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Quantum Simplifies Management of StorNext 5 Workflow Storage With New StorNext Connect

Tool Set Makes It Easier Than Ever to Install, Discover, Manage and Monitor StorNext Environments

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 26, 2014 — Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced StorNext Connect, an easy-to-use tool set that simplifies the installation, discovery, management and monitoring of StorNext environments. Designed for Quantum StorNext 5 appliances and initially delivered as part of the company’s StorNext Pro Solutions, StorNext Connect enables users to deploy or upgrade their StorNext systems and identify and resolve issues quickly to maximize performance and uptime.

StorNext Connect features:
- An intuitive, self-guided interface that makes it easy to install StorNext software and view all StorNext resources — storage, CPU, memory and network interconnect — and their connections within a single graphical view;
- Tools for monitoring performance characteristics, including throughput and latency;
- Detailed information about individual components, with data including real-time status and historical trends;
- System management tools that facilitate upgrades of metadata controllers and clients, individually or in groups; and
- Graphs of real-time activity, performance and usage that support rapid troubleshooting of performance bottlenecks.

For StorNext installations that incorporate tape libraries, StorNext Connect also provides a view of I/O status along with real-time performance, historical trends and archive media statistics across disk and tape. Users can monitor their tape resources to determine how much of the library’s tape media is in use and identify how much of their archived content has been vaulted.

Over the next year, Quantum plans to incorporate additional features into StorNext Connect, including: greater visibility and control over larger, more complex deployments; expanded hardware monitoring and optimization; and additional diagnostic and troubleshooting tools.

Quantum will showcase StorNext Connect at the IBC2014 exhibition (Quantum stand 7B26), Sept. 11-16, in Amsterdam. It will be available with all StorNext Pro Solutions in December 2014.

Supporting Quotes
- Mike Cavanagh, President, Key Code Media
“StorNext Connect is a true game changer for media production. Not only is workflow storage management so much easier, but the greatest benefit is how simple it is to optimize and troubleshoot your deployment.”

- Alex Grossman, Vice President, Media and Entertainment, Quantum
“StorNext Connect is an important addition to the Quantum StorNext platform, as it enables users to improve the efficiency of their workflow and reduce management complexity. Media production is highly deadline-driven, involving many storage operations and users, and anything that interrupts the operations is costly. With StorNext Connect, administrators can quickly resolve issues that arise in production and prevent others from occurring.”

Additional Resources
- To learn more about StorNext Connect and StorNext Pro Solutions, visit: www.stornext.com/solutions/stornextpro
- Participate in the StorNext Community Forum: http://stornextforum.com
- Follow the latest StorNext happenings on Twitter: www.twitter.com/stornext
- Join the StorNext conversation on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stornext
- Watch Quantum StorNext on YouTube: www.youtube.com/quantumcorp

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About Quantum
Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection. The company’s StorNext 5 platform powers modern high-performance workflows, enabling fluid, real-time collaboration and keeping content readily accessible for future use and re-monetization. More than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding content workflow needs, including top studios, major broadcasters and cutting-edge content creators. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain(TM) they have the end-to-end storage foundation they need to manage assets from ingest through finishing, and into delivery and long-term preservation. See how at www.stornext.com.

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Quantum, the Quantum logo, Be Certain and StorNext are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

“Safe Harbor” Statement: This press release contains “forward-looking” statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Specifically, but without limitation, statements relating to 1) benefits to customers from using StorNext appliances, solutions and tools, including StorNext Connect, 2) customer demand for and Quantum’s future revenue from such appliances, solutions and tools, and 3) Quantum’s plans for and the availability of StorNext Connect, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Quantum on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Quantum’s actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these risk factors are set forth in Quantum’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” in Quantum’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 6, 2014, especially those risks listed in this section under the headings “Our operating results depend on a limited number of products and on new product introductions, which may not be successful, in which case our business, financial condition and operating results may be materially and adversely affected.” Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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Wohler to Demo iON Platform at IBC2014, Showing Anywhere, Anytime, Any Way Signal-Monitoring Model

Uniquely Customizable and Scalable Monitoring Platform Enables Flexible, Convenient Remote Monitoring of Virtually Any Signal Type

SAN FRANCISCO — Wohler Technologies today announced that at IBC2014 the company will highlight its modular iON(TM) monitoring platform, which enables broadcasters to perform signal monitoring of baseband and stream-based signals anytime, in any way, from anywhere. Empowering users to access, view, control, and manage a virtually unlimited range of signals and associated data remotely from any Web-enabled PC, Mac(R), smartphone, or tablet device, with video and audio content streamed in real time, the highly customizable platform offers unprecedented scalability.

