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Bexel Helps Bring Broadcast Events into Focus with Multi-Million-Dollar Purchase of Panasonic P2 Camcorders, Monitors

Cameras and Monitors Will Help Support Upcoming Summer Events

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 16, 2012—Bexel (2012 NAB Show Booth C6833), a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has announced a multi-million-dollar commitment to Panasonic with the purchase of the company’s newest P2 AJ-HPX3100 cameras as well as HPM-200 P2 mobiles, 64GB P2 cards and hundreds of 17”, 15” and 9” monitors and peripheral gear. The purchase is part of Bexel’s ongoing efforts to support broadcasters during this summer’s larger sporting events, as well as other sports-related and reality television productions.

The new AJ-HPX3100 camcorder is a compact, lightweight 2/3-inch P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder, ideal for scripted, documentary, nature, cinema and commercial programming production. Similar in size to the popular HPX370, it offers two P2 slots and records in multiple worldwide formats.

“This purchase of the Panasonic HD camera equipment is extremely timely, considering this new gear will immediately go into service in London,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “Our clients want a turnkey workflow for production, specifically sports coverage, which requires a fast turnaround. One of the reasons we added the HPX3100 to our inventory was that it has Wi-Fi built into it. This allows users the ability to stand next to the camera with a device such as a tablet and see the content on the camcorder. The user can select and highlight clips, significantly reducing turnaround time.” The gear will also be used by clients in need of equipment that can withstand the grueling production schedules of other televised productions, such as reality TV broadcasts.

“Video professionals know that Bexel is the go-to company for equipment needs because of their knowledge and expertise,” says Joseph Facchini, vice president of sales, Panasonic System Communications of North America. “We are delighted that Bexel has chosen Panasonic P2 HD cameras and master-quality recorders, as well as our production-tough monitors, to equip world broadcasters covering the games this summer.”

The master-quality HPX3100 offers new features, including 24-bit audio in AVC-Intra 100/50, wireless metadata input capability via wireless LAN and a high-quality proxy recording option. The HPX3100 is equipped with six advanced gamma settings, including Film-Rec 600% mode (made popular by the VariCam), film-like shutter controls and intuitive film camera-like operation. It also features a built-in reverse scan that allows unique setups such as mounting the camera upside down or usage of an ultra prime lens or an anamorphic lens adapter to create a 2.35:1 aspect image.

To compliment the new camcorders, Bexel has purchased nearly 200 monitors. The high-definition LCD monitors range in size from nine to 17 inches. Bexel has also added to its inventory a significant amount of peripheral equipment, including mobile HD recorders, E-Series readers and memory cards.

“Providing clients with what they need from soup to nuts is always a driving force behind Bexel’s purchases. This new equipment, combined with our existing HD inventory, provides our customers with some of the most up-to-date HD technology,” adds Dickinson. “It also helps them ease the stress of meeting demanding production deadlines.”

For more information, stop by Bexel Rentals (Booth C6833) and Bexel Professional Sales (Booth C9046) at the 2012 NAB Show or visit www.bexel.com.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

Autoscript launches the Enhanced Prompting Imaging Centre – the next-generation prompting system

Twickenham, UK, April 13, 2012 Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, today launched the Enhanced Prompting Imaging Centre (EPIC – patent pending), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment and enables easier location prompting, while retaining the advanced features and functions of the Autoscript LED prompter series. more

Clear-Com Introduces New CC-300 and CC-400 Headsets at the 2012 NAB Show

New Headsets Offer Better Comfort, Improved Sound Quality and Greater Flexibility

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 12, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, will exhibit at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C8008) the latest additions to its line of professional headsets, the CC-300 and CC-400. The CC-300 and CC-400 offer extra comfort, better performance and more flexibility for audio professionals who are constantly using intercoms during the long hours of production. These headsets are compatible with Clear-Com’s wide range of wired and wireless intercoms.

