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OPTOCORE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS AUDIO FOR THE 2013 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Maryland Sound International Utilizes Optocore Network Rings for Signal Distribution and Monitoring

WASHINGTON D.C., FEBRUARY 19, 2013 – When audio integrator Maryland Sound International (MSI) was once again tasked with supplying the main audio system for President Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration on January 21, 2013, the company employed two Optocore Networks. MSI, a longtime user of Optocore technology, a leading choice for powering professional audio, video and data transmission networks in a variety of markets, including broadcast, post production and AV, chose the networks for their multiple levels of redundancy and reputation of superior reliability. This marks the third presidential inauguration in a row for which MSI has chosen Optocore equipment for the critical audio distribution.

With the ceremony taking place on the grounds of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. in January, MSI was faced with unpredictable winter conditions as well as a long transmission path back to MSI’s Front-of-House position, nearly 2,000 feet from the last speaker tower. MSI and audio designer Patrick Baltzell needed a way to distribute audio signals with as few conversions as possible in order to ensure the approximately 1,000,000 attendees of the ceremony heard every word.

MSI chose Optocore Network technology in order to drive the signal chain directly from the Yamaha PM5D FOH mixing console using Optocore YG2 Yamaha cards that were connected with redundant fiber cabling to the locations of the loudspeaker processors and amplifiers. This provided MSI with lossless digital transmission, which is critical in order to properly transport the audio with crisp sound and clarity over such a long distance transmission path without any glitches.

“The Optocore Networks we put in place for this year’s ceremony certainly made access to all of the amplifiers, signal processors and overall signal distribution far easier and more reliable than in the past,” says Brian Bednar, system technician, MSI. “This time around, everything was more streamlined and faster to set up and tear down at the end of the event.”

The main Optocore Network consisted of one YG2 card in the Yamaha PM5D FOH mixing console connected to an Optocore DD32 networked AES/EBU device on stage right and another DD32 on stage left. Each DD32 was connected to an Optocore X6P-8/8 analog converter and a Dolby DLP loudspeaker processor via AES. The X6P converters gave MSI the ability to feed all the devices that were not AES and/or not driven through the Dolby processor units.

The second Optocore Network consisted of one YG2 card in the PM5D connected to an Optocore DD32R-FX networked AES/EBU device at delay zone 1 (700 feet away) and another DD32R-FX at delay zone 2 (1500 feet away). Each DD32R-FX was connected to an Optocore X6P-16IN analog converter and a Dolby processor via AES. Both networks featured redundant fiber connections.

The DD32R-FX proved to be a helpful add-on for this year’s sound system, with its built-in network wide Ethernet switch. The Optocore Network allowed MSI an easy access to the Dolby DLP loudspeaker processors and amplifiers located off the main site. With a broad part of the sound system offsite, it was then easy to maintain control and monitoring of all the devices on the network to see if they were functioning to MSI’s specifications.

“It is my role to help the FOH engineer tune the system, so having access to all parts of the system at all times in order to make changes without my needing to leave the FOH position is invaluable,” says Art Isaacs, project manager, MSI. “The X6P-16IN converters gave us the functionality to run measurement microphones from multiple city blocks away back to the FOH position. Using the Optocore system proved itself to us in many ways. The sound system was extremely quiet due to the all-AES based drive system. Ethernet access to all of the online devices proved extremely helpful and provided great flexibility. I can only hope that in 2017 that we can continue to work with Optocore systems and further enhance the sound system.”

The relationship between Optocore and MSI goes back for almost a decade. “Optocore has been part of MSI’s rental inventory since 2004,” says Tine Helmle, director, Optocore. “We are proud to provide MSI with the solutions it needed to ensure the audio was heard loud and clear during such an important and historic U.S. event as the presidential inauguration. We look forward to working with them well into the future.”

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

Digital Rapids Transcends Transcoding with Release of Highly-Anticipated Media Processing Upgrade

February 19, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing content to wider audiences — today announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated media processing software, powered by the ground-breaking Kayak dynamic workflow platform.

The enterprise-class Transcode Manager 2.0 software goes far beyond transcoding and workflow orchestration, seamlessly blending media file transformation and workflow processes while offering unparalleled efficiency and agility for applications from post production and archive to multi-screen distribution. Building on the unique benefits of the Kayak platform, version 2.0 of Transcode Manager combines its robust management tools and hallmarks of superior output quality and format flexibility with powerful new advances including adaptive, logic-driven workflow automation with rich metadata support; intuitive, visual workflow design tools; dynamic deployment; fast, easy integration of new and emerging technologies; and a deep ecosystem of third-party technology partners.

