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Front Porch Digital and Telestream Unveil Transcoding as a Service

Usage-Based Vantage Transcoding Service in Private LYNX Cloud Is First to Provide Secure, Elastic, Media-Specific Transcoding

NEVADA CITY, Calif., and LAFAYETTE, Colo. — March 26, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, and Telestream(R), the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced that the companies are collaborating to provide Transcode as a Service (TaaS). Telestream’s Vantage(R) transcode platform and Front Porch Digital’s LYNX(SM) cloud-based CSM platform are now combined to offer a new TaaS solution in a private cloud platform that includes pay-as-you-go transcoding services designed specifically for media operations.

“Customers who store their valuable assets in the LYNX private cloud have traditionally had to send those assets over IP to a public transcoding farm in order to complete that step, which not only opens them up to security breaches, but likely doesn’t meet their needs. We’re extending our long-standing partnership with Telestream to solve this real-world media challenge for our customers,” said Andy Hurt, VP of product management and marketing at Front Porch Digital. “Now, instead of having to rely on public resources, LYNX users can take advantage of secure, purpose-built, usage-based transcoding within the private LYNX cloud.”

The integrated solution gives both LYNX and Vantage customers secure elasticity in their transcoding capabilities.

“We are pleased to be extending our long-standing strategic relationship with Front Porch Digital, a leading archive management company that shares a common deep understanding of complex digital media environments,” said Paul Turner, VP of enterprise product management at Telestream. “This collaboration will give the most demanding media companies the perfect core technology for TaaS.”

The Front Porch Digital TaaS solution with Telestream Vantage transcoding will be available later this year.

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About Telestream
Telestream provides world-class live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions that allow consumers and businesses to transform video on the desktop and across the enterprise. Many of the world’s most demanding media and entertainment companies, as well as a growing number of users in a broad range of business environments, rely on Telestream products to streamline operations, reach broader audiences, and generate more revenue from their media. Telestream products span the entire digital media lifecycle, including video capture and ingest; live and on-demand encoding and transcoding; captioning; playout, delivery, and live streaming; as well as automation and orchestration of the entire workflow. Telestream’s corporate headquarters are located in Nevada City, California. The company is privately held. For more information, visit www.telestream.net.

About Front Porch Digital
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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Sonnet Announces Rackmount Enclosure With Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Expansion System for New Mac Pro

Sonnet’s xMac Pro Server Securely Houses the Latest Mac Pro, Connects Three PCIe Expansion Cards Via Thunderbolt 2, and Provides 5.25-Inch Mobile Rack Expansion — All in a 4U Enclosure

IRVINE, Calif. — March 26, 2014 — At the 2014 NAB show in booth SL10824, Sonnet Technologies will unveil the xMac(TM) Pro Server Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro(R) computers. Similar in concept to Sonnet’s award-winning xMac mini Server for Mac(R) mini computers, the xMac Pro Server securely mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to use the high-performance PCIe cards they need with the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks PCIe expansion slots. Supported cards include pro audio, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel, as well as SAS/SATA RAID controllers, and video capture and editing cards.

“With the success of our rackmountable xMac mini Server and Echo(TM) Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products, it was natural for us to properly address the need to efficiently rackmount the new Mac Pro and provide much-needed expansion capabilities,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Ever since the new Mac Pro was announced, our customers have been asking us for this product, and we believe they will be pleased with our solution.”

The xMac Pro Server’s heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for the Mac Pro, PCIe cards, and mobile rack devices installed inside. Occupying a 4U rack space (7 inches) and just 16 inches deep, this system is perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, as well as in a server room. The computer, PCIe card expansion system, and mobile rack devices reside in separate modules to simplify setup and maintenance. To make the Mac Pro fully rack- and road-ready, Sonnet constructed a protective cocoon for the computer out of formed steel and lined it with soft-touch padding to hold the computer firmly in place while safeguarding its lustrous finish.

