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Joseph Fiber Solutions at the 2014 NAB Show

The Caddie FP System Series
Designed to reduce setup and teardown time while providing all the signal transport necessary to streamline live video acquisition workflows, the Caddie FP 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 Series

New 1-RU Modular Power Supply for the Caddie Series of Transport Products
Joseph’s will introduce a new 1-RU modular power supply that makes it easy to provide remote power via hybrid fiber/copper cable to other Caddie Series components. Features include:
-Compact design
-Available for short and long stadium installations
-Available for OpticalCon or Lemo connectors
-Universal power input ranges
-For studio and or remote applications
-Based on proven technology

New 4K Studio Caddie With Pull-Out Electronics Drawer
Building on the success of the award-winning 4K Studio Caddie, Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS) will introduce at the 2014 NAB Show an improved version that employs a pull-out electronics drawer. All electronics are removable from the base for fast and easy reconfigurations and repairs, keeping the camera setup intact for quick turnarounds. The system is compatible with any 4K box camera and is user-customizable for different camera requirements. The unit is fully compatible with the new Caddie Series Modular case and power options. Signals include camera control, two returns, and five 3Gb/s video sends as standard, plus intercom and audio feeds.

Digital Fiber Transport Series DFT-8 and DFT-12 EXP
The DFT-8 is a 1-RU low-cost option for bidirectional flow of eight video signals on a signal fiber. (A dual fiber redundancy option is available.) Paths may be user-configurable in pairs of two for any order of send and receive requirements. The product includes redundant power supplies for total backup of critical paths.

The DFT-12 EXP is the newest addition to the DFT Series, and it features 12 paths of video over single or dual fibers and is user-configurable in pairs of two for any combination of send and receive requirements. Additional options are audio, MADI, RTS intercom, and data modules that are fitted into the front four slots.

The DFT Series provides the best customer-configurable signal transport package for its size. DFT units are perfect for ENG, small stadiums, and anywhere else that a simple point-to-point solution is required. All feature redundant power supplies for total backup of critical paths.

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Photo Caption: JFS DFT-8

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Photo Caption: JFS DFT-12 EXP

Caddie Tote System
At the 2014 NAB Show, Joseph’s will introduce the new Caddie Tote, a quick grab-and-go fiber transport package. Designed for ENG operations or any field use in adverse weather conditions, the system features four 3G video paths in each direction, four audios in each direction, 1G/s Ethernet path, and two channels of intercom. The unit is housed in a weatherproof enclosure that will provide full protection against the elements. The internal wide-range AC power supply has a standard Anton Bauer battery as backup for total remote operation.

New JFS DT-12 Companion Tester
The DT-12 Companion is an elegant cable tester for common DT-12 audio cables. Featuring a TFT Display, the unit can do quick pass/fail testing or a detailed cable analysis.

Joseph Fiber Solutions Quote:
“The NAB Show is critical to our strategic marketing goals and provides us with a great opportunity to meet with current and future customers to discuss their needs for fiber transport. This year’s attendees will see several brand-new designs that make live broadcast productions easier while taking today’s economic challenges into account. We will also show some new remote powering solutions that make our solutions even more portable and convenient.”
– Yohay Hahamy, President, Joseph Electronics

Company Overview:
Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), the fiber division of Joseph Electronics Inc., offers consultation, design, and integration of fiber-optic systems for broadcast and pro A/V applications. JFS represents best-in-class high-end fiber manufacturers and also creates innovative custom solutions — such as the Caddie Series, the DFT-8/12 Series, and the 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. JFS has representatives in California, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about JFS is available at www.jfstv.com. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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Riedel Communications 2014 NAB Show Preview

MediorNet 2.0
Riedel has enhanced its MediorNet family of real-time networks for video, audio, data, and communications with MediorNet 2.0, a firmware update for MediorNet. At the 2014 NAB Show, the company will show how the new firmware provides video router functionality and high-speed rerouting.

