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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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Photo Caption: Archimedia Master Player v1.7

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About Archimedia
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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Revolabs Products at Interop

Revolabs, Interop Las Vegas 2014, Booth 1763

Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB Conference Phone
Setting a new standard for audio quality in PC communication applications during meetings and online collaboration, the Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone provides powerful, high-fidelity audio capabilities using tweeter and mid-woofer elements — effectively putting the speaker back into the audio equation. Equipped with four embedded microphones, a wider frequency response, and higher power than typical USB audio devices, the FLX UC 500 brings professional-grade sound to unified communication applications such as instant messenger services, softphone calls, or webinars at an entirely new price/performance ratio. Designed specifically for conference rooms, small offices, and home offices, the device furthers its high-level audio clarity using straight-from-the-box echo cancellation without any additional processing required while offering full duplex support for simultaneous audio capture and playback. Users can listen to external audio or link the system to a laptop, PC, or tablet for use with Skype(TM), Microsoft(R) Lync(R), Cisco Jabber, IBM(R) Sametime(R), WebEx(R), and many other applications.

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Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 1000 IP Conference Phone With SIP and USB Audio Support
Revolabs’ FLX(TM) UC 1000 IP conference phone with SIP and USB audio support is a breakthrough for both audio quality and unified communication (UC) collaboration. Featuring first-class sound components and multiple communication channel integration, the unit is a simple, stylish, and powerful solution for desktop and conference room applications in a single device. The FLX UC 1000 features audio capture and delivery via premium tweeter and mid-woofer elements, four microphones, an ultra-wide frequency response, and integrated echo cancellation. Supporting the SIP standard, the FLX UC 1000 works in all major telephony environments, whether on premises or in the cloud. For IP calling, the FLX UC 1000 features a separate dialer with a color display while USB support allows users to connect the speakerphone to any laptop, PC, or tablet for use with all market-leading IP PBX phone systems. The sleek device also functions as a bridge for joining IP telephone calls with USB applications.

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Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) Wireless Microphone System
At Interop Las Vegas 2014, Revolabs will display its new Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems. Using a new distributed architecture, the system’s remote antenna receiver and base units connect via a standard Cat 6 cable with Power over Ethernet (PoE) support to facilitate installations. As a result, the system’s remote antenna receiver unit can be placed in the same room as wireless microphones, easing installation while vastly improving wireless connectivity. The Executive Elite’s new redesigned microphones feature an elegant Fortune 500 look and feel, superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy operation, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links. For longer talk times, the various microphone types allow for up to 12 hours of continual usage as well as intelligently conserving power when not in use. To reach beyond the system’s standard four or eight microphone channels, the Executive Elite receiver can be synchronized with other systems, allowing up to 80 (Americas) or 160 (rest of world) audio channels for its wireless microphones in any given deployment.

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Company Quote:
“With its focus on solving IT’s biggest challenges, Interop Las Vegas 2014 is the ideal environment to unveil Revolabs’ new line of USB and IP conference phones. The new FLX UC 500 USB conference phone is the market’s first cost-effective unified communications solution to deliver conference-room quality audio playback and capture for meetings and online collaboration. Taking it a step further, our next-generation FLX UC 1000 conference phone features support for both SIP and USB audio. The FLX UC 1000 will allow users to take full advantage of their existing digital phone system’s powerful features, while enjoying the numerous capabilities of USB audio.” — JP Carney, CEO at Revolabs

Company Overview:
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Video Clarity Announces MOVIE for ClearView Video Quality Analyzers

New Perceptual Test Method Yields Most Accurate Results Available in an Automated Measurement System

CAMPBELL, Calif. — March 18, 2014 — Video Clarity Inc., provider of market-leading audio and video quality measurement and analysis systems, today announced the release of MOVIE for ClearView, a new perceptual test method for the ClearView line of video quality analyzers. MOVIE (for Motion-based Video Integrity Evaluation) creates a new level of accuracy for measuring video quality because it yields results that are closer than ever to human perceptions of video quality. MOVIE improves accuracy for content originators, broadcast operators, broadcast transmission equipment manufacturers, and consumer electronics manufacturers that use ClearView analyzers to ensure the best viewing experience, operate more efficiently, meet SLAs, and stay in compliance.

