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Wohler Announces New Software Interface for MADI-8 Audio Monitor

PC-Based Interface Enables Quick Configuration of Channel Naming and Preset Assignments

SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 15, 2011 — Wohler Technologies today announced a new software interface for the company’s MADI-8 in-rack audio monitor that allows for control and quick reconfiguration of channel presets from any PC. With the new software, operators now have the ability to name any or all of the 64 available channels and then assign them up to eight available presets. Configurations can be saved as files on the set-up application, so operators can instantly recall channel names and presets from previous events and assign them to other MADI-8 units.

“MADI-8 was the world’s first in-rack MADI monitor to offer simultaneous monitoring of up to eight channels,” said Jeff McNall, product manager at Wohler. “Now, with this new channel-naming and preset configuration application, the unit provides even more convenience in high-volume monitoring applications.”

Giving users the option of creating presets via a PC and keyboard rather than on the MADI-8 unit itself, the firmware upgrade and software application download significantly reduces the time required to configure a MADI-8. For installations with numerous MADI-8 units, using a simple device server adaptor for each of the serial ports can enable all of the MADI-8 units to be controlled via an Ethernet network. This capability allows users to switch MADI-8 units between sport- or event-specific presets over the network, taking very little time to shift channel names and presets from one broadcast to the next.

“We designed the MADI-8 to be a flexible, powerful, and easy-to-use solution for cost-effective audio confidence monitoring, and this new software interface makes the unit an even better match for demanding broadcast and production environments,” added McNall. “Wohler is evolving to incorporate the use of Ethernet networks in configuration of our products. We’ve done it on our AMP2-16V-3G monitor, as well, and we continue to look for additional ways that our customers can take advantage of having Wohler products networked.”

The new software application and firmware upgrade are free to existing MADI-8 users. More information about the MADI-8 and access to updates is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc. Wohler offers a comprehensive and award-winning range of audio, video, data monitoring, and captioning products designed to provide the highest quality solutions for facilities of all sizes and complexity. Founded in 1987, the San Francisco Bay-area manufacturer has grown to become the dominant provider of confidence monitoring and signal management solutions for the broadcast and pro audio/video markets. Originally inventing and defining the category of in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, the company has expanded its offerings to include solutions for captioning and loudness. More information about Wohler and its full range of solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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DNF Sets New Standard for Control Integration in Broadcast Operations With New Flex Control Network(R) Applications

SYLMAR, Calif. — Nov. 15, 2011 — DNF Controls today announced the release of a series of new applications for the Flex Control Network(R), DNF’s modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers. The new applications provide control integration enabling broadcasters to solve all manner of operational control problems, setting a new standard of excellence for operational efficiency and profitability. The applications are designed for all segments of the broadcast industry, including live and live-to-tape production; master control and playout; broadcast and network (cable) operations; postproduction; live sports; live news; and machine control.

The Flex Control platform consists of device controllers with 25 (and counting) drivers and interface solutions that combine with a full range of control panels to create applications for solving even the most complex control problems while using existing I/P infrastructure as the backbone. With its tactile control surfaces, browser-based interfaces for ease of use and deployment, and simple push-button operation using “event to action” logic for sophisticated, automated control, Flex Control delivers unparalleled centralized and distributed control over machinery and workflows.

“Today’s broadcast facilities comprise more disparate technology than ever before, and all these systems need to be networked, managed, and controlled in new fundamental ways,” said Dan Fogel, CTO of DNF Controls. “The feedback we’re hearing from our customers around the world is that they have found Flex Control Network to be the simplest yet most versatile, and certainly most reliable, solution on the market to address operational control issues. The Flex Control broadcast applications integrate easily with their existing equipment, so they don’t miss a beat when changing setup. Plus the modular nature of the platform means they can scale and adapt the system as their requirements change.”

Flex Control offers infinite possibilities for controlling, monitoring, and managing networked devices over LAN, WAN, and the Internet. With Flex Control, users can add and change devices, control protocols, and control points whenever and wherever they want without disrupting their workflow. Flex Control lets users redistribute the broadcast or production workload at a moment’s notice to keep up with late-breaking news, equipment failure, and unexpected personnel changes or other events. Users can control almost anything in their facility from anywhere in the world using DNF’s Web services from a computer, tablet, smartphone, or any other Web-enabled device.

