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Qualis Audio Names Prism Sound As Its New European Distributor

PORTLAND, OREGON, MAY 29, 2012 – Qualis Audio, a leading developer of professional audio measurement and monitoring instruments, with an emphasis on 5.1 surround sound, is pleased to announce today the appointment of Prism Sound as its exclusive distributor in the United Kingdom, Ireland and portions of continental Europe. The company will support sales of Qualis Audio’s Sentinel Surround Sound Audio Monitor outside of the United States, further bolstering the company’s reach to new and existing customers worldwide.
The Sentinel will be sold alongside Prism Sound’s already impressive lineup of audio equipment for applications that demand high quality and precision from manufacturers, including LOUDSOFT and Prism Sound’s own line of SADiE audio workstation software.
“This relationship with Qualis Audio is an opportunity to extend our business with both existing and new clients, by virtue of the existing Qualis Audio product line and new products in future,” says Graham Boswell, director of sales and marketing, Prism Sound. “Our customers have long been interested in the service quality and loudness monitoring that the Sentinel provides, and we are happy to provide them with this technology. A partnership with Qualis Audio, a company with a fantastic heritage in audio technology, strongly reinforces our brand and positioning. I am confident that we will be able to develop good business by working together to provide the best audio solutions for our clients.”
Doug Ordon, director of U.S. sales, Qualis Audio, says his company is happy to team up with Prism Sound. “Having a strong partner in the United Kingdom with such a stellar reputation will enable Qualis Audio to reach and educate new customers overseas. It also provides both of our companies with a chance to collaborate on future opportunities. Just as there are issues with loudness compliance here in the United States, our friends in Europe are also seeking ways to comply with EBU standards. We are happy to share the Sentinel with them as an innovative, cost-effective solution.”
Prism Sound:
1) Note To Editors
The name “Prism” is widely used in different markets and by many different companies worldwide. The Cambridge-based UK manufacturer of audio interfaces, test and measurement equipment and logging systems, to whom this press release refers, seeks to avoid commercial confusion with these other markets and companies by always using its full trading name, “Prism Sound”, in its commercial communications. To avoid further action by these companies, Prism Sound respectfully ask that this convention be followed in print and on-line media which refer to their company and products. Thank you.
2) About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufactures high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. In addition to Qualis, the Prism Sound product range includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products including the dScope Series III audio analyzer.
For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com or contact: Graham Boswell, Director of Sales & Marketing, Prism Sound group via email: Graham.boswell@prismsound.com or phone: +44 1353 648888.
About Qualis Audio
Founded in 2008, Qualis Audio is a leading developer of professional audio measurement and monitoring instruments for the broadcast industry. With an emphasis on surround, loudness and QoE, Qualis Audio is the only company in the broadcast market focused on audio measurement with roots in test and measurement.
Its flagship product, the Sentinel, is a network-connected surround sound audio monitor capable of unattended operation. In broadcast applications, it provides comprehensive measurements for CALM Act loudness compliance and QoE analysis. In addition to intelligent monitoring and archival logging, the Sentinel delivers innovative forensic and reporting capabilities. For more information visit www.qualisaudio.com.

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Masque Sound Hits the Right Note with AV Installation at Lincoln Center’s Newest Theater

Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater Dedicated to Producing Works of a New Generation

NEW YORK, MAY 29, 2012—When Yorke Construction was given the task of building Lincoln Center’s newest theater, the Claire Tow Theater, it turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events, to install and provide training for the abundance of AV equipment specified for the project. The new 23,000-square-foot, two-story state-of-the-art facility is home to a 112-seat theater and dressing rooms, as well as rehearsal and office space for Lincoln Center Theater (LCT) staff and an outdoor terrace surrounded by a green roof. This new addition to the facility furthers LCT’s programming initiatives, which are dedicated to producing the work of new artists and the development of new audiences.

“Having successfully worked with the project’s general contractor, Yorke Construction, on the 52nd street project and with Lincoln Center on a regular basis, this was a natural fit for us,” says Matthew Peskie, systems engineer, Masque Sound.