Though subjective viewing of video to make final product and network-path quality decisions will never go away, MOVIE for ClearView analyzers gives discerning users in both R&D and network operations departments a new advanced measurement tool that decreases the need for time-consuming, subjective in-house viewing and audience-based quality assessment projects.

ClearView analyzers use several proven test methods to arrive at a measurement of subjective quality that very closely approximates what the average person would see and hear when watching the video. Adding the full-reference MOVIE test to ClearView systems gives users the highest correlation to human subjective quality available in an automated measurement system.

“Customers are continually looking for better, more accurate ways to measure and track video quality, whether they’re developing an encoder/decoder or other processing product, or running an entertainment network processing-path application. We study the latest work by researchers so that we can integrate the best-performing solutions into ClearView products,” said Blake Homan, president of Video Clarity. “MOVIE meets the demand for ever more accurate tools when testing both broadcast and consumer devices that tend to generate significant interframe quality artifacts. We know users want the MOVIE method as part of their video quality measurement and test routines.”

The science of predicting human perception of video quality is not 100 percent accurate. The higher the correlation to subjective data sets, the better. MOVIE provides a closer correlation than most available methods because it takes into account the spatial and temporal changes from frame to frame that affect quality. With MOVIE, ClearView systems now include a metric measurement that estimates frame-to-frame effects on quality, thereby addressing a demand for higher accuracy as correlated with well-known subjective data sets that use the recommended ITU-R BT.500 method.

Video Clarity will demonstrate MOVIE for ClearView analyzers at the 2014 NAB Show in booth SU11607. More information about Video Clarity and the company’s products is available at www.videoclarity.com.

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Photo Caption: ClearView showing side-by-side MOVIE measurement of a source video and encoded/decoded sequence.

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

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Wohler to Showcase Its Unique MPEG Series Video Monitoring Line at the 2014 NAB Show

Representing Industry’s First Universal Monitoring Solution, MPEG Series Offers Valuable Format Flexibility and Significant Cost and Space Savings

SAN FRANCISCO — March 18, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that it will showcase its MPEG Series DVB-ASI and IPTV monitors, the industry’s first universal monitoring solutions, at the 2014 NAB Show. The MPEG Series enables a single operator to monitor all video streams, even those destined for delivery via Web portals and mobile services, from a single system and interface. This consolidation of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 streams into the mainstream workflow significantly reduces the cost and complexity of handling the various streams processed and distributed by today’s broadcast and production facilities.

“Uniting the functionality of four discrete monitoring systems into one solution, our MPEG Series products address broadcasters’ need to minimize the space and power requirements of their monitoring operations while maintaining the utmost flexibility in handling video signals,” said John Terrey, vice president sales at Wohler. “Taking the place of an IRD feeding into a video monitor, audio monitor, and an MPEG analyzer, MPEG Series monitors offer a highly efficient and cost-effective alternative for monitoring video signals in a wide array of formats.”

Wohler MPEG monitors decode and provide at-a-glance monitoring of program content from MPEG-2/4 ASI and Ethernet IP streams, as well as SD/HD/3G-SDI inputs. The MPEG video monitors identify, decode, and display both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals (input via BNC or Ethernet) in high resolution while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, PID, EIT, and NIT data (both ATSC and DVB tables) for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD-SDI with loop-through, the MPEG monitors accommodate HDMI video and audio with level meters, GPI, and tally.

Convenient monitoring capabilities include Dolby Digital and Digital+ decoding, as well as the capacity to decode as many as 12 audio groups. In-picture level metering of up to 16 audio channels is provided for both average and PPM (peak) levels with selectable meter scales. Throughout the 2014 NAB Show, Wohler will feature the MPEG-4290, a 4-RU system with two 9-inch screens; the MPEG-3270, a 3-RU system with two 7-inch screens; and the 2-RU MPEG-2443 with four individual 4.3-inch screens.

Further information on the MPEG Series and other Wohler products is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, and it continues today through the company’s development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications. Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) platform extends the company’s award-winning product lines to include solutions for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, accelerated transcoding, and standards conversion. Together, Wohler’s advanced file-based solutions and proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring and content management products ensure high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler and RadiantGrid products is available at www.wohler.com.