Flex Control Network is based on DNF’s more than 20 years of experience providing “must work,” mission-critical control systems for broadcast and production operations.

More information on DNF Controls solutions is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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About DNF Controls DNF Controls is a leading provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for equipment used in the television broadcast, audio/video production, post-production, and graphics markets. By partnering with industry-leading manufacturers and customers, DNF provides innovative, reliable, precise, and easy-to-use products for point-to-point control as well as facility-wide multipoint control applications. DNF Controls’ customer list includes all major U.S. television broadcast and cable networks, domestic and international television stations and production facilities, mobile production trucks, stadiums, and arenas. DNF Controls is headquartered in Sylmar, Calif. More information is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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Matrox Video Products Group Appoints Japan Material as Exclusive Distributor in Japan

MONTREAL — Nov. 16, 2011 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the appointment of Japan Material Co. Ltd. as the exclusive distributor of its end-user products in Japan. Japan Material will represent the full line of Matrox video products, including the popular Matrox MXO2(TM) I/O devices, the new Mojito(TM) MAX(TM) I/O card, the Convert(TM) DVI scan converter, and the MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter.

“It is important to Matrox to have a strong partner in Japan to provide sales and service assistance to our customers,” said Mingkai Yang, Matrox director of sales, Asia-Pacific. “We are very happy to welcome Japan Material as our sole distributor for channel products and have every confidence that the company’s considerable experience and expertise will enable us to grow our business together.”

“Over the past 10 years, we have had a successful partnership with Matrox Graphics Inc., providing computer graphics solutions for the Japanese market,” said Yoshi Sakaguchi, general manager of Graphics Solution division at Japan Material Co. Ltd. “We look forward to the new challenge of working with Matrox Video Products Group to strengthen the Matrox brand among Japanese broadcasters, post-production facilities, and A/V integrators.”

Matrox and Japan Material will be partnering at InterBEE 2011 to demonstrate Matrox video products on stand 5510.

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About Matrox Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.matrox.com/video.

Matrox is a registered trademark of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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Streaming Media Readers Select Haivision’s KulaByte(TM) as Most Popular Software-Based Internet Encoder Through Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Awards

Powerful Streaming Solution for Dynamic Flash and Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) Takes Top Prize in Encoding Software Category

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Nov. 15, 2011 — Haivision Network Video today announced that its KulaByte(TM) live Internet encoder has been chosen by the readers of Streaming Media Magazine as a Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Award winner. KulaByte received top honors in the Encoding Software (Over $1,000) category.
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Matrox MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI Mini Converter Now Shipping

MONTREAL — Nov. 15, 2011 — Matrox Video Products Group today announced that Matrox MC-100, a dual SDI-to-HDMI mini converter that supports a wide range of display resolutions through 3G, Dual Link, HD, and SD-SDI, is now available from Matrox dealers worldwide. Priced at $495 US, this single portable unit can be used as an HD-SDI switcher, a distribution amplifier, a multiplexer, and a 3D processing unit, making it the most versatile mini converter on the market.

“We launched MC-100 to great acclaim at IBC in September, even garnering a TV Technology Europe STAR Award,” said Charles Amyot, product manager at Matrox. “Now, rather than purchasing different devices to perform different tasks, broadcast engineers and A/V professionals have a single, affordable, easy-to-use device that meets their diverse needs when it comes to managing SDI signals within their environments — for monitoring, distributing, switching, multiplexing, and converging 3D. Matrox MC-100 should be in every video professional’s toolbox.”
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Worship Market Honors Wowza With New Product Technology Award for Second Year in a Row

Wowza Media Server 3 Wins 2011 WFX New Product Technology Award for Best Podcasting, Webcasting, and Website Streaming Media Solution

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Nov. 10, 2011 — Wowza(R) Media Systems, the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company, today announced that its Wowza Media Server(R) 3 has won the 2011 Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) New Product Technology Award for Best Podcasting, Webcasting, and Website Streaming Media Solution. This accolade follows a 2010 win in the same category with the previous edition of the media server software.
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Panamax/Furman and Savant Team Up to Create Driver Set for BlueBOLT(R)-Compatible Power Management and UPS Products

TCP/IP and Two-Way Serial Driver Modules Combine Local Control With Cloud-Based Remote Power and Energy Management