The xMac Pro Server’s PCIe card expansion system incorporates ultrafast 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology, providing sufficient throughput to support many of the highest-performing PCIe cards. The expansion system supports up to three full-length PCIe cards with one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots. Along with an integrated 300-watt power supply, the system includes a 75-watt PCIe power connector for cards that require supplementary power such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX or the RED ROCKET-X cards.

Mounted on its side inside the xMac Pro Server, the Mac Pro is kept cool by a quiet and efficient cooling system with an airflow path that remains unchanged and unobstructed according to Apple’s specifications. The PCIe card expansion system’s two remarkably quiet, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans manage airflow to ensure cool, reliable operation in noise-sensitive environments.

The xMac Pro Server extends the Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI interfaces to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit for easy external cable connection, while a USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front to enable the user to conveniently connect a USB peripheral and activate the computer’s power switch. The included Thunderbolt cable connects the Mac Pro to one of the xMac Pro Server’s two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an included lock secures the Thunderbolt cables in place when connected to the expansion system. These features make the xMac Pro Server ideal for use in both fixed and mobile applications.

With the optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, the xMac Pro Server provides space for additional expansion equipment. Users can install two 5.25-inch mobile rack devices in the outer enclosure and connect them easily to cards installed in the PCIe slots. Without taking up additional rack space, the kit supports a wide array of devices such as an internal LTO tape drive, four or eight swappable 2.5-inch SSDs, a Blu-ray burner, a Sonnet Qio(TM) MR pro universal media reader, or three swappable 3.5-inch hard disk drives. The kit easily installs into the xMac Pro Server’s enclosure, and an integrated 100-watt power supply inside the kit powers the installed devices while its internal fan works to keep the devices cool. Sonnet will also offer preconfigured kits that include the mobile rack devices, PCIe card, and necessary cables.

Along with the new xMac Pro Server, Sonnet expects to display the RackMac(TM) Pro, its upcoming rackmount enclosure for two Mac Pro computers. Similar to the xMac Pro Server in many ways, the RackMac Pro offers users a simpler way to rack one or two Mac Pro computers in a 4U rack space. Pricing and availability will be announced at a future date.

The xMac Pro Server (part number XMAC-PS) has a suggested retail price of $1,499 and is expected to be available June 2. The basic-edition Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, formerly named Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit (part number EXP3FR-MRM), has a suggested retail price of $199 and is available now. An extensive list of PCIe cards compatible with the xMac Pro Server is available on Sonnet’s website, with the list continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified. Like Sonnet’s Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems, the xMac Pro Server was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

More information on these products and Sonnet’s complete product family is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Photo Caption: Sonnet Technologies’ xMac(TM) Pro Server PCIe(R) 2.0 expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro(R) with Thunderbolt(TM) 2 ports, shown with optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit (Mac Pro computer not included).

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About Sonnet Technologies
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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NEP Launches The Wall for Fast, Easy Configuration of Monitor Walls in Mobile Broadcast Productions

Exclusive iPad App Shaves Hours off of This Complex Task and Empowers Technicians With a Unique Tool

PITTSBURGH — March 26, 2014 — NEP today announced the launch of The Wall(TM), a new app for the Apple(R) iPad(R) that enables fast and easy configuration of complex monitor walls in customers’ mobile production units. Developed by NEP Labs, this revolutionary new app greatly reduces the time it takes to configure monitor walls and provides a unique and valuable tool to production teams.

In sports and entertainment mobile units, there can be more than 150 individual monitors displaying as many as 32 video sources each, with a number of options for style, configuration, and layout. Every production team has its own individual preferences, meaning that the monitors need to be reconfigured for each and every show, often with just hours from the time the mobile unit parks until they go live on air.

Until now, configuration of the multiviewer hardware that feeds these monitors has been a time-consuming and tedious task that required a mobile unit engineer, even for minor changes. With The Wall, NEP has created a solution tailored to the fast-paced and sometimes unpredictable world of mobile production, where rapid setups are required, and changes can arise at any moment. This app empowers engineers, technicians, and members of a production team to set up their own monitor walls easily and quickly and make changes on the fly whenever they want — without having to wait for the mobile unit engineer to go through a long configuration process.

