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St. Cloud State University UTVS Puts Real World Broadcasting Into Student Experience with Autoscript E.P.I.C. Prompting

University Television Station (UTVS), the student-run TV station on the campus of St. Cloud State University, is using three Autoscript E.P.I.C. prompters for their busy production slate. UTVS delivers a variety of programming to the campus and the larger St. Cloud, Minnesota, community.

UTVS serves locally produced programming to 33,000 households on Charter Channel 21, also streamed live 24/7 on utvs.com. Founded in 1978, the station is staffed by the SCSU Mass Communications students: TV production majors work behind the scenes, and broadcasting majors appear in front of the camera and work as producers.

About 100 students actively produce news for UTVS. This semester features two half-hour evening newscasts, a weekly half-hour Spanish-language newscast, and a half-hour week-in-review news program on Friday.

As part of a full lineup of programming, UTVS produces sports and entertainment shows. "Back to the Movies" is a weekly movie review series; "Monday Night Live" is a weekly one-hour music show simulcast on campus radio station KVSC 88.1FM; and "Trivia Weekend" is a popular annual 50-hour trivia marathon staged in conjunction with KVSC. The upper level TV production class produces the new "Husky Faceoff" weekly sports show; and the weekly sports round up, "Husky Magazine," has been on the air since the 1980s. The St. Cloud State Sports Network will begin broadcasting round the clock in the fall with live coverage of a wide array of college sports, a new slate of sports shows, and replays of classic games.

Since UTVS is training the broadcasters of tomorrow, the university is keen to ensure that students' experience on-air and in production replicate real-world working environments. "We give our students a taste of what it's like in the professional world," says Derrick Silvestri, TV studio manager at UTVS. "Our main objective is to have them use the equipment they'll encounter in the newsroom, so when they graduate they will be more than prepared to work in a professional environment."

Twelve edit suites, which feature Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and, starting in the fall, Adobe Premiere, are dedicated to UTVS; media control takes care of media management and sports replays while the master control center handles commercial insertions and broadcast playback. Production equipment includes nine Grass Valley LDX studio cameras, Chyron Mosaics, Wheatstone and Grass Valley production switchers and RTS intercoms.

In the summer of 2013, UTVS acquired a trio of Autoscript E.P.I.C. 17-inch prompters, which they operate with three LDX cameras mounted on Vinten pedestals and heads.

"We were one of the first to have the E.P.I.C. systems," says Silvestri, who purchased the units from systems integrator Alpha Video in Edina, Minnesota. "Before, we used a wide variety of systems, including the EZNews all-in-one script writing and prompting system. But our slate demanded a more professional-style system with automated workflows and MOS control. We got AP's ENPS for scripting, but it didn't offer prompting. That's where Autoscript stepped in. Their products are a top choice in the professional world, and with E.P.I.C. we could use ENPS for writing and Autoscript's WinPlus Ultra software for prompting. E.P.I.C. gives us a seamless workflow that works perfectly every day."

In that workflow news writers prepare scripts with ENPS, E.P.I.C. ingests the text and a MOS-activated rundown is sent to +WinPlus Ultra for prompting.

Students have various control options for E.P.I.C. prompting. "We have two hand controllers in two control rooms. This way producers can keep pace - two wireless hand controllers for two studios for producers or reporter stand ups, and two foot pedals, one for talent on the sports set and one for talent on the news set," Silvestri explains.

"About five years ago, with the advent of one-person journalism, we had alumni tell us that talent needed to be able to prompt themselves," he notes. "So we transitioned from having a crew position prompter to having the news and sports anchors prompt themselves. That's most likely what they will encounter when they graduate and move to a small-market station equipped with hand-and-foot controllers.

"E.P.I.C.'s foot pedals are particularly awesome. We've had a lot, and these are by far the best."

Silvestri also gives kudos to E.P.I.C.'s 20-percent savings in power consumption and its class-leading High Bright LED prompting screens. "The talent loves the fact that we can do colors now for different slugs and cues," he adds. The Clock Plus E feature for time of day and Tally Plus feature for live cameras also come in handy, he reports.

