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Riedel to Provide Massive Communications and Signal Distribution Network at Winter Games

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Feb. 13, 2014 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the company’s MediorNet fiber-based network is supporting the transport of HD video and audio signals, data, and Riedel Artist intercom signals throughout the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. A Riedel Mass Cast deployment including 14 transmitters and thousands of receivers and earpieces provided support during the opening ceremonies and will support performances during closing ceremonies.

“Riedel’s flexible, reliable, and powerful equipment has become the preferred signal transport and communications solution for high-profile large-scale live events,” said Marc Schneider, director of international projects at Riedel Communications. “The solutions we’re providing in Sochi build on the successful deployment for the London Games, and we are confident that they will serve as yet another example of how Riedel expertise and technology helps live event producers put on amazing and unforgettable shows.”

During the games, Riedel’s modular MediorNet and MediorNet Compact systems will be deployed in double-redundant rings to serve as a highly reliable fiber backbone for audio and HD video (with timecode), data, and intercom signal transport within the stadium and several other venues that feed back to the International Broadcast Center (IBC). Eighteen Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom mainframes and an array of headsets and beltpacks will support flexible, reliable communications at competition sites.

Within the Fisht Stadium, the MediorNet infrastructure, including multiple interfaces and repeater sites, supports wired and wireless Ethernet distribution to enable both a local Wi-Fi network and facilitate programming, coordination, and execution of program elements during the ceremonies, such as lighting effects and the movement of scenic and flying objects. Supplied and coordinated by Riedel, the installation features 90 discreet radio channels and includes more than 1,300 radios and 1,000 headsets. The massive Mass Cast deployment at the stadium is making audio available to artists performing in the opening and closing ceremonies.

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.

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R.L. Drake to Showcase High-Quality, Affordable IP and RF QAM Digital TV Solutions at Cruise Shipping Miami

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Feb. 12, 2014 — R.L. Drake today announced that it will demonstrate a range of high-quality, affordable IP and RF QAM digital television solutions at Cruise Shipping Miami, March 10-13 in Miami Beach, Fla. Utilizing the company’s MPEG-2/MPEG-4 H.264 video encoders, encoder host platforms, and digital signage encoders, the cruise industry can cost-effectively deliver high-quality SD and HD digital television content to flat-screen displays located in guest rooms and other areas of the ship. The solutions will be on display at Cruise Shipping Miami at the Toner Cable Equipment, Inc./Drake booth 1719.

“High-quality customer service is paramount in the cruise ship industry,” said Andy Ruffin, vice president of sales at Drake. “At Cruise Shipping Miami, we’ll demonstrate how Drake’s IP and RF QAM digital television solutions provide cruise ship operators with the reliability, quality, and affordability needed to deliver first-class entertainment to guests.”

IP Encoding Solutions
A key highlight at the show will be Drake’s modular IP encoder host platform, the EH244-IP, which supports MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 H.264 video encoders. Compatibility with existing equipment, affordable pricing, and a small footprint ensures that the EH244-IP can easily be integrated into any infrastructure.

As a leading video integrator serving the cruise industry, John Boothe, owner of JJOB Technology, said Drake’s commitment to provide the highest quality products and service is key. “Drake is the leading video infrastructure vendor for maritime installations, supporting approximately 80 percent of the RF QAM projects we work on as a systems integrator,” said Boothe. “In addition to viewing Drake as an established provider of RF QAM solutions, many of our customers in the cruise ship industry are now expressing interest in Drake’s IPTV encoders, based on their ability to support up to 12 QAM and SPTS in a single two-rack unit.”

RF QAM Encoding Solutions
At Cruise Shipping Miami, Drake will also demonstrate its proven EH244 RF QAM solution that enables efficient digital video distribution on cruise ships. All of the products are compatible with existing RF QAM distribution systems, lowering the cost of digital video delivery for cruise ship operators.

