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SSL Appoints Mark Davidson as Global Systems and Solutions Business Development Manager

New Role Created to Enhance SSL’s Position in the Install and Integration Markets

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce that Mark Davidson has joined the company in the newly created role of Global Systems and Solutions Business Development Manager. Davidson brings with him a wealth of industry experience, making him a valuable addition to the SSL team. Based in Munich, Germany, Davidson will be responsible for the SSL global strategic business development strategies in relation to the SSL Integration I/O and Workstation Partner Products (WPP) product portfolio, with a focus on, but not restricted to, the broadcast and system integration markets. Attendees of the 2012 NAB Show will have a chance to meet Davidson in person at the company’s booth (C2013).

“We searched for a long time to find the right person to represent SSL in the global install and integration markets, so it is simply great to have Mark on the team,” says Jim Motley, Head of Business, Workstation Partner Products for SSL. “With Mark on board, we have someone with a proven track record of establishing new routes to market. This capability is a key element for us and we are confident that he will help develop this growing sector for SSL. I’m confident that Mark will be a useful contact for both our existing partners and new clients alike.”

“I am really excited to join a company with the history and the pedigree of SSL,” states Davidson. “SSL’s reputation for quality and innovation, as well as the respect it has obtained from its peers, made accepting the offer to become part of the global SSL team a very simple decision. The company has some very exciting new products in development and I am looking forward to being part of the continuing SSL success story into the future.”

Davidson joins SSL with extensive sales and marketing as well as strategic business development experience within the broadcast, live performance and fixed installation markets on a pan global scale. Most recently, Davidson worked for Optocore, based in Munich, Germany, where he was responsible for the global sales and marketing function, as well as managing the back office sales and marketing and technical support teams. Prior to this, Davidson worked at Clear-Com as Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern United States region from a New York office, where, within a two-year period, he successfully oversaw an increase in turnover by more than double. Before New York, Davidson was International Sales Manager for Clear-Com located in Hamburg Germany, looking after the Eastern Central and Western Europe regions. Previously he also worked for Riedel Communications on a number of very high-profile broadcast communication infrastructure-based projects.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) Nucomm Newscoder 4 Comes in Loud and Clear with Special Discount Pricing at the 2012 NAB Show

Transmitter-Agnostic MPEG-4-Enabled Encoder Allows Broadcasters to Transmit HD Content Efficiently

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012 – 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, is showcasing its Nucomm Newscoder 4 at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C6432 and OE1569). The Newscoder 4 will be specially priced throughout the duration of the show.

The Newscoder 4, designed to work with any transmitter, is a compact, low-power, HD/SD, video/audio encoder with AES encryption. At just 3.7 cubic inches in size, Newscoder 4 delivers superior MPEG-4 H.264 SD and HD encoding, enabling broadcasters to transmit HD content efficiently over the same infrastructure used to transmit SD content.

“The Newscoder 4 continues to define the next level of video compression, and we are excited to offer special pricing during the 2012 NAB show,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “What sets the Newscoder 4 apart is that it is designed to work with any transmitter. With an additional 30-percent bit rate reduction, low delays and video quality improvement over a baseline encoder, the MPEG-4-enabled encoder allows broadcasters to transmit HD content efficiently. Users will be especially pleased with the Newscoder 4’s ability to support a full main profile.”

The Newscoder 4 input accepts either composite (NTSC or PAL), SD-SDI or HD-SDI sources. The encoder automatically detects the video input format, digitizes it and passes it to a high-performance H.264/AVC MP@L4 video encoder, where the video is compressed down to an extremely low data rate. The resulting output is an ASI transport stream.

In addition, the encoder has one stereo or two mono audio inputs and supports both line-level inputs and microphone-level inputs. Each mode supports independent gain selection ranging from 12 dB of attenuation to +50 dB and embedded audio.

Featuring two RS232 ports, one for remote control and a second for user data, the Newscoder 4 also employs AES encryption, preventing unauthorized viewing of the signal. A video test pattern generator is designed into the NCTX-4 that can be controlled externally through the preset switch or programmed to be automatically enabled when the video input is lost. The encoder has an ASI input and output, providing the ability to stack or multiplex multiple units.

