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The Walt Disney Company, Panasonic, Dolby Laboratories Make Cornerstone Donations to SMPTE Centennial Campaign

In Recognition of the Society’s Centennial Celebration, SMPTE Next Century Fund Will Support Next-Generation Standards, Membership, and Education Programs

LOS ANGELES — Oct. 23, 2014 – 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 Walt Disney Company, Panasonic, and Dolby Laboratories have made contributions totaling $1 million to the SMPTE Centennial Celebration Campaign’s Next Century Fund. These gifts, formally recognized today at the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, are the largest financial commitments in the Society’s history.

“It is our great pleasure to lend our support to SMPTE, both in terms of leadership and financial support, as the Society prepares for its Centennial Celebration,” said Vince Roberts, executive vice president of Global Operations and chief technology officer, Disney/ABC Television Group. “For almost 100 years, SMPTE has played a critical role in advancing the art, science, and craft of the moving image and its sound. We are proud to partner with SMPTE as it continues its groundbreaking work in moving-imagery education, engineering, and research.”

“We can’t think of any organization more worthy of our support than SMPTE,” said Kunihiko Miyagi, director, Professional AV Business Unit, Imaging Network Business Division in Panasonic Corporation’s AVC Networks Company. “The ongoing role the Society plays in advancing standards and technical education for our industry is absolutely critical to our success, and to that of all SMPTE members. Panasonic salutes SMPTE as it enters its second century of advocacy and advancement for the field of moving imagery.”

“SMPTE has made a remarkable and long-standing commitment to education and to the development of standards that support ever-greater creative and technical achievements in the field of motion imaging and sound,” said Pat Griffis, executive director of technology strategy, Office of the CTO, Dolby Laboratories. “The Society’s centennial celebration is an ideal opportunity to recognize this work and its enormous influence on our industry.”

The SMPTE Centennial Campaign has been established in recognition of the Society’s 100-year anniversary in 2016. The campaign is led by an advisory committee consisting of Wendy Aylsworth and Chuck Dages (retired) of Warner Bros.; Peter Fannon of Panasonic; Richard Friedel of Fox; Charles Jablonski of SMPTE; Peter Ludé of RealD; William Miller of Miltag Media Technology; Chuck Pagano (retired) of ESPN; Bob Ross of CBS; and Larry Thorpe of Canon.

“Without question, SMPTE’s next hundred years will be very different from the first. As our industry evolves, new developments are challenging every aspect of the media workflow — from technology tools to business models,” said Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE. “With their generous gifts, The Walt Disney Company, Panasonic, and Dolby Laboratories are providing a tremendous boost to the Society’s ongoing expansion and evolution across our three pillars of activity: standards development, membership development, and education programs.”

The Next Century Fund will support specific SMPTE standards activities that speed the development, adoption, use, and understanding of new industry standards, as well as creating tools such as a repository for test materials that are crucial for certifying new IP-based workflows. In the area of membership development, SMPTE’s goals include international Section expansion as well as improving programming and networking for students. In education, the Society will focus on creating educational programs that support rapidly changing industry needs; establishing regular conference events throughout the world; and developing and deploying educational programs that serve all levels of membership.

Further information about the SMPTE Centennial Campaign is available at www.smpte100.org.

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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.

The Society is sustained by 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. 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 expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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

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Photo Caption: Vince Roberts, Disney/ABC Television Group and Barbara Lange, SMPTE
Photo Credit: Ryan Miller, Capture Imaging

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Photo Caption: Ron Martin, Panasonic and Barbara Lange, SMPTE
Photo Credit: Ryan Miller, Capture Imaging

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Photo Caption: Pat Griffis, Dolby Laboratories and Barbara Lange, SMPTE
Photo Credit: Ryan Miller, Capture Imaging

Video Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN2yYrEFMFQ
Video Caption: SMPTE Centennial Campaign: The Next Century Fund

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Primestream Products on Display at CAPER 2014:

FORK Production Suite v4.6
At CAPER 2014, Primestream(R) will show FORK(TM) Production Suite v4.6, the latest version of its acclaimed software platform for managing the automation of the most complex broadcast workflows. With new modules, functionality, and integrations with the leading broadcast hardware and software vendors, FORK v4.6 is the most extendable, configurable, and powerful version of FORK ever released and includes major revisions to the underlying structures of FORK 4.5 that debuted at the 2014 NAB Show. These upgrades increase overall system responsiveness and provide for the handling of a vastly increased quantity of media assets.