Personalized for Comfortable Fit
Wearing headsets day in and day out while communicating with other team members over the intercom can easily and quickly exhaust broadcast operators. The new Clear-Com CC-300 single-ear headset and CC-400 double-ear headset were designed to reduce fatigue and accommodate individual preferences by offering a clear and comfortable audio experience.

The CC-300 and CC-400 headsets’ microphone booms can be rotated 300 degrees, allowing the microphone to be worn on the right or left side of the head. Users can also make the headsets larger or smaller by using the slide adjustments on either side of the headband. In addition, the enclosed headphones have very soft padding and a slight rotation to provide a better fit for users.

Balanced for High Performance
The CC-300 and CC-400 headsets are equipped with hyper-cardioid dynamic microphones and high ambient noise attenuation headphones that deliver balanced audio performance to the user. The acoustic isolation capability significantly reduces external background noise and with a clear audio profile, including up to 20 kHz frequency response, the new headsets are made for professionals who demand high quality sound.

Flexibility for Operational Convenience
The CC-300 and CC-400 headset microphones can be turned on and off by moving the microphone boom. Users need only to pull the boom gently downwards to turn on the microphone and push the boom gently upwards to turn it off, in effect giving the users a quick and simple mute to their intercom system.

Interchangeable cabling is another major benefit of the CC-300 and CC-400 headsets. Both headsets come with a standard four-pin female connector, but users can easily change the cable and connector at the base of the headset by using a Phillips screwdriver in order to accommodate different connector types. The same process can be used to repair and replace a damaged cable on the fly.

“Busy production staff members need a headset that they can slip on and immediately feel the difference in fit and performance,” says Stephen Sandford, Product Manager, Clear-Com. “The Clear-Com CC-300 and CC-400 deliver by providing long-lasting comfort and high-quality audio, and can be used in conjunction with virtually all of our intercom solutions.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

Anton/Bauer Offers First-Of-Its-Kind Customer Support On-Site Maintenance Program

Furthers Commitment to Providing Top-Notch Customer Support

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 12, 2012—Anton/Bauer (NAB Booth C7032), part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems, is pleased to introduce its new Customer Support On-Site Maintenance Program at the 2012 NAB Show. While the company has been known for providing top-notch customer support, it now offers onsite inventory management services for customers.

“At Anton/Bauer, we pride ourselves on offering the industry’s best customer support team,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development, Anton/Bauer. “Now, we’ve expanded our role to help clients manage inventories and get the best performance from Anton/Bauer batteries, chargers and accessories conveniently at their own locations.”

As part of this new offering, Anton/Bauer will give customers the unique option of having a customer support representative visit production facilities to help manage inventories, while maximizing valuable production time. The Customer Support On-Site Maintenance Program offers the following on-site maintenance options at a nominal fee:

• Update charger software
• Conduct battery testing
• Remove old batteries for recycling
• Complete minor repairs
• Replace banana and communication pins
• Provide tools, spares and instructions for replacing a broken pin
• Clean units
• Review status of all Anton/Bauer accessories
• Have PCBs on-hand to complete major repairs

For more information on these new offerings, contact Customer Support at (800) 541-1667 or support@antonbauer.com.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount system, InterActive chargers and Logic Series batteries such as the HyTRON 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight 2, ElipZ, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

Cerwin-Vega! Announces New Line of Mixers

Three New Models of Professional Audio Mixers for Live Performance and Recording

Cerwin-Vega! is introducing a line of professional audio mixers that are designed for live performance and recording applications. Available in 10, 12 or 16 channel versions, the new mixer range offers extensive features such as digital sound effects processing and USB input/output for laptop computer playback and recording. Built using premium-grade components that deliver precision audio performance, the mixers feature a commercial-grade metal housing for reliability and longevity. The mixers’ clear markings and color-coordinated knobs also allow for intuitive operation, including fast adjustment and easy operation in low-light situations.

