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Hungary’s Liga TV Builds New HD OB Van With Complete Riedel Communications Solution

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Aug. 5, 2014 – Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, announced that Liga TV, Hungary’s leading outside broadcast (OB) company, has equipped its newest HD OB van with a Riedel solution including the Artist digital matrix intercom, Acrobat digital wireless intercom, RiFace universal radio interface, and the country’s first MediorNet real-time media network. With this robust and versatile communications solution, Liga TV is positioned to continue its expansion into production of high-profile international sports events. OB3 was fully supplied and integrated by Rexfilm Ltd.

“We had tremendous success with Riedel equipment in our OB2 truck, which was Hungary’s first large HD OB van, so the decision to incorporate the company’s products into our new OB3 HD unit was quite simple,” said Zoltan Tihanyi, sound engineer at Liga TV. “The reliability, connectivity, and rich feature sets of Riedel intercom systems, as well as their popularity and widespread use, will be valuable as we extend our international activity.”

The Riedel solution in OB3 is identical to that installed earlier in OB2, with the addition of a MediorNet system that gives Liga TV valuable fiber-based signal transport capabilities. When more than one truck is required for a production, Liga TV can use OB2 and OB3 in tandem, connecting the two Riedel intercom solutions to serve as one.

“With OB2 and now OB3, Liga TV has implemented the advanced production technology necessary to meet international broadcast standards, as well as the requirements of the most demanding events and customers,” said Thomas Kloiber, international sales manager at Riedel Communications. “The Riedel gear installed in these units assures that as Liga TV continues its growth, it also will be able to maintain the clear, flexible communications that are critical to high-end productions.”

In addition to broadcasting matches from Hungary’s national football league, the OTP Bank League, Liga TV has completed international projects including production of various UEFA championship games, the LEN European Swimming Championship, and the KHL All-Star Game.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

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R. L. Drake SCTE CABLE-TEC EXPO 2014 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth 1710

At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, R.L. Drake, a leading global provider of digital and analog cable, digital signage, and MPEG encoding systems, will demonstrate its new PEG-NE24-IP encoder and EEG-QIP electronic enterprise guide, which bring increased efficiency and reliability to cable TV operations. more

Women in Consumer Electronics Sets New Day for CEDIA EXPO 2014 Breakfast Event

Featured Work-Life Balance Panel to Highlight Annual Gathering

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Aug. 6, 2014 — Women in Consumer Electronics (CE), an industry organization focused on empowering women, building networks, and supporting career opportunities in the consumer electronics industry, has announced a new day for its sixth annual gathering during CEDIA EXPO 2014. The breakfast event, which has moved to Friday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Denver Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 4, will feature a panel discussion titled “Work-Life Balance: A Juggling Act!” centered around managing careers at various life stages. more

Archimedia Technology IBC2014 Product Preview, Partnering With Front Porch Digital, Stand 7.D14

Archimedia Technology at IBC2014

Conceived less than 18 months ago out of the need to deliver and read files originating from 4K cameras, Archimedia Technology has rapidly become the new standard for testing and playing master-grade media files. Archimedia offers a range of tools that allow video engineers and archivists to access, play, manage, and test files in all mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, ultimately making content deliverable more quickly at higher quality. Visitors to Archimedia’s stand at IBC2014 will see firsthand the power of this unparalleled line of tools on HD and UHD screens, including the foundation of its product line, the award-winning Archimedia Master Player. Archimedia will also introduce a new player built for everyday business use and a suite of desktop quality-measurement tools that replace existing desktop applications and traditional SDI hardware.

NEW Archimedia Enterprise Player
At IBC2014, Archimedia will demonstrate the Archimedia Enterprise Player, a new player designed for all stakeholders — expert or not — who must be able to view professional video reliably and precisely in order to do their jobs, especially those who need specialized technical support to deal with professional media. Users range from those who lack the technical expertise to use professional video tools, to video experts who simply need to review their work without tying up an edit suite.

