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Cinematographer James Mathers Casts Power Solutions from Anton/Bauer to Ride Alongside Actor Stephen Dorff for Indie Film Brake

Anton/Bauer Batteries Helped Resolve Unique Filming Challenges

STUDIO CITY, CA, JUNE 7, 2012—To meet the needs of his wide-ranging career as one of the most in-demand cinematographers in film, James Mathers is always on the lookout for dependable, long-running batteries. That’s why he counts on 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, for power solutions. For his most recent shoot, the indie thriller Brake, Mathers once again used Anton/Bauer batteries and accessories, with great success.

Brake, starring Stephen Dorff and directed by Gabe Torres, posed unique challenges for Mathers. Dorff stars as Jeremy Reins, a Secret Service agent who is held captive in the trunk of a car and endures mental and physical torture as terrorists attempt to extract information for their plot against the U.S. president. Since the film is shot almost entirely inside what appears to be the trunk of a moving car, Mathers chose the RED ONE digital cinema camera to capture the dramatic events of the film.

“The RED ONE has a good appetite for power, especially when you’re running accessories like the zoom motor and monitors,” says Mathers, who equipped his two RED ONE cameras with six Anton/Bauer HyTRON 140® batteries. “The Anton/Bauer HyTRON 140 dependably powers the camera for well over an hour. Another thing about the HyTRONs in particular is that there are no air travel restrictions.” The HyTRON 140 is a 140 Wh NiMH battery, designed for the power demands of today’s HD gear and on-camera lighting systems. Offering excellent counterbalance for lens weight, it is ideal for a high-current draw and can be used with portable HMI lights. On Brake, Mathers took advantage of the HyTRON 140 to also power his 1’x1’ Litepanels when working with water necessitated using only DC power for the safety of the actor.

Additionally, Mathers would not have been able to meet the special needs of the shoot without Anton/Bauer’s signature Gold Mount® system, which ensured that the RED ONE camera was always securely locked to a battery despite the constant rough movement the camera endured during filming. “In order to get Stephen to look like he’s bouncing around in the trunk, we had to hard-mount the camera onto the vehicle and then physically bounce the vehicle around,” he says. “The sturdiness of the three-point Gold Mount adapter made it certain that the battery stayed on the camera even if it was violently jostled in order to get the effect of the actor doing the same inside the trunk. Other batteries probably would have flown off the camera during the violent shaking. One of the things I like best about Anton/Bauer is the fact that I can use one power solution for the many different types of cameras I use, whether it’s ARRI, Panasonic, or Sony.”

Providing power requirements ranging from 7.2 to 28V, the Anton/Bauer Gold Mount system is the most widely used battery mounting system by professionals in the industry. Thanks to Anton/Bauer’s strong relationships with key camera manufacturers, the Gold Mount is available as factory standard equipment on many models.

“The ability to see the battery status on the camera itself was also a huge asset,” Mathers adds. Anton/Bauer is the only battery manufacturer authorized by RED for communication with the RED ONE using the QR-RED Gold Mount. The battery’s remaining run time is displayed directly on the camera’s LCD via Anton/Bauer’s proprietary InterActive® Viewfinder fuel gauge.

The Anton/Bauer QR-HOTSWAP-GM also helped Mathers meet other requirements of the Brake shoot. “The whole system gives you lots and lots of flexibility regarding how you can set up your camera and accessories to fit into the space as necessary,” he adds.

In his 30 years of using Anton/Bauer products, Mathers, who also serves as the president of the Digital Cinema Society, has found the batteries have never been more indispensible than on the Brake shoot. He also holds the Anton/Bauer customer support team in high regard, citing its high level of efficiency. “Filming an indie movie like Brake is a fast-paced, sometimes chaotic experience, so when a piece of equipment needs attention, either for repair or upgrading, I need the problem solved as quickly as possible so as not to hinder production. Anton/Bauer has come through again and again in this area and they have been my go-to battery throughout my career, and will remain so for upcoming projects.”

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.

Autoscript Donates Teleprompters to Kiowa County Media Center

Vitec Videocom Helps Launch New Benchmark in Community Television

SHELTON, CT, JUNE 6, 2012—Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and the world’s leading teleprompting company, is pleased to announce its donation of entry-level teleprompters and software to the Kiowa County Media Center in Greensburg, Kansas. Following the EF5 tornado—with winds estimated at 205 mph—that devastated Kiowa County in 2007, the Kiowa County Media Center was formed to bring a new communication medium to the community. Dedicated to citizen journalism, it features a high definition broadcast studio, as well as a 22-foot television production trailer for remote broadcasts throughout the region—equipped with the latest professional broadcast gear through generous manufacturer donations.