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Photo Caption: MediorNet Real-Time Network 2.0 Update

MediorNet MetroN
The MediorNet family of real-time networks has been expanded with the addition of the 2-RU large-scale MediorNet MetroN core router. In enabling Riedel’s acclaimed networked approach to signal distribution and routing, the new MediorNet MetroN provides a real-time routing capacity of 64x 10G ports. During the 2014 NAB Show, Riedel will demonstrate how, with these capabilities, the new frame can function within a larger MediorNet installation, interfacing with other MediorNet frames via fiber.

MediorNet as a WAN Solution
Leveraging their newly acquired WAN expertise, Riedel has developed their first WAN-focused solution. Using the MediorNet platform as a base, attendee’s at the 2014 NAB show will see how the networked approach of MediorNet can be expanded to include WAN capabilities.

Studer A-Link Card for MediorNet
Enabling direct integration of Riedel MediorNet real-time networks with Studer consoles and cores, the new A-Link interface module gives Studer users a highly scalable audio routing system offering I/O capacities in excess of 10,000 I/Os. Facilitating use of MediorNet as a decentralized audio router with integrated port redundancies, this solution offers massive I/O capacity in a very small hardware footprint. The integrated system may be configured to provide a video and audio routing solution with de-embedded audio from the SDI streams being sent to the Studer consoles, with the return signals then embedded back into the video.

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Photo Caption: Studer A-Link Card for MediorNet

Virtual Key Panel App for Artist Intercom System
Riedel’s Artist virtual key panels enable the use of smartphones and tablets (iOS, OS X®, and Android) as control panels in combination with any Artist digital matrix intercom system. These handheld devices can then provide the same functionality as full-featured, 12-key Artist control panels. The user operates the virtual control panel using the device’s touchscreen interface that can be configured via Riedel’s Director software.

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Photo Caption: Virtual Key Panel App for Artist Intercom System

AVB Manager
Riedel’s AVB manager is a manufacturer-independent software solution that provides generic AVB control for any and all IEEE 1722.1-compliant AVB devices. Providing a global overview of AVB infrastructures, this free solution automatically detects and enumerates available AVB devices, supporting straightforward connection management via an intuitive graphical user interface.

Company Quote:
“The solutions we’re bringing to the NAB Show not only demonstrate major enhancements to our core products, but also showcase new refinements and developments that further capitalize on our network approach to signal distribution and processing. Customers want to be assured that their investments are secure, so our solutions are designed to handle their present requirements but with plenty of overhead for the needs of tomorrow.”
– Thomas Riedel, CEO, Riedel Communications

Company Overview:
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.

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NEP Denali’s Hugh Healy Part of Team That Receives NAMM TEC Award for Outstanding Audio Engineering for 55th Annual Grammy Awards

PITTSBURGH — Feb. 19, 2014 — NEP today announced that Hugh Healy, audio engineer for NEP Denali, has received a NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast category. Healy was honored for his role as audio engineering supervisor for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Presented annually by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation at The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards are the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Healy and fellow audio engineers, Joel Singer and Mark Linett from Music Mix Mobile (M3), were nominated as a team for the award by Tom Holmes, lead production mixer for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. NEP Denali provided mobile broadcast facilities and engineering support for the program.

“The NAMM TEC Award is a unique honor because it recognizes technical achievement, an area that tends to be more ‘behind the scenes’ in live entertainment production,” said Healy. “I was proud to serve with an outstanding team of audio professionals for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, including my fellow award recipients Joel and Mark, who did an outstanding job of mixing the musical acts for the show.”

A well-known audio engineer, Healy specializes in providing audio engineering solutions for a broad range of live television productions with credits including the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards. He has served as the primary audio engineer for NEP Denali for more than 14 years.

“We want to congratulate Hugh for his NAMM TEC Award, which highlights his outstanding contribution on behalf of NEP Denali for one of the biggest and most visible live events on the television schedule,” said George Hoover, NEP chief technology officer. “The high caliber of the other nominees — including the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, another NEP Denali production — shows how competitive the field was and speaks to the technical excellence of the NEP Denali audio team. The fact that Hugh was nominated by his peers on the production mixing team is strong recognition of his talent.”