“As a future-proof solution with a customizable interface that accommodates ongoing advances in media technology, iON bridges the gap between dedicated hardware for baseband monitoring and the new monitoring models of today and tomorrow,” said Craig Newbury, vice president sales at Wohler. “While current monitoring solutions are limited to one box, one location, and one person, iON lets users move into a world in which they can work with any input in a range of applications while deploying an intuitive monitoring user interface on multiple devices used anywhere.”

Supporting a growing range of monitoring interfaces, including baseband, ASI, IP, and RF, the iON platform addresses the demands of past, present, and future signal monitoring models and formats. The modular platform evolves alongside users’ business and engineering needs, enabling practical, highly efficient monitoring of both baseband and stream-based signals and presenting monitored content in a browser for convenient review anywhere and anytime.

Built on a base chassis capable of high bitrate processing, iON can handle large numbers of channels within a very small 1-RU footprint. Designed from the start to be remotely operated, the platform brings video, data, and up to 64 audio channels onto smartphones, tablets, and laptops via a device-independent Web-based GUI. Thus, rather than rely on monitors scattered throughout a plant, engineers can leverage this powerful platform to view and hear any stream at any point from anywhere within their facilities.

Because engineers no longer need to be inside an equipment room to have a good understanding of what is going on with the broadcast network, it becomes possible for them to centralize global network operations and reduce their operating expenditures. Multiple iON chassis can be located globally yet form a single monitoring system. By monitoring the alarm output, either with the iON GUI or taking XML alarms out into a third-party NMS, users can address alarms by streaming a live proxy of the broadcast signal and examining the real-time impact of any issues on broadcast content.

Further information about Wohler and its products is available at www.wohler.com.

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

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Forbidden Integrates Timecode Buddy Into Forscene Platform Via MovieSlate iOS App

LONDON — Aug 26, 2014 – Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, today announced that it has integrated Forscene with Timecode Systems Limited’s Timecode Buddy via the MovieSlate iOS application. MovieSlate is the industry standard for production slates and the Timecode Buddy system lets users reliably and easily generate, sync, and share accurate timecodes and metadata wirelessly over RF or Wi-Fi networks. The integration brings the three technologies together to allow people to insert metadata notes and media into a logging and editing system.

“We’re always aiming to integrate with proven technologies that help our customers solve their most vexing problems in order to save time and money. This integration fills a gap at the beginning of the production workflow, helping our customers not only capture important metadata in Forscene from the very start of production, but also make sure the metadata is synchronized and searchable throughout the workflow,” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “Timecode Buddy is a powerful enhancement to the Forscene platform that makes it possible to import shot notes created on the shoot directly into Forscene in a way that automatically links back to the media — a feature that translates to a faster, more efficient post process.”

With the Timecode Sync plugin, MovieSlate users can leverage SMPTE timecode that’s synced over Wi-Fi, in real time, from the extremely accurate Timecode Buddy system. This means that MovieSlate notes containing shoot log information reference the same timecode as the media itself. As a result of the Forscene integration, the MovieSlate shoot notes then automatically link back to the media when they’re imported into Forscene. This process ensures that producers starting work in Forscene already have some basic notes from which to build more detailed logs. All information is present throughout the Forscene workflow as searchable metadata to allow for fast assembly and editing.

The integration with Forscene is Timecode Buddy’s first integration with a crossplatform editing solution.

“Timecode Systems has always believed that collaboration is the only true way to advance the greater good of the industry. From day one, our senior production contacts have been telling us that they require more manufacturers and developers to work together with common interfaces,” said Paul Scurrell, managing director, Timecode Systems Limited. “This integration is very important to Timecode Buddy because it takes us one step closer to our mission of bringing the latest technology together with third-party companies to provide a more efficient and elegant way to sync, log, and track content. Forscene is already widely adopted in production and post- production workflows, so it is an ideal platform with which to integrate.”

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

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About Timecode Systems Limited
Timecode Systems Limited designs and manufactures timecode hardware and software products that meet the needs of today’s shooting practices and recording formats. Launched in April 2012, the Timecode Buddy system is the first suite of products to generate and sync extremely accurate timecode and metadata on licence free RF channels whilst simultaneously transmitting timecode and metadata to iPads using Wi-Fi. More information on Timecode Buddy can be found at www.timecodebuddy.com.

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, including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.

