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SMPTE Announces 2015 Directors and New Appointments to the Board of Governors

With Industry Expertise and Previous Experience in SMPTE Leadership Roles, Appointees Are Positioned to Make Immediate Impact in New Positions

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 20, 2015 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the SMPTE Board of Governors has named the Society’s 2015 directors and has appointed new officers and governors to fill vacant positions.

Paul Stechly has been appointed SMPTE finance vice president to complete the term of Matthew Goldman, who was elected in October to serve as the Society’s executive vice president. William C. Miller will take on the role of SMPTE membership vice president, and Douglas Sheer will serve as New York Region governor. Andrew Setos will serve as Hollywood Region governor, replacing Clyde Smith, who is stepping down in conjunction with his retirement.

Alan Lambshead, SMPTE standards vice president, has reappointed Bob Edge and Howard Lukk to serve as standards directors along with the newly appointed Paul Treleaven. Patrick Griffis, SMPTE education vice president, has reappointed Michael DeValue, V. Michael Bove, Peter Putman, and Al Kovalick as education directors. Karl Kuhn was reappointed to serve as the North American membership director, with additional appointments to follow.

“The 2015 directors and newly appointed officers and governors announced today represent the remarkable expertise and industry leadership that make the Society’s membership so noteworthy,” said Robert Seidel, SMPTE president and vice president of engineering and advanced technology at CBS. “Their ongoing contributions to the Society will enable SMPTE to continue its pioneering standards work, as well as its unique educational offerings for those within the motion-imaging field.”

SMPTE 2015 Newly Appointed Officers and Directors: Profiles

Paul Stechly, SMPTE Finance Vice President
Stechly is president of Applied Electronics Limited. He joined Applied Electronics in 1983 when he founded and operated the Audio Visual Division, and he assumed the role of president in 1998. Stechly holds seven patents in multimedia technology. He has been heavily involved with the SMPTE Toronto Section, including serving as Section Chair. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in economics and completed postgraduate work at the University of Western Ontario.

William C. Miller, SMPTE Membership Vice President
Miller is president of Miltag Media Technology LLC, a consultancy specializing in technical standards for television and related industries. He has been a broadcaster for 40 years, earning an Emmy(R) Award for his contributions to ABC’s coverage of the XV Olympic Winter Games, and has been actively involved in the development of television standards for more than 25 years. Miller is a SMPTE Fellow, and he was awarded the Society’s Progress Medal in 2002 and its Presidential Proclamation in 2013. He has held numerous leadership roles not only within SMPTE, but also within the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) and the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC).

Andrew G. Setos, Hollywood Region Governor
Setos is CEO of BLACKSTAR Engineering Inc. and the founder and chairman of SellThruCo Inc. During a 24-year stint at the Fox Group, he rose to president of engineering and was involved in almost every aspect of content creation and distribution. Setos was the lead engineering and operations executive for the launch of MTV and earlier served as chief engineer at WNET, where he was involved in innovative, award-winning productions including “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Dance in America,” “Bill Moyers Journal,” and the “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” In addition to holding a variety of patents, Setos is a SMPTE Fellow and has been awarded three Emmy(R) Awards for Engineering from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the most recent being the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award.

Douglas I. Sheer, New York Region Governor
Sheer is CEO and chief analyst of D.I.S. Consulting Corporation, a research partner of the NAB Show. Formerly a hands-on producer/editor/colorist, he was advertising manager of JVC USA at the launch of VHS technology, and at advertising agency Ted Bates was account supervisor of Panasonic, Matsushita, and Technics accounts. Sheer was associate publisher of BM/E and World Broadcast News and group publisher at K.I.P.I., as well as editor and publisher of numerous books and directories. He edited and published the first NAB Daily in 1984, as well as the Broadcast Asia Daily in the 1990s. Sheer has been a contributor and columnist at a dozen magazines globally, including the IBC Daily News for 32 years. A member of SMPTE since 1972, he has previously served as the New York Section chair. In 1974, Sheer founded Artists Talk on Art, the art world’s longest-running aesthetic panel series, which he now chairs.

Bob Edge, SMPTE Standards Director
Edge, who is president of Bob Edge TV Consulting, has been active in television standards work for more than 20 years, participating in projects with SMPTE, IEEE, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the European Broadcast Union (EBU), Video Services Forum (VSF), and the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), among other organizations. He has served as a technology committee chair, is a Life Fellow of the Society, and has contributed to the development of 19 SMPTE standards and registered disclosure documents (RDD). Edge also is the author of numerous technical papers describing the application of information technology and data networking for television production. In 2012, he received the SMPTE Excellence in Standards Award.