The SDE24 and SDI24A encoders generate an MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 H.264 video stream derived from an NTSC composite or SDI/HD-SDI source, respectively. The scalable EH244 platform supports up to six encoder modules, offering customers maximum flexibility. All Drake encoder modules support Dolby(R) AC-3 encoding and MPEG-1 Audio Layer II to ensure worldwide compatibility.

All IP and RF QAM encoders include an optional EAS feature that enables the cruise ship captain to interrupt video and audio content on digital TVs to deliver important information to guests.

At Cruise Shipping Miami, Drake will also showcase its high-quality, affordable solution for delivering customized digital signage content to flat-screen displays via legacy coaxial cable networks. The DSE24 can encode a single uncompressed program derived from devices with HDMI, component video, or VGA outputs to HD MPEG-2 video. An internal modulator and low noise upconverter allows cruise ship operators to use their existing legacy fiber/coax networks as distribution channels for digital signage content, opening up additional revenue opportunities.

More information about Drake products is available at www.rldrake.com.

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About R.L. Drake
Headquartered in Ohio, Drake is an American cable TV institution, designing and building innovative end-to-end communications systems and video engineering components for over 65 years. Drake Digital headends are deployed in demanding locations worldwide. Commercial, government, and MSO customers of all sizes use Drake Digital systems. Drake arms multichannel service providers with the technical solutions they need to effectively compete in the residential, enterprise, and hospitality environments.

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Wohler 2014 NAB Show Product Preview

During the 2014 NAB Show, Wohler will feature a variety of innovations that reflect the company’s well-established expertise in signal management and monitoring for evolving audio and video formats, as well as its depth of experience in developing fresh, powerful IT- and IP-based solutions for highly efficient media processing in the file-based domain. With its move into the IT/IP realm, Wohler is shifting to a new South Hall location, where the company will highlight key solutions and product developments.

Presentation at the 2014 NAB Show — April 9, 2014
Kirk Marple, chief software architect of Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM), will present a session titled “Intelligent File-Based Processing: Cost-Effective, Efficient Tools for Broadcasters,” on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

AVB Monitoring Option Card
The new AVB Monitoring Option card for Wohler’s flagship AMP2 Series modular audio/video monitoring solution allows media facilities to take advantage of the AVB standard in the monitoring realm. The 2-RU AMP2-E16V has become the industry leader because it provides a complete suite of tools for analyzing and managing audio quality, level, and loudness; metadata; Dolby D, E, and DD+ decoding; and more. Now AMP2-E16V users can simply download the appropriate software update from Wohler and insert the AVB Monitoring Option card into the monitoring unit, and they’ve made their unit AVB-compliant without sacrificing any of their other inputs.

The Wohler AMP2-E16V AVB implementation employs a 100 BaseT Ethernet port and familiar RJ-45 connection. Users can install as many as five AVB cards in the monitoring unit. Each AVB Monitoring Option card decodes two AVB streams of eight channels each (IEC 61883-6 format), and these two streams must be locked to the same media clock. Just like any other module for the AMP2-E16V, the AVB card occupies a single card slot. AVB channels can be mixed, level-adjusted, and monitored just like — and along with — AES, SDI, analog, and other input types. The AMP2-E16V performs automatic sample rate conversion of inputs to the unit’s internal sample clock. AVB channels can be output via AES and analog outputs or re-embedded within an SDI stream.

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Photo Caption: Wohler AMP2-E16V Audio/Video Processing Monitor

MPEG DVB-ASI and IPTV Monitors
Wohler MPEG monitors decode and provide convenient at-a-glance monitoring of program content from MPEG-2/4 ASI and Ethernet IP streams, as well as 3G/HD-SDI inputs. The MPEG video monitors identify, decode, and display in high resolution both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals (input via BNC or Ethernet) while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, PID, EIT, and NIT data (both ATSC and DVB tables) for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD-SDI with loop-through, the MPEG monitors also accommodate HDMI video and audio with level meters, GPI, and tally.