“Compared to our previous manual processes, The Wall was like going from a rotary dial phone to an iPhone 5 overnight,” said beta user Kris Castro, technical director for a major sports broadcaster. “A configuration that used to take at least three hours now takes maybe 15 minutes. In addition to being a tremendous time-saver, The Wall has given me much more flexibility. Without having to involve an engineer, I can log in to the system and make necessary changes, or configure the monitor wall offline and then save the configurations under my name. If I want to use a configuration from last week, it’s there and ready to load. And if I want to create a layout for a director I’m working with in three weeks, I can do it in advance and then just walk right onto the truck and patch the monitors in a matter of minutes. NEP has created an incredibly smart way of approaching this task.”

With The Wall, any user can configure monitor walls with drag-and-drop selection from a variety of monitor layouts and any of the available video sources. The Wall offers several easy and quick tools that allow users to customize almost every detail — such as border styles, colors, and tally views. A swap tool enables the user to rapidly swap video sources as well as whole screen layouts, with instant reconfiguration of the screen if the number of sources has increased or decreased in the swap. When finished, users can save screen configurations to a “favorites” list and recall them at the touch of a button in any NEP Mobile Unit enabled with The Wall — a valuable timesaver for touring productions that need to maintain the same video wall configurations from show to show.

Through connection with a server that controls the multiviewers on the trucks, configurations built into The Wall are automatically populated to the monitor walls in real time. Users can also work with the tool offline before they arrive on site, and then log on when they arrive at the mobile unit to instantly set up the monitor walls with the new configurations. The Wall is completely multiviewer-agnostic and provides seamless connectivity with all major manufacturers’ systems.

“The Wall replaces a process that often takes hours and doesn’t typically begin until the crew walks onto the truck. Now, the technical director or engineer can arrive at the venue with all of that time-consuming work done, and focus instead on the creative aspects of the show,” said Jeff Joslin, vice president, NEP Labs. “At NEP Labs, our focus is on creating innovative new technologies that make life easier for mobile broadcasting professionals and help them be as efficient as possible. The Wall is just the latest example.”

The Wall is currently in NEP’s mobile units SS22, ND5, ND6, and SS18, and will be installed on 10 more mobile units throughout the remainder of the year. The product will be available for demos during the 2014 NAB Show in NEP’s booth, OE1309.

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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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Primestream’s FORK Logger Now Integrates With STATS Data for Faster, More Accurate Sports Logging

MIAMI — March 26, 2014 — Primestream(R), a leader in media asset management and production automation, today announced that FORK(TM) Logger, the metadata tagging module in the acclaimed FORK Production Suite, now integrates with in-depth data feeds from STATS, the global leader in sports information, technology, and content. With this service, FORK Logger users can start their sessions with pre-populated placeholders that contain rich event data, such as team name, location info, rosters, conference, and win/loss records, pulled from the STATS feed. Working from these populated placeholders enables users to avoid manually entering data and increases the accuracy of the descriptive information.

FORK Logger, a highly customizable and powerful tool used by major news, sports, and entertainment operations worldwide, allows users to log live or prerecorded video with speed and accuracy, in turn making assets easier to manage, automate, and ultimately monetize.

The STATS service maintains up-to-the-minute roster and player statistical information — enabling FORK Logger users to get to work faster and easier than ever — while remaining updated with information across events.

Primestream will demonstrate FORK Logger with the STATS integration at the 2014 NAB Show at booth SL10216. The integration will be available in the second half of 2014. Pricing is available through local resellers and integrators or directly from Primestream at sales@primestream.com.

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STATS is the world’s leading sports technology, data, and content company. The company passionately abides by a mission to revolutionize the way sports contests are viewed, understood, and enjoyed. STATS’ calling card consists of real-time scores, historical sports information, Associated Press editorial content, a turnkey fantasy sports operation, and SportVU technology. Today, STATS’ worldwide client network of media companies and professional sports leagues and teams utilize a broad spectrum of dynamic in-game broadcast presentations and virtual images; multimedia enhancements and game analysis; and tactical coaching tools. STATS is owned jointly by the Associated Press and 21st Century FOX, with corporate offices across the globe. For a complete tour of STATS’ sports content portfolio and solutions, visit www.stats.com.

