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Cobalt Digital Goes Retro At NAB 2012 With A Modular Signal Conversion Line

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, is returning to its roots with the addition of a modular signal conversion line. The series – named Blue Box Group – will debut at NAB 2012 on Cobalt’s booth N 1929 in the North Hall.

Blue Box Group
Cobalt Digital returns to its origins of throw-down modular bricks with the introduction of the Blue Box Group to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment.

Initial product offerings include HDMI to SDI and SDI to HDMI converters, and Analog to Digital, Digital to Analog converter boxes with audio embedding and de-embedding.

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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

Cobalt Digital Plans To Keep Customers CALM & In Control at NAB 2012

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has announced plans to show new technologies at NAB 2012 that add value-laden options to the Company’s loudness processing and metering offerings. Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s senior VP of sales and marketing, released details of LMNTS™ – a multi-channel loudness processing over IP solution, SPOTCHECK™ – a monitoring and logging tool, and logging and graphing upgrades to Cobalt’s loudness metering system. The innovations will be demonstrated on Cobalt’s booth N 1929 in the North Hall.

LMNTS (Multi-channel loudness processing over IP)
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.

LMNTS can operate with diverse audio codecs, extracting the packets from program streams, performing industry leading AEROMAX loudness management in the PCM domain, then re-encoding and re-packeting the audio with its stream. Physically, all data connection to LMNTS is via GigE IP interfaces over an industry-standard IT hardware platform, with no intermediary breakouts.

LMNTS works with single and multi program streams, and supports all video codecs. AV synchronization is perfectly maintained, as audio data is rewritten in place. Packet timing, PES alignment, PID structure, and stream metadata are all preserved.

SPOTCHECK
SPOTCHECK monitors an IP or ASI MPEG stream at the transit encode point to measure and log ALL material emanating from facilities in larger operations using multi-program MPEG streams.
Operating at emission MPEG level and leveraging automation as-run data, SPOTCHECK maintains a complete log of all program segments. Compliance records can be graphically queried or queried by using as-run search entries, ranging over several minutes to several months.

Logging and Graphing Upgrades to Loudness Metering System
The easy to use, yet comprehensive option ensures thorough audio level and LKFS assessment. Cobalt’s loudness meter software integrates with the Company’s Fusion3G range and most 9000-series COMPASS cards, and works with the award-winning OGCP-9000 Remote Control Panel and WINOGCP Desktop Virtual Control Panel to provide a flexible, complete solution for ingest or on-air loudness measurement, assessment and records. Cards forward audio measurement data to the control panel over the plant’s Ethernet network.

Nearly New
9257 1×9 MADI Audio Distribution Amplifier
Card-based solution for AES10 MADI signal distribution. Card supports sampling frequencies up to 96 kHz, with a 64-channel payload supported at industry standard 48 kHz sampling rate (other sampling rates specified as valid per AES10-2003 also supported at various payload capacities). openGear® open-architecture platform offers scalable incorporation and easy-to-use DashBoard™ setup.

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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 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

Shotoku Broadcast’s New Pan Bar Control System To Target Sports Events

Robotic System Featuring Operational Ease Presented at NAB 2012

Torrance, CA • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in camera support and virtual reality tracking, has revealed plans to launch of its new Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS) that offers uncompromised and easy operation for hard-to-reach sites such as sports events. Gemini make its world-wide debut at NAB 2012 in Booth C 8528 alongside Shotoku’s popular TR-T touch control system and the SPI-Touch unique positional calibration method for Virtual Studios.

NEW
Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS)
Shotoku launches the new Gemini PBCS system, aimed at sports and special event productions where cameras need to be where cameramen cannot go.

Gemini brings together two of Shotoku’s most advanced products from the Robotics and Manual VR Tracking ranges to provide a remote pan & tilt head so perfectly synchronized with the manual head that they truly act as one. Camera operators can work without compromise, in comfort and safety, wherever the camera needs to be.