An additional attraction of E.P.I.C. is its streamlined good looks with no extra mounting bracket required. "It's a very clean unit," says Silvestri. "It works well and it looks really good. We do studio tours and want to impress the people we show around. This unit is designed to impress."

Although he reports that the E.P.I.C. systems "worked perfectly out of the box," Silvestri gives kudos to Autoscript's customer support. "When I've called with general questions they call me back instantly," he says. "Autoscript really stands behind this product."

Three E.P.I.C.s are meeting the current needs of UTVS but Silvestri envisions expansion possibilities. "Right now we roll the cameras between the two studios, but if we invest in separate cameras for the news and sports studios, I can see us adding two more E.P.I.C.s."

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Symetrix Partners with Attero Tech & Stewart Audio to Speed Dante Design

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 2014: In a significant development for users of Audinate’s Dante audio networking technology, Symetrix has announced that the latest version of its popular SymNet Composer software will support native configuration of select Dante-enabled Attero Tech and Stewart Audio products.

Settings affecting I/O levels, routing, and more may be defined with SymNet Composer 2.0, which gives customers the ability to consolidate design on a single software platform where previously multiple platforms were required.

“As of this release, integrators will no longer need Audinate’s Dante Controller as well as separate software packages for each manufacturer’s products,” comments Trent Wagner, senior product manager at Symetrix. “Supported Attero Tech and Stewart Audio Dante-enabled products can now be configured and managed right along side to SymNet hardware. Integrators who have used Composer before will have no learning curve.”

Stewart Audio has long pursued a focus on making networked A/V affordable and practical, and its current range includes innovative Dante end-points. “Our customers desire solutions that are both compatible and complete in their implementations. The collaboration between Stewart Audio, Symetrix and Attero Tech represents a major step in that direction,” says Stewart Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Brian McCormick.

He continues, “By collaborating with Symetrix, we are creating outcomes that align with our customer’s expectations. By carefully analyzing and responding to the challenges consultants and integrators face daily, presenting them with the results they are looking for is what this partnership is really all about.”

Mike Sims, director of marketing and sales at Attero Tech – which produces a trio of Dante interfaces – welcomes the partnership as ‘the next logical step’ in the interoperability of Dante networked audio systems. “Our goal has been to make deployment of these systems as seamless as possible, while allowing consultants and integrators to choose best-of-class products from a variety of manufacturers. This is the future of interoperability,” he declares.

The initial response from the integrator community is also encouraging. Chuck Mitchell, owner of California-based Technology of the Arts, recently undertook a Dante-centric installation involving Symetrix and Attero Tech products. “Dante is rapidly becoming a default choice for all manner of projects in the installed environment,” he says. “The Dante-centric partnership between Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio is to be warmly welcomed as it helps to bring every installer’s dream of blanket interoperability that much closer to realization.”

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HARMAN’s Studer Celebrates 1,000-Plus Enrollment at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – A mere 10 months since its launch, HARMAN’s Studer is proud to announce that StuderBroadcastAcademy.com, the online version of its Studer Broadcast Academy training course, has amassed more than 1,000 participants across 90 countries.

A total of 170 engineers have completed the entire course and are now factory-certified. Of these 170 engineers, over 85% have opted to be listed on the Studer website in a searchable engineer database (used by companies and productions looking to employ Studer Vista engineers).

StuderBroadcastAcademy.com is an interactive online course for engineers to learn how to operate Studer’s Vista Series digital mixing consoles. The course consists of a series of modules, which participants must pass 100 percent to officially certify as a Studer Vista Operator. The course is structured in an interactive format and students can download the Virtual Vista software that gives them a graphic, active representation of a Vista console. Virtual Vista can also be used for offline console configuration and online remote control of Vista mixing consoles. Video segments, system and technical diagrams, a dictionary of terms and other resources round out the program.

“We launched StuderBroadcastAcademy.com in partnership with CRAS (Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences) in August 2013 and the program’s popularity has exceeded our high expectations,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Associate Director, Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Professional. “But we’re not stopping now. Later this year, we will introduce a new SBA module that will dig deeper into our Snapshots features!”

