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Digital Vision Launches Golden Eye 4 Scanner at NAB 2014

- Customer feedback leads development of new features -

NAB 2014, Stand Sl6026 / Chairman’s Suite, Renaissance Hotel

(London, UK) – Digital Vision will launch the Golden Eye 4 film scanner for restoration and archive at NAB 2014. The new scanner incorporates many new features that have been requested by users of Golden Eye 3.

Kelvin Bolah, President, Digital Vision, said, “The Golden Eye 4 will become, without doubt, the best scanner in the world. Our customers have been very engaged in the development process, telling us what they like and how we can improve the scanner. We’re very proud to launch the Golden Eye 4, which provides many new features including universal optics that can handle any film size, faster scanning and automated processes.”

A key new feature of the Golden Eye 4 is universal optics – a single lens, motor driven, multi-axis optical system for precision image sizing, position and focus. Users can scan any film size from 8mm to 70mm without changing the optics.

Other new features for the Golden Eye 4 include:

* New gates and optics
* New tri-linear camera
* Automatic restoration processes using Phoenix restoration software, and distributed automated processing using Loki
* Limitless handling of shrunken film
* Real-time scanning in 2K and up to 11fps in 4K
* Optional wet gate

Studio Hamburg has ordered the first Golden Eye 4 film scanner with 70mm option, to complement their Golden Eye 3.

Christoph Lohfeldt, Studio Hamburg, said, “We chose the Golden Eye because we appreciate the innovative technology and the very good support we receive from Digital Vision. The Golden Eye also offers an excellent price-performance ratio, compared to similar yet far more expensive scanners.”

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Bifrost Archive Bridge solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognised highest quality in scanning, film digitisation, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies. For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contacts:
EMEA/APAC
Dawn Egerton, Bubble & Squeak | dawn@bubblesqueak.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0)7887 627764

USA
Chris Purse, Ignite | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473

Broadcast Pix Expands Flint Integrated Production Switcher Family

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will unveil its expanded family of Flint™ end-to-end integrated production switchers at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. All three HD models include the same Fluent™ workflow software tools, but provide different input configurations to address different production requirements and budgets.

There are three new Flint models available. The entry-level system, Flint LE, supports three HDMI or analog (composite, component or S-Video) inputs and is now priced at $7,495. Flint LX features four SDI or HDMI inputs for $9,995. Flint LS supports six inputs and offers a choice of six SDI (two of which can be HDMI) or four SDI and two HDMI or analog inputs for $12,995. In addition, all three models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web pages from remote computers. All three models are available now.

Broadcast Pix will also have two raffles during the NAB Show, providing attendees the opportunity to win a Flint system as well as a new fX3D real-time 3D graphics software package. Raffle rules and instructions will be available at the Broadcast Pix booth.

“Flint has quickly become a popular choice among streaming video professionals, because it provides a complete set of production tools for true end-to-end integration,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “By expanding the Flint family, we’re making it more affordable than ever to produce live multi-camera productions for broadcast or webcast.”

Introduced last year, Flint handles the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. In addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video, its multi-format production switcher allows operators to include cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Google Drive, Dropbox and other resources during live productions. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining constant lip sync.

Flint’s switcher also includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats, including ProRes, H.264, DNxHD and QuickTime animations. Flint’s audio mixer is controlled through an intuitive audio interface with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, and two outputs allow separate mixes with independent control for master recording and Web presentations.

With up to seven simultaneous output formats, Flint offers built-in HD streaming in a variety of formats and allows live recording on its internal hard drive. Other features include a customizable multi-view, customizable virtual sets, and control of robotic cameras, video servers, external audio mixers, and other devices.

Version 3.0 software, which was announced earlier this month, allows all Flint systems to be tightly integrated with Broadcast Pix’s new fX3D and ReVue multi-channel slow motion replay system. It also includes ClearKey, Broadcast Pix’s next generation chromakey, and new device control of Blackmagic HyperDecks. The software will be available in May as a free upgrade for all Flint systems under warranty.