The Newscoder 4 requires little setup and the local control panel is simple and user friendly. Simply apply video and power, then connect and select a preset. For advanced functions, such as AES encryption keys or unit naming, an easy-to-use administration software package is supplied, allowing the user to configure up to eight custom presets. The administrator can feel confident that with the use of access control, the end user cannot corrupt the preset configurations.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.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 organised 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, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) Introduces RF Central LPTV Low Frequency DTV Transmitter/Translator at the 2012 NAB Show

New Gear to Help Niche Broadcasters with Digital Conversion

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012 – 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, introduces its RF Central LPTV – Low Power DTV Transmitter/Translator at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C6432).

Available in power levels ranging from 1 watt to 5 kilowatts, the low frequency DTV transmitter features a compact, modular design, full remote management and supports single frequency networks, ATSC – M/H.

“From a project management and engineering standpoint, transitioning LPTV stations to digital is very similar to what we did during the Sprint/Nextel BAS program,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “Our extensive BAS experience makes us very qualified to go forward with such a project.”

LPTV stations are used to service rural areas or to provide niche programming to other areas. In the first application, a station in a major city has a network of transmitters distributed statewide. Such networks may have 20 or more transmitters that are fed either through a microwave backbone or over the air. Religious and other niche broadcasters have networks of LPTV transmitters fed by satellite. There are approximately 7500 LPTV transmitters and translator licenses in the United States.

The FCC has established September 1, 2015 date for the termination of all analog low power television service. After that date, analog television will no longer exist in the United States.

“Because an LPTV upgrade may involve upgrading the microwave backbone, our team of expert engineers can turn a microwave sale into a full transmitter upgrade,” adds Shpock.

IMT’s LPTV transmitter is slated to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.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 organised 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, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

Clear-Com Launches Helixnet Partyline at the 2012 NAB Show

World’s First Networked Partyline Intercom System Delivers Greater Efficiency, More Flexibility and Cost-Savings Through the Revolutionary Platform Design

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012 Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce the formal, worldwide release of the HelixNet Partyline Intercom System at the 2012 NAB show (Booth C8008). HelixNet Partyline is the industry’s first networked partyline intercom system with a set of unique capabilities for achieving greater efficiency, cost-savings and flexibility from set up to operation and maintenance. The initial release of HelixNet Partyline consists of the HMS-4X Main Station, HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack, HLI-2W2 Two-wire Interface Module and the HLI-4W2 Four-wire Interface Module. The system begins shipping in June of 2012.

HelixNet Partyline is the first set of products to demonstrate a revolutionary platform with the superb audio clarity of the digitized Clear-Com sound, central administration of the entire system (firmware upgrades and maintenance) from the Main Station with a single cable and flexible cable options with the ability to leverage an existing cable infrastructure.

“For over 40 years, the Pro Audio community has been using the common, three-pin XLR microphone cable to carry audio for analog partyline systems,” says Chris Barry, Product Manager at Clear-Com. “In order to preserve our customers’ investments in intercom systems and cabling infrastructure, we had specifically designed HelixNet Partyline to transmit four channels of digital quality audio, plus program and power for beltpacks, over a single, shielded twisted-pair cable (ex. microphone cable, CAT5 or CAT6 cable). This capability alone is unprecedented in the history of intercom technology.”

Furthermore, the HelixNet Partyline system offers many unique features to create a much higher audio quality, increase efficiency during the set up and maintenance processes and simplify operations.

HMS-4X HelixNet Main Station and Interface Module

High channel density and high user capacity. The sleek 1RU HMS-4X HelixNet Main Station fits into any standard 19” rack and can provide power and four channels of audio to support up to 20 digital beltpacks.

No hum. No buzz. Unlike standard analog systems, the all-digital HelixNet system is immune to electro-magnetic interference and ground loops.

Highly flexible and offers intuitive user operations. System settings and menus are quickly accessible. Firmware maintenance and upgrades can be achieved easily via USB ports.

Greater connectivity with existing analog intercom systems and audio devices. The expansion bay in the Main Station allows optional HLI-2W2 two-wire and HLI-4W2 four-wire interface modules to connect easily with existing analog intercom systems and audio devices, while preserving the high audio quality that is free of hum and noise.

HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack
High channel density and selectable channels to save resources. The rugged, ergonomically-designed HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack is a two-channel beltpack that can access two of any four system channels and program audio over a single cable, along with individual level control. Networked audio is distributed over a single, shielded twisted pair, keeping the number of cables required, low.

Easy to operate and read. Optimally positioned buttons and volume knobs are easy to locate, identify and control on the beltpack. Channel labels are simple to read on the high-contrast 10-character OLED displays. Beltpacks can be set up in daisy chain or star configurations with no need for active split boxes.