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Digigram to Feature New MADI Option on LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe(R) Sound Card at IBC2014

Optical MADI Interface Facilitates and Accelerates Studios’ Shift From Synchronous Audio Toward More Flexible, Less Costly IP Audio

MONTBONNOT, France — Aug. 26, 2014 – At IBC2014, Digigram will highlight a new optical Multichannel Audio Digital Interface (MADI) option for the company’s LX-IP RAVENNA PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) sound card. With the MADI option on its LX-IP dual-port RAVENNA/AES67 sound card, Digigram provides connectivity that helps to ease the industry’s migration from synchronous audio (MADI) to IP audio (RAVENNA/AES67) in the studio environment.

“The industry’s move from costly proprietary equipment and standards toward commercial off-the-shelf, IT-based systems running common media-oriented IT protocols is not just inevitable, but well underway,” said Pascal Malgouyard, head of product marketing at Digigram. “While IP audio has revolutionized connections between the studio and other locations, it has not yet taken hold within the studio. However, the RAVENNA technology and new AES67 standard address key audio-over-IP (AoIP) interoperability issues, thus opening the door to IP audio in the studio environment. By adding an AES10 MADI option to our LX-IP RAVENNA sound card, we make it easy for users to accelerate their own transition from legacy synchronous digital audio to IP audio and, in turn, begin taking advantage of its many uses and cost benefits.”

The new MADI option facilitates a seamless shift to IP audio by supporting use of the LX-IP RAVENNA sound card in a synchronous audio environment to connect up to 64/64 I/O MADI channels from/to the host PC and from/to RAVENNA/AES67 AoIP equipment. Because the Digigram sound card includes an embedded routing matrix, users can make a direct connection — with no latency — between RAVENNA/AES67 streams and MADI channels, whether for monitoring purposes, redundancy, or simply creating a bridge between the MADI and IP audio realms.

Users realize the card’s valuable dual interface capabilities without any change to the familiar application used to manage the card. Control of the Digigram card is straightforward, thanks to its full compatibility with the industry-standard EMBER+ protocol.

The new Digigram card will be shipping by the end of 2014. In the meantime, it will be available for demonstrations on the Digigram IBC2014 stand (8.C51).

More information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 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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SMPTE Confers ‘Fellow’ Status on Eight Members of Motion-Imaging Technology Industry

Industry Leaders Honored by SMPTE Continue to Make Global Impact on the Production, Delivery, and Display of Content

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Aug. 21, 2014 – The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that it has granted SMPTE Fellow membership status to eight industry leaders. This honor is conferred on individuals who have, through their proficiency and contributions to the industries, attained an outstanding rank among members of the Society.

New SMPTE Fellows will be inducted on Wednesday, Oct. 22, during the Fellows Luncheon, and further recognized on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the SMPTE Honors and Awards Ceremony. Both events will be held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2014) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The Fellows Luncheon will feature a keynote by SMPTE Fellow Darcy Antonellis, who serves as chief executive officer at Vubiquity.

2014 SMPTE Fellows

Hanno Basse, chief technology officer (CTO) at 20th Century Fox Film Corp., oversees technology strategy and engineering, including home entertainment, theatrical distribution, and postproduction. He earlier spent more than 14 years at DirecTV, ultimately as senior vice president of broadcast systems engineering, with accomplishments including the 2005 launch of the largest HD channel rollout to date and the 2009 implementation of DirecTV’s video-on-demand infrastructure, as well as significant contributions to DirecTV’s broadcast infrastructure and construction of its Los Angeles Broadcast Center. Basse began his career in 1991 as a scientist-engineer at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT) in Munich, Germany, and worked as a systems engineer at ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. He has been awarded 18 patents.

Thomas G. Edwards, vice president of engineering and development at Fox Networks Engineering & Operations, works on advanced technology projects such as mobile digital television, 3D, and the Fox network satellite distribution system. Before joining Fox, he was senior manager of interconnection engineering at PBS, where he was responsible for the engineering planning of the PBS Next Generation Interconnection System. He was also involved in streaming media production and delivery at the Internet service provider DIGEX and the IP-over-satellite company Cidera. Edwards has contributed to the Report of the SMPTE Study Group on Media Production System Network Architecture, the Report of the SMPTE Task Force on 3D to the Home, and the National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook. In addition to SMPTE, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Joseph J. Kane Jr. specializes in the sciences of electronic imaging and accurate reproduction of video signals on display devices, both of which are the focus of his company, Joe Kane Productions, founded in 1982. Kane has a long history of participating in standardization of the canvas on which electronic art is created and making it possible for a mass audience to be able to see that art as it was intended to be seen. He is currently working with higher-definition formats and the concept of a new video system based on the capability of current and future display technologies. Kane is also a manager of the SMPTE Hollywood Section.