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

New FOR-A 4K Compatible Multi Viewer to Make Debut at NAB 2014

Company to introduce the MV-4200, MV-42HSA, and MV-1620HSA multi viewers

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces the introduction of its new 4K compatible MV-1620HSA, MV-42HSA and MV-4200 multi viewers at the NAB Show. The company will exhibit in Booth C5117 during the show, which takes place April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The MV-1620HSA 3G/HD/SD/Analog Mixed High-Resolution multi viewer accepts up to 16 channels of signals for monitoring on up to two screens. The 1RU unit is a compact but full-featured multi viewer, including the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

Another 4K compatible multi viewer to be unveiled by FOR-A at NAB is the MV-4200 3G/HD/SD/Analog/HDMI/DVI/RGBHV Mixed High-Resolution solution – a 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 channels of output.

Both the MV-1620HSA and MV-4200 feature a Windows-based Layout Manager that enables easy layout of 4K video in a seamless display by using four 3G-SDI inputs. Both multi viewers support a versatile mixed-source environment, and include video streaming capabilities for remote monitoring, additional local computer display and error capture.

FOR-A will also show its new MV-42HSA 4K (QFHD) monitoring down converter, an enhanced version of the company’s popular MV-42HS HD/SD multi viewer. In addition to HD-SDI, SD-SDI and analog composite inputs, the unit newly supports 3G-SDI (Level A) inputs and 4-input split-screen displays. The MV-42HSA is an ideal choice for use as a down-converter that monitors 4K footage on an HD or PC monitor.

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.

Matrox to Support Next Major Updates of Adobe Professional Video Editing Tools

Matrox editing cards and devices will be tightly integrated with the next major updates of Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC for rock-solid workflows from SD to 4K

Matrox® Video today announced support for the upcoming release of Adobe® professional video editing tools, including Adobe Premiere® Pro CC and Adobe Mercury Transmit for Adobe After Effects® CC, with the Matrox Mojito™ 4K monitoring card, the Matrox MXO2™ family of I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX™ I/O card. WYSIWYG support for Adobe Photoshop® CC will also be provided.

Matrox Mojito 4K is a quad 3G-SDI, 4K video card for use with Adobe Creative Cloud™ professional video editing tools on Windows® platforms. It provides 10-bit H.264 intra-frame rendering and enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096×2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4K@60fps) making it ideal for full-res 2K, QFHD and 4K workflows.

Matrox MXO2 and Mojito MAX I/O products provide broadcast-quality video and audio input, output and monitoring to enable traditional tape-based workflows including deck control for frame-accurate batch capture and print-to-tape. They are also the only I/O solutions on the market that let users encode H.264 files for delivery to the web, iPad® and iPhone® up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac® and Windows support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt™, PCIe® or ExpressCard/34®—with the same versatile unit.

“Our move to Creative Cloud has enabled us to accelerate the delivery of new features for Adobe video apps. Our customers want the very best tools available to them, and to work efficiently while producing amazing results,” said Simon Williams, director of strategic relations at Adobe. “Matrox has responded to this challenge. Their editing products offer our customers reliable and high-quality video options, which greatly enhance video artists’ overall experience.”

“Matrox Mojito 4K is an excellent complement to high frame rate (HFR) workflows beyond HD,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox “Users of Sony F5 and F55 cameras can take advantage of XAVC optimizations by Matrox and Adobe for 4K monitoring, editing, rendering, and delivery.”

Matrox I/0 products will be featured at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10, booth SL5019).

Price and availability
Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Matrox Mojito 4K is priced at $1995 US (€1795, £1495) not including local taxes and delivery. Matrox MXO2 devices are priced starting at $449 US (€382, £338). Matrox Mojito MAX is priced at $995 US (€799, £749).

Drivers for the next major update of Adobe Premiere Pro CC will be available to registered Matrox users as a free download from the Matrox website after the updates are available via Adobe Creative Cloud.