Highly durable and flexible. HelixNet Beltpacks are highly durable, fabricated from lightweight cast aluminum, and come with a sturdy beltclip, rubber bumpons and an integrated strap guide to offer a variety of practical mounting options.

About Clear-ComClear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HMEHM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

Anton/Bauer to Feature Innovative Power Solutions for Sony, Canon, Panasonic and RED at the 2012 NAB Show

MATRIX Cheese Plate Makes Official NAB Debut

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 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, will demonstrate the advanced capabilities of its power solutions to U.S. broadcast and video professionals at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C7032). Anton/Bauer will showcase the MATRIX Cheese Plate, a new mounting plate that can be used with the company’s Gold Mount Solutions for the Sony PMW-F3 camera and NEX-FS-100; Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 60D Digital SLR camera and the EOS C300; Panasonic AG-AF100 series professional HD camera and RED EPIC digital cinema camera.

The MATRIX Cheese Plate mounts directly on 15-mm or 19-mm rod systems, allowing for easy mounting for Gold Mounts on a variety of cameras including:

• Sony F3 – QRC-DUAL PT: Gold Mount with four-pin XLR and two PowerTap outputs for the Sony F3. Also mounts directly to the AJA Ki Pro Mini.
• Sony NEX-FS-100 – FGM-S: 7 1/4 Gold Mount
• Canon 5D, 7D and 60D – QR-DLSR: 7 1/4 Gold Mount
• Canon EOS C300 – QRC-CA-940: 7/14 Gold Mount that provides 7.2V power to the camera via DC connector. Offers three PowerTap outputs for multiple accessories
• Panasonic AG-AF100 – QR-VBG: 7 1/4 Gold Mount adapter
• Red EPIC – QRC-EPIC: Exclusive features include three outputs—a hard-wired cabled six-pin LEMO connector for power as well as two PowerTap connectors for accessories.

These Gold Mount solutions can also be used on support rigs such as Cinevate, Zacuto, Shape, Redrock Micro and Genus, among others, and in some cases, a pouch configuration. For example, the Anton/Bauer QR-PD/HDV is the recommended pouch style adapter for the Sony NEX-FS-100.

“Anton/Bauer remains successful due to our continued commitment to bringing innovative products to market for today’s professionals,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development. “We are proud to showcase our innovative power solutions and accessories for the industry’s top cameras to NAB attendees—helping to provide seamless power, while ensuring future compatibility.”

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount system, InterActive chargers and Logic Series batteries such as the HyTRON 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight 2, ElipZ, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

Bexel Announces Multimillion-Dollar Commitment to Sony

State-of-the-Art Cameras, Switchers to Be Used at Several Upcoming High-Profile Events

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is pleased announce its recent commitment to advance its equipment and service offerings with multimillion-dollar purchases of Sony camera systems and production switchers. In preparation for several major events taking place this year, Bexel has committed to purchase four Sony MVS-7000X switchers and 20 Sony HDC-2500 camera systems over a two-year period, with the initial delivery of five due at the end of the month.

“At Bexel, we are excited about these purchases and look forward to offering clients the leading technologies they’ve come to expect from us as they prepare for some of the major broadcast events up ahead,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel.

The HDC-2500 system camera incorporates Sony’s advanced technologies for studio cameras. A newly developed 2/3-inch CCD and the new digital signal processing (DSP) capability with a 16-bit A/D converter provides high dynamic range and amazing picture quality with very little noise. The HDC-2500 also provides more transmission flexibility by way of a side panel that can be easily replaced to fit HD-wireless (3rd party) or triax-transmission (availability TBD) systems. “The purchase of these camera systems is part of our dedication to move our inventory to all be 1080p-capable,” adds Dickinson. “A lot of the equipment that we buy has 1080p as a feature, but this is the first camera system that we’ll offer with 1080p as the standard feature. The images this camera produces are incredible and a great addition to our inventory.”

What’s more, Bexel is also making a million-dollar investment in Sony’s MVS-7000X switchers. As part of a major initiative to provide new, high-end, multi-camera full-production flypack systems for clients in markets around the world, Bexel plans to increase its inventory with the purchase of four systems. The company will provide complete services for small to large applications, complementing their element systems. “Historically, Bexel has provided switcher systems for very large, 25-camera events as well as small two- to three-camera events,” says Dickinson. “The MVS-7000X is an excellent production switcher that’s moving us into a new market, where excellent production value is needed with a medium-sized, four-to-six camera production. These switchers are central to us building a whole new generation of flypacks and will be absolutely essential for the upcoming events this summer.”