This new project will bring to fruition LCT’s long-held desire for a third theater to present the work of the next generation of its playwrights, directors and designers. As plans evolved for the campus-wide Lincoln Center Development Project, which is making Lincoln Center more open and accessible, this new addition became a reality as well. The Claire Tow Theater will play a vital role in this expansion, with the theater’s productions adding a new dimension of creative activity, as well as bringing a new audience, to Lincoln Center.

Masque Sound worked closely with Yorke Construction as well as design firm JaffeHolden and Tri-State AV union electricians, for the project. “Masque Sound is grounded in the theater world—they get it,” says Ben Bausher, senior consultant, audio and video systems group, JaffeHolden. “We have all worked together in some capacity, so for this project in particular it was like getting the band back together—the right team for the right project.”

From panel finishes to integrating equipment into the theater’s structure, Masque Sound was very much a part of the planning process. Among the equipment provided, the team selected Meyer Sound loudspeakers and system control processors. Open-architecture DSP processors from Symetrix are used to control the facility paging system. “Meyer Sound is an industry standard when it comes to Broadway and theater, as their transparent speakers offer a very blank canvas,” adds Peskie. “All Meyer speakers in the facility are portable, so when configurations change for new shows, they have that flexibility. In addition, the amount of AV panels and the connectivity that they offer allow for flexibility no matter the size or scale of the production.”

Other gear the team provided includes a Soundcraft Vi1 Console, Clear-Com communications system, QSC amplifiers, Mackie 1202-VLZ3 professional compact mixer, cabling infrastructure and stage boxes, along with additional custom-AV solutions.

Each year the Claire Tow Theater will produce a season of new plays and musicals in its new home. It will serve not only as a nurturing arena for artists to hone their skills but will also provide a stepping stone for these artists who, it is hoped, will continue their professional lives at Lincoln Center’s larger theatrical venues. All tickets to Claire Tow Theater productions are priced at an affordable $20.00.

“It is an honor to be able to work at such a cultural institution as Lincoln Center, helping to build a facility that will allow today’s future artists to achieve greatness in the arts,” continues Peskie. “The new theater sounds great and is absolutely stunning. The success of this project can truly be chalked up to the relationships and everyone’s deep understanding and experience in theater-install systems.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Matt Danilowicz to Head Expanded Vitec Videocom

Bury St Edmunds, UK: 23 May 2012The Vitec Group plc (“Vitec”), the international provider of products and services for the broadcast, photographic, and MAG (military, aerospace and government) markets, has appointed Matt Danilowicz as CEO of its Vitec Videocom division. He replaces Joop Janssen who has held the role since 2003, and is moving on to become CEO of EVS Broadcast Equipment.

Danilowicz has demonstrated incisive leadership in the broadcast industry, working with a number of major manufacturers. Within Vitec Videocom, Danilowicz was CEO of Clear-Com for five years until 2010, and at the beginning of 2012 he returned to head Bexel, the US-based rental and services company. Alongside his appointment as divisional CEO, Bexel is being merged with Vitec Videocom, and he will align the two organisations, strengthening still further the focus on the broadcast and professional video market, which is a core element of the Vitec Group’s three market strategy.

For the immediate future, Danilowicz will be based at Bexel’s head office in Los Angeles. To support him there is an addition to the Vitec Videocom senior management team. Paul Watson joins the division following a 20 year career in a range of industries, based in Germany and Switzerland as well as the UK. His primary role is as General Manager, Supports, overseeing the work of Vitec’s brands O’Connor, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec, based in the Bury St Edmunds offices in the UK. As a member of the senior management team he will also provide support for Danilowicz in European time zones.

“Over the last nine years Joop Janssen has driven growth and market share for the Vitec Videocom brands,” said Stephen Bird, CEO of the Vitec Group. “We thank him for his many achievements and wish him well as his career progresses. Matt Danilowicz is one of the most accomplished managers in our industry, which is why we worked so hard to bring him back into the Vitec Group to head Bexel. He is the natural choice to take Vitec Videocom on to the next level.”

Matt Danilowicz added, “Under Joop’s guidance, Vitec Videocom has become one of the most exciting companies in our industry, packed with innovative brands that are part of the fabric of the industry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Joop for the success he has brought to the company. I am relishing the challenge of taking it to the next level maximising the customer proposition of Vitec Videocom by building on those brands to develop complete solutions around the camera.”

