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Anton/Bauer to Join Panasonic Broadcast Team

Industry and Event Expertise Position Companies for Gold-Winning Performance

LONDON, JULY 11, 2012—Since 1992, 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, has been supporting Panasonic for the Olympic Games. At the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Anton/Bauer will once again take on this role for the Panasonic broadcast cameras, including the Panasonic AG-3DP1 integrated twin-lens 3D camera recorder, which will be equipped with Anton/Bauer’s DIONIC® HC battery.

“Without batteries, you cannot power cameras, so we value being business partners with Panasonic. In turn, as Panasonic develops cameras for broadcasters that include the Anton/Bauer Gold Mount, we are sure to continue to recommend our solutions that meet the power requirements for the newest cameras.” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development, Anton/Bauer.

The AG-3DP1 is a shoulder-mounted, P2HD Series integrated twin-lens 3D camera recorder that is highly mobile and easy to handle. The AG-3DP1 comes with a 17x twin-lens zoom lens system that features an expanded range for both wide-angle and telephoto settings to provide an angle of view for diverse shooting situations. The combination of high-sensitivity, high-resolution 2.2-megapixel 1/3-type 3MOS sensors and a high-quality AVC-Intra codec achieves high-quality 3D HD recording with 1920 x 1080 full-pixel resolution and 10-bit 4:2:2 full sampling.

The DIONIC HC—known for being small, yet extremely powerful—was selected to provide users with portable power while capturing the games. Offering 91Wh, the DIONIC HC can operate a 40-watt HD camera for more than two hours. Broadcasters traveling by air to the Olympics can conveniently transport the DIONIC HC as carry-on luggage without restrictions, as well as checked baggage. The DIONIC HC incorporates a special honeycomb design to protect cells and is the perfect lightweight battery for shooting on location* anywhere in the world and capturing once-in-a-lifetime footage in London. What’s more, the DIONIC HC offers broadcasters precise run-time data and superior reliability via its enhanced RealTime® LCD fuel gauge that displays 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.

“In addition to having reliable products, our accumulated experience through the years positions us as a valuable partner during these high-profile events,” adds Minowa. “Not only do the broadcasters receive top-notch gear, but they also have access to our leading customer support should they require it while on site.”

*For more information about Li-Ion travel, refer to 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.

Pacific Television Center Announces Company Promotions

LOS ANGELES, JULY 11, 2012 ─ Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, announced today several employee promotions and a new hire, effective immediately, in an effort to further support the company’s continued growth. Andrea Bracken, Nick Castaneda, Sang Voong and Tim Margheim have all been promoted to new key roles at the company.

“We are really excited to announce these new promotions,” says Richard Neri, President, PacTV. “We have experienced quite a bit of growth over the last few years and it became evident that it was time to better utilize the exceptional talent and skill of our staff to support our business further.”

Andrea Bracken has been promoted to Vice President of Administration and Accounting. Her responsibilities include financial analysis, cash management, managing accounting functions, payroll, human resources, insurance, banking relations, tax reporting, regulatory compliance and internal controls. In addition, she has been appointed Corporate Secretary for Pacific Television Center, Inc. Andrea’s years of experience in administration and management should prove very useful as she embraces this new position at PacTV.

Nick Castaneda has been promoted to Vice President of Development. In addition to his role managing the New York branch, Nick will also be responsible for new business development. Nick’s enthusiasm for new technology and commitment to client engagement should prove invaluable in his new position.

Sang Voong has been promoted to the new position of Administration / Accounting. Sang will oversee contract administration, corporate travel arrangements, audits and best practices in accounting and administration. He will also be responsible for developing and maintaining client distribution lists for external communications and will provide administrative assistance to senior management. Sang has proved to be an important asset to our company and we are happy to have him further develop his role.

Finally, PacTV has promoted Tim Margheim to the new position of Operations Facilitator. Tim’s responsibilities include ensuring quality assurance of MCR (master control room) services, developing and maintaining best practices and standard operating procedures and IT reliability. In addition, he will act as a liaison between our MCRs, clients and vendors in deploying complex work orders and projects. Tim began his career with PacTV as an MCR operator in 2007.