For more information, please visit StuderBroadcastAcademy.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console Brings Joy To Changlong International Circus Festival

ZHUHAI, China – Located in the southern Guangdong province and bordering Macau, Zhuhai is a premier tourist hotspot in China. Recently, it is also the host to the Changlong International Circus Festival, of which the committee selected the HARMAN’s Martin M6 Console to control and calibrate the lighting systems on and around the stage. Local Martin distributor Guangzhou Dan-Pro Stage Equipment Co., Ltd recommended the console from a world-renowned brand not only to match the popularity of the venue, but also to provide a compelling experience to such a joyous event.

The Martin M6 console offers the most advanced visualization of lighting control, accommodating a wide product range from traditional fixtures to moving lights and even the most advanced media servers with ease. The setup for the festival features two M6 consoles of the 64 channel version, as well as eight Ether2DMX8™ DMX routers.

“The M6 console is extremely popular amongst integrators, especially for live applications,” said Yuri Zhang, Vice GM of Guangzhou Dan-Pro Stage Equipment Co., Ltd. “During shows that span multiple days, it is imperative for the lighting systems to be controlled by a console that can consistently keep up with the pace without failure. To this end, the body of the console consists of a lightweight aluminum shell, which also allows for a compact design and fast setup times.”

The show features 10 consecutive days of clown acts, circus and aerial acrobatics, animal performances and magic acts, pushing top groups around the world to exciting levels of brilliance. Since there are no two acts alike, all participants had different requirements for synchronizing the lighting effects with their performance. Powered by an industrial multi-core processor and solid-state drives, the M6 console is well equipped to endure such a long and arduous event.

“The M6 console is one of the most reliable lighting consoles to date,” according to Zhang. “It pushes innovative boundaries in terms of flexibility and modularity, as it works with nearly all forms of lighting equipment. By adding a custom touchscreen display to improve ergonomics and workflow, we boost user confidence, so that they may focus on the show.”

The Circus Festival organizers, Changlong Group’s board members, and technical staff were all satisfied with the performance of the Martin M6 console, and praised it for its design and effectiveness. The operators found the controls to be “ambitiously effective” and thus, the M6 will continue its mission to accommodate regular programs for the Changlong International Circus.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF MUSE® HDMI®+POWER+IR TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER

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Brea, CA – InfoComm Booth C5116… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the forthcoming availability of its Muse HDMI+Power+IR Transmitter and Receiver. This new technology dramatically changes the way integrators approach AV systems. With the ability to power a display with up to 150 watts of power and carry HDMI, RS-232, and IR control signals up to 300 feet (90 m) over a single, low voltage, unshielded CAT-6 cable, Muse enables AV Integrators to eliminate the worry of electrical outlet placement—providing AV installers full control over their projects. more

Bexel Takes Univision from Burbank to Brazil for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Company Delivers Complete Broadcast Backbone for Network’s Extensive Coverage from Rio de Janeiro

BURBANK, Calif. - Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group's Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is furnishing a complete production environment for Univision's broadcast of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil(tm). Faced with the largest remote production the network has ever undertaken, Univision turned to Bexel to design the system being used in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To ensure that everything will work seamlessly for the month-long summer event, a senior team of engineers, IT experts, and senior executives travelled from Univision's Miami, Fla., headquarters to Burbank, Calif., to collaborate closely on the process with the team from Bexel.

Bexel began having weekly meetings in November of last year with Univision to review floor plans and technical requirements. Intensive workflow meetings were also held with Univision's production, media management and editing teams, so that Bexel could glean from the different stakeholders what their specific needs were. "Univision had an initial concept of what would be needed for this project," noted Johnny Pastor, director of Technical Services for Bexel. "We then provided our expertise and worked with their teams to help the system evolve and get even stronger. We were with them step by step, ready and willing to accommodate any last minute changes along the way."

From the beginning of the project, it was determined that Bexel would build out the studio at their headquarters in Burbank, break it down, crate it using their proprietary inventory and shipping system, transport it to Brazil via boat, and finally rebuild it on-site in Rio de Janeiro. The window of timing for the project was incredibly tight. Once the cases were removed from the ship, they had to clear Brazilian customs. Then there was just two weeks to reassemble the system, followed by two weeks of rehearsal time before live programming begins.

