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Matrox Announces Monarch SDK

Pro AV and broadcast system developers can easily and affordably integrate high quality streaming capabilities into their products

Matrox® Video today announced Monarch SDK, a comprehensive set of tools that lets systems integrators, hardware and software developers, programmers and IT professionals harness the streaming capabilities of Monarch HD streaming appliances from within their own custom applications running on any platform — PC, Mac, mobile devices or automation systems.

Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance

The first release of Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD. All streaming parameters are accessible. Bitrates can even be dynamically adjusted, without stopping the stream.

“AV and broadcast equipment suppliers now have a very straightforward way to include a high quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manger, Matrox Video. ” Customized applications incorporating Monarch HD appliances can be effectively tailored for live event producers, houses of worship, justice systems, medical and education environments, and other internet broadcasters.

Matrox Monarch HD will be demonstrated in booth SL5019 at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10).

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Monarch SDK will be available in May 2014. Developers may obtain more information about Monarch SDK by e-mailing video.info@matrox.com.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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Tightrope Media Systems Launches New Instant Replay System, Strengthens Cablecast Feature Set

New ZEPLAY offers lower entry costs for professional-grade sports replay, while Cablecast 5.3 enhances overall workflow for broadcasters

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 25, 2013Tightrope Media Systems is coming to the 2014 NAB Show with exciting product launches and enhancements that bring more operational benefits to existing customers, while creating a foundation to expand into new business areas.

At NAB (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth C6508), Tightrope will introduce a new 2×2 version of its tried-and-true ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay solution for sports production. The new version brings the same rock-solid stability, ease of use and expansive feature set of its 4×4 sibling at a much lower cost of entry – as in roughly half the price.

“We have found that many customers don’t require the four-in, four-out, eight-angle support that our original ZEPLAY solution offers,” said Steve Israelsky, broadcast solutions lead, Tightrope Media Systems. “A large cross section of our customer base in the local cable market was being underserved in this sector. The 2×2 ZEPLAY gives these and other customers, including small-to-mid sized venues and colleges, an affordable, feature-rich and reliable solution to enhance the sports fan experience. It also gives our 4×4 customers another option if they want to add more angles at a lower price.”

Both ZEPLAY units will incorporate new features for NAB that are available in the ZEPLAY 3.0 release, scheduled for right after the show. This includes a new export feature that allows production staff to export entire multi-angle sequences as opposed to individual clips, making it easier to share engaging content – and game-changing moments – immediately in an edited sequence as opposed to a series of individual clips.

ZEPLAY 3.0 also adds a number of operator-oriented refinements to the sequence editor. Individual clip speeds across sequences have always been variable, allowing operators to show play highlights from one angle at full speed; and then show the culmination of the play in slow motion from a different angle. ZEPLAY users can now specify a default rate for the entire sequence, and then modify that speed from the T-Bar as the sequence plays out. ZEPLAY 3.0 also includes an enhanced audio capability to assist in editing the highlight sequences, as well as improvements in the storyboard and editing window layouts.

Cablecast Streaming

Speaking of local cable channels, Tightrope has enhanced its Cablecast server and automation platform with new streaming, processing and monitoring features that introduce new efficiencies and operational improvements. These developments are particularly ideal for Tightrope’s large PEG channel and university customer base.

Foremost, the incorporation of H.264 streaming vastly improves compatibility for multiplatform delivery. The main benefits are twofold: consumers can easily watch PEG channel content on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices; and station engineers can cleanly monitor playout on these same devices, as opposed to being tied to a desktop station.

“The evolution to H.264 streaming means that broadcasters, including PEG channels, can deliver more streams at higher quality to more viewers, thanks to exceptional bandwidth improvements and compatibility across more playout devices,” said Israelsky. “The ability to deliver important local content to more viewers is a benefit both to the station and the community. It is a feature that many PEG channels are ready to incorporate as they more aggressively work to expand audiences in the digital TV age.”

Additionally, Cablecast 5.3 adds AFD support to automatically and seamlessly present on-air content across 16:9 and 4:3 screens in the most attractive manner, without awkward cropping and reformatting. This ensures that content looks great on screen without the need for expensive up, down, cross and aspect ratio conversion gear.

