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MediaBridge Capital Advisors Manages Two Strategic Acquisitions Reflecting New Trend in M&A Landscape

Deals Are Latest in Move Toward Hardware/Software Mergers to Better Serve Customers’ Growing Requirements for Broader IT and Cloud-Based Solutions

BOSTON — March 31, 2014 — MediaBridge Capital Advisors today announced that it has served as the exclusive investment banking advisor on two international acquisitions that both closed on March 18, 2014. Reflecting a growing M&A trend toward consolidation of hardware and software enterprises, the deals include the $25 million sale of U.K.-based broadcast automation and channel-in-a-box software leader Pebble Beach Systems to Vislink plc, a global U.K.-based wireless communications vendor, and the CA$21 million sale of Montreal-based visual communications software pioneer X2O Media to Barco N.V., a multinational manufacturer of visualization systems based in Belgium.

“Although occurring primarily in two different markets — Broadcast and Pro A/V — these acquisitions represent a new dynamic in today’s media markets: a move toward standardized IT and cloud-based technologies,” said John Bowen, co-founder and managing partner, MediaBridge Capital Advisors. “Not only are end user customers able to evolve and adapt more quickly to changing business requirements, but the vendors benefit from higher-margin business and the potential for recurring revenue models.”

Ethan Jacks, MediaBridge’s other co-founder and managing partner, added, “MediaBridge is focused on the leading edge of the hardware/software consolidation model. We are pleased to have represented Pebble Beach and X2O, both leading digital media software innovators, in highly synergistic acquisitions by global enterprises Vislink and Barco.”

“MediaBridge has been advising us for several years to secure the best strategic partner for our next stage of growth,” said Peter Hajittofi, co-founder and managing director of Pebble Beach Systems. “With its fantastic global tier-1 client base in the broadcast sector, Vislink offers us an ideal platform for accelerated growth and expansion of our software solutions. MediaBridge was integral to this successful outcome.”

“The MediaBridge team was with us every step of the way in our acquisition process with Barco,” said David Wilkins, founder and CEO of X2O Media. “MediaBridge’s expertise in all aspects of the transaction, particularly the transaction structure and closing execution, was superb. We are delighted to be joining the Barco family, and we are deeply appreciative of the effort from the MediaBridge team in completing the deal on excellent terms.”

Further information about MediaBridge Capital Advisors is available at www.mediabridgecap.com.

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About MediaBridge Capital Advisors LLC
MediaBridge Capital Advisors LLC is a global investment bank with a focus on the media technology marketplace. MediaBridge provides support for mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital fundraising services to midrange companies within the media content lifecycle; i.e., those who create, edit, manage, distribute, or monetize content for the media markets. Led by industry veterans Ethan E. Jacks and John C. Bowen, MediaBridge principals have advised on more than 35 mergers and acquisitions in the media sector worldwide, with clients representing the video, audio, broadcast, cinema, professional A/V, and Internet market segments. For more information, please visit www.mediabridgecap.com.

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Riedel’s Canadian Sales Manager Daniel Huard Takes on Northeast U.S. Sales Management

WUPPERTAL, Germany — April 1, 2014 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Daniel Huard, who previously served as the company’s sales manager for Canada, has taken on a larger role that includes oversight of the Northeast United States. In this new capacity, Huard will work closely with key Riedel clients including broadcast networks in New York, as well as ESPN in Connecticut.

“Since he joined the company in 2013, Daniel has proved to be an excellent fit for our North American sales operations,” said Christopher Street, general manager – North and Central America at Riedel Communications. “As we anticipated, he has been able to leverage his experience, knowledge, and connections to strengthen our business in Canada, and we’re confident that he will find the same success as he takes on key markets and clients in the Northeast United States.”