Paul Treleaven, SMPTE Standards Director
Treleaven is Secretary of the SMPTE 30MR TC, having chaired this and other SMPTE standards groups. He is a member of the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) Technical Task Group, representing the IABM at SMPTE and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) standards meetings and EBU technology committee meetings. Treleaven is also a member of the U.K.’s National Standards Body for International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 100. He has served as SMPTE International Region governor and is a SMPTE Fellow. He was a cofounder of Avitel, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing video, audio, and timecode distribution and processing equipment, and served as the company’s technical director until 2001.

Howard Lukk, SMPTE Standards Director
Lukk is the former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for helping to incorporate new technologies into the studio workflow. He earlier served as director of technology for Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), where he researched and documented digital cinema system specifications. Lukk recently finished directing his second short film, titled “Emma” (2014). This project followed his directorial debut, “Make Believe” (2013), which was shot in 3D with the prototype hybrid 3D camera rig in Berlin. He has been named the director for the production of the SMPTE documentary, “Moving Images.” Lukk is a SMPTE Fellow and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Karl Kuhn, North American Membership Director
Kuhn is the senior video systems applications engineer at Tektronix, where he supports digital audio and video, compression, Internet protocol, file-based, and radio frequency test and measurement. He holds three U.S. patents and one Japanese patent that cover in-service testing of digital broadcast video. Kuhn served on the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Technical and Engineering Emmy(R) Committee from 2007 to 2010; he is the past chair of the Washington, D.C., SMPTE section; and he currently serves as the SMPTE Eastern Region governor.

Michael DeValue, SMPTE Education Director
DeValue is the director of advanced technology at The Walt Disney Studios, where he is responsible for standards, as well as for researching new technologies — such as 3D, 4K, and high dynamic range — related to content distribution. He has co-chaired several groups related to 3D in the home for SMPTE and presented a session on captions in stereoscopic 3D at the SMPTE 2010 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. DeValue is an active participant in the Blu-ray Disc Association and DCI, and he is also the current chairman of the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society.

V. Michael Bove, SMPTE Education Director
Bove holds an S.B.E.E., an S.M. in visual studies, and a doctorate in media technology, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is the head of the Object-Based Media Group at the Media Laboratory. He is the author or co-author of more than 90 journal and conference papers; holds patents on inventions relating to video recording, hard copy, interactive television, and medical imaging; and is co-author of the book “Holographic Imaging.” He is on the Board of Editors of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal; has served as associate editor of the journal Optical Engineering (OE); and is a fellow of the SPIE and the Institute for Innovation, Creativity, and Capital.

Peter Putman, SMPTE Education Director
Putman is the president of ROAM Consulting L.L.C. and consults on technology and economic trends in display devices, wireless connectivity, display interfacing, video compression, and mobile electronics. He is an InfoComm Senior Academy Instructor for the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA) and was named its Educator of the Year for 2008. Putman is on the Board of Editors of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, is a contributing editor for Sound & Communications magazine, and publishes the website HDTVexpert.com.

Al Kovalick, SMPTE Education Director
Kovalick, founder of Media Systems Consulting, has worked in the field of hybrid audiovisual and IT systems for the past 20 years, and he currently focuses on media systems, file-based workflows, and cloud migration for media facilities. His book, “Video Systems in an IT Environment,” was the first to cover the salient aspects of the convergence of audiovisual and IT systems. Kovalick has presented more than 50 papers at industry conferences worldwide, and he holds 18 U.S. and foreign patents. In 2009 he was awarded SMPTE’s David Sarnoff Medal for engineering achievement. Kovalick is a life member of Tau Beta Pi, an IEEE member, and a SMPTE Life Fellow. He is the “Cloudspotter’s Journal” columnist for TV Technology magazine.