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

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Front Porch Digital 2014 NAB Show Product Preview

LYNXdr — Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
Downtime can be a problem for just about any business, but losing the data altogether is disastrous. LYNXdr, Front Porch Digital’s private-cloud hosted disaster recovery and business continuity service, ensures file safety and zero downtime. Moving to the cloud can reduce the total cost of ownership of digital asset management for content owners, which in turn increases ROI. As part of an overall media asset management solution, LYNXdr controls costs because users pay only for what they use when they use it. Off-site data backup to virtual machines is much less costly than on-premise physical servers and allows for instant increases in storage capacity with minimal or no effort from the IT team. Also, by consolidating operations, media organizations can cut capital and operating expenses to reduce overhead.

LYNXdr offers a secure off-site backup capability by ingesting and managing content electronically or from datatape to key strategic regional cloud locations. Additionally, there is no cost increase as the technology evolves, which means users can realize even more value from their assets.

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Photo Caption: LYNXdr

Company Quote:
“The buzz around ‘the cloud’ has prompted us to make sure our cloud offering continues to advance further and further. At the 2014 NAB Show, we’ll demonstrate how our LYNX(SM) cloud content storage management system has evolved to keep up with the ever-changing industry. We will also demonstrate the latest updates across our full product line. Visitors will clearly see how Front Porch Digital can make the cloud work for their operations.”
– Michael Knaisch, President and CEO, Front Porch Digital

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

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Primestream 2014 NAB Show Preview

It’s Time to Control It All

FORK Production Suite v4.6
At the 2014 NAB Show, Primestream will debut FORK(TM) v4.6, its acclaimed software platform for media asset management and production automation featuring powerful new modules and third-party integrations. FORK v4.6 features Workflow Manager(TM), a new FORK module that allows users to design, control, and automate production processes that span multiple departments and groups within their organizations. This capability improves communication and response time from engineering and support staff, provides a global view of the tasks and processes being worked on, and assigns tasks to specific groups or users while logging every step of the process with information for analytics. FORK v4.6 also includes deep two-way integrations with nonlinear editors like Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro (CS6 and Creative Cloud), Avid(R) Media Composer(R), and Apple(R) Final Cut(R) Pro X. The integrations support edit-while-capture workflows with XDCAM(R), ProRes(R), and AVC-Intra(R) — empowering sports, news, entertainment, and corporate video operations to use industry-leading NLEs — while gaining the benefits of the FORK media asset management and automation platform for I/O, logging, tagging, proxy editing, workflow management, and archiving. FORK also features new archiving workflows with SGL(R), Quantum(R), and Atempo(R) enabling FORK users to navigate/browse, search, and filter through content inside Content Navigator(TM) — even when the hi-res media has been archived and is offline. Other benefits include partial file restore and LTO robotics control. FORK is available for Mac(R) and Windows(R) OS as well as hybrid environments.

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Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Production Suite v4.6

FORK Xchange Suite v3.0
The 2014 NAB Show will see the introduction of FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite 3.0, a major upgrade to the Web and iOS(R) application that provides instant access to content on FORK Production servers. Single and multi-site production operations can now access their media from anywhere to manage, create, and trigger various FORK automations — enabling seamless hybrid cloud/ground workflows to interface all technologies such as archiving and popular NLE craft editors. Xchange 3.0 also features a completely redesigned iPad(R) interface optimized for Apple(R) iOS 7.

Among its many new features are:
–Xchange Uploader: Allows users to submit raw or finished packages directly into the production environment via a Web-based interface
–Xchange Downloader: Allows users to download raw content in order to edit final packages locally, with the ability to choose among multiple qualities to download
–Xchange Load Balancer: Allows for distribution of network traffic across multiple servers for added stability and scalability
–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

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Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Xchange Suite(TM) v3.0

Archive Bridge v1.0
Primestream(R) will also introduce Archive Bridge(TM), a new module for the FORK(TM) Production Suite that provides tight integrations between industry-leading archival solutions and the FORK media asset management platform. With Archive Bridge, administrators can track the status of all archival requests and analyze the performance of the infrastructure. Archive Bridge is a highly configurable client with a Web-based front end and intuitive user interface. Optimized for both Windows(R) and Mac(R) platforms, it integrates multiple production environments with a central archive point to reduce operational costs by centralizing archival infrastructure in one location and allow disaster recovery solutions for offsite Archival workflows. Statistics Reporting empowers administrators to monitor various performance values of the Archive Bridge.