Prior to joining Riedel, Huard owned and operated DHH, an equipment sales agency for brands including Riedel, Sennheiser, Stagetec, L-Acoustics, Digigram, and Neumann. Under his leadership, DHH provided solutions to broadcasters including CBC, Global TV, CTV, Rogers, and TVA. Huard’s company also supplied equipment to Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, and various professional equipment rental houses. In his earlier role as vice president of TV production for Montreal-based group Pram, he was responsible for line production of Surprise sur Prise in France and the United States, as well as for management of the company’s mobile production units.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Wohler CEO Carl Dempsey to Serve as Panelist for IABM State of the Industry Breakfast at 2014 NAB Show

SAN FRANCISCO — March 31, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Carl Dempsey, the company’s CEO, will participate in a panel discussion during the IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) Annual NAB State of the Industry Breakfast on Monday, April 7, the first day of the 2014 NAB Show. Dempsey will join fellow CEOs Brian Cram of Dejero Labs, Marco Lopez of Miranda, and Charlie Vogt of Imagine Communications and GatesAir. The panel discussion will follow a 7:30 a.m. presentation by IABM CEO Peter White on the IABM’s latest market intelligence.

“The rapid evolution of content consumption habits is driving change within both broadcast enterprises and the businesses that supply media technology to them,” said Dempsey. “The data that Peter presents will bring these changes into sharper focus and provide the foundation for a dynamic dialog on the future direction of the technology supply industry.”

The IABM is the trade organization that represents broadcast and media technology vendors, as well as the leading source of supply-side industry intelligence. During his presentation, White will present key data about the business climate. Dempsey and the rest of the panel will weigh in on this intelligence and the most pressing and critical issues facing the industry. John Ive, director of business development and technology at the IABM, will serve as moderator.

The IABM breakfast will take place in room N232 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Further information about the event is available on the IABM website: www.theiabm.org. Information about Wohler and the company’s products is available at www.wohler.com.

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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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Biamp Systems Broadens Sales Presence With Appointment of Great Lakes Regional Manager

John Lamberson to manage increased demand for company’s everyday and enterprise-grade audio solutions

BEAVERTON, Oregon — March 31, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative networked media systems, today announced the appointment of John Lamberson to the position of regional sales manager for the U.S. Great Lakes region. Lamberson will be responsible for sourcing new business opportunities while supporting the company’s existing client base with sales and customer service initiatives.

As part of the company’s North American Sales Department, Lamberson will develop and execute sales strategies for Biamp’s everyday and enterprise-grade audio solutions in the region. With more than 20 years of experience in the pro AV industry, Lamberson is well respected in the industry and brings substantial expertise in leveraging relationships with key sales, management, and technical personnel. Over the course of his career, he has held various sales management positions in addition to being a systems, project, and application support engineer.

“We are very excited to welcome John to our expanding team of management professionals,” said Read Wineland, Regional Director, Eastern North America at Biamp Systems. “He brings depth and experience to the position, and we look forward to collaborating with him on growing Biamp’s presence within the Great Lakes region. As we strive to continue developing market firsts within the realm of networked audio solutions, his expertise will be an enormous asset to our company.”

“Biamp continues to lead the industry through the development of world-class commercial audio systems installed at leading-edge facilities throughout the world,” said Lamberson. “I am thrilled to join such a forward-thinking company and I’m eager to contribute to its success by ensuring both steady growth and the provision of customer-first sales and installations within the Great Lakes region.”

Based in Illinois, Lamberson will report to Wineland. He holds CTS, DMC-E, and CMCP-P certifications, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering.

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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” 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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RTI Now Shipping RP-4 RF Control Processor for Single-Room Installations

Cost-Effective Processor Combines Rock-Solid Reliability With Support for RTI’s Award-Winning RTiPanel App

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — March 27, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has announced that the company is now shipping its new RP-4 RF control processor. The next generation of RTI’s RP-1 processor, the RP-4 is designed to provide reliable one-way operation of audio/video and other electronic systems using the company’s family of wireless RF interfaces and now the RTiPanel App. A small, cost-effective package with expanded control options, the RP-4 is the perfect control system for single room installations such as home theaters, media centers, and bedrooms.

The RP-4 boasts an integrated 433-MHz RF receiver, four assignable IR ports with adjustable output, two voltage sense inputs, and two programmable relay outputs; all in one compact package. Perfect for use with any RTI 433-MHz wireless interface, the processor also supports one-way control via the RTiPanel app, allowing users to incorporate their smartphones and tablets easily into their control system.

With the RP-4, A/V components and other equipment can be hidden away in a closet for a clean, professional look. The processor stores all system commands and macros for rock-solid reliability, providing a powerful alternative to IR repeater systems which can suffer from inconsistent performance. Using RTI’s award-winning Integration Designer(R) software, programming the RP-4 is simple and fast via USB or Ethernet.

