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Archimedia Technology at the 2014 NAB Show

Conceived at last year’s NAB Show out of the need to deliver and read files originating from 4K cameras, Archimedia Technology offers a range of tools that allows video engineers and archivists to access, play, manage, and test files in mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, ultimately making content deliverable more quickly at higher quality. In its inaugural run at the NAB Show, Archimedia invites visitors to its booth to experience the power of this unparalleled line of tools on HD and UHD screens, including the foundation of its product line, the Archimedia Master Player.

Archimedia Master Player
At the 2014 NAB Show, Archimedia will display its inaugural product, the Archimedia Master Player. Designed for video engineers, producers, directors, manufacturers, and archivists who work with video mastering formats such as JPEG 2000, Archimedia Master Player is the first software player to support all common master formats in use around the world today — including the long-awaited, studio-driven SMPTE IMF — and the first to allow users to view, test, and measure archival-quality files on a standard UHD/HDTV and traditional SDI equipment. Even XYZ files such as DPX and TIFF can be viewed on an RGB projector or TV that many people already own. This revolutionary capability not only makes content deliverable more quickly at higher quality, but also makes it unnecessary to create and store the content in other formats. The latest release contains features that make the player a true 4K-era replacement for videotape machines for master-grade quality control and archiving functions. Key among them is the ability to control audio and video remotely using RS-422 jog/shuttle wheels, with smooth scrub sounds for all supported formats in slow-motion, forward, and reverse. The Archimedia Master Player is available in both HDTV and 4K/UHDTV/Digital Cinema versions.

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Archimedia Workstations
Visitors to the Archimedia booth at the 2014 NAB Show will get a close look at Archimedia Workstations driven by Archimedia’s breakthrough Master Player software. For QC operators, producers, directors, archivists, managers, and other media professionals in the digital cinema and broadcast industries, Archimedia Workstations take the guesswork and headache out of buying hardware for critical viewing and quality control of master media files. Available in broadcast HD, 2K Digital Cinema, and 4K/UHDTV versions, each Archimedia Workstation comes with a state-of-the-art HDMI output up to 4K@60Hz, 70 alignment test patterns up to 4:4:4 12 bits, and remote control support for the user’s choice of jog/shuttle/scrub device by Sony 9-pin protocol. Optional HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI cards are available for SDI monitoring, and an optional Fibre Channel card enables use with a storage area network. Optional advanced test patterns up to 4:4:4 12 bits allow the most sophisticated users to set up critical workflows and systems.

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Archimedia HD, 4K, and Quad 4K SDI Cards
At the 2014 NAB Show, Archimedia will display the Archimedia HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI cards for the Archimedia Master Player. The cards, made by Bluefish444, include a Master Player installer that will flash the cards’ firmware so that they behave properly under control of the Master Player. By deploying the cards, video engineers and archivists can use an Archimedia Workstation as a HD or cinematic-quality videotape player or disk-based SDI video server. (The most sophisticated users could even deploy the cards with the Archimedia Master Player software on a standard Windows(R) 7 or 8 computer.) Under the control of the Archimedia Master Player, the user’s HDTV or UHDTV can display a video file at the same frame rate as the original when in full-screen mode, marking the first time that an HDMI monitor and SDI monitor can be faithfully compared up to 4K resolution alongside a computer desktop. For quality control, the file’s technical metadata can be viewed while the file is playing.

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Photo Caption: Archimedia HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI Cards

Archimedia Advanced Test Suite
Along with other products that accompany the Archimedia Master Player, Archimedia will demonstrate the Archimedia Advanced Test Suite, a set of advanced test patterns developed by renowned video test and measurement company VideoQ specifically for aligning monitors precisely and pushing codec systems to the limit. Designed for use with the Archimedia Master Player and available in HD and 4K versions, the Archimedia Advanced Test Suite allows users to test, align, configure, troubleshoot, and stress any equipment with an SDI or HDMI input. Such devices include encoders, transmitters, video recorders, monitors, projectors, standards converters, editors, and ingest and capture devices. When combined with partner VideoQ’s VQMA-3 software analyzer and one of Archimedia’s SDI conversion cards, the Master Player and Advanced Test Suite offer the industry’s first full-featured test environment that is far less costly and far easier to transport than previous comparable test environments.