ABOUT PACIFIC TELEVISION CENTER
For more than 30 years, Los Angeles-based Pacific Television Center has been a leading transmission and live production provider to the global broadcast industry offering its clients around-the-clock support and services in fiber connectivity, downlinks, satellite coordination, receive and records, multi-format tape play outs, live shots, satellite media tours and voiceovers. On a local level, its broadcast facility in Los Angeles connects to the ATT/PacBell Hollywood Hub and The Switch Los Angeles; in New York, it connects to Ascent Media Waterfront, The Switch New York and Azzurro; and in London, its facility has multiple circuits to and from BT Tower. Additional services include the PacTV Pools in Los Angeles, remote location production via Western Pacific Mobile Microwave in Los Angeles, and a fiber network to several countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and France. The company’s solid reputation has led to successful relationships with major networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, CNN, BSkyB and BBC in the UK, Network TEN in Australia and Sky in New Zealand as well as top carriers including SingTel, SES World Skies, BT, Nexion, XO Communications, Aldea, Colt, Verizon, and Level 3/Vyvx. For more information regarding Pacific Television Center, visit www.pactv.com.

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PACIFIC TELEVISION CENTER LONDON GEARS UP FOR MAJOR SPORTING EVENT COVERAGE

Company to Offer Live Shot Locations, Studio Use for Non-Rights Holders

LONDON, JULY 9, 2012 – Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, will provide several services for non-rights holders seeking broadcast coverage of the major sporting event taking place in London from July 27 – August 12. PacTV also offers year round services at the same affordable pricing, including live-shot locations in East London near the sporting event’s primary venue, as well as use of the facility’s two studios and 24/7 satellite delivery capabilities.

PacTV London has been distributing sports coverage in HD and SD around the world since it opened in 2004. It has been the go-to company for many international broadcasters seeking a reliable partner for transmitting content back home. Thanks to PacTV’s prominent location near all of the action, sports reporters and journalists that do not hold rights to broadcast in and around the area where the main sporting event will take place will be able to send their content back home easily. The facility has planned views of the sporting event’s main venue and a classic London city background (including black taxis and double-decker buses) conveniently located in front of PacTV’s East London branch.

“All eyes will be on London this summer and we are very happy to offer non-rights holders the means to cover this special event,” says Paul Abbott, Branch Manager, PacTV London. “Our customers know they can count on us anytime during the year, whether it is a special event or not, for top-notch service at affordable pricing. That being said, we are eager to work with new customers to help them achieve their broadcasting goals as well.”

With 22-circuits to/from BT Tower, PacTV is a major broadcast hub for the United Kingdom, providing a pathway to all of Europe. In addition, all circuits are capable of transmitting or receiving uncompressed 270-Mb SD and 1.5-G HD signals. All remote, uncompressed HD or SD content being delivered to PacTV London is encoded using JPEG 2000, MPEG-2, or MPEG-4, depending on the requested format from the client. From there, the content will be sent out over PacTV’s established fiber network.

Further, PacTV London is directly connected to PacTV Los Angeles through a dedicated OC-48 fiber path, as well as to PacTV New York through a dedicated OC-12 fiber path. Truly a triple-threat, PacTV is capable of transmitting content around the world in seconds.

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DPA Microphones Took Center Stage for Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular

Boston Pops Calls on DPA Annually for the Nationally Broadcast Live Event

BOSTON, JULY 4, 2012
– The Boston Symphony Orchestra has once again tapped DPA Microphones for its nationally broadcast, live Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Held annually in the Hatch Shell at the Esplanade along the Charles River, the concert and fireworks show hosts nearly 400,000 attendees. As the most watched Independence Day performance in the U.S. each year, the Pops have continued to rely on DPA Microphones to ensure that audio at the Spectacular is as magnificent as the rockets’ red glare.

With limited rehearsal time and over one hundred production inputs, the Pops needed gear that sounded good from the start and worked dependably. DPA Microphones fit the bill for miking the orchestra, and the audio crew made good use of several of the company’s equipment options during the event. DPA could be found across the stage throughout the evening’s performance, with the d:vote™ 4099 instrument microphones in the strings section, 4023 compact cardioid microphones on the piano and in the woodwinds section, and 4066 omni headset microphones worn by the vocalists and narrators.