Tightrope has also enhanced its built-in RAID monitoring solution for Cablecast, reporting potential issues directly within the user interface – alerting customers well in advance of potentially devastating events. The service also automatically backs up database content and information to the cloud for quick restoration in the event of a critical error.

Finally, the new Cablecast 5.3 release also expands compatibility with routing switchers, adding support for Snell/Pro-Bel and Aja routers. This raises the number of routers supported within Cablecast to near 100, ensuring that customers can control routing traffic, stream playout and more for a tighter overall workflow.

About Tightrope Media Systems

Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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FOR-A TO Introduce 4K Up Converter at NAB

URC-4000 Turns HD Video into 4K in Real-Time

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming NAB Show, the spotlight of FOR-A’s show booth will be an array of new 4K products, including the introduction of the URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter. The URC-4000 provides powerful up-conversion and turns HD video into 4K in real-time. FOR-A will exhibit in Booth C5117 at the show, which runs April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The URC-4000 features original input and resolution technology developed by FOR-A,” said Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America president. “This solution unleashes a new era in 4K conversion. We’re excited to be introducing the URC-4000 and other innovative 4K solutions on the biggest show stage in broadcasting.”

The unit features a new approach to input and resolution conversion using spatiotemporal frame interpolation to detect changes in images with high precision on a pixel-by-pixel basis. Using this process, any distortions from conversions are reduced, and the resolution of still image areas is restored. The URC-4000 further improves resolution via multi-scale nonlinear enhancement.

FOR-A’s URC-4000 features: a built-in Web server, supports Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and offers the ability to add an optional redundant power supply for critical live applications. It supports outputs of 3G-SDI Level A or B, and multiple input formats, such as: 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p and 720/50p.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana Delivers Latest Version of AnyStream IQ – the Industry’s First OTT Media Monitoring System in the Cloud

Digital Nirvana offers Broadcast and OTT Media Solutions to “Monitor Anywhere” across the entire Media Ecosystem

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana will bring its latest generation broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions to the NAB 2014 convention (Booth SU11017) from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. On display at the Digital Nirvana booth will be AnyStream IQTM 2.0, the latest version of the industry’s leading cloud-based solution for reliably recording, logging and monitoring OTT content.

“With the explosive growth of streaming content to desktops, tablets and mobile phones, reliable OTT monitoring in the cloud has become vital,” said Hiren Hindocha, CEO of Digital Nirvana. “As live streams increase in popularity, so does the importance of reliable OTT monitoring. It’s our vision to expand our offerings beyond traditional broadcast media, offering powerful tools to help our customers monitor and manage any type of media in the entire ecosystem. Our mission is to deliver these tools with an ideal combination of price and performance.”

New features in version 2.0 include support for HDS capture and Advanced Alert Reporting. HDS (HTTP Dynamic Streaming) capture enables the user to record and monitor HDS streams in multiple bit rates or in a pre-selected bit rate and extract and display captions.With Advanced Alert Reporting, all alerts related to a channel are displayed in one, centralized place.

AnyStream IQ 2.0 OTT Monitoring Solution

AnyStream IQ is an ideal tool for broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors of streaming content. Because it is a cloud-based solution, there is no hardware to install. A simple browser-based interface allows users to access, record, monitor, log, report and search streams in FLV, HDS, and HLS streaming formats. Additionally, AnyStream IQ helps ensure compliance with FCC-mandated web captioning.

As a cloud-based subscription service, Anystream IQ allows customers to move monitoring costs from a capital to an operating expense and spreads monitoring expense over twelve months. It’s easy to add channels to the current system and to expand to hundreds of channels if needed.

Scalable, modular and accessible, AnyStream IQ’s OTT media monitoring technology is a feature rich and highly cost-effective way to monitor streamed content.

Broadcasters are invited to schedule an appointment with Digital Nirvana at the NAB Show to learn more.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

PESA Introduces Smart32 Remote Control Panel for Live Production

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced the Smart32 remote control panel, which features 32 dynamically reprogrammable LCD buttons arranged in a 2×16 configuration. Designed for live production, it allows single keystroke switching for fast on-air selection. The Smart32 will be demonstrated during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL4619), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The latest addition to PESA’s line of remote control panels, the new Smart32 allows any switch to be configured for any source, destination, level, salvo or control – and various key types can be displayed in different colors. Users can also select button brightness and set buttons to blink, pulse, or be constantly on or off.