Convenient monitoring capabilities include Dolby Digital and Digital+ decoding, as well as the capacity to decode as many as 12 audio groups. In-picture level metering of up to 16 channels of audio is provided for both average and PPM (peak) levels with selectable meter scales. At the 2014 NAB Show, Wohler will feature the MPEG-4290, a 4-RU system with two 9-inch screens; the MPEG-3270, a 3-RU system with two 7-inch screens; and the 2-RU MPEG-2443 with four individual 4.3-inch screens.

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Photo Caption: Wohler MPEG-4290 Video Monitor

RMT-173 Video Monitor
The 17-inch RMT-173 video monitor provides the format flexibility and compact form factor critical in studios, master control rooms, edit suites, and electronic newsgathering and outside broadcast production environments. The lightweight unit supports 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, VGA and DVI; composite Y/C; and component video inputs. Because the monitor can be configured as a dual-split display, as a large screen with one smaller view, or as a single large display screen, it is an ideal solution for any application requiring intensive monitoring.

Featuring an 8-bit 1920 x 1080 TFT/LCD screen and 12-bit image processing, the monitor balances scaling and interpolation to provide superb imaging regardless of video format. In addition to in-monitor display features including IMD, tally, timecode, in-screen audio level metering, format display, and area/title safe markers, the RMT-173 provides a host of audio tools including 16-channel level metering and built-in speaker monitoring of its dual stereo analog inputs or SDI embedded audio. Stand or rack-mount configurations are available.

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Photo Caption: RMT-173 Video Monitor

RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) Version 8
The Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) provides consolidated media processing capabilities, such as transcoding, standards conversion, audio processing, caption processing, and quality control, with an intelligent content management fabric and workflow layer. Based on an extensible service-oriented architecture, the platform uses TrueGrid(TM) processing to accelerate and manage several tasks simultaneously while allowing true scalability across multiple machines.

During the 2014 NAB Show, Wohler will showcase further improvements to version 8 of the RadiantGrid platform in which a brand-new media processing engine parallelizes complex audio and video processes at unprecedented speeds. Along with optimized video pipeline features such as anamorphic video handling, 2K/4K UltraHD support, and bit depths of up to 16-bit YUV, the RadiantGrid platform has been enhanced with the RadiantGrid Detect and Correct(TM) video legalization option, which leverages Wohler’s unique RightHue(TM) algorithm to ensure comprehensive NTSC and PAL color compliance within the file-based domain. RadiantGrid version 8 enables fully compliant over-the-top offerings for leading formats and also introduces a unique solution for U.K. DPP(TM) file support.

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Photo Caption: RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)

Company Quote:
“With forward-looking releases such as the AVB Monitoring Option card, refinements that make our RadiantGrid platform even faster and more powerful, and the uniquely robust capabilities of our MPEG Series monitors, Wohler offers innovative and valuable tools for successful operations in a dynamic digital media landscape. We are excited to be in our new location in the South Hall to showcase these exciting advances.”
– Carl Dempsey, President and CEO, Wohler Technologies

Company Overview:
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, and it continues today through the company’s development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications. Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) platform extends the company’s award-winning product lines to include solutions for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, accelerated transcoding, and standards conversion. Together, Wohler’s advanced file-based solutions and proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring and content management products ensure high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler and RadiantGrid products is available at www.wohler.com.

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Sonnet Technologies 2014 NAB Show Preview

At this year’s NAB Show, Sonnet Technologies will highlight the newest innovations in its award-winning Echo(TM) Express family of PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion products. The versatile Echo Express systems facilitate mobile and on-location workflows by enabling any Mac(R) computer equipped with Thunderbolt(TM) 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers. Sonnet will also feature the latest generation of its xMac(TM) mini Server, which securely mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port.