Danilowicz formally takes up the role of divisional CEO on 1 August 2012. Until that date he is working closely with Joop Janssen to ensure a smooth transition and a seamless handover. Paul Watson joins the business on 11 June 2012. While continuing to drive the Staging business, fellow Vitec divisional CEO Jerry Gepner will also assist Matt with key advice and counsel during the transition.

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.

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U.K. Hire Facility Decode Selects Anton/Bauer Batteries to Power Arri Alexa for Diverse Video Projects

DIONIC HC Ensures Long-Lasting, Reliable Power in Lightweight Package

LONDON, MAY 21, 2012—Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is the battery, charger and accessories supplier of choice for Decode, a London-based equipment hire company, to help reliably power the ARRI ALEXA. Decode employs Anton/Bauer DIONIC HC batteries, TM4 chargers and the QR-HOTSWAP-AR Gold Mount to power ARRI ALEXA cameras, ensuring its clients experience dependable operating times as well as the most secure camera connection with seamless power.

Specializing in high-end cameras, grips and lighting for feature films, commercials and corporate productions as well as 3D rigs with crews for special projects, Decode is one of the leading equipment hire facilities in the U.K. Notable projects the company has worked on include MTV’s Living on the Edge, Fashion Week, commercials for the Sony PlayStation, Doritos, Microsoft and Nike and music videos for AC/DC, Pink and Portishead.

“We frequently have clients who are very concerned with the output of batteries and therefore the operating time that Anton/Bauer provides is important for every job,” says Decode Kitroom Technician Tony Shocash. “Not only do they charge fast and are robust, but we have found that they are the most reliable and longest-lasting batteries. The digital readout is much more accurate than a light-up panel for predicting when a change will need to be made. Also, the Gold Mount is fantastic, both for securing to the plate and for its connection.”

Part of the company’s Logic Series batteries, the DIONIC HC is suitable for powering high-current applications in a lightweight package. Designed through close work with cell manufacturers, the DIONIC series incorporates high-capacity cells that can sustain a 10 amp draw. To continually ensure cell protection and performance integrity, a special honeycomb cell pack design protects the cells for both the DIONIC HC and the DIONIC HCX. The DIONIC HC provides 91Wh and can operate a 40-watt HD camera for more than two hours. Transported as carry-on luggage without restrictions, the DIONIC HC is the perfect lightweight battery for shooting on location.

Decode also provides the Anton/Bauer QR-HOTSWAP-AR Gold Mount to its ARRI ALEXA users. “The Gold Mount is fantastic, both for securing to the plate and for its seamless connection to the camera,” says Shocash. “It saves a massive amount of time and it is practically impossible to inadvertently knock the battery off, whereas V-locks can become disconnected when the camera is moved. Combined run-time for multiple batteries can be seen in the camera’s viewfinder.”

Shocash is also pleased with Anton/Bauer’s TM4 four-position chargers. “The TM4 charger is very useful for working fast and makes the turnaround much easier for A/C since you can charge multiple batteries simultaneously,” he says.

All carry-on/checked baggage passenger rules should be verified with your specific carrier prior to travel. For more information on Li-Ion travel, refer to www.antonbauer.com.

For more information on Decode, visit http://decodeuk.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, 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.

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Top Television Stations in Malaysia Select Power Options, On-Camera Lighting From Anton/Bauer

SHELTON, CT, MAY 10, 2012—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is pleased to announce it is the battery provider of choice for leading television stations in Malaysia. Whether shooting live events or the evening news, Anton/Bauer batteries, chargers and on-camera lighting have become a trusted part of production ensembles in the region.

For more than 10 years, System Television Malaysia (TV3) and the Astro satellite television broadcasting service have been exclusively using Anton/Bauer batteries and chargers to help power Panasonic professional cameras. During broadcasts, live telecasts and recorded programs, these stations trust the DIONIC® 90, DIONIC HC and DIONIC HCX, among other batteries from Anton/Bauer, to provide maximum battery performance, superior reliability and legendary life cycle.