“Some single-room installations may not require the functionality of our more advanced XP processors. With the added features and reliability of the new RP-4, dealers can offer a simple yet powerful control solution at a lower price point,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “Furthermore, with support for our RTiPanel application, installers can provide this amazing value while also meeting the high demand for integration of tablet and smartphone devices.”

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android(TM) devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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Wohler Enhances Flexibility and Functionality of Acclaimed MPEG Video Monitor Line With New Software Release

Unique MPEG Line of All-in-One Video Monitors Lowers Space and Equipment Requirements While Reducing Decoding Cost Per Channel

SAN FRANCISCO — March 27, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced a new software release for the company’s award-winning MPEG Series of broadcast-quality MPEG video monitors, the industry’s first universal digital broadcast confidence monitor line. Now boasting an even broader library of accepted formats, an improved interface and menu structure, and greater visibility into transport streams, the MPEG Series enables side-by-side monitoring of inputs ranging from SD-SDI to MPEG-4/H.264 in a single system.

“The MPEG Series gives users the ability to bring MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 streams into the mainstream workflow, with a single operator monitoring all video streams regardless of target distribution platform or viewing device,” said Carl J. Dempsey, Wohler president and CEO. “As video service providers face ongoing pressure to deliver high volumes of content across a variety of platforms with the utmost efficiency, the MPEG Series offers a valuable solution for flexible, cost-effective, multiformat monitoring.”

Wohler 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 multi-rate SD, HD, and 3G-SDI inputs. Equipped with as many as four individual screens, the MPEG video monitors decode and display MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals via BNC or Ethernet inputs while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, and PID data for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD-SDI with loop-through, the MPEG monitors also accommodate HDMI video and audio with level meters, GPI, and tally.

Artel Video Systems, a leading provider of media transport solutions, is among the Wohler customers using MPEG Series monitors to reduce the cost and complexity of handling the various streams processed and distributed by today’s broadcast and production facilities. Artel sales teams take advantage of the robust and still-expanding functionality and format support of the MPEG Series to demonstrate the remarkable flexibility of their own products.

“Given their ability to monitor video in the full variety of formats and provide useful information about it, MPEG Series video monitors serve an ideal extension to our multiformat media transport solutions,” said Richard Dellacanonica, president, Artel. “Easily accommodating numerous formats, these Wohler monitors are a valuable solution for media routing centers and other facilities working with a wide array of video signals and formats.”

In addition to enabling broader format support, more intuitive operation, and richer transport stream analysis, the new MPEG Series software release introduces SD-SDI support, enhanced menu structure, simplified input selection, and a status indicator for tables and sync, plus a detailed bandwidth display including overall TS rate and all of the sub-components.

Further information about Wohler and its complete product portfolio is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Artel Video Systems
Artel Video Systems is a leading global provider of broadcast-quality media transport solutions for IP, direct fiber, and managed optical networks. Since 1981, Artel has been committed to delivering to the broadcast industry the world’s most reliable and user friendly media transport solutions. The company does this by designing reliable products using proven technology focused on eliminating the challenges associated with transporting contribution quality media. Artel Video Systems also backs its products up with a 5-year warranty, exceptional customer service, and free lifetime technical support. As a result, Artel equipment is deployed every day supporting thousands of mission critical primary feeds for the world’s most watched sports, news, and entertainment events. More information about Artel products is available at www.artel.com.

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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Bittree Showing Unique Monitor Row Coaxial Patchbay

Patchbay System Combines Monitor Points With DA Source Router Outputs in Space-Saving 2-RU Unit

GLENDALE, Calif. — March 27, 2014 — At the 2014 NAB Show, Bittree will showcase its new monitor row coaxial patchbay. The new patching system combines a two-row WECo or Mini-WECo patch panel with a separate monitor row in a space-saving 2-RU unit, with large designations that enable quick and convenient testing of source signals in a broadcast operations center.

“Our breakthrough monitor row coaxial patchbay solves a problem that every broadcast engineer is familiar with. In the past, adding a monitor row to a patchbay required the installation of a separate 1-RU panel in conjunction with a dual-row patchbay,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO, Bittree. “This combined monitor panel provides a high-density solution, allowing engineers to quality-test circuits without interrupting critical paths in broadcast operation centers.”