Collaboratively, a plan was developed for Univision to deploy 18 people from Miami to Burbank in the weeks leading up to the ship date. "The plan of testing the system in Burbank together, before it was shipped, allowed for a lot of preconfiguring," explained Pastor. "It let Univision actually simulate a live-production scenario, using one control room, the editing systems, and the EVS. This was not only cost effective, but it will save Univision a great deal of time in Rio. And time was a critical factor in this project.

"Univision's Enterprise IT Group was also with us in Burbank, setting up connectivity back to Miami. They were able to send files back and forth, confirming the system was operational. All they had to do in Brazil was re-establish the communication and the workflows, and the collaborative environment began again."

Bexel sent approximately 15 engineers to Brazil to reassemble the Univision system. Six members of the Bexel technical team are staying on for the entire run of the World Cup to provide 24/7 coverage and support. The Bexel-designed system consists of two large control rooms with Grass Valley 4 M/E Kayenne switchers and Calrec audio consoles. The file-based workflow consists of 11 Avid editing systems, four EVS XT3s for playback and instant replay, and a robust graphics system including augmented reality. Bexel is also providing Sony HDC-2500 cameras complete with a camera stabilization system and jib for their studio at the IBC.

Univision, which holds the Spanish-language broadcast rights for the event in the U.S. market, plans extensive coverage from Rio de Janeiro in addition to the actual World Cup matches. Univision Sports built a set from which they'll broadcast pre- and post-game coverage, and Univision Entertainment will be broadcasting its morning show, Despierta América, from Copacabana Beach as well as a show for Televisa Deportes from the rooftop of the Atlantico Sul Hotel. In addition, Univision will use two of their flypack systems to shadow Team Mexico and Team USA. The Bexel setup will serve as the hub supporting all of these activities. From the remote setups, everything will come back through the Bexel backbone and then go out to Miami via a fiber uplink and satellite. From there it will be broadcast from Univision master control.

"We wanted to design a production environment for Univision that will have the flexibility to deliver everything they need, yet still have easily recognizable equipment, so their staff can walk in and know exactly what to do and how to use the systems," concluded Pastor. "We relied on our many years of live broadcast experience for large events to deliver the systems necessary for this project. We have really enjoyed working with the team from Univision, and it was an honor to have them out here working with us on site."

In addition to Bexel's work with Univision, Vitec brands supporting various other 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil broadcasts, include Anton/Bauer batteries and chargers, artemis camera stabilization systems and operators, Autoscript teleprompters, Litepanel's LED lights, Sachtler V18 and V20 fluid heads, Vinten Osprey pedestals, Vinten Vector 75 and 750 pan-and-tilt heads, and a Vinten Radamec remote pan and tilt head.

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DPS Inc. Provides HARMAN’s Martin Lighting and Controllers for Jesus Culture’s Live Album and DVD Recording

SACRAMENTO, California — Jesus Culture, which began as a youth group at a church in northern California, has become a global movement that includes conferences, events, campus ministries, and worship curriculums dedicated to demonstrating the love and power of God. To commemorate its recent relocation from Redding, California, where it was based for 18 years, to Sacramento, the Jesus Culture band recorded ‘Unstoppable Love’, a live album and DVD, at Sacramento’s prestigious Memorial Auditorium. With the help of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting console and fixtures, Lighting Designer Robby Kurtz was able to both successfully represent the Jesus Culture movement and showcase the importance of its relocation. California-based rental house DPS Inc., provided the lighting production equipment.

Kurtz deployed 32 of Martin’s MAC Viper Profile moving head luminaires and 26 Martin Atomic 3000 Strobe fixtures, to create a complicated design that ensured each song had its own look and, at the same time, kept the audience’s attention from being drawn to just one visual element.

The design featured 14 MAC Vipers hung from trusses above the stage with six on the stage deck and 12 additional Vipers around the audience to give the cameras aerial effects and to backlight the crowd. “The MAC Vipers were the main profiles for visual effects on the back wall and in the air,” said Kurtz. “I used gobos with a super-wide zoom setting and the light was able to cut through the other visual elements on the stage. Also, the Viper optics and speed are two of the main reasons I chose them for this event. The Zoom and Focus whips around at close to Iris speeds, which is awesome!”