While there were many DPA microphones on stage, revelers and home viewers would have had to look closely to find the gear during the show. “One thing we like about the DPA line is that they have lots of low-profile miniature capsules and microphones that are ideal for television projects,” says Steve Colby, Boston Pops sound designer and music mixer for the TV broadcast of the Spectacular. “DPA makes it easy to use a lot of microphones but not have the gear in the way of the camera shots, which makes the directors happy.”

The discreet nature of the DPA microphones used during the performance wasn’t the only thing that drew Colby to the brand. Since the Fourth of July concert is held at an outdoor venue, Colby and the Pops needed microphones that could withstand the extreme weather changes of a summer day in Boston.

“We were looking for exceptionally high-quality, great-sounding microphones that were robust and dependable in semi-hostile outdoor conditions, such as heavy rain and high temperatures,” continues Colby. “We’ve had great luck with the DPA line. There are a lot of other high-end microphones that we’ve used throughout the years, but sometimes those were tough to use in the high-humidity conditions that often roll in over the city. DPA has been very dependable in these situations.”

In addition to using DPA Microphones for the Fourth of July Concert each year, the Boston Pops Orchestra also relies on DPA’s 4023 and d:vote 4099 microphones for most of its theatrical performances, whether it’s a simple presentation or a full Broadway-style show.

“Another thing we like about the DPA microphones, and the 4099s in particular, is that, unlike a lot of other clip-on microphones, they sound really good,” declares Colby. “Usually, there’s a tradeoff between having a microphone attached to an instrument and having a great sound. But, whatever DPA has done, they’ve created a microphone with audio quality that is very good and true to the sound of each instrument, even when placed very close”

The first Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular took place in 1974, at the suggestion of Boston-area philanthropist David Mugar to Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler. The idea was in place to revive the then-diminishing Esplanade Concert Series by playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” with a few added extras. The next Fourth of July, howitzer cannons, fireworks and church bells were all added to the concert and, for the first time ever, a July Fourth fireworks display took place over the Charles River.

Now, 39 years later, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is known as the premier Independence Day celebration in the nation. Each year, since its inception, hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the country to the banks of the Charles River to celebrate America’s birthday, while another seven million tune in nationally on the CBS television network to view the event during a live one-hour primetime special.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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DPA Microphones Defy the Elements During the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

LONDON, JULY 3, 2012 – DPA Microphones were on board as more than one million people lined London’s famed River Thames in early June to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with a River Pageant involving 1,000 boats. In typical British style, the weather was dreadful, with heavy rain doing its best to spoil what was supposed to be the highlight of the UK’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.
The cold, wind and rain proved no match for the DPA microphones, supplied by Thames Audio, and the unsung heroes of the event. Even in atrocious conditions, the microphones worked perfectly and guaranteed that the orchestras and choirs delivered a seamless performance. The microphones also ensured that the master recordings of the event would be forever timeless.

Among the DPA gear used for the celebration were the DPA 4088 Directional Headset Microphones, which were used to mic the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir. The group performed alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Symphony, the final of the ten Herald music barges to participate in the pageant. Photographs of the 12 choristers, soaked through and with their hair plastered to their faces, were transmitted around the world for days after the event – and there in the pictures were (among others) DPA’s sturdy microphones on the choir girls, doing their best to defy everything Mother Nature could throw at them.
“We chose these DPA microphones because they are small, unobtrusive and have a very directional quality,” says Thames Audio director Pete Cox. “This meant we were able to record the orchestras without picking up too much of the surrounding acoustics. Given that the Academy of Ancient Music musicians were in an acoustically dreadful see-through marquee, and accounting for the noise from the strong wind and rain, this was a very important point. The microphones were only a few feet from the PA but still gave us plenty of gain before feedback.”

DPA Microphones were also spotted on two of the other four music barges equipped by Thames Audio. Fourteen DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones could be found alongside musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music, which performed Händel’s Water Music aboard the Edwardian. Additionally, 30 musicians from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth, one of the most famous and highly regarded military bands in the world, relied on DPA while they sounded their horns aboard the Valulla. For this portion of the performances, Thames Audio equipped the musicians with additional d:votes for the trombones, French horns and cornets. DPA 4060 Miniature Microphones were taped onto the clarinets and saxophones, with a few others mounted on the helmets of the musicians playing piccolo.