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager is deployed in a distributed architecture, with dynamic allocation ensuring that the right workflows are available at the right scale to match job requirements and volumes at any given time. A Transcode Manager Server manages and deploys customized tasks across processing Engines on multiple computing resources, optimizing resource utilization and bringing the scalability, flexibility, and transparency of the cloud to on-premises operations. Transcode Manager Server 2.0 can manage both new Kayak Engines and earlier-generation Transcode Engines, providing a smooth transition for existing Transcode Manager users.

The new Kayak Engines also expand Transcode Manager’s extensive capabilities with new format support — including the UltraViolet(tm) Common File Format (CFF) — and new processing features such as Dolby(r) loudness correction with Dolby Dialog Intelligence(tm) for compliance with audio regulations such as the United States’ CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act.

“Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 has been our most anticipated new release to date, and we’re thrilled to be putting its power into the hands of our customers,” said Darren Gallipeau, Product Manager at Digital Rapids. “Transcode Manager 2.0′s logic-driven automation and flexible process design capabilities give users unmatched control of their media transformation workflows while maximizing their efficiency. Meanwhile, its catalog-based, modular architecture and dynamic deployment model enable users to rapidly integrate new capabilities, scale seamlessly and adapt quickly to new opportunities and market trends.”

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0, Kayak and the complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number SL5624 at the 2013 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

RFvenue AND CUSTOM AUDIO MAKE PRO BOWL

HONOLULU, HAWAII – FEBRUARY 2013: Managing wireless audio systems at football games is notoriously challenging. There are critical coach communication channels, referee mics, and ENG sideline systems that crowd out a lot of useable RF spectrum. Hawaii-based Custom Audio, Inc. has been working the NFL Pro Bowl for many years and specializes in production sound, corporate video, as well as installation projects for commercial, educational, and government clients. For this year’s Pro Bowl, Custom Audio turned to RFvenue’s Diversity Fin remote antenna for rock-solid signal reception from their stage mics throughout the halftime show – even in adverse RF conditions.

“We were given 700kHz spacing between frequencies from the NFL game day coordinators,” said Custom Audio’s Jeff Kang. “So we were worried about intermodulation issues, but we also had to deal with a 24-foot wide LED video wall located directly next to the antenna position. RF emission from the wall was definitely a huge concern on our primary vocal mic.”

Custom Audio used a Shure UHF-R wireless mic system, with a U4R-D dual receiver and UR-2 handheld transmitter set at 10mW. The two antenna connections on the Diversity Fin provided polarization diversity performance from a single antenna mount position. The unique design of the Diversity Fin reduces the chance of a dropout due to cross linear polarization fades when wireless mics are moving around or where multi-path nulls are encountered indoors. It also prevents diversity microphone receivers from constantly switching RF input channels, which can create noise.

“We had dropout and noise issues on some other active paddle antennas we used on our wireless microphones, but there were no dropouts or noise on the Diversity Fin- and it got great coverage even when the transmitter wasn’t on the stage,” noted Kang.

RFvenue’s Chris Regan commented, “signal dropouts are routinely the number one complaint among wireless system managers and end users alike. We are pleased to see the Diversity Fin improving quality of signal on any brand wireless mic for live and installed systems.”

ABOUT RFVENUE RFvenue manufactures hardware wireless system accessories including remote antennas, RF distribution equipment, and cable assemblies. The company’s patent-pending antenna products include the interference mitigating RF Spotlight, the lightweight foldable helical antenna CP Beam, and the polarization diversity antenna dubbed Diversity Fin. For more information visit www.RFvenue.com

ABOUT CUSTOM AUDIO Custom Audio, Inc. is a complete live concert and installation sound system provider as well as pro audio/visual rental house in Hawaii. The company has provided equipment and services for major concert tours, professional sports events, and conventions among others. Installations include large theaters, houses of worship, schools, and government facilities. For more information about Custom Audio visit www.customaudiohawaii.com

DVEO Launches 20 Channel Real Time EAS, Graphics Inserter, Graphics and Video Archiver, and Video Clips Splicer

20 Channel Ad Inserter – Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch

20 Channel Ad Inserter – Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch

San Diego, California — February 15, 2013 — DVEO, the broadcast division of CMI, will introduce their new enterprise class EAS (Emergency Alert System), video splicer, and graphics inserter at the HPA (Hollywood Post Alliance) Tech Retreat for post production professionals. The retreat will be held in Rancho Mirage, California, from February 18 to February 22.