Further information about SMPTE is available online at www.smpte.org. Additional information about the SMPTE Board of Governors is available at www.smpte.org/about/board.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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QC Giant My Eye Media Implements Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD Professional Media Player to View IMF 4K Packages

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Jan. 20, 2015 — Archimedia Technology, a company whose equipment and applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and infrastructure, announced that Hollywood quality control (QC) powerhouse My Eye Media has installed the Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD professional media player for QC of theatrical releases and TV material created by the major studios. My Eye Media clients include Paramount Pictures, Netflix, 20th Century Fox, CBS, Disney, NBCUniversal, and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

“We have a well-earned reputation for catching issues that may exist in our clients’ material before those issues make it to the viewing public. It’s a job that requires an expert eye and the right tools — tools that are continually challenged by format proliferation,” said Steve Waugh, chief technology officer of My Eye Media. “Archimedia Atlas can play back an impressive number of file formats, and that versatility is critical because it means we don’t waste critical R&D time determining optimal playback devices for a particular format. It’s especially helpful on IMF 4K packages, which are becoming a common industry deliverable. The Archimedia Atlas ensures the quality of service our clients have come to expect from us.”

My Eye Media uses the Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD media player to play back A/V files it receives from clients, watching for myriad technical artifacts and technical anomalies that might exist in the content, such as audio sync, digital blocks, and compression artifacts from the transcoding process, and visual effects errors. Archimedia Atlas supports every major codec and file type in use today, including IMF, DPX, ProRes, XDCAM, and any number of MXF-wrapped files that My Eye Media receives on a regular basis. Importantly, it allows My Eye Media to view 4K files, which are becoming more prevalent but still lack professional media players to support them. Archimedia Atlas also supports SDI, so My Eye Media can simultaneously feed UHD TVs and SDI to its own existing SDI tools, such as encoders, VTRs, scopes, and monitors, and can also view and export deep technical metadata about the video. Archimedia Atlas is compatible with My Eye Media’s existing machine controllers, which was one of My Eye Media’s criteria when searching for a solution. Because of that compatibility, QC operators can control the player remotely. Archimedia Atlas can decode and play 4K IMF packages, giving My Eye Media the added ability to verify interoperability on multiple devices while also checking for artifacts.

“In QC and mastering, you need consistency,” said My Eye Media Founder and CEO Michael Kadenacy. “Before we started using Archimedia Atlas, we certainly had the expertise and resources to use many tools in our work, but choosing different tools for different formats makes consistency very difficult and time-consuming to achieve. With Archimedia, we eliminated that problem.”

The Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD media player is specially designed for use in all frame sizes including UHD TV environments preloaded with the Archimedia Atlas software. Besides being far more affordable than dedicated (and often proprietary) players, Archimedia Atlas saves companies like My Eye Media the time and expense of building their own systems.

“Archimedia’s tagline is ‘Know when it’s right,’ and My Eye Media absolutely personifies what we mean,” said Josef Marc, chief marketing officer of Archimedia. “In their trusted position in the industry, they achieve the highest standards, and their customers bring them the most important and most innovative formats. So to us, My Eye Media is the superuser we love to have in our corner as we develop our next products.”

More information about Archimedia Atlas and other Archimedia products can be found at www.archimediatech.com.

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About My Eye Media
My Eye Media is the leader in quality assurance, quality control, and testing of all formats of digital motion picture content. The company’s deep understanding of the technical intricacies required for the digital landscape makes its work critical to major film studios, cable and satellite channels, streaming media providers, and content library owners. My Eye Media was founded in 2004 and is the most advanced and experienced digital-file testing company in the world. The company operates from its 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, headquartered in the heart of the postproduction district in Burbank, California. My Eye Media also manages a vast, global distributed workforce of technicians.

About Archimedia
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000 and HEVC, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and infrastructure. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of 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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Wohler to Roll Out Significant New Version of Tachyon Wormhole Media Retiming Solution

With New Application-Specific UI and Ability to Retime Content Segments, Users Can Further Expand ROI and Increase Revenue

SAN FRANCISCO — Jan. 20, 2015 — Wohler Technologies today announced plans for a new release of Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM), a joint venture of Wohler and Cinnafilm(R) that provides automated file-based retiming and standards conversion in a single, award-winning appliance. With significant new technical capabilities such as segmented retiming and a new application-specific user interface, the upgraded Tachyon Wormhole media retiming appliance will ensure that broadcasters can achieve maximum ROI by creating new workflow efficiencies and expanding the revenue potential of content.

“As in any industry, time is money in broadcasting — whether it’s time expressed as ad sales or the time saved by automating a resource-intensive process,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales, RadiantGrid, at Wohler. “Tachyon Wormhole gives time back to broadcasters and dramatically enhances the business value and ROI offered by a media retiming function, without affecting the viewer’s experience. The improvements we’re incorporating into the new Tachyon Wormhole release will make the process of retiming even more flexible and efficient, resulting in greater opportunities to generate revenue whilst saving overall cost.”

Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) provides the processing engine for the Tachyon Wormhole appliance, which runs Cinnafilm’s award-winning Tachyon algorithms. Tachyon Wormhole enables a plus or minus run-time adjustment of media assets by content owners or broadcasters while preserving the overall viewer experience including not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption integrity. By shortening or lengthening the run-time of program content, providers can meet the time requirements of a network without undertaking time-consuming, hands-on editing.

Among the significant new enhancements to Tachyon Wormhole is segmented retiming. Rather than retime the file as a whole, operators can use time codes to designate certain regions or segments of a media file to be retimed. In this manner, users can also exclude certain segments from retiming. For example, this functionality would allow the operator to prevent an opening credit sequence from being adjusted.

The new release of Tachyon Wormhole also will include an application-specific user interface that gives users a straightforward mechanism for preparing and launching a retiming project.

The new version will be on display at the HPA Tech Retreat, Feb. 9-13 in the Demo Room at space number 414.

Tachyon Wormhole is available directly from Wohler Technologies and from a select network of value-added resellers. The new version 2 release is available now. More information about Tachyon Wormhole, including a list of resellers, is available at www.retime.tv.

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

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FC Bayern Basketball Relies on Advanced Access Control System from Riedel/DECA and Ticketmaster

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Jan. 20, 2015 — Riedel/DECA Card Engineering has completed the installation of new ticket-scanning electronics at Munich’s Audi Dome, home to current German champion FC Bayern Basketball. Working in partnership with Ticketmaster, Riedel/DECA implemented an access control system that simplifies and speeds guest entry into the arena. The innovative concept offers not only fan security but also efficient visitor management for the club. Within just 90 days, the company integrated Ticketmaster technology into scanning terminals that were delivered and installed in time for the start of the basketball season.

“We have observed the market for a long time and have opted for the well-known quality of Riedel/DECA and Ticketmaster. In a remarkably short time frame, they provided us with a robust, cleverly integrated solution featuring the latest in access control technology,” said Benedikt Peine, head of ticketing and merchandising at FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH. “The terminals themselves have a fresh, modern, and customized design combining new innovations such as mobile ticketing and fast barcode recognition, and the minimal cabling needed to support them made installation both convenient and cost-effective. The speed of the installation and the efficiency of the ticket-scanning systems allowed us to start the new basketball season with a more secure entry system that has eliminated lines and streamlined entry for fans.”

In this joint project with Ticketmaster, Riedel/DECA quickly provided ticket-scanning terminals that ensure optimum security, validating tickets with bright LED indicators that prevent ticket misuse or counterfeiting, and increasing the rate at which guests can enter the arena. The clean cylindrical design of each terminal also affords plenty of space for branding. The installed solution supports guest management for more than 6,000 attendees per event. “It was essential for FC Bayern to get a complete solution”, said Carsten Kerner, COO at Ticketmaster GmbH, who, as general manager of ALBA Berlin for many years, understands the requirements of professional basketball very well. “This is a collaboration of two partners who are leaders in their industries. We’ve already worked successfully with Riedel/DECA at the European Song Contest in Baku and know, that with their know-how and reliability, they are the ideal partner for this challenging project.”

Unlike the former system, which had to be set up manually, the new scan modules automatically recognize the date and event enabling effective and cost-efficient processing. The barcode reader integrated in the terminals can recognize and screen contactless mobile, print@home, and standard tickets as well as season tickets.

“Riedel/DECA has long provided access management systems for premier sports and entertainment facilities, so the company was uniquely prepared to meet the tight delivery timeline for the Audi Dome installation,” said Rainer Kluth, managing director at DECA Card Engineering GmbH. “Going forward, FC Bayern Basketball and its fans will benefit from the most modern access control system available today.”

Information about DECA Card Engineering is available at www.deca.de. Information about Ticketmaster is available at www.ticketmaster.de. Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Ticketmaster
A Live Nation Entertainment, Inc company, Ticketmaster is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produces 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. In Germany, Ticketmaster GmbH has more than 60 employees in the Berlin headquarters and offices in Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt.

About DECA Card Engineering
Ratingen-based DECA Card Engineering GmbH, a Riedel subsidiary, is specialized in accreditation and access control. From simple ID solutions to complex access systems, DECA provides planning, integration, and delivery of complete single-source solutions.