Following the destruction of the 2007 tornado, Kansas State University’s Bert R. Biles, Ph.D., led the charge to bring better communication to Kiowa County. “When my team from Kansas State University drove down to Greensburg for the first time in September of 2007, we came to explore a dream with the citizens of Kiowa County—the idea that a community could take responsibility for creating a new form of community journalism,” says Biles, who is executive producer in K-State’s division of Communications and Marketing. After five years, funding from the county and corporate sponsorships of broadcast gear, the Kiowa County Media Center opened its doors on November 1, 2011, with an open house event held on Main Street in Greensburg to celebrate the $6.1-million LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Kiowa County Commons building. The building includes the Media Center, which boasts a state-of-the art HDTV production trailer and a television studio, radio studio and editing laboratory, as one of its four tenants.

“The Kiowa County Media Center project is the centerpiece of a phenomenon—the restoration of a community that had been completely destroyed only five years prior,” says David Cox, key accounts manager, Autoscript. “Not only has the community sprung back, it is dedicated to bringing the latest advances from rebuilding a green community to forward-thinking communications facilities.”

Facilitated by Autoscript Managing Director Brian Larter, Autoscript donated two ELP15 LED-backlit 15-inch prompters, along with the corresponding WinPlus software. The perfect prompting solution for schools, colleges, universities and broadcasters, the ELP15 uses less power than older CRT units and provides a slimmer, more compact design in a rugged, all-metal case with either a lightweight folding hood for portability or a molded hood for the studio applications. Weighing just under six pounds, the ELP15 is an ideal teleprompter to stand up to entry-level users, while also offering great performance in the newsroom.

The new 15-inch monitor furthers the Media Center’s goal of energy efficiency, as it promotes longevity, performance and reliability—along with green energy savings—with 400 nits of brightness, composite, VGA and s-video inputs as well as the image-reversal capabilities necessary for prompting. Powered from an external AC to DC 12-volt power supply, the ELP15 can also be powered with 12-volts DC from a battery for portable applications. “The wonderfully lightweight and portable ELP15s are also easily adapted for field use in conjunction with the mobile production trailer,” adds Cox.

While prompters are most common in broadcast television newsrooms, they will have many uses in the Media Center. “With its staff of citizen journalists both in front of the cameras and behind them, I am absolutely convinced that the Autoscript teleprompters will help the Media Center team produce articulate, polished video presentations,” says Biles. “It will also provide an opportunity for the production staff to become accustomed to working with state-of-the-art prompters.

“Autoscript, their partners in the Vitec Group and the two dozen or so other companies from the television and radio broadcast and data communications industries have helped bring to reality a true miracle of the human spirit,” says Biles. “We especially want to thank David Cox of Autoscript for his unstinting efforts on behalf of the Media Center to encourage the various companies within the Vitec Group to support the project. The aggregate total of contributions puts the Vitec Group in the top tier of companies supporting the Media Center.”

Additional Vitec Group gear donated to support this initiative included batteries and chargers from Anton/Bauer; Sachtler, Vinten and Manfrotto camera support systems; Litepanels’ Emmy award-winning LED studio lighting technology; as well as camera backpacks, accessory bags, fanny packs, duffel bags and camera rain covers from Petrol to support field operations.

“I feel awed when I realize that in less than five years, the Media Center has been created as a vibrant, new journalistic model,” says Janet West, president, board of directors of the Kiowa County Media Center. “It is with heartfelt gratitude that we acknowledge the spirit of community, friendship and partnership with companies such as Autoscript and the Vitec Group that have brought this amazing community resource to fruition. Local programs produced by volunteers will have a network-style professional quality as a consequence of using the two Autoscript prompters in our HDTV Studio.”

For more information, visit www.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.

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Bexel Returns to the Court for 20th Season of TNT’s NBA Playoffs Coverage

Custom Rental Package Includes Equipment, Technical Support and Services

BURBANK, CA, JUNE 4, 2012—As the NBA playoffs heat up into the conference finals, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services, is once again providing a custom solution, including equipment, technical support and services, for the Turner Network Television (TNT) NBA playoffs broadcast coverage. This year marks the 20th season that Bexel has been providing custom solutions for TNT’s playoff coverage. Turner will cover nearly 40 games in 30 days throughout May and June, with Bexel behind the scenes from start to finish.