John McCoskey is the SMPTE Eastern region governor and executive vice president and CTO at the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA), where he is responsible for development and execution of MPAA’s global technology strategy. Previously McCoskey served as the first CTO at PBS, where he was responsible for all technology strategy, development, operations, and infrastructure serving more than 350 full-power public television stations. He earlier was vice president of product development at Comcast; CTO and co-founder at Brief Original Broadcasts; and senior vice president of technology and CTO at Discovery Communications. McCoskey is an inventor with more than 40 issued or pending U.S. utility patents related to technology and media.

Andrew Quested joined the BBC as a trainee engineer in 1978 and became a video editor working across the BBC’s output, including all episodes of the “Keeping Up Appearances” program. In his tenure as a BBC editor, Quested introduced nonlinear editing, as well as stereo and widescreen production; oversaw the introduction of end-to-end tapeless production; served as the technical lead on the BBC’s first HD channel; and lead HD pilot projects such as overseeing the workflow for the series “Planet Earth.” Quested currently chairs the Strategic Programme on Quality Control (QC) for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), authors the BBC technical standards for international exchange, and is part of the U.K.’s Digital Production Partnership (DPP), which is responsible for the AS-11 DPP Compliance and Certification Programme. Quested has chaired International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Rapporteur Groups for 3D, image dynamic range, IP contribution, and quality control. As a manager of the SMPTE U.K. Section, he focuses on career development and education of new graduates and the U.K.’s new apprenticeship schemes.

Vince Roberts is executive vice president of global operations and CTO at Disney/ABC Television Group. He was a founding employee of Disney Channel in 1983 and ultimately led development of server-based broadcast operations. He established Disney’s first international broadcast operation, Walt Disney Television Singapore, and oversaw the launches of more than 90 entertainment channels and/or channel feeds in more than 160 countries and 30 languages. Prior to joining Disney, Roberts was in videodisc research and development with MCA and JVC/EMI/GE, earning a patent for a specialized quality control process device. During his two years at Color Systems Technology Inc. as senior vice president of production, the company earned an Emmy(R) Award for technical achievement for the video coloring process. Roberts co-chaired the Federal Communications Commission’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee on Internet closed captioning and is currently chairman of both the Innovation Advisory Board for Imagine Communications (formerly Harris Broadcast) and the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California. He was awarded the 2014 Broadcast and Cable Technology Leadership Award and currently has four patents pending. In addition to SMPTE, he is a member of IEEE, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and serves on the board of directors for the North American Broadcasters Association and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation.

Jim Starzynski is the director and principal audio engineer at NBCUniversal Advanced Engineering, where he oversees audio technologies and practices for all NBCUniversal television properties, including the company’s two broadcast networks, 26 owned stations, and 18 cable channels. Starzynski chairs the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) technical subgroup S34-2 on next-generation audio systems and S6-3 on digital television loudness. He is also the chair for the Sports Video Group DTV Audio Group and serves on the board of directors for the home audio division of the Consumer Electronics Association. Starzynski has received four Emmy Awards for technical achievement for multiple broadcasts of the Olympic Games, and he was the 2011 recipient of the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award.

Colin R. Wright began his career at the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, where he worked on the introduction of color and stereo sound, and ultimately spent 35 years in key engineering roles with Australia’s Seven Network. During that time, he contributed to the creation of a global HDTV standard, led construction of Seven’s Los Angeles news studio, and introduced innovative techniques for carrying two television programs, data, and multiple sound channels on a single low-powered international satellite link. Wright worked closely with Hitachi to introduce charge-coupled device cameras and enhanced camera links for sport and studio work; and with Sony and EVS prior to the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games to improve disk record/replay systems. His contributions to Australian requirements for digital video broadcasting adoption helped to enable testing of Seven’s mobile broadcasting capabilities during the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. Wright holds editing and chairman roles on various Australian committees addressing digital television transmission and reception; quality monitoring, hybrid broadcast broadband television, IPTV, interactivity, spectrum planning, analog shutdown/channel restack, and audio loudness control; and 3D and UHDTV.

Further information about SMPTE 2014 is available at www.smpte2014.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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Music Mix Mobile Streamlines On-Location Audio Recording Workflows With Sonnet’s Echo Express III-R and xMac mini Server

Compact and Portable Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) Card Expansion Systems Join Array of Sonnet Equipment Enabling Mobile Audio Producer to Work at Maximum Efficiency

IRVINE, Calif. — Aug. 20, 2014 – Music Mix Mobile (M3), an Emmy(R) and Grammy(R) Award-winning provider of mobile audio facilities for high-profile live entertainment events and broadcasts, has deployed Sonnet Technologies’ Echo(TM) Express III-R and xMac(TM) mini Server Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) 2.0 expansion systems in its mobile production units and portable flight pack systems. Joining a broad array of Sonnet expansion and storage solutions in use since M3′s founding in 2008, the Echo Express III-R and xMac mini Server chassis offer highly reliable and scalable, yet cost-effective, means of extending and streamlining M3′s on-location audio recording workflows.