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Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Archive Bridge(TM) v1.0

Company Quote:
“At this year’s show, we’re emphasizing the ways FORK controls all kinds of new and increasingly complex workflows. This translates to more efficient and streamlined ways of creating content which can dramatically benefit the bottom line. We’re seeing massive year-over-year increases in the amount of data FORK is managing at some of the world’s largest enterprises, which is proof positive of the system’s scalability and reliability in complex, dynamic, multisite production operations.”
– Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO

Company Overview:
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 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 service providers, digital media operations, and production/post-production facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

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Digital Alert Systems 2014 NAB Show Preview

At the 2014 NAB Show, Digital Alert Systems will highlight its range of next-generation Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) technologies designed to span all aspects of EAS and CAP requirements. Highlights include the award-winning DASDEC(TM) series of integrated EAS/CAP devices, upgraded with a host of new features. Fully integrated models starting at just $1,995 offer broadcasters the benefit of proven performance, as well as support from a proven manufacturer and innovator.

Furthering Digital Alert Systems’ reputation for EAS/CAP innovations, the company will be demonstrating Mobile EAS (M-EAS), highlighting this next generation of multimedia alerting for mobile television viewers. This exciting technology can easily be integrated into existing DASDEC systems to deliver rich-media alert content to the mobile television viewer, with far more information and content than any other means. In addition to providing a true benefit to the viewer, this technology gives television stations an opportunity to stay ahead in the delivery of news and information to their audiences.

Digital Alert Systems Products at the 2014 NAB Show:

New DASEOC Fully Integrated EAS and CAP Decoder and Encoder
At the 2014 NAB Show, Digital Alert Systems will showcase the new DASEOC “M” series. These FCC-certified and FEMA IPAWS-conformant devices represent the only fully integrated EAS/CAP equipment capable of simultaneously providing all four EAS and CAP functions: CAP message origination, EAS encoding, CAP monitoring, and EAS decoding. Simultaneous alert origination to both EAS and CAP servers avoids message duplication, and the single-unit, single-interface approach assures that emergency managers won’t need to purchase separate and disparate systems. With the DASEOC, they need just one device, one solution. Readily integrated into Web, satellite, and wireless systems, the DASEOC also promotes interoperability with a wide range of third-party applications and services, and it provides emergency managers with the most advanced text-to-speech capabilities available in the marketplace.

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DASDEC(TM)-II Emergency Messaging Platform
The DASDEC(TM)-II provides a flexible platform for emergency alert and CAP management in a fully integrated package. Packed with powerful features, the DASDEC-II includes full support for automatic FCC-compliance logging within the system’s nonvolatile memory. A true browser-based interface facilitates simultaneous access by multiple users while making it easier than ever for broadcasters to deploy content to multiple channels and manage all EAS/CAP functions remotely. Up to four non-bridging Ethernet ports enable easy integration in the modern facility. Ready to go straight from the box, the DASDEC-II system can be used as a drop-in enhancement for any existing EAS encoder/decoder set.

The DASDEC-II supports a broad range of physical connections and interface protocols, so broadcasters can integrate the system with a wide variety of new and existing third-party equipment. Built on IP-based technology, the DASDEC-II is engineered to accommodate future emergency messaging requirements through simple software upgrades. The system’s flexible packaging allows for various model configurations ranging from low-cost decoder-only setups to sophisticated messaging platforms tailored to the most demanding multichannel, multi-interface applications.

Photo Caption: DASDEC(TM)-II Emergency Messaging Platform
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DASDEC’s MultiStation(TM) Software With Multilingual Text-to-Speech
New for the 2014 NAB Show is the DASDEC MultiStation(TM) software with multilingual text-to-speech (TTS). Adding MultiStation to any DASDEC(TM) device provides sequential forwarding and selectable TTS conversions. Now CAP messages with multiple language blocks can be selected to play back on specific stations with a high-quality TTS conversion. Combined with MultiStation software, one DASDEC-II system can replace five separate encoder/decoder sets, in turn reducing wiring, rack space, and power requirements.