“All of our DPA microphones delivered exceptional results, and the damp conditions didn’t daunt them at all,” Pete Cox adds. “The sound quality remained fantastic throughout, and we were very pleased with the results we achieved.”

Thames Audio sourced part of its stock of DPA microphones from freelance sound engineer Ian Barfoot, who was also recruited to handle the sound mixing throughout the day.

“I have a large selection of approximately 70 DPA microphones, all of which were sourced from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network,” say Barfoot. “I use them for all sorts of concerts, including a lot of Rock and Roll work, because they always perform exactly as they should. They are very forgiving, and you can put them through hell and back without having to worry about them. If I don’t have DPA microphones to work with, I tend to throw my toys out of my pram.”
The music performed during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant, believed to be the Thames’s most spectacular in 350 years, was recorded by the BBC for both broadcast and archive purposes. Live coverage of the event was transmitted to BBC Big Screens in 22 locations throughout the United Kingdom.

ABOUT DPA:

DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Bexel Continues Equipment Upgrade and Expansion of HD Zoom Lens Inventory with Major Purchase from Canon

New Gear Addresses Customer Need for Long HD Image Stabilization

BURBANK, CA, JULY 2, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has added an array of Canon HD zoom lenses to its rental equipment inventory. The purchase comes as part of Bexel’s continuing upgrade and expansion of its long lens inventory in advance of major broadcast events up ahead this year. Included in the purchase were Canon’s DIGISUPER 86II xs, DIGISUPER 22 and XJ60 lenses.

The DIGISUPER 86II xs is a field lens that utilizes Canon’s POWER OPTICAL SYSTEM and X-Element technology and optical design concept. By adopting these, the DIGISUPER 86 xs realizes the necessary optical performance for HDTV, with a zoom ratio of 86x and improved wide angle of 9.3mm, while still maintaining a size equivalent to that of previous SDTV lenses. The Power Optical System achieves higher specifications and quality using the optical X-Element, which virtually eliminates aberrations.

“Canon has long been recognized as a leader in optical image stabilization technologies and the DIGISUPER 86II xs is a welcome addition to Bexel’s inventory,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “The DIGISUPER 86′s built-in optical image stabilizer eliminates even the slightest amount of wind or operator movement, providing incredible HD zoom pictures in the field. It will be used for many of our clients’ sports productions.”

As part of the Canon purchase, Bexel also added the DIGI SUPER 22 lens to its inventory. The DIGI SUPER 22 is a new innovation in HDTV studio lens design—one that introduces an important new choice in studio system configuration. It is intended for broadcasters and producers whose foremost priority is a high-performance but cost-effective and compact HDTV studio lens and camera package that can be supported on a modest-sized pedestal or sturdy tripod system. This low-weight combination is also ideal for robotic system applications.

Bexel has also added Canon’s XJ60x9BIE-D lens to its inventory as part of the purchase. It is intended to offer the industry a cost-effective lens that can optimally service many long focal length applications in the field, large studios and special venues. This lens embodies the pinnacle in dynamic image creation for live television production for both HDTV and SDTV. It is intended for mobile truck operators and broadcasters seeking good telephoto flexibility for high-definition sports and entertainment event coverage while operating within constricted production budgets.

“We have had a great working relationship with Bexel for many years,” says Thomas Bender, director, national sales accounts, Canon. “Our lenses have become the industry standard for production trucks and various other applications, with many broadcasters coming to rely on them for critical operations. Bexel is very responsive to this need, always ensuring its customers have access to the gear they require.”

Bexel has also purchased peripheral equipment from Canon, including servo modules and lens supporters.

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.

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Bexel Makes Major Investment with Million-Dollar Purchase of Fujinon HD ENG Lenses

Acquisition Includes Optical Stabilization Gear and Lens Accessories

BURBANK, CA, JUNE 28, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announced a million-dollar purchase of over 60 new Fujinon lenses as well as a significant amount of lens accessories, including zoom and focus controls and optical stabilization gear. The acquisition of the Fujinon ENG lenses supports Bexel’s growing inventory of Panasonic P2, Sony PDW-F800 XDCam camcorders and HDC-2500 camera systems, which are mainstays in Bexel’s arsenal of rental gear. The lenses will be used to provide captivating coverage of events, including major sports productions this summer.