Through Cattrax, PESA’s management control software, operators can create clear, intuitive command functions with up to three rows of text per button, plus assign predefined icon graphics for typical source and destination devices, such as cameras and DVRs. The Smart32 provides up to 16 pages of configurations, and panel layouts can be cloned to make it more efficient to create new configurations.

“Our Smart32 is a great addition for live production environments. It’s compact but very powerful, and it’s easy to customize for confident switching on the fly,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO.

The Smart32 is competitively priced and will be available in Q2 2014.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Visual Unity Showcases Its End-to-end OTT platform at NAB 2014

Leading OTT platform and multiscreen solution provider, Visual Unity Global will showcase the latest versions of its award-winning vuMedia™ and vuMobile™ platforms at NAB 2014 (South Upper Hall, Stand SU5514).

Winner of the ConnectedWorld.TV award in 2012, and ConnectedWorld.TV bronze in 2013, for the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster, Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ is an end-to-end OTT platform that allows broadcasters and content owners to control how their brand and assets are managed, delivered and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and modular, vuMedia™ delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device. vuMedia™ also enables comprehensive Video on Demand services, social network integration and secures the distribution of content – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

The vuMobile™ is a cloud-based mobile web publishing and mobile marketing platform. With vuMobile™ clients can to build their own mCommerce (mobile commerce) store presence within 5 minutes. Through a modern responsive design, clients are able to categorize different types of products (for example consumer electronics or e-products) and choose from more than 40 payment systems. vuMobile™ incorporates capabilities that are designed to rapidly mobilize businesses and empower partners and resellers.
The latest improvements to vuMedia™ and vuMobile™ included a more streamlined user experience, enhanced payment and advertising capabilities, additional content monetization options, improved statistics, and much more.

Visual Unity will also be showcasing their new vuDiscovery™ service. This option is a robust recommendation engine integrated within vuMedia™, helping content owners and distributors to enhance their revenue streams through search & discovery. This modern recommendation engine combines viewing and purchasing habits, demographics, a collaborative engine, and other metrics, to provide suggestions that fuel viewing into the long tail.

“Visual Unity’s unique blend of broadcast and online video skills, coupled with proven experience in web and mobile delivery, is a crucial advantage to providing robust end-to-end digital video solutions,” says Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity. “Visual Unity streamlines the integration of new multiscreen workflows into existing linear processes so that content can be efficiently delivered over the Internet or to any combination of mobile, tablets, laptops, or Smart TVs.”

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy Officer, adds: “vuMedia™ and vuMobile™ opens doors to a wide range of companies that have been waiting for an ideal cloud based service to monetize their past, present, and future content. Monetizing content is not just about selling content, it’s about building a business, awareness, and communication strategy around your brand. Furthermore, vuDiscovery™ further increases the average revenue per user [ARPU], since subscribers that stay longer within an OTT application, will inevitably spend more money.”

Please visit Visual Unity’s stand, and get a demo of vuMedia™, vuMobile™, and vuDiscovery™, in the South Upper Hall, Stand SU5514.

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About Visual Unity Global

Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMedia™ platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMedia™ is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles.

For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

Xytech Redefines Facility Management Software with the Release of MediaPulse 2014 at NAB

NAB BOOTH: SL2428

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) – Xytech, the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services, and video transmission industries, will debut a new version of the company’s flagship MediaPulse platform at the 2014 NAB exhibition in Las Vegas. MediaPulse 2014 redefines facility management software, delivering a true end-to-end solution encompassing asset management, order management, resource management, and financial management in a configurable, platform-independent, browser-based application.

The 2014 release is the most significant to date, including hundreds of new features and dramatic performance improvements. The new features are centered on three core areas:

User Interface
SKY 2014, the platform-independent and browser-based interface for MediaPulse, now includes a complete graphical scheduling application, real time dashboards for user-defined KPIs, and a form editor to modify all screens. Allowing customers to create custom web solutions with an easy to configure, out of the box solution, SKY 2014 drives down costs and speeds user acceptance. It supports all popular operating systems, including Apple Macintosh and iOS.