These many improvements position FORK for the support of H.264, H.265, and MXF as well as 64-bit and 4K workflows. Behind this thinking is the intent that customers feel secure that the investments they make today pay big dividends in the future as they move toward the adoption of new formats and standards. FORK v4.6 also includes deep two-way integrations with nonlinear editors like Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro, Avid(R) Media Composer(R), and Apple(R) Final Cut Pro X(R). The integrations support edit-while-capture workflows with XDCAM(R), ProRes(R), and AVC-Intra(R) — empowering sports, news, entertainment, and corporate video operations to use industry-leading NLEs — while gaining the benefits of the FORK media asset management and automation platform for I/O, logging, tagging, proxy editing, workflow management, and archiving.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/Primestream-FORK4-6ProductionSuite.jpg
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Production Suite v4.6

FORK Xchange Suite v3.0
Primestream(R) will demonstrate FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite v3.0, a major upgrade to the application that gives broadcasters instant Web access to content on their FORK Production servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or tablet device. Xchange v3.0 features a completely redesigned iPad(R) interface optimized for Apple(R) iOS 7. Also new in Xchange, users can now manage non-video files such as audio, image, document, and project files. Direct integration with multiple transcode engines for proxy rendering is also available in Xchange v3.0.

Other new features and capabilities include:

* Xchange Uploader: Allows users to submit raw or finished packages directly into the FORK production environment via a Web-based interface.
* Xchange Downloader: Allows users to download source content in order to edit final packages locally, with the ability to choose among multiple qualities to download.
* Xchange Partial File Download: Allows users to download sections of media, leading to faster download workflows and eliminating the need to download entire media.
* Quick, Cuts-Only Editing: Allows users to create a rough cut with footage in Xchange and send the timeline to the FORK Production environment for distribution.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/Primestream-FORKXchangeSuite3.jpg
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) v3.0

FORK Logger With STATS
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 prepopulated placeholders that contain rich event data pulled from the STATS feed, such as team name, location information, rosters, conference name, and win/loss records. Working from these populated placeholders enables users to avoid manually entering data, which increases the accuracy of the descriptive information.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/Primestream-Logger-sports.jpg
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Logger for Sports

FORK Archive Bridge v1.0
Archive Bridge(TM) v1.0 is a new module for the FORK(TM) Production Suite that provides tight integration between industry-leading archival solutions and the FORK media asset management and production automation platform. Archive Bridge enables disaster recovery workflows and interconnects multiple production environments with a central archive point — adding essential visibility into the archival workflow and allowing facilities to make the most of their archiving dollars.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/Primestream-ArchiveBridgeUI.jpg
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Archive Bridge(TM) v1.0

Company Quote:

Spanish:

“Es siempre importante para Primestream participar en la convención de CAPER, este año vamos a exhibir nuestra completa suite de automatización y administración de contenido con los nuevos y avanzados módulos de Logger y Xchange con los cuales se obtiene una rápida y efectiva implementación de varios procesos incluyendo la posibilidad de trabajar en un ambiente de colaboración remoto a traves de la nube. A su vez en CAPER estaremos demostrando nuestra integración con múltiple plataformas de edición y captura.”
– Claudio Lisman, Presidente y CEO, Primestream

English:

“It’s always important for Primestream to participate at CAPER. This year we will show the entire FORK automation and asset management environment with Logger and Xchange being highlighted for fast metadata tagging and multisite cloud asset management environments. We are also emphasizing integrated workflows with leading NLE platforms that increase productivity and efficiency with features such as edit-while-capture.”
– Claudio Lisman, President and CEO, Primestream

Company Overview:

Primestream(R), a leader in advanced automation and asset management software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for the digital acquisition of live and file-based content, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, Web publishing, smartphone video contribution, and archiving. Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink service providers, online digital media operations, corporations, and production/postproduction facilities, and are ideally suited for multisite operations. More information is available at primestream.com.