In recent months, M3 has migrated some of its operations from legacy Mac Pro(R) towers to more portable MacBook Pro(R) notebooks and Mac(R) mini computers. In the process, M3 needed solutions that would enable its engineers to continue working with the high-performance PCIe cards they had been accustomed to using in the extensible but bulky Mac Pros. The Echo Express III-R enables the MacBook Pros — or any Mac 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. In similar fashion, the xMac mini Server increases the functionality of the powerful yet ultra-small-footprint Mac mini by securely rack-mounting the computer and connecting it via Thunderbolt to two PCIe 2.0 expansion slots contained in the same enclosure.

“As smaller and more portable Mac computers have become more powerful, we’ve realized we can use them for many tasks that previously required the horsepower of the legacy Mac Pro,” said Joel Singer, co-founder and technical engineer at M3. “With the Sonnet expansion systems, we’re able to leverage the portability and cost-effectiveness of the MacBook Pro and Mac mini without having to change our workflows and audio processes that rely on PCIe cards from Avid, RME, Aja, Blackmagic Design, and other vendors. We just pop the cards into the Echo Express, connect the chassis to the MacBook Pro via Thunderbolt, and we’re ready to work. With the Mac mini, it’s even easier because the computer is already mounted inside the xMac mini Server chassis with Thunderbolt connectivity.”

M3 was among the first Sonnet customers to use the Echo Express Thunderbolt expansion system and the first to apply it for audio recording, beginning with the earlier Echo Express Pro two-slot model. Today, M3 has installed Echo Express III-R and xMac mini Servers in all four of its mobile production vehicles as well as a dozen of its portable mixing/recording systems. In addition, M3 uses several Echo Express Pros as well as Sonnet’s Tempo(TM) SSD 6 Gb/sec SATA PCIe 2.5-inch storage cards and Allegro(TM) USB 3.0 host controller cards.

“In our business, we travel all over the world for mobile event recording — so the solutions we use must be absolutely robust, reliable, and easy to carry,” Singer added. “In addition to these qualities, the Sonnet expansion chassis are brilliantly designed and extremely easy to work with. Our techs can come off of a flight with a couple of carry-on bags, arrive at the location, and then put together an extremely reliable and great-sounding recording system in a matter of minutes. In many ways, the Echo Express solutions have ushered in a new era of mobile recording for our company.”

“As the largest remote audio facilities company in the U.S., M3 is a highly valued customer and one of the best examples of how our advanced Thunderbolt expansion systems can be used in an audio recording setting,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “M3′s Emmy- and Grammy-Award-winning staff has used Sonnet equipment for years to record and produce some of the world’s most prestigious broadcast shows and most well-known musical acts. We look forward to our continuing partnership as the company deploys some of our upcoming solutions, such as the xMac Pro Server, a rack-mount enclosure, and the Thunderbolt-to-PCIe 2.0 expansion system for the new Mac Pro.”

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

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About Music Mix Mobile
Longtime friends John Harris, Mitch Maketansky, Joel Singer, and Jay Vicari opened Music Mix Mobile in the spring of 2008. The four developed a unique business model, along with a new state-of-the-art mobile recording facility, the M3 and M1 Flight Pack system, which uses state-of-the-art equipment and modern design philosophies. Music Mix Mobile offers superior audio solutions for capture and broadcast which transcend industry standards and continue to exceed customers’ expectations. The company strives to create and maintain long-lasting relationships based on commitment and trust. For more information, visit www.musicmixmobile.com.

About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems, pro media readers, RAID storage systems, and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro 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, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 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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Nexidia and Telestream Announce Integration of Nexidia QC Caption Verification Tool Into Vantage Workflow Automation Environment

ATLANTA — Aug. 27, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, and Telestream(R), a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced a partnership that gives Telestream Vantage users a unique and integrated quality control (QC) solution for caption and language verification. Nexidia QC(TM), Nexidia’s award-winning software tool for automating QC of closed captions, video description, and languages for broadcast and IP workflows, is now available as part of the Telestream Vantage v6.3 file-based workflow automation system. The integration will help ensure that those who use Vantage are better able to automate compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed caption regulations as well as similar requirements of regulators around the world and delivery requirements of OTT partners.

