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Sonnet Technologies to Feature Array of Award-Winning Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Expansion Solutions at Las Vegas SuperMeet

Scheduled for April 8 in Conjunction With the 2014 NAB Show, CPUG SuperMeet Is Forum for Creative and Collaborative Digital Editors

IRVINE, Calif. — March 20, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced that the company will showcase a broad selection of its award-winning Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion systems at the 13th annual Las Vegas SuperMeet, scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Royale Ballroom of the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel and Casino. Held in conjunction with the 2014 NAB Show, SuperMeet is a program of the Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network that brings together creative and collaborative digital editors for an evening of networking, cocktails, and learning about the latest trends in collaborative editing workflows.

At SuperMeet Sonnet will feature several members of its Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2 expansion systems: the rackmount Echo Express III-R with optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, as well as the desktop Echo Express III-D, Echo Express SE II, and Echo Express SEL. These products facilitate mobile and on-location workflows by enabling any Mac(R) computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.

Sonnet will also display its xMac(TM) mini Server, RackMac(TM) mini, and all-new products for rackmounting the new Mac Pro(R). The award-winning xMac mini Server securely mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port, and the RackMac mini is a 1U enclosure for installing and securing one or two Mac minis in a standard 19-inch rack. Making their debut at this year’s NAB Show, two new Sonnet products designed specifically for the Mac Pro will also be on display at SuperMeet.

“As the NAB Show’s premier gathering of digital editors, visual storytellers, and collaborative digital filmmakers, SuperMeet is the ideal venue for us to show how our exciting array of Thunderbolt expansion products can bring new levels of portability, versatility, and efficiency to any audio and video production workflow,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonnet Technologies. “We look forward to participating at SuperMeet, where Mac-oriented professionals can learn about the latest technology trends and also share industry news and opportunities in a social setting that is educational, exciting, and fun.”

More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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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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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express III-D With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express III-R With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express SEL With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express SE II With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Third Generation xMac(TM) mini Server Shown With Lid Removed

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NEP Screenworks Unveils Innovative New X7-HD LED Display

Rugged and Highly Portable Modular LED Display System Supports Flexible High-Quality Video Presentation, Enables Unprecedented Setup and Teardown Speeds

PITTSBURGH — March 20, 2014 — NEP Screenworks announced the release of the company’s innovative new X7-HD LED display solution, a custom-designed and purpose-built video display that provides exceptional visual quality while offering unprecedented portability and enabling exceptionally fast setup and teardown. The modular solution created by NEP Screenworks comprises rugged 1-square-meter LED display panels that can be quickly arranged in almost any configuration to meet the visual display requirements of any indoor or outdoor event.

“Our job is to give our customers the technology to display the best video possible at their event, and we’ve taken advantage of two decades of experience to assure that the X7-HD does just that,” said Myron Linde, director of research, development, and product management at NEP Screenworks. “In the X7-HD we have a reliable and rugged solution capable of delivering beautiful images. This highly portable solution also reduces the many indirect costs of production, cutting down the space requirements for transport, as well as the time required to set up the overall video display system. The X7-HD LED video display has been well-received by those who have been given early viewings, and has a full slate of concert tours, festivals, and events scheduled.”

Units in the X7-HD are framed into square modules with 16,384 pixels per module. Each pixel on the video display panel consists of red, green, and blue in an SMD LED for wide-angle viewing without color shift. With exceptional brightness and flexibility, this LED display technology can be used to achieve almost any look, indoors or out, for concert tours, television stages, corporate displays, and sports and entertainment events. Developing the X7-HD has allowed NEP Screenworks to design lighter, more compact panels that take up much less space during transport and require less time and work during setup, making it possible to deploy extra-large screens rapidly. While standard X7-HD modules share common dimensions, the new solution gives NEP and its customers the ability to repackage LED units in panel sizes tailored for specific productions or presentations.

More information about the X7-HD LED video display and other solutions and services from NEP Screenworks is available at www.screenworksnep.com. In addition, X7-HD will be on display at the 2014 NAB Show in NEP booth OE1309.

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Photo Caption: NEP Screenworks X7-HD LED Display

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About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units, and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, and technical host broadcasting services that set the global industry standard. NEP is based in Pittsburgh, USA, and has offices throughout Australia, the United Kingdom, and United States. For more information, visit www.nepinc.com.

