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Shotoku Broadcast To Launch VR Version of Popular Two-Stage Pneumatic Pedestal

IBC Stand 11.F40

MANUAL CAMERA SUPPORT RANGE WILL ALSO HIGHLIGHT HEADS FOR OB AND A NEW TRIPOD SERIES

Staines, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will introduce a new 2-stage pneumatic pedestal paired with a pan and tilt head developed for VR applications. The Company will also highlight a pan and tilt head designed for OB, studio and portable cameras, and a new tripod series, and its full line of manual camera support equipment in Hall 11, Stand 11.F40.

NEW
TP200VR 2-Stage Pneumatic VR Pedestal and SX300VR
Based on Shotoku’s popular TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal, the elegant new VR model is ergonomically designed and features reliable and accurate Shotoku mechanical X-Y tracking technology. The lightweight, high-capacity unit has a maximum payload of over 80kg (177 lbs.) and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its perfect balance column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. A foot operated parking brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast and easy positioning.

The new SX300VR EFP VR tracking pan and tilt head presents the perfect companion for the TP200VR. Also featuring reliable and accurate Shotoku VR tracking technology, the SX300VR offers a continuously adjustable perfect counterbalance system. VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system ensures smooth, adjustable pan & tilt drag with enhanced torque.

HIghlights
SG900 Pan and Tilt Head
Ideal for outside broadcast, studio and portable cameras with teleprompters, the SG900 supports 90kg (198 lbs) and features smooth operation, single knob balance adjustment, and robust construction in an ergonomic design. The unit incorporates the VISCAM technology to control pan and tilt speed without vibration or shake, and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 is suitable for various pedestals including the TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal.

SP Tripod Series
Shotoku’s professional SP tripod series provides easy-to-operate, robust systems that offer smooth and stress-free movement. The economical, streamlined and ergonomically designed models support payloads ranging from 2kg (4.4 lbs) up to 15kg (33lbs). The units support professional, ENG, and handheld cameras, and are all lightweight, compact and sturdy and feature pan & tilt brake knobs, a bowl clamping knob, and leg locks for firm and quick locking.

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: http://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 to Bring Multi-Channel Loudness Processing & Monitoring Over IP to The European Market at IBC 2012

Visit Cobalt at IBC Stand 10.B27

AWARD-WINNING TECHNOLOGY OFFERS MAXIMUM COMPLIANCE WITH MINIMUM MAINTENANCE

Urbana, IL, Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, will introduce the European market to technologies at IBC that provide an easy path to EBU R128 and CALM compliance. Notable among a complement of ground-breaking products is the multi-award-winning LMNTS™, an exciting breakthrough in comprehensive transport-based loudness processing, and SpotCheck™, an innovative transport stream compliance monitor. Cobalt will also demonstrate the new Blue Box Group™ series of throw down conversion modules, a new range of MADI cards including Embedder/De-embedder (with 192 x 192 crosspoint switch) and MADI DA, and both physical (OGCP-9000 and OGCP-9000/CC optimised for colour correction) and virtual remote control panels.

LMNTS (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams)
Using LINEAR ACOUSTIC® Aeromax™ technology, Cobalt’s LMNTS™ (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams) represents a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing by offering an economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate.

Winner of both TV Technology’s STAR and Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit awards at NAB 2012, LMNTS performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams making it ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled. It operates at the MPEG IP transport layer to provide a practical loudness management solution without the need or complexity of external codecs transferring between baseband and MPEG external interfaces.

Available in both IP and ASI versions, LMNTS extracts and decodes audio codec packets from the program stream, performs high-quality PCM loudness processing, and then re-encodes and re-packets the audio within its stream. Physically, all data connections to LMNTS are via GigE IP or ASI interfaces using an industry-standard IT hardware platform with no intermediary breakouts.

SpotCheck – Audio Loudness Measurement and Recorded Data Logging System
Cobalt’s SpotCheck™ takes the guesswork out of loudness measurement and logging, and facilitates CALM and EBU R128 compliance. SpotCheck monitors an IP, ASI, or a transmitted over-the-air MPEG stream at the transmit (emission) encode point, and provides easy-to-use, convenient, long-term access to loudness records for all programming initiated from a broadcasting facility.

Segments can be searched via the intuitive display of loudness plots along with date/time-stamped thumbnails of the actual corresponding programming, or can optionally be queried and correlated using a database relationship with the facility as-run automation list. SpotCheck readily pinpoints all segments that are outside of CALM/R128 compliance, providing documentary proof should an erroneous complaint appear. Ethernet control enables integration with facility IT providing long-term logging/thumbnail storage.