The broadcast quality, high density, Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch™ will also be demonstrated at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas, April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU6505.

The Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch inserts or overlays video, graphical ads, writable slates, logos, graphics, CG, scrolling text, and emergency alerts into video feeds on a schedule or via signaling like SCTE-35. The Windows® based system adds images or text anywhere on the SD or HD live stream with any degree of transparency.

The blade system simultaneously processes up to 20 SD streams, or ten 720p streams, or eight 1080p streams. It selects transport streams by program numbers or PIDs. The system ships with a graphics creation application but uses most graphics formats. It relies on four each of 6 Core Intel® CPU’s.

“We are proud to debut our automated advertising server at the HPA Tech Retreat,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “Recently this system was deployed at a major cable company to originate important messages to the entire subscriber base. We also recently created customized versions to suit several OEMs.”

The Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch is also available with optional SDI input and output or ASI input and output. Video advertisements can be also be fed via SDI even if the input and output is IP or ASI.

The system is designed for IP content aggregators, broadcasters, and cable or mobile companies who create and originate content and wish to add branding to their content with various triggers. It is ideal for inserting video or superpositioning targeted ads, emergency alerts, RSS feeds, or banner ads on mobile services. Easy drag and drop placement positions logos, text, or graphics on screen. Ads can be spliced into a live stream or overlaid anywhere on H.264 or MPEG-2 video content. The system keeps tracks of ads served.

The Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch also creates crawling messages and emergency alerts with programmable fonts and background colors, in any language. Graphics, logos, and text can be static, blinking, or rotating. The system also inventories graphical elements on the on board hard drive. Large local graphical libraries can be created for quick use.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Inserts or overlays graphical ads, video clips, logos, graphics, CG, scrolling text, and emergency alerts into video feeds on a schedule or via signaling like SCTE-35
  • Simultaneously processes up to 20 SD streams, or 10 720p streams, or 8 1080p streams
  • Works with most fonts: Chinese, Arabic, Indian, etc. via Unicode interface
  • SD – Optional SD plus HD version available
  • Generates playlists for time-shifted content that include all national ads, local ads and content in pre, post, and mid-roll spot
  • Built in intelligence makes scheduling easy
  • IP input and output
  • DVB-ASI input and output version available for broadcast
  • SDI/HD-SDI input and output version available for classic CG
  • Video Import via SDI even if I/O is IP
  • Supports 1080i, 720p, and 480i, or arbitrary resolutions
  • Selects transport streams by program numbers or PIDs
  • Features daily, weekly, and monthly schedule-based logos, alerts, and text insertion
  • Arbitrary location for graphics
  • Choose from static, rotating, or blinking graphics, logos, and text
  • Supports Ad Inventories and Logs Ad plays
  • Creates crawling messages and emergency alerts with programmable fonts and background colors, in any language
  • Select any degree of transparency
  • Easy drag and drop placement to position logo, text, or graphics on screen
  • News feeds from RSS in any language, with programmable fonts and background colors
  • Able to mask entire screen with a static image in case of video input failure or auto bypass via relay
  • 1 RU rack mountable frame
  • Template based character generator
  • EAS option
  • SLATE function puts up an Empty Background on which you can type messages
  • Customization available
  • ESAM support in development
  • Stores graphics, clips, and messages in local memory

Suggested Retail Prices:
Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch: $21,995 U.S.
Customized versions: Call for pricing

DVEO and Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

Very Affordable, High Quality Mini Digital Key Ring Voice Recorder

Only 2½ Inches High, Weighing Less Than 1 Oz., Plays Back Anywhere

Made To Be Hung On A Car Key Ring, Slipped Into A Pocket Or Purse,
Hung On A Hook Beside The Bed, Easily Going Wherever You Go
High Quality Mini Digital Key Ring Voice Recorder

Marietta GA, February 13, 2013 – A very small, simple to use, new digital mini voice recorder is now available from ExackTM LLC that can be played back anywhere. Unlike most small voice recorders, MemClickTM does not need to be plugged into a computer USB port and will still give high quality sound, at controllable levels. It measures only 2½ inches high, 1¼ inches wide and a ½ inch thick and weighs less than 1 oz. And at $29.95, it is very affordable. Using MemClick is also easy. With one finger, it can make a voice recording or playback, up to 8 minutes. Memos can instantly be located in three folders (red, yellow and green) for prioritizing, with lighted buttons and played back. It can record up to 60 memos on a single battery charge that will last for weeks. The MemClick, manufactured in the USA, connects to any USB port for recharging and the rechargeable battery and USB cable are included.