Visit Wohler Technologies at the 2014 NAB Show, Booth SU4410

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Qumu Integrates Nexidia SearchGrid Technology Into Its Enterprise Video Platform

ATLANTA — March 18, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced that Qumu, the provider of the leading enterprise video platform for webcasting and online video streaming, will now offer Video Speech Search, powered by Nexidia SearchGrid, as a standard part of its enterprise video management portal and viewer. SearchGrid uses the same underlying technology that powers the award-winning Nexidia Dialogue Search. Since the second quarter of 2013, Qumu had been offering its Nexidia-powered Speech Search module as an add-on to its Video Control Center product. Now, as a result of customer feedback, Qumu is providing Speech Search as a standard component of both its on-premises and hosted cloud offerings so that a growing list of major global enterprise customers can benefit from Nexidia’s patented search technology.

Research shows that an effective search function is a market requirement when it comes to creating and managing corporate video because it helps employees better navigate large video libraries. “The enterprise video content management space is highly competitive, and Nexidia’s technology has helped us differentiate our product and provide added value,” said Vern Hanzlik, Sr. Vice President and General Manager at Qumu. “Our customers have given us very positive feedback in the short time that Speech Search has been available, so it was an easy choice to make Nexidia’s technology a standard part of our core viewer and portal technology.”

In addition to earning positive customer feedback, Qumu also garnered industry recognition. In The Forrester Wave(TM): Video Platforms For The Enterprise, Q1 2013, Forrester Research analysts state that, “Qumu scored highest in the Forrester Wave for current offering due to its complete application feature set, availability of video distribution and content routing appliances, and its recent introduction of speech search capabilities.” The Forrester report identifies Qumu as a leader among enterprise video platforms and calls out the speech search technology as a factor in that ranking. In the Sept. 26, 2013, Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management report, Qumu has been positioned as a leader for its ability to execute and completeness of vision.

“Qumu is a market-leading company that listens to its customers, who represent the upper tier of the world’s global enterprises. By acting on that valuable feedback and analyst validation, Qumu has decided to make Nexidia-powered search functionality a standard feature across its platform,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “We believe the ability to make video searchable through speech has emerged as a game-changing functionality, and we are pleased that our relationship has helped in positioning Qumu as a market leader in Enterprise Video.”

More information about Nexidia Dialogue Search, SearchGrid, and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Qumu Corporation
Qumu Corporation (NASDAQ: QUMU) provides the tools businesses need to create, manage, secure, distribute and measure the success of their videos. Qumu’s innovative solutions release the power in video to engage and empower employees, partners and clients. Qumu helps thousands of organizations around the world realize the greatest possible value from video and other rich content they create and publish. Whatever the audience size, viewer device or network configuration, Qumu solutions are how business does video. Additional information can be found at www.qumu.com.

About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Digigram products at NAB

Digigram, Stand C2849

At the 2014 NAB Show, the Digigram team will feature a complete range of products designed to address the requirements of all applications and budgets. In showcasing solutions that simplify the capture and delivery of high-quality audio-over-IP networks, the company will highlight a new RAVENNA/AES67-enabled sound card ideal for low-latency synchronous audio-over-IP distribution over LAN; the low-cost, ultralow-latency IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE audio-over-IP contribution codecs; the IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE stereo audio-over-IP distribution codecs; the high-density IQOYA *SERV/LINK multiple-stereo or multichannel audio-over-IP codec for professional IP audio distribution; and the latest release in the company’s AQILIM family of video encoders for professional video broadcasting and distribution over IP networks.

LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe Sound Card
The LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe sound card, the first RAVENNA-enabled product developed by Digigram, features ultralow latency — down to one audio sample per IP packet — and up to 256 RAVENNA I/O channels from multiple RAVENNA streams. Ideal for high-density audio production or automation applications in radio and TV broadcast studios, this solution makes it easy for users to record and play as many as 128 audio-over-IP RAVENNA channels simultaneously in/out of a desktop computer. Boasting ultralow, round-trip latency down to 3 ms, interoperability with all AES67 requirements, embedded 128 x 128 switching matrix, Grandmaster PTP clock abilities, and high redundancy assured by two Gigabit Ethernet connections, this reliable hardware solution enables broadcasters to maintain high performance regardless of the computational load presented by other applications running on the host system.