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Wohler Products at CCW 2014

CCW 2014
Nov. 12-13
Wohler Technologies Product Preview
Booth 701

Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) Media Retiming
The award-winning Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) file-based media retiming solution enables up to a plus or minus 10 percent runtime adjustment while preserving not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption integrity. Based on Cinnafilm’s popular Tachyon algorithms and the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) framework, Tachyon Wormhole saves time for content producers, allowing them to “fit and fill” — easily adjusting content to meet specific customers’ length requirements without compromising the integrity or quality of audio, video, and captioning/subtitling. In many cases, this approach allows users to replace a great deal of expensive specialized hardware with a single server at a fraction of the cost. At the same time, Tachyon Wormhole not only gives time back to broadcasters and content distributors, but also allows them to realize new revenue opportunities without materially altering the viewer’s experience of their media assets.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/Wohler-Tachyon-Wormhole.jpg
Photo Caption: Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) File-Based Media Retiming Solution

RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) Version 8.7
The award-winning version 8.7 of the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) offers broadcasters a variety of powerful tools that boost the efficiency of file-based workflows for multiplatform media delivery. The platform enables fully compliant OTT offerings for leading formats, including MPEG-DASH, HLS, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and aids broadcasters and other content producers in meeting the array of target bit rates, resolutions, and frame rates necessary for today’s content delivery ecosystem.

The media processing engine parallelizes complex audio loudness correction alongside the video at unprecedented speeds. Along with optimized video pipeline features such as anamorphic video handling, 2K/4K Ultra HD support, and bit depths of up to 16-bit YUV, the RadiantGrid platform has been enhanced with the RadiantGrid Detect and Correct(TM) video legalization option, which leverages Wohler’s unique RightHue(TM) algorithm to ensure comprehensive NTSC and PAL color compliance within the file-based domain.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/Wohler-RadiantGrid.jpg
Photo Caption: RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)

MPEG DVB-ASI and IPTV Monitors
Providing functionality critical for facilities migrating toward IP-oriented distribution networks, the award-winning MPEG Series monitors decode and provide convenient at-a-glance monitoring of program content from MPEG-2/4 ASI and Ethernet IP streams, as well as 3G/HD-SDI inputs. To meet broadcasters’ increasing need for stream-based monitoring, the MPEG video monitors identify, decode, and display in high resolution both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals (input via BNC or Ethernet), while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, PID, EIT, and NIT data (both ATSC and DVB tables) for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD-SDI with loop-through, the MPEG monitors also accommodate audio with level meters, GPI, and tally. Convenient monitoring capabilities include Dolby Digital and Digital+ decoding, as well as the capacity to decode as many as 12 audio groups. In-picture level metering of up to 16 channels of audio is provided for both average and PPM (peak) levels with selectable meter scales.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/Wohler-MPEG-4290-VideoMonitor.jpg
Photo Caption: Wohler MPEG-4290 Video Monitor

AMP2-E16V Series Modular Audio/Video Processing Monitor
The AMP2-E16V monitor’s feature list continues to be the longest in the industry, yet the product is operated with one-touch simplicity. In addition to its top-quality audio system, it features simultaneous multiformat monitoring, quick program selection, instant stereo downmix, loudness monitoring, internal channel mixing including SDI re-embedding, and audio delays. The monitor also includes a wide variety of meter scales and ways to view meters, video, and Dolby or SMPTE 2020 metadata.

The AMP2-E16V offers Dolby Zoom, Dolby E line position, and CRC error monitoring, as well as automatic system configuration based upon signal inputs, 32 complete system configuration presets, a complete internal help system, and Ethernet software updates. Audio processor card options facilitate easy configuration for multiple SDI, AES I/O, analog I/O, and connection to external surround systems.

A new AVB Monitoring Option card allows AVB channels to be mixed, level-adjusted, and monitored alongside AES, SDI, analog, and other input types, and in the same fashion. Further enhancements include new processing modules and newly developed software that expand the feature set and capabilities to include loudness monitoring and extended audio interfacing.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/Wohler-AMP2-16V-Audio-VideoProcessingMonitor.jpg
Photo Caption: Wohler AMP2-E16V Audio/Video Processing Monitor

AMP1-16M Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Audio Monitor
Wohler’s new AMP1-16M dual-input SDI audio monitor provides high-performance monitoring of embedded audio in two 3G/HD/SD-SDI streams at an attractive price point. The 1-RU system de-embeds and provides metering and monitoring of any or all of the 16 audio channels in the selected 3G/HD/SD-SDI stream. It assures intuitive operation and clear display of levels and other critical information using bright 2.4-inch LED-backlit LCD displays, enabling one-touch monitoring and summing of any selected channel pair(s) to built-in speakers, headphones, or XLR-balanced analog outputs.