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 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Revolabs’ Executive Elite Wireless Microphone System Wins SVC Innovative Product Award

SUDBURY, Mass. — Jan. 20, 2015 — Revolabs(R) today announced that the company’s flagship Executive Elite(TM) wireless microphone system has been awarded a 2014 Most Innovative Product Award by Sound & Video Contractor magazine. Chosen by readers, the honor recognizes the year’s top thirty electronic and mechanical innovations across the professional A/V industry that demonstrate ingenuity, creativity, and technical achievement. more

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Forbidden Retools Sales Model in U.S., Maintains Customer Focus Through Partners and Resellers

LONDON — Jan. 14, 2015 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that it is restructuring its North American business to move from a direct to an indirect sales and support model. Forbidden will close its Burbank, California, office and instead support clients either from the U.K. or via its local partners and resellers. Jason Cowan, Forbidden’s commercial manager for Forscene, will now oversee customer relationships in North America. more

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Buddhist Television Network Uses Digigram IQOYA *LINK/LE to Extend Programming Onto Four New Web Radio Channels

Digigram Audio-Over-IP Codecs Provide Broadcast-Quality Audio With Exceptional Reliability

MONTBONNOT, France — Jan. 14, 2015 — Digigram today announced that Seoul, Korea-based Buddhist Television Network (BTN) has built a new Internet radio service on the IQOYA *LINK/LE audio-over-IP transport system. Supplied by system integrator Digicom, four Digigram IQOYA *LINK/LE IP audio codecs ensure straightforward, reliable encoding and streaming of four new Web radio channels that complement BTN’s existing lineup of cable, satellite, and IPTV channel offerings. more

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Sonnet Technologies 2015 NAMM Show Product Preview

Co-exhibiting With Corning Cable Systems in Hall A, Booth 6798

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NUGEN Audio Announces Three New Audio Toolkits for Music Professionals

Producer Pack, Master Pack, and Mix Tools Offer Rich Functionality and High Value for Music Producers and Mix and Mastering Engineers

LEEDS, U.K. — Jan. 13, 2015 — NUGEN Audio today announced the release of Producer Pack, Master Pack, and Mix Tools, three new product bundles tailored to music industry producers, mix engineers, and mastering professionals. Each toolset provides a custom selection of NUGEN Audio’s award-winning audio plug-ins to deliver functionality tailored to the specifics of each craft. These high-value solutions make these tools accessible to more professionals — and industry newcomers — than ever before.

“We recognize the need to make customized solutions according to our clients’ requirements for each aspect of their production process. Last year we launched Stereo Pack, a highly accessible and configurable toolset for stereo image enhancement. These new toolsets are unique solutions designed to encompass a much wider range of applications for music industry professionals. They incorporate our newly introduced plug-ins — MasterCheck SEQ-S and the latest version of Visualizer,” said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio. “With Producer Pack, Master Pack, and Mix Tools, we’ve consulted hundreds of audio professionals and studied very meticulously how to meet the specific requirements of mix engineers and mastering pros while also providing high value.”

Combining seven world-class plug-ins, NUGEN Audio’s Producer Pack augments the mix and mastering suite with essential tools producers need to create top-quality audio from start to finish. Producer Pack provides an ideal upgrade for professionals who need to optimize their work, with powerful tools for audio analysis, panoramic enhancement, low frequency control, pristine limiting, and EQ. Producer Pack includes:
* Visualizer, providing indispensable audio analysis for quality audio production with a standardized reference set of professional tools managed via a unique, intelligent window.
* ISL, a true-peak limiter that enables audio engineers to listen to true-peak-compliant audio “in place” without needing to check louder sections separately for traditional limiter artifacts and true-peak compliance.
* SEQ-S, an all-new and uniquely powerful EQ for sonic sculpting and EQ matching up to 7.1, with linear phase technology that delivers transparency without phase smearing and provides sharp transients.
* MasterCheck, a new tool from NUGEN Audio that demystifies loudness-normalized playout on streaming services such as iTunes(R) and Spotify. MasterCheck enables producers to mix and master music utilizing maximum dynamic range for each streaming platform.
* Stereoizer, offering a full range of stereo image enhancement capabilities, from gentle width adjustments to huge dynamic ambiences. Stereoizer offers full mono compatibility without unwanted artifacts.
* Stereoplacer, delivering pan control for the 21st century. Stereoplacer allows frequency-specific stereo placement using unique stereo-positioning technology, offering precise control that is not available within a traditional mix setup.
* Monofilter, a low-frequency management tool that enables producers to sharpen and define their bass to provide the foundation for real power and definition.