There are basically two types of portable voice recorders, cassette and digital. Digital voice recorders are much easier to use than cassettes, because there‘s no need to rewind them endlessly to find a particular recorded section to play back and there’s no tape to jam or wear out as with other cassette audio recorders. And MemClick records or plays without having to look at it while driving. But what good is any audio recorder, if you don’t have it with you when you need it?

The uses for MemClick are endless.
● Doctor recommended memory help for Alzheimer’s support, short term memory loss, MS or stroke victims.
● Make lists; shopping list, honey-do list, measurements and many more.
● On car key rings, Record driving directions; have detailed instructions all the way; On-the-go memos to yourself; Contact information.
● Never spend time in the rain again hunting for a car in a crowded parking lot. Record the row location.
● Hang it on a refrigerator as a family member locator. Each family member can leave an intended destination and return time.
● In bed, no need to hunt paper and pen, place it on a night-stand for bed-side notes, phone numbers, and ideas.
● Keep it with the TV remote to note TV ad info such as advertised product phone number and web site address.
● The MemClick makes a perfect trade show promotional give-away or gift and is also for people who have everything, but can’t remember where they left it.

To get more information on MemClick, please go to http://www.memclick.biz

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If you’d like more information, please call Michael Sherman at 662-893-8360 or send an email to Michael_Sherman@Exack.biz

About Exack:

Exack is a Christian operated company based out of Marietta, GA. Focusing primarily on electronics, Exack was founded by an engineer who loves to think outside of the box and to find ways to solve problems to help others. The founder is a man who loves Jesus, is an avid photographer, and has an unusual fondness for garlic. Just your typical guy next door . . . who loves to invent things.

MemClick all began with the idea for an easy and quick way to remember all of those little things in life that get lost in the busyness of life. After searching the stores and trying multiple devices out there, he discovered that there wasn’t anything that really helped. So, an experienced engineer and inventor with several patents under his belt began to try to create that very thing right out of his basement. With the input of many other really smart people, MemClick was born and suddenly remembering things became a whole lot easier.

Haivision at the 2013 NAB Show

2013 NAB Show Preview
April 8 – 11 | Las Vegas
Haivision | Booth SL6605

New at the NAB Show

At the 2013 NAB Show, Haivision will introduce bold new solutions that allow users to capture, manage, and publish media content to Internet audiences. These new solutions are coupled with Haivision’s industry-leading encoding (Makito(TM)) and cloud transcoding (KulaByte(TM)) technologies, along with new Internet transport technologies. Haivision will also debut the Makito X series, the company’s next-generation, high-definition, H.264 encoding platform with dual-channel HD encoding capabilities.

With these new solutions, Haivision brings together performance streaming technology with on-premise and cloud-based media management systems. Anchored by the industry-leading HD H.264 encoding technology, including the new Makito X series, Haivision offers end-to-end workflow solutions for enterprise IPTV, secure channel monitoring, multichannel recording, and media management both on-premise and in the cloud.

Haivision helps organizations establish the most cost-effective streaming workflows and deliver both live and on-demand content to users anywhere. Haivision’s latest innovations offer the most complete, integrated, and simplified solutions so content producers can deliver content within and beyond the enterprise on multiple viewing devices.

Media Contribution | Extreme Encoding
Haivision’s next-generation, award-winning encoding technology

Makito(TM) X will make its debut at the 2013 NAB Show. Haivision’s next-generation, high-definition H.264 encoding platform with dual-channel HD encoding, Makito X2, delivers twice the quality at half the bandwidth of competing encoders. Makito X2 carries on the tradition of the Makito with only 55 milliseconds of encoding latency, an extensive feature set, and the ability to deliver multiple bit rates (MBR) from each source simultaneously. This low-latency encoder is available as a standalone appliance or in a rackmount enclosure, supporting up to 12 channels of HD-SDI 1080p60 encoding within 1RU, and delivering the highest channel density in the industry.

Image Link: www.ingearpr.com/Haivision/MakitoX.zip
Caption: Haivision Makito(TM) X2

Media Management and Delivery
Haivision’s new media management and cloud technology

Haivision blends expertise in live performance streaming with world-class media management solutions. At NAB, Haivision will introduce two new media management solutions: on-premise technology for capturing and sharing the most valuable user-generated content, and cloud technology to assure that content reaches a target audience in any format required.