Martin’s Atomic Strobe lights were also used throughout the production with additional fixtures hanging on DPS Inc.’s custom-built pipe hexagons that are suspended over the stage. “The Atomics are always a great way to help build audience energy during songs,” said Kurtz.

Kurtz also used Martin’s M6 lighting console to control the entire design. “I’ve been using the M-Series console platform since 2004 so having the M6 for this event was a perfect fit,” Kurtz said. “DPS provided 330 intelligent fixtures that spread over 25 universes and the M6 really helped me to spread out and have enough power to drive all the fixtures. The console worked like a champ and was extremely stable. With all the assignable encoders, it makes for a really fun desk that is very quick to program.”

As an avid user of Martin’s ShowDesigner software since MSD 4 Gold, Kurtz now owns the recently introduced MSD 6. “The Show Designer software is a great tool for programming offline,” said Kurtz. “I spent a couple of days building the foundation of the show at home, which saved a ton of time on-site.”

Kurtz said that the powerful combination of Martin and DPS Inc. was a critical part of capturing the essence of Jesus Culture. “The Jesus Culture band and ministry was very happy with how the event turned out and with what they have seen of the video,” he said. “The combination of Martin and DPS Inc.’s expertise resulted in an event that really represented Jesus Culture well and was true to the movement. Martin never disappoints with its new products and innovations. The quality and dependability of Martin products prove that they’ve been designed and tested for the biggest shows in the world.”

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Huntsville, AL Church Relies on Muzeek World for Dual Yamaha CL5s

BUENA PARK, Calif.—First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Huntsville, AL relied on supplier Muzeek World of San Juan Capistrano, CA to provide dual Yamaha CL5 digital audio consoles for their new sanctuary. The new sanctuary seats approximately 1,300 and has a congregation of 1,500.

Two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console were installed along with two Rio3224-D input/output boxes. One Rio is located on the stage and the other is located at the FOH CL5 location. “The purchase of the dual CL consoles was based upon the fact that the church previously owned a Yamaha console in their former sanctuary and had a wonderful experience using it,” states Muzeek World’s John Sardari.

“There are several new features in the CL5 which helped us decide this was exactly what we needed for the new sanctuary, states Julian Ray at First Seventh Day Adventist who designed and installed the audio system. For starters, the expandability of the number of channels we can use. We enabled the board with 64 channels initially, and if necessary, we can expand in the future to its maximum. Second, the ability to have the sound engineer control the monitor mix on stage with the musicians, and while doing a sound check using an iPad, he/she can fine-tune and make changes on the monitors and have an accurate overview of the monitor mix. This eliminates the potential discrepancies between what the vocalists’ need and what they get in the monitors. We use floor monitors for the vocalists while the entire band is on in-ear system.”

Ray said the third reason for our selection of the CLs was based on the framework of their previous Yamaha console. We used an M7CL for about six years and had the team already trained on the same software, so the learning curve moving to CL5 was a breeze. Other than the initial network programming and a few changes in the setup, we had the entire team up to date very quickly.”

The contemporary worship service at First Seventh Day uses on average five to nine musicians at any given time during sermons. There is also a seven-member praise team and several choirs ranging between 30 and 100 members. The church has two additional rooms where they have installed audio-visual equipment. While a CL5 FOH console is in the center of the sanctuary on the balcony level, a second CL5 is in a room used to mix sound for recordings and video streaming over the Internet, using the Yamaha CL Nuendo Live software to capture the multi-track recordings.

The second room housing the Yamaha CL5 is also hosting all video equipment where the live streams occur. The video equipment includes HD Sony VPLFH500L Projectors, Panasonic AWRP50 cameras and controller, Panasonic AWHE120K – HD video cameras, a Teradek – video encoder, Fostex/Tascam/JVC used for recording and playback, and Blackmagic design for monitoring, recording, mixing, routing, fiber optics transmission, and converters.

First Seventh Day also installed Leviton lighting fixtures for the stage and house lights with Elation EPAR QW and Mega Lite NE Color FX LED fixtures throughout the sanctuary for stage light effects and on the surrounding sanctuary walls. Dimmers are from Lightronics, and the church uses LumiDesk Live Control software and ETC Source 4 JR lighting fixtures.

