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X2O Media Launches Major Upgrade to HTML5-Based X2O Platform

Redesigned Visual Communication Software Makes it Easier Than Ever to Create Stunning Channels for Any Digital Screen

MONTREAL — Oct. 30, 2014 — X2O Media, a leading provider of real-time visual communications solutions, today announced the release of X2O platform version 5.5. Designed to streamline the content management workflow dramatically, the company’s newest release significantly simplifies the creation and management of media-rich channels for playout on any screen including digital displays, videowalls, tablets and smartphones. With a modern new look and a highly intuitive graphical user interface, content creation, scheduling, and playout of dynamic content on visual communication networks is easier than ever. more

Pexip(R) Releases Infinity Version 7

New Version of Scalable Meeting Platform Enhances Lync(R) Functionality, Adds Infinity Connect Client Software, and Improves Accessibility

OSLO, Norway — Oct. 30, 2014 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced the release of Pexip Infinity 7. This release has been designed to enhance and simplify users’ engagement in visual meetings regardless of device, technology, or videoconferencing environment. more

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Biamp Systems Names Kiley Henner as Director of Customer Experience

Promotion Underlines Company’s Continued Commitment to Quality Customer Experience

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Oct. 30, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the promotion of Kiley Henner to director of customer experience. In his new role, Henner will oversee the company’s applications engineering, training/education, and customer service departments as Biamp(R) continues expanding its focus on providing an unrivalled customer experience and complete satisfaction. more

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Riedel Communications SATIS 2014 Product Preview

Visit Riedel Communications at SATIS 2014, Nov. 18-20, at Stand E24

Riedel Products at SATIS 2014:

STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface
The STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface brings any Skype(R) user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. Licensed by Microsoft(R), the new Riedel product meets broadcasters’ increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming — all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on their live feed. Serving as more than a stand-alone solution, Riedel’s STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution to enable even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The unit offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution’s broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.

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Photo Caption: STX-200

Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform Based on AES67 and AVB
The Tango TNG-200 represents Riedel’s first fully networked platform based on the AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios. The unit itself is equipped with a high-resolution, full-color TFT display that ensures perfect readability at all times. Intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels. Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two AES67- and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The TNG-200 application transforms the platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs, including their choice of matrix size starting with 40 x 80. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedel innovation, as it allows for a standard premium-quality stereo audio connection to Riedel panels.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Tango-Front.jpg
Photo Caption: Tango TNG-200

RSP-2318 Smartpanel
The new RSP-2318 Smartpanel offers features and capabilities that will enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and A/V professionals communicate. The world’s first smartpanel designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the Riedel device boasts a unique feature set that includes three high-resolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch color displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1 RU. These features make Riedel’s new smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps. Riedel’s first app for the RSP-2318 turns the smartpanel into an innovative and smart intercom panel. AES67 and AVB connectivity are standard, with AES3 over CAT/coax optional. Additional features include exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Smartpanel-Front.jpg
Photo Caption: RSP-2318 Smartpanel

Other Products on Display:
- MediorNet and MediorNet Compact
- MediorNet MetroN Core Router
- Artist, Performer, and Acrobat Intercom Systems
- RockNet Audio Systems

Company Quote:

“We are returning to SATIS with a remarkable array of new solutions that alter the way broadcast and A/V professionals manage communications and signal transport. From our innovative new Smartpanel to the new Tango platform to our STX-200 professional interface for bringing Skype content into live production, we will show how broadcasters can realize new levels of operational and creative freedom.”
– Francke Berger, Sales Engineer France, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:

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.

BeckTV Completes Second HD Upgrade for Token Creek Mobile Productions

Rapid Overhaul of Sioux Expando Unit Gave Token Creek the Flexibility to Maintain and Expand Its Slate of Television Production Projects

AUSTIN, Texas — Oct. 28, 2014 — BeckTV, one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators, today announced that it has completed its second project for Token Creek Mobile Productions: a major upgrade of the company’s 48-foot Sioux expando television production truck, which now supports state-of-the-art HD production.

“Sioux is the second truck we’ve upgraded from SD to HD with BeckTV’s assistance, and in both cases we entrusted the project to BeckTV because we knew the company understood our objectives and could meet them in the short time frame we provided,” said John Salzwedel, president at Token Creek Mobile Television. “By putting the mobile unit update into BeckTV’s capable hands, we were able to direct our resources toward the ongoing production work that supports our business. Knowing that the great staff at BeckTV was totally immersed in the truck update, we were able to continue our operations with confidence that we’d be able to roll out the new Sioux on schedule and on budget.”