The Archimedia Enterprise Player installs easily on any computer equipped with Windows(R) 7 or 8 by simply downloading the software from Archimedia’s website. Users can get media-specific email support from Archimedia, as well as Archimedia’s live online or phone support when needed. The Archimedia Enterprise Player plays all professional and consumer video and audio formats except for JPEG 2000, DPX, and 4K/UHD, which are found only in cinematic or production masters. Like the Master Player, the Enterprise Player can play captions and subtitles in more than 80 external formats and more than 50 embedded formats, and all video can play to a normal TV over HDMI so that what the user sees is real TV rather than a PC approximation of it. The Enterprise Player also delivers accurate audio in all modes — fast forward, rewind, slow, and scrub.

Because the Enterprise Player is designed for either operations budgets or capital budgets, a business can better control the balance sheet by adjusting operations costs based on changes in headcount. This pricing model enables enterprises to provide a sophisticated media player and specialized technical support to a defined number of employees without worrying about auditing licenses or the cost of maintaining in-house technical expertise. Made to run on existing office computers, the player software is free for businesses with an active support account, or can be purchased affordably with annual support included.

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NEW Archimedia QuSee(TM) Suite
IBC2014 will see the debut of the Archimedia QuSee(TM) Suite, a family of tools to inspect and measure video, audio, and metadata for broadcast, postproduction, A/V, mastering, and distribution. Working in tandem with the Archimedia Master Player, the Archimedia QuSee Suite brings validation and verification functions to the desktop, allowing users to perform quality tests on files rather than on SDI streams created from files. The Archimedia QuSee Suite replaces aging SDI hardware such as video and audio waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and audio phase meters, as well as their desktop counterparts, which don’t come with a player that supports all of the common professional mastering formats as Archimedia Master Player does.

The Archimedia QuSee Suite contains a traditional video waveform monitor and vectorscope in a desktop floating window, with support for SD, HD, UHD, and 4K video sizes; standards-based frame rates; and all professional video formats including broadcast, cinema, and Web. For audio, a traditional audio waveform monitor and phase meters appear in a desktop floating window. The audio tools support uncompressed PCM and compressed audio formats including Dolby(R). One benefit of integrating desktop validation and verification with the Archimedia Master Player is the player’s unique ability to keep compressed video and compressed audio in perfect sync, even in fast forward, rewind, and slow-motion modes — an important factor in all kinds of media work.

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Archimedia Master Player v2.2
At IBC2014, Archimedia will display the newest version of its inaugural product, the award-winning Archimedia Master Player. Designed for video engineers, producers, directors, manufacturers, and archivists who work with professional video formats, Archimedia Master Player is the first software player to support all common master formats in use today and the first to allow users to view, test, and measure archival-quality files on a standard UHD/HDTV and traditional SDI equipment. 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 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, is one of the features that makes the player a true 4K-era replacement for videotape machines for master-grade quality control and archiving functions.

Version 2.2 delivers the ultimate set of formats and features to make Archimedia Master Player the player of choice for media professionals. Besides support for the emerging formats HEVC 4K and IMF, version 2.2 has a caption and subtitle viewer/navigator; high-quality scaling into SDI; the ability for nontechnical users such as archivists, directors, producers, and quality control specialists to decrypt digital cinema packages; and folder traversing for sequences such as DPX, TIFF, and EXR, which typically come in folders of thousands of files.

No other master player offers the combination of features and benefits that the Archimedia Master Player does.

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Archimedia Workstations
Visitors to the Archimedia stand at IBC2014 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-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI Cards
At IBC2014, 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 an 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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Archimedia Advanced Test Suite
Along with other products that accompany the Archimedia Master Player, Archimedia will demonstrate the Archimedia Advanced Test Suite, including test pattern videos up to 4K designed in cooperation with the Library of Congress and a major global OTT VOD provider. These are 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:

“After winning the STAR Award for the Archimedia Master Player at IBC last year, I’m happy to say that the player has become the reference standard in major movie studios and broadcast networks around the world. We’re excited to show visitors the most sophisticated version of the Master Player yet. We want Enterprise Player to replace free players that can’t offer tech support. And our newest tools move traditional SDI measuring tools onto the desktop and extend the Master Player technology even to nontechnical business users.”
– Mark Gray, President and CEO, Archimedia Technology