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SMPTE to Co-produce the 2014 NAB Show Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound

Two-Day Conference to Feature Live Discussion by Oscar Award-Winning ‘Gravity’ Team and Keynote by Industry Visionary Chris Cookson

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — March 20, 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 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, will provide an in-depth global view of the current state and future of filmmaking innovation.

“As the technology that drives the motion-imaging industry evolves, SMPTE’s role as a standards developer puts it squarely in the midst of the latest innovations,” said Pat Griffis, education vice president at SMPTE. “Building on the Society’s unique role in the industry, the TSC offers NAB Show attendees a remarkable opportunity to hear from the leading-edge creatives, engineers, and technologists who are shaping the road ahead.”

Over the weekend of April 5-6, the 2014 TSC at NAB Show will bring together a unique cross-section of the most knowledgeable, visionary, and innovative engineering and creative minds to discuss leading-edge technologies and issues that will define the next generation of the movie-going experience.

The first day will feature presentations and a question-and-answer session on the human vision system and the potential impact of improved motion images, followed by the presentation of case studies documenting state-of-the-art workflows for TV and motion-picture postproduction.

Chris Cookson, who has served in senior technology executive roles at Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. and is widely considered a technical visionary in the industry, will take a look ahead with his TSC keynote, “Cinema: Act 2, The Future.” This conversation will continue through a subsequent roundtable discussion moderated by Michael Karagosian and will include Matt Cowan, chief engineer, Entertainment Technology Consultants; Rob Hummel, president, Group 47; and Howard Lukk, vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios.

“From Camera to Consumer — the New Post Production” will look at both a movie and a TV workflow to understand the impact of the new world of postproduction. Panelists will include Michael Cioni, CEO at Light Iron; Phil Squyres, senior vice president of technical operations at Sony Pictures Television; and Leon Silverman, general manager, Digital Studio, at The Walt Disney Studios.

Presentations on the creation and implementation of new SMPTE standards, including the Interoperable Mastering Format (IMF) standard, will be followed by an overview and live demonstration of the laser-illuminated projector technology now being deployed in cinema installations.

On day two of the TSC, sessions will focus on “distributive creativity” in the post environment; on how new technologies are being used to enhance storytelling; and on capturing and creating a high dynamic range (HDR) cinema experience. In the latter session, speakers, including the creative team from the short “Telescope,” will discuss the visual improvements possible with extended dynamic range, as well as their impact on the creative process.

The TSC will feature a session on “Gravity,” which earned seven Oscar(R) awards, including best visual effects, sound editing, and cinematography. Participating in the session will be Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki; Harry Bardak, CG sequence supervisor for “Gravity”; and Steven J. Scott, senior supervising digital colorist. They will be joined by moderator David Cohen of Variety magazine.

A second-screen panel hosted by Disney’s Annie Chang will feature an interactive look at the “Disney Second Screen Live: The Nightmare Before Christmas” iPad(R) app designed to enhance the viewing experience on the main screen. (The iPad v5.1+ app is available on iTunes(R).) A two-part “Looking in the Crystal Ball” session will cap off the conference. Session leaders will first examine the emergence of an integrated experience of sound and image, and then provide an enticing glimpse into how movies might be photographed and displayed using new methods that seem magical by today’s standards.

Additional details and registration for the TSC are available online at www.tsc2014.org. Further information about SMPTE is available online at www.smpte.org.

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Photo Caption: Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki
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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 650 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. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Wohler’s Kirk Marple to Present on Intelligent File-Based Processing at 2014 NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference

SAN FRANCISCO — March 20, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Kirk Marple, chief software architect for the company’s RadiantGrid line, will present “Intelligent File-Based Processing: Cost-Effective, Efficient Tools for Broadcasters” at the 2014 NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC). Marple’s presentation, which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, in room S228 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, will examine how automated file-based processing technology can reduce the cost and complexity of maintaining quality assurance and compliance.

“While content quality has become a key competitive differentiator across media platforms, budgets for monitoring and maintaining quality are falling and the complexity of delivering content is increasing,” said Marple. “Without some means of assuring that content meets both quality standards and regulatory specifications, broadcasters risk losing customers, compromising their reputations, and incurring fines for noncompliance.”