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IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec for Professional IP Audio Contribution
Digigram will highlight IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE codecs, which allow users to build reliable low-latency IP audio contribution links while keeping costs under control. These codecs belong to Digigram’s Mobile Studio and Ultra Mobility solutions, which bring professional quality to full-duplex connections between a remote site and a studio.

IQOYA *CALL/LE is a cost-effective and versatile addition to the IQOYA range of IP codecs. It easily provides full-duplex IP audio sessions over the Internet and wireless connections thanks to its smart signaling and hassle-free symmetric RTP connection mode.

IQOYA *CALL protects the investment of broadcast institutions within large fleets of heterogeneous ACIP EBU Tech 3326-compatible equipment managed by SIP infrastructure. Its front panel enables simple and straightforward usage in all outside broadcast situations.

As with all IQOYA family members, IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE codecs share the benefits of Digigram’s FluidIP(TM) IP audio streaming engine, including smart jitter, packet loss and drift management; quality of service (QoS) optimization; end-to-end dual-stream redundancy; and stable ultralow latency.

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IQOYA *SERV/LINK Multiple-Stereo or Multichannel Audio-Over-IP Codec for Professional IP Audio Distribution
Digigram’s IQOYA *SERV/LINK incorporates multiple distribution codec instances and the company’s advanced FluidIP(TM) technology on a single processing hardware platform to simplify the transport of multiple audio programs (mono, stereo, multichannel) over IP networks in a high-density format. Designed for radio broadcasting and for intercom and commentary for both radio and TV, the IQOYA *SERV/LINK codec allows users to configure multiple-stereo or multichannel solutions for links between studios and between the studio and transmitters, DVB operators, or content delivery networks. In its compact 1-RU version, it can handle up to eight stereo analog channels, 16 stereo AES/EBU channels, 32 stereo MADI channels, or multichannel LAN IP audio interfaces (Livewire and RAVENNA), and up to 64 codecs with multiple GPIOs and RS232 ports for auxiliary data tunneling. The scalability of the system allows users to mix and expand the audio I/Os supported, and Digigram offers a larger 4-RU version of IQOYA *SERV/LINK to provide even higher channel density. The solution supports analog, AES, MADI, Livewire, or RAVENNA audio connectivity and multiple audio codecs (PCM, MPEG L2 and L3, AAC, apt-X), and it is one of the industry’s few audio-over-IP codecs that can simultaneously stream raw RTP, HTTP, and MPEG-TS/IP streams.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *SERV/LINK Audio-Over-IP Codec

IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs
The IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE codecs are full-duplex encoding and decoding solutions that provide uncompromising performance for IP-based studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links, as well as audio program delivery to DVB operators. Developed in collaboration with major European telcos, the IQOYA *LINK/LE codec is a cost-effective version of Digigram’s full-featured IQOYA *LINK codec that gives broadcasters the benefit of 24/7 reliability, audio format flexibility, ease of use, and affordability. Based on FluidIP(TM) technology, the smart IP audio streaming engine developed by Digigram, both IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE boast high field-proven mean time between failures (MTBF), very low back-to-back latency, and a host of state-of-the-art features that guarantee audio quality and continuity. With audio synchronization based on Network Time Protocol (NTP), these Digigram solutions enable operators to provide a seamless listening experience for users on the go — even as they move among the contiguous transmitters used in a multifrequency network. An intuitive Web-based user interface simplifies configuration, control, and monitoring and gives users access to real-time metrics on the network.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs

AQILIM *FIT/LE Video Encoder
The AQILIM *FIT/LE professional video encoder is an intuitive and cost-effective solution for high-quality live event broadcasting over an IPTV network or multiscreen video distribution over the Internet. With flexible input options and compatibility with leading content delivery networks (CDNs), the encoder is ideal for popular live video streaming applications including filmed radio; live distribution of corporate, sporting, or news events; the creation of WebTV; the live distribution of electronic sports events; and live education via e-learning. The AQILIM *FIT/LE encoder connects directly to the camera or video mixer, capturing live video and streaming encoded video either to an IP network or to the CDN responsible for Internet distribution of live video. A straightforward Web-based interface eliminates the need for specialized user training or dedicated operators. The robust 1-RU encoder is available with analog, SDI, and/or HDMI video inputs.