MultiPlayer(TM) Four-Channel EAS Audio Player and Program Switcher
The award-winning MultiPlayer(TM) four-channel EAS audio player and program switcher eliminates one-channel-at-a-time limitations by providing multiple and completely independent EAS switching, playout, and control that meets the capabilities of the EAS requirements of multiple program streams. Networked to a DASDEC(TM) with MultiStation(TM) software for management and logging, the MultiPlayer is configurable for analog or AES switching of up to four independent program streams and multiple GPIOs for each channel to make facility integration easy. Together, the MultiPlayer, DASDEC, and MultiStation software provide the lowest cost-per-independent stream for multistream EAS/CAP coverage available.

Photo Caption: MultiPlayer(TM) Four-Channel EAS Audio Player and Program Switcher
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DASDEC(TM)-II Models DASLC and DASLCR — Low Cost for Low-Power Stations
Providing core EAS/CAP functionality, the DASLC and DASLCR from Digital Alert Systems are perfect for LPFM and LPTV applications. Both solutions offer dual monitoring inputs and analog-only switching in a compact low-cost package equipped with key features that continue to make the DASDEC(TM)-II emergency alert platform a popular choice among any size broadcaster. Starting at only $1,995, the DASLC is the lowest-cost full-featured, next-generation integrated EAS/CAP system available. The DASLCR provides the same functionality as the DASLC, along with two integrated high-performance AM/FM/WX radio receivers in the same space- and cost-saving package.

Photo Caption: DASDEC(TM)-II LC (Model DASLC — Low Cost)
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Company Quote:

“We’re very pleased to continue advancing the development and integration of CAP/EAS into the alerting and broadcasting environment. Our recent work and over-the-air demostration of M-EAS further prove the viability of this messaging platform and the flexibility of our DASDEC in providing the kinds of interfaces critical to its success. With a simple software addition to a station’s existing equipment, the broadcaster can leverage its DTV platform to provide more detailed and critical information than any other provider. It’s a great opportunity for television broadcasters to show what they can do in service to their viewers and community by providing this technology.”
– Bill Robertson, Vice President of Business Development for Digital Alert Systems

Company Background:

Digital Alert Systems is a leading innovator of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS). The company was formed in October 2003 to increase the effectiveness of emergency communications and merged with Monroe Electronics in October 2009. Based in Lyndonville, N.Y., Monroe Electronics provides R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service for the Digital Alert Systems brand. The company continues to retain its hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, innovation, and service to valued customers around the world. More information is available at www.digitalalertsystems.com.

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SMPTE 2014 NAB Show Preview

The 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC): The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound, produced in partnership with SMPTE, will offer attendees the opportunity to learn from and engage with leading figures in the motion picture business. At the SMPTE booth, the Society will highlight significant advances in standards development, the digital library, the success of the past year’s educational conferences, and new products including the CamWhite pocket chart for white-balancing. The Society continues to support student engagement in the motion-imaging field through both scholarships and social events. SMPTE board members and directors will again engage with students at the Society’s popular ice cream social, which last year drew 70 students, and at the SMPTE booth.

2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC):

The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound
With a focus on the future of motion imaging and sound, the two-day 2014 NAB Show Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, will offer an in-depth global view of the current state and future of filmmaking innovation. Key topics will include 4K and beyond, 3D film conversion, the use of high frame rates, on-set workflows, distributed postproduction, laser projection, immersive sound, and next-generation cinema.

TSC sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6. Each day will feature a series of six sessions that extend until 6 p.m. The conference keynote speaker will be announced at a later date.

New From SMPTE at the 2014 NAB Show:

SMPTE CamWhite Pocket Chart
Ideal for the studio, shop, or truck, the SMPTE CamWhite pocket chart is a consistent and reliable neutral white reference with a sturdy laminated surface. Enabling users to white-balance cameras to a scene’s primary light source with precision, CamWhite charts are a versatile tool for improving the production value of images — saving both time and money in post. The standard CamWhite chart measures 6.3 inches by 3.75 inches, but larger formats are available. A handy lanyard allows users to keep the chart close at hand.