Marple will discuss how the addition of intelligence to automated file-based media transformation is enabling broadcasters to assure simply, quickly, and affordably that the content they ingest, transcode, edit, and otherwise transform for distribution retains its quality and integrity, or even improves through the application of appropriate audio and image processing. Attendees will learn how, through metadata extraction and indexing, cutting-edge media transformation platforms are using this intelligence to enable streamlined media pipelines by which broadcasters can maximize the quality of their assets and outputs cost-effectively.

Information about Wohler and the company’s products is available at www.wohler.com.

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Photo Caption: Kirk Marple, chief software architect for Wohler’s RadiantGrid business line

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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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New NTP Audio Synchronization Feature for Digigram’s IQOYA IP Audio Codecs Improves Continuity of Radio Broadcasts

Available as an Option With the Latest Firmware Update, New Capability Enables Radio Broadcasters to Manage Delay Across Transmitter Sites for Seamless Listening Experience

MONTBONNOT, France — March 20, 2014 — Digigram today announced the release of a new Network Time Protocol (NTP) feature for the company’s IQOYA *LINK, IQOYA *LINK/LE, and IQOYA *SERV/LINK IP audio codecs. Facilitating audio synchronization via an NTP server, this feature allows radio broadcasters to assure a seamless audio experience for on-the-go listeners receiving signals from a series of different transmitters in a multiple-frequency FM network and to resolve the audio delay caused when adjacent transmitters receive signals from different sources, such as satellite and terrestrial IP links.

“Enhanced with the ability to synchronize audio based on NTP servers, the IQOYA line offers an elegant solution for a critical issue that can adversely affect the listening experience,” said Stéphane Bert, IP audio distribution product manager at Digigram. “Without relying on additional hardware, these IP audio codecs reduce the audio delay between two contiguous transmitters to as little as 20 milliseconds on a WAN and fewer than five milliseconds on a LAN. Guaranteeing constant delay, the systems allow broadcasters to compensate for delay and eliminate awkward gaps in audio.”

Installed across transmitter sites, Digigram IQOYA IP audio codecs ensure that when a radio program is transmitted using several FM transmitters in a multiple-frequency network (MFN), in which all transmitters use different frequencies, the audio delay between two contiguous transmitters remains small and constant. This prevents undesired audio effects for a person in a car listening to an FM receiver that switches from one transmitter to another.

When a transmitter site receives an audio program through a terrestrial IP network and a contiguous transmitter site receives the same audio program through satellite, the IQOYA products can significantly reduce the audio delay — sometimes as long as one second — between these two transmitters.

Each IQOYA unit can be upgraded via a simple firmware update to activate the optional NTP feature, which slaves the codec’s sample frequency to the clock reference given by the NTP server. The Digigram encoder can then make the associated decoder play out the audio at the same presentation time. Playback on the decoder can be delayed up to two seconds for unframed audio formats (PCM, Eapt-X) and six seconds for framed audio formats (MPEG layer 2 and 3, AAC). The smart synchronization on the incoming IP audio stream ensures a constant delay between the decoder and the encoder.

More information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 (0)4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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NETIA Sponsors Archives du Monde’s Work to Digitize and Preserve Audio Collection of Togo’s Radio Kara

CLARET, France — March 20, 2014 — NETIA today announced that it is sponsoring work by Archives du Monde to digitize the archives of Togo’s Radio Kara and to train the broadcaster’s technicians in managing and maintaining this archive independently. Archives du Monde is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping radio broadcasters worldwide digitize and preserve their audio archives, and NETIA’s support and the company’s Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio automation software play a key role in this work.

Founded in 1976, Radio Kara is the second public radio broadcaster operating in the northern part of Togo. The facility has thousands of hours of audio stored on magnetic tape, and the gradual deterioration of this archive, mainly due to climatic conditions, requires urgent intervention. These archives represent a unique historical and cultural heritage, including programs on Togolese culture (music, stories, poems), politics, economy, and society.

“Radio Kara’s tape archive is a national treasure that excites the imagination with glimpses into the country’s rich past,” said Elisabeth Clémentin, project manager at Archives du Monde. “A significant part of Togo’s audio heritage is stored in this collection, and the creation of a digital archive will benefit all who appreciate African history and culture.”