The Media Order and Transmission Order modules in MediaPulse 2014 also received significant upgrades, enabling users to create complex order profiles with a simple click. In addition, a new web-deployed arrivals board has been added to the Transmission Order module, allowing thousands of users to see the status of all feeds at a glance.

System Interoperability
New adapters for Miranda, Telestream, Avid AirSpeed, and Avid Capture have been added to MediaPulse 2014, expanding integration capabilities and facilitating automated workflows involving a huge range of third party systems via Xytech’s Digital Order technology. Clients can add any hardware platform to the MediaPulse ecosystem using our unique MediaPulse Adapter technology and new SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) tool.

Asset Management
The debut of MetaVault MAM (Media Asset Management system) provides a complete content backbone for the creation and storage of files, proxies, and metadata. This new functionality makes integrating multiple MAMs, including those from other vendors, into a comprehensive, federated solution a reality. As no digital strategy is complete without physical assets, MetaVault also supports easy labeling and RFID capabilities to make the management of even the most complex media libraries as efficient and effective as possible.

As Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available, MediaPulse 2014 also features a new rules engine that manages notifications, labor contracts, status of orders, and trigger events.

“Our greatest asset is our relationship with our clients and their trust in us,” said Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech. “They know that we are keenly focused on their need for flexible, scalable solutions to the issues they face. MediaPulse 2014 increases the power of our platform and gives our customers the competitive edge they need in today’s world. Things are moving fast, and Xytech is innovating faster. We are relentlessly moving forward.”

Xytech is exhibiting MediaPulse 2014 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas from April 7-10 2014, in the South Hall lower level, booth SL2428.

About Xytech
Xytech is the leading global provider of facility management software for the media and broadcast industries. For over 25 years, the world’s best media services companies, broadcasters, and transmission facilities have depended on Xytech to run their businesses. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform is the only end-to-end solution for the complete content lifecycle, providing scheduling, automation, asset management, billing, and cost recovery in a scalable, platform-independent application. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world, and the company is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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NAB 2014: FOR-A to Show New Version of FT-ONE 4K Variable Frame Rate Camera, Debut 4K Extraction System

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, FOR-A will showcase a new version of its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. The new version of the FT-ONE offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting from the field. The company’s new ZE-ONE 4K extraction system will also be a highlight of the company’s booth (C5117), making its first NAB appearance.

“FOR-A is excited to showcase this new version of the FT-ONE camera and debut our ZE-ONE 4K extraction system at NAB,” said Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-ACorporation of America. “We’re now offering the FT-ONE with fiber connections built into the unit, making it easier when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station. We’ll have a new replay controller for the ZE-ONE extraction system, which allows operators to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.”

Since its first introduction into the market in 2012, the FT-ONE has been used in a variety of sports broadcast and digital cinematography applications, including professional football, boxing, automobile racing, ice cross downhill, and wakeboarding events, as well as a NASA rocket launch. The camera has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including a 2012 IBC Show STAR Award from TV Technology Europe, TVB Europe’s Best of IBC 2012 Award, and most recently, a 2013 Government Video Salute at GV Expo.

The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, “FT1-CMOS,” and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

First introduced at last year’s IBC Show, where it won a Best of IBC award from TVB Europe, the ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract desired 4K image areas to capture the action for HD replays. The 4K extraction system provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources. The ZE-ONE allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

U.S. Bank Arena Upgrades Hockey Coverage to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Jim Plummer, technical director for the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, was shopping for a new production switcher at the 2013 NAB Show, he kept coming back to Broadcast Pixintegrated production switchers. His choice became even easier when he won a Flint™ system during the show, which the arena upgraded to a Granite™ X.

Home to the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena was built in 1975 had a major renovation in 1997, which included the installation of a Sony analog switcher with external DVE. As part of a 2013 upgrade to HD production, which also included new cameras and monitors, the new Granite was installed early last fall in time for the current hockey season.

According to Plummer, the downtown arena seats about 17,000 spectators and hosts more than 100 events per year, including concerts, NBA preseason games, and 36 Cyclones home games. The in-house, three-camera video production is primarily used for hockey coverage, as well as some preseason basketball games and some comedy concerts. A four-screen, center hung video board provides the most prominent view for fans during the game, but there are multiple small monitors throughout the concourse, suites, and on-site restaurant.