Echo(TM) Express III-D and III-R With Thunderbolt(TM) 2
Sonnet’s Echo(TM) Express III-D desktop and Echo Express III-R rackmount Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion chassis are the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces. Now Avid certified, these products feature three PCIe slots, a 300-watt power supply, and a 75-watt auxiliary power connector. Both systems enable the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac(R) computer with a Thunderbolt port. Both chassis support up to three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 cards with one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots. The Echo Express III-D is well-suited for use in most workflows and small enough to fit in many travel bags. The Echo Express III-R mounts in a 2U tall (3.5-inch) rack space and its enclosure is just 16 inches deep, making it perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, and even server rooms. These Sonnet chassis support every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, including those from leading manufacturers such as Avid, AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, RED Digital Cinema, and many others.

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express III-D With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express III-R With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

Echo(TM) Express SE II With Thunderbolt(TM) 2
The Echo(TM) Express SE II is the middle member of Sonnet’s line of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion products. Featuring two PCIe slots, this compact and lightweight desktop system enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac(R) computer with a Thunderbolt port. Accommodating half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe expansion cards, and providing space to mount an adjacent daughter card, the SE II supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, including those from leading manufacturers such as Avid, AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, and many others. This system offers full 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt performance with host computers equipped with Thunderbolt 2, and backward compatibility with computers and devices with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt technology. Echo Express SE II features include a rugged aluminum case, quiet, temperature-controlled fan, and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to support daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt devices to the host computer.

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express SE II With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

Echo(TM) Express SEL With Thunderbolt(TM) 2
The Echo(TM) Express SEL is the smallest, most portable member of Sonnet’s line of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion products. This value-priced product offers full 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt performance and supports a single low-profile, half-length PCIe expansion card up to 6.6 inches long. A perfect match for many Thunderbolt-compatible 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA host bus adapters and RAID controller cards, the SEL enables users to add a high-speed networking or storage interface connection to any Mac(R) with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt port, including the new Mac Pro(R). The Echo Express SEL features include a rugged aluminum case, ultra-quiet fan, and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to support daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt devices to the host computer.

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Photo Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express SEL With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

xMac(TM) mini Server
On display at the 2014 NAB Show is the latest, and quietest ever, generation of Sonnet’s award-winning xMac(TM) mini Server, which securely mounts a Mac(R) mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) 2.0 slots. Providing an upgraded 150-W power supply and auxiliary power connector for installed cards, the xMac mini Server enables users to harness the power of full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire(R), and RAID controller cards. Temperature-controlled fans deliver strategic airflow to cool the enclosure. Two Thunderbolt(TM) ports are integrated — one to connect the PCIe slots to the Mac mini and a second for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt devices. Panel-mount HDMI(R), Gigabit Ethernet, and two USB 3.0 cables are included with the system to connect the ports on the back of the Mac mini to ports on the back of the xMac mini Server for convenient external connection.

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies xMac(TM) mini Server

Company Quote:
“Sonnet has always been a trailblazer in delivering innovative storage and expansion solutions, and we’re continuing to lead the way with some of the industry’s first expansion systems to support Thunderbolt 2. Sonnet offers the greatest range of excellent PCIe expansion options for those migrating to the new Mac Pro or any other Thunderbolt equipped computer. At this year’s NAB Show, we’re looking forward to showing attendees how our Echo Express products and xMac mini Server can bring new levels of portability, versatility, and efficiency to any audio/video production workflow.” — Greg LaPorte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sonnet Technologies

Company Overview:
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable RAID storage solutions. For more than 27 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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NUGEN Audio 2014 NAB Show Preview

At this year’s NAB Show, NUGEN Audio will showcase its complete line of industry-leading solutions for loudness compliance, now available in carefully selected bundles that provide a one-stop solution and deliver a significant discount over individual product pricing. The new and versatile MultiMonitor software for loudness and true-peak monitoring will also be unveiled at the 2014 NAB Show. NUGEN Audio solutions offer a smarter approach to meeting worldwide loudness regulations and raising the quality of broadcast audio.