The goal of Archives du Monde is to protect radio archives by facilitating implementation of a lasting and reliable digital audio archive solution that not only helps to preserve the region’s cultural assets, but also provides a valuable tool in everyday broadcast operations going forward. In addition to planning and executing the Radio-Assist installation, Archives du Monde will provide Radio Kara’s technical staff with the training needed to become self-sufficient. Ultimately, this project will enable Radio Kara to build a growing archive and make it available to the public via a digital catalog, populated with audio clips that highlight Togo’s history and cultural heritage.

“NETIA has been involved in the digitization of archives for broadcasters all around the globe, and we are intensely aware of the large volume of valuable audio assets urgently in need of digitization,” said Isabelle Sost Michoux, communication and field marketing director at NETIA. “We’re proud to be supporting Archives du Monde and the organization’s work to preserve unique audio content that brings Africa’s culture and history to life.”

NETIA and Archives du Monde are long-time partners. In the past, with NETIA’s support, the charity digitized the tape-based audio library of Radio Lome in Togo. The project was a success, with more than 2,500 hours of audio content digitized.

More information about NETIA and its product portfolio is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a Globecast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices. NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include SBS and ABC in Australia, RAI Italy, RTBF in Belgium, MediaCorp Singapore, RTL France, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM Malaysia, Radio France, the Associated Press, Cumulus Radio, France Télévisions, and Canal+. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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BenQ’s RL Series Gaming Monitors Ratchet Up the Action

The Now Shipping RL2460HT and New Sleek RL2240HE Pack in RevolutionEyes Technology and New Fighting and RTS Modes Perfectly Suited for PC and Console Gaming

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 20, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., a globally renowned LED and gaming monitor expert, is now shipping its fully optimized RL2460HT monitor for high-speed PC and console gaming — perfect for RTS- and MOBA-style games, as well as fighting games. The company is also introducing its stylish “bumble bee” black and yellow RL2240HE gaming monitor — the ultimate detail-driven device for RTS game play with a never-before-seen display design. Featuring specially-engineered Fighting (RL2460HT) and RTS (RL2240HE) modes, the fast-action duo provides blazing-fast 1ms GTG response times, HDMI output (RL2460HT) for streaming, and advanced RevolutionEyes(TM) technology for exceptional monitor performance and visual comfort during long sessions of absolute action.

“Today’s most popular games are fast, intense, and entirely detail-driven,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “To give gamers an edge, our RL2460HT and RL2240HE monitors were engineered alongside the world’s top professional fighting game champions to deliver the precision, speed, and market-first innovations needed to provide gamers with amazing experiences. With new game-specific settings, 1ms GTG response times, ZeroFlicker technology, and an HDMI out port on our RL2460HT, our acclaimed RL series is now packing even more of a punch.”

Now shipping, BenQ’s flagship RL2460HT is the world’s first professional gaming monitor dedicated to optimizing the high-speed gaming experience. The mind-blowing 24-inch LED backlit battle machine brings game-elevating enhancements made to crush the competition in titles such as Call of Duty(R): Ghosts, StarCraft(R) ll: Heart of the Swarm(TM), League of Legends(R), Defense of the Ancients(TM) (Dota(TM) 2), Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom(R) 3, and Mortal Kombat(R). Co-developed with fighting game legend Justin “JWong” Wong of Evil Geniuses, the monitor’s new Fighting Mode enables gamers to highlight battle characters with special colors — improving focus and precision during high-stakes combat scenes. BenQ is also unleashing its brazen black and yellow RL2240HE monitor. Specifically suited to RTS gameplay, the bold-looking 21.5-inch LED backlit monitor has been fine-tuned to provide the vital visibility and commands needed during strategy-led strikes.

To reliably record, stream, and broadcast gaming feats to global online audiences without any game play disruptions, the RL2460HT now features a built-in HDMI output, which eliminates the risk of system input lag and delay by allowing for action to be captured after rather than prior to going through the monitor. As a result, latency is eradicated to provide uncompromised streaming while also enabling easy head-to-head setup capabilities for multiplayer games using a single screen — giving gamers a solid combination of game play supremacy and setup satisfaction.

