:

At DSE 2013, Haivision will showcase an exciting new lineup of products that integrate high-quality IP video with digital signage including: a new high-performance, low-cost, enterprise-grade, digital signage player to be unveiled at the show; fully integrated IP video and digital signage solutions with Furnace(TM) and CoolSign(TM) providing secure, scalable live and recorded IP video distribution with digital signage; and the latest CoolSign 5.0 digital signage solution with new features including secure IP video distribution and a simplified Web interface. more

New BenQ Interactive Projectors Bring Handheld Tablet Connectivity to Classrooms and Boardrooms

MW821ST and MX822ST Feature Third-Generation PointDraw(TM) Technology Offering iPad(R) and Android(TM) Tablet BYOD Integration, Plus Enhancements to PointDraw(TM) Pen 3.0

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 31, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the latest additions to its PointDraw(TM) line of short-throw projectors: the MW821ST and MX822ST. Supporting BenQ’s third-generation PointDraw interactive projection technology, the projectors facilitate a more immersive experience in classrooms and boardrooms by enabling integration of iPad(R) and Android(TM) tablets, and greater interaction with new PointDraw Pen 3.0. more

NETIA Products at NRB 2013:

Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 — Upgraded Radio Automation
At NRB 2013, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its powerful Radio-Assist(TM) range of digital audio automation software. Radio-Assist 8.1 will offer the same robust array of tools for streamlined end-to-end multimedia production, broadcast, and publication workflows, along with two significant new features: an integrated music-scheduling application and video editing capability. Users can access both new features from a single user interface.

NETIAs Radio-Assist family of digital audio software programs covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to new browsing and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, sound-file editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, multicasting, and administration.

Radio-Assist 8.1 allows users to leverage built-in music-scheduling functionality. With music management tools integrated into Radio-Assist 8.1s FederAll playlist preparation module, users are able to automate playlist generation according to preset criteria, business policies, and a wide range of intelligent options for sequencing music.

The video editing tool now available within the Radio-Assist 8.1 interface complements the softwares Snippet and Snippet+ audio editing tools. Offering a convenient editing solution, this enhancement addresses the growing demand for radio broadcasters to provide video via their online portals. This simple and easy-to-use editing tool is available through the same GUI as the Snippet tool, providing a familiar utility that allows staff to produce video clips with very little training.

Additionally, NETIA will highlight further functional and technical enhancements that add to the value of Radio-Assist 8.1 in todays radio broadcast operations.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/RadioAssist8.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 Music Scheduling

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/RadioAssist8.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 Snippet Video

Content Management System
At NRB 2013, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its Content Management System (CMS) that allows users to manage all processes within the global production environment — from editing through post and distribution — through simple, easy-to-manage workflows and task automation, accessed through one unique and easy-to-use interface. With the NETIA CMS, users can connect all of their partners and vendors within a single production ecosystem, simplifying the sharing and managing of media assets.

The latest version of the CMS includes enriched features within its metadata management module and its indexing and segmentation functionalities, while the new, enhanced GUI allows a greater number of fields to be personalized. In order to automate the description of audio and video content, NETIA CMS interfaces with third-party speech-to-text transcription systems. A multilingual thesaurus module available in the new version ensures that there are endless possibilities for describing content precisely, in turn making it easier for users to access and retrieve specific content. Finally, the CMS includes an enhanced administration application that further simplifies system management.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/CMS.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Content Management System (CMS)

Company Overview:

NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to todays full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 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 content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include the Associated Press, ABC, 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.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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New Mexico PBS Builds HD Video Production Facilities on Snell Kahuna Multi-Format Production Switcher

Flexibility, Functionality, Quality, and Ease of Use Make Kahuna the Ideal Fit

READING, U.K. — Jan. 30, 2013 — Snell today announced that New Mexico PBS, located at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, is using a Kahuna SD/HD multi-format production switcher in its new HD production control room and studio. Integrated with other best-of-breed broadcast products, the Kahuna provides the reliability, ease of use, and image quality that New Mexico PBS required for its state-of-the-art video production facilities. By improving the efficiency of the overall broadcast workflow, the flexibility of the Kahuna system also saves New Mexico PBS time and money.

“We produce both public affairs programs and documentaries with live studio content, so video production is a very important part of what we do,” said Jim Gale, director of engineering and operations at New Mexico PBS. “After a thorough evaluation of video switchers, we chose to purchase the most powerful video switcher on the planet — the Kahuna multi-format production switcher from Snell. At a facility like ours, it is important to invest in both a product and company that will be around for the next 15 years. Snell is a phenomenal company that believes in the quality of its product, is committed to the high fidelity of the image, and is dedicated to taking care of its customers.”