Adobe at NAB
At NAB 2014, Adobe is announcing plans to significantly update all the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud™. These new major updates and innovations, expected to ship in the first half of the year, include Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects® CC and are designed to make everyday tasks easier and faster enabling video professionals to create stunning videos, TV shows, films and commercials more efficiently. Adobe is also revealing new features for Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers enterprise broadcast companies with distributed teams, using Adobe professional video apps, to work together as they access and manage centralized media and assets across virtually any network. See Adobe at NAB in Booth SL3910. Learn more at: http://adobe.ly/1hucPrO.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 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, 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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Digital Vision Announces New Pricing and Features for Nucoda Grading Products

Current Customers’ Investment Is Protected

NAB 2014, Stand Sl6026 / Chairman’s Suite, Renaissance Hotel

(London, UK) – Digital Vision has announced some significant changes to its range of Nucoda colour grading products and its pricing structure. The move comes as a considered response to the increasing commoditisation of the grading and finishing market, and seeks to protect and support Digital Vision’s current customer base while continuing to provide outstanding colour grading tools.

Kelvin Bolah, President, Digital Vision, said, “Over the last few years we have witnessed the destructive and destabilising commoditisation of this niche market. We needed to adapt to the changing landscape, and have taken our time to create a grading strategy that both protects our customers’ investments and our revenues. Whilst we have grown our product portfolio with new products to address new markets to reduce our dependency on niche spaces, our new grading product and pricing strategy will reward loyal customers as we continue to provide the best tools for colour grading and image processing.”

Nucoda Film Master, the premium colour grading and finish solution, will be renamed Nucoda. The Nucoda Fuse product will be discontinued; all supported Nucoda Fuse users will receive a free upgrade to the new Nucoda software, while all Film Master users will receive free upgrades to the full range of DVO tools.

Digital Vision will launch support for Tangent Element panels across all products at NAB and DVO Classic tools will be available as part of Nucoda software, which now starts from MSRP £1,650 / $ 2,695 / € 1,999.

To book a demo or meeting with Digital Vision during NAB at the Demo Lounge, Renaissance Hotel, please contact Patrick Morgan patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se or visit Digital Vision’s reception stand on the show floor at SL6026.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Bifrost Archive Bridge solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.
For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se
All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:

Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contacts:

EMEA/APAC
Dawn Egerton, Bubble & Squeak | dawn@bubblesqueak.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0)7887 627764

USA
Chris Purse, Ignite | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473

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DVEO Shipping Upgraded Version of Ad and EAS Playout Server — Ad+EAS Serter™ with Channel in Box Features will be Introduced at NAB 2014

San Diego, California – DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), is now shipping the latest version of its ad inserter and EAS emergency alert system for DVB-ASI or IP. DVEO will debut the new Ad+EAS Serter™ at Booth SU2903 at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Ad+EAS Serter functions as a simple playout server with Ad and EAS capabilities. It inserts emergency alerts – plus video clips, text, and graphics – anywhere on video content, live, on a schedule, or via signaling like SCTE 35. It adds messages to one to four targeted cable or on-air channels or sub channels, or to one to four IPTV channels. The high density system is designed for broadcast studios, cable head ends, and IPTV operators who require an easy to use EAS messaging system to communicate with their subscribers.

The cost-effective Windows® based system is compatible with Trilithic™, Sage™, and Monroe™ EAS Alert generators. It works by decoding the transport stream, overlaying the graphics, and transcoding the result. Alerts can be overlaid anywhere on H.264 or MPEG-2 video content. Messages can be quickly revised in real time, to give viewers critical updates – such as safety precautions, evacuation notices, and locations of assistance centers. EAS audio from EAS systems is spliced into live audio and emergency audio messages are sent to viewers.

“Our newest version of the Ad+EAS Serter supports both splicing and ad overlays. Emergency alerts and messages can be via industry standard methods. It also features a SLATE function that puts up an empty background on which you can type messages,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “This system is currently deployed at a major cable company to originate important messages to the entire subscriber base.”

The system ships with a graphics creation application but uses most graphics formats. Graphics can be created in several formats, although bitmaps and “.pngs” are preferred. The position of the graphics, transparency, and fade characteristics can be configured via the management console. Easy drag and drop placement positions logos, text, or graphics on screen.

