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Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) Delivers Nucomm Messenger IP File Transfer System at 2011 IBC Show

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Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, showcases its Nucomm Messenger IP file transfer system at the 2011 IBC Show (Hall 1, Stand D40). more

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SOUND DEVICES INTRODUCES PIX TO THE EUROPEAN MARKET AT IBC 2011

New Line of Portable Audio/Video Recorders Debuts at this Year’s Show

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 — Sound Devices, experts in portable hard-disk recording for audio, is presenting its first line of portable audio/video recorders to the European market at IBC 2011 (Hall 8, Stand E72). Sound Devices brings its recording technology to video with the introduction of PIX audio/video recorders, consisting of two models — PIX 220 and PIX 240.

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“Sound Devices previewed its new line of PIX recorders at this year’s NAB show and had such an overwhelming positive response, that we are now officially launching the product at IBC,? says Jon Tatooles, managing director of Sound Devices. “Continuing our heritage in field production, we’ve taken the next step and introduced high-performance video along with high performance audio with our new PIX recorders. While our existing products have become the audio recorder of choice for countless productions worldwide, camera and sound operators alike will soon be able to count on these new high-performance audio/video recorders in the field as well.?

The new PIX 220 and PIX 240 can be connected to cameras with HDMI and can record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post-production, making the workflow simple and fast. The PIX 240 adds even more flexibility, with its HD-SDI input and simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs.

The audio circuitry on the PIX 220 and PIX 240 was based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu EIN), high headroom, high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters and phantom power.

PIX 240 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time code generator/reader with Genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. The source time code can be derived from the SDI stream, from an external source, or from the built-in generator in PIX 240. Additional features include digital audio inputs on AES3, and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA storage volumes.

Both PIX 220 and PIX 240 include generous five-inch, 800×480 pixel LCD displays. This display is essential in the field and it gives immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering and Setup Menu selections. A side panel rotary control and four front-panel buttons provide quick access to setup options while the large, illuminated, tactile record controls give instant confirmation of recording status.

PIX recorders are built with a metalized, molded carbon-fiber chassis and are powered by external 10-18 VDC or two removable Sony L-battery mount power supply.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders and related audio equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The twelve-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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Anton/Bauer to Demonstrate Superior Battery to Camera Communication Solutions for ARRI and RED Cameras at IBC 2011

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Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will introduce new Gold Mount Systems for the ARRI ALEXA digital cinema camera and RED digital cinema cameras to European broadcast professionals at the 2011 IBC Show in Amsterdam (Stand 11.D61). more

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AURALEX INTRODUCES HD CINEMA SERIES AT CEDIA 2011

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Acoustical Panels Now Available in Unique Shapes and Sizes Specifically Catered to Home Theater Market

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, introduces its HD Cinema Series, a new line of acoustical panels designed in a variety of unique shapes, sizes and colors, at CEDIA 2011 (Booth 1017). Ideally suited for home theater and two-channel listening room applications, Auralex’s HD Cinema Series is a complete line of fabric-wrapped fiberglass panels that are specifically designed to fit into any home décor.

Providing an overall Noise Coefficient Rating (NRC) of 1.05, Auralex’s HD Cinema Series is available in several unique shapes and hundreds of custom colors. Each shape is available in an assortment of sizes in order to cater to various rooms’ acoustical needs and aesthetic designs, such as Ruby 36 more

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AURALEX INTRODUCES SUSTAIN BAMBOO SOUND DIFFUSOR SERIES AT CEDIA 2011

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Acoustical Products Made from 100% Eco-Friendly Bamboo

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, continues its long history of environmentally conscious product innovations with the launch of acoustical products made from 100% Eco-Friendly bamboo, the Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series, at CEDIA 2011 (Booth 1017). The new line, which consists of the WavePrism, WaveLens, QuadraTec, Peak Pyramid Diffusor and KeyPacs, retains the longevity and acoustical qualities Auralex is known for with green and acoustical properties of natural bamboo.

“As a green alternative to traditional hardwood, Auralex’s new Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series is the perfect complement to any home décor,? says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. “Through this new line of bamboo-based products, our home theater and residential customers now have an even broader range of more

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BEXEL TO OFFER NEW CAMERA CORPS EQUIPMENT TO CUSTOMERS IN U.S.

New Television Broadcast Production Gear to Debut During IBC 2011

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is pleased to announce that it will carry for sale the latest offerings from Camera Corps, including a pre-settable Q-Ball high-precision robotic camera and new optical fiber link. Camera Corps, a world leader in providing robotic camera systems for live television and the coverage of major sports events, will debut the products at IBC (Stand 10.C49).