The DIONIC 90 was designed by Anton/Bauer to deliver consistently reliable performance even in the most challenging shooting environments on Earth. Weighing only 1.7 pounds, the DIONIC 90 is a 95 Wh battery that can handle a consistent load of six amps, and offers run times ranging from six hours at 15 watts to 1.75 hours at 50 watts. What’s more, the DIONIC HC series was designed to handle the demands of today’s power-hungry equipment, utilizing advanced lightweight, high-current and high-capacity lithium ion cells. The HC series utilizes a honeycomb design to protect cells from puncture and minimize damage in the event of failure. The 91 Wh DIONIC HC sustains a 10-amp draw and can operate a 40-watt HD camera for more than two hours. The DIONIC HCX is a 124 Wh capacity battery with the ability to sustain a 10-amp draw, and run a 40-watt camera with a 20-watt light for two hours. Both include a motion-detection feature that incorporates a “deep sleep” setting reducing battery self-discharge, allowing for extended periods of storage with minimal capacity loss. The battery can be “awakened” by the built-in motion sensor.

To make available precise run-time data and superior reliability, the DIONIC 90, DIONIC HC and DIONIC HCX all include an enhanced RealTime® LCD fuel gauge to display up to nine hours of run time (under low power load conditions) using a seven-segment display enclosed by four circular arcs that indicate 15-minute time intervals.

“Anton/Bauer batteries are an ideal fit for these stations because they are compatible with every camera they use now and also in the future,” says Chee San Wan, general manager of VME Broadcast Sdn Bhd, the company’s distributor in the Malaysia market. “The batteries are safe, optimized for performance and can detect camera loads. They prove to be a worthy investment time after time.”

The local stations also use the Ultralight 2-20 (UL2-20) camera-mounted lights. The Ultralight system was designed to include a variety of lighting options, including LED, HMI and tungsten, and provides creative options and flexibility to achieve the perfect light for any shot quickly and seamlessly. Featuring the integral 20” PowerTap® cable, which plugs directly into the PowerTap receptacle on all Gold Mounts®, the Ultralight System shares power with the camera from a single battery. The compact, lightweight UL2 base is the foundation of this quick-change head module system without adding any perceptible weight, bulk or external cables. Unlike other on-camera lights, with the head module removed, the base folds down into itself like a pocketknife and can remain on the camera at all times, even when the camera is in its case.

For more information, visit www.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, 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.

NEP Studios Selects Autoscript Teleprompting Gear to Help Automate Newsroom and Studio Productions in New York

SHELTON, CT, MAY 8, 2012—NEP Studios, a division of NEP Broadcasting, LLC, and one of the largest independent providers of studio production and post-production facilities in Manhattan, recently purchased a quantity of Autoscript equipment for use at its Studio 33, Studio 52, Studio 54, 5th Avenue Studio and Midtown Studio locations. By selecting teleprompters and prompting software from Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and the world’s leading teleprompting company, NEP Studios is able to streamline and help automate the variety of productions it works on.

Known for its premier talent and technical expertise, NEP Studios recently purchased a series of 17- and 19-inch teleprompter monitors (LED17TFT and LED19TFT, respectively), 15-inch talent monitors, +ClockPlus+ timecode displays and +WinPlus-News+ software from Autoscript for use in five of its nine state-of-the-art studio facilities in Manhattan. Autoscript’s LED17TFT and LED19TFT wide-angle, on-camera prompters incorporate the latest in Autoscript’s illumination technology, the TFT (thin-film transistor) LED system. Unlike CCFLs (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Tubes), which take many minutes to reach full efficiency and light output, the LED17TFT and LED19TFT offer instant warm-up to full brightness. In addition, these on-camera teleprompters come with a wide-angle hood, making them optimal for news- or studio-based productions.

“The equipment is being used in various ways, from a standard prompting system with talent monitor and clock showing running time, to a more sophisticated solution integrated with the Avid iNEWS or ENPS systems, depending on the installation,” says Frank Lanzer, senior engineer and project engineering manager for NEP Studios. Autoscript’s +WinPlus-News+ software is a powerful and versatile prompting package that features user-friendly drop-down menus and configurable display options. The +WinPlus News+ package comes complete with a configurable five-button Deskpad Optical Scroll Control and a PCI Promptcard, which provides two video outputs (PAL/NTSC) and Genlock option. Autoscript now also offers the WinPlus PCI card with an optional SDI card with five video outputs.