Immediate control over the tracking speed, direction, range and ratio is provided at the touch of a button so any event can be captured close-up or telephoto, at low or high speed. Dedicated hardware tracking and a simple RS422 interconnection makes setup quick and easy and ensures highly reliable operation, time after time. The Gemini system can even support multiple remote heads, so a single operator may seamlessly switch between cameras to give any view point on the action.

Any Shotoku remote head can be used to suit the payload and required location while the SH series manual VR tracking head provides exceptional tracking resolution under all conditions. Dual pan bars, adjustable balance and an easy-fix monitor support platform make the system comfortable to use over extended periods.

Gemini is already in demand – several systems will be deployed across high-profile venues throughout major international sporting events in London this summer.

HIGHLIGHTS
TR-T Touch Control System
Shotoku’s latest version of its successful TR-T touch control system offers an enhanced system operation to meet demands of larger, complex facility-wide installations as well as smaller systems. The flexible TR-T system enables any control system in any location to easily and rapidly re-configure control of cameras and studios in other physical locations. Automated functions allow precise control over shot recall, with minimal intervention, enabling an operator to truly multi-task, without losing any on-air flexibility.

SPI-Touch
SPI-Touch offers a totally new way of positional calibration for Virtual Studios. Simply designate two different points through SPI-Touch’s viewfinder and press the button at each of the points. The camera position will be instantly calibrated. SPI-Touch eliminates the need to mark the studio floor and move the pedestal making calibration easy and fast.

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

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

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

WIRELESS FIRST/CLAIR GLOBAL DELIVER ANOTHER NBA ALL-STAR SLAM DUNK

nba_allstar_weekend2012.JPGORLANDO, FLORIDA – MARCH 2012: This season’s NBA All-Star Weekend, which included “rising stars” contests, a slam dunk contest, and similar events in the run up to Sunday night’s big game, took place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Although basketball took its rightful place at the center of the festivities, performances by Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Chris Brown, and Ne-Yo with Nayer framed the event, and high-energy audio set the tone throughout. Even the American and Canadian national anthems, sung by Mary J. Blige and Neverest, respectively, were amped. As they did last year, NBA Entertainment entrusted Wireless First/Clair Global with the monumental task of (1) handling wired and wireless audio for all of the performers and events and (2) delivering it to the house and to the broadcast feeds, in addition to providing behind-the-scenes communications.

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Bright Technologies To Present New Generation of BrightDrive at NAB 2012

COMPACT AND POWERFUL APPLIANCES TARGET MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Reno, USA — Bright Technologies, Inc., developer of advanced technology for shared media, has announced plans to present its new generation of BrightDrive servers at NAB 2012. Designed and developed to address the rigorous demands of the media and entertainment industry, BrightDrive Procyon and BrightDrive Triton answer the industry’s need for economical, compact, eco-friendly media file servers with a unique set of features and functionalities that dramatically increase productivity and maximize profitability via real-time collaboration between all clients.

The servers incorporate Bright’s best-of-class software, including the astonishing new patent-pending BrightClip 2.0 advanced recording technology. The latest BrightClip release is faster and smarter than ever. More than just file allocation, it permanently overcomes the industry-wide problem of degradation by eliminating fragmentation, randomization and inter-leaved frames.

NEW PRODUCTS
BrightDrive Procyon, the next generation of Bright’s G2 Pro, packs a powerful punch from a compact 3U footprint. The high-availability server utilizes integrated connectivity, eliminating the need for extraneous components, to offer an outstanding out-of-the-box experience. Procyon features a groundbreaking hardware platform plus a current and stable software foundation – including support of StorNext 4.2.

BrightDrive Triton
The new BrightDrive Triton elevates BrightDrive G2, its predecessor, to a higher level. The new server answers the need for an attractively priced, green solution that only occupies a single rack unit. Triton also supports StorNext 4.2.