Company Overview
Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Haivision/NAB2013.zip

Visionary Solutions 2013 NAB Show Preview

2013 NAB SHOW EXHIBITOR PREVIEW

Visionary Solutions, Inc. — Booth SU6021

At the 2013 NAB Show, Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) will showcase the latest advancements in its comprehensive portfolio of IPTV and Internet encoding products, designed to support a wide variety of applications. VSI will demonstrate a brand new decoder as well as showcase PackeTV(R) Mobile, a powerful HTTP-based media streaming solution that simplifies multiscreen video delivery. Also at the booth will be a new VSI bundle that combines PackeTV Mobile with the company’s flagship AVN encoders. more

NEP Takes Cobalt Digital To The Big Game

Click here to Visit Cobalt at NAB 2013 Booth N 4624

New Orleans, LA – Two of NEP’s fleet rolled into New Orleans equipped with a host of Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com) terminal gear to cover the football championship game on Sunday, February 3.

NEP’s Supershooters / SS22 HD Production truck was on hand for game coverage, while the organization’s Denali California HD mobile unit handled the unique needs of the half-time extravaganza. Cobalt’s family of up/down/cross 3G/HD/SD-SDI converters populated both vehicles, as well as the Company’s distribution amplifiers, frame synchronizers, color correctors and remote control panels.

“Cobalt is proud to play a role in NEP’s coverage of the most watched sport event in the US,” said Chris Shaw, Cobalt EVP sales & marketing. “There’s no room for error when the whole country is watching, and our gear won’t disappoint. Reliability and support is key during such prestigious events”

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, webcasting, and power generation that set the global industry standard. For more information, visit http://www.nepinc.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Shotoku Broadcast to Highlight Manual Camera Support Range at BVE 2013

BVE Stand # L13

Staines, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, today confirmed plans to exhibit at BVE – 26 to 28 February 2013 – to be held at EXCEL London. The Company will demonstrate its globally renowned product line in Stand L13 and be available for customer consultations and meetings with potential distribution partners.

BVE is the largest gathering of production, post and content delivery professionals in the UK with attendance numbers expected to exceed 16,000. Shotoku will join over 300 exhibitors who will showcase products, services and technologies, ranging from camera accessories to workflow solutions.

Shotoku will highlight the manual side of its high quality and innovative camera support systems, including pan and tilt heads, pedestals, tripods and virtual reality systems. “BVE offers an excellent opportunity to network with industry professionals and promote our rapidly growing product ranges to operators and key decision makers,” said David Shepherd EMEA Sales Manager, Manual Products.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Cobalt Digital Adds Darren Fordham as Director of Sports Business Development & Southeast Sales Manager

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), a manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, has added Darren Fordham to the team in the newly created position of director of sports development and southeast sales manager. Bob McAlpine, senior vice president of North America sales, announced Fordham’s appointment today from headquarters in Urbana, IL.

Reporting to McAlpine, Fordham will concentrate on Cobalt’s current sports-oriented customer-base while continuing to build that business segment through targeted products, including its award-winning card-based solution for MADI embedding/de-embedding and signal distribution. His responsibilities also include managing sales operations in the southeastern region; a territory encompassing nine states.

Fordham joins Cobalt with three decades of broadcast experience, predominantly in the sports arena. He most recently served as director of sports business development and southeast area account manager for Telecast Fiber where he managed product development for the sports-based market, as well as sales functions in the southeast region. Fordham’s career in broadcasting began behind the scenes at WBRC-TV as senior director and technical director of the news division. He subsequently served in specialist positions at industry leading companies such as Sony, Tektronix/Grass Valley Group, and QuStream (formerly PESA switching systems), and spent several years at Cross Creek Television Productions where he built and operated mobile television trucks, and engineered live sporting events for all the major networks.

“We just couldn’t ask for a more appropriate professional to drive our activities in this growing industry segment,” exclaimed McAlpine. “Engineering quality sporting events, from all aspects, has been at the core of Darren’s entire career. I’ve personally worked with Darren for many years and know what a tremendous customer resource he is. The entire Cobalt staff is delighted to welcome him”

“Chris Shaw, evp of sales and marketing, echoed McAlpine’s enthusiasm, “The importance of sports in broadcasting is a thriving and growing segment of the industry. We’re proud of our leadership position in that marketplace. We’ve been very successfully reacting to our customers’ requests with targeted products, and are happy to strengthen our support further by committing Darren as a resource.”

Fordham is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and the Sports Video Group (SVG). Based in Huntsville, Alabama, he can be reached at205.907.2865 or Darren.Fordham@cobaltdigital.com

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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