Loudness Toolkit
NUGEN Audio’s Loudness Toolkit provides everything audio engineers need to produce loudness-normalized audio intuitively that seamlessly integrates into the audio production workflow. The Loudness Toolkit includes:

-VisLM: Visual Loudness Metering Plug-In. With detailed, objective loudness measurement, history and logging facilities, VisLM is an easy-to-use visual loudness monitoring tool that provides an ITU, ATSC, and EBU standard-compliant way to measure, compare, and contrast loudness during production, broadcast, and post-production, on the fly or for entire sections of audio.

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Photo Caption: Visual Loudness Metering

-ISL: Inter-Sample True-Peak Limiter. ISL is an inter-sample true-peak limiter designed for controlling peak levels in audio signals from mono through to 5.1. Unlike traditional approaches to limiting, ISL offers a true brick-wall solution, measuring inter-sample peaks and allowing the user to define the true-peak limit of the audio output (rather than the more traditional threshold control at which limiting begins to take effect).

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Photo Caption: ISL 5.1 True-Peak Limiter

-LM-Correct: Stand-Alone Loudness Tool. NUGEN Audio’s LM-Correct offers automatic, faster-than-real-time loudness analysis and correction. LM-Correct is ideal for rapid, intuitive correction in situations where time is limited, providing an automatic method of rapidly conforming audio to current loudness standards.

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Photo Caption: LM-Correct Audio Suite Plug-In

NEW — MultiMonitor: Loudness and True-Peak Monitoring Software
Making its first NAB Show appearance, MultiMonitor is a powerful new loudness and true-peak monitoring software application. MultiMonitor offers up to 16 individual loudness and true-peak meters in mono, stereo, and 5.1 formats for up to 96 individual audio channels. MultiMonitor is standalone software for Windows(R) or OS X(R) that provides flexible, real-time monitoring in full compliance with CALM, ITU-R BS. 1770, ATSC A/85, EBU R128, and other global loudness regulations and standards.

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Photo Caption: MultiMonitor Loudness and True-Peak Monitoring Software

LMB: Batch Processing Loudness Correction Tool
For high-throughput applications, LMB is an off-line file-based loudness analysis and correction program designed for rapid assessment and correction of files for loudness and true-peak content to ITU-R BS. 1770- and EBU R128-based specifications. With a drag-and-drop interface and/or specific watched folders, LMB saves operator time by automatically handling the process of checking and conforming files to multiple broadcast criteria.

-NEW — LMB MXF Option. NUGEN Audio has launched a new MXF file-handling option for LMB that allows direct analysis of audio within the MXF container. The option introduces native MXF audio-handling that enables LMB to perform automated analysis and correction of audio in an MXF container while preserving all other data within the file. LMB can now analyze and correct OP-Atom and OP-1a operating patterns containing PCM and D10-encoded PCM audio data without first converting the MXF files to WAV format. With the ability to correct and deliver loudness-compliant audio in the original MXF format, the solution saves time and effort.

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Photo Caption: LMB Loudness Analysis and Correction Program

Company Quote:
“Now that loudness standards such as the CALM Act have taken effect, broadcasters are settling into their new reality of having to monitor and manage audio loudness effectively in addition to myriad other production tasks. At NUGEN Audio, we’re dedicated to making loudness management and compliance easy, intuitive, and cost-effective.”
– Jon Schorah, Founder and Creative Director, NUGEN Audio

Company Overview
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end broadcasters, post-production engineers, and music producers. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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Revolabs Enterprise Connect 2014 Preview

NEW From Revolabs at Enterprise Connect 2014:

Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB Conference Phone
Setting a new standard for audio quality in PC communication applications during meetings and online collaboration, the Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone provides powerful high-fidelity audio capabilities using tweeter and mid-woofer elements — effectively putting the speaker back into the audio equation. Equipped with four embedded microphones, a wider frequency response, and higher power than typical USB audio devices, the FLX UC 500 brings professional-grade sound to unified communication applications such as instant messenger services, softphone calls, or webinars at an entirely new price/performance ratio. Designed specifically for conference rooms, small offices, and home offices, the device furthers its high-level audio clarity using straight-from-the-box echo cancellation without any additional processing required while offering full duplex support for simultaneous audio capture and playback. Users can listen to external audio or link the system to a laptop, PC, or tablet for use with Skype(R), Microsoft(R) Lync(R), Cisco Jabber, IBM(R) Sametime(R), WebEx(R), and many other applications.