In addition to their fresh look, BrightDrive’s Procyon and Triton eco-friendly designs lower cooling requirements and significantly reduce power costs. The servers’ agnostic architecture allow facilities to seamlessly interface with their preferred applications, protocol, resolution, and formats, eliminating the need for investment in new storage. They offer the highest level of operational stability, consistent and predictable performance, and high-speed access for all users at all times. Both BrightDrives are equipped with incomparable GUI’s (graphical user interfaces) for monitoring and administration.

ESTABLISHED PRODUCTS
Bright File Management
Bright’s sequence aware high-performance file management software solutions, specifically designed for the Media & Entertainment industry, offer unique features that simplify the daily business of data wrangling and file optimization and help increase system performance. Available as graphical and command-line file managers plus a sequence-aware defragmentation tool.

Bright File Management – DataMover
DataMover with scripting power offers additional features in creative and innovative processes and create customized workflow automation. DataMover proactively prevents fragmented, randomized and interleaved file layout in every copy operation it performs. Key features include 3D stereoscopic optimizer, bandwidth-throttling, change number of copy threads and buffers, log transfer performance by file and by buffer, multipath optimized for writing destination file.

BrightDrive File Management – DataOptimizer
DataOptimizer offers unique features tailored to the needs of the Media & Entertainment industry. With its multi-threaded intelligence, DataOptimizer restores the performance of the file system but by being sequence-aware, it creates large contiguous portions of files thus generating higher levels of throughput, thus bringing improved efficiency to the workflow – sequentially.

About Bright
Bright Technologies develops highly specialized technology for shared media environments. In the mid-1990s, Bright’s core team began the development of the first file system for shared media and by 1999, Bright was the first company to address the core issues and challenges of file handling in media. Over the past 12 years, Bright has earned a reputation as an innovative, collaborative, problem solving media software and technology developer. Based on this level of experience and vision for what’s possible, Bright has developed its current product line. Today, Bright Technologies provides the most advanced media file servers in the industry, featuring low-latency, high performance, and best possible predictability and reliability, specifically designed to meet the needs of media file-based workflows. Bright Technologies, Inc., head office: 10405 Double R Blvd, Reno, Nevada, USA. t: +1 775 823 9002 www.4bright.com

Contacts:
Bright Technologies Inc.
Catrin Beck, Marketing Director
catrin.beck@4Bright.com
P +1 775.823.9002

Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener (PR)
harriet@desertmooncomm.com
P: +1 845 512 8283

Watch our new BrightDrive Movie!!
Learn how File Fragmentation steals System Performance in our “Transparent Disk Drive Demo”!!

Bright Technologies To Unleash BrightClip Advanced Recording Technology As a Standalone Solution at NAB 2012

BRIGHTCLIP SA ENSURES LONG-TERM HIGH-PERFORMANCE FOR ALL STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURES

Reno, USA– Bright Technologies, Inc., developer of advanced technology for shared media, has announced the availability of BrightClip® – their core technology – as a standalone solution. BrightClip SA (Stand Alone) will be launched officially at NAB 2012 in Bright’s Booth SL 8410.

BrightClip®
The breakthrough development presents the media & entertainment industry, including the post-production community, video integrators, solution providers, and storage vendors/manufacturers, with the opportunity to incorporate Bright’s astonishing patent-pending advanced recording technology into every Meta Data Controller (MDC) ensuring that the underlying storage subsystem doesn’t lose performance due to scattered file layout!

Field-proven BrightClip is engineered specifically to eliminate the most disruptive and productivity-damaging factors for a studio workflow process, including high latencies, dropped frames, and stuttering video. The technology maximizes data storage performance and reliability, stability, and predictability in every SAN environment allowing the facility to focus on their creative processes, reducing downtime and maintenance, and increasing profitability.