“The gear Bexel is providing to Turner for its playoff efforts are essential for the telecasts,” says Lee Estroff, vice president of account development, Bexel. “Ranging from the latest HD super slo-mo systems, to a variety of HD EVS’s, encrypted RF audio packages, fiber optics and on-site non-linear editing facilities, we provide our gear based on Turner’s needs for every single TNT telecast through the Western Conference Finals.”

Bexel is facilitating five systems moving from game to game, some living on trucks and others being shipped around to the various arenas through the Western Conference Finals. With TNT counting on Bexel to help transport the equipment around to various sites, the Bexel team is in constant contact with the network and heavily involved in coordinating and working out logistics 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Having worked with Turner in support of its coverage of the NBA playoffs for the past 20 years, we are able to anticipate many of the challenges that they are faced with during such an aggressive schedule with the limited lead time between games,” adds Estroff. “With our knowledge and experience, there is no learning curve on a project that cannot afford any service lapses.”

Bexel is also supporting NBA TV’s extensive coverage of first-round games and live studio coverage, supplying EVS and RF audio packages to the league’s network.

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.

MIAMI’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY DEPENDS ON DPA MICROPHONES

DPA 4023 and 4028 Microphones Used for All Performances

New World Symphony’s Director of Audio Services Roberto Toledo relies on DPA Microphones’ 4023 compact cardioid microphones and 4028 compact wide cardioid microphones for all performances at the New World Center, including the recent Juanes MTV “Unplugged” concert.

New World Center in Miami is home to the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. This Frank Gehry-designed building and the music presented through the leadership of Artistic Director and renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, reflect the height of musical and architectural excellence.

DPA microphones are the mics of choice for all musical events presented by the New World Symphony at New World Center. For an orchestral concert, the DPA mics used include the 4023 or 4028 for the wind instruments and additional 4023s for spot mics when needed. Toledo is very familiar with DPA and was happy to discover the mics were a part of the center’s sonic toolkit. “When I came to New World Symphony, I was very pleased with the extensive selection of DPA microphones that would be available to me,” he says.

For the symphony’s WallCasts performances in particular, the microphones need to be as unobtrusive as possible. The WallCasts are special events where performances of the New World Symphony at the New World Center are projected live onto a 7,000-square-foot projection wall at Miami’s SoundScape Park. Since the performances for the WallCasts appear very large with outside projection, the mics and the shadows they create are magnified and need to be reduced as much as possible. DPA’s 4023 or 4028 along with 4053 compact omnidirectional microphones give viewers in the park the feeling of being there in the performance space with minimal impact to the visuals. “For our shows, smaller is better,” says Toledo. “We have five projection surfaces with fourteen 30k Christie Roadhouse projectors shooting at multiple angles, so if a shadow is created by audio equipment, again, a smaller shadow is better. When we do our WallCasts, we can have up to 10 robotic cameras being used to project the concert to the audience outside. Again, if a microphone is in one of the camera shots, it is more acceptable if it is small, which the DPA mics are.”

Although New World Symphony primarily presents classical music, the look and sound of the space lent itself to a recent MTV “Unplugged” concert by the Colombian singer/songwriter/guitarist Juanes. As Toledo explains, for the “Unplugged” concert, the producers were looking for clean visuals to pair up with great sound. DPA was able to deliver on both. “For Juanes, the issue was more about what was seen in the camera shot,” Toledo states. “With the exception of Juanes’s vocal mic, all the other mics had to be as hidden as possible. Getting good sound from the choir [that performs with Juanes] was important, but having mics not being seen or being seen as little as possible by the cameras was also a priority. Since the DPA mics are black, as is the Flamingo hardware used with them, we were able to position them as needed while making sure it did not become an issue for the director of the show.”

Toledo found that the microphones’ sizes in no way compromised their sound quality. “Since we own only DPA’s Compact Series of microphones, their size has been the biggest asset,” he says. “In my mind, there is no degradation in quality compared to the stand-body versions, so visual impact is minimal, but I still get the usual DPA sound. For our shows, the DPAs have been nothing but spectacular. One thing I appreciate about our DPAs is that I have to do little to no equalization to our main array. It’s simply a matter of getting the mics in the right spot. The less processing I have to do, the better, and with the DPAs, that’s pretty much what I get.”