+WinPlus-News+ is compatible with all leading newsroom systems, including ENPS and iNEWS, which allows NEP Studios to integrate show rundowns and clip information. The incorporated use of both ENPS and iNEWS with the WinPlus software provides NEP Studios with an all-in-one solution for show rundowns, cues and prompting.

“The studio setup is fairly straightforward, so we are using the complete Autoscript solution,” says Frank Lanzer, senior engineer and project engineering manager for NEP Studios. “From mounting plates and weights to monitors and clocks, Autoscript has given us a simplified, scalable solution without the need to fabricate any mounting brackets—we can quickly reconfigure the prompters as needed for a particular application.” The +ClockPlus+ is an LED SMPTE/EBU timecode display that has the added feature of changing color from green to red when a suitable Tally input is applied.

The New York NEP Studios were built and configured for the specific needs of individual clients, so the equipment used varies between locations. Typically the studios’ equipment complement includes Vinten pedestals and Jimmy Jibs, with prompters, talent monitors and +ClockPlus+ displays, shooting with either Sony or Thomson HD cameras, using Canon and Fuji lenses. What’s more, the studio infrastructures includes Trinix and Concerto routing switchers, EVS and K2 disk recorders, Sony XD Cam Decks, Kalypso, Kayak and Sony 8000 switchers.

For more information and to find an authorized Autoscript dealer, please visit www.Autoscript.tv or contact ussales@autoscript.tv.

About Autoscript

Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the US and the UK, Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry. Autoscript provides a complete range of teleprompters for PC and the i-Series, the best designed and built hardware, PC cards and software, and—with its expanding line of intuitive accessories—is the new definition in prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group. For more information visit www.autoscript.tv.

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.

RTW’s TM3 Supports Loudness Monitoring for RTL Formula One Coverage

Martin Leuenberg (left), sales manager, Germany, RTW with Tobias Vees (right), executive manager for technical systems and business development at Wige Broadcast.

Prior to Its Official Launch, New Meter Becomes Part of Wige Broadcast’s Mobile TV Broadcast System

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 3 MAY 2012 – RTW, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, is pleased to announce it recently delivered three pre-production units of the new TM3 TouchMonitor to Cologne, Germany-based Wige Broadcast, prior to RTW’s official sales launch of the new product. German Broadcaster RTL, which relied on Wige Broadcast’s technical infrastructure for this year’s Formula One coverage, employed the units during the first Formula One races in Australia and Malaysia, where they passed acid tests.
The three RTW units are part of Wige Broadcast’s extensively preconfigured mobile production system, which the company flies from race to race, setting it up on site. Despite the considerable workload the equipment must handle, Tobias Vees, executive manager for technical systems and business development at Wige Broadcast, says the units operated flawlessly.
“Even after countless transports, temperature fluctuations, and continuous assembling and disassembling, the units operated smoothly,” says Vees. “In addition, our on-site users liked the extremely straightforward operating concept of the TM3, as well as the option of placing the unit horizontally or vertically, as needed.”
For the Formula One broadcasts, Wige Broadcast used the TM3 TouchMonitor as a component of the on-site edit suites. The signal inputs of the TM3 are extremely flexible and provide a number of formats, including analog (balanced and unbalanced), AES3 and S/PDIF-features that Vees appreciates. “When it comes to selecting input sources, the TM3 is extremely flexible,” he explains. “Fast integration of the devices into existing setups is simple and straightforward.
Vees notes that while the RTW TM3 TouchMonitor wasn’t the only metering system his company tried, it was the one Wige Broadcast liked the best. “We had tested various options for loudness metering for this project,” he explains. “These also included plug-ins installed right on the edit computer. It soon became obvious, however, that a dedicated hardware solution offers many benefits compared to software metering. In addition to the display quality and speed, the accuracy of the metered values plays a key role. In my opinion, no plug-in was capable of achieving the same degree of reliability and display accuracy offered by the TM3.”
A plug-in would have also required on-screen space, and is never on top when actually needed. “On the other hand,” says Vees, “an external unit always shows the relevant settings in the same place and in the highest quality, regardless of the computer’s graphics configuration.”
Moreover, Vees also reported that the hardware units enjoy much greater user acceptance. “With regards to critical parameters such as level and loudness, users want to be sure that they can rely on the readout,” he says. “At the end of the day, a dedicated unit specifically designed for that single purpose is much more trustworthy to them-in particular when it bears the RTW logo.”
“We are very glad that Wige Broadcast relies on the TM3 TouchMonitor to realize such a demanding project,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “We are convinced that the TM3 is an extremely flexible and reliable entry-level solution for loudness-metering applications.”
The RTW TM3 TouchMonitor is a solution for quick and easy use in loudness metering. The system comprises a display unit featuring a 4.3-inch touch screen for horizontal or vertical use and a separate interface box. The easy-to-learn operating concept allows for fast selection of presets that are configured using the Devicer DC1 software, which is available for Macintosh and Windows. In addition to PPM and true-peak instruments, the TM3 offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards: EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85, and ARIB. Instruments include single-channel and summing bar graphs, loudness range, and numerical displays. The TM3 stereo version handles analog and digital audio; in addition, the TM3-6CH version also supports six-channel digital input. (An upgrade option for stereo units is available.)