With professional studio quality microphone inputs, dedicated gain controls and switchable phantom power, the new CV Mixers accommodate virtually any microphone. The INSERT, AUX and EFX sends allow connection to external dynamics, equalization and effects units giving a high level of customization. The peak LED indicator allows a user to check on the signal input of each channel. The mixers also feature TAPE IN and REC OUT RCA jacks, which enable users to directly connect to a CD/MP3 player or an audio recorder.

All three models of the CV Mixers feature four stereo line inputs and a MAIN L/R quarter-inch balanced TRS jack output. The 10-channel version also includes two mono line inputs and four XLR microphone inputs; the 12-channel model has four mono line inputs and six XLR inputs and the 16-channel mixer features eight mono line and 10 XLR microphone inputs. The 12- and 16-channel mixers also include a balanced XLR output and balanced sub group with alternate quarter-inch TRS output.

For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

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BEXEL PARTNERS WITH VIDYOCAST TO PROVIDE NEW A3 FIREFLY HD VIDEO OVER INTERNET SERVICE

Bexel to Highlight Turnkey Solutions for Political, Sports and News Content Contributors at the 2012 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 12, 2012—Bexel (2012 NAB Show Booth C6833), a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division, and the most respected and sought-after provider of broadcast services and solutions, is pleased to announce its new partnership with VidyoCast, the broadcast division of Vidyo®, Inc., to provide HD video over Internet. By teaming up with VidyoCast, Bexel will offer innovative, cost-effective service solutions for clients looking to incorporate remote content/commentary contribution into newscasts and live productions, including A3 Firefly, a light weight, small but powerful solution for Internet broadcasting, part of Bexel’s A3 (anyone, anytime, anywhere) line of flypack systems. more

Auralex Earns High Grades for Retrofit at Suffolk County Community College

Custom-Designed Acoustic Treatment Significantly Reduces Slap-Back Reflection in Sports and Exposition Complex

BRENTWOOD, NY, APRIL 11, 2012 – When Dominick Campana, general manager of Pro Sound Alliance, a division of Live Sound, Inc. and a design, sales and installation company specializing in sound systems for performing arts venues, athletic facilities, schools, government buildings and houses of worship, was given the task of retrofitting the Suffolk County Community College (SUNY Suffolk) Sports and Exhibition Complex, he turned to Auralex Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, for all of the buildings’ sound treatment needs. Several Auralex ELiTE ProPanels and Custom ELiTE ProBaffles were installed throughout the space.

The 4,000-seat field house’s reflective and parallel surfaces and sloping (quasi-parabolic) steel ceiling structure made the retrofit a necessity: Previous efforts to provide dynamic and articulate sound reinforcement throughout the facility, which is used for a wide array of events and room configurations, were all met with mixed results.

Having worked on a previous project at the school years earlier, Campana and his team were familiar with the buildings’ sound reinforcement problems. “The sound issues at the facility were threefold,” he says. “One, the sound quality was not sufficient for the multipurpose field houses’ needs. Intelligible speech throughout all of the listening areas was paramount, especially for graduation ceremonies. And basketball games, quite simply, had to rock. Two, the logistics required to set up for any one event were too costly and laborious. And three was the realization that the acoustic environment itself needed to be addressed.”

Campana turned to the experts at Auralex to provide a solution. Auralex engineers modeled the untreated space with 3,000 people and estimated the RT60 of 500Hz at 5.83 seconds. Auralex then designed a treatment scheme to reduce that RT60 to 3.15 seconds.

In order to reduce slap-back reflection between walls and achieve an acceptable reverberation time, 64 Auralex ELiTE ProPanels (4ft. x 10ft. x 2in. panels) were used across the walls. ProPanels are a fabric-wrapped, Class A, durable absorbent treatment that are easily wall mounted to help absorb discrete reflections and reverberation. In addition to the wall treatment, 260 Auralex Custom ELiTE ProBaffles (4ft. x 10ft. x 2in. Class A fire-rated panels) were suspended from the ceiling to help further control the room acoustics, especially the reflections between the ceiling and floor.