The updated Token Creek truck now is a 1080i/720p-switchable unit, equipped with an EVS XT3 playout/replay server and XFile Digital Archive station, a 3ME Grass Valley Karrera HD production switcher, Grass Valley LDX80 cameras, Fujinon’s new 99X8.4 and 18X5.5 lenses, a Calrec Artemis console, and ChyronHego HyperX3 graphics system. Since the upgrade, Token Creek’s Sioux unit has been deployed for high-profile productions for the NFL, MLS, the Kentucky Derby, NBA basketball, NCAA basketball games, and the NHL.

“BeckTV not only built two trucks back to back for us in a 13-month period, but also brought the trucks through to completion at a surprisingly attractive price point,” added Salzwedel. “With the upgrade first of Chippewa and then Sioux to HD, we’ve opened up new business opportunities, as our clients see that we have the infrastructure in place to handle larger projects and multiple-day events.”

More information about Token Creek Mobile Productions and the company’s fleet is available at www.tokencreek.com. Further information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.

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About Token Creek Mobile Productions
Token Creek Mobile Television provides state-of-the-art production facilities for sports and entertainment events to television networks, national cable networks and local/regional broadcasters. Clients include such networks as PAC12, ESPN, Fox Sports Network and CBS Sports Network.

About BeckTV
BeckTV (formerly Beck Associates) is one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators. With more than 30 years of experience, BeckTV has designed and built more professional television facilities for more customers than any other systems integrator. In virtually every application from broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, sports trucks, and stadium venues to educational institutions and houses of worship, BeckTV uses a collaborative approach to assure successful outcomes, on time and on budget. The company maintains full-service offices in Denver, New York, and Austin, Texas. More information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.

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Photo Caption: Token Creek Mobile Productions Facility

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Wohler and Cinnafilm Tachyon Wormhole Automates TV Program Retiming for Joyce Meyer Ministries

‘Enjoying Everyday Life’ Program Can Be Adapted to Meet Requirements of Trinity Broadcast Network Without Costly and Time-Consuming Re-editing

SAN FRANCISCO — Oct. 28, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Joyce Meyer Ministries (JMM), producer of the popular Christian television program “Enjoying Everyday Life,” has deployed the Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) file-based media retiming solution to adapt the program for broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). A joint venture of Wohler and Cinnafilm(R), Tachyon Wormhole provides JMM with an efficient and cost-saving solution for meeting the timing and standards conversion requirements of its partner networks while preserving video and audio quality, as well as the integrity of closed captioning.

Based on the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) running Cinnafilm’s award-winning Tachyon algorithms, Tachyon Wormhole allows content owners or broadcasters to adjust the runtime of media assets by up to plus or minus 10 percent without materially altering the viewer’s experience of the program.

“As the world’s largest religious network, TBN is a very important outlet for ‘Enjoying Everyday Life.’ Having our programming carried on the network has opened up a vast new audience for our ministry,” said Eric Grau, broadcast manager, Joyce Meyer Ministries. “We create more than 300 unique episodes of the show each year at a length of 28:30, but TBN requires 27:30. Without Tachyon Wormhole, we would have to edit each of these shows individually for length — incurring higher costs and straining our team’s workload. But this remarkable tool handles the time compression automatically and without any dropped frames, noticeable artifacts, or degradation of the original material.”

With a 4K-capable video pipeline, Wohler’s RadiantGrid software platform serves as the file-based processing framework that integrates retiming of closed-captioning data, audio retiming, and pitch correction into the Tachyon Wormhole video processing workflow. The turnkey Tachyon Wormhole system can process up to two video assets simultaneously while synchronously handling up to 64 channels of audio, along with CEA-608 and -708 and SMPTE 436M and 360M caption data. Users simply select a target runtime by choosing a specific length or by entering a percentage adjustment.

At JMM, Tachyon Wormhole automates 100 percent of the ministry’s time-compression processes, including high-quality de-interlacing of interlaced video streams, as well as phase-correlated motion analysis of the stream to determine content movement and to calculate where the content should land in order to meet the reduction in runtime. In addition, Tachyon Wormhole provides automatic retiming and pitch correction of audio, retiming of closed captions, and automatic transcoding.