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

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Bittree Reseller OM Systems Completes Two Large Patchbay Installations

Leading Uruguay Broadcaster Chooses Bittree for First OB Vehicle; Patchbays Also Chosen for DTH Satellite Provider’s New Facility

GLENDALE, Calif. — March 26, 2014 — Bittree today announced that its Argentinean distributor, OM Systems, has recently completed two high-profile customer projects integrating Bittree patching equipment. OM Systems installed a suite of Bittree’s high-bandwidth Micro-Video patchbays in the first OB van for a major broadcaster in Uruguay, and completed a large installation of Bittree three-row monitor patchbays for a leading direct-to-home satellite provider serving the Argentina and Columbia markets.

“As one of the leading patchbay manufacturers in the broadcast market, Bittree was the ideal choice to meet both of these customers’ complex requirements,” said Gabriel Sfara, technical manager at OM Systems. “The Bittree patching equipment is well-known for its reliability and durability; for instance, we did a major installation for a telco in Argentina several years ago, and the Bittree patchbays are still working perfectly.”

For its new OB van, the Montevideo, Uruguay-based broadcaster purchased five Bittree 2 x 48 Micro-Video patch panels and two high-density, 2 x 48 front-programmable Audio Bantam patch panels together with video and audio patchcords.

After comparing technical specifications and pricing among different patch panel suppliers, the satellite provider chose Bittree for its new headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, OM Systems installed 100 2 x 24 high-bandwidth WECO video patchbays, 58 high-bandwidth Mini-WECO video patchbays in 1×32 to 2×32 configurations, and eight internally programmable audio patchbays. The installation also includes 200 WECO video patchcords, 200 video-to-BNC patchcords, and 50 Mini-WECO patchcords.

“In both of these customer engagements, OM Systems did an excellent job of demonstrating the reliability of Bittree patching systems and selling the breadth of our solutions,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO, Bittree. “The satellite provider, for instance, needed a patchbay vendor that could provide a wide selection of different solutions. OM Systems knew Bittree was well-equipped to provide a full range of models that would meet the customer’s exacting requirements.”

More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patching systems is available at www.bittree.com.

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Photo Caption: Gabriel Sfara of OM Systems

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About OM Systems
Founded in 1991, OM Systems SRL provides broadcast equipment to the broadcast and audiovisual industries in Argentina and neighboring countries. OM Systems has more than 20 years of experience in the market, representing and distributing international brands to local and Latin American markets, and is a leader in developing and executing engineering projects and installations locally and abroad.

About Bittree
Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patching systems that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Designed and manufactured to rigid quality standards based on consistency and performance, Bittree’s patching solutions are renowned for their long-term functionality and dependability — especially for mission-critical operations. Based in California, Bittree serves high-profile media and entertainment customers around the world. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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Joseph Electronics Releases DFT Series for Economical Signal Transport Over Fiber

NILES, Ill. — March 26, 2014 — Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions through Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), today announced its Digital Fiber Transport (DFT) Series of signal transport solutions. Designed for low cost and minimal rack space, these solutions can be customized to accommodate a variety of production requirements, especially for electronic newsgathering, small stadiums, and anywhere else that simple point-to-point solutions are required.

“In response to customer feedback, it became obvious to us that we needed to provide a solution that could be easily reconfigured, occupy only a single RU, have built-in redundancies, and not break the budget,” said Carl Roszczybiuk, director of engineering at Joseph Electronics. “With the DFT Series, we have combined some of the best fiber transport components available on the market with our integration and packaging strengths to come up with a solution that, we believe, sets the mark for economical signal transport over fiber.”

The DFT-8 is a 1-RU, low-cost solution for the bidirectional flow of up to eight video signals on a single fiber, with an option to equip the unit for fiber redundancy.