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The camera of choice for many reality show, sports broadcasting and televised stage events, Q-Ball is an ultra-compact, remotely controlled camera with an integral 10x zoom optical lens and smooth-accelerating pan/tilt motors. Housed in a robust and fully-weatherproof 115-mm diameter aluminum sphere, it is fully compatible with all existing Camera Corps robotic control systems and CCU panels. Based upon customer feedback, Q-Ball has now been improved to store up to 18 preset pan, tilt, zoom and focus positions when used with the company’s large PTZF switcher and joystick control unit. This allows operators to store and recall camera shots and to switch rapidly from one to another—providing greater production efficiency and creative versatility. Settings are stored in non-volatile RAM within the head so that they are retained even after a system is powered down between sessions.

Camera Corps will also debut its new optical fiber link at IBC, which allows Camera Corps remote heads, specifically the Q-Ball HD/SD remote pan/tilt/zoom camera system, to be operated over much longer distances than traditional copper cable. Optical fiber is ideal for long-run point-to-point digital video feeds, providing highly reliable signal delivery over much longer distances than copper cable. The link uses dual-fiber to carry HD/SD-SDI from the camera to the control position, plus a reverse direction feed, which sends data from the controller to the camera. Control data is encoded onto an audio carrier using the proven technology deployed across Camera Corps’ entire range of remote camera control systems.

Integral LC connectors allow fast attachment of dual single-mode optical fibers to the link. Power can be sourced from the same 12-volt supply as the Q-Ball. Equalization and reclocking within the integral video processor allow long cables to be used from the camera to the link. A red LED on the front panel illuminates in the event of signal loss. Video output is via a standard 75 ohm BNC connector. The data input port has high impedance, allowing many fiber transmitters to feed it in parallel. Low output impedance enables five interface boxes to be fed from a single fiber receiver. XLR link and XLR4 splitter cables are available for use with the Q-Ball interface.

Housed in a robust 92- x 64- x 30-millimeter metal case, the optical fiber link weighs 100 grams and can be operated over a wide temperature range (-30 to +70 degrees Celsius). Power consumption is just 2.5 watts.

“Both new features will provide greater flexibility for our broadcast customers, specifically those working on large-scale sports events and reality shows,? says Scott Nardelli, SVP of sales and marketing, Bexel. “Once again, Camera Corps listened to the needs of the industry and developed versatile and reliable solutions. We look forward to introducing both advancements to our customers.?

About Camera Corps Based on the site of the former Brooklands motor-racing track, Camera Corps (www.cameracorps.co.uk) specialises in providing high-volume support services for reality television programmes as well as very large-scale sports events. The company has achieved a pre-eminent reputation for its ability to acquire exciting and unusual television content from exceptionally challenging environments. The Camera Corps team expands during large-scale events from 16 staff based near London’s Heathrow airport to as many as 200 specialists, including professional climbers who are very experienced at rigging camera systems at height in almost any location.

About BexelBexel 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.

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GLOBALSTOR EXTREMESTOR-DI RUNS ASSIMILATE’S NEW SCRATCH SIX DEMONSTRATIONS AT IBC 2011

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 ─ Globalstor® Data Corporation, a premier OEM integrator of high-performance custom workstations and servers as well as a wide range of data storage products for OEM and ODM customers worldwide, is delighted to announce that its ExtremeStor-DI was chosen as the video storage and playback system for demonstrations of ASSIMILATE’s new SCRATCH Six system at IBC 2011, (ASSIMILATE Hall 7, Stand H11).

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Globalstor continues to be ASSIMILATE’s primary hardware partner for 64-bit Win7 and will be on hand for the European launch of ASSIMILATES’s SCRATCH® Six and SCRATCH Lab™. For the SCRATCH Six demo, the company will utilize a 10-bay Globalstor ExtremeStor-DI system to showcase the new interactive DI grading, compositing and finishing suite.

“Globalstor systems are powerful, robust and reliable and the company’s commitment to customer service and support make them an ideal hardware partner,? says Miguel Ferros, director of product management, ASSIMILATE. “One of the key benefits of SCRATCH Lab and SCRATCH Six is the sheer performance of each system. These, combined with Globalstor’s ExtremeStor-DI, enable us to provide an extremely interactive, intuitive and collaborative experience to our artists with the most comprehensive solutions and the best price/performance in the industry.?

Globalstor’s ExtremeStor-DI system is a comprehensive end-to-end digital solution for the review, versioning, color correction, conform and deliverables in on-location and VFX dailies ecosystems. Hundreds of feature films and commercials, such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, have already utilized the functionality of SCRATCH Lab on Globalstor servers in their VFX dailies pipelines. The ExtremeStor-DI is a well-equipped solution guaranteed to safeguard against downtime and critical data loss, which is essential for producing high-value shoots.