Providing an ultra-smooth experience, both the RL2460HT and RL2240HE gaming monitors feature ultra-fast 1ms GTG response times while BenQ’s advanced RevolutionEyes technology, including ZeroFlicker(TM) capabilities, provide exceptional monitor performance — improving eSports enthusiasts’ visual comfort during competitive action and long gaming sessions. The monitors also bring gamers BenQ’s Black eQualizer, which enables total gaming visibility by allowing players to adjust brightness without over-exposing white levels, revealing critical combat details with improved visibility in darkened areas. Low Blue Light technology also removes up to 70 percent of blue spectrum light to protect gamers’ eyes during extended periods of play without affecting picture quality.

To personalize monitor disposition, the RL2460HT lets gamers easily adjust display height using an integrated precision scale system, which rapidly sets up the monitor to predefined settings. Both devices come with Display Pilot software, which offers users direct access to game-specific display settings for a truly optimized gaming experience. To further accommodate individual viewing preferences, Display Mode allows gamers to switch between nine monitor screen sizes from 17-inch (4:3) to 24-inch widescreen, while Smart Scaling enables players to adjust the screen’s content on-the-fly to virtually any custom size without impacting controller sensitivity.

Available now, BenQ’s RL2460HT and RL2240HE gaming monitors retail at $249 and $189 respectively. More information on BenQ’s full line of products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the fastest growing projector brand in North America(1), the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, and the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlit monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Atlona Announces New Distribution Partnership With Som Maior in Brazil

Leading Distributor to Represent Atlona Matrix Switchers and Other Solutions for High-End Residential AV Projects and Installations

SAN JOSE, Calif. and JOINVILLE, Brazil — March 19, 2014 — Atlona(R), a leading AV distribution solutions provider, today announced its entry into the Brazilian market through a new distributor agreement with Som Maior. With the new partnership, Som Maior will distribute Atlona’s complete line of matrix switchers and other solutions to AV dealers and systems integrators in the Brazilian high-end residential AV market.

“As one of Brazil’s largest audio and video distributors, Som Maior has the high visibility, technology know-how, and local market expertise to ensure maximum success for our switcher family and other solutions,” said Matthew Bute, senior director of global sales at Atlona. “With Som Maior, we’re able to immediately establish our presence in Brazil with full-territory coverage by a highly respected partner and leader in the residential AV marketplace.”

“Atlona’s matrix switchers add a great deal of value to our product portfolio,” said Kahlil Zattar, director at Som Maior. “Atlona products are well-known for their reliability and quality, which is an important and distinct advantage for us as our customers are very discriminating. Plus, Atlona’s service, support, and warranty programs are some of the strongest in our industry.”

Atlona and Som Maior will launch their partnership across the region via customer seminars, trainings, and other events scheduled in March and April.

Additional information on Atlona’s complete product lines and solutions can be found at www.atlona.com.

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Atlona(R) is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry.

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Archimedia Announces New Version of Master Player With High-Performance Features and Support for Compressed Audio

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — March 19, 2014 — Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality, today announced the Archimedia Master Player v1.7. The new version boasts high-performance features, the ability to handle compressed audio, and added support for even more formats, making it a truly format-agnostic player.

The Archimedia Master Player is in use around the world by customers from all aspects of media and entertainment. Three major studios use the player in 2K and 4K cinema production. Two major TV and cable networks and a major online VOD provider use it in quality control for distribution and 4K testing. In addition, three major postproduction providers, including Crawford Media Services and DAMsmart, and five major institutional archives, have made the player a critical part of their workflows, as has MyEye Media, the leading QC service provider to the movie studios. Recently, award-winning independent filmmaker Robert Berger relied on the Archimedia Master Player to free him from finding DCP screening rooms as he travels to promote his award-winning film, “Charlie Victor Romeo.”

“We’ve made it our mission to ensure that the Archimedia Master Player supports not only the largest, most demanding master media in the world today, but also the smallest, most common formats used by the world’s major distributors. No other player supports such a wide range of formats and still gives media professionals the tools they need to view and play out to any screen,” said Josef Marc, Archimedia chief marketing officer. “Cracking the compressed-audio problem opened up support for the last remaining group of unsupported formats and allows users to hear their audio with their video without having to change players. The wider range of SD-to-4K formats will allow people to be more creative in where and how they use the player, such as bringing master formats like DCP, DPX, and uncompressed video to screening rooms and conference situations.”

