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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.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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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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Nexidia’s Drew Lanham to Present at 2014 PBS Technology Conference and NAB Show Broadcast Engineering Conference

ATLANTA — March 25, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced that Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division, will give a presentation at the 2014 PBS Technology Conference and two presentations at the 2014 NAB Show’s Broadcast Engineering Conference in Las Vegas in early April.

The PBS Technology Conference session, titled “Search in the Absence of Sufficient Metadata and Automated Closed Captioning, Descriptive Video, and Language Verification,” will take place on Thursday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caesars Palace Conference Center in the Emperors II ballroom. Steve Wynn, director of engineering and maintenance at the PBS Media Operations Center (MOC) will be the co-presenter. Lanham and Wynn will discuss Nexidia’s patented phonetic search technology including how PBS has used it to enhance searchability of its digital archive, and how it has helped PBS’s efforts to repurpose existing media assets. The presenters will also detail how PBS is using Nexidia QC(TM) automated techniques to verify captions, video description, and language within the MOC’s workflows.

At the 2014 NAB Show Broadcast Engineering Conference on Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m., Lanham will present a paper titled “Automated QC Technology Verifies Captions and Languages” as part of the Video Description and Captioning section. In the 30-minute session, to be held in room S227 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Lanham will describe the technology behind automated quality control and explain how media operations can incorporate the technology into their own workflows to ensure content is being distributed in the right languages with the correct captions at the right times.

On Thursday, April 10, at 9 a.m., Lanham will address NAB Show Broadcast Engineering Conference attendees again with a 30-minute session on “Phonetic-Based Search of Dialogue: The Key to Unlocking an Archive’s Potential.” As part of the conference’s Media Asset Management section, Lanham will explain Nexidia’s phonetic-based dialog search technology and how it can change the way all kinds of organizations discover and use media assets. The session will convene in room S228 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Nexidia will demonstrate its phonetic-search-based products, Nexidia QC and Nexidia Dialogue Search, at the 2014 NAB Show in booth SL12517. More information about Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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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.

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

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Bittree Unveils New Flush-Mount Data Feed-Through Panels

24-position, Cat 6, and Fiber Panels Simplify and Neaten Interconnections for Ethernet and Data Systems

GLENDALE, Calif. — March 25, 2014 — Bittree today announced the launch of a new line of flush-mount data feed-through panels that will make their debut at the 2014 NAB Show. The 24-position Cat 6 feed-through panels provide a single location for broadcast, transmission, production, and postproduction professionals to interconnect data and Ethernet systems neatly and efficiently.

“We developed these new feed-through panels in response to the rapid growth of IT infrastructures in broadcast and A/V environments. They offer a powerfully simple and elegant alternative to the old-school method of hard-wiring machines, which creates clutter and complexity when signal flows need to be altered,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO of Bittree. “By neatly organizing data center or machine room connections, the panels make testing or changing signal routes drastically easier. Operators save time through fast and easy location of proper connections, and the panel is a completely passive device that requires no external power or converters.”

The new data feed-through panels are designed to complement Bittree’s full line of professional audio, video, and data patching systems. Available in 1-RU 1 x 24 or 2-RU 2 x 24 configurations, the panels feature dual-fiber LC or ST connections as well as RJ45 shielded and unshielded variants. Designation strips are available as an option for any of these panels. Also, the unique flush-front design provides a cleaner installation that prevents connections from catching and getting pulled out.

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

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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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Photo Caption: Side View of Flush-Mount Ethernet Panel

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Joseph Electronics’ Exclusive Camera Caddie-FP Simplifies HD Acquisition Over Fiber

NILES, Ill. — March 25, 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 the availability of the new Camera Caddie-FP Series of fiber acquisition tools optimized for use in flypacks and other portable broadcast systems.

Designed to reduce setup and teardown time while providing all of the fiber signal transport components necessary to streamline live video acquisition workflows, the Caddie-FP Series maximizes the amount of time camera operators can spend getting their shots. The Series is comprised of custom, portable, flypack-friendly packages that have been optimally configured to meet the demands of different types of events, such as entertainment, news, and specific sports. Base units can be configured for stand-alone or dual-rackmount scenarios, while the camera side has the flexibility of using local power or being powered over short or long distances via Lemo- or Neutrik-equipped hybrid copper/fiber cables.

“With the Caddie-FP Series, we have truly succeeded in creating a fiber-based acquisition tool that can be custom-configured for any broadcast scenario,” said Yohay Hahamy, president/CEO of Joseph Electronics. “It is no longer necessary for customers to pay for features that they don’t need or to settle for less than they want. The Caddie-FP Series can meet their exact requirements and give them all of the benefits that signal transport over fiber provides.”

With the Caddie-FP Series, customers get one 3G/HD-SDI video signal in each direction, sync back to the camera for genlock, one line-level audio in each direction, intercom (Studio Technologies Model 37), two GPIs, and data for camera control. There are options for 4K and Ethernet as well.

Remote power options are provided by Connexion Designs and can be configured for short- range (less than 1,640 feet/500 meters) or long-range (up to 4,920 feet/1,500 meters) transmission. Remote power setups feature full safety interlock capabilities to ensure safe and reliable operation. Every system in the Caddie-FP Series attaches to the camera with an Anton-Bauer Gold Mount.

The innovative, JE/JFS-exclusive OPTC port on all camera caddies allows operators to daisy-chain additional Caddie systems in the series on a single camera cable. All feeds and returns ride on the original camera cable and can be deployed to distances of up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) with local power, or up to 1,640 feet (500 meters) when powered remotely from the base station. The rugged, reliable Caddie units are easy to set up and troubleshoot, thanks to their modular structure and Bluebell Opticom transport modules.

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

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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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Photo Caption: JFS Caddie-FP Base and Camera Ends

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Biamp Systems Hires Paul Waadevig as Newest Product Manager

BEAVERTON, Oregon — March 25, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that it has named Paul Waadevig as its new Unified Communications Product Manager. Bringing more than 10 years of conferencing, collaboration, and telecommunication service experience to Biamp(R), Waadevig will oversee the strategy, development, and promotion of the company’s conferencing products.

“Paul brings an impressive track record for leading successful strategic efforts across all areas of the conferencing space,” said Shell Haffner, Director of Product Management, Biamp Systems. “His background in business planning, strategic consulting, and communication technology best practices are an enormous asset as we continue to deliver what our customers need. We are very excited to have him aboard.”

Waadevig comes to Biamp from Frost & Sullivan where he served as Director of Information and Communication Technology Best Practices. In previous roles, including Manager of Telecommunication Services, Global Program Director of Conferencing and Collaboration, and Senior Consultant of Unified Communications, he provided strategic planning, consulting, and analysis to companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, and Polycom. Waadevig received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Boston College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy from Portland State University. He is based at Biamp’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon and reports to Haffner.

“Biamp understands that within the dynamic AV conferencing space, a commitment to the quality-first capture, processing, and distribution of audio is essential for success,” said Waadevig. “I am very excited to join a world leader in the professional audio/video industry and look forward to developing innovations that push the limits — providing customers with industry-best experiences through exceptional collaboration tools.”

More information on Biamp is available at www.biamp.com.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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