Requiring no breakout from the MPEG stream and not affecting the emission stream in any way, SpotCheck provides an easily integrated, facility-based, powerful solution for loudness records and compliance interrogation and verification.

Blue Box Group – Interface Converter boxes
Cobalt is returning to its roots by presenting a modular, low-cost, signal conversion line offering excellent performance, ease-of-operation, and practical installation. The series – named Blue Box Group™ – receives its power directly form video monitors or other equipment via USB without bulky “wall wart” adapters.

MADI cards – Ideal for Outside Broadcast environment
Ideal for the OB market, Cobalt’s new series of MADI embedder/de-embedder processing cards opens up new possibilities in multi-channel/multi-source baseband audio routing (192 x 192 crosspoint switch). The 9374-EMDE Quad Stream SDI – AES – MADI series, perfect for mobile environments, provides a full unrestricted audio crosspoint that allows channel routing between any channels on up to four SDI steams, discrete AES-3id, and AES10 MADI interfaces. It uses standard 1694A cabling thus eliminating the need for fiber. Its excellent MADI receiver performance allows up to 250m MADI receive capability with no signal degradation.

Embed and de-embed-only versions are also available, as well as dual SDI stream 9372 and single SDI stream 9371 versions.

Physical and Virtual Remote Control Panels
Cobalt has developed unique remote control panels for control, configuration and monitoring of the 9000 COMPASS® and Fusion3G® cards. The OGCP-9000 can be used with multiple 8321 and HPF-9000 frames and cards. Operating with the Dashboard GUI the OGCP-9000 offers the intuitive control for quick, efficient operation. The OGCP-9000/CC is optimised for fast, real time adjustment for on-air colour correction.

The WINOGCP virtual control panel via PC offers convenient controls that mirror the abilities of the hard OGCP-9000 panel using computer mouse via Ethernet.

Both the OGCP-9000 and WINOGCP are ideal for monitoring and logging of loudness control to meet EBU R128 and ATSC A85 requirements.

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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.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, VP 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

Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher Drives SD7 On Billboard Music Awards

Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher has made a name for himself mixing music on hit TV shows from “American Idol,” “The Voice” and a slew of prestigious award shows from the Grammy’s to the MTV Music Awards. For the second year in a row, Fletch handled music mixes for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and opted to test-drive his first DiGiCo console supplied by ATK, the show’s Audio provider.

“When the opportunity arose for me to use a DiGiCo on the show, I jumped at the chance. Given the choice of an SD10 or an SD7, I went with the SD7 as it had a bigger input capacity… and more flashing lights!”

As it was his first time on a DiGiCo, Fletch spent a few hours at ATK familiarizing himself with the desk, programming his show template, and then did the rest onsite.

“The challenge on any live TV show is to always be ahead of the game. I found the SD7 to be very easy to program and to get around on in general—which got me where I needed to be time-wise. I liked the onboard effects and stuck strictly to what was available on the console including three reverbs (Warm Hall and Vocal Plate for vocals and Percussion Room for drums) and two simple delays (one short, one long for vocals) for the show. I loved the multiband compressors and they worked great on vocals.”

“I liked the flexibility of the fader bank layout, too. I put all my instruments on the left side of the console and had my vocals on the right side. I also put the top layer of vocals in the center section so I could have all 17 vocal mics on the surface at the same time. I used the edit range function to add things to my snapshots such as back up mics that were added after I had rehearsed all the bands and had to be put into all the snapshots. Also, I found the scope functions invaluable for some production elements that I had to land in my console and needed to be isolated from automation for emergency back up in case the FOH production console encountered a problem. Macros were quite useful to navigate around snapshots quickly as well.”

But what struck Fletch initially was the sound of the console.

“The sound quality is outstanding and it’s very flexible. I’ve been using just Yamaha consoles for the past 8 years and the DiGiCo’s sound very different and a lot more transparent. As it was my first time on the console—and having the time constraints of a live TV show—I didn’t get too deep into it, but I’ll indeed have some fun the next time I use one… and I’d be inclined to use one on every show, given the chance.”

8MX2 JOINS JDK FAMILY

jdk_8mx2.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND – JUNE 2012: JDK continues to expand its product line with the addition of the powerful and versatile 8MX2 preamp/mixer.