“We’re thrilled that ASSIMILATE has continued a long tradition of utilizing ExtremeStor-DI servers as the hardware backbone for its demonstrations at IBC 2011,? says Scott Leif, president of Globalstor Data Corporation. “The addition of SCRATCH Six to ASSIMILATE’s line of products helps to further emphasize all the great uses of a Globalstor system for complete end-to-end DI and stereoscopic workflows. The full SCRATCH Lab and SCRATCH Six, coupled with ExtremeStor-DI, set a new standard in performance and scalability, at a price point that meets the needs of even the most budget-minded studios and filmmakers.?

With the ExtremeStor-DI base model capacity starting at just under 2.5TBs and scalable up to 108TBs in a single 6U rackmount, the cost per megabyte is at an all-time low, making the ExtremeStor series of video storage desktop, tower and rackmount servers the most attractive ROI for the digital intermediate and digital cinema marketplace today. The Globalstor server delivers up to 3400 MBps of sustained data throughput with RAID 5 capabilities. Featuring uncompressed 4K, stereoscopic 2K and R3D (RED 3D) resolution playback in a single solution (rack-mount or tower configuration), ExtremeStor-DI also provides PCI-Express x16 video bus support, NVIDIA® Quadro® 6000 SDI by PNY® and optional RAID hardware.

About Globalstor Data CorporationGlobalstor® Data Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance custom workstations and servers (including but not limited to IG solutions, content distribution systems and NAS), as well as a wide range of data storage products for OEM and ODM customers worldwide. Widely recognized for its value-added services, including systems integration and customer support, Globalstor is an OEM with a full spectrum of hardware and software support offering a broad range of professional solutions. Globalstor serves a worldwide customer base from its U.S. headquarters in Chatsworth, California, with additional offices in Hudson, New Hampshire and Frankfurt, Germany and through a strong foundation of international authorized resellers. For more information regarding Globalstor Data Corporation, visit www.globalstor.com.

About ASSIMILATEASSIMILATE is the premier provider of digital workflow and post-production tools, that have proven essential to the successful creation of thousands of studio and independent features, television shows, music videos and corporate video productions. The company’s products, running on Windows and Mac OS® X, are the heartbeat of today’s most demanding digital post-production and dailies workflows for 2D and stereo 3D productions. They equip Directors, DPs and Artists with the state-of-the-art, intuitive, data-centric solutions they need to meet the continual challenges of increased creativity and productivity amid ever-shrinking budgets. ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH® data-centric DI system, is the most comprehensive, end-to-end cinema and broadcast imaging tool for playback, conform, editing, color grading, compositing and finishing of RED and other digital workflows. SCRATCH Lab™ delivers a comprehensive toolset for the review, versioning, color correction, conform and output of on-set or VFX dailies. ASSIMILATE a privately held company, with headquarters in Santa Clara, California, USA, offices in London, UK, Groningen, NL and Beijing City, CN and markets its products worldwide via a global reseller network. To learn more please visit www.ASSIMILATEinc.com.
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AURALEX INCREASES OPERATIONS WITH NEW HEADQUARTERS

Move Supports Company’s Growth, Streamlines Workflow and Increases Warehouse Space

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, is proud to announce the opening of its new 25,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Executives from Auralex Acoustics will be available to discuss the new location in further detail during CEDIA 2011 (Booth 1017).

“This move is part of Auralex’s continued commitment to its customers, reps and partners,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. “The new space allows for greater operational capacity, which translates into greater opportunities to provide better service to our customers.”

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BEXEL TEAMS UP WITH THE CAMERA STORE AND AUTOSCRIPT TO PROVIDE BROADCAST SUPPORT DURING 2012 SUMMER GAMES

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011—With the 2012 Summer Olympic games set to commence next July, Vitec Group brands Bexel, The Camera Store (TCS) and Autoscript have announced a partnership that will offer clients a local support center at TCS and Autoscript’s Twickenham, West London headquarters throughout the 17-day event. more

ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS SELECT SSL DUALITY FOR NEW ‘STUDIO 52’ PRODUCTION/MIX ROOM

Studio to be used for Traditional Attended Sessions
and new Online Mixing Service

LONDON – The legendary Abbey Road Studios, celebrating its 80th year of providing excellent recording and post production facilities for acts ranging in style from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis, Florence + the Machine and Sting to movie scores that include Harry Potter, Shrek and The Lord of the Rings series, has installed a Solid State Logic Duality SE console in its new production/mix room ‘Studio 52.’ The new Duality room will be available as a state-of-the-art mixing and production facility for traditional client attended sessions and will assist with the additional workload from the new Online Mixing Service.

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“When we decided to open a new mixing and production facility, the engineers were adamant that they wanted an SSL Duality,? says Mirek Stiles, head of audio more

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