Graphical elements can be inventoried on the on board hard drive. Large local graphical libraries can be created for quick use under dynamic real world events. For example, the hard drive can store maps showing evacuation routes. The system is also able to mask the entire screen with a static image in case of video input failure or auto bypass via relay. Graphical elements such as fancy boxes, borders, background colors, and identifiers can be used to enhance emergency messages.

The Ad+EAS Serter is also suitable for Public Service Announcement crawls, and as a very flexible video messaging system to a subscriber base. DVEO can also create customized systems to meet customer’s needs.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Inserts or overlays emergency alerts – text and/or graphics – into video feeds on a schedule or via signaling like SCTE 35 signals from EAS generators
  • Creates crawling messages and emergency alerts with programmable fonts and background colors, in any language
  • Compatible with Trilithic™, Sage™, and Monroe™ EAS alert generators
  • Works with most fonts: Chinese, Arabic, Indian, etc. via Unicode interface
  • SD – Optional SD plus HD version available
  • Inserts video clips or graphical overlays, or L wraps for advertising
  • Supports multiple areas of interest
  • Proof of play for all ads and emergency messages played
  • Built in intelligence makes scheduling easy
  • Supports 1080i, 720p, and 480i, and all standard broadcast resolutions
  • Selects transport streams by program numbers or PIDs
  • Features daily, weekly, and monthly schedule-based logos, alerts, and text insertion
  • Arbitrary location for graphics
  • Choose from static, rotating, or blinking graphics, logos, and text
  • Creates crawling messages and emergency alerts with programmable fonts and background colors, in any language
  • Select any degree of transparency
  • Easy drag and drop placement to position logo, text, or graphics on screen
  • News feeds from RSS in any language, with programmable fonts and background colors
  • Able to mask entire screen with a static image in case of video input failure or auto bypass via relay
  • 1 RU or 3 RU rack mountable frame
  • Template based character generator
  • Works as a playout server
  • SLATE function puts up an Empty Background on which you can type messages
  • Customization available
  • Can also play recorded files from hard drive, in loop mode
  • ESAM support in development
  • Stores graphics, clips, and messages in local memory
  • IP input and output version available
  • SDI input and output version available
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    Ad+EAS Serter ASI/ASI 4ch (SD): $9,995 U.S.
    Ad+EAS Serter IP/IP 4ch (SD): $8,495 U.S.
    Ad+EAS Serter SDI/SDI 4ch (SD): $9,995 U.S

    DVEO and Ad+EAS Serter are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About CMI and DVEO
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

    DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
    Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

    Sound Devices Introduces the ‘970’ Its First Dedicated Rack-Mounted Audio Solution at the 2014 NAB Show

    64-Track Dante and MADI-Equipped Multi-Track Audio Recorder Makes Industry Debut

    LAS VEGAS, APRIL 2, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, introduces 970, its first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted solution, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI, at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546). The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording.

    Sound Devices’ 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported.

    The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

    With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock. It can also slave or be jammed to any other time-code source. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports word clock synchronization from external word clock, video sync, MADI or AES. To simplify the connection of multiple digital inputs, SRCs are available for all MADI, Dante or AES inputs.

    The Sound Devices 970 features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names, and reel folders can be done during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante.

    Sound Devices’ 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control. It also features the Sound Devices proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording.

    Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

    Sound Devices Expands Line of Video Recorders with Introduction of PIX 270i and 250i at NAB 2014

    New Recorders Offer Extensive High-Quality Video, Audio and Networking Capabilities Addressing the Multiple Source Needs of Today’s Large-Scale Productions

    LAS VEGAS, APRIL 2, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, introduces its latest PIX recorders, PIX 270i and PIX 250i, at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546). PIX 270i and PIX 250i seamlessly replace tape- and disc-based video decks for a complete offering that addresses a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events, and mobile production.

    The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

    The PIX recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

    Up to four drives, two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For PIX 250i, up to two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

    Both products feature extensive network connectivity and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s production. Its built-in Web server, PIXNet offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. In addition, PIX 270i features built-in multiple unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel. Frame accurate sync works with other PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 250i can be grouped with other PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX can also be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible) controllers as well as via its GPIO port.