Master Pack is a professional-grade mastering package with five award-winning plug-ins assembled specifically for the needs of mastering engineers, enabling effortless, confident finishing with unparalleled precision. Master Pack brings groundbreaking functionality including low frequency management, stereo correction, pristine limiting, and a full suite of audio analysis tools and playout delivery measures, with a level of usability not found in any other toolset. Master Pack plugins include Visualizer, ISL, MasterCheck, Stereoplacer, and Monofilter.

Mix Tools delivers the big sound professionals strive for. Designed to provide essentials for use in the mix process, Mix Tools includes Stereoizer, Monofilter, and Visualizer for stereo image enhancement, bass management, and comprehensive audio analysis. Mix Tools offers mix engineers deeper control, sonic enhancement, and diagnostic support at any stage of the production process, leading to increased quality and efficiency in any project.

More information about Producer Pack, Master Pack, Mix Tools, and other NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio’s award-winning tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in music production, broadcast, and post-production. For audio professionals, NUGEN Audio’s mix and mastering products offer market-leading fidelity and unrestricted creativity in every situation, providing an easy, direct, and natural way to work with sound. NUGEN Audio tools have become critical for some of the biggest names in the industry including Michael Brauer (Coldplay, The Rolling Stones), Robbie Bronnimann (Chicane, Paul Van Dyk), and Mr. Mig (Beyonce, Akon). For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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Pexip(R) Infinity Powers World’s Leading and Largest Distance Education Network at Charles Sturt University

Videoconferencing Platform Provides Thousands of Students, Faculty, and Staff With Personal Virtual Meeting Rooms

OSLO, Norway — Jan. 15, 2015 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that Australia’s Charles Sturt University (CSU) has selected the Pexip Infinity scalable meeting platform to power the institution’s world-class distance learning program. The education and communications network will allow students, faculty, and staff to instantly communicate face-to-face via personal virtual meeting rooms (VMRs) that foster engagement and collaboration.

Charles Sturt University is Australia’s largest regional educational institution and is celebrating its 25th year, although its rich history traces back more than 120 years. Now with an excess of 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate, or single subjects, CSU’s leading global distance education program has become the largest in the region. Using the Pexip Infinity scalable meeting platform, the continuing education program provides intuitive online learning where students and lecturers can meet in VMRs in order to participate in classroom discussions, knowledge sharing, or team-based collaborations within an easy-to-use virtual environment.

“CSU is the leading provider of distance education in Australia, with 60-percent of our students studying fully online, so the solution needed to be accessible from many different devices, from any location, and required the scaling capabilities to facilitate the provision of the video conferencing service to that cohort,” said Philip Roy, acting Executive Director of Information Technology at CSU. “By deploying Pexip Infinity, we’ve taken a definitive step in ensuring that our online learning remains empowering and simple to use while guaranteeing that it can be easily expanded to meet any of our future requirements. By giving our distance learning students their own personal VMRs, we’re taking away some of the fear and mystery of not being able to physically attend classes on campus.”

Powering more than 25,000 VMRs and virtual auditoriums, Pexip Infinity will be deployed at multiple data centers and managed from a single location by a team of only two administrators. CSU reckons that the majority of students will be active users within 12 months. Pexip Infinity natively supports HD video conferencing right from inside any major web browser, including Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer(R), Apple Safari(R), Google(R) Chrome”, Mozilla Firefox(R) and Opera”. With CSU’s primary end user client being web-browser based, Infinity removes any accessibility obstacles, providing the easiest-to-use distance learning solution that doesn’t require participants to be IT experts in order to engage.

“This is a very big day for us,” said Simen Teigre, CEO and Co-Founder of Pexip. “The fact that Charles Sturt University has selected our solution really shows that our platform is up to any virtual communication task. We built Infinity to provide large-scale institutions with a solution that is simple to deploy, manage, and use — and knowing the amount of students that will be using our platform from all types of endpoints, clients, and devices with little or no prior knowledge of enterprise-scale videoconferencing — this becomes a very strong endorsement. Knowing CSU provides a true world-class and leading distance education program makes us very proud to be a part of future generations’ education and learning.”

For additional information on CSU’s distance education programs, please visit www.csu.edu.au/distance-education. For more information or a free test drive of Pexip Infinity, please visit www.pexip.com.

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About Pexip(R)
Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly enables everyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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