PETALUMA, Calif. — Nov. 10, 2011 — Panamax/Furman today announced that the company has teamed up with Savant to provide dealers with a set of TCP/IP and two-way RS-232 driver modules for Panamax/Furman BlueBOLT(R)-compatible power management components and UPS solutions. The new modules deliver the best of both worlds for dealers: local control via Savant’s control and automation solutions built on the Mac OS(R) X programming language; and remote access through BlueBOLT’s cloud-based remote power and energy management platform.
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Sencore Introduces Digital TV/RF Analyzer for QAM and DOCSIS 3.0 Signals in High-Speed CATV Networks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Nov. 9, 2011 — Sencore today announced the launch of the SLM 1478, the newest member of the company’s SLM line of reliable, feature-rich RF signal analyzers designed for testing and analyzing digital TV/RF formats including NTSC, ATSC, QAM, and DOCSIS signals. The SLM 1478 is a portable digital TV/RF analyzer designed to meet the needs of TV/RF technicians and installers in today’s high-speed CATV video delivery networks.
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Visionary Solutions Announces Technology Partnership With Video River Networks

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Nov. 9, 2011 — Visionary Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of encoders and related equipment for multiple Internet Protocol television (IPTV) applications, today announced a new partnership with Video River Networks, an innovative supplier of digital entertainment and in-room control functionality through proprietary IPTV set-top boxes. The partnership forms an alliance to market and implement best-of-class encoding solutions in the hospitality market worldwide.

The combined offering of interoperable solutions includes Visionary Solutions’ AVN series of MPEG and H.264 encoding hardware with Video River Networks’ IP3000 set-top boxes. This caters to customers requiring high-quality SD and HD video services without the need for enriched Internet browsing capabilities or large CPU requirements. The encoder is also combined with the Video River Networks’ IP6000 set-top box, available with Linux or Microsoft(R) Windows(R) operating systems, to meet the needs of customers requiring robust Internet browsing, rich video and graphics capabilities, and added processing capabilities for in-room control programs. Together, the combined technology provides users with an end-to-end solution for IP video delivery.

“We’re extremely happy to partner with Visionary Solutions to offer reliable, end-to-end IPTV solutions to the hospitality market,” said Doug Saathoff, president of Video River Networks. “Our customers demand custom solutions as they look to differentiate themselves from their competitors and this is just what we’re providing with the combination of the Visionary Solutions encoders with our IP6000 set-top box.”

Visionary Solutions’ AVN series of IPTV encoders convert video from SDI, component, or HDMI sources into full-screen, full-resolution IP digital video in real time and are suitable for any application requiring cost-effective, low bit rate SD or HD video distribution over IP networks. The encoders offer easy operation. Users simply plug a video source directly into the encoder blade and then plug into a LAN or WAN to start streaming in real time.

“Our association with Video River Networks is a great example of how Visionary Solutions’ interoperable products can combine with other technologies to present new opportunities for the ever-expanding IPTV application universe,” said Will Bakewell, president of Visionary Solutions. “Our mutual effort with Video River has already led to opportunities with key customers and clearly demonstrates Visionary Solutions’ ability to work closely with partners to create integrated solutions that customers need.”

More information about Visionary Solutions Inc. and the company’s products is available at www.vsicam.com.

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About Video River Networks (www.videorivernetworks.com)
Video River is an innovative supplier of digital entertainment and in-room control functionality to the hospitality markets through a proprietary line of IPTV set-top boxes. The company’s hardware and software enables the fluid delivery of high-definition multimedia content alongside the PC-like processing capabilities demanded by service providers, hoteliers, and their guests. The company distinguishes itself from the competition through the reliability of its products and in its commitment to servicing the ongoing needs of each installation of its products. Video River prides itself in being a hands-on integration partner, getting involved with each installation of its equipment to ensure not only successful implementation, and but continuing performance of its products throughout the life of the system.

About Visionary Solutions, Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) manufactures Internet Protocol television (IPTV) equipment that provides real-time transport of video over IP networks. With SD and HD IPTV encoders that support the latest technology standards, such as H.264, VSI’s modular solutions are recognized around the world for their outstanding value, performance, flexibility, and quality. With a company-wide focus on customer satisfaction through collaboration and hands-on support, VSI is a trusted partner for high-quality IPTV encoding for enterprise, education, healthcare, government, A/V, cable, broadband, and broadcast applications.