The MVS-7000X is available for SD, HD or 1080/50P (3G) production. A simple software upgrade will allow the user to switch between these modes. Powerful features include eight high-performance keyers per full ME bus, eight channels of format conversion and two channels of multi-viewer output. An internal two- or four-channel DME processor can also be installed, offering visual effects of superb quality, equivalent to those of the external MVE-9000 processor.

For more information, stop by Bexel Rentals (Booth C6833) and Bexel Professional Sales (Booth C9046) at the 2012 NAB Show or visit www.Bexel.com.

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.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

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Clark Expands HFC Series of SMPTE Hybrid Fiber Camera Cables

Clark Wire & Cable™, NAB Booth #C8137, is introducing an improved and expanded line of its HFC Series of SMPTE 311M hybrid fiber camera cables. Designed as a turn-key solution for broadcast camera systems, Clark’s HFC Series now includes three distinct products for portable, permanent installation and direct burial applications – all with high-strength core constructions.

Clark’s original HFCTP studio and field SMPTE 311M camera cable has been improved for both greater durability and flexibility. Now featuring tactical-grade tight buffers, the new HFCTP fiber elements have three times the tensile strength for added ruggedness. For improved flexibility, the outer jacket of the HFCTP utilizes a new TPE jacket compound that is abrasion resistant and exceptionally flexible, even in low temperature environments.

New to Clark’s SMPTE product line are the HFCPV and HFCDB cables. These versions are specifically designed for permanent installation applications requiring a riser rated or a direct burial construction. The HFCPV features a PVC outer jacket and a UL riser rated CMR listing for permanent installation in most in-wall and conduit locations. For direct burial applications in underground or partially exposed environments, Clark’s new HFCDB features a puncture resistant polyethylene jacket and water blocking tape barrier that absorbs moisture if the jacket is penetrated.

All Clark HFC Series hybrid fiber cables feature precision specifications that meet or exceed SMPTE 311M-2009 requirements for optical and electrical loss, mechanical strength, and environmental performance. For ease of installation all Clark HFC Series cables feature a unique directional arrow printed on the cable jacket that identifies the gender end of the cable. This feature simplifies termination by labeling the correct end for connector termination and offers the user a quick visual identification when running portable cable assemblies.

“We are excited to announce the expansion of our HFC Series of SMPTE 311M cables,” stated Scott Fehl, Product Manager for Clark Wire & Cable. “With the expansion of our SMPTE camera cable product line we are able to offer a complete hybrid fiber solution for almost any application – studio, production, remote broadcast, and stadium. Built for broadcast-grade performance, Clark SMPTE camera cables have a proven history of being exceptionally flexible, user friendly, and durable. Combined with our ModBox™ modular rack system and in-house custom cable assembly service, Clark delivers a complete SMPTE hybrid fiber system uniquely built to the customer’s requirements.”

About Clark Wire & Cable

Clark Wire & Cable, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology, is celebrating over 23 years of business. With a focus on quality and innovation, Clark Wire & Cable delivers unique and reliable solutions dedicated to the markets it serves. From precision engineered bulk cable and cable assemblies to connectors, tools and custom panels, Clark Wire & Cable has remained committed to delivering comprehensive interconnect solutions. For additional information, please visit www.clarkwire.com.

PESA at NAB 2012

New PESA easyPORT ‘Throw Down’ Converter Boxes Deliver Broadcast Quality Conversion at NAB 2012

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, introduced its new series of easyPORT “throw down” multi-format converter boxes today at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth SL9615), which runs April 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nev. At the heart of the easyPORT concept is PESA’s compact four-port utility switch, which incorporates standard SFP-type pluggable module card cages. The easyPORT card cages can be populated to fit practically any combination of input and output signals, including HDMI/DVI, 3G-SDI, ASI, NTSC/PAL, and IP-to-ASI conversion.

easyPORT is currently available in 22 different configurations to handle a wide range of video conversion and distribution needs, but “blank” boxes can be customized for specific I/O applications. For example, HDMI can be converted to 3G-SDI, NTSC/PAL can be encoded to SDI, ASI can be converted to an IP transport stream, and coaxial cable runs can be converted to fiber optic transports. All video formats are transcoded or converted internally, and signals can be distributed over several possible transmission paths, including coax, fiber, and CATx for IP.