BrightClip handles large streaming file formats and file-based clip sequences – without fragmentation, sequence randomization, or interleaving by eliminating all root causes. It proactively creates and maintains optimal file layout on the storage at all times – and in real-time.
“BrightClip is the key component that makes our BrightDrive SAN Servers for Media the most reliable high-performance MDC in the field, with the highest level of operational stability and predictable performance,” stated Shawn Clark, Bright’s director of sales. “Releasing BrightClip as an independent technology is a big step for Bright Technologies as now every MDC can leverage the outstanding functionality of BrightClip. The impressive ROI of BrightClip shows that with a rather small investment customers can gain tremendous benefits – both in terms of workflow enhancement and even financially.”

Added Roger Beck, chief technology officer, “From the technical perspective, BrightClip stands unique as no other vendor in the field has accomplished anything similar. BrightClip is an outstanding technology and the only proactive solution to create and maintain proper file recording for high-performance shared disk SANs in real-time and in the long term. With minimal technical requirements to hardware, BrightClip ensures sequential file allocation without the need to worry about fragmentation, randomization, or inter-leaved files. It’s truly revolutionary!”

BrightClip will still be included as standard with BrightDrive SAN Servers for Media.

About Bright
Bright Technologies develops highly specialized technology for shared media environments. In the mid-1990s, Bright’s core team began the development of the first file system for shared media and by 1999, Bright was the first company to address the core issues and challenges of file handling in media. Over the past 12 years, Bright has earned a reputation as an innovative, collaborative, problem solving media software and technology developer. Based on this level of experience and vision for what’s possible, Bright has developed its current product line. Today, Bright Technologies provides the most advanced media file servers in the industry, featuring low-latency, high performance, and best possible predictability and reliability, specifically designed to meet the needs of media file-based workflows. Bright Technologies, Inc., head office: 10405 Double R Blvd, Reno, Nevada, USA. t: +1 775 823 9002 www.4bright.com

Contacts:
Bright Technologies Inc.
Catrin Beck, Marketing Director
catrin.beck@4Bright.com
P +1 775.823.9002

Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener (PR)
harriet@desertmooncomm.com P: +1 845 512 8283

Watch our new BrightDrive Movie!!
Learn how File Fragmentation steals System Performance in our “Transparent Disk Drive Demo”!!

VSI – 2012 NAB Show Preview

2012 NAB SHOW EXHIBITOR PREVIEW

Visionary Solutions Inc. — Booth SL9005

At the 2012 NAB Show, Visionary Solutions Inc. (VSI) will exhibit the latest advancements in its portfolio of IPTV and Internet encoding products for multiple applications. The company will demonstrate PackeTV StreamS, its new integrated video transport manager. Also on display will be VSI’s flagship AVN series encoders, designed for use in the Media Processing Platform (MPP) chassis/blade systems. more

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Xite TV Brings ToolsOnAir’s “TV Station in a Mac Mini” Online

Vienna, Austria – March 2012….  Dutch broadcasters Xite (www.xite.nl) have joined the growing ranks of users to implement ToolsOnAir’s just: Broadcast Suite into their online video playout service.

The Amsterdam-based music TV and on demand platform for cable and IPTV networks is one of several early adopters of ToolsOnAir’s  “TV Station in a Mac Mini” broadcast server solution. The company uses just two Apple Mac Mini computers to run their 24/7 video playout service.

“We replaced our entire proprietary hardware system with a pair of Mac Minis, with two spares for backup,” says Luc Vleugels, Xite’s Product Manager. “With the ToolsOnAir solution, we have a far more flexible and more future-proof solution than we had before, for a fraction of the cost.”

Xite presently runs two channels – one covering most of Holland, the other covering the Flanders (Dutch-speaking) region of Belgium. Each channel utilizes a single Mac Mini, with AJA’s Video IoXT device connected via Thunderbolt technology.