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Image Caption: Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500

Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) Wireless Microphone System
At Enterprise Connect, Revolabs demonstrates its new Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems. Using a new distributed architecture, the system’s remote antenna receiver and base units connect via a standard Cat 6 cable with power over Ethernet (PoE) support to facilitate installations. As a result, the system’s remote antenna receiver unit can be placed in the same room as wireless microphones, easing installation while vastly improving wireless connectivity. Executive Elite’s new redesigned microphones feature an elegant Fortune 500 look and feel, superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy operation, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links. For longer talk times, the various microphone types allow for up to 12 hours of continual usage and intelligently conserve power when not in use. To reach beyond the system’s standard four or eight microphone channels, the Executive Elite receiver can be synchronized with other systems, allowing up to 80 (Americas) or 160 (rest of world) audio channels for its wireless microphones in any given deployment.

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Image Caption: Revolabs Executive Elite(TM)

Company Quote:
“Enterprise Connect is a unique opportunity for Revolabs to demonstrate its products before the decision-makers of enterprise IT, telecom, and networking applications. At this year’s show, we will debut the FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone for PC-based communications — providing high-fidelity audio capabilities via two speakers, four embedded microphones, and USB connectivity that set a new standard for price-performance in this category. The FLX UC 500 enables higher meeting productivity by providing best-in-class audio for unified communications applications. Our flagship Executive Elite wireless microphone system will also be on display, redefining conference room wireless audio systems with exciting new features such as gooseneck microphones, automated firmware synchronization, optional direct power feeds, a remote antenna, and new control software allowing remote monitoring and control.” — JP Carney, CEO at Revolabs

Company Overview:
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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BenQ Education Outreach Program Brings Color Proofing Monitors to College Campuses

Company’s Latest Initiative Puts PG2401PT Professional Graphics Monitor Into the Hands of Students and Instructors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of professional graphics monitors, today announced an Education Outreach Program to help campuses put the latest color management monitor technologies into the hands of students and instructors. As part of this initiative, BenQ has donated the company’s new PG2401PT certified color management monitor to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Clemson University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) — putting professional-grade color accuracy into the hands of tomorrow’s creative specialists.

“The students at these institutions are the future imaging professionals and leaders of the color management industry, and we value the opportunity to contribute to their success,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Produced in collaboration with X-Rite, our PG2401PT display combines a Pro Graphics 24-inch screen with Palette Master software for optimal color control, in addition to being GRACoL and FOGRA certified. Whether it’s students or professional content creators, our Pro Graphics series allows users to produce more fluid digital workflows with color consistency from design to print.”

Made specifically for creatives such as photographers, graphic designers, color re-touchers, and printers requiring accurate and consistent on-screen color matching, BenQ’s PG2401PT provides reliable, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price of $999. To increase collaboration and simplicity within the creative process, the new display also supports today’s cloud-based color proofing systems and comes equipped with a factory calibration report to ensure accurate performance. The result is print-like color integrity during the entire workflow: from design to print, and over the cloud. Donated to three college campuses, the monitor promotes active learning during seminars and workshops within subjects such as graphic communications, Web and digital media, design reproduction technology, and graphics for packaging.

“BenQ’s PG2401PT monitor will be especially valuable in enhancing the Graphic Communication Department’s consumer packaging and color courses,” said Colleen Twomey, professor of Graphic Communication at Cal Poly and a specialist in packaging graphics. “It is a welcome addition that ensures our students will have practical, hands-on experience with the latest advances in virtual proofing.” Ken Macro, Chair of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department, added, “We are greatly appreciative of the newly formed partnership with BenQ. We are focused on exposing our students to the latest technology in the field as part of Cal Poly’s ‘Learn by Doing’ teaching approach. The BenQ monitor fits nicely in our classroom environment.”