About Archimedia Technology
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000 and HEVC, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and infrastructure. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of 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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A United ‘Console’ Kingdom

DiGiCo, Allen & Heath, and Calrec Announce the Formation of a New ProAudio Group

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Aug. 1, 2014 – The DiGiCo team has spent the last 18 months consulting with Electra Partners about the possible combination of both Allen & Heath and Calrec with the DiGiCo family. The culmination of this brings together three British console companies to create a new professional audio group, while retaining their unique skills, customer relationships, and the identities of each brand.

James Gordon will become Group CEO supported by a strong and talented management team from across the new group. When asked about what this means for the future, James said:

“We have bold plans for the group but it is imperative that each company maintain its own independence and style. None of these brands needs to trade off each other’s technology or reputation.”

“These are three great companies and all the brands currently in the group have enviable reputations for technology, audio quality, reliability, and perhaps most importantly, customer focus and care. The strategy is to share technology and resources across the group and allow some interconnectivity across the product lines.”

“The combined R&D teams are about to enter a new world of possibilities and we intend to take full advantage of their resources, passion, and experience. It’s an amazing opportunity for us, and just maybe the whole British Pro Audio industry.”

Glenn Rogers, Managing Director of Allen & Heath, added, “The creation of the group with DiGiCo and their management is an impressive combination. It will certainly add new momentum to what Allen & Heath and Calrec had already planned for the future.”

Henry Goodman, Calrec’s Sales and Marketing Director, commented that “This exciting formation gives Calrec new opportunities for swifter development of a host of ideas we have been wanting to bring to the market. We will have a vast pool of engineers to share new ideas for the industry and target them specifically to each brand’s needs. Customers can expect us to maintain, and in some areas improve, our very high levels of support and service.”

The complexity of this combination required the effort and support of two of London’s top Private Equity houses. For the first time, Electra Partners and ISIS have pooled resources to support the management of this ambitious vision for the future of U.K. Pro Audio. Charles Elkington, Investment Partner at Electra Partners, said:

“DiGiCo augments our existing investment in the professional audio sector. We have worked hard over the last 18 months to bring together these three successful businesses. We look forward to working with James Gordon and his team to grow the group, while also preserving the distinctive brand identity and excellent customer relationships of each business.”

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 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 calrec.com and community.calrec.com.

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BenQ’s New Versatile MW665 Projector Now Shipping

BYOD-Ready Projector Features Handheld Device Sharing, Colorific(TM) Image Quality, and LAN Display and Control

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 5, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in The America’s(1), today announced the latest addition to its robust M6 series, the MW665 projector. Designed for professional applications in environments such as houses of worship, classrooms, and boardrooms, the device boasts 3,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 13,000:1 contrast ratio, and SmartEco(TM) energy-saving features to lower the projector’s total cost of ownership (TCO). more

Biamp Systems Offers AV Training Sessions Ahead of InfoComm Mexico 2014

Commercial audio leader continues partnership with InfoComm to provide AV systems training to Spanish-speaking industry professionals

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 5, 2014 – Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, will continue its partnership with InfoComm International by offering a third training session just prior to TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014. In an effort to help increase the number of trained AV professionals in Latin America, the course, held Aug. 18-20, will allow Biamp(R) partners to understand and troubleshoot the IT networks that support today’s unified AV systems. more

Biamp Systems Welcomes New Area Manager

Joshua Peterson joins growing global sales team as area manager for Northern Central North America

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 4, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the appointment of Joshua Peterson as an Area Manager in North America. Based in Minneapolis, Peterson will be responsible for leading and accelerating the growth of the expanding Biamp(R) business for Northern Central North America. more

Revolabs Announces Enhanced Training Academy Portal and 20 Live Training Events

Unified Communications Leader Unveils Redesigned Online Training Program and Upcoming Training and Certification Tour

SUDBURY, Mass. — July 31, 2014 — Revolabs(R) today announced that the company is launching its newly redesigned Revolabs Academy Training Program — a free, interactive online learning portal that provides users with a better understanding of audio fundamentals, measurement and performance, and proper use and installation of Revolabs products. Available now, the online curriculum complements the company’s upcoming training and certification tour, which will bring live instruction with Revolabs’ award-winning product portfolio to 20 cities across the U.S. This tour continues the Revolabs tradition of onsite education for global partners.