Utilizing the latest Apple Mac Mini hardware, ToolsOnAir is helping to drive the next generation of cost effective “Channel in a Box” broadcast solutions. Using ToolsOnAir’s just:play software, an Apple Mac Mini becomes an HD broadcast quality playout, automation and real time graphics server, consuming a mere 85 Watts of power and housed in only one broadcast rack unit (1RU).

“Prior to using ToolsOnAir, we were using a large black box system, and no matter how we tried to make it future proof, it was never really possible,” says Vleugels. “We finally got to the point where we couldn’t go on. Now, with the ToolsOnAir system running on a Mac, we feel like the sky’s the limit. It just works.”

Presently, Xite broadcasts a 24/7 mix of music videos, as well as a video-on-demand service, and will soon launch it’s new product myXite, a personalized TV channel. “We also have plans to schedule in commercials and promotional spots, as well as developing more graphics,” says Vleugels. “ToolsOnAir is all we need to schedule everything, and it will even allow us to implement real-time graphics. It really allows us to do everything we want.”

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Visit ToolsOnAir at the NAB Show, Booth SL8108

About ToolsOnAir

ToolsOnAir provides powerful, intuitive QuickTime-based applications designed to create a professional, fully functional broadcast production facility using Mac OS X and low-cost, off-the-shelf hardware components. The ToolsOnAir just:  suite is designed with live broadcast production in mind, integrating video, audio and graphics, along with automation, asset management and multiple format capabilities. Full QuickTime and Final Cut compatibility eliminates time-intensive file conversion, and a powerful, intuitive GUI streamlines the workflow from ingest to playout. 

About Xite:

Xite is a fast growing company delivering a complete linear and music video-on-demand (VOD) service on cable and IPTV networks to millions of viewers. With a unique combination of content, technology and cable distribution, Xite is in pole position in the fast growing vod market. Xite started broadcasting in The Netherlands in 2008 and in Belgium in 2011. Its headquarters is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

ALTINEX PREMIERES TNP128 AND TNP128C INTERCONNECT BOXES

**** Photo: Altinex TNP128 Interconnect Box ****

Brea, CA – March 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP128 and TNP128C (custom) Interconnect Boxes, the latest additions to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. Available in both standard and custom configurations, the TNP128 and TNP128C interconnect boxes offer convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. more

Discover Video Introduces RTMP H.264 Flash Stream Recorder

Discover Video, LLC (www.discovervideo.com), a leader in video streaming products and solutions, today announced the new RTMP Flash stream recorder. The Discover Video RTMP recorder allows you to display and record a live RTMP (“Real Time Message Protocol”) video stream from the public Internet. Files are recorded in industry standard H.264 .mp4 format allowing them to be uploaded, streamed, and/or viewed on virtually any computer, Smartphone, iPad, tablet, etc.

The DV RTMP Flash stream recorder includes the following features:
• Records live RTMP/H264 audio/video stream
• Optionally records multiple smaller files of a given duration
• Built-in scheduler allows you to record on unattended computers
• Automatic settings for Discover Video Streaming accounts

“When doing live events, it can be absolutely essential to have a recording made for later VoD viewing or for other purposes”, said Rich Mavrogeanes, President and CEO of Discover Video. “While you can record using DVME, and you can often make a recording via a network server, it is often a good idea to have a backup recording in case something goes wrong. The DV RTMP recorder uses the same bandwidth as your live video player, but it records your live stream so you have a copy of exactly what your live stream looked like to viewers.”

The DV RTMP Flash Stream Recorder is available for purchase on www.discovervideo.com. Price is only $49.

About Discover Video, LLC

Discover Video was founded by the same people that created VBrick Systems, and provides video streaming equipment and services to broadcasters, schools, corporations, and government. The products include multimedia video encoders, decoders, and transcoders, priority video alert systems, and mobile broadcasting kits. Discover Video’s customers include major corporations, educational institutions, local cable-TV stations and small businesses. http://www.discovervideo.com

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