Equipped with eight stellar microphone preamps, each channel contains a variable threshold peak limiter, 48v Phantom power switch, phase reverse, direct output and a path to the stereo mix bus. The included eight-into-two mixer receives signal from the mic pre or eight external line level inputs. With two 10-segment meters to monitor Input/Mix and Gain Reduction, headphone and speaker output monitor controls, and multi-unit cue and master capabilities, the slim 8MX2 packs a big punch in only 1u of rack space.

The 8MX2 was developed from technology used in the Paragon live mixing console. It evolved over the years into a stand-alone preamp/mixer and is especially popular in remote recording racks and sidecar-like applications. With hundreds in the field, the more

Cobalt Digital Appoints Gencom Technology Master Distributor for Southeast Asia Region

Urbana, IL — Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has announced the appointment of Gencom Technology as Master Distributor for the Southeast Asia region.
“As our customer base expands in Souteast Asia, we recognize the need for a strong, local presence,” states Shaw. “We are delighted to partner with Gencom whose professional strength and expertise will provide end-users and dealers with outstanding regional sales and service support.”
Gencom Technology is a New Zealand based engineering firm specializing in providing the latest technologies and complex media workflows to the broadcast, multimedia and telecommunications sectors. Founded in 1969, the Company enjoys a leadership position as an independent supplier and systems integrator with offices and factories in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and South Africa.
Ray Sanders, CEO of Gencom comments, “Gencom’s longstanding relationships with the world’s premier equipment manufacturers allow us to provide the best technologies available in the industry. For some time we’ve been aware of Cobalt Digital and their first-class quality products. We welcome the opportunity to work together to elevate Cobalt’s presence in the region and provide local support.”
Adds Shaw,“ Gencom are one of the first Master Distributors to be added to the Cobalt team. We value their participation as we continue our global expansion into international markets”
Gencom and Cobalt Digital have already worked together on a variety of projects in recent years.

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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 BENCOM TECHNOLOG
Gencom is a leading provider of integrated broadcast solutions, which has built a strong reputation for inspiration, partnership and support over the last 40 years.
Gencom’s investment in not only the finest technology but the training of their staff in areas of HDTV transmission, media asset management and delivering technologies like IPTV on a global scale, has made them one of the most talented and experienced design and support services world-wide.
Gencom provides end-to-end technology solutions for the broadcast, multimedia and telecommunications industries from its headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, and design centres in Sydney and Singapore; as well as regional offices in Melbourne, Wellington, and Johannesburg and representatives in Delhi and London.

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

The Big Apple and Philly Make Way for Yamaha Training Sessions

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will make stops in New York City, June 26 and Philadelphia, July 17-19.

Dale Pro Audio will host training sessions on the new Yamaha CL5 digital console on June 26. Registration deadline is Monday, June 25. Visit
https://www.yamaha.com/ussub/cl5demo/registration.html?

The YCATS training team will be in Philadelphia July 17-19 with classes ranging from an Introduction to the Yamaha CL Series, a new session entitled Digital Audio Networks for Engineers, M7CL for Advanced Users, and Yamaha LS9 Workshop. Registration deadline is Friday, July 13.

For more information and to registration visit: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

ANTENNA COMPANY RF VENUE DEBUTS NEW PRODUCTS AT INFOCOMM 2012

rfvenue_infocomm.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 2012: Antenna and wireless products manufacturer RFvenue (InfoComm Booth #C11542) unveiled three new products on Wednesday, marking the one-year anniversary of its first antenna product, the Diversity Fin. CEO Chris Regan announced two new extensions of the popular dual element antenna system, including an EU version covering 470-790 MHz and also matte white and matte black architectural versions.

RFvenue also showed its new four-channel antenna distribution system which can interface with any brand wireless microphone receiver, and provide DC power distribution functions from a high-quality internal power supply, eliminating extra power modules. Other additions to the RFvenue product line include high-quality, American-made, mounting equipment, and a 2.4 GHz long-range helical antenna for extended range performance for new digital wireless microphones and production communication systems.

Also shown at RFvenue’s booth is its newly designed UHF ceiling antenna for more

Yamaha Audioversity Expo Heads to Atlanta

BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The third annual Yamaha Audioversity Expo will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on August 1-2, 2012 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The specialized event is catered toward audio professionals and all those interested in gaining in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO products.

The Yamaha Audioversity Expo will feature digital mixer training seminars including sessions on the new Yamaha CL console, panel discussions with leading industry professionals, NEXO and Yamaha speaker listening demos featuring live music, hands-on line array rigging demonstrations, acoustic prediction software presentations, clinics featuring Dante audio networking solutions, portable sound applications from small to large, and Commercial Installations Solutions.