Coinciding with the launch of the company’s new online learning portal, Revolabs will embark on a nationwide training and certification tour from August to October 2014. The 20-city tour will include stops in New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, where AV resellers and consultants will receive hands-on training on all Revolabs products, including the all-new, award-winning Executive Elite product family. This national tour offers an all-day class focused on all technical knowledge needed to become a certified Revolabs partner. Upon completion of either set of courses, users will earn four CTS credits.

“By revamping the entire Revolabs Academy Training Program and adding fresh content, the new portal now brings a more intuitive, streamlined, and engaging training experience to our technical partner community worldwide while introducing new incentives that encourage learners to continue earning credits,” said Marc Cremer, COO, Revolabs. “The North American live training and certification tour is part of our ongoing global outreach initiative and affirms Revolabs’ commitment to providing live training to our customers around the world.”

Open and free to all current Revolabs customers including resellers, consultants, distributors, and end users, the online academy provides an interactive learning experience that intuitively guides users through a series of lessons covering the principles of audio, echo cancellation, microphone placement, product integration, configuration settings, repair procedures, maintaining RF stability, and avoiding interference. Users earn four CTS credits upon successful completion of the course, which can be applied to InfoComm(TM) RU credits for CTS, CTS-D, or CTS-I certifications. This is especially useful for professionals unable to attend InfoComm training sessions onsite.

Users can access the new Revolabs Training Academy at www.revolabs.com/support/training. More information on the Revolabs training and certification tour is available at www.revolabs.com/support/training/live.

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About Revolabs(R)
Revolabs(R) 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, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Wohler Provides Custom Monitoring Solution to France Télévisions

Wohler Collaboration With Audiopole and France Télévisions Demonstrates Agility and Speed in Meeting User Requirements

SAN FRANCISCO — July 30, 2014 – Wohler Technologies today announced that it has collaborated with local partner Audiopole and France Télévisions to provide a rapid solution for France Télévisions’ specific monitoring needs. Together, the three companies identified the additional audio monitoring functionality that France Télévisions desired from its existing AMP1-16M monitoring units, and, within a matter of weeks, the Wohler engineering team had created and delivered a software beta version for testing. Shortly thereafter, France Télévisions approved the software and ordered additional AMP1-16M units.

“I was really amazed by the responsiveness of the Wohler team,” said Jean-Philippe Blanchard, director of the broadcast division at Audiopole. “Given how quickly the solution was delivered and approved by France Télévisions, I think this is a very good example of perfect cooperation between a manufacturer and a broadcaster and how they can work together to improve a product.”

During live event broadcasts, France Televisions derives some audio from the microphones of commentators or talkback systems, which are as critical to monitor as the broadcast-to- air content. During a visit by Wohler’s regional representative and colleagues from partner Audiopole, France Télévisions requested a modification to its existing AMP1-16M units to enable a new monitoring workflow at the touch of a button. Wohler quickly stepped up to address this request, and the resulting functionality has become part of the latest firmware (version 4.0) for the AMP1-16M. Now France TV, France 24, and EuroNews all take advantage of this new monitoring approach.

“We are serious about our role as an extension of our clients’ engineering teams, and our collaboration with Audiopole and France Télévisions demonstrates this commitment very well,” said Carl J. Dempsey, Wohler president and CEO. “Wohler monitoring products are designed to be versatile systems that help users work the way they want to work. We use feedback from our customers to refine the design and functionality of all our products so that they yield the performance required, and the modification we made for France Télévisions is just one of many examples of this proactive approach to both product development and customer service.”

Information about Wohler and the company’s products is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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

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