“Nexidia QC is a patented verification tool for captions and language identification that is unlike anything else out there. When you add it to Telestream’s leading workflow automation and orchestration tool, known for its ease, speed, and quality of conversion, you get efficiencies that streamline the entire delivery and QC process into a single automated workflow,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “The Nexidia QC integration enables Telestream Vantage users to utilize Nexidia QC’s full functionality anywhere in the Vantage workflow, ensuring that media meets FCC regulations and caption and language requirements from partners like iTunes(R), Netflix, and Amazon. This combination saves time and money over manual solutions and results in a higher-quality experience for viewers across all platforms.”

The FCC requires that closed captions be complete and in sync for any program that goes to air and for any previously broadcasted program that is subsequently streamed or otherwise made available online. Telestream Vantage offers a suite of file-based tools for performing high-quality transcoding and frame-rate conversion that scales to accommodate multiple programs and platforms. Nexidia QC is an automated solution that can perform up to five times faster than real time, and the workflow can be further accelerated by adding additional instances of Nexidia QC. The combined solution can scale to address caption compliance in the face of a growing number of platforms and programs, increasing throughput while maintaining high-quality deliverables.

“With the FCC’s strict new rules on the insertion of closed captions in video clips that are posted online, the combination of Telestream Vantage and CaptionMaker with Nexidia QC ensures that our customers can create, check QC, and correct closed captions associated with their media,” said Paul Turner, vice president of enterprise product management at Telestream.

Nexidia QC provides a unique, natural-language verification tool for captions and language identification that easily integrates into broadcast and IP workflows. In the integration with Vantage, Nexidia QC can be inserted at any point in the Vantage workflow. This flexibility enables customers to optimize all their delivery requirements, utilizing a single platform to meet quality and FCC standards and regulations.

Nexidia QC is integrated into v6.3 of the Vantage platform and is now available worldwide.

More information about Nexidia and its products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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SMPTE Announces 2014 Honorees and Award Winners

Annual SMPTE Honors & Awards Ceremony Highlights Vision, Ingenuity, Perseverance, and Dedication to Motion Picture and Television Industries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Aug. 26, 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 revealed the outstanding industry members who will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 23, at the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony.

The SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony, supported by IMAX, is being held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Those registering for SMPTE 2014 may elect to purchase awards ceremony tickets with their conference package. A limited number of tables are also available for purchase. Further details about the event are available at www.smpte2014.org.

Honorary Membership in the Society recognizes individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences. It is the Society’s highest accolade. This year, SMPTE honors three technologists for their innovations, which have left a lasting impression on the industry.

George Lucas is best known as a writer, director, and producer responsible for iconic American films, but Lucas is also a pioneer in the adoption of new technologies for motion picture production and exhibition. Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1975, and it has gone on to produce visual effects (VFX) for nearly 300 films. Among many other innovations, ILM invented the OpenEXR file format in 2000 to support high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. The animation studio Pixar was founded as the Graphix Group of Lucasfilm in 1979. In 1981, Lucas co-founded the sound company THX to advance the quality of theatrical sound systems. In 2002, “Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones” was the first major Hollywood feature to be captured digitally, on 24p high-definition (HD) video cameras. In his determination to push the medium of cinema with new technologies and techniques, Lucas encountered both support and skepticism. It is now clear that his perseverance and vision were key factors in the eventual widespread adoption of digital cinematography in motion picture production.

Leonardo Chiariglione is generally considered to be the driving force behind the development of the MPEG set of standards that underpin today’s many digital moving pictures applications. Chiariglione’s constant push for a simple, standardized moving pictures toolbox began in 1988 with the founding of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) group, and it continues to the present day. Chiariglione has forcefully maintained focus on timely standardization, technical simplicity, and efficiency. The wide adoption of MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, in particular, is apt testimony to the contribution Chiariglione and the MPEG group has made to date.

The Honor Roll posthumously recognizes individuals who were not awarded Honorary Membership during their lifetimes but whose contributions would have been sufficient to warrant such an honor.

John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is inducted into the SMPTE Honor Roll in recognition of his lifelong contributions as a pioneer in television technology. His accomplishments include the first live television demonstration (in 1925), the first publicly shown color television system (1928), and the first fully electronic color television picture tube. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began transmitting with the Baird system in 1929. Baird continued to develop new technology including a mechanical color system in 1939 (adopted by CBS/RCA); a 500-line 3-D system in 1941; and an electronic 600-line color display in 1944. Baird lobbied for post-war standardization of his 1,000-line electronic color television system.