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Company Quote:
“The idea for Archimedia was born at the NAB Show last year, and after a lot of hard work, we’re especially excited to be able to demonstrate our products to the media and entertainment world this year. We’ve created tools that streamline the incredibly complex file interchange process and allow both archivists and production teams to make use of their master files without expensive hardware or software. Archimedia gives these users innovative tools that they’ve never had before but have long needed. As we march ever closer to a 4K world (and beyond), these tools will become indispensable.”
– Mark Gray, President and CEO, Archimedia Technology

Company Overview

About Archimedia Technology
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of the production and archival workflows, encapsulating complex file interchange and quality control processes for mastering and archive formats into practical solutions that give end users a new level of access to their assets. More information is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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Joseph Electronics Hires Ryhaan Williams as Director of Strategic Accounts

NILES, Ill. — Feb. 25, 2014 — Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions through Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), today announced Ryhaan Williams as the new director of strategic accounts. Williams will be responsible for strengthening existing relationships, expanding the reach of JE into the broadcast market, and securing project and integration specifications for custom fiber solutions.

“In her 25 years in the broadcast industry, Ryhaan has demonstrated success in uncovering new business opportunities, as well as cultivating relationships within an existing customer base,” said JE President Yohay Hahamy. “Her combination of broadcast operations and production experience mixed with a reputation for resourcefulness makes her a perfect match for our company as we move into the next phase of growth.”

Prior to joining Joseph Electronics, Williams was the principal and general manager of Tandem Solutions LLC, based in New Jersey. Tandem Solutions brokers and resells broadcast equipment and copper and fiber cabling, handling integration projects through a vast reseller network.

Before starting Tandem Solutions, Williams was a business development manager for Bexel in its New York office. At Bexel, Williams broadened her relationship with companies, such as MLB.com, that are market leaders in the digital media space.

As the former northeast regional manager for Gepco, Ryhaan was instrumental in fostering relationships among engineers, integrators, and consultants for creating custom fiber solutions. She oversaw installations at Red Bull Arena, PPL Park, and Yankee Stadium, in addition to mobile units built for Metrovision and New Century Productions.

As a project manager for Venue Services Group (VSG), National Mobile Television’s integration arm, Williams was tasked with managing installations at venues such as Fenway Park, TD Banknorth Garden, Yankee Stadium, and Dodger Stadium. Prior to working with VSG, she was the director of production for Sportvision, managing relationships with ESPN, ABC, NBC, and Turner. She also held positions at VH1, Courtroom Television, Medical News Network, and SportsChannel.

“Working in broadcast and remote operations for my entire career has allowed for a seamless transition from production and integration to projects and sales, giving me a unique perspective regarding client needs. Working collaboratively with the sales and engineering team at Joseph Electronics will enable me to further support customers with creative and project-specific solutions,” Williams said. “I am truly excited to be part of the expansion of Joseph Electronics.”

Further information about JE is available at www.josephelectronics.com.

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About Joseph Electronics
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for a wide range of premier broadcast and Pro A/V brands, including Wohler, Belden, Neutrik, Kings, Lawo, and DirectOut. Its full-service fiber division, JFS, designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, Live-Link, and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 60 years and has representatives in California, Texas, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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Primestream Unveils Xchange Suite v3.0

Upgrades to the FORK Remote-Access Application Create New Level of Stability and Flexibility for Multisite Production Operations

MIAMI — Feb. 25, 2014 — Primestream(R) today announced FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite v3.0, a major upgrade to the application that gives broadcasters instant Web access to content on their FORK Production(TM) servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or tablet device. Xchange v3.0 has a wealth of new features and capabilities that make it more flexible and stable than ever before, allowing concurrent users in multisite production operations global access to content and workflows within a reliable, centralized, efficient infrastructure.

“Some clients have increased the amount of clips handled in Xchange by more than 400 percent in the past year alone, so it’s clear that our clients need ever more flexible, scalable workflows and unwavering stability. The enhancements in Xchange v3.0 make it one of the first market solutions that can expand to the scale that our clients demand and allow users to create all kinds of new workflows,” said Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO. “Through Xchange, large-scale media enterprises can unify multiple parts of the organization through a single user experience while addressing limitations in networks and infrastructure to increase stability.”