“‘Enjoying Everyday Life’ is a tremendously popular program, airing around the world on more than 500 stations and networks in more than 70 languages,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales, Wohler. “As our very first customer for Tachyon Wormhole, JMM has saved significant time and money through the ability to time-compress content within an automated process. This is a big win for a non-profit organization, and it’s a prime example of the benefits of this new evolution in file-based retiming.”

More information about Tachyon Wormhole and purchase information, including a list of resellers, is available at www.wevalueyourtime.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.

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

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

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Forbidden Supplies Forscene Cloud-Editing Package for Coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival

LONDON — Oct. 28, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced that it sponsored entertainment journalist Bonnie Laufer’s coverage of the renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, which ran on U.S. entertainment Web portal The Seven Sees. Forbidden provided a turnkey cloud editing package, including access to Forscene and a Forscene server, which allowed Laufer to collaborate with editors at the headquarters of her entertainment news company, The Smart Entertainment Group, and make the finished content available to The Seven Sees.

“It was an absolute pleasure using Forscene to edit the interviews I conducted during TIFF. It was quick and efficient, and made the process easy, especially when I had interviews that used more than one camera,” said Laufer, who is executive producer at The Smart Entertainment Group and has covered TIFF for 25 years. “Having the system and server on hand to upload the interviews to my colleagues at The Seven Sees in Los Angeles was undeniably efficient and a complete lifesaver. There is no question in my mind that I will be using Forscene to edit all of my interviews from now on.”

Laufer conducted 80 celebrity interviews at TIFF and used Forscene to make the interview footage immediately available to editors at Smart Entertainment headquarters in Toronto and The Seven Sees in Los Angeles, thousands of miles away. A Forscene server at Smart Entertainment automatically ingested the TIFF interviews into predetermined folders in the Forscene cloud based on watch folders that were set up on the media storage system. Editors at Smart Entertainment and The Seven Sees could then access the media, edit the interviews, integrate graphic elements, and then make the finished packages available for review.

Once approved, the finished segments were then published directly from the Forscene server to The Seven Sees website using the original high-resolution footage stored in the Forscene cloud.

“Forscene is an amazing technology for Web streaming portals like ours that need to acquire and edit media originating anywhere in the world,” said Jonathan Ratliff, owner and editor-in-chief of The Seven Sees, which gets about 500,000 visitors per month. “The speed of acquisition and creative control it offers during the editing process is incredible. During TIFF we had almost instant access to the media acquired in Toronto so that it could be utilized in Los Angeles. The back end of publishing the content was just a drag and drop away, where we could create MPEG streams to publish to our streaming site. We are excited about the future of creative possibilities in the Forscene cloud.”

“Bonnie Laufer is a well-respected journalist in her field and has conducted thousands of celebrity interviews throughout her career,” said Greg Hirst, business development director and president of the U.S. office for Forbidden Technologies plc. “Supporting her in her coverage of such a high-profile event as TIFF exposed a new audience to Forscene and demonstrated its great benefit when generating content for Web portals, which — perhaps more than any other media outlet — are expected to run up-to-the-minute content.”

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

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden develops advanced technologies that enable media makers and broadcasters to create and distribute compelling viewing experiences to demanding worldwide audiences. Forbidden’s flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platform. It allows post-production professionals to make and deliver stories with high quality and production value in demanding, fast-paced landscapes. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations to ensure an efficient and robust experience for its clients. More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Forbidden/Forbidden-ForsceneatTIFF.png
Photo Caption: Forscene was used to edit over 80 interviews conducted by Bonnie Laufer.

Video Link: http://thesevensees.com/toronto-international-film-festival-2014-7-most-anticipated-films-performances

East Shore Sound Uses Riedel Gear to Enhance Production of ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Extravaganza

New All-Digital Communications Infrastructure Supported Both Stage Show on U.S. Capitol West Lawn and Live PBS Broadcast to Millions more

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Biamp Systems Brings TesiraFORTÉ and AVB Speaking Session to TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Colombia 2014

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Oct. 28, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced its commercial audio systems showcase and speaking session for TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Colombia 2014. Held in Bogotá from Nov. 6-7 at the Corferias convention center, the event will bring the company’s award-winning TesiraFORTÉ line of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) digital signal processors to the trade show floor for the first time — allowing attendees to get an up-close look at the newly launched technology during demonstrations in the Biamp(R) booth 58. The company’s area manager for Central America, Ernesto Montañez, will also present a session titled “Understanding AVB and its Advantages” on Nov. 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. more

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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.

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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

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/SMPTE-PatGriffis_BarbaraLange.jpg
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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