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced audio systems for professional users. The company focuses its business on tools for visual signal analysis and loudness metering that is in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio includes the TouchMonitor range, a series combining highest flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis features, and the SurroundControl series providing a full feature set for monitoring, controlling, and routing stereo, multichannel, and surrounds signals. Both ranges share intuitive built-in surround-signal visualization thanks to the Surround Sound Analyzer, which has set new standards in the pro-audio industry. In June 2008, RTW was certified for the internationally accepted DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 quality-management standard.

For more information, visit www.rtw.de or www.facebook.com/rtw.de, or call +49 221 709130.

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Anton/Bauer Helps Keep PACSAT International On the Move with Dependable Batteries and Round-The-Clock Customer Service

HyTRON 140 Batteries Meet the Power Demands of Company’s High Definition Workload

SHELTON, CT, MAY 3, 2012—Anton/Bauer® has been supporting PACSAT International, a full-service video and audio production, post-production and satellite transmissions company for the last 20 years. PACSAT has come to rely on the dependability of batteries from Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, whether shooting breaking news, major sporting events like the Olympics, a Katy Perry special for MTV or videos for corporate clients. Anton/Bauer’s HyTRON® 140 batteries have allowed PACSAT International Director of Photography Ken Cavalli and his production crew to focus on the creative work at hand without worrying about power needs.

“Since we’ve been using the HyTRON 140, I no longer have to think about the longevity of a battery when I go on shoots,” says Cavalli, who typically uses the Sony PDWF800. “When I use a HyTRON 140 battery, I know it’s going to work and it’s going to get me through the job with no issues.”

Anton/Bauer’s HyTRON 140 battery is ideally suited to the power demands of today’s high definition equipment and on-camera lighting systems. In lower-power applications, it can provide power for many hours without limits or travel restrictions. The HyTRON 140 also offers an excellent counterbalance to offset the weight of a lens. With the recent transition to HD cameras, the HyTRON 140 typically provides up to four hours of run time with a single battery. A new cell technology has been employed to provide key improvements in battery life, durability and discharge performance in all environments.

PACSAT International also uses Anton/Bauer’s Ultralight® 2 camera-mounted light and the 2700 series PowerChargers, including the four-position Quad 2702 and compact two-position DUAL 2722 chargers. According to Cavalli, the products not only help to provide seamless and reliable power, they also come with Anton/Bauer’s steadfast customer support, which has become a valuable part of his productions. If something goes awry during a crucial moment of a shoot, Cavalli and his crew know they can always turn to Anton/Bauer for help.

“During the last Olympics, I was doing a shoot in a bay, when a wave splashed some of my gear,” explains Cavalli. “While I was able to keep the camera dry, after a while, it started to malfunction. I immediately called up [Global Customer Support Manager] Joe Teodosio, who I knew was on site throughout the entire span of the games. Not only did he provide the replacement gear for the back of my camera directly from the camera manufacturer, he helped me get back out there to shoot within 40 minutes.

“The type of support they provide at major events and from their headquarters throughout the year shows just how much they care about their customers—always thinking ahead and having a full stock of gear saved my shoot. If I need anything, I know they’re out there to help me.”

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, 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.