Kahuna is the world’s first multi-format SD/HD production switcher. An internal resizing engine allows it to handle any format or aspect ratio on the fly, and Snell’s FormatFusion technology enables simultaneous SD and HD operations in the same mainframe and on the same control panel. This flexibility vastly simplifies the HD transition by eliminating the need for external up/down/crossconverters in the live production environment, as well as the cost and signal-path delay associated with these products. Kahuna’s three M/E banks, with four tiers of effects per bank, make 12 keys possible, and staff at New Mexico PBS rely heavily on Kahuna’s chroma key and on the four two-channel DVEs built into the system to bring complex effects and sophisticated elements to their productions.

“The Kahuna is an amazing video switcher designed by very smart people, and it hits the top of the price/performance curve,” added Gale. “In my 38 years of industry experience, Snell’s Kahuna comes about as close to perfection as anything I’ve seen.”

More information about the Kahuna multi-format production switcher from Snell is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions to create, manage, and streamline the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere, Broadcast Infrastructure, and Live Production applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to HDTV, stereoscopic 3D, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Minnetonka Audio Software Signs Boxer Systems as U.K. Dealer

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Jan. 29, 2013 — Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. (MASI) today announced a new partnership with Boxer Systems, an equipment supplier and systems integrator for the broadcast and postproduction industries. Boxer will be Minnetonka Audio’s authorized partner in the United Kingdom, carrying its full array of enterprise-level digital audio processing products with a focus on its flagship AudioTools Server product line, the de facto standard for file-based loudness control in the European Union.

Boxer works with several manufacturers offering complementary products and has been providing file-based media solutions for more than 10 years. Minnetonka Audio will benefit from Boxer’s two decades of experience supplying top-quality gear and value-added services to high-profile clients such as the BBC, BSkyB, Thomson Reuters, Channel 4, ITV, ITN, and Technicolor.

“We have some of the most demanding customers in the industry, with very high technical standards where throughput is paramount, so Minnetonka’s server products will be very valuable to them,” said Marc Risby, director of technology at Boxer Systems. “We’ve admired Minnetonka for some time, but very positive feedback and recommendations from other dealers really helped seal the deal. They have proved to be unrivaled in audio processing, and we’ve been very impressed with the technical knowledge of the team. They really know their stuff.”

Minnetonka Audio chose Boxer because its staff understands the needs of its customers and markets and because the company has experience in many facets of audio production.

“Though Boxer Systems is new to our reseller network, the company’s sterling reputation precedes them,” said Markus Hintz, Minnetonka Audio’s director of global sales and business development. “Our customers in the U.K. can call on a dealer with in-depth experience in asset ingest and management, and storage and IT infrastructure, in addition to audio and video technologies.”

More information about Minnetonka Audio products is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

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About Boxer Systems
Boxer has been working for 20 years in the broadcast and postproduction arena, supplying equipment and integrated systems to a range of clients including Arqiva, BBC, BSkyB, Thomson Reuters, Channel 4, Perform Group, ITV, ITN, The Mill, MPC, Technicolor, Travel Channel, and Liverpool FCTV. Based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, just 30 minutes or less from central London, Boxer has expertise in key areas such as ingest and transcoding, asset management, media storage, editing systems, live streaming, playout server, on-air graphics, audio/video conversion, and systems integration. More information is available at www.boxer.co.uk.

About Minnetonka Audio Software
An award-winning solutions provider for motion picture, video, broadcast, game, and optical disc production, Minnetonka Audio Software creates essential technology for the world’s top media professionals. Its revolutionary AudioTools Server is the file-based software alternative to hardware program optimizers, bringing expert audio automation to existing media production infrastructures. The AudioTools Server, SurCode, and discWelder product lines support the full array of audio codecs, file types, and standards for CD, DVD, Blu-ray(TM), broadcast, and digital television. The company is a leading provider of OEM audio solutions as well as file-based QC and loudness control. Spanning more than two decades of operation, the Minnetonka, Minn.-based company has a subsidiary in Germany and an international network of distributors and channel partners who share its commitment to quality and service. More information is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Minnetonka/Boxer.zip

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The IABM Releases 2012-13 Industry Trends Survey

Data From Senior Executives Indicates Cautious Optimism, Varying Confidence Ratios, and Opportunities Across Market Segments and Geographic Areas

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — Jan. 29, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today released the results of the organization’s renowned Industry Trends Survey, which reflects senior industry executives’ opinions on their own companies’ past performance and their outlook for the first half of the new year. This 2012-13 survey of executives from IABM member companies represents the 16th consecutive Industry Trends Survey. Key findings indicate cautious optimism, with growth still slowed by factors ranging from political and economic uncertainties to limited manufacturing and development capacity.