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Photo Caption: AQILIM *FIT/LE Video Encoder

Digigram Quote:

“As a leading supplier of audio-over-IP solutions for all applications and all budgets, Digigram will be bringing its full range of innovative IP audio codecs, audio applications, and professional sound cards to the 2014 NAB Show. We also look forward to showcasing our recently launched professional video encoder, which is a game-changer for live streaming applications.”
– Philippe Delacroix, President and CEO at Digigram

Company Overview:

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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Primestream Reveals FORK Media Asset Management and Automation Integration With Apple Final Cut Pro X

Two-Way Communication Enables Edit-While-Capture and Collaborative Production Workflows

MIAMI — March 18, 2014 — Primestream(R) today released a new FORK(TM) integration with Apple’s Final Cut Pro(R) X, enabling unified two-way communications between the two applications. Final Cut Pro X users can now reap the benefits of the FORK Production Suite for managing and automating media workflows, including edit-while-capture with automatic refresh, logging, marker insertion, proxy editing, workflow management, and archiving.

“The FORK platform provides industry professionals with essential tools that allow Final Cut Pro X craft editors to easily browse their media database and trigger customizable FORK automated workflows,” said Warren Arenstein, Primestream senior vice president of business development. “FORK edit-while-capture integration with Final Cut Pro X gives live multi-cam productions the ability to meet quick-turnaround deadlines while simultaneously extending access to many departments.”

Movement from FORK to Final Cut Pro X
* Send live ingesting content to Final Cut Pro X with edit-while-capture support
* Send logged highlights to Final Cut Pro X via subclips created in FORK
* Send user-created FORK markers to Final Cut Pro X

Movement from Final Cut Pro X to FORK
* Deliver finished edits directly to the FORK MAM within Final Cut Pro X
* Send Final Cut Pro X sequence markers into FORK MAM
* Automate workflows and categorize media using metadata sent from Final Cut Pro X

Remote workflows with FORK Xchange and Final Cut Pro X
* Remotely import logged highlights into Final Cut Pro X with FORK Xchange
* Remotely deliver Final Cut Pro X edits with FORK Xchange Uploader
* Remotely insert metadata and trigger actions on delivered Final Cut Pro X media

With this new integration, FORK software continues its history of supporting Final Cut Pro and other leading NLE solutions. FORK versions 4.0 and higher support Mac OS(R) X Mavericks. Users should consult their integrator or support chain before updating. FORK integration with Final Cut Pro X requires version 10.1 or higher.

Final Cut Server Migrations to FORK
FORK can migrate all Final Cut Server assets, metadata, and productions into FORK clips and projects, with the option of leaving existing assets in place. FORK supports extensive scripting, including command lines, XML import/export, email notifications, user groups, and permissions.

Primestream will demonstrate FORK integration with Final Cut Pro X at the 2014 NAB Show at booth SL10216. The FORK integration with Final Cut Pro X is available now. More information is available by request to sales@primestream.com.

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Photo Caption: FORK(TM) With Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R) X Workflow

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Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Edit-While-Capture in Apple(R) Final Cut(R) Pro X

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About Primestream
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM) and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink services providers, digital media operations, and production/post-production facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

Mac, Final Cut Pro, and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Visionary Solutions Launches End-to-End IPTV Solution, PackeTV(R) Debuts at 2014 NAB Show

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — March 17, 2014 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) today announced the launch of its new PackeTV(R), a modular, end-to-end IP video network and asset management solution that enables secure, scheduled, and on-demand delivery of live and recorded video for enterprise, entertainment, education, healthcare, IT, broadcast, and house of worship markets. VSI will demonstrate the entire PackeTV ecosystem for the first time at the 2014 NAB Show, at booth SU8602, April 7-10 in Las Vegas.

With PackeTV, organizations can easily and cost-effectively deliver high-quality HD and SD, MPEG-2/H.264 video content to TVs, set-top boxes (STBs), PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other IP-connected devices across a wide range of networks, including LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi, cellular, and public Internet.

“PackeTV significantly enhances the VSI brand, establishing our company as an end-to-end solutions provider,” said VSI President Jordan Christoff. “The PackeTV ecosystem can quickly and easily be deployed in virtually any IT environment to support a variety of applications from corporate communication to video monitoring, training, and distance learning to legacy cable system replacement with TV over IP. By providing organizations with a single, end-to-end IP video network solution, VSI makes video distribution to any screen simple and affordable.”