The DFT-12 EXP, new for this year and requiring only 2 RU, features 12 paths of 3G/HD-SDI and ASI signals over one or two fibers. Additionally, modules for AES or analog audio, MADI, 1 Gb Ethernet, RTS intercom, POV interface (genlock and video), or data can be fitted into the four available expansion slots to provide a complete signal transport solution for remote announce booths or split feeds. More modules are in development.

All signal paths for any unit in the DFT Series are user-configurable in pairs of two in order to meet any send/receive requirements, and redundant power supplies are standard for ensuring a complete backup of critical paths. In addition, full-fiber redundancy with automatic fail-safe switchover is available as an option for all DFT Series frames.

Further information about Joseph Electronics and the company’s products and services is available at www.josephelectronics.com.

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Photo Caption: JFS DFT-8

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Photo Caption: JFS DFT-12 EXP

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About Joseph Electronics
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for more than 100 premier broadcast and pro A/V brands with stocking locations in both Illinois and California. Its full-service fiber division, Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, DFT Series, and 4K Studio Caddie — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 65 years and has representatives in California, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Wohler Offers AVB Card for Company’s Flagship AMP2 Series Audio/Video Monitor

Simple, Economical Solution Opens Door to Cost Savings and Operational Benefits Afforded by New AVB Standard

SAN FRANCISCO — March 25, 2014 — To allow media facilities to take advantage of the AVB standard in the monitoring realm, whether now or in the future, Wohler Technologies today announced a new AVB Monitoring Option card for the company’s flagship AMP2 Series modular audio/video monitoring solution, including the acclaimed AMP2-E16V system. Once the card and software update are installed on the AMP2 Series unit, AVB channels can be mixed, level-adjusted, and monitored alongside AES, SDI, analog, and other input types, and in the same fashion.

“AVB promises compelling benefits including simpler network infrastructure, lower implementation costs, unified management, and the ability to deliver current and next-generation video and audio applications with high quality of service,” said John Terrey, vice president, sales at Wohler Technologies. “We are making AVB support available within the widely used AMP2-E16V audio/video monitor to assure that Wohler customers have an economical and practical means of taking advantage of this important standard.”

The Wohler implementation of AVB is unique in that AMP2-E16V monitoring units already deployed in the field may be upgraded easily to support AVB. No additional dedicated system is necessary. Rather, as a result of the series’ modular design, users can add AVB support via a 100 Base-T Ethernet port and familiar RJ45 connection when needed. Just like any other module for the AMP2-E16V, the AVB card occupies a single card slot. Because users can add AVB inputs without losing any of their other inputs, they retain the full power and flexibility of their AMP2 monitoring systems.

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. AVB channels can be output via AES and analog outputs or re-embedded within an SDI stream. Going forward, those Wohler customers who employ the AVB card will be able to update its firmware just as they would the firmware for any other I/O module.

“The AMP2-E16V’s open architecture and ease of use have made it a popular choice for broadcasters’ most demanding applications, and these characteristics allow for a seamless upgrade of the system to support AVB,” continued Terrey. “Users simply download the software update from Wohler and insert the AVB Monitoring Option card into the monitoring unit, and they’ve made their unit AVB-compliant.”

Further information on the AMP2 Series and other Wohler products is available at www.wohler.com.

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

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
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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Calrec Audio Broadcast Console Introduced as Callisto Now Goes by Name ‘Summa’

Rebranding of Elegant Audio Console Reflects Function as Summing Engine While Resolving Potential Trademark Issue

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — March 25, 2014 — Calrec Audio today announced that it is rebranding its Callisto audio console with a new name: Summa. The console, which will make its NAB Show debut next month in Las Vegas, is designed for broadcast professionals who need a straightforward solution for producing creative and engrossing broadcast audio, but not all of the resources offered by Calrec’s Apollo and Artemis consoles.

“The term Summa is mainly used for texts that ‘sum up’ knowledge in a field, and the name also reflects the fact that a mixing console is essentially a summing engine,” said Henry Goodman, Calrec’s head of sales and marketing. “More fundamentally, we took the decision to change the name because Callisto was recently registered by another pro audio company! We missed the registration, and we have consequently been asked to change it, which of course we have agreed to do.”

