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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.

Brevity Introduces Simultaneous Transcode- Accelerated Transport Technology That Transforms File-Based Workflows at NAB 2012

Las Vegas, NV – April 16, 2012 – Brevity, a venture-backed NYC start-up serving the Media & Entertainment industry today announced V3, its breakthrough technology that for the first time delivers simultaneous transcoding and highly accelerated transport of high-resolution video as an integrated process on any network. V3 delivers this capability through a Web based enterprise video management solution that utilizes automated project-driven workflows, advanced algorithms, virtual storage, Web-based interfaces, and teraflops of computing power.

Tested in stealth mode by a veritable who’s who of North American broadcasters, Brevity V3 moves securely encrypted files over Internet, fiber, or data satellite up to 30X faster than otherwise possible while maintaining high quality resolution and support for leading industry codecs and formats such as Avid® DNxHD®, EVS MXF, Final Cut Pro, Sony Cameras and others. Brevity has been tested successfully on uncompressed, high bit rate video, 2k and 4k DPX files, as well as compressed HD and SD files.

“Our goal has been to enable anyone who works with large volumes of media to work smarter, faster and more intuitively than ever before,” said Jake Bronstein, Co-Founder and CEO, Brevity. “Our clients have achieved massive acceleration in transfer speeds with no compromise to image quality and they’ve also eliminated hours of additional time that would’ve been spent transcoding files. We are transforming file-based workflows and opening up new opportunities for the entire industry.”

“Before Brevity, the tasks of transcoding, frame rate conversion, standards conversion, and transport required a range of separate tools and point solutions- each demanding manual operation, automated management or a combination of both to serve the linear workflow,” said Tim O’Brien, COO, Brevity. “As a result, the M&E industry has endured with hardened workarounds that have been budgeted as a cost of doing business. Even with digital tools there are analog workflows, and overnight delivery of hard drives has become the unfortunate industry norm – Brevity is positively disrupting all of this.”

The Brevity Solution is currently deployed in production or testing at three post-production facilities, one major sports team, two studios and six major networks. The new release, V3, is based on over six months of testing with leading M&E customers.

Within V3 there are two core algorithms, Data Warp, which is bit for bit lossless, and Image Warp, a customized algorithm for video that is visually lossless. Image Warp has been tested successfully against ProRes 4444 and Avid DNxHD 220 in a recent Peak Signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR) test, scoring at over 60 decibels, which is an objective industry measure of quality. Both Data Warp and Image Warp create “transport” mezzanine files that reduce storage requirements while supporting industry standard camera or editing formats at ingest and at output- a range of standard play out and proxy formats. The Brevity solution also includes Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) based video routers to provide teraflops of computing power to handle the compute intensive algorithms.

V3 is based on a powerful project paradigm that allows for approved users from one or more organizations to access project files virtualized across storage arrays, private clouds, or public clouds like Amazon. If a file is ingested, there can be a set of rules associated with the video that sends it to users automatically via accelerated transport and simultaneous transcode. The video moves with speed to all locations, arriving at the destination already in one or more requested formats based on pre-set profiles. V3 also has open web-services interfaces that enable integration and connections with a wide range of existing applications and tools.

Brevity’s main security measures consist of live handshaking shared key credentials and 4096-bit encryption during transit and storage. Brevity sends a transport file, not a playable video, over the network and each file requires the Brevity algorithm and data format to open properly. If intercepted, the file would be unusable without the specific source code.

Brevity’s industry partners include Avid, with support for all Avid DNxHD formats and EVS, with support for the proprietary legacy EVS MXF format as well as the EVS OpenCube suite that wraps files in OP1a or QuickTime formats. Brevity also offers complete support for ProRes including the much in demand ProRes-DNxHD conversions.

Brevity is also announcing a strategic partnership with TRANZXL, a bi-coastal company that is launching the first Brevity-based service bureaus and on-location rentals to accommodate the growing need for time and cost savings associated with HD media for the TV, film and commercial production industries. A Brevity demo will be available at the TRANZXL booth located in the Lower South Hall, SL12807. The Brevity solution is also being demonstrated at the NEP production truck, located in the outdoor/mobile media area between the North and South Hall, booth OE2319.

Brevity V3 is available in Q2 2012. Pricing is based on a SaaS enhanced model that includes a web based enterprise software platform and GPU-based video routers. Brevity is based in New York City and has a sales office in Los Angeles and a development office in the Portland, Oregon area.

Brevity will be located at booth SL13316 at NAB from April 16, 2012 to April 19, 2012.

ABOUT BREVITY

Brevity provides breakthrough technology that offers for the first time the ability to simultaneous transcode while transporting video at incredibly fast speeds- over any network- Internet, fiber, or data satellite. Founded in 2010 by Jacob Bronstein and Abdul Sulieman, Brevity transforms media production and distribution workflows and redefines the time, cost, and efficiency required to support M&E operations. Brevity is working with leading networks, studios, content providers, sports teams, and production houses to redefine media production and distribution around the world. For more information please visit us at www.brevityv.com.