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Photo Caption: SMPTE CamWhite Pocket Chart

Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability
SMPTE will provide insight into the goals of the new Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability, launched in February in cooperation with the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), and Association of National Advertisers (ANA). Bringing together manufacturers, broadcasters, advertisers, ad agencies, and industry organizations (standards bodies and trade associations) serving the professional media market, the task force will gather and analyze requirements for a machine-generated, machine-readable file interchange and delivery specification — including standardized and common structured metadata — for the professional media industry.

March Standards Outcome Report
More than 100 committees and other SMPTE groups work on myriad technical topics to create, approve, revise, and remove standards for the industry, and this work is summarized quarterly in an outcome report highlighting the most recent developments. During the 2014 NAB Show, the Society will make the latest of these reports, the March Standards Outcome Report, available to attendees. The report serves as a quick reference source for active participants in standards work, as an update for SMPTE members unable to attend the “block” meetings that document progress, and as a resource for both members and nonmembers who wish to learn more about SMPTE standards.

SMPTE Student Support: Ice Cream Social and Sponsored Memberships
College and university students from all over the world are invited to the SMPTE booth to enjoy ice cream while interacting with SMPTE members, including SMPTE board members and directors, who will discuss their work in sound, digital cinema, cameras, broadcasting, and manufacturing.

The Society’s support for students goes well beyond offering expert advice and free ice cream. Through a challenge grant established in 2012 by William C. Miller, the SMPTE governor for the New York region, the Society has been able to sponsor more than 450 student memberships.

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Photo Caption: SMPTE 2013 NAB Show Student Event

Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest
SMPTE is celebrating its centennial in 2016, and the Society has extended its Centennial Predict-the-Future Contest through the 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema. Contest participants who correctly predict the state of television and cinema technology in 2016 will be recognized during the SMPTE Centennial event in 2016. Further details on the contest and other events taking place during centennial celebrations are available at www.smpte.org/100-years.

Company Quote:

“The 2014 NAB Show provides a great opportunity to highlight the Society’s remarkable work over the past 12 months, including important advances by our study groups and technical committees; the Society’s participation in a number of promising new task forces; and plans for another event in 2014 to follow up on the successful Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age conference, held last June in concert with the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering.”
– Barbara H. Lange, Executive Director of SMPTE

Company Overview:

The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE), 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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Key Media Industry Organizations Launch Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability

Task Force Sponsored by NABA, AMWA, SMPTE, IABM, 4As, ANA, and EBU Seeks Contributions to New User-Requirements Survey

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Feb. 13, 2014 — The launch of the Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability was announced today by its sponsors, the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), and Association of National Advertisers (ANA). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is participating as an observer.

Bringing together manufacturers, broadcasters, advertisers, ad agencies, and industry organizations (standards bodies and trade associations) serving the professional media market, the Task Force has an ultimate goal to create greater efficiencies and cost savings for exchange of file-based content. The group’s initial focus will be to gather and analyze requirements for a machine-generated and readable file interchange and delivery specification — including standardized and common structured metadata — for the professional media industry. Use case examples include promo, spot, and program delivery from a provider to a broadcaster.

“We believe that, by improving the specification and exchange of professional media between organizations, we can enable new and more efficient file-based workflows,” said Clyde Smith, senior vice president of new technology, Fox Network and a member of the NABA technical committee that initiated creation of the joint task force. “The task force represents a diverse group of sponsor organizations with an extensive global reach, and together we will gather and analyze information not only about user requirements, but also about current standards and specifications. With this information we can rationalize the complexity of the current media landscape and make useful process and technology recommendations that improve workflow interoperability while reducing the attendant costs of file-based operations,” he added.

In one of its initial actions, the task force has published a survey designed to collect data on user requirements. Open to any member of the media industry, the survey asks participants to create a one-sentence “user story” by identifying the nature of their work, the specific function they seek, and the business value that would be provided by that function.

“The work of this task force is critical to eliminate costly, time-consuming steps and to adopt new automated processes in the media and entertainment supply chain. Together, the work advances, efficient operations, and interoperability create the foundation for improved audience measurement,” said Bob Liodice, president and CEO of the ANA.