Fujinon’s lenses are designed to complement and enhance the quality of HDTV systems. Great consideration in the design and development of these high-end HD lenses has been taken to incorporate the highest optical and mechanical specifications, while ensuring unmatched performance in the most rugged and demanding of production environments.

The purchase includes 22 Fujinon ZA12x4.5BERD super wide-angle HD ENG full servo production lenses, and over 40 ZA22x7.6BERD and BERM HD production lenses. “We chose to purchase the BERD-model lenses from Fujinon because the line features digital full-servo zoom and focus, which allow them to be used for robotic work and specialty applications beyond just a normal ENG camera,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “This purchase will allow Bexel to continue to provide its clients with the best equipment available on the market today.”

In addition, Bexel made a major investment in optical stabilization with the purchase of four Fujinon TS-P58A optical stabilizers. The TS-P58A stabilizers will be used for various applications where vibration needs to be eliminated, such as in water events like sailing during televised competitions planned for this summer. What’s more, to help capture every aspect of the production assignment, Bexel also purchased a variety of lens accessories, including rear zoom and focus controls.

Following this summer’s events, the new Fujinon lenses and accessories will be used to equip HD cameras in the Bexel rental inventory for use on a wide range of events, from sports to entertainment to reality programming.

“We’re thrilled with the level of confidence that Bexel continues to place in our optical technology,” says Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development, Optical Device Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Their summer schedule is filled with very high-profile and demanding events and our lenses have proven themselves in the field under extremely challenging conditions time after time for their dynamic clientele. Bexel is adding a sizable amount of our popular and cost-effective HD Select Series of ENG lenses. These lenses are the perfect complement for today’s HDTV cameras because they maintain the superior imaging standards and optical performance that Fujinon is known for.”

For more information, please 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.

Anton/Bauer Introduces New Compact COFDM Transmitter

AB HDTX System Offers Portable RF Solution

SHELTON, CT, JUNE 28, 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 the availability of its new AB HDTX System, a compact 5.8 GHz COFDM RF system offering the ability to transmit a robust HD signal over great distances, all the while being powered by Anton/Bauer batteries.

A collaboration between Anton/Bauer and Vitec Group sister company Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), Anton/Bauer’s AB HDTX System is a COFDM transmitter that utilizes the 5.8 GHz frequency band allowing customers to operate without the need for an FCC license. The AB HDTX sends its signal directly to the AB HDRX dual-diversity receiver or the DirectVu handheld confidence monitor/receiver. The unit’s size makes it ideal for reality-based, ENG/EFP and live event coverage.

“We gave attendees a sneak preview of the AB HDTX system at this year’s NAB and Cine Gear Expo, and the response was overwhelmingly positive,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development, Anton/Bauer. “Professionals love this system simply because it is compact, fits on the end of their camera, can be powered with their existing Anton/Bauer batteries and does not add much additional weight. We are proud to continue to offer solutions to help power our clients’ creativity, while protecting their investment.” As the system only draws about 15-watts, Anton/Bauer batteries, including the DIONIC® 90, HC and HCX, can offer reliable power for extended periods of time.

The AB HDTX System has an RF output of 100 mW and is capable of accepting a wide range of HD/SD video formats along with embedded audio from the HD SDI output on the camera. The use of MPEG-4 compression allows the signal to travel a half-mile in line of site applications. The system offers users the flexibility to be able to choose from 12 different channels in which to transmit to ensure the least amount of interference. “This also allows the ability for multiple different cameras to transmit to one central receive site,” adds Minowa. “In this application, a director can conveniently monitor different shots and make adjustments in real time.”

For more information, please 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.

Bexel Hits a Grand Slam at Rangers Ballpark with Broadcast Infrastructure Upgrade for 2012 Season

Company Conquers Triax, Timing and Tornados for Facility Overhaul

ARLINGTON, TX, JUNE 25, 2012—When Opening Day festivities commenced at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services, had just wrapped up a major broadcast infrastructure overhaul for the facility, a project that was completed in less than two months. To ensure the 18-year-old ballpark had full broadcast capabilities, Bexel provided an infrastructure makeover that included more than 70,000 feet of new triax cable while also adding significant audio and fiber to many positions in the venue.