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Extron Now Shipping HDCP-Compliant Scaler with Seamless Switching

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DVS 605, a high performance video scaler that includes three HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs with auto-format detection, and simultaneous HDMI and analog high resolution outputs. The DVS 605 accepts a wide variety of video formats including HDMI with HDCP, HDTV, RGB, and standard definition video. It features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing, Deep Color processing, and true seamless switching for professional-quality presentations. The DVS 605 also features SpeedSwitch™ Technology that delivers ultra-fast switching speed for HDCP-encrypted content. It is available in models with audio switching plus HDMI audio embedding / de-embedding, and also 3G-SDI/HD-SDI output with genlock. more

Clear-Com Announces Seamless Roaming For Tempest2400 at the 2012 NAB Show

New Product Breakthrough Delivers Uninterrupted Coverage for Large-Scale Broadcasts

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 16, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, today is pleased to unlock the Seamless Roaming capability for its Tempest2400 digital wireless intercom at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C8008). Further enhancing one of the most feature-rich and robust system within Clear-Com’s wireless product line, Tempest Seamless Roaming will be most applicable in large mixed facilities that are separated by sizeable distances such as campus buildings, multi-studio environments and/or outdoor venues.

“With Seamless Roaming, a Tempest2400 wireless BeltStation can cover an extensive area with multiple zones that would not be adequately supported by a single BaseStation installation,” says Craig Fredrickson, Clear-Com’s wireless product manager. “This allows broadcasters to focus on critical production cues rather than having to change the settings on their wireless BeltStations when moving within a venue.”

Tempest Seamless Roaming is meant for individuals on the production team who must move freely and wirelessly from a given coverage area to another without interference or dropout of intercom communication. Base stations are linked together with the newest ZSync (Zero Synchronization) Technology. The ZSync Technology provides a zero sync reference that coordinates the hopping patterns of all connected BaseStations every time the system is powered up, irrespective of random time variation in power up sequences, to provide improved system performance and a seamless wireless experience.

With the Seamless Roaming feature, BeltStation users can migrate between as many as 16 different Tempest2400 BaseStations (coverage areas or zones). Both Seamless Roaming and iSelect Roaming are available to accommodate virtually every application need.

The Tempest2400, designed with Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, utilizes a narrow band signal that is continually changing frequencies to powerfully burn through RF noise and interference. Because of FHSS technology, the Tempest system does not compete with signals from other 2.4 GHz wireless devices, minimizing frequency coordination and enabling flawless performance. Moreover, the wireless system features state-of-the-art 2xTX Transmission Voice Data Redundancy, which sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies and through different antennas, ensuring uninterrupted audio communications. Via four- and two-wire connections, it can interoperate with other Clear-Com intercom systems, as well as those from other manufacturers.

Tempest2400 offers three different modes of operations—Normal, Shared and Split. All modes are supported under the Seamless Roaming function. A single Tempest2400 in Normal mode can support between one and five full-duplex wireless users who always need to speak on the intercom system. However, in Split or Shared mode, an unlimited number of users can monitor the conversation and share talk capability. A combination of Tempest systems operating in either Normal or Shared mode can co-exist in the same environment for the ultimate in flexibility. Each digital BeltStation offers four audio channels. By stacking up to 10 BaseStations together, 50 independent, full-duplex wireless BeltStations can operate together in a single system.

About Clear-Com
Clear-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 HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
HM 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.

SSL Introduces V5 Software for C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console at the 2012 NAB Show

Upgrade Introduces Dual Operator Functionality

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced analogue and digital audio consoles, is pleased to announce V5 software for the C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C2013). This new software release will implement a range of features to enable Dual Operator Mode for SSL’s C100 HDS specialized broadcast console. While the development of V5 software responds to feedback from a wide range of SSL clients, the upgrade is particularly relevant to mobile installations where complex productions demand two operators but space and weight are at a premium.

“As the broadcast industry continues to encounter more complex production situations involving multiple mixes, our team has developed the V5 software enhancement for the C100 HDS to meet the needs of two mix engineers at the same time,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “V5 allows our most powerful digital console to be installed in a space and weight conscious OB van, for example, to easily handle a live international sporting event presented in different languages, therefore requiring different simultaneous mixes. We believe the V5 software upgrade will further solidify the C100’s impact on the market.”

SSL’s Dual Operator Mode provides two operators the ability to have independent physical controls and access to shared audio assets, through a single console processing engine, Routing and I/O configuration. The system allows for an unlimited number of consecutive eight-channel fader bays to be assigned to a 2nd operator. These bays can be located at either end of a C100 console or separated and installed in a remote location such as a production gallery. The 2nd operator bays can be specified with a dedicated Master Tile to provide access to EQ, dynamics, aux sends and various routing functions, or specified without a Master Tile for simple fader-only operation.

Dual Operator Mode splits the C100 PFL system to provide independent PFL control for each operator with monitoring via headphones, or the main or mini monitor outputs. If both operators access the PFL system simultaneously and route to the monitor outputs, the PFL system delivers a sum of all selected channels. V5 also introduces a new momentary ‘non-latching’ PFL mode to facilitate shared use of monitor outputs.

Each operator will also have independent access to user layers to facilitate selection of individual channels to be laid out in each operator’s area and individual channels that are a shared resource, allowing simultaneous control from both operator areas. A fully redundant C100 system will see both Operator areas as a single console, delivering seamless redundancy for both users. For streamlined project recall for an entire Dual Operator system, all settings for both operators are also saved within a single project.

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.

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