Other task force activities will include the collection of data on existing products for transcode, transform, and file QC, and their ability to be driven by data from UML, XML, API, script, and other machine-to-machine communication mechanisms. In addition to analyzing and publishing this data within a formal report, the task force will analyze the data in terms of current, planned, and unplanned standards activities and publish recommendations for future activities.

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About NABA
NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Public and private network broadcasters in the United States, Mexico and Canada work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests, and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum-related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues. For further information about NABA, please visit: www.nabanet.com.

About the AMWA
The Advanced Media Workflow Association is a user-focused industry body dedicated to the promotion, development and adoption of open, accessible standards and specifications relating to file-based workflows (including AAF, MXF and other formats), service-oriented architectures, and application specifications as they apply to the areas of content creation, production, post-production, rich media authoring, archiving, and distribution. AMWA members include Ad-ID, Avid Technology, BBC, CBC, Cinegy, Extreme Reach, EBU, Encompass, Fox, Harmonic, IBM, PBS, Quantel, Telestream, and Turner Broadcasting. Visit the AMWA on the Web at www.amwa.tv.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), 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.

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

About the 4A’s
The 4A’s is the national trade association of the advertising agency business. Its membership comprises virtually all of the large, multinational agencies and hundreds of small and mid-sized agencies from across the country. The 1,200 member-agency offices served by the 4A’s employ 65,000 people, offer a wide range of marketing communications services, and place 80 percent of all national advertising. The management-oriented association, founded in 1917, helps its members build their businesses and acts as the industry’s spokesperson with government, media, and the public sector. For more information, visit the 4A’s Web site at www.aaaa.org.

About the ANA
The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) provides leadership that advances marketing excellence and shapes the future of the industry. Founded in 1910, the ANA’s membership includes more than 565 companies with 10,000 brands that collectively spend over $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The ANA pursues “collaborative mastery” that advances the interests of marketers and promotes and protects the well-being of the marketing community. For more information, visit www.ana.net, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

About the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
The EBU is the world’s foremost alliance of public service media organizations, with members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond.

The EBU’s mission is to defend the interests of public service media and to promote their indispensable contribution to modern society. It is the point of reference for industry knowledge and expertise. The EBU operates EUROVISION and EURORADIO.

EUROVISION is the media industry’s premier distributor and producer of top-quality live sport and news, as well as entertainment, culture, and music content.

EURORADIO enhances public service radio through the exchange of music, professional networking, and the promotion of digital and hybrid radio — to ensure radio remains a key protagonist in a multimedia world.

The EUROVISION/EURORADIO satellite and fibre network is the largest and most reliable in the world, directly plugged in to public service media everywhere.

www.ebu.ch and www.eurovision.com @EBU_Eurovision #ebu #eurovision

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Revolabs Receives 2014 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award

FLX(TM) UC 500 USB Conference Phone Recognized for Innovation

SUDBURY, Mass. — Feb. 13, 2014 — Revolabs announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone as a recipient of a 2014 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award.

Specifically designed to deliver superior audio handling for conference rooms, desktop workstations, and small and home offices, the FLX UC 500 sets a new standard for PC-based communications. Combining advanced speaker, microphone, and audio processing technologies, the unit delivers best-in-class performance for meetings and online collaboration at a cost that won’t break the bank — completely redefining the price/performance paradigm for unified communications.

“The design of the FLX UC 500 stems from a true recognition of the importance of the speaker in the speakerphone. The result is incredible sound performance beyond anything the market has come to expect for PC-based communications,” said Marc Cremer, chief operating officer of Revolabs. “We are delighted that the significance of the FLX UC 500 has been recognized with an INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award.”

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize Revolabs with a 2014 Product of the Year Award for its commitment to excellence and innovation,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “In the opinion of our distinguished judges, FLX UC 500 has proven to be among the best communications and technology solutions on the market in 2014. I look forward to continued innovation from Revolabs.”

The winners of the 2014 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Awards are featured in the January/February 2014 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine and online at www.itmag.com.

For more information about TMC, please visit www.tmcnet.com.