“Our goal was to replace the majority of the broadcast infrastructure in time for Opening Day,” says Justin Paulk, manager, Bexel Broadcast Fiber Solutions. “To do this, our team was required to demolish nearly 10,000 pounds of existing triax—a significant portion of the old infrastructure. Once that was complete we had to install new triax cable, audio cable and fiber cable in the venue. Bexel also provided on site coordination with the General Contractor for the new center field construction, ensuring that the cable runs required under Bexel’s contract and those associated with the new centerfield locations were closely coordinated to eliminate damage and maximize the efficiency of the installation.”

With an office located in nearby Irving, Texas, the Bexel team has had a standing relationship with the Rangers and is extremely familiar with Rangers Ballpark, having done work there over the last decade. “During the initial demo, we had to be very careful because we couldn’t just cut and remove everything; we had to make sure that we indentified and removed the correct cables,” adds Paulk. Following the demolition of the old cable, the Bexel team worked quickly to install 70,000 feet of new triax cable, 25,000 feet of 12-pair audio cables and 27,000 feet of 12-strand single-mode fiber.

In addition, the team equipped the facility with 96 new triax connectors, replaced all panels and re-terminated all of the existing audio and added 132 audio pairs. “Essentially we kept some of the newer existing triax that was installed when the scoreboard was updated several years ago, moved the existing audio cable over to the new panels and added more channels of audio and fiber. In all there are 126 strands of fiber now that didn’t exist before. The timing of this project was challenging, but the experience and efficiency of the Bexel crews allowed us to rise to the challenge and complete the overhaul before Opening Day,” says Paulk. Along with the specific upgrade for the Rangers, Bexel added SMPTE fiber cable for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), including two SMPTE runs to center field and six pairs of audio and six fiber strands to an auxiliary interview room, to cover pitching sensation Yu Darvish for viewers in Japan. “We also put fiber in for the local media including KXAS-TV, KTVT and Univision.”

“While the time allotted was a bit of a challenge, it was a job well-done by the entire team,” concludes Paulk. “Not only did our expertise in fiber solutions help ensure this, but our standing relationship with the venue was extremely valuable. Despite delays caused by recent tornados in North Texas, we completed the project in about two months. It was definitely an exciting project to be a part of for us.”

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.

Alan Kemp Appointed Adaptive Technologies Group’s Director of Business Development

Kemp’s Extensive Experience in the Rental and Staging Industry To Boost Company’s Presence in the AV Market Further

SIGNAL HILL, CA, JUNE 25, 2012 – Adaptive Technologies Group, comprised of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and a premier developer of state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications, has appointed Alan Kemp as the company’s new Director of Business Development. In his new role, Kemp will help lend direction to all aspects of business development from the Adaptive offices, located in Signal Hill, CA.

“We are excited to have Alan Kemp join our team,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “With Kemp’s talent and experience, we are confident he will help us increase our brand visibility in the rental and staging markets significantly. We look forward to working closely with him to achieve our goals.”

Kemp brings more than 25 years of diverse sales experience in the rental and staging industry to his new position. Prior to joining Adaptive Technologies Group, he worked for Video Applications, NEP/ScreenWorks, BlueWater Technologies and SmartSource Event Technologies.

Kemp distinguished himself earlier in life as a boxer. He was a three-time Buffalo Golden Gloves Champion and a successful professional middleweight. He was inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011. Kemp humorously says that his “battles in the ring” prepared him for the demands of the industry. The father of two daughters in college, he currently resides in San Juan Capistrano with his wife of 25 years.

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications. Adaptive’s combined divisions are a major resource worldwide by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, plus unlimited custom products for any venue or application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items, including metric sizes. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled in the USA.
ATM Fly-Ware is the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances. Allen Products is a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard, custom and OEM loudspeaker mounts, mounting loudspeakers to walls, ceilings, under balconies, to poles and vertical columns. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays is the premier provider of innovative interlocking wall, ceiling and floor mounted video wall frames and flyable video wall assemblies for multiple narrow bezel LCD, LED and plasma monitors.

For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

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