About DPA
DPA Microphones A/S is a 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 4023 and 4028 Microphones Used for All Performances

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Anton/Bauer Batteries Power Filming of The Push: A South Pole Expedition Documentary

DIONIC HCs Stand Up to Below-Freezing Temperatures during Historic Trek by Adaptive Athlete Grant Korgan

SHELTON, CT, MAY 30, 2012— Faced with traveling through the extreme cold and snowy terrain of the South Pole, the production team behind the documentary The Push: South Pole Expedition, turned to 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, to power the crew’s video cameras during adaptive athlete Grant Korgan’s two-week-long trek. Cinematographer Tom Day, of Warren Miller Entertainment, chose Anton/Bauer’s DIONIC® HC battery to keep the team’s Sony HXR-NX5U professional camcorders and Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera running through the tough last leg of the trek.

The documentary, directed by Steve Sig, filmed by Day and Petter Nyquist and photographed by Keoki Flagg, follows adaptive athlete Grant Korgan, who suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 2010, and his team, Doug Stoup, founder and expedition leader of Ice Axe Expeditions and Tal Fletcher, a guest guide for Points North Heli-Adventures. Throughout the documentary, the team works together to help Korgan reach his goal of trekking to the South Pole first by use of a sit-ski, which allows him to use his arm power to push him along, and finishing the expedition on skis, in a standing position. Thanks to help from Anton/Bauer’s DIONIC HCs, Day and his production team were able to capture Korgan reaching his goal by his target date of January 12, 2012, the 100th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition.
Faced with a 75-mile journey in up to -35 degree weather on dry snow, which is difficult to glide on, Day and the production team knew they would need a rugged, reliable power source to keep their equipment running. Day and his team, who trained for a year for the expedition, were unsure of how long the on-board batteries of their cameras would last, so they decided to travel with a stock of 25 DIONIC HCs as back-up power. The compact, lightweight-yet-powerful batteries were easy to fly with and, as it turned out, proved to be the best solution for the final mile, which was also the most difficult.
“My first challenge going into this shoot was picking a camera and batteries that I thought would work in this unusual situation,” says Day. “Anton/Bauer’s recommendations were spot on. The DIONIC HCs were lightweight, portable and tough enough to withstand the cold, which was key. It was just so cold; every time we took a shot, we didn’t want it to be a big process. We just wanted to be able to grab our camera, take a shot and move on. Moving is how you stay warm and I didn’t want to compromise too much. I wanted to have a certain look to the film and I wanted to have the camera gear not hinder that too much.”

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. Part of the company’s Logic Series® batteries, the DIONIC HC is suitable for powering high-current applications in a lightweight package. Working closely with cell manufacturers, the HC series incorporates high-capacity cells offering 10 amps. To continually ensure cell protection and performance integrity, a special honeycomb cell pack design protects the cells. An enhanced RealTime® display indicates 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, ensuring high confidence in those filming with the battery.
Day’s biggest challenge was the last mile of the trip, which he knew was going to be an emotional time, as the entire team reached the end of their very long journey. Day and the film crew wanted to keep their cameras running, even if they weren’t necessarily shooting because they wanted to get the audio.
“This trip was planned for an entire year before we began,” explains Day. “We had been training and Grant was training real hard. We’d been documenting all of our training trips and everything that led up to the South Pole; we had been working together as a team. I knew that last mile was going to be emotional. We basically never turned our cameras off—they ran for a full half hour. I was happy that was able to happen. I’m not sure if any of the other batteries would have lasted for a full half-an-hour shot at -35 degrees.”
In order to protect the batteries and keep them warm during filming, Day tucked a DIONIC HC under the layers in his camera pouch. Then, each time he would shoot, he hooked up the battery adapter. He and the crew also kept back-up batteries in their jackets to protect them from the cold. Later, at night, he and the crew would each sleep with one battery to keep it warm and also used some of the batteries to film time lapses using the Canon EOS 7D.
“Since the sun never sets at the South Pole, I really wanted to do time lapses of the sun moving across the sky as we were in our tents,” says Day. “There was no way that the camera’s on-board battery was going to last that long. I was able to get a couple of all-night shoots with just one Anton/Bauer battery, which I was pretty pleased with.”
Currently, The Push: A South Pole Adventure is being edited for a documentary film and TV series on NBC Universal Sports, scheduled for release in the fall of 2012. The Push expedition is in support of the Truckee, California-based High Fives Foundation, a 501c3 helping injured athletes recover and, ideally, get back to their sport. For more information about the documentary, visit www.southpolepush.com
For more information about Anton/Bauer’s roster of products, visit www.antonbauer.com.

Notes to Editors:

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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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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