Yahoo! Studios, Albavision, Clio TV, and Radio and TV Marti are just a few of the media enterprises around the world that use Xchange for their daily production workflows. For the enterprise, Xchange v3.0 extends workflows to remotely connected users and facilities, a benefit that streamlines operations and reduces the time and cost of producing content. Users see direct benefits through ease of operation, increased quality of service, increased speed of workflow, and added functionality in remotely connected environments.

Xchange v3.0 features a completely redesigned iPad(R) interface optimized for Apple(R) iOS 7. Its many other new features and capabilities are:

- Xchange Uploader: Allows users to submit raw or finished packages directly into the FORK Production environment via a Web-based interface.
- Xchange Downloader: Allows users to download source content in order to edit final packages locally, with the ability to choose among multiple qualities to download.
- Xchange Partial File Download: Users can download sections of media, allowing faster download workflows and eliminating the need to download entire media.
- Xchange Load Balancer: Allows for distribution of network traffic across multiple servers for added stability and scalability.
- Xchange Encoding Engine and Render Farm: Allows Xchange to offload rendering processes from the FORK Production environment and adds flexibility with file creation.
- Quick, Cuts-Only editing: Allows users to create a rough cut with footage in Xchange and send the timeline to the FORK Production environment for distribution.
- Multiple Video Resolutions for Video Playback: Allows users to play back and select among multiple qualities of video in order to cope with various network conditions.
- Modular Back-End Extensions for Large-Scale Deployments: Allows the Xchange back-end to be installed modularly across multiple servers to ensure stability and scalability.
- Status Messaging/Alerts to FORK MAM: Gives FORK users visibility into the processes Xchange is running on assets being registered.
- Keyboard Shortcuts: A preconfigured set of keyboard shortcuts to drive the Xchange front-end user interface.
- Multithreading: Allows system to thread back-end processes, including rendering, which increases performance dramatically.

Primestream will demonstrate Xchange v3.0 at the 2014 NAB Show at booth SL10216. The application will be available in the second half of 2014. Pricing is available through local resellers and integrators or directly from Primestream at sales@primestream.com.

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About Primestream
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM) and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink services providers, digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

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Joseph Fiber Solutions at BVE 2014

The Camera Caddie-FP Series
Designed to reduce setup and teardown time while providing all the signal transport necessary to streamline live video acquisition workflows, the Caddie Series by Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS) maximizes the amount of time camera operators can spend on production and content. The series contains 13 different stageboxes — each contained in a portable, flypack-friendly package — that have been optimally configured to meet the demands of different types of events. The innovative, JFS-exclusive OPTC port on all camera Caddies allows operators to daisy-chain additional Caddie systems in the series on a single camera cable. All feeds and returns ride on the original camera cable and can be deployed to distances of up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) with local power, or up to 1,600 feet (500 meters) when powered remotely from the base station. The rugged, reliable Caddie units are easy to set up and troubleshoot, thanks to their modular structure and Bluebell Opticom transport modules.

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Photo Caption: JFS Caddie-FP Series

Also on Display From Bluebell Opticom Limited:

- The PW140 is a universal 10G/3G SDI signal transport over fiber in a compact 1-RU frame. The initial base configuration supports up to six bidirectional HD-SDI signals over two fibers, or when using CWDM, up to 96 HD-SDI signals per fiber.

- Net Caddie is a new compact camera interface that uses revolutionary “Stagebox by BBC Research and Development” technology. Net Caddie allows HD-SDI to be injected directly into a standard network environment, bringing IP to the camera. Net Caddie transforms the entire camera’s bidirectional linear control, audio, and video signals into packet-based IP protocols, all on a single Cat6 cable, to simplify workflows and rigging.

- The new BlueLite and Caddie-LB 3G are specifically designed for outside broadcast and deployable applications.