“Auralex not only provided the acoustic solution we were looking for, they provided a very quick turnaround time that was urgently needed,” adds Campana. “The facility sounds great, looks great and the client was very happy with the results.”

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) RF Central microLite HD Elite System Packs Powerful Punch at the 2012 NAB Show

Complete Video RF Link in a Performance Optimizing Portable Package Designed for the Next Generation of Compact Cameras Featuring Full HD/SDI Capabilities

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 11, 2012 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, features its RF Central microLite HD Elite system at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C6432 and OE1569).

The RF Central microLite HD Elite system is a complete video RF link in a portable package, with all required accessories specifically chosen to optimize total system performance. Featuring IMT’s award-winning microLite HD Transmitter and microLite HD Receiver, this complete setup includes hand selected antennas that are optimized for high gain, durability and low weight, providing exceptional range without compromising microLite HD’s signature portability. The receiver and transmitter are available in both the 5.8-GHz unlicensed or 2-GHz licensed bands.

“We are delighted at the success our portable RF Central microLite HD Elite system has had since its introduction,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “The microLite system provides a complete video RF link in a performance optimizing portable package that allows the user to set up an RF video solution with confidence.”

The microLite HD ultra-compact MPEG-4 COFDM digital transmitter can deliver up to 200mW from a package of less than 12 cubic inches. The latency is less than four frames in low latency setting. It also features superb H.264 HD and SD encoding capabilities while operating in the standard 2k DVB-T COFDM mode. The H.264 video encoder supports the main profile of the H.264 standard, providing a 30-percent bit rate reduction or video quality improvement compared to encoders, which only support the H.264 baseline profile.

Another hallmark feature of the microLite HD Elite system is its ergonomic mounting. The adjustable magic arm mount, from sister company Manfrotto, allows users to confidently set up the system and be sure that it is safe and secure at all times. This allows users to place the receiver in demanding locations and know that it will stay in place and achieve optimal reception.
The transmitter mounting is lightweight and has simplicity at its core. To keep the microLite truly “light,” a camera shoe bracket attaches to a Litepanels Micro light, providing just the right support with minimal added weight to the handheld camera.

In addition, a configurable DC power cabling system and AC power supply allows many options when connecting the system in the field. The adapters and cables can be mixed and matched between the receiver and transmitter for total flexibility, ensuring the user won’t get caught with mismatched power cables ever again.

The entire microLite HD Elite system is packaged in a waterproof pelican case that can go anywhere. The case is custom fitted for all the accessories and has extra space for cables and adapters.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.

Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.

Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.

Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

KRK EXPANDS CAPABILITIES AND ENHANCES SYSTEM INTEGRATION OF ERGO WITH SOFTWARE/FIRMWARE UPDATES

Following is information on Support for OSX Lion and Windows 7 Along with New Capabilities

A new software and firmware update is now available for KRK’s leading ERGO® Room Correction System. ERGO is an audio recording interface and room correction system designed to measure and analyze phase and frequency problems within a listening environment. To correct room issues, the internal digital signal processor analyzes and corrects room problems, improving the response at the listening position which results in mixes which translate far better to other playback systems. This latest version includes support for Apple® Mac OSX Lion 10.7.3 and Microsoft Windows® 7 SPI (32-/64-bit), and also improves the capabilities of ERGO, such as installation, calibration and configuration.

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VITEC GROUP ACQUIRES CAMERA CORPS AND EXPANDS REMOTE, SPECIALTY CAMERA SOLUTIONS FOR VITEC SERVICES DIVISION

BURBANK, CA, APRIL 11, 2012—Vitec Group Services Division, the leader in providing the highest quality broadcast equipment and engineering support for the most demanding broadcast and media productions, is pleased to announce the addition of U.K.-based Camera Corps Ltd. to its roster of broadcast solutions providers as part of the Vitec Group’s recent acquisition of the company. more

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