A special appearance will be made by the state-of-the-art Rolling Showroom housing the new Yamaha CL digital console as well as all the latest Yamaha Commercial Audio products. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with knowledgeable experts on all things Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO as well as with industry partners. Audioversity will feature live music, raffle prizes*, and additional surprises.

This event is free-of-charge and open to the audio community. For those attending from out-of-town, hotel recommendations can also be found on the Audioversity Expo website.

To register, visit http://www.audioversityexpo.com. Check the site often for updates.

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER AND WIN. The Drawing is open to each attendee at the Audioversity Expo who is a U.S. resident at least 18 years old. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

BHV Broadcast’s Video Ghost Picks Up Another Award

PHANTOM POWER MODULES PRESENTED WITH BROADCAST ENGINEERING’S PICK HIT AT NAB 2012

Las Vegas, NV – BHV Broadcast, well known for manufacturing award-winning compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post production, picked up yet another honor at NAB 2012. The Company’s ugraded version of its Video Ghost phantom power system received a Pick Hit award from Broadcast Engineering, one of only 23 presented at the world’s largest electronic media show.

Pick Hits are amongst the most prestigious technical awards given at NAB. A panel of independent judges tours the show floor for three days looking for innovative products and technology. The judges make their selections based on several criteria, including the product’s capacity to bring technical and financial improvements to a facility’s operation. Broadcast Engineering’s editors and publishers are not involved in the selection process.

BHV Broadcast’s Video Ghost was recognized for its ability to bring phantom power to the digital video world. Developed as a low-cost, reliable alternative to traditional batteries, Video Ghost was initially launched at NAB 2011 where it received the prestigious Mario Award, and returned to the Exhibition Hall in 2012 with significant upgrades. The system now provides a hefty 65 watts of power at 12V for camera head-ends and remote monitors using the existing serial digital video cable. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, it can be used to power composite to SDI converters at the camera, avoiding the considerable signal degradation suffered by composite video over distances.

About the BHV Companies
BHV Broadcast is the sales and marketing arm of Brick House Video, designer and manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The Company also manufactures rate/standards and format conversion equipment. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

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BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

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

Cobalt Digital’s LMNTS Wins Two Awards At NAB 2012

COMPANY RECEIVES HONORS FROM BROADCAST ENGINEERING AND
TV TECHNOLOGY FOR MULTI-CHANNEL LOUDNESS PROCESSING OVER IP PLATFORM

Las Vegas, NV – Cobalt Digital received double honors at NAB 2012 with awards from the broadcast industry’s leading publications. Both Broadcast Engineering and TV Technology acknowledged the ingenuity of LMNTS™ (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams) – the manufacturer’s new multi-channel loudness processing over IP platform – with highly sought-after awards presented to only a tiny fraction of products exhibited at the show held in Las Vegas from April 16th – April 19th. NAB is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

“Cobalt’s LMNTS is an exciting “first” in comprehensive transport-based loudness processing,” commented Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s senior vp of sales and marketing. “We are pleased that not only one, but two of our most respected publications recognized LMNTS as a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing. It offers broadcasters a much-needed economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate.“

Ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled, LMNTS performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams. It operates at the MPEG IP transport layer to provide a practical loudness management solution without the need or complexity of external codecs transferring between baseband and MPEG external interfaces.

Available in both IP and ASI versions, LMNTS extracts and decodes audio codec packets from the program stream, performs high-quality PCM loudness processing, and then re-encodes and re-packets the audio within its stream. Physically, all data connections to LMNTS are via GigE IP or ASI interfaces using an industry-standard IT hardware platform with no intermediary breakouts.

LMNTS is fully scalable and works with single and multi program streams, and supports all video codecs. Because it uses the same high-quality LINEAR ACOUSTIC® Aeromax™ loudness processing for each stream, perfect loudness consistency is assured for all programming passing through the system.

Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hits are among the most prestigious technical awards given at NAB. A panel of independent judges not affiliated with the magazine, tours the show floor for three days looking for innovative products and technology. The judges then met to make their selections based on several criteria, including the technical and financial improvements the product can bring to a facility’s operation. At NAB 2012, only 23 products received the final nod.

TV Technology’s STAR Awards (for Superior Technology Award Recipient) are designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry. Editors search the show floor for the most innovative technologies that demonstrate an ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum. Finalists were examined by a panel of broadcast industry experts and judged for their technical applications and overall contribution to the industry.
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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.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, VP 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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