“Overall, the survey outcome is still positive, but the mood is much more sanguine than in the recent past,” said IABM Director General Peter White. “While confidence is growing in many segments and geographic areas, this is not true for all IABM members, many of whom are now feeling the impact of wider political and economic conditions and are adjusting their operations accordingly.”

The IABM Industry Trends Survey indicates that while order levels have remained as expected or fallen, selling prices and material and labor costs have remained generally stable. Order and project deferrals by customers are a primary operating constraint. Fulfillment is limited both by credit and finance issues, and by limited manufacturing capacity. Companies are, however, continuing to make significant investments in research and development.

At the same time, headcounts are increasing, most likely with the goal of tackling skill shortages. While confidence ratios are rising in the Asia-Pacific region and are stable in Europe, the most significant and striking change occurred in North America, where confidence ratios dropped to levels equal to and then, for the year ahead, lower than the global average.

Complete survey data and findings are available within the official IABM Industry Trends Survey, which is available only to the IABM members who provided survey responses. An executive summary is available to all IABM members, who may contact Lisa Ibbotson at lisa.ibbotson@theiabm.org for further information.

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About the IABM:
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication between broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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iStreamPlanet and Ooyala Announce Partnership to Deliver Multiscreen Live Linear Streaming Services

Companies’ Best-of-Breed Technologies Power Comprehensive Workflow From Acquisition to Analytics

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 30, 2013 — iStreamPlanet today announced a partnership with Ooyala to provide multiscreen, live linear streaming services for content owners, aggregators, and distributors. iStreamPlanet’s live streaming workflow services have been integrated with Ooyala’s platform for video streaming, analytics, and monetization to provide a best-in-class, end-to-end live streaming video solution.

“Ooyala has long been a leader in providing video-on-demand services, and we are very excited to partner with them to power live linear and live event video services,” said Chris Carper, vice president of business development at iStreamPlanet. “Our combined solutions enable broadcasters of all sizes, including current joint customers like Pac-12, to take advantage of the growing demand for live, streaming video on connected devices.”

The comprehensive, live streaming video services provide a cost-effective and scalable solution for streaming live linear channels and live events, with a full set of features including content acquisition from practically any corner of the globe; advanced media processing including multiple-bit-rate Apple(R) HLS and multiple-bit-rate RTMP output; monetization including mid-roll advertising and integrated paywall services; publishing to Ooyala’s modular publishing platform; ready-to-deploy cross device, cross platform players; and rich analytics that track key metrics such as viewer location, engagement, and device type.

“In the latest Ooyala Video Index, we see that live video viewing on mobile devices continues to grow rapidly, up more than 100 percent from the previous quarter,” said Chris Wong, senior vice president of business development for Ooyala. “With the market moving in this direction, our customers are ready to move into live video and live linear channels to grow their audience size and increase engagement across mobile platforms. Working with iStreamPlanet, we can help our customers accelerate their live video streaming strategies.”

More information is available at www.istreamplanet.com/services/live-streaming-video/.

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About iStreamPlanet
iStreamPlanet is a premier, multiplatform video-workflow solutions provider committed to bringing high-quality streaming video experiences to connected audiences around the world. With more than a decade of live streaming video experience, iStreamPlanet has built a comprehensive offering of cloud-based video-workflow products and services for live event and live linear streaming channels. iStreamPlanet’s innovative approach has been chosen by the world’s leading sports, entertainment, and technology brands including NBC, Turner Broadcasting, Notre Dame Athletics, AMC Networks, AT&T, and Microsoft. Founded in 2000, the privately held company is headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Redmond, Wash., and London. More information can be found at www.istreamplanet.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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ZeeVee Makes ISE 2013 Debut; Releases HDbridge 2000 Series Encoders/Modulators

New Series Combines High-Channel Density of up to Four HD 1080p/i or 720p Channels-per-Unit, Superior Cable Management, and Remote Configuration, While Lowering Costs of Deploying HD Video by Utilizing Existing Coax

AMSTERDAM — Jan. 29, 2013 — ZeeVee, North America’s leading manufacturer of digital encoders and QAM modulators, today announced that the company will make its ISE 2013 debut with the introduction of four new HDbridge 2000 Series encoders/modulators for smarter, higher-density HD video distribution. The units offer compatibility with existing technologies to lower costs, while providing a host of new features for faster deployment and advanced management. more

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BenQ Launches Classroom iQ Solutions

New Products Provide Multidevice Connectivity, Increased Interactivity, and Power Saving Technologies to Schools

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the launch of BenQ Classroom iQ — a suite of next-generation products designed to future-proof classrooms while bringing simplicity, interactivity, and efficiency to instructors, IT managers, and administrators. Classroom iQ solutions will introduce versatile new ways of both teaching and learning via today’s handheld devices using products that are simple to set up, easy to operate, and cost effective to maintain. more

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