During each home hockey game, the director switches while a second operator coordinates graphics and roll-ins. “It works out very well for us,” Plummer explained. “With hockey, you don’t know when you’re getting a stop, so you have to set your cues and be ready to go.”

The control room team also houses light and audio operators, plus one person coordinating game operations and promotions.

U.S. Bank Arena uses several of the Granite’s 12 SDI outputs during productions. One delivers a feed of the high center camera to the coach’s office, where it is recorded for review. Another feed is recorded to DVD for league officials and the visiting team. Plus, the live game production is provided to America ONE Sports, an online provider of live and on-demand sports. “Those multiple outputs really help us out a lot,” Plummer said.

Most of the Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools have already been incorporated into productions. Granite’s clip, animation, and still stores have made it easy for Plummer and his team to incorporate graphics and sound effects for “Star Wars Night” and other themed events during the season. Plus, Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view, quickly became a favorite feature among the directors, who have created different layouts for hockey, basketball, and concerts.

The optional Fluent Rapid CG feeds score and game clock data directly from the Daktronics scoreboard into graphics produced with the integrated Harris Inscriber CG. Fluent Rapid CG also manages data from an XML feed, so lower-third graphics can include real-time player statistics. “It makes things so much easier,” Plummer added.

Fluent Macros, Granite’s file-based macros system, is being used to create complex transitions and effects. Some transitions, for example, now feature the Cyclones logo, an effect that could not be produced using the previous equipment. Plummer is also planning to incorporate cloud-based content such as Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures into live productions. “It’s something we couldn’t do before,” he said.

With more than half the hockey season complete, people are noticing the improved production values, and Plummer is very pleased with the new Broadcast Pix system. “We love it,” he said. “It does everything we want it to do. The more games we do, the more comfortable we’re getting and incorporating more into the production.”

Broadcast Pix will have two raffles during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a new fX3D real-time 3D graphics software package on April 8 and a Flint integrated production switcher on April 9. Raffle instructions will be available at the Broadcast Pix booth.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Flint, Fluent and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Media Group International Appoints New Managing Director For Dubai Office

John Aslett, former Director of Avid Emerging Markets, has joined leading media systems integrator Media Group International as Managing Director of its International operation based in Dubai.

A highly skilled broadcast and technology sales professional with 18 years’ management and board level experience in the Middle East, John is ideally placed to help MGI maximize its recent corporate expansion and drive new business outside of Qatar.

Paul Hennessy, CEO of MGI, says: “John’s strong technical background in broadcast and IT, combined with his regional knowledge and extensive sales experience, makes him a valuable asset for MGI and we are delighted that he is now heading up our Dubai operation.”

As a British Standards Institute ISO 9001 Quality Approved company, MGI is focusing on delivering excellence by introducing a service and support portal that will allow customers to track assets and improve service response times. MGI is also opening a pre-build facility which will give customers the opportunity to experience and comment on their systems in order to enhance workflow. This will be backed by pre-deployment training at MGI’s new Training Academy in Dubai Studio City, where customers can become familiar with new equipment prior to installation.

Hennessy adds that John Aslett’s appointment consolidates MGI’s presence in Dubai. Throughout his career he has worked for some of the best known companies in the broadcast market, including Grass Valley Group, where he rose to the position of Regional Manager for the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Orbit Communications, where he held various roles culminating in Senior Vice President Business Development and Special Projects, and Avid Technology where he spent eight years helping the company develop its business in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the Indian sub-continent. Under his direction new offices were opened in key territories and substantial sales growth was achieved.

Commenting on his move to MGI, John Aslett says: “I am thrilled to be joining the company at such an exciting point in its development. Business is building fast and there are numerous opportunities in the pipeline. MGI has always put service and support at the heart of its corporate philosophy and I share that vision. I am confident that by focusing on quality and customer service, we can ensure that MGI’s Dubai operation goes from strength to strength.”

Media Group International has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region and represents many worldwide manufacturers. These include Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange, Leitch, Vinten Broadcast Ltd, Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

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Notes to the editor:
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.

GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.

The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.

In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International

Media Group International (MGI) is a proven media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International is ISO 9001:2008 certified, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

Media Group International recently launched their new website to give customers a better experience online.

www.mgi.tv

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