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

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About INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine
INTERNET TELEPHONY has been the IP communications authority since 1998. Beginning with the first issue, INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine has been providing unbiased views of the complicated converged communications space. For more information, please visit www.itmag.com. Follow INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine on Twitter or join our Linked In group. Subscribe or visit www.itmag.com.

About TMC
TMC is a global, integrated media company that supports clients’ goals by building communities in print, online, and face to face. TMC publishes multiple magazines including Cloud Computing, M2M Evolution, Customer, and Internet Telephony. TMCnet is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries, and is read by as many as 1.5 million unique visitors monthly. TMC produces a variety of trade events, including ITEXPO, the world’s leading business technology event, as well as industry events: Asterisk World; AstriCon; ChannelVision (CVx) Expo; Cloud4SMB Expo; Customer Experience (CX) Hot Trends Symposium; DevCon5 – HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference; LatinComm Conference and Expo; M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Mobile Payment Conference; Software Telco Congress; Super Wi-Fi Summit – The Global Spectrum Sharing and TV White Space Event; SIP Trunking, Unified Communications & WebRTC Seminars; Wearable Tech Conference & Expo III; Fitness and Sports Wearable Technology (FAST) Expo II, WebRTC Conference & Expo IV; and more.

For more information about TMC, please visit www.tmcnet.com.

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Beck TV 2014 NAB Show Preview

Beck TV has implemented innovative technology for virtually every type of installation, including broadcast and network television, cable and satellite facilities, network operations centers, sports and mobile trucks, stadium venues, and houses of worship. With this matchless experience, Beck TV engineers are well-equipped to review new technology, best practices, and budgets with any 2014 NAB Show attendee interested in discussing system design and integration.

Principal engineers from Beck TV will be on-site, ready to discuss potential projects that include both mobile sports and entertainment units and sophisticated fixed facilities. The company also will highlight unique system design criteria for both fixed and mobile facilities. Beck TV focuses on integrating IT/IP and baseband infrastructure into a common control architecture yielding maximum operational efficiency.

Comprehensive Mobile Truck Design and Build
Beck TV can provide a one-stop shop for all design and integration services for mobile units. The company offers services ranging from aesthetic and space planning, design, engineering, purchasing, and integration to fabrication of specialized metal work, fixtures, and custom consoles. With extensive in-house millwork and metal fabrication and design capabilities, Beck TV can quickly and efficiently develop unique custom solutions for the special requirements of any mobile client. Whether the need is for one-of-a-kind fly-pack racks, custom speaker brackets or any other special element, Beck TV’s craftsmen can create it quickly, beautifully and for the right price.

The company pursues a collaborative approach to each project, and Turner Studios’ two new 53-foot expando sports trucks are recent results of this work. These units represent the second pair of trucks integrated by Beck TV for Turner, and they are used for Turner Sports events nationwide.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/BeckTV/BeckTV-TurnerStudiosproject.jpg
Photo Caption for Turner Studios: Interior of one of the two recent Turner Studios 53-foot expando sports trucks

Innovation for Fixed Facilities
Beck TV provides unique solutions for fixed facilities. At BYUtv, for example, the company undertook a project to include television and radio production and distribution, video editing, and fiber interconnect. Within this facility, Beck TV combined the media IT and baseband infrastructure for maximum flexibility. Through this approach, Beck TV brought master control functionality under IT control and established a system architecture that allows both low- and high-resolution copies of all material to be made simultaneously. The low-resolution copy can be viewed on any authorized PC for approval and quality control, and any changes are then automatically conformed to the high-resolution version. The central equipment room houses 105 racks supporting three studios, four master control rooms, 14 edit suites, and six radio studios.

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Photo Caption for BYU: Main master control and monitoring area for BYUtv

Company Quote:

“Over the last thirty years we have developed an unmatched level of experience and expertise in professional television systems integration. Our primary goal and the source of much of our success has been to meet our clients’ requirements and expectations. At the 2014 NAB Show, we will showcase examples of our innovative work, and our expert staff will be available to discuss the latest in mobile and fixed-facility installations.”
– Fred Beck, President & Director of Engineering, Beck TV

Company Overview:

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

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