Joseph Electronics Quote:
“BVE is critical to our strategic marketing goals and provides us with a great opportunity to meet with our partners and customers to discuss their immediate and future needs for fiber transport. This year’s attendees will see powerful, flexible designs that make live broadcast productions easier while taking today’s economic challenges into account.”
– Yohay Hahamy, President, Joseph Electronics
– Paul McCann, President, Bluebell Opticom

Company Overview:
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for a wide range of premier broadcast and pro A/V brands, including Wohler, Belden, Neutrik, Kings, Lawo, and DirectOut. Its full-service fiber division, JFS, designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, Live-Link, and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 60 years and has representatives in California, Texas, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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BenQ’s New Full HD 3D Wireless Projectors Shine in Corporate and Home Applications

The Company’s Latest Multi-Application Solutions, the MH680 Delivers Wireless Connectivity While the MH740 Features LAN Control

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 24, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new MH680 and MH740 projectors. Designed to be the central components of any entertainment or presentation setup, the new devices combine crisp 1080p picture quality with 3D PC/Blu-ray readiness. The MH680 offers the flexibility to display content wirelessly via BenQ’s QPresenter app, while the MH740 boasts LAN control for remote monitoring. To lower the units’ total cost of ownership (TCO), the projectors also feature BenQ’s power-saving SmartEco(TM) technology, which extends projector lamp life up to an amazing 6,500 hours. more

Biamp Introduces Vocia 1.6 With Nurse Call Integration at HIMSS 2014

Integrated paging solution creates quieter healthcare environments by automating and zoning code calls

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Feb. 21, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, is introducing the new Vocia(R) 1.6 with Nurse Call Integration (NCI) at HIMSS 2014. Designed to reduce patient recovery time by creating a more peaceful healing environment, the networked public address and voice evacuation system combines zoned paging and prioritization with simple system supervision to provide critical messaging capabilities without compromising operational effectiveness.

“High noise levels in healthcare environments negatively impact the patient recovery process,” said Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Biamp Systems. “With Nurse Call Integration as a key capability in Vocia, Biamp is enabling hospitals to create a more peaceful healing environment by controlling where and when messages are heard, and at what volume level. This is done while integrating with the nurse call system for increased system interoperability.”

Part of Vocia’s networked public address and voice evacuation system, the Biamp(R) NCI system enhances the line’s professional-grade critical paging capabilities. Engineered to decrease noise levels, reduce alarm fatigue, and increase response times by targeting specific departments within facilities, the system enables zoned paging and prioritization of critical messages to eliminate the disturbance of patients from “all-call” pages. As a result, staff only receives pertinent paging messages, contributing to faster reaction times, quieter hospitals, and a more restful patient environment.

Created specifically for healthcare facilities, the NCI package enables a direct connection to new or existing supported nurse call systems. Messages are automatically assigned a zone and priority level before being streamed via Ethernet and played over an existing PA network. Playback can include speaking via microphone, pressing a bedside or nurse station button, or selecting preset messages from a digital switchboard. The Vocia-enabled solution consists of the Text-to-Speech Nurse Call Server (TTS-1nc), Message Server (MS-1), and Vocia Output (VO-4e) device. The entire system can also be easily supervised both onsite and remotely, and thanks to a decentralized architecture, eliminates the potential for a single point of system failure.

On display at HIMSS 2014 in Orlando, Florida, the Biamp NCI package will be highlighted alongside the company’s Vocia 1.6 platform, which now provides three new hardware devices — the eight channel Vocia Input (VI-8) for analog and digital paging inputs, the VoIP-1 telephone-paging adaptor, and the POTS-1 analog telephone-paging adaptor. Both systems will be demonstrated directly from booth 3515, featuring a code blue button and processor from Rauland-Borg.

More information on Biamp’s full line of audio solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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Vocia POTS-1: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_Vocia_POTS-1.zip

About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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SMPTE Announces Second Annual Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age (ETIA) Conference

SMPTE and SCIEN Partner Again to Produce Popular Conference, Scheduled for June 17-18 at Stanford University

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Feb. 20, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that, working once again with the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN), the Society will produce the second annual “Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age” (ETIA) conference. Scheduled for June 17-18 at Stanford University near Palo Alto, Calif., the conference will explore the technology, creative, and business requirements for delivering a compelling, high-quality, monetizable entertainment experience over the Web.

“The remarkable success of last year’s conference demonstrated just how important it is that leaders and innovators from both Hollywood and Silicon Valley communities come together to discuss entertainment distribution via the Internet,” said ETIA conference chair Patrick Griffis, executive director of technology strategy at Dolby Laboratories and SMPTE education vice president. “We look forward to building on that strong start with an equally compelling and valuable 2014 conference program.”