As part of its commitment to support any format, Archimedia has added support for more formats to version 1.7 based on both customer requests and standardization efforts such as IMF. Archimedia has extended support for the DPX format to the largest RGB, 16 bit, and 4K sizes and added support of Grass Valley’s GXF wrapper. Avid’s DNxHD format was already supported when wrapped in MXF, but now it is also supported when wrapped in Apple’s MOV, enabling customers to mix operating systems in a single workflow (such as Avid in Windows(R) with Final Cut(R) in Mac OS(R)).

In version 1.7, Archimedia introduces performance enhancements to address UHD and 4K Cinema in DPX, TIFF and JPEG2000. Due to the extremely large size of the files, it has been a challenge to play these materials smoothly in real time without any impact on quality. An industry-first automatic quality-adjustment coaxes the best performance from the hardware, enabling the Player to play the most demanding JPEG2000 Level 7 lossless 4K video at normal speed. A new pre-caching feature makes it possible for the Player to open and read very large DPX and TIFF file sequences fast enough to present a smooth viewing experience, eliminating the need to render/transcode into a viewable format and tie up a more costly and billable room.

Whereas previous versions played only uncompressed master audio, Archimedia Master Player v1.7 plays formats with compressed audio — such as AAC, AC3, MP2, and MP3 — common among distribution formats. This capability allows customers to use the Archimedia Master Player to view both the distribution copies and their higher-resolution source masters in the same workflow.

Archimedia will demonstrate the Archimedia Master Player v1.7 at the 2014 NAB Show in booth C2453H. The new version is available now from Archimedia at www.archimediatech.com and is shipping with all Archimedia Workstations. The upgrade is free for existing customers in their Archimedia Master Player when connected to the Internet and by download from the Archimedia website.

Information about the Archimedia Master Player, including an online demo, a free trial, and online purchasing, is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality. 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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Forbidden Technologies Unveils New Customer-Driven Features for FORscene Cloud Post-Production Platform

LONDON — March 19, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM:FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform FORscene, announced new features and integrations for its market-leading platform, which is already the most advanced cloud-based post-production system available.

“FORscene has been a staple among users in the broadcast industry for ten years, and that is only possible because we make a point of integrating customer feedback into every iteration of the product. After all, who better to help us shape the product than the people who use it every day?” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “With this latest release, we’re unveiling more than a dozen new features that fulfil customer requests and ensure the platform continues to deliver beyond expectations.”

FORscene’s new high-resolution proxy allows users to choose the resolution they want — and swap between resolutions while working — to accommodate bandwidth availability and project requirements. Working with proxies, even for high-resolution viewing, means that the original source remains on the clients’ servers and firmly in their control.

Forbidden has also made significant improvements to the FORscene edit interface and toolsets that speed up workflows and keep the focus on creating the story. With new customisation options, users can now set up and save different keysets and interface layouts to suit their preferences. Other edit interface upgrades include a new record timeline patch panel, half-speed playback for improved logging and transcription, and improvements to trimming, audio editing, and publishing tools that contribute to FORscene’s speed, convenience, and ease of use.

The new site manager interface reflects FORscene’s ethos of providing advanced functionality in a simple way. Site managers will be less reliant on Forbidden support staff to configure and manage accounts as these tools are now available to them online in a user-friendly format. Furthermore, as part of a cloud upgrade to support new file formats, Forbidden has updated the operating system on the ingest server to Raspbian Wheezy, which includes the latest FFmpeg and other transcode-related libraries. This move enables support for more file formats on ingest and also increases the security of the server.

In addition to those changes, improvements to FORscene Server Lite allow for even more efficient remote news workflows. Users can now regulate the use of upload bandwidth in Windows so as to limit interference with other bandwidth-intensive applications. Also, the server now provides an estimate of duration until given files are compressed and fully uploaded to the cloud, providing guidance on how long the user must wait until it is safe to disconnect the computer.

All the new features, as well as Forbidden’s new logo and branding, will be on display at the 2014 NAB Show in booth SL5305. More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc is an award-winning technology company that develops and delivers cloud-based solutions for collaborative video post-production. Its flagship product, FORscene, is one of the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. Launched at IBC in 2004, FORscene has been used to log, edit, review, and publish more than 3 million hours of professional video content. Listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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