Designed to ensure intuitive operation in live broadcast applications, Summa simplifies even complex workflow tasks, such as creating mix-minus feeds, with a highly intuitive GUI suitable for a broad range of operator levels. Users control the console via a 17-inch multitouch screen inspired by familiar tablet technology. The crisp, high-resolution display provides elegant controls and clear presentation of information. The console’s other large displays are fully configurable to display bus, output, and loudness meters, and they feature dedicated metering, routing, and processing information per fader.

The physical control surface is available in fixed 20-, 32- and 44-fader configurations with a streamlined layout. Each channel strip has only the most essential mechanical controls, featuring a fader, two flexible control cells, and a dedicated gain pot.

The console uses Calrec’s award-winning Bluefin2 technology at its core, and the same integral Hydra2 technology as the Apollo and Artemis consoles. Bluefin2 provides Summa with a pool of 180 channel processing paths, which can be assigned as mono, stereo, or 5.1 channels. Because there is no resource-sharing across the DSP, all facilities are available on all channels at all times. Summa has eight groups, four mains (all of which can be mono, stereo, or 5.1), 16 auxes, and 32 tracks. The broadcast-focused feature set also includes complete system redundancy, dedicated delay on all paths with additional assignable input and output delay, mechanical PFL overpress on all faders, and three 5.1 studio monitor outputs.

Calrec will showcase Summa consoles in 12+8, 24+8, and 36+8 iterations at its booth (C1746) at the 2014 NAB Show. Further information about Calrec and its products is available at calrec.com and community.calrec.com.

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Photo Caption: Calrec’s Summa broadcast audio console

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com and community.calrec.com.

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NUGEN Audio to Showcase Advanced Loudness Solutions for American Film and Television Industry at 2014 NAB Show

Increased NAB Presence and Recent Opening of New York Office Re-affirm Company’s Commitment to North American Marketplace

LEEDS, U.K. — March 25, 2014 — With a special emphasis on the emerging loudness requirements of American broadcasters, NUGEN Audio is presenting its complete family of industry-leading solutions for loudness compliance at the 2014 NAB Show. In its booth, C561, the company will introduce MultiMonitor, a versatile new software solution for multichannel loudness and true-peak monitoring. In addition, NUGEN Audio will highlight the latest enhancements to its existing products — including new features for its Loudness Management Batch (LMB) processor; Pro Tools 11 support for the Stereopack toolset for stereo image enhancement and manipulation; and an update of the VisLM visual loudness metering plug-in that addresses key 7.1 audio requirements of the games and motion picture industries.

Also at the NAB Show, NUGEN Audio will preview its new SEQ-S linear spline-based match equalizer and the latest upgrade of the company’s Visualizer audio analysis suite with support for the Avid(R) AAX 64-bit format on both PC and Mac(R) computers. Both are expected to ship by late May 2014.

“With the ramifications of the CALM Act sinking in, North American broadcasters are facing the new realities of loudness monitoring and management and the changes they have to make to ensure compliance,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, NUGEN Audio. “The NAB Show is the perfect opportunity for us to maintain visibility and communicate with the North American marketplace. We’re looking forward to showing broadcasters just how easy, intuitive, and cost-effective software-based loudness management can be.”

MultiMonitor is a powerful new loudness and true-peak monitoring software application ideal for master control facilities. It offers up to 16 individual loudness and true-peak meters in mono, stereo, and 5.1 formats for up to 96 individual audio channels, with flexible window configurations and logging tools. MultiMonitor is standalone software for Windows(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.

For high-throughput applications, NUGEN Audio’s 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 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. The solution also includes an MXF file-handling option that enables direct analysis and correction of audio in an MXF container while preserving all other data within the file. New for the 2014 NAB Show, NUGEN Audio has added new loudness range features to its LMB batch processing loudness correction tool that make it easier for operators to repurpose audio content for different types of playout; for instance, repurposing audio from a feature film to be used in a broadcast.