The AMP1-16M monitor features a number of convenient capabilities including remote access for setup and storage of user-defined presets via Ethernet and USB connections, along with gain adjustment/trim on individual audio channels with the ability to assign channels as left, right, or center (both) to the internal audio system and the analog outputs. It offers both pass-through of each SDI input and a reclocked output of the selected monitored SDI stream.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/Wohler-AMP1-16M-Dual-3G-HD-SD-SDI-AudioMonitor.jpg
Photo Caption: Wohler AMP1-16M Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Audio Monitor

RDM-173 Slide-Out Rackmount Video Monitor
Wohler will feature the company’s RDM-173 slide-out video monitor, a 1-RU rackmount system that provides robust monitoring tools and 17-inch HD IPS (1920 x 1080) display in a design that is ideal for space-constrained environments. An optimal solution for AV conferencing and both electronic newsgathering (ENG) and OB production, as well as for integration into electronic field production (EFP) flypacks, the RDM-173 supports all formats of 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, DVI, composite, Y/C, and component video. The high-resolution display provides superb imaging video quality with viewing angles of 160°H by 140°V and both picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-by-picture (PBP) display modes. The unit provides a 16-channel level meter on-screen, as well as waveform and vectorscope display, tally, time code, format display, and area/title safe indicators. Front-panel controls simplify operation, and intuitive on-screen menus make configuration easy.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/Wohler-RDM-173-3GFrontView.jpg
Photo Caption: RDM-173-3G Front View

Company Quote:

“At CCW 2014 we’ll highlight products with innovative functionality that enables users to realize greater efficiency and — through both cost savings and new revenue-generating opportunities — a rapid return on their technology investment. In particular, we will demonstrate the capabilities of the award-winning Tachyon Wormhole file-based media retiming solution, including the ability to insert additional ad spots seamlessly and to reduce and expand content runtime for international distribution without the need for manual editing of media.”
– Craig Newbury, Vice President of Sales, Wohler

Company Overview:

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.

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

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BenQ Now Shipping RP551+ Interactive Multitouch Panel

Display Facilitates Real-Time Collaboration Using Six-Point Multitouch Technology, Multiplatform Support, and EZ Suite Software

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Oct. 23, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in The Americas(1), today announced it is now shipping its all-new RP551+ interactive flat-panel display (IFP). Ideal for creating more collaborative environments in corporate, education, and interactive information settings, the 55-inch panel offers multiplatform support, six-point multitouch capabilities, and both DisplayNote and EZ Suite software to make signage more intuitive for today’s content-led applications. more

Pexip Infinity Expands Remote Education Capabilities of Texas Education Telecommunications Network

Scalable Meeting Platform Powers Distance Learning for Over 500 Texas School Districts

OSLO, Norway — Oct. 23, 2014 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed video conferencing software, today announced that the company’s Infinity platform has been selected to power the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN). Implemented to support the organization’s expanding distance learning network, the software-based meeting platform enables the TETN to connect a consortium of 20 Education Service Centers, 500 school districts, and the Texas Education Agency. more

Riedel Communications CCW Expo 2014 Product Preview

Visit Riedel Communications at the CCW Expo 2014, Stand 1241 more

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Wohler Names Key Code Media a U.S. Distributor for Tachyon Wormhole Retiming Solution

SAN FRANCISCO — Oct. 22, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Key Code Media, one of the largest resellers in the United States, has become a distributor for the Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) file-based media retiming solution, which is built on the processing framework of Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM). more

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BenQ Colorific Projector Brings Visual Artist’s Second Major Installation to Life

Short-Throw W1080ST Unleashes Projection Artist’s Creative Vision at New York Art Exhibit more

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Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Frank Mottek to Host SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Oct. 21, 2014 — 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 award-winning television and radio news anchor Frank Mottek will host the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony, sponsored by IMAX with support from TV Pro Gear, Canon, and EIKI. more

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BeckTV Completes Integration of Forward-Looking Broadcast Facility for KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska

‘Big Facility’ Design Approach and Use of Advanced Production and Automation Systems Enable Efficient News Production, Support Graceful Evolution of Station more

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