“The addition of the BenQ PG2401PT monitor in the Clemson Graphic Communications and Sonoco Institute labs is a tremendous asset for our students, faculty, and industry partners,” said Sam T. Ingram, Chair and Professor of Graphic Communications at Clemson University. “BenQ technology brings significant accuracy and precision to our soft color proofing across the media platforms used in our coursework. I look forward to further collaboration with BenQ as projects develop since the company’s valued expertise can assist us in both best practices and the application of accurate color management technologies.”

“The BenQ monitor has been installed in our Electronic Still Photography lab in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences,” said Michael E. Dear, Operations Manager at RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. “Students and faculty from the entire College of Imaging Arts and Sciences have access to the display in support of imaging, video, design, and various multimedia projects. We are most grateful for BenQ’s support of our students with its generous gift, helping us provide an exceptional learning experience to the next generation of imaging artists.”

More information on BenQ’s educational support programs and PG2401PT certified color management monitor is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP® projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Archimedia Hires Jeff Cohen for Sales in Eastern U.S.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Feb. 11, 2014 — Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality, today announced it has appointed Jeff Cohen as vice president of sales. He will be responsible for U.S. sales east of the Mississippi River.

“The other founders and I have known Jeff for many years and have worked with him in other capacities, so we’re well aware of his technical expertise and demonstrated ability to capture new business,” said Mark Gray, Archimedia president and CEO. “Jeff has deep roots in New York and strong relationships in the multimedia industry throughout the Eastern U.S., so he’s the perfect person to help us grow and to support existing customers in the region.”

In a career spanning nearly three decades, Cohen has amassed a strong technical and engineering background with emphasis on end-to-end systems and solutions. He brings to Archimedia a deep understanding of the dynamics of media and technology organizations and a proven track record of sales and marketing within the media and entertainment industry. Most recently Cohen was responsible for business development and oversaw all sales in the Eastern U.S. and Canada for Sohonet, a private fiber network used by Hollywood studios and their supplier ecosystem. His many career accomplishments include a stint at Sony Advanced Systems, where he worked closely with Hollywood studios and played a key role in developing the first digital intermediate (DI) workflows. Cohen also founded Digital Imaging Solutions, a broadcast equipment reseller that grew to $10 million in sales and built more than 500 digital nonlinear editing suites in New York City before it was acquired by Video Corporation of America.

Cohen joined Archimedia effective Feb. 1, 2014. He is based in New York City and reports to Mark Gray.

Information about Archimedia Technology, the Archimedia Master Player, and Archimedia Workstations is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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

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NUGEN Audio Hires Simon Kerr as Chief Marketing Officer; Opens North American Office

NEW YORK — Feb. 11, 2014 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, today announced the appointment of Simon Kerr as chief marketing officer. Kerr will oversee the company’s global marketing strategy and will manage NUGEN Audio’s North American office, newly opened in New York City.

Before joining NUGEN Audio, Kerr served as director of marketing communications for professional imaging products at Canon USA Inc., leading marketing strategy for the company’s professional SLR cameras, camcorders, and pro A/V products. There he spearheaded the launch and marketing of the Cinema EOS line of cameras, winning top market share within two years. With a background in documentary filmmaking for TV, Kerr lectured in video production at Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. before migrating to New York 15 years ago.

“Simon brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the U.S. industry to his new role as CMO, and he’s the ideal professional to lead the effort to expand our presence in North America,” said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio. “Establishing a base in New York will help us more directly reach and support the North American broadcast and post-production marketplace, and will enable us to provide enhanced service for our rapidly growing user base in the U.S.”