Internal to each easyPORT module is a switch fabric that allow users to select which input goes to which output. The module can also be set as a distribution module, allowing any single input to be transmitted to up to four outputs. With a 3G-SDI backbone, signal quality up to 1080p60 can be supported.

With built-in Ethernet and USB connectivity, easyPORT modules can be controlled over a network or locally. Each module includes PESA’s user-friendly CATTRAX software, which provides a simple interface for diagnostics, setup, and switching. Both USB and network connections can be displayed simultaneously, and multiple easyPORTs on the same network can be controlled and managed from a single software session. Changes for networked modules can be done anywhere on the network, but if a local check is required, the module can be simultaneously connected to a PC via USB.

The compact easyPORT can be mounted under a table, on the wall, or in an optional 1 RU power distribution frame. Up to four modules can be installed in a frame for shared power, reducing the need for multiple AC power plugs.

PESA Introduces PERC3000 Server-Based System Controller

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today introduced its server-based PERC3000 system controller. Building on the functionality of its widely popular predecessor, the PERC2000, the new PERC3000 supports single or dual configurations for demanding live production environments. The new system will be demonstrated at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth SL9615), which runs April 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Network, Web, and mobile applications can be supported with the PERC3000’s extensible server architecture. The PERC3000 provides a standard platform that can be easily scaled in the future as system performance demands and complexities increase. Its 1 RU commercial server utilizes a Debian distribution of the Linux operating system for deterministic and reliable operation. The system controller works in conjunction with PESA’s new TOUCH 72 remote control panel, which features 72 LCD pushbuttons and a 320×240 touch-screen display.

Regardless of where routing switchers are located, the PERC3000 provides remote control functionality, including real-time configuration with virtually zero download time. It uses network IP communications with all major system elements including routers, remote control panels, and third-party control providers. It also supports all current PESA routing switchers and RCP panels, as well as legacy products using the PRC communications protocol. Each panel has its own graphical panel setup menu for configuration information, including pushbutton source/destination assignments, addressing, and lock/protect.

With the PERC3000’s icon-based status interface, it is easy to check matrix, tieline, presets, salvo, communications, and more. Information in each status window automatically updates as changes occur for immediate feedback. It also offers full diagnostic capabilities to verify operation of the matrix control to the physical cross-point.

The PERC3000 supports up to 17 levels of control, 64 components, 256 tieline interconnects, 256 salvos, and 8,192 sources and destination names (increased from the PERC2000 limit of 2,400 names). Its virtual matrix mapping sets logical cross-point definitions within a physical matrix, so the cross-point can be assigned as needed. For systems that require video sources such as RGB, Y/C, composite, and other multi-level signal formats, the controller allows the router to be segmented into smaller matrices. The PERC3000 is fully compatible with PESA’s new browser-based Cattrax Web user interface, which is also being introduced at NAB.

A tieline is a link between levels of control, allowing an input on one matrix level to be available to outputs on another matrix level. As a result, all sources on a router are available through a specific physical connection between dissimilar matrix signal types. The PERC3000’s tieline management control interface makes it easy to manage grid representation for tielines, allowing quick status and administrative override capabilities, as well as allowing the matrices to be treated as one large multi-format system.

Salvos allow a user to change cross-points on multiple destinations from a single “take” operation. Advanced configuration parameters for source, destination, and level can be setup to simplify operations when simultaneous cross-point switches must be taken together.

The PERC3000 will be available in early Q4 2012.

New PESA Remote Control Panel Includes Touch-Screen, Programmable LCD Push Buttons for Intuitive Switching

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced the TOUCH 72 remote control panel. Featuring 72 programmable LCD push button switches in an 18×4 configuration along with a color touch-screen display, it provides a powerful, intuitive interface for accurate switching operations in a compact 2 RU package that is only three inches deep. The new panel will be demonstrated at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth SL9615), which runs April 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The 320×240 full-color TFT touch-screen displays the continuous status of destination, source, preset, level, and lock information. User menus, also available from the main screen, can be used for multi-output salvo switching or to provide extended pages of sources or destinations. With its soft menu structure, the TOUCH 72 can be reconfigured on the fly for alternative modes of operation or different sets of source and destination configurations.

Each pushbutton can be configured as a source, destination, level, or salvo. Up to 16 characters can be used to identify each switch, and individual switch background colors can be assigned as well. Names are dynamically updated on each affected LCD switch as the system configuration is changed.