The Bittree monitor row coaxial patchbay is available in both 3 x 24 WECo and 3 x 32 Mini-WECo configurations. Since monitor points are located in the same device as the DA source router outputs, no additional power source or cable runs are required, and failure points are reduced. In one example, for a transmission router handling multiple program streams, the operator can quickly patch a stream to a monitor to confirm video quality.

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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Video Clarity Introduces Reduced Reference Mode for Its RTM Real-Time Monitoring Solution

Content Distributors Can Now Measure an Incoming Signal Using Original Picture Data Sent From TV Network Source in Order to Assess Signal Quality

CAMPBELL, Calif. — March 26, 2014 — Video Clarity Inc., provider of market-leading audio and video quality measurement and analysis systems, today announced reduced reference operating mode, the newest enhancement to its RTM real-time audio and video monitoring solution. In reduced reference mode, RTM systems can be used to provide continuous channel-monitoring and fault-recording, based on the actual original source program, from anywhere in the world.

Reduced reference mode is intended for secondary content distributors such as cable, IPTV, direct broadcast, and satellite providers that receive programs from content originators and deliver them to the end viewing audience. Unlike content originators, who can compare the entire original source signal to the entire processed signal nonstop, in real time (i.e., full reference), content distributors do not have access to the original source signal. With RTM’s reduced reference mode, content distributors can now use RTM to measure their incoming signal against representative picture and audio source data sent from an RTM system located at the originator site (i.e., reduced reference), thus allowing them to assess signal quality and verify whether errors were caused in transmission or from source processing devices that are outside their facility and control.

“We’ve heard from customers that they would like a way to base ongoing quality-of-service tests on upstream content from the originator, so with this solution we’re giving them something they’ve never had before — the ability to compare their signal to that of geographically removed source channels,” said Blake Homan, president of Video Clarity. “Reduced reference mode is specifically targeted to the program originator in collaboration with their distribution service providers that are quality-conscious and continuously looking for new and innovative systems to increase their quality of service.”

When a content originator sends a satellite feed to its secondary distributors, an RTM system on the content originator end sends out data representing the original audio and video signal via the Internet or a dedicated network data path. Secondary distributors can subscribe to that data stream so that when they receive a distributed feed from the content originator, their RTM unit will compare the incoming video signal with the source data from the original signal before any processing takes place. The RTM uses this comparison to test for video and audio quality continuously and then also records error events such as picture breakups, freeze-frames, and black frames. RTM automatically records these faults based on user set error thresholds so that the content distributor can take appropriate action.

The RTM reduced reference method is unique because it provides the reference data from the content source so that it can then be used to understand the root cause of any lower-than-expected A/V quality event. Another unique benefit is the number of audio performance characteristics that can be monitored and found, such as audio dropout, artifact, and low-quality differences from the source. Moreover, the RTM reduced reference method achieves an accurate lip sync measurement using only standard audio/video signals.

RTM reduced reference testing will give users a new option for finding problems that they might know about but have not been able to pinpoint. It will also provide an easy way to find low-quality events they do not yet understand or know that they have. Finally, it will enable users to monitor a high-value program or event and make sure the quality of service is maintained as compared to the program originator signal.

Video Clarity will demonstrate RTM with reduced reference mode at the 2014 NAB Show in booth SU11607. The feature will be available in the third quarter. More information about Video Clarity and the company’s products is available at www.videoclarity.com.

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About Video Clarity Inc.
Video Clarity Inc. provides audio and video quality assessment and analysis systems for researchers, broadcasters, equipment vendors, and entertainment distribution engineers that must continually measure the quality of their products and services. Propelled by market-leading technology, Video Clarity solutions have been adopted the world over by major media networks such as NBC Universal and BSkyB; leading broadcast-product manufacturers such as Cisco(R) and Harmonic(R); and educational, government, and research organizations such as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the U.S. Army, and NASA. Video Clarity was founded in 2003, with headquarters in Campbell, Calif., and distribution worldwide. Additional information is available at www.videoclarity.com.

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Front Porch Digital and Telestream Unveil Transcoding as a Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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