The Progress Medal is the highest SMPTE medal award, and it recognizes outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion picture, television, or motion imaging industries. Ioan Allen has earned the 2014 Progress Medal Award in recognition of his many contributions to the motion picture and television industry, specifically his innovations in sound research and development programs at Dolby Laboratories, including Dolby Stereo(R), Dolby Spectral Recording (SR), and Dolby Digital, as well as his ongoing contributions to worldwide standards organizations.

The Archival Technology Medal recognizes significant technical advancements or contributions related to the invention or development of technology, techniques, workflows, or infrastructure for the long-term storage, archive, or preservation of media content essence. The 2014 award will be presented to Neil Beagrie in recognition of his long-term contributions to the research and implementation of strategies and solutions for digital preservation. Beagrie played a key role in the development of a collaborative approach to the study and dissemination of knowledge relating to research data management, digital preservation, digital curation, and data archive. He was responsible for establishing the Digital Preservation Coalition, with more than 35 major members from industry, national libraries, broadcasters, and archives. In addition, he was responsible for establishing the digital preservation program within the Joint Information Systems Committee. This program helped to create the Digital Curation Center, which seeks to actively manage, preserve, and curate digital data throughout the research life cycle.

The David Sarnoff Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of new techniques or equipment that have contributed to the improvement of the engineering phases of television technology, including large-venue presentations. Clyde D. Smith Jr. will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his pioneering work in the application and deployment of digital technologies in the broadcast network environment, including the development of automated, server-based closed-captioning systems, as well as optimization of digital media to address the issue of audience disaggregation and to provide the capability to seek out viewers on their preferred platform and make a rich selection of programming available to them in their preferred environment. Smith’s experiences, contributions, and support have provided critical guidance to the development of a meaningful educational experience for local broadcast engineers.

The Digital Processing Medal recognizes significant technical achievements related to the development of digital processing of content for cinema, television, games, or other related media. The 2014 award will be presented to Barry Haskell for his contributions to the digital transmission and coding of images over a 44-year career. Haskell has published more than 70 technical papers and holds more than 125 patents. He is the author or co-author of three books, including one of the foundational books on MPEG. Haskell managed the compression research group at Bell Labs, making major contributions to the MPEG standards, and followed that at Apple Computer, where his research team made significant contributions to the H.264/AVC standard.

The Kodak Educational Award honors an individual who advances the educational process at any level through innovative and inspirational methods, and it recognizes outstanding contributions in new or unique educational programs utilizing the technologies of film. Steve Wright will receive the 2014 award for his service in visual effects as an accomplished practitioner and master trainer. Wright’s specialization is in the digital domain, but he has long been an advocate for visual effects education in workflow for both film and digital intermediates. He has worked to perfect and to implement color management paradigms in compositing, cementing the place of film in digital postproduction and promoting stronger understanding of film’s value in digital compositing. Wright has been a master visual effects trainer since 2005, and his two books, “Compositing Visual Effects: Essentials for the Aspiring Artist” and “Digital Compositing for Film and Video,” are among the very few that actively instruct in film color science for digital intermediate and compositing.

The Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal recognizes outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods and/or apparatus for motion picture sound, including any step in the process. Ville Pulkki will receive the 2014 award for his outstanding contributions in the field of spatial sound reproduction and multichannel audio rendering, including the two-dimensional and three-dimensional panning methods of vector-base amplitude panning (VBAP) and non-unitary vector-base amplitude panning (NVBAP). The value of Pulkki’s contributions is underscored by the emergence of immersive sound in the cinematic and broadcast arts.

The Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Medal recognizes outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture postproduction and distribution services. The 2014 award will be presented to Jim Houston for his leadership and contributions in the application of digital technologies to motion picture production and postproduction processes. As an industry leader, he established a state-of-the-art digital finishing facility for a wide range of postproduction processes including digital intermediates, digital cinema mastering, and restoration. Houston has played a key role in the development of standards related to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), as well as various standards for video and motion picture mastering.

The Workflow Systems Medal recognizes outstanding contributions related to the development and integration of IT file-based systems and infrastructures into production processes. Philip Tudor will receive the 2014 award for his foundational contributions to professional media file formats and for early implementations of file-based workflows. Tudor has worked tirelessly in numerous SMPTE committees and in the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), focusing on developing standards and specifications for file-based essence and metadata interchange. His pioneering work on tapeless audio and video capture, Material eXchange Format (MXF), and the Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) led to the implementation of workflows at the BBC. Tudor continues file-based workflow innovation with the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and IP Studio, which focuses on file-based workflows for live television production within an Internet protocol (IP) environment.