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Grammy Award-Winning Classical Cellist Uses the DPA 4061 and DPA 4088 Microphones for All Performances on the Silk Road Ensemble Tour

Yo-Yo Ma’s Audio Engineer Jody Elff relies on DPA Microphones’ 4088 cardioid headset and 4061 omnidirectional miniature microphones for the Silk Road Ensemble tour.

The Silk Road Ensemble, featuring the Grammy-winning classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, explores the intersection of a variety of musical traditions, drawing inspiration from the historic Silk Road network of trade routes, where wildly diverse cultures and ideas mingled and evolved. The tour combines Western instruments like the violin, viola, cello, and bass with such Eastern instruments as the shakuhachi, kamanchech, oud, pipa, and sheng. more

Bexel Maintains Commitment to Live Event Production with Purchase of Additional EVS XT3 Server Systems

Million-Dollar Upgrade Designed to Provide Increased Power, Flexibility in Any Production Environment

BURBANK, CA, MAY 1, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announced its recent acquisition of eight EVS XT3 six-channel production servers with 900GB drives, three EVS XS six-channel production servers and a host of IPDirector suites, 24x900GB SAS Expansion chassis, XStoreSE 20TB storage and support equipment. The new equipment purchase is part of Bexel’s million-dollar server upgrade, designed to meet industry demand and provide its clients with the latest and fastest platform system on the market today.

“At Bexel, we are continuing our commitment to EVS and our leadership in the live event production space,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “With several major events up ahead this year, we are taking the opportunity to do a major upgrade of our systems for use in our flypacks and larger system projects. The XT3 is the latest, fastest platform available today and we look forward to offering these servers and other EVS solutions to our clients.”

With its flexible eight-channel SD/HD architecture and six-channel 3D/1080p configuration, the new generation of XT servers combines the EVS series’ world-class speed and reliability with ultimate capability and performance. XT3 integrates today’s top IT and broadcast technologies, offering broadcasters and producers unparalleled motion control and adaptability. All of the EVS XT3 and XS servers will have 900GB SAS disk drives for increased storage capacity.

Based on its unique loop recording technology and powerful networking capabilities, XT3 offers operators complete media control from ingest to playout, including live editing, slow-motion replays, multi-channel playback and transfer to third-party systems such as craft editors, automation, archiving or storage. The XT3 is the first server to natively support such a wide range of codecs without requiring hardware changes, allowing production teams to select among different compression schemes they want to use throughout the entire edit process. Designed to boost broadcasters’ live and near-live production capabilities, XT3 provides operators with the highest available level of bandwidth, flexibility and control.

“We’re pleased to be involved in a long-lasting partnership with Bexel,” said Frederic Garroy, EVS Americas general manager. “Bexel remains committed to EVS’ technology as we provide versatile solutions to capture a wide range of productions from live remote events to studio productions in sports, news, and entertainment. The XT3 server is a must-have solution for customers like Bexel. In today’s broadcasting world, speed, reliability, capability and performance are essential when it comes to providing top-notch programming. ”

For more information, 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.

About EVS
EVS designs leading broadcast and media production systems for sports, news and TV entertainment. Its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionized live broadcasting, and its reliable and integrated tapeless solutions are now widely used for non-linear editing and 3D HD productions across the globe.

The company’s dedicated systems offer a complete production platform with live-action replays (including super- and ultra-slow motion), clips creation, fast turnaround editing, content production, asset management, time delay, multi-cam and multi-feed recording, logging, live graphic analysis, digital transmission, multi-format ingest and play-back, as well as second screen delivery. EVS also offers software applications such as IPDirector® and MulticamLSM®, which are designed to control the industry’s most robust and flexible production platform, the XT series server. The world’s leading broadcasters, including NBC, BSkyB, FOX, RTBF, RTL, NHK, CANAL+, ABC, ESPN, TF1, CCTV, PBS, CBS, BBC, ZDF, Channel One, Channel7, RAI, TVE, NEP, MEDIAPRO, EUROMEDIA, BEXEL, ALFACAM and many others, use EVS’ solutions.

The company is headquartered in Belgium and has more than 20 customer support offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. EVS currently employs more than 400 professionals and sells its branded products globally.

For more information on EVS, please visit www.evs.tv.

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