NUGEN Audio’s Stereopack will be making its North American debut at the 2014 NAB Show. Stereopack is a complete toolset for stereo image enhancement and manipulation including expansion, positioning, and low-frequency control, providing maximum flexibility in a highly accessible and configurable combination of powerful tools. The Stereopack plug-ins include Stereoizer, a high-specification stereo image manipulation tool; Monofilter, which enables users to align and balance low frequencies with minimal effort to create solid, natural-sounding bass; and Stereoplacer, an advanced fine-tune parametric balancing control tool that allows users to tune each band to specific frequencies and move the frequency content around in the stereo sound stage. Each plug-in is compatible with AAX, RTAS, VST, and Audio Unit standards.

In addition, NUGEN Audio will introduce a new version of its VisLM visual loudness metering plug-in. VisLM provides an easy-to-use, standard-compliant way to measure, compare, and contrast loudness during production, broadcast, and post-production, on the fly or for entire sections of audio. The latest release includes added support for 7.1 audio channels and VST3 audio, a new RTAS AudioSuite plug-in for fixed continuous reset in auto mode, improved routing in the stand-alone mode, and a new analyze/render option.

In February, NUGEN Audio announced the opening of a North American office in New York City and the appointment of Simon Kerr as chief marketing officer. In addition to overseeing the company’s global marketing strategy, Kerr manages the company’s North American operations. More information about NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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Photo Caption: Visual Loudness Metering

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio provides the broadcast and post-production industry’s most advanced solutions for end-to-end loudness management, metering, and correction from content acquisition through to playout. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the NUGEN Audio design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver high-quality, compliant audio while saving time, reducing costs, and preserving the creative process. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, post-production, and music production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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Forbidden Technologies Speaking Events During the 2014 NAB Show

LONDON — March 25, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform FORscene, announced that it will participate in several speaking events and joint demonstrations during the 2014 NAB Show.

Presentation at Microsoft(R) Booth
On Tuesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Microsoft booth SL5110, Greg Hirst, business development director at Forbidden, will give a presentation titled “FORscene’s Integration Solutions for Post-Producing Live Sports.” This presentation will explore how the FORscene cloud-based post-production platform has been integrated into Windows Azure(TM). The integrated solution provides both subclipping of live sports feeds and publishing of VOD highlight packages with inserted graphics and animations through the same, intuitive interface. FORscene will be shown running fully virtualized within Azure, ingesting a Smooth Streaming video stream and subclipping frame-accurately. Clips will be passed back to Azure for handoff to other content distribution networks. The presentation will also show the power of FORscene in a VOD workflow, where it combines all the tools typically required of NLEs yet runs in a browser on a standard laptop. Examples of real-life workflows will include details of a collaboration with deltatre at a variety of sports events.

NAB Show Session: The Future of Sports Video Production
During this 30-minute session on Tuesday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. in room S227, Jim Irving, group marketing director at deltatre will present on how deltatre is pioneering resource-saving production workflows in the sports industry, particularly relating to cloud-based video production and metadata management. This presentation will explain how deltatre integrated FORscene into their workflow to allow remote post-production and publishing of Olympic content — enabling scalable delivery of video content to multiple broadcast teams with minimal incremental cost. More information about this Broadcast Engineering Conference session is available at: http://goo.gl/6YXXZd.

BEA2014 — The Broadcast Education Association Conference
On Monday, April 7 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Greg Hirst will participate in the Broadcaster Education Association’s panel titled “Cloud Computing in Media Production” in Pavilion 1 in the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Panellists will explore examples of cloud computing in preproduction, production, and post-production, with Hirst presenting a piece on “The Cloud and the Evolution of Post-Production” focusing on how new IT technology enables more and more of the broadcast post-production workflow to move into cloud-based solutions like FORscene. More information is available at http://www.beaweb.org/2014/bea2014.html.

More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc is an award-winning technology company that develops and delivers cloud-based solutions for collaborative video post-production. Its flagship product, FORscene, is one of the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. Launched at IBC in 2004, FORscene has been used to log, edit, review, and publish more than 3 million hours of professional video content. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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