The Camera Origination and Imaging Medal honors the recipient by recognizing significant technical achievements related to invention or advances in imaging technology including sensors, imaging processing electronics, and the overall embodiment and application of image capture devices. Eric R. Fossum will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his leadership in the invention and development of the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensor (APS) technology. This advancement was first published in 1993 while Fossum worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additionally, he promoted the new technology to a broad range of manufacturers as a new way of making camera image sensors. CMOS image sensor technology is now widely deployed in motion picture and television cameras, cell phones, medical devices, security systems, and many other professional and consumer applications.

Each year, one SMPTE Journal Award is presented to the author of the most outstanding paper originally published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal during the preceding calendar year. The 2014 SMPTE Journal Award will be presented to Andrew B. Watson for “High Frame Rates and Human Vision: A View Through the Window of Visibility,” published in the March 2013 issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. Journal Certificates of Merit will also be presented to Benjamin Bross, Heiko Schwarz, and Detlev Marpe for their May/June 2013 Journal article titled “The New High-Efficiency Video Coding Standard.”

The Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, which recognizes individuals for dedicated service for the betterment of the Society over a sustained period of time, will be conferred upon five SMPTE members:

John Beckhaus, for his dedication and service to the Australia Section over the past decade. Beckhaus has served on the Section board since 2003, taking on the additional roles of membership chair, providing a contact point for queries from regional membership, and minute secretary, ensuring comprehensive reporting of both Section board and subcommittee meetings. He has also served six terms as audio visual (AV) chair for the biennial Australia Section conferences, managing the complex requirements of conference presenters. Beckhaus is a dedicated Section member, always working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Australia Section meetings.

Siegfried G. Heep, for his contributions to the Hollywood Section, as well as his instrumental role in the reinvention of the Society’s annual Honors & Awards Ceremony. Heep has served as a role model for active involvement in SMPTE as both a Hollywood Section member and manager. In 2007, he was enlisted as the technical director for the newly reimagined Honors & Awards Ceremony, transforming the event from a small ceremony to the full-fledged, high-quality awards event that it has become today. Heep has reprised his role each year since, helping to improve the show in terms of technical production, quality, and prestige.

Federico Savina, for his leadership and support of the Italy Section over the past 25 years. As one of the original SMPTE Members who petitioned for the formation of the Italy Section in 1989, Savina has been a long-term contributor to the Section, serving the Section board for 10 years in the roles of secretary/treasurer and manager. Savina attends and contributes to all Section activities and was instrumental in bringing the SMPTE Regional Seminar to Rome in 2013. A professor at Roma University, Savina strives to raise the bar in digital cinema (D-Cinema) education, and he is working to provide his students with an introduction to the industry through participation in SMPTE.

T.J. Scott Jr. for his leadership and commitment to raising the standard of quality for Atlanta Section events. His close alignment with developing trends and innovative technologies, as well as his substantial contacts in the industry, have led to a collection of well-executed, technically inspired monthly meetings. Through Scott’s efforts, the Atlanta Section has seen growth in both its membership and meeting attendance. His contributions to the production of the Section’s 2007 “Video Over IP” seminar in particular set the bar for excellence in special event programming. All subsequent special events have been sold out, reinforcing SMPTE’s reputation for producing exceptional and inspired events.

Peter M. Weitzel for his instrumental role in re-establishing the SMPTE U.K. Section, and for his leadership in driving the growth of the Section and the quality of programming provided to its members. A driving force behind the U.K. Section, Weitzel’s enthusiasm, determination, and outreach, especially to students and universities, have contributed to the 200-percent increase in the Section’s membership during its first two years of operation. His passion for the Society’s core mission and goals is ever-present as he works to increase the visibility and impact of SMPTE at both a global and regional level.

The Excellence in Standards Award recognizes individuals or companies that have been actively involved in advancing the Society’s standards activities and processes. The 2014 award will be presented to John Hudson for his sustained efforts in the development and evolution of standards relating to real-time electrical and optical streaming media interfaces for video and D-Cinema production. Hudson authored the SMPTE 3Gb/s serial digital interface (SDI) standard in parallel with his work developing the necessary components, resulting in a rapid and successful adoption of the interface by the industry, and he is a key player in the development of 6Gb/s and 12Gb/s UHDTV SDI interfaces. Hudson’s SMPTE work is characterized by commitment and competence, combined with an attitude of cooperation and collegial relations with colleagues and competitors.

As previously announced, eight new SMPTE Fellows also will be recognized during the event: Hanno Basse, Thomas G. Edwards, Joseph J. Kane, Jr., John McCoskey, Andrew Quested, Vince Roberts, Jim Starzynski, and Colin R. Wright. More information about Fellows inductions is available at: www.smpte.org/2014fellows.

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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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