“The ETIA conference not only offers engaging panel discussions and presentations, but also opens the door to a broader dialog — a conversation with the power to move the industry forward in addressing the new reality of Internet-delivered media and entertainment,” added Joyce Farrell, executive director of SCIEN and ETIA conference chair. “Given the slate of presentations already secured, we expect this year’s event to be another highly dynamic and rewarding experience.”

Technology and creative experts will gather at the ETIA conference to explore the differences and commonalities between traditional media and media delivered over the Web, appreciating key attributes and predicting technical trends. Presentations will address topics ranging from the future role of OTT services, to the impact of technology on storytelling and on business models, the translation of “traditional” content to the Web, storytelling across devices, the state of sound and captioning on the Web, the question of fast-lane Internet access, and — in a special evening event — the “entertainment holodeck.”

Further information and online registration for the 2014 ETIA conference are available at www.smpte.org/etia2014.

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Photo Caption: Joyce Farrell, Executive Director of SCIEN and Pat Griffis, SMPTE Education Vice President, ETIA Conference Chairs

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About the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering
The Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN) is a partnership between the Stanford School of Engineering and technology companies developing imaging systems for the enhancement of human communication. The mission of SCIEN is to support multidisciplinary training, research, and collaboration on technologies leading to novel imaging systems that include the capture, processing, transmission, and rendering of visual information. SCIEN has a broad technical scope and is currently focusing on applications in the areas of sensors and sensor arrays, digital photography, mobile imaging, computer graphics, multimedia systems, broadband and wireless communication, medical imaging, and remote sensing.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Video Clarity NAB Product Preview

RTM Reduced-Reference Capability for Content Distributors
At the 2014 NAB Show, Video Clarity will showcase reduced-reference operating mode, the newest enhancement to its RTM real-time audio and video monitoring solution. Reduced-reference mode is intended for secondary content distributors such as cable, IPTV, direct broadcast, and satellite providers that receive programs from content originators and deliver them to the end customer. Unlike content originators, which can compare the entire original source signal to the entire processed signal nonstop in real time (i.e., full reference), content distributors do not have access to the original source signal. With RTM’s reduced-reference mode, content distributors can now use RTM to measure parts of the incoming signal against data sent from the originator (i.e., reduced reference), thus instituting an intelligent, accurate way of assessing signal quality and identifying faults.

When a content originator sends a satellite feed to secondary distributors, a device on the content originator end sends out a small amount of data via the Internet about portions of the source signal. Secondary distributors may subscribe to that data stream so that when they receive a satellite feed from the content originator, their RTM unit will compare the incoming video signal with the Internet data about the original source signal. RTM tests portions of the signal for video and audio quality and compares it with the pieces of reference data from the Internet (i.e., reduced reference), looking for noticeable differences such as breakups, freeze-frames, and black frames. RTM automatically records faults based on preset error thresholds so that the content distributor can take appropriate action.

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Photo Caption: RTM Real-Time Audio and Video Monitoring Solution

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Photo Caption: RTM Video Monitoring Solution GUI

New, MOVIE for ClearView Video-Quality Analyzers
Visitors to Video Clarity’s booth at the 2014 NAB Show will experience a new perceptual test method for the ClearView line of video-quality analyzers. Dubbed MOVIE (Motion-based Video Integrity Evaluation), it is the new gold standard for measuring video quality. This full-reference test yields results that are closer than ever to human perceptions of video quality. Broadcast operators and manufacturers of consumer electronics and broadcast transmission equipment rely on ClearView analyzers to ensure the best viewing experience, operate more efficiently, meet SLAs, and stay in compliance. ClearView uses several proven test methods to arrive at a measurement of subjective quality that very closely approximates what the average person would see and hear when watching the video. Adding MOVIE to the mix gives users the highest correlation to human subjective quality available in an automated measurement system.

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Photo Caption: ClearView Video-Quality Analyzer

Company Quote:
“Our industry-leading video-quality measurement products play an important role in helping broadcast operators not only to ensure the best possible deployment today, but also to test equipment and processes that will serve as the future of their operations. At the same time, manufacturers rely on us to test their products during development. We’re continually furthering our measurement capabilities, and we look forward to demonstrating our latest improvements at the 2014 NAB Show.”
– Blake Homan, President and Founder of Video Clarity

Company Overview
Video Clarity Inc. provides audio- and video-quality assessment and analysis systems for researchers, broadcasters, equipment vendors, and entertainment distribution engineers that must continually measure the quality of their products and services. Propelled by market-leading technology, Video Clarity solutions have been adopted the world over by major media networks such as NBC Universal and BSkyB; leading broadcast-product manufacturers such as Cisco(R) and Harmonic(R); and educational, government, and research organizations such as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the U.S. Army, and NASA. Video Clarity was founded in 2003, with headquarters in Campbell, Calif., and distribution worldwide. Additional information is available at www.videoclarity.com.