The open-standard solution is compatible with a wide range of equipment, including VSI encoders and decoders, and features the same modular architecture as the encoder and decoder product lines allowing customers to upgrade as their budget permits. This modular flexibility lowers the base price of the equipment by allowing the customer to purchase only the features they need at the moment and upgrading the software as requirements change.

Through an intuitive, Web-based user interface, administrators can dynamically create and manage video assets for distribution across any type of network. Video assets are fully protected via AES 256/128-bit encryption, and access can be controlled right down to the individual user and group level through seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory. Frontline customer support guarantees a flawless installation and operation for the life of the solution.

The end-to-end PackeTV ecosystem includes:

- The PackeTV(R) Core System comprising:
– PackeTV(R) Portal, a powerful web-based administration interface that offers total control over the PackeTV system, including user and group permissions and dynamic video asset creation, management, protection, and distribution.
– PackeTV(R) Player, a browser-based, no-install player that provides CPU-efficient, high-quality playback of live, scheduled, and on-demand streams up to full HD 1920 x 1080p60.
– PackeTV(R) Player Mobile, an integrated player for iPhones(R), iPads(R), Android” tablets, and smartphones providing user authentication and full channel guide synchronization.

- The PackeTV(R) System Modules which are:
– PackeTV(R) Video on Demand (VOD) Module provides on-demand playback of archived/indexed video files, including library management and search capability.
– PackeTV(R) Network Video Record (NVR) Module supports scheduled recording and continuous archiving for monitoring and time-shift applications.
– PackeTV(R) Set-Top Box (STB) Module offers commercial IP STB integration into the PackeTV ecosystem so the entire PackeTV channel lineup can be viewed on HD or SD TV monitors, secured by AES 256/128-bit encryption and access control.
– PackeTV(R) Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Module creates an intuitive guide for scheduled programs based on data sourced from the broadcaster. The guide is displayed via an easy-to-read user interface and programs can be effortlessly recorded directly from the electronic programming guide.

To schedule a demonstration of PackeTV at the 2014 NAB Show, please contact: packetv@vsicam.com.

PackeTV will begin shipping in April 2014. More information about the company and its products is available at www.vsicam.com.

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Photo Caption: PackeTV(R) Logo White

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About Visionary Solutions, Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

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Revolabs Announces Acquisition by Yamaha Corporation

Will Continue to Operate as Wholly-Owned Subsidiary

SUDBURY, Mass. — March 17, 2014 — Revolabs announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Yamaha Corporation. The merger of the two companies will help Yamaha further grow its enterprise presence for audio equipment. Yamaha has also been developing, manufacturing, and selling voice communication devices and professional audio equipment for the expanding audio equipment market for many years, and the sharing of product lines, technology, know-how, and sales networks of both companies will enable the Yamaha Group to provide high-quality solutions for the diversifying needs of the market.

“With the market for conference room equipment expected to expand worldwide, I am extremely happy to welcome Revolabs — a company that has earned a high level of trust from customers and grown rapidly in this market — as a member of the Yamaha Group,” said Mr. Takuya Nakata, president of Yamaha Corporation. “Revolabs’ ethos of creating products that provide value for customers with strong technical capabilities as a base meshes well with the Yamaha Group’s corporate philosophy. By combining Revolabs’ wireless microphone systems and wireless conference phones with Yamaha’s voice communication devices and professional audio equipment, we expect to be able to create even more appealing solutions for our customers. In the future we aim to accelerate our progress in expanding sales in the electronics business domain, one of the goals announced in the Yamaha Management Plan 2016, our medium-term management plan, by combining the technology and know-how of both companies.”

Revolabs will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation and execute on its existing roadmap with the current management team. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of March 2014 after receipt of customary regulatory approvals. Moelis & Company acted as the exclusive financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal advisor to Revolabs in connection with the transaction.

“Since we started the company in 2005, Revolabs has shown an ability to innovate and bring exciting products to the market,” said Jean-Pierre Carney, CEO and founder of Revolabs. “We’ve grown a strong team, have an exciting roadmap with industry-leading technology, and were already on track to more than double our revenues this year. Taking advantage of the strengths of the two companies will make our solutions stronger and expand our reach around the globe. There are a lot of great synergies between Yamaha and Revolabs, and our customers will receive the most benefit from this merger.”

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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