    The PIX 270i offers extensive audio capabilities, with 64 record tracks (32 tracks at 96k), eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and 64 channels of both MADI (coaxial and optical) audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet. The PIX 250i features eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and supports up to 16 tracks of audio.

    With its built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output, the PIX line is designed for multiple-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources. PIX 270i and PIX 250i include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available. Its convenient 1/2-rack, 2-U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector. The PIX 270i offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

    The newest additions to the PIX line of products feature Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording.

    Both the PIX 270i and PIX 250i have precision five-inch IPS, 800- x 480-pixel displays for setup menu access and video monitoring. The high-accuracy display, with its peaking, false color and zoom functions, is perfect for framing, exposure and focus evaluation.

    Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

    Xytech Adds Digital Media Asset Management to MediaPulse Using Vidispine Technology

    NAB BOOTH: SL2428

    (Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) – Xytech, the leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission industries, announces the release of MetaVault MAM, a complete Media Asset Management (MAM) solution for the MediaPulse platform. Vidispine, creators of the Vidispine rich media solutions middleware system, provides the underlying technology for MetaVault MAM. The new Xytech offering will premiere at the 2014 NAB exhibition in Las Vegas.

    MetaVault MAM provides a complete content backbone for the creation and storage of files, proxies, and metadata. The system’s unique adaptor-based architecture enables clients to integrate multiple MetaVault MAMs with third party MAMs to create federated solutions. The MetaVault system also supports all aspects of physical media handling and archiving. In addition, Xytech has added RFID support to provide the most efficient solution available for managing complex media libraries.

    Vidispine, based in Stockholm, Sweden, is listed as one of the “Rising Stars” on Deloitte’s Fast 50 list of Swedish technology companies. Vidispine MAM is a content management platform for developers and media professionals. Xytech has embedded the Vidispine system into its MediaPulse platform to add an entirely new range of media creation, management, storage, and processing functions to the system.

    Erik Åhlin, CEO of Vidispine, said, “Xytech is clearly in the leadership position for leading facility management with the major studios, television networks, and transmission facilities. Our Vidispine middleware is a natural fit with the capabilities of their popular MetaVault library management module. This combination creates something really amazing: A single system that integrates everything required to manage media libraries containing any type of digital assets, as well as physical tape and film elements.”

    Greg Dolan, COO for Xytech, commented, “Vidispine is the perfect partner for us as we add digital asset functionality to MediaPulse. Their MAM engine is simply the most advanced in the world, and just as importantly, Vidispine shares our values of true partnership, innovation and integrity. We’ve already seen huge interest in this new offering from our customers and this will help us provide enterprise-level digital supply chain solutions at a compelling price point.”

    Xytech is exhibiting MediaPulse 2014 and their new MetaVault MAM solution 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 Vidispine
    Vidispine is an enterprise grade Media Asset Management backbone. The capabilities are exposed by well-documented and robust RESTful APIs, which work with any modern programming language. Vidispine let Software Developers and Service Providers easily build new innovative rich media solution. Vidispine scales from small archives to multi-site deployments and is agnostic in regards to OS, storage, media formats, application servers, databases and IT-infrastructure. For more information, visit www.Vidispine.com.

    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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    Chris Purse, 818.908.3473
    ignite strategic communications
    chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

    Digigram Releases RAVENNA / AES67-Enabled PCIe Sound Card

    Company’s First in a Series of RAVENNA / AES67-Enabled Solutions Assures Ultra-Low Latency and High Performance in High-Density Audio Production and Automation Applications

    MONTBONNOT, France — April 2, 2014 — Digigram today announced the release of the LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe sound card, the company’s first RAVENNA / AES67-enabled product. Featuring ultra-low latency down to one audio sample per IP packet, up to 256 RAVENNA I/O channels from multiple RAVENNA streams, and a full MADI interface, the new card is ideal for high-density audio production or automation applications in radio and TV broadcast studios. more

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