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International House of Prayer Builds Powerful Internet Streaming Ministry With Haivision’s KulaByte H.264 Encoders

Ministry Connects Locations, Delivers Broadcast Feeds, and Fuels Internet Media Portals Using Multiple Haivision Technologies

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Nov. 8, 2011 — Haivision today announced that the International House of Prayer (IHOP) is expanding its sophisticated 24/7 Web streaming ministry with Haivision’s KulaByte live Internet video encoders. The new systems complement the established Haivision video encoding technology (including hai1000 and Makito(TM) products) by providing direct to Internet high-definition (HD) streaming capability. Based in Kansas City, Mo., IHOP relies on Haivision encoding of HD video using the H.264 compression standard for live Internet streaming of its prayer room services, as well as for high-quality video feeds between IHOP University (IHOPU), numerous other live ministry event locations, and broadcast centers.

As a central component of IHOP’s global ministry, the prayer room in Kansas City operates around the clock with 12 two-hour prayer meetings conducted every day. In order to stream the prayer meetings live to the IHOP website with HD video quality, IHOP recently upgraded its obsolete legacy encoding platform to Haivision’s KulaByte H.264 encoders. The KulaByte encoders provide ultra-efficient compression of HD video to H.264 combined with exacting bandwidth control to maximize video quality over fixed bandwidth connections for video delivery to both Flash(R) and HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) based websites.

IHOP has also installed other Haivision video encoding technology to support its diverse operational footprint. IHOP provides a direct, high-quality live stream of the prayer room to GOD TV, an international Christian television network that broadcasts the prayer room at various times during the day, in addition to live streaming on its own website. IHOP is currently supplying the stream via point-to-point satellite links between Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and the GOD TV broadcast facility in Jerusalem. To reduce related transmission costs, IHOP has installed the Mako(TM) hai1000 encoder systems that allow the ministry to transition the GOD TV connections to much lower cost public Internet connections.

“Our online services are an essential part of our ministry, and we are all 100 percent committed to making sure that our live Web stream never goes down. That’s why it’s essential that we choose encoding equipment with absolute, bullet-proof reliability,” said Ari Burt, head of online video for IHOP. “The Haivision H.264 encoding solutions provide this reliability as well as top-notch quality for Internet streaming of HD content, and we have been very impressed not only with the responsiveness of the Haivision customer service team but also the superior Web interface.”

In addition to Internet streaming and global distribution of the prayer room feeds, IHOP relies on Haivision solutions to backhaul live event coverage from its conference center and various locations throughout the IHOPU campus to the master control center. IHOP deploys Haivision’s high performance Makito H.264 HD encoders at event sources, decodes the signals in the master control, routes the signals through production, and then sends the HD video on to the KulaByte encoders for streaming to the IHOP website. One such recent event, a youth conference called One Thing, brought 130,000 unique visitors to the IHOP website. In another example, IHOP used the point-to-point system to stream live coverage of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent “The Response” prayer event, pushing more than 20 gigs per second over the ministry’s Akamai content delivery network.

“With so many different facilities streaming content, there will always be issues with how to centralize the content and stream it as efficiently as possible,” added Burt. “The Haivision encoders provide the low latency we need to ensure that the system also performs to our high quality standards.”

“IHOP is a textbook case of a house of worship that is effectively leveraging advanced Internet streaming technologies to spread its message to the widest-possible audience. The numbers speak for themselves: every month, the IHOP prayer room stream receives more than 120,000 unique hits,” said Mirko Wicha, president and CEO of Haivision. “IHOP is just one more example of how Haivision is delivering end-to-end technologies to address the diverse media distribution needs of houses of worship.”

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About the International House of Prayer
The International House of Prayer (IHOP) is an evangelical charismatic Christian missions organization based in Kansas City and Grandview, Mo. that focuses on prayer, worship, and evangelism. IHOP places great importance on the practices of prayer, worship, fasting, and discipleship. IHOP maintains a prayer room in Kansas City, Mo. and runs a Bible and ministry school called the International House of Prayer University (IHOPU) in nearby Grandview, Mo. For more information, visit www.ihop.org.

About Haivision Network Video
Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore., Austin, TX, and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

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