In addition to the standard preset/take panel operation, the TOUCH 72 offers a “hot take” operation, which allows an operator in a live production to take a single source directly online with a single switch press. Standard switching combinations and modes, such as audio-follow-video, video only, and audio only, as well as complex multi-level audio breakaways, are also supported.

Like other PESA remote panels, each TOUCH 72 can be individually customized or it can share sources, destination lists, and additional system configurations with other TOUCH 72 panels for easy grouping. Panel configurations can be edited – or copied then edited – to reduce the time needed to prepare a panel for online operation.

The TOUCH 72 operates in a network environment and includes two RJ45 network connections to support daisy-chain configurations or standard home-run network wiring topology for each panel. As a software-based product, its functionality can be easily expanded after initial deployment to take advantage of new features as they are developed.

Broadcast Pix Systems Move to New High-Performance Windows 7 Platforms

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Granite™ and Mica™ Video Control Centers™ are now shipping with new high performance hardware platforms with Intel® quad-core technology running Microsoft® Windows 7, as well as expanded enterprise-class storage.The new platforms and version 3.0 Video Control Center software are being demonstrated on every Broadcast Pix system at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 16-19 (Booth SL6424).

Unlike traditional video production switchers, Broadcast Pix systems also handle file-based content and data streams. The new platforms and Windows 7 software enhance file management, system performance, and system robustness, while providing familiar Windows 7 tools. Plus, Video Control Center 3.0 features optimized touch-screen control, and Windows 7 enables dual touch-screen control for enhanced flexibility.

“With so much control at their fingertips, our customers push our Video Control Centers to create great looking live video with extensive layering, file-based macro effects, and automated data,” said Ken Swanton, CEO. “Our new platforms enable producers to do even more and do it faster.”

Beyond its new hardware platform and Windows 7 software, Granite’s standard configuration now includes redundant power for both the Granite Server and its companion Granite Switcher. Plus, Granite’s integrated Clip Store capacity has been doubled, providing up to 60 hours of storage, and a new premium storage option provides up to 180 hours of redundant RAID 5 storage.

Granite is available in six models and supports up to 22 HD/SD-SDI inputs, plus seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics. Available in four models, the cost-effective Mica family of Video Control Centers features eight HD/SD-SDI inputs plus seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics. In addition to a multi-format production switcher, both native HD systems include built-in clip store, graphics system, Fluent-View, Fluent Macros, and external device controls.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is a leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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DPA Launches d:facto Vocal Mic at the 2012 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 16, 2012 – DPA Microphones is pleased to announce the launch of its handheld d:facto™ vocal mic at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C3436). Building off the success of the DPA reference standard cardioid 4011 microphone, the company has pooled its years of expertise and resources to bring the eagerly awaited, high-quality vocal condenser mic to the broadcast market.

Providing broadcasters with the best handheld microphone, for live broadcast performances or those being recorded for DVD, d:facto offers extraordinarily natural sound, high separation and extreme SPL handling. DPA has identified what its users love about the reference standard cardioid 4011 and tailored those qualities to a handheld design specified for live performance broadcast purposes. The result is a supercardioid mic with superb definition, excellent separation and breathtakingly natural sound, giving viewers at home the feeling of being right there in the audience.

Similar to all DPA mics, d:facto features superior gain-before-feedback, while the robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone effectively removes unwanted noise. Designed to last, d:facto boasts exceptional isolation from handling noise as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels. The microphone head can be used on the DPA wired handle and can also be unscrewed for mounting onto a Wisycom wireless microphone system, offering a high degree of flexibility.

“For many years, the broadcast market has been requesting that the high sound quality of DPA’s legendary 4011 mic be available for a myriad of live performance and recording needs,” says DPA’s CEO, Christian Poulsen. “As a result of the innovative partnership with Wisycom, we have developed the d:facto vocal mic to fulfill those requests. The option of wired and wireless modes, combined with DPA’s proven technology, has resulted in a stylish vocal mic encapsulating flexibility and unsurpassed sound quality: key elements for equipment of the future.”

The d:facto has already been put through its paces on several high-profile TV shows over the past six months, among them are Voice of Denmark, a singing competition TV program broadcast in several countries. “The sound team has been extremely impressed with the d:facto mic,” says Voice’s sound engineer Mads Kærså. “It sounded open at all frequencies. There were no feedback or pop issues and we did not have to worry about handling noise. Finally, a manufacturer has managed to make a handheld microphone that inspires the same feeling a musician gets from a handbuilt instrument. It makes the singer feel more confident and perform better.”

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

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

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