NUGEN Audio’s new North American office is located at 59-26 Norman St., New York, NY. The telephone number is 844-592-1853. More information about NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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AmberFin Becomes Global Reseller for Nexidia QC”

Nexidia’s Language and Caption Verification and QC System Available as a Plug-in for AmberFin’s Unified Quality Control (UQC) Solution

BASINGSTOKE, UK — Feb. 11, 2014 — AmberFin, a leading developer of file-based media ingest, transcoding, and quality control solutions for owners, broadcasters, sports organizations, and postproduction houses, and Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced an agreement where AmberFin will become a global reseller for Nexidia QC” closed caption, language, and video description verification software.

Available as a plug-in for AmberFin Unified Quality Control (UQC), Nexidia QC is a software tool that automates the verification of closed caption, video description, closed caption alignment, and language identification in broadcast and IP workflows. Nexidia QC ensures that content is being created, edited, distributed, and received in the right languages, with the correct captions, at the right times. By automating the process, it saves on time-consuming and cumbersome manual testing, reduces operating expenses, and automatically identifies errors to avoid fines and improve quality for viewers.

AmberFin’s UQC represents a unique approach to file-based media quality control since it combines multiple tools for baseband checks during tape ingest, file-based QC after ingest, and overall operator-controlled QC, including annotation and markup. With a palette of 10 different vendors and systems  including Interra Systems, Digimetrics, and Tektronix  UQC users are able to mix and match tools to create the optimum QC environment for their needs. Nexidia QC’s API allows it to integrate easily into other workflows and QC applications, giving UQC customers the ability to see Nexidia QC results on the AmberFin iCR Works timeline and use Nexidia QC in conjunction with other UQC plug-ins.

“Language and caption quality can impact the entire delivery chain for broadcasters, so we are very pleased to have added Nexidia QC to our UQC partner ecosystem. While there are many quality-control products available for video analysis, audio quality, and loudness, Nexidia’s language and caption verification QC software is unique. With this addition to our UQC solution, users will be able not only to QC their files, check their audio, and test their workflow, but also to automate the QC of their closed-captioning and language tracks within a single unified timeline,” explained Bruce Devlin, AmberFin’s CTO.

“We are very pleased that AmberFin has become a distributor for Nexidia QC and integrated our solution into UQC because no other QC platform available today offers this degree of intuitive operation, power, and sophistication,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “By leveraging AmberFin’s global distribution capabilities, we will expand our reach and introduce Nexidia QC to broadcasters worldwide.”

QC software tools integrated within UQC now include:
Vendor — Product Name — Application Focus
Digimetrics — Aurora — General File QC
Tektronix — Cerify — General File QC
VidCheck — VidChecker — General File QC
Interra — Baton — General File QC
Snell — Hyperion — Baseband QC
Metaglue — MXFixer — MXF Wrapper
MediaArea.net — MediaInfo — General Wrappers
Venera — Pulsar — General File QC
Nexidia – Nexidia QC — Language and caption verification
Minnetonka — AudioToolsServer — Audio QC & Loudness

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About AmberFin
AmberFin’s business is intelligent media conversion, solving file-based workflow challenges for broadcasters, sports organizations, post-production houses and other media content owners. Scalable, agile and efficient, the AmberFin iCR (intelligent Content Re-Purposing) Platform brings true innovation and cost-effectiveness to the demands of multi-platform delivery, enabling the industry to deal with high volumes and true-to-source high quality pictures at the same time, all with exclusive slim-file technology.

Unique to the iCR Platform, AmberFin’s industry leading approach to Quality Control, known as Unified Quality Control (UQC), introduces a QC mark that brings a new level of trust to media assets. UQC uniquely combines, automated processes that integrate third party verification tools with a human touch, enabling more efficient and effective decision-making and new levels of confidence in the file creation and transformation processes. AmberFin continues to experience market growth thanks to hundreds of iCR systems being deployed worldwide. Systems that are trusted where quality matters by some of the world’s leading media organizations including Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Turner Broadcasting, Canal+, ITV, ZDF, NRK, Nine Network Australia, Discovery and National Geographic. To follow the latest innovations in Broadcast-IT workflow technologies visit blog.amberfin.com

About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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