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Biamp Systems Recognizes Interconnect Sales With Supplier of the Year Award

Manufacturing partner again recognized for outstanding commitment to excellence in 2013

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Feb. 19, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, announced that it has honored Interconnect Sales, Inc. with its Supplier of the Year Award. Recognized for an unprecedented fourth time in the last five years, Interconnect Sales has demonstrated unparalleled excellence and exceptional commitment to supporting Biamp(R) in meeting the needs of customers during 2013.

Recipients of Biamp’s Supplier of the Year Award are chosen based on criteria such as responsiveness, accuracy, dedication to excellence, and devotion to customer service. Selected from a long list of suppliers, the company honors one or many partners that have made a distinct contribution towards going above and beyond the expectations of both Biamp and its customers. Through its closely managed stocking programs, outstanding customer service, and technical expertise, Interconnect Sales has once again differentiated itself through an exceptional commitment to quality.

“We are honored to be recognized by Biamp and proud to contribute to the company’s continued success in the AV industry,” said Tom Schrader, President of Interconnect Sales. “Through our dedication to delivering unmatched customer service and support, we have created a unique value proposition that resonates with customers like Biamp. We thank our team for their commitment to excellence and look forward to creating a successful 2014.”

“Interconnect Sales has once again surpassed our customers’ requirements, distinguishing itself as a premier distribution partner within the audio industry,” said Bryn Crotty, Materials Manager at Biamp Systems. “We greatly value the company’s collaborative approach and work ethic, and look forward to their invaluable support as we unveil several new exciting audio solutions this year.”

Based in Vancouver, Washington, Interconnect Sales is a value-added distributor of professional AV equipment including interconnects, switches, cabling, wiring, and accessories, as well as power products. Founded in 1989, the company has been a Biamp partner for six years — working closely with the company’s engineering team to provide valuable insights into the specific needs of end users.

For more information on Interconnect Sales, please visit www.interconnectsales.com. More information on Biamp is available at www.biamp.com.

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Back Row: Steve Metzger, Biamp Systems President & CEO; Tom Schrader, President of Interconnect Sales, Inc.; Jade Insko, Regional Sales Manager of Interconnect Sales, Inc.; Micki Lake, Biamp Systems; Kristie Sievert, Biamp Systems
Front Row: Michael McDonald, Biamp Systems; Joe Haugan, Biamp Systems

About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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SMPTE Issues Call for Papers for the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition

Organization Accepts Technical Paper Abstracts Online Through June 20

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Feb. 19, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today issued a call for papers for the prestigious SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 21-23 in Hollywood, Calif. This conference is the premier annual technology event covering current and future developments in media technology, content creation, image and sound, over-the-top, and the allied arts and sciences.

“The quality, depth, and ingenuity of the papers presented at the Annual Technical Conference consistently make it an essential event for the industry’s foremost technology decision makers and thought leaders,” said Paul Chapman, program chair of the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference. “Many of the ideas and solutions presented at the conference will go on to shape the future of our industry.”

Proposed papers must be informational and must address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry. Technical paper topics include, but are not limited to, 4K/8K UHDTV and beyond HD; postproduction; broadcast infrastructure, 3G, IP, and file-based workflow; cinematography and image acquisition; asset management, storage, and archiving; the “Internet of everything,” the second screen, and alternative content; audio/video processing and compression; content security; new techniques in audio; content distribution; display technology; advanced image processing; mobile, IP, and future distribution technologies; and restoration and preservation. Papers that are commercial or promotional in nature will not be considered, nor will those that already have been published. Student papers are strongly encouraged.

A complete and more specific listing of possible topics as well as instructions on submitting a topic heading, paper title, and one-page abstract is available at www.smpte.org/cfp2014. Further information about SMPTE and the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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