For more information on First Seventh Day Adventist Church, visit www.first-sda-church.org.

For more information on Muzeek World, visit www.muzeekworld.com.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Matrox Demonstrates Crestron Control of Streaming and Recording Products at InfoComm 2014

AV professionals can now integrate control of Matrox Monarch HD and VS4Recoder within Crestron 2-Series and 3-Series Room Media Controller interfaces

At InfoComm 2014 (Las Vegas, June 18-20, booth N2247), Matrox® Video will present Monarch HD streaming and recording appliances and VS4Recorder multi-camera recording systems integrated with Crestron® controllers. Crestron programmers can use the Matrox Monarch HD Control API or the VS4Recorder API to interface Matrox products with Crestron 2-Series® and 3-Series® Room Media Controllers. Operators can then easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interfaces.

Matrox Monarch HD with Crestron Interface

“Crestron integration is one of the top user-requested features for our streaming and recording products,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “Our APIs let AV integrators eliminate the need for additional control surfaces in venues such as lecture halls, corporate office buildings, museums, hotels and convention centers.”

Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive.

VS4Recorder is a multi-camera recording app that comes bundled with Matrox VS4 quad HD capture cards. It gives live event producers complete synchronized control over capture of the four inputs connected to the VS4 to create high-quality MOV, MP4, or AVI files for use with popular editing apps, for immediate upload to the internet or for archiving.

Price and availability
Matrox Monarch HD, priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The Monarch HD Control API is available to registered Monarch HD users as a free download from the Matrox website. Sample code to demonstrate Crestron programming will be available late June.

The Matrox VS4 card is priced at $1,495 US (€1295, £995). Full turnkey HD recording systems are available from some certified systems builders. Crestron control is part of Matrox VS4Recorder 3.0 which will be available to registered VS4 users as a free download from the Matrox website in July.

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.

Casio Expands Signature LampFree® Projector Lineup for the Hospitality Space

 

CASIO EXPANDS SIGNATURE LAMPFREE® PROJECTOR LINEUP FOR THE HOSPITALITY SPACE
New Projectors Equipped with Fifth Generation LampFree® Technology, Built-In Memory, USB Display and Wired LAN Projection 

DOVER, NJ, JUNE 3rd, 2014 Casio America, Inc., a pioneer in the LampFree® projection space, is pleased to introduce a new lineup of Signature projectors. Geared for the hospitality industry, the new lineup of Signature projectors offer Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source, which combines a laser, fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness. Now in its 5th generation, the improved LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source offers a 30 percent increase in light output for improved colors for all models in Casio’s LampFree® portfolio in addition to an estimated 20,000 hours lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation. The average user will save an estimated $800 after 6,000 hours of use compared to traditional mercury lamp projectors.

“Since its introduction, the Signature series has become our most popular product line with the K-12 education market. These new feature enhancements will further solidify the Signature series’ popularity,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division.

Weighing in at 8.6 pounds, the new Signature projectors offer a variety of features including remote operation capable through Crestron Roomview™, Intelligent Brightness Control, wired LAN projection and MobiShow®. The projectors also provide a powerful 3D graphic experience as each model is fitted with a fully connectable interface, including three types of video and audio inputs, as well as HDMI, RGB and RS-232C terminals.

Equipped with 2 GB of built-in memory, the new LampFree® Signature projectors allow many file formats, such as PDF and QuickTime, to be stored in the projector for quick and easy playback. The can also display content from a PC by connecting the projector and PC through a USB cable, as well as a variety of languages – 10 new in main (total 23) and 8 new in USB (total 18) including Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Finnish, Turkish and Portuguese.

Casio’s LampFree® projectors come with a standard three (3) year parts and labor warranty plus a five (5) year or 10,000 hour warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light source. The new Signature models will be available in July with a MSRP starting at $919.99 through Casio’s national Pro AV dealer network and authorized distributors. For additional information on Casio’s full portfolio of LampFree® projectors, visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

 

About Casio LampFree® Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFree® projectors that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFree® technology, please visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.CasioUSA.com.

 

 

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